DISE's Rachel Zellars pens opinion piece: "Place Renaming Risks Continued Erasure of Black Quebeckers"
DISE PhD student Rachel Zellars, who has spearheaded a recent petition asking the Quebec Toponymy Commission to review 11 place names deemed pejorative, has written an opinion piece for Canadian bilingual independent news outlet Ricochet.
"Social change has never been neat," said Dr. Aziz Choudry, of our Department of Integrated Studies in Education, in a recent University Affairs article about student activism. "It's not always pretty," argues the article by Diane Peters, "but idealistic students continue to affect change, be it social, economic or environmental."
“Teachers in many French public schools are planning a one-day strike on Wednesday, Sept. 30, to voice their displeasure over contract talks with the Quebec government.” (Source: The Montreal Gazette)
A petition started by McGill PhD student Rachel Zellars is asking Quebec's toponymy commission to rename 11 locations in the province. National Post's Katherine Wilton reported on the petition in an article published Thursday, "Change names of Quebec places with N-word in them, petition asks Quebec commission" (Katherine Wilton, Postmedia News, August 13, 2015). Over 600 people have signed the petition, reports Wilton.