Top Ten

April 20, 2012

151 arrested in student protest in Gatineau

Police used pepper spray on student demonstrators and arrested 151 individuals at the Université du Québec en Outaouais Thursday during a third day of confrontation in Quebec's ongoing student protests over planned tuition fee increases. The protesters were released but the majority will face serious charges, including acts of criminal mischief and illegal occupation. The arrests came one day after 161 protesters were arrested for blocking the road near UQO. Wednesday's incident was the subject of a statement issued by the Canadian Federation of Students in which it denounced the breach of freedom of assembly at UQO. Ottawa Citizen | Canadian Press | CFS News Release

Carleton, Dominican College form affiliation

Carleton University and Dominican College announced Friday an affiliation agreement, under which Dominican students will be registered at Carleton and attend classes at their home institution. These students will receive diplomas that are authorized by both institutions and bear both names. Funding for Dominican students will flow from Carleton, which will be responsible for assuring quality and reporting. Present in Ottawa since the late 19th century, Dominican is a bilingual institution that offers purely academic degree programs in philosophy and theology, as well as vocational degrees. The Ontario Council of Graduate Studies recently reviewed and approved the college's graduate programs in philosophy. Dominican has 82 undergraduate and 53 graduate students from 10 nations. Carleton News Release

Ryerson provost recommended as candidate for Concordia president

Concordia University's presidential search committee has made a unanimous recommendation to present Dr. Alan Shepard to the university community as the candidate for president and vice-chancellor. The introduction of Shepard is the final step in the search process and will take place tomorrow during a joint meeting of the board of governors and senate, which will be open to the Concordia community. The university will welcome feedback about the candidate until noon on May 1 for consideration by the search committee. Once the formal recommendation is finalized, it will be brought to the board for consideration. Shepard has been the provost and VP academic of Ryerson University since 2007. Concordia News

Western U president's office occupied in protest over campus ban of London activists

A group of about 40 demonstrators occupied the office of Western University's president for half an hour Thursday to protest the banning of a pair of London activists from campus. The ban stems from the activists' participation in a protest on February 1 that interrupted an event organized by Israel On Campus. There were no injuries sustained or arrests made at Thursday's event and president Amit Chakma was engaged in off-campus meetings at the time. Though the men banned say Western U is trying to silence them, the university stands behind its decision to bar them from campus. "This has never been about free speech. This is about conduct and safety," says the VP of resources and operations. In a letter to Chakma, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association called on the university to overturn the ban. Western U says it has already begun a review into the circumstances surrounding the trespass notices issued at the time of the February incident. London Free Press | Western U Statement

Alberta to probe grade inflation at private schools

The Alberta government is promising to investigate possible grade inflation at private schools after a Calgary Herald analysis found large discrepancies between the marks given by teachers and student scores on standardized provincial tests. The analysis of results in 3 Grade 12 subjects found private schools where student performance on the standardized tests declined by more than 4 times the Alberta average. "If there are discrepancies, I would want to know about them and have them looked into," says Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk. "At the end of the day, I want to make sure all children earn that high school diploma." Alberta is one of only a few provinces in which students must write standardized tests in Grade 12, with diploma exams counting for 50% of a student's final grade. While the minister says he is committed to initiating a review into grade inflation, the public also has a responsibility to be on the lookout for problems. "In a private school setting, it’s expected that parents would play an active role in monitoring as well." Calgary Herald

uWindsor unveils preliminary renderings for downtown campus

Last Wednesday, University of Windsor president Alan Wildeman revealed the preliminary renderings of the institution's downtown campus. The Windsor Armouries will be transformed to house the newly merged Schools of Music and Visual Arts. Changes in store for this property include ample skylights and a vertical addition on the south end. Across the street, the former Greyhound bus depot's original art-deco façade will be restored, and a one-storey addition will be built to house uWindsor's film production program. The School of Social Work and the Centre for Professional and Executive Education will move into the Windsor Star building, whose historic façades will remain intact. Wildeman says the campus "will create an important cultural hub for our community, providing access to services and new ideas that speak to the quality of life, when it opens in the fall of 2014." uWindsor Daily News | Windsor Star

York U law school opens renovated building

Last Wednesday marked the official opening of the renovated and expanded Ignat Kaneff Building at York University's Osgoode Hall Law School. The $57-million project saw 23,000 square feet of space added to the existing facility, which features a soaring atrium, a reconfigured law library, and new student lounges and social spaces. York U president Mamdouh Shoukri says the new facility will allow the institution "to accommodate the growing demand for legal education and training in the Greater Toronto Area." Y-File

Niagara, Olds Colleges partner on Canada's only brewmaster program

A year after launching Canada's first brewmaster program, Niagara College is expanding its course offering to Western Canada through a new partnership with Alberta-based Olds College. Niagara has committed to sharing its expertise and knowledge with Olds to deliver the brewmaster program at the latter's campus. Both colleges will deliver common curriculum and courses and use identical infrastructure and brewing equipment to educate students under terms of the new agreement. Olds' teaching brewery will be housed in the Pomeroy Inn and Suites, an on-campus hotel and conference centre that is currently under construction. Olds is expected to welcome its first class of brewmaster students in September 2013. Olds College News Release | Niagara College News Release | CBC

NIC, uManitoba deal sees military training applied to PSE credits

North Island College and the University of Manitoba announced Thursday a student mobility agreement providing Canadian Forces members academic credit for their military rank, courses, and training and guaranteed course transfer to uManitoba. The agreement offers access to university transferrable courses from both PSE schools to military members and their spouses based at 19 Wing Comox. NIC has been working closely with 19 Wing to improve PSE access for CF members for several years. In a survey of 457 Wing members and their families on their PSE needs, NIC found that members want degree completion opportunities with the flexibility to accommodate their busy military life. NIC News Release

WLU approves sustainability action plan

Wilfrid Laurier University's board of governors has approved a new Sustainability Action Plan, which outlines a 15% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over a 5-year period. The plan was developed to establish initiatives and related milestones for sustainability progress in multiple areas of the institution, including education, operations, and community partnerships. Examples include: integrating sustainability programming into academics, training, and awareness initiatives; engaging faculty, staff, students, and the wider community in sustainability initiatives on and off campus; and encouraging and facilitating alternative transportation for students, faculty, and staff. WLU News Release | WLU Sustainability Action Plan