What happened at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Calgary over the last year and a half make it clear that we need radical change in how Canada’s universities are run. The culture of secrecy at our public universities must end.
Originally posted on Arts Squared:
Three public cases in the Canadian academy over the last year and a half make it clear that we need radical change in how Canada’s universities are run.
The most recent of these cases came to public attention last Monday morning, when the CBC broke the news that Elizabeth Cannon appears to have been conducting herself in ways that put her in a conflict-of-interest with the public trust reposed in her as President of the University of Calgary. Working with documents that he had obtained under a freedom of information request, Kyle Bakx of the CBC reports that email communications at the University of Calgary strongly suggest that Cannon was requiring academic staff at the University of Calgary to take decisions based upon their sense of the oil company Enbridge’s importance as a donor to the University. Or, as Bakx more bluntly puts it, the documents show the university “bending over backward to accommodate the…
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