Letter: Religious rights shouldn’t override women’s rights

RE: March for Life is about preserving humanity, June 28-July 26 The nonsensical notion that life begins at conception is a religious conceit. If your faith is such that you believe that a child exists from the moment of conception then it’s your right to make your own decisions about your health and physical autonomy based on that. But, as with so many things that are part of personal faith, when people seek to impose those beliefs on others, it ceases to become a matter of faith and then becomes an issue of systemic and cultural oppression. The freedom of religion identified in the Fundamental Freedoms section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to protect the freedom […]

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Letter: Progress still needs to be made in abortion rights

On Sept. 16, the government of Prince Edward Island (PEI) announced its intention to build the province’s first abortion clinic—a province of nearly 75,000 women. PEI has denied its population the right to seek an abortion within its borders for the last three decades. Prior to reading that article, I never would have thought abortion was a particularly contentious issue in our country. A Supreme Court decision saw abortion decriminalized in Canada in 1988. Public opinion is strongly in favour of a woman’s right to seek an abortion whenever she wishes, with 57 per cent of Canadians expressing this view in a 2016 Ipsos poll. Despite all this, Canada still has a lot of progress to make when it comes […]

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Letter: Public response to Return of Kings is refreshingly negative

A long-standing pro-rape organization known as Return of Kings (ROK) recently gained wind in the media for planning global rallies and meetups this past Saturday to express their opinions under the guise of free speech. Despite the group’s disappointing views, overwhelmingly negative public response to the hate group has been refreshing, Aimed at “ushering the return of the masculine man in a world where masculinity is being increasingly punished,” according to its website, this group believes that the enforcement of gender roles is a “healthy and natural process.” From the “about” and “culture” pages on its blog, it’s evident that ROK runs on the belief that forces such as socialism and feminism are aimed at destroying the family unit and […]

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Oxfam Carleton hosts first ever national women’s rights gala

Oxfam’s Carleton chapter hosted its first ever gala Nov. 6, drawing approximately 60 students in semi-formal attire to Fenn Lounge to discuss the topic of women’s rights nationally and abroad. The event featured British Columbia senator Mobina Jaffer and Ottawa Centre MP Paul Dewar. Both politicians made speeches that tied in women’s rights to current national concerns such as the recently passed prostitution bill and the sexual harassment allegations that emerged against two liberal MPs this week. Oxfam at Carleton is a student-run campus organization overseen by Oxfam Canada, a national humanitarian non-government organization that combats global poverty. Oxfam Canada is one of 17 organizations in Oxfam’s international confederation. While all organizations in the confederation share common goals, Oxfam Canada has […]

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Men’s rights group parodies “Don’t Be That Guy” posters

Parody posters at the University of Alberta have caused an uproar around the issue of sexual assault. In 2010, Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton launched a campaign entitled “Don’t Be That Guy,” according to the organization’s website. Those posters feature captions such as, “Just because she’s drunk doesn’t mean she wants to f**k. Don’t be that guy” and, “It’s not sex when she’s wasted. Sex with someone unable to consent = sexual assault. Don’t be that guy.” But in July 2013, Men’s Rights Edmonton (MRE) started campaigning in response. One of their posters shows a woman holding a drink in her hand, and reads, “Just because you regret a one night stand doesn’t mean it wasn’t consensual.” While another states, […]

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