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Support for Keyano College Faculty [Fort McMurray]

This message is being sent out on behalf of Doug Short, president of ACIFA:

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you all who have already offered support to our friends at Keyano College.

The incredible natural disaster that has occurred in Fort McMurray has touched people across our country, and around the world. Indeed, I have heard from a concerned cousin in California where wildfires are often of great concern. Nature is an awesome force and yet we know that wildfires are nature's way to regenerate. Fort McMurray will rise tomorrow through the spirit of its residents and through your prayers.

That over 80,000 people have safely escaped harm is a miracle, supported by the cooperation of the people of Fort McMurray and the calm, coordinated evacuation efforts. Wonderful!

Help will be needed by the many affected by the fire. At this time the best assistance that your members or your association can provide is by donating to the Canadian Red Cross. You can donate online by going to the Canadian Red Cross or you can also donate by texting REDCROSS to 30333.

As we move forward and things become clearer, ACIFA expects to provide some direct support to faculty members through the Keyano College Faculty Association. We await the counsel of their Association.

Thank you for your concerns and assistance.

Posted by Daniel Draper at 11:21 am on May 6, 2016

Day of Mourning – April 28

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. CUASA joins with the other members of the labour movement in remembering those who have been injured or killed on the job over the last year. 

More information on the Day of Mourning can be found on the Canadian Association of University Teachers and Ontario Federation of Labour websites.

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Posted by Daniel Draper at 9:19 am on April 28, 2016

Faculty, Staff, Students at Carleton University Vote “No Confidence” in the Board of Governors

(April 19, 2016 – Ottawa, ON) Over the past week, unions representing faculty, librarians, administrative staff, and graduate students at Carleton University have unanimously passed motions of non-confidence in the Board of Governors. These motions express the sincere concerns of students and workers, who believe that the Board of Governors does not have the best interests of the community or the public good at heart. They raise the question of whether the Board can be trusted to make important decisions about the operations and future of Carleton University.

These non-confidence motions follow mounting frustration on campus surrounding the state of academic governance at Carleton University, and the introduction of controversial new bylaws which were passed by the Board on March 21st. The new bylaws make the Board less open, less accountable, and centralize power within the Executive Committee of the Board. The changes also entrench the highly contentious Code of Conduct into the bylaws, imposing a lifetime gag order on elected governors and restricting them from communicating back to their constituencies.  

Carleton University has faced heightened scrutiny over the last few months over its secretive, exclusionary, and regressive approach to governance. The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) has threatened to blacklist the institution for violating the academic freedom of Dr. Root Gorelick, who is a faculty representative on the Board.

These motions come as new revelations demonstrate the extent to which Carleton University is prepared to violate academic freedom in order to silence dissent. In a feature article (link) published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in the Spring 2016 issue of Our Schools/Our Selves, Dr. Gorelick writes in detail about how Carleton University has violated his academic freedom in its retaliation against his blogging about open sessions of the Board. In addition to the threats of removal from the Board, his employment has also been threatened with disciplinary action by Carleton University Human Resources, and the university has locked him out of his teaching and research website.

The non-confidence motions were unanimously passed by the Council of the Graduate Students’ Association on April 8 (link), the Carleton University Academic Staff Association at their Annual General Meeting on April 11 (link), and the Executive Board of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2424 on April 14.

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For more information please contact:

Caitlin Armstrong, Member Services Officer, CUASA at 613-520-2600 x 8381

Michael Bueckert, President, Carleton University Graduate Student’s Association (GSA) at pres@gsacarleton.ca, 613-315-7947 (cell)

Pam Griffin-Hody, President, CUPE 2424 at pam.griffin-hody@carleton.ca, 613-520-2600 x2428

Posted by Caitlin Armstrong at 9:30 am on April 18, 2016

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