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Hat Tip to Carelton U - so much for PC charity
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Last week I mentioned Carelton University's (Ottawa, Canada) Student Council had decided to pull out of a charity event it had participated in for 24 years, because it felt the cause - cystic fibrosis - wasn't "diverse" enough, being mistakenly believed to be mostly a "white man's" disease.

Well apparently the outrage, both internally and externally, has been enough to have them reconsider their previous decision and reverse it:
The student council at an Ottawa university has reversed its controversial decision to pull out of an annual fundraiser for the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Following vocal protests from students, the Carleton University Students Association voted unanimously Monday night to:

* Support next year's cystic fibrosis fundraiser, called Shinerama.
* Donate at least $1,000 to the organization.
* Issue a formal apology.

In addition, the student councillor who crafted the controversial motion to drop the fundraiser resigned.
And that's not all:
Meanwhile, a group on campus has submitted a petition signed by 1,000 students calling for the student association president, Brittany Smyth, to be impeached over the incident, which they are calling "Shinerama-gate."
I doubt that will happen - it would be too "unfair". However, it would be nice to see someone actually held responsible for what they did for once. But hey, the reversal and the formal policy are more than I had hoped for, so I'll say "good on ya, Carelton" and leave it at that.
 
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