Joel Thomas Hynes wins Governor-General’s Literary Award

Hynes writes unflinching portrayals of the down-and-out, often inspired by his own rough situations. The protagonist of We’ll All Be Burnt, for example, is a combination of an inmate Hynes taught in a prison school, and a freak event where a man tried to break into his house and fight him.

The arts isn’t doomed—and it never will be

The Faculty of Arts, then, doesn’t seem to be in a hopeless situation after all. Though enrolment numbers have fallen sharply, there are ground-breaking initiatives and promising partnerships in the works to grow the faculty and make it a leader in the humanities in Canada.

Faculty of Arts enrolment continues to decline

In 2007, the Faculty of Arts had 6,250 full-time and part-time undergraduate students. Enrolment for the Faculty of Arts peaked in 2010 at 6,637 students, something that Stacey attributes to the ‘double cohort’ when Grade 13 was phased out. Enrolment in the arts now sits at 4,699 students as of 2016, a drop of over 1,000 students from 2014.