A Brief Timeline of Events
Intended to serve as an overview for anyone wondering how ARC came to be, the excerpts below are taken from official records of negotiations and policy documents that led to the historic creation of the University of Toronto’s Academic Retiree Centre.
The relevant history can be divided into two sections, with March 14, 2005 as the dividing point. Before March 14, 2005, retirement was mandatory at age 65, and since that date, retirement is no longer mandatory. This development set into motion negotiations for more and improved services for retirees and the provision of space for a retiree centre.
February 14, 2002: Policy on Assignment and Usage of Academic Offices approved by the Governing Council of the University of Toronto.
March 14, 2005 2 AM: Agreement between the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and the University of Toronto Faculty Association on Retirement Matters. Signed by UofT: Vivek Goel, Angela Hildyard. UTFA: George Luste, Tom Alloway, Peter Russell, Mary Pugh, Ken Lavin, Margaret Procter, Joseph Boyle.
b) Subject to the Approval of the Statement by Governing Council the University will appoint Project Planning Committees for the Senior Scholar/Retiree Centres on each campus. Each such committee will be established no later than Sept. 30, 2005 with committees to be established at University of Toronto at Mississauga and University of Toronto at Scarborough within a reasonable time period.
c) The parties have also agreed to a “Letter of Understanding with regard to Retired Faculty and Librarians.”
March 14, 2005, 4AM: Letter of Understanding Between the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and The University of Toronto Faculty Association with regard to Retired Faculty and Librarians approved by the Governing Council of the University of Toronto.
June 29, 2005: Statement of Commitment to Retired Faculty and Librarians approved by the Governing Council of the University of Toronto.
Fall 2005: First Meetings of the Project Planning Committee for the Senior Scholar/Retiree Centre, St. George Campus
December 31, 2006: Memorandum of Agreement between The Governing Council of the University of Toronto and The University of Toronto Faculty Association The Governing Council of the University of Toronto: Rose M. Patten, Chairman, D. Naylor, President; The University of Toronto Faculty Association: George Luste, President, Tom Alloway, Vice-President.
March 2008: Final Report of the Project Planning Committee for the Senior Scholar/Retiree Centre St. George Campus submitted to Planning & Budget Committee. Committee membership: Professor Edith Hillan Vice Provost Academic (co-chair); Ms Elizabeth Sisam, Assistant Vice President Campus and Facilities Planning (co-chair); Dr Sara-Jane Finlay, Director, Academic Human Resources; Professor David Cook, Principal, Victoria College; Professor Brian Corman, Chair, Department of English, Faculty of Arts & Science; Professor Esme Fuller-Thomson, Faculty of Social Work; Professor Wayne Hindmarsh, Faculty of Pharmacy; Ms Leanne Pepper, Manager, Faculty Club; Professor Tom Alloway, UTM, VP (Salaries, Benefits &Pensions) UTFA; Professor Douglas Creelman, President RALUT; Professor Lino Grima, RALUT Executive Member; Professor Allan Jacobs, Retired faculty member UTSC; Professor Peter Russell, Executive Member RALUT, Council Member UTFA; David Bateman, Treasurer, Graduate Student Union (until December 2007); Sara Suliman, Incoming VP External, Graduate Student Union (from January 2008).
May 2, 2008 for May 14, 2008: Report for Information to Planning and Budget Committee, ref. Agenda Item 10. Sponsor: Elizabeth Sisam, Assistant Vice-President, Campus and Facilities Planning.
August 12, 2008: Approval of Project No. 083-08-148, $415,000, central administration Letter from the Office of the Vice-President and Provost to Vice-Provost, Academic Edith Hillan’s office.
February 11, 2009: Renovations begin at 256 McCaul, 4th floor.
June 17, 2009: Occupancy permit achieved.
October 1, 2009: Official Opening Reception of Academic Retiree Centre.