Top Ten

November 26, 2010

PEI withdraws proposed degree legislation

On Friday, Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz announced the provincial government would not be proceeding with changes to the University Act and new degree-granting arrangements in the province. In a statement, the University of Prince Edward Island said it "appreciates this decision and Premier Ghiz's leadership in finding a path forward, together with the underlying affirmation of UPEI's role and mandate as our provincial university." UPEI had challenged the province on the proposed degree legislation, arguing it could undermine the university's reputation. Charlottetown Guardian | UPEI Media Statement

Lakehead breached contract with campus closure, arbitrator rules

An arbitrator has ruled in favour of Lakehead University Faculty Association's grievance against the institution's closure last December. Lakehead administration shut down the campus for 4 days before Christmas in a bid to reduce costs. The move reduced the annual salary of professors, which drew the ire of the faculty association. In her ruling, the arbitrator states she found that "by instituting a shutdown, it was not open to the university to unilaterally reduce the annual salary of faculty members by four days." In the arbitrator's view, the university's action constituted a breach of the collective agreement between Lakehead and the faculty association.

Cambrian to suspend 6 programs

As of next fall, Cambrian College is suspending 6 programs due to a lack of enrolment and financial viability. The affected programs are Travel and Tourism, Mechanical Technician -- Tool and Die, Advertising, Advertising Graduate Certificate, Computer Programmer Analyst Advanced, and the Advanced Paramedic Graduate Certificate. Students currently enrolled in these programs will not be affected and will still be able to complete their studies. Sudbury Star

BC launches new labour market strategy

On Friday, the BC government released a new labour market strategy aimed at ensuring the province has the skilled workers in place to fill the more than one million job openings BC will have by 2019. The strategy targets 3 priority areas aimed at building the province's workforce over the next decade: increasing the skill level and success of people currently in BC; attracting and retaining top talent from across Canada and around the world; and improving productivity by creating a culture of innovation that leads to productive workplaces. One long-term outcome is that by 2020, 80% of the working adult population will have PSE aligned with the province's economic needs. BC News Release | Read the strategy report

Ontario Power Generation invests $5 million in UOIT, Durham College

Building on a successful, 5-year collaborative partnership with Durham College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario Power Generation announced Friday a $5-million investment over the next 5 years in the institutions. The funding will be used toward capital support for Durham College, and support for educational programs, research, equipment, bursaries, and scholarships at both Durham College and UOIT. UOIT News Release

ACCC releases showcase of college applied research projects

On Friday, the Association of Canadian Community Colleges released its 2010 showcase of college applied research and innovation projects. The showcase, titled "Accelerating Innovation, Colleges, Institutes and Polytechnics: Applied Research for Economic and Social Development," highlights 86 projects that have provided concrete results for businesses and community organizations across Canada. Over 3,700 companies were involved in applied research partnerships with colleges in 2009-10 in more than 300 areas of research specialization. ACCC offers quick summaries of the best examples of how applied research affects our daily lives. ACCC News Release | Read the showcase

uAlberta virology research program receives $5-million donation

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline Inc. announced last Thursday a $5-million donation in support of virology research at the University of Alberta's faculty of medicine and dentistry. The GSK Virology Research Support Endowment fund will be used to help sustain the operations of the Li Ka Shing Institute, where over 2 dozen researchers are studying how viruses infect cells and cause diseases, how viral infections can be prevents, and new ways to treat them. uAlberta ExpressNews | Edmonton Journal

VIU health centre could help university achieve CIS designation

After being turned down in its bid to join Canadian Interuniversity Sport, Vancouver Island University's student services is redoubling efforts to build a bigger gymnasium, which would include a health and wellness centre for students and the community on the Nanaimo campus. The centre would include access to doctors and nurses for students and Harewood residents, and could help VIU in future bids for CIS designation with the Canada West Universities Athletic Association conference. A bigger gym and health centre still needs approval by the university's board of governors in the 2011-12 budget before it can become a reality. Nanaimo Daily News

StFX names winner in X-Factor video contest

A second-year St. Francis Xavier University student from Norway has been named the grand prize winner of the university's Capture the X-Factor Video Contest, where students were asked to produce and submit videos that show the ingredients that make up the institution's X-Factor. One contest judge says the winning video "nicely incorporates a message of equity, and equality for all our students no matter how they identify themselves, or how they are involved in student life -- they are all members of the X community." StFX News | Watch the video

Carleton unveils new homepage

Last Thursday marked the launch of a new look and feel for Carleton University's homepage, which features a large, rotating graphic banner promoting programs and student blogs. Visitors to the site can hover their cursor over "About," "Admissions," "Academics," "Research," and "Campus Life" to bring down related links. At the bottom of the homepage visitors will find links to Carleton's YouTube channel, Facebook page, and Twitter account. In the weeks and months ahead, Carleton will continue to add new elements to the website, and will reach out to the university community on what applications or content they would like to see. Carleton website