All in Issue One 2016/2017

Black Lives Matter: Toronto and its Cold, Uncomfortable Truths

Black Lives Matter (BLM) is the hashtag, the organization, and the rally cry at the center of this generation’s fight for social justice. It broke through the seams of racism’s taboo and forced problems facing Black Americans into mainstream consciousness. The outpour of grief, anger, and frustration was a discomfiting scene for many Americans. Today, the continued trend of Black men killed by police has become just a thread in a larger patchwork of issues surrounding systemic anti-Black racism.

Breaking Down Bridget: An Analysis of the Bridget Jones Extended Universe

My experience with the Bridget Jones Extended Universe (the BJEU) likely falls within the upper percentile of my age and gender bracket. Living in a house with just one television meant that if mom or dad wanted to watch a certain movie or show, that is what would be on. After school with Oprah, Thursday nights with Grey’s Anatomy and Gilmore Girls; I am a student of the W Network. This puts me in a unique position; I’m both well versed in my knowledge of the tropes that exist in this form of entertainment, while at the same time completely removed from their impact.

How likely to happen is Toronto’s Rail Deck park?

Like many other advocates for more green space in Toronto, I was initially thrilled to hear about the proposed Rail Deck park. Amongst other public officials, our mayor is quick to sell the park as a legacy project for our current council. But the factors around this proposal that point to its feasibility merit a second look, first and foremost because most people think the park has already been given a green light. Far from it. In fact, council is currently engaged in lengthy deliberation on the matter

Une visiteuse mystérieuse à Glendon

Il est 23h et Michelle étudie dans la bibliothèque Frost quand elle entend un bruit provenant du sous-sol. Elle descend lʼescalier pour voir ce qui se passe mais il n’y a rien à part un livre ouvert qui est tombé de lʼétagère. Michelle sʼapproche du livre et sʼaperçoit qu’il est écrit par Jane Austen.

Wear Your Helmet

A few weeks ago on a Friday, I went for a 9am morning bike ride and decided to try out the new designated bike lanes on Bloor Street. As I was riding east through the intersection of Bloor and Spadina, a small grey hatchback turned right and cut me off, forcing me to slam down on my brakes as hard as possible. I flew over my handlebars and landed directly on my face.

Graduation

A friend who is on the Pro Tem team invited me to reflect on the journey that has brought me to this point in my academic career, so I decided to write about it. I asked myself: Why Am I At Glendon? How has Glendon brought me to the place I am now? Like many students, I chose Glendon because of the bilingualism, the community feel, and the International Studies program. But I ended up finding so much more.

C’est la vie: un portrait familial vraisemblable qui résiste à l’épreuve du temps

On est en 1958 et le divorce est encore un phénomène rare et tabou. Comment expliquer une telle situation à ses enfants, quand on a de la difficulté à en discuter entre adultes? C’est le propos de C’est la vie, cinquième long-métrage de Diane Kurys, sorti le 14 février, 1990. La réalisatrice nous présente encore un film qui s’inspire de ses vécus, voire du divorce de ses parents lors de sa jeunesse.

Soak Up French Outside The Classroom with Free Film Nights at Alliance Française Toronto

Guest Contribution from TorontoDiscursive.com:

According to a study by BBC Radio, Toronto is the most multicultural city in the world. For such a diverse and multilingual city, it’s expected that there would be a few spots to practice French somewhere along the subway line. “Bilingual in French and English” is a badass and profitable line to slap on your resume. Chances are the benefits of a bilingual campus is one of the main reasons you applied to Glendon in the first place. But learning French is not as simple as showing up on campus and attending your classes. While you may conjugate verbs with ease and have a knack for distinguishing between feminine and masculine nouns, the ability to engage in real-life conversation is the true test of fluency.

 

Hydrophobia

My fear began with the alligators who infiltrated my room before I could drift to sleep. The sounds they made as their dry scales ripped through wet water, the heat from their cold-blooded breath as it leaked from spongy-pink maws, the smell of their eager predatory nature, was all I could focus on when I should have been sleeping.

When Raising Awareness Backfires

If you spent this past summer watching the Rio Olympics, you might have noticed the two silver-medal competitive swimmers, 20-year-old Siobhan-Marie O'Connor and 19-year-old Kathleen Baker, who used the Olympics as a platform to raise awareness about Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), one of many incurable autoimmune diseases. You may be wondering what these terms signify and how these young women could possibly be ill if they competed at the Olympics and appear so healthy.