U of Guelph president, faculty check on students’ mental health

The president of the University of Guelph (U of G) and faculty members have been going door-to-door to talk to students in residence, known as the House Calls program, according to the university press release. After four students at the university died by suicide last year, the program began in winter 2017, where the U of G staff, administrators, and volunteers reached out to about 4,700 students living in campus dorms, according to the release. Brenda Whiteside, the associate vice-president of student affairs at the U of G, told CTV that she has never seen this number of suicides in her 18 years on the job. “One suicide would be a problem for us, this is highly unusual,” Whiteside told […]

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U of Ottawa among many campuses considering going smoke-free

The University of Ottawa (U of O) is exploring the idea of going smoke-free according to Michael Histed, the university’s director of risk management. If U of O goes smoke-free, it will be the second university in Ontario to do so, after McMaster announced their decision to support a smoke-free campus starting Jan. 1, 2018. Histed said in an email that they conducted a survey in the spring about smoking and smoke-free campuses. He said over 65 per cent of staff and students surveyed supported a smoke-free campus. Histed added that this policy will not be easy to manage, but the university will try its best to convey the message and enforce the policy. “The survey gave a very positive […]

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Revenge porn website dedicates threads to Canadian universities

An anonymous revenge porn website is dedicating threads to Canadian universities students including York University, according to their community newspaper, the Excalibur. The Excalibur described the website as an image-hosting site where intimate images and videos of mostly women are uploaded without their consent. The Charlatan has withheld the website’s name to avoid further publicity. David Ariza, a third-year journalism student at Carleton University, said he researched the issue of revenge porn last year for a class assignment. He said when he started this project, he found out about the website in question that was spreading revenge porn of girls both of age and under-age without their consent. “We failed as a society to stop this,” Ariza said. The website works […]

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