The Varsity looks into independence of student papers across Canada

The University of Toronto’s campus newspaper, The Varsity, recently published an article about the level of independence of several major university campus newspapers from their student unions. Specifically, the article looked at the campus newspapers of McMaster University, the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Western Ontario (UWO), and Queen’s University, with their respective publications being The Silhouette, The Ubyssey, The Gazette, and The Queen’s Journal. In 1994, the editors of The Ubyssey were fired for publishing a full-page satirical advertisement that criticized the university’s student government, the Alma Mater Society (AMS), according to The Varsity article. According to the article, the AMS then replaced the editors with AMS members, which did not last as a call for a […]

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Opinion: Engagement defeats “fake news”

The rise of the internet was supposed to be the dawn of a new era, with access to information that previous generations could only dream about. It was meant to bring people together from across the world and to foster educated and thoughtful debates. Unfortunately, the idealistic vision I just described couldn’t be farther from today’s reality. Far too often in an increasingly polarized society, people are ignoring the vast resources at their disposal and are instead cherry-picking questionable evidence to back up their claims. The abandonment of fact-based research is making it extremely difficult for people to grasp the complexities of issues, or acknowledge that another side to an argument might exist. Many are intent on decrying the rise […]

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Waterloo student paper braces for eviction

The undergraduate student union at the University of Waterloo is receiving criticism from the school’s largest student newspaper over plans to evict the newspaper from its current office. The Imprint’s office has been at its current location in Waterloo’s Student Learning Centre (SLC), the university’s primary student building, for more than 30 years. They rent the space directly from the Federation of Students (Feds). The Imprint’s executive editor, Alliya Kanani, said she feels the eviction could be politically motivated, partially resulting from negative news coverage on the student union. “It is our impression that personal feelings could have been involved,” she said. “We had a couple of stories towards the end of last term where Feds didn’t hide their negative […]

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