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Welcome home to Ryerson University, or if you’re joining Ryerson for the first time, welcome! So much is happening at Ryerson right now and we are excited and honoured for you to be a part of it. The new home of the Ryerson Rams, the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) at the Gardens, is now open. It is the last and only one of the Original Six NHL arenas that will have hockey and ice forever. In addition to the third-floor rink under the original dome, there are superb basketball, volleyball, fitness and recreation facilities, and wonderful gathering spaces for people to get together. All of this came about because an impossible dream became reality. You, our students, laid the financial cornerstone for our new facility with your energy and confidence. It would never have happened without all of you believing in it, so thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you at the MAC often. With energetic partnerships and great ideas, our aim is to move Ryerson and Toronto forward together. Our goal is for more quality space for students not just in sports and athletics but in arts, research and academia to improve student engagement and experience, expand graduate studies and research, and build pride within the community. The Ryerson Image Centre Grand Opening is Sept 29. The new building, in the heart of campus, features 14,000 additional square feet of space for students and sta , and is home to the university’s outstanding photographic holdings, such as the famous Black Star Collection of more than 290,000 photojournalistic prints. Come out and see the inaugural exhibit: Archival Dialogues: Reading the Black Star Collection. You will notice that construction has started on the new Student Learning Centre, scheduled to open in 2014, and we have just confirmed plans to open a new Health Science building and a new student residence in 2015. The year ahead is one of opportunity and growth, not just in bricks and mortar but in character and spirit. I look forward to sharing the excitement with each and every one of you.

Sheldon Levy, President

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Molson Coors Brewing Co. will be sponsoring the new Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens, making beer available at all games.

Molson Canadian sponsors Mattamy
By Ian Vandaelle
The suds are already flowing at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC)at the Gardens this week in the wake of a new sponsorship agreement with Molson Coors Brewing Company. The three-year sponsorship agreement between Molson Coors and Global Spectrum, the firm that manages MAC, will see two Molson logos on the ice surface, two advertisements on the rink boards and four banners in the concourse area. The deal also names Molson Coors as the preferred beer retailer at the two concession locations in the arena, with the possibility of a third mobile location being able to serve during basketball games. Beer consumption will be limited to the bowl area of the arena, as well as the mezzanine above the multipurpose court used for basketball and volleyball. Both Molson Coors and Global Spectrum declined to provide a dollar figure for the sponsorship agreement, citing standard business practices. Molson beer was already available for last weekend’s opening festivities, a move that brings MAC in line with similar-sized Canadian venues, said MAC general manager Keith Baulk. “I can’t speak to the university environment totally, but I can tell you that every midsize venue in the Canadian Hockey League has some form of a beer program in place,” he said. “It’s a common practice in most professional sports venues in Ontario.” Ensuring that student’s don’t over-imbibe on the beer, which sells for $6 for each 355ml can, was an important consideration, according to Baulk. “The [responsible consumption] program is being developed right now and one of the keys elements of that program is a designated driver program,” he said. “Until the program is fully vetted, I can’t exactly tell you all of the components. Our staff and Molson’s are working on that right now.” Baulk also said that a system similar to that employed at the Ram in the Rye would likely be used to ensure drinkers are of legal age, with coloured wristbands being used to denote eligible drinkers. Athletic director Ivan Joseph said that he hoped making beer available at games — combined with the new and more prominent location of Ryerson’s home games — would help bring more of the student community out to games. “Well, I look at it this way: we don’t have football, so typically at most games that’s the big one where you’ll sell beer, right?” he said. “As we look to move more towards a community event where we raise the profile, I’m not against it.” His pragmatic view is shared by Ryerson President Sheldon Levy, who noted that “practically, you can sneeze and be within 40 paces of the Gardens and have alcohol, so how am I supposed to police things?” Levy also said that he believed students would be able to make responsible decisions, and it isn’t Ryerson’s place to tell them what to do and when to do it. “I consider the students responsible. I consider them adults and I trust them to make judgments,” he said. “I don’t feel that I have to be paternalistic and it’s quite often at the university that you’re asked to enforce things that prohibit students from doing things and I’m not in [that] view.” Baulk said that it remains unclear when the ads will be installed at the MAC, but he expects it will be in the next month, likely in stages to accommodate the various games scheduled at the arena.

Memorial commemorates fallen Ryerson pilots
By Luc Rinaldi
President Sheldon Levy to members of the Bombardier aerospace team who worked with both Misic and Zia — recalled two outstanding men who had bright futures ahead of them. “[Misic] could always light up a room with his contagious smile and laughter,” said Michael Kelly, a close friend and former classmate of Misic’s at Bishop Allen Academy in Etobicoke. “His determination and drive, for me, was inspiring.” Already a decorated pilot at 20, Misic was also an avid soccer player, “an outstanding musician, a good Catholic and a proud Croatian,” said Kelly. This fall, Misic would have entered his third year of aerospace engineering — a program fellow passenger Zia had already graduated from. “All I can think about is the good times we had together and how fortunate we were to have known him,” said Asad Qamar, a Ryerson alumnis who attended the memorial to pay homage to his late friend Zia. Qamar described the 23-year-old as considerate, humble, intelligent and friendly. A table tennis pro, Zia always sat in the front row of the class, whether it was 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. — even if he was on “his beloved iPhone” the whole time, Qamar joked. After finishing his career at Ryerson, Zia began another at Bombardier, where he had always dreamed of working. With the many stories of what Misic and Zia had already accomplished in their short lives came questions of what else the two might have achieved. David Catania, a Bombardier analyst who had been working closely with Misic over the summer, told the silent crowd about how Misic had promised to come In a rare display of stillness amid a bustling Week of Welcome, roughly 200 members of the Ryerson community gathered to commemorate the lives of a lost student and alumnus last Friday. Classmates, family and friends remembered Marko Misic and Mohammed Shahnawaz Zia, two young pilots who died in a plane crash northwest of Kitchener on the night of Aug. 24. They gathered to share stories of their friends at the Sears Atrium in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. “They were gentle souls who left an impression on everyone they met,” said Mohamed Lachemi, dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science, one of many who took to the podium during the hour-long service. The near-dozen speakers — from


visit him in Alliston, Ont., where he flew gliders. “Who knows what the future would have held?” Catania asked. While Misic won’t be making that trip to visit Catania, another

speaker — Paul Walsh, chair of aerospace engineering — assured that there would still be a place for Misic in the future. “He will be forever in our minds young and doing what he loved.”



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Ryerson is betting on the Mattamy Athletic Centre to boost school spirit, but are the odds realistic?

New doors opening on school spirit
By Lee Richardson
As frosh activities wind down, Ryerson is heavily promoting its new athletic centre to maintain school spirit. Though a gym and sports arena may not be enough to prevent student apathy. That apathy can be hard to avoid. After the RSU and other student groups make their presence known, the thriving bustle of campus dies off. Gould Street, having been showcased as Ryerson’s red carpet, begins to resemble a moving walkway commonly found in airports — it’s a novelty at first but it’s uncomfortable to spend a significant amount of time on it. The struggle to maintain that bustle — or school spirit — throughout the academic year is something many universities experience. In countries where students don’t have to complain, such as those not in the middle of a recession, involvement in student politics is decreasing, for reasons this allotted word count can’t express. Ryerson, however, is especially unlucky as it’s a commuter-centric campus with no visual boundaries, à la York or, to an extent, U of T. This is a problem Ryerson has dealt with for a while, as it’s difficult to keep students on campus long enough to attract them to being involved in campus affairs. The new Mattamy Athletic Centre (at the Gardens, to give it it’s official title) means to change that. While drawing attention because of its historical significance, the MAC’S opening aims to boost the university’s reputation. By offering services like free skate time — open to students and members of the public — those who wouldn’t normally have a reason to set foot on campus now may. Overall, the ideal end result is students proud to be a part of the Ryerson community. But does school spirit even matter? While debate surrounds the question the consensus seems to say that spirit doesn’t seem to hurt. Content students and faculty attract new students and faculty, eventually driving up the value of a Ryerson education. In theory, everyone benefits. However that won’t happen by simply opening the doors to a new sporting arena, though that move doesn’t seem to hurt. Ryerson is at an interesting period in terms of its own reputation, and the university is doing its part. If students do their part and start to match the university’s drive, maybe Gould Street could end up as more than just a route from A to B.
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In terms of school spirit, the parade and picnic is generally a good way to start the year. After frosh, the new athletic centre is seen as a method of maintaining school spirit.

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Mattamy Athletic Centre by the numbers
Everyone knows that Ryerson’s new state of the art athletics facility cost $60-million but where exactly did that money go? Here are a few examples

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Located in the middle of downtown Toronto, the importance of the Mattamy Athletic Centre extends far beyond Ryerson’s athletic programs

A heart of brick and mortar
By Sean Tepper
During its glory days Maple Leaf Gardens (MLG) was a cultural pillar for Canada’s largest multicultural city. Dubbed “the cathedral of hockey,” Toronto Maple Leafs fans would flock from all over the Greater Toronto Area to catch a game at the venerable rink on the corner of Church and Carlton. That is until Feb. 13 1999, when the final puck dropped at the Gardens, ending the Leafs’ 68year run at their historic home. For nearly a decade the once booming arena lay dormant, a forgotten relic of the past. With the hockey murals in the College subway station serving as one of the few reminders of its existence, it appeared as if the city had all but moved on before Ryerson and Loblaws Co. purchased the heritage building in Dec. 2009. Now, more than 13 years and $60 million later, Ryerson has transformed MLG into the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), a state-of the-art multi-functional athletic and recreational facility aimed at establishing an identity for the school’s rising athletics programs and student-body. But in a district that includes million-dollar homes in Rosedale, a student ghetto and most of Toronto’s LGBT community, the area that makes up Ward 27 is having an identity crisis of its own, making the MAC’s significance extend far beyond the boundaries of Ryerson’s urban campus. That urban campus, with its commuter student-body, has long made community-building difficult. But Ryerson director of athletics Ivan Joseph has seen the power a building has to unite a community. Before he took over at Ryerson in 2008, Ivan Joseph lived in tiny Lamoni, Iowa for 17 years. It was there that he noted the power that sports had in building and binding a multicultural community. “When I lived in Iowa it was a town of 2000 and there was one school that served to bring all your neighbours together because it’s your children that connect you,” he said. “So in a great way the Gardens can serve that, it can be a community centre and a gathering place for the people in our community.” ships to the gym are available for $699 per year. Similarly, the rink can be rented out for public events at an hourly rate of either $200 or $300, depending on the time of day. Currently the MAC is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the weekends, but Ryerson President Sheldon Levy is hoping to make it a 24-hour-a-day operation. “My dream is that it’s so used that you would never close it,” he said Reaching out to the community-at-large may be one of the university’s major priorities. Shauna Bookal, Ryerson’s athletic events coordinator, believes that that begins with its youth. In addition to its Rising Rams program, which sees Ryerson athletes traveling to various elementary schools to discuss the aspects of being a student athlete, Ryerson will be launching a new youth outreach program this January. In a partnership with Loblaws, Canadian Tire, the Toronto Police and the NHL Players Association, the “Rams in Training” program aims to grow the current Moss Park Hockey League and expose underprivileged youth to a structured university lifestyle. “The children are our future and we definitely want them to feel like this is their home and they can also come here,” Bookal said. Though both Joseph and Levy acknowledge that the MAC goes beyond the university and into the community, they have made it clear that the students, who are paying for one-third of the centre’s $60-million price tag, will always come first. “Our first goal is to serve our students but there has to be a balance because we have to keep the lights on,” said Joseph. “I get my greatest thrill in seeing how it will transform the lives of the students around us.”

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Despite being home to more than 67,000 residents, Ward 27 boasts a single hockey rink. Located at the John Innes Community Centre in Moss Park, that arena houses a number of amateur leagues and community programs, making its availability scarce at the best of times. “When Ryerson comes knocking at the door of the city of Toronto we try to assist them and the relationship has been very reciprocal,” said Ward 27 councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam. “We know that there’s not a lot of ice time that’s available for the area so any bit that we get is very welcomed.” Although it has only been open for three weeks, Ryerson has already planned a number of community outreach programs for its new facility. Free monthly skates and shinny hockey games are open to the community and member-


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To our readers,
By Lee Richardson
We are part of a new advertising deal that aims to bring exposure to The Eyeopener’s brand in an opportunity that doesn’t present itself often — advertising in an iconic building that has been designated as a National Historic Site by Environment Canada in 2006. For the 2012-13 academic year, our brand will be present inside the MAC in three different ways. First is the most expensive — frames showing our logo that will be mounted around the edge of the Coca-Cola court. For those who haven’t been through the doors of the centre yet, this is where the women’s and men’s volleyball and basketball teams will play their games. Second is period sponsorship, meaning that announcements will play during game period breaks mentioning The Eyeopener’s name. With this announcement comes the choice of what period we want to sponsor. Third is the big one — our banner will be displayed on a rotating basis on a video screen next to the scoreboard over the restored NHL-sized rink. Our logo will be presented during games and public skate periods along with other sponsors, including Mattamy Homes. This is significant for us as it revolves around the aspect of the MAC that has gained the most attention, especially in the local media — the hockey. Saturday’s game at the MAC was the first hockey match to be played in the building since 1999, and bringing hockey back earned the university a sense of respect, with good reason. Without fawning too much, this is a significant moment for the university and the city, that has the potential to draw hockey fans not normally interested in a student game. To be a part of that moment while highlighting independent student media is a proud moment for us at The Eyeopener. Not many independent newspapers promote themselves in a nationally protected building that hosted Original Six games. On a campus scale, we’re pleased to have a visual reminder for current readers and for those who haven’t read our content yet and might be curious. The next step is the tricky part - figuring out an Eyeopener chant to scream from the seats.

MAC capsule unveiled
A time capsule to be buried at the new Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens was unveiled Thursday at a men’s basketball game. The capsule was designed by a team of interior design students and includes the following: • A Ryerson Rams jersey. • Copies of both The Eyeopener and The Ryersonian. • Before and after photos of the renovations at Maple Leaf Gardens. • A puck from the ceremonial opening with Prime Minister Stephen Harper. • A CD of the Ryerson alumni directory and an alumni pin.


• A seed from a campus tree, to be re-planted when the capsule is unearthed. • News clippings, photos and additional video from the grand opening of Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens. • Several President’s Choice Insider’s Reports. • The first Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens’ store booklet. • A roster of the Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens leadership team. • A photo of the tip-off of a Ram’s basketball game. Read more online at

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Good journalism is journalism that is transparent. No hiding behind email addresses, no faceless writers and secretive operations. At The Eyeopener we like to think that we’re purveyors of good journalism, offering you news regarding our university that you can’t find anywhere else. So while we have reporters and photographers trudging the campus asking questions, back at the office we aim to keep our workings transparent. We operate on a doors open policy, except at night, as things like laptops have gone missing in the past. Anyone can come in and offer story ideas, sign up to be a contributor, or tell us what we’re doing wrong. Our budget is available to anyone who wants to see it. I’ll willingly tell people what I earn. To keep this transparency we thought it would be the decent thing to explain a new deal involving ourselves and Ryerson’s new jewel in the crown — the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC), formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens.

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Rye makes former hotel site a priority
By Diana Hall

Kenyan exchange student Teriano lesancha prepares for an honorary convocation ceremony in her Maasai hometown in Kenya.

Rye officials travelled to Kenya for the graduation of the unlikeliest of students

A Kenyan convocation
By Jordanna Tennebaum
This past June marked a milestone for Ryerson University as a Kenyan native graduated from the school of social work. Thousands of people, ranging from local politicians to native warriors, witnessed Teriano Lesancha’s academic feat at a convocation ceremony led by Ryerson President Sheldon Levy and sociology professor Jean Golden in her Maasai village. “I had no idea that this was such a major event,” said Levy, who was impressed with the large scope of the ceremony. “It included politicians coming in from helicopter, to the Maasai warriors coming to 1,800 people in trees watching it.” Having always displayed a keen enthusiasm for school, it was Lesancha’s record-breaking grades in English that set her apart from her peers. With the expectation of arranged marriages in Loodariak (a region of the Great Rift Valley in Kenya), many of Lesancha’s friends were married as young as 14. Levy, who lived in Nairobi onand-off in the 1970s noted that the area was extremely impoverished. “You’re in an area that is threeand-a-half hours outside of Nairobi,” he said. “The only way to get out there is by Landrover. There’s no electricity and no water in this village. People live in huts made out of sticks and plastered in cow dung. When it rains, it rains through the huts and their currency is valued in cows and sheep.” In a last-minute decision, largely backed by Lesancha’s mother, her high school education was paid for with help from charity funding by World Vision. Lesancha’s success in high school level encouraged her scholarly passions as she soon after decided to study at Ryerson University. However, an unforeseen falling out with her sponsor left her helpless in her new Canadian surroundings, which led Golden to step in. The Ryerson community and its affiliates went on to help raise approximately $100,000, putting Lesancha through three years of her undergraduate degree. The impressive financing venture holds a wealth of implications. “It was the first time that the community ever embraced the potential and opportunity of education for their women,” Levy said. “It wasn’t so much that she got her degree. It was that she got her degree and returned to make a positive influence in her community.” Since her return to Kenya, Lesancha has already established an equitable education scholarship program in Loodariak and a budding micro-finance group, both of which are geared towards women. “The community now supports the education of their children, including girls. She will be a leader,” said Golden. Goldelux Productions, a Canadian-based film group, is set to tell Lesancha’s story this fall. Titled The Maasai Are Coming, the documentary will cover Ryerson’s support of its students, and will speak to the rise of women in Kenya.

Ryerson President Sheldon Levy revealed to The Eyopener Monday that the university is actively pursuing the former site of the Empress Hotel at the southeast corner of Yonge and Gould Streets, a move that would allow the university to erect a “gateway” into Ryerson’s campus. “We want to get it and we are thinking how to go about acquiring that property,” Levy said. Although an agreement has not yet been reached, the university is still in talks with the owner of the lot, a numbered company run by four individuals named Lalani – the same name as the family that had leased the heritage building since the 1980s. Putting a stake in the largely unused lot would prove to be a welcome addition to the university’s Master Plan, which was introduced

in 2008. The additional property at 335 Yonge St. could revive the university’s expensive transit venture that was discarded in favour of the construction of the Student Learning Centre (SLC). “Clearly, we want to see the [Dundas] subway have an entrance and exit there as well,” Levy said. “So we have that intention.” As the northbound Dundas subway platform ends just beneath the lot, a bid to acquire it would not only expand the university’s campus — it also has the potential to reshape the face of a vacant section of Yonge Street. The site was once home to the Empress Hotel and Ryerson’s favourite Thai restaurant, Salad King. After a crumbling wall forced the business out in April 2010, a six-alarm blaze on Jan. 3, 2011 ripped through the three-storey building that had stood on Yonge Street for over a century. The building was later demolished.

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Eye alumnus cracks Forbes Top 100 list
In August, Ryerson Journalism and Eyeopener alumnus Sue Gardner made the Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world, weighing in at number 70. The Wikimedia executive, who has been with the non-profit behind Wikipedia since 2007, saw it grow from an annual earnings of less than $3 million to $23 million today.

Rye unofficially breaks world record
Ryerson University unofficially broke the world record for largest cowbell ensemble on Aug. 29. 1,003 students participated in the event, a significant growth over the previous record, which was set by 640 people in Switzerland in 2009. The record remains unofficial until a Guinness World Records representative approves it.


CRTC denies Ryerson Radio
By Sean Wetselaar
The licence for Toronto radio frequency 88.1 FM was granted to indie music station Rock 95, according to a decision released Tuesday by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). The decision to approve Rock 95 followed a public hearing from May 7-16, 2012. It also denies the applications for the licence to 21 other applicants, including the community radio project born from previous frequency owners CKLN, Radio Ryerson Inc. (New Ryerson Radio). “Of course, when you have any sort of competition [over radio], you’re going to have a winner and you’re going to have a lot of losers,” said Kolter Bouchard, a radio-television arts (RTA) student who helped to spearhead the movement. “It’s unfortunate for the other 21 applicants … and it’s unfortunate that New Ryerson Radio was unable to get the 88.1 frequency.” Scott Hutton, a spokesperson for the CRTC, said that the decision was finalized after much consideration. “Rock 95 made its way to the top of the list, you know, primarily by looking at the factors that we had set out to look at,” he said. “[They] included a new voice to the market, what’s the impact, is there room for that type of radio station and primarily, in all the cases, the quality of the application.” While the denial of the application takes away the possibility of a student-run FM frequency, Jackie Harrison, former CKLN manager, brought on to the manage the application, said that “volunteers are keen to keep doing local talent initiatives, even without an FM frequency.” Bouchard said that while no decisions have been reached on the future of the organization, there will be no shortage of opportunities for radio enthusiasts to get involved in programs like RTA’s radio program Spirit Live, and the school’s television program RUTV. Ryerson President Sheldon Levy also felt the decision did not spell the end of New Ryerson Radio. “It raises the stakes,” he said. “Now we have to have the world’s best internet radio station.” Radio Ryerson made a bid for continued use of the frequency to the CRTC last fall after an October referendum on campus voted overwhelmingly in favour of adding an annual student fee of $10.35 that would go towards the radio station. Rock 95 hopes to bring a voice and exposure to Canadian artists who are not signed to a major label. “The Rock 95 did propose to play 40 per cent Canadian content and I think that was a key to their proposal,” said Hutton. “Sixty per cent would be emerging artists. So, those are folks who are walking around with demo tapes.” Levy, a key supporter of New Ryerson Radio from the beginning, said his support would not be limited any time soon.“I’m hugely confident in our students,” Levy said. “If they come asking for help, I will be behind [them] 100 per cent.”
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Ryerson talks educational mandate
Ryerson University held a town hall meeting at the Ted Rogers School of Management to discuss the school’s Strategic Mandate Agreement — a list of planned initiatives that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) asked 44 postsecondary institutions to hand in by Sept. 30. The Ministry formally asked the universities to hand in their initiatives on Aug. 7. Paul Stenton, Vice-Provost, University Planning, presented the objectives, which include “technologically mediated learning,” a euphemism for combining online courses with in-class instruction. He said that even though there was a “limited time for consultation,” the school wasn’t “threatened at all in this exercise.” Full story at

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Ryerson’s recently remodelled Image Centre (RIC) received Architectural Lighting magazine’s 2012 Light & Architecture Design Award for best use of colour late last month. The building, designed by Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects, illuminates the once dreary, windowless home of the School of Image Arts.                   “I think it’s a huge success,” said Peggy Theodore, the DSAI project director for the RIC. “It captures all the various elements we were striving for: transparency, identification, high design quality and the ability to see it from afar.” Three glass walls encase the structure on the north, west and east sides, and are supported by a light steel frame. Between the two layers of glass in the upper panels are multi-coloured LED lights that help bring the building to life. Officially, there are 16.7 million possible colour combinations — a feature soon

The Image Arts Centre reflects off Lake Devo. to be controlled by a mobile app. Described as a “problem for management” by Ryerson President Sheldon Levy, the building’s design and its award have placed added pressure on the university as they will be forced to constantly monitor what has been described as the building’s responsibility as a “communication vehicle.” “You cannot afford not to maintain that building,” Levy said. “If a light bulb is gone anywhere else in the university, no one knows; but [if] you have one light out in that


building, everyone knows.” The building has been renovated to include classrooms, a photography gallery and a research centre. The gallery will display 300,000 pieces of 20th-century photojournalism in the inaugural Black Star collection. Throughout the year there will be different exhibits, such as The Art of Archives and Human Rights, Human Wrongs. The RIC will be officially open to the public on Sept. 29 in correlation with Scotiabank’s Nuit Blanche.

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Ryerson prides itself on inclusion, but some feel men need a space to discuss issues on campus, too. Shannon Baldwin reports.

A gendered division of space
Post-secondary institutions across Canada have a wide spectrum of female support groups, women’s centres and help lines for women in need. Yet, there are no support groups for men only. Marwa Hamad, Vice-President Equity at Ryerson Students’ Union, said there is no need for a men’s centre at Ryerson. Equity service groups are supposed to reflect issues concerning marginalized people. “Would it make sense to make a straight people centre or an able body equity group?” Hamad said. Instead of creating a men’s centre, Hamad said that men who are not members of any equity service groups on campus can still stand by and support their fellow students. “All of the groups are open to folks of any gender, religion or race as a safe base to come and feel comfortable expressing your opinions.” But a sign outside of the Women’s Centre at Ryerson reads, “STOP to ALL Male Allies. Your presence may make women who use the centre uncomfortable…you may be asked to leave at any point.” Second year architecture student, Steven De Boyrie said, “If there’s a place for women there should be a place for men.” The argument is that men have issues that also need to be addressed. The Men’s Issues Awareness 2012 newsletter states men have a sucicde rate three times than women and deal with more physical violence. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 25 per cent of male drinkers are high-risk for alcohol abuse, as opposed to 9 per cent of female drinkers. “Most people aren’t aware of the issues…I wasn’t aware,” said Egi Troka, Campus Outreach Chair for the Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) at York University. The association advocates for men’s issues. Ryerson does not have a CAFE chapter. In a society that upholds the stereotype that men are strong and women are oppressed and victimized, it can be hard to pay attention to both sides, she said. The purpose of a men’s centre is not to bash feminism or women, but to create a balance and a safe haven for both men and women to express their feelings. Hamad said it is still important to note the difference between discrimination and oppression. “It is likely that a man can walk home and not feel afraid of being assaulted. That a man can apply for a job and not have to worry about his gender influencing the outcome,” she said. “Women aren’t in a position of power in society. Women can’t oppress men.” Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C. has a mandate to open a men’s centre at the school. They received $30,000 to do so, the same amount as the Women’s Centre. The Women’s Centre disputes this and states, “The men’s centre is everywhere else,” on their website. Iain Dwyer, who is on the board of directors for CAFE and who formerly worked at the Eyeopener, said his goal is to have a men’s centre on every campus. But second-year architecture student Kevin Bilics thinks, “If guys want to talk, they’ll go to the gym.”


Men face issues that need to be addressed openly at men’s centres, says the Canadian Association of Equality.

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Positive Space relaunches
By Carly Basian
Positive Space Ryerson is relaunching this school year with a new focus on knowledge, equality, community, and celebration. Stephan Tang, the co-chair of Positive Space Ryerson says the main goal of the re-launch is to increase visibility. They want to engage more members of the Ryerson community to meet the needs of LGBTT2SQQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Transsexual, 2-Spirited, Questioning, Queer, Intersex) people on campus. The coalition of students, faculty, and staff aims to create an accepting and safe environment for all members of the community regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The re-launch includes the release of a new logo and a new mentorship program in collaboration with TriMentoring at Ryerson. The program pairs students with an identified LGBTT2SQI person in the same program who offers advice regarding coming out and career plans. Positive Space Ryerson also offers educational sessions to train students, faculty, and staff in becoming activists.

PHOTO: MARISSA DEDERER Positive Space offers swag to promote acceptance. students,” said Upon completion of the programs, one receives Positive Space stickers to Tang, “But, this does not translate to display in the spaces they spend time everyone. I think that we need to rein to show sexual and gender diver- mind people that until homophobia and heteronormativity ceases to exsity and welcomed and respected. One of Postitive Space’s goals is to ist we still have a problem. Ryerson’s challenge the silence around LGBTT- strength is in its people and the diversity of who we are,” said Tang. 2SQQI issues. “I think there is a false sense of im- With files from Victoria Stunt munity as we are so close to The Village and have open staff, faculty and

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An oddity of a campus tucked into the heart of downtown Toronto, Ryerson University has spread out from its beginnings in Kerr Hall. Tara Deschamps explores the past, present and future of our transforming neighbourhood.

Kerr Hall’s urban sprawl


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Time-travel back to 1963. You’re enrolled as a student at the Ryerson Polytechnical Institute. You look around campus, only to realize it consists of Kerr Hall… and nothing else. It may sound like a really dull nightmare, but back in the day that was Ryerson. We spent many years developing from that ugly, square building into the widespread campus tucked right in the heart of downtown Toronto. The ugly square building is unfortunately still here. The campus expansion has been notably effective in the 60 years that have spanned spinned Ryerson’s inception as an institute of technology in 1948. Not only did the school grow from Ryerson Hall and Kerr Hall to the majority of the school buildings we have today, but it became a fully-accredited university. Yet gaining the legitimate post-secondary status in 1993 has never been enough for Ryerson and its critics. Since then, every construction project, every pedestrian improvement, every curriculum change, they’ve all been towards one common goal: shedding the “Rye High” technical school image and proving that they are a progressive campus deserving of the title of a university. In 2008, the president of the school collaborated with architects and other important players to produce a 20-year manifesto, with some specific changes and many vague ones, of plans for the school.

past (1948-2008)

Ryerson Institute of Technology in 1962.


Our current campus life puts us five years into the award-winning and impressive-sounding Ryerson Master Plan. Amid the constant construction delays and changes in plans pitched in the original document, we find the boundaries of Ryerson are less square and less obvious. The plan — a third of which is dedicated to pedestrianization — prioritizes “creating a pedestrian-friendly campus with green open spaces, informal meeting places, bike paths, and access to public transportation.” Specifically, the plan suggests customizing Ryerson streets with branded signage and banners, street lighting and signature landscaping. To promote campus accessibility, it cites cycling lanes and access to the underground path system and TTC as options. So far, Ryerson has not implemented bike lanes and has failed to promote cycling with its underused bike room. Ryerson’s security team now patrols a bigger area than they did a few years ago when the school was mainly contained within a few small blocks. As a result, the security team has spent plenty of time stressing the importance of pedestrian safety to students and staff on campus. “Outside of observing unsafe situations, we do safety talks with various groups on campus,” says Ryerson’s manager of security and emergency services Tanya Fermin-Poppleton. In addition to ensuring pedestrians know which parts of Gould Street are closed off and how they can navigate campus safely, the security team has also been escorting students to and from new buildings including the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens (MAC), formerly Maple Leaf Gardens, on Church and Carlton Streets. Fermin-Poppleton says that security officers only take a direct route to the building they are attending to if it is not in a central area of campus. One of the main reasons security has yet to adjust their measure for the farther out parts of campus is because these buildings often have separate tenant security agreements. In most cases, Ryerson security patrols all buildings and routes on campus with the exception of some locations, like the Digital Media Zone in the Cineplex theatre building and other university buildings like 1 Dundas St. and 415 Yonge St. Fermin-Poppleton says these locations are patrolled by security hired by the building owners. However, she says Ryerson security would still “attend to” and work with these building security teams to ensure safety inside and around the buildings. Ryerson security works in conjuction with the teams at these buildings, as they did when Prince Charles visited the DMZ this summer, explained Fermin-Poppleton. Ryerson security coordinated and DMZ security helped out.

present (2008-2012)

Current construction on the Student Learning Centre.


Currently, Fermin-Poppleton says the security team has not yet made plans for additional security systems or staff to accommodate the needs of a bigger, future campus. However, she says security is usually involved with planning for new buildings. “Whoever decides to purchase the building would typically have to analyze how the building would be policed,” she said. “If a building goes up, we would be looking at getting involved with the planning process to make sure it is optimal for security.” In the four years since the Master Plan was revealed, certain aspects of the ambitious plan have changed. Some of their original intents were to knock down Kerr Hall and replace it with a new building, as well as open up the quad to campus. They have always planned to build the SLC, but since the early stages the look of it has changed drastically. Ryerson is hoping to connect the incoming SLC at Yonge and Gould Streets to the PATH and the Dundas subway station, and is currently making headway on this plan. The lot beside the future site of the SLC was home to the Empress Hotel before its fiery demise in 2011. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy has just announced that the university is intending to move on that location to make it theirs. According to Ward 27 Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam, the fire left “a scar” on the street and “catalyzed the community to immediate action.” As a result, Wong-Tam — in conjunction with the Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area — launched a pedestrian pilot project to close Yonge Street between Queen Street and Gerrard Street until Sept. 16. Prior to the project’s conclusion, Wong-Tam said she considered the closed off space “a natural extension” of campus. “It’s great to be able to link [Gould and Yonge Streets] together and for students to be able to use both streets,” said Andrew McAllister, Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) vice-president of operations. McAllister hints that the union could be looking to expand the Gould Street closure, after they received positive feedback from students who attended events on or use the street as a shortcut to get from class to class. In the next few years, Ryerson will begin construction on another student residence to be located at 186 and 188 Jarvis St., just south of Dundas Street. The school also plans to build a health sciences building, and though a site has not been confirmed, the Sears parking lot on Mutual Street is the likeliest contender as of yet. This will continue to extend the boundaries of Ryerson into the city in every direction, and the possibilities are unlimited, while the estimated 20-year timeline of the Master Plan is unlikely to be met.

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10 years in, Ryerson Dragon Boat stronger than ever
By Colleen Marasigan
Against the rain, wind and cold, the Thunderbuddies — Ryerson’s men’s Dragon Boat team — paddle their way across the water in Lane 5. Steeped in mud by the shore, their female counterparts — known as Rye and Ginger — cheer them on. “It’s a two-minute race, but it’s not just about paddling hard. It’s about focus,” says Lisa Tai, assistant supervisor of Rye-D-Boat, the Ryerson Dragon Boat club. They have to be focused because, as Tai points out, there are 20 paddlers in the boat who all need to be in unison for the team to succeed. Dragon boat racing, a sport that originated in China more than 2,000 years ago, also requires a steersperson to guide the boat, and a drummer to keep the paddlers in sync. Stroke after stroke, the men push on — determined to finish strong in spite of the weather. But it simply isn’t enough. The race ends, and the Thunderbuddies lose. Yet they’re still greeted at the end of their race with warm smiles and high-fives from the Rye and Ginger team. It’s the 18th annual Great White North (GWN) Dragon Boat Challenge at Marilyn Bell Park, and while this regatta (series of boat races) is considered one of the most popular competitions of the year, it’s also Rye-D-Boat’s first real practice since July. By October, the club plans to be practicing weekly in the RAC pool like in previous years. Tai says getting new members into paddling synchronization is their main goal. Alex Wong, a third year industrial engineering student who has rowed with Rye-D-Boat for two years, knows this well. “It’s all about team synchronization and chemistry,” he says. “If one person doesn’t function well, the whole team may be penalized for their actions.” But Rye-D-Boat isn’t meant to solely be an athletic club, it’s about doing something students wouldn’t normally do, says club supervisor Nick Fan. It’s also a great networking opportunity, with many participants from various companies and charities rowing in regattas like the GWN. “It’s not just for sport,” says Fan. “I want it to add to students’ experiences for their four years here at Ryerson.”


Fan has been with the club since its inception in 2003, and has seen rapid growth — since 2008 the club has gone from 24 members to a team of 80. For the 2012-2013 school year, Rye-DBoat has already gained 206 new registrants. Fan adds that Rye-D-Boat has a nocut policy, so if an individual is committed, he or she is free to row in com-

petitions. Rye-D-Boat has also seen an increase in the amount of races it competes in, participating in events in not only Toronto, but in Welland and Montreal as well. The 2011-2012 season found all four Rye-D-Boat boats placing in the top three in their respective divisions at the premier level at the Toronto Interna-

tional Dragon Boat Festival. “Medals are an insignificant part of Rye-D-Boat. It’s the memories that will last you a lifetime,” Fan says. “ But don’t get me wrong. We get medals, we get lots of medals.” As if to prove his second point, Rye and Ginger then went on to take first place in the Women’s Consolation B Final at the GWN.


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One-on-one with Men’s Hockey Captain Andrew Buck
Last Saturday, Ryerson hosted the first hockey game played at the new Mattamy Athletic Centre, winning 5-4 in an exhibition against UOIT. Buck, a fourth-year winger, became the first player to captain a home team at the historic venue since Mats Sundin did on February 13, 1999. He spoke to Harlan Nemers about the big game and what it means for Rams hockey to finally have a home on campus. How did you feel leading up to Saturday night’s game? I was definitely more nervous than for a regular exhibition game, that’s for sure. Obviously we didn’t want to lose the first game at the Gardens. The focus before was more like a playoff game. What was it like to play in the first game at the MAC? It was definitely a cool sight. I’d never been a part of a game where a mascot dropped from the roof. All the guys were pretty excited about that. And the crowd was awesome. [It] was definitely close to sold out and that gave us some energy, definitely in the beginning, and a lot of nerves. I think it showed from our play in the first period, guys were quick with the puck. But once [it] settled down, it was just another game. PHOTO: MARISSA DEDERER

Who was your favourite player as a kid? Growing up, it was Wendel Clark. That’s why I wear number 17. A The biggest thing is not having to couple of my buddies from NewWhat was like it meeting travel two hours a day to George market know that I like Wendel Prime Minister Stephen Bell [Arena]. Not only will it help us Clark and say that I play like [him]. Harper and having him do with hockey, it will help with school. He was a lot tougher than I am… I the ceremonial puck-drop I mean, we have four or five guys in play like him a little bit. I’ve got no at the MAC’s unveiling in engineering and that’s a pretty crazy teeth, right? During Movember, I’ll August? program, so I think moving closer get a moustache, so I might look like him then. will really help. I was told [there] was going to be a guest, but I You grew up as a big Toronto Lastly, how cool is it to play at the wasn’t allowed to know Maple Leafs fan. Did you get the Gardens now? until the day of. So when opportunity to spend any time in I got there and I found the old Maple Leaf Gardens? How cool is it to play there? I don’t out that it was Stephen know if I can swear — but it’s pretty Harper it was definitely a I used to go with my granddad and fuckin’ unbelievable. surreal moment. Honestly, my uncle, but not with my dad — I wasn’t too intimated — [he’s] not really a part of my life. For the extended interview with I was just thinking he’s just We’d go once a year, we’d set a trip Andrew Buck, along with photo another guy. What really intimi- and I’d get tickets for Christmas; my gallery, visit dated me were the security guards. granddad would buy them I talked to him for a couple minutes for all of us — my two other before the event started [and] I cousins and uncle. We used to didn’t really know how the conver- sit pretty high [up]. So probsation would go. I was scared — I ably the same height as the had my hockey gloves on so I was seats that are in there now, worried that if I shook his hand it which I guess is pretty cool. would make his hand smell. I [said] The one big memory I have of like, “Hopefully you don’t mind being there is – I was young my smelly hands.” But yeah, he so I don’t remember the game was a good guy. Before the puck or anything — but I was there drop, [Harper] warned me about for [Doug] Gilmour’s 1000th the cameras. He made a joke about point and when he scored, all it. He said, “when we get out there, the Leafs came onto the ice, there’s going to be a ton of cameras [and] celebrated with him. in our faces. It’ll be pretty crazy. And it was right in the middle PHOTO: BRIAN BATISTA BETTENCOURT Just be ready for it.” of the game. How does the move to the Gardens affect the team?

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son Athletics has stepped its game up all across the board, has that included the food service? I decided to order everything on the menu and see what’s changed.

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letic facility ever used by Ryerson. The administration loves to boast about its newfound ability to host major athletic events and concerts. And while the athletic and musical events during last week’s “Grand Opening” were deemed great successes, does Ryerson truly offer a great entertainment experience? One of biggest issues at both Kerr Hall Gymnasium and George Bell Arena was the food. Amateurish would be a polite way of describing the food service. They’d set up a few tables and sell hot dogs and Jamaican patties that often sat there for hours before being purchased. I was recently thinking: if Ryer-

These pretzels are making me thirsty. an upgrade in flavour, and it doesn’t taste like they’ve been sitting there all day. But the change also means Drinks they no longer offer a Halal prod- If I wanted to pay $3 for room temuct. perature Coca-Cola, I’d... go to the MAC. In addition to barely-cold soft drinks, they also serve beer — $6 Jamaican Patties Nicely sized and filled. The original for a 355 ml can. My advice: grab a patty lacks flavour, but the vegetar- six-pack from the LCBO - it’s in the ian option is surprisingly tasty — same building, or get your predrink which is great since its the only veg- on across the street at Mick E Fynn’s or at the Ram. etarian option on the entire menu.

If there’s one thing that needs to be present at every sporting event, its pretzels. Sure you’ll be getting your week’s worth of sodium in one take, but these are delicious.

While the staff is friendly and the eating area is clean, the lack of vegetarian or religious-friendly alternatives makes it difficult to say that the MAC’s food service is on par with the rest of this excellent facility.

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Water polo coach stars in TIFF film
By Arti Panday
Ryerson’s water polo coach made his Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) debut this year as the lead actor in Krivina, a Bosnian film. Goran Slavkovic played the role of a Bosnian immigrant who returns to his homeland to search for his missing friend. Krivina, according to director Igor Drljaca, was inspired by “the trauma in its different forms that is caused by war.” “The root word ‘Kriv’ means ‘to be in the wrong’ and it has just so much more impact and weight than the literal English translation,” said Drljaca. Slavkovic and Drljaca first met in 2005, when the actor was auditioning for one of Drljaca’s short films. Four years later, they travelled to Bosnia to begin filming Krivana. After working on the movie for the past three years, Slavkovic said he would change nothing about the experience. “It’s Igor’s vision and it’s his story and I was glad to contribute as much as I could,” said Slavkovic. But according to Albert Shin, co-editor, the process was lengthy. “The film went through a lot of versions and mutations of what we thought it was and what it ended up being,” said Shin. With the last portion shot in April, the editing process was only completed a few weeks ago. “We didn’t have the luxury that we could work every day. All of us had to play around with our schedules a little bit,” said Slavkovic. “Sometimes on a weekend I would sleep in my character’s apartment and I would just stay there for a weekend so I would be there first thing in the morning and we would start filming right away.” What with a demanding acting career, finding time for coaching the Ryerson water polo team is difficult, but a hobby for Slavkovic. “[The students] all know what I do,” said Slavkovic, “[They are] such an amazing group. They’re always very considerate and helping. Even though it’s such a rough sport, they always find a way to respect each other.” Krivina made its TIFF debut on Sunday at the Art Gallery of Ontario with a second screening on Tuesday. Slavkovic is also the lead actor in the short film Pirandello which will premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival in October.


a screen grab from the film Krivina of leading man Goran slavkovic.

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DJ spins and wins overseas
By Kathleen McGouran

Christopher Babcock-Rimore, better known as DJ George Rimore.


A fourth-year Ryerson criminal justice student found himself sharing a performance bill with the likes of Avicii, Skrillex and David Guetta this July after winning a competition hosted by an online trance music forum. “It didn’t really actually hit me...that I was going to perform at one of the biggest festivals in the world until I was on that stage,” said 23-year-old Christopher Babcock-Rimore, otherwise known as DJ George Rimore. The online electronic dance music community Tranceaddict. com hosted the contest, with the first prize being a spot on their stage at Tomorrowland, the annual three-day electronic music festival in Boom, Belgium. Rimore entered a mix in the lateJune contest on a whim and didnʼt expect to win. “I told myself, ʼI

think I’m pretty good, and said I would submit a mix,” he said. “I put it out of my mind because I didn’t think anything would come of it.” Rimore has been DJing for four years and has played venues around Toronto like the Augusta House and the Rainbow Room. He said that, although the shows have won him a decent Toronto following, the performance at Tomorrowland is responsible for a surge in his online popularity. “My Facebook fan page blew up,” Rimroe said. At present, Rimore hopes to focus on school and has no plans for upcoming gigs. He said his experience at Tomorrowland is incomparable to any show he has played before. In spite of this, he said that Toronto gigs are difficult to find, but he is still hopeful for his career as a DJ. “Iʼm just going to keep doing what Iʼm doing,” he said. “If people like it, they will book me...because they know I can work a crowd.”

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says Brooks, who then directed me to a page on the CRA website that he said “may” be of some help to me. It seems like I wasn’t the only person confused about what parts of my residence or rent could or could not be claimed. Brooks said I may be qualified for the OEPTC if I fall within the criteria. After deciphering the ifs, ands or buts of the criteria, it turns out I am eligible because I no longer live in a designated residence, and should include it in my future claims. Now knowing that I could not claim my residence costs, the next step would be to contact the landlord of my previous apartment that I lived in during second year, and request a letter or receipt showing how much I paid in total. Through the process of gathering proof for my audit, I learned more than I thought I would about filing tax returns. I wouldn’t say I learned enough to start doing it myself, but I definitely will appreciate it a lot more now that I know I don’t have to go through this process each fiscal year. I still don’t understand why the CRA would come after full-time students that probably have no money left after paying for residence and tuition, when they could be getting so much more out of auditing people who actually have a steady income and pay more taxes. Either way, after the process, the only letters from the government I will be looking forward to from now on are my tax credit cheques.

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CRA demands proof of fees in undergraduate audit
By Astoria Luzzi
investigation and asked me to support my claim by providing rent receipts or cancelled rent cheques, the addresses of my residences, reciepts for tuition, textbooks and education fees. Apparently “random” means that a few of my peers who also lived in residence for part of 2011 have been audited for their tuition and rent claims as well. Luckily I have never had to do my own Income Tax and Benefit Return so I had no idea how to deal with being audited, but I was interested enough to find out how the process worked. At first glance the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide is a lot of bullet-pointed lists and fill-in-theblanks, and took me a few reads to understand. The actual process of trying to understand if you’re eligible for each section, and then totalling the exact amount by looking at receipts for the past year, is a task too tedious to do myself. In order to complete an audit properly I was told I would have to revisit my residence and past rental unit and request receipts of the amounts I paid. I stopped by Pitman Hall residence, where I lived back in Winter 2011, to speak to Chad Nuttall, manager of Ryerson Student Housing Services. Apparently I wasn’t the first student to do so. “People call and say ‘can we get a receipt for residence?’ but we don’t issue tax receipts because it is not deductible.” I was taken aback by Nuttall’s answer as to how I would go about proving how much I paid for residence back in first-year. Nuttall directed me to the Income Tax Receipts page on the Student Housing Services section of Ryerson’s website. Finally, something written in a way I could understand. The jist of it is that Ryerson’s residences are “designated for property tax and rent purposes,” therefore students cannot claim residence fees on their income tax returns. But for some reason living in a “designated Ontario university residence” allows us to claim $25 under the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit (OEPTC) without proof of a receipt. So I pay roughly $9,475 for residence in first-year and get a $25 cheque back as a tax credit? That seems really fair, doesn’t it? I decided to call up the CRA and find out what tax returns you can claim for rental units. Keith Brooks, manager of communications for the Ontario region of the CRA, was very helpful and a lot easier to understand than the jargon I had spent hours reading online. “What kind of credit you will get for your rent is determined by the province,”

I don’t usually get anything in the mail, but when I do it seems to always be from the Ontario government. This past week I got an unexpected phone call from my mother telling me that yet again the mail gods had delivered me a letter from the high and mighty. I expected it to be a tax return with a decent cheque attached, but to my horror, that was not the case. Audited. A word I never thought I would hear, especially as an undergraduate student who has no steady income and does not own property. Yet the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has subjected me to a random

First-time web designer gives Ryerson a “Craigslist” to call its own.

Student launches Ryerson classifieds
By Bruce Laregina
Need to sell a Ryerson Rams hoodie or that textbook you never used? Look no further. The newly created is a classifieds website that allows anyone with a Ryerson email address to posts ads for books, employment, housing and more. Produced by second-year Ryerson engineering student Nathan Budd, the website officially launched Aug. 24. Fairly simplistic with no login information, it only asks for a Ryerson email address before a user can post an ad. An email is then sent to that address and the ad is posted for 60 days after the email is opened. Though only Ryerson students and faculty can post ads, anyone can see the classifieds posted on the website. The idea for the website came from a combination of Budd’s lackluster experience at his summer job and his fondness for the classifieds website at McGill University, his previous school. “I have a fairly boring summer job and so I usually find a couple hobbies to keep myself entertained,” said Budd. “I remembered at McGill the school ran a classifieds [section] and it was really useful. My friends found used bikes there. I remember I found tickets to see the Habs.” With no previous experience in webpage design, Budd sought out online articles and occasionally the advice of friends for assistance. The self-taught web designer began creating in mid-June, using a similar template as McGill’s classifieds site. “I thought if I could do that here it would be really cool.” While traffic has initially been slow, Budd acknowledges the website is still a work in progress. He plans to add new features to the website this year, like allowing ads to contain images, giving users the option to display their contact information in detail and make his website a part of Ryerson’s Blackboard page for easy access. Budd would also like “to make the website a little bit prettier.” It costs Budd under $100 a year to keep the website running, though he is not particularly concerned with the financial aspect. “I’m not really intending for this to be a business; it would be cool if I could make money on this but that’s not really my primary goal,” said Budd. One of his goals involves handing the site over to the university. Budd has already pitched his idea to the Ryerson Student Union, but was turned down. Budd predicts that it will take at least a year before his website is popular enough to justify the school taking it over. “What I would prefer to happen is people start using it and then the student’s union or Ryerson feel it’s useful enough to take it off my hands,” he said.

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