Photographs taken by those experiencing homeless featured at InFocus gala

In a city as diverse and full of art as Ottawa, photography and art exhibits are not difficult to come by. That being said, the InFocus gala on Sept. 3 displayed an entirely new perspective of the city. The social project involved giving out disposable cameras to people in Ottawa affected by homelessness, giving them a few weeks to take photos of whatever caught their eye, and then showcasing their photos to the public in Studio 66, an art gallery on Muriel Street. The gallery, with its simple decor and open space, was packed within minutes of the doors opening. The photographs were displayed in large, colourful prints throughout the space, with the photographers names added below. Display cases showed […]

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Mental Health art show to support housing for people living with mental illness

Carleton University faculty, students, and artists from all over Ottawa will soon be featured in the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain and Mental Health Art Show on April 6. Gareth Rurak, a member of the art show’s committee and the Society for Neuroscience, said via email that the main goal of the art show is to “raise awareness of mental health initiatives in Ottawa and break the stigma around mental illness, start conversations and get people engaged in dialogue about mental illness.” The art show will be a collection of artwork from people in the Ottawa community. Rurak said the event is a silent auction, and will be set up like an art gallery in the Lansdowne Horticulture Building. Rurak added […]

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Is marijuana-impaired driving an impending possibility?

The Trudeau government said it hopes to introduce marijuana legalization in legislation by the summer. Many Canadians believe this move is long overdue, but there are still precautions and safeguards that need to be implemented to avoid potential risks—including the possibility of an increase in stoned drivers on the roads. But what are the laws surrounding marijuana-impaired driving? Drugs and driving Provisions about drug-impaired driving are found at both the provincial and federal levels of the law, according to Eugene Oscapella, a criminology professor at the University of Ottawa (U of O) and an expert in policies and laws related to illegal drugs. At the federal level, section 253 of the Criminal Code of Canada prohibits driving or operating any […]

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Students weigh in on minimum age for marijuana

The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be able to use and possess the drug legally. A task force appointed by the government to investigate cannabis legalization released a list of recommendations from its final report in December, suggesting that cannabis should only be sold to people who are 18 or older. While some believe the drug is comparable to alcohol and should be given similar rules, others are concerned about the effects of marijuana on the brains of users under the age of 25. Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP), an organization devoted to educating and empowering youth in regards to the legalization, […]

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Carleton professors weigh in on American election and youth

With the conclusion of the second American presidential debate and election day approaching on Nov. 8, polls continue to show what Americans, especially youth, think about the current election. A Gallup poll released on Sept. 26 found that the amount of American youth who said they would “definitely vote” this election had decreased significantly since the election in 2012. Roughly 47 per cent of youth aged 18-34 reported they will definitely vote this election, compared to 58 per cent of youth who said the same in 2012. However, 72 per cent of Americans aged 34-55 said they would definitely vote. The decrease in youth voter engagement this election is not a surprising statistic, according to Scott Edward Bennett, a political […]

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