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By ANNE KERSHAW | January 12 2009

Economy’s slide and end of mandatory retirement see more profs staying on

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | January 12 2009

A double-double at Timmies – nearly every Canadian would know you’re talking about a coffee at one of Canada’s ubiquitous Tim Hortons restaurants. Sociology professor Patricia Cormack of St. Francis Xavier University tapped into the zeitgeist with her article, “True Stories of Canada: Tim Hortons and the Branding of National Identity,” published in the November […]

By JULIA KENT | January 12 2009

TWU student Katherine Hartline releases one of the kestrels. Photo: Mike Rathjen Researchers at Trinity Western University are experimenting with a natural way to deal with the overpopulation of European starlings by trying to boost the population of their predators. Since their introduction to North America more than a century ago, starlings have thrived on […]

By JULIA KENT | January 12 2009

Even though you may not hear about it, Canadians are still spotting unidentified flying objects, long after their heyday in the 1950s and ’60s, says Chris Rutkowski, a UFO hobbyist whose day job is communications officer at the University of Manitoba. Mr. Rutkowski says there are hundreds of reports each year in Canada from coast […]

By NICK TAYLOR-VAISEY | December 15 2008

New study for Canadian Research Integrity Committee compares policies and incidence at home with eight other countries

By MÉLANIE BÉCHARD | December 15 2008

Ottawa symposium airs different views of the research role of Canadian university faculty from developing countries

By ROSANNA TAMBURRI | December 01 2008

Losses in endowment and pension funds from economic slide put pressure on universities

By CAROLYN WONG | December 01 2008

Dr. Goldschläger collects testimonials of Holocaust survivors. Alain Goldschläger, a professor in the department of French at the University of Western Ontario, is the man responsible for one of the world’s largest collections of Holocaust testimonials – a fact that he thinks is both remarkable and unfortunate. Dr. Goldschläger established the Holocaust Literary Research Institute […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 01 2008

This image of the Mary Rose is from a 16th-century collection of paintings of Henry VIII’s navy. Remarkable forensic evidence uncovered by Simon Fraser University criminologist Lynne Bell leads her to believe that miscommunication among a mainly non-English-speaking crew resulted in the sinking of King Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose, during a battle with […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | December 01 2008

A happy ending: Mount Allison’s MacGregor House gets moved to a new location off campus. It’s the ultimate in cash and carry. University of Guelph president Alastair Summerlee recently mused to a local newspaper about the possibility of putting four on-campus brick houses up for sale for a dollar apiece. The catch is that the […]

By HOWARD FLUXGOLD | December 01 2008

At one time, the accepted wisdom was that computers would make paper redundant. Of course, just the opposite happened and offices were submerged in reams of the stuff. Now, the undergraduate advising office in the University of British Columbia’s faculty of land and food systems has taken the radical step of actually going paperless. It […]

By PEGGY BERKOWITZ | December 01 2008

The awards brand Canada as a destination for top-flight students, but can they meet their potential to attract international students in the short term?

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | November 17 2008

John Tarrant is in Canada to meet with university presidents

By BRONWYN CHESTER | November 17 2008

New study finds them less happy with level of institutional support for family life

By BALBIR GILL | November 03 2008

A more nuanced statement of practice about student travel is in the works

By ROSANNA TAMBURRI | November 03 2008

They say their ambiguous status at universities leads to low pay and other concerns

By MARK CARDWELL | November 03 2008

Michaël Imbeault created his science news site in his spare time. Photo: Marc Robitaille If Michaël Imbeault got a dollar – even a dime – every time somebody visited his new website, he’d be rich. But the Université Laval doctoral student says he’s satisfied, for now at least, with the knowledge that he’s providing a […]

By CAROLYN WONG | November 03 2008

Dr. Bugslag stands in front of stained glass window titled “Justice,” originally installed in a Winnipeg courthouse in 1893. The courthouse was demolished in 1965 and the window now hangs in the University of Manitoba’s faculty of law building. Photo: Sean Moore In the age of box-office hits featuring advanced computer-generated imagery, a “special effects” […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | November 03 2008

Dr. Hutchings put Blake’s poems to music. The poems of William Blake (1757-1827) are celebrated as some of the finest in the English language, but what is not well known by scholars is that he set many of his poems to music. “Some of his contemporaries talk in their memoirs about hearing Blake sing these […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | October 24 2008

Two universities joined the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada in October – the Canadian Mennonite University based in Winnipeg and Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Vancouver. Kwantlen has four campuses serving 9,500 full-time students pursuing degrees in the South Fraser region of B.C. Established in 1981, it gained official university status this past September […]