Q+A: Carleton prof on winning GG award

Carleton linguistics professor Marie-Odile Junker was honoured with the Governor General’s Innovation Award on May 24 in recognition of her work in preserving Algonquian languages and developing linguistic resources for communities across Canada. The Charlatan interviewed Junker on her award, the appeal of Algonquian languages, and her current projects in development. The Charlatan (TC): What does it mean for you to have your work recognized among 130 candidates for the Governor General’s Innovation Award? Marie-Odile Junker (MOJ): It was a great surprise! I hope that it’s a sign that Canada is really engaged in reconciliation, and that the needs and contributions that Aboriginal peoples can give to our society are going to be recognized. For me as a linguist, I […]

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Former Carleton professor Hassan Diab to remain jailed in France

Hassan Diab, a former Carleton contract professor, will remain in French jail to be investigated for terrorism after a judge’s order for his release was overturned for the sixth time. On April 24, one of the French judges investigating the case recommended Diab be released from prison on the grounds there is not enough evidence against him. Despite this, on May 2 it was announced that for the sixth time in two and a half years, the prosecutor had successfully argued against him being released. Diab, who was also a professor at the University of Ottawa, was arrested in Canada in 2008 in connection with a 1980 Paris synagogue bombing. He was extradited to France in 2014 but has not […]

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BOG approves $470 million budget at latest meeting

A $470 million budget for the 2017-18 year was approved at Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) meeting on April 24. The university’s new budget will see a three to eight per cent increase in tuition fees for domestic and international students. According to the meeting agenda, this revenue will fund about 58 per cent of the budget, at $274 million. The new Health Sciences Building—set to be completed in August—is among the most expensive projects in the budget, costing $52 million. With a budget of $29.5 million, the BoG estimates the university’s new Advanced Research and Innovation in Smart Environments (ARISE) building will come in second. Also set out in the budget is $20.5 million towards retrofitting the new building […]

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CUASA votes to divest pension from fossil fuels

The Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA) has passed a motion at their latest council meeting to divest their pension funds from fossil fuels. The vote, which was held on March 17, received unanimous support among union members. This is the latest development in the Carleton Fossil Free Faculty’s (CFFF) push to move towards green investments. The CFFF is a special interest group within CUASA made up of 55 tenured professors from about 20 different faculties, who have been lobbying for this divestment over the past couple years, according to Lenore Fahrig, a Carleton professor and CUASA member. “This is from our perspective, a pretty big success that the union has now passed this motion unanimously,” she said. She said […]

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Editorial: One UMSU copied One Carleton’s campaign

The One Carleton slate swept this year’s Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election, winning all executive positions for the 2017-18 year in an election that saw the highest voter turnout in CUSA history. The University of Manitoba Students’ Union election also just held their election earlier this month, and oddly enough, the similarly-named “One UMSU” slate swept all executive positions in an election that saw the “largest voter turnout in recent memory,” according to the school’s student newspaper, The Manitoban. The similarly-named campaigns are apparently no coincidence, as members of One UMSU reached out to One Carleton to ask them permission to use some of their ideas, according to current CUSA president Fahd Alhattab. It’s odd that university student union […]

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