Letter: Don’t understate sexual violence through partisan politics

On the evening of Jan. 25, the #MeToo movement came alive in our own backyard as allegations against Patrick Brown, the former Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PC) party leader, surfaced. We watched as his executive team members released consecutive statements that they would be resigning from positions as campaign manager, chief of staff and Ontario PC press secretary. He stood alone at the emergency press conference held at Queen’s Park in the early morning and assured the public that these allegations were “categorically untrue” and since he grew up with sisters, such claims could not be true. He then exited the building quickly, but not before telling the press, “I will be at work in the morning.” Brown then resigned a […]

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Concordia University investigates alleged sexual misconduct by professors

Concordia University is promising to treat allegations of sexual misconduct seriously after former student, Mike Spry, wrote an essay detailing his experiences working at and attending the school. The allegations were made against professors and others in positions of authority specifically in Concordia’s prestigious creative writing program. Spry’s public essay alleges that acts of sexual misconduct have been occurring for over a decade where he silently witnessed situations of “unwanted affection, groping, inappropriate remarks, and propositions,” throughout his 14-year association with Concordia. Alan Shepard, president of Concordia University, issued a statement on Jan. 8 denying any prior knowledge of the circling allegations. “I am disturbed by what I read in the blog post. These allegations are serious, and will be treated […]

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