Carleton sets record for healthy workplace awards with Excellence Canada

Carleton is the first post-secondary school in Canada to receive three Excellence Canada awards for having a healthy workplace environment. This year, Carleton received a platinum-level certification in the Healthy Workplace category and a silver-level certification in the Mental Health at Work category. The finance and administration department also received a gold-level award in the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness category. According to its website, Excellence Canada is a “not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to advancing organizational performance across Canada.” The website stated that the Healthy Workplace category analyzes “the operational elements that affect psychological and physical health and safety,” while the Mental Health at Work category assesses whether an organization is meeting the requirements of the National Standard of Canada […]

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Editorial: Improve housing resources for students with disabilities

Carleton University has a reputation for being a world leader in accessibility on campus, but the new funding campaign for off-campus accessible housing being piloted by the Carleton University Students’ Association is a long overdue effort to help students with disabilities find off-campus housing. Tuition and residence fees are already steep for students, and off-campus housing is a cheaper alternative. But students with disabilities are often excluded from this option, as they face particular challenges in looking for off-campus housing, as accessible housing is not common, in particular, housing within a reasonable distance of campus. While this collaborative funding initiative is a good first step towards alleviating this issue, the initiative to eliminate barriers towards off-campus housing shouldn’t piloted by […]

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Students host transgender mental health panel

Jack.org hosted a panel at Rooster’s Coffeehouse to discuss mental health issues facing the transgender community on Nov. 14. According to the official Facebook event, the panel featured four speakers: Cameron Rose Jette, a non-binary trans student and mental health advocate with Jack.org; Fae Johnstone, a queer non-binary and transfeminine community organizer, public speaker and advocate on LGBTQ+ identities and mental health; Leyla Shahid, a masters graduate who has just begun working with Foundations and Pathways Ottawa program; and RJ, a Saulteaux–Cree two spirit, non-binary and queer multimedia artist and gender and sexuality educator. According to Carleton’s chapter of jack.org, the organization is a network of young people working to end the stigma surrounding mental health and to better the […]

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Students win $5,000 at first Innovation Jam

A group of nine students won $5,000 after pitching their “Complete Compost” idea at Ottawa’s first sustainability challenge Innovation Jam, held at Carleton on Nov. 9. The event was organized by Student Energy Carleton (SEC), the first Ontario chapter of an international organization that aims to develop sustainable energy alternatives to fossil fuels and foster innovation among university students. According to Roberto Chavez, SEC president, the idea of an Innovation Jam originated from an executive trip to Mexico to attend the Student Energy Summit in June. “We saw an Innovation Jam, and we thought ‘this is the coolest thing, this is what we are about.’ So we thought that the best way to start our year was to have one […]

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SHAD Carleton smashes award record

The SHAD Carleton team, Kameleon, recently won an unprecedented five out of seven awards at the annual John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup on Oct. 26, besting 800 other Canadian high school students. SHAD is a summer entrepreneurship and enrichment program for high school students, that runs for the duration of July. It allows students to expand their skills in the STEAM fields—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math—while attending lectures, participating in labs and workshops, and testing innovative ideas. Kameleon’s winning idea consisted of a paint formula applied to roof shingles that turns black during the night to absorb heat, and white during the day to repel and reflect heat outwards, changing colour like its namesake: a chameleon. The invention allows the […]

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