Articles by: Alexa Huffman

Fridays Live: D.O. and Robb Johannes from Paint

Fridays Live: D.O. and Robb Johannes from Paint

Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. D.O. Canadian rapper D.O. (Defy the Odds) has worked with Maestro Fresh Wes, Saukrates and Classified. He’s also broken a Guinness World Record in 2003 for rapping for the longest time. His fourth studio album Down Home […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Arts & Life, Audio, Media, Music, Videos
In this Jan. 30, 2014 file photo, Olivia Chow speaks at Ryerson University. (Cosette Schulz/Ryersonian Staff)

Infographic: Visible Minorities in Toronto City Hall

This week, The Ryersonian ran an editorial about Olivia Chow as the only visible minority among the front-runners in the Toronto mayoral race. Although Chow is not currently involved in Toronto municipal politics, her candidacy brings forth the issue about representation in both Toronto city hall and city halls around Canada. The following infographic shows how many city councillors are visible minorities:

by Alexa Huffman· · News, Off Campus
In this Jan. 30, 2014 file photo, Olivia Chow speaks at Ryerson University. (Cosette Schulz/Ryersonian Staff)

Visible minorities in municipal politics

Olivia Chow is the front-runner in Toronto’s mayoral race, and the only visible minority of the top-tier candidates. Chow is polling at 36 per cent support against Mayor Rob Ford’s 28 per cent, according to a Forum Research poll conducted in mid-March. If Chow is able to hold on to this lead, she will be the first visible minority to […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Editorial, Opinion
Picture This: Canadian Tuition

Picture This: Canadian Tuition

This week, The Ryersonian reported on the proposed tuition increase for Ryerson University. Ryerson’s Board of Governors discussed the need for the increase and the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) voiced their opposition. We know that Ontario students pay the highest tuition in all of Canada, but we were curious about what other provinces are paying and how much tuition has gone up […]

by Alexa Huffman· · News, Top stories
Webcast: Globe reporter Karen Howlett on the latest in the gas plant scandal

Webcast: Globe reporter Karen Howlett on the latest in the gas plant scandal

Alexa Huffman sits down with Karen Howlett, the Globe and Mail’s Queens Park reporter who has been covering the gas plants scandal. The Ryersonian previously reported that Wendy Wai, a Ryerson employee was allegedly given unrestricted administrative access to computers in the premier’s office when she was the assistant to David Livingston the former chief of staff to former premier […]

by Alexa Huffman· · News, Top stories, Webcasts
Lawrence, along with 13 other RSU members and students, protested the tuition increase by laying out a “red carpet of student debt,” a red cloth with the title “Hikes Stop Here,” outside the room before the meeting began. (Matt Oxman / Ryersonian staff)

Head to head over tuition hikes at Board of Governors meeting

Ryerson’s Board of Governors (BOG) and members of the Ryerson Students’ Union have faced off over a proposed tuition hike. At a BOG meeting Monday, board member Paul Stenton said a tuition hike is crucial to maintaining the university’s operating budget. However, student spokesperson Roshelle Lawrence complained not only about the proposed hike, but also about how the potential increase […]

by Alexa Huffman· · News, On Campus, Top stories
What is Big Data?

What is Big Data?

Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian has been appointed as the executive director of Ryerson’s Institute for Privacy and Big Data. But what exactly is Big Data? The Ryersonian’s Alexa Huffman takes an deeper look into the complicated topic. Ryerson gets a big name for Big Data What is Big Data? Big data is a term that describes a […]

by Alexa Huffman· · News, Top stories
Premier Kathleen Wynne has allotted $800,000 to create jobs for humanities and social science grads. (Courtesy Joseph Morris / Flickr)

Ontario government joins Ryerson to create jobs with $800K project

The Ontario government has pledged $800,000 to create 120 jobs in the high-tech sector for humanities and social sciences Ryerson graduates. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the funding, part of a joint project with Ryerson University, on Thursday. “We thought (Ryerson had) a very strong program especially because of the involvement of major high-tech industry associations,” said Gabe De Roche, spokesperson […]

by Alexa Huffman· · News, On Campus, Top stories
Ann Cavoukian will begin her new role at Ryerson on July 1. (Courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Ryerson gets a big name for Big Data

Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian has been appointed as the executive director of Ryerson’s Institute for Privacy and Big Data. The university announced Cavoukian’s appointment and the creation of the institute last Wednesday. Cavoukian will begin her role at Ryerson on July 1, after ending her third term as commissioner — spanning over 15 years. Her official launch […]

by Alexa Huffman· · News, On Campus
(Matt Oxman/ Ryersonian staff)

Ryersonian Book Club: Divergent, by Veronica Roth

Title: Divergent Genre: Science Fiction / Young Adult Pages: 487 About the author: Veronica Roth is an American author best known for the Divergent trilogy, which also include Insurgent and Allegiant. The last book was released in October of last year. While on winter break of her senior year of the creative writing program at Northwestern University in Chicago, Veronica […]

Fridays Live: Kayla Dunn and 9YRS perform live

Fridays Live: Kayla Dunn and 9YRS perform live

Fridays Live is a an audio series showcasing Canadian talent. Each week, we’ll bring in two artists for an interview and live performance. Kayla Dunn Kayla Dunn is an indie singer and songwriter from Windsor, Ont. She is also a social work student at Ryerson. She talked with Samantha Lui about her EP, “Fields” and what it’s like to be […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Arts & Life, Audio, Music, Top stories
Passengers exit the subway during morning rush hour on the TTC. (Alexa Huffman / Ryersonian Staff/ Winter 2014)

Interactive: Best in Canada?

The past week brought surprising news to TTC riders. It wasn’t the signal problems or the delays caused by snow; it was a new ranking of transit in Canadian cities that put Toronto in the top spot. The rankings were done by the Seattle-based company, Walk Score, whose website helps people find places to live based on “walkability”. This includes […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Editorial, Opinion
Celebrating National Pi Day

Celebrating National Pi Day

Edited by Hailey Chan

by Alexa Huffman· · Arts & Life, Food, Videos, Webcasts
On Mar. 3, Mayor Rob Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. (Photo Jimmy Kimmel Live!/Screenshot)

Any publicity is good publicity

The past couple of weeks have certainly been busy for Rob Ford in terms of press coverage. On Feb. 28, a replica of Ford smoking a crack pipe appeared on a float in the Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans. Then on Mar. 3, Ford appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Ford said the visit to Los Angeles was to promote […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Editorial, Opinion
Easy, eh? Tales of cheating on campus

Easy, eh? Tales of cheating on campus

  David Graham* was pulling all-nighters for his entrepreneurship class at Ryerson University. He was exhaustively working on group projects, so when a paper worth 5 per cent was assigned, he decided to copy information off a company website. “I was scared about handing it in. I had never plagiarized before,” he says. “I didn’t know what the chances of […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Features
Infographic: What else you can get for 670 Calories

Infographic: What else you can get for 670 Calories

Earlier this week, The Ryersonian informed you that there are 670 calories in a Burger King Whopper, the highest number of calories out of six popular burgers around campus. Below, we present healthier options that have the same amount of calories as the Burger King Whopper. Also, be sure to check out Alexa Huffman’s article on how students and experts are reacting […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Arts & Life, Food, Health
Patrons dine at the Eaton Centre's Urban Eatery, Photo by Alexa Huffman / The Ryersonian.

Students dislike calorie counting legislation

When students grab a quick bite from a fast food joint near campus, calories are usually the last thing on their minds — but that could soon change. On Feb. 24, Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews introduced new legislation that would require restaurants, supermarkets and convenience stores —with 20 or more locations around the province — to label calorie information […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Arts & Life, Health, News
A large crowd gathers to eat lunch at McDonald’s at the Urban Eatery in the Toronto Eaton Centre on Feb. 28. Ryerson students have many fast-food options around campus but may soon see calorie counts beside menu items if new proposed legislation by the Ontario government passes.

Infographic: How many calories are in your fast-food burger?

This week, The Ryersonian explores the effectiveness of a proposed Ontario legislation that would require fast-food chains to post calorie counts on menu boards. This got us thinking about how many calories are actually in the fast-food burgers we know and love. As a teaser, we have provided the calorie counts of six cheap and popular burgers near campus. Just try […]

by Alexa Huffman· · Arts & Life, Food, On Campus

Interactive: Tech monitors driving habits, may save students on insurance

Car insurance companies are starting to offer new technology that could mean big savings for university-aged drivers. The technology, known as telematics, (information technology enabling the long distance transmission of data) is part of new usage-based auto insurance being offered for drivers in Ontario. “Innovative programs like this is something insurers are looking at to attract business,” said Pete Karageorgos, […]

Michael Chang presents his company, Needle, during the DMZ’s event. (Alexa Huffman / Ryersonian Staff)

Gone in 60 seconds: DMZ hosts rapid-fire pitching competition

It took only a minute for two Digital Media Zone (DMZ) companies to impress a group of judges. Then again, that was all the time they had. The DMZ’s second annual 120 Minutes in the Zone, held on Nov. 12, had the entrepreneurial hub’s startups pitch their products and services in 60 seconds to a panel of judges and a […]

by Alexa Huffman· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
Left, Amanda Alvaro, Justin Trudeau and Mary Ng, Ryerson's acting director of the office of the president. (Photo courtesy Clifton Li)

Rye administrator organized Trudeau’s ‘ladies night’

A wave of criticism and controversy over a “ladies night” fundraiser with Justin Trudeau has left one of the event’s organizers dumbfounded. Mary Ng, one half of the duo that organized the “Justin Unplugged” fundraiser held last Thursday, said critiques of the event — which was labelled sexist and patronizing — were blown out of proportion. “There was never any […]

by Alexa Huffman· · News, Off Campus, On Campus