Government sexploitation

Bill C-36, The Protection Of Communities And Exploited Persons Act, is the Conservative government’s new legal framework for the sex work industry, reported NOW Magazine’s Sept. 11-18 issue…. While C-36 bans third-party advertising,… the advertising aspect of the law can only be enforced if the advertising originates in Canada…. Osgoode Hall Law School Professor Bruce Ryder points out that “It’s hard to imagine how they overcome the jurisdictional limits on Canadian law and the practical obstacles to prosecuting people.” Read full story.

Universities for all genders
When student Bridget Liang of Hamilton, Ont., went shopping for a university, she chose York University, partly because of its many gender-neutral, single-stall washrooms spread around campus, reported University Affairs Sept. 10. Ms. Liang is a transgendered woman. For her, large public restrooms can be terrifying places, where bullies feel free to deliver dirty looks, hurtful comments, even a punch. Read full story.

Sports and violence
The disturbing video of former Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice striking his then fiancée in an elevator has people talking about the connection between violence and sports. On CBC’s “Metro Morning” Sept. 10, Matt Galloway spoke with York University Professor Gamal Abdel-Shehid about the issue. Listen to full interview.

Study finds gaming augments players’ social lives
New research finds that online social behaviour isn’t replacing offline social behaviour in the gaming community, reported The Rock River Times Sept. 10. Instead, online gaming is expanding players’ social lives. The study was done by researchers at North Carolina State University, York University and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology. Read full story.

Buxton Homecoming a hit
The history conference, hosted by the Harriet Tubman Institute of York University and the Buxton Historical Society, featured notable speakers from Maryland and Canada, reported Chatham This Week Sept. 2. Read full story.