The Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics at Trent University

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

CFP: Creery Prize Deadline: May 10


The Philosophy Department is pleased to announce the annual competition for the James Creery Memorial Prize, established in memory of James Harold Creery, a Trent student of Philosophy in 1972-74.  The prize is awarded annually for the best philosophical essay written by an undergraduate at Trent.  We ask that the essays be submitted in electronic form by attachment as a .doc file.  Submissions should be sent to:

creeryprize [at] gmail [dot] com

The deadline for consideration of your submitted paper is May 10, 2013

Friday, April 12, 2013

Sorry, Trent students!

From the Office of the Provost:
The University is aware of concerns regarding the decision to continue exams today, given the poor weather conditions this morning. Our decisions around cancellations over the past two days have been made on the basis of weather information, but we realize this has resulted in a stressful situation for many students. We anticipate there have been some students who did not feel that they can make it to campus safely. Students are encouraged to consider safety first. If you have been unable to make it to campus for your exam, please contact your instructor by email to discuss alternate arrangements, and if necessary please contact the Registrar's Office for assistance ( Students will not be academically penalized for having to miss an exam due to today's weather conditions. We sincerely apologize for any distress this has caused and we will be reviewing this week's events.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Finals cancelled for Thursday, April 11

TRENT: As everyone has surely heard, all examinations scheduled for today have been cancelled due to concerns about potential severe weather. 

The cancelled exams have been preliminarily rescheduled for Tuesday April 23rd.  Once the final schedule has been confirmed a notice will be sent out to all students confirming the new date and times for the rescheduled exams. 

Students living in residence will be sent a message from the Housing Department with details about the time lines for moving out if they are writing an exam on the 23rd.

The university is watching the weather closely and if a decision is made to cancel exams on Friday, it will be posted on the main page of the Trent website and a notice will be sent out to students.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

My name is Kate, and I'm a Temporary Foreign Worker

My fellow taxpayers of Canada,

Let us, by all means, publicly oppose the move by the Royal Bank of Canada to fire its employees and outsource their jobs in order to further increase the already enormous profits that RBC enjoys.  But let us not perpetuate misunderstandings about Temporary Foreign Workers.  

It is not the case that everyone with this status has necessarily taken a job that a Canadian might have had.  For example, when I accepted a job at Trent University, my spouse accompanied me; he is designated as a TFW entirely because we do not yet have Permanent Residence status, even though he brought his telecommuter job with him from the U.S.A. – a job he now pays income taxes to Canada for bringing here.  He has added to the revenue of Canada. (You’re welcome.)

Contrary to what CTV says, it is not the case that “federally-approved LMO visas…are only to be issued when it can be demonstrated Canadians do not want the jobs the foreign workers are coming to do.”  Wanting is not the issue.  According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC), “The Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) allows Canadian employers to hire foreign nationals to fill temporary labour and skill shortages when qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents are not available.”  Many want jobs, but not everyone with a desire for a job is qualified for every job.  I realize that in the case of the RBC employees, they were both qualified and experienced.  Firing them was wrong. But this should not result in re-describing the TFW program.

Last, I would suggest that many of the Temporary Foreign Workers in Canada applied to be TFWs here because we hope to immigrate and to become Canadians.  We don’t all plan to be either temporary or forever “foreign.”  The stories of TFWs are more complex than that, and include applicants for TFW status so that we can justifiably come to Canada and apply for Permanent Residence. Again, the RBC cash-grabbing attempt to outsource jobs does not reflect this, I realize.  But the articles and op-eds about TFWs generally should take into account how many of us aspire to be part of Canada, to contribute, to stay.   As the CIC points out, "In 2011, more than 29,000 temporary foreign workers made the transition to permanent status."  Those 29,000 new residents were once just TFWs like us.

I thought this was widely known.  So it was a surprise to me and my family to read this statement on the part of RBC CEO Gord Nixon: "Firstly, RBC has not and does not hire any temporary foreign workers.”  Before we moved here, my spouse and I chose RBC to be our bank.  RBC was very happy to have our business, to charge us fees, to be the repository of our savings, and to occasionally attempt to sell us even more products than we wanted. We have earned incomes, paid taxes, and frequented businesses in our town and the surrounding area with our RBC accounts.  We moved here with every intention of applying to become Permanent Residents.  In fact, our applications to be Permanent Residents are pending as I write this.  So it is revelatory to me that if my husband actually applied to work for RBC, they would not consider his application, and would not even seek a Labour Market Opinion if he was the most qualified applicant in the world.  I suppose it is their right to take our business and announce our undesirability at the same time.  I hope, however, that their perceptions of TFWs are not widely shared.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Access Copyright "against fair dealing"

I don't know if I'd call it a war, but Access Copyright does seem determined to resist the future. This is a fascinating take on their new lawsuit.

Trent student is featured author of undergraduate journal

History major and Philosophy minor Kyle Curran is a published author with Stance (scroll down). Congratulations, Kyle!