Letter: Today’s rights movements should focus on peace and love

Peace and love was the religion of my family growing up—and the fact that they would abhor me describing our shared principles as a religion is testament to just how hardcore-hippie they were. My mother, a flower-child free spirit contained by a rigid household growing up, and my father, a long-haired hard rock rebel without a cause, both grew up in the psychedelic sixties and the swinging seventies. Aside from giving me a deep appreciation for classic rock, their influence has shaped my respect for the environment, my understanding of the equality and inherent value of every human being, and a passion to express myself without restraint. But they never taught me the right perspectives to take on these issues […]

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Letter: Olympic alliance an opportunity for progress

We are less than two weeks away from the Winter Olympics, the grandest stage of athletic achievement and cultural diversity. A time when fans can embrace their national pride and when world leaders can briefly exchange their cue cards for flags. With the 2018 Winter Olympic Games set to take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, the narrative leading into this year’s games is shaping up to be one of the more politically driven ones in recent memory. After all, that is what these Winter Olympics are all about, right? At least that is what the news makes it out to be. For the first time in Olympic history, North Korea and South Korea will be competing under the same flag. […]

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Letter: Controversy over ‘Friends’ show is unwarranted

In January, Friends was added to Netflix in multiple different countries. Since then, an uproar has occurred, with multiple articles being written about it. People are outraged by the show, saying that it is homophobic, transphobic and lacking representation of people of colour. A show that has been off the air for almost 15 years is now causing backlash. Friends first aired in 1994, and quickly picked up a major following. With its witty and sarcastic humor, and relatable characters, people all over the world tuned in to watch. In the first episode, a major risk was taken: a woman left her husband for another woman. In 1994, a lesbian relationship on TV was a new concept, and many people […]

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Letter: We should wait to believe hate crime allegations

If you’ve been paying attention to the news recently, you will be aware of the recent attack on a young Muslim girl where, apparently, a man attempted to cut off her hijab. Twice a male came at her with a pair of scissors and allegedly tried to remove the religious covering while she was walking to school. Many people, progressive or otherwise, rushed to condemn this attack, right up to Justin Trudeau. The follow up to that was a bit more muted—the fact that the original story was completely fake. The Toronto Police issued a statement saying, quite simply, that “it did not happen” and no further information on the matter has been forthcoming. Whether or not a reported incident […]

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Editorial: Capital Hoops games should alternate times

Capital Hoops is the annual matchup between the Carleton University Ravens and the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees men’s and women’s basketball teams. The games take place at the Canadian Tire Centre, with the women’s team playing at 6 p.m. this year, followed by the men’s team, who start at 8 p.m. Every year, for the past three years, the Capital Hoops matchup game has drawn over 10,000 students. However, as anyone who has watched both the men’s and women’s teams games will tell you, the turnout for women’s games is noticeably lower than the men’s game. Tickets for both games are sold together, so there is no data on how many students turn out for the women’s […]

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