Letter: Don’t understate sexual violence through partisan politics

On the evening of Jan. 25, the #MeToo movement came alive in our own backyard as allegations against Patrick Brown, the former Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PC) party leader, surfaced. We watched as his executive team members released consecutive statements that they would be resigning from positions as campaign manager, chief of staff and Ontario PC press secretary. He stood alone at the emergency press conference held at Queen’s Park in the early morning and assured the public that these allegations were “categorically untrue” and since he grew up with sisters, such claims could not be true. He then exited the building quickly, but not before telling the press, “I will be at work in the morning.” Brown then resigned a […]

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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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Alberta places pay caps on university executives’ salaries

The province of Alberta is limiting the pay and perks post-secondary top executives are offered, according to the Edmonton Sun. This decision comes after the provincial government launched a review into agencies, boards, and commissions identified for consolidation or dissolution in the 2016 budget, an initiative that will save $33 million over three years, according to a press release by the Alberta government. According to the Alberta government website, the review consists of three phases, with phase one focussing on agencies, boards, and commissions (ABCs) that are subject to the Alberta Public Agency Governance Act (APAGA), and phase two being ABCs that are not subjected to APAGA. Phase three—currently in progress—consists of reviewing Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions’ compensations. For the post-secondary review, the […]

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Ontario budget aims to reduce youth unemployment

The Ontario government announced May 2 it would invest $295 million over the next two years as part of its 2013 budget into a new initiative aimed at increasing youth employment in the province. The Youth Jobs Strategy aims to create approximately 30,000 jobs for Ontario’s youth by providing hiring incentives to employers and funding for young entrepreneurs to start their own business ventures, the government announced. The strategy would include $195 million made available for the Ontario Youth Employment Fund in September 2013 to create employment opportunities for 25,000 Ontario youth. The remaining $100 million would be distributed across three other funds designed to provide financial assistance, mentorships and skills in industrial research to young entrepreneurs in the province. […]

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Ontario government gives $7 million for campus mental health services

The Ontario government has launched an annual $7 million investment in an effort to increase mental health services across Ontario campuses. The Mental Health Innovation Fund includes a total of $7 million per year until 2015, to be allocated among various “system-wide and multi-institutional” projects throughout Ontario’s post-secondary community, according to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MCTU) Projects seeking funding “must include a commitment to sharing results and best practices” throughout all Ontario campuses, however consideration will be given to projects that centre around one particular institution. Proposals reportedly will be accepted over the course of the next month. One of the main goals of the fund is “to identify and address gaps . . . in mental […]

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