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November 20, 2008

York students upset over YFS absence during strike

Students who organized a rally on Monday against the strike at York University are disappointed that York Federation of Students' president, who said he is "doing everything possible" to get York and CUPE back on the bargaining table, did not appear at the rally. Instead, YSF members were in Ottawa to work with the Canadian Federation of Students, which is currently engaged in a referendum to gain membership of the University of Ottawa's undergraduate student union. “It’s like firefighters rescuing a cat from a tree instead of taking care of a blazing fire across town.” Maclean's OnCampus

Quebec health minister plans for Outaouais med school

Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc says he will push McGill University to open a satellite medical school in the Outaouais region should the provincial Liberals be re-elected next month. The minister says training people locally is key in attracting more health-care professionals to the area, as well as reducing the province's dependence on the Ontario health-care system. In September, the City of Gatineau offered a $1.25-million contribution to establish a medical school at the Univesité du Québec en Outaouais. CBC

BC top Canadian destination for international students

BC's advanced education minister announced Wednesday that BC is the #1 destination of choice for foreign students coming to Canada. Murray Coell said that in the last year, the province has drawn about 30% of all students who come to Canada. With nearly 22,000 students coming to BC last year, this is the first time the province has surpassed Ontario in the number of initial entries of foreign students. BC News Release

uWinnipeg board of regents approves eastern campus plan

On Monday, the University of Winnipeg's board of regents approved the first phase of redeveloping 2 downtown buildings, a set of projects that had been put on hold earlier this month. A former United Army Surplus store will be demolished and replaced with an environmentally-friendly facility to house business programs, a bookstore, and a bistro. The Greyhound bus depot, which will be vacated in August, will be redeveloped to accommodate a student service centre, parking areas, and a restaurant. uWinnipeg News Release

Nipissing opens new Brantford facility

On Wednesday, Nipissing University opened the doors to a new building at its Brantford campus. The 3-storey, 20,000-square-foot facility is located in a former Public Utilities building. The new facility features 2 lecture theatres, 6 classrooms, 2 seminar rooms, study areas, faculty offices, administrative space, and a learning technology service area. Nipissing News

uAlberta proposes 8% residence rent hike

According to the Gateway, a student newspaper, University of Alberta administration is proposing an 8% hike in residence rent. The plan is a cause for concern for the president of the university's Residence Hall Association, who says the increase is adding to the continual compounded burden on students. Rent has gone up over 29% in the last 3 years. An Ancillary Services official defends the administration's proposal, as the plan aims to provide the best accommodations for students. The university sees a need to offset growing deferred maintenance costs. The Gateway (student newspaper)

Ryerson establishes angel investment network

On Wednesday, Ryerson University announced the creation of Canada's first university-led angel investor network to finance and mentor innovative student- and alumni-initiated companies. The Ryerson Angel Network will consist of approximately 20 angel investors, and be operated through the new Ryerson Entrepreneur Institute. Angel investors are accredited individuals who invest personal assets in exchange for equity in a start-up company. Ryerson News Release

Queen's MBA named best in world

Queen's University's MBA has been chosen as the best in the world outside the US by Business Week. This is the third year in a row that Queen's School of Business topped the publication's list. UWO's Richard Ivey School of Business and uToronto's Rotman School of Management were among the top 10 business schools. McGill and York Universities also made the list. Queen's School of Business News Release | The Best International B-Schools of 2008

Mount Allison most veggie-friendly school in Canada

Mount Allison University has been chosen as Canada's most veggie-friendly school in a contest run by peta2. The school edged out last year's winner, the University of Toronto, which placed 5th in this year's competition. The other schools to make it in the top 5 are uVic, McMaster, and UWO. Mount Allison won for such options as vegan sloppy Joes, as well as for its fully vegan dining station. Winners of peta2's 2008 "Most Vegetarian-Friendly College" Contest

Online students more engaged in coursework

Students taking most classes online find deeper approaches to learning compared to classroom-based learners, according to this year's National Survey of Student Engagement from the Indiana University Centre for Postsecondary Research. A larger share of online students reported participating very often in intellectually challenging course activities. The report found seniors who enter as transfer students lag behind their peers on several measures of engagement. The study also found that 20% of first-year students and seniors frequently attend class without completing readings or assignments. Indiana U News Release | Read the full report