Feb 292016

February 29, 2016

Two pre-election forums on the issue of post-secondary education in Saskatchewan are being hosted by the Saskatchewan Association of University Teachers (SAUT) in conjunction with the University of Regina Faculty Association, St. Thomas More Faculty Union and the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association.

Saskatoon: Regina:
Tuesday, March 1 Thursday, March 3
2:00 to 5:00 p.m. 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Neatby-Timlin Theatre (241 Arts) Education Building, Main Auditorium
University of Saskatchewan University of Regina


“The Government of Saskatchewan holds tremendous sway over the state of post-secondary education in our province,” says SAUT President Sylvain Rheault. “The governing party chooses the amount of operating funds post-secondary institutions receive. It chooses which capital projects it will fund. It chooses research it will support. And, it chooses the majority of appointees to boards that govern post-secondary institutions in Saskatchewan.”

This event is an opportunity to hear firsthand what provincial parties plan for the immediate future of post-secondary education in Saskatchewan and to pose questions about where we are headed and why. Representatives from the Saskatchewan Party, the New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Progressive Conservative Party and the Green Party of Saskatchewan will be in attendance. “Education is an important issue to the people of Saskatchewan,” says Rheault, “An understanding of the possible direction it’s heading is needed. What are provincial parties thinking when it comes to post-secondary education in our province? What are their plans for the future?”

These events are hosted by the Saskatchewan Association of University Teachers (SAUT) in conjunction with the St. Thomas More Faculty Union, the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association and the University of Regina Faculty Association. They are not debates between parties and are open to anyone interested in attending.

SAUT is the voice for more than 2,300 academic and professional staff at Saskatchewan Universities.

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For further information contact:
Johanne Brassard: 306-966-5610

Sylvain Rheault: 306-550-5726

Sep 292015

(Saskatoon – September 28, 2015) Leading up to the October 19 federal election, scientists and researchers are meeting across Canada to discuss the need to address the crisis of research and science policy and funding in Canada.

The University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association (USFA) is hosting two discussion events in Saskatoon:
Louis’ Loft (on campus): September 29, 3:00-6:00 pm
Station 20 West (Multi-purpose Room): October 2, 3:00-5:00 pm

“The choices of federal governments about research and science policy and funding are an election issue that impacts us not just as researchers, but as Canadians,” said USFA Chair, Larry Stewart. Federal departments have been closing research centres and libraries, underfunding discovery-driven research and requiring industry collaboration, and limiting media and public access to scientists and scientific information. These choices negatively impact future research and discovery, and potentially jeopardize the health and safety of Canadians.

The Saskatoon events are part of a national campaign spearheaded by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) to highlight the repercussions of the federal government’s approach to research. The Get Science Right campaign proposes steps to support science and research of all disciplines in the public interest, and encourages Canadians to take action to protect research integrity. “Over the last decade, the public has lost access to key data and research findings, Canadian investment in R&D has lagged behind other countries, and ideology instead of evidence is driving policy,” said Robin Vose, President of CAUT and professor at St. Thomas University.

“The USFA is not endorsing any candidate or party, but we know our members are a part of the Canadian populace that exercises its right to vote,” says Stewart adding “There needs to be a candid discussion about party and candidate positions on research policy and funding, and thorough consideration needs to be given to this topic when it comes to making choices on election day.”

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 For more information visit:

Contact: Allison Muri, USFA Communications Committee Chair
Email: allison.muri@usask.ca
Phone: 306-966-5609


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