On Wednesday, Ryerson University hosted the fourth annual Social Justice Walk on campus. The tour is a shortened version of the regular walk, which includes stops at the Toronto Homeless Memorial at the Church of the Holy Trinity, the back alleys behind the Eaton Centre, the YWCA Toronto building and the Jack Layton statue by the waterfront. This walk highlighted issues such as multiculturalism, student participation in political action and accessibility on campus.
There are six stops on the hour-long tour.
- The walk began at the Egerton Ryerson monument, with a speech by Cheryl Trudeau, coordinator for the Aboriginal Education Council. Trudeau mentioned that in 1948, Ryerson was a strong supporter of separate education for Aboriginal people. His ideas were used to create blueprints for residential schools. (Katherine DeClerq/Ryersonian Staff)
- Good-food advocate and chef Joshna Maharaj stopped by to talk about Ryerson's food policies. According to Maharaj, "eating on campus is a political act." It is easy to run to one of the many fast-food restaurants on campus, but Ryerson grows its own food and strives to be transparent about where it comes from. (Katherine DeClerq/The Ryersonian)
- The Jack Layton Archives was named after the late politician, and Ryerson professor. Archivists said that Layton was able to encourage student participation in the community. The reason why Layton won his first political race in 1982 was because he was able to rally the student vote. (Katherine DeClerq/The Ryersonian)
- The Ryerson Theatre School is one of the most inaccessible buildings on campus. Heather Willis, Accessibility Coordinator Heather Willis said that the university "has an obligation to accommodate undue hardship...but accommodation and accessibility aren't the same thing." (Katherine DeClerq/The Ryersonian)
- The Ryerson Students' Union has worked in partnership with the city to provide affordable housing for students on campus. (Katherine DeClerq/The Ryersonian)
- Mary's Place is a faith-based house for women. Cathy Crowe, a Distinguished Visiting Practitioner in the Department of Politics and Public Administration, explained that she is petitioning for more shelters in Toronto, especially in light of the death that occurred outside the Mattamy Athletic Centre during the city's ice storm last year. (Katherine DeClerq/The Ryersonian)