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Rideau Canal to open this month  OTTAWA—THE RIDEAU CANAL is expected to be open for skating by mid-January for its 42nd season, according to National Capital Commission spokesperson Jasmine Leduc. Good skating ice depends on cold weather with no snow, and Leduc is hoping the past week’s mild weather will have little impact on the …

What the F?! RONALD BALL OF Madison County, Il. is suing PepsiCo, the maker of Mountain Dew soft drink. Ball claims that in November 2009 he purchased a can of Mountain Dew from a vending machine that tasted foul. Ball poured the rest of the drink into a styrofoam cup and discovered the problem: The …

Next Stop LET’S FACE IT: Not many people follow through on their New Year’s resolutions. Whether it’s to lose weight or get better grades, chances are you’ll forget everything you hope to do by February. Nonetheless, below are a few resolutions I’d like certain Canadians to actually stick to. Support for students  Last year, Ontario Premier Dalton …

Website hopes to be go-to place for university materials STUDENTS TRYING TO save money on their textbooks now have a new resource, Uottawabooks.com, launched by Carleton University students Shahir Kahriz and Matthew Grodinsky. The website, designed for students, provides a place to buy and sell books, course packs, and notes. “There are sites to buy and sell textbooks and there are bookstores, but …

Environmental focus for project addressing capacity issues THE NEW $112.5-million social sciences building, towering above the University of Ottawa campus, is nearing completion. Funded by federal and provincial governments and the university, the tower addresses capacity problems at the university while implementing sustainable and environmental initiatives. Capacity for social sciences The renovations to the Vanier building and the construction of the building will add …

Participation at an all-time high MEET SHANE MACKENZIE, leader of the Ideological Pragmatist Party and a prime minister who likes to dream big. As stated in his party’s platform, “This party looks at big moments in Canadian history and says, ‘Yeah we could do that,  but bigger.’” On Jan. 20–22, the Ideological Pragmatist and four other parties …

Partnership to expand program recognizing high-school student leaders THE FACULTY OF Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa announced a partnership with the Canadian Future Achievers (CFA) program on Nov. 30. The partnership seeks to foster continuity of the program, which targets Caribbean and First Nations students aged 9–16, encouraging them to act as role models in their community. “[The program] is …

Eleven G20 arrestees see charges dropped, six jailed MONTREAL (CUP)—THE COURT CASE of 17 alleged conspirators involved in the G20 protests of June 2010 ended Nov. 22, with six found guilty and 11 walking free. Two of the 17 are organizers from a group called Convergences de luttes anti-capitalistes (CLAC). Patrick Cadorette, one of the …

What the F?!  ONEAL RON MORRIS, a 30-year-old transgendered woman, has allegedly been injecting cement and tire-filler, among other substances, into her clients while working as a faux plastic surgeon in Miami, Fl. Facing charges of practising medicine without a licence, Morris was arrested on Nov. 18, but was soon released after posting bail. Two …

Occupy movement turns its focus to holiday consumption WITH THE OCCUPY movement staggered by camp break-ups across the continent, a Canadian non-profit magazine that sent out the first Occupy call has issued a new twist. Adbusters, the Vancouver-based monthly magazine, has long advocated in favour of Buy Nothing Day in the place of Black Friday, when individuals consider their consumption habits and …

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