By: Emma King & Alexia Del Priore
Hundreds of university students rallied at Queen’s Park Friday to protest the Progressive Conservative government’s Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) reforms.
The province announced on Jan. 17 that it will cut tuition fees by 10 per cent next fall.
But it also said it will limit the number of grants handed out to students and eliminate the six-month, interest-free grace period graduates now enjoy before they have to begin paying back OSAP loans.
The Ontario chapter of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) organized the protest, calling on post-secondary students to demonstrate “massive opposition against the recent government announcement attacking student democracy,” according to the
Forgive the Ryerson men’s hockey team if they start wishing for a standup comic and TV actor to run all their practices.
The Rams welcomed an unusual addition to their coaching staff recently — and then went on to win their next two games.
Canadian actor and comedian Gerry Dee, best known for his work on the CBC sitcom Mr. D, led the Rams through a 90-minute practice at the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC) earlier this month.
Dee is a longtime hockey fan, player and coach, having played as a child in Scarborough and then for the varsity team at St. Francis Xavier University.
Following his university career, Dee went on to teach physical education at De La Salle College. During that time, he also coached the Wexford Raiders of the Greater Toronto Hockey League (GTHL). One of his players? A young Johnny Duco — current head coach of the Ryerson men’s hockey team.
Despite Dee’s burgeoning comedy career, he and Duco have kept in touch over the years. Looking back, Duco said Dee was a great coach, remembering him for his unique coaching techniques.
“He was the first coach I ever worked with that brought dangle sticks onto the ice, parachutes, resistance bands, a lot of the things you see everyone doing today,” said Duco. “He was a great coach and a great mentor for me as a young…
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