Friday

U of T will not permit use of campus for Toronto Nationalist Rally...

Humanists for Social and Environmental Action: U of T will not permit use of campus for Toronto N...:

The University of Toronto has notified organizers of the Toronto Nationalist Rally, in writing, that they are not permitted to use space on its campuses. 

Earlier this week, the university learned the organization had indicated in a Facebook post that it would hold the rally on U of T’s downtown Toronto campus in September. The organization did not have permission to hold the event at U of T.
The university reported the erroneous claim to Facebook and followed up with a ‘cease-and-desist’ letter to the organization, requesting that it discontinue using the name of the university or any “other practices which may lead to the perception that your September 14th event is located, sponsored, hosted, or endorsed by or has any relationship to, the University of Toronto.”
The Canadian Nationalist Party subsequently sent U of T an email asking how to book space. Although no formal request was ever made, the university has told the organization in writing that U of T will not permit it to hold events on campus “because of concerns about the safety of students, faculty, staff and the public.” 
The university's policy on booking space explains that the university “reserves the right to control access to its campuses, and to the use of its space and facilities.” The policy makes it clear that the use of university space must abide by U of T's principles, including freedom of expression, mutual respect and civility, and that safety concerns will be taken into consideration.
The move comes against the backdrop of violence, racism and anti-Semitism in the United States that culminated last weekend in a rally by white supremacists in Virginia that left three dead, including an anti-racism protester.
“Bigotry, hate, intolerance and violence have no place on our campuses,” President Meric Gertlersaid. “The recent use of Neo-Nazi and Ku Klux Klan slogans and symbols in Charlottesville, Virginia must be condemned in the strongest terms.  We must be clear that this is never acceptable. At the same time, the events in Virginia have justifiably increased concern about safety in our community and elsewhere.”

Read the president's statement

Read the Globe and Mail article

Read the Toronto Star article

Sunday

The Hart House Global Commons:March 22

The Hart House Global Commons: Interview with Two... - Hart House, University of Toronto

Hart house is hosting the first-ever Hart House Global Commons on March 22. Students from Sciences Po in Reims, France, and Indiana University Bloomington in Indiana, USA, will join U of T students virtually in a discussion about the rise of nationalist movements around the world. We have already heard from two U of T students and one IU Bloomington student about their involvement in this much needed global conversation, and now we turn to Sciences Po students Katarina, and Sebastian.Why did you choose to get involved? K: I was made aware of this initiative through a specific class that I am taking at Sciences Po, Citizens and Politics. I was motivated by this particular subject, in light of recent events, and wanted to understand how they came about from a practical and theoretical framework, their repercussions, and get my fellow peers’ take on the events through discussions.SM: I chose to get involved in this project because this semester I am taking three classes in political sciences, two of which focus especially on political representation.
In your opinion, how is the topic of nationalism relevant to students today?K: New nationalism is relevant to all segments of society due to the pervasiveness of the issues as well as its successful rise in prominence and power. As students from all around the world, new nationalism is a phenomenon that we will have to address from multiple standpoints and contexts.
SM: I think Nationalism is a currently relevant topic to students since it is reviving in many states around the world. Let’s think about America First, or the racist statements of Marine Le Pen in France and Matteo Salvini in Italy. As a European, I feel moreover that nationalism is nowadays strongly linked with the EU, since indeed nationalist (and many times populist) movements blame the EU as a scapegoat for contemporary economic and political issues, and advocate for the return of a more nation-centered political agenda, independent [of] international trends and institutions. 
What would you say to a fellow student who was unsure about attending Global Commons?K: This conversation is a unique opportunity to exchange views between students from multiple universities and develop these views, and should therefore definitely not be missed.SM: I would tell her such a possibility […] can open her eyes concerning such a hot topic, and that it would be a unique opportunity to listen to different points of view and ideas to better understand what she thinks herself.  
How do you feel about students from universities abroad getting involved? What would you ask them if you could meet them in person?K: As a student currently studying at a university not in her native country, I have seen how enriching it is to talk to students from different backgrounds as it adds much more to a conversation than simply if everyone has had the same experiences. I would ask if there is a specific way that nationalism has impacted their personal lives directly or indirectly?SM: I think that having students of different nationalities from different universities makes such a project more far-reaching and ambitious. I think that it will be really interesting to listen to other students and to understand what they think in order to better define what I think myself too. If I were to meet them in person I’d ask them why they decided to participate in this project and whether they think nationalism will gain importance and power in the future. 

Friday

OHS Statement on Quebec Mosque Attack | Ontario Humanist Society

OHS Statement on Quebec Mosque Attack | Ontario Humanist Society

The Ontario Humanist Society (OHS) sends condolences to the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec yesterday. Our thoughts are not only with the victims, but also their families and friends, the Muslim community and the people of Quebec. We stand united with all who denounce this horrendous act and join in calling for unity, tolerance and respect in a time when so many try to divide us.
Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right, and everyone, everywhere should be free to practice their religion, or lack thereof, as they see fit, without fear of discrimination or persecution. Intolerance, fear and division are not the way forward for the human race and we must unite against any effort to promote those misguided efforts.
If we all choose to live with compassion, empathy, reason and respect, we will not be divided.

Statement of Solidarity February 1, 2017 The Campus Chaplains’ Association

Statement of Solidarity February 1, 2017
The Campus Chaplains’ Association
The Campus Chaplains' Association at the University of Toronto are horrified and angered by the heartbreaking loss of life at the Centre Culturel Islamique de Qu├ębec City on January 29. We express our deepest grief. As leaders of ethical and faith communities, we are deeply saddened that a place of worship and gathering for the Muslim community was the centre of violence.

As campus chaplains, we understand diversity of belief and cultural background as a gift to our community. Each of the religious and ethical groups represented by the campus chaplains is searching for new ways to live peacefully with its neighbours. We commit to walking the path of peace together, in solidarity with our Muslim students, colleagues and friends. This path is a way forward, in the hopes that we can build a loving diverse society together.  

Dr Homa Hoodfar at Earth Sciences tonight at 6:30

Tomorrow night, Friday February 3rd at 6:30 pm, former prisoners of conscience Dr. Homa Hoodfar, Mohamed Fahmy, Hamid Ghassemi-Shall and Mostafa Azizi will be joining Alex Neve, Amnesty International's Secretary General, along with human rights experts and Members of Parliament for a panel in support of Saeed Malekpour

Saeed Malekpour is a Canadian permanent resident originally from Iran who has been imprisoned in Iran's Evin Prison since 2008 for creating an open source software for uploading photos to the internet. The Iranian authorities said the program was used to upload photos to pornographic websites, which Saeed maintains were made without his knowledge. Amnesty International is calling for his immediate release. Dr

Friday, February 3, 2017
6:30 - 8:30 pm
Earth Sciences Building, University of Toronto (5 Bancroft Ave)

You can find the full details on Facebook >>

Registration is not required, but feel free to let us know if you will be attending so we can look out for you and also thank you in person for your support. You can reach Sara at SAgeorlo@amnesty.ca.

Thank you for all you do for human rights in Iran and around the world!

Tuesday

Women's March on Washington: Toronto March, Jan 21, 12pm

Women's March on Washington: Toronto
Across Turtle Island (North America) we have seen a rise in acts of hate coinciding with the American election. On Saturday, January 21, join us for a march to unite our communities in Toronto and to speak out.
We come together to say we will not be silent in the face of the hate that has threatened, demonized and insulted so many of us – Muslims, Jews, racialized people, Indigenous people, migrants and those with precarious or no legal status, members of the LGBTTQQ2SI communities, differently abled people and women.
In the spirit of saying no to hate and yes to justice, equity and social change, people around the world will be mobilizing and resisting as Trump is inaugurated. The lived experiences of colonialism and anti-black racism, xenophobia, homophobia and transphobia, sexism and oppression has existed long before Trump, but we worry that the recent US election has provided a new wave that normalizes and makes hate acceptable.
Now is a critical moment to come together to send a united message. We cannot afford to be silent or idle. Let us continue to push for justice for the most marginalized and oppressed among us.
All allies are welcome.

Monday

Blanket Exercise, Hart House, register for Thurs Jan 19, 10am

Blanket Exercise: Lessons in Canadian History from Indigenous Experience
10 am – 12 pm, Thu Jan 19, Hart House
Join an interactive story telling experience that explores the history of Indigenous Peoples that we’re rarely taught. Register at multi.faith@utoronto.ca. For details, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1588561227826914/ 

MFCentre, Brown Girls Yoga, every thursday @ 5

good idea! every thursday!
Brown Girls Yoga
5 pm – 6 pm, Main Activity Hall, Multi-Faith Centre
For self-identified Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, who currently or formerly identify as woman/girl. Queer- and trans- positive space. All bodies, sizes and levels welcome. Bring your own yoga mats. Some yoga mats available on site. No registration required. Join us every Thursday! For details, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/655849014594708

Thursday

Science for Peace: The Ethics of Immigration, Jan 11, 7pm UC

Science for Peace: The Ethics of Immigration
Wed, Jan 11, 2017: The Ethics of Immigration

Free public lecture on January 11, 2017 from 7-9pm in Room UC 144 of University College (15 King’s College Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H7 ) at the University of Toronto’s St George campus

The Ethics of Immigration, by Joseph Carens
Professor of Political Science at University of Toronto
Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/349876718715460

This event is part of a weekly series of talks entitled: Vital Discussions of Human Security .
Please see www.scienceforpeace.ca/events for details on all of our upcoming events. Please see our YouTube channel for videos from past events: www.youtube.com/science4peace .

Death and dying: Grief sharing circle Jan 17

Grief Support Sharing Circle
 5:10 – 7:30 pm Tues Jan 17
Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor St W (Bedford and Bloor)
Everyone grieves in their own way. When someone you love dies, you may feel angry, isolated, sad, guilty and lonely. The Grief Sharing Circle is an informal drop-in support group for students who have experienced a death of someone close to them. Facilitated by Shauna Corbin, Counsellor, Health and Wellness and Macro Mascarin, Buddhist Chaplain. Please register at: laurie.coleman@utoronto.ca