Dear supporters of the Post-Secondary Education Task Force of Public Interest Alberta,We would like to share with you the recent media release by the Alberta Faculty Association launching their campaign, 'Alberta Universities Support Everything'.We encourage you to join this latest campaign to protest these cuts and check out their website at: http://www.notonemore.ca/ where you can learn more about the campaign and send an email to your MLA.
Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations launches ‘Alberta Universities Support Everything’ ad campaign, Media Relase, October 23, 2013EDMONTON—The Confederation of Alberta Faculty Associations (CAFA) launched the ‘Alberta Universities Support Everything’ province-wide ad campaign this morning at a launch event in Edmonton. The campaign features an image of a building-block tower, showing the key concerns of Albertans, including healthcare, education, transportation, the oil and gas industry, the environment, the arts, and so on, all supported by Alberta universities.
The campaign aims to highlight the fundamental contribution Alberta’s universities make to our province, and to encourage Albertans to let their provincial government know that cuts to post-secondary education harm our province in many ways. The ads link to the campaign website www.NotOneMore.ca, which will enable Albertans to send an email directly to their individual MLAs voicing their concern about cuts to post-secondary education funding. The public is also invited to tweet support of the campaign using the hashtag #NotOneMoreAB.
“As academic staff at Alberta’s four research universities, we want to raise awareness of the fundamental importance to all Albertans of the teaching and research going on in our institutions, and of what we all stand to lose by the cut to post-secondary education funding in this year’s provincial budget. We are urging Albertans to join us in asking the government to reinvest in our sector now,” said Rob Sutherland, CAFA’s President and a neuroscientist at the University of Lethbridge. “We understand that the government has difficult decisions to make at budget time, but we want to let them know that short-sighted cuts to post-secondary funding can only undermine Alberta’s future. We are asking Albertans to think what this province would be like without the work that is done in universities. Truly, Alberta universities support everything.”
CAFA is an umbrella group whose members are the faculty associations at the University of Calgary, University of Alberta, University of Lethbridge, and Athabasca University. The campaign will run for the next several weeks in print and online throughout the province.