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Professor "invalidated" from Carleton board of governors for refusing code of conduct
July 13, 2016
A Carleton University professor who writes a blog critical of decisions made by the university’s board of governors has been replaced on that board after he declined to sign on to a “code of conduct” when he sought re-election.
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Ontario considers mandatory work experience programs for all students
June 28, 2016
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne has declared her support for a recommendation that would mandate participation in co-op programs for every ON high school, university, and college student.
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Faculty association says UBC process flawed in dismissing professor Steven Galloway
June 27, 2016
The University of British Columbia’s faculty association is criticizing the university’s process of dismissing author Steven Galloway, who was a tenured creative writing professor.
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UBC president vows to face challenges while remaining 'respectful'
June 15, 2016
UBC’s newly appointed president Santa Ono said in a recent address to the institution's law school that he is ready to become a “servant leader” to the university. The Vancouver native also indicated that leading UBC was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity that he could not pass up. He noted that his priorities will include bringing greater transparency to the school’s governance and fostering productive relations with faculty.
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Panel to review federal funding for university-based scientific research
June 14, 2016
Canada has appointed a panel of experts to conduct “an unprecedented and sweeping review of how it supports university-based scientific research,” reports Ivan Semeniuk of the Globe and Mail. The author adds that the panel’s final recommendations could have the potential to provoke anything from minor changes to a complete overhaul of Ottawa’s funding practices for scientific research.
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U of M, union disagree strongly on library staff cuts
June 14, 2016
A union at the University of Manitoba says that the school has released 40 workers in the past two weeks and more than 60 overall in 2016, reports the Winnipeg Free Press.
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Homa Hoodfar's Concordia colleagues mobilize to help jailed professor
June 15, 2016
Community members from Concordia University and beyond are calling for the release of Concordia professor emerita Homa Hoodfar, who has been detained in an Iranian prison since last Monday, reports the Montreal Gazette. Hoodfar’s family, colleagues, and friends are reportedly urging the Canadian government to take whatever action is necessary to free the retired professor.
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Shakespearean Twitter War
June 14, 2016
A recent academic debate on Twitter about Shakespeare has raised new questions about the role of social media as a forum for academic opinions, writes Jarrett Carter for Education Dive. In recent weeks, University of Toronto English Professor Holger Syme published more than 500 tweets criticizing what he viewed as a “tremendously awful” new book on the texts of Shakespeare’s King Lear.
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Female scientists less likely to receive CIHR grants, stats show
June 14, 2016
Experts are expressing concern about the potential effects of gender bias on science funding, reports the Ottawa Citizen. This concern has most recently arisen in connection with the Canadian Institutes for Health Research, which has found a discrepancy in the success rates of female and male applicants to its new Foundation grants program. A review of the program found that while women made up 37% of the funding applicants, they made up only 27% of those who received funding.
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Should academics avoid friendships with students?
June 03, 2016
Friendships can blossom naturally between scholars and students, but are they always problematic? Nina Kelly navigates the boundaries
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UNB board member challenges spending priorities, marketing
May 30, 2016
A member of the University of New Brunswick’s board of governors has publicly opposed the school’s budget priorities, reports CBC. Julian Renaud, one of three board members elected by UNB students, has reportedly said that UNB is not devoting enough funding to its academic programs and is spending too much on marketing
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Free bikes on loan at McMaster University library
May 25, 2016
University library collections are growing in nontraditional ways. Students at McMaster University and Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON can now borrow bicycles for free from their libraries as part of a non-profit bike-sharing program, Start the Cycle.
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