Carleton hosts conference on Rwanda

A conference delving into how the media covers human rights abuses took place in Richcraft Hall on Dec. 1. The event was put on by Carleton University’s school of Journalism and Communications in partnership with the Centre for International Governance Innovation and the Montreal Institute for Genocide and Human Rights. The weekend hosted over 30 international experts and analysts on the Rwandan genocide that occurred in 1994. The event consisted of Carleton journalism faculty members Allan Thompson and Susan Harada, as well as other prominent journalists who reported in Rwanda during the genocide, and many others who analyze the causes and aftermath. The genocide in Rwanda saw over 800,000 citizens—primarily from the Tutsi ethnic group—killed by the Hutu majority in […]

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Carleton prof’s latest book examines history

Charlotte Gray, an adjunct research professor at Carleton University, was the 2017 recipient of the English non-fiction Ottawa Book Award for her work The Promise of Canada: 150 Years–People and Ideas That Have Shaped Our Country. After about three years of research, Gray released her newest award-winning book in October 2016, with Simon and Schuster Canada. Gray has written a total of 10 books, with two of them receiving Ottawa Book Awards. Gray said she was shocked at the ceremony in October when it was announced her book was the winner.  It was Gray’s publicist who suggested that she create a new piece to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, as well as celebrate the history of our nation so far. “Given […]

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WE Day inspires youth empowerment

The Canadian Tire Centre was full of 16,000 students on Nov. 15, all waiting to be inspired by WE Day.   Created by the organization WE, the event included speeches and musical performances by different celebrities, activists, and locals, focused on the topic of youth empowerment. The day was hosted by TV host Liz Trinnear and actress Olivia Holt. The line-up of presenters included singers Shawn Hook and Brett Kissel, former Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, and Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson. The speakers focused on Generation We, or “Gen WE,” which refers to the upcoming generation of students, with one main message: that this generation will change the world.   A ticket to WE Day cannot be […]

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Algonquin’s student paper goes rogue during faculty strike

With the Ontario college strike proceeding into its fifth week, Algonquin College journalism students are taking campus media coverage into their own hands. The Algonquin Times is built into the curriculum of the journalism program at Algonquin, where second-year students submit stories for publication in return for a grade. The paper reports on campus issues and is published every three weeks. However, several days before the strike, journalism classes were told by the Algonquin College Students’ Association to cease production out of respect for the faculty. Devyn Barrie, a second-year journalism student at Algonquin and the campus government editor of the paper, said he and a small group of students decided to go rogue and continue publishing under the name […]

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Carleton students raise awareness for violence against men

The Ottawa Men’s Refuge, supported by fourth-year sociology students attending Carleton, hosted a panel discussion about domestic and sexual violence against men on Nov. 9. The event, titled “Coming Together In Conversation,” took place at the Heron Road Community Centre.   The Ottawa Men’s Refuge is an emerging service that will eventually allow men who are victims of domestic violence to call a hotline if they are experiencing a crisis. After the hotline is created, the group hopes to have collected enough funds to create a shelter for male victims.   “I believe anyone who has experienced violence deserves support,” said Matt Schaaf, of the Ottawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women’s I can MANifest Change Program, when he addressed the […]

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