Canadian law students participate in research-a-thon for refugees

Law students across Canada took part in a joint research effort on Feb. 4 to review legal arguments that could help individuals targeted by the proposed U.S. travel ban. The travel ban, which has now been refuted by the Supreme Court in America, prohibits people with citizenship from seven countries of primarily Muslim faith from entering the U.S., and stopped the intake of Syrian refugees until further notice. The 12-hour “research-a-thon” event was organized by three law students at McGill University, and included over 800 participants from all 22 of Canada’s law schools, according to Brodie Noga, one of the event’s organizers. Participants also raised $8,800 in donations for the Canadian Council of Refugees. Noga said the idea began as […]

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RISE 2017 focuses on Indigenous sexual health

A series of events for Revitalizing Indigenous Strength and Education (RISE) month will be taking place at Carleton over the month of January. RISE 2017 is a series of lectures, workshops, and open events in January developed by the Mawandoseg Centre at Carleton to renew various Indigenous cultural practices, and introduce non-Indigenous students to the different nations that are active on campus and in Ottawa. Tess Laude, the co-ordinator of the Mawandoseg Centre, said she has been working with community leaders, external partners, and several volunteers to bring traditional practices and modern issues to the forefront of student awareness. “The purpose of RISE is to enhance and promote discussions around Indigenous sexuality and sexual health,” Laude said. While the series […]

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Students protest conference on campus

A protest organized by students in opposition to a conference hosted by the Infrastructure Resilience Research Group (IRRG) led to demonstrators being denied access to Richcraft Hall. The conference focused on training legal and industry representatives on how to address threats to resource infrastructure, and was hosted at Carleton University by Felix Kwamena, an engineering professor, and Martin Rudner, distinguished research professor emeritus. Speakers at the workshop included Alan Jones, the former assistant director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and Dave Fox, director of corporate security at Irving Oil. Protest organizers said the intention was to demonstrate that students did not welcome the discussion of applying criminal proceedings against those who protested pipeline and other resource development projects. Ashley […]

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Ottawa approves low-income transit pass in 2017 budget

A transit pass for low-income Ottawa residents was confirmed at City Hall during the 2017 draft budget meeting on Nov. 9. The pass had been announced by Mayor Jim Watson last month with few details on the cost or when it would be introduced. The EquiPass will cost $57 per month, down from the regular monthly adult pass which costs $113.75, according to Watson. The estimated savings for eligible users is marked at $672 per year, and is the largest one-time increase in financial support for public transit in the history of Ottawa, according to a city news release. Prior to the tabling of the budget, a rally was held outside City Hall to promote the interests and demands of […]

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Carleton partners with Shopify to offer paid internships

Carleton’s School of Computer Science and Shopify have started an internship program that allows students to earn a degree while working for the e-commerce platform. This year marks the first year that 11 students will split their time between Carleton’s campus and Shopify’s downtown Ottawa headquarters. Students receive a salary, and their tuition is covered by Shopify for their duration in the program, according to Gail Carmichael, manager of external education programs at Shopify. The program offers students the chance to gain both theoretical and practical experience in computer science, she said. “What sets us apart is we’re actually taking courses that you would normally do at Carleton and trying to get students to learn it in a practical way […]

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