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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Canadian universities respond to American travel ban

Following the U.S. executive order passed on Jan. 27 that banned immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, several Canadian universities responded with generosity. Universities such as Brock University, Memorial University, and the University of Calgary issued statements offering financial help to potential students from the affected areas, waiving application fees for international students. Brock University also offered a $1,000 “transition award” to help students move to the university’s main campus. The University of Ottawa went a step further in their statement and offered to waive international tuition for some students. Law schools at McGill University and the University of Toronto have reopened their application windows for prospective students from the countries targeted by the ban. Carleton offered support […]

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Editorial: Schools shouldn’t cut academic journals

The University of Ottawa’s (U of O) plan to cut access to thousands of academic journals is a bad decision for students who rely on a variety of research materials. U of O has stated that the cuts will help make up for a budget shortfall of over $1.5 million. There are other solutions to this issue that do not directly impact the students who pay the university money not only to learn, but to also have access to an adequate selection of academic resources. It is unjust to punish students and researchers by limiting research materials because of a budget issue, as quality of education should be a university’s number one priority. One can make the argument that cutting […]

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Editorial: Carleton should rethink contracting out dining services

The University of Toronto (U of T) has decided not to renew their contract with food service provider Aramark, the same company which operates at Carleton, in favour of the university running campus dining options themselves. This is a positive step towards offering healthier and more varied options to students, and it’s a step Carleton should also consider as Aramark is their food service provider as well. Ryerson University also terminated its contract with Aramark in 2013 after a survey conducted by the student union found the majority of students were dissatisfied with food options, according to the Ryersonian. The intent of the move was to offer more “local and sustainable” food, according to a report by the Toronto Star. […]

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Memorial to make academic integrity course mandatory for first-years

Starting next semester, Memorial University will be introducing a mandatory course on academic integrity for all first-year students. The three-hour “interactive” online course will be a crash course on cheating in universities, and how to avoid it, according to the university’s website. The course is designed to be a “quick and thorough review” of Memorial’s policies on academic integrity. Students must finish the course with a mark of at least 80 per cent to continue studying at Memorial. The course applies to new students,  but is also mandatory for current students who break the school’s integrity guidelines. The move comes in light of new data that shows an increase in cheating at Canadian universities. A study from the University of Guelph […]

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