Letter: Lack of CUSA candidates shows lack of democracy

I voted ‘no confidence.’ And before the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) officials and One Carleton supporters start telling me it is not their fault more candidates did not come forward to run in the election, let me say that I blame both CUSA and the One Carleton candidates for the lack of variety in candidates. Every year, Carleton students are faced with a flurry of candidates in the tunnels during January. Some students might be interested in what these candidates might have to offer. Others may be trying their best to avoid talking to them by putting on their headphones, avoiding eye contact or by simply being honest that they are not interested in talking. This year, there was […]

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U of T delays decision on mandated-leave policy

The University of Toronto (U of T) recently withdrew a proposal for a policy that would allow the university to put students with mental health issues on a mandatory leave of absence, according to a news release. Sandy Welsh, vice-provost (students), said in the release the mandated leave would be considered for extremely rare cases where the student is experiencing a mental health crisis so severe that it is in their best interest to put their studies on hold and focus on their recovery. However, following a letter and request from the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) for the university to take more time to review the policy, it was withdrawn, according to the release. “The OHRC is concerned that the […]

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Research shows first language attrition in bilingual people is more common than expected

Researchers at the University of Essex in England are finding that language attrition in bilingual people is more common than previously thought. Language attrition is when second language learners, who do not use their first language regularly, often start to feel ‘rusty.’ It is very common, according to the university’s website. According to research, immigrants can be affected by this phenomenon as attrition happens to those who move away from their first language environment. Monika Schmid, a professor at the department of language and linguistics at the University of Essex, wrote on her website that attrition can happen due to the language not being used after migration.     Linguistic knowledge can be affected by ageing, illness or trauma, or changes […]

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U of O and McGill students create tool to filter hateful language

Two students at the University of Ottawa (U of O) and McGill University have created a tool to filter homophobic, racist, and other hateful content online. Nikola Draca, a third-year statistics student at the U of O, and Angus McLean, a third-year engineering student at McGill, worked together to create the extension called Soothe, which filters out unwanted content online. Soothe works as an extension on the Google Chrome web browser where a bar pops up at the right side of the screen with various options—homophobic, racist, sexist, transphobic, violent, and sexually violent—allowing the user to choose specifically the type of content they want filtered. Draca said he got the idea because he had a friend in high school who was […]

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Paradise Papers reveal U of T offshore investment

The University of Toronto (U of T) was revealed to hold investments in offshore tax havens in the latest document leak by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) called the Paradise Papers. The university was one of more than 100 prestigious colleges and universities revealed by ICIJ to be in the offshore law firm Appleby’s client database. According to the document, the U of T’s pension fund is a shareholder in WLR IV Loans AIV Feeder (Cayman) Ltd., located in the Cayman Islands. According to the Toronto Star, the investments are not listed in the U of T’s annual pension and endowment statements. The investment doesn’t appear in the university’s financial statements because it represents less than one per cent of […]

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