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theconcordian Volume 30 Issue 1

Independent student newspaper at Concordia University. Since 1983.

Hello Mr. President

August 28, 2012

Party platforms A summary of the parties’ agendas to get you ready for the upcoming provincial election Kalina Laframboise News editor

AlAn ShepArd, ConCordiA’S new preSident. photo by MohAMed oMAr, the eyeopener.

Shepard remains positive in face of external scrutiny Kalina Laframboise News editor

Being president of a university like Concordia is no easy task. Despite the challenges which lie ahead for new Vice-Chancellor Alan Shepard, he said he views Concordia as a progressive university despite a troubled history. “It’s Concordia’s time,” said the former provost of Ryerson University. “We have a very bright future.” On Aug. 1, Shepard replaced interim president Frederick Lowy and began his five-year mandate. Though he insists that he has no grand plan and no ultimate overhaul in terms of changes for Concordia, the new president plans to focus on what the university community wants to change. Revisions and adjustments, he said, will be based on what administration, faculty and students demand. “Concordia has a lot of strengths,” Shepard explained. “You try to find ways to engage the university community to see where it wants to go.” Concordia Student Union Presi-

dent Schubert Laforest said several challenges await Shepard. “There’s the ever present issue of the management of the university, how funds are allocated, the university being under scrutiny from all sides of the media and from students,” said Laforest. “There is bridging the gap between students and administration.” According to Laforest, Shepard is also faced with the task of governing a university that’s often questioned for its controversial administration severance packages and spending. In December 2010, Judith Woodsworth abruptly left her position as university president with a severance package of approximately $700,000. Her predecessor, Claude Lajeunesse, completed only two years of a fiveyear contract and left Concordia with more than $1-million as a parting gift. In March 2012, Concordia was slapped with a $2-million fine from previous Education Minister Line Beauchamp due to the mismanagement of funds. Beauchamp reprimanded the institution for “a lack of

control” at the administrative level and her concern for the number of people leaving senior positions. “Something has to give, we have opposing views of what’s going on,” reiterated Laforest. “We need to have an honest discussion.” President Shepard stated that “the university’s reputation is important, it matters deeply... but we’re well-managed fiscally.” Last summer, the External Governance Review Committee released a report stating differently. The report provides recommendations to strengthen governance and internal relations at Concordia while scrutinizing the current climate at the university. The committee criticized Concordia for “a culture of contempt” and “spectacularly unsuccessful appointments of the last two presidents.” As the election draws nearer, Shepard awaits changes that have the potential to set the tone for the entire semester. He says the election results will ultimately decide which direction the student movement will take.

On Aug. 1, a provincial election was called for Sept. 4. In the wake of the student movement, provincial debt mounting, rumours of corruption and collusion, and the Charbonneau commission in mid-September, Quebecers will head to the polls to decide which party will form the next provincial government. The heavy and often confusing campaign trail filled with debates and promises are condensed into a little more than a month for potential provincial leaders to sell their parties to voters. With 34 days to win the support and love of a province that is not, by definition, so easily led, recent polls suggest many voters, as many as 19 per cent, stand undecided and aggressive advertisements remind young adults to have their voices be heard. The Concordian is here to simplify the voting process in such complicated times. It’s time for clarity and for students to be able to navigate

the upcoming election with ease. At Concordia, the fall semester was set to begin on Sept. 4 but is now delayed until the following day, Wednesday, Sept. 5. The university’s doors are open as of Wednesday and the additional day off will not be made up in the school calendar. In order to vote in the upcoming Quebec election, four factors must be met: you must be a Canadian citizen, you must 18 years of age or older to vote, you must be a Quebec resident for six months prior to election day, and you must be on the registered voters list before Aug. 30. Head to your local revision office before Aug. 30 to register to vote. Bring two pieces of government issued identification. One must have your name and date of birth; the other must have your name and your address. Polls are open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Employers must give you four consecutive hours off in order to allow time for voting. Continued on p. 2

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Got a news tip? news@theconcordian.com ELECTiON

Parties, platforms, and promises LiberaLs – Jean Charest FOr QuebeC

Parti QuébéCOis – PauLine MarOis À nOus de ChOisir

COaLitiOn avenir QuébeC – FrançOis LegauLt enOugh, vOte FOr Change!

QuébeC sOLidaire – aMir Khadir et FrançOise david debOut

OPtiOn natiOnaLe – Jean-Martin aussantOn Peut Mieux POur Le QuébeC

On education... Increase tuition fees by a total of $1,778 over seven years. Extend and expand bursaries and loans program.

On education... Index tuition freeze to match the cost of living, repeal Bill 78 and review the internal university management of funds.

On education... Reduce the planned tuition increase to a total of $1,000 over five years, then increase tuition with the rate of inflation.

On education... Public education from the preschool to university level will be free. Improve nutritional support programs for underprivileged youth.

On education... Introduce free education from elementary school to post-graduate level education. Make school compulsory until adulthood, in other words until 18 years of age.

On services... Put $47 million into special care for those suffering from chronic illnesses. Create 50,000 “green” environmentally friendly jobs.

On services... Provide additional 15,000 spots in daycares and cap daycare rate. Abolish health tax. Introduce a specialized financial aid program for entrepreneurs, especially farmers and fishermen.

On services... Introduce preventive programs for the young and the elderly to relieve burden on the healthcare system. $1,000 tax reduction for middle class families.

On services... Provide a family physician to everyone and a midwife to all women who request one. Increase minimum wage.

On services... Nationalize natural resources while enforcing a moratorium on shale gas and oil. Take steps limit private healthcare.

On separation... There are no plans for a referendum.

On separation... Plans to hold a referendum to create an independent Quebec.

On separation... Promotes independent Quebec, takes steps toward sovereignty.

Worth noting: Ban bridging schools, several commitments aimed at reducing bureaucracy and promoting transparency.

Worth noting: Limit access to English public schools, encourage consumption of local produce.

Worth noting: Abolition of bridging schools, extension of the French Charter.

health measures. Implement environmental taxes on pesticides, harmful packaging, etc. Provide Quebec’s schools with the means to offer a variety of sports to their students.

On separation... Introduce a provincial constitution derived from sovereignty.

On separation... There is no announced plan for a referendum. Worth noting: The Plan Nord, bill to tackle corruption within the construction industry.

Parti vert du QuébeC – CLaude sabOurin se dOnner une vOix

On separation... Hold a referendum for Quebec independence. Worth noting: Restructure of the French Charter, adoption of Quebec charter of secularism. Abolish subsidies to private schools. Make school compulsory until adulthood. On services... Allot funding

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World in Brief

Nation in Brief

Worth noting: Promotion of four days of work per week.

Don’t forget to get out and vote for Quebec’s next Premiere on September 4th!

City in Brief

Elizabeth Tomaras

Marilla Steuter-Martin

Elizabeth Tomaras

Elizabeth Tomaras

Kalina Laframboise

Tropical Storm Isaac heads for familiar ground

Talk about need for speed

Woman’s mutilated body found in Mississauga

UQAM students back to their striking ways

Trash the dress turns tragic

Though not a hurricane yet, Tropical Storm Isaac is about to hit Americans where it hurts; New Orleans. The weak system is set to make landfall on Wednesday when forecasters predict it will have gained hurricane strength. As the approaching anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastation nears, it is unsure what Isaac will unleash. “That brings a high level of anxiety to the people of New Orleans,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu was quoted as saying by CNN. However, the storm will not become strong enough – only reaching Category 1 compared to Katrina’s Category 3 – to cause the same damage that occurred seven years ago.

An American woman in Missouri was putting the pedal to the metal last Friday when her accelerator malfunctioned and left her careening down the highway at 90 mph or 144km/h. When the forty-seven year old’s gas pedal began to stick, Lauri Ulvestaud, was forced to manoeuver her vehicle desperately around other cars on the interstate. When she realized that the gas pedal was stuck, she called 911 and the operator helped Ulvestaud to regain control of the car. Finally she was able to lift the accelerator manually and afterwards, local police praised the woman for her collected reaction and good driving skills.

Several body parts of dismemberment victim Guang Hua Liu have been found last week in locations surrounding the Greater Toronto Area. Her torso and other body parts are still missing but police are trying to focus on the details surrounding her death. The 41-year-old mother of three fled China 10 years ago after violating the country’s birth control policies and filed for refugee status upon her arrival to Canada. Little is known about her life in Canada but Liu’s estranged ex-boyfriend Chun Qi Jiang was arrested on Monday, Aug. 27.

As UQAM students tried to resume what was left of the previous winter semester on the fourth floor of the Jean-Brillant building, they were greeted by protesters rather than teachers. On Monday, Aug. 27, about 100 classes were cancelled after an estimated 20 loud protesters showed their disdain for the resuming of the semester that was cut short back in February. Courses at Universite de Montreal were also disrupted by protesters. An eviction notice was given by the SPVM to the group rallying at U of M who dispersed soon after. Police were called by the university due to the blocking of a emergency exits by students.

Maria Pantazopoulos died as a result of trying to immortalize her wedding gown. On Friday, the 30-year-old was modeling her dress in the water of Ouareau River in Rawdon around 2 p.m. for a photographer when the water weighed her down and subsequently caused her to drown. Photographer Louis Pagakis attempted to save Pantazopoulos but her dress was so heavy he was unable to pull her up out of the water and eventually let go. Provincial police found her body in the water a few hours later.

Open house: Wednesday Sept. 12 at 4p.m. The Concordian invites you to come meet our editorial team and learn how to get involved! Our offices are located at the Loyola Campus in CC-431.


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In case you missed it: timeline Looking back on last year’s big moments

2. nOv. 10, 2011 – Massive dOWntOWn PrOtest against tuitiOn hiKes An estimated 30,000 students protested against the provincial government’s plan to raise tuition in the streets of downtown Montreal. Despite the downpour, a Concordia contingent left from Reggie’s terrace around 1 p.m. to meet up with other students at Parc Emilie-Gamelin. After marching through the downtown core, the movement gathered outside Premier Jean Charest’s office on McGill College. By the end of the protest, some students flocked to the James Administration building to take part in a growing confrontation. Police used tear gas and pepper spray to force protesters off McGill property. According to Montreal Police, four arrests were made that day.

Kalina Laframboise News editor

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OCt. 15, 2011 – OCCuPy MOntreaL MOveMent begins In coordination with the Occupy Canada movement and in solidarity with Occupy Wall Street in New York City, approximately 1,000 people showed up to Victoria Square for the first day of Occupy Montreal. Participants in the ‘general assembly’ then decided to rename Victoria Square as “Place du peuple.” Occupy Montreal lasted about a month before police forcibly vacated the square.

3. February 7 – 12, 2012 - MCgiLL students OCCuPy JaMes adMinistratiOn buiLding

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February 10, 2012 – student rePresentatives WaLK Out On bOard OF gOvernOrs Student governors Cameron Monagle, AJ West and Erik Chevrier quickly put an end to a meeting that had not even entered open session. The three students walked out in protest because they opposed a motion made in closed session that addressed whether or not cameras and recording equipment would be allowied during meetings. When they left, the meeting lost quorum and was therefore cancelled.

A group of students occupied the office of Deputy Provost for Student Life and Learning, Morton Mendelson, in protest of the administration’s decision not to uphold a referendum that would continue funding the campus radio station and a social justice organization. Students requested that CKUT and QPIRG continue to receive funding and that Mendelson step down. Administration cut off access to power and plumbing, which eventually forced students out days later.

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MarCh 5, 2012 – COnCOrdia university vOtes tO gO On striKe Concordia University became the first English post-secondary institution to join the student strike against the tuition increase. In a historic moment, undergraduate students voted in favour of a week-long general strike from March 15-22.

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MarCh 9, 2012 – COnCOrdia university is Fined $2-MiLLiOn Education Minister Line Beauchamp slapped Concordia University with a $2-million fine for handing out excessive severance packages and mismanaging funds. In a letter addressed to the administration, Beauchamp expressed her concern about senior administrators’ salaries and the turnover rate for those positions.

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aPriL 2, 2012 – sit-in Outside OF LOWy’s OFFiCe When a Fine Arts Student Alliance general assembly failed to meet quorum, more than 70 students held a sit-in outside of President Frederick Lowy’s office on the 15th floor of the MB building. Students proceeded to demand another meeting so they could discuss concerns about the ongoing student strike. After an hour, Lowy emerged from his office to take part in the impromptu meeting which would be continued at a later date.

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JuLy 26, 2012 - Jun Lin’s FuneraL A Concordia University student Jun Lin was remembered in a public funeral nearly two months after his brutal murder. Family and friends gathered at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges cemetery at 9 a.m. to mourn the loss of 33-year-old Lin. His ashes were buried in Montreal, where he had started to make a life for himself. The suspect was apprehended and his trial is ongoing.

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9. May 18, 2012 – PrOvinCiaL gOvernMent Passes biLL 78 In an effort to put an end to the tuition crisis after 14 weeks of student unrest, the provincial government passed the controversial and historic Bill 78. The bill cracks down on the size and governance of demonstrations, imposes strict fines for individuals blocking access to classes in post-secondary institutions and ended the winter semester at CEGEPs and universities affected by the strike.

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May 14, 2012 – eduCatiOn Minister Line beauChaMP resigns Following months of student unrest and protests against the tuition hike, Education Minister Line Beauchamp stepped down from her position and from politics entirely. Beauchamp’s resignation came after negotiations between the provincial government and student groups failed. An hour later, Michelle Courchesne was appointed as the new education minister.


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Putting a face to the n Know your representatives Kalina Laframboise News editor

sChubert LaFOrest COnCOrdia student uniOn President Laforest’s mandate began on June 1 when he replaced former President Lex Gill. Laforest is in charge of the student union that represents Concordia’s 30,000 undergraduate students. He is there to ensure undergraduate students’ voices and concerns are heard during the upcoming academic year. The president’s job is to oversee his executive committee’s management of funds, their promotion of student life, their campaigns and services. Laforest plans to tackle issues and scandals at Concordia with a sustainable and transparent government approach. Laforest promised that students would feel represented in administrative decisions and the CSU would hold governing bodies accountable for their decisions. The incumbent president said that he will tackle the tuition fee increase by lobbying for change within the internal management of the university.

siMOn-Pierre LauzOn vP externaL aFFairs Lauzon is in charge of handling Concordia’s external affairs and therefore deals with individuals, programs and groups outside of the university institution. VP external is responsible for liaisons outside of Concordia and the mobilization of students to actively participate in campaigns organized by the CSU. Lauzon must also sit on the External and Campaigns committee. For his mandate, Lauzon plans to implement student-run research papers that count for credit in order to have a more informed student body. An advocate of the student movement against the tuition increase, Lauzon will work with international student organizations who face similar situations. telephone: 848-7474 ext. 8906 email: external@csu.qc.ca

telephone: 848-7474 ext. 8899 email: president@csu.qc.ca

andreW rOberts vP sustainabiLity

LuCia gaLLardO vP aCadeMiC and advOCaCy

The role of VP Sustainability is to develop a responsible and sustainable environmental and social policy for the CSU. Roberts must promote sustainable campaigns and initiatives for Concordia. Roberts also sits on the board of directors for the Sustainability Action Fund and the Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program.

VP academic runs the legal clinic and Advocacy Centre while acting as a liaison to the Graduate Students Association and those appointed to represent academic bodies on academic issues. Gallardo is also responsible for the organization and chairing of meetings of the student academic caucus.

Roberts aims to promote sustainability at Concordia by addressing new undergraduate students at orientation. His goal is to create and update a sustainability website to promote awareness about environmental measures.

Gallardo wants to implement a sexual assault centre with the help of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute at Concordia. Her goals are to focus on students in need of financial aid and a sexual harassment policy.

telephone: 848-7474 ext. 8902 email: sustainability@csu.qc.ca

telephone: 848-7474 ext. 8903 email: academic@csu.qc.ca

Keny tOtO vP FinanCe

nadine ataLLah vP CLubs and internaL aFFairs

The job of VP finance is to oversee the CSU budget in terms of preparation, accessibility, updating and reporting on a monthly basis to the council. Toto must ensure the budget is respected and in the best interests of the student body. VP finance is also responsible for sitting on the board of CUSACORP and on the financial committee.

VP clubs and internal affairs oversees all non-academic groups belonging to the CSU. Part of Atallah’s mandate is to have a relationship with clubs, manage club budgets, and sit on the Clubs and Space Committee. Atallah also acts as the secretary of the corporation aspect of the CSU and must oversee the CSU’s corporate books.

Toto aims to focus on the needs of undergrads and welcomes their input for the budget. His goal is to make the CSU budget easy to read and to access. Toto also promises to make CUSACORP more profitable through new services while properly managing inventory control and improving marketing strategies.

In order to create a more democratic CSU, Atallah promises to implement online voting so that more students can participate in decisions made by the CSU. In addition she wants to encourage all students to find a club or student group that interests them.

telephone: 848-7474 ext. 8901 email: finance@csu.qc.ca

telephone: 848-7474 ext. 8900 email: clubs@csu.qc.ca

aLexis suzuKi vP student LiFe

steFan Faina vP LOyOLa

The role of VP student life is to act as a liaison for all faculty associations. Suzuki is responsible for organizing major events at Concordia, specifically student orientation at the beginning of the fall.

This position protects the best interests of students at Concordia’s Loyola Campus. VP Loyola is responsible for promoting a united university community and strengthening ties between both campuses.

Suzuki promised to work closely with clubs and faculty associations to ensure involvement in student life on campus. Her goal is to revitalize student life by reaching out to students to get them involved over the duration of the upcoming academic year.

Faina stated that he feels Loyola has the potential to play a greater role in student life this year. He promised to create more events at the campus and to bring back the Winter Festival. Faina also plans to introduce movie nights and a music festival at Loyola.

telephone: 848-7474 ext. 8905 email: studentlife@csu.qc.ca

telephone: 848-7474 ext. 8912 email: loyola@csu.qc.ca

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name: reps & admins Know your administration Marilla Steuter-Martin Editor-in-chief

aLan shePard university President and viCe-ChanCeLLOr The university president is responsible for the day to day administration of the institution. The president makes recommendations to the Board of Governors for their consideration and works with his vice-presidents, staff and faculty to raise the profile of the university through publicity, promotions and elevated enrollment. Shepard was appointed by the Board of Governors late last year to replace interim President Frederick Lowy. He grew up in the United States but immigrated to Canada in 2002 and is a citizen. He comes to us fresh out of Ryerson University, where he occupied the position of Provost and Vice-President academic since 2007. Shepard has an undergraduate degree from St. Olaf College and a PhD in English from the University of Virginia.

Lisa Ostiguy interiM PrOvOst While the search for a new Provost is set to begin shortly in the new academic year, an interim replacement has been chosen. Lisa Ostiguy, who served as interim Vice-Provost Teaching and Learning starting in Jan. 2012, is an associate professor and the chair of the department of applied human sciences. She has been a full-time faculty member since 1992. Before coming to Concordia, she earned her PhD in Higher Education Planning, Policy and Leadership, at the University of Iowa. She has also taught at the University of Iowa and University of Regina. email: sustainability@csu.qc.ca

rOger Côté vP serviCes The Vice-President of Services is responsible for overseeing admission services, student services, health services, residence life, counselling and development, dean of students office, advocacy and support services as well as recreation and athletics. Côté was appointed VP Services June 9, 2011 after he became the associate vicepresident in 2006. Côté has a bachelor’s degree from the Universite de Montreal and an MEd from McGill University. He has filled several positions at Concordia since arriving in 1981, first of all as director of the Loyola Campus Centre, then as Acting Dean of Students, director of Financial Aid and Awards Office from 1984 to 2004, and finally as Executive Director of Enrolment and Student Services.

andreW WOOdaLL dean OF students The dean of students is responsible for directing and planning activities through his office, co-ordinating outreach programs, and overseeing the Loyola Multi-Faith Chapel. He is there to encourage and support students at Concordia and is readily available to address concerns in his offices on both SGW and Loyola campuses. He also advises student leaders and administrators alike on issues pertaining to student life. Woodall was appointed June 20, 2011 after his time spent as the director for the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation. He has a master’s degree in management, specifically in Voluntary Sector Leadership, from McGill University.

braM FreedMan vP, institutiOnaL reLatiOns and seCretary-generaL The Vice-President, Institutional Relations and Secretary–General is responsible for managing government and external relations, university governance, human resources and legal affairs. Among other things, his portfolio also encompasses “the promotion of the values of civility, equity and respect within the University” as well as “transparent and accountable university governance.” Freedman is an attorney who was appointed in Feb. 2008. His title was modified from the original VP External Relations and Secretary–General in May 2011 because of the addition of the Human Resources to his description. In Oct. 2010, Freedman was appointed President of the Concordia University Foundation, an organization which manages funds donated to the university.

PatriCK KeLLey ChieF FinanCiaL OFFiCer The Chief Financial Officer is responsible for all things money related at Concordia. He oversees the allocation of funds, plans payment strategies, projects revenues and expenses for the university and is responsible for managing the institution’s budget. Patrick Kelley has served as Concordia’s Chief Financial Officer since July 2010, when he was officially appointed after a period of time spent as interim CFO. He has a degree in Mathematics from St. Bonaventure and continues to teach at the John Molson School of Business. He also served as ConU’s Executive Director, Strategic Plans, as well as the Special Advisor to the VP Services on IT.

david grahaM seniOr advisOr tO the President Graham has been at Concordia for a number of years and has filled several positions during that time. He came to ConU in 2005 when he was hired as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science and was promoted in 2008 to become the Provost and VP academic affairs. This summer, it was announced that Graham would not be seeking another mandate as Provost and has been appointed Senior Advisor to the President on internal strategy. He is set to take on his new position Sept. 1 of this year. Graham is a specialist in early modern French literature with a PhD from University of Western Ontario. Before arriving at Concordia, he taught at schools across the country including Memorial University, the Royal Military College of Canada and Mount Allison University.

nOrMand hébert Jr. Chair OF COnCOrdia’s bOard OF gOvernOrs The role of the Board of Governors chair is to conduct the meetings and ensure that the items on the agenda are addressed. In addition, the chair must provide leadership and keep discussion orderly and polite. After serving as the vice-chair of Concordia’s Board of Governors, Hébert has stepped up to replace former chair Peter Kruyt as of July 1, 2012. Hebert has a degree in commerce from Concordia and a law degree from the University of Ottawa. Photos courtesy of Concordia University


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The ins and outs of our summer of red Quebec student protests fuel provincial election Kalina Laframboise News editor

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he ongoing conflict between the government, universities and students in what has been Quebec’s longest student protest to date reached a climax this summer. Following months of protests and students taking to the streets during the early months of 2012 to protest the proposed tuition fee increase, the winter semester ended abruptly for many in the wake of unresolved tension. Negotiations between the provincial government and student leaders began in April following massive protests in cities provincewide. The Charest government introduced a new deal of a $254 per year increase over seven years to total $1,778 compared to the initial increase of $1,625. This offer did not sit well with student organizations and negotiations quickly dissolved. In May, following unsuccessful attempts at negotiations between the provincial government and student leaders, then Education Minister Line Beauchamp resigned from her position. Upon stepping down, Beau-

champ said that following discussions with students leaders she lost confidence in striking a compromise. “I am resigning because I no longer believe I am part of the solution,” announced Beauchamp on May 14. Following the appointment of new Education Minister Michelle Courchesne, the Charest Liberals tabled a controversial and historic bill aimed at ending the student crisis. The National Assembly passed the emergency legislation May 18 with 68 in favour and 48 opposed. Bill 78 imposes strict regulations for protests and limits the size, when and how long individuals can protest. Demonstrations must be restricted to 50 people or fewer, where the individuals must provide an itinerary eight hours in advance to police. Hefty fines are imposed for individuals who block access to classes as the law is aimed to ensure students may attend their courses if they so wish. The law also immediately suspended the winter semester of 11 universities and 14 CEGEPs affected by the student strikes. The emergency legislation was immediately implemented and met with backlash from students, citizens, various groups and the Quebec Human Rights Commission that condemned the bill. It resulted in

students and their supporters taking to the streets in large numbers in nightly demonstrations. In defiance, student group Coalition large de l’Association pour une solidarité syndicale etudiante encouraged students to challenge the law by protesting in the streets. Thousands took to the streets in a sea of red during the following days resulting in mass arrests May 22 and May 23. More than 500 lawyers marched in silence to oppose Bill 78 on May 28. During this time, demonstrators banged pots and pans every night at 8 p.m. from their balconies and in the streets of the downtown core as a way to voice their discontent with the provincial government. International protests were organized to show solidarity with striking Quebec students and the iconic red square even made an appearance on Saturday Night Live when Arcade Fire performed. As summer continued, so did protests but in smaller numbers. Dozens still march every night but

demonstrations fizzled out shortly after the tumultuous Grand Prix weekend in Montreal where police and protesters clashed. In anticipation of a provincial election, Léo Bureau-Blouin, former president of Fédération étudiante collégiale du Québec, announced his candidacy for the Parti Québécois on July 25. Bureau-Blouin runs for the riding of Laval-des-Rapides. The provincial government called an election for Sept. 4 on

in strike votes. The move was surprising as Nadeau-Dubois has been the face behind the student movement since February but he felt it was time for “new blood” to arrive. In a letter published in Le Devoir, Nadeau-Dubois wrote that the student movement had a new stage of renewal, and that it was time for him to go. In mid-August, thousands of CEGEP students voted to return to class to finish their winter semesters. Following the return to classes of a dozen CEGEPs, students of CEGEP de Saint-Laurent and CEGEP du Vieux-Montréal also decided to discontinue their strike. As Concordia’s new president Alan Shepard emphasized in an interview with The Concordian, the future of the student strike “depends on the outcome of the election.” For now, the student movement and crisis has reached a lull while student groups encourage students to vote on Sept. 4. The student strike, while it continues on the 22nd of each month has reached a standstill for the time being.

i am resigning because i no longer believe i am part of the solution.

- Line beauchamp Aug. 1. Political parties were given 34 days to sell themselves to electors. More than six months of student protests is a force behind the upcoming provincial election. On Aug. 8, Gabriel NadeauDubois quietly announced his resignation as a spokesperson from CLASSE. Nadeau-Dubois’ resignation was timed with students heading back to CÉGEP and participating

proteSterS Show their Support during nuMerouS deMonStrAtionS held throughout the MonthS of June, July, And AuguSt. photoS by MArie-JoSee kelly


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Get sweaty and get social Training Mobs brings back the joy of group fitness Stephanie La Leggia Life editor While llifting weights at the gym to a personalized playlist may be the ideal workout for some, others need a little change in pace and scenery - a feeling David Sciacca and Jonas Caruana understand all too well. What started as a long distance friendship eventually grew into a shared apartment and a business plan. With a mutual passion for fitness, Sciacca, 30, and Caruana, 29, launched Training Mobs in January 2011, a fitness community website that lists and promotes great local group workouts. “We really wanted to bring back the social aspect of fitness,” said Sciacca. “Make it easy for people to go to whatever workout they want and not have to be members there.” Aside from being extremely practical for the fitness community, Training Mobs gives that extra nudge of encouragement to its members, a sense of inspiration that Sciacca and Caruana were searching for themselves not too long ago. After graduating in finance from Concordia University, Sciacca worked three-and-a-half years in investment banking, a job he had no desire to keep. “I realized very quickly that I wasn’t doing something I was in love with and I got tired of that,”

Training Mobs co-founders Jonas caruana and concordia grad, david sciacca. phoTo Taken by eva blue.

he said. “To be completely honest, I had no idea what I wanted to do.” His epiphany led him to Costa Rica where he extended an invitation to his Australian friend, Caruana, who shared the same dismay for his management job. The two had met seven years ago during a university exchange program in Budapest. “We were surfing and we started complaining about how hard it was to find a great workout wherever we were and how hard it was to coordinate workouts with friends while we were working,” said Sciacca. “We thought maybe there was something out there that would help fix this. When we looked into it and didn’t find anything, that’s when

we said, ‘Well this doesn’t make sense.’ So we created Training Mobs from that.” Committed to finding great workouts for their members, Sciacca and Caruana reach out to independent studios and gyms that offer more intimate experiences bigger gyms sometimes fail to provide. Apart from the free exposure, Training Mobs allows smaller autonomous gyms to connect with their target audience all the while offering a variety of workouts to their members. “People who have opened an independent gym tend to do it out of passion because everyone knows that opening a studio is probably not the fastest way to get brilliantly rich,” said Sciacca. “When you’re

doing something you love, you’re more committed to it - you build a community around you and people enjoy that kind of experience.” Everyday, Training Mobs offers a fresh list of diverse social fitness classes at a discount rate, from circuit training on Mount Royal to hot yoga in the West Island. No matter the time, location or workout preference, anybody can sign up for a workout on a whim. While Training Mobs continues to spread across North America, Sciacca and Caruana are creating new ways to connect their studio and gym partners with their members. One in particular that is gaining some attention is the MobPass. “We think the MobPass has po-

tential to change the way people think about fitness,” said Sciacca. “We believe in group fitness because it’s more fun and there’s that social accountability.” With a monthly purchase of $9.95, the MobPass offers access to every Training Mob gym, studio and trainer at a ten-class-pass rate. Suitable for travelers or anyone with a hectic schedule and an interest in trying new workouts, Sciacca describes the MobPass as being a universal gym membership to all the best independent studios from Montreal to Toronto to San Francisco. “Why are we preventing people from getting access to these small studios that are specialized by restricting them to one type of workout?” he said. “There’s got be people out there that like variety, that would appreciate flexibility.” Aside from expanding their fitness community and spreading the word, Sciacca and Caruana are constantly trying to keep an open conversation with their partners and members. They share a blog with their members and encourage people to post videos and messages of their great workouts, and to show newcomers that working out doesn’t have to be intimidating. “This is a community of real people that are going out and getting active,” said Sciacca. “Training Mobs belongs to the community and we always wanted it to be that way. If you had a great workout experience and want to tell the world about it, let us know and we’ll be happy to shoot it out to the world.”

RESTo REvIEW

Garde Manger proves worthy of hype Chuck Hughes’s lobster poutine tops the menu Lauren Luz Contributor It goes without saying that any Montreal foodie, or anybody that lives in Montreal for that matter, has heard of celebrity chef Chuck Hughes and his legendary restaurant, Garde Manger. Garde Manger is a small and unassuming, located in Montreal’s Old Port. Unless you knew what to look for, you would never know the restaurant without any obvious signage belonged to Hughes. The place itself has a cool and hip atmosphere. Although you may think that this would be a

perfect spot for an intimate date due to the fact that the restaurant itself can only hold a handful of tables, think again. It is a very loud mix of music, talking, and sounds coming from the kitchen which is open for everyone to see. Don’t expect them to hand you a menu either. The dishes, which change daily depending on what is most fresh and in season, are marked on a suspended blackboard. The only items that consistently maintain a spot are signature dishes like the lobster poutine – a dish Hughes prepared while he was on the show, Iron Chef – and the deep-fried Mars bar. The music playing was upbeat and classic, everything from Otis Redding to Sublime played in the three-and-a-half hours that we spent at the restaurant.

Now on to the food… I can honestly say that I have never enjoyed a meal as much as I did at Garde Manger. It is worth the month long wait needed to get a reservation as well as every penny of the gigantic bill that was presented to us at the end of the night. As a group, we decided that we would all get something different. By the end of the night we must have tried about 90 per cent of the menu. We all unanimously agreed that the highlights of the meal were the lobster poutine, the seafood platter and the short ribs. The seafood platter took up the entire table and was filled with some of the freshest seafood available in Montreal. The poutine lived up to all of our expectations; it was delicious

and worthy of being the restaurant’s signature dish. The drinks aren’t cheap, but they sure are worth it. They have a menu with a variety of exotic cocktails and each will set you back between $13- chuck hughes, on The cover of his book, garde Manger. 15. I tried a cucumber vodka soda, which was surpris- and the service is fantastic. ingly refreshing and delicious. Plus, there’s a chance you may Garde Manger is a good just bump into Hughes himself. place to have dinner with friends or even to go and hang- Garde Manger is located at out at night. The music is great, 408, Rue Saint-François-Xavier there’s an inviting ambiance in the Old Port of Montreal.


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Fall 2012: back to school fashions

FASHIoN

Try on a sleek

Femme Fatale in

uniform

black

The military trend has had moments in the past, but this time around it has a classier feel to it. Whether it’s a cinched waist, gold embroidery or fur trimmings, designers have found a way to incorporate heels into the military uniform. Expect a lot of strong silhouettes and clean lines once coat season rolls around.

Not sure about prints and white? Do not fret, black is still in, but this time with a rebellious twist. Designers have taken on the night-time hue and created a wardrobe suited for Trinity in The Matrix. There is nothing understated about this fall’s black leather gear. The French wear all-black for any occasion, you can to.

phoTo by sophia loffreda. graphics by Jennifer kwan

Snow White after

Prints, prints, and

labour day

more prints

Designers are constantly breaking the rules, making it a little difficult sometimes to keep up with whether full on denim is in or out. This fall, the fashion world has officially taken on white after Labor Day – a fashion faux pas I was never fond of. Until Indian summer is over, I wouldn’t rush to put away your white linen pants!

This fall, designers have taken prints to a whole new level: adorning their models in head to toe graphics. Whether it’s baroque style florals, geometric confusion or paisleys, there couldn’t be a better time to toss aside your fashion inhibitions and embellish yourself with any print you desire! Take a page from Diane Von Furstenberg’s handbook and go wild.

BAR REvIEW

Settle in at Comme Chez Soi This speakeasy gives you a taste of the past Stephanie La Leggia Life editor Though There’s no lack of greaT bars in This universiTy ciTy, iT was only a MaTTer of TiMe before MonTreal would welcoMe a speakeasy To The Mile end neighborhood. With the 1920s re-emerging

in fashion and cinema, like Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, there couldn’t have been a better time to give people a little sense of rebellion. Le Comme Chez Soi – its inviting name urging clients to act as they would at home – is a luminous cave enriched with mahogany and statement pieces that were either inherited or bought at an estate sale. The bar is filled with a variety of round and square wooden tables, accommodating any party size. The

room is long and narrow with bright antique lamps. An eye-catching upright piano is centered along a stonewall decorated with black and white photos of strangers of the past. If you decide to visit on the weekend, you won’t be surprised to hear a few bluesy tunes that are great company to a good conversation. The bar is filled with a variety of beers and whiskies. While I appreciate a good scotch on the rocks, it’s hard to order anything else aside from their bloody caesars. It’s fresh

with just the right amount of spice and it’s always served with at least three big olives and an onion – the best I’ve had in Montreal! While the bar may be what you’re looking for, I would suggest giving a glance at the menu and going for the burger. Made with bison meat and dressed with Roquefort cheese and bacon, Le Comme Chez Soi has earned a reputation for having one of the best burgers in the Mile End. Aside from adding a terrace, this bar could also use an improvement

in their service. Considering the room is quite intimate, it was sometimes difficult to get the attention of the waiters chilling by the bar. Le Comme Chez Soi is nicely lit, has a wonderful ambiance and is filled with people in deep in conversation. It’s the perfect place to take a break from the rowdiness and dancing, and get a feeling of what it must have been like in 1920s! Le Comme Chez Soi is located at 5386 St Laurent, in the mile end.


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Wicked finishes on a high note A review that will make you green with envy Marilla Steuter-Martin Editor-in-chief The standing ovation seemed to go on forever. It felt as though all of Place des Arts was on its feet, genuinely thrilled and grateful to the immensely talented actors and production team who had made the evening a truly magical experience. The beloved story,The Wizard of Oz was given new life in writer Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West and has since been adapted for the theatre by Winnie Holzman with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. The musical follows the story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West, before she was villainized and was still known by her birth name, Elphaba. Elphaba is a feisty young woman, who has been misunderstood all her life because of the unfortunate green tinge of her skin and wants only to be like everyone else. At Shiz academy, where she is sent to study, she finds an unlikely friend in Gallinda Upland, a popular blonde queen bee, who later becomes Glinda the Good. Elphaba has always dreamed of meeting the revered leader of Oz, the Wizard, but when she finally gets the opportunity she discovers things are not as they seem. Determined to save Oz from the corrupt Wizard, Elphaba aligns herself against everything she has ever known. A rebel and a threat to the Oz the Wizard has worked so hard to control, he paints Elphaba as a villain and turns the city against her. With only a few friends by her side, Elphaba walks the line between being the hero and being hated. At its heart, Wicked is a touching story about friendship and loss, and choosing a path in life before one is chosen for you.

FilM

Recycled films dominated the box office this summer Amanda l. Shore Arts editor

A scene from the extremely populAr musicAl, Wicked, currently plAying At plAce des Arts.

The songs by Schwartz, which have become so iconic in the world of musical theatre in such a short time, were the best part of the musical, standing out above the stunning set, excellent choreography and fast paced and clever script. Big dance numbers like ‘Dancing through life’ were executed perfectly with practiced ease while touching ballads like ‘For Good’ really drove home the core messages and themes of the show. The moment I arrived and took my seat in the balcony, I was shocked by the lavish set. I expected a lot from a show as celebrated as Wicked, but this was something else. There was an enormous dragon sculpture perched at the top of the elaborate set which spanned the stage with its wings. As the show began I was amazed to see its eyes begin to glow and its head to move

menacingly along with the action. It was simply awesome to see how much work was put into this detail which had no actual bearing on the plot. The cast was led by Stephanie Torns as Elphaba, and Jeanna De Waal as Glinda. Both actresses were incredibly energetic and lively, considering the show has been running since August 1. Torns was listed in the program as a standby for Christine Dwyer the usual lead, and it was announced just before the show that Torns would be taking the stage. If there was any doubt in my mind beforehand at having to watch the standby instead of the original casting choice, it was erased as soon as she opened her mouth. She was amazing. Torns definitely blew everyone away with her fantastic voice. She drew out her

low melancholy notes, she belted her fierce high ones. She was by far the highlight. It is always so refreshing to see songs which are so well known like ‘Defying Gravity’ and ‘Popular’, be given new life. A new twist or turn in the melody or in the way the actors deliver a certain line. Both female leads did a great job of this, staying very close to the cast recording that’s been played over and over while still giving the songs personality. The only major downside of the production was the character of Fiyero, who was played by Billy Harrigan Tighe. His singing was plain awful. Thankfully he only had two songs, but being the main romantic lead that eventually drives a wedge between Glinda and Elphaba, he was a let-down. He sang flat most of the time, which proved painfully noticeable and lacked the breath control to make it through the challenging songs gracefully. It’s possible that towards the end of the run, he simply threw out his voice, but he ruined one of my favourite songs, and that is unforgivable for a professional. The supporting cast however, a group of about 28 actors, who played Ozian officials, students, flying monkeys, as well as larger characters like the wizard, were very strong. They all knew exactly what they were supposed to be doing and made it look easy. Overall, the entire production quality was through the roof. The show far surpassed my expectations for a touring show! It was well worth the sixty-some dollar ticket. When I was leaving, I heard one little girl say, “I would come see this musical everyday if I could.” I think that says it all.

The summer of the re-hash

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educe, reuse, recycle; so the old adage goes, but must we subject ourselves to recycled films as well as cans and bottles? Year after year, Hollywood subjects moviegoers to new movies they have made from old and this summer theatres were littered with recycled material from Hollywood’s blue bin. There was not one, but two Snow White story adaptations, another remake of Spiderman

and adaptations of both Total Recall and Prometheus. Not to mention the countless sequels, such as Madagascar 3, Ice Age: Continental Drift and Men in Black 3, which are the same formulas as the first few films, but with a fresh coat of paint thrown on to make them look new again. Summer has always shown a prominence for re-hashed films, mainly because they are the movie industry’s highest earning releases and summer is when most studios release films that are aspiring for Blockbuster status. According to Box Office Mojo’s yearly box office results, re-hashed and sequential films released this summer were among the top ten highest grossing films of the year thus far. The Dark Knight Rises, ranked number two in worldwide gross, Ice Age: The Continental Drift ranked third, The Amazing Spiderman ranked fourth, MIB 3 and Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted ranked sixth and seventh and Snow White and the Huntsmen brought up the rear in ninth place. Recycled films beat out even very popular

films such as The Hunger Games, which ranked fifth in worldwide gross behind The Dark Knight Rises, Ice Age and The Amazing Spiderman. Last summer The Hangover: Part II brought in $581.5 million dollars worldwide, beating out the original comedy Bridesmaids. The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids were both well received by critics and yet they could not overcome the popularity of these re-hashed films. Among this summer’s highest grossing films worldwide only two of the top ten films, (Brave and The Intouchables), did not originate from a previous movie conception.This would seem to illustrate that more people will pay to see a film they are already familiar with, rather than one that is relatively new to them, even when it gets rave reviews. Therefore, by all evidence, movies that have been re-made from old, adapted from fairy tales or are part of a sequence, are much better received money-wise than more original films. Proving that for Hollywood, the summer of the re-hashed pays off and we don’t mind one bit.


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FilM REviEW

Celeste and Jesse Forever

Jesse (Andy sAmberg) And celeste (rAshidA Jones) Are tWo best friends Who Were mArried. noW they must cope With the hArsh reAlities of their divorce.

Rashida Jones and Andy Samberg break your heart, then mend it Sophia loffreda Production Manager The film begins with a seemingly normal married couple, casually chatting in the car, until they take out a vaseline tube. Giggling wildly they simulate what can only be described as a mini happy ending for the classic lip chap, eventually squeezing the tube to allow the clear gel to squirt out of the top. It’s weird. Very weird. But it’s the kind of inside joke that true best friends can share without inhibition. We immediately realize that Celeste (an absolutely perfect Rashida Jones) and Jesse (a sweet and subdued Andy Samberg) have a unique and meaningful relationship. What we don’t yet realize is that the pair have been separated for the past few months. “It’s the perfect breakup,” says Samberg’s

character, who is still living in his ex-wife’s guest house - until it isn’t. Although Jesse is not ready to call it quits, Celeste is set in her decision, and the ex-couple finally decide to do the unthinkable: cut each other out of their lives for good. Jesse initially tries to change Celeste’s mind but when that proves futile, Jesse decides to move on and suddenly it’s Celeste who’s in turmoil over the breakup. The movie slowly churns on as we follow Celeste’s endearing Type-A personality through a string of classic breakup scenarios and attempts at healing her broken heart. There’s a club scene, emotional eating, marijuana-fueled pity parties (including a hilariously honest heart-to-heart between Celeste & her creepy yet charming drug dealer, Skillz, played by Will McCormack), snooping through trash, house parties, bad dates, yoga, discussions with her gay best friend (an adorable, although cliché, Elijah Wood), divorce papers, Facebook stalking, crying fits, obsessive running sessions, disasters at work, and of course, karaoke (which leads us to conclude

that while Jones can successfully carry a movie, she should probably leave music up to her father, Quincy Jones). The movie is heartfelt, funny, and just a little bit predictable. Jones and Samberg prove that they can charm any audience, but the script (penned by Jones and McCormack) is less than perfect, sometimes leaving us with jokes that fall short and characters that, with the exception of Celeste, could be further developed. However, it is the sincerity of its main characters and the thoughtful, genuine way in which Celeste goes about her rediscovery, that makes the movie so enjoyable. She definitely fails more times than she triumphs, but along the way there are meaningful and honest moments, cleverly cushioned by humour and a heartbreaking soundtrack, from Donnie & Joe Emerson’s “Baby”, to Biz Markie’s “Just a Friend”, it might be the most diverse soundtrack of the summer. The cinematography is surprisingly impressive as well, with one of the film’s most poignant scenes culminating in a striking frame of Jones, smoking a cigarette,

her hair and coat blowing in the wind, as she stands in front of a white wedding tent. If there is a pair who can laugh while signing divorce papers and then high five while they leave the building, it’s Jones and Samberg. Celeste & Jesse is sad at the same time as it is heartwarming and will probably join the ranks of classic indies such as 500 days of Summer. As the credits roll, we are left with a string of questions to contemplate. Can friendship between two people be forever, even if they aren’t? Is there such a thing as the right person, or even the wrong person? Can two people truly love each other, move on, and still be happy for one another? The movies main truth may be that we grow with every relationship, whether we wish to or not. As Skillz says to Celeste while they take hits from a massive blue bong, “When you can no longer change the situation, you need to change yourself. Victor Frankl… or Biggie… I don’t know.” Celeste and Jesse Forever is now playing at Cineplex Forum. See your local listings .

CinEMA

Remembering the queen of crime

Cinema du Parc honors Agatha Christie with movie adaptations Mathieu Demers Contributor

To commemorate the work of Agatha Christie, one of the most celebrated mystery writers ever, Cinema du Parc will be showcasing two movie versions of the famous British novelist’s work until Aug. 30. This special screening comes just three weeks before what would have been Christie’s 122nd birthday on Sept. 15. Having written more than 80 novels and created two of the most well known literary heroes of her decade, this is a well-deserved celebration. The movies selected by Cinema du Parc are

“Ten Little Indians” directed by George Pollock (1965) and “Murder on the Orient Express” directed by Sidney Lumet (1974). Both are categorized as important movies that should be shown to every generation, says Cinema du Parc director of communications, Beatrice Flynn. Not only is the work of Agatha Christie praised through these two movies, but the work of Pollock and Lumet is exemplified, as Flynn maintains that these two films are the best adaptations ever made of Christie’s work. Ten Little Indians: Pollock invites you into his take on Agatha Christie’s novel And Then There Were None which originally shared the same title as the film adaptation but was changed to the more politically correct choice later on. In the book, ten strangers with a criminal past are invited to a secluded house on an island

where it seems they will finally get what they deserve. The movie title comes from the title of the poem Ten little Indians, each line of which dictates the destructive fate of the next guest as carried out by an unknown executioner.

Murder on the Orient Express: When a wellknown but notoriously hated banker is murdered on the Orient Express, it is up to famed detective Hercule Poirot to solve the case. The list of suspects is extensive, including every passenger on the stalled train, some of whom have not been shy when expressing their distaste for the victim. The movie also features Ingrid Bergman who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Greta. Murder on the Orient Express is a true whodunit that will keep you thoroughly entertained and on the edge of your seat.


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Osheaga bigger and better than ever Ticket sales went through the roof drawing over a 100,000 Victoria Kendrick & Katherine Cimon Contributors

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ike most music festivals, this year’s Osheaga passed by in a flurry of stellar performances, overpriced food, crowded washrooms (crowded everything, really) and free merchandise. However, this year’s line-up was bigger and better than ever, proven by the almost unreal number of tickets sold. Friday, Aug. 3 was the first day in the history of the festival to be completely sold-out (this was announced a matter of hours after yours truly purchased her own tickets, praise be!) Approximately 120,000 tickets were sold and by the end of the day both the Friday and Sunday performances were completely soldout. A blend of household names and upand-coming Canadian talent, Osheaga sported something for everyone. Headliners for Friday included Justice, Florence and the Machine, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, MGMT and more. While Florence offered a magical, almost unearthly performance, MGMT brought their music

video for “Electric Feel” to life, distributing glow-sticks and psychedelic vibes to all. Sigur Ros, the genre-defying Icelandic band, put on a characteristically unusual and ethereal show and Justice, the last show of the day on the main stages, was an electronic party, with screens flashing brightly on the stage and the La Ronde fireworks exploding into showers of colour over the nearby amusement park. But the performance that delivered the most surprises was the second Icelandic group on the program (likely a first for the festival), Of Monsters and Men. They were not quite as big a headliner as the above four bands, as evidenced by the fact that they played before sunset and on one of the secondary stages, but they drew an enormous audience (even the band members expressed surprise at the number of people), which was itself enormously enthusiastic, singing along and filling every gap of quiet with cheers and applause. And, despite the rather intense heat in the tightly packed and shadeless standing area, the show was fantastic - I would venture to say that Of Monsters and Men might be better live - and worth the full-body-sweating experience. Unfortunately, due to the overlapping performances, we could not catch all of the artists who played during our stay, but some of the lesser-known artists that we enjoyed

and deserve mention were Yukon Blonde, a Canadian indie-rock band and luxuriant hair collective, who played a really fun show and shared some banter between the lead singer and guitarist onstage. Another was Charli XCX, with a drum set and key- Florence and the Machine on stage at osheaga. photo by writers. board decked with flowers and Charli herself in an outfit so outrageous waiting in line for food and water circulated that you (or, at least, I) immediately wanted amongst concert-goers. to be her best friend. Yet, many would argue that this is all part A thorough review of the festival would of what makes a festival, well, a festival. not be complete without mentioning the im- The constantly-having-your-toes-stepped-on pact the sheer number of people had on the closeness of bodies and hours spent waiting experience. In all honesty, it really did take to buy four dollar water bottles, punctuated a ridiculous amount of time to get from one by performances by a varied and impressive stage to another, thanks to the combination array of artists, give the experience that cerof a large crowd and a small staircase. More tain je ne sais quoi that makes us all proud than one story of people passing out while to say we were there.

mixtape

Falling asleep on the beach to the lapping waves, rolling into your

summer job with your hair still wreaking of campfire, and nursing a lukewarm glass of beer while lingering on the patio after sunset. These are the memories we shall cling to for comfort as we hole ourselves up in the library, buried under midterms. But alas, I swear, summer is not over yet. The sun will bounce off Montreal pavement for at least another month, and you’ll keep the fan cranked in your bedroom through many more humid nights. This mixtape is for those who aren’t quite ready to slip into their school shoes. Each track was released by an artist that either toured or broke out since we last closed our textbooks, and should ease summer separation anxiety. Side A is for those first few weekends of the school year when you can’t get enough of nights out downtown. Spin Side B when one of yours friends gets their hands on a car and you head for water. There’s still a little beach time left!

Songs to prolong summer Compiled by Elizabeth Mackay Music editor

SIDE A: Gettin’ down in the city

SIDE B: On the road

1. “Conditioning” - Cadence Weapon - Hope in Dirt City 2. “Phone Sex” - Blood Diamonds ft. Grimes - Phone Sex EP 3. “Motion Sickness” - Hot Chip - In Our Heads 4. “Sinful Nature” - Bear in Heaven - I Love You It’s Cool 5. “House” - Kindness - World, You Need a Change of Mind 6. “212” - Azealia Banks feat. Lazy Jay - Single 7. “Next To You” - Poolside - Pacific Standard Time 8. “Midnight City” - M83 - Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 9. “Under Your Spell” - Desire Drive Soundtrack 10. “Nightcall” - Kavinsky & Lovefox - Single

11. “Angels” - The xx - Single 12. “Wild” - Beach House Bloom 13. “Golden Mile” - Daniel Rossen Silent Hour/Golden Mile EP 14. “You Only Want It ‘Cause You’re Lonely” - Parlovr - Kooksoul 15. “Life’s A Beach” - Django Django - Django Django 16. “Santa Fe” - Beirut - The Rip Tide 17. “Ruin” - Cat Power - Single 18. “For 12” - Other Lives - Tamer Animals 19. “Laura” - Bat for Lashes Single 20. “Sunshine” - Little Dragon Single


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012 top 10

Andrew Guilbert Staff writer

>>> Blu-Ray Way

The Beatles’ 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour will be receiving the DVD/Blu ray treatment come Oct. 9, when it will be reissued by the same folks who handled the Yellow Submarine reissue earlier this year. The film includes a wealth of bonus features, including a making-of documentary, interviews with the band, deleted scenes and director commentary by Paul McCartney himself. In celebration of this re-release, the film will receive a limited theatrical release on Sept. 27. If that’s still not enough, consider the Boxed Edition, which includes a 60 page booklet and a 7 inch vinyl as well as the film in both digital formats.

>>> More Faith No More?

In an interview with News.com, Mike Patton, the man behind such acts as Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, and Faith No More, said that the band considered writing new material, but ultimately decided against it. “We’re pretty happy with just touring. There was talk, ‘Should we write new stuff?’ and we all looked at each other and said ‘Nahhh, fuck it.’ We did work up one new little thing and that was really energizing.” That “new little thing” is a song called “Matador,” which the band has played in live shows over the last few months, footage of which can be found on YouTube.

Top Ten Fall Tours: Retro Natasha Taggart Online editor

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latest and ninth studio album entitled Choice of Weapon - released in May 2012. Fans can expect them to perform classics like “She Sells Sanctuary” and “Love Removal Machine” at Metropolis on Sept. 1.

on Oct. 18 at the Bell Centre in light of their 20th studio album entitled Clockwork Angels. The band will tour around North America, making 33 stops. This is their latest album since 2007’s Snakes & Arrows.

THE OFFSPRING For a healthy serving of 90’s rock, check out The Offspring at the Metropolis on Sept. 3 and 5. Twenty-three years after the California trio’s first release, the band will surely prove that they’re still “pretty fly” with their newest album Days Go By.

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Metal group Black Label Society will visit Metropolis on Oct. 20. Instead of supporting a new album, they’re touring to promote a new acoustic DVD entitled Unblackened. Their latest album The Song Remains Not The Same was released in May 2011.

K.D. LANG AND THE SISS BOOM BANG Canadian pop and country singer k.d lang will perform at the Corona Theatre for two nights on Sept. 28 and 29, performing songs from her latest album Sing It Loud - the Juno Award winner’s latest release since 2008’s Watershed.

SMASHING PUMPKINS Billy Corgan and the Pumpkins will tour North America starting in October 2012 to promote their newest album Oceania. Their concert on October 28 at the Bell Centre will be split into two parts; the band will play all 13 songs off their latest album and then a mix of hits from over the years.

ANTHRAX / TESTAMENT With the release of their tenth studio album Worship Music, the American Trash Metal band will make their Montreal show their lats stop on their Canadian tour. They will likely play notable hits such as “Only” and “Concrete Jungle.”

or some, back to school means the good times are over. But September also marks the beginning of Montreal’s promising fall concert line-up. In this Top 10 we go retro, taking a look at the bands from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s that will grace our city’s biggest stages.

ALANIS MORISSETTE If angst-y female songstresses are more your thing, Alanis Morissette will be at the Bell Centre on Oct. 16, her first show in Montreal since her Place Des Arts in 2008. Her new album Havoc and Bright Lights releases Aug. 28.

the cUlt The British quad, formed in 1983, is touring their

rUsh Rock veterans Rush will make a stop in Montreal

JOURNEY Fans can start believing again Nov. 5 at the Bell Centre when Journey takes the stage to perform their hits from as far back as the 1970’s. Pat Benatar and Loverboy will accompany the band in the first part of the show. DROPKICK MURPHYS For a taste of Celtic rock, check out the Dropkick Murphys playing at Metropolis on Nov. 18. The band last visited Montreal in August, after playing at the Festival d’Été de Québec in Quebec City. The reason for the tour is the release of their latest album, Going Out In Style.

Quick Spins

>>> Do we hear wedding bells?

Canadian pop music has a new couple to contend with, as Avril Lavigne and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger have announced their engagement after keeping their relationship under wraps for six months. The pair met in February when they collaborated on a song for Lavigne’s upcoming fifth studio album. “A romantic relationship blossomed as they spent time writing together,” a friend of Lavigne’s told People magazine. Kroeger popped the question on Aug. 8 with a 14K diamond ring, and the couple’s families “couldn’t be happier.” Sharing in the joy were the pairs many detractors, who used the opportunity to alight the twittersphere in sarcasm. Said comedian Morgan Murphy on her twitter: “Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger have requested that in lieu of wedding gifts, everyone stop laughing uncontrollably at them.”

>>> Bad Iver

Indie darling Bon Iver topped LA Weekly’s Worst Hipster Bands of All Time list, beating out groups like Arcade Fire and the Black Keys for the top spot. Said the LA Weekly of the group: “Bon Iver coos the celebratory ballads of hip poseurs who refuse to get their hands dirty, that is, unless that filth is quaint and photogenic.” They were also decried as the “sonic equivalent of an empty canvas tote bag.” I’m sure wherever Justin Vernon is, he is crying all about it over his Grammys.

Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits (2012; Merge Records)

Jessie Ware - Devotion (2012; Island Records)

Bloc Party - Four (2012; Frenchkiss)

Fans of the Handsome Furs can breathe a sigh of relief. Despite announcing the Montreal band’s breakup earlier this year, Dan Boeckner is back with something even more addictive. Boeckner teamed up Spoon’s Britt Daniel and Sam Brown of The New Bomb Turks to give the ‘supergroup’ fad a try. Divine Fits dropped “My Love is Real” as their teaser single earlier this summer, but their full release, A Thing Called Divine Fits, hits the shelves on Aug. 28. Boeckner and Daniel take turns, alternating as the lead vocalist by track, making it feel like you have Spoon, Wolf Parade, and the Handsome Furs on shuffle. But predictability isn’t a bad thing. Old fans will love this album, for it delivers the witty, razorsharp pop rock that they’ve always turned to these musicians for. If there is one fundamental difference in the sound created by the coming together of these artists, it may lie in the fingers of Alex Fischel, who contributed keyboard and synth. The result is an album tinged gracefully with New Wave rock, making it a refreshing take on pop.

You may remember Jessie Ware from her vocal contribution on tracks “Sanctuary” and “Right Thing to Do” on the debut self-titled SBTRKT album in 2011. Her noteworthy guest spots paved the way for her own debut Devotion to be released through Island Records. Devotion is a classy, sophisticated album that is a tad too self-conscious. With numerous comparisons ranging from Sade to Amy Winehouse, even cited by Clash Magazine as being “the missing link between SBTRKT and Sade”, Jessie Ware is no doubt feeling the pressure to live up to the hype. Songs like title track “Devotion” and “Wildest Moments” seem to lack passion, sounding more like a sleepy Florence Welch in an R&B 80s wasteland rather than the next big thing. Though Ware is stylish and sassy, in order to have longevity in the music business, you need to value substance over style. Her sound has the potential for raw and soulful power, but instead relies on production fuzz to conceal her imperfections as an emerging artist.

Back after a hiatus, Bloc Party has returned with their latest endeavour, Four. The indie rock Londoners, comprising of vocalist/guitarist Kele Okereke, lead guitarist Russell Dean Lissack, bassist Gordon Peter Moakes, and drummer Matt Tong, are seeking again to capture the attention of music lovers, after storming onto the music scene with their 2005 debut album, Silent Alarm, considered a staple in indie lovers’ music collections. The tracks are particularly compelling, delivering an almost metronomic sense of immediacy. Each song is packaged with guitar focused effects, influenced in no small way by bands such as The Cure and Radiohead. Songs mesh together throughout the album, which may come as a drawback to some listeners, as there is no definite ‘radio single.’ Fans of the band should be pleased with the new set of songs, but the album will not be an entry point for potential new listeners.

Trial track: “Shivers”

Trial track: “Taking In Water”

Trial track: “Octopus”

8.0/10

- Elizabeth Mackay

6.0/10

- Paul Traunero

7.9/10

-A.J. Cordeiro


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Stingers gear up for a killer season concordia’s athletes get ready for another year of competition Kevin Duarte Sports editor Before students step into classes on Sept. 5, the Stingers’ season will have already begun. The first team to play is the football team starting the 2012 season with a home-opener against Bishop’s on Sept. 1 at 1 p.m.. For football fans, this will be the only chance to see the Stingers play at home before the end of the month. Following this game against Bishop’s, the team will play three road games against Universite de Montreal on Sept. 7, St. Francis Xavier on Sept. 15 and will face off against Bishop’s once more on Sept. 22. Other important dates include an away game to rivals McGill on Oct. 13 and a home game against Laval - the defending champions - to conclude the regular season on Oct. 27. Soccer enthusiasts will have to wait one day after the school year’s arrival as the men’s and women’s teams each have an away fixture against U de M to kick off the season on Sept. 6. The men’s team looks to improve on last year’s two losses against the same school. The women’s team seeks revenge after being outscored 1-9 by Montreal over both matches last season. The home opener for both teams will be three days later on the ninth. The double header starts at 1 p.m. for the men’s while the women’s team play at 3 p.m. both against UQTR. Still in the first week of school, the rugby

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teams play their home-openers on Friday, Sept. 7. The women’s team plays first at 7 p.m. against Sherbrooke. Two hours later, the men’s team takes on Sherbrooke. If you miss the first home-opener, both Stingers teams are in action the following Wednesday. They will welcome McGill in the same time slots. Hockey fans will have to wait until October to see their Stingers teams play. The men’s team play rivals McGill at home on

Oct. 5. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Ed Meagher Arena. Both teams split the season series last year with two wins apiece. The women’s first game is also at home against McGill, although not on the same day. The game is scheduled for Oct. 13 at 2:30 p.m. As for the most success, last year’s action was on the court. The Stingers basketball season runs from early November until the

end of February. The men’s team’s quest to win a third straight championship begins on Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. on the road against UQAM. Their home-opener will take place on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. against Laval. The women’s team will also play on those same days against the same opponents. They will play an earlier 6 p.m. game on both occasions. Both the men’s and women’s teams will participate in at least two pre-season tournaments.

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Looking back on the 2011-2012 Stingers teams Will last year’s mistakes be this year’s triumphs Kevin Duarte Sports editor

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was a mIxture of hIghs and lows for last year’s Stingers teams. The most successful was the men’s basketball team which won their league, the playoffs, and had a shot at the national title. This team is a favourite for the championship almost every season. Playing in a league which includes McGill, UQAM, Laval, and Bishop’s, the Stingers have topped their division for the last two seasons. Head coach John Dore, who is entering his 24th straight season with the team, led them to a 14-2 record last year, finishing four wins ahead of their biggest competitors McGill. The Stingers went on to beat UQAM by 30 points in the playoff finals. However, in the national championship, the team lost both games. On the women’s side of the court, the Stingers finished second in the league and made it to the finals. The team opened the season on a high note, beating rivals, and

eventual champions, McGill 75-66 on the road. Head Coach Keith Pruden, who has been behind the bench since 1995, led the team to a respectful 8-8 record. Although the women’s basketball team finished the season in second place, they boasted the league’s best defense. In the playoffs, the Stingers cruised past Bishop’s in the semifinals, but fell to McGill in the finals. On the ice, the men’s hockey team had a year filled with ups and downs. In the 10team OUA East division, a division featuring both Ontario and Quebec universities, the Stingers missed the playoffs due to the second tie-breaker. The team tied with Queen’s University with 28 points, with both teams sharing the head-to-head record. It came down to goal differential in both their season games. One of the highlights last year was a thrilling 4-2 victory against McGill late in the season keeping their playoff hopes alive. The women’s hockey team ended the 2011-12 season in last place. They were four points outside the playoffs. With a record of 4-15-1, the Stingers were battling Ottawa for the final playoff spot. A 6-2 home win over Ottawa in the second-to-last game of the season wasn’t enough to keep their playoff dreams alive.

On the football field, it took a victory in the final game of the season to send the team into the playoffs. The Stingers finished the year with four wins and five defeats, good enough for the fourth and final playoff spot. In the playoffs, the team fell to the eventual Quebec champions Laval Rouge et Or. In the other kind of football, the men’s soccer team finished the season in sixth place with three wins, eight losses, and one draw. The Stingers were only seven points away from the playoffs. Head coach Lloyd Barker and the rest of the squad expect a better season this year. The women’s soccer team also finished in second-to-last place. The Stingers finished in ninth place with two victories, nine losses, and three draws matching their 2010 re-

cord. Though, the women’s team does play in a difficult division which is dominated by U de M, McGill, Sherbrooke, and Laval. In the short rugby season, the men’s team finished in third place with one win, four losses, and one tie. A four-team division meant the Stingers automatically made the playoffs. In the semi-finals, they narrowly beat second place Bishop’s before losing to McGill in the finals. The women’s rugby team had a similar season, which also took them to the finals. The Stingers finished the year in second place out of six teams and qualified for the playoffs. Their semi-final game was a win against McGill at home but the they ultimately lost to an undefeated Laval in the finals.


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The age of follow-through Why Concordia’s clean slate could be just around the corner There has been a lot of talk recently about fresh starts in the coming academic year. Now that Concordia has an actual new beginning on its hands, we have to wonder if this time it will be for real. With the start of a brand new school year, it’s the perfect time for this university to shake the dust from its heels, wipe away the grime of the old scandals and move on. Timing couldn’t be better with a new president coming in, fresh-faced and ready to take on the responsibilities that come alongside the

glad-handing and posing for pictures. More than ever, students want someone who is willing to listen to what they have to say, and we can only hope that Alan Shepard is up to the challenge. At the same time, a new Concordia Student Union comes into power, one who ran on a campaign overflowing with promises to make the academic and social lives of students better. A Better Concordia, remember? This executive who promised us more events, more sustainable projects, more love for Loyola, more transparency, more honesty; now is the time for them to put their words into action. So what happens next? Is Concordia doomed to repeat history over and over? We

hope not. It may sound like a fool’s hope, but this could be as Shepard puts it, “Concordia’s time.” This is a school that has a lot going for it and though some things never change, the gross mismanagement of funds, resources and people’s patience can. CSU President Schubert Laforest may not have a lot of experience sitting at the big kids table, but maybe that is a good thing. Maybe students are tired of the ‘behind closed doors’ attitude and want someone to shake things up. Perhaps this is overly optimistic, but perhaps that may be exactly what this school needs. If we took a moment now and then to stop criticizing her and help her instead, Concordia could have a reputation we could be proud of.

There are people at this school -- teachers, staff, administrators, and student leaders -- who genuinely care about the Concordia experience and want to make it all that it can be. There are also people who don’t seem to care about students at all, and they are allowed to let their desire to turn public education into a corporation run rampant. To them, who make the rest of the people who give a damn look like helpless bystanders or worse, greedy accomplices, we say this: step aside. Concordia deserves a fresh start and a clean slate after a long road of missteps. But that’s not going to happen if we let the bullies rule the playground for another year and only talk of change, instead of enacting it.

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Think hard before you vote PQ Why a sovereign Quebec could do more harm than good George Menexis opinions editor Excitement is growing for the upcoming provincial election. Concordia has closed its doors, leaving students with one less excuse not to go out and cast their vote. As of September 4, people will be rushing to the polls to decide who will be the next premier of Quebec. Can Jean Charest join a legend like Robert Bourassa and become the premier of Quebec an incredible four times? Only time will tell. I am, however, sure of one thing: we cannot have Pauline Marois and the Parti Quebecois lead Quebec. “We are a sovereigntist party,” Marois once told reporters. The PQ wants a sovereign Quebec. It is no secret and Marois has publicly said that she is ready to spend taxpayers’ money to promote her party’s vision of an independent Quebec, should they be elected. The Liberal candidate for Nelligan, Yolande James, told CBC that she thinks this

is absolutely preposterous. “Not only will they be spending people’s tax money on working toward sovereignty studies, it’s not going to be clear what they will be doing,” said James. “They’re hiding their referendum because they’re afraid of losing the election.” That being said, the Parti Quebecois has stated that they plan to implement news laws such as extending Bill 101 to apply to small businesses and introducing mandatory French language tests for civil servants. This is the type of legislation that could potentially limit people’s rights and freedoms in this province. People living in Quebec should have more access to bilingualism, not less. They should be able to send their children to whichever school they want, to be able to open a business without their every move being scrutinized. Over the course of the year, Marois appeared to be hoping to score many student votes by sporting a red square during her speeches, as well as supporting the student strike over the tuition hikes proposed by the Liberals. Where is the red square now? In late June, she decided to drop it, telling media stations that she will be sporting the fleur-de-lis instead.

Many students didn’t buy it. “If she doesn’t wear the red square, she’s won the championship of hypocrisy,” said Charest to the Canadian Press when she stopped wearing it. It seems quite unlikely that Marois will appeal to students much more than Charest in the upcoming election. Taking off her red square is a sign that she could end up taking the same position Charest did on the tuition hikes if elected, despite claiming to support the movement. It’s no secret that Quebec is bleeding money of late, and at a time when we desperately need our funds to go to more urgent matters, who would choose to have it thrown away to promote a referendum that is so un- party leader pauline Marois. photo courtesy of parti Quebecois. likely to pass? It is clear that the PQ is the wrong choice who may the right one. Whatever the case, in this upcoming elections, but far less clear don’t take a back seat on election day.

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Things that affected us this summer A first hand account of the Toronto Eaton Centre shooting lisa Zane Contributor i did not see the shooter. i did not see a bullet. i did not see any blood. I did not know the loud sounds I heard were gunshots. I saw the chaos. I was alone. I did not know what was happening. I was scared. I had just finished eating chicken pot pie with my parents at the Canadian Pie Company and looking for a monster costume for my cousin’s fifth birthday present. They dropped me off at the Eaton Centre so I could pick up a pair of shoes I had tried on earlier that day. They went to look at apartments and agreed to pick me up as soon as I was finished. Just before 6 p.m., I called and told them I was done. My mom asked if I wouldn’t mind hanging around the mall a little while longer—they had one more apartment they wanted to see. Shortly after this conversation, I found myself on the second floor, immediately above the Urban Eatery. I walked south towards Queen Street and made my way down the escalator directly in the middle of the mall, on route to Shoppers Drug Mart to kill some time. On my descent, I heard popping noises, and remember thinking that they sounded like balloons bursting. The next few moments were chaos. I saw a crowd of people whip around from the backside of the escalator I was riding and start to run up as quickly as they could. I remember the faces. The panic I felt prompted me not to think about why they wore those expressions, but only to run. I sprinted up the “down” escalator as quickly as I could, and ran into the closest store— Guess Accessories.

In hindsight, this was not the best decision, since a child playing hide and go seek would know not to choose to hide in an open-concept white store, surrounded only by glass. A group of about ten of us were ushered by a woman who worked at the store into the employee room at the back. The woman came in, and told us we were on lockdown— the store had received a message that there was a shooter in the mall. Those were the only details we received. I hid behind a couch, beside a mother and her daughter. I don’t know how long we were in the back room. It was a precarious situation to be in. I was unsure of how the situation would unfold. I sent a brief text message to my mom at 6:33 p.m. Someone is shooting in the mall…I’m safe and in the back of a store. The store was notified to open its doors and we were told that we could leave. While we were huddled in the room, a woman who worked at the store told me that that was the second time they were notified to go on lockdown. Something had happened a few moments earlier and they had been notified to close the store, but she told me they had received a message telling them everything was fine and to reopen. After hearing this, I chose not to leave the store immediately. I did not want to go back into the mall if it wasn’t safe. It was a bizarre feeling—I knew I had to go back if I wanted to get out. When I left the employee room, a woman stood at the front of the store and yelled at me to run as fast as I could towards the nearest exit. It was only then that I realized how disoriented I had been running up the escalator. I could have hung a right instead of going into

the store and been safe and out on Yonge Street after that. It felt both unsettling and liberating in a few seconds. for me to leave the city immediately after the I ran out as fast as I could before the build- shooting. ing was locked down. I still had no idea what Two men were killed as a result of the shoothad just happened but what I did know was ing and six were injured in the gunfire. Of the that I wanted to get the hell away. I ran down fatally wounded, one was killed instantly and Yonge Street until I was away from the mall. I one remained in critical condition until June called my parents, who had not heard from me 11, when he died as a result of his injuries. One since the text message—it had been about half- of the surviving victims, a 13-year-old boy, was an- hour. They came to pick me up, and on the shot in the head while in the food court with drive home told me that they wanted to call me his mother and older sister. He was released right after the text message was sent, but de- from hospital a week later, wearing a custom cided not to in helmet to procase my phone tect the part of When i left the employee room, a rang and the his skull that woman stood at the front of the shooter found was removed me where I store and yelled at me to run as fast to reduce brain was hiding. swelling. as i could towards the nearest exit. It is one The moit was only then that i realized how month later tive behind disoriented i had been running up and I don’t the shooting know how to was believed the escalator. i could have hung a explain what to have been right instead of going into the store I am feeling a personal disand been safe and out on Yonge pute between except rattled. It seems so luthe shooter Street in a few seconds. dicrous to me and the two that so many men who of us, right at the epicenter of the shooting, died—all members of the same gang. The alonly found out what happened inside the mall leged shooter currently faces two first-degree days after the fact and are continuing to be murder charges and six counts of attempted filled in on the details weeks later. murder. There are thousands of perspectives and so I did not know the young boy who was many details that people will carry with them shot in the head, the two men who died, or forever. It did not feel real until I read and saw any of the other victims, but feel connected in news reports about what had happened. I left some eerie way to the people who just hapToronto the next day, and started my first day pened to be inside the mall on that Saturday of journalism school here at Concordia the day afternoon.


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Events of the week: August 28 TUESDAY +FILM - Cinema du parc - honours Agatha Christie - 19h00 WEDNESDAY +MUSIC Secret Cities & Guests, Casa del Popolo, 20h00 +FILM - Cinema du parc - honours Agatha Christie - 19h00 THURSDAY +FILM - Cinema du parc - honours Agatha Christie - 19h00 +MUSIC - Madonna, Bell Centre, 20h00 FRIDAY +ART - Fresh Paint/New construction exhibit at Art Mûr. +FILM - World Film Festival, CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN SATURDAY +FILM - World Film Festival, CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN SUNDAY +FILM - World Film Festival, CINÉMA QUARTIER LATIN MONDAY +MUSIC - The Offspring with Dead Sara, Metropolis, 19h30 +MUSIC - Moonlit Mondays Open Mic Burritoville, 2055 Bishop, 20h00


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