Universities should collect race data

Fikir Worku, a student at the University of Waterloo was recently told that if she wanted to develop service centres for visible minorities on campus, she would have to collect the data on racial demographics herself. Most universities in Canada do not collect race data because race should not affect student admission into the university, but colourblindness in regards to race is an issue that is brought up in many communities of colour. A person or institution that claims they ‘don’t see colour’ ignores the marginalization caused to non-white communities. Colourblindness plays up the idea that everyone is equal, and does not acknowledge the inequalities between white and non-white people. Affirmative action in post-secondary admissions and job postings use race […]

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Opinion: Strike issues were not resolved

The back-to-work legislation that forces college teachers back into the classroom might end the five-week long college strike, but it does not solve any of the issues the teachers were striking for in the first place. The issues teachers were striking for included better job security as part-time instructors, and for raises to match rising living costs. They also petitioned for more full-time positions for teachers, and more say in decision-making with the administration. Carleton University came close to striking in March 2017. Contract instructors and teaching assistants that were part of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600 were looking to have their collective agreement renewed with better wages for the work they were doing. The picket […]

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Letter: News needs to be consumed more critically on social media

Most of you reading this probably get your news from social media first. You might see something on Facebook/Twitter/Reddit/Snapchat and then go to a news site like Metro, the Globe and Mail, or the Charlatan, but how many of you turn on the T.V. at a set time every day and watch your news? And how many of you even have a T.V. with cable if you’re a university student living away from your parents? Getting news from social media isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but social media algorithms definitely show you news catered to what you’ve searched before. Facebook tracks your click history (and even allows you to hide content from any source you wish), making the news we […]

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Letter: Women’s safe access to healthcare overrides protest privilege

Last week, Ontario passed the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, which increases the safe access zone around abortion clinics. While the bill does not ban protests, it allows people needing to access the clinic the ability to do so without verbal or physical harassment. Although abortion is accessible in the province, clinics in Ottawa have seen instances  of harassment outside the clinics by protesters. Anyone walking along Bank Street near downtown may have seen the regular protester outside the Morgentaler Clinic with signs depicting graphic images of fetuses and a severed baby doll head around his neck. Amidst the passing of the bill, there are cries from pro-life groups declaring that the law denies them their freedom of speech. […]

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Commentary: nine things to look out for at this year’s CityFolk

CityFolk is back this year, taking place from Sept. 13-17 at Lansdowne Park. While there are many things to check out at this year’s festival, here are the top 10 things to see and do. 1) With a range of styles from Post Malone to Ruth B, there’s a sound for everyone. Canadian artists like Rose Cousins, as well as international artists like Tank and the Bangas, will appear at CityFolk. It’s a great place to listen to what you like as well as well as to get exposed to a new kind of sound. 2) Amanda Marshall—who hasn’t released any new material since 2001—will appear at the festival. She’s worked with big names like Elton John, Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, and […]

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