Lloyd Frost releases films and album this month

Multimedia artist Lloyd Frost is bringing his own brand of “social commentary with a groove” to the eyes and ears of an Ottawa audience this October. Frost, a musician, filmmaker, and photographer, is screening two new films and releasing his first album, The Sun Is Rising & Other True Stories, this month. Tracks vary in style from jazz, to folk-inspired, to experimental. Frost enlists several musical guests including opera tenor James O’Farrell who sings on the track “Truth.” Frost said that while he never meant for the songs to be related, there’s a theme of social and political commentary running through the album. Frost wrote the title song “In Everyone’s Eyes” during a trip to Cuba. He used the song […]

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Letter: Remember the Nakba

Bill C-51 was passed in Parliament and it may soon be illegal to criticize Israel. For the general good of all people, it’s not a “hate” crime to criticize and satirize what other humans do. It’s necessary and healthy, and Israelis are all humans too. The Parisian response to the murders of the “Charlie Hebdo” satirists/journalists/staff by Muslim extremists last January was a perfectly healthy response. The Golden Rule applies to all humans equally and it can only be violated by lies and violence. We must resist both: Resist violence actively or passively, but always resist lies with questions, debate, criticism and satire. It’s an individual human right and a societal obligation. However self-righteous people may get, it’s not a […]

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Students launch Carleton chapter of Reporters Without Borders

The Carleton Chapter of Reporters Without Borders (RWB) launched mid-January, and is co-founded by Michael Aarenau and Jordan Bootsma, two second-year students looking to promote press freedom. The Carleton chapter is the first university chapter of RWB to launch in the world, according to the club’s media director Anaïs Voski. Currently, the club consists of eight members and is expanding. Each member plays an executive role. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), 1,110 journalists were killed since 1992. Journalists are currently being purposely targeted for their active role in the media. The CPJ also reported in the last year there were 221 imprisoned journalists. “In a globalized world, press freedom issues matter here in Canada too because we’re […]

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Tweets spark free speech debate at Dalhousie

The freedom of speech debate reached Dalhousie University in mid-January as a well-known campus hot dog vendor sparked controversy with a series of offensive tweets. Jerry Reddick, known to students as the “Dawgfather,” received backlash for his Jan. 14 tweets, which included jokes about the slave trade, the Holocaust, and 9/11. Reddick defended the tweets, which were criticized by many as racist and anti-Semitic, by claiming they were an exercise highlighting the different standards applied to freedom of expression following the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris. Reddick tweeted, “Let’s test just how free freedom of speech is when it’s not Muslims being disrespected.” Due to his prominence on campus, Reddick’s tweets sparked immediate action amongst students. A Facebook group titled […]

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Manitoban prints Charlie Hebdo cartoons

After the attack on the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris, the University of Manitoba’s (U of M) university newspaper the Manitoban has decided to republish the French satirical newspaper’s controversial depictions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad. The newspaper published the illustrations, along with a commentary piece on their website headlined “Time to Stand Up to Radical Islamism.” The article’s author, Ethan Cabel, wrote “in the wake of the heinous massacre in Paris at the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, it is time for Western democratic nations to acknowledge that . . . we are at war with radical Islamism.” The article concluded by saying “terrorism only works to intimidate free citizens so long as we allow it to do […]

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