Election Talk

Despite a declining voter turnout, Canadian politics and elections show no signs of slowing down, according to a roundtable panel of professors and experts who spoke about Canada’s electoral climate at Carleton Oct. 7.

“The occurrence of three elections in a little over four years and a fourth seemingly imminent suggests that students of Canadian politics and elections certainly live in interesting times,” Chris Dornan, director of the Arthur Kroeger School of Public Affairs, said.

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Ending Racism

Students who participated in a racism task force Oct. 7 stressed that the issue of racism on campus is never “black and white.”

Kimalee Phillip, president of the Graduate Students’ Association, discussed issues of racism and the need to incorporate more than just colour in the issue. Phillip said it is necessary to look beyond “black and white,” using the example that she is Caribbean and not just black.

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Greener grade for CU

A report released Oct. 7 rating universities’ sustainability for 2010 gave Carleton a B- overall, an improvement from the D- rating the university achieved in the 2009 report card. Carleton was given high scores in the administration and food and recycling categories, while receiving a D rating in the climate change and energy, and shareholder engagement.
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Washington Reflections

In the midst of a transition of Canadian ambassadors to the United States, outgoing ambassador Michael Wilson spoke to the Carleton community on Oct. 6 about his experience and the changes he witnessed during his time in Washington.

Wilson began his lecture, entitled “Reflections on momentous times in Washington,” by saying he would not simply be describing his role as ambassador, but rather discussing what he referred to as “embassy leave-behinds.”

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