Editorial: Our Turn shows students’ dissatisfaction with SVP

While Carleton’s sexual violence policy may have been passed by the Board of Governors (BoG) in December 2016, the controversy and debate it has created have far from subsided. Our Turn Carleton, a student-led taskforce seeking to implement programs to address sexual violence at Carleton, has worked to develop what they see as a more suitable solution by creating their own sexual violence prevention and support programs. While former Carleton president Roseann Runte said the sexual violence policy passed by the BoG “received strong student support,” Our Turn Carleton organizer Caitlin Salvino said her group continues to speak out against the policy because its creation and implementation “was primarily led by members of the university administration.” The fact that students […]

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Opinion: Millennials shouldn’t be shamed

According to a recent study in the UK, many young people don’t identify as millennials, and don’t perceive their Generation Z cohorts in an especially positive light. This mass identity crisis, according to the survey, stems from the enormous stigma that surrounds millennials. The word “millennial” has come to symbolize an egocentric group of whiny youths, and an entire generation has taken to self-loathing because of the prejudices they face. This kind of anti-millennial rhetoric is nothing new. You can’t go a day without reading a headline attacking millennials, such as “Avocados are Endangered Because Millennials Buy Too Much Toast.” Shared and liked by baby boomers with a Facebook account, these articles are denigrating an enormous age group with biased […]

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Letter: Religious rights shouldn’t override women’s rights

RE: March for Life is about preserving humanity, June 28-July 26 The nonsensical notion that life begins at conception is a religious conceit. If your faith is such that you believe that a child exists from the moment of conception then it’s your right to make your own decisions about your health and physical autonomy based on that. But, as with so many things that are part of personal faith, when people seek to impose those beliefs on others, it ceases to become a matter of faith and then becomes an issue of systemic and cultural oppression. The freedom of religion identified in the Fundamental Freedoms section of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms applies to protect the freedom […]

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Editorial: Bluesfest security needs great improvement

With crowds at this year’s Bluesfest being violent and borderline riotous, particularly at the Migos concert, it is clear that organizers should have better anticipated the crowds, in retrospect of similar incidents at Kanye West’s 2015 Bluesfest performance. The heat, the overwhelming crowds, and the presence of underage intoxication made the environment at Bluesfest unsafe and uncomfortable for music fans and festival volunteers alike. The organization of crowd control put many people in danger that just wanted to enjoy the music. With what seemed like little or no concern for the safety of the public, staff and volunteers, Bluesfest organizers seemed to be more concerned about the number of people in attendance rather than the number of attendees the festival […]

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Letter: Hopes of defeating Trump are wearing thin

Last week, all over the news, you’d have thought that a dictator had just been overthrown. From Facebook and Twitter to CNN or the Washington Post, the verdict was that both the repeal of Obamacare and the ascendency of Trump-care had been defeated once and for all. There was also, in case you hadn’t been sick of hearing about presidential emails already, fresh news last week of Donald Trump Jr. tweeting away his fifth-amendment right and practically confessing to collusion with the Russian government. Trump denounced it, the liberals cheered it, and the Democrats popped open the champagne and chanted again, “Ding, dong, the Trump is dead.” I remember several months ago when Trump announced his first travel ban: it […]

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