Posts from August 2013

On August 29, 2013, the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO) ratified their new collective agreement, with 98 per cent voting in favour of the deal. Following the ratification, the APUO sent this message to their membership: We wish to thank our members for the strong and continued support given to us […]

Support for research and development in Canada has stagnated, due largely to a decrease if federal government support. Ontario continues to do better than most provinces, but mainly by directing more operating funds to research activities. Statistics Canada reports that research and development (R&D) spending by universities and other higher education research institutions rose by 3.4 per cent between 2011-12 and 2012-13. After […]

On August 17, 2013, Dr. Tarek Loubani, an assistant professor at Western, and John Greyson, an associate professor at York, were arrested and imprisoned in Egypt. OCUFA, CAUT, and faculty associations across Canada have taken action to urge the Government of Canada to do everything possible to effect their release. Below, please find the letter […]

On August 26, 2013, OCUFA President Kate Lawson met with Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities Brad Duguid. The purpose of the meeting was to consult OCUFA on several policy initiatives, including a new credit transfer framework, online education, and the differentiation agenda. The Minister emphasized that the government is still in the process of developing […]

The Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa (APUO) have reached a tentative agreement with the administration of the University of Ottawa. After a difficult round of bargaining, and exceptional mobilization and support of APUO’s membership, the tentative deal was reached on August 4, 2013. The proposed deal contains solid improvements for benefits and salary, […]

A decade ago, Mike Lazaridis highlighted the role of university research in developing the talent needed for success in the wider world of R&D. This is no less true today. Unfortunately, Canada continues to lag in university attainment rates, particularly in advanced degrees. Given the importance of producing research talent, it is no accident that the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development […]