Letter: We should wait to believe hate crime allegations

If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently, you will be aware of the recent attack on a young Muslim girl where, apparently, a man attempted to cut off her hijab. Twice a male came at her with a pair of scissors and allegedly tried to remove the religious covering while she was walking to school. Many people, progressive or otherwise, rushed to condemn this attack, right up to Justin Trudeau. The follow up to that was a bit more muted—the fact that the original story was completely fake. The Toronto Police issued a statement saying, quite simply, that “it did not happen” and no further information on the matter has been forthcoming. Whether or not a reported incident […]

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Opinion: Finding a summer job just became harder for students

As we leave a year that saw a higher percentage of students employed in summer jobs, Carleton students should be concerned about the path that lies ahead for 2018. To kick-off this new year, the federal government has drastically changed the application criteria for the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) program. This government program provides small businesses and organizations across the country with a grant to hire a student for the summer months. Hundreds of Canadian university students are able to find summer jobs every year because of this program. Previously, any small business, community group, or charitable organization was eligible to apply through a merit-based application process. This year, however, the federal government has decided that organizations wishing to hire […]

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Letter: Trudeau requires religious groups reject beliefs

In December 2017, Justin Trudeau and his federal government made a change to the Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application. He and his government now require that all organizations who want to apply to receive funding must respect human rights, such as reproductive rights. The CSJ program offers wage subsidies to employers who are looking to hire students over the summer months. How did this all start? Last year, people became outraged to find out that the Conservative Party status of women critic gave $11,681 of federal money to the Lethbridge Pregnancy Care Centre and the Lethbridge and District Birthright Society  under the program in the summer of 2016. Both of these organizations are pro-life and faith-based. They provide support for […]

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What’s in a name? Canadians debate the memorialization of historic figures

Calls to have controversial figures stripped off buildings or monuments have grown in strength recently, and university campuses haven’t gone unscathed. Today, the Indigenous peoples of Canada still challenge the glorification of historical figures who once condemned their cultures and their ancestors. This manifests itself through the multitude of post-secondary institutions, buildings, monuments, and streets that memorialize public figures who were involved in the systematic genocide of Indigenous identity, heritage and population. Recently, a debate has sparked about the renaming and removal of these memorials and the repercussions that surround it. Bruce Elliott, a history professor at Carleton who specializes in 18th and 19th century history, points out that a lot of monuments and buildings were actually erected by white […]

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Opinion: Canada must reflect on Charlottesville

If you haven’t seen or heard anything about Charlottesville, VA, in the news this past week, you’ve probably been living (happily) in an impenetrable social media-free bubble, where the words “white supremacy” and “alt-right” haven’t managed to chill you to your core. In any case, the “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville on Aug. 12 saw the gathering of hundreds of white nationalists at the University of Virginia, who carried flaming torches while yelling chants including “white lives matter” and “blood and soil.”  Neo-Nazis and Ku Klux Klan members clashed with counter-protesters, leaving many people bleeding, battered and bruised as punches were thrown and smoke bombs were released. One counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed, after being struck by a car […]

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