Saint Mary's University Faces Deficit, Potential Strike

November 30, 2006

Halifax's Chronicle Herald obtained an internal memo from SMU president Colin Dodds, dated last Friday, outlining a plan to cut $2 million in expenses and draw $1 million from a contingency fund in order to overcome a projected $3 million deficit for the current year. 11 university departments are undergoing a routine review for cost efficiencies. The SMU Students' Union also faces a reduced budget because of declining enrolment. The SMU faculty union recently voted to strike, but has agreed to wait until after fall term exams. The Chronicle Herald story was picked up by at least one US news service. Chronicle Herald