Letter: By using violence, Antifa risks losing support

On Sept. 30, the Canadian Coalition of Concerned Citizens (CCCC), a far-right advocacy group, hosted a rally on Parliament Hill in order to air various grievances, including “failing border policies,” “costly immigration strategies,” and general issues with Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government. This rally was met by counter-protestors, organized by the group, Ottawa Against Fascism (OAF), a left-leaning, anti-fascist group “organized around countering the emerging cohesion and organization of formally disparate far right groups and their capacity to carry out acts of reactionary violence.” Also in attendance were members of the Antifa, another extreme-left, anti-fascist group. I attended the rally in support of OAF. I do not agree with the CCCC’s message or the message of the various other […]

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Letter: Indigenous schools need more support

The government is not taking First Nations children or their education seriously. Simply compare the state of elementary and high school education between public school boards and on-reserve schools.  Theoretically, they should receive the same treatment, because here in Canada, we are all equal, of course.  However after doing some research and reading through news articles, it is painfully clear that in reality, there are quite a few disparities that are unfair to Indigenous children, especially those living in remote, northern areas.  Take, for example, the education gap estimated at between $336 million to $665 million in December 2016 by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO).  This enormous gap is the difference in funding by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) […]

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Universities across Canada co-ordinate protests for national Day of Action

Nov. 2 marked a national “Day of Action” organized by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The objective of the event was to draw attention to a “crisis in post-secondary education” across Canada, according to the CFS website. This was the first Canada-wide Day of Action in four years—in 2012, students across Canada organized marches and co-ordinated on social media to bring awareness to high tuition fees, student debt, and lack of public funding. This year the CFS launched the “Fight the Fees” campaign, arguing high tuition fees have a discriminatory impact on students from middle and low-income households, and barriers are made worse for students from marginalized communities. The CFS is calling for an elimination of tuition fees, turning […]

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Carleton student named to Prime Minister’s youth council

Aaron Taylor, a first-year masters student in the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies (EURUS), has been named as one of 15 youth selected to be a part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Council. The Council had its first meeting from Sept. 28 to 30 in Ottawa. “I found out about it on [the prime minister’s] Snapchat, and I thought ‘I definitely want to be a part of this,’” he said. “When [Justin Trudeau] walked into the room and I heard his voice for the first time, I couldn’t believe it.” The Youth Council is a new initiative by the Trudeau government. The council meets multiple times per year to advise the prime minister on national issues, such as employment […]

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Letter: Remember the Nakba

Bill C-51 was passed in Parliament and it may soon be illegal to criticize Israel. For the general good of all people, it’s not a “hate” crime to criticize and satirize what other humans do. It’s necessary and healthy, and Israelis are all humans too. The Parisian response to the murders of the “Charlie Hebdo” satirists/journalists/staff by Muslim extremists last January was a perfectly healthy response. The Golden Rule applies to all humans equally and it can only be violated by lies and violence. We must resist both: Resist violence actively or passively, but always resist lies with questions, debate, criticism and satire. It’s an individual human right and a societal obligation. However self-righteous people may get, it’s not a […]

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