Editorial: Police must do more for Indigenous women

When Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook’s body was found in the Rideau River by Ottawa police on Sept. 19, they initially announced that her death was not being viewed as suspicious.  A few days later, they decided to investigate it as such. The idea that a body found in a river isn’t suspicious seems like an obvious misstep on the part of the police. Some members of Pootoogook’s family have come forward to say that they immediately felt her death was suspicious, and that she had been attempting to leave a relationship with a man who the police say is not a suspect in their investigation. Pootoogook’s case is not unique, and emphasizes a broader problem in both the local and […]

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Editorial: Criticisms of CFS are valid

Ten student unions, including the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), have signed a letter to the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), criticizing the organization. The letter seeks to improve the CFS by making the organization “more transparent, effective, accountable,” and focused on students. These criticisms are valid and the CFS should take note of them. One of the criticisms in the letter is that CFS staff often have a “dominant” voice over students when it comes to student issues. Collaboration between many student unions across campus and the CFS has been dwindling. In 2014, the federation’s Ontario branch passed a motion supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel. This is an example of the CFS taking a one-sided […]

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Editorial: O-Train continues to disappoint

Five years ago, Ottawa City Council approved a $60-million expansion to the O-Train Trillium line, with the expectation that trip frequency would be reduced to eight minutes. When the upgraded O-Train service launched in March 2015, trains ran every 12 minutes, according to an Ottawa Citizen article. Since then, the service has only been able to increase the frequency to 11 minutes. This is well short of the target city council had for them when they first approved the project. Even OC Transpo has said the service will never have O-trains running every eight minutes. “If anyone is waiting for eight minutes, you aren’t going to get eight minutes,” OC Transpo general manager John Manconi said at a transit commission meeting […]

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Editorial: Pepper spray should not be used by campus security

The University of Windsor is equipping and training campus police with pepper spray, according to CBC Windsor. Several other universities, including the University of Guelph, Brock University, and McMaster University currently allow campus security to use pepper spray, according to a report from the Ontario Association of College and University Security Administrators. Currently, Carleton University also equips its campus security with pepper spray. There is significant potential for campus security to abuse pepper spray use when de-escalating situations. In 2011, campus police at the University of California infamously hosed down peaceful protesters with pepper spray when they refused to move. The situation could have been resolved in a less painful manner. But, because campus security had access to pepper spray, […]

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Editorial: Greek organizations should be allowed to table

Some sororities and fraternities at Carleton University were told last week that they were not allowed to have a table in the University Centre Atrium or in Residence Commons, or congregate in groups on campus, as Greek societies are defined as discriminatory, because they are not open to the entire student body. Carleton has a long-standing rule against allowing discriminatory groups on campus. This decision from the university came abruptly, with no proper communication to the student body. Last year, both fraternities and sororities were allowed to have tables and fundraise as they wished. Greek societies might have a bad reputation for hazing and drunken parties, but they also do philanthropic work and support local charities. These include Relay for Life, […]

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