Articles by: Peter Lozinski

The purple glow of the CN Tower lit by Ryerson engineering students reflects off Lake Ontario. Peter Lozinski/Ryersonian Staff

Ryerson engineering students light CN tower purple

The CN tower cast a purple hue over Toronto on Wednesday night. The Toronto landmark was lit by Ryerson Engineering Students as a part of National Engineering Month. The students, though, didn’t light the tower using traditional means. Instead, they used a Rube Goldberg machine, a chain reaction device, to hit a button representing the CN tower lighting switch. Ryerson […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
Project leader Derek Stanley makes last minute changes to the Rube Goldberg machine, which was unveiled on March 18. 
(Peter Lozinski / Ryersonian Staff)

Engineering students’ chain reaction machine to light up the CN Tower

Ryerson engineering students unveiled a machine on Tuesday that will help light up the CN Tower through a series of chain reactions. It was built as part of an annual event, organized by the Engineering Student Societies’ Council of Ontario, to bring universities together to celebrate National Engineering Month. According to the ESSCO website, the Rube Goldberg relay is intended […]

Ryerson engineering students to light up CN Tower through chain reaction

Ryerson engineering students to light up CN Tower through chain reaction

Ryerson’s engineering students are participating in an Ontario-wide Rube Goldberg relay. A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption that sets off a series of chain reactions to complete one task. Engineering students plan to light up the CN Tower purple on March 24 with their creation. The machine will be revealed on Tuesday at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Read Peter […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Science & Technology
Oakham House societies on shaky foundation

Oakham House societies on shaky foundation

Ryerson’s Oakham House Choir has not received as much funding as it needs this year. The choir, an Oakham House society, gets its funding from the Palin Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1976 to manage Oakham House and now the Student Campus Centre. The organization maintains the physical building and provides space and funding for student groups. Caryl Arundel, […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Features, Top stories
David Xu, Ryerson engineering professor, and the small lithium polymer battery he is testing on. (Peter Lozinski / Ryersonian Staff)

Professor researches power-saving batteries for office buildings

  These aren’t your typical batteries. While a regular AA battery can power a remote control for a few months, the lithium polymer batteries David Xu, a Ryerson engineering professor, is researching could power about 1,000 homes for an hour. Xu is hoping he can use these shipping container-sized batteries to help supply power to office buildings and to solve one […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, On Campus, Top stories
Mayor Rob Ford's notoriety has spread across Canada.

Rob Ford wrap-up: a month of mayor madness

It’s been an insane month at city hall. We take a look back at the key moments of the “crack video” scandal that focused the world’s attention on Toronto. Edited by: Peter Lozinski Video by: Arman Aghbali, Michael Duncan, Peter Lozinski Additional reporting by: Jean Ko Din

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus
Ryerson sociology professor Alan Sears. (Peter Lozinski / Ryersonian Staff)

Prof opposes school’s ‘passion capitalist’ award

Ryerson considers itself a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, but one professor worries the university might be going too far. On Nov. 18, sociology professor Alan Sears wrote a piece lamenting the rise of “passion capitalism” on Ryerson’s campus for Rabble.ca, an alternative, left-wing news site. “I am all in favour of passion on campus, and indeed, everywhere. But capitalism, […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
Meet the man who gets all your @Ryerson tweets

Meet the man who gets all your @Ryerson tweets

Scott Ryerson has a problem. The Illinois native and IBM employee’s Twitter feed is useless. Ryerson (the guy) is the owner of the @Ryerson Twitter handle, and is inundated with tweets about the daily issues of Ryerson (the university) students. I've just updated my professional profile on LinkedIn. Connect with me and view my profile. http://t.co/ZUMrlcwr #in — Ryerson (@Ryerson) […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Top stories
There has sure been a lot of coverage around mayor Rob Ford.

Rob Ford parodied in porno

We’ve hit Kim Kardashian levels of crazy at Toronto city hall – Mayor Rob Ford has been offered a role in a porno. If the lead above sounds unbelievable, the next sentence is even more absurd. There exists a pornographic parody video of the mayor of the largest city in Canada (because of course it does). The parody (The Ryersonian does not have […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Film & Television, News
Rob Ford round-up: Seven stories you may have missed

Rob Ford round-up: Seven stories you may have missed

With so much media coverage whirling around the mayor, it’s been easy to miss some of the smaller stories from the scandal. Here are seven of them that may have slipped by: Photos from Creative Commons, except the Moscariello photo from Twitter and a screenshot from a Conan YouTube clip.

Mayor Rob Ford's notoriety has spread across Canada.

Federal cabinet minister Jason Kenney says Ford “embarrassed” city and should step aside

Federal employment minister Jason Kenney said Tuesday that Mayor Rob Ford should step down. He said that Ford “has brought dishonour to public office and the office of mayor and his city,” and that he “should step aside and stop dragging the City of Toronto through this terrible embarrassment.” At city hall, deputy mayor Norm Kelly took on some of […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus
RECAP: Mayor Ford stripped of some of his powers at rowdy council meeting

RECAP: Mayor Ford stripped of some of his powers at rowdy council meeting

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was stripped of some of his powers, and had both his budget and his number of staff slashed after a major vote at an emergency council meeting Monday. The marathon meeting lasted for about five hours. It was at times rambunctious, with Rob and Doug Ford getting into it with members of the public, but when […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus, Top stories
Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly spoke to the media after a precedent-setting council vote Friday. (Peter Lozinski/Ryersonian Staff)

Norm Kelly says he didn’t expect to take on Mayor Rob Ford’s powers

Council passed a bylaw suspending some of the mayor’s power in a landmark vote at a special council meeting Friday. With the first motion, which passed 39-3 (only the Ford brothers and Coun. David Shiner voted against it), council first took away the mayor’s capacity to name and dismiss standing committee chairs and members of the executive committee. The second […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus, Top stories
Rob Ford addresses council at the beginning of Wednesday's meeting (Peter Lozinski/Ryersonian Staff)

Rob Ford: “I’ve got more than enough to eat at home”

Mayor Rob Ford apologized shortly after noon Thursday for using profane language outside his office in response to reports that he made sexually inappropriate comments to a staffer. The mayor also said he is getting help from “a team of medical professionals.” Ford shocked reporters and councillors this morning when he talked about what he is alleged to have said […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus, Top stories
Rob Ford addresses council at the beginning of Wednesday's meeting (Peter Lozinski/Ryersonian Staff)

Mayor Ford admits during city council meeting to buying illegal drugs

Toronto’s embattled mayor Rob Ford made another stunning admission at city council Wednesday morning, as he confirmed that yes, he has purchased illegal drugs within the past two years. The revelation came  in response to a question from Coun. Denzil Minnan-Wong. After a spirited discussion that lasted all morning and carried on well into the afternoon, council passed a five-part […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus, Top stories
Hundreds lined up for hours to purchase a "Robbie Bobbie" at City Hall on Tuesday.

Video: Rob Ford bobblehead bonanza

Hundreds flocked to city hall Tuesday to purchase their very own Rob Ford bobblehead. Each “Robbie Bobbie” cost $20. Some waited for hours to get their hands on the miniature mayor. A portion of the proceeds went to the United Way. Jean Ko Din reports from city hall. Shot and edited by: Peter Lozinski

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus, Top stories, Videos
Video: Rob Ford attends Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall

Video: Rob Ford attends Remembrance Day ceremony at Old City Hall

The City of Toronto’s Remembrance Day ceremony was held at Old City Hall. Embattled mayor Rob Ford was in attendance, as well as Federal Transportation minister Lisa Raitt, Federal NDP leader Thomas Mulcair. The Ryersonian’s city hall reporters Peter Lozinski and Jean Ko Din were there to take in the scene:

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus, Top stories, Videos
Council has limited ability to remove Rob Ford from office: professor

Council has limited ability to remove Rob Ford from office: professor

Before the Toronto Star published a video of Mayor Rob Ford ranting and swearing incoherently, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong told reporters Thursday that he will ask council to petition the province to remove Mayor Rob Ford if he doesn’t step down. On Wednesday evening, The Ryersonian asked Ryerson politics professor Neil Thomlinson what steps council could take to remove Ford from power. […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, On Campus, Videos
(Vivian Ng / Special To the Ryersonian)

Canadian TV vs. the Internet

The popularity and critical acclaim of shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have led many to proclaim we are in a golden age of television. Globe and Mail TV columnist John Doyle wants to know how Canada fits into this era. “What has Canada contributed to this? Pretty much nothing,” he wrote in his Oct. 10 column. “Look […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Features, Media, Off Campus, On Campus
(Vivian Ng / Special To the Ryersonian)

The Future of Canadian TV Begins at Ryerson

The popularity and critical acclaim of shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones have led many to proclaim we are in a golden age of television. Globe and Mail TV columnist John Doyle wants to know how Canada fits into this era. “What has Canada contributed to this? Pretty much nothing,” he wrote in his Oct. 10 column. “Look at […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Features, Interactives
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologizes on radio show for drunken behaviour

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford apologizes on radio show for drunken behaviour

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford took to the airwaves to defend himself Sunday and demanded police release a video allegedly showing him smoking what appears to be crack cocaine. On his weekly Newstalk 1010 radio show, The City with Mayor Rob Ford, the embattled mayor offered an apology, sighing deeply several times. “I am the first one to admit that I […]

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Depression can affect anyone, and it can be incredibly hard to shake. Peter Lozinski / Ryersonian Staff

The never-ending battle against depression

In 2009 I was diagnosed with depression. It was around then that I realized the way I was feeling was in no way normal. Apparently, it isn’t normal to be convinced everyone hates you. Apparently, it isn’t normal to outwardly loathe yourself. Apparently, it isn’t normal to wish yourself out of existence. They said it would get better. It did. […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Opinion, Voices
CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais speaks at Ryereson University for the launch of Let's Talk TV: A conversation with Canadians on October 24, 2013. Peter Lozinski / Ryersonian Staff

Ryerson hosts launch of CRTC discussion on the future of Canadian broadcasting

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is asking people to join a discussion about the future of television in the country. CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais was at Ryerson Thursday to launch the first session of Let’s Talk TV: A Conversation with Canadians. The discussion is aimed at creating a framework “that in its essence will have to be dynamic, flexible [and] […]

by Peter Lozinski· · Media, News, On Campus
In pictures: Ryerson Rams vs. Guelph Gryphons hockey game

In pictures: Ryerson Rams vs. Guelph Gryphons hockey game

Photos by Peter Lozinski.

by Peter Lozinski· · Hockey, In pictures, Interactives, Sports
Andrew Cash speaks at the NDP electoral district nomination meeting in 2009. (ABEBBENJOE/Wikimedia commons)

Federal government has a role to play in regulating unpaid internships: lawyer

Andrew Cash wants the federal government to regulate unpaid internships and a Toronto-based labour lawyer is backing the idea. Cash, the Davenport MP, tabled Bill C-542, An Act to Establish a National Urban Workers Strategy. The private member’s bill aims to provide protections for part-time, contract and self-employed workers as well as interns. While labour and internships are mostly a […]

by Peter Lozinski· · News, Off Campus