RRRA budget passed

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) passed their 2017-18 budget at its meeting on Dec. 7. RRRA was forced to delay passing the budget at their last meeting after questions regarding money allotted to executive tuitions were raised. During the November meeting, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Zameer Masjedee questioned why RRRA had budgeted $43,509 for their tuition credits, a number he said should have been much lower. RRRA executives receive compensation from Carleton for 1.5 credits, as per the association’s bylaws. When RRRA was unable to explain the amount allocated for executive tuition, council voted unanimously to postpone the budget vote. At the Dec. 7 meeting, RRRA president Hyder Naqvi explained that the money in question covered the […]

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CUSA axes The Raven yearbook

On Aug. 31, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) approved its operating budget for the 2017-18 year, which included a decision to cut funding to the yearbook completely. The Raven was a project resumed last school year after a 36-year hiatus. The decision to cut the funding was made due to the yearbook being “not the most popular item,” according to Gavin Resch, CUSA’s vice-president (finance). In the 2015-16 year, CUSA made $16,180 off yearbook sales after budgeting for $25,000 in revenue. In the 2016-17 year, which also falls on Carleton’s 75th anniversary, CUSA projected revenue to be $35,000 for the yearbook, but fell short of its prediction and made $18,225 in sales. Zameer Masjedee, CUSA’s president, said the yearbook […]

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CUSA budget affects changes to Oliver’s, Haven Books

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council passed its operating budget for the year, with major financial changes to businesses such as Oliver’s Pub & Patio and Haven Books. This year’s budget features $2.4 million in funding, roughly $200,000 more than what was approved last year. The largest area of change is directed towards Oliver’s. Whereas last year’s overhead costs for paper supplies and other disposable cutlery came to just over $23,000, the decision to switch to reusable dishes and cutlery have lowered its budget slot to only $8,000, resulting in $10,000 in savings even after purchasing the new tableware. According to Gavin Resch, CUSA’s vice-president (finance), one of the main issues in previous years was the food quality at […]

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Carleton exceeds snow removal budget this year

Carleton went over its snow removal budget this year as Ottawa received more snowfall, although it’s unclear how much more it cost. Ottawa received 300 centimetres of snowfall this winter, according to Environment Canada. It increased from 203.3 centimetres in 2015-16 and 194.8 centimetres in 2014-15. Carleton’s budget for summer landscaping and snow removal is $600,000 annually, according to Kevin Gallinger, Carleton’s director of maintenance services. Cedar Springs Limited (CSL), an outside company, does the work. Gallinger said the budget accounts for 254 centimetres of snow, and the school pays extra for further snow removal. Carleton went over the budget in 2017, he said. But the university isn’t sure how much it will cost them this year, Gallinger said. “We […]

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Funding boost for youth jobs and Indigenous students detailed in budget

The federal Liberal government will boost funding for youth jobs, and add grants for part-time, adult and Indigenous students. But it fell short of meeting several promises from the 2015 federal election. Unlike last year, when the federal government raised the maximum Canada Student Grant for low-income students to $3,000, there was no additional spending pledges or actions regarding low- or middle-income students. The Liberals also left the threshold that any graduate will not have to repay the federal portion of their student loans until they are earning an annual income of at least $25,000 untouched. The budget for the 2017-18 year was announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 22. Part-time students eligible for more grants The federal government […]

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