Top Ten

November 24, 2009

uCalgary to investigate football coach's altercation with son

The University of Calgary will conduct an investigation into an incident involving Dinos football coach Blake Nill and his son Taylor, a rookie receiver on the team. At the Uteck Bowl game against the Saint Mary's University Huskies on Saturday, Nill was caught on a television camera scolding Taylor as he shook him by his jersey. In a statement issued Monday, the coach apologized for his actions, and said he was reacting to Taylor's behaviour towards the Huskies following a touchdown by the Dinos. uCalgary's athletics department will perform a review after the Vanier Cup game this weekend to ensure this was an isolated incident, and to determine if any further action is needed. uCalgary Dinos News | Calgary Herald

Ontario urged to extend financial support to foreign doctoral students

A new report from the Ontario Task Force on Competitiveness, Productivity and Economic Progress encourages the Ontario government to extend normal domestic doctoral student funding to international students to ensure the province can compete for the world's best and brightest students. The report points to a provision in the US stimulus package that prohibits any Troubled Asset Relief Program funding recipients from hiring H-1B visa holders. Due to this provision, the Bank of America rescinded job offers to foreign-born students graduating from American business schools. "This policy mistake," the report states, "can be Ontario's opportunity," as international students bring skills and energy to Canada. The report stresses that investment in education is more critical than ever, and the province must strive to boost the number of masters degrees granted and improve the student experience at Ontario unversities. Institute for Competitiveness and Prosperity News Release | The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)

Little progress made to narrow PSE participation gap in Canada

According to a new report from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, Canada has made little progress on narrowing the "access gaps" affecting PSE participation by young people from various backgrounds. The report finds that wealthier Canadians are twice as likely to go to university as poorer ones. Other gaps, such as those separating the educational outcomes of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians, remain persistent. Despite significant government spending on student financial aid, it is not enough to equalize participation in Canada. The paper shows that financial barriers to PSE participation are compounded by other factors, such as academic performance, socio-economic conditions, and individual behaviour. The report suggests a modernized student financial aid system could be part of a comprehensive strategy to improve access and student success. CMSF News Release | Read the full report

Students age quickly in new SAIT ad campaign


On Monday, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology launched its new multi-media "Elderly" advertising campaign, which bears the tagline "Get a career you'll never want to leave." In addition to print and radio ads, the campaign includes outdoor tri-boards where individuals age across the 3 rotations of the board. Online ads depict students morphing from their 20s to their 90s. SAIT has also developed a Facebook application called "The Seniorizer," which allows prospective students to age themselves and their friends and then post the images on their profiles. The campaign follows up on the "Further Your Passion" marketing strategy SAIT launched in February. The campaign will run in the Calgary area until March. SAIT News Release | Marketing Magazine | The Seniorizer Facebook appplication (login required)

New academic building opens at Justice Institute of BC

Last Friday, several BC politicians joined officials from the Justice Institute of British Columbia to celebrate the opening of a new academic building at the Canada Education Park in Chilliwack. The new space will allow the institute to offer a special career preparatory certificate for Aboriginal students interested in pursuing careers in justice and public safety fields such as policing, corrections, and security. BC News Release

Mohawk College eyes newspaper building for Brantford campus relocation

The dean of Mohawk College's Brantford campus confirmed last Thursday that the school would like to move from its current location to the downtown building that has served as the home of the Brantford Expositor for the last 114 years. The college is seeking funding from all 3 levels of government to support a $10-million project to relocate the campus downtown. The dean says the building would give the campus about 45,000 square feet of space, enough to operate its current programming. The college aims to have renovation on the building complete within the next 2 years. The Expositor's publisher says relocation plans for the paper are still being finalized. Brantford Expositor

UBC midwifery program under funding review

On Monday, the University of British Columbia launched a resource review of its 4-year midwifery program -- the only one of its kind in western Canada -- to figure out how to keep it going. Since its inception in 2002, the program has received $660,000 annually from the BC government, but the program's director says it needs at least $2 million a year to meet and maintain growing demand. Prospective students are being advised the review may not be finalized in time to admit new students in the fall of 2010. UBC aims to have the review completed by the end of February. UBC Faculty of Medicine | Vancouver Sun | CBC

Bureaucrats should develop bilingualism in university, says language commissioner

Graham Fraser, Canada's official languages commissioner, says national universities should pre-qualify students for the language requirements of federal jobs to help end the costly cycle of training, testing, and re-testing middle-aged bureaucrats. Fraser says universities and the government should develop "equivalencies" between their language exams so that graduates applying for public service positions are already tested and "pre-qualified" for the different levels of language proficiency demanded by the government. The recommendation is among a package of reforms the commissioner proposed in a recent study on second-language education at Canadian universities. Ottawa Citizen

McMaster named most veggie-friendly university in Canada

McMaster University has been chosen as Canada's most vegetarian-friendly school in a contest run by peta2. The institution edged out last year's winner, Mount Allison University, which came in second in this year's competition. McMaster won for such options as soy chicken bruschetta wraps, Shanghai noodles, and vegetarian chilli, as well as for operating a fully vegetarian café. Winners of peta2's 2009 Most Vegetarian-Friendly College Contest

uOttawa video highlights excellence at institution

"We are Canada's university," boasts a new video produced by the University of Ottawa. Simulating a navigation through cyberspace, the video highlights 3 of the institution's strengths -- a centre of national dialogue, a research and policy leader, and a key international player. Touting uOttawa as North America's premier bilingual university, the video describes the institution as a place where languages, cultures, and perspectives come together, and that combination has helped shape uOttawa as a research, innovation, and policy leader on the national and international scale. Watch the video