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  Mayor Jim Watson discusses the city’s 2012 budget THE CITY OF Ottawa’s draft budget, released on Oct. 26, will take on necessary infrastructure improvements, said Ottawa mayor Jim Watson. The project, titled Ottawa on the Move, provides over $340 million in funding, providing the city with better roads, sidewalks, and bike paths. The city will also see changes in OC Transpo …

Would dropping tuition fees benefit students? RECENTLY, THE STUDENT Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) erected a “Wall of Debt” to bring awareness to high tuition fees and skyrocketing student debt—issues some experts challenge in their research. The rising cost of education According to the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), students owe the federal government over $15 billion in loans, a number growing rapidly. “We’re in a situation right now in Canada where the average student, upon graduation, owes $25,000,” said CFS chair Roxanne Dubois. “It’s a huge burden to put on today’s …

Next Stop A UNIVERSITY IS a business. True, it’s an important institution of higher learning, but like any other enterprise it has to earn some dough. It’s time to face it, folks: Our tuition is not going down. One reason is our fragile and unstable economy. With stock markets crashing all over the world, it’s …

U of O launches strategic plan ON OCT. 21, University of Ottawa president Allan Rock launched Vision 2020, a set of goals the U of O hopes to achieve within the next nine years. The four main areas of focus in the document are student experience, research, internationalization, and bilingualism. At the top of the …

ASH and U of O create off-campus involvement awards THIS SEPTEMBER, THE Good Neighbours Committee, initiated by the University of Ottawa, created awards for off-campus student residents to encourage those living in Sandy Hill to be good neighbours. Granted in April, the awards for property improvement and community involvement will recognize students who have been …

Double homicide in Ottawa South OTTAWA—ON OCT 26, convicted drug trafficker Graham Thomas, 35 and Jason Chapman, 31, believed to be his driver, were shot and killed at Ottawa’s Gloucester Centre inside a tanning salon Thomas owned in the mall on Oct. 26. Thomas has been charged with drug trafficking, impaired driving, driving while disqualified, …

Health Promotion launches program to help smokers quit LEAVE THE PACK Behind is a free service offered by Health Promotion at the University of Ottawa to assist students who are trying to quit smoking. This year, Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) was added to the program because of concerns regarding high smoking rates on university campuses. …

Students raise awareness about U-Pass price increase ON OCT. 31, students at Carleton University, led by the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), dressed up as zombies and attended a mock funeral for the loss of important transit routes while getting students to sign postcards petitioning against proposed fare hikes for the U-Pass. “Because it was …

Survival of the same The problem NATURAL SELECTION IS one of the cornerstones of modern science. Genetic mutations cause organisms to be more or less fit to survive; those who can’t compete die, while the strong pass on their genetic strengths to a new generation. Still, genomes are complicated things. Genes can react to internal …

Rancourt’s case to pick up in January ARBITRATIONS TO DETERMINE whether former U of O professor Denis Rancourt should be reinstated, which took place on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, have been adjourned until early 2012. The case—which shut down after opening statements were made—was delayed at the request of the University of Ottawa, asking …

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