Opinion

Monique Jagpal/Ryersonian Staff

Editorial Cartoon: Ready to be a real adult?

From everyone here at the Ryersonian, congratulations to all the graduates!

by Monique Jagpal· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
Brooklyn Neustaeter writes about an app that tracks her daily activity, sleep cycles and stress levels.

86 per cent stressed? There’s an app for that

“I actually got stressed about how stressed I was.”

by Brooklyn Neustaeter· · Opinion, Voices
Kendall Jenner and her flat can of Pepsi

Kendall Jenner and her flat can of Pepsi

“I always knew there was a reason I liked Coca Cola more.”

by Lamees Wajahat· · Guest Opinion, Opinion
The SLC at Ryerson is one of the university's newest additions to the campus' public realm (Isabelle Docto)(Isabelle Docto)

One high-heeled step closer to equality in the workplace

British Columbia’s ban on the requirement of high heels in the workplace is a step in the right direction.

by Palak Mangat· · Editorial, Opinion
Chris Blanchette, Ryersonian Staff

Editorial Cartoon: Exam Season

From everyone here at the Ryersonian, good luck on your exams!

A screengrab from the short film, As Niagara Falls. (Courtesy Mayday Pictures)

Film’s mission was accomplished

Last week, the Ryersonian reported on a group of Ryerson students whose short film on the city of Niagara Falls was making the rounds on social media.

by Palak Mangat· · Editorial, Opinion
Justin Bellmore recalls a time when he was about six as one of the first times his father realized he was colour-blind.

Roses are green, violets are purple?

The way I see the world through a colour-blind lens, and how I deal with it.

by Justin Bellmore· · Opinion, students, Voices
Alexandria Pankratz urges incoming Ryerson students to enjoy their time in university.

Life’s too short, rack up that debt

“Standing at the finish line of my degree, I look back and see everything in a completely different light.”

by Alexandria Pankratz· · Guest Opinion, Opinion
Monique Jagpal/Ryersonian Staff

Editorial Cartoon: Milk sales in Canada vs. the U.S.

Milk sales in Canada vs. the U.S.

by Monique Jagpal· · Editorial Cartoon, Opinion
Brianne Spiker in Ryerson's Recreation and Athletics Centre. (Luke Galati/Ryersonian Staff)

Ice-cream sandwiches and gains

‘Three years ago, the RAC took a chance on a shy kid for the front desk.’

by Brianne Spiker· · jobs, Opinion, Sports, students, Voices
Ryerson University is  interested in tracking diversity on campus through a race-based survey despite some privacy concerns.(Ryersonian file photo)

University needs race-based data

” … fact-based reporting will trump anecdotal evidence, always.”

Julia Ho in Ryerson's Rogers Communications Centre. (Chris Blanchette/Ryersonian Staff)

The danger of political binaries

We’ve become so scared of exploring political faculties that don’t align with the overarching political group in which we strive to belong. The sheer inability to step outside of our socio-political bubbles has effectively segregated the population into either “us” or the “other.”

by Julia Ho· · Guest Opinion, Opinion, Politics
How to ace your exams

How to ace your exams

Taylor Moyle uses the leitner method to see if he can learn about something he knows nothing about. Watch and find out what happens.

Karen Chan. (Chris Blanchette/Ryersonian Staff)

Careers, children and choices

Would I drop everything to stay at home and only take care of my family? No matter how I think about it, my answer is always no.

by Karen Chan· · career, Guest Opinion, Opinion
Monique Jagpal/Ryersonian Staff

Editorial Cartoon: Honest campus tours

(Courtesy: iStock)

Trip cancellation is disheartening, but not surprising

Our No. 1 priority has always been the physical safety of students.

by Palak Mangat· · Editorial, Opinion
Diana Whistance-Smith on her internship in Florence, Italy. (Courtesy Diana Whistance-Smith, Amerigo)

How being a self-taught polyglot changed my journalism career

I was “the Canadian assistant visiting from Italy who spoke minimal German but did a great job.”

by Diana Whistance-Smith· · career, Opinion, Travel, Voices
Monique Jagpal/Ryersonian Staff

Editorial Cartoon: Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

(Beza Getachew / Ryersonian Staff)

Teach-in reinforces idea that media is under threat

This week, Ryerson University’s journalism school played host to a teach-in catered to its students.

by Palak Mangat· · Editorial, Media, Opinion
Sarah Jackson in the Rogers Communications Centre. (Chris Blanchette/Ryersonian Staff)

Controlling the conversation: Ryerson edition

Ryerson denied me access to a student conversation, and I still don’t know why.

by Sarah Jackson· · Guest Opinion, Media, Opinion
Jessica Vomiero in Ryerson's Rogers Communications Centre. (Courtesy Chris Blanchette)

Beyond the comments section

‘We give up our power when we give up control of the narrative.’

by Jessica Vomiero· · Media, Opinion, Voices
Courtesy Lamees Wajahat

Love letter from Lahore

‘Lahore was some sort of unreal fantasy that fed my wanderlust every day, literally and figuratively.’

by Lamees Wajahat· · Opinion, Voices
Monique Jagpal/Ryersonian Staff

Editorial Cartoon: Happy International Women’s Day

 

Palak Mangat

Demand true diversity

Maybe it’s because I’m graduating soon, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the dreaded d-word: diversity. Why is it dreaded? Hard to say, really, but as a South Asian female in the media industry, I have a theory. Granted, my experiences are limited to my 21 years, so I’m by no means an expert and I’m the first […]

by Palak Mangat· · Guest Opinion, Opinion
IRM says Ryerson students are responsible for their safety by reading the Yellow Book

Prevention is first step

About a month ago now, the Globe and Mail published an investigation into the reporting of sexual assaults to police across Canada. The 20-month investigation found an abysmal rate of one in five claims being dismissed as baseless, resulting in little to no further investigation from police. It highlighted something that experts have known for years: the relationship between public […]

by Palak Mangat· · Editorial, Opinion
Advocating against sexual violence

Advocating against sexual violence

A few weeks ago, a 26-year-old Toronto woman came forward about being allegedly sexually assaulted inside Drake One Fifty, a bar in the financial district. She said that a man grabbed her by the wrists, thrusted his groin against her and said, “Fuck me.” In December, the owner and a bar manager of College Street Bar in Little Italy were […]

by Ebony-Renee Baker· · Opinion
Neither here nor there

Neither here nor there

I spent the first four years of my life in Lahore, Pakistan. The only memories I have of any schooling is at a preschool that charged your parents if you were late, and where teachers made you stand up every time you answered a question in class. I don’t remember anything I learned or anyone who taught me . What […]

by Mahnoor Sheikh· · Opinion, Voices
Film Fridays: The Lego Batman Movie

Film Fridays: The Lego Batman Movie

In the film, Batman is trying to once again save Gotham City from utter demise. This time, the Joker and his band of villains are threatening to blow up the fictional city with an underwater bomb. The Joker’s incentive? To get Batman to acknowledge their “hate relationship,” which looks a lot like love. The dynamic between the Joker (Zach Galifianakis) […]

Reading week advice: Relax

Reading week advice: Relax

Reading, working, travelling, snoring. However you choose to spend your study week, try to take a break from the daily grind long enough to practice some self-care. Next week is Ryerson’s second study week of the 2016-2017 year for most students, a luxury that not all universities across Ontario enjoy. Though most do have breaks in their winter semesters, schools […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Illustration by Sumi Siddiqa

Why I Pay for my Music

I can still remember the days when my dad would take me to the nearest HMV to sift through all the latest pop hits. There was this feeling of wholesomeness that would wash over me when I’d stare at these shelves full of albums that I could pay for and own for the rest of my life. This was back […]

by Andre Varty· · Opinion, Voices
20th Century Women, courtesy Annapurna Pictures.

Film Fridays: 20th Century Women

Films depicting the past are often steeped in nostalgia. However 20th Century Women, written and directed by Mike Mills, does not romanticize this coming-of-age story set in the late ‘70s. Rather, the film shows 1978 Santa Barbara in an immediate and believable way, as if it were a modern story.   Protagonist Jamie is a young teenage boy who has […]

by Jenna Campbell· · Arts & Life, Media, Opinion
The Ryersonian's Joseph Wong

Opinion: You don’t need meat

Drop those steak knives, my indoctrinated friends. Pull that pork from your stuffed pout and heed my warning before your plate plays its part in harming you and our planet. The Ryersonian’s Joseph Wong tells you why.

by Joseph Wong· · Opinion
Why I choose #bodypositivity

Why I choose #bodypositivity

Living with body image issues in a time where Instagram models and perfect gym bodies are idolized is a constant struggle. No matter when I refresh my Instagram feed, I’ll either see models who have been edited and posed to look their best with captions like #goals, or a gym meme that shames me for not choosing the gym over other hobbies in my life.

by Madison Good· · News, Opinion, Voices
Jaclyn Tansil/Ryersonian

Black Lives Matter Toronto and Pride Toronto working toward a common goal

The Black Lives Matter Toronto movement and Pride Toronto inside and outside of Ryerson are working together. Find out how.

(Ryersonian file photo)

Watch: Five reasons you should vote in the RSU election

Don’t know what the Ryerson Students’ Union does? Don’t care? Watch as Ryersonian TV’s Deni Verklan and Emily Theodore take you through five reasons on why you should go to the polls from Feb. 6-8 to cast your vote in the RSU election.

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Videos
Film Fridays: Jackie

Film Fridays: Jackie

The film Jackie, directed by Pablo Larraín, takes the political spotlight off the president and focuses it instead on the first lady. This time John F. Kennedy is used as a plot device, most shots only showing the back of his head. The film explores what Jackie Kennedy must have felt before and after her husband’s assassination. Much of the […]

by Jenna Campbell· · Arts & Life, Media, Opinion
A Dog's Purpose. Courtesy Universal Pictures.

A Dog’s Purpose controversy a PR stunt?

The Ryersonian’s Elysha Haun shares her thoughts on the controversy surrounding A Dog’s purpose.

by Elysha Haun· · Opinion
How I handle a long-distance relationship and anxiety

How I handle a long-distance relationship and anxiety

My boyfriend and I have a fantastic relationship. We’re best friends, we make each other laugh and we support and love each other unconditionally. There is a “but,” though. We have been in a long-distance relationship (LDR) since we started dating, and I have been battling a generalized anxiety disorder for years. Dealing with those two situations at the same […]

by Sarah Cunningham-Scharf· · Opinion, Voices
Sunny Pawar stars in Lion.
Photo by Mark Rogers

Film Fridays: Lion

The Ryersonian’s Jenna Campbell shares her Lion in the first of her weekly film Fridays.

by Jenna Campbell· · Opinion
"I've always put happiness and enjoyment first and my other priorities second."

Have fun, kids

Everyone has a motto they stick by — mine has always been, “Have fun while you can”

by Mahnoor Sheikh· · Opinion, Voices
The Ryersonian's Iva Celebic

Opinion: Gould street shame

As I walk down the street I see protestors parading graphic images of decapitated heads. There’s partial limbs covered in a film of blood and tiny bodies being pulled apart, often captioned with religious slogans like some horrible ‘90’s pamphlet. Sometimes I am handed a miniature rubber fetus or fetus feet lapel pins.

by Iva Celebic· · Editorial, Opinion
Robyn Bell/Ryersonian

Marches prove Trump wrong

“It’s only going to be America first, America first,” President Donald Trump emphasized during his inauguration speech, holding a single finger in the air. Yet it’s estimated that more than a million people rallied together at Women’s Marches in cities around the world over the weekend. There were massive turnouts in Washington D.C., Mexico City, Paris, London, Prague and Sydney. […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Courtesy Universal Pictures

Why I won’t see Split

When the trailer for Split came out last summer, I was intrigued. It showed three girls being abducted and taken to a bunker, an unoriginal but frightening premise. My fascination faded into sad astonishment when the trailer was over

by Emily Theodore· · Opinion
(Courtesy La La Land website)

Film Fridays: La La Land review

La La Land has it all: singing, dancing, comedy, drama and romance. Mia (Emma Stone) is a struggling actress. Her life consists of running from her part-time job to auditions. Life hasn’t worked out the way she wanted it to. She thought she would’ve made it in L.A. by now, but she hasn’t. Sebastian (Ryan Gosling) is a down-on-his-luck jazz musician. […]

(Courtesy PVZ via Flickr)

The fight against gender-based violence never ends

On Dec. 6, 1989, a 25-year-old man walked into the École Polytechnique de Montréal armed with a rifle. Fourteen women, including 13 engineering students, were killed that day, simply for being women. That day was an awakening for Canadians as well as people around the world, and made feminists out of many. Over the past 27 years, people have rallied […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, On Campus, Opinion, students
(Courtesy Chayonika Chandra)

Journalism needs diversity

This version clarifies that the Canadian Press Stylebook used was the online version. I began my studies at Ryerson’s School of Journalism in 2013, the same year that Mayor Rob Ford made international headlines for allegedly smoking crack. In my first-year reporting class we followed Ford’s appearance in the news very closely. We took a class trip to city hall […]

by Ebyan Abdigir· · education, jobs, Opinion, students, Voices
A lot of people believe that feminism is only for women, but it's also for men. (Ryersonian Archive)

What does feminism mean?

Feminism’s a word that a vast majority of people don’t fully understand. Until recently, I didn’t completely understand it either. This is partly because in the media, most movies and TV shows never give a definition. Equality shown in media In the TV shows and movies that I watched growing up, most of the characters I saw were shown in […]

(Courtesy YouTube Trailer)

Film Fridays: Moana review

The thing that separates Moana from other Disney films is the culture it depicts. It’s rare for the Hawaiian culture to get a spotlight and Disney has now brought the land and culture to the big screen. When Moana is a young girl, the ocean calls to her and gives her a stone. She learns through oral stories that this […]

The Canadian Intern Rights Guide, published by the Canadian Intern Association launched last week at Ryerson(Courtesy NYPhotographic)

Intern’s rights matter too

The discussion surrounding unpaid internships is no stranger to controversy. In February, the federal government proposed changes to the Canadian Labour Code that would allow for four-month unpaid internships in federally regulated sectors like banking and telecommunications. Also in June, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne set a goal of funding more placements so that every student completes at least one experiential […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, jobs, Off Campus, Opinion, students
(Ryersonian archive)

Movember: more than ‘staches

With the abundance of moustaches and beards around the city, surely people must know that Movember is upon us. Every year when November rolls around you see a lot of people having fun with the campaign, trying (and maybe failing) to grow handlebars or a Monopoly man ʼstache. But sometimes you can’t help but wonder if they have raised any […]

by Hailey Salvian· · Guest Opinion, Health, Opinion