Letter: Carleton’s political spectrum is warped

I first heard about the political spectrum during grade 10 Civics class. We learned that the Conservative party was on the right, the Liberals on the left, and the NDP even further to the left. The teacher explained the various policies that members of the right and left believed in, with no right or wrong side to be on. Carleton students would do well to remember this in 2017. Being a conservative doesn’t make you wrong, or a terrible person. I’m a small “l” liberal. I’m well left of centre on social policies, but in certain economic situations I’m closer to centre. Yet if you put me on the political spectrum of Carleton, I’d likely be considered a conservative. A […]

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Free speech on campus: an in-depth look

The topic of free speech on university campuses continues to provoke debate and criticism in the wake of recent on-campus incidents.  One incident saw Carleton University President Roseann Runte coming under scrutiny in January, after an email titled “A Reflection for 2017” was sent out to students to promote the principle of free speech. The email was sent following various protests on campus in the fall semester. The email appeared to call campus protesters “noisy persons” who “fail to recognize [that] by preventing their duly-elected representatives to carry out their mandate, they themselves are contravening the basic principle of a civil society.” Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach, and programming coordinator for Carleton’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), said the term […]

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Editorial: Ezra Levant isn’t a good role model for journalists

When student journalists gather Jan. 8-12, 2014 for the Canadian University Press’ (CUP) national conference in Edmonton, one of the keynote speakers they’ll hear from is Sun News broadcaster Ezra Levant. CUP received some backlash for inviting Levant to speak to the hundreds of student newspaper delegates expected to attend the conference—and rightly so. In response to the criticism, Alex Migdal, a co-ordinator of the conference, defended CUP’s decision in a blog post, writing that he understood where critics are coming from but his policy is to invite speakers that delegates request, and Levant was the second most requested speaker. “Some find him entertaining,” Migdal wrote. “Others are genuinely interested in his right-wing views. Whatever the motive, Levant draws a […]

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Ezra Levant defends upcoming speaking engagement

Outspoken Sun News pundit Ezra Levant’s planned appearance at a national student newspaper conference is drawing criticism from members and forcing the event organizers to justify Levant’s appearance. Levant is the host of The Source, a daily TV talk show on the Sun News Network. He has a tendency of running into trouble for allegedly incendiary comments made on the show and elsewhere. Levant is scheduled to speak January 2014 at the annual conference of the Canadian University Press, a national wire service owned and run by member student newspapers across the country. “These are young journalists, and it’s disheartening to me that someone who wants to work in an industry whose lifeblood is freedom of speech and debate and […]

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Opinion: CUSA’s B grade is cause for concern

The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) released their annual rankings of universities and student associations a little while ago. The JCCF has a mission “to defend the constitutional freedoms of Canadians through litigation and education.” Every year, they grade university administrations and student associations on a scale of A to F based on their policies and their actions regarding constitutional freedoms. Traditionally, both Carleton University and Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) scored poorly, but this year was different. While Carleton’s administration tied for the worst grades in Canada with an F, CUSA was tied for the highest grade in Canada with a B—receiving a C for policies, and an A for practices. While everyone and their grandmother seems to […]

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