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Friday, December 9, 2011


Vancouver Island University’s newest building gets ‘green’ roof
A layer of topsoil on the roof of the Vancouver Island University‘s newest building will soon be blanketed with a multi-coloured display of ground-covering foliage. A green roof planned for the aboriginal Gathering Place is finally being installed, two years after construction started on the building. Green, or living roofs, benefit the environment by reducing atmospheric heating compared to artificial surfaces, and less runoff in winter. Once finished, the roof will be the focus of a VIU biology study to measure carbon offsets such roofs produce.

Cambrian launches adopt an international student campaign
The Sudbury Star
Just in time for the holiday season, Cambrian College has introduced a program that encourages Sudburians to invite an international student into their lives. “Adopt an International Student will foster cultural exchange in our community and offer extra support to our international students, especially over the holidays,” Hadi Fergani, Internationalization co-ordinator at Cambrian, said in a release.

Kwantlen suspends students ousted from KSA
Surrey Now
Kwantlen Polytechnic University officials have confirmed they have suspended 13 students who are former members of the Kwantlen Student Association. The suspensions, which allow for the students to attend classes and write exams, come after nearly 400 students voted unanimously to oust more than a dozen members of the KSA at a special general meeting on Nov. 30.

A minister’s surprising vision for higher education
Ontarians are busy debating where the province’s three new post-secondary campuses should be, with mayors from Barrie to Niagara Falls holding out their caps. But ahead of that decision, Glen Murray, Ontario’s new Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, says there all kinds of ideas he wants to explore first. Those who lust after future campuses should take note.