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BOARD OF GOVERNORS AND SENATE ELECTIONS 2014
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Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
CESAR lockout comes to an end
Full-time CESAR staffers are back at work after a four-month hiatus
By Ramisha Farooq
After 16 weeks of unsuccessful negotiations, the Continuing Education Students Association of Ryerson (CESAR) and local 1281 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) have reached a collective bargaining agreement, which will bring full-time staffers back to work. Threatened with the idea of an Unfair Labour Practices hearing with Ontario’s Labour Relations Board, CESAR returned to the bargaining table Jan. 28 after a long hiatus with a new bargaining agreement put in place Jan. 31. “The lockout was necessitated by the need for greater ﬂexibility with respect to the assignment and performance of duties at CESAR by its employees,” Shinae Kim, president of CESAR, said. “CESAR has accomplished [the] objective.” CUPE 1281 ﬁled an application to the labour board last October. The application was pending until both sides worked out an agreement at the board’s ofﬁce. Though the new agreement is not signiﬁcantly different than previous proposals, full-time staff can now return to providing students with services, like discounted metropasses. “We’re super pleased. We’re very happy to see our staff back at work,” said Saira Chhibber, president of CUPE 1281. “It was good to ﬁnally get something on the table and settle in good faith.” During the course of the lockout, the Ryerson Students’ Union stopped providing discounted metropasses to thousands of CESAR members. CESAR executives considered providing the metropasses through the CESAR ofﬁce. “We must remember that lockouts have harmful repercussions for students and the broader movement for social justice in Canada, in which student unions and labour unions are proud partners,” Chhibber said in a press release. CESAR locked out its two fulltime workers on Sept. 30 after weeks of unsuccessful discussion between CESAR executives and their staff on the topic of wage increases to a “cost-of-living standard.” One of the two full-time work-
Winter concert moves to spring
By Dylan Freeman-Grist and Deni Verklan
The ﬁrst-ever Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) Winter concert has been rescheduled to April, according to the vice-president of student life and events Danielle Brogan. The event, originally scheduled for Jan 30 has been pushed to April 10. “We’re happy to offer a winter concert for the ﬁrst time and we want to give students the most amount of time to purchase their tickets for this event,” Brogan said. RSU president Melissa Palermo denied that there was an issue with the amount of tickets that were sold, noting that the event had simply been moved to spring. When asked how many tickets had been sold for the event, the RSU declined to comment, suggesting simply that extensive promotion had been done for the event. The concert will still be held at the Hoxton, a 500-person venue. Closer to the date, tickets will again go on sale at $15 a piece. “Fifteen dollars is a lot. I wouldn’t pay for that,” said ﬁrstyear childhood studies student Melissa Fay. According to Palermo, the rescheduling was to accommodate students who would be less busy and preoccupied with school. The new date would fall four days before the beginning of the winter semester’s examination period. “That seems kind of weird to me, I mean everyone is going to be busy, they’ll be stressed out. A lot of people are going to be out of money,” said Jessica Szeplaki, a fourth-year theatre production student. “Honestly a lot of the decisions I keep hearing about at this school seem kind of silly.” The original poster advertised three booked performances for the event: DJs Sleepy Tom and Skratch Bastid as well as electronic duo THUGLI. Although the RSU would not comment on the price of entertainment, after contacting representatives of the artists, the Eyeopener found that the total sum would come to over $10,000 for a similar party featuring the same line up.
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CUPE 1281 held several events in the fall semester rallying for higher wages.
ers had apparently been on a wage freeze since 2010, but preferred not to be quoted. During the initial negotiation period between the two parties, the two remaining full-time unionized ofﬁce staff were presented with a choice: either accept a “0 per cent Agreement” or face the potential lockout. Several rallies were held by CUPE 1281 outside the Student
Campus Centre (SCC) and the CESAR ofﬁce. The most recent on Oct. 28, had union members bringing a cake stating that “CESAR took the cake” as the worst employer ever. “Our members are just glad to be back in the workplace,” said vice-president of CUPE 1281, Michael Yam. “This is a positive result. It’s the outcome we’ve been hoping for.”
Expert witnesses continue testimony
Crown’s case ongoing in the murder trial of Rye student Carina Petrache
credible within speciﬁc context. “He has the expertise necessary to give an opinion about the origin and causes of ﬁres, but not [to] sequence them,” Judge Dambrot said. Gillespie has three years experience as a ﬁre ﬁghter, 17 years with both the Ontario Provincial Police and Toronto Police Services and ﬁve years as a ﬁre investigator at the Ofﬁce of the Fire Marshall. The court heard from many forensic experts over the past week, all testifying to the legitimacy of their initial reports ﬁled in 2010. Mike Harrison, a forensic science expert, testiﬁed regarding the presence of reactive ﬂammable ﬂuid found throughout the residence. “A volatile ignitable liquid is a liquid that readily evaporates and causes a ﬁre. Kerosene, gasoline, charcoal-starting ﬂuids,” said Harrison on Feb. 3. When questioned by the defence, Harrison said he was unable to identify the quantity of the liquid or its presence in similarly burned pieces of evidence. “[It] may have evaporated by the time the samples were collected or it may have been consumed in the ﬁre,” Harrison said. On Jan. 29, witness Peter Tran testiﬁed to his experience on the date of the alleged murder. Tran was staying at the residence with his partner, Steve Masse, when the ﬁre began. Believing the ﬁre alarm to be false, the two stayed in Masse’s room until a neighbour had seen them through the basement window and informed them the residence was burning. “I just assumed it was getting hot because it was summer,” Tran said. After exiting the house through the back, Tran witnessed Volodymyr Selivinov (another resident) drag Patrache from the burning building. “I heard her say ‘He wouldn’t stop hitting me,’” Tran said. “Her voice was not panicked, she was sort of calm. She was loud enough so I could hear her, but she wasn’t screaming.” Tran poured water in Petrache’s mouth from his bottle. “Her hair was really burnt, her skin looked plastic-y, and her clothes were damaged,” Tran said. The trial continues.
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Farshad Badakhshan has pleaded not guilty to charges of ﬁrst-degree murder.
By Jake Scott and Laura Woodward
Expert witness James Gillespie, a ﬁre investigator with Ontario’s Ofﬁce of the Fire Marshall, was found to be a credible witness in the trial of Farshad Badakhshan for the alleged Feb. 4 murder of Ryerson stu-
dent Corina Patrache. Defence lawyer Paul Burstein raised questions about Gillespie as an expert, on the grounds that he holds no degrees and is therefore unqualiﬁed to testify. After a two-hour break and an hour of arguments, Judge Michael Dambrot decided the witness was
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
A Mockery of Democracy
by Dylan FreemanGrist
Editor-in-Chief Sean “Coke-a-Cola” Tepper News Ramisha “Pepsi” Farooq Dylan “Dr. Pepper” FreemanGrist Associate News Sierra “Mist” Bein Features Sean “Mediocre-Lemonaid” Wetselaar Biz and Tech Badri “Power-aid’” Murali Arts and Life Leah “Gatoraid” Hansen Sports Shannon “Cosmopolitan” Baldwin Communities Nicole “5-Alive” Schmidt Photo Natalia “Sunny D” Balcerzak Jess “Nesquick” Tsang Associate Photo Farnia “Sugar Cane” Fekri Head Copy Editor Allison “Jager Bomb” Tierney Elkin Fun Jake “Mr. President” Scott Media Behdad “Bubble Tea” Mahichi Online Lindsay “Double-Double’” Boeckl John “Triple-Triple” Shmuel General Manager Liane “Sugar-in-water” McLarty Advertising Manager Chris “PC-Cola” Roberts Design Director J.D. “Nuka-Cola” Mowat Intern Army Luke “Nuka-Cola Quantum” Peters Jacob “Slushi” Dalfen-Brown Contributors Lara “Orange Crush” Onayak Lana “Limca” Hall Emily “Crystal Pepsi” CraigEvans Amira “Josta” Zubairi Jordan “Orbitz” Comish Mackenzie “Surge” Davidson Daniela “Vault” Olariu Julie “Jolt” Sullivan Isabelle “Orangina” Docto Emma “Red Bull” Cosgrove Tina “Schweppes” Mgonja Leslie “Cherry Cola” Walker Caroline “Orange Crush” Dinnall Josh “Purple Drink” Beneteau DAniel “Syrup” Morand Michael “Grape Crush” GraceDacosta Krista “Rootbeer” Robinson Sarah “Gingerbeer” Cunningham-Scharf William “Vanilla Coke” Brown Eman “Pink Soda” Ali Erin “Orange Soda” Hesselink Rebecca “Kool Aid” Goss Beatriz “Hi-C” Jereza Emily “Cream Soda” CraigEvans Olivia “Crush Grape Soda” McLeod Sydney “Mountain Dew” Hamilton Tamara “brio chinotto” Sestanj Deni “Sprite” Verklan Yara “Fresca” Kashlan Alex “Blue Sky” Downham Emily “Canada Dry” Theodore Patricia “7-Up” Karounos Dasha “Red Rain” Zolota Moe “Milkshake” Omar Jeff “Ice-cream-ﬂoat” Lagerquist Charles “Hot-Chocolate” Vanegas Blair “Sniper” Tate Rob “Sergeant” Foreman Tagwa “Dunk” Mayo
The Eyeopener is Ryerson’s largest and only independent student newspaper. It is owned and operated by Rye Eye Publishing Inc., a non-proﬁt corporation owned by the students of Ryerson. Our ofﬁces are on the second ﬂoor of the Student Campus Centre. You can reach us at 416-9795262, at theeyeopener.com or on Twitter at @theeyeopener This Mug wants you to buy “Crazy Town The Rob Ford Story” by Robyn Doolittle. In fact, I want you to buy 3 copies each. And then each and every time someone starts to: defend Ford, use his own private time or Toronto Star conspiracy beat them unconscious with the book. While they’re out, tie them up and when the come to read the book to them. If we all do this for the month of February, we should get them all. I’ll take Etobicoke. This may well be the only way to save Toronto. So do it! On Jan. 29, I watched RSU candidates read speeches off of their cellphones to an empty auditorium. Covering a student election was a moment that I, a ﬁrst year journalism student, had been dreaming about. Yet in the years leading up to journalism school, when I imagined myself covering a student government at one of the most diverse and thriving campuses in the country, I never would have imagined it would be this awful. As my colleague, presidential candidate and Eyeopener satirist John (Jake) Scott pointed out in his speech, not a single student who was not with the student media or friends with a candidate attended the debate. In all, ﬁve executive positions are up for grabs in next year’s student union. Only that of the president is contested. The RSU “debates,” which theoretically should involve candidates engaging with both students and their opponents, boiled down to a rushed blur of Unite Ryerson candidates reading talking points to Unite Ryerson candidates. What was perhaps worse than the poor turnout was the fact that student media, whom it should be noted are in fact paying members of the RSU, weren’t permitted to ask questions during the debate. This begs the question of whether or not talking to empty metal chairs are really the extent of the RSU’s idea of democracy. I had enjoyed every moment of my few months at Ryerson so far, but as I sat there watching the students who would easily out-spend and out-mobilize any ounce of opposition to claim the right to represent me next year, I was genuinely embarrassed by my university. I was embarrassed that students here don’t care who is advocating for them. I was embarrassed that a small group of friends year-in and year-out feed off of our apathy to hold onto power. I was embarrassed that — due to the mess — we’re defenceless against anything thrown at us, whether it be the highest tuition fees in the country or a road of chipping paint. The fact that there is something deeply ﬂawed about our campus culture is, to me, clear as day. As a ﬁrst-year student, one who both loves this university and will be spending three more years here, I’m very concerned about the state of our school. The onus on us is to do more, care more and challenge our representatives more. Should we remain apathetic we will be spoon-fed the student government we deserve. And although my time here has been short, I know one thing: Ryerson students deserve far, far better.
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Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Students chained and struggling with RAMSS
First-year shocked after being slapped with academic probation
In a thread of emails obtained by the Eyeopener, Donovan also acknowledged Katsikaris’ attempt to drop the course on Sept. 12, 2013. However, the course was not removed from his Blackboard account. Students risk being kicked out unless all their grades are kept above 60 per cent. “You have rules, then you have appeals, then you have exceptions,” explained Ryerson president Sheldon Levy. “To be able to determine where the student is, the best thing for a student to do is to touch base with the registrar.” As midterms approach, Katsikaris is irritated that he remains on probation. He said that RAMSS is often ineffective. “Administration should be contacting their superiors to ﬁx this. This is their job. Mine is to be a good student.” Katsikaris isn’t the only student who ﬁnds RAMSS a very troubling system. Colton Stockus, a ﬁrst-year creative industries student described RAMSS as a “time-guzzling headache.” “It’s super out of date and hard to navigate through,” Stockus said. “I’m ﬁne with Blackboard, but RAMSS is a pain.” Although there has been speculation about possible changes to Blackboard, Levy said there are no set plans to change RAMSS. “If you’re going to do this on the system and hold students accountable, you have to do it like a hotel service. Once you drop something, they send you a conﬁrmation number through your email,” Katsikaris said. “I don’t want this to happen to anyone else. You could see someone who is 18 or 19 years old intimidated by something like this.”
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Steve Katsikaris decided to pursue his bachelor’s degree in September.
By Behdad Mahichi
A Ryerson student is facing academic probation for failing a course he says he never took. Steve Katsikaris, a ﬁrst-year undeclared student, was shocked when he found out that he had failed an Ancient Greece and Rome history class, a course he thought he had dropped in September. Katsikaris, 40, said he is now on academic probation because of a RAMSS computer malfunction that took place when using the “drop class” tool. He said that Ryerson is doing nothing about it. “My marks are suffering right now because I’m so busy worrying and trying to resolve this,” Katsikaris said. Upon returning to school in January, Katsikaris said he received a call from undergraduate program administrator AnneMarie Donovan, who told him that he would be forced to sign a probationary contract in order to continue his studies. His RAMSS account shows an “F” grade for his Ancient Greece and Rome class, which signiﬁcantly lowers his overall GPA. Under the probationary contract, a student can only be enrolled in up to three courses. Katsikaris was required to drop
his marketing class this semester, ultimately delaying his graduation. “Everything I’m doing is being set back because of a computer glitch,” Katsikaris said. It isn’t clear whether the complication was due to a glitch or a transactional mistake. But according to university registrar Charmaine Hack, RAMSS is a system that has proved itself fully stable. “RAMSS is very reliable when it comes to course drops,” Hack said. “If the course was dropped successfully it would not be a factor in the assignment of probationary status.” Katsikaris decided to enroll in classes at Ryerson to earn his degree after spending 20 years away from schooling. To keep his options open, he enrolled in four classes with the intention of picking three and dropping one. “It’s taking [Ryerson] too long to solve a very simple issue,” he said. After being notiﬁed of his probation status, he attempted to solve the issue himself. “I knew everything is recorded when you’re on Ryerson’s system, so I called enrollment services to get a conﬁrmation date on the day I dropped the course. They had the answer in 30 seconds,” he said.
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Wage rage comes to an end
By Ramisha Farooq
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that minimum wage workers are getting a raise. Annual inﬂation will now dictate future minimum wage increases. At the current cumulative inﬂation rate, minimum wage will increase to $10.94. The province will round this up to $11 come June 2014. The raise comes after a four year freeze at $10.25 per hour. “I work at McDonald’s, raising it is good for us especially as students,” said Jordi Gonzalez, a ﬁrst-year mechanical engineering student and part-time employee at the restaurant chain. However, anti-poverty groups and health-care professionals still don’t believe the increase is enough to lift workers above the poverty line. Currently 31.5 per cent of youth work at the minimum with the youth unemployment rate experiencing an increase to 14.2 per cent in March 2014. Groups like the Workers’ Action Centre said the increase won’t do the trick because $11 per hour is still 16 per cent below the poverty line. They’ve vowed to keep ﬁghting for a $14 wage. The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) is one of these groups. RSU president Melissa Palermo said that this is a good start, but they will continue to campaign for higher wages. “With the raise, they’re still leaving people near the poverty line,” Palermo said. “It’s all about creating future for youth.” Wynne said that moving to the $14 wage is too much of a jump. She explained that retaining and creating jobs must be considered when making wage increases. “I always found $10.25 to be reasonable, but this might mean more to other people,” said Isabel Silangil, a second-year nursing student. “[It’s] $11, I don’t think that’s such a huge raise.” Check out the full article at theeyeopener.com
AT ITS VERY BEST
Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Kerr Hall temperatures on the fritz The CAFE came back
ongoing or unresolved temperature related issues,” said Kerri Bailey, manager of ﬁnance and strategic planning. CFS has noticed a lower number of calls this year. “Every winter we receive a fairly standard number of work orders about heating,” Bailey said. Calls received this year were resolved within a 24-hour period, according to Bailey. Marko Esho, a third-year computer science student, has several classes in Kerr Hall. “Sometimes it’ll be really hot. Some other classes, once in a while will be really cold and the prof will have to call to get it ﬁxed, but it never really gets ﬁxed,” he said. Some, like second-year medical science student Nicole Forgrave, had classes with the banging noise. “It sounds like the world is coming to an end. It sounds like someone’s standing at the heater and kicking it with a metal boot,” she said. CFS is encouraging students to contact them if they experience any issues with heating problems. “The biggest challenge we face in campus facilities and sustainability is that we can’t ﬁx a problem if we aren’t informed about it,” Bailey said.
By Sierra Bein
The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) will be sponsoring a speaker to come to Ryerson Feb. 6, but will be charged $1,800 for hosting their event, “Are Men Obsolete?” Ryerson is charging CAFE a security fee after chaotic protests broke out at past events at the University of Toronto. CAFE focuses on raising awareness to men’s issues on university campuses, trying to show an alternative perspective to gender inequality. In the past, CAFE has been accused of promoting hate speech towards women. The group has been charged security fees before at the University of Toronto, according to Iain Dwyer, a spokesperson for CAFE and a Ryerson graduate. “Obviously we’re not happy to pay for security when we’re not the ones causing trouble,” Dwyer said. Dwyer understands Ryerson’s stance but says that there haven’t been protestors at their past two or three events. This will be CAFE’s ﬁrst event at Ryerson, but Dwyer says it has
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Students have been experiencing ﬂuctuating temperatures in Kerr Hall this winter.
By Yara Kashlan and Sierra Bein
Frigid Toronto temperatures are leading to complaints from staff and students about ﬂuctuating conditions in campus buildings. Complaints for speciﬁc rooms in Kerr Hall East (KHE) were expressed starting last semester when temperatures began to drop. One faculty member mentioned that the noise coming from the radiator in her class was disruptive. Mireille Mai Truong teaches French on the second and third ﬂoors of KHE. She submitted a complaint to the Campus Facilities and Sustainability (CFS) website. CFS asks students and staff to send them any temperature complaints. “When I was teaching in KHE on Monday morning, the noise was terrible. One could hardly hear one
another speak. It was better today, but then the heating may not have been coming on as it was warmer,” she wrote to CFS in an email. When Truong returned for this semester, the noises had reduced, but the temperatures in the building were still on the fritz. “I had a student who was particularly sensitive to the noise and when we had tests in there, he couldn’t stand it,” she said. “Every winter there’s that big banging noise with the heating as soon as the heating goes on or if it’s been very cold.” Her students are not the only ones distracted by the temeprature ﬂuctuations. “I suffer more from over heat than anything else,” she said. CFS said all heating, ventilation and air conditioning is operational. They’re also “unaware of any
a goal to create a group at Ryerson sometime in the future. The event will feature Karen Straughan (commonly known by her online username GirlWritesWhat), whom was also a regular on an American-based website, A Voice For Men (AVFM). “It seems rather one-sided and unfair,” said Jonathan Taylor, founder of AVFM. According to Taylor, protestors in the past created human barricades around the building where the event was held and have pulled ﬁre alarms, forcing people to exit the building. Last year, the RSU changed their policies for campus groups before a similar gender equality group could be formed at Ryerson. There were claims that the group had afﬁliations with CAFE and AVFM. “It’s unfortunate that they’ve been given space on campus,” said Melissa Palermo, Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) president. Former RSU president Rodney Diverlus was concerned the organization was a hate group and led the unanimous decision to block its ofﬁcial recognition. The CAFE event will take place at 7 p.m. at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education in the Peter Bronfman Room.
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Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Live like you’re dying
Late Rye grad Jehangir Saleh didn’t let his chronic illness stop him from living life to the fullest and inspiring others to do the same
By Emily CraigEvans
In the last few months of his life, Jehangir Saleh, who studied philosophy at Ryerson, was conﬁned to a hospital room. An intravenous drip hung by his bedside, feeding antibiotics through a plastic tube and into his body 24 hours a day. For Saleh, the hospital was his second home. Since he was born, he spent most of his time in and out of doctors’ ofﬁces undergoing frequent lung tests and various treatments for cystic ﬁbrosis. Science wasn’t enough to treat the infection in his lungs. Saleh died this past June at the age of 28. But the things he did while he was alive still continue to inspire those who knew him. Cystic ﬁbrosis is a genetic disorder that predominantly affects the lungs, causing them to ﬁll with mucus. Those who suffer from the disease have a reduced lifespan. But Saleh didn’t let the disorder restrict him. Living on borrowed time helped him inspire others to live fully. “He made people think about things they wouldn’t normally think about,” said Kym Maclaren, a friend and former Ryerson professor of Saleh’s. “I think we [can be] kind of scared of people who are struggling with illness, there’s a darkness, but there was nothing of that in Jehangir.” Saleh wanted to do something to involve the community and help other people understand how to live a meaningful life. In 2010, he collaborated with his cousin, Imran Saleh, on a project. They posted an ad on Craigslist asking people to share what they would do if they had only days to live. Then they brought the responses to life and tried to make them a reality. “I knew that time was limited, so we enjoyed it and made the most of it,” Imran said. “It was a challenge for me [because] I was adverse to meeting random people, but Jehangir didn’t care. He would stay up late making plans.” Cara Goldberg had logged onto Craigslist with the intention of ﬁnding a ride from Montreal back to Toronto. Instead, she stumbled across Saleh’s ad. She had always been meaning to take her grandmother for dinner in the spinning restaurant at the top of the CN Tower, but never ended up doing it because she had no way to get her from North York to downtown. She responded to the post to see if the Saleh cousins could help her out. Within a few days, she received a reply saying they wanted to make it happen — and they did. “This is something I’ve always wanted to do and I had no excuse not to, so I put it out there to see what would happen,” Goldberg said. “It’s important that we ﬁnd ways to take advantage of the opportunities we have to connect with the people around us. This was a great call-to-action for this kind of conscientious, carpe diem way of being in the world.” The ad led to other adventures, like a morning spent caroling in a subway station, a spontaneous artin-the-park event and a tango performance in the middle of YongeDundas Square. “Looking back, I’m glad we did it … it was fulﬁlling and exciting,” Imran said. “[Saleh] was always reminding me that time is limited and it shouldn’t be wasted. We should be thinking about what’s meaningful in our lives.” Saleh created a sense of community wherever he went by inviting people to indulge in the lighter things many adults seem to forget
Saleh leading a drum circle in his hospital room.
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about. While in the hospital, he threw a disco party in his room, started up a drum circle and held a contest to name his ﬁsh (Oscar was the winning pick). Saleh had cystic ﬁbrosis and everything that comes with it, but he didn’t want the disease to be who he was — it was just something he had. Despite the heavy themes in his
life, he is remembered for his capacity for joy and his ability to make meaningful friendships. Although countless people were affected by his death, many strive to leave behind what he did: a sense of truth, beauty, love and a life well lived. “He will always be in our hearts and in our breath,” said Jamil Saleh, Jehangir’s father. With ﬁles from Nicole Schmidt
Let the Winter Olympic Games begin
Ryerson raises awareness about LGBTQ issues by creating a safe space for people to watch the Olympics
By Olivia McLeod
The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games are right around the corner and despite months of protests, there is still controversy over LGBTQ rights in Russia. Ryerson is raising awareness about these issues by creating an inclusive space for the community to come together and watch the games. Starting Feb. 7–23, Ryerson’s Lake Devo will be transformed into an outdoor viewing venue. This will be one of the only outdoor areas in Toronto where people can gather to watch the Olympic Games. PrideHouseTO, a coalition of 15 organizations — together with the help of campus group PositiveSpace Ryerson — is hosting the event. Founded two years ago for the 2010 Games, PrideHouseTO’s goal is to ensure that sporting events are inclusive for everyone. concept of a PrideHouse doesn’t exist there. Emily Rose Galliani Pecchia is a member of the Ryerson women’s hockey team, a team which, including herself, has a number of gay athletes. She said the event is about creating an understanding that anyone can participate in a sport, regardless of their sexual orientation. “Having a space where people can come starts to create connections. [People] can start to see that the queer community exists and that it’s not something weird and it’s not something to be ashamed of. It’s something that we’re proud of,” she said. In addition to the viewing area, there will also be a licensed lounge, vendors and public skating. “I think it’s all part of that process of continuing to build bridges and engaging and supporting both our outside community, our neighbours, but also the LGBTQ community within Ryerson,” Tang said.
Controversy over LGBTQ rights in Russia has sparked dispute over this year’s Olympic Games.
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“Knowing the complicated relationship LGBTQ has with sport, this will really be an amazing outdoor venue,” said Barb Besharat, project staff member for PrideHouseTO. “We’re working to create a welcoming and inclusive space that is
pretty unique for Toronto.” Ryerson has been part of the PrideHouseTO coalition for a year. “I think this is one of the initiatives that we have been working towards... to really try to make people on our campus more aware of global issues,” said Stephen Tang,
PositiveSpace Ryerson co-chair. Tang said that this event is an opportunity to raise awareness for what’s going on in other places where LGBTQ community members are forced to censor who they are. Russia is one place that has yet to establish LGBTQ rights and the
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RYE WANTS STUDENTS THINK CAMPUS IS NOT JUST A CLASS
he high-ceilinged, threestorey red brick house on Madison Avenue takes “man cave” to the next level: a pool table stands at the ready, a TV is blaring and remnants of dinner sit on a plate in the middle of the living room coffee table. Twelve guys live in the sprawling, sparsely decorated turn-of-the-century home and they’re all members of Toronto’s Theta Delta Chi fraternity. This fact is impossible to miss since the brotherhood’s Greek letters are emblazoned on the front of the old home. According to Theta Delta Chi’s president, fourth-year Ryerson student Dan Blake, living in the house is nothing short of a wicked good time. “There’s always someone to hang out with. There’s always something to do,” he says. Take their Smirnoff Red Door party, for example. In September 2012, nearly 500 partygoers ﬂocked to the house for a bash that would go down in Theta Delta Chi history. Drinks ﬂowed from ﬁve separate bars, bodies grooved in the driveway to music from a Zeds Dead live performance and feathers ﬂew during a giant basement pillow ﬁght like a scene from a movie. “It was honestly like a Project X party,” Blake says fondly, refer-
Leslie Walker and Caroline Dinnall take a look inside Ryerson’s history (or lack thereof) with fraternities and sororities and explain why the campus won’t be hosting the infamous party houses anytime soon
ring to the 2012 ﬁlm where three high school friends throw a wild blowout. When Blake wanted to become a part of Greek life as a ﬁrst-year Ryerson student, his options were limited. Even though Ryerson tries to boost school spirit and promotes a sense of community, it doesn’t recognize fraternities. As a result, Blake decided to join Theta Delta Chi, a brotherhood that’s open to all Toronto schools. Under Ryerson policy, fraternities are considered discriminatory for many reasons, largely due to their gender-exclusivity. Fraternities do not allow women, and sororities do not allow men — a sticking point for the school against all Greek organizations. And while many Ryerson students turn to the more fratpopulated neighbourhood near the University of Toronto (U of T), neither school ofﬁcially recognizes fraternities or sororities. But to some students, such institutions are a much needed cure to an ailing sense of school spirit and community. or students like Max Green*, fraternities are about more than gender. “There are some fraternities associated with certain values that cause brothers to choose which one they want to represent,” Green says. He was attracted to the brotherhood by the constant weekly gatherings where members of his current fraternity discussed and pondered philosophical matters. Green is a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He lives with 12 men and one woman. “She’s the ‘ofﬁcial’ housemother of the house,” Green says. In Victorian times, this referred to the role of a live-in maid who took care of household chores and kept the house in order. Today, these requirements haven’t changed much — with the exception of laundry, which is done by “Being a part of a fraternity is my rock,” he says. “I can always look to my brothers to give me advice.” He says that brotherhoods like his are living proof that fraternities are doing well without the support of schools. In fact, many fraternities in Toronto are ﬁnancially stable enough to provide scholarships — assuming the candidate is well deserving of the reward, has a high GPA and is dedicated to his educational reputation. lpha Epsilon Pi is a Jewish fraternity near Ryerson that isn’t acknowledged by the school — something its members would like to change. Vice-president Sam Kopmar argues that both fraternities and sororities should be recognized under the all-inclusive umbrella of Greek life. But for Tony Conte, director of the Ofﬁce of Vice-Provost, the lack of ultimate inclusion still remains. “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion — creating and working towards infusing these principles in everything that we do is very important for us,” he says. “Fraternities, however, are exclusive by nature. Not only by gender, but also status and other factors.” Some of these factors include initiation ceremonies (such as hazing), which, while often being ofﬁcially condemned, traditionally take place. Some Greek communities also enforce policies on clothing requirements and GPA standards. Alpha Epsilon Pi stands alone as the only example of a fraternity (albeit an unrecognized one) in the Ryerson community. It stands amongst 60 supported and funded student groups. This pales in comparison to the estimated 40 other fraternity groups that exist in Toronto. There are over 14 near U of T alone. Conte says the refusal to support this lifestyle for students at Ryerson might be due to the overall character and repu-
Being a part of a fraternity is my rock. I can always look to my brothers
the brothers. Despite living away from his family for the ﬁrst time and having to put some effort into taking care of himself, Green says being a part of this fraternity is the best decision he has made in his life so far. When he pushes open the doors of his fraternity home, which resembles something of a mansion, he always receives a family welcome. There is never a dull moment in the brotherly household.
Fraternities are exclusive by nature. Not only by gender, but also... other factors
tation of the students who attend this school. “Ryerson’s evolution has been from being a polytechnic to now being a university,” he says. “Our school just might not have attracted a particular energy towards fraternities — unlike large schools like University of Toronto who have been around for a very long time.” Alpha Epsilon Pi may be the
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only one of its kind at Ryerson, but its members stand together — Kopmar likens the brotherhood to a family. “You immediately form connections,” he says. “It may sound corny or cheesy, but I don’t know how I’d make friends like I’ve made… if there wasn’t a group like this on campus, especially at a commuter school like Ryerson.” Kopmar’s Alpha Epsilon Pi brother, Jonny Mayers, thinks that recognizing fraternities and sororities would help with this issue by bolstering Ryerson’s sense of community. He envisions a more exciting campus with more events, more parties and more student involvement instead of a commuter school where students attend their classes and then head straight back to their homes in the GTA. As for those who claim that fraternities are synonymous with lack of control and dangerous behaviour, Mayers says that doesn’t have to be the case. “Alpha Epsilon Pi is strictly non-hazing. We don’t partake in any dangerous things,” he says. “I guess it depends on who’s running the show. If you keep it structured, there shouldn’t be any problems.” Mayers says he would understand if Ryerson only banned fraternities that took part in dangerous activities. “If you’re doing dangerous things, you don’t de-
serve to be on campus,” he says. “You’re setting a bad example and it looks bad on Ryerson.” During her term as the Ryerson Students’ Union president so far, Melissa Palermo hasn’t yet been approached by any Greek organization with a desire for recognition from the school. She says that Ryerson’s current student group system is enough to sufﬁce for a healthy and uniﬁed student body. “I’m interested in creating a campus that is inclusive and as safe as possible for students and I think the model we have now helps us create that space,” Palermo says.
lake from Theta Delta Chi has seen the difference between schools that allow fraternities and those that don’t ﬁrst-hand. While he doesn’t think Toronto area students have much school spirit, he ﬁnds that students at American schools that recognize fraternities are much more enthusiastic. “We go down to Michigan once a semester... and they’re just really passionate about their school,” he says. “Everybody’s wearing their school colours, everybody’s wearing their fraternity letters.” Blake says fraternities also provide members with opportunities to network, travel and give back
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to the community through philanthropic events. But he doesn’t necessarily think that Ryerson changing its policy on fraternities would be a good thing — American fraternities that are afﬁliated with a university are bound by strict rules that their schools create and enforce. “We don’t really have anybody looking down on us,” he says. “Basically anything that we want to do is up to us.” hile being independent from schools may have some beneﬁts, Mayers and Kopmar insist
that it can be very limiting, too. In the fall of 2012, Alpha Epsilon Pi attempted to hold a fundraiser on Ryerson grounds. They wanted to do something to show solidarity and support for a brother whose family member had been affected by bone marrow cancer. They set up shop outside of the student centre and invited passersby to stop as they headed to their classes to guess how many candies were in a jar of brightly coloured gummies. Each guess came with a contribution to be donated to the cause. However, their efforts were cut short. According to Mayers and Kopmar, they were unceremoni-
ously kicked off campus because — despite good intentions — Alpha Epsilon Pi isn’t recognized as a campus group. They had little choice but to pack up their things, including a donation jar that was only partially full. While fraternities and sororities have served some students’ desires for a community well, the lack of school recognition has not proved to beneﬁt or hinder the Greek community. For the time being, Greek-craving students will have to settle for watching Animal House or Accepted on repeat. *names have been changed to protect anonymity
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Eco-conscious fashion at Revolution 2014
Designers aim to create chic, environmentally conscious clothing in the face of an eco-challenged industry
By Jordan Cornish
The face of the fashion industry is getting a makeover and ecologically concerned fashion is what’s in style. Ryerson’s School of Fashion held its second annual eco-conscious fashion show, Urban Revolution 2014, at the Sears Atrium in the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre on Feb. 1. Models hit the runway in original, eco-conscious pieces by Ryerson and Toronto designers as part of the school’s effort to support a fashion industry that considers environmental impact. Natasha Mawji, a second-year fashion design student and show co-producer, addressed the packed room and kicked off the evening. “It’s more than just a fashion show,” Mawji said. “Sustainable fashion is more beautiful and more accessible now than ever before.” The designers had to get creative to meet the required eco-conscious standards. Many used hybrids of recycled clothing and non-harmful materials, produced zero-waste designs and incorporated all their leftover scraps into ﬁnal pieces. Melissa Williams, a second-year fashion design student, used natural materials and zero-waste techniques in her three looks. “I learned more about the ways you can look at fashion,” said Williams, who’d never employed eco-conscious techniques into her designs before volunteering for the show. “It’s important to save as much material as you can because it just helps the environment and it pushes the boundaries for being creative,” she said. The result was two or three innovative creations by each of the 12 participating designers, including one gown made entirely of recycled plastic bags. One of Williams’s models walked the runway barefoot in a dress knitted entirely out of hemp. Sarah Portaway, associate professor of fashion photography and Ryerson fashion alumna, taught at one of two workshops for designers about incorporating sustainability into fashion construction and materials. “The way we’re currently making fashion isn’t going to leave anything for future generations,” said Portaway, whom admits that there is no perfect eco-friendly
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Models walk the runway at the Urban Revolution 2014 eco-conscious fashion show.
garment, but says designers have to keep pushing for a more ethical industry. Mawji said she believes the ﬁrst step to eco-friendliness is getting designers to start considering the ecological impact of their designs early on in their careers. Urban Revolution was started by two second-year fashion design students and has partnered with
Enactus Ryerson, a campus entrepreneurial group. This year the show’s entire proceeds — over $1,000 — went towards Enactus Ryerson’s Project Dago initiative which teaches entrepreneurship to villagers in Dago, Kenya. Mawji notes fashion’s stigma as a self-seeking industry and hopes shows like this will change that.
Robyn Doolittle talks Crazy Town
What made you decide to write a full-length book on the Rob Ford scandal? I’ve been working on the Ford investigation since late 2011. During that time, I’ve come across tidbits of information that I think are important, but don’t really ﬁt into a newspaper article. Particularly when it comes to sensitive information about the family, those kinds of details and stories can’t properly be told in the paper. There just isn’t room. I also had questions about the mayor and this city that I wasn’t able to explore while working on a daily beat. A book gave me that opportunity. When I sat down to write it, I wanted to know: How is it that a city like Toronto, supposedly the most left-wing in the country, elected a man like Rob Ford, who seems better suited to American right-wing politics? Secondly, who is Rob Ford? What shaped him? People around the world are captivated by this story. But I would say Ford is largely viewed as a funny sideshow. In the book, I try to underscore the reality of this situation: This man is mayor of one of the largest governments in Canada. For the full interview, visit theeyeopener.com.
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ARTS & LIFE
Yonge Street gallery hosts IMA work
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Band members Sean Sroka, Andrew Thomas, Dave Setton and Jeff Campana. Their next Toronto show is at the Rivoli on Feb. 15.
That street named Aukland
Mississauga band leaves its mark on the GTA music scene
By Leah Hansen
For Aukland, life moves fast. Sitting in Mississauga’s Daylight Grill the morning after a show — the number of hangovers equaling the number of band members — Sean Sroka, Jeff Campana, Andrew Thomas and Ryerson radio and television arts (RTA) student Dave Setton take full advantage of the much needed break. The four-man band from Mississauga has had a spate of success recently, playing a mini-tour in the beginning of January as the opening act for Juno-nominated bands Tokyo Police Club and Hollerado. The three-stop tour covering Sheridan College, McMaster University and Western University kicked off Jan. 10, preceding the release of the band’s ﬁrst EP later this spring. The transition from being fans to sharing a stage with Tokyo Police Club was “the greatest time of his life” said Camapana, the lead guitarist. “They’re really nice guys and great musicians,” he said. “It was just a lot of fun to be there and to learn from them.” Although Aukland has only been around for six months, its members have been playing for the last few years under the name Seam, started by Sroka and Campana when they were in high school together. The lead singer, Sroka, explains that all four members felt like they had outgrown Seam’s sound, which led to the decision to rebrand as Aukland. However, they weren’t starting from scratch. “We had a lot of experience with our old band,” said Setton, Aukland’s drummer. “We knew what worked and what didn’t, and we had a lot of contacts, so that deﬁnitely helped push us.” While the experience of rebranding has mostly been a positive one given their recent success, it hasn’t come without criticism. Some of the fans the band had earned as Seam were unhappy with the rebranding and the way their sound was evolving. “If you want us to sound like Seam or our last record, then go buy the last record and listen to it,” he said. “We’re growing as musicians and as people, so we can’t play the music we played when we were 18.” programs.Thomas plays with another group besides Aukland and manages session work and a fulltime job on the side. Setton, a third-year RTA student, says he’s not sure how he’s gotten through the last two years. In addition to Aukland, he’s also doing graphic design for a practicum group working on a documentary about MDMA this semester. “I barely get through it,” he said. “But I think it’s been very good for me to be in RTA, because it’s taught me a lot about social media and how to make this band social.” While playing lead guitar with Aukland, Campana is also pursuing a degree in electrical and biomedical engineering at McMaster. Despite this, he said that playing with the band is his ﬁrst priority. “If you asked me what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, I’d have to say music for sure,” he said, joking that he’s in year three of nine in the program. “School will always be there, but I’ve got to do this while I’m young and spry,” Thomas said. He spent a year and a half enrolled in a music program with a focus in Latin jazz. While he enjoyed the program, he said he had no time to do what he really loved, which was making music. Despite everyone’s busy schedules, all four can agree that the band comes ﬁrst. The late nights, early mornings and the copious consumption of various alcoholic beverages has made for some great experiences. “I’d love to just quit my job and do this full time,” Setton said. “We want to be able to do this and put everything into it.” Aukland’s next Toronto show is at the Rivoli on Feb. 15.
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Kicks and pricks
Forward Luka Lee’s struggle to balance diabetes and soccer
By Eman Ali
When Luka Lee steps onto the soccer ﬁeld, his biggest opponent is himself. But the Rams’ secondyear forward doesn’t want to battle his Type 1 diabetes, he wants to control it. At 16 years old, Lee was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes and thought his athletic career was over before it had even begun. His body’s inability to create insulin caused his blood sugar levels to ﬂuctuate throughout games and resulted in inconsistent performance. The ability to focus was sometimes impossible. “I was always tired on the ﬁeld,” Lee said. “I had to ﬁnd out ways to make diabetes work for me and now I want to reach out to other people and help them.” Two months ago, Lee created his blog, Turning Type 1 Into Being Number 1. He writes about being a varsity athlete with diabetes and shares his experiences with trying to manage his blood sugar so he can stay focused on the ﬁeld. “I haven’t had the hardest life, but I’ve had a lot of things to overcome,” he said. “I made the blog to show people that you can still excel if you have diabetes — you just need to learn to manage it.” His blog has had about 2,000 hits so far. Every topic Lee writes about includes a personal anecdote of overcoming or handling a situation — such as how to work out as a diabetic, mastering game preparation and overcoming fears. “I’ve done it all — hockey, soccer and tennis — and all the advice on the blog comes from personal experience,” Lee said. But Lee hasn’t always treated his diabetes seriously. He used to try to ignore it. Despite having high numbers before games — sometimes double the blood sugar level he now plays with — Lee said on his blog that he would “gulp down some Gatorade” and play anyway. But by doing this, he writes that some days he would play “great and other days the coach would pull [him] right back to the bench.” Type 1 diabetes is not preventable, reversible or a result of lifestyle or weight gain — according to the Canadian Diabetes Association. No matter how healthy Lee eats or how often he does physical activity, his diabetes will never go away. But it can get worse. The Canadian Diabetes Association states that managing diabetes is necessary because high blood sugar levels can cause anything from blindness and heart disease, to nerve damage and kidney problems. It took a year for Lee, an arts and contemporary studies student, to actually start trying to manage his blood sugar levels properly. Now, three years later, he has ﬁne-tuned the process. “It’s weird at ﬁrst because you have to check your blood sugar in front of people and it makes you feel vulnerable,” he said. “I’ve heard all the jokes from my teammates, but now they’re all really supportive.” Lee said the main way he overcame his challenges as a diabetic athlete was by accepting it. He now writes for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and volunteers with the Rising Rams mentoring program for elPHOTO: FARNIA FEKRI ementary schools in the Greater Luka Lee blogs about trying to manage Type 1 diabetes while playing varsity soccer. Toronto Area.
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Ryerson may get an archery club in the new school year
By Sarah Cunningham-Scharf
Calling all hoods and vigilanties! Soon everyone at Ryerson could learn to shoot arrows. This fall, Ryerson may be getting its own indoor archery club. Joe Anandjit, a third-year industrial engineering student, has been shooting a bow for two-and-a-half years. He suggested the idea for an on-campus recreational archery club via Reddit on Jan. 22. Since then, he says he has received almost 20 messages from interested students. “At the beginning of the year I was looking for an outdoorsy club, but there wasn’t really anything there,” he said. “It seems like archery has got a pull now with all the movies coming out — it’s gotten into pop culture.” In order for his club idea to become a reality, Anandjit will need to ﬁll out the online form provided by the athletics department, meet with the department and provide any additional information they may need. Nick Asquini, the sports clubs PHOTO: JESS TSANG coordinator at Ryerson, said a new process for athletic club pro- Joe Anandjit posing with his bow. He has been shooting for almost three years. posals was implemented this year to create a streamlined procedure. Once Anandjit contacts Asquini with the completed form, they will have a meeting to discuss the potential popularity of the club with the student body. A list of interested students is not required in the application, but it would act in Anandjit’s favour. “They need to prove that there’s a market [for the club],” Asquini said. If it seems as though the club will generate interest, Asquini said, “I’ll bring the idea to a committee that votes on new clubs for the following academic year.” In the 2012–13 academic year, students and community members with over 20 new athletic club ideas approached Asquini. Out of those proposals, only two were adopted by the athletic department: baseball and jiu-jitsu. “The key is to be persistent,” Asquini said. He said that when students follow through after the ﬁrst meeting, the club is more likely to be realized. “There aren’t that many indoor archery places in Ontario. Ideally I’d be looking to practice in one of the Kerr Hall gyms,” Anandjit said. “I want to have it all set up by frosh week next fall.”
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BIZ & TECH
TRSM suits up, tears down competition
After ﬁrst and third place ﬁnishes at a Rotman MBA case competition, Ryerson teams prepare for upcoming Battle on Bay Street
tutions from across the province. Case competitions pit teams against one another to ﬁnd the best solution to a business problem. “It’s about using basic material and a problem statement to ﬁnd the best possible solution,” said Dale Carl, the main coach of the team and director of graduate students at the TRSM. This competition focused on corporate social responsibility. Students were asked to leverage TD Bank’s green initiatives to the beneﬁt of its stakeholders. TD Bank’s environmental efforts include promoting paperless banking, energy diversity and ﬁnancing and insuring electric vehicles. In this competition, the problem was given to teams two weeks in advance. On the day of the competition, teams had to present to a panel of judges. The winning team consisted of four MBA students: Nicole Karolyi, Aileen O’Doherty, Alessia Di Geso and David Bende. They won $3,000 altogether. “A lot of hours, work and laughs went into the ﬁnal product and it was something we were all incredibly proud of,” said O’Doherty. On Feb. 7 and 8, undergraduate ﬁnance students from different institutions will be competing in a two-day conference known as the Battle on Bay Street. This will be the conference’s ﬁfth year of competition. Seven teams will compete to win the ﬁrst prize of $3,000. Thurukka Sivanantharajah, a fourth-year ﬁnance major, will be participating again this year. “The commitment overall is pretty intense,” said Sivanantharajah. “The four of us will be meeting nine hours next week to review, debrief and strategize.” Her team has been practicing their case cutting skills, presentation skills and learning various ﬁnancial concepts. “It’s incredibly fulﬁlling,” said Sivanantharajah. “Nothing is comparable to the feeling of doing well after working so hard.”
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The winning team at the Rotman MBA Net Impact Competition accompanied by TD environmental advisors.
By Lara Onayak and Badri Murali
The Rana Plaza collapse in Bangladesh brought the issue of corporate social responsibility into the Canadian mainstream last April, and highlighted the need for tomorrow’s executives to
swiftly respond when faced with consumer backlash. Enter Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) students who learn ﬁrst-hand about these situations through case competitions. After one recent win at the Rotman MBA Net Impact CSR Case Competition, Ryerson is
ready for the next competition: the Battle on Bay Street. Ryerson placed in ﬁrst and third places among 18 teams at the Rotman MBA Net Impact CS Case Competition held on Jan. 25. Teams came from York University, Queen’s University, University of Toronto and other insti-
Former cabinet minister joins Ryerson
By Lana Hall
Ryerson has appointed a former Canadian minister of national defence as a distinguished visiting fellow. David Collenette will join the Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS) and the Chang School of Continuing Education. Collenette was a member in the House of Commons for the Liberal Party for over 20 years. During his tenure he was minister of state for multiculturalism, veterans’ affairs, transport and Crown corporations. He has worked under the leadership of prime ministers Pierre Trudeau, John Turner and Jean Chrétien “His background in transportation and as national defence minister makes him ideal for advising us,” said Dr. Marie Bountrogianni, interim dean for the Chang School. “We have programs, particularly a disaster and emergency relief management certiﬁcate, that would beneﬁt from his experience.” However, Collenette is not without controversy. As minister of national defence, he came under ﬁre regarding the Somalia Affair, a military controversy in 1993 involving two Canadian soldiers and the murder of a Somali teenager. Following this, he resigned from the position in 1996 but was reinstated to cabinet the following year as minister of transportation, a position he would hold until 2003. During his time as minister of transportation, Collenette led Canada’s response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the U.S., redirecting all air trafﬁc over the Canadian controlled portion of the Atlantic Ocean. Following that, he worked closely with the U.S. government to update transportation security policies. Collenette retired from politics in 2004. He currently works as senior counsel for Hill+Knowlton Strategies, a public relations consulting ﬁrm, and is a senior advisor for Intergraph Corporation, which provides engineering and geospatial software. Mohamed Lachemi, Ryerson’s provost and vice-president academic, was not available for comment but said in a press release Collenette’s diverse occupational and political background “will bring valuable real-world insight to teaching and learning at Ryerson.” Bountrogianni said Collenette will be available to advise students through the Chang School and FEAS but will hold lectures open to the entire Ryerson community. “He is a very prestigious man,” she said. “I’m not surprised, but I’m happy he was chosen.”
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