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Volume 52 - Issue 11

November 21, 2018
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THE ACTIVISTS RESISTING RYERSON P10
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NEWS 3
RSU OVERLOAD

‘It feels like a completely different office space now’
Current and former Ryerson Students’ Union equity centre staff told The Eye about their concerns about the equity centres this year

By Lidia Abraha Surowiec said she would priori- term. This year’s training was con- ACCESS has held three events and I’m here to learn and help people,”
and Raneem Alozzi tize promoting the six equity centres ducted one month into the semester. RSC and RyePRIDE held four each. said Mustafa.
to all Ryerson University students “It should’ve happened way earlier, These numbers don’t include collec- Weekly meetings with all the cen-
The equity centres are run a lot dif- during her election campaign. and it’s my fault for not organizing tive meetings, since they are manda- tres have also been cancelled this
ferently than last year—by new peo- The Eye spoke to seven former it,” said Ruben Perez, the new RSU tory for each centre. year. These were held to keep track
ple with new practices. Under new and current equity centre staff, who equity and campaigns organizer. “I “It’s been pretty quiet around of each other’s projects and encour-
management, the centres have been expressed their concerns about the could give [the training], which I here,” said the anonymous coordi- age collaboration between centres.
holding fewer events than last year way the centres are being run. have no problem with, but I’d rather nator, adding there has been low Perez opted to narrow down the
and students who use the services “It feels like a completely different have someone that identifies with turnout for centre events. meetings so centres only meet with
and work in them have told The Eye office space now,” said one of the one of the communities to give it.” Surowiec said she doesn’t think him individually and not with oth-
the centres are not safe spaces. current coordinators, who spoke Early in the semester a staff mem- Facebook event pages are an accurate er groups.
The centres, which are all locat- to The Eye on the condition of ano- ber came in and asked the anony- representation of the centres’ work. Recently, a security guard
ed in the Student Campus Centre nymity in order to protect their job. mous coordinator, “Are you a girl or “It takes adjustment and getting used dropped into the RSC office, ac-
(SCC), consist of collectives that a boy?” The coordinator said trans- to the flow of things. It’s very under- cording to Elliot and other com-
support marginalized students. They phobic comments from new staff standable,” she said in an email. munity members. Elliot said it’s
include the Centre for Women and
“It’s been pretty quiet could’ve been avoided if the training Sheldomar Elliott, an RSC coor- problematic for security guards to
Trans People (CWTP), Good Food around here” was prioritized. dinator, said the centre is focused be in an office that’s a safe space for
Centre (GFC), RyeACCESS, Rye- They added that they’ve had to ed- on planning Black History Month racialized students.
PRIDE, Racialised Students’ Collec- “I wish it wasn’t [and] I knew that ucate people on a lot of basic equity and other events for next term. This Ram Ganesh, president of the
tive (RSC) and the Trans Collective. was going to happen no matter what terminology and microaggressions. semester they have only held two RSU, said it was a coincidence as
Karolina Surowiec, vice-president with new management ... but I don’t Former GFC coordinator Kimber- events, in addition to bi-monthly he was sitting in there and invited
equity for the Ryerson Students’ know if I can say with confidence ley Vaz said one of the biggest issues collective meetings. the security guard, who was an old
Union (RSU), also oversees the they’ve changed for the better.” facing the centre is workers’ unclear friend, into the space.
RSU-run Sexual Assault Survivor Every year the centres organize experience in equity organizing. “We have people who “It may be triggering for some
Support Line (SASSL). anti-oppression training early in the “We have people who know know nothing about folks. A lot of people have had really
nothing about equity, who know
equity...making some bad experiences with security on
nothing about the work that we’ve campus … or security guards in gen-
been doing and they’re making some pretty big decisions” eral, and they’re not much different
pretty big decisions that are impact- from police officers,” said Elliot.
ing the community,” Vaz said. Despite the complaints, Perez said
Before she was elected, Surowiec Hajer Mustafa, a new coordina- he’s satisfied with how the centre is
told The Eye that as a supporter of tor at the RSC, said she didn’t know running. The GFC had 700 visitors
equity-based initiatives, she likes to about the RSC until a friend told her in October, which is 200 more than
come out to events but had never about it. “Once I got here I was a lit- September, he said.
worked on any equity campaigns. tle uncomfortable at first because I “Black History Month is coming
During the first semester of last don’t know how to approach things, up next semester. SASSL is prepar-
school year, according to event pages and I’m not as well educated as other ing for a big launch, the GFC is full
on Facebook, the CWTP and the people are in this field.” steam ahead, Trans Collective has
Trans Collective held 11 events. So But Mustafa said that she has been trans-awareness month that’s going
far this year, they have held five and working on the Queer Trans People on right now. CWTP is partnering
three events, respectively. of Colour (QTPOC) subcommit- with TEDxWomen for a confer-
Last year, RyeACCESS held five tee and plans to organize an event ence which is very exciting,” said
| PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA events, the RSC held eight and Ry- about microaggressions with her Perez. “There’s a lot of projects in
ePRIDE held 13. This year, Rye- fellow coordinator. “I’m learning, the works.”

Five dollar campus pub menu, one of the RSU’s key campaign promises, scrapped
By Maggie Macintosh ment and the university, made the ing to address food security for stu- $340,000 more from food sold out on certain days of the week. Ganesh
decision at a meeting on Oct. 9. dents,” Stacey said. of the kitchen—which was served to said there are similar programs al-
The $5 menu at the Ram in the Rye “The RSU can make campaign The Palin Foundation was mainly diners at the pub, café and to confer- ready in place.
is off the table. promises but they don’t actually run concerned that creating a $5 menu ences held in the building—than the Jay Mehta, a Good Food Centre
During the Ryerson Students’ the kitchen,” said Jennifer Stacey, would put additional stress on the year before. (GFC) coordinator, said the RSU
Union (RSU) election campaign general manager of the SCC. kitchen in the SCC, which services Planning to renovate the kitchen has partnered with Domino’s Pizza
last winter, the Unify slate—the the pub, Oakham Café and events in to improve its size and efficiency is to offer students 50 per cent off
party led by the current executives— “The RSU can make the building. underway, she added. their orders during the exam period.
promised to introduce a discounted campaign promises but “It is wack-a-freaking-doodle busy With the menu axed, the RSU Mehta said GFC wants to part-
menu at the campus pub if elected. down there so actually increasing wants to arrange special, discounted ner with “healthy” restaurants to
they don’t actually run
At the beginning of the semester, the volume of what goes out is just combos available to Ryerson stu- offer students discounted meals in
RSU president Ram Ganesh told the kitchen” not possible,” Stacey said. dents at restaurants near campus January 2019.
The Eye the menu would list appe- RSU vice-president equity Karo-
tizers and half-sized entrées. “We discussed it as a board and, lina Surowiec said in a statement
A feasibility report on the menu as a board, we decided that actu- the RSU team was upset to find out
was then conducted by the head ally, our focus would be on the food the menu wasn’t feasible since they
chef in the Student Campus Centre we’re already providing, which is al- worked hard on their proposal.
(SCC) kitchen. ready a great deal.” “Their point of view is if they make
After reviewing the report, the A basket of fries, garlic bread and the food prices even cheaper, a lot
Palin Foundation, the administra- a bowl of soup each cost less than more students would come and they
tive body on campus responsible for $5 at the pub. Entrée prices are be- wouldn’t be able to handle the work-
maintaining SCC facilities, decided tween $7 to $11 before tax. load and there would be poor service.”
the $5 menu wasn’t feasible. Ganesh has previously said the said Ganesh. “We kind of disagree but
The foundation, which is made discounted menu of appetizers and they’re the professionals.”
up of representatives from the RSU, half-sized entrées would help allevi- Stacey said the kitchen’s food sales
Continuing Education Students’ As- ate food insecurity on campus. have increased steadily over the last | ILLUSTRATION: KHALED BADAWI
sociation of Ryerson, SCC manage- “A $5 menu at the Ram isn’t go- couple of years. Last year, they made
4 EDITORIAL

Psst! Just a reminder that if you have any thoughts on anything in HERE WE GO AGAIN ON MY OWN

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the By
Alanna
Rizza
Eyeopener
Fall 2018 It’s that time of the year when The
Eyeopener writes an edgy editorial
explaining how journalism works.

Elections So far this term, Eyeopener editors
and reporters have been accused of
inappropriate behaviour and an “in-
Openings include such exciting positions such as: cident report” is being filed against
News editor us.
Photo editor (2) This week, we received a tip that
the Wellness Centre—where stu- | ILLUSTRATION: TAYLOR BALL
Arts & Life editor
dents can access resources to im-
Business & Technology editor prove their mental health—is no the centre. Then when I asked celled an interview with an Eye edi-
longer operating. So we investigat- for comment, his response was, tor last-minute. The exec then said
To run in the election you need to get a nomination ed to find out if that was true. “You’re treating me like a child.” the RSU would be “conducting an in-
signed by 2 current masthead members and get a I found that the centre had a mas- He then said, “Don’t ever call me vestigation” because the editor asked
poster up the day *before* the elections. sive padlock on the door handle and again” and hung up the phone. He an equity centre employee about his
Poster size is 8.5x11 and must include your name the window was covered. When later stated in an email that an “in- work experience after receiving nu-
I knocked on the door, two RSU cident report” is being filed against merous complaints about the equity
face and the position you are running for. staff members in the room opened The Eye. Ganesh answered my centre’s current operations.
And, just for fun, you will have to prepare the door and gestured me in. The questions over email the next day, When the RSU says that they
and deliver a 2 minute speech. centre is now being used as an RSU but he continues to say I entered value transparency, threatening to
workspace and as storage. I also saw the room “without permission.” call security on journalists when
video game consoles strewn around. Ganesh later wrote in an email, we do our jobs doesn’t sound like
Speeches are at 7pm, November 22nd I started taking photos when the “If anyone from The Eye enters our accepting accountability. If asking
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NEWS 5

RSU doesn’t show up to CFS annual general meeting
CESAR, Black Liberation Collective present at the Canadian Federation of Students’ annual general meeting held in Gatineau, Que.

By Izabella Balcerzak about their positive thoughts on be- Their third request was for an
ing a CFS member. emergency fund to be created for
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) The motions CESAR supported unions, student groups and student
was nowhere to be found at the that passed include one to extend organizers, based on financial need
Canadian Federation of Students’ membership status for the Mature for issues like legal representation.
(CFS) annual general meeting in and Part-Time University Students’ This motion was read by mem-
Gatineau, Que. held Nov. 16 to 19. Association (MAPUS) by one year. bers of the Student Federation of the
The CFS is the largest and old- BLC makes emergency motion University of Ottawa and echoed by
est student movement in Canada. Ryerson’s Black Liberation Col- Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, the ra-
It currently represents more than lective (BLC) made an appearance cialized students’ representative for
650,000 college, undergraduate, during the emergency motions, the CFS, who said the relationship
graduate, part-time and interna- urging the CFS to support local and between the two groups and the
tional students in nine provinces. grassroots students campaigns— federation has been that “the CFS
| PHOTO: IZABELLA BALCERZAK
A member since 1982, the RSU even those from unions who are not doesn’t show up for them.
pays more than $500,000 to the CFS members of the organization. “It’s becoming more and more
to support its campaigns, move- evident that [the CFS] is more dents Rising (ISR) and the CFS’ podcast, which is co-hosted by for-
ments and resources all geared to- “It’s becoming more about politics and more about national trans constituency com- mer RSU president Nora Loreto.
ward a “United Student Front.” power and privilege than showing missioner, clarified that although Loreto faced multiple online at-
The RSU decided not to attend and more evident up for the people who need it the ISR took part in activism efforts tacks earlier this year after she took
since it was too expensive for the that [the CFS] is most,” she said. with the BLC, the language of the to social media to state the over-
union to go, said RSU president Ram more about politics” Shanese Steele, the national emergency motion and what it was whelming support given to Hum-
Ganesh. They also chose not to ask Circle chair of First Nations, Métis about was completely news to him. boldt Broncos bus crash victims and
another local to vote on their behalf. and Inuit students for the CFS who The motion was ultimately their families was influenced by the
Continuing Education Students’ They requested financial and tan- identifies as Black and Indigenous, pushed to the national executive, victims being white, male and young.
Association of Ryerson (CESAR), gible resources, which would go said she feels the CFS isn’t “about just before the meeting adjourned. A suggestion was made to support
Local 105, was in attendance. They toward media training, learning radical organizing” like they claim to Former RSU president doesn’t her and fund her podcast to make it
were represented by executive direc- organizational tactics, externally fa- be. “If all you can do is write fucking get podcast funding more accessible. This motion was
tor Nicole Picton and Amanda Lin, cilitated anti-oppression training and letters and not put yourselves on the Another heated topic brought up defeated. The motion that passed was
vice-president services and finance. understanding institutional mechan- line, then what is the point?” during closing plenary was a motion that the federation “investigate tools
CESAR was active through- ics. The resources would be locally Olson Crow, a member of Ryer- suggesting a $1,000 donation be to combat social media campaigns of
out the conference, and were clear available to campuses and online. son University’s Indigenous Stu- made to the Sandy & Nora political fascists and the alt-right.”

New Indigenous language class Senate approves urban health and
Ryerson students can soon study Anishinaabemowin building science PhD programs
By Daniel McIntosh Indigenous Health at the University By Tim Falco well School of Nursing, said the new
of Toronto (U of T). urban health program will focus on
Starting next semester, students will “You see a different way of see- Ryerson University has approved the health of people living in a di-
be able to learn and study Anishi- ing the world [when learning a new two new PhD programs: urban verse city centre such as Toronto.
naabemowin at Ryerson University. language],” said Mashford-Pringle. health and building science. “Other universities don’t have
CMN 411, Special Topics in Pro- She said she hopes non-Indigenous In a meeting on Nov. 6, Senate a specific focus on urban health,”
Com: Indigenous Language Immer- students learn to think about the voted in favour of offering the pro- Fredericks said. “They have subcate-
sion I (Anishinaabemowin), will be land they’re on and view it as more grams at Ryerson. gories that will address urban health,
offered in January 2019 through the than just space to own. Both programs have a target start but it’s not their primary focus.”
Professional Communication school. “Elders tell us that culture is em- date of September 2019. The uni-
“It’s intended to be a highly ap- bedded in our languages, so intro- versity, however, is still waiting “There are no
plied course,” said Cherie Bova, ducing the language allows the op- for approval from the Ministry of
comparable programs...
manager of administration at Ryer- portunity to revitalize the culture.” Training, Colleges and Universities
son’s School of Professional Com- The value of Indigenous language as well as the Ontario Universities in Canada”
munication. “It will be situated in revitalization was highlighted in Council on Quality Assurance, ac-
a communal, Indigenous environ- Ryerson’s Truth and Reconciliation cording to Cory Searcy, the associ- The location of Ryerson’s campus
ment, so whatever the reflected Report community consultation ate dean of programs at Ryerson’s in Toronto’s downtown core and the
practice within the community is, published in January 2018. Yeates School of Graduate Studies. curriculum’s urban focus will make
it’s hoped that it’s going to be echoed Keren Rice, chair of U of T’s de- The building science PhD will ex- the program unique on an interna-
in the course design.” partment of linguistics, said it’s im- pand on Ryerson’s existing masters tional scale, she added.
portant “for students and the other of building science program, while The four-year urban health PhD
“Culture is embedded members of the university to un- the urban health PhD is a step up in will accept five students per year.
in our languages” derstand the critical value of Indig- higher education from the masters PhD in building science
enous languages.” of nursing. The building science program will
Marie Crosta, the director of out- “For both of these programs, they give students a chance to explore
Students will converse, perform reach for the Faculty of Communi- are very unique, and there are no new advancements and initiatives
and participate in interactive story- cation and Design, said courses cen- comparable programs in Ontario such as environmentally sustainable
telling throughout the course. tered around Indigenous cultures or even more broadly, in Canada,” building in the field.
Associate professor Joanne Di- at Ryerson quickly become popular Searcy said. “[The new program] puts Ryerson
Nova, a member of the Couchiching through word of mouth. She saw He added that student interest, University in a valuable and unique
First Nation, is teaching the course. this firsthand when the Radio and as well as societal needs, are factors leadership position to attract new
DiNova was unavailable for com- Television Arts program rolled out in the decision-making process of students, industry partnerships, and
ment in time for publication. their Indigenous Media course. establishing new PhD programs— research investment,” said Miljana
Courses like these provide new “Their first offering was kind and the two new programs meet Horvat, associate dean of graduate
perspectives to non-Indigenous of small, but the next offering had those requirements. studies of the Faculty of Engineering
students, said Angela Mashford- about 50 students,” said Crosta, add- PhD in urban health and Architectural Science.
Pringle, an Algonquin educator at ing that CMN 411 has the potential Suzanne Fredericks, graduate pro- Two students will be accepted into
the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for to become a staple course. | ILLUSTRATION: ELANA EMER gram director for the Daphne Cock- the four-year program every year.
INDIGENOUS AT RYERSON | 6

RECONCILIATION
in the
CLASSROOM

WORDS BY LINSEY RASCHKOWAN
ILLUSTRATION BY SAMANTHA MOYA

Nearly one year after the release of a community consultation report,
IndigenousfacultyandstudentsreflectonRyerson’sprogresswithIndigenous
reconciliation, and its shortcomings

O
n any given school day, Emma Cooper will wake First Nations, Métis and Inuit youth making up just eight per reconciliation, providing themes such as “Indigenizing” the
up in her home in downtown Toronto, and cent of the age group nationally. university by incorporating language courses and relevant
smudge herself with sage. Although she owns all Education systems in Canada have reflected this history, and community-related issues, as well as “symbolic gestures,” in-
four sacred medicines—sage, cedar, sweetgrass Ryerson is no exception. The debate over the still-standing cluding formal apologies. It also highlights the goal to double
and tobacco—sage is the one she primarily uses in order to statue prevails today. Cooper laughs uncomfortably, mention- the number of Indigenous faculty.
cleanse negative energy. ing the plaque that was placed in front of the statue earlier this But now, nearly 11 months after the consultation report’s
Cooper, who’s majoring in creative industries at Ryerson, year as a result of the reconciliation process. Part of it reads: release, some Ryerson students and faculty are reflecting on
does this morning routine every day. After getting ready, she the school’s progress. Many of the efforts and the goals they
walks to school, where she passes the statue of Egerton Ry- “This plaque serves as a reminder of Ryerson University’s com- are attempting to achieve are within the academic landscape,
erson, the university’s namesake. “Walking past that statue mitment to moving forward in the spirit of truth and reconciliation. a key component in the Truth and Reconciliation Commis-
every day is really hard. It sucks,” says Cooper, a member of Egerton Ryerson is widely known for his contributions to Ontario’s sion of Canada: Calls to Action. But these efforts, while pres-
the Lenape and Delaware tribe from Six Nations, while sitting public educational system. As Chief Superintendent of Education, ent and behind-the-scenes, don’t feel substantive to some
in the Oakham Café in eye’s view of the statue. Her fingers, Ryerson’s recommendations were instrumental in the design and due to their lack of visibility, particularly for students such
adorned with vintage rings from Tribal Rhythm, are wrapped implementation of the Indian Residential School System.” as Cooper.
around a cup of tea.

C
Egerton Ryerson, aside from founding the school, is known Back in April, Denise O’Neil Green, Ryerson’s vice-presi-
for contributing to the creation of the residential school system, dent equity and community inclusion, discussed the possibility ooper was lucky to have experiences at Ryer-
where Indigenous children were taken from their families and of removing the statue with three Indigenous students, who son that relate to her culture, but only because
forced to assimilate into white culture. The system operated in shared their concerns about leaving it up. “However, at this she sought them out herself—for her, it was her
Canada for more than 100 years, during which time thousands time there are no plans to remove the statue,” she wrote in a Indigenous Media course she took through cre-
of children were dying at alarming rates. The last school did statement. It’s been one of many issues preventing the school’s ative industries. The course looks at Indigenous art through
not close in Canada until 1996, and according to a 2016 report reconciliation with its Indigenous community. screenings, readings and guest artists, and examines two-
from Statistics Canada, the genocide continues today with In January, a community consultation report was released spirit, gender, class and race issues through the lens of Indig-
The Millennium Scoop. Indigenous children account for more that outlines what Ryerson has worked on, and what it will enous artists. But it’s an RTA course that isn’t mandatory in
than half of the children in Canada’s foster care system, despite work on, to “strategically move forward together” toward her program, so most students won’t come across this con-
7 | INDIGENOUS AT RYERSON

tent unless they actively seek it. scientific knowledge. sities’ efforts to “Indigenize” their schools. He says we should
The course was created roughly five years ago by Dr. Lila When David Cramb, dean of Ryerson’s Faculty of Sci- focus on speaking and listening to elders, something he’s done
Pine, a new media artist of Mi’gmaw ancestry from the Bras ence, lived in Calgary, he used to meet with a Dene elder on during his time teaching in Calgary.
d’Or First Nation. Pine, who is active in the restoration of In- a regular basis. He was told a story about a giant beaver that

H
digeneity in language and cross-cultural communication, is was being chased around the land, then hid, and decided to
also the director of Saagajiwe, which is the centre for Indige- become a mountain. ilary Lafleur is a third-year Métis student from the
nous arts (formerly known as the Indigenous Communication “There’s this traditional beaver mountain thing up near Painted Feather Woodland tribe in Ontario, cur-
and Design Network), part of the Faculty of Communications Fort Chipewyan, and I was like, ‘Oh man, that is such a great rently studying business management at the Ted
and Design. It’s set to be located in the Rogers Communica- story, but come on, a giant beaver? Please.’” Rogers School of Management. She’s attempted in
tions Centre. The centre made a callout for an Indigenous art- Three weeks later, Cramb found out through the CBC the past to find student support, but due to a heavy course
ist to design the entrance of the centre. The project, with a that an archaeological dig near the mountain actually load, it’s difficult for her to find them. Due to their invis-
budget of $15,000, is set to complete this December. Centres found giant beaver bones. Seated across from Cramb, ibility, she’s never had much luck. The university does have
like these can provide spaces for students to engage with and Sandy laughs and says, “Yes, we’ve been telling you that some resources available, but they’re inaccessible to students
learn about their culture. for years.” like Lafleur. It creates a barrier in her education. She had been
But while visual presence of Indigeneity on campus also Sandy finds experiences of that nature fascinating: “It studying at Ryerson for three years before she found out about
needs work, the Indigenous Media course in itself can provide [opens] your eyes a little bit to show you that there’s a lot of Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services (RASS).
a safe space to speak about Indigenous issues. Right now, Coo- value in this knowledge.”
per’s culture is not reflected in her mandatory courses. While Including storytelling in scientific studies is one of the ways
just an optional elective to most, the class was a safe space for
her to discuss Indigenous issues in the media—including her
they are planning to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into
the programs. “It’s like fighting a
frustrations on the statue debate. As for Zolfaghari, she is currently working on ways to in-
She had stopped smudging for a while, too, but the course
brought her back to it. “I’ll smudge before I do anything,”
clude Indigenous issues in the program, such as waste water
management on reserves or designing infrastructure from an
brick wall”
she says, describing it as a healing process after a bad day. Indigenous perspective. This includes changing the way con-
The course has been called “ahead of its time,” but now, it’s tent is taught in the courses within the faculty and making it Resources on campus specific to Indigenous students exist,
one of the most popular courses, according to dean of FCAD more inclusive to all identities. but they’re not all designed to provide student support, and
Charles Falzon. But one thing she says needs to be a fundamental fo- they’re not all from Ryerson either. The Indigenous Students
While there’s a push to increase Indigenous content in cus to reconciliation is the student population. “We don’t Association, Ryerson & First Nations Technical Institute and
FCAD’s programs, the focus has been on making more role have very many Indigenous students, period,” she says. RASS are designed more specifically for student support.
models for its students, through bringing guest speakers and “So one of our biggest priorities to begin with, is increas- Brian Norton, RASS’ program coordinator, says the ser-
artists. Falzon said these guests can become mentors for those ing the number of Indigenous students we have within vice reaches out, usually through email, to Indigenous stu-
students, and adds the faculty is working to create job oppor- our faculty.” dents even before they begin their studies at Ryerson. This
tunities for students by showcasing their artwork to compa- means letting the students know about what RASS offers,
nies looking to hire. including financial and academic advisement, traditional
FCAD is also beginning to include Indigenous content into
their existing courses. In the fashion program, for example, “Walking past that counselling, academic counselling and bringing awareness
to the different events that are held for Indigenous students
one of the mandatory first-year courses covers Indigenous throughout the year.
fashion, and the school has an Indigenous artist in-residence.
But the dean knows these efforts don’t satisfy the require-
statue every day is But Lafleur and Cooper agree that finding resources can
be difficult, and it’s often left to the individual to find their
ments for reconciliation.
“Look, it is 100 per cent promising and optimistic. Is it really hard” own way.
This could be due to the fact that this year, RASS is under-
enough? Not at all,” he says. Regardless, he says building foun- staffed. The student liaison officer is away on sick leave for
dations is an important step. the year, and the student support advisor left her position in
August to pursue a PhD program.

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According to the 2015-2016 Employee Diversity Self ID “We are very short-staffed for the critical time when stu-
ika Zolfaghari is an enrichment and outreach Report, in 2016, one per cent of Ryerson employees, and dents are coming in,” says Norton. RASS is working to remedy
coordinator representative for the faculty of two per cent of Ryerson students, self-identified as Indig- the situation by hiring new staff, but have been leaning on
engineering and architectural science. In her enous. In 2016, zero per cent of staff hires identified as In- peer support for outreach and communication with students,
office in the George Vari Engineering and digenous. Zolfaghari wants that percentage to mirror the for the time being. This is probably the reason why students
Computing Centre, she rifles through papers and folders, Indigenous population of Canada, which in 2016 was 4.9 like Lafleur say the resources escaped her. “I would have no
and finally comes across a page with a graphic about the per cent of the population. idea there were resources of any kind,” she says.
percentage of Indigenous students and staff at the school. To increase the population, outreach programs take place

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The number is low. by having the school visit high schools and elementary
Science is often forgotten in the discourse around systemic schools, and hosting camps and events for youth to engage in ooper stopped hoping for any eventual, symbolic re-
racism and its impact on our current colonialistic understand- engineering and science through hands-on activities. It’s a tool moval of the statue. The whole debacle feels similar
ing of the world. According to the Understanding Racism re- used to show young students the variety involved in the pro- to how Cooper feels about other Indigenous issues
port, published in 2013 by the National Collaborating Centre grams, from chemical engineering to architectural engineer- on her campus: “No matter how much we talk about
for Aboriginal Health, “the practice, discourse and culture of ing to sound engineering, among others, while raising aware- it, no matter how much a fuss we make, it’s like fighting a brick
western science are based on, and therefore reinforce, racist ness for Indigenous initiatives. wall,” says Cooper. “A lot of it is just talk.”
ideologies and structures.” Due to the colonial system that Through her outreach position, Sandy says she is also work- Now, she’s focusing on her music career. She practices gui-
provided the education system we have today, only western ing to aid any incoming students as well as any current Indig- tar nearly every day and interned at Universal Studios this
science had the resources to research what would eventually enous students in finding careers in the field. Sandy’s creating past summer. She writes her own music, but usually prefers
lead to “hypothetical racial differences.” a position for students, saying she will “have a career boost to perform covers. Once a year, the program holds a cof-
position” to hire a student for the coming year, to do work on fee house set on Ryerson campus, where Cooper performs.
programming—even though she says she’s only aware of one Eventually, if she starts performing her own songs frequent-
“We’ve been telling Indigenous student in the entire faculty.
But outreach programs don’t do very much for the
ly, she hopes through this art she can create more space for
her Indigenous culture.

you that for years” current students at Ryerson, and the committee doesn’t
have anything planned to create resources for the stu-
“If I ever have a platform,” she says, “Indigenous issues is
what it would be for.”
dents as of yet. In 2016, Kathleen Wynne promised to teach the legacy of
While Ryerson’s efforts are noteworthy, Cramb and Sandy residential schools throughout Ontario schools. However, as
Science is an inherent part of First Nations culture. Am- say the concept of “Indigenizing” campus needs reconsider- of early July of this year, the provincial government, now held
ber Sandy, the Indigenous knowledge and science outreach ing. Instead of looking at our existing understanding of things by Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives, cancelled
coordinator, points out that all of their stories have aspects with an overall Indigenous lens, the better method would be the curriculum rewriting sessions, which would have included
of science in them that teach about the relationships between acknowledging Indigenous culture and history that played a Indigenous content. If they had taken place, they would have
different species, the environment and the people, and how role in what we know. “Our knowledges, and everything, are accomplished teachings on residential schools and the geno-
we must care for these things. Rooted in Indigenous knowl- standalone,” Sandy says. cide from colonialism.
edge and learnings is a very holistic sense of curiosity. She “Just considering the word ‘Indigenizing,’ and making it be a That revised curriculum would have taught the Canadi-
says we’re all born curious. At the outreach camps and events part of it is really problematic, because then you’re getting into an history Cooper’s known about since she was a little girl.
the science faculty holds for potential students, they often exactly what colonization has succeeded in doing.” “Growing up knowing about that stuff is frustrating,” says
have Indigenous speakers at the panel to discuss that form of Cramb agrees and notices colonialist tendencies in univer- Cooper. “How can no one else know about this?”
8 SPORTS

now wasn’t easy. [Saints] and Yale,” she said. “My

The ultimate Ball Her passion for the sport started
as a member of the Toronto City
SATs weren’t quite as good to get into
Yale, and at St. Lawrence, I would’ve
Blues of the Greater Toronto had to take a fifth year because of my
Peter Ash takes a look at Rams defenceman Laura Ball and Hockey League (GTHL). science mark in Grade 12.”
Throughout her four years of high It was at that point in which she
how she’s slowly become a stable on the blue line for the school, she played for the Toronto thought about if she was looking at
women’s hockey team Aeros of the Provincial Women’s these places for hockey or for school.
Hockey League (PWHL). It didn’t Taking a closer look at her academic
Sometimes, big things do indeed fact that she had to play boys hockey take her long to make a name for aspirations, she took an interest in
come in small packages. at an early age, and also refers to her herself as an aggressive force, lead- Ryerson and its then-new RTA
Although the statement may seem admiration of playing at a high level. ing the team in penalty minutes in sport media program.
like a cliché, it applies well to Ryer- Despite having to fight her way 2014 and 2015. “When I was looking at Ryerson,
son Rams women’s hockey defender up as one of the few women in the By the tenth grade, she knew that I was really intrigued by [the
Laura Ball. league, she excelled, rising from the the next big step was finding a school program] and I said, ‘this is what I
“I actually wanted to be a figure midget to double A level up until to play for. However, she didn’t feel could see myself doing for the rest
skater,” Ball said, “Because they used Grade 9. ready to commit to a program. of my life.’”
to come on [on the ice] after us, but “I was very, very fortunate. A lot Looking at where she stands now,
my dad was like, ‘you’re not a figure of guys had my back and we [later] Ball feels like she made the right
skater, you’re a hockey player.’” became friends. I knew it could defi- “I actually wanted choice. If she didn’t, her head coach, | PHOTO: SAMANTHA MOYA
Despite standing at just five-foot- nitely go down the other road where to be a figure skater Lisa Haley definitely thinks so.
two, Ball plays like she’s three times it’s like, ‘Oh, you’re a girl playing but my dad was like, “We had an eye on her since she maining, Ball is still looking to get
her size, employing an aggressive hockey’ or a lot of other rude things ‘you’re a hockey was in the late stages of high school,” their younger players into the same
style of hockey that’s put her in the that could come out of that.” Haley said. “We knew she had an mindset that she and some of the
spot that she’s in today. Ball’s determination to win has
player’” opportunity to play somewhere, but other veterans tend to have.
While on the ice, Ball makes sure made her a staple in the Rams’ blue we were happy to get her.” For Ball, it’s all about taking the
to get in the corners, play in front line over the last three years. Play- “It was crazy, because I knew if I According to Haley, one of Ball’s team to the next level. Knowing
of the net and go up against centres ing with her heart on her sleeve, the had to make a decision when I was in biggest contributions to the team what kind of talent this group has,
and wingers that tend to be much stingy defender ranked second on Grade 10, I wouldn’t have been here has been her ability to let her play she thinks that things can only get
bigger than she is. the team in penalty minutes last sea- right now and I probably wouldn’t do the talking, while still being vocal better for the program.
“Honestly, it just ran in the family,” son with 26. have been happy.” and recalling qualities of the team’s “[A season before] I came into
Ball said. “My dad and my brother “I love the competition, I love Not yet interested in Ryerson, Ball past leaders. Ryerson, they had just made the
were the same kind of player.” to go hard. I guess physicality is a was looking at NCAA Division I “When you look at someone like playoffs for the first time ever and
While playing in U SPORTS, huge part of my game, whether it’s schools that were looking to sign her. a [Alex] Rodriguez or an [Ailish] had a good run against Guelph,”
Ball has worked her way from the playing the puck or getting in the After taking her SATs, she started to Forfar, you see the leadership Ball said. “In my first year, we ended
lows of midget hockey to going up corners...I was always taught to think about her academic aspirations qualities that they had. I think her up having one of the worst seasons
against some of the best the country never leave the corner without the and how that would make a differ- play and the way she portrays herself ever. So, that just always reminds
has to offer. puck, so I just always want to win.” ence in her decision. is what makes [Ball] a good leader.” me to never forget your roots and
Ball credits some of it toward the However, getting to where she is “I was looking at St. Lawrence Having two years of eligibility re- to never take anything for granted.”

Mr. D or Coach Dee?
By Peter Ash and strong with his messages, get-
ting the team to warm up before get-
Some know him as Gerry Duncan ting into the details of the practice.
on the hit TV show Mr. D but on Despite his comedic chops, Dee
Nov. 16, he was “Coach D” to the wasn’t anything like the man most
Ryerson Rams men’s hockey team. of the players saw on their televi-
A comedian and television per- sion screens. Instead, he was up to
sonality by trade, Gerry Dee ran the par and visually interested, running
team’s practice, helping out Rams a serious and safe practice of nearly
head coach and close friend Johnny two hours.
Duco for the day. Throughout the practice, screams
“I’ve kept in touch with a lot of “Go!” and “Move!” came from
of the players I coached over the Dee, who truly looked like he was in | PHOTO: PETER ASH
many years I did minor hockey in his element once again.
[Junior A],” Dee said. “[One day], I Coming in, some of the players Rams goalie Taylor Dupuis said. time, he also coached minor hock- the Rams coach was a minor, which
was joking around with [Duco] and were also surprised at Dee’s intensity “Right after he explained the first ey in the Greater Toronto Hockey is how the two formed a relation-
he said, ‘why don’t you come run a and knowledge. one, guys were like, ‘oh shit, this guy League (GTHL) before coaching the ship that’s lasted for over 20 years.
practice?’ and he knew I could run “Some of the guys said that they actually knows his stuff.’” Junior A Wexford Raiders. When asked about why this
the drills sufficiently.” though he was going to scribble all It might’ve caught the players off Dee has been no stranger to sports wasn’t a more relaxed practice, Dee
From start to finish, Dee was clear over the board for the first drill,” guard, but for Duco, it was exactly since his successful foray into com- said that in reality, the serious coach
how he expected it to be. edy. The coach-turned-comedian was “probably the real [him].”
“Well, that’s what I remember,” combined his passions in a running “This is an important job for a
Duco said. “For me, that was the segment on The Score Television lot of these kids and [a lot] of them
Gerry I knew. The coach, the Network (now Sportsnet 360) titled are going to go on and play [pro],”
teacher…and obviously he was Gerry Dee: Sports Reporter. Dee said. “I didn’t want to come and
[always] serious because [he] was in make light of their practice time too
a mentorship role.” “For me, that was much, and I didn’t.”
Before his career in television, Dee the Gerry I knew. The To conclude the practice, Dee
was a hockey player. His playing ca- and Duco came together to give the
reer brought him as far as the then- coach, the teacher... team multiple four-on-four scrim-
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic he was [always] mages. After it was done, he was
Union (CIAU), now U SPORTS lev- serious” given a round of applause, which
el, when he played for the St. Francis put a solid grin on his face.
Xavier X-Men from 1992-93. “He later got into the stand-up “Maybe they wanted more joking,
Later on, he became a teacher at comedy and decided to go that route,” but...I value their ice time. I didn’t
While you might expect a guest coach to have a more lenient practice, Gerry Dee leaned De La Salle College, or the “Oak- Duco said. “But he was a great coach.” want them to come out in here and
in to put the Rams men’s hockey team to work | PHOTO: PETER ASH land’s” in Toronto. During that Dee also used to coach Duco when go, ‘what a waste.’”
ARTS & LIFE 9

WHAT’S GOING ON

Postponed #MeToo discussion was never rescheduled
Students within Ryerson’s performance faculty spearheaded bringing in an intimacy coach to aid actors through sensitive scenes
By Premila D’Sa actors doing work­—it’s been a space nah Miller, performers at Toronto’s
of, ‘Wow what’s that like, to be Soulpepper theatre company, where
A faculty-wide discussion to ad- raped?,’” she said. “I didn’t know how Schultz was a former artistic director.
dress sexual misconduct and harass- to talk about consent honestly until Booth had graduated from Ryerson’s
ment in the performance industry— this movement and until Siobhan.” Theatre School in 1997.
planned byt he faculty of Ryerson’s The initial discussion, which “I was surprised after it happened
School of Performance—hasn’t been was called “#TimesUp/Now What? we didn’t have a school-wide meet-
rescheduled since it was postponed Taking Action in the Arts and En- ing,” said Pothier. “I was surprised
eight months ago. tertainment after #MeToo,” was it wasn’t addressed right away, be-
However, students in the per- scheduled for March 24. According cause especially with Soulpepper,
formance faculty said the school to an old event poster, it was set to that’s our city.”
has taken several actions, includ- be a discussion moderated by the But Pothier confirmed that she’s
ing changing the sexual harassment school’s chair, Dr. Peggy Shannon, seen the faculty take several steps to
policy and complying with students’ and included speakers like Arden R. address the situation, taking sugges-
requests to bring in an intimacy Ryshpan, the executive director of tions from students on improving | ILUSTRATION: CELINA GAL-
coach­­—someone to help actors the Canadian Actors Equity Asso- the sexual harassment policy, lis-
work through sensitive scenes. ciation. While it was planned by the tening to their suggestion to bring
Siobhan Richardson, the intimacy School of Performance, the event in Richardson as an intimacy coach
director, is co-founder of Intimacy was open to everyone in the Faculty and hosting consent workshops.
Directors International. She’s also a of Communication and Design. After allegations about Schultz
fight director. The event was a reaction to the came out, the performance school’s
“It was helpful to have someone numerous allegations against Hol- student union released a statement
who was just so aware of how to do lywood producer Harvey Weinstein urging students who had experi-
these things safely­—emotionally as and Canadian theatre producer Al- enced abuse in the program to come
well as physically,” said Alyssa Poth- bert Schultz. Allegations against forward anonymously. Pothier is
ier, a fourth-year who was in a pro- Schultz, who was a former member pleased with the steps faculty took but
duction of Margaret Atwood’s The of Ryerson’s Arts and Contempo- wants more, and wish it had been
Penelopiad, which deals with themes rary program advisory council, came done earlier.
of rape. out in January 2018. The lawsuits “The older people get, although
“Previous directors have definitely were filed by Kristin Booth, Diana its still valuable, I think we need to
not created a space where we’re just Bentley, Patricia Fagan and Han- teach it as young as possible.”

Drumming his way to the top
Rhea Singh talks to former RTA student Bradley Connor about his new gig with Said the Whale

When RTA graduate Bradley Con- he was in. Connor got the chance to tour
nor was 13-years-old, an acoustic “I’ve been a fan of Said The professionally for the first time
Foo Fighters concert on TV was Whale for seven to eight years, with Cree descent musician iskwē
what solidified his love of music. and really loved and played their in 2016, who Connor says, “uses her
Since then, Connor’s gained an music all the time,” said Connor, Indigenous roots as her music.”
appreciation for music, especially who would play along to the band’s With his work from Said The
drumming, which has led to a career songs on his drum kit back home in Whale, touring with iskwē, and
with several Canadian-based bands. Scarborough. keeping Running Violet going, how
“I really got to see the point of Connor said he considers them does Connor balance it all?
music and the connection you can to be one of the great indie bands “It can be tough sometimes be-
have with it,” said Connor, reminis- in Canada as of the past 10 years. cause of shows, where Running
ing about the Foo Fighters concert. “They’re three amazing human be- Violet wants to play a show and I’ve
For Connor, watching Foo Fight- ing outside of music, but once you already booked something so I kind
ers drummer Taylor Hawkins play start talking about the music they of have to be like, ‘sorry I’m already
was when he knew he wanted to try get even better.” taken,’” said Connor.
the drums. “It’s really something beautiful to Connor also balanced his educa-
“My dad didn’t want to get a drum see the ten years of collaboration tion at Ryerson and interning with
kit at first,” he said. “We ended up that they’ve been through with each TSN from January to March, 2018.
getting Rock Band, the video game, other, and how connected they are Connor emphasized that there is
and I stuck to it like glue.” because of that.” a need to keep everything and ev-
“There’s definitely that feeling of But for Connor, Said The Whale eryone he works with weighed out,
the actual act of playing drums that isn’t his only focus. He’s had other so that there are no conflicts, and
never matched anything for me, opportunities that have brought things can be worked around
moving your body in a way that you him to where he is today. The choice to go into RTA for
create something that people feel.” The first experience Connor had Connor came from his Running
Connor, who graduated in June with developing songwriting, play- Violet bandmate, an RTA graduate.
2018, has since become a part of or ing live music and learning to do He said he liked the program be-
sessioned with a handful of bands the business side of his band was cause it gave him the space to develop
and musicians. In particular his new through Running Violet. The band, his own passion while also venturing
gig with Said The Whale, the Juno which Connor is still a part of today, into other courses and subjects.
award-winning indie rock band continue to release music, and as of New music from the band is ex-
from Vancouver. recently have released an EP called pected in the coming year as they’ve
Connor’s journey with Said The ‘Canvas,’ which includes six tracks. been recently signed with Arts &
Whale began in December 2016, “The success of that band helped Craft— a Toronto based label—in
when he was flown out to Vancou- me get through the doors of a couple September.
ver to audition for the band as their of other small projects in Toronto.” Their new album ‘Cascadia’ is set
session drummer. Two days later, said Connor. to release on Feb. 8.
10 COMMUNITIES

The historical impact of Ryerson student activism
By Zena Salem African students remove Kente
cloth from their graduation gowns.
Ryerson students have had a his- However, students protested and
torical presence when it comes to declined to remove them.
challenging the academic or gov- This fight continues today as stu-
ernmental system. While freedom dents push for policies that benefit
of speech continues to be debated students, while pressuring admin-
by administration and community istration to work through an anti-
members, it’s a good time to ac- oppressive lens.
knowledge the rich history of activ- Co-founder of Black Lives Mat-
ism at Ryerson. ter Toronto (BLMTO) and Ryerson
Student activism started before alumni Pascale Diverlus made sig-
Ryerson was recognized as a uni- nificant campus changes when she
versity, when it was the Ryerson was the RSU vice-president equity.
Polytechnic Institute. Over two She successfully worked to imple-
decades ago, a Ryerson Students’ ment women’s-only gym hours.
Union (RSU) leader, alongside four “It was actually a really long cam-
others, was arrested and jailed for paign and one that was met [with]
two days, after rallying to fight so much backlash, and now that it’s
education cutbacks. In 2000, five a reality we sit back here like why (Left to right) Pascale Diverlus, co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, Phyllis McKenna, VP Equity of CESAR, and Josh Lamers, co-founder of
Ryerson students spent a night in was it such a big issue?” said Diver- Black Liberation Collective. Their activism has made an impact on and off campus | PHOTO: ALANNA RIZZA
jail following their participation in lus. Her activism went beyond cam-
a protest that drew 500 high school pus and throughout the GTA when uity and Campaigns for CESAR, has without the work of other activists long journey. Students disrupted the
and post-secondary students to she co-founded BLMTO. advocated and assisted Indigenous on the ground everyday such as Sig- last Senate meeting to protest the
protest the Conservative govern- When it comes to Ryerson ad- students on campus in several ways. rid Kneve and Sue Lynn. “Activism newly drafted free speech policy. The
ment’s education policies. ministration’s resistance to student McKenna assisted Indigenous com- work doesn’t happen solo, it takes protest was led by the Black Libera-
Student activism has done more activists, Diverlus says Ryerson’s munity members in organizing Not community to work together.” tion Collective and Indigenous Stu-
than make headlines at Ryerson. In stance on diversity and inclusion One More Indigenous Child, a vigil She said Ryerson’s way of address- dents Rising after rallying on campus
2008, the RSU’s vice-president edu- is not genuine. “There’s so many to honour victims of the ongoing ing student voices is not enough. and calling out Ryerson’s complicit
cation put a motion to the Canadian holes and gaps that need to be filled Indigenous youth suicide crisis, and “As settlers I don’t think they know relationship with Ontario Premier
Federation of Students that called within this institution. [Ryerson] Idle No More Round Dance, a pro- the scope of the problem. It’s a daily Doug Ford. They put flyers on cam-
for a boycott of Israeli universities. hails itself as being a leader in di- test movement from 2012 to stop struggle for marginalized students to pus with graphics of Ryerson in bed
Sheldon Levy rejected the boycott, versity and inclusion, but those of economic and social inequality. access post-secondary education and with Ford.
saying Ryerson remains open and us who are actually marginalized McKenna’s activism has given her not deal with some sort of racism or “Ryerson needs to do better and
committed to academic freedom face so much opposition when we a clear vision to where institutional minimization of their experiences.” not only listen to students’ demands,
and freedom of speech. Incidently, try to address issues.” racism comes from. She said that her Freedom of expression and stu- but take it a step further, and take
that same year, administration made Phyllis McKenna, current VP Eq- activism couldn’t have been done dent voices at Ryerson have had a action on our needs,” said McKenna.

RASS will start to use Ryerson-grown tobacco
By Bryan Meler the farm grows with the intent to sell, a “sign of respect,” says Duncan Mc-
their tobacco is not for profit. Because Cue, an Ojibwa CBC correspondent.
Ryerson Aboriginal Student Services of the winter season, they’ll continue The RSJ’s initiative also takes away
(RASS) will start using dried tobacco to grow tobacco come the spring. a financial burden for students (a
grown by the university for ceremo- This year, the tobacco grown at pack of drum-rolling tobacco costs
nial and traditional purposes. the Urban Farm has only been used around $30 at the local 7-Eleven),
Tobacco is used as a sacred medi- by the Ryerson School of Journalism while providing them with the nec-
cine among many Indigenous com- (RSJ). Joyce Smith, an associate pro- essary resources for their reporting.
munities. The tobacco is being fessor who’ll teach the course Re- Norton says that because RASS is
grown at Ryerson’s Urban Farm, porting on Indigenous Issues in the under resourced in terms of active
which is found on the roof of the winter semester, has made it avail- employees, it’s good that the RSJ is a
George Vari Engineering and Com- able to students who are using it for place where students can access infor-
puting Centre. This year, the tobac- tobacco offerings. mation on Indigenous communities.
co leaves have been dried, and will “We need to all be part of the
be used for traditional practices such “We need to all be part reconciliation process,” says Smith,
as tobacco ties and smudging. of the reconciliation noting that the school was founded
“Ryerson is working toward more by Egerton Ryerson, an instrumen-
Indigenous inclusivity,” said Brian
process” tal member in founding Canada’s
Norton, RASS’ program director residential school system.
and member of the Anishnawbe Moving forward, Norton wants
community. “We are seeing a stron- A tobacco offering, which can Ryerson to have a garden that
ger engagement with Indigenous come in the form of a tobacco tie grows all four sacred medicines in
communities and issues.” when it’s wrapped in a cloth and tobacco, cedar, sweetgrass and sage.
Norton notes that traditional to- ribbon, is a reciprocal gift that’s Olson Crow, a Métis and Haude-
bacco is hard to come by in the city, commonly given to Indigenous nosaunee student who is part of
so in the past they’ve usually bought knowledge keepers and elders. It’s in Indigenous Students Rising, says
commercial rolling tobacco. Since exchange for the time they’re mak- that when the school was in talks
the Urban Farm’s tobacco wasn’t ing to pass on information. about removing its Egerton statue,
Computer Science Tutor grown or manufactured for com- Smith wanted tobacco offerings to a medicine garden was brought up
Help with C C++ C# Java and Python Homework mercial purposes, it’s considered to be available to journalism students as a potential replacement.
and Assignments. be traditional tobacco. to open opportunities to properly With plans for the Urban Farm to
Help available by email, online on Skype or in person. Jayne Miles, operations coordina- report on Indigenous communities. receive another space in 2019 in the
tor at the Urban Farm, says they use Even though some journalistic prac- Daphne Cockwell building, Miles
We also offer individual C C++ C# Java
tobacco as a voluntary plant to help tices teach reporters to not offer or says that they’re “open to collabo-
and Python programming lessons.
their garden’s surrounding vegetables accept gifts from their sources to re- ration,” but finding space will con-
students@cstutoring.com 416-785-5115 grow. Unlike the vegetables, which main unbiased, a tobacco offering is tinue to be an issue.
READ THIS SHIT 69

Construction is forcing rats out of their homes How are ya, Ryerson? It’s Nathaniel
Crouch here with this week’s con-
test. You (the tired student) start
Andrea Josic shares the stories of the rats of Gould Street, highlighting their struggles to survive from the top and must navigate
through the maze to find your will
“We are gathered here today to hind legs, all facing another rat the silence, and introduced herself created a temporary housing unit at to study. Get a $25 Metro gift card
mourn the death of one of our finest, who laid lifeless on the ground, sur- as Rachel Ratbert, one of Chester’s a secret location on Ryerson campus by delivering the completed laby-
Rat Chester. The pain is unbearable. rounded with pieces of stray street best friends. while the other rats came up with a rinth to The Eyeopener office on the
We will not stand for this anymore. meat from the hot dog vendor. I im- “Chester already suffered from game plan. So far, the rats have de- second floor of the SCC. Look for
This is the beginning of the end of mediately recognized it as a funeral, angina,” says Ratbert, with tears fall- cided to infiltrate the outside world the X-men-covered box of destiny.
the Gould Street construction. The as I had buried my hamster Adobe ing down her whiskers. “When the in order to raise awareness.
revolution starts now.”
This is an excerpt from the eulogy
just months prior.
I tiptoed with caution so none of
drilling finally reached our under-
ground homes, his heart gave out.”
“We were hoping our presence
would cause protests about con- Name:
presented by mayor Ralph Rodentia struction, but we haven’t had any
at the funeral for Chester, the re- luck yet,” said the leader.
cently deceased Gould Street rat.
I would soon learn that as con-
While the construction on Gould
Street is set to finish by early Decem- Email:
struction teams dug up Gould Street ber, the Gould Street rats have al-
to perform water main repairs, they ready lost 70 per cent of their homes.
were breaking the foundations of The mayor of the Gould Streets rats
the area rats used to call home. Ralph Rodentia doesn’t think it’s pos-
I raced from the Rogers Com- sible to rebuild their underground
munications Centre (RCC) to the city once construction ends.
Podium building (POD) when I got While the Gould Street rats have
a notification from the Free Food the option to relocate to the subway,
Locator at the Ryerson Facebook Rodentia refuses to move his peo-
page. Knowing that free Salad King ple. “The TTC rats have no class,”
awaited me during this dark time, I Rodentia said while nibbling on
was about to run into POD when I | PHOTO: KHALED BADAWI old cheese he found by the Student
saw a large group of rats just outside Learning Centre. “We would rather
of the building. the rats would be disturbed during The rats have been praying since die fighting for what we believe in
Going to school in Toronto has their grieving. A branch snapped the construction began late sum- than ever live with such filth.”
desensitized me to a lot of things under my weight and the rats mer. They decided to accept the Winter is fast approaching and
that occur on and near campus. turned in unison to look at me. It construction, but Chester’s death in the rats are left with few options.
Most of the time, I keep my music only took a few seconds for a rat to early November broke them. The Despite everything, they still have
on and my blinders up, but some- wave me over. result was RATARCHIST, the first each other to hold onto.
thing about the state of the rats was I took a seat. As the rats stood at and only rat led anarchist group. This article is dedicated to the mem-
both terrifying and intriguing. attention, I felt their somber energy. The leader of RATARCHIST,
The Will to Study for Exams
ory of Rat Chester. RIP April 2018 -
At least 97 rats stood on their The rat who waved me over broke who asked to remain anonymous, November 2018.
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