Student union demands apology for marginalized students

After two students at Dalhousie University claimed they were targeted for being women of colour, the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) issued a statement in support of students who faced “bureaucratic processes” recently, and issued 10 demands, which include an apology from the university. Masuma Khan, a Muslim woman at Dalhousie University and the vice-president (academic and external) of the DSU, was the subject of a complaint following a Facebook post criticizing the university’s involvement in Canada 150 celebrations. Her story was widely reported by mainstream media. However, the university later dropped the complaint against Khan on Oct. 25. In October 2017, Kati George-Jim, an Indigenous member of Dalhousie University’s board of governors, said she faced institutionalized racism at a meeting, […]

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Algonquin’s student paper goes rogue during faculty strike

With the Ontario college strike proceeding into its fifth week, Algonquin College journalism students are taking campus media coverage into their own hands. The Algonquin Times is built into the curriculum of the journalism program at Algonquin, where second-year students submit stories for publication in return for a grade. The paper reports on campus issues and is published every three weeks. However, several days before the strike, journalism classes were told by the Algonquin College Students’ Association to cease production out of respect for the faculty. Devyn Barrie, a second-year journalism student at Algonquin and the campus government editor of the paper, said he and a small group of students decided to go rogue and continue publishing under the name […]

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Maclean’s ranks universities by marijuana use

As the government is in the midst of legalizing marijuana, Maclean’s magazine has released a survey revealing how many students per university smoke cannabis in Canada. The self-reported study shows that students at Bishop’s University have the highest marijuana usage with 60 per cent of students reporting that they smoke. Maclean’s also categorized the survey by program of study which found that students in philosophy smoke the most. Fifty-seven per cent of philosophy students said they use cannabis occasionally to everyday. However, out of all the students that reported their use of marijuana, 63 per cent said they never smoke, while only two per cent revealed that they smoke daily. Carleton University ranked 11th out of 49 universities. Forty-three per […]

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McGill U investigates allegation of anti-Semitism surrounding board election

McGill University has launched an investigation into the case of a Jewish student who was not ratified to the Students’ Society of McGill University’s (SSMU) Board of Directors (BoD). He was not voted in allegedly for supporting Jewish causes and opposing the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS movement aims to put economic and political pressure on Israel through various boycotts against it. Noah Lew, a third-year student at McGill, along with two other students were not ratified to the SSMU’s Board of Directors, according to his public Facebook post. According to SSMU’s website, the Board of Directors supervises the management and administers the business and affairs of the SSMU. The vote took place at the SSMU’s general assembly on Oct. 23, […]

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Sixty Canadian universities sign pledge for diversity

The presidents of 60 Canadian universities have signed a pledge committing to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion on their campuses, according to a press release by Universities Canada. The Inclusive Excellence Principles commits to “attracting and retaining students, faculty, staff and leaders from all backgrounds,” according to the release, as well as undertaking a five-year action plan. Mike Mahon, Universities Canada’s new board chair and president of the University of Lethbridge, said in the release that this is a significant step in their efforts to improve equality for all students, faculty, and staff in Canadian universities. “The university mission of excellence in research, teaching, and community engagement is most successful when all members of the university community are supported in […]

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