December 2010

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A call for dialogue: Race, representation and media

Patrick Case, Director, Human Rights and Equity Office, University of Guelph
Guest Contributor

A recent magazine article on Asian students has stirred a heated debate about balancing freedom of expression with protecting Canadians from discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity or national origin. The article sparked a debate about possible limits to speech in a country which prides itself on its ability to integrate peoples and beliefs from every corner of the world. That this debate is taking place should be no surprise; balancing freedom of expression with media representations of race,...

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Teaching Equity Matters – Race, space and the law, Part II

Angela P. Harris, Berkeley Law School
Guest Contributor

In Part I of this reflection on teaching race matters I examined a successful story of co-teaching race and the law in Brazil with Denise da Silva. In Part II I draw on an unsuccessful story teaching race and the law in order to think through how we talk about teaching about race. I discuss three types of issues that tend to emerge – intellectual, interpersonal, and...

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Between militarization and litigiousness: Canada's policy choices in the fight against cybercrime

According to a February 2010 survey sponsored by the antivirus software company Symantec, 79% of respondents in 14 countries believed that cybercriminals will never be brought to justice.

As the risks linked to the use of Internet and its pervasiveness in our everyday lives become better documented, Canadian policies relating to cybercrime remain relatively vague.  Some countries, like the United States, have chosen to militarize their response to these threats while others, such as France, have based their response on excessive litigiousness.

What are the choices available to Canadian policy- and decision-makers?  Is it possible to consider an alternative approach to bridging the characteristics of the Internet and a flexible legislative framework that can respond to the needs of Canadians facing increasing cyber-...

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Teaching Equity Matters – Race, space and the law, Part I

Angela P. Harris, Berkeley Law School
Guest Contributor

These reflections are based on a workshop I conducted on “teaching race and the law” at the University of Alberta this past October.  I hope these reflections will be useful to those teachers who are thinking through course goals, learning objectives, and expectations in different geographical and cultural spaces. Teaching happens in a lot of places and a...

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Multiculturalism, Multicultiphobia and Pluralism

Phil Ryan, Carleton University
Guest Contributor

Politics is in part a battle over the meaning of words. Imagine, for example, a parallel universe where United States fundamentalist Pat Robertson’s definition of feminism had become dominant: “Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement that encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.” If you don’t remember that vivid definition, it’s because feminists have at least been successful enough to prevent the most outrageous characterizations of their dreams from...

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Thunder in her soul – Remembering Patricia A. Monture

Malinda S. Smith, Vice President, Equity

Patricia Monture

Her Mohawk name was ‘Aywahande,’ or “the one who speaks first or gets things going with words.”

Professor Patricia (‘Trish’) Monture, the brilliant and accomplished Haudenosaunee lawyer, educator, writer and scholar, died on the 17th of November in Saskatoon. A citizen of the Mohawk Nation, Grand River Territory, she was a full Professor and Academic Director of the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program in the Department of Sociology at the University of Saskatchewan.

Known for her great intellect, determined activism and wonderful sense of humour, Professor Monture was a respected teacher and colleague, inspired mentor and beloved friend to many within and outside the academy. A passionate...

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