Free speech on campus: an in-depth look

The topic of free speech on university campuses continues to provoke debate and criticism in the wake of recent on-campus incidents.  One incident saw Carleton University President Roseann Runte coming under scrutiny in January, after an email titled “A Reflection for 2017” was sent out to students to promote the principle of free speech. The email was sent following various protests on campus in the fall semester. The email appeared to call campus protesters “noisy persons” who “fail to recognize [that] by preventing their duly-elected representatives to carry out their mandate, they themselves are contravening the basic principle of a civil society.” Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach, and programming coordinator for Carleton’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), said the term […]

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SAIA hosts Israeli Apartheid Week

Carleton’s chapter of Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA) is hosting Israeli Apartheid Week at Carleton from March 13 to 18.  Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach and programming co-ordinator at the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), one of the sponsors of the week, said the goal of the week is mainly education and to “encourage students at Carleton and students all over the world to participate and support Palestinian solidarity.” She said she hopes the week will open discussions around the issue of Palestinian human rights and added the response to the week is “generally very positive.” According to the event’s Facebook page, Israeli Apartheid Week seeks to raise awareness about Israel’s policies towards Palestinian people and to build support […]

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Students protest conference on campus

A protest organized by students in opposition to a conference hosted by the Infrastructure Resilience Research Group (IRRG) led to demonstrators being denied access to Richcraft Hall. The conference focused on training legal and industry representatives on how to address threats to resource infrastructure, and was hosted at Carleton University by Felix Kwamena, an engineering professor, and Martin Rudner, distinguished research professor emeritus. Speakers at the workshop included Alan Jones, the former assistant director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and Dave Fox, director of corporate security at Irving Oil. Protest organizers said the intention was to demonstrate that students did not welcome the discussion of applying criminal proceedings against those who protested pipeline and other resource development projects. Ashley […]

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Carleton hosts panel, documentary screening on Hassan Diab

Upwards of 60 people gathered in a classroom at Carleton on Nov. 11 to watch a screening of the documentary Rubber Stamped: The Hassan Diab Story, and participate in a panel discussion about former Carleton professor Hassan Diab’s extradition to France. Diab was extradited in 2014 to face charges of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and destruction of property with an explosive or incendiary substance, according to a CBC article. The charges stem from a bombing at a synagogue in Paris in 1980, which killed four people. Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer outreach and programming co-ordinator with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) at Carleton, said there is a connection between Diab and Carleton students. “This event is our way of […]

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A breakdown of levies: which organizations get your money?

As part of their tuition fees each year, Carleton undergraduate students pay various levies that add up to a total of $715.30 to help support a wide variety of clubs at Carleton and different charitable organizations. Twenty-two different groups receive money through the levies charged to each student, and work both on and off campus. Fees are collected by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) and distributed directly to organizations by CUSA. Levy organizations do a variety of work and range from the health and dental plan to activist and charitable groups. The World University Service of Canada’s Carleton chapter (WUSC) is an on-campus group that collects $2.38 from undergraduate students. The group uses the money to help sponsor refugee […]

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