The GSA would like to provide an update to members following the December 5, 2013, attempt by senior management to cut the locks and dismantled the Community Garden. Information on this event and the subsequent arrest of two members of the Carleton community are available on the GSA website.

The GSA would like to thank all the members of the community who came together to prevent the Garden from being dismantled, including gardeners, concerned students, campus staff and a large contingent from CUPE 4600.

Hundreds of people emailed senior management and the Board of Governors indicating their disappointment in the administration’s effort to take down the Garden instead of partaking in good faith negotiations with the GSA. As a result of these emails, the GSA executive had meetings with President Runte and other members of senior management.

The outcome of the meetings with senior management is that the GSA will be entering a new round of discussions over moving the Garden. These discussions will take place between Dr. Wallace Clement, Dean of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs, and the GSA. While discussions have not yet started, the GSA is hopeful that the outcome will be productive.

The GSA will be sending updates as discussions transpire. For more information, please feel free to contact Grant MacNeil, GSA President, at