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11-26-2008, 11:49 AM
Cystic fibrosis too 'white' for Ottawa fundraiser

Carleton University students drop support for debilitating disease
Joanne Laucius, Canwest News Service
Published: Tuesday, November 25, 2008

OTTAWA - The Carleton University Students' Association has voted to drop a cystic fibrosis charity as the beneficiary of its annual Shinearama fundraiser, supporting a motion that argued the disease is not "inclusive" enough.

Cystic fibrosis "has been recently revealed to only affect white people, and primarily men" said the motion read Monday night to student councillors, who voted almost unanimously in favour of it. The decision caused heated reaction and left at least one member of council calling for a new vote.

Every year near the beginning of fall classes, during university orientation for new arrivals, students fan out across the city and seek donations from passersby. According to the motion, "all orientees and volunteers should feel like their fundraising efforts will serve their (sic) diverse communities."

Councilors voted almost unanimously for the motion.

Nick Bergamini, a third-year journalism student on the student council, said he was the only elected councillor present to vote against the motion. The decision is an example of campus political correctness gone too far, he said.

"They're not doctors. They're playing politics with this," said Bergamini. "I think they see this, in their own twisted way, as a win for diversity. I see it as a loss for people with cystic fibrosis."

Would that make sickle cell anemia too black? Ovarian cancer too female? :mad:

Multi Cult News (http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.html?id=912b7a91-272e-47ac-b851-3b650f0b1a79)

11-26-2008, 11:50 AM
I was just going to post this!
They got their info about CF all wrong.