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CAUT Bulletin Archives

November 2007

Historic Agreement at Acadia Ends Strike

Classes at Acadia University are back to normal after a three-week strike by members of the faculty union that has ended now.

Disadvantage New Brunswick—Take Two

The October column looked at the main recommendation by New Brunswick’s Commission on Post-Secondary Education to merge university campuses in Saint John, Edmundston and Shippagan with community colleges to form polytechnics, thus signaling the end of UNB Saint John and the two northern campuses of the Université de Moncton.

Supreme Court Boldly Affirms Labour Rights

This past June, the Supreme Court of Canada expressly overruled one of its judicial precedents, acknowledged that its prior analysis was wrong, and began to rebuild its legal foundations anew.

The Value of an Academic Women’s Association

During the 2006-2007 academic year, it was a pleasure and honour to serve as president of the University of Alberta Academic Women’s Association (AWA). Established more than 30 years ago, the founding of AWA is recorded on its website.

Prescription Drug Fiasco Needs a Better Fix

Prescription drug sales in the United States amounted over $ billion in 2003, which exceeded the total 2003 budget of the Government of Canada.

Throne Speech Touts Copyright Reform, but Silent on PSE Investment

Last month’s Speech from the Throne made only superficial references to higher education and research, while unmistakably heralding the intent of the federal government to proceed with changes to copyright law.

UMFA Ratifies Three-Year Deal

The University of Manitoba’s tentative contract with the faculty association has been ratified by rank-and-file members. The university reached the agreement with UMFA following a protracted period of bargaining, conciliation and mediation.

Tuition Freeze & Reduction in Saskatchewan Report

A new report prepared by Advanced Education Minister Warren McCall says the Saskatchewan government should cut undergraduate tuition fees and extend a tuition freeze to make post-secondary education more accessible.

Study: Scientists Criticize Attempts to Steer Research

Scientists believe government and research councils focus too heavily on economic outcomes of research, according to the findings reported last month by the Institute of Ideas.

CAFA Hands Out First Awards for Outstanding Community Engagement

Three Alberta academics are recipients of first Distinguished Academic Awards from the Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations. The award recognizes members of academia whose research or other scholarly, creative or professional activities have significantly contributed to the wider community locally and nationally.

Eighteen Years After the Polytechnique Tragedy

Male and institutional attitudes about violence against women are gradually changing for the better, according to the White Ribbon Campaign, now in its 17th year of “men working to end men’s violence against women.”

AFT Launches Excellence Campaign

The American Federation of Teachers is facing head-on the issue of supporting both tenure-track faculty and part and full-time non tenure track colleagues at U.S. post-secondary institutions.

Crowe Conference Looks at Threats to Integrity

The objectivity of university research is under growing threat from the influence of industry, governments and other outside pressure groups.

Teaching? What teaching?

Sandy Hershcovis’ commentary "Teaching Must Not be Trumped by Research,” (Bulletin, September 2007), was a compelling reading. But the reality is that teaching was never really in the game at all. And it’s not going to be.

Labour Board Faults University of Manitoba

The University of Manitoba violated provincial labour law and a collective agreement when it tried to remove coaching positions from the faculty union, a tribunal has ruled.