Top Ten

March 18, 2009

Foreign-trained doctors claim Quebec medical schools discriminate

The Coalition of Associations of Foreign-Trained Doctors is accusing Quebec's 4 medical schools of refusing to hire immigrant physicians to fill residency spots in university-affiliated hospitals. The group is urging the province to hold a public inquiry to look into the alleged discrimination. The president of the conference of deans of medicine in Quebec says the universities' hiring practices are fair and rigorous. Montreal Gazette | CTV

Report gives Ottawa failing grade on PSE funding for Aboriginals

A new audit says the federal government is not tracking how it spends over $300 million a year on PSE for native students. The internal report says the lack of oversight means Ottawa does not know exactly how the money is spent or how many students are turned down for funding each year. Aboriginal leaders say funding increases have been capped at 2% annually and do not keep up with tuition hikes of over 4%. Canadian Press

FNUC considers alternative governance models

Following a meeting Tuesday with the Canadian Association of University Teachers, officials from the First Nations University of Canada announced plans to restructure their beleaguered board of governors. Late last year, CAUT censured the university over ongoing governance issues. FNUC has rejected the model preferred by CAUT, which would limit the participation of First Nations chiefs, in favour of one that better "aligns with First Nations' self-determination." If the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations adopts recommendations that adequately address governance concerns, CAUT will lift its censure. Regina Leader-Post

Data exposed in Huron server breach

Huron University College, affiliated with the University of Western Ontario, is trying to reach former students, applicants, and residents of the school's dormitories whose personal information may have been accessed after unauthorized software was found on the school's server. The software was removed immediately upon discovery and steps were taken to secure the server. Although an investigation has found that the software was not used to obtain data, Huron is encouraging affected individuals to check for evidence their personal information has been used in any illegal activity. Huron News Release | London Free Press

UoGuelph faculty, students urge university to keep women's studies program

University of Guelph faculty and students are rallying to save the women's studies program, which is at risk of being eliminated due to low enrolment. 3 professors have written to colleagues urging them to ask the board of undergraduate studies to overturn the BA programs committee's decision to discontinue the women's studies program. While the program may be eliminated, related courses will continue to be offered. Mount Saint Vincent University is also considering discontinuing its women's studies program. Guelph Mercury

UNB opens renovated nursing facility

On Tuesday, University of New Brunswick officials marked the official dedication of the expanded Katherine MacLaggan Hall, home to the school's nursing faculty. The $2.7 million project expanded the facility to include a new 8,500-square-foot wing, which features a 135-seat auditorium, high-tech classrooms, an updated skills lab, and additional office space. UNB News Release | Daily Gleaner

$2 million for Niagara College agricultural pilot project

The federal government has awarded Niagara College a 5-year grant worth $2.3 million under the new national College and Community Innovation Program for an agricultural pilot project. The project will involve researchers using real-time wireless sensor networks and advanced technologies to help agricultural land managers make the best use of available land from an economic and land stewardship standpoint. The program's official launch will take place Saturday. Welland Tribune

Laurier Brantford University Centre construction begins this spring

Late this spring, construction will begin on the University Centre for Wilfrid Laurier University's Brantford campus. In the first phase of the project, the 30,000-square-foot facility will feature an expanded community bookstore, as well as academic and office space. At a later date, food services and residence space will be added through a public-private partnership. The project is expected to be completed by fall 2010. WLU News Release

Computer science enrolment rises in Canada and the US

According to an annual poll by the Computing Research Association, enrolment among students majoring or intending to major in computer science in Canada and the US is up 6.2% over last year -- the first increase in 6 years. The report found that diversity in undergraduate computer science programs remains poor. Nearly two-thirds of students who received bachelor's degrees in the field last year were white, and over 88% were male. The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required) | Read the full report

uOttawa president writes blog

We've recently noticed that University of Ottawa president Allan Rock has a blog. Titled "Tête-à-tête | Rock Talk," the blog's recent posts cover International Women's Day, a contest asking for suggestions to enrich student experience on campus, and student elections. The posts are available in English and French. Tête-à-tête | Rock Talk