December 2012 McGill, Wilfrid Laurier & Waterloo Actions End Threat of Censure As a result of positive responses from university administrations, CAUT council voted unanimously last month to discontinue consideration of censure of McGill University, the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University. If I Did Laugh I’d Cry An essay on happiness, productivity & the death of humanities education by Ron Srigley, assistant professor in the department of religious studies at the University of Prince Edward Island. When Government Pursues International Students The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada recently reported that international student enrolment at Canadian universities was up 12 per cent this past fall over last year, adding that “In the globally competitive international education sector, (Canada) is an enviable place to be. Canadians OK with Higher Taxes to Fund Education: Poll More than half of Canadians say they would be willing to pay more taxes to allow governments to increase post-secondary education funding, according to the latest poll commissioned by CAUT. Lethbridge Sessionals Get 5.8% & 3.1% Sessional instructors at the University of Lethbridge will see significant increases in their minimum stipend following a two year contract negotiated between the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA) and the employer. CAUT Welcomes Carleton Postdoc Association CAUT grew a little bigger when council delegates voted to accept the Carleton University Postdoctoral Association into membership. CUPA, with 70–80 postdoctoral fellows, is CAUT’s 74th member local. CAUT Launches Campaign to Protect Heritage CAUT unveiled a national campaign exposing the threats to Canada’s cultural institutions and historic sites and proposing what must be done to reverse the damage. Tories Force Through Legislation to Punish Labour Organizations The Conservative government narrowly passed legislation Dec. 12 that forces all labour organizations to hand over detailed information on their finances, spending and activities for posting on a public website.