The Varsity looks into independence of student papers across Canada

The University of Toronto’s campus newspaper, The Varsity, recently published an article about the level of independence of several major university campus newspapers from their student unions. Specifically, the article looked at the campus newspapers of McMaster University, the University of British Columbia (UBC), the University of Western Ontario (UWO), and Queen’s University, with their respective publications being The Silhouette, The Ubyssey, The Gazette, and The Queen’s Journal. In 1994, the editors of The Ubyssey were fired for publishing a full-page satirical advertisement that criticized the university’s student government, the Alma Mater Society (AMS), according to The Varsity article. According to the article, the AMS then replaced the editors with AMS members, which did not last as a call for a […]

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University of Calgary to unveil nap room

Students at the University of Calgary (U of C) will have the option to stop by a designated napping room on campus for 30-50 minutes during “Stress Less Week” this fall. The newly-elected union vice-president (student life), Kirsty McGowan, begins her term in May and plans to make this idea a reality. McGowan included the room as part of her platform in the student elections, and said she hopes to implement it by November so students can catch up on sleep during the day. “In the National College Health Assessment, 45 per cent of U of C students reported feeling tired during the day. It’s a big problem,” she said. “I think sleep is overlooked a lot by the students. They […]

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Some negotiations continue at York and U of T

York University and its student unions remain divided on negotiated settlements York University has ratified a new contract with the student union of contract instructors and has since resumed many of their classes, but the remainder of CUPE 3903 continues to strike. Contract instructors of unit 2 signed a three-year contract with the university after a newly revised settlement was offered on March 9, accepting the terms that York’s bargaining team provided. However, units 1 and 3 of Graduate and Teaching Assistants did not ratify, and currently remain on strike. The university authorized the resumption of a variety of programs March 17, including the School of Arts, Design, Education, Science, the remainder of the School of Health and the courses […]

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Letter: Irresponsible financial practices are a cause for CUSA deficit

RE: “CUSA financial audits reveal 2012-2013 deficit,” Nov. 20-26. In the Nov. 20-26 issue of the Charlatan a piece was published on the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) deficit. The story is simple. It’s the story of the deficit the CUSA executive tried to keep hidden from your elected councillors. It’s the story of an executive that has consistently overspent numerous unrealistic budget targets since the day it was elected. The questions most people are asking now are, how did this deficit come about? And more importantly, what can be done to get this association back on track? Deficits aren’t created in a vacuum, there are always causes. One cause of the deficits in CUSA is the culture of fiscal […]

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Student union angered by University of Ottawa’s new program

The University of Ottawa (U of O) launched its newest institute, the Security and Policy Institute of Professional Development, on Sept. 10. In a media advisory published two days prior, the university explained that the institute will provide “a unique professional development program for decision makers working in the public, para-public, and private sectors, whose responsibilities require them to pay particular attention to national and international security issues.” Anne-Marie Roy, president of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), expressed frustration towards the university for neglecting to consult the student union regarding the institute’s formation. “It is incredibly concerning that students were not informed,” Roy said. “The University Senate oversees all academic matters on campus, and the Board […]

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