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New Brunswick lawyers vote to overturn TWU approval


Special general meeting urges law society council to reconsider

New Brunswick lawyers Sept 13 voted 137-30 to overturn their law society’s earlier approval of Trinity Western University’s (TWU) proposed law school.

New Brunswick’s law society had approved the Christian university’s proposal on June 27 in a 14-5 vote, following the lead of Canada’s Federation of Law Societies.

But the federation examined only whether the proposed law school’s graduates could meet national professional requirements for knowledge and competencies needed for entry to the bar admission programs in the Canadian common-law jurisdictions. It didn’t rule on the school’s covenant.

For admission to TWU, students must sign a covenant agreeing to uphold Christian biblical teachings, including no premarital sex and no homosexuality. Failure to uphold these commitments, according to the student handbook, could result in discipline, dismissal or a refusal to readmit a student to the university.

The New Brunswick society was forced to hold a special general meeting (SGM) in Fredericton after more than 200 lawyers signed a petition asking the decision be reconsidered. Only 20 signatures were needed to force the SGM.

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mommapolitico:

whiskerbiscuitbakery:

iammyfather:

ourtimeorg:

This would be an interesting concept…

And attendance.

Signal boost.

Or, on the number of days they work!!!

mommapolitico:

whiskerbiscuitbakery:

iammyfather:

ourtimeorg:

This would be an interesting concept…

And attendance.

Signal boost.

Or, on the number of days they work!!!

beyonslayed:

so tumblr staff can mobilize for net neutrality but not for #JusticeForMikeBrown

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-teesa-:

9.9.14

It’s this idea of “Hey, dudes are dudes.”

-teesa-:

9.9.14

"There is this devaluation of women."

brunomarsvolta:

"The Inuit have said for generations that one of their hunters saw a ship in that part of the passage, abandoned and ended up wrecking," said the CBC’s Peter Mansbridge. "It’s exactly where this guy said it was."

It took almost two hundred years for Canadians to decide to listen to Inuit people who actually saw the ship crash. And when they did listen, they called it a “discovery.” It’s almost as if Mansbridge wants to credit the scientists for coming up with the idea to stop ignoring Aboriginal peoples. Today’s announcement both diminishes the Inuit oral history directly responsible for finding the wreckage while simultaneously seeming to validate it. Good job, traditional peoples. Let the grown-ups take it from here.

Métis/Cree poet Marilyn Dumont writes on her Facebook page: 

"My question is, if the Inuit stories recount the location of the Franklin ship and ‘researchers discovered’ this material evidence through the Inuit Traditional Knowledge, why aren’t the Inuit perceived as practitioners of formal systems of knowledge? Why aren’t the Inuit ascribed ‘discoverers?’"

It’s a thick knot: dead colonial explorers attempting to discover land already discovered by the Inuit are “discovered” by present-day explorers using methods already discovered by the Inuit. And throughout it all, land claims, title, knowledge systems, authority and presence are systematically denied and extinguished.

You’d be tempted to call this systematic, centuries-old erasure a sociological phenomenon — one that is repeated and re-inscribed on all our social structures: a justice system that is deaf to Aboriginal stories, an electoral system that disenfranchises Aboriginal voices, an educational system that ignores or denigrates Aboriginal knowledge and meaning making. A sociological iceberg so large that we can’t even strike our boats against it because we’re already inside.

We could call it a sociological phenomenon — but I’ll just call it a crime.

"Discovery" actually just further evidence of settler colonialism.

questionall:

"The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human." -Aldous Huxley, 1936

questionall:

"The propagandist’s purpose is to make one set of people forget that certain other sets of people are human." -Aldous Huxley, 1936

becausebirds:

oof
The Apple iWatch:

politicalprof:

a solution to a problem I do not have.

Nor have time for.

shutl0w:

did some good tweets today i think

naturallybent:

yes!  and yes!