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It’s time for federal leaders to focus on inequality

Monday, October 14th, 2019

… there’s a real problem when the benefits of wealth and opportunity are not shared by everyone…. while unemployment is the lowest it’s been in decades, the jobs are increasingly not very good ones… When the federal parties talk about jobs on the campaign trail, it needs to be a conversation about good jobs. When they talk about making life more affordable, they should be clear about who they’re talking about and how they’ll deliver. The Vital Signs report is a depressing but timely reminder that income and wealth are highly co-related with race, where people were born, and where they live now.

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Free speech on campus means universities must protect the dignity of all students

Friday, October 11th, 2019

… these controversies are a demonstration of the external pressures created by movements that test the limits of democratic tolerance, and partly they reflect changes in culture which affect the internal balance of power within the university… universities must take an active stance in support of all members’ equal dignity, so that all are able to contribute to a shared mission.

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There’s something more threatening than Trudeau’s blackface

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Bill 21 in Quebec… restricts what job you can have based on your faith… There are those who say that this is about religious neutrality. Make no mistake. It is not. This is a law that targets three groups of people: Muslim women who cover their heads, baptized Sikhs and Jewish men who wear a yarmulke… What this ban says is that people of certain faiths, and only these faiths, can’t be trusted to do their jobs.

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Are You Inadvertently Amplifying Anti- Immigrant Racism?

Thursday, September 26th, 2019

Incorrectly focusing on the wages of migrant workers — instead of ensuring permanent status and full rights — distracts from the real authors of exploitation and increases racism… Canada’s permanent resident intake as a percentage of the population has been stable for the last decade. Today, most migrants are on temporary permits, the largest grouping being “international students,” who spent an estimated $12.8 billion in Canada in 2015, and $15.5 billion in 2016.

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I live in Quebec, and wish I felt connected to the rest of Canada. Here’s how we can come together

Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

TheGlobeandMail.com – Opinion September 22, 2019.   Fabrice Vil Fabrice Vil is founder and executive director of Pour 3 Points, an organization that transforms sports coaches into life coaches for youth in low-income neighbourhoods in Montreal. He is also an Ashoka Fellow, a columnist at La Presse and was a lawyer in civil and commercial […]

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Canada Research Chairs program announces new, more ambitious equity targets

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

After 13 years of slow progress towards its equity goals, the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program is redoubling efforts to improve diversity within the program. On July 31, the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat… announced more ambitious targets for representation of four equity-seeking groups: women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and visible minorities.

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That Sun Column Was No Outlier. Postmedia Has Embraced Dishonest, Dangerous Propaganda

Monday, September 9th, 2019

The right is becoming radicalized. Many of the movement’s loudest leaders and members are strangers to truth, reason and empathy. … from their denial of climate change reality to their inhumane treatment of immigrants, refugees and other minorities. But right-wing commentators and parties across the world, including in Canada, have also demonstrated this irrationality and absence of empathy.

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Trudeau government reaches agreement with Ontario to build French-language university scrapped by Ford

Monday, September 9th, 2019

… last week, Mr. Ford’s Progressive Conservative government announced it had secured half of the funding for the estimated $126-million project, and it invited Ottawa to kick in the other half. The school is expected to be located in Southwestern Ontario, and the province has said it will take eight years to be completed.

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Lots at stake for working families in this election

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

Can Canadians afford a government that cares more about private corporations and tax cuts for the super-rich than it does about everyday working people? Can we risk electing a government that refuses to address the climate catastrophe? Can we accept a government that is prepared to exploit people’s fear and insecurity to fuel racism and intolerance?

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Trudeau government outlines five-year, $148-million plan to attract more foreign students to Canadian universities

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

The government is targeting countries with a large and growing middle class that may not yet have the higher-education capacity to educate all their students, or where the prospect of a Canadian education in English or French holds appeal… The strategy also allocates $95-million to encourage Canadian students to study and build ties abroad, particularly in Asia and Latin America, rather than the common destinations of the U.S., Britain and Australia.

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