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CAUT Bulletin Archives

April 2001

Simon Fraser University Accused of Hiring Bias

The Simon Fraser University administration has been accused of attempting to block the appointment of David Noble as the J.S. Woodsworth Chair in the Humanities.

Deregulation at Ryerson

The board of governors of Ryerson Polytechnic University has approved a new masters program in Computer Networks that will cost $20,000 a year in tuition fees.

RCMP Quiz Lethbridge Prof Over Summit

The RCMP quizzed a University of Lethbridge professor about his role in organizing an indigenous rights conference coinciding with the Quebec City Summit of the Americas later this month.

Vigilance Key to Keeping Universities Relevant

The thoughtful commentary by Jeremy Richards (Bulletin, March 2001) will undoubtedly strike a responsive chord among many of us.

Growing Private Universities

The Ontario government wants to open "private" universities. Since, unlike businesses which can grow slowly, universities have very high start-up costs, the organizations best poised to start and run private universities are

BC Boosts Education Funding

The NDP government of British Columbia is providing a big financial boost for the province's colleges and universities, increasing funding by more than 9 per cent.

Decoding the Educational Services Negotiations

My September column suggests that current GATS negotiations on education could lead to disassembling our teaching and research activities. Predicated on principles of scholarship, our profession will be unbundled and its component parts classified as services for trade.

Redefining Academic Freedom Sets Dangerous Precedent

Every faculty association in Canada needs to know about the details of a recent arbitration decision at the University of Waterloo and needs to think about the defensive action which may need to be taken to guard against its consequences.

CAUT Initiates Local Pay Equity Survey

Despite the existence of pay equity legislation, no provincial commission responsible for enforcing pay equity regimes has comprehensively collected or retained information on what universities have done to comply, CAUT has learned.

Date Set for Appeal in Trent Case

The Ontario Court of Appeal will hear on June 28 from two Trent University professors seeking to overturn a lower court decision dismissing their application for judicial review of the board of governors' decision to close two downtown colleges

NEA Almanac of Higher Education

The National Education Association has released the 2001 issue of the Almanac of Higher Education

Putting the Events of March into Perspective

March was an active month for equality promotion in Canada and around the world. As Canada and the member states of the UN continued their preparations for the 2001 World Conference Against Racism, many stopped to recognize International Women's Day March 8 and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination March 21.

Troubled Times at Trent University

CAUT has expressed outrage that students peacefully occupying a Trent University office to protest the decision by Trent to close its downtown colleges were forcibly removed and arrested by police on March 1. The eight female students were taken to jail, charged with mischief and strip-searched.

Student Deported to Face Torture & Imprisonment

Canada's immigration services sent a Tunisian student to certain torture and imprisonment earlier this year despite warnings from Amnesty International and the Association for Human Rights in the Maghreb of the consequences of this deportation.

The Changing Face of Academic Staff in the European Union

This publication derives from a conference organized in 1999 by the Centre for Research on Higher Education and Work at the University of Kassel in Germany in cooperation with the German Trade Union for Education and Science (Gewerkschaft Erziehung und Wissenschaft, better known as the GEW), the Hans-Böckler Foundation, and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. In his preface, report editor Jürgen Enders says organizers wanted to determine "the current status of our knowledge on the conditions of the academic profession in various countries in Europe."

Employment Barriers Still Block Aboriginals & Visible Minorities

Is there equality in Canadian society for Aboriginal peoples and visible minorities? Do racial minorities still face barriers to success in the workplace? These are the questions Unequal Access wants to answer. Quantitative and qualitative data are marshaled to do so. Overall, the findings show that problems still remain. Though discrimination has become more subtle and less overt, its adverse effects are still present.

Australian University Buries 10,000 Books

The University of Western Sydney, one of Australia's largest universities, admitted it was forced to bury an estimated 10,000 books, including many rare editions, because it lacked the funding to pay for storage costs.

The Intrusion of Big Business into Academia's Ivory Tower

In Campus, Inc. Geoffry White and Flannery Hauck bring together essays by an impressive array of American education and social activists. Highlights include pieces by Ralph Nader and David Noble, as well as an interview with renowned academic rabble rouser Noam Chomsky. The principal theme of the collection is summarized in the subtitle: Corporate Power in the Ivory Tower.

'Crisis Talk' Prompts Hope for More Funding

Universities appear poised on the edge of the biggest faculty hiring boom since the 1960s when the conjugated effects of the post-war baby boom and new thinking about access to higher education saw more than 18,000 new faculty hired at Canadian universities in a single decade, more than tripling the total number of faculty teaching at Canadian universities and exceeding the total number of new faculty hirings for the next three decades.