Celebrating Black History Month at Carleton

Black History Month (BHM) is underway around the world, and Carleton is hosting its own month of programming dedicated to recognition and remembrance. Officially recognized in Canada in 1995, the month of February is celebrated as Black History Month internationally. BHM: BLACK, Reborn is a month of events being held by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and three of its service centres: the Race, Ethnicity and Culture (REC) Hall, the Womyn’s Centre, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre. Alexis Oundo, CUSA’s vice-president (student services) said BHM is important for students. “BHM is always great for students both racialized and marginalized to celebrate their individuality. This is also a valuable opportunity for students at large to get involved and learn […]

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Treating invisible wounds: Mental health first aid

Mental illness and mental health are fast becoming part of public discourse, especially on university campuses. “Nearly 200,000 people in Canada alone have been certified [in mental health first aid],” said Mike Pietrus, the director of the Mental Health Commission of Canada in Ottawa. So, what is mental health first aid? Mental health first aid (MHFA) was brought to Canada through a project by the Mental Health Commission of Canada, according to Pietrus. MHFA, originally developed in Australia in the early 2000s, is a certification—much like physical first aid—for the public that gives a background in different mental illnesses, and prepares individuals to recognize and respond to mental health crises, Pietrus said. The course is designed to be accessible to […]

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CUSA hosts sexual assault awareness week

Students passing through the UC atrium this week will notice a clothesline hanging in front of Rooster’s windows. Shirts and tank tops hang from the line, all of them sporting messages and poems related to sexual assault. The clothesline is a part of this year’s sexual assault awareness week at Carleton. Maddie Adams, vice-president (student issues) organized the project among others to create dialogue about sexual assault among Carleton students. “It is an initiative started by the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW) and they started this initiative where it’s kind of a way to air your dirty laundry on the line,” she said. “It’s positive messaging around consent and survivor support.” Adams said anyone is welcome to visit the clothesline […]

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End-of-year interview: the GSA’s Christina Muehlberger

Christina Muehlberger is looking back at her year as president of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) with feelings of accomplishment and hope. “As a team, the GSA exec and staff this year have really strengthened the means of the graduate community,” Muehlberger said. “We’ve put on a lot of events this year that were political but we also did a lot of social events.” Muehlberger said the new health and dental plan for graduate students implemented this year was a success. “It’s been great,” she said. “We have not gotten any negative feedback really. People are really excited about the expanded coverage and our relationship with Green Shield has been really great.” Muehlberger mentioned the new GSA website as another success […]

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Canadian Blood Services clinic encourages gay men to donate blood

A clinic near the University of British Columbia (UBC) is allowing sexually active gay men to donate their blood for research purposes. The Canadian Blood Services’ Network Centre for Applied Development (netCAD) launched the campaign in February. netCAD is operated by Canadian Blood Services (CBS), the national organization that manages blood supply across the country. Canadian Blood Services hosted the Rainbow Donor Clinic in netCAD’s clinic near UBC’s campus on Feb. 4. Donations from gay men “will contribute to valuable research and development projects that ensure our blood system and transfusion medicine in Canada is continually improving and evolving,” according to the description on the clinic’s Facebook event page. Currently, only gay men who have not been sexually active for […]

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