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Volume 50 - Issue 9

November 9, 2016
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Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

The shortcomings of
academic accommodation

General Manager


Keith “Bonding?” Capstick
Alanna “Has a life” Rizza
Sarah “Four column” Krichel

Chris “Fuck you, Carl” Blanchette
Devin “H&M pants” Jones
Izabella “Backup plan” Balcerzak

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Sidney “Sidebar” Drmay


I remember the first time I saw a
therapist. I was 16 and she asked me
whether or not I had taken antidepressants before. I guess I showed
all of the signs of a young teenager
suffering from depressive disorder.
I said, “no,” walked out of her office and never spoke a word of my
possible diagnosis to anyone—I was
scared of being different, as 16-yearolds are. I decided I’d never see that
therapist again.
Two years later, in my first year of
university, I felt trapped under my
sheets—like I woke up chained to my
bed. Every day, the question I was
asked in that therapy session loomed
over my head, but I did everything I
could to ignore it—I still wasn’t taking anti-depressants. I slept for most
of the day, skipped classes and had
anxiety attacks while brushing my
teeth and getting ready for bed.
In my second year, I stopped getting excited. I stopped trying to
hide that I was depressed—I’d sit in
my mom’s Volvo and ramble about
what I hated and all the time I spent
crying. I needed help, but I didn’t
know where to go. I was drowning in school work that I didn’t care
about and spent all of my time surrounding myself with people because I didn’t know how to handle
my emotions on my own.
In December of that year, I was
given an official diagnosis of severe depressive disorder. My doctor
handed me a bottle of antidepressants and anxiety medication. I failed
a class, I applied for medical academic
accommodation and was denied because I missed my deadline.
I sat in my academic advisor’s office, begging her to take a look at my
medical documentation. I gave her
all of the information I had about
my diagnosis. I provided her with
every side-effect my medication had
on me. She told me that there was
nothing else she could do, that she
was sorry, but my submission was
too late.
The academic accommodation
process works like this: you fill out

a form outlining what “medical illness” you have (before a certain
date of the year, apparently—which
is not stated on the academic accommodation website), the centre
informs your professors that you
have said illness (which remains unnamed), and the accommodations
are granted to you via admin, after
a meeting of some sort. It’s super
great in theory but, unfortunately,
none of those steps seemed to apply
to a newly diagnosed patient, like
Two years ago, York University demanded the name of Navi Dhanota’s
mental illness in order to grant her
academic accommodation. The student filed a human rights complaint
against the school, which sparked a
change to keep mental illnesses unnamed when filling out an accommodation form at York and other
universities across the province.
The sole purpose of academic accommodation is asking for consideration because your mental state
prevents you from focusing, and
has an impact on your school work.
I should not have to tell someone every detail of my diagnosis. I
should not have a failed grade on
my transcript. And I should not
have been denied my accommodation because I missed the due date
to apply.
Last week, I stood on Gould
Street photographing the Canadian Federation of Students’ Fight
the Fees rally when a spoken word
artist took the microphone. She addressed the amount of debt she was
in and the trauma she faced after she
experienced a death in the family
during her fourth year of university.
She was denied accommodation on
compassionate grounds.
She failed her classes and was required to take a fifth year of school.
I don’t know what’s worse: the
fact that this is a reality at Ryerson,
or that I am not the only student
who has been looked in the eyes and
told that their reasons for accommodation are not valid.
It’s not just about deadlines or
paper work, it’s about how Ryerson
needs to give its students better support. But first, it needs to believe we
need it.

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016



‘She was truly and honestly so beautiful’
By Sarah Krichel
Najdana Andjelkovic was admired
for many things, but her loved ones
will remember her most for the way
she could light up a room with her
Najdana, a third-year financial
mathematics student and vice president of finance of the Ryerson Science Society, died from injuries sustained in a car accident on Oct. 31.
She was 25.
“She was truly and honestly so
beautiful, inside and out,” said her
family friend Tamara Kljajic.
Najdana loved math and volleyball. She had an obsession with
Sudoku and made it her life goal to
solve a math problem and then create a formula, proposition or theory
that she could name after herself.
Those who were close to her remember her beauty, as well as her
Sarah Wheatcroft, who played
volleyball with Najdana, said everyone loved her immediately when she
first subbed in for their team in their
volleyball league. Ever since, her talent and personality gelled with the
team, on and off the court.

“It’s really rare to find someone
like that,” said Wheatcroft. “Everyone was so drawn to her. She lit up
the room. She was the cutest, sweetest, nicest person.”
Wheatcroft recalled the last time
she saw Najdana. They rode their
bikes home, chatting and laughing
together. They made plans to hang
out again soon.
Nevena Andjelkovic, Najdana’s
cousin, said she always looked up to
her. “While we were growing up,
she was kind of like my role model.”
Najdana was able to pick herself
up every time she was down, but
Nevena Andjelkovic said she will remember the way she helped others
when they needed help getting back
up on their feet.
“She went through a lot of hard
times where she really struggled, but
she was always able to get back on
her feet. These last two years I really saw her coming into herself and
doing what she loved,” said Nevena
When Nevena Andjelkovic was
going through hardships in high
school, Najdana was the one who
was there for her.
“[It was] how she accepted me,

how she was always there for me—
despite the fact that she was however many years older,” said Nevena
Andjelkovic. “She accepted me, understood and really listened.”
“I wish I knew her for longer,”
added Wheatcroft, who only met
her a month before her death. “I
instantly thought, ‘this is someone
that I really wanna be around’.”
Najdana oversaw all financial
management systems in the science
society. But she was also ready to
help with whatever was needed, said
Cristina Thuppu Mudalige, president of the Ryerson Science Society.
With all of Najdana’s commitments,
she still remained accountable and
handled her responsibilities well.
“She was really cheerful. She
was the type of person who would
always see the bright side of everything,” Thuppu Mudalige said.
“We’ve taken time to appreciate
everyone on the team, the time we
have with each other.”
Najdana was also part of the tutoring group, The Math Guru. She
tutored high school and elementary
students and helped them overcome
their anxieties about math.
Her words are inspiring to young

Najdana Andjelkovic was 25.

“Understand that everyone makes
mistakes, even teachers and also not
to be afraid to question everything.
Curiosity leads to innovation!” she
wrote on her personal contact page.
Nevana Andjelkovic said that
she knows Najdana is looking out
for her and that she will never stop
looking up to Najdana.
“I was happy that she was able to
find herself. But I just wish that she


had more time to keep finding herself and to keep living her life the
way she wanted to.”
A walk will take place from Allan
Gardans to Kerr Hall’s science lounge
on Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. in her memory.
There will also be a volleyball dropin game on Nov. 15 to honour her
love for and talent in the sport.
The science society is currently
working on creating an award in
Najdana’s name.

Ram drama causing RSU to step in
The RSU has put forward two motions to the Palin Foundation to get more involved Ram hirings and to give the bar a new look
By Alanna Rizza and
Keith Capstick

The Ryerson Students’ Union
(RSU) in conjunction with the
Palin Foundation—the board that
makes decisions on behalf of the
Student Campus Centre (SCC)—is
launching an investigation into the
Ram in the Rye’s kitchen manager
after allegations of workplace harassment were brought forth by
The RSU will also be submitting
two motions to the board on Nov.
11 to gain more authority over the
Ram’s hiring and management, as
well as to give the pub renovations
over the winter break, according to
RSU president Obaid Ullah.
The investigation into current manager, Tracey Thompson,
comes after Ram employees spoke
to The Eyeopener about allegations of Thompson threatening to
punch an employee in the face and
making an inappropriate comment
about another employee’s breasts.
Ullah said he met with SCC general manager Michael Verticchio
to discuss the investigation. Ullah
said a report is being written and
that it will be presented at the Palin
Foundation’s board meeting.
The Eye reached out to Verticchio
for comment on the investigation.
He responded via email with the

The RSU wants to give the Ram a facelift.

same statement he sent after the
initial workplace harassment
allegations surfaced.
“The Ryerson Student Centre
has not received any complaint of
harassment. There are several formal channels by which employees
of the Ryerson Student Centre are
able to make complaints of harassment as the Ryerson Student Centre takes all complaints and allegations of harassment seriously,” the
statement reads.
Ullah said that after a semester
of complaints, the RSU is planning
to get more involved with the upkeep and organization of the Ram.


“We’re looking for ways to have
more control over the pub and
have a say in management and
consulting with CESAR and the
university and trying to find a way
to make sure that students are happy,” he said.
The Palin Foundation includes
members of the RSU, the Continuing Education Students’ Association at Ryerson (CESAR) and the
university. Its purpose is to make
decisions on behalf of Ryerson students regarding the SCC.
The RSU holds the largest number of seats on the board with five,
then CESAR (three), then the uni-

versity (two).
Ullah said one of the motions to
be presented at the board meeting
will be for two members from the
executive committee to be present
at every hiring process at the Ram.
He said this will give the RSU more
input into how the Ram is operated.
Ullah said he thinks there has
been a lack of knowledge of how
the Ram’s management is structured and who can have a say.
“At the end of the day we’ve
always run on a motto that [the
Ram] is student-run, but students
haven’t had a say in what’s going

Ullah also said there will be a
motion for the Ram to get a facelift. This will include a paint job,
new floors and furniture as well as
better lighting. He said he hopes
this will give the Ram a friendlier
atmosphere and be more appealing
for student group events.
“For the whole semester there
have been constant complaints
about the pub,” Ullah said. “We’re
hoping a facelift will [make students] forget about the negativity
that the Ram in the Rye has had in
the past and that we can start a new
The Ram seems to be getting a
revamped look every year. This
past summer the VIP room was
renovated for extra space and the
menu was completely re-done.
Oakham House—the Ram’s neighbouring cafe which shares staff,
management and a kitchen—also
just finished a big renovation that
started this past summer.
Ullah said the RSU’s vision for
the Ram is to make it a place that
students are proud to call their
campus pub.
“We don’t have direct say over
how the pub is being run,” Ullah
said. “But what we can control is
the looks of the pub, the views of
the pub and somewhat of the experience that it gives off to the students.”



Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Hey, teachers leave that class alone
The Ontario government recently considered cutting civics from the high school curriculum. Rye profs think that’s not a great idea
By Jacob Dubé
Earlier this month, it was announced
that the Ontario government was
considering cutting the mandatory
civics course from high school curriculums across the province, which
wouldn’t help with the fact that students have no idea what’s happening
in politics, anyways.
The conversation to cut the halfcredit civics course was dismissed,
but in a February 2015 talk at Ryerson, Premier Kathleen Wynne said
the class still needs some changes in
order to be effective.
Ryerson professors echo that sentiment.
Joseph Zboralski, a professor in
the department of politics and public administration, said that the issue
with politics classes at Ryerson is
that many students don’t know the
fundamentals of how government
works in Canada. He said this slows
his classes down because the basics
have to be explained before he can
go into deeper and more specialized
“Most [students] have little or

no knowledge of politics, whether
it’s Canadian politics or whether
it’s what’s going on in the world,”
Zboralski said. “They’re just lacking in general knowledge in politics,
never mind technical knowledge
about how government works.”
He thinks that any student completing a university degree should have to
take at least one course on Canadian
politics to understand how the system
works and how decisions get made,
though he knows adding an extra
course to every program is a hard sell.
Last month, the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) met with the
provincial government to discuss
voter apathy—one specific group
of people not showing up to vote
for various reasons—among young
people and students.
According to RSU vice-president
education Victoria Morton, the
RSU spoke about the importance of
political engagement at a young age,
and how to get more young people
interested in politics. One of the
main problems was communication.
“The government needs to stop
assuming that to be an engaged

Students aren’t showing up to politics classes prepared.

citizen you have to have the mind
of a policy analyst. You have to be
responsive to the different routes of
reception,” Morton said.
However, Wayne Petrozzi, Ryerson politics and public administration professor, said the issue is less
about voter apathy and more about
how students have other priorities
they concentrate on other than poli-

tics. He also said that the issues presented in debates and policies aren’t
as important to younger people.
In terms of the high school civics
course, Zboralski isn’t sure why the
provincial government is limiting essential politics courses. Any good citizen, he said, understands the political
system and is able to make educated
decisions during elections.


“You can look and see what happens when you have an uneducated
citizen in terms of what’s going on
in the states right now,” he said.
“These people believe the most
outrageous lies and exaggerations.
Who are the biggest supporters of
Trump? People without any education or very little education. That’s
how dangerous it can be.”

Students’ marks compromised by miscommunication
Ryerson students say their marks are suffering due to discrepancies in TAs’ and profs’ instructions, with no real solution to the problem
ent in class. She said that TAs act as
mediators between a student and
their professor.
James Coulter, who was a TA at
Ryerson during the 2014-15 school
year, said he doesn’t think TAs absence from lectures leads to unjust
marking schemes. He said he thinks
inconsistencies may come from an
issue of students not taking enough
initiative with their school work.
Coulter also believes the issues
students are complaining about
rooted in in varying levels of TAs’
commitment to students.

By Nikhil Sharma
Professors’ academic expectations
are not translating to some TAs,
resulting in inconsistencies in how
students are graded.
Reza Khonsari, a second-year civil
engineering student, was recently
penalized for not following his TA’s
personal teaching methods.
“For some questions, what [the
TA] does is use his own methods,”
Khonsari said. “Those methods
aren’t what we’re taught in class [by
the professor].”
When Khonsari approached his
professor to address the deductions,
he was told that the TA should have
awarded him with a higher grade
than he received.
Miscommunication between TAs
and professors doesn’t only influence
students’ evaluations, it can also affect students’ learning experiences.
Gatrey Scott, second-year chemistry student, said that TAs need to do
a better job of telling students what’s
expected of them in laboratories to
minimize confusion.
In chemistry labs, safety is a concern because of the reactive substances students are working with.
When there’s miscommunication
between students and TAs, students
may not be able to understand the
risks involved with certain experiments, which can put people in dangerous situations.

TAs, students and profs are all confused.

Miscommunication can also result
in students not being able to fully
complete their labs.
In one of Scott’s labs, the TA instructed the class to heat a chemical solution to a near boiling point,
instead of the standard procedure of
fully boiling the mixture for 15 minutes. The instructions could have
been dangerous due to the possibility of students burning themselves
or misusing the chemicals.
“My current TA doesn’t give us a
real rundown of the lab first,” Scott
said. “That kind of just makes confusion for the whole laboratory.”
Dianne Nubla, a lecturer at the
school of professional communica-


tion, said that miscommunications
between TAs and professors are
common in every educational work
Nubla added that miscommunication can also happen because of students’ low attention spans, TAs not
being present in classes and various
methods of how professors explain
“If a miscommunication does occur, it’s best to settle it sooner rather
than later in the form of a student
emailing me for further clarification
or approaching me in class,” she said.
Nubla added that there is more
work required from the professor’s
end, especially if the TA is not pres-

“If a
does occur, it’s best
to settle it sooner,
rather than later”
“There was some difficulty finding
some sort of consistency across other teaching assistants, provided that
it seemed like there was a disparate
level of commitment provided to the
students we were supposed to supervise,” he said.
Ryan Phillips, a TA in the politics
and public administration department, said he hasn’t encountered
this kind of miscommunication as an
issue. He said TAs are encouraged to

attend lectures, but it’s not mandatory.
Some courses at Ryerson do not
require tutorials, so many TAs don’t
hold them. As a result, students
aren’t given the opportunity to ask
questions in person to those who
will be marking them.
According to the CUPE Local
3904, Unit 3 collective agreement,
2014-2017, the duties of a graduate
or teaching assistant may include,
attending lecture and holding office hours.
The collective agreement states
that graduate assistants and teaching assistants who are assigned to
a laboratory or tutorial session are
paid to the number of lab contract
hours they’re supposed to work per
Every contract hour has a value of
32.5 hours over a 13-week period. A
contract hour includes tutorial sessions, marking duties, student counselling and meeting with the supervising instructor.
Nubla said a TA’s mandatory attendance at lectures and holding tutorials depends on the class.
“I find that tutorials really help
bring life to the content, and if possible, students who are attending
them will get a much more enriching experience,” she said.
“But it really comes down to the
professors and their management
of it.”


Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016


will ryerson’s law program hold up?
By Annie Arnone

Ryerson’s letter of intent announced a proposal to start up a new law program. The school’s unique approach would offer an alternative to articling.
However, experts say many practicing lawyers won’t hire anyone who hasn’t
completed that process. So, how realistic is the alternative?

A new juris doctor (JD) law program could be coming to Ryerson in
2020, according to a letter of intent
(LOI) released in October.
The LOI states that “in 2011, a
full 91 per cent of the province’s law
firms did not provide articling positions, and that 10 per cent of law
graduates could not find articling
positions.” Ryerson’s alternative is
to bypass the articling process by
creating a proposal to define a new
transition from graduation to practicing.
Articling, similar to an internship
or a co-op placement, is required for
law students to complete prior to
graduating because it provides them
with practical training in the field.
Students must finish this process to
get called to the bar (a test to determine whether or not a graduate is
The LPP has been operational since 2015.
ready to practice law).

“I have had people
volunteer to work for
free for me, just so
they could get some

Ryerson President Mohamed
Lachemi believes that the JD program will be a good way of replacing
the articling process. But the practicality of the program may not help
aspiring lawyers get a job, despite its
new approach.
Daniel Brown, Director of the
Criminal Lawyers Association, said
many practicing lawyers won’t hire
anyone who has taken an alternative
course in the place of articling—a
key component of the unique program’s curriculum.
“A large percentage of [practitioners] have traditional articling experience, so those who participated
in, let’s say the Law Practice Program (LPP), weren’t considered as

qualified as those who had articles,”
he said.
According to Brown, the addition
of a new law program in Toronto is
the last thing the city needs.
“I have had people volunteer to
work for free for me, just so they
could get some work experience,”
he said. “[Students] are not able to
secure employment and they’re just
looking for some way to get ahead
of the pack.”
Chris Evans, interim provost and
vice president academic, acknowledges the low demand of lawyers in
the Canadian legal market, but believes the JD program’s different approach will help solve the problem.
“Major shifts bring new opportunities, that’s why Ryerson is proposing a unique law school that trains
lawyers to better meet the needs of
communities, consumers and society,” he said in an email.
The senior program director of
the LPP and member of the LOI
committee, Gina Alexandris, said
she wants students to start seeing
the new law addition to Ryerson as

Briefs &
Students throw golf
balls at Pitman Hall
Security reported that students
were found throwing golf balls at
Pitman Hall last week. It’s not clear
yet whether or not this was a reckless attempt to get kicked out of
residence before exams, or if Pitman
really is that bad. Somehow, there
were no windows broken in the incident and The Eyeopener is hopeful
they won’t stumble upon the proper way to use golf balls and bring
their clubs with them next time.

Grumpy peddler on
Victoria Street


positive, despite the current Canadian legal market.
“[We need to] stop thinking about
this as bringing a new law school to
Ryerson—let’s start thinking about
it as creating opportunities for new
solutions in societal problems,” she
said. “You hear there are too many
lawyers, but there are many people
not getting access to legal services
they need, so somewhere there’s a
disconnect. Our training will allow
people to think of things differently.”

“Those who
participated in the LPP
weren’t considered as
qualified as those who
had articles”
According to the LOI, the program ”stresses professional formation, promotion of access to and
diversity in the legal profession.”
The end goal is to produce prac-

The number of law school grads versus the amount of available jobs remains imbalanced.


tice-ready lawyers.
Work on the JD program began
in 2007, when a former provost
created a group of administration
members to explore the idea of a law
school addition at Ryerson, according to the LOI.
“In the fall of 2011 the Law Society of Upper Canada created a task
force to look into the shortage of
articling positions for law school
graduates and Ryerson decided to
engage in this process. In the following year the Law Society announced it would pursue a pilot
project as an alternative to traditional articling,” it read.
Ryerson has been aggressively
trying to build on its current space
with additions to campus, such as
the Student Learning Centre in
2015, as well as the recent purchase
of a building on 104 Bond St. The
addition of a potential law program
is another step towards that.
Admissions to the program will
be granted to students based on
GPA, LSAT scores and a personal
written statement describing the
student’s reason for applying.
According to Evans, there are
multiple steps that must be taken
before the law school can be a permanent part of Ryerson’s campus.
“The release of the white paper,
and the letter of intent are the first
steps. Moving forward we will be
working with the Federation of
Law Societies as well as the Law
Society of Upper Canada, and the
Government of Ontario, to explore
the feasibility of an innovative,
new law school at Ryerson,” he explained.
The program is expected to be
fully operational in September 2020,
but the Academic Standards Committee as well as the Senate need to
approve the process in 2017.

Security responded to a man who
appeared to be selling stolen goods
near the parking garage on Victoria
Street. He didn’t offer up a perspective on whether or not he thought
he was in an episode of Game of
Thrones. But security said the conniving peddler did threaten to
punch the people he was trying to
sell to after they refused the transaction. A first-year small-business
class is being offered to the peddler.

This guy probably
voted for Trump
Security reported that a make-shift
poster was found in a bathroom in
the library building that read, “We
need more straight white male professors.” Obviously the person who
made this poster is a straight white
male and probably thinks there’s no
such thing as white privilege or climate change.

Dude found peeing
on RAC skylights
Security said they found a dude at
the Quad urinating on the wall by
the Ryerson Athletic Centre skylights. Security said the guy claimed
to have fallen onto the RAC skylights and that’s why he was chillin’
and taking a piss. The Eyeopener
hopes the guy didn’t eat asparagus
and that the people in the RAC
didn’t look up.

Drug-use in RCC
Security reported that screams
were heard coming from a bathroom in the Rogers Communications Centre. Security said they
found a female in the bathroom
who admitted to using drugs in the
bathroom stall. Security said they
found syringes on the floor of the



Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Students are hungry

School or food?

By Nicole Brumley
Students across Canada are struggling to afford balanced daily meals
as a result of high tuition costs and
expenses for rent and books.
A recent report from Meal Exchange, published in Maclean’s, suggests that an estimated 39 per cent
of university students face food
insecurity and worry about where
their next meal will come from.
According to the report, financially independent international
students, Aboriginal students and
those with dependent children are
particularly vulnerable to food insecurity. The study used an online
tool to survey students across Canada at Dalhousie, Lakehead, Calgary,
Brock and Ryerson.
Some students have no choice but
to rely on external support. At Ryerson, many turn to the Good Food
Centre—one of the Ryerson Students’ Union’s equity service centres.
Andrea Vaz, a first-year midwifery student, juggles studying and
working full-time. She said having
access to the centre is sometimes the
difference between having dinner
and relying solely on lunch leftovers
offered at work.
“Food is probably the last thing on
my list. I definitely don’t eat breakfast because I can’t afford all three
meals,” said Vaz. “With the Good
Food Centre, they give me enough
substantial food that I can eat dinner
at least.”
Food is allocated based on a credit
system. Each member gets 10 credits
per week and those with dependents
receive an extra five credits per dependent. Items at the food bank are
one credit, with some exceptions.
In the latest annual Hunger Report, released by the Good Food
Centre, over 400 recorded members reported experiencing food
insecurity. Additionally, over 2,500
visits to receive emergency food
relief were recorded between September 2013 and 2014 (emergency
food relief is when someone risks
not eating if they don’t get food
that day).
Students from the engineering and
architectural science and community
services programs were reported to
use the service most. At 52 per cent,
the majority of the members were female, while 47.5 per cent were male
and 0.5 per cent identified as trans.
The Hunger Report states that


these numbers only reflect a small
fraction of the food insecurity on
campus because it doesn’t account for
the students, staff and faculty who do
not access the service due to lack of
awareness, embarrassment or fear of
Claire Davis, a volunteer and community engagement coordinator for
the Good Food Centre and third-year
urban sustainability student, said she
has seen first-hand how stigma affects the way members bring food
away from the centre.
“People really want it in a bag so
it’s discreet or they will ask us if we
have a box … just so it doesn’t look
like they’ve come to the food bank,”
said Davis.
Despite mixed feelings, Davis said
the Centre provides dignified food
security because the service is “always for students by students.”
Rachel Atuhaire, a third-year
business management student at
Ryerson and member of the Good
Food Centre, has been using the
service for two years.
“It’s a big cost saving method …
especially as a student. I run a business and I don’t work full-time,”
said Atuhaire. “I want [Ryerson] to
acknowledge that being a student
can actually take a big notch into
your account to the point where you
don’t have anything to eat.”
The 2014 Hunger Report set out
a list of recommendations for Ryerson, including the establishment
of committed yearly funding.
According to the Hunger Report, while the university has given
generous donations in the past to
the centre, it receives no official
financial support. Its main operating budget comes from RSU fees
and fundraising and “is not robust
enough” to provide adequate levels
of food for the demand.
Last year, the Food Centre ran
into problems with low inventory,
which meant relying on canned
food as opposed to fresh produce.
Michael Forbes, a Ryerson
spokesperson, said the Ryerson
vice president of administration
and finance created a new policy
this year that permits remaining
balances of residence meal plans to
be directed towards the centre. Last
year, Ryerson more than doubled
every dollar donated by students by
putting meal plan refunds towards
the centre and emergency food


Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016


We can never get away from the


Housing sucks. The GTA can’t expand and rent is soaring. In a city where condos are
reaching for the skies, it’s about time we start thinking small.


iz Lee’s first apartment was the size of
a walk-in closet. At 120 square feet,
there wasn’t much room for anything.
Instead of a kitchen, she had a kettle and an
electric pot. Her work desk doubled as a cutlery drawer. The third-year Ryerson theatre production student paid around $560 a
month, including utilities, for the room near
Jane Street and Finch Avenue—an hour and
15 minute commute from school.
When it came to finding a good apartment, Lee didn’t have a choice. She couldn’t
afford to rent downtown, and this was her
cheapest solution—even though she had to
get up at 5 a.m. to make it to her morning
classes on time.
Average rental prices for downtown apartments in mid-2016 were $1,425 for a bachelor
and $1,710 for a one bedroom. Over a single
year, the cost of property in Toronto rose
by 10 per cent. By some estimates, 10 years
from now a single-family home in Toronto
will cost upwards of $2.5 million. At this rate,
the possibility of finding affordable housing
seems more and more unrealistic.
The potential solution? A group of Ryerson
students want us to think small.
Douglas Peterson-Hui
and Gregorio Jimenez,
students in the architecture program at
Ryerson, have started
building their own “tiny
home.” The concept is
pretty straightforward—
property and building
prices are surging, so
why not live in a smaller, more efficient house?
The tiny house
movement is growing. In Ontario, there’s been an increase in
the amount of people looking to buy land to
set up their homes, especially on Kijiji. Large
numbers of small house buyers are even coming together to form their own tiny communities across northern Ontario.
A tiny house can be as small as 80 square feet,
or as big as 160. But these aren’t shitty live-in
closets without kitchens or cutlery drawers.
From the outside, they look like a children’s
play house. But inside, designs often resemble
something out of a House & Home magazine.
Most have lofts outfitted with bunk beds, subtle storage space and hidden bathrooms.
In May 2016, the three students started
the framework for a tiny house in Saanich,
B.C. At first it was just a skeleton—a shell of
wooden planks held atop a wheeled trailer. A

By Caterina Amaral
and Jacob Dubé


From left: Douglas Peterson-Hui, Daniel Sobieraj and Gregorio Jimenez with their completed tiny home.

couple of months later, they installed metal
siding, wooden windows and insulated the
house to make it airtight. A massive, triangular roof was built to give it a more classic feel.
Most of the time, a big tarp had to be put over
the house to ward off potential damage from
the rain. It’ll cost them
about $40,000 to build
and they plan to sell it
for $75,000.
Sobieraj says people
have different motives
for wanting to live in a
tiny house. Some want
to live minimally and
change their lifestyle,
while others just can’t
afford to buy a “regular” house. He thinks
the tiny house project
can help solve the density problem in Toronto.
Frank Clayton, an urban and real estate
economist and senior research fellow at Ryerson, says that the rising cost of housing is
one of the biggest challenges that Toronto
faces. Roughly 100,000 people move into the
area every year, which means there needs to
be about 40,000 new housing units built annually in the GTA. Right now, there are only
55,000 new units under construction in all of
In 2006, the Ontario government released
the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden
Horseshoe. The plan maps out a huge, horseshoe-shaped area surrounding the GTA that’s
covered in green space—forests and farmland—and restricts urban growth within it,
effectively preventing any housing divisions

very hard to
get things done
in this city”
- Cathy Crowe

from being built. Since housing in the GTA
can’t expand outward, the price of real estate
within the area continues to climb.
Even before construction on a regular
house can start, the municipal government
charges an extra $65,000 in development
costs, bringing up the price further. Costs are
governed by how much you are willing or able
to spend in order to buy a place in the area.
In Sobieraj’s opinion, a tiny house would be
great for students, but in Toronto specifically
there is potential to run into technical challenges. Most, if not all, tiny houses are built
on trailers, so they can’t be classified officially
as a house and therefore can’t be exclusively
placed on their own piece of land. Tiny homes
can only legally stay on properties with a primary house already there, or on RV parks.
In the city especially, tiny homes wouldn’t be
paying a hydro bill, which make them a notso-ideal renting option for landlords.
he tiny home project isn’t just for students
and young people. A Toronto committee
is looking into creating them to help solve
the homeless housing crisis.
When Ryerson politics and public administration professor Cathy Crowe first started on
the project years ago, nobody called what they
were doing a tiny homes project. The term
wasn’t even coined yet. All she knew was that
building small, affordable housing could help
the growing and ignored homeless population
in the city.
Her colleague, anti-poverty activist Bonnie Briggs, decided to create a committee in
Toronto to work on creating a tiny homes
project in the city. They began by setting up
a DuraKit Instant House (a light and cheap
version of a tiny house) in the Toronto settle-


ment Tent City, which housed a collective of
tents and other shelters around Cherry Street
before everyone was evicted.
Crowe refers back to a case in Richmond Hill
where several DuraKits were set up on a large
property to be used as emergency shelters.
“It was going to be ideal because instead of
being in this big old house that was a shelter,
sharing a kitchen and all that, every family
was going to have one unit,” she said.
According to Crowe, tiny homes work in
this situation because they’re cheap (each one
would cost between $30,000 and $80,000),
can be set up quickly, and could theoretically
be hooked up to the power grid.
The committee already has designs created by architect John van Nostrand, but their
main issue is finding land to fit them all. It’s
Crowe’s goal to have them be as close to the
downtown core as possible, but they’re still
waiting on support from the municipal government.
“It’s very hard to get things done in this
city,” she said.
But there are some areas in Ontario where
tiny houses are breaking ground and establishing themselves. Ottawa is currently working on their laws around allowing secondary
houses to be built on properties, which would
make renting space for a tiny house much easier. Other municipalities are also rethinking
their renting and zoning bylaws. The movement is growing, though it still might not be
for everyone.
fter finally getting out of her Jane
and Finch situation, Lee now lives in
the Distillery District with her sister,
where she splits the $1,600-a-month rent. It’s
not perfect, but she’s making it work.




While my guitar
gently weeps

Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

A recent study conducted in the UK
concluded that musicians are three times
more likely to suffer from depression

By Annie Arnone


wenty-six year-old Mahta Moattari
steps on stage in a dimly-lit east end
bar. A crowd of 50 people sway to the
hypnotic rhythm of her acoustic guitar, moving
their bodies back and forth and applauding as
she closes her eyes and pours her lyrics into the
When she performs a third time, then a
fourth, at that same bar in that same year, the
crowd no longer responds to her music. They’ve
stopped listening.
“Is it in my head? Am I not good enough?” she
thinks as she stands in front of the mic, performing what will be her last song at the venue. This
moment of self-doubt sparks the beginning of
Moattari’s performance anxiety—something that
will follow her for the rest of her life.
She holds the neck of the guitar tightly as she
fumbles her shaking fingers over her strings.
Despite the bodies standing in front of her, she
feels as though the room is empty. Moattari no
longer thinks about her song’s lyrics, or feels the
rhythm of her music—this isn’t stage fright, it’s
an anxiety attack.
While music acts as therapy for some, a
2016 study conducted by the University of
Westminster in the UK has shown that musicians are more than three times more likely
to suffer from depression or anxiety.
According to the report published by Help
Musicians UK—an independent charity campaign focused on mental health in relation to
performance—71 per cent of musicians said
they suffer from panic attacks or high levels
of anxiety, and 61.5 per cent reported that
they suffer from depression.

I began trying to live up to
these expectations I had made
for myself and it led to my
spiral of depression


“The second indication of these early preliminary findings suggest that while artists find solace in the production of music, working in the
music industry might indeed be making musicians sick, or at least contributing towards their
levels of mental ill-health,” the report states.
Symptoms of anxiety include intense levels
of fear, and in severe cases, debilitating panic
attacks, while depression leads to feelings of
helplessness, irrational thoughts and feelings
of worthlessness. For years, music has been
synonymous with mental health, and many
reports have argued that music is therapeutic. In 2014 The Globe and Mail published a
story explaining how music can help ease
the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, addiction and
Artists like Kendrick Lamar and Kid Cudi
have vocalized their experiences with mental
health and music in the media. MTV reported that Kid Cudi believes hip hop is not only
a way of story telling, but it’s a way to combat
mental illness.


econd-year Ryerson English student and
musician Elliott Gallagher-Doucette has
struggled with anxiety and depression
throughout his years as a musician.
Last year, Gallagher-Doucette became a part
of the music group, Melbourne the Band. He
explained that the process of putting together a
band was not only time consuming, but the fear
of failure looming over the band’s success made
him severely depressed.

It makes it di�cult to get out of
bed or talk to people about my
work ... but it’s never stopped
me from doing my job
“When I feel as though I’ve accomplished a
good performance, immediately something else
goes wrong—it’s this idea that you get one thing
done and feel temporary relief, but then there’s
always something else you need to worry about,”
said Gallagher-Doucette. “I began trying to live
up to these expectations I had made for myself
and it led to my spiral of depression.”
Members involved in the UK survey attributed their depression and anxiety to poor working
conditions including the difficulty of sustaining
a living, anti-social working hours, exhaustion
and the inability to plan their time/future and a
lack of recognition for one’s work.
This week alone, Gallagher-Doucette will be
in the studio for a total of 36 hours working on
his newest music project.
For Chris Fotos, a previous York University Musicians’ Society executive, vocalist and
guitarist, stepping onto a stage with his bare
feet is the only thing that puts his anxiety at
ease during a performance.
“Every time I get on stage I feel really claustrophobic, as a part of my anxiety,” he said. “I have
this weird thing where I have to take my shoes
off to feel comfortable.”
Fotos suffers from both depression and
anxiety. But he’s never put his music career on
hold because of it. “It makes it difficult to get out
of bed or talk to people about my work—just
appearing like an effective human being who is
also a musician is hard, but it’s never stopped me
from doing my job.”
Contrary to his peers, for Michael Friedman,
a third-year social work student and drummer
for the band Six at Best, music acts as a relief
from the social anxiety he faces day to day.
“I tend to be a very anxious person and performing tends to ease that,” he said. “I have social
anxiety disorder, but that never comes through
in my music—it’s when I’m not communicating
through music that it kicks in.”
oattari finds the clichés associated
with brooding musicians and their
music to be funny.
“My friends and I laugh about how musicians
are always so sad,” she says. “I don’t know if it’s
because we’re sensitive or because [the music
industry] sucks. Either way, it might be true.”



Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016


RSU unveils new funding for athletics clubs
Ryerson Students’ Union included $30,000 for competitive and recreational clubs in the 2016-2017 budget
By Daniel Rocchi
Athletics clubs at Ryerson can now
apply for funding from the Ryerson
Students’ Union (RSU).
The RSU will finalize a new
form by Nov. 14 that allows clubs
with competitive or recreational
status under Ryerson athletics and
recreation’s sport classification
framework to apply for grants from
the union. They can be used for
events and expenses like uniforms and
travel for competitions. Competitive
clubs are eligible for up to $3,000 in
funding per year, while recreational
clubs can receive up to $1,000.
Previously, only student groups
recognized under the RSU were
eligible for union funding. Those
groups fell into three categories:
cultural, faith-based and special
interest. Athletics clubs operate
either through Ryerson athletics and
recreation or as unofficial student
groups. But the RSU’s master budget
for 2016-2017 includes a new
subsection with $30,000 allocated to
an Athletic Groups Fund for officially
recognized clubs.
The RSU decided to incorporate
an athletics grant into its budget
after representatives from several
clubs voiced concerns around

The RSU has a new grant for Ryerson’s athletics clubs.

opportunities for funding at the
RSU’s semi-annual general meeting
in the spring. At the time, a motion
for funding didn’t pass.
This is the first time that the RSU
has actively funded official Ryerson
athletics clubs. Until now, clubs
would have been required to give up
their status with Ryerson athletics
and recreation and become a club
under the RSU.
“We said, ‘What’s the benefit?’
and they said, ‘Well, essentially you
get the money’,” said Celene Tang, a
fourth-year RTA media production
student and the president of the
Ryerson Archery Club, one of the
organizations that approached the


RSU about funding. “But we weren’t
about lose our gym time and gym
space that the athletics department
allowed us to get.”
To be recognized under Ryerson’s
sport classification framework,
competitive and recreational clubs
must meet a number of criteria
including constitutions and budgets
approved by the athletics and
recreation department. Successful
applicants are granted access to
the department’s official websites,
administrative support and prioritized
access to bookable facilities like the
Kerr Hall gymnasiums.
But officially recognized clubs
receive no funding from the

department. To gain official status,
they must be fully self-funded
through registration fees, fundraising
and awards and grants. As a result,
finding the time and money to be a
Ryerson athletics club member can
often be difficult.
“We’ve put a lot of hours into
fundraising,” said Taylar Oats, a
second-year biomedical engineering
student and a founding member
of Ryerson’s fastpitch team, which
operates as a competitive club.
Playing their inaugural season this
past fall, each player had to pay a
membership fee of $300, and it still
wasn’t enough. “We managed to
get ourselves enough money to go
through our first season, but I know
that without the fundraising we did ...
we would have a hard time.”
RSU President Obaid Ullah said
that restructuring within the RSU
budget and alternative revenue
streams, like ticket sales, created the
financial flexibility for this project.
“Just as every other group on
this campus is working towards
something they believe in or
something that they’re passionate
about, the same goes for athletics,
and we want to make sure we can
give them that space on campus,”
said Ullah.

The RSU budget was finalized in
August, but this is the first week that
athletics clubs will be able to apply for
the grant. Ullah said the RSU has been
working out the details of the grant’s
requirements and application process,
but contacted Ryerson’s athletics
and recreation administration in
mid-October to inform them of the
new initiative. Only clubs that are
officially recognized by athletics and
recreation will be eligible to apply.
Athletics clubs can already
apply with the Student Initiative
Fund (SIF), which operates under
Ryerson Student Life and awards
money to student-led projects and
organizations. Funds are awarded by
a committee that includes two student
representatives from every school
faculty and one representative from
each of Ryerson’s student unions, the
RSU and the Continuing Education
Students’ Association at Ryerson.
Under the SIF, new projects are
eligible for up to $5,000 in funding
while established projects can receive
up to $2,500. Groups awarded the
full amount for their category may
also get additional funding based
on a secondary application process.
Secondary funding can reach a
maximum of $4,000 for new projects
and $2,000 for established ones.

Splitting the difference: coaching two teams...again
Returning as the head coach of both Ryerson volleyball teams for a second straight season, Dustin Reid is prepared for a historic year
By Daniel Rocchi
When the men’s volleyball team
made history with their OUA Final
Four semi-final win against the
Queen’s Gaels in March, it wasn’t all
good news.
The team was headed to just the
second OUA championship game in
program history, and their semi-final
victory guaranteed them their firstever national championship berth.

But the Rams would be playing for
provincial gold without an important
member of their team.
“We’re celebrating, and we know
we’re going to nationals and we’re
playing for an OUA championship
the next night, and I had to tell the
players, ‘Yeah, I’m not going to be
here’,” said Dustin Reid.
It was Reid’s first season as the head
coach of both the men’s and women’s
volleyball teams after men’s coach

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Nov. 3 - Rams: 2 York: 6
Nov. 5 - Rams: 6 Toronto: 4
Nov. 5 - Rams: 88 Laurier: 54
Nov. 4 - Rams: 3
Nov. 5 - Rams: 3

Queen’s: 1
RMC: 0

Nov. 4 - Rams: 1 Windsor: 2
Nov. 5 - Rams: 3 Western: 6
Nov. 5 - Rams: 66 Laurier: 68
Nov. 4 - Rams: 3
Nov. 5 - Rams: 3

Queen’s: 0
RMC: 0

Men’s Soccer

Nov. 5 - Rams: 0 Guelph: 3
(OT) [OUA Final Four]
Nov. 6 - Rams: 1 Toronto: 2
[OUA bronze medal game]

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Mirek Porosa took a leave of absence
before season began. Reid would
be with the women’s squad at their
own semi-final contest in Toronto
against the Western Mustangs on the
same night that the men would face
McMaster for OUA gold in Hamilton.
It was a difficult moment for Reid,
and an important lesson.
“I had to accept that I can’t make
everybody happy, and I can’t be
everything to everybody.”
The women’s team won that semifinal game to advance to the gold
medal game. Both squads lost in their
respective championship matches to
send the Rams home with a pair of
OUA silvers. This year, the stakes are
With the men coming off their
first national tournament appearance
and the women’s team set to host
nationals in March, Reid will have his
hands full as the head coach of two
teams that have aspirations for both
provincial and national titles.
For Reid, now in his ninth year as
the women’s head coach, the key to
success will be sharing the workload.
“I’ve had to realize that I have
to give control to other [people]
at times,” he said. “I’ve had to trust
others and take away some of the
aspects that may have been most

Dustin Reid is the head coach of both Rams volleyball teams.

satisfying for me in the past.
“It’s better for the team and better
for me to share some of those.”
Reid will rely heavily on his
assistant coaches to coordinate the
season. Matthew Harris has returned
with the men’s squad, while former
Queen’s Gaels player Becky Zeeman
joins the women’s team as both a
player and assistant coach.
Zeeman will be on the court
during women’s games, so Reid
will be with the women’s squad if a
conflict prevents him from coaching
both teams like it did in last year’s
Final Fours. With that eventuality in
mind, he said there may be coaching
experiments on the men’s bench.
“[Matt and I] may share the duties
sometimes, he may be the head coach


sometimes and me the assistant,”
said Reid. “We have some different
options that we’re going to try there
and we’re going to see how the
players respond.”
Regardless of how the year unfolds,
Reid believes last season’s experiences
have made him a more capable coach
for this one.
“It’s forced me to consider a lot of
things that I didn’t consider before. It’s
forced me to be more efficient in how
I plan and how I allocate my assistant
coaches and how I trust others,” he
said. “It’s been a challenge that I never
conspired to chase. When you’re put
in a situation where you’re forced to
do your best and serve others, that’s
been rewarding and been a good
learning experience.”



Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016

Immigrant doctors get help from Rye
By Noella Ovid
The federal government is increasing the amount of skilled immigrants allowed into the country in
an effort to bolster the economy,
but physicians moving to Canada
for work may be dissapointed.
Only about four per cent of foreign physicians who immigrate
to Canada actually get to practice
medicine here, said Ryerson public health expert Tim Sly. He said
Canadian professionals don’t want
foreigners impeding on their turf.
The federal Liberals announced
the target number of immigrants
in 2017 will rise from 260,000 to
300,000, increasing the target for
skilled workers from 160,600 to
Ryerson has a program to help
skilled medical professionals find
health-care jobs. The G. Raymond
Chang School of Continuing Education offers the Internationally
Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD)
Bridging Program, which is designed to integrate foreign doctors
into Canada’s health-care system
and help them find work in nonlicensed health-care employment.
Distinguished visiting professor
Shafi Bhuiyan launched the program in January 2015.
“Canada brings in ... fully-qualified physicians under the pretext

they can come to Canada … [and]
have no trouble at all,” Sly, a professor of epidemiology at Ryerson,
“They arrive here and then suddenly realize they cannot practice as a physician without going
through an awful lot of steps and
hurdles and obstacles.”
He said Citizenship and Immigration Canada is not accurately representing job availability.
“Their message should be stopped
immediately,” said Sly.
“Before [foreign medical professionals] even ... apply to immigrate,
they should be told, ‘Well if you
come to Canada, we’d be pleased to
have you here but don’t think you
can just practise medicine.’”
Sly said the statistics are concerning. “[Immigrants] have to
find something else to do at a time
when we have need for physicians
in small communities in the north
and in rural areas.”
The ITMD Bridging Program
assists those who are looking to remain in the medical industry by providing them with health research
and health management positions.
“It’ll be still in the realm of medicine. They wouldn’t lose that altogether, but certainly what a waste
for somebody who’s maybe even a
specialist, or a consultant, or even a
teacher or a professor of medicine in

App of the
By Sylvia Lorico
Keep your location private and secure your browsing in public with
TunnelBear VPN. Available for iOS
and Android, TunnelBear VPN allows you to keep your IP address
and location private while browsing
through a VPN server.
A VPN or Virtual Private Network
adds security to private or public networks, like WiFi hotspots. The user’s
initial IP address is obscured by one
from the VPN, hiding the location of
a device’s network.
Users are required to create an account to use the app. It’s available for
free but users can upgrade to a paid
subscription for use on multiple devices and a larger data cap. The free
version only allows users 500 megabytes of monthly data on the VPN.
Once on the app, users can select a
location on a virtual map to “tunnel
to.” There are two main “tunnels”
in the app, where you tunnel from
(your current location) and where
you tunnel to. You can select from
countries on a virtual map to tunnel.

Once you’ve done so, you can
no longer access the internet directly from your network. Instead,
the connection is moved through a
server in the country that you selected on the app.
When the app is running, users can
safely browse the internet from a different location without being tracked
from an IP address. Traffic between
the device and the server is also encrypted. TunnelBear doesn’t track
your location or activities on the app.
Data usage is tracked on a small
bar located at the bottom of the app.
It tells users how many megabytes of
data is remaining.
Another feature the app has is the
ability to access blocked websites.
Since websites track your geographic location using your IP address,
they can prevent you from accessing
certain information. But the app can
make it appear as if you are browsing from a different country. Users
who are in Canada can access information blocked in Canada by tunneling to a different country like the
United States.

A group of doctors perform surgery on a patient.

their own country,” Sly said.
“They’re being obstructed in a
sense, being stopped from practising.”
The 12-week ITMD Bridging
Program recruits about 20 participants out of several hundred applicants twice each year in the fall and
winter semesters. They are offered
four courses to provide them with
the additional skills needed to gain
employment, including research
methodology, data management and
“In the long run, their skills will
help to establish their reputation
and they should do well, whether


they get into medicine again or not,”
Sly said.
Marie Bountrogianni, dean of The
Chang School, said Canada benefits
from the “unique skills sets and diverse, international training and experience” skilled immigrants bring.
Students can participate in an
optional four-week practicum
placement at a leading health-care
organization in Toronto, such as
St. Michael’s Hospital and Toronto
Public Health. Upon the completion
of the program, they are eligible to
earn a professional development
award from The Chang School.

The total fee for the ITMD Bridging Program is $2,196.
Sly said that the program is set to
be offered at Ryerson over roughly a
five-year period and they are planning to offer a second, more advanced program at the University of
Toronto in the future.
“This is kind of an infilling, like
a first-aid process I think, until the
government begins to wake up and
do what’s right,” said Sly.
Bountrogianni said a new fouryear commitment from Ryerson
will allow the program to take up to
25 participants per session.

Aiding disaster relief
By Noushin Ziafati
A Ryerson grad has founded a
startup to make handling emergencies easier with the help of others
around the world.
Jennifer Holmes, a graduate of
Ryerson’s Master of Digital Media
(MDM) program, founded DEMHUB, an emergency and disaster
management network that helps
emergency managers and academics work hand-in-hand, sharing information in times of urgency.
Holmes started DEMHUB so that
emergency managers could share
information to create preparedness programs and response plans
within their communities.
“The need is basically out of the
lack of resources that address that
issue, that allow us to learn from
each other on a macro scale or
more on a global scale as opposed
to a more micro or local,” Holmes
DEMHUB is a free online social
network designed in a way that
enables people to contribute their
knowledge with specific natural disasters and share it with communities that are in need of help.
Users are able to reach out and

Jennifer Holmes founded a disaster relief

get different ideas and lessons
learned from natural disasters that
have occurred in other parts of the
world, and learn how to respond
accordingly to similar situations
within their own communities.
Every user has a profile in which
they can promote themselves and
their accomplishments, whether
they’ve written any reports or studies, or if they have created emergency response plans that could be

useful to others.
Holmes’ vision is that the information shared throughout DEMHUB’s platform will “ultimately
contribute to a safer and resilient
global community”.
She said countries that have experience with specific natural disasters can be leaders and teachers
to the rest of the world. They can
provide information ahead of time
about how a natural disaster presented itself in the past and how
it behaved. Others can look at that
and decide how they should prepare and initiate plans in their own
region as a response.
“That is the way that we’d like to
see it unfold in real time, whenever
there’s an imminent threat coming down the pipe, that is how we
would like to see it occur.”
DEMHUB is based out of the
iBoost Zone, which is an incubator
at Ryerson’s Zone Learning network.
Holmes said running a startup
is different than anything she has
ever done, as a former student with
a background in film and in emergency management and communications.
DEMHUB is currently in its beta


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1 in 5
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americans will still talk
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9 in 10

trump supporters
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clinton will pledge to run her
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Donald Trump is literally the (adjective)
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and Hillary Clinton is probably the (adjective)
person to ever be nominated for President.
Of the two candidates, I wish that (name)
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Once we finished our ice cream, we’d binge-watch Netlfix. We’d have to work off all that ice cream, so we
would stroll through the streets talking about (activity)
, their favourite hobby. I didn’t know
that (name)
was so into (activity)
! Wild. Then, we’d eat (food)
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