The Communiqué – February 4, 2019

February 4, 2019

In this issue:


Carleton to Hire Ten Indigenous Faculty

On January 25, CUASA and Carleton University issued a joint statement announcing we are honoured to work in partnership toward the goal of recruiting ten additional Indigenous tenure-track faculty members over the next two years. You can read the full statement here.


CUASA Council Endorses Indigenous Hires

At its meeting for January, CUASA Council members unanimously passed a motion to express support for CUASA working with the Carleton administration on the initiative to hire ten new Indigenous faculty.

The motion passed reads as follows:

CUASA expresses its support for the ten new Indigenous hires, and strongly encourages the administration to expedite the process. Crucial to this hiring strategy is a plan for equity, and support for new Indigenous faculty.


Missed the January GMM?

We would like to thank Pension Fund Management director Betsy Springer for a wonderful presentation on the Carleton Pension Plan at CUASA’s January General Membership Meeting. If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to get the details of the presentation, please contact Betsy directly at


Signing of the Collective Agreement

The editorial review of the new 2017-2021 Collective Agreement is now complete, and we have tentatively scheduled the signing to happen this Thursday, February 7.


Nominations Now Open for CUASA Executive Positions

Nominations are now open for the following CUASA Steering positions, set to begin July 1, 2019 (click the title to see position descriptions):

The following positions are currently vacant:

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact the CUASA Office for a nomination form at Nominations for President are due by March 15, 2019. Nominations for all other positions are due by March 29, 2019. Our Association is only as strong as its membership, so we count on the time and commitment of our members to achieve our goals. The Collective Agreement recognizes CUASA work as Service in members’ annual reviews.


Support following False Alarm on Campus

Last week, an alert was issued of an active attacker on campus. This was later announced to have been a false alarm, triggered when the wrong computer key was hit when Carleton’s Emergency Notification System was being updated. Carleton plans to research the possibility of adding another step to the process required to send an ENS message to ensure no future false alarms happen. CUASA members who are having difficulties or are in need of assistance can contact the Employee Assistance Program at (613) 725-5676.


Ontario Government’s Tuition, Funding and OSAP Changes

On January 17, the Ontario Government announced a number of changes to the province’s postsecondary education sector, including a ten-percent reduction in tuition for domestic students, but no increase in operational grant funding to universities. The announcement also included a rollback of non-repayable grants for low-income students and a new initiative to make certain student fees optional that could threaten organizations like student unions. You can read CUASA’s full statement on these changes here.

NDP MPP Chris Glover, who is the Official Opposition Critic for Colleges and Universities, will be paying a visit to Carleton next Wednesday, February 13, where he will speak about these changes at the CUASA Council meeting. MPP Glover will be here from 2:00-2:50pm in 4351 Herzberg Laboratories. CUASA members are welcome to attend.


Ottawa Senators Tickets

We had a great time seeing the Ottawa Senators face the Detroit Red Wings this past Saturday night! If you’re interested in attending future games, the Ottawa Senators have offered CUASA a savings on individual game tickets for the remainder of the season!

Click here access the group savings offer for individual tickets for every game this season. Share the link with your friends and family and help cheer on the Senators!

For any questions, or to bring a group of 9 or more, please contact our Ottawa Senators representative, Nicholas Ryan at or 613-271-5620.


Coming Events

  • CUASA Council Meeting – Wednesday, February 13, 1:00-3:00pm – 4351 HP (NDP MPP Chris Glover will be present from 2:00-2:50pm)
  • Annual General Meeting – April 2019 – full details to follow
  • Tenure & Promotion workshops – full details to follow



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