Letter: March for Life is about preserving humanity

RE: The annual March for Life is a misnomer, May 25-June 28 For over 300 years, the Atlantic Slave Trade saw the cruel mistreatment and forced labour of millions of Africans who were considered an inferior species. From 1939 to 1945, the world saw the murder of six million Jews whom Hitler saw unworthy to live. In 1994, Rwanda witnessed the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsi whom the Hutu ethnic majority deemed as “cockroaches” that needed extermination. Between 2010 and 2014, an average of 56 million unborn babies worldwide have been aborted annually, according to an article from the National Post. The March for Life simply begs the question: who is a person? We don’t have to look far to see […]

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Letter: Londoners showed resilience

Seven people killed, 48 people injured, one senseless act in London. And I was minutes away from the London Bridge at the time. Any one of those people could have been me or one of my friends. Normally when a terrorist attack happens, we hear about it on the news and it’s awful but it does not directly hit home. It is usually an ocean away therefore it is a distant, depressing thought. This past summer I went on an exchange to a beautiful castle in England through the Bader International Study Centre. It was located two hours outside of London and on weekends my friends and I would travel to cities around Europe. On June 3 my friends and […]

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Letter: RRRA electoral process needs change

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) continues to fail the electorate, and embarrass the Carleton community as a whole. Over the course of three months, students have been able to witness the shady underbelly of the organization firsthand, and they have expressed the need for change. Just after 11 p.m. on Feb. 14, the RRRA electoral office, consisting of Jessica Beaudoin-Walker and Zachary Meier, disqualified the Fresh RRRA slate. This was after the team was given a mere three hours to provide an appeal, a direct contravention of standard appeals procedure. The Constitutional Board, which is chaired by Zophia Brobio, then-vice-president (programming), ruled in favour of the electoral office. With a final appeal available to them through the RRRA council, […]

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Editorial: The BoG should take the GSA’s open letter seriously

Carleton’s Board of Governors’ (BoG) decisions to prevent board members from speaking publicly about board meeting decisions has attracted the attention of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT), which is threatening to impose sanctions on the university. In an open letter to Carleton released earlier this month, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) urged the university to carefully consider the impact censure would have on both students and faculty alike. The GSA’s strong stance on potential censure, not to mention previous student protests at BoG meetings, shows that many students do not support the board’s gag order on members and want more transparency from the university’s governing bodies. If Carleton is sanctioned by a large and powerful organization like the […]

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Letter: Cultural appropriation erases the reality of oppression

In light of the controversial “appropriation prize” that led to the resignation of Jonathan Kay, former editor-in-chief of The Walrus, a much-needed discussion on cultural appropriation has risen in Canada. Kay resigned after the publication of an editorial on how cultural appropriation is non-existent. The Twitterverse was in an uproar over Canadian media leaders discussing support for an “appropriation prize.” As a Black woman of Caribbean descent who was born and raised in Canada, an expression of systemic racism that never seems to lose its sting for me is that of cultural appropriation. It successfully combines aspects of white privilege, stereotypes and prejudices, and cultural erasure all in one hot, racist mess and yet it is often defended and justified […]

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