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One of the roles of the GSA is to represent and advocate for graduate student interests both on the Carleton campus and within the broader community. This involves the executive sitting on several Carleton committees and boards, including Senate, the Grad Faculty Board, and the Board of Governors, to ensure that the collective grad voice is heard and valued.

Our campaigns are another way we advocate for graduate student interests and students in general. We address issues ranging from post-residency fees and lower tuition to student-worker solidarity, equity, and student union autonomy. The GSA works both independently and in partnership with the Canadian Federation of Students on a number of these issues, as well as on various campaigns and issues that the GSA Council has endorsed. For more information on specific campaigns, please see the drop down menu.

Several of these campaigns are designed and implemented by the GSA Political Action Committee (PAC), which is chaired by the VP External and is open to all students. Most recently, PAC organized a campaign around challenging high tuition fees at Carleton, which included over 1,250 postcards signed by students urging the Board of Governors to vote to freeze tuition. As a result of this campaign, the administration must develop a number of budgets to present to the Board for 2015-2016 that do not include a tuition increase, as well as draft a letter with the GSA to urge the provincial government to provide greater public funding to post-secondary institutions.

If you have any questions, would like to get involved in any of these campaigns, or learn more about PAC, contact vpx@gsacarleton.ca.

GSA Letter RE: Campaign to Save Door-to-Door Mail Delivery

Posted by on Dec 14, 2014 in Campaigns

You can send a message to your member of parliament here opposing the elimination of door-to-door mail delivery. To get involved in the campaign to save door-to-door mail delivery, email mc@gsacarleton.ca. For more information about the cuts to door-to-door delivery, check out this well-crafted comprehensive feature in the Leveller.   To Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa City Councillors, We are writing to inform you that the Carleton Graduate Students’ Association, representing 3700 graduate students at Carleton University, adopted a motion...

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GSA Letter RE: The way PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) Prescriptions (Truvada) are Being Marketed

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Campaigns

Dear Federal and Provincial Health Ministries, We write this letter on behalf of the Graduate Students’ Association, which represents over 3,600 graduate students at Carleton University. We would like to express our opposition to the way in which proprietary PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) prescriptions (Truvada) are being marketed and made available. HIV/AIDS organizations and some American jurisdictions have begun campaigns and procedures to make PreP medication available to all sexually active “gay men” on demand as an HIV prevention...

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GSA Letter RE: Bill C-626 that would Reinstate the Mandatory Long Form Census

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Campaigns

To: Prime Minister Stephen Harper Thomas Mulcair, Leader of the Official Opposition Justin Trudeau, Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada Mario Beaulieu, Leader of the Bloc Québécois Elizabeth May, Leader of the Green Party of Canada   I am writing on behalf of the Graduate Students’ Association, which represents over 3,600 graduate students at Carleton University. As students and researchers, we understand the value of quality data for effective decision-making. For this reason, we would like to express our support for Private Member’s...

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Local and Municipal Elections Matter More Than You Might Think!

Posted by on Oct 23, 2014 in Campaigns

Local and Municipal Elections Matter More Than You Might Think!

Monday, October 27 is voting day! Polls are open 10am-8pm. As students, municipal governments have a huge impact on our daily lives. Municipal governments have real power to make real decisions that affect us, like whether one of our bus routes gets cut, the size of our local libraries, whether there are good summer jobs available, or how long the child care waiting list is in our area. We compiled a list of questions we thought were relevant to students, and asked the candidates from 5 densely student-populated wards in Ottawa to respond....

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Generation Vote: Rabbi is Voting for Better Child Care

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Campaigns, Canadian Federation of Students, Video

Generation Vote: Rabbi is Voting for Better Child Care

Local and municipal elections matter more than you might think! When you’re a student, municipal governments have a huge impact on your daily life. Municipal governments have real power to make real decisions that affect you like whether one of your bus routes gets cut, the size of your local library, whether there are good summer jobs available, how long the child care waiting list is in your area and so on. Learn how to vote in Ottawa. Check out generationvote.ca for info on student...

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Generation Vote: City of Ottawa Elections are October 27

Posted by on Sep 18, 2014 in Campaigns, Canadian Federation of Students, Video

Generation Vote: City of Ottawa Elections are October 27

Local and municipal elections matter more than you might think! When you’re a student, municipal governments have a huge impact on your daily life. Municipal governments have real power to make real decisions that affect you like whether one of your bus routes gets cut, the size of your local library, whether there are good summer jobs available, how long the child care waiting list is in your area and so on. Learn how to vote in Ottawa. Check out generationvote.ca for info on student...

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GSA Letter RE: Aficionado’s Ottawa Frosh 2014

Posted by on Sep 15, 2014 in Campaigns

To: Jarett Lopez Executive Director Aficionado Studios aficionadostudios@gmail.com Dear Mr. Lopez, I write to you on behalf of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at Carleton University, which represents over 3,600 graduate students. On August 19, 2014, the Council of the GSA voted to condemn the promotional “trailer” for Aficionado’s Ottawa Frosh 2014, and the messages conveyed in that video. We are appalled by the scenes in the promotional video, which depict young women in a strongly sexualized and objectified manner, and which also...

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GSA Statement on #FuckSafeSpace

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Campaigns

The Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) is appalled to learn of reports that on September 7, 2014, multiple orientation facilitators were seen wearing tank tops with the text “Fuck Safe Space” on the front, and the back reading “Or Me.” The message conveyed on these shirts is completely unacceptable. ‘Safe space’ initiatives are intended to create environments free from harassment, discrimination and violence. In particular, these initiatives aim to ensure everyone can participate in campus life regardless of their race,...

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Open letter Opposing Bill C-36 from CUPE 4600

Posted by on Aug 21, 2014 in Campaigns

GSA Council has by motion 19.08.2014 – 06 supported the following open letter by Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 4600 Open letter Opposing Bill C-36 from CUPE 4600 Bill C-36 “Protection of Communities and Exploited Persons Act” has been a moment of contention in Canadian politics for the past few months. The Conservative Government wrote Bill C-36 in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision that struck down the existing Canadian Prostitution Laws in the case of AG vs. Bedford. It was recently taken to the Committee of...

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GSA Letter Opposing the Assault on Gaza

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Campaigns

To: The Right Hon. Stephen Harper & The Hon. John Baird Dear Honourable Ministers, I write to you on behalf of the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA) at Carleton University, which represents over 3,600 graduate students. On August 19, 2014, the Council of the GSA voted unanimously to oppose the Israeli assault on the people of Gaza, and to condemn in the strongest possible terms the uncritical and unconditional support of your government for Israel’s actions in Gaza. On July 8, 2014, Israeli forces began a military operation in...

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