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By Communications Staff
April 08, 2010

April 8, 2010

Universities among best diversity employers
McGill University, University of British Columbia and The University of Toronto have been named among Canada's best diversity employers. The program
recognizes employers across Canada that have exceptional workplace diversity as well as inclusiveness programs. This competition examines a range of diversity initiatives covering five major employee groups: women; members of visible minorities; persons with disabilities; Aboriginal peoples; and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered/transsexual persons.

Winnipeg freezes senior admin salaries
The University of Winnipeg has frozen salaries of the president, vice-presidents, associate VPs and equivalents, and deans for 2010-11 in an effort to help balance the operating budget. The University of Manitoba has also approved a salary freeze for members of the executive group and senior administrative academic group.
University of Winnipeg

U of A students face fee hike
A proposed new mandatory fee for University of Alberta students has been cut in half to $290, but the university has a $14.8 million deficit and the board of governors has warned of layoffs. The mandatory fee is earmarked for maintaining existing student services and was reduced following protests at the Alberta legislature.
The operating budget deficit exists after staff furlough days and cuts to faculty budgets of five per cent.
The Edmonton Journal

Another Schulich school
The Schulich brand on Canadian universities will now include the Faculty of Education at Nipissing University. Seymour Schulich is donating $15 million to rename the faculty as the Schulich School of Education.
Other Schulich schools include medicine and dentistry at Western, business at York, engineering at Calgary, music at McGill, law at Dalhousie, and chemistry at the Israel Institute of Technology

Quebec ending tuition freeze
Quebec, long a bastion of the lowest tuition fees in the country, will raise fees as of fall 2012. The province's education minister will meet with universities to discuss the increase as well as performance requirements. Universities must implement plans to improve the quality of services provided to students and eliminate accumulated deficits.

UVic garden protest sprouts
A University of Victoria student was arrested for blocking a University of Victoria crew from repairing lawn dug up by students determined to convert grass into gardens. Lawn in front of the McPherson Library was dug up and planted with 10 garden beds by about 125 people complaining about needing more community garden space. The student was released however media reported 40 to 50 people later took their protest to an administration building, resulting in a
temporary lockdown of the building.
Victoria Times Colonist

Climate researchers overly secretive
A U.K. parliamentary panel on the Climategate scandal criticized the University of East Anglia for a culture of withholding information. In November, 1,000 e-mails were allegedly hacked from the university's Climatic Research Unit. Critics said the e-mails showed that scientists tampered with or hid data that called into question the issue of climate change. While finding nothing to challenge the "scientific consensus" that global warming is occurring, the panel accused the university of mishandling freedom-of-information requests and said problems could have been avoided had the scientists simply published all of their data. Two other investigations are pending.
- The Washington Post

Following energy use

The University of California at San Diego has just launched a new website that makes detailed, real-time data about campus energy use public information. Information for the 60 largest buildings on campus is continuously updated.

Where do you fit in?
The Pew Research Centre offers a short quiz that ranks you on the generational timeline, from the Silent Generation to the Millennial Generation. The higher your score, the more you relate to Millennials.

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