Transit, affordable housing among concerns for students heading into election year
Young Ottawans say their priorities for local politicians heading into an election year include addressing ballooning housing costs, LRT service disruptions, climate change and rising police budgets.
Christmas Cheer spreading joy to those who need it most
Hundreds of young Ottawa residents are in need of help due to their financial struggles during the COVID-19 pandemic. With the help of The Christmas Cheer Foundation, local charities are empowering youth one breakfast at a time.
32 years after Montreal Massacre, activists wonder what’s changed?
32 years later, the Montreal Massacre is “tattooed” on the lives of those nearby yet still impacts young people today.
Students call on Carleton U to divest from fossil fuels
Students, faculty and community members converged on the Carleton University campus Friday to urge the school’s administration to divest from fossil fuels.
Into the storm: Canada’s nursing students prepare to join a field in crisis
Across the country, hospitals are short-staffed and nurses are burning out from working exhausting overtime shifts. As nurses leave the field en masse, nursing students are preparing to join a workforce in crisis.
The trouble with the share button: How slacktivism disrupts real change
A deep-dive into an internet phenomenon that experts and advocates fear might keep people at their keyboards and away from real change.
Are trendy thrifters a cause for concern or the future of fashion?
The second-hand clothing industry has boomed over the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for Gen Z and millennials who have made thrifting trendy. How will this impact low-income communities who rely on their local thrift store?
New COVID-19 variant prompts Canada to announce new travel restrictions
Canada will implement travel restrictions to mitigate the spread of the new Omicron coronavirus variant recently detected in South Africa, federal officials announced Friday.
Lack of skilled workers in Ontario causing construction labour shortage.
Staffing within the construction industry has become increasingly difficult due to labour shortages. To address these challenges, the Ontario government has introduced a Skilled Trades Strategy to fund apprenticeships for young people.
‘Nothing about us without us’: Scholars weigh in on key legal issues facing trans people in Canada
Trans-rights scholars and advocates stepped up their criticism of Canada’s legal landscape on Friday, acknowledging the fight for basic human rights has created “huge fatigue.”
Glebe businesses, eager shoppers welcome Lansdowne Christmas Market
The Christmas Market first took place in 2019 but was cancelled last year due to COVID-19. Store owners near Lansdowne looked forward to the extra traffic the market could bring.
‘Am I going to be stuck renting forever?’: A closer look at Ottawa’s housing crisis — and demands on the federal government to help fix it
While people struggling to find affordable rentals in cities across Canada is not a new conversation, recent trends in rental markets have reinvigorated calls to government to stop promising and take direct action.
Ottawa residents want change, but voter turnout remains low for municipal elections
Less than a year remains before Ottawa residents head to the polls and cast their ballots in the October 2022 municipal election. Between the string of LRT service interruptions, increases to police funding despite demands to defund and concerns of developer influence, there is growing dissatisfaction among residents who feel their concerns are ignored by the city council.
Starting small: How young entrepreneurs are realizing their business dreams during the pandemic
MacKenzie and Samson are among some of the young entrepreneurs who seized the pandemic as an opportunity to turn their business dreams into reality. But these endeavours are not without their challenges.
Plant parenting: Plant care grows in popularity during the pandemic
Plant care has been on the rise amongst Millennials and Gen Z since the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. Amid pandemic lockdowns, Ottawans flocked to open garden centres to fill their homes with nature. Now, over a year and a half into the pandemic, the growing trend shows no signs of stopping as people turn caring for plants into self-care.
Women on top: Carleton University students excited about Adele’s ’30’
On the day of Adele’s highly anticipated album release, Carleton University students share their thoughts on the album, women in pop music and Adele’s journey to her fourth studio album.
Young people question future of Ottawa’s LRT amid continuous disruptions
Young transit riders said Friday they are not convinced a public inquiry into Ottawa’s recently reopened light-rail transit system will fix its issues for good.
Economic recovery, reconciliation leading issues for young Ottawans as Parliament resumes
Young people in the nation’s capital focused on the need for Indigenous reconciliation and economic recovery as Parliament gets ready to open on Monday.
Demands to defund police should “go to Queen’s Park,” says Ottawa city councillor
Provincial legislation complicates city’s ability to respond to defund demands, says city councillor. Community members disagree.
Ottawa’s food banks see rising poverty problem first-hand
Ottawa has many hungry people, and food banks are a support source of last resource for some of them. Hunger already affected some of the most disadvantaged individuals in Ottawa, and economic precarity and skyrocketing costs of living brought about by the pandemic dramatically worsened the situation. Food banks have found themselves on the frontline of Ottawa’s increasing poverty problem, and the coming winter promises to be tough.
Fans flocking back to mid-sized concert halls a welcome sight for artists, owners
Mid-sized concert halls play a unique role in the live music ecosystem, but they are a struggling segment of a battered business. Industry leaders, however, are hopeful that with a bit of help, it won’t be long before fans can ride the rail in the front row.
In with the new: How young people are leading the fibre art revolution
The pandemic provided many young people with the time and resources to discover and pursue new hobbies. Knitting and crocheting, two activities generally associated with an older generation, became the source of many viral trends and provided much needed relief from the stress of the pandemic. As a result, social media platforms like TikTok and Instagram quickly turned into hubs of creativity.
Tipping culture: Where do we go from here once minimum wage increases for liquor servers?
Liquor servers, who currently earn $12.55 an hour, will soon be making $15 an hour. As wages and the cost of living in Ontario go up, people in the hospitality industry – everyone from consumers to experts – wonder what the future of tipping entails.
Inside Ottawa’s restaurants: How Instagram is changing the business
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an influx of Ottawa bloggers who are flocking to Instagram to post about local restaurants. Social media influencers are changing the dynamics of local businesses and more importantly, the future outlook of social media as a marketing tool.