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'Politicians don't understand us': Ahead of election, Canadian youth want their concerns addressed Jacqueline Kennelly, a Carleton University professor who studies youth social movements, said many feel their votes are wasted, especially under the first-past-the-post system.

Where Did the Fight for OSAP Go? Students are fighting for the right to education, but between classes, work and other priorities, some can't find the time.

National Housing Strategy not enough to stop Ottawa's housing crisis, advocates say Consensus is growing that there is a housing and homelessness crisis in Ottawa and the federal government’s National Housing Strategy is doing little to help, experts say.

‘You feel powerless’: What it’s like to be a Canadian youth in a time of climate change and job insecurity Crippling student debt with no job security. Skyrocketing house prices. A changing climate with disastrous and fatal results. The future facing today’s youth feels bleak to many.

Charlotte Smith, Carleton University master's student and CUYR affiliate, speaks to CTV Ottawa about her lived experience and changing the system through academia.

Carleton Profs and Students Research Recent Herongate Evictions In collaboration with the Herongate Tenant Coalition, members of the Carleton community are conducting research and organizing community events to determine the causes and consequences of a mass eviction of racialized families from their long-standing low-income community, which will be replaced with luxurious resort-style apartments.

Ending Youth Homelessness One of the main goals of “Coming Up Together,” said Kennelly, was to get people who work to address youth homelessness talking and listening to young people with what academics call “lived experienced.” Roughly 50 of the conference’s 250 participants were youth who have been homeless. Several were involved from the early planning stages, and they helped Kennelly develop a program that attracted their peers, with workshops on knowing your rights, another led by a community veterinarian on pet care, and an evening music and poetry showcase.

Ottawa summit tackles youth homelessness A three-day symposium in Ottawa is bringing together homeless youth, service providers and policy makers to try to find solutions to the lack of affordable housing and other supports for teens and young adults.

Ottawa professor pens book linking Olympics and marginalized youth As athletes around the world prepare to compete at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next month, an Ottawa professor discusses in a new book how a city’s desire to win the bid often trumps the needs of impoverished youth who live in those host cities.

Dr. Jacqueline Kennelly on CTV Morning Live

And Housing for All? The Agenda with Steve Paikin

NoCalgaryOlympics: Interview with Jacqueline Kennelly

Column: Three reasons to vote No to 2026 Games Feeling confused about which way to vote in the Olympic plebiscite? Here’s a handy guide to the top three myths about hosting the Games.