Editorial: Fitness must be accessible

According to Carleton University’s website, the school is committed to having “barrier free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are studying, visiting and working at Carleton.” But accessibility is more than just having an accessible building and the ability to access services on campus. It also includes creating accessible opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in all aspects of student life, including fitness and sport. Though the campus gym offers some accessible fitness equipment, these are not enough to give all students equal fitness training opportunities. More accessible gym equipment in the fitness centre could make Carleton a training hub for para-athletes in the Ottawa region. Perhaps Carleton does not have enough para-student-athletes currently to create competitive para-sport teams, […]

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Editorial: Recognize students’ experience of rape culture

Part-time Carleton University professor Robert Sibley shared his opinions on Carleton’s new sexual assault policy in a letter to the Ottawa Citizen. According to Sibley, rape culture does not exist on our campus, and the assumption it does is due to “propaganda” rather than fact. The denial of the existence of rape culture, as well as the normalization of blame put on those who have experienced sexual assault or sexual harrassment on campus, disrespects and belittles their accounts. Carleton does not exist in a vacuum that is different from the rest of society—according to statistics from the YWCA, there are 460,000 sexual assaults in all of Canada every year. Belittling the accounts of those who have experienced a sexual assault […]

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Editorial: City shouldn’t ban hookah on patios

On Aug. 31, Ottawa City Council voted to ban people from smoking water pipes, also known as hookahs, on outdoor restaurant and bar patios. The new ban is both unfounded and will do little to stop young people from smoking. The city stated in a press release that it wants to de-normalize smoking for youth and young adults. A 2013 report from the University of Waterloo states that smoking rates in Canadian youth is already low. The same study found that only around three per cent of people aged 15 to 24 reported smoking a water pipe in the last 30 days. This means that it is by no means a normalized behaviour for the overwhelming majority of young people. […]

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Editorial: Students need to be aware of support services

Many students are unaware of the wide variety of support services Carleton University offers to its students. First-year students especially face many challenges transitioning to university, and the last thing they need to worry about is struggling alone, unsure of where to go for help. It’s great that Carleton has options like the Paul Menton Centre and Health and Counselling Services, but students don’t always know which service will meet their needs or where they are located on campus. Carleton should increase its efforts, especially during frosh week, to make all students more aware of their services, how to access them, and what needs they serve. The Carleton website should offer a more accessible approach to connecting students to the […]

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Editorial: All interns should be paid

The Treasury Board is currently reviewing why a dozen federal agencies and departments are ignoring a federal policy by not paying some of their interns. According to the CBC, the Treasury Board of Canada must ensure interns accepted for federal positions are paid, unless an academic program or co-op placement forbids the intern from receiving payment. The list of federal organizations employing unpaid interns includes the Canadian Space Agency, the Depatrment of National Defence, and Public Safety Canada, among several others. Unpaid internships are unacceptable. These organizations should be paying their interns, especially since they represent the federal government. Many students are already struggling with student debt, while some students are also balancing part-time work. If you add a full-time, […]

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