Youth homelessness in Ottawa: the most at-risk people in the capital

When people think of what a homeless person looks like, a child doesn’t usually come to mind. A large number of homeless Canadians are children and young adults. With the winter fast approaching, many are looking for a way to escape the cold.  Last year, there were 844 youth using shelters in Ottawa. Compared to adult homelessness in the capital, 1,352 male and female adults over the age of 50 used shelters, according to Kaite Burkholder Harris, director of A Way Home Ottawa, an organization whose goal it is to prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada. “We don’t really have a sense of the bigger number, because there’s not that many youth shelters,” she said. “There’s many young people […]

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Letter: Feminism cannot be used as a defensive shield

I left the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive debate a little early, and watched the final moments from The Charlatan’s live-stream. I saw the “commotion” many on my Facebook feed have called “deplorable,” “shameful,” and “terrifying.” Unfortunately, I do not relate to these sentiments because I burst out laughing in the comfort of my bed, as vice-president (internal) candidate Cat Kelly shouted that she was was a “feminist.” From what I seem to understand, the fact she is a “feminist” allowed her to publicly call candidate Kenneth Aliu a “misogynistic homophobe” for tweets he sent out at the age of 16. Many seem to be shying away from the heart of the matter by focusing on people’s reactions to Kelly’s claim […]

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CUSA Womyn’s Centre writes letter objecting to X-rated hypnotist

A letter outlining concerns with an X-rated hypnotist show hosted by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) was drafted by the CUSA Womyn’s Centre on Jan. 24, the day before the show. The letter expressed concern over homophobic and transphobic content in the 19-plus-only show by Tony Lee, which took place on Jan. 25, at Oliver’s Pub & Patio. According to CUSA president Fahd Alhattab, Lee has performed his show at Carleton multiple times over the last 10 years. “I can’t speak to [shows] outside of Carleton, however from our knowledge and what we’ve seen from the committment that we get from him and his team, is that there is no place for that on our campus, and he knows […]

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Letter: Trudeau is using Pride as a corporate strategy

RE: Trudeau’s Pride participation sets an international example, March 3-9, 2016 “Cautiously optimistic” was the rhetoric of some after the win of the Liberals this past fall in the federal election. From a human rights perspective, who couldn’t be hopeful of change in regime after Harper’s Conservatives? Human rights were going to be politically regarded in ways where they wouldn’t be immediately dismissed due to their burden on an abstract economy. That’s right, folks. We now have an elected government that will positively participate in human rights—as long as the advocation for these rights are politically strategic. Toronto Pride released information about Trudeau’s plans to march in their Pride parade on Feb. 22. The timing of the tweet could not […]

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Opinion: Bro culture is an unfortunate reality in frats

One of the biggest communities at Carleton University is its sororities and fraternities. The “Greek” community has the best connections with the bars on campus and in the market, and a reputation for the best parties. I decided to go through the rushing process and eventually got a bid, reaching the stage of probationary membership, which I enthusiastically accepted. I began to study the history of this fraternity and I was drawn in by a man known as the Golden Hearted Virginian. He is said to have single-handedly transformed a struggling local fraternity into a strong national brotherhood. He was described as a perfect bundle of nervous energy and his enthusiasm was so contagious it influenced everyone who came within […]

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