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New science minister promises more support for basic research
December 03, 2015
Kirsty Duncan, the new federal Minister of Science, promised more support for basic research in a major speech at the Canadian Science Policy Conference last week. One of her goals, she said, is to “get the right balance between fundamental research to drive new discoveries and commercialization of ideas.”
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University Inc. Compromises Academic Freedom
December 03, 2015
These are some of the allegations facing Canada’s universities and colleges in the wake of a series of scandals that critics say highlight the way institutions are being run like private corporations.
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Nova Scotia university teachers decry administration 'opacity'
December 03, 2015
The Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers is urging the province to hold school administrators more accountable for the decisions they make and better measure the financial health of universities.
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Universities Can Afford To Provide All Workers With Fair Pay
December 03, 2015
“Universities clearly have money if they can afford to compensate their executives as generously [as they do],” argues Larry Rousseau in the Huffington Post. Rousseau highlights the large salaries collected by current and former presidents of universities and contrasts them with the experiences of sessional lecturers and postdoctoral scholars who “can earn as little as $25,000 and are excluded from the benefits plans that other full-time staff at the university enjoy.”
A Fresh Look at Educational Attainment: How Canada Can Be Number One and Still Have Room to Grow  Thumbnail Image
A Fresh Look at Educational Attainment: How Canada Can Be Number One and Still Have Room to Grow
December 03, 2015
Once again, the OECD’s compendium of education statistics reveals that Canada is the most educated country in the developed world. But this conclusion can be deceiving, writes contributor Andrew Parkin, who shows why Canada still lags behind other countries in several key areas
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Cancer Therapy Nets Award for Student
December 03, 2015
A University of Windsor postdoctoral student received a prestigious award in Ottawa Tuesday night for her work in studying the efficacy of using dandelion extract to battle cancer. The Biochemistry Department at the University of Windsor is studying dandelion root extract which may be effective in killing leukemia cells while leaving normal cells healthy.
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Canadian universities offer refugees a fresh start
December 01, 2015
Until his plane took off from the airport in Ankara, Saifan Istefan was afraid that something would happen to prevent his family from embarking on a journey that had taken years to organize. “In the last moments at the airport, I was afraid that the Turkish government would delay us,” Mr. Istefan said. A former engineering student from Iraq who went to university in Mosul, Mr. Istefan left the city in 2007, a year short of his degree, pushed out by bombings and kidnappings.
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Provincial Gov Confirms Funding for Entrepreneurship Programs
December 01, 2015
While the Windsor region contends with the highest youth unemployment rate in the country, a representative of Ontario’s government travelled to the city to re-announce funding for entrepreneurship programs that have already been running for several years.
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Flying and Driving Pickets show Support for Nipissing Faculty
December 01, 2015
Marking the end of the second week of the labour dispute at Nipissing University, CAUT Defence Fund flying pickets are in North Bay and Bracebridhe today to show solidarity with full-time faculty fighting for a fair deal.
Concordia doesn't plan to retract controversial report about asbestos industry  Thumbnail Image
Concordia doesn't plan to retract controversial report about asbestos industry
December 01, 2015
Despite acknowledging an “oversight” by failing to notice a conflict of interest before commissioning and publishing a report on Quebec’s asbestos industry, Concordia University does not plan to officially retract the report in question.
Ewart: Little Fanfare for Chevron's Fracking Research Funding at U of C  Thumbnail Image
Ewart: Little Fanfare for Chevron's Fracking Research Funding at U of C
December 01, 2015
University of Calgary professor David Eaton was announced Monday as the NSERC/Chevron Industrial Research chair that will advance hydraulic fracturing technology and research.
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Are Elite College Courses Better?
December 01, 2015
Study's preliminary findings suggest that teaching quality and academic rigor are not necessarily stronger at prestigious institutions. Researchers believe they are developing a legitimate way to compare the educational quality of courses across institutions -- and their initial analysis, they say, "raises questions about the value of higher-prestige institutions in terms of their teaching quality."
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