Top Ten

November 4, 2009

Arrested UWO student to sue university

The lawyer for the 22-year-old University of Western Ontario student whose violent arrest last month was captured on video plans to file a lawsuit. The lawyer says the lawsuit will likely involve UWO, London police, and campus police. The student remains in a psychiatric hospital and is reportedly "not doing very well." Some UWO students organized a rally yesterday against what they call police brutality. The October 14 incident is being reviewed independently by a former Ontario Provincial Police commissioner. AM980 | London Free Press

uWindsor student group launches human rights complaint against police force

A University of Windsor student group that led criticism of local police conduct at an on-campus party in 2008 is going forward with human rights complaints against the force. A uWindsor graduate says Students Against Anti-Black Racism helped 5 people who attended the event file formal complaints with the Ontario Human Rights Commission. A mediation session between police representatives and the complainants was held yesterday. Meanwhile, criminal charges against a student in relation to the incident have been dropped. Windsor Star

Fire strikes UCN residence

A fire broke out at a student residence at the University College of the North's Thompson, Manitoba campus on Tuesday. The 3-storey facility contains about 35 suites accommodating 50 to 70 students, as well as classrooms and laboratories. One suite in the residence was almost completely destroyed and another was damaged. There is also smoke damage to the rest of the building. No one was injured in the blaze. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire. CBC

KIP funding going towards repairs, not research, CAUT says

According to the Canadian Association of University Teachers' analysis of the federal government's Knowledge Infrastructure Program announcements, of the $1.7 billion that has been spent so far, only 41%, or just over $718 million, has gone to research-related infrastructure. CAUT executive director James Turk says that while institutions need funding for deferred maintenance, it is disingenuous for the government to claim KIP is a $2-billion investment in research. Turk is also concerned that private schools are receiving public funding under the program. So far, over $23 million has been awarded to at least 14 private institutions. CAUT News

CUPE National takes over York union local

The union local that shut down York University in a 3-month strike has been taken over by the national wing of the Canadian Union of Public Employees due to "serious financial issues," such as a rising debt pegged at over $1 million and a failure to keep adequate records. According to an internal e-mail obtained by the Globe and Mail, a new local executive voted into office after the strike soon uncovered problems with the local's accounting practices, including its strike records and receipts for expenses. That executive group voted last week to ask CUPE National to step in. A forensic audit has been scheduled, as well as an investigation into charges of intimidation and harassment of local members. Globe and Mail

Holland College suspends paramedic program

Holland College has cancelled a paramedic program it hoped to start in Summerside PEI in January, leaving registered students to wait for the next offering in Charlottetown in September. The college's director of programs says it underestimated the cost of running the course by 50%, so it had to cancel it. Holland College is offering affected students a chance to get into the program in September 2010 instead of January, meaning they would graduate nearly a year later than expected. CBC

Graduate enrolment up 33% at uLethbridge

The University of Lethbridge reports that its School of Graduate Studies has experienced a 33% increase in enrolment over last year. The School of Graduate Studies dean says the enrolment reflects the new direction outlined in uLethbridge's strategic plan of continuing to grow as a comprehensive university. Overall enrolment rose by 3.5%. uLethbridge News Release

Imperial Oil donates $8-million jet to SAIT

Imperial Oil has donated to the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology a Bombardier Challenger 601-3A, valued at $8 million, for use in the School of Transportation's aircraft maintenance, avionics, and structures programs. No longer required to meet Imperial's corporate travel needs, the jet has been de-registered and is no longer eligible to fly in Canada. The jet will provide on-the-ground training for over 250 SAIT students annually. In addition to the aircraft, Imperial also donated associated ground support equipment and spare parts inventory. SAIT News Release

"Journées du Savoir" showcase Quebec universities' contribution to society

This week, the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Quebec Universities is hosting "Journées du Savoir" (Days of Knowledge), a 4-day event meant to raise public awareness about provincial universities' contribution to society. 16 universities will hold over 50 activities throughout Quebec. Topics discussed will range from aerospace and language to business in the wake of the financial crisis, environmental challenges to infectious diseases, and women and science to the challenges facing education. The event is part of CREPUQ's Knowledge Matters campaign. CREPUQ News Release | Margin Notes | Journées du Savoir (in French)

Brescia profs promote university education to local high school students

Brescia University College, an affiliate of the University of Western Ontario, has launched Package of Profs, a new initiative to respond to high school students who may have reservations about going to university. Over a dozen Brescia professors have volunteered to make tailored presentations about any aspect of university life to local grade 12 students. Since the program's inception in September, local high school teachers and guidance counsellors have been very receptive to the initiative. With just under 30 high schools in the region targeted, one third have requested presentations. Brescia News Release