February 2011 MPs Call for Restored Funding for Drug Watchdog Group at UBC Under threat from the BC government, an internationally acclaimed drug watchdog group based at the University of British Columbia has received endorsement from three federal politicians. University of Toronto Campus Groups Start Alternative Governance Structure Academic staff, students, alumni and friends of the uToronto community held a first “general assembly” last month to mark the beginning of a campaign to establish an alternative governance structure at the university. Canada Ranks Dead Last in Transparency New evidence shows the Harper Conservatives have become increasingly restrictive in allowing release of government-controlled information under access to information legislation — leading to Canada ranking as the least open government in a comparison of parliamentary democracies. Trust U: A Radical Vision for Reform Debates about UK university finances concentrate on income and ignore how the cash is spent even as evidence mounts about escalating university management and administration costs. Orientation, Gender Identity Deserve Protection A private member’s bill currently going through the Canadian parliament is poised to make a landmark statement on equality. Debate and third reading of the bill is expected but if a spring election is called, it will likely die on the order paper. Questions over Concordia President's Exit Concordia University president resigned from her post in December, only halfway through her term, becoming the school’s seventh high-level administrator to resign in the past few years. Controversy Mars USask Law Dean Hire The choice of a new law dean by top administrators at the University of Saskatchewan has come as a surprise to members of a search committee whose recommendations were overruled in the hiring process. Committee of Inquiry to Investigate Allegations at Alberta Med School CAUT has named a three-member committee to look into a number of serious allegations made by clinical faculty at the University of Alberta.