Top Ten

May 19, 2010

George Brown College "Yes Chef!" campaign surpasses $5-million goal

On Tuesday evening, George Brown College's Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts celebrated the 3-year, $5.1-million achievement of the "Yes Chef!" fundraising campaign. A total of 61 companies in the foodservice and hospitality industries contributed to the campaign. The fundraising goal, along with a $15-million investment from the Ontario government and the college, has already contributed to the centre's 2 newly renovated buildings. There are numerous renovations to the centre currently in progress, including a concierge station, 9 interactive culinary labs, and a culinary demo theatre. The expansion also includes the development of The Chefs' House, the college's student-operated restaurant. George Brown College News Release

$3-million gift creates Centre for Youth Leadership Education at uCalgary

The Werklund Foundation has made a $3-million donation to the University of Calgary's education faculty, creating a partnership to develop and support research, teaching, and community service activities focused on leadership training for teachers and for those they teach. The gift establishes the Werklund Foundation Centre for Youth Leadership Education, which will be a flagship in Canada in the research and development of programs and initiatives to engage youth through a variety of means and resources. uCalgary News

Laurentian contemplates own campus in Barrie

Laurentian University president Dominic Giroux tells the Barrie Examiner "we can easily contemplate a campus of 2,500 students in the next 10 years" in Barrie, where Laurentian has a partnership with Georgian College. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the university's programs through its partnership with the college, and within 5 to 10 years, Laurentian will be facing a critical space issue at Georgian's campus, Giroux says. The university continues to work with the college, but space at the campus is virtually all spoken for, and any growth requiring new buildings has to happen somewhere else. Laurentian's board of governors has approved a long-term capital strategic objective that includes the concept of a campus for downtown Barrie. Barrie Examiner

UVic gardeners face mischief charges

Saanich police are recommending charges of mischief over $5,000 against 10 individuals accused of tearing up the lawn at the University of Victoria and replacing it with a series of gardens in March. 19 people were identified, but only 10 will be charged. The individuals, all university students with no previous criminal records, will be offered the chance to deal with the charges through the courts or restorative justice. Victoria Times-Colonist

Committee reviews shutout of female academics in CERC announcement

The absence of women among the recipients of the Canada Excellence Research Chairs prompted Industry Minister Tony Clement to appoint an ad-hoc panel to see whether the system was biased against female researchers. The panel found the lack of women was not because the review committees evaluating the proposals actively excluded female candidates, but that none of the universities had submitted any female candidates to choose from. NSERC president Suzanne Fortier, one of the panel's members, notes that women are not heavily represented at senior levels in the fields of research where the federal government was looking for research chairs. One female academic who was part of a group that launched a formal gender-discrimination complaint against the Canada Research Chair program in 2003 says she's in discussions to see whether a new human-rights complaint may be necessary. Toronto Star | Winnipeg Free Press

Canadore alumnus named college's new president

Canadore College announced yesterday the appointment of George Burton as the college's new president and CEO. A graduate of Canadore, Burton was a Canadore staff member working in several leadership roles in the Office of the Registrar for 7 years beginning in 1985. Burton will come to Canadore from Loyalist College, where he is currently Vice-President, Enrolment Management and Student Services. Prior to joining Loyalist, Burton was Director of Management and Student Information Services and Registrar at George Brown College. Burton will assume his new post on July 15. Canadore News Release

Research, PSE transfers subject of CAUT submission to senate committee

In its submission to the Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, the Canadian Association of University Teachers recommends the federal government increase tri-council funding over the next 2 years to $1 billion so as to match, on a proportional basis, US government funding increases. Another recommendation is to ensure that priorities and projects receiving funding from the granting councils and the Canada Foundation for Innovation are judged on the basis of merit by the scientific community and are not restricted to specific fields as designated by government. CAUT calls for an increase in federal cash transfers for PSE over the next 3 years, raising the total cash transfer to and maintained at 0.5% of GDP. The association also recommends replacing the Canada Social Transfer by separate stand-alone funds for social services and PSE. Read the submission

McMaster opens family health centre in Burlington

Yesterday marked the official opening of the Halton McMaster Family Health Centre in Burlington. The new teaching unit is in response to the need for an increase in the health workforce in the Halton Region, and will be a hub for McMaster University medical learners, including doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners. A permanent location for the clinical teaching unit is expected to be located in downtown Burlington in 2013. The university's plan for Halton and Burlington also includes the September opening of the Ron Joyce Centre at the DeGroote School of Business. McMaster Daily News

Kwantlen's Aboriginal Gathering Place wins architecture awards

Kwantlen Polytechnic University's newly finished Aboriginal Gathering Place has received 2 architecture awards from prestigious industry bodies. The facility earned the 2010 BC Wood Design Award in the Interior Beauty Design category from the Canadian Wood Council for its use of a variety of woods and innovative architecture design. The gathering place also picked up the 2010 Innovation Award from the Architecture Institute of British Columbia in recognition of its digitally-driven design process and contemporary fabrication methodology. Kwantlen News Release

Brescia launches video recruitment campaign

Brescia University College has launched 9 professionally-produced videos on YouTube and on the school's homepage to send the message that the university is a solid choice among young women who choose to lead. Sharing the videos on YouTube is part of an ambitious marketing plan to make prospective students aware of unique learning opportunities at Brescia, including leadership roles and community involvement. The main concepts at work in the videos, which build on the "Brescia Bold" brand, are extolling the benefits on an all-female university and dispelling some of the perceived barriers of attending a women's university. Some of the videos take a light-hearted approach to show that men are welcome at the institution. Brescia News Release | Watch the videos on YouTube