Top Ten

May 21, 2010

$20-million lawsuit claims Cambrian misrepresented program

11 former students enrolled in Cambrian College's health information management program are suing the college and 3 of its administrators for $20 million, claming the school led them to believe it was seeking certification with the Canadian Health Information Management Association. The suit claims Cambrian represented that the program would be certified by the association, and that it failed to apply for certification until 18 months after the inception of the program and never did obtain certification. In a report released last year on his investigation into students' complaints about the program, Ontario's ombudsman stated that Cambrian's conduct toward "unsuspecting students" was "unreasonable, unjust, and wrong." Sudbury Star

New private business school opens in Quebec

A self-described "institution of higher learning dedicated to the training and development of future business leaders," the École d'Entrepreneurship de Beauce -- what could be the world's first private school for entrepreneurs -- is trying to recruit up to 25 students for its first program this fall. Students will be required to complete 15 business- and entrepreneur-related modules, whose content has been developed with input from over 50 Quebec businessmen and a dozen university professors, many of whom will also be giving classes. The modules will involve trips to businesses to see and hear entrepreneurs in action and classroom work at the school in St. Georges. The school is not recognized by Quebec's education ministry and will not issue diplomas to graduates. Montreal Gazette

Construction begins on new football stadium at uManitoba

A sod-turning ceremony was held last Thursday at the University of Manitoba for the new home field of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the uManitoba Bisons. The 33,000-seat stadium, expandable to 40,000 for Grey Cup games, will hold 40 private suites, top-quality concessions, state-of-the-art media facilities, and modern team offices, locker rooms, and training facilities. The $115-million stadium is scheduled to open for the start of the 2012 CFL season. uManitoba News

MHC seeks full use of Cultural Centre for program expansion

Medicine Hat College has sent a proposal to the City of Medicine Hat to gain full use of the Cultural Centre, owned and operated by the college, for the relocation and expansion of its visual communications program. The municipality is working with MHC and key stakeholders to determine if a viable solution can be found for the relocation of the current city-supported user groups. According to MHC's website, the city leases 4 art studios and co-ordinates the use of 4 rehearsal rooms in the centre. Without full access to the space, the college says it cannot expand the visual communications program. MHC News Release

$3-million gift funds diabetes research chair at uToronto

Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare company specializing in diabetes care, has made a $3-million donation to establish a new research chair at the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre at the University of Toronto and the University Health Network. uToronto's dean of medicine says the Banting & Best Diabetes Centre-Novo Nordisk Chair in Incretin Biology will position the centre as leader in incretin biology research. uToronto News

Capilano appoints new president

Capilano University announced Friday the appointment of Dr. Kris Bulcroft as the institution's sixth president and second vice-chancellor. A PhD graduate of the University of Minnesota with a 20-year career at Western Washington University, Bulcroft will come to Capilano from Switzerland-based Franklin College, where she is currently provost and vice-president for academic affairs. Bulcroft will succeed Dr. Greg Lee, who will retire in July after 39 years at Capilano and 15 as president. Capilano News Release

ACCC calls for increased resources to address health sector needs

In its submission to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges states that colleges are uniquely positioned to provide the advanced skills needed by the health sector. The association notes that additional support is needed to address long wait lists for health programs, aging infrastructure and deferred maintenance, faculty development and recruitment, health-related equipment and technology, and clinical placements. Read the brief

CNA, MUN win CNIE award for distance ed partnership

A partnership between Memorial University, College of the North Atlantic, and the Newfoundland and Labrador government has been recognized by the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE) with the 2010 national Award for Excellence and Innovation in Partnership and Collaboration. Through the partnership between the province's Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation, MUN's Distance Education and Learning Technologies, and CNA's Distributed Learning Services, the education providers currently offer a province-wide system supporting distance education regardless of location, time, or educational level. CNA News Release

Humber job portal earns CNIE award

Humber College's School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism also picked up a CNIE Award for Excellence and Innovation, winning in the Student Services category for its Student Internship and Placement Portal, a custom-built, online tool designed to help students in the school's programs find internship placements with industry partners. Over 1,200 students in culinary, fitness, and hospitality programs use the portal every year to find internships and more than 70% receive job offers from their placement. Humber News

Carleton contest seeks design to represent Aboriginal connections

Carleton University is running a contest to create a graphic design that will be used to symbolize the institution's Aboriginal connections and its desire to embrace diverse populations. The design will be used in Carleton material, including its website. The design should reflect the university's mission statement on Aboriginal issues. The contest is open to members of the university community, and the deadline for submissions in June 30. Carleton News Release