Top Ten

May 31, 2010

Georgian College breaks ground for new Collingwood campus

Georgian College held a groundbreaking ceremony Friday for its first permanent campus in Collingwood. Opening in fall 2011, the 20,000-square-foot campus is located on 10 acres of land donated by a local developer, and is also made possible by a $4-million contribution from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. The campus will accommodate 250 full-time students and over 3,000 part-time students annually. Georgian College News Release

Queen's School of Business launches $40-million expansion

Saturday marked the start of construction on the $40-million expansion of Goodes Hall, home to the Queen's School of Business. The facility's namesake, former Warner-Lambert Company chairman and CEO Mel Goodes, has pledged an additional $5 million towards the new 75,000-square-foot wing. The school has so far raised $18.2 million in its $22-million fundraising campaign for the expansion, with plans to raise the final $3.8 million by January 2012. The remaining $18 million for the $40-million project will come from government and university funds related to program growth. Queen's School of Business News Release

$15 million for college-community research partnerships

Science and Technology Minister Gary Goodyear announced yesterday that 12 Canadian colleges will receive nearly $15 million under the College and Community Innovation (CCI) Program. Launched in 2007, the CCI program enables colleges to develop or expand research transfer activities in their communities through partnerships with local companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises. The 12 colleges will each receive grants lasting between 2 and 5 years. The recipients include Douglas College, Selkirk College, Lakeland College, SIAST, Cambrian, Centennial, Lambton, Seneca, St. Lawrence College, Cégep de La Pocatière, Cégep de Matane, and Cégep de Thetford. Government of Canada News Release

Steroid use common in university athletics, says uWaterloo student

In an interview with the Globe and Mail, Joe Surgenor, a University of Waterloo football player who has admitted to using an anabolic steroid, says doping is common in varsity football across Canada. "To be perfectly honest, anyone who doesn't think there are seven to 13 players on every team (using performance-enhancing drugs) in the CIS, you're kidding yourself." After one of Surgenor's teammates was charged with possession of anabolic steroids for the purpose of trafficking this spring, the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports ordered drug testing at several other southern Ontario universities. Canadian Interuniversity Sport's CEO says the federation is moving towards more frequent testing, targeting football players with suspicious performance and weight gains. Globe and Mail | Waterloo Region Record

CFS opposes "rationalization" of NS university system

At the national general meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students last week, students voted to oppose the amalgamation, redistribution, or restructuring of universities that result in program and service elimination. These options, often called "rationalization," are being considered as part of the Nova Scotia government's review of the province's university system. The NS representative of the CFS says "students, especially at small institutions, know that restructuring or amalgamating our university system threatens the very quality of our education and university experience." CFS News Release

Mount Royal joins Canadian Virtual University

Mount Royal University is the latest member of Canadian Virtual University, an association of accredited Canadian universities offering online and distance education. Mount Royal adds 8 new certificates to the current catalogue of more than 300 programs in niche areas not previously offered completely online. The other members of CVU are Athabasca U, Laurentian, MUN, Nipissing, Royal Military College, TÉLUQ, TRU, uManitoba, and UNB. CVU News

BC offers fast-track residency to foreign grad students

The BC government announced Friday changes to its Provincial Nominee Program to allow international graduate students at provincial universities to fast-track their permanent residency status upon graduation. Under a 3-year pilot program, graduates of BC masters and PhD programs in natural, health, and applied sciences can apply for immigrant status in advance of receiving and accepting a full-time offer of employment, eliminating the need to wait for a job offer. Other changes to the PNP will expand opportunities to include international graduate students with diplomas or degrees from any eligible Canadian institution, extend the application deadline from one to 2 years, and broaden the range of employment options that qualify candidates for resident status. BC News Release

AUCC to help African universities strengthen ties with industry

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada announced last Thursday a new partnership with the Association of African Universities to strengthen African universities' relationships with local and regional industries. The project will create 27 new university-industry partnerships, benefiting about 250 AAU member institutions. Through the partnership, African universities will be linked more closely with the private sector, positioning them to better develop the skills and knowledge to meet Africa's economic needs. In turn, AUCC and Canadian institutions will gain enhanced relationships with African universities. With these new alliances, Canadian universities can continue to reinforce the pivotal role of PSE in economic growth and poverty reduction in Africa. AUCC News Release

Yukon College launches redesigned homepage

We've recently noticed that Yukon College has a new-look homepage, building on its Web redesign unveiled last September. Visitors to the homepage can manipulate the large graphic banner by hovering the cursor over the 5 thumbnails directly below the banner. New changes to the homepage include the ability to "like" a news item. The site includes links to the college's Facebook page, Twitter account, and Google Buzz account. Yukon College website

Youth most likely to limit personal info online, report finds

A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project observes that young people are most likely to limit personal information on the Web, and least likely to trust social networking sites. According to the study, 71% of social networkers between the ages of 18 and 29 change the privacy settings on their profiles to limit what they share with others online, compared to 55% in the 50- to 64-year-old age group. About half of people in the 18-29 bracket have deleted comments other have posted on their profiles, compared to 29% of those 30 to 49 and 26% of those 50 to 64. When asked how much they trust social networks, 28% of the youngest adults surveyed said "never," while 20% in the 30-49 bracket and 14% in the 50-64 age group agreed. Associated Press | Read the report