MacEwan University victim of $11.8 million phishing scam

An Edmonton university is working with authorities to recover the $11.8 million they lost in a phishing attack this August. The RCMP qualifies phishing as fraudulent communications where scammers impersonate well-known institutions to dupe victims into offering up personal, sensitive, and financial information. According to Global News, the scammers sent emails to MacEwan University claiming to be Clark Builders, a local construction company with which the university holds contracts. The emails asked to have banking information changed so that payments could be made to new accounts. Three payments—$1.9 million, $22,000, and $9.9 million—were made, but when Clark Builders called to say they hadn’t received them, the university realized it had been defrauded, according to CBC. In a statement, the university said […]

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Letter: Feminism cannot be used as a defensive shield

I left the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive debate a little early, and watched the final moments from The Charlatan’s live-stream. I saw the “commotion” many on my Facebook feed have called “deplorable,” “shameful,” and “terrifying.” Unfortunately, I do not relate to these sentiments because I burst out laughing in the comfort of my bed, as vice-president (internal) candidate Cat Kelly shouted that she was was a “feminist.” From what I seem to understand, the fact she is a “feminist” allowed her to publicly call candidate Kenneth Aliu a “misogynistic homophobe” for tweets he sent out at the age of 16. Many seem to be shying away from the heart of the matter by focusing on people’s reactions to Kelly’s claim […]

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Femme fitness: Exploring the debate over women’s-only gym hours at Carleton and beyond

Whether it’s in the comments of the Spotted at Carleton Facebook page, or in the editorial section of the Ottawa Citizen, the idea of a women’s-only gym hour continues to be debated at Carleton University. The “Where’s Our Women’s Only Gym Hour?” campaign was launched by the Womyn’s Centre, the Carleton University Muslim Students’ Association, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) in partnership with the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) earlier this fall. The campaign is currently surveying students on campus to gauge their opinion about the hour. Reports of posters being torn off campus walls in late November show that some object strongly to the idea. But Carleton already has women’s-only pool hours, […]

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Analysis: Macklemore talks privilege and white supremacy in “White Privilege II”

When a white mother stops Macklemore to praise his music, she comments on other hip-hop artists, saying that “All that negative stuff isn’t cool . . . The ‘bitches and the hoes and the gangs and the thugs,’ even the protest outside—so sad, and so dumb. If a cop pulls you over, it’s your fault if you run.” Macklemore understands these generalizations are a product of white privilege. “White supremacy is our country’s lineage, designed for us to be indifferent,” he later raps in “White Privilege II,” his latest single. The indifference—a luxury white privilege offers—is choosing to dismiss the “negative stuff”—realities that real people face while profiting from the privileges of a white supremacist system that maintains their conditions. […]

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