New bursary for students in need of diagnostic testing

For students who may have learning disabilities but do not have a diagnosis, life on campus can be difficult. Things are made more complicated by the price of diagnostic testing. Learning disability assessments can cost up to $3,500 and, in Nova Scotia, they are rarely less than $500.  On Oct. 18, the Dalhousie University Student Union’s council…

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Province’s fixed election dates controversial among students

On Oct. 13, Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservative government introduced legislation to fix provincial election dates.   Elections Nova Scotia is welcoming this decision, as the province is the last jurisdiction in Canada to set fixed election dates. “We’re very pleased to see a fixed election cycle come to Nova Scotia,” said Elections Nova Scotia policy and…

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Content Warnings in class

A student with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in Dalhousie University’s School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is fed up after multiple unsuccessful attempts to have sensitive content prefaced with content warnings in the classroom.  Abby Weisbrot is a third-year student at Dal, majoring in speech-language pathology. Weisbrot has been trying to receive trigger warnings in the classroom since her…

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What truth and reconciliation looks like at Dalhousie 

Dalhousie University hosted their first panel in the Implementing Indigenous Reconciliation series on Oct 14. The panel took place online and featured three speakers offering their legal, activist and personal perspectives on implementing meaningful Indigenous reconciliation both in the university setting and across Turtle Island/Canada. 

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Dalhousie board of governors meeting summary

The Dalhousie University board of governors (BoG) met on Wednesday, Oct.19, via Microsoft Teams. According to the BoG’s bylaws, “all meetings of the Board normally shall be open to the public and no person shall be excluded therefrom except for improper conduct provided.” Thanks to this bylaw, the Dalhousie Gazette usually live-tweets the meetings.  This year, the Gazette was denied access to the meeting

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DSU AGM two hundred students short of quorum

The Dalhousie Student Union held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) for the 2021 fall term on Oct. 7. The Mcinnes conference room was quiet that Thursday evening, with two hundred vacant seats set out in front of the DSU executives.   The AGM needs to meet its quorum of 212 general members in order to hold the meeting,…

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Dalhousie Bike Centre reopens

The Dalhousie University Bike Centre has reopened for the first time since April 2020. The centre has 18 bikes to loan out for students and a repair shop where people can fix their bikes and learn about bike maintenance. 

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Harvard University announces divestment from fossil fuels

In a major victory for the divestment movement at universities in North America, Harvard University has announced it will no longer invest in fossil fuels.   Harvard’s president, Lawrence Bacow, announced on Sept. 9 that the school’s endowment, valued at $42 billion, will divest from all fossil fuel holdings. This would make Harvard the richest university to divest from fossil…

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