Letter: Limiting explicit content is about public conduct

RE: Library patrons can view what they want, Sept. 28-Oct. 4 A few weeks ago, an Ottawa mother raised concerns about her children witnessing a man watching pornography in the Greenboro branch of the Ottawa Public Library. After bringing the issue up with the library, she found out, to her surprise, that watching pornography in the public library is not prohibited at all. While some may argue that the OPL has the right to uphold the man’s right to freedom of information and speech, we need to recognize the benefits of putting limitations on these freedoms for the good of the collective, especially in public spaces. We live in an age of relativism in which many hold the belief that […]

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Carleton releases anonymous grade data

Carleton has made its student grade data public, and possibly set a precedent for other Ontario universities, after losing a freedom of information battle with the Ottawa Citizen over the records. The university initially refused to release the data, which does not identify students by name or student number, but lists the number of students getting a specific grade in classes from 1999 to 2011. Glen McGregor, the Citizen reporter who made the request, took the university to the office of Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner, where an adjudicator ordered the university to release the data. “[The ruling] basically supported everything we argued in our briefing, and rejected pretty much everything Carleton said,” McGregor said. “It was a complete slap […]

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Carleton blocks Ottawa Citizen information request for grades

Carleton and the Ottawa Citizen are in dispute over whether the university should make its student grade records public. An Access to Information request filed last year by the Citizen requested all grades Carleton assigned each student in every course since 1999. Carleton denied the request, stating an invasion of privacy and potential for economic harm, according to their legal submissions quoted by the Citizen. The Citizen appealed the denial and the case is now before Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner for adjudication. “Carleton’s legal arguments are based on our respect for the privacy of our students, first and foremost,” said Carleton media relations co-ordinator Chris Cline. “They have chosen Carleton with an expectation that their personal information will be […]

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