Investigations

The Varsity, investigative report: Behind the Aphrodite Project: how a matchmaking algorithm paired up thousands of U of T romantics

Excerpt from The Varsity, in a report co-authored with Ana Pereira: “If you are tired of Tinder, Bumble, Hinge, or the general flakiness of online dating, meet the Aphrodite Project: a student-run initiative that aimed to find the perfect match for students through a matchmaking algorithm. The Aphrodite Project is a free online matchmaking service …

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The Varsity, exclusive report: Postsecondary TTC fares may be reduced in response to Ford government’s policies

Students may soon be seeing lower TTC fares as Toronto City Council passed a motion at the start of this month for the TTC’s governance board to explore options for further discounted fares for postsecondary students. The Toronto City Council consideration stemmed from the Ontario government’s decisions to implement the Student Choice Initiative (SCI), which …

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The Varsity, exclusive report: Ontario government’s Student Choice Initiative apparently suggested by free speech club

The Ontario government’s Student Choice Initiative (SCI), which gives students the option to opt out of certain incidental fees, was apparently suggested to the government by a campus free speech club, the concept having circulated for years within campus conservative communities. In interviews with The Varsity, the University of Ottawa Students for Free Speech (uOSFS) Vice-President …

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The Varsity, exclusive report: Conservative MPP justifies charging interest during six-month grace period for recent graduates

At a conference for Progressive Conservative (PC) students held at UTM on January 19, MPP Rudy Cuzzetto justified his party’s recent changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP), which were announced on January 17 as part of sweeping changes to postsecondary education. The Ontario Progressive Conservative Campus Association (OPCCA) South Regional Policy Conference was …

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The Varsity, exclusive report: Architecture graduate students report subpar working conditions in One Spadina

Architecture critic Alex Bozikovic of The Globe and Mail once called One Spadina, the central hub for the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, “one of the best Canadian buildings of the past decade.” But since the faculty celebrated its formal opening in November 2017, graduate students have been voicing complaints about the building’s …

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