Campus catch-up

Brief yourself on the last few weeks across Canadian campuses

Ryerson students discover their campus pub's "vegan" burger is not-so-vegan, UBC receives $51.5 million government investment, and more.
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Ryerson: Vegan burger that’s not actually vegan

It was revealed this week by The Eyeopener, Ryerson’sstudent paper, that The Ram in the Rye, a Ryerson campus pub, had been serving a vegan quinoa burger that wasn’t actually 100 per cent vegan.

The burger, included on the menu in an attempt to accommodate more students, is marked as vegan. However, no buns produced in their bakery are guaranteed to be dairy or egg free.

The patty itself is vegan, and the default buns can be substituted for a gluten free option.

The Ram staff told The Eyeopener that “the onus falls on the customer to specify their dietary needs, despite misleading labeling”.

However according to the Foods for Special Dietary Use section of the Canadian Food and Drug Regulations Act “mislabeling packages or falsely advertising a product for dietary use is strictly prohibited”.

It also states that “restaurants will be held liable even if the fault falls on the supplier,” according to The Eyeopener.

Manager of the Ram, Alex Dabideen, said that the mistake will be corrected as soon as possible.

UBC: $51.5-million investment by provincial and federal governments

On Sept. 19 Navdeep Bains, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Andrew Wilkinson, BC’s Minister of Advanced Education, announced a $51.5-million investment in the University of British Columbia. 

The investment will be put towards three major projects on UBC’s Vancouver campus:

The investment will be for the renewal and reconstruction of the Undergraduate Life Sciences Teaching Labs, the new Chan Gunn Pavilion, also known as the Sports Medicine Centre, and the Centre of Excellence for Simulation Education and Innovation at the Vancouver General Hospital. 

UBC: Rape kits to become available on campus for students

A month from now, UBC Hospital will begin to offer rape kits seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

UBC will be the first university in British Colombia to offer kits to students on-campus, rather than having to make the 20-to-30-minute drive to the Vancouver General Hospital. 

Rape kits allow for the collection of evidence of sexual assault. They consist of tools, swabs and storage bags. Vice reported that the evidence collected using these kits is crucial for criminal cases in which the accused says they don't know the complainant, and DNA evidence can disprove that defense.

Vice also noted that access to rape kits in British Columbia is limited. The announcement comes hard on the heels of the Sept. 12 University Sexual Assault Panel's report.

The Ubyssey campus newspaper noted that the report intends to inform discussion around the drafting of a campus sexual assault policy and to make wide recommendations on policy and practice. 

Western: Faculty of Law to appoint “Canine Ambassador”

Western’s Faculty of Law staff directory now includes the name of 5-year-old golden retriever Max Meingarten, accompanied by his professional headshot.

“His duties include eating leftovers, going for walks and greeting people at the door,” the Western Gazette reported.

The IT administrator for the faculty brought Max in three years ago, and it quickly turned into a daily occurrence.

“Not only is having Max in the office helpful for his owner, but he also provides some loving support for the other administrators in the office,” the Gazette reported.

Max even has his own email address where students can request to meet with him.

He receives plenty of treats and attention on a day to day basis and even gets an annual birthday party from the office.

“It's a dog's life for Max at Western," the Gazette wrote.

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