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October 7, 2015
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‘The one...who gave us a new perspective’
By Sierra Bein
Nadia Marzouca was the first-year
student who made friends with all
the upper years and knew everyone in her program. She not only
loved her studies in film at Ryerson, but genuinely loved the people around her too.
“Film was definitely her life —
what she was most passionate
about,” said Luke Villemaire, Ryerson Communication and Design
Society (RCDS) vice-president finance. “She was super friendly,
a burst of energy, really eager to
meet everyone in the room and
make them all feel welcomed.”
Marzouca died in the early
morning of Sept. 30 on campus,
where police pronounced her dead
on scene. The third-year film student did not just affect her classmates, but she has deeply moved
students all over Ryerson.
A large black-and-white image
of Marzouca is still on display
at Lake Devo, where a vigil was
held on Oct. 1. Friends and family gathered to tell stories about
her, describing her as a boundless and accepting girl — who
also gave the best hugs. Marzouca made her own clothes, and
had even made her own prom
dress. She worked in films and
also made many of her own costumes for production. Some of
her friends spoke about how she
helped them get through their

Nadia Marzouca’s photo on display at Lake Devo where her vigil was held.

rough times during first year.
Marzouca was deeply involved
in her student community, working as the director of Image Arts at
RCDS and starting the Film Collective, to help support other film
students at school.
“She saw the need for specifically [a] film [group],” said Casey
Yuen, president of RCDS. “Out of
everyone, Nadia was the one who
spoke up and gave us a new perspective and I loved that about her
… She wanted to delve deeper and
get into the nitty-gritty of what we
were discussing. She would be the
odd one out and I guess we relied
on her.”
A major part of Marzouca’s Film

Collective was to help students
build connections in the industry
and help them graduate with the
skills they needed in the real world.
“Nadia was way more than just
a bright energetic ball of fun, she
was extremely layered and extremely wonderful,” said Tavia
Bakowski, RCDS vice-president
events. “She had so many aspects
of her that you would only dream
of seeing in someone, especially in
someone that represents a bunch
of other students.”
Bakowski remembers Nadia as
an influential leader and an even
stronger friend. She said that their
relationship really grew after their
first student-group leader retreat

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together.
“At that retreat she actually
changed and shifted my perspective on how to act as a student
leader,” Bakowski said. “I was
still starting out as a student leader and she created this open and
welcome environment. From there
I deepened that relationship to her
supporting me and me being there
listening when she needed to talk.
“I don’t think I ever went to an
RCDS event that she didn’t show
up to … She was always there, always.”
The event that was put together
by the RCDS entitled “Dear Nadia;” — to be held on Oct. 7 — is
a celebration of Marzouca’s life

with students submitting their art
to tell Nadia’s story.
“This event is going to be a
platform to allow our students to
begin healing,” Bakowski said.
“In a medium that we all really
enjoy.”
The semicolon has become a
symbol of surviving the battle
with mental health, and the ability to overcome struggles in life,
which is the reason that it is used
in the title of her event. It means
keep going when you could have
stopped.
Bakowski, who identifies as
someone who deals with a mental
health issue, says that these topics need to be spoken about more
openly.
“Especially in the creative field,
we need everyone to realize we’re
all here for each other. We’re not
just here to make friendships for
alliances,” she said. “We’re here to
make friendships so we can support each other, especially through
times like these.”
Although FCAD and RCDS students have been coming together
for support, the Ryerson Engineering Student Society has also come
out to help set up the memorial for
Nadia.
“I was so happy at how many
people Nadia had affected,” Yuen
said. “If she knew how many people cared and remembered her, I
think she would be so happy right
now.”

RSU equity groups already $16,000 over budget
By Behdad Mahichi
The equity service groups on
campus have gone through 135
per cent of their budget only four
months into the fiscal year, according to the first semester revenues and expenditures report.
The proposed Ryerson Students’ Union’s (RSU) budget for
2015-16 currently sits at $2.1 million. Equity groups were granted
$45,615 for the year, but as of August had spent $61,476 — nearly
$16,000 over their budget.
The report, which was reviewed
at the Board of Directors meeting
on Sept. 30, calculates the actual
spendings of different factions
within the RSU budget between
May 1 and Aug. 31.
At this time last year, equity service groups had spent more than
half their budget for the 2014-15
fiscal year.
RSU vice-president operations
Obaid Ullah, who presented
the report, said that RyePride in
particular had a calculated overexpense of 460 per cent of their
budget.
“My finance committee is doing

a lot of the digging into the actual
details,” said Ullah.
The overspending is said to be
the result of a costly Pride Week,
more staff being hired and a delayed financial contribution from
the Continuing Education Students’ Association (CESAR).
“An agreement was signed with
CESAR and they are supposed to
pay a service fee to the equity services, because now they own it as
well,” said Ullah.

RyePride in particular had a
calculated over-expense of
460 per cent of their budget
However Rabbia Ashraf, vicepresident internal of CESAR, said
that until now, $6,475 was issued
to the RSU for their spring and
summer contribution as per their
agreement.
“They pay a ridiculously low
amount,” said Ullah.
The agreement between the
two student unions was signed on
April 22, between CESAR Presi-

dent Denise Hammond and the
RSU’s former President Rajean
Hoilett before he left office.
The budget report states the
main reason for overspending is
that staff are not tracking their
expenses or following the budget.
“At the beginning of the year
I think it was a little challenging
for us not being transitioned from
the previous executive. So just to
get the hand of what’s good and
what’s not,” said Ullah.
Corey Scott, equity and campaign organizer is the staff member responsible for approving equity group expenditures.
Scott said this was the first year
where all the equity service groups
hired staff and held events over
the summer.
“As equity service centres continue to grow, we’re seeing a bit
of the difficulty,” he said. “I think
there’s been a bit of a learning
curve to seeing what the reality is
that our budget is facing.”
Every year the RSU is expected
to allocate $230,000 to the capital reserves in order to accumulate
savings — though an excess of expenditure leaves the RSU with no

PHOTO COURTESY: RSU EXPENDITURE REPORT

The chart presented by VP finance Obaid Ullah about state of equity service funds.

option but to dip into the reserves
instead of adding to it.
“It doesn’t accumulate, because
you have to cover yourself. In the
past two, three years that’s what’s
been happening,” said Ullah.
Previously in both the 2013-14
and the 2014-15 fiscal years, the
RSU ran a deficit of $160,000 and
$228,000 respectively.
According to RSU President
Andrea Bartlett, this year’s $2.1
million budget sits in the same account as their savings.
“Our chequing account and our

capital reserves are in the same
account. Obaid and I are really
pushing for the capital reserve to
be in a GIC (Guaranteed Investment Certificate), it’s no risk, it
grows a little bit every year, and
it’s secure.”
Bartlett said the executive team
will be sitting down to discuss
how funding for equity group
events will take place for the rest
of the fiscal year.
“We can’t continuously spend
without pulling from somewhere
else.”

EDITORIAL

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Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015

Editor-in-Chief
Sean “Gave your mother a”
Wetselaar
News
Keith “Leave me alone” Capstick
Farnia “Very cozy” Fekri
Laura “I pick the winners”
Woodward
Features
Emma “Smooth jazz” Cosgrove

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Students caring about politics!

Go vote! Do it now!
It’s okay, I’ll wait. Seriously. I’m looking at my watch
By
Sean
Wetselaar
On Aug. 4, the longest federal political campaign in memory kicked
off. At the time, while everyone
was still basking in the dog days

of summer, going to the beach and
doing whatever the hell it is people
do in August, those who were paying attention just moaned.
Another election? I have to pretend to care about politics again?
It’s how many days?
It’s true that election fatigue set
in quick this year, and for many

of you, you’re probably tired of
hearing people talk about Harper,
Trudeau, Mulcair and May. You’re
probably exhausted by discussions
on deficits and investment, and
who actually understands income
splitting anyway?
But there’s a very important
aspect to this election that you’re
probably missing if you haven’t
been paying close attention.
The race is really goddamn close.
How close? Well, over the
course of the election we’ve seen
all three major parties (Conservative, Liberal and New Democrats)
polling at around a third of the
vote each. Recent polls show the
NDP dropping to around 25 per
cent of the vote, while the Liberals
and Conservatives are neck-andneck at around 31 and 32 per cent
respectively. And although the
NDP’s numbers may be slipping
a bit, there’s no denying this is
one of the closest federal elections
we’ve ever seen.
What does that mean for you?
It means that the argument you’ve
probably heard a lot of your
friends make, or that you may
have made yourself — “My vote
doesn’t matter” — is even more
bullshit than usual.
In 2011 just 38.8 per cent of
youth aged 18 to 24 voted, compared to 61.1 per cent turnout
overall. For those aged 65 to 74
there was a 75 per cent turnout.
Now you’re probably tired of
people telling you that young
people have the potential to swing
elections, and that the reason
parties tend not to target our demographic is that we historically
don’t turn out to the ballots. But
just this one time, I think it bears
repeating.
You, yes you, have the power
to shape this election. You can be
part of our generation moving into
the political spotlight, and you can
help create a government that actually represents your values and
beliefs.

Biz and Tech
Jacob “Repressed French hatred”
Dubé
Arts and Life
Al “Four days” Downham
Sports
Devin “Third-generation sweatpants” Jones
Communities
Dylan “Should have been a doctor” Freeman-Grist
Photo
Sierra “I’ve decided not to sleep”
Bein
Jake “It’s journalism” Scott
Annie “Are you mad?” Arnone
Fun
Robert “Fresh beats”
Mackenzie
Media
Rob “Snappy collars” Foreman
Online
Josh “Chocolate beats” Beneteau
Nicole “Overheard” Schmidt
Lee “Come visit” Richardson
General Manager
Liane “Ten pounds” McLarty
Advertising Manager
Chris “Working the street”
Roberts
Design Director
J.D. “Pimp daddy” Mowat

If you don’t want that, then
carry on my disenfranchised son.
But I’ve heard too many friends
complain that government doesn’t
care about them, then decide not
to vote. The advance polls are
open right now and election day is
on Oct. 19.
The simple truth is that you
might find politics boring. You
might feel that the issues that
they talk about on the debates
don’t matter to you. You might
be bored shitless by the constant
media coverage of a weird alternate universe comprised of only
angry, old white dudes. But you
live in this country too, and barring a career move into politics,
the best way to change all the
things you hate about politics,
or at least start to affect them is
through voting.
If all us young whippersnappers

Intern Army
Theo “Please” Baldi
Gracie “Tell me” Brison
Mikayla “I” Fasullo
Ben “Spelt these” Hoppe
Victoria “Right” Sykes
Contributors
Ammi “Chicken” Parmar
Igor “App Lord” Magun
Hayley “Tom” Hanks
Nick “Get ‘er” Dunne
Aidan “Life Saver” MacNab
Swikar “Melanch” Oli
Jennifer “Enroll in j-school”
Pham
Leah “Arts Solidarity” Hansen
Nicole “Hotshot” Di Donato
Bahoz “One day” Darsa
Emily “5 HOURS!” Craig-Evans
Alanna “Lawyered” Rizza
Bronte “Everywhere” Campbell
Dan “I’m so sorry” Rocchi
Siobhan “Honourary member”
Mogensen
Behdad “BehMom” Mahichi
Dan “Diddy” Darrah
Ramisha “Eminem” Farooq
Skyler “Dr. Wicked Evil” Ash
Youp “Boston Powers” Zondag
Nick “Triangle Sally” Matthews
Brittany “Equipment check”
Rosen
Brennan “in JRN” Doherty
Dasha “Carry the two” Zolota
Playing the part of the Annoying
Talking Coffee Mug this week are
campaign flyers. This election has
gone on so long that I’ve gotten the
same flyer at two different apartments and no one even got me cake.
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got together and decided to vote,
we might find we have a lot more
power than we think.
I think that we can do a whole
lot better than 38.8 per cent, and
I think you probably agree with
me.
So take a few minutes and do
the civic duty thing. I promise it’s
worth it.

CORRECTION:
In the Wednesday, Sept. 30 article
in The Eyeopener “Prof: emails
were illegally deleted,” we reported that Jesse Root works as the
Ontario Graduate Caucus Deputy
Chairperson for the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario.
In fact, Root no longer holds that
position with the CFS-O. The
Eyeopener regrets the error.

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Shields says that the Liberals
targeting financial aid for families is “not something that is going to help current students,” and
is more set up to assist families in
planning from a young age.

Conservatives

Ryerson students can cast their vote for the party of their choice in the Student Campus Centre

PHOTO: JAKE SCOTT

Eye’s election primer
By Keith Capstick

Green Party

Liberals

On Oct. 19 Ryerson students will
be heading to the polls to vote in
this year’s federal election. Each
of the major parties have their
own unique approach to attract
the youth vote, which could have
a major impact in such a close
race.
Ryerson politics and public administration professor John Shields
says that due to how close the race
has become, the parties are targetting specific subsets of voters, like
students, to foster an advantage
wherever they can.
“There is a lot of targeting right
now of particular voting populations,” said Shields. “This election
is so close that every vote seems to
really count and so I think there’s
a special effort to identify these
kinds of populations and target
policies to them and attract those
types of votes.”

The Green Party, the perennial
underdog of Canadian politics,
have taken a conventionally aggressive stance on education and
particularly, student debt. Green
Party leader Elizabeth May has
promised to abolish tuition fees
by 2020. Given the Green’s usual
fourth place standing, they often
have adversarial positions to the
other three major parties to give
those looking for an alternative
voting option a place to point
their support.
This in mind, the Greens target
the youth vote and this election
they’re also promising to eliminate
any existing student debt over
$10,000 for students currently in
post-secondary school (like us).
Their platform also includes increased spending on rail services
and climate control, both issues
which have been historically important to youth voters.

The Liberals have historically
been the primary centre-spectrum
option for voters despite losing
out on official opposition status
in the last federal election. Justin
Trudeau and his smile has steadily increased his youth-oriented
promises as the race has tightened. The Liberals have proposed
from the beginning of their campaign a $1,000 tax benefit for education that is usually paid outof-pocket. More recently Trudeau
promised a freeze on interest rates
on student debts until the student
is making $25,000 per year in
wage. They’re also looking to put
$1 billion into family financial
aid services targeting education.
The Liberals are looking to support students’ families from the
onset where their NDP and Green
Party opponents are looking to
tackle students debt during, and
after their education.

‘Men’s issues’ group proposed
By Laura Woodward
The Ryerson student who plans to
start a “men’s issues awareness”
group on campus is beginning the
process to get recognized by the
students’ union.
Kevin Arriola, a fourth-year
politics and governance student,
will be spending the next two
weeks drafting a constitution and
collecting signatures to obtain Ryerson student group status.
“Men have issues just as women
[do],” Arriola said. “This group
is just a response to a growing demand for a group that will cater to
the needs of men and boys, in particular issues where men and boys
are disproportionately affected.”
These issues include suicide,
homelessness, high incarceration
rates, an increase of boys becoming
illiterate and unfair judicial practices.
His group started at the end of
September in the form of a Reddit post, where Arriola announced
“the beginning of the new men’s issues awareness society.”
On Oct. 2, Arriola met with
Leatrice O’Neil, the campus

groups administrator, to discuss
what is required to start a student
group. The application process
includes gathering 20 signatures
from Ryerson students interested
in the group, as well as finding
three students willing to take on
executive responsibilities.

These issues include suicide,
homelessness, high incarceration rates, an increase
of boys becoming illiterate...

Ryerson YouTuber Alexandra
Godlewski — known online as
Alexandra Blue — is one of these
students who has faced such repercussions as a woman supporting
the proposed men’s issues group.
“People are starting to see me as
radical because they think that I
don’t acknowledge women’s issues
and that’s never been my intention, I’ve always wanted to be fair
and equal,” Godlewski said.
Godlewski posts opinion videos
about gender politics, which averaged around 8,000 views per video
in the last 10 months. She previously called herself a feminist but
received critical responses from
men in the community regarding a
feminist video she made. She said
she has learned from these critics
and has since begun to identify as
a gender egalitarian.
Godlewski supports the group
and the environment where men
can openly discuss their issues.
But Ryerson’s board that approves student groups may not see
it in the same light.

Arriola must also propose a
constitution outlining the group’s
objectives, structure and membership, and pitch five ideas for student events.
Currently, Arriola is in the process of looking for co-executives.
“The main issue right now is
that a lot of [students] know our
page and say, ‘Oh I totally support
your group,’ but they also say they
don’t want to be publicly associated with it because of the repercusCheck out MEN’S GROUP on
sions they would have socially,”
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Arriola said.

The Conservatives and Prime
Minister Stephen Harper have
held office for the last 10 years
and are looking to extend that
reign for one final term. The Conservative party’s plan for education targets educational savings
plans, and Harper has committed
to invest federal grants into both
parents and young people saving
for their post-secondary career.
The Tories have also committed
to extending the interest-free period for students to pay back their
debt by eight months. Fiscally, the
Harper government has been adamant about looking to balance the
federal budget and continue much
of what they’ve been doing for the
past decade.

New Democratic Party
The official opposition party is
looking to improve upon what was
one of the most successful federal
elections in their history in 2011.
Much of the challenge for the NDP

is separating themselves on left side
of the political spectrum from the
Liberals in order to avoid splitting
the vote opposed to the continuity
of the Conservative government.
NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has
had dedicated student-oriented
platform points from the beginning
of the race but has most recently
turned up his student debt promises to attract more youth attention.
Originally the NDP were looking
to provide 40,000 youth jobs and
work to ensure all internships are
fully paid, in addition to making intern workplace protection
equal to that of full-time employees. More recently, Mulcair has
launched his plan to tackle student
debt committing to phasing out interest on student loans all together
and adding $250 million to 74,000
new student grants.
Shields says that the new NDP
policy is clearly targeting current
students and is a representation
of how much each individual vote
matters in such a close race. But
also added that, “it doesn’t really
address the problem of, ‘Can you
afford to go [to university] in the
first place?’”
“They are trying to attack
young voters,” said Shields.
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Accused in Skinner murder trial sentenced
By Farnia Fekri
Days before the sixth anniversary
of Ryerson grad Christopher Skinner’s death, the driver of the car
that ran him over was sentenced
to 8.5 years in prison.
On Oct. 5, Judge McMahon
ended the trial of Agustin Caruso,
23, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2009 death of
Skinner.
In the early hours of Oct. 18,
2009, an intoxicated 27-yearold Skinner tried to hail a cab in
Toronto’s Entertainment District
before getting into an altercation
with the passengers of Caruso’s
car, the court heard.
Several men including Caruso,
then 19, got out of the car and
beat Skinner senseless, the judge
recounted. Drunk and drugged,
Caruso then got behind the wheel
of the car and ran Skinner over.
“Mr. Caruso did not deliberately run over Mr. Skinner,” the
judge said at the hearing. “But he
admits that when he entered his
vehicle, Mr. Skinner was lying in
the roadway somewhere in the vi-

Taryn Skinner, Christopher’s sister, speaks to the media after the Oct. 5 trial.

cinity of the car.”
After Caruso and five other
passengers left the scene, Skinner
was taken to the hospital but died
later that day.
“I am sure there is not a person in this courtroom today who
does not wish they could go back
and redo the events of October
18, 2009,” the judge said, adding
that “not one of the six individuals had the moral decency to come
forward and do the right thing.”
The turning point of the inves-

tigation came in February 2013,
after the police received a tip from
B.C. that allowed them to zero in
on Caruso and the other passengers. By November of that year,
they had arrested Caruso.
In the courtroom on Monday,
Caruso delivered an apology to
the victim’s family.
“I take responsibility for my action and lack of action,” he said.
“There are many things I regret.”
Christopher’s sister, Taryn Skinner, said she is “still not satisfied”

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after the trial.
“I think that his lawyer wrote
a very good apology statement to
deliver to the family. I do think
that his emotions are real and his
feelings are real. It just didn’t feel
like it was his own words,” she
said. “I was glad that he would
look us in the eye. I thought he
would be a bit more of a coward.”
The judge admitted that though
the sentence for aggravated manslaughter ranges from 8-12 years,

the sentence was shortened by
several factors: the young age of
Caruso at the time, the altercation
not being pre-planned, Caruso’s
judgement being impaired, his not
having a criminal record prior to
that day, his positive steps since
the admission of his crime such as
support for drug and alcohol addiction, pre-trial custody and his
cooperation with the court given
his plea.
Three other people are currently facing charges, two for assault
causing bodily harm and another
for obstruction of justice.
Det. Sgt. Stacy Gallant said after the trial that the case will never be over for the Skinner family.
“Their son is still dead and he’ll
remain that way,” he said.
During his sentencing, the judge
summarized the impact of that
morning by quoting Christopher’s
dad, Warren Skinner: “The “too
manys” are long: too many sleepless nights, too many tears, too
many angry moments, too many
interviews, too many what ifs.”
With files from Jake Scott and
Ramisha Farooq

More Rye applicants, less space
By Dan Darrah
Ryerson has become the secondmost applied to university in Ontario, but can only accept around
12 per cent of potential first-year
students who apply.
According to statistics reported
at the Sept. 28 Board of Governors meeting, there were 69,382
undergraduate applications to Ryerson for the 2015-2016 school
year, with 8,483 first-year spots
available.
High school grade averages
prior to admission have peaked
for nursing (90 per cent), creative
industries (89 per cent), acting (89
per cent) and biomedical engineering (88 per cent).
“The difficulty is that we’ve run
out of space,” Ryerson President
Sheldon Levy said, adding that
faculty are increasingly complaining about a lack of classrooms.
“You can’t keep on taking in
more and more students if you
can’t handle them,” he said. “The
university today has never saw
itself building a satellite campus,
we’ve seen our identity as a downtown university. And the challenge
of building downtown — it is now
really serious.”
First-year chemistry student
Faryal Aamir said, “I think it’s
good that Ryerson is pretty selective on who they choose because
we only accept people who really
want to be here. It isn’t for everybody.”
According to the Ontario Uni-

versities’ Application Centre,
Ryerson is second only to the
University of Toronto in terms of
first-year applicants.
Levy said it’s a “very good thing
we’re becoming more attractive,”
but added that it is an issue that
the university becomes less accessible and accommodating as admissions spike.

“That’s how hard it is to
build. I feel really guilty
about that”
“When it comes to opportunities for students who had more
difficulty like illness or working
part-time — for that student, it’s a
problem,” he said.
Ryerson Students’ Union President Andrea Bartlett said in an
email that “grades should not be
the only measurement of eligibility
for students entering the University setting.”
Though competition ensures a
higher quality of educators, she
said, “If a program that is already
competitive, in a field where our
society is already short on professionals, continues to bar accessibility, then it is our society that
suffers.”
Aside from the cost and difficulty of building downtown,
Levy said the biggest problem is
the length of time it takes for the
city to approve construction. “If

someone just dropped 70 million
dollars that landed on this desk,”
Levy said, a new building would
be ready in about 7 to 10 years.
“That’s how hard it is to build.
I feel really guilty about that, and
we should have done a better job.”
Levy said he’s beginning to
think a satellite campus would be
necessary in the future due to these
difficulties.
Clinton Myles, a first-year biology student, said a satelite campus
could be a solution. As a commuter, he said several Ryerson campuses would solve both the commuting and space issues.
“For Ryerson most of the students commute ... because there
isn’t enough room for more residences to build,” he said. “So everything is more dense.”
Levy said when it comes to the
university’s image, the inherent
“elitist” character can’t be avoided.
“It’s a very strange business
we’re in because your reputation
is made a lot by who you don’t
take in, as opposed to who you do
you take in,” he said. Levy called
this the “rhetoric” of university
branding.
“You leave out a lot of people
… but your brand goes up by increasing your standards,” he said.
“You don’t get reputation by saying ‘we were very accessible.’ I’m
not saying it’s a good thing — but
this is the honest answer.”
With files from Mikayla Fasullo
and Keith Capstick

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Jackie Mlotek, co-founder of the Ryerson Feminist Collective.

A march in soldarity with University of Toronto feminists kicked off Social Justice Week at Ryerson.

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Ryerson Feminist Collective forms in solidarity
By Dylan Freeman-Grist
When an anonymous online lurker
launched threats against University
of Toronto feminists, it kicked off a
collected response which marched
through St. George campus.
Amid the Sept. 14 rally were
fourth-year Ryerson social work
students Jackie Mlotek and Alyson Rogers, who had travled
across the downtown core to express solidarity with the Toronto
feminist community.
While the rally was well represented by local politicians and
other universities, including York,
Mlotek and Rogers were both
taken back by the lack of a formal
Ryerson presence.
“So we were thinking we need
to do something, it was women
that were affected,” Rogers said.
“We don’t have gender studies [at
Ryerson] but if we did it could
have been our school.”
That night the two vowed to
host an event at Ryerson to demonstrate solidarity. Through word
of mouth and an event posting
Mlotek published on Shameless,
a digital and print magazine for
young women and trans youth
where she contributes, the duo
helped to organize a gathering in
Lake Devo the next day.
Roughly 25 members of the Ryerson community attended, creating banners, signs and posting to
social media in order to reach out
to fellow feminists at U of T.
“Because it happened online,
all those threats, people kind of
looked at it like, ‘It’s no big deal,’
and it is. It is important for us to
say, ‘Yeah we stand with you this
isn’t okay,’” Rogers said. “When
you threaten one of us you threaten all of us.”

The success of the event prompted attendees to question which
group had organized it. With both
Rogers and Mlotek being asked
for more information, they, along
with other attendees decided to
formalize the work they felt was
necessary on campus. It was then
that the Ryerson Feminist Collective was born. The immediate goal
between the group is to push for
official student-group status as
quickly as possible.
“I feel like we have really strong
groups in other places in Ryerson
but in terms of a grassroots activist approach … advocating and
working with folks with marginalized gender identities, that’s been
missing,” Mlotek said.
The event in Lake Devo, and
birth of the collective, was attended by members of Ryerson’s
sociology department, who had
also collectively taken action in response to the U of T threats.

“When you threaten one of
us you threaten all of us”
Together they had penned a
letter released to the entire Ryerson community criticizing a lackof-immediate response from the
school to protect students and faculty who felt threatened after the
anti-feminist threats were made
public.
Provost Mohamed Lachemi and
security responded and now every
office in the third-floor Jorgenson hall Sociology department is
equipped with emergency buzzers
and watched over by full-time security. Signs reading “A Feminist
Professor Works Here” don each
door.

“Feminism is absolutely critical Mlotek said. “I want to make it in- groups and come together in a
and foundational to the ways in tersectional, so work really closely more unified way than what’s been
which the university is corpora- with racialized groups and queer seen before.”
tized, it’s colonized, it’s white, it’s
straight, it’s male-centred so on
and so forth,” sociology professor
Doreen Fumia said. “Women on
campus continue to be threatened
and not safe and we need practices
in place to ensure that this is addressed.”
Responding promptly to issues
faced by women and other marginalized gender identities on campus
is one of the core gaps Rogers and
Mlotek hope the collective will fill.
“We don’t have a central place.
We have the Centre for Women
and Trans People, which I think
does amazing work, but they do a
lot around support which is absolutely needed but I think we need
something more around advocacy
and change and quick response,”
Rogers said.
Social Justice Week kicked off
Oct. 5 with a solidarity rally coorganized by Fumia and fellow
faculty-member Winnie Ng. The
event, inspired by the original rally at U of T, saw a large gathering
of community members marching
through campus. Several members
of the rally carried one of the original signs created by the fledgling
Feminist Collective in early September.
The group, currently in talks
with the RSU, will spend reading
week formalizing their constitution. They will then begin collecting signatures to petition for
official group status on campus
–– something that is necessary
in order to access funding and
more resources for expansion and
growth.
“I want this to be a group that
lasts a long time at Ryerson,”

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‘Men have issues, just as women [do]’
The proposed men’s group on campus, their past and how their progress affects other students.

TIMELINE OF MEN’S ISSUES
AT RYERSON

MARCH 4, 2013 *
RSU adopts a new policy rejecting the concept of misandry (ingrained prejudice against
men), outlining new restrictions for student groups. The policy comes in response
to controversial men's issues movements
taking shape on campuses across Ontario.

March 12, 2013 .

PHOTO: AL DOWNHAM

Kevin Arriola, fourth-year politics and governance student, is proposing a men’s issues awareness group on campus.

MEN’S GROUP from page 5
“[O’Neil] did warn us about the
possibility of this not getting past
the committee, given how the last
group was treated,” Arriola said.
In 2013, a men’s issues group
was denied student group status
because their group’s constitution
went against a Ryerson Students’
Union (RSU) policy of avoiding
misogyny.
Arriola said he is not in association with members behind these
previous attempts, but rather in
collaboration with University
of Toronto’s (UofT) men’s issue
awareness club and the external
organization, Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE).
CAFE held an event on Ryerson campus in 2014, but required
$1,800 in additional security because their past events had been
met with chaotic protests.
Jennie Pearson, a coordinator
for the centre for women and
trans people, said she tries not
to have too much interaction
with CAFE for the safety of those
working and volunteering in the
centre.
Pearson said that the centre
for women and trans people already addresses the issues that Arriola plans to discuss in his men’s
group, so there is no need for a
men’s group.
“Our work does include and involves men, looking at masculinity
and how the patriarchy can have a
negative impact on men’s lives as

well,” Pearson said.
Gaining student group status
would mean that the group gets a
budget, access to space on Ryerson campus and has an association
with Ryerson. But Pearson said
that those involved in the men’s
issues awareness group may not
even be predominantly students,
but rather the CAFE community

“The centre for women
and trans people already
addresses the issues that
Arriola plans to disucss in
his men’s group”
or school alumni.
U of T’s men’s issues awareness
president, Denise Fong, graduated
from U of T 11 years ago.
“I think what’s really important
is asking, ‘Is there a student need
for this? Do Ryerson students
think that [a men’s group is] something that’s lacking? Or is it just
a bunch of 50-year-old men who
want [Ryerson] space and resources?” Pearson said.
But Arriola said that CAFE has
actually helped put him in contact
with interested Ryerson students.
“We’re not a hate group, we’re
not trying to raise war on any
other groups here, we hope to
one day work with other groups
on common causes. We hope to
work with women’s groups, trans

groups and race groups on issues
that intersect with one another,”
Arriola said.
This is the first time a men’s
group will apply for student group
status under the newly elected RSU.
“Before we had a students’
union that had a very narrow understanding of gender issues,” Arriola said. “We think that the new
student union will be more open
to us, they have promised to remain neutral.”
But Rabia Idrees, current RSU
vice-president equity, said that this
is a misunderstanding — the RSU
is not neutral, but rather has an
equity mandate.
“This new RSU does want to
let a lot more students get student
group status but again, but if this
group isn’t equal … that’s not
something we would support,”
Idrees said. “As a student union
we have to actually help move student issues, not stay non-partisan,
but stay productive on any issue
on campus.”
Idrees said this group falls under
the men’s rights activism umbrella — which takes away the voice
from feminists and advocates for
men having anything women have.
“That’s the difference between
equality and equity. Equity means
that just because someone has
something and you don’t have it,
it’s not that something has been
taken away from you. On campus
we need more equity than equality,” Idrees said.
With files from Emma Cosgrove

The Eyeopener publishes an editorial by Allyssia Alleyne in support of a proposed men's
issues group. "If feminism can secure the vote
for women, bring in awesome workplace harassment laws and ensure cheap and affordable birth control, it can handle a group
of people who just want to talk."

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Argir Argirov and Sarah Santhosh present
their men's issues group platform to a panel
of seven RSU members. Hours later they are
denied group status via email.

FEB. 6, 2014 U
RYERSON HOSTS A CAFE EVENT, hiring $1,800
worth of security to monitor protesters
during their discussion called "Are men obselete?"

March 2014 &
CAFE is granted charitable status by the
Canada Revenue AgenCY.

SEPT. 26, 2015 ^
Kevin Arriola launches the unofficial Ryerson Men's Issues Awareness Society with the
creation of a REDDIT page. HE will soon meet
with the RSU to discuss the ratification of
the group.
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Living up to their own expectations
With a historic season last year, the women’s hockey team is looking to do it again
By Devin Jones
Measured expectations are everything in the sports world. The
long hours training and breaking
down the same game-play footage
over and over again — all with the
expectation that your team will
come out on top with the best regular season record, a playoff berth
and a championship.
So if the season defining motto
for the Ryerson Rams women’s
hockey team is any indication, expectations are higher than ever for
the team to make a statement.
“Respect everyone, fear no
one,” said captain Jessica Hartwick. “It’s coming in with the
mentality that we’re just as good if
not better than these other teams,
and recognizing our full potential. We need to build off of everything we accomplished last year,
and just not be afraid to go out
and win those games.”
Coming off a program best 13win season, and a first ever playoff berth that saw the five-year
old program defeated by a strong
University of Guelph squad in the
first round, most teams would
be nervous to drum up a repeat
performance. The Rams though,
are excited. With the chance at
revenge against Guelph early on
in the season coupled with a take
no prisoners attitude, the Rams
are looking for more than just
marginal improvement this time
around.
On paper, the Rams are deal-

ing with a difficult schedule right
from the start, with four out of
the first five games of the season
coming against teams that made
the playoffs last season. But part
of the Rams new mentality is centered on taking a pragmatic approach to each game. Whether
or not a team is difficult to play
against isn’t something the team
is particularly concerned with.
“There are no easy games in
the OUA anymore, and based on
stats I would agree those early
games are going to be tough ones,
but we hope that teams will feel
the same way about us — that
we won’t be an easy matchup either,” said head coach Lisa Haley.
“We want to prove that we’re a
tough team to play against and
that those points could be ours as
much as our opponents.’”
This season the Rams will also
be dealing with the periodic absence of Haley throughout the
year, as she’ll be helming the Canadian U18s women’s team for
the 2015-16 season.
Having already coached the
national team to a 2-1 series win
over the USA national team in
preparation for the tournament
start in January, Haley is adamant communication with the
Rams won’t be an issue. Coaching the Canadian team, Haley
says the ability to be a “student
of the game,” and constantly be
learning from others, has made
a huge impact on how she approaches the way she coaches the

Women’s captain Jessica Hartwick and a strong Rams team look to capitalize off of last season.

Rams.
This clear communication is
due in part to the strength of the
Ram’s assistant coaching staff
stepping up during Haley’s departure. With Ken Dufton, Francois
Lavoie and Margaret Jennings on
the bench this season, more than
30 years of cumulative hockey experience will be guiding the Rams
into the playoffs and beyond.
“I think that now we have
an understanding of what she’s
expecting of us, it’ll work well
whether or not she’s physically
here all the time,” said third-year
goaltender Alex Armstrong. “The
assistant coaches this year are
great. MJ [Jennings] has stepped
up a lot and has been helping out
with the defense.”
The Rams have seen quite the

PHOTO: SIERRA BEIN

evolution from a first year program that went 1-25 in 2011, to a
team that went 13-11 last season
and made its first playoff appearance in program history. Haley
credits this to the players’ ability
to follow and consistently trust
the long-term plan the coaching staff has put into place over
the seasons. A weak spot for the
Rams last season was playing on
the road where they went 6-6.
According to Armstrong, stymieing “road legs,” — taking breaks
on long bus trips — is crucial to
being ready come game time.
For the Rams, training for the
season focused on speed, and the
ability to play the third period
with the same stamina and intensity as the first. According to
Haley, the fitness testing for the

team this off-season was “off the
charts,” and is a “testament to
how dedicated the team is to winning.”
When the women’s hockey
team kicks off their season Oct. 8
at home against the University of
Toronto Varsity Blues, its journey
to the playoffs will begin. And
if the team plays the way Haley
knows they can, the expectations
the team have for themselves will
be answered in the best way possible.
“We’re united as a squad. It’s
important that despite whatever
situation we’re in we stick together,” Haley said.
“It’s a team sport and the only
way we’re going to be successful
this season is if we stick together
and do this as a team.”

we’re pretty solid there,” said
Wise. “We’ve also got a [good]
core of defencemen returning and
good prospects coming in that
make it pretty solid back there.
I think, from the back end, we
should be able to be a pretty good
team defensively, and we should
be able to respond well up front.”
The most drastic changes will
come in net. Troy Passingham
started all 27 games for Ryerson
last season, leading the league in
games played, minutes and saves.
But in his fifth season with the
team, Passingham will be one of
three goalies sharing the workload, along with first-years Barrick Brodie and Taylor Dupuis.
“All three of us have one job,
to stop the puck,” said Dupuis. “I
know it’s cliché, but defense wins
championships.
Dupuis will be playing behind a
strong defensive corps. Alex Basso
enters his second season with the
Rams after putting up 27 points,
good for fourth in team scoring.

His 24 assists were the fourth-most
in the OUA. Third-year blue-liner Keevin Cutting won an OHL
Championship with Owen Sound
in 2011 and attended a training
camp with the Florida Panthers last
season, while fifth-year Brian Birkhoff is a former OUA-East Rookie
All-Star. Newcomers Luke Mercer
(Niagra) and Brandon Devlin (Mississauga) are also veterans of the
Ontario Hockey League (OHL).
This will solidify the blueline as
one of Ryerson’s strengths.
The focus on defense is well
timed. For the second straight year,
the Rams will be without their leading scorer from the previous season.
After Jamie Wise left Ryerson to
join the Central Hockey League’s
Quad City Mallards prior to the
start of last season, second-year left
winger Domenic Alberga departed
the Rams for the Greenville Swamp
Rabbits of the East Coast Hockey
League (ECHL) this off-season.

Buckling down and pushing forward

Men’s hockey captain Mike Fine will try and lead the Rams farther into the playoffs this season.

By Daniel Rocchi
Graham Wise has been a head
coach in the Ontario University
Athletics (OUA) men’s hockey
league for almost three decades.
With a résumé that includes two
league championships and a pair
of national titles, he knows what
it takes to make his Ryerson Rams
winners.
“We have to be ready right off

of the bat,” Wise said. “We have
to come out and understand that
you have to work hard right from
the get-go through 28 games to be
successful.”
Last season, the Rams struggled
with consistency. They opened
their season with a 2-3 record before rebounding to win seven of
the next 10 games. But that dominance trailed off into a 3-7 slump.
The team bookended its season

PHOTO: ANNIE ARNONE

with another 2-3 record, including three straight losses to close out
the year. Ryerson finished fourth
in the OUA West with a 14-12-1
record, but the Rams were unable
to take advantage of home ice in
its first-round matchup against the
Toronto Varsity Blues. Ryerson’s
arch-rival stole the series opener at
the Mattamy Athletic Centre and
eliminated the Rams in two games.
“If we start right from in goal,

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Alberga’s departure leaves a large
offensive gap to fill. He tied for
most goals in the league with 18
and finished the season with a
team-high 31 points, good for 11th
in the league.
But as crucial as a strong start to
the season may be, the Rams will
have their hands full building early
momentum. A 5-2 win against the
York Lions on Alumni Weekend
gave Ryerson a 2-2-1 record to
round out the preseason. The first
week of regular season action will
see the Rams play three games in
six days as to open the season at
home with back-to-back games
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champions Guelph Gryphons.
Wise believes the Rams best
response is to score by committee. Last season, third-year centre
Kyle Blaney and fifth-year right
winger Mitch Gallant tied for second on the team behind Alberga
with 28 points. Team captain and
fourth-year centre Michael Fine
and third-year right winger Daniel Clairmont will both be looking
to build on seasons that saw them
break the 20-point plateau.
But Wise doesn’t think that means
the Rams can’t have the start, and
the season, that they want.
“You have to be prepared to play
those games and you have to bring
your A game every single time,”
Wise said. “I think we’re definetly
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The Ryerson Rams soccer teams
are one of the most successful programs on campus, yet they still
don’t have a consistent field to call
home.
Those who want to watch the
teams in action must travel 45 minutes to Downsview Park, where
the teams play their home games.
Many students at Ryerson University have no idea that the school has
varsity soccer teams.
“Sometimes when we’re practicing … someone sees us and goes
‘Oh hey, I didn’t know there was
a soccer team,’” said the associate head coach of the men’s Filip
Prostran.
The men’s team has proven itself
to be one of the university’s best
athletic programs over the past few
years — having made it to the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) finals two years in a row and to the
nationals in 2013.
The teams have been forced to
play their games away from campus because of the lack of real estate
for a field in the downtown core. As
a result, the teams are not able to
have student nights or promotions
to get students out to soccer games,
unlike other programs.
Prostran said that it causes problems with attracting a new fan base.
“First-year students that know
nothing about the sports teams or

the soccer team or [ask], ‘where
do they play?’ could definitely be a
challenge [to get out to games],” he
said.
The soccer program used to
play their games at Monarch Park,
which is south of Coxwell and Danforth avenues, a 30-minute commute from the Ryerson campus.
Due to issues with obtaining field
permits, the teams now have to call
Downsview park their home field.
Ivan Joseph, director of athletics
and the womens team head coach,
said that Monarch’s increasing
popularity amongst other more demanding teams caused them to lose
priority.
“Monarch’s entering into longterm partnerships now,” he said,
“More folks have come looking to
become a part of their facility. One
of the things with Ryerson is that we
have a very short window that we use
the soccer facility — from August 15
to November 7.”
Joseph said that they weren't made
aware of the fact that they would not
be able to play games at Monarch
park until there was very limited time,
which left them scrambling at the last
moment to find a new facility.
Matthew Raizenne, president and
CEO of Razor Management Inc., the
company in charge of Monarch Park,
did not respond for comment.
While the teams are still able to
practice at Monarch park, their games
have been moved to Downsview.

Third-year midfielder Nick Lambis
said he was worried about the diminishing fan base when he found out
that their games would be moved to
Downsview park.
“That’s something that was probably like the first thing on our mind is,
‘Oh, who’s gonna come out to watch
our games now?’” he said.
But both Lambis and Prostran said
that family members, alumni and other athletes that know the team well
are still fairly loyal in terms of coming
out to the field to support them.
The search for a field that Ryerson
can call its own has been unsuccessful
for many years now.
“We’ve been looking for a field
probably for the last three or four
years. We’ve come very close a few
times,” said Joseph.
At this time, Joseph says that there
are multiple options for a potential
field.
“I would say that we’re at least in
talks with several people – and some
are just early conversations, some are
more serious conversations,” he said,
“You kind of have to have many parallel conversations happening at once
because there’s still lots of hoops and
partnerships and city bylaws and
community group to always move
along in this process.”
With the search for a field always
in the works, Lambis has one key
wish: “I’m hoping, at least, that
during my time here, we’ll get a
field.”

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Blanc de Noir is Fresh

Second-year fashion students presented the dresses they made for their first-year FSN 220 course.

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RU, RU fashion baby
By Nick Dunne
It’s common to hear engineering
or science students bemoan their
packed schedule. Merciless midterms and mind-boggling math
equations suck, but little is said
about the workload for Ryerson’s
fashions students — first years
who, on top of taking six courses
each semester, toil away designing
their own original dress.
“A lot of people say engineering
is hard, business is hard, but fashion’s the underdog,” said secondyear fashion communications student Zoya Shaban.
The INTRO 2015 fashion show,
held on Oct. 2, showcased 20142015 fashion froshies’ creativity
and dedication to their craft. The
student-run show featured 34 daytime dresses the now second-year
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fashion students created in their
fashion design class, FSN 220.
Volunteers have been preparing
for the show since May.
“[It’s a] representation for what
the first-years are to expect,” said
Melissa Nugara, a second-year
fashion student and dress designer.
While the design inspirations
ranged from seashells to candy to
the Palace of Versailles, they were
under strict guidelines. Designers
were limited to linen or cotton.
They also had to include a collar, buttons down the front, set-in
sleeves and use three manipulations on the fabric, such as pleating, bias-cuts, or back darts.
“It really highlights how important a person’s unique touch is.
No matter how many restrictions
were put on this dress, everyone
had their own unique flair,” said

Shaban, who did PR for the show.
“They created garments that can
actually work well in the runway
shows ... these are the upcoming
industry professionals.”
The show’s organization was a
learning experience in of itself for
the promoters and volunteers.
“It is not always necessary to
have a faculty member hover over
students,” Ryerson fashion school
chair Robert Ott wrote via email.
“This is learning — figuring it out
and reflecting on what worked
well and what did not work.”
The show displayed fashion students’ talent and diversity, using
women of different body types,
ages and ethnicity. Shaban said,
“[INTRO] celebrates ... how well
our students are able to showcase
diversity in the things that they
create.”

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Blanc de Noir — a gender-neutral
clothing brand that refuses to be
“typecast” — has been picked as
an innovator at the Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation.
“I think it’s got a great aesthetic,” said Robert Ott, chair of Ryerson’s school of fashion and executive chair of the Fashion Zone.
Gonzalo de Cardenas and Miah
Mills are the designers behind the
brand and are among six to join
the Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion
Innovation. Blanc de Noir is a collection reflecting on the “hustle
and bustle” in different cities,
including Toronto, while incorporating progressive politics into its
brand.
Gender neutrality largely influences Blanc de Noir’s collection
of boots, scarves, totes, hats and
more. Calling gender an aspect of
clothing that serves no purpose,
Mills and de Cardenas said it was
easy to exclude because of the
clothes’ minimalist look.
“As we were stripping pieces
away to make it minimal, excessive ornamentation and gender
were just some of the things that
got edited out,” Mills said.
Tetyana Krysa is business development and advance manager at
the Fashion Zone. She said Blanc
de Noir’s gender neutrality was a
primary reason they were selected
for the project.
“Their dedication to innovate in
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Blanc de Noir’s gender-neutral
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“Fashion is really two businesses,” said Ott. “The centre, the core
of where the money is being made,
but fashion also happens at the
margins. It is at the margins where
experimentation happens.
The brand takes its gender-neutral approach towards both the
brand’s aesthetic and functionality, as their leather bags have lots
of space and carry heavy loads.
“Men and women have to carry
their groceries home,” Mills said.
“So it doesn’t matter if the bag is
meant for a man or a woman because it has the same function.”
Both Mills and de Cardenas
have backgrounds in industrial design. They said their experience in
the field motivated them to be environmentally sustainable as well.
Blanc de Noir achieves this goal
by sticking to slow fashion.
The minimalist approach helps
in this, Mills said. Like jeans,
minimalism goes with everything.
Their argument is that if less new
clothing is being purchased en
masse and what is being purchased
lasts longer, less needs to be produced and less will be thrown out.
“You don’t need to buy every season,” de Cardenas said.
The project’s clothing is made in
Cardenas’ native Peru by smallscale manufacturers.
“Those craftspeople bring an incredible amount of knowledge to
the work they do,” he said.
Mills’ and de Cardenas’ Toronto
collection is the first in the series.
The next stop is Lima, Peru and
possibly Seoul, South Korea.
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Future of assisted suicide: A Q&A with Catherine Frazee
By Leah Hansen
On Feb. 6 the Supreme Court of
Canada ruled assisted suicide as no
longer illegal. The decision came
after the original case — includings two citizens with irreversible
medical conditions — challenged
Canada’s Criminal Code provisions in court in 2011.
By the time Supreme Court
heard the case, it was October
2014 and both original plaintiffs,
Lee Carter and Gloria Taylor,
had died. The final decision in
Carter v. Canada was unanimous
— the prohibition on assisted
suicide violates section seven of
the Canadian Charter of Rights
and Freedoms.
The Supreme Court suspended
its ruling for 12 months to give the
federal government time to adjust
legislation. Ottawa took action in
July by appointing three people
to a consultation panel. By midNovember, they plan to produce a
report to the Ministers of Justice
and Health — not giving recommendations, but instead laying out
various legislative options.
The appointment of these
particular panel members generated some controversy. Catherine Frazee, Dr. Harvey Max
Chochinov and Benoît Pelletier
were all appointed with different
areas of expertise related to as-

sisted dying. However, Frazee and
Chochinov were formerly Crown
witnesses in the government’s appeal of the original 2012 ruling,
and have formerly expressed opinions against assisted dying. Various media outlets have decried
their involvement comes with bias
towards the issue.
Frazee, a Professor Emerita at
Ryerson and former co-director
of RBC Ryerson Institute for
Disability Studies, Research and
Education, spoke with The
Eyeopener on assisted dying, her
role on the panel and the allegations of bias.
Why is the right to die important
for Canadians?
It’s apparent that the issue of assisted dying is one that goes to the
very heart of our human condition.
It involves questions of individual
autonomy and choice at the same
time as it highlights human vulnerability and suffering. Some people
feel strongly that they should
have the right to choose how
and when to end their life and
that in a compassionate and caring society, we must honour this
right with sensitivity and support.
Other people are deeply concerned
that assisted death will be more
readily available than palliative
care, or other supports that relieve
suffering.

What will the rights of physicians
be once new legislation comes into
effect?
Any physician will have the
right, as matter of conscience, to
refuse to participate directly in
euthanasia or assisted suicide.
How this right will be reconciled
with a patient’s right to seek assisted dying is one issue that our
panel is asking Canadians to advise on.
What ethical issues must be considered while forming legislation?
If there are ethical issues still
at play, these are issues pertaining to how we put this new practice into effect. Research suggests, for example, that people
who are strongly in favour of
assisted dying are predominantly
white, well-educated and economically well-situated. In a nation
both legally and ethically committed to equality and inclusion, we
will need to ensure that our new
laws do not disadvantage socially
vulnerable and minority populations.

Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living,
and that in that role, those organizations were opposed. They put
themselves on the line to stand
against an amendment to permit
assisted dying. For myself, I think
that is history. The supreme court
of Canada spoke very decisively
on this issue and it’s not for me to
resist the fact that we are now in
What was your position on this is- a situation in Canada where we’re
going to have assisted dying. From
sue before your appointment?
It’s a matter of public record February of next year, it’s going to
that I was working with the dis- be permissible.
ability rights community in Canada, that I was representing both Like what you see? Read the entire
the Council of Canadians with interview at theeyeopener.com
If both Dr. Chochinov and I had
not had longstanding careers in
which we have demonstrated our
ability not to be improperly influenced by our personal views, then
I think one might have questioned
the nature of the appointment.
But I’m confident we’re doing our
job with integrity and transparency.

There’s been media coverage
around this perceived bias. You
and Dr. Chochinov were crown
witnesses in the original BC Court
of Appeals case. Would you agree
this is an impediment to the appearance of impartiality?

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Roller coaster program wins safety award

Kathryn Woodcock is an associate professor at Ryerson and also the head of THRILL.

By Hayley Hanks
A Ryerson professor was among
four awarded the inaugural Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) award. Kathryn
Woodcock, associate professor in
the occupation and public health
department at Ryerson, received
the award for her work studying
the safety of roller coasters and

amusement parks.
“We were particularly pleased
with the quality of candidates
nominated in this inaugural year
of the awards,” Lynn Ramsay, a
communications advisor at the
TSSA, said via email.
The Tools for Holistic Ride
Learning
and
Leadership
(THRILL) program uses engineering and ergonomics (the study of

App of the
Week
Save a spot in Toronto’s clubs with Booth and Bottle
By Igor Magun
If you love to indulge in Toronto’s
nightlife, Booth & Bottle is a great
app that makes it easy to plan your
night out.
Booth & Bottle allows you and
your friends to get onto the guest
list at twelve different clubs in Toronto. As the name suggests, the
app also lets you reserve a booth
and the bottles to go with it. If you
aren’t sure what club you’d like to
attend, the app offers photos and
descriptions for each, in addition
to specifying the type of music
they play.
“Usually, promoting companies
will just promote one or two clubs.
We wanted to give more variety to
our users,” said Ernesto Gaita, cofounder of Booth & Bottle. “We
wanted to make a simple, easy way
to reserve your nightlife, through
an app, for all of Toronto.”
The app also offers a rewards
program in which points are
given for using the app or sharing a referral code with friends.

The points can be redeemed for
drinks, free club entry and even a
free booth with two complimentary bottles. Points can also be
put towards discounts on clothing from up-and-coming brands.
“What we like to do is support
our local brands, anything from Toronto,” Gaita said. “So our first reward is a coupon code from one of
the [up-and-coming] clothing companies in Toronto right now, Kings
Avenue Clothing.” The developers
plan to rotate participating companies each month.
The app is continually improved
with weekly updates.
“We’re still adding things to it,
taking things out, seeing how users like it,” Gaita said.
Eventually, the plan is to expand the service to Montreal,
Vancouver and Edmonton.
“We figure if we can perfect it
in Toronto, we can bring it pretty
much anywhere in Canada.”
Booth & Bottle is available for
free on the iOS App Store and Android’s Google Play Store.

COURTESY: RYERSON UNIVERSITY

the efficiency and well-being of
humans in a system) and applies
it to amusement park rides and
attractions, as well as behaviour
patterns of riders. The program
studies why riders behave the
way they do and attempts to understand how to control their behaviour by manipulating the ride
through engineering.
The TSSA is a non-profit or-

integrated disability management
and systems management. She has
also worked with master’s students
from 2004-2014 in extracurricular trainings and is on a number of
committees and advisory councils.
The TSSA’s Public Safety
Awards were introduced this year
to recognize individuals or organizations contributing to health
and public safety in one of the
TSSA’s four categories. Seventeen nominations were submitted
from March until June this year.
The recipients, of whom there is
no set number per year, will be
awarded at the TSSA’s annual
general meeting each September. The number of recipients is
dependent upon the number of
nominations received.
The awards are meant to celebrate those in Ontario who bring
more safety and safety awareness
to businesses, systems and the
public who interact with them.
Other recipients of the award
included a firefighter filmmaker
who produced a short film about
carbon monoxide poisoning, an
advocate for carbon monoxide
poisoning awareness and the Ontario Regional Common Ground
Alliance, who created a system
for the location of underground
pipes and cables to further reduce
accidents such as gas leaks.

ganization that focuses on improving safety in Ontario’s four
elements of health and safety:
boilers and pressure vessels, fuels,
upholstered and stuffed articles
and, Woodcock’s category, elevating devices, amusement devices
and ski lifts.
This year, THRILL has been focusing on how to make rides safer
for more participants and how to
cater to guests with certain disabilities or conditions. Woodcock
has chaired a task group comprised of more than 200 people
to begin standardizing ride language, which will ensure inclusivity for all guests.
Woodcock is also on several
committees, such as the Global
Safety Committee of the International Association of Amusement
Parks and Attractions, and the
American Society for Testing and
Materials Committee F24. These
committees attempt to make rides
safer or standardize ride designs
and operations used globally.
“Industry involvement helps me
be confident that I am understanding the industry needs and can focus my research,” Woodcock said.
When at Ryerson, Woodcock
works with undergraduate students ranging from second to
fourth year in topics such as accident theory, safety evaluation,

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Professor hires
warm-up comic

Comedian Rocky Snell performs for a Ryerson podiatry class.

By Robert Mackenzie
Megan Bortosky believes that
laughter is the medicine she needs
to get her students focused.
On Monday, Ryerson announced that they would be accepting the podiatry professor’s
plan to hire local comedian Rocky
Snell to perform a 10-minute
stand-up set at the beginning of
each of her lectures.
“For some students I’m the second or third class they’ve had in a
day. It can be hard to get them to
pay attention,” Bortosky said. “I
hope that having Rocky come in
to perform every day will give stu-

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dents a chance to relax, which will
then help them engage throughout
my lecture.”
Bortosky said that she came up
with the idea when she saw Snell
perform one night at the Laugh
Dome on Eglinton Avenue.
“He was so funny, and held my
complete attention throughout his
set. I approached him immediately
after with the idea.”
Snell will be releasing his hourlong special What’s That Snell?
later this month, and hopes that
this new job will help him advertise his brand. “I want people to
be familiar with my style of comedy,” he said.

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Retraction

Last week we wrote that Ryerson President Shelvin Luvi wrote
an 800-page biography of actor
Frankie Muniz.
We regret to say that we mis-

Most of y’all know me by now,
and if you don’t then get ready for
me to blow up. My name is Tommy Thuglas and I’m one of the
freshest voices in the game.
When I was young I had a terrible escalator accident, and have
had to wear a permanent neck
brace ever since. But instead of
feeling sorry for myself, that accident has fueled me all my life.
I use this brace as motivation for
my rhymes. It’s part of who I am.
“If I walk by with my brace y’all
better keep a straight face.”
This month I’ll be releasing my
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You can buy my tape on iTunes,
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Ryerson President Sheldon Levy
wrote an 800-page biography of
actor Frankie Muniz.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Things to think about while
you wait
By Skyler Ash
Humans spend a large amount
of their lives waiting. We wait in
lines, at stoplights, for trains, for
phone calls, for the doctor, for the
dentist, for your friend to finally
get ready and just PICK A PURSE
ALREADY, LINDA!
In those solitary, painstaking
moments of boredom, there’s a lot
we could be thinking about. Below is a list of all the things you
could think about while you wait!
FOOD: Why aren’t there more
flavours of cotton candy? Whatever happened to Count Chocula
cereal? What if water only came
in gas form? Why is lettuce called
lettuce, but called salad if you
add dressing? Why do we call it
salsa if salsa in Spanish just means
‘sauce’?
ENTERTAINMENT: Why did
they wait so long to decide to
make an Incredibles 2? Did Lady
Gaga eat any of the meat she wore

from that dress five years ago at
the VMAs? What other organic
materials could she wear? Why
is Neil Patrick Harris’ family so
adorable? Were Ross and Rachel
really on a break?
SCHOOL: Why is Kerr Hall
laid out like that? Why is it called
Lake Devo if it’s not really a lake?
Why do textbooks cost so much?
How do the engineers get stickers
in such weird places? Why did I
ever complain that high school
was hard?
CHILDHOOD: Why did I think
being a detective was such a popular job? How did staying under
your blanket protect you from
monsters? Why were vegetables so
gross? Why did I hate naps? What
did I think happened when I fell
asleep on my couch and woke up
in my bed?
PRESSING MATTERS: Why
are you reading this? What are
you actually supposed to be doing
right now?

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