Editorial: PTSD-affected journalists need better support

It’s an understatement to say that journalism is a difficult career. While local journalists struggle to adapt to shrinking newsrooms, their counterparts reporting from unstable regions are often put into physically dangerous situations. Going from a safe, war-free country like Canada to somewhere like Burma right now, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims are facing military violence and fleeing their homes, poses a serious threat to journalists’ mental and physical well-being. Many journalists return from conflict zones suffering and scarred, without the proper outlets to recover. Some even develop post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental illnesses as a result of witnessing and experiencing trauma. The support they receive from their employers upon return is simply not adequate. Journalists who […]

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Remembrance Day at Carleton: campus ceremonies and WWII roots

Many Canadians will pin poppies to their lapels to commemorate Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, a time to remember lives lost in times of conflict. In addition to the ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in downtown Ottawa, Carleton will be hosting its own annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the flag poles on Library Ave. This day of remembrance hits close to home, as Carleton’s own history is tied to Canada’s military. Carleton was originally founded as Carleton College in 1942, at the height of the Second World War, according to Carleton’s website. Under the guidance of Henry Marshall Tory, the first president of Carleton College and the namesake of Tory Building, the school would later become Carleton University […]

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Interactive World War I exhibit opens in Library

If you think you were born too late to be a pilot in World War I, a visit to MacOdrum Library might be in order. The library is hosting an interactive travelling exhibit from the Canada Aviation and Space Museum that puts the user at the digital wheel of a plane from the museum’s World War I collection. Ace Academy, named after a title given to star pilots, can be found in front of the reserves room at the library until the end of October. To begin the interactive experience, students stand in the centre of the boxed-in exhibit, and raise or tilt their arms to steer the plane and shoot at enemy aircraft. The game lasts for a minute, […]

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Review: Eye in the Sky

Civilian casualties of war seem to loom large over our collective consciousness this summer. The plot of  Captain America: Civil War was set in motion because of the impact of those casualties. Now we have Eye in the Sky, a modern war thriller with a classic ethical dilemma at its core. On a sunny day in Nairobi, Kenya, key members of the terrorist group Al-Shabab meet in a suburb. Members of the British and United States forces watch drone footage of the meeting and plan a drone strike. As the Al-Shabab members suit themselves up in suicide bombing vests, a young girl sets up her bread stand outside of the terrorists’ house and well within range of an air strike. […]

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War Museum celebrates 10th anniversary

The Canadian War Museum celebrated its 10th anniversary with hundreds in attendance on May 9. The day’s events included military vehicle demonstrations, explorations of collection vaults, unique displays, and artifact spotlights, along with free admission to the museum. With a variety of individuals in attendance, from cadets from Nova Scotia to local high school students and veterans themselves, all came to celebrate a part of Canadian history. “I came today to get a glimpse of World War II fighting vehicles,” said Joshua Thomas, a student from the University of Ottawa. “It’s amazing to think that these are the machines that helped Canadian forces, like my grandfather, fight the forces of Nazi Germany.” With an interest in war and history, Thomas […]

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