City councillor proposes license to hold landlords accountable

An Ottawa city councillor is proposing a landlord license with the goal of protecting students and low-income tenants in his ward. Rideau-Vanier Councillor Mathieu Fleury said the proposed licensing would target companies and landlords that own more than two buildings. Fluery said landlords would be required to pay for the license and renew it based on yearly unit inspections by the city, and inspectors would make sure landlords are following city standards and bylaws, as well as enforce fines and penalties if landlords aren’t doing their job.  He said issues with units wouldn’t rest with the renter, but rather “with their compliances with the rental registry.” “At any time a tenant can report, but at the same time there’s a yearly scan […]

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U of O students reversed a decision to raise SFUO executive salaries

Students at the University of Ottawa (U of O) recently reversed the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa’s (SFUO) decision to raise each of its incoming executives’ salaries by $6,200 for the 2017-18 academic year. A March 14 SFUO General Assembly (GA) meeting saw more than 280 students attend, resulting in a successful vote to cancel the executives’ salary increases, The Fulcrum reported. The meeting marked the first time enough students attended the GA to meet the minimum requirement—0.75 per cent of the student body—to hold a meeting since the assembly’s creation in 2014. Jordan Kent, a first-year political science student at the U of O who attended the meeting, said the turnout was a “true testament” to the work the SFUO has to do to restore students’ trust. “It’s really a test of democracy and showing […]

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Mixed reactions by CFS for new federal budget

The federal government is bringing welcome change for Indigenous, part-time and adult students but lacks bold vision for post-secondary education, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) said, in reaction to the 2017 budget. Among the budget changes the CFS supports is the investment of $90 million into the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) for Indigenous students, and expanding eligibility for the federal grants for part-time students and adult learners with dependent children. “It falls short of what exactly we wanted but we are seeing incremental changes that are proving politicians have to talk about what our priorities are,” said Bilan Arte, CFS’ national chairperson. Funding for the PSSSP was capped in the 1990s despite growth in the number of Indigenous […]

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Pedometers don’t encourage better physical or mental health: study

A recent study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) found that first-year students experience a significant decline in both physical and mental health, even with the aid of a pedometer to boost physical activity. The study followed 184 first-year students over a 12-week period to observe students’ physical activity, as well as their overall well-being. Paul Sharp, a UBC Okanagan research coordinator who worked on the study, said students were given a pedometer and were told to reach a goal of 10,000 steps a day, and were compared against a control group. “Surprisingly, we did not see a significant change in physical activity among those students that received the pedometer-based intervention compared to those that did not,” Sharp said. […]

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Funding boost for youth jobs and Indigenous students detailed in budget

The federal Liberal government will boost funding for youth jobs, and add grants for part-time, adult and Indigenous students. But it fell short of meeting several promises from the 2015 federal election. Unlike last year, when the federal government raised the maximum Canada Student Grant for low-income students to $3,000, there was no additional spending pledges or actions regarding low- or middle-income students. The Liberals also left the threshold that any graduate will not have to repay the federal portion of their student loans until they are earning an annual income of at least $25,000 untouched. The budget for the 2017-18 year was announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 22. Part-time students eligible for more grants The federal government […]

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