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CAUT Bulletin Archives

December 2005

Research Chairs Program Review Calls for Change

An independent review of the Canada Research Chairs Program that funds 2,000 positions at Canadian universities has found serious flaws in its design and implementation.

CAUT Launches Its Election Campaign

With a federal election now set for Jan. 23, CAUT is hoping to turn post-secondary education into a campaign issue again.

Multimedia — A Publishing Pickle

Paul Jones’ commentary (“Freedom to Publish Must be Protected,” Bulletin, Nov. 2005) seems to miss a major point in the argument when non-paper medium is used as the vehicle for publication.

Paul Jones Replies

The provision of technical production services does not give rise to intellectual property rights in traditional print publishing or in the multimedia environment.

Higher Education Not for Trade

This month trade ministers from around the world will meet in Hong Kong in an effort to revive stalled negotiations aimed at expanding the agreements governing international trade in goods and services. Those of us who work in universities and colleges should pay close attention to what happens in Hong Kong. Any deal struck there could have an enormous impact on our institutions and on the work we do.

Science Matters: Setting the Record Straight

When should scientists be advocates? It’s a simple question that often raises a storm of controversy.

Fiscal Update Misses Key Education Funding Need

With the government set to fall, Finance Minister Ralph Goodale used this year’s federal fiscal update to stake out the key elements of the Liberal Party’s coming election campaign platform.

Poll: Eliminate Tuition in Canada

Nearly one-half of Canadians think post-secondary education should be free, according to the latest public opinion poll commissioned by CAUT.

CAUT Threatens Censure of Dalhousie University

CAUT has advised Dalhousie University president Tom Traves that it will consider censure of the university if the administration does not fulfill its responsibility to try to protect two faculty members caught up in drawn-out disciplinary procedures by Dalhousie’s affiliated teaching hospital, the Capital District Health Authority.

The McDonaldization of Higher Education

The term “McDonaldization” was coined by George Ritzer in 1993 and is a valuable tool for providing a theoretical and practical debate concerning novel and defining features of our contemporary world

Managing Human Rights at Work: 101 Practical Tips to Prevent Human Rights Disasters

Business and human rights expert Stephen Hammond has written a book designed to help those who are in the tricky art of managing people and workplaces in understanding human rights issues, preventing human rights disasters and building a welcoming workplace

Margaret Laurence: The Making of a Writer

Margaret Laurence: The Making of a Writer is an engaging narrative that contains new and important findings about one of the most revered writers of twentieth-century Canadian literature

Struggles about Canadianization in Anthropology & Sociology

In 1969, only 55 per cent of the faculty teaching in Canadian universities were Canadians. In sociology and anthropology the situation was worse. Only 39 per cent and 29 per cent of sociologists and anthropologists respectively were Canadian citizens. A few years later, in 1972, only about 50 per cent of all graduate students in departments of sociology and anthropology in Canada were Canadians. In these years the largest number of foreign faculty and students came from the United States.

Human Rights Commission Calls for CRC Investigation

Canada’s Human Rights Commission requested last month the appointment of a tribunal to hear the complaints of eight female professors against Industry Canada.

Revisiting Research

Scholars in Islamic and Middle East studies met at the University of Toronto in November to discuss post-9/11 prospects and challenges for Canadian research in Middle Eastern issues.

What Counts Cannot Be Counted

Metricization is very popular in business and government right now. Everything has to be counted. The motto of the 21st century seems to be: if you can’t count it, it doesn’t count. Because the University of British Columbia wants to look good to the government and the public it has bought into this attitude. We want to explain ourselves and prove we are doing something worthwhile. We want to defend ourselves against the charge that we get five months off in the summer and only work six hours a week.