September 2013 Impact of Alberta post-secondary cuts felt across the province University and college staff and students in Alberta returned to classes this month under a cloud of cutbacks and growing concern about the province’s plans for the sector. Students told criticism of Western not allowed during orientation week Some forms of communication are more equal than others. That’s the lesson a group of eight undergraduate students at Western University say they learned after campus police asked them to stop distributing leaflets criticizing corporate influence on student orientation week. Labour must transform itself Historically, unions, and especially those in the public sector, have been major social, economic and political forces. They have played a key role in bringing the working class together to demand and realize a more democratic and fair society. New Appointments CAUT’s new general counsel is Paula Turtle, who formerly was senior counsel to the United Steelworkers. Paula started in July. Also joining CAUT’s legal department is Christopher Schulz, who started Sept. 9. Prior to coming to CAUT, he worked in the legal department of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. David Braybrooke 1924-2013 David Braybrooke, a professor emeritus of philosophy and political science at Dalhousie University and the University of Texas at Austin and a former president of CAUT, died on Aug. 7. He was 88. Remembering Errol Black, Jack Layton The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has established a full-time labour research position to honour a former Brandon University professor and founding member of its Manitoba office. Democracy, expertise, and academic freedom Although their legal and educational histories are distinct, what happens in the United States often affects what happens in Canada. The formation of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) for instance helped pave the way for the creation of CAUT. “Too Asian?” This title offers a diverse collection of essays focusing on the ever-controversial discourses of affirmative action and meritocracy as they relate to Canadian college and university admission policies. The scholarship of teaching and learning in and across the disciplines The scholarship of teaching and learning began primarily as a discipline-based movement, committed to exploring the signature pedagogical and learning styles of each discipline within higher education, with little exchange across disciplines. Pharmageddon In this searing indictment David Healy tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. He attributes our current state of affairs to three key factors. Canadian copyright In the age of easily downloadable culture, messages about copyright are ubiquitous. If you’re an artist, consumer, or teacher, copyright is likely a part of your everyday life. Laboring positions: Laboring Positions aims to disrupt the dominant discourse on academic women’s mothering experiences. Black women’s maternity is assumed, and yet is also silenced within the increasingly neoliberal work environment of academia. CAUT launches inquiry at McGill over firing of distinguished prof CAUT has established an ad hoc investigatory committee to examine McGill University’s dismissal of tenured full professor of psychology Avi Chaudhuri. URFA ratifies contracts with university University of Regina academics and administrative, professional and technical staff represented by the University of Regina Faculty Association have ratified 3-year contracts that expire June 30, 2014. Government slashes funding to labour magazine while subsidizing corporate media The Department of Canadian Heritage cut funding to independent labour magazine Our Times by 65 per cent, claiming the magazine failed to meet eligible circulation requirements, although it offered no details. Thou shalt not commit sociology Harper has put his foot in his mouth once again. Just google “commit sociology” and you’ll see the general condemnation he has elicited, from sarcastic hilarity to outraged condemnation. Dumbing down for dollars Most universities have found themselves on the deficit side of economic history. It didn’t take long for the Great Recession of 2007 and the Global Recession of 2009 to team up and impose themselves on campuses more.