March 2015 Critics fear Bill C-51 could limit free speech on campus Thousands of Canadians across the country gathered earlier this month in a national day of protest against the federal government’s proposed national security legislation. Language & diversity in the age of austerity March marks both International Francophonie Month, and Aboriginal Languages Month and this seems as good a time as any to reflect on the linguistic and cultural diversity that enriches academic life in this country. Not everyone pleased with BC spending blueprint While BC Finance Minister Mike de Jong may have characterized his Feb. 17 budget as having scored a “fiscal hat trick,” for the third consecutive set of balanced books from the governing Liberals, he’s acquired plenty of detractors quick to condemn the plan as a mirage of user fee hikes in post-secondary education. Equity committee reaches out to individual members CAUT’s new equity committee met for the first time in August 2014, with attendance from two representatives of each of the five equity-seeking groups: Aboriginal academic staff, academic staff with disabilities, LGBTQ2S academic staff, racialized academic staff and women academic staff. Supreme Court backs workers’ rights In a landmark decision, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled Jan. 30 that the right to strike is constitutionally protected. The 5–2 decision in Saskatchewan Federation of Labour v. Saskatchewan found that the Public Service Essential Services Act infringed on protected charter rights. AUCC should follow the rules on temporary foreign workers program, says CAUT It’s now even harder for qualified Canadians to be hired into scarce full-time academic positions in their own country. That’s the fallout of a February agreement between the federal government and post-secondary institutions that outlines special exemptions from the temporary foreign worker rules. Inquiry faults uManitoba A committee appointed by CAUT in March 2014 to investigate alleged inappropriate conduct in the faculty of architecture at the University of Manitoba has uncovered violations of academic freedom and interference in the work of academic staff.