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					                                                                      CAMPUS • COMMUNITY • CULTURE

September 2010                                                           Ereway inhay the oneymay since last spring.                                                            VOL. 3, NO. 0




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2 The Leveller vol	3,	no	0,	September	2010	                                                                                                  www.leveller.ca
universal bus fuss
The student fight for a city-wide bus pass in Ottawa
by Johanna Hove                   tion at Carleton University      Success – finally
                                  finally demonstrated their          As a result of strong
    Ottawa students have          support for the program.         lobbying efforts, and sup-
been tenaciously lobby-           They     understood      that    port from the Pedestrian
ing for a U-Pass for over         improved public transit          Transit Advisory Commit-
a decade and have finally         would help the university        tee (PTAC), a proposal was
achieved a major success.         recruit students and com-        put forward for a one-year
This fall, full-time students     pete with the University         pilot program at a cost of
at the University of Ottawa       of Ottawa, which at this         $145 per term. Students or-
and Carleton University           point had better public          ganized themselves with re-
will have access to the first     transit access.                  newed energy, lobbying city
U-Pass in Ottawa.                     With the administration      councillors through e-mails
    The fight for a univer-       on board, the next largest       and in person.
sal bus pass for university       barrier students faced was          During the 2009-2010
students in Ottawa is a col-      the proposed cost. City          winter semester, the GSA
lective story, and the recent     staff and many councillors       created a website where stu-
success experienced by Ot-        insisted that the U-Pass be      dents could directly e-mail
tawa students is testament        “revenue neutral.” The city      councillors. Leading up to
to the collective and unre-       then conducted a survey at       the city budget delegations,
lenting efforts of many stu-      each post-secondary institu-     graduate students at Carle-
dents and their advocates.        tion in order to determine       ton coordinated their efforts
    The universal bus pass,       ridership levels among           and attended ward budget
or U-Pass, is ubiquitous at       students and the revenue-        consultations in order to
universities across Canada,       neutral price for the U-Pass.    speak directly to council-
and has been for some             Using this data, OC Trans-       lors and reach those who
time. Students at Queen’s         po indicated that the cost       needed most to recognize
University were the first to      per academic year would be       the benefits of the U-pass
benefit from the U-Pass in        around $338. Clearly this        for their own constituents.
1973, and many more (at           price would be too high for      During the city budget del-
least 22 at last count) have      all students to pay, since it    egations in January, a num-
followed suit over the years,     was only $8 less per month       ber of Carleton and Uni-
including London (1998),          than monthly student pass-       versity of Ottawa students
Victoria (1999), Vancouver        es.                              presented very persuasively,
(2003), Edmonton (2007),              In 2009, undergraduate       along with non-student
Saskatchewan (2007), Wa-          students at the University       supporters like University
terloo (2007), and Halifax        of Ottawa passed a refer-        of Ottawa’s president, Allan
(2006).                           endum calling for a U-Pass       Rock.
    Because the U-Pass in Ot-     at $125 per term, while             Councillors were re-
tawa is a pilot project, stu-     the GSA continued nego-          minded that the premise
                                                                                                                                                                       photo by Chris bisson
dents must dig deep and find      tiations with OC Transpo.        of the U-Pass, like univer-
a bit of fight left in them.      Again, OC Transpo did not        sal health care or student
                                  support the price being pro-     athletic fees, is that a large   Referenda at the University       ceived strong support from
The History                                                                                         of Ottawa also passed just        their university adminis-
                                  posed. Using the same data       group of people, in this
    The student movement                                                                            as smoothly.                      tration and their student
                                  from its 2003 survey, city       case students, pool their
to acquire a U-Pass in Ot-                                                                                                            unions are administering
                                  staff concluded in 2008 that     resources in order to sub-
tawa began in 1995. Over                                                                            The fight continues
                                  students should pay $49.50       stantially reduce the cost                                         the U-Pass through the ISIC
the years, the biggest chal-                                                                            While student supporters
                                  per month or $198 per se-        of a service. In addition,                                         card. As mentioned, the
lenges for Carleton students                                                                        rejoiced at the recent victo-
                                  mester.                          councillors had not initially                                      president of the University
have been an unsupportive                                                                           ry, and rightfully so, there is
                                      However, the methodol-       taken into account the city-                                       of Ottawa spoke during the
senior administration along                                                                         still work to be done. Most
                                  ogy and results of the 2003      wide benefits of the U-Pass                                        2010 Budget Delegations at
with a City Council unwill-                                                                         recently, student unions at
                                  survey were disputed and         program, such as life-long                                         City Hall in favour of the
ing to invest in the com-                                                                           Carleton have been shut
                                  the Student Federation of the    ridership, reduced car usage                                       U-Pass, and the administra-
bined social, environmen-                                                                           out of the project. Over the
                                  University of Ottawa (SFUO)      and therefore reduced gas                                          tion even fronted securities
tal, and economic program                                                                           course of the spring and
                                  conducted its own survey of      emissions and road wear,                                           for the SFUO.
of the U-Pass. For instance,                                                                        summer of 2010, the stu-
                                  ridership on campus, which       and an improved relation-                                              Overall this is a huge
in a 1996 referendum, un-                                                                           dents’ associations, univer-
                                  provided the sound basis for     ship with students.                                                win for Ottawa students.
dergraduate students at                                                                             sities, and OC Transpo ne-
                                  advocating a U-pass at $125         Added to this, students                                         Of course, the fight is not
Carleton approved a U-Pass                                                                          gotiated intensely over the
                                  per semester.                    were one of the groups                                             over. This is a pilot project,
at $110 per academic year;                                                                          details of the program.
                                      Siding with students,        hardest hit by the contin-                                         and students need to work
however, the Board of Gov-                                                                              In early negotiations, it
                                  the Transit Committee            ued transit fare increases                                         to ensure that the new City
ernors rejected the results                                                                         was agreed that using the
                                  recommended to City              and the bus strike in 2009.                                        Council continues this ini-
and refused to collect the                                                                          ISIC card at both the Univer-
                                  Council to implement in          Transit fares have increased                                       tiative and makes it a per-
U-Pass levy.                                                                                        sity of Ottawa and Carleton
                                  September 2009 a pilot U-        7.5% each year over the last                                       manent one for all Ottawa
    In 1999, the Graduate                                                                           would make the most sense                                            THe CArleTOn
                                  pass project for full-time,      3 years and will increase an-                                      university students.
Students’ Association (GSA)                                                                         – all students would use the
                                  undergraduate University         other 5% next year.
and Carleton Undergradu-                                                                            same card, making it easier       Take Action                       AdminiSTrATiOn
                                  of Ottawa students at $125          In January 2010, City
ate Students’ Association                                                                           for bus drivers to identify it,       The story of the fight for
                                  per semester. It appeared        Council finally voted in
(CUSA) took up the fight                                                                            and the ISIC card is already      a U-Pass is also a reminder       lATer viOlATed
                                  that finally the stars had       favour of a U-Pass pilot
once more, and along with                                                                           administered by the student       that students can organize
                                  aligned, and students, the       project at $145 per semes-
OC Transpo, pursued a U-                                                                            unions, which would save          themselves, take action,         THiS AgreemenT,
                                  university administration,       ter for Carleton University
Pass program at $165 per                                                                            on costs. And instead of          and make positive change.
                                  and the majority of coun-        and University of Ottawa
academic year. The construc-                                                                        having OC Transpo admin-          City Council listened to stu-       negOTiATing
                                  cillors agreed on the pilot      students. At Carleton Uni-
tion of the O-Train would fi-                                                                       ister the student bus pass to     dents who opposed the age
                                  project.                         versity, the students’ asso-
nally give Carleton students                                                                        thousands of students at ki-      cap proposed for student         wiTH OC TrAnSpO
                                      Nevertheless, Mayor Lar-     ciations received assurances
access to the Transitway, and                                                                       osks across the city, student     bus passes, and reversed
                                  ry O’Brien decreed that no       from senior administration
the U-Pass program would                                                                            unions would take on this         this potential regressive           SepArATely,
                                  new information was being        that they would not inter-
work to ensure increased                                                                            responsibility.                   policy, and they listened
                                  provided to City Council         fere if students democrati-
ridership. Again, Carleton                                                                              The Carleton administra-      again regarding the gigantic         inSTeAd Of
                                  this time around. Students       cally voted in support of the
administration quashed the                                                                          tion later violated this agree-   city-wide benefits of imple-
                                  provided new information         project. During the schools’
effort, stating that regardless                                                                     ment, negotiating with OC         menting the U-Pass. With              wOrking
                                  regarding the effects of the     spring elections, referenda
of any referendum outcome,                                                                          Transpo separately, instead       the municipal election fast
                                  transit strike, declining        were held and passed easily
they would not support the                                                                          of working collaboratively        approaching on October           COllAbOrATively
                                  student ridership, and OC        among the student popula-
U-Pass.                                                                                             with student unions. It also      25, students must remem-
                                  Transpo profits; however,        tions – 72% of undergradu-
    In 2003, after students                                                                         created its own card instead      ber to get active and exer-        wiTH STudenT
                                  the required 75% of coun-        ate students and 72.3% of
put the U-Pass back on the                                                                          of using the ISIC card.           cise their democratic rights.
                                  cil did not go to bat for stu-   graduate students voted yes
agenda, senior administra-                                                                              In contrast, students at      Do not let the new council             uniOnS.
                                  dents.                           to the U-Pass at Carleton.
                                                                                                    the University of Ottawa re-      off the hook.

www.leveller.ca	                                                                                                                                   vol	3,	no	0,	September	2010			The Leveller	3	
The DirTY MoneY
The student campaign for divestment in israeli apartheid
by Sam Brimble and               and violations of internation-     Palestinian lands and liveli-      In 2004, the court ruled that      since been pushing forward        gies that helped Carleton to
Aidan Macdonald                  al law.                            hoods.                             Israel’s Apartheid Wall, which     the BDS movement on cam-          divest from South Africa in
                                     The Carleton University            For example, Motorola,         cuts deep within occupied          pus, in an effort to make Car-    the late 1980s.
    Students Against Israeli     Pension Fund is invested in        BAE, and Northrop Grum-            Palestinian territory, was ille-   leton part of the solution to          The argument for divesting
Apartheid (SAIA) launched        some 550 companies, and its        man supplied Israel with           gal and declared that no aid       ending apartheid.                 from apartheid and adopting
a divestment campaign in         only mandate is to maximize        military equipment and mu-         or assistance should be given          Hundreds of organiza-         an SRI policy is fairly simple:
January 2010, calling for Car-   profit.                            nitions in the 2008-2009           to its construction. In viola-     tions around the world have       it is a rejection of the idea that
leton University to stop prof-       In regards to Israel and       bombardment of Gaza. The           tion of the court decision,        now turned to BDS, an effec-      the university should be in-
iting from war crimes and es-    Palestine, the Pension Fund is     Report of the United Nations       Motorola and L-3 Commu-            tive movement that helped to      vesting in and profiting from
tablish a socially responsible   invested in five companies –       Fact Finding Mission on the        nications provide equipment        end the similar injustice of      human rights abuses and vio-
investment (SRI) policy.         BAE Systems, L-3 Communi-          Gaza Conflict – known as           to fortify the wall and the        South African apartheid.          lations of international law.
    Currently Carleton does      cations, Motorola, Northrop        the Goldstone report – was         hundreds of Israeli military           BDS activism is especially    An SRI policy will mean not
not have an SRI policy, and      Grumman, and Tesco – that          released in September 2009         checkpoints that control the       strong on university campus-      just divesting from compa-
there is no prohibition on in-   are complicit in human rights      and found evidence that Is-        West Bank.                         es, as student mobilization       nies complicit in Israeli war
vesting in and profiting from    abuses and violations of in-       rael committed war crimes              The companies’ actions         has brought about several         crimes, but also from any
war, ecological devastation,     ternational law.                   and possibly crimes against        conflict with Carleton’s le-       concrete successes worldwide.     companies involved in un-
                                     Each of these companies        humanity during the assault        gal responsibility to adhere       The most notable victory          ethical and illegal activities
                                 has reaped profits by strength-    on Gaza.                           to the principles of interna-      came at Hampshire College,        around the world.
                                 ening the infrastructure of            In the occupied West           tional law, as stipulated by       where in February 2009, the            A petition has been circu-
                                 Israeli apartheid, which has       Bank, Motorola and Tesco           Nuremberg Principles I and         administration gave in to         lated calling for an SRI policy,
                                 been imposed on the Pales-         facilitate the maintenance         II. Thus, by investing in and      massive student pressure to       and the campaign has been
          lefT TO iTS            tinian people by the Israeli       and development of Jewish-         profiting from the compa-          divest from six companies         endorsed by a number of
                                 state and accords differential     only settlements that are in       nies in spite of their crimes,     complicit in the Israeli occu-    groups on campus, including
      Own deviCeS,               rights and freedoms to the         violation of Article 49 of the     the university itself becomes      pation. Additional successes      the Graduate Students’ Asso-
                                 Palestinians and Israelis.         Fourth Geneva Convention,          complicit in violations of in-     have come in the United           ciation.
      iT iS unlikely                 Since the inception of the     which states that an occupy-       ternational law.                   Kingdom, where several uni-            This campaign provides
                                 state of Israel, Palestinians      ing power may not change               In 2005, Palestinian civil     versities have agreed to divest   Carleton with an opportunity
                                 have had their lands seized,       the demographic composi-           society put out a call for a       from BAE Systems and other        to become a more ethical and
              THAT THe                                              tion of the occupied territory     global campaign of boycott,        companies involved in Israeli     socially responsible institu-
                                 have been displaced from
                                 their homes, and have been         and must not interfere, in an      divestment, and sanctions          crimes.                           tion. Left to its own devices,
 AdminiSTrATiOn                  killed in the thousands by         arbitrary manner, in the lives     (BDS) against Israel until it          Currently SAIA is focus-      it is unlikely that the adminis-
                                 Israeli soldiers. Today, illegal   of the occupied civilian pop-      complies with its obligations      ing on the divestment aspect      tration will act to take advan-
         will ACT TO             Israeli settlements encroach       ulation. This means Motorola       under international law. This      of BDS, pushing for Carleton      tage of these opportunities.
                                 on Palestinian territories and     and Tesco Israel are complicit     call came after decades of         to take its money – students’     As students, then, it is our col-
 TAke AdvAnTAge                  force innocent civilians out of    with violations of the Geneva      futile peace talks and discus-     tuition money – out of Israeli    lective responsibility to build
                                 their homes.                       convention.                        sions. Resolutions from the        apartheid. SAIA is also push-     an active campus community
              Of THeSe               The actions of the five            The activities of Motorola     United Nations have been           ing the administration to         and convince the administra-
                                 companies in question con-         and L-3 Communications are         similarly ineffective.             adopt an SRI policy and in-       tion to remove our universi-
  OppOrTuniTieS.                 tribute to the ongoing occu-       in contravention of the In-            SAIA and students took         vest its money in ethical com-    ty’s money from occupation,
                                 pation and colonization of         ternational Court of Justice.      up that call in 2008 and have      panies, following the strate-     apartheid, and injustice.




                                                                    The G-spoT CelebraTes
                                                                    eiGhT DeliCious Years
                                                                    by Ashton Starr                    its vegetable scraps and pur-      as saying, “If the Garden Spot    renting serving space from
                                                                                                       chasing organic food when          is to continue forever, it con-   CUSA.
                                                                        The G-Spot may be hard         possible. Volunteers learn         travenes the contract with            Securing kitchen space
                                                                    to find, but it’s worth the ef-    and share skills and new           Chartwells [the contract food     on campus has been a prior-
                                                                    fort. Officially known as the      techniques in the kitchen          provider before Aramark]. I       ity of the collective for years.
                                                                    Garden Spot, the G-Spot is         and within the organization.       have no concern with it as an     An on-campus kitchen with
                                                                    Carleton’s      volunteer-run,         “Cooks, cleaners, and          interim project.”                 serving space would make
                                                                    vegan community kitchen.           servers are always neces-              Watt also didn’t like the     the organization more vis-
                                                                    Located at 426H Unicen-            sary,” says Turney. “We also       look of the G-Spot. “The          ible and accessible, build
                                                                    tre, right around the corner       need eaters, because what’s        way it is being operated, it is   its volunteer base, improve
                                                                    from the Carleton Univer-          the point of all this cook-        an eyesore.“                      meal offerings, and guaran-
                                                                    sity Students’ Association         ing, cleaning, and serving, if         One of the means the ad-      tee stable serving times.
                                                                    (CUSA) office, the G-Spot is       there aren’t any people eat-       ministration used to try to           When collective mem-
                                                                    a hub of campus resistance         ing the food?”                     shut down the G-Spot was          bers spoke to Carleton Presi-
                                                                    to Aramark, the university’s           The G-Spot’s origins go        to kick it out of various loca-   dent Roseann Runte in 2008
                                                                    monopoly for-profit food           back to the establishment of       tions on campus. For exam-        about the possibility of an
                                                                    provider, which runs most          an Ontario Public Interest         ple, in 2003, as the G-Spot       on-campus kitchen space,
                                                                    on-campus food outlets, in-        Research Group (OPIRG)             was serving out of Dunton         she replied that there was no
                                                                    cluding the food court and         food issues working group          Tower, the university admin-      room. During the same year,
                                                                    residence cafeteria.               in 2001. The group incorpo-        istration insisted the group      Tim Hortons expanded into
                                                                        All undergraduate and          rated as the Carleton Food         obtain an expensive insur-        Residence Commons and a
                                                                    graduate students at Carleton      Collective in 2002 while           ance policy. The G-Spot re-       Starbucks took over student

              wants                                                 pay a $2 levy to the Carleton
                                                                    Food Collective, which runs
                                                                                                       serving free lunches sporadi-
                                                                                                       cally around the Carleton
                                                                                                                                          sponded by getting the ap-
                                                                                                                                          propriate insurance.
                                                                                                                                              When students voted to
                                                                                                                                                                            space in the Unicentre Atri-
                                                                                                                                                                            um, under the terms of the
                                                                                                                                                                            contract with Aramark.
                                                                    the off-campus G-Spot kitchen      campus to hungry students.

              your                                                  and brings meals to campus.
                                                                    The G-Spot offers healthy food
                                                                                                           The university admin-
                                                                                                       istration has consistently
                                                                                                                                          grant the G-Spot a levy, the
                                                                                                                                          Board of Governors blocked
                                                                                                                                          it, saying there wasn’t space
                                                                                                                                                                                Students recognize that
                                                                                                                                                                            the G-Spot is the most acces-
                                                                                                                                                                            sible and environmentally
                                                                    at a pay-what-you-can cost.        expressed concern that the


              Letters                                                   According to collective
                                                                    member Shaun Turney, the
                                                                    G-Spot’s philosophy is that
                                                                    “every person on campus
                                                                                                       G-Spot would violate Car-
                                                                                                       leton’s monopoly contracts
                                                                                                       with for-profit food service
                                                                                                       companies. In 2002, Vice-
                                                                                                                                          on Carleton’s campus. This re-
                                                                                                                                          striction of student democracy
                                                                                                                                          forced students to mobilize
                                                                                                                                          with petitions, letter-writing
                                                                                                                                                                            sustainable place to eat on
                                                                                                                                                                            campus, and many rely sole-
                                                                                                                                                                            ly on G-Spot meals for their
                                                                                                                                                                            breakfasts and lunches. Re-
                                                                    should have access to healthy      President of Finance and Ad-       campaigns, and off-campus         jecting the compulsory com-
                                                                    food, regardless of their finan-   ministration Duncan Watt           community outreach.               mercialism of the for-profit
         Please send all correspondance to:                         cial situation or the busyness     took issue with the idea of a          With continued efforts        feeding machine, students
     editors.the.leveller@gmail.com                                 of their schedule.”                permanent G-Spot.                  from students over the years      have found a place of their
                                                                        It is environmentally              A January 24, 2002, article    and further referenda, the G-     own, where food is pleasure:
                                                                    sustainable, composting all        in the Charlatan quoted Watt       Spot won its levy and started     the G-Spot.

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servinG up soliDariTY
food service workers at Carleton cooking up union
                                                                                                                                     workers at Carleton are long-      better place to work.”
                                                                                                                                     time workers in cafeterias or          Manabu Natori, who
                                                                                                                                     registered students of the         works in the residence cafe-
                                                                                                                                     university and as such are an      teria, says that workers have
                                                                                                                                     integral part of the Carleton      now been “talking about
                                                                                                                                     community.                         the union more freely in the
                                                                                                                                         The petition also calls on     workplace.”
                                                                                                                                     Carleton University and Ara-           In addition to individual
                                                                                                                                     mark to negotiate a fair process   students, many groups on
                                                                                                                                     for the unionization of food       campus have made clear
                                                                                                                                     service workers with UNITE         their support for food ser-
                                                                                                                                     HERE HSTU Local 261.               vice workers.
                                                                                                                                         A letter written by Cam-           Carleton’s student unions
                                                                                                                                     pus United, a coalition of         have recognized not only
                                                                                                                                     unions on campus, to Car-          the right of workers to freely
                                                                                                                                     leton President Roseann            form a union, but also that
                                                                                                                                     Runte echoes the petition in       many students depend on
                                                                                                                                     calling for a fair process of      employment at Aramark to
                                                                                                                                     unionization and for Carle-        finance their studies.
                                                                                                    photo by brendon mroz            ton and Aramark to remain              Alex Sirois, president of
                                                                                                                                     neutral throughout the             the Carleton University Stu-
                                                                                                                                     union drive.                       dents’ Association (CUSA),
by Erin Seatter                 its. With the exception of a      that Aramark was inhibiting        them on their shirts and            Member of Parliament           has called “on Carleton
                                few student-run food outlets      their freedom of speech and        backpacks, and stuck them       Olivia Chow, the Citizen-          University, President Runte,
   After years of non-union-    – including Oliver’s, Roost-      freedom to form a union by         on laptops and notebooks,       ship and Immigration critic        and Aramark Carleton to en-
ized employment, food           er’s, Mike’s Place, the G-Spot,   circulating intimidating let-      in recognition of the rights    for the New Democratic             sure that Carleton is a place
service workers at Carleton     and Leonardo’s Lounge – all       ters that suggested workers        of food service workers.        Party, even visited campus         where people can speak free
University are organizing a     food services on campus           would be fired for attempt-            Cheyenne Fleet, a student   to meet with students and          from fear.”
union. Food service workers,    fall under Aramark. This in-      ing to unionize.                   involved in the campaign,       workers to discuss in par-             Kimalee Phillip, presi-
including students and full-    cludes all on-campus cater-           In response, students, fac-    explains that “some workers     ticular the right of interna-      dent of the Graduate Stu-
time workers, are the larg-     ing, as well as the food court    ulty, and workers on campus        have asked if I’m ‘with the     tional students to organize        dents’ Association (GSA),
est group of non-unionized      with the Subway and Pizza         pulled together in a show          union,’ which has given me      and participate in a union.        says, “The GSA continues
employees on campus.            Pizza outlets in the Unicen-      of support for food service        the opportunity to explain          In August, students be-        to stand in solidarity with
   Currently they are em-       tre, the residence cafeteria,     workers and their right to         that I’m simply a student       gan handing out paper flow-        workers on campus, rec-
ployed by the transnational     Loeb cafeteria, Oasis, Page       freely decide for themselves       who is incredibly concerned     ers to food service workers,       ognizing that students are
corporation Aramark, which      Break, Baker’s Grill, Tim         whether or not they wanted         about what has occurred on      particularly those in the resi-    workers too. All students,
manages food service at Car-    Hortons, and Starbucks.           a union.                           our campus.”                    dence cafeteria and the food       including         international
leton University under the          Last spring workers start-        For four weeks starting in         Following the sticker       court. These flowers were ac-      students, have the right to
name Carleton University        ed speaking publicly of their     May, students and workers          campaign a petition in sup-     companied by a leaflet that        unionize and should be able
Dining Services.                efforts to organize a union       handed out stickers that stat-     port of the union drive cir-    affirmed workers’ “right to        to exercise that right.”
   A contract between Ara-      with the Hospitality and Ser-     ed, “Aramark let your work-        culated and thousands of        be treated with dignity and            Natori says that his co-
mark and the university         vices Trade Union (HSTU)          ers speak free from fear.” The     signatures were gathered        respect and to work in a safe      workers are excited about
gives Aramark a monopoly        Local 261, an affiliate of the    stickers were a visible pres-      from across campus.             environment.” It also said         what’s happening. “They say
on food services and the        international union UNITE         ence on campus, as students,           The petition notes that     that together the commu-           things like, ‘I can’t wait until
university a cut of the prof-   HERE, expressing concern          faculty, and workers wore          many Aramark food service       nity could “make Aramark a         the union wins!’”




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froM kiDs’ Table To nerD JunTa
The Carleton Academic Student government in a nutshell
by Steffanie Pinch and            The kids’ table                   ticing right-wing ideologues
Doug Nesbitt                          CASG grew out of the          took it over through dubious
                                  New University Govern-            electoral methods. CASG’s
    The Carleton Academ-          ment (NUG), a student off-        key personnel have been in-
ic Student Government             shoot of Senate created in        volved in a series of efforts at
(CASG) is a mysterious            1969.                             undermining CUSA and the
and anomalous feature of              While other universities      GSA through setting up Con-
the Carleton University           were responding to calls          servative Party front groups
landscape. While the CASG         for democratization by in-        (see the Leveller’s exposé in
has tried to position itself      cluding students on Senate,       Vol.1 Issue 4 at Leveller.ca),
as the voice of students,         Carleton pushed through a         interfering in the efforts of
and has often been in con-        different model that offered      campus labour unions to
flict with the independent        students separate represen-       inform their members on
student organizations - the       tation on a body of their         collective bargaining issues,
Carleton University Stu-          own, which would report to        erroneously claiming to
dents’ Association (CUSA)         Senate.                           represent graduate students,
and the Graduate Students’            As one student coun-          and trying to convince Car-
Association (GSA) - it has        cil member said, a “plan          leton’s students that they’re
not made a deep impres-           for student participation         better off without a national
sion on the student body.         in university government          student union like the Cana-                                                                           photo by Chris bisson
    CASG is composed of           has been foisted upon us          dian Federation of Students.
student representatives and       without any student partici-          As of last year, the CASG      taking the vote away from         CASG website include lend-
claims to act as a bridge         pation... ‘Sell-out’ appro-       saga has taken another bi-         students would increase           ing his office to CUSA elec-
between       undergraduate       priately defines the main         zarre twist. The student           voter turnout to 100%.            tions staff, storing alcohol,
students, academic depart-        contours of this plan. NUG        body no longer has a say                                             and not emptying his office
ments, and the administra-        is no foot in the door for        in the election of CASG`s          The smoking waste
                                                                                                                                         waste basket.
tion.                             student participation. It is      highest ranks, as a motion         basket
                                                                                                                                             Wallingford blamed his
    But as an arm of the          a foot in the screen door.        was passed stipulating that           The CASG experienced
                                                                                                                                         termination on personal is-
university      administra-       The door is still locked, and     councillors who represent          further brief controversy
                                                                                                                                         sues between himself and the
tion, it operates under the       admittance is by invitation       individual academic de-            last year when Vice Presi-
                                                                                                                                         president at the time, James
constraints and control           only.”                            partments are in charge            dent Academic and Finance
                                                                                                                                         Splinter. Wallingford ran for
of the university Senate,                                           of choosing the executive.         Brandon Wallingford had
                                  The nerd junta                                                                                         the presidency for the 2010-
the supreme authority for                                           CASG justified this deci-          his contract cut short. He
                                     A few years ago, NUG re-                                                                            2011 academic year, but it
academic decisions. In a                                            sion by saying that the            was accused of 13 breaches
                                  emerged in alternate form as                                                                           was won by Heather Page.
stranger twist, Brian Mor-                                          president`s only responsi-         of his original contract and
                                  the Carleton Student Gov-                                                                              Hopefully Page will live up
timer, the Clerk of Senate,                                         bilities were to maintain          voted out of CASG. Some
                                  ernment, later the CASG,                                                                               to the colourful reputation
actually sits with students                                         leadership and set an exam-        of the violations detailed in
                                  after an amalgam of appren-                                                                            of the CASG.
on the CASG.                                                        ple. Mortimer also said that       an open letter still on the




aDMin bloCks sexual assaulT CenTre
Sexual assault support phone line launched by coalition
by Julie S. Lalonde               the coalition began lobbying           Meanwhile, events at
                                  the university administration     Carleton, and the actions
    Last spring, Carleton         for the space and funding         of the administration, con-
University students created       needed to create a centre.        tinue to demonstrate the
the university’s first sexual         The proposed centre           need for a centre. In Decem-
assault support line. Run by      would have one full-time          ber 2008, when the survivor
students and funded by the        coordinator and at least two      of the 2007 assault sued the
community, the support line       part-time positions housed        university for damages, the
is the culmination of three       in an accessible space on         university’s legal defence
years of student activism in      campus. Unlike existing ser-      statement argued that Jane
the face of Carleton’s oppo-      vices on campus, the pro-         Doe “failed to take appro-
sition to a university-funded     posed centre would offer          priate or any action for her
feminist response to violence     survivor-centred peer sup-        own safety.” The Carleton
against women on campus.          port and provide a space for      administration did not take
    The issue of safety at Car-   ongoing dialogue around           accountability for its lack of
leton has been burning since      sexual assault, with a specific   adequate services or even
the fall of 2007, when a high-    focus on preventative, educa-     place blame for the assault
profile sexual assault on cam-    tion-based initiatives.           on the assailant, who has yet
pus sent shockwaves through           Carleton’s administration     to be caught.
the Carleton community and        has opposed the creation of a        Instead, Carleton took
put the university in the na-     sexual assault centre publicly    the archaic position that the
tional media.                     and in private meetings with      woman was responsible for
    While the university ad-      members of the coalition. A       her own assault, embarrass-
ministration attempted to         myriad of excuses have been       ing the university and si-
downplay the issue, a group       given for their opposition,       lencing survivors by putting
of students formed the Co-        none of which hold water.         into legal writing the victim-
alition for a Carleton Sexual         “Carleton has come up         blaming that feminists and                                                                            photo by erin seatter
Assault Centre and embarked       with many reasons not to          anti-violence advocates have
on the creation of a student-     create a centre, but we’ve        spent years trying to undo.
run, university-funded sexual     refuted every single one of           The Carleton community             The line is operated by       experts on their own lives.      business hours, including
assault centre on Carleton’s      them,” says coalition execu-      fought back, protesting out-       trained peer support workers          It is also one of the few    weekends.
campus, inspired by similar       tive member Michelle Black-       side President Runte’s office      who use an anti-oppression,       support lines in the city that       It’s obvious that students
centres on campuses such as       burn. “We’ve proven that          and demanding an apology           feminist framework. It is a       offers support to anyone         are the ones who are truly
the University of Alberta.        there’s the resources, space,     and the creation of a dedi-        direct challenge to existing      regardless of gender, sex,       concerned about safety on
    In a 2008 referendum,         and funding for such a centre     cated space on campus for a        services that rely on the med-    sexual orientation, race,        campus. Whether the uni-
80% of voters were in favour      and yet the administration is     sexual assault centre. Then,       ical model, which labels and      religion, ethnicity, citizen-    versity administration will
of a Carleton Sexual Assault      still opposed. It’s obvious to    in March 2010, the coali-          diagnoses survivors of sexual     ship, ability, age, mother       ever take responsibility for
Centre. Armed with the refer-     us that they are opposed for      tion took matters in its own       assault. Carleton’s support       tongue, or student status.       its role remains uncertain.
endum results and numerous        ideological reasons that have     hands and created a student-       line focuses on listening to      Unlike existing services on      What is certain is that stu-
student testimonials about        far more to do with public        run, community-funded sex-         and supporting callers, while     campus, the support line         dents will carry on and de-
their experiences and needs,      image than student safety.”       ual assault support line.          trusting that survivors are the   also operates outside usual      mand answers.


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a WorkinG lanD                                                 visualizing a campus united in self-repre

                            Cupe
                            1281

                  Represents part-time employees of
                  the Graduate Students’ Association
                  (GSA), Carleton University Students’
                  Union (CUSA), Ontario Public Interest
                  Research Group (OPIRG)-Carleton,
                  and CKCU Radio Carleton.
                                                                                        Cuasa
                                                                                        The Carleton University
                                                                                        Academic Staff Association
                                                                                                                            Cupe 24
                                                                                        represents faculty, professional    Represents clerical, techni
                                                                                        librarians, lecturer (instructor)   library, and administrative
                                                                                        employees, and Non-Credit           workers. CUPE 2424’s con
                                                                                                                            expired on June 30, 2010.
       Cupe                                                                             Language Teachers. CUASA’s
                                                                                        contract expired on April 30,
       3011                                                                             2010.


  Represents full-time
  staff at the Carleton
  University Students’
  Union (CUSA).
                                                          Cupe 910
                                                          Represents skilled trades and
                                                          maintenance staff, including
                                                          electricians, carpenters, and
                                                          plumbers in Physical Plant. These
                                                          workers maintain the facilities on



                                                                                                                            CaMp
                                                          campus. The contract between
                                                          Carleton University and CUPE 910,
                                                          known on campus as the “blue
         Cupe                                             shirts,” expires on December 31,



                                                                                                                            uniTe
                                                          2010.
         3778

     Represents stationary
                                                                                                                               Campus United is a co
     engineers in the Central
                                                                                                                               much of the Carleton c
     Heating Plant, who ensure
     Carleton’s campus is                                        Cupe 4600                                                     the worker and student
                                                                                                                               together campus comm
     heated in the winter. CUPE                                  The largest CUPE local on campus,
                                                                                                                               the recognition that in
     3778’s contract expires                                     representing undergraduate and
                                                                                                                               administration from ero
     March 31, 2011.                                             graduate TAs (Unit 1) and contract
                                                                                                                               Carleton great, there ne
                                                                 instructors (Unit 2). CUPE 4600’s
                                                                                                                               organized front.
                                                                 contract expired on August 31, 2010.




                                                                                      Gsa
       usWa                                                                            The Graduate Students’
                                                                                       Association represents
                                                                                       graduate students.
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                                                                                                                                               The Ca
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The United Steelworkers of
                                                                                                                                               represe
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                                                                                                                                               studen
security staff. USWA’s contract
expires on April 30, 2011.
DsCape
                                         What appears to be a tangle of meaningless acronyms is actually a
                                         landscape of power, a bureaucratic battle eld on which the university
                                         administration struggles for control against an array of unions representing
                                         students and workers. The unions together form Campus United, an
                                         alliance of students, faculty, and staff that works for the betterment of the
 esentation and social justice           Carleton community. Carleton University’s cleaning and food services are
                                         outsourced to for-pro t companies - Unicco and Aramark - whose workers
                                         are currently not unionized.




                                                                                                            A student
                                                            CasG                                            representative
                                                                                                            body reporting
                                                                                                            to Senate, the
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                         CarleTon                                                                           of the students,
                                                                                                            despite its

                         aDMinisTraTion
                                                                                                            direct ties to
                                                                                                            the university
                                                                                                            administration
                         & boarD of
                         Governors
                           The administration, under the leadership
                           of Roseann Runte, is charged by the Board
                           of Governors with overseeing the day-
                           to-day academic, physical, and nancial



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                           operations of the university.




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oalition comprising
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                                                                              uniCCo
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                                                                              Workers
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                         araMark                                              were unionized. Formerly they
                                                                              were employed by Sodexo

                         Workers
                                                                              under a contract with Carleton
                                                                              University, but recently the
                                                                              university switched to Unicco.
                          Food service workers on                             After a period of confusion, it
                          campus are employed by the                          became clear that the union had
                          transnational corporation                           been effectively busted.
usa                       Aramark, which has a monopoly
                          contract on food service with
arleton University        Carleton University. Food
nts’ Association          service workers are the largest
 ents undergraduate       non-unionized group on
nts.                      campus. After years without the
                          protections and bene ts of a
                          union, workers are now in the
                          midst of organizing a union.
                                                                                          ediTOriAl

a liTTle levY Goes The WhaT’s WhaT
a lonG WaY                                                          “I come to conquer.”
                                                                – bob marley
                                                                                                         “I asked you where to begin, and you led me into a labyrinth.”
                                                                                                         – henri ronse


     You may have noticed         the labour of one part-time        responsible to Carleton stu-            If there’s one thing you       of Carleton University is the      overcome the active oppo-
that this issue of the Leveller   employee, who will be run-         dents. Our ambitions lean           need to know to understand         administration’s obsessive         sition of the university ad-
is pretty heavy on Carleton       ning business operations,          elsewhere.                          Carleton University, it’s that     need for political control.        ministration to do so is both
stuff. Normally we try to         managing our non-existent              We will be using our new        it’s hard to understand. So,       Because the faculty on the         more impressive and more
balance our coverage of Car-      office, and keeping track of       levy in part, in fact, to di-       if you’re new here and feel-       whole have no inclination          disturbing. Again, the oppo-
leton news with coverage of       money coming in and going          versify our funding base, to        ing a little like you don’t re-    to challenge the administra-       sition to an important and
what is going on elsewhere        out. It also pays small hono-      solicit sustained off-campus        ally have a feel for the place,    tion’s authority, the battle       beneficial student initiative
in Ottawa, at the University      raria to people most directly      advertising, seek out other         don’t worry: that’s exactly        over who rules the school          is baffling and insulting.
of Ottawa, or off campus.         involved in putting the pa-        sources of funding and la-          how everyone else feels.           is between the students and            Is the administration
Just this once we decided to      per together.                      bour, and ultimately to so-             It’s hard to get your head     the administration.                simply opposed to any sign
skip all that and make it all         But this is really just the    lidify our organizational           around Carleton. It’s not en-          The pattern is well reflect-   of life from its students, no
about Carleton                    organizational yeast for a         security without becoming           tirely clear why. It’s big, but    ed in the current issue of the     matter how benign the ac-
    Why? Because we are so        new growth of the Leveller’s       too deeply beholden to one          not that big. Not big enough,      Leveller, in which virtually       tivity in question? Clearly
grateful to Carleton graduate     institutional power and po-        particular funder.                  at any rate, to define itself by   every story features egregious     the answer is no, because
students for voting to give us    litical reach. In the long run,        When we started the Lev-        its bigness or importance;         and unjustified attempts –         they have actively colluded
a small levy last spring. (Of     the most recent levy is step       eller, we wanted it to con-         it’s just big enough to be         successful or otherwise – to       with the Carleton Academic
course, we haven’t got the        one of many.                       tribute as much to enriching        hard to understand.                block, destroy, or eliminate       Student Government’s de-
money yet. We’re assuming             We plan to use our exist-      the media landscape of the              But that’s only part of        student initiatives.               ceitful posing as the voice
you are sorting this out.)        ing levy as leverage into oth-     city as of the university. Our      it. The university seems to            Some of these are more         of students. That is ‘student
    That’s right: starting this   er sources of funding, better      aim wasn’t just to push cam-        have no sense of itself and        predictable than others. The       power’ they can get behind –
year, all graduate students       access to resources, more          pus media to the left, but to       its identity. There is no Car-     Garden Spot, which is a di-        and, in a sense, already are.
pay $1.50 each semester to        opportunities for training         stretch it, so that it covers       leton myth that everyone’s         rect challenge to the corpo-           As offensive as it is to
the Leveller. Did we mention      and knowledge sharing,             the city as a whole.                aware of and can measure           rate branded monopoly of           anyone with a modicum of
that we’re grateful?              and a deepened capability              The Leveller’s new tagline,     against the reality of their ex-   food service corporations          respect for academic self-
    Running for a levy was        to engage creative and com-        Campus – Community –                perience. There is no histori-     such as Aramark, has had           governance, as deeply inhos-
an interesting twist for us; it   mitted people in producing         Culture, sums up this ambi-         cal consciousness, no shared       a rough ride, having been          pitable as it is to any notion
wasn’t a natural or inevita-      feisty, independent media          tion. For us, the goal is to be     culture of memory, and no          kicked around campus at            of an academic community,
ble step. We’ve always prized     – and maybe even paying            the newspaper of all of those       sense that one is missing.         least in part to protect the       as fatally poisonous as it is
our status as institutional       them.                              things in Ottawa, rather than           Those who started the          contract food service pro-         to cultivating an atmosphere
outsiders, as a rare example          We’ve never had any ethi-      just be the left newspaper at       Leveller hoped in some way         viders from annoyance and          of mutual respect, this path-
at Carleton (and in Ottawa        cal objection to paying peo-       one particular university.          to fill this gap, to construct a   competition.                       ological insistence on com-
for that matter) of a group       ple to do things. We’ve just           From the beginning we           useful mirror for the univer-          And labour unions that         plete control at least serves
that didn’t get money from        never had any money. We            have balanced coverage of           sity to see itself in. This gall   bargain collectively with the      one positive purpose.
anyone, and therefore didn’t      knew we could get enough           Carleton news with a shift-         is arguably what has most          university do so in an inher-          It is the one thing to
answer to anyone.                 money to print, and that           ing mix of municipal, na-           endeared us to our fans and        ently adversarial capacity.        which we can point as the
    We also knew that we          we had enough skills and           tional, and international           enraged our foes. The sheer        It’s no surprise that the ad-      ‘story’ of Carleton Univer-
hadn’t necessarily made it        time on our hands to put a         news, and have given cov-           novelty of suggesting Car-         ministration is keen to take       sity. It serves, for better or
easy on ourselves, populari-      paper together, so we did.         erage to arts and culture in        leton should have a sense          away hard-won concessions          for worse, as our myth cul-
ty-wise. We knew that a lot       We became a volunteer ven-         Ottawa, in reflection of this       of itself, and of suggesting       from their employees – like        ture. It is what all the other-
of people found us annoy-         ture, and still are to a lesser    wider ambition.                     what that sense might be,          tuition fee protection for         wise nihilistic phenomena
ing, petulant, unprofession-      extent, because there was no           Last year the Leveller in-      has been our most original         graduate teaching assistants,      of university life add up to:
al, or just plain wrong, and      immediately available alter-       creased its coverage of news        contribution to campus life.       which was lost in the last bar-    a ceaseless struggle for con-
we kind of liked that. So we      native.                            and expanded its volunteer              It’s not as if Carleton        gaining round – and eager          trol.
knew there would be people            Almost immediately, we         base at the University of Ot-       doesn’t have a history. Like       to pounce upon and benefit             It is also a reminder that
who thought we should nev-        started to see the advantag-       tawa, which was the primary         all institutions, it was born      from any sign of weakness          sense has to be made of the
er, by any means, be granted      es of being unfunded. We           inspiration for dropping            at a particular time and de-       and lack of resolve.               university, as it does of any
the legitimacy of a student       never had to answer for any-       Carleton from our tagline           signed for a particular pur-           But the administration’s       political landscape. Know-
levy.                             thing. No one had given us         and replacing it with cam-          pose, and those conditions         implacable hostility to stu-       ing what’s what is never a
    As we predicted, it was       anything, and we had never         pus. Building on that expan-        have shaped what kind of           dent initiatives on other          passive exercise. Assimilat-
not an easy win. The vote was     promised anything, so we           sion will be an explicit goal       school it has become.              fronts is often baffling. Why,     ing the chaos of an unfamil-
quite tight, in fact. We came     could do what we wanted.           of our editorial and organi-            Carleton is a war-time         for instance, did the Carle-       iar environment into a fath-
close to losing. But we came      Unlike university papers           zational work this publica-         school, founded in 1942.           ton University administra-         omable fiction – a what’s
even closer to winning.           that were funded by stu-           tion year.                          Like all universities in Ontar-    tion oppose so fiercely the        what – is the premiere polit-
    The levy, and the new         dent levies, we didn’t have            Ultimately we want the          io, it expanded dramatically       adoption of a universal bus        ical act and primary role of a
possibilities and responsi-       a contract with the student        universities to be sources of       in the late 1960s to accom-        pass for its students, when        newspaper like the Leveller.
bilities that go with it, comes   body to produce a particular       organizational and financial        modate the baby boom, but          the University of Ottawa
close to being the dawning        kind of product, to embody         support, but we also want           it was originally intended to      supported it for theirs? And
of a new era, or at least the     somebody else’s notion of          the Leveller to live above and      produce educated employ-           why, when the project suc-
dawning of a dawning.             what campus journalism             beyond the campuses, like           ees for the civil service.         ceeded despite their obstruc-
    For now, the levy buys us     should be, or to represent         a treehouse suspended on                This heritage of adult         tion, did they insist on run-
                                  the university as someone          various stilts throughout the       education, of mid-career re-       ning it themselves?
                                  else saw it.                       city.                               training, is reflected in both         What convincing expla-
                                      We could, and did, exist           The goal, in short, is to       the number of first-genera-        nation lies behind this level
                                  in a largely symbiotic rela-       produce an independent              tion scholars and in the ex-       of intransigence – on an
                                  tionship with our nominal          newspaper in Ottawa, full           tensive array of professional      issue that has virtually no
                                  competitor, the Charlatan,         stop. The goal is to create         and practical programs the         impact on the interests of
                                                                                                                                                                               iS THe
                                  in which they used the sig-        a newspaper that people             university offers. It’s also re-   the administration and the
wHen we STArTed                   nificant staffing and organi-      at Carleton want to read,           flected in the fact that Carle-    Board of Governors?
                                                                                                                                                                               AdminiSTrATiOn
                                  zational resources their levy      whether or not they agree           ton is, and always has been,           A similar but more offen-
       THe leveller,              supported to do what they          with its content, and every-        a commuter school, a place         sive example is the adminis-
                                                                                                                                                                               Simply OppOSed
                                  did, while we used the polit-      body else too.                      that students enroll in and        tration’s lack of support for
       we wAnTed iT               ical independence our non-             The levy is the first step in   attend but never really make       the campaign for a sexual as-
                                                                                                                                                                               TO Any Sign
                                  funded status gave us to do        our ambitious next phase of         their own.                         sault centre, another student
     TO COnTribuTe                what we did.                       organizational conquest. It             It’s also reflected in the     initiative for which there is
                                                                                                                                                                               Of life frOm
                                      The decision to run for        opens up doors, which we            odd political culture of the       broad support and a dem-
           AS muCH TO             the levy was, in a sense, a        will proceed to remove from         place, in which the admin-         onstrated need, but which
                                                                                                                                                                               iTS STudenTS,
                                  decision to forfeit some of        their hinges.                       istration, acting on behalf of     the administration has done
      enriCHing THe               our political independence,            And you say, All of this        the Board of Governors, jeal-      everything in its consider-
                                                                                                                                                                               nO mATTer
                                  our renegade freedom, for          for just $1.50 per semester?        ously protects its consider-       able power to snuff out.
mediA lAndSCApe                   a little bit more responsibil-     And we say, Yes. And you            able power over the campus,            The fact that students
                                                                                                                                                                               HOw benign
                                  ity and security. But it is not    say, Wow! What a bargain!           and expects and allows no          have themselves created a
 Of THe CiTy AS Of                our intention to build upon        And we say You’re welcome.          independent power to exist         support line for survivors of
                                                                                                                                                                               THe ACTiviTy in
                                  our small levy by making it        And, um, thanks.                    unmolested.                        sexual assault is excellent;
    THe univerSiTy.               a big levy, making us more                                                 The central political fact     the fact that students had to
                                                                                                                                                                               queSTiOn?


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                                                                                        COmmenT

Where’s haiTi’s                                                                                       WelCoMinG, noT DeMonizinG,
                                                                                                      The TaMil refuGees
MoneY?                           human rights activists from       the slave trade was techni-                                         claimant process. Why has        who were killed by colonial
by Isabel Macdonald                                                                                   by Sam Ponting
                                 around the world urged the        cally illegal; such a transac-                                      the phony threat to national     British police following the
    In the wake of the devas-    French government to pay          tion – exchanging cash for             Fear mongering has tak-      security trumped the real        interception of the boat
tating earthquake of Janu-       Haiti back for the 90 million     human lives valued as slave        en on new meaning in the         human security threat faced      outside Calcutta. This was
ary 12, 2010 that killed up-     gold francs Haitians were         labour – represented a gross       post-9/11 context. Apply-        by the Tamil people in Sri       among the many repercus-
wards of 250,000 people in       forced to pay as a price for      violation of both French           ing the word ‘terrorism’ to a    Lanka?                           sions of Canada’s exclusion-
Haiti, international donors      their independence.               and international laws. And        current issue appears to be a        The humanitarian situ-       ary laws of the early 20th
pledged to provide 5.3 bil-          There are “powerful argu-     Haiti was still paying off         golden ticket to public disil-   ation in Sri Lanka has gar-      Century, which aimed to
lion dollars for Haiti`s re-     ments in favour of the resti-     this “independence debt” in        lusionment.                      nered international scrutiny     keep Asian immigrants from
construction in 2010-2011.       tution of the French debt,”       1947 – 140 years after the             We’ve seen government        amid significant evidence of     entering Canada.
Yet nine months after the        Harvard medical professor         abolition of the slave trade       officials use this strategy to   widespread human rights              In 1939, the MS St.
earthquake,     only    three    Paul Farmer, who was re-          and 85 years after the eman-       justify the imperialist wars     violations. Amnesty Inter-       Louis, carrying 937 people,
countries – Brazil, Australia,   cently appointed deputy           cipation proclamation.             of Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s    national reports that the Sri    predominately Jewish, de-
and Estonia – have met their     United Nations special en-            A lawsuit launched by the      now proven to be an effec-       Lankan government has car-       parted from Hamburg,
pledges to the Haiti Recon-      voy to Haiti, pointed out in      Haitian government to recu-        tive method of alienating        ried out enforced disappear-     Germany, seeking refuge in
struction Fund, according        his testimony in the 2003         perate these extorted funds        the public from those with       ances and has arrested and       Cuba. When the majority
to the pledge page on the        hearings in France on Haiti’s     was aborted prematurely            no perceived connections         detained increasing numbers      of passengers were denied
fund’s website.                  independence debt. This his-      in 2004, with the French-          to Al-Qaeda, Islamic fun-        of Tamils without charge.        entry, the ship unsuccess-
    On August 16, 2010, doz-     toric payment was patently        backed overthrow of the            damentalism, or even the         This has occurred alongside      fully sought asylum in the
ens of leading academics,        illegitimate, and, on several     government that had had            Middle East.                     mass displacement.               United States and Canada.
authors, and activists from      different scores, it was also     the temerity to point out that         Yes, xenophobia in Cana-         Should the MV Sun Sea        It returned to continental
around the world proposed        illegal, according to a 2009      France “extorted this money        da has taken on a new level      ship be forced to return         Europe, where many of the
a bold solution to this des-     paper produced by the Insti-      from Haiti by force and…           as the Canadian government       to Sri Lanka, precarious         Jewish passengers faced per-
perate financial shortfall.      tute for Justice & Democracy      should give it back to us so       and various media outlets        humanitarian       conditions    secution in Nazi-occupied
Why not reimburse Haiti for      in Haiti.                         that we can build primary          sensationalize the arrival of    would pose a serious threat      territories.
the illegitimate “indepen-           Prior to independence,        schools, primary healthcare,       Tamil migrants on the MV         to the passengers.                   With this history or ra-
dence debt” it paid France?      St Dominique – the coun-          water systems and roads”.          Sun Sea ship. The 492 mi-            These tragic facts don`t     cialized exclusion in mind,
    In an open letter to         try that is now Haiti – was           The French government          grants that arrived on the       appear to have crossed the       nearly 60 protestors gath-
French President Nicolas         France’s most profitable col-     was similarly quick to sup-        MV Sun Sea have been or-         minds of most of those           ered outside Citizenship
Sarkozy published in the         ony, thanks in no small part      press a Yes Men-style prank        dered to remain in deten-        working in the mainstream        and Immigration Canada
French newspaper Libéra-         to its particularly brutal sys-   announcement last Bastille         tion centres, facing weekly      media, including the me-         August 23 to call on the gov-
tion, 90 leading academics,      tem of slavery. In 1791, the      Day pledging that France           detention review hearings.       dia team at the ottawa sun,      ernment to immediately re-
authors, journalists, and        slaves revolted, and in 1804,     would repay Haiti. On July             In a public address given    which published a highly         lease all Tamil asylum seek-
                                 after defeating Napoleon’s        15, the day after the hoax, a      on August 13, 2010, Public       offensive and dehumanizing       ers and end its restrictive
                                 armies, they founded the          spokesperson for the French        Safety Minister Vic Toews        cover reading “Boot’em!” on      and exploitative immigra-
                                 world’s first Black republic.     ministry spokesperson told         suggested that the ship may      August 20, 2010, suggesting      tion policies. Let us echo the
                                     Following Haiti’s inde-       Agence France Presse that          contain criminals, human         that the MV Sun Sea passen-      sentiments of this protest
                                 pendence, former French           the French government was          smugglers, and others who        gers should all be sent back     and affirm to the Tamil mi-
                                 slave owners submitted de-        pursuing possible legal ac-        could pose a threat to na-       to Sri Lanka.                    grants, We welcome you and
                                 tailed tabulations of their       tion against the pranksters.       tional security. Yet the gov-        The newspaper has sug-       we support you.
                                 losses to the French govern-          With 1.6 million peo-          ernment has not released         gested in a number of articles
                                 ment, with line items for         ple – over a sixth of Haiti’s      any details to support these     that Tamil migrants are tak-
                                 each of “their” slaves that       population – still homeless        suppositions.                    ing advantage of Canadians,
                                 had been “lost” with Hai-         after the earthquake, jus-             The rhetoric used by         and “playing us for fools,”
                                 tian independence. In 1825,       tice would surely be better        Toews and others has been        by seeking status here.
                                 the French king, Charles X,       served if the French govern-       used largely to mask the rac-        This is of particular con-
                                 demanded that Haiti pay           ment instead devoted these         ist policies that define Can-    cern considering that Que-
                                 an “independence debt” to         public resources into start-       ada’s current immigration        becor Media Inc., of which
                                 compensate former colo-           ing to pay Haiti back.             system.                          Sun Media Corporation is a
                                 nists for the slaves who had          Given the current eco-             Editorialists across the     subsidiary, is Canada’s larg-
                                 won their freedom in the          nomic crisis in France, res-       country have accused the         est newspaper publisher.
                                 Haitian Revolution. With          titution of the Haitian inde-      Tamil migrants of ‘jumping       The Canadian corporate
  wiTH 1.6 milliOn               warships stationed along the      pendence debt would be no          the queue,’ claiming they        media seem to have forgot-
                                 Haitian coast backing up the      easy task. When the indem-         lack respect for the ‘due pro-   ten how exactly their white
   peOple – Over A               French demand, France in-         nity money that Haiti paid         cess’ put in place to manage     ancestors arrived in Canada
                                 sisted that Haiti pay its for-    France is adjusted for infla-      refugee claims. The false        - by boat.
    SixTH Of HAiTi’S             mer colonizer 150 million         tion and a minimal interest        suggestion that refugees nor-        Perhaps the most no-
                                 gold francs – ten times the       rate, its value is well over €17   mally form a queue makes         table differences between
        pOpulATiOn –             fledgling Black nation’s total    billion. (In fact, in an inter-    it easier for the Canadian       early European settlers and

    STill HOmeleSS               annual revenues.                  view on France 24, Ottawa-         government to violate the        the Tamil migrants is that       wHy HAS THe
                                     Under threat of a French      based activist Jean Saint-Vil      human rights of the passen-      one group carried out a pro-
                                 military invasion aimed at        put the current figure at $40      gers, as exemplified by the      cess of violent colonization,
             AfTer THe
                                 the re-enslavement of the         billion.)                          current period of detention.     whereas the other group is
                                                                                                                                                                        pHOny THreAT
        eArTHquAke,              population, the Haitian gov-          Yet it is a demand that            As so aptly noted by the     seeking refuge from current
                                 ernment had little choice         many would agree is moral-         United Nations High Com-         forms of violent domina-         TO nATiOnAl
     juSTiCe wOuld               but to agree to pay. Haiti’s      ly, economically, and legally      missioner for Human Rights       tion. Canada’s current immi-
                                 government was also forced        unassailable. But heck, don’t      Navi Pillay, “The association    gration controls ultimately      SeCuriTy
             Surely be           to finance the debt through       take it from me. Instead, why      of irregular migration with      make people more vulner-
                                 loans from a single French        not ask MIT professor Noam         criminality promotes the         able to violence, while act-
                                                                                                                                                                        Trumped THe
     beTTer Served               bank, which capitalized on        Chomsky, author Naomi              stigmatization of migrants       ing as a tool to maintain the
                                 its monopoly by gauging           Klein, Princeton professor         and encourages a climate         very structures established
       if THe frenCH             Haiti with exorbitant inter-      Cornel West, Uruguayan             of xenophobia and hostility      through colonialism.             reAl HumAn
                                 est rates and fees.               author Eduardo Galeano,            against them.” According             In our reactions to the
        gOvernmenT                   The original sum of the       French philosophers Alain          to the 1951 United Nations       arrival of the MV Sun Sea,       SeCuriTy
                                 indemnity was subsequent-         Badiou, Etienne Balibar,           Convention on Refugees           we should learn from our
  inSTeAd devOTed                ly reduced, but Haiti still       and Jacques Ranciere, and          to which Canada is a party,      country’s past racist poli-
                                 disbursed 90 million gold         several members of parlia-         there should be no penal-        cies. In 1914, the Komagata
                                                                                                                                                                        THreAT fACed
        THeSe publiC             francs to France. This second     ment in Quebec, Europe,            ties for refugees who arrive     Maru arrived in Canada car-
                                 price the French exacted for      France, and the Philippines        irregularly or without pre-      rying 376 passengers from        by THe TAmil
   reSOurCeS inTO                the independence Haitians         who signed onto the August         authorization.                   India, all holding British

   STArTing TO pAy
                                 had won in battle was, even       16 open letter. In their view,         Refugees fleeing imme-       citizenship. The Canadian        peOple in Sri
                                 in 1825, not lawful. When         President Sarkozy is bound         diate violence can’t safely      government forced their re-
                                 the original indemnity was        to make restitution to Haiti       endure the long and treach-      turn, ultimately resulting in
           HAiTi bACk.           imposed by the French king,       for France’s ill-gotten gain.      erous Canadian refugee           the death of 20 passengers,
                                                                                                                                                                        lAnkA?

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           Fall Term: Thursday, October 7, 2010
          Winter Term: Friday, February 18, 2011                                                                            Week
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                    Thursday, October 7, 2010
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The besT inTeresTs of
The universiTY?
Student resistance to Administration power at Carleton 2004-2007
by Doug Nesbitt                 leton. Shortly thereafter, the
                                new networks of activism
    Student struggles at Car-   spilled over into organizing
leton have a long and largely   a 15,000-strong welcoming
forgotten history. Early in     committee for George W.
the 21st century, in the twi-   Bush on November 30.
light of Richard Van Loon’s         Those two campaigns
presidency and through          in the fall of 2004, involv-
the blink-or-you’ll-miss-it     ing long hours of tabling,
tenure of David Atkinson,       leafleting, and heated argu-
student space was taken         ments bordering on sponta-
over and labour rights were     neous mass meetings, were
targeted by a university ad-    organized in Baker’s Lounge,
ministration keen to estab-     a student-controlled space
lish complete control of the    on the fourth floor of the
campus political agenda.        Unicentre. These days, Bak-
The current university en-      er’s Lounge has been largely
vironment is a product of       annexed by the Atrium, the
those struggles.                administration-controlled
                                space that replaced the al-
evict Admin!
                                ways-cramped walkway con-
    On backpacks, in bath-
                                necting the Unicentre with
room stalls, and countless
                                Tory. Little did Carleton stu-
classroom doors you could
                                dents know as they shouted
find the stickered slogan
                                “Bush out of Baghdad! Bush
“Evict Admin” in 2004. And
                                out of Ottawa!” in Baker’s
it all began when the Ontar-                                                                                                                                  photo by Chris bisson
                                Lounge that November, that
io Public Interest Research
                                it would be the twilight of
Group (OPIRG)-Carleton
                                an era.
was broken into. Its com-                                        never laid), ending   the oc-   However, the referendum          made the opening overtures        ed. We’ll likely never know
                                    In early 2005, as several
puters were stolen and, as a                                     cupation. Carleton    student   campaign was a mess. The         for negotiations as contracts     the exact details, but various
                                hundred students occupied
consequence, OPIRG-Carle-                                        unions responded      with a    funding formula, which was       were set to expire. After drag-   accounts describe the uni-
                                Rideau and Sussex on the
ton lost its insurance plan.                                     lawsuit against the   univer-   tied to the Consumer Price       ging their heels through the      versity president intervening
                                second anniversary of the
Some months later a letter                                       sity.                           Index, seemed unnecessar-        summer, the administration        only hours before the strike
                                invasion of Iraq, it became
came from Carleton’s Vice-                                                                       ily complicated, and the         promptly filed for concilia-      deadline, resulting in the
                                known that the administra-       The student space that
President of Finance and                                                                         plans for the student build-     tion in the week before the       administration’s capitula-
                                tion had its sights set on       wasn’t
Administration,       Duncan                                                                     ing were not drawn up in a       new fall semester.                tion and the preservation of
                                more student space, includ-         As Oliver’s was sliced
Watt. Without insurance, it                                                                      highly publicized, participa-        Raising the stakes by         tuition increase protection.
                                ing Baker’s Lounge and the       apart to make room for
read, OPIRG-Carleton was                                                                         tory manner. The referen-        pushing any serious nego-         Days later Atkinson resigned
                                International Students’ Cen-     the new bookstore (which
to be evicted from its office                                                                    dum was defeated 1630 to         tiations into the dead of         for undisclosed reasons. As
                                tre. The administration also     was now threatened by the
in the Unicentre.                                                                                1052.                            winter, the administration        a Board of Governors’ state-
                                wanted to move its dun-          establishment of Haven
    With a healthy mix of                                                                           The        administration     demanded          concessions     ment explained, his depar-
                                geon-like bookstore on the       Books), and Baker’s Lounge
anger, righteousness, and ir-                                                                    promptly pulled its support      from full-time faculty and        ture after some 20 months
                                bottom floor of Southam          was transformed into the
reverence, the “Evict Admin”                                                                     for a student-owned build-       teaching assistants. CUASA        was “in the best interests of
                                Hall to a more profitable        Atrium on the promise of
campaign was born. Recov-                                                                        ing. Atkinson explained          secured an incredible 96%         the university.”
                                location, namely Oliver’s        expanding “student space,”
ering from the depressing                                                                        rather unconvincingly, “We       strike vote and contract in-         Some years later, after
                                Pub, whose large, popular        Richard Van Loon’s succes-
hangover of the Iraq anti-                                                                       have enough on our agen-         structors and TAs followed        tuition increase protection
                                outdoor patio opened up          sor, David Atkinson, arrived.
war movement, Carleton                                                                           da right now,” while other       with an equally impressive        was gutted for CUPE 4600
                                towards the O-Train.             Van Loon’s poisonous atti-
students rallied around the                                                                      administrators     suggested     85% strike vote in response       in early 2009, resulting in
                                    With no interest in ne-      tude towards students and
campaign to defend student                                                                       that students had rejected       to concessions demanded           pay cuts, those undisclosed
                                gotiations, the landlord set     their organizations allowed
space, forcing an extension                                                                      a student-owned building,        on “tuition increase protec-      “best interests” have become
                                about to evict the student       Atkinson to play the “nice
of the deadline, and ulti-                                                                       neatly conflating the refer-     tion.” TAs were determined        increasingly clear, as well as
                                union tenants. Over a hun-       guy.”
mately saving OPIRG-Car-                                                                         endum question on a fund-        to protect this mechanism,        odious.
                                dred students packed the            Atkinson’s conciliatory
                                                                                                 ing formula with support for     which prevented tuition fee
                                April 2005 Board of Gov-         approach earned him friends
                                                                                                 a student-owned building.        increases from outpacing
                                ernors meeting. Carleton         in some places, including
                                                                                                 Carleton students were left      wage increases. The concerns
                                President Richard Van Loon       the Charlatan, which ran an
                                                                                                 without a student building,      were all the more relevant
                                and Vice-President of Fi-        editorial opposing the stu-
                                                                                                 their biggest pub sliced in      given Dalton McGuinty’s
                                nance Duncan Watt violated       dent unions’ lawsuit. But the
                                                                                                 half and closed for construc-    speech at Carleton in Sep-
                                board procedures to pre-         honeymoon had a broad-
     STudenTS                   vent student representatives     er effect, resulting in the
                                                                                                 tion, and the administration     tember 2006 announcing an
                                                                                                 in firm control of the new       end to his promised tuition
                                from speaking. The students      withdrawal of the student
                                                                                                 Atrium.                          fee freeze.
       quiCkly                  disrupted the meeting in re-     unions’ lawsuit in exchange
                                                                                                                                      The administration set-
                                sponse, forcing its immedi-      for a promise from the ad-      The labour question
                                                                                                                                  tled with the faculty shortly
     OCCupied                   ate dissolution.                 ministration, documented            With student space dra-
                                                                                                                                  before the strike deadline.       in reTrOSpeCT,
                                    Van Loon was on his          in a memorandum of un-          matically reduced for a
                                                                                                                                  As some TAs observed, the
                                way out with a half million      derstanding, to support a       bookstore, Starbucks, and
     THe pATiO                  dollars in retirement, but       student-owned building on       cell phone displays, the “la-
                                                                                                                                  administration hoped to iso-         CArleTOn’S
                                                                                                                                  late the TAs from the faculty
                                he couldn’t leave without a      campus as a permanent res-      bour question” moved to
                                                                                                                                  and push for a strike over
remnAnTS And                    parting gift. As April exams     olution to the student space    the top of the administra-
                                                                                                                                  the winter exam period. This
                                                                                                                                                                          STudenT
                                neared their end and most        question. In retrospect, Car-   tion’s agenda.
                                                                                                                                  strategy, only made possible
 fOr Ten dAyS,                  students went home to find       leton’s student unions let          Shortly after the referen-
                                                                                                                                  through an unwillingness to        uniOnS leT gO
                                work, bulldozers were set        go when they should have        dum, the faculty, represented
                                                                                                                                  negotiate during the sum-
                                upon Oliver’s patio. Stu-        squeezed.                       by the Carleton University
     A 24-HOur                  dents quickly occupied the          As the inevitable elec-      Academic Staff Association
                                                                                                                                  mer, was designed to pit un-          wHen THey
                                                                                                                                  dergrads against TAs during
                                patio remnants and for ten       tion period rolled around       (CUASA), and the teaching
                                                                                                                                  exams, in the worst possible
   OCCupATiOn                   days, a 24-hour occupation       in early 2006, a referendum     assistants (TAs) and contract
                                                                                                                                  picket line weather, and over
                                                                                                                                                                      SHOuld HAve
                                held firm. The police were       question about funding the      faculty, represented by the
                                                                                                                                  the holidays.
    Held firm.                  sent in and arrested four-       new student building was        Canadian Union of Public
                                                                                                                                      However, Atkinson blink-           Squeezed.
                                teen students (charges were      posed to Carleton students.     Employees (CUPE) 4600,


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ThaWinG The WaGe freeze
Cupe 4600 enters bargaining in chilly climate
by Mat Nelson                  September 8. The contract        Duncan wants unions and         sponsibility for the econom-      August 20, CUPE Ontario        gaining, including CUPE
                               for CUPE 4600, which rep-        employers to suspend any        ic crisis and citing the $35-     president Fred Hahn was        4600 and CUPE 2424. Both
   The bargaining commit-      resents teaching assistants      current collective bargain-     billion deficit as the reason     more cautious about future     locals did not agree. CUPE
tees for both the Canadian     (TAs) and contract instruc-      ing and negotiate minimum       behind its request. Union         labour unrest, telling the     4600 co-president James
Union of Public Employees      tors at Carleton University,     two-year agreements with        leaders, on the other hand,       star, “We’re interested in     Meades told the Charlatan
(CUPE) 4600 and the Car-       expired on August 31.            0% wage increases.              argue that wage restraints        engaging the government        this week that he felt the
leton administration are set       In the wake of the Ontar-        The proposed freeze         don’t work. Along with the        in real discussion.… We’re     administration was pur-
to meet and exchange pro-      io government’s recent call      would impact more than 1        introduction of the Har-          not interested in walking      posely delaying talks and
posals for the first time on   for a two-year wage freeze       million workers in the prov-    monized Sales Tax (HST), a        away.”                         that he was disappointed
                               for public sector workers,       ince.                           wage freeze will further in-          CUPE     representatives   and “hurt” that he was not
                               Carleton’s TAs and contract          The initial round of the    crease the burden on work-        from public sectors across     notified directly that Carle-
                               instructors are gearing up       government’s        consulta-   ers in Ontario.                   Canada, including uni-         ton had finalized their bar-
                               for a tough round of collec-     tion sessions broke down            Meanwhile, the 2010           versity workers, met at an     gaining committee and was
                               tive bargaining this fall.       after representatives from      spring budget also calls for      emergency meeting on Au-       ready to negotiate.
                                   The McGuinty govern-         the Canadian Autoworkers        increasing enrolment in           gust 25-26 to flesh out the       A mass email to students
                               ment has indicated in its        (CAW), the Canadian Asso-       Ontario colleges and uni-         details of their coordinated   Carleton on August 31 by
                               recent budget that it will       ciation of University Teach-    versities. With tuition fees      strategy to fight the gov-     human resources assistant
                               not fund negotiated wage         ers (CAUT), and the Service     increasing by another 10%         ernment’s proposal. This       vice-president Lise Labine
                               increases for unionized          Employees       International   over two years, this effective-   included delegates from        said that “Carleton has also
    AlOng wiTH THe             workers for the next two         Union (SEIU) walked out         ly means a cut in real wages      CUPE 4600 and CUPE             established a bargaining
                               years. The March 25 On-          on talks. As the toronto star   for students employed in the      2424, which represents         team for its negotiations
  inTrOduCTiOn Of              tario budget contained leg-      reported earlier this week,     university sector.                support staff at Carleton.     with CUPE 4600 and is
                               islation that will immedi-       CAW president Ken Le-               Phase two of the talks is     CUPE 4600 is set to begin      ready to offer dates for [sic]
  THe HArmOnized               ately freeze the wages of all    wenza warned that Ontario       currently underway and in-        bargaining, while both         begin formal discussions.
                               non-unionized employees          could see work stoppages if     volves representatives from       CUPE 2424 and the faculty      While we have not yet met
SAleS TAx (HST), A             working for the Ontario          plans for the wage freeze go    CUPE, the Ontario Nurses’         association, the Carleton      with CUPE 4600, they have
                               government.                      through. “We’re just going      Association, the Ontario          University Academic Staff      requested conciliation and
wAge freeze will                   The Public Service Com-      to bargain as we normally       Medical Association, and          Association (CUASA), have      we look forward to the start
                               pensation Act does not af-       do,” said Lewenza. “Just let    the United Steelworkers. A        already entered into nego-     of our discussions.”
furTHer inCreASe               fect unionized public sec-       the bargaining process play     third phase will take place       tiations with the university      CUPE 2424 has also filed
                               tor workers, but last month      itself out.”                    on Sept. 20 and Oct. 3 in-        administration.                for conciliation and with
          THe burden           Ontario Finance Minister             At a time when the gov-     volving teachers’ unions,             In response to govern-     CUPE 4600 set to meet later
                               Dwight Duncan called on          ernment is cutting corpo-       the Power Workers’ Union,         ment consultations, some       this month, the union and
     On wOrkerS in             representatives to partici-      rate taxes by $4.6 billion,     GO Transit workers, and           Ontario locals have re-        Carleton are both looking
                               pate in “consultation ses-       the province is arguing that    the Amalgamated Tran-             ceived requests from their     forward to the start of their
              OnTAriO.         sions” for the next six weeks.   unions need to share re-        sit Union. After talks on         employers to ‘pause’ bar-      discussions.




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noT THAT oTTaWa
local politics in the national Capital
by Karen Foster                  and bring all kinds of city    nected communities as far       with every dollar spent on     approached the city with        to make a considerable
                                 services under the purview     away as Barrhaven to the        transit infrastructure such    unsolicited,      competing     splash to be viewed as top
    Just a few steps away        of one united council. The     city centre. Cancelling it      as the stop-calling tech-      proposals for redevelop-        contenders. Whoever gets
from the national Ottawa         problem is that rural, ur-     cost the city $36.7 million     nology. In contrast, very      ment of the site.               in is going to have their
– the one whose business         ban, and suburban issues       in an out-of-court settle-      few speak out against the         Despite      considerable    work cut out for them.
is done on Parliament Hill       are different.                 ment with the company           millions of dollars spent      protest from the public,
– there is a local Ottawa,           City Council has been      contracted to build it, and     annually on improving          significant flaws in the
with its own municipal           all but paralyzed by the       only days later, the city       and building roads in the      agreement identified by
political landscape. To the      imperative to balance com-     had another, costlier, east-    city.                          financial experts, and op-
uninitiated, the city’s po-      peting perspectives, and       west plan. That plan is still      The Glebe’s Lansdowne       position from some peo-
litical scene is a mess of       it doesn’t look like any-      on the agenda, although         Park is the star of another    ple on city council, the
acronyms and allusions to        one has saved any money.       it’s progressing slowly.        city council blunder. In       city went ahead and made
people, places, and their        Ideas for reforming the            The city’s transit system   spite of surface appear-       a private deal with one of
                                                                                                                                                               CiTy COunCil HAS
problems.                        city structure abound, but     in general is a point of con-   ances, it’s an architectural   the groups. The protest
    Especially now, as Ot-       some folks have a hard         tention. A seven-week bus       jewel – behind the behe-       and the deal are ongoing.
                                                                                                                                                               been All buT
tawa ramps up to a mu-           time swallowing the idea       strike – mainly over the        moth open air stadium             All of these issues are at
nicipal election, it can be      of undoing the last de-        bus drivers’ fight against      looming over Bank Street       the heart of the upcoming
                                                                                                                                                               pArAlyzed by
hard to figure out what          cade’s “progress,” even if     concessions on schedul-         is the beautiful Aberdeen      municipal election. Larry
everyone’s so worked up          we’re worse off now than       ing – brought transit to a      Pavillion, a Victorian heri-   O’Brien is in the running
                                                                                                                                                               THe imperATive
about. This brief introduc-      we were before.                standstill in 2008-2009.        tage building and Nation-      again, as is his progressive
tion to today’s hot-button           Currently, council is      The wounds from that            al Heritage site – and a       adversary, Clive Doucet.
                                                                                                                                                               TO bAlAnCe
issues will give newcomers       ostensibly “led” by May-       battle are still fresh. This    community hub (just stop       Another familiar face in
(and newly interested Ot-        or Larry O’Brien. He was       year, the city announced it     by on a Saturday morning       Ottawa politics has re-
                                                                                                                                                               COmpeTing
tawans) a foothold in the        supposed to be a breath        was spending $12 million        and see the Farmer’s Mar-      turned to the city to run
municipal mess.                  of fresh air when he was       on automatic stop-calling       ket).                          for mayor: Jim Watson,
                                                                                                                                                               perSpeCTiveS,
    It starts with City Coun-    elected, because he was a      technology, among other            In 2007, news that the      who abandoned his posi-
cil. Ottawa is a gigantic city   businessman, not a poli-       upgrades, in response to        site’s Frank Clair Stadium     tion as mayor of Ottawa
                                                                                                                                                               And iT dOeSn’T
that includes rural, urban,      tician. He was accused of      a Canadian Transporta-          was collapsing spurred a       the first time around (for a
and suburban wards, which        influence peddling, went       tion Authority directive        long-overdue acknowledg-       job at the Canadian Tour-
                                                                                                                                                               lOOk like
only came together under         to trial for it, and was ac-   that stops should be called     ment that the park was         ism Commission), has ap-
the amalgamated city of          quitted in 2009.               along transit routes.           in serious need of revital-    parently decided to give it
                                                                                                                                                               AnyOne HAS
Ottawa in 1999. A lot of             O’Brien drew flack             The city’s transit system   ization. Thus began the        another try.
people were really excited       for cancelling the previ-      pales in comparison to          public Design Lansdowne           At last count, there were
                                                                                                                                                               SAved Any
when it happened. It was         ous council’s light rail       those of comparable Ca-         competition, which was         twelve more candidates vy-
supposed to save money,          plan, which would have         nadian cities, but online       subsequently halted when       ing for the city’s top spot,
                                                                                                                                                               mOney.
eliminate      redundancies,     run north-south and con-       comment boards ignite           two groups of millionaires     each of whom will have




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                                                                                                     lisTinGs
wed SepT 8                             Andrew Hayden Park. Registra-          GSA are hosting a Wine ’n Cheese       fri SepT 17                            TueS SepT 21                             out to see these interesting areas
                                       tion start time: 9am. Walk start       event. The Deans look forward to                                                                                       and to hear about CPAWS-OV’s
BREAKING NEWS: Release of              time: 10:30am.                         meeting students who will be           GSA WELCOME WEEK: Open                 Who could hang a name on you?            efforts to protect the beautiful,
Volume 3 of the Leveller!!                                                    providing the research and ideas       Mic @ Mike’s Place. Get ready for                                               and ecologically significant, NCC
                                       FESTIVAL: Take the Plunge! This                                               your 15 mins of fame. If you have
                                                                              unique to Carleton University.                                                                                         Greenbelt. Meet in the Beaver
GSA WELCOME WEEK: Interna-             two-day outdoor festival (rain or      This event is also a great opportu-    a song or skill you’d like to share    wed SepT 22                              Pond Trail parking lot near the
tional graduate student orienta-       shine) will raise money for eight      nity for meeting people across all     bring your instruments and inspi-      PUBLIC LECTURE: Is This Our              intersection of Moodie Drive and
tion, Carleton U, 342 Tory Build-      local animal rescue organizations      graduate disciplines. Art Gallery,     ration to Mike’s Place to showcase     Canada? by Cindy Blackstock.             West Hunt Club. 10am.
ing. 8:30am                            and features 1000 Islands Dock         St. Patrick`s Building. 5-8pm.         your talent. 8pm.                      How racial discrimination in
                                       Dogs, vendors, silent auctions,                                                                                                                               FUNDRAISER: 2010 Cycle for
GSA WELCOME WEEK: Inter-                                                                                                                                    children’s services undermines
                                       games and animal related demos         GSA WELCOME WEEK: Karaoke              MUSIC: Subhumans (Canadian)                                                     Autism. The Cycle brings friends,
national students reception, Car-                                                                                                                           the potential of this generation of
                                       throughout the weekend. Rideau         @ Mike’s Place. 9pm.                   w/ Four-Stroke. Mavericks. $13.                                                 family, supporters, and cyclists
leton U, Grad Lounge (6th floor                                                                                                                             First Nations children and what
                                       Carleton Raceway. 9am-6pm.                                                                                                                                    together for a fun event to raise
University Centre). 12:30pm                                                   FILM: Crossing. Taken from a                                                  you can do to help. Alumni The-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     funds for the supports and ser-
                                                                              number of true stories of North        SAT SepT 18                            atre, Jock Turcot University Cen-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     vices offered through Autism
GSA WELCOME WEEK: Poor No
More. Carleton U, Grad Lounge
                                       Sun SepT 12                            Korean refugees, Crossing is the
                                                                                                                     FREE MARKET: Full circles Ot-
                                                                                                                                                            tre, University of Ottawa, Algon-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Ontario in Ottawa. The starting
                                                                              first film to accurately depict the                                           quin Territory. Free admission
(6th floor University Centre).         CATWALK: Centretown Art                                                       tawa, a freecycling community.                                                  point is the Ron Kolbus Centre/
                                                                              trials and hardships faced every-                                             (donation appreciated). 7 pm.
8pm                                    Tour. A group of downtown Ot-                                                 Full Circles Ottawa a Freecycling                                               Lakeside Gardens in Britannia
                                                                              day by the North Korean people.
                                       tawa artists invite the curious to                                            community would like to invite                                                  Park, Ottawa.
GSA WELCOME WEEK: Trivia                                                      North Korean refugees who now
                                       prowl through their homes and
                                                                              live in Canada will talk about
                                                                                                                     the public to the first ever RRFM      THurS SepT 23                            FUNDRAISER: CEREC 4th An-
night. Carleton U, Mike’s Place                                                                                      (Really Really Free Market). Come
                                       studios during the fourth annual
(2nd floor University Centre).                                                their struggles. Reception to fol-                                            MARCH: Take Back The Night. Ev-          nual Pink Ribbon Ride. Come
                                       Centretown Art Tour (CAT). This                                               to get perfectly usable goods for
9pm.                                                                          low film and Q&A. Auditorium,                                                 ery year, women in Ottawa come           out for a day of trail riding in
                                       one-day only self-guided tour is-                                             free. Drop off any unwanted us-
                                                                              395 Wellington. Admission: $20.                                               together to take back the night, a       the beautiful Larose Forest, in
                                       free and artwork will be for sale.                                            able items for free. We also invite
                                                                              7pm.                                                                          collective effort to assert safety for   support of the Canadian Breast
THurS SepT 9                           10am-5pm.                                                                     you to make a food donation to
                                                                                                                                                            women in the streets of Ottawa           Cancer Foundation. The cost of
                                                                                                                     the Ottawa Food bank and help
                                       WORKSHOP: Decolonial Study                                                                                           and a call to end violence against       registration is $10 (includes a
GSA WELCOME WEEK: Nation-                                                     wed SepT 15                            the Country Cat Sanctuary with
                                                                                                                                                            women. Call (613)230-6700 for            BBQ lunch).
al Art Gallery, Sussex Drive at St.    Group - Indigenous Solidarity                                                 donations of sponsorship for
Patrick. 5pm                           101 Workshop. Discussion will          GSA WELCOME WEEK: Grad                                                        more info. 5:30 pm - Rally at Par-
                                                                                                                     their unadoptable feral colony.                                                 MUNICIPAL DEBATE: Mayoral
                                       deepen understanding of solidar-       Library Tour. MacOdrum Library,                                               liament Hill (Famous Five Monu-
                                                                                                                     We are also recycling computers                                                 Debate on Environmental Issues.
GSA WELCOME WEEK: Earl of              ity, colonialism/decolonialism,        Room 102. 1-2pm.                                                              ment); 6:15 pm - march through
                                                                                                                     and electronics - all for free. The                                             St. Paul’s University, Auditorium,
Sussex pub. 431 Sussex Drive.          oppression/anti-oppression, as                                                                                       the Market; 7:15 - 9:00 pm - Info
                                                                              GSA WELCOME WEEK: State                corner of Deschamps and Han-                                                    223 Main Street. 7pm.
8pm                                    well as looking at specific in-                                                                                      Fair- City Hall (110 Laurier West).
                                                                              of Post-Secondary Education in         nah - one block North of Mon-
MEETING: Green Drinks Ottawa.          stances of working in solidarity                                              treal road, behind Burger King.        GALA: Festival X Opening Gala.
An open invitation to anyone           with diverse struggles for justice     Canada. A discussion on the rise
                                                                                                                     10-4pm.                                The 3rd edition of Festival X will
                                                                                                                                                                                                     mOn SepT 27
                                                                              of tuition fees in relation to the
interested/working/studying all        for Indigenous peoples. Universi-
                                                                              quality of education in Canada                                                kick off with the Opening Gala:          I wish it was Sunday.
                                       ty of Ottawa - SMD building code                                              GSA WELCOME WEEK: Ottawa
things environmental. Come and                                                and the need for a National Post-                                             an evening of food, drinks, music
                                       (just SE from corner of Laurier                                               Boat Cruise. Shuttles will be leav-
join us for interesting, and inspir-                                          Secondary Education Act. The                                                  and entertainment. There will be
ing conversation. We’re an infor-      and Waller). 12-2pm.
                                                                              talk will also address a number
                                                                                                                     ing from Parking Lot 2 on Carle-
                                                                                                                                                            art happenings as well live music.       TueS SepT 28
                                                                                                                     ton University campus (outside
mal, self-organizing network and       TOUR: Discovery Tour of North          of issues including access, afford-                                           Festival X promotes photogra-
                                                                                                                     of the bookstore in the University                                              MEETING: Team Diabetes Meet-
meet every second Thursday of          Gower/Kars. Feed your soul while       ability, international student fees,                                          phy and local and international
                                                                                                                     Centre) beginning at 5:00pm.                                                    ing, Canadian Diabetes Asso-
the month. Fox and Feather Pub         discovering the treasures of ru-       and what the GSA is doing to                                                  photographic artists. Room A,
                                                                                                                     Alternatively, you can meet us at                                               ciation. Team Diabetes is the
& Grill, 283 Elgin Street. 5:30pm.     ral Ottawa; explore the area and       help in the fight for lower tuition                                           395 Wellington. Free admission.
                                                                                                                     895 Jacques Cartier in Gatineau                                                 national activity fundraising pro-
                                       enjoy a delicious lunch. Visit         fees for everyone. Location TBA.                                              7pm.                                     gram for the Canadian Diabetes
WORKSHOP: Discussion on                                                                                              at Ottawa Boat Cruise at 6:00pm.
rape culture. 129 Louis Pasteur,       the studios of local artists and       2-3pm.                                 The boat leaves at 6:30pm, if you                                               Association which promotes
                                                                                                                                                            COMEDY: Norm MacDonald.
room 285. 4pm-6:30.                    artisans, a market garden, alpaca                                             have not signed your waiver form                                                healthy active living while raising
                                                                              GSA WELCOME WEEK: Trivia                                                      Bronson Centre Theatre. $40.
                                       farm and learn a bit of local his-                                            and are not on the boat before                                                  funds and awareness for the As-
                                                                              Night @ Mike’s Place. 8pm.                                                    7pm.
SLAM POETRY: Bill Brown’s 2nd          tory. This year’s tour has 31 par-                                                                                                                            sociation. Meet with other partic-
                                                                                                                     6:30pm, your ship has sailed!
Anniversary 1-2-3 Head-to-Head         ticipants at 14 stops all within       GSA WELCOME WEEK: Comedy                                                                                               ipants, learn about international
                                                                                                                     Tickets must be purchased in
Fundraiser Slam. Members of the        an 8 km radius of North Gower,         Night. Meet at Heart & Crown on        advance and will be available for      fri SepT 24                              events, get fitness and fundraising
Capital Slam, Urban Legends and        just 30 minutes south of down-         Preston (347 Preston) at 6:15pm                                                                                        tips, and start the experience of a
                                                                                                                     at the GSA office (date to be an-
Lanark County slam teams, along        town Ottawa. Admission is free.                                                                                      FILM: Divergence Movie Night
                                                                              to head over to Absolute Com-          nounced).                                                                       lifetime. Meeting is free to attend,
with 2010 National Slammaster          Demos at many stops. Door priz-                                                                                      Relaunch! Mix and mingle, and
                                                                              edy at 7pm sharp. Tickets will be                                                                                      light refreshments are served. 45
Rusty Priske, will go head-to-         es. The Tour supports the North                                               GSA WELCOME WEEK: Post-                vote on this year’s film schedule.
                                                                              available in the GSA Office soon.                                                                                      Montreal Rd. 6-8pm.
head. Cajun Attic, 349 Dalhousie       Gower and Area Food Bank -you                                                 Cruise Party. After an evening on      Viewing of short films. Dance
Street (2nd floor, beside Dunn’s)      can too. 10am-5pm.                     FUNDRAISER: Pedalling to               the boat cruise, join us for a night   party to follow. Raw Sugar Cafe,

in the Byward Market. 7:30pm
                                                                              Parliament - “Pedal for the            out in the market. If you don’t        692 Somerset. 8pm.                       wed SepT 29
                                       FESTIVAL: Take the Plunge! This        Planet” Rally. Come join us            end up going on the boat cruise,
                                       two-day outdoor festival (rain or                                                                                                                             FUNDRAISER: ON TRACK in
                                                                              in pedal for the planet. From          come join us later in the evening!     SAT SepT 25                              support of The Ottawa Hospital
fri SepT 10                            shine) will raise money for eight      noon until 1pm we will rally           Tickets to bypass the line with
                                                                                                                                                                                                     and United Way Ottawa. Spend
                                       local animal rescue organizations      on Parliament Hill. Join the           free cover will be available at        TALK: “From Colonial Canton to
GSA WELCOME WEEK: Land.                and features 1000 Islands Dock                                                                                                                                the day driving on a world-class
                                                                              rally to call for action on cli-       the GSA Office during Welcome          Pioneer Ontario by Naomi Rid-
Movie at the Mayfair Theatre.          Dogs, vendors, silent auctions,                                                                                                                               race track and learn safe, ad-
                                                                              mate change. Then at 1pm               Week but must be used before           out”. Shearman Godfrey Bird and
1074 Bank Street, Bank & Sunny-        games and animal related demos                                                                                                                                vanced driving techniques from
                                                                              the climate cycling tour starts        11pm. The Drink (130 George            Amoui Chun Bird’s story gives a
side. 7pm                              throughout the weekend. Rideau                                                                                                                                experienced instructors. The
                                                                              on Parliament Hill. Join the           Street). 10pm.                         fascinating glimpse into colonial
                                       Carleton Raceway. 9am-4pm.                                                                                                                                    event is for all cars and drivers -
GSA WELCOME WEEK: George-                                                     search for Canada’s missing                                                   Chinese history and the social
                                                                                                                                                                                                     no special vehicle or experience
                                                                              climate action plan. The ride                                                 mores of China, England and
town Pub. 1159 Bank Street.            FUNDRAISER: The ‘Guide Dog
                                                                              is a virtual world tour from           Sun SepT 19                            Canada in the mid-nineteenth
                                                                                                                                                                                                     required! Calabogie Motorsports
9pm.                                   Run’ Motorcycle Ride. All bikers                                                                                                                              Park. 8am-4pm.
                                                                              embassy to embassy, searching          WORKSHOP: Green Sacred                 century. Discovering the “Chi-
                                       are welcome to join in the ride.
ART: Flash Back! A Photo Exhibit                                              for clues for climate action.                                                 nese identity” of Amoui, one of
                                       It’s a rain or shine, 200-km ride                                             Spaces 101. Members of all Ot-
of Ottawa’s Hip Hop History.
                                       through Eastern Ontario to raise       We will relay our findings to          tawa Faith Communities are             the very first Chinese women             THurS SepT 30
Canteen. 238 Dalhousie, 7pm.                                                  members of the Environment                                                    to settle in Canada, has become
                                       funds towards the training of                                                 invited to this FREE interac-
                                                                              Committee who are debating                                                    somewhat of an obsession. The            TALK: Department of Sociology
                                       guide dogs. Registration is from                                              tive workshop introducing the
                                                                              Bill C-311, the Copenhagen cli-                                                                                        & Anthropology Colloquium.
SAT SepT 11                            9:30-10:30, during which you can
                                                                              mate bill. Pedal for the Planet
                                                                                                                     Greening Sacred Spaces pro-            talk will draw on letters, diaries,
                                                                                                                                                                                                     “John Porter: Life, Times and
                                       enjoy free Tim Horton’s coffee &                                              gram of Faith & the Common             Amoui’s Chinese clothing and
GSA WELCOME WEEK: Ottawa                                                      Celebration with Marabou at                                                   jewellery, census records of the         Scholarship: An Overview of
                                       Timbits. Then, depart for the ride,                                           Good and sharing information
Bus Tour. Meet outside of the                                                 the Rainbow Bistro, 76 Mur-                                                   UK and Canada. Auditorium,               Measuring the Mosaic.” A720
                                       which is followed by a barbecue                                               about how to incorporate car-
University Bookstore (Unicentre                                               ray Street (doors open at 6:30                                                395 Wellington. Free admission.          Loeb Bldg, Carleton University.
                                       and prizes after the ride. Also tour                                          ing for the earth into your re-
main entrance) at 9:45am. Bus                                                 pm). 12-8pm.                                                                  10am.                                    3:30-5:30pm.
                                       the kennels of Canadian Guide                                                 ligious tradition. The 4-hour
departs at 10am SHARP. Seating         Dogs for the Blind and meet                                                   workshop consists of several                                                    CONFERENCE: Accessing De-
                                                                                                                                                            CONCERT: Music For Life Fund-
is limited so get there early.         some of the dogs. Cost is $15 per       THurS SepT 16                         interactive modules. Hear from         raising Concert in support of            mocracy. The Faculty of Public
                                       rider. The ride starts from the Na-                                           religious leaders about why                                                     Affairs has agreed to partner with
GSA WELCOME WEEK: Enjoy a                                                                                                                                   cancer research. This year’s causes
                                       tional Training Centre of Cana-        GSA WELCOME WEEK: Getting              Greening our Sacred Spaces is                                                   the Office of the Information
fun night of bowling with other                                                                                                                             are Melanoma and Leukemia.
                                       dian Guide Dogs for the Blind at       Grad Funding Workshop. Pizza           important, hear first-hand ac-                                                  Commissioner of Canada (OIC)
grads at McArthur Lanes (175                                                                                                                                Proceeds from this event will be
                                       4120 Rideau Valley Drive North,        will be served. Location TBA.          counts from local communities                                                   to host a full-day conference deal-
McArthur). 9pm.                                                                                                                                             donated to the Queensway Car-
                                       Manotick.                              1-2:30pm.                              who have already started, learn                                                 ing with access to information is-
                                                                                                                                                            leton Hospital Foundation and
TOUR: Discovery Tour of North                                                                                        about energy audits and green                                                   sues during the annual Right to
                                                                              GSA WELCOME WEEK: Athletics                                                   the Kemptville District Hospital
Gower/Kars. Feed your soul while                                                                                     audits. Light refreshments will                                                 Know Week in 2010 (Sept 27-Oct
discovering the treasures of ru-       mOn SepT 13                            Tour. Alumni Hall, Athletics, gen-
                                                                                                                     be provided. Ottawa Baha’i
                                                                                                                                                            Foundation for cancer patient
                                                                                                                                                                                                     1st). Senate Room, Robertson
                                                                              eral information desk. 3-4pm.                                                 care and needed equipment.
ral Ottawa; explore the area and       GSA WELCOME WEEK: Yoga                                                        Centre, 211 McArthur Ave.                                                       Hall, Carleton University. All day.
                                                                                                                                                            Tickets: $10. Greenfield’s Pub &
enjoy a delicious lunch. Visit         on the Canal. Meet outside of          GSA WELCOME WEEK: Ka-                  1-5PM.                                 Eatery.                                  ARTS: A juried art show of pho-
the studios of local artists and       Prescott Residence. 1-2pm.             raoke @ Shanghai. Hosted by
                                                                                                                     WALK: Walk to raise money                                                       tography, painting, sculpture and
artisans, a market garden, alpaca                                             Ottawa’s famous China Doll,                                                   WALK: Walk for Smiles. Proceeds
                                       GSA WELCOME WEEK: Cross                                                       and awareness for Polycystic                                                    mixed media created by members
farm and learn a bit of local his-                                            this event is a new take on our                                               from the event will help bring
                                       Campus Tour. Free inter-univer-                                               Kidney Disease. Vankleek Hill                                                   of AOE Arts Council. 7-9pm.
tory. This year’s tour has 31 par-                                            annual GLBTQ night event                                                      Wishes, Great Escapes and Hos-
                                       sity shuttle bus service between                                              Fairgrounds 92 Main St. West,
ticipants at 14 stops all within                                              during Grad Welcome Weeks                                                     pital Happenings programs to
                                       Carleton University and the Uni-                                              Vankleek Hill (only 1 hour east
an 8 km radius of North Gower,                                                and is open to all! Shanghai                                                  seriously ill children and their
                                       versity of Ottawa. Meet at 3:15pm                                             of Ottawa). Registration starts at
just 30 minutes south of down-                                                Restaurant, 651 Somerset St.                                                  families in Ottawa. Dow’s Lake.
                                       in front of the Minto Case Build-                                             1pm, walk starts at 2pm.
town Ottawa. Admission is free.                                               9pm.
Demos at many stops. Door priz-        ing.
                                                                              FILM: Mexican Films of Indepen-                                               Sun SepT 26
es. The Tour supports the North
                                       FILM: Mexican Films of Indepen-        dence and Revolution. “La escon-
                                                                                                                     mOn SepT 20
Gower and Area Food Bank -you                                                                                                                               HIKE: CPAWS-OV guided hike.
                                       dence and Revolution. “El com-         dida” (1956). Auditorium, 395          WORKSHOP: Cultural Appropri-
can too. 10am-5pm.                                                                                                                                          Please join us for a guided hike
                                       padre Mendoza” (1934). Audito-         Wellington. 7:30pm.                    ation Workshopwith Jessica Yee,
                                       rium, 375 Wellington. 7:30pm.                                                                                        along the Jack Pine Trail, Beaver
WALK: Join Parkinson Society Ot-                                                                                     a self-described Indigenous femi-
                                                                              FILM: The Village presents its                                                Pond Trail, and Lime Kiln Trail in
tawa for the 15th Annual Super-                                                                                      nist reproductive justice freedom
                                                                              third annual film screening and                                               the Stony Swamp Conservation
Walk. Enjoy a picturesque 7km or
2km walk with family and friends
                                       TueS SepT 14                           outdoor street party. Priscilla,
                                                                                                                     fighter. Location TBA. 6 - 9pm.        Area of the NCC Greenbelt. We                    editors.the.
                                                                              Queen of the Desert is this year’s     FILM: Mexican Films of Inde-           will hike through some interest-
followed by a BBQ lunch celebra-
tion and entertainment. Support
                                       GSA WELCOME WEEK: Wine
                                       ‘n Cheese with the Deans. The          film. Gilmour Street (between          pendence and Revolution. “Reed,        ing wetlands, mature forests, and
                                                                                                                                                            an alvar. There are also remains of
                                                                                                                                                                                                               leveller@
                                                                              Bank and O’Connor Streets).            México Insurgente” (1973). Audi-
the over 8,000 people in Eastern
Ontario affected by Parkinson’s.
                                       Deans of the Faculty of Graduate
                                       and Post Doctoral Affairs and the      8pm.                                   torium, 395 Wellington. 7:30pm.        a 19th century lime kiln! Come                    gmail.com

				
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