Carleton hosts Peter Mansbridge for 2017 Kesterton Lecture

Peter Mansbridge spoke in front of a packed crowd of nearly 300 attendees as he delivered the 18th annual Kesterton lecture at Carleton on March 21. Mansbridge’s lecture focused on the challenges journalists face in an industry that is always changing, now more rapidly than ever, he said. The event, which was part of the Faculty of Public Affairs’ Research Month, is named in honour of Wilfred H. Kesterton, one of the founders of the School of Journalism and Communication. Mansbridge, the long-time host of CBC’s The National, will be retiring on July 1 this year. He suggested that his “face” of The National could well be replaced by the “faces” of multiple anchors, and has encouraged the CBC to […]

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University of New Brunswick gives refugee status to travel ban victims

The University of New Brunswick (UNB) has announced that they will provide assistance to students affected by the U.S. travel ban. On March 2, the university said in a news release they would  “treat applicants as refugees.” UNB has previously worked with refugee applicants with individuals arriving from Syria providing community outreach to new immigrants. George MacLean, vice-president (academic) at the UNB, said in an email “this will be the first time in recent memory that UNB had in place a response to a specific set of potential students.” The measures put in place include waiving application fees for refugees, providing additional orientation, and guaranteeing space in their residence to people from the affected countries, according to the news release. […]

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New Brunswick adds tuition relief for middle-class

The New Brunswick provincial government is following in other provinces’ footsteps by increasing tuition relief for middle-class students for the 2017-18 school year. The new Tuition Relief for the Middle Class (TRMC) program, available to New Brunswick full-time students enrolled in a university or college on or after Aug. 1, will further subsidize the cost of higher education in middle-class families. The TRMC surpasses the coverage provided by the Tuition Access Bursary (TAB)—a similar tuition relief initiative for the 2016-17 school year—that offered financial assistance to college and university students whose families earned $60,000 or less per year. The New Brunswick government confirmed the TAB fell short of its target to help approximately 7,100 students—23 per cent of the student […]

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Canada Reads books highlight diversity

Canada Reads 2017 is right around the corner with a diverse slate of novels this year. The competition is organized annually by the CBC, and gives five personalities the chance to defend five different books in a debate that spans several episodes. At the end of each episode, one book is voted out of the competition until only one is left—the book every Canadian should read. This year’s final five books were written by authors with Inuk, Caribbean, Métis, and Kenyan backgrounds. Some, such as Sara Jamieson from Carleton University’s English department, believe the competition’s diversity reflects Canada’s personality. “The idea of Canada as a diverse society is something that is very important to many Canadians, so [Canada Reads] may […]

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The legacy of Stuart McLean

Stuart McLean has died. The long time radio producer and host of the much-loved The Vinyl Café passed away on Feb. 15. McLean dedicated decades of his life not only to the CBC, but also to Canada itself. What started as a small show, where McLean would read letters and stories as well as play some of his favourite records, made him a household name before he knew it. McLean brought endless hills of rolling laughter to people everywhere. Whether it was with stories of Dave and Morley, letters shared by fans through The Vinyl Café Story Exchange, or even a cricket he once brought into the studio, Stuart McLean never failed to get Canadians cracking smiles. His unmistakable voice […]

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