May 2008 CAUT President: The Best Job in the World Over the last two years, “How do you like being president of CAUT?” was often asked, and, “It must be a lot of work?” And the reply is that of course it’s a lot of work, it’s a full-time job, it’s the best job in the world. Saskatchewan Party Gov’t Undermines Labour Rights The Saskatchewan government pushed two laws through the provincial legislature this month that take away the right to strike from thousands of public sector workers, and alter other established labour rights and practices. First Nations University Facing CAUT Censure The First Nations University of Canada may be censured by CAUT unless the university agrees to remedy gross violations of basic university governance principles, address concerns about academic freedom and respect collective agreements it has negotiated. ‘Two-state’ untenable Neil McLaughlin’s brief outline of the history of the anti-apartheid protests at McMaster University this spring (Commentary, April Bulletin) is appreciated. Here is a response to his comment. A landmark point William Bruneau’s review of David Levine’s "Powers of the Mind: The Reinvention of Liberal Learning in America" takes the author to task for a Chicago-focused approach to developments in liberal education and an apparent ignorance of related progress in Canada. York: Ontario Human Rights Commission to Determine Fate of Holiday Policy An investigator with the Ontario Human Rights Commission has filed her case report in a complaint involving York University’s decades-long practice of cancelling classes on Jewish holidays. FAUST Does Justice: A Celebration of Solidarity Returning to work after a lockout and a strike isn’t easy, but a private concert starring Bruce Cockburn does help ease the pain. Winners, 2008 CAUT Journalism Awards A celebration of excellence in Canadian journalism was hosted this month at CAUT’s Council meeting. OECD Report Points Higher Education in Wrong Direction, CAUT Says A major OECD report released last month on higher education is recommending governments play a more active role in “steering” universities and colleges while raising tuition fees. Support for Lowering or Freezing Tuition Fees at New High: Poll Eight out of 10 Canadians want tuition fees frozen or lowered, according to a poll published this month. The cost of a university or college education is seen as the number one challenge facing policymakers. Manitoba Scholar Wins CAUT’s Highest Award A professor of economics at the University of Manitoba, has won the 2008 CAUT Distinguished Academic Award. A three-person jury unanimously recommended him for the award, The Subprime Market & International Higher Education It may be illuminating to compare the current subprime mortgage and housing-sector crisis in the United States and developments in international higher education. Singing the Blues: The CBC & The Universities In March 27, 2008, the CBC sent an emissary to Vancouver. He was the head of CBC Radio music. This highly-placed bureaucrat came to tell the CBC Radio Orchestra that it would be disbanded in November. Comprehensive Look at How Copyright Laws Affect Canadians According to Article 27 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), “Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.” Research Ethics and the Internet: Negotiating Canada’s Tri-Council Policy Statement The author helps readers pick their way through the minefield that stands in the way of all who seek to find clarity as to the ethics of Internet research. The Internet poses new challenges to researchers, and the author clearly discusses these challenges in all their complexity. How to Write for a General Audience: One component of colleagues’ success is knowing how to simplify their writing and use language that the general reader understands. The Creator as Critic & Other Writings by E.M. Forster E.M. Forster, whose novels, including A Room with a View, Howards End, and A Passage to India, probe the values of the English middle class, is recognized as one of the 20th century’s most distinguished authors.