It’s not every student that will embark on a 10-year journey to see their idea passed by Parliament, but every student can effect political change right now. Hopefully, some of the lessons Grosman learned on her journey to passing a bill will inform and inspire you to be a driver of real political change—no matter how heavy your class schedule is.
Following the Jan. 29 shooting of six Muslim men at a mosque in Québec City, staff, faculty members, and students at the University of Ottawa gathered in solidarity and to pay their respects.
Most students don't understand what's going on, so by organizing such an official sit-down session on campus they could answer important questions like: why is free tuition important?
We need to demand that Capital Pride acts as a platform to lift injustice from the shadows, educate the public, and put civil rights back to the forefront of political discourse.
One of the artists behind this mural was Kalkidan Assefa, an Ottawa-based artist also known as @drippin_soul, his Instagram handle and tag for his art. When members of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) decided they wanted a mural painted in the University Centre (UCU) for Black History Month, they knew exactly who to call.
Rachel Kalpana James, one of the artists involved with the exhibition, explains that all the artists who contributed to There’s Room have had experiences or a personal connection to migration. Each artist has a unique story about crossing borders—some have lived in Ottawa for many years, whereas others have recently arrived.
Thirteen years ago, Monia Mazigh was catapulted into the world of human rights activism as she fought for the release of her husband, who was being tortured and held without charge in a Syrian prison.
“I have to admit I was surprised by this honour,” said Bedford. “After all, you guys believe in freedom. I believe in bondage. You like free speech. I gag my clients. You support equality. I preach female superiority. You promote humane treatment of prisoners. I torture mine. But why fuss over details?”
For those who have given the practice critical thought and whose objection to it extends to animal cruelty as a whole, I applaud you. But I really can’t understand the position of those who simply feel squeamish at the thought of killing a cute, furry animal and feel comfortable condemning cultural traditions while they continue to support unethical farming practices and overfishing on a regular basis without comment or criticism.