The Owl Hoots: No 542

Issue 542
November 14th, 2018

514.931.8731 x 1799
fax 514.931.0761

3040 Sherbrooke W.
room 8A.11
Westmount, QC.
H3Z 1A4

DTU Executive
Brian Seivewright
Emilie Richer
Mélanie Beck
Phil Lagogiannis

Louisa Hadley

Administrative Assistant
Elisabeth Leone


Dawson Teachers Unite for Cont. Ed!

A big thank you to all those who came out in support of our Continuing Education colleagues at the two grade-in events (15th and 30th October). We hope the College will take the necessary steps to improve the working conditions of our most precarious teachers. Don’t miss Grade-in #3 on Wednesday, November 21st at 2 pm in the 4th floor lobby (A/B wings)!

Important dates

Nov 15 – Voluntary Workload Reduction Requests

If you wish to apply for a Voluntary Workload Reduction for Winter 2019, the deadline is 15th November. You should email Odette Dubé in Human Resources.  (We suggest you copy us on this email at

Nov 28 – PDF requests

For your request to be considered at the next meeting of the Professional Development Fund Committee, submit it by 28th November at room 8A.11 or by email ( We ask that applications be submitted prior to the date of the proposed activity.

Dec 31 – Final Grades Deadline

A reminder that there is only one deadline for final grades for all teachers, whether Cont’Ed or Regular, with or without exams held during the final exam period. The deadline for all teachers to submit final grades is 31st December, 2018.

November is Insurance Month!

During the month of November, you have the opportunity to make changes to your insurance coverage. Changes will take effect on January 1st, 2019. Note that there have been some recent modifications to the insurance policy which will affect both your coverage and your premiums. You can check out more details here. If you wish to alter your plan, you should contact Faten Samné in Human Resources.

General Assembly Recap

The November General Assembly served as a kick-off to the fast-approaching 2020 negotiations. We asked members to suggest issues that they would like to see prioritized at the bargaining table. Topics highlighted were: additional support for disciplines with rapid technological change, better consideration of student numbers in Physical Education CI calculation and improvement of Continuing Education working conditions.

We remind members that they play a crucial role in determining the DTU’s negotiation priorities, stay tuned for upcoming G.A.s!

Transfer of Availability

As the holidays are approaching, a reminder that teachers remain available to the college between the Fall and Winter semesters, with the exception of 25th December and 1st January. If you plan to be away during this period, you should submit a Transfer of Availability form.

Freedom of Religion

At its meeting on the 24th of October, the DTU Executive Council “affirm[ed] the right of all teachers to perform their duties wearing religious symbols.” The Religious Studies Department has asked the DTU to pass on the following message:

“The Religious Studies Department regards the proposed law to keep teachers from wearing clothing that makes their religious affiliation apparent as discriminatory. At the same time, such a law encourages, and in the mind of some, legitimates acts of disrespect, harassment, and even violence. For this reason, we are against this proposed law — we would like to see a neutral and tolerant society that allows all people the freedom to choose what they believe and wear.

We invite all those who would like to express their opposition to the law by wearing a religious symbol to contact Sonia Zylberberg who has offered to crochet a kippah (with your own choice of colours) for anyone who wishes to wear one.”