October 2007 New Brunswick: Post-Secondary Education Report Ignites Firestorm of Opposition A crowd of people marched through Saint John to demand the New Brunswick government reject a controversial report on reforming the province’s post-secondary education system. Sad Reality of Virtual Communities In business, government and education today electronic tribes gather on a daily basis to send each other millions of signals that digitally bind together people in thousands of virtual tribes. Contract Staff & EI One of the consequences for academic staff of the shift from permanent, secure employment to insecure, contract employment, has been the need for contract academic staff to resort to unemployment benefits. Technology in the Classroom is more than Fun and Games Heading back to school in our current climate involves an ongoing engagement with a rapidly expanding world of digital technology. From cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) to laptop computers, our classrooms are more “mediated” now than at any other time in history. Advantage New Brunswick: A Disturbing Report There’s something brewing in New Brunswick, and the topic that what was originally planned about CAUT’s international reach is being overshadowed by recommendations of a recent commission on post-secondary education in New Brunswick. Empowering Contract Academic Staff Contract academic staff and officials of member associations from across the country travelled to Edmonton for CAUT’s third biennial contract academic staff conference. Education International says OECD Promoting Privatization, not Access The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is promoting increased privatization instead of greater access to public education in its annual report, says the largest international organization representing educators. Commission Examines Quest University Practices CAUT has asked a two-person commission to determine if Quest University Canada, a new, private university in British Columbia, meets the key requisites for a legitimate university. Stress a Major Problem The overall level of stress in academic staff employed in Canadian universities is very high, according to a new study released by CAUT. The study’s findings are consistent with similar studies of stress among academic staff in the UK and Australia. Acadia Faculty on Strike Acadia University faculty members took to the picket lines after the university and the Acadia University Faculty Association failed to reach a tentative contract agreement before a union-imposed deadline. Classes have been suspended but the campus remains open. Strike Averted at UofM University of Manitoba administrators and the university’s faculty union tentatively agreed on a new three-year contract, four days before faculty planned to walk off the job. Gun Threat Alarms University Community The University of Winnipeg has joined the growing ranks of institutions learning to cope with the spectre of gun violence in their hallways. AUNBT Launches CAS Membership Drive Contract academic staff are swelling the ranks of the Association of University of New Brunswick Teachers following the launch of the association’s certification drive for part-time instructors and librarians on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses. Two Win Stewart Reid Awards Two doctoral students have been awarded CAUT’s 2007-2008 J.H. Stewart Reid Fellowship. The fellowship, given by CAUT to honour the life and work of the association’s first executive secretary, provides financial assistance of $5,000 to a student with high academic standing registered in a doctoral program at a Canadian university. CAUT Highlights Plight of Iraq’s Academics CAUT has added its voice in calling for support of Iraqi academics facing escalating and horrific dangers at universities throughout the besieged nation.