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.
Christmas Jack-o-lantern

Fights break out between skeletons, zombies, elves

Officials are working on mediating the conflict between the two sides, with City of Ottawa mayor Jim Watson sitting down with the leader of the Halloween decorations, Jack Skellington, and the mysterious leader of the Christmas decorations, known for wearing a red suit. Peace talks are scheduled to begin next week at city hall.
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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.
Opinions_group projects_cred_Cailey Fletcher (1)

There needs to be a limit on group projects in university

Group projects aren’t the most effective way to teach course material for most classes, reward those students who know more people in the class, thus being able to pick better group members, and most importantly, fail to test if the individual team members actually understand the course content.
Opinions_EastSide_cred_CC_Stu Pendousmat

Asking employees to wear a bra is discriminatory

Ontario Human Rights Council aside, it turns out that wearing a bra isn’t even part of the dress code policy at East Side Mario’s. This means that even if it wasn’t discriminatory for the manager to ask that she wear a bra, it’s still out of their purview.
Opinions_LRT_cred_Tristain Pollard

How to make the LRT better for the long term

In the long run the most environmentally sustainable option is to have efficient and effective mass transit that encourages residents of Ottawa to leave their cars at home. The City has already said that it plans on dismantling part of the platform when it will no longer be needed and allowing the site to revert back to greenspace.