Opinion: Ontario pot plans are problematic

As Canada moves closer and closer to fully legalizing marijuana, it’s inevitable that the provinces will roll out their plans for their own personalized legalization processes. The Ontario provincial government has decided on the interesting choice to make its process of legalization bad and counter-productive. Ontario’s recent announcement to sell marijuana through LCBO-run shops is a bad idea for practical, consumer, and ethical reasons. Ontario plans to open 80 dispensaries run by the LCBO by 2019, which is not inherently a bad idea. What is a bad idea is the province’s plan to crack down on existing private marijuana dispensaries. I will say it outright: there is no logical reason to shut down existing dispensaries. Private dispensaries provide a pre-existing […]

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Letter: Indigenous schools need more support

The government is not taking First Nations children or their education seriously. Simply compare the state of elementary and high school education between public school boards and on-reserve schools.  Theoretically, they should receive the same treatment, because here in Canada, we are all equal, of course.  However after doing some research and reading through news articles, it is painfully clear that in reality, there are quite a few disparities that are unfair to Indigenous children, especially those living in remote, northern areas.  Take, for example, the education gap estimated at between $336 million to $665 million in December 2016 by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO).  This enormous gap is the difference in funding by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) […]

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Ontario donates grants towards “technology-based learning” at universities

The Ontario government has announced it will provide funding towards technology-based learning to several post-secondary institutions in the province. eCampusOntario, a non-profit organization that represents all public universities and colleges in Ontario and is funded by the provincial government, said it will donate a range of research and innovation grants to several Ontario universities and colleges to “explore technology-enabled learning,” according to a news release. The grants will total $2.6 million. A few projects that will receive funding include a study involving gaming as a teaching method for science programs, a project evaluating the impact of virtual simulations as a teaching tool in nursing programs, and an online space for Indigenous students to gather, record, and discuss stories from local […]

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Q+A: The Toronto Star’s Kevin Donovan

Kevin Donovan is an award-winning investigative reporter from the Toronto Star. In October, he released a book, Secret Life: The Jian Ghomeshi Story, which explores his investigation behind Jian Ghomeshi’s sexual assault case. He discussed the book, the case, and highlights from his long career in conversation with The Charlatan. The Charlatan (TC): Why don’t we start by talking about Secret Life. After your investigation, what made you want to publish a book about it? Kevin Donovan (KD): I thought the story we did, the investigative stories in the Star brought forward a lot of the major issues, but I felt a book was necessary to tie it all together. Particularly because I wanted to go deep into the trial, […]

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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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