Top Ten

October 29, 2008

uWindsor president concerned about school's economic future

At a board of governors meeting on Tuesday, University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman said the unfolding global market turmoil is likely to impact nearly all aspects of the school's financial planning for at least a year and it's uncertain how the situation will affect the university's deficit, which is currently projected at over $5 million. uWindsor's $60-million endowment fund has lost 10% of its value since April. A new collective agreement following a faculty strike and uncertainty about enrolment may also affect the school's financial situation. Windsor Star

Billion-dollar TWU campus approved

The City of Richmond has approved Langley-based Trinity Western University's plan to build a new billion-dollar campus in Richmond. The campus will feature a 33,000-square-foot community centre and a 22,000-square-foot educational space. This marks TWU's first extension site into Metro Vancouver. TWU has a satellite campus in Bellingham Washington. TWU News | Langley Advance

$32 million for Dal bioscience centre

On Tuesday, the Nova Scotia government announced $32 million in funding for a new BioScience Enterprise Centre at Dalhousie University. The centre will replace an existing facility on the Halifax waterfront and relocate to the Dal campus in the next 3 years. The centre will be built beside the school's Life Sciences Research Institute, slated to open in the spring of 2011. NS News Release | Dal News | Halifax Chronicle-Herald | CBC

$3 million for BCIT accelerated nursing program

The BC government announced on Tuesday it will invest $2.85 million over 6 years in operating funding for the British Columbia Institute of Technology's 3-year accelerated nursing program, the first of its kind in the province. Since the program was first announced in March, BC has invested over $4 million in the program. 64 students enrolled during the program's initial intake in August, and BCIT plans to accept another 72 students in January. BC News Release

Federal funding sought for Stratford, Kitchener digital media centres

Proponents of complementary digital media projects in Stratford and Kitchener appeared in Ottawa yesterday to make their case for federal funding. The group is asking for $12 million to be split between the University of Waterloo's Stratford Institute and the Digital Media Convergence Centre, a digital media laboratory proposed for downtown Kitchener. The proponents argued that the Guelph-Kitchener-Waterloo-Stratford area has the opportunity to be a leader in visualization technology. Stratford Beacon-Herald

Report finds uWindsor building not linked to cancer

According to a 2-year epidemiological study released on Monday, there is no evidence directly linking working in Essex Hall at the University of Windsor to getting cancer. The study found Essex Hall workers got cancer at a lower rate than men in the general population. The study was prompted by 6 particular cases between 1996 and 2003, including 3 very rare types of cancer. Although workers were exposed to radiation in some equipment used in the building, which houses science labs, the report could not pinpoint that exposure as the cause of the 3 rare cancers. uWindsor Daily News | Windsor Star | Read the full report

uToronto named #1 research university in Canada

The University of Toronto ranked #1 in Research Infosource's annual list of the top 50 research universities in Canada. uToronto also placed first in the medical/doctoral category. The University of Waterloo was the top school in the comprehensive category, while the Royal Military College of Canada ranked first in the undergraduate category. Research Infosource

UoGuelph student union revokes pro-life group's accreditation

Earlier this month, the University of Guelph Central Student Association voted unanimously in removing a pro-life group from its list of accredited clubs. Executives from Life Choice appealed the decision at a meeting last night. The loss of the group's status stems from an event called Life Fair, held at the school last March. A CSA executive says people at the event were wearing T-shirts with offensive messages on them, and the association received multiple complaints. Life Choice says the CSA has no reason to remove its club status and has made procedural errors in doing so. Guelph Mercury

CFS unrolls Drop Fees campaign on social media platforms

In preparation for the Ontario-wide Day of Action to Drop Fees, to take place next Wednesday, the Canadian Federation of Students has unrolled their campaign on several online platforms, such as Facebook and YouTube. On Monday, the CFS launched a "Drop Fees" Facebook application, allowing students to share their reasons for being involved in the campaign. University of Ottawa students are promoting the Day of Action through videos uploaded on Facebook and YouTube. The CFS has also created an interactive website. CFS News Release | Drop Fees Facebook Application | Drop Fees YouTube video | Drop Fees website

Study finds Aboriginals lagging behind in education

A new report from the C.D. Howe Institute finds that Aboriginals are not keeping up with the increase in education among other Canadians, despite younger Aboriginals seeking more education than previous generations. The gap in high-school graduate rates for Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals has grown in recent years, while the percentage of Aboriginals with a university degree has increased only slightly. The report argues the gap stems from current administration at reserve schools. The report's author supports the idea of aboriginal education authorities running reserve schools, which would professionalize administration and provide leadership on curriculum and assessment. Globe and Mail | CanWest News Service | Read the full report