Letter: Stifling free speech ends productive discussion

September means the start of the school year. It also means a host of kickoff events at universities across the country. Ryerson University was set to hold an academic event about free speech with contentious professor Jordan Peterson on Aug. 22, but cancelled it. According to the National Post, it was due to activists on Facebook threatening violent disruption and Ryerson claiming to lack the security personnel to deal with the protestors. The cancellation of this event does not come as a surprise. Peterson has been taking heat for his criticism of political correctness—in particular, his refusal to address students by their preferred pronouns. This has been happening since September 2016 when he released the first installment of a three-part […]

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Ryerson University’s frosh week focuses on mental health

Ryerson University is taking on a new initiative to address the stressful reality freshman students face when making the transition to university by emphasizing the importance of mental health in their orientation program. According to CBC Toronto, the program began Aug. 27, and will continue until Sept. 9, as many first-year students make the move into the university’s bustling downtown campus. Stephan Allen, a health and wellness events assistant with Ryerson’s fall orientation, said they rebooted the idea from a friend’s unfinished attempt the previous year. “Overall, I just thought it was important for a school as diverse as Ryerson to have something where students can feel represented and feel appreciated for the differences that they may have,” Allen said. Among […]

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Demand for youth mental health services on the rise, study finds

Demand for youth mental health services in Canada is on the rise according to a recent investigation by the Toronto Star and the Ryerson School of Journalism. Data collected from youth across the country reveals a dramatic increase in both the number of young people seeking mental health services, and the costs associated with meeting the demand. The study surveyed 15 Canadian colleges and universities, and found that all but one have increased their mental health budgets over the past fivew years, with the average increase being 35 per cent. The investigation also included a major survey of 25,164 Ontario university students by the American College Health Association, which found that between 2013 and 2016, there was a 50 per […]

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Most universities don’t collect data on student race, including Carleton

Many Canadian universities have little to no substantial data on how their students identify racially, according to a recent CBC investigation. Over the past five months, CBC asked 76 Canadian universities to provide racial information about their student population, and more than 60 universities—including Carleton University—said they don’t collect that data. Jeremy McDonald, the executive producer of the CBC report, said in an email the investigation was prompted by a recent increase in discussions about race and discrimination on campuses, and the information was gathered during CBC investigations on sexual assaults at universities. “In what is supposed to be an enlightened environment, racialized students say they are dealing with challenges that can have implications for their academic performance and overall […]

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Carleton figure skating wraps up season with annual show

The Carleton Ravens competitive figure skating team concluded their 2016-17 season with their End of Year Show, hosted on March 11 at the Ice House. With over 100 people in attendance, the team’s final performance gave skaters the opportunity to showcase their talent and skills practiced throughout the season. “It was emotional for me and some of my friends, because we are graduating,” said fourth-year skater Sofija Mrdja. As team captain for the past two years, Mrdja said she felt that with several returning veteran skaters, the rookies of the team had a strong support system going into the season. “That was one of my goals being captain, is to make sure that everyone was motivated,” she said. Having a […]

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