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 campuses offer free bicycle rentals

A bike share program launched at McMaster University and Mohawk College allows students to check out bicycles through the library system at no cost. “Start the Cycle,” a non-profit cycling advocacy program, was founded by McMaster PhD student Charles Burke in 2014. The bike share currently operates with 10 bikes on McMaster’s campus and has processed 500 checkouts since September 2015, according to Burke. Mohawk’s campus operates with 12 bicycles. “The program started out of our lab. My co-founder . . . and I gathered some old bikes and our building-mates would borrow one from us when they needed to run errands or head into town,” Burke said. Some of the bikes were supplied by Start the Cycle’s co-founders, which […]

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