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By ANNE KERSHAW | August 04 2009

New centre brings researchers and industry together to benefit the environment

By SAMANTHA CRAGGS | August 04 2009

Parchment initially thought to be from 15th century may be even older

By NICK TAYLOR-VAISEY | August 04 2009

Canada’s science minister thinks his government has done a pretty good job of honouring its budget commitment to invest heavily in decaying postsecondary infrastructure across the country. Gary Goodyear has spent the better part of two months travelling to campuses and, along with his provincial counterparts, rolling out his government’s two-billion dollar Knowledge Infrastructure Program. […]

By ANNE KERSHAW | June 15 2009

The University of Toronto says it is on solid financial and moral ground adopting flat tuition fees for its faculty of arts and science, a move that is projected to generate up to $14 million a year in funding. At a May meeting of its governing council, Canada’s largest university endorsed a plan to switch […]

By MOIRA FARR | June 08 2009

When Daphne Gilbert was a law student at the University of Manitoba 20 years ago, she and all her female cohorts walked out of a class taught by a professor whose approach to teaching sexual-assault law struck them as outrageously sexist. Now an associate professor of law and vice-dean of the English law program at […]


A tribute to a popular but beleaguered Canadian academic had its world premiere at the 2009 Hot Docs film festival recently in Toronto. Professor Norman Cornett – “Since when do we divorce the right answer from an honest answer?” is Alanis Obomsawin’s perspective on his innovative teaching methods as a contract instructor at McGill University […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | June 08 2009

A marine engineering course which incorporated a virtual shipyard in the online world of Second Life won an award for excellence and innovation in the use of learning technology by the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education. The fourth-year course at Memorial University, entitled Marine Production Management, was given by adjunct professor David Murrin in […]

By SUZANNE BOWNESS | June 08 2009

Finding ways to make use of every part of our food sources is an ancient idea that’s getting a second look from Canadian researchers in such fields as chemical engineering and biotechnology. Their aim is to develop new processes to turn crop waste such as corn stalks, switch grass and sugar cane residue into alternative […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | May 12 2009

Paul Davidson took on the role of president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada on May 11. Mr. Davidson, 45, succeeds Claire Morris, who retired after leading AUCC since March 2004. Mr. Davidson was previously executive director of World University Service of Canada, an international development organization linked to Canadian universities and […]


More international students expected to win the prestigious scholarship in coming years


This coming Canada Day, 21 smiling Inuit women will climb a podium in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut, to proudly accept a new “Leadership in Learning” master of education degree. For the July 1 event, most of these women will wear amoutis, traditional ceremonial parkas. And on many of these amoutis will be an embroidered […]


Some universities, facing big losses in their pension funds as a result of the downturn in financial markets, are investigating ways to overhaul those plans, from lobbying governments for regulatory changes to consolidating plans to seeking new agreements with their faculty. “University pension plans have been seriously impacted by the financial crisis,” said Paul Genest, […]

By JULIA KILPATRICK | April 06 2009

The University of Ottawa has a new slogan: Help wanted. In March, the school issued a memo to its alumni, asking those who are not currently involved in the co-op program to consider hiring students and “accept the challenge of bettering your alma mater.” The university can regularly expect about 1,100 students from eight faculties […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 06 2009

Fed up by the continuing presence of fighting in hockey, Algoma University marketing instructor Nadine Robinson decided to put her money where her mouth is. She bought a domain name for $10, spent an equivalent number of hours putting the site together, and in February launched But a funny thing happened when she told […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 06 2009

The issue of rampant rabbits continues to raise its furry head at University of Victoria. The campus is overrun with feral rabbits and since last September the university has been running a public awareness campaign asking people not to feed the unwanted intruders nor harass them. But the university got into a bit of hot […]

By HARMEET SINGH | April 06 2009

This starchy fruit caused a mutiny on the Bounty, but tapping into its bounty is the goal of Susan Murch, a professor of plant biochemistry at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. Dr. Murch, who holds the Canada Research Chair in Natural Products Chemistry, is part of an international effort to cultivate and distribute breadfruit […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 06 2009

The lights went out at Mount Allison University on March 20, but it wasn’t a blackout. The university was just getting a jump on the growing “Lights Out” event, which officially occurs on Earth Day, April 22. On that day, schools are encouraged to turn off their lights as an environmental gesture. The event has […]

By NICK TAYLOR-VAISEY | April 06 2009

Deadline for bids was March 31, but the federal government still must decide when, where and how the money will flow

By DANIEL DROLET | April 06 2009

A panel of international experts agrees: Social scientists around the world need to do a better job of selling themselves. The question is, how? Four social scientists – one each from Australia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the U.S. – were participating in a panel discussion about the value of humanities and social science […]

By HARMEET SINGH | April 06 2009

Ten or 15 years ago, most pet owners would likely not have considered treating their animals for cancer, but that is changing, says Valerie MacDonald, a veterinary oncologist at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Cancer treatment for pets can be expensive, but even if it gives owners an extra year with […]