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CAUT Bulletin Archives

February 2003

Radwanski Warns Right to Privacy Endangered

Federal privacy commissioner George Radwanski is warning the right to privacy in Canada is under assault as never before.

Augustana Faculty Launch Certification Drive

Augustana’s faculty association has announced that a majority of faculty members at Augustana University College have signed a petition to certify.

U.S. Investigators Shed New Light on College & University Donations

Colleges and universities in the United States are finding themselves at the centre of an ethical debate following the wave of corporate scandals and criminal mischief that has swept across Wall Street.

Stop Wrangling Over Health Care & Implement Romanow Report

At the end of November, Roy Romanow released the final report of the Royal Commission on the Future of Health Care in Canada. The major recommendations of the report call for the federal government to:

Support Internationalism in Face of U.S. Profiling

As a result of the dreadful events of Sept. 11, 2001, the United States began to tighten security at its borders and its transportation and strategic facilities. This is something I fully understand. In fact, since the explosion of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988, I have devoted my career to the development of technology for the detection of threat-materials.

U.S. Government Shuts Down Indexing Service

The United States Department of Energy has shut down PubScience, a popular Internet site that provided users with a free search of citations and abstracts in more than 1,000 peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Al-Arian Lawsuit Dismissed

A Florida district court judge has refused to rule on whether the University of South Florida’s plan to fire a controversial tenured professor would violate his constitutional right to free speech.

Mt. Allison Members Avert Strike

Faculty and librarians who work at Mount Allison University have ratified a new collective agreement reached in mid-December with the help of a provincially-appointed mediator

World-Wide Women

Goals set by Status of Women Canada for this year’s International Women’s Day and International Women’s Week include examining the impact of new information and communication technologies, such as the Internet, on women and their use as a tool for the empowerment of women and the promotion of women’s equality. A calendar of events for International Women’s Week, starting March 2 and culminating with International Women’s Day on March 8, will be available Feb. 27 at the Status of Women Canada web site

Strike Vote at UCCB

More than eight months after serving notice to bargain, teaching faculty at the University College of Cape Breton are still without a contract

Deal at Trent

Trent University has pledged to hire more professors as part of a new collective agreement ratified in January for 234 members of Trent University Faculty Association

Trades & Apprenticeship Training in B.C. Under Attack

The Campbell government is dismantling British Columbia’s well-established system of industry training. A year ago, the government announced an end to the Industry Training and Apprenticeship Commission (ITAC) — a four-cornered partnership of business, labour, government and education with a mandate to oversee and enhance apprenticeship and trades training.

Women and Leadership

Leadership emerges in every setting where there are women, in quilting guilds and workplaces, politics and universities, clubs and informal gatherings, and social service agencies and schools

Public-Sector Labour Relations in an Era of Restraint and Restructuring

The 1990s in Canada will probably go down as the most stressful decade for public-sector industrial relations since the inception, 25 years earlier, of collective bargaining in the public service

Exposing What Lies Behind the Push for Distance Education

David Noble’s book describes the commodification and commercialization of higher education through online instruction. More precisely, it denounces the underhanded and negligent methods university administrators used to secure supposedly huge profits in partnership with private corporations, at the expense of their employees and the public education system. This book tells of efforts to privatize and control knowledge, restrict access to education (under the guise of expanding it) and redefine the public role of the university.

Conflicts of Interest in Biomedical Research

Conflicts of interest are so widespread in biomedical research that nearly one in four scientists have financial ties to industry, according to the findings of a new study released last month.

Renewed Call for Tuition Freeze in Wake of Record Increases

Students across the country are reeling from hefty tuition hikes recently announced by many institutions for the next academic year.

Arbitrator Awards 3% at Toronto

Although academics at the University of Toronto are disappointed with an arbitrator’s decision to award a 3 per cent across-the-board salary increase for the 2002–2003 academic year, George Luste, president of the University of Toronto Faculty Association, says it’s the highest ATB award UTFA members have received in a decade.