CAUT Statement on International Women’s Day 2013

Jim Turk at CAUT sent the following message around and asked that we circulate it:

On this year’s International Women’s Day, we celebrate the social, political and economic advances of women in Canada and around the world. But we also commit to continue challenging all forms of discrimination, exploitation, and violence against women.

Even though there have been tremendous gains since the first International Women’s Day in 1911, systemic forms of discrimination still leave women more susceptible to violence and exploitation.

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  • Librarians Rally Behind Blogger Sued by Publisher Over Critical Comments.” Jake New. The Chronicle of Higher Education (14/2/13): “As for Edwin Mellen Press, this is not the first time it has responded aggressively to criticism. The publisher once sued Lingua Franca for libel when, in a 1993 article, the now-defunct magazine criticized the publisher. Edwin Mellen did not win, but it did later publish a book about the lawsuit, which can be purchased for $119.95.”
  • Price of a Bad Review.” Colleen Flaherty. Inside Higher Ed (8/2/13): “Askey said his case, like others before, shows that although academics largely espouse their firm belief in academic freedom, ‘the integrity of true academic freedom is only as strong as the will and resources to defend it.’”
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  • Prime Minister urged to end clampdown on scientists.” Open letter from CAUT (14/2/13): “According to information we have received, your government has issued new confidentiality rules and publication “procedures” to federal fisheries scientists. These rules unduly restrict researchers from publishing or speaking about their work and require them to seek approval from government before publishing in scientific journals.”
  • The DFO and science: a fish story.” Michael Harris. iPolitics (12/2/13): “After DFO denied that there had been any change in publication policy, I contacted Professor Hutchings again. Having independently confirmed the information I had before he spoke for the record in my original column, he was not circumspect. ‘What a load of crap,’ he said.”
  • New policy gives government power to muzzle DFO scientists.” Michael Harris. iPolitics (7/2/13): “Canada, the only parliamentary democracy in the Commonwealth where a government has been found in contempt of Parliament, is now the only democracy in the world where a government bureaucrat can suppress scientific research.”

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