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CAUT Bulletin Archives

December 2000

Deregulation at Queen's

Undergraduate students at Queen's University have overwhelmingly rejected the deregulation of arts and science tuition fees. In a campus-wide referendum that saw a record-breaking 45 per cent voter turnout, nearly 92 per cent of students instructed the Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Society to strongly oppose the deregulation of tuition fees.

Universities Are 'Crumbling' Manley Admits

Former Industry Minister John Manley says the biggest challenge now facing the federal government is how to rebuild a "crumbling" post-secondary education system.

Nipissing Signs Majority of Contract Staff

The Nipissing University Faculty Association (NUFA) signed 65 per cent of contract academic staff members and filed an application for certification with the Ontario Labour Relations Board in late November.

Trent University Moves Ahead with College Closure Despite Protests

Peter Robinson College will close as early as next summer, Trent University President Bonnie Patterson told a packed forum on campus Nov. 16. Trent intends to relocate the college on to the Symons campus as part of its Build 2000 initiative.

Student Coalition Fights Plan to Hike Tuition at Queen's University

As the end of the first academic term draws near, university students across the country are struggling to meet deadlines and complete assignments. Meanwhile, students at Queen's University are engaged in another struggle — the struggle to defend their right to accessible and affordable post-secondary education.

International Coalition Builds Strong Ties

In early November when dele-gates to the 5th Tri-National Conference for the Defense of Public Education were informed of the recent faculty association strike at Memorial University of Newfoundland support was instantaneous and well articulated.

Future is Invented, Not Predicted

When I reflect on the progress of biomedical science in the past century, I think of scientists as generations of hunter-gatherers. The first two decades of the 20th century were dominated by the microbe hunters. They found the microbes responsible for the dreaded scourges of tuberculosis, cholera, diphtheria. But there remained terrible diseases for which no microbe could be found: scurvy, pellagra, rickets. These diseases proved to be due to the absence of trace substances in the diet, called vitamins. And so in the 1920s and 1930s, the microbe hunters were succeeded by a generation of vitamin hunters.

York Staff on Strike

More than 2,000 members of CUPE local 3903, representing graduate, research and teaching assistants as well as contract faculty at York University have been on strike since Oct. 26.

National Party Reps Debate Post-Secondary Education Issues

Just days before the federal election, representatives of the four main national parties made a last minute pitch to CAUT Council delegates during a roundtable debate on post-secondary education.


The College Institute Educators' Association of BC, a provincial union representing faculty and staff at British Columbia's university-colleges, community colleges and institutes, was welcomed into CAUT membership at CAUT's November Council meeting

Council Adopts Policy on Contract Academic Staff

Delegates to CAUT's 49th Council meeting in November voted overwhelmingly to adopt a policy statement asserting the right of all academic staff to fair and equitable treatment regardless of their employment status

New Associate Member Categories

Now, graduate students and part-time academic staff members can join CAUT as individual associate members at reduced rates

New Policies & Model Clauses

CAUT Council has approved new policy statements on academic appointments and discipline, as well as four new model clauses

Susan Sherwin Wins Notable Sarah Shorten Award

Susan Sherwin, a pioneer for the study of women's health, has been awarded CAUT's Sarah Shorten Award for 2000. Lauded as a "trail blazer" and a "fearless, deeply-committed feminist" Dr. Sherwin was presented with the 10th annual award during a special ceremony held in conjunction with the November CAUT Council meeting in Ottawa.

Acts of Memory - The Legacy of the Montreal Massacre

It has been 11 years since the massacre of 14 young Canadian women. On Dec. 6, 1989, a killer walked into classrooms at the University of Montreal's École Polytechnique, ordered the men to leave, and fired his automatic weapons at every woman in sight. Because they were women. Because he thought women should not be allowed the same education as men. Because successful women were "feminists," and he shouted "I hate feminists" as he targeted his victims.

Gun Control Under Control?

One of the legacies of the Montreal massacre in 1989 was Canada's new gun control law. The students, faculty and administration of École Polytechnique, the families of the victims, and groups from across the country joined to advocate for stricter laws.

Victory at Memorial

Faculty and librarians were back on the job at Memorial University on Nov

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Collective Bargaining

Third Term Majority Government for Jean Chrétien's Liberals

Jean Chrétien's Liberals captured their third consecutive majority government by sweeping Ontario and regaining seats in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, but it's a win that leaves the country sharply divided along regional lines and gives the Liberals an unclear mandate.