Top Ten

May 14, 2009

Federal, Ontario governments contribute $30 million to Queen's performing arts centre

Queen's University will soon break ground for its $63-million Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts as the federal and Ontario governments announced Wednesday a $30-million joint investment in the project. Alfred and Isabel Badel have donated $18 million towards the facility, and the City of Kingston is pledging $6 million. Building Canada News Release | Queen's News Release | Kingston Whig-Standard

Package containing student information stolen from Centennial College

A package containing student loan applications, names, addresses, and SIN digits of nearly 6,400 students was stolen off a cart at Centennial College last Tuesday. The college has contacted police, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, the province's privacy commissioner, and all affected students about the incident. A Centennial spokeswoman says student loans were not affected by the theft. Toronto Star

Fire at UQAR forces class cancellations

The Université du Québec à Rimouski cancelled classes and closed its on-campus daycare centre yesterday after a fire broke out overnight in the roof of the school's central building. Police say damage to the building is estimated at over $3 million. The roof was undergoing renovation, but it is not yet clear if the repairs were linked to the blaze. Montreal Gazette

Who are the highest-paid university faculty in Canada?

According to a preliminary report from Statistics Canada, that would be full professors from the University of British Columbia, who earned an average $154,346 in 2008-09. Full professors at 6 universities (McMaster, Trent, uWaterloo, York, uAlberta, uLethbridge) made on average between $142,000 and $146,000. Among the lowest-paid full professors are those from the University of Northern British Columbia ($105,152) and Cape Breton University ($100,170). Read the preliminary report

Cambridge should give $6 million to Conestoga

A Cambridge city councillor will be pushing for the municipality to give the $5.7 million Conestoga College requested from the city earlier this year for its $50-million expansion in the town. Cambridge's mayor says the town has already made a donation to the college in the form of 54 acres of land Conestoga bought for $5.7 million from Cambridge back in October -- the same amount the city paid for the land 5 years ago. Earlier this week, council accepted a staff report noting that it is "problematic" for the municipality to offer any financial help to Conestoga. Waterloo Region Record

More Ontario students graduating from college, university

In the past 5 years, the percentage of students in Ontario graduating from college has jumped from 57% to 65%, while for undergraduate students completing university the percentage has increased from 74% to 78%. 39% of 18- to 24-year-olds are attending college or university today, compared to 35% in 2002-03. 100,000 more students are going to college or university than there were 6 years ago -- an increase of 25%. The number of graduate students at provincial universities has grown by 48% since 2002-03. Ontario News Release

96% of CNA Class of 2007 working

According to a recent survey, 95.5% of College of the North Atlantic students who graduated in 2007 were employed during the period between their graduation and May 2008. 90% reported working full-time, and 87% were working in areas directly or somewhat related to their fields of study. The survey found that 98% would recommend the college to others, and 95% would recommend their program. 85% of respondents said they were very satisfied or satisfied with their readiness for the job market. Read the full report

Manitoba invests over $1 million in nursing training

The Manitoba government announced Wednesday it will invest $1.2 million in 74 additional training seats for nurses. The funds will support a new 12-seat program based at Brandon University for licensed practical nurses wanting to obtain a registered psychiatric nurse designation, a 15-seat LPN program at the University College of the North, a 40-seat international educated nurses bridging program at Red River College, and 7 new seats in the University of Manitoba's graduate nursing program. Manitoba News Release | Winnipeg Free Press | CBC

Charlottetown bylaw creates problems for uPEI vet college

The University of Prince Edward Island's Atlantic Veterinary College would like to build a barn with a synthetic fabric roof for its teaching horses, but such a roof would violate Charlottetown city bylaws. The college would like a synthetic fabric roof because it allows light into the barn to make the horses more comfortable. A proposal to amend the bylaw for the college was rejected. The vet school will likely have to come up with another, more expensive type of roof. CBC

Okanagan College launches interactive Aboriginal student recruitment resource

On Wednesday, Okanagan College unveiled an interactive online recruitment video targeting Aboriginal students. The video allows users to navigate through a day in the life of Marlaina Alton, a first-year Aboriginal student at the college. Through a series of clicks, users can follow Marlaina as she attends classes, chats with professors, and hangs out at the school's Aboriginal Centre. Users can get in contact with Marlaina through Facebook or text message by clicking on the video's "Let's Talk" button. Okanagan College News | OC Marlaina