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Considerations for cannabis legalization at Laurier

On October 17, 2018, the Canadian government will be authorizing the recreational consumption, possession and purchase of cannabis in Canada, fulfilling a major campaign promise made by the Liberal government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Cannabis Act, also known as Bill C-45, is a law “that will provide legal access to cannabis and to control and regulate its production, […]

by Aaron Hagey· · Campus, National, News ·
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Laurier hosts conference on indigenous knowledge

National Indigenous Peoples Day was 21 June and festivities were held for the local indigenous community in the Victoria Park Pavilion. “It’s a day for indigenous people to celebrate who we are,” said Laura Barry, masters student in the faculty of social work. The event featured traditional costuming, a community feast, and speeches. The event had a large attendance from […]

by Madeline McInnis· · National, News ·
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Tips for how to vote in the provincial election

Ontario’s provincial election, chiefly contested by the Liberals, Progressive Conservatives, New Democratic Party and Green Party, is going to take place on June 7. The event foreshadows the Ontario municipal elections occurring on October 22.  The polls will be open for voting between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Voter turnout in the 2014 election was 51 per cent. However, this […]

by Aaron Hagey· · Elections, National, News ·
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The new federal budget emphasizes spending on science research

With the Liberal’s new federal budget announcement last week came the news that funding for science research in Canada will be bolstered. To help spread the word about the new funding, Navdeep Bains, minister of innovation, science and economic development, came to Laurier to speak to students and faculty. The budget he came to speak about includes over $3 billion […]

by Jake Watts· · National, News ·
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Sustaining Indigenous groups despite environmental change

Forest fires and receding water levels are just a couple of the obvious ways in which climate change is having direct, adverse affect on the land and thereby on the Indigenous people inhabiting Kakisa, a small community in the Northwest Territory with a population of 45 people. This is the inspiration behind the Ka’a’gee Tu Atlas, a project between the […]

by Karlis Wilde· · National, News ·
Packages are piling up in Ryerson Students' Union office. RSU was the first of multiple SU's to report the phenomenon. Photo by Alabba Rizza

UPDATED: Student unions at various Canadian universities receiving anonymous packages from Amazon

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Students’ Union is now the next on a list of student unions in Canada that have been allegedly receiving anonymous packages from Amazon containing sex toys, among other various items. “Over the last few months the Students’ Union has received a number of anonymously sent packages from amazon.com,” Kanwar Brar, president of Students’ Union, said in an […]

by Safina Husein· · Campus, National, News ·
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CASA lists mental health recommendations to Federal Government

On Jan. 9, 2018, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) published a policy paper on mental health. The paper lists a series of recommendations to the federal government to improve post-secondary students’ mental health across Canada. “CASA’s membership, from across the country, are student leaders representing their own institutions,” Michael McDonald, executive director of CASA, said. “Many have identified […]

by Jake Watts· · National, News ·
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Laurier student helps develop fake news detecting software

A Wilfrid Laurier University student recently helped develop a fake news detecting software at the fifth annual Yale Hackathon (YHack) competition, which took place at Yale University. “Open Mind” is a free browser plug-in that alerts internet users when they come across biased article and fake news, including unreliable publications and websites. “It is a chrome extension that helps users […]

by Erin Abe· · Campus, National, News ·
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Lindsay Shepherd retains a lawyer, fact-finding results released and task force is announced

  The polarizing debate between freedom of expression and human rights continues to envelope the Wilfrid Laurier University Waterloo campus almost two months since the situation surrounding Laurier teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd first occurred. As a result of the magnitude of controversy within Laurier’s campus, it was announced in Nov. 23, 2017 that Laurier had hired Rob Centa, a partner […]

by Safina Husein· · Campus, National, News ·
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UPDATED: Lawyer suggests that no formal complaint was made in Shepherd incident

A polarizing debate between freedom of expression and human rights has enveloped the Wilfrid Laurier University’s Waterloo campus. The debate stems from a situation surrounding Laurier teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd who showed a TVO clip of Jordan Peterson in her first-year communications tutorial. The clip spoke to the validity of pronouns, specifically, the use of ‘they’ in the singular. Shepherd […]

by Safina Husein· · Campus, National, News ·