Important advocacy campaign – quick and easy member action requested

Dear Colleagues, 

I’m sharing this important OCUFA call for action. Via the link provided, you can easily call on key Federal Ministers to protect our public universities.

Please take a moment to share your voice.

February 1st marks two years since Laurentian University’s administration unnecessarily filed for creditor protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA), corporate restructuring legislation unsuitable for public institutions. What happened to our colleagues at Laurentian cannot be repeated. The CCAA, and related Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act (BIA), must be reformed so that they can never again be used to dismantle a university.

TUFA’s leadership has sent letters to key federal Ministers calling on them to “take heed of the Laurentian crisis and introduce changes through the 2023 Federal Budget to prevent any of Canada’s vital public institutions from being subjected to BIA or CCAA proceedings.” The Budget will be released on March 28th which makes now the perfect time for TUFA members to amplify this call. Please take a minute to add your voice to the call for CCAA/BIA reform.

Our Association is not working alone: Ontario’s Faculty Associations collectively pledged to take up this fight in February. You can see us all doing so on Twitter, here. Please like and share this on social media and consider posting your own pledge to demonstrate support for these reforms. As a sector, we must not forget what happened at Laurentian and we must not pause until public universities get the protection they need to thrive.

In Solidarity,

Moira and Marcus

Dr. Moira Howes

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy

President, Trent University Faculty Association

Dr. Marcus Harvey

Executive Director, Trent University Faculty Association