Letter: CFS debate must be based on facts

As one of two Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) member locals at Carleton University, we feel it important to respond to The Charlatan’s article: “U of T students’ union, CUSA support leaving CFS” to address a number of factual errors. If a debate on membership is going to be had on campus, let it be a real debate that is not obscured by the Carleton University Students Association (CUSA)’s “alternative facts.” The Graduate Students’ Association is Local 78 and a proud member of the CFS. We believe the Federation is the only national student movement dedicated to maintaining a public, affordable system of high-quality post-secondary education. It is also an important voice for students, and serves as a national progressive […]

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Letter: Philanthropy events like Relay for Life bring Carleton together

On March 3 and 4, Carleton University Relay for Life will host their namesake 12-hour event in the Field House to celebrate, remember, and fight for all those in our lives that have been affected by cancer. Carleton is a leader in the program—we have raised over $530,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society since 2009 and have held the title as the largest student-run, post-secondary fundraiser in Canada for three years. I have been a part of this organization for four years now. It has proven to be stressful, time-consuming and at times, frustrating to be a part of. And, every year by January I tell myself that I will never do this to myself again, and that it’s too […]

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OPINION: Campus printing services need work

Every time I have to swipe my card to print out yet another sheet of paper, a rush of fear runs through me. What if I don’t have enough print credits? I have the usual five or six sheets to print for my writer’s circle every week, and maybe another eight when I have assignments—but those 10 cents add up, and yet again I find my card empty.  And if it’s not my card that won’t work, it’s the printer in the University Centre—and then I have to run to the nearest building, only to find the printer there is broken too. Despite being students in a digital age, most professors still request hard copies for assignments. Papers only get […]

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Letter: Voting should be a mandatory civic duty

With the abysmal turnouts in most federal elections, not only in Canada, but much of the world, many have been left wondering what can be done to nudge up participation once again. The highest voter turnout this country has ever had—79.4 per cent in 1958—is still a far cry from the entire electorate voting. While controversial, the solution to low turnout is pretty clear. Mandatory voting—though not perfect—offers an obvious answer with relatively few problems. There are a few commonly cited reasons against mandatory voting: it infringes on people’s rights to abstain from voting, and it forces uninformed voters to cast votes they don’t care about that will inform public policy for years. Nonetheless, voting is a civic duty and […]

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EDITORIAL: Carleton should avoid CUPE 4600 strike

After months, negotiations between the Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600 and the university have a familiar threat hanging over them—that of a strike.    CUPE 4600, which represents teaching assistants and contract instructors at Carleton, recently requested a no board report. This means that if no agreement is reached between both sides within 17 days, a strike is likely to occur in early March. A strike would have a severe impact on students. Assignments wouldn’t be marked, and classes taught by contract instructors —which are most of them—wouldn’t take place. This would potentially delay graduations, and impact final projects and theses. OC Transpo buses would also no longer drop students off on campus in a show of […]

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