Pro-Life Ryerson student files discrimination complaint with Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario
Talia Emanuel, a Ryerson Univiersity student, has filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) against Ryerson University, Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU), the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR), and two individuals for discrimination in services on the basis of her pro-life belief or creed.
In her complaint, Emanuel alleges that she was denied equal access to student unions services, including a number of Equity Service Centres, organizations which exist to advocate for marginalized groups on campus.
A female and racial minority, who lives with a disability, Emanuel claims that she has been denied equal access to the campus groups that exist to aid women, racialized students, and students with disabilities because of her pro-life views.
Additionally, as a rape survivor herself, Emanuel claims she has been denied equal access to students’ union services for victims of sexual violence.
In a statement released by Toronto Against Abortion (TAA), Emanuel stated “I filed this Human Rights complaint because I don’t want any other students to be discriminated against because of their beliefs, treated unfairly by those in authority, or denied equal access to services—especially services as essential as support for survivors of sexual assault.”
Emanuel claims she is being denied equal access to the services offered by the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) and Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR) because of her pro-life activism on campus in her role as TAA’s Ryerson Team Leader.
In her complaint, Emanuel stated, “It distressed me to find out that I could not access the five Equity Centres….I am not able to get the assistance I need, on the same basis as other students. This demoralizes me. I believe I should be treated with dignity, despite if others agree or disagree with my creed.”
While attempting to attend an Equity Service Centre event, Emanuel claims she was asked to leave upon entering the room. When she met with the Equity Service Centre staff, she claims they informed her, “even if there’s not going to be a discussion around that topic [abortion], that it’s still an unspoken conversation that’s really limiting people’s ability to express themselves.”
The Post Millennial reached out to the RSU for comment, but at the time of publishing, had not yet received a response.
The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario has agreed to hear Emanuel’s complaint with a hearing scheduled for May 15, 2019.
This isn’t the first time TAA anti-abortion activists and RSU pro-abortion activists have clashed on Ryerson’s campus. This YouTube video, released by TAA, shows over 10 different incidents of anti-abortion activists facing harassment and even assault from various RSU members.
Most notably, this video contains footage of an attack by Gabriela Skwarko, 2017-2018 Faculty of Arts Director for the RSU, on TAA member Katie Somers. Skwarko was charged in November 2018 with assault and assault with a weapon and her case is currently making its way through the judicial system.
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A&W is once again leading the charge when it comes to plant-based foods.
Following the success of its Beyond Meat Burger, A&W is set to test out plant-based chicken nuggets in Canada starting today.
While plant-based, A&W does note on its website that the Nuggets will be cooked with vegetable oil using the same fryers as it’s chicken items’
The nuggets will be provided through a partnership with Lightlife, a meatless product producer, for a limited in stores across Ontario and British Columbia. Should sales go well; A&W has said it would be happy to retain the item after its promotional period.
“We can’t resist our new Plant-Based Nuggets and we can’t wait for guests to taste our delicious new nuggets for themselves,” Susan Senecal, President, and CEO at A&W Canada, said, according to VegNews.
“Nuggets are fun to eat and fun to share and we think Canadians will be very impressed with our new plant-based nuggets for lunch, dinner, or any time in between.”
The nuggets will be made from peas, wheat flour, and fava beans. They will be sold for $5.99 for a six-piece or $8.99 for a 10-piece.
This weekend, winter is back with a vengeance. A weather advisory has been put in place for Toronto and basically all of Southern Ontario.
The icy effects are already being felt. Many have taken to Twitter to document their own frozen nightmares.
The Weather Network reports that thousands are already without power in the Kitchener area, and as the icestorm continues, it could get worse for many: “Strong winds through the late morning and afternoon will pose a risk to power lines for parts of the southwest that saw ice accumulation through the morning.”
CBC’s Natasha Fatah tweets, “Toronto friends, a weather advisory in place as Sunday is going to bring a lot of messy, wintry, rainy, freezy weather.
Check on your neighbours, the elderly, those with mobility issues, the homeless, be good to each other and stay warm.”
Good advice, indeed. The mixture of snow, rain and ice is expected to continue through until Monday morning in most of Southern Ontario.
Stay safe and warm, Ontario!
The province of Ontario is in for another potential teachers strike.
According to the President of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation(OSSTF) which represents 60,000 members, public high school teachers will hold a one-day strike Wednesday unless a tentative deal is reached.
In the case of a walkout, the Toronto District School Board has said the board “would have no option, but to close all secondary schools to students as there would not be sufficient supervision to ensure safety.”
In response, Education Minister Stephan Lecce has said he finds it troubling that the teacher unions turn their backs on the children.
According to the Minister, the two percent increase in wages and benefits requested by the Teachers’ Federation would cost $1.5 billion.
“Educators in Ontario are the second-highest remunerated in the country — we pay them well and we value their work,” Lecce said. “We’re offering a $750 million increase and the people of this province overwhelmingly, who I’ve spoken to, have said to me that they want us to be reasonable when it comes to compensation at one percent.”
While a walkout has been tentatively set for Wednesday, the OSSTF and the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) began some job action Tuesday, by withdrawing largely administrative work such as EQAO preparation.
A plane crash resulted in seven people, including three children, dying in a wooded area near Kingston, Ontario, according to CTV News.
The crash took place late Wednesday evening when an American-registered Piper PA-32 crashed before it could reach its destination of Kingston.
Although the final destination was Quebec City, the pilot decided to land in Kingston after he discovered a communication error.
Soon after, the plane crashed, hitting the ground at a very steep incline. This is presumed to have occurred at around 5:00 p.m. Unfortunately, everyone on board the aircraft died.
There is currently an on-going investigation into the plane crash, which usually requires the Transportation Safety Board of Canada to interview witnesses and read through maintenance footage. When this is done, the police will have a greater understanding of what caused the crash.