January 2014 CAUT urges Royal Society to defend Canada’s cultural heritage CAUT has presented a searing indictment of federal government policy to the expert panel appointed by the Royal Society of Canada to review the status and future of Canada’s libraries and archives. Looming cuts to English language training programs hurt students English Language Training (ELT) programs play an increasingly critical role in Canada’s post-secondary institutions as the diversity and complexity of our student population changes, and with it, the need to address those changes with programs that strengthen language proficiency. Alberta public sector unions take action over new labour bills The Alberta government’s recent hasty passage of Bills 45 and 46 — legislation that muzzles freedom of speech, and strips public sector workers of their long-established right to a binding arbitration process — has spurred furious protests on the steps of the provincial legislature, court challenges, and complaints of unfair bargaining to the Alberta Labour Relations Board. Richard Atleo wins CAUT Equity Award A distinguished First Nations scholar and elder has been recognized for his work in promoting equity in Canada’s post-secondary institutions. Dr. E. Richard Atleo was honoured with the Equity Award from CAUT during a recent event held in Ottawa. uRegina librarian wins national award Linda Winkler, a longtime University of Regina librarian responsible for rare books collection in the Archer Library, has won CAUT’s Academic Librarians’ Distinguished Service Award. CAUT supports tri-agency’s draft open access policy CAUT is applauding Canada’s three research granting councils on their draft open access policy that calls for research supported by public money to be available in open access formats. Canadian campuses urged to end ties with Confucius Institutes CAUT is calling on universities and colleges to sever ties with institutes sponsored by China’s government. At CAUT’s council meeting in November, delegates voted in favour of a resolution calling for universities and colleges in Canada that currently house Confucius Institutes on their campuses to drop the institutes, and those contemplating such arrangements to cease. Universities wide open for business Our universities are forfeiting their integrity and undercutting core academic principles of autonomy and academic freedom through their collaborations with governments, industry and private donors. This is the bleak conclusion drawn by CAUT’s recent report, Open for Business: On What Terms?