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The University of Guelph’s Independent Student Newspaper 169.2 ◆ thursday, september 13th, 2012 ◆

The University of Guelph’s Independent Student Newspaper

169.2 thursday, september 13th, 2012

thursday, september 13th, 2012 ◆ U of G staff and students break own world record

U of G staff and students break own world record

World Hunger event considered a success

emma wilson

On Sept. 8, over 2000 University of Guelph students, staff, and mem- bers of the Guelph community came together at the Field House to com- bat world hunger, and surpassed last year’s world record of 159,840 emergency relief meals packed in 60 minutes. This year, over 300,000 emergency relief meals were prepared in just 60 minutes to be sent to the drought- ridden country of Mauritania. The event, organized by University of Guelph graduate Gavin Armstrong, increased awareness of the extreme poverty and hunger that many peo- ple around the globe live in. According to the World Food Pro- gramme, Mauritania is seriously affected by food insecurity due to the deficits of the 2011 rainy season. About 25 per cent of households are currently experiencing food











insecurity, and the situation con- tinues to deteriorate. Mauritania is also one of the world’s leastdevelopedfood-deficitcountries, and imports 70 per cent of its total food consumption needs. A recent decrease in the country’s purchas-

needs. A recent decrease in the country’s purchas- “Th ere are two billion people starving, and

“There are two billion people starving, and 2500 people die a day of hunger.” –Gavin Armstrong

ing power has weakened its ability to respond to the present crisis. Armstrong witnessed extreme hunger while working in refugee



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camps in East Africa several years ago. Upon his return, he signed the University of Guelph up as the first Canadian University to join Univer- sities Fighting World Hunger, and organized Guelph’s record-break- ing events. Armstrong addressed some of the impediments to solving world hunger. “People think the problem is too big,” said Armstrong. “There are two billion people starving, and 2500 people die a day of hunger.” As the event demonstrated, small actions can make a big difference. Donating just an hour of time can make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of people. University of Guelph student Car- rie Baldwin noted, “Today’s event shows us what we need to solve world hunger. We need people com- ing out and working together. I think the nature of this event being a world record is sort of the icing on the cake.” Community member Sue Broder- ick shared similar sentiments. “Wouldn’t this be something if we did it every month! Half the world would be fed,” Broderick noted. Another difficulty in fighting world hunger noted by Armstrong is donor fatigue. Donors may have

just supported one major drought when another one occurs. It becomes easy to see hunger re- lief initiatives as a band-aid solution to structural inequalities, politi- cal instability, and other systemic problems. However, hunger is in itself a fun- damental barrier to solutions that will lead to long-term stability and the self-sufficiency of countries like Mauritania. Hunger debilitates people in many ways. For example,


A team of Peer Helpers works together at the World Hunger Event on Sept. 8 to pack meals for the poverty-stricken region of Mauritania.

according to Canadian charity ON- EXONE, hunger negatively impacts the behavioral and cognitive devel- opment of children, and leads to higher rates of hospitalization. Guelph students can get more in- volved in finding solutions to hunger

through initiatives such as the Bet- ter Planet Project, Meal Exchange, and the Guelph Food Bank. This Hallowe’en, Meal Exchange is or- ganizing “Trick or Eat,” in which students go door-to-door collect- ing items for the local food bank.




september 13th, 2012

Guelph’s Task Force starts in full force

Initiative aims to protect students while they enjoy Guelph’s bar scene

michael long

Students who ventured downtown Thursday, Friday or Saturday night during the first week of class en- countered several new initiatives designed to boost safety and secu- rity for pedestrians and businesses during those busy hours. Guelph’s Downtown Late Night Task Force, an organization chaired by the Downtown Guelph Busi- ness Association and responsible for the implementation of these initia- tives, began a new “Safe Semester” pilot project on the first weekend of September. The initiative is ex- pected to last until Sept. 30. After this time, the throngs of people will presumably become smaller and more manageable. The most obvious initiative oc- curs between the hours of 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. when a greater part of the Macdonell and Wyndham Street block becomes closed off to vehicles, with police cars and bar- ricades responsible for cordoning off the area. Additionally, a taxi stand ap- pears on the corner of Wyndham Street and Cork Street with another on the corner of Wyndham Street and Fountain Street. Also, porta- ble washrooms are placed near the

Global to Local:

U of G students and staff on international news

alicja grzadkowska

This year at The Ontarion, we are asking students and staff

from around campus if they are paying attention to a particular topic that has recently appeared

in international news. Because of

the fast pace of the school year, and the accompanying stress of working or studying at a univer- sity, it is sometimes difficult to be aware of what exists beyond the “university bubble,” or to find a reliable and consistent interna- tional news source. This week, we asked, “Have you been follow- ing the events surrounding the American elections? Do you care, and why or why not?”

Anonymous Student: I really don’t care, to be honest. I mean, they’re a big country, and they have a lot of power…They’re responsible for everything that they’re doing. I care about Canada; we live here.

Saman Asif: I agree because I’m living in Canada, not America,

right now. I guess you could say

I really don’t care that much because I worry more about Canada.

The Ontarion: So, if you guys see American election news on television or hear about it on the radio, do you just not pay atten- tion or turn it off?

SA: No, actually I’ll pay attention, it’s not like I’ll turn it off because I don’t care. I’ll pay attention, I guess just not as much. I won’t go into depth, or do research after- wards to find out what happened after [the event], but I will listen

to it.

Student: Same thing with me.

If it’s on [the news], it’s good

to know what’s going on in our neighbouring country because the U.S. does have an impact on Canada, so I’ll listen to it, but I won’t care.

Thanks to the students who participated in this week’s interview. If you have an inter- national news story that you want to see here, or if you want to be interviewed for the next issue, contact the News Editor at

next issue, contact the News Editor at VANESSA TIGNANELLI The Nightlife Task Force closed down
next issue, contact the News Editor at VANESSA TIGNANELLI The Nightlife Task Force closed down

The Nightlife Task Force closed down streets, organizing taxi stands, and provided portable washrooms for club-goers this weekend.

VIA Rail station and the Macdonell Street parking lot. Given that the entire intersec- tion was blocked off to vehicles during these hours last weekend, cars that had parked prior to these hours without noticing the new signs were given a “courtesy tow” to a nearby parking lot. No parking tickets were issued in these cases. However, the sight of a fleet of tow trucks transporting these unsus- pecting cars was indeed an unusual one. “I was really worried about my Teddy car,” said a fourth year stu- dent who had her vehicle towed

while visiting a nearby friend. She wishes to remain anonymous but added that the process of retriev- ing her car was very easy. Notwithstanding the rela- tive newness of the program and some difficulties removing parked cars, the municipality is call- ing the program a success. And, given the large number of inter- ests involved in the Task Force, including the Guelph Police Ser- vice, the university, the city’s by-law compliance and enforce- ment, the Downtown Residents’ Neighbourhood Association, sev- eral downtown businesses, public

works, downtown renewal, and transit departments, the project has more than enough weight and resources behind it to be called anything else. “We’re hoping the changes in traffic flow will prevent collisions and increase safety for people walk- ing and driving downtown,” said Allister McIlveen, Guelph’s traffic and parking manager. “We want everyone to get home quickly and safely at the end of the night.” Some students, however, feel that they are more independent. “We can manage that on our own,” said one Saturday night reveler.

Ontario farmers refuse to repay

Drought-hit farmers are hit once again by debt from nine years ago

dean way

In April 2012, farmers across Ontar- io were asked to repay money that was given to them almost nine years ago during the mad cow disease cri- ses. Agriculture insurance company Agricrop is demanding that farmers repay as much as $100,000. Farmers are saying that this is the first notice they have received about repaying the money since they were given the money between 2003 and 2005. Jack MacLaren, an MPP for Ontar- io’s Progressive Conservative party, and a farmer who also received a letter from Agricrop, has decided to rally Ontario farmers affected by this issue, and notify Agricrop and the Ontario government that they aren’t going to pay. “No one knows why they’re ask- ing for the money now, other than that the government’s broke and is looking for a way to get some money back,” said a member of MacLaren’s

office. “We’re making a list of the farmers that call us about this, and we’re all just saying, ‘We’re not gonna pay.’” For many of them, refusing to repay is not only a matter of princi- ple, but is also a necessity. This year has been one of the worst droughts in recorded history for Ontario and paying back all of the money now simply isn’t an option. There is also a chance that it isn’t legal for Agricrop to ask for these farmers to repay debt that has been inactive for so long. In an interview on CKNX radio, Jack MacLaren was asked wheth- er it should have been the farmer’s responsibility to know when and if they would be asked to give the money back. “There is a statute of limitations in Ontario that only gives business- es two years to reclaim their debt,” said MacLaren. Beyond that time- frame, debtor’s are restricted from collecting debt. For many farmers, it has not been nine years and they are without re- cord of the monies. It would seem that they may not be legally required to pay it back.


The worst droughts in Ontario since the Depression have made the work of farmers more difficult, without the added stress of the government demanding the repayment of debts.

For now the course of action for MacLaren and many of these farm- ers is refusing to pay, and petitioning the government to call off the debt.

Agricrop has stated that if monies aren’t repaid by Jan. 2013, inter- est will begin to accumulate on the amounts owed.



A different take on anti-smoking attitudes

alicja grzadkowska

Anti-smoking advertisements and artistic representations of the harms associated with smoking are known for their often graphic, gruesome, and generally dark content. For ex- ample, the photographs used by the Cancer Society of Finland in their an- ti-smoking campaign Tobacco Body, which is targeted towards young people, split the body in two, with one side representing a non-smok- er’s condition and the other showing the degenerated and mutated con- dition of a smoker. Leave the Pack Behind, a govern- ment-funded group operating on the University of Guelph campus, as well as many university and college campuses across Ontario, is also dedi- cated to making students aware about smoking. However, Leave the Pack Behind does not use graphic images or other invasive techniques to target people who smoke. “We’re not about providing our own

opinion or telling people what they should be doing,” said Tess Ingram, the campus program coordinator for Leave the Pack Behind. The group is also unique because, unlike anti- smoking campaigns that only target smokers, Leave the Pack Behind does not focus solely on providing infor- mation and support to people who want to quit smoking. The program provides a variety of resources for non-smokers, smok- ers who want to quit, and smokers who are not interested in quitting, such as pamphlets geared towards each group. Leave the Pack Behind also offers students services orientated around their health. “What many students don’t know is that there is free nicotine replace- ment therapy, as much as they would like, offered through the health clinic, [like] the nicotine patch and gum,” said Ingram. Prescribed medications are also available for students who want to quit smoking through Health

Services. The Leave the Pack Behind pro- gram is particularly significant as an on-campus presence in universities around Ontario because students are susceptible to developing smoking habits. “Looking demographically, up to

22 per cent of college and university


“Usually that demographic is repre- sented by social smokers, so they’ll only have a cigarette when they’re at the bar or with friends.” However, according to Ingram, the

habits of social smokers can escalate because of the addicting quality of nicotine. “[University] also presents a huge life transition, and smoking provides

a bit of an outlet for people because

it’s very much a stress reliever,” said Ingram. The Canadian Community Health Survey in 2011 revealed that one in ten people between the ages of 15 and 17 smoked last year, and that


they were three times more like-

ly to start smoking if a member of their household also smoked. Fur- thermore, close to two million people between the ages of 20 and 34 smoked in 2011, a number that was only surpassed by the number people who were between the ages

of 46 and 64 and smoked, which to- taled just over two million. “We’re not trying to convince any- one to quit,” said Ingram. “It’s not an anti-smoking program. The re- ality is that if people want to quit or don’t want to quit, it’s ultimately their decision.”

Pregnancy and alcohol don’t mix

FASD Awareness Day Promoted Safe Pregnancies

amy van den berg

With social and academic pressures making every day a jumble of rec- reation and distractions, staying positive and feeling accepted can be a challenge for anybody. Factor in the physical and neurological damage that FASD can have on an individual and facing the challenges everyday life can become impossible. Sept. 9 was International Fetal Al- cohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness

Day. The clear message was that there is no safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy. Welling- ton-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has stressed the importance of pre- venting this disorder and supporting those who are already impacted by it. FASD is a spectrum disorder, which refers to the physical, mental and behavioral disabilities that occur when a baby is exposed to alcohol during the mother’s pregnancy. The disorder is the leading cause of preventable disability in Cana- da, as it is believed that one in 100 individuals have FASD. It is often referred to as a “hidden” disability as there is rarely any physical clue

that someone is affected by it, which makes it more challenging for the surrounding community to under- stand and support those who are dealing with the disorder. Melissa Horan, a health- promotion specialist at Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public

Health, reveals that according to the John Howard Society, 60 per cent of people with FASD over 12 years old will have been charged with and/ or convicted of a crime, and 95 per cent of people with FASD will have

a mental illness. “A good start is for everyone to learn about FASD,” said Horan, when asked how Guelph and the

surrounding Wellington County can better support those who are dealing with FASD, adding “It is very im- portant to see people with FASD as a person, rather than their disability.” Mary Cunningham, a retired secondary school teacher and an FASD educator and advocate from KWC FASD Consulting, has ex- perience parenting a child with the disorder. She is a firm believer that FASD stands for Finding Ac- ceptance and Supporting Dignity, and stresses the importance of local

support programs, advocating the increased need for trained staff at these agencies. Cunningham explained FASD to

be permanent brain damage, made worse by continuous punishment and frustration from others, in- cluding family members and greater society, which weakens confidence. “The ideal thing to do is support [people with FASD],” she says, “they all have talents, you just need to find what they can do well and start sup- porting them there.” Canada’s Public Health Agency has expressed that since half of all pregnancies are unplanned, all sex- ually active adults should use birth control and avoid drinking alcohol. “If you are pregnant don’t drink,” says Cunningham, “and if you are drinking use birth control.”

Waterpower potential

Another 9,900 jobs in Ontario waterpower

colleen mcdonell

Water is something we often take

for granted. It not only operates as

a drinking source, but also as a re- liable power supply. Recently, a report by AECOM Canada Ltd. was released focus- ing on the socioeconomic impact of waterpower projects in Ontario. The report was conducted for the Ministry of Natural Resources, and

it analyzed the 41 waterpower proj-

ects that are proposed to be located on provincial Crown Land. “I want to acknowledge the leadership of Ministry of Natural Re- sources and the expertise of AECOM in undertaking this comprehensive

study,” said President of Ontario Waterpower Association (OWA) Paul Norris in a press release issued by the OWA. “Crown land is absolutely essential to environmentally sus- tainable waterpower development and it is very clear from this report that the entire province benefits

from increased investment in our sector.” These projects are to be devel- oped on Crown Land within the next four years. The use of Crown Land in Canada is often a debated issue, but the report argues that these projects will boost Ontario’s

economy by generating over 9,900 jobs and increasing annual revenue. The greatest economic effects will be concentrated in the local commu- nities within the Northern Ontario Region, the Kitchener-Waterloo- Barrie Region, and the Northeast

and Kingston-Pembroke Regions. “The results of our analysis in- dicates that these 41 waterpower projects have the potential to drive many jobs in the local, regional and provincial economies”, added Andy Keir, senior environmen- tal consultant with AECOM and primary author of the report. “In addition, 30 per cent of these proj- ects have Aboriginal Community involvement and can provide a stepping stone to community improvement and a sustainable economic future.” Many other water projects are currently being pursued by or in partnership with First Nations peo- ple. More than 5,000 megawatts of untapped economic waterpow- er potential has been identified in Ontario, leading to the possibility of many future jobs for students.

waterpow- er potential has been identified in Ontario, leading to the possibility of many future jobs


Guelph hosts another extraordinary Nuit Blanche

Art and music throughout the night downtown

kimberly northcote

It is likely that you have either seen Nuit Blanche advertised downtown this past week, heard about it from someone you know, or noticed its events posted on the internet. For those who do not know, Nuit Blanche is an all-night arts festival that hap- pens annually in cities across the world such as Toronto, Montreal, Paris, Rome, and Madrid. On Sept. 8, Guelph turned its downtown into a booming celebra- tion of arts, culture, and creativity for the night. Jazz musicians could be found on any corner, including Minor Thirds, a group of U of G stu- dents who rocked the Albion Hotel. Market Square played host to Shye Bentzur, playing classic Indian music to an enthusiastic crowd dancing and clapping along until midnight. Down on Norfolk Street were some great events and installations. Whitestone Gallery stood out for its variety of interactive activities, turn- ing the observer into a participant of local arts. Outside of the gallery were people talking to gallery mem- bers throughout the evening and even helping to build a small totem with found objects. A couple of the Whitestone artists set up a whimsi- cal “Free Advice” booth, offering free tips and opinions for any question or problem a person may present to them. Inside the gallery were some truly fantastic pieces of art. Patrice Baker’s mixed media pieces greeted you at the door, followed by Supria Karmaker’s works. Karmaker’s encaustic books were truly beautiful treasures, using gears from old clocks and antique keys to add interest to an otherwise old book. Grayce Perry also provided

some enchanting oil paintings and Clive Lewis’s distinct lines and clean look made his prints a stark contrast to many of the flowing oil paintings on display. Many other innovative pieces were shown, including a paint- ing with a circuit breaker attached to it, and a glowing backlit painting that merged technology and beauty. There were also opportunities to interact inside the gallery, including the chance to write down name sug- gestions for many of the paintings. A memorable instalment was a picture of the Mona Lisa painting and the cap- tion “What is Mona Lisa thinking?” People wrote their answers down on the sticky notes and posted them up beside the photo, resulting in an amusing wall of responses. This was also done for a couple other prompts, such as “It was a dark and stormy night, I open the door and see…” This idea was definitely a fun way to keep viewers involved in the gallery showing. Behind Moksha Yoga studio, Dino “Deeno” Busato, a Guelph-based DJ, was mixing tracks for a dancing audi- ence. Creating some great tunes to groove to, he included a variety of songs like “Superstitious” by Stevie Wonder and the Red Hot Chili Pep- pers’s “Under the Bridge.” The range of songs allowed those not normally into house or dance music to enjoy his mixes. CFRU, held a silent dance party in Market Square later on in the night. That’s right – DJs and dancing party- goers, but no music. It was a unique and interesting experience, making you realize what a difference music can make in the atmosphere of a place. While only a few are mentioned here, Guelph hosted an abundance of events and installations on the 8th. Seeing the city so enthusiastic about itsartsandculture,andfindingawide range of art and music everywhere one turned, it could be said that Nuit Blanche 2012 was a huge success.


Artists create visions of the apocalypse in pen and ink at Nuit Blanche’s Nuit d’Encre Noir event at a studio on Woolwich Street.


Vol au Vent’s aerial acrobatics were accompanied by the Ondine Chorus in “Anthemusa,” performed at Old Quebec Street as part of Nuit Blanche.

were accompanied by the Ondine Chorus in “Anthemusa,” performed at Old Quebec Street as part of



september 13th, 2012

Spirit Walk: A stirring simulation

Walking tour showcases Guelph history

michael bohdanowicz

The afternoon of Sept. 9 saw selections from Guelph’s past, resurrected into the present. These selections were found on Spirit Walk: a walking tour hosted by Guelph Museums, the municipal organization respon- sible for operating the Guelph Civic Museum and the McCrae House. The title Spirit Walk re- fers to the notion that “spirits” of deceased historically signifi- cant Guelphites are encountered on the tour. Spirits were expressed by a volunteer group, comprised of community theatre actors and storytellers. Some of the volun- teers had portrayed historical figures before this event. Vol- unteers were given biographical information on the historical figure they were to portray, and instructed to interpret charac- ter traits from this information. Interpretations began soon after the tour left McCrae House and wandered to nearby park- land alongside the Speed River. There, tour-takers were treat- ed to Deb Deckert’s portrayal of Fiorenza Johnson Drew, an opera singer who had given just one official public performance in her lifetime. Her spirit gave a public performance as she briefly sang to the tour group. Drew’s father was Edward Johnson, a famous tenor who inspired Drew to become inter- ested in opera. Her husband was George Drew, who served as Pre- mier of Ontario from 1943 to 1948, and afterwards as leader of the federal Progressive Conservatives.


Deb Deckert portrays opera singer Fiorenza Johnson Drew, daughter of tenor Edward Johnson and wife of former Ontario Premier George Drew, all famous Guelph natives.

Fiorenza often gave campaign speeches on his behalf. The tour soon moved to Marianne’s Park where Susan Jennings portrayed Priscilla Johnson. Most present-day ob- servers – in a similar manner to Drew – remember Johnson better when her husband is brought up. Johnson’s husband was William Johnson, the owner of a boat club located at the current loca- tion of the Boathouse Tea Room. Priscilla stated that she did not know how her husband came to own the boat club, further add- ing that married women should not engage themselves in the careers of their husbands. She later announced her disapprov- al of alcohol, a sentiment which, like her beliefs on marriage, was likely more commonplace in late 19th century and early 20th cen- tury Ontario.

The tour then crossed the Town Bridge (the covered pe- destrian bridge spanning the Speed River) where tour guide

destrian bridge spanning the Speed River) where tour guide “J.W. Lyon boasted of his significance in

“J.W. Lyon boasted of his significance in bringing electricity to Guelph.”

Bev Dietrich, curator of Guelph Museums, informed the group of two textile factories which used to be located nearby on Wynd- ham Street. Throughout the tour, Dietrich pointed out different

architectural styles along with numerous lesser-known loca- tions of historical significance. Additionally, St. Mary’s Ukrai- nian Catholic Church was visited by the group and one of its pa- rishioners told the history of the church. The River of Life Internation- al Church, which until three months ago was home to Pais- ley Memorial United Church, was also visited. It featured actor Thom Smith playing Samuel Cart- er. Carter was a businessman who began a co-operative bakery in Guelph as he strongly support- ed the co-operative business model as a way to not only re- duce poverty but also encourage men to reach their full poten- tial. His name can be found in one of the church’s stain glass windows because of his support for the church.

Upon learning that George Sl- eeman would be visited by the tour group, Carter responded by sending his greetings in a sub- tly sarcastic manner to Sleeman. The tension between the two fig- ures could have been at least in part due to their views on alco- hol; Carter was a prohibitionist while Sleeman owned a brewery. Following this encounter the group visited a York Rd. house’s front yard to meet J.W. Lyon (played by Brian Holstein), who made a fortune in book pub- lishing and owned 400 acres of land in what would later be- come incorporated into the Ward neighbourhood. He boasted of his significance in bringing electric- ity to Guelph and told the group to think of him whenever they turned on a light switch. The last stop of the tour took the group to a bench facing the Eramosa River where George Sl- eeman – portrayed by Vincent Wall – greeted the tour group. He explained his business invest- ments in the Silvercreek Brewery and Guelph’s electric railway system, a project which while a financial failure for Sleeman, al- lowed Guelph to compete with other Ontario cities during the turn of the 20th century. He em- phasized civic and personal pride when he mentioned the Guelph Silvercreeks, an amateur baseball team comprised of Silvercreek Brewery employees. This team defeated professional teams from the United States, some of which would eventually become Major League Baseball franchises. Sleeman finished his speech with a jibe at Carter by point- ing out that while Carter has his name on glass in one church, he has his name on many glass bottles, alluding to the Sleeman brand of beer.

Carter has his name on glass in one church, he has his name on many glass


Craig Cardiff: Live above the Albion Hotel

Getting intimate upstairs

jonathan webster

Craig Cardiff is a talented musician with a soothing voice and a friendly disposition, a man with dishevelled hair and a burly beard. His Sept. 7

a man with dishevelled hair and a burly beard. His Sept. 7 “There were these wonderful

“There were these wonderful moments when he would record a loop of his voice or guitar and then continue to play it in the background.”

show was at the upper floor of the Albion Hotel. The stage was small and the atmosphere was intimate. From 7:30 p.m. to almost 8:30, Cardiff was running the ticket booth himself,

welcoming his guests with a smile. The crowd waited around the stage, some sitting and some standing, and there was a large patch of free space in front of the stage. Cardiff jumped on stage, wielding a black acoustic guitar and harmonica, and beckoned all of the people standing to sit on the floor in front of the stage. His gentle voice enchanted the crowd into a silent, humming joy. There were these wonderful mo- ments when he would record a loop of his voice or guitar and then con- tinue to play it in the background, giving his performance a new di- mension. Cardiff would be singing one lyric and then he would start singing another lyric, but at the same time the lyric he was sing- ing before would keep going in the background. It was magical, the way he used this layering effect in a live performance. Between songs he would stare at the ceiling and tell the crowd humorous anecdotes about his life, and built an intimate repertoire with the crowd. He performed a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” and a quick song about a musician who made a life above the Albion Hotel. A book that he described as “full of truths” was passed around


Singer Craig Cardiff enthralls the audience by creating a cozy atmosphere on the second floor of the Albion Hotel.

for the crowd to read and contribute to. Cardiff would occasionally read from the book himself, recounting his fans’ stories of terrible dates and unrequited love. It was a beautiful sentiment, and attributed well to the atmosphere of intimacy.

For his encore, Cardiff invited all of the couples in the room to slow dance in the space in front of the stage where everyone was previ- ously sitting. Even for those who weren’t romantically involved with anyone in the room, it was a nice

way to end the evening. Craig Car- diff’s show above the Albion Hotel was an event that warmed the heart, and as the crowd slowly left, there was an air of hope—that if everything wasn’t alright, then it soon would be in due time.

the crowd slowly left, there was an air of hope—that if everything wasn’t alright, then it
the crowd slowly left, there was an air of hope—that if everything wasn’t alright, then it



september 13th, 2012

Bill Killionaire right at home at Jimmy Jazz


Guelph band headlines at indie mainstay

robyn nicholson

Those who self-identify as “reg- ulars” at the Jimmy Jazz will understand when I say that the

place has a pretty specific feel to

it – some would say “dive” while

others might venture to call it “charming” and even “home.” Personally I fall into the latter

category, and while not everyone

I fall into the latter category, and while not everyone “[Bill Killionaire paired] danceable melodies and

“[Bill Killionaire paired] danceable melodies and rhythms with a wild DIY electric sound”

may feel that way, Thursday’s live music line-up was just the kind of fun-loving rowdy good time which defines the Jimmy Jazz as a downtown Guelph mainstay. First on stage was Low Hanging

Lights, a surprise un-billed opener. Despite the late start, their begin- nings were strong, channelling

a very thoroughly ‘90s blend of

lo-fi garage rock and shoe-gaze noise. The four-piece shifted eas- ily from slow-moving balladry to considerably more raucous stomp- ing sections, demonstrating a


Guelph’s own Bill Killionaire brought an energetic performance to their headlining show at Jimmy Jazz on Sept. 6.

more present and lively spirit which spread from the band to the crowd, which had grown con- siderably since the first act. “This song’s for the boys in blue,” singer and band founder Scott Haynes quipped, launching into a boisterous grungy romp as two

police officers inexplicably walked through the doors – needless to

say, the pair left just as quickly, dangers averted.

The rest of the set finished just as strongly, with the ensemble pairing danceable melodies and rhythms with a wild DIY electric sound. The sense that this was

deeply rooted local music was undeniable – in fact, the band’s guitarist even happened to be a well-recognized security guard for Jimmy Jazz. It’s shows like

these which make me very glad I’m part of such a warm and tight- knit music scene that calls Guelph home, even if it’s a little rough around the edges.

home, even if it’s a little rough around the edges. togetherness which can only come from

togetherness which can only come from lengthy experience. The set took a bluegrass turn toward the middle, peaking with a song “about stabbing someone in the heart” - an earnest touch. Trum-

pet lines over several songs added

a nice touch, which would lead me

so far as a comparison to fellow genre-benders Cake. However, the

set took a bit of a turn for the worst due to an unfortunate lack of prop- er sound mixing. As the volume increased, so did the incredibly frequent feedback, making for a near-unbearable second half of the set. A really admirable effort, es- pecially for the small crowd and limited interest, but this opening set was altogether a bit of a miss.

Next was bluesy Wicked Witches. The bluegrass theme continued but with a considerably more light- hearted feel, especially with the addition of a female vocalist. The result was similar to folk darlings Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, but with a bit more punch – thoroughly enjoyable. Much more of a crowd pleaser than the opener, the set also seamlessly moved from twangy ballads to more rowdy stompers, and with more grace. Horns were a nice touch to this ensemble too, although this time

a saxophone added to the retro feel

of the material. The set overall was

a summer festival-worthy mix of

smiling folk and blues, perfect for

a hot pre-autumn night. Finally, home favourite Bill Kil- lionaire took to the stage (or the front of the bar, more like). The ‘90s trend continued but with a

What the tech?

Is electronic music cheating?

nick revington

In the 1980s, synthesizer technol- ogy came of age. At the time, the range of unique sounds that could be produced was so enticing to art- ists that these electronic sounds became mainstream – and per- haps even a little over-done. Just picture some of the hits from that decade and notice how prominent the synthesizer parts often are. The novelty seemed to wear off in the 90’s, but as computers have become more powerful – en- abling artists to do increasingly more with less bulky and expen- sive equipment – there has been a resurgence in the use of electron- ics in music recently. Take Illitry for example, an elec- tronic band from Hamilton. “Our tag is electro-organic music. We want to have all these electron- ic noises and sounds, but we don’t

want to have the rigidity of straight electronic loops. We’re trying to take things that are made of flesh and make them robot, and taking things that are robotic and make them into flesh. [We’re] trying to really blur the lines between the two,” said founding member Troy Witherow. For some, the reasons for in- corporating electronics are more practical. Kat Burns of Toronto- based Kashka uses samples and loops to simplify live performances. “Basically the idea is to let the singing come through a lot. The less busy I am with eight thousand things – that’s better perform- ance-wise. Essentially we would be pushing how far two of us can go – two or three of us. But we could add live instruments as well,” said Burns. With so many pre-recorded sounds and loops, it has become an oft-heard criticism that elec- tronic music is cheating. But is it? “I resonate a lot with that accus- ation. I look at a lot of electronic

bands I’ve seen, and I’m so con- cerned with being honest in a performance. And part of being honest in a performance is having control over what you’re doing. I don’t think our band is cheating because we do have control over all those kinds of elements,” said Witherow. Witherow added that Illitry undergoes constant interaction with the sound, adjusting the mix and controlling all the effects live. For Burns, however, the artistry is in how the samples are made. “For all our samples, I’m at home putting it into there, playing it. Or it comes from a recording, pains- takingly originally created. We made it, we’re just using it in a different way.” To Burns, electronic music is comparable to print-making, in that the process can be complex, but the product can appear much simpler. “I think when people write stuff off as really simple it can be mis- leading,” said Burns.



Putting culture on the map

City to compile directory of cultural assets

stacey aspinall

A new initiative is putting Guelph culture on the map - literally. The Guelph Cultural Mapping Project is a community-based database of artists, cultural orga- nizations, and creative enterprises. Information is currently being col- lected through an online form, and will be used to create a virtual map and searchable directory, sort of like an interactive Yellow Pages. The focus will be on Guelph’s facilities, organizations, indi- viduals, public art, heritage and festivals, as well as on preserving community histories, traditions and stories. This information will be collected online, updated on an ongoing basis and made available to the public. The project is being overseen by the City of Guelph, in partnership

with the Guelph Arts Council and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce. Mary Calarco, Cultural Inventory Coordinator, spoke to The Ontar- ion to discuss some of the goals of this project. “What we’re really hoping to do too is highlight the people that work in the creative sector and live in Guelph. Eventually what we’re going to do after we’ve collected all the data is create a creative di- rectory and it will be free for the public to use,” said Calarco. “If you’re a musician looking for stu- dio space, if you are looking for arts organizations, or if you’re a tourist looking to see what the dif- ferent arts events are, it will be a really good resource.” Many municipalities have done cultural mapping projects before, as cities realize the importance of art and culture and the role it plays in tourism, economic devel- opment, and even the well-being of the community. Calarco noted that the thriv- ing arts scene of Guelph plays

an important role in the lives of Guelph citizens; just this week- end, for instance, Nuit Blanche took place, as well as the renowned Jazz Festival, among various other

as well as the renowned Jazz Festival, among various other “One of the great things will

“One of the great things will be when the community finds out about these hidden jewels” – Mary Calarco

downtown events. Calarco has been meeting with people from the community who work in the creative sector. Cre- ativity can be found in unexpected places - including an artist in resi- dence at the Woodlawn Cemetery.

“As I meet with these people from the community I am finding these very interesting stories. One of the great things will be when the community finds out about these hidden jewels that are often pretty hidden,” said Calarco. So what role does the Univer- sity of Guelph play in this project? “Part of what we want to do is bridge that gap between the city itself, the people who live here year-round and the people who are immersed in University of Guelph,” Calarco said. U of G’s own campus has many cultural resources such as Zavitz Gallery, SOFAM (School of Fine Art and Music), and Macdonald Stewart Art Centre. For instance, Zavitz houses an impressive print collection, and between Macdon- ald Stewart Art Centre and Zavitz, there is a collection of about 7,000 individual works. Calarco spoke of the positive feedback she has received regard- ing this project. “Everyone I’ve spoken to is really

excited about the project. I think that once its up it will be a good way to measure the amount of ac- tivity and creativity that is going

on in Guelph. And then the city will be able to use that info for city planning, and use it as a starting to point to make the community better.” The Cultural Mapping project is in the data collecting stage right now; the website is up so peo- ple can add their information at

map/. The directory is scheduled to launch in March 2013.

Guelph has a vibrant cultural and arts scene, which will only grow stronger with this project. “A lot of the time people move to a city and think ‘I’m only going to school here, I’m not really a resi- dent,’ but even during that short period of time you are a resident.

If the university population was

a little more familiar with the

richness of Guelph creative com- munity, they may not be too quick to leave!” said Calarco.

Studio concert demonstrates importance of local music scene

Three bands play Magnetic Sound Studios

matthew lecker

An integral part of the city of Guelph’s culture lies within its success at breeding talented art- ists that are at the heart of its unique musical scene. This past weekend at Magnetic Sound Stu- dios, three bands – Del Bel, the Minotaurs, and Baby Eagle – all came out to perform for both fans and newcomers alike. In a musical generation div- ided between a desire for the innovative and for those who are nostalgic for the old, these concerts serve a very important purpose. They unite audiences in their love of music, inviting those who attend to see a more realistic image of the musi- cians and how they play a part in shaping the cultures of those who follow them. The artists came out not in an attempt to vie for popularity and fame, but as a collaboration of talented people who enjoy the journey that music has brought them. The Baby Eagles’s vocal- ist and front man Steve Lambke speaks of his time working with fellow bands the Proud Mothers and Del Bel. “Let the songs be a part of the creative process,” said Lambke. This philosophy has allowed

many of these bands to tran- scend typical genres, mixing elements of funk, punk, rock, folk and more into a wholly unique experience. For many students at the University of Guelph including myself, the idea of taking part in the town’s culture ends at frequenting one of its many bars. Celebrations of music and culture advocated by Del Bel, Baby Eagle and the Minotaurs are left unappreciated

Del Bel, Baby Eagle and the Minotaurs are left unappreciated “Let the songs be a part

“Let the songs be a part of the creative process.” – Steve Lambke

because many have no idea that they even exist. All of the bands make frequent use of instruments such as horn and trumpet to convey a music- al style that constantly shifts in both tone and mood. “Bone Sol- diers,” both written and sung by Lambke embraces an enigmatic lyrical structure focusing on all matters of the body. Particular emphasis is placed on the use of sexual undertones to express the duty an individual has to their body. Part of the band’s ap- peal lies in its ability to quickly

adapt to the needs of the audi- ence, erupting from a slower tempo into a song aptly named “Day of our Departing,” this song was clearly created with dancing in mind, with a faster tempo that embraces a wholly different part of the bands’ tal- ent. The same can be said for Del Bel and the Minotaurs, who have taken it upon themselves to cre- ate a sound that has something for anybody who cares to listen. The relevancy of the Mino- taurs, Del Bel, and Baby Eagle has a lot to do with the talent that they provide. However, more importantly, they are worth noting for their import- ance as aspiring icons helping to shape the culture of our genera- tion. “Split the Atom,” created by the Minotaurs’ own Nathan Lawr, is relevant in that it ex- presses his disdain with our culture’s tendency to look in- ward at the expense of looking outward. This speaks wonders for those who live within towns such as Guelph but sever all art- istic ties by erecting barriers against anything unfamiliar. In reality it is musicians such as those seen at Magnetic Sound Studios which allow people to have a sense of pride over the places they choose to call home. Once our sense of prejudice has been stripped away it becomes clear that a vastly different side of Guelph’s culture is waiting to be experienced if given a chance.


Guitarist Brian Schirk of local band Dutch Toko performs onstage at Jimmy Jazz Sept. 8. The concert also featured hardcore punk band The Nasties as the headlining act.

performs onstage at Jimmy Jazz Sept. 8. The concert also featured hardcore punk band The Nasties
performs onstage at Jimmy Jazz Sept. 8. The concert also featured hardcore punk band The Nasties
11 ARTS & CULTURE About five years ago I wrote a liter- ary argument that championed


11 ARTS & CULTURE About five years ago I wrote a liter- ary argument that championed

About five years ago I wrote a liter- ary argument that championed the hypothetical production of coun- terfeit money for the purpose of creating a mural of grand propor- tions that would read, “This note is not legal tender.” The article was written for a youth zine and at the time of writing this I didn’t have


september 13th, 2012

Pop Machine: Penny thoughts

tom beedham

access to a copy, but my main ar- gument was that if the faux bills were produced specifically for inclusion in an artistic piece that blatantly acknowledged their illic- it composition, and if they would never be released into circula- tion, their production should be justified; it was a case against the absolutism of counterfeit laws, and it tried to tap into the grey

area enjoyed by the bootlegging industry. A new move by the Royal Cana-

dian Mint suggests that the kind of thing I argued for then could offer

a safer, cheaper alternative when

employing the representation of money in pieces of art. After recognizing its pennies on the cover of struggling folk musi- cian Dave Gunning’s new album

No More Pennies, the Ottawa mint is demanding royalties on Gunning’s album sales because it says the cover art contravenes copyright.

The mint has waived $1,200 in royalties on the first 2,000 copies, but says it will not be so gener- ous should he make another 2,000. The difference between coun- terfeit and legitimate currency, of

course, is that minted pennies are exchanged and perpetuated within the public domain. As such, one might expect more freedoms to be associated with the usage of the coins, but while the production of the coin was discontinued in May, it appears the coin will re- main legal tender in more ways than one. Penny for your thoughts?

tender in more ways than one. Penny for your thoughts? Album Review: Th e Darkness –

Album Review: The Darkness – Hot Cakes

Glam rockers reunite

jordan fry

The four original English lads that comprise The Darkness are back to- gether with an album chalk full of driving rock beats, soaring vocals, and characteristic screaming – yet melodic – guitar solos. Hot Cakes de- livers pure and unadulterated power pop rock with all the honest, abrasive, and indulgent sensibilities of a true rock super group. The cover alone is, suffice it to say, enough to rival Spinal Tap’s origin- al cover art concept for Smell the Glove: three scantily clad women are depicted covered in syrup, each

posing provocatively on a giant hot cake (which is the same as a pancake, for all you Canadians). Yet despite this potentially satirical chauvinistic dis- play, there is a sensitivity hiding in the album’s lyrics, most of which are about love. Fans of The Darkness can expect the same quality of song writ- ing as the previous two albums, but with the renewed energy and touch of maturity that comes with surviv- ing a tumultuous six year hiatus – and for those of you who haven’t heard of them, you may want to do a bit of a research before biting into Hot Cakes. There is something about The Dark- ness’ glamourous yet honest song recipe that is altogether untouched by their contemporaries. The strength of


this band does not lie in its originality

or its musical ability, but rather in its over-the-top delivery of passionate-

ly pure pop rock songs. The opening

number “Every Inch of You” is rem- iniscent of Foreigner, setting the pace for a multitude of catchy, high energy

tracks that drive the album right up to “Forbidden Love,” the only slow – if you can call it that – number on the entire track list. On the whole, the album has a feel of revitalization. There’s a not so subtle reflection on the band’s history and where they stand now in “Every Inch of You” and newfangled hope in tracks like “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us” and the AC/DC-esque “Everybody Have a Good Time.” Lyrically, there is a cohesive, underlying theme of re- newal, of casting off the weight of past mistakes and forging forward with

reckless gusto—refreshing, one might say. Indeed, The Darkness themselves see this album not so much as pick- ing up from where they left off, but

as starting afresh, all over, from the beginning. I should warn listeners that Hot Cakes doesn’t give you any breaks to recuperate: it’s one catchy chor- us and wild guitar solo after another, perhaps (I’ll let you be the judge) at the expense of coming off as redun- dant. But then again, this kind of rock ‘n’ roll isn’t about variety, it’s about that fundamentally raw and empowering feeling of rebellion, and in this case, reunion (which conjures an image of old-timers reminiscing of the good ‘ole days, and Hot Cakes is anything but!). Perhaps “revival” is more fitting, or even “resurrection.” Yes, that’s it: Hot Cakes – The Dark- ness resurrected.

“revival” is more fitting, or even “resurrection.” Yes, that’s it: Hot Cakes – The Dark- ness
Photos by Vanessa Tiganelli Abdullah Ibrahim brings a taste of South Africa to Guelph Solo
Photos by Vanessa Tiganelli
Abdullah Ibrahim brings a taste of South Africa to Guelph
Solo jazz show makes River Run Centre feel small
nick revington
Charles Spearin’s Happiness Project enchants crowd
Spearin caps off Guelph Jazz Festival
robyn nicholson
Guelph Jazz Festival presents a divine double-bill
Ben Grossman and Colin Stetson split stage
The main stage auditorium of the River Run Centre hardly seems conducive
to an intimate performance – the venue is one of the largest seated theatres
in the city, after all. But that did not stop jazz pianist Abdullah Ibrahim from
providing one as part of the Guelph Jazz Festival on Saturday night.
Throughout the hour-and-a-half or so solo performance, it felt like a much
smaller setting; a coffee shop, perhaps, or maybe your living room (okay, not
your living room – if you are a student you probably do not have a Steinway
grand piano in your living room – but somebody’s living room nonetheless).
The feeling of intimacy probably comes from the nature of Ibrahim’s music.
It manages to be simple but not simplistic. While it has its intricacies in the
form rolling tremolos, syncopations, and flourishes, it is graciously free of the
showy, breakneck pace bordering on random noise that some jazz performances
become. And while an hour and a half is a long time to listen to any performer,
Ibrahim’s non-stop set did not feel as long as it was.
The influence of Duke Ellington on Ibrahim (known as Dollar Brand before
converting to Islam) is clear. It is also unsurprising, as Ellington produced
Ibrahim’s first recording upon emigrating from South Africa to Europe in 1962.
At the forefront of the subgenre known as Cape Jazz, several of Ibrahim’s works
drew on the struggles of the apartheid era, becoming unofficial anthems of
the movement to overturn the overtly racist system of government. Coupled
with a prolific recording career, Ibrahim has become a legend in jazz circles.
While the show itself was flawless, it was marred by some disappointing
occurrences on the part of the audience. Perfect silence is of course impossible,
but a ringing cell phone, someone near the back of the hall dropping change on
the hardwood floor, and a watch that beeped every half-hour unfortunately
detracted from an otherwise beautiful and relaxing evening. For a city that
prides itself on its sophistication in terms of the arts, one would expect a more
well-behaved audience.
Regardless, bringing such a prominent figure like Ibrahim to this city remains
a feather in the cap of the Guelph Jazz Festival.
nick revington
One hundred years ago, the sounds made by Ben Grossman and Colin Stetson
would probably be considered Devil’s music and they would have been driven
out of town – forget being allowed to play in historic St. George’s Anglican
Church. Fortunately, times have changed, and the experimental music they
perform was able to take full advantage of the acoustics such a venue offers on
Sept. 6 as part of the Guelph Jazz Festival.
Grossman, a Guelph native and player of the somewhat obscure instrument
known as the hurdy-gurdy, opened the double-bill. Surely the most steampunk
instrument ever to be designed, it is operated by a hand crank, and in
combination with an array of electronic equipment, effects pedals, and bells,
Grossman was able to produce a stunning variety of sounds.
These sounds were at times soothing and mysterious, vaguely reminiscent
of whale songs, and at other times seemingly chaotic and random. At one
point, Grossman created a series of noises not unlike popcorn popping if it
were to be amplified through a large metal drum. A most impressive aspect of
the performance was that it was played as one continuous song, putting the
audience in an attentive trance for the entire duration of the roughly one hour
set, lifted only when the house lights came up for intermission.
After the break, Colin Stetson took the stage. A member of the band Bon
Iver, Stetson has played with Arcade Fire, Tom Waits, and numerous other
well-known acts. Thursday, though, was a solo saxophone performance.
Alternating between alto and bass saxophones, Stetson displayed a virtuosic
musical ability. On either instrument, Stetson was able to create low notes that
literally rattled the floor and high-pitched tones that were nearly piercing –
sometimes, seemingly at the same time.
The songs were eerie and rhythmic, showcasing control of fingers and
breathing that is the sign of a true master of an instrument. Played with intensity
and feeling that was all-consuming, each song left Stetson breathless and
sweaty, struggling to gasp out introductions to the next piece.
The audience appreciated the effort, responding with a standing ovation and
calls for an encore, which Stetson obliged.
If Grossman and Stetson demonstrated one thing Sept. 6, it was that their
works are nothing less than divine and thus St. George’s is the only suitable
There are very few words which would sufficiently describe the experience that was witnessing Charles Spearin’s Happiness Project. A little background: Charles Spearin is perhaps
best known for being a long-time guitarist and founding member of Canadian indie darlings Broken Social Scene, and perhaps less known for masterminding the instrumental trance
rock outfit Do Make Say Think. The Happiness Project is Spearin’s latest brainchild, and it all started by simply asking his neighbours, “what is happiness?” The responses were recorded,
carefully studied, cut and pasted, and complimented musically based on the natural tones and rhythms in the human voice. Small snippets of these interviews were treated almost as
musical themes upon which Spearin and friends (an incredibly multi-talented set of musicians) build inspired and achingly beautiful pieces. The delicate and yet utterly powerful quality
of these pieces was absolutely perfect for the River Run Centre, which provided a lovely and very intimate setting.
Spearin began by making it clear that the honour of closing the 19th annual Guelph Jazz Festival was not lost on him, and proceeded to praise the festival, calling it “one of the best
in Canada.” He provided a short background on the Juno award-winning Happiness Project, and started slowly, first with a neighbour called Mrs. Morris. In a thick Jamaican accent,
Mrs. Morris’s voice concluded simply that “happiness is love.” After playing the audio once, Spearin opened the floor to a young saxophonist who expertly followed Mrs. Morris’s every
inflection. This simple demonstration of music through human speech made clear the magic of the Happiness Project better than any carefully worded description could. Now that the
audience was completely on board, Spearin invited his entire ensemble on stage, including a drummer, violinist, trumpet and harp players. The result was nothing less than magical.
The group seemed to breath together as they created swelling gorgeous movements. Each and every one of them was truly enjoying their work and was completely in the moment.
Particularly stunning was a piece that was built on audio from a woman who, born deaf, regained her hearing at 30 years old through a cranial operation which saw electrolytes implanted
in her brain. The clip used to build the track was simply this neighbour describing how it felt to hear for the first time: “All of a sudden, I felt my body moving.” The music created around
this theme was slow-moving at first, but when it finally did peak, all the musicians suddenly stopped playing and began singing, in harmony, that very same line. It was an unbelievably
moving musical moment, and one which will stay with me for a long time.
The Happiness Project is one of the most unique and genuinely creative efforts in recent music history. A lofty statement to make, yes, but completely warranted, especially after
witnessing it live. It is still surreal to me that I, along with many other devoted Jazz Fest attendees, was privileged enough to witness such a phenomenal musical pioneer do what he
does best, especially in what some would consider a smaller-sized city like Guelph. The capability of this city in attracting exceptionally talented and exciting new music never ceases to
amaze me, and I hope that events like the Jazz Festival keep Guelphites proud and driven to continue these rich musical traditions.


Men’s soccer dismantles UOIT

Led by striker Robbie Murphy, Guelph wins


chris muller

In the heart of the marvelous new Gryphon Soccer Complex, the Gryphons blew out the UOIT Ridgebacks in a physical and thor- oughly entertaining style. The Gryphons utilized an aggressive strategy that forced UOIT into some early mistakes and result- ed in Robbie Murphy opening the scoring only two minutes into the match. “We were on our home field and we wanted to attack the opponent right off the bat, try and get an early goal and see if we could build on that,” said coach Keith Mason. The Gryphons would build on that first goal, with Mike Bijman adding a goal of his own in the 31st minute. Shortly after the start of the sec- ond half, the Ridgebacks forced the ball into Guelph’s end and worked a foul off a Guelph defender. The ensuing penalty kick found the net, and would mark the only blemish on an otherwise stellar defensive

performance by the Gryphons. Leading only by a goal until the 56th minute, Robbie Murphy showcased the talent that made him last year’s male athlete of the year by connecting on three scor- ing opportunities in the second half, putting the game well out of reach for the Ridgebacks. “Soccer’s a very technical sport. We knew that given the opposi- tion tonight, if we put them under pressure they wouldn’t be able to play around us. They gave the ball up a lot and that’s what we were going for. We were able to capital- ize on our opportunities,” explains Murphy. The win comes a week after a difficult loss to Laurier, something the team kept in mind as they pre- pared for last week’s matchup. “The boys played well; we were disappointed with our last game against Laurier, and we worked hard this week and I think that’s translated into the game today,” said Mason. The Gryphons will travel to McMaster and York this week- end. Last year McMaster and York finished as the top two programs in the OUA, so the stage is set for what could be two very dramatic


Brenden Springer (5) uses his head to play a cross from the corner

engagements, making last week- end’s win as much of a rebound game as it was a statement to the rest of the league. “It was important that we bounced back [after Laurier] for us, but especially for the league and to let them know that it was

a hiccup and we’ll push on from here,” said Mason. “It’s a step in the right direc- tion, we definitely needed that little push, that little boost, to get our confidence behind us and play with a little swagger,” explained Murphy.

Murphy, the second-leading scorer in the OUA, will look to bring his team, and their restored confidence, out of the weekend with two more tallies in the win column and the swagger that comes with defeating two of the top programs in Ontario.

Gryphon football looks to christen new field with a win

Following Guelph’s upset win over Windsor, the Gryphons prepare to win their first home game of the year.

chris muller

Last weekend the Gryphon foot- ball team travelled to Windsor to take on the Windsor Lancers in the second week of the OUA football season. Despite Windsor entering the game ranked as the seventh best team in Canada, Guelph’s running game proved too much for Windsor to handle as Guelph accu- mulated 233 yards on the ground en route to a 28-9 victory. The running attack was led by Rob Farquharson, who carried the ball 26 times for 156 yards and a touchdown in the contest. Prior to last weekend’s game, Farquhar- son wasn’t seen as the most potent element of the Gryphon offense, which largely caters to the ath- letic abilities of quarterback Jazz Lindsay. “We hadn’t really decided who our running back was going to be,” said head coach Stu Lang. Farquharson had previously been splitting carries with Corey Davidson. “We were left with [Davidson

and Farquharson], and Rob re- ally stepped up. He impressed us not only with his driving ability to carry people on his back, but also through his speed around the ends,” said Lang. “Moving forward, Rob is going to be our guy. He just gets stronger as the game goes on,” explained Lang. While a strong running game isn’t necessarily the hallmark of a team that looks to gain yardage through the air, the complement of Farquharson’s power running game and Lindsay’s electric abil- ity behind center could become a very potent offensive force. That force was on display against Windsor, as Guelph’s offense uti- lized the run game to run time off the clock and keep Windsor’s high powered aerial attack on the sidelines. One particularly memo- rable drive began at the Gryphon one yard line and ended with the Gryphons putting six points on the board, 109 yards from where they began. The game serves as a statement to the rest of the OUA that defeat- ing the Gryphons will be no easy task. Given the developing success of the program, Lang credits the consistency and continuity of the coaching staff to be critical to the team’s success. While the continuity of im- proved Gryphon football is exciting for fans of the team, the most


Corey Davidson (31) ploughs through the Windsor defense en route to a 28-9 Gryphon victory.

exciting element of this weekend’s matchup against the 0-2 Waterloo Warriors will be the debut of the renovated Alumni Stadium. Com- plete with a video scoreboard, new artificial turf, and checkerboard patterned endzones, Alumni Sta- dium has transformed into an exciting locale for sporting events. “I certainly hear about it from the players, they’re just chomp- ing at the bit to get on the field,” said Lang. Friday will see the team

practice on their new turf field, to be followed by the first live game action in the heavily renovated stadium. Lang is hoping the new stadi- um will help attract more fans to the games. “I love the student body here, they’re very event-oriented, they like to get together, they like to celebrate and have fun. We’re trying to create an environment where people will say, ‘Let’s go to

a football game,’ not only for the game, but to go out, grab a bite to eat, paint your faces, and have a great time,” explains Lang. Free entrance is available to the first 1,900 Guelph students, and tickets are available for purchase online. Farquharson and the rest of the Gryphons will showcase their dy- namic offensive attack against the Waterloo Warriors Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Alumni Stadium.

15 SPORTS & HEALTH 169.2 ◆ september 13th, 2012 Women’s rugby looks to defend national title



september 13th, 2012

Women’s rugby looks to defend national title

The Gryphons start the season undefeated as they look to return to the national championship

chris muller

The women’s rugby team opened up their 2012 campaign with two resounding wins over OUA opponents. The opener on Sept. 5 showcased a 53-8 win over McMaster, only to be fol- lowed by a 91-0 outing against Laurier on Sept 12. The Gryphons are taking the early success with a grain of salt, knowing their toughest chal- lenges are yet to come. “An opponent like Laurier gives us advantages that will not exist when we face opponents like [St. Francis Xavier Univer- sity] or Lethbridge,” said fifth year veteran Caitlin Beaton. “As a team, we had to work hard to not always take the eas- iest option, but working the systems that we need to ingrain as habits in order to compete and win against more competi- tive teams,” said Beaton.

These systems establish the basis of what the team refers to as “Gryphon Rugby,” an ag- gressive and electric strategy intended to catch the opposi-

gressive and electric strategy intended to catch the opposi- “It’s an excit- ing time, all we

“It’s an excit- ing time, all we can do is keep playing our game and use the pressure to make ourselves a better team,” - Mackenzie Higgs

tion on their heels. Given the graduation of 11 players, the next generation of the team is working to establish themselves as they pursue their goal of


The women’s rugby team drives ahead in the scrum against McMaster University.

another national championship. “There’s some big shoes to fill, but our girls have proven strong in the last two games,” said veteran fly-half Macken- zie Higgs. “Obviously a lot of pressure is placed on us to defend a na- tional title, it’s funny however

because most of this pressure comes from within us,” said Beaton. There’s no denying the pressure, and yet the Gryphons look to use that self-generat- ed motivation to propel them forward. “It’s an exciting time, all we can do is keep playing our game

and use the pressure to make ourselves a better team,” said Higgs. The Gryphons will look to continue their quest for anoth- er national title this Saturday when they travel to Waterloo to take on the Waterloo University Warriors.

quest for anoth- er national title this Saturday when they travel to Waterloo to take on


Strong season for Gryphons women’s soccer

With a win against UOIT last week, the Gryphons women’s soccer team continues last season’s success with an early 2-1 record

jeff sehl

Coming off one of their stron- gest seasons in recent history, the Gryphons women’s soccer team looks to be continuing their success on the field as they are off to yet another strong start to their OUA season after a nail- biting 2-1 victory over the UOIT Ridgebacks on Sept. 7. The win came on the back of a fantastic two-goal performance by fourth

year veteran, Alexandra Hariss (Dundas, Ont.). The Gryphons showed great potential in the win, defeating the Ridgebacks not only on the score board, but in the time of possession battle as well, creating several scoring chances for themselves, while at the same time limiting their opponents to few quality op- portunities in their end. The Gryphons’ defence did surren- der a goal to UOIT late in the game, however they were able to withstand a late charge by the Ridgebacks to secure the victory. The win was a stepping stone for the women as they look to ad- vance deep into the OUA playoffs this season. The win improves their record to 2-1-0 after a season opening win against Wa- terloo and a loss versus a strong

Laurier Golden Hawks squad. The Gryphons are looking to continue the success they achieved in the 2011-2012 season in which they earned a 6-6-2 re- cord, good for fourth in the OUA West division and a first round playoff match-up against the York University Lions. Unfortu- nately, their season ended there, with a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to the Lions. But, with the po- tential showed by the Gryphons against UOIT, a trip to the later rounds of the playoffs isn’t out of the question. This year, the Gry- phons will look to improve on their first round playoff loss and establish themselves as a power- house team in the OUA, hopefully riding their veteran leadership to a birth into the later rounds of the OUA soccer playoffs.


Gryphon baseball off to a strong start

Led by a strong bullpen, the Gryphons start the season with three consecutive wins.

matthew elder

The Gryphon baseball team opened the OUA season undefeated. Com- bining stellar pitching with strong hitting, the Gryphons outscored their opponents 28-8 en route to victories over Wilfrid Laurier, Queen’s, and Brock. On Wednesday, the team kicked-off the season by travel- ling to Waterloo to take on a tough Golden Hawks team. Center fielder Kevin Winters led an early offen- sive surge which saw the Gryphons carry a 3-0 lead through five in- nings. Laurier’s bats were stifled by the accurate pitching of start- er Lucas Borges, who completed seven innings. A seventh inning RBI single by third baseman Sean Molony helped pad Guelph’s lead. Closer Brendan Sorichetti pitched the last two innings for the Gryphons, and recorded the save, suppressing a late blitz by the Hawks. The final score was 8-5.


“The Laurier game,” commented Gryphon coach Matt Griffin, “was a big momentum boost, winning on the road against a very strong team.” Guelph opened a pair of games on Sept. 9 with a 12-1 win against Queen’s. Veteran pitcher Ryan Thompson threw a complete game for Guelph, while catcher Justin Interisano hit a three-run home

run to lead the Gryphon hitters. In the day’s second game, the Gryphons defeated a powerful team from Brock, 8-2. Sorichetti took the mound for Guelph, this time as a starter, and pitched well for six innings. Steve Fleischer, Peter Ricciardi, and Wes Romak propelled the Gryphons offensive attack with multi-hit games. In his fourth year as coach,

Griffin leads a veteran squad that hopes to build upon last year’s breakthrough season that saw the team record 10 wins for the first time since 2004. Griffin, who played for the 2004 squad, is optimistic. “We have improved our win total each of the last 3 years, and with the experience we’ve gained as a group, I think we are in a position

where if we play our game we are a team that has a chance to really contend this season,” said Griffin. Griffin praises second year play- ers Ricciardi, Winters, and Romak for helping to lead the offensive attack, and veterans Thomp- son, Brook Coatsworth, and Marc Mongillo for providing leadership. “[They] have done a nice job mak- ing the transition for our younger guys a smooth one,” said Griffin of the latter three. Sorichetti, Thompson and Borges anchor the pitching staff. For Grif- fin, the two strong performances turned in by Sorichetti are notable. According to Griffin, Sorichetti has turned in some quality perform- ances on the mound, despite being injured all of last year. Griffi n and his coaching staff have assembled a talented crew for the 2012 season, but the coach knows this is only one component of a successful team. “The group seems focused and the work ethic has been great from top to bottom,” Griffin stated, “we are playing with confidence which is something that breeds success.” The Gryphons will look to trans- late that confidence into more wins as they advance into the later stages of their season.

Gryphons will look to trans- late that confidence into more wins as they advance into the



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Men’s lacrosse looks to shift gears this weekend

Last weekend’s results have the team pushing each other to improve this week.

chris muller

It’s been a difficult week after an even more difficult weekend for the men’s lacrosse team. A 14-13 overtime win against the Univer- sity of Toronto was overshadowed by a disappointing 10-8 loss to Brock on Sunday. “We came out strong, but in the second half we made a lot of mis- takes and that resulted in a loss. We were pretty fatigued, so I think that came into play, but what it came down to was mental tough- ness, and we just didn’t have it that day,” said fourth year mid- fielder Connor Deuchars.

Despite Jeremy Snider’s strong goaltending effort, the Gryphons committed too many turnovers to remain competitive with Brock – including 12 in the fourth quarter. “You can’t un-coach turnovers,” said head coach Sam Kosakowski. “From a coaching perspective, we need to focus on simple things, like passing, catching, and pro- tecting the ball so we can make sure it’s not going to happen down the road,” Kosakowski explained. Fortunately for the Gryphons, they’ll have a chance to refocus this weekend as they play host to Laurentian at the Gryphon Soc- cer Complex. “We have to look at the big pic- ture. We don’t have, relatively speaking, as challenging of a weekend coming up, so the ten- dency is to lose focus, but you

never know what you’re going to get [with Laurentian],” Kosa- kowski said. Following a solid week of prac- tice, the Gryphons will look to tighten up their play against an opponent they’ve historically overwhelmed. “It’ll be a day for us to work out some kinks in our systems, make sure everything’s running smoothly, and let the guys who don’t usually see a lot of field time get out there,” said Deuchars. “At the same time, it’s not a game we can take lightly, we need to go out there and win. We can’t lose another one, we all have to stay focused,” Deuchars explained. The Gryphons will look to re- turn to their winning ways Friday at 5:00 p.m. at the Gryphon Soc- cer Complex.


An attacking Guelph player works his way through the Brock defense.

Put your money where your mouth is

How ‘Diet Betting’ is changing the way people diet.

laura castellani

Each year, millions of North Ameri- cans resolve to lose weight. Calories are counted, gym passes are pur- chased and the latest fad foods fill the fridge. Still, the obesity epidemic continues to plague North Ameri- ca leaving individuals discouragingly overweight and questioning the in- tegrity of even the best weight loss intentions. In a recent attempt to overcome the crippling social, medical and economical strife accompanying the obesity crisis, Americans are searching for a weight loss solu- tion in “diet-betting.” Facilitated by the online company Healthy- Wage, individuals wager money based on the amount of weight they feel they are capable of losing in a particular timeframe. Success- ful participants win at least double their initial investment. To enlist in a weight loss wager, participants register in one of four online competitions. Obese indi- viduals wishing to move to a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 25 can wager $300. They have one year to complete the task for a re- ward of $1000. Successful individuals who opted to play for free will receive $100 at the end of a year instead. For a more competitive wager, individuals can compete in the “10% challenge” – the chance to double a $100 wager by losing 10% of their body weight in 6 months. The option also exists to “diet for dollars,” where groups of 5 participants pay $60 each and aim to achieve the greatest collective weight loss, as measured by percent

of body weight lost. Prizes for this category total $18,000. Finally, teams may participate in the “Company vs. Company” competitions designed to target corporate America and improve quality of work life while relieving companies of the addition- al expenses associated with health claims regarding obesity. The movement to favour “diet-bet- ting” stems largely from the evidence that pairing weight loss regimes with a monetary incentive triples compli- ance with these programs. “Studies show that monetary incentives serve to enhance the ef- fectiveness of, and duly complement, weight loss programs of any and all sorts,” said HealthyWage co-founder David Roddenberry. In some cate- gories participants are allowed to participate free of preliminary wagers, yet surveys have found these indi- viduals to be highly unsuccessful in achieving weight loss goals compared to those who establish an initial bet. Of course, there is no simple so- lution to the devastating rise in the incidence of obesity and despite re- ports of increasing participation in “weight wagering,” founders appreci- ate that it remains only a piece of the solution. It is obvious that the wa- gering itself will not shed the weight and that it serves instead as an incen- tive for individuals to embrace their weight loss strategies. Given that the weight wagering saga encourages weight loss inde- pendent of education and follow up counselling, it is arguable that the impact it is capable of carrying is minimized. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has targeted the post-weight loss phase as a point of contention in the ability of Cana- dians to maintain healthy weights. Careful monitoring reveals that a majority of individuals who report

a significant weight loss regain the

amount lost or more within one year. They also note that the discourage- ment of the regain could result in complacency or the adoption of un- healthy weight loss techniques that will only further strain the health of

the individual as well as the social and economic implications of obesity. Re- lying on the motivation of a wager to carry forward weight loss plans may perpetuate the inability of the indi- vidual to maintain weight loss once the wager has expired. The ability to employ weight loss wagers as a solution to the obesity crisis may only reach the portion of the population fortunate enough to spare money for a weight loss chal- lenge. Appreciating the inability of

a majority of obese and overweight

individuals to access healthy food choices and regular exercise routines, this purely motivational expense will apply to a limited number of the tar- get demographic. Still, the “diet-bet” response can be considered a gentle answer to the looming health crisis threaten- ing the welfare and quality of life for millions of individuals. It is a mild so- lution standing next to alternative options of higher taxes for “junk food” or the limited and maladjusted health insurance premiums offered to over- weight and obese citizens. In a society haemorrhaging money they don’t necessarily have on items they don’t necessarily need, perhaps it is appro- priate to invest instead in one’s self. Rather than the running shoes pur- chased only to sit on the shelves or the mouldy vegetables that get tossed in the trash, spend money on the hope for a better self. The decision to stand up and “bet on yourself” could just be the liberating feat necessary to break free from the fat and lose the love handles.

Gryphons in History- Scuba Steve Edition

Each week, the Ontarion delves into the archives of Guelph’s rich athletic tradition.

sasha odesse

Published in The Ontarion on Feb. 17, 1966.

On Feb. 5, 46 years ago, the OVC

Scuba Club took a dive in the frigid waters of the Elora quarry. After digging through “a foot of ice and

half a foot of snow,” the divers went beneath the ice, where few have dared to go. Using 100 feet of rope for safety, the teams of two (secured both to the rope and to one anoth- er) explored what was described as “picturesque” and exceptional- ly clear waters up to 25 feet below the surface. The writer of the article invited newcomers to join the Scuba Club members on their next diving trip to a “dam [off Highway 401].” If that wasn’t enticing enough, the final line added an extra bonus for new divers: “PS. CO-ED!!” Because seeing each other in full winter scuba gear is HOT.


The 1966 OVC Scuba Club goes diving in frigid waters of the Elora Quarry.



about $3000 for each month they can trim off a search. It can also help in deciding if what you are planning is the right choice for a

future job. If one learns that what they are studying is not what they want in a job, then it allows for

a shift in courses, saving thou-

sands of dollars that would be spent following a new path after graduating. Wise students also volunteer every year of their university education, in addition to finding work-related experience in the summer. Volunteering is an ex- cellent way to help with a leading edge project in your field, dem- onstrate your ability to plan and manage a small project, prove your good work ethic, and build a network of connections who may be of help in locating a career job when you graduate.

Volunteering is all about doing

a great job that helps others to make the world a better place, but it is also about matching the experience you want to gain with the needs of the organization or community. If you can’t find a volunteer position advertised that will give you the experi-

ence you want to gain, don’t be shy to come up with an idea and propose it to a company or or- ganization. Alternatively, you can always meet with the organ- ization or business and see how you can work out something that serves their purposes and also

gives you the leadership oppor- tunity you need. Explore several volunteer opportunities to find the best match for the experience you would like to give and gain.

Begin career planning now

wayne greenway

Planning for your career now may not seem too important when you are up to your eyes in labs or term papers. Do you ever hear your- self saying any of the following statements: “I am not sure what I will do when I finish school, but right now I just want to focus on graduating;” or “right now it is insane, I just need to focus on what I am doing at the moment, if I want to get the grades needed for graduate work;” or “I have chosen my area of concentration because I do well in those courses but I am not sure what I will do with it when I finish. I will sort that out when the time comes”? Throughout life, it’s wise to periodically stop, take stock of where you are and where you are headed. Transitions happen several times in a person’s ca- reer and it is important to do this kind of assessment and planning on an ongoing basis. It allows for making the most of opportunities that are of benefit to your current work, andalso helps to prepare for future transitions. Planning to gain the right experience, community involvement/volun- teering and effective networking have become routine functions for optimal career development. Life as a student, however, changes so fast that it’s import- ant to do this kind of assessment at the beginning and the end of every school year. If you find yourself saying yes to any of the above statements, you need to stop and do this as- sessment right now. While it is

wise to take courses in areas of strength, one should never do this without knowing what is happening in the world outside of the classroom. Are there jobs in the field that you are learning about? How is the field grow- ing? Finding out what kind of

about? How is the field grow- ing? Finding out what kind of “Planning to gain the

“Planning to gain the right experience, community involvement/ volunteering and effective networking have become routine functions for optimal career development.”

practical experience (both paid and volunteer) that you need to give you an important edge in a challenging market is of critical importance in landing your first career job. Statistical surveys and those conducting a career job search right now say that the labour market is recovering, but it is still very challenging. The 2012 Organisation for Economic

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Co-operation and Development (OECD) Employment Outlook predicts that “the recovery will gain strength in Canada and its unemployment rate is expected to decline further to 6.4 per cent by late 2013, close to its pre-crisis level.” However, this still means that a typical career job search from being unemployed to a first career job means conducting a highly organized, strategic, ca- reer job search on a full time basis for four to six months. The right kind of practical experience to complement a university degree can often ex- pedite this search and help you land a job that is closer to your goals, faster. How do you get this experi- ence? Carefully targeted summer work experience in a related field would be the first choice. Ideally,

it would pay what is needed for

another year at school but if it doesn’t meet your financial needs, then it is worth finding a way to survive and choose experience over summer income. There are many examples, but a recent Ac- countemps survey found that “78 per cent of more than 270 CFOs interviewed believe it is import-

ant for entry level accounting and finance candidates to have gained work experience while in school.” The same is true for almost every field unless you have knowledge that is tough for employers to find. The reduced income from

a four month summer job will

more than pay for itself several times over by helping you land a great career job upon graduation. On average, new graduates gain

Soviet rocket hits moon after 35 hours In the midst of the Space Race between the U.S. and Russia in the 50s and 60s, the Soviets success-

fully launched a rocket to the moon and 36 hours later, the rocket landed on its target. Luna II, as the space probe was titled, was the first man-made object to land on the moon. The article that assisted this headline went on to describe the failures of the U.S., which were recalled in response to the success of the Soviets. Rocket fuels and better equipment were the main reasons cited for Russian superior- ity in this field. (NYT – Sept. 14, 1959)

Ghastly murder in the east-end. In 1888, at least six prostitutes were brutally killed and mutilated

in the East End of London, Eng- land. At this point, the murderer was referred to as Leather Apron by the media, who created frenzy among the citizens of London with their imaginative accounts of the serial killer. The woman who is the subject of the headline was found in the neighbourhood of Back’s Row, with her body ripped open and her organs lying around her, while her entrails were wrapped around her neck. The gruesome details of the crime sparked great interest, apparently, since the arti- cle reports that an excited crowd gathered around the house where the crime took place, as well as around the mortuary where the body was later kept. (British Newspaper Source – Sept.


(British Newspaper Source – Sept. 1888) ABHISHEK MOHAN In mass meeting, recent race riots are denounced
(British Newspaper Source – Sept. 1888) ABHISHEK MOHAN In mass meeting, recent race riots are denounced

In mass meeting, recent race riots are denounced Surprisingly, this headline appeared in the New York Times more than half a century before the Civil Rights Movement gained full force. The headline referred to the meeting of representatives of Black Americans at Carnegie Hall, who

wanted to express their dissatisfac- tion with the lack of prosecution of guilty police officers. These officers had taken up the practice of club- bing black men for what seemed to be no other reason than the colour of their skin. Reverend Dr. Brooks, who opened the meeting with his speech, stated that, “We mean to

fight for our rights

we must

do nothing which will cost us the sympathy of the best people.” His words bring to mind the peaceful, non-violent tactics encouraged by Martin Luther King in the Civil Rights Movement over 50 years later. (NYT – Sept. 13, 1900)


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19 169.2 LIFE ◆ september 13th, 2012 AdWatch: and in social media, as well as in

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and in social media, as well as in other magazines that are also owned by the Time Inc. division of Time Warner. The wordplay is clever, but it doesn’t seem clever enough. When the words at the front of the campaign aren’t formatted up to Canadian Press standard, they’re


void of italics, and without them, any distinction that instructs con- sumers on how they should be reading or hearing the message; the grammar has to do that work for you. “People love People” be- comes a general testimonial voice for the appreciation that an un- specified demographic reserves for People magazine.

So People magazine wants you to think that people like them. That’s fine. It’s where the campaign goes next that’s kind of disturbing. Maintaining its font and the gen- eral “People love People” theme of its campaign, subthemes promoting different offerings that the maga- zine has in store for consumers read things like “People love sexy” to encourage sales of its “Sexiest Man Alive” issue; or “People love legends” along with photos of stars like Eliz- abeth Taylor, Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Here, it’s obvious that the subtext of the word play is intended to convince readers that People is a welcoming, pampering, and even loving host to specific attributes like sexiness and iconography. But People’s taste becomes kind of rotten when we think back to the original usage of the “People love People” message. There, it’s tied to the promotion of its “Best and Worst Dressed” double issue – a publica- tion that’s inherently shallow in its judgey exploitation of other peoples’ sense of style, colour coordination abilities, or competence in carrying themselves. How can you tie that to love? It’s where the truth behind the message People is toting becomes clearest: People magazine just loves People’s money.



Should we love People?

tom beedham

With easy access to digital formats of media expanding over recent years, readers and media consum- ers have become an entirely different animal than they once were. As a re- sult, many producers of print media have struggled to fight drops in sales. Among those licking their wounds are the people at People magazine. As a combative measure, People has angled to curb drops in single copy sales – issues sold individually from stores and newsstands rather than by subscription. People’s strategy is a new cam- paign that went live Sept. 12, beginning with the promotion of its Sept. 24 issue, which is the publication’s annual “Best and Worst Dressed” double issue. It’s an important step for the magazine because single copy sales account for about 35 per cent of the 3.56 million copies that People sells each week. The most puzzling thing about the initiative, though, is perhaps its most important feature: its theme. Boasting that “People love People,” the campaign includes national tele- vision spots in United States, ads to appear online, in print, in stores,

People ,” the campaign includes national tele- vision spots in United States, ads to appear online,


Context is everything

Background to the food packing world record challenge

deaglan mcmanus, drew garvie & padraic o’brien

What did you do on Sept. 8? Were you among the most people performing a high five simulta- neously, the most people playing duck-duck-goose, largest loco- motion dance, and the longest human conveyor belt? All of these events were world records set dur- ing previous University of Guelph Orientation Weeks. On Sept. 8, the last day of Ori- entation 2012, about 2,000 campus and community members set an- other record: most emergency relief meals packaged in one hour. This altruistic record resulted in over 315,000 meals destined for the West African country of Mau- ritania. This event was also part of the university’s BetterPlanet Project which, according to the website, “is a call to action for the University of Guelph community and people around the world to work together to find solutions for a healthy, equitable and sus- tainable world.” The University of Guelph ap- proached Kinross Gold Corporation, a Canadian-based mining company, to provide the funding to purchase all the food that was packed. “There is an immediate and critical humanitarian need in Mau- ritania, and we’re excited to be a part of this Fight Against Hunger event,” said Ed Opitz, Kinross’s vice-president of corporate re- sponsibility. The Guelph event was the first in a series of food packing endeavors that Kinross is con- tributing $100,000 towards. The University of Guelph approached Kinross, knowing the corporation was already involved in Mauritania. “We approached Kinross regarding this initiative and are delighted that they’ve provided their sup- port,” said University of Guelph President Alastair Summerlee. Last week when students asked about Kinross’s “sponsor- ship” they were given a copy of the packaging which included the University of Guelph logo, the Bet- terPlanet Project’s logo and the War on Hunger logo. Students had been told previously that this wasn’t a Kinross “sponsor- ship” per se. Somehow, between Thursday and Saturday (the day of the event), Kinross’s logo was added to all 315,000 meals pack- aged, which will be distributed in Mauritania. Kinross is one of the top five gold mining companies in the world. One of its largest oper- ations is the Tasiast open-pit mine in Mauritania, which it acquired

for $7.1 billion in 2010. The mine is attracting more and more contro- versy in the West African country, both for its social and environ- mental impacts as well as its lack of benefits for the wider popula- tion. Local communities have seen unusual numbers of livestock die from poisoning recently, and are pointing at open-pit storing of cyanide tailings, which can poison water sources. The Tasiast mine has yet to receive certification for cyanide management and, as it stands, no environmental impact assessment has ever been con- ducted for the mine. The Mauritanian government does not have the capacity to conduct such a study, let alone enforce environmental regula- tions. Kinross has benefited from the government’s lack of enforce- ment and notorious corruption to minimize benefits to the coun- try: royalty taxes are minimal (3%), work is largely outsourced to foreign subcontractors with low labour standards, and union-bust-

subcontractors with low labour standards, and union-bust- “[Kinross’s] Tasiast mine has yet to receive

“[Kinross’s] Tasiast mine has yet to receive certification for cyanide management…”

ing occurs on a wide scale. When the Mauritanian president made his impatience with the company clear earlier this year, the response from Kinross was to hire two of his cousins as administrators. Among all this, Mauritanians find themselves routinely struggling with famine, as is the rest of the arid Sahel region. The lack of food availability is rooted in a number of factors, such as desertification due to climate change and pov- erty. Both poverty and famine are partially a result of the econom- ic policies adopted by Mauritania over the recent decades, under the guidance of international organiza- tions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. These policies embrace large-scale resource extraction investments, while leaving little place for trad- itional small-scale domestic food production. Under this agenda, the social and economic development of the country, and its ability to address famines, is surrendered to corporations like Kinross Gold, al- lowing them to disempower local populations and make them sub- servient to corporate interests. It is certainly impressive that 2,000 students and community

members at the University of Guelph showed up to package food for Mauritanians in need. This demonstrates that we care signif- icantly about fighting hunger and poverty across the world. What is not addressed in Kinross’ or the University of Guelph’s press re- leases is whether packaging food addresses the root problems of the famine, poverty, and exploitation in West Africa. In the University of Guelph’s press release published on Sept. 8, it was made clear that the event was part of a larger campaign of “several ongoing corporate social responsibility efforts in Maurita- nia” carried out by Kinross. The question is, do corporate social responsibility initiatives actually seek to make the world better? If so, better for whom? For Kinross or for Mauritanians? Corporate Social Responsibili- ty (CSR) is now a cornerstone of the vast majority of major corpo- rations’ public relations strategies. It is a concept where companies use social and environmental con- cerns in their business operations. This can include “corporate phi- lanthropy” (e.g., Ronald McDonald House), “cause related market- ing” (e.g., breast cancer research branding on products), sponsor- ing awards (e.g., Reebok’s Human Rights Awards), and the ever pop- ular corporate “codes of conduct” that many companies have now instituted. In short, corporations engage in CSR because they think it will be good for their bottom line. It is increasingly tied to advertising and marketing for companies and their products. This can be seen very clearly in the fossil fuel in- dustry that has almost universally adopted the language of environ- mentalists in their public relations. Take for example British Petro- leum’s slogan “Beyond Petroleum.” BP was responsible for the largest offshore oil spill in history in 2010 at their Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Kinross does invest heavily in CSR initiatives. In 2011, it was named one of Canada’s Top 50 so- cially responsible companies by MacLean’s Magazine. Other cor- porations to share this prestige included General Electric, Gild- an Activewear, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, McDonald’s, Nike, PepsiCo, Scotiabank and Suncor Energy. Some of these CSR dollars from Kinross are being spent right here in Guelph. Kinross Gold has donated $1 million to fund the Kinross Gold Chair on Environ- mental Governance. Ex-Kinross CEO Tye Burt was also an active member of the University Board of Governors, as well as chair of the BetterPlanet Project itself. Tye Burt, who received compensation

of $9 million in 2010, voted to in- crease tuition fees every year he was a member of the Universi- ty of Guelph’s highest decision making body. That was until this summer when he was sacked as Kinross’ CEO. Kinross Gold has mines and projects in Canada, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Ecua- dor, Russia, Ghana and Mauritania. Kinross has also donated $1 mil- lion to the University of Guelph to found the Canada-Brazil Research Network for “responsible resource extraction”. Contrast this last manoeuvre with Kinross’ vocal opposition and lobbying efforts to defeat Bill C-300, which would have given the Canadian govern- ment the ability to investigate human rights and environmen- tal abuses of resource companies abroad. How’s that for corporate social responsibility? Why is it that our universities are being increasingly drawn into these “photo-ops for cash deals” with major corporations? This is happening in the context of the underfunding of our Post-Second- ary Education (PSE) system. In Ontario we have the lowest per- student funding in the country, accompanied by the highest tu- ition fees. Corporate “donations”

and research dollars are being used to fill the gap in public funding. Ballooning student debt, caused

by increased tuition fees, are also

a side effect of this privatization. The good news is that it is true

that we can make a difference. Our universities can be dedicated to re- search, free from corporate strings, where the world’s problems are openly debated and solutions are found. By making PSE a prior- ity and with adequate funding, our universities can increase the quality of our education and freeze, reduce, and eliminate tuition fees (as has been done in over 25 other countries). This requires a change of policy at the university ad- ministration level, as well as the provincial and federal levels, that would see universities being run less like businesses and more like institutions that see education as

a social good. Most immediately,

as students and community mem- bers this requires that we voice our concerns with the current cozy relationships between deci- sion makers and corporate actors. We need to actively campaign to ensure that our universities re- ceive proper public funding and confront the root cause of this privatization.

to ensure that our universities re- ceive proper public funding and confront the root cause of
to ensure that our universities re- ceive proper public funding and confront the root cause of


Just within its first two days of class, York University was hit with another devastating case of sexual assault. York has had to deal with an onslaught of similar attacks in recent years, and it’s not the only university in Ontario facing this problem. The aftermath of the Toronto schools latest attack resulted in the speedy arrest of a suspect, but many other known cases at York and other schools have not , and sexual assaults are a notoriously


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underreported crime. The beginning of the school year is a particularly exploited window for perpetrators of sexual assault – a time when first-year university and col- lege students are at most risk. As a result, first-year students become vulnerable targets for attacks. In order to curb that trend, students need to educate themselves about what sexual assault is, and that includes reaching a firm understand- ing of what is not sexual

assault: consent. Consent is the explicit, un- coerced, sober, and informed act of saying “yes” to intimate activity. Without consent, the same activities become sexual assault. Readers should also under- stand that people victims often know and trust commit sexual assault. Without a proper understanding of consent and sexual assault, relationships can begin to facilitate environments that force members who are

victims of sexual assault into dealing with not only the physical and emotional effects of an assault, but the broken trust as well. While closure might be on the way for the victim of the Sept. 7 attack at York, if the events at York should bring anything more, let it be an informed community. Please strive to become aware of the issues surrounding consent and sexual assault, and dis- cuss these important issues with your peers.

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Correction: In this year’s edition of The Ontarion’s annual back-to-school guide, University of Guelph Campus Community Police, Fire Prevention and Parking Services Director Robin Begin was identified as “Interim Director.” Begin is not serving an interim placement and will continue to hold the directorial position.

and will continue to hold the directorial position. LETTERS An open letter to Karen Farbridge I
and will continue to hold the directorial position. LETTERS An open letter to Karen Farbridge I
and will continue to hold the directorial position. LETTERS An open letter to Karen Farbridge I
and will continue to hold the directorial position. LETTERS An open letter to Karen Farbridge I


An open letter to Karen Farbridge

I was out driving today and

I happened to recognize an

advertisement on the back of a city bus that had me quite con- cerned. It was an advertisement that supports anti-abortionists’ views. Stating something along the lines of “It’s a Child, Not a Choice” and the picture of a fetus. Why it concerns me: leaving my personal views about abortion OUT of this conversation, the obvious purpose of this adver- tisement is to reach a broad range of the population. As you can imagine, there are plenty of

women who are going to see that ad who have had an abortion. I

do not know what your views on abortion may be, but regardless

of what you may believe is right/

wrong, I believe that the city should not be supporting either side of the debate. It might be someone else’s advertisement, but it has been allowed to be on YOUR bus. Actually, the people of the City of Guelph’s bus. Some women have “chosen” to have an abortion for medi- cal reasons. Some women have “chosen” to have an abor- tion because they were raped. Imagine one of these women seeing this ad and then having

to sit on that very same bus, knowing what was written on

the back of it. Quite appalling.

Please let me know why you may continue to allow this campaign to be posted on the back of city buses. Please do not respond with an argument of “freedom of speech” and “freedom of opinion” and all that. I already understand this point, and I happen to be all for these free- doms. However, I hope that you understand that I am arguing against a form of harassment, not the liberty of expressing opinion.

Regards ,

Emily Kerrigan

the liberty of expressing opinion. Regards , Emily Kerrigan Dear Editor, Thinking back to the cartoons

Dear Editor,

of expressing opinion. Regards , Emily Kerrigan Dear Editor, Thinking back to the cartoons of my

Thinking back to the cartoons of my childhood, animals had it pretty rough. Scooby Do did more than any normal dog ever had to just to get a Scooby Snack. Wile E Coyote was outsmarted (and more often than not, mas- sacred) again and again by his arch nemesis the Road Runner. However, these are fictional ani- mals that come from fictional stories. In the real world, animals

deserve just as much kindness and respect as your fellow man. It has recently come to my attention that people have been kicking the squirrels on the Uni- versity of Guelph campus. This kind of behaviour is unquestion- ably unacceptable. I am a 4th year student and it is not news to me that the squirrel popula- tion on campus rivals that of the student one. However, this does not give anyone the right to physically harm them if they happen to be crossing your path. There is a reason that the squir- rels feel comfortable getting so close to students – they have learned over time that we are not going to harm them. I’m from Toronto and the squir- rels in my neighbourhood won’t get anywhere near you. It is something to be proud of as human beings that these animals have become this com- fortable around us. Why would we want to spoil such a thing? I know I for one, am going to keep an eye out. To anyone out there that thinks kicking squir- rels is funny, you tell me how funny it is when I start kicking you in return. -Mira Cornblum

it is when I start kicking you in return. -Mira Cornblum Food Packing - A Guelph
it is when I start kicking you in return. -Mira Cornblum Food Packing - A Guelph

Food Packing - A Guelph Commu- nity Event On Saturday I had the privilege of participating in an event that was so “Guelph.” Close to 2,000 people came out and donated an hour of their time to pack over 300,000 meals that will go to support those suffering in Africa. What was so inspiring was the sense of community during that short time in the Field House. Volunteers came from every- where: full varsity teams (W Cross-Country, W Soccer, W Lacrosse); college representation (CME); department representa- tion (Psychology); Peer Helpers; Orientation Volunteers; Residence Life staff; Interhall Council. There were hundreds of city members, ranging from babies to senior citizens and many whole families. Our Mayor, MP and MPP were there. What a great introduction to the hundreds of new students who came out to help pack as part of their orientation week. The BetterPlanet Project is more than just a capital campaign - it is about making a difference. Thanks to all that came out.

- Brenda Whiteside Associate Vice-President (Stu- dent Affairs) and Acting Director, Human Rights and Equity Office.



Magic Mike: the demasculinization of men

mackenzie slifierz

In 1970, Pierre Trudeau told the nation, “just watch me.” Trudeau, of course, was refer- ring to his plan to stop criminals and establish a nation of lib- erty and equality. However, if Channing Tatum, who stars as “Mike” in this summer’s block- buster film Magic Mike, were to tell an audience of women to “just watch him,” he would be meaning it in a very different context. The film Magic Mike is about a young male strip- per named Mike who shows his new friend Adam how to strip for female clientele in Tampa, Flor- ida. The film demonstrates the difficulties and relationship is- sues that a male performer faces during his troublesome career. Although the film portrays the stripper lifestyle as glamor- ous and entertaining, it also reveals some alarming truths about our society. The film ul- timately characterizes men as objects with monetary value and it forces males in our society to subordinate to the desirable male figure portrayed as Magic Mike.

Many people use the term “male stripper” to describe the activities of Magic Mike. Usu- ally the term “stripper” is used in a degrading and oppressive manner, but when “male” pre-

cedes the term it seems to justify and licence the activities of Magic Mike. Male strippers are also referred to as “performers” or “professionals” who have

a respected and timely posi-

tion in our society. However, this syntactical misconcep- tion is an error of judgement. Whether male or female, those who exploit the sexual appe- tite of others are equally distasteful. This film reveals


troubling social norm that


split between the genders;

female strippers are deemed inferior to other women while

male strippers are seen as supe- rior to other men. This gender disparity needs

to be resolved. Strippers should

be afforded the same rights and equalities as everyone else, regardless of their sex or race, but the gender gap prevents the manifestation of such equalities and rights. It is fundamental that individuals not be treated

differently based on their gender and this film directly promotes inequality between the sexes. Additionally, this film also bolsters a cookie-cutter char- acterization of the ideal male figure. Such a standard model subordinates men and forces males to strive for the ideal characteristics in a bid for social

acceptance. Encouraging males to have certain physical char- acteristics is not going to help these males realize their fullest potential in life. We ought to foster the personal identity and individual potential that will bring fulfillment to those who

are seeking meaning. The film

Magic Mike completely assaults this truism and only creates self-dissatisfaction. To resolve these issues we must take a position that encourages gender equality, positive self-consciousness, and affirms a strong personal identity. The mantra of social and gender equality is clear; we should always contest gender disparity and not allow ambient sources to cloud our judgement. Males and females, whether


they provide erotic enter- tainment or choose to watch, should be afforded equal treat- ment by society. Furthermore, we should not allow society to force the ideal characteris- tics of Magic Mike upon us; we should maintain a strong and independent personal identity. If we want to protect personal

identity and if we want to pre- serve the liberty and equality of all human beings then we must take action. Speak out for those who are silenced and stand up for what is right. As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Freedom makes a huge requirement of every human being. With free- dom comes responsibility.”

Cordoned off

michael long

Consider yourself warned. The following contains more than the usual amounts of hyperbole and likely 25% of your daily sarcasm allowance. And while I’ve tried other ways, those indulgences are all (mostly) necessary for high- lighting one particularly foggy notion. If you were downtown on Thurs- day, Friday or Saturday night – and by the look of things most of you were – you noticed that the inter- section of Macdonell and Wyndham Street became closed to vehicles as of 11:00 p.m. The cordoning off of this area is the most visible step the “Guelph Downtown Night- life Task Force” is taking for the improvement of the safety of driv- ers and pedestrians (read: drunk students) this semester. You can

find out more about that initiative elsewhere in this paper. While it might be difficult to re- call how you reacted when you first realized that downtown now resembled even more of crime scene than usual (you can blame that lapse on the “we-have-to- beat-the-lines-let’s-go!” tequila

shot), consider how it all looks in hindsight. Picture this: hoards of young folk hurled forth by rolling boxes of bad-lighting and self-con- fidence are suddenly offloaded onto a blocked-off lot brimming with police officers, police cars, police barricades and, of course, the in- creasingly unwashed masses. And while those police barri- cades probably changed little about your night, we would all do well

Last semester, when we “went out” we remained civilians; still roaming the sidewalks most- ly as we would do any other day of the week. Yet with downtown cordoned off, we’re now special – we’re revellers, party-goers, we’re the lowest common de- nominator. Now we can j-walk; now we can walk down the middle of the street; now we can literally consume an entire city block. Our acknowledged power in numbers means that going to a bar down- town now also includes stopping by a three day long Mardi Gras du Nord. And what did we do to earn all this? Just drink… a lot. In return for our midnight vic- tory over the downtown core we’ve been given a Trojan horse. Those barricades that provide us with the beautiful freedom of j-walking, that keep us safe from the menace

of slow-moving traffic, in reality do us no good service. Our chaperones at city hall, the university and the police station have lost faith in our capacity to drink responsibly and so they’ve given us barricades for our safety. Walls for our playpen. These barricades are there to keep our noise, our stupidity and our faults in as much as they are to keep the cars out. In the end, the univer- sity bubble is further expanded and

we become yet more isolated from the real world. But what is perhaps most disturbing is whether we are deserving of it? Talk about buzz kill. So consider this: A plastered nineteen year old crossing the street on a quest to spend his left- over toonies on some drunk-food de jour – what’s the price of his se- curity? Is it worth what remains of your dignity after a night down- town with friends? Not at this rate.

to consider what their presence means in the grand scheme of things.
to consider what their presence
means in the grand scheme of
a night down- town with friends? Not at this rate. to consider what their presence means



september 13th, 2012

42- Sault

43- Kind of question (2) 44- Approaches 45- Where the buoys are 46- Equilateral parallelogram 48- North African desert 51- Chow down 52- Fatherly 54- Jaw 59- Poker stake 60- Tiger’s choice 62- “Hooray!” 63- Stretched out 64- Vincent Lopez’s theme song 65- Unit of volume 66- Fine and delicate 67- Midge 68- Abrasive mineral


Down 1- Bar bills 2- Injure 3- “Tosca” tune 4- Strong taste 5- Arm coverings 6- Central 7- Fiend 8- Haunted house sounds 9- Tries 10- Taste (US Spelling) 11- Draw a bead on (2) 12- Opposite of o’er 13- Environmental Sciences Stu- dent Exec 21- Highly respectful way of addressing a man

23- Underground part of a plant 25- Barbecue leftovers? 27- Fast fliers 28- Heating fuel 29- Hungary’s Nagy 30- Cacophony 34- Craving 35- Love deeply 36- Swedish auto 37- Creamy-beige color 38- Discounted 40- Knowledge acquired by study 41- Sleep stage 43- Age unit 44- Remarkable 45- Lustrous 47- Solo in space 48- Capital city of Yemen 49- Room at the top 50- Brother of Moses 52- Dark cloud 53- The Kinks favourite name 55- Barbershop request 56- London art gallery 57- Perpetually 58- Actor Calhoun


King Cole

art gallery 57- Perpetually 58- Actor Calhoun 61- King Cole Across 22- Weaken 27- Arachnids 1-


22- Weaken

27- Arachnids



24- By way of

6- NYC cultural center 10- Temple

26- Not rough

14- Otic




16- Falsehoods 17- Pickle juice 18- “Darn!” 19- Latin 101 word 20- Phases

Rhythm (2)

32- Big rigs 33- Hilton competitor 36- Poivre’s partner 39- Mountain lake 40- City in West Yorkshire 41- Speed contest

Last Week's Solution

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Thursday September 13 GUELPH FIELD NATURALISTS. Indoor meeting 7:30pm at the Arbo- retum Centre. All welcome. Topic:

What’s Up With the Weather? David Phillips discusses Global Warming.

Guelph Community Wellbeing Ini- tiative invite residents to shape Guelph’s future. Join the conversa- tion on what matters in life, and how to work together to improve the wellbeing of individuals, neighbour- hoods and the Guelph community. Find out the date and location of your ward’s conversation by visit- ing

wFriday September 14 The Downtown Guelph Business Association (DGBA) annual Noon Hour Concert Series final concert of the season featuring Ian Reid. St. George’s Square. Visit down- for complete details and performer biographies.

Saturday September 15

details and performer biographies. Saturday September 15 Shred-it and Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington invite

Shred-it and Crime Stoppers Guelph Wellington invite community mem- bers to bring all unwanted personal documents for shredding by Shred- it mobile trucks between 10am-1pm

at Stone Road Mall parking lot (near Sears). Donation of $5 per banker’s box –proceeds to Crime Stoppers program. Information: www. or www.crimestop-

PINOT for the PEOPLE -14 Ontario Winemakers are gathering in Guelph to raise money for the Guelph United Way. Meet with local Ontario Pinot Noir wine makers and winery owners. 11:30am - 3:30pm at LCBO, 615 Scottsdale Dr. $10 admission provides four tasting tickets. (519) 823-5080.

In Conversation with Jian Ghome- shi, 4pm , Rozanski Hall. The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival, the College of Arts and the College of Biological Science present an advance launch of Jian Ghomeshi’s book 1982. Tick- ets at door, The Bookshelf or online at $10/general, $5/ student.


$10/general, $5/ student. emwf-2012 Sunday September 16 Guelph Terry Fox Run starting at Silver

Sunday September 16 Guelph Terry Fox Run starting at Silver Creek Park (corner of Welling- ton and Edinburgh). 8am - 12pm AnyonefromtheGuelphcommunity

is welcome. http://www.facebook. com/TheTerryFoxFoundation

Monday September 17 Guelph Needlecraft Guild. See samples, meet teachers, sign up

for classes, attend general meet- ing. Meetings every Monday at 7:30. Kortright Presbyterian Church, 55 Devere Dr. for classes and UFO (unfinished object) room.

www.guelphneedlecraft.word-,, 519-767-0017. New members

always welcome.

Wednesday September 19 The next Guelph Photographers Guild (GPG) meeting. 7-9pm at Dublin Street United Church –68 Suffolk Street W. Theme this week:

‘getting to know you and your camera’. Casual Q&A night, we invite all members to bring a guest. Basic and advanced groups. www.


FOR SALE For sale by silent auction: PC Desktop Computer - Intel* Core TM 2 Duo CPU, E6550 @2033GHz, 2.34GHz, 2 GB RAM with Windows XP Prof. and MS Office Small Busi- ness 2007. Come into UC 264 to make your bid between Sept 13-19, 10am-3pm or email your bid to: ontarion@

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Volunteers needed until late October to assist in preparations

for the Friends of the Guelph Public Library GIANT Used Book Sale. For information visit www. or email

Out On the Shelf, a library and resource centre for the LGBTTTSIQQ* communities and allies is in need of volun- teers to staff the library, sit on committees, join the board,

help with promotions, events and fundraising. 141 Woolwich Street, Unit 106. For info visit: or call


Volunteers Wanted! Frontier College Students for Literacy runs tutor and literacy based programs in Guelph. Interviews are held until October! Please email

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