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Re: “Struggle for equal rights at Dalhousie goes back decades

There are many things inherently wrong with Dalhousie’s hiring practices. The most glaring, which the author fails to mention, is the gross exploitation of part-timers, described by CBC Sunday Morning, as slave labourers. (Slave Labour in the Ivory Tower)
These individuals have the same qualifications as the tenured profs Beaumont mentions. They do the same work.
And yet they are paid a pittance. A tenured prof at Dal earns in the range of $100,000 to $200,000. A sessional earns $4,600 a course, or, for a full teaching load, $25,000 a year,
Do the tenured profs have a problem with this? Hardly.
Do they offer to split up the pie more fairly? Not a chance.
And so while Dalhousie purports to be an institution of enlightened academics, solving philosophical and scientific dilemmas, it treats workers worse than WalMart does. And – to use the same standard applied to Ryan Millet – tenured profs who do nothing and say nothing are as guilty as the university. They are part of the problem.
PS: The Dal Gazette ran an excellent story on this exploitation a few years ago. I recommend Ms. Beaumont read it.

Posted by Ingrid Mason on 01/25/2015 at 6:39 AM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

@Shawn Crystal Brown

Oh dear. The point of the article is obvious - the mob wants more of the evidence used.

That doesn't mean it's reasonable.

Even if all the posts that have been revealed so far are used, there is little evidence in any of them to support the level of histrionics that have piled up around this farce.

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Posted by Jammie on 01/23/2015 at 11:07 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

Damp squib.

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Posted by Joeblow on 01/23/2015 at 10:12 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

"Here are the posts Dal’s ASCC considered as grounds to suspend Millet and perhaps the rest of the 13 students, six plucked from a pool of dozens of screenshots that Dalhousie was given. (The Coast obtained Dal’s collection, and published many of them in December, as you can see here. If you want to be like the ASCC, you won’t look at them.)"

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Posted by Shawn Crystal Brown on 01/23/2015 at 10:09 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

Jammie, did you stop to read this passage and follow the link in it. These six posts were lame by comparison. There were a few more that came out that are not listed in these two articles. I think you missed the point of this article. Yes the six posts Dalhousie is using are more benign. But that is just a small sample of the posts from the group.

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Posted by Shawn Crystal Brown on 01/23/2015 at 10:08 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

I agree. Obviously it's all in good fun. And to see the poor guys' point better I just imagined if it were black images and students they were talking about, and made the jokes about lynching, or instead of housewife, a house slave, and thought about switch those memes to those those funnier racist memes going around, then thought what if it were police academy instead of dentists. With all that, I finally imagined that, since I'm black myself, how I would take it.

The answer is: perfectly fine. I know I would enjoy those future police looking over my kids..

But then again it really isn't the point because that would be incredibly brutal and I doubt anyone would do it in case they either insulted the wrong person, we're just a good human, or actually didn't want to mess their career up.

But it's only women so whatever. Who cares? Lighten up ladies.

Well,. Thanks for your time. I gotta go mansplain the oscars....

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Posted by Cory Bowles 1 on 01/23/2015 at 6:59 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

I read the article.

They are focussing on the 10% of evidence they believe is worthy of examination as it is beleived by some to demonstrate wrong-doing on Millet's part.

And it in fact demonstrates little of anything.

The torches-and-pitchforkers want more evidence - 90% of which the reviewers don't appear to have felt demonstrated wrong-doing. But the angry hordes won't accept that.

I get it.

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Posted by Jammie on 01/23/2015 at 6:42 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

Jammie, clearly you didn't read the article all the way thru. Millet's lawyers are arguing that, by narrowing their focus to only 6 posts rather than considering all of them, the ASCC evaluation is deeply flawed. This isn't what all the hullabaloo is about. This is but a small, carefully-selected few of the posts in question.

"One issue for the MacIntoshes is the ASCC’s selective focus on only about 10 percent of the Facebook evidence. Another is that before the hearing Dal provided a list of rules Millet is considered to have broken—a list the lawyers had prepared to speak to—yet at the hearing the list of violations was considerable longer."

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Posted by downtownleroybrown on 01/23/2015 at 6:30 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

Hey mitch, I am implying none of those things. You're imagining that you're reading things that aren't actually on the screen in front of you.

I am saying that the Facebook posts shown neither target the female classmates nor demonstrate any actual plans to use drugs to rape anyone.

Literacy is really important.

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Posted by Jammie on 01/23/2015 at 4:06 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

Jaimmie, your implying that sexism and rape jokes are perfectly acceptable as long as it doesn't happen more than 6 times? Your also implying you don't mind future professionals with access to drugs capable of knocking people out making comments saying they want to and/or will use these drugs to rape people? You belong in the group of these degenerates. You sir, are the scum in society today.

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Posted by mitch94 on 01/23/2015 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Police creepin’ on you

Well, if the police need to know who I'm fucking and how, so be it. Really, all they need to do is ask, but they always do things the hard way, no?!

Posted by Hing Frogg on 01/23/2015 at 2:48 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

Oddly, not one post uses the words "rape "or "sexually assault" yet The Coast reporter sees fit to use these words.

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Posted by Hing Frogg on 01/23/2015 at 2:40 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

Dal has yet to employ a just system and the media - especially this one - have yet to show impartiality. We could pick apart each and every detail but the majority seem fixated on hanging those boys.

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Posted by Hing Frogg on 01/23/2015 at 2:38 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

Also, regarding "breaking patient confidentiality", it appears from the caption that the photographer knew the patient - in fact it almost seems the patient is one of the group himself? (Would love to get that clarified.) If the patient is a friend and didn't object to the photo or the Facebook post, then what breach of confidentiality are you talking about?

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Posted by Jammie on 01/23/2015 at 2:14 PM

Re: “The six Facebook posts that Dal suspended 13 students for

So.

This is really what all the hullaballoo is about? 5 or 6 pictures from other websites, one picture from the student group, and a few (very few) sarcastic comments about them?

The media have made this sound like an ongoing, systematic, and focussed mocking of one or more of the female students in the program by numerous male students in the program.

These six posts show nothing of the sort.

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Posted by Jammie on 01/23/2015 at 2:10 PM

Re: “Struggle for equal rights at Dalhousie goes back decades

At last! It it great to see someone finally stating the obvious. Perhaps now, someone will look more closely at other situations within Dal, such as a Medical Student who was charged with brutally killing a cat. Repeated email to the president and the ethics committee have gone unanswered.

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Posted by soldiergirl on 01/23/2015 at 10:33 AM

Re: “The depressing world of call centre employment

All you ever hear about call centres is horror stories every where in Canada, unless it's a government call centre. They are among the lowest paying and poorest quality work you can find anywhere. Considering all call cantres are paralyzed by very high employee turn over, I would say that four call centres is actually really good. The vast majority of them have such bad reputations, even the ones set up by large well know companies, they end up hiring just about anyone to fill the revolving turn over on every role. Life in a call centre is pretty much a soul sucking life in a dead end cul-de-sac.

Posted by dododa on 01/23/2015 at 9:16 AM

Re: “Not in my backyard

It's great how Kris lumps all downtown condo dwellers into one group of nasty jerks.

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Posted by The902 on 01/22/2015 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Halifax Public Libraries forgiving all outstanding fines

19 days? ??? It is Jan 23 now. How much is it to get a Hfx Lib card at the new Lib?
And does one have to pay their old fines before getting a new card?
And if I had a card from 10 yrs ago, can I still get a new card?
Or do I need a replacement card?
But most of all, are fines still forgiven???
Thanks.

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Posted by Esther Lorenz on 01/22/2015 at 8:02 PM

Re: “Not in my backyard

It's great how Kris puts all of the downtown condo dwellers into one nasty group of jerks.

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Posted by The902 on 01/22/2015 at 7:59 PM

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