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McGill University’s Feminist Campaign Is Pretty Damn Cool

“There is a lot of negative criticism concerning the merits of feminism and what it represents. It is often seen as a privileged and elitist group, one that discounts and silences the voices of minorities,” says second-year law student Aishah Nofal. There’s also an association with feminism as an exclusively female and militant topic, leading some organizations to slyly refer to it as the other “F” word.

With a new photo campaign launched by McGill University’s Faculty of Law’s The Feminist Collective, Nofal, 25, says challenging this idea of what it means to be a feminist also means showcasing that feminism comes in all genders, races, and backgrounds.

“We want to reclaim the term, deconstruct the misconceptions attached to the term feminist, and demonstrate that feminism is something that is inclusive and does represent different voices,” she says.“

Read the full piece here | McGill feminists on Tumblr

Hundreds protest Dalhousie’s handling of dentistry Facebook scandal

Hundreds marched across Dalhousie’s campus Monday, protesting how the Halifax university has handled the students behind sexually explicit postings made on the Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen’s Club Facebook page. 

The fourth-year male dentistry students’ violent sexual comments about female classmates included a poll about having “hate” sex with female students and drugging women.

On Monday, the university announced the 13 members of the controversial group have been suspended from all clinic activities in the program, pending consideration by the faculty of dentistry’s academic standards class committee.

Françoise Baylis, Canada research chair in bioethics and philosophy at Dalhousie, is one of the four professors who has issued a formal complaint about the Facebook group’s postings.

She said she is pleased that some action has been taken. 

“[I’m] a little bit surprised that this is taking place at this late date. This is the kind of activity that I would have expected to have seen in early December being done by the Faculty of Dentistry. I think this is something that could, and should, have been done much earlier,” she told CBC's Maritime Noon on Monday.

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Hey Tumblr Community

I just wanted to tell you about what is going on at Lakehead University.

I am going to give you the gist of it and post links to sources so you can if you wish read more details.

Lakehead applied to have a law school.

Lakehead was denied.

Lakehead beefed up their law school with added First Nations content, a manditory full credit course taught by the Indigenous Learning Department.

Lakehead applied to have a law school a second time.

Lakehead was approved due to the uniquness of having the added First Nations content [not to mention the demographics of Thunder Bay include an amazing number of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people]

As the time approaches for said law school to open Lakehead “waters down” the First Nations content to a half credit taught instead by someone form the law department.

A number of Lakehead students have been participating in a “sit in" in front of the Presidents [of lakeheads] office. They have been there since Monday, Feb. 25th 2013 a link to their Facebook page is below and I suggest "liking” their page if you are interested in following this story and receiving up to date info on what is happening!

Oh and did I mention Lakeheads reasoning for cutting back this course was that it devalues the Law degree.

Even former President Fred Gilbert is calling Lakehead out for cutting Indigenous Learning from its law school! 

sources:

Students for Native Canadian World Views Facebook Page

CBC news article

TBNEWSWATCH article

*Keep in mind that any news info[ if you google more or read the links I posted] have only interviewed people on the school side of things like the president….they have not interviewed any of the students.*

McGill University’s Feminist Campaign Is Pretty Damn Cool

“Finding someone who believes in gender equality these days is probably just as easy as finding someone who likes to watch movies. And yet, even while people advocate these beliefs, they still don’t want to be called feminists.

"There is a lot of negative criticism concerning the merits of feminism and what it represents. It is often seen as a privileged and elitist group, one that discounts and silences the voices of minorities,” says second-year law student Aishah Nofal. There’s also an association with feminism as an exclusively female and militant topic, leading some organizations to slyly refer to it as the other “F” word.

With a new photo campaign launched by McGill University’s Faculty of Law’s The Feminist Collective, Nofal, 25, says challenging this idea of what it means to be a feminist also means showcasing that feminism comes in all genders, races, and backgrounds.

“We want to reclaim the term, deconstruct the misconceptions attached to the term feminist, and demonstrate that feminism is something that is inclusive and does represent different voices,” she says.“

Read the full piece here

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Miss Universe Canada’s insane hockey-themed ‘national costume’ goes viral

If there were anyone left on the internet who didn’t associate Canadians with hockey before today, well… suffice to say they’ve been educated, thanks to this:

What you see above is the actual “national costume” worn by Canada’s contestant in this year’s Miss Universe pageant during a preliminary show on Wednesday evening in Miami.


Showing an impressive amount of neck strength, 26-year-old Miss Canada Chanel Beckenlehnerof Caledon, Ont., made it to the end of the runway and back without incurring a single injury or penalty (according to her LED scoreboard.)

We won’t know whether or not Beckenlehner’s sparkly Team Canada corset or Stanley Cup hat scored Canada extra points with the judges until the 63rd Miss Universe Pageant airs on Jan. 25, but the internet is all about our home and native land’s most famous hockey-dress right now.

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Why University of Victoria students voted overwhelmingly to divest (PHOTOS)

This week, University of Victoria students voted overwhelmingly – 77 percent in favour – to urge their university to divest from fossil fuels.  Organizers says it may be the largest margin of victory for a divest campaign of any Canadian campus.

Why did the students vote for the climate change action?

“To pressure companies to move to shift to renewable energy” wrote one student.

“Because bankrolling the tar sands is a terrible idea” wrote another.

Have a peek at more of their photographed reasons below.

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