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Briefs & Reports

The federal government has significantly supported COVID-19 research; however, research in other vital areas has stalled. The research councils have acknowledged the challenges faced by grant recipients, extending timeframes and encouraging student retention. The federal government also acknowledged gaps and found solutions to assist clinical health researchers.
What is Fair? is intended to assist academic staff in carrying out their roles on peer committees, especially those concerned with tenure, renewal, and promotion decisions. Through a series of questions and answers, it provides general guidance on the procedural components of peer review as well as the ethical and professional obligations of those who participate in peer evaluations.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, universities and colleges in Canada have transitioned to remote instruction through various online platforms and software. Academic staff should be aware that these tools raise important privacy and intellectual property rights issues.
Ontario and Alberta have recently announced plans for performance-based funding (PBF) for universities. This Education Review highlights the dangers of this approach and calls on academic staff associations to take action through bargaining, coalition building and advocacy to resist the imposition of PBF which has been shown in other jurisdictions to have deleterious, rather than positive, impacts on the quality of education.