Privacy commissioner proposes policy aimed at protecting online reputations

Daniel Therrien, the privacy commissioner of Canada, is proposing a privacy law amendment that would allow people to ask that inaccurate, incomplete, or outdated information about them appearing in search engines to be removed or adjusted, according to a press release. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) released a draft of the policy last month, which includes a section on the “special case of youth,” wherein past posts or photos can be removed if they’re embarrassing, outdated, or may harm their reputation when they’re older. In order to get these posts removed, individuals must make a a formal request to site owners or search engines. Each request will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. If matters can’t be resolved between […]

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New off-campus residence to target Carleton students

The Ottawa planning committee recently approved the construction of a new, 12-storey private apartment building near Carleton University. The building will be located at 774 Bronson Ave., south of Carling Avenue. The developer, Textbook Suites, said the building will include 172 bachelor, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The unit will be designed specifically for university students, according to city documents. It’s expected to have 38 parking spaces in total—17 residential, and 21 for visitors. “[This new apartment building] would be open to all students,” said Fraser Smith, vice-president of development for Textbook Suites. “However, given the close proximity to [Carleton] we would expect the majority to be Carleton students, as would be our 256 Rideau project for University of Ottawa […]

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App to track and monitor student depression

Michigan State University (MSU) is trying to tackle student depression by creating an app called iSee, meant to diagnose students for symptoms of depression. The developers of the app expect it to “supplement in-person counselling services” by providing health professionals with more information on students’ mental health, according to a press release from MSU. iSee requires the use of both a smartwatch and smartphone, which tracks student behavioural patterns such as heart rate, location, physical activity, sleeping habits, and social behaviour. The information will be used to gather “useful analytics . . . to help clinicians make clinical decisions and provide treatment,” the release said. The app is also expected to reduce the number of “unnecessary visits” to health and […]

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Experts offer advice to students currently seeking jobs

January symbolizes the time where students begin searching for summer employment, but it can be a daunting task. Phaedra Gryz, a Carleton University career counsellor, said several employers are currently looking for both summer students and new graduates for entry-level positions. “Job hunting is most successful when an individual has a targeted goal in mind,” Gryz said. “Job searching is an active process, and it is important for job seekers to connect with their professional network both online, and in-person.” Carleton Career Services hosts a variety of workshops to help students find jobs, including career fairs, a job shadow program, and employer information sessions. Staff also helps coach students through the networking process to learn about career paths, Gryz said. […]

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Ottawa We Day addresses American election results

The Canadian Tire Centre hosted We Day on Nov. 9, an event aimed at celebrating youth empowerment, diversity, and inclusion. Several speakers, including Justin Trudeau and Gord Downie, addressed thousands of students and educators. Jennifer Boyce, public relations coordinator for We Day, said the theme of this year’s event was “Canada 150” to mark “a partnership with the Canadian government to unroll some programs that are centered around Canadian youth, Canadian educators, and the year of action that youth should participate in to make Canada a better country overall.” Throughout the event, several of the day’s speakers addressed the recent American election results. The founder of We Day, Craig Kielburger, said in his opening speech that one of Canada’s greatest […]

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