Ontario college students discuss impact of faculty strike

After the five-week long strike came to an end, The Charlatan spoke to two college students about the impact it had on them. Cierra Vandermeer, a third-year behavioural psychology student at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., said she was greatly affected by the strike. “I just [wanted] it to end it as soon as possible,” she said. Vandermeer said she did her best to keep up with the workload, assuming the strike would eventually come to an end. “It [was] hard to do assignments when we [didn’t] have a teacher to guide [us]—we [couldn’t] ask questions . . . we [couldn’t] proceed with our work,” she said. She said the uncertainty of when they would return to classes caused her […]

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BC government approves pricey treatment for UBC student

After her story was widely covered by Canadian media, University of British Columbia student Shantée Anaquod—who was diagnosed with a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disease earlier this month— will have her treatment costs covered by the province. The yearly cost of Soliris, a drug needed to treat Anaquod’s disease, is $750,000. While the province does not normally cover the cost, British Columbia’s Minister of Health Adrian Dix announced on Nov. 21, that the province will now cover the cost on a case-by-case basis. The 23-year-old anthropology student was diagnosed with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS), according to her mother, Jennifer Anaquod.  According to the aHUS Foundation website, a non-profit which helps children and families affected by the disease, aHUS is not […]

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U of Alberta students turn lipsticks and bongs into entrepreneurship

Students at the University of Alberta (U of A) have recently created healthy and more convenient alternatives to every-day leisure items. Akash Gupta, a fourth-year chemical engineering student, designed a lipstick that he said is made out of healthier ingredients than that of other brands on the market. He said during a shopping trip with his mother and sister, he read the ingredient list of a lipstick. He said when he realized the underlying harm in the chemicals used, he began brainstorming ingredients for a healthy alternative. After sharing his idea with his colleague Sravya Kalyanapu, the two cofounded Seleste, a lipstick brand that uses only natural ingredients, according to him. “It took us about a year to create the […]

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Carleton students launch new ‘campus companion’ app

Carleton students Ahmed El Mahrakawy and Brandon Schurman recently celebrated the launch of their new app, Branch. The app was released to the Google Play Store on March 20. The co-inventors have been planning a bright future for the creation ever since. Branch is designed with an adequate focus on proximity, thus connecting Carleton students to each other based on location. “We originally wanted a way to connect the Ottawa community, but we needed a smaller ecosystem—so we chose Carleton. We are trying to create a more collaborative community” said El Mahrakawy, a business and psychology major. Oliver’s Pub, the undergrad pub located in the UniCentre, currently has a GPS device associated with the app. This allows the connection of […]

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