Guelph U students petition for help in wake of suicides

Four suicides by students at the University of Guelph (U of G) have their peers petitioning to do more to “prevent these tragedies.” The U of G has lost four students to suicide since the start of the fall 2016 semester, causing the community to advocate for additional attention and resources to remedy what has been called a “mental health crisis” on campus. Connie Ly, a former U of G student, has spoken out against the university’s handling of the suicides and has urged the institution to do more. Her call to action came in the form of an online petition titled, “Guelph: Stop Losing Students to Mental Illness.” Within her petition, Ly wrote that she aims to achieve transparency […]

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Q + A: Creator of @Trump_Regrets twitter account Erica Baguma

Since taking office on Jan. 20, a number of Americans who voted for Donald Trump have come to regret their decision, and are sharing their disappointment online. Erica Baguma, a third-year social anthropology student at the University of King’s College in Halifax, started the Twitter account @Trump_Regrets in November 2016. By searching various hashtags and keywords, Baguma re-tweets people who regret casting their ballot for Trump to over 200,000 followers. A few celebrities follow the account, including Dan Harmon, the creator of Community, and comedian Rosie O’Donnell. The Charlatan spoke with Baguma about what she’s learned about Trump voters since starting the account, and what people regret the most. The Charlatan (TC): Why did you want to start the account? Was […]

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U of T students’ union, CUSA support leaving the CFS

Executive members of the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) released a statement on Jan. 24 supporting leaving—or defederating from—the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The statement was released two days after the end of the CFS-Ontario annual general meeting, and was signed by four members of the UTSU executive committee, including president Jasmine Wong Denike.        “Continued membership of the Canadian Federation of Students is something that we, as executives, can no longer support,” the statement reads. “We still believe in a progressive, national student movement, but the CFS as an organization is beyond reform.” The CFS was founded at Carleton in 1981, and lobbies the provincial and federal governments to support student issues, in addition to […]

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Students weigh in on minimum age for marijuana

The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be able to use and possess the drug legally. A task force appointed by the government to investigate cannabis legalization released a list of recommendations from its final report in December, suggesting that cannabis should only be sold to people who are 18 or older. While some believe the drug is comparable to alcohol and should be given similar rules, others are concerned about the effects of marijuana on the brains of users under the age of 25. Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), an organization devoted to educating and empowering youth in regards to the legalization, […]

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Campuses see rise in far-right populist movements, experts say

Canadian campuses are seeing an alarming rise in right-wing populism according to Steven Zhou, a Toronto-based journalist. Zhou was prompted to make the claim in a CBC opinion piece after a number of posters and flyers with “outright racist messages” were circulated on campuses across the country, including McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, McMaster University, and others. In September 2016, posters circulated at the University of Alberta (U of A) that read, “Fuck Your Turban.” In 2015, a “White Students Union” advertisement was also found on several campuses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Zhou said in his article that this is a result of the emboldening populist wave started by the newly elected President […]

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