February 2016 Confronting everyday racism on Canadian campuses More than four decades ago at Montreal’s Sir George Williams University, a protest against the administration’s handling of a racial discrimination complaint prompted one of the biggest campus occupations in Canadian history. ’Are you a construction worker?’ A BBC interviewer once asked Stuart Hall, the celebrated Jamaican cultural theorist, about his time as a Rhodes scholar at the University of Oxford in the early 1950s. Had it lived up to his expectations? Had it looked the way that it was supposed to look? Hall said that it had looked fine, but it hadn’t felt the way that it was supposed to. Racism can't be ignored One of the most heartening outcomes of the recent federal election was the fact that Canadian voters for the most part rejected the overt racism and xenophobia of “dog-whistle” politics. Rather less heartening, however, was the realization that so many of our government leaders did initially believe that race-baiting strategies could actually work for them. Words are not enough Malinda Smith has had her fill of well-meaning policies and symbolic gestures. If universities really believe in equity, they should stop talking about it and do something to make it happen, the University of Alberta political scientist says. The private march of education Since the arrival of British multinational Pearson PLC, the world’s largest education company, branded low-cost private schools have been springing up all over the country, depleting the public school system of staff, students and resources. Inquiry calls for reform of medical school agreement An independent investigation into the handling of disputes involving three professors of medicine at Dalhousie University is calling for a fundamental reform of the relationship between the university and the provincial health authority. The trouble with trigger warnings Rani Neutill, a feminist scholar and sexual assault survivor advocate, says trigger warnings are useful in support work and in online discussion groups, but they have no place in the academic setting. New money for education in Manitoba Three months away from a spring election, the Manitoba government announced in January that it would boost spending for colleges and universities by $27.9 million. That’s a four per cent increase, bringing the total budget to $710.8 million.