April 2013 REB members deplore uOttawa’s refusal to defend confidentiality Twenty members of the University of Ottawa’s research ethics boards have written to university president Allan Rock protesting the university’s refusal to support two of its criminology professors’ legal efforts to protect the confidentiality of their research records. Funding shortfall threatens HPC High performance computing (HPC) has become an indispensable tool for research in all fields. Faculty members and research teams in universities, colleges and research hospitals across the country now rely on computers to sift through increasing amounts of data. Why reinvent higher education? The year has barely begun, but we’re being urged on all sides to rethink higher education, to look into the far distant future and to prepare ourselves for dramatic change. An urge to crawl under the blankets and claim to be suffering from a nasty bout of ‘flu seizes me. Newfoundland announces continuing tuition freeze, efficiency review Students in Newfoundland and Labrador won’t be paying more for tuition, but cuts to teaching jobs and programs are looming as the province strives to rein in burgeoning debt. Federal cuts to women’s health research take effect Six organizations dedicated to women’s health research and communication will no longer be federally funded from April. CAUT has a vision worth defending CAUT is recognized as the national voice for academic staff in Canada, promoting and defending its members’ rights and interests in the academy. While this is an accurate description, CAUT’s contributions to post-secondary education go well beyond the scope of the terms and conditions that govern the academic workplace. Alberta budget’s damaging effect on post-secondary education The University of Alberta board of governors has warned Premier Alison Redford in an open letter that the deep cuts announced in last month’s provincial budget will have a “detrimental effect,” setting the institution back many years. ‘Smoke & mirrors’ obscure Nova Scotia’s budget The Nova Scotia NDP government’s 2013-2014 budget held no surprises for post-secondary institutions facing a third round of previously agreed-upon cuts to operating grants. Scholar finds safe haven at Western Lawyer Anna Dolidze has turned fear, and exile from her home country of Georgia, into a succession of “firsts” and a new career at Western University, but not without a little help along the way. New Brunswick budget cuts support for post-secondary education The provincial budget released by New Brunswick Finance Minister Blaine Higgs on March 26 calls for significant tax hikes, the largest since 1983. But despite the planned increase in revenue, the budget still details a freeze on provincial funds for post-secondary institutions. Students, academics disappointed by Saskatchewan budget Saskatchewan Finance Minister Ken Krawetz warned that his 2013–2014 budget would be tight. Released on March 20, the financial plan did little to relieve concerns about the future for post-secondary education in the province.