Although Burma has lifted its 50-year media censorship, government intervention still looms over freedom of expression and journalists. “Journalists still face problems in freedom of expression,” said surgeon and human rights activist Dr. Ma Thida at the International Issues Discussion (IID) series last Wednesday. Hosted by IID and PEN Canada, the event Behind the Veil of Democracy: Burma’s struggle for Freedom, […]
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James Cohen is an 83-year-old veteran selling red poppies in the Scotia Plaza. He’s hunched over, missing a few teeth and his eyes are glazed over — that is until someone approaches his table. With a quick jerk, as if he was a kid again, he quickly stands up tall to adjust a stranger’s poppy. He thanks them for their donation. […]
I don’t remember much about April 1, 2012, but thanks to a timestamp and a YouTube video, I remember how I felt. News seems to travel at the speed of light around the Ryerson school of journalism, especially when it involves the magic combination of journalism and TV shows. When HBO released the first trailer for The Newsroom, my first-year […]
My name is Rachel Surman. And according to society, I’m a basic bitch. It’s only recently that I’ve come to this startling conclusion. I’ve never considered dog photos, smiling selfies, skinny chai tea lattes, and appreciation of top 40 tunes as a pattern that could be equated to basic bitch status. But a few nights ago, over drinks with my […]
At the Spirit Halloween Store at Yonge and Dundas, I walk through endless rows of spooky getups. Everything from Jack Skellington costumes, to grotesque zombie masks, to the ever-popular sexy nurse. But despite the enormous amount of variety and a whole universe of creatures and characters to dress up as, there are still costumes of hyper-sexualized indigenous women, Day of […]