Monthly Archives: March 2014

University Governance: Reflections from the Future U Conference


Last week, I spoke on a panel on university governance at a conference titled Future U:  Creating the Universities We Want, organized by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.  Also presenting on the panel were Professor Glen Jones and Professor Claire Polster. My speaking notes can be downloaded at this link. Points I raised […]

Academic Research vs. Political Propaganda: Lessons from the Fraser Institute’s Study of Minority-Language Education


In 2012 the Fraser Institute published a 138-page study entitled Official Language Policies of the Canadian Provinces: Costs and Benefits in 2006 that examined the financial impact of providing bilingual government services. It calculated that the provinces spend $900 million each year, mainly for minority-language education – English schooling in Quebec, French instruction elsewhere. A […]