WELCOME TO THE TOWN AND GOWN ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO
We are dedicated to improving the quality of life in those municipalities that host post-secondary institutions by promoting and supporting activities that ensure cohesive communities that are safe, healthy, and enjoyable. Our members are Universities and Colleges, their host cities and towns, as well as student, neighbourhood, police and business organizations within and beyond Ontario. For more information on becoming a member, please download a membership form here.
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Deadline for submissions: December 1 2013.
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Deadline for submissions: December 15 2013.
Town and Gown committee hopes to connect better - August 2013
With summer winding down, a City of Waterloo committee aimed at enhancing the relationship between the universities, college, students and the larger community has new terms of reference and a new vision statement.
Waterloo Chronicle: http://www.waterloochronicle.ca/news/town-and-gown-committee-hopes-to-connect-better/
ITGA MEMBER HIGHLIGHT SERIES - Reprinted with Permission
Mount Allison University - Oct 2013
This series introduces you to ITGA members and allows you the opportunity to learn about their professional experience and motivation for joining ITGA.
Michael Fox, Ph.D, has been working in the field of post-secondary teaching, research and administra-tion for over 30 years. His teaching and research have focused on university-community relations, community planning, and municipal affairs, including a wide range of consultation work on municipal strategic planning processes, town and gown relations committee work, housing issues and small town economic development and sustainability projects.
When asked about the value of being an ITGA member, Michael responded, "Canada has over 1 million students in college towns located in large and small communities across this very large country. Working with ITGA allows Canadian university and municipal leaders to work with our American colleagues, since we share all of the same challenges and opportunities of living in college towns.
Michael added, "As a researcher and university administrator, ITGA has provided me with a wide range of best practices and numerous opportunities to engage with civic officials from across North America. I urge more Canadian colleagues to join in this international professional association."
Michael teaches the Universities, Faculty and Student Engagement in Town-Gown Relations module for the ITGA Certificate in Town-Gown Relations program. Michael's new book, TOWN & GOWN: From Conflict to Cooperation, is highlighted in the suggested reading section below.
Suggested Reading: TOWN & GOWN - Oct 2013
From Conflict to Cooperation, by Michael Fox
Guide to Building Positive Relationships Between the Municipality and its Post-Secondary Schools
Universities and colleges are certainly a significant asset to their communities, yet they present a unique set of planning and community development considerations and challenges, and an increasing number of threats and negative perceptions about off-campus behaviour - especially in those near-campus neighbourhoods where students tend to concentrate. The issue is even more pressing today as university and college enrolments continue to expand - especially in North America's larger urban centres.
The Town and Gown concept is an ideal model for identifying and dealing with these community concerns. Working with student residents, both municipal and campus representatives can move the issues of residents rights and responsibilities, inappropriate behaviour, as well as adequate and safe housing, towards an overall community vision and a climate of civility for all.
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Proposed REIT eyes student-housing market - Dec 2013
A capital-pool company called CHC Realty Capital Corp. is looking to buy properties that cater to students and reorganize into a real estate investment trust (REIT), reports the Globe and Mail. Mark Hansen, CEO of CHC, says there is a lack of modern high-end buildings that cater to the desires of both students and their parents, who often pay for their children's rent. "The marketplace itself is non-existent in Canada, and that's one of the things that attracted us to it," says Hansen. CHC sees an opportunity to provide student apartment buildings near campuses that include such amenities as weight rooms, tanning beds, movie theatres and easy internet connectivity -- and parent-friendly touches such as ubiquitous security cameras. In the US, American Campus Communities, a student-focused REIT, went public in 2004 and now has a market value of more than $3.4 billion. Globe and Mail Report on Business
Ontario releases final Differentiation Framework - Dec 2013
The Ontario government has released the final draft of its Differentiation Policy Framework, following consultations with universities, colleges, student groups and other sector stakeholders. With the policy, the government seeks to "steer the system in ways that align with provincial priorities while respecting the autonomy and supporting the strengths of [its] institutions." It outlines 6 components of differentiation: jobs, innovation and economic development; teaching and learning; student population (access and retention); research and graduate education; program offerings; and student mobility (transfer agreements). The framework seeks to have universities and colleges report on these components in re-profiled Multi-Year Accountability Agreements (MYAAs) using specific metrics, which are explained in the policy. "Ontario's differentiation and Strategic Mandate Agreement process will set the foundation for future alignment of government levers to support sustainability, a high-quality PSE, and other government priorities," says the framework. Ontario News Release
AAU releases report, action plan on student mental health - Dec 2013
The Association of Atlantic Universities (AAU) has released a report from its recent conference on student mental health, with which universities sought to share and implement best practices. Apart from discussing the mental health initiatives that Atlantic universities have been undertaking over the past year, the report explains a 5-point action plan developed by conference delegates: develop a source of information where institutions/practitioners can share trends in mental health and innovations in the development and delivery of programs; increase peer-to-peer services on campus; continue sharing best practices among Atlantic universities; turn best practices learned into consistent, top-quality student mental health practices across all campuses; and apply the Stay Connected Mental Health Project, developed by Nova Scotia's Capital District Health Authority (CDHA), to each university across the region in collaboration with local health services (the Stay Connected program helps patients transition seamlessly from child to adult psychiatric care). AAU News Release
More PSE students using food banks in Ontario - Dec 2013
Two of the fastest growing demographics of food-bank users in Ontario are PSE students and recent graduates, especially in rural areas, reveals a recent study by the Ontario Association of Food Banks. The 2013 Hunger Report says students make up 3.7% of food bank users, and that in rural communities this group has increased to 1.2%, up from 0.2% the previous year. The report also says every college and university in Ontario has a food bank or some kind of hunger-relief program on campus. Overall, food bank use has grown by 18% since 2007. 45% of all people who use food banks in Canada live in Ontario. CTV Toronto | Full Report
uWinnipeg to build $27-million apartment complex - Nov 2013
The University of Winnipeg has partnered with the provincial government to build a new 14-storey, 112,000-square-foot apartment complex in downtown Winnipeg to "give students, families and individuals a range of living options." The building will have 102 apartments, ranging from one to 3 bedrooms, of which 46 will have affordable rents for lower-income Manitobans. 32 of these apartments will be rented on a rent-geared-to-income basis. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2014, and the project is estimated to be completed in the fall of 2015. "We are pleased to partner with uWinnipeg in a project that will make it easier for students with difficulty accessing affordable housing to move closer to campus," says Education and Advanced Learning Minister James Allum. The Manitoba government is supporting the project with a loan guarantee, and the university anticipates that a housing co-op will partner in the ownership of the complex, which will mean no impact on uWinnipeg's operating budget. uWinnipeg News Release | CBC
McGill to implement sexual assault prevention measures - Nov 2013
McGill University is being praised by student leaders for its measures to address and prevent sexual assault. McGill Deputy Provost of Student Life Ollivier Dyens said in a letter to the university community that it will be taking "concrete steps to improve its support for survivors of sexual assault and its response to incidents of sexual assault and other forms of harm." McGill will hire a full-time coordinator to expand programming and initiatives in collaboration with its student-run Sexual Assault Centre, hold a public forum in January on the issue of consent in sexual matters, and create an annual "Dean of Students Forum on Safe Space" each October to sensitize new students. Joey Shea, VP University Affairs for the Students' Society at McGill says she is "surprised and happy" with the measures announced. Montreal Gazette
Kingston named a "great university town" - Nov 2013
Kingston, ON, home of Queen's University, the Royal Military College, and St. Lawrence College, has been named a "great university town" by BBC Travel. The online magazine lists 5 cities, including Kingston, that are "close to major metropolitan centres but inclusive enough to exert their own sphere of influence," "usually liberal and forward thinking," "have culturally vibrant, well-educated populations and are often ranked as some of the most sought after places to live." Kingston is lauded for its various cultural institutions and festivals, "excellent job base, varied private and public sector employment opportunities, and plenty of recreational activities." The other places listed as "great university towns" are Cambridge, England; Valparaiso, Chile; Madison, Wisconsin; and Uppsala, Sweden. BBC
MBA grads getting hired despite slow economic recovery - Nov 2013
The highest percentage of MBA grads since 2009 is finding well-paying jobs, according to a new survey by the Graduate Management Admission Council. 92% of 2013 graduates from full-time, 2-year MBA programs reported they were employed - up from 85% in 2009. By comparison, 82% of respondents who graduated from full-time, one-year MBA programs found work in their field, compared to 74% 5 years ago. "In a sputtering economic recovery we heard from employers earlier in the year [that] they are prioritizing MBA hires because they had to do more with less," says GMAC Director of Research Communications Michelle Sparkman-Renz. 57% of those employed graduates entered 3 sectors: products and services, finance and accounting, and consulting. The data are based on responses from 915 alumni from 129 business schools worldwide. Although the survey didn't isolate Canadian data, the Globe and Mail reports that the results are consistent with hiring trends in Canada. Globe and Mail
Queen's to compensate Kingston for police services needed during Homecoming - Nov 2013
Queen's University will be giving the city of Kingston $100,000 per year for 3 years (beginning in 2013) to help pay for community policing "that helps keep Queen's and all community members safe throughout the year." "There are some instances throughout the year - including but not limited to our first Homecoming weekend - where resources that far exceed the norm are required of our local police force to help keep the Queen's community, and the greater Kingston community, safe," said Queen's Principal Daniel Woolf in an official statement. In 2010, Woolf suspended the university's fall Homecoming for 3 years due to the continued occurrence of an illegal street party, which led to arrests for public drinking and disturbing the peace. Woolf's latest decision to compensate the city comes after consultation with various community stakeholders, including the Kingston police. Queen's News Release
International students increasingly attracted to Canada for PSE - Nov 2013
More international students are making Canada their first choice for PSE, and most students who have chosen to study in Canada are satisfied with their experience, according to a new report by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). The report reveals that only 20% of students surveyed in 2013 said they had applied to study in another country, down from 45% in 2012. It also found that 91% of respondents were either satisfied or very satisfied with their Canadian educational experience. 96% said they would definitely or probably recommend Canada as a study destination. Also encouraging is that almost half (46%) of students indicated that they plan to apply for permanent residency, up from 21% of students surveyed in 2012. Canada welcomes 5% of all international students worldwide, making it the 7th most popular destination. CBIE also launched a new website for international and study-abroad students this week. CBIE News Release | Maclean's | Report Highlights | Report Page
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2014 Annual Symposium Call for Presentations
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