Precarious status youth pursue degrees at York U

York University in Toronto, and the FCJ Refugee Centre have partnered on a program to offer precarious status youth—known as ‘Dreamers’—a post-secondary education, according to the centre’s website. The program is called Access to Education and is the first of its kind in Canada and allows ‘Dreamers’ to pay domestic tuition fees while pursuing their degree.  The term ‘Dreamers’ refers to youth under the age of 31 who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)—a federal program created under former U.S. president Barack Obama to allow people brought to the U.S. illegally as children the temporary right to live, study and work there. Canada also has its own ‘Dreamers,’ many of who have fled from the United States […]

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Revenge porn website dedicates threads to Canadian universities

An anonymous revenge porn website is dedicating threads to Canadian universities students including York University, according to their community newspaper, the Excalibur. The Excalibur described the website as an image-hosting site where intimate images and videos of mostly women are uploaded without their consent. The Charlatan has withheld the website’s name to avoid further publicity. David Ariza, a third-year journalism student at Carleton University, said he researched the issue of revenge porn last year for a class assignment. He said when he started this project, he found out about the website in question that was spreading revenge porn of girls both of age and under-age without their consent. “We failed as a society to stop this,” Ariza said. The website works […]

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York Region binge drinking ad causes controversy

A poster in the women’s washroom at the York University Student Centre has caused controversy as some students say it carries a sexist message. The ad is part of a safe substance use campaign launched by York Region and has been seen in bar washrooms around downtown Toronto, according to CBC Toronto. York Region is a regional municipality that stretches from Toronto to Lake Simcoe in Southern Ontario. The poster depicts a shocked woman looking down at her phone with her hand on her head. The ad reads, “don’t try to keep up with the guys.” Overlaying the picture are three Instagram photos from accounts called “collegegirl” and “collegeguy.”  The “collegegirl” Instagram photos show the woman meeting a guy and binge […]

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Gilles Vigneault receives honorary doctorate of literature

Prolific Québecois poet and songwriter Gilles Vigneault received an honorary doctorate of literature for his contribution to Québecois and Canadian arts at a special convocation ceremony on June 7 at the Carleton University Art Gallery (CUAG). Vigneault was honoured at a separate ceremony, rather than at one of the traditional graduation ceremonies that took place from June 13-16, where the majority of honorary degrees are awarded. “When someone gives you a gift, it is polite to rise and accept the gift in person,” Vigneault said. “[Carleton] chose to give me this gift, and thus it is polite to thank them for it. A gift, an homage, an honour of this kind, it makes my day.”   Two of Vigneault’s songs, […]

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What makes a party school: Students share their party experience

Earlier this year, Maclean’s magazine released a ranking of Canada’s top party schools. According to the data collected by the magazine, Carleton ranked number 15 on the list, based on the average number of hours partied by students each week. St. Francis Xavier University (St. FX) in Antigonish, NS, Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Que, and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont took the top three spots. The University of Manitoba, Simon Fraser University, and York University were at the bottom of the list, with the least amount of hours partied on average. Nicole Orr, a second-year business administration student at St. FX, said she parties regularly during the year. Students and alumni use the school’s homecoming event as an opportunity to […]

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