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Volume XLV, Issue 1 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 2018

- See page 18


for 8,000

days. Now

he has


page 3

Photograph by Dakota Evans

DC bursary winners hit homer

page 22

Photograph by Janis Williams

No football on

horizon for UOIT

page 21

Campus kicks

the habit

page 7

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

Cam Bickle

The Chronicle

“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

Durham (CDCD).

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

in Durham.

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

centre’s efforts.

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

housing’ centre.

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

adult homelessness.

“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

Jackie Graves

The Chronicle

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,

Tom Lynch.

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

coming from.

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

on campus.

For more on campus safety,

visit durhamcollege.ca under the

Safety and Security on Campus


Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 – December 3, 2018 The Chronicle 3

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

Dakota Evans

The Chronicle

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

sexual favours.

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

Durham (CDCD).

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

days total.

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

with citizens.”

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

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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

DCSI expenses.

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

rights claim.

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.

Leslie Ishimwe

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chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 2018 The Chronicle 5


Let's put a shave on the pink tax



women pay

more for


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

esports facility.

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

for gaming.

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

tax (HST).


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

accompanying features.

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

way around.

Awareness about the pink tax

rose in 2014, after The New York

Times released an editorial about

a petition against shopping discrimination

in France.

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

still around.

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

purple razor.

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

open arms.

Save your money rather than

shave your money. Buy the male

or unisex razors, they’ll still get the

job done.

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

real athletes



No campus pub leaves a gap

Simcoe House

at arena not

'students only'

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

has Shopsy’s.

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

will miss.

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

doesn’t compare.

The Esports gaming arena will house online

gaming competitions.

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

even threats.

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.

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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

own backyard.

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

social media.

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

traffickers, thrive.

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

Cecelia Feor

The Chronicle

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

aged 15-24.

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

of stigma.

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

health problem.

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

their students.

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

More U.S.

milk coming

to Canada


"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

maintain profits.

"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

Janis Williams

The Chronicle

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

in place.

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,

respectful and

engages across

the full range

of diversity of


U.S. lens.

“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

Madison Gulenchyn

The Chronicle

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

Oct. 12.

The new policy was created to

promote health and safety and applies

to all members of the campus

community, officials from both

schools say.

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

Jasper Myers

Morgan Kelly

The Chronicle

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

to participate.

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

is important.

“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

are connected.”

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

live broadcasting.

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

Don Lovisa.

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

Kathryn Fraser

Madison Gulenchyn

The Chronicle

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

college leadership.

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

and business.

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

local relationships.

“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.”

You can

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

and motivational.

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

around me.”

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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

Cecelia Feor

Janis Williams

The Chronicle

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

world-renowned Massachusetts

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

exam period.

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,"

she says.

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


grads in

line for



Kathryn Fraser

Madison Gulenchyn

The Chronicle

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


Lorraine Sunstrum-Mann

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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14 The Chronicle October 30 - December 3, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Community

Oshawa helps storm victims

Kathryn Fraser

The Chronicle

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,

the hurricane-turned-tropical

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

Motors vehicles.

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

North Carolina.)

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

single time.”

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

to you.

“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

may be.”

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locations on the DC, UOIT campus

A centre for innovation

and collaboration at DC

Cam Bickle

Justin Bailey

The Chronicle

It was time to tear down Durham

College's original building and replace

it with a contemporary facility

for students.

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

school president.

“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,

Lovisa said.

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.”

Meagan Secord

The Chronicle

Not everything is new in Durham

College's new $40 million Centre

for Collaborative Education

(CFCE) building that just opened

on campus.

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

an iPhone.

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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This is one in a series looking at special

locations on the DC, UOIT campus

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.

Peter Fitzpatrick

Dakota Evans

The Chronicle

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

Education (CFCE).

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

Clerk graduate.

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

definitely do

reach out.

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

via FastStartPTBO.

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

DC schools.

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DC helps craft brewers

draft up bubbly success

Meagan Secord

Jackie Graves

The Chronicle

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,"

said Gillis.

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

to access.

“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

them produce.”

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

Madison Gulenchyn

The Chronicle

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

his career.

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, 48.

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,”

Sifft said.

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,”

Atticus said.

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

bare hands.

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

power source.

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

Stephen Strange.

Guardians of the Galaxy gives us

Gamora, played by Zoe Salanda,

the only women in the group of

intergalactic heroes.

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

during combat.

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

poor showing.

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

Morgan Kelly

The Chronicle

A Durham professor is writing

quite a story about his involvement

in music.

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

valid lifestyle.

“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

help things.”

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

music business.

“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

I think.”

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

Songs about


or suicide

give fans

a safe place

Celebrities are often considered

inhuman, superheroes to most

everyday citizens.

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

Nov. 9.

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

Her Arms.

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

mental illness.

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

and checkups.

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.

20 The Chronicle October 30 - December 3, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca

Cam Bickle

The Chronicle

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

are insurmountable.

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


chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 2018 The Chronicle 21

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

in 2009.

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

Despite its



simply isn't



for UOIT

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

hopes up.

Instead, Barker revealed that the

department is considering adding

varsity volleyball teams in the

coming years, while also channeling

more funding towards existing

Ridgebacks teams.

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.

Rachelle Baird

The Chronicle

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.

22 The Chronicle October 30 - December 3, 2018 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Sports

Snapchat helps catch banner bandits

Janis Williams

The Chronicle

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

(OCAA) championships.

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

of athletics.

“We’re not talking about a small

banner, we’re talking about a 10-

feet high by 30 to 35-feet long [banner],”

he says.

“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

Dalhousie Crescent.

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,

it hurt the girls,

it hurt



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

Janis Williams

The Chronicle

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

March, 2017.

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

been honoured.

“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.,

near Waterloo.

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

this scholarship.

“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.

Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca October 30 - December 3, 2018 The Chronicle 23

The plight of the spooky kitties

Rachelle Baird

The Chronicle

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

their path.

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

a cat.

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

will die.

To this day, there are people

who still believe black cats bring

bad luck.

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

no colour."

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

other colour.

Photograph by Emily Bowman

Eliade proving black kitties

take good pictures.

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