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Fighting the rising opioid crisis

Editor’s note: This article discusses drug abuse, the opioid crisis and overdose.  A national report released in June states that 4,460 deaths occurred in 2018 due to opioids.  In Canada, 20 per cent of accidental opioid-related deaths (most commonly accidental overdose) happened to people aged 20 to 29. In Nova Scotia, this number was higher at 25…

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Dal apologizes to Black Nova Scotians for its racist history

In this image: A headshot of Afua Cooper.

On Sept. 5, Dalhousie University made history by officially acknowledging the anti-Black racism imbedded into the institution by its founding father George Ramsay, the ninth Earl of Dalhousie.  A reception was held in honour of the completion of the Report on Lord Dalhousie’s History on Slavery and Race, commissioned in 2016 by Dal’s Senate Chair Kevin…

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Black Student Orientation program launches at Dal

In this image: The outside of Dal's Black Student Access Centre.

Dalhousie University’s Black Student Advising Centre (BSAC) is launching an orientation program this year to help first-year students transition into university.  The Black Student Orientation program is ongoing, so students will attend three different sessions throughout the academic year. The first one took place on Aug. 29.  Monique Thomas is BSAC’s Community Outreach and Transition to University…

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DSU mum on details of staff restructuring

In this image: An easel stating The Grawood is closed.

This summer, the Dalhousie Student Union (DSU) received backlash after its “employment restructuring” lead to firings of full-time staff. The executive are now preparing to deliver on campaign promises for their one year term.  On May 28, the DSU announced a prospective membership with the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). A few weeks later, they…

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Halifax’s unprecedented rental crisis

In this image: Someone about to turn the page on the Nova Scotia Residential Tenancies Act

A rental crisis has led to the lowest vacancy rate Halifax has experienced in decades. The issue has resulted in increased rent prices, precarious living and an absence of affordable housing in the city.  After three years of record-breaking population growth in the city, Halifax’s vacancy rate for apartment rentals hit an all-time low this year…

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Dishonourable degrees: an update

In this image: headshot of Peter Dalglish.

Editor’s note: This is an update on “Dishonourable degrees” from the Nov. 30, 2018 issue. Content warning – the story contains information about the sexual assault of minors.  In 2018, the Dal Gazette reported on Dalhousie’s lack of policies about revoking honorary degrees.  The initial complaint came from Robert Huish, an Associate Professor in the Department of International Development. Huish brought up the…

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Hot in here

Photo of Earth from space.

The toasty planet keeps getting hotter.   On Oct. 6, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a special report. It predicts the planet will be 1.5 C warmer than it was before the industrial revolution between 2030 and 2052 if human-made greenhouse gas emissions continue to increase at the current rate.   Sea level rise, biodiversity loss and extreme weather are likely to increase as temperature climbs.   The report draws…

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