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Detective constable Dave Love shows photos of a person of interest in the fire investigation.
Investigation of Yonge Street fire closes
A week of investigations over the fire that ravaged Yonge and Gould
BY SARAH DEL GIALLO AND EMMA PRESTWICH NEWS EDITORS
PHOTO: LIN NGUYEN
The fire investigation on the corner of Yonge and Gould streets finished on Monday. The building has been taken down to the second floor and fire officials were finally able to enter to conduct the investigation. Bill Hiscott, a supervisor for the Fire Marshall’s Office said samples that will hopefully determine the cause and origin of the fire have been sent away to the lab for tests. “We’ll do our best. We’re looking at all the debris that’s there, and we will be taking samples that will be going to the lab. Hopefully the samples will identify what the cause of the fire was,” he said. Results will not be back for another couple of months. The six-alarm fire overtook the heritage building at Yonge and Gould just after 4 a.m. on Jan. 3, 2011. It was the same building that stood empty for
eight months after one of the walls collapsed last April. The building had been slotted to open Jan. 15 following renovations by Toronto Hydro. Police announced that they had found a person of interest on Friday, who was captured on security cameras entering the back alley of the building around 1:30 a.m. and exiting the alley around 3:50 a.m. The aforementioned back alley has no street exit, only loading docks at the back. The person is shown in the camera footage exiting onto Gould Street and walking north-east, which would indicate a path through Ryerson’s campus. Det. David Love of the Toronto Police would not identify the source of the camera footage, saying only that it came from a local business. However, Ryerson security has 280 cameras positioned around campus and several at the intersection of
Yonge and Gould. Now that the investigation has finished at the site of the fire, debris can be cleared off Yonge Street, machinery and fences that occupied traffic lanes all of last week. It will be opened back up to vehicles, and stores on the east side of the street will be able to reopen. Pedestrian traffic may be lighter as both sidewalks will be open. Fire officials went in to confirm that there were no victims in the building, and the search yielded no bodies. The Investigation only started this weekend as no one could enter the building until it was deemed safe by engineers. The building had to be lowered to the second floor so that there was no risk of falling debris. Investigators have not yet identified a cause of the fire, but an arson investigation has been ongoing since Jan. 5.
The Ontario government has announced they will add 42,000 students to universities and colleges this year by building more classroom spaces. However, Ryerson received this funding last year for 319 more spots — less than one per cent of the new spaces. Ryerson received $16 million last year through the Knowledge Infrastructure Program. Ryerson’s closest neighbour, the University of Toronto, got $151 million – more than nine times Ryerson’s share. York University was given $35 million. Ryerson used this money last year for renovations to the Image Arts building. York and the University of Toronto’s projects will each open up about 1,670 spaces in new science buildings — five times more than Ryerson’s allotted spots. Ryerson president Sheldon Levy couldn’t confirm the 319 new spots, saying that Ryerson asked the government for around 2, 000. “You’d think that just on balance, we would be in a good position because we’re in the GTA obviously, where the growth is, and we have the highest demand for number of places available of any university in Ontario,” said Levy. “This is a continuing investment in Ryerson’s infrastructure,” said Tyler Charlebois, a representative from the Ontario Ministry of Training, colleges and universities. Charlebois said, “If there’s a discrepancy between the numbers it’s because [the ministry of training, colleges and universities] has said we’ll fund 319, and Ryerson is opening up more.” Robert Marshall, an instructor in politics and public administration, thinks the government invested less in Ryerson because of the university’s reputation as a polytechnic institute, and the government’s interest in creating science-based jobs. “U of T and York are bigger schools with stronger and longer traditions and history of doing research,” said Marshall. But Levy says that the science program is what Ryerson is interested in expanding. “It’s no secret, we want to build the faculty of science, which is in the academic plan. But both the operating and the capital will have to be there in order for us to be able to do that,” he said. In an email to the Eyeopener, Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty briefly explained that increasing enrolment
will “help Ontario meet the demands of the new economy. “ Liana Salvador, vice president education for the Ryerson Student’s Union, referred to this announcement as an “optical illusion” because Ryerson cashed in on the funding last year. “They’re repeating stuff we already knew,” said Salvador. A government press release on Dec. 27, outlined how boosting enrolment would make “a high quality education more accessible than ever,” but Salvador disagrees. “When you’re considering going to a university, you don’t consider the buildings on campus. You think about whether or not you can afford it,” she said. But Levy says that these are two different issues. The funding that the government is discussing is to help additional stu-
You can’t add students and hire professors later. — Pamela Palmater, politics professor
dents who want to attend post secondary. “The funding that we’re talking about is necessary to increase the number of students that have an opportunity to attend post secondary,” Levy said. Rather than revamping buildings and adding students, Pamela Palmater, an associate professor of politics and public administration, thinks Ryerson needs to invest in the people at the front of the class — the professors. “You can’t put the cart before the horse,” said Palmater. “You can’t add students and hire professors later. You need to do that up front.” Marianna Angotti, a second-year film student who sits on the image arts course union, agrees. “If they’re increasing enrolment, I`d like to see them consider hiring international faculty to better represent the multiculturalism of Toronto,” she said. She said she hopes that the new spots won’t affect the unique professor-student relationship that results from small class sizes. “It’s a really tight knit group and I don’t think it would stay that way if the start accepting more and more students,” said Angotti.
Student sues students’ union over health plan
BY JEFF LAGERQUIST
The Ryerson Student’s Union will appear in small claims court in early 2011 to determine if second-year engineering student and former RSU presidential candidate Mark Single is entitled to the $290 in his tuition fees allocated to the RSU Members’ Health and Dental Plan. “We plan to respond based on the policy that has been established by our board of directors,” said RSU president Toby Whitfield. The student policy offered by Green Shield through the RSU includes 80 per cent of prescription drug costs, $500 for massage therapy, $300 for chiropractic care, and $240
in physiotherapy, as well as basic dental and travel coverage to a maximum of $750 per year. “I should have the freedom to choose how I take care of my personal health,” said Single, whose opt-out request was declined. Students with coverage through a family member or spouse have the opportunity to opt out of the plan and recover the fee if they have “similar benefits,” according to the link on the RSU website. Single submitted an out of province health insurance policy and expressed his intention to personally pay for additional expenses. However, he was unable to prove
that he is sufficiently covered and his thing beyond that should be up to the students, not shoved down their request was declined. Single isn’t convinced that he throats by the student’s union,” he said. Armed with a video camera, Single served RSU President Toby Whitfield with court documents on Dec. 10. I should have the freedom Whitfield allegedly called security serto choose how I take care of vices, claiming he was being harassed by Single. my personal health. “Some of our staff didn’t feel com— Mark Single, fortable being videotaped. There was engineering student a back and fourth about that,” said Whitfield. Last March, Single introduced a byneeds coverage for items like custom law amendment motion at the RSU foot orthotics. “OHIP covers all the basics, any- Annual General Meeting that would
allow students to opt out of the RSU entirely, a move he now admits would be “virtually impossible.” The $110 annual fee that students pay for RSU and Canadian Federation of Students membership supports campus groups like CKLN, the Eyeopener, and the Used Book Store. Despite the set back, he sees the health plan issue as a practical first step. Single’s case against the RSU is not a class action and is not intended to set any kind of official precedent. “I’m not convinced I will win, but I do want to open the eyes of students. What the RSU does is not always in their best interest.”
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Firefighters work to stop hot spots at Yonge and Gould after a six-alarm blaze left the heritage building in shambles. PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK
Out with the old
SHANNON HIGGINS EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
New year. New catastrophe. New property? Hell-o 2011. Ryerson crashed into the new year with a reporter’s wet dream. A suspicious six-alarm fire devastates the cursed heritage building Ryerson has been drooling over for years. Flash forward a week later and police have declared the site a crime scene and there’s a security tape showing a mysterious “person of interest” in all black. It’s serious business. During the blaze three firefighters were taken to St. Michael’s Hospital after sending up maydays. And as the clean-up crew diligently works to clear the ash
and rubble from the street, you’d think that President Sheldon Levy would give the situation some time to perculate before making a calculated move. Not quite. Instead, with guns blazing he called on Queen’s Park and Mayor Rob Ford to “get on with the job” in the Globe and Mail on Jan. 04. Levy wants the old Empress Hotel location as Ryerson’s personal entrance to the Dundas subway station and sees it as the missing link for Ryerson’s gateway to Yonge Street. He’s had eight months to stew over the heritage site’s mismanagement since the north wall collapsed in April. “The fact that there was no urgency, I think is insulting to everyone in our community. And I hope now there’s an urgency,” he said. But even Levy concedes there’s a serious catch to his plan. He doesn’t know how Ryerson would
pay for the purchase, what businesses would be game for a public-private partnership, or even what the university would build on the property. There is no money and no plan. And while I would love Ryerson to ditch the invisibility cloak and get ownership of the property, Levy should have let the dust settle before swooping in and throwing down a premature proposal. Go to page 8 for more coverage from features editor Mariana Ionova. Have a burning desire to yell at me? Send letters to editor@ theeyeopener.com or tweet me @murphyhiggins.
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One of the men involved is pinned against a police vehicle.
PHOTO: LINDSAY BOECKL
Standoff closes Yonge
Two men being investigated for alleged firearm possession near Ryerson
BY SARAH DEL GIALLO NEWS EDITOR
PHOTOS ABOVE: MARTA IWANEK
Two men were questioned after a stand off at Yonge and Gerrard Streets Tuesday morning. Toronto police received an emergency call at approximately 6:50 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2011, from a citizen driving behind the two men. The caller reported seeing a firearm. Police pulled over the dark grey Nissan Altima in front of local pizzeria Big Slice. The standoff with the driver and passenger had surrounding streets closed for two hours. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic was blocked on Yonge St. as far south as Dundas, and as far east on Gerrard as Church St. Negotiators were called to the scene to coerce the men out of the car. The passenger exited first, followed later
by the driver. Only the driver was taken into custody. “They negotiated with the operator of the vehicle and after a period of time, they exited,” said Hugh Fergu-
search on Yonge St. in case a firearm was ditched, but nothing has been recovered. Ferguson said that the standoff was “textbook” and was pleased that no force was needed.
The standoff with the driver and passenger had streets closed off for two hours. — Hugh Ferguson, 52 Division
son, superintendent of 52 division. When the men were out of the car, investigators were able to search the vehicle, but found no firearms. Police went on to conduct a foot
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Briefs and Groaners
Just to augment our collective Christmas spirit, Ryerson security was called on Dec. 22 to the womens’ bathroom on the first floor of the RCC to find a man possessing drugs and pornographic material. He had also circled Pitman Hall and the library on a map, and refused to tell security why. (We say he just wanted to be your Santa Claus.) On Dec. 23rd at 11 a.m., security was called to the Image Arts building construction site to put out a small fire in one of the big garbage bins. There was no damage to the site. We don’t care, the old Salad King burned down. Two words to the garbage bin arsonist: Showed. Up. Security was called to the Theatre School on Jan. 5 to respond to a woman in her mid-thirties who was throwing desk objects at a staff member who refused to give her money. She missed. She then ran up to a police car that happened to be parked outside, stuck out her tongue, and blew raspberries at the officer inside. It’s probably the most action he got all day. A residence student was treated by campus emergency staff for minor burns to her hand after she accidentally put her hand on a stove element while talking on the phone. Learn how to cook... Otherwise, better have been hella good phone sex. Somebody has it out for the Eyeopener News team. Two of the three news editors have had their phones stolen last weekend. One may have fallen out of a bag. The person who found the second phone kept picking up, but carried on some strange conversation in the background and didn’t say anything. Saying that we were Jesus may have led to the phone’s return. Just in case you bought a new bathing suit, the RAC Pool will be closed for the majority of February and March for renovations under the pool deck. The RAC has an agreement with the Jewish Community Centre at Bloor and Spadina to let their patrons swim there whenever there are renovations. If Google Maps says it takes 3o minutes to walk to Bloor and Spadina, you’re better off in your bathtub. Ryerson senate will finally decide on Jan. 25 to grant students a fall reading week. They’re considering either giving the rest of the week off after Thanksgiving Monday, or an extra day after Thanksgiving, and then Thursday and Friday off a few weeks later. We’re STOKED! —Emma Prestwich
Wednesday, January 12, 2010
RAMSS drops the ball on students
BY REBECCA BURTON ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Students scrambled to fill empty timetables and replace dropped classes after RAMSS booted them out of classes after the winter break. Third-year civil engineering student Basil Hammoud signed into RAMSS to find himself dropped out of all his courses, making it a challenge to re-enrol, especially in his required labs. Registrar Keith Alnwick said the problem wasn’t technical but involved students on probationary standing. “It is assumed that students will successfully complete pre requisites. After the fall grades are processed, a number of students will not. As a result [the students] are automatically dropped,” said Alnwick. While Hammoud had been on academic probation for the past two semesters, this semester he passed with clear academic
standing. “Maybe they just made assumptions,” said Hammoud. This year not all students were dropped automatically after the fall grades came out. Instead a number of students had courses dropped from their schedules during the week of Jan. 3; a problem Alnwick said he is still looking into.
The day the marks came out, there was a jam on the website. — Eric Liu, fourth-year engineering
The automated drop feature was added to RAMSS in fall 2005, the year the program was implemented. During winter enrollment of that year, the Eyeopener reported that students experienced incidences of RAMSS randomly pulling students out of their registered courses before the semester began.
Alnwick said students should be reminded that course intentions do not guarantee spots but rather what a student is interested in taking. The timing of winter enrolment itself makes it difficult for students as there are no staff members available to answer questions during the break. All a student will know immediately comes from the letter they get indicating that they are on probation. Some program departments will choose to drop students out of courses as a way of getting that student to come in to talk about the probationary contract, says Alnwick. Second year social work student Hayley Syrja McNally, like Hammoud, logged on to find an empty schedule. McNally both completed her course intentions and had never been on academic probation. She struggled for two weeks to get reenrolled back into her six-class course load. “I got back into one class, a week later [I was in] four classes and
then finally the full six. But by then, everything was full so I wasn’t able to switch my schedule around. Now I have class every day,” she says. Jeff Edmunds was the man responsible for getting McNally back into her required courses. Edmunds said students get into trouble when
I’m in second year now. It should have gone smoothly. —Hayley Syrja McNally, second-year social work
they do not register for required courses because they assume they don’t have to. Still, McNally, who had completed course intentions, was left with no answers. “[Required courses] shouldn’t be dropped,” said Edmunds. RAMSS, a program used by over 200 universities in North
America, is hosted by Peoplesoft Campus Solutions. Since its implementation, the system has since had its fair share of complaints among the student body. During its high-traffic times including enrolment periods and mark release dates, students have reported multiple failures in the system. “The day the marks came out, there was a jam on the website. I couldn’t check my marks for about an hour,” said fourth year engineering student Eric Liu. Alnwick said his department intentionally set the enrolment period at 5:30 a.m. to try to balance the load of students logging on. Both McNally and Hammoud remain unhappy with their lack of choice when it came to their timetables. Hammoud said he already skipped two classes on his first day in order to pick up a shift for work. “I’m in second year now. It should have gone smoothly,” said McNally.
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perienced professors as well. So far, Britnell hasn’t noticed a monopoly of professors from one faculty over another in the program. The research will consist of studying volunteers before they take the program, and studying them again four months later to judge the effectiveness of the program. The study does not look at how students are affected by professors who have taken the ISW. Britnell said, “We’re doing it one step at a time. Our focus has always been on the teachers.” While it’s currently in the early stages of completing an ethics review, the research will conclude in March 2013. “I think is makes sense to have at least some supports for people who want to get a better handle on their teaching abilities,” said Britnell.
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The director of the Learning and Teaching Office at Ryerson has received $45, 000 in funding from the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO). Professor Judy Britnell will be researching the Instructional Skills Workshop (ISW) at Ryerson, in collaboration with Universities of Windsor and Western Ontario, and Georgian College. The money will be used to fund salaries of the four research assistants, and to pay for travel expenses and long distance phone bills between the four sites. “We think it’s a program that can be helpful to anyone that is teaching at a university level,” said Britnell. The ISW has been at Ryerson since December of 2008. It’s an intensive three-day program, totaling 24 hours in the workshop plus home-
work. Professors can take the program voluntarily to improve their instructional skills using models based on optimal teaching practices. So far, 54 professors have taken the workshop, which runs about four times a year. The program, being so intensive, only has 40 places each year, all of which are difficult to work around professor’s schedules. Britnell’s program won a competition that HEQCO hosted last summer. Of 36 submissions, HEQCO is funding 13 of them. Britnell’s submission was one of the 13. “It clearly was one of the strongest proposals that we received,” said Richard Wiggers, a research director at HEQCO. The ISW was originally for new professors, but when it began, there was a lot of interest from ex-
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Student dies in sleep over winter break
BY SARAH DEL GIALLO NEWS EDITOR
Campus Common on Gerrard Street is owned by Horizon Legacy, a company making an official submission to Ryerson for a new residence partnership. PHOTO: CHELSEA POTTAGE
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Developers leave Ryerson high and dry in search for a new residence partner
BY EMMA PRESTWICH NEWS EDITOR
In her mother’s words, she lived tremendously. Over the winter break, fourth-year new media student Cristina Taborda had a seizure in her sleep and died on Dec. 7, 2010. Taborda was an avid community member. She made time for her friends and obligations, playing in her band Radio Belle (one of the 10 bands she was involved with), playing at a retirement home, and working for OMNI Portuguese. She wasn’t prone to seizures. She suffered one for the first time last August and was waiting for an appointment with a neurologist at the time of her death. “It came as a complete shock to me and to the doctors,” said Taborda’s mother, AnaBela. She was in the process of finishing the last semester of her degree at Ryerson. Taborda was a creative soul and poured her talents into the arts, loving film, painting and music. In her spare time, she liked to listen to records. “She needed to be creative,” said AnaBela.
Taborda was born in Vancouver, but moved with her family to Portugal when she was five. In Portugal, she played music for a band called Cristy Tabs and eventually decided to return to Canada. When she was 18, she moved to Toronto. Close friend Jenny Johnston met Taborda through her step brother two years ago. “She had a lot of energy and zest for life that you don’t really find in everyone. She was one of a kind,” said Johnston. “The energy that came from her, everyone just wanted to be around her.” When Taborda finished her degree at Ryerson, she wanted to find a placement where she could work in movie or commercial editing. She was planning on taking a job where she could intern under a friend, so that she could continue focusing on her music. “If we didn’t see each other every day, we’d talk on the phone. It’s hard not having that person anymore. There’s so much I already want to tell her,” said Johnston. “It will be hard not to have her here.”
Last fall, developers stalked Ryerson to partner with them for a residence building. Now, Ryerson is putting out Requests for Proposals (RFPs) from developers with creative new housing plans, and no one’s biting. President Sheldon Levy, who has admitted that a public-private partnership is the only financial option for a new residence, said Ryerson has only received two proposals. He expected more. Ryerson first put out feelers by announcing Requests for Information (RFIs), which stayed open for one year. “The purpose of going out
in two stages was to seek out innovative ideas for development of new student housing options,” said Julia Hanigsberg, vice-president of administration and finance. Those who were approved in the RFI process would be allowed to submit a response to the RFP, which has more detailed requirements, she said. Ryerson is not currently accepting any more RFPs and is evaluating the submissions. Horizon Legacy, which owns Campus Common, has said they are officially making a submission to Ryerson, according to Lourie Chopra, a company administrator. Levy said, however, that he hadn’t heard about any proposal by Horizon.
The developer originally approached Ryerson three years ago to build Campus Common, but the university turned it down over disagreement about length of leases. Horizon decided to offer oneyear housing agreements, while Ryerson wanted eightmonth leases that fit with the school year. Brian Freeman, vice-president at Campus Living Centres, which has also built residences for Seneca College, the University of Guelph, and the University of Western Ontario, said that he’s very interested in partnering with Ryerson but said they haven’t submitted a proposal. “It’s too premature to say,” he said.
Chad Nuttall, manager of student housing services, said that he thinks there is a great value in residence life services for students, and he has an opportunity to influence the RFP process. “I’ll need to insert myself to include Rez Life staff,” he said. He said that firms have approached him looking to use Residence Life services, but that he has directed them to financial services, who deal with purchasing. Levy said that he’d like to see proposals for housing ideas that can link campus with the Ted Rogers school and Maple Leaf Gardens, or even part of MLG. “Those are ideas that would be exciting for the university.” he said.
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Chang School overcharges students $500
BY REBECCA BURTON ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR
Full-time undergraduate students enrolling in night school courses at the Raymond G. Chang School are being hit up with an extra $500 in fees for each course they take. Full-time student fees are the same for anywhere between five to seven courses. This doesn’t account for the Chang School fees, even though many of these night courses simply mirror day courses with exactly the same
curriculum. “Full time fees provide students with a full course load of day classes,” said Registrar Keith Alnwick. If a students has less than a full course load during the day, the money can be put toward night courses. He said if they have a full course load they will be paying additional fees. “We expect part time, adult learners to enroll [in the Chang school],” said Alnwick. Nisreen Rawdah, a fourth year business management student, began taking Chang school courses because they
were more convenient for her. As she simultaneously balanc-
The Chang school is still part of Ryerson. I don’t know why I’m paying extra. — Nisreen Rawdah, Business management student
es a part time job and other school activities, night courses became a simple option. With the challenge of not being able to get into full courses,
night courses were her only option to finish her degree in time. Over her university career, Rawdah has spent approximately $500 extra at least three or four times just to take Chang School courses. “The Chang school is still part of Ryerson. I don’t know why I’m paying extra,” said Rawdah. Rawdah signed up to take Finance 601 through the Chang School this year, a course required to finish her degree. She is enrolled in six courses, but it would cost her less to take seven daytime courses.
“I never noticed it until recently. I didn’t even notice it when paying my OSAP,” she said. Part of Chang enrollment fees also include union dues for CESAR, association for part time students that fulltime students do not actively benefit from. In the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) board meeting on Monday, the board decided to take action to eliminate these fees for full-time undergraduate students. The next step is up to Vice Provost Students Heather Lane Vetere to determine how
many students are affected by these extra costs. If the number is high enough RSU Vice President Education Liana Salvador suggested it may be easy to get the university to implement a change. If the university suggests otherwise, the RSU has said they will take action. “The matter of fee policy is in a process of continual review. I wouldn’t rule the possibility [of eliminating or reducing fees for full-time students] out. It might be considered as an option in the future,” said Alnwick.
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Taking over Gould Street
While police investigate how the historic former Empress Hotel was set ablaze, Ryerson President Sheldon Levy is busy planning to take over the property and turn it into Ryerson’s gateway. All that’s missing is the cash to do it. Features editor Mariana Ionova reports
or months, most students and passersby paid little attention to the pile of crumbled facade laying on the sidewalk in front of the century-old Empress Hotel. It was only when a six-alarm blaze engulfed the heritage building last week, reducing it to ashes and rubble, that the city took notice once again. But Ryerson President Sheldon Levy had kept an eye on the property and now the charred corner of Yonge and Gould has shot to the top of the university’s wish list. Ryerson first expressed interest in the deteriorating 122-year-old building after part of it’s exterior crumbled last April. Levy has been clear about his intentions to acquire the property since then. The building’s opportune location right above the end of the Dundas Station subway platform makes it vitally important to the university, who planned to create a campus subway entrance since 1998 but has lagged in starting the project. The university’s last bid to move the plan forward was in 2008, when it announced it would connect the subway to the Student Learning Centre (SLC) it planned to build on the former site of Sam the Record Man. However, the high cost of tunnelling under Gould Street forced the university to halt its plans once again late last year.
The Empress Hotel was built in 1888 but was later sold and reopened as the Edison Hotel, an entertainment hotspot in the 1950’s and 1960’s. COURTESY OF CITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES
And, while owning the former Empress Hotel would make a subway entrance possible, the university is not equipped to purchase a multimillion dollar property. “We don’t have the funds now to say we’re going to purchase this and build on it. This is now looking at $60-70 million and we don’t have that type of money to put towards it,” Levy said. “Everything is about money in the end. You can have all these great ambitions but there is only a certain amount of money you can put towards it.” Instead, the best option would be for Ryerson to work with the private sector and the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) in a collaborative effort that would create both university and commercial space. Also, much like Ryerson’s partnership with Loblaw in the renovation of MLG, a joint effort would take some of the financial pressure off the university. “I have always been hoping that we would have a partnership between the private sector, the TTC and the university and, therefore, not put the full burden of that cost on the university because I don’t see how we could possibly afford it,” Levy said, adding that the project would also help the TTC reduce some of the rush-hour congestion at its other entrances. A 2008 report by the TTC found Dundas
The saga of the Empress Hotel began when the north wall collapsed at around 12:30 p.m. on April 16, 2010. Despite a large lunch crowd in Salad King at the time, nobody was injured. The incident closed Gould Street and the collapsed wall was never cleared from the site.
The Lalani Group, the owners of the former Empress Hotel filed a request to demolish the building. But, within a few days, City Council voted to designate the site a heritage property under the Ontario Heritage Act and rejected the owners’ request.
The Lalani Group is set to meet with city officials to discuss the future of the building, only a week before it was engulfed by flames.
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A six-alarm fire is reported at around 4 a.m. on Jan. 2. The fire is attended by 125 firefighters, who work to put blaze out for more than six hours. Police launch an investigation into the possibility of arson and identify a “person of interest” in the case.
The Empress Hotel in January 2010, before the collapse of its north wall. PHOTO: WILLIAM MEWES
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Station to lack sufficient fire exits and proposed a collaboration with Ryerson to correct the problem. But Ryerson already has several major projects in the works, including the construction of the SLC, the renovation of the School of Image Arts and the restoration of Maple Leaf Gardens. All three ventures have multimillion dollar budgets and are riddled with problems, from the yearlong delay of the School of Image Arts to the looming Mar. 31 deadline for the still unfinished MLG. Despite the university’s determination to undertake the Empress Hotel project, another new property could place an additional financial strain on the university. Even if the university does generate the funds to purchase the lot, Levy doesn’t have any ideas yet as to what the university would want to do with the property. “We would have to go through the process of making sure that it is used for the whole city,” he said, adding that the building’s ground level would most likely be used for retail and commercial space. But Ryerson’s plans come at a time when the property is surrounded by controversy. The Empress Hotel went up in flames when the gas and electricity in the building had been off since April. And police are investigating the possibility of arson.
Although Ryerson was ready to work with the city on heritage preservation, the fire and subsequent demolition of the Empress Hotel has eliminated many of the obstacles associated with the landmark property. A few months ago, new owners would have been required to follow strict regulations when renovating and restructuring the building. But its demise has cleared the way for new construction and made it much easier for Ryerson to materialize it’s plans. But Levy maintains that acquiring the property is not opportunistic and sees it as a possibility to positively transform of the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets. “I don’t see acquiring that property or jointly acquiring that property as anything but a good thing for the university.” One of the reasons is that Levy sees Gould Street as the entrance to the university and hopes that, by making the property a part of it, he can create some cohesion on an urban campus that is often seen as scattered and fragmented. “It would be like saying, ‘We are here and this is our space, our campus.’” The Lalani Group is not accepting media requests at this time and was not available to comment on Ryerson’s interest in the property.
The Empress Hotel was almost entirely destroyed when a six-alarm fire engulfed the heritage building on Jan. 2.
PHOTO: MARTA IWANEK
Everything is about money in the end. You can have all these great ambitions but there is only a certain amount of money you can put towards it.
—Sheldon Levy, Ryerson president
Part of the facade of the Empress Hotel collapsed on April 16, 2010, partially closing Gould Street. PHOTO: CHRIS DALE
ARTS & LIFE
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Go west in 2011
Arts & Life editor Gianluca Inglesi highlights some hotspots to check out in the new year
The noisy Eaton Centre crowds can get annoying for even the most savvy of shoppers. For a change of pace, take a streetcar ride to Jacflash at 1036 Queen St. W. for the perfect blend of class and edge. The boutique boasts designer labels, many of which are Canadian (including accessories by Ryerson alumni Amanda Lew Kee). Or spend a day in Kensington Market and stop by Model Citizen. Unlike its vintage neighbours, the store sells designer clothing from across the country. With regular on-site silk-screening workshops they can also equip you with the tools and skills necessary to make your own cheeky and cheesy graphic tee’s.
PHOTOS: NICOLE SIENA
Jacflash (left) sells women’s and men’s clothing, footwear and accessories. Model Citizen, 279 Augusta Ave. (above) is known for its unique blazers, accessories and t-shirts.
With Billy Elliot and Lion King taking the Toronto stage this spring there will be plenty of theatre buffs flocking down Yonge to the Elgin Theatre. But if you’re looking to save money and still see live productions try TOtix’s special student program HipTix. With a wide selection of dramas and comedies, students can take a trip to the theatre for only $5. The shows play at various theatres around the city including Theatre Passe Muraille which is known for its interactive experience. Or if you’re looking for an even cheaper laugh check out Second City’s free improv shows. Every week night they host free productions featuring some of the company’s top comedians.
Theatre Passe Muraille was founded in 1968 and is located at 16 Ryerson Ave.
PHOTO: NICOLE SIENA
Dining & Nightlife
Looking to add more class to your drunken weekends? Visit two of the city’s most cultural sites in the heart of the art and design district. For dinner and music enter The Gladstone Hotel for a intimate and delicious dining experience or spend time next door in their Melody bar for live performances or karaoke. If you’re looking for a bar outside of the entertainment district check out The Drake Hotel’s three distinct levels. Start your night on the ground floor that features a full bar and booths to fit your entire party. For an extension of the lounge scene travel upstairs to the rooftop Skybar for scenery and comfort. But if you’re looking to pick up the pace move downstairs to the underground which has a full dance floor and live music. And if you don’t feel like travelling home at the end of the night consider staying in either of the establishments beautiful hotel rooms.
PHOTO: DAVID WALDMAN
PHOTOS COURTESY OF GLADSTONE HOTEL
The Drake Underground (top left) provides an atmosphere perfect for those who are just looking to let loose. The Gladstone Hotel (left and above) is a swanky place to dine, jam and view art.
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ARTS & LIFE
PHOTOS: MARTA IWANEK
No pants, no problem
Last Sunday at 3 p.m. Ryerson students shed their pants while riding the subway. It was Improv in Toronto’s fourth annual run with the No Pants Ride and participants came prepared in brightly-coloured undergarments. With concerns about hygiene out the window they provided great photo moments and are sure to have shocked the elderly. For more photos of delicates on the subway visit theeyeopener.com/arts-life
‘Tis the season to recover
BY ARTS AND LIFE EDITOR GIANLUCA INGLESI
No more stuffing
Gone is the excuse that it’s the special time of year and it’s alright to indulge in so much chocolate, egg nog and gingerbread that you feel sick. Get back to eating veggies and fruits. They’ll give you the essential vitamins you need to stay healthy for the rest the frigid winter. Also, choose light, fat free, or low sodium options when possible.
Give less & Save Money
After a season based on gift giving, your bank account is probably hurting. It may be appropriate to be selfish this month and try hoarding the little money you have for yourself. For those pesky friends or family members who have early birthdays, consider re-gifting some Christmas presents you don’t care for. They’ll never know.
See something strange on campus? Administration got you down? If you’re on Twitter, use the #eyeforatweet hashtag to share your Ryerson frustration, or just make us laugh. If we like what we see we may just print it! And follow @theeyeopener for all your Ryerson news.
First day back was spent icing a broken toe and eventually sitting in the ER. Back on campus tomorrow, look for the pimp walk.#eyeforatweet
I love it when profs expect us to be far, far better organized than they are. Do as I say, not as I do — the Ryerson way!
1st day back was awesome, especially Muchnick’s humour. Gotta love him! The not so awesome part: the $550 spent on textbooks #eyeforatweet
My veteran business reporter prof just typed “Google” into Bing, and then clicked on the search result. I love #Ryerson so much.
I’m sure you got used to cuddling by the fire and wasting away watching holiday marathons and countdowns, but it’s time to get your body moving. Forget paying more for the TTC and try walking when the weather isn’t too bad. Or get a membership at the RAC and try stretching those neglected muscles in yoga classes.
Hitting the sack
Late afternoon sleep ins are exclusive to weekends now. Try making yourself go to bed earlier every night until you’re back to getting a full rest. When school gets stressful in a few weeks you’re going to wish you spent less time on Facebook and YouTube and more time with your head on the pillow.
Really Ryerson? I have now received the EXACT same grade on every final for the past 4 years, this has got to be a conspiracy... or laziness
Welcome back #Ryerson. You look good. All rested and well fed. REMEMBER THIS FEELING. #eyeforatweet
On the first day of every class, they have to tell us not to use Wikipedia for research for essays. Really? Every class.
So I’m the only guy in my photojournalism class. Hello #Ryersonjournalism and its unequal gender distribution.
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The idiot’s guide to Ryerson student groups
Community editor Allyssia Alleyne helps you find the right club to fill those free minutes
All work and no play makes for a very dull, poorly rounded student. Pull yourself away from your textbooks for a few minutes this semester, and check out some of Ryerson’s many extracurricular offerings. Here’s a selection that will cater to every taste and fancy. Rights for Iran or Journalists for Human Rights. Want to end violence against women? Participate in the White Ribbon Campaign. The Ryerson Students’ Union also does a lot of advocacy.
For the culture clubbers
For the gamers
If your idea of a good time means spending hours playing RPGs, Catan and multiplayer video games, the Association of Ryerson Role-Players & Gamers (also known as ARRG) might be your bag. The group hosts weekly game nights in the Dungeon at 6 p.m. If you’re more interested in creating games than playing them, join Ryerson’s Game Makers’ Union for resources related to the development of video games.
Ryerson’s cultural groups offer the chance to connect with your own culture or learn new things about another one. The Organization of Latin American students (OLAS) offers salsa classes throughout the year, and the West Indian Student Association is known to organize incredible pub nights at the Ram in the Rye. Most cultural groups, including the Hellenic Students Association, serve up amazing food.
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For the faithful
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A week of winter trysts
BY CARLY BASIAN
Groups like Campus for Christ, the Muslim Students Association and Hillel@Ryerson let students practice their faith and meet other students who share their beliefs. Non-practitioners are also welcome to attend their events, so curious people are welcome to come and learn more.
The weather may be cooling off, but that doesn’t mean your relationship has to. Yes, it’s cold. Yes, we all have budgets to follow. But don’t let that get in the way of indulging your romantic side. Take this chilliest of seasons to show how much you care with your hat on, boots tied and less than thirty bucks in your pocket.
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Toronto is filled with ethnic communities. You can head to Chinatown, Little India or Little Italy for an international experience on a domestic budget. It’s fun to walk around hand-in-hand, and there are lots of cheap restaurants to choose from, like Swatow, New Ho King, Little India Restaurant or The Lakeview. Not only is it a nice way to explore new areas of the city, but changing up your routine with your sweetheart adds a new level of excitement to your relationship and will help you bond. Make sure to bundle up though: you might be out for a while.
kitchen, light some candles, pour some wine and enjoy your intimate For the activists meal. Then cuddle in front of a movie There’s a corner on campus for most For more information on campus clubs, you both enjoy (The Social Network causes, if you look carefully. Interested check out the Campus Caravan on in human rights? Check out Human comes out on DVD next week). Wednesday, Jan. 12. in the SCC.
In the Oakham House Amateur Theatre students participate in the staging of student-written one-act productions, while students involved with the Oakham House Choir get to perform with a professional orchestra. Dancers can find their legs with the Urban Hip-Hop Union’s dance team. But if you’re more the type to waste your leisure time memorizing the day’s news, The Eyeopener is always accepting new volunteers. Just sayin’.
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Whether it’s skating at the Harbourfront overlooking the lake or at Nathan Phillips Square, this classic date can be fun, romantic and walletfriendly. You can replace skating with any other winter activity, like a snowball fight or sledding at Riverdale Park. Afterwards, you both can head over to a nearby café — be it an intimate local spot like Rooster House Coffee or the nearest Starbucks — and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or steaming apple cider.
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There’s something very sexy about museums and galleries. Don’t believe me? Try sneaking off to a corner to create your own performance art. The Art Gallery of Ontario offers free admission to both its permanent collection and its temporary Maharaja exhibition to visitors 25 and under until April 3. The Royal Ontario Museum has free admission for university students on Tuesdays, and to the general public on Wednesdays between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Don’t let the cold winds and thick snow stop you from enjoying the great outdoors. Bundle up and take a walk through Allan Gardens, U of T’s Philosopher’s Walk, Kensington Market, or the Distillery District. There are plenty of cafés and restaurants to visit in these areas, from the Distillery’s Balzac’s Coffee Roastery and Soma, to Kensington’s Ideal Coffee and Wanda’s Pie in the Sky. If you do end up at the Distillery, you could check out a performance at Soulpepper Theatre — they have rush tickets for a low price — and there are musical performances around Kensington Market.
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The men’s voleyball team stays in the hunt for a playoff spot. Karen Quinto reports
With only eight games left in the regular season, the Ryerson’s men’s volleyball team defeated the Windsor Lancers last Saturday, after being trampled by the Western Mustangs on Jan. 8. “We lost to Western yesterday, but Western is undefeated,” said head coach Mirek Porosa. After Saturday’s 3-1 comeback win, the Rams, who are fighting with York, Toronto and RMC for a playoff berth, are now tied in the OUA standings with Waterloo, and only four points behind Laurier. The Rams played a close game for most of the first set, but Porosa was forced to call a timeout after the upon service specialist Robby Libero and team-captain Robby Earl to take control of the game. Earl served up an ace that started the comeback and McDonald recorded two kills to help the Ram win the set 25-23. That was the inch that became a mile. The Rams kept their spirits up throughout the third set despite a rough start put them behind 4-0. Ryerson took charge of the game with a commanding 13-7 lead, thanks to middle blocker Roman Kabanov and outside hitter Chris McLaughlin. While Windsor began closing in on Ryerson’s lead, a clutch block from Kabanov sealed the set for the Rams who were leading the game 2-1. “We weren’t hungry to win, “ Windsor captain and setter Adam Prieur explained. “We feel that Ryerson is fighting to make it to the playoffs and they were hungry to win.” That hunger persisted throughout the fourth set as successful serves by outside hitter Luka Milosevic and timely blocks by setter Aleksa Miladinovic got the team off to a quick start. The game became extremely tense midway through the set as Windsor crept up through a series of bad serves and costly errors by the Rams. Those errors quickly built up to a 19-19 tie. However Kabanov and McDonald stepped it up , paving the way to a victory as they ended the set 25-22, winning the game with a three sets to one. “Ryerson is better than what they say on paper,” said Windsor head coach Huub Kemmere. The Rams will play their next game against York Friday night at Kerr Hall.
Andrea Robinson competing at the Trent University show.
COURTERSY OF THE RYERSON EQUESTRIAN TEAM
Ryerson’s the kind of team where if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile. —Shawn Lippert, Lancer’s assistant coach
Hold your horses
Despite being run without any school funding, the newly formed Ryerson University equestrian team is making giant leaps. Gabriel Lee reports
Last year, the Ryerson University equestrian team (RUEC) was nothing more then an ambitious idea. But this year it became a reality and the rookie team is making big strides thanks to some dedicated riders. “I think it’s really special to be in sync with a four-legged 1500-pound animal that has a mind of its own. You have to be trusting at times,” explains Jacquelline Stapells, a third-year psychology student who rides for Ryerson’s equestrian team. “I don’t think that you can really compare riding a horse to any other sport out there.”” Unlike the basketball, hockey or soccer team, most students body aren’t aware of the first-year equestrian team, probably because fact that the club is not even listed on Ryerson’s website. “We tried to get in with Ryerson Athletics to make the club an official sport club along with the golf, dragon boating, and cheerleading team [but] that didn’t happen in time so we decided to run it independently,” While they are the newest member of the Ontario University Equestrian Association (OUEA), many of the other schools that Ryerson competes against, such as McMaster and Waterloo, were only created five years ago, in 2006 and while they are the new kids on the block, Ryerson is competing against some fairly new teams. However, in addition to becoming the newest member of the 12 team league, Ryerson’s equestrian club is the only team without a listed coach or captain on their website. Due to the expansive nature of the club, the team did not hold tryouts this year. Instead, they decided to welcome riders regardless of their experience or skill level. Because of this, the team has attracted a good mixture of both riders with experience and riders who have only recently started to ride a couple of years ago. “Every member who joins contributes to the teams success in some way,” said Stappels.“The more people who join the more recognition the team will gain.“ While Robinson agrees that expanding the club is important, but acknowledged that the team will be holding tryouts next semester. “This year we just wanted to get our numbers up and keep growing, so we wanted to give everyone a chance to compete,” said Robinson. “We hope to hold tryouts for next year as only two people can compete in each of the four divisions.” Halfway through the 2010-2011 season, Ryerson finds themselves near the bottom of the league as they currently sit in 10th place with only four competitions remaining in the season. Despite the team’s poor ranking, the riders’ individual results have been erratic. At the Queen’s University Show, which took place in October, Stapells finished in second place while fellow rider Laura Gilligan finished in third place. However, Marisa Millman finished in eighth place at the team’s latest competition at Brock University. “Our first semester as a team has worked out fantastically. Being that we are a new team I think our results have exceeded our expectations,” said Robinson. “This is a new experience [for] all of us and the team has been extremely successful. There are so many talent-
Lancers took an 18-15 lead. “Ryerson’s the kind of team where if you give them an inch, they’ll take a mile,” said Lancer’s assistant coach Shawn Lippert after the game. The Rams got back on track after the timeout as outside hitter Greg McDonald scored three consecutive points, including two blocks and a kill. Ryerson proceeded to take a short-lived 22-17 lead, but the Lancers responded by scoring eight consecutive points, as they won the first set 25-22. Windsor was consistently ahead in the second set until Porsosa called
The biggest thing we are up against is funding. —Caitlin Strelioff, Co-founder of the RUEC
I think it’s really special to be in sync with a fourlegged 1500-pound animal that has a mind of its own. —Jacquelline Stapells, third-year psychology
explained Andrea Robinson, a thirdyear business management student who along with Caitlin Strelioff cofounded the Ryerson University Equestrian Team. Nevertheless, Stappels, who has riding experience, is proud to be a part of Ryerson’s first Equestrian team she feels the team is bringing a part of the country lifestyle to Ryerson’s hectic downtown campus.
ed and confident riders on the team, I feel as though we can only improve.” While Strelioff is just as enthusiastic about the progress of the team, she acknowledged that it has been hard to overcome the lack of proper funding. “The biggest thing we are up against is funding,” she said. “It’s expensive for a student to ride.” Seeing as how the team has no funding from the university, all riders must pay for their own lessons, $45, as well as their entry into a show, $50.” Despite this challenge, Strelioff is happy with the team’s season to date. “At the beginning of the season I thought we would be one of those teams that rode just for fun,” she said. “But we have exceeded my expectations. [With] higher level riders and some more development we could be [so much] more.”
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BIZ & TECH
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Ryerson to school NHL players
BY BRAD WHITEHOUSE BIZ & TECH EDITOR
Websites like Studymonkey.com raise questions about intellectual property and academic integrity.
PHOTO: ISABEL QUINN
Buying your way through school
New notesharing websites let students skip class and pay for notes, but could land you in hot water
BY JEFF LAGERQUIST
Students who want to sleep through early morning lectures can now pay someone to sit in class for them. Waterloo upstarts Notewagon. com and Studymonkey.ca provide an online market place where students can buy and sell the notes they take in class. “The point of university is to learn the content, not attend every class,” said Khaled Hashem, head of marketing and advertisement for Notewagon.com at U of T and Ryerson. “Instead of relying on a few friends you can choose from several sets of notes on our website,” he said. Hashem and a small group of students started work on the site sixmonths-ago. Originating in the U.S., this innovative trend in student networking raises questions about intellectual property and academic integrity along with the potential benefits for students with busy schedules. “We saw the trend in the States and realized it wasn’t very big in
Canada,” said Vance Lee, one of the co-founders at Studymonkey.com, which emerged from Waterloo University shortly after Notewagon.com with similar ambitions. Both websites let students select notes from a semester’s worth of courses, but the content available depends on what has been uploaded by users. Shoppers get to preview a limited portion, and if they like what they see they can purchase the notes. Students who upload their notes get paid for each download. “There is a huge opportunity for students to make money,” said Hashem. First year biomedical engineering student Faiza Kabir had never heard of online note markets, but would consider making a purchase. “We don’t always have time to take perfect notes. We’re under a lot of stress,” she said. But Ryerson’s professors say if students want good notes they should simply come to class. “I think this kind of business is obviously catering to those who want to
miss a lot of classes and don’t really want to be bothered to do the work. That’s an alarming development because it feeds into an element of passiveness about student learning that we see increasing in classroom,” said English professor Sophie Thomas.
The point of university is to learn the content, not attend every class. —Khaled Hashem, Notewagon.com
Catherine Ellis, a professor and member of the Academic Integrity Council Committee raises the greater issue of who owns the notes students take in the classroom. “The notes themselves are based on lectures, and the lecture material is the intellectual property of the professor. The professor is providing the lecture only for the purpose of communicating the information to the students who are present in the
room. They have not authorized any use of those notes for purposes outside the course, including the making any kind of profit,” said Ellis. Ryerson’s Student Code of Academic Conduct makes no mention of note sharing at the individual or organizational level. While sharing material that is “submitted for assessment,” like essays and exams is a clear breach, classroom notes are not specifically referred to. “It’s perfectly legal. In the states there are huge companies that are doing the same thing,” said Hashem. Notewagon.com and Studymonkey.ca are moderated to prevent the distribution of copyrighted material and content that can be resubmitted for marks. Both companies insist they have been well received at every campus they visit, and even encouraged by most professors. “People who used to take only half decent notes are now bringing their lap tops and producing typed, full colour content so they can compete for buyers on our website,” said Hashem.
Ryerson’s list of applicants will look a little more like the NHL draft this year. The Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) has partnered with the NHL Alumni Association to introduce a program called BreakAway exclusively for current and former NHL players. The program was launched in December to school NHL players on skills they could need when they retire. “The era that I played in, the players were very conscious of what they would do after their careers were over because the salaries weren’t such that you would be able to retire after playing hockey,” said Pat Flatley, director of BreakAway and NHL alumnus. He said “the game has changed” since players now sign multi-million dollar contracts, but they need to know how to manage themselves so their bank accounts don’t dry up. The program offers four courses to players that include personal finance, leadership, privacy law, marketing and personal branding. But students shouldn’t expect to be sitting next to an NHL all-star in lecture. The courses will be taught entirely online with a mere 15 hours of material, and must be completed within six months. Players are not required to take all four courses and the program isn’t degree-granting. Marla Spergel, a marketing professor, said the courses are more of an introduction to basic business topics since most players stop going to school after high school. Spergel said players are marked on quizzes and reflection papers. The courses are meant to fit in with the busy schedules of current players who are on the road. Flatley said at least 30 players have already enrolled in the course, but would not disclose the names of any students.
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Simon Harris was swearing in his bedroom again “Why do you never bloody fit?” he muttered As he crouched down (Remembering to keep his back straight) To pick up all the clothes that’d Dropped off his coathangers ‘It’s the fourth time this week,’ Was his most prominent thought A shiny thing (trophy) glinted In the corner of his eye In the harsh morning sun He rued the day he’d been given that For being the world’s tallest man.
c. crustacean legs
By Michael Winkler
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
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Ok students, turn to 10 Dundas East
Bagel Stop • Baskin Robbins • Bubble Tease • California Thai • Caribbean Queen • Chipotle Harvey’s • Jack Astor’s • Johnny Rockets • Jugo Juice • Juice Rush • Kitchen Food Fair Koryo Korean BBQ • Made in Japan • Milestones • Milo’s Pita • Mrs. Field’s • Opa! Souvlaki Pumpernickel • Sauté Rose • Starbucks • Subway • Tim Hortons • Timothy’s • Woo’s Restaurant
F O O D C O U RT 1 0 1
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MASTER 25 GREAT EATERIES AT YOUR OWN PACE
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