Mixed reaction from Carleton organizations at CFS meeting

Following the Canadian Federation of Students’ (CFS) semi-annual meeting in Ottawa from June 4 to 8, The Charlatan spoke to both Zameer Masjedee, president of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), and Eric Hitsman, president of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), to hear their thoughts on the meeting. Masjedee, who ran on a platform of defederating from the CFS, said disappointment from member locals in the CFS is on the rise, and attempts to make the federation better have been met with resistance. He added that allegations of mismanagement of student funds levelled against the CFS are a big factor in why CUSA is looking to leave the organization. But, Hitsman said in an email that it’s well worth staying in the CFS. “The […]

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Recap: CFS semi-annual meeting

Student representatives from across Canada gathered in Ottawa from June 4-8 for the Canadian Federation of Student’s (CFS) semi-annual meeting to debate issues and discuss policies, services, and campaigns for students. The CFS is the largest student association in Canada and has been uniting more than 650,000 students in democratic decisions to better the lives of students since its establishment in 1981. Over the course of the four-day meeting, the CFS expanded its membership, held workshops, and unanimously voted in favour of three emergency motion. CFS welcomes new member The semi-annual meeting started with a greeting by the Circle of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students, a presentation by National Executive Team presented a report which updates delegates on the successes of […]

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Carleton students aim to end workplace “hanger”

A company created by two Carleton students is trying to end “hanger,” the feeling of being angry or irritable due to hunger. Fourth-year computer science student Emil Aite and fourth-year commerce student Eric Kys founded their company, Desk Nibbles, through Carleton’s Lead to Win program, a startup service for students interested in starting their own businesses. Aite said he began working in office jobs while in university and always forgot to pack a lunch, which caused poor work productivity and low mood. He added he was inspired to create Desk Nibbles after working as an intern at local e-commerce company Shopify, a place known to offer employees food. “Last summer I started working at Shopify, there they shower the employees […]

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Research Blog: Carleton prof finds solution for devastating budworm

Over the past 25 years, Carleton professor David Miller has worked to discover a type of fungus, also known as an endophyte, that provides an environmentally friendly solution for a major pest in Canada’s forestry industry. Miller discovered a fungus that occurs naturally in the needles of coniferous trees, and is toxic to the eastern spruce budworm, an insect that is responsible for the destruction of millions of acres of forests across Canada. His efforts were recognized this past February, when he received the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Synergy Award. The spruce budworm is an epidemic that threatens the health of Canada’s forests as well as the jobs and economic benefits of the forestry industry, Miller said. According […]

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Carleton releases updated mental health framework

Carleton released the second version of its Student Mental Health Framework on Oct. 4, an update to the original framework implemented in 2009 by the Carleton University Student Mental Health Advisory Committee (CUSMHAC). The updated mental health framework aims to implement a campus wide approach to student mental health while encouraging student engagement, said Suzanne Blanchard, Carleton’s vice-president (students and enrolment). The original document focused on responding to students in situations of crisis or distress, but was missing the holistic aspects of a proactive approach to student mental health, Blanchard said. The new framework has six sections which detail objectives and recommendations about a proactive approach to mental health. This is done through implementing and funding more student-led initiatives, training and […]

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