Top Ten

January 8, 2010

Fanshawe places academic sanctions on students involved in rowdy off-campus party

Hoping to make more arrests in relation to an off-campus Halloween party led to a violent clash with police, London police have released a video of the incident that was found on an unnamed social networking site. Fanshawe president Howard Rundle vowed that any student implicated in the melee would face academic sanctions. A Fanshawe spokeswoman says of the 22 individuals arrested at the time of the incident, 11 were students from the college. Of those 11, one was suspended indefinitely under the college's student code of conduct, and 6 were required to sign behaviour contracts to continue schooling. 3 students left on their own and one was found not to have violated the code of conduct. Fanshawe News ReleaseLondon Free Press

Ottawa discontinues funding for CCL

Last month, the Canadian Council on Learning, an organization established by the previous Liberal government to promote lifelong education, received notice from Human Resources and Social Development Canada that it would not receive federal support past March 31 of this year. Last year, the government allowed CCL, which was given a 5-year, $85-million grant in 2004, to continue operations for another year, but did not contribute any new funding. Federal money comprised 95% of the organization's budget. CCL's president and CEO says the organization plans to continue "dramatically scaled down" operations and pursue alternative funding sources. CCL News Release | Globe and Mail | Read the letter from HRSDC

Concordia student union demands Ottawa release Quebec portion of CSGP

In a news release issued Friday, Concordia University's student union condemns the federal government for the "mismanagement" of the new Canada Student Grants Program by withholding the Quebec portion of the grants. In its 2008 budget, the government announced the CSGP would replace bursaries and scholarships from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, which dissolved last week. The student union reports that to this day, not a single Quebec student has received a portion of the $118-million agreed funding, and its president says the provincial and federal governments must negotiate terms as soon as possible so Quebec students can get the funding promised to them. Concordia Student Union News Release

Research funding awarded to uWaterloo up nearly 10%

As measured by the University of Waterloo, in 2008-09, the instituion's research revenue totalled $144,089,362, up 9.6% from the previous year. uWaterloo's vice-president of university research says it's very hard to make a prediction for 2009-10, but he is confident the total will rise again, as the university is highly competitive. Last year, uWaterloo laid claim to nearly 5% of the $863-million made available by NSERC, putting the school in fifth place behind uToronto, UBC, uAlberta, and McGill. By 2017, uWaterloo's Sixth Decade plan promises, the university will increase research revenue to 50% of the operating budget from the current level of 30%. uWaterloo Daily Bulletin

NIC kicks off construction of trades training facility

Last Monday, North Island College began construction of its new skills development and trades training centre at its Comox Valley campus. The 23,164-square-foot facility will house carpentry and multi-purpose workshops, a covered open work area, and 3 trades training classrooms. Construction of the centre is scheduled to be completed and ready for occupancy by the end of 2010, with classes slated to begin in January 2011. NIC News Release

La Cité appoints new president

La Cité collégiale announced last month that Lise Bourgeois has been named the Ottawa-based institution's new president. Bourgeois will take on her new position at the end of March. Bourgeois, who has over 30 years of experience in French-language education, is currently the director of education for the Catholic East School Board, the largest French-language school board outside Quebec. La Cité News (in French) | CTV

Apprenticeship boom at Keyano College

In the past 6 years, the number of apprentices enrolled at Keyano College has doubled, with over 1,000 apprentices attending the Fort McMurray-based institution this year. The associate dean of Keyano's trades and heavy industrial division attributes the department's success to the industry boom and the school's ability to continue to expand courses and programs. Among the developments at the college's trades department is the $130-million Oil Sands Trades & Technology Centre, expected to open in 2012. Fort McMurray Today

NL increases funding to Hiring Apprenticeship Program

On Friday, the Newfoundland and Labrador government announced an additional $1.25-million over a 2-year period for the province's Hiring Apprenticeship Program. The extra funding will be given to the Department of Transportation and Works, health authorities, school boards, and Newfoundland Labrador Housing to support an increase in the hiring of apprentices within government departments and agencies. The increased funding is the latest of several initiatives to facilitate apprentices' transition through the apprenticeship system, which include nearly doubling the number of spots available for skilled trades programs at College of the North Atlantic. NL News Release

StFX unveils redesigned website

We've recently noticed that St. Francis Xavier University has a new-look site. By clicking on the "StFX at a Glance" tab on the university's homepage, visitors can a watch a video comprising a series of photographs that depicts "Canada's premier undergraduate experience." Boasting the institution's positive results in rankings and surveys by Maclean's and the Globe and Mail, the website features a virtual tour of the StFX campus, and provides background on the X-Ring and StFX Day, when members of the graduating class receive their X-Ring. Alumni are encouraged to submit their X-Ring stories to be posted on the website. StFX website

Middle East conflict eroding academic freedom in region, report finds

According to a study released last Thursday by Education International and the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the academic freedom and professional rights of post-secondary teaching personnel in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza are suffering due to the ongoing political conflict in the region. The report found that the sharp division of opinions within Israel over the political conflict between Israelis and Palestinians has led to a number of prominent academic freedom controversies in recent years. Moreover, proposed changes to the governance of Israeli universities threaten to diminish academic freedom and institutional autonomy. It is in the Palestinian territories, the study finds, where there are the most serious violations of basic academic freedom and rights, as Israel's restrictions on travel within the territories makes it difficult for Palestinian academics and students to attend conferences or study abroad. CAUT News | Canadian Press | Read the report