Editorial: O-Train shutdown is unnecessary

In three years’ time, the O-Train will be shut down for 16 months, to allow for the second phase of the $3.6 billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) expansion, according to the Ottawa Citizen. During that time, the train will be replaced by bus service in the form of the 107, which is usually used when there are disruptions to O-Train service. This shutdown will have an immense impact on students, many of whom rely on the O-Train to commute. Unlike the train, buses are prone to getting stuck in traffic, thereby adding to the length of trips and overall wait times. At the same time, while the O-Train has a capacity of 285 people, an articulated bus only has 53 […]

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Editorial: University rankings can’t be taken seriously

Ottawa was voted in by students as the best city to study, in a new ranking category as part of QS World University Rankings’ annual list of the top 10 cities to study in the world. It’s important to remember rankings like this aren’t necessarily reflective of what most students think. Around 18,000 students took part in the voting process, ranking the top cities based on factors such as affordability, employment opportunities, diversity, tolerance and inclusion, and ease of getting around. While Ottawa was apparently the clear winner, beating out cities such as Montreal, Boston, and Shanghai, a number of students will probably disagree with Ottawa’s place on the list due to their experience living in the city for many […]

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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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EDITORIAL: Term limits needed in CUSA

In the recent elections for both the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) current executives have run for a new position on the executive or as incumbents. Zameer Masjedee and Alexandra Noguera, both current CUSA executives, were re-elected to the 2017/18 executive, and Hyder Naqvi, current RRRA president, is running for re-election. While neither organization has term limits in their constitutions, there should be a one-year limit on executive members. The values and ideas students care about, and the population of students who make up the membership of the student body, are always changing—for this reason, so should the executives. When student association executives—also students—run for re-election, they stop new ideas from coming into […]

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Editorial: Electoral offense rulings need to be more transparent

In the recent Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election, the elections office gave out a number of violations for some electoral offenses—but not for other ones. The role of the elections office in the CUSA elections is to be a bridge between students and the electoral process. The office should make the process accessible and transparent to both candidates and the voting population to ensure impartiality. This year however, the office was not transparent in the way it conducted its business. The violations process was obscure and unclear. When asked by The Charlatan for further clarifications on some electoral violations, the CUSA elections office simply declined to comment on the record time and time again. Students are then left with […]

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