U of O student federation passes Equity Policy, faces backlash

The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) faced opposition from Jewish student groups on campus over a proposed pro-Boycott, Divestment and Santions (BDS) policy at a Board of Administration meeting on Nov. 5. The Equity Policy, put forward by the SFUO’s vice-president (equity) Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, proposed that the federation support a number of political campaigns. Calling the SFUO a “political organization,” the policy proposed seven clauses that would see the SFUO declare support for pro-choice groups, the BDS movement, fossil fuel and pipeline divestment, Black Lives Matter, Idle No More, anti-Islamophobia, and trans rights. According to the University of Ottawa (U of O)’s student newspaper The Fulcrum, Moumouni-Tchouassi said she had received death threats over the proposed policy. […]

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Recruitment clipboards circulated on campus

Students are warning their peers to be wary of commercial clipboards being passed around Carleton classrooms that ask for personal information and offer jobs. Caitlin Heffernan, a first-year journalism student, said she was recruited by an organization called the Summer Management Program to circulate clipboards in Carleton classes asking students to provide their contact information for a summer job opportunity. Heffernan said she was hired for the position after responding to a post in the Carleton University Class of 2021 Facebook social group promising a “super easy” job that would only last for a few weeks. “They said you just go to the first row of the lecture hall, explain the program to someone, tell them to pass the clipboard […]

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Womyn’s Centre document defaced with racial slurs

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre has been forced to delete their online list of women-owned businesses. According to Céline Brown MacDonald, a temporary employee fulfilling co-ordinator duties at the Womyn’s Centre, the incident occurred sometime during the last week of May. A June 12 post post on the centre’s Facebook page alerted students to the vandalism. “We will begin working on a new [list of businesses] and deeply apologize to anyone who was affected by the hack,” the post stated. The list was a Google document open “in good faith” for anyone to edit and add businesses they wanted to support, Brown MacDonald said. She said the centre realized the list had been hacked after a student raised […]

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Ontario Sunshine List reveals university pay levels

The release of Ontario’s Public Sector Salary Disclosure list on March 31 highlighted a continuing gender wage gap among university employees. Published annually since 1996, the Sunshine List provides the salary and benefits of every public sector employee earning more than $100,000 in the previous year. This year’s list has grown by seven per cent, with more than 123,000 people paid more than $100,000 last year, according to CBC News. Carleton president Roseann Runte is once again the highest paid employee at Carleton. Earning a total of $400,004.97 in 2016, Runte was one of three women amongst the top 10 highest paid Carleton employees last year. Sprott School of Business associate dean of professional graduate programs Lorraine Dyke was fourth, earning […]

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Universities work to incorporate Indigenous learning

Among the 94 calls to action published by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in a 2015 report were numerous references to the need for increased education about Indigenous issues, including a call for governments to “provide the necessary funding to post-secondary institutions to educate teachers on how to integrate Indigenous knowledge and teaching methods in classrooms.” Some Canadian universities are working to better recognize Indigenous knowledge on their campuses, from the implementation of Indigenous content requirements, to the creation of buildings dedicated to Indigenous studies and culture. Lakehead University Following the implementation of an Indigenous content requirement in the fall 2016 semester, Lakehead University is working to address student concerns about the information being taught. “There have been some disagreements […]

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