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kind of talking about love.<br />

Volume XLV, <strong>Issue</strong> 1 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong><br />

- See page <strong>18</strong><br />

Homeless<br />

for 8,000<br />

days. Now<br />

he has<br />

H.O.P.E.<br />

page 3<br />

Photograph by Dakota Evans<br />

DC bursary winners hit homer<br />

page 22<br />

Photograph by Janis Williams<br />

No football on<br />

horizon for UOIT<br />

page 21<br />

Campus kicks<br />

the habit<br />

page 7<br />

Photograph by Cam Bickle<br />

Photograph by Madison Gulenchyn<br />

Spaces and Places<br />

A series looking at special locations on the<br />

DC, UOIT campus. See pages 8-10, 15-17

2 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 – December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus<br />

Youth homelessness a troubling trend<br />

Cam Bickle<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

“What would happen if our hope<br />

was smaller than the challenges<br />

we faced,” asks Daniel Cullen, a<br />

self-described homelessness ‘survivor.’<br />

The answer to his rhetorical, yet<br />

dark, question is one that Cullen<br />

provided in striking detail. From<br />

being a victim of numerous rapes<br />

in the <strong>19</strong>80’s to his drug-induced<br />

medical stay in the 90’s, the leader<br />

of the H.O.P.E. Coalition and former<br />

Green Party member is just<br />

one example of a large demographic<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong> Region.<br />

Of the 291 people who identify as<br />

homeless in <strong>Durham</strong> Region, nearly<br />

17 per cent identify as youth (49<br />

individuals), while another 20 per<br />

cent identify as children (58 individuals),<br />

according to the Community<br />

Development Council of<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> (CDCD).<br />

That combined 37 per cent demographic<br />

easily outnumbers every<br />

other group outside of adults, which<br />

is more than troubling, says UOIT<br />

professor Dr. Tyler Frederick.<br />

“Those numbers show us that<br />

homelessness is a problem that<br />

can affect anyone, regardless of<br />

age,” he says. “We know that a<br />

lot of families that live in poverty<br />

are only one economic issue away<br />

from losing their house, whether<br />

it’s something like job loss or even<br />

smaller problems like a car repair.”<br />

Frederick is an assistant professor<br />

in the faculty of Social Science<br />

and Humanities but has a strong<br />

involvement in homelessness projects<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong> Region. In his experience,<br />

he says youth are often<br />

brought onto the streets with older<br />

family members, but that individual<br />

homelessness is becoming more<br />

common in recent years.<br />

One of the largest reasons is drug<br />

abuse, which he says can lead to<br />

An Oshawa teenager sits in an alleyway in the cold.<br />

conflict within households and<br />

cause youth to feel unwelcome. His<br />

time spent at the Toronto Centre<br />

for Addiction and Mental Health<br />

was a big reason why Frederick<br />

chose to help tackle the rising issue<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong>.<br />

An equally disturbing statistic collected<br />

by the CDCD was the fact<br />

that 55 per cent of all homeless persons<br />

in the region spent time on the<br />

streets prior to age 25. According<br />

to the United Nations, the official<br />

designation of ‘youth’ is ages 15<br />

to 24, meaning that over half of<br />

all homeless persons in <strong>Durham</strong><br />

could have identified as part of that<br />

demographic at some point in time.<br />

Photograph by Cam Bickle<br />

On a national scale, nearly 20 per<br />

cent of those on the streets classify<br />

as individuals under 25, according<br />

to Covenant House Toronto, the<br />

country’s largest homeless youth<br />

agency.<br />

Frederick says there are many reasons<br />

why <strong>Durham</strong>’s rate is higher<br />

than the Canadian tally, but that a<br />

lack of community involvement is<br />

likely the biggest contributor.<br />

“I would say that <strong>Durham</strong> is<br />

under-resourced for young people<br />

experiencing homelessness,” he<br />

says. “The two local agencies I’m<br />

aware of, The Refuge and Joanne’s<br />

House, both have limited capacity.<br />

This means that they’re more there<br />

for emergency support than anything<br />

preventative.”<br />

The Refuge Youth Outreach<br />

Centre in downtown Oshawa is<br />

the largest of its kind in <strong>Durham</strong>,<br />

but mainly targets community involvement<br />

through their website<br />

and various social media accounts.<br />

In most cases, homeless persons of<br />

any age rarely have access to the internet<br />

or any mobile device, meaning<br />

they are often unaware of the<br />

centre’s efforts.<br />

As for Joanne’s House, the Ajax<br />

location has a stronger ‘boots on<br />

the ground’ initiative by offering<br />

fundraising opportunities and<br />

youth employment partnerships but<br />

is self-described as only a ‘shortterm<br />

housing’ centre.<br />

Conversely, the <strong>Durham</strong> Region<br />

recognizes seven different longterm<br />

shelters and support centres<br />

for adult men and women, despite<br />

the adult demographic representing<br />

just six per cent more of the population<br />

than children and youth.<br />

Frederick also believes the system<br />

in place for at-risk youth largely<br />

contributes to the percentage of<br />

adult homelessness.<br />

“Young adults aging out of the<br />

system at <strong>18</strong> may not be ready for<br />

independence,” he says.<br />

“This lack of experience or education<br />

can make it hard to find a<br />

job in adulthood.”<br />

Despite youth and children combining<br />

for more than double the national<br />

rate in <strong>Durham</strong> Region, the<br />

city of Oshawa recently elected to<br />

forcefully remove its ‘tent city’ – a<br />

location where a number of homeless<br />

persons, including youth, found<br />

refuge.<br />

Though Frederick couldn’t offer a<br />

solution to the troubling problems<br />

in his hometown, it is clear through<br />

the CDCD statistics that a disproportionate<br />

number of youngsters<br />

are ending up on the streets.<br />

And while Cullen may look back<br />

on his experiences with a quote to<br />

inspire, many homeless individuals<br />

have not come away so lucky.<br />

Being 'flexible' key to staying safe on campus<br />

Jackie Graves<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

<strong>Durham</strong> is under-resourced<br />

for young people experiencing<br />

homelessness.<br />

Whether you fight, flight or freeze,<br />

your best chance of keeping safe on<br />

campus is to be ‘flexible’, according<br />

to the director of campus safety,<br />

Tom Lynch.<br />

Lynch emphasized the ability<br />

to adapt due to DC and UOIT’s<br />

size and varying locations.<br />

“Your thought process has<br />

to be fluid,” he said. “There is no<br />

one concrete plan on how to get out<br />

safely.”<br />

At DC and UOIT, it’s more<br />

likely danger could come in the<br />

form of radical weather or plane<br />

crashes, due to the proximity to<br />

Oshawa Airport, according to<br />

Lynch. He recommends staff and<br />

students take the time to get to<br />

know their surroundings, so they<br />

can give themselves enough time<br />

and distance from potential danger.<br />

“We don’t know where the<br />

threat is or where it’s coming from,”<br />

said Lynch. “It’s good to know your<br />

environment.”<br />

There are multiple protective<br />

measures available to ensure students<br />

are safe. Outside DC and<br />

UOIT, there are Code Blue stations,<br />

9-foot poles with blue lights<br />

Tom Lynch, director of the Office of Campus Safety, behind his desk.<br />

students can use to alert campus<br />

security or emergency services.<br />

Campus Walk is a program<br />

where trained students escort<br />

people to their vehicles and residences.<br />

When Campus Walk isn’t<br />

available, security will provide escort,<br />

which is available 24/7.<br />

“There have been contributions<br />

not only by my office but by<br />

faculty and students,” said Lynch.<br />

“In general, we have a great campus.”<br />

DC and UOIT have exercises<br />

to help teach faculty and students<br />

to handle emergency situations,<br />

including practice lockdowns and<br />

secure-and-holds. However, senior<br />

Photograph by Jackie Graves<br />

We don't know<br />

where the threat<br />

is or where it's<br />

coming from.<br />

leaders from DC and UOIT also<br />

meet with security staff on an ongoing<br />

basis to discuss what should<br />

be shared with the campus community<br />

to avoid causing unnecessary<br />

panic.<br />

“Sometimes information can<br />

only harm or, out of context, cause<br />

more trauma and grief then its intended<br />

to,” said Lynch.<br />

CCTV cameras monitor the<br />

campus 24/7 but this doesn’t mean<br />

campus security doesn’t have innovation<br />

in mind. DC and UOIT<br />

used to have a mic-radio system<br />

which became obsolete and caused<br />

interference with police radios.<br />

Now, the system operates on a<br />

700-megahertz radio frequency,<br />

enabling anyone in the <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Region emergency services with<br />

the same system to have full contact<br />

on campus.<br />

For more on campus safety,<br />

visit durhamcollege.ca under the<br />

Safety and Security on Campus<br />


Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 – December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 3<br />

Photograph by Dakota Evans<br />

Daniel Cullen, who used to be homeless, is now the owner of the H.O.P.E. (Heroes Offering Pathways of Empowerment) Coalition<br />

which works to bring attention to homelessness.<br />

25 years. 8,000 days. Homeless.<br />

Now, finding H.O.P.E. in <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Dakota Evans<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

The worst experience was living on<br />

the streets for 25 years – the best<br />

experience was unwinding the<br />

trauma of those 25 years.<br />

In <strong>19</strong>78, Daniel Cullen, who is<br />

now a published author and runs a<br />

program called H.O.P.E. (Heroes<br />

Offering Pathways of Empowerment)<br />

Coalition, left his home in<br />

Kelowna, BC at 16-years-old. He<br />

spent the next 25 years of his life on<br />

the streets, in emergency shelters<br />

and psychiatric wards.<br />

“Between <strong>19</strong>78 and before <strong>19</strong>80 I<br />

was raped three times, by three different<br />

people,” says Cullen. These<br />

experiences “messed up” Cullen’s<br />

head and he was diagnosed with<br />

PTSD.<br />

According to Cullen, one in<br />

three females and one in four males<br />

living on the streets are abused or<br />

sexually exploited. He says they are<br />

offered food or clothes in return for<br />

sexual favours.<br />

Cullen speaks from experience.<br />

A collection of data to provide the<br />

homeless community with a voice<br />

backs up his experience. This is the<br />

second-year a Point in Time (PiT)<br />

Count was conducted in the region.<br />

The data, collected from April 16<br />

to 20, 20<strong>18</strong>, is a snapshot of homelessness<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong> Region. The<br />

20<strong>18</strong> PiT Count was funded by the<br />

Government of Canada’s Homelessness<br />

Partnering Strategy and<br />

the Regional Municipality of <strong>Durham</strong>’s<br />

Housing Services Division.<br />

There are 291 homeless individuals<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong> Region. More than<br />

half of those individuals are under<br />

25 years old. This was Cullen’s<br />

experience. Of the total number<br />

homeless in the region, 15 per cent<br />

are homeless due to mental illness.<br />

This was Cullen’s experience.<br />

Cullen says the homeless are the<br />

forgotten.<br />

The data recovered from these<br />

surveys will help determine the<br />

resources needed to help.<br />

“Over time we will really be able<br />

to track these individuals, and see<br />

whether the services we provide in<br />

our community are allowing them<br />

to get the help they need,” says<br />

Anika Mifsud, Social Researcher at<br />

Community Development Council<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> (CDCD).<br />

The PiT Count shows 13 per<br />

cent of individuals in <strong>Durham</strong> Region<br />

who are homeless experience<br />

‘episodic’ homelessness with less<br />

than 3 episodes of homelessness in<br />

12 months but no more than <strong>18</strong>0<br />

days total.<br />

Cullen says he has lived 8,000<br />

days on the streets. The number of<br />

days on the street were a result of<br />

the trauma he lived while homeless.<br />

For years following the trauma,<br />

Cullen says his “mind exploded<br />

on itself,” which led him to wander<br />

the streets doing any drug he could<br />

get his hands on and drinking anything<br />

to get inebriated.<br />

According to the 20<strong>18</strong> PiT<br />

Count, of the 291 homeless individuals,<br />

38 per cent are in emergency<br />

shelters, and 28 per cent couch surf<br />

but don’t always find a way out of<br />

homelessness, says Mifsud who is<br />

now a Post-Doctoral Fellowship<br />

at the Canadian Observatory on<br />

Homelessness at York University.<br />

The top 3 reasons for homelessness<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong> Region, according<br />

to Mifsud, were being unable to pay<br />

rent, a conflict with a spouse and<br />

illness or medical conditions.<br />

Greg Avery, a homeless prevention<br />

worker at CDCD for the past 4<br />

years, says 21 per cent of the people<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong> Region’s homelessness<br />

count are Indigenous. Considering<br />

only 2 per cent of <strong>Durham</strong>’s population<br />

is Indigenous, “that’s a big<br />

number,” he says.<br />

“In major urban areas like Toronto<br />

that number can range from<br />

20 to 50 per cent, so when you<br />

think of Toronto when you walk<br />

by people who are on that street<br />

holding up Tim Hortons cup most<br />

of them could be Indigenous,” says<br />

Avery.<br />

The number is so high for the<br />

Indigenous population because of<br />

things like racism, oppression and<br />

poor health. Even going through<br />

school can be a traumatic event for<br />

Indigenous students, according to<br />

The Homeless Hub, a web-based<br />

research library supported by the<br />

Canadian Homeless Research Network.<br />

“Sometimes the best escape is to<br />

not be present,” says Avery, when<br />

Homes. That's the future.<br />

talking about the Indigenous population.<br />

Rick Kerr, who has been a city<br />

councillor for Oshawa since 2<strong>01</strong>4,<br />

says, “Homelessness is everything<br />

from somebody with mental health<br />

issues, addiction issues, depression,<br />

no home, no shelter, no financial<br />

income, and then you have stages<br />

of homeless where you have a job,<br />

but no permanent address, that’s<br />

definition of homelessness.”<br />

According to Kerr, the city<br />

doesn’t get involved with the<br />

homeless situation because it’s not<br />

the city’s responsibility. “But that<br />

doesn’t mean that me as an individual<br />

councillor can’t get involved<br />

with citizens.”<br />

Individuals aren’t homeless because<br />

they don’t want to work, says<br />

Kerr who has worked with a group<br />

of citizens to create The Keepers<br />

Project, one of two initiatives Kerr<br />

is involved with to fight homelessness.<br />

Kerr says the project was started<br />

upon realizing that if you don’t<br />

have an address and you can’t get<br />

mail, “You don’t exist.”<br />

The Keepers Project provides<br />

homeless individuals with lockers<br />

and mail slots located at the Simcoe<br />

Street United Church. Solar<br />

panels are attached to the lockers to<br />

charge cell phones. Each individual<br />

gets their own unit number.<br />

“All of the sudden that becomes<br />

an address, so now you have one of<br />

these lockers. You have just taken<br />

the next stage forward out of homelessness,<br />

with the safety and security<br />

of your stuff and a place to<br />

receive job offers and mail,” says<br />

Kerr.<br />

The second initiative Kerr is<br />

working on is the Tiny Homes<br />

project. The plan is to have the<br />

city build a community of little<br />

apartment-sized houses equipped<br />

with power and hydro and on a<br />

contract-based system allow homeless<br />

individuals a place to live, says<br />

Kerr.<br />

“When you give someone a challenge<br />

or a hope that’s bigger than a<br />

challenge they face, they will rise<br />

to any level they need to get to,”<br />

says Cullen. “And that’s what I do.”<br />

Cullen proposed the idea of Tiny<br />

Homes and is currently waiting on<br />

the municipal election to finish to<br />

continue with the municipality on<br />

the project, according to Kerr.<br />

World Homeless Day is an annual<br />

event in <strong>Durham</strong> Region on<br />

October 10, this came into fruition<br />

when Cullen proposed the idea to<br />

the municipality. You can find<br />

more information on their website.<br />

In the last two months, Cullen<br />

and his H.O.P.E Coalition have fed<br />

2,000 people in <strong>Durham</strong> Region.<br />

When asked what Cullen thinks<br />

of the future of homelessness in<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> Region he says, “Homes.<br />

That’s the future.”

4 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca<br />

PUBLISHER: Greg Murphy<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Brian Legree<br />

AD MANAGER: Dawn Salter<br />

Editorial<br />


NEWSROOM: brian.legree@durhamcollege.ca<br />

ADVERTISING: dawn.salter@durhamcollege.ca<br />

Cartoon by Dakota Evans<br />

DCSI needs to be more communicative<br />

A student’s tuition at <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College costs just over $3,000 per<br />

year. Of that amount, $1,245 goes<br />

toward different student fees, such<br />

as the Health plan, Dental plan,<br />

and the U-pass transit fee. Students<br />

can find a breakdown of the<br />

way the money is spent on DCSI’s<br />

website.<br />

The total amount collected in<br />

student fees from all students at DC<br />

comes to just under $5 million, according<br />

to a document on DCSI's<br />

website, now removed. According<br />

to DCSI's 20<strong>18</strong>-20<strong>19</strong> breakdown,<br />

which was recently taken off their<br />

website, the fees also go toward<br />

DCSI expenses.<br />

Just over half of the revenue generated<br />

by student fees goes to the<br />

Insurance-Health Plan. The rest<br />

of the money is spent on budget<br />

lines such as governance, marketing<br />

and communication, outreach<br />

services, DCSI clubs, events and<br />

Riot Radio. Not many students are<br />

aware of these fees or the way they<br />

are divided up.<br />

DCSI needs to be more communicative.<br />

This includes telling<br />

students not only how their money<br />

is spent but also what is happening<br />

with DCSI's executive.<br />

Jaylan Hayles, former president<br />

of DCSI, Geoffrey Olara, Vice<br />

President of External Affairs, and<br />

Toosaa Bush, Vice President of Internal<br />

Affairs, were fired at the end<br />

of June, after being elected in late<br />

February.<br />

The former executives say they<br />

were not given any notice as to<br />

why they were being terminated.<br />

A judge dismissed their wrongful<br />

dismissal lawsuit and the former<br />

executives have since filed a human<br />

rights claim.<br />

The case is before the Ontario<br />

Human Rights Commission.<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong> went to DCSI's<br />

operating office more than five<br />

times to find out answers to where<br />

students' money is going.<br />

When asked about what is being<br />

done with the executives’ salaries,<br />

Parastoo Sadeghein, Director of<br />

Community Services and Health,<br />

the only director who was willing<br />

to talk to the <strong>Chronicle</strong>, says she<br />

couldn’t disclose that information<br />

due to the case being in process.<br />

In Feb. 2<strong>01</strong>6, the <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

reported the salaries of the then<br />

joint student association (DC and<br />

UOIT). The salaries for UOIT’s<br />

vice president for the downtown<br />

campus, VP of the Whitby-Pickering<br />

campus, VP for college affairs<br />

and the VP of equity comes to<br />

$33,000 per year and a two-week<br />

vacation.<br />

The two institutions split in late<br />

2<strong>01</strong>6, Hayles and his VPs were the<br />

first elected executives for <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College.<br />

Students should be notified of<br />

any changes DSCI makes, especially<br />

if it involves student money.<br />

One of the most alarming budget<br />

lines which comes from the document<br />

that was removed from<br />

DCSI's website is the legal fees of<br />

$60,000 per year.<br />

Sadeghein says, “This is the<br />

budget that’s coming from students,<br />

it’s for anything that requires us to<br />

speak with our lawyers, any policies<br />

we want to put forward we always<br />

get legal counsel information.”<br />

The DCSI executives who were<br />

let go made a lot of promises during<br />

their campaign. The former<br />

DCSI president said Frosh Week<br />

was going to last a month as opposed<br />

to one week. There was no<br />

Frosh Week this year and students<br />

are not aware of where the money<br />

for the event went.<br />

Sadeghein says some of the<br />

money that was going towards<br />

Frosh Week is being used for other<br />

activities, like discounted Blue Jays'<br />

tickets for students.<br />

There needs to be better communication.<br />

Students are not aware<br />

of the changes DCSI is making.<br />

The last time students heard<br />

from DCSI was a letter posted by<br />

Andrew Nunez-Alvarez on the<br />

DCSI website. It said DCSI student<br />

board members "are working<br />

to ensure you all continue to receive<br />

the services we provide."<br />

DCSI needs to be transparent<br />

with how student fees are being<br />

spent and what plans are being<br />

made on behalf of DC students.<br />

Students have a right to know.<br />

Leslie Ishimwe<br />

EDITORS: Cameron Andrews, Justin Bailey, Rachelle<br />

Baird, Cam Bickle, Liam David, John Elambo,<br />

Dakota Evans, Cecelia Feor, Peter Fitzpatrick,<br />

Nicholas Franco, Kathryn Fraser, Jackie Graves,<br />

Madison Gulenchyn, Leslie Ishimwe, Morgan Kelly,<br />

Victoria Marcelle, Jasper Myers, Meagan Secord,<br />

Keisha Slemensky, Janis Williams.<br />

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chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 5<br />

Opinion<br />

Let's put a shave on the pink tax<br />

Studies<br />

show<br />

women pay<br />

more for<br />

razors<br />

Gillette has recently launched a<br />

high-end $150 shaving product:<br />

the heated razor.<br />

The product is aimed at men<br />

who enjoy a hot shave but struggle<br />

with keeping the heat consistent.<br />

Despite the ridiculous price of<br />

this fancy hot razor, women are the<br />

ones who are feeling the heat when<br />

it comes to the amount of money<br />

they pay for everyday razors.<br />

In 2<strong>01</strong>6, ParseHub data-mined<br />

Esports is great, but not at the cost of real<br />

athletes.<br />

When <strong>Durham</strong> College announced their<br />

plans for a state-of-the-art esports arena on<br />

campus in early September, it created a large<br />

divide amongst students on campus.<br />

On one side sat the gamers, beaming with<br />

excitement as they finally got the opportunity<br />

they deserved to show off their skills.<br />

On the other side sat the stereotypical<br />

“college kid” demographic, angered by<br />

the loss of their beloved E.P. Taylor’s pub.<br />

In between sat another group, and one<br />

that will likely be the sole casualty of this<br />

ground-breaking project, the student athletes.<br />

Varsity teams will have to get used to sharing<br />

the spotlight, as the time for an esports<br />

initiative was clearly long overdue. But the<br />

money being funnelled toward the new plan<br />

needs to be put into context. Consider the<br />

needs of the other teams on campus.<br />

The cost of building the continent’s<br />

second-largest post-secondary esports arena<br />

is unknown but the University of California<br />

spent over a quarter of a million dollars on<br />

the record holder in 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

That’s not necessarily an issue, as the Campus<br />

Ice Centre and all-new Vaso’s Field turf<br />

were costly upgrades for <strong>Durham</strong> College<br />

and UOIT in recent years.<br />

However, the costs don’t stop there. This<br />

may just be the beginning for the still-unnamed<br />

esports facility.<br />

Technology is expensive. Devices merely<br />

two years old might as well be considered<br />

prehistoric.<br />

That’s not to say operating a hockey arena<br />

is cheap, but the lifespan of the facility is<br />

much longer than a building solely renovated<br />

for gaming.<br />

It’s fair to suggest that at least a portion of<br />

that expense could have been spent on minor<br />

upgrades to other areas of the <strong>Durham</strong> Lords’<br />

3,<strong>19</strong>9 personal care products in<br />

Canada from companies such as<br />

Walmart and Loblaws.<br />

They discovered products for<br />

Canadian women cost 43 per cent<br />

more compared to men’s products.<br />

Those numbers sum up what has<br />

been called the “pink tax”.<br />

The pink tax refers to the extra<br />

amount women pay for common<br />

personal care products<br />

such as deodorants, hair products,<br />

lotions, soaps and razors.<br />

It is not a real tax. You won’t find<br />

it on your receipts underneath the<br />

lovely 13 per cent harmonized sales<br />

tax (HST).<br />

program.<br />

The old basketball gym has become a historic<br />

icon amongst athletes but would benefit<br />

from upgrades, and Vaso’s Field still has<br />

limited seating for spectators.<br />

Another area where the Lords athletes<br />

could use a piece of the pie is in exposure.<br />

The fan base of each team is devoted but still<br />

falls short of expectations. A large reason<br />

why is the lack of exposure around campus.<br />

Even extramural sports, such as the Lords<br />

hockey team, find themselves struggling to<br />

gather enough funding for annual tryouts.<br />

The cost of equipment is worth noting.<br />

Players on the esports teams will be treated<br />

to 60 high-end gaming computers and all<br />

accompanying features.<br />

As for other sports teams, players’ costs<br />

can be insurmountable.<br />

Members of the Ridgebacks hockey teams<br />

will be quick to point out their hundreds – if<br />

not thousands of dollars in equipment that is<br />

almost entirely provided by the player.<br />

The Lords baseball and softball teams<br />

spend their fair share on bats and gloves.<br />

Even athletes on the basketball and rugby<br />

teams spend a few hundred dollars on their<br />

sneakers and cleats, something that is only<br />

multiplied every year they spend on the<br />

team.<br />

Unfortunately, esports players are caught<br />

in the unfair position of being blamed for<br />

something they did not cause.<br />

Gamers are not forcing their peers to pay<br />

more for equipment, instead they simply<br />

“lucked out” by finding a passion for a sport<br />

that costs less at the post-secondary level.<br />

The need for an esports team is larger than<br />

ever, and the players on each team deserve<br />

as much as their peers.<br />

But it’s the traditional athletes who find<br />

themselves at a disadvantage. Not the other<br />

way around.<br />

Awareness about the pink tax<br />

rose in 2<strong>01</strong>4, after The New York<br />

Times released an editorial about<br />

a petition against shopping discrimination<br />

in France.<br />

The petition was created by feminist<br />

Georgette Sand, who asked<br />

the Monoprix supermarket chain<br />

to have equal prices for male and<br />

female hygiene products.<br />

A year later, many internet<br />

articles and discussion boards<br />

questioned whether or not the pink<br />

tax was real. Were women crying<br />

wolf?<br />

Well, ParseHub’s study confirmed<br />

the pink tax to be true. Shocker.<br />

The study also found female razors<br />

and blade replacements cost more<br />

than men’s products. Is it because<br />

they look more “girly”? Well, they<br />

cost 63 per cent more. Outrageous.<br />

The ParseHub survey was done<br />

two years ago but despite the<br />

Cameron<br />

Bickle<br />

awareness raised, the pink tax is<br />

still around.<br />

A 20<strong>18</strong> study conducted by<br />

RIFT Tax Refunds found female<br />

razors still cost 6.3 per cent more.<br />

Although it is a great improvement,<br />

why are women paying more?<br />

Apparently, women’s razors are<br />

much more different than men’s.<br />

99 Cent Razor, an online company<br />

which sends affordable razors to<br />

your door monthly, says factors<br />

such as shape and blade angle separate<br />

the two types.<br />

Feminine razors have a more<br />

curved handle than male razors so<br />

women can see the backs of their<br />

legs better while shaving. 99 Cent<br />

Razor does offer their own feminine<br />

pack of disposable razors for a<br />

monthly subscription of $3.96 per<br />

month.<br />

Smooth legs can feel great, but it<br />

does not feel great realizing you are<br />

spending extra money for a pink or<br />

purple razor.<br />

It’s like you’re putting your<br />

money too close to a hot razor and<br />

it goes up in flames.<br />

It’s hard to believe the angle of a<br />

razor really helps women shave any<br />

better. If you’ve been shaving your<br />

legs for years, you’ll know how to<br />

get the job done.<br />

Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club,<br />

are also online businesses similar to<br />

99 Cent Razor. They offer reusable<br />

and affordable unisex razors and<br />

invite their female customers with<br />

open arms.<br />

Save your money rather than<br />

shave your money. Buy the male<br />

or unisex razors, they’ll still get the<br />

job done.<br />

Don’t worry about the bells and<br />

whistles, and definitely don’t worry<br />

how hot your razor can stay. Shave<br />

in a hot shower.<br />

Esports instead of E.P. Taylor's sparks controversy<br />

Gaming initiative overdue<br />

But not at<br />

the expense of<br />

real athletes<br />

Morgan<br />

Kelly<br />

No campus pub leaves a gap<br />

Simcoe House<br />

at arena not<br />

'students only'<br />

No more live music<br />

shows or karaoke.<br />

Meagan<br />

Secord<br />

A campus community is not complete without<br />

a campus pub.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College and UOIT students are<br />

missing out on an important post-secondary<br />

experience: going to the campus pub. The<br />

lack of a pub on the main campus creates a<br />

gap in the school community.<br />

Queen's University has The Queen’s Pub.<br />

Trent University has The Ceilie. York University<br />

has Shopsy’s.<br />

But <strong>Durham</strong> and UOIT only have<br />

The Simcoe House Ales and Grill, which<br />

is located at the Campus Ice Centre:<br />

a 450 metre walk across Conlin Road on<br />

a sidewalk that ends before it reaches the<br />

Centre.<br />

While this pub is (technically) on campus,<br />

it is open to the general public.<br />

Public skates happen Monday to Friday.<br />

There are bookable ice pads, girls’ hockey on<br />

weekends, Oshawa Minor Generals games<br />

and practices in the evenings.<br />

The last thing a college pub needs are<br />

parents and kids running around.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College and UOIT students need<br />

a “Moe’s Tavern” from The Simpsons: a<br />

place where stories are shared over drinks,<br />

friends are made, and maybe even a little<br />

bit of mischief happens.<br />

E.P. Taylor’s used to fill that void. But it<br />

closed in 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

On the now-closed campus pub, E.P. Taylor’s<br />

Facebook page, commenters post about<br />

good memories future DC/UOIT generations<br />

will miss.<br />

One comment by Ryan Gordon reads, “I<br />

used to go there for Karaoke Nights on Mondays<br />

when I was doing a two-year Culinary<br />

Management program at <strong>Durham</strong> College...<br />

Sad, but I had good memories of the place,<br />

which was the best part of my second time<br />

as a college student. Miss it!”<br />

No more live music shows or karaoke<br />

nights: arguably, all things college/university<br />

students should be able to access on campus.<br />

What has been put in place of the pub<br />

doesn’t compare.<br />

The Esports gaming arena will house online<br />

gaming competitions.<br />

Who does that serve?<br />

According to Global Sports Matter, 75 per<br />

cent of Esports fans aged 13 - 40 are male<br />

and only 25 per cent are female.<br />

Is the Esports gaming arena going to offer<br />

the same gender diversity as a campus pub<br />

would?<br />

An article published on The Wireless in<br />

May talks about the toxic environment of<br />

online gaming and how women often become<br />

the target of these verbal assaults and<br />

even threats.<br />

How will <strong>Durham</strong> College make this<br />

space gender inclusive?<br />

The campus community needs a non-academic<br />

space to call their own: a place where<br />

the two campuses (<strong>Durham</strong> College and<br />

UOIT) can mingle and see themselves as a<br />

whole, not two separate entities.<br />

With all of the renovations, new builds<br />

and upgrades <strong>Durham</strong> College and UOIT<br />

are getting, an on-campus pub needs to be<br />

included.<br />

A campus community is just not complete<br />

without a campus pub and an Esports gaming<br />

arena will not fill that gap.

6 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca<br />

Opinion<br />

Fighting human trafficking starts with prevention plan<br />

Human trafficking is prevalent<br />

and thriving in <strong>Durham</strong> Region,<br />

as documented in the <strong>Chronicle</strong>’s<br />

human trafficking series by Shanelle<br />

Somers and Shana Fillatrau<br />

earlier this year.<br />

The Provincial Government<br />

says Ontario, specifically the<br />

GTA, is an epicentre of human<br />

trafficking. Two-thirds of the<br />

cases in Canada happen in our<br />

own backyard.<br />

By its nature, human trafficking<br />

is difficult to measure because<br />

of its hidden nature. According to<br />

Statistics Canada, police reported<br />

723 cases of human trafficking<br />

violations in Ontario between<br />

2009 and 2<strong>01</strong>6. The number of<br />

reported cases is on the rise each<br />

year.<br />

While there are different prevention<br />

programs in place, such<br />

as Daughter Project Canada and<br />

Roots of Character run by the<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> District School Board,<br />

not enough is being done to inform<br />

young girls and their parents<br />

of this form of modern-day slavery.<br />

Prevention is the key to fighting<br />

human trafficking. Parents<br />

must be educated about human<br />

trafficking and the dangers of the<br />

digital age. Schools should communicate<br />

with parents alongside<br />

educating kids. Young girls need<br />

to be reached before they enter<br />

high school and general community<br />

awareness must be raised.<br />

While it is every parents’ intention<br />

to protect their kids from<br />

strangers and dangers, online<br />

accessibility is a lot like leaving<br />

the metaphorical front door unlocked.<br />

Children can easily access<br />

information on the internet and<br />

have open channels to communicate<br />

with friends and strangers on<br />

social media.<br />

While some may argue prevention<br />

begins at home with engaged<br />

parents who pay close attention<br />

to what their children do on electronic<br />

devices, school programs<br />

need to work with parents.<br />

Prevention strategies should be<br />

communicated through a newsletter,<br />

email, or school app, so parents<br />

are on the same page as their<br />

children.<br />

The <strong>Durham</strong> Regional Police<br />

Services human-trafficking unit<br />

give presentations to girls in high<br />

schools about human trafficking.<br />

This is a great starting point but<br />

doesn’t educate everyone who<br />

may need the knowledge and empowerment.<br />

Girls being targeted for human<br />

trafficking are between 11 and 15<br />

years old, with some cases being<br />

reported with girls as young as 9.<br />

High school presentations may<br />

come too late for potential victims.<br />

It is imperative adults as well as<br />

students are informed about what<br />

is happening in our community<br />

and gain the skills and knowledge<br />

on how to spot any warning signs<br />

to prevent this from occurring.<br />

Sharing knowledge about this<br />

important issue can help the community.<br />

Five girls who attended a<br />

program called Roots of Leadership,<br />

a summer program run by<br />

Roots of Character, put their artistic<br />

talents to good use and created<br />

informative posters about human<br />

trafficking. It was proposed<br />

the posters be put up in bathroom<br />

stalls in schools, theatres, malls<br />

and fast food restaurants across<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> Region. This campaign<br />

should go forward because it<br />

would open the public’s eyes about<br />

an issue not on the social forefront.<br />

Serious issues in our community,<br />

such as human trafficking,<br />

require preventative measures.<br />

There are programs in place but<br />

more could be done to help keep<br />

girls in our community safe.<br />

From home to school, our community<br />

must commit to protecting<br />

our children. Parents, students<br />

and the public need to learn about<br />

human trafficking in order to<br />

know how to best deal with it.<br />

Prevention strategies in the<br />

community and school system<br />

can help girls, rather than human<br />

traffickers, thrive.<br />

Professors on front lines of campus mental health crisis<br />

College professors are on the front<br />

lines of what has been called a<br />

campus mental health crisis in<br />

Canada. Professors need mental<br />

health first-aid training in order<br />

to help their students.<br />

Colleges need to mandate mental<br />

health training for faculty.<br />

According to Statistics Canada,<br />

young people aged 15 to<br />

24 are more likely to experience<br />

mental illness than any other age<br />

group.<br />

A Colleges Ontario overview<br />

reveals the average college student<br />

is 23 years of age.<br />

According to the Council of<br />

Ontario Universities, 75 per cent<br />

of mental health disorders first appear<br />

among people aged <strong>18</strong> to 24.<br />

If the average college student<br />

is 23, young people aged 15 to<br />

24 are prone to mental illnesses.<br />

Consider the fact that 75 per cent<br />

Cecelia Feor<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

The United States, Mexico,<br />

Canada (USMCA) trade deal<br />

is set to replace NAFTA. It sees<br />

give and take on each side, but<br />

the dairy market saw a few more<br />

drops given to the U.S. than<br />

hoped.<br />

If the deal gets approved, 3.6<br />

per cent of the Canadian dairy<br />

market will be open to U.S. dairy<br />

imports.<br />

At least one <strong>Durham</strong> dairy<br />

farmer says it's unfortunate that<br />

market is now gone, because he<br />

doesn't think Canadian producers<br />

Janis<br />

Williams<br />

Madison<br />

Gulenchyn<br />

of mental health disorders first appear<br />

among people aged <strong>18</strong> to 24.<br />

College students are at a greater<br />

risk to mental health emergencies.<br />

A National College Health Assessment<br />

survey of post-secondary<br />

students reported that last year 46<br />

per cent of students reported feeling<br />

so depressed it was difficult to<br />

function; 65 per cent of students<br />

reported overwhelming anxiety<br />

and 14 per cent of students had<br />

seriously considered suicide.<br />

According to the Centre for<br />

Addiction and Mental Health<br />

(CAMH), 4,000 Canadians die<br />

a year to suicide. That equals<br />

will be able to get it back.<br />

"I can see there being months<br />

in the future where everybody<br />

else gets paid and I don't, because<br />

the bank account won't allow for<br />

me to have a take home salary,"<br />

says Robert Larmer, a farmer in<br />

Nestleton, who has 250 dairy cattle.<br />

He says as a young farmer, he<br />

carries a large debt for the farm<br />

and the deal is a significant hit to<br />

revenue.<br />

Larmer has been a dairy farmer<br />

in Nestleton since 2<strong>01</strong>4. He has<br />

known dairy farming his whole<br />

life, since his father and grandfather<br />

worked as dairy farmers as<br />

well.<br />

Canada historically operates<br />

its dairy industry on a supply<br />

management system. Dairy processors<br />

set quotas for farms, which<br />

are based on market demand.<br />

This system helps farmers stay<br />

in business, and maintains prices<br />

in stores for shoppers.<br />

roughly eleven people per day. After<br />

accidents, suicide is the second<br />

leading cause of death for people<br />

aged 15-24.<br />

If suicide is this prominent<br />

among the campus population,<br />

professors should be required<br />

to get Mental Health First Aid<br />

(MHFA) training. This would<br />

help professors recognize the signs<br />

and symptoms of mental illnesses,<br />

before it's too late.<br />

Much like physical first aid is<br />

provided until medical treatment<br />

can be obtained, MHFA is available<br />

until appropriate support is<br />

found or the crisis is fixed.<br />

The three main steps to MHFA<br />

are to recognize the change in behaviour,<br />

respond with a conversation<br />

and then guide the person to<br />

the appropriate resources.<br />

The outcomes of MHFA, according<br />

to its Canadian website,<br />

In Canada, the dairy industry<br />

is a $20-billion business. However,<br />

under the new deal, the per<br />

cent open to U.S. producers could<br />

mean $720-million will be lost annually.<br />

Larmer says the loss of the<br />

market will be felt not only in the<br />

next month, but in years to come.<br />

Ontario is the second-largest<br />

milk producing province behind<br />

Quebec, with 3,613 dairy farms<br />

in Ontario in 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

Local dairy farmers are concerned<br />

about the effects of the<br />

USMCA, including Larmer.<br />

The 3.6 per cent of the US-<br />

MCA deal is not the only damage<br />

to the dairy industry. Two other<br />

trade deals, the Transpacific<br />

Partnership (TPP), and the Comprehensive<br />

and Economic Trade<br />

Agreement (CETA), coupled with<br />

the USMCA mean that 10 per<br />

cent of Canada's dairy market will<br />

be open internationally.<br />

Larmer says these deals won't<br />

are the increase of awareness, increase<br />

of confidence and decrease<br />

of stigma.<br />

This is why it is necessary for<br />

colleges to mandate mental health<br />

training for on-campus faculty. It<br />

is necessary for students to have<br />

someone who recognizes the<br />

symptoms of a mental health crisis<br />

before it escalates.<br />

The goal is to engage confidently<br />

where a person may be a<br />

danger to themselves or others.<br />

This way, help will be provided to<br />

prevent the mental health problem<br />

from developing into a more<br />

serious state. Therefore, promoting<br />

the recovery of good mental<br />

health and providing comfort to<br />

a person experiencing a mental<br />

health problem.<br />

This would help stop potential<br />

suicides by diagnosing the mental<br />

health concerns beforehand and<br />

change how he operates his farm.<br />

He says animal welfare, human<br />

welfare and economics are the<br />

three factors he makes decisions<br />

on.<br />

"We want to do what's best for<br />

the animals, we want to do what's<br />

best for us as a family, from a<br />

health perspective and of course<br />

our employees as well, and then<br />

obviously it needs to be economically<br />

feasible for us to make those<br />

decisions," Larmer says.<br />

He hopes to stay in the dairy<br />

market.<br />

Many say this dairy deal had<br />

to happen to save the bigger trade<br />

deal between Canada and the<br />

U.S.<br />

Bin Chang, program director<br />

of finance at UOIT, says the US-<br />

MCA is not as good as NAFTA<br />

for the Canadian dairy industry.<br />

However, she says the USMCA<br />

is better than no deal at all, and it<br />

is good it got done by the Oct. 1<br />

create dialogue around a stigmatized<br />

topic.<br />

In 2<strong>01</strong>6, Ontario University<br />

and College Health Association<br />

(OUCHA) published the results<br />

from a survey of more than 25,000<br />

students.<br />

The survey found in the previous<br />

year, 65 per cent of students<br />

experienced overwhelming anxiety,<br />

46 per cent reported feeling<br />

so depressed they couldn't function<br />

and 13 per cent had seriously<br />

considered suicide in the previous<br />

year. College professors are on the<br />

front lines of what has been called<br />

a campus mental health crisis in<br />

Canada. Professors need mental<br />

first-aid training in order to help<br />

their students.<br />

Action needs to be taken. Providing<br />

training to those on the<br />

front lines will help stop an epidemic<br />

that is killing students.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> dairy farmer weighs in on USMCA trade deal<br />

More U.S.<br />

milk coming<br />

to Canada<br />

deadline.<br />

"We give up something, but<br />

other countries give us more market<br />

access to their own market,"<br />

Chang says, adding free trade<br />

deals like TPP and CETA are<br />

good for the economy.<br />

She says that in the USMCA<br />

negotiations, the dairy market<br />

was a priority on both the U.S.<br />

and Canadian sides of the deal.<br />

"From the U.S. side they wanted<br />

a more open market, but from<br />

Canada's side we want to protect<br />

our dairy farmers," she says.<br />

Supply management will remain<br />

the way Canada operates its<br />

dairy market, and perhaps help it<br />

maintain profits.<br />

"Our system is the envy of the<br />

world," Larmer says.<br />

The USMCA still has to be<br />

passed through the House of<br />

Commons and the Senate.<br />

The deal could come into effect<br />

as early as June, 20<strong>19</strong>.

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 7<br />

DC, UOIT protecting free speech<br />

Janis Williams<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Free speech versus hate speech.<br />

It’s a political tightrope and new<br />

Ontario Premier Doug Ford wants<br />

the province’s colleges and universities<br />

to walk it.<br />

Ford has mandated post-secondary<br />

schools to develop and<br />

publicly post their own free speech<br />

policies by Jan. 1, 20<strong>19</strong>.<br />

“Colleges and universities<br />

should be places where students exchange<br />

different ideas and opinions<br />

in open and respectful debate,”<br />

Ford says in a statement. “Our<br />

government made a commitment<br />

to the people of Ontario to protect<br />

free speech on campuses.”<br />

What does this mean for DC<br />

and UOIT? Don’t expect to see too<br />

much change on campus because<br />

policies already exist and are put<br />

in place.<br />

One immediate change is a new<br />

committee put together to represent<br />

all 24 Ontario colleges, with one<br />

representative for DC. They will<br />

look at the University of Chicago<br />

statement on principles of free expression<br />

and develop their own set<br />

of principles and policies to adopt<br />

as a collective system.<br />

DC and UOIT are no strangers<br />

to dealing with the balance of free<br />

speech and human rights.<br />

Dr. Steven Murphy, UOIT<br />

president, says the university is<br />

well-practiced in the pros and cons<br />

of bringing people to campus. He<br />

says it is important speakers bring<br />

value to the students and push them<br />

to think in different ways. He says<br />

the individuals coming to campus<br />

should be open to being challenged<br />

themselves.<br />

“We’ve always been champions<br />

of free speech and will continue to<br />

be,” Murphy says.<br />

DC president Don Lovisa<br />

agrees with Murphy. He sees the<br />

importance of freedom of thought<br />

and the ability to express an opinion.<br />

“It has to be positive, it has<br />

to contribute to understanding,<br />

education and [bring] value and<br />

it doesn’t disparage one group versus<br />

another, a balance needs to be<br />

achieved,” says Lovisa.<br />

Murphy says free speech is a<br />

cornerstone of society and people<br />

look to push their platforms at universities.<br />

Because of this, UOIT<br />

needs to find a balance between<br />

free speech and upholding the Ontario<br />

human rights code.<br />

When someone wants to speak,<br />

Murphy says the school needs to<br />

keep a safe and civil space. He says<br />

this can be a grey area because<br />

there is a fine line between genuine<br />

concerns versus ideologies being<br />

challenged.<br />

Lovisa also carefully weighs<br />

the rights of individuals and the<br />

collective.<br />

“We all value free speech and<br />

I value free speech. Free speech<br />

is protected under our Charter of<br />

Rights and Freedoms but I do distinguish<br />

between free speech and<br />

hate speech,” Lovisa says.<br />

The most recent freedom of<br />

speech on campus issues to make<br />

Photograph by Janis Williams<br />

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared his thoughts on free speech to reporters at UOIT.<br />

national headlines was at Wilfrid<br />

Laurier University about a year<br />

ago. Lindsay Shepherd, a teaching<br />

assistant, was reprimanded after<br />

showing her students a video clip<br />

of a debate with University of Toronto<br />

psychology professor Jordan<br />

Peterson regarding the use of gendered<br />

pronouns. The University<br />

ultimately apologized to her for the<br />

incident.<br />

DC and UOIT have not had to<br />

deal with controversies at this level.<br />

Lovisa says it’s important to<br />

keep this a Canadian issue, he<br />

says unfortunately, many of our<br />

political decisions are driven by a<br />

We need to<br />

have a country<br />

that is open,<br />

respectful and<br />

engages across<br />

the full range<br />

of diversity of<br />

views.<br />

U.S. lens.<br />

“We have to make sure that<br />

we’re developing policies for our<br />

institutions and society. Our society<br />

is different than the United States,<br />

our politics are different, our values<br />

are different in some cases,” Lovisa<br />

says.<br />

“So, whenever we develop policies<br />

we want to make sure they fit<br />

your needs as a student and not a<br />

student in the United States.”<br />

He says Canada is not as deeply<br />

politically divided as the Unites<br />

States.<br />

He says because of free speech,<br />

we learn from each other with<br />

understanding, even if we share<br />

different world views.<br />

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau<br />

was on campus in August and<br />

shared his thoughts on free speech.<br />

“We need to have a country that<br />

is open, respectful that engages<br />

across the full range of diversity of<br />

views and that includes a range of<br />

diversity or ideologies,” Trudeau<br />

says.<br />

There is no space for hate speech<br />

in Canada, Trudeau added.<br />

Some students lighting up on campus despite smoking ban<br />

Madison Gulenchyn<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Some people did not adhere to the<br />

new ban on smoking on the <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College, UOIT campus. The<br />

<strong>Chronicle</strong> saw several students<br />

smoking early on Oct. 15, adjacent<br />

to the Student Services Building<br />

and in the bus loop outside of the<br />

Gordon Willey building.<br />

The smoke-free campus policy<br />

went into effect after being announced<br />

Oct. 12.<br />

The new policy was created to<br />

promote health and safety and applies<br />

to all members of the campus<br />

community, officials from both<br />

schools say.<br />

The college and university<br />

made the decision to implement<br />

this policy before the the legalization<br />

of cannabis on Oct. 17.<br />

A DC student smoker is Eric<br />

Linton, <strong>19</strong>. He believes tobacco<br />

shouldn’t be banned because marijuana<br />

is being legalized.<br />

“They shouldn’t have made the<br />

law [they way] it is. It’s kind of unfair<br />

to ban everything just because<br />

of that one thing,” Linton said.<br />

The Office of Campus Safety is<br />

“not tracking” numbers of students<br />

in violation of the smoking ban<br />

policy, says Tom Lynch, director<br />

of the office.<br />

The campus has some exceptions<br />

when it comes to this new<br />

policy. Traditional burnings of<br />

substances that form a part of Indigenous<br />

culture and heritage are<br />

allowed.<br />

Individuals with prescriptions<br />

to smoke medical cannabis will also<br />

work with the campus for a solution.<br />

Individuals who wish to smoke<br />

must do so off-campus.<br />

New ‘no smoking’ signs have<br />

been put up on campus and posters<br />

can be seen on the walls of the<br />

hallways. Outdoor campus ashtrays<br />

have also been removed in the wake<br />

of the new policy, yet some students<br />

are still smoking on the property.<br />

Students like Sebastian<br />

Manczak, 23, of the pre-health sciences<br />

program, said he hasn’t heard<br />

a lot of the policy, and believes it<br />

should be publicized more.<br />

“It came a little out of nowhere,<br />

right? There are tons of smokers<br />

here and there were tons of waste<br />

disposals [for cigarettes],” Manczak<br />

said. “I now have to do a little more<br />

cardio to get my smoke, so I guess<br />

it’s not a bad thing.”<br />

DC and UOIT officials say the<br />

campus is currently in phase one of<br />

its smoking ban. This will last until<br />

Jan. 1 and will focus on awareness<br />

and educating the community<br />

about the new policy.<br />

Phase two will begin on Jan. 1,<br />

will consist of issuing verbal and<br />

Photograph by Madison Gulenchyn<br />

Justin Stewart, 23, in the business fundamentals program, stands on DC's campus to smoke.<br />

written warnings for those who fail<br />

to adhere to the ban on smoking.<br />

The final and third phase includes<br />

issuing fines and initiating<br />

disciplinary actions, school officials<br />


8 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus<br />

Spaces and Places<br />

This is one in a series looking at special<br />

locations on the DC, UOIT campus<br />

Photograph by Jasper Myers<br />

Elaine Popp, vice-president, academic oversees all teaching and learning operations at <strong>Durham</strong> College.<br />

DC popping up opportunities<br />

Jasper Myers<br />

Morgan Kelly<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

The world that we live<br />

in is becoming more<br />

and more globalized.<br />

The introduction of a new fall reading<br />

week at <strong>Durham</strong> College (DC)<br />

is just one example of what Elaine<br />

Popp does in her job.<br />

Popp, the school’s vice-president,<br />

academic (VPA), has been in<br />

charge of the teaching and learning<br />

experience at DC for the past three<br />

years, including the addition of a<br />

second school break for students.<br />

But her job requires her to bring<br />

expertise to a variety of areas.<br />

“As [VPA], I see my role really<br />

being divided up amongst five<br />

main responsibilities,” says Popp,<br />

who worked at Humber College<br />

prior to being hired at DC.<br />

She makes sure faculty are fully<br />

supported in providing the best<br />

education possible, constantly reviewing<br />

the programs offered by<br />

the college, providing students and<br />

faculty with international education<br />

opportunities, managing enrolment,<br />

and focusing on applied<br />

research and opportunities for students<br />

to participate.<br />

The Centre for Academic and<br />

Faculty Enrichment (C.A.F.E.)<br />

helps faculty of any experience<br />

update skills and learn new ways<br />

to engage students. Popp also says<br />

it’s important programs have the<br />

right teaching spaces, pointing to<br />

the new <strong>Chronicle</strong> room adjacent<br />

to the Pit and studio spaces as examples.<br />

She works on constantly updating<br />

and adding programs based<br />

on what industry and students require<br />

and makes sure the content<br />

ensures students are career-ready<br />

with experiential, hands-on learning.<br />

Popp also manages internationalization<br />

opportunities provided to<br />

staff and students, which she says<br />

is important.<br />

“The world that we live in is<br />

becoming more and more globalized,”<br />

says Popp, whose office is<br />

located in H-wing, between Tim<br />

Hortons and the bus loop. “It’s not<br />

such a small world that it used to<br />

be, everyone’s connected, businesses<br />

are connected.”<br />

She understands most students<br />

won’t get the chance to travel<br />

abroad for projects such as DC’s<br />

recent involvement in Kenya and<br />

Guyana, but still makes sure those<br />

at home get a global education, too.<br />

The Global Class at DC allows students<br />

on campus to connect, share<br />

and learn from experts and other<br />

students from across the world via<br />

live broadcasting.<br />

However, Popp says she works<br />

with a big team to get things done.<br />

She works collaboratively with all<br />

nine academic schools as well as the<br />

four academic departments such as<br />

the C.A.F.E. international education,<br />

Office of Research Services,<br />

Innovation and Entrepreneurship<br />

and Corporate Training Services.<br />

The team within her office plays<br />

a significant role as well, such as<br />

her executive assistant Karen Graham.<br />

“Oh, Karen? She keeps me<br />

sane,” jokes Popp. “She’s the only<br />

reason I can sleep at all.”<br />

Graham says she needs to make<br />

sure Popp has what she needs when<br />

she needs it.<br />

She makes sure Popp’s schedule<br />

is set, the VPA is on time and ready<br />

for whatever’s next. Graham says<br />

Popp’s schedule is one of the busiest<br />

of anyone else she’s worked for at<br />

the college, including DC president<br />

Don Lovisa.<br />

The future of DC, according to<br />

Popp, involves some new degree<br />

programs currently in the review<br />

and development stages, continuing<br />

to work on teaching practices<br />

and developing more classrooms<br />

that are not set up in the traditional<br />

manner - with row after row of<br />


Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 – December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 9<br />

Spaces and Places<br />

This is one in a series looking at special<br />

locations on the DC, UOIT campus<br />

Photograph by Kathryn Fraser<br />

DC President, Don Lovisa, sits next to his guitar chair inside his office.<br />

Lovisa: Global projects help DC's prospects<br />

Kathryn Fraser<br />

Madison Gulenchyn<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Don Lovisa describes his path to<br />

becoming <strong>Durham</strong> College (DC)<br />

president as a “fabulous journey”<br />

and is pleased it is ongoing.<br />

It’s an educational excursion<br />

that has taken him to many towns<br />

and cities across Canada, as well<br />

as many countries throughout the<br />

world.<br />

Lovisa became president of DC<br />

10 years ago. He said the road to<br />

get here was “a long one.”<br />

“It has been a fabulous journey,”<br />

Lovisa, 60, said. “And I’m<br />

still on a great journey.”<br />

He went to school part-time,<br />

and, as he would say, “forever.”<br />

Lovisa attended St. Francis Xavier<br />

University, Lakehead University,<br />

St. Thomas University, University<br />

of Toronto and Confederation College.<br />

He earned degrees in international<br />

management, adult education<br />

and has completed the course<br />

work towards a PhD in community<br />

college leadership.<br />

Lovisa said he seized every<br />

opportunity. He was always looking<br />

for ways to create new experiences<br />

and meet people.<br />

“That’s what the road is like.<br />

Making connections, getting the<br />

education you need, having fun and<br />

making it interesting,” he said. “But<br />

also, helping people along the way,<br />

knowing you have to make a contribution.<br />

You can receive but you<br />

also have to give.”<br />

Lovisa didn’t always have the<br />

busy life he has now in <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Region. He grew up in Fort Frances,<br />

in northwestern Ontario.<br />

“Living in a small town, you<br />

have fewer opportunities. So like<br />

me and a lot of other people, to advance,<br />

you have to leave,” he said.<br />

“It is bittersweet. Small towns are<br />

a nice experience. You learn about<br />

yourself and community.”<br />

While pursuing his career,<br />

Lovisa found international work.<br />

He spent time teaching, training<br />

and consulting in areas such as<br />

globalization, trade, entrepreneurship<br />

and business.<br />

Before working for more than<br />

30 years in post-secondary education,<br />

he worked in Poland, Ukraine,<br />

Germany, Vietnam, India, Korea,<br />

China and the Caribbean.<br />

He learned both respect and<br />

teamwork were important when<br />

working with foreign counterparts.<br />

“[Working globally] broadens<br />

your perspective,” Lovisa said. “It<br />

helps you understand that there<br />

are different world-views. People<br />

see the world very differently and<br />

they react to situations, problems<br />

and questions very differently than<br />

I do. It’s [understanding] to respect<br />

that and [trying] to work together<br />

to achieve the mission that you’re<br />

there to achieve.”<br />

Lovisa said international travels<br />

teach an individual to gain respect<br />

for not only cultures but for people,<br />

too. This respect translates into his<br />

life as he applies his foreign experiences<br />

to his job at DC.<br />

“It’s a very rewarding experience,”<br />

he said. “As we have more<br />

and more international students,<br />

understanding that they’re going<br />

to bring different ideas here and<br />

we have to respect that, we have<br />

to learn from it. We also have to<br />

help them understand our value<br />

system and what it means to be in<br />

Canada.”<br />

Lovisa credits his office space<br />

as a place where he can work and<br />

help strengthen international and<br />

local relationships.<br />

“It’s a comfortable space,” he<br />

said. “[It’s] a quiet space when<br />

I want it to be [and] a fun space<br />

when I want it to be.”<br />

You can<br />

receive, but you<br />

also have to<br />

give.<br />

Lovisa enjoys personalizing his<br />

environment. A blue chair, made<br />

completely out of guitar parts, sits<br />

in his office. Lovisa built the chair<br />

and decided to auction it off. When<br />

it didn’t sell, he kept it. The chair<br />

acts as a reminder for his love of<br />

music. “It’s just part of me. I like<br />

music, I like to play,” he said.<br />

In addition to his guitar chair,<br />

student photography and sculptures<br />

fill the rest of his office. Lovisa is<br />

proud of DC’s students and surrounds<br />

himself with their work. He<br />

said the memorabilia is inspiring<br />

and motivational.<br />

He refers to his office as “a<br />

place of great pride.”<br />

“Thankful,” is the word Lovisa<br />

uses to describe himself.<br />

“For many things. For my job,<br />

for the life I get to live. For everything<br />

around me.”

10 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus<br />

Spaces and Places<br />

This is one in a series looking at special<br />

locations on the DC, UOIT campus<br />

Photograph by Cecelia Feor<br />

UOIT president Dr. Steven Murphy sitting in his office on the second floor of the UOIT Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre.<br />

Murphy: Putting more 'tech' in UOIT<br />

Cecelia Feor<br />

Janis Williams<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

The University of Ontario Institute<br />

of Technology's (UOIT) new president<br />

wants to use his skills to push<br />

the Ridgebacks ahead of the pack.<br />

Dr. Steven Murphy has been<br />

UOIT president for a relatively<br />

short time, but he's taking a long<br />

term view about his new role.<br />

On the job since March 1, he's<br />

already thinking 15 years into the<br />

future of what the university can<br />

become - and he'd like it to be the<br />

MIT of the north, referring to the<br />

world-renowned Massachusetts<br />

Institute of Technology.<br />

Murphy was previously the<br />

dean of the Ted Rogers School of<br />

Management at Toronto's Ryerson<br />

University.<br />

He sees similarities between<br />

UOIT and where Ryerson was 10<br />

years ago. As a result, he believes<br />

It's (technology) not just in our<br />

name (UOIT) it's also in how we<br />

want to live.<br />

UOIT is on an exponential path<br />

for the future.<br />

He hopes to build on the use of<br />

technology to teach its 10,000 students<br />

better, in part by developing<br />

improved hybrid courses.<br />

"It's (technology) not just in our<br />

name, it's also in how we want to<br />

live and in our values and our dayto-day<br />

actions," Murphy says.<br />

It is important to integrate<br />

technology systems to better serve<br />

students, by having everything in<br />

one place, he believes.<br />

"We're really reaching the<br />

point where you need to be able to<br />

come to one spot that has everything<br />

to do with your university<br />

experience," Murphy says, noting<br />

all aspects of the student experience,<br />

including assignments and<br />

study groups, should be accessible<br />

through a central app or system.<br />

He's also interested in using<br />

technology to deliver education<br />

in an improved way. He says hybrid<br />

courses should become more<br />

the norm, where there is an online<br />

component and then an in-person<br />

portion for discussion.<br />

In addition, Murphy would<br />

like to see courses become modular,<br />

based on the length of student<br />

learning absorption levels.<br />

This would focus less on the<br />

traditional course model of a 13-<br />

week semester with four-week<br />

exam period.<br />

Murphy is also pleased students<br />

can experience different<br />

course and pathway options on<br />

the joint campus of <strong>Durham</strong> College<br />

(DC) and UOIT.<br />

Cathy Pitcher, assistant to the<br />

president, previously worked in<br />

the DC president's office, including<br />

for Gary Polonsky, the <strong>Durham</strong><br />

leader who helped found<br />

UOIT.<br />

Pitcher says pathways are<br />

beneficial to students.<br />

"I think this campus brings<br />

tremendous opportunities to our<br />

students, the fact that you have a<br />

university and a college sharing,"<br />

she says.<br />

Murphy meets with DC<br />

president Don Lovisa monthly<br />

to discuss how to enhance diploma-to-degree<br />

pathways but also<br />

to create other opportunities for<br />

students.<br />

Specifically, Murphy proposed<br />

a business training module for<br />

those who have graduated from<br />

skilled trades and apprenticeships<br />

looking to start their own business.<br />

"It's about doing a flexible delivery,<br />

thinking about really creative<br />

models of working together,<br />

and trying to figure out where our<br />

visions intersect," he says.<br />

As for his legacy, Murphy is<br />

more concerned with UOIT’s<br />

goals.<br />

“For me it’s far more satisfying<br />

to see our students walking across<br />

the stage (graduating) knowing<br />

that the value of their degree has<br />

increased because we’ve worked<br />

really hard as a team over 10 years<br />

than it is for me to say that my legacy<br />

after 10 years is that I pushed<br />

on 'x' or 'y',” says Murphy.

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 11<br />

The chosen three representing DC<br />

<strong>Durham</strong><br />

grads in<br />

line for<br />

Premier's<br />

Award<br />

Kathryn Fraser<br />

Madison Gulenchyn<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

What do a nurse, a journalist and<br />

a plumber all have in common?<br />

They've all been nominated for<br />

Colleges Ontario's 20<strong>18</strong> Premier's<br />

Award.<br />

Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann<br />

who graduated in <strong>19</strong>88 from<br />

DC's Registered Nursing program,<br />

Manjula Selvarajah, a 2<strong>01</strong>4<br />

graduate of the Journalism - Print<br />

and Broadcast program and Brandon<br />

Bird, a 2<strong>01</strong>2 DC graduate as<br />

a Level 3 Plumber Apprentice are<br />

among 1<strong>18</strong> nominees for the Premier's<br />

Award.<br />

The event recognizes notable<br />

alumni of Ontario colleges. The<br />

DC alumni were chosen for their<br />

career success relating to their<br />

college program and the impacts<br />

they have made. There are seven<br />

categories. DC's three nominees<br />

represent three of the seven<br />

groupings.<br />

Sunstrum-Mann is in the<br />

Health Services category, Selvarajah<br />

was nominated in the Recent<br />

Graduate category and Bird<br />

for the Apprenticeship category.<br />

Sunstrum-Mann is currently<br />

the CEO of Grandview Children's<br />

Centre. She has worked in senior<br />

leadership roles at various Ontario<br />

hospitals.<br />

Selvarajah is an associate producer<br />

for CBC, who advocates<br />

for the Tamil community, with a<br />

focus on feminist movements.<br />

Bird is the CEO of Bird Mechanical<br />

Ltd. He took over the company<br />

in 2<strong>01</strong>6 as the youngest CEO<br />

ever in the company. The 20<strong>18</strong><br />

Premier's Awards gala takes place<br />

Monday, Nov. 26.

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14 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Community<br />

Oshawa helps storm victims<br />

Kathryn Fraser<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

On the shores of Lake Ontario in<br />

Oshawa, a call centre is doing the<br />

unexpected - saving lives, thousands<br />

of kilometres away.<br />

Concentrix, formerly known as<br />

Minacs, helped victims of Florence,<br />

the hurricane-turned-tropical<br />

storm, in the Carolinas, by taking<br />

Red Cross calls and connecting<br />

people with emergency services.<br />

“We've really taken an all handson<br />

deck approach to help the citizens<br />

of the U.S.,” said Amanda<br />

Bruce, the site leader of Concentrix<br />

Oshawa, which is involved with providing<br />

OnStar services for General<br />

Motors vehicles.<br />

When Florence made landfall in<br />

the United States Sept. 14, the company<br />

leapt into action, Bruce said.<br />

“General Motors got the call to<br />

assist the Red Cross and Concentrix<br />

willingly jumped in,” she said.<br />

Bruce said Concentrix has partnered<br />

with the Red Cross in the<br />

past. The Red Cross receives many<br />

emergency calls and to help balance<br />

the volume, calls are transferred to<br />

Concentrix employees in Oshawa,<br />

the only Canadian site to handle<br />

American calls. (The rest are taken<br />

at Concentrix sites in Michigan and<br />

North Carolina.)<br />

A team of approximately 65 emergency<br />

advisors in Oshawa took on<br />

Red Cross calls, crisis calls and<br />

emergency calls. Navigation advisors<br />

handled evacuation routes, road<br />

closures, finding grocery stores and<br />

shelters, Bruce said.<br />

“They’re very much an elite<br />

team,” she said. “Everybody is<br />

trained to be on their toes every<br />

single time.”<br />

Bruce said safety is the number<br />

one priority for Concentrix and<br />

GM. Crisis Assist, an initiative created<br />

by GM, allows GM drivers to<br />

access emergency assistance, even<br />

if they don't have an OnStar membership.<br />

“We open up the services to provide<br />

the customer with everything<br />

they need,” said Bruce. “So, if it’s<br />

a route, if they need to call a loved<br />

one, we'll provide complimentary<br />

data.”<br />

Emergency Team Leader Jennifer<br />

Hoffman said the employees were<br />

much more prepared to deal with<br />

Florence.<br />

“We were training people well<br />

in advance, staffing extra people<br />

because we figured something like<br />

this would happen,” said Hoffman.<br />

When Crisis Assist is active, Hoffman<br />

said open services can even be<br />

accessed by cellphone, as opposed to<br />

a vehicle's Bluetooth phone system.<br />

“We provide updated weather<br />

information,” said Hoffman. “We<br />

provide data to help people be able<br />

to look at things on social media,<br />

we make phone calls for them. The<br />

main rule is that we don't leave<br />

someone alone until we know that<br />

they are safe.”<br />

Taslima Gulshan, an emergency<br />

advisor, said answering calls is sometimes<br />

challenging and emotional.<br />

“A lot of these people who are calling<br />

in have lost sometimes family,<br />

lost their homes, pets or they’re injured,”<br />

she said. “Sometimes they<br />

call in saying ‘I am in my house with<br />

the water level up to my counter and<br />

I’m standing on my counter while<br />

talking to you'.”<br />

I am in my house with the water<br />

level up to my counter and I'm<br />

standing on my counter while talking<br />

to you.<br />

“If [emotion] affects you, you<br />

can’t really help them,” Gulshan<br />

said. “You have to put it to the back<br />

of your head. It can happen to anyone.”<br />

Even though most of hurricane<br />

calls were transferred to the Oshawa<br />

site, Kurt Leatzow, the senior<br />

director of telematics, said it’s bigger<br />

than Canadians helping Americans.<br />

I think it's bigger than that, I<br />

think it's people helping people.<br />

“I think it’s people helping<br />

people,” said Leatzow. “I think no<br />

matter where you're born, where<br />

you're from, what country you may<br />

claim to represent, during times of<br />

need and crisis everybody reaches<br />

out with a helping hand. I think it’s<br />

a great partnership and it’s a great<br />

story that the human spirit overcomes<br />

whatever your geography is<br />

or whatever your country of residence<br />

may be.”

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 15<br />

Spaces and Places<br />

This is one in a series looking at special<br />

locations on the DC, UOIT campus<br />

A centre for innovation<br />

and collaboration at DC<br />

Cam Bickle<br />

Justin Bailey<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

It was time to tear down <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College's original building and replace<br />

it with a contemporary facility<br />

for students.<br />

That's how <strong>Durham</strong> College<br />

(DC) president Don Lovisa feels<br />

about the shiny new $40 million,<br />

Centre for Collaborative Education<br />

(CFCE), which officially opened its<br />

doors earlier this month.<br />

The four-storey CFCE, which<br />

fronts onto Simcoe Street just<br />

north of the main entrance to the<br />

campus, replaces the 50-year-old,<br />

one-floor, Simcoe Building.<br />

Site preparation and excavation<br />

started in Dec. 2<strong>01</strong>6 and it opened<br />

to students this month.<br />

Lovisa hatched the idea for the<br />

new building in 2<strong>01</strong>5.<br />

“The goal was to replace the<br />

Simcoe Building,” Lovisa said.<br />

“The building was just tired, it was<br />

time to replace it.”<br />

To help develop the idea, Lovisa<br />

brought together faculty who occupied<br />

the Simcoe Building along<br />

with Lon Appleby, director and<br />

founder of the Global Class, members<br />

of Health Sciences and others<br />

from the marketing and communications<br />

department.<br />

Lovisa asked the group to envision<br />

what a new space would look<br />

like. Everyone shared their ideas<br />

on this hypothetical new building,<br />

but it wasn’t a quick decision for the<br />

school president.<br />

“We sort of took the vision and<br />

the partnership and the idea to<br />

governments, and between myself<br />

and my chief of staff, we had 49<br />

meetings,” he said.<br />

The CFCE is now home to Fast-<br />

Start, an entrepreneurship centre,<br />

the DC Spa, First Peoples Indigenous<br />

Centre, the Global Classroom,<br />

simulations labs and the office of<br />

student diversity, inclusion and<br />

transitions.<br />

To get funding for the building,<br />

Lovisa had to make a compelling<br />

case to the provincial and federal<br />

governments. He said schools<br />

across Ontario and the rest of<br />

Canada all lobby governments for<br />

funding, but he was able to secure<br />

funding for DC.<br />

Between the federal and provincial<br />

governments, Lovisa secured<br />

$35 million in funding. The province<br />

announced it would provide<br />

$22 million in April, 2<strong>01</strong>6 and the<br />

federal group announced in Sept.<br />

2<strong>01</strong>6 it would throw in $13 million.<br />

In order to keep the funding,<br />

however, two criteria had to be<br />

met.<br />

The college had to raise $5 million<br />

on its own and substantial<br />

completion had to be done by the<br />

Photograph by Justin Bailey<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College president Don Lovisa holds up a piece of the now demolished Simcoe Building.<br />

end of April, 20<strong>18</strong>. This meant<br />

the building had to be completed<br />

enough for intended usage, except<br />

for a few minor deficiencies. The<br />

reference is described as 97 per cent<br />

complete.<br />

“There’s still some things to do,”<br />

Lovisa said, “It’s going to take six<br />

months to finish.”<br />

The cost to build and furnish the<br />

76,000 square foot building will be<br />

close to $40 million after everything<br />

is complete. Some classrooms<br />

DC time capsule will be opened in 2067<br />

<strong>Chronicle</strong> newspapers, letters, and<br />

technology among the items preserved<br />

to be revealed decades from now<br />

are still waiting on back ordered<br />

items like whiteboards and chairs,<br />

Lovisa said.<br />

One of the featured rooms in the<br />

CFCE is the Global Classroom, located<br />

on the main floor just off the<br />

Galleria. The Global Classroom<br />

has been around at DC since 2<strong>01</strong>1<br />

but has received a massive upgrade<br />

in the CFCE, said Appleby, adding<br />

there’s nothing like it anywhere<br />

else.<br />

“Nobody’s doing that. It’s a<br />

world first,” Appleby said, as he<br />

pointed to the room. “It gives us<br />

an experience of working together<br />

like never before.”<br />

The classroom features a large<br />

video wall with three state-of-theart<br />

monitor systems, each allowing<br />

students and faculty to connect<br />

with each other at the touch of a<br />

button.<br />

However, Appleby also plans to<br />

dive more into the room’s 'Global'<br />

name by connecting with different<br />

institutions from around the world.<br />

One example is the upcoming<br />

interactive screen event on World<br />

Polio Day, Oct. 24, which will see<br />

the Rotary Club connect with<br />

members from Chicago as part of<br />

a large event at the <strong>Durham</strong> College<br />

building.<br />

“It’s a recognition from top<br />

down, about the way we learn<br />

everything, that a revolution was<br />

needed because of technology,”<br />

Appleby said. “By using technology<br />

to help learn, we’re now designed to<br />

better reach out to the community,<br />

with collaboration being the key<br />

part.”<br />

Appleby said the upgrade from<br />

its former home at the Gordon Willey<br />

Building is significant.<br />

“Think of the old Global Class as<br />

junior hockey,” Appleby said. “This<br />

is the Stanley Cup.”<br />

Meagan Secord<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Not everything is new in <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College's new $40 million Centre<br />

for Collaborative Education<br />

(CFCE) building that just opened<br />

on campus.<br />

As part of the grand opening, a<br />

time capsule was put in place just<br />

outside the entrance on the south<br />

side of the building.<br />

The capsule contains about 15<br />

items mostly marking the 50th<br />

anniversary of the school. It was<br />

sealed in the ground at the CFCE's<br />

grand opening Oct. 2 and holds<br />

memories for future generations<br />

to look back on when it is opened<br />

in 2067, DC's 100th year.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College President Don<br />

Lovisa says the capsule contains letters<br />

for future generations to read,<br />

including one from himself to the<br />

president 50 years from now. There<br />

are copies of the <strong>Chronicle</strong>, 50th<br />

anniversary DC memorabilia and<br />

an iPhone.<br />

He says they wanted to depict the<br />

current times in the capsule.<br />

“The idea for a time capsule<br />

came up during our brainstorming<br />

sessions for ways to celebrate<br />

the college’s 50th anniversary in<br />

2<strong>01</strong>7," says Dr. Scott Blakey, the<br />

chief administrative officer at <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College.<br />

"We were having so much fun<br />

exploring...and digging into the<br />

rich history of <strong>Durham</strong> College,<br />

it inspired us to take on a project<br />

that would both commemorate this<br />

milestone anniversary and contribute<br />

to DC’s centennial celebration<br />

in another 50 years.”<br />

Photograph by Meagan Secord<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College president Don Lovisa (second from left) and<br />

the Board of Governors place the time capsule.

16 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus<br />

Spaces and Places<br />

This is one in a series looking at special<br />

locations on the DC, UOIT campus<br />

Photograph by Dakota Evans<br />

Sophia Mingram, an advertising and marketing graduate, stands outside the new FastStart office in the CFCE.<br />

FastStart: Helping student entrepreneurs<br />

Infographic by Dakota Evans<br />

FastStart offers many services for creative entrepreneurs.<br />

Peter Fitzpatrick<br />

Dakota Evans<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Among the many changes around<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College (DC), the Fast-<br />

Start entrepreneurial program has<br />

moved out of its room in the B-wing<br />

and into the new Centre For Collaborative<br />

Education (CFCE).<br />

FastStart is a program for students<br />

under 29 and gives them the<br />

tools and resources they need to<br />

grow their own businesses. These<br />

tools include help with branding,<br />

logo ideas and getting students in<br />

touch with business investors.<br />

According to Sophia Mingram,<br />

the program’s marketing assistant,<br />

“most of the events that we do is<br />

mostly for you to get connected with<br />

your supporters in the community,”<br />

referring to the 12 business investors<br />

they associate with, including Spark<br />

Centre in Oshawa.<br />

The program has helped launch<br />

more than 15 student-founded<br />

businesses and supports more<br />

than 50 existing businesses, according<br />

to Mingram. One of the<br />

student-founded businesses they<br />

helped grow is OhhFoods, founded<br />

by Brittany Charlton, a DC Law<br />

Clerk graduate.<br />

OhhFoods makes allergen-free<br />

snacks, including bite-sized brownies<br />

and apple pie.<br />

Charlton said she found out about<br />

FastStart on her way to class.<br />

“I was walking down the hallway,<br />

saw FastStart, then it said ‘if you’re<br />

interested in starting or you have<br />

a business idea, come talk to us’ so<br />

that’s what I did,” Charlton said.<br />

FastStart offers networking events<br />

to help introduce students to potential<br />

investors. Charlton attended<br />

three of these events before and<br />

after she graduated her program.<br />

“I attended the last [networking<br />

event] that just happened and that<br />

was amazing too. Getting to speak<br />

on the panel and meet everyone<br />

that’s pretty much there that I didn’t<br />

get to meet (previously),” Charlton<br />

said.<br />

I still speak with<br />

them and anytime<br />

I need advice<br />

or anything I<br />

definitely do<br />

reach out.<br />

According to Mingram, some<br />

of these networking events involve<br />

students pitching their product to<br />

investors while others are competitions<br />

in which students pitch to<br />

an audience, who ask questions<br />

regarding things like pricing and<br />

availability.<br />

Prizes for the competitions include<br />

as much as $1,000, money<br />

that gets invested in the winner’s<br />

business, the amount depending<br />

on the size of the winner’s business<br />

requirements.<br />

Charlton is still in contact with<br />

FastStart.<br />

“I still speak with them and anytime<br />

I need advice or anything I<br />

definitely do reach out and ask for<br />

help,” Charlton said.<br />

OhhFoods is a growing business<br />

and has 32 followers on Twitter after<br />

joining last April.<br />

In addition to OhhFoods, the<br />

DC program has helped companies<br />

like jmd alterations and design,<br />

who occasionally host pop-up shops<br />

on campus to sell their clothing<br />

through #dcshops, which is also<br />

sponsored by FastStart.<br />

There are programs similar to<br />

FastStart at other colleges and universities.<br />

For example, Twitter users can<br />

find UOIT’s offering at UOITBrilliant<br />

and Sir Sandford Fleming College’s<br />

via FastStartPTBO.<br />

The program also provides support<br />

to DC faculty by adding entrepreneurial<br />

elements into courses<br />

and programs. FastStart has more<br />

than 25 partner programs across all<br />

DC schools.

Campus chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 17<br />

Spaces and Places<br />

This is one in a series looking at special<br />

locations on the DC, UOIT campus<br />

DC helps craft brewers<br />

draft up bubbly success<br />

Meagan Secord<br />

Jackie Graves<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

A <strong>Durham</strong> College initiative is<br />

helping local brewers produce<br />

suds and teach students more about<br />

beer.<br />

The Centre for Craft Brewing<br />

Innovation (CCBI) at <strong>Durham</strong>'s<br />

Whitby campus is already brewing<br />

up success for the local industry<br />

after opening last spring.<br />

“Craft brewing is growing in<br />

leaps and bounds," said Chris<br />

Gillis, DC's manager, applied<br />

research business development.<br />

“It’s expected the number of craft<br />

brewers will hit the 500 mark by<br />

20<strong>19</strong> - 90 per cent of those are small<br />

brewers.”<br />

Local brewers and those aspiring<br />

to join the beer business can come<br />

to the centre and receive guidance<br />

from experts like Erin Broadfoot<br />

and John Henley of Little Beasts<br />

Brewing Company in Whitby.<br />

Little Beasts opened Oct. 21,<br />

2<strong>01</strong>7, as a second career option for<br />

the partners. Before getting into<br />

brewing, Broadfoot worked as a<br />

naturopathic doctor while Henley<br />

was a software quality assurance<br />

engineer.<br />

“It was a hobby for both of us,<br />

we were both home brewers and<br />

beer judges,” said Broadfoot. “We<br />

just loved it.”<br />

When the CCBI opened its<br />

doors, Broadfoot helped by teaching<br />

the first round of classes. She<br />

continues to offer ongoing advice<br />

to staff at the centre.<br />

According to Gillis, the CCBI<br />

doesn't offer a specific school program<br />

but it does give students the<br />

opportunity to work alongside experienced<br />

brewers.<br />

“What we really want to do is<br />

help the craft brewing industry expand<br />

the education on how to brew<br />

and also give them the resource to<br />

control their brewing process to<br />

make good brews consistently,"<br />

said Gillis.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College’s Office of Research<br />

Services, Innovation and<br />

Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) saw a<br />

growing need for a facility able to<br />

support aspiring and existing craft<br />

brewers like Little Beasts.<br />

The CCBI was funded by a<br />

$150,000 grant from the Natural<br />

Sciences and Engineering Research<br />

Council, an agency of the<br />

federal government. Through OR-<br />

SIE, the CCBI offers technology<br />

brewers otherwise wouldn’t be able<br />

to access.<br />

“They often lack resources to<br />

ensure the quality and consistency<br />

of their beer,” said Debbie Mc-<br />

Kee Demczyk, dean of ORSIE.<br />

“They’re often very passionate<br />

about what they do, but because<br />

Little Beasts Brewing Company owners Erin Broadfoot (left) and John Henley.<br />

they’re small, they have small<br />

teams, they don’t have R and D<br />

departments (research and development).”<br />

The cost of equipment can pose<br />

as an obstacle for both aspiring and<br />

existing breweries when it comes<br />

to quality control, Broadfoot said.<br />

Without proper equipment and<br />

packaging, the risk of oxygen getting<br />

into the beer can become an<br />

issue of quality and safety.<br />

“A lot of that equipment you need<br />

for QC (quality control), we can’t<br />

afford,” said Broadfoot. “What<br />

they’re doing over there, it would<br />

bring in this instrumentation needed<br />

to conduct those tests to ensure<br />

QC, which is huge in our industry.”<br />

Without proper quality control,<br />

contamination from outside sources<br />

can create excess oxygen in beer,<br />

causing the taste to change or cans<br />

to explode, Broadfoot said.<br />

The CCBI ensures brewers can<br />

produce product safely and successfully.<br />

Access to the CCBI has already<br />

turned out a number of successful<br />

breweries, including Premium<br />

Near Beer, a craft brewery specializing<br />

in non-alcoholic brews. The<br />

brewery received funding after a<br />

successful pitch to CBC’s Dragons’<br />

Den in 2<strong>01</strong>7.<br />

“Premium Near Beer approached<br />

us looking for some support<br />

to develop a new recipe,” said<br />

McKee Demczyk. “They went to<br />

Dragons’ Den and they secured a<br />

Erin Broadfoot works on the equipment at Little Beasts Brewing.<br />

deal based on the beer we helped<br />

them produce.”<br />

ORSIE is continuing to apply for<br />

grants to bring more equipment to<br />

the CCBI to support craft brewing<br />

education. The centre gives<br />

students the opportunity to work<br />

in the brewery environment by<br />

Photograph by Meagan Secord<br />

Photograph by Meagan Secord<br />

giving them the tools to analyze<br />

and produce a quality product for<br />

a continually expanding market,<br />

said McKee Demczyk.

<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 -December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca<br />

Entertainment<br />

The man behind the mask<br />

Madison Gulenchyn<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Atticus is a poet some will understand<br />

and embrace - others not at<br />

all. He started on Instagram and<br />

now has a following of more than<br />

800,000. The catch? No one knows<br />

who he is.<br />

He’s known for wearing a reflective<br />

Guy Fawkes mask. He says the<br />

mask itself holds no importance and<br />

he’ll go through different ones during<br />

his career.<br />

He is known as an 'Instapoet', a<br />

poet who shares his work on Instagram<br />

and began his rise to fame in<br />

2<strong>01</strong>3. After a few years of writing<br />

he's kept his identity under wraps,<br />

but his work has been shared on Instagram<br />

by people such as supermodel<br />

Karlie Kloss, actress Emma<br />

Roberts and singer Cody Simpson.<br />

The only few known facts about<br />

Atticus are that he's Canadian,<br />

from British Columbia, and in his<br />

'kind of older 20s'.<br />

He remains anonymous to protect<br />

the integrity of his work. He<br />

says he wants to write what he feels,<br />

not what he thinks he should feel.<br />

“Just the way he puts words<br />

together, it’s incredible how they<br />

touched me deep inside…He talks<br />

a lot about worthiness and courage<br />

and strength. I struggle with<br />

those, and it just felt like somebody<br />

out there understood,” said Kim<br />

Sifft, 48.<br />

Sifft travelled an hour from the<br />

Newmarket area to see Atticus at<br />

the Oshawa Centre Indigo Oct. 3.<br />

The event, which attracted about<br />

100 people, was a reading followed<br />

by a book signing by the masked<br />

author. She said she didn’t want to<br />

miss the opportunity.<br />

Kate Bracey, manager of the<br />

Oshawa Centre Indigo, said larger<br />

events like Atticus’ are hosted four<br />

times a year by the store. She said<br />

Instapoet Atticus delivers a reading at the Oshawa Centre Indigo book store.<br />

the events are special for fans.<br />

“I think books are really personal<br />

for people and when they start to<br />

follow an author, or a poet, or whatever<br />

you want to call it, they feel<br />

that personal connection," Bracey<br />

said. "Already tonight people have<br />

asked ‘Will he sign the page that<br />

has my favourite poem on it?’ You<br />

know, they really want to make it<br />

personal with that author or that<br />

poet or musician or whoever it is."<br />

The poet had just two Ontario<br />

tour dates - one in Oshawa and the<br />

next night in Toronto.<br />

“I’ve been following him on<br />

Photograph by Madison Gulenchyn<br />

Instagram and I love his art with<br />

words. I’ve never been to an event<br />

like this. I was so thrilled that it was<br />

so local. I would drive two, three<br />

hours to see somebody I really like.<br />

I was so excited that he was coming<br />

to Oshawa. I understand Toronto,<br />

but I was really thrilled about Oshawa,”<br />

Sifft said.<br />

At the event he read poems from<br />

his previous book, Love Her Wild,<br />

and poems from his most recent<br />

book, The Dark Between Stars.<br />

“I think that with all the terrible<br />

things going on in the world, I think<br />

it’s a beautiful thing that there can<br />

be a room full of people, kind of<br />

talking about love. I think that’s<br />

really meaningful,” Atticus told the<br />

gathering at the start of the event.<br />

He went on to tell the room what<br />

he describes as “one of the most<br />

profoundly human, sad yet weird<br />

kind of beautiful things that I’ve<br />

ever been exposed to.” The room's<br />

mood turned as he told the story of<br />

a girl, named Alina, who had been<br />

diagnosed with terminal cancer.<br />

Atticus received a message over<br />

social media from her friend. She<br />

said the doctors didn’t think she<br />

would make it to the release date<br />

of his second book and asked for an<br />

early audiobook, as Alina was “too<br />

weak to read but strong enough to<br />

listen.”<br />

He offered to come read to Alina.<br />

He flew to Florida and although<br />

she was unconscious, Atticus read<br />

to her. He told the audience it was<br />

evident she could hear him as he<br />

was reading his poetry, and he even<br />

read her own poetry to her.<br />

“Towards the end, her mother<br />

said, ‘You know Alina would want<br />

you to have this, it’s a book of her<br />

poetry.' I started reading her own<br />

poems to her and I got to one of the<br />

last ones," he said.<br />

After finishing the poem - about<br />

goosebumps - the girl’s arm erupted<br />

in goosebumps. She died a few<br />

moments later, surrounded by her<br />

family, Atticus said.<br />

“I wanted to share that because<br />

it was so human, and I don’t think<br />

we talk about those human things<br />

enough. I think that we should,”<br />

Atticus said.<br />

Girl power in the Marvel Cinematic Universe<br />

When comparing the Marvel Cinematic<br />

Universe (MCU) and the DC<br />

Entertainment Universe (DCEU),<br />

it becomes apparent the MCU triumphs<br />

over the DCEU because of<br />

the way the MCU portrays women.<br />

Strong female characters from<br />

the MCU franchise include Black<br />

Widow, Gamora, Shuri, Okoye<br />

and Nakia. These are just the main<br />

characters. There are also several<br />

other supporting female characters,<br />

who have proven their strength.<br />

The MCU has turned the phrase<br />

“fight like a girl” around, making<br />

it a statement of power.<br />

Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha<br />

Romanoff, also known as Black<br />

Widow, in Iron-Man Two. For the<br />

majority of the movie she passes<br />

herself off as an assistant to Pepper<br />

Potts.<br />

At first, it seems she is your average<br />

office worker but she is actually<br />

a government agent with skills<br />

Rachelle<br />

Baird<br />

in hand-to-hand combat. We get<br />

to see these skills in the climax of<br />

the movie when she takes down a<br />

group of security guards with her<br />

bare hands.<br />

She doesn't even break a sweat.<br />

From Iron-Man to Avengers: Infinity<br />

War, Black Widow has shown<br />

she can be as strong as the men.<br />

Johansson has been credited for<br />

calling out interviewers who ask<br />

sexist questions about what she<br />

wears under her costume.<br />

Lady Sif, played by Jamie Alexander,<br />

is the only female in Thor’s<br />

team of Asgardian warriors.<br />

When Thor decides to invade the<br />

world of the Frost Giants, Sif follows<br />

him and his friends into combat;<br />

armed with her double-edged<br />

blade, she holds her own against<br />

the attacking giants, taking them<br />

out with ease.<br />

In Thor: The Dark World Sif<br />

saves another world from attackers,<br />

without the help of Thor. This<br />

proves she doesn't need her companion<br />

with the magical hammer<br />

and brute strength to save the day.<br />

Thor: The Dark World gives a<br />

deeper look into actor Renee Russo's<br />

portrayal of Queen Frigga,<br />

Thor and Loki's mother.<br />

Frigga shows off her strength and<br />

skill when the antagonist Malakeith<br />

invades the palace to retrieve his<br />

power source.<br />

She demonstrates her skills with<br />

a blade, and her ability to create<br />

illusions.<br />

Even though she dies in this fight,<br />

she still proves a queen dressed in<br />

a full-length gown can fight with<br />

courage and strength.<br />

Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie<br />

in Thor: Ragnarok. She appears<br />

to be a scrapper but she is from<br />

a powerful group of female Asgardian<br />

warriors known as "The<br />

Valkyrie."<br />

Valkryie stands up against Loki,<br />

taking down the "God of Mischief"<br />

with ease. Later, she fights off the<br />

army of the dead.<br />

Doctor Strange introduces us<br />

to Tilda Swinton's "The Ancient<br />

One," a master of magic and teacher<br />

to Benedict Cumberbatch's character<br />

Stephen Strange.<br />

Guardians of the Galaxy gives us<br />

Gamora, played by Zoe Salanda,<br />

the only women in the group of<br />

intergalactic heroes.<br />

Gamora stands by her teammates'<br />

side and when it comes to<br />

saving the galaxy, she does not back<br />

down. In Avengers: Infinity War,<br />

she stands up against her adoptive<br />

father and villain Thanos.<br />

Most notably, Black Panther's<br />

army consists of all women.<br />

Okoye and Nakia show extreme<br />

strength, bravery and intelligence<br />

during combat.<br />

Shuri, Black Panther's fourteenyear-old<br />

sister is a technological<br />

genius: a role model for young girls.<br />

The DCEU has only given<br />

us Wonder Woman. Although a<br />

strong female character and a great<br />

performance from Gal Gadot, this<br />

single wonder is nowhere near what<br />

the MCU has put on screen.<br />

Unless you consider the overly-sexualized<br />

Harley Quinn, who<br />

is more of a sex symbol than intelligent<br />

villain. By comparison, a<br />

poor showing.<br />

In conclusion, Marvel's strong<br />

female characters are the reason<br />

why the MCU triumphs over the<br />


Entertainment chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> <strong>19</strong><br />

DC prof writing new chapter in music business<br />

Morgan Kelly<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

A <strong>Durham</strong> professor is writing<br />

quite a story about his involvement<br />

in music.<br />

Jeff Dalziel, a professor in the<br />

Music Business Managment<br />

(MBM) program at <strong>Durham</strong> College<br />

(DC), recently won Producer<br />

of the Year at the Canadian Country<br />

Music Awards (CCMAs). He’s<br />

also in the process of writing a book<br />

about his 25 years in the music biz.<br />

Dalziel, 51, won the award for his<br />

work on the album “What We’re<br />

Made Of” by The Washboard<br />

Union. Dalziel says he did not<br />

expect to win, but is pleased and<br />

thankful to represent Canadian<br />

talent.<br />

Although it is a Canadian awards<br />

show, a lot of the CCMA winners<br />

had help behind the scenes from<br />

people from around the world, he<br />

says.<br />

“That’s still OK with me but it’s<br />

nice to go up and acknowledge and<br />

say I used Canadian players and I<br />

did just as well,” says Dalziel.<br />

Dalziel knew when he went onstage,<br />

he wasn’t the only person<br />

winning the award. He took the<br />

time to thank the band and the<br />

people who helped him on the album.<br />

“If I stood up there and thanked<br />

everybody, they would’ve just<br />

yanked me off stage,” he jokes.<br />

MBM students also congratulated<br />

Dalziel on his win — but they<br />

already knew he was a major player<br />

in the music industry.<br />

Dalziel has more than 25 years<br />

of music-related experience, working<br />

with Canadian artists such as<br />

rocker Ian Thornley and pop artist<br />

Nelly Furtado. He says he uses personal<br />

stories from his career to help<br />

teach his students.<br />

Some of these stories are featured<br />

in a book he’s working on titled,<br />

“Top 10 and Homeless”.<br />

“But it’s funny, it’s a funny book.<br />

It’s positive. It sounds like a negative<br />

book because that’s the perception<br />

of musicians,” says Dalziel.<br />

Dalziel says there’s a large stigma<br />

around those who want to pursue<br />

music as a career. He wrote the<br />

book to give insight on the music<br />

industry and to prove “music is a<br />

valid lifestyle.<br />

“Music can be as powerful as curing<br />

cancer,” he says. “It can be very<br />

uplifting, it can change the world. It<br />

can raise money, more money than<br />

you can imagine, to fix things and<br />

help things.”<br />

He is still working on the book<br />

in his free time, but is in no rush to<br />

finish it. Dalziel sometimes uses his<br />

book in class, because his students<br />

may not learn certain aspects of the<br />

industry — until it’s too late.<br />

“I’d rather teach them stuff<br />

people are not going to put in typical<br />

books about industry,” Dalziel<br />

says.<br />

Dalziel has been teaching at DC<br />

for more than five years, but has<br />

been working with colleges and universities<br />

for a long time. He says he<br />

enjoys teaching because he likes to<br />

influence a positive change in the<br />

music business.<br />

“If I can help these students<br />

understand better what happens<br />

in the industry,” Dalziel explains,<br />

“they can make better decisions<br />

which would help all of us as Canadians<br />

I think.”<br />

Students Dalziel has taught years<br />

ago still keep in touch or hire him<br />

for music projects. He says it’s nice<br />

to know he was part of helping them<br />

get to where they are today.<br />

“I’d rather have a moment like<br />

that everyday and never win another<br />

award,” he says.<br />

Currently, Dalziel is working<br />

on new singles for more Canadian<br />

country artists such as River Town<br />

Saints and Ryan Langdon, along<br />

with co-writing for some new projects.<br />

Dalziel says his future plans<br />

are to keep doing what he does, but<br />

also looking to improve his skills.<br />

He’s in between “rigid goal and<br />

whatever happens, happens.<br />

“I’m always just trying to find a<br />

new way to do what I’ve just done.<br />

I want to do it again, but not the<br />

same. And so I guess I’m always<br />

just trying to move forward,” says<br />

Dalziel.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College music business management professor Jeff Dalziel.<br />

Photograph by Morgan Kelly<br />

Pop-punk collaboration brings awareness to mental health<br />

Songs about<br />

depression<br />

or suicide<br />

give fans<br />

a safe place<br />

Celebrities are often considered<br />

inhuman, superheroes to most<br />

everyday citizens.<br />

But what if these heroes showed<br />

weakness?<br />

Seeing heroes weak and broken<br />

helps the everyday people who idolize<br />

them know they aren't alone.<br />

I'd rather teach them<br />

stuff people are not<br />

going to put in typical<br />

books about industry.<br />

Dakota<br />

Evans<br />

Vulnerability is something everyone<br />

feels.<br />

Musicians who write and sing<br />

about heartbreak, depression or<br />

suicide provide fans a safe place to<br />

retreat to during the four minutes<br />

(or so) of the song, even if they don't<br />

always know whether the inspiration<br />

for the music comes from personal<br />

experience or imagination.<br />

Pop-punk bands Neck Deep and<br />

Movements are part of a collaborative<br />

project for Mental Health<br />

Awareness month, which isn't until<br />

May.<br />

The project's album, titled Songs<br />

That Saved My Life, will be released<br />

Nov. 9.<br />

There are 12 artists in this collaborative<br />

project, each covering<br />

a song that "played a pivotal role<br />

in the lives of artists and fans," according<br />

to the project's website.<br />

The songs helped the artists<br />

during their hardest times. Groups<br />

with a song on the album include<br />

Dance Gavin Dance, Taking Back<br />

Sunday and Against Me! .<br />

Songs That Saved My Life connects<br />

fans to their favourite musicians.<br />

The album features songs such as<br />

"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia, and<br />

"Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.<br />

Every purchase of the vinyl copy<br />

goes towards the project's four<br />

supporting charities: Crisis Text<br />

Line, Hope for the Day, The Trevor<br />

Project, and To Write Love on<br />

Her Arms.<br />

Despite the positive aspects of<br />

connecting fans to musicians and<br />

supporting fans during times that<br />

are hard, the project could also be<br />

a trigger for those suffering with<br />

mental illness.<br />

The songs have such heavy content<br />

that as a result, listening might<br />

spark bad thoughts.<br />

But despite these potential setbacks,<br />

the album and the meaning<br />

behind it are good. We need to be<br />

more open about mental health.<br />

Mental health needs more than<br />

just an album and more than just a<br />

month, it needs constant awareness<br />

and checkups.<br />

Something that could help is<br />

the bands posting on social media<br />

more regularly about hotlines and<br />

services or providing fans with<br />

their own version of an outreach.<br />

Overall, it is nice to see a group<br />

of musicians trying to help with the<br />

mental health stigma.<br />

Giving people an outlet for emotions<br />

and safe places in the form of<br />

music could help out fans.

20 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca

Cam Bickle<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

When news broke that the UOIT<br />

Ridgebacks would be adding a varsity<br />

basketball program in 20<strong>19</strong>,<br />

many students began to wonder<br />

what would come next.<br />

UOIT currently fields 16 teams<br />

in sports such as hockey, soccer<br />

and lacrosse, so it was logical that<br />

the school opted to expand into<br />

hoops, North America’s secondmost<br />

watched sport on TV.<br />

However, the sport that ranks<br />

ahead of basketball on that list –<br />

football – is still absent from the<br />

Ridgebacks' roster, and Athletics<br />

Director Scott Barker says that<br />

won’t be changing anytime soon.<br />

“To put it bluntly, it’s not in the<br />

cards,” he says. “The honest answer<br />

is that it just isn’t a priority.”<br />

While Barker admits he would<br />

love to see a football team on campus<br />

in the near future, he says the<br />

challenges the school would face<br />

are insurmountable.<br />

With roster sizes of nearly 100<br />

players, it would be difficult to draw<br />

enough talent to make the team<br />

competitive, he says. The smallest<br />

school currently employing a Ontario<br />

University Athletics (OUA)<br />

football program is Carleton University,<br />

whose enrolment of 16,000<br />

students would outnumber UOIT<br />

by nearly 6,000.<br />

The next biggest challenge would<br />

be funding. A media report from<br />

2<strong>01</strong>0 indicates the average cost of<br />

a university football program was<br />

$300,000-$400,000.<br />

chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 21<br />

In addition, the OUA requires<br />

each team have a stadium on campus.<br />

The average capacity for university<br />

stadiums is 5,500 people,<br />

it cost the University of Waterloo<br />

nearly $10 million to complete its<br />

5,400-capacity Warrior Stadium<br />

in 2009.<br />

A Ridgebacks football program<br />

at UOIT would require extensive<br />

renovation of Vaso's Field, the current<br />

home of soccer on campus, or<br />

a brand new facility, Barker says.<br />

“It’s such a premier sport for the<br />

OUA, but the costs are astronomical,”<br />

Barker says. “It just wouldn’t be<br />

a smart decision asking students to<br />

financially support it.”<br />

The school spent nearly $11 million<br />

on the Campus Ice Centre in<br />

2005, indicating the development<br />

of a football stadium isn’t impossible,<br />

but Barker says there was a<br />

Sports<br />

No plans to kick off UOIT football<br />

Despite its<br />

popularity,<br />

football<br />

simply isn't<br />

financially<br />

viable<br />

for UOIT<br />

Vaso's Field, home to the UOIT Ridgebacks and <strong>Durham</strong> Lords athletics.<br />

much higher demand for hockey<br />

than there has ever been for football.<br />

Another issue mentioned is<br />

the lack of a true sports culture<br />

amongst alumni compared to other<br />

schools, considering UOIT – established<br />

in 2002 – is still much younger<br />

than its Ontario counterparts.<br />

As for the possibility of the school<br />

expanding onto the gridiron in the<br />

future, he clarified that there has<br />

always been some level of interest<br />

from the athletics department, but<br />

that students should not get their<br />

hopes up.<br />

Instead, Barker revealed that the<br />

department is considering adding<br />

varsity volleyball teams in the<br />

coming years, while also channeling<br />

more funding towards existing<br />

Ridgebacks teams.<br />

Photograph by Cam Bickle<br />

The success of UOIT's existing<br />

teams also serves as an example<br />

of why they were chosen instead<br />

of football, he says, adding that<br />

success has helped transform the<br />

school into one of the premier<br />

sports institutions in the province.<br />

“It’s been a bit of an aggressive<br />

evolution,” he says, “but I think<br />

we’ve been very strategic in bringing<br />

on sports that are sustainable.”<br />

Barker says students determined<br />

to play football on campus should<br />

join the intramural flag football<br />

league, which he praised, while<br />

fans can still watch OUA games<br />

without being partial to any teams.<br />

The OUA has a membership of<br />

20 universities, 11 of which currently<br />

field varsity football programs.<br />

The Western Mustangs are the<br />

defending champions after winning<br />

for a record 31st time in 2<strong>01</strong>7.<br />

No varsity hockey on the horizon for the Lords<br />

Who would've thought<br />

this was possible? Ontario<br />

colleges lack teams to<br />

start OCAA hockey league.<br />

Rachelle Baird<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

It's one of our national pastimes,<br />

a sport in which Canadians take<br />

pride.<br />

But you won't find any varsity<br />

hockey being played at Ontario<br />

colleges.<br />

In fact, there hasn't been varsity<br />

hockey in the Ontario Colleges<br />

Athletic Association (OCAA)<br />

since 2004. The last time <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College (DC) had a varsity hockey<br />

team was <strong>19</strong>73, says Ken Babcock,<br />

DC's director of athletics and<br />

recreation.<br />

Costs to ice a team are one of<br />

The honest answer is that<br />

it isn't a priority.<br />

the reasons hockey is not played<br />

at a college level. Students do not<br />

want to pay the fees,and the funds<br />

could be used elsewhere, according<br />

to Babcock. The demand is also not<br />

as high when compared to other<br />

sports, he adds.<br />

If any sport was to be currently<br />

considered to be added at the varsity<br />

level it would be cross-country<br />

running, curling or badminton, because<br />

those sports are also played<br />

at a national collegiate level, says<br />

Chris Cameron, DC's sports information<br />

and special events coordinator.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> was interested in bringing<br />

hockey back in 2004, but not<br />

enough colleges were to make it a<br />

reality, says Babcock. There needs<br />

to be at least five colleges within the<br />

OCAA interested in order to bring<br />

the sport back at the college level,<br />

according to Babcock.<br />

Students who want to play hockey,<br />

can do so through intramurals<br />

or get involved with a community-based<br />

team.<br />

Since there is no OCAA hockey<br />

league and the costs to have a team<br />

are high, the possibility of hockey<br />

coming back at a varsity level in the<br />

near future is slim, Babcock says.<br />

While there is no OCAA hockey<br />

on campus, there is university<br />

hockey being played by the men's<br />

and women's teams at UOIT.<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong> asked Scott Barker,<br />

director of athletics at UOIT,<br />

the costs associated with running<br />

the Ridgebacks' hockey programs.<br />

"We are not at liberty to disclose<br />

those costs, however, the budget is<br />

developed from a combination of<br />

student fees, university operational<br />

dollars, team fundraising and sponsorships,"<br />

says Barker, in an email.<br />

The OUA regular season wraps<br />

up for the Ridgebacks men's team<br />

November 9th against the RMC<br />

(Royal Military College) Paladins<br />

while the Ridgebacks women's<br />

team season ends the following day<br />

versus the Ryerson Rams.

22 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Sports<br />

Snapchat helps catch banner bandits<br />

Janis Williams<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

<strong>Durham</strong> Lords women’s softball<br />

head coach Jim Nemish was about<br />

to unlock his team’s shed when he<br />

discovered a broken key in the door.<br />

Someone, it appeared, had tried<br />

unsuccessfully to break into the<br />

shed. It turns out, that was the least<br />

of the problems at the diamond.<br />

The team's huge banner was<br />

missing from the bench.<br />

It was the <strong>Durham</strong> Lords banner<br />

from their home team dugout,<br />

gifted to them after one of their Ontario<br />

Colleges Athletic Association<br />

(OCAA) championships.<br />

Lords' players Ashley Black and<br />

Sarah Seifried were shocked by the<br />

incident.<br />

“I was quite upset, that’s our field<br />

and for someone to come in and<br />

destroy it was wrong,” Black says.<br />

“Why? Why would you want to<br />

vandalize one of your own teams?”<br />

Seifried adds; “It just goes to<br />

show you that they don’t really<br />

understand what the diamond and<br />

banner means to all of us."<br />

Removing the banner was no<br />

small job, says Dwayne Cristo, lead<br />

facility attendant at the department<br />

of athletics.<br />

“We’re not talking about a small<br />

banner, we’re talking about a 10-<br />

feet high by 30 to 35-feet long [banner],”<br />

he says.<br />

“It would have taken the person<br />

or people quite a long time to remove<br />

every cable tie there,” he says.<br />

Rosemary Theriault, assistant<br />

coach to the team, says the vandalism<br />

to the field on Sept. 20 left<br />

her and all the Lords in disbelief.<br />

“<strong>Durham</strong> is a great school and to<br />

play on a sports team here is fantastic<br />

and to have someone come<br />

and do that to our field, we call it<br />

our house, it hurt, it hurt the girls,<br />

it hurt everybody,” Theriault says.<br />

She decided to channel her frustration<br />

and try to find the culprit by<br />

posting about the incident on her<br />

personal Facebook page, which<br />

garnered considerable attention. It<br />

received 85 reactions, 16 comments<br />

and was shared 36 times.<br />

Theriault may have gained community<br />

support through social<br />

media but ultimately the person<br />

or people who took the banner displayed<br />

it on social media.<br />

“Snapchat was the one that<br />

found the banner,” Cristo says.<br />

Students aware of the incident<br />

came across a photograph with the<br />

banner hanging in the background.<br />

Photograph by Dwayne Cristo<br />

The Lords' banner wrapped and returned to the field, with a note left by the thief (or thieves).<br />

Cristo says the picture was taken at<br />

a student home near campus, on<br />

Dalhousie Crescent.<br />

The wrapped-up banner was<br />

found on the softball field bench<br />

Sept. 26, returned with a note that<br />

read ‘Dear Lords sorry we are the<br />

only ones who can get away with a<br />

It hurt,<br />

it hurt the girls,<br />

it hurt<br />

everybody.<br />

steal…sorry!!’<br />

Campus safety was made aware<br />

by the athletics department about<br />

the vandalism and theft.<br />

Thomas Lynch, director of campus<br />

safety, says if the investigation<br />

identifies the individual(s) responsible<br />

for the theft and evidence supports<br />

misconduct charges, criminal<br />

charges could be laid by police. But<br />

he says this outcome is unlikely.<br />

Lynch says he would prefer to<br />

keep the investigation internal and<br />

if appropriate, would invoke the student<br />

conduct policy and procedure.<br />

Under the school policy, individual(s)<br />

could face a range of consequences<br />

from no penalty at all to<br />

suspension from the college.<br />

Cristo says within the year, they<br />

will add new cameras closer to the<br />

field to enhance security.<br />

With the banner back home<br />

where it belongs, the team travelled<br />

to Saskatchewan over the Thanksgiving<br />

weekend to compete in the<br />

Canadian Collegiate Softball Association<br />

national championship. The<br />

Lords claimed silver in the tournament.<br />

And then they returned<br />

home and won gold - their fourth<br />

straight - at the OCAAs, their record<br />

20th OCAA championship.<br />

One could suggest it was a banner<br />

way to end to the season.<br />

Softball games and bursaries, the Lords win both<br />

Janis Williams<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Ashley Black and Sarah Seifried<br />

were prepared for the <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Lords softball doubleheader against<br />

Seneca. What they didn’t expect<br />

was to become recipients of the<br />

Gerry Theriault Memorial Bursary<br />

the very same night.<br />

Rosemary Theriault, assistant<br />

coach of the <strong>Durham</strong> Lords<br />

women’s softball team, managed<br />

to keep the secret under wraps. She<br />

brought the parents of both players<br />

to the Sept. 26 game, no easy feat<br />

because they live outside <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Region. Theriault then presented<br />

each student with a $500 scholarship,<br />

a way to honour her late husband,<br />

Gerry, who passed away in<br />

March, 2<strong>01</strong>7.<br />

Theriault says Gerry was a<br />

huge supporter of the team and<br />

the game. He volunteered his time<br />

and liked all of the sports within the<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> athletics program.<br />

Gerry had cancer and Theriault<br />

says when he knew he wouldn’t be<br />

able to beat it, he wanted to do<br />

something to show his love of the<br />

sport, so he came up with the idea<br />

of a scholarship. This is the second<br />

year the Gerry Theriault Memorial<br />

Bursary has been awarded and the<br />

first time more than one person has<br />

been honoured.<br />

“It honestly means so much to me<br />

because I’ve won bursaries in the<br />

past but to be able to actually know<br />

the person the bursary was from,<br />

knowing Gerry, it means so much<br />

more to me because I knew him as<br />

a person,” says Black, a pitcher and<br />

first baseman from Waterloo, in her<br />

fourth year on the team.<br />

Theriault narrows down the recipient(s)<br />

based on positive attributes<br />

Gerry stood for, on and off the<br />

field. Then, she and her four children,<br />

talk about the recommendations<br />

for the scholarship and decide<br />

the recipient(s) together.<br />

“For her (Rosemary) to select me<br />

and Ashley means a lot because it<br />

means she really thought about<br />

everyone’s qualities and thought we<br />

really deserved it,” says Seifried, a<br />

first baseman from Drayton, Ont.,<br />

near Waterloo.<br />

Theriault says Black is everything<br />

Gerry respects in a player,<br />

level-headed and respects the game<br />

and everybody who plays it.<br />

Theriault says Seifried is a steady<br />

person who is always there when<br />

needed, with a smile on her face,<br />

much like her husband.<br />

“He was there if we needed him<br />

to rake the diamond or to do the<br />

barbeque,” says Theriault.<br />

Theriault raises the money for<br />

Photograph by Janis Williams<br />

Lords' softball players Ashley Black (left) and Sarah Seifried, received $500 bursaries.<br />

the Gerry Theriault Memorial Bursary<br />

through golf tournaments. She<br />

says his memory lives on through<br />

this scholarship.<br />

“He loved the school, he loved<br />

what it stood for, he loved the<br />

people within the school and he<br />

liked the kids on the team,” Theriault<br />

says.<br />

Black and Seifried expect to<br />

graduate in spring 20<strong>19</strong>, this is<br />

their last softball season.<br />

Black and Seifried weren't the<br />

only winners of the night - <strong>Durham</strong><br />

won both games against Seneca -<br />

9-2 and 15-0.

Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 20<strong>18</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 23<br />

The plight of the spooky kitties<br />

Rachelle Baird<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

When a black cat crosses your path,<br />

it is bad luck. Or is it?<br />

According to Black Cats and<br />

April Fools: Origins of Old Wives<br />

Tales and Superstitions in Our<br />

Daily Lives by Harry Oliver, this<br />

belief started as early as the seventeenth<br />

century.<br />

People may not realize there are<br />

different variations of this superstition.<br />

One version says if you see a black<br />

cat walk towards you, it’s good luck<br />

but if the cat crosses your path, bad<br />

luck will come.<br />

According to Black Cats and<br />

April Fools, people in the 17th century<br />

who worked in dangerous jobs,<br />

such as mining and fishing, would<br />

not go to work if a black cat crossed<br />

their path.<br />

They believed something would<br />

happen to them while on the job.<br />

Oliver also writes about cats and<br />

nine lives and says that there is an<br />

idea witches can enter the body of<br />

a cat nine times and even turn into<br />

a cat.<br />

Other superstitions explored in<br />

Black Cats and April Fools, is the<br />

fact black cats are able to predict<br />

death. If a black cat refuses to enter<br />

a house, it means someone inside<br />

will die.<br />

To this day, there are people<br />

who still believe black cats bring<br />

bad luck.<br />

These superstitions affect the<br />

adoption rate of black cats. Potential<br />

adopters may often shy away<br />

from these black kitties for fear they<br />

bring them bad luck.<br />

Cindy Bennett, a volunteer for<br />

the Humane Society of <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Region (HDSR), said, "Our black<br />

kittens are always the last chosen.<br />

Black cats and black dogs tend to<br />

stay in the shelter longer than other<br />

colours."<br />

A quick search on the HDSR<br />

website's adoption portal shows<br />

Hazel and Phillip, up for adoption<br />

since August, and Missy, up for<br />

adoption since September. Cheyenne,<br />

a domestic shorthair mix, has<br />

been there the longest: since April,<br />

20<strong>18</strong>.<br />

"It's a shame because they are<br />

just as lovable and deserving as any<br />

other colour," according to Bennett.<br />

According to the Ontario Society<br />

for the Prevention of Cruelty<br />

to Animals (OSPCA), not only do<br />

people feel black cats are unlucky,<br />

but there is also this notion black<br />

coloured animals are not as friendly<br />

as their lighter-coloured companions.<br />

They also feel black cats do<br />

not photograph well.<br />

Animal shelters such as the Georgian<br />

Triangle Human Society, located<br />

in Collingwood, Ontario<br />

have hosted events to help increase<br />

the adoption rate of black cats with<br />

low adoption fees.<br />

Some of the taglines used for reasons<br />

to adopt black cats included,<br />

"mini pather look-a-likes," "easy to<br />

find in the snow," and "love knows<br />

no colour."<br />

In the past, The Toronto Humane<br />

Society held a Black Friday<br />

event and waived the adoption cost<br />

for all cats, especially black ones.<br />

Adopters only needed to pay the<br />

15 dollar licensing fee.<br />

The HSDR hasn't held any events<br />

specifically tailored to black cats,<br />

but they often hold several other<br />

events to raise money for the shelter.<br />

This month, the HSDR is holding<br />

a "James Bond" themed gala,<br />

and proceeds will go towards the<br />

shelter, according to their Facebook<br />

page.<br />

Not everyone has negative feelings<br />

towards black cats, but there<br />

are a few who do.<br />

These feelings may prevent<br />

black cats from finding permanent<br />

homes.<br />

It's a shame because they are just<br />

as lovable and deserving as any<br />

other colour.<br />

Photograph by Emily Bowman<br />

Eliade proving black kitties<br />

take good pictures.

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