MINUTES OF THE COLLEGE
AFFAIRS COMMITTEE of Erindale College Council held on Monday, February
3rd, 2003 at 3:10 p.m., in the Ante Chamber, South Building
PRESENT: E. Martin (In the Chair), P. Donoghue, R. Baker, M. Overton,
B. Barton, B. Murck, I. Wiecek, D. Hamilton, J. Malcolm, P. Nagra, D.
Borowski, A. Bellerby, A. Birkenbergs, I. Still, C. Boyd, S. Kessler,
C. McGrath, J. McCurdy-Myers, D. Crocker, M. Mavrinac, N. Collins, C.
REGRETS: J.P. Poë, I. Orchard, M. Lettieri, G. Crawford, A. Mirza,
K. Nugent, T. Mann, G. White, W. Sikora, M. Sullivan, R. Hopkins, S. Kibria,
J. Donovan, J. Binks, P. Ash, C. Capewell, L. Collins, K. Duncliffe, J.
Lim, L. Paris, G. Richter, A. Vyas, U. Krull, M. Marji
Adoption of the Agenda
The Agenda was approved. (J. McCurdy-Myers / N. Collins)
Minutes of the Previous Meeting
The Minutes of the January 14, 2003 joint meeting of the College Affairs
and Resource Planning and Priorities Committee were approved (N. Collins
Business Arising from the Minutes
Report of the Grounds Monitoring Subcommittee: UTM/Evergreen cooperative
naturalization project - N. Collins
N. Collins reported that the Grounds Monitoring Subcommittee has been
in contact with Evergreen, an environmental education/action
organization to explore an accelerated naturalization plan of several
key areas of UTM involving substantial money invested in native plantings.
N. Collins explained that Evergreen is in the process of submitting
a number of grant applications, which include requests for support
of UTM's locations. P. Donoghue added that he would recommend a $10,000
contribution towards this project to Principal's Table for approval.
The UTM/Evergreen Naturalization Project steering committee would
include representatives from faculty, staff, students, Evergreen,
and the City of Mississauga.
Motion THAT the report of the Grounds Monitoring Subcommittee be accepted
(N. Collins/ D. Borowski).
A member suggested that High School students could be involved in
this project as part of their community service requirement. Another
member suggested that Residence students might be interested in volunteering
for this project as well. There was some discussion of a vermin infestation
in some of the overgrown areas around the residences. N. Collins commented
that he would investigate the matter. It was also suggested that a
Residence staff member be a member of the steering committee for the
The Motion was called to question. The Motion was carried.
a) UTM in Context - Presentation by Diana Borowski, Director,
Development, Alumni & Public Affairs
Diana Borowski, Director of the Development, Alumni & Public Affairs
department presented a report on UTM's connection to the outside community,
especially Mississauga. She commented on some distinct advantages
that Mississauga enjoys, which include a positive environment for
business, a diverse community and a large demand for a well-educated
workforce. In addition she pointed to several existing Mississauga
business clusters that have benefited UTM in terms of partnerships.
Some of these partnerships include the Principal's Advisory Council,
the Cities and Health Project in conjunction with the World Health
Organization, and the Living Arts Centre. She stated that the community
around UTM is looking for opportunities to connect to the many resources
and expertise that UTM offers and stressed that these areas of cooperation
be embraced by this committee and by UTM in general. She also emphasized
and encouraged the use of "UTM" and "campus" as
opposed to "Erindale College", as the term "College"
tends to confuse the outside community.
b) Update on the activities of QSS (Quality Service to Students) -
Mark Overton reported on the activities of QSS, an organization that
is a forum for issues relating to the quality of student life. This
committee also considers the budgets of ancillary fee operated services,
including Athletics, Health Centre, and the Shuttle and Child Care
budget. He reported that QSS is currently in the midst of these budget
discussions and the approval of budgets for next year. He also gave
an update on the past year's activities. He stated that the year saw
the group's involvement in a student leadership development program
and substantial participation in academic orientation. He explained
that QSS was the main coordinating committee, between the administrative
academic orientation unit, ECSU, EPUS, AGSAE, and the Athletics council.
He added that the next orientation might feature the participation
of an Elder from the Mississauga tribe, to give a ceremonial start
to the year. Regarding the Shuttle transit subcommittee, its recommendation
was to continue along the three-year plan, which was approved last
year - a move that will mean a fare free system. He explained that
UTM students, who pay a fee as part of their ancillary fees, will
subsidize the operation of the shuttle for UTM students. Others, faculty/staff,
St. George and Scarborough students, will continue to pay the average
real cost per ride. He informed the Committee, that last year, QSS
moved away from subsidizing an actual child care centre to a system
of direct support for parents. He noted that this year, a pool of
grant money exists, which has been collected from students and will
be used to fund students whose existing needs have not been met by
other organizations at the University. He reported that QSS is also
working on the formation of a committee to study the long-term opportunity
and need for child care services on or near the campus. He reported
that QSS had been asked to form a study space working group to look
at the availability and use of study space on campus. Additionally,
M. Overton reported that he will also study the voting membership
of their QSS. The group, which falls under certain government protocols
for appropriate member representation, will increase student seats,
so that a balance is maintained between administrative and student
c) Status of Building Projects - P. Donoghue
Paul Donoghue gave an update on UTM's capital expansion projects.
He announced that the contract for the CCIT facility was awarded to
Ellis Don, with the target completion date of early August 2004. Regarding
residence construction, he stated that Phase 7 (scheduled to open
August 2003) is on target and on budget, and that a user's committee
for Phase 8 is being established. Regarding UTM's new entrance, he
stated that a committee had been struck, that the entrance's technical
design was near completion, and that the same user's committee would
consider the reconfiguration of the internal road system. This committee
will also deal with parking structure design. In addition, he stated
that talks with Springbank Visual Arts Centre were still ongoing,
and he expressed optimism that the Centre's space will become available
for UTM's use as a welcome centre in a few years. Regarding the Athletics
facility, he explained that $21M had been confirmed for the project
and that plans are moving forward. Concerning the Library, the space
will be renovated for faculty and staff offices and student services
once the new Student Learning Centre is completed. He also reported
that talks are continuing between the City of Mississauga and UTM's
neighbours, regarding re-development of the traffic flow and improvement
of Mississauga Road - another public meeting is planned for February
24, 2003 where the City will be unveiling its plan for improved traffic
flow and redevelopment of Mississauga Road.
In response to a member's question, P. Donoghue explained that the
new UTM entrance will be signalled and its location would be at the
intersection of Collegeway and Mississauga Roads. In response to inquiries,
P. Donoghue described how the internal road system might be reconfigured.
A member suggested that either the replacement or re-facing of the
stone signs at the entrances of the campus be examined.
D. Borowski announced to the committee that Hon. Allan Rock, Minister
of Industry of Canada, and Minister responsible for the economic elements
of Canada's Innovation Agenda visited UTM. Mark Overton introduced
and welcomed UTM's new Registrar and Director of Enrolment Management,
Diane Crocker, to the Committee. C. McGrath announced that the Provost
had struck a taskforce on student housing, which is looking at St.
George housing issues around accessibility and space allocation -
more information can be found on the Provost's website.
P. Nagra reported that the Equity Issues Advisory Group was hosting
follow-up town hall meetings at UTM, St. George and Scarborough to
examine a framework for equity, as part of the larger planning document
discussion. P. Nagra will inform the UTM community when the next meeting
will be and he encouraged everyone to attend and share their views
on equity issues.
M. Mavrinac announced that the Snider Visiting Lecturer is Dr. David
Schindler, a freshwater ecologist and the lecture is on Thursday,
February 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the Matthews Auditorium.
The next meeting of the College Affairs Committee will be on Monday,
March 10, 2003.
Motion to adjourn by M. Overton. Seconded by M. Mavrinac. The meeting
was adjourned at 5:00 p.m.