Back-to-work legislation ends college faculty strike

The Ontario government passed back-to-work legislation on Nov. 19, ending the five-week college strike. Faculty returned to work on Nov. 20, and classes started again the following day. The legislation was passed after the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), with a 95 per cent turnout, rejected the College Employer Council’s new contract offer by 86 per cent. Ontario’s Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced the back-to-work legislation on Nov. 16 but it was voted down by the New Democratic Party. The legislature tabled the bill again on the weekend and the vote passed on Nov. 19. “It was incredibly heavy handed on the part of the government and incredibly late for an intervention on their part,” said JP Hornick, chair of […]

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Lakehead University tackles food insecurity among students

Lakehead University is partnering with Ryerson University and Meal Exchange on a three-year pilot project focusing on solutions to food insecurity. Lakehead was chosen to be part of the project after a 2016 survey by Meal Exchange found it had the most food insecurity among universities surveyed. Meal Exchange is a national non-profit organization that works with universities, food banks, and campus kitchens to address student hunger and food insecurity. The project has not started yet but it will look at the causes of food insecurity and solutions at Lakehead, according to Charles Levkoe, the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Food Systems at the school. He has worked with food systems, food sovereignty, and food security work for over 15 years. […]

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University of Ottawa student receives accessibility award

University of Ottawa student Elsa Lalonde was awarded the Dr. John Davis Burton award on Oct. 26 for her contributions to accessibility. The award was endowed in Burton’s memory in 1992 by his family, students, and friends as he was a champion and advocate for persons with disabilities, according to Carleton’s website. Burton taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and co-ordinated programs and services for deaf students as well as students with learning disabilities, at Algonquin College and Carleton University, according to the press release. The award is given to students from Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité Collégiale, and the University of Ottawa for their work on accessibility, and requires an application. “I was very […]

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Women’s hockey win two over weekend

The Carleton Ravens women’s hockey team won their two pre-season games, beating the Brock Badgers and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) Ridgebacks on Sep. 16 and 17 at the Carleton Ice House. The victories followed three losses against teams from different leagues earlier in their preseason. On Sept. 16, the Ravens came out victorious 3-2 against the Badgers, jumping out to an early 3-0 lead. Carleton defenceman Rachel Knee opened the scoring four minutes into the game while on a powerplay. With a shot from the point, Knee was able to put the puck past the goalie and into the back of the net putting the Ravens up 1-0 early in the game. Carleton was able to […]

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Summer landscaping budget on track despite record rainfall

Carleton’s summer landscaping work remains on budget despite suffering delays due to Ottawa’s record rainfall this summer. According to Kevin Gallinger, Carleton’s director of maintenance services, the $40,000 annual landscaping budget covers buying flowers, trees, shrubs, tools, fertilizers and other items. However, he said the budget does not include labour costs. Gallinger said Carleton switched landscaping contractors to Cedar Springs Limited in November 2016 after its previous contract with Greenbelt ended. Cedar Springs is responsible for half the landscaping work on campus, while Carleton students contribute approximately $66,000 in labour, Gallinger said. “Our purchasing policy at Carleton requires us to go back out to the public,” Gallinger said of the switch in contractors. According to Gallinger, this summer’s landscaping projects […]

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