All in Issue 2 2017/2018

The death of 9 to 5

Working part-time during the school year or between summer breaks is a reality for many students, as is the ever-present anxiety and uncertainty of job hunting after graduation. With living costs in Toronto being some of the highest in the country, it is no surprise that one of the main stressors on both current students and post graduates are their job prospects. We know that stable, “grown-up” office jobs are becoming harder to come by. Unlike our parents, we are less likely to start out and retire with the same company or organization.

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Simply Swiss

Coucou, tout le monde! Or so I’ve learned to say here. Between the saluts, the bonjours, and the bonsoirs, I have been learning lots here in Switzerland, and more than just the many ways to say hello. In the almost month that I’ve spent here in Lausanne, I’ve had the chance to explore a plethora of different foods.
Swiss cuisine has been amon

From Book Vouchers to Emergency Loans: Friends of Glendon is here to help!

Les Amis de Glendon vous invitent à notre assemblée générale annuelle!

Les Amis de Glendon cherchent des étudiants pour être directeurs sur notre conseil d'administration. Il y a quatre postes réservés aux étudiants. Notre assemblée générale annuelle aura lieu le 1 novembre à 18h dans la salle GH 102. Tous les étudiants sont des membres des Amis de Glendon, alors vous avez tous le droit de venir élire le nouveau conseil d'administration même si vous ne voulez pas présenter votre candidature aux élections du conseil d'administration.

Invictus is Victorious

Last week, the city was full of visitors from near and far. The beautiful and hot weather brought out all the people wishing to seek out the last of summer, but with many exciting events in town, the weather was only extra motivation. Some more high profile visitors who came to Toronto for events included the former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and the former President of the United States, Barack Obama. Many people may have also noticed that the news and their Facebook feeds had been taken over by news of a particular special guest in town — the notorious Prince Harry of Wales. From stalking him and his famous girlfriend, Meghan Markle (star of hit TV show, Suits), to cute videos of him giving popcorn to little children, it seems that everyone had been smitten with news of the VIP. While his day-to-day activities are fascinating, the real reason the Prince was in Toronto was for the 3rd Annual Invictus Games.

The Kurdish Referendum

The announcement by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in June that the referendum for Iraqi-Kurdistan independence would take place on September 25, 2017 didn’t garner much international attention. However, for the Kurdish community, both in the region and across the globe, this was incredible. The referendum, which has repeatedly been cancelled due to international pressure and domestic conflict, was finally going to occur. The six-year long Syrian Civil War and the overflow of conflict across its borders have created both tribulation and opportunity for the Kurdish people. Although financially taxing on Iraqi-Kurdistan, the successes of the Peshmerga (the KRG’s regional militia) and their subsequent occupation of previously Iraqi-held territory, have emboldened the Kurds. The referendum was the culmination of centuries of oppression and resistance in the quest for statehood. Despite this, the celebration following the overwhelmingly positive 92% vote in favor didn’t feel like the celebration it should have been.

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

The Hideout closed its Queen West doors a little less than a year ago, but it didn’t take them long to relocate. Sadly, they gave up their well-loved sidestreet patio for the noisy, dusty corner of College and Bathurst — a corner which is eternally clustered with turnaways from neighbouring Sneaky Dee's. It hardly seems a fair trade, but that is the Toronto real estate game these days. And while the new location is aesthetically pleasing, with its edgy murals and velveteen curtains, Hideout 2.0 looks like it needs a good breaking-in. It’s still clean and a touch too classy for its traditional clientele, with the trademark antlers shoved in a corner over the kitchen’s open window.

Why I am not a Jew (even though I was born Jewish)

Ever since I can remember, whenever anyone asked me how I self-identified, I would answer Canadian and Jewish. The Canadian part was easy for me to understand: I've lived here since I was two, I went through the Ontario curriculum, English is my mother tongue, and western values dictate my moral code. To explain my Jewish side, I would answer that I was born in Israel. And that was it. It ended there.

Coping with my ‘Francophobia’

I’m a first-year student at Glendon studying in the concurrent education program to become a French teacher. In the first semester, I’m only taking two of five courses in French. Why would that be? I admit I have a fear of French. I’m not referring to all aspects of the language, but I’m on uncertain ground in writing and speaking French in a French environment. As an Anglophone, French is not my first language so I’m slightly intimidated, but I’ve put it out there, so now I can take steps to conquer that fear.

The Unsung Artist

As humans, we all have talents, we all have things we’re good at. In the world we live in, however, some talents are valued over others. In the world of arts, although it seems unfair, it’s natural. The lead in a Broadway show is going to get more attention than the tech crew, and the prima ballerina is given more attention than the orchestra. Just because they are not valued in the same way, does not mean that in any way they are of lesser importance. The show simply would not happen without the tech crew. Without the orchestra, the ballet would be silent, losing the magic the music brings. Because this imbalance of valuing exists, there is an art form that I believe is undervalued, which I would like to acknowledge. Art would not exist in the same way if there weren’t people who appreciated it. This is not a new idea, but I wanted to dive into the idea that appreciating art is a form of art.

Ontario’s Free Tuition: Debunked

We are living in a golden age of education. As of this September, the poorest youth in Ontario finally have access to post-secondary education thanks to a revamped OSAP that now includes ‘free’ tuition. At least, that’s what the provincial government would have you believe. As a matter of fact, the so-called “free tuition” is anything but. The revamped OSAP program has many flaws seldom mentioned by the government.

Self-love and long distance: How to make the most of a long distance relationship

Does distance really make the heart grow fonder? Before you start a long distance relationship, there are a couple of things you should know. Long distance is most likely going to be a make-it-or-break it situation, that’s just the bitter truth. Once you have realized that you can, in fact, make it, it will change your dynamic forever. The trials and tribulations that are unique to this experience will make you a stronger and more patient person.