Top Ten

September 30, 2008

uWinnipeg a "no-fly zone" for Conservative candidates

Student leaders in Manitoba are upset after the University of Winnipeg was called a "no-fly zone" in an e-mail sent from Conservative campaign organizers, indicating party representatives would not attend the university's all-candidates forum. "It felt like a little bit of a slap in the face for students." The campaign organizer who wrote the e-mail says candidates' priority is door-to-door campaigning, and that they lacked basic information about the event. CBC

UBC inches closer to NCAA membership

The University of British Columbia is in the final stages of deciding whether to apply for membership with the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, and interest is growing among NCAA schools for UBC to join. Athletic directors at UBC and the University of Alaska believe UBC would be a good fit. "We're looking at it as a way to keep our top kids in Canada. This is the right move for us at this time." A decision to make a bid to join the NCAA will come in mid-November. Globe and Mail

York MBA named #1 in Canada

York University's Schulich School of Business placed first in Canada in the Economist Intelligence Unit's latest global MBA rankings. York came in 15th place worldwide, up from 24 in 2007. The other Canadian schools to make the list were the University of British Columbia, which ranked 84th, and McGill University, which finished at 100. The top business school worldwide is Switzerland's International Institute for Management Development. EIU News Release | Y-File

CREPUQ urges federal party leaders to support PSE spending boost

The Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities is asking federal party leaders to make commitments to boosting PSE investment as part of their election platforms. CREPUQ is calling for increases in federal funding for indirect research costs, budgets for the subsidizing councils, and transfer payments for PSE. CREPUQ News Release

$5 million for cleantech research

Last Thursday, the Ontario government announced over $5 million in funding for 36 bioeconomy, environment, and clean technology projects at 12 institutions. Research projects include examining human impact on marine climate change, how micro-organisms affect our drinking water, and where the best places are to locate wind turbines. Ontario News Release | UOIT News Release

Ranting in Windsor

The Windsor Star published an opinion column yesterday by Gord Henderson that sympathizes with new president Alan Wildeman, who is facing a faculty strike while still settling into his new position. The columnist cites an anonymous uWindsor prof who believes that "deadwood" needs to be weeded out among faculty and administration, regardless of tenure, and who is "appalled" that the union rejected a generous 14% pay raise over 3 years. Windsor Star

St Catharines student residence faces charge

The owner of a student residence in downtown St Catharines has been charged after failing to install sprinklers. The company missed a July 1 deadline to install the sprinklers and a standpipe system, and could face a fine of up to $20,000 for each day of noncompliance since the deadline. Castles for Students' president says the money the company won in a lawsuit against the city over a flawed fire-safety inspection only covers a portion of the estimated $900,000 upgrade, and blames the subprime mortgage crisis in the US for delays in refinancing needed to finish the upgrade. St Catharines Standard

uOttawa to establish Chair in Métis Studies

The Ontario government has awarded the University of Ottawa $3 million to support the creation of a Chair in Métis Studies. The university was chosen from among 8 short-listed provincial institutions by an independent selection panel established by the Council of Ontario Universities. uOttawa is contributing another $1 million to the chair's endowment. The chair will play an important role in advancing knowledge about the Métis Nation and its members in Ontario amongst non-Métis. uOttawa News Release

How Canada treats immigrant students

Immigrants face a number of barriers when applying to and attending college or university in Canada, write York University's Sheldon Grabke and Paul Anisef in Embassy Magazine. Immigrant students often have difficulty passing English proficiency tests, work low-paying part-time jobs while in school, and have trouble accessing student loans because of a lack of credit history in Canada. Providing immigrants with strong ESL classes, applied education or broad transferable skills, and internship opportunities will help them to better integrate into the Canadian workforce. Embassy Magazine

Canadians spending more time online

Canadians continue to be among the heaviest Internet users in the world, according to a new study by the Canadian Internet Project. Internet penetration jumped by 6% to 78% in 2007, and hours spent online per week increased from 13 in 2004 to 17 in 2007. 96% of youth between the ages of 12 and 17 are online, while more than half of those above 60 use the Internet regularly. A digital divide exists between Anglophone and Francophone Canadians. 82% of English-speaking Canadians use the Internet, compared to 67% of their French-speaking counterparts. CIPIC News Release | Marketing Magazine | Read the full report