Author: Maia Kachan

UofT generates an expert panel in response to sexual violence policy

Panel invented to discuss and further education and awareness in prevention of sexual violence Vice-President and Provost, Cheryl Regehr, has gathered an “Expert Panel on Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence.” The new panel’s mandate is to provide Regehr with principles and foundations in which to support sexual violence prevention. The panel has also been founded to advance current programs designed to combat sexual violence. Students, staff, and faculty are able to provide feedback at different consultation meetings, running from March 15th to 20th. The principles of the panel are outlined in the draft for consultation of the “Education and Prevention of Sexual Violence.” The purpose of the draft is to be a base educational resource for all UofT community members. The draft includes initiatives such as the provision of advanced education for students on the subject of sexual violence, aimed in particular at  elected student leaders. Education will include sessions that provide awareness on how to support peers in situations of sexual violence and how to prevent students from experiencing these instances in the future. Assistance will also be provided to students in regards to the process of filing a report on situations of sexual violence. The expert panel encourages UofT members to review the draft and provide feedback on potential areas of improvement or where there are gaps in the information. Review will remain open to the...

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University of Toronto Implements New Sexual Violence Policy

Administration finally settles on an approved, updated policy for sexual violence and assault on campus This month, the University of Toronto implemented a new sexual violence policy. The policy comes as a result of a broader attempt to improve support for victims of sexual violence across all three University of Toronto campuses. The Ontario Provincial Government recently implemented Bill 132, which requires a specific sexual violence policy in place at all universities by January 1st, 2017. In response to this, the University of Toronto began an extensive, 18-month process to develop their final “Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment.” The policy was developed through focus groups including students and faculty, intermittent release of policy drafts and feedback from the broader University of...

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Donald Trump and the Canadian student response

Since Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States on November 8th, the public response has been astounding. Inside and out of the United States, the overwhelming majority of student activism has been in opposition of Trump’s election and proposed changes to the United States government. Within Canada, student response is largely in solidarity with the marginalized populations that Trump has attacked throughout his campaign. On November 19th, a rally against Trump took place outside Toronto City Hall, on Queen Street. The event on Facebook, which had over 2500 people listed as attending, states the purpose of the event was to “stand in solidarity with our brothers and sisters to the south who oppose the sexist, racist, misogynistic, xenophobic rhetoric set loose by Donald Trump.” The rally began at Nathan Phillips Square, followed by a march to Trump Tower. The event page states “all are welcome to join and peacefully participate.” University of Toronto student, Natalie Cresswell attended Saturday’s rally because she “wanted to show that she disagrees with the hateful rhetoric Trump used in his campaign.” What is appealing about a large public protest is the power in the sheer numbers. This is especially relevant in a city as large as Toronto, where media coverage reaches broadly across the country. Similarly, the large size and international impact of UofT makes it particularly relevant in catalyzing social change...

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