Opinion: Discrimination still exists in diversity

Not more than a year after the tragic mosque shooting that took place in Quebec, this past week on Jan. 30, the Jami Omar Mosque in Ottawa was plastered with racist posters. This news should shock citizens  because to think that someone could possess such a strong hatred towards a minority group is unfathomable, but I am far from surprised. What was supposed to be a time to solemnly mourn, remember and mark the first anniversary of the Quebec shooting that killed six worshippers, while also injuring 19, derailed into yet another anniversary of an unfortunate event to be marked next year. Events such as the vandalism of a mosque have just become another blurry page to flip past in […]

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Letter: Video cameras on police officers should be a mandatory policy

On Nov. 25, prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury would not indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. In his announcement to the media, he implied the decision was due to conflicting and unreliable eyewitness testimonies. There were no videotapes or photographs of the shooting—so there is no direct evidence or proof to back up any eyewitness accounts of the shooting. But if Wilson was wearing a camera this wouldn’t be an issue. Amidst all the confusion, a solution to prevent this from happening again is to make all police officers wear body cameras. Both the shooting and the lack of indictment sparked national outrage in the United States, with protests across the […]

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Letter: I still love my home

On the morning of Oct. 22 I was too early for work. I got off my bus and on to the Mackenzie King Bridge at 8:30 a.m., half an hour before my 9 a.m. start time. I decided this extra half hour would be a perfect opportunity to take the scenic route to work. As an Ottawa native and seasoned tour guide, I know the downtown core like I know the back of my hand. I walked through the Rideau Centre, exited through the Westin, crossed the street to the canal and past the famous Balance sculpture, and headed up the stairs next to the Government Conference Centre. My office is located in the Chateau Laurier, and I remember glancing […]

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Classes continue as scheduled after hill shooting

Carleton released a statement on the downtown and Parliament shootings Oct. 22 at noon, around two hours after police were first called to the crime scene at the War Memorial. The statement said classes would continue as scheduled, but students who were downtown and planning to come to campus were exempt from classes. There were no penalties for missing a mid-term, according to Beth Gorham, the manager of public affairs at the university. She said the university wanted to “reassure its faculty, staff and students that while the university is open, there will be no repercussions to not travelling to campus from downtown today.” “Carleton began tweeting official police word about the shootings immediately,” she said. Classes at the University […]

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Shooting at York leaves two injured

A shooting at York University left two women injured the night of March 6, according to Toronto Police. Police said the shooting occurred in the food court of York’s Student Centre when a man passed through and discharged a firearm. One woman was shot in the leg and taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The second was wounded by shrapnel and also taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and released shortly thereafter. The suspect fled the scene on foot. Police stated they do not believe the women were specifically targeted. York released a statement March 7 in response to the incident. “I would like to express my thoughts and concerns for our two students who were injured when a firearm […]

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