UWaterloo creates advisory committee on mental health in wake of student suicides

The University of Waterloo (U of W) is establishing an advisory committee on mental health, according to a Mar. 27 press release from Feridun Hamdullahpur, president of U of W. The creation of the committee came as a response to a widespread call for improvement to U of W’s mental health services after a student died by suicide on Mar. 20, and an earlier suicide in January. The committee will be responsible for “guiding a listening process that will seek to gain further input from our local community, other institutions and external experts,” the release said. Matthew Grant, director of media relations at U of W, said the committee will “allow people to bring forward ideas, comments and concerns that […]

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Guelph U students petition for help in wake of suicides

Four suicides by students at the University of Guelph (U of G) have their peers petitioning to do more to “prevent these tragedies.” The U of G has lost four students to suicide since the start of the fall 2016 semester, causing the community to advocate for additional attention and resources to remedy what has been called a “mental health crisis” on campus. Connie Ly, a former U of G student, has spoken out against the university’s handling of the suicides and has urged the institution to do more. Her call to action came in the form of an online petition titled, “Guelph: Stop Losing Students to Mental Illness.” Within her petition, Ly wrote that she aims to achieve transparency […]

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Carleton music program’s artist-in-residence talks empathy, life in S. Korea

Carleton University’s School for Studies in Art and Culture: Music welcomed Korean musician Dong-Won Kim as its fall artist in-residence last week. Kim is a percussionist and a member of The Silk Road Ensemble, led by acclaimed cellist Yo-Yo Ma. He has studied many forms of traditional Korean percussion, according to the music department’s website. This is not his first time as an artist-in-residence. Kim said he has completed residencies at the University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Wilfrid Laurier University, and The University of Paris VIII in the past. “We decided to invite Dong-Won Kim because of his extraordinary level of musicianship and his experience as an educator,” said associate professor Jesse Stewart. Kim said he has felt welcomed […]

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Editorial: Pepper spray should not be used by campus security

The University of Windsor is equipping and training campus police with pepper spray, according to CBC Windsor. Several other universities, including the University of Guelph, Brock University, and McMaster University currently allow campus security to use pepper spray, according to a report from the Ontario Association of College and University Security Administrators. Currently, Carleton University also equips its campus security with pepper spray. There is significant potential for campus security to abuse pepper spray use when de-escalating situations. In 2011, campus police at the University of California infamously hosed down peaceful protesters with pepper spray when they refused to move. The situation could have been resolved in a less painful manner. But, because campus security had access to pepper spray, […]

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Mandatory co-op for Ontario students under review by government

Mandatory co-op for Ontario high school and post-secondary undergraduates could soon become a reality if the province approves a list of recommendations suggested by a provincial panel of experts. The panel, called the “Highly Skilled Workforce Expert Panel,” consists of five education and business experts, and was formed in 2015 by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to advise the government on how to better prepare Ontario students for the workforce. The panel’s report suggested Ontario students complete two “experiential learning” programs before graduation: one during high school and one during their undergraduate degree. The idea isn’t limited to co-op, and includes apprenticeships, volunteer placements, mentorships, and class projects. “I think this really sets a precedent for what learning at university should […]

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