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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Four Canadian universities rank among the top 100

Of the top 100 universities listed on the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings for 2018, four Canadian schools made the final cut. The University of Toronto (U of T) is the highest-ranking school of the four, landing in the 22nd spot. Next up is the University of British Columbia (UBC), ranked 34th, followed by McGill University in 42nd, and finally McMaster University, ranked 78th. Times Higher Education is a company that provides an annual ranking of universities across the world and provides them with data, analysis, and insight to achieve their strategic goals. The top-ranking Canadian school, U of T, could not respond to the Charlatan’s questions. Larysa Woloszansky, media relations at U of T, said that the school gets too […]

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Editorial: Free online classes will make education more accessible

In a world where university degrees are often used to measure a person’s intellect or ability to perform a job, knowledge seems to be the key to success. But as we all know, it’s not accessible to everyone. Online and in-class university courses can cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars, making them nearly impossible for people hovering under the poverty line to afford. To address this problem, universities like Harvard, Stanford, and Cambridge all offer free online courses for people who are unable to afford expensive tuition fees. Unfortunately, Canadians don’t have the same advantages as our American counterparts. Only a handful of universities in Canada offer free online courses, with the University of Toronto and the Cape […]

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U of T program seeks to increases number of Black medical school students

Each year, Canada’s 17 medical schools receive thousands of applications from hopeful students, and come September few in comparison to the thousands that apply are awarded the chance to one day exchange their graduation gowns for a white coat. According to the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, 41,460 applications were received in 2016, with only 2,914 applicants being successful in getting accepted. For those who are Indigenous, Black, or economically disadvantaged, admittance into a Canadian medical school can almost seem a bit more out of reach. In 2016, the University of Toronto’s (U of T) first-year medical class of 259 students had only one Black student. But, a collaborative initiative called Community of Support is aiming to raise that number as part of its ongoing […]

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Letter: The CFS undermines student democracy

Not only is the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) painfully ineffective, politically divisive, and self-motivated—they may also be subverting the democratic will of students across the country. A recent article from the University of Toronto’s student newspaper The Varsity outlined allegations of CFS interference in student union elections. Former CFS national chairperson, Bilan Arte, is accused of allegedly using CFS resources improperly to support a failed bid for president of the University of Manitoba Students’ Union. She denies the allegations. There are other allegations from various student unions that pro-CFS student union slates at the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, and Selkirk College received direct CFS assistance in their student campaigns. These are only the reported cases. There could be […]

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