University of Winnipeg introduces women’s-only gym hours

The University of Winnipeg (U of W) has started a new pilot project centered around providing women and non-binary people reserved access to the gym on campus, according to Laura Elsie Garinger, president of the U of W Students’ Association (UWSA). The “Inclusive Gym Initiative,” which will run until the beginning of December 2017, is led by the UWSA board of directors, students, U of W Recreation Services, and the administration, according to the university’s website. The initiative was started in May 2016 but was only implemented in September of this year to see if students would benefit from gym times, fitness classes or intramurals reserved solely for women and non-binary people, according to the UWSA website. Garinger said the […]

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Athletics survey asks about gym comfort

Carleton Athletics has received over 1,300 responses to a survey seeking feedback on gym-goers’ satisfaction and comfort level with the fitness centre. Athletics releases surveys for its users every month, but felt they had yet to release a survey aimed at the general public, according to Jennifer Brenning, Carleton’s athletic director. She said the survey was inspired by the women’s-only gym hour campaign, which launched in November 2016 and resulted in a women’s-only fitness room in the spring. The survey results will not be made public, as they are for internal use, Brenning said. Some of the survey questions asked about the women’s-only exercise room and if users experienced difficult or uncomfortable situations in the centre. Responses to the survey […]

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Letter: Carleton’s political spectrum is warped

I first heard about the political spectrum during grade 10 Civics class. We learned that the Conservative party was on the right, the Liberals on the left, and the NDP even further to the left. The teacher explained the various policies that members of the right and left believed in, with no right or wrong side to be on. Carleton students would do well to remember this in 2017. Being a conservative doesn’t make you wrong, or a terrible person. I’m a small “l” liberal. I’m well left of centre on social policies, but in certain economic situations I’m closer to centre. Yet if you put me on the political spectrum of Carleton, I’d likely be considered a conservative. A […]

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Women’s-only gym hour campaign launches weekly fitness hours

The campaign for a women’s-only gym hour at Carleton has gotten space in Carleton’s Athletics Centre for a women’s-only fitness hour, which will be offered three times a week, according to the Athletics website. This dedicated fitness time, which launched on Feb. 6, will be offered in addition to the paid women’s-only classes and sports already offered on campus. Ashley Courchene, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (student services), said he is happy with what the campaign has been able to accomplish so far. “What our survey initially showed . . . was an overwhelming support for women’s gym hours,” he said. “I think with the space that is created here, it’s a good step forward and I just want […]

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Letter: Women’s-only gym campaign supports women of colour

The last couple months at Carleton have seen a campus-wide debate. The defendant is the woman’s-only gym hour campaign, designed to actively combat the rape culture that is imbued within a space that is highly sexualized—the unwanted stares, the catcalling, the reccurring hyper-sexualizing of our bodies. The plaintiff is a large population of the mostly-male student body, who find this program violates their right to attend the gym during the hours it is open, and who particularly take issue with Muslim women. Muslim women, who have initiated and supported this program, are perceived by this group as dressing modestly, thus not truly experiencing overt sexualization. It is believed we shouldn’t force our religious obligations within “secular spaces”—ultimately, we are expected […]

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