Build Together

This article, published in the Spring 2021 edition of The Beacon, was written by StFXAUT Communications Officer Philip Girvan. The leaders of the Antigonish Movement saw cooperation as a means to establish robust and democratic communities. The initial focus was on farming and fishing, but miners living in company housingin the Cape Breton community of […]

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Laurentian University Situation

This article, published in the Spring 2021 edition of The Beacon, was written by StFXAUT Communications Officer Philip Girvan and CAUT Vice-President Peter McInnis. “I think it’s fair to say we’ve become a poster child for strategic planning in Canadian university sector.” — then Laurentian University (LU) President Dominic Giroux in 2017 On February 1, […]

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Getting to Know You: StFX Adult Education Graduate Studies

This article, published in the Fall 2020 edition of The Beacon, was written by StFXAUT Communications Officer Philip Girvan. A self-directed approach to learning has a long tradition in this region and is strongly rooted in what eventually came to be known as The Antigonish Movement. The Antigonish Movement was a reaction to the dire […]

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Scholar Strike Canada

This article, published in the Fall 2020 edition of The Beacon, was written by StFXAUT Communications Officer Philip Girvan. Following the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, D’Andre Campbell, Rodney Levi, Ejaz Choudry, Chantel Moore, George Floyd, and Jacob Blake this past spring and summer, and in the wake of police riots and other violence […]

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Profile on Katie Aubrecht

This article, published in the Fall 2020 edition of The Beacon, was written by StFXAUT Communications Officer Philip Girvan. Dr. Katie Aubrecht is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at StFX University, the Canada Research Chair in Health Equity & Social Justice, and the Director of the Spatializing Care: Intersectional Disability Studies Research […]

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Negotiating COVID-19 LOUs

This article, published in the Fall 2020 edition of The Beacon, was written by StFXAUT President Martin van Bommel. The COVID-19 pandemic reached Nova Scotia and impacted all provincial university campuses, resulting in a sweeping mid-March shutdown. Our Members were left scrambling to move their courses, tests, and exams online. During the instructional chaos, the […]

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Fall 2020 President’s Message

This message, published in the Fall 2020 edition of The Beacon, was written by StFXAUT President Martin van Bommel. Dear StFXAUT Members, Just over nine months ago we lost our old normal and began to adjust to our new reality. I must admit, I do not like it. Zoom and Teams meetings are poor alternatives […]

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World University Service of Canada (WUSC)

This article, written by Philip Girvan, StFXAUT Communications Officer, appeared in the Summer 2019 edition of The Beacon. The Winter 2018 issue of The Beacon profiled the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), the specific role of the StFX WUSC Society, and WUSC’s Student Refugee Program (SRP). The SRP is a resettlement program that provides […]

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Dr. Teresa MacNeil Profile

This article, written by Philip Girvan, StFXAUT Communications Officer, appears in the Summer 2019 edition of The Beacon. Dr. Teresa MacNeil describes the Antigonish Movement as being “in my blood”. The Extension Department had a tremendous influence in rural Cape Breton while MacNeil was growing up during the 1940s and 1950s, and its ethos has […]

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