Top Ten

January 12, 2010

Student groups, media react to CCL funding cuts

Reaction from stakeholders, politicians, and the media has been swift following word that the federal government will not provide funding to the Canadian Council on Learning past March 31. Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason suggests the Conservative government is ceasing funding because it didn't appreciate the CCL's call for national standards for our post-secondary system. The federal Liberal party, who established the CCL when last in power, states the cuts come at a critical time in Canada's economic recovery when there should be further investments made to education. The Canadian Federation of Students and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations say the funding cuts will have a negative impact on PSE research. Globe and Mail (Mason) | Globe and Mail (editorial) | Coleman's Campus | Toronto Star | Liberal News Release | CFS News Release | CASA News Release

Paroled ex-NHL player enrolling at SMU may play for school team

Former NHL player Mike Danton, paroled in September after spending over 5 years in prison for conspiracy to commit murder, has been cleared to attend Saint Mary's University as early as next week. The parole board needs to work out some details before Danton's enrolment is official. Danton took university correspondence courses while in prison and his marks meet SMU's entrance standards. If the parole board consents, Danton will enrol in 3 courses. The 29-year-old has expressed interest in playing for SMU's hockey team, whose players have signed a letter saying they want Danton to play with them. Halifax Chronicle-Herald | CBC

BVC, Olds College form partnership to increase PSE access

On Monday, representatives from Bow Valley College and Olds College signed a memorandum of understanding, under which the 2 Alberta-based institutions will work closely on matters involving program development, facilities and services, and transfer credit and articulation. Olds College is looking to expand its presence and agricultural programming in Calgary at BVC, likely through the formation of a campus within BVC, which is in the midst of a $373-million expansion. The project includes a $82-million redevelopment of the school's existing north campus, to be completed in May, and the construction of an adjacent $291-million south campus, to open in 2013. BVC/Olds College News Release | Calgary Herald

Brock arts school project on hold pending provincial funding

Brock University president Jack Lightstone says the project to built an arts school in downtown St. Catharines remains on hold until the university can get a firm commitment from the Ontario government for $26.1 million. A spokesman with the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities says the ministry is aware of Brock's funding request, and it will be considered for future funding announcements. The new arts school will be built as an integrated component of St. Catharine's $54-million downtown performing arts centre project. Last May, the federal and Ontario governments announced they would each contribute $18 million to the centre, and Brock officials have been waiting ever since for the funding request for the university's project to be approved. St. Catharines Standard

Stratford acquires land for uWaterloo digital media campus

The City of Stratford has finalized acquisition of downtown property that will transform into the home of the University of Waterloo's Stratford campus and Stratford Institute. The city will take possession of the "Cooper" lands on February 9, clearing the way for future construction of uWaterloo's long-anticipated campus, which is a founding hub of the new Canadian Digital Media Network. In November, the University of Western Ontario joined the network through an MOU with uWaterloo. uWaterloo News Release

UBC receives $2-million donation from Google founding investor

On Monday, University of British Columbia alumnus David Cheriton, who is credited for mentoring Google's founders and helping set up the company, announced a $2-million donation to support the work of the university's Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative (CWSEI). Established in 2007 after UBC recruited Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, CWSEI funds and advises the university's science departments to help them scientifically measure and systematically improve undergraduate education. UBC News Release

uOttawa to implement fall reading week

The University of Ottawa's senate has approved a proposal for the university to give students a fall reading week, making the university one of the few in Ontario to offer a fall break. The president of uOttawa's student federation says students have been lobbying for a fall break for about a decade. A referendum held about 4 years ago revealed that over 90% of students supported the idea. This year's fall break will run from October 24 to 30. It will apply to undergraduate and graduate students in all faculties with the exception of law, medicine, and education. Ottawa Citizen

Mount Royal president one of Calgary's newsmakers of past decade

Mount Royal University president Dave Marshall was chosen by the Calgary Herald as one of its top 10 local newsmakers of the past decade for realizing his goal of having Mount Royal become a university. The Herald states "it was a huge achievement in a province struggling with a space crunch at post-secondary institutions, particularly at the University of Calgary, where academically strong students who sought a university degree were often turned away." The new teaching-oriented university provides Calgary students with another choice, the paper says, as Mount Royal now offers baccalaureate degrees in several areas, such as humanities and business. Calgary Herald

uWinnipeg's CE department hides arcade game on website

Last week, the University of Winnipeg's Division of Continuing Education placed a modified version of PacMan on its website, leaving clues on Facebook and Twitter about its existence. A secret code is needed in order to access the game. Within 24 hours, people were talking about the hidden game, searching for clues, and sharing hints on how to access the game using the "Konami Code." The code to reveal the game is listed in a university news release. uWinnipeg News Release | uWinnipeg DCE website

University Affairs unveils redesigned website, magazine

On Monday, University Affairs, published by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, launched a new-look website, which reflects the new design of the print version of the magazine. Design changes include a revised University Affairs logo, and a vibrant red colour pallet. New to the website is a daily news scan on the homepage, with links to stories relating to PSE. University Affairs website | Margin Notes