May 2012 CAUT Warns of Censure for Waterloo & Wilfrid Laurier CAUT will censure the administrations at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University if they do not modify governance provisions for their Balsillie School of International Affairs so as to protect the universities’ academic integrity. Short shrift for research The front page budget article fails to acknowledge it was the previous budgets that initiated the downward spiral of innovation in Canada. The current budget simply ignores the root cause of the spiral and lets it continue. Scholars at Risk Launching Canada Section at Toronto Event June 22 Inspired by stories like this well-known Syrian scholar of human rights and democracy, an event will be held in Toronto to launch a domestic outreach of Scholars at Risk. A Budget of Politics Disguised as Economics The recent federal budget was a huge disappointment for the post-secondary education sector. Federal transfers to the provinces remain woefully inadequate to meet inflation and increasing enrolments at our institutions. Reform Recommendations Do Little to Thaw Controversy Faculty and students have reacted strongly to a plan released by NSCAD University’s board of governors that recommends fewer professors and higher tuition fees at the fine arts school. Lee Lorch Given CAUT Distinguished Academic Award CAUT’s 2012 Distinguished Academic Award has been presented to Lee Lorch, professor emeritus at York University and holder of a lifetime achievement award from the National Association of Mathematicians. Operating Grant Cutbacks in PEI Budget Along with a projected deficit of almost $75 million for fiscal year 2011–2012, the Prince Edward Island budget presented last month revealed few surprises for post-secondary institutions in the province. Council Guests Barred Entry to Canada CAUT has written to the Citizenship and Immigration Minister to protest repeated denials of travel visas for two guests invited to CAUT’s April Council meeting in Ottawa. Multi-Year Funding in Manitoba Budget Despite measures to rein in spending, Manitoba’s finance minister handed down a budget that maintains a 5 per cent increase in operating grants for universities and colleges, in the second year of a multi-year funding pledge. Some Positives for PSE in Newfoundland Budget The Newfoundland and Labrador budget tabled April 24 provided a continuing freeze for the eighth year on post-secondary tuition fees with no interest charged on provincial student loans. The Assault on Universities Is there a worse possible fate for Canadian universities than the imminent future bearing down on universities in the UK? A major cut to teaching grants, tripling of tuition fees, jobs lost and universities at risk of closure. Pink Ribbons, Inc. The pink ribbon campaign has extended its reach beyond North America to become one of the most successful global fundraisers for cancer research.