Volume 96, Issue 2
Thursday May 29, 2003

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LAST UPDATED: Thursday May 29, 2003 - 6:00 p.m.

Contract receives stamp of approval

Western students can now breathe a sigh of relief: the threat of a faculty work stoppage, looming during contract negotiations over the past few months, is now gone.

Last Wednesday, faculty members voted 81.6 per cent in favour of ratifying a new contract. Negotiations began almost a year ago and in January the faculty voted to give the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association the right to strike.



Engineers need to write well
"We English good," students say


Maybe the stereotype of the engineering student who can't put a sentence together is not as true as once thought.

Over the last decade or more, university engineering programs have been making the move to include more writing and communication courses to better help their students.



Does Mac policy hurt academic freedom?

How freely should academics be able to speak when addressing the media?
A policy recently approved by McMaster University's senate stated faculty members are not allowed to identify their association with the university unless they are speaking from within their area of expertise.

 


Chretien's Liberals decriminalize pot; critics think he's been smoking some

The federal government introduced controversial pot legislation Tuesday which would decriminalize possession of small amounts of the drug.



Tories, OSSTF battle over teachers' rights

The provincial Progressive Conservatives are looking to limit teachers' right to strike and took the first step toward doing so by introducing legislation on May 21. The new legislation will limit teachers' ability to participate in work-to-rule action.


From the Far Lane: Why unions are bad for education

Not many people with direct involvement in the education system – teachers, parents or students – would applaud the changes that Ontario's Tory government has made over the past eight years.




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