Top Ten

May 25, 2009

$1 billion for Ontario campus infrastructure

Yesterday the federal and Ontario governments announced the first round of infrastructure investments totalling more than $1 billion under Ottawa's $2-billion Knowledge Infrastructure Program for 28 projects at colleges and universities across the province. Funding awarded includes $80 million for the University of Ottawa's Vanier Tower, $52.5 million for Carleton University's Waterfront project, and $31 million for a Sheridan College campus in Mississauga. Industry Canada News Release | Ontario News Release | uOttawa News Release | Carleton News Release | uToronto News Release | Brock News Release | UoGuelph News Release | Niagara College News Release | Sheridan College News Release | uWindsor News Release | Loyalist College News Release | Fanshawe News Release | York News Release

$55 million for NL campus infrastructure

The federal and Newfoundland and Labrador governments announced yesterday over $55 million in joint infrastructure funding for the Atlantic province's post-secondary institutions. The College of the North Atlantic will receive $28.5 million, part of which will go towards a new campus in Labrador City. Sir Wilfred Grenfell College will get $27 million for a new academic building in Corner Brook. Industry Canada News Release | CNA News Release | St. John's Telegram

York student missing

Police in Toronto are asking for the public's help in locating York University student Shane Fair, who was last seen May 16 at Atlantis Pavillions, a downtown Toronto venue, for a year-end celebration for his university residence. The 19-year-old's family is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to Fair's whereabouts. York News Release | Globe and Mail

YFS president fined for racism remarks

Krisna Saravanamuttu, the incoming president of the York Federation of Students, has been reprimanded and fined $150 for chanting "racists off campus" and other epithets at students belonging to a rival group after a news conference organized by a group trying to impeach the YFS executive was cancelled in February. A second student was also formally reprimanded, but not fined. The YFS is concerned about the media coverage of the fine, as rulings under the university's code of conduct are meant to be confidential. YFS News Release | Globe and Mail

Hazardous substance stolen from uWaterloo students

Police are looking for 10 vials of sodium azide after they were stolen from a cooler at a research site along Grand River in Cambridge Ontario, where a group of University of Waterloo students were conducting water tests Saturday morning. The stolen substance can enter humans through skin contact, inhalation, and ingestion, and can cause low blood pressure, vomiting, and seizures, among other reactions. If left untreated, exposure to sodium azide can be fatal. Toronto Star

Governor General urges Ottawa to establish university in Arctic

Governor General Michaelle Jean is calling on the federal government to establish a university in the Arctic so Inuit youth can get a degree close to home and benefit from the region's expected economic activity. Jean says the country's claim to sovereignty over the North will be nothing but an "empty shell" unless the area's residents participate in northern development. To overcome demographic challenges, there could be satellite campuses and the university could be open to students from Canada's south. Canadian Press

uSherbrooke opens Longueuil campus

Last Friday, the Université de Sherbrooke inaugurated its new campus in Longueuil. The $140-million campus will accommodate 3,000 students in its more than 50 classrooms. The campus will welcome its first students in January 2010. Sherbrooke Record

VIU begins construction of shellfish research facility

Last Thursday, Vancouver Island University held a groundbreaking ceremony for its Deep Bay Field Station, the second component of the university's Centre for Shellfish Research, which opened in 2004. The $8.6-million facility will support aquaculture industry development throughout BC. The field station is expected to be operational by July of next year. VIU News | Nanaimo Daily News

NS Liberals earn "B-" in ANSSA report card

In a report card grading provincial parties' policies on PSE, the Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations gave the Liberal Party a "B-" -- the highest grade awarded among all parties -- for its commitment to conduct a comprehensive review of the province's PSE system and free tuition model for medical students. The NDP received a "C," while the Progressive Conservatives, currently in power, were given a "C-." The Green Party earned a "D" for failing to make any tangible commitments to higher education. Halifax Chronicle-Herald | Read the report card

US colleges ponder 3-year degrees

A number of American institutions are considering shaving a year off their undergraduate programs to save students time and money. Proponents of the 3-year degree model say it would work well for ambitious students who know what they want to study, while critics argue it would compromise an undergraduate's academic and social experience, and that college would veer more towards job training and away from broad-based education. Washington Post