Top Ten

June 1, 2009

Body of missing York student found

On Saturday, the body of missing York University student Shane Fair was recovered from Lake Ontario. The 19-year was last seen over 2 weeks ago at an end-of-the-year party. In a statement York expressed condolences to the young man's family, friends, and classmates. York News Release | Globe and Mail | Toronto Star

SMU professor killed in car crash

Richard Twomey, a history professor at Saint Mary's University, died last Thursday in an automobile accident. Flags at SMU flew half-mast the day after the accident. The university has offered condolences to Twomey's family and close friends. SMU News Release | Halifax Chronicle-Herald

CAUT calls for greater financial transparency among universities

The Canadian Association of University Teachers is urging national universities to open their books so that the causes and extent of their financial woes are better understood. CAUT executive director James Turk says association members are worried that university administrators may be exploiting the economic downturn to implement changes that would be considered unpalatable at any other time. Turk says universities are not being transparent enough, and until schools open their books to faculty associations, there is no way of knowing what is legitimate or not. University World News

Ottawa invests $6 million in 4 private institutions in Ontario

The federal government announced last Friday it will invest up to $6 million on a matching basis for eligible costs in infrastructure projects at 4 private institutions in Ontario. Redeemer University College will receive nearly $3 million for the renewal of its academic complex. Tyndale University College and Seminary is getting $1.24 million, part of which will go towards renovations at its Bayview campus. The Operating Engineers Training Institute of Ontario will receive $1.4 million for an advanced training facility in Oakville and enhancements to its location in Morrisburg. The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College is getting $351,480, part of which will fund diagnostic and procedural learning laboratories. Industry Canada News Release | Redeemer News

UQAM computer system used in cyberattack

A Longueuil Quebec man has been charged in connection with an alleged cyberattack on the Université du Québec à Montréal. The 22-year-old suspect is accused of hacking into UQAM's computer system using student and staff passwords, and then using the system to hack into other systems in Quebec, the rest of Canada, the US, and Europe. The university is working on boosting IT security and putting in corrective measure. UQAM has had to change the passwords of approximately 65,000 system users. CJAD

uSask launches forensic psychiatry division

Last Friday, the University of Saskatchewan's college of medicine and department of psychiatry announced the creation of a division of forensic psychiatry at Royal University Hospital that is aimed at bridging health and legal systems. The goal of the division, the fifth of its kind in Canada, is to improve the care of offenders with mental illnesses and reduce victimization, repeat offences, and stigmatization. It will also allow psychiatry residents to choose forensic psychiatry as a specialty. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix 

uManitoba dentistry school aims at attracting more local students

Due to pending retirements among dentists in Manitoba, there will be a strong demand for new practitioners in the province, and in an effort to boost the number of dentists in Manitoba, the University of Manitoba's dentistry faculty has introduced a policy in that 25 out of the 29 students in a first-year dentistry class will be from Manitoba. This is the first time the faculty has set a minimum number for local applicants. The faculty's experience has shown that Manitoba graduates tend to stay in the province. uManitoba News Blog

McMaster revises offer on health and education project

McMaster University has revised its offer to the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board regarding the Family Health and Education Centre project -- a 3-way partnership between the university, school board, and City of Hamilton. McMaster would like to purchase the school board's downtown headquarters to build a new medical training centre. This is the third round in a back-and-forth exchange that began in May, after close to 2 years of talks between McMaster and the school board. Hamilton Spectator

uWindsor, St. Clair board of governors to discuss new partnerships

The University of Windsor and St. Clair College will hold their first joint board of governors meeting on Thursday to discuss new educational partnerships between the 2 institutions. Part of the meeting, to be attended by 2 local Ontario government cabinet ministers and representatives from the area's hospital boards, will focus on building relationships between uWindsor's medical school and St. Clair's nursing and health programs, as those courses at both schools are expected to expand over the next few years. Windsor Star

Okanagan College creates website for Centre of Excellence project

Okanagan College has launched a website with which visitors can track the development of the $28-million Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Technologies and Renewable Energy Conservation, to be built at the college's Penticton campus. The school plans to install a webcam on the building site to allow users to watch online as construction of the facility advances. The site provides a venue for donors to support the centre's campaign. The facility is expected to be completed in early 2011. Okanagan College News Release | Centre of Excellence website