Ottawa celebrates Canada 150 amidst rain and large crowds

Amidst heavy rain, long line-ups, and other controversial moments, Canadians from coast to coast gathered at Parliament Hill on Canada Day to celebrate Canada 150, witnessing a day’s worth of musical performances, special guest appearances, and nighttime fireworks. Throughout the early morning, the main focus was on Indigenous issues, following the setup of a teepee on Parliament Hill on June 28 by a group of Indigenous activists. Calling it a “re-occupation,” the intent was to highlight Canada’s history of violence and forced assimilation towards Indigenous people, according to the Toronto Star.  “[Canada Day allows us] to reflect on our past, to cheer on today, and to recommit ourselves to the future,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his morning speech. “This is […]

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Ontario Sunshine List reveals university pay levels

The release of Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure list on March 31 highlighted a continuing gender wage gap among university employees. Published annually since 1996, the Sunshine List provides the salary and benefits of every public sector employee earning more than $100,000 in the previous year. This year’s list has grown by seven per cent, with more than 123,000 people paid more than $100,000 last year, according to CBC News. Carleton president Roseann Runte is once again the highest paid employee at Carleton. Earning a total of $400,004.97 in 2016, Runte was one of three women amongst the top 10 highest paid Carleton employees last year. Sprott School of Business associate dean of professional graduate programs Lorraine Dyke was fourth, earning […]

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Windsor U students vote “yes” to pay for new athletic facility

The University of Windsor (U of W) student body voted in a referendum to approve a plan to build a new $73 million athletics centre. According to CBC News, 64 per cent of the student body voted in favour of the new athletics centre. Similar to the student union building put to Carleton students in a referendum, U of W students will see a $125 increase in student fees per year, starting once the facilities are completed in 2019. Mike Havey, the athletics director at the University of Windsor, said the project is still a long way off. “We passed a referendum, but we do not have a formal agreement with the students. It has not yet been to the […]

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Study finds Ottawa police can better address crimes against women

One week after a study found local police can do a better job at addressing crimes against women, a University of Ottawa (U of O) student said the Ottawa Police Service (OPS) didn’t take her rape complaint seriously. Mélodie Morin said she filed a report with OPS after attending a party on Sept. 26. Morin told CBC News she had been raped and physically assaulted at the party by a male student. Morin said she was interviewed by a detective a week later. At that point, she said “everything seemed completely fine” with the investigation and the detective seemed to believe her. A month later, Morin said she received a phone call from police saying her case was being closed […]

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UPDATED: McKenna upsets Dewar in Ottawa Centre

Liberal Party candidate Catherine McKenna has defeated New Democratic Party (NDP) candidate and incumbent Paul Dewar in a race for Ottawa Centre that saw McKenna propel to a shocking last-minute win. McKenna won in a riding considered by many to be an NDP stronghold. She had not led in any riding polls in the run-up to the election and on election day. McKenna received 32,111 votes while Dewar received 28,988 votes. It was the tightest election in the riding since 1988. “We knocked on over 100,000 doors, made more than 30,000 calls,” McKenna said at her victory party at the Clocktower Brew Pub on Richmond Road. “I decided to run for two reasons. One, I knew we could win. A […]

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