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November 19, 2009

Laurentian president blasts provincial policy on graduate enrolment

Laurentian University president Dominic Giroux argues that an Ontario government policy that limits graduate student enrolment in northern Ontario hinders northern economic development. Giroux told Sudbury city council the policy denies the North about 1,000 graduate spots at its 4 universities, spaces that instead go to southern institutions. Laurentian could accommodate another 700 graduate students, Giroux says, but the province will not fund them. City council agreed to support the university with a resolution and a letter to the province asking for more graduate student spaces for the North. Sudbury Star

uAlberta proposes tuition hikes for professional programs

Tuition in professional faculties at the University of Alberta could rise by as much as 66% for incoming students next year. Administrators argue the increases would bring tuition in line with other universities in Canada. uAlberta plans to bring the proposal to the provincial government next week for approval. If they are approved, the tuition hikes would help the university fight a projected $59-million shortfall next year. uAlberta is also considering a "non-academic" fee of several hundred dollars per student to help cover the deficit. Nearby Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is considering a 40% tuition hike. Edmonton Journal

Court rules ex-Dal student off hook for $50K loan

A Nova Scotia bankruptcy court has ruled that a former Dalhousie University student does not have to pay back $50,000 he borrowed from the Royal Bank of Canada. In his second year of university, Alfredo Abdo signed up for a $20,000 line of credit with RBC. After making bad investments online, Abdo accepted an offer from the bank for another $30,000 loan to solve his problem. Abdo, who dropped out in his third year, told the court he has chronic dizziness, and cannot work or pay back the loans. He filed for bankruptcy last November. The court concluded RBC is partly responsible for the situation, as it was clear the additional loan was not used to fund Abdo's education. Halifax Chronicle-Herald | CBC

Fire strikes UNB residence

McLeod House, a student residence at the University of New Brunswick's Fredericton campus, was evacuated early Tuesday evening after a small fire broke out in a small kitchenette area on the fourth floor. University officials say the sprinkler system triggered and most of the fire was put out by the time fire crews arrived. There is water damage from the fourth floor down to the first. Some students have been displaced, and the university hopes to have them back in their regular rooms by this weekend. UNB News Release | Times and Transcript

Bomb threat at Camosun a hoax

Although it turned out to be a hoax, Saanich police are still investigating a bomb threat that involved Camosun College's Lansdowne and Interurban campuses Wednesday morning. Police were called to the campuses after a Camosun switchboard operator received a call stating, "There's a bomb in the building." In a search of both campuses, police did not uncover anything, and the general alert at Camosun was called off shortly thereafter. Several officers are investigating the origin of the phone call. Victoria Times-Colonist | Victoria News

Alberta's centralized online application system goes live

Alberta's new Web-based application system, known as ApplyAlberta, is now in operation. The system gives students the advantage of having to submit their personal information and education history only once. Students can then use this same information to apply to other post-secondary schools in Alberta, making the application to multiple institutions easier for students. The institutions currently using the ApplyAlberta system are Lakeland College, the University of Calgary, NorQuest College, and the University of Alberta. uCalgary News | ApplyAlberta

Postscript: Apr 12, 2012

Portage College recently joined ApplyAlberta, an online application and transcript system anyone can use to apply to undergraduate programs at one or more PSE institutions in Alberta. By using the site, students submit their personal and education history just once, then use the same information to apply to other PSE schools in the province. Portage College News

McGill student union suspends pro-life group

Last week, the Student Society of McGill University passed a motion to suspend the student club status granted to Choose Life, a pro-life student group on campus. While the society does not take a stance on abortion, its presidents says Choose Life's actions were unacceptable, after the student council received several complaints from students that they felt harassed. The suspension will mean the club can no longer use school property to hold gatherings, will no longer receive council funding, and must meet with council executives to discuss the suspension. CBC

Student papers at uRegina, uSask to publish French content

A new French-language section makes its debut this week in the student papers at the Universities of Regina and Saskatchewan. Spearheaded by uRegina's Institut fran├žais, the section aims to increase PSE students' access to French. The section's articles are written by francophone students, and the Institut is offering these students editorial and linguistic support in producing articles. To help the comprehension of the content and to encourage anglophone readers or those learning French to read it, each article is accompanied by a glossary of translated terms and a synopsis in English. uRegina News Release

78% of Canadians say PSE is necessary to get ahead

In a recent Ipsos Reid poll of nearly 1,500 adult Canadians, 78% of respondents believe it will be more important over the next 5 to 10 years to have a PSE credential in order to succeed or get ahead in life. This includes 62% who said it will be "much more important." Nearly a third of those surveyed said they'd definitely (7%), likely (9%), or might (16%) enrol in a course or program in the next 2 to 3 years. 31% reported that the current economic situation is having an impact on whether or not they will pursue further education. Ispos Reid News Release

ACHA survey captures first 2 deaths attributed to H1N1

While colleges and universities in the US are reporting a 27% drop in the number of new cases of suspected H1N1 influenza, the most recent weekly survey by the American College Health Association includes the first 2 deaths attributed to the outbreak. The survey of 263 campuses found 6,373 new cases of suspected H1N1, with 95% of campuses reporting new cases, down from 98% the week before. The schools cumulatively reported 21.3 cases per 10,000 students, down 27% from the week ending November 7. Inside Higher Ed | Read the survey