Minimum wage hike stirs debate at Carleton

After Ontario’s minimum wage increased by more than 20 per cent in January, Carleton businesses are readjusting their business models to balance the increase. On Jan. 1, Ontario’s general minimum wage increased to $14 per hour from $11.60 for workers who are 18 years or older. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for servers went from $10.10 to $12.20 per hour. The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) owns and operates Mike’s Place, a bar in the University Centre. Taylor Howarth, the GSA’s vice-president (finance), said the wage increase is not “a major hurdle,” but requires planning to adjust. “On the book’s analysis . . . it’s going to cost Mike’s Place more money,” Howarth said. “If you look at it from a labour […]

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GSA Midterm Review

Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) Promise: Enhance student involvement by promoting safe spaces and creating opportunities for representation amongst marginalized students. Yes: According to GSA president Eric Hitsman, engagement among graduate students has been boosted, thanks to the creation of an outreach co-ordinator position. “The outreach co-ordinator’s job is to go around and try and mobilize students so they’re in charge of social media type things and planning events and getting the different committees that we have started together,” Hitsman said. He also added that the GSA has created both a committee for racialized students, which has been extremely active in meeting and planning events, as well as an international student committee. He stated by advocating for these committees, the GSA’s […]

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Carleton hosts book launch and panel on racism in Canada

“I woke up when they put Trayvon [Martin] to sleep.” This was one of the quotes (originally said by poet Shanice Nicole) that Robyn Maynard gave as she began her talk on her new book Policing Black Lives: State Violence in Canada From Slavery to the Present. On Oct.12, the Senate Room in Robertson Hall was packed with spectators awaiting the arrival of Maynard and the panel. Every chair was filled, and the room was crowded with people standing for the entire three-hour discussion.   The panel consisted of four speakers: Maynard, and three locals, Grace Adeniyi Ogunyankin, Chelby Daigle, and Keya Prempeh, all who shared their own experiences with anti-blackness in the Ottawa area.  The event was curated by […]

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Anti-immigration posters removed from campus

Carleton has removed posters from the Canadian chapter of an international anti-immigration group after they were spotted on campus on Sept. 11. The posters were part of a recruiting effort by Generation Identity. The group defines itself as an “Ethno-Nationalist and Identitarian youth movement” that aims to “re-instill traditional western values” in Canada by advocating against immigration from non-European countries, according to its website. Carleton students shared photos of the posters on Twitter and alerted the university. “Thanks for letting us know. We’ve spotted the posters and are removing them. Carleton has zero tolerance for posters like these,” the Carleton Newsroom account tweeted. The university released a joint statement with the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) and Carleton Undergraduate Students’ Association […]

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CUSA council approves 2017-18 budget

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) council passed its 2017-18 budget and voted to link sexual violence prevention training to clubs and societies’ funding for the academic year at an Aug. 31 meeting. Our Turn Carleton, a sexual violence prevention taskforce spearheaded by the Graduate Students’ Association and CUSA, brought the motion to council after a previous motion to tie clubs and societies’ summer funding to sexual violence prevention training passed unanimously at a June 19 meeting. The proposal states that in order for clubs and societies to receive their full annual funding, at least five members of each group must receive training. Groups who do not meet this training requirement would only receive half of their funding after the […]

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