Wet vs. Dry: Why some universities choose to ban alcohol during frosh

When students move into residence at New Brunswick’s St. Thomas University (STU) on Sept. 3, there will be a strict no-alcohol policy until the end of “Welcome Week,” even for students who are 19 or older. It’s a policy the university has had for nearly two decades, according to STU director of communications Jeffrey Carleton, but it’s also a sign the booze-filled image commonly associated with frosh week on university campuses is getting a makeover. “We want to make sure that Welcome Week is as smooth a transition as possible for young students, without any added pressures that could be related to alcohol use,” Carleton said about STU’s policy. “It’s not a new ban. It’s something we’ve done for well […]

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Ontario proposes regulation on police “carding”

Police in Ontario will be banned from stopping people on the street—known as “carding”—based solely on race and other “random or arbitrary” reasons, according to legislation proposed by the province on Oct. 28. Yasir Naqvi, Ontario’s minister of community safety and correctional services, announced on Oct. 22 the province would be banning “arbitrary carding.” The proposed legislation regulating police carding, also known as street checks, is only a “Band-Aid approach,” according to Carleton criminology professor Darryl Davies. The legislation would also require police officers to inform people they stop on the street why the information is being collected, and they are not legally required to answer any questions. The practice of carding is at the centre of a debate on […]

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CUSA, GSA host candidates debate on student issues

Federal candidates in the Ottawa-Centre riding duked it out in front of a standing room only crowd at a debate hosted by the Carleton University Students’ Association and the Graduate Students’ Association Sept. 29. Present at the debate were New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate Paul Dewar, Liberal candidate Catherine McKenna, Conservative candidate Damian Konstantinakos, Green candidate Tom Milroy, Communist candidate Stuart Ryan, and Libertarian candidate Dean Harris. The debate included questions about tuition fees, violence against women, and Indigenous self-determination. Dewar called rising tuition fees in Canada a “hypocritical trend,” and said the NDP would raise corporate taxes from 15 to 17 per cent to help lower fees and create affordable housing for students. As for youth employment, McKenna said […]

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More Canadian universities to sponsor refugees

As pressure on the federal government to do to more to address the global refugee crisis continues, more Canadian universities are committing to sponsoring refugees to come to Canada. The University of Toronto (U of T), York University, and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) are the latest to join Lifeline Syria, a Toronto-based initiative with a goal to sponsor the settling of 1,000 refugees in the city. The group began a partnership with Ryerson University in July. Ryerson is now committing to sponsor 100 Syrians, up from an initial goal of 44. U of T, York, and OCAD have not yet announced how many refugees they will be sponsoring. Lifeline Syria was inspired by the overwhelming efforts […]

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Carleton president releases statement on refugee crisis, how students can get involved

As the number of tragic stories and images of refugees fleeing Syria continues to increase, Carleton president Roseann Runte said the university will be seeking ways to offer “volunteer support,” in a statement released on Sept. 10. Runte said Carleton should use its network of academics already studying refugee and migration issues to “play a role in furthering research, reflection, academic and public debate.” Students can send monetary donations directly to organizations like the World University Service of Canada (WUSC), CARE, and the Red Cross, said Runte. On Sept. 16, a new project was posted to Carleton’s Future Funder website encouraging students and faculty to donate to WUSC. Sixty-six people have supported the project so far and have raised $6,735 […]

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