McMaster University to go smoke-free in January 2018

McMaster University is set to have a completely smoke-free campus starting January 2018, according to a Sept. 18 announcement made by the university. According to the press release, the use of tobacco and all “oral smoking devices” will be prohibited. To prepare students for the change, McMaster is carrying out a comprehensive program to help students and staff adapt to the new changes, according to the press release. Wanda McKenna, McMaster’s assistant vice president and chief of human resources officer, told CBC News that cannabis would be included in the ban, but said there are other allowed forms such as pills. A cross-campus group is responsible for the planning and implementation of the policy change, according to the press release. The group […]

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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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Mental health impacting student athletes

Alex McLaughlin, a basketball player for Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., took his own life just before his graduation in 2014. His brother, Mark McLaughlin, spoke to CBC and suggested it was the pressure of the sport that took a toll on him. As mental health becomes a matter of public interest and a topic of discussion it still rarely encompasses sports and student athletes. It’s often student athletes’ records, awards, and physical injuries that are closely watched—not their invisible ones. The invisibility of mental illness poses challenges for prognosis, treatment, and simply for others to recognize its seriousness. Greg Owens, president of the Student Alliance for Mental Health at Carleton, played competitive basketball for nine years. He said students […]

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Virus outbreaks test universities’ preparedness

A norovirus outbreak infected 64 people at the University of Regina (U of R) last week. Cases of whooping cough were detected at the University of Moncton last October. A strain of meningitis at Acadia University left a student dead in 2015 and 84 per cent of the school’s student population vaccinated. Outbreaks of viruses ranging from the common flu to the potentially deadly meningitis can strike universities, where there’s a heavy concentration of people in one place. As a result, Canadian post-secondary institutions have to be prepared to face the spectre of viruses spreading to some of the more than two million students—and fast. U of R shut down its gym and lifestyle centre once people began to experience […]

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CIS University Cup: Breaking down the tournament teams

The 2014 Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) University Cup will take place from March 20-23 at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon for the second straight year. There are six teams competing at the men’s national hockey tournament in two divisions of three teams, with the top finisher in each division moving on to the championship final. ‘Pool A’ consists of the top-seeded University of Alberta, the fourth-seeded McGill University, and sixth-ranked Carleton University. The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team is making its first appearance at the University Cup in program history, since its revival seven years ago. ‘Pool B’ includes second-seeded Acadia University, the third-ranked University of Windsor, and the fifth-seeded University of Saskatchewan. Here is a preview of the six teams competing […]

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