Editorial: Students need to engage in referendum

From Dec. 6-7 students will go to the polls to decide in a referendum whether or not future students should pay $80 annually, tied to inflation, for a Student Union Building. Current students won’t pay a dime, but this doesn’t mean they shouldn’t care about the implications of the referendum. Every student should get involved and vote one way or the other. Sure, if you’re a current student at Carleton you won’t be affected by the outcome of the referendum, but the results will be important. If the referendum passes, future students will get a new building and pay an extra $40 per semester, plus inflation. If it fails, they won’t. We owe it to future Carleton students to get […]

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Editorial: More financial support needed for students studying abroad

A recently released report from the Canadian Bureau for International Education found that 86 per cent of Canadian students are interested in studying abroad. However, the report also found that 80 per cent of students would require financial assistance in order to participate in an exchange program. So it comes at no surprise that a very low percentage of students actually do end up studying abroad. The costs of going to school in a foreign country are high: students are not only required to pay tuition to their home university, but must also cover travel costs and living expenses, as well as adding on an extra semester or academic year to their studies. Studying abroad is also mandatory to students […]

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Editorial: A Trump presidency is no joking matter

As the reality of a Donald Trump presidency starts to set in, many Canadians seem relieved that they are merely watching American politics from north of the border. But a Trump presidency, like all American presidencies, will have far-reaching effects on us, and Canadians should be aware of that. Our relationship with America is vital to both the Canadian economy and the well-being of the Canadian people. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have to deal with potentially re-negotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement soon, along with a slew of other policies. Trudeau has been criticized for responding to Trump’s victory diplomatically, but it’s important to remember that he needs to ensure the Canadian-American relationship stays strong. Moreover, Trump’s views […]

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Editorial: Women’s-only gym hour deserves respectful debate

Recently, the group campaigning for a women’s-only gym hour at Carleton reported that some of their posters had been torn down. At the same time, there have been many negative comments bashing the campaign on Facebook, and an online petition against the campaign. This is disappointing for a number of reasons. If you disagree with a campaign, there are ways to express that disagreement that don’t involve vandalizing or tearing down posters, or posting rude comments online. It is clear that people have very strong feelings about this subject. However, instead of attacking each other, we should find a way to discuss the idea of a women’s-only gym hour respectfully. The whole point of the campaign is to judge whether […]

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Editorial: Construction not an excuse for lack of accessibility

Carleton University aims to have the most accessible campus in North America, according to its website. The Paul Menton Centre (PMC) is heralded for its work with disability support services at Carleton. Despite this, it seems like Carleton’s commitment to accessibility is forgotten as soon as ground is broken on a new construction project. With the new fare gates going in at Carleton’s O-Train stop, almost the entire area has been fenced off, including the area that someone in a wheelchair would normally use to access the platform. A narrow pavement strip has been laid down to access the stop, which must be used by everyone, including wheelchair users, but is hardly wide enough for two people to walk shoulder-to-shoulder. […]

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