Paradise Papers reveal U of T offshore investment

The University of Toronto (U of T) was revealed to hold investments in offshore tax havens in the latest document leak by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) called the Paradise Papers. The university was one of more than 100 prestigious colleges and universities revealed by ICIJ to be in the offshore law firm Appleby’s client database. According to the document, the U of T’s pension fund is a shareholder in WLR IV Loans AIV Feeder (Cayman) Ltd., located in the Cayman Islands. According to the Toronto Star, the investments are not listed in the U of T’s annual pension and endowment statements. The investment doesn’t appear in the university’s financial statements because it represents less than one per cent of […]

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In-depth: religious freedom on Canadian campuses

The issue of religious freedom has come to the forefront in recent years, particularly on university campuses. Bill 62, a new Quebec law that bans receiving or providing public services while wearing the niqab, a face veil a minority of Muslim women wear, has some students reconsidering pursuing a post-secondary degree in the province. This comes on top of multiple instances of Islamophobia at universities, with anti-Muslim posters being put up at schools such as the ones found at Memorial University’s Newfoundland campus last month. In addition, an Ottawa teen was recently sentenced to three months in the youth justice system after vandalizing two synagogues, a Jewish prayer house, a mosque, and a church with racist slurs and white supremacist symbols […]

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Islamophobic posters found at Memorial University

Posters deemed to be hate-filled and Islamophobic were found on Memorial University’s Newfoundland campus (MUN) earlier this month, according to CBC. Samantha Andrews, a marine biology PhD student at MUN, said she saw one of the posters and removed it. “I was surprised at first, these things are not common here, but it’s common in Europe because of the rhetoric about immigration and Brexit,” she said. Andrews said she was confused about whether it was free speech or hate speech. But, after reading what was written, she said she knew that it was hate speech because she encountered familiar Islamophobic language outside Canada. “I was concerned about Muslim students seeing it and facing something like that. I was also concerned […]

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U of Guelph president, faculty check on students’ mental health

The president of the University of Guelph (U of G) and faculty members have been going door-to-door to talk to students in residence, known as the House Calls program, according to the university press release. After four students at the university died by suicide last year, the program began in winter 2017, where the U of G staff, administrators, and volunteers reached out to about 4,700 students living in campus dorms, according to the release. Brenda Whiteside, the associate vice-president of student affairs at the U of G, told CTV that she has never seen this number of suicides in her 18 years on the job. “One suicide would be a problem for us, this is highly unusual,” Whiteside told […]

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U of Ottawa among many campuses considering going smoke-free

The University of Ottawa (U of O) is exploring the idea of going smoke-free according to Michael Histed, the university’s director of risk management. If U of O goes smoke-free, it will be the second university in Ontario to do so, after McMaster announced their decision to support a smoke-free campus starting Jan. 1, 2018. Histed said in an email that they conducted a survey in the spring about smoking and smoke-free campuses. He said over 65 per cent of staff and students surveyed supported a smoke-free campus. Histed added that this policy will not be easy to manage, but the university will try its best to convey the message and enforce the policy. “The survey gave a very positive […]

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