No Straight As for Political Parties in University Report Card

There are no straight As in a report card that grades political parties on how they would support university education if they are elected on May 30. The Association of Nova Scotia University Teachers (ANSUT) surveyed the Liberal, PC and NDP parties on topics that focused on operational funding for universities and tuition support for . . . → Read More: No Straight As for Political Parties in University Report Card

Stand’n the Gaff

We are republishing this article as a tribute to Michael Manson who passed away on Friday, August 10th, 2012 This Interview with Michael Manson Was First Published in 2006.

Introduction By Richard Keshen

The strike of 2000 was a turning point in the history of Cape Breton University. Michael Manson, who retired in 2005, . . . → Read More: Stand’n the Gaff

Save Library & Archives Canada

by Cathy Chisholm — Cape Breton University’s librarians ask you to take a moment to read CAUT Executive Director Jim Turk’s observations regarding government cuts at Library and Archives Canada. Along with the LAC, many other government libraries are either losing staff or shutting down. Affected departments include: Agriculture Canada, Citizenship and Immigration, Industry Canada, . . . → Read More: Save Library & Archives Canada

CBU Professor Honoured With L’Ordre de la Pléiade

An international honour bestowed by the Assemblée parlementaire de la Francophonie (Parliamentary Assembly of the Francophonie ) has been bestowed upon Cape Breton University professor Laurent Lavoie. Professor Lavoie is a recipient of the Ordre de la Pléiade. The honour recognizes the merits of people who have distinguished themselves in serving the ideals of ‘la . . . → Read More: CBU Professor Honoured With L’Ordre de la Pléiade

Excerpt from CAUT’s analysis of budget

For post-secondary education and research, Budget 2011 is another disappointment. While there were no changes announced to planned increases in cash transfers to the provinces, the federal government could have done more. Several provinces have far less fiscal room available to adequately fund health care, social services and post-secondary education. There is some targeted new . . . → Read More: Excerpt from CAUT’s analysis of budget

CLC Poster Contest

In honour of the “International Year of Youth” the Canadian Labour Congress has launched a poster contest in the hopes of highlighting the struggles young workers face today. (This winning poster will be used at our upcoming convention.) CLICK HERE for the poster contest call-out and consent forms. (This contest is open to Canadian residents . . . → Read More: CLC Poster Contest

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  • Cape Breton University and the Cape Breton University Faculty Association are pleased to jointly announce that a Tentative Collective Agreement has been reached. “We are thrilled to be able to announce that an agreement has been reached today,” says Interim President, Dale Keefe. “We are looking forward to moving past this and working with members of CBUFA and the CBU community to make 2017 a great year at Cape Breton University.” “CBUFA members are pleased to have the bargaining process come to a conclusion and we look forward to being able to concentrate, without distraction, on our teaching, research, and our service to the university and the Cape Breton community”, said CBUFA spokesperson Andrew Reynolds. “We hope that this augurs a new spirit of collegiality and cooperativity between the Board of Governors, the senior management and the university’s faculty.” The agreement is subject to ratification by both the CBU Board of Governors and the CBUFA membership. Both negotiating teams will recommend ratification to their respective parties. Further details will be announced in the coming days. #cbufa #ouruniversity #cbuniversity #capebreton #cblab #cbpoli #nslab #nspoli #nspse #canlab #cdnpse #pse #highered
  • "As a member of the Academic Faculty at Cape Breton University since October 2011, I have had the mandate to conduct #ecological, #oceanographic and #fisheries #research in the marine ecosystems around and within the Island, and to teach Cape Bretoners of all ages about the remarkable #biodiversity and productivity of their coastal and ocean environments. People are now an integral part of marine ecosystems, so in my position of the University Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research, I have worked with a very broad range of community members, institutions, organizations and corporations (more than 27 in all). Monitoring and planning the #remediation of Sydney's harbour during and after #dredging, tracking the fate of the last #salmonsmolts to leave the Island’s great rivers, striving to determine the sustainable yields from previously unexploited invertebrates before they are over-exploited, modelling the potential of the tides to generate carbon-free energy, and developing a report card for the health of the Bras d’Or #Biosphere are all projects that can only accomplished through partnerships between academics and communities. As the Director of the Bras d’Or Institute, it is my job to maintain and advance all of these liaisons with community partners, and to secure external funding to support our collaborative research and training activities (more than $3M to date). I am but one of the seven current #Research Chairs at CBU, all of whom maintain a similar level of community service in their fields of expertise. If the University’s Board of Governors and Administrators continue to strip the institution of faculty and, consequently, programs, this University will cease to be Cape Breton’s university, and revert back its original state." Bruce Hatcher, Associate Professor, Biology and University Chair in Marine Ecosystem Research #cbufa #ouruniversity #cbufainthecommunity #cbuniversity #capebreton #nspse #cdnpse #pse #highered
  • "As a CBUFA member, I have actively involved myself in #community outreach activities at CBU and beyond. These include leading and volunteering on committees involved with #MallofScience (an annual event for people of all ages, especially school students), #summercamp science activities, and several outreach activities that promote #education. Meanwhile, my research involves #enzymes that have a number of applications in human #health and #nutrition, and #foodindustries which could have an impact in this community. The picture I have posted is that of a #ForeignExchangeStudent from #India under The Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program; I volunteered to supervise him in my #lab for six months as part of his Ph.D. Degree program." Godwin B. D'Cunha, Associate Professor, #Chemistry #cbufa #ouruniversity #cbufainthecommunity #cbuniversity #capebreton #nspse #cdnpse #pse #highered

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