Local photographer makes each day count

Averie MacDonald and Courtney Hurley

Meet Frederic Sune: a professional photojournalist on a 365-day quest to capture candid images around Ottawa.

Click here to see more photos from Project 365

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Closure of prison farms angers farmers

Alex Butler

Farmers are preparing to rally on Parliament Hill this Tuesday to convince the government to reverse their decision to close down Canada’s prison farms.

The decision was made last February to shut down Canada’s six prison farms, two of which are located near Kingston, Ont. Continue reading

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Lack of diversity worries Canadian medical students

Alex Butler

Medical students from across Canada lobbied at Parliament Hill Monday to bring awareness to politicians and bureacrats about the lack of diversity in Canadian medical schools.

The Canadian Federation of Medical Students, which represents more than 7000 students from 14 of 17 Canadian medical schools, sent delegates to hold meetings on Parliament Hill. The students spoke one-on-one with MPs, senators and bureaucrats about the fact that there is a lack of students in medical schools from low socio-economic backgrounds and rural areas. Continue reading

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Glebe residents help out those in need

Ariel Hartman

Knowing that putting food on the table can be a struggle for some families, residents of Ottawa’s Glebe neighbourhood are doing their best to help those who cannot afford to feed their loved ones by participating in the Spring Food Drive at a local grocery store.

The Glebe Metro received great support from members of the community in their food drive that ended yesterday.

“It’s usually really well received,” said Nathan Pilson, a manager at the Glebe Metro.  “We had three to four large grocery carts full of product this time.”

At the entrance to the grocery story, there was a food bank volunteer handing out special paper bags to customers as they walked in the door, encouraging them to fill it with food for the less fortunate. Continue reading

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Ontario Budget makes more room for students

Belinda Ha

The McGuinty government announced plans for the expansion of post-secondary education as part of the 2010 Ontario Budget released last Thursday.

Noteworthy budget commitments included $310 million in funding to create 20,000 new spaces in universities and colleges. The government also pledged to provide resources for a credit transfer system in the province. Continue reading

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Aboriginal pow wow inspires children and youth

Belinda Ha

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The 13th Annual Ottawa Children and Youth Traditional Pow Wow took place from March 27-28 at Carleton University. A pow wow is a gathering of cultures, a way for Aboriginals and non-Aboriginals to come together and honour Aboriginal culture and traditions. Characterized by dancing and throat singing, the young and the elderly are given the opportunity to celebrate age-old traditions. Continue reading

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Editorial

The Pulse is back at it again! And with this being our third and last publication, I feel like everyone put their best foot forward this week to find some very compelling stories. Throughout many of our hard news stories, a common focus can be seen: change. All week, people have been talking about change, proposing their ideas of change, seeking change, and protesting against change.

For example, Stephen Lewis visited Carleton University this week to talk about how people need to change the way they look at cancer. People also gathered at Parliament Hill for a candle-light vigil on Saturday during Earth Hour, an event that encouraged people to change their everyday routine to combat climate change.

Some new technological products hit the Canadian market this week. Canadians can now pre-order 3D HDTVs from SONY, and Future Shop started selling the innovative televisions in Ottawa on Friday. But with so many technological advancements these days, people are unsure if consumers will immediately make the change over to a 3D television. Wind mobile, the newest cell phone provider in Canada, is also now available in Ottawa. This means more competition for existing providers, but once again, will people make the change over?

Governments also made some significant changes this week. The Ontario government has allocated $310 million of its budget for creating more students spaces in universities and colleges across the province. As well, the federal government has decided to close down six prison farms across the country, leaving many farmers angry.

One of our biggest stories this week is Ann Coulter’s visit to the University of Ottawa, where attendees were angered when organizers apparently decided to cancel Coulter’s appearance. This last-minute change made news across the country, and one of our reporters was there to witness the spectacle.

These stories are only a quick snapshot of what we have to offer this week. We also have many other interesting news pieces, and as usual, a variety of multimedia pieces.  All in all, I think the hard work has paid off, and we hope you enjoy our work.

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