Lakehead University tackles food insecurity among students

Lakehead University is partnering with Ryerson University and Meal Exchange on a three-year pilot project focusing on solutions to food insecurity. Lakehead was chosen to be part of the project after a 2016 survey by Meal Exchange found it had the most food insecurity among universities surveyed. Meal Exchange is a national non-profit organization that works with universities, food banks, and campus kitchens to address student hunger and food insecurity. The project has not started yet but it will look at the causes of food insecurity and solutions at Lakehead, according to Charles Levkoe, the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the school. He has worked with food systems, food sovereignty, and food security work for over 15 years. […]

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U of O student federation passes Equity Policy, faces backlash

The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) faced opposition from Jewish student groups on campus over a proposed pro-Boycott, Divestment and Santions (BDS) policy at a Board of Administration meeting on Nov. 5. The Equity Policy, put forward by the SFUO’s vice-president (equity) Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, proposed that the federation support a number of political campaigns. Calling the SFUO a “political organization,” the policy proposed seven clauses that would see the SFUO declare support for pro-choice groups, the BDS movement, fossil fuel and pipeline divestment, Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, anti-Islamophobia, and trans rights. According to the University of Ottawa (U of O)’s student newspaper The Fulcrum, Moumouni-Tchouassi said she had received death threats over the proposed policy. […]

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Student union demands apology for marginalized students

After two students at Dalhousie University claimed they were targeted for being women of colour, the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) issued a statement in support of students who faced “bureaucratic processes” recently, and issued 10 demands, which include an apology from the university. Masuma Khan, a Muslim woman at Dalhousie University and the vice-president (academic and external) of the DSU, was the subject of a complaint following a Facebook post criticizing the university’s involvement in Canada 150 celebrations. Her story was widely reported by mainstream media. However, the university later dropped the complaint against Khan on Oct. 25. In October 2017, Kati George-Jim, an Indigenous member of Dalhousie University’s board of governors, said she faced institutionalized racism at a meeting, […]

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Algonquin’s student paper goes rogue during faculty strike

With the Ontario college strike proceeding into its fifth week, Algonquin College journalism students are taking campus media coverage into their own hands. The Algonquin Times is built into the curriculum of the journalism program at Algonquin, where second-year students submit stories for publication in return for a grade. The paper reports on campus issues and is published every three weeks. However, several days before the strike, journalism classes were told by the Algonquin College Students’ Association to cease production out of respect for the faculty. Devyn Barrie, a second-year journalism student at Algonquin and the campus government editor of the paper, said he and a small group of students decided to go rogue and continue publishing under the name […]

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Maclean’s ranks universities by marijuana use

As the government is in the midst of legalizing marijuana, Maclean’s magazine has released a survey revealing how many students per university smoke cannabis in Canada. The self-reported study shows that students at Bishop’s University have the highest marijuana usage with 60 per cent of students reporting that they smoke. Maclean’s also categorized the survey by program of study which found that students in philosophy smoke the most. Fifty-seven per cent of philosophy students said they use cannabis occasionally to everyday. However, out of all the students that reported their use of marijuana, 63 per cent said they never smoke, while only two per cent revealed that they smoke daily. Carleton University ranked 11th out of 49 universities. Forty-three per […]

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