Top Ten

June 25, 2009

70 academics reportedly arrested in Iran

According to a website affiliated with defeated Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, 70 university professors have been detained in the country in a widespread crackdown on protestors. The site states that 70 members of the Islamic Society of University Professors were arrested after meeting with Mousavi on Wednesday afternoon, and their whereabouts are unknown. The website's report has not been confirmed. The Canadian Association of University Teachers has written to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei asking him to stop the violence towards universities, academics, and students. Los Angeles Times | Associated Press | CBC

Donations to York top $26 million

In its 2008-09 fiscal year, York received $26 million in donations, surpassing its fundraising goal for the year. Notable gifts include $3 million from Jay and Barbara Hennick to establish the Hennick Centre for Business & Law. Y-File

Cambridge votes against $6-million investment in Conestoga expansion

Cambridge city council has voted 4-3 against a motion to award Conestoga College $5.7 million for its expansion into the city, at least for the time being. Earlier this year, the college's president asked council for the funding, which is the same amount Conestoga paid to buy 54 hectares of land from Cambridge last fall. The councillor who pushed the motion suggested that the city give Conestoga the money in installments. Some opponents said the present council cannot bind a future council to a college payment plan. Waterloo Region Record

Bylaw amendment allows Keyano College to build residence

On Tuesday, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Alberta approved a recommendation to change the land use bylaw zoning of Keyano College's Suncor Energy Industrial campus in Fort McMurray that would permit the college to build a new student residence. A report written by a municipal planner states that Keyano is experiencing an increased demand in housing and has been exploring options for a residence at the Suncor Energy Industrial campus. Keyano also has plans to expand its classroom space at the campus. Fort McMurray Today

Fanshawe pitches vision for former hospital lands

At a public meeting on Wednesday, Fanshawe College officials explained their vision for the sought-after soccer fields on the former London Psychiatric Hospital lands. The college is proposing to move its own sports fields to the hospital lands, thereby freeing up land on campus for new facilities. Fanshawe would like to take stewardship of the soccer fields and expand local partnerships such as those it has with community groups already using its campus fields. In the longer term, the college may build a stadium or a fieldhouse on the lands. London Free Press

Apprenticeship training registration on the rise

According to new data from Statistics Canada, 358,555 people were registered in apprenticeship training programs in 2007, up 9.3% from the year before and more than double the level in 1997. Registrations in metal fabricating trades grew by 11.5%, while there was a 10.2% increase in the electrical and electronics field. 55% of the 38,700 women registered in apprenticeship programs in 2007 were in the food and services trades, while just over 1% were registered in the industrial and mechanical field. In 2007, 24,495 people completed their apprenticeship training, up 17.5% from the year before. Statistics Canada

Quebec students oppose external presence on university, CEGEP boards

Students in Quebec are protesting the introduction of 2 new provincial laws stipulating that at least 60% of the positions on university and CEGEP governing boards must be filled by external representatives. The Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Etudiante argues that the laws will increase corporate presence in Quebec's public PSE institutions and threaten their autonomy. On its website, the ASSE warns that the laws do not include protective measures for institutions against possible conflicts of interest posed by independent board members with private-sector affiliations.

uCalgary seeks community input in presidential search

The University of Calgary is asking city residents to help the institution in its search for a new president. Community members are invited to participate in an online survey to share their thoughts on the university's challenges and opportunities, as well as provide input on key qualifications for the new president. The survey will be available until June 30. Last week, Memorial University put out an invitation to the public to nominate candidates for its presidency. uCalgary News | Calgary Herald

Globe and Mail virtual PSE fair to partner with CollegeWeekLive

In a partnership between the Globe and Mail and CollegeWeekLive, the world's largest online post-secondary exposition, Canadian universities and colleges participating in the second annual GlobeCampus eFair this fall will also be able to take part in the CollegeWeekLive fair at no extra cost. The CollegeWeekLive fair attracts more than 25,000 students, most of whom are based in the US. The GlobeCampus eFair takes place on October 29, and the next CollegeWeekLive fair will run from November 4 to 7. Globe and Mail News Release

Facebook #1 social network in the US

According to data from comScore, Facebook had 70,278,000 unique visitors in the US last month, up 97% from May 2008. In the last year, MySpace hits dropped by 5% to 70,255,000 unique visitors. Between May 2008 and May 2009, Twitter experienced a whopping 2,681% increase in the number of unique visitors. MySpace is surpassing Facebook in terms of advertising. In April, MySpace visitors viewed 31.8 million ads, compared to 25 million display ad views on Facebook. MySpace is predicted to generate $495 million in revenue this year, compared to $230 million estimated for Facebook. eMarketer