Motion for AGM in Support of Student Municipal Electoral Rights (23 April 2013)

The following motion will be presented from the floor at QUFA’s Spring General Meeting (12:30-2:30 p.m., 24 April, in Ellis Hall Auditorium):

[Note: this motion was passed unanimously.]

WHEREAS the City of Kingston has recently been considering options for re-dividing the municipal electoral districts in preparation for the 2014 municipal election Continue reading

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Motion for AGM in Support of Profs. Bruckert and Parent (23 April 2013)

The following motion will be presented from the floor at QUFA’s Spring General Meeting (12:30-2:30 p.m., 24 April, in Ellis Hall Auditorium):

[Note: this motion was passed unanimously.]

Whereas University of Ottawa Department of Criminology Professors Colette Parent and Christine Bruckert are going to the Superior Court of Quebec to defend the confidentiality of research records that they gathered in 2007 Continue reading

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Mark Jones, Text and Context at Queen’s [Response to the Provost re the Free Speech Wall and Michael Mason] (17 April 2013)

As published in the Whig-Standard Opinions section, 17 April 2013, under the rubric “Academic Freedom”:

“Don’t criticize what you can’t understand.” -Bob Dylan

Recently Queen’s administrators approved the erection of a “free speech wall” by the Queen’s Students for Liberty and almost immediately had it removed by campus security. The administration alleged that it featured “racial slurs and hateful language” that crossed the boundaries of free speech and “violated the university’s policies.” Until someone explains more specifically what the writing on the wall was, it will remain difficult to judge the rights of this matter.

But one thing is wrong for certain. Continue reading

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PACC Report for the Spring General Meeting, 24 April (posted 16 April 2013)

As submitted on behalf of the Political Action and Communications Committee (PACC), 16 April 2013:

PACC Report for the QUFA Spring General Meeting of Wed., 24 April 2013

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Referendum: 96% Support Public Non-Profit Hospital (posted 15 April 2013)

As emailed by Ross Sutherland to community members, 15 April 2013.

Media Release – April 15, 2013.

9,885 People Vote in Kingston Hospital Referendum:

96%  Support Public Non-Profit Hospital

Kingston –  On Saturday April 13,  9,885 people voted at 55 polling stations spread from Sharbot Lake to Gananoque to Amhertsview in a community referendum on whether the region’s new hospital should be a public non-profit hospital or a P3 for-profit hospital.  96% voted in favour of keeping the new hospital public and non-profit.

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Referendum: Vote YES to Keep Our Hospitals Public (posted 10 April 2013)

 Referendum on Providence Care Hospital: 

Keep our Hospitals Public

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, Biosciences Atrium 

Vote YES to Keep our Hospitals Public!

www.keepourhospitalspublic.org 

 
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OCUFA releases new paper on university productivity (3 April 2013)

As emailed to member associations by Graeme Stewart, Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations (OCUFA), 3 April 2013:

Dear Colleagues,

Today, OCUFA released a research paper examining recent proposals around increasing university productivity as part of its Trends in Higher Education series. The paper finds that the current discussion in Ontario is plagued by unclear definitions, problematic assumptions, and troubling policy ideas.  Continue reading

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