June 2013 Complaint targets uOttawa for failure to defend confidentiality A leading Canadian criminologist has filed a complaint against the University of Ottawa for failing to fulfill its obligation to uphold federal granting council research policies. Postdocs at Toronto win unionization drive Postdoctoral scholars at the University of Toronto have been certified as a trade union by the Ontario Labour Relations Board, after a four-year organizing campaign. Inquiry examines treatment of economists at uManitoba CAUT has established an ad hoc investigatory committee to examine allegations about the treatment of heterodox economists at the University of Manitoba economics department. The power of human contact The union I work for is about to make a significant move to online learning as a complement to its traditional face-to-face education program. The project will provide internet-based resources for new members, to introduce them to the union. Degrees of inequality Recently in the New York Times, under the headline No Rich Child Left Behind, Stanford University professor Sean Reardon had this to say about social class and education: “Here’s a fact that may not surprise you: the children of the rich perform better in school, on average, than children from middle-class or poor families. Military culture and education It seems fitting to review an edited collection for the CAUT Bulletin written by professors who work within the universe of military academies and staff colleges given the recently released Report of the Commission on Governance of the Royal Military College of Canada. Privatising the public university This title is the first full-length critical study examining the impact of the dramatic reforms that have swept through universities over the last two decades. Love, hope, optimism When Jack Layton died unexpectedly in the summer of 2011, millions of people mourned the loss of a man who had emerged as a much-loved political leader. The lost soul of higher education The American university is under attack from two directions, argues Ellen Schrecker in this major foray into the public debates over our troubled system of higher education. CAUT opens probe into veterinary college at UPEI CAUT has appointed an ad hoc investigatory committee in response to reports of various issues at the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College. Ontario budget: Little for higher ed Wrestling with an estimated 2012– 2013 deficit of $9.8 billion, the minority Liberal government of Ontario tabled a May budget politically positioned to address that problem, while still currying needed NDP favour in order to pass.