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York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to make an impact on the world. Meaningful and unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community. York is an internationally recognized research university with 11 faculties and 25 research centres. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni. York U’s fully bilingual Glendon Campus is home to Southern Ontario’s Centre of Excellence for French Language and Bilingual Postsecondary Education.

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In a political dispute with Ottawa, Doug Ford’s Ontario government has stopped funding legal aid for refugee claimants. This 2017 photo shows a young asylum seeker being held by an RCMP officer and her father after crossing the border into Canada from the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Ontario’s cuts to legal aid for refugees: Racist, xenophobic and possibly unconstitutional

The recent decision by the Ontario government to drastically cut funds for legal aid will cause hardship for many low-income residents of Ontario and for refugees claimants.
Fatima, a nine-year-old Syrian refugee to Sweden, is featured in photojournalist Magnus Wennman’s documentary film Fatima’s Drawings. Magnus Wennman

Children educate teachers with their testimonies from war zones

As 'tiny historians of their age,' children with testimonies of war provide teachers with both historical insight and critical instruction.
Former Vice President Joe Biden takes a photograph with members of the audience after a talk in Washington in March. Some women have accused him of sexually inappropriate behaviour. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden allegations reveal #MeToo as weak political strategy

Unlike Brett Kavanaugh, where arguments were made that someone accused of sexual assault shouldn't sit on the Supreme Court, does "creepy uncle" status disqualify Joe Biden from running for president?
La voix rauque est-elle un passage obligé de l'adolescence vers l'âge adulte ? Très populaire chez les filles, elle a plusieurs significations sociales. Shutterstock

Les ados ont la voix rauque et ça vous agace? Découvrez les clés de ce mystère…

La voix rauque est-elle un passage obligé vers l'âge adulte ? Qu'elle est sa signification sociale? Une linguiste explique pourquoi elle est si populaire, en particulier chez les jeunes femmes.
Canadian bank notes are seen in this 2017 photo. Ottawa finances deficit spending by borrowing money. Twenty per cent of the money is borrowed from the Bank of Canada. In other words, the government borrows that money from itself. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

How government deficits fund private savings

Critics complain that government debt saddles future generations with a financial burden. The critics are wrong.
In this August 2017 photo, an RCMP officer informs a migrant couple of the location of a legal border station, shortly before they illegally crossed from Champlain, N.Y., to Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, Québec. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Charles Krupa

Closing the Canada-U.S. asylum border agreement loophole? Not so fast

Canada wants to expand a Canada-U.S. pact to make it tougher for asylum-seekers from the U.S. to come to Canada. The question is: What will Canada have to give the United States to get them to agree?
Particularly for young Canadian Jews, a holiday meal achieves conviviality in the family and solidarity with the Jewish community, but its religious significance is less important than in the past. Makom/Facebook

Young, Canadian and Jewish: The shift from religious to cultural identity

A new survey of Canadian Jew suggests young adults are finding ways of remaining Jewish that are not principally religious.
These women used the word intersectionality to indicate solidarity across race and class. Back row: Activist Tarana Burke, Michelle Williams, America Ferrera, Jessica Chastain, Amy Poehler, Meryl Streep, and Kerry Washington; front row: Natalie Portman, activist Ai-jen Poo, and activist Saru Jayaraman. Golden Globes

What is intersectionality? All of who I am

Last year, the word 'intersectionality' hit the mainstream at the Golden Globes as actors attempted to raise awareness for #MeToo and #TimesUp. But what exactly does intersectionality mean?
The recent train derailment in B.C. was one of a rash of high-profile derailments in Canada since the beginning of 2019. While none compares in magnitude with Lac-Mégantic, they evoke disturbing parallels to that tragedy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

With more oil to be shipped by rail, train derailments show enduring safety gaps

The recent B.C. train derailment raises questions about whether any lessons have been learned from the Lac-Mégantic disaster of 2013.
Toronto school board data reveals that Black, racialized and lower-income students face significant gaps in student outcomes. Nik Shuliahin /Unsplash

Racialized student achievement gaps are a red-alert

In examining and addressing opportunity gaps for racialized students in schools, school boards must learn to account for present-day and historical inequities.

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