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Bushra Ben Hamed– OTTAWA • ON | 1-12-2022

Health, Community

On Thursday, December 1st 2022 the Red Ribbon raising ceremony was held on Parliament Hill to observe World Aids Day. The ceremony aimed to commemorate those living with HIV/AIDS and provide them with support, with this year’s theme being “Equalize”, along with remembering those who were lost due to the disease. It also addressed the stigmas around AIDS, and how inequality was one of the defining factors in how detrimental the disease truly is.

In addition to the raising of the flag, the ceremony included enlightening and empowering speakers, such as Aboriginal HIV activist Trevor Stratton, Ottawa’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Vera Etches, HIV physician Dr. Jason Brophy, and more.

Organizer and Executive Director of AIDS Committee of Ottawa Khaled Salam said in his opening speech this was “a time for reflection on what we have achieved…and a time to recommit to what we must still accomplish to eradicate HIV/AIDS.” Following Salam’s speech, Indigenous educator Sharp Dopler and folks began Indigenous singing and drumming.

African drummer Eric Sarah also performed at the ceremony, illustrating that the AIDS epidemic is “…psychological and systemic.” For example, he said, “you don’t want to give work to someone because of HIV, and you don’t bring resources for that person, what do you want that person to be? Or to do? That is inequity.” Sarah reinforces the idea that AIDS is not an isolated or individual issue, and that it is made exponentially more dangerous due to things like lack of proper education, distribution of resources, and alienation of those living with the disease.

Aboriginal HIV activist Trevor Stratton spoke about the criminalization aspect of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, speaking about how the non disclosure of one’s status, despite the fact that most people cannot transmit HIV, can lead to serious punishment.

Stratton declared that “the law has not caught up and that is stigma, discrimination, and criminalization.” In Canada, not disclosing one’s status can lead to them being charged with agravatted sexual assault, which has a jail time from 6 months to 14 years.

This day serves as a reminder to those of us who are not directly affected by HIV/AIDS to provide support to our community members who are, and to recognize that above everything, the issue with AIDS is mainly systemic and is due to inequity, discrimination, and stigma towards not only the disease, but also whose who are affected by it.

You can support AIDS organizations by speaking about it, educating yourself, raising awareness, and by donating to local and international organizations.



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Picture of Supporters. Picture by Mary Sabourin. Picture of Supporters. Picture by Mary Sabourin.

Declan Kenny– OTTAWA • ON | 23-11-2022


Saturday, November 19th 2022 a vigil was held at Ottawa City Hall for Hodan Hashi, a 23 year old Ottawa woman who died at a Saskatoon nightclub after being attacked by Paige Theriault-Fisher. The vigil provided a space for members of the Ottawa-Gatineau community to voice their outrage about what many believe to be lenient charges on Theriault-Fischer which were manslaughter and release on $5,000 bail.

As vigil organizer Khadija El Hilali put it, “Theriault-Fisher got home before Hodan did.”

The vigil featured many empowering speeches, especially from organizer El Hilali and Robin Browne, co-lead and founder of 613-819 Black Hub, an organization devoted to fighting systematic anti-Black racism.

As people started to gather in front of City Hall, many began to organize themselves and chants of “no justice no peace” and “we want justice, when do we want it, now!” were setting off. Numerous mourners held up signs reading “Justice for Hodan.”
Hodan Hashi

Hodan Hashi.
The vigil began with an Islamic congregational prayer along with a rallying from a member of the gathering.

Immediately after El Hilali began her speech, Browne addressed the crowd and had a powerful closing statement, “it’s clear the current systems aren’t designed to keep our youth safe, so let’s continue working together to create systems that do,” Browne said, reinforcing many similar messages regarding systematic racism that have been heard, not only in Ottawa but across Canada and around the world. While the vigil was certainly an event to help remember Hodan Hashi it was just as much of a gathering to demand justice.

In an interview conducted by CHUO’s Mary Sabourin, El Hilali emphasized that, as a society unjust things should not be forgotten, “when tragic things happen people move and do something but then as soon as people get back to their lives and jobs, it dwindles down,” she says “we need to figure out how to keep that conversation going continuously and stay consistent.”

It reminded attendees that to this day we still live in an unjust society and to remind members of the community to remain vigilant every single day.

You can support the Hashi family by donating to their GoFundMe Page and by signing the petition to get the LIT nightclub shutdown.


Close down The Lit/ Crazy Cactus Club in honour of Hodan Hashi death

Hodan Hashi Vigil

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Karen Bailey est peintre a Ottawa. Photo: Yasmina Dagry Karen Bailey est peintre a Ottawa. Photo: Yasmina Dagry


Communauté,Faits divers

En collaboration avec l’artiste Karen Bailey, et la Mission d’Ottawa, la Galerie d’art d’Ottawa (GAO) accueille l’exposition Portrait de la Mission d’Ottawa, un regard sur les gens méconnus et qui font un travail important dans notre société. à voir au Salon Azur de la Galerie.

31 portraits y sont exposés, il s’agit du personnel, de la clientèle, des bénévoles, des partenaires de service et des gens qui appuient La Mission d’Ottawa. Karen Bailey, l’artiste, peint des personnes méconnues au Canada et partout dans le monde depuis 20 ans. Avec son œuvre, elle aimerait faire honneur à ces personnes qui travaillent sans relâche afin de fournir un refuge émotif et physique aux sans-abris à Ottawa.

Cette collection de portraits en appui à La Mission s’inscrit dans la pratique de Karen, où la peinture cherche à raconter des histoires, et dans laquelle elle partage son approche distinctive du portrait en tant que travail de soin et soigné.

Andrew et Jesse des employés à la mission d'Ottawa dans la buanderie. Photo: Yasmina DagryAndrew et Jesse des employés à la mission d’Ottawa dans la buanderie. Photo: Yasmina Dagry

La Mission d’Ottawa a été fondée en 1906 afin de fournir de l’appui d’urgence – nourriture, vêtements, logis ainsi que soins spirituels – aux gens dans le besoin. Au fil du temps, elle est devenue un centre de services moderne qui permet aux gens vulnérables de reprendre le contrôle de leur vie. Elle fournit des soins primaires, dentaires et palliatifs ; de l’appui pour l’emploi, l’éducation et le logement ; de la formation pour l’emploi ; et des traitements pour la santé mentale, la dépendance et le traumatisme. Aujourd’hui, la Mission est reconnue pour sa prestation d’appuis transformateurs aux gens qui en ont besoin, tous donnés avec compassion, dignité et acceptation inconditionnelle. Le reportage de Yasmina Dagry:

Karen Bailey fait honneur aux travailleurs de l’Ottawa Mission


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La 53e présentation du match annuel de football canadien entre les équipes sportifs de l’université d’Ottawa et de Carleton est de retour ce samedi à la Capitale. L’événement clôture la semaine des retrouvailles pour les étudiants de l’université d’Ottawa et est la célébration la plus importante de l’année.

Le match panda est une longue tradition à Ottawa. Opposant deux équipes majeures de football américain, les Gees-gees de l’uOttawa et les Ravens de l’uCarleton rivalisent depuis 1955 pour ramener la coupe dans leurs différents établissements.

«Le Match Panda tire son nom d’un panda en peluche mythique, mais bien réel, nommé Pedro. Ce dernier a été remis à l’équipe gagnante du match qui opposait les rivaux jurés d’Ottawa en 1955. » Équipe des Gees-Gees, université d’Ottawa

Le trophée remis aujourd’hui à l’équipe gagnante a été créé en 2013 par un artiste de la région, Dale Dunning. Fait d’aluminium brossé, il remplace l’ours de bronze utilisé de 1979 à 1988. L’ours en peluche original existe toujours, mais on le conserve précieusement puisqu’il a eu la vie dure. Il se présente, à l’occasion, aux événements des anciens des Gee-Gees.

Pour certains athlètes des Gees-gees, le match pourrait s’avérer difficile car il marque la triste perte de leurs coéquipiers Francis Perron, décédé soudainement en 2021 à Toronto, peu après un match, et Loïc Kayembe, décédé dans son sommeil en 2017.

Rappelons que l’an dernier des débordements et l’euphorie de certains étudiants avaient causé de nombreux blessés après la victoire de l’université d’Ottawa. Leur comportement a failli entraîner l’annulation du match cette année. Pour éviter le même scénario, l’université d’Ottawa et le syndicat étudiant l’un des partenaires de l’événement,comptent sur une forte présence policière et une sensibilisation des étudiants à travers les réseaux sociaux.

« Nous espérons que nos publications pourront sensibiliser les étudiants et les encourager à célébrer de manière responsable et à demeurer en sécurité » – Erin Atkinson, commissaire à la vie étudiante, Syndicat étudiant de l’Université d’Ottawa

Le reportage de Yasmina Dagry

Le match panda de retour à Ottawa


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