12 The Chronicle December 19 - 25, 2017 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus Advocating for the wrongfully convicted Shanelle Somers The Chronicle Three men, all with something historically important in common. Robert Baltovich, convicted of second degree murder in 1991; James Driskoll, convicted of first-degree murder in 1991; and Jack White, convicted of sexual assault in 1995. Each one spent more than 10 years innocently behind bars after a wrongful conviction. Each were also freed by the work of Innocence Canada. Innocence Canada is a non-profit organization that works to advocate for those who have been wrongfully convicted. They have successfully freed 21 wrongfully convicted Canadians. Currently, Innocence Canada is pursuing 86 wrongful conviction cases. The cases include charges of first-degree murder, second-degree murder, manslaughter and assault. The highest number of these cases is in Ontario, which according to Innocence Canada holds 31 people behind bars who are innocent. The organization works to not only intervene on behalf of the innocent but to also bring awareness to the public about this problem. Some of these efforts have taken place in partnership with students from the University of Photograph by Shanelle Somers (From left) A representative of Innocence Canada, is joined by Vivian Lieu and Hamdi Jimale of UOIT. Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) at the downtown Oshawa campus in conjunction with the Student Social Humanities Society (SSHS). The SSHS is a student society located on UOIT’s downtown campus that strives to create community on campus and make students feel connected to each other through events that encourage student engagement. The SSHS has been involved in generating discussion around those who have been wrongfully convicted annually in partnership with Innocence Canada since 2014. Students at the Charles Street Building were asked Oct. 2 what they knew about wrongful convictions and presented with information about the organization by SSHS president Hamdi Jimale and Fourth Year Representative Vivian Lieu. “This isn’t just a conversation that is limited to classrooms, advocacy and support is our mandate and that is something that we not only offer to people on our campus but to people around the world and we want to show the world that we are listening,” Jimale says. Some of the highest numbers of those wrongfully convicted are within the United States of America. A report by the National Registry of Exonerations shows race is a factor within the United States when looking at those wrongfully convicted. Black people represent the 13 per cent of the population of the United States of America but they represent 47 per cent on the list of the National Registry of Exonerations. One of the most well-known Canadian cases to involve race was Donald Marshall Jr. who was wrongfully convicted of murdering a friend at 17 years of age in 1990. According to news reports, Marshall was a Mi’kmaq and a federal report indicated racism contributed to his wrongful conviction Jimale stresses how important it is to recognize how identity can play a role in the justice system. “It can happen to anybody and I think that is the number one thing we want to promote when driving discussion. It’s something that we should all care about essentially because it can happen to you or me,” says Lieu.
chronicle.durhamcollege.ca December 19 - 25, 2017 The Chronicle 13 Entertainment Photograph by John Cook Debbie Hagner (centre) won two tickets to every event next year at the Tribute Communities Centre. On hand for the presentation were (from left) Kaileen Morrison (a friend of the Hagners), Julia Hagner (Debbie's daughter), Debbie Hagner, William Balfour (Director of Marketing at Spectra Venue Management), and Vince Vella (General Manager of Tribute Communities Centre). Pickering woman wins key to TCC John Cook The Chronicle People who know Debbie Hagner may be calling in some favours from her. Last week, Hagner was announced as the winner of the eighth annual “Key to the TCC” contest, hosted by Spectra Venue Management. The Pickering mom will receive two free tickets to every event taking place at downtown Oshawa’s Tribute Communities Centre in 2018. “We have some new found friends,” says Hagner. She was one of nearly 15,000 people who entered the contest, which, in its eighth year, become something of a tradition for Durham residents. William Balfour, director of marketing for Spectra, says the contest is about giving back to the community. “The contest has grown to be such an exciting thing that fans are looking forward to each year,” says Balfour. “It’s a pretty sought after prize.” Hagner says she expects some friendly disputes within her family over tickets to certain events. Her husband has already expressed interest in the upcoming Buffalo Sabres vs. New York Islanders game next September. Her daughter, Julia, wants tickets to the Hedley concert in March. But Hagner thinks tickets for Oshawa Generals games will be most popular with her family. The contest is run each year around November. Balfour says this is because most events for the upcoming year have been announced by this time. Any Ontario resident over 18 could apply for the contest, either by signing up through Facebook, or through the Tribute Communities Centre website. Balfour has given assurance the contest will run in 2018, as it has in previous years. This year, entrants had a better chance of taking home the tickets than in previous years. “Last year we had just under 20,000 [applicants],” says Balfour. “But we still got great results [this year]…It’s all about the fans.” What event does Debbie say she’s most excited about? “For me, Johnny Reid,” says Hagner. “I’ve seen him a few times. I always love seeing him in concert.” Warped Tour: The end of a long era Festival for musicians and fans is going to sing its last verse Aly Beach The Chronicle Music festivals: a staple of summer break and the music scene. One of modern rock’s most iconic festivals has announced its final year. The end of a musical era is near. On Nov. 15, it was announced that Vans Warped Tour will have its final North American run in the summer of 2018. "Today, with .many mixed feelings, I am here to announce that next year will be the final, full cross-country run of the Vans Warped Tour,” said Warped Tour founder Kevin Lyman in a statement. “I have been proud to work with so many artists who have grown to be some of the largest stars in the world. Countless bands have played in hot parking lots and through summer storms for you at some point.” For more than two decades, Warped Tour has travelled across the United States, occasionally stopping in Toronto and Montreal. The popular music festival has been a staple in the “alternative scene” since 1995 and is sometimes referred to as “punk rock summer camp”. “It’s one of the largest and best known tours. It was a festival that saw a lot of successful acts start out and the birthing ground, if you will, for a lot of music and for music festivals generally,” says Marni Thornton, professor and program coordinator of Durham College’s Music Business Management program. Warped Tour is often noted to be the platform that gave rise to the pop-punk genre with bands like Blink 182, Sum 41 and Good Charlotte all playing the festival at one point or another, as well as helping the Emo genre grow. “I think that’s one of the things that Warped is known for - giving that opportunity to a lot of artists. I think it’s one of the things that they consistently went for in terms of appealing to their target audience,” says Thornton. Thornton says that touring is becoming one of the few ways musicians make money because of a decline in profits in selling recorded music. Instead, they make money by selling concert tickets and merchandise. “I think we’ve seen, over the past several years, a rise in the summer music festival. And I think that has been a really good thing for musicians, performing artists and touring acts because live performances are becoming the way for musicians and artists to make money,” says Thornton. “And to see Warped be one of the leaders has been pretty monumental for them, so to see them close their doors- so to speak- shut the gates is interesting to say the least.” “I think it’s like any live entertainment event, it’s more than just going to hear some music - it’s a whole experience and these multiday festivals are a huge experience that wrap up a lot of emotions for people. They get to go with their friends, they get to stay for a few days, they get to hear all kinds of different bands,” says Thornton, “so, it’s the whole experience that people are going to immerse themselves in and it can be memorable for so many good reasons.” Notable Warped Tour alumni include: • Katy Perry • No Doubt • My Chemical Romance • Blink 182 • Black Eyed Peas • The Descendants • Dropkick Murphys • The Offspring • Fall Out Boy • Eminem • Green Day “I am so grateful to have worked with more than 1,700 bands over the last 23 summers. I wish I could thank every band that has played the tour,” said Lyman. In an interview with Billboard, Lyman listed lack of ticket sales and less bands as reasons for ending Warped Tour. He also said that he is “just tired.” Ironically, Warped Tour is ending in its 24th year but it has been confirmed that there will be a celebration with its 25th anniversary. The final tour is scheduled to come to Toronto July 17, 2018. The lineup has not been announced yet. “Some (music business students) were sad, certainly. Lots of people are sad. But there are lots of other music festivals out there that people will shift their focus to,” says Thornton.