Ryerson University’s frosh week focuses on mental health

Ryerson University is taking on a new initiative to address the stressful reality freshman students face when making the transition to university by emphasizing the importance of mental health in their orientation program. According to CBC Toronto, the program began Aug. 27, and will continue until Sept. 9, as many first-year students make the move into the university’s bustling downtown campus. Stephan Allen, a health and wellness events assistant with Ryerson’s fall orientation, said they rebooted the idea from a friend’s unfinished attempt the previous year. “Overall, I just thought it was important for a school as diverse as Ryerson to have something where students can feel represented and feel appreciated for the differences that they may have,” Allen said. Among […]

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UPEI to have a smoke free campus

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) has announced that its campus will be completely smoke-free starting Sept 1.  According to a press release on the UPEI website, this decision comes after a review that took place from May 2015 to May 2016, where a working group that consisted of students, staff, faculty, and community partners conducted research that included a campus-wide survey followed by public consultations.  The updated policy bans tobacco in all its forms on campus including cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, water pipes, and any other form of tobacco. Additionally, the policy also prohibits the advertisement as well as sale, promotion, and distribution of tobacco on campus, although exceptions will be made for Indigenous cultural ceremonies. Hammad Ahmed, president […]

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Cape Breton University offers free online courses

Last fall, Cape Breton University (CBU) introduced free online courses, and the response has been better than expected, according to the Cape Breton Post. The program’s director, Laura Baker, in an interview with the Cape Breton Post, said they were expecting few registrants, but soon had more than a thousand students enrolled. Students can register in the courses for three purposes: to receive a certificate of participation, a credit, or simply out of curiosity. The credit option is exclusive to Cape Breton students, where the courses can count as credits toward their degrees. For $75, students can receive a certificate of participation stating they have completed the course, while those looking to simply learn something new can take part for free at any time. The courses […]

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Alberta places pay caps on university executives’ salaries

The province of Alberta is limiting the pay and perks post-secondary top executives are offered, according to the Edmonton Sun. This decision comes after the provincial government launched a review into agencies, boards, and commissions identified for consolidation or dissolution in the 2016 budget, an initiative that will save $33 million over three years, according to a press release by the Alberta government. According to the Alberta government website, the review consists of three phases, with phase one focussing on agencies, boards, and commissions (ABCs) that are subject to the Alberta Public Agency Governance Act (APAGA), and phase two being ABCs that are not subjected to APAGA. Phase three—currently in progress—consists of reviewing Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions’ compensations. For the post-secondary review, the […]

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History made at this year’s Ottawa Pride parade

This year’s Ottawa Capital Pride parade on Aug. 27 made history as it not only marked the first time a sitting prime minister has participated in the city’s parade, but also saw the first time a Chief of the Defence Staff (CDS) has marched in a Pride parade. Gen. Jonathan Vance said his decision to be the first CDS to march in a Pride parade was to send a message to Canadians that the armed forces cares about the country’s LGBTQ+ population. “For me, being here today is a sign of solidarity and leadership with the people of the armed forces who are from this community . . . I also really wanted to make sure that people understand that […]

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