Top Ten

May 22, 2009

Infrastructure funding for 4 Manitoba institutions announced

Last week we reported on the University of Winnipeg and Red River College receiving joint federal-provincial infrastructure funding. In addition, the University of Manitoba was awarded over $40 million, part of which will go towards its Arts Research Technology Lab. Assiniboine Community College received over $3 million for the expansion of its Parkland campus. Brandon University was awarded $562,250 for security upgrades of its technology space. Canadian Mennonite University received over $300,000 for the development of a new chemistry and research laboratory. Manitoba News Release 1 | Manitoba News Release 2 | Manitoba News Release 3 | Manitoba News Release 4

$36 million for Brock/St.Catharines performing arts centre

A partnership between Brock University and the City of St. Catharines to build a downtown performing arts complex received a $36-million boost from the federal and Ontario governments last Friday. The Niagara Centre for the Arts, whose construction is set to begin by 2012, will be run together with Brock's Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts, which will be relocated downtown to be adjacent to the city arts centre. St. Catharines is investing $18 million in the centre. Brock News Release | St. Catharines Standard

Yukon College receives $4 million for capital projects

The federal and Yukon governments announced last Friday $4 million in infrastructure funding for Yukon College. The funds, part of Ottawa's $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program, will support the construction of facilities at the college's Dawson City and Pelly Crossing campuses. Industry Canada News Release

UNB student who harassed woman ordered out of province

A third-year University of New Brunswick law student has been ordered to leave the province after he was sentenced last Thursday to 2 years of probation for harassing a Fredericton woman. 31-year-old Bashir Ahmed Khan must reside with one of his law professors until his departure on May 28. The court heard that Khan, who is bound for BC, will be able to complete his law degree through UNB without having to return to Fredericton. Daily Gleaner

Alberta researchers worry Bill 27 will allow political interference

An Alberta government bill aimed at creating one new advisory board and 4 corporations to take over the work done by 10 funding and innovation organizations, including the world-renowned Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, is drawing criticism from university researchers and Liberal MLAs. One University of Alberta neuroscientist says it appears the province is trying to centralize power with Bill 27. Those whose salaries or research projects hinge on AHFMR are uncertain about their futures in the province. One uAlberta medical professor whose salary comes from the foundation is already looking for positions elsewhere. Edmonton Journal | Bill 27

McMaster to lead $30-million study on aging

Last Thursday, the federal government announced a $30-million investment in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging, based at McMaster University. The study will follow 50,000 Canadians between the ages of 45 and 85 over the next 20 years. It is estimated that the study organizers will recruit up to 160 researchers, research co-ordinators, laboratory staff, and IT systems personnel over the next year at 10 centres across Canada. CIHR News Release | McMaster Daily News | Hamilton Spectator

uManitoba budget calls for foreign student tuition hike

As outlined in its 2009-10 budget, the University of Manitoba will increase tuition fees charged to international students by 0.5%. The president of the university's student union says it's understandable that uManitoba had a difficult time bringing in a budget this year, but students will express displeasure at the hike in foreign student fees when they return in September. While the budget does not call for layoffs and major cuts, some positions could be left vacant. Several departments and faculties have been asked to find a 1% spending cut. Winnipeg Free Press

NS NDP proposes graduate retention rebate program

Nova Scotia NDP Leader Darrell Dexter's election platform includes a tax rebate plan in which university graduates who remain in the province to live and work will receive up to $15,000 over a minimum of 6 years, while college graduates will get a maximum $7,500. The proposed program will help Nova Scotia compete with other provinces that offer generous rebates to graduates, such as Saskatchewan. The graduate retention rebate program would cost $6.5 million. Dexter is also promising to add 250 community college seats. NS NDP News Release | Halifax Chronicle-Herald

Ayers denied entry into Canada again

In January, University of Illinois-Chicago professor William Ayers, co-founder of the radical Weather Underground, was barred entry into Canada to give a speech at the University of Toronto. He has been denied entry again, forcing him to cancel an appearance at this week's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted by Carleton University. Ayers says it is "absurd" to bar individuals such as himself and British MP George Galloway. Ayers has offered to deliver his lecture today via video conference. Ottawa Citizen

Boréal inches closer to fundraising goal for Timmins campus

At a donor recognition ceremony last Thursday. Collège Boréal president Denis Hubert announced that the school has reached over 75% of its $1-million fundraising target for its new Timmins campus. The turnover date for the new campus is set for mid-July, and its official opening is expected to take place in September. Boréal News Release | Timmins Daily Press