Dalhousie University withdraws disciplinary action against student

The Dalhousie University announced on Oct. 25, that it was suspending any disciplinary action against Masuma Khan, a member of the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU), according to a press release. Khan, vice-president (academic and external) of the DSU, was being investigated for violating the university’s code of conduct after criticizing the DSU’s involvement in Canada 150 celebrations with a Facebook post this past summer. The complaint was made by Michael Smith, a graduate student in Dalhousie’s history department, according to a CBC article. According to a statement by Arig al-Shaibah, the university’s vice-provost (student affairs), Khan’s Facebook post started with “Fuck you all” and ended with ‘#whitefragilitycankissmyass’ and ‘#whitetearsarentsacred.’ In the statement, al-Shaibah said that after reading Khan’s post, she recognized that […]

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Health Canada considers banning smoking on campuses

The federal government is considering a new anti-tobacco policy that could ban smoking on post-secondary school campuses. In addition to a smoking ban, new guidelines would see the legal age for buying tobacco products raised to 21. According to a discussion paper published by Health Canada on Feb. 22, approximately 15 per cent of Canada’s population uses tobacco products—or an estimated four million people. The new proposal aims to reduce tobacco use to less than five per cent by 2035. Each post-secondary school already has its own smoking policy, with variations of smoking bans dependent on the province in which they reside in. Carleton University’s policy prohibits smoking within 10 meters of any entrance or exit of all buildings, as […]

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Students collect food donations as food insecurity rises

Elementary and high school-aged kids weren’t the only ones trick-or-treating on Oct. 31. Non-profit organization Meal Exchange organized their annual Trick or Eat event across Ontario. The drive asks university students to go door-to-door to ask for food donations, which go towards local community organizations and students in need of food. The campaign may limit students’ need to use food banks on university campuses for meals. This issue is becoming more prevalent as the years go on and tuition fees steadily rise, according to Meal Exchange’s website. “Trick or Eat means getting out of the university bubble and doing something good for the community,” said University of Western Ontario organizer Alex Prong in a press release from Meal Exchange. “It […]

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Trudeau speaks at youth forum on accessibility at Carleton

Carleton hosted a youth forum on accessibility issues in Fenn Lounge on Nov. 1, which featured appearances by Carla Qualtrough, the minister of sport and persons with disabilities, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The invitation-only event brought together youth from across the country who are involved in the accessibility community to discuss what the federal government should include in the upcoming Canadians with Disabilities Act. Deborah Tunis, a former director general of the Office for Disability Issues, said she has been travelling across the country to get input from the public on what the legislation should look like. She said the youth voice needed to be included. “There will be public consultations in Ottawa, but it was felt that it […]

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Dalhousie students help create video game to train peacekeepers

A team of students at Dalhousie University have created a video game that will be used to help train peacekeepers on how to interact with child soldiers. The game was developed for the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (RDCSI), which is based out of the political science department at Dalhousie. According to Josh Boyter, the communications officer at the RDCSI, the game simulates the various scenarios peacekeepers may face. They range from low-risk interactions such as encountering a delinquent child, to a high-risk situation where a child is being used as a suicide bomber. Users have to work their way through a series of interactions with child soldiers, making choices along the way with varying results. “We want people to […]

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