Topic: Equity and social justice

The more women in government, the healthier a population

Canada’s Minister of the Status of Women Maryam Monsef is pictured in the Library of Parliament on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa on […]


Ontario’s ‘Open for Business’ law will erode workplace rights

The purpose of Bill 47 is to “bring jobs and investment back to our province” and to increase “opportunities” for workers. One needs to look harder for any mention of fairness for workers or the creation of decent jobs, although the government claims to wish to “protect” workers. At the end of the day, however, Bill 47 will do none of the above.


College students with disabilities are too often excluded

All students need to feel included in order to succeed in college. But when a student has a disability, inclusion can be more difficult to achieve. One study shows students with disabilities participate in fewer extracurricular activities, like clubs or on-campus events, than non-disabled peers.


Educators must commit now to tackle grade inflation

Thousands of students received unsettling news this fall regarding the rigour of their high school grades. They learned that at least one university in Ontario — the University of Waterloo — assesses new engineering applicants partially on the basis of which high school they attended and not solely on their grades.


How we can turn the tide for women in science

For the first time in 55 years, a woman has won the Nobel Prize in physics — Prof. Donna Strickland. This win has publicly highlighted that women are still under-represented in science, particularly in physics. As a woman in physics, this lack of diversity is something that I encounter almost daily, and also something that we can take action to change.


Telling stories: U of T scholar discovers new role as radio host

By Minelle Mahtani

In a new radio show, university professor Minelle Mahtani is creating a space where fellow researchers feel respected, honoured, and heard. “And […]


Confronting sexual violence: A student activist’s perspective

By Carissa Taylor

A student activist shares her story of working to end sexual violence on campus.


Community on campus: A partner-ship for a more inclusive university

By Stuart Kamenetsky and Christina Dimakos

An innovative program at the University of Toronto Mississauga allows individuals with intellectual disabilities to experience university life.


Higher education and growing inequality

By Simon Marginson

Rather than a tool of social mobility, higher education now reinforces inequality.


The political challenge of academic commitment

By Robin Vose

As we approach this year’s federal election, professors and academic librarians have a responsibility to speak out.