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“Of all parties to this report, academics should be fully aware of the fact that words matter. There is absolutely no need to use racial slurs in an academic setting. It is possible to have conversations about discrimination without using discriminatory language,” said Tim Gulliver, the University of Ottawa Students’ Union’s president.

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“The Committee is therefore against the exclusion of words, works or ideas in the context of respectful academic presentations and discussions whose educational goal is to promote the dissemination of knowledge,” wrote the Committee on Academic Freedom in its report.

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The clinic came to be when PBSC uOttawa reached out to Kind Space to create placements for students to volunteer, says Carling Miller, the executive director of Kind Space. Miller shared with the Fulcrum that the idea for the collaborative clinic “was great because we [Kind Space] didn’t have the capacity before to try and organize putting one together on our own.”

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There is an important distinction between governance and politics. By governance, I mean the administration of the union, the fulfillment of its obligations. In terms of governance, the UOSU seems to be doing alright. By politics, I mean the human aspect, the making-people-care. In terms of politics, the UOSU seems to be doing much worse.

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