UWaterloo creates advisory committee on mental health in wake of student suicides

The University of Waterloo (U of W) is establishing an advisory committee on mental health, according to a Mar. 27 press release from Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of U of W. The creation of the committee came as a response to a widespread call for improvement to U of W’s mental health services after a student died by suicide on Mar. 20, and an earlier suicide in January. The committee will be responsible for “guiding a listening process that will seek to gain further input from our local community, other institutions and external experts,” the release said. Matthew Grant, director of media relations at U of W, said the committee will “allow people to bring forward ideas, comments and concerns that […]

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Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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CUPE 4600 reaches agreement with Carleton after hour on strike

The Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600 went on strike in the early morning on March 6 for around an hour, before the union reached a tentative agreement on a new collective agreement with the university. The union was in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. on March 6 and picketers blocked traffic entering the university at 6 a.m. that morning. The union, which represents teaching assistants (TA) and contract instructors (CI), had been in negotiation with administration since June 2016 over issues such as job security, rate of pay, and class sizes. Janne Cleveland, a volunteer for CUPE 4600’s media committee and contract instructor at Carleton, said that while the agreement still has to be […]

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Politics blog: Dank memes for lit politics

If you’re an avid Wi-Fi-using twenty-something in 2017, there is a 100 per cent chance you have seen, made, or shared a meme. Nonsensical, funny, and relatable, memes are the first language of the wild internet landscape. They can be created out of anything and for any occasion—and while they’re shared and created for entertainment, they’ve also contributed to the untamed, constant virtual discourse on politics. Search up “dank meme stash” on Facebook, and you’re bound to find communities of thousands of members dedicated to sharing memes about politicians and political ideologies. One example: Bernie Sanders’ Dank Meme Stash, a Facebook group over 450,000 members strong. The Presidential Medal of Freedom isn’t bad either. pic.twitter.com/HI4tMrLJ32 — The Glad Stork (@TheGladStork) […]

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Researchers aim to fight hate speech by listening, not censoring

A new educational pilot project aimed at combating and raising awareness of online hate speech has recently been launched by researchers at Concordia University and Brock University. Rather than shutting down hate speech, the project is developing material aimed at critically analyzing and addressing hateful attitudes. The initiative, titled “Project SOMEONE,” was created to “sensitize youth, educators, and the broader public – both within and outside of Canada – to patterns of online hate with the goal of building resilience against hate speech and radicalization,” according to the project’s website. Tieja Thomas, a co-principal investigator of the project at Concordia University, said she and her colleagues saw a need for programming to help people develop critical thinking and digital literacy […]

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