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By RHONDA MOORE | June 09 2008

What does the term “second life” mean to you? Perhaps it creates images of online games or the life you’ll have when you retire. For a select group of Canada Research Chair holders who spoke recently at a special panel discussion, “second life” was handy shorthand for the wide range of research they do to […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | June 09 2008

Changes signal the end of university colleges in name, but not spirit

By ANGELA PEREIRA | June 09 2008

A program that helps refugees to start a new life on Canadian campuses hits a milestone this summer. The Student Refugee Program, run by World University Service of Canada, will welcome its 1,000th student this August. The program, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, targets refugees who’ve fled their homeland and sponsors them so […]

By ANGELA PEREIRA | June 09 2008

A referendum on the fate of one of Canada’s oldest student newspapers wasn’t even close in the end, but the students who publish the paper said they shouldn’t have had to go to the polls in the first place. The McGill Daily, which began publishing in 1911, and its sister publication Le Délit received a […]

By TIM LOUGHEED | June 09 2008

But bill isn’t expected to affect universities that use animals for teaching and research

By ROSANNA TAMBURRI | June 09 2008

International students should find it easier to get work permits and jobs and even to become permanent residents after they finish their studies in Canada, thanks to new regulations introduced by the Canadian government in April. The new rules will also help Canadian universities in their efforts to recruit more foreign students and help Canada […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | June 09 2008

Growing up on the Prairies, John Hanesiak was fascinated by the intense storms that would suddenly blow in on summer afternoons. Now a professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Hanesiak has directed that keen interest to his career. His specialty is storm tracking, which has led him to be known as […]

By CAITLIN CRAWSHAW | June 09 2008

But a vaccine against infection remains elusive

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | May 10 2008

Ontario’s universities reacted positively to new spending initiatives contained in the provincial budget tabled at the end of March. Among the highlights, the Ontario government will invest $200 million this year for the maintenance and renewal of university facilities, building on earlier investments through the government’s $6.2-billion Reaching Higher plan. The province’s universities appreciate the […]

By CAITLIN CRAWSHAW | April 07 2008

At a time when indigenous languages are vanishing around the world, a University of Alberta graduate student is working towards preserving the language of his people, the 30,000 inhabitants of the small Japanese island of Tokunoshima. “I want to give something back to my island because we’re losing in a way our identity, who we […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 07 2008

Participants to this year’s gathering in Vancouver urged to “think beyond borders”

By BALBIR GILL | April 07 2008

Is Dr. James Wilson a McGill man? Rumour and speculation abound since he was first seen sporting a McGill University sweatshirt in season two of the popular medical drama House, which airs on Fox TV in the U.S. and on the Global network in Canada, attracting some 20 million viewers per episode. The show is […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 07 2008

There’s never been anything quite like it in Canada: the University of Waterloo is setting aside its smallest student residence to serve as an “ideas incubator” filled with entrepreneurially inclined students. Starting in September, the 72 students picked to live in the university’s Minota Hagey Residence will work together to imagine the future of mobile […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | April 07 2008

Although the issue was first raised about 10 years ago, Canada has not yet developed a plan to deal with the pharmaceuticals and personal-care products that get flushed down the drain, pass right through municipal wastewater treatment plants, and end up in our rivers and lakes. If that isn’t worrying enough, there is now an […]

By ALLISON LAWLOR | April 07 2008

Atlantic region uses cable network to publicize research successes

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 10 2008

A Texas jury ruled that Canadian educational software firm Desire2Learn infringed on a patent from its large American rival, Blackboard Inc. In its Feb. 22 decision, the jury concluded that Desire2Learn’s software uses technology for which Blackboard received a patent in 2006 and awarded the American company $3.1 million US in lost profits and royalties. […]

By DANIEL DROLET | March 10 2008

Gathering shares research showing even high achievers face problems in first year

By SAMANTHA FEX | March 10 2008

Blending up fast food meals to find their fat content, programming a miniature remote-controlled Mars rover, making digital video programs – these are but a few of the activities that take place in the hundreds of science and technology programs sponsored by the national charity Actua and delivered by its 29 university and college partners. […]

By HANNAH HOAG | March 10 2008

Home is where … we consume a lot of energy. Residential buildings account for nearly 17 percent of energy consumption in Canada, says Ian Beausoleil-Morrison, a mechanical engineering professor at Carleton University. Lights, appliances, heaters and air conditioners produce 80 megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions annually. Energy is also wasted in the form of heat […]

By LÉO CHARBONNEAU | March 10 2008

The 1995 film First Knight is not one of Cory Rushton’s all-time favourites, but the Arthurian scholar may be quietly hoping that the film attracts a big audience when it’s re-released this April in Blu-ray high-definition format. That’s because one of the special features of the new package will be a commentary track recorded by […]