Author: Erin Calhoun

Pass the sugar, please

Canadian university students take a non-traditional route towards paying off student debt Many college and university students in Canada are investing in relationships with sugar daddies to supplement the costs of rising tuition and living expenses. A sugar baby/daddy relationship is a consensual relationship between two adults where the sugar daddy often provides their partner with material or monetary goods within the relationship. The two parties often share intimacy, companionship, or friendship. U of T is recognized as having the highest number of students, sitting at 683, in Canada involved with SeekingArrangement, one of the leading sites that connects young adults, “sugar babies,” with successful, wealthy adults, “sugar daddies/ mommas” with the interest of engaging in a relationship. Ryerson University falls second on the list of with 577 registered students and University of Guelph, third—with 554. SeekingArrangement caters towards students utilizing their services to find relief from tuition, student debt, and other school related costs. In a press release from the site, it is stated that nearly 207,000 out of roughly 1.7 million students in Canada are utilizing the site as an alternative method of financial aid. On December 15th, the provincial government of Ontario set an overall tuition increase cap of three percent for another two years. Students in Ontario are already paying the highest average tuition for undergraduate degrees for 2016/2017, at $8,114. The lowest average for undergraduates is in Newfoundland and Labrador at $2,759. Brandon Wade, CEO and founder of SeekingArrangement, stated in a press release, “instead of waiting for the government to take action, their students are...

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VUSAC Finance Chair resigns

On December 2nd, VUSAC Finance Chair Nicole* resigned from their position. Co-Presidents Rahul Christofferson and Stuart Norton considered the termination of Nicole due to the neglect of fiduciary responsibilities.  Nicole posted a Facebook status catalyzing the recent discussion around mental health and trans representation around campus. A post by VUSAC that stated the reasoning behind their decision followed their status. Nicole stated their decision to resign was due to the conflict created with the Council relating to their admittance “to a hospital for suicidality”, which resulted in a neglect of their responsibilities within VUSAC. In the Facebook post, Nicole stated...

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First UofT Pow Wow in the works: Students and staff work together to bring a new cultural event to campus

The Indigenous Studies Student Union is in the process of planning for the first official Pow Wow to be held at UofT. The event is being planned for March 11th. Chairperson for the Pow Wow committee, Jennifer Sylvester is acquiring help from past chairman of the committee for the past SkyDome Pow Wows, and founder of First River Committee, Amos Kee Junior. Kee Junior expressed “it is very important that we ensure this happens.” Surrounding schools such as Ryerson, George Brown, and York each host a Pow Wow annually. When asked about the possible existence of a Pow Wow...

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VUSAC by-election Town Hall 2016: What you missed

This past Friday, October 28th, the VUSAC by-election Town Hall was held at the Wymilwood Lounge in the Goldring Student Centre. Of the candidates present at the Town Hall, were Jade Jones, Hamboluhle Moyo, Tania Kengatharan, and Thomas Lynch—with Sharon Tan absent. The candidates spoke on their involvement at Victoria University, with experiences ranging from extensive to limited. Additionally, each candidate voiced what initiatives they, if voted councillor, would like to contribute and work on throughout the upcoming year. Candidates are running for three available councillor positions that were not filled during VUSAC’s earlier Fall elections. Between councillors—sometimes referred...

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