Welcome to Ground Zero: fighting the opioid crisis

The trailer sits nestled against the side of the old brick building next to the Shepherds of Good Hope on 256 King Edward Ave. It will soon become the safe haven that many injection drug users will turn to once the winter rolls around. The site will be the first government sanctioned and supervised injection site in Ottawa. The trailer will remain open 24-7 in hopes to fight the opioid crisis that has been gripping the country for years.  To fight the increase in opioid related overdoses, many organizations have taken it upon themselves to offer services to injection drug users seeking help. Ottawa Inner City Health (OICH) is the group that will be running the supervised injection site on […]

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Drug facilitated sexual assault: what you should know before Frosh 2017

If you have ever hesitated before taking a sip of the drink you left with a friend at a bar, you are not alone. Drug facilitated sexual assault (DFSA) happens more than you think, and it’s four times more likely to occur to someone while they’re completing their post-secondary education, according to Carleton University’s Equity Services webpage. Carole Miller, a crisis counsellor for the Ottawa Police Service, has spoken with many people who have experienced sexual assault, but said it happens more often in universities where experimentation with alcohol and sexuality is already happening. “It’s a tough subject, and normal rites of passage, normal, healthy experimentation is happening anyways,” she said. According to the Equity Services department webpage, “[DFSA is] […]

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Letter: Carleton should punish marijuana users in residence

While marijuana is still illegal and criminalized, there is no justification for relaxed policies regarding the use of this substance in residence. On Jan. 21, The Charlatan published an article looking into how residence policies would change if the Trudeau government follows through on its promise to decriminalize marijuana. According to the article, Carleton residence students are no longer fined for being caught with marijuana, and instead they are reminded of the policy. The article also said students caught smoking marijuana in their residence rooms are issued a “behaviour contract,” reminding them of the potential outcomes of continuing their behaviour. After I moved into residence in September, the residents next door began smoking marijuana and the odour filled my room. […]

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Letter: EDM is misunderstood

I’ll never forget my first experience. The rippling waves of thumping bass across my tingling skin, igniting a euphoric fire in my core. The sense of utter connection while the crowd of thousands unites as lovers of the electronic dance music (EDM) genre. EDM is a spectrum of electronically-made music, commonly played at nightclubs, raves, and music festivals. It’s become one of the world’s most popular music genres, comprising of subgenres such as techno, trance, house, and drum & bass. Despite EDM’s massive following, the genre is plagued with harsh and destructive criticism, which hinders the growth and acceptance of EDM as a legitimate musical genre. EDM is commonly denounced as a genre of talentless musicians. But simply because a […]

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Campus Safety seizes marijuana in University Centre

Campus Safety responded to a call for a drug-related incident in the third floor of the University Centre (UC) at 9:20 p.m. on Sept. 8, according to director of university safety Allan Burns. Burns said Campus Safety officers responded to the call, which led them to a washroom in the UC where they found a small amount of marijuana. No suspects were identified, but Campus Safety is currently conducting an investigation. The third floor of UC houses many Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) service centres. CUSA president Fahd Alhattab was present in the hall when Capmus Safety was called. He said CUSA REC Hall co-ordinators first contacted him because they observed suspicious activity. “[The co-ordinators are] right across the hall […]

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