uSask leadership's corporate ties debated at senate meeting

October 17, 2011

Attendees at Saturday's University of Saskatchewan senate meeting included a group of protesters linked to the Occupy Saskatchewan movement who are critical of the corporate ties among the institution's leadership. The protesters were invited by University Senators in Saskatchewan Working to Revive Democracy (USS-WORD), which had called for the board of governors chair to resign because of an alleged conflict of interest relating to her involvement with Cameco Corp. At the meeting, uSask president Peter MacKinnon rejected the suggestion that there was anything undemocratic about the way the institution managed its affairs. USS-WORD and its supporters say corporate relationships compromise uSask's autonomy and filter funds away from the arts and humanities, while other senators say those ties are essential to Saskatchewan's economy and keep much-need research dollars flowing into uSask. Saskatoon Star-Phoenix