Problems and crises facing Canada's universities. The true role of universities as institutions, and the original roles of universities: "to create new knowledge and understanding, to transmit these things through education, and to act as repositories for them." Recent pressures and attitudes have focused great attention on universities as centres of training. A discussion of this essential disparity of views of the role of universities. Canadian universities' global status as centres of research, funded and supported by government and the public. Prospects for achieving adequate funding, particularly for vital scientific research. Recent discoveries and inventions by members of the University of Toronto. The problems and consequences of present federal policy. The issue of the environment and how it is a crisis for universities. The need for support and understanding.
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