Posts from May 2021

TORONTO, May 27, 2021 – The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) is pleased to announce this year’s recipients of the OCUFA Service Award: Herb Kunze of the University of Guelph Faculty Association (UGFA), Robert Hickey and Paul Young of the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), and Cynthia Messenger of the University of Toronto […]

TORONTO, May 26, 2021 — The Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA) is pleased that Minister of Colleges and Universities Ross Romano has accepted the recommendation of Ontario’s Postsecondary Education Quality Assessment Board (PEQAB) and, as a result, will deny university status to the Canada Christian College (CCC). After conducting an in-depth review of […]

As part of the wide-ranging Bill 276, Supporting Recovering and Competitiveness Act, 2021, the Ontario government added legislation to make the Northern Ontario School of Medicine an autonomous university. In response to this proposed legislation, which was announced without appropriate consultation or notice, OCUFA has made both written and verbal submissions to the Standing Committee […]

In April, OCUFA’s Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee held its sixth annual Social Media Day of Action in support of fairness for contract faculty. On April 21, members of the committee, faculty associations, and allies drew attention to “the elephant in the room”: the provincial government’s underfunding of postsecondary education, which is the underlying […]

Following two days of Interest Arbitration, months of mediation, and over a year of bargaining, the Ontario College of Art & Design Faculty Association (OCADFA) has secured significant gains in the areas of Sessional and Teaching Intensive Stream job security and in equity hiring and retention. Amongst the gains made are the introduction of the […]

Each year, OCUFA is proud to celebrate outstanding achievement in teaching and academic librarianship at Ontario universities. Through the Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards, we recognize those individuals whose pedagogical leadership and support have made a positive and enduring difference to their students and colleagues. Anyone within the university community can nominate a faculty member […]

In a letter to the president of OCAD University, OCUFA has condemned the university’s termination of four senior librarians and two other library positions. OCUFA President Rahul Sapra described the important of university librarians at Ontario universities and urged OCADU’s administration to reinstate all six positions and rehire the librarians whose jobs were eliminated. Read the full letter here.

OFL Education Assembly – June 26, 2021

Join OCUFA and the OFL for another virtual Province-Wide Education Assembly to discuss what Ontarians need from our education systems during COVID-19 and beyond. Saturday, June 26 at 10 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Parents, teachers, students, child care workers, faculty, and support staff across education sectors are invited to come together to envision and discuss a seamless […]

OCUFA continues to provide LUFA with direct support on the fallout of the CCAA process. Below is a digest of key events, media coverage, and political action from the past week regarding the Laurentian CCAA Proceeding. Please note that going forward, OCUFA will be providing updates as new actions and significant information or updates transpire, […]

Members of the Professors’ Association of Saint Paul University (PASPU) have ratified a three-year agreement. The agreement includes significant non-monetary gains that protect the membership and foster career development. The new agreement includes equity gains, including language permitting members to include the period of pregnancy and parental leave towards service time calculations for promotion and […]

Meral Jamal was born and raised in a joint family in the United Arab Emirates. She will be graduating with a bachelor of journalism from Carleton University and is the newsletter editor with LiisBeth. She spent the summer of 2019 in the Yukon as part of Stories North, an initiative by Carleton professor Kanina Holmes […]

The latest issue of Academic Matters is out now. Contributors reflect on how the pandemic has impacted faculty and students struggling to balance their professional and personal lives. Read the issue for free online: The academy’s neoliberal response to COVID-19: Why faculty should be wary and how we can push back Honor Brabazon, St. Jerome’s University in the University of Waterloo Canadian universities have reacted to the pandemic with neoliberal approaches that […]