2012’s Christmas Present: the 2013 Jays

Blue Jay Christmas

On the first day of Christmas the Blue Jays gave to me, a legitimate contending team.

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A Little Talent of Mine

Remember that video of Alyssa who can say words backwards? I was stunned because I had no idea other people shared the same hobby. Saying words backwards (that is, more like reading them backwards) is something I’ve done since I was twelve. Seeing people enjoy her video made me want to make a video as well. Except, competitiveness being a major part of my nature, I made one with a twist. My pal James Wattie compiled four lists of 15 words using a random word generator. These lists and the words they contained were entirely unknown to me. The object was to see how fast I could say them backwards. This video was my fourth try (the last list), and also my best time. Here it is:

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Stream of Consciousness

I want to start off by saying I’m very disappointed in myself. The last time I legitimately wrote something was the essay I posted on here eight months ago. As someone who envisions himself to be a successful writer in the future, that’s definitely not the right way to begin. I miss writing and the feeling it gives me after having written something I know is good. For me, one of the most invigorating feelings is finishing a story or an essay. So here I am. At this point I’m considering myself back in the game.

I had the sudden realization recently that my eight month departure from writing has affected my writing skills, and it hit me like an ice-cold slap to the face. So the task of getting back into writing, something which I knew had to be done for a while now, became that much harder. How does one feel good about their muse when they know the ability of their former self overshadows their present self? The only answer I was able to muster was simply to just do. Just write. Any and every way possible.

Then that little light bulb locked away deep in the recesses of a dungeon in the castle that is my noggin lit up. I remembered what got me interested in writing in the first place. Grade 12 I took a course called Creative Writing. I enjoyed the course, but I didn’t love it until one week in particular when we were assigned a certain task. We were to write a stream of consciousness.  All you do is write, and write without stopping. Whatever is at the forefront of your brain you translate from thought into written word. No stopping. It was as simple as that, and I loved every second of it. So much potential for random ideas. It hardly ever makes sense which is the best part about it. It’s kind of like a Douglas Adams novel.

So here I am. I’m back in the game with a stream of consciousness which happens to make no sense. Invigorating indeed.

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A Little Something I’m Proud Of

On top of journalism, I’m also a philosophy minor. One of the courses I took this semester was Political Philosophy in the twentieth century. It wasn’t a topic I was entirely new to, however, I was definitely not prepared for how in depth the course would actually be. The readings and the essay questions were scary hard, but I worked diligently and came away with some of my best marks. Our second assignment had me scrambling, but I eventually produced this essay as a final product. I received a 95% and got the best mark in class. This is the essay I’m most proud of in my4-year tenure at U of T.

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Guild Inn Gets the Guillotine

The city of Toronto has rejected Centennial College’s proposal to redevelop the historic Guild Inn in Scarborough.

In 2008, the college had proposed to build a 120-room hotel with plans to restore the Bickford residence. The two-phase project also included adding a restaurant, banquet facility and spa.

Earlier this year, Centennial stated they would be unable to carry on with the original plan due to a slowing global economy and presented a new proposal. Centennial’s development consultant, Pannell Kerr Foster, suggested a senior-friendly condominium building would allow the college to meet its financial obligations needed to restore the Bickford residence. Continue reading

Malvern feeling blue after rough loss to Senator O’Connor

#15 of the Malvern Black Knights drives the ball on the outside for a first down. Malvern lost 28 - 1 in the east region finals at Esther Shiner Stadium on Oct 10.

Everything that could have gone wrong for the Malvern Black Knights high school junior football team, did.

In a winner-goes-on match against rival Senator O’Connor, nothing seemed to click as they lost decidedly by a final score of 28–1 in the east region finals at Esther Shiner Stadium on Oct 10.

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2024 Olympics: Toronto’s Best Hope

Third place in 1996. Second place in 2008. The Summer Olympics have been rather elusive in Toronto’s case, losing to Atlanta, Georgia and Beijing, China, respectively.

After a city council meeting in early August, Toronto’s chances of hosting the 32nd Olympiad in 2020 became null, after council voted against submitting a bid.

Despite growing interest from civic leaders across the province, it wasn’t enough to convince
Mayor Rob Ford that Toronto can afford the hefty price tag. And without backing from all three
levels of government, requesting a bid for an event of such stature is nigh impossible.

But for Canadian sporting enthusiasts and Olympic aficionados, there may just be hope yet. If
the planets align and the sporting gods give their blessing to the city, Toronto looks to be in good shape to bid for the 2024 Olympics.

President of the Devon Group, Bob RIchardson, poses in his office on Bloor and Bay on Nov. 4. Richardson was the chief operating officer for Toronto’s 2008 second place bid.

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