Top Ten

April 21, 2009

SSHRC distributes $136 million for research

On Monday, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council announced $136 million in funding to support research conducted by over 2,500 of Canada's top researchers. Funded projects include the examination of children's use and perception of social networks at McGill University, the analysis of the political engagement and culture of Aboriginals living in Saskatchewan's northern administrative district at the University of Saskatchewan, and the exploration of macroeconomic impacts on Canadian immigration at York University. SSHRC News Release

Alberta auditor general uncovers fraud at Bow Valley College

According to a report released Monday by Alberta's auditor general, a former director of international education and workplace training at Calgary's Bow Valley College defrauded the school of nearly $190,000. The report found that weak internal controls at the college allowed the individual to allegedly file false invoices to the school and divert the funds to companies he operated or controlled. The college is suing the ex-employee. The report also found that the University of Lethbridge did not do a proper risk analysis or business evaluation before launching a private-public research company. The auditor general found lack of reviews in Mount Royal College's payroll system, and "significant weaknesses" in the way Grant MacEwan College manages its parking system, sports centre, and financial records. Calgary Herald | Edmonton Sun | CBC | Read the full report

uToronto students ask court to stop flat tuition fee proposal

On Monday, the University of Toronto Students' Union and the president of the Arts and Science Students' Union filed an application with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice to stop a flat fee proposal from moving ahead. The proposal would allow uToronto's arts and science faculty to charge full-time students for 5 courses, regardless of how many classes they take. The students argue that a vote held at a recent faculty council meeting to approve the plan was conducted  improperly and is therefore invalid. The application is supported by an affidavit from a voting member of the council. UTSU News Release

London students charged in police crackdown

Police in London have laid 146 provincial offences charges against post-secondary students in an annual initiative called Project LEARN, which involves increased police patrols in student housing areas near Fanshawe College and the University of Western Ontario. Fire crews were called to a home near Fanshawe early Sunday morning to extinguish a burning wooden shed. In response to ongoing problems in neighbourhoods around the schools, police beef up patrols when students return to school in the fall and when they finish in the spring. In September, police laid 830 provincial offences charges and 38 criminal charges against students. London Free Press

NBCC Woodstock cuts graphic arts program

The Woodstock campus of New Brunswick Community College will no longer offer its 2-year graphic arts program. Once a central part of the school's communication arts focus, the program's popularity has declined in recent years. Meanwhile, the campus is introducing a plumbing course, part of the New Brunswick government's plan to create 500 new community college seats for the upcoming academic year. Bugle-Observer

Plans for Northern College trades centre revealed

On Monday, conceptual drawings for Northern College's Centre of Excellence for Trade and Technology were unveiled at its Timmins Ontario campus. The project entails the expansion of 5 state-of-the-art classrooms. The centre will allow the college to provide new and expanded programs to meet the needs of the community, such as an energy audit program and energy systems technician program. Construction is slated to begin this July and the centre is expected to open in fall 2010. Timmins Daily Press

"Exciting times" for new CNA campus

A new campus for the College of the North Atlantic's Labrador West location is getting closer to reality. Site preparations will likely be finished in June, with construction starting soon after. The 50,000-square-foot campus will accommodate 250 to 300 students in 10 classrooms and 4 shops. A residence to go along with the college would be welcome, but there is no indicate that would become a reality soon. Should all go well, the new facility would welcome students sometime in 2011. The Aurora

Research Data Centre opens at York

Today York University will celebrate the opening of the Statistics Canada Research Data Centre on campus. The centre brings together social researchers from various disciplines and is managed by the university's Institute for Social Research. The facility features 8 workstations, offices for Statistics Canada staff, a meeting room for research teams, and classes of up to 15 people. Y-File

uWinnipeg unveils new website

The University of Winnipeg has launched the first phase of its redesigned website. A large graphic on the homepage links to the university "You of W" portal, as well as to information about academic programs, student awards, and sustainability initiatives. The site also links to uWinnipeg's $70-million "A World of Opportunity" capital campaign. uWinnipeg website

Mount Allison announces winners of "How Green Are You?" video contest

Mount Allison University has named the winners of its "How Green Are You?" video contest, which challenged participants to demonstrate what they are doing for the environment. First place went to Mio Yamane, a Mount Allison alumna from Japan, who received $250 with a matching donation in support of World University Services of Canada. The Green Club at Palmerston Ontario's Norwell District Secondary School won in the Top Youth category, earning $500 and having its video shown at a youth film festival this Friday in Halifax. Mount Allison News Release