Apr 14, 2014

The agenda for the next general meeting, April 15, includes electing two reps for the dean-of-business search committee; discussion on motions, bylaw and policy amendments. If you have an announcement to make, make it from the floor in LB 322 on Tues, April 15, 2014, between 11:40 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. To review the agenda and past minutes, log onto the faculty-only side of this site and click the links under meeting minutes and agendas.

Apr 9, 2014

The senate budget advisory committee will be hosting another budget information session in LB 322 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. The latest drafts of the budget and the KPMG report on IT services are available on the university's website at: http://www.capilanou.ca/about/governance/senate/sub-committees/Senate-Budget-Advisory-Committee/.

Apr 7, 2014

The public release of the proposed 2014-15 budget, an independent review of IT services, along with the forthcoming second draft of the academic plan, are important processes guiding the future direction of programming and practices at Cap U. Staff, students and faculty are all invited to join the discussion in LB 322, April 8, 2014, from 11:40 - 12:50. To take part online, visit https://acp.bccampus.ca/Cap-Community-Connections-Apr8/. Log in as a guest and use your real name and affiliation, for example, Madra Autom, Cap student (or admin or staff or faculty...).

Apr 1, 2014

During the CFA's general meeting on April 1, 2014, the following faculty members were elected to serve on the executive committee during the next academic year, 2014/15: Brent Calvert, president; Tim Acton, 1st vice president; Joanne Quirk, vice president chief steward; Michael Begg, secretary; Joseph Fall, treasurer; Colin Gilker, professional affairs officer; Rae Nickolichuk, assistant chief steward; Lyne Gareau, 2nd vice president; and Susan Le Blanc, non-North-Vancouver member at large. All members were elected by acclamation.

Mar 27, 2014

It is not too late to nominate yourself or another worthy candidate for one of the nine executive positions. Use a nomination form or nominate from the floor on Tues, April 1, at the General Meeting in LB 322, between 11:40 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. Only CFA members are allowed to run and vote. If you are unsure of your membership status, contact the CFA office: cfa@capilanou.ca, local 4948.

Mar 27, 2014

All Cap employees are encouraged to attend the forum entitled "The Role of Arts & Sciences in the 21st Century." The session, designed to introduce the first candidate for the position of dean, Arts & Sciences, will take place in LB 322 from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Fri, Mar 28, 2014. Check Frontlines for info on the candidate.

Mar 21, 2014

Everyone is welcome to attend the Capilano Community Connections session to discuss timelines and topics that matter to all. The discussion will be held during the CFA's meeting block time: Tues, Mar 25, 2014, in LB 322, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. For details, contact Brent Calvert, bcalvert@capilanou.ca. To take part online, visit https://acp.bccampus.ca/Cap-Community-Connections-Mar25/. Log in as a guest and use your real name and affiliation, for example, Madra Autom, Cap student (or admin or staff or faculty...).

Mar 17, 2014

The CFA's regular General Meeting will be in LB 322, Tues, Mar 18, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. A call for executive nominations to serve on the team during the next academic year will be announced, and two motions will be discussed. For a full agenda, log onto the faculty-only part of this site (right side), and click on the General Meetings link.

Mar 11, 2014

Employ your analytical skills and attend Thursday's information session to review the options for cuts proposals. The event is hosted by Cap's VP Finance and the Senate Budget Advisory Committee. Review the documents at http://www.capilanou.ca/about/budget/Budget-Process-Timeline/ and bring questions to the Sportsplex multipurpose room on March 13, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
NOTE: The previous reference to this being a draft budget session was in error.

Mar 7, 2014

Join the discussion around the cuts, the university's academic plan, the government's core review and ongoing strategic plans. Help the CFA help you by contributing your time and skills to an action group. Everyone is welcome to attend the informal discussions in LB 322, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Tues, Mar 11, 2014. If you'd like to be included in the sandwich count, send a quick email to cfa@capilanou.ca.

Mar 5, 2014

The CFA's chief negotiator, Ed Lavalle, and three negotiating team members -- Tim Acton, Pat Hodgson, and John Wilson -- were all re-elected at the General Meeting on Tues, Mar 4, 2014.

Feb 25, 2014

Some functional areas have given the CFA copies of their 5%-cuts proposals. They are listed in the Faculty-only area (must log on) in one post with more links being added as they become available. The forum topic is titled "5% Cuts Proposals." Also, review the budget process timeline provided by the President's Office in an email dated Feb 24, 2014.

Feb 19, 2014

Today, the CFA executive sent an open letter to chairs, coordinators, and convenors in support of the consultative process. Included in the letter were suggestions for further consultation and for calculating the five per cent cuts, as well as a request that copies of proposals be sent to the CFA, the Senate Budget Advisory Committee, and Faculty deans. Contents of the letter can be viewed here:... Read More

Feb 19, 2014

Of the bargaining unit members who cast a vote, 97 per cent voted in favour of ratifying the 2010-2014 tentative agreement. Bargaining for the next agreement will begin in March.

Nominations are currently being accepted for the new negotiating team, which normally consists of four faculty, including the chief negotiator. Some release time is provided. Please send nominations to the CFA president, Joanne Quirk.

Feb 14, 2014

In addition to voting for or against accepting the tentative collective agreement, Tuesday's General Meeting will feature an open discussion about the budget. The meeting will be in LB 322 from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Tues, Feb 18, 2014. Check your Feb 14 email from Joanne Quirk for links to the agenda and minutes (Subject: GM & Vote to Ratify...).

Feb 14, 2014

If you are a Cap faculty member, you are part of the bargaining unit and your vote is needed to ratify the latest collective agreement. (For details of what happened in mediation, check your email for bargaining bulletins.) Polling stations will be available in Squamish, Sechelt, and North Vancouver in accordance with the following schedule:  ... Read More

Feb 7, 2014

To view a copy of the tentative memo of agreement, log in to the Faculty-only area on the right side of this page and read the "Confidential News" item. (Ensure you have actually created a CFA account before attempting to log in.)

Feb 6, 2014

Faculty members of the Senate Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC) asked the CFA executive to allow departments, divisions and Faculties to meet on their own during the CFA meeting block time on Tues, Feb 11, 2014, to discuss the five per cent cuts as directed by President Bulcroft. The CFA agreed. And, at the last  GM, CFA President Joanne Quirk asked members to copy the CFA and the SBAC on any budget-related communications and plans forthcoming from their areas.

The next CFA meeting will be a General Meeting on Tues, Feb 18, 2014.

Jan 31, 2014

Dr. Janet Waters and the CFA Climate Survey Committee recently conducted a two-phase survey to “take the temperature” of employee levels of job satisfaction, morale, and organizational commitment. This is the first faculty climate survey at Capilano University since the 2008 Mercer survey. Yet surveys like this one and the 2008 Mercer survey help to ensure organizations are achieving institutional goals such as increasing job satisfaction and commitment, ensuring adequate work/life... Read More

Jan 31, 2014

[by Cindy Oliver, FPSE President; reprinted]

On Dec 16, 2013, FPSE and the B.C. division of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) held a press conference at the Vancouver Community College’s downtown Vancouver campus to announce plans to launch a province-wide campaign to pressure the federal and provincial governments to protect the funding arrangement that sees close to $20 million in federal funding flow through B.C.’s Ministry of Advanced Education to support a range of ELT programs in BC institutions.... Read More

Jan 27, 2014

B.C. MLA and advanced education critic David Eby is visiting a number of the province's campuses to talk about a study he has prepared that focuses on student loans, employment, and education.... Read More

Jan 22, 2014

To help promote fitness and camaraderie amongst Capilano's faculty members, the CFA is once again entering a corporate team in the Vancouver 10-km Sun Run. All faculty members are encouraged to sign up and walk, jog, or run to the finish line on Sunday, April 27, 2014. You may participate alone, with a colleague or with family and friends, but we'd like you to show up for the group photo at the start line. Family and friends are also welcome to appear in the photo! (The photo-op time and place will be determined later.) For log-in and registration information, check your email, Jan 21, 2014. with subject "CFA SunRun 2014 - Free Registration for Members."

Jan 20, 2014

Enter the Canadian Labour Congress's One Minute Message Video Contest. In one minute, tell the world:

  • How unions stand up for fairness;
  • How unions deliver good jobs and better lives;
  • How unions work for a better deal for everyone.

The theme this year is Fairness Works. The first place winner will receive $2000. For details, visit http://oneminutemessage.canadianlabour.ca/. 

Jan 17, 2014

Check your Jan 16 email for this Tuesday's agenda, and plan to attend the General Meeting in LB 322, Tues, Jan 21, 2014, between 11:40 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. Come and discuss publicly what you've been saying and thinking privately about electronic voting for faculty members.

Jan 17, 2014

Many parts of the Faculty Association's website recently moved into a faculty-only area.

If you are a Cap faculty member and wish to access forum discussions, meeting minutes, and bargaining updates, for example, you must create a CFA website account, which is separate from the University's server accounts. Do this by clicking "Create new account" on the right side of this page, then follow instructions.

If you have already created an account, you can simply log in in with your user name and password.

Should you experience any difficulty, or if you have suggestions for the site, contact the CFA office: cfa@capilanou.ca, 604-984-4948.

Jan 10, 2014

A message from the CFA executive and bargaining teams re Frontlines post from President Bulcroft:

The end of the University’s fiscal year is approaching. There will be a deficit. This is neither new nor unexpected, yet the University has used all its resources, connections, and so forth to create a climate that accepts this without challenge. What has not been forthcoming from President Bulcroft and her... Read More

Jan 10, 2014

[This item received from Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)]
The CBC’s Fifth Estate has been working for more than one year on his documentary on the attack on science and knowledge creation in Canada.  It airs tonight at 9 p.m. in all time zones and is titled “Silence of the Labs.”  The trailer for the program can be seen at http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-silence-of-the-labs. ... Read More

Jan 3, 2014

Plan to attend the Faculty Association's General Meeting on Tues, Jan 7, 2014, in LB 322, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Chief Negotiator Ed Lavalle will be reporting on mediation progress. (Members only.) 

Jan 2, 2014

To encourage dependent children of regular faculty members to attend Capilano University, each term the CFA provides partial standard-tuition reimbursement in the form of the CFA Award. Retired faculty members who take continuing education courses at Capilano are also eligible for partial reimbursement and have the same deadline, Jan 24, 2014.... Read More

Jan 2, 2014

On August 27, 2013, during a Special General Meeting, faculty passed a motion to commission author and retired Cap instructor Bill Schermbrucker to publish a book highlighting the history of Capilano. The publication date has moved to March. Here's a message from Bill:... Read More

Dec 17, 2013

Sunday's North Shore News article, which highlights the president's vision and perspective, provoked at least two passionate responses: one from novelist, former newspaper columnist, and former Cap instructor, Crawford Kilian; and the other from former math instructor Dr. Ted Bentley.  (Click heading for their responses.)

... Read More

Dec 11, 2013

For those of you who missed Tuesday's meeting, two overview documents regarding benefits options are posted in the Bargaining Updates section, Faculty-only area, on the right side of this page.

Dec 11, 2013

The faculty-only area of this website has been expanded to include bargaining updates, steward bulletins, meeting minutes and agendas, and confidential news items. To access all confidential material, log-in to the faculty-only area on the right.

Nov 29, 2013

The CFA's regularly scheduled General Meeting has been postponed in favor of a Special General Meeting on Tues, Dec 10, 2013.  Western Compensation and Benefits Consultants (WCBC) was hired to research the availability and appropriateness of various benefits options. A representative of WCBC will report those findings to the CFA membership on Dec 10. Bring your questions and plan to attend: LB 322, 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. (Faculty only.)

Dec 6, 2013

ABE instructor Gordon Rudolph attended the BC Federation of Labour conference in downtown Vancouver last week and submitted this report.

Nov 15, 2013

In what looks to be its final year, the Studio Art department will host an art exhibition of work from faculty and staff to acknowledge, mark, and celebrate art on the Capilano campus.

Leave your artwork at the Studio Art office on Dec 9 or 12, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Faculty-sponsored student work from outside Studio Art will also be considered. Any statements about how the arts enrich your learning and life experiences would be welcomed, even if you are not submitting a piece.

The department is also organizing free workshops for those who would like to experience the studios before they are gone. No experience required – just curiosity and enthusiasm.

Watch for updates, pass this message along to anyone who might be interested, and celebrate this fine program with its dedicated faculty and staff. For more information, contact Studio Art coordinator Sandra Ferens.

Nov 25, 2013

At Cap's Board of Governors meeting on Tues, Nov 19, 2013, Chris Pettingill, president of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce, was in the audience and was given a chance to speak. Mr. Pettingill's organization is a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee and he was a panelist at a recent event held in North Vancouver titled "Reconnecting the Community with Capilano University."  Mr. Pettingill told the Board that (click heading for more)... Read More

Nov 21, 2013

“We have said from the outset that Capilano University administration didn’t have the authority to make the program cuts that it did,” said Joanne Quirk, president of the Capilano Faculty Association. “That’s why we have launched this court action. Our reading of the University Act tells us that what the administration did in June violates provisions of the Act. Now it will be up to a judge to determine whether the administration crossed the line or not,” Quirk added.

At issue in the CFA’s petition to the court is the requirement under the University Act that before a (click heading for more)... Read More

Nov 21, 2013

As directed by the membership during the CFA's General Meeting, on Nov 5, 2013, the CFA's president, Joanne Quirk, delivered this letter to the Board before its Tuesday night meeting.

Nov 25, 2013

Some people think being in a union is a life-and-death issue. Some people think unions kill business. Why not click the links below to have a read and then a listen. And then duke it out on the faculty-only forum. (If you're not already registered to participate in the forums, click "Create new account" on the right side of this page and follow the instructions.)

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/education/2013/11/death_of_duquesne_adjunct_margaret_mary_vojtko_what_really_happened_to_her.html

(Should an ad appear first, you can click the arrow to skip it.)

Nov 15, 2013

The textile arts students and alumni will be presenting possibly their last public Cap U sale and display of apparel and accessories this Tues and Wed in Arbutus 201, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Show your support and appreciation for their creativity and skill by stopping in for a visit, even if you don't purchase. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same, and post this piece of art wherever you can. For more information, contact instructor Mary Lou Trinkwon.

Nov 15, 2013

Forty years ago, in November 1973, the Capilano Faculty Association became a union. To celebrate and reminisce, all faculty members are invited to attend an informal gathering during the CFA's regular meeting block time on Tues, Nov 19, in LB 322 from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.

There'll be a few appies and a big cake, background music provided by a student trio, and some simple, good old-fashioned chin wagging.

Join your friends and colleagues on Tuesday and bring along your favorite myth. If you’d like to be added to the raconteurs’ list, contact the CFA’s president, Joanne Quirk.

Nov 15, 2013

Read what moderator George Davison had to say about the Blue Ribbon town hall meeting on Wed, Nov 13, 2013, at the Eagles Hall in North Vancouver.

Nov 13, 2013

In October, the CFA launched a climate survey to gauge faculty's satisfaction with Cap's working environment. The survey link was sent to all regular and non-regular faculty members. Of the 35 per cent who responded, 65 per cent were regular members. The initial, quantitative results have been compiled and can be viewed here. More time is needed for the qualitative comments to be thematically analyzed and presented, but they too will be available in the next few weeks.

Part 2 of the survey, which focuses on work and workloads, will open in late November.

Nov 8, 2013

Two faculty members, Laurel Whitney and Brent Calvert, are members of the Blue Ribbon Committee, a citizens' action group dedicated to discussing events that shape the culture of the North Shore and Squamish-Whistler corridor.

On Wed, Nov 13, 2013, at 7 p.m., there will be a public town hall event entitled "Reconnecting the Community with Capilano University."  Members of the Squamish Chamber of Commerce are co-hosting the event with Parker Buswood, who is a CapU alumnus and winner of the Governor General's Academic medal.

Advanced Education critic MLA David Eby will be in attendance, and there will be open-mic opportunities for anyone wishing to take part.

Posters around campus show the venue as the North Vancouver City Hall Atrium; however, that venue is no longer open to this presentation. The new location is the Eagles Hall, 170 3rd Street West in North Vancouver, just west of Lonsdale. For updates, consult the following electronic sources: Twitter, @mycapis #mycapis; Facebook, MyCapilanoIs; Web, http://mycapis.ca; Email, mycapilanois@gmail.com. Also, see the attached poster for info and downloading.

Nov 8, 2013

Human Rights and First Nations activist Kerry Coast will be on campus, Wed, Nov 13, 2013, to speak on the history and future of water in this province – its use, abuse, and ownership. The presentation will be in the First Nations lounge, LB 196. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact our faculty rep on the human rights committee, Richard Brand, local 3005.

Nov 8, 2013

Any faculty member interested in finding solutions and being proactive around issues of academic freedom and rumored future cuts at Capilano U should attend the working action groups session on Tues, Nov 12.

CFA's meeting block time, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., in LB 322, will be available for groups to discuss and plan. If you are unsure which group would be most appropriate, please contact one of the CFA executive liaisons listed here, and have a chat, or show up on Tuesday and pick a table.
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  • Academic Planning - Colin Gilker, CFA exec liaison
  • Budget - Janet Waters, CFA exec liaison
  • CSU & COPE Liaison - Tim Acton, CFA exec liaison
  • Media & Communications - Michael Begg, CFA exec liaison
  • Political Action and External Relations - cfa@capilanou.ca
  • Public Protest - John Wilson, CFA exec liaison
  • Senate & Board Liaison - Jo Quirk, CFA exec liaison
Nov 4, 2013

Thanks to the many faculty who participated in the CFA Climate Survey, we received an excellent response rate. Part 1 of the survey is now closed - Part 2 on work and workloads will open in late November.

Part 1 highlights will be noted at tomorrow's General Meeting in LB 322, and  details will be posted soon.

The survey was developed using questions common to standardized university climate surveys used elsewhere in order to be objective and avoid question bias, and to enable comparisons to the results of previous surveys. As noted in the informed consent statement, to conform to research ethic requirements, the survey was set up in a way to ensure the identity of respondents could not be discovered, to strictly safeguard their anonymity. Each subject could only respond once, using individual coded links, and only aggregated data has been used.

Overall, the CFA Climate Survey found that faculty are very satisfied with the levels of autonomy, collegiality, support, respect and good relationships with other faculty and staff at the departmental and divisional level, and also within the CFA itself.

There is significant dissatisfaction with the leadership and decision making, and the lack of collegiality, support, and respect from the administration. Compared to the 2008 Mercer survey, there has been a significant decrease in key indicators of job satisfaction, faculty morale, and organizational commitment.

Oct 17, 2013

Add your voice to the CFA survey on faculty morale, collegiality, leadership and job satisfaction. "We are listening," says Janet Waters, CFA treasurer and co-author of the survey.

On Oct 3, each faculty member was sent an individualized SurveyMonkey link to the Climate Survey, to take the temperature of faculty morale. A reminder was sent via SurveyMonkey on Oct 16. If you haven’t yet answered the survey, you have till the 26th do to so.  Click the link in the email to access the survey. (A further Climate Survey on other faculty issues, such as workload, stress, and work/life balance, will be distributed later in the term.)

Your participation is voluntary and anonymous - the survey has been set up so your responses cannot be associated with you as an individual in any way. All data will be aggregated.

The survey should take only 15-20 minutes to complete, so don’t delay! Find that email from the 16th, and click the SurveyMonkey link. The CFA executive team wants to hear from you.  If you have questions about the survey, contact Dr. Janet Waters at jawaters@capilanou.ca

Oct 16, 2013

On Oct 29, Cap's director of finance, Mike Proud, and senate budget advisory committee chair Nanci Lucas will repeat their "Budget 100" presentation. This workshop will be held in LB 322 during the CFA's meeting block time to ensure as many faculty as possible are able to attend. The presentation will be a primer on basic financial terminology and the 2014/15 fiscal year.

Oct 10, 2013

In the North Shore News article noted below, Jane Shackell, chair of Cap U's board of governors, is quoted as saying, "The board has complete confidence in Dr. Bulcroft."

In response to Jane Shackell's quoted reaction(s) to the "retiree" letter (below), the Faculty Association's president, Joanne Quirk, delivered a letter to board members before their meeting on October 8. The CFA letter, attached here, emphatically stresses the need for true consultation, noting that budget restrictions, though to some degree real, are being used as a smokescreen for program cuts and hidden agendas.

Joanne believes that while apparently supporting President Bulcroft, the board, collectively, does not want to see a repeat of last year's unrest. The Faculty Association's executive team members think the way to harmony on campus is via transparency and consultation, not top-down decision-making.

Will collegiality be reinstated? Trust someday restored? Stay tuned.

Oct 9, 2013

For anyone who has not yet seen the article in the North Shore News and is wondering what all the commotion is about, here is a PDF of the entire letter that 38 retired Capilano University faculty members jointly sent to the paper. The article can be found here: http://www.nsnews.com/news/fire-capu-president-says-letter-1.650372.

Oct 3, 2013

The CFA meeting block time on Tues, Oct 8, 2013, from 11:30 to 1 p.m., will be dedicated to the action working groups that were discussed at this week's General Meeting. Members are encouraged to help solve problems or prevent further cuts and undesireable changes at Cap by contacting the group's executive liaisons listed below:

  • Academic Planning Committee – Colin Gilker
  • Budget – Janet Waters
  • CSU & COPE Liaison – Tim Acton
  • Media & Communications – Michael Begg
  • Political Action and External Relations - CFA@capilanou.ca (liaison TBA)
  • Public Protest – John Wilson
  • Senate & Board Liaison – Joanne Quirk.

LB 322 has been reserved for any group that wants to share the room during the lunch break on Tuesday, Oct 8.

Oct 3, 2013

Following the 3Cs "roundtable" last week, wherein tips and tricks were offered by all, one of the  coordinators forwarded this helpful link:

http://www.magnapubs.com/blog/academic-administration/10-things-i-never-knew-about-being-an-academic-chair/.

Sep 23, 2013

Committee elections were held during the CFA General Meeting on Tues, Sept 17. To view the results, click on the Committees menu link on the left side of this page.

If you are serving on a committee that requires a chair or an FPSE rep, please let the CFA know by Sept 30 who has been chosen for that role.

Sep 13, 2013

Ed Lavalle, who is a political studies instructor at Cap and one of the founding members of the Faculty Association, has been nominated for the position of chief negotiator. The CFA executive is endorsing his nomination but encouraging others to run as well.

(If you've ever thought about being part of the negotiating team, continue to think about it; in preparation for the next round, the negotiating-team elections will be on an upcooming fall agenda. Release time to be confirmed.)

Be sure to attend the General Meeting in LB 322 on Tues, Sept 17, from 11:40 - 12:50; vote; and hear first-hand what people have to say. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Sep 12, 2013

Committee elections normally occur during the CFA's Annual General Meeting at the end of spring term, but more pressing matters prevented that from happening last year. Instead, the elections will take place at the upcoming General Meeting on Tues, Sept 17, 2013, in LB 322, from 11:40 - 12:50. Tea and coffee will be provided - as will the traditional  doorprizes.

Check your email today, Sept 12, 2013, for a list of committee positions, and send a response to the CFA office, cfa@capilanou.ca, telling Lou on which committees you'd like to volunteer.

Sep 12, 2013

The Financial Aid and Awards office has changed the format of the CFA Award application forms, primarily to reflect more accurately an acknowledgement of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The new forms are now posted on the Forms page of this website (see left side link). If you are a retiree, or regular faculty member whose dependent child will be applying for the award, and you have not already submitted an application, please use the new forms.

Sep 9, 2013

No roundtable is scheduled for Tues, Sept 10. The first roundtable will likely be Tues, Oct 8, but a confirmation and request for RSVP will be sent ahead of time. If there are items you'd like added to the agenda, please tell the CFA president, Joanne Quirk: jquirk@capilanou.ca.

Sep 5, 2013

The first General Meeting is scheduled for Tues, Sept 17, 2013, in LB 322 from 11:40 - 12:50. The plan is to elect new committee members and a new chief negotiator. Watch your email for details.

The first stewards meeting will be in LB 322, Sept 24, 2013, from 11:40 - 12:50.

The CFA Award deadline is Sept 20, 2013. The award is partial tuition reimbursement for dependents of regular faculty members. The current application forms are now posted on this website. (Use the Forms link on the left.)

Aug 23, 2013

The CFA team continued negotiations with the employer until Tuesday, August 19, 2013. They were not able to reach an agreement and have broken off any further negotiations until after the arbitration hearings and decisions are finalized on retiree benefits.

To hear details on negotiations and other updates, attend the Special General Meeting on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in  LB 322. Pizza will be provided for lunch.

See today's personal email for an agenda.

Aug 20, 2013

There will be no meeting on August 22. Rather, a Special General Meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, August 27, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  A brief agenda will be emailed to all faculty later this week.

Aug 16, 2013

The union and the employer are still negotiating the finer points of the Collective Agreement.

The Special General Meeting that was previously scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2013, has been cancelled.  Joanne Quirk, the CFA's chief negotiatior, sent an all-faculty email today stating that she hopes there will be a settlement in time for a vote on either August 22 or August 27. Please watch your email for updates.

Jul 4, 2013

From Board Notes, July 4, 2013: Cap U's Board of Governors held a special meeting to consider asking the provincial government for permission to spend $1,075,000 in 2013/14 and $2.7 million in 2014/15 on one-time capital projects.

Cindy Turner, VP Finance, reported that Cap had $12,259,652 in unrestricted funds on March 31, 2013. This amount is more than the $8.8 million in unrestricted funds reported to the Board at the April 2013 meeting because the larger amount includes the “9000 accounts”; that is, accounts which are put aside by various internal Cap areas, generally with specific uses in mind. In accounting terms, those 9000 accounts are unrestricted.

Cap has a “contingent liability of up to $4.4 million for retired CFA members extended health and dental benefits,” which are subject to an outstanding grievance. If Cap loses the grievance then, Cindy said, Cap will have to come up with $675,000 in the current year 2013/14, which will mean another round of immediate cuts. Be clear: students, staff and faculty have cause to worry. Clearly the University should begin the community-wide consultation now on what to do if an additional $675,000 is needed in the current fiscal year. Click here to read the remaining notes from last night's special meeting.

Jul 2, 2013

In June, the Capilano University Board of Governors approved cuts totaling eight per cent of Cap's classes to relieve a two per cent deficit of $1.2 million. On Wednesday, July 3, in an extraordinary meeting, the Board will be asked to approve dipping into unrestricted reserve funds for over $1 million in the upcoming year and almost $3 million the following year for capital projects.

Therefore, it seems the budget shortfall of $1.2 million could have been realized without destroying spaces for 400 full-time students. 

This request to use unrestricted reserve funds is also in the context of the administration’s warning to expect additional cuts of 10 to 15 per cent next year. It seems, given the nature and timing of this request during the vacation period, that the administration will continue not to follow past process, including consulting with its Faculties on issues that have significant impact on education at Capilano University.

The CFA calls on the Boad to defer this decision until a university-wide process of deliberation has taken place. All such major decisions should be the result of a legitimate collective decision-making process.

Read the proposed motion as outlined in Wednesday's Board of Governors' agenda, and view past minutes on the university's website: http://www.capilanou.ca/about/governance/board/Agendas-Minutes/.

Jun 27, 2013

The CFA Award is offered to retirees and dependents of regular faculty members who are taking classes at Capilano University. The award is a partial tuition reimbursement. Application is simple but the conditions and deadline (July 12) must be met. Download the PDF application and read the information sheet by clicking the Forms menu link http://capilanofaculty.ca/downloadable-forms.

Jul 4, 2013

Check the links below, frequently, for videos and publicity as they become available. If you have links to publicity that you'd like to add, please send an email to cfa@capilanou.ca.

Jun 12, 2013

Despite the Board's own May 14 recommendation to find a "no-cuts" solution, and a compelling argument for "no cuts" from faculty Board rep Frank Harris, with support from Stephen Williams, the Board voted devastatingly in favor of Senate's recommendation to accept the "cuts" budget.

The budget presented to the Board was essentially the same one that Senate was initially directed to revise. However, unlike its faculty-led ad hoc shadow committee, the Senate Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC) could not find its way to a "no-cuts" solution for one year.

Jun 11, 2013

The senate last night chose not to present a "no-cuts" budget. 

However, there are "no-cuts" solutions and a "no-cuts" budget has been prepared by the Faculty Association.

CFA President Mark Battersby will attempt to get the alternative budget -- the "no-cuts" budget that the Board asked for during their May 14 meeting -- in the hands of Board members tonight (Tues, June 11). A review copy is available here. Feel free to print a copy and bring it with you: rally in in the green space between the Cedar and Library buildings at 6 p.m.; Board of Governors meeting in LB 322 at 6:30 p.m.

Jun 10, 2013

The Senate tonight voted to approve the original "cuts" budget (with a few minor changes to make it balance): 14 in favor; 9 against; 1 abstention.

A second motion, asking Senate to recommend that the Board also consider the alternative budget that the CFA ad hoc budget solution committee prepared, was defeated. 

Responding to this dismal outcome, CFA President Mark Battersby said, "The CFA is deeply disappointed. They have made a decision which will deprive students of the educational diversity for which Capilano is known and respected. We believe that the Senate acted contrary to the University Act in cutting programs without appropriate consultation."

Jun 10, 2013

The CFA's ad hoc budget solution committee has prepared a balanced budget, which they hope will be considered by senators at tonight's meeting. Click here for the summary document.

Plan to attend tonight's senate meeting at 4 p.m. in LB 322. Before the meeting, attend the rally at 3:30 p.m. in the green space between the Cedar and Library buildings.

Senators will be given the first opportunity to speak and all questions must address the motions. To ensure your questions are aired, you might consider voicing them through a senate member.

Jun 8, 2013

This is a busy week, with lots to consider. Your thoughtful, positive energy is required. Please watch your email for details but, meanwhile, note these important times in your calendar:

  • Mon, June 10, 2013, 4 p.m., Senate meeting in LB 322 - rally at 3.30 p.m. in the green space between the Library and Cedar buildings
  • Tues, June 11, 2013, 6:30 p.m., Board of Directors meeting in LB 322 - rally at 6 p.m. in the green space between the Library and Cedar buildings
  • Fri, June 14, 2013, 11 a.m., CE 148, CFA special General Meeting for negotiations update (in-person voting required). BBQ lunch from 1 to 2:30 in lower cafeteria. For catering purposes, RSVP by 11 a.m. Tues, June 11, 2013. Meeting will resume, if necessary, in CE 148 at 2:30.
Jun 3, 2013

Plan to attend the special purpose General Meeting on Wed, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in LB 322. Bring your lunch; tea and coffee provided. View the agenda here.  If you are unable to attend in person, check your June 3 email for the online link.

May 28, 2013

To study the progress and reach the suggestion input form and various budget links, visit the senate budget advisory committee's web page: http://www.capilanou.ca/SBACbudgetfeedback/.

May 28, 2013

Capilano University is going through a tumultuous time with changes being proposed that have not involved meaningful input from the students and faculty, or the broader community the university serves. Re-EDUCATE is the first in a series of events organized by Capilano University students, alumni, and instructors to begin a conversation with members of the community about Capilano University’s role in building culture, community, and creative entrepreneurship on the North Shore.

The first event is tonight, May 29, at the Café for Contemporary Art, 140 East Esplanade, starting at 6 p.m. with a cello performance by Evan Lamberton and a talk by artist Robert Sherrin. The speakers’ panel will start at 7 p.m. Speakers include Wendy Van Riesen, Nadia Bowcott, Kim Gruia and Roma Wilson.

If you have questions, contact Laurel Whitney at lwhitney@capilanou.ca or visit http://mycapis.ca/.

May 22, 2013

At today's special General Meeting in CE 148, with approximately 80 members in attendance, Tammy Towill, Senate budget advisory committee member, filled in for chair Leighan Crowe by responding to two hours of questions and comments regarding process and next steps.

With the understanding that committee meetings are in camera, faculty members voted in favor of two related motions: (1) to request that a CFA executive member be invited to attend and participate in budget advisory committee meetings as a guest resource person and observer; and (2) to appoint a second faculty member with specialized technical knowledge of IT issues to act as a guest resource person regarding IT budget items. The request has been sent to the advisory committee chair.

Meanwhile, the committee has dedicated space on the University's website specifically for suggestions to decrease expenses and/or increase revenue.

As directed by the Board of Governors, the goal now is to “attempt to balance the 2013-14 budget without cuts to programs and sections in order to allow the next year for consultation.”

To reach the input form and various budget links, visit this page: http://www.capilanou.ca/SBACbudgetfeedback/.

May 16, 2013

All chairs, coordinators, convenors, and area stewards have received a copy of the list of members identified for possible reduction. Please check today's email for a message from John Wilson, chief steward, and if you are a member who will receive notice, plan to attend the information session in CE 148, Tues, May 21, 2013, at 11:30 a.m.

May 15, 2013

Capilano University's Board of Governors met on May 14 with a large audience of faculty, staff, SignsAtBoardMtgMay14students and community supporters. The university's president, Kris Bulcroft, made a recommendation at the beginning of the meeting that the Board postpone the vote on the budget until the next meeting. The delay would give the Senate three weeks to examine alternate options for a balanced budget. Frank Harris, faculty representative on the Board, suggested an amendment to the motion that asks the Senate to consider options that don’t include program or section cuts.  Another faculty rep on the Board, Stephen Williams, seconded the motion. The Board approved both the amendment and the motion to delay the budget vote until the Board's next meeting, June 11, 2013.

Read full notes from faculty board rep Frank Harris.

May 10, 2013

In a follow-up to yesterday’s special meeting, these are the main links that attendees wanted  publicized most heavily:

  • http://mycapis.ca – meaningful statements and videos; clearing house for the various groups, should be broadcast widely to members.
  • http://hitthepausebutton.ca – FPSE-sponsored site that encourages pausing the budget process for proper consultation
  • mycapstories@gmail.com – for wide distribution to students, staff, faculty, alumni and others; encourage them to tell their stories of Cap experiences
  • http://webelongatcapu.blogspot.ca/  – sample letters with names and contact links to political parties and Cap’s Board of Governors.

Other valuable links, letters & docs (also check forum posts on the right for new links)
Letter of expectations from the Ministry
fcorlett@capilanou.ca – Fran Corlett, exec assist to president and Board
robinbrayne@shaw.ca – Robin Brayne, chair, Board of Governors
Letter of support from president of EmilyCarr Faculty Association
Letter from Stacey Lobin, textile arts transfer to Emily Carr
Articulation motions of support
Letter to Senate & Board from coordinators of Cap School of Art & Design
I belong at Capilano-U video response by Community Outreach & Development (CDO)
Robin Brayne's response to students with disabilities liaison
Frank Harris' presentation to students, staff, faculty on May 9, 2013

May 22, 2013

Colleagues,

 

If you do not already know, I am happy to tell you that the Capilano Board of Governors voted Tuesday night to postpone approval of the budget until its June 11 meeting and to instruct the Senate Budget Subcommittee to study the budget and attempt to find a budget solution that does not involve any cuts in this budget year.  

 

As Frank Harris stated in his notes from the Board meeting, President Bulcroft suggested the initial motion of postponement, which was moved by Geri Prior, Vice Chair of the Board. Frank Harris moved (Stephen Williams seconded) the successful amendment which read "that the Senate attempt to balance the 2013-14 budget without cuts to programs and sections in order to allow the next year for consultation."

 

This was a tremendous victory for everyone. The work is not over, but at the Tuesday Board meeting hundreds of you showed up and dozens spoke and demonstrated the incredible creativity, thoughtfulness, passion, caring (the list of superlatives could go on) and especially solidarity that have long characterized this institution. Judging by the reaction of some of the Board members, I think they now have a much better understanding of the marvelous work we all do and their duty to preserve such a valuable range of programs and people. I think we owe a special thanks to the faculty and students in the Studio Art program who reacted so quickly and imaginatively to the announcement of their program being cut. But everyone has given so much energy to this effort and the CFA thanks all who worked so hard.

 

The CFA will ask the Senate subcommittee to create an open participatory process for this second look at the budget, and the CFA will create its own ad hoc "No Cuts" cross-university subcommittee to work with the Senate subcommittee. The CFA believes that together we can find a "No-Cuts" solution, but it will take many minds. We have already noted a different level of cooperation from the administration, and we will try to work with them also to realize the "No-Cuts" goal for this budgetary year.

 

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... Dickens Tale of Two Cities

 

This Dickens quote seems to summarize what has happened over the last few days. Capilano has awakened from its democratic slumber, and we must continue to turn this crisis into the "best of times."  

 

It is not enough for any of us to merely stave off the budget cuts for this year. The University community must now take back the budgetary and planning process. We note that there is a widespread appetite to begin the longer term planning process at this time and not to wait for the fall. We have had great success with a wide variety of more or less independent groups working hard. We don't want to lose that energy, rather we want to focus and coordinate that energy.

 

At the Wednesday (May 22) CFA meeting, 11 a.m. in CE 148, in addition to the "No-Cuts" subcommittee, the CFA will call for nominees to a CFA strategic planning committee. While we need a focused representative committee to address the immediate budget challenge, we need a much larger committee with a much longer commitment to the on-going strategic planning process.  

 

In addition, we remind you that the five Faculties have considerable authority over courses and programs in their areas and they should seek to re-establish control within their Faculties. The Collective Agreement also gives coordinators and functional areas considerable decision-making powers. There are many immediate opportunities for faculty members to resume control of their professional lives and the direction of Capilano University.

 

Join your colleagues on Wednesday at the CFA General Meeting to learn of the most recent developments and to participate in the ongoing project of making Capilano a truly collegial and participatory institution.

Mark

 

Dr. Mark Battersby

President, Capilano University Faculty Association
Instructor, Department of Philosophy
Capilano University
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC, V7J 3H5
604 986 1911 L 2409

mbatters@capilanou.ca

May 10, 2013

George Rammell, School of Art & Design. Still working hard to stop program cuts at Cap U.
(Note yellow flowers hanging below sign.)

May 8, 2013

Faculty members, senators, students -- past and present -- spoke passionately and convincingly at last night's senate meeting to pass two motions presented by Paul McMillan, faculty rep on the senate. The majority voted in favor of recommending to the Board of Governors that they not approve the draft budget and, further, that they not approve a budget with any program cuts this year. The Board will meet on Tuesday, May 14.

Be sure to attend the CFA's special meeting on May 9 for working-group updates. Check yesterday's email (Budget Special Mtg...) for agenda details. Faculty, staff, and students are all invited, so spread the word!

May 1, 2013

At yesterday's AGM, close to 200 faculty members listened raptly to CFA's guest speaker, Steven Garfinkle, president of the United Faculty of Western Washington (UFWW), as he spoke about Western's experience in dealing with a disassociated administration.

President Garfinkle gave a stirring speech about the harrowing process of negotiations that led to what has been described by the National Education Association in the U.S. as “a model for leading the profession in higher education.” His central theme: own the mission of your university.

Cap U faculty attached his words to head and heart – new ownership is on its way!

Apr 28, 2013

Click this link for a PDF of the proposed budget. This one has a few more details than the one previously posted. Note, this is only a proposed budget, there is still an opportunity for push-back.

Apr 26, 2013

A request was made for members of the campus community to join communications instructor Michael Markwick on a walk to the all-candidates forum this Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. The walk will start at Dundarave Beach and end at the Kay Meek Centre, where Michael, who is running as an indpendent MLA, will take part in the debate. Regardless of your political affiliiation, this might be a good opportunity to show a united Capilano front on at least one issue!

Apr 26, 2013

Read the discussion and sign the petition at http://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/capilano-university-save-the-studio-art-and-textile-arts-programs. If there's any doubt about the value of these programs, there won't be after you attend the grad show and see some of the phenomenal work that's been created. Visit the Studio Art Grad Show, in the SART building. The show opens Saturday Apr 27, 6 to 9 p.m., and remains open till May 17, Mon to Fri, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Apr 25, 2013

Check this link to read the University's latest explanation for their choices: http://www.capilanou.ca/2013-2014-Budget/.  Aren't you glad they shared? Oh, and in case you missed it, here's "A Message from the President and Board Chair."

Apr 24, 2013

The CFA executive is holding emergency meetings alone and together with the University executive in search of the 5Ws related to the recent announcement of campus-wide cuts.

Please attend the CFA AGM on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in LB 322 at 8:30 a.m., for an update and to help formulate a strategy to deal with this situation.

If you have anything to report, please post it to our forums on the right hand side of this page and send relevant details to chief steward John Wilson, cfachiefsteward@gmail.com.

Apr 17, 2013

"Shoring up the role of the faculty in shared governance was one of the core commitments around which we initially organized," says Dr. Steven Garfinkle of United Faculty of Western Washington, who will give the keynote address at the CFA's AGM on April 30, 2013.  

Other highlights of the Annual General Meeting include committee reports and elections, door prizes, the barbecue lunch, and a significant negotiation update. Remember to volunteer for 2013/14 and submit your report for 2012/13. An agenda package will be accessible around the 27th via the left-side Meeting Minutes & Agendas link.

Apr 5, 2013

The forums for the three VP Academic & Provost candidates will be held Monday, April 8, 2013, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Sportsplex multipurpose room. Each candidate will be allotted one hour. The search committee will make its recommendation to President Bulcroft on April 10. Please send your comments to Aurelea Mahood, amahood@capilanou.ca, by 3 p.m., on the 9th. Aurelea is one of the faculty reps on the search committee.

Apr 5, 2013

Capilano University's first social innovation challenge and entrepreneur showcase will take place in the North Shore Credit Union Performing Arts Theatre in the Birch building, April 29. The aim of the event is to highlight projects that are happening on campus and provide them with seed funding. Another focus is to get a good representation of Cap's diverse Faculties in the same room, at the same event, so that students, staff and faculty can network, create relationships, and explore collaborative ideas. For details view the attached poster

Apr 5, 2013

The Faculty PD committee has been working especially hard to bring you an extensive and varied line-up of workshops from May 2 to 14, 2013. Review the program and register online today. If you have any questions, contact the committee chair, Lyne Gareau.

Mar 7, 2013

Be sure to attend the all-candidates forum during the CFA meeting block time on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. This event is open to the public. It is co-presented by the Faculty Association and Students' Union and will be held in the Sportsplex multipurpose room. Remind your students about the forum and ask them to come prepared with questions for a lively Q&A session.

Tea, coffee and cookies will be provided.

Mar 4, 2013

Coming soon to a nearby Tuesday, 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m.: 

  • Mar 5, 2013 - General Meeting and selection of CFA executive nominations committee
  • Mar 12, 2013 - Coordinators Roundtable
  • Mar 19, 2013 - Provincial Election All-Candidates Forum 
  • Mar 26, 2013 - Stewards' Meeting
  • Apr 2, 2013 - General Meeting & election of new CFA executive
  • Apr 16, 2013 - Committee report deadline for CFA AGM agenda package
  • Apr 30, 2013 - AGM and barbecue, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • May 15-17, 2013 - FPSE AGM

If there are any changes to the above events, an email will be sent to all faculty and a correction will be posted here on this site.

Feb 14, 2013

The CFA executive is seeking volunteers to serve on the CFA nominations committee. The committee will work with the executive to  seek nominees to serve on the 2013-14 CFA executive board. If you are interested please send your name to Mark Battersby, mbatters@capilanou.ca by Feb 28, 2013.

Feb 14, 2013

To help accommodate the TLC with its reading-week workshops, the regularly scheduled CFA General Meeting on Feb 19, 2013, has been cancelled. The next General Meeting will be in LB 322, from 11:40 - 12:50, on Mar 5, 2013.

Feb 1, 2013

The CFA's chief negotiator, Joanne Quirk, will chair Tuesday's meeting in LB 322, from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. Please let Joanne know if you'd like something added to the agenda. To view the agenda and minutes, click this link.

Jan 28, 2013

FPSE's communications officer, Phill Legg, will be at Cap on Tues, Jan 29, 2013, to talk about changes to Worksafe BC guidelines, with particular emphasis on stress in the workplace as it might apply to faculty. Phill will make his presentation during the CFA's regular meeting block time from 11:40 a.m. to 12:50 p.m. in LB 322.