Drug facilitated sexual assault: what you should know before Frosh 2017

If you have ever hesitated before taking a sip of the drink you left with a friend at a bar, you are not alone. Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) happens more than you think, and it’s four times more likely to occur to someone while they’re completing their post-secondary education, according to Carleton University’s Equity Services webpage. Carole Miller, a crisis counsellor for the Ottawa Police Service, has spoken with many people who have experienced sexual assault, but said it happens more often in universities where experimentation with alcohol and sexuality is already happening. “It’s a tough subject, and normal rites of passage, normal, healthy experimentation is happening anyways,” she said. According to the Equity Services department webpage, “[DFSA is] […]

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Campus security at U of Windsor receive pepper spray training

The University of Windsor (U of W) is joining several Ontario universities who have already trained and equipped their campus security officers with pepper spray. According to a CBC article published on Sept. 12 , the U of W is putting its entire staff of special constables through a two-day training course, and equipping them with pepper spray canisters. The training wraps up this week. In an interview with the CBC, U of W campus safety spokesperson Const. Andrew Drouillard described pepper spray as relatively safe with little risk of injury to the officer and the assailant. “It’s an organic-based product, it reduces injury to the suspect, but also—in the encounter—it reduces injury to the officer involved,” Drouillard told CBC. According […]

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Wet vs. Dry: Why some universities choose to ban alcohol during frosh

When students move into residence at New Brunswick’s St. Thomas University (STU) on Sept. 3, there will be a strict no-alcohol policy until the end of “Welcome Week,” even for students who are 19 or older. It’s a policy the university has had for nearly two decades, according to STU director of communications Jeffrey Carleton, but it’s also a sign the booze-filled image commonly associated with frosh week on university campuses is getting a makeover. “We want to make sure that Welcome Week is as smooth a transition as possible for young students, without any added pressures that could be related to alcohol use,” Carleton said about STU’s policy. “It’s not a new ban. It’s something we’ve done for well […]

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Carleton student unions react to death of man after arrest by Ottawa police

Both the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) released statements expressing their condolences regarding the death of Somali-Canadian Abdirahman Abdi following an altercation with Ottawa police. The GSA statement, released jointly with the Muslim Students’ Association (MSA), calls on Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and other local politicians to take action against racism within the Ottawa Police Service (OPS). “This violence by Ottawa police is another brutal example of the racism, anti-blackness, and ableism embedded in the ranks of our city’s law enforcement,” the statement reads. CUSA, in a statement posted on its Facebook page, said the Association was “heartbroken to learn about the passing of Abdirahman Abdi on July 24.” “This terrible tragedy is a […]

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U of O student says charges laid against alleged attack

Three months after her claim of having been sexually assaulted was regarded by the Ottawa police as a “misunderstanding,” former University of Ottawa (U of O) student Mélodie Morin said charges have now been laid against her alleged attacker. Late last month, Morin said she received a call from the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) saying charges had been laid against her alleged attacker. According to Morin, the alleged attacker had returned to his home in Lebanon before charges could be laid. As a result, he was charged in absentia and will be arrested if he returns to Canada. The man was also studying at U of O. Morin said she found news of the charges to be “a bit” of […]

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