Letter: Gun deaths won’t stop until gun control is prioritized

I remember the ground was lightly dusted with snow and Christmas lights lit up every classroom, when my mom picked me up from school and said, “A gunman is holding children hostage in an elementary school in Connecticut.” I sat in the back of my mom’s minivan in absolute disbelief and blinding devastation. Although I am older now and my mom has graduated from her minivan days, my paralyzed reaction to these incidents persists. Every time I am informed that a gunman has opened fire on civilians in a stadium or concert, or a school is under lockdown, I am unable to do anything but gape in bewilderment. For Canadians, this kind of violence is very difficult to grasp. Although […]

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Ottawa students come together for Capital Pride

Despite a heavy downpour during Ottawa’s Capital Pride parade, demonstrators and parade bystanders brought out the rainbow on Aug. 21. Ottawa students marched together behind a float hosted by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), alongside several other organizations and groups to support Pride. “It was really great to see so many kinds of groups coming together for such an important celebration,” said Bilan Arte, the national chairperson of the CFS. “I hope that people think back beyond the major amounts of sponsorship that we see today to think about the critical and political roots of Pride.” Carleton students also marched, including members of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Rideau River Residence […]

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Letter: Media should not frame Orlando shooting as terrorism

The mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida has been dubbed the largest mass shooting in American history. The tragedy has been playing out over and over in public discussion since June 12, with new discoveries about the shooter and the circumstances of the incident being revealed almost every day. As the discourse of American media continues, there seems to be a growing focus on the shooter Omar Mateen’s connection to the Islamic State or ISIS—western media’s reflexive action with many big tragedies happening in the world nowadays. Consequently, as it has been for years since 9/11, a culture of fear continues to spread throughout the United States. In simplifying the facts and angling the story, the media […]

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