Alexandra Mazur

Summer Intern

Alexandra Mazur is in the midst of completing her Master of Journalism at Carleton University. Writing is her first love but she also plays with telling stories through photography, video and audio. She moved to Ottawa seven years ago and fell in love with the city, and now she gets to write about it, which is pretty cool.
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Sharing Hope In Paraguay

Sharing Hope In Paraguay

On its first day in Asuncion, Paraguay, during a stroll along the Paraguay River, the LIFE Team was exposed to the stark reality of inequality. High-rises towered above the flood-plain slums revealing the intense economic disparity of the city. When heavy rain pours and the river rises, squatter [...]

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The Building Blocks of a Capital

The Building Blocks of a Capital

It may be hard to believe now, but rail tracks once crisscrossed the National Capital Region like lifelines on a palm, foretelling the life of a growing nation. In fact, the birth, expansion and perhaps the key to the Ottawa-Gatineau area clinching the capital title is largely due to the extensive rail [...]

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A New Union for a New Tomorrow

A New Union for a New Tomorrow

The Canadian Union of Skilled Workers was founded in 1999 to create a pathway for workers and other Canadians to transition from the industrial economy that had formed the base of our society for more than 200 years, to the “information”, knowledge-based economy of the 21st Century. The founding [...]

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A Big Show with Hat Fitz and Cara for Small Halls

A Big Show with Hat Fitz and Cara for Small Halls

Images by Roseanne Lake. The Festival of Small Halls is exactly as it sounds, a bunch of bands going to historic and beautiful places around Ottawa playing big shows in small places. The festival is meant to bring life and vitality back to small venues outside of the city landscape. It also gives the [...]

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Iman Najidzadeh Counts the Reasons He's Thankful for His CUSW Membership

Iman Najidzadeh Counts the Reasons He's Thankful for His CUSW Membership

Iman Najibzadeh migrated to Canada from Iran in 2011. Once here, he began his apprenticeship to become a licensed electrician. During his time spent studying, he had to find work; he worked for two years with a non-unionized construction company. “The biggest thing I noticed is that they didn’t care [...]

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What’s Happening North of 60

What’s Happening North of 60

Canada is a country born from colonization. This process, and the residential schools that followed, have had monstrous effects on First Nations peoples, effects that we are only beginning to acknowledge through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. But the colonization of the North, for the First [...]

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Women and Children Gain from Global Affairs Partnership

Women and Children Gain from Global Affairs Partnership

Natacha was at a crossroads. Should she marry the man she loved, even though he lived in the water-deprived village of Anoum (Benin), in West Africa? For women in other villages, choosing to live in Anoum was not a decision to take lightly. Young girls and women are traditionally tasked with providing [...]

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Making Tracks

Making Tracks

There's a Moose on the Loose and It’s Making Commercial Rail a Reality in the Capital. There’s been quite a buzz around the Prince of Wales Bridge lately. The City of Ottawa bought the bridge that cuts across the Ottawa River in 2005. It has been sitting unused ever since, except by “trespassers”. [...]

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Meet Thomsen D’Hont

Meet Thomsen D’Hont

A Jane Glassco Northern Fellow  Who is Helping to Build a Sustainable North The Gordon Foundation is a not-for profit that has invested over $27 million over the last 50 years into northern community projects and freshwater initiatives. The Foundation aims to promote innovation in public policy for [...]

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Piecing Together the Abstract

Piecing Together the Abstract

Photos by Alex Mazur. Have you ever let your mind wander while watching passing clouds floating through the sky? Suddenly those white wisps look like a sailboat, or that fluffy cloud looks unmistakably like a cuddly bunny. This psychological phenomenon is called pareidolia, an instance where the mind [...]

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