Editorial: Low-income bus pass helps everyone, including students

Ottawa will introduce a low-income transit pass in 2017. The pass is expected to cost $57 per month, and around 4,700 people will be eligible. A low-income transit pass is a step in the right direction to help residents who live below the poverty line, as well as part-time and summer students who don’t qualify for a U-Pass. However, if only 4,700 people are eligible it’s unlikely students will qualify for this low-income transit pass.The city should examine options in the future to make the pass accessible to more people. The expected cost is also a bit higher than some low-income transit pass advocates were expecting. A spokesperson for City for All Women Initiative told the Ottawa Citizen that a […]

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Editorial: Schools shouldn’t cut academic journals

The University of Ottawa’s (U of O) plan to cut access to thousands of academic journals is a bad decision for students who rely on a variety of research materials. U of O has stated that the cuts will help make up for a budget shortfall of over $1.5 million. There are other solutions to this issue that do not directly impact the students who pay the university money not only to learn, but to also have access to an adequate selection of academic resources. It is unjust to punish students and researchers by limiting research materials because of a budget issue, as quality of education should be a university’s number one priority. One can make the argument that cutting […]

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Editorial: Campus rehearsal spaces should be more accessible

The university needs to make rehearsal spaces for arts groups on campus easier to access. Many groups on campus say they struggle to find useable rehearsal spaces, and that the system for booking the rooms is inefficient and doesn’t suit their needs. Theatre groups have to practice in rooms where desks are bolted to the floor, dance groups resort to dancing in the atrium, and sound-proof music rooms are often only available to music students. The current system requires groups to contact the student affairs online to book a room at least 10 days in advance. However, the system often struggles to match students with rooms that suit their needs, and is poorly advertised so that many groups don’t even […]

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Editorial: Bathroom cleanliness is the school’s responsibility

A recent student petition is trying to bring attention to the lack of cleanliness of the washrooms on campus, specifically the gender-neutral one on the third floor of the University Centre (UC). “The overflowing toilets are neglected,” the petition states, “and students have taken it upon themselves to write warning signs on the doors.” The petition illustrates an important issue on campus: while there are some clean washrooms on campus, many are not. The first floor washroom in the River Building frequently smells terrible, and the floor is often covered in toilet paper, especially later on in the day. According to a timesheet posted inside the washrooms, they’re apparently cleaned two to three times a day. While part of the […]

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Editorial: Student feedback is more than a formality

Carleton University sent an email to all students asking for feedback on the first draft of the university’s sexual violence policy Oct. 6. The email leads to a page where students can say what they think about the policy. The deadline for students to give feedback on the policy is Oct. 28 and the second draft will be voted on by the university’s Board of Governors (BoG) on Dec. 1. Asking all students for feedback is exactly what the university should be doing with a policy this important, but students’ comments need to be carefully considered and actually influence the next draft of the policy. Moreover, with the deadline for student feedback being Oct. 28, it seems that the university […]

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