Carleton student to seek seat on Ottawa city council

Liam McPherson, a fourth-year journalism student, is running for election as an Ottawa city councillor for River Ward in next year’s municipal election. The ward, which spans both sides of the Rideau River between Carling Avenue and Hunt Club Road, is home to just over 45,000 residents, according to the most recent census data available. The Charlatan spoke with McPherson over Facebook Messenger to discuss his campaign and what he plans to do, if elected. The​ ​Charlatan​ ​(TC):​ ​What​ ​made​ ​you​ ​decide​ ​to​ ​run​ ​for​ ​public​ ​office? Liam McPherson (LM): Ever since I moved to Ottawa in 2014, I have been in love with this city. My decision to move here was initially based on the quality of Carleton’s journalism program. In […]

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RRRA to hold new executive elections April 18 and 19

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) will be holding re-elections for executive positions later this month, on April 18 and 19. The decision came after Carleton ombudsperson Jim Kennelly was asked by council in March to review the result of the February election. The Fresh RRRA slate came in first place despite being disqualified the day before voting started after accumulating three electoral violations. The Next Step, led by incumbent president Hyder Naqvi, came in second but was named the winner because of the disqualification. At the last meeting council voted to accept the recommendations of Kennelly as a third party. “My solution is the students should decide on who represents them next year,” Kennelly said. He added that holding […]

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GSA candidates campaign for a second mandate

Four out of five of this year’s candidates in the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) election are running for re-election, and all are uncontested. Eric Hitsman, Jenna Amirault, Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah, Jay Ramasubramanyam, and Taylor Howarth make up this year’s single slate: Grads United. Eric Hitsman, running for the role of GSA president, is the current vice-president (operations). He said he feels his current role has prepared him to take on more responsibility.    “This role is not necessarily to take over . . . it’s about working with your team, your people,” he said. This year, Hitsman said he wants to focus on keeping students involved, promoting safe spaces for students and creating opportunities for Indigenous representation. He added he hopes […]

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Masjedee: CUSA plans include defederation, more student jobs

Zameer Masjedee, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (student life), said he is excited about the upcoming year as president of the student association. “I’m feeling really good, feeling awesome, we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout or better results at the end of the day,” he said. Masjedee’s slate, One Carleton, won all six executive positions in a CUSA election that saw a turnout of 37.2 per cent, the highest voter turnout in the association’s history. The slate ran on promises including creating more student jobs at CUSA, implementing nap pods on campus, and defederating from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), which Masjedee said would be one of his top priorities next year. “We’re going to start […]

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Unofficial 2017-18 RRRA election results

The unofficial results for the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) were released on Feb. 15 by the RRRA elections office. Next Step won the RRRA election, with Hyder Naqvi returning as president of the association for the 2017-18 school year. The results are as follows: Fresh RRRA: 405* Next Step: 355 Think Forward: 256 AAA: 127 The A Team: 119 Unanswered: 15  *Fresh RRRA was disqualified on Feb. 14, after receiving three electoral violations. According to the elections office, the team with the next highest number of votes would be declared the winner. Fresh RRRA campaign manager Jessica May said her team will be appealing their disqualification to RRRA’s council in the coming weeks.

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