Not Our Policy campaigners confronted by Campus Safety

Demonstrators involved with the Not Our Policy campaign were confronted on Feb. 16 by campus safety officers while attempting to put a banner over the Carleton University sign on Bronson Avenue. One of the students involved with the campaign, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the three students were approached by two campus safety special constables while hanging the sign. “They basically came and they asked for our info, they said they needed to identify the people doing it, they took down our names, numbers, addresses and student numbers,” the student said. According to the campaigner, the special constables said they were violating mischief and vandalism laws and could be charged criminally. Not Our Policy is a campaign to reform […]

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Students respond to Sexual Violence Policy

A second open letter has been released to push for reforms to the university’s recently implemented sexual violence policy (SVP). Sally Johnson, one of the leaders of the Not Our Policy campaign, said the open letter was written to address existing issues with the policy that the Board of Governors (BoG) approved on Dec. 1. “There were some changes that were made and we were really happy about that,” Johnson said. “But I think definitely—through talking to other groups—[the administration] missed a lot of things and they missed some things even from our [initial] recommendations.” A letter was previously written by the Carleton Human Rights Society in November, during the feedback period before the SVP was voted on by the […]

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CUPE 4600 files no board report

The Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600, which represents Carleton’s contract instructors and teaching assistants, has filed a no board report, meaning they will be legally allowed to go on strike. Janne Cleveland, a member of the union and part of CUPE 4600’s media committee, said a board report is filed when one or both of the parties feels negotiations are not going anywhere. Essentially, the report means that CUPE 4600 believes negotiations have failed. It also means the union is one step closer to striking. The union can legally strike 17 days after the no board report was filed on Feb.10. According to Cleveland, the union has been bargaining for seven months with very little to show […]

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New library renovations underway

Renovations to create more study space in Carleton’s MacOdrum Library are underway, and will continue until the end of June. Renovations on the third-floor extension to create more study spaces started on Feb. 6. Other renovations include the construction of a bachelor of information technology lab on the first floor. Washrooms in the first-, second-, and third-floor extensions will also be renovated, and upgrades will be made to the main staircase, according to a release on the library’s website. According to Darryl Boyce, assistant vice-president (facilities and management planning), the renovations started during the midterm season due to Carleton’s 75th anniversary celebrations this year. “It’s quite heavily due to the fact that this year, we’re celebrating our 75th year as […]

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Masjedee: CUSA plans include defederation, more student jobs

Zameer Masjedee, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (student life), said he is excited about the upcoming year as president of the student association. “I’m feeling really good, feeling awesome, we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout or better results at the end of the day,” he said. Masjedee’s slate, One Carleton, won all six executive positions in a CUSA election that saw a turnout of 37.2 per cent, the highest voter turnout in the association’s history. The slate ran on promises including creating more student jobs at CUSA, implementing nap pods on campus, and defederating from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), which Masjedee said would be one of his top priorities next year. “We’re going to start […]

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