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CAUT Bulletin Archives

September 2001

Physicians Protest Treatment of David Healy

In a letter released Sept. 5 to University of Toronto president Robert Birgeneau, a group of internationally renowned psychiatrists and medical researchers are accusing the university and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health of violating academic freedom by revoking their offer of employment made to Dr. David Healy.

Two-Tiered Hiring Policy 'Wrong-Headed'

CAUT's continuing support of mandatory two-tier academic hiring is regrettable. It was a wrong-headed policy originally, and it continues to be deeply counterproductive. Let it be clear that some members of CAUT would like to see this policy scrapped.

Sliding Scale for Research Funding Deserves a Try

We welcome the fact that a timely and important book by Donald R. Forsdyke, "Tomorrow's Cures Today? How to Reform the Health Research System," was reviewed in the June 2001 Bulletin by Professor Neena L. Chappell.

Bicameral Review Not Intended as Final Solution, Says Book Author

Professor Neena Chappell has thoughtfully reviewed my book, "Tomorrow's Cures Today? How to Reform the Health Research System" (Bulletin, June 2001).

ICT Could Be Death Knell of Professoriate as We Know It

There's somethin' happening here, What it is ain't exactly clear" — Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield ("For What It's Worth," 1966).

UPEI Joins Ranks of Unionized Faculty

The University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association successfully concluded its unionization drive with the Aug


To combat abuses of academic freedom and human rights in education, CAUT has joined a new worldwide alert network

Contract Academic Staff Certified at Acadia University

Acadia University Faculty Association is now the certified union for a new bargaining unit of contract academic staff

Ontario Scraps Plans for Megatribunal

Ontario has abandoned its plan to create a unified tribunal for all workplace related disputes Labour Minister Chris Stockwell confirmed July 6

Trent Appeal Fails in Court

In a split decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled Aug. 10 that Trent University's board of governors acted within its authority when it decided to close two downtown colleges in defiance of the senate's opposition to the plan.

Influence Free Medical Journals

A dozen of the top medical journals announced in August a policy of rejecting drug company-sponsored studies that do not guarantee scientific independence to researchers or supply them with all the data.

Jury Awards $8 million in Paxil Case

In a precedent-setting decision, a federal court jury in the United States District Court in Cheyenne, Wyoming unanimously found that GlaxoSmithKline's antidepressant Paxil caused a man to kill three family members and himself and awarded survivors from two families $8 million in damages.

CAUT Condemns Recognition of Newest For-Profit University

At a time when Canada's & New Brunswick's public universities are badly underfunded, any public money going to private universities is too much.

UBC Med School Ups Aboriginal Admissions

The University of British Columbia's medical school has implemented an employment equity initiative to offset historic discrimination against aboriginal persons. The university has committed to ensuring that up to 5 per cent of its first-year admissions are aboriginal students. "Aboriginals face inherent difficulties in becoming physicians," the school's dean John Cairns was quoted saying in the Vancouver Sun Aug. 28.

Universities Must Act on Accommodation Issues

In June, the University of British Columbia Faculty Association released the results of its first survey of disability accommodation at UBC. The results indicate more than 150 faculty members have experienced disability, and many continue to face barriers to inclusion and well-being in the workplace.

CAUT Launches New Course

CAUT has launched a program to train members to be instructors in its newest educational course. The program prepares experienced local leaders to offer CAUT's representative training course to local associations across the country. The first group of CAUT instructors included Bill Graham, Howard Pawley, Mercedes Steedman, Claudia Vincencio and John Wilson.

SFU Concludes Inquiry into Noble Case

Simon Fraser University investigator Lyman Robinson submitted his report on the David Noble appointment to the J.S. Woodsworth chair in humanities to SFU president Michael Stevenson in late July.

Linking Science with Corporations

A new web site launched earlier this year by the Washington-based Center for Science in the Public Interest is disclosing the links between hundreds of scientists and their corporate partners.

A National Knowledge Crisis

John Willinsky has written a provocative and informative analysis of why social scientists need to improve the contribution their research makes to public knowledge. He argues that the public value of knowledge can be improved, and he discusses how access to this knowledge will help people to make greater sense of the world. In addition he calls for new public spaces for social science knowledge designed to improve the quality of knowledge and provide for greater participation in the public sphere. Given a generally recognized need for a revitalized public sphere, this project warrants our attention.

Seen But Not Heard: Aboriginal Women and Women of Colour in the Academy

This book, the proceedings of a symposium, focuses on the experiences of women of colour and aboriginal women scholars with issues of equity in the academy. The discussion begins with a summary of the editors' research on the experiences of faculty of colour and aboriginal faculty in Canadian universities. The presentations of four invited speakers follow. Patricia Monture-Angus describes her struggles with the process in securing tenure, as an aboriginal woman. Sherene Razack analyzes the role of the 'Native Informant' and the spaces that racialized immigrant women are allocated in the university. Wanda Thomas Bernard shares her personal struggle with the daily obstacles, the visible and invisible demands on her time and Joanne St. Lewis shows us how systemic racism in the university is demonstrated in the way we do our scholarship, our teaching, our interaction. This book calls for a 'new beginning' guided by the analysis and strategies presented.