A recently obtained access-to-information (ATIPP) request reveals that Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) has spent over $6,000 on Wellness Zone newsletter by Smart Workplace.

Yet another outside service that the university is paying for when people on campus could produce a wellness newsletter.

The university decided not to renew the subscription when it expires in June 2021 due to the backlash from the last issue sent to employees.

See ATIPP below:

Record created by the Department of Human Resources to respond to ATIPP Request File #002-17-124-21 Date: June 8, 2021

The Wellness Zone newsletter provided by Smart Workplace is an annual subscription initially started in 2015. The current subscription expires in June 2021 and will not be renewed. The subscription cost is $899 per year plus tax. The differences between the annual costs below are due to tax rate changes.

2015: $1,015.87

2016: $1,033.85

2017: $1,033.85

2018: $1,033.85

2019: $943.95

2020: $943.95

TOTAL $6,005.32

Matt Barter is a third-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.


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