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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Opinion: Jewish students were left out of Panda

Panda Game is one of the most awaited days of the entire Carleton University school year. It is the day when the University of Ottawa Gee Gees face our Carleton Ravens in a legendary football game. For the last four years, Carleton has brought the cup home along with immense school spirit. It is a holiday, a school-wide gathering, and a celebration all wrapped into one. However, this year, the Panda Game happened during a real, United Nations-recognized holiday: Yom Kippur. This holiday is the holiest day of the Jewish year. It is a time when Jewish people fast all day to repent their sins and enjoy a big, festive dinner with their families in the evening. But how will […]

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Prof and students study experimental farm

Paul Villeneuve, a Carleton health sciences professor, and four graduate students, have researched the benefits of urban green space, notably the Central Experimental Farm. The project, which received $12,000 in funding from Carleton, involved measuring environmental data at the farm for two weeks in the fall of 2016, and in the winter and summer of 2017 respectively. “The project was motivated by an interest in looking at what sort of benefits the experimental farm might have in terms of some of these environmental exposures like air pollution [and] temperature,” Villeneuve said. The results concluded that the farm helps reduce temperatures and results in better air quality and less noise close to the farm itself, according to Villeneuve. He said student […]

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Food and Drink Blog: Fairtrade food on campus and across Ottawa

At first glance, Carleton doesn’t seem like a hub for local and ethical food options . McGill University actually got rid of all Tim Hortons on campus in favour of local coffee shops, and students at the University of Toronto created an ethical clothing brand that now is sold  at the university. For incoming students, it might seem like Carleton is lacking in that department—fortunately, that’s not true at all. In February 2017, Carleton became a Fair Trade Campus. This is a huge step for the university, and it represents a concerted effort by passionate students, Dining Services and university administrators. But what does it mean? The Fair Trade Campus program comes was started by Fairtrade International, an international organization […]

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Carleton student to seek seat on Ottawa city council

Liam McPherson, a fourth-year journalism student, is running for election as an Ottawa city councillor for River Ward in next year’s municipal election. The ward, which spans both sides of the Rideau River between Carling Avenue and Hunt Club Road, is home to just over 45,000 residents, according to the most recent census data available. The Charlatan spoke with McPherson over Facebook Messenger to discuss his campaign and what he plans to do, if elected. The​ ​Charlatan​ ​(TC):​ ​What​ ​made​ ​you​ ​decide​ ​to​ ​run​ ​for​ ​public​ ​office? Liam McPherson (LM): Ever since I moved to Ottawa in 2014, I have been in love with this city. My decision to move here was initially based on the quality of Carleton’s journalism program. In […]

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