Opinions

Are the B.C. vigilantes a pro or a comic con? IT’S A BIRD, it’s a plane, it’s—a man in costume confronting a sexual predator? In recent weeks, four men in Chilliwack, B.C. have bombarded the Internet with a curious case of working-class heroism. The men, who range in age from 17 to 20, have been posing online as underage girls and luring sexual predators to locations in their area. The vigilantes then don superhero costumes and head to a meeting point, camera in hand, to confront the predators they’ve ensnared. While popular opinion seems to be the group’s approach is unique, the everyday heroes have garnered both immense praise for taking social issues into their own hands and scathing criticism for acting without proper legal authority and potentially endangering their community. World needs more vigilantes What these guys in B.C. are doing is a noble idea, but noble ideas aren’t always good ideas. The “To Troll a Predator” team seems to be in it for laughs as much as out of the goodness of their hearts, and don’t seem to …

The Kim Kardashian debacle UNLESS YOU’VE BEEN living under a rock for the past two weeks, you’ve heard about Kim Kardashian’s marriage, the 72-day affair that cost $10 million—and grossed the Kardashian family $17 million. This, coupled with Zooey Deschanel and Ben Gibbard divorcing after two short years, makes this a month that begs the …

  Let the man sing! I’VE NEVER BEEN a huge fan of OC Transpo’s management, but when their decision to silence Yves Roy—the Singing Bus Driver—hit the press, it really struck a chord with me. Roy, who is a full-time OC bus driver, was ordered to cease his long-time prac- tice of singing loudly at …

Scary suburbs IN THE EARLY hours of this past Sunday, another young man was shot to death on a quiet street in Ottawa’s west-end suburb of Barrhaven. The death, which marks the area’s third murder, has visibly shaken res- idents of the community and surrounding areas. While this is only Ottawa’s 10th ho- micide case …

PTs ain’t all they’re cracked up to be Re: “Personal training at the U of O” (Sports, Nov. 10) AS A SELF-PROCLAIMED gym rat who frequents both the Montpetit and Sports Complex gyms, I feel I owe it to my fellow students to respond to this article. Despite the personal trainer (PT) mentioned in the …

Two students sound off on the facial hair-focused campaign It’s time for men to throw out their razors and women to start constructing felt ‘staches. That’s right—it’s Movember again, which means moustaches for all! Currently in its fourth year as a formal Canadian charity campaign, Movember has thousands of men across the country growing their …

Movember is halfway over—and from pencil-thin caterpillars to handlebar styles, moustaches of all shapes and sizes are sprouting up on faces on campus. But as we see more facial hair grow, we can’t help but wonder: Is Movember accomplishing the goals it was created to achieve? Is it rais- ing money for prostate cancer research, …

Pro-lifers should be targeting debaters LAST WEDNESDAY, I was on my way to class when I noticed an eye-catching poster on one of our school’s many bulletin boards. Under the title “Abortion Debate,” it layed out the time, date, and other details of an event to be hosted by the University of Ottawa Students for …

Can reforms to government-funded loan programs pull us out in time? THE CRUSHING WEIGHT of student debt.” “Student debt bankrupting a generation.” “A financially challenged generation is slipping through the cracks.” A quick glance of recent news headlines is enough to make any 17-year-old kid wary of entering the institutions of higher learning—and any current student sick to his or her stomach. Nearly two million Canadians have student loans, totalling $20 billion worth of debt in the form of federal and provincial government loans, credit cards, lines of credit, and personal loans. As if that figure wasn’t enough to raise concerns about student debt levels, the federal government’s decision to raise the $15-billion cap …

Click ‘yes’ if you are 16 or older AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD BOY has gained significant online notoriety lately for his antics on the fast-chat website Chatroulette.com. The child, whose name and location remain unknown, has garnered laughs for his racist, sexist, and swear-ridden comments to his unsuspecting chat partners. Many Chatroulette.com users and anonymous online commentators have responded with shock, wondering how a …

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