New Health Science building opens doors

Carleton’s new Academic Health Science building has opened its doors to students and faculty. Originally set to open in the fall of 2017, the building will accommodate Carleton’s recently-established and rapidly-growing health science and neuroscience programs. The building covers approximately 120,000 square feet and has seven floors, according to the Carleton Finance and Administration webpage. The first floor houses a lecture theatre, while labs, research space, offices and student work stations are located throughout the building. Two floors will act as unfinished and unused shell space for now, to allow for future program growth. John Stead, chair of Carleton’s neuroscience department, said the new building will allow for the university’s growing neuroscience program to be housed under one roof. According […]

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Recap: Canadian Federation of Students held its AGM

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) discussed support for marginalized students and the audit of a once-hidden bank account at their annual general meeting (AGM) from Nov. 17-20, in Gatineau, Que. Established in 1981 at Carleton, the CFS is the largest national student association in Canada, according to their website. Representing more than 650,000 students across Canada, the federation lobbies provincial and federal governments to support student issues, in addition to providing advocacy campaign material to student unions. The CFS holds two national general meetings each year, where student union members from across the country gather to discuss policies, amend bylaws, and vote on motions. Motions are proposed during the opening plenary on the first meeting day, discussed in sub-committee […]

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Activists challenge Myanmar leader’s doctorate

Speakers at Carleton’s campus on Nov. 21, called on the university Senate to revoke an honorary degree given to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The event “Discussion with Dr. Maung Zarni: Suu Kyi & The Rohingya in Myanmar” featured Zarni as a keynote speaker along with other panelists to discuss the ongoing situation in Myanmar and its impact on Carleton. Zarni is a Burmese-Buddhist human rights activist and an advisor to the European Centre for the Study of Extremism in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Carleton awarded Suu Kyi an honorary doctorate of law in 2011. Previously regarded as a symbol of peace and democracy, Suu Kyi’s failure to condemn the ongoing violence committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority of Myanmar by […]

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Carleton sets record for healthy workplace awards with Excellence Canada

Carleton is the first post-secondary school in Canada to receive three Excellence Canada awards for having a healthy workplace environment. This year, Carleton received a platinum-level certification in the Healthy Workplace category and a silver-level certification in the Mental Health at Work category. The finance and administration department also received a gold-level award in the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness category. According to its website, Excellence Canada is a “not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to advancing organizational performance across Canada.” The website stated that the Healthy Workplace category analyzes “the operational elements that affect psychological and physical health and safety,” while the Mental Health at Work category assesses whether an organization is meeting the requirements of the National Standard of Canada […]

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U of O student federation passes Equity Policy, faces backlash

The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) faced opposition from Jewish student groups on campus over a proposed pro-Boycott, Divestment and Santions (BDS) policy at a Board of Administration meeting on Nov. 5. The Equity Policy, put forward by the SFUO’s vice-president (equity) Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, proposed that the federation support a number of political campaigns. Calling the SFUO a “political organization,” the policy proposed seven clauses that would see the SFUO declare support for pro-choice groups, the BDS movement, fossil fuel and pipeline divestment, Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, anti-Islamophobia, and trans rights. According to the University of Ottawa (U of O)’s student newspaper The Fulcrum, Moumouni-Tchouassi said she had received death threats over the proposed policy. […]

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