Top Ten

January 25, 2010

Fired FNUC CFO sues school for wrongful dismissal

Former First Nations University of Canada CFO Murray Westerlund has filed a lawsuit against the institution, claiming wrongful dismissal. Westerlund alleged he was marginalized and then fired in December for writing documents detailing violations by FNUC officials. The documents outline alleged misuse of funds and inappropriate expense claims. In light of Westerlund's allegations, Saskatchewan's advanced education minister has called an emergency meeting with the University of Regina, of which FNUC is an affiliate, to discuss the financial situation at FNUC. Regina Leader-Post (lawsuit) | Regina Leader-Post (emergency meeting)

CFS sues UPEI student union for unpaid dues

The Canadian Federation of Students has launched a lawsuit against the University of Prince Edward Island's student union for almost $100,000 in unpaid dues. The president of the student union says the group stopped paying dues to the CFS in 2005 because it was not getting enough for its money. The suit has been filed in Charlottetown, and the student union plans to defend it. A trial date has not been set. CBC

NS hires external consultant to review university system

The Nova Scotia government has appointed economist and former Bank of Montreal executive president Tim O'Neill to provide advice and recommendations to the government on how to further strengthen the province's university system. O'Neill will explore the demographic trends and financial situation facing PSE and assess the impact on the long-term viability of the university system. His report is expected in early summer. NS News Release

$10 million for infrastructure upgrades at MUN

The Newfoundland and Labrador government announced yesterday $9.7 million towards infrastructure upgrades at Memorial University's campuses in St. John's and Corner Brook. The funds will allow the university to upgrade laboratories, purchase equipment, address maintenance projects, and improve accessibility for individuals with disabilities. Yesterday's announcement follows recent provincial investments for a new Genetics Centre, the expansion of several professional schools, and a new academic building in Corner Brook. NL News Release

$7 million for NSAC innovation centre

The federal and Nova Scotia governments announced Sunday a joint $7-million contribution towards the construction of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College's Atlantic Centre for Agricultural Innovation. Once built, the centre will play a key role in addressing the commercialization gap between agricultural research and development for startup and established agri-based businesses. ACOA News Release

uWinnipeg receives $4-million donation for downtown construction, scholarships

Winnipeg philanthropic couple John and Bonnie Buhler announced Friday a $4-million gift to the University of Winnipeg, the largest private donation in the institution's history. $3 million will be used to consolidate uWinnipeg's business and economics faculty in a facility being built downtown on the site of the former United Army Surplus. The 4-storey, 50,000-square-foot building will be named the Buhler Centre in honour of the couple. The remaining $1-million will create the Buhler Knowledge Access Fund to provide ongoing scholarships within the business and economics faculty. uWinnipeg News Release | CBC

$4 million for uOttawa to expand French programs, services

The Ontario government is providing $4 million to the University of Ottawa to increase its course offerings and services in French. The money will be used to expand uOttawa's French Immersion Studies program, create more scholarships and bursaries for francophone students, boost retention rates in Ontario's French-language school system, and train more qualified teachers for the system. uOttawa News Release

Rotman top business school in Canada in FT ranking

The University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management ranks as the foremost Canadian business school in the Financial Times of London's latest top 100 survey of global MBA faculties, placing 45th overall. The other Canadian business schools to make the list are UWO's Ivey (49), York's Schulich (54), UBC's Sauder (82), uAlberta (86), and McGill's Desautels (95). Globe and Mail | Edmonton Journal | Global MBA Rankings 2010

Trend in universities renaming women's studies programs

Over the years, a number of universities in Canada have rebranded their women's studies program as some combination of women's, gender, sexuality, and social justice studies, most recently at Queen's University and Simon Fraser University. Proponents of the name change argue that women's studies has evolved, and today the discipline includes discussions of masculinity, gender ambiguities, sexuality, race, class, and social justice. Opponents of the titular shift worry that dropping "women" from the program title or coupling it with another word removes the focus on women. There are those who argue the rebranding is simply cosmetic and signals a strategic attempt to generate broader appeal, particularly among men. National Post

Cambrian launches new website

We've recently noticed that Cambrian College has a new-look website. The redesigned site features brief videos providing information pertaining to a number of groups, including future, current, international, and Aboriginal students; parents and family members; corporate clients, and alumni. The videos are accessible from the homepage by clicking on the headshots of 7 members of the Cambrian community. Towards the bottom of the homepage are links to Cambrian's Facebook page, YouTube channel, president's blog, and students' blog. The site also features a trivia quiz on Cambrian and Greater Sudbury. Cambrian website