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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Capital Pride parade brings thousands to Centretown

People of all backgrounds, many waving rainbow flags and sporting colourful attire, poured into Centretown on Aug. 23 to attend Capital Pride’s annual parade. Tens of thousands of people lined up on the sidewalk of the parade’s route, which began at Bank Street and Gladstone Avenue and made its way west along Gladstone before turning on Kent Street. It then turned on Laurier Avenue and ended at Bank Street and Somerset Avenue at the heart of Ottawa’s gay village, where the largest crowds gathered. Vendors pulled carts full of technicolour merchandise, catering to those who had forgotten to pick up a rainbow flag or some multi-coloured Mardi Gras beads the day before. Recent Carleton University graduate Trevor Jones attended the parade. He […]

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Letter: Anti-Israel is not anti-Semitism

Re: “Commission right about toxic behaviour on campus,” Dec. 6, 2012. In a December 6 letter applauding the report of the Commission on Inter-Cultural, Inter-Religious and Inter-Racial Relations, Zane Colt of the Israel Awareness Committee described an incident in a public space at the university which apparently included anti-Semitic comments. According to Mr. Colt, this kind of thing “happens in the lecture hall, too.” As evidence, he reported that “This occurred most recently when a professor of Human Rights brought in a member of the United Church of Canada (UCC) who is in favour of their recent boycott of Israeli Settlements in the West Bank. The balanced approach would be to invite an additional member of the UCC who was […]

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Letter: Commission right about toxic behaviour on campus

Two months ago, Carleton’s Commission on Inter-Cultural, Inter-Religious and Inter-Racial Relations on Campus released a report two years in the making. This report, commissioned by Carleton president Roseann Runte, is both a milestone for the Carleton community and a call to action for those of us who study and work here. The commission (which included students, faculty and staff) conducted an in-depth examination and campus survey to determine the perceptions of various communities at Carleton. It noted, among other trends, that members of minority groups were more likely to have been treated negatively in the past year on the basis of their background. Among all respondents the rate was 13 per cent, compared to 23 per cent among those who […]

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