CUASA votes to divest pension from fossil fuels

The Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA) has passed a motion at their latest council meeting to divest their pension funds from fossil fuels. The vote, which was held on March 17, received unanimous support among union members. This is the latest development in the Carleton Fossil Free Faculty’s (CFFF) push to move towards green investments. The CFFF is a special interest group within CUASA made up of 55 tenured professors from about 20 different faculties, who have been lobbying for this divestment over the past couple years, according to Lenore Fahrig, a Carleton professor and CUASA member. “This is from our perspective, a pretty big success that the union has now passed this motion unanimously,” she said. She said […]

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CUPE 4600 holds ratification vote on tentative agreement

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600, which represents teaching assistants and contract instructors at Carleton, held a vote from March 20-22 to ratify the new collective agreement reached with the university earlier this month. The new agreement will provide contract instructors access to their Carleton email accounts for two years and library access for a year following their last contract placement. It will also mean higher wages for both contract instructors and teaching assistants (TAs), according to the CUPE 4600 website. Janne Cleveland, media relations officer for CUPE 4600, said although she could not speak to the details of the agreement, she is pleased with the results of the bargaining process. She said that she credits their […]

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GSA to run health plan referendum at end of March

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) will be launching a referendum at the end of March to request another levy increase on the cost of the health insurance they provide to students. If the referendum passes, graduate students would see a $20 increase in premium fees. Taylor Howarth, vice-president (finance) for the GSA, said that a levy is the only way for them to provide the same level of coverage they offer currently. “It’s a non-for-profit plan in terms of health, dental and accident and our claims continue to increase, which means that people are using it . . .  and therefore, being a non-for-profit plan, the use by our members is exceeding the premium,” Howarth said. Just last year, a similar […]

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Women’s-only gym hour campaign launches weekly fitness hours

The campaign for a women’s-only gym hour at Carleton has gotten space in Carleton’s Athletics Centre for a women’s-only fitness hour, which will be offered three times a week, according to the Athletics website. This dedicated fitness time, which launched on Feb. 6, will be offered in addition to the paid women’s-only classes and sports already offered on campus. Ashley Courchene, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (student services), said he is happy with what the campaign has been able to accomplish so far. “What our survey initially showed . . . was an overwhelming support for women’s gym hours,” he said. “I think with the space that is created here, it’s a good step forward and I just want […]

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Plans for neuroscience move continue

Carleton neuroscience students continue to express concerns about the department’s possible eviction from the Life Sciences building. With the March 1 eviction fast approaching, student stakeholders were invited to talks with the school on Dec. 16 to express their concerns. Greg Owens, a fifth-year neuroscience student who sits on the Board of Governors, said this was the first time they have been consulted. “I think it’s a real concern for a lot of students, it’s not just whether or not they can actually complete something or get the credit or get the degree, it comes down to what our research actually will produce and whether or not what that says about our ability as researchers,” he said. A crowdfunding campaign […]

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