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ISSUE 14 / APRIL 16–29, 2018 GBC Student Newspaper • Founded 1982

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GBC community steps up for Amrit Paul

What makes for the perfect college coach?

GBC alum helps migrant workers in hostile system




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New report from Colleges Ontario says it will take years for TRC calls to be incorporated at colleges ANNA GOMES REPORTER-EDITOR

A summary report by Colleges Ontario released in March has brought to light the work that colleges are doing to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into their programs. The report Addressing Truth and Reconciliation: Summary report of Ontario’s colleges states that even though colleges are working to address the calls to action by Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), it will take years for them to be incorporated into colleges' policies and curriculum. The TRC was created as part of a settlement about Canada's history of residential schools whose mission was to document the abuses that happened in the schools and to guide Canadians in the process of reconciliation based on mutual understanding and respect. "These are colonial institutions so I've always had my reservations about coming in to these places and taking and learning their ways." said Dylan Monagui, an Ojibwa firstyear student in the social service worker program at George Brown College (GBC). "But, I've been lucky, I have professors that are very much aware of Indigenous issues and they always try to make acknowledgements and considerations." The Colleges Ontario report looks at the partnerships between colleges and Indigenous communities to develop education strategies,


Indigenous knowledge in the classroom

Colleges Ontario report finds that while actions are being taken at colleges to implement Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations, it could take years to incorporate into policies and the curriculum.

"WE ARE LOOKING AT DECIDING HOW TO INTEGRATE AND BUILD FROM THE BOTTOM-UP WAYS OF KNOWING INDIGENOUS WORK" Indigenous student centres to create a welcoming environment and additional support such as peer tutoring, sharing circles and dedicated bursaries. "We've gone through the TRC Report, and we are working as a college system to take a look on what we can do collectively and individually to make sure that we respect the recommendations of the TRC," said Anne Sado, president of GBC. The efforts made at GBC include additional resources for Indigenous students and spaces at both St. James and Casa Loma campuses where Indigenous students can share ex@DialogGBC

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periences and build a network with peers inside the college. Sado said the college is also looking at creating an Indigenous student centre at Waterfront campus. Next fall, the Ontario government will incorporate history and culture of Indigenous Peoples in the curriculum of elementary and secondary schools to implement the TRC calls to action for education. Two Canadian universities— Lakehead University and the University of Winnipeg—incorporated Indigenous knowledge into existing courses two years ago. Every undergraduate student at the universities will learn about Indigenous /dialognews

culture as part of a mandatory course requirement. Osgoode Hall Law School at York University also recently announced an Indigenous and Aboriginal law requirement for students pursing juris doctor degrees at the school. The requirement begins in September. "We are actually looking at that now, GBC has a long-running Indigenous Educational Council," said Ian Wigglesworth, dean for the centre for preparatory and liberal studies. "And, with them, we are looking at deciding how to integrate and build from the bottom-up ways of knowing Indigenous work." Three Indigenous related elective courses were offered at GBC last year: Aboriginal studies, Aboriginal education: insights and perspectives and Aboriginal education in the Canadian context. Over 600 students took one of the courses or had an in-class Indigenous content component in their program, according to Wigglesworth. Monagui said that there is much more to do to develop a long-term curriculum that will adequately address the demands of Indigenous students. "I would have to see the course material and the kind of people that are teaching it to form an opinion because right now all that I can say is that it is a step in the right direction," he said. "But how deep is it going to go? How long is the course? What are they learning?"

FOR MORE INDIGENOUS CONTENT, TURN TO OUR POWWOW FEATURE ON PAGE 8 CORRECTIONS In the April 2-15 issue, photos of Ali Aubi and Shreyash Sakariya were incorrectly placed over each other's quotes. The Dialog regrets the error.


"THESE ARE COLONIAL INSTITUTIONS SO I'VE ALWAYS HAD MY RESERVATIONS ABOUT COMING IN TO THESE PLACES AND TAKING AND LEARNING THEIR WAYS" LETTERS & COMMENTS RE: Facebook data leaks Honestly, if you didn't know Facebook was using the user information, you are a bit silly. Facebook is not free. Never was. Marcelo Colin, on Facebook RE: George Brown's best bathroom LOL! Meka Ib, on RE: Spotlight movie events I feel that the movie sets up an environment for Catholic students at the campus to be targeted. I'm a Catholic, and I don't support any attempts to cover up or ignore any form of abuse. That being said, I feel that the reaction of other students will be one that lumps all Catholics together. Timothy Keslick, on Facebook Seems you're a bit sensitive about your church. There's a difference between presenting facts and history and presenting an opinion. The Dialog did the former by promoting the film. The church needs to be held accountable for their actions. Nicolas Jauvin-O'Rourke, on Facebook






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Two Canadian architectural firms have won the right to design The Arbour, George Brown College's tall wood building near the Waterfront campus. The firms, Moriyama & Teshima and Acton Ostry are planning on using Canadian sourced wood for the building, which is slated to be 12 storeys and the first tall wood building in Ontario. The Arbour will be located in the East Bayfront neighbourhood, north of the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences (Waterfront campus). Other than housing the first tall wood research institute in Canada, this low-carbon, net-positive building will also have GBC’s school of computer technology and a new child care facility. “We’re leading the way from an environmental point of view,” said Anne Sado, GBC's president. “We want to make a commitment to create a low-carbon, net-zero building that would make a statement around the changes that we have to make to support the environment and sustainability.” According to Sado, Moriyama & Teshima and Acton Ostry’s design had

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Moriyama & Teshima and Acton Ostry Architects win the contest to design The Arbour


Arbour architects announced



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STUDENT ASSOCIATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Career Centre, Room B155 St. James A Building 200 King St. East IN CONVERSATION WITH NIGELLA LAWSON 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 300 Adelaide St. E. Internationally bestselling author Nigella Lawson celebrates her new book, At My Table. Engaging with fans like never before, she invites you into her kitchen to celebrate the food she loves to cook for friends and family. Tickets $85.

The Arbour will be an environmentally-sustainable buidling that provides an engaging and creative learning environment.

features that matched the four criteria the college set out for the building, such as the overall design quality as well as technical and performance targets for energy efficiency. Sado also said that the jury chose Moriyama & Teshima and Acton Ostry’s design in part because of the “breathing rooms," solar chimney systems used to optimize sustainable natural ventilation, and the planned student spaces in the building. “They have very welcoming spaces for students in the atrium area so that there are a lot of spaces for collaboration and gathering for students and larger groups as well,” said Sado. Carol Phillips, partner in Moriyama & Teshima Architects, said that The Arbour project is a new untested territory, which produced some challenges during the designing process. “We bring a lot of expertise but

Security patrols increased on Casa Loma campus following altercation involving gambling

Two students were involved in fight over a game they were playing in the Casa Loma Student Centre Tuesday. According Stacey Andrews, the manager of public safety and security at George Brown College (GBC), the students involved in the altercation were gambling. “One student lost, and did not want to pay the money owed, which

The Provoked Wife By John Vanburgh. Directed by Blair Williams

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a lot of that expertise is not directly applicable to this building. We actually have to invent new solutions and test them again—ones that we know can work,” said Phillips. “I think that was the challenge and it was also invigorating and exciting. We learned a lot during this process.” Phillips also believes that their design could accelerate the Canadian industry of cross-laminated timber, a type of wood panel that combines layers of lumber and adhesives. “We were working with the idea that this building is not the exception to the rules, but rather a possible prototype that could create the rules,” said Phillips. “And we were working with the system that we knew that could really take the next iterative step in cross-laminated timber production in Canada.” The Arbour will cost an estimated $130 million, and construction is scheduled to start in 2021.

GAME OVER: RETRO GAME NIGHT 7 p.m. Revival Bar, 783 College St. Play your favourite retro arcade and board games, indulge in delicious food and drinks, and groove to live old school tunes in support of the Alzheimer Society of Toronto and the George Brown College Foundation. WED

THE GENTLEMEN'S SOCIAL 7 p.m. to 11 p.m The Great Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. A networking event for men in the professional workforce to experience an elegant evening with exquisite food, great entertainment and preferred, curated products for your lifestyle.


FEEDING GROUPS FOR CHANGE 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. OCAD, room 187 100 McCaul St. This workshop will simplify the process of making food for rallies, marches, meetings and more. FREE for GBC students.


NIAGARA FALLS TOUR 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Museum station 84 Queens Park The tour includes wine-tasting, Niagara on the Lake, Outlet Shopping, Whirlpool Gorge and more. Transportation departs from Museum station at 9 a.m. Tickets are $30 per student.

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Student suspended after campus fight



resulted in the altercation,” she wrote in a email to The Dialog. Andrews further noted that the fist fight was taken outside of the building, which was when security got involved. The two students were brought before the college’s administration and the identified initiator has been suspended, pending investigation. Further probes into the incident are currently underway. Meanwhile, security patrols have since been heightened on campus.

Andrews said that the college is dedicated to ensuring a safe environment at GBC and encouraged students to reach out to security if anything comes up. “The student body can always help security by letting us know of any issues they see, or are concerned about. The more eyes out there is always a good thing,” said Andrews. In a case of an emergency, students can contact security at 416415-4000 or by dialing "0" from a GBC internal Cisco phone. Tips are also welcomed at, and through an online confidential tip sheet, which can be accessed at GBC's public safety page. With files from Mick Sweetman

SANDWICH FEST 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and 3p.m. to 6p.m. Artscape Wychwood Barns Proceeds go to The Stop and the GBC college foundation. Organized by GBC special events management student. A "sandwich passport" is $25 but GBC students can get discounted tickets: email for more details. THU


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Podcast explores the art of activism GBC professor Ben McCarthy tackles art and labour in podcast series, Precariat Content ASHRAF DABIE REPORTER-EDITOR


Art and politics seem to have almost always been entangled; nourishing, challenging and in process with each other. Today, with workers facing a labour situation of increasingly parttime and poorly-paid jobs, many artists are creating work reflective of and resistant to the politics of now. Ben McCarthy, a professor at George Brown College (GBC), has been playing his part in this process by hosting his Precariat Content podcast. "We live in a labour economy that is very oriented to contract work, part-time and service industry jobs and all of these different types of work and labour conditions can be summed up under the title precariat,” McCarthy explained. “Precarity is driving people mad, it’s driving people to addiction, and making lives harder.” McCarthy is also a sound designer and musician and the podcast marries his burgeoning political consciousness and his artistic practice. “I see it often as a documentary effort," he said. "As much as it is about exploring some political ques-

“AS MUCH AS IT IS ABOUT EXPLORING SOME POLITICAL QUESTIONS, IT’S MORE ABOUT ARTISTS DOING THEIR WORK” GBC professor Ben McCarthy and painter Kent Monkman discussed the power of art in activism during the GBC Labour Fair.

tions, it’s more about artists doing their work but then I always have this particular lens.” McCarthy’s podcast series was formed during Toronto’s Mayworks Festival of Working People, two years ago, while he was recording interviews with local artists, regarding the impact of intersectionality on their careers. This concept later evolved into Precariat Content. "I think a lot of artists make work and aren't aware of the political impact of it," he said. "It's important because it (art) can speak back to

power, it can represent people who are underrepresented, and it can take on important political conditions." One such artist making politically charged creations, is celebrated Indigenous painter, Kent Monkman. In the early stages of his career, Monkman struggled with finding his identity as an artist, especially one of Indigenous decent. Having recognized that art and art culture in North America relies almost entirely on European settlers' perspective, Monkman embarked on a mission to redress colonial history

through his work. "It was not the art itself that I wanted to interact with, but it was the museums and how they represent this story of North America and how they represent Indigenous people," said Monkman. "So I decided to embrace this language of painting because it has the capacity to tell stories." Monkman was a guest on a recent episode of Precariat Content, which was recorded at GBC, as part of the 26th Annual Labour Fair in March. Like Monkman, many artists are

embracing the reality that their work possess the ability to convey powerful social and political messages. However, McCarthy is hesitant to take on the mantle of being an activist. He nevertheless is of the opinion that art is the true advocate against injustices. "Somebody like Kent, who is oriented towards the paint or aesthetic, is not merely a vehicle for politics, it’s art that happens to be politically powerful,” he said. McCarthy is currently working on a sound installation about issues faced by front-line workers for this year's Mayworks Festival.

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GBC student's death 'hard to believe' Following Amrit Paul's passing, community rallies to raise money for his family, college refunds winter tuition

a call about Paul, just a day removed from his death. An international student studying computer system technology, Pawar then met with the Student Association (SA) and the college to see what could be done for the family. He never met Paul, but he said he recognized a communication gap around the services provided by the college and SA, which funds The Dialog, and he was compelled to help. "It could happen to any one of us," he said. "And if I come forward now, maybe there will be someone who will come forward for me too, if it ever happens." Pawar, along with members of his club Helping Each Other, helped Paul's representative Tejeshwar Janjua, through the process of accessing a benefit of the SA's health plan that provides $10,000 for deceased international students to be transported back home. Janjua had set up a Go Fund Me page on March 18, to raise money to cover the costs, before the fees for the funeral and transportation were largely taken care of. The page exceeded its $15,000 goal, raising $20,710 in four days, money which is now going Paul's family. GBC also helped by refunding Paul's tuition fee for the winter semester. Speaking at a memorial for Paul at Casa Loma campus, Kushagra Manchanda, the SA's director of operations, said he was touched with how fellow international students rallied to help Paul's family.

When Amrit Paul last spoke to his parents, they said he sounded happy. Paul, who was an international student at George Brown College (GBC), typically called his family twice a day, and this time, he was calling them to discuss travel visas and plans for his upcoming convocation. Around an hour later, Paul died of an apparent heart attack at 25 years-old. "Right now it's really hard to believe all of this happened to our child, but we are trying to live within the grace of almighty," said Paul's parents Didar Singh and Harbans Kaurwere through Facebook. When word travelled of Paul's passing, the news also hit the GBC community hard. Amrit Aggarwal, Paul's roommate and classmate in the wireless technology program, said that Paul's death



Amrit Paul completed a post-graduate certificate in wireless networking at GBC and was just weeks away from finishing a bridging program at the college.

was like losing a family member. "Every minute, we're spending together," he said. "A roommate is like a brother to me, we became so close." Paul's sister, Preetinder Kaur, was accepted at Lambton College and was planning on moving from India to live with her brother. With his death, Kaur said she's dropped her dream of coming to Ontario to study. "I am the only one to take care of my parents in this hard time," she said over Facebook. "I can't leave

them alone in this tough situation." Paul was originally from India and had completed a post-graduate certificate in wireless networking last December. He was just weeks away from finishing a bridging program at college. On top of the loss of their son, Paul's parents were facing a significant cost—$10,743—to have his body transported home to India. And the GBC community responded to help. Jaskaran Singh Pawar received

“RIGHT NOW IT'S REALLY HARD TO BELIEVE ALL THIS HAPPENED TO OUR CHILD, BUT WE ARE TRYING TO LIVE WITHIN THE GRACE OF ALMIGHTY” "Being an international student, it was great to see how all of us stuck together when Amrit left us," he said. Manchanda met Paul as he was campaigning for the director of operations position, and said that Paul was gracious and excited to be involved in the democratic process. While the expenses are taken care of, Paul's untimely death has left a wake of disbelief in the GBC community. "I came back to home and I felt like he will come now, he will come from his room," Aggarwal said. He added that Paul was an ambitious person that would go above and beyond to care for his friends.

Free child care plan alone might not "plug the holes in the current system," says GBC Parent Association MATTHEW GREEN REPORTER-EDITOR

When the Ontario government unveiled its pre-election budget in late March, parents were not left out. For George Brown College (GBC) students who face the challenge of balancing school and raising children, the Liberal Party's plans to fund free child care for preschoolers might be positive news. But for Shana Kealey, GBC Parent Association co-founder, there is more at play in child care shortfalls than simply providing the additional funding. “It (new child care program) doesn't necessarily plug a lot of the

holes in the current system because the demand is so high,” said Kealey, who thinks that the plan might be helpful to some parents, but is skeptical that the province will be able to create all the spaces needed. “It’s going to be the same type of shoddy access," she said. The initiative comes at a cost of $2.2 billion and covers licensed spots for children from 2 1/2-year-olds until they begin full kindergarten, the year they turn four. The program, which would roll out in 2020, should have a noticeable impact in Toronto, where child care costs are among the highest in the country. “For preschoolers, the median cost in Toronto is in the neighborhood of $15,000 a year, the most

expensive in the country," explained David Macdonald, a senior economist for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. "So, if you went from $15,000 a year to zero, that's the biggest (drop) that you would see in any of the big cities in the country." Lack of child-care spaces has also been in the spotlight recently. In 2016, the Ontario government committed to creating 100,000 new licensed child-care spaces over five years for children up to four years old. This is estimated to mean approximately 30,000 new spaces for children under four in Toronto, according to a report from the city. Peter Tabuns, a long-time New Democrat MPP (Toronto-Danforth), also sees some missing elements in the government’s plan on this file. “It isn't just a question of providing subsidy dollars. You actually have to invest physically in spaces and you're going to have to invest


Liberals child care plan meets skepticism

in a lot of them,” said Tabuns, who added that his party will address child care in their election platform to be released later this month. “I see very limited action on the part of this government." In a statement to The Dialog, Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford said that the wait is too

long for child care and that, "the program doesn’t even come into effect until 2020, despite families needing relief now." GBC students and other Ontario voters will go to the polls for the general election on June 7.



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Budget doesn't improve on OSAP: student group Ontario budget has language on expanding OSAP eligibility, launches strategy for international students

After big changes in 2017, the latest Ontario budget hasn't improved on grants for post-secondary tuition, according to student leaders. Last year, the Liberal government rolled out its "free" tuition program, which expanded Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) grants to eliminate average post-secondary tuition for families earning less than $50,000. “We saw how great OSAP has been since it rolled out in September 2017, but the (new) provincial budget doesn’t really expand on or talk about improving OSAP,” said Nour Alideeb, chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario (CFS-O). In this year's budget, the government said that 225,000 Ontario students are now accessing free tuition, meaning that grants are equal to or exceeding the cost of average tuition

in the province. In October, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development said that around 9,200 George Brown College students received free tuition. Budget 2018, does have language to reduce the contributions that spouses and parents of students are expected to make towards tuition. While not yet clear on details, the government said the change will allow for students from middle‐income families to more easily qualify for OSAP grants and loans. Abdullah Mushtaq, director of advocacy for the College Student Alliance (CSA), said that what was announced for OSAP in the 2018 budget, "is basically what was already said in 2016 and 2017" and that the new piece is how parental and spousal income is going to be less of a factor. Also featured in Ontario’s fiscal plans for 2018 is the announcement of an international post‐secondary education strategy, which includes



“MORE OF THAT $3 BILLION SHOULD BE GOING TO UPGRADING AND IMPROVING OUR INSTITUTIONS AND CAMPUSES, NOT NECESSARILY BUILDING NEW BUILDINGS” Budget 2018 has language to reduce the contributions that spouses and parents of students are expected to make towards tuition.

funds to "enhance experiences for international students on campuses" and "support students with social service and settlement needs." Mushtaq said the strategy is "fantastic" and that the CSA will been working with the government to explore issues affecting international students, including rising tuition fees and making sure they feel comfortable in Canada.

“We are seeing a growing population of international students coming to Ontario colleges and while some schools are equipped to handle it, other schools are not,” he said. Additionally, the budget pledged $3 billion in capital grant funding for upgrades to post-secondary institutions over the next 10 years. The government also announced a $500 million investment starting in

2020 to support post-secondary institutions to do facility retrofits, update classrooms and labs. Alideeb said that she would like to see more investment in existing facilities at post-secondary schools rather than new buildings. “I feel like more of that $3 billion should be going to upgrading and improving our institutions and campuses, not necessarily building new buildings that would probably be half empty,” she said.

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They don’t perform under the bright lights and on the big stage like their counterparts in the pro or US-college sports world, but, don’t be fooled. The stakes are significant for the men and women who take on the job of being a coach in Canadian college sports. And the stakes are the same for the schools that hire them and the athletes that they lead. What makes a successful college coach? From talking with numerous coaches, one word kept coming up — commitment. As George Brown College (GBC) men’s volleyball head coach Garrett May explained, setting an example is key to getting buy-in from the players. “As a coach, you got to make sure that your team sees you prioritizing their group and making sure that you show that it's important to you,” said May, who is GBC’s youngest coach. “So, if a coach is missing a bunch of practices because he's got a bunch of other things going on, well, it's like, are you really that committed to us?” Future success often means lots of preparation and planning. Daphne Choi, who is coming off her first season in charge of the women’s volleyball team, believes, “a lot of the best coaches, they've built a culture from really early on,” and established what their teams are supposed to be by defining their goals in the beginning. From a player's perspective, a coach's ability to unify the team is important. Getting everybody on

Huskies men's basketball's Jonathan Smith is GBC's current longest-serving head coach, having just finished his sixth season.

the same page can be as simple as demanding accountability from each and every member of the group. "Whether it's the best player, if he's not jogging back or if he's not doing something to his full potential, or whether it's the worst player not doing things to his full potential, (it's important) to be held accountable for everything that they do," said Teshayn Gayle, a guard with the Huskies men's basketball team. "I think once you do that, it shows that everybody's on the same level, everybody's one. If the coach can do that and make even the best player held accountable, that's the best thing." There is a bigger picture to consider than X’s and O’s or wins and losses. GBC men’s basketball head coach, Jonathan Smith believes the impact a coach has on the students themselves can’t be overlooked as some players spend more time with coaches than their professors. "For me, it's investing in the athletes as people, not just basketball players, investing in their lives,” said Smith, GBC’s longest serving head coach, after six seasons. “The daily interaction, caring about them as human beings, not just athletes." A critical part of any coach’s ability to excel in the collegiate ranks



Women's volleyball coach Daphne Choi believes that the best coaches build the team culture from early on.

“AS A COACH, YOU GOT TO MAKE SURE THAT YOUR TEAM SEES YOU PRIORITIZING THEIR GROUP AND MAKING SURE THAT YOU SHOW THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO YOU” lies in recruitment. With college, there can be a very high rate of turnover as many student-athletes are with the program for only two or three years. For the people in charge of hiring these college coaches, recruitment does loom large. Melanie Gerin-Lajoie, GBC's manager of athletics and recreation, believes a solid coach “has recruiting at the forefront of their mind” and that it is vital in maintaining sustainability in their programs. Competing with other schools for players and selling your school is always a challenge. However, with an influx of players coming and going in college, there can be some benefits. Whereas a university program may have more time to take a developmental path, the college game can be more about winning now. "Whatever you got has to be

good enough,” said May, who was named the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) men’s volleyball coach of the year this past season. “Let's try to find a way to make it work which often makes for some pretty exciting lineups and changes." At George Brown, the Huskies program has been well-represented in 2017-18, with recognition given to a pair of coaches. Along with May, badminton's Will Schram also earned OCAA coach of the year honours. On the topic of best advice for somebody considering jumping into a college coaching role, perhaps Choi said it best. “Assess whether or not you're willing and able to do it and give it 100 per cent all the time. And if you're not, then it's a better choice to probably give that position to someone else."


Coaching at college level requires long hours, player recruitment and dealing with turnover


The recipe for a perfect college coach

Garret May was recently named the OCAA men's volleyball coach of the year.

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GBC POWWOW: 10 YEARS STRONG AND GROWING The call of the drum brings together current and former students at the Four Sacred Colours Powwow WRITING AND PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICK SWEETMAN, MANAGING EDITOR


ed, black, white and yellow paper feathers hang with dream catchers from the ceiling of Waterfront campus as Coty Zachariah is sits underneath at a drum wearing a backwards White Sox ball cap. Zachariah is playing at George Brown College's (GBC) 10th Annual Four Sacred Colours Powwow with the Young Ogichidaa, or Young Warriors, drummers as dancers in regalia move to the beat. “It was really important for me to come back to the George Brown powwow,” he says. "Not only (because) it was the tenth anniversary, but it was the first time I really got to be involved in a powwow was during my time as a student.” Although no longer a student, Zachariah has travelled all the way from Ottawa, where he works as the national chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), to participate in his fifth GBC powwow. Jolene May, who works as support staff for the college’s Indigenous education services, has seen the powwow grow from a small event in the St. James student lounge, into a major cultural event. May, an Ojibwa from Whitefish River Birch Island, grew up on the powwow circuit with her uncle who was a drummer and she has danced in places as far away as Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“It's amazing to see all the little kids here. It's important to me because it's teaching the younger generation their culture and their traditions,” she says holding her seven-month-old son Kaiden. “It's beautiful to watch them dance and be free and just express themselves.” For Zachariah, a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, the Indigenous community at GBC helped him not only connect with his own identity, it also gave him the confidence to get involved as a student leader. “As a Mohawk, First Nations student being able to get involved with the Student Association at George Brown, and just organizing around Indigenous events totally empowered me,” says Zachariah who was elected in 2012 as what is now the First Nations, Metis and Inuit representative and served in that role for three terms. “There were some times where I felt really insecure about my connection to my culture in the past and by the time I graduated from George Brown, I was an Indigenous student leader.” His activism didn't stop after graduating from GBC, he went on to university and was elected the Indigenous students commissioner at Trent Central Student Association and later became the chairperson of the CFS’ national Aboriginal caucus. Pauline Shirt, a Cree from the Red Tail Hawk Clan, has been the wisdom keeper at GBC for the past 10 years and has helped organize the powwow at the college since its start. “I have seen the little ones come in here with their parents and have their first step,” she says. “That is one of my joys, to see those little ones." For Shirt, the real reward isn’t in sitting at the powwow dais, it’s the work she does with students year round. She tells a story about a mature student, who

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was a little over 50, when he came to GBC. “Many, many times he wanted to quit,” Shirt says. ”So I always say 'don't do that or grandma will kick your...'" She stops her sentence short, laughing at the memory, then says seeing him graduate from college and pursue a masters degree was a highlight of her life. Shirt says that GBC has built a reputation for not giving up on Indigenous students. “If they are hungry I feed them," she says. "There are times when they didn't have nothing but we share. What we do is we show them how to share with everything.” Oscar Corbiere, a former social service worker student at GBC, came to the powwow all the way from Manitoulin Island where he now works with Indigenous youth. He says that being from a small community meant he had trouble making connections in the big city of Toronto when he was a student. “I was just trying to find my feet and how I was able to ground myself was with the Sahkitcheway room and working with the powwow and meeting people through that,” he says. “It really gave me a grounding that helped me to be able to feel a part of what was going on.” The college’s senior leadership was also in attendance, sitting respectfully off to the side of the main table where the powwow MC and elders sat overlooking the crowd. “My most memorable moment at the powwows is to see the dancing and how everyone participates young and old,” says GBC president Anne Sado. “There was a gentleman today on his crutches still going around and participating and it's that spirit of community that really permeates everything that we do.” While the powwow is a a big deal it’s not the only thing that’s on people’s minds. Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) issued 94 calls to action in their seminal report in 2015, including several related to education. Developing culturally appropriate curricula, including credit courses in Indigenous languages, was one call

"AS A MOHAWK, FIRST NATIONS STUDENT BEING ABLE TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE STUDENT ASSOCIATION AT GEORGE BROWN, AND JUST ORGANIZING AROUND INDIGENOUS EVENTS TOTALLY EMPOWERED ME" to action. As the number of Indigenous students in Ontario continues to rise to almost 10,000, up 25 per cent from 2011 according to a report from Colleges Ontario, the pressure to implement the TRC recommendations is mounting. Currently GBC offers general education elective courses in Aboriginal studies, Aboriginal education and the early childhood educator program offers an in-class elective option. According to Ian Wigglesworth, the dean for the centre of preparatory and liberal studies, over 600 students took the courses last year. Growing up in Toronto, Zachariah says he didn't get much information about his people in school and that having the opportunities to learn about it at GBC opened up a world of knowledge for him. “It's almost like I was kind of cheated out of that education, learning about First Nations content," he


says. "But I feel that the rest of Canadians were also cheated out of that experience to learn about First Nations stories, our culture, our clan systems.” Sado says the college is looking at establishing an Indigenous students centre at Waterfront campus, like the Sahkitcheway and Wi Chi Hito Win centres at St. James and Casa Loma campuses. For Zachariah, the call of the drum isn’t just what brought him back to the Four Sacred Colours Powwow, it’s also something that helped bring his family together. “Getting to drum with my father and my nephew at the George Brown Powwow in the past has been a really powerful experience because that was the first time we did that together,” he says. As Zachariah looks around the powwow he comments on how many children are there and says "I hope my own daughter gets to dance here one day."

PHOTO CAPTIONS: 1. Coty Zachariah, right, plays with The Young Ogichidaa drummers at the 10th Annual Four Sacred Colours Powwow. 2. A young man known as Ricky performs a hoop dance at the 10th Annual Four Sacred Colours Powwow. 3. Head female dancer Deanne Hupfield participates in the shawl dance at the 10th Annual Four Sacred Colours Powwow. 4. The traditional regalia used by dancers is personal and often holds spiritual significance. Photo: Gurdas Singh Panesar/The Dialog 5. Striker Tailfeathers from the Blackfoot Nation performs a hoop dance at the 10th Annual Four Sacred Colours Powwow. 6. Women and girls shawl dance at the 10th Annual Four Sacred Colours Powwow.



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Paving the way for migrant caregivers GBC alum Maria Sol Pajadura advocates for a better migrant caregiver program as head of Migrante Canada

Talking with Maria Sol Pajadura, a leading voice for the rights of migrant workers in Canada, can get heavy. This makes sense given the details of her advocacy work, which often deals with helping some of the most precarious workers in Canada navigate a hostile system. At one point in our conversation, in the otherwise cheerful First and Last coffee shop near Casa Loma campus, we had to take a break as she became overwhelmed with memories of the child victims of trauma she used to work with. These are difficult conversations for Pajadura, not just because of the subject matter but also because her advocacy work is tied so closely to her own experiences as a migrant live-in caregiver. During that time, she said she endured abuse, exploitative work environments and a long separation from her family, as part of her immigration from the Philippines to Canada. She described days where she would work from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. while her employers went to parties. "I worked long hours without overtime pay," she said. "And they said it's $9 per hour but they gave me $900 a month. So every two weeks they gave me $450, sometimes when they were 'nice,' they gave me an extra $50 because I worked on Saturday." Ontario's occupational health and safety act does not apply within private residences in the province, even though these are the workplaces for caregivers. Pajadura, who graduated from the early childhood education program at George Brown College (GBC), reached out to organizations in Toronto for help. Eventually, through her connections as an organizer in the Philippines, she was able to get a better placement and fulfill her visa requirements. She later got permanent residency and eventually sponsored her husband and three children to live with her in Canada. Pajadura was separated from her family for 10 years.



Maria Sol Pajadura plans to use her influence as head of Migrante to Canada to advocate for better working conditions for migrants caregivers in Canada.

In February, Pajadura was elected as the head of Migrante Canada, an umbrella group of Filipino organizations looking to improve life for workers from the Philippines, in Canada and around the world. She comes to the position as the federal government is re-evaluating the live-in caregivers program. For Syed Hussan, co-ordinator of the Migrant Workers Alliance for Change, Pajadura's leadership is vital for migrant movements in Canada. "Maria Sol is a migrant worker and it's critical that she's giving direction to the movement," he said. "Her voice, her expertise, her leadership, her ability to connect with people directly and immediately is the basis of how the migrant worker movement can succeed." Her leadership, Hussan added, is coming when migrant caregivers could have their lives affected by the federal government's forthcoming plan. "It's an opportunity and it's a crisis because many people will be excluded," he said. "But it's an opportunity for everybody in the country to commit and be part of a migrant justice movement, led directly by migrant workers, that's going to impact tens and tens of thousands of racialized women." Under the existing program, which is set to expire on Nov. 29, 2019, there is a cap of 5,500 people per year that can be granted permanent residency after finishing two

years of work. There are thousands of people caught in a backlog. Under the previous program, which was in place between 2006 and 2014, an average of over 10,000 people per year were granted permanent resident status. In 2014, the Conservative government placed the 5,500 per year cap and applied more stringent language testing to the process. The existing program has seen less than 2,000 workers and their dependents get permanent residency in the three years it's been in place. With the program expiring, Hussan said there is "a lot of fear" among migrant caregivers who do not know what the future holds. Pajadura said that the current system involves long separations for family members and that it is increasingly difficult for live-in caregivers to apply for permanent residency in Canada, even after working here for years. Migrante and other immigrant rights organizations are being consulted by the government on the forthcoming policy. Pajadura is advocating for a fairer system that protects live-in workers' rights rather than facilitating their abuse. "They are tied to one employer, whatever abuse they are experiencing they will just endure it because they want to get their 24 months," she said. If workers are forced to change employers, it often takes eight months to get a new work permit,

“HER VOICE, HER EXPERTISE, HER LEADERSHIP, HER ABILITY TO CONNECT WITH PEOPLE DIRECTLY AND IMMEDIATELY IS THE BASIS OF HOW THE MIGRANT WORKER MOVEMENT CAN SUCCEED.” so many workers take more than two years to accumulate 24 months of official work. Like many immigrant students, Pajadura's education did not start in Canada. In the Philippines, she was a university graduate who got involved in student politics in the 1980s. She worked for 10 years with children traumatized by war, and also taught in secondary school. But the economic policy of the Philippines is based on sending migrant workers to other countries, and like more than 10 million other Filipinos, she had to leave the country to work, first to Hong Kong, then to Canada. According to a World Bank report, Filipino migrant workers contributed about $33 billion dollars to the economy of the Philippines in 2017, with the island country seconded only to China and India in the amount of money sent home from overseas. The economy of the Philippines

is largely dependent on remittances, with cash from overseas workers being the largest source of foreign exchange for the country. In other words, the main export of the country is people. Pajadura's education at GBC was an important part of her settlement in Canada and her development as a migrant workers advocate. Her adult children, who were finally able to come to Canada as teenagers, studied at GBC, and when they graduated, they encouraged their mother to go back to school. Pajadura said that being at GBC helped her find her voice again. "I felt like I had been deskilled and going to college was a way to regain my confidence," she said. "I want to go back to work as a daycare teacher but then I can't. I need a certificate." At GBC, Pajadura's favorite class was a course in social policy, and the things she learned there, she is now putting to use as a migrant workers advocate.


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Provocative comedy a little incomplete George Brown students explore timeless marriage problems with humour in The Provoked Wife



The Provoked Wife may have been written in 1697, but in the era of Ashley Madison and around 50 per cent of marriages ending in divorce, the play is still relevant. Yet the George Brown College (GBC) theatre school production is also evasive. Through its comedic twists, the play avoids as many serious confrontations as possible, putting forward a lighter impression of a failing marriage. While the lighter approach to the failed marriage succeeds in bringing the audience many good laughs, it leaves behind a feeling of being incomplete. Directed by Blair Williams, the play surrounds Lady Brute (Emma Nelles), as, well, a provoked wife that’s fed up with her life and her loveless two-year marriage with a ruthless, gambling and drunken husband. After talks with her niece Belinda (Terri Pimblett), Lady Brute decides to spice up her existence by cuckolding her husband,



GBC theatre school plays up comedic twists in Sir John Vanbrugh’s drama, The Provoked Wife, putting forward a lighter impression of a failing marriage.

Sir John Brute (Andrew Cameron). She has her eyes on Constant (Justin Mullen), a handsome young bloke who has been in love with her since forever. Scenes in between the Brutes feature the story of Lady Fancyfull (Louise Filgiano), an almost narcissist, always with her French servant

Madmoiselle (Lila Bata-Walsh), and a certain Heartfree (Nicolas Eddie), a young sharp-tongued, self-proclaimed uncatchable guy. The play also shines with the hilarious scenes of Sir John Brute giving in to alcohol and digging his own grave because of it, as well as the funny love triangle between

Lady Fancyfull, Heartfree and Belinda. And, of course, the play has its moments in the tryst between Lady Brute and Constant. The names that the playwright, Sir John Vanbrugh uses are a kind of self-explanatory shorthand for the characters. And the names are greatly complemented with the

costumes in the GBC production. Lady Fancyfull and Madmoiselle are dressed in hot pink dresses that really stand out among all characters. And Constant is dressed in different shades of reds, a sign of him being the most passionate patriot of love, particularly towards Lady Brute. Lady and Sir John Brute are the focus of the play but sometimes they get overshadowed by Lady Fancyfull and Madmoiselle, who constantly speaks in French, yet still manages to convey enough information for a non-French speaking audience. Filgiano managed to paint a fine portrait of Lady Fancyfull, with her chameleon-like style of acting and her great chemistry with the other cast members, especially Lila Bata-Walsh. The Provoked Wife manages to smartly stress the fine line between virtue and vice. It raises the question of right and wrong. In the Brutes’ case, it's a complex issue between a wife tired of her marriage and a husband who is nowhere near perfect. The play runs from April 11 to 21 at the Young Theatre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $10 for students, $20 for seniors and GBC alumni, and $25 for adults.

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A front row view of Nazi Germany


The sound of an authoritarian state isn’t just the fall of jackboots goose-stepping in unison. It's also the sound of hushed conversations that are suddenly cut short with the worry that someone overheard. In the George Brown theatre school production of Bertolt Brecht‘s Fear and Misery of the Third Reich, a Jewish wife looks at the her husband and says, “The walls have ears, is that it? But you people say nothing.”


GBC theatre school revives Brecht's 1930s classic, Fear and Misery of the Third Reich

An ensemble cast plays many roles throughout the series of small plays, with Brecht wrote in the late 30s during the rise of fascism.

Brecht, a committed Marxist, wrote the series of playlets about his native Germany’s transformation from the liberal Weimar Republic into a Nazi state, while in exile between 1935 and 1938. In one scene, a young boy disappears from his house during an argument between his parents. When

they realize that he’s left without a word, they fear he may be on his way to report them to his Hitler youth group and worry what they said that could be perceived as being against the government. At the start of the play, the ensemble cast walk out onto the stage and remove their shoes, performing


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mostly in bare feet. Along with a couple of piles of discarded clothing, the simple set foreshadows the Holocaust that hadn’t happened when the play was first produced in 1938. The play does feature a couple of scenes set in pre-war concentration camps, but the majority of prisoners in them are political, with factional squabbles breaking out between communist and social-democratic prisoners, as their Nazi guard sends them to solitary confinement. The integration of dance into the performance gives the piece a sense of dynamism and collectivity that reflect both Brecht’s communist politics and what, at the time, was a groundbreaking approach to theatre. While not quite a satire, the play has some bitingly funny moments that the cast delivers with a zing. It’s a real credit to the performers that they can immerse themselves in their characters during the quick scenes and they are utterly believable, even when playing children. While one could draw parallels between Brecht’s work and today’s political moment, the production does well to steer clear of any






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overt comparisons. The mistrust that permeates the country is most clearly shown in a scene where a man returns crippled from a concentration camp but instead of being received by his friends with compassion, he is treated with suspicion. Brecht largely stays away from polemics, instead using his masterful grasp of prose and poetry, but as a staunch anti-fascist, he makes sure to send a message of resistance at the end. Two men and a woman are in a working-class flat debating if they should produce a leaflet against the 1938 annexation of Austria. A letter from a condemned prisoner is read and he urges his son to “stick with your own class” and they decide that the only word they need on the leaflet is "No!" Fear and Misery of the Third Reich is playing until April 21 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $25 or $10 for students (ID required) and can be purchased at


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W restling at the Opera Hous E GBC students organize Rock and Roll Wrestling capstone event Writing and photography by Steve Cornwell


ometimes the only way to be different and settle differences is wrestling. Standing out from the crowd of capstone events was the thought behind Rock and Roll Wrestling, organized by special events management students at George Brown College (GBC). The show, which was held at the historic Opera House on April 3, featured three wrestling matches from Toronto-based wrestling promotion Demand Lucha and live music from Orangabang. "We realized that the [other] capstone events, they're all kind of pretty, Instagramable and Facebook-worthy. We wanted to show a cooler side, a rock and roll side," said Jessy Brindley, a fourth semester GBC special events management student who helped organize the show. But dealing with the muscled heroes and villains of the spectacle in the squared circle can't be easy. These are performers who slam, punch and pin opponentsfor a living, after all. "There was actually no difficulty working with them," Brindley said. "They responded fast; within a day or two we would always get a response to any question we had." If the wrestlers were responsive and respectful with the GBC students who organized the event, they certainly didn't hold back in the ring or in describing their distaste for their opponents. "It's basically come down to the fact of who is the better man," said "Playboy" John Atlas, who fought Channing Decker at the event. "(Decker's) jumped me from behind, he's tried to steal my girl, he's done everything he can to get in my way." Decker declined to comment for this story. Atlas, who did not suffer from the same reluctance to comment, said before the match that, "I'm go"Selfie Queen" Jessie Mack does her namesake move before taking on Jodi Threat.


The historic Opera House played host to Rock N Roll Wrestling, a show put on by George Brown special events management students

ing to have Channing Decker lined up, just like I line up one of my beautiful ladies. And instead of a kiss, I'm going to be kissing Channing Decker with some sweet chin music, right up side his face." At the event, the two titans clashed. After a back and forth contest, where Decker accused Atlas of hair pulling—much to the boozy crowd's delight—Playboy got the upper hand. Just as Atlas predicted, he landed consecutive super kicks to Decker's chin area and pinned him. After the win, Atlas went about

and April 22, GBC students will hold 11 events around Toronto, with proceeds going to help organize future capstones and various charities. Proceeds from Rock and Roll Wrestling went to MLSE (Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment) Foundation, which aims to support youth in sports and recreation programs. "MLSE Foundation helps provide kids with access to sports and we really resonated with that idea because of our theme of wrestling, which is an exercise," Brindley said with a slight laugh.

"CAPSTONE EVENTS, THEY'RE ALL KIND OF PRETTY, INSTAGRAMABLE AND FACEBOOK-WORTHY. WE WANTED TO SHOW A COOLER SIDE, A ROCK AND ROLL SIDE." approaching women in the audience, who one by one rejected the victorious grappler's advances. As part of the requirements for GBC special events management program, students have to organize capstone events. Between March 28




"WE HAVE QUITE A MENACING TEAM OF MOSTLY GIRLS BUT WE'RE VERY SCARY EVENT PLANNERS SO WE KNOW HOW TO HOLD OUR GROUND WHEN STUFF HAPPENS" While she may have had some affinity with the idea of wrestling, the special events management student said she had no interest of stepping through the ropes anytime soon. "I know I look very scary and menacing, but I feel like I would probably run away from everyone in the ring," Brindley said. But don't get the wrong idea. While Brindley may shy away from action in the ring, she said that she and other events management students were ready to throw down if the wrestlers or crowd got out of hand. "We have quite a menacing team of mostly girls but we're very scary event planners so we know how to hold our ground when stuff happens," said Brindley.

"Playboy" John Atlas promised to kick his opponent in the face and that's what he did.

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The Dialog April 16, 2018  

In this issue: GBC Powwow: 10 years strong and growing, GBC community steps up for Amrit Paul, what makes the perfect college coach, and GBC...

The Dialog April 16, 2018  

In this issue: GBC Powwow: 10 years strong and growing, GBC community steps up for Amrit Paul, what makes the perfect college coach, and GBC...