Juno Awards take over Ottawa for the week

Legends were honoured, diversity was recognized and Canadian music was celebrated at the 2017 Juno Awards in Ottawa. The week-long festivities ran from March 27 to April 2 and featured a variety of events and performances to celebrate Canada 150, all culminating in the Juno Awards show at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mayor Jim Watson said he was pleased the Juno Awards were back in Ottawa for the third time. “This is a very exciting time in our city’s history,” Watson told The Charlatan in an interview. “We worked really hard to attract them here, so we’re delighted with all of the programs leading up to the big awards.” The awards helped bring many popular local artists back to Ottawa. […]

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Opinion: Runte’s influence is undeniable – for better or worse

Carleton University president Roseann Runte has overseen the school during an interesting time in its history, a period in which the school has institutionally matured within an increasingly hyper-technological and market-driven society with shifting attitudes. She was the first female president of Carleton—a tenure lasting nine years of its 75-year history. On March 23, she told the school’s board of governors she’d be resigning effective July 31, pursuing a role as president and CEO of the Canada Foundation for Innovation In her role as president, Runte was tasked with defining the university’s vision and overseeing its running, forging relations with the community, industry and the government, and presiding over major school events. The president’s influence can trickle down to the […]

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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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Vagina Monologues discuss tough issues

Carleton University’s Vaginas Against Violence (VAV) group held their annual production of The Vagina Monologues this weekend. The Vagina Monologues are a series of skits and poems that are meant to give voice to women’s issues related to the gendered violence and patriarchy that exists in the world today. The Monologues share personal experiences, promote self love and empowerment. The acts are very entertaining and humorous, as well as deeply personal and emotional. The show successfully created an accepting environment right off the bat by starting with a very comical skit. Three girls confidently discuss loving their vaginas and make fun of negative connotations associated with the word, referring to the vagina as “the temple of poon,” “Vag-mahal,” and the […]

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Versefest event brings poetry to Carleton

Versefest, an annual Ottawa poetry festival, held a reading March 22 at Carleton University. Featuring poets Kayla Czaga and Paisley Rekdal, the reading was organized by the festival in collaboration with Carleton’s Department of English. Czaga, a British Columbia native, has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for her book For Your Safety Please Hold On. She read works from that book as well as from a manuscript currently in the works. Her poetry featured plenty of B.C. imagery, as well as tributes to her father and elementary school math exercises. Rekdal’s poetry covered topics including the loss of her grandmother, as well as the early Hollywood star Mae West. She read a series of sonnets about West, complete […]

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