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Volume XLIV, Issue 3 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 31, 2016

Bringing on the beats

page 20

Photograph by Jared Williams

Photograph by

Ridgebacks unbeaten page 27

Photograph by Logan Caswell

Cleaning up Lake Ontario page 13

Photograph Noor Ibrahim

Wayne's world

of words page 3

Photograph by Logan Caswell

2 The Chronicle October 25 - 31, 2016 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus


of the


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

Dean Daley

The Chronicle

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

37 shows

50+ students

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

Logan Caswell

The Chronicle

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

hockey history.

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

8:30 p.m.

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

to him.

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.

19, 1998.)

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

from 2005-2009.

In his 1,487 games, Gretzky recorded

894 goals and 1,963 assists

for 2,857 points which stand as

NHL records.

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

Trusha Patel

The Chronicle

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.

Sgt. Calder also says that new

drivers and drivers up to the age

of 30 are found driving distractedly

the most.

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

turn violent.

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

Power movement.

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

one time.

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.

Michael Welsh,

Barbara Howe and

Logan Caswell

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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

anal sex.

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

per cent.

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

should be.

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

Rob Ford?

Doug Ford


book to

‘tell all’

Now that Rob Ford is no longer

with us, his brother Doug has taken

on the role of verbally beating up

the media.

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

out there.

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.

The Marketplace

does not have enough

food choices for students


cafeteria is

not ideally


to suit the

needs for

people with





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

of food.

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

college cafeteria.

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

for them.

Many students with dietary restrictions

do not eat or cannot eat

in the café. They have to bring food

from home.

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

these students.

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

Rebecca Calzavara

The Chronicle

About 500 students at Durham

College got to show off their creativity

after being challenged by

their dean.

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

short movie.

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

to see.

The winning group’s movie was

quite a mystery. It started off with

four people in a police station getting

questioned about who poisoning

the dog.

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


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Photograph by Michael Welsh

Quinn Murphy using an ATM to take out money at Durham College.

No easy answer to student debt

Michael Welsh

The Chronicle

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

through school.

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

post-secondary school.

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,

it’s more.

“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

some fun.

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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




Dr. Leigh



on how to


sex crime


Trusha Patel

The Chronicle

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.

Hearing people

talk about these

horrific things

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

of prevention.

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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

Virginia Harwood

knows the value of old

school hard work

Travis Fortnum

The Chronicle

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

Conflict Resolution?

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

research relevant?

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

your research?

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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Travis Fortnum

The Chronicle

Photograph by Travis Fortnum

Whitby MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes (centre) stands beside

UOIT student Josh Harrington (right).

UOIT students

excited for new

research centre


“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

software engineering.

“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

software engineer.

“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

own backyard.”

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

Barbara Howe

The Chroicle

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

College (DC).

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

exemplary life.

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

in compensation.

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,”

said Dalton

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

Sam Odrowski

The Chronicle

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

Business (CFIB).

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

Wage Report.

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

every year.

Photograph by Sam Odrowski

DC student Judy Krajcik receives a bigger paycheque.

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UOIT helps



to sparkle

once again

Noor Ibrahim

The Chronicle

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

sights on.

“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

has participated.

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

six years.

Last weekend, she handed out

rubber gloves before joining the

cleanup herself.

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

Jessica Stoiku

The Chronicle

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

disorder (PTSD).

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

for Trauma.

“It’s a place where you can go

and meet other people that went

through the same thing you did,”

says Kennedy.

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

his PTSD.

“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

within himself.”

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,”

says Henry.

Parking relief for Ontario hospital patients and visitors

Dan Koehler

The Chronicle

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

definitely helps

“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

to park.”

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-

Term Care.

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



on display

at expo

Joshua Nelson

The Chronicle

Rory Davis, a forensic psychology

student at UOIT, isn’t sure what his

next steps will be after he completes

his degree.

But he’s more than willing to

take the next steps to try and figure

it out.

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

five years.

“Institutions that do come are

from a wide variety of universities

across Canada, so east coast, west

coast, Ontario primarily,” said


Durham runners

raise money for new

campus building

Tyler Searle

The Chronicle

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

Waterfront Marathon.

Durham College’s contribution

to the $40 million building is $5

million, with the remaining funds

coming from the provincial and

federal governments.

“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

at UOIT.

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,”

said Grant.

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

Laura Metcalfe

The Chronicle

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,

Advertising-Digital Media

Management, Finance-Business,

Finance-Business Administration,

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

five-year plan.

“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

and recruiting.

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


Durham College.

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,

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 25 - 21, 2016 The Chronicle 19

Enhance yourself

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

at DC.

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.

Contact us:



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.

Underground uprise

Jared Williams

The Chronicle

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

Tyler Hodgkinson

The Chronicle

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


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



together to


pop culture

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

into town.

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

Barbara Howe

The Chronicle

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

The Chronicle

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

the fright.

Inside the mazes, various themed

monsters jump out of corners to

startle people.

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

of visitors.

Kevin McCarthy, an Oshawa

resident who has been three different

years, says the experience

has changed.

“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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DC, UOIT alumni star on reality show

Dean Daley

The Chronicle

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

the drama.

“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

marketing alumni.

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

Real World.

“The Real Shady Bunch Montreal,

The Real Shady Bunch LA,

we’re going far.”

Paint in a judge-free environment at Paint Nites

Nicole O’Brien

The Chronicle

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

Durham Region.

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,

Kevin Chow.

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

Logan Caswell

The Chronicle

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

(OUA) all-star.

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

Windsor Lancers.

“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

2015-2016 campaign.

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

home game.

“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,”

says Dean.

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,”

says Clarke.

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

Tennis courts


Joshua Nelson

The Chronicle

Soccer or flag football anyone!

With Durham College and UOIT’s

new Campus Fieldhouse, students

now have a place to show off their

athletic skills.

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

computer commons.

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

soccer fields.

“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

involving turf.

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Breaking records, moving forward


are enjoying

success this

year and

are now



Logan Caswell

The Chronicle

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

this year.

“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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