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CAUT Bulletin Archives

October 2000

All Ends Well for Dr. Chun

Renowned seismologist Kin-Yip Chun, who was fired by the University of Toronto and escorted from the campus by police in 1994, was reinstated on Sept. 7 after a mediation which lasted for more than 14 hours.

Nipissing's Drive to Organize Contract Staff

Full-time faculty members at Nipissing University have voted overwhelmingly to offer membership in the faculty association to contract academic staff.

Picking Students' Pockets

With the recent release of the Statistics Canada report on tuition, students have official recognition of what we have known for years: massive government cuts to education spending have driven tuition fees -- and, therefore, student debt -- through the roof.

Victory in Contentville Controversy

Canadian theses titles will be removed from the U.S. owned web site until further notice. The temporary reprieve for graduate students follows consultations last month with CAUT, the National Graduate Council, the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies, the Canadian Graduate Council, the National Graduate Council, the Conseil national des cycles supérieurs de la Fédération étudiante universitaire du Québec, and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries.

Learning Requires Team Work & Respect

Writing in the May 1981 CAUT Bulletin, teaching award recipient Arthur Haberman outlined clear strategies for addressing the challenge of creating and sustaining an environment in which students can learn to value cooperative approaches to scholarship, teaching and research.

Knowledge House Could be House of Horrors for Dalhousie

The faculty of science at Dalhousie University has recently cut a deal with a private, for-profit educational institution that smacks of little more than a back door for enrolment to the university -- and an expensive one for the university at that.

Job Security for Temps in B.C.

This fall, close to 300 CIEA faculty members who hold temporary positions will be in regular ongoing positions as a result of bargaining efforts by the College Institute Educators' Association of British Columbia.

Federal Government Posts Record Surplus

Federal Finance Minister Paul Martin announced his government recorded an unexpected $12.3 billion surplus for the 1999-2000 fiscal year, but that all of the bounty has been applied to reduce the federal debt.

Second National Lobby to Highlight Funding Crisis

More than 100 faculty members, librarians, and other academic staff from across Canada will descend on Parliament Hill on Nov

CAUT Launches Legal Publication

In April, CAUT launched Legal Review a new publication which discusses several different legal aspects of union activities, labour relations, human rights issues, and other relevant topics

Women's Series Calls for Papers

The Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women invites papers on scholarly research, action research, commentaries and analyses in either French or English for its publication series Voix Feministes/Feminist Voices. Prior to Mar. 2001, CRIAW is particularly interested in reviewing manuscripts on the following topics: employment equity, women in the military, women and the political right, women and globalization, women and healthy communities, and gender-based analysis. Submissions considered appropriate for the series are put through a blind peer review process.

Public Financing Disappearing

Students and private donors are making up the bulk of the cash shortfall as governments continue to withdraw public funding from the nation's universities, new data reveals.

Ruling in Trent Case to be Appealed

On Sept. 18, the Ontario Divisional Court rejected a request from three Trent University faculty members for a judicial review of the Trent board of governor's decision to close the university's two downtown colleges after the senate had rejected the proposal.

The War of the Wages

Canadian faculty members are losing the wage race with their American counterparts. In 1995, full-time university teachers in Canada earned about 4 per cent less than all full-time teachers in the United States. By 1999, the difference in average salary had increased to 10 per cent.

Real Curriculum Needed to Supplant the Corporate Campus

As I write this review The Globe and Mail's John Ibbitson reports on the Ontario government's new initiative, the "Investing in Students Task Force." The article reports Premier Mike Harris' views that universities, particularly those which devote themselves to unproductive programs in the humanities and social sciences are "wastefully blind to market forces." Funding is being directed to schools which comply with the government's goals of establishing joint degree-diplomas that heavily emphasize market-competitive skills.

GATS: How the WTO's New 'Services' Negotiations Threaten Democracy

Negotiations now underway in Geneva are designed to subject an ever-greater range of democratic policy-making decisions to oversight -- and possible overturning -- by the World Trade Organization (WTO). These negotiations behind closed doors are expanding the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS). The ultimate goal is to commercialize every service sector in every WTO country -- including essential services such as health care, education, and drinking water.This book exposes the WTO's secretive "services" agreement to the light of public scrutiny. Meticulously researched, it explains the meaning and intent of technical and arcane treaty clauses in understandable terms. This makes it an essential resource, not only for researchers, academics, policy-makers, and activists, but for anyone concerned about the impact of globalization in their community and country.

How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, Updated ed.

How Capitalism Underdeveloped Black America, a leading text for courses in African-American politics and history, has been central to the education of thousands of political activists since the 1980s. In this updated edition, Marable examines developments in the political economy of racism in the United States and assesses shifts in the American political terrain since the first edition was published.

Building a Middle Dike at Acadia

To the surprise of both sides, the Acadia University Faculty Association (AUFA) and the Acadia University Board of Governors managed to reach a tenth collective agreement over the summer without a strike vote, conciliation, and a strike.