The video shows the teacher, Afshin Matlabi, asking the student why his hyphenated last name does not list his father's surname first, ahead of his mother's surname. According to the Armenian report, the mother's surname is Armenian while the father's surname is not.
We have a duty of care to the student but we also have a duty of care to our professor.
Monica Bhattacharya, Vanier College
"Why don't you put your dad's name first?" Matlabi is seen saying to the student.
The student appears confused by Matlabi's question, subsequently asking the significance of the order of name.
"I'm pulling your leg, for crying out loud," Matlabi then says.
"I'm just telling you your problem."
The Armenian Report's post says, "Many in the Armenian community at Vanier and the broader Montreal Armenian community have demanded the professor be terminated for embarrassing the student with armenophobic behavior."
However, CTV News reported that two other students in the class feel the "accusations of racism are out of context" since the video shows just a snippet of a longer conversation.
Monica Bhattacharya, director of communications and corporate affairs for Vanier College, told MTL Blog that an investigation is currently underway.
She said the CEGEP hopes the investigation will be completed by the week of February 1, if "all goes according to plan."
"The bottom line is we want to know what happened there — what is the context and how [the other] students [perceived] it," Bhattacharya explained.
The dean of the teacher's department and the college's human resources department met with Matlabi on January 28, she said, and another meeting with the teachers' union is scheduled to follow.
Vanier's student services professionals have reached out to the student to set up a meeting, according to Bhattacharya.
Bhattacharya said the other students in Matlabi's class will also weigh in on the situation before resuming the class with a different teacher.
"Each one of them will then have their say in a private, safe environment," she said.
Bhattacharya told MTL Blog she has spoken with the student's father, who inquired about Vanier's process for filing a formal complaint.
Since July 1, it has been possible for people who have had to recover from unemployment due to the pandemic and for people who have not been studying full time in the last 12 months to register for one of the training programs of the Program for the requalification and the accompaniment in information technology and communications (PRATIC).
Whether it's a college or university program, a certificate, an attestation of college studies (AEC) or a diploma of specialized graduate studies (DESS), among others, there are 142 training programs waiting for future students.
In Montreal alone, nearly sixty college programs and 20 university programs are available, and a total of 15 in the Capitale-Nationale region.
There are, for example, ACSs in programming, multimedia production, mobile application development or graphic design, to name a few.
The complete list of training courses offered by region can be found on the government website.
Thanks to a budget of some $39.6 million, financial assistance of $650 per week will be offered to 2,500 Quebecers for the duration of their full-time training. A $1,950 bursary will be awarded to graduates.
Who is eligible to enroll in PRATIC?
Two criteria will determine if a person is eligible to register for PRATIC. You must be unemployed and not have been a full-time student in the 12 months prior to applying.
The government suggests that you contact the Services Québec office in your area and an agent will determine with the future student if PRATIC corresponds to his/her needs.
Video shared by United States Customs and Border Protection agency (USCBP) Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia shows a car driving into the United States from Quebec by taking an illegal shortcut across a library lawn that straddles the international boundary.
The Haskell Free Library, which famously sits between Derby Line, Vermont and Stanstead, Quebec, has become a symbol of the divided border community.
On July 4th, an SUV illegally entered Derby Line, VT from Canada by driving over private property & nearly collided… https://t.co/kowyFn3P5h
The 100,000 square-foot residence is designed specifically for 300 students, built with custom storage and a workstation in each room, along with two shared study rooms, colour schemes tailored to students' preferences and custom furniture by Werkliv.
Le Mildoré will be the tallest residential building in Montreal to be built of steel instead of concrete, and will only have bicycle parking. The temperature in each apartment will be controlled by a heating and cooling system that uses the building's water supply.
Rent will start at approximately $885 monthly per student, minus expenses.
Gender and sexuality identified as areas of difficulty
The school board passed a resolution at the end of March, banning the use of the n-word in its schools.
Testimony solicited from the public included accounts from both students and parents that shared their challenges and difficulties in LBPSB schools.
Through the accounts, the task force identified four major "recurring themes":
Gender stereotypes that dictate what is "appropriate" for boys and girls
Gender stereotypes that produce a "narrow understanding" of masculinity
Gender-based double standards
Bullying linked to gender and sexuality
The report found that schools' dress codes singled out girls by forbidding them from wearing spaghetti-strap tank tops, short shorts and crop tops, explicitly banning "clothing that is unnecessarily sexualised" and "skimpy or revealing clothing."
Parents offer accounts of sexism, racism, transphobia and homophobia
One parent said they raised their seven-year-old daughter without gendering her toys, but after attending first grade at an LBPSB school, she began to tell her parents that some toys were only for boys.
Another parent said, "My son loves the colors pink and purple, but he constantly tells me he doesn’t want to wear t-shirts in those colors to school because people have told him (other students) that those are girl colors."
Mothers of Black sons that attended LBPSB schools — which have a predominantly white student body, according to the report — said they felt their sons were being subjected to racism by teaching staff.
"One boy told his mother that his teacher just doesn’t like him because he’s Black [...] On one occasion in particular, the young man was suspended because the teacher said that she felt 'threatened' by him, however, the young man said that he didn’t do anything but ask why she was sending him down to the office," the report read.
The full report, including the Task Force's recommendations, is available here.