27, 2000, Gazette)
face infrastructure crunch
April 10, the Association ofUniversities and Colleges of Canada
the Canadian Association of University Business Officers released
a report detailing a nation-wide university infrastructure problem.
Memorial was included in the survey on which the report was based,
and which documented deferred maintenance problems at 51 universities
coast to coast.
report found that Canadian universities face a total of $3.6
billion in accumulated deferred maintenance costs.
survey confirms our worst fears on the state of Canadian university
campuses, said Duncan Watt, chair of the CAUBO steering
committee which provided direction for the report. University
facilities have deteriorated to the point where the capability
of the physical infrastructure to support the academic mission
and the core functions of learning and research is threatened.
most universities across Canada, Memorials physical infrastructure
needs repairing and upgrading. The university is facing mounting
costs for repairs to classrooms, residences and buildings. Specific
repairs include leaking roofs and tunnels, window replacements
and work required on concrete sidewalks, roadways and parking
lots. In the past, these repair costs were deferred to future
budgets, and now the accumulation of these urgent maintenance
costs at Memorial have mounted to an estimated $16 million.
ones ongoing maintenance and upgrade was a strategy born
in a time of decreased government funding, but obviously the
strategy has outlived its usefulness, said Memorial President
Dr. Axel Meisen. Now many of the maintenance issues with
older infrastructure at Memorial must be resolved. There is a
significant cost but this is a cost that cannot easily be avoided
for much longer.
Meisen said Memorial officials have met with provincial government
representatives to examine this issue and seek solutions before
the universitys academic mission and services to students
begin to suffer.
White won the Faculty/Staff Volunteer of the Year award, presented
by the Student Volunteer Bureau. She was recognized for her work
with several heritage organizations in Newfoundland. Her contributions
to the Newfoundland Historical Society, the Greenspond Historical
Society and the Gower Street United Church Archives had a positive
influence on a community and popular level, and on a scholarly
and government policy level, provincially and nationally. Ms.
White works as an archivist in the Centre for Newfoundland Studies
Archives, Queen Elizabeth II Library. She graduated with a master
of arts degree in History from Memorial in 1991.
University of Alberta in Edmonton will play host to 5,000 researchers
from across Canada and around the world for the Congress of the
Social Sciences and Humanities May 24-31. Held every year since
the 1930s, this event is now the largest multi-disciplinary meeting
of researchers in North America.
researchers, it is the most important meeting of the year,
said Dr. Louise Forsyth, president of the Humanities and Social
Science Federation of Canada. It gives us a chance to present
our latest findings and engage with Canadians in discussion about
fundamental issues affecting our economy, our society and our
years Congress, dubbed Festival of Ideas, will feature
speakers, public forums, dance, theatre, readings and the largest
scholarly book fair in Canada. There will also be six special
conferences exploring in depth current research issues of particular
interest to Canadians, including the North, Globalization, Justice,
Women in the Academy, Employment Prospects for Graduate Students,
and Creativity and Innovation in the Arts and Sciences.
upgrading EA procedure
is revising its procedure to enable it to better identify projects
that might have an environmental impact, and to determine how
the environmental assessment of such projects should be conducted
under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act.
ensure such projects are properly identified, NSERC will require
more information on applicants proposed research. To that
end, the 2000 Researchers Guide will include a section
on environmental assessment and Form 101 (application for grant)
will be modified as well.
information researchers provide on the revised application form
will assist staff in determining whether the proposed research
requires an environmental assessment under the Act. When an assessment
is deemed necessary, NSERC will contact the researchers and provide
them with information on the councils EA process.
the Act, NSERC cannot release funds until an acceptable environmental
assessment is received and it has been clearly demonstrated that
the project is not likely to cause significant adverse environmental
this summer for more information about EA and NSERCs EA
process. Or contact Robert Roy, environmental assessment coordinator,
by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by phone at (613) 995-8079.