Pro Tem is the Bilingual Newspaper of Glendon College. Founded in 1962, it is York University’s oldest student-run publication, and Ontario’s first bilingual newspaper. All content is produced and edited by students, for students.

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Pro Tem est le journal bilingue du Collège Glendon. Ayant été fondé en 1962, nous sommes la publication la plus ancienne de l’Université York ainsi que le premier journal bilingue en Ontario. Tout le contenu est produit et édité par les étudiants, pour les étudiants.

Wear Your Helmet

Wear Your Helmet

 Photo: Alex Freeman

Photo: Alex Freeman

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. Surprisingly, my delicate carbon fibre bicycle was left unscathed. Unfortunately, I was not so lucky. Upon impact, I received a massive concussion, a severely broken nose, compressed cervical vertebrae and a bruised trachea. I also cracked four teeth as well as cut and sprained my right wrist and knee. The pain I felt in my neck was indescribable, and I couldn't feel or move any of my extremities.

A bystander called 911 and within minutes I was being placed on a spinal board by paramedics, who then rushed me to Mount Sinai Hospital where I was wheeled into the RESUS 1 trauma unit. I was placed in a CT machine immediately and given multiple x-rays, followed by several intravenous injections of morphine. After a few hours, I was told that I had been very lucky, and that my spinal cord and the bones in my neck were intact. I am now at home making a full recovery and will be back in class before the end of the month.

There is one lesson to learn from this horrible accident: had I not been wearing a helmet, I would have most likely died that day from my injuries. At the very best, I would now be a quadriplegic, confined to a wheelchair for the rest of my life. If you decide to ride a bicycle, regardless of the speed, time of day, or location, please wear a helmet. For me, it made all the difference.

Une visiteuse mystérieuse à Glendon

Une visiteuse mystérieuse à Glendon

Graduation

Graduation