Letter: RRRA needs a variety of reforms

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) needs reform. As a member of the RRRA Council and RRRA staff last year, I saw an association that put too much authority in the executive team and a council that could not provide effective oversight due to flaws in the association’s constitution. This year, I want to bring a series of reforms to RRRA. I have discussed these reforms with colleagues and we believe they will bring the necessary accountability to RRRA, which will make it an effective student-led organization. I’d like to outline a proposal of financial, governance, and advocacy reforms to the structure of RRRA. Today, the RRRA executives spend money with little oversight from RRRA council. A budget is reviewed […]

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Our Turn publishes national action plan against sexual violence

Our Turn, a student-led initiative to end sexual violence on campus, launched a National Action Plan on Oct. 11 from McGill University’s campus, according to a press release. The National Action Plan lays out a list of principles that student unions can adopt to prevent sexual violence, support survivors, and advocate for change on their campuses, according to the document. The plan, according to the release, was created by three Carleton University students along with the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU). The action plan also includes scores for sexual violence policies from 14 school across the country, almost half of which failed to score higher than a ‘C’ grade. According to the document, the policies are graded on a […]

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RRRA to hold new executive elections April 18 and 19

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) will be holding re-elections for executive positions later this month, on April 18 and 19. The decision came after Carleton ombudsperson Jim Kennelly was asked by council in March to review the result of the February election. The Fresh RRRA slate came in first place despite being disqualified the day before voting started after accumulating three electoral violations. The Next Step, led by incumbent president Hyder Naqvi, came in second but was named the winner because of the disqualification. At the last meeting council voted to accept the recommendations of Kennelly as a third party. “My solution is the students should decide on who represents them next year,” Kennelly said. He added that holding […]

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RRRA’s promise to replace Mac Daddy’s “unlikely”

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) executive promised during their past two elections to replace the Mac Daddy’s in Oasis, but increased sales may make it less likely. Current RRRA President Hyder Naqvi said his team wanted to replace the Mac Daddy’s last year, and the promise was again part of his re-election campaign this year. “I would love to find a replacement for Mac Daddy’s, so right now we are in talks [with the university] regarding this change,” Naqvi said. Naqvi said RRRA is in the early stages of the process, and that he is meeting with the university on March 23, which “will determine how we are moving forward with this.” Aramark, a food services company, runs Carleton’s […]

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Fresh RRRA appeal decision delayed

The Carleton University ombudsperson will review the disqualification of the Fresh RRRA slate from last month’s Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) election, after the association’s council voted to have a third party review it. Fresh RRRA was disqualified from the Feb. 15 election by the association’s chief electoral officer, Jessica Beaudoin-Walker, after incurring three violations. Violations included a volunteer not wearing a badge while campaigning, a volunteer campaigning outside of a campaign zone, and a Fresh RRRA executive candidate allegedly bribing another slate to drop out of the election. A recording of the alleged bribery was played at the council meeting. Fresh RRRA vice-president (administration) candidate Connor Thibodeau can be heard offering The A Team presidential candidate Ghassan Jabasini a […]

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