Editorial | Elections Oct 2019

Election season is upon us. The fate of Windsor and Essex County’s inhabitants lingers in the crisp autumn air as various political candidates in their respective districts are knee-deep in their campaign runs. Election day is just around the corner and it truly is a beautiful thing. The various representatives of the three major political parties in Canada: Liberal, NDP, and Conservative, are working relentlessly as citizens prepare to cast their votes and let their voices be heard—and I urge our readers: take a breath and amplify those voices in your community towards breakthroughs that will be felt across this wonderful nation.

This is a time of great opportunity. It is a true triumph when Canadians take advantage of their right to have a say in their futures. These moments should be relished as favourable circumstances for all eligible voters. Ask yourself, “what do I value?”, “what do I want for myself and my community?”, “what do I want for my country?” Find your local representatives, look them up online, check out campaign literature, and even visit their offices, and find out what they provide to you and your community so you are able to make an informed decision on what political philosophy you believe in. Become aware of the things that matter to you and align yourself with the party that you feel best suits you while considering the state of Canada as a whole. The most important thing to do after that would be to support that party and the agenda that you feel will put all Canadians’ best interests at heart, and vote!

No matter where your values lie on the political spectrum, get out to the polls because there’s essentially nothing more powerful than your vote—a chance at participating in determining the outlook of Canada. Candidates are voted in by the people. It is through us, the people, that this process comes into fruition. We decide who will represent us in our communities, and collectively, as a nation. The election will take place on October 21st, 2019, with advance polling stations opening on October 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th. Don’t surrender to the perceived notion that your vote “won’t matter” in the greater scheme of things because that is absolutely false. This idea is often used as a tactic to defer bright minds away from demanding attention to the values and opinions that they hold—all of which matter immensely. Go out and vote to say that you contributed to the accumulation of actions towards progress that will end up shaping Canada as a nation of equality, progressiveness, and true prosperity for all.

Disclaimer: The political views expressed in the texts, articles, and advertisements throughout this special election issue of Al-Mohajer Newspaper/The International Firm belong solely to the authors, and do not necessarily align with the views and opinions of our organization and employees at Al-Mohajer/The International Firm.
Reda Mansour


Honours degree a first for St. Clair College
 
Armand Avolio and Samantha Elford are two students in a class that’s making history at St. Clair College. They are among the first 30 students enrolled in the new four-year Honours Bachelor Degree in Social Justice and Legal Studies. It is the first honours bachelor degree program to be offered at the college. “To be that first group of students, to be introduced into the room, is a really special feeling,” Avolio said. “Just to have that journey with the teachers is special.” Avolio, 19, went away to university last year, but returned to attend St. Clair College. “It’s a huge financial savings” to study in an undergraduate program that offers exactly what he’s seeking in preparation for law school down the road.
“To think about something involving social justice, law, politics, you’d only think you would go to university for something like this. But to have one right in your backyard at St. Clair College, that’s phenomenal.”
Elford, 17, said it made financial sense for her to attend St. Clair. “I really wanted to go to a program where I would learn about law, criminal psychology, things like that. But I was not going to pay $35,000 for a four-year program at the university,” she said. “So when I heard about this one, it was perfect.” 
Elford said she likes what she has seen so far. “It’s really, really, really good,” she said. “The teachers really enjoy what they teach. You can tell when their faces light up as they enter the room and start talking.”
One of those teachers is Elizabeth Strutt-MacLeod, the program’s coordinator, who has been spearheading this initiative for the last five years. “We have amazing people who have helped us develop the courses in the program, as well as people who are going to go on to teach…who have been for years in the trenches of the social justice sector.”
Strutt-MacLeod said an advisory committee, made up of community members who work in the legal and social justice sector, helped develop the program. “They’re all saying it took them 10 to 15 years to get those skills and that knowledge,” that will be passed on in four years to the students in the program.
“It’s a degree which would give somebody an opportunity to empower themselves and others and to be able to work in the community, do programming, everything from designing a program to putting together a grant application and a budget, to actually implementing and running programs,” Strutt-MacLeod said. 
“It’s a great foundation to understand the fabric of your community and how things work.”
More information on the program can be found here



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