Letter: Indigenous schools need more support

The government is not taking First Nations children or their education seriously. Simply compare the state of elementary and high school education between public school boards and on-reserve schools.  Theoretically, they should receive the same treatment, because here in Canada, we are all equal, of course.  However after doing some research and reading through news articles, it is painfully clear that in reality, there are quite a few disparities that are unfair to Indigenous children, especially those living in remote, northern areas.  Take, for example, the education gap estimated at between $336 million to $665 million in December 2016 by the Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO).  This enormous gap is the difference in funding by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) […]

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Commentary: The Kents rock House of Targ

Tight, energetic, and precise, The Kents brought their “friendly, neighbourhood indie pop” to a set at House of Targ on Jan. 5. The band’s set consisted of tracks off their 2016 release Waking, as well as some newer songs the band aims to include on an upcoming full-length record. They also received a very positive audience response to a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” Singer/guitarist Warren Frank did a strong job of keeping the crowd engaged, leading a singalong to their song “Something About Her,” and giving shoutouts to the House of Targ’s famed perogies. Skillfully balancing Freddy Kwon’s nimble lead guitar lines alongside Frank’s steady rhythm guitar, the band gracefully moved through their set, concluding with an encore performance of […]

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Q+A: Thunder Bay singer Coleman Hell

Coleman Hell, a singer-songwriter from Thunder Bay, was in Ottawa on Nov. 24 performing at Zaphod Beeblebrox. The Charlatan sat down with him to discuss his unique name, music, and touring. The Charlatan (TC): I hear Coleman Hell is actually your real name, not a stage name. Coleman Hell (CH): It is, yeah. The last name is of German origin, I guess. The first name, I have no idea. My parents were like “Let’s make it even weirder!” TC: So you played at TD Place earlier this year with Twenty One Pilots. What’s it like to be back in Ottawa? CH: It’s exciting. I think every time I’ve played here has been a great experience for me. I played BluesFest. That was awesome. I got to […]

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Students collect food donations as food insecurity rises

Elementary and high school-aged kids weren’t the only ones trick-or-treating on Oct. 31. Non-profit organization Meal Exchange organized their annual Trick or Eat event across Ontario. The drive asks university students to go door-to-door to ask for food donations, which go towards local community organizations and students in need of food. The campaign may limit students’ need to use food banks on university campuses for meals. This issue is becoming more prevalent as the years go on and tuition fees steadily rise, according to Meal Exchange’s website. “Trick or Eat means getting out of the university bubble and doing something good for the community,” said University of Western Ontario organizer Alex Prong in a press release from Meal Exchange. “It […]

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Men’s hockey rivalry returns at Colonel By Classic

The Colonel By Classic, the second game as part of the Rivalry Series between the Carleton Ravens and the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees, hits the ice on Oct. 19 when the two men’s hockey teams faced off at TD Place Arena. The game was the first match between the two teams since the Ravens defeated the Ravens on Jan. 4, 2014 by a score of 5-2 at the Ice House. “Before the puck even drops these guys know what they’re playing for, you see this [U of O] team around the city and now it’s your chance to prove to them that you’re the best,” said Ravens head coach Marty Johnston. Former Ravens forward Mitch Zion, now playing for the […]

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