McGill U investigates allegation of anti-Semitism surrounding board election

McGill University has launched an investigation into the case of a Jewish student who was not ratified to the Students’ Society of McGill University’s (SSMU) Board of Directors (BoD). He was not voted in allegedly for supporting Jewish causes and opposing the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement aims to put economic and political pressure on Israel through various boycotts against it. Noah Lew, a third-year student at McGill, along with two other students were not ratified to the SSMU’s Board of Directors, according to his public Facebook post. According to SSMU’s website, the Board of Directors supervises the management and administers the business and affairs of the SSMU. The vote took place at the SSMU’s general assembly on Oct. 23, […]

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Sixty Canadian universities sign pledge for diversity

The presidents of 60 Canadian universities have signed a pledge committing to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion on their campuses, according to a press release by Universities Canada. The Inclusive Excellence Principles commits to “attracting and retaining students, faculty, staff and leaders from all backgrounds,” according to the release, as well as undertaking a five-year action plan. Mike Mahon, Universities Canada’s new board chair and president of the University of Lethbridge, said in the release that this is a significant step in their efforts to improve equality for all students, faculty, and staff in Canadian universities. “The university mission of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement is most successful when all members of the university community are supported in […]

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In-depth: religious freedom on Canadian campuses

The issue of religious freedom has come to the forefront in recent years, particularly on university campuses. Bill 62, a new Quebec law that bans receiving or providing public services while wearing the niqab, a face veil a minority of Muslim women wear, has some students reconsidering pursuing a post-secondary degree in the province. This comes on top of multiple instances of Islamophobia at universities, with anti-Muslim posters being put up at schools such as the ones found at Memorial University’s Newfoundland campus last month. In addition, an Ottawa teen was recently sentenced to three months in the youth justice system after vandalizing two synagogues, a Jewish prayer house, a mosque, and a church with racist slurs and white supremacist symbols […]

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University of Ottawa student receives accessibility award

University of Ottawa student Elsa Lalonde was awarded the Dr. John Davis Burton award on Oct. 26 for her contributions to accessibility. The award was endowed in Burton’s memory in 1992 by his family, students, and friends as he was a champion and advocate for persons with disabilities, according to Carleton’s website. Burton taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and co-ordinated programs and services for deaf students as well as students with learning disabilities, at Algonquin College and Carleton University, according to the press release. The award is given to students from Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité Collégiale, and the University of Ottawa for their work on accessibility, and requires an application. “I was very […]

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Laurentian University strike ends with new three-year agreement

The Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) and Laurentian University ratified a new collective agreement, ending a 10-day strike, according to LUFA’s website. The association represents 373 full-time and 304 part-time faculty members at Laurentian University’s campuses in Sudbury and Barrie, according to its website. On Oct. 6, LUFA members voted 98 per cent in favour of a three-year extension of the collective agreement, which expired on June 30. Laurentian’s Board of Governors later unanimously accepted the agreement the following Tuesday. “This agreement will provide our faculty with the stability and supports to continue providing our students with a world-class education, and will provide organizational stability as we finalize the University’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan,” Laurentian University’s interim president, Pierre Zundel, said […]

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