CUPE 4600 holding strike vote as they continue bargaining with the university

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600, is holding a strike vote from Jan. 24 to 26. The union, which represents contract instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) at Carleton, has been involved in collective bargaining with the university since the summer. “We aren’t at this point saying we’re going on strike; that’s a tool, that’s all it is,” Micheal Ostroff, a member of the bargaining committee, said in regards to the ongoing negotiations. After months of no progress, the union is hoping the strike vote will be the tool they need to turn the negotiations in their favour.   According to Gurdeep Singh Jagpal, the media spokesperson for TAs at Carleton, the vote is meant to show the […]

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Carleton still unsure of source of network hack

Students and faculty at Carleton received a notice on Nov. 29 that the university had been hacked by a ransomware attack, demanding payment in bitcoins—a form of digital currency—if the school wanted to regain access to its files. The university has still not identified the source of the attack, according to Carleton’s media relations officer Steven Reid. Public announcements were issued in the MacOdrum Library, warning users that the school’s printers and computers were down, and to stay off the university’s public Wi-Fi until the issue was resolved. The university also warned the community to stay off their Carleton web accounts. The Information Technology (IT) department at Carleton said in a post on their website that they had detected an […]

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CUPE 4600 preparing for potential strike

Carleton’s union for contract instructors and teaching assistants, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 4600, has called an official strike committee after months of unsuccessful negotiations with the university. CUPE 4600 organized their first strike committee meeting on Nov. 29, though the meeting was closed to anyone outside of the union. Union member Steve Tasson has been a contract professor at Carleton for over a decade and is the vice-president of the union for contract instructors. Tasson said the strike committee is a sign the university hasn’t been willing to take things seriously. “We’re being backed into a corner,” Tasson said. He said that even though the union began negotiating as early as August, they’ve hardly seen any changes. Currently, […]

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Carleton PhD student helps Peel police save $113,000

A partnership between a Carleton PhD student and the Peel Regional Police has saved the police force an estimated $113,000 in the first six months. Michael Halinski, a student in the Sprott School of Business, worked together with police to create a more efficient way of dealing with mental health crises to save both man hours and budget costs. Peel police began to have problems when reductions in the social services’ budget, as well as the closure of mental health hospitals, resulted in the police having to take on more responsibilities, according to Halinski. This came at an increased cost to the force, as officers would regularly spend hours—sometimes an entire shift—waiting with mental health patients before they were assessed […]

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Two Carleton PhD students awarded Vanier scholarships

Two Carleton PhD students were awarded with the prestigious Vanier Scholarship, which will supply them each with $50,000 per year, for up to three years. Rawan Alkurd and Joanne Farrall are both in the second year of their PhD, but their areas of research are different. The Vanier Scholarship judges applicants based on leadership, research potential, and academic excellence, according to the scholarship website. The applicants are given a score in each area and the score is then totalled to determine a winner. Alkurd is currently pursuing her PhD in computer engineering. According to her research supervisor, Halim Yanikomeroglu, her field of research is on wireless technologies, specifically the fifth generation, which he believes will be available to the public […]

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