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November 23, 2017
November 22, 2017
Wilfrid Laurier University’s president apologizes to Lindsay Shepherd for dressing-down over Jordan Peterson clip.
The head of Wilfrid Laurier University has officially apologized to teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd for a meeting where faculty members dressed her down for showing students a video clip of a debate involving controversial professor Jordan Peterson.
“Through the media, we have now had the opportunity to hear the full recording of the meeting that took place at Wilfrid Laurier University,” says the letter from President and Vice-Chancellor Deborah MacLatchy.
“After listening to this recording, an apology is in order. The conversation I heard does not reflect the values and practices to which Laurier aspires. I am sorry it occurred in the way that it did and I regret the impact it had on Lindsay Shepherd.”
Shepherd’s supervising professor Nathan Rambukkana also published a letter of apology, saying that “everything that has happened since the meeting has given me occasion to rethink not only my approach to discussing the concerns that day, but many of the things I said in our meeting as well.”
November 20, 2017
Lindsay Shepherd, a Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student and teaching assistant, landed in hot water with the university over a video clip, featuring controversial University of Toronto professor Jordan Peterson, she used in a critical thinking course. After receiving complaints, the university claimed she created a toxic environment. Shepherd had a meeting with faculty and administration, here are excerpts from the secretly recorded conversation.
November 3, 2017
On October 10, Professor Bruce Pardy, Lawyer Jared Brown and I uploaded the video A Call to Rebellion for Ontario Legal Professionals: (http://bit.ly/2yo4Jpe) in the wake of the Law Society’s new requirement for a mandatory “statement of principles” that appears primarily political in nature. We believe that this sets an ominous precedent, and that such demands, if accepted unchallenged by Canadian lawyers, will quickly spread to the other professional colleges and organizations in Canada and beyond.
October 21, 2017
On Tuesday, Quebecois lawmakers passed legislation that immediately bans the face coverings in public spaces.
Quebec Justice Minister Stéphanie Vallée explained that the law requires for public services must be rendered and received with the face uncovered.
The law that effectively bans Muslim face coverings will be the first of its kind in North America. It will even impact doctors and teachers, both of whom collect their paychecks from the government in Quebec.
In the original language of Bill 62, the new legislation applies to activities as basic as going on a bus ride and having to pay for a ticket, which is considered a form of public service being rendered. The law was written to address initial confusing as to whether the bus driver or passenger (in this example of its real-world application) must reveal their faces.
Vallée explained that a woman riding a bus or using the subway would be required to remove her face covering. “As long as the service is being rendered, the face should be uncovered,” she said.
October 13, 2017
The Law Society of Upper Canada has made it mandatory for all lawyers and paralegals to submit a ‘Statement of Principles’ attesting they value and promote equality, diversity and inclusion in their profession. Professor Bruce Pardy objects to what he calls ‘an extraordinary proposition.’
A report by the Law Society of Upper Canada which represents all Ontario lawyers and paralegals suggests Ontario’s racialized law professionals suffer discrimination, at every stage in their careers.
As a result, Ontario’s law society is taking action that is proving controversial.
Related: Law Society’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategies
Last month, all 58,000 members got an email from the society saying lawyers and paralegals need to submit a written “statement of principles” to the society outlining the legal workers’ commitment to diversity and inclusion.
‘This is about whether or not authorities can make you say what they want to hear regardless of whether the content is good or bad.’
– Bruce Pardy, member of the Law Society of Upper Canada
The mandatory submission doesn’t sit well with professor Bruce Pardy, a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada.
“I got the email while I was eating lunch and it almost made me choke on my food,” Pardy tells The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti.
Complying to a statement of principles that Pardy calls “an extraordinary proposition” is in his opinion “the most egregious kind of violation of freedom of speech.”
October 10, 2017
Recently, the Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario) has made major revisions to their requirements for the annual submission for legal practitioners in that province. As part of a five-part strategic program known as “Accelerating Culture Shift,” all lawyers are now required to write, submit and abide by a “Statement of Principles.”
October 8, 2017
A Mississauga teen is awaiting sentencing in the 2016 plot and will be sentenced this December.
A 19-year-old Mississauga, Ont., man is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to terrorism offences in a 2016 plot to detonate bombs in New York City.
The charges against Abdulrahman El Bahnasawy were made public Friday when the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Southern District of New York) revealed the details of the plan that allegedly included detonating bombs in Times Square and in the New York subway system, as well as shootings at various concert venues.
According to the unsealed information, El Bahnasawy purchased bomb-making materials and helped secure a cabin within driving distance of the city for the purpose of building explosive devices.
Two others, Talha Haroon, a 19-year-old U.S. citizen living in Pakistan, and Russell Salic, a 37-year-old Philippine citizen, were also charged in connection with the alleged plot. The two were arrested outside of the U.S. and the hope, according to the release, is that they will be extradited to the U.S. for prosecution.
In an interview with CBC News, El Bahnasawy’s lawyer Sabrina Shroff stressed his young age and called him “vulnerable.”
September 11, 2017
This was the taped lecture that I delivered remotely (i.e., it was played for the audience) in Toronto on September 10, 2017.
From racially charged language in Eminem-produced rap comedy ‘Bodied’ to the boundary-pushing dark humor of Armando Iannucci’s ‘Death of Stalin,’ fest organizers are pushing buttons.
Prepare to be offended.
With a slew of films that veer far from polite discourse, this year’s Toronto Film Fest is shaping up to be the most politically incorrect in years. Among the films most likely to spark outrage are Joseph Kahn’s battle rap satire Bodied (think lots of racist language) and Armando Iannucci’s Soviet-era sendup The Death of Stalin (rape and murder jokes).
“The one thing that makes the movie very uncomfortable for people is I’m not picking a side. I’m roasting everything,” says Kahn of the Eminem-produced Bodied. “On some level, the movie aims to offend, but I hope that people realize that it’s aimed to start a discussion.”
Veep creator Iannucci also had a mandate when tackling scenes that will leave audiences far more squeamish than his HBO series, including poking fun at everything from abortion to genital mutilation.
“My rule [with Death of Stalin] was: If it’s not funny, it had better be interesting,” he says. “We don’t shy away from the fact that people out there lived or died according to the decisions made by these people in the Kremlin.”