Ontario college students discuss impact of faculty strike

After the five-week long strike came to an end, The Charlatan spoke to two college students about the impact it had on them. Cierra Vandermeer, a third-year behavioural psychology student at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., said she was greatly affected by the strike. “I just [wanted] it to end it as soon as possible,” she said. Vandermeer said she did her best to keep up with the workload, assuming the strike would eventually come to an end. “It [was] hard to do assignments when we [didn’t] have a teacher to guide [us]—we [couldn’t] ask questions . . . we [couldn’t] proceed with our work,” she said. She said the uncertainty of when they would return to classes caused her […]

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Back-to-work legislation ends college faculty strike

The Ontario government passed back-to-work legislation on Nov. 19, ending the five-week college strike. Faculty returned to work on Nov. 20, and classes started again the following day. The legislation was passed after the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), with a 95 per cent turnout, rejected the College Employer Council’s new contract offer by 86 per cent. Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced the back-to-work legislation on Nov. 16 but it was voted down by the New Democratic Party. The legislature tabled the bill again on the weekend and the vote passed on Nov. 19. “It was incredibly heavy handed on the part of the government and incredibly late for an intervention on their part,” said JP Hornick, chair of […]

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European Studies department hosts research showcase

The Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS) hosted a research showcase on March 20 as an opportunity for current and former students, as well as faculty, to learn about each other’s work from the past year. The showcase featured a total of 11 presentations from faculty and former students of the department talking about their completed research projects from the last year. Each faculty member was given time to present their most recent and upcoming projects to the room, followed by a short question and answer period. One presentation was by Joan DeBardeleben, a professor in the EURUS department, who presented her research on relations between the European Union and Russia.   The other presentations, done by four […]

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CUASA ratifies collective agreement

The Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), the union representing 850 faculty and librarians on campus, has officially ratified their collective agreement with the university. A news bulletin released by the Carleton Human Resources website said the three-year agreement will mean an across-the-board increase in salaries of approximately 1.8 per cent annually. “We had a list of situations that we wanted to address. We reopened the clauses and we addressed those, and wage increase was part of the whole package,” said Chantal Dion, the president of CUASA. Dion said there was more in ratifying the contract than just the wage increases negotiated. In the contract bargaining, CUASA was also able to shed light on previous issues, such as sabbatical leave, special […]

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Report breaks faculty fiction

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) recently released results from the first ever report on Canadian professors at work. “Faculty At Work,” released Aug. 26, aims to clarify what Ontario faculty members do on the job. COU president Bonnie Patterson said the study was an effort to help people understand the contributions professors are making to prepare students for success, help their communities, and conduct research. “Ontario universities have been aware that there isn’t adequate data on faculty work and wanted to change that,” Patterson said. Using data collected from 17 of Ontario’s 21 publicly assisted universities, the study captured 77 per cent of Ontario university faculty—10,867 professors—to produce a better idea of the contributions of professors at the province’s […]

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