(April 24, 1997, Gazette)
A sampling of university stories unfolding in Canada
President appointed for second term
BURNABY, B.C. -- Simon Fraser University's board of governors has voted unanimously in
favor of appointing Dr. John Stubbs to a second five-year term as president of Simon Fraser. His
new term will begin on Sept. 1, 1998, Simon Fraser News reported on April 3. The president's
re-appointment follows what has been described as the "most exhaustive review of any senior
official ever conducted at Simon Fraser University." A professor of history, Dr. Stubbs still
teaches a senior undergraduate course, titled The Impact of the Great War, every spring. Dr.
Stubbs holds earned degrees from the University of Toronto, the London School of Economics
and Political Science, and Oxford University.
Tuition will increase at Carleton
OTTAWA, ONT. -- On March 27 Carleton University's board of governors approved increases
to student tuition fees for the academic year 1997-98. The decision follows an announcement in
February by John Snobelen, Ontario's minister of education, who said that universities and
colleges in Ontario have the option of increasing tuition by an average of 10 per cent; the
maximum allowable increase in any single program is 20 per cent. Ontario universities that
increase their fees must divert 30 per cent of the result revenue towards financial aid for students.
Carleton is one of several Ontario universities opting for the increase. Carleton's president,
Richard Van Loon, has said the university will probably increase tuition by the full 10 per cent.
"We don't relish having to increase fees at all, but have no choice," he told This Week at Carleton
(March 31, 1997). "We will continue to press the government to increase its funding. The
university sector needs more money, not from students, but from the government."
Strike continues at York
TORONTO, ONT. -- Faculty members in the York University Faculty Association (YUFA) are
on strike in Toronto. A mediator broke off talks following an extended bargaining session with
representatives of YUFA and York's administration on April 7, saying he was "of the view that
the differences between them are incapable of resolution at this time." Negotiations between both
parties have been going on for a year; the issues under discussion include salaries and retirement
benefits. To date, four attempts at mediation have been unsuccessful, according to a strike bulletin
posted at York University's home page on the World Wide Web.