Sexual Misconduct Allegations Rock Concordia University: Here’s What We’re Reading

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Here’s what we’re reading today.

1. Concordia University president ‘disturbed’ by sexual misconduct allegations in English department

“President Alan Shepard calls the allegations by blogger Mike Spry serious. Shepard says the social media post makes specific allegations as well as general allegations of an abusive climate in the department’s creative writing program.

“Spry alleges he has witnessed and been made aware of innumerable instances of unwanted affection, groping, inappropriate remarks and propositions.

“He claims that when rejected by women, men in position of power would engage in whisper campaigns, denigrating and degrading those who rejected them.”

Toronto Star

2. Senators seek investigation to determine if Lynn Beyak postings were racist

“Independent senators have asked the Senate Ethics Officer and a Senate committee to determine if Senator Lynn Beyak broke any rules or behaved improperly when she posted allegedly racist comments about Indigenous people on her parliamentary website.”

The Globe and Mail

3. Democrats release transcript of Fusion GPS Senate interview

“The British ex-spy who authored a dossier of allegations against then-presidential candidate Donald Trump was told the FBI had someone inside Trump’s network providing agents with information, according to a newly released transcript of a congressional interview.

“Glenn R. Simpson, a founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, spoke to investigators with the Senate Judiciary Committee for 10 hours in August. As the partisan fight over Russian interference in the 2016 election has intensified, Simpson has urged that his testimony be released, and a copy of the transcript was made public Tuesday.”

Washington Post

4. Losing faith in the state, some Mexican towns are quietly breaking away

“Visit three such enclaves — Tancítaro; Monterrey, a rich commercial city; and Ciudad Nezahualcóyotl, just outside the capital — and you will find a pattern. Each is a haven of relative safety amid violence, suggesting that their diagnosis of the problem was correct. But their gains are fragile and have come at significant cost.

“They are exceptions that prove the rule: Mexico’s crisis manifests as violence, but it is rooted in the corruption and weakness of the state.”

New York Times

5. Here comes the sun: How morning shows make it the same morning every day

“Morning shows are one way that mornings become regulated. Beyond merely establishing a set schedule, morning shows provide a sense of continuity. The same hosts appear every morning, continuing a conversation that picks up on the previous day’s stories and events. A morning show points to the newly risen sun in the sky. It says that today’s morning is just like yesterday’s.”

Real Life Magazine