MacEwan University victim of $11.8 million phishing scam

An Edmonton university is working with authorities to recover the $11.8 million they lost in a phishing attack this August. The RCMP qualifies phishing as fraudulent communications where scammers impersonate well-known institutions to dupe victims into offering up personal, sensitive, and financial information. According to Global News, the scammers sent emails to MacEwan University claiming to be Clark Builders, a local construction company with which the university holds contracts. The emails asked to have banking information changed so that payments could be made to new accounts. Three payments—$1.9 million, $22,000, and $9.9 million—were made, but when Clark Builders called to say they hadn’t received them, the university realized it had been defrauded, according to CBC. In a statement, the university said […]

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Letter: MMIW inquiry necessary for our country

As Bandar Osman wrote last week, Indigenous communities are especially important to Canada and the identity it longs to uphold: a country with extremely diverse culture and respect interwoven within it. We do not resemble this ideal as much as we would like to, but it’s not impossible to get there. One of the most important promises of this kind we must continue to hold the Liberal government to is the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. I would like to preface my discussion of this issue with the fact that I am not a member of the Indigenous community. I am white, and write from a place of many privileges. But this widespread, national matter is just […]

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Ontario proposes regulation on police “carding”

Police in Ontario will be banned from stopping people on the street—known as “carding”—based solely on race and other “random or arbitrary” reasons, according to legislation proposed by the province on Oct. 28. Yasir Naqvi, Ontario’s minister of community safety and correctional services, announced on Oct. 22 the province would be banning “arbitrary carding.” The proposed legislation regulating police carding, also known as street checks, is only a “Band-Aid approach,” according to Carleton criminology professor Darryl Davies. The legislation would also require police officers to inform people they stop on the street why the information is being collected, and they are not legally required to answer any questions. The practice of carding is at the centre of a debate on […]

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USask hosts Indigenous women’s awareness week

The University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union (USSU) hosted its first-ever Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Awareness Week (MMIWAW) earlier this month. The event—which ran from Nov. 16 to 20—featured multiple rallies, speakers, and seminars before culminating with a candlelight vigil. “The event had to be by the community and for the community, so the planning was quite extensive,” said USSU president Jack Saddleback. “All of the events throughout the week were collaborative in nature and took subcommittees from the overall planning committee to coordinate.” As an institution in a province with a large amount of violence in the Indigenous community, the University of Saskatchewan was very open to the USSU’s proposal. “The week garnered a lot of awareness,” Saddleback said. […]

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Laurier sent into lockdown after threats made online

A 22-year-old man in the United Kingdom has been charged after allegedly making threats on the internet forum 4chan which sent Wilfred Laurier University into lockdown on Oct. 16. Daniel Ransem, 22, has been charged in the U.K. with malicious communications. Laurier went into lockdown after being alerted by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the threat. The threat apparently references Laurier’s sciences building. Students and faculty were asked to stay away from the campus via email. According to Kevin Crowley, director of communications at Laurier, the university received a call from the FBI around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 15. Crowley said Laurier collaborated with the RCMP and Waterloo Regional Police to determine the legitimacy of the threat […]

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