Wilfrid Laurier TA reprimanded for showing gender neutrality debate video

Wilfrid Laurier University reprimanded a teaching assistant for showing her first-year communications tutorial class a video debate featuring controversial University of Toronto (U of T) psychology professor Jordan Peterson. Lindsay Shepherd was sanctioned after she screened an episode of The Agenda, a TVO current affairs program, where Peterson—known for his stance on issues such as genderless pronouns—debated Nicholas Matte, a sexual diversity studies professor at the U of T, according to a CBC News article. She told CBC that she explained to her students it is important to listen to both sides of an issue before forming an opinion on it.  “I very clearly stated, watching debates like these are so important for getting yourself out of speech bubbles,” she told […]

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Flag-raising marks beginning of Pride Week in the capital

A large crowd of people gather outside Ottawa City Hall on Aug. 21 to watch as Grand Marshal Candy Palmater, Mayor Jim Watson and other city and national government leaders raised the Pride flag to mark the start of Pride Week in the nation’s capital. At the event, Watson address the concerns of recent issues with LGBTQ+ members in today’s society. “You see some of the nastiness that is taking place around the world, whether it’s in Orlando, London or the United States,” Watson said. “We still need to celebrate and advocate for the LGBT community in the nation’s capital.” Member of Parliament Catherine McKenna also spoke about the importance of continuing the pride celebration within Ottawa. “We have not reached […]

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Sex Blog: A dating guide to Capital Pride

Of all the cities to be out in, Ottawa ranks pretty high, but falls quite short of Toronto when it comes to a vibrant LGBTQ+ community. In a city as small as this, it is often hard to meet other LGBTQ+ people and find spaces with events for us. Some days, it can feel like you’re the only queer person in your sphere of existence. And as much as Canada is one of the safest places in the world to be LGBTQ+, there are days when it can still be hard and we all still face adversity from those who don’t understand or accept us for who we are. Pride is when everything shifts in our favor, even if it’s […]

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Editorial: Women’s March shows desire for change

The enormous and unexpected turnout at Ottawa’s Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21 has been estimated as anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 people. This is a sign that Canadians of all ages, genders, races, and religions are willing to make themselves visible and stand against a perceived system of sexism, racism, and homophobia. While some critics say protests and marches accomplish nothing, these events offer participants a place to express their fear, anger, and concern in a way that is distinctly visible. They also keep people from becoming complacent, and educate bystanders on issues that matter. Ottawa’s march sends a strong feminist message, not only to the new Trump administration, but also to politicians here at home who may […]

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More than one million young Canadians victims of cyberbullying and cyberstalking: StatsCan

A recent Statistics Canada (StatsCan) study found about 17 per cent of the Canadian population aged 15-29—roughly 1.1 million Canadians—are victims of cyberbullying and cyberstalking. The study defines cyberbullying as sending negative or threatening emails, posting inappropriate or embarrassing pictures without the person’s consent, or using one’s identity to send embarrassing or threatening information. This differs from cyberstalking, which is identified in the report as sending unwanted messages through the internet, or posting inappropriate photos or information on social media websites. Darcy Hango, a StatsCan researcher who worked on the study, said the number of young people affected by cyberbullying or cyberstalking “suggests that this is a topic of interest among [the Canadian] young adult population.” “It was an important […]

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