Ottawa’s embassies showcase international art and culture

Aside from processing passports and visas, Ottawa’s embassies have been busy this summer organizing art exhibits and cultural events. Eva Ricarda-Willems, head of communications and culture at the Embassy of Germany in Ottawa, said there’s lots of competition to organize cultural festivals during the summer months. “The bigger embassies have lots of events, so there’s some competition when it comes to planning,” she said. Despite the competition between embassies, Ottawa’s International Animation Festival will see collaboration between several local institutions. Starting on Sept. 20, the festival will showcase short films from different countries all over the world, including France and Germany, according to the festival website. In addition to their participation in the film festival, Ricarda-Willems said the Embassy of […]

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Tips to stay safe on your cycling commute

As warm weather quickly approaches, Ottawa cyclists are beginning to dust off their bike chains. Bike shops like Bushtukah in Kanata have already put away their skis for the year, and are offering tune-ups to cyclists eager to hit the streets. Although many Ottawans are keen to get back on the roads, Akil Spooner, a senior sales representative at Bushtukah, said riders should remember the importance of safety while cycling. 1. Wear a helmet Spooner said the main precautions that cyclists should be taking on the roads is wearing a helmet. “You’ve got to have a good lid, and what a lot of people don’t know is that helmets expire,” he said. The material in helmets becomes brittle with time, […]

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Student groups celebrate International Womyn’s week

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre, along with the Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG) are hosting events on campus to celebrate International Womyn’s Week on March 6-10.  According to the event’s Facebook page, the events will focus on demonstrating the experiences and resistance of women from all over the world. International Womyn’s Week has been happening at Carleton for over four years, said Sydney Schneider, the programming co-ordinator at CUSA’s Womyn’s Centre. “This week encompasses a lot of voices,” Schneider said, “It’s really important that we look at the issues we’re facing here in Canada, but what we’ve tried to do at the Womyn’s Centre this year is broaden that—really focus on the international piece.” Schneider said […]

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SAMH launches campaign for healthcare funding

Carleton’s Student Mental Health Advocacy Collective (SMHAC), along with the Student Alliance for Mental Health (SAMH) is petitioning the government to re-commit to a single National Health Accord, using the hashtag #Fight4Health. Greg Owens, president of SAMH, said the petition aims to provide adequate funding to meet the growing need for mental health care. “The purpose of the petition is a call on the federal government to reinstate a national health accord, and reverse the slashes to growth in funding of health care to each province and territory,” Owens said. In 2004, the Health Accord was projected to improve patient care in Canada with a $41 billion injection over a decade, in a legal agreement between the federal, provincial, and […]

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Tattoos or taboos? Self-expression and the treatment of tattoos in the workplace

Coloured hair, piercings, and tattoos are sometimes viewed as forms of self-expression. Tattoo culture continues to rise among young people, as part of a new generation that typically values openmindedness over “looking the part,” but it doesn’t mean that societal taboos will change in the workplace. The facts on tattoos Over the last decade, tattoo culture has become increasingly popular with young people in North America. Twenty-one per cent of Canadians have at least one tattoo, with a large sum of that number constituting young people between the ages of 20 and 31 years of age, according to a report by the National Post. The Post also reported that tattoos have often been associated with lower socioeconomic status and criminality, […]

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