2019 « WLUFA

Waterloo Women’s Faculty Colleague

October 15th, 2019

Dear Colleagues,


As your Waterloo Women’s Faculty Colleague, my role includes providing opportunities for women-identified faculty to get together in the spirit of collegiality and learning.


I have been holding regular drop in times at Byte75 on Mondays from 9am-10am.  This has been both fun and informative, but perhaps unsurprisingly most of the people attending have been from the Lazaridis School, most of whom I already know.  So it’s time to branch out.


After a hiatus due to the Thanksgiving holiday, I will move the drop in to Veritas – same time, Monday mornings, 9am-10am.  Hopefully this means I’ll get to meet some new people – or at the very least some people I don’t get to see very often.  If you want to stop by for a chat, but are worried about not recognizing me, I’ll be the one with my knitting.

And a quick Hold the Date: October 31, roughly 3-5pm for a kick off meet and greet with refreshments provided.  Details to follow.

In the meantime, please feel free to send me an email if you have any questions, issues you want raised, or ideas for learning opportunities or activities for the year ahead.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,


Christine Neill
Associate Professor, Economics

Ontario Universities and Colleges Coalition Issues Press Release vs Performance-Based Funding

September 24th, 2019

The OUCC, which represents over 435,000 Ontario PSE faculty, staff and students, recently issued a press release in opposition to the Ford government’s performance-based funding model for PSE.

Among the criticisms laid out in the press release are that not only has the government failed to lay out clearly how a number of the metrics are to be measured, but that some of the metrics (experiential learning, for example) are also, in fact, not measurable at all.

The press release also clearly lays out the ways in which the Ford government’s version of performance-based funding will further marginalize various student groups already marginalized by the PSE system.

To read the entire article, click here.

Supplement to the 2005 travel advisory / Supplément à l’Avis aux voyageurs de l’ACPPU de 2005

September 23rd, 2019

Supplement to 2005 CAUT Travel Advisory

In 2017, the Canadian government enacted new legislation that expanded the search powers of preclearance officers at airports. Even though that law is not yet in force, there are reported instances of Canadian and American border agents demanding to search electronic devices of travellers. This advisory, also available on the CAUT website, explains what risks and protections exist for those crossing the border with electronic devices between Canada and the United States.




Supplément à l’Avis aux voyageurs de l’ACPPU de 2005

En 2017, le gouvernement canadien a adopté une nouvelle loi visant à étendre les pouvoirs de fouille attribués aux agents dans les zones de précontrôle aéroportuaires. Même si cette loi n’est pas encore en vigueur, on dénombre des cas dans lesquels les agents frontaliers canadiens et américains demandent aux voyageurs de leur remettre leurs appareils électroniques pour les fouiller. Le présent bulletin, également disponible sur le site web de l’ACPPU, expose les risques auxquels s’exposent  les voyageurs munis de tels appareils lorsqu’ils traversent la frontière canado-américaine, ainsi que les protections sur lesquelles ils peuvent compter.




Urgent Appeal from UWOFA

September 17th, 2019

Hi all,


Please see below for an appeal for action from our colleagues at UWOFA on behalf of the Librarians and Archivists bargaining Unit:


Help Western University Librarians and Archivists Avoid a Strike


Western’s librarians and archivists bargaining unit requested a No Board on Friday, September 13th, and will be in a legal strike position in less than two weeks.


UWOFA key bargaining demands include:


Fair Workload so our librarians and archivists can maintain high quality service to the university community.


Professional autonomy and collegial governance so that our librarians and archivists can have a meaningful voice in how the Western libraries system is run.


Fair compensation and benefits in line with those negotiated with other employee groups on campus.


Please circulate the following link to your members and allies, asking them to join on online letter campaign to put pressure on the employer:




Thank you for your support.



Michael Conlon, 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: mconlon@ocufa.on.ca
Web: www.ocufa.on.ca

Inequity in PSE to Be the Inevitable By-product of Ontario Gov’t Performance-Based Funding

September 12th, 2019


Various stakeholders in post-secondary education have issued strong statements against the Ford Government’s funding model for PSE. At the centre of the statements is a deep concern for the ways in which the funding model will entrench inequity into the PSE system itself.

A statement from the Ontario Universities and College Coalition warns that “Without any consultation with sector stakeholders, this government is ignoring sound public policy and imposing its own reckless ideological framework on Ontario’s postsecondary education system. The results will be devastating.” Read the entire statement here.

The statement issued by OCUFA’s Status of Women and Equity Committee echoes OUCC’s concerns, but also goes further by providing a fairly detailed look into the specifics (and the specific flaws) of a number of the metrics that will be used in order to assess per-institution funding. Read their statement here.


Of Interest: Inside Higher Ed: Professionals Take a Stand Against Student Evaluations

September 10th, 2019

Excerpt from Colleen Flaherty’s article:

‘…”a growing body of evidence suggests that their use in personnel decisions is problematic.” The statement cites more than a dozen studies finding that students’ evaluations are weakly related to other measures of teaching effectiveness, used in statistically problematic ways and can be influenced by factors such as times of day and class size. It notes that both observational and experimental research has found these evaluations to be biased against women and people of color, and says that adjuncts are particularly vulnerable in a system that depends on them for teaching performance data…’

Read the full article here.

Appeal: CAUT Refugee Foundation / Appel : Fondation pour les réfugiés de l’ACPPU

September 5th, 2019

** La version française suit **


Memorandum 19:28


Date:  September 4, 2019


To:   Presidents, Local, Federated and Provincial Associations


From:  David Robinson, Executive Director


Re:  Appeal: CAUT Refugee Foundation

CAUT is continuing to provide support for Dr. Carlos Zambrano Escamilla, former president of the Sindicato de Profesores de la Fundación Universidad Autónoma de Colombia. As Dr. Zambrano explained to Council delegates in May, because of his trade union activities he received death threats from paramilitary groups in Colombia and was the victim of an attempt on his life.  According to the International Trade Union Confederation, Colombian paramilitary groups have assassinated over 500 trade union and human rights defenders in the past year alone.


Dr. Zambrano has applied for refugee status in Canada. CAUT is appealing to academic staff associations and their members to donate to the CAUT Refugee Foundation to support

Dr. Zambrano’s resettlement efforts. The Foundation, established in the 1970s, is a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency, allowing it to issue tax receipts. All donations received will be used to assist Dr. Zambrano with his basic living expenses as he awaits his refugee hearing.


Cheques can be made to the order of the CAUT Refugee Foundation and sent to:


CAUT Refugee Foundation
2705 Queensview Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
K2B 8K2




Note 19:28


Date :  Le 4 septembre 2019


Destinataires :  Président(e)s des associations locales, fédérées et provinciales


Expéditeur :  David Robinson, directeur général


Objet :  Appel : Fondation pour les réfugiés de l’ACPPU




L’ACPPU continue d’apporter son soutien au professeur Carlos Zambrano Escamilla, ancien président du Sindicato de Profesores de la Fundación Universidad Autónoma de Colombia. Comme il l’a expliqué aux délégués du Conseil en mai dernier, le professeur Zambrano, en raison de ses activités syndicales, a reçu des menaces de mort de groupes paramilitaires en Colombie et a survécu à un attentat à sa vie. D’après la Confédération syndicale internationale, les groupes paramilitaires colombiens ont assassiné plus de 500 syndicalistes et défenseurs des droits de la personne au cours de la dernière année seulement.


Le professeur Zambrano a demandé le statut de réfugié au Canada. L’ACPPU appelle les associations de personnel académique et leurs membres à faire un don à la Fondation pour les réfugiés de l’ACPPU (dénommée officiellement « The CAUT Refugee Foundation ») afin de faciliter la réinstallation du professeur. Créée dans les années 1970, la Fondation est un organisme de bienfaisance enregistré auprès de l’Agence du revenu du Canada et est ainsi habilitée à remettre des reçus officiels à des fins fiscales. Tous les fonds recueillis serviront à aider le professeur Zambrano à subvenir à ses frais de subsistance pendant la période précédant l’audition de sa demande de statut de réfugié.


Veuillez faire les chèques à l’ordre de « The CAUT Refugee Foundation » et les envoyer à l’adresse suivante :


CAUT Refugee Foundation
2705, promenade Queensview
Ottawa (Ontario)
K2B 8K2


Canadian Association of University Teachers
Association canadienne des professeures et professeurs d’université
2705, promenade Queensview Drive, Ottawa (Ontario) K2B 8K2
Tel \ Tél. (613) 820-2270 | Fax \ Téléc. (613) 820-7244
CAUT.ca \ //Facebook.com/caut.acppu \ @caut_acppu

CAUT Dedicated Service Award

September 5th, 2019

Memorandum 19:27


Date:  September 3, 2019


To:  Presidents and Administrative Officers; Local, Federated and Provincial Associations


From:  David Robinson, Executive Director


Re:  CAUT Dedicated Service Award


The CAUT Dedicated Service Award was established to recognize exceptional service provided by individuals at the local or provincial level. This award is granted by CAUT upon receipt of a recommendation from a local, provincial or federated association.


Decisions about recipients, including the criteria for receiving the award, are made by the member association.  The expectation is that individuals who are recommended for the award will be those who have been particularly dedicated members of the association and have served it with distinction.


Recipients of the award will:


  1. a)       Receive a certificate of recognition from CAUT, which will be provided to the association for presentation to the recipient; and


  1. b)       Have their name listed in the CAUT Bulletin, put on the CAUT website and announced at the next CAUT Council meeting.


If your association would like to recommend one or more members to receive the CAUT Dedicated Service Award, please complete the Dedicated Service Award nomination form available on the CAUT website.


For further information regarding the award, please direct inquiries to Margaret McGovern-Potié at mcgovern@caut.ca or 613-726-5199.




OCUFA estimates Ford’s “performance” funding could cut university budgets by over $500 million dollars

September 5th, 2019

From OCUFA Report:

Toronto, Sep. 4, 2019 – Ontario faculty are warning that the Ford government’s so called “performance” funding model for postsecondary education is reckless, ineffective, and dangerous. The new funding model will link 60 per cent of government funding for universities ($2.2 billion dollars) to an arbitrary set of metrics chosen with no consultation. These metrics will not actually measure “performance” but are likely to be used as an excuse to cut university budgets. Across Ontario, OCUFA estimates that this new funding model could mean cuts of over $500 million dollars that will substantially undermine our postsecondary institutions’ academic missions and mandates.

“What will happen to the hundreds of millions of dollars this government is threatening to cut from university budgets? Will it be reinvested in public postsecondary education or cut from the system? The academic year is about to start and we have no clarity about funding for Ontario’s universities.” said Rahul Sapra, President of the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations. “This government must stop operating in secrecy and be honest with the Ontario public, who are deeply concerned about the damage this new funding formula will do to our public postsecondary education system. It’s time for Doug Ford and Ross Romano to come clean and tell Ontarians how much they intend to cut from postsecondary education.”

The Ford government’s performance funding fantasy prioritizes politics over sound public policy. By design, performance funding rewards institutions that meet arbitrary targets while penalizing those that do not, denying vital funding to those institutions that need it most to improve their educational outcomes. This rash and drastic funding shift will create a system of winners and losers by exacerbating inequities between institutions, destabilize Ontario’s postsecondary education system, work against quality improvement, pose a serious threat to equity and diversity at Ontario’s universities, and punish students studying at institutions that have already seen their budgets reduced by the Ford government. The cuts resulting from performance funding will be especially devastating for smaller universities and will undermine access for Indigenous students and other equity seeking groups.

Performance metrics cannot credibly reflect the breadth and depth of a student’s education, the long-term benefits of basic research projects, or the contributions of faculty members and academic librarians. In fact, evidence shows that performance funding cannot even produce the outcomes it promises. Instead, it has been shown to have numerous negative consequences, including an increased hiring of precariously employed contract faculty, a reduction in the admission of traditionally marginalized students, shorter programs with less quality control, lower graduation requirements, increased campus bureaucracy, and less institutional autonomy as government exercises more influence over which programs are offered.

“We don’t trust Doug Ford to measure quality at Ontario universities. Instead of putting the province’s postsecondary institutions at risk with this reckless and unstable funding model, the government should put students first and invest in Ontario’s universities,” said Sapra. “As it turns out, additional resources actually increase graduation rates. Unfortunately, Ontario is dead last in per-student funding in Canada. The last thing we need is Doug Ford meddling with Ontario’s universities.”

Additional, stable public funding for Ontario’s universities will help students by ensuring better academic support services, lower faculty-to-student ratios, and reduced tuition fees. This additional funding will also support good jobs on campus by providing universities with the resources to invest in faculty renewal and hire precariously employed contract faculty into secure full-time positions. It is time for Doug Ford to halt this reckless and destructive ideological attack on the foundations of Ontario’s postsecondary education system and start working with faculty, students, and staff to invest in the future of our universities.

Tips from The Co-operators

September 5th, 2019

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What are risk levels?

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Auto insurance rates reflect:

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Federal and Provincial regulations apply:

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