Men’s Issues Awareness Society takes Ryerson Students’ Union to court

A pair of students at Ryerson University are taking their student government to court, after it rejected the Men’s Issues Awareness Society’s (MIAS) request to form as a campus club. Kevin Arriola and Alexandra Godlewski have been fighting the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) in court since Jan. 24 on behalf of the MIAS. The MIAS was first refused club status at Ryerson in 2015 after the student union expressed concerns that the group was linked to off-campus men’s rights group Canadian Association for Equality, and the anti-feminist group, Voice for Men, according to Jay Cameron, litigation manager for the Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCFF). The JCFF is a non-profit group backing the MIAS.  However, Ryerson’s MIAS isn’t the first campus […]

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Men’s issues on campus: examining men’s groups on Canadian campuses and the controversy surrounding them

Over the last two years, men’s rights and men’s issues groups have been cropping up all over Canadian university campuses. The often-controversial groups are each unique in their approaches to addressing the social problems men face. However, men’s issues or men’s rights organizations share the debate surrounding whether or not their existence is truly needed in a patriarchal, male-dominated society. Peter Balogh, a masculinities instructor at Carleton, said he thinks the term “men’s issues” is vague and stressed it’s important to think critically when these types of groups emerge. “I’m not opposing the possibility for men to have groups, but I want to know what purpose they’re going to serve and how they’re going to work towards justice for all,” […]

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Ryerson men’s issues group pushing for campus recognition

A men’s issues group that recently had its proposal for club status rejected by the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has reignited discussion over whether such groups belong on university campuses. The proposal from fourth-year Ryerson politics student Kevin Arriola would have allowed for the Men’s Issues Awareness Society (MIAS) to become a registered club on campus. Arriola appealed the RSU decision, which will be voted on at a board of governors meeting on Jan. 4. “Regardless of the decision, we will continue operating,” Arriola said. “We have already had our first meeting and we will be having another one in December.” RSU cited concerns over the group becoming a haven for misogyny and anti-feminism. This isn’t the first time a […]

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