Ontario college students discuss impact of faculty strike

After the five-week long strike came to an end, The Charlatan spoke to two college students about the impact it had on them. Cierra Vandermeer, a third-year behavioural psychology student at St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ont., said she was greatly affected by the strike. “I just [wanted] it to end it as soon as possible,” she said. Vandermeer said she did her best to keep up with the workload, assuming the strike would eventually come to an end. “It [was] hard to do assignments when we [didn’t] have a teacher to guide [us]—we [couldn’t] ask questions . . . we [couldn’t] proceed with our work,” she said. She said the uncertainty of when they would return to classes caused her […]

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Back-to-work legislation ends college faculty strike

The Ontario government passed back-to-work legislation on Nov. 19, ending the five-week college strike. Faculty returned to work on Nov. 20, and classes started again the following day. The legislation was passed after the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), with a 95 per cent turnout, rejected the College Employer Council’s new contract offer by 86 per cent. Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced the back-to-work legislation on Nov. 16 but it was voted down by the New Democratic Party. The legislature tabled the bill again on the weekend and the vote passed on Nov. 19. “It was incredibly heavy handed on the part of the government and incredibly late for an intervention on their part,” said JP Hornick, chair of […]

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Conference brings Indigenous art to campus

The New Sun Conference, held on Mar. 4, was welcomed with the smell of burning sage. The conference, which began 16 years ago, is meant to generate a healthier relationship between the Indigenous community and Carleton University, according to its program. Allan Ryan, the conference’s chair, opened the proceedings with words of greeting in Algonquin, Cree, Mohawk, Inuktitut, French, and English and acknowledged the hospitality of the Algonquin peoples, on whose unceded land Ottawa is situated on. This year’s presenters highlighted the culture of healing and education across communities. The first speaker, Shane Belcourt, a Métis filmmaker from Ottawa whose work has won many awards, said “[Art] is a desire to return to the source from which we came.” He […]

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Letter: LRT no excuse for poor OC Transpo service

With the new light rail transit (LRT) line being built for 2018, I’ve frequently heard OC Transpo struggles described as “short-term pain for long term gain.” This would maybe be acceptable if they were truly short-term, but they’re not. I’ve been using OC Transpo regularly for nearly 10 years, and it’s never failed to consistently let me down. I think pretty much anyone living in Ottawa, especially those who commute from the outskirts, know what I’m talking about. Busses are very often late, sometimes they never come at all, and sometimes they’re filled to the brim with passengers while four empty “out of service” buses whiz by. Other times the stops are so inefficiently located that it takes less time […]

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