- Created on Thursday, 01 October 2015 09:33
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By AUSTIN GOODER
Nothing really cemented my interest in sports quite like the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
I’d been a dedicated Blue Jays baseball fan for years, but I’d never seen anyone I cheered for win something.
Having been born in 1994, I never got to watch Joe Carter slug that World Series-clinching home run.
I never got to hear the ethereal Tom Cheek shouting, “Touch ‘em all, Joe!”
But I did get to see those Olympics. I was in my living room with my dad. He was standing and I was on the couch.
Alexandre Bilodeau stood atop the slalom course; his goggles shining under the harsh, bright fluorescent lights that lit up the snow-covered course like a Christmas tree star.
Bilodeau came screaming from the wire gates at the top of the slope. Jamie Campbell, a long-time Blue Jays announcer, was calling the run.
Bilodeau nailed it, and brought home the first Canadian gold...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:41
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It could have been worse.
On Sept. 11 just before 5 p.m. an armed man walked into Smokers Paradise in St. Catharines and demanded all the money in the till.
Did I mention I was the one working the store?
It happened while I was cashing out a customer as my manager packed his things to leave.
The man walked in, pushed the customer away and then pointing a knife in the customer’s face told him to “Get back.”
With the knife then inches from my face, the robber told me to take all the cash out of the till. I slowly did as I was told and handed him the money.
Looking back on the event I feel there was something I could have done to stop him, but, in the moment, I froze.Pocketing the bills, he quickly walked out of the store. My manager turned to me, and barked, “Call...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:26
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Clued into a disturbing trend this summer, I seriously came to doubt the ability of the human race to succeed.
It is known as “Straight Pride”.
It’s a “movement” born out of the recent upswing in the number of Gay Pride parades, festivals and events.
A group of socially conservative people in the 1980s adopted the Straight Pride mantra in response to the widening acceptance of gay people in the United States.
It’s a movement that makes no sense and is offensive and harmful to the LGBTQ+ community.
In 1960s Greenwich Village, New York, LGBTQ+ people were arrested regularly for not conforming to heteronormative ideals.
A small back-room style bar called the Stonewall Inn acted as a safe haven for LGBTQ+ people.
Owned by an Italian crime family, the Inn regularly paid off the police to either avoid or be warned of impending police raids on the establishment.
On June 28, 1969, the police sent...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:38
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Semicolons are used when a writer decides not to finish a sentence. However, for people who struggle with mental health issues, the semicolon signifies something more powerful.
Project Semicolon is a movement for people who struggle with mental illnesses, self-injury, suicidal thoughts and addiction. It serves as a reminder that our story isn’t over yet.
“A semicolon represents a sentence the author could have ended, but chose not to. The sentence is your life and the author is you,” the official Project Semicolon website reads.
The website was launched April 16, 2013. Since then, thousands of people around the world have been getting the tattoo as a reminder to stay strong, no matter the circumstance.
“I am humbled by how big the movement got and the support behind it,” said Amy Bleuel, founder and president of Project Semicolon. “I did expect it to get big, but not this big. It is...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:07
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Most individuals believe being depressed occurs when one tears up over an ex-boyfriend, a failed test or some other incident defined as the most detrimental wrench in someone’s day-to-day life. But is that depression? What about those mental warriors who struggle through every minute of every day because somewhere, deep down inside, they feel a sense of hopelessness and never ending pain?
When I was 18 years old, I had (hopefully) my last bout with mental illness.
As a young man growing up I was always one to try to get a smile out of someone. Whether it was with a witty comment or an exceptionally goofy moment, I always wanted to hear someone laugh or display some sort of grin on their face. Seeing the positive reaction of my peers and those around me, I was always filled with joy and had a cheery sense about me, until I...
- Created on Friday, 25 September 2015 13:35
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It’s orientation week, and you’re getting your books for the semester. A daunting line from the privately run “campus” store is ramping out and around the corner.
You’re exhausted, and the scribbled list of books in your hand is more than a little confusing. As a penny (or nickel) pinching student with a schedule that conflicts with an hour long wait in line, you decide you’ll pass it and wait until the chaos settles.
“Maybe I’ll look on Amazon for a used copy,” you think to yourself. “I’ve heard the prices are better anyway.”
The second week arrives, and you still don’t have your books, but now you need them badly. That line isn’t going away, and you aren’t sure you’ll get the right editions once you get inside. Somebody in line mentions how other schools are implementing a simpler and less expensive way to get them, but Niagara College...
- Created on Thursday, 24 September 2015 18:24
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“Niagara Falls Transit offers convenient and accessible travel options to get you where you want to go,” says the Niagara region transit website.
Yes, it is true, along with specially trained drivers with nice behaviour, best routes all across Canada and route timings to die for.
To add a cherry on top, the summer transit schedule to Niagara College’s campuses is better than the winter schedule. It’s ironic that most of the buses for Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campus carry four to five passengers on average while the students in Welland wait after packed to capacity busses pass by.
But once on the bus, the ride is full of surprising miscues. Drivers scratch the bus tires on the footpath trying to park. Unnecessary speed and harsh braking suggest perhaps the drivers need a brush-up on the skills for the job. Maybe the seasoned drivers go on vacations in the summers leaving space...