Letter: Campus suicide prevention needs to improve

Since 2010, the suicide rate among young adults has been steadily increasing; however, nobody can accurately say how many of those recorded are student suicides. This year has seen several student suicides across Ontario campuses, including at the University of Waterloo and the University of Guelph, but despite a  plea from medical professionals, neither universities nor local coroners are keeping track of how many campus suicides happen per year. According to Statistics Canada, which only keeps track of suicide rates by sex and age group, approximately 438 individuals between the ages of 15 and 24 died by suicide in 2013, and this number is continuing to increase. Many universities are attempting to focus on mental health awareness, and providing better […]

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Carleton teams up with other universities for concussion research study

Carleton professors are involved in a new three-year research project on the effects of concussions and head injuries on the brain. The researchers will examine animal cadavers for the effects of cranial impact on the brain to improve helmet designs, before progressing to human cadavers next year. The goal is that the research will help lead to a decrease in the chance of athletes sustaining head/brain injuries. Carleton’s Impact Dynamics Research Group and the University of Ottawa’s (U of O) Neurotrauma Impact Science Laboratory came together for this new collaborative project, which includes professors and graduate students from both universities, as well as from the University of Waterloo (U of W). The Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Natural Sciences […]

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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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Doping in sports: Why football players are common offenders

The life of a U SPORTS football player is a busy one, filled with practices, the desire to win for their school, the possibility of being drafted by a Canadian Football League (CFL) team—all on top of the responsibilities of being a university student. Throw in an injury and things get even more stressful—and stress can make one do drastic things, like taking a banned substance to improve athletic performance. Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are a way to improve one’s athletic ability and recover from an injury, but can damage one’s reputation if caught. PEDs, or doping, have been a controversial subject in sports leagues for years, and U SPORTS is no exception. The subject was recently brought to light at […]

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University of Waterloo researchers to test self-driving car on Ontario roads

The Ontario government has approved a research project at the University of Waterloo (U of W) to allow three self-driving vehicles to start driving on Ontario public roads. The pilot program is a combined project with the U of W’s Centre for Automotive Research (WATCar), the Erwin-Hymer Group, and Blackberry QNX, each testing one of the vehicles, according to a press release by U of W. The car is fully connected to the internet, uses radar, sonar, and lidar, and will always have a researcher behind the wheel in case it loses control, according to the release. U of W will be testing a Lincoln MKZ hybrid sedan nicknamed Autonomoose. Ross McKenzie, managing director of WATCar, said the vehicle’s name […]

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