Editorial: After earning renown, Carleton can still improve

Since its founding in 1942, Carleton University has come a long way. With over 24,000 full and part-time students, and more than 875 staff, the university has become nationally renowned for programs in journalism, public affairs, and high technology. Although Carleton has been a role model in the academic sphere, it still has a long way to go regarding accessibility and student policies. Everyone has felt despair when the O-train is out of service or when the stairs to Tory quad are treacherously coated with ice. Not to mention, Carleton’s sidewalks have been seriously neglected, making navigating campus extremely difficult for students and professors requiring higher accessibility. With all the political push this year to change our sexual violence policy […]

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OC Transpo installs fare gates in front of Carleton O-Train stop

Carleton’s O-Train stop is under heavy construction as OC Transpo installs fare gates in front of the station. This is part of a modernization of fare systems coming to all train stops in 2017, according to Pat Scrimgeour, director of Transit Customer Systems and Planning for OC Transpo. The fare gate system is expected to be ready at the Trillium Line stations-including the Carleton O-Train Station-in 2017 to allow for riders to get familiar with it before Confederation Line stations open in 2018, Scrimgeour said in an email. “A new fare control strategy is required to provide a fully integrated multi-modal transit fare control system that meets the needs of customers, and allows for the efficient movement of people,” he […]

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Editorial: Construction not an excuse for lack of accessibility

Carleton University aims to have the most accessible campus in North America, according to its website. The Paul Menton Centre (PMC) is heralded for its work with disability support services at Carleton. Despite this, it seems like Carleton’s commitment to accessibility is forgotten as soon as ground is broken on a new construction project. With the new fare gates going in at Carleton’s O-Train stop, almost the entire area has been fenced off, including the area that someone in a wheelchair would normally use to access the platform. A narrow pavement strip has been laid down to access the stop, which must be used by everyone, including wheelchair users, but is hardly wide enough for two people to walk shoulder-to-shoulder. […]

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Trudeau speaks at youth forum on accessibility at Carleton

Carleton hosted a youth forum on accessibility issues in Fenn Lounge on Nov. 1, which featured appearances by Carla Qualtrough, the minister of sport and persons with disabilities, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The invitation-only event brought together youth from across the country who are involved in the accessibility community to discuss what the federal government should include in the upcoming Canadians with Disabilities Act. Deborah Tunis, a former director general of the Office for Disability Issues, said she has been travelling across the country to get input from the public on what the legislation should look like. She said the youth voice needed to be included. “There will be public consultations in Ottawa, but it was felt that it […]

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Editorial: Fitness must be accessible

According to Carleton University’s website, the school is committed to having “barrier free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are studying, visiting and working at Carleton.” But accessibility is more than just having an accessible building and the ability to access services on campus. It also includes creating accessible opportunities for students with disabilities to participate in all aspects of student life, including fitness and sport. Though the campus gym offers some accessible fitness equipment, these are not enough to give all students equal fitness training opportunities. More accessible gym equipment in the fitness centre could make Carleton a training hub for para-athletes in the Ottawa region. Perhaps Carleton does not have enough para-student-athletes currently to create competitive para-sport teams, […]

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