Former U of Windsor president takes student association to court

The past two years have seen two Ontario university students take their student associations to court, one being the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), and more recently, the University of Windsor Students’ Alliance (UWSA).    UWSA president Larissa Howlett was removed from her position in May, after allegedly breaching the student alliance’s bylaws and policies by firing its general manager, Nicole Morell, and hiring an interim manager. According to a public statement by the UWSA, Howlett did not have the proper authority to fire Morell. The UWSA’s Board of Directors unanimously passed a motion to remove Howlett after an eight-hour meeting, citing a lack of transparency on her part and committing multiple violations of their bylaws and policies.  Howlett disputed […]

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Letter: Carleton’s support for assault victims sets an example

Jian Ghomeshi is a famous radio host who may have once celebrated booking a high-profile celebrity on his show. Last week, he had his aquittal to celebrate, where he was found not guilty on four counts of sexual assault and one count of choking. The acquittal, according to defence lawyer Marie Heinen, was on the grounds there were discrepancies in the complainants’ testimonies. After allegations of the assault were publicized, many of Ghomeshi’s colleagues came forward to express their lack of surprise. And yet, it was the victims’ credibility that was doubted in court. Assault trials often involve the victims’ pasts being brought forward to discredit their accusations. Rape victims must fit a certain image in order for people to […]

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Former Ottawa Rough Rider pleads guilty to assualt

Former Canadian Football League (CFL) lineman, professional wrestler, and Ottawa sports radio personality Glenn Kulka pleaded guilty to assault on Feb. 10. Appearing before Ontario Superior Court Justice Bonnie Warkentin, 51-year-old Kulka of Ottawa admitted to assaulting Stittsville business owner Henry Nguyen during an altercation at the Oasis Spa in July of 2012. In a joint statement of facts provided by the defence and prosecution, the court heard Kulka had entered the spa unannounced and demanded Nguyen to call a man named David Touhey. According to earlier court documents, Touhey had given a $35,000 loan to Nguyen. When Nguyen refused to make the call on the cell phone offered to him by Kulka, the interaction between the two men turned […]

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UPDATED: GSA, CUSA disagreement over health plan headed to court

Carleton’s graduate students union is dragging the undergraduate union to court over pulling out of their former joint health plan. In a legal notice delivered to the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Oct. 31, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA)  demanded that CUSA return to the joint health plan agreement they had with Green Shield Canada. CUSA left that agreement this summer for another provider, despite the GSA’s objection. “It was a better deal for students, better services, and altogether a better contract that we were offered,” CUSA president Alexander Golovko said of their new health care provider, Studentcare Networks. CUSA and the GSA have been with Green Shield Canada for years to provide a group health insurance plan for their […]

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