A group that says universities promote "hatred towards white people" wants to set up a "White Students Union" at Montreal's McGill University to, in its words, "advocate for the interests of that ethnic group towards whom expressions of hatred are not only tolerated but promoted by our universities themselves."
"Canadian universities like McGill have many ethnicity based student groups, but none which defend the special interests of white students," Students for Western Civilization said in a statement.
MTL Blog reached out to McGill University for a comment. This article will be updated when we receive a response.
In a statement, Students for Western Civilization spokesperson George Hutcheson said that the group does not promote white supremacy.
He said its "interests include combating anti-white hate speech; fighting anti-white discrimination; promoting viewpoint diversity in academia and the media; and preserving and enhancing our cultural heritage."
Canadian non-profit TheraPsil has partnered with McGill and the Imperial College London researchers for a study on the effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in what is commonly known as shrooms, on "patients who experience end-of-life distress" and are legally allowed to use the psychedelic compound.
"The study aims to collect quantitative data on the psychological effects of guided psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy sessions for patients experiencing end-of-life distress due to a potentially life-threatening illness," Hannes Kettner, a Ph.D. Candidate at Imperial College London, explained in a press release.
"We are extremely excited about this research project, which aims to give Canadians receiving compassionate psilocybin access a chance to advance the science by sharing their unique experiences," Dr. Kyle Greenway, a senior resident in psychiatry at McGill, added.
To obtain this data, the study will ask patients to fill out a series of questionnaires "2 weeks before, within 3 hours before, 1 day after, 4 weeks after, and 3 and 6 months after a legal, guided experience with psilocybin."
TheraPsil Director of Research Julia Joyes said the "major scientific subjects of interest include the impact of psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on mood, spirituality, and the desire for medical assistance in dying."
The study is open to palliative care patients who qualify. If you or a loved one is interested in signing up for the study, you can find out if you qualify on TheraPsil's website.
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Concordia students have called out a speaker in a First Peoples Studies class who said Cree nation members "suffered less" in the residential school system.
On social media, students and the program director have condemned the content of McGill Professor Emerita Toby Morantz's lecture.
In a statement shared with MTL Blog, Morantz defended her record and said that she "was not referring to [the] individual suffering" of residential school victims and survivors.
What are Concordia students and faculty saying?
Terrence Duff was one of the students present at the lecture.
"Yesterday had to walk out of class because we had a guest speaker who tried to convince us that James Bay Cree suffered less from the Residential school and that the Cree benefit from the Residential school and fur trade," Duff wrote in a highly-circulated Facebook post, shared here with permission.
"I spoke up and she down right tried to say I was wrong when I tried to correct her."
Terrence called Morantz's lecture and research "upsetting and discouraging."
Once day after Terrence published the Facebook post, the First People Studies program shared a letter in which program Director Catherine Richardson said Morantz had been "improperly vetted."
She called the McGill professor's statements "ill-informed, racist, hateful and inaccurate" and said Morantz "violated the dignity of the students, with prejudice, stereotyping and historical inaccuracies to advance a hateful perspective."
"I am mortified by the harm that was caused and that people in positions of institutional stature can abuse power so unethically and destructively," Richardson concluded.
Duff appreciated her response and promised further action.
"Her and the department's apology means a lot to me as a University student," Duff wrote in a subsequent Facebook post.
"We will move forward with an official complaint letter concerning Toby Morantz who was our guest lecturer and send it off [to] McGill University. We will not let this go!"
What is Morantz's response?
Morantz told MTL Blog that Richardson "was not in the class, never spoke with [her] and certainly has not read [her] books and articles."
She says that when she claimed James Bay Cree "suffered less" in the residential school system, she was "using suffer in the sense of 'endure'" and referring to changes in government policy.
"When I realized it was a trigger word, I repeated over and over again that I was not referring to individual suffering but to the differences in the school systems."
Morantz expressed a desire for the conversation to return to the history of the residential school program.
The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-855-242-3310, or visit their website to chat.
The Indian Residential School Survivors Society Emergency Crisis Line is available across Canada 24/7. Those who may need support can call 1-866-925-4419.
Maclean's ranked universities in Canada by reputation and several schools in Quebec placed among the top in the country.
While Montreal was shut out of the top three, McGill claimed fourth place. The Université de Montréal was also in the top 10, at number eight.
Overall, across categories such as perceived quality and innovativeness, the top universities in the country by reputation were, in order: the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and Waterloo University, according to Maclean's.
The other Quebec universities that made the ranking were the Université Laval in Quebec City (12), Concordia (16), the Université de Sherbrooke (19), UQAM (26) and Bishop's University (38).
Maclean's surveys faculty, administrators and business leaders to compile its university reputation ranking.
This series of markets is "part of Greenhound Foundation's campaign to support mental wellness and community connectedness through plants and nature," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The funds raised from the market will go towards supporting community projects and the development of a "healing garden" in Montreal.
The market this weekend will host creators such as Les Filles Plantées, Ivkaforest, MTL Creation Boutique, MTLA Studio, Soft Earth Forest Therapy, and desputeaux+aubin (creators of Caillou). There will be something for everyone!