Opinion: Police solidarity wristbands are disrespectful

It’s no secret that we live in times of heightened tension. It seems nearly all sides of the socio-political landscape nowadays have some form of unwavering opinion bubbling just below the surface, just waiting for the right moment for outrage. One of the more perplexing and complicated conflicts in recent memory has pitted civilians against law enforcement. Unfortunately, thanks to numerous high-profile shootings and deaths of racial minorities at the hands of the police, public confidence in police has swayed. In response to public opinion turning against them, the police have created their own activist movement, Blue Lives Matter, after two NYPD officers were targeted and killed on-duty. Closer to home, Toronto cops are no longer welcome in uniform at […]

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Armenian Students’ Association mural vandalized

The tunnel mural of the Armenian Students’ Association (ASA) was found defaced and covered with propaganda posters on the morning of Feb. 27. Serge Iskedijan, senior executive member of the ASA, said he and his club suspect the incident is a hate crime, and reported the incident to Campus Safety. Iskedjian said Campus Safety has involved the Ottawa Police in the case. “We were deeply appalled that they chose to attack the mural . . . The mural is a depiction of just our historical background,” he said. “There’s nothing political about the mural. We’re not sending a message, and we don’t want people to interpret it that way.” According to a statement on the ASA’s Facebook page, the posters […]

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Change slate Gmail account reportedly hacked

The Change slate have publicly stated they are not accepting the result of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election due to allegations that the Team Change email account was hacked. “An unknown IP address accessed the password-protected email account. The password to this account was changed by the IP address and the recovery phone was removed,” Change stated in a post on their Facebook page. The post alleged the hack came from the CUSA offices, and added that an investigation was filed to the Ottawa police on the morning of Feb. 2. Mark Brown, Information Technology Services (ITS) service desk supervisor at Carleton, said ITS was able to trace the location of the IP address to the fourth floor […]

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Ottawa Women’s March attracts thousands of protesters

One hour before the Women’s March in Ottawa on Jan. 21, about 20 people stood at the Human Rights Memorial, chatting, smiling, and sipping hot drinks while the fog settled over downtown Ottawa. One little girl stood with a sign that read, “Women can be president too.” By the start of the march at 11:00 A.M., what at first was just a handful of people had become hundreds—and by the end of the march, thousands. The Ottawa Police estimated between 6,000 and 8,000 people marched from Elgin Street down Laurier Avenue to Bronson Centre. The sea of supporters were chanting, wearing pink “pussy hats,” and holding picket signs with catchy slogans. Only 800 protestors were allowed in the Bronson Centre […]

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Carleton student dies after stabbing at Meadowlands McDonald’s

Abdullah Al-Tutunji, a 20-year-old environmental engineering student at Carleton, was murdered at a McDonald’s on Meadowlands Drive on Dec  11. Police say he was stabbed to death around 3 a.m. after a fight broke out at the restaurant. On Dec. 12 the Ottawa Police announced that Jordane Larocque-LaPlante, a 20-year-old from Ottawa, had been charged with second degree murder and had appeared in court the same day. He was arrested on Sunday, according to police, the same day Al-Tutunji was killed. The Iraqi Student Association of Ottawa described Al-Tutunji as a “kind and genuine young man with a bright future ahead of him,” in a post on Facebook. Al-Tutunji’s death marks Ottawa’s 22nd homicide of the year. This is over triple […]

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