Mawandoseg space cuts provoke backlash

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is rethinking its decision to remove office space for its Indigenous service centre, the Mawandoseg Centre, after backlash from Indigenous students culminated in a meeting on Nov. 14. A previous article in The Charlatan reported that CUSA had removed Mawandoseg’s office space and was proposing to move the centre’s co-ordinator into the university-run Ojigkwanong Centre. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee explained that the move would allow the association to reinvest room rental costs into increased programming for Indigenous students. Members from the campus Indigenous community and their allies streamed into the Bill Ellis Co-Working Space (BECS) in the University Centre. CUSA vice-presidents Alexis Oundo (student services), Gavin Resch (finance), and Abdullah Jaber (student life) joined […]

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CUSA debates cutting Indigenous centre space

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is considering removing its designated Indigenous service centre space, the Mawandoseg Centre, and moving the centre’s co-ordinator to the university-run Ojigkwanong Centre. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said the proposal would save the association rental costs for the centre, which would be reinvested into programming. According to him, it doesn’t make sense for Indigenous services to be split between two different student centres. “Ultimately, we thought that this way, it would be better serving all students for the services that they’re looking to get out of each of these centres,” Masjedee said. According to CUSA’s website, Mawandoseg is the “leading point of contact for non-Indigenous students looking to connect and learn more about Indigenous cultures and […]

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Carleton wins pension court case

The Quebec Court of Appeal has ruled in Carleton’s favour to stay a 2016 Superior Court of Quebec decision allowing the university to recoup half a million dollars in pension payments made to a retired professor who was later found dead. George Roseme, a political science professor, went missing from his farm north of Gatineau in September 2007. According to the Ottawa Citizen, Roseme was 77 years old and suffering from early-stage Alzheimer’s disease at the time of his disappearance. After a 10-day search failed to find Roseme, his remains were only discovered in the nearby Outaouais woods in July 2013. A coroner on the case determined that Roseme’s death was accidental and occured two days after he disappeared. The […]

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Peer support line sees more interest, recruitment

A Carleton student-run sexual violence peer support hotline is recruiting volunteers from more faculties than ever before after demand for its services increased exponentially last year. Volunteers at the Carleton Sexual Assault Peer Support Line offer anonymous callers a listening ear and direct them to local resources to deal with their trauma if they need further support, Emily Minor, the executive officer of the line, said. According to her, the hotline is a Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) club that was created in 2010 after Carleton’s response to the 2007 “Jane Doe” sexual assault case was criticized and resulted in a negligence lawsuit from the complainant. Minor said she sent out a mass email to all Carleton faculties a few […]

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Anti-immigration posters removed from campus

Carleton has removed posters from the Canadian chapter of an international anti-immigration group after they were spotted on campus on Sept. 11. The posters were part of a recruiting effort by Generation Identity. The group defines itself as an “Ethno-Nationalist and Identitarian youth movement” that aims to “re-instill traditional western values” in Canada by advocating against immigration from non-European countries, according to its website. Carleton students shared photos of the posters on Twitter and alerted the university. “Thanks for letting us know. We’ve spotted the posters and are removing them. Carleton has zero tolerance for posters like these,” the Carleton Newsroom account tweeted. The university released a joint statement with the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and Carleton Undergraduate Students’ Association […]

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