Opinion: Police solidarity wristbands are disrespectful

It’s no secret that we live in times of heightened tension. It seems nearly all sides of the socio-political landscape nowadays have some form of unwavering opinion bubbling just below the surface, just waiting for the right moment for outrage. One of the more perplexing and complicated conflicts in recent memory has pitted civilians against law enforcement. Unfortunately, thanks to numerous high-profile shootings and deaths of racial minorities at the hands of the police, public confidence in police has swayed. In response to public opinion turning against them, the police have created their own activist movement, Blue Lives Matter, after two NYPD officers were targeted and killed on-duty. Closer to home, Toronto cops are no longer welcome in uniform at […]

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Opinion: Runte’s influence is undeniable – for better or worse

Carleton University president Roseann Runte has overseen the school during an interesting time in its history, a period in which the school has institutionally matured within an increasingly hyper-technological and market-driven society with shifting attitudes. She was the first female president of Carleton—a tenure lasting nine years of its 75-year history. On March 23, she told the school’s board of governors she’d be resigning effective July 31, pursuing a role as president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation In her role as president, Runte was tasked with defining the university’s vision and overseeing its running, forging relations with the community, industry and the government, and presiding over major school events. The president’s influence can trickle down to the […]

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Letter: Canada must take a stronger stance on anti-nuclear weapons

States are currently meeting at the United Nations headquarters in New York to begin negotiations on a treaty prohibiting nuclear weapons. This meeting is the most important multilateral initiative in nuclear disarmament since the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) came into effect in 1970. Although it is party to NPT, Canada has announced that it will not participate in the ban-treaty talks, thus publicly standing with the few who support continued existence of nuclear weapons. Canada has not had nuclear weapons on its territory since 1984, when US Genie air-to-air missiles were returned to the United States from Canadian airbases. The country has also renounced the acquisition and production of nuclear weapons, making it the first country with the capacity to […]

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Letter: Phoenix pay problems continue to haunt students

Last year, I remember reading the horror stories published regularly on the news about government workers not being paid because of the new Phoenix system. Students having to live off rice and Mr. Noodles, delay tuition payments, and take up second jobs because they weren’t being paid. New mothers not receiving maternity pay, borrowing money and scrounging to make ends meet. I remember one of my friends, a fellow government worker, telling me he was considering going bankrupt to eliminate debt that he now had because he hadn’t been paid by Phoenix. These are just some examples of the 80,000 employees last year that were negatively affected by Phoenix. I read and listened and sympathized to these stories, and remember […]

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Letter: The budget deficit is another broken promise

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the federal budget on March 22, and the Liberal government is again running a deficit three times larger than promised in the electoral campaign, nearing $30 billion. ($28.6 billion, to be exact.) They had campaigned on running three modest deficits of $10 billion, and said the fourth year of their mandate would end in a surplus. After all, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “budgets balance themselves.” They tried to compensate for their spending with a number of tax hikes. Ubers will now cost more, and so will alcohol. Way to make college life more expensive. But tax hikes can’t completely cover the government’s spending, resulting in the deficit. So why does it matter if […]

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