Open-letter apology from CUSA president

Smyth set to propose Shinerama be reinstated as part of Carleton orientation week


Issued Nov. 27:

An open letter to all Carleton University students;

I want to take this opportunity to apologize to anyone who was offended by the motion passed at this week’s council meeting. It was never any of our councilors or my own intentions to imply that Cystic Fibrosis was not a worth while charity for Carleton to support. I also would like to apologize to anyone whose life has been touched by Cystic Fibrosis. I am sorry for any pain this motion has caused you.

It has been great to see so many students come out and voice their opinions and support for Shinerama and Cystic Fibrosis. Thanks again for everyone’s feedback. Now, I would like to move forward to rectifying this issue.

I would like to invite all students to attend the council meeting on Monday evening. It will be held at 6:30pm, location will be available on the CUSA website as soon as we secure a space.

At this meeting I will be putting forward a motion to reinstate Shinerama as part of our Orientation week.

Over the last 24 years through Orientation, we have been able to raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and over $1,000,000 for research and treatment of this terrible disease. I look forward to working with the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to clear up the incorrect facts caused by the motion about Cystic Fibrosis and who is affected by it.

Again, I would like to apologize. There are a lot of reasons to have pride in our school and I look forward to working with everyone in continuing to strengthen the Carleton community.

Brittany Smyth
Carleton University Students’ Associatio


Open-letter apology from CUSA president

  1. But not a word about the whole white men thing, eh?

  2. This just went from disturbing to surreal. Like the above poster noted, not even a word regarding the openly racist subtext of the original proposal.

    I remain disgusted, but also proud of my school (UVic) for the fact that I don’t believe this would happen here, and if it did, the student government would be rousted out of office for the right reasons: open discrimination against white males.

  3. Not good enough. Resignation required. Heads must roll.

  4. Its impossible to take an apology for something this serious without a resignation of the executives seriously.

    If she was truly sorry Miss Smyth would recognize she doesn’t have the ability to lead CUSA and would resign.

  5. “Heads must roll.” To put it delicately, WTF?!

    The student association made a decision about fund-raising for a particular charity.

    Now, the association has apologized and is changing course.

    And now, “heads must roll”?


  6. CUSA has by no means apologized. An apology denotes someone publicly acknowledging “I have done wrong. This is how I have wronged you. Please forgive me.”

    What this is is merely someone saying “I am sorry you were offended”, which put the blame either on no one, or on the person offended for taking things the wrong way or presumably being over-sensitive. Nowhere is a fault admitted. Nowhere is responsibility taken.

    The core issue was never with cystic fibrosis, or the fact that they were mis-informed. The TRUE issue was that people who believed the disease affected primarily white men would actually make a motion to fund a different charity based on that belief. It is the motion taken as a result of their belief in the facts, not the fact that they were mistaken, that is so disturbing and offensive.

    A charity which supports white men is no less noble or worthy of support than one which supports black women, the elderly, or ANY demographic. It should never have been a reason or a criteria. This is their offense against conscience, that they would reconsider only helping a demographic that goes against their notions of what is politically correct.

    EVERY cause supports a particular group of people – there is no such thing as an all-inclusive cause. The SPCA only helps animals. MADD only targets drunk driving. There are causes which only help women with cancer. There are causes that only target men with cancer. There are groups who solely support the homeless. There are organizations that only dig wells, or that only educate children in third world countries. The bottom line is, a cause should be measured on the sole basis of it’s worthiness and one’s ability to help, not on whether it represents the pet politics of the day.

    The motion was originally launched to make a political statement (and do not argue it was not – the originator of the motion has explicitly stated his political motivations and he still believes the wording of the Preamble is fine the way it was) and all but two members foolishly and thoughlessly jumped at the chance to be politically correct.

    They are free to change the charity which they support, but it is irresponsible, foolish and insulting to think that the reasons why they change it do not matter, or to contend that the wording was not explicitly sexist and racist.

    It only shows their immature and naïve approach to politics, charity and their position of influence to think that they can undo racism by applying a sort of affirmative action to charity.

  7. I, along with most others here, have noted with disgust that no effort has been made to address the issues of racism and sexism. I can’t say that I’m the least bit surprised. After all, everybody knows that as far as the media is concerned, there’s only one bogeyman : the white male.

    Go ahead…take a tour of any secular university. You’ll find what basically amounts to radical left-wing propaganda everywhere. Facts need not be taken into account when they’re at odds with belief. Ironic isn’t it ? Religious educational institutions are supposed to be havens for bigots, racists, and every other “ism” or “ist” under the sun yet the display at Carleton provides proof positive that if there is intolerance anywhere, it’s at our secular univiserties.

    And don’t think that these kids will get some common sense just because they will graduate someday. It’ll be far too late by then. Don’t forget, they’re going to be spending a heck of a lot of money learning that capitalism is bad, men are all vile rapists, the West is the source of all evil in the world, and “whites” are the spawn of satan. Don’t believe me ? Take the tour then. Once they graduate , it’ll be off to some job at a Human Rights Commission somewhere to ensure that no boy gets to play hockey if a girl wants his spot. Or perhaps they’ll become career activists concocting more false statistics to have men locked up, their homes and children taken away. It’s everywhere but nobody is willing to fight these radicals. Actually, everybody wants to take them on but the radicals have, as you’ve seen, taken over the universities, the government, the media, etc.,. You can’t fight city hall. Not in a day at least anyway.

  8. Ms Smyth is either avoiding responsibility by being disingenuous or she’s a complete airhead.

    Whether or not the fundraising efforts of Carleton students support CF is hardly the point here. The world-wide attention and subsequent disrespecting of Carleton’s reputation would never have occurred if CUSA’s motion was to simply switch charities.

    An authentic apology would read:

    “I apologize for the fact that CUSA made its decision to cancel its support of CF charities based on politically correct dogma. I apologize for the fact that I am president of an organization so immersed and indoctrinated in leftist, liberal ideologies that we ignore facts and truth in order to further our sexist and racist agendas.”

    Of course, this would only happen if Ms Smyth is not a complete airhead.

  9. I can’t see how they think they’ll get away with this without a resignation or two. I for one, as a Carleton student, will not be appeased until she gets the boot, or realizes herself that no one wants her there and takes off. She says she wants to stay on and fix things….but we as a student body really don’t want her to.

  10. That was not a proper apology. For Ms. Smith and her fellow CUSA execs to apologize, admit that they have issues with hate, and seek counseling in racial and social harmony, would be a good idea.

    Personally, I think that the execs should be impeached, and that CUSA be placed under administration trusteeship.

    There should also be a measure in place to protect the rights of minorities. As a white man, I experienced terrible discrimination on campus. There should be an option to withhold fees from the student association if you are a white man.

  11. Congratulations, you apologized for making people mad.

    Now how about an apology for being callous, bigoted, and sexist?

  12. Apology ??

    and more BS
    “There are a lot of reasons to have pride in our school and I look forward to working with everyone in continuing to strengthen the Carleton community.”

    Nope -it is time to resign –
    dont look forward to working with Ottawa residents or students
    -your credibility as President of CUSO is zero
    and a joke.
    – the rest who voted this ill advised proposal only option is to resign as well.

    A childish decision

  13. Well, I would just like to say, us carleton students who believe that white male students are worthy of charitable causes, will be presenting a motion to impeach brittany on Monday, we have collected the 1, 250 signatures necessary and will collect further signatures on monday as “buffer” (to account for double signings/fake signings etc.
    I just want to say, that normal carleton students do not think like this, and we will show the world that we do not support racism towards white and sexism towards males. So I hope you guys read the next news story coming down the wire, “Brittany smyth forced to resign by irate Carleton students”

  14. Dear Brittany:

    Please stop embarrassing everyone and resign now.

    Thank you.

  15. Like many who were embarrassed for the disgrace CUSA has brought to Carlton, I am not a white male, but am equally deeply disturbed at what radical political correctness has done to those that are supposed to be representative of the majority. It is clear that the issue is not a misunderstanding or confusion, this is issue is clearly about racism and sexism among the self-righteous elite. Until those responsible pay the price and until racism and sexism is clearly addressed as playing the main part in initiating this disgrace, the students at Carlton should not be satisfied.

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