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CAUT Bulletin Archives

October 2004

Mathematician Caught in 'War on Terror' Dragnet

A mathematics professor at the University of Alberta had a rude awakening recently while traveling to a conference in Chicago. James Lewis arrived at the Edmonton airport Sept. 15 with an electronic ticket and tried to get his boarding pass from a machine using his Aeroplan card, but his attempts were unsuccessful. When he approached an Air Canada agent, he was told he was refused carriage because of a "security issue" involving his interline travel to the United States. His passport was then taken to a supervisor, who got him on his flight to Toronto.

First Nations Urge Tax Law Reversal

First Nations students in Canada are protesting changes to federal tax rules that may soon require them to pay income tax on scholarships and bursaries they receive to attend a university or college.

OCUFA Calls for Responses to Rae

Former Ontario premier Bob Rae's post-secondary education review has been launched with a discussion paper that describes a system "in serious jeopardy" because the province's colleges and universities have been starved for funding.

Killer Lurks in Walls & Ceilings

The University of Manitoba's anthropology department has lost two members of its academic staff to a rare and fatal form of cancer - mesothelioma. One thing known about mesothelioma is its cause - exposure to asbestos.

Tenure Track & Reproductive Track on Collision Course

You have probably never been called "Professor Pregnant." I have. A pregnant faculty body was an oddity back in the 1970s. Who would have guessed that combining an academic career with children would remain so fraught with obstacles a generation later? Why are gifted young professional women with a string of university degrees stopping, or dropping, out of the professoriate, saying "it just ain't worth it"? Or, at the other extreme, why are career women delaying childbearing until almost age 40, sometimes banking their eggs, only to run the punishing marathon of new reproductive technologies?

Guelph Student Wins Fellowship

Chris Cutler, a PhD student at the University of Guelph, has been awarded CAUT's 2004 J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship. CAUT presented the $5,000 scholarship to Cutler for his work on the development of environmentally sound and sustainable agriculture through integrated pest management and the conservation of beneficial insects. His current research focuses on the toxicology, non-target impacts and management potential of a novel insect growth regulator proposed for use in management of the Colorado potato beetle.

CAUT to Speak at International Gathering

CAUT has been invited to join the official Canadian delegation to the next UNESCO and OECD meeting aimed at drafting international guidelines on quality assurance in cross-border higher education.

Federal Heritage Committee Proposes 'Tax' on Educational Use of Internet

Canada's education community, including teachers unions, school boards and provincial ministries of education, has united to oppose a recommendation from the House of Commons Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage that would force schools, colleges and universities to pay a license fee to use material on the Internet.

MPHEC Study Shows Tuition Widening Gap Between Students

Higher tuition fees and rising debt levels are driving more qualified students in the Maritimes away from a university education, a recent study concludes.

Sexual Harassment Investigations: A Practical Guide

This book specifically deals with preventive and remedial steps for resolving harassment complaints in the workplace

The Education of Historians for the Twenty-First Century

In 1962, the American Historical Association published a report on the status and condition of history education in U

Historian Takes Us Through Canadian Women's History

"If you've never heard of Helen McNicoll, you're not alone." So begins one of Forster's biographies - compact, powerful and multifaceted, like diamonds. Forster has researched 100 daring, indomitable, original, high-achieving, civic-minded, and all-too-often invisible, Canadian women, such as McNicoll, a gifted Impressionist painter. The foreword by Kim Campbell, Canada's first woman prime minister, drives home a key point: "In virtually all societies, leadership is gendered male."

Augustana Merges into the University of Alberta

Facing financial hardships as a private university, Augustana University College in Camrose has inked a deal to merge into the University of Alberta.

How the Feds Dropped the Ball on Medicare

Prime Minister Paul Martin was elected on a promise to fix health care for a generation. The medicare deal struck in September between Ottawa and the provinces stipulates that over the next 10 years there will be $41 billion in new federal cash transfers. It is highly unlikely this deal will fulfill Martin's promise or that it will provide needed and promised access to cost-effective and timely surgery, drugs and homecare. This deal has serious implications for the health of all Canadians, as well as implications for how Ottawa will meet its obligations in other sectors such as post-secondary education.