Jan. 21: The New University Cooperative and an update on the Canadian Boat to Gaza

Listen to the entire program here:


There are many complaints on campus about tuition, budgets, food services, class offerings, and so on. The complaints seem to stem for a lack of empowerment. Decisions are made by a select group around the president, and while students’ tuition funds a sizable portion of the university budget, students have little say in decision making. This sounds a lot like society in general doesn’t it? There is a new model on the horizon for universities and that model is the New University Cooperative.


According to Dr Wilma van der Veen, a professor at Okanagan College and a board member of the New University, in a recent article, “ [t]he NUC incorporated as a federal multi-stakeholder cooperative in the fall of 2007. This structure was chosen as it represents the most democratic form of organization enabling all stakeholders to have a direct role in the development of the NUC, where hierarchical relationships between students and faculty and administrators are minimized.”

Wilma van der Veen

Sounds like what is needed in our neck of the woods. In society at large we have given over much of our power to a managerial class which seems ever more disconnected with those they are supposed to serve. This is certainly the case at UWindsor. So, we need to take that power back and the New University Cooperative (see pamphlet) should be an example to us all on how we can empower ourselves. No one needs to be excluded; rather, power, responsibility and accountability are more equally shared.  On Friday we spoke with Dr Wilma van der Veen in Kelowna BC.


The Canadian Boat to Gaza is a home grown attempt to pressure the Israeli government to lift the siege they impose on the people of Gaza. Efforts have been underway for some months and the fundraising goal is close to the hallway point. Sandra Ruch is a spokesperson for the CBG and she spoke to us from Toronto.

More info on Jeff halper’s appearance in Toronto:

On Saturday, 12 February 2011 Jeff Halper, from the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, will give a talk about “Why We Need the Canadian Boat to Gaza”.

Halper is an Israeli author and speaker about non-violent strategies to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He is a co-founder of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD); and was on the Free Gaza flotilla that broke the Gaza siege in 2008.

When: Saturday, February 2011 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm (Doors will open at 7:00pm)

Where: Bloor Street United Church
300 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON

Advance Tickets: $10 available at:
Beit Zatoun, 612 Markham St., Toronto &
Toronto Women’s Bookstore, 73 Harbord St., Toronto

More Info: cbgtickets@gmail.com or call Ruth at 416-588-6356
All proceeds go to ICAHD and the Canadian Boat to Gaza.

You can pick your tickets up at the door on the night of the talk anytime after 6:30pm. Please bring your order confirmation number.

Music featured on the program was local band The Locusts Have No King

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