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CAUT Bulletin Archives

December 2002

Olivieri Wins Settlement

Ending a dispute that lasted more than seven years, Nancy Olivieri, four colleagues who risked their careers to support her, and the University of Toronto Faculty Association reached a settlement with the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children in November.

Concordia Board Lifts Moratorium

In the face of widespread public and media criticism, Concordia University's board of governors and rector lifted their moratorium on the use of university space for events and activities related to the Middle East conflict.

New Contract Doesn't Guarantee Jobs

I read with interest your recent Bulletin report (November 2002) of our strike and would like to offer a small, but significant correction. While it is true that there were improvements in salary and some benefits, the provisions in contracting out are actually a reduction of rights that were previously enjoyed by our members.

CAUT Issues Statement on Military Intervention in Iraq

As an organization of scholars and academics, CAUT has consistently upheld its commitment to resolving disputes through reason, knowledge and understanding, not violence.

Innovation Plan Unveiled

Over the last four years Industry Canada and Human Resources Development Canada have been working to develop an "Innovation Strategy" for Canada. Many faculty and student groups have expressed concerns that the objective of the strategy, to increase commercialization of university research through private sector partnerships, would alter the nature of Canadian post-secondary institutions and undermine basic research potential.

Free Discovery from Outside Ties

Universities have the sole mandate to explore knowledge for its own sake. This admission is regarded by some as being damaging. The pursuit of knowledge without further purpose will, they fear, be regarded as frivolous. I beg to differ. Scientific exploration is a noble activity and a necessary one, since understanding lies at the root of all we do. It would be folly to neglect the systematic pursuit of new knowledge to which the universities, as communities of learners, have traditionally been committed.

AUCC Pledges Research to Double, Commercialization to Triple

The federal government and the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada have agreed to a framework agreement on federally funded research.

UCSD Tests the Waters of the Patriot Act

The University of California at San Diego has abandoned plans to discipline a student group for providing a website link to a site supporting an organization designated as a terrorist group by the United States government.

Milner Memorial Award Presented at November Council

Michiel Horn, professor of history at Glendon College, York University, was honoured last month for his achievements and contributions to the cause of academic freedom. Horn received CAUT's highest honour, the Milner Memorial Award, at the November 2002 CAUT Council meeting.

New CAUT Policies

CAUT Council has approved new policy statements on social justice, equity, outsourcing and renewal and retention of academic staff. Complete texts of the policy statements can be viewed at

Personal Privacy Being Compromised in the Digital Age

Inadequate legal protection for privacy in the workplace is a threat to academic freedom, privacy-law experts Valerie Steeves and Eugene Oscapella warned CAUT delegates in a special session at CAUT's November Council meeting.

Donors Threaten Academic Freedom

As universities become increasingly dependent on private donations, some donors are taking the opportunity to try to shape university policy and intrude on academic freedom, says CAUT executive director James Turk.

Brandon Ratifies 3-Year Contract

Members of Brandon University Faculty Association are getting a 9% wage increase over three years after ratifying a collective agreement Nov

New Agreement at Winnipeg

Following a successful strike vote, members of the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association voted recently to ratify a new five-year collective agreement.

Profs Call on Ottawa to Increase Funding

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

Leaked US Document Exposes Demands for Education Services

The United States is asking Canada and other members of the World Trade Organization to make sweeping new commitments that would bring higher education services under the full weight of the General Agreement on Trade in Services.

Romanow Report: A Health Care System Based on 'Need, Not Income'

CAUT is expressing strong support for the recommendations unveiled last month in the final report of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada chaired by Roy Romanow.

Feds Propose Revised Public Safety Act

The Public Safety Act, opposed by Canadian civil libertarians and privacy advocates, first appeared in November 2001 as Bill C-42. Withdrawn under a storm of protest, it returned as Bill C-55 in April 2002 only to die on the order paper when the parliamentary session ended. Now it's back again, resurrected under the label C-17.

Ontario Students Getting Fewer Loans

There has been an alarming 40 per cent decline in the number of Ontario students receiving loans following the introduction of more restrictive eligibility rules in 1995, according to internal provincial government documents.