Letter: Don’t understate sexual violence through partisan politics

On the evening of Jan. 25, the #MeToo movement came alive in our own backyard as allegations against Patrick Brown, the former Ontario Progressive Conservatives (PC) party leader, surfaced. We watched as his executive team members released consecutive statements that they would be resigning from positions as campaign manager, chief of staff and Ontario PC press secretary. He stood alone at the emergency press conference held at Queen’s Park in the early morning and assured the public that these allegations were “categorically untrue” and since he grew up with sisters, such claims could not be true. He then exited the building quickly, but not before telling the press, “I will be at work in the morning.” Brown then resigned a […]

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Letter: Provincial candidates must better engage youth vote

In about six months, Ontario will hold a general election to determine its next premier. For the Conservatives, this election is a ray of hope to end the 15-year Liberal hold on the Premier’s office with the newly appointed leader of Ontario’s Conservative Party, Patrick Brown. For the Liberals, on the other hand, this election will be a constant parade of the Liberal track record in Ontario as the current Premier, Kathleen Wynne, vies to remain in office. The upcoming election, however, means something different for student voters—many of whom are likely to be voting for the first time. Students, in turn, must decide whether they have any interest in provincial politics and, if so, who they will cast their […]

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Opinion: Weinstein case shows deeper problems

This week in Hollywood, Ariel Winter was spotted having a candid kiss with boyfriend Levi Meaden in an Los Angeles grocery store, Kylie Jenner posted a busty photo on Instagram- and leading movie producer Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexually assaulting 34 women and counting. In just one week, the climate in the entertainment industry changed, as multiple women came forward with their stories of a predator. On Oct. 11, Cara Delevingne posted on Instagram that Weinstein had tried to coerce her to kiss another woman in his hotel room. They had worked together when Weinstein produced the 2015 film Paper Towns and met up to discuss a new movie role. Delevingne wrote that she was instructed to accept Weinstein’s […]

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Letter: Gun deaths won’t stop until gun control is prioritized

I remember the ground was lightly dusted with snow and Christmas lights lit up every classroom, when my mom picked me up from school and said, “A gunman is holding children hostage in an elementary school in Connecticut.” I sat in the back of my mom’s minivan in absolute disbelief and blinding devastation. Although I am older now and my mom has graduated from her minivan days, my paralyzed reaction to these incidents persists. Every time I am informed that a gunman has opened fire on civilians in a stadium or concert, or a school is under lockdown, I am unable to do anything but gape in bewilderment. For Canadians, this kind of violence is very difficult to grasp. Although […]

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Letter: Sexual Violence Policy criticism warrants changes now

Carleton’s Sexual Violence Policy is a product of the provincial government passing Bill 132 in 2016. The Bill outlines that all Ontario universities who receive public funding are required to develop a sexual violence policy that outlines resources available to survivors, the reporting process, and requires input from the students as well as revision at least once every three years. Although Carleton University presented many drafts of the policy and consulted with both students and staff over the policy, it was evident that it was a rush for Carleton to establish a cohesive and competent sexual assault policy by the January 2017 deadline. On Dec. 1, 2016, however, the policy was presented to and passed by the Board of Governors. […]

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