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Toronto Indecision 2010

25 Oct

A municipal election without an incumbent calls for one of the most media-hyped elections of the past couple of decades in Toronto. City dwellers have been inundated with coverage and campaign promises from mayor and councillor wannabes alike, but are they getting through to potential voters?

It seems as though there are a lot of fence-sitters, people who aren’t planning on voting, or haven’t decided yet who is worthy of their endorsement.

Most people are having trouble picking between candidates they don’t completely believe in, but publications are urging them to vote regardless, citing the direct effect of voting towards electing an appropriate, representative leader.

I recently reported for Humber TV news on the pre-elections atmosphere on campus, and I was disappointed to find scores of students who weren’t planning on voting. Not one student out of the dozen we talked to was heading to the polls today.

I want to echo the sentiment communicated by the media, and encourage everyone in the GTA to vote in their respective elections. Find something you believe in and the candidate that speaks closest to those values and stick with it.

Good luck at the polls.

If you want to see my report, watch below. It’s the first story in the newscast.

Happy voting!

 

 

I’m On The TV!

8 Oct

…not really. But here’s part one of the show we filmed on Thursday that myself and my j-school co-broadcasters poured our blood sweat and tears into. Not literally, we’re not that masochistic.

Love it nonetheless.

It Gets Better

5 Oct

There have been several teen suicides in the last week, all of which have been triggered by bullying based on sexual orientation. Fortunately, there has been a waterfall of public outreach fronted by Savage Love‘s Dan Savage, involving celebrity and non-celebrity videos telling those struggling to live another day that “it gets better“.Β  And it does.

Though I am not gay myself, I have grown up with a gay best friend who also struggled with his identity before he came out, but he overcame it and I’ve never seen anyone happier than he is. It’s tragic that a potential happy life was obliterated by the relentless abuse of others.

No one deserves the disrespect and disgusting ignorance experienced through bullying, regardless of what motive the aggressor has.

I don’t want to make my own video, because I think those that exist speak loudly and strongly but I did make a short news piece for Humber TV that I thought I would link you to.

Speaking of links, the 519 and PFLAG are great programs and resources if you need help and support.

Stay happy πŸ™‚

Check Out thedailyplanet.com!

30 Sep

As you may know from reading ROMISAYS, I am a whore to the publications I work for. This time is no exception.

I am currently a managing editor for thedailyplanet.com, Humber College’s online newspaper. We re-launched for the year this week and we’re off to a good start! Check out what all of the hardworking students are writing about.

And if you want to jump to what I wrote, you can find it here.

And “like” our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter.

Not In My Playground

27 Sep

"The Twins" - Jonathan Hobin via Toronto Star

The Star features a piece on artist Jonathan Hobin whose new photographic series called In The Playroom recreates the heaviest most controversial events of the last decade and a half in the context of a child’s playroom. Themes include 9/11, the death of princess Diana, and the boxing day Tsunami.

Not surprisingly, the series has sparked controversy, but Hobin says there is logic in his expression: Continue reading

Juice Boxes Vs. The World

23 Sep

Whenever there’s reason to think that North America is moving towards a more progressive stance on social issues, people like Alex Jones open their mouths and ruin it for everyone.

It’s amusing until you realise he’s not joking and people legitimately believe that the war between good and evil is upon us – The gay man and his army of juice boxes will lead us straight to hell!!!!

These are the people that keep the “Don’t ask don’t tell” policy from being revoked.

Please join me in a collective face palm.

I’m On The CBC!

22 Sep

Check me out!

I know, probably the most anti-climatic thing you’ve ever experienced, but exciting for me!

My first published work for a major news organization. Eat it up.

Mood: Apathetic

17 Sep

On a recent television assignment for j-school, an article surfaced which said that social media and technology are to blame for a lack of empathy among their users resulting in more self indulgence and less attention to others. Here’s a more recent version of the article.

Though the study has some merits, there are dangers with putting all of your eggs (blame) in one basket. It’s so easy to blame technology for a person’s behaviour. Not to say it’s not a factor. Go to any mall food court and you’ll see a group of teenage boys sitting in silence poking away at their smartphones. There’s no doubt they’re incapable if communicating with each other, and there’s a larger doubt that they’ll be able to communicate with partners, friends, co-workers, educators etc… in the future, but can we really blame Xbox and Twitter entirely for the disconnect? Continue reading

Holier Than Thou: The Israel Dilemma (+pics)

14 Sep

I had the opportunity to tour Israel this summer (as mentioned a million times before this). I thought I would expand a little bit on my observations and conclusions after getting a first hand look at what really goes on in a place that is so misconstrued by, well, everyone. Continue reading

Remember When? Summer 2010

8 Sep

This beaver has nothing to do with any kind of current events..but look how huge it is!

It’s been quite the summer for newsmakers. While we were enjoying our slow days and numerous heatwaves, underfed, underpaid journalists worked overtime to deliver top stories to our Crackberries while we lounged on our decks in bikinis sipping ice cold beers (…no? Just me?). Don’t worry, In a year from now, I’ll be shaking my fist at summer Romi too.

But seriously, the news has been far from slow this season making it hard to remember what happened when, or was it that humidity-induced coma? Perhaps it’s beneficial to take a look at planet earth’s crazy summer, if only to remind ourselves that the worst things to happen to Toronto are a puny earthquake, a delightful heatwave, and an irritating mayoral race (or to assist those journalism buddies who went news reading cold-turkey this summer and are playing catchup).

JUNE: Continue reading

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