Photographs taken by those experiencing homeless featured at InFocus gala

In a city as diverse and full of art as Ottawa, photography and art exhibits are not difficult to come by. That being said, the InFocus gala on Sept. 3 displayed an entirely new perspective of the city. The social project involved giving out disposable cameras to people in Ottawa affected by homelessness, giving them a few weeks to take photos of whatever caught their eye, and then showcasing their photos to the public in Studio 66, an art gallery on Muriel Street. The gallery, with its simple decor and open space, was packed within minutes of the doors opening. The photographs were displayed in large, colourful prints throughout the space, with the photographers names added below. Display cases showed […]

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Opinion: City priorities wrong to cut drop-in centre funding

We might toss a coin into someone’s cup downtown, but that doesn’t mean we have profoundly acknowledged the homeless. The Odawa Native Friendship Centre, which serves the Aboriginal homeless, is being forced to close its drop-in centre after having its funding cut by the City of Ottawa. It is patently unacceptable that on unceded Algonquin territory, we do not recognize the need for Aboriginal leadership within programming for the homeless. It is estimated First Nations, Métis, and Inuit people make up more than 20 per cent of the homeless population in Ottawa, despite accounting for only 1.1 per cent of the overall community. In an attempt to save the centre which serves between 60-100 people each day, an Indiegogo crowdfunding […]

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Students teach skills to street soccer players

Two students from the University of Ottawa (U of O) are giving street soccer players a chance to become referees. With the help of Enactus uOttawa, the school’s entrepreneurship club, first-year business students Wendy Liang and Tanveer Mostafa are the project managers of Ottawa Sports Officials (OSO). This program aims to train players from the city’s street soccer team to become certified soccer referees. These players come from a wide range of backgrounds—many are new immigrants, homeless, or have mental health issues. The program will consist of the official Ontario Soccer Association (OSA) Referee Certification, which will be awarded through the completion of the clinic; an essential workplace skills workshop, where individuals will learn essential skills for the workplace—including leadership, teamwork […]

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