Articles by: Samraweet Yohannes

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Surveillance chill on the rise among Canadian journalists

On Oct. 1, a Canadian photojournalist on route to Standing Rock, N.D., was detained at U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Vancouver Airport for over six hours. Ed Ou was headed to cover the protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline for CBC, when his trip was halted before boarding. His phone was taken and he was interrogated. Border guards […]

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Facebook and smartphones narrowing the open web

The original open web known for its blinking text, pixelated images and blue hyperlinks was participatory. It was a production space where the people who enjoyed using it, also helped make it. “Back then it was messy and it was always broken and it was always really ugly,” Canadian journalist Sue Gardner says. The web was a space for free […]

Ceremony attendees attach their poppies to memorial wreaths following the Remembrance Day service at the Old City Hall Cenotaph. (Samraweet Yohannes)

Remembrance Day in 11 photos

On the brisk morning of Nov. 11, hundreds gathered at Old City Hall, in Toronto, to commemorate the fallen. At the annual Remembrance Day service, veterans, families of soldiers and supporters made a pilgrimage to the cenotaph to pay their respects and remember those who sacrificed their lives in war. The cross-generational importance of the day was underscored by the war poem […]

by Samraweet Yohannes· · News
Materials from a workshop promoting consent culture. (Ryersonian Archives)

Sexual assault policy review closes in

The consultation phase of Ryerson’s sexual violence policy review is over. It is expected now to go to the Board of Governors for approval at its meeting later this month. Lachemi said the plan is to share the new and improved policy with the community before the end of the semester. The final two open meetings from the consultation phase […]

by Samraweet Yohannes· · News, On Campus
People viewing Clouds over Sidra using VR headsets in the Sears Atrium. (Samraweet Yohannes)

Clouds over Sidra takes Ryerson to Zaatari refugee camp

  On Nov. 3, members of the Ryerson community were transported to Northern Jordan all while sitting on campus. In an eight-minute virtual reality documentary entitled Clouds over Sidra, people are led through a refugee camp by a 12-year-old girl named Sidra. Sidra and her family fled their home in Daraa, Syria over a year and a half ago and […]

by Samraweet Yohannes· · News