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Volume 49 - Issue 4

September 30, 2015
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Prof: emails were illegally deleted
Ryerson law and business chair, Avner Levin, confirms that deleting RSU emails violates provincial privacy laws
By Keith Capstick
When last year’s vice-president
education, Jesse Root, deleted the
entirety of his Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) email, he broke provincial privacy law.
According to Avner Levin, the
chair of the law and business department at the Ted Rogers School
of Management (TRSM), Root
violated the province’s Freedom
of Information and Protection of
Privacy Act (FIPPA) and the regulations that define not-for-profit
organizations.
“There is a provision in FIPPA
that came into force … in 2014.
It explicitly says that you cannot
tamper [with] or delete emails, records, et cetera,” Levin said. “And
I think the penalty is $5,000.”
Levin, director of TRSM’s privacy and cyber crime institute
and recent author of a book entitled The Law of Employee Use
of Technology, also suggested
that it’s the current government’s
responsibility to take legal action
against Root.
“The bottom line is if they don’t
take action then this person is going to walk away from their own
action of deleting the emails and
there aren’t going to be any repercussions,” Levin said.
RSU president Andrea Bartlett

Last year’s RSU vice-president education, Jesse Root.

said that she will be seeking legal advisement immediately, but
wouldn’t confirm imminent legal
action.
“I’m just going to have to take
the records that I have and confirm those with a legal team and
we’re going to have to take whatever action is necessary to make
sure that no other student leader is
put in such a compromising position,” Bartlett said.
Bartlett also mentioned her
frustrations that after this incident, Root still works alongside

students at the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario (CFSO), where he now serves as the
Ontario Graduate Caucus Deputy
Chairperson.
“This individual is someone
that now makes a living off of
advising students in student
government positions,” Bartlett
said. “I pray that he isn’t advising students to behave the same
way that he treated my executive.”
Root didn’t provide an up-todate comment on the criminal na-

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ture of his actions but had this to
say in defense of his actions in a
previous email conversation with
The Eyeopener.
“Yes I did [delete the emails] …
as you know Cormac [McGee, the
current VP education] spent a significant amount of time and energy
organizing against the work of the
RSU,” Root said in an email. “And
specifically me as the VP education
through his involvement in Rise
for Ryerson and I did not want to
jeopardize the work of the campaign on campus by giving him

information about how we organized the campaign. I did however
pass information about the Freeze
the Fees campaign onto organizers
on campus.”
The RSU is a not-for-profit organization, and Levin said that
such entities have a specific obligation to uphold records as a board
executive under FIPPA.
“At the heart of the matter, I
think, is continuity of the board.
When you are on a board, and you
are an executive, and you are an
officer of a company you cannot
engage in those kind of activities
because you have several duties
that you owe to the organization,”
said Levin. “Those are legal duties
of boards for not-for-profits.”
Bartlett also said that she believes Root made an effort to delete the back-up files of the emails
as well, prompting her to consider
teaming up with the school and
moving the RSU’s IT provider to
Computing and Communications
Services Ryerson (CCS).
“Jesse was smarter than I
thought because he deleted everything on the back end, that’s
what we were told,” said Bartlett.
“Right now we’re in the process of
switching things over to CCS and
then Ryerson will be in charge of
everything within the RSU.”
With files from Farnia Fekri

‘I will always carry on his advice’
By Natalia Balcerzak
“Don’t worry, don’t worry,” were
the words he’d always say.
Mohammed Kablawi was the
type of person that made it easy
to pour your heart out. He was
always reassuring everyone that it
would be okay. His white hair and
smile were his special trademarks,
and he’d often go along with his
friends jokingly calling him the
“grandpa” of the group.
On Sept. 21, the fourth-year
business finance student died after a car crash. He was in a fiveperson, single-vehicle collision on
Sept. 5 in the Northern Bruce Peninsula, and went into a coma for
16 days. He was 21.
Kablawi was known for being
proud of his Palestinian heritage
and wanted the world to know
about his homeland. Although
he had never set foot in Palestine,
he wore a pendant of his nation’s
map around his neck. His email
address
was
cool-falasteeny,
which translates to “cool Palestinian.”
His friends remember him as a
man who took his faith seriously, reserving five parts of his day

for prayers. Kablawi was never
ashamed to show how religious
he was and prayed wherever he
could.
He was a dear friend to many
and helped the people around
him — like his close friend Anwer
El Turk, who said he remembers
Kablawi as someone that gave the
best advice.

He [is] now known as
Mohammed with the magical smile and his heart is
pure white as his hair
Turk said he recalls an evening
when he was very depressed and
felt that all hope was lost. When
Kablawi knocked at the door, he
immediately noticed his friend’s
pain and insisted on knowing
what was wrong.
“I told him that I am regretting
a huge mistake I did and that I am
not pleased with my life, [so] he
took me to my bed and calmed me
down,” Turk said. “He told me,
‘It’s okay, don’t worry,’ — at that

moment when I saw his face I felt
comfort and peace.
“Kablawi always reminded me
that I should be pleased and grateful for the blessings I have.”
Hamzah Sidek said that Kablawi was the type of friend who
was there for you and aware of
people’s feelings. “He is happy if
you are, and sad if you are sad,”
Sidek said. “He [is] now known
as Mohammed with the magical
smile and his heart is pure white
as his hair.”
During his time at Ryerson,
Kablawi would make an effort
every weekend to visit his parents. He strongly believed in the
importance of family and often
reminded his close friends to be
more open with theirs.
“He was a very hard-working
student, taking seven and sometimes even eight courses a semester, so that he can make his family
proud and graduate in just four
years,” said friend Ahmad Kala.
Kablawi was set to graduate this
October.
In the car before the accident,
Sidek was asleep on Kablawi’s
shoulder before being woken by
the crash. He said he wants to

Mohammed Kablawi, 21.

share his story of what happened
on that day.
“My head was hanging outside
of the right door and I was leaning
on the ground with a dislocated
broken hip and neck fractures.
Mohammed’s eyes were open but
he couldn’t talk [because] he was
having a seizure,” said Sidek. “I
want to say that I felt what he
went through, even though he was
[in] worse shape than me, I know
what [it] is like to see death in
your eyes.”
For Kala, Kablawi will forever

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live in the decisions he inspires.
“Kablawi made me rethink my life
and the decisions I made to [be]
the best, I will always carry on his
advice and live by his name,” said
Kala. “I love him, adore him and
I just wish I can hug him again,
and learn more from him — rest
in peace, my friend, may God have
mercy on your soul.”
The Ryerson Muslim Students’
Association has created a Go Fund
Me campaign to raise $10,000 to
sponsor an orphan in Palestine in
Kablawi’s name.

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Editor-in-Chief
Sean “Weebo” Wetselaar
News
Keith “Unexpected pocket knife”
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Biz and Tech
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Communities
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Annie “Fights Keith” Arnone
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Natalia “Obitson” Balcerzak
Tagwa “Ethics” Moyo
Chris “Zoom lens” Blanchette
Jasmine “Darkness” Philip
Youp “Hey man” Zondag
Hannah “Hey girl” Ziegler
Igor “App Prince” Magun
Justin “Hates diets” Chandler
Playing the part of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week are
bugs. Bugs that crawl, bugs that fly.
Bugs that apparently like rice. Really all bugs of all different shapes
and sizes. They just walk in here
like they own the place but THEY
DON’T OWN THE PLACE. People live here too, guys. So just chill
out and get out of my flour. I want
to do some baking sometime.
Wendy Cukier, left, and Philam Nguyen are part of the Ryerson
Lifeline Syria Challenge.
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Ryerson cares
about the world
It might be an apathetic campus, but when the
cards are down, Ryerson really does care
By
Sean
Wetselaar

In a Wednesday, Sept. 23 article
in The Eyeopener, entitled “Rye
student dies after car accident,”
the victim’s name was spelled Mo- On Sept. 2, a boy died fleeing Syria.
hammed Kabalawi. In fact, his
It was horrible and senseless, as
name is Mohammed Kablawi. The the death of a child often is, and as
Eyeopener regrets this error.
many of the deaths in that part of
the world have been. The three-yearold toddler drowned, along with his
brother, his mother and 10 other
Syrian refugees. The next day, the
media shocked the world with pictures of the dead boy, face-down in
the sand in Turkey.
But the sad truth, as many commentators in the past month have
noted, is that over the course of the
bloody civil war in Syria, there have
likely been many Alan Kurdis who
have gone unnoticed by the global
community.
He may have been the wake-up
call that the world needed, but after
years of bloody war in the country,
it seems like a wake-up call that
came too late.
Much has been made in the media
recently over a changing perspective
of our country around the world.
Gone are the days that we were seen
as peacekeepers and global protectors. Now, we prefer to choose
where we involve ourselves carefully, and often those involvements
are far from peaceful.
But if the government is perhaps
not ready to bring in as many Syrian
refugees as we might once have — in
other conflicts in other countries —
Alan Kurdi put the pressure on the
right people. Canada has pledged
to bring in 10,000 Syrian refugees
ahead of schedule and local groups
like Ryerson’s Lifeline Syria Challenge are an important part of that
influx of immigration.
In fact, faced with changing pri-

orities from our government, groups
like Lifeline Syria — which you will
read about in our features section
this week — may be exactly what
we need.
Ryerson’s student body has been
criticized for years for being too
apathetic. We barely vote in our student union elections, we (historically) have very little school spirit and
for many students, campus is a place
to come, go to class and leave.
But here, faced with the worst refugee crisis of the century so far, the
Ryerson community is leaping into
action in a big way.
I think that’s pretty cool.
I could wax on here about our
roots as an immigrant nation —
where people have come fleeing
countless conflicts in search of a better life. I could bore you with stories
about how my own family immigrated in the wake of Nazi occupation
of the Netherlands. But I think you
probably know what country you
live in, and what it means to you.
So instead, let me point out that
we all have the power to help prevent another Alan Kurdi. If you
don’t feel like getting involved in
not-for-profits like Lifeline Syria,
you can always chip in some money
to help the cause — Ryerson’s effort
has topped an impressive $270,000
to date. And at the very least you
can stay informed about Syria, and
try to spread the word. International
eyes on the refugee crisis are a good
thing, but the world has a short attention span.
As you’ll learn this week, Canada
admitted 60,000 refugees in the ‘80s
after a refugee crisis in the wake of
Vietnam. We’ve only committed to a
sixth of that figure.
So thanks for caring Ryerson.
You’ve made a cynical editor smile.
But we still have a lot of work to do.
So get back out there.

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The $25,000 campus rebrand
By Laura Woodward
The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) plans to make their presence known — outdoors.
Since winning the election, the
new RSU executive have initiated
a $25,000 rebranding of the organization.
The rebrand was a priority to
differentiate this year’s union
from the past ten years’, and to
engage more students on campus,
according to RSU President Andrea Bartlett.
Their rebrand coincided with
Ryerson’s, which recently altered
its logo and font. “Some of the
wording like, ‘Your time to lead’
[on the Drake-referenced banner],
is the direction the university is
going into. We were looking in a
more student-applicable way to
get that message across,” Bartlett
said.
“We wanted to do a large culture shift within the RSU, it’s hard
to do that when people still identify with an older brand.”
The new RSU logo translated into a massive $5,000 sign.
Bartlett said it was inspired by the
popularity of the Toronto sign in
Nathan Phillips Square.
The sign currently sits outside
the Student Centre, but its location is temporary.
“Now that DisOrientation
Week is over, one of the things
we’re doing this week is clearing
things out,” Bartlett said.
This will include finding a new
spot for the sign, as well as returning the the teal umbrella chairs
from Lake Devo to their original

spot — Costco.
Nine chairs purchased from
Costco, totalling $2,160, will be
returned for a full refund.
“This is the main reason why
we went with Costco because they
have a three-year return policy,
regardless of the state of the item.
So even if something spills on the
chairs, they will still allow you to
return,” Bartlett said.
According to Costco’s return policy, any item can be returned, excluding diamonds and electronics.
The chairs were purchased
under the budget for Orientation Week. Lake Devo was originally planned to be a cabana, the
chairs fitting the theme, but plans
changed after the RSU learned the
space would be occupied.
“We modified our plans when
the Launch Zone needed space for
their dome during the week. We
only found out about the dome
a few weeks before O-Week so it
was too late to cancel the [chair]
order by then,” Bartlett said.
But one of the chairs cannot
be returned, due to damage. And
three of the chairs were purchased
by the DMZ — resulting in a $195

News
Briefs
Make way for
Mandela
The Victoria Street walkway will be
renamed Nelson Mandela Way, to
comemorate his visit to Ryerson in
2001.

And the
$100,000
winner is...
It pays to not be a stoner in high
school. The Loran Scholars Foundation grants scholarships to students
entering post-secondary based on
“exemplary character, commitment
to service and leadership potential.”
ILLUSTRATION: LAURA WOODWARD, PHOTOS COURTESY: COSTCO Ryerson welcomed its first Loran
Scholar winner, Annaliese Loeppky,
falling apart,” Swinarton said.
loss and $1,965 return.
According to Bartlett, the chairs who is entering the performance actGwen Swinarton, a secondyear media production student, will be inspected beforehand, but ing program #GoAnnaliese.

doesn’t think the chairs should be some of the chairs weren’t opened
returned. “I don’t really get how so it’s a “basic return” to put monthey’re going to return them, I saw ey back in students’ pockets.
With files from Mikaela Fasullo
a couple of the chairs breaking and

This sign cost $5,000 and was inspired by the Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square.

PHOTO: FARNIA FEKRI

Rye grows an
award
Arlene Throness, Ryerson’s agriculture coordinator for the rooftop urban farm, is the recipient of the 2015
Toronto Botanical Garden’s Rising
Star Aster Award.
The urban farm on top of the
George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre will be recognized on
Nov. 19 for growing foods like beets,
eggplant, strawberries, potatoes and
winter squash — whatever that is.

Ryerson student runs in election

PHOTO COURTESY: LINH NGUYEN

Linh Nguyen is running for MP in her
home riding of Mississauga Centre.

By Laura Woodward
Green Party candidate Linh Nguyen is running for the Mississauga
Centre seat in the 2015 federal
elections, while completing an undergraduate degree.
But this balancing act isn’t the
hardest part, according to Nguyen.
“Honestly, the most difficult
part of running a campaign is that

nobody cares,” said.
Nguyen explained her feeling of
disappointment after the “Up for
Debate” event, where Conservative Party Leader Stephen Harper
declined to join the conversation
on gender justice and equality.
“Elections are focused around
male political party leaders, the
middle class, the economy and
more jobs. This is all important,
but these have been the same issues perpetuated for decades,”
Nguyen said. “No wonder there’s
a growing number of youth who
[don’t] care.”
Nguyen plans to get people to
care by bringing issues like the
missing and murdered indigenous
women and food security to the
forefront.
“It’s not that millenials don’t
care. We definitely do care, there’s
just no one representing us, providing a voice for us,” she said.
Nguyen graduated from Ryerson’s graphic communications

management program in 2009
and is back for her second undergrad in international economics
and finance.
She got involved in the Green
Party two years ago, working as a
political intern.
After her internship and involvement with Mike Schreiner’s
platform, leader of the provincial
Green Party, he urged Nguyen to
run as an MPP.
“I was shocked. I thought, ‘I’m
just a student,’” Nguyen said, but
nonetheless she ran for the Mississauga East-Cooksville seat in the
2014 Provincial Election.
“You put yourself in a vulnerable position when you run,” she
said. “You’re still trying to figure
out your own identity, but also
represent thousands of people.”
While Nguyen didn’t get elected, she doesn’t see her past experience as negative — but one that
will help her in this upcoming
election.

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Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

Election Central:
new approach to
campus voting
By Robert Mackenzie
Students should have an easier time
finding a place to cast their ballots
in the upcoming federal election.
From Oct. 5-8 there will be a
voting office on campus that will
allow students to vote for their
home, or current ridings.
“We’ve been trying to find
new ways to facilitate the vote,”
said Nathalie de Montigny, an
Elections Canada spokesperson.
“We’re always hoping to make
voting more accessible.”
In the 2011 federal election,
only 39 per cent of people aged
18-24 cast a vote.
Denise Hammond, president
of the Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR), hopes that this new option
will generate an increase in youth
voting. “Having a poll on campus
is a conversation starter,” Hammond said. “If you start to vote
when you’re younger you’ll continue to vote throughout your years.”

The polls will be open from 9
a.m. to 9 p.m. each day in Ryerson’s
student centre and will be equipped
with pamphlets, information and
voting registration services.
Hammond said CESAR was contacted by Elections Canada to find a
space on campus, advertise the polls
and fill positions in the voting office.
Students who use the on-campus
poll will be voting by special ballot, which means that they would
fill out the ballot by writing out the
name of their chosen candidate. In
order to vote, students will need
photo ID with a current address, or
a piece of mail with a current address along with their student card.
Hammond says that having a
poll in the student centre could help
commuters in particular.
“Being able to get home in their
[riding] can be challenging. If they
have assignments and homework it
can be tough to get in to vote,” she
said.
Raheel Sultan, a first-year business management student, com-

ILLUSTRATION: YOUP ZONDAG

mutes from Markham and says
he could see himself using the oncampus poll.
“I spend most of my time at
Ryerson,” Sultan said. “This is a
chance for people to know where
to go. To not have the hassle of
looking it up.”
Beth O’Rourke, a fourth-year
English student, says that going
out to vote is a “pain in the ass.”
“I normally don’t vote because
I don’t know where to go. So this
will help students,” O’Rourke said.

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These voting offices will be
available on 39 other campuses
across the country, including U
of T and York. De Montigny said
that if they work well, they would
probably be added to more campuses in the next election.
Ryerson political science professor Tracey Raney said she
believes that this new initiative
could make it easier for people
to vote, but is concerned that the
changes in the federal government’s Fair Elections Act passed

last year will lower youth voter
turnout even more.
“For students who live in residence where their driver’s license
matches the address of their parents’
home address and not their current
address, this is a particularly acute
problem,” Raney said in an email.
“Since they are no longer able to
use the [Voter Information Cards]
to prove their identity, there is a
big concern that this law will drive
the student vote down even further than where it already is.”

The parties (on education)
Liberals

Conservatives

The Liberals are proposing a
$1,000 tax benefit for education,
which is normally paid out of
pocket. In addition, they’re also
looking to spend more on First
Nations education with an eventual $2.6 billion investment.
This long-term plan will begin
with an immediate $515 million
investment upon election. The
Liberals are also looking to put $1
billion into direct family financial
aid for higher education.

The Conservative party is aiming
their educational programming at
educational savings plans and are
looking to increase federal grants
targeting these plans.
The party is promoting an increase in “human captial” by
looking to improve post-secondary education.
Like the Green Party, the Conservatives also want to extend the
interest-free period of student debt
by eight months.

Green Party

NDP

The Green Party is looking to actively reduce the cost of tuition
rather than offer money to students. By 2020, the Green Party
plans to abolish tuition — beginning with lower-income Canadians. As well, any existing or future
debt above $10,000 would be
eliminated.
Their goal is to increase federal
student grants by 25 per cent and
to eliminate interest from student
debt for two years after graduation.
In the classroom, the Green Party is promoting hands-on teaching.

The NDP believe everyone should
be educated to better the job market. They’re campaigning to make
education more affordable, specifically for those eyeing small business work.
The NDP also want to give interns the same workplace protections as other contracted staff
members to further enhance their
support of small businesses.
Over the next four years, the
NDP have promised to create
40,000 jobs, paid-internships and
co-op placements for young people
with a $200 million investment.

BIZ & TECH

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

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Taking fitness studies to the next level

NExT Lab’s Fit 3D machine produces a 360-degree image of a person’s body and measures them.

By Justin Chandler
Ryerson’s Nutrition and Exercise
Testing (NExT) Lab can show
you how long it takes to burn off
dessert. Its high-tech fitness equipment tests your health and withholds no information.
Located in Kerr Hall, the NExT
Lab has several pieces of equipment
that measure a person’s health by
testing fitness, body composition
and energy expenditure. Since August 2014, the lab has used the
equipment in its research on the effects of dietary protein on appetite
and energy expenditure in children
with disabilities. It also tests the fit-

ness of some Ryerson athletes.
They charge the public for fitness tests then use the profits to
employ students as research assistants, maintain lab equipment and
fund new research.
“We use [paid testing] as a costrecovery mechanism. It allows
us to pay our research assistants.
We are able to buy small strategic
pieces of equipment and [pay for]
the upkeep of that equipment as
well,” said Nick Bellissimo, Ryerson nutrition professor and director of the NExT Lab.
He said profits also go toward
funding new research projects.
The lab employs about 10 stu-

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dents as research assistants, Bellissimo said.
In January, the NExT Lab started selling tests to the public. The
lab charges discounted rates to seniors, students, Ryerson staff and
Ryerson alumni.
Lab manager and third-year nutrition student Vincent Wong said
the tests provide people with numbers that are useful in evaluating
one’s health.
Over 150 people have paid to
take tests at the NExT Lab, Wong
said. About 30 Ryerson students
have paid to be tested. Most took
the $50 Bod Pod test, which measures body composition — the

amounts of fat, bone, water and
muscle in one’s body.
“I think the reason why they just
want to do the Bod Pod is because
other tests are kind of expensive,”
said Wong.
The lab’s student prices range
from $30 to $750, depending on
the test. The lab’s full-price testing
rates range from $50 to $1,000.
For $40, students can be scanned
by the lab’s Fit 3D machine, which
produces a 360-degree image of a
person’s body and measures them.
For $750, a student can take a
week-long test in which a pedometer-like device measures their daily
energy use. This test, called the
Total Daily Energy Expenditure
(TDEE), measures the number of
calories a person burns per day
while resting, while digesting food
and the amount of energy a person expends while exercising in a
day. The TDEE costs $1,000 for a
member of the general public to
take. Wong said the student prices
cannot be lowered because the lab
barely profits from them.
The student and senior rate is
“as close to cost as possible,” said
Bellissimo. The lab only makes a
$10 profit when a student takes
the Bod Pod test once the cost of
a research assistant ($20 to $25
per hour) and the cost of wear and

tear on the $50,000 Bod Pod machine are factored in.
Bellissimo said the NExT Lab
plans to study body composition
in 18 to 35-year-olds — a range
that “nicely covers the majority
of students at Ryerson.”
“What we’re hoping to do is have
a research study where students can
access these tests [and] we won’t
have to charge them,” he said.
Undergraduate students in the
Nutrition Discovery Labs, the facility where NExT Labs is based,
work as researchers and lab technicians. High-level positions are usually reserved for graduate students.
Wong began working with Bellissimo two years ago when he heard
about the professor’s research surrounding childhood obesity.
He began as a volunteer and
worked his way toward a paid
position. Bellissimo said that happens to other students who work
at the NExT Lab.
Bellissimo said he would love
a mobile NExT Lab. With it, his
team could visit schools and collect
important data on children easier
than it can now. Currently, the lab
can only test children when they
are not in school.
A mobile lab “would be a major
achievement for us,” Bellissimo
said.

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After raising more than $270,000, the Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge aims to welcome
100 Syrian refugees within the next two years
BY BEHDAD MAHICHI

PHOTO COURTESY: LENS YOUNG DIMASHQI

“I would sleep right under the window. At night I would think, ‘What if a missile came through right now?’”

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hen Hala Skiek made
the decision to go back
to Syria, her father was
completely against it. Her friends
were bewildered. Her workplace
manager thought she was joking.
Skiek went back to Damascus
to visit family last summer, amidst
war.
Prior to that, she visited in
2010, before the civil war had
erupted. Contrasting the two visits, Skiek says things had drastically changed — her home country
had become unrecognizable.
She landed at an airport in Lebanon and took a cab ride to the
Syrian border. The sun beat down
on the dry land as crowds of displaced Syrians waited in despair to
exit their home country. Moving
past the heavily armed Lebanese
officials, Skiek entered Syria.
It’s the outskirts of the country
that are the most dangerous — cities like Aleppo, Idlib and Homs
— all having made headlines after
crumbling under artillery bombardment. Skiek’s destination was
Damascus, known to be relatively
calm compared to the rest of the
country. Yet large areas of the
capital city had been destroyed,
elevated roads had collapsed to
the ground, and certain neighbourhoods not far from the city

centre had come under the control
of ISIS.
Driving into town to visit family
and friends would normally take
five minutes, but with the heavy
presence of checkpoints it became
a 45-minute trip.
“You’ll randomly hear the
sound of gunshots and missiles
flying around above your head,”
Skiek says. “You got to live like
everyone else, you just adapt to
the situation.”

the war.
Skiek is now finishing her last
year in business administration at
George Brown College and will be
coming to Ryerson next year to
pursue global management.
“Ever since I came back I wanted to do something about my
country, I just didn’t know how,”
she says.
The unrest in Syria, which first
began as peaceful protests in 2011,
has now grown into a deadly war
that has claimed the lives of over
200,000. The UN Refugee Agency
reported that the number of Syrians fleeing the country has passed
4 million.
Only later did Skiek realize she
may never return to Syria. When
she stumbled upon an article about
Ryerson’s Lifeline Syria Challenge,
she knew she had to take action
in the effort to help those escaping
the troubles of war.
ifeline Syria is a Torontobased initiative that formed
in June 2015 with the goal
of sponsoring and supporting
1,000 Syrian refugees within the
next two years.
Its members have attended city
hall meetings to discuss ways Toronto can allocate more resources
to assisting newcomers and have
become public advocates for

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Hala Skiek

PHOTO COURTESY: HALA SKIEK

Electricity blackouts, water outages, food shortages — the list
goes on.
“We went back a hundred
years,” she says, a common saying
in Syria to describe the effects of

greater federal response to the Syrian refugee crisis. Ratna Omidvar,
chair of Lifeline Syria, is also the
executive director of the Ted Rogers School of Management.
The school hopped on board
with the initiative a month later,
creating their own division called
the Ryerson Lifeline Syria Challenge. The team plans to sponsor
and aid 100 refugees, taking ownership of 10 per cent of Lifeline
Syria’s current goal. Twenty-five
sponsor teams have been signed —
each pooling around $27,000, the
estimated minimum cost to support a family for a year. More than
$270,000 has been raised to date.

You’ll randomly hear the
sound of gunshots and missiles flying around above
your head
Skiek could no longer sit and
watch — this was an opportunity
for her to take action. She is now
one of 270 volunteers — each
with their own story — and each
of whom play a role in helping
Ryerson settle 100 Syrian refugees
into the Greater Toronto Area.

Omidvar says the inspiration to
start this initiative dates back to
1979, when Canada began to send
aid to those fleeing the disasters of
the Vietnam War.
“Toronto has a proud history
of welcoming refugees,” Omidvar says. “Why can’t we do this
again?”
About 60,000 Indochinese resettled in Canada by 1980 — and
29,269 of them were sponsored
through the Toronto-based refugee organization at the time, called
Operation Lifeline.
Wendy Cukier, vice-president
research and innovation at Ryerson who is now the executive lead
of Ryerson’s Lifeline Syria, was
part of the original operation back
when she was a student at the University of Toronto.
“The opportunity to privately
sponsor was presented, and I got a
group of people together to pledge
money and support a family for a
year,” she says.
With the help of her roommate,
she did a lot of the groundwork for
the family, such as driving around
to find them a suitable apartment.
As a student, Cukier had more
flexibility in time, though they relied on the older members of the
group with more financial security
for things such as signing the lease.

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“When they arrived, there was
a man, a woman and a cousin,”
Cukier says. They spoke very little
English, and they knew Vietnamese
and Mandarin. Language was the
biggest challenge.”
Members of the supporting
group helped them enroll in ESL
classes.
Cukier is still in close touch with
the family and says they’ve come
an incredibly long way. They had
two children after arriving, a girl
and a boy.
The daughter, Jennifer, is a professional in human resources, and
now a mother to a baby boy. The
son, Alex, now works as a radiology technician and is a newlywed.
“You see the extended family
and how incredibly accomplished
and successful they have all been,”
she says. “Particularly the second
generation.”
hen President Sheldon
Levy heard about Lifeline Syria’s goal, he
immediately called for Ryerson to
become a leader in its implementation, which gave Cukier the green
light to spearhead the initiative
after coordinating with Omidvar.
“This is almost a perfect case
study of how Ryerson is different
than other institutions both in our
ability to respond quickly and to
create great learning opportunities
for students.”
Student volunteers like Skiek
are essential in laying the groundwork for the families before they
arrive. The majority of volunteers
are from Ryerson, though students
from other schools have joined as
well. U of T, York and OCAD recently announced plans to follow
Ryerson’s lead on the initiative.
They’re split into five different
groups reflective of their programs
and interests: health and wellness,
translation, citizen engagement, finance and a “Welcome to Toronto” group.
“We want to have as many answers for the Syrian families when
they arrive,” says Samantha Jackson, head volunteer coordinator
and PhD candidate at Ryerson.
Commerce students are creating a handbook with information to help newcomers learn
about finances in Canada, as well

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as locating user-friendly banks.
Nursing students are looking into
things like acquiring an Ontario
Health Card as quickly as possible upon arrival. Political science
students are creating guides on the
Canadian governmental structure
and the rights of a permanent resident in Canada. The “Welcome
to Toronto” group will be finding
ways to engage and familiarize the
families with the city.
Skiek is on the finance team,
and also joins more than 30 students who speak Arabic as part of
the translation team.
“My goal is to do as much as I
can,” she says.
Philam Nguyen, staff volunteer
and research projects officer at Ryerson says that newcomers face a
lot of barriers that financial support alone can’t fix — which is
why the work students are doing
is so important.
“Compared to other people
who move to Canada on their
own commission it’s obviously different,” she says.
Nguyen was 11-months-old
when she came to Canada as a
government-sponsored refugee
from Vietnam. Her parents were
some of nearly 800,000 people
who fled the country by boat between the ‘70s and ‘80s, hoping to
land on safer shores.

It’s tough to tell all our incredibly driven volunteers,
who want to get this going,
that people might not arrive
for another 12 months
“I don’t have memory about it,
but I was lucky. [The government]
oversaw the sponsorship to become a citizen, but once we came
here, it was places such as church
groups and volunteer groups that
helped us in our day-to-day.”
Lifeline Syria received an outpouring of support in early September — the catalyst being the
raw and heartbreaking image of
Alan Kurdi, a three-year-old Syrian boy found dead after washing
ashore on a Turkish beach.
Nguyen says the image struck

Photos of life in Syria, taken by anonymous photographers to protect their safety.

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PHOTO: BEHDAD MAHICHI

Wendy Cukier, left, with Philam Nguyen.

her emotionally. She and her family
witnessed a similar and equally horrific incident while fleeing Vietnam,
as recounted to her by her father.
“The boat that I was on, there
was 175 people — it wasn’t a very
big boat,” Ngyuen says. “When a
Norwegian tank liner was coming
to pick us up, there was this father
that was a little bit eager to kind
of get on and tried to get in front.
When the two boats came together
he fell into the water with his two
children, who drowned.”
There are similarities between
today and the refugee crisis in the
1980s, Nguyen says.
A low acceptance rate of Syrian
refugees around the world can be
linked to a fear of national security
threatened by terrorists — much
as the West feared communist infiltrators after the Vietnam War.
Amidst pressure, Immigration
Minister Chris Alexander recently
announced Canada will be accepting 10,000 Syrian refugees by September 2016, which is 15 months
earlier than originally promised.
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
also recently allocated $10.5 million to help expedite the resettlement.
t Ryerson, Cukier says
they’re unsure when exactly the families will

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arrive — it’s estimated to take
between eight and 12 months.
Others say it could be as early as
February.
“It’s tough to tell all our incredibly driven volunteers, who
want to get this going, that people
might not arrive for another 12
months,” Jackson says.
Refugees will be selected in
three different ways. Those already in Canada have the opportunity to identify friends or family
for resettlement. Ryerson will then
check with groups such as churches that arrange resettlement missions. Cases can also be referred
to by the UN Refugee Agency or
the federal government.
Martin Mark, director of the
Office for Refugees at the Archdiocese of Toronto has agreed to
identify a number of families to
Ryerson when he visits refugee
camps in Jordan this October.
“I don’t think anybody knows
that my small office in Scarborough is resettling like 750 refugees
each year,” he says.
Mark will be going to Jordan
with seven volunteers on behalf
of Catholics Without Borders,
though being Catholic is not a requirement.
“There are Muslims and Baha’is
as far as I know. We don’t ask

about religion.”
That applies to refugees as well,
he says.
Ahead of going to the Middle
East, his office is helping many individuals use the church’s reunification program.
“Just today, 150 people came to
my office — all of them who had
relatives, colleagues, neighbours —
all of who are in refugee-like situations. So then, we train these people on how to do this process, and
then they can do it in our name.”
While in Jordan, Mark will be
visiting refugee camps and conducting interviews. He notes that
the Canadian embassy in the capital city of Amman is one of the
fastest in the world when it comes
to processing applications.
Until then, volunteers like Skiek
continue to patiently wait and
make preparations for the families
ahead of their arrival.
“It’s so sad to see what it’s gotten to,” she says. “Slowly, everyone’s just leaving.”
Skiek pictures a bright future
for the country, but says it won’t
come any time soon. She looks
forward to the day the sponsored
families get here, and will pass on
a simple message upon their arrival.
“Welcome home.”

PHOTOS COURTESY: LENS YOUNG DIMASHQI

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Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

After four years, The Scope widens
By Skyler Ash and Zena
Salem
In January, Ryerson community
radio will hit the airwaves for the
first time in four years.
“I think campus radio is such an
integral part of the student experience. We have a lot to share with
the community,” said Jacky Tuinstra Harrison, the station manager who was hired in 2011 by
Radio Ryerson Inc., the same year
that CKLN had its radio license
revoked by the Canadian Radiotelevision
Telecommunications

Commission (CRTC).
The lost license came on the
heels of a long saga plagued by
lawsuits, mismanagement, lockouts and times when the station
was forced to broadcast static, a
direct violation of their then 28
year old broadcasting license.
The rebirth of a Ryerson audio
news and entertainment provider
has faced a lengthy process. After consulting with members of
the community and conducting a
study looking into types of programming, The Scope had to take
their application to Industry Can-

ada to ensure they had airspace,
and to the CRTC for approval. In
December 2014, after a long legal process, the CRTC approved
The Scope for broadcasting rights.
“Gaining support, consulting
types of programming, site studying ... the location, if the frequency is available, all that took time,”
said Harrison.
As for what listeners can expect,
Harrison said they can look forward to hearing a lot of local and
Canadian artists, as well as a variety of student programs.
In preparation for airing next
year, The Scope requires a large
staff and many volunteers. To raise
applications the station is actively
pursuing students in programs outside of traditional media. They’re
looking to ramp up the flexibility
of time commitments required to
work at the station.
“We have a robust and growing
volunteer list. We’re hiring two
new student positions this month,
and we’re also hiring more staff,”

said Harrison. “It’s the volunteers
at The Scope that really make the
station shine. It’s touching. It’s
work that comes from the heart,
because people don’t have to be
here. I think that’s the most amazing thing.”
Mitch Stark, a co-op student,
has been volunteering since July.
“I want to get my own weekly
program on accessibility and disability issues,” said Stark. “It lets
you get your feet wet. Just to be a
part of something that is huge is
incredible.”
Although co-op students like
Stark will have their chance to
gain radio skills with the station, the bulk of volunteers will
still come directly from Ryerson’s
community.
“I think it’s just a great handson experience for anyone interested in radio or who wants to
go down that route, or even just
wants to do it as a hobby,” says
Alexia Kapralos, a fourth-year
journalism student. “I was really

Mitch Stark hones his radio skills through his co-op with The Scope.

PHOTO: EMILY CRAIG EVANS

curious about radio, I got an email
from Ryerson saying that we have
this new radio station called The
Scope, so I saw that, signed up,
became a volunteer, and it’s been
fantastic ever since.”
Timed with the new signal, the
station will also be pursuing several new projects.
According to Harrison, the station was recently included in a
$110,000 grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada.
The purpose of the grant was so
the station can develop a mobile
audio app to assist community
journalists.
Harrison wrote to request permission for the station to experiment with HD radio. Currently,
there are no other Canadian AM
stations that use HD.
“Canada doesn’t have an official HD policy, it’s a chance to
experiment with something, be a
first at something,” Harrison said,
“and also offer listeners a better
quality experience.”

PHOTO: LULU TANENBAUM

Third-year social work student,
Mara Ioana Howard, started an
online fundraiser in late July to
help pay for a service dog.
The $3,000 fundraising goal
would cover the initial deposit to
a private company for the dog and
vet costs. Service dogs cost a minimum of $16,000.
Non-profit organizations state
that they can offer partial or full
funding for a service dog, but Howard said the wait time when going
through a non-profit –– potentially
two years or longer –– is too long.
Access writer Emily Craig Evans
has the full story at theeyeopener.
com.

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Ninjas of

Ryerson
Armaan Verma is showing students the way of
ninjutsu. It’s not all swords and throwing stars

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

By Brandon Buechler
Ninjas. Black clothing with facemasks and throwing stars. Japan’s
ultimate assassin — merciless in
their tactics, even more so in their
pursuit of a target.
Or are they?
“A lot of people think that ninjutsu or being a ninja is all about
throwing ninja stars into people’s
eyeballs, or assassinating everyone. [Our] primary principal is actually something called seshin teki
kyoyo or ‘spiritual refinement,’”
says Armaan Verma, lead instructor at Ryerson’s ninjutsu club.
“The best thing to do in a fight,
is not be there at all, combat or
taijutsu, for us, is actually secondary.”
Verma says the original ninjas,
or shinobi, meditated quite often
despite their violent clandestine
operations.
“The purpose of ninjutsu is to
become a better person,” Verma
says. “We’re very focused on selfawareness.”
He says one of the core teachings of his school is avoiding the
fight all together and honing one’s
senses to recognize threats before
it becomes physical. Much of this,
at its core, comes down to using
your intuition and trusting your
gut. Verma describes it as listening
to that feeling that says maybe you
shouldn’t go to the club tonight, or

walk down that dimly lit alleyway.
But if it comes to a fight, Verma
ensures his members are prepared.
“It’s about teaching someone
how to not get in an altercation
in the first place, which we call
intention sensing training. I like
to equate it to using your spidey
senses,” said Verma. “But I also
want to be able to train my students so they have the skills to
effectively and efficiently protect
themselves if their back’s against
the wall.”
Verma decided to start the process of creating Ryerson ninjutsu’s
club last year, after training in
the art for the past nine years. It
was at the recommendation of
his mentor who felt the time for
Verma to pass on his training had
come. To train in ninjutsu at Ryerson Verma says there are three
main principles to follow: always
strive to be a good person, learn
and grow whenever possible and
always try and help those in need.
According to historians, ninjutsu’s lineage has been recorded
as far back as the 12th century, to
The School of the Hidden Door.
Many believe it to be the basis for
the ninja training we know today,
focusing on anything from woodlands survival to advanced espionage.
One of Verma’s newest students,
Tom Tran says the club has not
been what he expected.

Tran begins a shoulder lock on Verma during class.

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

“I had an idea of it from some
of the anime that I’ve watched,
and [I] expected some of that, butthere’s a lot more to it,” Tran said.
“It’s a different style than how
they do it on television.”
Verma’s specific form of ninjutsu is something called hoshindo
ninpo taijutsu, or ninjutsu with a
focus on self-development and urban survival. But of course combat isn’t ignored.
“In terms of technique students learn throws, locks, holds,
groundwork (grappling) and various strikes,” Verma said. “A lot
of it has been influenced by Bruce
Lee.”
But despite the martial artist’s
influence, ninjutsu holds true to its
core teachings. After earning their
white belt — nothing is given, not
even a white belt — students move
onto the Godai, a Buddhist-based
philosophy.
In the Godai, the students train
from the five elemental books: the
books of earth, water, wind, fire
and finally, void. Each book has
a corresponding belt, with void
being the final challenge before a
student is granted a black belt. According to Verma, to complete the
five books and attain their black
belts, students can be expect to
practise and train for six years.
“Each element has its own persona, its own way of applying
techniques,” Verma says. “And
when students grade for their
ranks, they’re not just grading
physically.”
He says students must complete
readings from books written by
masters like Sun Tzu and Miyamoto Musashi and then complete
a written assessment.
“It’s a mind, body and spirit
type thing. It’s a whole package,”
Verma says.
Despite the rigourous mental
and physical training a student
goes through, Verma believes anyone with conviction can excel in
the art.
“We’ve had [veterans] and
we’ve had people with no experience and everyone takes something away from this.”

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Nuit Blanche
2015 Q & A
By Nick Dunne

Yonge St. strip-off
Sophie Hamelin strips one local sleaze joint of its reputation
One day, you and your frosh buds will be over 19, have disposable
funds, hypothetically, and want to see hard cocks or slamming tits at 7
p.m. on Saturday with no discriminate taste for either, hypothetically.
But where do you go for such depressing hands-off splendor? RemingPHOTO COURTESY: WADE HUDSON
ton’s and Zanzibar — two clubs vying to survive downtown by providcapture memory, it relies on light. ing lighthearted entertainment. But which is better? Classiest? Who will
The way a memory is created is, in gouge you for beer? We’ll tell you. This is the Yonge Street strip-club-off.
any event, if it’s a significant event
whether it’s positive or negative, it
can leave a lasting effect, become
one of the stronger memories we
have, versus something that may
come and fade away. But it’s actually going in and delving into these
deep memories we have that actually are a lens in front of our eyes.
Every experience we have now is
through that lens in front of our
eyes. They start to be the pillars
of who we are. Once we discover
these we can reshape those to become our freest selves.

What do you think is so important about the idea of memory?
Imagine if you had no memory.
You would constantly be living in
the present. But to me, the greatest
achievement is to live in the present but carry memories with us.
They surround us from our own
internal DNA, to carrying from
one generation to the next or even
some people believe past lives, all
into a collective memory. Think
about that collective beyond race,
class, gender, age, language. My
exhibition celebrates that.

Che Kothari, a 2005 Ryerson Image Arts grad, explores the concept of memory in “10 for 10th
— Memory Lane,” a multimedia project he curated for Nuit
Blanche this year.
After presenting a curatorial thesis for Nuit Blanche, Kothari conceptualized the project’s theme. “I
think that [the interest of] Memory
Lane is the nostalgia, but in a way
that can be interpreted in a wide
way by different artists,” said City
of Toronto Cultural Events ProDo you think the pieces deliver
gramming Manager Kristine Germann. The Eyeopener talked to a message about memory?
They’re individual and collecKothari about the project.
tive. You have personal to literal,
What was the process of curat- to things that blur space, time and
reality. It’s a range of things that
ing these installations and art?
They told me they reached out come together to say we exist in
to maybe 10 people. It was a great today’s reality. We are layered in
honour to be one of a very select everything that has come before us.
few to be able to compose an
Some exhibits rely heavily on
idea. When I found out it was the
10th edition, I thought about the light. Do you think there’s a relaidea of memory. Looking back, tion between light and memory?
The way we perceive some
but also looking at the future.
This is a platform for other artists. things is by light. If you take a
photograph, which is one way to
My art this time is the curation.

What impact did RU have on
you?
It was in the vibrancy of downtown Toronto. The impact of having a space where I could come
together with others exploring
their creativity and being able to
bounce off my early ideas of who
I was as an artist was very fertile
grounds for the ideas that would
come to be.
*Questions and answers have
been shortened and edited for
clarity.

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Straight up, you’re paying 12 dollars to get in and you want the left
door. Not the right door.
Enter and behold a long dark
room with some tables and a
bench on the wall, directly opposite is the mirror-backed stage
where T.O.’s men of steel go to
work.
The dancers look like Diesel,
have tailored their uniforms and
every single one is torn, like paying to watch Lou Ferrigno slowly
rub his chest. There are two bars
and Pilsner tall cans are eight goddamn dollars.
You’ll wish the boys would
lace up and get out there, because
men’s lingerie sucks and you want
to see some cock.
Finally, a dancer will give you a
sultry flash through his KC boxers — it’ll be partially hard and,
honestly, not that great. Later,
he will try to solicit a lap dance
and might grab your bits or kiss
your neck to seal a deal, so heads
up on that.
The sound system’s decent and
your DJ will have done it before,
dropping beats to set a mood or
defaulting to The Weeknd.
The club’s demographic seems
to reach for cis gay men, but if
you’re lucky a bachelorette party
will hijack your night.
Your evening could be anything,
even watching old career moms
getting wet to a man named Usher
dancing with his pants around his
ankles.
There’s no illusions, just fantasies at Remington’s.

Immediately upon entry you’re going to see breasts. Accept that the
room is smaller than you thought
and grapple with the intensely
hostile atmosphere that Zanzibar
provides. No cover though, so just
pick a seat on the mirror-wall and
start blowing your money on $9
cocktails.
Your server will be timely,
she will also be cold and you
will not blame her. The decor is that of a strip club. The
room’s shifting neon lights, black
faux-leather benches and silver
streamers look like ‘70s prom held
in a ‘50s diner; the mini fridge at
the end of the bar is filled with
staff lunches.
The club’s demographic is typical, a collection of business bros
and loners. Basically, if you look
like you should be in a strip club,
button-down your checkered dad
shirt and grab a seat at the rail.
You’re probably not going to get
their A-team early on a Saturday,
but dial down those expectations
and keep in mind that stripping is
faster and more erotic in theory.
You will think no one can wipe
down a pole sexily and then you’ll
be surprised. Inevitably someone
will reaffirm your first notion.
Dancers are introduced periodically by the worst DJ in the GTA
over a dated PA system, all while
refusing to fade or cut or speak
into the microphone. After four
dancers you’ll be bored, ready to
either leave or pay for a lap dance
to justify the anxiety you had before walking into this sad palace.

VERDICT
Remington’s. You get what you pay for and you’re paying not to be
unwelcome in an establishment that’s taking your money.

ARTS & LIFE

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

One last dying wish
An RTA alumna writes on a controversial issue: assisted suicide

Sharon Mendel based film characters off her experience.

By Karoun Chahinian
A 2013 RTA School of Media
alumna is directing a film on assisted suicide.
Alumna Leah Rifkin is filming A
Last Wish with writer Ilana Sharon Mandel, a woman forced to
deal with the issue first-hand when
her father was diagnosed with
cancer. The film is inspired by Sharon Mandel’s struggle, providing
an empathetic, personal point-ofview. Initially, it was the complex
issue of assisted suicide that drew
Rifkin to the film.
“Not many people wanted to talk
about it and, to be honest, I didn’t
even know much about the issue but
that was what attracted me,” Rifkin
said.

He wasn’t afraid to die, but
he certainly didn’t want to
suffer...
Sharon Mandel’s father died
in 2012 at 91. He was diagnosed
with cancer. Before his death, he
asked her to do the hardest thing
a daughter could: help her dad
“die with dignity.”
“He had a very strong memory
of his own mother who had died
of cancer and suffered horribly,
so after he was diagnosed he told
the oncologist about [wanting to
die with dignity] and we were all
taken back by it,” said Sharon
Mandel. “He kept repeating, ‘It’s
my body and I’m not going to lose
my humanity.’”
Physician-assisted suicide is
controversial because of the possibility of abuse towards disabled
people or confliction with religious values, according to professor Meredith Schwartz, a health
care ethics specialist in Ryerson’s
department of philosophy.
“Human life is valuable and
it makes sense to be concerned
about laws allowing the termination of [life],” Schwartz said.
While life support prolongs life,
Schwartz said it won’t necessarily
improve it.
“Canadians already have the

PHOTO COURTESY: LEAH RIFKIN

right to refuse medical treatment,
even life-sustaining medical treatment,” Schwartz said. “In some
cases, prohibiting euthanasia or
assisted suicide only extends intolerable suffering for the person and
that seems inhumane.”
Before her father brought up
physician-assisted suicide Sharon Mandel hadn’t given much
thought to the issue, but eventually began to see his point of view.
“He wasn’t afraid to die, but he
certainly didn’t want to suffer and
that’s what he was afraid of more
than anything,” said Sharon Mandel. “I wasn’t sure how I was going to go about [assisted suicide].
But he died very peacefully before
that ever happened.”
As a writer, she used her experience as inspiration rather than
discouragement. It started as a
poem, then a short story and
eventually turned into a screenplay which she brought to Rifkin
to transform into a film.
“[Writing] brought up a lot
of emotions from what we went
through during the six month
battle with terminal cancer,” said
Sharon Mandel. “I didn’t expect
some of the things that I had to do
for him. My strongest memory was
actually having to plan his funeral
— go with him to choose a casket,
sit down with him to choose all
of the details — and this film
brought back a lot of those poignant memories.”
After seeing the screenplay,
Rifkin was attracted to its strong
emotions and agreed to direct the
film.
“I’m really excited to move forward and get this thing produced
because it’s such a unique story
that I think the public deserves to
hear,” Rifkin said. “I’m hoping
the film will open up that conversation. This will also be the first
short film that I will direct, so
that’s pretty exciting.”
With Canada’s Supreme Court
approving the right for doctor-assisted death in February and California passing legislature approving assisted suicide in the state last
month, Rifkin described the present as “the perfect timing for this
kind of film.”

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Mastering the art of
pathological lying

All it takes is a little practice.

By Skyler Ash
You’re going to encounter a lot of
people in life who talk a big game
and make you feel inferior, and
who will one-up you with every
chance they get.
But feeling inferior makes you
want to go home and cry into your
ice cream, so you must master the
art of pathological lying.
It’s quite natural once you get
the hang of it. However, nobody
will believe you unless you assume
an air of confidence (arrogance)
and dignity (superiority) — in essence, channel your inner whiteprivileged male and everything
should go just fine. Here are some
practical examples.

ILLUSTRATION: SKYLER ASH

Volunteering: “Oh, I just finished a 65 hour shift helping teach
illiterate children how to read, I’m
so tired!” says the girl next to you
on the bench. Look her right in the
eyes and say, “Oh, really? Only
65 hours? I just finished a threeweek shift teaching deaf children
to sing!”
As you’re saying this, shed a
slight tear, wiping only one of
your eyes, and place a hand over
your heart, as if all your goodness
is physically too much for your
corporeal form.
Work Experience: The kid sitting beside you in lecture is telling
you about their summer as an intern at some prestigious magazine.
Tell them about how you spent

Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

your summer interning at Vogue
in Paris. Talk about strolling down
the street with Annie Leibovitz at
twilight and how she bought you
and Ryan Gosling croissants that
you ate whilst walking along la
Seine, then glance off into the distance like you’re remembering it
all. Give a light laugh for dramatic
flair.
Current Events: The guy next to
you on the train is talking about
the Syrian refugee crisis. Chances
are he just read a few headlines on
Twitter. The easiest way to act like
you’re better than him is to refer to
COMIC: NIC MATTHEWS
obscure (fake) papers, studies and
people.
Ask him if he’s seen Goldberg’s
latest coverage in Hungary, and
how he feels about what Klaussen
has to say about the growing tenDrop off your completed crossword with your contact info to The
sion between Oglivy and Parnas- Eyeopener office (SCC 207) for a chance to win a $25 Tims Card! In
sus? When he looks confused, give honour of JFL 42, this week’s clues are all comedy-related.
him a slow once-over, raise a single
brow, look him in the eyes with a
“I have always gotten a thrill, a kick, from learning new things.”
smirk and say, “Oh, okay then.”
— Cynthia Kenyon
Put your headphones in and shake
your head in disbelief.
Although it might not seem nice
to lie, it feels good to step out of
the shadows. Everyone deserves
their moment in the spotlight,
and it’s not hurting anyone. And
if it is, just tell them about that
time you were legally dead for 10
minutes when you were in a lifethreatening car crash, but that you
survived against all odds. Hey, nobody has to like you — they just
have to believe you.

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DOWN
1. Stephen _____ took over for
Letterman.
2. Anchorman Ron _____.
5. Laughing out loud over text.
6. Happy Gilmore star Adam
_____.
7. Film ogre voiced by Mike Myers.

ACROSS
3. Animated yellow family.
4. Three-letter Eddie Murphy
stand-up special.
8. Saturday night variety show.
9. Frat classic _____ House.
10. Stand-up comedian Wanda
____.

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I’d like to ask Ryerson students
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Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015

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Alumni Weekend presents

Gould
Street
Party
October 3, 2015
Students welcome!
Enjoy craft beer, free BBQ, music, games,
giveaways and more. Plus, a free gift for
students at registration.
ryerson.ca/alumni/alumniweekend
@ryerson_alumni | #ruaw15

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California Thai

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