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Tweet and Facebook about contract faculty with the rest of Ontario on March 3rd

March 1st, 2017

On March 3, OCUFA is asking faculty, students, staff, and supporters across Ontario to engage in a day of action on social media to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty. This initiative is a project of their Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee, and will build on the momentum generated during last fall’s Fair Employment Week.

Throughout the day, university community members are invited to send their Boards of Governors a message about their priorities for the institution, including improved contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students. To our knowledge, Laurier’s Board of Governors, its chair, and Dr. Blouw do not have Twitter accounts but Laurier does and Board members are bound to notice.

Here are a few sample tweets:

Hey @Laurier BoG: #OurUniversity should be a model employer but #contractfaculty work without job security! #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

Hey @Laurier BoG: #OurUniversity should be supporting its #contractfaculty #teachers, not just the top tier admin. #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

Hey @Laurier BoG: #OurUniversity should respect #contractfaculty! Equal pay for equal work. #Fairness4CF #15andFairness

And, a sample Facebook post:

It’s time for fairness for #contractfaculty at @WilfridLaurierUniversity! Contract faculty deserve equal pay for work of equal value, job security, and access to benefits. #OurUniversity #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

…or post something else you think would be supportive and raise awareness! Below you’ll find some graphics that can be included with your tweets and Facebook posts.

All Ontario universities are invited to participate. If you’d like more information, contact OCUFA’s Engagement and Campaigns Coordinator, Andrea Calver, at acalver@ocufa.on.ca, or Communications Lead, Ben Lewis, at blewis@ocufa.on.ca.

Others who want to join in should make sure they use the hashtags #OurUniversity or #OurCollege, and #Fairness4CF.

 

respect fair-pay working-conditions

Join us on social media, March 3 – Fairness for contract faculty

February 24th, 2017

Sent on behalf of Mark Rosenfeld

 

Dear colleagues,

 

On March 3, faculty, students, staff, and supporters across Ontario will engage in a day of action on social media to raise awareness about the need for fairness for contract faculty. This initiative is a project of OCUFA’s Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee, and will build on the momentum generated during last fall’s Fair Employment Week.

 

Throughout the day, university community members are invited to send their Boards of Governors a message about their priorities for the institution, including improved contract faculty working conditions and the quality of education offered to students.

 

Here are a few sample tweets:

 

At #OurUniversity fairness for contract faculty means equal access to benefits. It’s time for respect! @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

 

#OurUniversity must commit to fairness for contract faculty! I’ve worked here 8 years without job security @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

 

#OurUniversity should respect contract faculty! Everyone deserves equal pay for equal work. @BoardChair #Fairness4CF #15andFairness

 

And, a sample Facebook post:

 

It’s time for fairness for contract faculty at @YourUniversityFacebookPage! Contract faculty deserve equal pay for work of equal value, job security, and access to benefits.

#OurUniversity #Fairness4CF #CdnPSE

 

Below you will find some graphics that can be included with your tweets and Facebook posts.

 

We are asking that you distribute the attached (below links) notice and graphics to your members and campus allies encouraging them to participate by early next week. It would be great if you could include the twitter handle for the Chair of your Board of Governors and/or your University President in the sample tweets, and the handle for your university’s Facebook page in the Facebook post.

Template email for faculty association members

fair-pay

working-conditions

respect

 

All faculty members at Ontario universities are invited to participate. For more information, contact OCUFA’s Engagement and Campaigns Coordinator Andrea Calver at ACalver@ocufa.on.ca or Communications Lead Ben Lewis at BLewis@ocufa.on.ca.

 

Others who want to join in should make sure they use the hashtags #OurUniversity or #OurCollege, and #Fairness4CF.

 

Best regards,

Mark

 

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Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca
www.academicmatters.ca
www.weteachontario.ca

 

Considerations for teaching online courses: A resource for faculty associations

February 21st, 2017

Sent on behalf of Mark Rosenfeld

 

Dear colleagues,

 

OCUFA’s Online Education Ad Hoc Committee has developed a new resource document for faculty associations on considerations for teaching online courses. Please find a copy attached and in the members area of the OCUFA website here.

 

The document is designed to help faculty associations think through key issues for university professors and academic librarians regarding online learning. It aims to inform your association about the kinds of challenges that could arise and help you advise and support members who are creating and/or teaching online courses.

The document covers nine issues: course structure, course oversight, academic freedom, remuneration, intellectual property, updating courses, student resources, integrity of examinations and evaluations, and workload and enrolment. A brief description of each issue is provided, followed by a series of questions about that issue. It is a complement to the “e-Learning Bargaining Checklist” that was developed by the OCUFA Collective Bargaining Committee.

 

If you have any questions about the resource document, please contact Brynne Sinclair-Waters at bsinclair-waters@ocufa.on.ca.

 

Best regards,

Mark Rosenfeld

 

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Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca
www.academicmatters.ca
www.weteachontario.ca

Call for nominations of the annual OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards

February 14th, 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
44th ANNUAL
OCUFA TEACHING AWARDS
OCUFA ACADEMIC LIBRARIANSHIP AWARD FOR 2016-2017

Deadline for receipt of nominations: May 26, 2017

 

PROGRAM

 

  • Each year OCUFA recognizes outstanding teachers and academic librarians in Ontario universities through its Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards.
  • Since 1973 OCUFA has presented 426 awards.
  • The recipients are selected by the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee.
  • Approximately 7 awards are presented.

CATEGORIES

 

  • Teaching, in the context of the OCUFA awards, embraces virtually all levels of instruction – graduate and undergraduate teaching, continuing education and faculty development. Similarly, proficiency in teaching may extend well beyond the    classroom, the laboratory or the faculty member’s office. Activities such as course design, curriculum development, organization of teaching programs and other significant forms of leadership are often important contributions to the instructional process. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for the OCUFA Teaching Awards.
  • Academic librarianship, in the context of the OCUFA Awards, embraces all aspects of librarianship that contribute to the scholarly achievement of all members of the university community. Activities such as development and delivery of services, provision of educational materials, collection development and management and other contributions to academic librarianship are important to the intellectual functioning of the university. Those who excel in any of these are eligible for an OCUFA Academic Librarianship Award.

 

NOMINATIONS

 

  • Nominations are invited from individuals, informal groups of faculty or students, or both, and such organizations as local faculty associations, faculty or college councils, university committees concerned with teaching and learning, librarians, local student councils, departments, alumni, etc.
  • Guidelines to assist in organizing a nomination should be consulted by prospective nominators and are available on request from your Faculty Association Office, the Provincial Office of OCUFA, or the OCUFA website (www.ocufa.on.ca).

 

PROCEDURE

 

  • Deadline for receipt of nominations: May 26, 2017
  • We request that all submissions be uploaded onto OCUFA’s secured online submission system as a single PDF file athttp://awards.ocufa.on.ca
  • Inquiries to: 416-979-2117

 

 

 

 

Please see attached links ( 2017 Call for nomination_Librarian_English, 2017 Call for nomination_Teaching_English)for nomination packages. Please note that there are some changes to the Librarianship guidelines to encourage more librarianship submissions. There are also new format requirements for the dossier for both awards. Please distribute!

 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact OCUFA for assistance.

 

Regards,

 

Karat TenBrinke

Staff Support to the OCUFA Teaching and Academic Librarianship Awards Committee

Policy Officer of Information Systems and Office Management

OCUFA

17 Isabella Street, Toronto ON

M4Y 1M7

E-mail: ktenbrinke@ocufa.on.ca

Phone: 416-979-2117

 

Nominations for the 2015-16 OCUFA Service Award – due April 3, 2017 –First Notice

January 24th, 2017

Dear Colleagues:

The OCUFA Service Award was established six years ago 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.

Up to six awards may be given each year and are presented during OCUFA’s Annual General Meeting,  which will be held this year on May 13, 2017.

The deadline for 2016-17 nominations is April 3, 2017.

For more information about the award and the nomination form — in English or French — please visit:

http://ocufa.on.ca/awards/ocufa-service-award/

or

http://ocufa.on.ca/ocufa-awards/le-prix-du-service-de-locufa/    [French version]

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

Best regards,

Mark

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Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca
www.academicmatters.ca
www.weteachontario.ca

 

 

OCUFA’s recommendations for the Ontario budget

January 23rd, 2017

[Copied from email sent by Mark Rosenfeld, Executive Director of OCUFA.]

See OCUFA’s 2017 pre-budget submission, which sets out OCUFA’s priorities for the Ontario Budget.

OCUFA’s recommendations include:

  • Increasing per-student funding for Ontario’s universities to match the average for the rest of Canada;
  • Making a commitment to supporting faculty renewal, including full-time faculty hiring that brings Ontario’s student-faculty ratio in line with the rest of Canada and replacing retiring faculty with tenure-stream positions;
  • Ensuring fairness for contract faculty by strengthening employment and labour laws;
  • Rejecting the use of punitive performance-based funding in the renewed university funding model; and
  • Establishing a new higher education data agency to collect, analyze, and disseminate key information on Ontario’s universities.
  • Providing greater clarity about criteria for solvency exemption to support the success of a multiemployer jointly sponsored pension plan (JSPP) for the university sector.

OCUFA President Judy Bates presented these recommendations to the Ministry of Finance on January 9 and to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on January 19.

URGENT: Support Brescia Faculty Association in closing the gender wage gap

September 27th, 2016

Sent on behalf of Mark Rosenfeld

 

Dear colleagues:

 

The Brescia Faculty Association in London will be in conciliation on September 26 and 28. To put pressure on the employer to settle in conciliation, the Brescia Faculty Association is asking that your faculty association send a letter of support to the Brescia Principal and Board Chair. In addition, we would appreciate your assistance in circulating the link to the letter as broadly as possible to your members, and other allies in the university sector. To generate as much support as quickly as we can, we have chosen an online standardized letter – individuals simply need to follow the link, enter their name, e-mail address and organization, and hit submit.

 

Follow this link to sign the letter: http://www.bresciafacultyassociation.ca/letter-campaign-show-your-support/ 

 

This afternoon at 3:15 p.m., the Brescia Faculty Association will be holding a public event to bring awareness to the gender wage gap that is at the heart of their bargaining demands. This is a great opportunity for all of us to not only bring attention to the bargaining issues at Brescia, but to support the province-wide effort to eliminate the gender wage gap everywhere. Brescia is Canada’s only women’s university and 72 per cent of full-time faculty at Brescia are women, while the average salary is the second lowest of any university faculty in the province.

 

OCUFA and the BFA will be active on social media this afternoon during the event, and would appreciate it if you could further assist us by re-tweeting and sharing our messages with your networks.

 

Regular updates on the campaign and bargaining will be posted on the Brescia Faculty Association website: www.bresciafacultyassociation.ca
Thank you for your support.

Best regards,

Mark

 

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Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca
www.academicmatters.ca
www.weteachontario.ca

OCUFA contract faculty and faculty complement committee – call for new members

September 13th, 2016

Sent on behalf of Judy Bates, OCUFA President

 

To Faculty Associations Presidents,

 

Two years ago, OCUFA started a new committee – Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement – to build solidarity between contract faculty and tenured faculty on the key issues facing faculty members: job security and workload.

 

I joined the committee as OCUFA President because I recognize that every academic job must be a good job and that a lack of tenure-stream faculty hiring means growing workload for many tenured faculty.  I am writing to invite you to send a representative from your faculty association to join our committee.

 

In the first two years, we have built awareness and relationships through the launch of the We Teach Ontario campaign website, Fair Employment week events, and the recent provincial conference and day of action in February.

 

Next year, we will:

  • Communicate with faculty through four special editions of OCUFA report.
  • Encourage faculty associations to take part in CAUT’s Fair Employment Week (October 24-28).
  • Continue to advocate for changes to the Ontario Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act to work towards making every academic job a good job.
  • Plan a provincial tour for participating campuses to help more members get involved in building solidarity and working together.

 

If your association has members on contract or limited-term, please consider identifying one of your members to work with our committee.

 

If you have a tenured faculty member who is interested in working on issues of good jobs, job security and workload, they would also be a welcome addition to our committee. Associations are encouraged to name two people, one as committee member, the second as an alternate.

 

If possible, those members are welcome to join our committee for a meeting in Toronto on Saturday October 1st.

 

Finally, I want to clarify several key dates for the fall of 2016. OCUFA would like encourage your association to participate in “Fair Employment Week” which will be held from October 24 to 28. Sponsored by CAUT, we would like to encourage Ontario faculty associations to do information tables, especially on Tuesday, October 26. Contact acalver@ocufa.on.ca for materials.

 

Other dates to note this fall are:

  • Sept 28 – Contract faculty at Ontario’s community colleges are hosting a day of action
  • Oct 1 – OCUFA Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee meeting in Toronto
  • Oct 1 – The OFL and $15 & Fairness campaign are hosting a mass rally for decent work at Queen’s Park.
  • Nov 2 – The Canadian Federation of Students is having a national day of action for their Fight the Fees campaign.

 

If you have any questions about these events or the Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee, please contact Andrea Calver at the OCUFA office or acalver@ocufa.on.ca.

 

In Solidarity,

 

Judy Bates

OCUFA President

 

 

Current members 2016-2017, OCUFA Contract Faculty and Faculty Complement Committee
First Last University Occupation FA
Michael Lajoie Algoma University Contract Faculty AUFA
Diana Buglea Huron University College Contract Faculty HUCGA
Laurie Forbes Lakehead University Contract Faculty LUFA
Laura Rossi Nipissing University Contract Faculty NUFA
Kathleen Morris OCAD Contract Faculty OCADFA
Amy Swartz OCAD Contract Faculty OCADFA
Anya Hageman Queen’s University Contract Faculty QUFA
Zach MacDonald St. Jerome’s University CAS Librarian SHUASA
Stephanie Gregoire St. Jerome’s University Associate Professor SJUASA
Sue Wurtele Trent University Professor TUFA
Natalie Pietrzak-Renaud University of Western Ontario Sessional UWOFA
Ben Rubin University of Western Ontario Assistant Professor WUFA
Fran Cachon University of Windsor Contract Faculty WUFA
Pierre Boulos University of Windsor OCUFA Board Director WUFA
Michele Kramer Wilfrid Laurier University Contract Faculty WLUFA
Judy Bates Wilfrid Laurier University OCUFA President WLUFA
Jim Gerlach Wilfrid Laurier University Contract Faculty WLUFA
Donna Gray Research Director OCUFA
Erica Rayment Government Relations OCUFA
Andrea Calver Engagement and Campaigns OCUFA
Brynne Sinclair-Waters Gov’t and Community Relations OCUFA

 

 

OCUFA response to the Report of the Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee

August 30th, 2016

Dear Colleagues;

 

On August 25, 2016 the Ontario Government’s Gender Wage Gap Steering Committee released its final report and recommendations to government on how to close the gender wage gap in the province. The recommendations target three root causes of the gender wage gap: women’s disproportionate responsibility for caregiving work and the absence of adequate public supports, systematic undervaluing of and lower rates of pay in sectors and jobs that are dominated by women, and gender bias and discrimination in business practices that disadvantage women. OCUFA staff has prepared the following brief analysis of the report, which is also available on the OCUFA website.

 

The first set of recommendations focus on the need for a more balanced distribution of caregiving responsibilities. These recommendations call for the establishment of a childcare system that provides high quality, affordable, accessible, and publicly funded childcare within a defined period of time and calls on government to address gaps in the existing system right away. It also calls for changes to the pregnancy and parental leave provisions in the Employment Standards Act (ESA) that will encourage both parents to use parental leave and normalize the practice of men taking parental leave.

 

The second set of recommendations focus on measures that will support the greater valuation of work in female dominated sectors of employment through assessment of the Pay Equity Act and further consultations with workplace parties.

 

The third set of recommendations focus on workplace practices and calls on government to encourage employers to put in place pay transparency policies, to develop a gender workplace analysis tool, and to increase the number of women on Boards.

 

The fourth set of recommendations focus on raising public awareness around the gender wage gap and its impacts through a social awareness campaign and through the education system.

 

The fifth and final set of recommendations call on government to adopt policy, budget making, and operational processes that are attentive to gender based differences and discrimination.

 

Assessment of report

The report includes two clearly action-oriented recommendations: the call for the establishment of a more accessible, high quality, affordable childcare system in Ontario and the call for changes to parental leave provisions that will encourage more men to take parental leave. These recommendations are consistent with measures that OCUFA laid out in its submission to the Steering Committee and address one of the root causes of the gender wage gap.

 

The recommendation that the government develop a gender workplace analysis tool that would help employers to understand whether and to what extent a gender wage gap exists within their workforce suggests some parallels with OCUFA’s call for the expansion of the salary review process. Universities and faculty associations have demonstrated leadership on this front, with many institutions across the province undertaking salary anomaly reviews and in some cases applying remedies when a systematic gender wage gap is found (McMaster and Waterloo are notable recent examples).

 

The report, however, was silent on many of the other measures that were highlighted in the OCUFA submission, including improving access to collective bargaining and improving terms and conditions for precariously employed workers. Moreover, many of the recommendations were relatively weak – calling for further examinations and assessments, and merely encouraging employers to take certain corrective actions rather than making such actions mandatory – for example, merely encouraging rather than requiring employers to develop of pay transparency policies.

 

Where government plans to move

In response to the release of the report, the provincial government has signaled only that it will take action on four of the report’s recommendations:

  • Make salary data in the Ontario Public Service publicly available by gender in order to increase income transparency
  • Require gender based analysis in government policy making
  • Appoint an Associate Minister Responsible for Early Years and Child Care to build a childcare system in Ontario
  • Provide employers with materials on anti-discrimination and other educational materials related to the gender wage gap

The government has indicated that they will establish a working group that will be tasked with moving forward with recommendations from the report that call for further consultation. No further details regarding the composition of this working group or the scope of its work have been announced.

Most of the report’s recommendations – including the action-oriented proposed changes to the pregnancy and parental leave under the ESA – are not addressed in the government’s response.

 

Assessment of government action

The appointment of Indira Naidoo-Harris to the role of Associate Minister of Education, Responsible for Early Years and Child Care and the government’s commitment to build an affordable, accessible, and high-quality child care system in Ontario signals a significant policy undertaking on the part of the provincial government and an important step toward addressing one of the root causes of the gender wage gap. However, establishing a comprehensive childcare system on its own will not close the gender wage gap in Ontario and the remaining government actions in response to the report do not represent a comprehensive government strategy for addressing the issue. The Government of Ontario can and must do more to move forward with the recommendations of the steering committee and to eliminate the gender wage gap in Ontario.

 

If you have any questions about the report, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

All the best,

Graeme

 

 

Graeme Stewart

Director of Communications

Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations

17 Isabella Street | Toronto, ON | M4Y 1M7
416 979 2117 x232 | gstewart@ocufa.on.ca
www.ocufa.on.ca | @OCUFA | www.facebook.com/OCUFA

 

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OCUFA update on the Changing Workplaces Review

August 24th, 2016

Sent on behalf of Mark Rosenfeld

 OCUFA Update on the Changing Workplaces Review Interim Report for Faculty Associations FINAL

Dear Colleagues:

 

Last year, OCUFA was actively engaged in the provincial government’s Changing Workplaces Review — a comprehensive review of employment and labour law aiming to address the rise of precarious work. OCUFA made a submission and thirteen faculty association representatives presented at public consultations across the province. The recommendations put forward included changes to legislation to support equal pay for equal work and access to benefits, promote job security, ensure reasonable notice of work, allow merging of existing bargaining units, and protect the right to collective representation.

 

On July 27, the long-awaited Interim Report of the Changing Workplaces Review was released. The report summarizes the recommendations that were heard to date and lays out options for ways forward on each issue. The Interim Report confirms that faculty voices were heard. All of our recommendations are included as options and this statement is included on one of our key issues:

“University faculty associations have raised the issue of providing the same wages and benefits to part-time, contract faculty as full-time faculty in order to address growing concerns regarding precarious work in the sector” (p. 227).

 

OCUFA’s initial response to the report was posted on our website and an update for faculty associations on the Interim Report is attached.

 

The Interim Report will be followed by a short period for further consultation. All feedback is due no later than October 14. Several issues of concern to faculty have been identified as areas for further comment, including wages and benefits for part-time and contract workers and scheduling. Any faculty association that would like to send a letter providing further feedback on these or other issues, should contact Brynne (bsinclair-waters@ocufa.on.ca).

 

After this next period of consultation wraps up, the Special Advisors who have been leading this process will prepare a final report that includes recommendations for the provincial government to consider. At that point, a political decision will be made about which recommendations to include in proposed legislation and our MPPs will be deciding what to support. This means that the next couple of months are important for advocating that the government take advantage of this opportunity to improve laws to make work more fair for contract faculty and all workers in precarious jobs.

 

We have some upcoming opportunities to get the word out and make our voice heard on these issues:

–          OCUFA will be supporting faculty associations to do outreach on their campus this fall about Fairness for Contract Faculty. We will continue to grow our support by asking faculty, students and community members to sign our pledge at weteachontario.ca. This will take place during CAUT’s Fair Employment Week from October 24 to 28.

–          Faculty associations are encouraged to participate in a province-wide Rally for Decent Work on October 1 at Queen’s Park in Toronto. Supporters of the Fight for $15 & Fairness will be travelling from across Ontario to attend. Please be in touch with Brynne (bsinclair-waters@ocufa.on.ca) to confirm how many members from your faculty association are planning to participate and to coordinate so that all faculty can take part together.

–          Send the above notice to your members or include it in your next newsletter.

 

If you have any questions about the Changing Workplaces Review or Fairness for Contract Faculty campaign, please be in touch with Brynne (bsinclair-waters@ocufa.on.ca), Graeme (gstewart@ocufa.on.ca) or Andrea (acalver@ocufa.on.ca) in the OCUFA office.

 

Best regards,

Mark

 

Mark Rosenfeld, Ph.D
Executive Director
Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations
17 Isabella Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4Y 1M7
Tel: 416-979-2117 x229
Fax: 416-593-5607
E-mail: mrosenfeld@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca
www.academicmatters.ca
www.weteachontario.ca