All in Issue Seven 2016/2017

Why Art Matters

This semester, I was fortunate enough to receive an internship with Club Canadien de Toronto, a Francophone business club that runs monthly lunches and meetings for French speaking members of the banking, legal, and corporate community in the GTA. On Tuesday January 24, Pierre Lassonde, a businessman, investor, and philanthropist was the guest speaker. He is best known for co-founding the gold mining and trading giant Franco-Nevada Corporation in the early 1980s, and as the founder of York’s Lassonde School of Engineering via a $25 million donation in 2012.

Infinity: A Play Review - The Physics of Math and Emotion

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to watch Infinity, a play by Hannah Moskovitch that has returned as a result of popular demand from its 2014-2015 season at the Tarragon Theatre.My fellow naive, amateur theatre-goers and I assumed, based on Infinity’s description, that it would be a night similar to our last outing some six months prior at SummerWorks festival, Don’t Talk to Me Like I’m Your Wife written by Andrea Scott. That particular play touched on important social topics from feminism to historical revisionism, as we thought Infinity might as well. After all, the play’s three main characters are a musical composer, a theoretical physicist, and a mathematician.

Not Quite Undead: The Fall and Hopeful Rebirth of the Horror Genre

Horror is a genre of stark dichotomy. On one hand, it’s a brain-dead affair; endless romps of half-naked teens turned into red pulp at the hands of a killer, cheap thrills, and cheaper effects. Alternatively, the genre can be used as a flashlight to explore the darkest depths of human psychology and society such as Dawn of the Dead’s portrayal of mindless consumerism, The Thing’s commentary on the ‘us vs. them’ paranoia of the Cold War, the cold brutality of Patrick Bateman’s capitalism in American Psycho, and HR Giger’s darkly sexual xenomorph in Alien.

La comédie musicale Heathers : adolescents complexés, émotions déchaînées

Cet hiver, les Productions Cœur de Lion ont mis en scène la comédie musicale Heathers, l’adaptation théâtrale du film écrit par Daniel Waters. Mise en scène par Pascale Lachance, mais fondamentalement issue d’une collaboration entre plusieurs des comédiens et d’autres membres du Théâtre Glendon, la pièce a présenté l’expérience de l’école secondaire du point de vue de divers personnages types, ainsi que leurs réactions respectives face au meurtre de plusieurs de leurs camarades, présentés comme des actes de suicide. Ce sont des thèmes angoissants et controversés, mais tout de même très présents de nos jours.

The Healing Magic of Glendon

It’s hard to explain why Glendon means so much to me. If you know me at all, you know that I live, breathe, eat, and sleep Glendon; someone has even referred to Glendon as my lifeline, and they are right. It would be even more difficult for someone who didn’t know me before coming to Glendon to explain why this campus has had such a huge effect on my life, and even harder for those who no longer know me well after leaving high school.

Interview with Glendon Alum: Jay

Glendon made me who I am today. It prepared me academically to be able to face the challenges of graduate school. It also gave me a competitive edge in the job market through its excellent French language training. More importantly, the relationships I developed with professors (as a direct result of the uniquely small class sizes) were crucial. Personal relationships with professors did not just end with good reference letters for job and grad school applications, their advice and genuine care set me up to logically tackle the most daunting challenge for every student.


Je ne sais toujours pas de quoi exactement mon père se fait accuser. On n’en parle pas vraiment, ma mère et moi. Et mon père en parle encore moins. Tout ce que je sais, c’est que le crime en question aurait été commis il y a une vingtaine d’années quand on habitait encore en Russie et que mon père travaillait dans une banque.

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Babi’s Chicken Noodle Soup

These days, the sky is grey and it’s a miracle if you can still feel your fingers and toes when you get home. The solution? A nice hot bowl of your grandma’s chicken noodle soup, perhaps? Well, if your grandmother isn’t around to cure your February chills, John Kemp’s Kitchen is here to save the day! After returning from my recent trip to Ottawa, a lovely city where it’s so cold that your eyes freeze in place if you don’t blink often enough, I figured that it may be a good time to share my grandma Babi’s chicken noodle soup recipe. It was a staple of my childhood and continues to be the only thing I crave when I’m sick.

A Brief History of Chinese Canadians

On September 10, 1939, Canada entered World War II, and in an effort to aid the Second Sino-Japanese War, Chinese Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Forces. The Chinese Benevolent Association also suggested boycotting Japanese goods and purchasing Chinese and Canadian war bonds. Chinese Canadians in the Canadian Forces were specially deployed as spies to resist Japanese forces. The results of this war caused a substantial change in Canadian government policy. The Chinese Exclusion Act, which violated the United Nations Charter, was quickly repealed in 1947, and during the same year, Chinese were given the right to full citizenship.

Tout ce qu’il faut savoir sur le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs

Comme à chaque année, le mois de février est le Mois de l’histoire des Noirs. Ce mois-ci est entièrement dédié à la célébration des réussites des Noirs non seulement au Canada, mais aussi aux États-Unis. Cette commémoration de la communauté noire et de la place qu’elle occupe au sein de nos pays nous rappelle encore une fois l’égalité qui existe parmi les êtres humains. Toronto, une ville riche en cultures et en traditions diverses, est engagée à promouvoir la diversité. Ce n’est pas difficile de trouver d’intéressantes façons de se renseigner, de participer à la culture qu’offre ce mois, et d’en apprendre plus au sujet de l’histoire des Noirs tout au long du mois.

Zoning By-Laws in the 6ix

For all you Drake fans out there, you’ll be happy to know that your beloved 6God has started the preliminary phases of building a mansion in the Bridle Path; a few steps away from our campus. The mansion, soon to be the third most impressive residence in the Bridle Path community, is to be built in the same neighbourhood as many of Canada’s rich and famous, including fellow Canadian we’re-still-unsure-about Conrad Black and renowned musician, Gordon Lightfoot.

Toronto, The Beautiful and Bulldozed?

Since the great amalgamation of 1998, Toronto, much to the euphoria of its denizens, has experienced a population and infrastructure boom. The once sleepy streets and quiet alleyways of the city have been repurposed, re-stuffed and resold to fill the city to the brim with people eager to call this place home. But the mass-mobilization of yuppies has taken its toll on Torontonian space. Toronto, often praised for its sensible and well-paced urban planning, has taken a complete 180 degree turn from ‘Toronto the Good’ to ‘Toronto the Bulldozed’.