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University application forms to offer additional gender identity option

Province-wide change led by the University of Waterloo

University application forms to offer additional gender identity option

Changes to the Ontario university applications will give new options to prospective students. 

Starting in September of 2017, prospective students applying for university will have the option of checking “another gender identity” on the application forms, if they do not identify as “male” or “female.” In addition, this field will no longer be mandatory.

This move was spearheaded by the University of Waterloo and has been expanded to include all 20 Ontario universities. Ray Darling, the school’s registrar, took action when he was approached by a student who informed him that applicants were required to select between binary gender options. 

Darling went to the Ontario Universities Council on Admissions and requested that another option be added to accommodate students who do not identify as either male or female. This recommendation was adopted universally by all 20 members. 

With files from the CBC.

Billionaire magnate named in Panama Papers a top McGill, York University donor

Victor Dahdeleh alleged to have facilitated bribes for Bahraini officials

Billionaire magnate named in Panama Papers a top McGill, York University donor

A billionaire Canadian university benefactor has been named as a key figure in an international bribery case.

According to a CBC/The Toronto Star investigation, the Panama papers reveal Victor Dahdaleh was allegedly the middleman involved in the international bribery scandal that resulted in Alcoa, one of the world’s largest aluminum companies, to be fined a staggering amount of $384 million USD for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Through Dahdaleh, Bahraini officials — including a senior member of Bahrain’s Royal Family — received tens of millions of dollars  in exchange for supplier contracts.

Dahdaleh, a trustee on the board of the McGill University Trust since 1994, has contributed more than $5 million over the years. A day after the investigation was released, McGill appreciatively accepted another donation of $3.5 million from Dahdaleh.

Also, York University has named the Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health after him, following his donation of $20 million last year.

In addition, St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia awarded the magnate an honorary doctorate last December.

With files from the CBC and Toronto Star.