Dr. David Naylor will present the main recommendations put forward by the expert panel on Canada’s Fundamental Science Review on December 6.

“This report sets out a multi-year agenda that, if implemented, could transform Canadian research capacity and have enormous long-term impacts across the nation,” says Dr. Naylor.

The first review of its kind in over 40 years, some of the highlights of the report recommendations include:

  • A major, multi-year reinvestment in front-line research
  • An increase in annual spending across four major federal agencies from $3.5 billion today to $4.8 billion by 2022

To read the full report visit www.sciencereview.ca.

This event is hosted by Hosted by the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations (MOFA) and the University of Manitoba.

7:30 pm | La Verendyre Room

Presentation by Dr. David Naylor, followed by Q&A

9:00 pm | Mezzanine

Reception

Higher tuition fees in Manitoba will reduce university participation of youth from lower-income families, and discourage students from pursuing public interest careers, according to a report released today by the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations (MOFA).

Key findings of the report include:

  • Tuition fee hikes negatively impact enrollment among low-income students;
  • Tuition fee hikes increase enrollment inequality, with students from well-off families taking the place of those from more modest backgrounds.
  • Higher tuition fees are linked to heavier debt loads for students at graduation.
  • Higher student debt impacts career choice, with students less likely to pursue public interest jobs.

With the potential for tuition to more than double over the next 10 years, the detriment to low income students will be great and ultimately cost Manitobans the opportunity to pursue higher education.

To read the full report, click here. 

Yesterday, October 26, UMFA Members joined students from the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba at the Rally Against Tuition Hikes. We believe in high quality, post-secondary education for all, and the current government’s plans to raise tuition rates will have a detrimental impact on Manitobans pursuing higher education.

Bill 31 proposes that universities be able to increase tuition by the consumer price index plus 5%. There is no question that this will impair the affordability and access to post-secondary education for many students across the province.

UMFA President, Janet Morrill spoke before the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday to condemn these tuition hikes and to remind the current government that precarious funding to universities fundamentally decreases the value of post-secondary education and makes it impossible for overworked, underpaid professors, instructors, and librarians to offer high quality education to their students.

To read her statement, click here. 

 

Manitoba unions are speaking out against the current government’s so-called Public Services Sustainability Act (Bill 28) and have submitted their reasoning as to why this legislation is detrimental to Manitobans and the future of unions in this province.

The Partnership to Defend Public Services (PDPS) has officially filed an injunction against the PSSA along with evidence that the Act will infringe on the bargaining rights of Manitobans. An expert’s opinion on the damage that the legislation will cause was also submitted.

Since entering office, the Pallister government has been unwilling to consider suggestions from Manitoba unions on ways to reduce spending and has instead chosen to move forward with legislation that inherently undermines the bargaining rights laid out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

As members of the PDPS, we stand with the MFL and unions who are working to maintain bargaining rights for workers across Manitoba.

To read the press release, click here.

The Partnership to Defend Public Services (PDPS) is a group of unions representing over 100,000 workers in Manitoba.  The group was formed to challenge the Pallister government's Public Services Sustainability Act, and to defend public services and their employees.  On July 4, this group filed for an injunction against the Act.  The statement of claim is below (click on the image to access the entire document), as well as a press release issued by the Manitoba Federation of Labour on behalf of the Partnership.

 

STATEMENT OF CLAIM filed

pdfSTATEMENT OF CLAIM filed in the Court of Queen's Bench on July 4

 

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