Top Ten

March 2, 2009

Saskatchewan freezes funding for FNUC

The Saskatchewan government is withholding $200,000 in operating funds from the First Nations University of Canada until aggressive changes are made at the beleaguered institution. In December, the Canadian Association of University Teachers censured FNUC. An internal report obtained by the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix states that the school's survival depends on officials' willingness to make immediate "fundamental changes." Saskatoon Star-Phoenix | Internal report critical of First Nations University

$24-million expansion at ABU

To address its current capacity constraints, Atlantic Baptist University, a Christian-based institution located in Moncton, is embarking on a $24-million expansion project that will see a new administration and education building, a student residence, and an arena. Built 12 years ago with an intended capacity of 450 students, ABU now has about 800 students enrolled. The expansion would allow the school to build a student body of between 1,000 and 1,200 students over the next 5 years. The project could begin as early as this summer. Times & Transcript

$9 million for Queen's-based research centre

On Friday, the federal government announced $9.1 million in funding for PARTEQ Innovations, the technology commercialization office of Queen's University, to establish GreenCentre Canada, a new Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research focusing on green chemistry technology. The new research centre, to be located at the university's Innovation Park, will bring together experts to develop cleaner, less energy-intensive solutions for traditional chemical and manufacturing processes. NCE News Release | Queen's News Release | CBC

$2-million deficit projected at Loyalist College

Loyalist College expects to finish the current fiscal year with a $1.8-million deficit -- the same amount the school's board of governors approved last June for the 2008-09 operating budget. While the college's reserve fund will cover the expected shortfall, Loyalist president Maureen Piercy says "it will exhaust our reserve fund and we won't have any reserves to start next year." The college is working on its next budget and "will try and provide the most effective services we can and manage our costs." Belleville Intelligencer

uCalgary Foundation dissolves

Since December, the University of Calgary Foundation has officially been dissolved, following a unanimous vote by the Foundations' founding members and board of directors. The dissolution of the Foundation will make it easier for those wanting to leave a legacy gift to the university by eliminating confusion as to who to leave the donation to and to reduce duplication of efforts. For 10 years, the Foundation allowed uCalgary to accept over $4 million in legacy gifts. UToday

Royal Roads U opens satellite campus

Today, Victoria-based Royal Roads University is opening a satellite campus in James Bay, its first off-site campus in North America. The campus will be offering customized and existing courses aimed at the public and private sector. The idea of the satellite campus is to make education more convenient to businesses in the core and government offices near the provincial legislature. Victoria Times-Colonist

uToronto TAs call on Ontario chapter president to resign

Members of CUPE 3902, which represents contract instructional staff at the University of Toronto, are urging CUPE Ontario president Sid Ryan to resign for "undermining our union" following the recent passing of a resolution to boycott Israeli academic institutions in light of the attack on Gaza. The letter states the motion violates academic freedom and that "the current leadership has overreached its mandate, recklessly and irresponsibly dabbling in complex international politics." Immigration Minister Jason Kenney has also asked that Ryan resign. Meanwhile, the federal Liberal party has condemned the motion. CUPE 3902 News | National Post | Liberal News Release

StFX to take tougher action on hazing

Following 2 incidents of student hazing last fall, St Francis Xavier University intends to take a more active role in discouraging the practice. Through disciplinary hearings and sanctions, the school is sending a strong message that such behaviour will not be tolerated. The university's student union plans to be more proactive in how students are welcomed to the campus to ensure that they are not excluded or intimidated into doing things they don't want to do. Halifax Chronicle-Herald

SFU considers privatized student housing

Simon Fraser University has put out a request for expressions of interest from private companies to finance, construct, and operate student residences on its Burnaby campus. The document states that SFU would maintain responsibility for all "resident life" aspects of housing. SFU's student union is opposed to private management of residences, one reason being the possibility of higher rents. Vancouver Sun

uAlberta enters partnership for private day care

The University of Alberta has signed an agreement with Kids & Company, an Ontario-based day-care provider, to ensure that university employees would receive priority for spots at a 140-space centre to open in downtown Edmonton in April. 5 non-profit child-care centres already affiliated with the university say they weren't consulted in the new partnership, leaving some to wonder about uAlberta's commitment to the non-profit operations. A university official says the agreement will not affect the 5 centres. Edmonton Journal