Top Ten

April 2, 2009

NB adds another $58 million to PSE budget

On Wednesday, the New Brunswick government announced that the Department of Post-Secondary Education will work with an extra $58.3-million this year. Further investments in the department include $20 million for Phase 4 of the University Infrastructure Trust Fund, $6 million for further implementing the province's action plan on PSE, $3 million to improve access for under-represented groups, $10.2 million to create 500 more community college seats, and $1.1 million in apprenticeship training and support. NB News Release | Times and Transcript

MUN needs more funds to cover core services

Eddy Campbell, acting president of Memorial University, says the institution needs at least $6 million more in provincial funding to pay for its core services, including salaries and benefits. In its latest budget, the Newfoundland and Labrador government earmarked $21 million in additional operating funding for MUN, but Campbell says the university actually needs $27 million to meet core obligations. The university had sought funding to support international students and for new science research facilities. MUN News | CBC

Racist incidents investigated at uLethbridge

4 male students from the University of Lethbridge face possible expulsion following 2 separate racist incidents that occurred last weekend during an indigenous languages symposium held at the university. In one incident, 2 men allegedly dropped coins onto conference participants in the University Hall atrium. In another incident, a group of young men were reportedly mimicking the chanting that was taking place in the atrium. The students' behaviour was caught on security cameras. The students have all been identified and interviewed by uLethbridge officials. Police are not involved in the university's investigation. Lethbridge Herald | CTV

Journal retracts uCalgary diabetes study

The University of Calgary has launched an investigation after the scientific journal Nature published a retraction this week about a 2000 diabetes study jointly conducted by a former uCalgary researcher and scientists in South Korea. 3 Korean researchers who worked on the study about a gene therapy for Type 1 diabetes retracted the study on the grounds they have been unable to reproduce the results. The uCalgary scientist, who held a chair in diabetes research at the university, passed away in 2006, and a fifth researcher did not sign the retraction, maintaining the results are still valid. Calgary Herald | CBC

Manitoba releases tuition, PSE accessibility report

Yesterday the Manitoba government released the final report from the Commission on Tuition Fees and Accessibility to Post-Secondary Education, established last July. The report recommends the province set targets for PSE participation and graduation at levels above national averages, with equal participation from all socioeconomic groups. To improve the ability of less advantaged students to take part in higher education, Manitoba should increase high school completion rates, review and strengthen the adult learning system, and reach out to Aboriginals and other groups. The report suggests the province increase tuition fees gradually, but keep them below the Canadian average. Read the full report

McMaster Burlington expansion confirmed

The City of Burlington, Halton Region, and McMaster University signed an official agreement yesterday laying out the timelines and next steps for the school's expansion into Burlington. The project includes the construction of the new Centre for Advanced Management Studies. The campus will house the DeGroote School of Business MBA program and new executive offerings. The plan also entails the establishment of a regional family medicine resident program and medical clinic. McMaster Daily News

FNEC presents Ottawa with petition concerning Aboriginal PSE funding

On Wednesday, the First Nations Education Council submitted to the House of Commons a petition on funding of Aboriginal PSE. The petition was launched last November in reaction to a review of the Post-Secondary Student Support Program without the participation of the First Nations. FNEC hopes the federal government will not carry through with its projects for transferring a post-secondary funding program to a third-party provider. The council would rather see Ottawa follow up on recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. FNEC News Release

Carleton students approve Millennium Village project fee

Carleton University students have voted in favour of a $6 annual levy to be given each year to the Millennium Promise's Millennium Village project, which provides people in Africa with tools to overcome poverty. The initiative was spearheaded by Students to End Extreme Poverty, who plan to mobilize student leaders across Canada to pass referendums to support the Millennium Villages project as part of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty in October. Groups from the University of Alberta, University of British Columbia-Okanagan, and Simon Fraser University have already made commitments for next year. Carleton News Release

uLaval unveils new website

Université Laval launched a redesigned homepage yesterday. The vibrant, easy-to-navigate site features a search engine on the top left-hand side with search terms like visual arts and economics flashing in the search box. The site includes news articles and releases, events listings, and a drop-down menu for quick access to services such as the library, student financial aid, and admissions. uLaval website

York launches YouTube contest

York University is running a video contest called Flix50 in which students and alumni are asked to submit their 50-second York tale to YouTube. The Flix50 jury will vote for their favourite video every month until November 25. The videos will be judged on creativity, humour, sentimentality, and technical prowess. The monthly prize is either a $100 Best Buy gift card or a $100 gift card to the university bookstore. In December, the public will vote to decide the grand prize winner, who will be awarded a $2,000 Air Canada voucher. Flix50