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City of Toronto employees prepare to evict homeless people situated on the sidewalk outside of Tim Hortons on Victoria St. (Photo by Julie Faye Germansky)

Homeless evicted outside of Tim Hortons

Several homeless people who had settled at the entrance of Victoria Street’s Tim Hortons were evicted Wednesday morning by the City of Toronto.

Homeless people have been congregating on the edge of the sidewalk in front of the Tim Hortons for years, said a longtime member of the Ryerson Security team. Recently, a tent was put up there, as well as a makeshift milk-crate platform bed.

by Julie Germansky· · News, On Campus
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Go Global Expo fits the world into Kerr Hall

The Go Global Expo will bring a world of opportunities to Ryerson students at Kerr Hall West. Created by Verge Magazine, a publication that features and promotes various ways to study and work abroad, the expo brings in exhibitors from global volunteering and international exchange programs to speak and network with students. Now in its eighth year, the event aims […]

by Christine Chua· · News, On Campus
Leslie Melo was able to speak to her family in Mexico for a few minutes before phone service was cut off due to the earthquake. (Photo by Sophie Armstrong)

Mexico earthquake hits close to home at Ryerson

The impact of the deadly earthquake that struck Mexico City on Sept. 19 is being felt on Ryerson’s campus Leslie Melo, who works at Pancho’s Bakery churro stand at the intersection of Yonge and Gould streets, has family in Mexico City who have been impacted by the earthquake. Thankfully Melo’s family is safe, but after speaking with them for only […]

by Sophie Armstrong· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
A Ryerson student uses one of the re-usable bottles that were given away by the RSU. (taken by Ricardo Serrano)

DisOrientation week begins at Ryerson

DisOrientation, an initiative that promotes campus student groups that work on social and environmental issues, kicked off on Tuesday with a street fair. The week-long event is organized by the Ryerson Students’ Union’s equity and social justice committee. It will run until Sept. 21. An art workshop, activist panel discussion and comedy show are some of the activities that DisOrientation […]

by Ricardo Serrano· · News, On Campus
Co-founder of the Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network, Sarah Bukhari,  (Photo by Ricardo Serrano)

New Ryerson Muslim faculty group hosts Eid event as kickoff

Ryerson’s first-ever Muslim faculty group held their inaugural event on campus last week. The Muslim Faculty and Staff Community Network was formed by Sakeena Mihar and Sarah Bukhari. They said they wanted to support and bring together fellow Muslim members of Ryerson’s faculty and staff. “Being a Muslim is a challenge,” said Mihar, who works as a web content strategist […]

by Devika Desai· · News, On Campus
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RSU trains staff to use naloxone after university decides not to

The RSU has equipped its equity service staff with naloxone kits after the Ryerson administration’s decision not to provide them to campus security personnel. Some equity staff have already been trained at the Sherbourne Health Centre to use the antidote for opiate overdoses. Others will undergo training soon, according to Camryn Harlick, the RSU’s vice-president of equity. “Ideally, we’re looking […]

by Aidan Macnab· · News, On Campus, students
Evening rates for the Dundas Square Green P parking garage will go from eight dollars to nine dollars, said the Toronto Parking Authority. (Photo by Jessica Cheung)

Green P parking to raise hourly rates

By: Jessica Cheung  Parking at the popular Dundas Square Green P parking facility will cost you an extra loonie per hour following the adoption of a proposal by the Toronto Parking Authority (TPA) Monday morning. The rate hike will go into effect in October. The proposal came early last week with a pitch to implement rate hikes on off-street parking […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Off Campus, On Campus
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Amazon bid could mean big things for Ryerson

Toronto is in the running to become the site for a second Amazon headquarters, and if the city wins the bid, it’ll mean big things for Ryerson University students. Amazon promises a US$5 billion construction investment to the winning city and as “many as 50,000 high-paying jobs,” the company said in a press release. 50,000 jobs and +$5B in investment – […]

Naloxone kits are available at pharmacies across Toronto to anyone with a valid Ontario health
card. (Kayla Douglas/Linsey Raschkowan/Ryersonian)

VIDEO: Accessing naloxone is simpler than you’d think

Video was made by Alexis Perikleous and Victoria McMurchy     Picking up the antidote to a life-threatening illegal narcotic might seem like an intimidating task, but in reality, it’s as easy as picking up any other prescription in Ontario pharmacies. Accessing naloxone, the antidote used in fentanyl and other opioid-related overdoses, is more important than ever on a university […]

by Aidan Macnab· · Health, How to, News, Off Campus, On Campus, Videos
From left to right: Yazan Zafar, Daniel Carey and Deva Veylan won first prize at the Greater Toronto Emerging Green Professional Hackathon: Zero Carbon Retrofits. They now get a chance to present their proposal to the Toronto Catholic School Board. (Photo by Mansoor Tanweer)

Ryerson students win chance to convert elementary school to green tech

A team consisting of two Ryerson students and one from Carleton University has won the opportunity to help a Toronto school take a big leap into the future. Our Lady of Fatima Catholic School in Scarborough is looking for ways to retrofit its building in order to become a net zero-energy school. To achieve this goal, the elementary school turned […]

by Mansoor Tanweer· · Environment, News, On Campus
Mexican journalists often encounter persecution, harassment and espionage, Navarro said. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)

Targeted for reporting on the drug war: Mexican journalist speaks at Ryerson

By: Ricardo Serrano  Persecution, harassment and espionage. These are some of the things Mexican journalists encounter on the job.   Adela Navarro spoke at Ryerson University on Wednesday night and shared her experiences working as a journalist in Mexico, documented as one of the most dangerous places for the press. Just this year four journalists have died, according to Reporters […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Arts & Life, On Campus
Dean of FCAD Charles Falzon, Author Margaret Atwood, and founder and CEO of Audible Don Katz at the launch of Audible in Toronto. (Photo by Brendan Dellandrea)

Audiobook producer Audible partners with FCAD

Ryerson University’s Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) has teamed up with Audible to create more opportunities for students. Audible announced its official launch in Canada and its partnership with Ryerson on Wednesday morning. “We’ve earmarked $12 million over the next three years to invest in Canadian writers and Canadian voices,” said Don Katz, founder and CEO of Audible. According […]

by Joti Grewal· · News, On Campus
Ryerson introduces new platform to bolster your resumé  

Ryerson introduces new platform to bolster your resumé  

Third-year Ryerson student Musa Raveendran didn’t realize being an uncle would add value to his resumé. But with the help of Student Life’s new program “Level Up,” Raveendran said the program helped him recognize the valuable transferable skills, such as organization, time management and innovation, he’s developed through being an uncle. “Using these various forms of documentation, I was able […]

by Julie Germansky· · career, education, News, On Campus, students
Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose for up to 90 minutes. (Kayla Douglas/Linsey Raschkowan/Ryersonian)

No naloxone kits for campus security, residence leaders

By Alexis Perikleous and Victoria McMurchy Despite Toronto’s growing opioid crisis, neither Ryerson security nor residence officials have been given the easy-to-use antidote that could prevent overdose deaths. Kits containing that antidote – naloxone – are not being made available, according to university president Mohamed Lachemi. “Our staff is really trained to deal with emergency situations,” said Lachemi in an […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, Off Campus, On Campus, Security, students
Views from the farm: Tour Ryerson’s rooftop garden

Views from the farm: Tour Ryerson’s rooftop garden

  Ryerson’s urban farm and environmental green roof is on a mission to grow food to feed the city. The Andrew and Valerie Pringle environmental green roof can be found on top of the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre. On any given day, you can find students and staff harvesting the garden while surrounded by the constant construction of […]

(Courtesy of the Ryerson Students' Association)

UPDATED: RSU announces new festival, says sorry

The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) has announced the first festival of the year and it comes with an apology. Miguel, DJ Infinity and Jayemkayem were announced Wednesday morning as performers for the festival, named Sundown. They round out Joey Bada$$, The Skins, Sean Leon and The Sorority, who were among the first acts released on Monday at sundown, 7:36 p.m. The […]

by Simona Catalano· · Arts & Life, Music, News, Off Campus, On Campus
Students, faculty gather for RTA prof outside hospital

Students, faculty gather for RTA prof outside hospital

Students and faculty from Ryerson University gathered at Sunnybrook Hospital on Saturday to visit RTA professor Dana Lee. The popular professor, who is currently receiving medical treatment, is no longer able to teach at Ryerson. Supporters said they were pleasantly surprised when Lee came outside to speak with the group. Laura Dittmann, a former RTA student, was in attendance on […]

by Jacob Cappe· · News, Off Campus, On Campus, students
University will add plaque to Egerton Ryerson statue: Lachemi

University will add plaque to Egerton Ryerson statue: Lachemi

Ryerson University president Mohamed Lachemi says a plaque recognizing Indigenous people will be added to the controversial Egerton Ryerson statue. The campus statue has been the centre of controversy for years. Ryerson, the educator for whom the university is named, played a part in the establishment of the residential school system. Petitions have been created for the statue’s removal, but […]

by Josie Mills· · News, On Campus, stability
Students who select all-gender housing can be placed in any of the three residences on campus, including Pitman Hall.
(Photo by Melissa Galevski)

Ryerson University makes the move to ‘all-gender’ housing

Ryerson University has changed the way campus residence rooms are assigned to include all gender identities. This is the first year incoming students had the opportunity to choose an all-gender housing option on their residence applications. This means that they could be paired with students of a different gender identity. Students were also not required to indicate their gender unless […]

by Melissa Galevski· · News, On Campus
Brampton expansion ‘exciting direction’ for Ryerson: Lachemi

Brampton expansion ‘exciting direction’ for Ryerson: Lachemi

Ryerson University president Mohamed Lachemi says plans to expand a campus to Brampton will mark a new and exciting direction for the school. Lachemi told the Ryersonian Monday that a proposal for a shared campus with Sheridan College is not just a way to deal with the space crunch that Ryerson’s downtown Toronto campus faces. He said it also sets […]

Ryerson joins Toronto universities in U-Pass campaign

Ryerson joins Toronto universities in U-Pass campaign

For the first time in a decade, Toronto students are seeking a new post-secondary Metropass deal. Student unions at University of Toronto, Ryerson, OCAD University and George Brown College are campaigning for a transit “U-Pass,” which would be paid for in ancillary fees every semester. The pass, if implemented, would be cheaper than the current post-secondary Metropass that the TTC […]

by Iris Robin· · News, Off Campus, On Campus, students
Dropbike will be available to rent across from Pitman Hall and at the Student Campus Centre.
(Photo by Shantia Cross)

Dockless app-based bike sharing system launches on campus

There’s a new way for students to explore Toronto and get from the Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre to a Ted Rogers School of Management class on time: Dropbike. The Canadian bike rental start-up launched around 20 bikes at Ryerson on Labour Day weekend. “Students live a very active lifestyle,” said Dropbike business development and government affairs manager Emmett Meacher. “Dropbike […]

by Maggie Macintosh· · Cycling, News, On Campus, Ward 27
How to be cheap in Toronto

How to be cheap in Toronto

  Whether you live on- or off-campus, every student should try to find ways to save money while going to school. If you live on-campus, chances are you can cut the cost of your living expenses with a meal plan, the nearby campus store and having roommates willing to split the costs of household items. If you live off-campus, things […]

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 11, 2017

RyersonianTV: Morning Update for September 11, 2017

Ryersonian TV: Morning Update can be seen live on Facebook, weekdays at 10.a.m. This newscast is produced by final year students at the Ryerson School of Journalism.

Metro began selling beer on Sept. 4. 
(Kayla Douglas/Ryersonian)

On-campus Metro now sells beer and cider

By: Maggie Macintosh and Victoria McMurchy Beer is a few steps closer to Pitman Hall. Metro now sells alcohol from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. “I think people will just get fucked up because it’s right beside us and Metro is open pretty late,” said bio-medical engineering student Binh […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Food, News, On Campus, students
Members of the community discussing concerns during a TRC talking circle. (Courtesy Aboriginal Education Council)

Ryerson’s indigenous community wants its own building

FCAD is in the beginning stages of planning a building to support indigenous artists.

by Brooklyn Pinheiro· · News, On Campus
Ryersonian file photo.

Ryerson could one day see sustainable campus wear on its shelves

Senior-year Ryerson students say their proposal for sustainable campus T-shirts is a realistic possibility.

RyersonianTV: Ryerson’s Image Centre gets a makeover, the university plays host to a curling championship, and more

RyersonianTV: Ryerson’s Image Centre gets a makeover, the university plays host to a curling championship, and more

This week, Ryerson begins its redecoration of the Image Centre, curling’s finest participated in the WestJet Players’ Championship hosted at the MAC, and so much more.

The controversial Niagara Falls student film

The controversial Niagara Falls student film

From our April 6 broadcast, Justin Bellmore reports on the controversy around the Ryerson student film, “As Niagara Falls.”

Ryerson students gather for impromptu hip-hop lessons

Ryerson students gather for impromptu hip-hop lessons

The Ryerson University Hip-Hop Union wants to grow its Ryerson presence.

Ryerson commuter hostel, two years later

Ryerson commuter hostel, two years later

Two of our reporters take you on a tour of Ryerson’s commuter hostel.

by Ryersonian Staff· · News, On Campus, Videos
Hanne Jovin is a fourth-year film studies student and the director of Erika. (Robyn Bell/ Ryersonian)

Students to Watch: Fourth-year film student retells her grandmother’s WWII past

Fourth-year film studies student Hanna Jovin is the director of her thesis project, Erika, a short film about her grandmother in Bosnia during the Second World War.

Tara Wodelet, a recent Ryerson midwifery graduate and her child, Wren, watch co-chair Fay Faraday at the Equal Pay Coalition's protest. The event took place at College St. and University Ave. on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017. (Luke Galati, Ryersonian)

Equal Pay Protest

On Tuesday, women wore red to protest the wage gap. April 11 marks the day women must work until each year to earn the same amount that men make in just 12 months.

by Luke Galati· · News, On Campus
Designer Millie Yates standing in one of Ryerson's fashion labs wearing a jacket she designed. (Julia Ho/Ryersonian Staff)

UPDATED: Fashion student Millie Yates creates designs aimed at the taller woman

” … I like this tension between the known and the unknown, and that’s what I play on in my collection a little bit.”

Student debt got you down? Don’t worry, it’ll only take you 20 years to pay it off!

Student debt got you down? Don’t worry, it’ll only take you 20 years to pay it off!

What students owe when they leave school affects not only them, but also the economy, according to the Canadian Federation of Students.

Ryerson ranks second on sugar baby website

Ryerson ranks second on sugar baby website

Ryerson University currently has the highest total number of student sugar baby signups in 2017 so far.

Jarislowsky Foundation donates $2 million to create new democracy chair

Jarislowsky Foundation donates $2 million to create new democracy chair

The donation will be matched by Ryerson University.

by Monique Jagpal· · News, On Campus, Politics
Toronto Mayor John Tory at the Google.org Impact Challenge. (Jessica Vomiero/Ryersonian Staff)

DMZ alumni startup wins big with Google

A tech company that was born in Ryerson University’s DMZ has received $750,000 from Google for its digital education technology.

Student filmmakers Justin Diezmo and Christian Bunea. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)

Ryerson film studies alumni stand with image arts students who made Niagara Falls video

Film studies alumnus Andrew Munger said asking students to take down Ryerson logo is “disgusting.”

Ryerson University is  interested in tracking diversity on campus through a race-based survey despite some privacy concerns.(Ryersonian file photo)

Ryerson will begin collecting race-based data from students

Students will be able to voluntarily input and update their information at any time.

by Monique Jagpal· · News, Off Campus, On Campus, students
RyersonianTV: Niagara Falls mayor comments on controversial student video, number of U.S. applicants on the rise, and more

RyersonianTV: Niagara Falls mayor comments on controversial student video, number of U.S. applicants on the rise, and more

This week, the Ryersonian speaks with Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati about a controversial documentary produced by students, the number of U.S. applicants to the university is up 60 per cent, and so much more.

Dara Jarallah holding her cheque for $25,000 as one of the two winners. (Courtesy ryerson.ca)

Two Ryerson students walked away with $25,000 to build their startups

Dara Jarallah and Ameer Asghar hope their wins expand the reach of their businesses.

(Ryersonian file photo)

6 Fest, the Wellness Centre and $1.2 million deficit: RSU questioned by students at annual general meeting

The meeting did not reach quorum but the 35 Ryerson students who attended the RSU’s annual general meeting questioned the board’s decisions.

by Lauren Malyk· · News, On Campus, Politics, students
Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (Courtesy ryerson.ca)

Indigenous author and musician appointed distinguished visiting professor

Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, indigenous scholar, writer and artist speaks to the Ryersonian about joining Ryerson as distinguished visiting professor.

by Yasmin Arnaout· · education, News, On Campus
Maryam

The travel ban through a Muslim student’s eyes

As Ryerson’s school of urban planning cancels its U.S. trips, a Muslim urban planning student tells her story.

RTA practicum students at the premiere of For Clara.(Justin Bellmore/Ryersonian Staff)

RTA film ‘For Clara’ raises awareness for saving lives through organ donating

“Everyday, somebody’s life is being changed and the real tragedy is all the people who don’t get that chance.”

Partners and organizers of the one-day Toronto event complimentary to the 2017 annual Ashoka U Exchange conference celebrate a successful turnout, including Jean-Paul Boudreau, social innovation’s special adviser (far right). (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)

One more Ryerson group affected by U.S. travel ban

Ryerson’s social innovation provided an alternative for students who feared travelling to the U.S. amid travel ban.

Ontario’s first Minister of Women. (courtesy Indira Naidoo-Harris)

Minister of the Status of Women talks at Ryerson about wage gap

Newly appointed minister Indira Naidoo-Harris also wants more women named to provincial agencies.

Peter Haastrup is leading the charge to create a separate student union for graduate students. (Sarah Jackson /Ryersonian staff)

Leading the fight for a new graduate union

Graduate students say they want to represent themselves, and not rely on the RSU.

by Sarah Jackson· · News, On Campus, students
Students compete at the Social Good Hackathon at the Sandbox in the DMZ.  (Courtesy David Kwok/Sandbox DMZ)

UPDATED: Giving ‘hacking’ a good name

The word “hacking” usually has a negative connotation, but Ryerson’s hackathon event, hosted this weekend, showed the bright side to tech savviness.

by Emma Kimmerly· · DMZ, News, On Campus, students