CASG, CUSA team up for free education debate

The Carleton Academic Student Government (CASG) and the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) hosted a debate about free tuition on Nov. 23. The event was spearheaded by Alexandra Noguera, CUSA vice-president (student issues), and was designed to coincide with Financial Literacy Month. About 30 students attended the debate, which was held in the University Centre Atrium. Ian Lee, a professor at the Sprott School of Business, and three members of the Carleton Debate Society, Ali Hassan, Ashley Pinheiro, and Katy Mclean, led the discussion. Shawn Humphrey, CUSA council chair, moderated the debate. He asked the panelists three main questions: “should education be free in Canada?”, “what would Canada have to do to make free tuition happen?” and “Should Canada regulate […]

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Carleton works to improve sustainability

One of the biggest concerns for Carleton environmentally, is the contamination of waste, according to Philip Mansfield, the manager of the sustainability program at Facilities Management and Planning. “We have seen lower diversion rates in food courts and audits have shown that up to 22 percent could have been recycled,” Mansfield said in an email. “When waste goes into the wrong stream, [such as] garbage into recycling bins, not only are we reducing the amount we can divert, but we also risk recycling waste being rejected by our waste collector and ending up in landfill.” Diverted waste refers to waste that is not going to landfill and is instead being recycled in some way. Contamination of waste is caused by […]

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CUSA breaks down future of service centres

Following the Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) decision to cut the designated office space for its Indigenous service centre in order to redirect the centre’s rent expenses to programming, The Charlatan looked into the future of CUSA’s other 10 service centres. The centres serve various groups of students on campus by providing programming and support. Centres include the Womyn’s Centre, the Food Centre, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre. But, CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said that one of the problems with service centres is the lack of student awareness. “There’s not one solution that’s going to fix this for us,” Masjedee said. Kamil Bhatty is the administrative co-ordinator at CUSA’s Food Centre, an on-campus food bank and resource centre […]

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Activists challenge Myanmar leader’s doctorate

Speakers at Carleton’s campus on Nov. 21, called on the university Senate to revoke an honorary degree given to Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi. The event “Discussion with Dr. Maung Zarni: Suu Kyi & The Rohingya in Myanmar” featured Zarni as a keynote speaker along with other panelists to discuss the ongoing situation in Myanmar and its impact on Carleton. Zarni is a Burmese-Buddhist human rights activist and an advisor to the European Centre for the Study of Extremism in Cambridge, United Kingdom. Carleton awarded Suu Kyi an honorary doctorate of law in 2011. Previously regarded as a symbol of peace and democracy, Suu Kyi’s failure to condemn the ongoing violence committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority of Myanmar by […]

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CUASA president speaks out as Carleton nears CAUT censure vote deadline

The Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)—a nationwide association of 70,000 academic professionals from 122 Canadian universities—is gearing up to take censure action over an alleged lack of transparency on Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG). According to Root Gorelick, president of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA), when the CAUT held a meeting in May, its executive committee delayed censuring Carleton in order to give the BoG a chance to amend its freedom of speech policies. “Carleton didn’t do anything [to avoid censure],” Gorelick said. In 2016, The Charlatan reported that Gorelick’s application to run for another three-year term on the BoG was refused. Steven Reid, Carleton’s media relations officer, said at the time, that Gorelick’s application was turned down partly […]

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