Carleton professor finds high levels of microfibres in Ottawa River

In September, Carleton researchers found high levels of micro plastics after surveying 500 kilometres of the Ottawa River. In more recent studies, research shows that now plastic micro fibres that originate from fleece, athletic wear, and synthetic materials are the main problem. Jesse Vermaire, Carleton professor of environmental science and environmental studies who completed the research, said he narrowed the issue down to microfibres by counting the plastics that were retained in the filter under a microscope. “We were really surprised at how many were there and that we found them in every sample,” he said via email. Vermaire said the department is not sure how the microfibre got in the river in the first place, but a possibility is […]

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Questions answered: What to know about the new Health Science Building

Unless you’re a long-distance student, or have an extremely poor attendance record, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the hulking mass of construction which has loomed over the Steacie Building for the past year and a half. If either of the aforementioned categories do apply to you: meet the Health Science Building. The Charlatan reviewed university documents about the building and talked to Darryl Boyce, Carleton vice-president (facilities management and planning), to answer some questions about the new building. Here are seven things to know about what’s happened so far, what has yet to be done, and what Carleton has planned for the new building going forward. What’s it for, and what will go into it when it’s done? The building is intended […]

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Abstentions latest to offer a vegan option on campus

With the recent addition of vegan ice cream at Abstentions, the convenience store joined the likes of Mike’s Place and Rooster’s as restaurants that offer vegan food at Carleton. Not to be left out, Carleton University Dining Services, the organization in charge of the cafeteria in Residence Commons among other on-campus locations, has offered vegan options for a while now. Jane Skapinker, a registered dietitian for Dining Services, said they are always trying to offer more vegan options. “While we may not have used the term ‘vegan,’ we have always made an effort to incorporate a variety of foods, including plant based foods,” Skapinker said, “and as the demand has grown for vegan foods, so have our options.” Indeed, the […]

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Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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Carleton students aim to end workplace “hanger”

A company created by two Carleton students is trying to end “hanger,” the feeling of being angry or irritable due to hunger. Fourth-year computer science student Emil Aite and fourth-year commerce student Eric Kys founded their company, Desk Nibbles, through Carleton’s Lead to Win program, a startup service for students interested in starting their own businesses. Aite said he began working in office jobs while in university and always forgot to pack a lunch, which caused poor work productivity and low mood. He added he was inspired to create Desk Nibbles after working as an intern at local e-commerce company Shopify, a place known to offer employees food. “Last summer I started working at Shopify, there they shower the employees […]

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