Free speech on campus: an in-depth look

The topic of free speech on university campuses continues to provoke debate and criticism in the wake of recent on-campus incidents.  One incident saw Carleton University President Roseann Runte coming under scrutiny in January, after an email titled “A Reflection for 2017” was sent out to students to promote the principle of free speech. The email was sent following various protests on campus in the fall semester. The email appeared to call campus protesters “noisy persons” who “fail to recognize [that] by preventing their duly-elected representatives to carry out their mandate, they themselves are contravening the basic principle of a civil society.” Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach, and programming coordinator for Carleton’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), said the term […]

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Campuses see rise in far-right populist movements, experts say

Canadian campuses are seeing an alarming rise in right-wing populism according to Steven Zhou, a Toronto-based journalist. Zhou was prompted to make the claim in a CBC opinion piece after a number of posters and flyers with “outright racist messages” were circulated on campuses across the country, including McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, McMaster University, and others. In September 2016, posters circulated at the University of Alberta (U of A) that read, “Fuck Your Turban.” In 2015, a “White Students Union” advertisement was also found on several campuses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Zhou said in his article that this is a result of the emboldening populist wave started by the newly elected President […]

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Students can’t discern what is real news: study

A recent study by the Stanford Graduate School of Education revealed that many students ranging from middle school through college can’t distinguish between real news and sponsored content. Although young people are fluent in social media, they are not savvy about what they find online, according to the report. It described young people’s ability to reason about information on the internet as “bleak.” The study, titled Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning, entailed exercises such as determining which tweets are the most trustworthy, evaluating whether to trust a photograph or not, and verifying a claim about a controversial topic. More than 80 per cent of students believed native advertisements, identified with the words “sponsored content,” were the real […]

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MP discusses struggle with depression

Celina Caesar-Chavannes, Liberal MP of Whitby, Ontario and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister, stood in front of a dozen people at Carleton on Nov. 24 and spoke about her struggle with depression. The event, “Mental Health & Politics,” was hosted by the Student Alliance for Mental Health (SAMH). Caesar-Chavannes opened up about her mental health and discussed the mental health system in Canada. She said her depression is something that she was aware of for quite a while, but was afraid of seeking help for, causing her to make excuses in order to avoid it. She added it impacted her post-secondary education as it took her six years to complete her three-year program, a Bachelor of Science at the […]

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Class receives 100 per cent on mid-term at Queen’s

Queen’s University’s Smith School of Business is investigating a potential breach of academic integrity after a class of second-year students all received 100 per cent on their midterm exam last month. After it was brought to the professors’ attention that the test was repeated from 2013, all of the students in the class were given a grade of 100 per cent, according to the Queen’s Journal. One of the students in the class told the Journal that he prepared for the midterm by finding copies of previous tests from upper year students and professors. “When I got the exam, I flipped to the first page and saw it was the exact same question as the 2013 midterm, and then the […]

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