Point/Counterpoint

A FACT LITTLE known amongst University of Ottawa students is that their own beloved campus newspapers are members of a greater organization of student news media called Canadian University Press (CUP). This past week, one of our fellow CUP papers faced a disconcerting proposal from their student union regarding their method of print. The Xaverian …

THE LONG-PROPHESIZED END of the world is upon us—if you buy into the mania surrounding the end of the Mayan calendar, that is. Though we’ve known for a long time Dec. 21, 2012 will mark the end of humanity, the exact means of our destruction has yet to be decided. Making the case for nuclear …

WITH THE AMOUNT of attention the U.S. Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP Act have been getting, along with Canada’s kid brother Bill C-11, the question of whether the Internet can be made a private place is being debated heatedly all over North America. While there are many advocates for limiting the scope of the web, it seems Fulcrum volunteers have come to the consensus that restriction is ignorant, and ultimately ineffectual. Point: A balancing act …

THOUGH NOT THE largest or most urban city in Canada, Ottawa is no stranger to the colourful world of graffiti art. Some adore it and others abhor it, but what but what does graffiti really say about our city? Point: All the graffiti Living in Ottawa, we see graffiti all the time, but rarely do we get an opportunity to truly enjoy it. Every week, Rick Mercer shows a different Toronto alley during …

What happened in Victoria THOUGH IT WAS not until several hours after the initial illness hit the conference that any official information was made known, it eventually became clear to health officials that attendees were suffering from norovirus. Norovirus, formerly known as Norwalk agent, is transmitted through food or water that has been contaminated with …

How Twitter defined norovirus outbreak ON JAN. 11, the Fulcrum editorial board and a group of its staff and volunteers set out for a national student journalism conference in Victoria, B.C. By Jan. 14, a large portion of our delegation fell ill with what turned out to be a small-scale outbreak of a highly contagious …

Debating the legalization of organ trade in Canada IRAN IS CURRENTLY the only nation that permits the sale of human organs. By legalizing organ trade, the country has found a way to reduce the number of sick citizens dying as a result of lack of donors. It has also set an ethical precedent for the free sale of organs. A professor at …

The opinions expressed here are the author’s own   RECENTLY AT THE Fulcrum, a debate was sparked among our editorial board about whether or not our private personalities could affect our professional personas. While some agreed that personal and professional are two different spheres, others argued that an individual was just that—one person, no matter how hard they try to split themselves …

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 …

Arguing the source of our school’s lack of enthusiasm While sports junkies at the U of O may be unwilling to admit our school is seriously lacking some spirit, any student on campus can see that we don’t hold a candle to our rivals in terms of fandom and turnout. With a genuinely impressive roster …

SEATED WITHIN A short walk to the Quebec border, the University of Ottawa has a unique dilemma when it comes to underage drinking on campus. Alcohol is easily accessible to freshmen not only at parties or private events, but also for sale just across the border. Though university is renowned as a time to experiment …

CISCO OTTAWA BLUESFEST has long been the most popular music event in the nation’s capital. Ever since its debut in 1994, the festival has grown greatly in size and evolved its entertainment. Initially dedicated to solely singing the blues, the festival now focuses on offering a more modern and diverse lineup. While some fans are …

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