I think it’s a beautiful thing that
there can be a room full of people,
kind of talking about love.
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Photograph by Dakota Evans
DC bursary winners hit homer
Photograph by Janis Williams
No football on
horizon for UOIT
Photograph by Cam Bickle
Photograph by Madison Gulenchyn
Spaces and Places
A series looking at special locations on the
DC, UOIT campus. See pages 8-10, 15-17
2 The Chronicle October 30 – December 3, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus
Youth homelessness a troubling trend
“What would happen if our hope
was smaller than the challenges
we faced,” asks Daniel Cullen, a
self-described homelessness ‘survivor.’
The answer to his rhetorical, yet
dark, question is one that Cullen
provided in striking detail. From
being a victim of numerous rapes
in the 1980’s to his drug-induced
medical stay in the 90’s, the leader
of the H.O.P.E. Coalition and former
Green Party member is just
one example of a large demographic
in Durham Region.
Of the 291 people who identify as
homeless in Durham Region, nearly
17 per cent identify as youth (49
individuals), while another 20 per
cent identify as children (58 individuals),
according to the Community
Development Council of
That combined 37 per cent demographic
easily outnumbers every
other group outside of adults, which
is more than troubling, says UOIT
professor Dr. Tyler Frederick.
“Those numbers show us that
homelessness is a problem that
can affect anyone, regardless of
age,” he says. “We know that a
lot of families that live in poverty
are only one economic issue away
from losing their house, whether
it’s something like job loss or even
smaller problems like a car repair.”
Frederick is an assistant professor
in the faculty of Social Science
and Humanities but has a strong
involvement in homelessness projects
in Durham Region. In his experience,
he says youth are often
brought onto the streets with older
family members, but that individual
homelessness is becoming more
common in recent years.
One of the largest reasons is drug
abuse, which he says can lead to
An Oshawa teenager sits in an alleyway in the cold.
conflict within households and
cause youth to feel unwelcome. His
time spent at the Toronto Centre
for Addiction and Mental Health
was a big reason why Frederick
chose to help tackle the rising issue
An equally disturbing statistic collected
by the CDCD was the fact
that 55 per cent of all homeless persons
in the region spent time on the
streets prior to age 25. According
to the United Nations, the official
designation of ‘youth’ is ages 15
to 24, meaning that over half of
all homeless persons in Durham
could have identified as part of that
demographic at some point in time.
Photograph by Cam Bickle
On a national scale, nearly 20 per
cent of those on the streets classify
as individuals under 25, according
to Covenant House Toronto, the
country’s largest homeless youth
Frederick says there are many reasons
why Durham’s rate is higher
than the Canadian tally, but that a
lack of community involvement is
likely the biggest contributor.
“I would say that Durham is
under-resourced for young people
experiencing homelessness,” he
says. “The two local agencies I’m
aware of, The Refuge and Joanne’s
House, both have limited capacity.
This means that they’re more there
for emergency support than anything
The Refuge Youth Outreach
Centre in downtown Oshawa is
the largest of its kind in Durham,
but mainly targets community involvement
through their website
and various social media accounts.
In most cases, homeless persons of
any age rarely have access to the internet
or any mobile device, meaning
they are often unaware of the
As for Joanne’s House, the Ajax
location has a stronger ‘boots on
the ground’ initiative by offering
fundraising opportunities and
youth employment partnerships but
is self-described as only a ‘shortterm
Conversely, the Durham Region
recognizes seven different longterm
shelters and support centres
for adult men and women, despite
the adult demographic representing
just six per cent more of the population
than children and youth.
Frederick also believes the system
in place for at-risk youth largely
contributes to the percentage of
“Young adults aging out of the
system at 18 may not be ready for
independence,” he says.
“This lack of experience or education
can make it hard to find a
job in adulthood.”
Despite youth and children combining
for more than double the national
rate in Durham Region, the
city of Oshawa recently elected to
forcefully remove its ‘tent city’ – a
location where a number of homeless
persons, including youth, found
Though Frederick couldn’t offer a
solution to the troubling problems
in his hometown, it is clear through
the CDCD statistics that a disproportionate
number of youngsters
are ending up on the streets.
And while Cullen may look back
on his experiences with a quote to
inspire, many homeless individuals
have not come away so lucky.
Being 'flexible' key to staying safe on campus
Durham is under-resourced
for young people experiencing
Whether you fight, flight or freeze,
your best chance of keeping safe on
campus is to be ‘flexible’, according
to the director of campus safety,
Lynch emphasized the ability
to adapt due to DC and UOIT’s
size and varying locations.
“Your thought process has
to be fluid,” he said. “There is no
one concrete plan on how to get out
At DC and UOIT, it’s more
likely danger could come in the
form of radical weather or plane
crashes, due to the proximity to
Oshawa Airport, according to
Lynch. He recommends staff and
students take the time to get to
know their surroundings, so they
can give themselves enough time
and distance from potential danger.
“We don’t know where the
threat is or where it’s coming from,”
said Lynch. “It’s good to know your
There are multiple protective
measures available to ensure students
are safe. Outside DC and
UOIT, there are Code Blue stations,
9-foot poles with blue lights
Tom Lynch, director of the Office of Campus Safety, behind his desk.
students can use to alert campus
security or emergency services.
Campus Walk is a program
where trained students escort
people to their vehicles and residences.
When Campus Walk isn’t
available, security will provide escort,
which is available 24/7.
“There have been contributions
not only by my office but by
faculty and students,” said Lynch.
“In general, we have a great campus.”
DC and UOIT have exercises
to help teach faculty and students
to handle emergency situations,
including practice lockdowns and
secure-and-holds. However, senior
Photograph by Jackie Graves
We don't know
where the threat
is or where it's
leaders from DC and UOIT also
meet with security staff on an ongoing
basis to discuss what should
be shared with the campus community
to avoid causing unnecessary
“Sometimes information can
only harm or, out of context, cause
more trauma and grief then its intended
to,” said Lynch.
CCTV cameras monitor the
campus 24/7 but this doesn’t mean
campus security doesn’t have innovation
in mind. DC and UOIT
used to have a mic-radio system
which became obsolete and caused
interference with police radios.
Now, the system operates on a
700-megahertz radio frequency,
enabling anyone in the Durham
Region emergency services with
the same system to have full contact
For more on campus safety,
visit durhamcollege.ca under the
Safety and Security on Campus
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Photograph by Dakota Evans
Daniel Cullen, who used to be homeless, is now the owner of the H.O.P.E. (Heroes Offering Pathways of Empowerment) Coalition
which works to bring attention to homelessness.
25 years. 8,000 days. Homeless.
Now, finding H.O.P.E. in Durham
The worst experience was living on
the streets for 25 years – the best
experience was unwinding the
trauma of those 25 years.
In 1978, Daniel Cullen, who is
now a published author and runs a
program called H.O.P.E. (Heroes
Offering Pathways of Empowerment)
Coalition, left his home in
Kelowna, BC at 16-years-old. He
spent the next 25 years of his life on
the streets, in emergency shelters
and psychiatric wards.
“Between 1978 and before 1980 I
was raped three times, by three different
people,” says Cullen. These
experiences “messed up” Cullen’s
head and he was diagnosed with
According to Cullen, one in
three females and one in four males
living on the streets are abused or
sexually exploited. He says they are
offered food or clothes in return for
Cullen speaks from experience.
A collection of data to provide the
homeless community with a voice
backs up his experience. This is the
second-year a Point in Time (PiT)
Count was conducted in the region.
The data, collected from April 16
to 20, 2018, is a snapshot of homelessness
in Durham Region. The
2018 PiT Count was funded by the
Government of Canada’s Homelessness
Partnering Strategy and
the Regional Municipality of Durham’s
Housing Services Division.
There are 291 homeless individuals
in Durham Region. More than
half of those individuals are under
25 years old. This was Cullen’s
experience. Of the total number
homeless in the region, 15 per cent
are homeless due to mental illness.
This was Cullen’s experience.
Cullen says the homeless are the
The data recovered from these
surveys will help determine the
resources needed to help.
“Over time we will really be able
to track these individuals, and see
whether the services we provide in
our community are allowing them
to get the help they need,” says
Anika Mifsud, Social Researcher at
Community Development Council
The PiT Count shows 13 per
cent of individuals in Durham Region
who are homeless experience
‘episodic’ homelessness with less
than 3 episodes of homelessness in
12 months but no more than 180
Cullen says he has lived 8,000
days on the streets. The number of
days on the street were a result of
the trauma he lived while homeless.
For years following the trauma,
Cullen says his “mind exploded
on itself,” which led him to wander
the streets doing any drug he could
get his hands on and drinking anything
to get inebriated.
According to the 2018 PiT
Count, of the 291 homeless individuals,
38 per cent are in emergency
shelters, and 28 per cent couch surf
but don’t always find a way out of
homelessness, says Mifsud who is
now a Post-Doctoral Fellowship
at the Canadian Observatory on
Homelessness at York University.
The top 3 reasons for homelessness
in Durham Region, according
to Mifsud, were being unable to pay
rent, a conflict with a spouse and
illness or medical conditions.
Greg Avery, a homeless prevention
worker at CDCD for the past 4
years, says 21 per cent of the people
in Durham Region’s homelessness
count are Indigenous. Considering
only 2 per cent of Durham’s population
is Indigenous, “that’s a big
number,” he says.
“In major urban areas like Toronto
that number can range from
20 to 50 per cent, so when you
think of Toronto when you walk
by people who are on that street
holding up Tim Hortons cup most
of them could be Indigenous,” says
The number is so high for the
Indigenous population because of
things like racism, oppression and
poor health. Even going through
school can be a traumatic event for
Indigenous students, according to
The Homeless Hub, a web-based
research library supported by the
Canadian Homeless Research Network.
“Sometimes the best escape is to
not be present,” says Avery, when
Homes. That's the future.
talking about the Indigenous population.
Rick Kerr, who has been a city
councillor for Oshawa since 2014,
says, “Homelessness is everything
from somebody with mental health
issues, addiction issues, depression,
no home, no shelter, no financial
income, and then you have stages
of homeless where you have a job,
but no permanent address, that’s
definition of homelessness.”
According to Kerr, the city
doesn’t get involved with the
homeless situation because it’s not
the city’s responsibility. “But that
doesn’t mean that me as an individual
councillor can’t get involved
Individuals aren’t homeless because
they don’t want to work, says
Kerr who has worked with a group
of citizens to create The Keepers
Project, one of two initiatives Kerr
is involved with to fight homelessness.
Kerr says the project was started
upon realizing that if you don’t
have an address and you can’t get
mail, “You don’t exist.”
The Keepers Project provides
homeless individuals with lockers
and mail slots located at the Simcoe
Street United Church. Solar
panels are attached to the lockers to
charge cell phones. Each individual
gets their own unit number.
“All of the sudden that becomes
an address, so now you have one of
these lockers. You have just taken
the next stage forward out of homelessness,
with the safety and security
of your stuff and a place to
receive job offers and mail,” says
The second initiative Kerr is
working on is the Tiny Homes
project. The plan is to have the
city build a community of little
apartment-sized houses equipped
with power and hydro and on a
contract-based system allow homeless
individuals a place to live, says
“When you give someone a challenge
or a hope that’s bigger than a
challenge they face, they will rise
to any level they need to get to,”
says Cullen. “And that’s what I do.”
Cullen proposed the idea of Tiny
Homes and is currently waiting on
the municipal election to finish to
continue with the municipality on
the project, according to Kerr.
World Homeless Day is an annual
event in Durham Region on
October 10, this came into fruition
when Cullen proposed the idea to
the municipality. You can find
more information on their website.
In the last two months, Cullen
and his H.O.P.E Coalition have fed
2,000 people in Durham Region.
When asked what Cullen thinks
of the future of homelessness in
Durham Region he says, “Homes.
That’s the future.”
4 The Chronicle October 30 - December 3, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca
PUBLISHER: Greg Murphy
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Brian Legree
AD MANAGER: Dawn Salter
Cartoon by Dakota Evans
DCSI needs to be more communicative
A student’s tuition at Durham
College costs just over $3,000 per
year. Of that amount, $1,245 goes
toward different student fees, such
as the Health plan, Dental plan,
and the U-pass transit fee. Students
can find a breakdown of the
way the money is spent on DCSI’s
The total amount collected in
student fees from all students at DC
comes to just under $5 million, according
to a document on DCSI's
website, now removed. According
to DCSI's 2018-2019 breakdown,
which was recently taken off their
website, the fees also go toward
Just over half of the revenue generated
by student fees goes to the
Insurance-Health Plan. The rest
of the money is spent on budget
lines such as governance, marketing
and communication, outreach
services, DCSI clubs, events and
Riot Radio. Not many students are
aware of these fees or the way they
are divided up.
DCSI needs to be more communicative.
This includes telling
students not only how their money
is spent but also what is happening
with DCSI's executive.
Jaylan Hayles, former president
of DCSI, Geoffrey Olara, Vice
President of External Affairs, and
Toosaa Bush, Vice President of Internal
Affairs, were fired at the end
of June, after being elected in late
The former executives say they
were not given any notice as to
why they were being terminated.
A judge dismissed their wrongful
dismissal lawsuit and the former
executives have since filed a human
The case is before the Ontario
Human Rights Commission.
The Chronicle went to DCSI's
operating office more than five
times to find out answers to where
students' money is going.
When asked about what is being
done with the executives’ salaries,
Parastoo Sadeghein, Director of
Community Services and Health,
the only director who was willing
to talk to the Chronicle, says she
couldn’t disclose that information
due to the case being in process.
In Feb. 2016, the Chronicle
reported the salaries of the then
joint student association (DC and
UOIT). The salaries for UOIT’s
vice president for the downtown
campus, VP of the Whitby-Pickering
campus, VP for college affairs
and the VP of equity comes to
$33,000 per year and a two-week
The two institutions split in late
2016, Hayles and his VPs were the
first elected executives for Durham
Students should be notified of
any changes DSCI makes, especially
if it involves student money.
One of the most alarming budget
lines which comes from the document
that was removed from
DCSI's website is the legal fees of
$60,000 per year.
Sadeghein says, “This is the
budget that’s coming from students,
it’s for anything that requires us to
speak with our lawyers, any policies
we want to put forward we always
get legal counsel information.”
The DCSI executives who were
let go made a lot of promises during
their campaign. The former
DCSI president said Frosh Week
was going to last a month as opposed
to one week. There was no
Frosh Week this year and students
are not aware of where the money
for the event went.
Sadeghein says some of the
money that was going towards
Frosh Week is being used for other
activities, like discounted Blue Jays'
tickets for students.
There needs to be better communication.
Students are not aware
of the changes DCSI is making.
The last time students heard
from DCSI was a letter posted by
Andrew Nunez-Alvarez on the
DCSI website. It said DCSI student
board members "are working
to ensure you all continue to receive
the services we provide."
DCSI needs to be transparent
with how student fees are being
spent and what plans are being
made on behalf of DC students.
Students have a right to know.
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chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 2018 The Chronicle 5
Let's put a shave on the pink tax
Gillette has recently launched a
high-end $150 shaving product:
the heated razor.
The product is aimed at men
who enjoy a hot shave but struggle
with keeping the heat consistent.
Despite the ridiculous price of
this fancy hot razor, women are the
ones who are feeling the heat when
it comes to the amount of money
they pay for everyday razors.
In 2016, ParseHub data-mined
Esports is great, but not at the cost of real
When Durham College announced their
plans for a state-of-the-art esports arena on
campus in early September, it created a large
divide amongst students on campus.
On one side sat the gamers, beaming with
excitement as they finally got the opportunity
they deserved to show off their skills.
On the other side sat the stereotypical
“college kid” demographic, angered by
the loss of their beloved E.P. Taylor’s pub.
In between sat another group, and one
that will likely be the sole casualty of this
ground-breaking project, the student athletes.
Varsity teams will have to get used to sharing
the spotlight, as the time for an esports
initiative was clearly long overdue. But the
money being funnelled toward the new plan
needs to be put into context. Consider the
needs of the other teams on campus.
The cost of building the continent’s
second-largest post-secondary esports arena
is unknown but the University of California
spent over a quarter of a million dollars on
the record holder in 2016.
That’s not necessarily an issue, as the Campus
Ice Centre and all-new Vaso’s Field turf
were costly upgrades for Durham College
and UOIT in recent years.
However, the costs don’t stop there. This
may just be the beginning for the still-unnamed
Technology is expensive. Devices merely
two years old might as well be considered
That’s not to say operating a hockey arena
is cheap, but the lifespan of the facility is
much longer than a building solely renovated
It’s fair to suggest that at least a portion of
that expense could have been spent on minor
upgrades to other areas of the Durham Lords’
3,199 personal care products in
Canada from companies such as
Walmart and Loblaws.
They discovered products for
Canadian women cost 43 per cent
more compared to men’s products.
Those numbers sum up what has
been called the “pink tax”.
The pink tax refers to the extra
amount women pay for common
personal care products
such as deodorants, hair products,
lotions, soaps and razors.
It is not a real tax. You won’t find
it on your receipts underneath the
lovely 13 per cent harmonized sales
The old basketball gym has become a historic
icon amongst athletes but would benefit
from upgrades, and Vaso’s Field still has
limited seating for spectators.
Another area where the Lords athletes
could use a piece of the pie is in exposure.
The fan base of each team is devoted but still
falls short of expectations. A large reason
why is the lack of exposure around campus.
Even extramural sports, such as the Lords
hockey team, find themselves struggling to
gather enough funding for annual tryouts.
The cost of equipment is worth noting.
Players on the esports teams will be treated
to 60 high-end gaming computers and all
As for other sports teams, players’ costs
can be insurmountable.
Members of the Ridgebacks hockey teams
will be quick to point out their hundreds – if
not thousands of dollars in equipment that is
almost entirely provided by the player.
The Lords baseball and softball teams
spend their fair share on bats and gloves.
Even athletes on the basketball and rugby
teams spend a few hundred dollars on their
sneakers and cleats, something that is only
multiplied every year they spend on the
Unfortunately, esports players are caught
in the unfair position of being blamed for
something they did not cause.
Gamers are not forcing their peers to pay
more for equipment, instead they simply
“lucked out” by finding a passion for a sport
that costs less at the post-secondary level.
The need for an esports team is larger than
ever, and the players on each team deserve
as much as their peers.
But it’s the traditional athletes who find
themselves at a disadvantage. Not the other
Awareness about the pink tax
rose in 2014, after The New York
Times released an editorial about
a petition against shopping discrimination
The petition was created by feminist
Georgette Sand, who asked
the Monoprix supermarket chain
to have equal prices for male and
female hygiene products.
A year later, many internet
articles and discussion boards
questioned whether or not the pink
tax was real. Were women crying
Well, ParseHub’s study confirmed
the pink tax to be true. Shocker.
The study also found female razors
and blade replacements cost more
than men’s products. Is it because
they look more “girly”? Well, they
cost 63 per cent more. Outrageous.
The ParseHub survey was done
two years ago but despite the
awareness raised, the pink tax is
A 2018 study conducted by
RIFT Tax Refunds found female
razors still cost 6.3 per cent more.
Although it is a great improvement,
why are women paying more?
Apparently, women’s razors are
much more different than men’s.
99 Cent Razor, an online company
which sends affordable razors to
your door monthly, says factors
such as shape and blade angle separate
the two types.
Feminine razors have a more
curved handle than male razors so
women can see the backs of their
legs better while shaving. 99 Cent
Razor does offer their own feminine
pack of disposable razors for a
monthly subscription of $3.96 per
Smooth legs can feel great, but it
does not feel great realizing you are
spending extra money for a pink or
It’s like you’re putting your
money too close to a hot razor and
it goes up in flames.
It’s hard to believe the angle of a
razor really helps women shave any
better. If you’ve been shaving your
legs for years, you’ll know how to
get the job done.
Harry’s and Dollar Shave Club,
are also online businesses similar to
99 Cent Razor. They offer reusable
and affordable unisex razors and
invite their female customers with
Save your money rather than
shave your money. Buy the male
or unisex razors, they’ll still get the
Don’t worry about the bells and
whistles, and definitely don’t worry
how hot your razor can stay. Shave
in a hot shower.
Esports instead of E.P. Taylor's sparks controversy
Gaming initiative overdue
But not at
the expense of
No campus pub leaves a gap
at arena not
No more live music
shows or karaoke.
A campus community is not complete without
a campus pub.
Durham College and UOIT students are
missing out on an important post-secondary
experience: going to the campus pub. The
lack of a pub on the main campus creates a
gap in the school community.
Queen's University has The Queen’s Pub.
Trent University has The Ceilie. York University
But Durham and UOIT only have
The Simcoe House Ales and Grill, which
is located at the Campus Ice Centre:
a 450 metre walk across Conlin Road on
a sidewalk that ends before it reaches the
While this pub is (technically) on campus,
it is open to the general public.
Public skates happen Monday to Friday.
There are bookable ice pads, girls’ hockey on
weekends, Oshawa Minor Generals games
and practices in the evenings.
The last thing a college pub needs are
parents and kids running around.
Durham College and UOIT students need
a “Moe’s Tavern” from The Simpsons: a
place where stories are shared over drinks,
friends are made, and maybe even a little
bit of mischief happens.
E.P. Taylor’s used to fill that void. But it
closed in 2016.
On the now-closed campus pub, E.P. Taylor’s
Facebook page, commenters post about
good memories future DC/UOIT generations
One comment by Ryan Gordon reads, “I
used to go there for Karaoke Nights on Mondays
when I was doing a two-year Culinary
Management program at Durham College...
Sad, but I had good memories of the place,
which was the best part of my second time
as a college student. Miss it!”
No more live music shows or karaoke
nights: arguably, all things college/university
students should be able to access on campus.
What has been put in place of the pub
The Esports gaming arena will house online
Who does that serve?
According to Global Sports Matter, 75 per
cent of Esports fans aged 13 - 40 are male
and only 25 per cent are female.
Is the Esports gaming arena going to offer
the same gender diversity as a campus pub
An article published on The Wireless in
May talks about the toxic environment of
online gaming and how women often become
the target of these verbal assaults and
How will Durham College make this
space gender inclusive?
The campus community needs a non-academic
space to call their own: a place where
the two campuses (Durham College and
UOIT) can mingle and see themselves as a
whole, not two separate entities.
With all of the renovations, new builds
and upgrades Durham College and UOIT
are getting, an on-campus pub needs to be
A campus community is just not complete
without a campus pub and an Esports gaming
arena will not fill that gap.
6 The Chronicle October 30 - December 3, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca
Fighting human trafficking starts with prevention plan
Human trafficking is prevalent
and thriving in Durham Region,
as documented in the Chronicle’s
human trafficking series by Shanelle
Somers and Shana Fillatrau
earlier this year.
The Provincial Government
says Ontario, specifically the
GTA, is an epicentre of human
trafficking. Two-thirds of the
cases in Canada happen in our
By its nature, human trafficking
is difficult to measure because
of its hidden nature. According to
Statistics Canada, police reported
723 cases of human trafficking
violations in Ontario between
2009 and 2016. The number of
reported cases is on the rise each
While there are different prevention
programs in place, such
as Daughter Project Canada and
Roots of Character run by the
Durham District School Board,
not enough is being done to inform
young girls and their parents
of this form of modern-day slavery.
Prevention is the key to fighting
human trafficking. Parents
must be educated about human
trafficking and the dangers of the
digital age. Schools should communicate
with parents alongside
educating kids. Young girls need
to be reached before they enter
high school and general community
awareness must be raised.
While it is every parents’ intention
to protect their kids from
strangers and dangers, online
accessibility is a lot like leaving
the metaphorical front door unlocked.
Children can easily access
information on the internet and
have open channels to communicate
with friends and strangers on
While some may argue prevention
begins at home with engaged
parents who pay close attention
to what their children do on electronic
devices, school programs
need to work with parents.
Prevention strategies should be
communicated through a newsletter,
email, or school app, so parents
are on the same page as their
The Durham Regional Police
Services human-trafficking unit
give presentations to girls in high
schools about human trafficking.
This is a great starting point but
doesn’t educate everyone who
may need the knowledge and empowerment.
Girls being targeted for human
trafficking are between 11 and 15
years old, with some cases being
reported with girls as young as 9.
High school presentations may
come too late for potential victims.
It is imperative adults as well as
students are informed about what
is happening in our community
and gain the skills and knowledge
on how to spot any warning signs
to prevent this from occurring.
Sharing knowledge about this
important issue can help the community.
Five girls who attended a
program called Roots of Leadership,
a summer program run by
Roots of Character, put their artistic
talents to good use and created
informative posters about human
trafficking. It was proposed
the posters be put up in bathroom
stalls in schools, theatres, malls
and fast food restaurants across
Durham Region. This campaign
should go forward because it
would open the public’s eyes about
an issue not on the social forefront.
Serious issues in our community,
such as human trafficking,
require preventative measures.
There are programs in place but
more could be done to help keep
girls in our community safe.
From home to school, our community
must commit to protecting
our children. Parents, students
and the public need to learn about
human trafficking in order to
know how to best deal with it.
Prevention strategies in the
community and school system
can help girls, rather than human
Professors on front lines of campus mental health crisis
College professors are on the front
lines of what has been called a
campus mental health crisis in
Canada. Professors need mental
health first-aid training in order
to help their students.
Colleges need to mandate mental
health training for faculty.
According to Statistics Canada,
young people aged 15 to
24 are more likely to experience
mental illness than any other age
A Colleges Ontario overview
reveals the average college student
is 23 years of age.
According to the Council of
Ontario Universities, 75 per cent
of mental health disorders first appear
among people aged 18 to 24.
If the average college student
is 23, young people aged 15 to
24 are prone to mental illnesses.
Consider the fact that 75 per cent
The United States, Mexico,
Canada (USMCA) trade deal
is set to replace NAFTA. It sees
give and take on each side, but
the dairy market saw a few more
drops given to the U.S. than
If the deal gets approved, 3.6
per cent of the Canadian dairy
market will be open to U.S. dairy
At least one Durham dairy
farmer says it's unfortunate that
market is now gone, because he
doesn't think Canadian producers
of mental health disorders first appear
among people aged 18 to 24.
College students are at a greater
risk to mental health emergencies.
A National College Health Assessment
survey of post-secondary
students reported that last year 46
per cent of students reported feeling
so depressed it was difficult to
function; 65 per cent of students
reported overwhelming anxiety
and 14 per cent of students had
seriously considered suicide.
According to the Centre for
Addiction and Mental Health
(CAMH), 4,000 Canadians die
a year to suicide. That equals
will be able to get it back.
"I can see there being months
in the future where everybody
else gets paid and I don't, because
the bank account won't allow for
me to have a take home salary,"
says Robert Larmer, a farmer in
Nestleton, who has 250 dairy cattle.
He says as a young farmer, he
carries a large debt for the farm
and the deal is a significant hit to
Larmer has been a dairy farmer
in Nestleton since 2014. He has
known dairy farming his whole
life, since his father and grandfather
worked as dairy farmers as
Canada historically operates
its dairy industry on a supply
management system. Dairy processors
set quotas for farms, which
are based on market demand.
This system helps farmers stay
in business, and maintains prices
in stores for shoppers.
roughly eleven people per day. After
accidents, suicide is the second
leading cause of death for people
If suicide is this prominent
among the campus population,
professors should be required
to get Mental Health First Aid
(MHFA) training. This would
help professors recognize the signs
and symptoms of mental illnesses,
before it's too late.
Much like physical first aid is
provided until medical treatment
can be obtained, MHFA is available
until appropriate support is
found or the crisis is fixed.
The three main steps to MHFA
are to recognize the change in behaviour,
respond with a conversation
and then guide the person to
the appropriate resources.
The outcomes of MHFA, according
to its Canadian website,
In Canada, the dairy industry
is a $20-billion business. However,
under the new deal, the per
cent open to U.S. producers could
mean $720-million will be lost annually.
Larmer says the loss of the
market will be felt not only in the
next month, but in years to come.
Ontario is the second-largest
milk producing province behind
Quebec, with 3,613 dairy farms
in Ontario in 2016.
Local dairy farmers are concerned
about the effects of the
USMCA, including Larmer.
The 3.6 per cent of the US-
MCA deal is not the only damage
to the dairy industry. Two other
trade deals, the Transpacific
Partnership (TPP), and the Comprehensive
and Economic Trade
Agreement (CETA), coupled with
the USMCA mean that 10 per
cent of Canada's dairy market will
be open internationally.
Larmer says these deals won't
are the increase of awareness, increase
of confidence and decrease
This is why it is necessary for
colleges to mandate mental health
training for on-campus faculty. It
is necessary for students to have
someone who recognizes the
symptoms of a mental health crisis
before it escalates.
The goal is to engage confidently
where a person may be a
danger to themselves or others.
This way, help will be provided to
prevent the mental health problem
from developing into a more
serious state. Therefore, promoting
the recovery of good mental
health and providing comfort to
a person experiencing a mental
This would help stop potential
suicides by diagnosing the mental
health concerns beforehand and
change how he operates his farm.
He says animal welfare, human
welfare and economics are the
three factors he makes decisions
"We want to do what's best for
the animals, we want to do what's
best for us as a family, from a
health perspective and of course
our employees as well, and then
obviously it needs to be economically
feasible for us to make those
decisions," Larmer says.
He hopes to stay in the dairy
Many say this dairy deal had
to happen to save the bigger trade
deal between Canada and the
Bin Chang, program director
of finance at UOIT, says the US-
MCA is not as good as NAFTA
for the Canadian dairy industry.
However, she says the USMCA
is better than no deal at all, and it
is good it got done by the Oct. 1
create dialogue around a stigmatized
In 2016, Ontario University
and College Health Association
(OUCHA) published the results
from a survey of more than 25,000
The survey found in the previous
year, 65 per cent of students
experienced overwhelming anxiety,
46 per cent reported feeling
so depressed they couldn't function
and 13 per cent had seriously
considered suicide in the previous
year. College professors are on the
front lines of what has been called
a campus mental health crisis in
Canada. Professors need mental
first-aid training in order to help
Action needs to be taken. Providing
training to those on the
front lines will help stop an epidemic
that is killing students.
Durham dairy farmer weighs in on USMCA trade deal
"We give up something, but
other countries give us more market
access to their own market,"
Chang says, adding free trade
deals like TPP and CETA are
good for the economy.
She says that in the USMCA
negotiations, the dairy market
was a priority on both the U.S.
and Canadian sides of the deal.
"From the U.S. side they wanted
a more open market, but from
Canada's side we want to protect
our dairy farmers," she says.
Supply management will remain
the way Canada operates its
dairy market, and perhaps help it
"Our system is the envy of the
world," Larmer says.
The USMCA still has to be
passed through the House of
Commons and the Senate.
The deal could come into effect
as early as June, 2019.
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DC, UOIT protecting free speech
Free speech versus hate speech.
It’s a political tightrope and new
Ontario Premier Doug Ford wants
the province’s colleges and universities
to walk it.
Ford has mandated post-secondary
schools to develop and
publicly post their own free speech
policies by Jan. 1, 2019.
“Colleges and universities
should be places where students exchange
different ideas and opinions
in open and respectful debate,”
Ford says in a statement. “Our
government made a commitment
to the people of Ontario to protect
free speech on campuses.”
What does this mean for DC
and UOIT? Don’t expect to see too
much change on campus because
policies already exist and are put
One immediate change is a new
committee put together to represent
all 24 Ontario colleges, with one
representative for DC. They will
look at the University of Chicago
statement on principles of free expression
and develop their own set
of principles and policies to adopt
as a collective system.
DC and UOIT are no strangers
to dealing with the balance of free
speech and human rights.
Dr. Steven Murphy, UOIT
president, says the university is
well-practiced in the pros and cons
of bringing people to campus. He
says it is important speakers bring
value to the students and push them
to think in different ways. He says
the individuals coming to campus
should be open to being challenged
“We’ve always been champions
of free speech and will continue to
be,” Murphy says.
DC president Don Lovisa
agrees with Murphy. He sees the
importance of freedom of thought
and the ability to express an opinion.
“It has to be positive, it has
to contribute to understanding,
education and [bring] value and
it doesn’t disparage one group versus
another, a balance needs to be
achieved,” says Lovisa.
Murphy says free speech is a
cornerstone of society and people
look to push their platforms at universities.
Because of this, UOIT
needs to find a balance between
free speech and upholding the Ontario
human rights code.
When someone wants to speak,
Murphy says the school needs to
keep a safe and civil space. He says
this can be a grey area because
there is a fine line between genuine
concerns versus ideologies being
Lovisa also carefully weighs
the rights of individuals and the
“We all value free speech and
I value free speech. Free speech
is protected under our Charter of
Rights and Freedoms but I do distinguish
between free speech and
hate speech,” Lovisa says.
The most recent freedom of
speech on campus issues to make
Photograph by Janis Williams
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared his thoughts on free speech to reporters at UOIT.
national headlines was at Wilfrid
Laurier University about a year
ago. Lindsay Shepherd, a teaching
assistant, was reprimanded after
showing her students a video clip
of a debate with University of Toronto
psychology professor Jordan
Peterson regarding the use of gendered
pronouns. The University
ultimately apologized to her for the
DC and UOIT have not had to
deal with controversies at this level.
Lovisa says it’s important to
keep this a Canadian issue, he
says unfortunately, many of our
political decisions are driven by a
We need to
have a country
that is open,
the full range
of diversity of
“We have to make sure that
we’re developing policies for our
institutions and society. Our society
is different than the United States,
our politics are different, our values
are different in some cases,” Lovisa
“So, whenever we develop policies
we want to make sure they fit
your needs as a student and not a
student in the United States.”
He says Canada is not as deeply
politically divided as the Unites
He says because of free speech,
we learn from each other with
understanding, even if we share
different world views.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
was on campus in August and
shared his thoughts on free speech.
“We need to have a country that
is open, respectful that engages
across the full range of diversity of
views and that includes a range of
diversity or ideologies,” Trudeau
There is no space for hate speech
in Canada, Trudeau added.
Some students lighting up on campus despite smoking ban
Some people did not adhere to the
new ban on smoking on the Durham
College, UOIT campus. The
Chronicle saw several students
smoking early on Oct. 15, adjacent
to the Student Services Building
and in the bus loop outside of the
Gordon Willey building.
The smoke-free campus policy
went into effect after being announced
The new policy was created to
promote health and safety and applies
to all members of the campus
community, officials from both
The college and university
made the decision to implement
this policy before the the legalization
of cannabis on Oct. 17.
A DC student smoker is Eric
Linton, 19. He believes tobacco
shouldn’t be banned because marijuana
is being legalized.
“They shouldn’t have made the
law [they way] it is. It’s kind of unfair
to ban everything just because
of that one thing,” Linton said.
The Office of Campus Safety is
“not tracking” numbers of students
in violation of the smoking ban
policy, says Tom Lynch, director
of the office.
The campus has some exceptions
when it comes to this new
policy. Traditional burnings of
substances that form a part of Indigenous
culture and heritage are
Individuals with prescriptions
to smoke medical cannabis will also
work with the campus for a solution.
Individuals who wish to smoke
must do so off-campus.
New ‘no smoking’ signs have
been put up on campus and posters
can be seen on the walls of the
hallways. Outdoor campus ashtrays
have also been removed in the wake
of the new policy, yet some students
are still smoking on the property.
Students like Sebastian
Manczak, 23, of the pre-health sciences
program, said he hasn’t heard
a lot of the policy, and believes it
should be publicized more.
“It came a little out of nowhere,
right? There are tons of smokers
here and there were tons of waste
disposals [for cigarettes],” Manczak
said. “I now have to do a little more
cardio to get my smoke, so I guess
it’s not a bad thing.”
DC and UOIT officials say the
campus is currently in phase one of
its smoking ban. This will last until
Jan. 1 and will focus on awareness
and educating the community
about the new policy.
Phase two will begin on Jan. 1,
will consist of issuing verbal and
Photograph by Madison Gulenchyn
Justin Stewart, 23, in the business fundamentals program, stands on DC's campus to smoke.
written warnings for those who fail
to adhere to the ban on smoking.
The final and third phase includes
issuing fines and initiating
disciplinary actions, school officials
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Photograph by Jasper Myers
Elaine Popp, vice-president, academic oversees all teaching and learning operations at Durham College.
DC popping up opportunities
The world that we live
in is becoming more
and more globalized.
The introduction of a new fall reading
week at Durham College (DC)
is just one example of what Elaine
Popp does in her job.
Popp, the school’s vice-president,
academic (VPA), has been in
charge of the teaching and learning
experience at DC for the past three
years, including the addition of a
second school break for students.
But her job requires her to bring
expertise to a variety of areas.
“As [VPA], I see my role really
being divided up amongst five
main responsibilities,” says Popp,
who worked at Humber College
prior to being hired at DC.
She makes sure faculty are fully
supported in providing the best
education possible, constantly reviewing
the programs offered by
the college, providing students and
faculty with international education
opportunities, managing enrolment,
and focusing on applied
research and opportunities for students
The Centre for Academic and
Faculty Enrichment (C.A.F.E.)
helps faculty of any experience
update skills and learn new ways
to engage students. Popp also says
it’s important programs have the
right teaching spaces, pointing to
the new Chronicle room adjacent
to the Pit and studio spaces as examples.
She works on constantly updating
and adding programs based
on what industry and students require
and makes sure the content
ensures students are career-ready
with experiential, hands-on learning.
Popp also manages internationalization
opportunities provided to
staff and students, which she says
“The world that we live in is
becoming more and more globalized,”
says Popp, whose office is
located in H-wing, between Tim
Hortons and the bus loop. “It’s not
such a small world that it used to
be, everyone’s connected, businesses
She understands most students
won’t get the chance to travel
abroad for projects such as DC’s
recent involvement in Kenya and
Guyana, but still makes sure those
at home get a global education, too.
The Global Class at DC allows students
on campus to connect, share
and learn from experts and other
students from across the world via
However, Popp says she works
with a big team to get things done.
She works collaboratively with all
nine academic schools as well as the
four academic departments such as
the C.A.F.E. international education,
Office of Research Services,
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
and Corporate Training Services.
The team within her office plays
a significant role as well, such as
her executive assistant Karen Graham.
“Oh, Karen? She keeps me
sane,” jokes Popp. “She’s the only
reason I can sleep at all.”
Graham says she needs to make
sure Popp has what she needs when
she needs it.
She makes sure Popp’s schedule
is set, the VPA is on time and ready
for whatever’s next. Graham says
Popp’s schedule is one of the busiest
of anyone else she’s worked for at
the college, including DC president
The future of DC, according to
Popp, involves some new degree
programs currently in the review
and development stages, continuing
to work on teaching practices
and developing more classrooms
that are not set up in the traditional
manner - with row after row of
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Photograph by Kathryn Fraser
DC President, Don Lovisa, sits next to his guitar chair inside his office.
Lovisa: Global projects help DC's prospects
Don Lovisa describes his path to
becoming Durham College (DC)
president as a “fabulous journey”
and is pleased it is ongoing.
It’s an educational excursion
that has taken him to many towns
and cities across Canada, as well
as many countries throughout the
Lovisa became president of DC
10 years ago. He said the road to
get here was “a long one.”
“It has been a fabulous journey,”
Lovisa, 60, said. “And I’m
still on a great journey.”
He went to school part-time,
and, as he would say, “forever.”
Lovisa attended St. Francis Xavier
University, Lakehead University,
St. Thomas University, University
of Toronto and Confederation College.
He earned degrees in international
management, adult education
and has completed the course
work towards a PhD in community
Lovisa said he seized every
opportunity. He was always looking
for ways to create new experiences
and meet people.
“That’s what the road is like.
Making connections, getting the
education you need, having fun and
making it interesting,” he said. “But
also, helping people along the way,
knowing you have to make a contribution.
You can receive but you
also have to give.”
Lovisa didn’t always have the
busy life he has now in Durham
Region. He grew up in Fort Frances,
in northwestern Ontario.
“Living in a small town, you
have fewer opportunities. So like
me and a lot of other people, to advance,
you have to leave,” he said.
“It is bittersweet. Small towns are
a nice experience. You learn about
yourself and community.”
While pursuing his career,
Lovisa found international work.
He spent time teaching, training
and consulting in areas such as
globalization, trade, entrepreneurship
Before working for more than
30 years in post-secondary education,
he worked in Poland, Ukraine,
Germany, Vietnam, India, Korea,
China and the Caribbean.
He learned both respect and
teamwork were important when
working with foreign counterparts.
“[Working globally] broadens
your perspective,” Lovisa said. “It
helps you understand that there
are different world-views. People
see the world very differently and
they react to situations, problems
and questions very differently than
I do. It’s [understanding] to respect
that and [trying] to work together
to achieve the mission that you’re
there to achieve.”
Lovisa said international travels
teach an individual to gain respect
for not only cultures but for people,
too. This respect translates into his
life as he applies his foreign experiences
to his job at DC.
“It’s a very rewarding experience,”
he said. “As we have more
and more international students,
understanding that they’re going
to bring different ideas here and
we have to respect that, we have
to learn from it. We also have to
help them understand our value
system and what it means to be in
Lovisa credits his office space
as a place where he can work and
help strengthen international and
“It’s a comfortable space,” he
said. “[It’s] a quiet space when
I want it to be [and] a fun space
when I want it to be.”
receive, but you
also have to
Lovisa enjoys personalizing his
environment. A blue chair, made
completely out of guitar parts, sits
in his office. Lovisa built the chair
and decided to auction it off. When
it didn’t sell, he kept it. The chair
acts as a reminder for his love of
music. “It’s just part of me. I like
music, I like to play,” he said.
In addition to his guitar chair,
student photography and sculptures
fill the rest of his office. Lovisa is
proud of DC’s students and surrounds
himself with their work. He
said the memorabilia is inspiring
He refers to his office as “a
place of great pride.”
“Thankful,” is the word Lovisa
uses to describe himself.
“For many things. For my job,
for the life I get to live. For everything
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Photograph by Cecelia Feor
UOIT president Dr. Steven Murphy sitting in his office on the second floor of the UOIT Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre.
Murphy: Putting more 'tech' in UOIT
The University of Ontario Institute
of Technology's (UOIT) new president
wants to use his skills to push
the Ridgebacks ahead of the pack.
Dr. Steven Murphy has been
UOIT president for a relatively
short time, but he's taking a long
term view about his new role.
On the job since March 1, he's
already thinking 15 years into the
future of what the university can
become - and he'd like it to be the
MIT of the north, referring to the
Institute of Technology.
Murphy was previously the
dean of the Ted Rogers School of
Management at Toronto's Ryerson
He sees similarities between
UOIT and where Ryerson was 10
years ago. As a result, he believes
It's (technology) not just in our
name (UOIT) it's also in how we
want to live.
UOIT is on an exponential path
for the future.
He hopes to build on the use of
technology to teach its 10,000 students
better, in part by developing
improved hybrid courses.
"It's (technology) not just in our
name, it's also in how we want to
live and in our values and our dayto-day
actions," Murphy says.
It is important to integrate
technology systems to better serve
students, by having everything in
one place, he believes.
"We're really reaching the
point where you need to be able to
come to one spot that has everything
to do with your university
experience," Murphy says, noting
all aspects of the student experience,
including assignments and
study groups, should be accessible
through a central app or system.
He's also interested in using
technology to deliver education
in an improved way. He says hybrid
courses should become more
the norm, where there is an online
component and then an in-person
portion for discussion.
In addition, Murphy would
like to see courses become modular,
based on the length of student
learning absorption levels.
This would focus less on the
traditional course model of a 13-
week semester with four-week
Murphy is also pleased students
can experience different
course and pathway options on
the joint campus of Durham College
(DC) and UOIT.
Cathy Pitcher, assistant to the
president, previously worked in
the DC president's office, including
for Gary Polonsky, the Durham
leader who helped found
Pitcher says pathways are
beneficial to students.
"I think this campus brings
tremendous opportunities to our
students, the fact that you have a
university and a college sharing,"
Murphy meets with DC
president Don Lovisa monthly
to discuss how to enhance diploma-to-degree
pathways but also
to create other opportunities for
Specifically, Murphy proposed
a business training module for
those who have graduated from
skilled trades and apprenticeships
looking to start their own business.
"It's about doing a flexible delivery,
thinking about really creative
models of working together,
and trying to figure out where our
visions intersect," he says.
As for his legacy, Murphy is
more concerned with UOIT’s
“For me it’s far more satisfying
to see our students walking across
the stage (graduating) knowing
that the value of their degree has
increased because we’ve worked
really hard as a team over 10 years
than it is for me to say that my legacy
after 10 years is that I pushed
on 'x' or 'y',” says Murphy.
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The chosen three representing DC
What do a nurse, a journalist and
a plumber all have in common?
They've all been nominated for
Colleges Ontario's 2018 Premier's
who graduated in 1988 from
DC's Registered Nursing program,
Manjula Selvarajah, a 2014
graduate of the Journalism - Print
and Broadcast program and Brandon
Bird, a 2012 DC graduate as
a Level 3 Plumber Apprentice are
among 118 nominees for the Premier's
The event recognizes notable
alumni of Ontario colleges. The
DC alumni were chosen for their
career success relating to their
college program and the impacts
they have made. There are seven
categories. DC's three nominees
represent three of the seven
Sunstrum-Mann is in the
Health Services category, Selvarajah
was nominated in the Recent
Graduate category and Bird
for the Apprenticeship category.
Sunstrum-Mann is currently
the CEO of Grandview Children's
Centre. She has worked in senior
leadership roles at various Ontario
Selvarajah is an associate producer
for CBC, who advocates
for the Tamil community, with a
focus on feminist movements.
Bird is the CEO of Bird Mechanical
Ltd. He took over the company
in 2016 as the youngest CEO
ever in the company. The 2018
Premier's Awards gala takes place
Monday, Nov. 26.
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Oshawa helps storm victims
On the shores of Lake Ontario in
Oshawa, a call centre is doing the
unexpected - saving lives, thousands
of kilometres away.
Concentrix, formerly known as
Minacs, helped victims of Florence,
storm, in the Carolinas, by taking
Red Cross calls and connecting
people with emergency services.
“We've really taken an all handson
deck approach to help the citizens
of the U.S.,” said Amanda
Bruce, the site leader of Concentrix
Oshawa, which is involved with providing
OnStar services for General
When Florence made landfall in
the United States Sept. 14, the company
leapt into action, Bruce said.
“General Motors got the call to
assist the Red Cross and Concentrix
willingly jumped in,” she said.
Bruce said Concentrix has partnered
with the Red Cross in the
past. The Red Cross receives many
emergency calls and to help balance
the volume, calls are transferred to
Concentrix employees in Oshawa,
the only Canadian site to handle
American calls. (The rest are taken
at Concentrix sites in Michigan and
A team of approximately 65 emergency
advisors in Oshawa took on
Red Cross calls, crisis calls and
emergency calls. Navigation advisors
handled evacuation routes, road
closures, finding grocery stores and
shelters, Bruce said.
“They’re very much an elite
team,” she said. “Everybody is
trained to be on their toes every
Bruce said safety is the number
one priority for Concentrix and
GM. Crisis Assist, an initiative created
by GM, allows GM drivers to
access emergency assistance, even
if they don't have an OnStar membership.
“We open up the services to provide
the customer with everything
they need,” said Bruce. “So, if it’s
a route, if they need to call a loved
one, we'll provide complimentary
Emergency Team Leader Jennifer
Hoffman said the employees were
much more prepared to deal with
“We were training people well
in advance, staffing extra people
because we figured something like
this would happen,” said Hoffman.
When Crisis Assist is active, Hoffman
said open services can even be
accessed by cellphone, as opposed to
a vehicle's Bluetooth phone system.
“We provide updated weather
information,” said Hoffman. “We
provide data to help people be able
to look at things on social media,
we make phone calls for them. The
main rule is that we don't leave
someone alone until we know that
they are safe.”
Taslima Gulshan, an emergency
advisor, said answering calls is sometimes
challenging and emotional.
“A lot of these people who are calling
in have lost sometimes family,
lost their homes, pets or they’re injured,”
she said. “Sometimes they
call in saying ‘I am in my house with
the water level up to my counter and
I’m standing on my counter while
talking to you'.”
I am in my house with the water
level up to my counter and I'm
standing on my counter while talking
“If [emotion] affects you, you
can’t really help them,” Gulshan
said. “You have to put it to the back
of your head. It can happen to anyone.”
Even though most of hurricane
calls were transferred to the Oshawa
site, Kurt Leatzow, the senior
director of telematics, said it’s bigger
than Canadians helping Americans.
I think it's bigger than that, I
think it's people helping people.
“I think it’s people helping
people,” said Leatzow. “I think no
matter where you're born, where
you're from, what country you may
claim to represent, during times of
need and crisis everybody reaches
out with a helping hand. I think it’s
a great partnership and it’s a great
story that the human spirit overcomes
whatever your geography is
or whatever your country of residence
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A centre for innovation
and collaboration at DC
It was time to tear down Durham
College's original building and replace
it with a contemporary facility
That's how Durham College
(DC) president Don Lovisa feels
about the shiny new $40 million,
Centre for Collaborative Education
(CFCE), which officially opened its
doors earlier this month.
The four-storey CFCE, which
fronts onto Simcoe Street just
north of the main entrance to the
campus, replaces the 50-year-old,
one-floor, Simcoe Building.
Site preparation and excavation
started in Dec. 2016 and it opened
to students this month.
Lovisa hatched the idea for the
new building in 2015.
“The goal was to replace the
Simcoe Building,” Lovisa said.
“The building was just tired, it was
time to replace it.”
To help develop the idea, Lovisa
brought together faculty who occupied
the Simcoe Building along
with Lon Appleby, director and
founder of the Global Class, members
of Health Sciences and others
from the marketing and communications
Lovisa asked the group to envision
what a new space would look
like. Everyone shared their ideas
on this hypothetical new building,
but it wasn’t a quick decision for the
“We sort of took the vision and
the partnership and the idea to
governments, and between myself
and my chief of staff, we had 49
meetings,” he said.
The CFCE is now home to Fast-
Start, an entrepreneurship centre,
the DC Spa, First Peoples Indigenous
Centre, the Global Classroom,
simulations labs and the office of
student diversity, inclusion and
To get funding for the building,
Lovisa had to make a compelling
case to the provincial and federal
governments. He said schools
across Ontario and the rest of
Canada all lobby governments for
funding, but he was able to secure
funding for DC.
Between the federal and provincial
governments, Lovisa secured
$35 million in funding. The province
announced it would provide
$22 million in April, 2016 and the
federal group announced in Sept.
2016 it would throw in $13 million.
In order to keep the funding,
however, two criteria had to be
The college had to raise $5 million
on its own and substantial
completion had to be done by the
Photograph by Justin Bailey
Durham College president Don Lovisa holds up a piece of the now demolished Simcoe Building.
end of April, 2018. This meant
the building had to be completed
enough for intended usage, except
for a few minor deficiencies. The
reference is described as 97 per cent
“There’s still some things to do,”
Lovisa said, “It’s going to take six
months to finish.”
The cost to build and furnish the
76,000 square foot building will be
close to $40 million after everything
is complete. Some classrooms
DC time capsule will be opened in 2067
Chronicle newspapers, letters, and
technology among the items preserved
to be revealed decades from now
are still waiting on back ordered
items like whiteboards and chairs,
One of the featured rooms in the
CFCE is the Global Classroom, located
on the main floor just off the
Galleria. The Global Classroom
has been around at DC since 2011
but has received a massive upgrade
in the CFCE, said Appleby, adding
there’s nothing like it anywhere
“Nobody’s doing that. It’s a
world first,” Appleby said, as he
pointed to the room. “It gives us
an experience of working together
like never before.”
The classroom features a large
video wall with three state-of-theart
monitor systems, each allowing
students and faculty to connect
with each other at the touch of a
However, Appleby also plans to
dive more into the room’s 'Global'
name by connecting with different
institutions from around the world.
One example is the upcoming
interactive screen event on World
Polio Day, Oct. 24, which will see
the Rotary Club connect with
members from Chicago as part of
a large event at the Durham College
“It’s a recognition from top
down, about the way we learn
everything, that a revolution was
needed because of technology,”
Appleby said. “By using technology
to help learn, we’re now designed to
better reach out to the community,
with collaboration being the key
Appleby said the upgrade from
its former home at the Gordon Willey
Building is significant.
“Think of the old Global Class as
junior hockey,” Appleby said. “This
is the Stanley Cup.”
Not everything is new in Durham
College's new $40 million Centre
for Collaborative Education
(CFCE) building that just opened
As part of the grand opening, a
time capsule was put in place just
outside the entrance on the south
side of the building.
The capsule contains about 15
items mostly marking the 50th
anniversary of the school. It was
sealed in the ground at the CFCE's
grand opening Oct. 2 and holds
memories for future generations
to look back on when it is opened
in 2067, DC's 100th year.
Durham College President Don
Lovisa says the capsule contains letters
for future generations to read,
including one from himself to the
president 50 years from now. There
are copies of the Chronicle, 50th
anniversary DC memorabilia and
He says they wanted to depict the
current times in the capsule.
“The idea for a time capsule
came up during our brainstorming
sessions for ways to celebrate
the college’s 50th anniversary in
2017," says Dr. Scott Blakey, the
chief administrative officer at Durham
"We were having so much fun
exploring...and digging into the
rich history of Durham College,
it inspired us to take on a project
that would both commemorate this
milestone anniversary and contribute
to DC’s centennial celebration
in another 50 years.”
Photograph by Meagan Secord
Durham College president Don Lovisa (second from left) and
the Board of Governors place the time capsule.
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Photograph by Dakota Evans
Sophia Mingram, an advertising and marketing graduate, stands outside the new FastStart office in the CFCE.
FastStart: Helping student entrepreneurs
Infographic by Dakota Evans
FastStart offers many services for creative entrepreneurs.
Among the many changes around
Durham College (DC), the Fast-
Start entrepreneurial program has
moved out of its room in the B-wing
and into the new Centre For Collaborative
FastStart is a program for students
under 29 and gives them the
tools and resources they need to
grow their own businesses. These
tools include help with branding,
logo ideas and getting students in
touch with business investors.
According to Sophia Mingram,
the program’s marketing assistant,
“most of the events that we do is
mostly for you to get connected with
your supporters in the community,”
referring to the 12 business investors
they associate with, including Spark
Centre in Oshawa.
The program has helped launch
more than 15 student-founded
businesses and supports more
than 50 existing businesses, according
to Mingram. One of the
student-founded businesses they
helped grow is OhhFoods, founded
by Brittany Charlton, a DC Law
OhhFoods makes allergen-free
snacks, including bite-sized brownies
and apple pie.
Charlton said she found out about
FastStart on her way to class.
“I was walking down the hallway,
saw FastStart, then it said ‘if you’re
interested in starting or you have
a business idea, come talk to us’ so
that’s what I did,” Charlton said.
FastStart offers networking events
to help introduce students to potential
investors. Charlton attended
three of these events before and
after she graduated her program.
“I attended the last [networking
event] that just happened and that
was amazing too. Getting to speak
on the panel and meet everyone
that’s pretty much there that I didn’t
get to meet (previously),” Charlton
I still speak with
them and anytime
I need advice
or anything I
According to Mingram, some
of these networking events involve
students pitching their product to
investors while others are competitions
in which students pitch to
an audience, who ask questions
regarding things like pricing and
Prizes for the competitions include
as much as $1,000, money
that gets invested in the winner’s
business, the amount depending
on the size of the winner’s business
Charlton is still in contact with
“I still speak with them and anytime
I need advice or anything I
definitely do reach out and ask for
help,” Charlton said.
OhhFoods is a growing business
and has 32 followers on Twitter after
joining last April.
In addition to OhhFoods, the
DC program has helped companies
like jmd alterations and design,
who occasionally host pop-up shops
on campus to sell their clothing
through #dcshops, which is also
sponsored by FastStart.
There are programs similar to
FastStart at other colleges and universities.
For example, Twitter users can
find UOIT’s offering at UOITBrilliant
and Sir Sandford Fleming College’s
The program also provides support
to DC faculty by adding entrepreneurial
elements into courses
and programs. FastStart has more
than 25 partner programs across all
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DC helps craft brewers
draft up bubbly success
A Durham College initiative is
helping local brewers produce
suds and teach students more about
The Centre for Craft Brewing
Innovation (CCBI) at Durham's
Whitby campus is already brewing
up success for the local industry
after opening last spring.
“Craft brewing is growing in
leaps and bounds," said Chris
Gillis, DC's manager, applied
research business development.
“It’s expected the number of craft
brewers will hit the 500 mark by
2019 - 90 per cent of those are small
Local brewers and those aspiring
to join the beer business can come
to the centre and receive guidance
from experts like Erin Broadfoot
and John Henley of Little Beasts
Brewing Company in Whitby.
Little Beasts opened Oct. 21,
2017, as a second career option for
the partners. Before getting into
brewing, Broadfoot worked as a
naturopathic doctor while Henley
was a software quality assurance
“It was a hobby for both of us,
we were both home brewers and
beer judges,” said Broadfoot. “We
just loved it.”
When the CCBI opened its
doors, Broadfoot helped by teaching
the first round of classes. She
continues to offer ongoing advice
to staff at the centre.
According to Gillis, the CCBI
doesn't offer a specific school program
but it does give students the
opportunity to work alongside experienced
“What we really want to do is
help the craft brewing industry expand
the education on how to brew
and also give them the resource to
control their brewing process to
make good brews consistently,"
Durham College’s Office of Research
Services, Innovation and
Entrepreneurship (ORSIE) saw a
growing need for a facility able to
support aspiring and existing craft
brewers like Little Beasts.
The CCBI was funded by a
$150,000 grant from the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research
Council, an agency of the
federal government. Through OR-
SIE, the CCBI offers technology
brewers otherwise wouldn’t be able
“They often lack resources to
ensure the quality and consistency
of their beer,” said Debbie Mc-
Kee Demczyk, dean of ORSIE.
“They’re often very passionate
about what they do, but because
Little Beasts Brewing Company owners Erin Broadfoot (left) and John Henley.
they’re small, they have small
teams, they don’t have R and D
departments (research and development).”
The cost of equipment can pose
as an obstacle for both aspiring and
existing breweries when it comes
to quality control, Broadfoot said.
Without proper equipment and
packaging, the risk of oxygen getting
into the beer can become an
issue of quality and safety.
“A lot of that equipment you need
for QC (quality control), we can’t
afford,” said Broadfoot. “What
they’re doing over there, it would
bring in this instrumentation needed
to conduct those tests to ensure
QC, which is huge in our industry.”
Without proper quality control,
contamination from outside sources
can create excess oxygen in beer,
causing the taste to change or cans
to explode, Broadfoot said.
The CCBI ensures brewers can
produce product safely and successfully.
Access to the CCBI has already
turned out a number of successful
breweries, including Premium
Near Beer, a craft brewery specializing
in non-alcoholic brews. The
brewery received funding after a
successful pitch to CBC’s Dragons’
Den in 2017.
“Premium Near Beer approached
us looking for some support
to develop a new recipe,” said
McKee Demczyk. “They went to
Dragons’ Den and they secured a
Erin Broadfoot works on the equipment at Little Beasts Brewing.
deal based on the beer we helped
ORSIE is continuing to apply for
grants to bring more equipment to
the CCBI to support craft brewing
education. The centre gives
students the opportunity to work
in the brewery environment by
Photograph by Meagan Secord
Photograph by Meagan Secord
giving them the tools to analyze
and produce a quality product for
a continually expanding market,
said McKee Demczyk.
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The man behind the mask
Atticus is a poet some will understand
and embrace - others not at
all. He started on Instagram and
now has a following of more than
800,000. The catch? No one knows
who he is.
He’s known for wearing a reflective
Guy Fawkes mask. He says the
mask itself holds no importance and
he’ll go through different ones during
He is known as an 'Instapoet', a
poet who shares his work on Instagram
and began his rise to fame in
2013. After a few years of writing
he's kept his identity under wraps,
but his work has been shared on Instagram
by people such as supermodel
Karlie Kloss, actress Emma
Roberts and singer Cody Simpson.
The only few known facts about
Atticus are that he's Canadian,
from British Columbia, and in his
'kind of older 20s'.
He remains anonymous to protect
the integrity of his work. He
says he wants to write what he feels,
not what he thinks he should feel.
“Just the way he puts words
together, it’s incredible how they
touched me deep inside…He talks
a lot about worthiness and courage
and strength. I struggle with
those, and it just felt like somebody
out there understood,” said Kim
Sifft travelled an hour from the
Newmarket area to see Atticus at
the Oshawa Centre Indigo Oct. 3.
The event, which attracted about
100 people, was a reading followed
by a book signing by the masked
author. She said she didn’t want to
miss the opportunity.
Kate Bracey, manager of the
Oshawa Centre Indigo, said larger
events like Atticus’ are hosted four
times a year by the store. She said
Instapoet Atticus delivers a reading at the Oshawa Centre Indigo book store.
the events are special for fans.
“I think books are really personal
for people and when they start to
follow an author, or a poet, or whatever
you want to call it, they feel
that personal connection," Bracey
said. "Already tonight people have
asked ‘Will he sign the page that
has my favourite poem on it?’ You
know, they really want to make it
personal with that author or that
poet or musician or whoever it is."
The poet had just two Ontario
tour dates - one in Oshawa and the
next night in Toronto.
“I’ve been following him on
Photograph by Madison Gulenchyn
Instagram and I love his art with
words. I’ve never been to an event
like this. I was so thrilled that it was
so local. I would drive two, three
hours to see somebody I really like.
I was so excited that he was coming
to Oshawa. I understand Toronto,
but I was really thrilled about Oshawa,”
At the event he read poems from
his previous book, Love Her Wild,
and poems from his most recent
book, The Dark Between Stars.
“I think that with all the terrible
things going on in the world, I think
it’s a beautiful thing that there can
be a room full of people, kind of
talking about love. I think that’s
really meaningful,” Atticus told the
gathering at the start of the event.
He went on to tell the room what
he describes as “one of the most
profoundly human, sad yet weird
kind of beautiful things that I’ve
ever been exposed to.” The room's
mood turned as he told the story of
a girl, named Alina, who had been
diagnosed with terminal cancer.
Atticus received a message over
social media from her friend. She
said the doctors didn’t think she
would make it to the release date
of his second book and asked for an
early audiobook, as Alina was “too
weak to read but strong enough to
He offered to come read to Alina.
He flew to Florida and although
she was unconscious, Atticus read
to her. He told the audience it was
evident she could hear him as he
was reading his poetry, and he even
read her own poetry to her.
“Towards the end, her mother
said, ‘You know Alina would want
you to have this, it’s a book of her
poetry.' I started reading her own
poems to her and I got to one of the
last ones," he said.
After finishing the poem - about
goosebumps - the girl’s arm erupted
in goosebumps. She died a few
moments later, surrounded by her
family, Atticus said.
“I wanted to share that because
it was so human, and I don’t think
we talk about those human things
enough. I think that we should,”
Girl power in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
When comparing the Marvel Cinematic
Universe (MCU) and the DC
Entertainment Universe (DCEU),
it becomes apparent the MCU triumphs
over the DCEU because of
the way the MCU portrays women.
Strong female characters from
the MCU franchise include Black
Widow, Gamora, Shuri, Okoye
and Nakia. These are just the main
characters. There are also several
other supporting female characters,
who have proven their strength.
The MCU has turned the phrase
“fight like a girl” around, making
it a statement of power.
Scarlett Johansson plays Natasha
Romanoff, also known as Black
Widow, in Iron-Man Two. For the
majority of the movie she passes
herself off as an assistant to Pepper
At first, it seems she is your average
office worker but she is actually
a government agent with skills
in hand-to-hand combat. We get
to see these skills in the climax of
the movie when she takes down a
group of security guards with her
She doesn't even break a sweat.
From Iron-Man to Avengers: Infinity
War, Black Widow has shown
she can be as strong as the men.
Johansson has been credited for
calling out interviewers who ask
sexist questions about what she
wears under her costume.
Lady Sif, played by Jamie Alexander,
is the only female in Thor’s
team of Asgardian warriors.
When Thor decides to invade the
world of the Frost Giants, Sif follows
him and his friends into combat;
armed with her double-edged
blade, she holds her own against
the attacking giants, taking them
out with ease.
In Thor: The Dark World Sif
saves another world from attackers,
without the help of Thor. This
proves she doesn't need her companion
with the magical hammer
and brute strength to save the day.
Thor: The Dark World gives a
deeper look into actor Renee Russo's
portrayal of Queen Frigga,
Thor and Loki's mother.
Frigga shows off her strength and
skill when the antagonist Malakeith
invades the palace to retrieve his
She demonstrates her skills with
a blade, and her ability to create
Even though she dies in this fight,
she still proves a queen dressed in
a full-length gown can fight with
courage and strength.
Tessa Thompson plays Valkyrie
in Thor: Ragnarok. She appears
to be a scrapper but she is from
a powerful group of female Asgardian
warriors known as "The
Valkryie stands up against Loki,
taking down the "God of Mischief"
with ease. Later, she fights off the
army of the dead.
Doctor Strange introduces us
to Tilda Swinton's "The Ancient
One," a master of magic and teacher
to Benedict Cumberbatch's character
Guardians of the Galaxy gives us
Gamora, played by Zoe Salanda,
the only women in the group of
Gamora stands by her teammates'
side and when it comes to
saving the galaxy, she does not back
down. In Avengers: Infinity War,
she stands up against her adoptive
father and villain Thanos.
Most notably, Black Panther's
army consists of all women.
Okoye and Nakia show extreme
strength, bravery and intelligence
Shuri, Black Panther's fourteenyear-old
sister is a technological
genius: a role model for young girls.
The DCEU has only given
us Wonder Woman. Although a
strong female character and a great
performance from Gal Gadot, this
single wonder is nowhere near what
the MCU has put on screen.
Unless you consider the overly-sexualized
Harley Quinn, who
is more of a sex symbol than intelligent
villain. By comparison, a
In conclusion, Marvel's strong
female characters are the reason
why the MCU triumphs over the
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DC prof writing new chapter in music business
A Durham professor is writing
quite a story about his involvement
Jeff Dalziel, a professor in the
Music Business Managment
(MBM) program at Durham College
(DC), recently won Producer
of the Year at the Canadian Country
Music Awards (CCMAs). He’s
also in the process of writing a book
about his 25 years in the music biz.
Dalziel, 51, won the award for his
work on the album “What We’re
Made Of” by The Washboard
Union. Dalziel says he did not
expect to win, but is pleased and
thankful to represent Canadian
Although it is a Canadian awards
show, a lot of the CCMA winners
had help behind the scenes from
people from around the world, he
“That’s still OK with me but it’s
nice to go up and acknowledge and
say I used Canadian players and I
did just as well,” says Dalziel.
Dalziel knew when he went onstage,
he wasn’t the only person
winning the award. He took the
time to thank the band and the
people who helped him on the album.
“If I stood up there and thanked
everybody, they would’ve just
yanked me off stage,” he jokes.
MBM students also congratulated
Dalziel on his win — but they
already knew he was a major player
in the music industry.
Dalziel has more than 25 years
of music-related experience, working
with Canadian artists such as
rocker Ian Thornley and pop artist
Nelly Furtado. He says he uses personal
stories from his career to help
teach his students.
Some of these stories are featured
in a book he’s working on titled,
“Top 10 and Homeless”.
“But it’s funny, it’s a funny book.
It’s positive. It sounds like a negative
book because that’s the perception
of musicians,” says Dalziel.
Dalziel says there’s a large stigma
around those who want to pursue
music as a career. He wrote the
book to give insight on the music
industry and to prove “music is a
“Music can be as powerful as curing
cancer,” he says. “It can be very
uplifting, it can change the world. It
can raise money, more money than
you can imagine, to fix things and
He is still working on the book
in his free time, but is in no rush to
finish it. Dalziel sometimes uses his
book in class, because his students
may not learn certain aspects of the
industry — until it’s too late.
“I’d rather teach them stuff
people are not going to put in typical
books about industry,” Dalziel
Dalziel has been teaching at DC
for more than five years, but has
been working with colleges and universities
for a long time. He says he
enjoys teaching because he likes to
influence a positive change in the
“If I can help these students
understand better what happens
in the industry,” Dalziel explains,
“they can make better decisions
which would help all of us as Canadians
Students Dalziel has taught years
ago still keep in touch or hire him
for music projects. He says it’s nice
to know he was part of helping them
get to where they are today.
“I’d rather have a moment like
that everyday and never win another
award,” he says.
Currently, Dalziel is working
on new singles for more Canadian
country artists such as River Town
Saints and Ryan Langdon, along
with co-writing for some new projects.
Dalziel says his future plans
are to keep doing what he does, but
also looking to improve his skills.
He’s in between “rigid goal and
whatever happens, happens.
“I’m always just trying to find a
new way to do what I’ve just done.
I want to do it again, but not the
same. And so I guess I’m always
just trying to move forward,” says
Durham College music business management professor Jeff Dalziel.
Photograph by Morgan Kelly
Pop-punk collaboration brings awareness to mental health
a safe place
Celebrities are often considered
inhuman, superheroes to most
But what if these heroes showed
Seeing heroes weak and broken
helps the everyday people who idolize
them know they aren't alone.
I'd rather teach them
stuff people are not
going to put in typical
books about industry.
Vulnerability is something everyone
Musicians who write and sing
about heartbreak, depression or
suicide provide fans a safe place to
retreat to during the four minutes
(or so) of the song, even if they don't
always know whether the inspiration
for the music comes from personal
experience or imagination.
Pop-punk bands Neck Deep and
Movements are part of a collaborative
project for Mental Health
Awareness month, which isn't until
The project's album, titled Songs
That Saved My Life, will be released
There are 12 artists in this collaborative
project, each covering
a song that "played a pivotal role
in the lives of artists and fans," according
to the project's website.
The songs helped the artists
during their hardest times. Groups
with a song on the album include
Dance Gavin Dance, Taking Back
Sunday and Against Me! .
Songs That Saved My Life connects
fans to their favourite musicians.
The album features songs such as
"Torn" by Natalie Imbruglia, and
"Losing My Religion" by R.E.M.
Every purchase of the vinyl copy
goes towards the project's four
supporting charities: Crisis Text
Line, Hope for the Day, The Trevor
Project, and To Write Love on
Despite the positive aspects of
connecting fans to musicians and
supporting fans during times that
are hard, the project could also be
a trigger for those suffering with
The songs have such heavy content
that as a result, listening might
spark bad thoughts.
But despite these potential setbacks,
the album and the meaning
behind it are good. We need to be
more open about mental health.
Mental health needs more than
just an album and more than just a
month, it needs constant awareness
Something that could help is
the bands posting on social media
more regularly about hotlines and
services or providing fans with
their own version of an outreach.
Overall, it is nice to see a group
of musicians trying to help with the
mental health stigma.
Giving people an outlet for emotions
and safe places in the form of
music could help out fans.
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When news broke that the UOIT
Ridgebacks would be adding a varsity
basketball program in 2019,
many students began to wonder
what would come next.
UOIT currently fields 16 teams
in sports such as hockey, soccer
and lacrosse, so it was logical that
the school opted to expand into
hoops, North America’s secondmost
watched sport on TV.
However, the sport that ranks
ahead of basketball on that list –
football – is still absent from the
Ridgebacks' roster, and Athletics
Director Scott Barker says that
won’t be changing anytime soon.
“To put it bluntly, it’s not in the
cards,” he says. “The honest answer
is that it just isn’t a priority.”
While Barker admits he would
love to see a football team on campus
in the near future, he says the
challenges the school would face
With roster sizes of nearly 100
players, it would be difficult to draw
enough talent to make the team
competitive, he says. The smallest
school currently employing a Ontario
University Athletics (OUA)
football program is Carleton University,
whose enrolment of 16,000
students would outnumber UOIT
by nearly 6,000.
The next biggest challenge would
be funding. A media report from
2010 indicates the average cost of
a university football program was
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In addition, the OUA requires
each team have a stadium on campus.
The average capacity for university
stadiums is 5,500 people,
it cost the University of Waterloo
nearly $10 million to complete its
5,400-capacity Warrior Stadium
A Ridgebacks football program
at UOIT would require extensive
renovation of Vaso's Field, the current
home of soccer on campus, or
a brand new facility, Barker says.
“It’s such a premier sport for the
OUA, but the costs are astronomical,”
Barker says. “It just wouldn’t be
a smart decision asking students to
financially support it.”
The school spent nearly $11 million
on the Campus Ice Centre in
2005, indicating the development
of a football stadium isn’t impossible,
but Barker says there was a
No plans to kick off UOIT football
Vaso's Field, home to the UOIT Ridgebacks and Durham Lords athletics.
much higher demand for hockey
than there has ever been for football.
Another issue mentioned is
the lack of a true sports culture
amongst alumni compared to other
schools, considering UOIT – established
in 2002 – is still much younger
than its Ontario counterparts.
As for the possibility of the school
expanding onto the gridiron in the
future, he clarified that there has
always been some level of interest
from the athletics department, but
that students should not get their
Instead, Barker revealed that the
department is considering adding
varsity volleyball teams in the
coming years, while also channeling
more funding towards existing
Photograph by Cam Bickle
The success of UOIT's existing
teams also serves as an example
of why they were chosen instead
of football, he says, adding that
success has helped transform the
school into one of the premier
sports institutions in the province.
“It’s been a bit of an aggressive
evolution,” he says, “but I think
we’ve been very strategic in bringing
on sports that are sustainable.”
Barker says students determined
to play football on campus should
join the intramural flag football
league, which he praised, while
fans can still watch OUA games
without being partial to any teams.
The OUA has a membership of
20 universities, 11 of which currently
field varsity football programs.
The Western Mustangs are the
defending champions after winning
for a record 31st time in 2017.
No varsity hockey on the horizon for the Lords
Who would've thought
this was possible? Ontario
colleges lack teams to
start OCAA hockey league.
It's one of our national pastimes,
a sport in which Canadians take
But you won't find any varsity
hockey being played at Ontario
In fact, there hasn't been varsity
hockey in the Ontario Colleges
Athletic Association (OCAA)
since 2004. The last time Durham
College (DC) had a varsity hockey
team was 1973, says Ken Babcock,
DC's director of athletics and
Costs to ice a team are one of
The honest answer is that
it isn't a priority.
the reasons hockey is not played
at a college level. Students do not
want to pay the fees,and the funds
could be used elsewhere, according
to Babcock. The demand is also not
as high when compared to other
sports, he adds.
If any sport was to be currently
considered to be added at the varsity
level it would be cross-country
running, curling or badminton, because
those sports are also played
at a national collegiate level, says
Chris Cameron, DC's sports information
and special events coordinator.
Durham was interested in bringing
hockey back in 2004, but not
enough colleges were to make it a
reality, says Babcock. There needs
to be at least five colleges within the
OCAA interested in order to bring
the sport back at the college level,
according to Babcock.
Students who want to play hockey,
can do so through intramurals
or get involved with a community-based
Since there is no OCAA hockey
league and the costs to have a team
are high, the possibility of hockey
coming back at a varsity level in the
near future is slim, Babcock says.
While there is no OCAA hockey
on campus, there is university
hockey being played by the men's
and women's teams at UOIT.
The Chronicle asked Scott Barker,
director of athletics at UOIT,
the costs associated with running
the Ridgebacks' hockey programs.
"We are not at liberty to disclose
those costs, however, the budget is
developed from a combination of
student fees, university operational
dollars, team fundraising and sponsorships,"
says Barker, in an email.
The OUA regular season wraps
up for the Ridgebacks men's team
November 9th against the RMC
(Royal Military College) Paladins
while the Ridgebacks women's
team season ends the following day
versus the Ryerson Rams.
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Snapchat helps catch banner bandits
Durham Lords women’s softball
head coach Jim Nemish was about
to unlock his team’s shed when he
discovered a broken key in the door.
Someone, it appeared, had tried
unsuccessfully to break into the
shed. It turns out, that was the least
of the problems at the diamond.
The team's huge banner was
missing from the bench.
It was the Durham Lords banner
from their home team dugout,
gifted to them after one of their Ontario
Colleges Athletic Association
Lords' players Ashley Black and
Sarah Seifried were shocked by the
“I was quite upset, that’s our field
and for someone to come in and
destroy it was wrong,” Black says.
“Why? Why would you want to
vandalize one of your own teams?”
Seifried adds; “It just goes to
show you that they don’t really
understand what the diamond and
banner means to all of us."
Removing the banner was no
small job, says Dwayne Cristo, lead
facility attendant at the department
“We’re not talking about a small
banner, we’re talking about a 10-
feet high by 30 to 35-feet long [banner],”
“It would have taken the person
or people quite a long time to remove
every cable tie there,” he says.
Rosemary Theriault, assistant
coach to the team, says the vandalism
to the field on Sept. 20 left
her and all the Lords in disbelief.
“Durham is a great school and to
play on a sports team here is fantastic
and to have someone come
and do that to our field, we call it
our house, it hurt, it hurt the girls,
it hurt everybody,” Theriault says.
She decided to channel her frustration
and try to find the culprit by
posting about the incident on her
personal Facebook page, which
garnered considerable attention. It
received 85 reactions, 16 comments
and was shared 36 times.
Theriault may have gained community
support through social
media but ultimately the person
or people who took the banner displayed
it on social media.
“Snapchat was the one that
found the banner,” Cristo says.
Students aware of the incident
came across a photograph with the
banner hanging in the background.
Photograph by Dwayne Cristo
The Lords' banner wrapped and returned to the field, with a note left by the thief (or thieves).
Cristo says the picture was taken at
a student home near campus, on
The wrapped-up banner was
found on the softball field bench
Sept. 26, returned with a note that
read ‘Dear Lords sorry we are the
only ones who can get away with a
it hurt the girls,
Campus safety was made aware
by the athletics department about
the vandalism and theft.
Thomas Lynch, director of campus
safety, says if the investigation
identifies the individual(s) responsible
for the theft and evidence supports
misconduct charges, criminal
charges could be laid by police. But
he says this outcome is unlikely.
Lynch says he would prefer to
keep the investigation internal and
if appropriate, would invoke the student
conduct policy and procedure.
Under the school policy, individual(s)
could face a range of consequences
from no penalty at all to
suspension from the college.
Cristo says within the year, they
will add new cameras closer to the
field to enhance security.
With the banner back home
where it belongs, the team travelled
to Saskatchewan over the Thanksgiving
weekend to compete in the
Canadian Collegiate Softball Association
national championship. The
Lords claimed silver in the tournament.
And then they returned
home and won gold - their fourth
straight - at the OCAAs, their record
20th OCAA championship.
One could suggest it was a banner
way to end to the season.
Softball games and bursaries, the Lords win both
Ashley Black and Sarah Seifried
were prepared for the Durham
Lords softball doubleheader against
Seneca. What they didn’t expect
was to become recipients of the
Gerry Theriault Memorial Bursary
the very same night.
Rosemary Theriault, assistant
coach of the Durham Lords
women’s softball team, managed
to keep the secret under wraps. She
brought the parents of both players
to the Sept. 26 game, no easy feat
because they live outside Durham
Region. Theriault then presented
each student with a $500 scholarship,
a way to honour her late husband,
Gerry, who passed away in
Theriault says Gerry was a
huge supporter of the team and
the game. He volunteered his time
and liked all of the sports within the
Durham athletics program.
Gerry had cancer and Theriault
says when he knew he wouldn’t be
able to beat it, he wanted to do
something to show his love of the
sport, so he came up with the idea
of a scholarship. This is the second
year the Gerry Theriault Memorial
Bursary has been awarded and the
first time more than one person has
“It honestly means so much to me
because I’ve won bursaries in the
past but to be able to actually know
the person the bursary was from,
knowing Gerry, it means so much
more to me because I knew him as
a person,” says Black, a pitcher and
first baseman from Waterloo, in her
fourth year on the team.
Theriault narrows down the recipient(s)
based on positive attributes
Gerry stood for, on and off the
field. Then, she and her four children,
talk about the recommendations
for the scholarship and decide
the recipient(s) together.
“For her (Rosemary) to select me
and Ashley means a lot because it
means she really thought about
everyone’s qualities and thought we
really deserved it,” says Seifried, a
first baseman from Drayton, Ont.,
Theriault says Black is everything
Gerry respects in a player,
level-headed and respects the game
and everybody who plays it.
Theriault says Seifried is a steady
person who is always there when
needed, with a smile on her face,
much like her husband.
“He was there if we needed him
to rake the diamond or to do the
barbeque,” says Theriault.
Theriault raises the money for
Photograph by Janis Williams
Lords' softball players Ashley Black (left) and Sarah Seifried, received $500 bursaries.
the Gerry Theriault Memorial Bursary
through golf tournaments. She
says his memory lives on through
“He loved the school, he loved
what it stood for, he loved the
people within the school and he
liked the kids on the team,” Theriault
Black and Seifried expect to
graduate in spring 2019, this is
their last softball season.
Black and Seifried weren't the
only winners of the night - Durham
won both games against Seneca -
9-2 and 15-0.
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The plight of the spooky kitties
When a black cat crosses your path,
it is bad luck. Or is it?
According to Black Cats and
April Fools: Origins of Old Wives
Tales and Superstitions in Our
Daily Lives by Harry Oliver, this
belief started as early as the seventeenth
People may not realize there are
different variations of this superstition.
One version says if you see a black
cat walk towards you, it’s good luck
but if the cat crosses your path, bad
luck will come.
According to Black Cats and
April Fools, people in the 17th century
who worked in dangerous jobs,
such as mining and fishing, would
not go to work if a black cat crossed
They believed something would
happen to them while on the job.
Oliver also writes about cats and
nine lives and says that there is an
idea witches can enter the body of
a cat nine times and even turn into
Other superstitions explored in
Black Cats and April Fools, is the
fact black cats are able to predict
death. If a black cat refuses to enter
a house, it means someone inside
To this day, there are people
who still believe black cats bring
These superstitions affect the
adoption rate of black cats. Potential
adopters may often shy away
from these black kitties for fear they
bring them bad luck.
Cindy Bennett, a volunteer for
the Humane Society of Durham
Region (HDSR), said, "Our black
kittens are always the last chosen.
Black cats and black dogs tend to
stay in the shelter longer than other
A quick search on the HDSR
website's adoption portal shows
Hazel and Phillip, up for adoption
since August, and Missy, up for
adoption since September. Cheyenne,
a domestic shorthair mix, has
been there the longest: since April,
"It's a shame because they are
just as lovable and deserving as any
other colour," according to Bennett.
According to the Ontario Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty
to Animals (OSPCA), not only do
people feel black cats are unlucky,
but there is also this notion black
coloured animals are not as friendly
as their lighter-coloured companions.
They also feel black cats do
not photograph well.
Animal shelters such as the Georgian
Triangle Human Society, located
in Collingwood, Ontario
have hosted events to help increase
the adoption rate of black cats with
low adoption fees.
Some of the taglines used for reasons
to adopt black cats included,
"mini pather look-a-likes," "easy to
find in the snow," and "love knows
In the past, The Toronto Humane
Society held a Black Friday
event and waived the adoption cost
for all cats, especially black ones.
Adopters only needed to pay the
15 dollar licensing fee.
The HSDR hasn't held any events
specifically tailored to black cats,
but they often hold several other
events to raise money for the shelter.
This month, the HSDR is holding
a "James Bond" themed gala,
and proceeds will go towards the
shelter, according to their Facebook
Not everyone has negative feelings
towards black cats, but there
are a few who do.
These feelings may prevent
black cats from finding permanent
It's a shame because they are just
as lovable and deserving as any
Photograph by Emily Bowman
Eliade proving black kitties
take good pictures.
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