Part-time jobs push students to the limit

With tuition, housing costs, and food to consider, many Canadian college and university students must complete their undergrad alongside a part-time job. According to a Statistics Canada report from 2010, the percentage of students working a part-time job during their post-secondary education has increased over the last 35 years from one in four, to one in two. This is due in part to the increasing inflation of tuition fees since the 1990s. Alongside this increase of student employment, René Morissette, the assistant director and research director of Statistics Canada, said job quality for youth has deteriorated over the last four decades. However, youth tend to find employment faster than their adult counterparts because of their willingness to take a variety […]

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Five Places to Unwind without Unwinding your Wallet

With academic pressures, part-time jobs, internships, school expenses, and maintaining a social life, it’s no wonder that students are searching for outlets to help remedy their stress. Failing to set time aside to indulge in necessary leisure activities can lead to mental and physical limitations, and even burn-out. But, self-care methods can manifest in several ways. While self-care can come in many different forms, it can also be quite pricey. Luckily, Ottawa is home to many initiatives that can build the bridge to a healthier and happier you–and a healthier, happier wallet too. Here are five ways to take care of yourself during the school year without furthering your student debt. Carleton’s Therapy Dog, Blue Therapy dogs are trained to […]

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Guelph U students petition for help in wake of suicides

Four suicides by students at the University of Guelph (U of G) have their peers petitioning to do more to “prevent these tragedies.” The U of G has lost four students to suicide since the start of the fall 2016 semester, causing the community to advocate for additional attention and resources to remedy what has been called a “mental health crisis” on campus. Connie Ly, a former U of G student, has spoken out against the university’s handling of the suicides and has urged the institution to do more. Her call to action came in the form of an online petition titled, “Guelph: Stop Losing Students to Mental Illness.” Within her petition, Ly wrote that she aims to achieve transparency […]

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Sugar baby service comes with potential risks for students

Disclaimer: This article contains details about an alleged sexual assault.  Rising tuition costs are causing more Canadian university students to become “sugar babies” to pay off student debt, according to Seeking Arrangement, a service that allows “sugar daddies” to pay for “mutually beneficial” relationships with a sugar baby. But these finance-assisting and gift-giving relationships can come with a risk. A Carleton University student, who wished to remain anonymous, said they used Seeking Arrangement as a sugar baby. The student said the money they received from the service went towards tuition, rent, and food. The student, however, disclosed having been assaulted by a sugar daddy through the service.  For their first meeting, they spent some time driving around town. But the student said things “got a little […]

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More than one million young Canadians victims of cyberbullying and cyberstalking: StatsCan

A recent Statistics Canada (StatsCan) study found about 17 per cent of the Canadian population aged 15-29—roughly 1.1 million Canadians—are victims of cyberbullying and cyberstalking. The study defines cyberbullying as sending negative or threatening emails, posting inappropriate or embarrassing pictures without the person’s consent, or using one’s identity to send embarrassing or threatening information. This differs from cyberstalking, which is identified in the report as sending unwanted messages through the internet, or posting inappropriate photos or information on social media websites. Darcy Hango, a StatsCan researcher who worked on the study, said the number of young people affected by cyberbullying or cyberstalking “suggests that this is a topic of interest among [the Canadian] young adult population.” “It was an important […]

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