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Extra, Extra: Student Shyness, Winter Misery, and Front-Yard Luging

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss.

  • University of Toronto student Wongene Daniel took his case to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal when a professor lowered his grade because he hadn’t come to class. The reason he hadn’t attended his Women and Gender Studies course? It was full of women, and he was shy. The OHRT, though, rejected his complaint: “The applicant has not satisfied me that his claimed discomfort in a classroom of women requires accommodation under the [Ontario Human Rights] Code,” explained adjudicator Mary Truemner.
  • If you’re already feeling nostalgic about how terrible the weather was earlier today, and are for some reason not able to just focus on how terrible the weather is right now, you can relive the snowy misery of this morning through the Globe‘s photo gallery (of people looking very cold, walking through snow, looking at lists of cancelled flights, etc.) or its time-lapse video (of people looking very cold and walking very rapidly through snow).
  • Many good and decent people respond to unpleasant weather by cancelling social engagements, stockpiling snacks, and settling in with whichever Netflix offering seems most capable of sustaining three straight days of viewing; there is at least one good and decent person, though, who has dealt with winter by building a 50-foot luge track in his front yard.

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  • OgtheDim

    If the offered way to learn involves human interaction, then the shy dude is sweet out of luck.

  • torontothegreat

    What a waste of tribunal time

  • vampchick21

    Why take a woman and gender course if women terrify you? This isn’t Big Bang.

    • James D Paterson

      The person is clearly an idiot, as evidenced by him not only taking that course, but filing a complaint over it.

  • SonuvaScrimbro

    Congratulations, Shy Guy. With very little effort on your part, you’ve just told every future HR recruiter and employer who looks you up on the Internet that you (1) have a hard time dealing with women in the room (bit of a handicap in the health sciences field, wot?) (2) expect others to conform to your comfort levels instead of you rising up to the challenge and (3) aren’t afraid to get litigious if your demands to be protected from scary things like womenfolk aren’t met.

    I’m sure the job offers will come pouring in any day now.