Deep program cuts, firings at Laurentian University

In an appalling move, 60 academic programs at Laurentian University have been cut, including core academic subjects throughout the sciences, social sciences, arts, humanities, and health sciences, as well as professional programs. Over 80 faculty members, including tenured professors and Canada Research Chairs, have had their employment terminated without severance.

This assault on northern, bilingual, and Indigenous education represents a failure of leadership by Laurentian's administration, and by the provincial government that oversaw the erosion of funding to public universities. More information is available from the Canadian Association of University Teachers and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

UWOFA's Board of Directors will discuss concrete actions that we can take to support our colleagues at Laurentian. For now, members are encouraged to consider signing this petition from the Ontario Federation of Labour and/or this open letter from Academics in Support of Laurentian University, and to keep the conversation alive in your networks. This should never have happened, and should never be permitted to happen again.