Editorial: Honorary degrees should be given separate ceremonies

On June 7, Québecois poet and songwriter Gilles Vigneault accepted an honorary doctorate of literature at a ceremony in St. Patrick’s Building. What made the ceremony unique was how it took place at a date and time that was separate from the regular week of convocation ceremonies, which took place from June 12-16. While this change from the typical routine was the only one of its kind for this convocation season, this routine should become the norm for other honorary degree recipients. Recipients should continue to speak at the regular ceremonies, but their background needs to make sense with the degrees being conferred that day. For example, if Vigneault received his degree on the same day as law students or […]

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Ottawa celebrates Canada 150 amidst rain and large crowds

Amidst heavy rain, long line-ups, and other controversial moments, Canadians from coast to coast gathered at Parliament Hill on Canada Day to celebrate Canada 150, witnessing a day’s worth of musical performances, special guest appearances, and nighttime fireworks. Throughout the early morning, the main focus was on Indigenous issues, following the setup of a teepee on Parliament Hill on June 28 by a group of Indigenous activists. Calling it a “re-occupation,” the intent was to highlight Canada’s history of violence and forced assimilation towards Indigenous people, according to the Toronto Star.  “[Canada Day allows us] to reflect on our past, to cheer on today, and to recommit ourselves to the future,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his morning speech. “This is […]

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Politics Blog: How Andrew Scheer can win the 2019 election

The federal election may not officially start for over a year, but for the newly appointed leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, Andrew Scheer, the campaign trail starts now. With 13 ballots, Scheer narrowly edged out a victory over Maxime Bernier, his rival and then frontrunner. On the campaign trail Scheer spoke of uniting the Conservative Party and focusing on issues that unite us, not divide us. This is exactly what he will have to accomplish if he hopes to win in 2019. With 14 diverse leadership candidates all garnering support right up until the day of the leadership election, Scheer is going to have his work cut out for him in uniting the party. The more than 30, […]

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Top news stories of the 2016-17 year

As the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, The Charlatan looks back on some of the top stories of this year. These are the stories that have generated the most campus conversation and controversy, the ones with the most frequent coverage—as well as a few fun ones to remember. Student Union Building Referendum The student union building was a campus project that began with last year’s promise by Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) slate Your Carleton to bring forward a new student union building for Carleton students if elected. When Your Carleton was elected, consultations to put together a plan for the building were carried out, and controversy over the issue ignited from there—the survey for consultations had not […]

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Letter: The budget deficit is another broken promise

Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the federal budget on March 22, and the Liberal government is again running a deficit three times larger than promised in the electoral campaign, nearing $30 billion. ($28.6 billion, to be exact.) They had campaigned on running three modest deficits of $10 billion, and said the fourth year of their mandate would end in a surplus. After all, as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “budgets balance themselves.” They tried to compensate for their spending with a number of tax hikes. Ubers will now cost more, and so will alcohol. Way to make college life more expensive. But tax hikes can’t completely cover the government’s spending, resulting in the deficit. So why does it matter if […]

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