All in Issue Four 2016/2017

A Love Letter to The 1975

On November 3, I was lucky enough to see my favourite band, The 1975, at the Air Canada Centre. They are currently doing a support tour for their sophomore album I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it. While I was excited for the show, I didn’t realize how much I would absolutely love it.

I’m a Christian and I Don’t Hate You

I am distraught. I am frustrated. And I am sorry.

I am writing this on Thursday, November 10th, after two full days of people celebrating and mourning Donald Trump's victory in the American presidential election. In two days, social media has been flooded with heartbreaking stories of people in the United States being threatened and abused through acts of blatant racism, homophobia and misogyny.

John Kemp’s Kitchen: Christmas Bark

Greetings, everyone! I’ve been looking forward to writing this particular issue of John Kemp’s Kitchen since my column was started a few weeks ago. Seeing as this is the last Pro Tem issue before the winter break, I felt it would only be appropriate to leave you with a touch of holiday spirit. One of my favourite parts about Christmas, which is my family’s favourite holiday to celebrate, is the food. What could possibly be better than a roast turkey with fresh herbs and homemade cranberry sauce, accompanied by fluffy mashed potatoes and perhaps a Yorkshire pudding? Not much, if you ask me. It’s a time of feasting, celebration, and generosity among family and friends.

ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival Review

After viewing almost two hours of successive screenings of international shorts films at the imagineNATIVE Festival this year, I felt both utterly emotionally drained and inspired. The eight short films, as with all the media showcased at the festival, are either written, produced, or acted out by indigenous and First Nations individuals. They highlight some of the difficult realities of indigenous life both currently and historically, as well as the powerful collisions of these past and present struggles. The pieces strive to celebrate diversity and dispel stereotypes

T.O. Living

Toronto: Is it real life, or is it just fantasy? Listen, the first important thing you need to know about Toronto is money. You’ll need lots of it. This means that you and your $35 bank account, part time job at Sobeys, and constant drunk nights on weekends can not afford it. However, many have found loopholes. This includes, but is not limited to, your parent’s money, OSAP, dealing ganja, and living off Mr. Noodles and tuna.


Two days after the U.S. presidential election, my American Politics class was fortunate enough to meet and talk to Juan Alsace, the United States Consul General in Toronto. Alsace is a highly respected diplomat and senior Foreign Service officer who is subordinate only to the American Ambassador to Canada. In his 29 years of service, Mr. Alsace has worked all over the world, fulfilling a multitude of important roles. He worked in Iraq as Team Leader of an embedded Provincial Reconstruction Team (2009-2010), as Economic and Political Counsellor in Santiago in Chile (2006-2009), and as Consul General in Barcelona in Spain (2003-2006).

L’importance de la citoyenneté canadienne; The Importance of Canadian Citizenship

On November 3rd, I had the opportunity through my Canadian Citizenship class to attend a citizenship ceremony hosted by Glendon and organized by Professor Audrey Pyée. The ceremony gave me and my classmates an experiential learning opportunity, which was Mme. Pyée’s goal in organizing the event : « Je l’ai organisé pour que les étudiants de ‘Citoyenneté canadienne’ puissent voir comment les idées et concepts que l’on examine en classe s’appliquent dans la vie réelle. Plus précisément, je voulais qu’ils rencontrent de nouveaux Canadiens pour comprendre ce que la citoyenneté canadienne signifie pour ces gens à un niveau concret et émotionnel. »

Lean in with Lean In!

‘Lean In Glendon Campus’ is a part of a larger organization called ‘Lean In’ started by the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg. Beyoncé, Hugh Jackman, and Alicia Keys are only a few of the many celebrities who have jumped onto the Lean In bandwagon. Lean In Glendon Campus is a great club in which you can meet new people, make new friends, network and brainstorm.

Unpacking the Vote for President-Elect Trump: Assumptions and the U.S. presidential election

On the morning of November 8th, the world was assured a Madame President, the first woman leader of the free world, a second Clinton Commander-in-Chief. On November 9th, we learned that Hillary Rodham Clinton was far from America’s choice. For many, business mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election is as shocking as it is unpalatable. However, the truth is that shock rests upon a number of assumptions— erroneous assumptions— people have held about American politics, government, and society as a whole. Dispelling these assumptions is key to unpacking what the Trump vote entailed.

Sincerely, L. Cohen

I first fell in love with Leonard Cohen's music during my first and only summer in Ottawa. It was a formative and sometimes lonely time for me; I was working late exhausting hours and wasn’t really sure what I was doing with my future. Cohen's music throughout this time was a rock. It kept me thinking about darkness, death, passion and love; it helped me realize that beauty can come from sorrow. That we can touch people and find ways to be touched even when we are at our lowest.