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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CUSA receives “A” in free speech rating, report receives backlash

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) released its annual report on freedom of speech on campus, with the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) improving its rating from a B to an A. According to the report, this shift was largely based on CUSA’s adoption of a new freedom of expression policy. In April 2015, CUSA’s council passed a motion recognizing the importance of free speech. The “Support for Freedom of Expression Policy” was based on a template provided by the JCCF. The 2015 Campus Freedom Index measures the state of free speech at 55 public Canadian universities. The JCCF ranks both universities and student unions by awarding them a grade of A, B, C, D, or F. They grade […]

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