Review: Shot in the Dark

I recently finished binge watching one of Netflix’s latest original offerings. In it, the main characters sit in suburban, neon-lit parking lots listening to police scanners, anxiously anticipating tragedy to strike. When a hot call comes in over the radio, they head out into the night, cruising down the freeways of Los Angeles as fast as they can. The show isn’t a scripted drama about first responders or daredevil ambulance chasers. Rather, it’s a gritty, sometimes disquieting documentary series about three independent camera operators who scour the City of Angels looking for crime scenes and car accidents to film for money. Shot in the Dark is a moody documentary series that follows Howard Raishbrook and his main competitors, Zak Holman […]

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Filling up our landfills: The facts on food waste and composting at Carleton

It’s lunchtime on a Wednesday afternoon at Carleton University. The Fresh Food Company (FFC)—the university’s only buffet-style dining hall—is flurried with activity. There is barely an empty table in sight as hundreds of hungry students take time away from their books to enjoy a meal. A constant stream of people move through the waste area, where one by one plates are scraped into bins and the contents of half-empty glasses are poured down the sink. All this unfinished food contributes to the rising food waste epidemic across the globe. FOOD WASTE IN CANADA Canadians love to eat, but in recent years their food consumption habits have resulted in exponential levels of waste. In fact, food waste in this country is on the rise, according to a 2014 study conducted by Value Chain Management […]

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Start-up provides mental health counselling online

A Toronto-based start-up is attempting to change the way Canadians access mental health counselling by linking clients with licensed therapists by webcam. Founded by four University of Toronto graduates, TranQool currently has 60 Ontario therapists and is growing. It is the first such company in Canada. TranQool CEO Chakameh Shafii said her company emphasizes affordability and ease of access. It only takes several minutes for clients to sign up and they can meet with their therapist anywhere they have an internet connection. Clients log onto the website and answer a questionnaire about their mental health before being matched with therapists best suited to their individual needs. Users can decide afterwards which therapists are best for them. Once clients select a […]

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Former Ottawa Rough Rider pleads guilty to assualt

Former Canadian Football League (CFL) lineman, professional wrestler, and Ottawa sports radio personality Glenn Kulka pleaded guilty to assault on Feb. 10. Appearing before Ontario Superior Court Justice Bonnie Warkentin, 51-year-old Kulka of Ottawa admitted to assaulting Stittsville business owner Henry Nguyen during an altercation at the Oasis Spa in July of 2012. In a joint statement of facts provided by the defence and prosecution, the court heard Kulka had entered the spa unannounced and demanded Nguyen to call a man named David Touhey. According to earlier court documents, Touhey had given a $35,000 loan to Nguyen. When Nguyen refused to make the call on the cell phone offered to him by Kulka, the interaction between the two men turned […]

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Washington Post editor delivers annual Kesterton Lecture

Martin Baron, the executive editor at the Washington Post and one of the real-life journalists at the centre of the Oscar-nominated film Spotlight, spoke one-on-one with CBC Radio host Robyn Bresnahan during Carleton’s 17th annual Kesterton lecture on Feb. 3. “Where Marty Baron goes, Pulitzer Prizes follow,” said Carleton journalism professor Allan Thompson as he introduced Baron to the audience of over 200 attendees. The annual lecture, named in honour of Wilfred Kesterton, one of the first people to teach journalism at Carleton, saw Bresnahan interview Baron about the future of investigative journalism in an industry that increasingly relies on technology to tell stories. Bresnahan also talked to Baron about how he and his former team of journalists at the […]

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