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Hello everyone! 
Happy end of March! We are almost there. Almost at the end of the term. But today, we would like to take a step back and draw your attention to the story that was written more than two weeks ago. 
Kerry Slack covered Michaëlle Jean’s visit to Algonquin College. Jean is the former governor-general of Canada. And today Kerry wants to share her experience and feelings with you.
“Jean came here from another country under political asylum from a very bad situation. She lived in Montreal, where I also used to live. I was a French immersion student in school, and she was a French speaker. So, when we had presentations, the school would encourage us to listen to her.
Growing up in Canada, Jean was someone I always saw on the news. What struck me the most about meeting her in person was the way she communicated with the audience. 
When her speech ended, she turned to me, looked me in the eyes and asked: “Do you need to ask me something.” She knew I was a journalism student, and I needed information. She noticed I needed help, and she helped me. 
She is a woman to look up to. She is helping people by being inspirational.”
Kerry was able to tell the story objectively and accurately. It’s hard enough to do that with any stories we write, but the stories about people we look up to, people who touched and shaped our personalities, it’s twice as hard. Kerry did that. And we applaud her!  
Kate Playfair, Kerry Slack, Arty Sarkisian and Jayme Mutchmor

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She watched her neighbours killed, and with her family, Michaëlle Jean fled Haiti to escape Duvalier’s regime, under which her father was arrested and tortured in 1965.

“Growing up in Haiti, indifference was not an option,” Jean, the former governor general of Canada, said in an impassioned presentation hosted by the Leadership Development for Women Group which started International Women’s Day in Algonquin College’s Nawapon on Wednesday.

Staff, students and online attendees packed the venue to hear Jean share her experiences growing up, in her career and in her current role fundraising for underrepresented youth.


by: Alex Lambert

When the march he’d helped organize exceeded its $1,500-fundraising goal, Keith de Silvia-Legault put on the head-to-toe Ronald McDonald cosplay outfit that he’d promised to wear, and set out to mark the closing of the Rideau Street restaurant.

“This is a way to show the country, a way to show our own community, our province as well, that we’re capable of kindness, coming together and giving back,” said de Silvia-Legault, a fifth-year University of Ottawa political science student.

The fundraiser and food drive, which were held on March 19, were organized by six uOttawa students, one of which was de Silvia-Legault.


The most jacked students on campus dared to enter the ARC to compete in the Barbell Strength Competition on March 14.

A crowd of gym-goers assembled around and above the contenders, who were about to show everyone they can lift entire worlds and make the ugliest gym faces while doing it.

Each contender had to perform three lifts: the bench press, the squat and the deadlift. For each lift, they were only allowed three attempts at a one-rep max. The winner would be calculated by body-weight-to-lift-weight ratio, with their second and third attempts being equal to or higher than the first.


Ottawa community leaders celebrate the second book of Chef Joe Thottungal
by: Brahim Ait Ouzineb

A sign on the door says that Thali restaurant, located at 136 O’Connor St., is closed for a private event. Ottawa musician Flute Siva’s ambiant tunes fill the space. The restaurant’s usual setup has changed, and three food stations present the beautiful colours of southern Indian delicacies to the event’s 110 guests: pala goat curry, kadai chicken, payasum and mango mousse.

But it’s the pile of the books that take up a whole corner of the room that have brought this group together. My Thali: A Simple Indian Kitchen is Chef Joe Thottungal’s second book. And on this chilly evening in March, at his second restaurant, the guests at this book launch include Chinmoy Naik, deputy high commissioner of India, Councillor Rawlson King and Councillor Laura Dudas to name a few.


Algonquin College is introducing a kids sports camp this summer and will be posting student positions for camp counsellors and camp supervisors.

The college ran a basketball camp at the previous facility, the Ron Port Athletic Facility.

Jenny Duval, the athletic operation manager, says camps can return now that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

This time the camp will take place in the new facility — the Jack Doyle Athletic and Recreation Centre. The camp is for kids aged 6-14 and it will allow them to have fun experiencing activities like rock climbing, bowling, arts and crafts and many more. Three athletics department staff will oversee the camp supervisors. Campers will also be able to see the theatre, Wolves Den and the Z-building turf field.

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