QPIRG and SSMU at odds over po­ten­tial cuts to pro­gram­ming funds

The McGill Daily - - Summer In Review -

On Au­gust 16, Mcgill’s Union for Gen­der Em­pow­er­ment (UGE) pub­lished an open let­ter to the Stu­dents’ So­ci­ety of Mcgill University (SSMU). Co- signed by The Daily and sev­eral other cam­pus groups. This let­ter crit­i­cised SSMU them for their use of “aus­ter­ity logic and lan­guage” in con­nec­tion with the po­ten­tial de­fund­ing of Cul­ture Shock and So­cial Jus­tice Days, two anti-racist event se­ries held on cam­pus. Early ver­sions of Cul­ture Shock, orig­i­nally run by SSMU alone, were de­scribed as to­k­eniz­ing and mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tive of racial jus­tice. In 2006, QPIRG of­fered to jointly run the pro­gram, with a man­date to fo­cus on so­cial jus­tice is­sues. The let­ter pub­lished by the UGE states that as of 2015, mon­e­tary fund­ing had been re­duced from its ini­tial $10,000 to $2,040. QPIRG board mem­bers fear that the elim­i­na­tion of fund­ing would ef­fec­tively end the pro­gram­ming.

In re­sponse, SSMU told The Daily that over­all, they of­fer “more sup­ports than pro­vided to any other stu­dent group on cam­pus and with a sys­tem that is out­side the norm of that we of­fer other groups on cam­pus, mak­ing our re­la­tion­ship with QPIRG an out­lier in our stan­dard op­er­at­ing pro­ce­dures.” QPIRG has ar­gued, in re­turn, that SSMU’S con­tin­ued col­lab­o­ra­tion on anti-racist pro­gram­ming is es­sen­tial. “Work­ing to­gether fur­thers the value that QPIRG can pro­vide to SSMU and the stu­dents at Mcgill,” the staff and board said in a state­ment to the Daily.

The In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Athletics Fed­er­a­tions (IAAF) is go­ing to court to ap­peal a 2015 rul­ing by the Court of Ar­bi­tra­tion for Sport (CAS) which ruled that hy­per­an­droge­nous ath­letes such as Caster Se­menya of South Africa did not have an ad­van­tage over other ath­letes. Caster Se­menya, an 800m run­ner, is among a group of fe­male ath­letes with nat­u­rally high lev­els of testos­terone. Be­cause testos­terone is some­time ar­ti­fi­cially in­jected by ath­letes to il­le­gally im­prove their per­for­mance, the IAAF wishes to en­force a limit on the lev­els that fe­male ath­letes may re­tain. Since her 2009 World Cham­pi­onship win, Se­menya has been forced to un­dergo sex ver­i­fi­ca­tion tests, testos­terone tests, and even hor­mone ther­apy. The IAAF is fight­ing once again to force hor­mone ther­apy on her and other hy­per­an­droge­nous ath­letes. If the IAAF wins the ap­peal against the CAS, these ath­letes will face dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion if they do not wish to mod­ify their nat­u­ral testos­terone lev­els. This de­bate pro­vides the IAAF with the op­por­tu­nity to change the face of sport and in­grain more in­clu­sive gen­der def­i­ni­tions into the field. How­ever, they have taken a big­oted and hate­ful stand against many of their own ath­letes and spec­ta­tors.

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