Canada’s racist legal industry rots & lies on: Alberta lawyer Leighton Grey (posted Black Lives Matter ‘leftist lie’ video), resigns. Picked by racist Kenney’s racist UCP to be on racist committee to pick racist judges? Grey was lawyer for Clayton Boucher, imprisoned after racist RCMP found baking soda in his home.

Well well well! Alberta Law Society rescinds lawyer Grey Leighton’s appointment from adjudicator pool; Ignorant Kenney/UCP refuse to apologize for putting Leighton on their judge picking committee

Zoey!@zoeywrites

Good journalism from CBC. Why on Earth did@jkenney’s government appoint a racist conspiracy theorist anti-Semite to a committee that chooses judges? He posted his hateful views on LinkedIn for goodness’ sake. It’s not like they would have been hard to find!

… Amy Lonsberry@amylonsberry Replying to@zoeywrites @avnishnanda and @jkenney
Why did they first fire 7 diverse, perfectly qualified people with at least a year left in their term and THEN appoint with NO PROCESS this guy is my question?

Chris Morrison@JCMorrison74 Replying to @zoeywrites @avnishnanda and @jkenney
Because they agree with him

Steve_P@Scouse1947
Schweitzer‘s comment that he didn’t want accept the resignation confirms this.

Robert Boston III@robertbostonIII Replying to@zoeywrites @bymichaeldunn and
@jkenney

Because Schweitzer is really really really really bad at his job. As if that wasn’t obvious enough before this.

Comments in response to Justice Diverse-Views-(racism, anti-semitism, dishonesty, lawyers stabbing their clients in the back)-Pick-Some-Dirty-Judges Minister Schweitzer:

Dr. Frances (AMA Heref Oru) Vettergreen Replying to@doug_schweitzer
You only looked at posts made after the appointment? But seems there’s were plenty of questionable ones before then too. Can you explain why those were not important? And why apparent anti-Semitism should fall under “diversity”?

Terry@Bnkr_Chk2 Replying to@doug_schweitzer
Racism is not a “diverse” view.

Chris Sturwold@SkipIsChris Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Unfortunate, Minister, that words like “unacceptable” were not used in this letter.

Nadine@nadinekellman Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Resign

Stephen Carter – Decide Campaigns Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Big fan of racists now Doug? Seriously man, what happened? You ok? Blink twice if you’re being held hostage.

Krissy Wilde@KLWN73 Replying to@doug_schweitzer
Resign

Kelly Rudyk@kellyrudyk Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Resign

twopennies@twopennies5 [to UCP troll]

You’re hilarious. A white supremist who thinks that if people don’t agree with their every word they are a “paid newbie troll”.

Normen Nescio QC @JDoonanco Replying to @doug_schweitzer and @MattWolfAB
Oh, Doug. Lying again?

https://cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/pcnc-member-alberta-1.5618816

Joshua Stein, philosophy, ethics, politics Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Do you believe it’s possible for an individual to impartially vet judicial nominees and hold that George Soros is behind a global conspiracy to manipulate international affairs? Surely, those are a reflection on the judgment of the person and his actual impartiality.

JimSchrute@GoHabs11 Replying to @doug_schweitzer
It sounds like you’re still defending him?

Hangry White Male, QC Replying to @doug_schweitzer
The guy is clearly a wackjob. How the hell did he make the list in the first place?? To get wackjob lawyers onto the bench in Alberta? Do your damn homework! #ableg #cronyism #FiretheUCP

Malcolm Reynolds @fireflyoutofgas Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Sounds like you hired a racist and still don’t regret it. You’re a failure.

Nadine@nadinekellman Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Why? It’s just so shameful. Shame on you.

Rinkmom@rinkmom Replying to @doug_schweitzer and @MattWolfAB
Sooooo you’re having a tough time with your own racism and the systemic racism that exists in your ministry? #malefragility

JRDN.@Rusty_Robots Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Cool defense of someone who literally compared a covid-19 vaccine to a holocaust tattoo. How do you even sleep at night?

Danny Hoyt@DannyHoyt4 Replying to @doug_schweitzer
What a complete and total humiliation. How incredibly poor can our Minister of Justice’s judgement be to appoint this fanatic to any government panel #FiretheUCP #UCPcorruption

Lawyer who called Black Lives Matter a ‘leftist lie’ resigns from Alberta judicial vetting commit…cbc.ca

Madeline@crystalcastle_1 Replying to @doug_schweitzer
How are you this bad at everything you do?

Melissa Lynne@pwnicornab Replying to @doug_schweitzer
I don’t think his blog was the only problem. Maybe instead of just calling people up to give them a position you hire the best person for the job or better yet keep the people who are already doing the job in place.

Alberta Crown let Metis man plead guilty after RCMP said drugs weren’t real – APTN News
aptnnews.ca

Rick Trow@magnanamo Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Is diverse views & “The outer fringe of the right wing” the same thing??

Christina Suzanne

Fun fact: you can still see people’s twitter profile when you perform a google search. Even when they’ve blocked you on Twitter.

Julie Ali@JulieYAli
If you go incognito you are able to see their Tweets. You can’t comment unfortunately.
But if they block you like @MichelleRempel blocked me this is a sign of insecurity and why bother?

Michelle Rempel Garner

You’re blocked
You can’t follow or see @MichelleRempel’s Tweets.

Carl McKay@Wise_biz_guy Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Please provide the public with full disclosure of your campaign donors.

Inquiry Commissioner Steve Allan donated to justice minister’s leadership campaign CBC News cbc.ca

Patti Yackulic@pmyackulic Replying to @doug_schweitzer
@doug_schweitzer a diversity of views is desirable however diversity does NOT encompass views in conflict the Charter and violation on individuals’ civil liberties. Please step back, consider this situation critically & then respond responsibly.

Bill Ironstand@billbone27 Replying to@doug_schweitzer @WBrettWilson
1 less INDIAN to worry about hey Bretty

Robert Boston III@robertbostonIII Replying to @doug_schweitzer
My child could have vetted him. Did you even try?

Fredy Iuni@FredyMIuni Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Resign you dolt! #ableg #abpoli #FiretheUCP

D. Trevelyan@Trevelyan1789 Replying to @doug_schweitzer
Not pathetic of you at all Dougie, great work.

Steve Ricketts@SteveRickettsSP Replying to@doug_schweitzer
this QC posted vile comments such as “The tech Messiah, Bill Gates would have every single man, woman, and child vaccinated and digitally marked, like a tattoo at Auschwitz.” (ref. https://cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/pcnc-member-alberta-1.5618816)

and your only concern is they might be a distraction?

pathetic

Lawyer who called Black Lives Matter a ‘leftist lie’ resigns from Alberta judicial vetting commit…cbc.ca

from that article..

“Schweitzer said he was only recently alerted to posts Grey made after his appointment on April 29. However, CBC identified blog posts written by Grey prior to his appointment and shared those with the minister’s office weeks ago.”

so, you lied about “after”

Audie Fox@AudieCantFail Replying to @doug_schweitzer
In what fucking universe does racism = diversity?? You’re taking a page out of Trump’s “some very fine people on both sides” book, Dougie boy. There’s only one side worth representation here, and it sure as fuck isn’t the racist’s you ignorant fucking twat.

Chris Hinchcliffe@HinchcliffeC Replying to @doug_schweitzer
I’m absolutely disgusted that you clearly don’t understand the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. “Personal views or commentary”? In Canada we have Freedom of Expression, not Speech. Under Freedom of Expression, hate speech is not protected so for you to defend this is disgraceful.

SingRockinRobin@RockinSing Replying to@doug_schweitzer
You hand picked this racist pig?

A few of the comments to the CBC article below:

Jonathan Lawrence

They shouldn’t have merely removed him from the committee, they need to figure out how he ever got on their in the first place holding such horrific views as those presented in this article. In many parts of Canada, it looks like there’s a dire need to clean house before we can even begin the work of eliminating systemic racism and other systemic failures.

Ann Murray

Grey’s extreme, far right views have no place in Canada’s justice system. Schweitzer’s inability to see a problem with such views makes him complicit.

Brian Tobin

Should have taught him the law. The law, based on justice, is the process of removing racism from our actions.

A judge that does not understand rscism does not understand the law. It’s a basic fact.

Guille Morgan

Tip of the iceberg.

Any question over systemic racism now?

Hank Hols

Like I said before this is about the Kenny crew making the law “right” in Alberta, the political right that is, with all its extremism and inherit social injustices.

Tony Butler

Reply to @Hank Hols: If Kenny knew this fellow’s background and views yet appointed him to screen applications for appointments to the bench it raises basic questions:

  • which of these views does Kenny share;
  • was he appointed because of his views, rather than despite them;
  • and more importantly will people be screened and appointed to the bench under Kenny’s watch who also share these views.

Frank Fretter

Shows exactly the Kind of People the UCP is trying to install in our Infrastructure/Institutions

Walter Kurtz

A libertarian conservative who thinks he’s not far right. It is too funny even though scary.

Paul Cooper

….if you want to find the largest % of Canadians who have stepped off the path of decency Alberta is the place to look.

Sally Casswell
Reply to @Paul Cooper: I rather think a lot of us have thought exactly that about Alberta and especially in recent months. I keep wondering if it’s their determination to keep their high paying jobs in tar sands at great cost to our planet with no interest in protecting our environment that separates them from the rest of us.

David L Billington

If you show up to law school with a mitt full of money and a long criminal history

you’re in

Ivan Nano

“It would certainly be unfortunate for the CBC to malign an accomplished … lawyer”

How exactly can you malign someone with quoting their own words?

Brian Hughes

This is really pretty shocking. To have appointed an individual who promotes the kinds of views that Leighton Grey has to a key position in selecting judges is quite simply unforgivable. Despite the very questionable denials of Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer about knowing this lawyer’s views, Schweitzer has besmirched not only himself but Alberta’s Justice Department and thus the Alberta government with making and continuing to defend such a deeply troubling appointment.

Sally Casswell
Reply to @Brian Hughes: What’s disturbing is he didn’t just turn into the scum he is yet managed to get a top government position. That would tend to confirm he’s had plenty of support and that’s troublesome.

Bill Nest

The UCP won’t have any problem finding someone with the same qualifications to fill the vacancy.

Morgan Arthurson

Well, we now know what sort of qualifications you needed to be chosen for this job.

Jim Graham

Don’t tell me .. let me guess. Jason Kenney will nominate Grey’s replacement … none other than Robin Camp … the “Why didn’t you just close your knees?” judge Roaring laughter!

Agnes Dorey

No one is surprised by any of this right?
Ok – just checking.

David Crowley

Apparently a law degree does not prevent you from being radicalized.

Bill Nest

The real problem is that it was precisely because Grey holds the view he does that he was appointed to this committee in the first place.

Todd Sampson

“Engel said the fact that Grey made such comments prior to his appointment suggests Alberta officials either did not do adequate background checks, or were not concerned when they did.”

It could actually be neither. They could have done it because of his comments would appeal to people who support the UCP in Alberta.

Steph Millar

Reply to @Todd Sampson: bingo!

Pierre Dupuis

Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer needs to resign now!
Disgusting.

FUNG CHANG

Grey wrote, “The tech Messiah, Bill Gates would have every single man, woman, and child vaccinated and digitally marked, like a tattoo at Auschwitz.”

Shouldn’t this more awn be banned from practicing law in Alberta?

Drew Dangerfield

Not surprising at all. This is the Province where a Crown Prosecutor under investigation for allegedly withholding evidence from defence counsel was recently appointed to the Provincial Court.

Lawyer who posted Black Lives Matter ‘leftist lie’ video resigns from Alberta judicial vetting committee, ‘Members are not required to surrender their right to personal views,’ justice minister says by Rachel Ward, CBC News, Jun 19, 2020

Leighton Grey, a lawyer in Cold Lake, Alta., was appointed to the Provincial Court Nominating Committee in April. (Grey Wowk Spencer LLP)

A lawyer appointed to a committee tasked with recommending new judges in Alberta has resigned after CBC inquired about his recent comparison of a future COVID-19 vaccine to Auschwitz tattoos and posting of a video that called Black Lives Matter a “leftist lie” controlled by a Jewish philanthropist.

Criminal defence lawyer Leighton Grey’s numerous online posts included opinions that legal and anti-racism experts said should disqualify him from being on the Provincial Court Nominating Committee (PCNC).

“I do not accept this resignation decision lightly. Mr. Grey is a successful Indigenous lawyer with an exemplary record of service,” Alberta Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer said in a statement Friday.

“I also do not make judgments on Mr. Grey’s ability to carry out his professional duties in practising law.”

CBC asked several legal and anti-racist experts to review Grey’s social media posts and blogs, including Tom Engel, who chairs the policing committee for the Edmonton-based Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association in Alberta.

“My overall impression is that Mr. Grey is on the outer fringe of the right wing and just has no place on a committee … that is in charge of screening,” Engel said.

Bernie Farber, executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network, said he was “disturbed on the basis of just pure humanity” when reviewing Grey’s commentaries and posts.

“Our expectation is that our government will go through a process to pick the people that are most fair, that are most equitable,” Farber said. “The views posted in Mr. Grey’s blog, in my view, are extreme.”

Grey reposted this video and comment that falsely claims Black Lives Matter is ‘a leftist lie’ funded by George Soros, a Jewish philanthropist. (Leighton Grey/LinkedIn)

CBC News reached out to Grey and his law firm several times in recent weeks, but he did not reply to requests for comment.

Lawyer says he’s libertarian

Grey has previously been criticized online for his views, and responded to defend his positions.

“I have nothing to do with the alt right. I am a libertarian, which means I may disagree with what you say, but would defend to the death your right to say it,” Grey responded online to one critique on LinkedIn in the last week. “I therefore disagree with your criticism of me, but respect your right to voice it.”

The justice minister declined an interview. In his statement on Friday, Schweitzer said Grey offered his resignation voluntarily so not to distract from the committee’s work.

“Work on the Committee is far from a full-time job, and members are not required to surrender their right to personal views or commentary,” the minister’s statement said.

Schweitzer said he was only recently alerted to posts Grey made after his appointment on April 29. However, CBC identified blog posts written by Grey prior to his appointment and shared those with the minister’s office weeks ago.

Engel said the fact that Grey made such comments prior to his appointment suggests Alberta officials either did not do adequate background checks, or were not concerned when they did.

“The whole process for screening candidates for the judiciary, the provincial court, has in my view been corrupted,” Engel said. “This is an example of it.”

Schweitzer appointed Grey to a three-year term on the Provincial Court Nominating Committee as part of an overhaul of the committee’s membership. The nominating committee is responsible for reviewing applications from Albertans who wish to become judges. Its members contact references and conduct interviews before recommending candidates to an eligibility list, from which the justice minister selects new judges.

In a CBC investigation earlier this week, governance and judiciary experts criticized Schweitzer’s appointments for including a majority of political supporters and for not being done through an open hiring process.

Grey, a senior partner at Grey Wowk Spencer LLP in Cold Lake, is the only criminal defence lawyer on the PCNC.

Several articles Grey recently posted promoted false information and conspiracy theories based on racism and anti-Semitism.

CBC took screenshots of dozens of Grey’s posts before he took down his LinkedIn account last week.

For example, Grey re-posted a claim that billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who is a Holocaust survivor, conspired to financially manipulate judges on the European Court of Human Rights. Grey also posted a video that alleged Black Lives Matter “has been hijacked and funded by Soros for his own evil agenda.”

Earlier this month, Grey reposted this Russia Today article that falsely claims Soros is linked to European human rights judges. (Leighton Grey/LinkedIn)

Critical of pandemic response

Before his appointment, Grey also wrote blog posts on LegalMatters.com about coronavirus and personal freedoms. In one, he compared Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pandemic response to the actions of the Nazi Party before the Second World War. 

He wrote about how Trudeau and provincial officials had discussed whether to invoke the Emergencies Act, which would give sweeping powers to the federal government. Grey wrote that part of the Emergencies Act “looks an awful lot like its Nazi cousin.”

In another post about a potential COVID-19 vaccine, Grey wrote, “The tech Messiah, Bill Gates would have every single man, woman, and child vaccinated and digitally marked, like a tattoo at Auschwitz.”

Farber said “comparing the [pandemic] legislation to Adolf Hitler’s legislation during the development of racial laws that led to the deaths of millions — never mind six million Jewish men, women and children — is simply an outrage.”

Isaac Saney, an African Canadian historian at Dalhousie University who has reviewed Grey’s posts, calls them “racist” and “backward.”

Saney noted that several of Grey’s posts referenced the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, which launched protests for action on systemic racism across North America. Grey disparaged Floyd as sexually promiscuous and disputed the frequency of anti-Black violence.

African Canadian historian Isaac Saney teaches at Dalhousie University and holds a law degree. (Sherri Borden Colley/CBC)

The posts “seem to be articulating some of the most retrogressive white supremacist ideas that exist out there,” Saney said. “Somebody of that nature should not be appointing judges and should be removed from having that kind of very important position in society.”

Tasked to consider diverse judiciary

Leighton’s law firm website says he is status Indian. The justice ministry’s biography of Grey described the lawyer as having acted for more than 200 Indigenous residential school claimants through alternative dispute resolution and independent assessment process hearings.

Grey also sits as an adjudicator for the Law Society of Alberta and holds a Queen’s Counsel designation. Terrifying, but shows how fucked up and weird the legal industry is in Alberta.

When Grey announced his appointment to the PCNC on LinkedIn in April, he promised to disregard diversity when doing his work.

When Alberta appointed seven new judges earlier this year, Grey critiqued their gender on LinkedIn. (Leighton Grey/LinkedIn)

“I shall consider it my mission to help select the most qualified candidates, regardless of their race, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or political affiliation,” Grey wrote on LinkedIn. “In short, I pledge to have no regard for identity politics of any kind. Lady Justice does wear a blindfold after all.”

Part of the PCNC’s mandate, developed by the former NDP government, is to consider diversity when selecting judicial candidates.

Shortly before Grey joined the committee, Alberta’s justice minister appointed seven new judges, five of whom were women.

“If Lady Justice is truly blind,” Grey wrote at the time, “then why does she see gender?”

Questions about judgment

Evan McIntyre, a director with the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association, said his organization believes the Alberta government should reassess the suitability of all new PCNC appointees, given Grey’s views.

“The question has to be raised whether they were aware of these posts,” McIntyre said.

Justice Ministry spokesperson Jonah Mozeson said in an earlier email that the ministry rejects the characterization that the blogs would cause some to question Grey’s judgment. He also noted the federal government’s proposed use of the Emergencies Act was “widely panned at the time.”

“It would certainly be unfortunate for the CBC to malign an accomplished First Nations lawyer for advocating checks and balances on state power,” Mozeson wrote.

Farber, who has studied hate and radicalization for decades, said the frequency and thoroughness of Grey’s posts and blogs suggest the lawyer firmly holds these beliefs, which Farber characterized as racist, anti-Semitic and extreme.

Grey’s law firm website details his concerns with “identity politics,” “radical feminism” and “indiscriminate mass immigration,” among other issues.

Minister defends appointments

After the CBC investigation, the NDP raised the PCNC appointments in Question Period. MLA Ifran Sabir asked the justice minister about Grey’s beliefs.

“Does the premier share [Grey’s] sexist opinion that there are too many women being appointed as judges in Alberta?” Sabir said. “And if not, will he condemn it right now?”

Schweitzer did not condemn Grey’s opinion. “This line of questioning is absolutely disgusting,” the minister said. Our lying “justice” minister is much more disgusting, as is the Canadian racist judicial/legal industry.

Schweitzer then pointed out, as CBC reported, that a former PCNC member appointed by the NDP had connections to that party. He said his government had “refreshed” the committee by replacing the members.

The following day, the NDP asked again about the PCNC.

Schweitzer again defended the appointments and noted the committee included, “an Indigenous lawyer who is a leader in his community,” a reference to Grey.

Isaac Saney said the fact that the minister defended Grey illustrates a larger issue with the justice system in Alberta. “This is not just simply a problem with Mr. Grey. We can’t just reduce it to one individual,” Saney said. “It’s a systemic issue, and that requires very significant policy and structural and systemic change.”

Time to visit some heinous lawyer/catholic/LSO drek in Ontario’s extremely nasty and racist legal industry:

Law Society of Ontario treasurer election question and answer, Philip Horgan, Benchers will vote on the winner in an election ending June 26

Law Society of Ontario treasurer election question and answer, Philip Horgan
Philip Horgan

by Anita Balakrishnan, 17 Jun 2020, Law Times News

Law Times asked candidates for treasurer of the Law Society of Ontario to answer a series of six personalized questions. Candidates were given a word limit of 200 words per question and answers have been edited for style. Benchers will vote on the winner in an election ending June 26. To read the opponent’s Q&A, visit lawtimesnews.com.

THE STOPSOP SLATE HAS BEEN CRITICAL OF THE LAW SOCIETY’S BUDGET. WHAT WOULD BE YOUR PLAN TO ADJUST THE BUDGET WITHOUT: CUTTING CRITICAL SERVICES OR EVENTS; OR HARMING THE LAW SOCIETY’S REPUTATION WITH A PUBLIC WHO WANTS TO MAKE SURE LAWYERS ARE ADEQUATELY REGULATED? 

The previous bench increased proposed operational expenditures from $110.7 million in 2016 to $142.5 million in 2019, an increase of over 28 per cent in 4 years.  The continued fiscal drift was unsustainable.  The 2020 budget started a reversal of that trend, with modest reductions in spending and dues.  LSO dues and LawPRO premiums impose a barrier to justice, unless they are maintained at affordable levels.

In the current pandemic, the law society further expects reductions in revenues, with reduced numbers of licensees, and reduced practice commitments.

We need to focus on the law society’s core mandate as a regulator, and scale back resources on matters that extend beyond that mandate.  The LSO has already responded with numerous resources, available at the LSO website.  Expenses have already been cut across a host of areas, including staffing.  We have adjusted exam length and delivery to comply with physical distancing, while ensuring competency.  The investigations and discipline departments continue to operate.  CPD programs have been offered, with the catalogue of pre-2017 titles being made available for the summer of 2020 at no charge.

Hard choices and innovation will be required to deal with the excess of the previous bench and the current pandemic. 

YOUR OPPONENT HAS MORE EXPERIENCE AS A BENCHER THAN YOU. DO YOU THINK ONE YEAR IS LONG ENOUGH TO LEARN THE SKILLS NEEDED TO LEAD CONVOCATION? 

The 2019 election was a response to the actions and decisions of the previous bench.  There was a need for change, as the drift on ideological and fiscal issues needed correction. 

The pandemic has now adversely affected the reality for our licensees, and for the law society.  Another $1.2 million public awareness campaign is not needed in the current climate.

I have been in private practice for 32 years, the last 25 managing my own firm.  I am representative of the majority of solo or small firm practitioners.  I have brought the needed attention to our operations over the past year.  We have already taken steps to reduce dues demands on our licensees.  I currently serve on six core Committees, and the Program Review Task Force.  I also serve on the Tribunal. 

I have proposed to establish a short-term Pandemic Response Advisory Group, of volunteer benchers, to seek the views of interested associations or individuals, to bring forward ideas, and best practices on responding to the pandemic.  Let’s make use of our talented licensees, to address means to continue to deliver the highest level of legal services in the public interest.

The current crisis demands innovative leadership. 

YOU ARE BASED IN TORONTO. WHAT STEPS HAVE YOU TAKEN/WILL YOU TAKE TO HELP UNDERSTAND THE PLIGHT OF LAWYERS OUTSIDE THE GTA? 

My career has been focused primarily on commercial and constitutional litigation, but I have maintained a general practice, with experience in construction, employment, estates, real estate, family, and a host of other engagements, including the occasional foray into criminal law on constitutional issues.  I have appeared at tribunals and before all levels of courts, including multiple appearances at the SCC.

I am more reflective of the majority of our practitioners, especially those outside Toronto, who are in private practice.  I operate a small firm.  I meet a payroll.  I pay LSO dues, and LawPRO premiums, and those of my staff.  I have to consider my own pension arrangements. 

I may be closer to the concerns of the majority of our licensees in private practice, but I respect and will listen to licensees from all areas, and consider their perspectives.  All licensees, wherever situated, perform important duties in the delivery of justice.

We are now being faced with challenges brought on by the pandemic, which calls for leadership in a fiscal crisis.  The needs of an independent bar remain a high priority in our constitutional matrix.

The time is right for a small firm perspective.

SOME MEMBERS OF THE STOPSOP SLATE HAVE QUESTIONED THE EXISTENCE OF SYSTEMIC RACISM IN CANADA. BOTH DOUG FORD AND JUSTIN TRUDEAU HAVE SAID THAT SYSTEMIC RACISM DOES EXIST,  AND THE LAW SOCIETY ITSELF TWEETED ABOUT #BLACKOUTTUESDAY. DO YOU SUPPORT THE LAW SOCIETY’S SOCIAL MEDIA MESSAGE THAT THE ORGANIZATION WILL STAND BY BLACK LICENSEES TO END SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION? 

Racism is wrong, as it attacks the dignity of the human person in profound and unjustifiable ways.  I am reminded of the words of Martin Luther King’s eloquent letter from the Birmingham jail from 1963, which remains, sadly, as relevant today.

We know that racism is a concern in Canada, with the recent reports from the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry, the Justice Tulloch report, and a host of data points.

In particular, we have recently been confronted with instances of police brutality.

We need to be careful to assess the intersection of the justice system and the legal professions, in our duties at the law society.  Our licensees are intimately involved in seeking justice.  The law society is engaged in regulation of lawyers and paralegals in the public interest, by ensuring competency, ethical conduct, and the engagement of an independent bar as a means to addressing state action, and the need for representatives to assist in the pursuit of justice. OMG! What legal industry stinky garbage. He can’t believe his spewing, white privilege, self righteous propaganda, can he?

I am concerned when the allegations of systemic racism are casually asserted, without reference to the “systemicism” that is being challenged.  For example, our licensees, especially recent entrants, reflect or exceed the rates of visible minorities from current census data. Like Supreme Court of Canada Justice Rosalie Abella, the lawyer lies – in writing no less. Too many lawyers (and judges) in my experience, have a sinister inability to stick to the truth. They make shit up to suit their privileged (and powerful) wants and egos and to enable law violators and or abusers of the public interest (notably the powerful pedophile-infested catholic church). My own lawyers lied, in writing to me. An old white man lying as he works his way up, doesn’t fix the horrid racism clearly seen in our legal institutions, including on the bench, in law firms, in our police, in law societies, in prisons, in our hate-filled racist politicians writing our laws.

Let’s continue to work with the best evidence possible, something for which the previous bench proposed in 2016, but which has not been vigorously pursued in the years since.

We at the law society have a role to play, in seeking the best information possible, and to meaningfully engage, so as to provide a platform for serious discussions.

DURING THE ACCREDITATION OF THE TRINITY WESTERN LAW SCHOOL, YOU HELPED THE ROMAN CATHOLIC ARCHDIOCESE OF VANCOUVER. THE SCC MAJORITY ULTIMATELY UPHELD THE LAW SOCIETY’S DISCRETION TO DECIDE THAT “THE ‘PUBLIC INTEREST’ INCLUDED PROMOTING EQUALITY BY ENSURING EQUAL ACCESS TO THE LEGAL PROFESSION, SUPPORTING DIVERSITY WITHIN THE BAR, AND PREVENTING HARM TO LGBTQ LAW STUDENTS.” 

DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS DEFINITION OF THE PUBLIC INTEREST? IF NOT, DO YOU HAVE ANY WORDS OF ASSURANCE FOR LGBTQ LAWYERS THAT THEY WILL BE TREATED FAIRLY BY THE LAW SOCIETY UNDER YOUR LEADERSHIP? 

The premise of your question suggests some deeply held animus on my part, which is inappropriate, if not offensive.

I have engaged throughout my involvements at the highest levels of courts in Canada, on the need to recognize authentic pluralism as a core concept of what we mean to live in a liberal democracy.

Pluralism means that we have different views, and are allowed to hold and express them in the public square as participants in civil society.  Pluralism means that we live with disagreement.   

The public interest mandate of the Law Society is set out from a host of authorities, most notably the provisions of the Law Society Act.  I accept the focus applied by the majority of the Supreme Court, as part of a larger set of concerns, including ensuring competence and ethical standards.  My clients in fact advocated an enhanced public interest, to recognize diverse religious perspectives in the exercise of the public interest mandate.

All lawyers and paralegals can be assured that they have my utmost respect, and that they can be assured that under my leadership, the law society will deal with all of our licensees fairly.

I truly hope that your question is not suggestive that an observant religious person is categorically to be excluded from the office of treasurer, a proposition I find to be chilling, and unacceptable.

WILL THE STOPSOP SLATE BE VOTING IN THE TREASURER ELECTION AS A BLOC? IF A SLATE MEMBER DOES NOT VOTE FOR YOU, WILL THE SLATE REFUSE TO SUPPORT THAT BENCHER’S MOTIONS GOING FORWARD? 

I am seeking support from across Convocation, from all of my colleagues.

There seems to be some suggestion in your question that members of the slate vote in some monolithic fashion, which is not true.  The voting records are readily available to show that we all bring distinctive views and experiences to convocation.  We do not always agree.

We sought to repeal the individual mandate of the statement of principles, which we were successful in persuading a majority of benchers to adopt last September. 

But the slate benchers do not have a majority in Convocation.  On any issue, I am obliged to persuade, or to be persuaded, by my colleagues of the merits of the question before us, whether that be on repeal of the SOP, tackling budget excesses, or the reform to the uses of the compensation fund levy (which the slate benchers advanced and which resulted in a unanimous vote in convocation).  The treasurer election is another example.

Your question suggests that we act in some vindictive or truculent fashion.  On the contrary, I work with all of my colleagues in a positive, respectful manner, even when addressing difficult decisions or when differences of opinion arise.

***

Same-sex marriage feud not over by Jessica Ernst, November 13, 2008The Edmonton Journal

Paula Simons’ article on same-sex marriage suggests the controversy is all but dead. (“Alberta has come a long way on same-sex marriage,” Nov. 8.)

Shamefully, in my community, the controversy and discrimination against homosexuals still rages strong. Pre-1967 interracial marriage was illegal in America. A scant 41 years later, an African-American was elected president. What a dramatic improvement, yet still some states voted to forbid same-sex marriage.

Do heterosexuals have the right to condemn same-sex couples or judge which couples are allowed to legally marry? I think not, not even if they are elected [or church] officials.

I proudly support same-sex marriage being legally recognized in Canada. It takes great courage to create and accept change.

I admire and respect the changes Canada is making, but sadly I think some conservative Albertans, including our elected officials, are afraid — afraid of the miraculous change that is leading towards a less discriminatory acceptance of love, commitment and marriage between two people.

As my lifelong friend says “love is love and family is family.”

Why do good people promote hatred? I think it is because they are afraid and ignorant.

Articles like those of Paula Simons do much to alleviate such fear and ignorance. I thank The Journal for this.

Jessica Ernst, Rosebud© The Edmonton Journal 2008

YET ANOTHER RACIST OLD WHITE MAN CANADIAN LAWYER IN A POSITION OF AUTHORITY? UBC Board Chair ‘Liked’ Tweet Linking Black Lives Matter and Hitler’s Paramilitary, Michael Korenberg’s social media activity shows support for right-wing causes and conspiracy theories by Katie Hyslop, June 19, 2020, TheTyee.ca

A comment to the article:

james blatchford June 19, 2020

Wow…someone’s closet idiot just got exposed.

Korenberg tweet activity
The chair of UBC’s board of governors “liked” a tweet by US far-right commentator Dinesh D’Souza that said Black Lives Matter was equivalent to Hitler’s paramilitary forces.

A University of British Columbia student group has uncovered disturbing social media activity by Michael Korenberg, chair of the university’s board of governors.

UBC Students Against Bigotry posted screenshots of Korenberg’s Twitter and Facebook activities.

The board chair had “liked” a tweet by American far-right commentator and conspiracy theorist Dinesh D’Souza that said Black Lives Matter was equivalent to Hitler’s paramilitary forces, the group found.

They also found Korenberg liked tweets and Facebook pages by other far-right individuals and groups posting racist content, including right-wing sites promoting conspiracy theories about Justin Trudeau, media personality Ann Coulter and Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA, which maintains a “watchlist” of American professors considered radical. He liked a tweet by Coulter which said “Antifa and BLM ideology” were behind “the destruction of businesses we’re witnessing across the US.”

“We’ve seen a lot of very troubling activity at UBC over the last few years,” said a member of Students Against Bigotry, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals from white supremacist groups. “And it’s possible that this helps to explain that.”

Students Against Bigotry has been compiling its own list of alleged hate incidents on the Vancouver campus on its website.

They include decisions made by the board of governors since Korenberg was elected chair in 2018, including hosting speakers considered racist, Islamophobic or transphobic on the Vancouver campus. Black students have accused campus security of racial profiling. And two student free speech clubs have faced accusations of racism, homophobia, Islamophobia and misogyny.

The Tyee contacted Korenberg, a lawyer and former businessperson chosen as chair in 2018 but has yet to receive a response.

UBC declined to comment on the story.

But in an interview with Press Progress, a non-profit publication owned by the NDP-affiliated Broadbent Institute, Korenberg said he believed in the Black Lives Matter movement and that it was a “mistake” to have liked that tweet.

“Would it have been better if I didn’t tick it? Sure, and I wish I probably hadn’t,” he told Press Progress. “I probably did it late at night.”

“I regret it if anyone would interpret it as me supporting anything that is contrary to trying to move forward in support of a different approach where clearly unacceptable actions have been taken.”

UBC education professor Annette Henry said the ideas Korenberg “liked” on social media reflect what Black educator bell hooks calls the “white supremacist capitalist heteropatriarchy” world view.

“It’s unfortunate that we have people in such positions of authority at UBC,” she said, adding she feels “disheartened” that Korenberg’s job as chair includes duties like “foster good relations between the university and the community.”

Korenberg is an example of what Black, Indigenous and racialized members of the UBC community already know about the university, added Henry, who is Black.

“We know that this is the struggle that we’re fighting against the status quo,” she said. “We’re fighting for change; we’re trying to make a dent somewhere.”

“Not to get too academic, but the word ‘institution’ comes from the Latin word to ‘set in place’ or ‘establish.’ That’s exactly what has happened: certain ways of thinking, doing and behaving have been set in place. So even though we talk about diversity, we still keep hiring white people where we have the opportunity not to.”

Henry added that there are “pockets” of good things happening on campus.

She is working with more than a dozen education faculty members who are pushing UBC administration to include more racialized people on the university’s presidential re-appointment committee charged with recommending whether the board should reappoint president Santa Ono.

That committee is also chaired by Korenberg.

If Ono is not reappointed, the education faculty members want more racialized candidates to be considered for the job, too.

Ali Abdi, another UBC education professor, is familiar with the work of Dinesh D’Souza, whose tweet about Black Lives Matter Korenberg liked.

“It is, in my opinion, unacceptable,” Abdi said. “Especially when they are comparing the actions of rightful demonstrations and demands on the rights of marginalized communities to the Nazis. For the chair of the UBC board of governors to like that is unacceptable.”

Abdi said he is not calling Korenberg a racist but would like him to offer a fuller public apology, adding it is important to the diverse community of over 80,000 people who work and study at UBC.

“Issues like this can be attached to the systemic racism now being discussed in Canada, especially when these are supported by people in positions of power,” said Abdi.

Henry says Korenberg needs to be called out for his actions. But she isn’t confident that change will come from the university administration.

“There are too many people who think things are fine the way they are,” she said. “I think if there’s going to be any response, I think it will come from the students.”

UBC Students Against Bigotry, which was established over a year ago to fight hate on campus, agrees that university leadership cannot be depended on to address the issue.

“I don’t know if we can count on UBC to do anything about this. The leadership that’s in place now has not shown any serious interest in tackling these issues,” the member said.

“They’re more concerned with the rights of white nationalists and far-right extremists than they are about students, faculty and staff who are at risk of violence and face threats every day.”

Head of UBC board of governors resigns after liking racist, far-right comments on Twitter, Michael Korenberg liked tweets disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement by CBC News, Jun 20, 2020

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The chair of the University of British Columbia’s board of governors has resigned after liking racist and conspiracy theory posts on Twitter, including tweets disparaging the Black Lives Matter movement.

Michael Korenberg’s resignation comes after UBC Students Against Bigotry posted recent photos of his Twitter account that showed tweets he liked included praise for U.S. President Donald Trump, references to protesters as “violent looters,” and a conspiracy theory that compared the Black Lives Matter protests to Adolf Hitler’s paramilitary tactics.

In a statement Saturday night, the university said Korenberg would be stepping down from his position on the board of governors immediately.

“The Board of Governors and Mr. Korenberg would like to recognize that this has been deeply hurtful to members of our community and that UBC has zero tolerance for racism and recognizes that real harm is created from both overt and structural racism,” the statement said. 

In a statement on the board’s website, Korenberg said he “thoughtlessly” supported regressive voices that attempted to discredit “broad-based, legal and necessary protest.”

“As a result, my interactions have been interpreted in a manner that creates questions about who I am and what I believe in,” the statement said.

“I wholeheartedly apologize for them, particularly to the students, faculty and staff of UBC.”

In his statement Saturday, Korenberg said he is committed to “erasing racism, hate and discrimination” from society.

On Twitter, he said he supports Black Lives Matter and that he hurt people in liking certain posts on social media. He acknowledged racism exists in Canada and that he wants to be “part of the solution,” but did not say how he would contribute to doing this or what his next steps would be.Michael Korenberg@Mikey4493

Today I stepped down as Chair of the Board of Governors of UBC. I owe all students, faculty and staff and all those who stand against all forms of discrimination, an apology. I do so with all my heart.

In an interview with The Ubyssey student newspaper, Korenberg said he was “not familiar” with the fact that his Twitter account was public and that anyone could see the tweets he liked.

Another lying lawyer? I find his excuse impossible to believe. How stupid does this lawyer think we are?

According to the board of governors website, Korenberg was an adjunct professor in UBC’s Allard School of Law for 24 years. He was a member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee and participated in developing the university’s strategic plan for the next century.

He was appointed to the board of governors in 2016 and chaired several committees. 

Sandra Cawley will now assume the role of chair of the board until a new chair is elected.

B.C.’s Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark said she learned of Korenberg’s resignation Saturday.

“Our government and UBC are deeply committed to inclusion, justice and equity for all,” she said in a statement. 

“The university has an inclusion action plan and has begun implementing it. I believe UBC will continue its work to provide a world-class education to all of its students in a safe and supportive community environment.”

IN MY VIEW, RACISTS, BIGOTS AND OR MISOGYNISTS IN CANADA ARE TOO OFTEN REWARDED WITH APPOINTMENTS THEY DO NOT DESERVE AND SOME TO POSITIONS OF POWER WHERE THEY DO GREAT HARM, all to keep racism prospering.

Margaret Wente’s Massey College appointment yields three resignations, petition demanding rescission by Hannah Carty, June 19, 2020, The Varsity

Wente long criticized for plagiarism, pseudo-scientific claims about race

Massey College is facing considerable backlash after it announced Margaret Wente as a 2020–2021 senior fellow and member of the Quadrangle Society this week. Three faculty members have also resigned from their senior fellowships at the college in response to the decision.

Wente, previously a columnist for the Globe and Mail, has long faced criticisms for plagiarism and promoting pseudo-scientific claims about race

Massey College is a graduate residence that is affiliated with, but operates independently from, U of T. Senior fellows at the college are invited to be a part of college activities and “contribute to the intellectual life of the College,” according to the announcement of this year’s senior members by Massey College’s principal, Nathalie Des Rosiers. Members of the Quadrangle Society are expected to “retain an appreciation and respect for academic pursuit” and use their expertise to help the Massey College community.

Alissa Trotz’s resignation as senior fellow, Governing Board member 

Alissa Trotz, who is the director of the Women & Gender Studies Institute and former director of the Caribbean Studies Program at New College, was the first to resign from her positions at Massey College, which include Massey College’s Governing Board and the Governance and Nominating Committee.

In her letter of resignation, she wrote that “Margaret Wente is someone who has demonstrated consistent and outright hostility to questions of equity, women and gender studies and anti-racism.”

While recognizing that, as part of the Governing Board, she “must take some responsibility” for her own oversight in relation to Wente’s nomination coming to fruition, Trotz raised questions about the “deeply unequal and non-transparent mechanisms of selection” and the nature of due diligence by which Wente’s nomination materialized in the first place. 

She further reflected on the prioritization of excellence over equity concerns in determining membership at the college. “I actually don’t know that anyone else would have raised any questions about her candidacy unless I had,” wrote Trotz, expressing tiredness for “the loneliness, of feeling as if the few of us have to shoulder this work.” Trotz was the only Black member of the college’s Governing Board. negro frolics@DesmondCole

university of toronto professor Alissa Trotz has resigned from her positions at @MasseyCollege over the school’s appointment of Margaret Wente as a senior fellow. during her journalism career, Wente published racist pseudoscience, and was repeatedly investigated for plagiarism

Petition calling for rescission, further resignations

petition addressed to Des Rosiers has been circulated, asking the college to rescind the appointment. At the time of publication, the petition had over 1,800 signatures from students, faculty, and alumni. The petition, which criticizes Wente for “[publishing] racist pseudoscience,” notes that if Wente’s appointment is not rescinded, it “will make the College a less safe place” for Black, Indigenous, and other racialized communities at the college. 

“In the same week where Massey College made a public commitment to addressing Anti-Black racism and held a talk on Anti-Black racism, we feel it is greatly disappointing that Governing Board did not back up these words with their actions,” the petition further reads.

Following Trotz’s resignation, Rick Halpern, a history professor, resigned as senior follow at the college, calling the appointment of Wente “despicable,” and echoed Trotz’s concerns surrounding Wente’s nomination in the first place. 

George J. Sefa Dei, a professor of social justice at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, also resigned from his membership at the college, writing that Wente’s appointment made him “rethink [his] membership,” and claiming that the appointment of Wente “goes against Massey College’s public commitment to addressing anti-Black racism.”

After pushback, Massey College principal Nathalie Des Rosiers said that the appointment of Wente was under review, as reported by the CBC.

Recent history of racism at Massey College

This is not the first time that Massey College has faced racism-related controversy. In 2017, a senior fellow at the college, Michael Marrus, resigned after making a racist comment toward a Black junior fellow, leading the college to remove the title of “Master” and change it to “Principal.”

More recently, other accusations of racism at Massey College have surfaced, such as a tweet from U of T PhD student and former junior fellow Carlie H. Manners where she wrote that she has experienced anti-Black racism at the college, “from explicit actions to micro-aggressions.”Carlie H. Manners@CarlieManners

I was a Junior Fellow at Massey College this academic year. On Mar 2nd, I made a formal complaint regarding the specific incidents that led to my decision to leave. Since Sept 2019, I experienced anti-black racism in its various forms, from explicit actions to micro-aggressions. https://twitter.com/MasseyCollege/status/1268568692025155587 …

Massey College@MasseyCollege#

Massey College Senior Fellow and expert in race, crime, and criminal justice Prof @AOBempah discusses systemic racism, racism in Canada’s criminal justice system, the disproportionate incarceration of Black Canadians, in conversation with MP

@beynate.https://twitter.com/AOBempah/status/1268302423128289280 …65

The Varsity has reached out to Massey College and Margaret Wente for comment.

Editor’s Note: (June 19, 6:32 pm): This article has been updated to add context for the recent history of racism at the college. 

Editor’s Note (June 19, 7:22 pm): This article has been updated to correct the number of signatories on the petition.

Editor’s Note (June 19, 7:35 pm): This article was updated to correct that the new title for Massey College head was “Principal,” not “Head of College.”

Editor’s Note (June 19, 8:20 pm): This article has been updated to correct that Trotz is no longer the director of the Caribbean studies program.

Editor’s Note (June 20, 4:15 pm): This article has been updated to include comment from Des Rosiers. 

Massey College’s only Black governing board member resigns over Margaret Wente appointment by Charlie Smith, June 19th, 2020, Straight.com

Award-winning University of Toronto academic Alissa Trotz doesn't want to be associated with a college that has included Margaret Wente in a group of eminent community members known as the Quadrangle Society.

Award-winning University of Toronto academic Alissa Trotz doesn’t want to be associated with a college that has included Margaret Wente in a group of eminent community members known as the Quadrangle Society. JOHNNY GUATTO/UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Former Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente was one of Canada’s more controversial media figures during her 20 years of opinion writing.

In the early 2000s, she came under fire for questioning the science of climate change. And as late as 2013, she was claiming that “temperatures have held steady for 16 years”.

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Several years ago, she also found herself in the midst of a plagiarism controversy following blog posts by University of Ottawa professor Carol Wainio.

In 2017 when two other columnists were sacked, Wente began trending on Twitter due to calls on the social media site for her to lose her job.

Two years later, Wente tried to make an issue of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg’s Asperger diagnosis. 

Yesterday, Wente was on a list of incoming senior members of Massey College in an announcement by the principal, Nathalie Des Rosiers.

That prompted the only Black member of the governing board, Alissa Trotz, to resign from the board and the college.

In a letter to the governing board, Trotz included links to articles mentioning Wente. The professor alleged that they demonstrate “the ease with which she has been prepared to use her professional position as a journalist in a major Canadian newspaper to reproduce and champion scientific theories of race that have no standing or scientific legitimacy in an academic community such as ours”.

Trotz, director of the Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, also criticized “deeply unequal and non-transparent mechanisms of selection that I saw when invited to join the Senior Fellows Nomination Committee this year”.

“It also feels utterly lonely that I might be the only person at GB to object to Margaret Wente’s presence at Massey College, because it goes against everything I understood the College to be aspiring to,” Trotz added.

“It raises questions of due diligence, of how her name would even make it out of one of the College’s estates, where the nomination would first have had to be vetted and discussed thoroughly and voted upon before going forward to GB, when the first entering of her name on google would have immediately pointed to these questions.”

Margaret Wente was given a podium on the <em>Globe and Mail</em>'s opinion pages for two decades before accepting a buyout in 2019.
Margaret Wente was given a podium on the Globe and Mail‘s opinion pages for two decades before accepting a buyout in 2019.

Trotz has previously won a University of Toronto President’s Teaching Award, as well as an Outstanding Teaching Award from the Faculty of Arts and Science.

Massey College describes itself as “a graduate students’ residential community affiliated with, but independent from, the University of Toronto”.

The college also welcomes “eminent members of society beyond the academic world”, known as Quadrangle Society members, a group that now includes Wente.

Update

A University of Toronto professor has resigned his membership in Massey College over the Wente appointment.

George J. Sefa Dei is the director of the Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies@OISECIARS

Dr. George Nana Dei resigns as Massey College Senior Fellow after the appointment of Margaret Wente.

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There’s also an online petition signed by members of the University of Toronto community calling on Massey College to rescind the appointment.

Spencer Julien@spencer_julien

Margaret Wente’s appointment at Massey College is unacceptable. If you’re a member of the Uof T community, join the call to rescind her appointment as a Senior Fellow.

#uoft @uoftsu @UTGSU

Rescind Margaret Wente’s Massey College Appointment

To: Nathalie Des Rosiers
Principal, Massey College
4 Devonshire Place
Toronto, ON M5S 2E1

We — the undersigned students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors of the University of Toronto — call on Massey College to immediately rescind their appointment of Margaret Wente as a Senior Fellow and Member of the Quadrangle Society.

In her career as a journalist, Margaret Wente published racist pseudoscience and was repeatedly investigated for plagiarism(1). We believe this disqualifies Margaret Wente from serving in a group of “people who demonstrate the ethical pursuit of the public good that we want to model for our Junior Fellowship”(2).

Dr. Rinaldo Walcott and Dr. Minelle Mahtani said in a 2014 article that “journalists like […] Wente are committed to telling stories about race where a cast of stereotypes of the worst kind is rolled out, masquerading as insightful queries.”(3) speaking about her article promoting the claims of Nicholas Wade, a heavily criticized pseudo-scientist.(4)

In the same week where Massey College made a public commitment to addressing Anti-Black racism and held a talk on Anti-Black racism, we feel it is greatly disappointing that Governing Board did not back up these words with their actions.

BIPOC Fellows, academics, and staff deserve to feel safe at Massey College. Allowing Margaret Wente’s appointment to stand will make the College a less safe place for them. We stand in solidarity with the Fellows and academics who have already spoken out.

Sincerely,

[Signatories as of June 19, 2020, 8:40 pm]

Spencer Julien FRSA, BA Visual Studies ’23, Daniels Faculty
Dr. Rinaldo Walcott, Professor of Black Studies, OISE
Dr. Pam Palmater, Senior Fellow, Massey College
Sandy Hudson, MA Social Justice Education, OISE; BA Sociology, Woodsworth College; Co-Founder, BLMTO
Diane Sullivan, BA ’83; BArch ’92, Trinity College; School of Architecture
Elias Khalil, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Siobhan O’Brien, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Medicine
Robin Martin, MA European and Russian Affairs ‘22, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies
Matt Maltby, BA Education ‘13, OISE
Ashley Gold, MA Women & Gender Studies ‘21, Women & Gender Studies Institute
Daniel Mastin, BA History ’02, University of Toronto Scarborough
Kate Rowbotham, PhD Management ’09, Rotman School of Management
David Mastin, BPHE, BEd, MEd, OISE
Karenveer Pannu, M.Ed ‘21, OISE
Jacob Mastin, BSc ’22, University of Toronto Scarborough
Hannah Mastin, BSc Psychology ’22, University of Toronto Scarborough
Sarah Dolman, MEd Higher Education, OISE
Jess Fernandez, BA Sexual Diversity Studies & Health Studies ‘21, University College
John-Francis McGowan, BA Book & Media Studies ’19, University College
Charlene Holmes, BA Women and Gender Studies, Woodsworth College
Elizabeth Friesen (née Charchalis), Alumni, Trinity College
Shira Lurie, Postdoctoral Fellow, University College
Anna Lee, BA ’06, Victoria College
Deborah Cowen, Professor of Geography, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Tom Fraser, BA History and Geography ’20, Victoria College
Hulya Arik, Assistant Professor of Geography, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Míchílín Ní Threasaigh, MA Social Justice Education ‘21, OISE
Orson Sedmina, BA (Hons), Woodsworth College
Kari Maaren, PhD English ’08, Massey Alumna
Nicole Laliberte, Associate Professor of Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga
Jeff Weingarten, BA English ’07, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Fatimah Jackson-Best, PhD, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
August Murphy-King, M.Mus ’13, DMA ’20, Faculty of Music
Julie MacArthur, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto Mississauga
Ryan Hayes, BA Urban Studies ’10, Victoria College
Alexis Kyle Mitchell, PhD Human Geography and Sexual Diversity Studies, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Keisha St. Louis-McBurnie, MScPl ‘21, Department of Geography and Planning
Lilian Radovac, Assistant Professor (CLTA), ICCIT, University of Toronto Mississauga
Percy Lezard, PhD Social Justice Education/Women & Gender Studies ’20, OISE
Kelly Whitehead, PhD Candidate, Department of English
Cassandra Williams, MA History & Philosophy of Science and Technology, IHPST
Josh Grondin, MEd ’22, OISE
Jeff May, Sessional Instructor, Women & Gender Studies Institute
Lindsay Sidders, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Alexandra Sterjovski, BA Human Geography ‘19, New College
Tamai Kobayashi, BA Cinema Studies, Innis College
Andrew Biro, BA ’91, University College
Madeleine Smith, BA International Development Studies ’13, Centre for Critical Development Studies
Nemoy Lewis, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography and Planning
Ellen Grace Parsons, BA ’21, Editor-in-Chief of The Strand Newspaper, Victoria College
Rachel Goffe, Assistant Professor of Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough
Gulzar R. Charania, PhD Social Justice Education/Women & Gender Studies ’15, OISE
Beyhan Farhadi, PhD Geography ’19; Junior Fellow 2018-2019, Massey College
Judy Grant, PhD Candidate, OISE; Junior Fellow 2017-2018, Massey College
Nila Gupta, B.Sc., Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Barry Freeman, Associate Professor and Chair, Arts, Culture and Media at UTSC
Annie MacKillican, BA (Hons.) ‘20, Centre for Indigenous Studies
Tehya Silbermann, BA Political Science and Art History, Woodsworth College
Berivan Sarikaya, PhD Adult Education and Community Development, OISE
Elizabeth Legge, Associate Professor, Department of Art History
Terezia Zoric, Associate Professor of Social Justice Education, OISE
Marina McKenzie, BA Human Geography and Equity Studies ’19, Innis College
Kristen Bos, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies, University of Toronto Mississauga
Melissa Giblon, BSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ‘21, BSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ‘21
Adam Zendel, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography & Planning
Natalie Oswin, Associate Professor of Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough
Jas Rault, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) & Faculty of Information
Natasha Rayman, BA Women & Gender Studies ’22, St. Michael’s College
T.L. Cowan, Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) & Faculty of Information
Adam Lauder, Instructor, St. Michael’s College
Joyce Crago, LL.B ’93, Faculty of Law
Melanie J. Newton, Associate Professor of History, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Amy Clarke, BEd ’13, OISE
Catherine Meanwell Laing, BA History ’71, University College
Margaret English, Librarian, Department of Art History
Catherine Heard, MVS ’05, Daniels Faculty
Sagal Mohamoud, BA English ’22, St. Michael’s College
C Dalrymple-Faser, PhD Candidate, Department of Philosophy and Joint Centre for Bioethics
David Robinson, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Ben Berman Gaan, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Sylvia Gaspari, PhD Candidate, Department of Italian Studies
Jennifer Franks, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History
Tasia Boranprasit, BSc (Hons.) Biology ‘22, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
James Roussain, Librarian, St. Michael’s College
Emma van Ryn, BA Equity Studies ’18, New College
Dr. Veronique Church-Duplessis, PhD ’16 , Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Chiderah Sunny, BA ’22, St. Michael’s College
Beverly Bain, Professor of Women and Gender Studies, Department of Historical Studies (UTM)
Bushra Boblai, BA History ‘23, Innis College
Steve Easterbrook, Director, School of the Environment; Professor of Computer Science
Nicole Alie, BA (Hons.) ’05, University College
Greg Davies, MA History of Art, Department of Art History
Janan Lewars, BA African Studies/Political Science ‘17, Trinity College
Sarah Sharma, Associate Professor, ICCIT
Clara James, BA Architecture ‘21, Daniels Faculty
Nawal Ali, BA Political Science ‘23, St. Michael’s College
Cheryl Quan, BSc Psychology ‘20, New College
Dr. Paul Bowser, PhD Zoology ’06, SGS/Department of Zoology
Matthieu Caron, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Colleen Irowa, MEd Social Justice ‘19, OISE
Marla Hlady, Associate Professor, Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC)
Asher Wilson, BA Political Science ’21, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Jonathan McQuarrie, PhD History ’16, SGS/Department of History
Judy Androsoff, BA NMC/African Studies ’22, Woodsworth College
Myla Chawla, BA Political Science and Equity Studies ’14, Trinity College
Lily Frimpong, BA Political Science ‘22
Khadiga, BA Environmental Science, University of Toronto Mississauga
Catherine Tuominen, B.Sc Medical Anthropology ‘10, University of Toronto Scarborough
Sara Sullivan, BA English ‘23, University College
Efrat Gold, PhD Candidate, OISE
River Cecil Oliveira, BSc Psychology ’19, Victoria College
Khan, BSc (Hons.) Physics and Philosophy, New College
Samia Asir, BA English ‘23, New College
Safiya Nur, BA Human Biology ‘22, St. Michael’s College
Dr. Nadeem Abji, PhD Electrical Engineering ‘15, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
darren patrick / dp, Lecturer, Women and Gender Studies Institute
Dania Asahi Ogie, BA Public Policy and Political Science ‘22, University College
Noreen Goraya, MSW, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Farhana Islam, Junior Fellow 2017-2019, Massey College; Faculty of Medicine
Abigail Moriah, MSc Planning ’05, Department of Geography & Planning
Martha Screaton-Burton, MA Art History ‘93, Department of Art History
Robin Pacific, MA English ’70, Department of English
Catherine Kelly, BA Anthropology/Gender Studies ‘19, St. Michael’s College
Teresa Heffernan, PhD English ’96, Department of English; Visiting Fellow 2019-20, Centre of Ethics
Mark V. Campbell, Assistant Professor of Music & Culture, Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC)
Lisa Forman, Associate Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Desiree Sylvestre, PhD Educational Leadership and Policy ‘22, OISE
Yasmin Owis, PhD Candidate, Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, OISE
Octavia Andrade-Dixon, BA (Hons.) Human Geography ’20, Woodsworth College
Jamie Magnusson, Associate Professor, OISE
Zeyad Hamza, B.Comm ‘19, St. Michael’s College
Hannah Turcotte, BA Ethics, Society, Law/Human Geography, New College
Catherine McMahon, BA English ’19, St. Michael’s College
Amie G, BA Political Science ‘20, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
James Keane, BSc Engineering, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Amanda Hsieh, PhD Musicology ’20; Junior Fellow 2014–16, Massey College
Chelsy Caranto, BA English ’22, New College
Dr. George Dei, Professor of Social Justice Education, OISE
Emily Gagliano, BA Film and Theatre ’22, St. Michael’s College
Linh Hoai Nguyen, BA Political Science ’22, Woodsworth College
Ted Hall, BA English ’23, New College
Marcellinus Essah, Ph.D. Human Geography Candidate, Department of Geography & Planning
Leticia Nalukwata, BA Political Science ’19, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
MaryElizabeth Luka, Assistant Professor, Department of Arts, Culture and Media (UTSC) & Faculty of Information
Adrian De Leon, BA English ’14, UTSC; PhD History ’19, SGS; Junior Fellow ’15-’19, Massey College; Assistant Professor, University of Southern California
Seika Boye, Lecturer, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Erik Chen, BA Political Science ’22, University College
Angela Di Nello, BEd ’12, OISE
Michelle Murphy, Professor, Department of History
AJ B, PhD Social Justice Education Candidate, OISE
Andalah Ali, MA English (Creative Writing) ’21, Department of English
Mnawaate Gordon-Corbiere, Alumni, St. Michael’s College
Jacob Mosseri, MASc Industrial Engineering ’22, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Michael Kozakov, BA Computer Science ’15, Victoria College
Zeyd Hassan, BA Political Science and Economics, St. Michael’s College
Lynda Lemberg, BA ’71, University College
Doreen Hyndman, M.Div ’87, Emmanuel College
Hannah Girdlef, HBSc Global Health and Bioethics, Faculty of Arts and Science
Alessandro Delfanti, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and ICCIT
Jessica Fields, Professor of Sociology and Health & Society, University of Toronto Scarborough
Abdi Osman, Bonham Centre Fellow 2020-2023, University College
Alisha Krishna, BA Cinema Studies ’19, Victoria College
Monica Iqbal, BSc Computer Science ’20, University College
Elisa Sze, Metadata Librarian, University of Toronto Libraries
Layla Bender, BA Criminology ’22, Trinity College
Megan Jeevan Sutherland, BA Ethics, Society & Law/Peace, Conflict & Justice, Trinity College
Noor Yaghi, BA Kinesiology ‘22, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Nhung Tuyet Tran, Associate Professor, Department of History
Shauna J. Sweeneh, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies and History, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Vincent Wong, Research Associate, Faculty of Law
Samira Mursal, BA English ’22, Department of English
Hannah Moslemy, BA Architecture ’22, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Justin Kong, MA Sociology ’19, Department of Sociology
Scott Sorli, Sessional Lecturer II, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Caitlin Gladney-Hatcher, BA (Hons) Women & Gender Studies ’11, St. Michael’s College
Tara Silver, PhD Candidate, OISE
Tehya Silbermann, BA Political Science and Art History ’22, Woodsworth College
Aynur, BA Criminology and Sociology ’22, St. Michael’s College
Katia Berdichevsky, BEd ’03, OISE
Scott Rayter, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Sexual Diversity Studies/English/University College
Iris Chan, BA Sociology ’02, Faculty of Arts & Science
Sally Lee, BA Literary Studies and Philosophy ’90, Innis College
Emma McCallum, MA Social Justice Education ’21, OISE
Oksana Robertson, BA Political Science ’21, St. Michael’s College
Lee Wilkins, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Information
Riley Myers, BA Cinema Studies/Women and Gender Studies/French Studies ’22, Innis College
Raphaella Zymaras, BA Film and Sociology ’22, Victoria College
Carlie Manners, PhD Candidate, Department of History; Former Junior Fellow, Massey College
Noam Lior, PhD, Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies
Christopher Lauzon, MA Architecture ’18, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Hari Viswanathan, JD/MSW ’01, Faculties of Law and Social Work
Karyn Recollet, Professor, Women and Gender Studies Institute
Isabella Cesari, BA Cinema Studies ’22, St. Michael’s College
Fion Yung, BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry ’22, New College
Sara Akbari, MT Primary/Junior Education ’17, OISE
Lise Fournier, BA English and Religious Studies ’91, St. Michael’s College
Stephanie Springgay, Associate Professor, OISE
Kayleigh Birch, BA (Hons.) Cinema Studies/English ’20, Victoria College
Kathy Fischer, BA Political Science ’91, University College
Chandni Desai, Assistant Professor of Equity Studies, New College
Nickie Van Lier, PhD Candidate, Department of Geography & Planning
Kathleen Domanski, BA Cinema Studies ’22, Innis College
Jesse Rudy, BA Geography and Urban Studies ’22, Woodsworth College
Carrianne Leung, PhD Sociology and Equity Studies in Education ’07, OISE
Jennifer Gustar, PhD English ’97, SGS
Maureen FitzGerald, Fellow, The Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies, University College
OmiSoore Dryden, PhD Social Justice Education, OISE; Associate Professor & James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies, Dalhousie University
Sanchia deSouza, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Dania Majid, BSc (Hons.) Biology, Environment, Economics ’99, Innis College
Alexi El Morr, BASc Engineering Science ’23, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Andrea Rayment, JD ’93, Faculty of Law
Shreya Prakash, BSc Health and Disease ’22, St. Michael’s College
Rika, BA Humanities ’22, Woodsworth College
Natasha, BA Anthropology ’22, University College
Nidhi Panwar, PhD Candidate, Political Science/South Asian Studies; Junior Fellow, Massey College; Trudeau Fellow in Peace, Conflict and Justice, Munk School
Dr. Sameena Eidoo, Lecturer, OISE
Gabrielle Doiron, PhD Human Geography ’23, Department of Geography
Hayley, MSc Cell & Systems Biology ’21, Department of Cell & Systems Biology
Jay Cavanagh, Junior Fellow 2019-2020, Massey College; MA History ’20, Department of History
rosalind hampton, Professor of Black Studies, OISE
Suzanne Akbari, Professor of English and Medieval Studies, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Éric Pecile, PhD History ’21, Department of History
Aven McMaster, PhD Classics ’10, Department of Classics; Assistant Professor of Ancient Studies, Laurentian University
Kate MacQuarrie, BASc Chemical Engineering ’21, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Dirk Rodricks, PhD Curriculum and Pedagogy ’20, OISE
Lisa Sloniowski, MISt Information Studies ’99, Faculty of Information
Branimir Ćaćić, BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Physics ’07, St. Michael’s College
Destiny Mae Ramos-Alleyne, BA Sociology and Critical Studies in Equity and Solidarity ’21, Woodsworth College
Nisha Klein, BA English ’22, Victoria College
Simon Vickers, PhD History ’22, Department of History
Sahra Ali, BSc Biological Physics ’22, St. Michael’s College
Tanitiã Munroe, MEd Social Justice Education, OISE; PhD Candidate, Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, OISE
Kim Koyama, BA Linguistics/Cognitive Science ’87, Scarborough College
Iman Abdulhadi, BSc Life Sciences ’22, University College
Alley, BA Equity Studies ’21, Innis College
Ryan Persadie, PhD Candidate, Women and Gender Studies Institute
A. M. Thomas, MA Human Geography ’21, Innis College
Alla Babushkina, Ph.D. Candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies
Hannah Bild-Enkin, Engineering Career Centre, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Amanda Harvey-Sánchez, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Anthropology; Junior Fellow 2018-2019, Massey College
Killian McCormack, PhD Human Geography ’20, Department of Geography & Planning
Lisa Simpson, B.Sc. Phm. ’94, Faculty of Pharmacy
Theresa Aqui, BSc Psychology ’07, University College
Arshdeep Aulakh, BA CrimSL and Health Studies ’21, Woodsworth College
Lauren Williams, BA English and Classical Civilization ’05, Victoria College
Natasha Ramoutar, BA (Hons.) English & French ’16, University of Toronto Scarborough
Nikoli Attai, Provost’s Black Postdoctoral Fellow, Women and Gender Studies Institute
Nidhi Sachdeva, PhD Candidate, Curriculum and Pedagogy, OISE
Paolo Frascà, PhD Candidate, Italian Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies, SGS
Stephen Guy-Bray, MA English ‘86, PhD English ‘91, Department of English
Molly Simpson, MPP ’22, Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy
Jessica Ribeiro, BSc Biology & Neuroscience ’19, Faculty of Arts & Science
Melissa Levin, Lecturer, African Studies, New College
Danica Vidotto, PhD Curriculum & Pedagogy ’22, OISE
Victoria Barclay, BA Sociology ’20, Woodsworth College
Mary Louise McCarthy, PhD Social Justice Education ’20, OISE
Lee Clement, PhD Engineering ’19, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Rick Halpern, Senior Fellow, University of Toronto Scarborough
Anne McGuire, Associate Professor of Equity Studies, New College
Diana Subron, BSc (Hons.) Health & Disease, Physiology, Biology ’20, New College
Hasko von Kriegstein, PhD Philosophy ’14, SGS
Ben Gallagher, PhD Curriculum & Pedagogy ’22, OISE
Eve Tuck, Associate Professor, OISE
Stephanie Tacit, BMus/BEd ’14, Faculty of Music/OISE
Sasha Thompson, BA Women and Gender Studies ’20, Woodsworth College
Matthew Farish, Associate Professor, Department of Geography and Planning
Sian Echard, PhD Medieval Studies ’90, Centre for Medieval Studies
Sidrah Rana, BA Physics/Chemistry ’22, Trinity College
Emily Grenon, BA History ’22, Victoria College
Nicole Anderson, MA Social Justice Education ’21, OISE
Yara Yasser Mahmoud Nawara, BA Human Geography ’23, Innis College
Jennifer Wemigwans, Assistant Professor, Adult Education & Community Development, OISE
Dr. Angela Nardozi, BEd ’08, MA ’10, PhD ’16, OISE
Dr. Brent Derry, Professor of Molecular Genetics, Faculty of Medicine
Mabruk Kabir, PhD Candidate, OISE; Junior Fellow, Massey College
Dr. David Suarez, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Philosophy
Nancy Fischer, BA English ’84, University College
Hana Suckstorff, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Marina Dumont Gauthier, PhD Art History ’22, Department of Art History
Rafiya Abid, BSc Neuroscience and Physiology ’23, St. Michael’s College
Elaina Lysack, PhD Candidate, Centre for Medieval Studies
Tailai Song, BA Cinema Studies ’22, New College
Orysia Goddard, MA Near and Middle Eastern Studies ’10; MMSt ’13, Faculty of Information
Miles Rufelds, MVS Studio ’19, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
Jason T.Ramsay, PhD Human Development and Applied Psychology ’03, OISE
Pragya Priyadarshini, MScPl ’21, Department of Planning and Geography
Jonathan Newman, PhD Medieval Studies ’08, SGS
Mary Goombs, HBSc Health and Disease,’21, New College
Emily MacLeod, PhD Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ’13, Arts and Sciences
Michelle Daigle, Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies & Geography, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Carrie Gillon, MA Linguistics ’99, Department of Linguistics
Anthony Parise, BEd ’00, OISE
Natalie Rothman, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto Scarborough
Kimberley Yates, Associate Director, Jackman Humanities Institute,
Anuli Ndubuisi, PhD Curriculum and Pedagogy ’24, OISE
Mayadevi Murthy, BA Study of Religion and Equity Studies ’21, Victoria College
Meghan Ecclestone, MISt ’09, Faculty of Information
Zainab Owais, BSc Molecular Genetics and Microbiology ’23, Woodsworth College
Sleimon Naimi, BSc Computer Science ’24, New College
Celeste Yim, BA Women & Gender Studies ’18, Trinity College
Mitchell Jackson, MI ’19, Faculty of Information
Tyson Seburn, Assistant AD, IFP, New College”
J Mousseau, B.Ed ’01, OISE
Elizabeth Greene, MA Medieval Studies ’66; PhD English ’69; Associate Professor (retired), English, Queen’s University
Dina Fergani, PhD Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Women and Gender Studies ’21, Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations and Women and Gender Studies
Rosemary Martin, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology PhD Candidate; Junior Fellow (Alumni)
Priyansh, PhD Candidate ’23, Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education
Thomas Hall, BSc Global Health/Forest Conservation Science ’22, Trinity College
Michael Simpson, Former Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geography & Planning
Mackenzie Stephenson, BA Women & Gender Studies ’22, New College
Alec Butler, BA Indigenous Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies ‘19, Woodsworth College
Shawna Collins, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Deborah Peart, Student Recruitment Liaison/Officer, University of Toronto Mississauga
Andrés Leonardo Lalama Vargas, PhD History ’24, Department of History
Heather Byrnes, BEd ’09, OISE
Deanne Williams, BA English ’92, University College
Bianca Dahl, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Elizabeth Pentland, BA ’95, MA ’98, Victoria College; Associate Professor of English, York University
Chester Scoville, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of English and Drama (UTM)
Matthew Tran ,PhD Candidate ’20, Department of Cell and Systems Biology
Taleah Clarke, Program Assistant, Dept. of LHAE, OISE
Ingrid Wong, BA Political Science and History ’22, St. Michael’s College
Kate Nitsis, BA French Studies ’16, University of Toronto Scarborough; BEd ’17, OISE
Stephen Spong, Director of the John and Dotsa Bitove Law Library and Copyright Officer, Western University; BA History ’05, St. Michael’s College; MI Library & Information Science ’11, Faculty of Information
Chandra Murdoch, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Jeff Josselyn-Creighton, Junior Fellow, Massey College
Susan Ruddick, Professor of Geography and Planning, Faculty of Arts and Science
Karen Cameron ,BA Economics ’89, Scarborough College
Maryam Khawaja, BA Geography ’20, St. Michael’s College
Alice M. Palumbo, PhD English, Department of English; JD, Faculty of Law
Jess Stewart-Lee, BA Cinema Studies/Diaspora and Transnational Studies ’19, Innis College
Dania Kassim, BA Contemporary Asian Studies ’23, Trinity College
Sarah Hillewaert, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Andre Sorensen, Professor of Human Geography, University of Toronto Scarborough
Angie Lo, BA English and Human Biology ’22, Trinity College
Nakita Gopal, BSc Pharmaceutical Chemistry ’22, Woodsworth College
Noa Shaindlinger, MA History, Department of History; PhD Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations ‘16
Darby Bates, Junior Fellow, Massey College; MSc Physics
Megan McBride, Undergraduate Advisor, English and Drama, University of Toronto Mississauga
Louis Reed-Wood, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Alison MacAulay, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Eriks Bredovskis, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Diana Chang, BSc (Hons) ’09, University of Toronto Scarborough
Angela Gong, BSc Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ’22,Trinity College
Katherine Blouin, Associate Professor, Historical & Cultural Studies/Classics, University of Toronto Scarborough
Thivani Jeyakumar, BAS Engineering ’24, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Kieran McGarry, MI Library and Information Science ’21, Faculty of Information
Zarfishan Qureshi, BSc Psychology ’22, University College
Nicole Cohen, Associate Professor, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology, University of Toronto Mississauga
Katherine Larson, Professor, Department of English, University of Toronto Scarborough
Eden Hagos, BSc (Hons.) ’04, Trinity College
Sarah Mack, BA Women & Gender Studies ’16, Trinity College
Zaynab Jivraj, BA History/Criminology and Sociolegal Studies ’23, Woodsworth College
Sophie Bourret-Klein, MA Social Justice Education ‘21, OISE
Kenna Kelly-Turner, MA English ’09, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Sarah Martinez-Fuller, BSc Biology ’22, Trinity College
David Burt, BA Sociology and Philosophy ’72, Trinity College
Andrea Muehlebach, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Science
Yzobela Hyett, MEd Counselling Psychology & Psychotherapy ’19, OISE
Holger Syme, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Department of English and Drama, UTM”
Anjelica, BSc ’22, Trinity College
Aisha Assan-Lebbe, BA Human Geography ’21, St. Michael’s College
Chidubem Obi, BA ’18, St Michael’s College
Shayna Sayers-Wolfe, BA Sexual Diversity Studies & Women and Gender Studies ’21, New College
Julia Culpeper, HBA English, History, Semiotics ’13, Victoria College
Lydia Angarso, BSc Physiology and Global Health ’21, Trinity College
Shawna Scale, M.H.Sc. Health Promotion ’05, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Linda Ristevski, MA Linguistics ’06, Woodsworth College; BEd ’11, OISE
Mariam Mahboob, BSc Immunology/Neuroscience ’22, Faculty of Arts and Science
Matilde Marcolli, Professor of Mathematics, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Joshua Sofian, B.Sc. Statistics ’21, Faculty of Arts and Science
Denise Brunsdon, French Diploma ’10, Department of Continuing Studies
Haley Bryant, PhD Candidate ’24, Faculty of Information
David Klausner, Professor Emeritus, Centre for Medieval Studies/English/University College
Alasdair Graham, MA Mathematics ’05, Faculty of Arts & Science
Catherine Miller-Mort, BA History, Victoria College
Zoë Hoffmann, BA Equity Studies ’20, Victoria College; MA LHAE ’22, OISE
Jonathan LeFresne, BEd ’13, OISE
Robyn Read, PhD, OISE
Sadaf Taqvi, HBA English ’07, University of Toronto Mississauga
Alexandra Guerson, PhD History ‘12, Department of History; Massey Alumna; Lecturer, New College
Whitney Kemble, Librarian, UTSC Library
Joanne Findon, PhD Medieval Studies ’94, Centre for Medieval Studies
Melanie Lameiro, M.Ed. Counselling and Psychotherapy, OISE
Elizabeth Pulickeel, Psychology, University of Toronto Scarborough
Bronwyn Garden-Smith, BSc Psychology ’21, Victoria College
Liza Blake, Assistant Professor of English, UTM
Kendra Dempsey, BSc Global Health ’18, Trinity College
Janelle Brady, PhD Candidate, Social Justice Education, OISE”
Shuchi Jain, BA Psychology/Contemporary Asian Studies ’22, St. Michael’s College
Susan Carroll-Clark, PhD History ’99,Department of History
Nancy Maletin, BA Art History and Anthropology ’95, St. Michael’s College; MA History of Art ’97, Department of Art History; BEd ’09, OISE
Lance T. McCready, Associate Professor and Director of Transitional Year Programme, OISE/LHAE; Senior Fellow, Massey College
Christine Hsu, Education coordinator ,2013,KPE alumni
Sheldon Krsicer, Former Junior Fellow Massey College
Jessica Nowlan, MIsT ’09, Faculty of Information
Sewsen Igbu, PhD Candidate, Adult Education and Community Development, OISE
Corey Belford, BA English ’16, UTM
Kristen Allen, Writing Instructor, New College
Lynn Tucker, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream – Music & Culture, Department of Arts, Culture and Media, UTSC
Judy Barton, BA English ’91, Innis College
Eric Hogg, BA History and Japanese Studies ’02, Trinity College
Tara Fader, Manager, Student Recruitment Events & Outreach, U of T Mississauga, Office of the Registrar “
Alasdair Graham, MA Mathematics ’05, Faculty of Arts & Science
Aaditya Karthik, BASC Engineering ’23, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Alan Mackworth, BASc Engineering Science ’66, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Ana Vukojevic, BASc Mechanical Engineering ’23, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Rianka Singh, PhD Candidate ’20, Faculty of information/ICCIT
Victoria Carljsjd, BA English ’15, Victoria College, MT ’19, OISE
Girish Daswani, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Saba Khan, MPH Epidemiology ’09, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Emily Gilbert, Professor of Canadian Studies, University College
Jessica Lapp, PhD Information Studies ’20, Faculty of Information
Anup Grewal, Assistant Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies, UTSC
Liam Mitchell, Massey Alumnus (Jr. Fellow, 2007-08), OISE/UT
Terri Rodak, MISt Information Studies ’09, Faculty of Information
Juan Carlos Mezo-González, PhD Candidate, Department of History
Yousra,BA ’23, New College
Edward Jones-Imhotep, Incoming Director, Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
Marc Blouin, MMus ’16, Faculty of Music
Rachel Ready, BA Environmental Studies & Human Geography ’22, Trinity College
Tara Fader, Manager, Student Recruitment Events & Outreach, U of T Mississauga, Office of the Registrar
Lauren Glynn, Manager, Pathways Programs, UTM; HBSc Psychology and Anthropology ’07, UTM
Mairi Cowan, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, Department of Historical Studies, UTM
Dr Peter J Miller, Assistant Professor and Chair,2007,University of Winnipeg
Colin Rose, BA ’08, Trinity College; PhD ‘16, Department of History; Ass’t Professor of History, Brock University
Madeline Kalda, BASc Industrial Engineering ’23, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering
Polly Phokeev, BA Drama ’09, Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Damian Di Biase, BA Political Science and Sociology, St. Michaels College
Beatrice Freedman, BA Archaeology ’21, Trinity College
Fayha Najeeb, BA ’22, Trinity College
Michelle Attard, BA(Hons) Semiotics, ’00, University College; B.Ed ’06, OISE
James Steele, Continuing and Professional Education, OISE/UT; Victoria College 0T4; OISE 0T5
Dr. Shirley Chau, MSW ’97, PhD Social Work ’06, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work; Associate Professor of Social Work, UBC Okanagan Campus
Onye Nnorom, Associate Program Director, PHPM Residency Program, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
Grace Adams, BA Peace, Conflict, Justice Major ’23, Victoria College
Louise Kermode, BA Art History / Anthropology ’00, SMC
Katharine Fang, BASc Chemical Engineering ’10, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Suzanne Lenon, PhD ’08, OISE; Associate Professor, Women & Gender Studies, University of Lethbridge
Lynne Chia, MA Food History ’20, Department of History
Deenar Virani, BSc Industrial Engineering ’23, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Alex Erickson, BA Economics and Intl. Relations ’23, University College
Jennifer Brewer, MA Medieval Studies, Centre for Medieval Studies; BEd, OISE
Mitchell Akiyama, Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty
Tushaar Goklani, BSc Life Sciences ’23, Woodsworth College
Matida Daffeh, BA Equity and Women & Gender Studies ’21, Woodsworth College
Roderick McKeown, PhD ’13, Department of English
Richard Arulsuthan, Hons. BA in History and Political Science ’02, University College
Endalle-Cassandra Toutou, Global Health Major ’22, Woodsworth College
Celine McDonald, BA (Hons) History and English, UTM
Elizabeth Jarvis, BSc Psychology ’12, St. Michael’s College; MSW ’16, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Nicole Nwokolo, BA Diaspora & Transnational Studies ’18, Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies
Emil Marmol, PhD Sociology and Equity Studies in Education Candidate, OISE
Deryn Willemse, BA History ’22, University College
Michael Jursic, Bachelor of Education ’00, OISE
Megan Harris, PhD English ’20, Faculty of Arts and Science
Vanessa, BA Political Science ’23, Victoria College
Madeline, BSc ’23, Faculty of Arts and Science
Georgia Wilson, BS Human Biology and Psychology ’23, Victoria College
Najib Safieddine, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine
Sarah Switzer, Postdoctoral Fellow, OISE
Liliana Bechtold, BA Public Policy ’23, Trinity College
John A. Geck, PhD, Medieval Studies ’12; Department of English, Memorial University
Andrea Nussey, BA Humanities ’98, UTSC
Nicole Schott, PhD Candidate in Social Justice Education ’20, OISE
Maureen McCarthy, BEd, OISE
Atharv Agrawal, HBA Economics and Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies ’23,Victoria College
Rica Cristina Cruz, BSc Physics ’21, Victoria College
Matthew Volpe, Photographer / Videographer, Advancement Communications, Division of Advancement Communications
Aliza Amlani, BSc Psychology ’01,University College
Tamara Walker, Associate Professor, Department of History
Molly Spratt, BA (Hons) Architectural Studies ’16, Daniels Faculty
Waqqas Shams, HBSc Psychology ‘10 and Librarian, Department of Psychology
Rachel Whitty, Adjunct Lecturer, Leslie L. Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
Reka Gal, PhD, Faculty of Information
Taraneh Zarin, PhD Cell and Systems Biology, Department of Cell and Systems Biology
Julia Gilmore, MI ’23, Faculty of Information
Nicole Edgar, MA Thesis Candidate ’22, OISE
Siyu Han, BAS Engineering ’24, New College
Romaisa Hameed, BA Political Science and Religious Studies ’22, Woodsworth College
Zixian Liu, PhD Candidate ’22, Department of History
Bhavani Raman, Associate Professor of History, UTSC
Sage George, BA English and Diaspora and Transnational Studies ’22, Innis College
Zacharie Leger, B.Sc. Physics ’16, Trinity College
Francis Cody, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UTM Anthropology and UTSG Asian Institute
Chris Young, Librarian, University of Toronto Mississauga
Christopher Draenos, Registered Nurse ’06,UTSC
Matt Aydin, BSc Mathematics ’22, Victoria College
Janita Van Dyk, PhD Sociocultural Anthropology, Department of Anthropology
Meline Minasian, B.PHE, B.Ed ’13, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education
Hao Tang, BSc Neuroscience, University College
Talia Holy, BA Political Science ’21, Victoria College
Stephanie Nixon, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine
Anaia Shaw, BA English and Renaissance Studies ’10, Victoria University
Aysha Ashfaq, BA English and History ’20, UTSC
Sujata Thapa-Bhattarai, Ph.D. Candidate in Planning, Department of Geography and Planning
Rebecca Comay, Philosophy, A&S
Hawi G, BA Criminology/PoliSci ’22, Victoria College
Vibhuti Kacholia, BS Global Health ’21, Victoria College
Sebastián Gil-Riaño, PhD ’14, IHPST
Mariah Saunders, BSc, University College
Matthew Hill, BA Political Science ’95, Trinity College
Jennifer Tran, Alumni Junior Fellow; MMus ’20, HBMus, Faculty of Music
Heidi Tiedemann Darroch,BA ‘95, MA ‘96, PhD ‘01 English, UC/English Department
Minelle Mahtani, Massey Senior Fellow; Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice, UBC
Ashley Caranto Morford, PhD Candidate, Department of English
Nuzhat Abbas, BA English & History, University College
Mariam Sabati, BA Political Science & Criminology and Sociolegal Studies ’22, Woodsworth College
Chris Piuma, MA ’09, Centre for Medieval Studies
Alexandre Da Costa, SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2014), OISE
Jennifer Berdahl, (former) Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management, Rotman School of Management
Sewsen Igbu, PhD Candidate, Department of Adult Education and Community Development
Dr Lynette Nusbacher, BA History and Economics ’88, New College
Ryan Akler-Bishop, BA Cinema Studies ’21, Victoria College
Sharon Joy Tung, BA Linguistics, Literature & Critical Theory ’21, New College
Drew-Anne Glennie, BA International Relations ’22, Victoria College
Barbara Vermeulen, BMus Vocal Performance ’94, Faculty of Music
Aadita Chaudhury, BASc Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry ’12,Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Sadaf Taqvi, HBA English ’07, University of Toronto Mississauga
Alejandro Paz, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UTSC
Lian McMillan, BA Music ’21, Faculty of Music
Uriel Humphrey, BA English ’22, Arts & Sciences
Erin Tolley, Associate Professor of Political Science, UTM
Menatalla Fouda, BA Cinema Studies ’21, Victoria College
Nico Mara-McKay, Medieval Studies, PhD program ’25, Centre for Medieval Studies
Jason Ip, Copywriter, UTC
Clara James, BA Architecture ’21, Daniels Faculty
Daniel Brielmaier, PhD Medieval Studies ’18; Instructor, New College
Sadaf Taqvi, HBA English, University of Toronto Mississauga
Eleanor Rae, BA (Hons) ‘06 and PhD Candidate, Department of Geography and Planning
Ava Harrington, BS Biology ’23,Victoria College
Alyson Allen, BASc Engineering ’22, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
Victoria Silva, BSc Psychology ’21, Victoria College
Liz Cunningham, Junior Fellow, Massey College; PhD Candidate, Department of Physics
Madison Hönig, BSc Biology and Evolutionary Anthropology ’20, New College
Daniel Scott Byrne, Master of Social Work ’21, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Kassia Neckles, BA English and Cinema Studies ’22, Innis College
Éloïse Besnier, BS Chemistry ’23, University College
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(1) [Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente caught up in plagiarism scandal — again | The Star](https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/04/25/globe-and-mail-columnist-margaret-wente-caught-up-in-plagiarism-scandal-again.html)
(2) [Announcing the 2020-2021 Incoming Senior Members to Massey College – Massey College](https://www.masseycollege.ca/announcing-the-2020-2021-incoming-senior-members/)
(3) [Race and the wilful ignorance of Margaret Wente | Broadbent Institute](https://www.broadbentinstitute.ca/en/blog/race-and-wilful-ignorance-margaret-wente
(4) [Geneticists decry book on race and evolution | Science | AAAS](https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/08/geneticists-decry-book-race-and-evolution)

Margaret Wente resigns from senior fellow appointment at Massey College,
Governing board received resignation letter after college announced review of appointment by CBC News, Jun 23, 2020

Former Globe and Mail columnist Margaret Wente has resigned from a senior fellow position with Toronto’s Massey College following controversy over her appointment.

The governing board of the school, affiliated with the University of Toronto, said in a message on its website on Monday that it has received a letter of resignation from Wente.

The letter was submitted after Massey College Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers announced last Thursday the school would review Wente’s writings and conduct “in response to new information” related to her appointment.

Wente was one of 46 people in various fields named a senior fellow and member of the college’s Quadrangle Society.

“The College has now received a letter from Ms. Wente stating that she does not wish to be a member of the Quadrangle Society, that the accusations against her are false and outrageous and that her record speaks for itself,” the governing board said in the message.

The news of her appointment sparked a petition signed by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and donors, urging the college to rescind the post due to her history of inflammatory columns dealing with race and multiple accusations of plagiarism.

It also prompted U of T professor Alissa Trotz to resign from the nomination committee with a strongly worded letter that called into question “non-transparent mechanisms of selection.”

The governing board said it met on Monday and decided to accept Wente’s resignation, saying it wants to rethink how the college “interacts and operates in order to eliminate any impediments to an environment that is completely free from anti-Black racism, anti-Indigenous racism, anti-gender identity views and discrimination of any kind.”

Massey College is a graduate residential college affiliated with the University of Toronto but is independent from it.

When Des Rosiers announced the 2020-2021 incoming senior members to Massey College on the school’s website, she said they “will contribute to the intellectual life of the College.”

With files from The Canadian Press

UCP piling on rot in Alberta’s already rotten judicial industry. Perfect person for KKKenney-Harper Team vetting judge appointments, someone who can’t remember: “Former finance minister Pat Nelson, who served under premier Ralph Klein, said she can’t remember who from Alberta Justice called to recruit her, nor can she recall who conducted the ‘short’ interview with her or if she was asked to provide references.”

Emmett Macfarlane, Poli Sci Prof, UWaterloo. Constitutional Law, Public Policy & Cdn Politics:

Law is politics, people. Never forget.

Welcome to Canadian “justice” in Hell: CSIS officials and Federal Justice Dept lawyers being taught to tell the truth and share information with courts!

Love vs Hate

Racism murders on. In Canada too, enabled by lawyers & LSO. If legal & judicial industries refuse to confront their white privilege, how will police? Nina Simone, 1968: “They’re shooting us down, one by one. … Killing us, one by one.”

If raped or frac’d and not rich or powerful, we get betrayed and abused by judges, lawyers, and the predator-led judicial industry

Baking soda? Frac! Dirty lawyers (become dirtier judges?), dirty prosecutors and dirty RCMP abound. A disgusting horrifying read. I know from experience how terrible it is to be stabbed in the back by one’s own lawyers (in my case, Murray Klippenstein and Cory Wanless), after paying them a fortune. Rotten lawyers know law societies serve their own, like AER serves polluters that pay AER’s way.

Legal scholar Joshua Sealy-Harrington “totally eviscerates” Murray Klippenstein’s arguments. It revolts me that my public interest lawsuit is being destroyed by Klippenstein pissing on Law Society Rule 2.09 to enable racism. After abruptly quitting my lawsuit more than 500 days ago, he *still* has not sent me my case files. What tune would Klippenstein sing if all the bias/prejudice was directed at Mennonite lawyers?

“Klippenstein, admittedly, ‘would not be the person’ he is ‘without freedom of thought and expression,’ so where’s his outrage at the legal suppressing of those freedoms – aka gag orders? And who would he be then, with his mouth legally taped shut?” Comment to Andrew Nikiforuk’s article in The Tyee on Klippenstein & Wanless quitting

“Unf*ck the system.” Alberta’s Neanderthal “Justice” system assaults sexual assault victims. “The judge in this troubling case was none other than former Deputy Justice Minister Ray Bodnarek, a PC loyalist appointed as a judge by former PC Justice Minister Jonathan Denis who himself resigned under troubling allegations of domestic violence.” Commenter: “So who exactly is the crown protecting by blocking the publication of the victim’s name?” Another commenter: “My guess…..the ‘system’. It stinks and it’s all because of the judges & lawyers.”

Law Society of Ontario a Pedophile Ring? Racism, misogyny *and* enabling sexual abuse of children? Ottawa lawyer, John David Coon, in custody for sex crimes against four-year old daughter of one of his clients. Law Society documents reveal they gave Coon licence to practise law despite knowing of his prior criminal conviction for sexually assaulting another child

“Law Society of Ontario taken over by ‘right-wing, fundamentalist religious zealots?’” Taken over by the catholic church to better protect and feed its sex-crazed, child-abusing “celibate” priests? Do white privileged people think loading up on religious self-righteousness and the church will hide the law society’s pedophilia? It’s not working.

Despicable! Law Society of Ontario *knowingly* licences convicted pedophiles, knowingly gives pedophiles protected easy access to children

Law Society of Ontario to resume human decency/inclusion (Statement of Principles, SOP) vs white supremacy (StopSOP) debate and hold ‘extraordinary meeting’ of the Board. What nastiness will StopSOP toss this time?

No wonder Canada’s legal system slithers around in Hell: ‘Knees together’ ex-judge Robin Camp should be able to practise law again, his lawyer argues

Law Society Ontario (LSO)’s white privilege bucket runneth over

How prevalent is racism (and misogyny) among Canadian lawyers & judges?

Would Justice Robert Beaudoin have let the rapist off if his daughter was one of the women raped? Ontario Crown serves Paul Batchelor notice of appeal, claims trial judge made errors. Errors or misogyny?

No wonder Canadian “justice” is so often misogynistic, racist &/or abusive. Looking in the mirror: Harassment in legal workplaces

Misogynistic Justice. Rapist after rapist set free by Canadian judges. Think those judges will let you seek justice if your water is frac’d by Encana, enabled, covered-up by authorities with AER violating your Charter rights trying to terrify you into submissive silence, enabled by Supreme Court of Canada?

Cornwall, Canada: Pedophilia victims given large settlements to get rid of their lawsuits, including 16 against Catholic Church, in all possibly totaling $70-100 Million with some individuals getting less than $20,000. “The Inquiry found the Catholic Church, police, the Ontario government and the legal system all failed to protect children from sexual predators.”

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