From cockroaches to mice: campus restaurants talk pest control

Cockroaches, mice, and flies are all things that people don’t want near their food. But what do campus restaurants do if customers complain about it? Blake Brooks, the manager at Oliver’s Pub & Patio, said there’s a cockroach issue all over campus. “There has been a cockroach issue in all of my 15 years at Carleton, so we’re not going to lie and say there’s no cockroaches spotted,” Brooks said. “It’s up to the customer what they choose to do. We don’t have a major problem and we haven’t had many customer issues.” Brooks added that if a student sees a pest in Oliver’s, he would “take care of that individual pest.” According to him, pest issues will only get […]

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Carleton hosts Fair Trade Campus Week

Carleton’s Fair Trade University club and Dining Services hosted Fair Trade Campus Week to promote fair trade awareness on campus. The movement, which strives to promote products made without human rights abuses and with proper environmental standards, ran from Sept. 25 to 28. “At Carleton, this year’s Fair Trade Campus Week is all about showing students how far our university has come with supporting human rights,” Ivy McKee, a fourth-year public affairs and policy management student and the president of Fair Trade Carleton University, said in an email. She said there were numerous events lined up including games, free food and a bake sale. “We have a jeopardy event that’s happening around campus. We’ll be giving out free food, and […]

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International student issues: exploring the difficulties of finding work in Canada

Patricia Smith* is a first-year international student at Carleton who is working illegally at a restaurant in Ottawa. “I don’t have a SIN number,” Smith said. “My boss usually [pays] those who don’t have the SIN number with cash.” She said she gets paid less than minimum wage. Smith has lived in Canada for eight months. Smith said she found the job on a Chinese website similar to Kijiji called comefromchina.com, where people post about job offers and used furniture. There wasn’t an interview process—she just called the restaurant and “they asked me to have a try,” Smith said. She said she has had difficulties obtaining the proper paperwork to work legally in Canada, and the process is long—and she […]

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Constitutional board reaches decision, Change slate disqualified

Your Carleton successfully appealed the electoral board’s decision to the constitutional board, disqualifying the Change slate and resulting in Ashley Courchene losing his seat as vice president (student services). The appeal filed by Your Carleton overturns a decision by the electoral board that would allow Courchene to keep his seat while upholding two out of three violations against Change. Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president and president-elect Fahd Alhattab said the appeal process was simply restoring a seat that was rightfully earned. “There are rules and processes in place to ensure there is a fair election at all times, for everyone participating in the election,” Alhattab said. “They have to feel comfortable knowing when they run in an election it […]

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RRRA kicks off election week

On Tuesday, March 15, the Rideau River Residents Association (RRRA) held its all-candidates meeting to kick off campaigning in the 2016 RRRA executive elections. There are five slates competing for this year’s election for the positions of president, vice-president (administration), and vice-president (programming). The candidates are: Nicole Meehan, Nathan Dresser, and David Zilio from Can’t Stump the RRRA; Emmett Bisbee, Jake Yeates, and Monica Vella from Integrity First; Daniel Pollak, Hyder Naqvi, and Zophia Brobio from The Best Team; Zayge Klein, Andrew Rolston and Ryan Clancy from The Home Team; as well as Celestina Bogle, Matthew Dodds, and Mitchell Goldie from Unified. Chief electoral officer (CEO) Julia Parsons led the meeting to give a run down on the dos and […]

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