All in Issue 5 2017/2018

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Violet twilight, peaches and lavender

are scattered across the skies.

Burning at the bottom is orange fire, flowing

like lava — a poet’s dream

Setting the sun to sleep, fading lower,

downwards until tomorrow.

Cybernetics

From evil computers such as HAL 9000 in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), to romantic creations like Samantha in Spike Jonze’s film Her (2013), artificial intelligence has gained popularity in today’s film and entertainment industry. With developments in modern cybernetics — the understanding of how information signals and messages work within systematic boundaries — society’s fear of domination by machines has grown significantly. Many people are concerned about how much influence computers and artificial intelligence will have on future society, as our current levels of reliance are growing exponentially.

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Christmas — European Style

Hello again, everyone! I hope you’re all faring well with the semester wrapping up and exams on the horizon. I know it can be a busy time of year and believe me — I’ve been feeling the pressure here in Switzerland, too. What’s been getting me through the most arduous of assignments however, has been that wave of relief after the whirlwind of first semester — Christmas break. I was excited when I heard this was the last issue of Pro Tem before the break, not because I don’t like writing my column, but because that meant I could write the article I’ve been waiting to write since I got here: Christmas — European Style.

Yayoi Kusama: Artiste Japonaise expose à Toronto

Séduction ou répulsion? Le travail de Yayoi Kusama ne peut laisser personne indifférent. Ceux ayant eu l’occasion de visiter ses expositions vous le diront : on se retrouve soit rebuté par un aspect inquiétant ou enchanté par le charme de son univers. Yayoi Kusama est une légende vivante de l’avant-garde internationale qui a évité les catégorisations de l’art moderne. Son œuvre couvre toute une gamme de chefs-d’œuvre jusqu’à la création de produits issus de la culture pop. Sa carrière protéiforme s’étend sur plus de soixante ans.

Keeping A Balance During Exam Season

With exams times approaching, hard work and stress are inevitable. However, this needs to be balanced with self care. Everyone is different, so there is unfortunately no one good solution for tackling exam stress. However, here are some reminders that will hopefully help your study sessions and exam preparation go smoothly.

The Long and Winding Road: Tips and Tricks for Life After School

For most fourth and fifth-year undergraduate students at Glendon, November is a month of angst and anxiety in preparation for final exams, as well as applications for graduate programs, teacher’s college, law school, and medical school. Many of you will undoubtedly work very hard over the next few years and achieve success, regardless of what this may entail. Having come to university myself as a mature student after working full-time for several years performing stressful yet financially rewarding work, I’d like to share a few thoughts that might help those who aren’t sure about their future.

On youth voting and the democratic character of Canada

In the 2015 Canadian federal election, 57.1% of persons between the ages of 18 and 24 fulfilled their civic duty to vote - a dramatic increase from 38.8% in the 2011 election. This increased participation in the electoral process suggests that youth are becoming more civically engaged in the political sphere of Canadian society.  Now the question must be asked: is it worth revisiting the debate regarding lowering the voting age? Earlier this year, the New Democratic Party (NDP) announced their stance on lowering the voting age to 16, which was met with plenty of controversy. Many argue that the maturity of 16-year-olds falls short of that which is required to participate in the voting process, and that opening the door to younger voters would fail to engage an already apathetic subset of society.

A Review of Toronto Coffee Houses: The Time Before Your 3pm Class Is About To Get A Whole Lot Better

I always find myself desperately trying to stay awake between classes, whether it is early morning online English lessons or extracurriculars. If there’s one thing I have learned, it’s that listening to people who tell you to go to bed earlier is an absolute waste of time. At this point that’s not an option, so like any student, I turn to calorie-dense caffeinated beverages to keep myself afloat. It’s to be mentioned though that not all of these café’s are similar, and the environment from coffee house to coffee house can differ significantly.

An Agrifood Policy for Canada: A Recipe for Food Justice: Call for Submissions for the 2018 Thought for Food Interdisciplinary Conference

In the Spring of 2017, Agriculture and Agrifood Canada (AAFC) Minister Lawrence MacAulay announced that the federal government will introduce legislation to create the first ever Food Policy for Canada. This sparked an intensive summer of consultations with various stakeholders scrambling to offer their input on what such a food policy should resemble when it is tabled in the Spring of 2018. However, it remains unclear if these consultations have provided the necessary conditions for designing and implementing a national-level food policy which can foster just and sustainable food systems–or whether such national policy is desirable at all!

I Don’t Hate Winter

I’ll tell you, “I hate waiting for the bus as the cold creeps up my coat,”

I’ll tell you, “I don’t like the evils of black ice and the fear of slipping on the road,”

I’ll tell you, “I despise the early dark skies and how the sun leaves so soon,”

But, I have not forgotten about the glowing moon.

Introducing this year’s International Studies Symposium: Thailand!

The International Studies Thailand Symposium Team is excited to finally introduce itself to the Glendon community! You may have seen us around campus already (a.k.a. that group that held a huge book sale around campus near the end of October, or the ones who held the delicious bake sale & fancy raffle in the COE just in the past few weeks), but you may have not known then who we are. As a result, we decided it’s about time y’all get to know more about us (who we are, what we do, and all that jazz!)

Les variations de la langue française: une étudiante en échange partage ses observations linguistiques

Il faut se rendre à l’évidence : la distance qui sépare le français canadien du français de France est plus que géographique. D’un côté de l’océan à l’autre, d’importantes différences historiques et culturelles façonnent cette langue internationale. De ce fait, certaines expressions qu’utilisent les Français ainsi que les bordelais - habitants de Bordeaux - valent la peine d’être soulignées et comparées aux expressions canadiennes.

#MeToo: What the viral hashtag can teach us about today’s feminism

#MeToo was a collective unearthing, understanding, and uprising – the after-effects of which continue to reverberate. In early October, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, “If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me too.’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Survivor stories soon flooded social media, spawning a number of firings and criminal investigations of high-profile men. Most importantly, #MeToo shook loose accounts of abuse that women have long kept secret out of shame, fear, or disillusionment and reinvigorated an ongoing conversation about sexual violence. But especially as feminism has become en vogue, it is important to beware of how such discourse is constructed.

The Trixie & Katya Show Will Make You Go UNHhhh

Mark your calendars and set the time, The Trixie & Katya Show has just landed into Viceland’s Wednesday night, 10pm time slot! The RuPaul’s Drag Race fan favourites took the notoriety gained from the reality TV show limelight and used it as fodder for their careers. After 68 episodes of the popular web series UNHhhh, Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamolodchikova are proving that the real race begins after you’re asked to sashay away.

Pumpkin Gnocchi

Gnocchi is something that every Italian has grown up with. Being a student, I’ve learned that it’s actually an extremely inexpensive pasta to make from scratch! The only materials you’ll need are a fork, a knife, and your hands! My pumpkin gnocchi is a twist on the typical potato gnocchi, and it’s the perfect dish for the upcoming holiday season.

Did anyone say all you can eat?

November is here, and mostly all of us are suffering. This month has been known to brutally extinguish any remaining flame that might have been resonating in us from the beginning of the school year. We are all tired, sick, sad, sleepy, and, most of all, hungry. The combination of several exams and papers will make even the most powerful of stomachs a fragile and shattered remnant of its former self. Don’t let your stomach die. Give your stomach that much needed break from $0.25 tuna cans, monster energy drinks, one slice of leftover bread in your fridge (God knows how long it's been there), and trips to McDonald’s (even though you told yourself last friday would be the last time you got drunk and had 5 McDoubles). It is time to scrape up whatever is left of your dignity and treat yourself.

Sarah’s Spots: Exploring Toronto’s Live Music Venues

Everyone has had those nights where you decide to “go out” and you don’t really have a plan on where you’re going. I found Poetry Jazz Café in — quite literally — a hole in the wall in Kensington Market about a year ago. On one of those nights, I, like many Torontonians, have walked down Augusta probably a million times in my lifetime, and in all those times, I had totally walked past one of the most underrated spots in Toronto. To a layman's eye, Poetry Jazz Café looks like any other boarded-up shop clad with a garage door that has lain uninhabited for years — and this is totally on purpose! In true speakeasy fashion, Poetry is only found by people who are looking for it.

An Argument for Migration

Earlier this month, 26 young girls — some of whom were pregnant — drowned in the Mediterranean Sea, crossing over from Libya on their way to Italy. The girls (who started their journey in Nigeria) were between the ages of 14 and 18. They sought ‘a better life’ and believed that the best way to achieve this goal was through migration. Although the exact circumstances of their journey are not known, officials speculate that the girls were being trafficked.