Grads United run uncontested for GSA executive

Four out of five of this year’s candidates in the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) election are running for re-election, and all are uncontested. Eric Hitsman, Jenna Amirault, Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Jay Ramasubramanyam, and Taylor Howarth make up this year’s single slate: Grads United.  Eric Hitsman, the current vice-president (operations) is running for president, while current president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah is campaigning for Hitsman’s vice-president job. Hitsman said he wants to focus on keeping students involved, promote safe spaces for students and create opportunities for Indigenous representation. He added he also hopes to find solutions to the challenges brought by rising tuition fees, and to lobby for the establishment of a committee in Parliament to represent post-secondary students. David Thibodeau, the chief electoral […]

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RRRA’s promise to replace Mac Daddy’s “unlikely”

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) executive promised during their past two elections to replace the Mac Daddy’s in Oasis, but increased sales may make it less likely. Current RRRA President Hyder Naqvi said his team wanted to replace the Mac Daddy’s last year, and the promise was again part of his re-election campaign this year. “I would love to find a replacement for Mac Daddy’s, so right now we are in talks [with the university] regarding this change,” Naqvi said. Naqvi said RRRA is in the early stages of the process, and that he is meeting with the university on March 23, which “will determine how we are moving forward with this.” Aramark, a food services company, runs Carleton’s […]

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Kevin O’Leary bashes Trudeau in speech at Carleton

Kevin O’Leary, one of 14 candidates running for leadership of the Conservative party, spoke at Carleton on March 18. The event, held in the Kailash Mital theatre, was co-hosted by the Carleton Conservatives, together with the University of Ottawa Campus Conservatives. O’Leary spoke about Canada’s economy and how he would improve it, if elected prime minister. O’Leary said he was motivated to run for the leadership when he saw Canada’s economic growth slowing. He referred to his own success as an entrepreneur out of university, and said “Canada was on fire . . . Today, it’s dead.” He said he believes young people in Canada should have the same opportunities he had growing up, but said jobs are becoming harder […]

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Q+A: GSA President Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah wins Femmy Award

Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) President Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah was one of six recipients of a Femmy Award on International Women’s Day on March 8. Owusu-Akyeeah received the award for her work in the areas of anti-racism, gender equality and sex education. The Femmys are given out annually to people living in the National Capital Region who “have made outstanding contributions to the struggle for gender equality,” according to their website. The Charlatan spoke with Owusu-Akyeeah via email to discuss the award, her work as an activist, and her plans for the future. The Charlatan (TC): How does it feel to win a Femmy? Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah (DOA): It feels great! It’s really hard to explain, but I feel a real sense of […]

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Carleton hosts Peter Mansbridge for 2017 Kesterton Lecture

Peter Mansbridge spoke in front of a packed crowd of nearly 300 attendees as he delivered the 18th annual Kesterton lecture at Carleton on March 21. Mansbridge’s lecture focused on the challenges journalists face in an industry that is always changing, now more rapidly than ever, he said. The event, which was part of the Faculty of Public Affairs’ Research Month, is named in honour of Wilfred H. Kesterton, one of the founders of the School of Journalism and Communication. Mansbridge, the long-time host of CBC’s The National, will be retiring on July 1 this year. He suggested that his “face” of The National could well be replaced by the “faces” of multiple anchors, and has encouraged the CBC to […]

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