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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
I remember playing baseball when I was seven years old in my backyard in Keswick, Ont. I would create scenarios in my head — two outs, the bases loaded and the World Series was on the line. It was up to me to make the big pitch, and nothing excited me more. As a young, hopeful kid, I dreamed of […]
Before starting university, I heard that it would be harder to maintain the same grades I received in high school.
Women announce a Ryerson sports game, but this seems long overdue.
The lyrics of the Canadian anthem exclude women and non-Christian citizens.
There’s an underground mall close to Ryerson’s campus that appears to be empty. Why not utilize the space?
Last month, The Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) announced it would be expanding its definition of creed to include veganism as an ideology with similar discrimination protection rights as other belief systems.
We seem to have difficulty comprehending that some ladies at the game aren’t merely hitching a ride on the bandwagon. Sexist notions about women not enjoying sports make publicly identifying as a fan an often-uncomfortable space for women to navigate.
People remain divided on whether Remembrance Day should be a federal national holiday.
I watch my daughter drown. Every day. I watch her claw her way to breach the surface throughout the day, every day. I watch her clutch tightly to an interim sedative and slip into a fractured sleep, only to awaken under water. Again. I wonder how long it was there, that silent, unremitting undertow waiting to clasp her ankles to […]
There are certain times when it’s appropriate to use the term whitewashed — when referring to Hollywood’s casting or mainstream media representation, for example. But using it for a person of colour, thinking they’re acting “too white,” is definitely not one of those times. This month a friend was introducing me to someone who later asked what my ethnicity is. […]
This editorial cartoon first appeared in The Ryersonian weekly paper on Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
I’ve been to a club three times in my life and always as a reluctant participant. I see clubs as a perverse combination of the Men Without Hat’s video, “Safety Dance,” and a documentary of Jane Goodall and her chimps. You see where I’m going with this. There’s a friend who organizes us gal mom-types out for a monthly outing. […]
They say that our generation, often dubbed the millenials, is the most educated in history. This is especially true in our society, where the merits of a long and successful education are practically jammed down our throats since birth. And there are definitely advantages to an outrageously over-educated generation. It’s common knowledge that all the 20-somethings wandering around out there […]
This illustration first appeared in The Ryersonian on March 25, 2015.
As a Muslim, and more importantly as a Canadian, I am terrified to even imagine the kind of society we will live in if Bill C-51 is passed. The anti-terrorism bill, which is over 60 pages long, proposes radical changes to Canadian law and national security in ways that would do little to actually improve public safety. The worst part, […]
I was met with silence when I finally found the guts to open up to my significant other about the painful experiences I had growing up with racism. The moments crawled by as he sat there, still with seemingly nothing to say until I couldn’t take it anymore and blurted out in an obviously shaky voice: “Forget I said anything. […]
A highly inflammatory article was published last week in The Ryersonian about two non-racialised student journalists getting barred from an event for racialised students. Safe spaces for any group are important, though not necessarily always understood – which is why the quality of the discussion around issues of inclusion is so crucial. “White students barred from funded Ryerson Students’ Union […]
A couple of weeks ago, the Toronto Star published a feature addressing the challenges university graduates face when finding jobs. Their report said that 20 per cent of young Torontonians are unemployed. In part, the blame may be put on the less-than-demanding labour market, but liberal university education is also responsible. Universities are more focused on general education rather than […]
For most people, the main problem with Ryerson’s many buildings is that they require stepping outside into winter’s cold. For someone in a wheelchair, the problems go much further. I broke my ankle at school last year, landing me in a wheelchair for four weeks. It broke during a moment of inattention. I missed a step on the stairs, fell […]
After the nominations for this year’s Oscars were announced, my best friend asked me my opinion about them. I first noticed that all 20 of the acting nominees were white, then that the only non-white directing nomination was for Birdman, a movie with no people of colour in its leading roles. This illustrates a systematic lack of representation in the media, […]
On a walk around campus all the candidates’ printed faces can be seen smiling from the walls. Posters stating the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) positions each person hopes to be elected to are there for all of Ryerson to read — or ignore. Unite Ryerson’s posters include “together we will” and “together we have” lists, each with a few points. […]
After The Ryersonian broke the story on Unite Ryerson candidate Zidane Mohamed’s Facebook post applauding the killing of two New York City police officers, the ethics of reporting on Facebook posts from a private account has come into question. Mohamed is running for public office within the Ryerson community, a position funded by our tuition fees and a position that […]
Alaska: a place known for gold rushes, bald eagles and dogsledding. With its nearly 55,000 km of tidal shoreline and 42,000 square km of land encased in glacial ice, Alaska is a place for adventures. Two summers ago, I went on that adventure — with my 85-year-old grandmother. Alaska was the first place to visit on my bucket list. Having […]
When you commute in this city, almost every day presents a fresh version of hell. Trekking from home to school and back again means having to navigate pretty much every obstacle the public transit experience can throw at you. The best part is it’s never —EVER — anything you can really prepare for. So you just go along with it, giving […]
To freeze or not to freeze: is this a question Toronto’s homeless people should have to ask themselves? Earlier this month, three homeless men died after staying outside in ferociously cold weather. One of them eventually found shelter in the Peter Street walk-in, but died shortly after. In case of an extreme cold weather alert, the city offers additional shelter […]
It seems like kids are rewarded for everything nowadays. They deserve the new iPhone the day it comes out. They deserve to be famous on the Internet, just because they have an Instagram account. These kids deserve medals, even if they don’t win the game. Studies show that kids who think they deserve to always get what they want will […]
It’s the end of the month, which means that gym rats everywhere are beginning to see the light at the end of the long January tunnel. The resolutioners are on their way out. After a long bitter month of awkward stretches, disorganized weight racks and packed classes, the Ryerson gyms should go back to normal next month. It’s the same […]
This cartoon was first published in The Ryersonian, a weekly newspaper produced by the Ryerson School of Journalism, on January 21, 2015.
Canadian journalism has become a strange place: sex scandals, secret businesses and Kevin O’Leary becoming the less controversial half of the former show Lang and O’Leary Exchange. After the disturbing allegations against Jian Ghomeshi surfaced late last year, no one expected another journalist to outshine his scandals, and no one has. But some sure are creating scandals of their own. […]
Raver kids in tank tops and fur leg warmers will gather this weekend to mourn the loss of the Guvernment — their sanctuary of sticky floors, exposed bras and people weighed down by “candy.” After 19 years of parties, the Guvernment is shutting its doors for good. And it’s about time. While many students are sad to see their party […]
In the past month since the Dalhousie University incident in the dentistry program was reported, a nationwide collective anger has spread. The school has been met with demands by people from across Canada for the members of the Facebook group “Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen” to be expelled and their names released. Doing so would make becoming licensed dentists difficult. […]
The controversial issue of pro-choice stance continues to be a hot topic among Canadians today, despite the fact that the law allowing abortions has been in place since 1969. Many still protest against abortion laws, while others protest to keep them in place. But no matter what side you’re on in this heated debate, both support a woman’s right to […]
Christmas brings out the capitalist in me. Every holiday season the tinsel comes out, lights sparkle through the night and Starbucks starts serving seasonal overpriced drinks. The ravenous consumer in me springs out. Part of me is so turned off by the consumer culture overload that looms its expensive head come mid-November. I feel queasy at the massive displays of capitalism on […]
For a woman, I have a relatively uncomplicated cosmetic life. My bathroom has not a flat iron nor can of hairspray in sight. I don’t carry around bobby pins or hair ties. I don’t have to worry about tangles, split ends, or the way my hair looks on a windy day. I save hundreds of dollars a year by not […]
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, […]
The feeling I have on Remembrance Day can only be described as a form of identity crisis. Who do I have to remember? A crowd of nameless bodies dressed in uniform and covered in dried mud that I respect but with whom I have no personal connection. Though I was born here and hold a Canadian passport, on Remembrance Day […]
Anyone diagnosed with mild asthma is taught how to use inhalers: shake well, breathe out, press the top, and inhale. Asthmatics can suffer from repercussions like attacks due to second-hand smoke. This is just one aspect of how crucial it is to have a smoke-free environment. This, among other reasons, has prompted the Ministry of Health to take a stronger […]
Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz showed his complete lack of understanding for the economic climate plaguing gen-Yers with unemployment by giving world class advice to young people. His reasoning? That we should work for free to pad our resumés. What Poloz fails to realize is that we are already working for free. I’ve been doing free work for the […]
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 […]