Street art and graffiti: the legality of it all

You’ll find street art and graffiti nearly everywhere: the walls of your school, the alleys of the city, under bridges, on mailboxes, and more. From Berlin to Toronto, artists are painting up the streets with what are often beautiful pieces of work. Banksy, a world-renowned graffiti artist, creates street art that sells for millions of dollars. So why then, is graffiti still illegal? Why control graffiti art? According to the City of Ottawa website, graffiti is known to increase crime rates and can reduce business revenue, property value, and affect the aesthetic appeal of its surrounding areas. Graffiti can also affect the sense of safety and security for residents and visitors. Hate graffiti is also a pressing issue for the […]

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A (crazy) commute: Cycling safety for students in Ottawa

Bronson Avenue is unavoidable for 22-year-old math and physics student Ben Wilkinson-Zan when he commutes to Carleton University on his bike. His daily route takes him twisting through the side streets known to local cyclists as “dangerous.” First, he heads down Lyon Street South, turning right onto Fifth Avenue, then a left onto Muriel Street before heading west down Holmwood Avenue towards the lights on Bronson—he said it is safer to turn left at the lights, but it is not guaranteed. Safety is important for every type of commuter, but cyclists need to be particularly cautious, considering the City of Ottawa reported 1,509 cyclist collisions—which included one fatality and 246 injuries—in the 2015 Ottawa Road Safety Report. The City of […]

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City considers new footbridge to Carleton

The federal government has announced plans to invest $775,000 for the preliminary planning of a new footbridge that will run across the Rideau River, connecting Carleton and Vincent Massey Park. The preliminary planning will provide an estimate of the cost of the bridge and when and how it will be built, according to an article published in Metro Ottawa. Additionally, it will look at how a new bridge may improve the Trillium Line’s Carleton station, as well as cycling and walking stations in Ottawa. Currently there are no direct walking or cycling routes over the Rideau River. The only ways across are by train or by detouring to Hogs Back Lockstation or using the Dunbar Bridge on Bronson Avenue. “For […]

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Brief: Carleton’s Board of Governors wraps up its spring session

Carleton’s Board of Governors (BoG) wrapped up its official business for the 2015-16 session at a meeting held June 28. At the meeting, the Board voted to change the name of the School of Canadian Studies to the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Peter Ricketts, Carleton provost and vice-president (academic), said the name change is intended to raise the profile of Indigenous studies at Carleton. “I’m very pleased the school for Canadian studies stepped up and embraced the notion of changing their name to incorporate Indigenous studies,” Ricketts said. The BoG also passed a motion to rename a room in Loeb Building after Lester B. Pearson, prime minister from 1963 to 1968. Pearson lectured at Carleton following his time […]

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Letter: Carleton’s campus needs a safer exit strategy for cars

When the Ottawa airport taxi drivers blocked off Carleton University’s Bronson Avenue exit on Nov. 12, it was the first time I ever questioned my safety as a driver on campus. The bumper-to-bumper traffic looked like it was out of an apocalypse movie, similar to I Am Legend or The Walking Dead, where an entire city evacuates because of a life-threatening disease or natural disaster. I was lucky that I wasn’t in a rush, but the kilometre-long traffic made me wonder how I would feel if I was fleeing an emergency situation on campus. With only two entrances and exits for cars, Carleton is an isolated pocket from the rest of Ottawa. One of these exits was closed off during […]

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