Behind the scenes communication between MUN officials and Government

Vianne Timmons and Tom Osborne.

A recently obtained ATIPP reveals a list of all meetings involving the Minister of Education, Deputy Minister, and Assistant Deputy Ministers and Memorial University of Newfoundland officials from January 1st, 2021, to the end of July. There were 22 meetings in total. Another ATIPP reveals a list of meetings between the Premier’s Office and MUN officials. Yet another recently obtained ATIPP reveals a letter sent from the Minister of Education Tom Osborne to the President of MUN Vianne Timmons regarding the university’s decision to change its tuition framework.

The agenda for the meeting April 14 meeting included: 1) Next steps and timing for PPSER release, 2) Seeking status updates on: 3) Pension actuarial work, Collective bargaining template, Plan for release of RFP re: deferred maintenance financing, 6) Update on tuition framework planning, and 7) Other?

There was only one item on the agenda for the April 20 meeting 1) Tuition Framework.

See a list of all the meetings below:

Responsive RecordEDU/058/2021“List of all meetings involving the Minister, Deputy Minister, or Assistant Deputy Ministers and Memorial University officials from January 1st 2021 to present.”
 DateAttendees
January 12, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Minister; Candice Ennis-Williams, ADM; Greg O’Leary, Deputy Minister; Tina Lambe; Dr. Vianne Timmons; Kent Decker and Paula Dyke
February 17, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams and Ann Browne
March 2, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams and AVPA Students
April 5, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams and Paula Dyke
April 13, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Greg O’Leary, Candice Ennis-Williams, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Kent Decker, and Paula Dyke
April 14, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Candice Ennis-Williams, Tina Lamb, Greg O’Leary, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Kent Decker, Paula Dyke and Jill Styles
April 20, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Greg O’Leary, Candice Ennis-Williams, Tina Lamb, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Mark Abrahams, Kent Decker, Paula Dyke, Mary Wall, Lori Pike, and Jill Styles
May 4, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Tina Lamb, Candice Ennis-Williams, Greg O’Leary, Tina Scott, Iris Petten and Michelle Snow
May 10, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams, Regan Power, Donna Hardy Cox, and AVPA Students
May 13, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Candice Ennis-Williams, Tina Lamb, Greg O’Leary, Len White, Mark Ambrahams, Kent Decker, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Paula Dyke
May 20, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams, Dr. Janice Fitzgerald, VP Academic, additional representatives from Memorial University and the College of the North Atlantic
May 25, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Greg O’Leary, Candice Ennis-Williams, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Linda Tilley, Kent Decker, and Paula Dyke
May 26, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Tina Lamb, Candice Ennis-Williams, Greg O’Leary, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Kent Decker and Paula Dyke
May 26, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Dr. Ross Elliott and class
May 26, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Tina Lamb, Candice Ennis-Williams, Greg O’Leary, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Kent Decker and Paula Dyke
May 27, 2021Hon. Tom Osborne, Premier Andrew Furey, Dr. Vianne Timmons
May 31, 2021Robyn Hayes, ADM; Candice Ennis-Williams, Tracy Stamp, Dr. Vianne Timmons, Kent Decker, Jill Styles, and Linda Tilley
June 8, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams, Regan Power, Donna Hardy Cox, and AVPA Students
July 16, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams, Regan Power, Mark Hunter, Nancy Paul, Paula Dyke, Michelle Snow, and Morgan Cooper
July 20, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams, Regan Power, Donna Hardy Cox, and AVPA Students
July 22, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams, Regan Power, Mark Hunter, Nancy Paul, Paula Dyke, Michelle Snow, and Morgan Cooper
July 29, 2021Candice Ennis-Williams, Regan Power, Mark Hunter, Nancy Paul, Paula Dyke, Michelle Snow, Morgan Cooper

Yet another ATIPP reveals a list of the meetings between the Premier’s Office and MUN officials from January 1, 2021, to August 9, 2021. There were two meetings: on May 27, 2021, and August 6, 2021.

On July 26, 2021, Minister of Education Tom Osborne wrote MUN President Vianne Timmons in response to her letter on July 8, 2021, regarding the Board of Regents’ decision to increase tuition. See the letter below:

Dear Dr. Timmons:

I write in response to your letter of July 8, 2021, advising Government that the Board of Regents has approved a new undergraduate tuition fee framework for Memorial University. As announced in Budget 2021, and elucidated further last Friday, we will provide expanded access to needs based grants for new undergraduate students from Newfoundland and Labrador impacted by the tuition changes.

Government looks forward to the release of additional details by Memorial University with respect to its fundraising activities to increase scholarships and bursaries to support students in need, recognize high-achieving students, and the University’s continued efforts to balance its operating budget, find efficiencies and diversify revenues.

Sincerely,

HONOURABLE TOM OSBORNE, MHA

Minister of Education

District of Waterford Valley

See ATIPP files below:

Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.

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