Category Archives: Toronto

How controversial U of T prof Jordan Peterson became a lightning rod

The University of Toronto psychology professor has found himself at the centre of a firestorm involving, depending on whom you ask, gender identity and freedom of speech — the result of his now-famous/infamous declaration to only call students “he” and “she,” and not “they” as some individuals in the transgender community prefer to be known. He also announced he was steadfastly opposed to Bill C-16, federal legislation that seeks to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination.

Muslim prayers during class time draws fire at Toronto school

A Toronto school that allows Muslim students to conduct prayer sessions during class hours on school property is pushing up against the boundaries set by the courts more than 20 years ago to keep religious instruction out of public classrooms.

“I think this looks like a school practicing religion,” said Ed Morgan, a professor of constitutional law at the University of Toronto. “The school may be conveying a message that they endorse religion and that’s what the school is not allowed to do.”

Toronto pro Islam protest demands repealing of Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act

The first speaker at OCAI‘s protest accused Justin Trudeau Liberal government among other things of espousing white supremacist policy, committing ongoing “genocide” against the Indigenous people, arming the Islamic regime of Saudi Arabia that bombed Yemeni children and exploiting refugees and immigrants. She called the federal government to repeal the Barbaric Cultural Practices Act that criminalizes forced marriage and tackles ‘honour killings’.

Toronto neighbourhood ties white ribbons in solidarity with Muslims

A group of residents in Toronto’s Roncesvalles Village initiated a grassroots campaign in support of the city’s Muslim community by tying white ribbons around street posts and trees. Other residents are pinning the ribbons, some of which include the messages “All Faiths Welcome” and “Diversity is our Strength” to their coats to express their personal show of solidarity. The campaign is in response to a deadly shooting at a mosque in Quebec City on January 29, 2017.

“Masjid Toronto” is trending* on Twitter

Saith the Ceeb: More than dozen assemble outside Masjid Toronto calling for ban on Islam as Muslims pray inside

The shouting was so loud that Tara Goldblatt, who works in a nearby building on the 21st floor said she could hear it from inside her office.

When she came down to see what was going on, she says she saw some 15 people screaming, some blocking the path of those trying to enter the mosque.

“The response from the people who were trying to get inside was very sort of, ‘Oh well, they’re entitled to their opinion’ and, ‘Oh well, I guess that’s just part of life,'” Goldblatt said.

“And it makes me really angry because that’s just part of life and it’s not freedom of speech. It’s awful and hateful and it shouldn’t be allowed.”

*In the sense I suspect that Twitter has decided it should be trending

U of #Toronto prof @rebeccacomay leads the effort to force the Modern Language Association to adopt BDS resolution

Occupation: Professor
University: U of T, EGS
Organization(s): BDS
Close Connection(s): Salah Hassan, David Lloyd, Saree Makdisi, David Palumbo-Liu, Bruce Robbins, Steven Salaita

Since 2014, Comay has been leading an effort, alongside anti-Israel professors David Lloyd, David Palumbo-Liu, and Bruce Robbins, to force the MLA to adopt a BDS resolution, which will come up for a vote in 2017. In 2014, those pushing for BDS failed to persuade even 10% of the MLA membership to vote in favor of the resolution. Comay is also a signatory to a BDS petition put forward by the MLA MJP.

Toronto university Muslim groups block passage of motion to hold Holocaust Education Week

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The Ryerson Student Union was set to vote on a Jewish student group’s motion to hold Holocaust Education Week but according to an account from “a member of Hillel Ryerson, students from the university’s Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP Ryerson) and the Muslim Students Association (RMSA) first called for an amendment to the motion to include all forms of genocide.

Ontario Islamic Heritage Month: “Wife is assigned the duty of managing household”

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The first Ontario Islamic Heritage Month was celebrated on October 29, 2016 also at Jam’e Abu Bakr Siddique Masjid, a Sunni mosque located at 2665 Lawrence Ave. East in Toronto.

The mosque opened its doors to non-Muslims to learn about the true Islam from Islamic literature that was given away, by listening to speeches of Muslim imams and activists, participating in a Q&A session and a tour of the mosque – which included the armory and WMD facility.

I, um, might have made up that last bit.

Anti Trump protest in Toronto: “We are all Muslims now”

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Around one thousand people participated on Saturday, November 19, 2016 in an anti-Trump protest which started at Toronto’s Nathan Philips Square and ended in front of Trump Tower. The protest was lead by FightBack, the self proclaimed “Marxist voice of the working class and revolutionary youth in today’s labour movement.”

University of Toronto Professor Is Simply Not Insane

He’s a hurricane of fresh air, this university professor who baldly says that one of the many reasons he won’t adopt the faddish new non-binary gender pronouns is that “the people who made those words are possessed by ideology and not to be trusted anyway.”

In fact, Dr. Jordan Peterson, the man at the centre of a freedom-of-speech battle at the University of Toronto, isn’t even certain that the whole gender-identity/gender-expression issue isn’t really at heart a question of fashion.

“Because the logic underlying the arguments is that … biological sex, gender identity and gender expression vary independently,” he says — noting quickly that that is “absolutely contradicted by the data,” which shows 98% of people have the same gender identity as their biological sex — “it has become unmoored from the underlying reality” and is “all interpretation.”

“Well, if it’s all interpretation it’s not distinguishable from fashion,” he says.

The University of Toronto cares more about creating a climate of political correctness than it does in fostering intellectual development

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University of Toronto psychology professor Jordan Peterson told LifeSiteNews Wednesday night he has no intention of obeying a directive in the University of Toronto’s “cease and desist” letter to stop talking and blogging about transgender pronouns.

“No I’m bloody well not giving in,” he said. “The bloody cowards. I’m very disappointed with the University of Toronto for not standing up for free speech but it’s not unexpected. I guess they don’t think it’s very important. The university is dead.”