Editorial: Runte resignation signals fresh start

Carleton President Roseann Runte announced on March 24 that she would be resigning her post, effective July 31. Runte has been the head of the university for nine years, taking on the job in 2008 and seeking a second term in 2012. This change in leadership represents an opportunity for a fresh start for Carleton, and especially for the university’s Board of Governors (BoG). A number of contentious issues on campus, including the passing of the Sexual Violence Policy, rising tuition fees, and changes limiting the ability of BoG members to express their dissent on actions or decisions taken by the Board, have created a disconnect between students and the university. For nearly a decade, Runte has played a key […]

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Letter: A scale can be a trigger

Recently, Carleton University’s fitness centre removed the scale from their gym. The result has been an overwhelming amount of backlash from the online community. I understand where they are coming from, as a scale is a beneficial tool for many in their workout routine. That being said, I have a problem with how a lot of people have expressed their disagreement. Looking at the comments on the articles from The Charlatan, the Ottawa Citizen and other outlets, you will see the mention of a snowflake generation, hurt feelings and jokes about what a trigger is. What people are failing to realize is triggering someone isn’t the same thing as hurting their feelings. In many cases it can be life-threatening. For […]

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Femme fitness: Exploring the debate over women’s-only gym hours at Carleton and beyond

Whether it’s in the comments of the Spotted at Carleton Facebook page, or in the editorial section of the Ottawa Citizen, the idea of a women’s-only gym hour continues to be debated at Carleton University. The “Where’s Our Women’s Only Gym Hour?” campaign was launched by the Womyn’s Centre, the Carleton University Muslim Students’ Association, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) in partnership with the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) earlier this fall. The campaign is currently surveying students on campus to gauge their opinion about the hour. Reports of posters being torn off campus walls in late November show that some object strongly to the idea. But Carleton already has women’s-only pool hours, […]

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University of Ottawa loses hard drive with information on 900 students

A hard drive containing the personal information of 900 University of Ottawa (U of O) students has disappeared, prompting an investigation by the school. The hard drive was from the university’s Student Academic Success Services (SASS), and temporarily stored data about students who received academic accommodation. The school apologized in a press release on Sept. 21, and has since contacted students affected and set up a support line for them with information about the breach. “Measures have been put in place at SASS to reduce the risk of the situation recurring,” the school said. The U of O has contacted the police, but they still don’t know what type of personal information was on the hard drive. Privacy breaches at […]

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Editorial: O-Train continues to disappoint

Five years ago, Ottawa City Council approved a $60-million expansion to the O-Train Trillium line, with the expectation that trip frequency would be reduced to eight minutes. When the upgraded O-Train service launched in March 2015, trains ran every 12 minutes, according to an Ottawa Citizen article. Since then, the service has only been able to increase the frequency to 11 minutes. This is well short of the target city council had for them when they first approved the project. Even OC Transpo has said the service will never have O-trains running every eight minutes. “If anyone is waiting for eight minutes, you aren’t going to get eight minutes,” OC Transpo general manager John Manconi said at a transit commission meeting […]

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