CAUT condemns dismissals at Maritime College of Forest Technology

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The Canadian Association of University Teachers is raising concerns about academic freedom at the Maritime College of Forest Technology after the recent dismissal of two teachers.

It says the academic freedom of two teachers at the New Brunswick school has been violated.

According to a press release, wildlife biologist Rod Cumberland was removed from his teaching post on June 20. 

On July 3, Gerald Redmond, the former director of the school who still taught there, publicly commented that Mr. Cumberland's dismissal was likely in retaliation to his outspoken criticism if the herbicide glyphosate, and said he had "felt pressure on several instances" to discipline him for his outspokenness on the herbicide.

CAUT says Mr. Redmond was dismissed by the College the next day.

In the release, the association says the two men have been denied due process in the manner in which they were dismissed and the incidents will be referred to the CAUT Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee which will take further action of the situation is not satisfactorily resolved.