Editorial: Universities should not censor educational films

Recently, Ottawa’s Saint Paul University came under fire for cancelling a screening of Vessel, a pro-abortion documentary film, set to be shown at a film festival aimed at sparking discussion about birth. This incident comes in the midst of a freshly roused debate about free speech in universities from the Lindsay Shepherd case at Wilfrid Laurier University.  Saint Paul is a Roman Catholic university, and the Roman Catholic Church is widely known for its pro-life stance on abortion. But, while the university may have been called to cancel the screening to follow the stance of the Church, cancelling a film with an opposing viewpoint undermines its status as a university. Religious or otherwise, universities are meant to be a place […]

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U of O and St Paul University test new U-pass cards

Students at the University of Ottawa (U of O) and Saint Paul University (SPU) are part of a pilot project to test smart card U-Passes with OC Transpo. The smart cards were initially tested during the summer 2016 semester at the U of O, and were used to collect data to improve the U-Pass program, according to an article in the Ottawa Citizen. The smart cards will now be the official U-Pass cards for both universities. “The long-term goal with the U-Passes at all universities has been to make them into smart cards,” said Fahd Alhattab, president of the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA). “We will likely see a change in [Carleton’s] U-Pass maybe next September into the smart card, […]

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Algonquin students vote on U-Pass

Students at Algonquin College may be required to pay for a mandatory universal transit pass—or U-Pass—starting September 2015, if students vote in favour of the move during a referendum this week. From Nov. 17-21, the Algonquin Students’ Association (ASA) is asking students to submit a ballot answering whether they are in favour of mandatory U-Passes for full-time students. Sixty per cent of voters must cast their decision in favour of the U-Pass in order for it to be adopted, said Christina Miller, president of the students’ association. The U-Pass, which is negotiated through the City of Ottawa, gives students access to all transit routes in the city at a discounted fare. The U-Pass would cost Algonquin students approximately $196.65 per […]

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