Geek Garage Sales pop up all over Ottawa

If you haven’t noticed something strange down the street, you may be missing out on one of Ottawa’s biggest draws for the geek community: garage sales. ​The Ottawa Geek Garage Sale provides a space for locals to host garage sales with a geeky slant. Located in neighbourhoods across Ottawa, the sales are fun-packed and family-oriented. All throughout July, geek collectors, crafters, and cosplayers were welcome to participate in selling fan paraphernalia ranging from comic books to figurines and art. The sale has been around for five years, but hosts continue to join the Facebook network to help vendors across the city. Hosts connect with vendors prior to the sale, allowing vendors to set up tables at the event. Stephanie Crocker […]

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Opinion: Millennials shouldn’t be shamed

According to a recent study in the UK, many young people don’t identify as millennials, and don’t perceive their Generation Z cohorts in an especially positive light. This mass identity crisis, according to the survey, stems from the enormous stigma that surrounds millennials. The word “millennial” has come to symbolize an egocentric group of whiny youths, and an entire generation has taken to self-loathing because of the prejudices they face. This kind of anti-millennial rhetoric is nothing new. You can’t go a day without reading a headline attacking millennials, such as “Avocados are Endangered Because Millennials Buy Too Much Toast.” Shared and liked by baby boomers with a Facebook account, these articles are denigrating an enormous age group with biased […]

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Classrooms making use of virtual reality

As the digital age drives technology companies to constantly produce new products, universities are latching onto technology trends that can aim to help students learn course material and conduct research. Virtual reality (VR) is one of those emerging technologies. Often accessed through a headset, VR is an artificial environment experienced through senses such as sight and sound that are produced by a computer. The user can affect the environment they are experiencing through their actions. Several schools are using this technology to immerse students into a new way of learning. 3D Brains and Kidneys: VR at Medical School While companies such as Facebook, Samsung, and Sony are all competing to commercialize VR technology, universities have begun to experiment with the […]

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Letter: LRT no excuse for poor OC Transpo service

With the new light rail transit (LRT) line being built for 2018, I’ve frequently heard OC Transpo struggles described as “short-term pain for long term gain.” This would maybe be acceptable if they were truly short-term, but they’re not. I’ve been using OC Transpo regularly for nearly 10 years, and it’s never failed to consistently let me down. I think pretty much anyone living in Ottawa, especially those who commute from the outskirts, know what I’m talking about. Busses are very often late, sometimes they never come at all, and sometimes they’re filled to the brim with passengers while four empty “out of service” buses whiz by. Other times the stops are so inefficiently located that it takes less time […]

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Letter: Left and right need to respect each other

I think it’s safe to say we are living in very divisive times, politically speaking. Today, it’s a problem that members of both sides of the political spectrum are absolutely revolted by the other, and nobody seems to be listening to the other side at all. Instead, we seek to take away a person’s right to express a different opinion by labelling them—whether it be as a social justice warrior, a “libtard,” or saying that someone is racist, sexist, or homophobic. I was presented a good example of this the other day. As some may be aware, Toronto Pride recently voted to ban police from marching in and being involved with the organization of the annual Toronto Pride Parade. This […]

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