Magazine article Herizons

Program on Wobbly Legs

Magazine article Herizons

Program on Wobbly Legs

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The federal government has demanded that universities implement equity, diversity and inclusion guidelines and improve the diversity of those awarded chairs under Canada's prestigious Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program.

Science Minister Kirsty Duncan said changes are needed from the bottom up, including amendments to university hiring policies, collective agreements and provincial equity policies. Duncan, who was a researcher before she entered politics, strongly hinted that funds under the program could be at risk if universities don't pony up, calling the current diversity ratios "dismal."

The CRC program was started in 2000, and in its first year, fewer than 10 percent of chairs awarded went to women. University of New Brunswick professor Wendy Robbins led a successful legal challenge of the CRC program in 2006 that led to equity targets within the program. …

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