Top Ten

September 28, 2009

Goodyear's office threatens to withhold increased SSHRC funding, e-mail indicates

According to an e-mail obtained by the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the office of Science and Technology Minister Gary Goodyear has threatened to withhold federal budget funding for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council over its decision to fund an Israel/Palestine conference co-hosted by York and Queen's Universities. The e-mail, written by SSHRC's communications manager, states that on the matter of Goodyear's request for a funding review, the minister's chief of staff said that "this is a serious issue and was so serious that it will make it hard for the Minister to recommend increased funding for SSHRC in the next budget." CAUT says if Goodyear cannot provide an adequate explanation for his chief of staff's actions, then Prime Minister Stephen Harper should ask for the minister's resignation. CAUT News | Read the e-mail

Quebec Liberals propose tuition fees for CÉGEPs

At a weekend meeting of the governing Quebec Liberal party, delegates approved a proposal to introduce "modest" tuition fees for CÉGEPs, which are currently tuition-free. The measure is one of several being considered as part of efforts to balance the provincial budget by 2014. The resolution is drawing criticism from student groups, who believe the move would reduce access to PSE for low-income students, and increase the risk of students going into debt. CFS News Release | Montreal Gazette

Ontario increases Algoma U operating grants

The Ontario government announced last Friday it will provide over $4 million to Algoma University this year in addition to its regular operating grants. The funding will be used to expand and develop programming. Algoma U, formerly affiliated with Laurentian University as Algoma University College, was granted independent status in May 2008. Ontario News Release | Sault Star

International student enrolment up 40% at Centennial

Centennial College reports that foreign student enrolment for the fall semester has risen more than 40% over last year. Domestic student enrolment is up by 13%, which includes 525 students participating in Ontario's Second Career program. Full-time student enrolment at the college has increased by 16% this fall, over double the Ontario average. Centennial News Release

Enrolment boom at NSAC

Enrolment at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College is up 10% to nearly 900 students, marking the highest enrolment at the institution in 12 years. According to surveys by the Association of Atlantic Universities, enrolment at NSAC has grown in each of the last 3 years, while overall enrolment at universities in Atlantic Canada has declined. In addition to domestic students, NSAC is also welcoming students from India, Korea, the Netherlands, the UK, the US, Finland, Pakistan, Switzerland, Nigeria, and the Caribbean. NSAC News Release

Carleton promotes brand with wind booth, viral campaign

At the Ontario Universities' Fair this weekend, Carleton University kicked off a 10-week brand repositioning campaign, which will include radio spots, ads in the Toronto subway system, and newspaper ads. At the fair, Carleton had a wind booth in which pages torn from textbooks would fly around the booth as high school students tried to grab red tickets, with the prize being an all-expenses-paid trip to visit the university. Carleton plans to unveil a "viral video" in the next few weeks. The campaign, which bears the tagline "Anything but textbook," will refer to a student makeover of Batawa Ontario. Ottawa Citizen

Fewer partygoers, arrests at unofficial Queen's homecoming party

Over 80 arrests were made this weekend at the annual street party near Queen's University. Most of the arrests were for breach of the peace, drinking in public, and obstructing police. Approximately 2,000 people attended the unsanctioned Aberdeen Street party, compared to 8,000 partygoers and 140 arrests last year. Heightened police presence and heavy rain helped prevent student parties from spilling into the streets. Queen's students and administrators are encouraged by the reduced level of rowdiness this year, signalling a positive step towards reinstating fall Homecoming activities. Globe and Mail | Toronto Star | Kingston Whig-Standard | Canadian Press

Rowdy parties at Windsor frat house, Acadia residences

A Windsor city councillor is calling for a town-gown committee after police tried to disperse 600 revellers attending a keg party at the University of Windsor's Delta Chi fraternity house Friday night. Officers who broke up the party found as least 25 empty beer kegs, and 3 people were arrested for public drunkenness, obstructing justice, and resisting arrest. Meanwhile, Acadia University administrators plan to investigate a Saturday night party hosted by 2 student residences that ended with at least 4 people taken to hospital to be treated for alcohol poisoning. Windsor Star | CBC | Nova News Now | Halifax Chronicle-Herald

UPEI students calling for student police force

The University of Prince Edward Island's student union wants to hire 10 to 20 students to form a student police force, noting that students are being endangered by a lack of security on campus. A study done last fall found that more campus security was needed, but nothing has been done so far, says the student union's president. The student leader also says that with a record number of students attending UPEI this year, there has been a growing number of brawls outside the school bar. CBC

uLethbridge opens Community Sports Stadium

Over the weekend, the University of Lethbridge officially opened the Community Sports Stadium, a partnership between the university and the City of Lethbridge. More than a decade in the making, the $12-million stadium features an artificial field for soccer and football, a natural practice field, a synthetic 400-metre track, track and field space, and related service buildings. uLethbridge News Release