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CAUT Bulletin Archives

June 2004

Chun Inquiry Launched

After almost a year of waiting for the University of Toronto to comply with a 2003 settlement negotiated between the university and physics professor Kin-Yip Chun, a CAUT independent committee of inquiry has decided to proceed with its investigation of the conflict.

CAUT Calls for Election Action

With a federal election set for June 28, CAUT has launched a national campaign aimed at ensuring post-secondary education is a key issue on the minds of voters.

Universities Ignore Hiring Policy

Composers across Canada are understandably upset over the hiring recently of a non-Canadian composer at the University of British Columbia's school of music, says the president of the Canadian League of Composers.

SFU Reconsiders Loan Proposal

Students at Simon Fraser University are celebrating the university's decision to back away from a controversial new private loan program.

Faculty Task Force Recommends a Fix-It Plan for New Scholars

A task force investigating faculty recruitment and retention at Canadian universities says administrators must do more to attract and retain new scholars.

Making Democracy Work for Education

With a federal election set for later this month it is critical that Canada's academic electorate gets involved. It is up to us, as academics, to ensure post-secondary education issues are a key focus in the campaign.

From Witches to Crack Moms: Women, Drug Law, and Policy

This book provides a critical feminist analysis of the impact drug law and policy have on women in the U.S. compared with women in Britain and Canada. In order to illuminate the connections between the regulation of illegal drug use in Western liberal states and non-Western states, the drug war's impact on women and indigenous peoples in Colombia is also addressed. Boyd examines how punitive drug laws lend legitimacy to other repressive practices and policies against women. Providing insight into the intersection of the war on drugs and the regulation of reproduction, this book also shows how women's drug use is gendered, class-based and racialized.

Comings and Goings: University Students in Canadian Society, 1854—1973

Comings and Goings is the first book to connect the study of student life with both the history of the Canadian university as a whole and the role of the university as a career-training institution. Looking at almost 120 years of Canadian history, Charles Levi examines the origins, activities and careers of 1,876 members of the executive of the University College Literary and Athletic Society of the University of Toronto from the inception of the College until 1973. Using an intricate quantitative analysis of data from student records and genealogical sources, Levi charts the history of students activities at University College, filling a gap in the historiography of higher education in Canada. In an era when all forms of education are being scrutinized to determine if they are fulfilling their functions, Comings and Goings shows that the Canadian university has continually adapted to the needs of society as a whole and that Canadian university students have used their educational experiences in innovative ways.

Value Wars: The Global Market Versus the Life Economy

The slogan "Marxism is dead" was proclaimed almost immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991. Very soon after, a strange ideological inversion occurred. In place of the "inevitable victory of the proletariat" espoused by Marx, there was the "inevitable process of globalisation," a line now adopted by corporations, politicians and the media the world over. John McMurtry unravels the moral contradictions inherent in this new world order, and argues that it cannot succeed because it is based on essentially inhuman values. Connecting across a broad spectrum of issues including the Iraq and Balkan wars, the Asian and Russian meltdowns, ecological collapse, the privatisation and deregulation of public institutions, and the principles of technology, neo-classical and Marxian economics, McMurtry's compelling study lays bare the battle lines of an emerging global ethical war. Tracking social uprisings across continents from the rural landless and women's movements of the South to the workers, students and civil alliances marching in the North, the author's original "life-ground ethics" explains the unseen bonds uniting people across cultural and class divisions. Defining the clear choices available to us, and taking apart the official line of "no alternative," McMurtry offers a definitive philosophical critique of the global market paradigm and a pathbreaking manifesto for global economic reform.

Making Bad Schooling Worse

At the core of this sweeping indictment of all levels of the Ontario school system, past and present, is a comparison of the liberal education of the post-World War II welfare state era and the reforms of the Harris government. The book examines some developments in colleges and universities, but most of it relates how elementary and secondary schools went from bad to worse.

Regina Professor Wins DCS Award

Peter Hemingway, a professor of educational psychology at the University of Regina, has won CAUT's Donald C. Savage Award in recognition of his 25 years of dedication to collective bargaining in the academy.

Conference Explores Health & Safety on Canadian Campuses

CAUT's first national conference on safe and healthful working conditions confirmed the serious challenges faced by staff at Canada's universities and colleges, according to CAUT occupational health and safety officer Laura Lozanski.

Agreement Ratified at Manitoba

A new collective agreement covering faculty members at the University of Manitoba was ratified May 10. The deal, restricted to compensation issues, was reached without third party intervention.