Health Canada considers banning smoking on campuses

The federal government is considering a new anti-tobacco policy that could ban smoking on post-secondary school campuses. In addition to a smoking ban, new guidelines would see the legal age for buying tobacco products raised to 21. According to a discussion paper published by Health Canada on Feb. 22, approximately 15 per cent of Canada’s population uses tobacco products—or an estimated four million people. The new proposal aims to reduce tobacco use to less than five per cent by 2035. Each post-secondary school already has its own smoking policy, with variations of smoking bans dependent on the province in which they reside in. Carleton University’s policy prohibits smoking within 10 meters of any entrance or exit of all buildings, as […]

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Students are highly interested in studying abroad: study

A recent survey by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) found the number of Canadian students studying abroad is at an all-time low. Only 2.3 per cent of university students who participated in the study said they went abroad for schooling or for a non-credit experience. The report also found 86 per cent of students want to study abroad, but don’t due to lack of finances. Matthew Dabrowski, a third-year Carleton University cognitive science student, said he has always dreamed of studying in Europe but did not want to put a financial strain on himself and his parents. “Here we have financial assistance such as different grants and [the Ontario Student Assistance Program]. Without that kind of financial help […]

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European Union centre launched at UVic

The University of Victoria welcomed the opening of its new European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) Jan. 16. The opening of the centre was announced by the delegation of the European Union (EU) to Canada, making it the fifth centre of its kind in the country. The EUCE is designed to provide awareness and knowledge about the EU as well as offer grants and opportunities to EU international scholars and other students throughout campus. “At UVic we have a very strong collection of EU scholars,” Nicole Bates-Eamer, UVic’s project manager, said. “Really what we are trying to do is create a larger, stronger network of [these] scholars and showcase the work that they are doing and provide opportunities for students.” Before […]

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Carleton-University of Ottawa bus shuttle to stop running in 2014

Students travelling between Carleton and the University of Ottawa (U of O) will no longer be taking the white shuttle bus downtown in April 2014. The contract with the service provider for the U of O-Carleton shuttle bus is coming to an end after a five-year term. The cancellation that was first announced May 2013 by the Board of Governors, Carleton’s financial decision-making body, is set to reduce the university’s expenses by about $100,000. The demand for the shuttle is not as high as it used to be, Carleton’s registrar Suzanne Blanchard said. “Before there was the bus pass, before there was the O-Train, [the shuttle bus] was something that was developed with the collaboration of the University of Ottawa,” […]

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Sandy Hill residents upset with U of O housing plan

Residents of Sandy Hill, the neighbourhood closest to the University of Ottawa (U of O), are opposing the university’s proposed plan to build residences in their community. Action Sandy Hill (ASH), a community association, began circulating a petition from mid-September to mid-October, accumulating over 1,100 signatures or about 10 per cent of the community. These residents and students united in hopes of halting proposed plans of building new student housing as they have concerns for the already highly student-concentrated community. “Our main concern is in maintaining a balance in the neighbourhood,” François Bregha, a former board member of ASH, said. “We are worried that when one specific demographic starts to dominate it will drive others away.” U of O, whose […]

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