Opinion: Sophie Grégoire Trudeau misunderstood allyship

It was barely 11 a.m. on March 7, and my Facebook feed was inundated with responses to Sophie Grégoire Trudeau’s post for International Women’s Day. A photo of her and her “dreamy” husband holding hands and staring sweetly into each other’s eyes was posted on her Facebook page, above a caption encouraging women to “celebrate the boys and men in our lives who encourage us to be who we truly are.” Grégoire Trudeau asked women to take pictures holding hands with their male allies, and share them on social media. She defended the post by saying that if boys and men are not “part of the equation” of equality, peace and prosperity cannot be achieved. She didn’t mention the word […]

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Carleton student curates Indigenous art

Carleton PhD student Alexandra Kahsenni:io Nahwegahbow made her first foray into the world of curating with the opening of “Temporal Re-imaginings,” an exhibition featuring contemporary Indigenous artists. Sponsored by the Canada Council for the Arts, the exhibition is on display in the Âjagemô gallery space at 150 Elgin St. until April 30, 2016. Featuring work from more than 10 different Indigenous artists of different backgrounds, Nahwegahbow said she was interested in examining how Indigenous communities think about time and how different artists have dealt with the idea. “[In Western understandings] time is seen as forward moving, part of this unfolding of events. And you never want to move backward—you always want to be charging forward,” Nahwegahbow said. “A lot of native […]

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Open-source art show draws crowd to gallery planning reinvention

On June 12, Ottawa art gallery La Petite Mort hosted “Hit & Run 5″, the last of a series of shows that helped make the gallery distinct in the Ottawa art scene. The idea behind the show was simple—a one-night-only opportunity for Ottawa artists to display their art for sale, while meeting with other artists and potential buyers. Veterans and newbies could collaborate and learn from each other, as well as from curator Guy Berube. “It’s a bit overwhelming,” said Mark Stephenson, a life drawing artist new to the event. Stephenson said the turnout was fantastic, and one of the reasons he wanted to be a part of it. “It’s a lot of fun to come and meet the other […]

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Documentary screening canceled on campus

The Carleton Womyn’s Centre backed out of a screening of I Am Femen, a documentary by Swiss director Alain Margot, on March 8. The film was set to screen on campus March 9. The film chronicles the life of a woman named Oxana, a member of the Ukranian activist group Femen. Known for its controversial tactics, Femen calls its method “sextremism,” or in its words, “an all-powerful demoralizing weapon undermining the foundations of the old political ethics and rotten patriarchal culture.” The screening was supposed to be held in honour of International Women’s Day in conjunction with the Carleton branch of Cinema Politica, an organization aiming to educate viewers by showing progressive documentaries on a wide variety of topics. Debbie […]

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Margo Blackell connects with models

Artist Margo Blackell described her style as “a mix of visionary and magic realism, with a dash of whimsy.” Blackell’s collection The Raven and I at La Petite Mort Gallery primarily featured portraits. The paintings are alive with individual personality and emphasize the presence of the human spirit that is apparent in all her work. Blackell explained she has always felt a connection to birds. She said she admires the raven in particular, and draws from the indigenous concept of the bird. “[The raven] is quite a complicated figure. He’s the creator, he’s the trickster, and he’s a number of other things . . . he steals things, he has a sense of humour,” she said. Cayllan Cassavia, a master’s […]

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