Opinion

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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. […]

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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
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Journalism needs diversity

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 one day to see Ford speak to the press, where I stood in […]

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 […]

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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
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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
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How accessible is Ryerson?

When it comes to building new spaces on campus, accessibility always seems to be an afterthought. Ryerson has been taking steps to make the campus more accessible for people with disabilities, but exactly how accessible is our campus for those with mobility impairments? I requested an access tour to find out for myself. I met Heather Willis, the accessibility co-ordinator […]

by Richa Syal· · Opinion, students, Voices
Billy Lynn (Joe Alywn) crying while hearing the national anthem. (Courtesy Sony Pictures)

Film Fridays: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk review

Ang Lee has created an honest film about what the realities of war are and what the media perceives them to be. Billy Lynn (Joe Alywn) and his fellow soldiers have come back home to America for a victory tour. This comes after Lynn’s team, Bravo, are caught on camera in a harrowing battle in Iraq. Yet, the young soldier […]

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Trump affects Canada, too

On Nov. 9, Donald Trump was elected as the 45th president of the United States. I watched the election unfold as I sat inside the Ryersonian newsroom with my friends and colleagues. Our conversations moved from “Hillary Clinton will win with a landslide,” to “Is this really happening?” Throughout the evening, our feelings had shifted from being hopeful that Clinton […]

by Amira Zubairi· · Opinion, Voices
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A post-election guide to self-care

The past week has left many of us feeling like we’ve reached the end of the world. Election night and the days following saw many teary eyes, puffy faces and migraines. We have entered a state of “schockstarre,” which is the German word for a feeling of paralyzing shock. A feeling of helplessness has swept over North America like a bad […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion, Politics, students
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Taking distracted driving seriously

It seems like there are so many ads about distracted driving. All I need to do is turn on the TV and during a commercial break, I’m sure to see an ad about using phones while behind the wheel. I believe they’re all necessary, because there are way too many road accidents in Toronto and nothing seems to be changing. […]

by Amanda Gilmore· · Off Campus, Opinion
(Samraweet Yohannes)

Lest we forget: 100 years of history

For two minutes this morning the City of Toronto stood still. Nothing could be heard save for the rustle of the wind as it blew through the microphones. At Old City Hall, crowds of people including Mayor John Tory cradled the Cenotaph with bowed heads of remembrance and hymns of sacrifice. One hundred years ago today on Nov. 11, 1916, […]

by Alexandra Chronopoulos· · Opinion
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Film Fridays: Arrival review

Arrival is not the usual alien invasion film. Amy Adams plays expert linguistics professor Louise Banks. When 12 alien space crafts land in different locations across the world, she’s asked by the government to help. She ends up leading the American team to try to figure out why the aliens have invaded Earth. Yet, it’s only Banks who believes the aliens […]

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Film Fridays: Loving review

It’s shocking to think that in 1967, the state of Virginia had a law that prohibited interracial marriage. The new film Loving tells the story of an interracial couple’s fight to remain married and live in their state. The film is based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who fell in love in the state of Virginia. […]

The movie poster for Moonlight. (Courtesy of A24)

It’s time to end stereotypes in movies

There’s never been a film quite like Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. Moonlight focuses on the narrative of a young black male coming out while living in inner-city Miami during the 1980s. The most revolutionary scenes of the 2017 Oscars contender happen when two black men are allowed to be intimate and vulnerable with each other. This is a rarity on screen. […]

by Kelsey Adams· · Film & Television, Opinion
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Coffee is becoming an endangered species

The report is in: climate change is definitely a millennial issue. A recent report released by The Climate Institute, an independent research group in Australia, found that climate change, “is projected to cut the global area suitable for coffee production by as much as 50 per cent by 2050.” That means 50 per cent fewer flat whites and peppermint mocha […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
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How my study abroad brought me loneliness and love

When I found out that I was going to London for my study abroad, I felt a mix of excitement and anxiety. London was a place I wanted to visit for as long as I could remember. It wasn’t because of the pub life or accents, but because my family is from the United Kingdom. I was thrilled that I […]

by Amanda Gilmore· · Off Campus, Opinion, students, Travel, Voices
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Film Fridays: Doctor Strange review

It seems that Marvel has figured out what the movie-going audience wants and delivers it to the silver screen. This is no different with Doctor Strange. It was once said that the comic was the only one that wouldn’t work on screen. Well, somehow Marvel has made it work in very strange, pun intended, and unique ways. The film follows […]

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Film Fridays: Hacksaw Ridge review

War is a big topic on the news all around the world. The subject is never a positive one and has an impact not only on the people directly involved, but on the world as a whole. People are seeking refuge, being taken away from their families, and soldiers and innocent civilians are dying everyday. So in the world that we […]

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Paris agreement is a dud

Last April, 174 countries plus the European Union signed the Paris Agreement. The agreement ultimately calls on these countries to keep the global temperature rise well below 2 degrees Celsius this century. The agreement, which goes into full force this Friday, Nov. 4, requires countries to prepare and maintain their respective plans to help combat climate change. This sounds promising, […]

by Catherine Machado· · Opinion
Lillian Greenblatt  (Ryersonian Archive)

Ending my silence on mental health

Depression is hard to talk about, especially if you have it. Just thinking about the possibility of other people knowing about your weaknesses and your fears induces anxiety. I grew up in India where the education system is fast-paced and competitive. Before I immigrated to Canada in 2004, I was enrolled in the school my mother taught at, so she […]

by Chayonika Chandra· · Food & Health, Opinion, Voices
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Film Fridays: Moonlight review

The Toronto International Film Festival’s 2016 indie-hit is now ready to have its big weekend release. Moonlight follows an African-American male, named Chiron, from his childhood to adulthood. It takes place in three acts. The first when he’s a child, the second as a teenager, and the third as the man he’s become. As a child living in a poor […]

Facing racism at grad school

Facing racism at grad school

Recently, Western University made headlines for all the wrong reasons. A group of young men posed in front of a street-like sign, with “Western Lives Matter” written across their shirts in the school’s trademark purple colour. For them, this might have been a joke but the movement they were referring to, Black Lives Matter, is nothing to laugh about. It’s […]

by Neha Karamchandani· · Opinion
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Tinder’s dirtiest word

Like most millennials, I’m no stranger to online dating. Almost everyone I’ve dated over the past two years I’ve met through Tinder. Even as a high school student, I met my first boyfriend on a cringe-worthy pre-Instagram website called Snog Marry Avoid. If you take the time to look it up, you’ll know how embarrassing that really is. Over the […]

by Jennie Pearson· · Opinion
Illustration of Diva Cup

Menstruation is no secret, so let’s talk about it

When I sat down at the Ram in the Rye with my friends and we started discussing menstrual cups, I had no idea that two of my closest friends were already using them. To me, menstrual cups —  which are small silicon cups that you insert into your vagina and can reuse for up to a year — seemed to […]

by Brittany Spencer· · Opinion
The Ryerson Theatre School will soon be moving from its current 44 Gerrard St. location. (Aengus Mulroney / Ryersonian Staff)

Community should be top priority for universities

The Ryerson Theatre School building has performed its final act. As of last week, 44 Gerrard St. is no longer the place for students to study theatre, dance and production. Instead, it is getting transformed into the Centre for Urban Innovation, which will house various research groups, such as Ryerson Urban Water, the Centre for Urban Energy, the Data Science […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
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As cliché as it sounds, my volunteer trip changed my life

While I’ve liked travelling all of my life, I never knew what it really meant to travel until I took my first volunteer trip. I went to India this past May for a month to volunteer and now I’m totally hooked on travel. But, not the kind of travel where you sit on a beautiful beach for a week. I […]

by Mallory Warren· · Opinion, Travel
Members of Ryerson Theatre School's class of 2011. (Courtesy Jessica Way)

Dear RTS building: a love letter

To my dear theatre school building, For four years, 44 Gerrard St. was my sanctuary. Looking back now, it was the place where I grew into myself, where I fell in love with people and ideas, where barriers were torn down, bonds were built and pains led to rewards. Now that the time has come for the program to move […]

David Greenberg hopes that JSwipe will help him find his perfect Jewish match. (Chase Stark)

It’s a match: Mazel Tov!

Mazel Tov! Those words flashed across the screen as silhouette figures were tossed in the air on their white chairs. But I’m not describing a typical Jewish wedding. There’s no rabbi, no blushing bride and definitely no broken glass on the floor. Instead, I’m looking at these famous two words and the animation light up the screen of my iPhone […]

by David Greenberg· · Opinion, Relationships, Voices
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Get technology out of classrooms

Recently, two political science professors at the University of Toronto, Ryan Balot and Clifford Orwin, wrote a column for the The Globe and Mail about why they are banning electronic devices from their classrooms. Their arguments claim that technology serves as a distraction, as opposed to a learning tool in the classroom, and that students learn more when they are […]

by Kayla Rosen· · Opinion
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How I met my dad at 18 and found my modern family

For most people, turning 18 means a year of “firsts.” These “firsts” might be starting university, or moving away from home or maybe beginning that first real relationship. For me, the year I turned 18 was the year that I had one of my most significant “firsts” — it was the year I met my biological father and found my […]

by Brittany Spencer· · Opinion, Voices
Everyone deserves to be called what they want to be called. (Susana Gómez Baez)

Gender identity is a matter of basic respect

During the 57-minute rant, the professor, Jordan Peterson, repeatedly starts his sentences with “I’m scared.” On this point alone, we agree. Even at Ryerson, we are scared, too. As students, we’re scared that a professor could be so ill-informed about the extensive literature that explores gender identity and expression. We’re scared that the same professor teaches an undergraduate course in […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial
(Ruby Wray)

Paving the bike path to Ryerson

Finding parking in downtown Toronto is nearly impossible — even when you’re riding a bike. Sometimes, you have to get creative. One day, I was running late for a class at the Ted Rogers School of Management. I looked up and down the street, only to find a row of full bike racks. Not wanting to be late for a […]

by Ruby Wray· · Opinion
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Jewish students need kosher food options

Since 2014, Ryerson has offered halal lunch and dinner options daily at two campus locations: the International Living/Learning Centre and the Pitman Dining Hall. Halal options first became available on campus in 2013 and Ryerson Eats has consulted closely with the Muslim Students’ Association to improve the halal food options available to Ryerson community members. Together they have made great […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, News, Opinion
UPDATED: Safe spaces and the media

UPDATED: Safe spaces and the media

The Ryersonian’s David Greenberg and Patricia Karounos wrote opposing op-eds on whether or not media should be permitted in safe spaces. David Greenberg: On Monday, Ryerson University held an open meeting to revise its new sexual violence policy.  Students were given the opportunity to provide feedback and engage in discussions on how to improve the year-old policy. All Ryerson students […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion
Kieran Delamont

Don’t do what I did: My journey through Toronto’s housing market

By Kieran Delamont The problem with the rental market, and what makes young people vulnerable to poor conditions, overpayment and scams, is that it runs on risk-taking and sacrifice as a form of currency. It shouldn’t be virtually necessary to give up basic privacy to live affordably. It shouldn’t be virtually necessary to view living in the city, and being […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Opinion, Voices
Materials from a workshop promoting consent culture. (Ryersonian Archives)

Ryerson students need to help shape sexual assault policy

On Sept. 26, Ryerson students have the chance to provide feedback on the university’s Sexual Violence Policy, a little more than a year after its implementation. The open meeting is one of two, two-hour sessions being hosted by Heather Lane Vetere, vice-provost of students, and Farrah Khan, co-ordinator of the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education (OSVSE). The second […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
Kayla Rosen (Chase Stark)

I’m Jewish and a journalist, I’m not a Jewish journalist

In my limited career as a journalist, I have been told that I am grossly pro-Israel and that I’m part of the reason that people hate Jews. The latter comment came after an article that I wrote for last week’s edition of the Ryersonian, where I recounted the time I was questioned by the Israeli police. My intention was to […]

by Kayla Rosen· · Opinion
Neha Karamchandani traveled to Mumbai in search of stardom. (Courtesy of Neha Karamchandani)

Toronto to Mumbai: Ryerson student searches for stardom

Being surrounded by the glamour of TIFF for the past week reminded me of my time before Ryerson, when I travelled to Mumbai in search of stardom. Yet, what I found was nothing close to what I expected. Some of these memories I choose to cherish and others, not so much. Mumbai’s glitzy Bollywood world is filled to the brim […]

by Neha Karamchandani· · Opinion, Voices
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TTC trains too hot to handle

During this summer’s ridiculous heat wave, you probably rode on a stuffy, non-air-conditioned TTC subway train at least once. For any Bloor-Danforth line commuter, there’s nothing worse than walking through a muggy, packed station, only to board a subway train with air so thick you can barely breathe. It’s the moment in your day when your mood takes an instant […]

by Oriena Vuong· · Opinion, students
Kayla Rosen (Chase Stark)

Detained by the Israeli police

When I made the decision to fly across the world to intern at The Jerusalem Post this past summer, there were many things that I anticipated beforehand. I anticipated that the scorching desert sun would be tough on my pasty complexion. I anticipated that working as a reporter would bring many obstacles (I know a grand total of five Hebrew […]

by Kayla Rosen· · Opinion, Voices
A sample design of the Drake themed T-shirts planned by the RSU last year. Via Twitter / RSU.

Get over Drake, Ryerson

Once upon a time, about one year ago, Drake came to Ryerson. It was stunning, and thrilling and almost sounds too good to be true. Except now we aren’t allowed to forget about it. It was hard to walk around campus last week without feeling Drake’s overwhelming presence. Stylized sixes could be found throughout the Week of Welcome events held […]

by Patricia Karounos· · Opinion, Top stories
Lillian Greenblatt  (Ryersonian Archive)

Ryerson needs to stick to its promises when it comes to mental health

A study released last week found that one-fifth of Canadian teenagers have seriously considered suicide in the last year. It was a grim reminder of the depth of mental health concerns affecting young people, particularly as thousands of new undergraduate students stepped foot onto Ryerson’s campus. The university’s inability to provide adequate mental health support to all the students in […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
A seasoned TIFF worker reflects on festival glamour

A seasoned TIFF worker reflects on festival glamour

I can almost touch the stars. Forget binge-watching Netflix. As a film buff, the Toronto International Film Festival is the ultimate individual experience. TIFF pulls me in with the allure of lavish parties, red carpet affairs and A-list celebrities. It reminds me how a film was created, who dreamt it up and who acted it out — it makes everything live in 3D. September is […]

by Ruby Wray· · Opinion
(Katie Coombes/Ryersonian Staff)

Popping the homesickness bubble

I’ll never forget my first day alone in the city. My parents and sisters had dropped me off at residence the day before and as soon as they left I had a bizarre feeling in my stomach, something I had never experienced before. Homesickness. The next day I woke up in my residence room in the International Living Learning Centre […]

by Kaitlyn Coombes· · Opinion, Voices
Robert Cribb, the Toronto Star's lead investigator for the Panama Papers series and Ryerson journalism instructor, stopped in to the Ryersonian newsroom to explain what has happened in the investigation so far. (Dylan Bell/Ryersonian Staff)

Panama Papers shows the value of newsrooms

Four hundred journalists from 109 media organizations in more than 80 countries working together in 25 different languages to crack open the biggest data leak in history. Now say again that journalism’s a dying industry? The leak of about 11.5 million documents from a Panamanian law firm specializing in anonymous offshore companies shook the world with its big reveals of […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
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Navigating a non-diverse industry

Growing up, I was always that one “whitewashed” Asian girl. In school, I was never great at math or the sciences and I was always the first one to volunteer to read aloud in English class. Other Korean kids didn’t really want to talk to me because I was “too loud” or “too assertive,” so instead, I surrounded myself with […]

by Eunice Kim· · Editorial, Opinion
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OPINION: Marie Henein is not setting women back

By Jacqueline Tucci and Arianna Ongaro With a polished designer blazer and the click of her red-bottom stilettos, she commands the courtroom without even saying a word. Her sharp instincts and brazen cross-examination techniques have made her an influential figure in the Canadian legal community. She built one of Toronto’s top law firms. She does this all while balancing a life […]

by Ryersonian Staff· · Editorial, Opinion
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OPINION: Support your local music scene

Everyone listens to music. There are many musical styles, with a variety of artists out there who are just as diverse. We’ve all heard music by mainstream artists such as Rihanna, Katy Perry and Drake because, let’s face it, they are  everywhere — on the radio, on TV and all over the media. But what’s often forgotten are the rich […]

by Alexia Kapralos· · Opinion