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Megan Boler, a social justice education professor at U of T's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, spoke to CBC News about whether the so-called "Trump effect" is playing a part in racist acts and threats across the U.S. and Canada. The interview followed negative online comments for a Metro Morning show on Syrian newcomers' first year in Canada.
Rachel Barney is a professor of classics and philosophy at the University of Toronto. The newly appointed Canada Research Chair in Ancient Philosophy has proposed a “code of conduct” for academics dealing with the Trump presidency. Barney, who is a dual US-Canadian citizen, is calling it the Anti-Authoritarian Academic Code of Conduct. It includes points like: “I will not aid in the registering, rounding up or internment of students and colleagues on the basis of their religious beliefs,” “I will not aid in the marginalization, exclusion or deportation of my undocumented students and colleagues,” and “I will not aid in government surveillance. I will not inform.”
An article on Canadian gender parity says that women now account for a record-setting 30.6 per cent of first-year students at U of T's Faculty of Engineering. They're also making inroads into traditionally 'male' subjects like architecture and business. The percentage of women architecture students at U of T is 45 per cent. For urban planning, the program consists of 62 per cent women at U of T. Last year, "a major tipping point" was reached at U of T when the undergraduate commerce program at the Rotman School of Management admitted a first-year class that was 52 per cent female.
Former Ontario Premier Bob Rae, who teaches at the University of Toronto, writes an op-ed in The Globe and Mail in support of the Canadian biofuels industry. He argues that the provincial and federal government’s policies supporting the renewable fuel industry have been a success. “The future of energy use and production in the face of growing, and justifiable, concerns about air pollution and climate change, will always be the subject of debate. But biofuels will have a critical role to play in that future. Ontario and Canada can be proud of having engaged in a consistent effort to clean up the air and create a competitive, scientifically based industry over the past quarter-century. We should be proud of what we’ve accomplished and equally determined to surpass these achievements in the future.”