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Volume XLIV, Issue 3 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 31, 2016
Bringing on the beats
Photograph by Jared Williams
Ridgebacks unbeaten page 27
Photograph by Logan Caswell
Cleaning up Lake Ontario page 13
Photograph Noor Ibrahim
of words page 3
Photograph by Logan Caswell
2 The Chronicle October 25 - 31, 2016 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus
DC journalism students look at Durham College and UOIT,
and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras
Keiver Goodwin standing in
front of Riot Radio at Durham
College. He's the host of the
alternative music show called
The Alternative Hour.
Photograph by Dean Daley
Having a real Riot on the radio
Durham College’s radio station, Riot Radio, is now live
– and on the web - for the fall. Riot Radio is the online
visual radio station that operates out of Durham College
that provides not only music, but news and insight about
a variety of different topics for anyone in the world to
watch or listen.
Jonathan Franz, volunteer coordinator for Riot Radio,
says things are different from previous years. The student
hosts have been asked to specify their topics even
further ahead than usual. The goal is to increase the
audience and try to diversify the content.
Keiver Goodwin, a nuclear engineering student at
UOIT, hosts a show specifically about alternative music.
Goodwin says he has different themes for each week
and his topics for the week are Canadian artists who
have released new alternative music and alternative
music in movie soundtracks.
He gives the example of the 21 Pilots song ’Heathens’
that had been featured in the movie, ‘The Suicide
According to Goodwin, a three-semester Riot veteran,
being on Riot “is a nice break during the day and doing
something a little more creative.” He mentions that doing
Riot keeps him a little more grounded and he thinks of
it like an extracurricular activity.
Riot by the numbers
12 hours of programming daily (M-F)
In complete contrast to Goodwin’s alternative music
show, John Lodge and Jake Radford, two first-year radio
broadcasting and temporary media students, host their
own show about NFL football.
Radford, an ex-Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS)
football player for York U Lions, and Lodge, an avid NFL
fan, both speak to their knowledge about news in the
NFL and other big topics in sports.
Lodge and Radford believe they have a unique dynamic,
as one of them was a student-athlete and the
other actively watches and pays attention to the sport.
“Ready for the first day of the rest our lives?” Lodge
said to Radford on their dry run on Riot. Both Riot Radio
‘newbies’ know they want to be working in sports radio
after they graduate. However, for Lodge this is exactly
what he wants to be doing.
“I know I want to be on air and this is a great way and
platform to let it out,” says Lodge.
They both agree Riot looks good on a resume and
“it’s the perfect opportunity to advance myself,” says
Those are only a very small sample of the shows that
will be on Riot this semester.
Riot has 37 different shows hosted by more than 50
different students. Riot programming goes from Monday
to Friday starting 10 a.m. and runs for 12 hours except
for Friday when Riot programming goes until 5 p.m.
This semester a few shows on Riot have crossed the
200 viewers' mark.
According to Franz, hopefully as hosts and promotions
get stronger, it will increase their viewers.
Franz says there are shows about NASCAR, world
music and technology. The show Franz is most excited
about is a new show that will focus on everything ‘Star
Radford says to anyone who may want to consider
Riot in the winter semester, to keep an open mind and
just go for it.
“When you love what you do, it ain’t work, it’s just life,”
Lodge says about doing Riot.
According to Franz they are no longer taking applications
this semester for Riot, but students can apply
again in the winter semester.
Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 31, 2016 The Chronicle 3
The Great One visits the 'Shwa
When hockey fans think of Wayne
Gretzky, they think of big numbers.
It was no different when the
hockey legend showed up at Oshawa’s
Costco for a book signing.
The big numbers start with
the 500 people who came for his
90-minute stop Monday.
Only 200, however, were given
wristbands to meet their hockey
hero, the star who wore No. 99
during a storied NHL career.
Gretzky, of course, is widely considered
to be the No. 1 player in
The Great One was in the city
Oct. 17 to celebrate the release of
his book named 99: Stories of the
Hundreds of eager fans lined up
to meet the hockey phenomenon.
However, he was only there for a
short time, 7 p.m. until roughly
The book’s release also coincides
with the NHL’s 99th anniversary
that fittingly, matches the number
he wore throughout his playing career
with Edmonton, Los Angeles,
St. Louis and New York.
Throughout the book, Gretzky
looks back on the last 99 years and
tells the reader, from his point of
view, about the NHL’s most memorable
moments and also shows
the reader what the game means
Although only 200 bracelets
were given out to fans, that didn’t
stop a few hundred others from
lining up and waiting outside for
a chance to meet one of Canada’s
most popular athletes.
Jeremy O’Brien, 61, travelled
from Peterborough, Ont. to see his
favourite hockey player and waited
in line more than three hours to get
a signed book. O’Brien has fond
memories of Gretzky.
“His last game resonates the
most, April 18, 1999, Maple Leaf
Gardens, I’ll never forget that,”
says O’Brien. (Gretzky’s last game
at the Gardens, according to the
Canadian Press, was actually Dec.
Dale Bradbury, 56, from Port
Hope, Ont., is another fan who
came to see Gretzky.
Bradbury bought four books so
he could get them all signed and
also recalls one of his favourite
memories of Gretzky.
“He was playing against the Calgary
Flames in the playoffs, 1986,
coming down the left-wing, took a
slapshot over the left shoulder of
Mike Vernon and it went out of
the net faster than it went in,” says
Gretzky, 55, is the owner of 60
individual records and played in
the NHL from 1979 to 1999. He
spent the beginning of his career
with the Edmonton Oilers, moved
onto the Los Angeles Kings, St.
Louis Blues and finished his career
with the New York Rangers. He
also coached the Phoenix Coyotes
In his 1,487 games, Gretzky recorded
894 goals and 1,963 assists
for 2,857 points which stand as
Photograph by Logan Caswell
The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, smiles through 90 minutes of fan meet and greet at Costco while
signing copies of his new book.
Distracted driving tickets on the decline
It seems like drivers in Durham are
slowly getting the message about
the dangers of distracted driving.
The number of tickets handed
out for distracted driving by Durham
Regional Police (DRPS) so far
this year is less than in 2015.
Last year, 2,365 tickets were
handed out to distracted drivers
from January to October, but this
year, 1,402 tickets have been handed
out during the same time period.
“It’s mostly the fine of almost
$1,000 that influenced the drivers
to not drive distractedly. 1,402
(number of tickets) is still a high
number, but better than last year,”
said DRPS Sergeant Bill Calder.
“The resources (driver’s handbook/
tips to avoid distracted driving) also
help drivers be more careful on the
While the numbers are better,
distracted driving is still a major
concern, said Sgt. Calder.
“It’s a good thing, almost half of
last year, but we still want the number
to be zero,“ said Sgt. Calder.
Each time a person looks away
from the road or loses focus for
even a second, it puts people’s lives
at risk, he said.
Distracted driving is when a
person is driving a motor vehicle
while also doing something else,
typically something that involves
an electronic device.
“There are many things that can
be distractive. Mobiles, iPads, programming
the GPS, drinking coffee,
reading the newspaper, texting
is always a big one, even shaving,
that has happened before,” said
Sgt. Calder also says that new
drivers and drivers up to the age
of 30 are found driving distractedly
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention,
there are three types of distractions
in driving, visual, cognitive, and
It's a good thing, almost half of last
The number of distracted driving tickets this year is less than last.
Visual distractions are things
that take the drivers eyes off the
road. Examples include making
eye contact to the passenger while
talking, reading a sign at the side,
or looking at scenery.
Cognitive distractions are
thoughts that divert the driver’s
attention from the road to whatever
they’re thinking about.
Examples include daydreaming,
and thinking about personal issues
or professional and financial problems.
Manual distractions happen
when drivers take their hands off
the wheel to do something. Examples
include texting, eating, and
“Distracted driving is a trend,
it’ll keep happening,” said Calder.
“The fine is not enough, there
should be more (severe consequences).”
According to the Ontario law
for driving, G licence drivers face
fines from $490 to $1,000 plus
Photograph by Trusha Patel
three demerit points. G1 and G2 licence
holders face a 30-day licence
suspension for a first conviction,
90-day licence suspension for a
second conviction, and cancellation
of licence and removal from
the Graduated Licensing System
(GLS) for a third conviction.
If other people get injured from
distracted driving, then the driver
faces up to $2,000, six demerit
points, and/or a jail term of six
months, and a licence suspension
of up to two years.
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Where we stand on taking a knee
The recent controversial decision
by NFL player, Colin Kaepernick,
to take a knee during the playing
of the national anthem has become
a talking point both north
and south of the border. On Aug.
26, the 28-year-old San Francisco
49ers second-string quarterback
refused to stand during the playing
of the anthem in a pre-season
game against the Green Bay Packers
at Lambeau Stadium.
What began as a quiet, passive
protest, is now a movement
against racial inequality and police
Kaepernick made way for more
professional athletes to take a
stance on what they believe in.
Now the effects have trickled down
through the American college
ranks and north of the border. Although
no Durham College (DC)
or University of Ontario (UOIT)
athletes are known to have made
similar demonstrations, there is
no better place to start a conversation
than a university or college
Police shootings of African
Americans have been a growing
issue in the U.S. in recent years.
The effects have shaken the country
as a whole. National newspapers
from The New York Times,
Fortune Magazine and the Army
Times, have printed their opinions
on the matter. Twitter feeds
have been buzzing.
Even Supreme Court justice,
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, remarked
on Kaepernick’s point of view in
an interview. Last weekend, The
Toronto Star reported tailgaters at
New Era Field, Buffalo, were selling
T-shirts printed with a kneeling
Kaepernick framed in a rifle’s
People are uneasy. Additionally,
African Americans’ trust in the
police is extremely low. There are
daily protests, which sometimes
Kaepernick has taken a knee as
a way to make a stand against this
police violence. He says he cannot
support a country that allows this
to happen. “I’m not going to stand
up to show pride in a flag for a
country that oppresses black people
and people of colour,” he said.
The public reaction to his stance
has been mixed. Some understand.
Some are mad. Some are
supportive. Among his supporters
are notable athletes from different
sports and leagues. Players have
been seen kneeling in the WNBA,
NCAA and even on the US national
women’s soccer team.
Historically, professional athletes
have been criticized for not
speaking out on social issues.
However, there are some notable
exceptions. Brooklyn Dodgers
baseball player, Jackie Robinson,
championed a non-violent stance
on segregation during the Civil
Rights Movement. U.S. sprinters,
John Carlos and Tommie Smith,
made a bold political statement
by raising their black-gloved fists
on the podium at the Mexico City
Olympic Games in 1968 during
the playing of the “Star Spangled
Banner” in support of the Black
Lastly, in 1967, Mohammad Ali
forfeited his heavyweight boxing
title and was convicted of draft
evasion, when he refused to join
the U.S. army fighting in Vietnam,
for political and religious
Nonetheless, never have this
many athletes, this many races
and representatives from all social
backgrounds united to demonstrate
against social injustice at
Not only are professional athletes
getting much of the attention,
but also NCAA athletes across
multiple sports have joined in the
protests. These are the professionals
of the future.
The protests have started a conversation
in Canada but so far, no
action has been reported in the
collegiate ranks. Locally, at DC
and UOIT, players are aware of
the situation south of the border.
However, DC athletic director
Ken Babcock, and other coaches
have been reluctant to address the
situation with the players.
“We don’t get involved in political
stances, especially since it’s
south of the border,” said Babcock.
“Our students are entitled
to their own opinions.”
The Canadian collegiate ranks
may have not joined in the protests
yet but professional teams
have. The Toronto Raptors did
not kneel during the American
and Canadian National anthems
in Vancouver earlier this month,
but they did link arms as a sign of
Although nothing has been documented
at DC or UOIT about
athlete demonstrations, with the
high level of media coverage, this
conversation has started. With a
student population of over 20,000,
social issues such as police violence
and racial inequality should
be a hot topic among students who
want to take a step towards progress.
Barbara Howe and
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chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 31, 2016 The Chronicle 5
Birth control is the best method
Let’s face it, college students are
having sex. In fact, the Sex Information
and Education Council of
Canada recently released a report
stating 72 per cent of Canadian
college students are sexually active.
So with hormones running high
and limitless opportunities for
intimate encounters on campus,
birth control such as the pill, an
IUD, hormone shots and the patch,
should be considered a college girl’s
best friend. Why? Other popular
methods, like abstinence, the withdrawal
method and condoms are
simply not effective.
What’s the problem with abstinence
when it comes to female college
In college, both female and male
students are on their own for the
first time, with little supervision.
Women especially need to do more
than abstain to protect themselves
because we all know men aren’t
always the reliable ones.
However, many women do
choose to avoid sex as a birth control
method due to religious or
other moral reasons.
In 2013, the SIECCAN reported
27 per cent of college males and
23 per cent of college females had
never engaged in vaginal, oral or
For those who do have sex, the
withdrawal method is a popular
choice of birth control. A 2016
study, which appeared in the journal
Conception, claims 33 per cent
of women used the withdrawal
method as a form of birth control
in the last month. But this method,
where the male withdraws his
penis from a woman’s vagina prior
to an orgasm in an effort to prevent
pregnancy, is ridiculous.
While your male partner may
reassure you it is a foolproof method,
Contracept.org reports “pulling
out” has a failure rate of 27 per
As many have seen around campus,
Durham College is doing their
part in advocating for consensual
sex through the use of powerful
message. Messages such as “silence
is not consent” are plastered
around the campus in an effort to
get students thinking about what
safe sex looks like.
When it comes to students having
sex, condoms are a much better
option. This is why condoms are
such a vital part of the sex education
curriculum in Canada, especially
when it comes to protecting
yourself from sexually transmitted
Unfortunately, according to the
SIECCAN report, 50 per cent of
students are not using condoms.
When it comes to protection
from pregnancy, condoms are not
a guaranteed birth control method.
According to the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention,
condoms have a failure rate of 12
Despite the many benefits of
taking birth control into our own
hands, female-led methods have
been criticized for being more expensive.
According to the Society of Obstetricians
and Gynecologists of
Canada, over 11 European Union
countries including New Zealand,
and Australia, offer universal
coverage for birth control, but
Canada is not one of them. But we
But while birth control does add
an additional expense to a college
woman’s budget, it is a much easier
thing to budget for than the cost of
raising a child.
In college, sex is everywhere.
Knowing your options is so important
to the success of your future.
Abstinence doesn’t work, the withdrawal
method is unsuccessful and
condoms are known to be faulty.
Aren’t we tired
of hearing about
Now that Rob Ford is no longer
with us, his brother Doug has taken
on the role of verbally beating up
Doug Ford has secured one of
the biggest publishing houses in the
country, Harper Collins, to print
copies of a “tell all” book. Chances
are Ford Nation will sell like crazy
cakes or at least like Crazy Town, the
book Robin Doolittle wrote about
Ford’s brother Rob, the late mayor
of the GTA.
The difference being Doolittle’s
book was published on proof of
being a really good journalist.
Crazy Town was published in 2014
and tells the story of what the late
mayor did as well as what Doolittle
endured to get it reported.
Bottom line is Rob Ford (RIP)
gave the media the most talked
about story in the history of mayoral
duties. And the story, along with
the Fords, made it all the way to
Hollywood in an interview with
Jimmy Kimmel in March of 2014.
At a recent press conference in
Etobicoke, with a barrage of, you
guessed it, reporters, Doug Ford
announced he and his late brother
co-wrote the 260-page book. Ford
Nation stems from the brothers’ desire
for a nation to be named after
The book was written before the
former mayor succumbed to cancer
earlier this year.
“Everyone will be named and
we are not holding anything back,
the media will also be named,”
said Doug Ford to a group of journalists
in Toronto this September.
“My brother Rob was hounded
by you, the media,” added Ford.
Granted, Doug did go on to say
there were some really good reporters
Doug Ford does not want us
to forget his brother. How could
we? But the media is not to blame
for what Rob did, nor is our current
Prime Minister, who Doug
blames for Rob Ford’s shenanigans.
Did the media or any other
politician make Rob Ford pose
with ‘thuds in arms’?
We all know the photo. The
reporters didn’t ask Rob to pose
with his cronies. Rob Ford was a
high (pardon the pun) time politician,
but it wasn’t until after the
scandal broke that he started to
yell at reporters and claim they
ruined his life. His life may be
over but his legacy lives on.
The book will be available
November 22 nd . We can be certain
there will be a book signing
somewhere in and around Etobicoke.
Perhaps at the late mayor’s
Hopefully, the book will not
turn into a movie. Some of us
are all Ford’ed out.
does not have enough
food choices for students
to suit the
Getting hungry is natural for every
single living being on the planet,
but for humans it is special.
Many people on the planet not
only choose the food they eat, but
they also choose their own types
That choice could be religious,
health-related or maybe just a
choice based on personal preference.
These choices make eating a
celebration. But what if you have
dietary restrictions and cannot get
the food your body needs?
The main cafeteria at Durham
College does not have many options
for people with dietary restrictions.
The Marketplace needs
to have more vegan, gluten free
and Halal options.
Many people on campus cannot
eat food from the DC Marketplace
because of certain dietary restrictions.
As the motto of Durham
College is ‘success matters’, the
question is: how will students succeed
in their programs without
having enough nutritious food?
According to the Muslim Students
Association there are over
500 Muslim students at the college.
According to Islam, they can only
eat Halal meat. In Arabic, Halal
means permissible. Halal meat is
prepared in a specific way, which
is less painful for the animals.
But the college Marketplace does
not have a single Halal option. As
a result, Muslim students choose
to eat vegetarian food, or seafood,
because seafood and fish are not
slaughtered in the way the animals
Fish and other seafood are first
caught and then they get slaughtered.
As there are fewer seafood
and vegetarian options at the café,
the students don’t get as many options.
The nearest Halal food places
are E.P. Taylor’s and Smokey’s
Burritorie, but to eat there students
have to get there by 5 P.M.
So for many students, this leaves
the vegetarian options from the
But the café doesn’t even have a
lot of vegetarian or vegan options,
and the things they have are pretty
expensive. There is veggie and
cheese pizza, fries, veggie poutine
and veggie pita or veggie stir-fry.
Most of the things in the cafeteria
cost more than $9 dollars.
Most of the things in the café
also have a lot of calories. So there
is nothing healthy to have in the
marketplace for the vegetarian
other than a salad or a pita.
But these options also shrink
when it comes to being a vegan.
There is a Tim Hortons on campus
but they don’t sell healthy food,
which not only satisfies your hunger
but also nourishes your body.
When it comes to gluten free options,
the café has almost nothing
healthy but salads.
Fries and poutine are options,
but they have a lot of calories, and
are also expensive.
Students who can’t eat gluten
can’t even eat the stir-fries as they
have noodles, which contain gluten,
unless they are rice noodles. Rice
stir-fries are available but they are
cooked using the same utensils as
other food made with wheat.
Meanwhile many people who are
vegetarian because of their religion
also don’t eat this food, as the food
is cooked with the same utensils
and there are many possibilities of
meat chunks mixing with the vegetarian
When people have more then
one dietary restriction, unfortunately
the café has almost nothing
Many students with dietary restrictions
do not eat or cannot eat
in the café. They have to bring food
The college has over 2,000 students
who have different dietary restrictions.
If success really matters
at Durham College, the management
needs to increase options for
6 The Chronicle October 25 - 31, 2016 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus
Photograph by Noor Ibrahim
Vikram Dhanda a MAD Durham College student, in character for the 48-hour film challenge.
500 students make movie magic
About 500 students at Durham
College got to show off their creativity
after being challenged by
Greg Murphy, dean of the School
of Media, Art and Design (MAD),
introduced an opportunity for the
students to participate in an event
call the 48-hour Film Challenge.
The event ran Oct. 11-14.
The students were divided into
groups of 11, with a couple of
students from each of the MAD
programs in each group, such as
journalism, broadcasting for contemporary
media and digital video
The groups then got together
and were assigned a genre of film,
a prop, a character and a piece of
dialogue that had to be in their
film, which had to be exactly two
minutes long. The genres included:
mystery, romance, mockumentary,
horror and western.
This marked the first time Durham
College has participated in a
film challenge, according to Murphy.
Students were put to the test
to see how creative they could be
with what they were given and with
people they had never met before.
“I was a bit skeptical going in because
we were going to be meeting
people we haven’t met before from
different programs, I was worried
about people not getting along,”
said Meaghann MacLeod, second
Photograph by Rebecca Calzavara
MAD students gather at Cineplex Odeon for the film screening.
year student in Broadcasting for
Contemporary Media. She explained
that she really enjoyed her
group and they all got along nicely.
This challenge brought strangers
together to use their creative skills
to put together a two-minute film
in 48 hours.
The teams only had 48 hours to
develop, write, film and edit their
At the end of 48 hours, the teams
submitted their final projects,
which were played at the Cineplex
Odeon theatre in Oshawa.
All 50 groups created and submitted
their short film. Murphy
says that usually when this type of
challenge happens only 68 per cent
of groups complete it, but Durham
College had 100 per cent completion
from its groups.
“I think it was fabulous. It exceeded
my expectation by a mile,
it was just great and so much fun,”
Murphy explained. There were
prizes at the end of the screenings,
for each category.
There was also a ‘Deany’ award.
The award has a small statuette of
Greg Murphy and a wooden base.
The plans are that the names of the
winning team will be engraved on
the base and displayed for everyone
The winning group’s movie was
quite a mystery. It started off with
four people in a police station getting
questioned about who poisoning
There were two women and two
men. One man didn’t know how to
speak English but surprisingly said
‘vegan’ very clearly.
The other man got accused for
the murder because he was black.
One woman said she didn’t know
what happened. When the officer
blamed the man because he was
black the other woman said it was
her. Very unexpected.
The winning team group member,
Darryl Callahan, explained
Photograph by Rebecca Calzavara
Meaghann MacLeod (left), and students (right) hard at work
he had a great time filming and it
was fun to work with people he has
never worked with before.
“I thought it was going to be a
mess but then even seeing all 50
films it was well put together,” Callahan
Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 31, 2016 The Chronicle 7
Photograph by Michael Welsh
Quinn Murphy using an ATM to take out money at Durham College.
No easy answer to student debt
Rent, food, car, books, utilities, tuition,
fun. These are just some of
the standard costs that come along
with being a college student today.
Quinn Murphy is a Commerce
student at UOIT. Murphy knows
first-hand the financial struggles
that come along with student life.
He was formerly a student at Brock
University but transferred to UOIT
this year in part for financial purposes.
“Going away for school
definitely adds up,” Murphy says.
“Living at home is a huge help financially
but I still have a lot of
things to pay for.”
These costs apply to a standard
Ontario student, but costs can be
much more for some people. International
students, students with
families or single parents all have
additional costs that make their
situations much more difficult.
Amanda Rainey is a former Durham
College student. She dropped
out in her second year due to pregnancy.
She is now a single mother
of two and has not been able to
continue her education.
Rainey works full-time at a grocery
store but still struggles to make
ends meet. As a single mother,
Rainey receives financial support
from the government but not for
“There are not enough financial
aid programs for single parents
who want to go back to school,”
says Rainey. “I’ve been trying to
save money to get back to school
but having two kids doesn’t leave
much to save.”
The government of Ontario,
which has long been criticized for
being behind other provinces on
financial assistance for students,
has created a new plan to help
low income families put their kids
Families with a combined income
of under $50, 000 will receive
free tuition starting in the
2017-2018 school year. There are
some catches to the plan and not
all of the details have been revealed
yet. For example, some university
programs will not be fully covered,
however those have not been revealed
Even with the catches, the new
plan is sure to help many students.
According to Stats Canada, there
are around 800, 000 families
in Canada with a net income of
under $50, 000. The kids in these
families are less likely to attend
post-secondary school than kids
from families who have a higher
income. One of the main goals of
this plan is to get these kids into
Murphy comes from a family
with two parents, both with a university
education. Like many students,
Murphy works a part-time
job in order to help make ends
meet during the school year. The
workload on a typical post-secondary
student can be overwhelming
enough, adding in a job can make
time management tough.
“It’s not been easy to find a
good balance so far this year,” says
Murphy. “I try and put my school
first but working most week nights
makes it tough sometimes. I still
want to go out when I can to, it is
university after all.”
Murphy typically works around
20 hours a week. He says that
he puts most of his cheque into a
savings account that goes towards
school, but he does keep some
money for fun.
Taking a loan may seem like
the easy way to get through school
without much financial stress,
but the long-term effects can be
Student debt of a Canadian
university graduate is over $25,000.
crippling to one’s future. On average,
students who use loans to get
through school are less likely to
own a home than their counterparts
who did not use student loans,
according to Stats Canada.
The average student debt of a
Canadian university graduate is
over $25, 000, according to the
National Post. For single parents,
“After I dropped out of school
things got really tough. I had a
child to support and my student
loans were adding up,” says Rainey.
“I thought I might get some sort of
break on some of my debt because
of my situation but that didn’t happen.
It took me a long time to pay
off all that money and that is part
of the reason I haven’t been able
to go back.”
Students need to be aware of the
price they are actually paying when
they take a student loan.
“I’ve been cautious when it
comes to OSAP or a bank loan,”
says Murphy. “It would be a great
way to help pay tuition and other
costs, but eventually all that money
is coming out of my pocket anyways.
“My parents have been great in
helping me through the first couple
years of university, so I hope I can
make my savings last.”
Having savings built up and help
from family is important for many
students. Unfortunately, not everyone
can get the financial support
of family and rely on the government’s
There is no easy answer. Everyone
has his or her own set of circumstances
and everyone’s situation
is different. Managing time
and finances has always been a
major struggle of college life and
will continue to be going forward.
There will always be payments
for rent, food, car, books, tuition
and, hopefully, enough money for
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Investigating the reasons behind sexual violence
This is one in a series of conversations with faculty experts at UOIT and Durham College
on how to
Dr. Leigh Harkins is an associate
professor in the faculty of
Social Sciences and Humanities
at UOIT. She teaches courses revolving
around psychology and
forensics, while also investigating
sexual violence. Her current research
involves a questionnaire
developed by her students to assess
certain priorities for people.
Tell us what you do, and how
you do it.
The main research I do is investigating
sexual violence, and
so I’ve done that in many different
ways. In the past I’ve done it
through working with the sexual
offenders, looking at risk assessment,
what kind of risk assessments
are most effective, and their
responses to treatment. The way
I’m doing that currently is through
investigating it with students. So,
we’re looking at students’ attitude
towards sexual violence, what
kinds of things they find acceptable
or not acceptable, and what
kind of characteristics are associated
with people who think sexual
violence is more OK than others.
What makes your topic of research
I think what’s important is
that we know that sexual violence
is a problem in Canada, we
know sexual violence is a problem
on campuses, and the better
understanding we have of it,
the more we can put systems in
place to try to prevent it, and to
try to combat it more effectively.
How and when did you get
interested in this area of expertise?
I started in my undergraduate. I
was doing forensics science as a major,
and I had to do a placement at
the Centre for Addiction and Mental
Health in Toronto. I was working
with a forensic psychiatrist who
ran sex offender treatment groups.
One of the things I was doing was
sitting in these treatment groups
with him, and I just found it fascinating.
Hearing people talk about
these horrific things was a very
challenging experience, but at the
same time, what I learned from it
was they’re just people, and people
that have done bad things, but they
also have very good qualities too.
Tell us about your roots and
how you arrived in Oshawa.
I grew up in Fort Erie, near Niagara
Falls. I went to university in
Mississauga, and (did my) master’s
in Toronto and lived in the U.K.
(United Kingdom) for eight years.
After eight years in the U.K. I was
ready to come back to the Toronto.
A job came up here (Oshawa)
and I read a lot about the program,
and I thought it was a really exciting
opportunity to be a part of
a fairly new developing program.
Who inspired you along the
Probably the colleagues that I
was working with. The clinicians
that were working day-to-day with
people who committed sex offences,
and working in these really
challenging areas inspired me to
want to understand this population
better, to try to improve our
understanding, and our approaches
to assessment to treatment.
Tell us about the projects
you’re involved in.
I’m doing one where one of my
students developed a questionnaire
that’s meant to assess what
kinds of things people are looking
to get from their lives, and what
kind of priorities they have. One
of the reasons we want to assess
this is, because offenders are often
trying to seek these same sorts of
things but they do it in inappropriate
ways. Right now we’re
just testing out the reliability and
validity of that particular measure.
What is the most important
thing in this field you think
people should know?
One of the things is no matter
what people do, we’re still working
with people, and ideally it’s
about trying to prevent future victims,
but also ensure that people
who have committed offences
Photograph by Trusha Patel
Dr. Leigh Harkins says her research is about preventing future victims while also making sure sexual offenders have an opportunity
to change and have a better life.
talk about these
was a very
but at the same
time, what I
learned from it
was they’re just
also have an opportunity to make
change and have a better future,
because part of that future means
not creating any future victims.
What is the toughest challenge
you’ve faced in this research?
It’s difficult to get access to the
people who committed the offences.
There are all kinds of systems
in place that make it difficult
to interview offenders. In terms
of other difficulties, it’s a difficult
Sexual violence is a problem in
Canada, we know sexual violence
is a problem on campuses.
topic. It’s constantly reading about
things that have happened that are
really upsetting. So it’s about being
able to work with that end goal in
mind of trying to improve understanding
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From the barnyard
to the courtroom
This is one in a series of conversations with faculty experts at UOIT and Durham College
knows the value of old
school hard work
Durham College faculty member
Virginia Harwood has learned
a thing or two about hard work.
With a 17-year legal career and
diplomas from Durham College,
UOIT, Brock University and the
University of Windsor, Harwood
now teaches in the school of Justice
and Emergency Services. She
spends her free time furthering her
research and maintaining a farm.
What is your role on campus?
I teach in the Law Clerk Advanced
and the Law Clerk Fast-Track
program. I teach in the Office
Administration Legal program
and I also teach in the Mediation-
Alternative Dispute Resolution
(ADR) graduate certificate
Did you come up with the idea
for that program yourself?
Yes, I created the program. The
program had its inaugural year in
2010. It was the first Mediation-
ADR program in a community
college in Ontario. Mediation
is sort of a complimentary skill
to many different programs.
Human Resources, even Nursing,
Justice programing and Business
programing. We then took that
program and had it approved by
the ADR Institute of Ontario,
which is the organizing body for
mediators in Ontario. We’re the
first college curriculum to be
approved by the ADR Institute.
What other projects
you are involved in?
Last year a colleague and I, Nicole
Doyle, we did more Ad Hoc
research. It was an innovation
fund project through the Centre
for Academic Faculty Enrichment.
We wrote a proposal and we were
funded. We used a software called
Top Hat, it’s actually a web based
response system where students use
their mobile devices. So that was
sort of a scholarship of teaching
and learning project we did. How
can we use mobile technology in
the classroom? I’m also doing a
literature review on mentoring.
It’s sort of an extension of my
Masters work that I did. I’m going
to be researching frameworks
for graduates mentoring our
law clerk students. Then I’m
going to take that and hopefully
in the next couple years think
about frameworks for mentoring
programs and what that would look
like in our program at Durham
College. It’s not pure science
research, it’s literature review and
framework. In my Masters, I was
researching faculty mentorships. I
have an interest in mentoring.
You also started something
on campus, correct? Campus
Yeah, it’s a mediation program.
That was a huge project and I’m
very proud of the work that we put
into that. So when we started the
Mediation-ADR grad certificate
we wanted to build in experiential
learning. How can our students
get experience and also spread the
word of mediation? So we started
Campus Conflict Resolution
Services. It’s student run with our
supervision. They do mediation
and they also do mediation
education, so we dispatch them
Photograph courtesy of Virginia Harwood
In her happy place. Harwood has a love for equestrian life.
to classrooms. We would actually
sit with students who are about to
embark on group work and help
them figure out some pre-planning
around how to avoid conflict.
We’re available for all students on
What makes your topic of
Conflict happens everywhere,
every day. I think in terms of all
students on campus, knowing how
to recognize and deal with conflict
is now an essential employability
skill in every workplace.
Did you grow up in Oshawa?
Actually no, I grew up on a
working dairy farm in Prince
Edward county, which is about
three hours east of here. My
brother and my dad still work the
farm. It’s not dairy it’s a cash crop
operation and I spent part of my
summer harvesting wheat. I have a
40-acre hobby farm. I have horses,
so I do a lot of equestrian work and
I love agriculture so I do a lot of
gardening and I grow and process
my own. I just won the red ribbon
at the Orono fair for my jam.
What’s the most important
thing in your field that you
think people should know?
It’s about learning how to manage
conflict, and it’s about preserving
relationships. If we can help
people, if they can spread the word
and we can provide people with
some knowledge and skills and
Photograph by Travis Fortnum
Harwood has been a pillar in the School of Justice and Emergency Services since 2002. She
uses the expertise gained through a 17-year career as a law clerk to inspire future generations.
It’s about learning how to manage
conflict, and it’s about preserving
attitudes around that, then we’ve
done a really good job.
What’s the toughest
challenge you’ve faced in
I think the toughest part for me
is knowing when to stop. For me,
research is more curiosity and
questions. This year it’s the lit
review and I’m sure it’s going to
take me down the path of different
frameworks and promote me to ask
even more questions. It’s knowing
when to stop.
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Photograph by Travis Fortnum
Whitby MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes (centre) stands beside
UOIT student Josh Harrington (right).
excited for new
“Every now and then I can wear
blue,” joked Celina Caesar-Chavannes,
Liberal MP for Whitby.
Dressed in a UOIT tracksuit,
Caesar-Chavannes was on campus
Oct. 12 along with Durham MPP
Granville Anderson to announce
$13 million in federal and provincial
government investments into
construction of a brand new, stateof-the-art
building on campus.
In total $33.5 million has been
put up to support the construction
of the Software and Informatics
Research Centre (SIRC), which
will act as a hub for research in
health and business analytics, IT
security, networking, gaming and
“What don’t you guys do here?”
said Caesar-Chavannes, referring
to the broad offerings at UOIT.
Of the $33.5 million, $11.8 million
comes from the government
of Canada, $1.2 million from the
provincial government, and the remaining
$20.5 million from UOIT
itself via capital reserves, donor,
alumni and supporters in the business
“Our goal is to make every
Canadian innovation ready,”
Caesar-Chavannes said of the importance
of a facility like SIRC.
“Ready to spot opportunities, to
imagine possibilities and to discover
new ideas as well as positioning
Canada as a global leader in research
excellence and innovation.”
Josh Harrington is an undergraduate
student at UOIT who
will take advantage of the research
space at SIRC when available.
He is at the start of his fourth
year at the university, and as the
university expands and evolves,
he has had the chance to travel
to conferences in Alaska, as well
as Portugal for an internship as a
“The university continues to
grow and attract some of the
brightest minds, both students and
faculty,” says Harrington. “Here
you’re not a number, you’re not a
value, you’re the future. The new
Software and Informatics Research
Centre will be a spectacular building.”
The federal funding that allows
the SIRC to become a reality
is being allocated through the
Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic
Investment Fund. This aims
to modernize and enhance research
facilities on campuses across Canada
while also improving their environmental
“I’ve witnessed first-hand the
great work that everyone here at
UOIT does,” says Caesar-Chavannes,
“from faculty to staff to
administrators. Durham is very
fortunate to have a world class institution
like this right here in our
In two weeks the building should
begin to take shape beside the Campus
Fieldhouse (formerly the tennis
centre). The first two floors are expected
to open fall 2017, with the
remaining two acting as “shelled
space” for future expansion.
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Advocate for wrongful convictions does time at DC
who are wrongfully convicted.
“There is a good chance that
someone in this audience will be
called for jury duty, or will end
up working in the legal system.
You may end up being part of an
actual case,” he said, “If there is
one person in this audience that
heeds Ron Dalton’s message today
and is able to prevent a wrongful
conviction, then our efforts will
have been worth it.”
Photograph by Barbara Howe
Ron Dalton spoke to students about his work advocating
for those who are wrongfully convicted. Dalton is with DC
professor Joanne Arbour, who organized the seminar.
Former bank manager
is free but will never
get back the years he
spent behind bars
It happened to me… It could happen
to you!! That was the slogan
stamped on a black T-shirt draped
on the table in front of the podium
at a recent seminar held at Durham
Ron Dalton spoke to about 60
students from various programs,
about his struggle with the Canadian
legal system which robbed
him of the best years of his life.
Dalton lived in Gander, N.L.,
and in 1988 his wife, Brenda, died
at their home. One year later, the
former bank manager was convicted
of second-degree murder
and spent almost nine years in jail.
According to Michael Brooke,
of Longboarding for Peace (LFP),
which sponsored Dalton’s visit to
DC, the former bank manager had
no previous convictions and led an
It took 11 years to get Dalton a
new trial and secure his freedom.
In June 2000, forensic evidence determined
his wife had choked on
some cereal and died. In 2006 the
Canadian government apologized
to him and awarded him $750,000
However, the money did not
bring back the years Dalton missed
with his family. “His daughter is
the most emotionally affected by
what happened,” said Jacinta Dalton,
Ron Dalton’s second wife who
was at the seminar. “She was in
kindergarten when he went to jail.
He watched her graduate from high
school days after he was freed,” she
According to Dalton, his conviction
was based on the evidence of
a pathologist who was not trained
in forensics. The pathologist concluded
the signs of trauma inside
Brenda Dalton’s throat (caused
by an inexperienced and clumsy
emergency room doctor inserting
a breathing tube), could only have
been made by strangulation and
directed the police to speak to her
Dalton still has trouble adjusting
to life outside prison. He described
how the sight of a mailman in uniform,
or the sound of jingling keys
will take him back to those dark
days behind bars. “I have a deep
distrust of the Criminal Justice System,”
The talk coincided with Wrongful
Conviction Day. Organized by
Innocence Canada, the day is set
aside to highlight the causes and
remedies for wrongful convictions.
Dalton now advocates for Innocence
Canada on behalf of those
who are in prison for crimes they
did not commit. He is now married
to Jacinta Dalton, who is also acquainted
with legal wrangles. She
advocated for her son to be exonerated
from a murder charge.
Innocence Canada is a non-profit
organization whose mandate is to
identify, advocate for, and exonerate
individuals convicted of a crime
they did not commit and to prevent
wrongful convictions though legal
education and reform. According
to Dalton the organization has
helped secure 28 exonerations to
LFP’s Brooke said the aim of the
talk was to educate students of the
flaws in the Criminal Justice System.
LFP is a non-profit organization
which empowers skateboarders
to step up for the good of their
communities. It also encourages
people to learn more about those
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Minimum wage increases again
Minimum wage has increased yet
again, as it has for the past three
years in Ontario, from $11.25 to
$11.40 this past Oct. 1.
Employees are losing their jobs,
having their hours cut and stores
are increasing prices, according
to the Canadian Federation of Independent
The provincial government says
the increase in minimum wage is
meant to match the inflation in
Peter Stasiuk, a professor of economics
at Durham College says,
because such a low number of
people work minimum wage jobs
in Canada the economy won’t be
impacted in a significant way.
“Minimum wage going up with
inflation isn’t going to affect the
economy drastically,” says Stasiuk.
However, the increase is impacting
people such as Marina
Brock, owner of Brocks Department
Store in Port Perry. She does
not agree with the government increasing
minimum wage as much
as it has.
She says to remain competitive
in the retail business she cannot
raise prices on items in the store,
but instead has to cut employee’s
hours to budget the payroll.
Brock says the private sector
can take care of employees’ wages
themselves. “We use to pay employees
way above minimum wage before
it kept increasing,” she says.
Brock would prefer an increase
based on merit as oppose to being
told by the government what she
should pay her employees.
“There is an initial shock in October,
November when the minimum
wage change comes in,” he
says. “But the economy settles at
new wage levels and new price levels.”
This means that the economy
will eventually balance out wage
increases with price increases.
The Ontario government says
the increases in minimum wage is
to help fight poverty and help Canadians
in their everyday lives. Yet,
according to the CFIB, increasing
minimum wage does little to reduce
poverty because most minimum
wage workers are young and do
There is an initial shock
in October, November
when the minimum
change comes in.
not live in low-income households.
However, the organization says
it does strain small business owners
when a constantly increasing minimum
wage makes it harder for
them to attract and retain good
staff through wages.
The increase forces small business
to look for ways to absorb the
cost of an increasing minimum
wage through reduced hours, reduced
training, and even job cuts,
according to the CFIB Minimum
The CFIB has estimated a 10 per
cent increase to minimum wage
across Canada would cost between
92,300 and 321,300 jobs. The loss
of jobs would come in the form of
direct job cuts, hiring freezes, and
slower employment growth.
Companies that already profit
heavily such as McDonalds or Wal-
Mart feel little to no effect from the
increase in minimum wage because
with minimum wage increases
comes price increases to balance
out profits, according to Stasiuk.
Minimum wage increase information
are announced by April 1
Photograph by Sam Odrowski
DC student Judy Krajcik receives a bigger paycheque.
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The sapphire waves bombard
Lake Ontario’s sandy stretch of
carpet. The sand is littered with
sneaker-shaped sunken grooves.
They pave a trail towards a slimy
hill of rocks where the silhouettes
of two young boys stand out
against the sparkling horizon.
On a closer look, the silhouettes’
arms are jammed between the
rocks as they pull out misshapen
objects and place them in a dark
bag. Finn Whitmee and Aliyan
Rabbani aren’t just basking in the
sun, they are taking part in the
yearly Shoreline Cleanup.
It was their first time volunteering
for Shoreline Clean up. It’s an
annual event that took place this
fall at Lakeview Park in Oshawa.
About 20 volunteers, including
several UOIT students, swarmed
the shore of Lake Ontario picking
up whatever trash they laid their
“It makes me feel good to help
others and feel like I’m contributing
in some way to the community,”
says UOIT student and volunteer
Leanne Elliott. “You always walk
away with a good feeling.”
The event is a spinoff of the
Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup,
which started 14 years ago
in Vancouver. It takes place near
bodies of water across Canada.
The organization has done more
than 2,000 cleanups in 2015 alone.
This is the third year that UOIT
It was Melissa Mirowski’s idea to
bring Shoreline Cleanup to UOIT.
She is the chair of the sustainability
committee at the university and
has coordinated cleanup sites for
Last weekend, she handed out
rubber gloves before joining the
Mirowski says about the same
number of people volunteer every
year. This year wasn’t any different.
She is confident the event
makes a difference despite the lake’s
small size in comparison to all the
other polluted regions in Ontario.
“It’s a small event that has a
butterfly effect at spreading knowledge
and interest,” she says.
According to Mirowski, the
number one find every year is cigarette
butts. But the lake is also home
to bizarre objects.
“We find needles, blankets,
grills,” she says. “The weirdest
in the Shoreline Cleanup ever I
think was a wedding dress, which
is pretty strange. I don’t know who
just dumps that in the water.”
Elliott says she once found the
drug paraphernalia and dirty band
aids littering the shore. Other volunteers
found women’s underwear
and packets of glow sticks.
According to Mirowski, people
are driven to pollute because a
mixture of poor education, lack of
resources, and laziness.
But UOIT student Tiyaz Sariffodeen
has another reason in mind.
“I think it’s society’s fault,” he
says. “Like we don’t stress enough
that it is bad for the environment
and how bad it is.”
But Jacquelyn Egan, Mirowski’s
assistant, says harsh words don’t
work with people who pollute.
“Scolding them would do no
good,” she says. “Informing them,
I feel, would get better results.”
Egan also encourages to students
participate in the yearly event as it
opens doors for them. She says it’s a
good reason to get outside and meet
other members of the community.
“Take the opportunities presented
to you,” says Egan.
Finn Whitmee (right) carries grill cover and garbage found on Lake Ontario's shore.
Photograph by Noor Ibrahim
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Pot helps war vets cope
Kayleigh Kennedy’s father is a
Canadian war vet who has served
in several countries, including two
tours of Afghanistan.
The Durham College (DC) developmental
service worker student
says she “can’t even try to think
what he’s gone through.”
That is why she supports her
dad smoking marijuana to help
deal with his post-traumatic stress
Kennedy shared her story in the
Global Class at DC in late September
when Canadian veteran Fabian
Henry spoke to students about his
work with Marijuana for Trauma,
an organization established in 2013
that advocates the medical use of
cannabis for veterans suffering with
There are now 12 Marijuana for
Trauma centres spread throughout
Canada, including four in Ontario.
Kennedy says her father has been
suffering with PTSD since she can
remember. He served in the Canadian
army, touring Cyprus, Bosnia,
Somalia during the late ‘80s
and early ‘90s and twice in Afghanistan
during the early 2000s.
According to Kennedy, he was
angry and depressed. His pain was
at its highest and he couldn’t leave
the house. He was on the last straw
with his recovery and reached out
for a more natural remedy. That
was when he discovered Marijuana
“It’s a place where you can go
and meet other people that went
through the same thing you did,”
Through the help of fellow veterans,
Kennedy’s father was able
to cope with his PTSD and live a
more functioning life, going out
and socializing with other people.
“I think that’s really good for
him to interact with other people
like that without having to have
alcohol as a crutch anymore,” says
Kennedy. “Again it’s not a cure, but
it’s really something that helps him
get through the day.”
Kennedy doesn’t know if it was
a particular traumatic event or the
Photograph by Jessica Stoiku
Canadian veteran Fabian Henry speaks to students about his work with Marijuana for Trauma.
entire experience that still triggers
“I can’t even try to think what
he’s gone through. He doesn’t tell
me all the stories, of course. I think
that’s stuff that he buries deep
With the stigma against marijuana,
Kennedy says her father was
worried his kids would see him as a
stoner who wouldn’t leave the basement.
Now, however, he embraces
taking his medication. It’s what gets
him through the day, she says.
According to Kennedy, her father
comes across as a very strong
man despite his experience with
PTSD. She explains he’s like a
lobster with a hard shell, but is a
soft mess on the inside.
“We’re all like that. And I think
I’ve learned a lot about myself
through his actions. He’s my hero,
he’s my father,” says Kennedy.
Henry says he started Marijuana
for Trauma because he believes it is
our fundamental right as humans
to make our own decisions.
Whether it’s “your right to walk
into an LCBO to get a case of beer,
or to walk into a grocery store and
get a Twinkie, or walk into a regulated,
restricted cannabis centre
and buy cannabis,” says Henry.
There are no specialized medications
for PTSD, according to
Henry, and he adds marijuana is
only one element in helping those
suffering from it. Henry says marijuana
contains chemicals that can
help people with PTSD.
Henry refers to cannabis as a
Band-Aid, not a cure.
“You use the cannabis to treat
the symptoms of PTSD. You still
need the counselling, the EMDR
(eye movement desensitization reprocessing)
therapy… CBT therapy
(cognitive behavioural therapy).
You (have to) see a psychologist to
(be able to) process your injuries,”
Parking relief for Ontario hospital patients and visitors
Hospital patients and visitors in
Ontario finally have some parking
As of Oct. 1 hospitals that charge
more than $10 per day for parking
are now required by the Ontario
government to offer discounted
passes that cut rates by at least 50
per cent. The goal is to reduce the
burden on people who have a need
to visit a hospital frequently.
At Lakeridge Health in Oshawa,
a one day parking pass costs $15
The price change
“I recently broke my leg and
I’ve had to make a bunch of trips
to the hospital,” said Ryan Switalski,
a Durham College student in
the human resources program. “I
didn’t realize it would cost so much
The changes include at least a 50
per cent discount off the maximum
daily rate, the ability to share the
pass between patients and caregivers,
and in and out privileges
over a 24-hour period. The pass
can also be used for consecutive or
non-consecutive days, and is good
for up to a year from the purchase
According to a news release from
the Ontario government, Premier
Kathleen Wynne spoke about the
changes and discounts at the Hospital
for Sick Children in Toronto
earlier this month.
“The cost of parking can add up
quickly for anyone who must go to
a hospital for a series of treatments,
or to visit a loved one. Requiring
a hospital to cut their maximum
daily parking rates in half is one of
the ways we are helping people in
their everyday lives,” Wynne said.
Ontario residents already felt
some relief earlier this year when
parking fees were capped in January
as part of the government’s
Hospital Parking Directive. The
new changes are expected to benefit
900,000 Ontarians each year.
“When dealing with a health
issue, patients and their families
should not have the added burden
of worrying about the high
cost of parking when they go to
the hospital. This is part of our
government’s commitment to putting
patients first and making our
A one day parking pass at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa costs $15.
health care system more accessible
to all,” said Dr. Eric Hoskins, Ontario
Minister of Health and Long-
Across Ontario, 45 hospitals
charge more than 10 dollars a day
for parking, while 45 others offer
parking for free.
“The price changes definitely
help but I think parking should be
free, at least for patients,” Switalski
According to the London Free
Press, in July a petition was started
by Collin Kennedy, a Winnipeg
cancer patient, to make parking
Photograph by Dan Koehler
free at hospitals nationwide. He
started the petition after his mother
paid almost $600 over a six-week
period to visit him. The petition
has more than 3,000 signatures
and Kennedy hopes to present the
petition to Parliament in December.
Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 31, 2016 The Chronicle 17
Students further their education
Rory Davis, a forensic psychology
student at UOIT, isn’t sure what his
next steps will be after he completes
But he’s more than willing to
take the next steps to try and figure
Davis was one of the attendees
at the Further Education Expo
held on campus Oct.12, an event
held to give students information
on post-grad options. Universities
from all over Canada came to promote
their institutions and all they
have to offer.
“It (Further Education Expo)
helps students a lot with figuring
out the pathway they want to take
and figure out what opportunities
are available to them,” said Davis
“Like I don’t know what I want
to take after my BA, but it helps
coming here to find out about grad
studies,” said Davis.
Event organizer Darren Grant
said the expo has been running for
“Institutions that do come are
from a wide variety of universities
across Canada, so east coast, west
coast, Ontario primarily,” said
raise money for new
A successful week of fundraising has
Durham College one step closer to
its newest addition to the Oshawa
More than 26,000 athletes gathered
on Sunday, Oct. 16 to participate
in the Scotiabank Toronto
Durham College’s contribution
to the $40 million building is $5
million, with the remaining funds
coming from the provincial and
“By becoming part of the run, the
Waterfront run allows you to make
a charity group based off their run,”
said Nicole Mastnak, a professor
at the School of Interdisciplinary
Studies, and experienced marathon
runner who participated in the 2011
Boston Marathon. All the money
raised by Durham runners is being
put towards the CFCE building.
In order to promote the run,
Mastnak decided to host a bake sale
on Oct. 12 in the Pit. For entertainment,
she contacted the program
coordinator of the Music Business
Management program to see if students
were willing to perform.
On the day of the bake sale, volunteers
from Durham College’s fire
fighter program stood around the
college entrances with rubber boots
in hand to accept donations.
A student speaks with a representative at one of the abroad schools vendors.
“Our goal for DC’s run is
$21,000,” said Mastnak. “Now,
before the run, we are at over
Mastnak was team captain of
team ‘Durham College Is Awesome!’
which participated in the
half-marathon portion of the event.
When asked how she prepared for
the run, Mastnak explained that the
most important aspect is to practise
with as many different kinds of running
as possible. As well as to eat
healthy and get rest.
“Training for a full marathon
is 18 weeks before the event. It includes
speed running, hill running,
and long run training, which can
get you up to 31 kilometres,” said
As of now, the Durham campaign
has raised more than $3.2 million
of its $5 million goal, according to
Jennifer Clark, the senior development
officer for the Office of Development
and Alumni Affairs, and
coordinator of the run for Durham
“It goes beyond just helping the
college,” said Clark, “Many of the
programs will support student success...
if we can, through the new
building, convince students to complete
their post secondary education,
then that is reason alone to
raise money for the college.”
Clark said there are plans for another
run next year.
The expo offers students a variety
of information from different
schools, which helps students narrow
down options, especially if they
are still unsure of their next educational
“It can give them (students) information
if they want to continue
their studying,” said Matthew Bernard,
a software engineer student
The universities aren’t completely
limited to Canada either, some
come from abroad such as University
of Gloucestershire, U.K.
(United Kingdom) Grad Schools
Barclay Education Services, and
American University of Antiqua
Photograph by Joshua Nelson
College of Medicine, to name a few.
“We also have a lot of medical
schools here… that are international
from abroad programs,”
One of the international vendors,
Canadian Law From Abroad, promotes
sending students to the U.K.
in an effort to learn law with added
benefits like, shorter programs and
less money spent.
“We are actually a Canadian-based
company that assists
Canadian students with applying to
law school in the U.K., and we work
with 12 partners in the U.K. and
they all offer students a qualifying
law degree, so basically instead of
taking a three-year law degree in
Canada you can go overseas and
do your qualifying law degree there
(in one year),” said Heidi Schulze,
Canadian Law From Abroad
The expo was located in two of
the three gyms with the last gym
being used as a dining area.
Approximately 50 vendors were
lined up on equal sides of the gym
leaving an area for students to walk
through and browse.
“Every year we usually have a
fairly good turnout, but it is a very
small market of people looking for
further education, but the institutions
are happy because the questions
asked by students are good
quality questions, so institutions
keep coming back for that,” said
The expo is even helpful to students
who aren’t graduating this
year, but want an early look at
what will be needed for post-grad
“I think it’s very helpful, and
(I’m) looking forward to seeing
what occupations I want, and I can
ask questions like about how many
years or how many prerequisites I
need,” said Kiersten Lapointe, a
health sciences major at UOIT.
18 The Chronicle October 25 - 31, 2016 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus
Durham ensures programs stay current
Crowded city buses. Loud, busy
hallways. These are the signs of a
new school year at Durham College.
The new school year brings along
with it new programs.
This year, the college has introduced
six of them: Advanced Filmmaking,
Interactive Media Design, Investigative
Journalism and Documentary
The additions are rooted in employer
needs. Rebecca Milburn,
associate vice president of academics,
says it’s part of the college’s
“We need to be looking at not
only program delivery but also
keeping our programs current with
curriculum changes,” she says.
The needs of employers change
with time so learning strategies
need to as well, she says.
For example, accounting programs
have been in the college
system for many years, but the
software used has changed and
evolved over the years.
She says graduate certificate or
diplomas might also be recommended
based on what employers
in the community need in the future.
While employers collaborate
with the college concerning new
programs, there are also factors
Durham College needs to consider.
“Internally might depend upon
if we have the equipment in place.
So, for example, we aren’t going to
launch a program where we have
to go buy all this equipment, we
have no place to put it,” explains
She says many factors need to
be considered to know if or when
a program can be launched.
It might take longer to implement
the programs that require
updated technology or equipment.
The five-year plan helps the
administration understand what
tasks need to be completed for the
launch of a program to be successful.
An important aspect of launching
a program is also the marketing
A program might have a name
change to attract more students if
enrolment goals are not met.
Some programs, including the
Investigative Journalism and
Documentary Production pro-
year due to low enrolment.
This means changes to marketing
and recruiting to attract current
and potential students to the
New programs are given time
so even if enrolment is low the
first year it means there is still an
opportunity for growth.
Photograph by Laura Metcalfe
Rebecca Milburn, Durham's associate vice-president of
academics, works at keeping programs current.
Issue 2 of the Chronicle
contained incorrect information
accompanying a photo on Page
7 in an article about the Student
Academic Learning Services at
The photo should have indicated
that Bushra Khan takes advantage
of the services at SALS. The
Chronicle regrets the error.
gram, are not being taught this
to attract students, says Milburn,
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If you are looking for ways to enhance
your career while at school,
volunteering and getting involved
on campus can be your solution.
Often overlooked, the act of philanthropy
not only helps your
school community but it also offers
many advantages to help you transition
when you are searching for
employment and looking to establish
a career in a competitive economy.
Whether paid or unpaid, experience
itself is highly valued. It
also demonstrates a student’s ability
to juggle competing priorities.
Here is how volunteering can
help you succeed:
1. Enhance Your Skills
If you currently have some related
skills, volunteering will give
you more of that experience which
gives you an edge in a competitive
economy. Gaining skills such as
leadership, communication, and
team skills are essential to being
successful and look good to employers
when you are seeking entry
into a new position or career.
“I am a lot more confident in
my communication skills, which
means I stutter a lot less than I
used to,” says Jenna Vass, a third
year student in Human Resources
– Business Administration. Vass
has been involved with DC’s Student
Leadership Program as well
as volunteering off campus, and
finds her experience has helped
her flesh out her skill set. “I’m doing
interviews right now for field
placement, and employers are
more engaged with my resume and
my involvement with school.”
2. Expand Your Network
Volunteering allows you to connect
with people you may have not
met otherwise. These people can
turn into new friends and even
new professional contacts, thus expanding
your network. These relationships
can last a lifetime; your
network can provide and connect
you with job opportunities and
additional resources in your industry
that can advance your career.
By creating strong relationships
with fellow employees and peers,
it could potentially land you a job
in that particular place or through
other networks that you have been
in contact with. You can also utilize
these contacts to provide you
with references to support your
skills and experiences.
3. Gain a New Perspective
If you are interested in learning
about a particular demographic or
field of interest, volunteering with
campus clubs and societies will
allow you to gain further insight
more than any academic book
can. You can also gain new ways
of utilizing essential skills in the
workforce such as problem solving
and communication skills.
4.Renew Your Energy
Volunteering can be a great
stress reliever. Getting involved
with school initiatives can help
renew your energy as it gives you
something else to focus on that is
Looking for ways to get involved
on campus? Connect with the following
UOIT Get Involved program
UOIT’s Get Involved program,
www.uoit.ca/getinvolved offers the
involvement record that recognizes
your extra-curricular involvement.
It is the official record of your outside
the classroom experience. It
contains the UOIT logo and the
Dean of Students signature.
DC Co-Curricular Recognition
The Co-curricular Recognition
Program website, www.durhamcollege.ca/ccr,
currently lists over 260
ways to get involved on campus,
from volunteering to club involvement.
You end up with a collegeverified
official record of your involvement
This column is courtesy of the
UOIT Student Life Career Centre.
Big Heart helping Little Hearts
Each year, Cardiac Kids hosts various sporting and social events to raise awareness,
and help build confidence in the children and families struggling with a CHD.
Some events include:
The annual Walk of Life,
Mississauga Dragon Boat Festival,
several golf tournaments and the Cardiac Kids Family Picnic!
All funds raised by Cardiac Kids
are used to support the children
and staff of the cardiology ward at
The Hospital for Sick Children.
20 The Chronicle October 25 - 31, 2016 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca
Photograph by Jared Williams
SNAPZ KUSH (left) and Skitso Frenic brought their New Fam tour to the Gravity Lounge in Oshawa.
Thanksgiving is a time of year to
eat turkey, pour gravy and loosen
your belt. But this year downtown
Oshawa’s Gravity Lounge took
some of the pressure off the table,
and left those in attendance satiated.
The modest-sized bar hosted
Luca Mele and special guests, on
his New Fam Tour, on the Saturday
of Thanksgiving weekend. Radio
personality and hip-hop even MC,
Stacee Brizzle, hosted the show.
Mele is La Loot Music Group’s
newest artist with the recent release
of his debut album titled, Revenant
4: Blood Moons. Before the show
As a 13-year old with autism, Matthew
Groves relates to superheroes
who deal with everyday problems.
His favourite character, Spiderman,
is also in high school, deals
with bullies, and isn’t “the coolest
Groves was one of more than 300
attendees of the Oshawa Comic
Con on Oct. 15. The event, which
took place at the Harmony Creek
Community and Events Centre,
brought lovers of pop culture
together under one roof.
After sifting through large boxes
packed end-to-end with books,
Groves finds whichever web-slinger
stories catch his eye and purchases
them with the $20 his mom gifted
Photograph by Tyler Hodgkinson
Matthew Groves scans the comics at the Oshawa Comic Con.
got started, Challenge Accepted,
a local rapcore-influenced band,
spoke with The Chronicle about
playing the event.
“We’re not the headline, we’re a
local band opening up for Lucas”
Remy Tartaglia said, vocalist of
Challenge Accepted. “Before being
in the band I was doing mostly rap
– I went by Rem EMC,” Tartaglia
said. The band formed in March,
2015. During that time, Matt Doggett,
the band’s current bass player,
played lead guitar. Shortly after,
members of the band left for personal
and creative issues. The auditions
held in need of new members
is when drummer Bud Smith, and
the band’s current lead guitarist,
Nick Saunders, came into the picture.
“I went [to Durham College]
for marketing,” Saunders said. He
was able use those skills he took
away from school and apply them
to the music business.
This new group has played
together for nearly six months prior
to the show at Gravity.
Rem EMC hit the stage for a solo
performance to warm things up followed
by a performance for James
Lean. Previously known as Young
Casper, Lean said he made the
name change to assertively create
a brand of his own, with his father
already being known as Casper and
it being his actual last name.
After a brief intermission, Nathaniel
Darkalla Ndem, Trouble
maker, Dominant Species and Reelwolf
kept the show rolling. Things
reached new heights for the evening
with a kick down the door performance
by SNAPZ KUSH.
Delivering his lyrics with such
intense energy, his set had the
audience rising to their feet. After
performing two numbers featuring
other MCs, for his third, and what
was his final number, he climbed
the sound system to the roof, demanding
the room’s attention. Suddenly,
the microphone cut it.
Tempers flared between KUSH’s
entourage and the sound technician
that cut his set short. After some
colourful language was exchanged,
it was time for the headline performance.
There was no wonder
why Luca Mele was scheduled for
“He’s just a guy who’s a nerd, and
I can relate to that,” he says, “I’m
not the most popular guy.”
Groves says even though it is
his first con, he feels at home because
he is among people like him
– people who understand his love
for the “nerd culture.”
Among the shuffling crowd were
cosplayers. They are people who
design and wear costumes of their
favourite characters to be paraded
at conventions and other events.
Like Groves, Matthew Paige,
31, doesn’t expect people to understand
his passion. That’s why he
assembles with others interested in
cosplay and pop culture.
“It’s people banding together,
hanging out and not worrying
about being judged,” Paige says
while dressed as Castiel, a character
from the TV show Supernatural.
He is joined in the basement of
the venue by Samantha Kendall,
who is covered in grey body paint
for her costume as Homestuck
character Jade Harley.
“Most conventions are very
friendly because everybody wants
to be there and wants to have a
the main anchor slot; he was instantly
the crowd favourite.
Mele was proud to be performing
for his father, who was amongst the
audience. Mele said father has been
proud with how constructive music
has been in his life.
The whole audience, the majority
of which was made up of the artists
performing and whatever people
they brought with them, seemed to
all be there for that moment.
Feeding off what energy was left
from KUSH’s set, Mele jumped off
the stage to join the audience in
the crowd, to pick up and launch a
chair across a table. The show was
brought to a halt again momentarily,
but Mele then continued the rest
of his set.
Oshawa Comic Con a place for heroes and alter egos
good time,” she says, “so we’re
usually friendly to everybody.”
On the main floor, the perimeter
of the convention was lined with
local vendors selling video games,
toys, and comics, as well as industry
guests such as former Marvel and
Dungeons & Dragons artist Dan
The Oshawa Comic Con had
something for every type of “nerd.”
This is by design, according to one
of the event organizers and Robocop
enthusiast, Ozz Osborne. He
hopes the day brought fandoms
together, and was a “place for
people to make new friends.”
The day ended with attendees returning
to their everyday lives. The
body paint is washed off, masks are
removed, and costumes are hung
in closets. For Kendall, Paige, and
Groves, this means facing people
who may not understand their interests
until they can congregate
again the next time the event rolls
Entertainment chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 31, 2016 The Chronicle 21
Il Divo plays it smooth with their velvet voices at the GM Centre in downtown Oshawa.
Photography by Barbara Howe
Love, passion and Il Divo
Downtown Oshawa experienced
a little Latin ‘fuego’ last week, as
concertgoers were treated to a spectacle
of spine-chilling harmonies
and awe-inspiring arias from Il
Divo at the General Motors (GM)
Centre. With the help of the Ontario
Theatre Orchestra, the hockey
arena was transformed into a
starlit venue of classic sophistication.
For those unacquainted with the
group, Il Divo is a multi-national
quartet put together 13 years ago
by Simon Cowell, of American Idol
Their style is classic opera
blurred with popular music resulting
in a unique sound that
Toby Van Weston
Halloween Haunt is now open at
Canada’s Wonderland, and excited
Halloween lovers couldn’t be more
Canada’s largest haunted
theme park brings crowds from all
over the GTA, Durham Region,
and beyond every year. However,
those large crowds may end up
hurting your experience if you are
going to the park to enjoy a good
Passage to the park requires going
through two lines, one to get
tickets (even for season pass holders)
and one through the entrance itself.
straddles both genres.
The new release, Amor y Pasion,
is made of Latin-inspired music,
which, with the help of the background
movie screen and dance
troupe, transported the GM audience
out of Oshawa to the presidential
palace in Buenos Aires, the
New York City skyline and to the
Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Dancers were an integral part of
the show. Although they were not
present in every set, their appearances
added character and visual
impact to the stage without detracting
from the strong vocal performances.
The tango scene, danced
during Por una Cabeza, was most
notable in the second half. The
dancers, dressed in scarlet gowns,
partnered with the vocalists who
donned dark suites and fedoras to
Going through the park doors takes
a particularly long time. Crowd of
hundreds move step by step every
few minutes to get closer to the
Once inside, the atmosphere
is electric. Ominous music plays
in every area of the park. Sinister
sounds of organs, thundering
drums, and dancing bells set a
haunting mood as you explore the
Actors fully committed to their
roles of clowns, demons, or murder
victims do their best to sneak up
on unsuspecting visitors and make
them jump in fear.
Smoke fogs the walkways, giving
a real sense of uncertainty as
to where you are going. Even the
create a gangster scene reminiscent
of the 1930s.
The show started with a rapturous
overture. Four handsome men
appeared at the top of the steps at
the back of the stage to an explosion
of lights and flames.
Spaniard, Carlos Marín had
no trouble with the Spanish lyrics
which dominated the first set. He
even pointed out the other members
had been practicing the language.
It showed. Swiss-born Urs Bühler,
Frenchman Sébastian Izambard
and American David Miller delivered
the songs Abazáme, Histroria de
un Amor, Contigo en la Distancia and
Quién Será with impeccable style, to
match their suits.
Solo performances gave each
member a chance to showcase his
own skill. Urs Buhler astounded
park visitors appear to be part of
the show as their shadows slowly
creep out of the thick mist and red
The haunted mazes are the main
attraction of the night, and no expense
is spared in making them
Because of the high demand,
however, large parties are often let
in at once, which takes away from
Inside the mazes, various themed
monsters jump out of corners to
Though when large groups are
walking through together, the surprise
is spoiled because you can see
what’s going to happen next.
Performers often have to get back
the crowd by admitting he used
to front a heavy metal band in his
teenage years. His performance of
his favourite aria by German composer
Fritz Wunderlich’s, Dein Ist
Mein Ganzes Herz (Yours Is My Heart
Alone), was haunting.
Sometimes the vibe was intimate
as when Izambard and Buhler
strummed guitars to Have You Ever
Really Loved a Woman, and other
times the performance was spectacular,
like the version of Sinatra’s
New York, New York.
Years of working together have
molded a relaxed style among the
quartet, who were happy to engage
in moments of cheesy goofing
around in the second half.
In addition to performing the
songs from their new album, Il
Divo belted out a medley of original
crowd-pleasing hits, including
Hymne á l’amour, Everytime I Look at
you and Mama.
When the four voices sang in
unison, the result was goose bumps
and chills. The crowd finally got to
their feet and demanded an encore.
The final song, Time to Say Goodbye,
had the whole place on their
feet. This exceptional talent certainly
knows a thing a two about
getting an older crowd going.
Oshawa was one of a handful of
stops scheduled in Ontario before
the foursome head west to perform
in Alberta and B.C. next month.
Although the Wednesday evening
show was not sold out, the
enthusiastic baby boomer crowd
showed their love for the group
with spontaneous cheers and scduring
the music breaks.
Canada’s Wonderland brings scares this season
into their hiding spots in plain sight
Kevin McCarthy, an Oshawa
resident who has been three different
years, says the experience
“It’s become more mainstream,
just a lot more people. They seem
like they can’t handle all the flow
of people for someone to experience
all the attractions in one night,” he
The event is open from 7 a.m.
to midnight on weekends. It takes
about an hour to get into the park,
and lines can take 20-30 minutes
to get through.
Vicki Valdron, also an Oshawa
resident, did enjoy her experience,
but noted the long line-ups compared
to the cost of entry.
“I had a season’s pass, and you
still pay a lot of money. Then you
go in, and basically 90 per cent of
the time you’re waiting,” she says.
Excitement fills the park everywhere
you go. Crowds of people
who love this time of year can
be heard laughing and shrieking
throughout the site.
Performers alternately try to terrify
the audience, and graciously
take picture with enthusiastic
But there are a lot of people.
Halloween lovers will undoubtedly
enjoy the atmosphere, but
those interested in going should
prepare for line-ups. The event
continues until Oct. 31.
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Entertainment chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 31, 2016 The Chronicle 23
DC, UOIT alumni star on reality show
There may be a new star among
us walking around the campus at
Durham College and UOIT.
UOIT biochemistry student
Odane McKenzie is among a
handful of DC and UOIT alumni
found in the first episode of a new
YouTube reality series called ‘The
Real Shady Bunch’.
The series has just hit the web
and, according to Facebook, has
more than 2,000 likes.
The reality show focuses on the
lives of seven Christians as they
maneuver through life.
In the first episode of the show
you can watch how they deal with
their families, jobs, religion, social
issues and they don’t forget to include
“This man has the audacity
to greet me with his tight, tight,
tight shirt, trying to make muscle
with his one pack,” disses Vishaun
Clarke, Durham College business
The show is led by Sherod
Beneby, a McMaster University
master’s student who works with
his Durham Region cast members
through the Prophecy church system.
He approached his fellow cast
members about the idea in May.
According to Clarke, when she
was approached by Beneby, her answer
was “I have been waiting for
this moment, I was born to do this,”
while others were more skeptical.
Sheonti Hutchinson, UOIT
criminology alumni, thought
Beneby was joking. He wasn’t.
Beneby wrote his pitch and
voiced his vision to a few producers
before picking the one he thought
was the best fit for the show idea.
The producer, had a contact from
the USA Network show ‘Suits’,
Donovan Drummond, and according
to Beneby, gave the cast
members some advice and thinks
the show will do well.
The process of making a show
is not easy.
I didn’t feel like
(From left sitting) Lyanne Knight, and Vishaun Clarke and (standing
left) Sherod Beneby and Dominic McKenzie enjoying themselves while
watching the first episode of the Real Shady Bunch pilot episode.
According to Beneby, nearly
$1,500 was put into the project and
that was after making deals with
the producers. Beneby says he was
told by his producer, a project like
this could cost as much as $2,500.
Beneby says money was not the
only issue. One production company
quit on them when they were
about to start filming. In addition,
meeting up and making time with
the other cast members has been
a difficult process. However, they
were able to put together the money
and the time to make their first pilot
episode called ‘Choices’.
McKenzie says the process made
him feel like he was part of something
“I didn’t feel like Snooki (from
Jersey Shore), but I did feel like I
was a part of something big while
we were filming. I’ve never been in
that type of environment before, it
was a lot of work, but so worth it.”
The producers and team are now
working on the second episode.
Even with conflicts arising, as
seen on the first episode, the members
of The Real Shady Bunch all
have hopes the show will go far.
“I would love to see this show
be taken up by a TV station or a
Photograph by Dean Daley
network,” says McKenzie.
Beneby says he can see the show
one day having different set locations,
kind of like other reality
series such as Jersey Shore or the
“The Real Shady Bunch Montreal,
The Real Shady Bunch LA,
we’re going far.”
Paint in a judge-free environment at Paint Nites
With the fast-paced world we live
in, consumers are often looking for
a creative outlet to relieve stress.
Last year was the year of the
adult colouring book, where millions
of copies were gobbled up by
adutls looking to colour their stress
But 2016 may be the year of the
adult art class.
Adult art classes have been
around for years, but they have
recently become more popular in
Many studios have started
adult-only painting classes, and
local bars have opened their doors
to allow customers to be guided
from the artist itself while enjoying
a beverage or two.
Studios such as 4Cats in Whitby,
the Paint Lounge in Markham, and
the Pickering Pottery & Art Studio
are just some of the venues offering
adult art classes.
“People just like the escape,” said
Paint Lounge’s operation manager,
After signing up for a class or
workshop, customers can expect
to be guided through a one-hour
step-by-step paint session with an
instructor and get to take the piece
they created home.
Marc Walsh, part owner and an
instructor at 4Cats in Whitby, says
they started adult-only classes in
2015, testing the waters with two
“There has been a growing interest.
Now in many weeks we are
holding four classes a week,” Walsh
Studios such as the Paint Lounge
in Markham offer “freestyle” paint
classes, where customers get an
hour to paint whatever they would
like.The Paint Lounge provides the
easel, paint, brushes and aprons, as
well as ideas if you need inspiration.
“Primarily they are for you to
explore art in a judge-free environment,”
says Paint Lounge’s operation
manager Kevin Chow.
And it isn’t just art studios diving
Photograph by Nicole O’Brien
Two women enjoy a glass of wine while at a paint session at the Paint Lounge in Markham.
into this trend.
Paint Nite, a paint and sip company,
started four years ago and
was among the first companies
to act on the adult art movement
The company provides people
with a fun social event while allowing
them to express their creative
Paint Nites happen at local bars
and pubs around the world, and
many are held in Durham Region
including in Pickering, Oshawa,
Whitby and Ajax.
With a paintbrush in one hand,
and a wine glass in the other, customers
are led by an artist through
a two-hour paint session.
The company has done exceptionally
well since they started.
According to the Paint Nite website,
the company has sold over 3
million tickets to date.
Walsh says these adult classes are
an extension of family nights. He
says adults have a great experience
with their kids and realize it could
be fun with anyone.
“Adults are coming to those
family nights with their kids and
then they want to do it with their
girlfriends, or boyfriend, or husband,”
Walsh says. “I really think
it’s the next step from taking a
family class, just having a night
These events require no previous
experience, and people are encouraged
to put down the phone and
socialize for a night.
And while the social benefits are
great, Chow says people love the
experience of painting.
“People just like that escape.
They just don’t want to go home
after work and just sit on the couch,
watch T.V., and wait for the next
day to start,” Chow says.
“They want to do something
that’s liberating for them.”
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Shannon's final serve
Shannon Dean smacks the volleyball
over the net and blows it by the
opponent on the shiny, glossy, gym
surface. A referee points to Dean
and her five teammates in their
green, white and yellow home uniforms.
All six players on the court
jump into each other’s arms, smiling
from cheek to cheek after they
score the hard earned point. The
public announcer calls her name.
Shannon Dean. Supporters in the
audience erupt in approval. They
clap. They scream.
“I take the most pride in my
competitive edge. Being under
pressure situations and thriving off
the intensity makes me the player I
am,” says Dean. Like many athletes
of her calibre, Shannon Dean has
worked hard to get where she is.
Her journey has included coaches,
family and teammates.
When Dean was in grade ten she
met Lucas Hodgson, head coach
of the Windsor University Lancers.
This moment in her life was
the ultimate catalyst for her to become
a university athlete and fourtime
Ontario University Athletics
Hodgson continued to watch
Dean’s progress throughout her
high school years and her performances
with the Durham Attack before
offering her a place with the
“She’s a great kid,” says Hodgson.
“Her athleticism makes a big
difference when she’s on the court.”
Dean went on to make the playoffs
in two out of her four seasons
at Windsor. She became an all-star
in every season she played and won
the highly sought after Demarco
Award presented to the best male
and female athlete yearly at Windsor
University who best combines
academics and athletics after the
Coach Hodgson described Dean
as a hard worker and skilled athlete.
He put her in the middle position
where she led the Lancers in kills
and assists last season. However,
Hodgson said she was worth more
than just the statistics.
“Shannon is a very special athlete,”
says Hodgson. “She had no
issues off the court academically
so it made our jobs easier, she was
worth a lot to us.”
A stable life off the court made
Dean the player she is today. Her
parents, John and Heather, travelled
836 kilometers roundtrip
from Whitby to Windsor to watch
their radiant daughter play in every
“They’re my biggest fans.
Throughout my four years at
Photograph by Logan Caswell
Shannon Dean poses for a photo on the court where she has spent much of her time at Durham.
Windsor they didn’t miss one home
game. Their weekends consisted of
driving to and from my games,”
Dedicated and driven to excel is
what John calls his daughter.
“When she was making a decision
on school choices, I made the
promise to her that I wouldn’t miss
a single game,” says John Dean.
“We didn’t end up missing one.”
Now 22, and a graduate from
a double major program in Communication,
Media and Film along
with psychology, Dean was not
sure if she would play volleyball
this year as it is her fifth and final
year of eligibility. But, thanks to her
parents, who after back and forth
conversations, convinced her to
come to Durham, Dean is now a
member of the Durham Lords. She
is also enrolled in the Addictions
and Mental Health (Graduate Certificate)
“I wasn’t going to do my fifth
year. When I told them about
Durham they were really excited,
especially my dad because he went
to Durham,” says Dean.
Dean has already made her mark
on her new team. She has brought
a competitive edge and drive to
play under pressure. Returning
players Megan Romain and Lucia
Kalmeyer speak very highly of the
fifth -year senior.
“Shannon has the most amazing
leadership skills I’ve ever seen.
She’s my inspiration to be a better
player,” says Romain.
Kalmeyer shares the same
thoughts. “She’s good at motivating
us when were down. We can always
count on her to get us back in the
game,” says Kalmeyer.
Dean has not only drawn high
praise from her former coach,
but also her current coach, Tony
Clarke. “The versatility she has
with volleyball along with her experience
is a great gift to our program,”
The journey for Dean will conclude
in February next year. But,
before she hits that last serve, Dean
shed some light on how she wants to
be thought of with her last group of
teammates. “I want to be dependable,
and for my team to feel they
can look up to me as a leader.”
Campus Fieldhouse renovated over summer break
Soccer or flag football anyone!
With Durham College and UOIT’s
new Campus Fieldhouse, students
now have a place to show off their
The Campus Fieldhouse’s
$500,000 newly-renovated interior
was revealed this summer, with
Ken Babcock, director of athletics
at Durham College, saying it is
available for rentals by the public.
However, with the new school year
in session, Babcock is hoping for
more student involvement.
“They’ve looked at different
things we can host as far as special
events in there but primarily
it’s going to be student-based,” said
The Campus Fieldhouse will
host a variety of student events,
such as intramurals for soccer,
cricket, and flag football. Through
word of mouth, social media, and
a website which is slated to go live
this month, students will quickly
become aware of its presence.
“I think a lot of people are very
interested in having the turf fields
instead of the tennis courts that
were there before. There’s drop-in
soccer, a lot of people play soccer
here…the varsity people use it for
practice in the wintertime, so it is
all around going to be used very
well,” said Morgan Dew, a DC
student promoting intramurals for
the Campus Fieldhouse outside the
Initially, the Campus Fieldhouse
was a tennis facility; know as the
Oshawa Tennis Club. However,
after a number of years, the tennis
club’s contact was up and the renovations
began due to the decline of
tennis participation, Babcock said.
“Originally this was built as a
clay court, six-court tennis centre
and students just didn’t gravitate to
tennis and the numbers just proved
that students weren’t using it,” said
As a facility the Campus Fieldhouse
contains two artificial turf
“This isn’t a brand new thing
[regarding artificial turf soccer
fields]. What is interesting is that
it is a very long and large space;
they are not normally this big. So it
will split in half and have two minifields,
which is nice,” said Babcock.
The field also contains LED
lighting that gives light to the entire
“We introduced state of the art,
LED lighting which is not only
energy efficient, but it also provides
a really nice light that cascades up
the bubble and cascades up so you
can see at night,” said Babcock.
The field is also air-conditioned
which is not a new renovation, as
it had been in place when it housed
the six tennis courts. However, it
does make the Campus Fieldhouse
stand out from other facilities, Babcock
“It is air-conditioned, that’s not
normal. We put air conditioning
in for the tennis because we used
to take the bubble up and down.
That was a lot of work and a really
tough project and expensive to take
it up and down, so we insulated it
and put in air conditioning so you
can use it in the summer time,” said
The bubble will be open to spectators
with added bleachers and
seating areas to watch tournaments
Photograph by Joshua Nelson
Athletic director Ken Babcock visits the new fieldhouse.
and other recreational activities.
Any student can enter and leave
the bubble at will with the flash of
their student ID card.
With the help of intramurals,
the Campus Fieldhouse is slated
as being the main hub for sports
Sports chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 31, 2016 The Chronicle 27
Breaking records, moving forward
The UOIT men’s hockey team has
begun the 10th season in program
history – in memorable fashion
- after coming off a season to remember.
The Ridgebacks have won their
first five games of the season and
are ranked fifth among all university
teams in Canada.
There most recent win was
Oct. 19 when they beat RMC
5-1. UOIT’s next game is in Sudbury
against Laurentian Oct. 25.
The Ridgebacks also host Laurier
Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. and Waterloo
Oct.29 at 3:30 p.m. Both games are
at the Campus Ice Centre.
Ridgeback fans got to witness
history last season as the men’s
team achieved the most wins in
program history and also made it
to the second round of the OUA
playoffs. They were swept by the
the UQTR Patriotes in the bestof-three
But Jake Logan, in his final year
of eligibility, says he’s expecting big
things from his team this season.
“Our team is a lot better than it’s
ever been. We’re looking to break
last year’s winning record and go
deeper into the playoffs, I’m proud
to be a part of it,” he says.
Cameron Yuill, who took over
the captaincy from Luke Van-
MoerKerke this season, says although
last season was great for
the program, he hopes to see his
team improve and get even better
“Last season was exciting to be
Games in your backyard
Baseball: Canadian Colleges National Baseball
Invitational Oct. 27-29, Kinsmen Stadium and Ritson
Men's Volleyball: Durham vs. Algonquin, Oct. 28,
8 p.m., Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre
Durham vs. La Cite, Oct. 29, 3 p.m., CRWC
Women's Volleyball: Durham vs. Algonquin, Oct. 28,
6 p.m., CRWC
Durham vs. La Cite, Oct. 29, 1 p.m., CRWC
a part of,” he says. “Our goal this
year is to go all the way and win it
all, it put us on the map and earned
respect around the league and respect
from our school too.”
The Ridgebacks lost two of their
best forwards last year in Jesse
Men's Hockey: UOIT vs. Laurier, Oct. 28, 7:30 p.m.,
Campus Ice Centre
UOIT vs. Waterloo, Oct. 29, 3:30 p.m., Campus Ice
Women’s Hockey: UOIT vs. Toronto Varsity Blues,
Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m., Campus Ice Centre
UOIT vs. Ryerson, Oct. 30, 3:30 p.m., Campus Ice
Photograph by Logan Caswell
Fifth-year centre Cameron Yuill of the UOIT Ridgebacks makes a dash for the puck against Laurentian player Graham Yeo.
UOIT Ridgebacks players celebrate following the game-winning overtime goal by fifth-year defencemen Jake Logan.
Photograph by Logan Caswell
Stoughton and former captain
Luke VanMoerkerke but welcome
two new forwards into the lineup
this season with first year players
Malik Johnson and Jack Patterson.
Players around the dressing
room speak highly of their secondyear
head coach Curtis Hodgins.
He took over from former head
coach Craig Fisher at the start of
last season after Fisher was forced
to step down because of ongoing
issues related to a severe concussion
in his playing days.
Logan describes Hodgins as a
“real coach,” something he says
they haven’t had since he’s been
“I knew this team was going into
the right direction when Curtis
took over. I played for him back in
junior. He holds everyone accountable.
He makes sure no one is bigger
than the team like past coaches
have,” says Logan.
Hodgins says he’s happy with
the process and hopes to build off
what the team did last year on a
consistent basis. The second-year
head coach has brought accountability
to his players and has shown
them how to play better with and
without the puck.
“You have to start making steps
at some point. We want to keep
building the program, we don’t
want to take steps back so this is
another important year to keep
moving forward,” says Hodgson.
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