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CAUT Bulletin Archives

November 2012

The End of the Museum of Civilization

The federal government is transforming the Canadian Museum of Civilization into the Canadian Museum of History, a move that’s leading critics to speculate political spin not historical life will be prominently on display when the doors open on the new institution.

Solidarity Visit Lifts Spirits on Moncton Transit Workers Picket Line

On Oct. 20 locked out Amalgamated Transit Union 1290 bus drivers, service workers and mechanics who work for the City of Moncton’s Codiac Transpo were joined on picket lines by CAUT staff and academic staff association chief negotiators from across Atlantic Canada.

Too Little Learned since Montreal Massacre

As December draws near I’ve started to reflect on the signi­ficance of Dec. 6. Designated as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, the day recalls the murder of 14 women at an engineering school in Montreal in 1989.

Toronto PhD Student Wins CAUT Fellowship

Roula Markoulakis, a University of Toronto student completing a PhD in rehabilitation science, has been chosen as CAUT’s J.H. Stewart Reid Memorial Fellowship recipient for the 2012–2013 year.

Contract Negotiations Conclude at UPEI, Drag at Mount Saint Vincent

Four-year collective agreements between the University of Prince Edward Island Faculty Association (UPEIFA) and the school have been ratified in resounding votes by approximately 400 academic staff members represented by the union.

Mining Company Fails to Silence Critic

A Costa Rican court has dismissed a controversial lawsuit involving a university professor who criticized the activities of a Canadian mining company.

Road to accreditation

In 2007 the Canadian University Environmental Science Network (CUESN) and the Canadian College Environmen­tal Network (CCEN) began working with Environmental Careers Organization Canada to establish an accreditation process for post-secondary environmental programs, which is governed by the Canadian Environmental Accre­ditation Commission (CEAC). CEAC is an auto­nomous body consisting of representatives of academia, industry, CUESN and CCEN.

Annie Booth replies

Those opposing ECO Canada’s accre­ditation effort of environmental studies degrees currently include 30 faculty from 12 environmental studies and sciences programs, calling into question the assertion that CEAC received a “positive response” to draft curriculum guidelines.