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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Letter: Library patrons can view what they want

We’ve all encountered our fair share of controversy. Some more obvious than others, and some you wonder why they’re even controversial at all. Well, that’s the thing about those uncertainties, they’re sometimes completely subjective to our perspective. So when the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) experienced its dose of controversy, their policies were questioned. A local patron complained about a man viewing pornography in public, but as the complaint went through, the patron discovered that the Ottawa Public Library neither prohibits nor bans the viewing of pornography. It’s important to mention that the patron was a mother complaining on the behalf of her children who saw said content in the confines of a public library. Now the OPL has taken a […]

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PEI students demand freedom of information

The University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) student union is calling on their provincial government to include post-secondary institutions in the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). The acts in all other provinces include universities and other post-secondary institutions. Because UPEI is the only university in the province, it is also the only university in Canada that does not allow access to information through provincial FIPPA legislation. Lucas MacArthur, president of the UPEI student union, said they believe “public money should equal public access.” According to MacArthur, the university receives roughly half of its operating budget from the province. “It’s a matter of principle,” MacArthur said. “We don’t believe that there’s any wrongdoing happening within the university.” Freedom […]

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