Reasons for the RSU endorsement:
The RSU endorses Keith de Silvia-Legault as an OCDSB School Trustee candidate for Zone 6.
Keith de Silvia-Legault, a 21 year old uOttawa student and mental health advocate, is running for School Trustee. His goals are the following: to advocate on behalf of students, better students' mental health, ensure neurodivergent students are properly served, and demand equity among all schools no matter the wealth of the neighbourhood.
With the OCDSB's Board of Trustees meeting today including the motion to involve the Director of Education with the Ottawa Police Services, the RSU finds it vital to address the motion, and make clear to Board and Student Trustees the extreme deficiencies and detriments of this proposal.
The Rideau Students' Union is submitting a delegation to the Board, which will be presented today at the meeting, which is also available below;
Support equal access to mental healthcare for all Canadian students, by joining the Equal Access Initiative and partners in a peaceful multi-city protest on April 2nd from 1-6PM. We are rallying for improved mental healthcare policy, and will address common concerns, provide specifications, and more!
Join us at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Queen's Park, Toronto, or BC Legislature, Victoria.
Learn more at https://linktr.ee/EAI_CAN
We're calling for the OCDSB to freeze Semester 1 grades. For public and mental health.
Recently, the TDSB, WRDSB and others implemented a mark freeze for all evaluations from December 17th to the end of the semester, such that marks can increase but not decrease. We believe that the OCDSB needs to implement this same measure of “freezing marks” for the sake of its constituents and of public health.
Therefore, we are calling on the OCDSB to implement an identical mark freezing policy.
Why? Absenteeism. This is especially prominent in more COVID-vulnerable communities.
Online learning disproportionately affected those who might have learning disabilities or need IEPs
More COVID-19 cases means that there is a higher likely hood of staff shortages.
More uncertainties to come and further wreck to our learning quality
Read our principal points at
or sign the petition at
Over the past numerous months, folks from the Rideau Students' Union, the Ontario Student Trustees' Association and the Toronto Youth Cabinet have been working in conjunction to develop policy regarding mental healthcare. After a lot of hard work, yesterday, we released a petition organizing this policy and in the hopes that it can be taken to the Provincial Government for implementation. If you want to read the petition or sign on, click on the button below. Thank you so much to Faiz Jan, Amy Nguyen, Kirsten Kelly, Joy Liu and Stephen Mensah for your amazing work on this project.
By Amy Nguyen, Desmond Anuku, Austin Wang, Jaden Dai, Lefan Hu, Yeeren Chen, Amir Yazdani, Eric Luo, Faiz Jan, Andi Si, Alexander Li, Ammi Paul, Julien Liang, Jadie Leung, Kosar Hemmati, Abel Diress, Ali Kalkas, Antonio Samuna, Cynthia Zhang, William Chen, Vicky Ungariuddanie, and Edward Yang.
This report investigates the Quadmester and Octomester systems and their applications in Ontario high schools, how they affect students' academics, their mental health and possible alternatives to the system that allow for maximum learning while ensuring precautions remain to prevent virus spread during the Coronavirus pandemic.
By Faiz Jan, Amy Nguyen, Parnia Zahraei, Mariam El Sahhar and Gareth Dunbar
This report evaluates the status and need for mental healthcare in Ontario and in Canada and assesses the viability of certain policy that could be implemented to solve the issues presented. The investigation uses data collected from external resources along with a study conducted by the Union to come to a conclusion on practical reforms, some old and some new, about the problem at hand.
Every year, Canadians spend $6.3 billion in out-of-pocket expenses and 45.8% of students have said that they have needed access to mental healthcare but were unable to. It is vital that the issue of mental wellbeing is taken seriously and treated as a reasonable medical treatment under Ontario and Canadian Law. This report evaluates the reasons why mental healthcare subsidization is a necessity for students and citizens and the benefits it brings both in health and in economics.
The report identifies 4 steps that should be taken to tackle the numerous issues surrounding the mental wellness of individuals and students.
Jacquie Miller from the Ottawa Citizen interviews Faiz Jan, the Union President, on the need for maintaining March Break referring to the issues of mental health and scheduling.