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#23757

OMG: Any ideas how to raise awareness beyond Omguw of issues raised in Omguw? I ask since I saw a big Omg from last term. People may want to know, not just Omg readers. It was on women's safety trouble at our campus counselling center.

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    Depends on your goal.

    If your goal is to bring people to OMGUW to read about an issue, then good fucking luck. It's not that people won't come, it's that they'll get here and see everything else that makes this site a cesspool, and then leave. Or discard whatever issue you want to raise awareness of as a mindless internet conspiracy.

    If your goal is to raise awareness on-campus leading to some kind of actionable goal, then you have a few more options.
    The first of those options is to raise the issue with an activist group, and see what your options are for some kind of public awareness campaign. On this campus, that means talking to WPIRG. The benefit of activism is limited, but it's a handy source of external pressure and a way to develop public consciousness of an issue. See: http://wpirg.org/

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      Your second option is to talk to your elected student representatives on campus. The goal in this case is to make *them* aware of an issue, and to convince them to lobby for specific changes/improvements at the tables they share with university administrators. This might mean talking to the student senators (See: https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariat-general-counsel/governance/senate/senate-membership), or the Federation of Students Councillors (See: http://www.feds.ca/about/students-council/student-councillors/) or the Graduate Students Association Councillors (See: https://uwaterloo.ca/graduate-student-association/governance/council). Those latter two groups tend to be the driving force behind student advocacy priorities on campus, so that matters.

      On the SPECIFIC issue you are talking about, it's important to also reach out to the members of the Student Services Advisory Committee (See: https://uwaterloo.ca/secretariat-general-counsel/committees-and-councils/student-services-advisory-committee), who effectively control the Counselling Services Budget and conduct periodic operation reviews of the Services.

      Hopefully that answers your question!

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    2. lol wpirg.

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    1. OP must have meant 23658. It had 181 posts and was about that.

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    2. Here's the OP.
      "#23658
      OMG: I was following March 17's OMG on unwanted body contact and Counselling Services issues. It ran out of room when it hit around 200 posts. So the debate got cut off and I'm too lazy to hit the "Load more..." button to see posts past the default 200 view limit.

      Would be good to have an omg to get updates on the unfolding sexual harassment situation at Counselling Services, women's safety on campus, and UW's response to these issues. I find they overlap and are important to me."

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    3. Nobody wants to hear about it. It is one person constantly posting about a non-event. The manager should take legal action against this user for harassment and libelous statements.

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    4. 2d, what do you mean by "The manager"? What "one person"?

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    5. @2d who are you to say what I want to hear? It's not your call. People can post and we can decide what to read.

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    6. UW Admin need to step up and start suspending people who harass no matter where they're from.

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    7. Definition

      298 (1) A defamatory libel is matter published, without lawful justification or excuse, that is likely to injure the reputation of any person by exposing him to hatred, contempt or ridicule, or that is designed to insult the person of or concerning whom it is published.

      Marginal note:Mode of expression

      (2) A defamatory libel may be expressed directly or by insinuation or irony

      (a) in words legibly marked on any substance; or

      (b) by any object signifying a defamatory libel otherwise than by words.

      Publishing

      299 A person publishes a libel when he

      (a) exhibits it in public;

      (b) causes it to be read or seen; or

      (c) shows or delivers it, or causes it to be shown or delivered, with intent that it should be read or seen by the person whom it defames or by any other person.

      Proprietor of newspaper presumed responsible

      303 (1) The proprietor of a newspaper shall be deemed to publish defamatory matter that is inserted and published therein, unless he proves that the defamatory matter was inserted in the newspaper without his knowledge and without negligence on his part.

      It would be interesting if OMGUW could be considered a newspaper or mode of publishing.

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    8. @2g, you mean for sexual harassment right?

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    9. @2.i It should be for harassment. Period.

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    10. @2h, why didn't you quote the defences from defamation claims? And those available to newspapers, distinct from 303 (1)? You won't scare these people into silence.

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  3. OP what do you want to happen?

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    1. I guess OP wants people on campus who don't read omguw to find out about this.

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  4. @2d, what "manager", you mean at Counselling Services? They don't have managers. Everyone there reports to the Director or the Associate Director.

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    1. nobody cares.

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    2. 4, they do now have managers. Counselling Services just hired three people to be managers. So 2d is right about a manager being there now.

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    3. @4b it's not accurate to say people were hired. Three manager positions were created. Three existing staff were promoted into those positions.

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    4. What the fuck? I didn't see anything get posted by UW. They're filled already?

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    5. @4d That's because the three manager jobs weren't ever posted, not even internally. Yes, the decisions were made and the positions filled.

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    6. I thought UW has policies about how it has to advertise for positions internally. How's anyone supposed to find out what jobs are available or happening? Is there something that lists the department structure now? Who's part of the Counselling Services management team?

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    7. From what it seems, UW created three Counselling Centre management roles. Each has a specific function they are in place to coordinate for the full Counselling Centre operations for the campus.

      The three functions are: 1. Training and Supervision, 2. Quality Assurance, 3. Intake. They all report to the Associate Director, Counselling Services. If anyone has a correction to any of this or more specifics about the new reporting structure, please let us know.

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  5. We can write pointers in public spaces to the omguw you want people to read. Like "omguw.com 23632".

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    1. Interesting. So we could write that "omguw.com 23632" on small pieces of paper and leave them on classroom desks and blackboards. That would allow us to get the word out about the campus safety issues raised in that omg.

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    2. You mean "omguw.com 23658"? That's the one with the ton of posts about what UW says they're going to do soon and what they aren't doing now. One big question is will that be too little too late? Just more empty public relations?

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    3. I don't know what this is about.

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