Pedometers don’t encourage better physical or mental health: study

A recent study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that first-year students experience a significant decline in both physical and mental health, even with the aid of a pedometer to boost physical activity. The study followed 184 first-year students over a 12-week period to observe students’ physical activity, as well as their overall well-being. Paul Sharp, a UBC Okanagan research coordinator who worked on the study, said students were given a pedometer and were told to reach a goal of 10,000 steps a day, and were compared against a control group. “Surprisingly, we did not see a significant change in physical activity among those students that received the pedometer-based intervention compared to those that did not,” Sharp said. […]

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CASG proposes course outline policy change

Carleton’s Academic Student Government (CASG) is putting forth a proposal to Carleton’s Senate that would require professors to post course outlines a week before classes begin. The current policy allows professors to distribute the syllabi the day before the class begins. Justin Bergamini, CASG’s vice-president (operations), said he wants to ensure that students are not overwhelmed at the beginning of a semester. “Getting these course outlines available a week in advance would allow students to prepare themselves more for their year . . . a little bit of preparation at the beginning of the year can go a long way,” he said. Bergamini added students could explore more cost-friendly textbook options and better prepare for the semester ahead if the […]

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Uber now permitted at Ottawa airport

Uber is now permitted to pick up and drop off passengers at the Ottawa International Airport, following the legalization of Uber in the city on Oct. 4. This is the first type of agreement of this nature between Uber and an airport in Canada, Uber spokesperson Susie Heath told Metro. Krista Kealey, vice president of communications at the airport, said that Uber was previously not allowed to offer their services on airport premises due to Uber’s lack of regulation, and agreed to stop serving the airport at their request. “[Uber was] not allowed to pick up on airport property . . . they stopped serving the airport at our request, because they were not regulated under the City of Ottawa […]

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Centennial creates mandatory training course for Toronto taxi drivers

Centennial College is partnering with the Toronto Taxi Alliance (TTA) to create a mandatory driving program for Toronto taxi drivers, starting this fall. The program will assess driver’s English language skills and teach lessons in customer service, cultural sensitivity, and defensive driving, according to a press release. It will replace Toronto’s previous taxi training program, which recently ended in May. Classes will take place at Ashtonbee campus in Scarborough. Although the program is primarily geared at new drivers entering the taxi business, existing drivers who receive customer complaints may have to complete the course as well, according to the release. Rita Smith, executive director of the TTA, said the previous program took too much time away from full-time drivers’ jobs and focused […]

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Textbook donation drop-boxes launch on campus

Textbooks for Change has placed two donation boxes at Carleton, one in the MacOdrum Library and the other in the River Building. The organization re-sells some of the books online on Amazon at a discounted price to students, donates other ones to universities in Africa, and recycles unusable books. Brady Burke, marketing director at Textbooks for Change, said the organization generally accepts all textbooks published within the past 15 years and the books are divided based on quality and demand. “The recycling is basically quality control . . . books that are outdated, damaged, or not relevant to anyone in North America or East Africa,” Burke said. “After that, 50 per cent we are going to donate to campuses in East Africa.” […]

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