Ravens baseball seeks a change in team culture

Carleton Ravens baseball has sky-high aspirations for where they want their team to go, starting with more public recognition and more support from the university. They are striving to be a more reputable athletic program and behind their head coach and president, they plan on achieving it. Despite playing a vastly popular sport in Canada, the team is classified as a competitive club at Carleton, having yet to reach varsity status. Varsity clubs are given more funding from the university, and generally receive more attention from both the university’s students and the general public. Carleton currently has 15 varsity teams and 18 competitive clubs listed on its website. As well, most competitive clubs have to leave the bulk of team […]

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Carleton hosts budget town hall

Carleton hosted a budget town hall meeting on Jan. 16 to outline the challenges faced with the changing framework of Ontario funding for post-secondary institutions. Changes in demographics are also posing some challenges, according to Michel Piché, Carleton’s vice-president (finance and administration). Piché presented the information on Carleton’s financial situation at the public meeting. “We’re having to deal with an interesting situation of significant changes in government policies that will impact not just one area, but many different areas, and will have an effect on how we budget for next year and also the coming years,” he said. Piché said demographic shifts mean there will be fewer 18-year-olds in Ontario (the age of most first-year students), which could mean lower […]

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BC universities get funding for disabled learners and aboriginal students

The British Columbia provincial government has implemented a 10 year plan “Skills for Jobs” blueprint. This plan donates $1.5 million to develop skills for students with disabilities in the resource sector as well as $6.4 million to develop the same skills for aboriginals in BC. The $1.5 million will be split between 20 institutions to train those who are disabled in the resource sector, for jobs in the trades and other growing markets in BC, according to a Social Development and Social Innovation press release. “The employment rate for people with disabilities is 18 percentage points lower than for people without a disability,” Minister Don McRae said in the release. Each of these post-secondary institutions will be receiving $75,000 to develop […]

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Ontario government funds post-secondary entrepreneurs

The Ontario provincial government announced this October it would be providing $2.9 million to help universities and colleges in eastern Ontario “build on world-class innovation and entrepreneurial initiatives,” according to a statement made by the Ministry of Research and Innovation. Capital Entrepreneurs is connected to Algonquin College, Carleton University, and the University of Ottawa (U of O). “The funding from the province will allow us to increase the frequency and reach of our message [to] make more youths aware of the programs taking place in the region broadly and at uOttawa specifically. It will also allow us to put more companies and budding entrepreneurs through our program offerings such as Startup Garage,” said Sean Flanigan, Assistant Director of Tech Partnerships in […]

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Opinion: We need a solution to Health and Counselling wait times

For many, media attention regarding depression and suicide comes as an unusual experience, highlighting the fact that social stigmas against mental illness prevail and treatment programs still have a long way to go. I have spent more years than I care to mention at Carleton actively working to promote a dialogue between students requiring assistance, and the mental health services on campus. But things changed when I found myself seeking help from the pressures of grad school and multiple family crises. This past winter, I found myself knocking at the door of Health and Counselling Services on campus, and with my background at SAMH, I entered with enthusiasm. During my first appointment with a counselling staff member, I was told […]

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