University of Québec students can now choose a new first name
Roll over Jordan Peterson.
Students enrolled at Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM) are now entitled to compel their professors to call them by new first names.
These would differ from their legal names as would appear on their birth certificates and study permits. The institution published an official notice for the policy which takes effect January 4, 2019.
In a statement sent to students and personnel, the Vice-Rector for Student Life Danielle Laberge stated the policy aims to be neutral and inclusive.
Not only for trans students
Management desires to better reflect the realities of certain people and “facilitate their journey and their interactions within the university community”. Any one of the university’s 35,000 students can benefit from this option.
The process for alternate identification starts with a request; the form is available on a page of the university’s website which translates to “My First Name, My Choice”.
Requests must be made in good faith, and a new name may not lend itself to ridicule or be demeaning. UQAM reserves the right to approve or decline the chosen name.
It will not appear on official transcripts, attestations, or diplomas.
The process is also free.
Response to LGBT advocacy groups
According to La Presse, UQAM adopted this policy in response to demands by groups which promote sexual diversity.
Having contributed to this project, La Réclame – Groupe LGBTQIA+ celebrated the new policy. It claims to have been in negotiations for years with student groups at the university.
Roxane Nadeau, a spokeswoman for La Réclame, specified that the group’s president Sophie Charron had been meeting with the university’s administration over a period of two to three years.
On a Facebook post earlier today, the registered advocacy group thanked its members and many other lobby groups for their contribution in what is considered to be “a good step forward” in the social acceptance of “non-binary” people.
Nadeau boasted earlier today “It’s really us who brought up the issue; we explained the traps to avoid”.
UQAM made headlines earlier this year after an anonymous militant group distributed leaflets in an effort to convince professors to adopt gender-neutral pronouns.
Elevated debt levels could be harming Canadian households, as the nation hit the highest level of insolvencies in a decade during the month of October.
According to a report from the Globe and Mail, new figures from the Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy show “there were 13,200 consumer insolvencies in October, up 13.4 percent from a year ago.”
While the report as a whole is worrying, it does follow a growing trend both in Canada and abroad.
For example, corporate and personal bankruptcies in Alberta have also grown, according to the CBC. Areas like Calgary, have notably been left with vacancy rates approaching 30% in downtown cores as they struggle to compete in a downturn economy while lacking critical infrastructure projects such as pipelines.
Outside of Canada, nations such as the UK have been seen rapidly facing increases in personal insolvencies.
With increasing debt levels, some columnists have warned about potential repercussions, especially in the case of a recession.
California Senator Kamala Harris is dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, according to a member of her staff and first reported by Politico.
Not much is known about her plans, though she is expected to release a video officially announcing the end of her candidacy sometime today.
According to Politico, she made the decision while on a conference call with her campaign team.
Harris’ campaign was not as the senator had hoped, having only polled at 6 percent once in the month of October among democrat candidates
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The repercussions for trespassing on farmers’ land increased greatly following new legislation by the Ford government.
Following new legislation introduced on Monday, Ontario would create “animal protection zones” where fines would be far higher for acts such as trespassing.
According to Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman, the Security from Trespass and Animal Safety Act would not just hike fines for trespassing on farms, it would also make it illegal to obstruct trucks carrying livestock.
The move to provide stronger consequences was put forward after the province’s livestock producers pressed the government, voicing their dissatisfaction.
“Ontario farmers and agriculture workers deserve to be able to carry out the important work they do without fear for their safety,” Hardeman said.
“These are the people who produce the food we eat every day, and I’ve reflected on their experiences and concerns when drafting this proposed bill.”
Under the new legislation, fines for trespassing would be set at a maximum of $15,000 for a first offence.
Subsequent offences can reach to $25,000. The bill furthermore would increase protection for farmers when it comes to civil liability for those hurt trespassing on their property, while also allowing courts to order restitution when damage is caused as a result of an offence.
Trudeau doesn't remember Canadian military spending numbers, Trump calls Canada 'slightly delinquent'
US President Donald Trump addressed media in a meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, openly name-calling Canadian military spending.
In the meeting, Trump criticized countries that do not meet the recommended threshold of military spending did not end at Canada, which is specified at 2 percent of a country’s GDP. Currently, Canada does not meet the standard, falling flat at just 1.4 percent.
When Trump was asked where Canada stood surrounding the country’s military spending specifically, Trump called Canada “slightly delinquent.”
“Slightly delinquent, I’d say Canada. But they’ll be okay. I have confidence. Just slightly delinquent. Some are major delinquent, some are way below one percent. And that’s unacceptable. Then, if something happens we’re supposed to protect them, and it’s not really fair. And it never has been fair,” said Trump.
Trump was then asked, about Canada not meeting Trump’s two percent figure, and whether Canada should have a plan to meet the two percent standard.
“We’ll put them on a payment plan, I’m sure the prime minister would love that,” joked Trump, before asking Trudeau what figure Canada was at.
“The number we talk about is a 70 percent increase,” said Trudeau, avoiding the fiture. “Including significant investments in fighter jets, significant investments in naval fleets, increasing significantly from previous governments who cut it,” stated Trudeau.
To which Trump replied, “What are you now in terms of your number?”
Trudeau then looked off-camera to an advisor, confirming the number. “1.3 percent? 1.4 percent.”
“They’re getting there. They know it’s important. Their economy’s doing well… It’s to their benefit,” said Trump, noting that Canada was a valued ally.