Unofficial GSA election results released

The unofficial results for the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) election were released online on March 23. The Grads United slate, which ran unopposed, won all five executive positions. Current GSA president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah was elected as vice-president (operations) with a total of 215 yes votes, the most of any executive candidate. Eric Hitsman, the current vice-president (operations) received 195 yes votes, and will take the helm of the association as president in the 2017-18 school year. Current vice-president (finance) Taylor Howarth will retain her position in the upcoming year, receiving 199 yes votes. Jenna Amirault, the current vice-president (external) will also keep her position, having received 209 yes votes. Jay Ramasubramanyam, the only candidate not part of the current executive, received 202 […]

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Grads United run uncontested for GSA executive

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, the current vice-president (operations) is running for president, while current president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah is campaigning for Hitsman’s vice-president job. Hitsman said he wants to focus on keeping students involved, promote safe spaces for students and create opportunities for Indigenous representation. He added he also hopes to find solutions to the challenges brought by rising tuition fees, and to lobby for the establishment of a committee in Parliament to represent post-secondary students. David Thibodeau, the chief electoral […]

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Letter: Mandatory voting isn’t the solution

In a Feb. 16 letter, Sima Shakeri wrote that Canada should institute mandatory voting, to cure what ails Canadian democracy. Shakeri praises Australia for its mandatory voting system, and its consistent voter turnouts of more than 90 per cent. This does not say much about the state of Australian democracy. After all, it is mandatory. In fact, researchers at the Australian National University released a study in December 2016 reviewing their most recent federal election, concluding that faith in Australia’s democracy hasn’t been so low since 1975. A 2014 study from the Lowy Institute found less than a third of voting-age Australians had confidence in the federal government. The same problem exists in our country. Eighty per cent of Canadians […]

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BoG student governor elections feature 12 candidates

Seven undergraduate and five graduate students are in the running for four positions to sit on Carleton’s highest decision-making body, the Board of Governors (BoG). In this position, members of the BoG have the responsibility to represent all of the students at the university. The elected candidates will serve a one-year term from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Amanda Goth, the university secretary, said the number of students running in the election this year is positive. “It shows that our student body is interested in the governance of the university and willing to volunteer their time to contribute to the greater good of Carleton,” Goth said. “Having student representation on the Board of Governors gives the students perspective […]

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The Next Step wins 2017-18 RRRA election

The unofficial results for the 2017-18 Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) elections were released by the elections office on Feb. 15. The Next Step, led by incumbent RRRA president Hyder Naqvi, won the election with 355 votes. Although Fresh RRRA received the most votes, with 405, the slate was disqualified on Feb. 14 after racking up three electoral violations. According to the elections office, it was too late to remove the team from the ballot, and the slate with the second highest number of votes would be declared the winner. Fresh RRRA has the option to appeal their disqualification to RRRA council. Think Forward received 256 votes, while AAA for RRRA got 127 votes and The A Team had 119 […]

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