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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Carleton 75th anniversary academic expo postponed

An expo showcasing Carleton’s academics as part of the university’s 75th anniversary celebrations has been postponed. Set to take place on Oct. 14 at Ottawa City Hall, the CU75 Community Connects: Community-Academic Expo would have featured guest speakers discussing different academic advancements made at Carleton. A statement on the Expo webpage states that “Carleton University regrets to announce the postponement of the Community-Academic Expo due to unforeseen circumstances.” Carleton’s interim president Alastair Summerlee said he made the decision to cancel the Expo event due to insufficient preparation. “The CU75 Community-Academic Expo was cancelled because there wasn’t sufficient time for consultation and preparation of the Expo, and one of our principal speakers had to cancel at the last minute due to […]

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Recruitment clipboards circulated on campus

Students are warning their peers to be wary of commercial clipboards being passed around Carleton classrooms that ask for personal information and offer jobs. Caitlin Heffernan, a first-year journalism student, said she was recruited by an organization called the Summer Management Program to circulate clipboards in Carleton classes asking students to provide their contact information for a summer job opportunity. Heffernan said she was hired for the position after responding to a post in the Carleton University Class of 2021 Facebook social group promising a “super easy” job that would only last for a few weeks. “They said you just go to the first row of the lecture hall, explain the program to someone, tell them to pass the clipboard […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Veganism – it’s not as hard as you think

Like many people, watching What the Health had me suddenly eyeing the food in my fridge with suspicion. Released in March 2017, the pro-vegan documentary directed and produced by Kip Anderson aims to persuade viewers to take up a solely plant-based diet by presenting them with scary statements about the havoc animal products can purportedly wreak on the human body. Among its shocking claims, the documentary states that eating one egg is as bad for your health as smoking five cigarettes per day and that consuming dairy can increase your risk for certain types of cancer. Growing up, my family had largely avoided eating pre-packaged foods in favour of home-cooked meals with fresh ingredients, but we had always eaten animal […]

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