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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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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Editorial: Universities need to inform students about tuition hikes

Post-secondary tuition is expensive, and students are often on the hook for most or all of it. A Statistics Canada report has revealed post-secondary schools across Canada have increased tuition by an average of 3.1 per cent for this school year. While it’s debatable how much students should be paying for their education or how much outside financial support is feasible, there should be no debate when it comes to helping students understand what this extra money is getting them. Under the current financial system, these hikes seem inevitable. But as tuition fees continues to rise, students are left behind when it comes to knowing what they are paying for. Universities and colleges should take more responsibility in educating students […]

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Senate amends student transcript policy

A recent policy change from Carleton’s Senate alters the way dropped courses are marked on student transcripts. Students who drop courses after Sept. 30, the last official day to withdraw from a course with a fee readjustment, will have the dropped course marked as “WDN,” or “withdrawn,” on both official and unofficial Carleton University transcripts. A transcript is a copy of a student’s permanent academic record, listing all courses taken and grades earned. Carleton students are able to request a copy of their official and unofficial transcript through Carleton Central. Prior to this policy change, students could drop courses until the last official day of classes without receiving a notation on their transcript. The reason for the change, according to […]

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Opinion: Term limits will refresh student government

A new group of students will come in and fill Carleton’s student unions with fresh faces, fresh ideas, and new personalities. However, that’s not exactly what has happened. All three of Carleton’s student government bodies, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), the Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA), and the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), have at least one of this previous year’s executives coming back for round two. CUSA is led by Zameer Masjedee, last year’s vice-president (student life), RRRA’s president is Hyder Naqvi, just like last year, the GSA’s president, Eric Hitsman, is the former vice-president (operations), and there are other vice-presidents who decided to stay on for a second term. There’s a precedent for this, too. Past CUSA presidents […]

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