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Left-handers shut out of CERC appointments

Women aren’t the only ones facing discrimination


Where are the critics on this one?

The week before last, 19 men were recruited from around the world for prestigious research positions at Canadian universities, and gender-equality advocates called foul.

But rumour has it that another disadvantaged group was unrepresented by these latest CERC appointments:     left-handers.

Unbelievable, eh? If you feel your blood pressure rising, take a moment—maybe a walk—then read on.

An anonymous source has tipped me off to this latest injustice. Although I can’t verify that discrimination was the reason for the omission, I’m going to go ahead and say that it was anyway (makes for a better headline). The move is a huge setback for Canadian left-handers, who say hiring practices need to take a step in the “left direction.”

A panel was appointed to investigate the hires, and found that the lack of women appointed by CERC was due to the fact that universities didn’t actually submit female candidates for selection. (Still awaiting word on the left-handed imbalance.)

In any case, The Man the men at CERC need to get their priorities straight. When will they learn that qualifications and expertise should come second to outward appearance and dominant hand tendencies?

Left-handers have had to deal with bigotry and smeared writing for far too long. I say, bring on preferential hiring, exclusive scholarship opportunities, and group favouritism. Hiring “the best one for the job” is a dated idea, and frankly, a symptom of narrow-minded fanaticism.


Left-handers shut out of CERC appointments

  1. Love it! Left handers, our newest visible minority!!!

  2. I disagree with your analogy of lefthandedness to the lack of females represented in the CERC appointments (even if it is tongue-in-cheek). Southpaws are estimated at 7-10% of the population. A lack of left-handed people in a group of 19 is not nearly as suspicious as a lack of women, who make up 50-51% of the world population.

  3. Lefthanders steal the spot light from us again! It is us, the chronically crossed eyed society thats consistently denied positions in the high work force, just due to our handy cap. My half completed high school credits should be more than enough to be considered viable for this position. Feel my cross eyed lobby’s wrath Ottawa! We’re coming for you from both angles.

  4. Are you sure there are no left-handers in the bunch? Typically, we’re way smarter than everyone else. :-)

  5. “Are you sure there are no left-handers in the bunch? Typically, we’re way smarter than everyone else.”

    The lefties are probably to damn smart to work for the pittance and vagaries of academic money. They probably all took well paying private sector jobs :).

  6. That must be it.

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  8. well of course community colleges are part of a good educational system too *,”