Letter: Limiting explicit content is about public conduct

RE: Library patrons can view what they want, Sept. 28-Oct. 4 A few weeks ago, an Ottawa mother raised concerns about her children witnessing a man watching pornography in the Greenboro branch of the Ottawa Public Library. After bringing the issue up with the library, she found out, to her surprise, that watching pornography in the public library is not prohibited at all. While some may argue that the OPL has the right to uphold the man’s right to freedom of information and speech, we need to recognize the benefits of putting limitations on these freedoms for the good of the collective, especially in public spaces. We live in an age of relativism in which many hold the belief that […]

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Letter: Library patrons can view what they want

We’ve all encountered our fair share of controversy. Some more obvious than others, and some you wonder why they’re even controversial at all. Well, that’s the thing about those uncertainties, they’re sometimes completely subjective to our perspective. So when the Ottawa Public Library (OPL) experienced its dose of controversy, their policies were questioned. A local patron complained about a man viewing pornography in public, but as the complaint went through, the patron discovered that the Ottawa Public Library neither prohibits nor bans the viewing of pornography. It’s important to mention that the patron was a mother complaining on the behalf of her children who saw said content in the confines of a public library. Now the OPL has taken a […]

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Protesters against Peterson gathered outside NGC

When organizers at the National Gallery of Canada invited Jordan Peterson, a psychology professor from the University of Toronto, to speak about creativity on March 9, they were met with backlash. Petitions and protests quickly popped up in response to the event on social media, and during his appearance at the gallery around 100 protesters expressed their disagreement outside with signs and a megaphone. Kate Forman, a Carleton University student who identifies as gender-non-conforming, helped organize the protest against Peterson’s talk. “Peterson’s said a lot of negative, discriminatory things about trans people,” Forman said. “I think having the National Gallery, which is a federally-funded institution, use funds to have him present on their grounds is . . .  I think […]

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NaNoWriMo challenges students to write

November is in full swing and many students at Carleton have free time on their hands again. For many, the month is scheduled around leisure or unfinished assignments. But despite the demanding university lifestyle, some students are planning to take on the daunting task of writing a full-length novel in under 30 days. November isn’t just a temporary assignment reprieve, it is also the start to NaNoWriMo, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo is a non-profit organization that encourages everyone internationally to write their own 50,000-word novel within a month, according to its website. The organization began in 1999, with 21 participants attempting to write their novels, and has grown exponentially, boasting almost 400,000 participants in 2013. The […]

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Ottawa City Hall hosts welcome event for international students

Oct. 4 marked the second year of the “Ottawa Welcome Event for International Students” at Ottawa City Hall. The event aims to make students feel like part of the community, and educate them on different opportunities within the city, according to a city release. The event included bilingual workshops, city and community resources, networking opportunities, and games. Stella Garcia, the volunteer coordinator for the event, said many of the international students were masters or PhD students. “It’s been fabulous. At one point during our training, we had twenty-five students in the room and who spoke twenty-six languages,” Garcia said. The event included information booths from local businesses and service centres, including the Ottawa Public Library, the Royal Bank of Canada, […]

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