U of T sessional lecturers to vote on strike mandate

Following a five week long college faculty strike, thousands of students at 24 public colleges are now faced with having their semesters extended to make up the lost class time. Now, students of the University of Toronto (U of T) may be forced into a similar scenario. On Dec. 5, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3902—which represents contract instructors and teaching assistants at the U of T—unanimously decided to hold a strike mandate vote. According to the CUPE website, polls for the unit-wide strike will be open for voting to members on Dec. 6, 7, 8, 11, and 12. If the union votes in favour of the strike mandate, it will have the ability to […]

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Q+A: Timber Timbre

Montreal-Toronto dream-folksy band Timber Timbre will be swinging by Ottawa on Nov. 16, for a tour that’s close to home. The Charlatan chatted with keyboardist Mathieu Charbonneau about his relation to the city that fun forgot, and reflections on their latest album Sincerely, Future Pollution.  The Charlatan (TC): How are you feeling about coming to Ottawa in particular? I know that you work with E-Tron records in Hull for your solo stuff. Mathieu Charbonneau (MC): I was actually born and raised in Ottawa. I mean I live in Montreal now, been living here for over 15 years, but my family’s still there. My parents are there, my brother, who runs E-Tron, lives in Hull. So for me, it always feels […]

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York Region binge drinking ad causes controversy

A poster in the women’s washroom at the York University Student Centre has caused controversy as some students say it carries a sexist message. The ad is part of a safe substance use campaign launched by York Region and has been seen in bar washrooms around downtown Toronto, according to CBC Toronto. York Region is a regional municipality that stretches from Toronto to Lake Simcoe in Southern Ontario. The poster depicts a shocked woman looking down at her phone with her hand on her head. The ad reads, “don’t try to keep up with the guys.” Overlaying the picture are three Instagram photos from accounts called “collegegirl” and “collegeguy.”  The “collegegirl” Instagram photos show the woman meeting a guy and binge […]

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The arts scene moves into Chinatown

Art galleries and creative spaces have been steadily setting up shop in Chinatown, but with new businesses entering the neighbourhood, some are wondering whether it will affect the community’s culture, history, and economic value. The Central Art Garage, a conceptual art gallery located at Somerset Street West and Lebreton Street North, opened in 2013 in a renovated auto repair shop. When co-owner of the gallery Danny Hussey moved in four year ago, he said the arts scene hadn’t yet formed in Chinatown. “When we moved in here, there wasn’t very much,” Hussey said. “Over time, I think people start to gravitate to a certain space.” Neighbourhoods such as Westboro and Hintonburg are pricing themselves out of the market for many […]

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Q+A: CU student and rapper Melo Griffith

Melo Griffith wears many hats. He is a singer, songwriter, poet, and rapper—and a music student at Carleton University. A self-proclaimed “student of life,” Melo said he has never truly found the opportunity to share all that encompasses who he is until he began working on his debut project, ME.P: Undergrad Appreciation Day. Now a month since the release of ME.P, The Charlatan sat down with Melo in the studio to discuss the road to his debut album along with his connection to the Ottawa hip hop scene. The Charlatan (TC): How did you first get started with music? Melo Griffith (MG): It really started with more so dance. I was doing a lot of dance and poetry at a […]

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