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Briefs & Reports

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.
The Canadian Association of University Teachers is pleased to participate in the 2020 Federal Budget consultations and presents its recommendations.
The Liberal government delivered, on March 19, 2019, its fourth and final budget before the federal election. It brings welcome investments for students. It does not address, however, key challenges facing Canada colleges and universities, resulting from stagnant government funding for core operating costs.
This updated issue of CAUT’s Education Review highlights what is at stake in the on-going parliamentary review of the Copyright Act and impacts on copyright of the recently negotiated Canada-US-Mexico free trade agreement. Currently, the Act balances just remuneration for authors and allowing educators and researchers to make knowledge accessible. Corporate publishers are working hard to change the balance to restrict the use of copyrighted works in the education sector.