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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Treasury Board reviewing unpaid internships in federal government

The Treasury Board of Canada has launched a review to determine why 12 federal organizations aren’t paying some of their interns. Federal agencies such as Canadian Heritage, Public Safety Canada, and National Defence offer unpaid internships, according to CBC. CBC said roughly 1,000 interns are accepted at the federal level each year. Treasury Board policy states that legally, interns should be paid for work unless the placement is part of an academic program such as co-op. The Canadian Intern Association (CIA) states on their website that their mission is to advocate, “[a]gainst the exploitation of interns and aims to improve internship experiences.” Joshua Mandryk, the Ontario director of the CIA, told the CBC that “with the growing recognition that a […]

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Carleton alumni appointed ambassadors to UK and Pakistan

The federal government announced that Carleton alumni Perry Calderwood and Janice Charette were appointed to be High Commissioners to Pakistan and the United Kingdom (UK), respectively, on July 19. This is not Charette’s first high-profile appointment. According to a Carleton Newsroom release, after graduating from the Sprott School of Business in 1984, Charette worked in the private sector, then in the government. She became the Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in October 2014 while Stephen Harper was Prime Minister. In addition to that role, she held a variety of positions in other federal government offices from 2001 until now. “At least 16 graduates are currently serving as ambassadors in countries across the globe, as well […]

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Dalhousie students help create video game to train peacekeepers

A team of students at Dalhousie University have created a video game that will be used to help train peacekeepers on how to interact with child soldiers. The game was developed for the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (RDCSI), which is based out of the political science department at Dalhousie. According to Josh Boyter, the communications officer at the RDCSI, the game simulates the various scenarios peacekeepers may face. They range from low-risk interactions such as encountering a delinquent child, to a high-risk situation where a child is being used as a suicide bomber. Users have to work their way through a series of interactions with child soldiers, making choices along the way with varying results. “We want people to […]

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Opinion: Students should hold Trudeau accountable

The ballots have been counted, the cabinet has been sworn in, and Justin Trudeau is now the prime minister of a Liberal majority government. Trudeau’s self-acknowledged “sunny ways” come in stark contrast to the negative politics of the previous Conservative government. They are credited in large part with securing the victory of the Liberal Party, which returned from political purgatory with 184 seats. An integral part of Trudeau’s success was an energized youth vote. Young adults were courted by Trudeau’s promises to increase the Canada Student Grant for lower income students, and postpone student loan payments until new graduates are making a liveable income. But there are doubts about whether Trudeau can keep each promise he made to Canadians during […]

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