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June 23, 2009

Ontario commits $42 million for cancer research in Toronto

The Ontario government announced yesterday $42 million in funding to support 15 Toronto-based cancer research projects. University of Toronto researchers will receive over $22 million in total for 5 projects. The funds are part of the province's $94-million investment in medical research projects across Ontario. Ontario News Release

Fire strikes Algonquin College's Woodroffe campus

64 firefighters and 14 trucks extinguished a fire at Algonquin College's Woodroffe campus in Ottawa late Monday afternoon after flames were seen on the roof of a mechanical room on top of the college's business building. Because the room pushes air throughout the building, smoke was circulated through the ventilation system. There were no reports of injuries. The fire caused approximately $50,000 in damages. Ottawa Citizen

Ottawa launches new student aid programs

On Monday, the federal government unveiled 2 new student aid programs that were first announced in the 2008 budget. Replacing the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, the Canada Student Grants Program will offer non-repayable grants to 100,000 more students, although the value of the awards will be lower. Under the Repayment Assistance Plan, no payment will be required from student loan borrowers with very low incomes, and the maximum loan repayment period will not exceed 15 years. While student groups are praising the new measures, which come into effect in August, there is concern the programs will not improve access for disadvantaged students. HRSDC News Release | CASA News Release | Globe and Mail | Sun Media | Adventures in Canadian Post-Secondary Education (Dale Kirby's blog)

CMSF report finds market value of PSE degree remains strong

Although the number of PSE graduates has grown in recent years, the benefits of a degree has not diminished, according to new research from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. The report found that Canadians without a high school diploma are 2.5 more times likely to be unemployed than those with a bachelor's degree. In 2005, undergraduate and graduate degree holders earned $18,000 and $29,000 more per year, respectively, than a high school graduate. Given the high rate of return on investment in higher education, the report states it is necessary to introduce measures to improve access for youth who have not traditionally pursued PSE. CMSF News Release | Read the full report

Ontario man pushes for free university education for children of fallen soldiers

Kevin Reed, the new honorary lieutenant-colonel of 31 Service Brigade, based in southwestern Ontario, is trying to get all Canadian universities to follow Memorial University in offering free education to children of soldiers who were killed in the line of duty since the beginning of Canada's mission in Afghanistan. New supporters of the initiative include the Universities of Calgary, Ottawa, and Windsor. Under the proposal, a child of a fallen soldier would be eligible for 4 years of tuition paid and 2 years of room and board as long as the student lives and eats on campus. Belleville Intelligencer

Laurentian board approves in principle architecture school

Last Friday, Laurentian University's board of governors passed a motion to approve in principle the creation of an architecture school. In September, the university's executive committee will be presented with a detailed business plan for the proposed school, and once full funding has been secured, the plan will be returned to the board for approval. Laurentian News Release

uCalgary to open prion research centre

A new state-of-the-art laboratory is planned for the University of Calgary's veterinary school following nearly $15 million in investments from the Alberta government that will be shared by scientists in the province. Research at the lab will focus on prions, which are responsible for mad cow disease, or BSE, in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease in humans. UToday | Calgary Herald

TD invests in Aboriginal business education at UBC

On Monday, TD Bank Financial Group donated $1 million to the University of British Columbia to create an endowment to support First Nations students studying business at the university. Half of the gift will fund a financial award program for Aboriginal students enrolled in business education or majoring in economics. The other half will provide funding for First Nation students enrolled in the Ch'nook Scholars and Advanced Management programs. UBC News Release

uToronto tops in magazine survey on sustainability

The University of Toronto has placed first in 2 categories in Toronto-based publisher Corporate Knights' annual survey on post-secondary programs incorporating environmental and social practices. uToronto ranked #1 in the law school category, and its Ontario Institute for Studies in Education was first in the new category of teacher education programs. The University of Waterloo was the top university in the undergraduate business program category, while York University's Schulich School of Business placed first in the MBA section. The other top winners are Humber College for industrial design and Carleton University for public policy. Knight Schools 2009 | Read the full report

NAIT publication picks up Western Magazine Award

techlife, published by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, was named Best New Magazine by the Western Magazine Association at its annual award ceremony last Friday. The magazine, which launched in October 2007, has received a number of recognitions recently, including a silver in the CCAE Prix D'Excellence awards. NAIT News Release | techlife