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Health and Justice Alliance – ‘working together for families’ online events

Health and Justice Alliance – ‘working together for families’ online events


To practising physicians and lawyers who serve BC families experiencing high conflict separation and divorce:

Re: Health and Justice Alliance – ‘working together for families’ online events

Dr Ramneek Dosanjh, President of Doctors of BC, and Lisa Hamilton, QC, President of the Law Society of BC, are pleased to invite you to participate in two online events, May 18 and June 14, from 5–7:30 pm on ‘working together for families’ – a collaborative approach to serving families experiencing toxic stress as a result of separation and divorce. These events are co-hosted by the Law Society of BC, Access to Justice BC, and Doctors of BC.

For the sake of the families we serve, we must break down the silos we work in. Come and explore with us – physicians and lawyers together – the experiences of our patient/clients going through high conflict separation and divorce. Let’s get to know each other and learn from the differences and similarities of our own experiences and observations. Physicians and lawyers learning and working together can make a difference!

Have a look at this short video, ‘ACEs and the Family Justice system,’ to get a sense of the connection between the health and justice sectors.

In the first session on May 18, we will share observations, hear each other’s perspectives and explore the patient/client experience. In the second session on June 14, we will explore the theme “Start with Ourselves,” an opportunity to become more aware of the impact on professionals dealing with toxic situations, and to explore how best to serve our patient/clients.

If you are interested, please register now. If you have any questions, contact Jane Morley, QC at

Dr Ramneek Dosanjh                                                         Lisa Hamilton
President                                                                            President 
Doctors of BC                                                                     The Law Society of BC 



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USM Symphony Orchestra hosts events for ‘Social Justice Week’

USM Symphony Orchestra hosts events for ‘Social Justice Week’

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra has planned a series of events to raise awareness of social justice issues.

The programming will feature musical performances, guest lectures, masterclasses and more.

Both Thursday and Friday will include concerts featuring the guests, including composer Xavier Foley.

Some of Foley’s compositions, including For Justice and Peace, will be performed by the symphony orchestra with Foley joining.

“Well, the students here are very talented, and I don’t have to worry,” said Foley. “The piece works itself out with this talented group here.”

“Yeah, it is great to hear my own music, but again, sometimes we can get a little too picky, so I try to just let them do their thing and everyone have fun.”

“It’s very special, Xavier is a very special young man,” said USM Director of Orchestral Activities, Dr. Michael Miles. “He’s a composer. He’s a beautiful artist, solo artist.

“The impression that he makes on our young people is instantaneous and just huge for them, so he inspires them the minute he walks on the stage.”

A collection of events is listed below.

Thursday, April 21:

  • 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion: Challenges in Diversity and Inclusion in the Music Industry. Panelists: Xavier Foley, Weston Sprott, Joyce McCall and Anthony Wellington at the Intermezzo Gallery
  • 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Lecture and Q & A with Weston Sprott at The Hub, Room 100
  • 7:30 p.m. – The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents …and Justice for All with guest artists Xavier Foley and John Uzodinma. Also, featuring Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 at the Bennett Auditorium.

Friday, April 22:

  • 10 a.m. – Noon – Masterclass with Xavier Foley at the Intermezzo Gallery
  • 7:30 p.m. – The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble with guest artist Weston Sprott at the Manonni Performing Arts Center

Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the performance.

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Minister McEntee launches justice sector programme of commemorative events for 2022-2024 as part of the Decade of Centenaries’ Programme

The Decade of Centenaries Programme is an ongoing programme of commemoration of the period from 1912 to 1923. The justice sector commemorations programme is part of the recently published, cross-government Decade of Centenaries 2022 Programme co-ordinated by Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.

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A couple public events hosted by UBCO next week

A couple public events hosted by UBCO next week

UBC Okanagan’s first Climate/Justice teach-in will take place on Tuesday.

Part of the university’s Climate Action Plan, approved in December, the tech-in will consist of two sessions. The first will feature concurrent panels of faculty members tackling complex, interconnected climate and justice issues and their solutions.

The second session will begin with a panel of UBCO staff introducing the newly launched Climate Action Plan, and participants will be asked to share their views and suggestions for achieving action on climate change at UBCO.

The event from 6 to 8 p.m. is free and open to everyone. Advanced registration is required at


Was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau justified in using the Emergencies Act to quell protests in Ottawa?

That’s the question that will be up for debate at UBC Okanagan’s annual Roger Watts debate on Wednesday.

Student debaters will argue their case before a panel of local judges who will then decide the winners.

Prizes of $1,000 will be awarded to first place, while runners-up will win $500.

There will also be a People’s Choice Award, with $500 up for grabs.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. The public is invited to watch it online using Zoom.

To register, visit

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DSG debates funding Students for Justice in Palestine speaker events at Wednesday meeting

DSG debates funding Students for Justice in Palestine speaker events at Wednesday meeting

Editor’s note: Several individuals featured in this article were concerned about experiencing harassment after publication. In a recent column, Duke Student Government President Christina Wang highlighted some of her experiences dealing with extensive bullying over the last few months after she vetoed recognition of Duke’s chapter of Students Supporting Israel, citing inappropriate social media conduct by the organization in her veto.

The Chronicle is committed to maintaining journalistic standards and credibility in our coverage. After speaking with students featured in the article, we have elected to grant anonymity to a student who requested it due to fear of harassment. We have confirmed the accuracy of the quotes published through our own recording of the meeting. 

Duke Student Government senators debated awarding funding for two speaker events hosted by Students for Justice in Palestine after senators raised concerns based on the definition of antisemitism unanimously adopted by DSG senators in February

SJP submitted two applications for their speaker events, “Palestine 101” with Dana Alhasan and “Narrating Resistance and Agency: Shifting the Discourse on Palestine” with author Mohammed El-Kurd and journalist Ahmed El-Din. Both events would include honorarium payments for the speakers. 

“They’re both very well known, very well-renowned names, internationally acclaimed and have a very well-established presence in the Palestinian organizing community. Additionally, Alhasan is a local community organizer,” said a member of SJP, who wished to remain anonymous. “We were hoping to bring a global, large-scale movement to campus with a local aspect as well.”

First-year senator Alex Dray observed a quote in Mohammed El-Kurd’s book Rifqa, in which he wrote that “[Israelis] harvest organs of the martyred [Palestinians], feed their warriors our own.”

Sophomore senator Nicole Rosenzweig added to Dray’s example, mentioning El-Kurd’s tweets, one of which stated that people were “KRISTALLNACHTING [Palestinians] IN REAL TIME.” El-Kurd has also tweeted that Zionists have “an unquenchable thirst for Palestinian blood,” which Rosenzweig remarked feeds into the blood libel trope. 

“Would this not send the wrong message and potentially promote violence against Jewish students on campus by providing $5,000 for this individual to speak, despite his antisemitic tweets and statements?” Rosenzweig asked.

Members of the SJP executive board said that they did not agree with all of the speakers’ views.

“The club has done its research, and the club is also simultaneously still willing to extend an invitation for [El-Kurd] to come speak on campus,” the anonymous SJP member said. “The honorarium and invitation to speak are by no means an endorsement of everything the speaker has or ever will say.”

During the questioning period, junior Drew Flanagan, Student Organization Finance Committee chair, and President Pro Tempore Devan Desai, a junior, clarified SOFC and DSG procedures regarding hate speech. Desai noted that the SOFC bylaws included an anti-discrimination clause that addressed group actions, but not speech by individuals.

After a three-minute unmoderated caucus, senators opened the floor for a public forum. 

“The point of an educational campus like this university [is] you can pursue discussion, education, enlightenment, and encouragement,” the anonymous SJP member said. “We are being diligent to ensure that this remains a safe space and not offensive at all. And I think because of that, we as a club that has a long history here at the campus, and as part of a national organization, we have the ability to keep this dignified and to keep this respectful.”

Following a series of protected speeches, senators allocated the proposed $16,835 for the “Narrating Resistance and Agency: Shifting the Discourse on Palestine” event with a raised hand vote. Of the 58 Senators in DSG, 17 approved the funding and eight opposed.

Regarding the “Palestine 101” event, first-year senator Preston Nibley pointed to a March 11 retweet by Dana Alhasan describing NATO as “an arm of Western imperialism and white supremacy.” 

“It’s one thing to have a speaker and host, another to pay for their travel expenses, but to give them an honorarium and essentially endorse that view?” Nibley said. “I’m just not totally sure that’s probably supported by the majority of the constituent body.”

After some debate, senators allotted $1,605.00 for the “Palestine 101” event with a voice vote. 

In other business

DSG senators allocated $8,570.02 for Delta Sigma Theta’s Rhapsody in Red charity ball, $9,437 for duARTS’s Mural Durham event, $4,632 to DukeAFRICA’s Jabulani event, $3,040.00 for Mi Gente’s Latinx Awards Night, $4,500 for the Muslim Students Association’s Spring Kickback, $2,500.00 for Shave and Buzz’s fundraiser, $7,309.90 and $2,766.33 for Duke Dance Council and Devils en Pointe’s respective spring showcases, $10,123.40 for the Duke Dhamaka Nachde Nashville Dance Competition, $2,205.70 for Out of the Blue’s Women’s History Month Acapella Concert and $6,457.63 for Phi Beta Sigma’s Soul Lounge event.

Senators also allocated $150 for gift card incentives for a survey of students’ voter engagement.

DSG changed the statuses of Lady Blue and the Duke Boomwhackers Club from recognized to chartered.

Audrey Wang
| Staff Reporter

Audrey Wang is a Trinity first-year and a staff reporter for the news department.