Top Ten

December 2, 2009

CAUT council condemns Ontario college management for refusing to negotiate in good faith

Delegates attending the Canadian Association of University Teachers' national council last weekend passed a resolution condemning Ontario's College Compensation and Appointments Council for failing to bargain in good faith with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. Last month the council imposed a new contract on college faculty, which CAUT says affects workload and academic freedom protections. CAUT plans to write to the Ontario government to urge it to order negotiators to get back to the bargaining table. The Ontario Federation of Labour has also condemned the contract imposition. CAUT News

uAlberta receives $25 million for clean energy research

The Alberta government announced yesterday a $25-million grant to the University of Alberta to advance clean energy research. In September, uAlberta signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres to establish the Helmholtz Alberta Initiative, a 5-year research venture that will address key challenges encountered when advancing the sustainable development of Alberta's oil sands. Alberta News Release

Ottawa cuts First Nations dental school budget

The federal government is cutting the $2-million budget of the National School of Dental Therapy, a Prince Albert-based First Nations dental school, arguing it does not fit with its mandate. The school, overseen by the First Nations University of Canada, supplies Aboriginal dental hygienists to dozens of reserves and northern communities across Canada, and there is concern the cuts will have a potentially devastating effect. Government, school, and First Nations officials are expected to meet this month to discuss the school's future. FNUC's vice-president says officials want to keep the program going if at all possible. Regina Leader-Post

Donations to uWaterloo top $53 million

According to a new report from the University of Waterloo, donations to the institution in 2008-09 totalled $53.3 million. Of that total, $26.1 million went to chairs and professorships, $9.5 million to research, and $5.1 million to scholarships. Two-thirds of donors (12,281) are classed as alumni, 528 as corporations and government, and 1,053 as faculty, staff, and retirees. Another 4,045 donors are parents and students, although that figure does not include all individual student voluntary contributions. The report notes there were 2,564 first-time donors in 2008-09. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin | Read the report

Globe publishes "Report on Medical Schools"

Yesterday's Globe and Mail featured a special section on Canadian medical schools. An increasing number of students are opting pursue to careers as general practitioners, due in large part to measures implemented by medical schools in recent years. Despite a doctor shortage across Canada, seats at medical schools are extremely limited because of caps set by the government. To get into med school today, applicants must show they can handle a full workload and be involved in their communities. Both long-standing and new health-related research highlight the integral role of Canadian med schools, and with that in mind the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada is calling on Ottawa to increase funding for medical research.

Queen's study reveals why some do not go on to PSE

In a Queen's University study examining young people's transitions from high school to university, college, apprenticeship, and the workplace, students who did not go on to PSE cited concern about financing a college education, uncertainty about career direction, lack of academic success, lack of support from teachers and guidance counsellors, and dissatisfaction with the high school experience as disincentives to pursuing higher education. The study, commissioned by Colleges Ontario, recommends the Ontario government increase student exposure to career and college programs through current initiatives such as co-op education, increase viability of high school college-prep courses, and ensure colleges have the capacity to provide equitable opportunities for access. Queen's News Release | Read the full report

Dal Corporate Residency MBA forms partnership with McGill science faculty

Under an agreement recently struck by Dalhousie and McGill Universities, qualified graduates of McGill's science faculty will be guaranteed access to Dal's Corporate Residency MBA program. Launched in September 2008, the program is designed for students with or without experience from every field of study, and private- and public-sector employers from across Canada have partnered with Dal to provide an 8-month, salaried residency for each student. The partnership means the program will reserve up to 5 seats for McGill's science faculty each year for the next 5 years. A similar agreement is already in place with the University of Waterloo's Science Business Program. Dal Faculty of Management News Release

Residence plan for Georgian College Orillia campus moves ahead

A plan to build a student residence at Georgian College's Orillia campus is one step closer to reality as Orillia city council has authorized a pre-servicing agreement with the project's builder. The 200-bed residence was originally scheduled to open this fall, but the project was pushed back because approval was needed to accommodate a city sewer line. The agreement will allow for the construction of a sewer to service the parcel of land next to the campus. The plan to build 50 townhouses beside the college on its westerly property still requires site-plan approval. Orillia Packet & Times

Lethbridge studies eliminating tax on student residences

Lethbridge city administration will study the potential impact of a request from Lethbridge College and University of Lethbridge students and administrators to eliminate property taxes on student residences. uLethbridge pays nearly $108,000 a year in municipal property taxes for residences, while the college pays almost $63,000. City council was told such an annual tax savings would help both schools reach their goals sooner of providing more on-campus housing. City administration will report its findings and recommendations to council in February. Lethbridge Herald

York launches redesigned research website

In wrapping up its Research Month, York University has unveiled a new interactive research website. One feature of the redeveloped site is the York U Researcher Support Menu, which provides access to funding opportunities and applications. The menu links to a multi-media centre that hosts videos of workshops on funding opportunities. The site features research news and highlights how research at York is having an impact on several areas, such as society, technology, and the economy. Y-File | York Research