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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Alberta places pay caps on university executives’ salaries

The province of Alberta is limiting the pay and perks post-secondary top executives are offered, according to the Edmonton Sun. This decision comes after the provincial government launched a review into agencies, boards, and commissions identified for consolidation or dissolution in the 2016 budget, an initiative that will save $33 million over three years, according to a press release by the Alberta government. According to the Alberta government website, the review consists of three phases, with phase one focussing on agencies, boards, and commissions (ABCs) that are subject to the Alberta Public Agency Governance Act (APAGA), and phase two being ABCs that are not subjected to APAGA. Phase three—currently in progress—consists of reviewing Alberta’s public post-secondary institutions’ compensations. For the post-secondary review, the […]

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Universities work to incorporate Indigenous learning

Among the 94 calls to action published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a 2015 report were numerous references to the need for increased education about Indigenous issues, including a call for governments to “provide the necessary funding to post-secondary institutions to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms.” Some Canadian universities are working to better recognize Indigenous knowledge on their campuses, from the implementation of Indigenous content requirements, to the creation of buildings dedicated to Indigenous studies and culture. Lakehead University Following the implementation of an Indigenous content requirement in the fall 2016 semester, Lakehead University is working to address student concerns about the information being taught. “There have been some disagreements […]

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Ravens trio competes at Track and Field nationals

The Carleton Ravens track and field team came away with medals, personal and near-personal bests at the U SPORTS track and field Championships from Mar. 9-11 at the University of Alberta. The Ravens were represent at the Championships by Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec Male Athlete of the Championships Telvin Tavernier, Sebastian Saville, and Amelia Brohman represented the Ravens. The team finished 13th out of 22 schools with 19 points. At the Championships, Saville set the Carleton record for the 600-metres with a time of 1:18.79 minutes and finished fourth overall. Tavernier won a silver medal in the heptathlon and a bronze medal in the pole vault. He also passed or tied a personal best in five of seven events. “For sure […]

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Campuses see rise in far-right populist movements, experts say

Canadian campuses are seeing an alarming rise in right-wing populism according to Steven Zhou, a Toronto-based journalist. Zhou was prompted to make the claim in a CBC opinion piece after a number of posters and flyers with “outright racist messages” were circulated on campuses across the country, including McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, McMaster University, and others. In September 2016, posters circulated at the University of Alberta (U of A) that read, “Fuck Your Turban.” In 2015, a “White Students Union” advertisement was also found on several campuses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Zhou said in his article that this is a result of the emboldening populist wave started by the newly elected President […]

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