Over the hill and onto the dance floor: Swing dancing is for all ages in Ottawa

You won’t hear sacred music on Friday nights in the basement of St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa—unless you consider Benny Goodman and Count Basie saints. Their jazzy big band hits play until just past midnight and are accompanied by the shuffle and bang of swing dancers’ feet. Almost every Friday night, the Ottawa Swing Dance Society rents out the Parish’s basement to host their social swing dances. For an admission cost of $8, they offer two hours of dance lessons with volunteer teachers and three hours of dancing. Verona Burk, one of the honorary lifetime members of the society, has been attending the Friday night dances for almost a decade. She refers to herself as “over the hill,” and yet, […]

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Students rank Ottawa as best city to study in the world

Students at Carleton University, the University of Ottawa, and Algonquin College are in luck—they are studying in the best student city in the world, according to students. QS World University Rankings released its annual list of “Best Student Cities,” which placed Montreal at the top of the list as the best city to study in the world, based on categories including desirability and livability, affordability, and proportion of students. But a new “student view” category allowed students to rank the top 10 cities to study in the world, with Ottawa coming in first place. More than 18,000 students and graduates ranked their cities based on a variety of categories, including nightlife, tolerance and inclusion, and employment opportunities. In the QS […]

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More than one million young Canadians victims of cyberbullying and cyberstalking: StatsCan

A recent Statistics Canada (StatsCan) study found about 17 per cent of the Canadian population aged 15-29—roughly 1.1 million Canadians—are victims of cyberbullying and cyberstalking. The study defines cyberbullying as sending negative or threatening emails, posting inappropriate or embarrassing pictures without the person’s consent, or using one’s identity to send embarrassing or threatening information. This differs from cyberstalking, which is identified in the report as sending unwanted messages through the internet, or posting inappropriate photos or information on social media websites. Darcy Hango, a StatsCan researcher who worked on the study, said the number of young people affected by cyberbullying or cyberstalking “suggests that this is a topic of interest among [the Canadian] young adult population.” “It was an important […]

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Ottawa approves low-income transit pass in 2017 budget

A transit pass for low-income Ottawa residents was confirmed at City Hall during the 2017 draft budget meeting on Nov. 9. The pass had been announced by Mayor Jim Watson last month with few details on the cost or when it would be introduced. The EquiPass will cost $57 per month, down from the regular monthly adult pass which costs $113.75, according to Watson. The estimated savings for eligible users is marked at $672 per year, and is the largest one-time increase in financial support for public transit in the history of Ottawa, according to a city news release. Prior to the tabling of the budget, a rally was held outside City Hall to promote the interests and demands of […]

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Universities across Canada co-ordinate protests for national Day of Action

Nov. 2 marked a national “Day of Action” organized by the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The objective of the event was to draw attention to a “crisis in post-secondary education” across Canada, according to the CFS website. This was the first Canada-wide Day of Action in four years—in 2012, students across Canada organized marches and co-ordinated on social media to bring awareness to high tuition fees, student debt, and lack of public funding. This year the CFS launched the “Fight the Fees” campaign, arguing high tuition fees have a discriminatory impact on students from middle and low-income households, and barriers are made worse for students from marginalized communities. The CFS is calling for an elimination of tuition fees, turning […]

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