List of top 1,000 universities globally released by world ranking centre

The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) recently released a list of the top 1,000 universities across the globe. Carleton University is currently ranked at 591, up two places from 2015 rankings, and a significant jump from 2014 when it was ranked at 627. The University of Ottawa (U of O) is currently ranked at 193. The CWUR began in 2012 by ranking the top 100 universities worldwide, and expanded to the top 1,000 universities in 2014, according to Nadim Mahassen, the president of the CWUR. Mahassen said he began the CWUR due to what he perceived as a growing interest in knowing the global rankings of universities. While other international rankings have been published before, he said this is […]

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Why sexual assault convictions are rare

Jian Ghomeshi’s acquittal of charges relating to sexual assault on March 24 reignited national debate over whether the legal system properly deals with sexual assault convictions. Out of every 1,000 sexual assaults in Canada, only 33 will be reported to the police and of those, only three will eventually result in a conviction, according to 2012 data from the YWCA. The same report estimated about 460,000 sexual assaults occur in Canada every year. Advocates for victims of sexual assault and legal experts say getting a conviction is often an uphill battle. Getting to trial Whether police will dismiss a complainant for sexual assault often depends on how credible they deem the claims to be, according to Julie Lalonde, a local […]

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Feds say permanent residency process for students to be reformed

The federal government will attempt to make the process for international students to become permanent residents easier, immigration minister John McCallum announced March 14. McCallum said he plans to launch talks between the federal and provincial governments to reform the Express Entry program, which favours skilled workers over foreign students when selecting candidates for permanent residency. “International students have been short-changed by the express entry system,” McCallum said at a press conference. “They are the cream of the crop, in terms of potential future Canadians.” According to Matthew Watt, a licensed immigration consultant with law firm Canadian Immigration, one of the existing problems for graduating international students is that they aren’t able to earn enough points to compete against other […]

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What student leaders across Canada think of Ontario’s new grant plan

The new Ontario post-secondary student funding regime announced on Feb. 25 arguably puts the province ahead of much of Canada in terms of how much its students can receive in grants. The Ontario Student Grant (OSG) will cover the average cost of university or college tuition for students who come from families with an annual income of $50,000 or less. The progressive funding method will allow students from families with annual income at $83,000 or less will also be able to have most of their tuition costs covered. Many students will have to pay for student loans, but the OSG can cover up to all post-secondary fees for low-income students living at home. Here’s what students in other provinces think […]

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Letter: Aboriginal suicide rates largely ignored in Canada

Last week, the chief of Manitoba’s Pimicikamak Cree Nation declared a state of emergency. With six suicides since December and numerous other unsuccessful suicide attempts, 170 high school students have been placed on suicide watch and the entire community has been devastated. Following Pimicikamak’s declaration, politician Bob Rae tweeted: “If there were 200 kids on suicide watch in Rosedale something dramatic and effective would be done about it.” Rae is right—if this was happening in Rosedale (one of Toronto’s most affluent neighbourhoods), something would be done about it immediately. But if this was Rosedale, the mental health crisis never would have become so bad in the first place. People would have started listening a lot sooner. Over the years, awareness […]

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