Editorial: Universities must educate about phishing scams

When living in a world with sophisticated technology and intricate software, online scams have become more sophisticated and difficult to recognize. It can be hard  to discern if the email or phone call from your bank or the Canadian Revenue Agency are real or fake. However, it is also important to educate people on how to detect when they are being scammed. Recently, MacEwan University in Edmonton fell victim to a phishing scam amounting to $11.8 million. While universities are filled with smart and educated people, phishing and scamming have proven to become highly calculated and designed to slip the minds of smart individuals like students and university employees. It  is important to raise awareness about the frequency of scams […]

Read more

Opinion: Legalization is the only way forward for Uber

No matter your position on Uber, it is clearly a company that is here to stay. Recently, Edmonton became the first city in Canada to legalize Uber, signalling a shift in how the company will operate. Legalization is the fair way to have ride-sharing services operate. As the old saying goes—if you can’t beat them, you might as well join them. The Edmonton bylaw looks to regulate the company, including a new class of licence to accommodate Uber drivers, requiring them to have proper insurance, and potentially regulating fares set by Uber the way taxis already do. Currently, Uber operates in most large Canadian cities illegally, much to the dismay of taxi groups everywhere. The protests in Ottawa and Toronto […]

Read more

U of A student swipes right for votes

Nicole Szymanowka is on Tinder—to win an election. The fourth-year commerce student at the University of Alberta (U of A) is one of 32 candidates vying for a position on Edmonton city council left vacant due to a past councillor’s move to federal politics. Szymanowka said she first decided to use Tinder based on its potential as a free marketing source, as well as its ability to reach out to a younger generation of voters. “One of the reasons I’m also running is just maybe to inspire people to take more interest in municipal politics, and I’d like to see more young people voting,” she said. Additionally, because of the way Tinder works, Szymanowka said she was able to specifically […]

Read more

Omar Khadr offered place at The King’s University

The King’s University in Edmonton, Alta., has offered Omar Khadr admission into their university should he be released on bail on his March 24 court hearing, pending an appeal of his 2010 conviction in a US military court. According to Dan Vankeeken, The King’s University vice-president of institutional advancement, if Khadr applies to the university, he will be accepted as a mature student to pursue a Bachelor of Arts. “This is our business. We know this student. This decision is the next logical step in a six-year-long teaching relationship a number of our professors have had with Omar, which started at the request of the U.S. military. We know him to be a diligent, capable student,” Vankeeken said. Vankeeken said […]

Read more

Study looks at emotions on Twitter

A new Twitter study by a group of researchers at the University of Ottawa could help City Hall better service the community. Professor Abdulmotaleb El Saddik, the lead researcher of the study, said he hopes comparing emotions in tweets to their geographical locations could help people contribute to discussions in City Hall. He said he believes it would allow more people to participate directly or indirectly in the decision-making process. “For example, if there is a discussion about building a new bridge between Ottawa and Gatineau, people can tweet ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ and those sentiments can go directly as input to the counsel of the city,” he said. El Saddik said his research could also be used if there were […]

Read more