Federal youth employment promises fall short

The federal government is expected to fall short of their promise to deliver 5,000 green youth jobs this year. According to an article from The Canadian Press, final numbers won’t be confirmed until fall 2017, but figures from Employment and Social Development Canada show the Liberals will surpass 2,000 green youth jobs by March 2017. Recent Statistics Canada (StatsCan) data found that the average unemployment rate for people in the 15-24 age bracket was 13.2 per cent this past August, unchanged from the same period in 2015. However, the unemployment rate for those 25-54 was 6.6 per cent in August. David Gray, a labour economics professor at the University of Ottawa, said this is normal for a developed country. “Youth […]

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Ontario NDP promises to eliminate student loan interest

Cameron Jette just started their first-year at Carleton and is already worried about paying off student debt. “I have already accumulated a debt of around $20,000 and I am not even finished my first semester of university,” Jette said in an email. The Enriched Support Program (ESP) student said they went away to college for one semester and then decided it wasn’t for them. “That left me in debt of around $12,000, and I didn’t even leave with any accreditation,” Jette said. This is exactly the type of problem Andrea Horwath, the leader of the Ontario NDP, has promised to relieve. On Monday, Horwath announced the provincial portion of student loan interest in Ontario would be immediately eliminated if elected in […]

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Skateway marks shortest season in history

A mild Ottawa winter left skaters hungry for more ice time as the Rideau Canal Skateway experienced its shortest skating season in history. This year’s skating season lasted only 34 days, compared to 59 last year. It topped the previous record of a 35-day skating season in 2001. The skateway closed for the last time this winter on Feb. 25. “It was the shortest skating season in history so the length of the season as well as the skating days. It was a new record this year, not a great record,” said Jasmine Leduc, spokesperson for the National Capital Commission. “We did have a lot of adverse weather conditions this season and that did have a negative impact on the […]

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Opinion: Reading week should be for rest

Fall break should be a time of rest for students. Unfortunately, as many of us have experienced, it usually doesn’t end up that way. Work is often piled on before, during, and after the week, leaving students feeling overwhelmed. The break was established specifically to preserve students’ mental health and overall well-being. It was meant to be a catch-up period for everyone (professors included). In 2012, about 70 per cent of students voted in favour of having a fall break. Shortly after the student vote, Carleton’s senate voted 28 to 11 in favour of testing the idea. After the two-year testing period, 85 per cent of students said they wanted the fall break to continue. Students made it clear they […]

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Businesses advertise on campus against Carleton policy

Some on-campus job postings on Carleton bulletin boards are not authorized by the university despite posting on-campus to attract students, according to Darren Mundt, operations manager of Co-op and Career Services at Carleton. Some organizations put up posters around Carleton without permission, Mundt said. “We have no governance over what goes on there and so a passerby could, as you can imagine, just put something up,” he said. “Whether or not people have permission to put it up they still put stuff up, even though they’re not supposed to. Vector Marketing is a good example of that.” Ryan Long, Vector Marketing’s public relations manager, said their company participates in a variety of on-campus advertising. “Depending on the school and depending […]

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