Seasonal affective disorder: how to cope with the ‘winter blues’

While for some winter means fun on the ski hill and snowball fights with friends, others can become depressed during the colder months of the year, a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), research in Ontario suggests that 2 to 3 per cent of Canadians will experience SAD in their lifetime, and an additional 15 per cent will experience a milder form of seasonal depression. Symptoms for people who are suffering from SAD, often called the ‘winter blues,’ appear much like those of regular depression. However there is one key difference, according to Laura Armstrong, assistant professor of psychology at Saint Paul University. “Major depressive disorder itself is less predictable as to […]

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Journalists awarded $25,000 for research

Aleksandra Sagan and Laura Kane, two journalists with the Canadian Press in Vancouver, have been awarded $25,000 for winning Carleton’s 2018 R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship. Sagan and Kane will use the fellowship to travel to South Africa and India as a team to explore the issue of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. They’ll focus on how the issue is being combatted, and innovations that are being made both abroad and in Canada. The duo plans to travel to South Africa in March before heading to India in April. They hope to publish their work in the spring. “One of the most exciting things about the fellowship is it presents Canadian journalists with an opportunity that a lot of newsrooms in today’s […]

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Carleton works to improve sustainability

One of the biggest concerns for Carleton environmentally, is the contamination of waste, according to Philip Mansfield, the manager of the sustainability program at Facilities Management and Planning. “We have seen lower diversion rates in food courts and audits have shown that up to 22 percent could have been recycled,” Mansfield said in an email. “When waste goes into the wrong stream, [such as] garbage into recycling bins, not only are we reducing the amount we can divert, but we also risk recycling waste being rejected by our waste collector and ending up in landfill.” Diverted waste refers to waste that is not going to landfill and is instead being recycled in some way. Contamination of waste is caused by […]

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Opioids on campus: What are Canada’s post-secondary institutions doing to keep you safe?

Post-secondary students, many who have moved away from home for the first time, have the potential to face all kinds of hazards and dangers. While young adults have been known to experiment with drugs and alcohol while attending school, recent research reveals they are now at greater risk of hospitalization due to opioid overdoses. This means Canadian post-secondary institutions are now tasked with the balancing-act of educating students, while also doing their best to keep them safe from life-threatening drugs. According to a 2016 report co-authored by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, 13 people were hospitalized due to an opioid overdose on an average day in Canada in 2014-15. The report also found […]

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Cape Breton University offers free online courses

Last fall, Cape Breton University (CBU) introduced free online courses, and the response has been better than expected, according to the Cape Breton Post. The program’s director, Laura Baker, in an interview with the Cape Breton Post, said they were expecting few registrants, but soon had more than a thousand students enrolled. Students can register in the courses for three purposes: to receive a certificate of participation, a credit, or simply out of curiosity. The credit option is exclusive to Cape Breton students, where the courses can count as credits toward their degrees. For $75, students can receive a certificate of participation stating they have completed the course, while those looking to simply learn something new can take part for free at any time. The courses […]

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