Four Canadian universities rank among the top 100

Of the top 100 universities listed on the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings for 2018, four Canadian schools made the final cut. The University of Toronto (U of T) is the highest-ranking school of the four, landing in the 22nd spot. Next up is the University of British Columbia (UBC), ranked 34th, followed by McGill University in 42nd, and finally McMaster University, ranked 78th. Times Higher Education is a company that provides an annual ranking of universities across the world and provides them with data, analysis, and insight to achieve their strategic goals. The top-ranking Canadian school, U of T, could not respond to the Charlatan’s questions. Larysa Woloszansky, media relations at U of T, said that the school gets too […]

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Canadian universities see 3.1 per cent hike in tuition fees

The average tuition for full-time undergraduate programs in Canada rose by 3.1 per cent this academic year to $6,571, according to Statistics Canada. Undergraduate student fees in Ontario are higher on average than in any other province, at $8,454—that’s 3.7 per cent (or $300) more than in the previous academic year. Across Canada, the average increase in undergraduate tuition ranged from 0.1 per cent in Alberta to 5.5 per cent in Nova Scotia. Increases in tuition fees are generally regulated by provincial policies. Provinces receive the Canada Social Transfer from the federal government to support social programs, including post-secondary education. The allocation of this funding is based on the provincial government’s priorities, said Nour Alideeb, Ontario chairperson of the Canadian Federation […]

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Queen University’s freshman students greeted with controversy

During move-in weekend at Queen’s University, a bedsheet was hung outside of a student’s house with the words ‘Daughter Drop Off’ painted on it, sparking outrage according to Global News. Approximately 20 protestors later took to the street outside of the house to leave messages for those who hung the sign. The sheet has since been removed after people called campus security and Kingston police, according to the Huffington Post. Later, a statement was issued by the president of the university. “Queen’s is committed to fostering a safe learning and living environment,” said Queen’s University president, Daniel Woolf. Susan Lord, a Queen’s film and media professor, told the Kingston Heritage that this is a  recurring event. “I’ve been working at Queen’s since […]

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MacEwan University victim of $11.8 million phishing scam

An Edmonton university is working with authorities to recover the $11.8 million they lost in a phishing attack this August. The RCMP qualifies phishing as fraudulent communications where scammers impersonate well-known institutions to dupe victims into offering up personal, sensitive, and financial information. According to Global News, the scammers sent emails to MacEwan University claiming to be Clark Builders, a local construction company with which the university holds contracts. The emails asked to have banking information changed so that payments could be made to new accounts. Three payments—$1.9 million, $22,000, and $9.9 million—were made, but when Clark Builders called to say they hadn’t received them, the university realized it had been defrauded, according to CBC. In a statement, the university said […]

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York Region binge drinking ad causes controversy

A poster in the women’s washroom at the York University Student Centre has caused controversy as some students say it carries a sexist message. The ad is part of a safe substance use campaign launched by York Region and has been seen in bar washrooms around downtown Toronto, according to CBC Toronto. York Region is a regional municipality that stretches from Toronto to Lake Simcoe in Southern Ontario. The poster depicts a shocked woman looking down at her phone with her hand on her head. The ad reads, “don’t try to keep up with the guys.” Overlaying the picture are three Instagram photos from accounts called “collegegirl” and “collegeguy.”  The “collegegirl” Instagram photos show the woman meeting a guy and binge […]

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