Carleton surprised by Heritage Register listing

Carleton has been blindsided by the City of Ottawa’s announcement that Dunton Tower, Paterson Hall and the Architecture Building might be added to Ottawa’s Heritage Register at an upcoming council meeting. According to the City’s website, the register is part of the Ontario Heritage Act, which aims to identify buildings in Ontario which are of historical and cultural significance. The website says Ottawa holds approximately 3,500 designated heritage properties on the Act’s list. The tallest building on campus, Dunton Tower honours the memory of Carleton’s longest serving president, A. Davidson Dunton, who presided over the university from 1958 to 1972, Carleton’s website states. An Ottawa Citizen article says the tower was built around 1970 and is a “landmark building” for […]

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Questions answered: What to know about the new Health Science Building

Unless you’re a long-distance student, or have an extremely poor attendance record, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the hulking mass of construction which has loomed over the Steacie Building for the past year and a half. If either of the aforementioned categories do apply to you: meet the Health Science Building. The Charlatan reviewed university documents about the building and talked to Darryl Boyce, Carleton vice-president (facilities management and planning), to answer some questions about the new building. Here are seven things to know about what’s happened so far, what has yet to be done, and what Carleton has planned for the new building going forward. What’s it for, and what will go into it when it’s done? The building is intended […]

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On-campus memorials prove costly

On-campus memorials can be a tricky issue for students. There are questions about price, type, and location that are difficult to find answers for during the busy school semesters. June Cummings, a sociology student at Carleton, said she was looking to plant a tree on campus in memory of a colleague, but that it was too expensive. “It’s hindering and very expensive if you want to do this.  As a student, I found it frustrating,” she said. “I didn’t think it would be so official and such a big deal, I went to Facilities Management and Planning, but it seems that when I initiated this conversation, the department was in the process of changing it around,” Cummings said. Initially, Cummings […]

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Student Union Building referendum: a breakdown

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is holding an online referendum on Dec. 6-7 to determine funding for its Student Union Building (SUB) plans. The project proposes 80,000 square feet of space be added to the current University Centre to be used for student activities, studying, and relaxing between classes. The expansion would include additional space built outward towards University Drive and upward on top of the third floor. The plans for the SUB have been in development since February through consultations with school administration over the summer and student groups this term. CUSA is currently in the process of campaigning for the referendum. Funding for the SUB CUSA has proposed an $80 annual fee ($40 per semester) to pay […]

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Campus buildings in Quebec, Ontario in need of repairs

More than 40 per cent of Quebec’s university buildings are in poor or very poor condition, according to a recent Quebec government report obtained by Radio-Canada. One of the key challenges for campus building maintenance at Quebec universities is the province’s age, especially for some  universities in Montreal which date back to the 1800s. McGill University, founded in 1821, received the worst score for Quebec. More than 70 per cent of its buildings are in poor or very poor shape, according to CBC. “Infrastructure in Quebec in general is in bad shape. McGill University specifically has many heritage buildings with copper roofs and solid masonry walls,” said McGill spokesperson Vincent Allaire. “These are more expensive to maintain.” Renovating older heritage […]

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