Opioids on campus: What are Canada’s post-secondary institutions doing to keep you safe?

Post-secondary students, many who have moved away from home for the first time, have the potential to face all kinds of hazards and dangers. While young adults have been known to experiment with drugs and alcohol while attending school, recent research reveals they are now at greater risk of hospitalization due to opioid overdoses. This means Canadian post-secondary institutions are now tasked with the balancing-act of educating students, while also doing their best to keep them safe from life-threatening drugs. According to a 2016 report co-authored by the Canadian Institute for Health Information and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, 13 people were hospitalized due to an opioid overdose on an average day in Canada in 2014-15. The report also found […]

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Editorial: Universities need to inform students about tuition hikes

Post-secondary tuition is expensive, and students are often on the hook for most or all of it. A Statistics Canada report has revealed post-secondary schools across Canada have increased tuition by an average of 3.1 per cent for this school year. While it’s debatable how much students should be paying for their education or how much outside financial support is feasible, there should be no debate when it comes to helping students understand what this extra money is getting them. Under the current financial system, these hikes seem inevitable. But as tuition fees continues to rise, students are left behind when it comes to knowing what they are paying for. Universities and colleges should take more responsibility in educating students […]

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Letter: Campus suicide prevention needs to improve

Since 2010, the suicide rate among young adults has been steadily increasing; however, nobody can accurately say how many of those recorded are student suicides. This year has seen several student suicides across Ontario campuses, including at the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, but despite a  plea from medical professionals, neither universities nor local coroners are keeping track of how many campus suicides happen per year. According to Statistics Canada, which only keeps track of suicide rates by sex and age group, approximately 438 individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 died by suicide in 2013, and this number is continuing to increase. Many universities are attempting to focus on mental health awareness, and providing better […]

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Canadian universities see 3.1 per cent hike in tuition fees

The average tuition for full-time undergraduate programs in Canada rose by 3.1 per cent this academic year to $6,571, according to Statistics Canada. Undergraduate student fees in Ontario are higher on average than in any other province, at $8,454—that’s 3.7 per cent (or $300) more than in the previous academic year. Across Canada, the average increase in undergraduate tuition ranged from 0.1 per cent in Alberta to 5.5 per cent in Nova Scotia. Increases in tuition fees are generally regulated by provincial policies. Provinces receive the Canada Social Transfer from the federal government to support social programs, including post-secondary education. The allocation of this funding is based on the provincial government’s priorities, said Nour Alideeb, Ontario chairperson of the Canadian Federation […]

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Over the hill and onto the dance floor: Swing dancing is for all ages in Ottawa

You won’t hear sacred music on Friday nights in the basement of St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa—unless you consider Benny Goodman and Count Basie saints. Their jazzy big band hits play until just past midnight and are accompanied by the shuffle and bang of swing dancers’ feet. Almost every Friday night, the Ottawa Swing Dance Society rents out the Parish’s basement to host their social swing dances. For an admission cost of $8, they offer two hours of dance lessons with volunteer teachers and three hours of dancing. Verona Burk, one of the honorary lifetime members of the society, has been attending the Friday night dances for almost a decade. She refers to herself as “over the hill,” and yet, […]

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