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Now I’m not saying

December 27, 2007

lockedout.jpgthat the provincial government is responsible for the lockout at STU. That would be simplistic. But it seems likely that history will make a connection — providing, of course, there are any historians left in N.B. to make connections — between the unprecedented heavy-handedness of the STU administration presided over by Michael Higgins, he who has been so eloquent about the higher mission of the university, and the sustained attack on higher education in this province.

Our thoughts are with our beleaguered colleagues in Fredericton. One can only imagine how they must be feeling after Higgins’ Boxing Day email telling them not to show their faces on campus without written permission.

What a way to start a new year.

  1. Debra Lindsay permalink
    December 28, 2007 9:51 am

    May I ask from whence Higgins has obtained the authority to deny employees access to the premises? This does not flow from the Industrial Relations Act, nor is it found in the Petty Trespass Act. Indeed, the Petty Trespass Act–which is actually the legislation dealing with the matter at hand–states that people “engaged in a peaceful public demonstration, or doing anything in connection with a lock-out or strike that he is permitted by law to do. (1986, c.81, s.1; 1992, c.23, s.1.)” are expressly exempted from section 2.1 which provides owners/managers/officials of shopping malls, schools, universities, vocational schools and shelters with the legal means to charge individuals with trespass if they visit said premises after being informed not to. It seems as though Higgins has exceeded his authority in this matter, and is just plain wrong in citing the Industrial Relations Act as the legislation allowing him to prevent employees access to university premises.

  2. December 28, 2007 10:00 am

    I’m a STU alum who currently lives in Saint John. And I have no words…

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