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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Electoral Board member draws controversy

The Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) electoral board ruled this week that one of its members, Brandon Wallingford, does not have a conflict of interest after two candidates in the ongoing election said he was biased. Greg Owens, Change vice-president (finance) candidate, and Ruth Lau-MacDonald, an independent vice-president (internal) candidate, brought forward two Facebook posts from 2013 from Wallingford’s profile that stated his support for A Better Carleton (ABC). Although ABC was disbanded two years ago, its candidates formed another slate the following year under the name Your Carleton, the team that won five of the six executive positions in the 2016 election. Two members of the Your Carleton executive are now running under the slate One Carleton in the […]

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Opinion: A new era of Canadian responsibility

Canada has long been hailed as the conscience of the world. We have not always succeeded and we have not always been perfect, but Canadians have a unique sense of perseverance, a quiet dedication that tomorrow can be better. In just a few days, the inauguration of Donald Trump will usher in a new world order, and with it a new era of Canadian obligation and responsibility. The blessing and curse of being America’s northern neighbour is that we are profoundly affected by their presence. Economically, politically, socially, culturally: we are not the same but we are not that different, either. What affects America affects us. Our “special relationship” alliance allows Canada, in a normal political era, to interact and […]

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