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Author: Haneen Al-Hassoun

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City to consider a ban on single-use plastic

City council voted unanimously on Wednesday morning to look into banning single-use plastics from municipal programs and facilities.  The motion—tabled by Somerset councillor Catherine McKenney—passed at committee last week. However, the city is bound by a vending contract with Coca-Cola. Although the contract ended in 2016, plastic bottles continue to be sold in municipal buildings since the city has not...
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Environment committee backs motion to ban single-use plastic in municipal buildings

The City of Ottawa’s environmental committee voted in favour of a motion to develop a plan for eliminating single-use plastic in municipal buildings.  Councillor Catherine McKenney introduced the motion on Tuesday and it was passed by a unanimous vote. The vote comes almost a week after prime minister Justin Trudeau announced a ban on single-use plastic by 2021. McKenney said...

Sudanese community remembers victims

The Sudanese community in Ottawa, along with supporters, gathered in the ByWard Market Sunday night to remember the lives of those who died in Sudan during pro-democracy protests. The demonstrations follow a military coup that ousted former president Omar al-Bashir from power.

Advocates say deaf community will see positive ‘domino effect’ from bill C-81

May 29, 2019, was a historic day for the Canadian deaf community. It was the day American Sign Language (ASL),  Langue des signes du Québec (LSQ), and Indigenous Sign Language (ISL) were recognized as the primary languages of deaf Canadians.  This recognition is part of bill C-81, a broad federal accessibility bill tabled last year—currently awaiting royal assent.  Todd Tobin, Carleton...