Editorial: Cuts to service centre hours hurt students

Students working as service centre co-ordinators for the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) will see their hours cut in half over the summer, from 20 hours a week to 10 per co-ordinator. Cutting these hours is a bad idea, as it reduces the amount of time service centre co-ordinators have over the summer to familiarize themselves with the position. Although demand for service centres is certainly lower in the summer, as there are fewer students on campus, reducing their opening hours will be detrimental to those students who do still need access to these centres. Having a service centre open for just 20 hours a week greatly limits when students will be able to access services. If the hours are […]

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Editorial: Collective agreement needs long-term solutions

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600, the union that represents contract instructors and teaching assistants at Carleton Univeresity, went on strike early March 6 before quickly reaching a truce with administration on a new collective agreement. The union and administration have been negotiating for weeks over the amount employees are paid, the ratio of students to instructors in classes, and job security. The last time the collective agreement came up for negotiation in 2014, the talks continued into the early a.m. of the day the union could legally strike. Hopefully the new collective agreement will be a long-term solution, and the same problems will not come up when the agreement is next up for negotiation. The union made […]

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Editorial: Tumultuous year hindering U SPORTS’ growth

When U SPORTS announced their rebrand back in Oct. 2016, CEO Graham Brown said it would change “the way university sports are consumed in a fast-changing digital era.” But the digital era doesn’t appear to be embracing U SPORTS, as the broadcasting numbers on Sportsnet platforms have trended downwards over the last three years. Since the start of the 2014-15 academic year, the total average viewership has declined, and U SPORTS will be lucky if they manage to snap that trend this year. For every highlight, such as an average total viewership of 529,000 during the 2016 Vanier Cup, there has been a lowlight, one being the average total viewership of 9,000 during the 2016 national men’s basketball championship final. […]

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Editorial: O-Train shutdown is unnecessary

In three years’ time, the O-Train will be shut down for 16 months, to allow for the second phase of the $3.6 billion Light Rail Transit (LRT) expansion, according to the Ottawa Citizen. During that time, the train will be replaced by bus service in the form of the 107, which is usually used when there are disruptions to O-Train service. This shutdown will have an immense impact on students, many of whom rely on the O-Train to commute. Unlike the train, buses are prone to getting stuck in traffic, thereby adding to the length of trips and overall wait times. At the same time, while the O-Train has a capacity of 285 people, an articulated bus only has 53 […]

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Editorial: University rankings can’t be taken seriously

Ottawa was voted in by students as the best city to study, in a new ranking category as part of QS World University Rankings’ annual list of the top 10 cities to study in the world. It’s important to remember rankings like this aren’t necessarily reflective of what most students think. Around 18,000 students took part in the voting process, ranking the top cities based on factors such as affordability, employment opportunities, diversity, tolerance and inclusion, and ease of getting around. While Ottawa was apparently the clear winner, beating out cities such as Montreal, Boston, and Shanghai, a number of students will probably disagree with Ottawa’s place on the list due to their experience living in the city for many […]

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