Because universities lobby for science money, there is often a naïve assumption that the interests of scientists (academic ones, anyway) and those of universities are aligned. But they are not. In Canada, there is sometimes broad agreement about what to push for (the Canada Foundation for Innovation in the late 1990s was an example), but I would argue that today the interests of scientists and those of universities are about as far apart as they have been at any time … [ Read More ]
The University of Toronto has a problem (several, actually, but I’m trying to keep these short). And the problem is that if you’re not actually at U of T, and someone says “U of T”, what do you think of? The answer, of course, is the St. George campus: that big and occasionally beautiful hunk of land East of Queen’s Park, College, and Bloor.
But what about the other two campuses?
It’s easy to forget about the Scarborough and Mississauga … [ Read More ]
Heady scenes last night. We have a new government with a strong mandate. And it’s not the by-now reviled Conservatives. It can seem like a whole new world is emerging.
But as far as PSE is concerned, very little actually changed last night. Higher education is mostly a provincial responsibility, and nothing that happened can change the fact that most provincial budgets are in a parlous state, and few governments (bar perhaps Alberta’s) seem much interested in spending on post-secondary education.
Did … [ Read More ]
Back in July, the Canadian Association of University Business Officers released the results of its survey of university finances for 2013-14. The results underline the fact that institutions in Canada are facing some highly heterogeneous financial circumstances.
Let’s start with operating budgets. Though universities are allegedly facing some kind of unprecedented austerity, total operating income rose by 4.17% in real dollars from the previous year (inflation from September 2012 to September 2013 was a shade over 1%). Income from government rose 0.9% in real dollars, from $11.1 billion to $11.2 billion. But … [ Read More ]
If what you are looking for is agricultural statistics, Statistics Canada is a wondrous place. See, Statscan even made a fabulous (if oddly truncated) little video about agricultural statistics.
Statscan can tell you *anything* about agriculture. Monthly oilseed crushing statistics? No problem (59,387 tonnes in August, in case you were wondering). It can tell you on a weekly basis the weight of all eggs laid and processed in Canada (week of August 1st = 2.3 million kilograms); it can even break it down by … [ Read More ]