U of O and McGill students create tool to filter hateful language

Two students at the University of Ottawa (U of O) and McGill University have created a tool to filter homophobic, racist, and other hateful content online. Nikola Draca, a third-year statistics student at the U of O, and Angus McLean, a third-year engineering student at McGill, worked together to create the extension called Soothe, which filters out unwanted content online. Soothe works as an extension on the Google Chrome web browser where a bar pops up at the right side of the screen with various options—homophobic, racist, sexist, transphobic, violent, and sexually violent—allowing the user to choose specifically the type of content they want filtered. Draca said he got the idea because he had a friend in high school who was […]

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Men’s hockey extends win streak to six

The Carleton Ravens men’s hockey team extended their winning streak to six games as they beat the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees 4-2 on Nov. 10, and then defeated the Queens Gaels 4-1 the following day. The Ravens offence got off to an early start against the U of O, as Ravens forward Ryan Van Stralen fired the puck into the back of the net past Gee-Gee’s goalie Graham Hunt just two minutes into the game. Only seconds later, Ravens forward Fabian Walsh took a pass from teammate Brett Gustavsen and wired the puck past Hunt to take a 2-0 lead. Before the first period could end, Ravens forward Dalen Hedges put a backhand shot through Hunt’s legs, […]

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Ravens fall to Gee-Gees in Colonel By Classic

The Carleton Ravens and the University of Ottawa (U of O) Gee-Gees hit the ice at TD Arena for the second annual Colonel By Classic on Nov. 17. The Ravens fell to the Gee-Gees 4-3, as the Gee-Gees looked to get their first win against Carleton this year and take home the Colonel By Classic banner. The first period of the game was defined by a hard-hitting, defensive style of play, with the Gee-Gees outshooting the Ravens 11-8. Ravens goaltender Francois Brassard stood strong, kicking out all the shots pointed towards him, with many coming from high danger spots. Carleton would have the first opportunity on the power play in the first period, which U of O goalie Graham Hunt […]

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University of Ottawa student receives accessibility award

University of Ottawa student Elsa Lalonde was awarded the Dr. John Davis Burton award on Oct. 26 for her contributions to accessibility. The award was endowed in Burton’s memory in 1992 by his family, students, and friends as he was a champion and advocate for persons with disabilities, according to Carleton’s website. Burton taught in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa and co-ordinated programs and services for deaf students as well as students with learning disabilities, at Algonquin College and Carleton University, according to the press release. The award is given to students from Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité Collégiale, and the University of Ottawa for their work on accessibility, and requires an application. “I was very […]

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U of Ottawa strike averted with a tentative agreement

The University of Ottawa (U of O) reached a tentative agreement with its part-time professors on Oct. 13, according to a university press release. The U of O and the Association of Part-Time Professors of the University of Ottawa (APTPUO) reached the agreement just hours before faculty would have walked off the job. The agreement comes after 14 months of contract negotiations, according to Shawn Philip Hunsdale, director of communications at the APTPUO. “Ninety-two per cent of professors voted in favour of the strike mandate,” said Hunsdale. He added that a strike would have had a significant impact on students as part-time professors teach more than half of the undergraduate classes at U of O. According to the Ottawa Citizen, […]

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