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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 ·
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President of Laurier appears on The Agenda to discuss free speech on campus

This evening at 8 p.m., Deborah MacLatchy, president of Laurier, made a guest appearance on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikan. The segment featured discussions surrounding the limits of free speech on campus — a controversial topic throughout the Laurier campus since teaching assistant Lindsay Shepherd showed a clip of a Jordan Peterson debate in her first-year tutorial. The clip […]

by Safina Husein· · Campus, National, News ·
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UPDATED: Controversy on campus: a comprehensive timeline

Nov. 1 – Lindsay Shepherd plays a clip from TVO’s The Agenda, which showcases a debate featuring controversial University of Toronto professor, Jordan Peterson, discussing “genders, rights and freedom speech.” Ensuing the clip was a class debate surrounding the use of they as a pronoun. The class she showed it in was a first year tutorial for a course named […]

by Kurtis Rideout· · Campus, National, News ·
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Student groups create collaborative report to enhance student mental health

A collaborative report, In It Together: Taking Action on Student Mental Health, was recently released as a call to the Province for greater action regarding the challenges and difficulties pertaining to mental health which continues to increase among students in Ontario. The report was compiled by four partners: the College Student Alliance, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), Colleges Ontario […]

by Safina Husein· · National, News ·