MINUTES OF THE RESOURCE
PLANNING AND PRIORITIES COMMITTEES of Erindale College Council held on
Tuesday, February 25, 2003 at 3:10 p.m., in the Ante Chamber, room 3129,
PRESENT: G. Sprules (in the Chair), P. Donoghue, M. Overton, A. Mirza,
C. Capewell, P. Silcox, G. Anderson, B. Schneider, A. Mullin, P. King,
C. Ferencz Hammond.
REGRETS: I. Orchard, M. Lettieri, R. Baker, G. Crawford, J. C. Poë,
G. Gad, G. Katz
Adoption of the Agenda
The Agenda was approved. (M. Overton / P. King)
Minutes of the Previous Meeting
The Minutes of the January14, 2003 meeting of the Resource Planning
and Priorities Committee were approved (P. Silcox /M. Overton).
Business Arising from the Minutes
a) Update on the Athletics Facility – K. Duncliffe / M. Overton
K. Duncliffe submitted a report to the Committee entitled New Physical
Education, Athletics, Recreation and Wellness Centre Information Report.
He stated that a planning committee of student leaders, faculty, staff
and alumni undertook an extensive consultative process beginning in
September of 2001 regarding the Centre. He explained that the total
cost of the initial project was estimated to be $38.53M, and consisted
of multiple phases. In March of 2002, the group Quality of Service
to Students (QSS) approved a fee increase for students in incidental
fees, which resulted in approximately $16M towards the project. He
added that the Provostial match of $0.50 for every dollar contributed
by the students (up to a maximum of $7M) adds another $7M in available
funds to cover the project’s capital costs. Along with contributions
from Alumni and UTM, the total available funding for the Athletics/Wellness
Centre is estimated to be $24.5M.
In its initial proposal, the Athletics planning committee recommended
the following elements to be included in the final capital project:
a 25 metre pool, a triple gymnasium, a multipurpose auxiliary gymnasium,
a cardio/strength fitness area and teaching studio, three international
squash courts, an indoor casual running track, an outdoor seasonal
ice pad and a field house. Due to the availability of funds, it was
envisioned that the project would need to be built in phases. By reusing
the existing physical education and athletics facilities located in
the South Building and constructing an addition to part of the southern
face of the building, most of the necessary elements of the first
phase of the plan (all elements except the ice pad and field-house)
could be realized within the available funding, with the notable exception
of one gymnasium. It was noted that the alternate site plan had marginally
less overall space allocation than the previous project plan, but
at approximately $7M less in capital costs. K. Duncliffe commented
that the alternate site plan was consistent with the planning principles
set out by the users committee.
K. Duncliffe informed the Committee that on February 28, 2003, the
Athletics Wellness Centre Planning Committee would meet to discuss
the alternate site details.
The Chair invited comments from the Committee. In response to a member’s
question, K. Duncliffe explained that because of the close proximity
of parking availability, including the planned aboveground parking
structure, the new location was in a good position to handle the expected
traffic flow. He added that if the anticipated student services plaza
will be located in the existing Library, a unified area for student
services would be achieved. In response to a member’s question
regarding converting the existing Athletics space to faculty research
space, P. Donoghue explained that wet lab space would be available
once the existing Library space is reconfigured. Another member commented
that the alternate site plan was very similar to a plan proposed in
the early 1990s. Some members expressed concern that the relocation
of the athletics centre would move the focal point of activity away
from the middle to the southern end of the campus. However, it was
also felt that the cost savings and other benefits of the plan would
outweigh these concerns. Additional benefits cited by M. Overton include
an aesthetically enhanced southern exposure and the maintenance of
Lot 2 parking spaces.
Motion THAT the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee endorse
the updated Athletics/Wellness Centre plan. (P. Silcox /P. Donoghue)
The Motion was carried unanimously.
b) Update on UTM Capital Plans – P. Donoghue
Paul Donoghue gave an update on UTM’s capital expansion projects.
Regarding residence construction, he stated that Phase 7 had experienced
some delays as a result of the extreme weather, but added that the
general contractor felt that this lost time could be regained. Phase
8 is targeted for completion in September of 2005. He announced that
the contract for the CCIT facility was awarded to Ellis Don, with
the target completion date of early August 2004. He reported that
the result of UofT’s SuperBuild submission, of which the Student
Learning Centre is a substantial part, should be known by the end
of March. The project’s cost is $36M, which includes renovations
for secondary effects and is slated to open in September of 2005.
P. Donoghue reported that there was a public meeting between the City
of Mississauga and UTM’s neighbours. It was expected that the
City would announce its plans regarding improvements to Mississauga
Road, but the unveiling of this plan did not materialize. He added
that the users committee for the new entrance is being finalized and
that the entrance’s technical design was near completion. This
users committee would oversee the planning of the new entrance up
to the end of the construction road, the reconfiguration of the internal
road system and drop-off area, the reconfiguration of the current
main entrance and the design and placement of the aboveground parkade.
The City of Mississauga has expressed its willingness to fund the
reconfiguration of the current entrance so that three outbound lanes
replace the inbound lane. He stated that the construction of the new
entrance would proceed as planned, but its unveiling would wait until
improvements to Mississauga Road were complete. In addition, he reported
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 the future.
Mark Overton announced that the faculties of Arts and Science with
respect to ancillary fees had been redefined, so that the classification
for full and part-time student status had been changed. In the past,
full-time student status was defined as 80% of a 5.0 course load,
or an equivalent of 4.0 courses or more. This meant that a part-time
student was defined as one taking 3.5 courses or fewer. The new classification
for full-time students follows that of OSAP and other universities,
and is defined as 60% of a 5.0 course load, or an equivalent of 3.0
courses or more. With the new system, a part-time student is defined
as one taking 2.5 courses or fewer. M. Overton explained that part-time
students have now become eligible for UTAPS funding. In addition,
part-time incidental fees, which were 30% of full-time fees, with
this change have decreased to 20% of full-time incidental fees. He
added that this status change has the general support of both ECSU
and EPUS, but there is major opposition from the Association of Part-time
Students (APUS) because this change has decreased its membership substantially.
He also noted that in the past, all summer students were considered
as part-time; with the current status change, any student taking 1.5
or 2.0 courses or more in the summer will be considered as full-time
students for incidental fee purposes.
He added that in the deregulated fee programs (Computer Science, CCIT,
Commerce and Management) where students pay a flat program fee, set
at 4.0 credits or more, this new definition of student status would
have no impact.
In response to a member’s question, M. Overton explained that
this change would be in effect from May of 2003 and would initially
affect approximately 1000 students.
The next meeting of the Resource Planning and Priorities Committee
will be on Tuesday, March 25, 2003.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:30 p.m. (P. Silcox / P. Donoghue)