My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Have Universities in Canada gone nuts???

All of this is unnecessary....
The University of Victoria is including "de-gendered" washrooms in all its new buildings for the comfort and safety of transgender students. Simon Fraser University juggles room bookings for Muslim students whose prayer times follow the sun, and the University of Calgary is launching an "equity audit" this fall to identify under-supported groups on campus.

At Carleton University and the University of Western Ontario, the official calendar listing holy days when students can be excused from classes or exams includes those central to Wicca and Zoroastrianism, an ancient religion that originated in Iran and is now estimated to have about 200,000 members worldwide.

Immigration, swelling numbers of international students and a shift in the population attending university means Canadian campuses are set to welcome a more diverse group of staff and students this fall than ever before. Many are abandoning a one-size-fits-all approach to their facilities and services as a result.

"Any university worth its salt for the last 10 or 15 years has recognized the need to change to be more accommodating to the significant and growing diversity that all campuses are experiencing," said Joe MacDonald, dean of students at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, N. S.

In an effort to serve students' spiritual needs, the University of Toronto counts two pagans, two Hindus, two Buddhists and a First Nations spiritual leader among more than 20 chaplains associated with the new Multi-faith Centre that opened last year. It features half a dozen prayer, meeting and worship rooms, said director Richard Chambers, along with ablution facilities for foot-washing, a depressurized space that allows for fire and incense during worship ceremonies and a "living wall" of greenery.


Blogger Just being honest said...

I have committed to always wear one dark brown sock and one black sock when I go out in public. I am a Dark Multi-hue Hoser and profoundly hold the belief this practice connects me telepathically to my Pope, the Ghost of Klaus Nomi. I feel woefully under-supported on campus and would like my own bathroom.

Oh, and I have a bag full of " . . .ists" and ". . . isms" here in case anybody dares tell me to just shut up and quit whining for special treatment.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness... And we wonder why tuition is skyrocketing. Wages for the gardener who tends the "living wall" can't be cheap. ;-) Why is all religion studiously eliminated from schools in grade K-12, but once you get to post-secondary level we're catering to Zoroastrianism? Be religious on your own time/dime, not at taxpayer funded institutions. That's what I do...

1:49 PM  

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