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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Editorial: Carleton needs to promote its science faculty

On Sept. 9, it was announced that Carleton University would be one of seven universities involved in creating the Canadian Particle Astrophysics Research Centre. This is a huge step for Carleton’s physics department, and another accomplishment in a long list of scientific achievements for the Faculty of Science that students remain largely unaware of. Carleton science has a lot to celebrate, however science is not a program that comes to mind when you think of Carleton. In 2012, four Carleton graduate students were involved in the discovery of the Higgs boson particle at the world-renowned European Organization for Nuclear Research. Current faculty members hold Canada Research Chair positions and in 2016, Carleton scientists worked at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory (SNO), […]

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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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