April 2012 Federal Budget Compromises Research, Hinders Prosperity The federal Conservatives recent budget gives priority to research focused on business needs while cutting future funding for the granting councils and key government agencies vital to the academic community. Indigenous knowledge defended I read with sinking heart Heinz Klatt’s derogatory comments about indigenous knowledge in his February letter. His comments clearly illustrate what aboriginal professors have struggled to overcome — namely, the lack of understanding, knowledge and acceptance of a different system of knowledge. Calling Students ‘Clients’ Doesn’t Fly What’s in a word? In the extraordinary 1982 Falklands War between Argentina and the United Kingdom, simply saying a name for the contentious islands was a declaration of allegiance. No one who called it “the Malvinas” supported Britain, and none who called it “the Falklands” supported Argentina. Staying True to Our Mission What are the prerequisites necessary for universities to effectively fulfill their societal obligations and to preserve the public trust? First and foremost, institutional autonomy and academic freedom must be the foundations of our public post-secondary institutions. How Science Can Ensure Integrity & Quality Twenty-one scientists from German & Austrian universities & representatives from research institutes & publishers propose, in a white paper funded by the Robert Bosch Foundation, how best to ensure the integrity of scientific research. Concordia Slapped with $2M Fine over Payouts Faculty and student leaders at Concordia University are suspicious of a financial penalty imposed by Quebec’s education ministry in a time of turmoil over pending tuition fee hikes. Outrage over BC Governance Restrictions Post-secondary unions are condemning the BC government’s adoption of Bill 18, the Advanced Education Statutes Amendment Act. New Brunswick Budget Disappoints The New Brunswick government has unveiled a budget that promises to slash the province’s deficit by half and banks on balancing the books by 2014–2015. Quebec Budget Bad News for Students A major question ahead of Quebec’s budget was whether the Liberal government would back away from its proposed tuition fee hike over five years, with the first increase to take effect in the 2012 school term. York Scraps CIGI Deal After faculty at Osgoode Hall Law School cast an overwhelming vote against a partnership with Jim Balsillie’s private think tank for an international law program at York University, the university announced it was abandoning the initiative. Deal Ratified at Dalhousie In a new three-year contract ratified, members of the Dalhousie Faculty Association have agreed to two years of cost-of-living increases of 1.25 per cent, followed by a 1.75 per cent increase in the third year. Increases also apply to base salary scales and current step structure. Saskatchewan Budget Takes Wrong Approach to Post-Secondary Costs Resource-rich Saskatchewan posted another budget surplus of $95 million, but the spending plan announced gave little to post-secondary education. Funding Shortfall in Ontario Budget Needing one of the opposition parties to support its provincial budget, the Ontario Liberal government announced both a rate freeze on social assistance payments and a one-year stay on further reducing corporate taxes from 11.5 to 11 per cent. The Atlas of New Librarianship It’s not surprising to uncover a book on reinventing library science, given many fields are currently facing difficulties. But this author has big ambitions. The Art of University Teaching University teaching is a challenge that is met in different ways, beginning with the daunting task of addressing first-year students in a huge lecture auditorium. Multiversities, Ideas, and Democracy Multiversities are sprawling conglomerates that provide liberal undergraduate, graduate and professional education. As well-springs of innovation and ideas, they represent the core of society’s research enterprise. College As the commercialization of US higher education accelerates, more and more students are coming to college with the narrow aim of obtaining a preprofessional credential.