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CAUT Bulletin Archives

May 2001

Field Guide to the Global Economy

Illustrated throughout with charts, graphs, and political cartoons, Field Guide to the Global Economy makes the international economy comprehensible to everyone while revealing the harmful effects of corporate-driven globalization. Published in conjunction with the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington, D.C. - based, independent center for research and education, this book describes how the global flow of goods, services, money, and people affects communities, workers, the poor, and the environment. The Field Guide to the Global Economy also offers a worldwide survey of the efforts of shareholders, voters, consumers, students, workers, environmentalists, and artists, all of whom are responding to the negative impacts of globalization. Resource lists of books, periodicals, and organizations make this an action-oriented guide as well as an accessible and engaging overview of key issues.

Blind Spots

In 1990, the Oka crisis brought the issues of Aboriginal peoples to the attention of the bewildered Canadian public on a daily basis as television reports showed unforgettable images of Mohawk warriors staring down soldiers of the Canadian armed forces. Brian Mulroney's government responded with the formation of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, mandated to propose specific solutions to problems that have plagued the relationship between Aboriginal peoples, the Canadian government, and Canadian society. The commission's report, released in 1996, recommended hundreds of changes in Aboriginal/government relations and called for a new relationship with Aboriginal peoples based on mutual recognition, respect, sharing, and responsibility. Blind Spots: An Examination of the Federal Government's Response to the Report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples reports on what has happened since the release of the commission's report, offering the perspectives of authors who scrutinize how the federal government has, or has not, implemented the recommendations of the commission. A number of topics are explored in this examination including colonialism, assimilationist policies, economic disparity, racism, treaty rights, Aboriginal self-determination, and others. This collection of essays addresses aspects of the relationship in which little has improved, areas in which "uneven progress" has been made, as well as where the federal government has failed entirely to respond to the Royal Commission's recommendations. One author even calls into question the genesis of the commission itself, and several chapters explore the international dimensions of Aboriginal title, land rights, and human rights.

NUCAUT Applies for CLC Membership

The Executive Council of the Canadian Labour Congress has given CLC president, Ken Georgetti, authority to grant affiliation to the National Union of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (NUCAUT), representing 11 CAUT-affiliated associations, with almost 10,000 members

Ontario Funding Falls Short

The Conservative government of Ontario will be increasing post-secondary operating grants by an estimated $293 million by 2004, but the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations says once anticipated enrollment increases are taken into account the funding boost remains woefully inadequate

Members Step in to Fund Legal Collective

CAUT Council directed the Executive Committee to make a generous donation to the legal defence fund of the Quebec Legal Collective, a group providing legal services to people arrested in Quebec City during the Summit of the Americas earlier this year

Mt. Allison Professor Turns Down Emeritus

George De Benedetti, retired professor of economics at Mount Allison University, has turned down an appointment as professor emeritus to protest the university's treatment of a former colleague

Record Tuition Hike at Saskatchewan

Students at the University of Saskatchewan are facing a record 15 per cent fee hike over the next two years, the board of governors has announced

Survey Finds Majority Willing to Pay Higher Taxes for School

The proportion of Ontarians willing to pay more taxes to support education spending has reached an all-time high, according to the latest survey of public attitudes toward education in the province conducted by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Academic Freedom in Jeopardy at Toronto

When David Healy accepted the positions as clinical director of the mood and anxiety disorders program at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto, he had no idea that academic freedom was not part of the deal.

Feds Failing in Education, States New Poll

Nearly 70 per cent of Canadians think the federal Liberal government is not doing enough to support post-secondary education, a new poll commissioned by CAUT has found.

Forum Votes to Exclude Education from International Trade Agreements

Public education could be threatened by the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas, participants at an alternative Peoples' Summit forum heard last month in Quebec City in the run-up to the official Summit of the Americas.

A Different Americas Is Possible

On April 1, 2001, Dalton Camp wrote in the Toronto Star: "On the eve of the Summit of the Americas, at Quebec, there is also to be the alternative Peoples' Summit. The Summit of the Americas is, presumably, about trade, the expansion of it, and is an item in the agenda of the plan to make the world safe for corporatism. The other conference could be said to be convened in the interest of making a world safe for people."

Members Call on Feds to Increase Education Funding

More than 60 university professors and academic staff from across Canada called on Ottawa to boost funding for post-secondary education as part of a one-day national lobby day organized by CAUT and the Fédération québécoise des professeures et professeurs d'université last month.

PAR-L Electronic Listserv is an Innovative Resource for Women

Where do you go to network, read about and dialogue on issues affecting women?

Saving for Higher Education Concerns Most Parents

The vast majority of Canadian parents want their children to get a college or university education, but most families have been unable to save the money needed for post-secondary schooling, concludes a new report from Statistics Canada.

Contract Academic Staff Organize at Acadia

Acadia University Faculty Association submitted its application for certification of a new bargaining unit last month. The proposed unit includes all contract academic staff members providing instruction in credit courses, including courses taught by distance education.

Week of Action Building Momentum

A coalition of organizations, unions and activists across the U.S. and Canada have banded together to designate Oct. 28 ­ Nov. 3, 2001 as Fair Employment Week.

Article Reflects Eurocentric Bias

This is regarding the article "How the Loss of Trust Led to the Breakdown of Collegiality" by Jeremy Richards (Bulletin, March 2001). While I agree with most parts of this article, I take issue with the statement: "By all reports this system worked quite well, and many of the world's greatest minds were fostered in the classical European universities and colleges of the last millennium." Statements like this show a Eurocentric bias and very conveniently dismiss the role and contributions of ancient civilizations that predate European civilization. It may come as news to some that there was a world before the establishment of European civilization, with major and profound contributions in many areas including mathematics and astronomy coming from Indian and Chinese civilizations. These contributions came from equally great, if not greater, minds and to ignore them is to ignore history. Even in the last millennium, some of the great scientists like Sir J.C. Bose and Nobel Prize winner C.V. Raman came from non-European universities, as did the literary giant Tagore.

Innovative Settlement at Saskatchewan

On March 21, 2001, the University of Saskatchewan signed an historic employment equity agreement subject to the supervision of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.

Faculty Warm Up for Bargaining

CAUT's newest educational course "Bargaining Team Training" was introduced in Vancouver at Simon Fraser University April 9 ­ 11, 2001. Twenty participants from faculty association bargaining teams at the University of British Columbia, University of Northern B.C., Simon Fraser University and University of Victoria took part in the training, as did the president and executive director of the Confederation of University Faculty Associations of B.C.