Two weeks after 12 single-stall restrooms in the EV building were “gender neutralized” by an anonymous guerrilla sign maker, the Concordia administration stated that the project to create dedicated gender-neutral bathrooms on campus is currently “on hold.”
Concordia’s 61 clubs found themselves a little richer on Oct. 15, as the $92,000 clubs budget was released.
Each club’s share is determined by the Clubs and Space Committee, chaired by CSU VP Clubs and Outreach Ramy Khoriarty, and made up of four CSU councillors and one student-at-large.
Over the years, Queer Concordia—one of the longest running clubs on campus—has been through many changes.
The club has seen new executives, new mandates to address the transitioning issues that affect the university’s queer community, and even new names: the Queer Union gave way to Queer Alliance which eventually became Queer Concordia.
Plastic Bag Ban Across Canada
An NDP MP introduced a private member’s bill on Monday to ban plastic shopping bags across the country. With the widespread use of reusable bags and alternative carrying solutions, petroleum-based, non-recyclable bags should be obsolete, according to MP Irene Mathyssen.
One of Several Projects Among Building Boom
Concordia’s Loyola Campus is bustling with activity.
Construction workers are hustling to put up the Genomics Centre and PERFORM Centre before federal stimulus money runs out.
The finishing touches are being put on the Hive Café, and the Loyola Luncheon is due to launch any day, once equipment issues are worked out.
More Than 2,500 Officers March Against Budget Cuts
More than half of Montreal’s police force marched to city hall on Oct. 20 to protest a $35 million cut from their budget.
Led by Montreal Police Brotherhood chairperson Yves Francoeur, about 2,500 off-duty Montreal police officers left their uniforms at home, choosing to sport their bright red Brotherhood hats and sweaters as they paraded down St. Denis Street and into Old Montreal.
Accusations of University Sanctioned Espionage Still Loom
The University of Ottawa’s administration will not be using information obtained through espionage against members of its teacher’s assistants’ union.
In January, former University of Ottawa professor Denis Rancourt released a report detailing an alleged covert surveillance operation carried out by the university’s legal counsel between 2006 and 2008. The targets mentioned in the report were Rancourt and several members of CUPE 2626, a union representing the university’s TAs.
Canadian Senator Anne Cools spoke to Concordia University students on Oct. 22, seeking to “expose the reality of domestic violence” by eliminating stereotypes of men being the primary abusers of women in conjugal disputes.
Pros and Cons of Citizen Journalism
In 1998, Judy Rebick posted an editorial denouncing the Kosovo War on the CBC’s newly launched website.
The response Rebick’s post received sparked a revolution for media democracy in Canada. Within hours, email began pouring into her inbox from around the world. Rebick’s editorial started a conversation with readers that inspired her to create a forum for citizens to interact with media in a way that had previously been impossible.
As traditional news outlets suffer from decreases in readership and advertising revenue, other models are springing up to take their place. Whether it be for a strike tactic or simply a place to experiment with alternative forms of generating revenue, the Internet has provided a whole new, cheap-to-produce world for independent media. Here are a few examples of the organizations that are shaking up the news landscape.