Carleton professor finds high levels of microfibres in Ottawa River

In September, Carleton researchers found high levels of micro plastics after surveying 500 kilometres of the Ottawa River. In more recent studies, research shows that now plastic micro fibres that originate from fleece, athletic wear, and synthetic materials are the main problem. Jesse Vermaire, Carleton professor of environmental science and environmental studies who completed the research, said he narrowed the issue down to microfibres by counting the plastics that were retained in the filter under a microscope. “We were really surprised at how many were there and that we found them in every sample,” he said via email. Vermaire said the department is not sure how the microfibre got in the river in the first place, but a possibility is […]

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Q+A: GSA President Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah wins Femmy Award

Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) President Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah was one of six recipients of a Femmy Award on International Women’s Day on March 8. Owusu-Akyeeah received the award for her work in the areas of anti-racism, gender equality and sex education. The Femmys are given out annually to people living in the National Capital Region who “have made outstanding contributions to the struggle for gender equality,” according to their website. The Charlatan spoke with Owusu-Akyeeah via email to discuss the award, her work as an activist, and her plans for the future. The Charlatan (TC): How does it feel to win a Femmy? Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah (DOA): It feels great! It’s really hard to explain, but I feel a real sense of […]

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RRRA brings back Residence formal

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) hosted the Residence Formal again last month after a one-year hiatus due to a lack of budgeting during the 2015-16 academic year. In an interview with The Charlatan in April 2016, then-president of RRRA Graham Pedregosa said no money was budgeted for a residence formal specifically. Instead of the formal, he said RRRA used $30,200 to host FROST 2016, a concert featuring performers iLoveMakonnen and DJ Mustard. This year’s formal, “a Masquerade in Venice,” was held on Jan. 27 at Casino Lac-Leamy in Gatineau, Que. Hyder Naqvi, president and chief financial officer at RRRA, called the formal “everything [RRRA] had been hoping for” this year. “I’ve heard great things from many students. Some students have […]

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On-campus memorials prove costly

On-campus memorials can be a tricky issue for students. There are questions about price, type, and location that are difficult to find answers for during the busy school semesters. June Cummings, a sociology student at Carleton, said she was looking to plant a tree on campus in memory of a colleague, but that it was too expensive. “It’s hindering and very expensive if you want to do this.  As a student, I found it frustrating,” she said. “I didn’t think it would be so official and such a big deal, I went to Facilities Management and Planning, but it seems that when I initiated this conversation, the department was in the process of changing it around,” Cummings said. Initially, Cummings […]

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$111,000 neuroscience scholarship named after Daniel Alfredsson

Carleton has announced a new scholarship for undergraduate students in the neuroscience and mental health program. The $111,000 Daniel Alfredsson scholarship was announced by the Ottawa Senators on Dec. 30, together with Carleton and Bell Let’s Talk. The announcement was made at a game at which the Senators retired Alfredsson’s #11 jersey. The former long-time captain of the Senators has supported many mental health initiatives in Ottawa, according to a news release on Carleton’s website. According to a release from the Ottawa Senators Foundation (OSF), scholarships will be awarded annually to students going from one year of the program to the next. Kim Hellemans, the neuroscience undergraduate chair at Carleton, said the scholarship money will benefit students greatly. Having the […]

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