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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Opinion: Bill 62 is against Canadian rights

Quebec’s Bill 62 is discriminatory. It is specifically targeting the minority of Muslim women that cover their faces with a niqab, normally accompanied by other garments, which cover the body, excepting the eyes and usually the hands. If it was not arguable whether or not Bill 62 is discriminatory, this conversation would not even be happening. But under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, discriminatory laws are null and void. Furthermore, Canada’s Human Rights Code protects Canadians from religious discrimination in five distinct areas, one of them being services. Bill 62 bans covering of the face while receiving or giving public services, so a niqab-wearing woman as well as Canadians with scarves and hoods obscuring their identities cannot work […]

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Give la bonne musique a chance

If you’ve been trying to find a way to sit down and relax with some bonne musique, look no further. Here’s a list of some of my all-time favourite French musicians, in no particular order. Coeur de pirate There’s no way this list would be complete without Coeur de pirate, in my opinion. Originally from Quebec, Coeur de pirate—also known as Béatrice Martin—releases music mainly in French and occasionally in English. The first song I ever heard from her was “Comme des enfants” way back in Grade 8 and it’s been one of my favourites for years. I recently re-fell in love with Coeur de pirate over the summer, after I bought Blonde, her second album. Her lyrics are what […]

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Letter: CIS rebranding to U Sports is a change for the better

If you haven’t already heard the news from Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS), you’ve probably been cramming in lecture notes in preparation for the endless stream of midterms. In case you missed it, here’s what happened—on Oct. 20 at dual press conferences in Ontario and Quebec, CIS announced that the organization will have a new logo to go along with their new name, “U Sports.” The sudden announcement of a rebrand has come as a surprise to nearly every Canadian sports media analyst and fan who follows university athletics, and will mark yet another change to the image of the company. In 2001, the enterprise decided to rebrand from its founding name, Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union. The report also comes as […]

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Letter: It’s time Ottawa becomes officially bilingual

Ottawa is moving towards becoming officially bilingual. But wait—wasn’t it already bilingual anyway? At least, that’s what mayor Jim Watson says. The street signs may be in English and French, but the City of Ottawa isn’t officially a bilingual capital. The organization Bilingual Ottawa is now asking city councillors to change the City of Ottawa Act to declare the city officially bilingual. This may be quite shocking, but being bilingual shouldn’t be an option: it should be a requirement. Canada recognizes its national languages as French and English, but is known worldwide for its Anglophone cities, such as Toronto and Vancouver. Even Montreal, the most populous city in Quebec, is very Anglophone. Ottawa itself is on the border of Quebec […]

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