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14 The Chronicle February 13 - 19, 2018 Campus An inside look from strikers William McGinn The Chronicle The five-week college faculty strike put education on hold across the province and most media reports were of how students would possibly lose their semester. But what about the faculty? What was it like for professors, counsellors and librarians at Durham College to walk the picket lines for hours a day for more than a month? The schedule was for faculty members to walk 20 hours a week. Some of them said the first week walking the picket line was tough. Sometimes the temperatures dipped below zero. Also, walking for four hours or longer outside in the cold holding up picket signs tired the teachers out easily during the beginning of the strike.“The first week, my wife actually laughed at me because she thought it was funny that my shins hurt after the day,” said Jeremiah Seiden, a design professor. All teachers said walking was easier as time went on, like starting a workout and getting accustomed to it after the first few days. Deb Tsagris, a psychology professor, said on the first day of the strike, “I like walking, so [I’m enjoying] it. I’ve been feeling energized.” “As a sedentary person and out of shape, the first couple days were a little sore but [I] got used to it quick,” said Bryan Jordan, who just became a full-time teacher at Durham after 11 years of parttime work. Marni Thornton, a professor in the Music Business and Management program, who spent most of the strike at George Brown College because she lives in Toronto, found the protesting aspect difficult. “It was hard all the way through,” she said. “Not doing your affiliate purpose each day was difficult but then we found or personally I found the purpose became standing up for what we think is right and that became extremely important because bargaining wasn’t happening the way it was supposed to be.” Picketers met some complaints in the form of horn-honking and disagreeable drivers. There were some cars that decided to take U-turns out of the lineup instead of waiting. On Oct. 17, the second day of the strike, a white Honda did not want to wait on Commencement Drive. Paul Wraight, a teacher at DC since 1998 stood in front of the car to prevent it from driving through the picket line. In protest, the car turned on its wiper spray and kept moving toward Wraight, nearly running him over before it slipped by. The payment for the strikers was $50-$200 a week, and during the fourth week it increased to a maximum of $300 a week, according to OPSEU. Wraight and Face your fears, don't be afraid Claudia Latino Being afraid is normal. Fear could stem from not wanting to get your heartbroken, or from a simple fear of spiders. Facing fears can help enrich life and can change a person’s way of thinking, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia. The Doc Project on CBC Radio launched a podcast in October of last year called, ‘Facing your fears, one trigger at a time.’ Sophie Kohn, writer and managing editor of CBC’s Comedy website, made an appearance on this episode. She discussed the transition from being a passionate ballet dancer to a person who was afraid to take dance, all because of an operation to treat her scoliosis condition. Kohn used ‘the methods of exposure’ to help her face her fear and get her back to what she cared more than anything: dance. According to AnxietyBC, facing a fear is all about exposing yourself to it. This method needs to be planned, prolonged, and repeated. In the podcast, Kohn talks with Acey Rowe, The Doc Project’s host, about how facing her fear changed her life. Since Kohn was five, she always loved dance – especially ballet. “My mom had taken me to see a production of The Nutcracker, and it was sort of one of those moments where everything in the room slows down and your life purpose suddenly becomes excruciatingly clear,” said Kohn. She enrolled in ballet classes but at around age 11, she felt severe pain in her back and legs. Her mom and dad took her to see an orthopedic doctor. Kohn was told she had a severe form of scoliosis and needed surgery. “I remember feeling frustrated during this Seiden said they had been saving up for the strike. Seiden called the strike “a long time coming.” Some of the faculty credited the strike with allowing them to meet co-workers. “It’s more of the whole process of being on the lines and the sort of bonds that form, especially the sort of connections you develop are really the most notable things about it,” said Jordan. The teachers were glad when they were able to see their students again, but some teachers felt conversation between the doctor and my mom because no one was addressing the only thing I cared about, which was dance,” she said. After a short time recovering from surgery, Kohn tried to get back into her routine of dancing the way she used to, but soon realized she couldn’t. It was impossible for her to bend since a steel metal rod had been placed in her spine. Fifteen years later, Kohn was in her office at CBC, writing and performing comedy for CBC’s radio station. “I was so sensitive about the topic of dance. I couldn’t hear about anybody dancing, I couldn’t talk about it,” said Kohn. One day, in the office next door, she heard a woman talking to someone about how The National Ballet offers public dance classes to anyone – experienced or not. Kohn was afraid to enroll herself because she couldn’t dance the way she wanted to. “My body was deciding for me and I was suddenly on the internet registering for this ballet class,” she said. The rituals of ballet, such as, putting on the shoes, and tying her hair up in a certain way, gave Kohn a feeling of calmness before the first class started. As classes continued, there were certain ballet moves she was restricted from doing because of the metal rod in her spine. This made her fearful and frustrated. “I had moments in class where I would ask myself, ‘What am I even doing here?", she said. Kohn repeated the routine of attending classes to expose herself to the fear of ballet. A decade of not doing what she loved made her fear dance, but using AnxietyBC’s method of planning, prolonging, and repeating a fear gave her this feeling of accomplishment. “I’m not afraid in the way that I was. It was sort of this door I couldn’t open for 15 years and it was this place I couldn’t go. And then, I was surprised and proud of myself because I did it,” said Kohn. frustrated.“I was glad to get back just to see the kids,” said Wraight. “[But] the fight’s still on. We’re still kind of on strike.” “I was pretty frustrated to not get paid and then have to come back and pick up where I was left off and then have to deal with a handful of angry students as well,” said Amit Maraj, a teacher who started at Durham last August. “Wasn’t the most pleasing experience in the world but I know we got through it right.” Photograph by William McGinn (From left) Jeremiah Seiden, Paul Wraight, Bryan Jordan, Marni Thornton professors at Durham College recall the days of the faculty strike. “I’m glad the strike is over, but the movement is not over,” said Seiden. “[I hope] we see the industry start to listen more and say, ‘Hey, this is not the way to treat people who are coming to work for us.’ I hope that movement continues.” Wraight suggested the strike was necessary. “This college needed a strike,” said Wraight, “because strikes are a great team builder, and we needed that. I feel that it did. It was very successful that way.” February 13 - 19, 2018 The Chronicle 15 Entertainment Photo illustration by William McGinn William McGinn, journalism student at Durham College, posing with the monster of the Monster by Mistake show, the cartoon McGinn has spent years investigating. Cartoon lost for a decade found Generally if a television show discontinues production, purchasing and viewing for public audiences is available. This show was not. William McGinn The Chronicle Monster by Mistake!, a Canadian 3D cartoon that has been missing from local television for years and had been labelled ‘lost media’ in the entertainment industry, has been located in Toronto following a lengthy investigation by the Chronicle. But the program is still not legally available for viewing by its fans in Canada. Monster by Mistake featured an eight-year-old boy named Warren Patterson, his sister Tracy and a trumpet-playing ghost named Johnny they became friends with, as they focus on adventures, magic and life with a secret. In the program, Warren turns into a sevenfoot monster every time he sneezes. Fifty-two episodes of the program were produced. The first episode aired in 1996 and 12 more 23-minute episodes were released on YTV in 1999 creating the first season. Thirteen more episodes aired for the second season in 2000 and 26 more for the third season, from 2003-2006 before its discontinuation. After it stopped airing, only six episodes were released on DVD, no company was airing it within North America and it was not available for purchase, streaming or download, according to The Lost Media Wiki, a website that reports on media that is missing. By 2015, only three episodes were on YouTube and the other 49 were not available. This created an air of mystery for fans of the show. Why would no episodes be available? Did the original creators and broadcasters not save any files? This was a distinct possibility since Monster by Mistake! was a cartoon that was created before technology enhancements all over the world, and Studio 345, the Toronto-based company which produced the cartoon, doesn’t exist anymore. Over time, more episodes were located on a little-known website called Ameba TV and the entire first season was found for free streaming. However, more than two-thirds of the cartoon remained unavailable to fans of the program. According to a KidScreen article, KidsCo, a company in Australia, had 26 episodes on file. A 2010 article also said KidsCo partnered with Cambium Catalyst International (CCI) to release a few of its shows, one of which was Monster by Mistake! KidsCo went out of business in early 2014, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Also, two Toronto companies have displayed evidence on their websites of having the cartoon; 9 Story Media Group and CCI, the original distributors. However, Marly Reed, who works in production and development at CCI, told the Chronicle that Monster by Mistake! was no longer owned by CCI and that 9 Story now owns the rights to license the show to broadcasters. Reed also said, “I can assure you it isn’t lost forever.” The Chronicle contacted 9 Story several times for more information, but the inquiries went largely unanswered. The company did say in an email it did not do “tours.” However, when the Chronicle visited the 9 Story offices on Dec. 5, 2017 Jayna Rana, a distribution assistant at 9 Story, said, “[9 Story] would have the cartoon on file since we have the right to broadcast it. We’d have Seasons 1, 2, and 3.” This information was confirmed by Rhya Tamasauskas of 9 Story’s media department. “We have all 52 episodes on file and playable,” she said in an email. “In fact they are available for screening via our Amazon Channel – Toonscape, but currently only in the U.S. So technically they are available to the American public, but unfortunately not here in Canada.” ToonScape is affiliated with Amazon Prime. Tamasauskas also says until a broadcaster buys the rights to play the show on a Canadian platform, the show will remain unavailable to fans here.

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