Bilingual Corner 2014

2014

Social Justice and Higher Education: How Are We Walking the Talk?

By Fernando Murillo
PhD in Curriculum Studies Program
Faculty of Education
University of British Columbia

The notion of social justice has proven to be particularly complex, especially when it comes to be considered as an orientation in university level education. As with many other concepts with “aura” – such as “quality” or “democracy”- that seem to be self evident and supported by a generalized consensus, they produce the effect that when we use them, we are all referring to something more or less similar, when in fact, we may be talking about not only different, but even opposing views.

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Medical Legal Partnership

By Jimmy Yan
Project and Information Officer
Access Pro Bono Society of BC

On July 4th, 2014 Access Pro Bono Society of BC (“Access Pro Bono”) , with support from the BC Mental Health Review Board and the Community Legal Assistance Society (“CLAS”), launched its Mental Health Program to help people contest their involuntary detainment under the BC Mental Health Act.  As a new form of medical and legal collaboration, the Program helps promote procedure justice to the most vulnerable, disadvantaged and devastated clients.  

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Federal Skilled Workers in Canada                                   

By Somayeh Bahrami

Somayeh is an MA student in the Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University. Her research is focused on the history of settlement, immigration, & citizenship in Canada; transnational migration and globalization; and Canada’s political economy and the labor market.

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Cyberbullying and Universities

By Chantal Faucher, PhD
Postdoctoral fellow, Centre for Education, Law & Society

Pink Shirt Day helps to bring awareness to the problem of bullying.  Attention to bullying is usually centred on the elementary, middle, and secondary school populations. In fact, the most unfortunate incidents of bullying and cyberbullying that have been widely reported in the media have typically involved adolescents.  Unfortunately, bullying and cyberbullying are behaviours also encountered among adult populations in universities, in the workplace, and relating to other problems such as intimate partner abuse and family violence. 

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Pro Bono

By Jimmy Yan
Project and Information Officer
Access Pro Bono Society of BC

Pro bono is the shorthand of a Latin phrase, pro bono publico, which means for the betterment of the public.  When this ancient term is placed in the modern legal context, pro bono legal services are defined as “the practice of law not performed for or in the expectation of a fee, gain or reward” (the Law Society of BC, 2012). In association with more self-represented litigants and more court delays, nowadays pro bono has gained quite a bit popularity.  

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