Winter weather hinders accessibility on campus

Snowy weather this winter season may be a chilly inconvenience for some students, but for others, it’s a challenge to get around. Brett Babcock, a Carleton student who identifies as physically disabled, said that winter becomes incredibly difficult for those with disabilities. “It is difficult being trapped inside, not being able to go outside and getting fresh air,” he said. “I’m a competitive track and field racer, so I’m used to training all spring, summer and fall, so being cooped up inside takes a toll on your mentality and your well-being.” He added that snow makes public transit inaccessible, both on and off-campus. “There is a space between the sidewalk and bus that’s not always plowed, so sometimes the bus […]

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OPIRG funding steady, despite defunding campaign

The Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) Carleton, a social justice organization, came under fire during their week long opt-out period last year from Dec. 4-8. OPIRG collects a mandatory levy of $7.28 from tuition fees paid by full-time undergraduate Carleton student each school year. Full-time graduate students pay the organization a levy of $7.14. The opt-out period provides students with a chance to have their levy returned to them in the form of a mailed cheque if they submit a request at the OPIRG office in the University Centre. For some students, OPIRG and its mandatory levy have become a point of contention due to the political stances the organization has taken. OPIRG supports political organizations such as Boycott, […]

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Women’s and gender studies department leads push for gender-neutral washroom

A new gender-neutral washroom has been introduced on campus.  The department of women’s and gender studies at Carleton had been permitted by the university to use signs to mark a men’s washroom as gender-neutral on the 14th floor of Dunton Tower as of December. On Jan. 10, Carleton’s interim president Alastair Summerlee met with the faculty and students in the women’s and gender studies program to commemorate the installment of the sign. In a speech given at the event, Summerlee expressed his support for the new washroom. “What is it that makes a washroom male and what makes a washroom female? . . . Such a way of referring to washroom facilities was exclusionary,” Summerlee said. “You could be a […]

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CUSA passes motion, hires electoral officers

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) began preparations for the 2018 electoral season by ratifying the chief electoral officer (CEO) and deputy electoral officers (DEOs) at a council meeting on Jan. 15. Council voted almost unanimously to ratify Nada Ibrahim as CEO and Zach Parkkari and Aiden Forsyth as DEOs. Ibrahim has previously served as a DEO for the 2016 and 2017 CUSA elections. Julia Parsons, a public affairs councillor, asked the three candidates whether any of them had ever openly supported a slate in the past. Forsyth said he had made posts online about slates before, while Parkkari said he had supported a slate in the past, “but not very publicly.” Ibrahim said she has not supported a slate […]

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Former Carleton professor freed from French prison

Hassan Diab, a former Carleton contract professor, has returned home to Ottawa after being freed from prison in France. On Jan. 17, Diab and his supporters held a press conference at Amnesty International Canada in Ottawa—just one day after he returned home after having spent three years in a French prison on terrorism charges over a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. In an interview with The Charlatan, Roger Clark, a spokesperson for the Hassan Diab Support Committee, described the impact the extradition had on Diab. “He did not even have a chance to say goodbye to his seven-month pregnant wife, or his two-year old daughter. This was despite the fact that the Canadian government had 45 days to enforce the extradition,” he […]

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