Editorial: Universities should not censor educational films

Recently, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University came under fire for cancelling a screening of Vessel, a pro-abortion documentary film, set to be shown at a film festival aimed at sparking discussion about birth. This incident comes in the midst of a freshly roused debate about free speech in universities from the Lindsay Shepherd case at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Saint Paul is a Roman Catholic university, and the Roman Catholic Church is widely known for its pro-life stance on abortion. But, while the university may have been called to cancel the screening to follow the stance of the Church, cancelling a film with an opposing viewpoint undermines its status as a university. Religious or otherwise, universities are meant to be a place […]

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Editorial: Media plays an important role in mass atrocities

This past weekend, Carleton University hosted a conference called “Media and Mass Atrocities: the Rwanda Genocide and Beyond,” which sought to discuss how reporting on mass atrocities like the Rwandan genocide could bring about change. Extensive coverage of the genocide inspired the public to demand action from their governments to intervene. The event served as a reminder about the role media plays in covering such heinous crimes against humanity. Paul Watson, a journalist who covered the genocide, spoke about how reporting can garner the public’s attention to atrocities happening in other parts of the world. For example, the image of  Syrian toddler, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a Turkish beach made everyone’s head turn towards the Syrian civil war and […]

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Editorial: Take a preventative approach to student housing issues

As the City of Ottawa grapples with a housing crisis, it is often forgotten that students and youth are highly susceptible to becoming homeless as well. That is not to say that many students are homeless, but housing costs on and off-campus are so high, that it may lead to them experiencing homelessness in the future. According to the Carleton University website, a traditional residence room costs approximately $11,000, while living off-campus costs about $8,000. While students may manage to cover those costs through student loans and part-time jobs, it still leaves them with huge debt. Then, as they try to pay off the loans they used to pay for their rent or residence plans, it leaves them with little […]

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Editorial: Strike intervention should have happened sooner

As college students across Ontario returned to school this week, many are feeling let down by the system that left them without classes for five weeks. It was the longest college strike in Ontario history. One can only wonder why the Ontario government didn’t pressure the colleges and union to come to an agreement sooner to save the semester for almost 500,000 college students. The result of the strike is students’ lives are being disrupted for the second time this semester, as they return to classes with cut curriculums, a shortened Christmas break, and disrupted travel plans. In a town hall hosted on Nov. 20, Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne answered questions from college students about why she failed to intervene. […]

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Editorial: The Colonel By Classic deserves more attention

Despite having been in the top 10 nationwide for U Sports hockey earlier this season, the Ravens men’s hockey gets little love from its own campus. The Colonel By Classic, the annual rivalry game between Carleton and University of Ottawa (U of O), was held in the TD Place arena, a rink with 10,000 seats. But, only 2,268 people attended the game. The Colonel By Classic should be planned in such a way that it generates the same amount of excitement as the Panda Game and Capital Hoops. It was a disservice to the team and to students to schedule the game around midterm season, when students are too busy with their studies to even consider attending the game. Rather, […]

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