Top Ten

July 16, 2009

McGill, MUHC receive $14 million for biomedical research

McGill University announced Wednesday that it and the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre have received over $14 million in grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research's Strategic Training Initiative in Health Research. The funds, to be distributed over 6 years, will be used to attract and train the next generation of biomedical researchers. McGill News Release

Huntsville council vote to relocate uWaterloo facility

On Wednesday, the Town of Huntsville Ontario voted to move the proposed University of Waterloo building off the contentious Memorial Park property and onto nearby land also owned by the municipality that is not subject to the same legal requirements of the original site. The new plan includes proposed site locations in the same area for additional buildings should uWaterloo want to expand the campus in the future. The relocation came about after 2 Huntsville residents considered pursuing legal action against the town if it were to have the facility built in Memorial Park, whose deed states it can only be used for park or athletic purposes. Huntsville Forester

Brantford campuses present visions for growth to federal caucus

At a meeting Tuesday with a PSE caucus comprising Conservative MPs, officials from Laurier Brantford, Nipissing University, and Mohawk College outlined their visions of a collective campus in downtown Brantford serving over 16,000 students. Mohawk, wanting to shift downtown, would like to duplicate with the 2 universities its successful collaboration with McMaster University. Nipissing's wish list includes a higher-profile library with more staff and support resources for new initiatives in international and Aboriginal areas. WLU's president envisions the university as a 3-campus, digitally-connected institution in Waterloo, Brantford, and Milton. Brantford Expositor

60 UBC students penalized last year for misconduct

In the 2007-08 academic year, 60 of the 68 University of British Columbia students who appeared before the school's disciplinary committee were subsequently penalized for academic or non-academic misconduct, according to a new report from UBC. All but 4 of the 60 cases were academic-related, with punishments ranging from a mark of zero in the course to an 18-month suspension. One male student received a 24-month suspension for entering a women's washroom and photographing a female student showering. Another student was expelled for e-mailing 2 separate threats to UBC. Read the report

Guelph plans crackdown on fraudulent U-Passes

The City of Guelph's transit services is considering launching new high-tech bus passes after an estimated 60 fake U-Passes were seized from University of Guelph students within the last year. The counterfeits are made using high-end photocopiers and printers to produce fake stickers to place on student cards. The sheer volume of fake passes led campus security to dedicate one officer to the issue. UoGuelph students caught with fraudulent passes may face disciplinary action from the university, a $50 fine, and a criminal charge for transportation fraud. Guelph Mercury

UCN launches new brand

 UCN Logo

Last month, Manitoba-based University College of the North introduced a new brand reflecting the institution's northern identity and vision. UCN's new logo features a circle, swashes, and a 7-pointed star. Blue and green are used to represent northern Manitoba's skies, lakes, and nature. The logo complements new graphic images being promoted on buildings, billboards, and buses across the province. They are part of a secondary theme featuring 3 symbols of the north -- the wolf, the eagle, and the pine tree. UCN News Release | On the Path

Olds College newest member of Polytechnics Canada

Alberta-based Olds College is the latest institution to join Polytechnics Canada. With the addition of the college, the organization now represents 9 polytechnic institutions across Canada. Algonquin College joined Polytechnics Canada early last month. Polytechnics Canada News Release

Langara College opens 2 new buildings

Langara College, based in Vancouver, recently opened the newly renovated "C" building, which used to be a library. The energy-efficient facility will house the college's bookstore, communications and marketing department, administrative offices, and classrooms. The college also recently opened a new student building with expanded lounge and study space. Langara College News

Giving to education in US predicted to drop 4%

According to the CASE Fundraising Index (CFI), fundraisers at American private schools, colleges, and universities will likely see, on average, a 4% drop in giving to education in the 2008-09 academic year. The CFI predicts that philanthropic support will start to recover in 2009-10, increasing by 2.5%. Over the last 2 decades, the average annual rate of growth for donating to education has been 7%. When the CFI was introduced last summer, CASE projected that the rate of growth of giving would decline. CASE News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (subscription required)

Facebook in violation of Canadian privacy law, says commissioner

In her investigation into whether Facebook breaches national privacy regulations, Canada's privacy commissioner found "serious privacy gaps" in the way the social network operates. A report released yesterday by the commissioner asks Facebook to reconsider her remaining recommendations regarding third-party applications, account deactivation and deletion, accounts of deceased users, and personal information of non-users. The commissioner can have the recommendations enforced by federal court should Facebook not comply with them within 30 days. Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada News Release | CanWest News Service | CBC | CTV | Read the full report