All Posts Tagged With: "Hate"
Principal Daniel Woolf “deeply concerned” about attack
Queen’s University principal Daniel Woolf says he’s “deeply concerned” to hear of an attack over the weekend that police are investigating as a hate crime. According to a Queen’s press release:
The six students, who are all Muslim, were walking home along Patrick Street after seeing a movie on Saturday night. As they neared Fraser Street, they were allegedly chased down and attacked by four men on bicycles. The men began by making derogatory comments before one pulled out a weapon and began hitting one of the students. The students were able to flee the scene and take cover in a backyard, and only minor injuries have been reported. The case has been assigned to the Major Crime unit and is being investigated as a hate crime.
“I am very concerned about this incident,” says Principal Daniel Woolf. “I am shocked and dismayed to learn that anyone in this community would be the victim of an unprovoked attack of this kind, let alone six of our students. I can only imagine how shaken they must be feeling after this incident, and my thoughts are with them. I want to assure them that Queen’s is committed to protecting our faculty, staff and students from hate and discrimination of all kinds. I am also grateful to the Kingston Police for their investigative work in this case.”
Elizabeth May, Black Friday, possible hate crime in The Soo
1. Tomorrow is Black Friday, the annual sporting event during which Americans violently trample and pepper spray each other at Best Buy and Target, all for the thrill of scoring a cheap flatscreen TV. As a Canadian, I thought this was a day to look down on those south of the border with smug indignation, but, as Edward Keenan points out, 650,000 people from Ontario alone—more than the total number who watched Hockey Night in Canada during the 2010 playoffs—will head south looking for deals. And it turns out our own lust for bargains may be hurting our economy.
3. Someone poured water on an international student from Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. and shouted “Go back to your own country,” reports the Sault Star. Police are investigating it as a hate crime. It happened, ironically, near a sign boasting of The Soo’s friendliness.
Terrence Tremaine was charged for postings on Jews
A hate charge has been stayed against a former University of Saskatchewan lecturer because the case took too long to get to trial.
Terrence Tremaine was charged in 2008 with wilfully promoting hatred for postings he allegedly made on the Internet about Jews.
Tremaine appeared in a Regina court today where Judge Fred Kovach stayed the charge because of an unreasonable delay.
Kovach said a trial date still has not been set, adding it could be months away.
He also noted that the maximum punishment if convicted would be two years in prison — twice the amount of time Tremaine has waited for the case to work its way through the courts.
The Crown says it needs time to review the decision before deciding whether to appeal.
Sexist Bics, world records, football and a stolen monkey
1. People are outraged about a new line of pens called “Bic for Her” that come in a purple package. One obvious reason for their anger: the gendered Bics cost 70 per cent more than the regular Bics.
2. McGill University set the Guinness World Record for the world’s biggest fruit salad yesterday, 5,083 kilos to be exact. Today, Ryerson University will attempt something more modest—the most people ringing cowbells all at once for two minutes. The current record is 640.
3. We now know more about the cyclist killed in Edmonton on Monday by a cement truck. Isaak Kornelsen was a track and field athlete at the University of Alberta who ran both middle and long distances. He founded a philosophy club in high school and was the valedictorian. Rest in peace.
University defends controversial campus conference
This post first appeared on Michael Petrou’s The World Desk blog on Macleans.ca.
My article about a conference at Carleton University honouring Iran’s founding dictator Ayatollah Khomeini prompted a condemnatory letter from several prominent Iranian scholars to Carleton President Roseann O’Reilly Runte, as well as responsive missives from O’Reilly Runte and from John Osborne, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
I’ve reprinted the exchanges below. Tracking the dates and salutations, it looks possible that I’m missing one of the letters. If so, its absence here is unintentional. I have also deleted email addresses and phone numbers that appeared in the email address lines, and have added the full name of recipients where they were otherwise abbreviated. Everything else is posted here verbatim.
A good chunk of the debate centres on free speech. Osborne casts himself as a defender of the principle. “It is my duty as a scholar to vehemently oppose any attempts to restrict freedom of speech, and I shall do so until my dying breath,” he writes.
As it happens, I’m a free speech fundamentalist. If Carleton students want to hold a conference praising a murderous advocate of child rape, and if the university is content to host and promote the event, that’s their right. (Under Khomeini, Iran lowered the age when a girl could be “married” to nine; and the old man himself wrote that it was permissible to receive sexual pleasure from babies.)
Gay Carleton student targeted
QuickMemes, with their block-letter jokes superimposed on photos, have been shared on Canadian students’ Facebook walls for much of the past year. Many of them are funny. But Arun Smith of Carleton University, who is openly gay, wasn’t laughing after a friend showed him anti-gay QuickMemes with his photo on them in April. “They were phenomenally hurtful, they were harassing, they were libelous, they were hateful, and they were very, very violent,” he told CBC News. Smith says he hopes charges will be laid if police catch the images’ creator or creators.
Students boycott Israel, but are blasé about Syria. Why?
March is upon us, which means the Oscars have been awarded, and that other harbinger of spring is around the corner: Israeli Apartheid Week.
Ordinarily, both events are masterpieces of predictability, with the Academy Awards ushering the usual suspects to the podium (Meryl Streep anyone?), and Israeli Apartheid Week featuring the usual anti-Zionist suspects on megaphones (among them the now famous IAW sub-group, Queers Against Israeli Apartheid, which I’d argue is largely composed of gay Jewish girls who didn’t have fun at summer camp.)
This year the Oscars have come through in predictability, but Israeli Apartheid Week is shaping up quite differently. It’s traditional at Passover seders for the youngest member of Jewish families to ask the “four questions,” which inquire why “this night is different from all other nights.” This year it might be prudent to ask a fifth: why is this Israeli Apartheid Week different from all the others?
Haters target Arabs
Members of the University of Windsor community are shocked by racist graffiti found in a washroom near the new multi-faith space. The space recently had sinks installed to accommodate Muslims who want to wash before prayers, reports the Windsor Star. The graffiti included anti-Arab and anti-South Asian wording, which campus Muslims felt targeted them.
This week, racist graffiti that targets people of Arab decent was found at Ryerson University too, reports The Eyeopener.
Other Canadian universities have dealt with racist graffiti, including slurs against Jewish and black students at York University in 2008, which resulted in a new Human Rights Officer position.