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Submission to the Strategic Planning Committee I want to warn my colleagues of a serious "virus" that threatens the university's
 

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Submission to the Strategic Planning Committee
I want to warn my colleagues of a serious "virus" that threatens the university's
Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy, which latter commits the University
to create an environment wherein the University community "... can live, work, and learn
in a collegial climate of mutual respect, free of harassment and discrimination." I want
also to applaud the President's plea for support of that policy, in her message dated
March 4, 2009 1
. Although evidence that the disease I allude to may have already begun
its deadly work in subverting that policy is hard to come by, my sense is that one needs to
be on guard.
I want to describe this "virus" in some detail as it affects Canada as a whole; then point
out how it may already have threatened customary University mores, like freedom of
speech and pursuit of unpopular topics for research; and finally, point out that the
landscape is not all gloom and doom, that in fact there are currently some good things
going on that, if taken up, may help to mitigate the "infection".
I spoke at length about this "virus" in my Justice Emmett Hall Memorial Lecture, in
Vancouver, in 20062
, as it affect society as a whole, and in particular, Health Care. I
wasn't by any means the first one to raise such an alarm. Dr. John Ralston Saul, (1955)3

  

Source: Argerami, Martin - Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Regina

 

Collections: Mathematics