Letter: CFS services unnecessary due to those offered by CUSA

It’s always nice when someone who has routinely been a disappointment finally decides to take interest in you. I am, of course, referring to the representatives from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) who were kind enough to stop by the University Centre to provide pizza, hats—and reminders of why the decertification process must continue. What I found most interesting about seeing the CFS in action is that it was the first time I had actually seen the organization playing an active role in the affairs of Carleton students. With the mandatory annual $16 fee that we—a population of little less than 25,000 students—all pay to the CFS, totalling approximately $389,000 per year, there should be no need for the […]

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Letter: Women’s safe access to healthcare overrides protest privilege

Last week, Ontario passed the Safe Access to Abortion Services Act, which increases the safe access zone around abortion clinics. While the bill does not ban protests, it allows people needing to access the clinic the ability to do so without verbal or physical harassment. Although abortion is accessible in the province, clinics in Ottawa have seen instances  of harassment outside the clinics by protesters. Anyone walking along Bank Street near downtown may have seen the regular protester outside the Morgentaler Clinic with signs depicting graphic images of fetuses and a severed baby doll head around his neck. Amidst the passing of the bill, there are cries from pro-life groups declaring that the law denies them their freedom of speech. […]

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