Students’ unions across the country receive anonymous packages

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is among other Canadian student unions that have been receiving unnamed packages since September 2017. The contents have included dildos, vibrators, other sex toys, mobile phone chargers, and iPad sleeves. They were delivered using Amazon and Amazon Prime services. “There weren’t any names attached to it,” said CUSA president Zameer Masjedee. “It was just addressed to ‘Student Unions.’ ” Maxine Tagay, an Amazon spokesperson, said in an email that there is an ongoing investigation being conducted. “We are investigating inquiries from customers who have received unsolicited packages,” she said. “But we have confirmed the sellers involved did not receive names or shipping addresses from Amazon.” She added that they routinely remove sellers “in violation of […]

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U of T releases sexual violence education and prevention tool online

The University of Toronto (U of T) has launched an online sexual violence education and prevention training module for students, faculty and staff, according to a news release. The training tool is part of the university’s “commitment that all of its community members should be able to study, work and live in a campus environment that is free from sexual violence.” According to the Varsity, the U of T’s student paper, the module consists of a 40-minute video. The  video includes definitions of sexual violence, information on how to respond to someone who has disclosed an incident of sexual violence, as well as the types of support that the university offers. The module is only accessible to U of T students. While the […]

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U of T implements gender neutral identification system for employees

In December 2017, the University of Toronto (U of T) introduced the Gender Inclusivity Initiative, where all employees are provided the option of entering ‘X’ into the university’s Human Resources information system, along with the traditional ‘M’ (male) or ‘F’ (female). Kelly Hannah-Moffat, vice-president of human resources and equity at the U of T, said the introduction of ‘X’ “will also ensure that employees have access to the health and well-being resources they need, both within the university and with externally-provided services such as health benefit coverage.” Additionally, the initiative allows employees to change their ‘display name’ to the name they wish to go by at work, as well as their form of address, including options such as Mr., Ms., […]

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U of T Unit 1 CUPE members to vote on strike mandate

Following a five week long college faculty strike, thousands of students at 24 public colleges are now faced with having their semesters extended to make up the lost class time. Now, students of the University of Toronto (U of T) may be forced into a similar scenario. On Dec. 5, Unit 1 of CUPE 3902, consisting of teaching assistants, invigilators, graders, Chief Presiding Officers, met and took part in a strike mandate vote. According to the CUPE website, polls for the unit-wide strike will be open for voting to members on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12. If the union votes in favour of the strike mandate, it will have the ability to go on strike if negotiations deteriorate. However, sessional […]

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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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