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Jim Turk, Executive Director of CAUT, at UofT March 3 – University College – SILENCE OF THE LABS

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BC Universities – Faculty and Librarians Unionize – Not Over Monetary Issues

“After a contentious 87-day campaign, faculty members and librarians at the University of Victoria voted to certify as a trade union in a multi-day vote that ended Jan. 24. The decision may signal a British Columbia trend, with union campaigns … Continue reading

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Updates on Negotiations from Mount Allison Faculty Association and Association of New Brunswick Teachers Association

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Closure of Federal Libraries – Documents and Update on Closures

Several documents have surfaced pertaining to the closing of government libraries since it began in 2008. Media Reports Mercer Report on Books and Scientists http://www.cbc.ca/player/Shows/Shows/The+Rick+Mercer+Report/ID/2433502885/ Resources for Information 2013 October 24 – HOUSE OF COMMONS – 202910721-Q-110-Order-Paper-on-DFO-Library-Closures.pdf 2012 REPORT Parliament … Continue reading

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Association of the New Brunswick University Teachers (AUNBT) on Strike

As of January 13, 2014, the AUNBT, faculty and librarians were “on strike and have received a lock-out notice.” The core issue being cited is the continued lack of funding provided for ‘core programming’ despite the increased in enrollment, particularly … Continue reading

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Historical Record of Dale Askey & Edwin Mellen Press Inc. Lawsuit

For those of you wondering where you can find samples of the many letters of support, motions, blogs and media reports on the lawsuit launched against the Associate Librarian Dale Askey by the Edwin Mellen Press, they are being uploaded … Continue reading

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Media Investigations Continue into the Closing of the Science Libraries….

F.Y.I. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/purge-of-canadas-fisheries-libraries-a-historic-loss-scientists-say/article16237051/The facts on library consolidation at Fisheries and Oceans http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/npress-communique/2014/20140107-en.htmlScientists say DFO library closure defense “doesn’t add up” http://thetyee.ca/News/2014/01/08/Scientists-Say-DFOs-Library-Closure-Defence-Doesnt-Add-Up/%5BCanadian%5D government cutting more than $100 million related to protection of water http://o.canada.com/technology/environment/harper-government-cutting-more-than-100-million-related-to-protection-of-water/

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New York Sunday Times comments on the silencing of scientists in Canada by Harper Government

Jan. 5, 2014. New York Sunday Times states, “This is more than an attack on academic freedom. It is an attempt to guarantee public ignorance.” Read the full opinion piece here, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/22/opinion/sunday/silencing-scientists.html?smid=tw-share&_r=1&

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More information and news coverage on closing of science libraries…..

Huffington Post, Jan. 3, 2013, has coverage and more information the closing of the science libraries, see “How the Harper Government Committed a Knowledge Massacre” : “Scientists are calling it “libricide.” Seven of the nine world-famous Department of Fisheries and … Continue reading

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Fifth Estate on CBC Special “Silence of the Labs” Jan. 10

This is good news – please share with colleagues, neighbours and politicians. The greater awareness of what is happening the better. CBC Fifth Estate is doing a special on the cutbacks of science programs, funding, libraries and research in Canada … Continue reading

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