OPI_Amazon_cred_CC, Robert Scoble

Ottawa perfect fit for Amazon’s new HQ

Indeed, Ottawa succeeds in fulfilling almost all of Amazon’s requests, including a strong university system, access to an international airport, and the capacity to begin construction immediately.
Editorial_CC, David Shankbone

We need education, not just policy, to stop sexual harassment

In light of these stories and more, why were we surprised when news broke of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein sexually assaulting and harassing dozens of women over the last few decades? Why were we surprised when hundreds of thousands of women shared their stories of sexual assault and harassment on social media under #MeToo?
Opinions_HecklesColour_BrennanBova, CC, open clipart vectors

Heckle: Early decorations

Our capitalist society needs to relax on the idea of squeezing consumers dry as early as possible to fulfill their shareholders’ interests. We, as shoppers, also need to take a stance and make our complaints heard where they can really be heard, with our wallets.
University College at the University of Toronto St George Campus, shot in 2008.

U of T’s new mental health policy is shameful

Make no mistake—this policy essentially removes students from campus for inconveniencing their classmates and peers, and the administration. This takes agency and control away from those living with mental illnesses, and instead focuses almost solely on their supposed negative impacts on the community.
Opinions_smoking_cred_CC, Kruscha

Smoke legal pot where you smoke cigarettes

Once marijuana is legal it should be treated the same as cigarettes, not given preferential treatment or penalized. People who want to smoke pot should be able to do so anywhere they can smoke tobacco, if for no other reason than there isn’t a good argument to not do so.
Opinions_Point Counterpoint_cred_Christine Wang

Point Counter Point: Official languages

Canada is a diverse country, as can be seen from the variety of languages that people speak from coast to coast. However in most parts of the country you wouldn’t be able to tell just how diverse our linguistic landscape is, since most official signs and representations are in French, English, or both.
OPI_elevator heckle_cred_BrennanBova edited by Christine Wang

Heckle: Wait for me to exit before you enter

Even though the premise is not that difficult, this still happens far too often. It all comes down to being a decent human being, a norm just as reasonable as holding a door or saying “bless you” when someone sneezes. If only those who are rushing into the elevators could understand it, but maybe they're in too much of a hurry to listen.