Lakehead University tackles food insecurity among students

Lakehead University is partnering with Ryerson University and Meal Exchange on a three-year pilot project focusing on solutions to food insecurity. Lakehead was chosen to be part of the project after a 2016 survey by Meal Exchange found it had the most food insecurity among universities surveyed. Meal Exchange is a national non-profit organization that works with universities, food banks, and campus kitchens to address student hunger and food insecurity. The project has not started yet but it will look at the causes of food insecurity and solutions at Lakehead, according to Charles Levkoe, the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the school. He has worked with food systems, food sovereignty, and food security work for over 15 years. […]

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Editorial: Consider and learn about problematic histories

Egerton Ryerson was an important figure in Canadian education. He played a key role in the creation of a free public education system in Ontario, and had a huge impact in shaping the way our education system worked. He was also instrumental in creating the residential school program, a program that forced Indigenous children from their homes into abusive environments in an effort to strip them of their Indigenous heritage and assimilate them into Canadian society. An estimated 150,000 children were forced to attend residential schools, and the last one wasn’t closed until 1996. This past July, the Ryerson Student Union (RSU) called for the renaming of Ryerson University and the removal of a statue of Ryerson, prompting a larger […]

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Letter: Revising history requires replacing legacies

Northern and liberal (one might almost say ‘Yankee’) outrage at the perpetuation of southern confederate mythology raised a number of eyebrows this summer after events in Charlottesville. The counter-reaction, the new-right demonstration in the streets shouting ‘white power’ and a crude translation of the old Joseph Goebbels line “Blut und Boden” (blood and soil), rightfully alarmed everyone. Yet, in this righteous fury, the anger was mysteriously directed less at the perpetrators than at their symbols. Clearly the mob subconsciously finds it easier to attack a swastika than the man wearing it. In addition to the statue of Robert E. Lee-a symbol of the old-right that looks increasingly moderate compared to the more recent brand, which some have attempted to call […]

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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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