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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EDITORIAL: Carleton should avoid CUPE 4600 strike

After months, negotiations between the Canadian Union for Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4600 and the university have a familiar threat hanging over them—that of a strike.    CUPE 4600, which represents teaching assistants and contract instructors at Carleton, recently requested a no board report. This means that if no agreement is reached between both sides within 17 days, a strike is likely to occur in early March. A strike would have a severe impact on students. Assignments wouldn’t be marked, and classes taught by contract instructors —which are most of them—wouldn’t take place. This would potentially delay graduations, and impact final projects and theses. OC Transpo buses would also no longer drop students off on campus in a show of […]

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