November 2013 Get Science Right town halls kick off across the country Researchers and community members have gathered in the first four of a series of CAUT-organized outreach meetings planned for across Canada to raise awareness about the serious harm being caused by misguided government policies on science and research. Dissent: an academic’s obligation In 2008, the National Post reported that Environment Canada had “‘muzzled’ its scientists, ordering them to refer all media queries to Ottawa where communications officers will help them respond with ‘approved lines.’” At the time the department said the intent of the new policy was to speak with one consistent voice across the country. Jeff McKeil joins CAUT Jeff McKeil has joined CAUT as its newest assistant executive director to replace Peter Simpson who assumed a position with the Ontario government earlier this year. For the past 12 years, Jeff has headed provincial bargaining for FPSE in British Columbia Questions remain on New Brunswick’s latest post-secondary funding plan The New Brunswick government has announced a two per cent funding increase for each of the next two years for universities, the first time the province has provided multi-year funding. CAUT joins coalition to defend privacy rights CAUT has joined a broad-based pro-privacy coalition calling for effective legal measures to protect Canadians from warrantless government spying. CAUT presses Senate of Canada to reject Bill C-377 CAUT has written to all senators urging them to reject Bill C-377, a private member’s bill that targets organizations representing employees. On being included In most contexts diversity is seen as something positive and desirable, but Sara Ahmed complicates and problematizes such assumptions. In her recent and very interesting book, she “follows diversity around,” and interrogates policies and practices related to “diversity regimes.” Hugh Trevor-Roper When people talk of Hugh Trevor-Roper (1914–2003), they often think of The Last Days of Hitler, his longest-selling book. Or they may remember one of his posthumously published books. Golden holocaust The cigarette is the deadliest artifact in the history of human civilization. It is also one of the most beguiling, thanks to more than a century of manipulation at the hands of tobacco industry chemists. Creating space Verna Kirkness grew up on the Fisher River Indian reserve in Manitoba. Her childhood dream to be a teacher set her on a lifelong journey in education as a teacher, counsellor, consultant and professor. Drugs for life Every year the average number of prescriptions purchased by Americans increases, as do healthcare expenditures, which are projected to reach one-fifth of the US gross domestic product by 2020.