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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Editorial: Rivalry Series needs to grow

The annual Panda Game between the Carleton Ravens and University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees broke the attendance record once again, and it was the largest attendance for a regular season Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) football game in over twenty years, according to the CIS. But while the popularity of the Ravens-Gee-Gees rivalry is thriving on the football field, it is struggling elsewhere. Carleton is promoting a “Rivalry Series” of games between the two schools, but aside from Panda Game, the advertising has been minimal at best. The men’s hockey rivalry will reignite in the Colonel By Classic on Oct. 19, but promotion has been weak in comparison to the Panda Game. While it’s logical to mark the return of […]

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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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