UWaterloo creates advisory committee on mental health in wake of student suicides

The University of Waterloo (U of W) is establishing an advisory committee on mental health, according to a Mar. 27 press release from Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of U of W. The creation of the committee came as a response to a widespread call for improvement to U of W’s mental health services after a student died by suicide on Mar. 20, and an earlier suicide in January. The committee will be responsible for “guiding a listening process that will seek to gain further input from our local community, other institutions and external experts,” the release said. Matthew Grant, director of media relations at U of W, said the committee will “allow people to bring forward ideas, comments and concerns that […]

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Survey finds students confused about current OSAP system

A survey of post-secondary students regarding the perception and knowledge of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) found that about a third of students are confused about how OSAP works. The survey found many students didn’t know about the repayment plan for OSAP or thought it didn’t apply to them. Students were also confused about how long the repayment grace period is for OSAP after graduation, which is six months. Cassandra Cao, a senior researcher at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) think tank, conducted the story as part of the organization’s “ongoing research on student financial barriers” in post-secondary education. “This study was specifically designed to support work we are doing on evaluating the imminent reforms to […]

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A new OSAP system is coming this September. Here’s how it will work:

When Carleton’s 2017 fall semester starts in September, students will see the potential benefits of an overhauled Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) system. The upcoming school year will see the introduction of a new Ontario Student Grant (OSG), a program the provincial Liberal government hopes will make post-secondary education more affordable. On March 29, the government announced that it would start accepting applications for the new OSAP program. But how will students actually be affected?  Free tuition? Not quite yet The most talked about change aims to make post-secondary education more affordable for low-income students. Universities are worried about declining enrolment and hope that lower fees will encourage students to consider post-secondary education. Under the grant, students whose annual family income is under $50,000 will have average tuition covered by the […]

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Ontario Sunshine List reveals university pay levels

The release of Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure list on March 31 highlighted a continuing gender wage gap among university employees. Published annually since 1996, the Sunshine List provides the salary and benefits of every public sector employee earning more than $100,000 in the previous year. This year’s list has grown by seven per cent, with more than 123,000 people paid more than $100,000 last year, according to CBC News. Carleton president Roseann Runte is once again the highest paid employee at Carleton. Earning a total of $400,004.97 in 2016, Runte was one of three women amongst the top 10 highest paid Carleton employees last year. Sprott School of Business associate dean of professional graduate programs Lorraine Dyke was fourth, earning […]

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Automation a risk to entry-level jobs: report

Young Canadians face a changing job market where jobs are being altered or made obsolete by technological advancements. This is why RBC is launching a 10-year $500 million campaign, called “Future Launch,” to offer youth opportunities to gain the necessary skills, job experience, and career networks to succeed in their future professional career. “There is not a clear census on the impact of automation on the workplace, but we know that it’s something that’s not going away,” said Kim Howson, manager of strategic initiatives at RBC. “We want to make sure Canada is taking the lead in this rapidly developing field and ensure young people have the right skills to take advantage of those enhancements.” The money has not yet […]

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