Is marijuana-impaired driving an impending possibility?

The Trudeau government said it hopes to introduce marijuana legalization in legislation by the summer. Many Canadians believe this move is long overdue, but there are still precautions and safeguards that need to be implemented to avoid potential risks—including the possibility of an increase in stoned drivers on the roads. But what are the laws surrounding marijuana-impaired driving? Drugs and driving Provisions about drug-impaired driving are found at both the provincial and federal levels of the law, according to Eugene Oscapella, a criminology professor at the University of Ottawa (U of O) and an expert in policies and laws related to illegal drugs. At the federal level, section 253 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits driving or operating any […]

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Student activism in the Trump era

Donald Trump took his seat as the 45th president of the United States on Jan. 20. Less than two months later, global citizens have been banding together and protesting in response to his leadership. The Women’s March in Washington, D.C. and around the world, and the demonstrations across the globe against Trump’s travel ban, are just a few examples of solidarity. And students are no stranger to this type of activism. Students have a long history of social activism, and the number of student activists is on the rise. According to the American Freshman National Survey from 2014 to 2015, there was a 2.9 per cent increase in those who said there was a “very good chance” of them participating […]

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Q+A: Carleton students on the meaning behind their tattoos

Despite the backlash many people with tattoos face, young people are still choosing to get inked. The Charlatan spoke to three Carleton students about their tattoos, the meaning behind them, and whether beauty really is skin deep. Christy Canning, first-year psychology student   The Charlatan (TC): What made you decide to get a tattoo? Christy Canning (CC): I decided to get tattoos after always idolizing people who had them. I thought it was so cool to use your body as a canvas for art and I wanted to use my body for that. After going through some rough times and losing a cousin to suicide I wanted to get something to memorialize her. TC: Do your tattoos represent anything? CC: My […]

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Tattoos or taboos? Self-expression and the treatment of tattoos in the workplace

Coloured hair, piercings, and tattoos are sometimes viewed as forms of self-expression. Tattoo culture continues to rise among young people, as part of a new generation that typically values openmindedness over “looking the part,” but it doesn’t mean that societal taboos will change in the workplace. The facts on tattoos Over the last decade, tattoo culture has become increasingly popular with young people in North America. Twenty-one per cent of Canadians have at least one tattoo, with a large sum of that number constituting young people between the ages of 20 and 31 years of age, according to a report by the National Post. The Post also reported that tattoos have often been associated with lower socioeconomic status and criminality, […]

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Stories from students: Studying and interning overseas

Crowded airports bring stress for some, and excitement and opportunity for others. For students interning or studying abroad, they can bring the realization that life is about to change irrevocably. While only 2.3 per cent of Canadian students participated in a study abroad opportunity last year, 86 per cent are interested in the experience, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Student experiences of going abroad, whether for studies or an internship, are as diverse as the students themselves, but one common opinion shared by the students who spoke about their experience was that it challenged and changed who they were as people. Empowering experiences, but longer studies Sarah Littisha Jansen is a PhD student at Carleton University […]

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