OCUFA Election webpage now live

Dear APUO members,

The following information is sent to you on behalf of OCUFA (Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations).

Sincerely,

APUO Executive Committee

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Good morning all,

The OCUFA election webpage is now live. You can access it at www.ocufa.on.ca/ontario-election-2014

The page currently includes a “take action” feature, that allows you to send an email to your local candidates and the party leaders urging them to make higher education a priority.

Under the resources tab, there is a copy of the survey that we have circulated to the party leaders and a toolkit for meeting the candidates and hosting an all candidates meeting (both documents are also attached to this email). More resources, including expert analysis videos and analyses of the parties’ platforms will be posted as they become available, so check back often.

We would encourage you to circulate the link to everyone in your association, and to encourage your members to send an email to their local candidates using our “take action” form.

If you have any questions about the election webpage or about OCUFA’s election initiatives, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best,
Erica

Erica Rayment
Policy Analyst – Government and Community Relations
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street  Toronto, ON  M4Y 1M7
Office: 416-979-2117 x 223 | Mobile: 416-671-3230

Firing of a professor at the U of S

Dear APUO members,

Yesterday, the University of Saskatchewan fired Robert Buckingham – a tenured professor and Dean – for criticizing the institution’s program prioritization process. Fore more details on the firing, see:
http://www2.canada.com/saskatoonstarphoenix/news/local/story.html?id=840e20b7-2da1-46f9-836a-1518ec559072

A mere twenty-four hours later, no doubt feeling the pressure coming from many faculty associations and stakeholders throughout Canada, the President of the University has offered Robert Buckingham his tenured position back, but not his leadership role. For further details, see:
http://words.usask.ca/news/2014/05/15/university-of-saskatchewan-reconsiders-part-of-the-decision-regarding-executive-director-of-the-school-of-public-health/

Please find here the letter that was sent by the APUO President (using a template sent by OCUFA) condemning the actions of the administration as an egregious violation of academic freedom.

Sincerely,

Your APUO

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