Letter: Carleton’s political spectrum is warped

I first heard about the political spectrum during grade 10 Civics class. We learned that the Conservative party was on the right, the Liberals on the left, and the NDP even further to the left. The teacher explained the various policies that members of the right and left believed in, with no right or wrong side to be on. Carleton students would do well to remember this in 2017. Being a conservative doesn’t make you wrong, or a terrible person. I’m a small “l” liberal. I’m well left of centre on social policies, but in certain economic situations I’m closer to centre. Yet if you put me on the political spectrum of Carleton, I’d likely be considered a conservative. A […]

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Funding boost for youth jobs and Indigenous students detailed in budget

The federal Liberal government will boost funding for youth jobs, and add grants for part-time, adult and Indigenous students. But it fell short of meeting several promises from the 2015 federal election. Unlike last year, when the federal government raised the maximum Canada Student Grant for low-income students to $3,000, there was no additional spending pledges or actions regarding low- or middle-income students. The Liberals also left the threshold that any graduate will not have to repay the federal portion of their student loans until they are earning an annual income of at least $25,000 untouched. The budget for the 2017-18 year was announced by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on March 22. Part-time students eligible for more grants The federal government […]

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Program to bring awareness to impact of marijuana on driving

Following the Liberal government’s announcement to legalize marijuana in 2017, some associations say a lot of work is still needed before legalization takes place. The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is now lobbying for increased government funding for public education on the impacts of marijuana on driving. CAA helped fund a study called “Cannabis & Road Safety: Policy Challenges” by Ottawa-based Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF). The qualitative study was conducted with 46 individuals who represented federal and provincial stakeholders. “Our focus was to understand the context, issues and priorities for agencies in transportation, health and criminal justice because they are most likely to be impacted by drug-impaired drivers,” said Robyn Robertson, TIRF president. In a November 2016 poll of just over […]

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19-year-old university student running for Member of Provincial Parliament

Just one year after gaining voting legality, Brock University student Sam Oosterhoff is a contender for Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) at 19-years-old. Oosterhoff has secured the Progressive Conservative (PC) candidate position in the riding of Niagara West-Glanbrook, beating out PC party president Rick Dykstra, 50, in the process, according to multiple news outlets. Now, Oosterhoff said he will try for a spot at Queen’s Park, facing off against Liberal candidate Vicky Ringuette, 37, and the New Democratic Party’s (NDP) Mike Thomas, 56, in a byelection set for Nov. 17. If he wins, Oosterhoff will break a longstanding record and become the youngest MPP in Ontario. The previous record was set by Reid Scott, a Co-operative Commonwealth Federation MPP who […]

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Federal youth employment promises fall short

The federal government is expected to fall short of their promise to deliver 5,000 green youth jobs this year. According to an article from The Canadian Press, final numbers won’t be confirmed until fall 2017, but figures from Employment and Social Development Canada show the Liberals will surpass 2,000 green youth jobs by March 2017. Recent Statistics Canada (StatsCan) data found that the average unemployment rate for people in the 15-24 age bracket was 13.2 per cent this past August, unchanged from the same period in 2015. However, the unemployment rate for those 25-54 was 6.6 per cent in August. David Gray, a labour economics professor at the University of Ottawa, said this is normal for a developed country. “Youth […]

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