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Local politicians tackle student questions at the University of Waterloo

Posted on July 11th, 2016

It’s an opportunity to engage with young voters, and politicians from Waterloo region are set to attend “Politics on the Patio” at The Bombshelter Pub on July 14, 2016. The special event starts at 2 p.m. and is for students at the University of Waterloo along with their guests. It is being hosted by the Federation of Students.

Politicians will be joined by University of Waterloo administration to respond to questions from students on issues including tuition, academic rights, housing, community initiatives, and much more.

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The Women’s Centre expresses support for proposed change to “O Canada” lyrics

Posted on June 6th, 2016

Words are powerful, especially when they’re used in an anthem to unify a country and evoke feelings of national pride. “O Canada” has been sung by Canadians for years, but debate has been occurring recently around the reference to “all thy sons” in the famous song. Some people argue it’s time to change these lyrics and include everyone. A petition has been launched by Liberal MP for Ottawa—Vanier Mauril Belanger asking to replace “in all thy sons command” with “in all of us command.”

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Feds supports changes for students in new federal budget

Posted on March 22nd, 2016

The Federation of Students at the University of Waterloo is supportive of the new changes for youth employment and financial aid outlined in the first federal budget. The budget was released on March 22, 2016.

“This is very beneficial for students, and it is great to see this government make a $73 million investment over the next four years into co-operative education and internships,” said Stephane Hamade, vice-president, education for Feds. “Students at the University of Waterloo, especially, know how valuable co-op is. It provides you with the opportunity to develop skills in a professional environment. Advocating for this has been a priority for over a year.”

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Glow celebrates 45 years of making an impact

Posted on March 3rd, 2016

Lives have been transformed inside its walls since 1971, and on March 8, 2016, The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity will celebrate 45 years of making an impact. As the oldest queer organization of its kind in Canada, Glow has advocated throughout the years for innovative changes to be brought to the University of Waterloo and beyond.

To celebrate its anniversary, Glow will be hosting a week of engaging events for undergraduates on campus. From March 7-11, the programming will include a talk by local activist Jim Parrott, a fun-filled karaoke night, and a series of monologues showcasing various sexual and gender identities called “Tales From The Inside.”

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Federation of Students supports changes to new budget

Posted on February 25th, 2016

The Federation of Students, a member of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), is glad to see financial aid changes included in the 2016 provincial budget. The budget’s official release came on February 25, 2016 and the changes will support many students.

“We are very happy with the new Ontario Students Grant program presented in the 2016 budget," said Stephane Hamade, vice-president education for Feds. "This budget will make it easier for students, and especially low income students, to access post-secondary education."

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Students take action to support the Syrian refugees arriving in Waterloo region

Posted on December 11th, 2015

Students at the University of Waterloo will be playing a key role in community efforts to help over 1000 Syrian refugees settle in the region early next year. The Volunteer Centre, which is a Federation of Students’ service, will be working alongside community partners as the outlet that all opportunities to assist with the Syrian refugee relief will be shared through.

“We have created a dedicated button on the Volunteer Centre database that allows people to specifically search for Syrian refugee related opportunities,” said Maaz Yasin, vice-president, internal for the student union. “There is interest and passion among the student body to support these individuals, and ensure they adjust to life in the city and country.”

The efforts began after the new federal government announced plans this fall to bring refugees from the war-torn country into Canada. The refugees are a mix of government assisted and privately sponsored people. Ontario has six reception centres for the refugees including Waterloo region.

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December 3: SLC closed for maintenance, and re-opened at 11 a.m.

Posted on December 3rd, 2015

The Student Life Centre is was closed for the morning on December 3, 2015 due to maintenance. A plumbing issue was discovered, and the University of Waterloo Plant Operations worked quickly to safely resolve it. All businesses, services, and activities within the building were suspended until it reopened at 11 a.m.

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Student activists speak out to Canadian Blood Services about blood donation policy

Posted on November 26th, 2015

On December 3, 2015, students from the University of Waterloo will be speaking out at the Canadian Blood Services Open Board Meeting in Toronto. Young activists from The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity, a student-run service operated by the Federation of Students, want all men who have sex with men to be able to donate blood.

Currently, only men who haven’t had sex with other men in the last five years are accepted as donors. The Glow Centre is the oldest organization of its kind for students in Canada, and its passionate volunteers are eager to make their voices heard at the meeting to hopefully influence a change.

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University of Waterloo students stir up debate on pro-choice issues

Posted on November 18th, 2015

The pro-choice and pro-life perspectives always stir up strong feelings in individuals. Students at the University of Waterloo are eager to raise awareness and initiate discussion about abortion, feminism, and contraception.

 The Women’s Centre, which is a Federation of Students’ service, is hosting “My Body, My Choice” on November 19, 2015. Students, staff, faculty, and members of the community are able to attend the special initiative being held in the lower atrium of the Student Life Centre. Attendees will participate in engaging, and informative discussions about pro-choice issues from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. An art exhibit featuring coat hangers will display the struggles and illustrate stories from a time when women didn’t have access to safe resources and healthcare when pregnant. People will be able to visit booths to obtain information on four topics - adoption, abortion, parenting, and contraception.

The day will end with a screening of the film After Tiller in The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity. 

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Volunteer Centre takes an innovative approach to connect students to unique opportunities

Posted on November 9th, 2015

An innovative approach to connect students to the greater community will be launched on November 10, 2015 at the University of Waterloo. The new Volunteer Centre, developed and operated by the Federation of Students, will have its grand opening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall.

University of Waterloo President Feridun Hamdullahpur, Feds Vice-President, Internal Maaz Yasin, and Volunteer Action Centre Executive Director Jane Hennig will be speaking at the grand opening.

The Volunteer Centre will feature a database of opportunities for students to explore, and each will provide them with the chance to have a positive impact. Along with opportunities available on campus and abroad, the database will list a plethora of options available through the Volunteer Action Centre of Kitchener Waterloo and Area.

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Federation of Students addressing concerns from undergraduates about viral video at Sage II

Posted on October 2nd, 2015

The Federation of Students recognizes that undergraduates need a safe, comfortable, residence as their ‘home away from home’ to thrive in university. Many students come to the University of Waterloo from cities across Canada, and around the world. These students need guidance to know their living options and rights as tenants. Feds is always happy to provide information and support. There are student-run services such as Off Campus Community and Co-op Connection for students to reach out to for guidance, information, and support. The VP Education works with all levels of government to ensure student questions and concerns are heard and addressed.

Feds has received concerns from students about the situation at Sage II. It is unacceptable that students weren’t able to move in on the promised date. Student union executives have seen the video circulating on social media, and are gathering facts about the situation. For Feds, the safety of undergraduates is a top priority.

To share any relevant information about the incident, questions or concerns, students are encouraged to email vped@feds.ca.

 

Local candidates will debate at the University of Waterloo on October 5

Posted on September 30th, 2015

The Federation of Students will be hosting a debate with local candidates on October 5, 2015 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Life Centre Great Hall at the University of Waterloo. It’s an opportunity for students and members of the community to learn more and make an informed decision on Election Day.

The following candidates will be participating:

Peter Braid, Conservative Party of Canada

Bardish Chagger, Liberal Party of Canada

Diane Freeman, New Democratic Party

Richard Walsh, Green Party

The debate will be moderated by Emmett Macfarlane, a political science professor at the University of Waterloo and author of Governing from the Bench: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Role. “The candidates will speak to questions directly concerning students,” he said. “In what is shaping up to be one of the closest elections in Canadian history, local candidates matter and every vote counts.”

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