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Thompson Rivers University(Ottawa – November 19, 2019) An investigation into the suspension of Dr. Derek Pyne by Thompson Rivers University (TRU) has concluded that the administration’s actions breached academic freedom.

The committee of investigation, established by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), found that TRU “appears to suffer a broad institutional weakness when it comes to understanding academic freedom.”

The investigation looked into actions taken in July 2018 by the administration to suspend Dr. Pyne and bar him from campus. Dr. Pyne found himself at the centre of controversy for his research into the use of deceptive journals by administrators and academics at TRU, and for his public criticism of the University and his department, the School of Business and Economics.

The committee notes that the right of academics to criticize their administration and their institution is a widely recognized feature of academic freedom. However, the committee found that at TRU there was a failure to understand academic freedom beyond a “narrow application to support faculty members’ freedom to pursue what they expect to be fruitful avenues of research and publish their results.”

“Our investigation finds that the TRU Administration’s approach in managing workplace complaints against Dr. Pyne failed to properly consider his academic freedom as it applies to his…criticisms of the School of Business and Economics, its administrators and its faculty,” the committee concludes.

The committee makes a number of recommendations, including removing the constraints placed on Dr. Pyne’s speech as a condition of his continuing employment as a faculty member.

The members of the investigatory committee were Dr. Mark Mac Lean, Professor of Mathematics, University of British Columbia (Chair); and Carla Graebner, Librarian for Data Services and Government Information, Simon Fraser University.

Download the Report

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Media contact: Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-726-5186 (o); 613-222-3530 (c)

Author: fortier
Posted: November 19, 2019, 6:00 pm

(Ottawa – November 18, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is condemning the violent siege of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University by police authorities.  

“Hong Kong police forces have launched military-style attacks against protesters on the two campuses, firing tear gas and rubber bullets at people trying to flee and preventing medical personnel from assisting the injured,” said CAUT Executive Director David Robinson. “Attacks on educational institutions are always unacceptable and in this instance are fueling the flames of violence when authorities should be exercising restraint.”

According to reports, hundreds of students have been injured in the police attacks. At CUHK, which has 20,000 students, witnesses say the police raid seemed deliberately provocative, as there was no campus protest before the police launched their assault.

Amnesty International has reported that Hong Kong police forces are using indiscriminate brutality and torture against pro-democracy protesters.

“The latest developments represent an intolerable breach of human rights,” said Robinson. “CAUT and its members demand that Hong Kong authorities immediately end their indiscriminate and violent attacks on protesters, and respect the rights and freedoms of citizens as guaranteed by international standards.”  

Author: fortier
Posted: November 18, 2019, 8:39 pm

(Prince George — 15 November 2019) Marking the end of the first week of a labour dispute at the University of Northern British Columbia, members of the CAUT Defence Fund flying pickets from across the country are in Prince George today to show solidarity with their colleagues fighting for a fair contract. “We are here to show our unconditional support.

The UNBC faculty association’s negotiating team is working hard to obtain a fair deal for their members, but the administration is still demanding unacceptable concessions on maternity and parental leave, on job protections for contract instructors, and on tenure and promotion,” explains CAUT Treasurer, Yalla Sangaré.

UNBC offers amongst the lowest salaries across the country for assistant, associate and full professors.

“This job action action can be over soon if the administration withdraws its concessionary demands and negotiates a deal that recognizes and respects the important work that academic staff do for their students and their community,” added Sangaré.

For updates and to send letters of support, go to unbcfa.ca

Author: fortier
Posted: November 15, 2019, 6:50 pm

(Ottawa – November 7, 2019) Members of the University of Northern British Columbia Faculty Association (UNBC-FA) are on strike after negotiations with the employer broke off earlier today. Picket lines are up at the UNBC campuses in Prince George and Terrace.

Faculty Association president Stephen Rader says the employer is demanding concessions on maternity/parental leave, seniority/right of first refusal, and tenure and promotion.

"The faculty association is disappointed to find our members on the picket line again, and remains committed to negotiating a fair contract."

Author: fortier
Posted: November 7, 2019, 9:00 pm

(Ottawa – October 22, 2019) Faculty associations at Cape Breton, Northern British Columbia, and Algoma Universities are preparing for possible strike action failing resolution in their current negotiations.

Members of the Cape Breton University Faculty Association (CBUFA) voted overwhelmingly last week in support of a strike after negotiations stalled. Unresolved issues include fair teaching and research support and wages. The parties have filed for conciliation. “While frustrating, this is not surprising,” CBUFA president Calvin Howley said. “Stalled negotiations have become common practice not only at CBU but at other Nova Scotia universities.”

For Algoma (AUFA), OPSEU local 685 members have voted 86% in favour of a strike on October 11 and the parties are in conciliation. Issues that remain in dispute are wages, the employer asking contract academic staff to commit to an extra 24 hrs per course for office hours without any extra pay, and the employer wants to significantly reduce the free tuition benefit.

The members of the University of Northern British Columbia Faculty Association (UNBC-FA) have given their bargaining team an 84.2% strike mandate. The employer is demanding concessions on maternity/parental leave, seniority/right of first refusal, and tenure and promotion.

Author: fortier
Posted: October 22, 2019, 6:08 pm

(Ottawa – October 4, 2019) Tomorrow is World Teachers’ Day (WTD) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) joins with the global education community in celebrating the many accomplishments of the teaching profession, and highlighting the need to ensure the profession is attractive to and supportive of new teachers.

“The success of education at all levels rests upon the foundation of a highly qualified, talented and committed teaching corps,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “Today, particularly in Canada’s colleges and universities, the growth of precarious and insecure academic jobs is undermining the attractiveness of academic work and turning away young talent at a time where there is a pressing need for faculty renewal.”

CAUT is urging governments in Canada to make faculty renewal and decent work a core priority, and to adhere fully to the principles of fair employment embodied in both the ILO/UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers (1966) and the UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel (1997).

Poster - pdf format

Author: fortier
Posted: October 4, 2019, 8:01 am

(Ottawa – September 19, 2019) September 20 marks the beginning of the Week of Climate Action, an international grassroots movement of student activists demanding that world leaders be held accountable for and take immediate steps to combat the climate emergency facing the planet. A week of activities around the world will culminate in a Global Climate Strike on September 27. The Canadian Association of University Teachers stands in solidarity with all those taking part in the Week of Climate Action and the Global Climate Strike, and we join in demanding strong, immediate and effective action on climate change from governments in Canada and around the world.

Climate change is the crisis of our generation. CAUT encourages all its members to take part in the Week of Climate Action by joining local protests and events, supporting students who participate in the climate strike, pressing our institutions to adopt climate-friendly policies and practices, and raising awareness about the science of climate change and the role academic staff as researchers and teachers are playing in finding solutions.

Author: fortier
Posted: September 19, 2019, 11:53 am

(Ottawa – September 2, 2019) Results from a national survey* commissioned by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) indicate that a large majority of Canadians value post-secondary education (PSE) and think cost should not be allowed to prevent anyone from pursuing it.

Key findings include:

  • Almost 8 in 10 Canadians agree that students have to borrow too much to pay for their PSE and the cost should never prevent anyone from pursuing an education;
  • Similarly, almost all Canadians (93%) would get a post-secondary degree if they did not have to pay tuition, confirming how much they value the education and recognize the barrier that cost creates;
  • Eight in ten say the effort and time spent getting a higher education is worthwhile, but only 65% think it is worth the cost, and only 31% definitely think so;
  • When informed that one in three PS instructors teach part-time or are on short-term contracts, over half believe this hurts the quality of education.

“The cost of PSE remains a major hurdle for students and Canadians don’t like it. But the problem is deeper than that and survey respondents recognized that fact,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “As governments have reduced funding for universities and colleges, more and more low-paid and tenuously-employed teachers have replaced full-time academics who are invested in the academic integrity of the institutions where they work. This is hurting the quality of education that students receive.”

CAUT is calling on all federal political parties to support PSE the way most Canadians want the government to support it, by:

  • Ensuring that every student who wants to go to college or university can go, regardless of their ability to pay (84%);
  • Investing more in full-time post-secondary teaching positions (85%);
  • Reducing class sizes at colleges and universities (64%);
  • Eliminating post-secondary tuition entirely (61%).

Media contact: Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-726-5186 (o); 613-222-3530 (c)

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*Methodology – the survey was conducted online with 1500 Canadian residents aged 18 and over, from April 24-30. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random-sample of the same size is +/- 2.53%, 19 times out of 20. The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment and region. Totals may not add up due to rounding.

Author: fortier
Posted: September 2, 2019, 5:00 pm

Canadians will head to the polls on October 21 and CAUT has prepared tools for its member associations to engage in the upcoming federal election campaign. 

CAUT’s For Our Future campaign is an issue-based and non-partisan campaign with two goals:

1. To raise awareness about the positive role the federal government could play in strengthening the post-secondary education (PSE) system; and

2. To get out the student vote for education.

Once the Fall academic semester starts, we will have just under two months to make post-secondary education an election priority. It is essential that we hit the ground running in September.

In the kit, you will find:

  •   Key messages about the campaign;
  •   Steps to help develop your campaign;
  •   Action ideas, tips and resources for engaging members and students in the federal election, and reaching out to candidates; and

Access the kit here.

Author: dufour
Posted: August 21, 2019, 2:35 pm

Post-secondary education changes lives and Canada for the better. Through teaching, research and service to the community, Canada’s academic staff, scientists and researchers are key partners in addressing the climate emergency and other economic and social challenges. Canadians need a strong federal partner to work with the provinces to make sure that we have a sustainable research ecosystem, and affordable education for all. 

Read our submission here.

 

Author: dufour
Posted: August 20, 2019, 3:02 pm

(Ottawa – July 31, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is welcoming today’s announcement that an agreement has been reached to ensure more robust equity targets, transparency, and accountability within the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program.

Today’s settlement builds upon recent government changes to enhance equity, diversity and inclusion in the CRC program, and caps a process started in 2003 by eight academics who, with the support of CAUT, filed a complaint with the Canadian Human Rights Commission over the program’s failure to reflect the diversity of Canada’s university researchers.

“Canada’s research community owes much to the eight women who came forward 15 years ago to challenge systemic bias in the CRC program and who persevered in holding the program to account,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “Over the past four years, the government has ushered in several initiatives aimed at increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion within the research and university sectors, and today’s settlement helps to further advance that work.”

The new agreement establishes a ten-year framework for the CRC program to reflect the diversity of the Canadian population, setting institutional targets for the representation of women, visible minorities, persons with disabilities, and Indigenous peoples. Additionally, the under-representation of members of the LGBTQ+ community will be addressed for the first time.

“This is an important step towards ensuring that the Canadian research field both reflects Canada’s rich diversity and benefits from the talent and perspectives of those who were previously denied a seat at the table,” says the Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Marie-Claude Landry.

Consistent with other recent changes, today’s announced settlement enhances accountability mechanisms for institutions that fail to consistently meet targets.

“The changes being made to the CRC program recognize that under-representation arises not from a lack of qualified candidates but from discriminatory and exclusionary principles or practices in society and in academia itself,” says Robinson. “By addressing these barriers we can better encourage excellence, innovation, and fairness in the research environment.”

The women academics who initially challenged the CRC program before the Canadian Human Rights Commission with the legal representation of CAUT are: Marjorie Griffin Cohen, Louise Forsyth, Glenis Joyce, Audrey Kobayashi, Shree Mulay, Susan Prentice, and the late Wendy Robbins and Michèle Ollivier.

Media Contact: Valérie Dufour, Director of Communications, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-293-1810 (cell); dufour@caut.ca

Backgrounder statements by some of the complainants:

“I am thrilled that this settlement addresses all the gaps in the 2006 settlement”

- Shree Mulay

“Too often, equity and diversity initiatives have been restricted to availability in a currently discriminatory pipeline. Under this new agreement, the Canada Research Chairs Program will move quickly towards reflecting the full and actual diversity of Canada. This is a path-changing understanding, for universities and other Canadian institutions.”

- Susan Prentice

“This exciting agreement will change for the better what we know or think we know about ourselves, the natural world and the people in our world. It will throw doors open to everyone and welcome ways of seeing/thinking/being that have not yet found their place in schools, colleges and universities.”

- Louise Forsyth

“When the agreement is in full force, the representation of the groups named will reflect their representation within the Canadian population – not just their representation in universities.  This is a significant expansion of the concept of equality and something that has the power to effect significant change, especially if it is expanded to other groups and applied more widely in public institutions in the future."   

- Marjorie Griffin Cohen

Author: fortier
Posted: July 31, 2019, 4:00 pm

 (Ottawa – July 23, 2019) Canadians believe post-secondary education (PSE) has a positive impact on themselves and the country as a whole, is more relevant today in our rapidly changing world, and makes us stronger in the face of new challenges, according to a new national survey conducted by Abacus Data for the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT).

With provincial and territorial ministers of education in Victoria July 24-25 for the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) meeting, the survey results are timely and of key relevance to their discussions on crucial PSE issues.

Findings include:

  • A large majority (78%) of those surveyed view universities and colleges as having positive impacts on the direction of the country;
  • Most Canadians believe PSE is more relevant than ever, with 70% agreeing that “it has never been more important to get a post-secondary education given the changes in the economy and society”;
  • When told that Canada has the highest rate of residents with a post-secondary degree among comparable countries, two thirds (65%) of respondents feel it makes Canada a better place to live, a view that’s held across demographic, regional, and socio-economic groups. A majority of all political party supporters feel this way as well;
  • 93% of Canadians would get a PSE if there were no tuition, indicating cost is a factor for lifelong learning.

“The survey also showed that Canadians are concerned about many issues such as climate change, our aging population, and growing economic and social inequality,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “In that context, Canadians clearly see the value of PSE in preparing students for the modern economy, training the next generation of problem solvers, conducing research, and introducing students to a wide range of viewpoints and perspectives.”

CAUT is calling on all federal political parties to support PSE the way most Canadians want the government to support it, by:

  • Ensuring that every student who wants to go to college or university can go, regardless of their ability to pay (84%);
  • Investing more in full-time post-secondary teaching positions (85%);
  • Reducing class sizes at colleges and universities (64%);
  • Eliminating post-secondary tuition entirely (61%).

“Post-secondary education makes Canada more united, stronger, and positioned to tackle the challenges we will face today and in the future,” Robinson says. “The federal government should support the sector and help make it stronger across the country.”

Media contact: Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-726-5186 (o); 613-222-3530 (c)

*Methodology – the survey was conducted online with 1500 Canadian residents aged 18 and over, from April 24-30. The margin of error for a comparable probability-based random-sample of the same size is +/- 2.53%, 19 times out of 20. The data were weighted according to census data to ensure that the sample matched Canada’s population according to age, gender, educational attainment and region. Totals may not add up due to rounding.

Author: fortier
Posted: July 23, 2019, 2:30 pm

(Ottawa – July 5, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is raising concerns about academic freedom at the Maritime College of Forest Technology in New Brunswick following the recent dismissal of two teachers.

Wildlife biologist Rod Cumberland was fired from his teaching post on June 20. On July 3, Gerald Redmond, the former director of the school who was still teaching there, publicly stated that the College’s dismissal of Mr. Cumberland was likely in retaliation for his outspoken criticism of the herbicide glyphosate. Mr. Redmond also said he “felt pressure from the board of governors in several instances, to try to sanction Rod for his outspokenness on the glyphosate herbicide.”  The next day, the College informed Mr. Redmond that his services were no longer needed.

CAUT says that the academic freedom of both teachers has been violated, and that they have been denied due process in the manner in which they were dismissed. These incidents will be referred to the CAUT Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee, which will take further actions if the situation is not satisfactorily resolved.

Read the letter here.

 Media contact: Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-726-5186 (o); 613-222-3530 (c)

 

Author: dufour
Posted: July 5, 2019, 5:14 pm

(Ottawa – June 21, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) marks National Indigenous Peoples Day as a recognition of the diverse cultures, outstanding contributions and unique heritage of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.

This year, we acknowledge the recent report on the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG).

The report caps over two years of cross-country hearings including testimony from some 2,000 survivors of violence, their families, and experts, detailing the trauma and marginalization that have devastated many Indigenous communities.

CAUT is committed to restoring, renewing, and regenerating Indigenous practices, languages, and knowledge, and has called for action on the 231 recommendations contained in the report.

Additionally, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has documented many pressing issues facing Indigenous peoples that still require attention. Its report notes the critical role education can play in supporting the reconciliation process.

CAUT continues to urge academic staff associations, and universities and colleges to support indigenizing the academy by working together to establish equitable policies and practices that involve Aboriginal Peoples and Indigenous knowledge in all aspects of campus life.

Author: fortier
Posted: June 21, 2019, 11:43 am

(Ottawa – June 6, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) calls for action on the 231 recommendations contained in the report on the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) released Monday.

“This report makes it clear that Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people have suffered from disproportionate rates of violence through our country’s history, with many being murdered or simply vanishing,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “The unacceptable gender-based violence they continue to face is shameful, and we urge the federal government to move forward on implementing the report’s Calls for Justice.”

The report caps over two years of cross-country hearings including testimony from some 2,000 survivors of violence, their families, and experts, and details the trauma and marginalization that have devastated many Indigenous communities.

“CAUT applauds the bravery and activism that inspired and drove the inquiry,” Robinson adds. “Now, we need to make the necessary legal and social changes not only so that no one suffers such injustice and inequity in the future, but also so that the wounds of the past are healed.”  

Author: fortier
Posted: June 6, 2019, 2:02 pm

(Ottawa – June 6, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) commends the authoritative review of the Copyright Act released Tuesday by the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Science and Technology (INDU). The result of months of thorough and thoughtful study, the report contains 36 recommendations, including expansion of fair dealing purposes, and represents a balanced and forward-looking assessment.

“CAUT’s members – teachers, librarians, researchers and other academic staff at universities and colleges – include both users and creators of content, and they understand the importance of finding a fair approach,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “While the report contains compromises, we are assured that a broad range of voices were sought out and heard, including CAUT’s, making the report a good starting point for future copyright reform in Canada.”

Several key recommendations echo CAUT’s input before the committee:

  • Preservation of educational fair dealing, with expansion of fair dealing purposes (“such as” illustrative list as opposed to current exhaustive list)
  • Opposition to extension of copyright term; though conceded through recent NAFTA negotiations, the term should be extended only if copyright owners register
  • Agreement that intersection of copyright law and Indigenous knowledge is problematic and must be reformed to reflect Indigenous rights
  • Easing of digital locks for allowable purposes such as research, fair dealing
  • Placing limits on Crown copyright

“Fair dealing is a legal right confirmed by past judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada, and the report acknowledges that the ‘decline of collective licensing in education has arguably more to do with technological change than it does with fair dealing’,” Robinson adds. “It is significant that decades of jurisprudence have helped define fair dealing so as to provide certainty with flexibility, and CAUT urges the government to remain mindful of these considerations as it moves forward with reform of the Act.” 

Media contact: Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-726-5186 (o); 613-222-3530 (c)

Author: fortier
Posted: June 6, 2019, 12:50 pm

(Ottawa – May 17, 2019) The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) is alarmed by recommendations released this week by the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage regarding copyright law in Canada.

The report, though produced by a committee mandated to take into consideration the broad range of stakeholder interests — including creators, the public, educators and students — focuses entirely on the interests of big publishers and their lobby groups.

“The report puts the financial interests of publishers over the rights of students and teachers,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson.

The report makes a number of contentious and alarming recommendations, including rolling back fair dealing rights, extending copyright term, and increasing damages for infringement (even for accidental and minor, non-commercial violation of copyright), while also creating several new rights and payments for publishers.

“Restricting user rights is no way to genuinely support independent Canadian creators, and would have a significant negative impact on scholarly communications and the exchange of knowledge,” Robinson says.

He notes the report demonstrates little understanding of the legal development of fair dealing — the existence and parameters of which have been confirmed by the Supreme Court of Canada — and ignores the reality at Canadian schools, universities, and colleges across Canada.

“Students and schools are paying unsustainable and unfair amounts of money to publishers. Fair dealing is a necessary carve-out that allows appropriate sharing for educational purposes, yet this too is under attack,” Robinson says. “The claim that fair dealing has anything to do with publishers’ declining profits or the struggle that some creators face in making a decent living is demonstrably false. The recommendations should be rejected in favour of a more balanced and fair approach to copyright law.”

Media contact:

Lisa Keller, Communications Officer, Canadian Association of University Teachers; 613-726-5186 (o); 613-222-3530 (cell)

Author: fortier
Posted: May 17, 2019, 3:16 pm

(Ottawa – May 15, 2019) Today marks 100 years since the commencement of the Winnipeg general strike, when most of the city’s workers — about 30,000 private and public sector employees — walked off the job in an organized but unprecedented protest over dismal working conditions, low wages and the lack of a right to a collective voice.

Six weeks later it was over, but not before the federal government had ordered the arrest of eight strike leaders, and riots on June 19, “Bloody Saturday”, resulted in the death of two strikers and injuries for many others when mounted police rode into crowds gathered at Market Square and used clubs and guns to quell the unrest.

“The Canadian Association of University Teachers stands with other unions in Canada to honour the memory of this ground-breaking strike and of the people who fought for rights we often take for granted today,” says CAUT executive director David Robinson. “Today, workers are facing a resurgence of anti-unionism that threatens to erode or eliminate the power of collective action which was so hard-won by those before us — a threat we must stand together to guard against, just as workers did 100 years ago, despite the precarity of their situation.”

The strike was a defining event in the history of Canada’s modern union movement and served to highlight the plight of the working class, and drive growing solidarity. It spawned the birth of the first mandated minimum wage, leading the way for unionization of workers, improvements in employment and social conditions, and ultimately to recognition by the Supreme Court of Canada of the right to strike as essential to a meaningful process of collective bargaining protected by Canada’s Constitution.

Author: fortier
Posted: May 15, 2019, 3:14 pm

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) extends its deepest condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Vic Catano, who passed away on May 10, 2019. As a leading academic staff association activist, he contributed enormously to advancing college and university workplace rights. His loss will be keenly felt; his legacy will continue.

Honoured in 2009 with CAUT’s Donald C. Savage Award, Vic’s work as a chief negotiator on the Saint Mary’s University collective agreement set a standard that associations across the country, big and small, continue to incorporate and build on. Again and again, CAUT has turned to that language for use in its model clauses and bargaining advisories.

As a leader, he dedicated time and energy to serving as President of CAUT, President of Saint Mary's University Faculty Union, and countless other committee positions.

Dr. Catano was a Professor of Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. Over time he also served as a Special Lecturer at the Technical University of Nova Scotia, an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, a Visiting Research Fellow at the Canadian Forces Personnel Applied Research Unit, President of the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia, President of the Canadian Society of Industrial / Organizational Psychology, and Chair of the Canadian Council of Human Resources Associations’ Independent Board of Examiners.

Beyond these specific achievements, Vic also leaves a record of personal warmth, compassion, and deep commitment to the cause of workplace justice. Our responsibility to his legacy is to continue his work.

Author: fortier
Posted: May 14, 2019, 7:05 pm

(Ottawa – April 26, 2019) This April 28, the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) stands solemnly with unions and employee associations across Canada to mark the National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job.

It is saddening to note that the most recent statistics from the Association of Workers' Compensation Boards of Canada (AWCBC) reveal that in 2017, 951 workplace fatalities were recorded in Canada, an increase of 46 from the previous year. 

Especially devastating is the fact that among these deaths were 23 young workers aged 15-24.

It is inexcusable that these types of workplace tragedies are not just continuing year-on-year, but even increasing in numbers. The trauma experienced by the friends, family members and co-workers of killed or injured workers is horrendous.

On this Day of Mourning, CAUT urges provincial and federal governments to closely examine why so few employers are held to account in meaningful ways; to invest in training for police and crown prosecutors to enforce workplace safety; and for provincial labour ministries, police forces and other involved authorities to improve collaboration so that workplace deaths can be minimized, and present and future generations of workers protected.

Author: fortier
Posted: April 26, 2019, 4:00 pm