Top Ten

April 30, 2010

Supreme Court dismisses appeal of UBC discrimination lawsuit:

The Supreme Court of Canada has denied leave to appeal in the matter of a lawsuit initially filed against the University of British Columbia and four professors in October 2002. A former graduate student claimed that the defendants discriminated against her as a Christian and subjected her to hatred and contempt in the university's English department. In January 2008, the BC Supreme Court dismissed the lawsuit, finding no evidence to support the student's claims. UBC News Release

CÉGEP instructors protest heavy workloads

Last Thursday, CÉGEP teachers staged a protest outside the Montreal offices of Quebec's education ministry to denounce their heavy workloads. The Fédération nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Québec wants 1,200 instructors hired for the college network. The federation, which represents 46 CÉGEP teacher unions, rejected a management offer that was tabled last Monday. FNEEQ News Release (in French) | Montreal Gazette

Unregistered institution in Hawkesbury ordered to shut down

Last month, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities issued a restraining order against the Hawkesbury School of Higher Studies, known online as Hawkesbury University, and its proprietor for contravening provincial law by offering degrees and student services as an unregistered private career college. In addition to ceasing operations, the school has been ordered to provide the ministry with a list of all current and former students, and to provide full refunds to students. If convicted, the proprietor could face a fine and a one-year prison term. The school's website has been pulled down. Ottawa Sun (April 28 article) | Ottawa Sun (April 29 article)

$25 million for genomics research at uToronto

The Ontario government announced last Thursday an $86-million investment through the Global Leadership Round in Genomics & Life Sciences in 14 high-profile, significant research projects in the Greater Toronto Area. 5 researchers at the University of Toronto and their respective research groups have been awarded $24.8 million to support their work. Ontario News Release | uToronto News

uRegina receives $3 million for FNUC students' school year completion

Last Thursday, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada announced it will provide $3 million to the University of Regina for expenses relating to programming for students attending the First Nations University of Canada to ensure the students are able to complete their school year, which ends August 31. The funding is conditional upon provincial funding as outlined in the MOU between FNUC, uRegina, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, and the Saskatchewan government. As a recipient of funding from the Indian Studies Support Program, uRegina will be required to provide INAC with financial reports, as well as a statistical report detailing the courses offered and completion rates of students in those courses. INAC News Release

uManitoba proposes 216% fee hike for graduate students

Graduate students at the University of Manitoba could see a 216% increase in continuing fees by 2012 if the hike is approved by Manitoba's advanced education as part of a package of tuition increases the university has sent to the province. In the case of the graduate studies faculty, it is not a tuition increase, but rather a hike in the annual fee graduate students pay to stay in a program when they continue to work on their master's after 2 years or their doctorate after 4 years. If the government approves the increase, uManitoba's graduate-degree costs would still be the lowest in western Canada, says the school's public affairs director. Winnipeg Free Press

UWO breaks ground for WindEEE Dome

The University of Western Ontario held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for its $23.6-million Wind Engineering, Energy and Environment Dome at London's newly established Advanced Manufacturing Park, a joint venture between UWO, Fanshawe College, and the City of London. The wind research facility, known as the WindEEE Dome, will be the first project built in the park and will physically simulate high-intensity wind systems that cannot be created in any existing wind tunnels. The WindEEE dome, the first hexagonal wind tunnel in the world, should be operational by June 2012. Western News

Saskatchewan establishes International Education Council

Saskatchewan's advanced education minister announced last Thursday the establishment of the province's International Education Council, whose mandate is to enhance co-operation between various educational institutions in relation to foreign-student recruitment and the promotion of global citizenship. The council comprises representatives from provincial secondary and post-secondary schools that are actively involved in international education, the education ministry, and the advanced education ministry. At its inaugural meeting, the council endorsed changes to the student category of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program to help promote the province as a destination of choice for international students who want to settle in Saskatchewan. Saskatchewan News Release | Regina Leader-Post

Conestoga eligible for SSHRC funding

Conestoga College has satisfied the institutional eligibility requirements set out by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council and is now eligible to apply for and receive funding from SSHRC. Institutions that have recently been granted eligibility for SSHRC funding include Douglas College and the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology. Conestoga News

Olds College runs centennial logo contest

Alberta-based Olds College is inviting the surrounding community to submit designs for the school's 2013 Centennial logo. The entry deadline is June 15, and the winning design will be chosen by June 30. The winning designer will receive a complimentary attendance to all centennial events, a $100 gift certificate to the college's bookstore, and a basket of centennial gear and merchandise bearing the winning logo. Olds College News | Contest website