Volume 95, Issue 74

Wednesday, February 13, 2002
 
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NEWS

Huge tuition hike proposed by UWO

Engineering-gate? Money missing

No more NDP - no more low tuition in B.C.

Another day, another forum for Prez wannabes

Rock and Stewart unveil plan

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News Briefs

Rock and Stewart unveil plan

By Paolo Zinatelli
Gazette Staff


The federal government announced yesterday a new plan to pursue innovation and education in Canada.

Together, Industry Minister Allan Rock and Human Resources and Development Minister Jane Stewart unveiled the Canada Innovation Strategy papers Tuesday.

Entitled Achieving Excellence and Skills and Learning, the papers will serve as the framework for talks the government plans to hold with industry stakeholders and provincial governments over the course of the next year.

Peter LaRose, assistant director general of Skills and Learning with HRDC said projections show a need for more workers as the labour force slows down over the next 10 to 15 years.

"Our post-secondary education system is quite good, but [it does not] do well for everybody," he added.

"Items on the agenda include increasing the university participation rate over 10 years," said Beth Clarkson, media spokeswoman for HRDC.

Ross Macleod, director of policy integration with Industry Canada, said Canada has one of the highest post-secondary participation levels in the world, but added rates are declining in areas such as PhD and Masters students.

"We want to ensure that ideas generated by research are brought to market here in Canada," he added, in reference to intellectual property and Canada's so-called brain drain.

"The brain drain affects people of the highest income level in this country quite seriously. People are moving across the border into the [United] States," said Western political science professor Ian Brodie.

Christian Sylvain, director of Government Relations and Public Affairs with the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada said there is a need for 30,000 new faculty members in schools across the country.




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