Top Ten

December 12, 2008

UQAM evacuated 2 days in a row

Last Friday, Montreal police evacuated Université du Québec à Montréal students from the school's education pavilion after a suspicious package containing bomb materials was found in a women's washroom. The evacuation came just a day after UQAM was locked down following reports of gun fire, which turned out to be firecrackers, in the same pavilion. During Thursday's investigation, police were directed to a backpack, found in a classroom, containing .22-calibre ammunition and 2 knives. Police are reviewing security-camera footage in order to find the person responsible for causing the first scare. Montreal Gazette | CBC

UNB releases report on inter-campus relations

According to a new report from the University of New Brunswick, inter-campus initiatives and funding have generally worked to the benefit of both the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. To further strengthen inter-campus relations, the report recommends separate operating grants for the 2 campuses, the adoption of new mechanisms to monitor and improve inter-campus functions and relations, improved mandates for each campus, and greater community involvement for the Saint John campus. UNB News Release | Saint John Telegraph-Journal | Read the full report

Protest over closure of uAlberta human rights office

Through letters to administration and a Facebook group, hundreds of University of Alberta faculty and students are denouncing the closure of the school's Office of Human Rights, whose responsibilities were moved to Internal Audit Services under a new unit called "Safe Disclosure and Internal Audit." Students and academic staff want to know why the office was closed and why the university community wasn't consulted on the matter. In response to a question about why the new unit's name did not reflect human rights or equity, uAlberta administration renamed the office "Safe Disclosure and Human Rights."  CAUT Bulletin | Students Against the Closure of the U of A's Office of Human Rights

McGill plans no spending cuts due to endowment performance

In planning for next year's budget, McGill University does not intend to trim the amount coming from its endowment, unlike other universities affected by the economic downturn. As Quebec's grants to universities are no longer "the most generous in the country," it will be more difficult for McGill to compete with schools outside the province. McGill would like tuition fees to be deregulated for all international undergraduates, not just for those studying in 6 specified disciplines. The market turmoil could make US students less inclined to study outside the country. McGill Reporter

Enrolment boom at NSAC

While enrolment at Maritime universities has been on the decline in recent years, that is not the case for the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Since the 2004-2005 academic year, enrolment at NSAC has gone up by 15%. The growth is being attributed to a shift over the past 5 years that has seen the entire campus get involved in recruitment efforts. Another factor is NSAC's broadening of international recruitment efforts, where major inroads have been made in the US, China, and other nations. Truro Daily News

Mending town-gown relations in Kingston

Kingston's mayor says the majority of Queen's University students surveyed by the city are pleased with their experience as Kingston citizens. However, students did raise concerns about waste and snow removal, student housing, and economic development. A forthcoming Queen's study found that 78% of students and alumni surveyed had not considered Kingston for post-graduate employment. The mayor is stressing the importance of developing employment opportunities that would interest graduates. The mayor says shifting Homecoming to the spring will deter a repeat of events witnessed at Aberdeen Street in recent years. Queen's News Release

No legislation planned to end York strike

The Ontario government says it does not plan to introduce back-to-work legislation to end the York University strike. The province's labour minister says CUPE and York must double their efforts to negotiate a collective agreement. A Progressive Conservative MPP has been trying to secure legislative recourse for York's 50,000 students by tabling a private member's bill to order strikers back to work. 40 York nursing students will return to class today. Toronto Star

UOIT faculty join CAUT

Full-time faculty represented by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Faculty Association have joined the Canadian Association of University Teachers, following a unanimous acceptance vote by CAUT's council last month. Formed in July 2007, UOITFA voted in May to become part of CAUT. Earlier this year, the University of Toronto's sessional faculty union and the Alberta Colleges and Institutes Faculties Association became CAUT members. CAUT Bulletin

Greater investment in social media marketing in 2009

According to a new survey of Canadian marketers, 82% plan to spend as much or more on social media in 2009 than they did this year. 78% said senior management supports greater investment in social media, up from 54% a year ago. In a separate set of questions for the general public, 65% of Canadians using social media tools say they are important for learning about products, services, organizations, and brands. Facebook is the dominant social network in the nation, with 87% of Canadians who use social media reported having tried the site. com.motion | Marketing Magazine

Making money off YouTube videos

Ever since YouTube introduced a partner program last year in which individual users and media companies split advertising revenue with the video-sharing site, hundreds of partners have been making thousands of dollars a month. Some are earning 6-figure incomes. The program partially solves YouTube's profit-generating challenge, as the site is wary of placing advertisement against content without permission from owners. New York Times | YouTube Partner Program