The Rotman School of Management has pulled a controversial class assignment from a first-year MBA course after concerns were raised about its portrayal of women.
The assignment, issued last week for a class on capital markets, features a fictional female business student who is offered a public relations job with her “favourite company of all time,” jeweller Tiffany and Co. She is struggling to decide which compensation package she should accept.
Several students in the University of Toronto’s graduate business school were openly dismayed by the assignment, saying there is “just so much wrong” with its portrayal of “Elle Forest,” a ditzy female who requires the assistance of her Yale-educated boyfriend to figure out which compensation package she should accept.
The assignment, which the Star has viewed, notes Forest “really didn’t want any of those investment banking or consulting jobs,” and was “already dreaming of more little turquoise boxes on her bookshelf, where she already had quite a nice collection.”
“Just after her upcoming graduation, Elle would be getting married in the Hamptons and moving to New York to a gorgeous apartment on the Upper East Side,” the assignment adds.
Forest, who is described as being “confused about the subtleties of the offer,” enlists the help of her Yale-educated fiancé, Chip.
“I have been offered an annual salary of $85,000, but that really just isn’t enough to pay the rent,” she tells her partner. “The HR lady also said that I could choose between an additional $20,000 signing bonus in cash or company stock options that expire and vest after 2 years and after 4 years, respectively. I just don’t know what to do.”
Chip advises Forest to refer to her Finance class notes, a suggestion she enthusiastically embraces as she is a “super-organized” student with binders that are “colour-coded and organized by term.”
Jamal A. Badawi is an Egyptian born Muslim Canadian, a former professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is Canada’s leading proponent of Sharia and Hassan al-Banna and the extremist Muslim Brotherhood as his source for inspiration.
Badawi is also active in several Islamist organizations that have promoted the establishment of Sharia law in Canada’s Family Law courts. These include the Muslim American Society (MAS), and the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR). In addition he is a member of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) and associated with include the Canadian chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), both of them labelled by the U.S. Justice Department as an ‘Unindicted Co-conspirator’ in the Texas Terror funding trial in which all the accused were convicted on all counts
Jamal Badawi in his own words states:
“There will be re-establishment of the Caliphate following the Prophetic path. That’s where we’re going.”
Since he is one of seven executive members of the Fiqh Council of North America, an association of Muslims who interpret Islamic law on the North American continent, his words cannot be dismissed as idle bravado or exaggeration.
The 18 members of the Fiqh Council issue religious rulings, resolve disputes, and answer questions relating to the Islamic faith. As outlined in its by-laws, the Council’s primary objectives include:
“To consider, from a Shari’ah perspective, and offer advice on specific undertakings, transactions, contracts, projects, or proposals, guaranteeing thereby that the dealings of North American Muslims fall within the parameters of what is permitted by the Shari’ah.”
In view of this, Jamal Badawi’s call for the establishment of a Caliphate in Canada and his declaration that no legislature or parliament is permitted to enact laws governing society and that only the laws of the Quran and Hadith shall govern our lives, must not be taken lightly.
An alleged member of a Pakistani terrorist organization must remain in custody while federal officials attempt to deport him, after the Immigration and Refugee Board ruled Friday he was a danger to the public.
IRB Member Andrew Laut said Mohammed Aqeeq Ansari, 30, a Pakistani citizen with “radicalized views” who was arrested in Toronto on Oct. 27, would also be unlikely to appear for his immigration proceedings if he was released.
In his decision, Mr. Laut said Mr. Ansari had amassed a dozen firearms and ammunition and was interested in acquiring more. “As stated the panel finds that the evidence as a whole supports a finding that this was not an innocent hobby.”
Mr. Ansari read publications espousing jihad and assassination, and his Internet posts were supportive of the killers who murdered two Canadian Forces members in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Ottawa, he said.
he is no different from feminist men caught with their pants down after preaching against adult sexuality involving men sexing women.
A local anti-porn activist is in Sutter County Jail after a 16-year-old reported having sexual contact with him for the last three years.
Donny Pauling, 41, was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts with a child under 14, oral copulation with a child under 14 and unlawful intercourse. He is being held without bail.
Pauling has publicly described himself as reformed and a former pornography producer and Christian motivational speaker. He spoke recently at local churches about human trafficking and the detrimental impacts of pornography on girls and women. During his presentations, he describes a nine-year career as a pornographer and urges the audience to cut porn out of their lives.
Pauling was arrested Monday after Sutter County sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at his Yuba City home, where some evidence was recovered, including multiple computers, according to Sutter County sheriff’s Lt. James Casner.
The investigation began when the 16-year-old reported Pauling had been having sexual contact with the teen for the last three years in Sutter and Shasta counties.
Whether there are additional victims is still under investigation.
Premier Wynne Statement on Bill C-36
Yesterday, on December 6, after months of hearings and public debate, The Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act came into effect.
When the Supreme Court of Canada struck down three provisions of the Criminal Code, they found that each of the impugned laws placed sex workers unnecessarily at risk in a way that violated their rights to safety and security under the Charter.
As I have said before, my priority in this debate is to ensure that our laws and institutions enhance the safety of those who are vulnerable- in this case, sex workers: a class of (mostly) women, who are disproportionately the victims of sexual and physical violence. So I believe that there is merit in considering whether the Conservative government’s new legislation meets that test.
I have listened to the debate that has taken place over the last year, and particularly since the introduction of Bill C-36. And I am left with grave concern that the so-called Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act will protect neither “exploited persons” nor “communities”.
I am not an expert, and I am not a lawyer, but as Premier of this province, I am concerned that this legislation (now the law of the land) will not make sex workers safer.
The legislation was duly passed through a democratic process. The Attorney General of Ontario is bound to enforce the Criminal Code. And she will.
But I have also asked the Attorney General to advise me on the constitutional validity of this legislation, in light of the Supreme Court’s decision in the Bedford case, and our options as a government in the event that the legislation’s constitutionality is in question.
We must enforce duly enacted legislation, but I believe that we must also take steps to satisfy ourselves that, in doing so, we are upholding the constitution and the Charter.
It is always dreamlike to see one Islamist terror group accuse the other of being too “lenient” when it comes to enforcing sharia laws. But it is not dreamlike when a terrorist group starts threatening writers and women.
That is what is happening these days in the Gaza Strip, where supporters of the Islamic State are accusing Hamas of failing to impose strict Islamic laws on the Palestinian population — as if Hamas has thus far endorsed a liberal and open-minded approach toward those who violate sharia laws.
Until this week, the only topic Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were talking about was how to rebuild homes and buildings that were destroyed during the last war between Hamas and Israel.
Now, however, almost everyone is talking about the Islamic State threats against poets, writers and women.
It is no secret that the Islamic State has a presence in the Gaza Strip. According to sources there, many disgruntled members of Hamas and other radical salafi-jihadi groups have already joined the Islamic State, with some fighting together with ISIS groups in Syria and Iraq.
Earlier this year, it was revealed here that Islamic State has already begun operating inside the Gaza Strip — much to the dismay of Hamas.
Hamas, nevertheless, continues to deny any presence of Islamic State inside the Gaza Strip. “There are no members of Islamic State in the Gaza Strip,” said Eyad al-Bazam, spokesman for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry.
Many Palestinians, however, do not seem to take Hamas’s denials seriously, and remain unconvinced.
Over the past few days, two separate leaflets signed by Islamic State threatened to target Palestinian poets and writers for their “wantonness” and “atheism.” The leaflets mention the poets and writers by name — a move that created panic among many Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
The leaflets also included an ultimatum to Palestinian women to abide by Islamic attire or face the Islamic State style of punishment — presumably being stoned to death. The threat leaves one with the false impression that, under Hamas, women can wear swimming suits at the beach and walk around the streets of Gaza City in mini-skirts.
But this is what happens when one fundamentalist group believes that the other is not radical enough.
“We warn the writers and poets of their wanton sayings and atheist deeds,” one of the leaflets read. “We give the apostates three days to retract their apostasy and wantonness and enter the religion of Islam anew.”
The threats issued by Islamic State have drawn strong condemnations from many Palestinians. This is the first time that such threats have been made against poets and writers or women.
Although Hamas has denied any connection to the threats, Fatah officials in the West Bank were quick to accuse the Islamist movement — which has been in control of the Gaza Strip since 2007 — of being behind the leaflets.
Palestinian political analyst Naji Sharab explained that any attempt to deny the presence of Islamic State terrorists in the Gaza Strip was “unrealistic.”
“There’s no denying that Islamic State exists [in the Gaza Strip] as a small group or as individuals,” he said. “The leaflets that were distributed this week could not have come from any Palestinian organization.”
Palestinians point out that the two leaflets were not the only sign of the presence of Islamic State inside the Gaza Strip. They say that Islamic State flags can be seen in many parts of the Gaza Strip, especially at football stadiums and public buildings. In addition, Islamic State stickers can be seen on the windshields of many vehicles.
More recently, Palestinians say, families have begun attaching the Islamic State emblem to wedding invitations sent out to friends and relatives. Photos of Palestinians who were killed while fighting with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria appear in many places, especially mosques and educational centers.
Of course, all of this is taking place while Hamas continues to insist that the Islamic State is not operating in Gaza.
Those who are taking the threats seriously are the women and writers whose names appeared in the leaflets.
Amal Hamad, a member of the Palestinian Women’s Union, expressed deep concern about the threats made by Islamic State. “We are headed toward the worst in the Gaza Strip,” she complained. “We hold the Hamas security forces responsible for the leaflets of intimidation and terror.” She and a large group of women in the Gaza Strip held an emergency meeting to discuss the repercussions of the threats.
Judging from reactions, it is clear that many Palestinians — including Hamas — are extremely worried about Islamic State’s presence in the Gaza Strip. Even if the terror group still does not have many fighters in the Gaza Strip, it already has countless followers and admirers.
It is also clear that if and when the Hamas regime collapses, the Gaza Strip will not fall into the hands of less-radical Palestinians.
The Gaza Strip has already been turned into an “Islamist Emirate” that is run by Hamas and other radical groups such as Islamic Jihad.
While Islamic State may have succeeded in infiltrating the Gaza Strip, its chances of entering the West Bank are zero. This is thanks to the presence of the Israel Defense Forces [IDF] in the West Bank. The Palestinian Authority and its President Mahmoud Abbas are well aware that without the Israeli security presence in the West Bank, the area would easily fall into the hands of Hamas or Islamic State.
It is important to keep in mind that the countries in Europe now voting for a Palestinian state may effectively be paving the way for a takeover by Islamic State.