Editorial: Electoral offense rulings need to be more transparent

In the recent Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election, the elections office gave out a number of violations for some electoral offenses—but not for other ones. The role of the elections office in the CUSA elections is to be a bridge between students and the electoral process. The office should make the process accessible and transparent to both candidates and the voting population to ensure impartiality. This year however, the office was not transparent in the way it conducted its business. The violations process was obscure and unclear. When asked by The Charlatan for further clarifications on some electoral violations, the CUSA elections office simply declined to comment on the record time and time again. Students are then left with […]

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Editorial: Students need more information on CFS

Members of the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) have recently made actions to leave the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The newly-elected Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive has promised to do the same. Both schools will need to hold a referendum if they want to leave the CFS. At Carleton CUSA needs to ensure students are aware of the what the CFS is, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of the federation, if students are to make a fair and informed decision in such a referendum. This is currently a problem, as the 2012-13 CUSA executive removed all CFS material from CUSA service centres, meaning the majority of students might not even be familiar with the various […]

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Editorial: Students should vote for a mixed executive

In the middle of a Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election, it can be easy and tempting to get caught up in the hype and glitz of a particular slate. The well-crafted messages and eye-catching posters might entice students to vote for that slate in all positions on the CUSA executive. However, students could be better served by a mixed executive—one that isn’t dominated by a single slate. A mixed slate would make CUSA more representative of the undergraduate student body. With diversity, we get different ideas on council, and ones that blanket a variety of issues. A mixed slate will draw on ideas from everyone running, not just one group. This year’s executive benefitted from the inclusion of Ashley […]

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Editorial: CUSA elections have become toxic

Two slates and a handful of independent candidates made for a different Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election this year. With multiple independent candidates running for president, as well as three others for vice-president positions, the voices outside of slates are louder than ever before. This proves a significant rise in the discontent Carleton has with the status quo of student politics. The CUSA executive debate on Jan. 30 was a prime example of said discontent. The crowd was clearly divided, competing for who could be the loudest, while the independent candidates struggled to get their point across—which was ironically their desire to offer an option outside of the divisive slates. On social media, a different battle is being fought. […]

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Editorial: Women’s March shows desire for change

The enormous and unexpected turnout at Ottawa’s Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 21 has been estimated as anywhere between 6,000 and 8,000 people. This is a sign that Canadians of all ages, genders, races, and religions are willing to make themselves visible and stand against a perceived system of sexism, racism, and homophobia. While some critics say protests and marches accomplish nothing, these events offer participants a place to express their fear, anger, and concern in a way that is distinctly visible. They also keep people from becoming complacent, and educate bystanders on issues that matter. Ottawa’s march sends a strong feminist message, not only to the new Trump administration, but also to politicians here at home who may […]

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