Carleton surprised by Heritage Register listing

Carleton has been blindsided by the City of Ottawa’s announcement that Dunton Tower, Paterson Hall and the Architecture Building might be added to Ottawa’s Heritage Register at an upcoming council meeting. According to the City’s website, the register is part of the Ontario Heritage Act, which aims to identify buildings in Ontario which are of historical and cultural significance. The website says Ottawa holds approximately 3,500 designated heritage properties on the Act’s list. The tallest building on campus, Dunton Tower honours the memory of Carleton’s longest serving president, A. Davidson Dunton, who presided over the university from 1958 to 1972, Carleton’s website states. An Ottawa Citizen article says the tower was built around 1970 and is a “landmark building” for […]

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Bluesfest Day Nine: Dead Obies, Busty and the Bass, and Muse

After a rather frustrating night of pouring rain, lightning delays, and performance cancellations, Mother Nature seemed to be in a good mood as the second last night of Bluesfest was welcomed with warm and sunny weather. Behind the Canadian War Museum, the Blacksheep Stage once again welcomed numerous exciting and unique performers. Early in the evening, Dead Obies took to the stage. The six-man group from Montreal’s South Shore brought their experimental “Franglais” hip-hop style, which is common among Quebec rappers, to the stage. While their crowd was smaller than some of the other rappers who previously performed at Bluesfest, they seemed to be engaged and having a good time, just like the guys on stage. Continuing a series of […]

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Letter: Ottawa is not ready for Canada 150

What is expected to be an exciting birthday for Canada could be overshadowed by security concerns and the lack of preparedness by the City of Ottawa. In light of terrorist attacks around the globe, security concerns are at an all-time high. Any large events that involve many people in confined spaces should be of concern to organizational officials. But with Canada’s 150th  birthday fast approaching, is Ottawa secure enough and physically ready for the massive influx of tourists? Local newspapers have been ablaze with different articles trying to justify how Ottawa will be on full alert and security will be heightened for the events that are rolling out throughout the month of July. Different sources have been reporting the methods […]

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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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