CUSA passes motion, hires electoral officers

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) began preparations for the 2018 electoral season by ratifying the chief electoral officer (CEO) and deputy electoral officers (DEOs) at a council meeting on Jan. 15. Council voted almost unanimously to ratify Nada Ibrahim as CEO and Zach Parkkari and Aiden Forsyth as DEOs. Ibrahim has previously served as a DEO for the 2016 and 2017 CUSA elections. Julia Parsons, a public affairs councillor, asked the three candidates whether any of them had ever openly supported a slate in the past. Forsyth said he had made posts online about slates before, while Parkkari said he had supported a slate in the past, “but not very publicly.” Ibrahim said she has not supported a slate […]

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Minimum wage hike stirs debate at Carleton

After Ontario’s minimum wage increased by more than 20 per cent in January, Carleton businesses are readjusting their business models to balance the increase. On Jan. 1, Ontario’s general minimum wage increased to $14 per hour from $11.60 for workers who are 18 years or older. Meanwhile, the minimum wage for servers went from $10.10 to $12.20 per hour. The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) owns and operates Mike’s Place, a bar in the University Centre. Taylor Howarth, the GSA’s vice-president (finance), said the wage increase is not “a major hurdle,” but requires planning to adjust. “On the book’s analysis . . . it’s going to cost Mike’s Place more money,” Howarth said. “If you look at it from a labour […]

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Womyn’s Centre seeks to alter name spelling

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre is looking to undergo a minor name spelling change to improve inclusivity. The proposed name change is from “womyn” to “womxn,” because of its use by transgender women and women of colour to represent themselves in more inclusive spaces, Harar Hall, one of the Womyn’s Centre co-ordinators, said in an email. According to her, the word “womyn” has transphobic origins, and has been used very often to differentiate between cis and trans women, citing the Michigan Womyn’s Music  Festival, which was promoted as a space for cis-gendered women only. “We want the Womyn’s Centre to be a place that equally welcomes non-binary voices,” Hall said. “I think the best way to have […]

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RRRA budget passed

The Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA) passed their 2017-18 budget at its meeting on Dec. 7. RRRA was forced to delay passing the budget at their last meeting after questions regarding money allotted to executive tuitions were raised. During the November meeting, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) president Zameer Masjedee questioned why RRRA had budgeted $43,509 for their tuition credits, a number he said should have been much lower. RRRA executives receive compensation from Carleton for 1.5 credits, as per the association’s bylaws. When RRRA was unable to explain the amount allocated for executive tuition, council voted unanimously to postpone the budget vote. At the Dec. 7 meeting, RRRA president Hyder Naqvi explained that the money in question covered the […]

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CUSA Midterm Review

Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Promise: Increase student jobs. Yes: The goal of this initiative was to increase the number of student positions on campus in a sustainable way that wouldn’t impact the operating budget. To accomplish this, CUSA sought out grants available to not-for-profit organizations, which CUSA is. One of the grants that CUSA was given was the Canada Summer Jobs grant, which was used to hire four students this year, according to CUSA president Zameer Masjedee. CUSA is currently in the application process for the Career Focus Grant, a large grant targeted towards students who are seeking experience relevant to their career. The grant would give CUSA up  to $200,000 and would be used to hire 20 students […]

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