Photographs taken by those experiencing homeless featured at InFocus gala

In a city as diverse and full of art as Ottawa, photography and art exhibits are not difficult to come by. That being said, the InFocus gala on Sept. 3 displayed an entirely new perspective of the city. The social project involved giving out disposable cameras to people in Ottawa affected by homelessness, giving them a few weeks to take photos of whatever caught their eye, and then showcasing their photos to the public in Studio 66, an art gallery on Muriel Street. The gallery, with its simple decor and open space, was packed within minutes of the doors opening. The photographs were displayed in large, colourful prints throughout the space, with the photographers names added below. Display cases showed […]

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Mental Health art show to support housing for people living with mental illness

Carleton University faculty, students, and artists from all over Ottawa will soon be featured in the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain and Mental Health Art Show on April 6. Gareth Rurak, a member of the art show’s committee and the Society for Neuroscience, said via email that the main goal of the art show is to “raise awareness of mental health initiatives in Ottawa and break the stigma around mental illness, start conversations and get people engaged in dialogue about mental illness.” The art show will be a collection of artwork from people in the Ottawa community. Rurak said the event is a silent auction, and will be set up like an art gallery in the Lansdowne Horticulture Building. Rurak added […]

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Students weigh in on minimum age for marijuana

The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be able to use and possess the drug legally. A task force appointed by the government to investigate cannabis legalization released a list of recommendations from its final report in December, suggesting that cannabis should only be sold to people who are 18 or older. While some believe the drug is comparable to alcohol and should be given similar rules, others are concerned about the effects of marijuana on the brains of users under the age of 25. Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), an organization devoted to educating and empowering youth in regards to the legalization, […]

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ByTowne screens free Canadian films

Canada will commemorate 150 years since Confederation on July 1, and the city of Ottawa will be celebrating this occasion with an array of events. One in particular is a 26-week film project called Cinema Canada 150. From Jan. 1 until June 26, the ByTowne Cinema in downtown Ottawa will be offering screenings of Canadian movies on Sunday afternoons and Monday nights. With help from both the ByTowne and its sponsors, the films are completely free to view and open to the public. According the the theatre’s website, the project aims to show Canadian cinema’s biggest achievements, directors, regions, and as many eras as possible to better represent Canadian culture. Genevieve Morin, a manager at the ByTowne, said that so […]

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Carleton professors weigh in on American election and youth

With the conclusion of the second American presidential debate and election day approaching on Nov. 8, polls continue to show what Americans, especially youth, think about the current election. A Gallup poll released on Sept. 26 found that the amount of American youth who said they would “definitely vote” this election had decreased significantly since the election in 2012. Roughly 47 per cent of youth aged 18-34 reported they will definitely vote this election, compared to 58 per cent of youth who said the same in 2012. However, 72 per cent of Americans aged 34-55 said they would definitely vote. The decrease in youth voter engagement this election is not a surprising statistic, according to Scott Edward Bennett, a political […]

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