Posts from June 2014

Despite ongoing negotiations, the administration at the University of Windsor has requested and received a “no board” report.This puts the university in a legal lockout position as of July 3, 2014. The Windsor University Faculty Association (WUFA) has not taken a strike vote, and has no current plans to do so. “The administration’s actions are […]

On June 23, 2014, The Agenda hosted a discussion on “hidden academics,” looking at the rise of precarious work within Ontario’s universities. The participants provided an insightful look into the challenges faced by precarious faculty, and into the potential implications of precarious faculty work for the university sector. OCUFA believes that all academic jobs should […]

The latest issue of Academic Matters , OCUFA’s flagship publication is now live online. Titled “Rethinking Town and Gown,” the issue highlights the connections that exist between universities and their host communities. We also look at ways of strengthening the relationship between town and gown, in an effort to enrich both worlds. George Fallis considers the question of what, […]

Reza Moridi , MPP for Richmond Hill, has been appointed Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities in the Cabinet of Premier Kathleen Wynne. Minister Moridi also retains his post of Minister of Research and Innovation. OCUFA looks forward to working with Minister Moridi to build a high quality and accessible higher education system in Ontario. Minister Moridi […]

On May 9, 2014, OCUFA held a special lunch ceremony to recognize winners of its 2014 Service Awards. This award was created to honour individuals who have done, or continue to do, exceptional work on behalf of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations and its members. This year’s winners are: Katherine Creber, Royal Military […]

Faculty at Trent University have reached a tentative settlement with their employer. Details of the agreement are still confidential pending a ratification vote. On June 5, 2014, Contract Academic Staff at St. Jerome’s ratified a new agreement alongside the Board of Governors. The new agreement runs until April 2018. A primary goal of the St. […]

The election of a majority Liberal government in the June 12, 2014 Ontario election has a number of important implications for professors and academic librarians in the province. During the election, OCUFA analyzed the higher education platforms of the Liberal Party as well as those of the other main parties , posted the response of the parties to the OCUFA party questionnaire , and […]

Ontario’s professors and academic librarians are today looking forward to working with Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government to address Ontario’s higher education challenges. “While Ontario’s colleges and universities were not a focus of the election campaign, they are among our most powerful tools for creating jobs, boosting the economy, and building a fairer society,” […]

TORONTO – Ontario’s professors and academic librarians are today looking forward to working with Premier Kathleen Wynne and her government to address Ontario’s higher education challenges. “While Ontario’s colleges and universities were not a focus of the election campaign, they are among our most powerful tools for creating jobs, boosting the economy, and building a […]

Over the weekend, the four major Toronto dailies endorsed their picks in the provincial election campaign. The National Post and the Toronto Sun threw their enthusiastic support behind Tim Hudak’s PC Party. The Toronto Star endorsed Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals, while the editorial board of the Globe and Mail all but threw up their hands in exasperation at the dearth of electoral options, and begrudgingly […]

The leaders of each of the three major parties had the chance to debate platform issues on Tuesday evening. The topics at the centre of the debate were jobs and the economy as well as financial mismanagement and accountability. The opposition leaders pointed to the gas plants, e-health and ORNGE debacles as evidence of the […]

READ and SHARE our platform report card. Over the course of the election campaign, OCUFA has analysed the three major parties’ platforms to determine where each party stands on important issues affecting the postsecondary education sector. Our analyses of the Liberal , NDP and PC party platforms examine in detail each party’s position (if they have one) on funding for postsecondary education, faculty hiring, affordability, […]

The provincial election is just over a week away and there are still plenty of ways to get involved and have an impact before E-Day. Tell the party leaders and your local candidates to make higher education a priority. Use the “Take Action” function on the OCUFA election webpage to send an email to your local candidates […]