Top Ten

March 11, 2010

Job cuts "unavoidable" at UNB Fredericton

The University of New Brunswick is eliminating 9 jobs at its Fredericton campus due to shortfalls in the school's operating budget. 6 of the affected positions are in the institution's integrated technology services unit, and the majority are senior-level administration jobs. UNB's vice-president of finance says the cuts were unavoidable, as the university needs to reduce its expenses by about $2.5 million in Fredericton and nearly $500,000 in Saint John. The VP says the Saint John campus was able to manage its shortfall through vacant positions, and did not require job cuts this year. Times & Transcript

Racist incidents reported at Queen's

In a statement released yesterday, Queen's University reports that this week, 3 vehicles in the An Clachan residence parking lot were vandalized with racist graffiti. The university also received information about an incident in a school library where a student experienced disparaging remarks about their faith  and culture. The statement stresses that "racist actions and attitudes have no place at this University where we have an obligation, and opportunity, to education one another to overcome stereotypes and prejudices." Queen's News Centre

Ottawa will not restore FNUC funding, delegation told

Representatives from the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the First Nations University of Canada, and the Assembly of First Nations were told in a meeting with federal Indian Affairs Minister Chuck Strahl that Ottawa won't restore $7 million in annual funding to FNUC. Not sure what will happen to FNUC and its students, a student leader says some of those students may not feel comfortable in a non-First Nations university, and could end up leaving PSE altogether. CAUT's executive director says if funding isn't restored, FNUC will soon have to give notice to its professors. CAUT wants to meet with Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and Prime Minister Stephen Harper about the cuts. "We're going to do anything possible to get it reversed." The federal Liberal and New Democratic Parties are calling for the reinstatement of FNUC funding. CBC | CAUT News | Liberal News Release | NDP News Release

Arctic research lab to close over lack of government funding

Scientists with the Polar Environment Atmospheric Research Laboratory (PEARL), located 1,100 kilometres from the North Pole, announced this week they plan to shut down the lab, as the latest federal budget did not include new money for the Canadian Foundation for Climate and Atmosphere Sciences. The foundation was endowed with $110 million nearly a decade ago under the former Liberal government, but funds will dry up by early 2011. As a result, researchers must wind up their projects. Ottawa is financing research infrastructure, but not providing support for salaries and operational expenses, says PEARL's principal investigator, whose network has already lost several colleagues and more are planning to leave Canada. Globe and Mail

NBCC satellite campus to open in Minto

The New Brunswick government announced yesterday that the Fredericton campus of the New Brunswick Community College will establish a satellite campus in Minto, to be located in the Minto Industrial Park in a renovated complex previously occupied by NB Coal Ltd. The province will invest $685,000 in the satellite campus, which will provide training opportunities for 30 to 40 students starting this September in 2 regular programs: automotive service technician, and truck and transport service technician. NB Power and the province's PSE department are investing $2 million in the renovation of the building. NB News Release

Donation sparks partnership between MacEwan, private developer

Grant MacEwan University announced Wednesday a $2.5-million donation from Edmonton-based Christenson Developments, whose gift will support athletic scholarships, and is recognized with a campus sports facility being renamed the Christenson Family Sport and Wellness Centre. A partnership between the 2 parties could see health students working with elderly residents of condos the developer plans to build north of MacEwan's City Centre campus, and group discounts to fitness facilities for residents. The donation announcement follows news that MacEwan will close its swimming pool, located in the renamed building and popular with many seniors for its aquafit program. Edmonton Journal

Property lease first initiative under Brock, City of Welland MOU

On Wednesday, Brock University and the City of Welland signed a memorandum of understanding, formalizing the university's partnership with the city. The partnership's first initiative will see the relocation and further development of Brock's Human Performance Centre as a tenant within the Welland International Flatwater Centre, a facility being built for the 2015 Pan Am Games. The MOU established an understanding between Brock and Welland with respect to 5 key items -- a feasibility analysis, site identification and development, financial collaboration, public relations and communications, and government relations. Brock News | Welland Tribune

WLU president launches task force on multi-campus issues

Wilfrid Laurier University president Max Blouw has struck a task force to help determine what type of federation of campuses the university should be. The task force will examine issues such as changes in board composition as one campus grows relative to another, faculty and departmental structures, administrative functions, and academic support services. The President's Task Force on multi-campus issues will be charged with providing recommendations to the university community as to how a "Laurier federation" should be structured. The group's work will be grounded in the Envisioning Laurier initiative and the recently approved academic plan. WLU News

More med grads to practice in province, uManitoba reports

The University of Manitoba's medical faculty confirms that 62 of 100 medical students set to graduate this year plan to finish their post-graduate training in the province, up from 38 graduates in 2008 and 52 in 2009. Local graduates have secured all 15 training positions in northern and remote Manitoba, and another 9 students will train in family medicine in rural areas. 25 graduates matched to family medicine training programs will remain in the province. In 2007, the majority of Manitoba's medical graduates left the province, including 13 students who wanted to stay but did not get residency positions. The situation drew ire from critics who said uManitoba was handing training spots over to international medical graduates who are more likely to leave the province. Winnipeg Free Press

Ryerson pledges to go bottled-water free

Yesterday Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy signed a water declaration making the university the first bottled-water free campus in Ontario. The declaration, signed on Canada's first Bottled Water Free Day, in which over 60 university and college campuses participated, calls for increased investment in water fountains while phasing out bottled water provided and sold at Ryerson by 2013. Last year, the University of Winnipeg became the first university in the country to ban the sale of bottled water on campus. Ryerson Students' Union News Release | CFS News Release