Should Canada adopt its own “Facebook Act” to curb hate speech?

Under Hitler, Germany experienced the consequences of a nation caving in to propaganda and hate speech. This may explain its government’s urgency to enact a new law, known as the “Facebook Act,” in response to the recent alarming rise of hate speech online. Canada is experiencing a similar rise. Media marketing company Cision documented a […]

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9 Tips to Facilitate Online Asynchronous Learning Through Facebook

A version of this post was published in Concordia University public scholars blog: https://www.concordia.ca/cunews/offices/vprgs/sgs/public-scholars/2017/08/01/9-tips-to-facilitate-online-learning.html From 2013 to 2017, I taught online courses at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in the BA in Educational Studies and Digital Technologies (ESTD)program, using the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) approach. In a course designed with a problem-based learning approach, the […]

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Ceci n’est pas un discours haineux

J’ai toujours été fascinée par le travail de René Magritte, artiste surréaliste belge, internationalement acclamé pour sa révolution contre les contraintes de l’esprit rationnel. Son œuvre La Trahison des images, où il oppose l’image aux mots, a réussi à nous faire mettre en doute notre perception de ce qui nous entoure. Qu’est-ce qui est vrai […]

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6 Actions to Move From “Us/Them” to “We”

A version of this post was publish in Concordia University Public Scholars Blog: http://www.concordia.ca/cunews/offices/vprgs/sgs/public-scholars/2017/06/20/victims-or-terrorists.html Consider this scenario: You hear a knock on your door. You check through the peephole. It is your new neighbor, the Syrian terrorist, with his/her school bag. Well, you guess he/she probably is a terrorist. He/she looks exactly like the terrorists you […]

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20 Factors Hindering the Social Inclusion of Newcomers

One of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) ’s central goals is to ensure a qualified workforce capable of performing in the evolving knowledge-based economy as stated by  Policy Horizons Canada in 2013. The overall slowing growth in the Canadian population, the retirement of a large number of baby boomers and the international competition for skilled workers are […]

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From a Young Ontarian: What Inclusion Means & How Social Media, Notably Facebook, Moulds the Inclusion of Syrian Refugees

The following is an excerpt of one of the 126 interviews I conducted with youth between 16 and 24 years old about the influence of social media on the integration and inclusion of Syrian refugees in host societies. My guest is a 19 years old Ontarian, active on social media and student at one of […]

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