A (crazy) commute: Cycling safety for students in Ottawa

Bronson Avenue is unavoidable for 22-year-old math and physics student Ben Wilkinson-Zan when he commutes to Carleton University on his bike. His daily route takes him twisting through the side streets known to local cyclists as “dangerous.” First, he heads down Lyon Street South, turning right onto Fifth Avenue, then a left onto Muriel Street before heading west down Holmwood Avenue towards the lights on Bronson—he said it is safer to turn left at the lights, but it is not guaranteed. Safety is important for every type of commuter, but cyclists need to be particularly cautious, considering the City of Ottawa reported 1,509 cyclist collisions—which included one fatality and 246 injuries—in the 2015 Ottawa Road Safety Report. The City of […]

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Student housing in Ottawa: problems and solutions

For university students, there comes a time every year when they stop and think: where am I going to live next year? Some will decide to remain on campus, and some will stay with parents. But for many at Carleton, this time of year means looking for housing in the Ottawa area. Finding affordable housing Many students try to look for the cheapest option possible. Laura Storey, the director of Housing and Residence Life at Carleton, said this may be getting harder. “I’ve noticed that prices increase by inflation or slightly more each year in Ottawa,” Storey said. This is a problem some students have faced, including Steven Marchand, a first-year journalism student. “I had some help from my parents. […]

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O-Train to shut down for 16 months in 2020

The O-Train Trillium line will be closed for 16 months, from the end of exams in April 2020 to September 2021, which will affect Carleton students and staff. The closure is to expand the O-Train line south to Bowmansville Road and the Ottawa International Airport by 2021. There will also be additional stations at Gladstone, Walkley, and South Keys. The City of Ottawa will also expand the O-Train east to Trim Road by 2022, and to the Bayshore Shopping Centre and Algonquin College by 2023. David Chernushenko, the city councillor for the Capital Ward, which includes Carleton, said there will be disruption for students and the public, but construction is necessary. “There was going to have to be closure no […]

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O-Train slower than promised after $60 million investment

Students at Carleton are experiencing longer wait times for the O-Train than promised after the City of Ottawa’s $60 million investment in March 2015. The improvements promised the train would come every eight minutes, faster than the previous time of every 15 minutes, but currently comes around every 11 minutes, according to the city transit department. David Chernushenko, the city councillor for Carleton, said there haven’t been any complaints from Carleton students regarding the slower O-Train, but said it is unfortunate it is not a fast as promised. “It is less reliable than anticipated, which is frustrating, and may even cause some to drive, which would be a very unfortunate consequence,” he said over email. Michael Morgan, director of rail […]

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Carleton researchers find city money for social services not keeping up with budget growth

Researchers from Carleton have found that the city of Ottawa’s spending on social services has not increased at the same rate as spending in other areas.  Steve Pomeroy and Maude Marquis-Bissonnette, researchers from the Centre for Urban Research and Education (CURE), located at Carleton, published a report analyzing the city of Ottawa’s budgets, from 2009 until now. The report found that since 2009, Ottawa has reported one of the highest median total incomes of any metropolitan region in Canada. Yet, according to the report, investment in the areas of community and family services has fallen behind investment in other areas, while the largest increase in city spending has been in protective services. Pomeroy said in an email that the study […]

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