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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Students are highly interested in studying abroad: study

A recent survey by the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE) found the number of Canadian students studying abroad is at an all-time low. Only 2.3 per cent of university students who participated in the study said they went abroad for schooling or for a non-credit experience. The report also found 86 per cent of students want to study abroad, but don’t due to lack of finances. Matthew Dabrowski, a third-year Carleton University cognitive science student, said he has always dreamed of studying in Europe but did not want to put a financial strain on himself and his parents. “Here we have financial assistance such as different grants and [the Ontario Student Assistance Program]. Without that kind of financial help […]

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RRRA cuts the cord on landline phones in residence

Residence students will no longer be charged for a mandatory landline phone in their residence rooms, according to a recent announcement made by the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA). The phones were eliminated following student requests and a campaign promise by the current RRRA executives. RRRA president Graham Pedregosa said it was a collaborative decision between RRRA and housing to offer free room phones to students. Students can now request the phones from the university free of charge, according to director of housing and residence life Laura Storey. Storey said housing wanted to prevent unnecessary operating costs since most students don’t use room phones. “We’ll have the lines available to everyone as part of our commitment, but only those wanting […]

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European Union centre launched at UVic

The University of Victoria welcomed the opening of its new European Union Centre of Excellence (EUCE) Jan. 16. The opening of the centre was announced by the delegation of the European Union (EU) to Canada, making it the fifth centre of its kind in the country. The EUCE is designed to provide awareness and knowledge about the EU as well as offer grants and opportunities to EU international scholars and other students throughout campus. “At UVic we have a very strong collection of EU scholars,” Nicole Bates-Eamer, UVic’s project manager, said. “Really what we are trying to do is create a larger, stronger network of [these] scholars and showcase the work that they are doing and provide opportunities for students.” Before […]

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Carleton-University of Ottawa bus shuttle to stop running in 2014

Students travelling between Carleton and the University of Ottawa (U of O) will no longer be taking the white shuttle bus downtown in April 2014. The contract with the service provider for the U of O-Carleton shuttle bus is coming to an end after a five-year term. The cancellation that was first announced May 2013 by the Board of Governors, Carleton’s financial decision-making body, is set to reduce the university’s expenses by about $100,000. The demand for the shuttle is not as high as it used to be, Carleton’s registrar Suzanne Blanchard said. “Before there was the bus pass, before there was the O-Train, [the shuttle bus] was something that was developed with the collaboration of the University of Ottawa,” […]

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