Topic: Equity & social justice

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

Higher education and growing inequality

By Simon Marginson

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

READ MORE

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.

READ MORE

Neoliberalism and postsecondary education: A view from the colleges

By Kevin MacKay

Colleges are struggling with the same trends that threaten universities. By working together, college and university faculty can push back.

READ MORE

Faculty associations at the crossroads

By Stephanie Ross and Larry Savage

Faculty associations must increase their community and political engagement to navigate a challenging new era.

READ MORE