University of New Brunswick gives refugee status to travel ban victims

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has announced that they will provide assistance to students affected by the U.S. travel ban. On March 2, the university said in a news release they would  “treat applicants as refugees.” UNB has previously worked with refugee applicants with individuals arriving from Syria providing community outreach to new immigrants. George MacLean, vice-president (academic) at the UNB, said in an email “this will be the first time in recent memory that UNB had in place a response to a specific set of potential students.” The measures put in place include waiving application fees for refugees, providing additional orientation, and guaranteeing space in their residence to people from the affected countries, according to the news release. […]

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Poet Laureate visits Carleton

Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke gave a talk at Carleton University to students on March 9. Organized by the Centre for Transnational Cultural Awareness (CTCA), Clarke also performed a poetry reading the night before at the CTCA studio theatre. Clarke has received the Governor General’s award for poetry, an Order of Canada, and his book Whylah Falls was a selection in the 2002 edition of Canada Reads. He currently teaches at the University of Toronto, and has taught at schools like Harvard University, Duke University, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia. Central themes during Clarke’s talk included ideas of identity and heritage. He discussed his youth growing up in Nova Scotia, his experience as an African-Canadian, and […]

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Canadian law students participate in research-a-thon for refugees

Law students across Canada took part in a joint research effort on Feb. 4 to review legal arguments that could help individuals targeted by the proposed U.S. travel ban. The travel ban, which has now been refuted by the Supreme Court in America, prohibits people with citizenship from seven countries of primarily Muslim faith from entering the U.S., and stopped the intake of Syrian refugees until further notice. The 12-hour “research-a-thon” event was organized by three law students at McGill University, and included over 800 participants from all 22 of Canada’s law schools, according to Brodie Noga, one of the event’s organizers. Participants also raised $8,800 in donations for the Canadian Council of Refugees. Noga said the idea began as […]

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Campuses see rise in far-right populist movements, experts say

Canadian campuses are seeing an alarming rise in right-wing populism according to Steven Zhou, a Toronto-based journalist. Zhou was prompted to make the claim in a CBC opinion piece after a number of posters and flyers with “outright racist messages” were circulated on campuses across the country, including McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, McMaster University, and others. In September 2016, posters circulated at the University of Alberta (U of A) that read, “Fuck Your Turban.” In 2015, a “White Students Union” advertisement was also found on several campuses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Zhou said in his article that this is a result of the emboldening populist wave started by the newly elected President […]

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Publication criticizes Canadian schools for being anti-Semitic

The Algemeiner, an American newspaper focusing on political, social, and cultural events in the Jewish community, recently published a list of the U.S. and Canada’s worst schools for Jewish students. The University of Toronto (U of T) and McGill University respectively ranked third and fourth in North America.The ranking was supplemented by two studies, which found 54 per cent and 75 per cent of Jewish students had witnessed or experienced anti-Semitism on American campuses. To compile this list, the newspaper stated they considered several factors, such as the occurrence of anti-Semitic incidents on campus, the number of groups in opposition or support of Israel, and the availability of Jewish resources. The publication also interviewed experts, campus activists, and students to […]

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