Politics Blog: A new shot for the NDP

This weekend, the New Democratic Party leadership race concluded on Oct. 1, with excited chants and cheers. The final answer to the contest is Jagmeet Singh, the Sikh MPP from Brampton, Ont. Singh represents a new chapter of the NDP and the nation as a whole. His platform is one that strikes the balance Canadians need between social progress and economic strength.   His economic plan consists largely of public and community infrastructure programs financed and supported by the federal government. While getting Canadians the jobs and opportunities they need, Singh also aims to expand the social safety net and protect those at risk of falling through the cracks. Capitalism is unsustainable when it allows citizens to collapse from the […]

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Stereotypes keep millennials from obtaining government jobs, study finds

Lazy, entitled, impatient—raise your hand if you’ve ever heard those words used to refer to millennials. A recent study by Deloitte shows that negative stereotypes about millennials may be the reason young people have trouble finding employment in the federal government. Stereotypes about millennials being narcissistic, impatient, or disloyal, may be preventing them from being hired to fill positions in public service, according to the report. Tonya Johnson, a spokesperson for Deloitte, said that many government officials are calling on millennials to join the public service to help usher in the next “golden age.” The report recommends the removal of barriers to hiring millennials in order to modernize Canada’s public service. Deloitte had first assumed that millennials were not applying […]

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Carleton prof receives $5.5 million in funding for climate change research

Catherine McKenna, minister of climate change and the environment, and Kristy Duncan, minister of science, announced on Oct. 19 the federal government’s commitment of $22 million towards climate change research at an event held at Carleton. Carleton professor Matthew Johnson and his team of researchers were one of the four recipients, and received $5.5 million in funding for research on flaring. Flaring is the burning of natural gas that cannot be processed, Johnson said, and its effects on the environment include black carbon emissions, and accelerated melting of snow. Duncan said the money will fund four networks across the country—projects focused on the environment, natural resources, advanced manufacturing, and energy. “[Johnson] and his team will work to better understand the impact of […]

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Carleton offers help for Phoenix pay system woes

Carleton will be extending tuition fee deadlines for students who have had issues with their pay over the summer due to the Phoenix pay system. According to Laura Wilson, assistant supervisor in the university’s student accounts department, around 20 students have contacted her with pay issues from their jobs in the federal government so far. Wilson said she is currently handing all issues on campus regarding Phoenix. Phoenix is an automated federal pay system that aims to modernize an outdated system for federal public servants. It initially launched in February 2016, and since then, more than 80,000 public servants have experienced problems with their pay, deputy minister Marie Lemay told the CBC in July. Students affected by Phoenix “have been […]

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Editorial: All interns should be paid

The Treasury Board is currently reviewing why a dozen federal agencies and departments are ignoring a federal policy by not paying some of their interns. According to the CBC, the Treasury Board of Canada must ensure interns accepted for federal positions are paid, unless an academic program or co-op placement forbids the intern from receiving payment. The list of federal organizations employing unpaid interns includes the Canadian Space Agency, the Depatrment of National Defence, and Public Safety Canada, among several others. Unpaid internships are unacceptable. These organizations should be paying their interns, especially since they represent the federal government. Many students are already struggling with student debt, while some students are also balancing part-time work. If you add a full-time, […]

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