Top Ten

May 15, 2009

Man shoots security guard at York campus bar

A security guard working at a York University campus bar was shot late last Thursday night when a man whom the guard tried to turn away pulled out a gun and fired 2 shots, one striking the guard. A witness says the guard was wearing a protective vest and the bullet grazed his torso. The shooter has been arrested. Toronto police and York campus security will have a heightened presence at the school while the incident is being investigated. York News Release | Toronto Star | CTV

Ontario distributes $150 million in campus operating funding

Last Thursday, the Ontario government began distributing $150 million in one-time operating funding to provincial colleges and universities, as was stated in the province's 2009-10 budget. Among the individual funding announcements are $18 million for the University of Toronto, $8.4 million for the University of Ottawa, and $5.1 million for Algonquin College. Ontario News Release | uOttawa News Release | Laurentian News Release | Ottawa Citizen | North Bay Nugget

Supreme Court ruling favours FNUC in academic freedom case

Last Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada rejected the University of Regina Faculty Association's appeal of the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal's overturning of a previous ruling that found the First Nations University of Canada had violated the academic freedom of professor Blair Stonechild. The dispute began 4 years ago when Stonechild was removed as keynote speaker at a university symposium. FNUC's president says now that the issue has been resolved, the university will seek to have the Canadian Association of University Teachers lift its censure of the school. FNUC News Release | Regina Leader-Post

Booth College allowed to brand itself as "university college"

The Manitoba government is allowing William and Catherine Booth College, a Winnipeg-based theological institution and seminary affiliated with the Salvation Army, to brand itself as a university college. However, the title is for marketing purposes only; the school will not be legally recognized as a university college. The designation will allow Booth College to compete with similar university colleges in BC, Alberta, and Ontario. The school is running a billboard and transit ad campaign throughout Winnipeg to promote Booth as "A Christian University College." Winnipeg Free Press

CNA well received in the community

According to a survey of Newfoundland and Labrador residents, 78% said they would seriously consider the College of the North Atlantic for their own children's education, and the same percentage agreed that the school is a significant contributor to the region's social and economic development. 80% agreed that CNA's campuses are accessible and conveniently located. 73% believe the college does a good job of preparing students for the workforce, and 66% feel that CNA graduates have high earning potential. The survey found that the college has to better inform residents about its low tuition rates and transfer agreements with various universities in Canada and abroad. CNA News Release

Report finds women earn higher ROI in PSE than men

A C.D. Howe Institute report finds that by investing in an undergraduate degree, female students will see an annual return of 14 cents per dollar, compared to 12 cents per dollar for male students. The largest private individual rates of return on undergraduate degrees for women are in the areas of commerce and health sciences, while for men the highest rates of return are in health and social sciences. Given the high economic returns from university education, society can expect to see a yearly return of 9 cents for every dollar invested in undergraduate university education. Read the report brief

uCalgary opens School of Public Policy

The University of Calgary launched its new School of Public Policy last Wednesday evening with a black-tie event featuring a keynote speech from former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The School will offer a one-year Master of Public Policy degree, which will have up to 70 graduates a year, as well as a special-case PhD program, with up to 7 students graduating annually. UToday

Mohawk wants Brantford campus relocated downtown

A task force has been set up to investigate the feasibility of relocating Mohawk College's Brantford campus to the city's downtown, which is a high priority for the institution. One city councillor in favour of the proposed relocation notes the current location in a mainly industrial area with no student housing creates complications for students. Mohawk recently formed an agreement with Nipissing University for the college to rent educational space in the university's downtown Brantford location. Brantford Expositor

UoGuelph vet college breaks ground for pet healthcare centre

The University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College has begun construction of the Hill's Pet Nutrition Primary Healthcare Centre. The centre, part of OVC's overall redevelopment, is supported by a $5-million, 10-year investment from Hill's Pet Nutrition, and last February the Ontario government pledged $9.5 million for the facility. The centre will serve as a learning hub for students and veterinarians from around the world to help shape the future of veterinary medicine. The facility is expected to open in mid-2010. UoGuelph News Release

St. Clair College construction trades centre to open in fall

St. Clair College announced last week that its Centre for Construction Innovation, currently under construction at the south campus, is on schedule to open in September. The $4.8-million facility will allow St. Clair to increase capacity in trades such as plumbing, carpentry, and power engineering by over 500 students. The centre will offer 1-, 2-, and 3-year certificate courses, as well as shorter apprenticeship programs. Windsor Star