@CUTVnews - Headlines: January 30, 2012

Twitter Censorship
The announcement this week that Twitter is going to enable country specific censorship has brought uproar and protest from all around the world. Twitter has implied that the new policy wont remove content, but would rather censor it in certain countries and regions by request from the countrie’s government or the DMCA. While many believe this threatens basic free speech and falls under the same category as SOPA and PIPA, Twitter and its supporters maintain that it’s a precautionary measure controlled by respective governments, certain measures must be taken in order for censorship to be effective, and it wont include content removal.

Shafia Family Likely To Be Deported
Mohammad, Tooba, and Hamed Shafia have all been given the maximum sentence, 25 years without parole after the shocking honour killings of their 4 family members, and will likely be deported to Afghanistan after they serve their sentences. In many cases, the Canadian government temporarily suspends removals to other countries under certain circumstances, but the Shafias will not be given the mercy or luxury.

Concordia Academic Survey
The results from 3,454 random students showed that Concordia isn’t challenging students academically. The National Survey Of Student Engagement records results from over 700 different universities, and Concordia is falling behind the rest. Although student faculty interaction and supportive campus environments have improved, John Molson School Of Business faculty senator Gordon Leonard said “There’s not much improvement there, not a significant change in slope, my interpretation is that we have to do a lot more than just say we did a good job.”

Parti Québécois Adopts Major New Policy Positions
Parti Québécois leader Pauline Marois pronounced her PQ united Sunday and said she was ready to fight a Quebec election. She said it would remove the Charest government, increase revenues on natural resources extracted in Quebec, a new Bill 101 to preserve the French language, setting limits on reasonable accommodation of religious differences and protecting workers. The vote was close on two proposals, one calling for a new elected upper house of the Quebec National Assembly and a second to lower the voting age to 16 from 18.

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