MacEwan students permitted to change gender, name in university system

Students at MacEwan University are now permitted to change their name and gender through the university’s record-keeping system. The change was made to suit students with gender pronouns and names to match their current identity rather than the identity listed on birth certificates, according to a statement from the school. The move will help “empower” people to define their identity, the statement said. Michelle Plouffe, vice-president (general counsel) of MacEwan, said in the statement that the change, which took effect on Feb. 27, is intended to “bring the university to a place of greater inclusion.” MacEwan students can also update their gender identity to either male, female, or gender minority. “It came about as part of some initiatives we’re working […]

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Canadian millennials fall behind U.S, Mexico in home ownership: report

A new report shows that 82 per cent of millennials in Canada expect to buy their first home in the next five years, despite facing significant challenges. The independent research study was commissioned by HSBC and based on feedback from 9,000 people from across the globe, including 1,000 from Canada. Canada is sixth on the list of millennial home ownership, at 34 per cent, following the U.S., according to the report. But the report shows the percentage of millennials that intend to buy a home in the near future is more than double that at 82 per cent. “Whereas there might be a perception out there that millennials don’t want to own houses, the report tells us otherwise, that they […]

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Ottawa holds first “Walk In Her Shoes” event

Ottawa residents gathered on Parliament Hill for Ottawa’s first “Walk In Her Shoes” event to walk in solidarity for women and girls around the world. The event took place on March 7, a day before International Women’s Day, and prompted participants to walk from Parliament Hill to City Hall. “Walk In Her Shoes” was hosted by Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE), a humanitarian organization dedicated to fighting global poverty. While the annual walk has taken place in several cities in Canada and globally, including Vancouver and Calgary, this was the first time the walk took place in Ottawa. Despite cold, rainy weather and a shortened route, participants came out to walk and were encouraged to contribute donations to […]

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U of O student finds black mould in residence unit

Student housing at the University of Ottawa (U of O) has been working to address concerns of black mould being present in at least one residence building. Dev Thain, a masters of business administration student at U of O currently living with a roommate in Brooks residence building, said problems with his basement unit began on “day one” of his rental. “We got an inspector to come to the unit, and we found a lot of black mould,” Thain said. “My housemate is coughing a lot.” According to Health Canada’s website, mould is caused by damp conditions and is often found on drywall, wood, and carpeting. By breathing in the spores released by mould, people can experience coughing, shortness of […]

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Profile: Ottawa startup GenM

With costs for post-secondary education continuing to rise and job markets becoming increasingly competitive, landing a job can be difficult for students.  GenM, a new Ottawa-based company, seeks to provide a solution by offering free online marketing training to students and millennials and help find them marketing placements with small businesses, according to their website. But some have been critical of the new company.  Carleton University journalism student Hilary Laffrenier, an intern for GenM, said the company was launched last year. GenM recently partnered with Shopify to offer additional training for students, according to Laffrenier. Moe Abbas, founder of GenM, said the company’s online platform helps spread the idea of free education throughout the world. “Our mission is to accelerate the […]

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