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Students donate winter wear

Men’s hockey set for excellent season

Talking Winterruption

Learn how to do better this semester


The University of Saskatchewan’s main campus is situated on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.


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EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | Jessica Klaassen-Wright NEWS EDITOR


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Lyndsay Afseth COPY EDITOR

| Amanda Slinger LAYOUT MANAGER

| Laura Underwood PHOTO EDITOR

| J.C. Balicanta Narag GRAPHICS EDITOR

| Lesia Karalash WEB EDITOR


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Gabbie Torres Clinic 120 is a preferred supplier of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union dental plan.

New campus clinic maintains smiles by offering full services The College of Dentistry equips Clinic 120 with state-of-the-art technology for community health care.

Lesia Karalash BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kyra Mazer Brent Kobes Emily Klatt Hasith Andrahennadi Momo Tanaka Liam Richards

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Mission // The mission of the Sheaf is to inform and entertain students by addressing those issues that are relevant to life on campus, in the city or in the province. The newspaper serves as a forum for discussion on a wide range of issues that concern students. Written for students, by students, it provides unique insight to university issues through a student perspective. The staff of editors, photographers and artists collaborate with volunteers as student journalists to create a product relevant to students on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Legal // The Sheaf, published weekly during the academic year and periodically from May through August, is an incorporated non-profit that is, in part, student-body funded by way of a direct levy paid by all partand full-time undergraduate students at the U of S. The remainder of the revenue is generated through advertising. The financial affairs are governed by a Board of Directors, most of whom are students. Membership in the Sheaf Publishing Society is open to all undergraduate students at the U of S, who are encouraged to contribute to the newspaper. Absolutely no experience is required! The opinions expressed in the Sheaf do not necessarily reflect those of the Sheaf Publishing Society Inc. The Sheaf reserves the right to refuse to accept or print any material deemed unfit for publication, as determined by the Editor-in-Chief. The Editor-in-Chief has the right to veto any submission deemed unfit for the Society newspaper. In determining this, the Editor-in-Chief will decide if the article or artwork would be of interest to a significant portion of the Society and benefit the welfare of Sheaf readers. The Sheaf will not publish any racist, sexist, homophobic or libellous material. Land Acknowledgement // The Sheaf acknowledges that our office is built on Treaty Six Territory and the traditional homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and affirm both the importance of our relationship with Indigenous peoples and students at the U of S and our commitment to recognize and remain accountable for our collective history.


In our Jan. 4 issue, the article “College Drive selected for rapid transit station, not Place Riel” stated that the new transit system proposed for the city would ensure that buses are never more than three minutes late at a stop. However, this reliability only applies to buses in the Bus Rapid Transit system. In addition, the goal of the BRT system is that buses will leave no more than three minutes late 90 per cent of the time. We apologize for this error. If you spot any errors in this issue, please email them to:

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Students will now have more options for selecting a fully licensed dentist on campus following the opening of Clinic 120, a new General Practice Residency clinic that offers a wide variety of services ranging from teeth cleanings to more complex treatments. Clinic 120, located in the Dental Clinic Building, is a community clinic open all year round. It opened in September 2017, but it was conceived of in 2010. The clinic provides high-quality health care to the community and supports the GPR program. Dr. Jessie Zoorkan, a resident in the GPR program and one of the three dentists at Clinic 120, explains that new patients are welcome to make an initial appointment and that the clinic can provide dental services both in-clinic and through referrals, if necessary. “This is open to everybody,” Zoorkan said. “Patients can email us if they want to come and have a new patient exam. They can have a treatment plan formulated, and we can carry out whatever treatment they would need.” The clinic supports the GPR program, a one-year residency program offered to any graduates from dentistry programs

to further develop their clinical skills and gain work experience. The residents are fully licensed and accredited dentists who are given the opportunity to utilize new technology and treat complex cases before working in a private­ practice clinic. Zoorkan explains that the clinic offers on-call dental­ emergency services that tend to be frequently used during hockey season. She says it is important to wear mouthguards in contact sports to avoid dental injuries. “We see way too many young men that come in late at night [who] have had their teeth knocked out. Often times, we get called at 10:30 or 11 o’clock at night to come in and put some teeth back in people’s mouths,” Zoorkan said. The dentists in the clinic focus on educating patients about their oral health care, with the use of state-of-the-art technologies like an intraoral camera that carries a dentaldecay­­-detection feature, Zoorkan says. “If there is a little cavity starting, we can show you on the screen so that patients can see, and understand as well, what’s going on in their mouths. I think that’s such a fantastic educational tool that gives us an opportunity to have a conversation, … [and] it really gets

them involved in their own health care,” Zoorkan said. The University of Saskatchewan student health and dental plan covers up to $500 in dental visits for undergraduate students and up to $750 in dental visits for graduate students per policy year. Clinic 120 accepts all dental insurance and payment methods and is able to bill insurance companies directly. Because students have limited coverage for dental, Zoorkan explains that they may need to access services that are beyond what is covered by their dental insurance. “Dental insurance … is a great way of helping you pay for your dental care, but it should not be what dictates [the services] you receive,” Zoorkan said. “To have a healthy mouth … sometimes requires going beyond that plan. Unfortunately, $500 can be used up pretty [quickly].” The Clinic 120 staff is available to serve students and the broader community, Zoorkan says, and she emphasizes that all are welcome to book an appointment. “We’re here, we’re convenient, [and] we can work around your schedules to get you in and to see you before any problems start,” Zoorkan said. “An ounce of prevention is a pound of cure.”

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Nifty Knitters offers students a well-rounded opportunity Students can help their local community while practicing a leisurely skill with Nifty Knitters. ANA CRISTINA CAMACHO

With the ever-growing pool of clubs, choosing to participate in only one can be difficult for students. One club that students can consider is Nifty Knitters, which was created by the group’s co-presidents to address two student interests, creativity and community service, while working around the strains of academic life. While they were still in high school, Megan Epp and Shawna Langer began to think about creating a club with both a creative and a philanthropic focus. Despite not knowing a lot about yarn work at the time, they drew up the plans for what eventually became Nifty Knitters, a club for students with the aim to create knitwear and donate it to those in need of winter clothes. Megan Epp, now a second­ year psychology major, explains that the club’s main purpose is for students to help the local community in a creative way. “We wanted to learn how to make something for someone else, rather than just donating money,” Epp said. Any student can join Nifty Knitters regardless of their previous knowledge of yarn work, and Shawna Langer, a second-year kinesiology student, explains that the community­ service aspect of the club makes it a good resumé builder. She recognizes that a lack of knowledge of yarn work, and of the materials needed for it, can seem like a barrier to prospective members, but she emphasizes that the club is meant for beginners. “We can facilitate their learning by being an additional

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resource,” Langer said. “If they have an idea of what they want to make, we can give them different [knitting] patterns that give them an idea of what type of materials they need.” Epp notes that, with the club, students have access to both the materials and the learning community needed to get started on yarn work. “We also have yarn available for members,” Epp said. “[And], we have a lot of members who are willing to help other people learn.” Fall 2017 was Nifty Knitters’ first active term, Langer

says, and the members closed out the term’s activities by donating their work to Ronald McDonald House Charities Saskatchewan, a charity that provides accommodations for the families of children receiving medical care in Saskatoon. “We ask for each member to donate one item per term. Last term, we got around twenty donations, and we went to the Ronald McDonald House to donate the mittens, toques and scarves,” Langer said. Members also have the option to buy winter apparel to donate instead of their own

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work if they are reluctant to part with it. Langer says that, at the moment, the co-presidents are planning a fundraiser that will take place before the February reading week to provide further materials to the club’s members. The only other requirement for being a member is that students need to attend at least one weekly meeting per term. Students can work on their projects on their own time and join the group whenever they can, Langer explains. Nifty Knitters meets every Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the

Campus Club Space in Place Riel. Langer explains that their intention is to make the club a flexible time commitment, so that each member can choose how much space to give to it in their personal schedule. “We understand that people get busy, but people who are more interested and want to make more of a difference can also come more often. We also made our meetings longer this term, … so members have more time options,” Langer said. “The commitment level is low, and the club is what you want to make of it.”

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Panel discussion challenges traditional approach to health care One Health continues to bridge gaps between different colleges with an interdisciplinary panel discussion. JALINE BROQUEZA

On Jan. 17, the University of Saskatchewan One Health Leadership Experience and One Health Club will host their first panel discussion in the 2018 winter series, Bringing One Health to Life, with a focus on community health care. The One Health concept is a global initiative that aims to expand interdisciplinary collaboration and communication in all aspects of health care. This month’s panel discussion will include faculty members from the College of Dentistry, the School of Public Health and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. One Health encourages collaborative efforts from different disciplines, locally, nationally and globally, to achieve the optimal health for not only people but also animals and the environment. Cassy Andrew, a third-year veterinary medicine student and an executive member of the OHC, explains the importance of interdisciplinary work when approaching health. “One Health is kind of a strate-

gy and philosophy, [to] my mind, to bring different disciplines together in order to solve complex problems associated with health, and I think, also broader problems like sustainability and climate change and socioeconomic inequality,” Andrew said. The title for the upcoming discussion is “Pushing the boundaries of community health care.” It will be one of three panel discussions presented by the OHLE planning committee and the OHC. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Choices, located in St. Thomas More College. The panelists include Douglas Brothwell, dean of the College of Dentistry, Steven Jones, executive director of the SPH, and Douglas Freeman, dean of the WCVM. Andrew explains that the panelists were selected based on their efforts in collaborative work and their focus on working with communities. “These [panelists] have lots of experience in forming and maintaining interdisciplinary teams on pretty broad scales, and they have experience being leaders in their professions,” Andrew said. “They also have experience just

generally trying to provide better access to health care to underserved communities.” Andrew explains that the panel discussion will provide potential opportunities for interconnectedness between the colleges of dentistry, public health and veterinary medicine. “For example, in human medicine, dentistry is very separate, whereas in veterinary medicine, dentistry is actually a part of our learning and our medical process, so maybe [we can] try talking about some [of the] differences there and how we can better bridge those gaps in human medicine,” Andrew said. The organizers encourage interested students to RSVP for the event on the U of S website by Jan. 12. Andrew says that additional panel discussions will be held in February and March, and the OHC can be contacted at or on Facebook. Food will be provided from 5 to 5:30 p.m., so students will have the opportunity to socialize with those in other fields of study before the panel discussion. Andrew explains that the panel-discussion series intends

to inspire students from various disciplines to connect with one another through One Health. “What we’re trying to do is just form a continuous network for students from all different colleges across campus — whether it’s your traditional health colleges or not — to continue to network and continue to pick each others’ brains,” Andrew said. Andrew notes that the more problems students consider, and the more interdisciplinary colleagues they meet, the more

they realize that everything is connected, hence the term “One Health.” “The phrase ‘One Health’ still seems a little bit exclusive, but I really think that health is just the epitome of wellness in general, and there’s so many components playing into that in so many professions,” Andrew said. “I think it’s important, in that way, to continue to provide exposure for folks to see that everyone can be involved in the One Health concept and [everyone] has a role to play.”

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NDP leadership candidates engage with student issues at campus debate Candidates for the provincial NDP leadership race share their top platform points affecting students. NYKOLE KING NEWS EDITOR

On Jan. 15, university students will have the chance to attend a debate centred on youth issues between the two candidates for the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party leadership race. The University of Saskatchewan New Democrats, or Usask NDP, and the Saskatchewan Young New Democrats are inviting both candidates in the provincial leadership race to discuss a wide variety of issues. The youth debate will be at 7 p.m. in Room 150 of St. Thomas More College, where students will have the opportunity to ask questions of both candidates. Aiden Murphy, fourth-year political studies major and co-president of the USask NDP, explains the importance of hosting an on-campus debate. “I had made it a main goal since being elected for my second term as co­ president, … so that students and youth could participate in at least one of the major debates for the leadership,” Murphy said. “I’m very happy that the party has been so supportive of having that here on campus.” Ryan Meili, MLA for Saskatoon Meewasin, and Trent Wotherspoon, MLA for Regina Rosemont, are both competing to become the new leader of the party, a decision that the party will vote

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Savhanna Wilson / Supplied Peter Scoular / Supplied Ryan Meili (left) and Trent Wotherspoon (right) will compete in the NDP leadership race.

on at the NDP Leadership Convention in Regina on March 3. Meili’s platform is to phase out the Graduate Retention Program and reallocate that funding to reducing the tuition costs of post-secondary programs and restoring the tuition tax credit. He explains that this would mean better accessibility to education for students up front rather than after they graduate. “I think [the GRP has] been oversold in its impact, and the investment there, while that might be valuable, that’s been at the cost of other investments that could have had [a] better impact at getting more people access to a better education,” Meili said. Wotherspoon explains that affordable housing is an important thing to consider when talking about accessible education, and he plans to talk with

students and institutions about the best methods to address this issue. “We need to be talking about the tuition side of the equation and bringing reductions on that front and making sure we have grant structures in place that allow all students to access post-secondary [who] have the interest and the ability,” Wotherspoon said. “We also have to talk about what kind of models can we bring forward to bring about truly affordable housing for students.” Katelynn Kowalchuk, president of the SYND and third-year political studies honours student at the University of Regina, explains that youth and their opinions are valued in the NDP, which is why she and Murphy have worked toward hosting the upcoming debate. “It’s important to give the youth a

platform,” Kowalchuk said. “This is a really good way to get youth engaged, because then, they think about it critically.” The major aspects of Wotherspoon’s platform are to provide universal coverage for mental health services and improve addictions services, and he emphasizes that he will create an economy that will benefit all young people. “I am all in to win the next election to defeat the Saskatchewan Party and build a province that works for everyone, and for me, that’s a province that provides incredible opportunity to young people throughout Saskatchewan, [with] jobs and an economy that [is] strong and inclusive,” Wotherspoon said. Meili commends the Indigenization efforts at the U of S as a successful model for reconciliation that can be applied to other institutions, and he intends to revive the Northern Teacher Education Program, known as NORTEP, and support other programs for culturally appropriate training. “The teacher programs have been really successful, … so those are really important to continue to invest in,” Meili said. “There’s a lot of work to do … to make sure that the services offered are more cognizant of the realities surrounding Indigenous people in the province and more sensitive and responsible in meeting people’s needs in a way that is culturally aware.”

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Huskies men’s hockey team still hungry for success in the new year A stellar first half leaves the Huskies men’s hockey team at 14-4 and 29 points, with the potential for another great term.

David Lionel The Huskies women’s team is also looking pretty good, as they sit on top of a three game win streak with an 11-7 record.


The Dogs have received excellent production from two of their stars, Josh Roach and Jordon Cooke, over the course of the first 18 games in the season. The Huskies will need continued support from them as they seek redemption after last season’s losses in the playoffs. Fifth-year forward Josh Roach is leading the way up front, putting up nine goals and 17 assists, while Jordon Cooke has been stellar between the pipes. The fourth-year netminder currently holds a 12-3 record, a 2.36 goals against average and a 0.914 save percentage. While many of the Huskies enjoyed a relaxing holiday break, a couple of players were able to take advantage of a tremendous opportunity. Forward Logan McVeigh and Huskies captain Kendall McFaull joined Roach and Cooke representing the program on the national stage as part of the U Sports All-Star Team. The U Sports team took on Team Canada in a two-game series that served as preparation for Team Canada to later become the World Junior Champions. The U Sports squad swept the series for the first time in the team’s history. As the Huskies begin the transition back into the Canada West regular season grind, the team will set their sights on surpassing the Alberta Golden Bears to become the conference’s top dogs. The Bears currently sit two points ahead of the Dogs, with a 15-3 record and 31 points. The February clash between the two teams will likely prove to be pivotal, as it has the power to alter the standings significantly. Former Saskatoon Blade and current Huskie forward Connor Gay speaks about the importance of remaining focused on the task at hand. “For us, the main thing is staying consistent throughout the rest of the second half. We know we are a good hockey team, but there are a lot of good teams in this league. We need to play a



consistent game every night, which will be crucial for us to catch [the] University of Alberta and finish at the top of the league,” Gay said, via text message. Finishing on top of the Canada West Conference at the end of the regular season would give the Huskies a massive advantage, as it would allow the team to have home ice throughout the post-season. The Dogs have been nearly perfect at home this season, as they’re sporting a 7-1 record at Rutherford Arena, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by the team. “Playing the Bears is always an awesome experience. It is a rivalry like no other, and being able to have the chance to leap-frog them in the standings is something we aim to do. This is our last year at Rutherford Arena, and it gives us an advantage every night, so having home ice is crucial,” Gay said. While Alberta currently sits above Saskatchewan in the standings, Gay is confident in his team and their ability to take down the defending Canada West Champions. After a heartbreaking end to last season, where the team fell just short in both the national university championship and the conference championship, the group is motivated to alter their fortunes this go-around. “Losing both of the championship games stung. It might be cliché, but the saying ‘it only makes us want it more this year’ could not be more true. Being so close and [falling] short makes us never want to have that feeling again. We are going to be ready if we get the opportunity again this year, and we plan on it,” Gay said. Gay further states that bringing a banner home is the clear aim for this team. “The main goal is to bring the championship back to the U of S, and that is exactly what we plan to do.” The Dogs will return home next weekend to play host to the Manitoba Bisons on Jan. 12 and 13.

A beginner’s guide to skiing in Saskatoon If you are looking to get more exercise this winter, skiing is a great option. LYNDSAY AFSETH STAFF WRITER

you will end up in a painful split. Cross-country skiing is the easiest type to access in Saskatoon, because there are free trails available at Kinsmen Park, Wildwood Golf Course, Holiday Park Golf Course, Meewasin Park, Diefenbaker Park and Forest Park. For cross-country ski rentals, you can go to Eb’s Source for Adventure or Escape Sports to rent boots, skis and poles for $15 a day. They both offer waxless skis, so you will not have to worry about glide wax or grip wax — an adhesive that gives you traction on snow — unless you buy your own equipment. There are two downhill-ski resorts within driving distance of Saskatoon. Table Mountain Regional Park is a little less than a two-hour drive away, and they offer $45 private lessons and $60 group lessons for two people, with an added $25 fee for each additional person. A full-day lift ticket costs $33, and equipment rentals are $22 a day. Altogether, your trip will likely cost over $100. Another option for downhill skiing is the Kinsmen Ski and Snowboard Centre, located in Prince Albert. This is about an hour-and-a-half-long drive from Saskatoon, and their rates are $16 for a day pass, as well as $22 for equipment rentals, $34 for a private lesson and $45 for a two-person lesson. Altogether, this should cost you less than $75. If you are a beginner who is looking to get outside for the winter, cross-country skiing is definitely the cheaper way to go. However, for a day of fun with your friends, going to a ski resort is a great way to get into downhill skiing. Whichever option you choose, stay safe, stay warm and have fun!

Winter in Saskatoon seems dreary at times, but if you take up a winter hobby, it may not be so unbearable. Skiing is a fun outside activity that also allows you to get in some exercise. This is a guide for students who are interested in skiing but do not know how to get started. We will cover both crosscountry and downhill skiing for the absolute beginner. Skiing is fairly accessible in Saskatoon, as there are plenty of trails around the city to use for free and a number of places to rent ski equipment. For both cross-country and downhill skiing, you will need ski boots, poles and skis — which will either be waxless or waxable, in cross-country’s case. If you are just starting out, it is best to rent equipment until you are sure you will go skiing enough to make it worth investing in your own. For cross-country skiing, a beginner should rent classic-style equipment rather than skate-skiing equipment. Once you put on your equipment, make sure that you are standing with the correct posture. Your knees should be bent to avoid falling backward, and you should be leaning slightly forward and holding onto your ski poles for balance, with your hands through your pole straps. For cross-country skiing, all you need to do is push forward in the tracks with your back foot and use your ski poles to help you gain momentum by planting the poles in the ground and pushing out behind you in an alternating motion. For downhill skiing, there is a lot more to consider. If you are an absolute beginner, you will need to take a class before going out on your own. These are available at all of the ski resorts around Saskatoon. Make sure you stick to the smallest hill until you get comfortable. It is dangerous to go down a more difficult hill if you are not ready. To come to a stop, push the back ends of your skis outward so the toes of your skis move toward each other. The tips of the skis should not cross over each other, or you may fall. Do not Le sia angle the front ends Ka ral ash of your skis outward, or /

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Dressing poison as candy: The Tide Pods sensation and why you shouldn’t eat them Since their debut in 2012, Tide Pods have been risky in several circumstances — but with a new meme making its way around the internet, exposure has risen. KIMIA BAYATTORK

With the new year came 2018’s first viral sensation or meme: the phenomenon of consuming detergent pods. This trend is baffling, but it’s an example of how destructive trends can affect people. Detergent pods may look colourful and tempting, and smell wonderful, but they are obviously not something you should eat. The blend of chemicals in them can make you throw up and even irritate your eyes on contact. They can also cause stomach pain, lethargy and respiratory problems. Despite all of these negative effects, a meme depicting the consumption of Tide Pods has become popular. There are videos and tweets online showing how enticing they can be, but what actually motivates people to eat these forbidden snacks? According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, there were over 10,500 reports regarding children under five who were exposed to detergent pods in 2017. Children are not the only ones

consuming the pods, as adults have also reportedly faced grave consequences for eating them. From 2012 to 2017, there were six adult deaths caused by the ingestion of laundry detergent packs in the United States that were reported to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. In all six cases, the adult consumption of detergent pods involved people with dementia who confused the pods with food items. As a result of these cases, many companies have introduced safety measures for their detergent pods — such as latches on the containers that are more difficult to open, more obvious warning labels and opaque containers that hide the pods from view. Despite these measures, no changes have been made to the pods themselves — which are more dangerous than typical detergents, as they are more concentrated and brightly coloured. Despite the negative health effects, Tide Pods do look appetizing. The bright colours alone are enough to entice

children to eat them. These liquid-filled pods also have a unique texture that makes them feel like gummy candies. Even the managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center has mentioned that detergent pods resemble candy. Even when adults are informed of the dangers of consuming detergent pods, the temptation to eat them is high. This temptation is the foundation for a popular meme and also the root of the risk posed to children and adults who could mistake the pods for candy. Another reason why people could be tempted to eat these pods can be linked to the power of social media — wherein people post videos, tweets and pictures of pods, relating them to foods or discussing how they look tasty. This has motivated others, who want to imitate the meme and make the same joke, to try these chemical packets. For example, someone jokingly tweeted that, starting in 2018, we will eat Tide Pods rather than Xanax, which is a medication used to treat anxiety. Halsey, a singer-songwriter

Michaela DeMong Detergent pods can be mistaken for treats by both children and adults.

from the U.S., tweeted that she was considering eating Tide Pods just because it seemed weird to her that others were eating them. Eating detergent pods is part of a recent sensation where one meme can lead to a worldwide response from people — like eating Tide Pods and then posting videos or tweets about it online. These memes could lead to life-threatening consequences for consumers by perpetuating the idea that detergent pods can be eaten,

thereby increasing the risk for children and those with dementia. In 2015, reported cases on the harm caused by consuming detergent pods pushed Proctor & Gamble, Tide’s parent company, to add a bitter taste to the pods. They also added more secure packaging to their product, along with extensive warnings about the risks of leaving the pods out in plain sight, to prevent the consumption of Tide Pods. Time will tell if this new meme will prompt additional safety measures.

Recipe: Black bean and quinoa soup SARAH BAINS

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1 tbsp. olive oil 1 yellow onion, diced medium 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup fresh tomato, chopped 1 tsp. ground cumin ½ tsp. dried oregano ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes ½ cup quinoa, uncooked 1 large carrot, cut into ¼-inch pieces 2 bay leaves 4 cups vegetable broth, divided A 24-oz. can of black beans ½ cup chopped cilantro, plus extra for garnish Preheat a 4-quart pot over medium heat. Sauté onion in olive oil with a pinch of salt for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add garlic and sauté with the onions for a few seconds. Then, add tomato, cumin, oregano and red pepper flakes, and cook for a minute to break down the tomatoes a bit. Add quinoa, carrots and bay leaves. Then, pour in 2 cups of the broth. Cover and bring to a boil. Let boil for 5 minutes, until al dente — mostly tender but slightly firm to the bite. Add the remainder of the broth, the black beans with their cooking liquid and the cilantro. Cover and bring to a boil. Then, remove the lid, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 more minutes to cook the quinoa the rest of the way. Taste for salt and seasonings, and let sit for 10 minutes to allow the flavours to marry. Remove bay leaves and serve.




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Culinary content: NOM is the latest food-focused media platform in Saskatoon






Former USSU President Kehan Fu talks with the Sheaf about capturing the narrative of nutrition with NOM. COLE CHRETIEN

From Munchies to First We Feast to Tasty, there isn’t a lack of options for food-related media. Having noticed this, a local media company seeks to tell Saskatoon’s stories of food, beverages and hospitality. NOM — which is short for Night Out and More — has been active on Facebook and Instagram since November 2017, and its somewhat cryptic rollout has generated excitement and confusion in equal parts. The startup’s early online presence may be tough to pin down, but its goals as a business and a content platform are surprisingly ambitious. Functioning as a collective of aspiring content creators, NOM is masterminded by Kehan Fu — former president of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union and political studies student — and Kyler Tesch. The platform’s content is centred on food, but Fu emphasises that NOM’s focus on the culinary arts is just an avenue for telling new and interesting stories about the culture of Saskatoon. “Food creates a really beautiful platform and a bridge to connect people from different backgrounds. That’s what we see as the power of food — not only is it a really interesting topic, it … has the ability to

break down barriers regardless of where [people are] from,” Fu said. The project itself has mostly focused on video, but Fu considers NOM to be a multimedia project and plans to expand to photography, live events and blogs in addition to video media. The goal is to endorse businesses that the NOM team believes in. Fu is transparent about the marketing opportunities that the platform provides but hopes to integrate brands into the content in a seamless way. “The story … we’re telling — whether it’s a night out or an event — is more important than a blatant product advertisement. It’s not just us throwing products in peoples faces. It’s something that we actually believe in and people and restaurants and businesses that we’re talking to that we actually want to support,” Fu said. Fu reveals that, over the next couple of months, NOM plans to release more video content — including a new food-centric web series. “We’ve shot the second episode of Ramen After Dark, and we’re actually in the process of production right now. We started a season where we’re … doing more in depth … exposés or more in-depth analyses of the food and the atmosphere,” Fu said. “I think the one we’re the most excited about is we’re

going to be shooting a night at Lugo, so stay tuned for that.” In addition to video coverage of restaurants and events in Saskatoon, NOM has also started a jazz concert series with the aim of giving back to the Saskatoon culture scene, while adhering to the platform’s goal of telling stories. “What the city — in our group’s opinion — didn’t have, and what was the real impetus for hosting the Jazz After Dark series, was that jazz music in this city is hard to come by. Besides going to the Bassment and maybe a few odd shows here and there, there aren’t a lot of opportunities — especially for young musicians,” Fu said. “We figured it’s an opportunity for us to tell a story.” As the operation grows, the NOM team hopes to expand by recruiting more students who are familiar with business and content creation. “If you want to get involved, we have a pretty big table, and we’re always looking to fill another seat,” Fu said. If NOM’s early work is anything to go on, the project promises to develop into an compelling media platform that highlights and promotes the best of Saskatoon’s foodand-culture scene. Look up NOM on Facebook at @NOM.Stories and Instagram at for more information.





























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f you’re like some of the people who live in residence, you may spend most of your time indoors during the cold months. The Broadway Theatre hopes to change this with the 2018 Winterruption festival. Starting on Jan. 18, the Broadway Theatre will present the third installment of the Winterruption festival. Consisting of 23 shows over the span of four days, in nine venues across Saskatoon, the Winterruption festival hopes to get Saskatonians out of their houses, without claiming to cure them of their seasonal ailments. Though Winterruption’s central focus is on music — boasting an impressive musical roster that features Partner, Lindi Ortega, Mo Kenney, Close Talker and Chad VanGaalen, to name a few — there are plenty of other events to get excited about. For those who perhaps don’t enjoy concerts — who am I to judge? — the festival also includes a podcast recording, storytelling opportunities, book readings and even theatre on the river trail. Aryn Otterbein, operations manager at the Broadway Theatre and one of five core co-ordinators for this year’s Winterruption, spoke to the Sheaf about the festival, its organization and the reasons why winter needs to be interrupted in Saskatoon. For Otterbein, Winterruption provides an avenue for community and connectivity during a season that otherwise may be isolating. “You know how, after December, everyone complains about January, because there is nothing to look forward to? Well, we’re a winter city, and we don’t think that, just because it’s cold out, … people need to stop doing things. We decided that people need something to look forward to, so they can get out and participate in Saskatoon’s winter culture,” Otterbein said. Such a motive is fitting for Saskatoon’s 100 per cent community-owned theatre. Under the guidance of the Broadway Theatre’s executive and artistic director Kirby Wirchenko, Winterruption is a community effort that is produced with the support of the Regina Folk Festival, venues across the city, an array of public funders and over 70 volunteers.


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This Broadway Theatre festival aims to thaw out your winter blues The Sheaf talks to Winterruption co-ordinator Aryn Otterbein and musician Chad VanGaalen about the merits of art and community.

If the growth from last year’s Winterruption to this year’s festival is any indication, the Broadway Theatre knows how to get people to maintain a sense of community even in the harshest of months. In fact, this year sees the festival expanding its outdoor events. One such expansion is the product of a partnership between Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Saskatoon Public Schools and the Broadway Theatre, wherein the groups have set up a tipi in the École Victoria School yard for the storytelling component of the festival. Otterbein considers this one of the most significant parts of this year’s Winterruption. “It’s meant to be a learning tool for students throughout the year, as well as a storytelling stage for the festival,” Otterbein said. “We will have 50 per cent Indigenous storytellers, and also 50 per cent new Canadians telling stories. It’s our act of reconciliation as a community theatre, in recognizing that we are living on Treaty 6 Territory.” Understanding that January doesn’t have the most hospitable weather, Otterbein reveals the lengths that the Broadway Theatre is going to in order to make sure this year’s festival is enjoyable. On top of having nine indoor venues, fire barrels will be placed on closed streets along Broadway Avenue, with a fire inside the storytelling tipi as well. What’s more, festival volunteers will be walking around the Broadway area handing out free Starbucks coffee, tea from Wanuskewin and hot chocolate, ensuring that you stay warm while you explore the free parts of the festival. However, Otterbein reveals that, if it gets cold enough for the buses stop running, so too will the outdoor activities cease. While this year sees Winterruption increase its free activities, most of the concerts require tickets. As the Broadway Theatre is fully community-owned and operated, Otterbein confirms that the money gained from the event will go back into the community — through Winterruption itself. “It’s going to allow us to continue to do the festival. The funds from Winterruption go back into Winterruption, so … we can keep building it and keep making it be something people can look forward to,” Otterbein said. Regarding the success of Winterruption, the proof is in the pudding. Now in its third year, the festival is clearly something that’s desired by the community, so perhaps this is a model that other winter initiatives should also follow.

“Well, we’re a winter city, and we don’t think that, just because it’s cold out, … people need to stop doing things.” — Aryn Otterbein, the Broadway Theatre operations manager

For Calgary musician Chad VanGaalen, festivals like Winterruption are excellent initiatives to help people get through the winter. Appearing at Amigos Cantina on Jan. 20, VanGaalen couldn’t be a better fit

“I hope people are doing [art], because it’s fun… Art is a good language for people to learn how to speak, and to extend themselves and try [to] see things from another person’s perspective.” ­­— Chad VanGaalen, musician

for the festival. His latest record, Light Information, considers at length the importance of connections and how alone we are, despite our endless technological connectivity. “I think it’s great. Get out and about, hang out… I like it. [Saskatoon’s] a beautiful place with lots of beautiful people,” VanGaalen said. “I love Amigos, I love eating there, [and] I love playing there. I’d be excited to go out and check out some shows. As far as Winterrupting things, it’s a good idea. You do get holed [up] a little bit.” VanGaalen believes that art is an important way to foster connections, and he thinks that art can be found anywhere. “It’s all art to me. You could get a bunch of kids out tobogganing, and people would call it art. Drip a bunch of food [colouring] behind your sled, and by the end of the night, the hill would be crazy stripy. You don’t have to do much,” VanGaalen said. For VanGaalen, an individual’s enjoyment of artistic endeavours is what make festivals like Winterruption worthwhile. “I hope people are doing [art], because it’s fun… Art is a good language for people to learn how to speak, and to extend themselves and try [to] see things from another person’s perspective. Maybe they’ll get inspired by it. That’s what I use it for. When I see good art that inspires me, it lightens my step a little bit,” VanGaalen said. Otterbein seems to agree with VanGaalen’s thoughts on the positive properties of art, but she frames it in a more communal sense. “The arts are incredibly important in a community and to the culture of a city. Often, they are undervalued, and [Winterruption] is kind of a unique way for us to bring the things we find exciting to the community — like bands that don’t normally come here and artists that wouldn’t normally come through Saskatoon,” Otterbein said. For Otterbein, the art that Winterruption showcases allows the community to coalesce in unique and meaningful ways. “[Winterruption is] an exciting thing to put on. Art, culture and music are things that the community centres itself around,” Otterbein said. “People can bond over these things — they foster a togetherness in a time that is otherwise isolating.” Both Otterbein and VanGaalen make persuasive cases. It’s hard to disagree that Winterruption may work better than, say, a skating rink to help people get through the winter. To find Winterruption’s lineup, ticket prices, schedule and more, head over to or visit their Facebook page.

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Simple choices for gluten-free students Eating gluten free can be a challenge, but it is easily overcome by meal prepping. LYNDSAY AFSETH STAFF WRITER

Eating gluten free is a lifestyle choice for some people, but for others, it’s a necessity. Some students may find themselves at a loss for where to eat gluten-free food on campus, so the Sheaf explains how to eat gluten free at the University of Saskatchewan. The Government of Canada recognizes celiac disease as one of the most common chronic diseases in the world and estimates that one in every 100-200 people in North America may be affected. For these people, it is imperative that they maintain a glutenfree diet. In Canada, gluten sensitivity is more common than celiac disease, affecting roughly 6 per cent of the population. On top

of this, there are many people who choose to eat gluten free for the potential health benefits, but these benefits often come from eating more healthfully in general rather than from eliminating gluten specifically. Whatever your reason for eating gluten free, you have options at the university. Louis’ Pub and Louis’ Loft both have a wide selection of gluten-free salads available, and Louis’ Pub also has rice bowls and nachos that are deliciously gluten free. Choices cafeteria in St. Thomas More College offers different gluten-free options in their buffet every day — including soups, salads and desserts. They also have a gluten-free menu available for breakfast and lunch. What’s more, Choices is great for the student on a budget, as a meal

at their buffet is only $10 for U of S students. While these places are great options for the gluten-free student, eating out can be hard on the wallet, and it may not necessarily provide the healthiest of options. For a sustainable gluten-free diet, making your lunches at home and bringing them to school may be the best way to go. When you mindfully prepare meals at home, you are able to focus on including a wide variety of whole foods, which will be healthier than buying all your meals at school. It will also be cheaper to buy individual ingredients and prepare meals at home — especially if you focus on foods like rice, beans and potatoes, which are all cheap and filling. You could even spend a Sunday afternoon preparing all of

your meals for the week, which is a huge time-saver and makes it easy for you to grab your lunch on your way to school. Here are some easy recipes that you can include in your lunches. The first is simply brown rice with avocado, arugula and tamari sauce on top. This recipe requires minimal cooking, as the only thing you need to cook is the rice. For one serving, use a third-cup of rice and half an avocado. You can always change up the ingredients to include different vegetables, like broccoli or peas. You could also add beans or chickpeas to vary the flavour. Some other options are either egg salad or tuna salad in a lettuce wrap or corn wrap. For these, all you have to do is prepare a large bowl of your chosen salad over the weekend and wrap it up each morning before you leave for school. You can include greens, sprouts, pickles or anything else you want in your wraps. For gluten-free snacks, fruit or veggies with dip are great go-to ideas. You could also try out dried fruit, nuts, cottage cheese or Lärabar energy bars. While eating gluten free at school may be a challenge, you can save yourself money and stress by preparing your meals in bulk at home. For those days when you just do not have time, or when you

CULTURE want to treat yourself, Choices cafeteria and Louis’ Loft and Pub all have tasty gluten-free options for you.

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Be the best you: Tricking your way to straight As this semester Was last semester a let down? The good news is this semester can be better. EMMA ASHWORTH

You don’t have to be Emma Stone to get an easy A. All you need to do is implement these three easy tricks, and you can leave those mediocre grades in 2017. Trick your professor into thinking you’re smarter than you actually are with the halo effect. No, this doesn’t have anything to do with video games — getting an A isn’t that easy. The halo effect is a psychological phenomenon that allows unrelated positive traits to influence a person’s overall evaluation of you. Convincing your professors that you’re a good student in the early weeks of class will make them think highly of you, which can help you raise your average. Making a good first impression on your professors isn’t all that hard or time-consuming, either. Simply make your presence known. Sit in the front

row, make eye contact, go to office hours, and get to know your professors — they will be sure to recognize your name on an assignment and read through it with a certain level of fondness. Aside from giving you a killer arm workout, answering and asking questions will trick your professors into thinking that you are super engaged with the class’s material. Moreover, the process of trying to come off as a good student might just make you into one — fake it until you make it! You can also try to study more efficiently and productively with the Pomodoro Technique. It’s simple, and all you need to implement the technique is a timer — or just a timer app. Set the timer for 25 minutes, and get to work. Following the work period, take a short break — stretch, get some water, and maybe relax briefly, because after five minutes, another 25-minute work period commences. Repeat this process four times.

After the last study period concludes, take a 20-minute break instead. This method of studying supposedly keeps your mind fresh and focused, while also serving as a reward system. Students who are addicted to cigarettes have been using this studying technique for years! What else can you reward yourself with in 20 minutes? The possibilities are endless. Another tip to do better in class is to trick your brain to function differently — so that it works for your benefit instead of against you — with the five-second rule. This rule focuses on eliminating the negative effects that moments of hesitation have on your life. After taking a few seconds to process an idea, stress signals are sent to the brain. These signals can make you freak out and pull back from going through with the idea. It’s the reason why you haven’t started that essay that’s due in 12 hours or begun reading for your midterm next week. Unfortunately,

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this kind of hesitation has an impact that extends beyond your academic life. Hesitating keeps you from being your best self — in and out of the classroom. Acting on ideas without hesitation can allow you to do the work you need to do without self-doubt, a skill that will transform all aspects of your life for the better. To use the five-second rule,

acknowledge your stress about the task at hand, count backwards from five, and begin immediately. Start the new year right by applying these three easy tricks, and leave unremarkable grades where they belong — in 2017. No one will know that you’re bouncing back from a failing semester based on all the As you’ll be getting this term!



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Realms II exhibit review The latest exhibit at the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery is immense and intriguing, if incomplete.

Laura Underwood / Layout Manager Realms II features work from almost 100 artists.

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The Gordon Snelgrove Gallery started off the year with Realms II — an abstract, whimsical exhibition that runs until Jan. 12. Curated by U of S graduate Jon Vaughn, the exhibit features almost 100 artists. Functioning as a looking glass into the esthetics of contemporary art, the exhibit appeals to a youthful audience with its quirky, witty designs. The prints are fun and modern — edgy yet bubbly all at once. While I did some research on the show, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. I was equally surprised and delighted by my first impression. Realms II at first appeared to be akin to a showcase by a high school AP art class, with the prints held up by small black binder clips. A number of works were visually overwhelming, featuring cluttered spaces with shapes congregated in giant masses, which rendered this section of the exhibit strange — an organized chaos. A handful of illustrations featured monster-creatures, both grotesque and cool, as their subject matter, while others featured everyday people, objects and even ghosts. Many of these works were imported either from close neighbours or from overseas — including Europe, Mexico, South America, Japan and China. This is, in part, why the exhibit was not completed before its doors opened to the public. The Gordon Snelgrove Gallery website stated that the exhibit would begin showing on Jan. 3, but doors opened on Jan. 8. When I spoke to Vaughn, he had just been in the midst of setting up the labels for the show — he’d received a package from an artist that very morning and was expecting more to come. The diversity of the pieces showcases the kinds of designs

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one would find in independent zines and magazines. Some resemble the esthetic visuals and designs of Rookie magazine and i-D magazine, and some even look like they’d have a chance as potential candidates for the next Grimes album cover. Despite this lo-fi feel, Vaughn curated the exhibit in an immeasurably cool, casual and trendy way. Realms II features notable artists such as Tetsunori Tawaraya, Elevator Teeth, Yusuke Nagaoka and Lasse Wandschneider, to name a few among many. You’ll find a number of attention-grabbing oddities in the exhibit that’ll either make you smile or raise your eyebrows. The exhibit as a whole is a playful assortment of colour palettes in diverse graphic expressions designed to draw attention away from the grey tones of the winter cold. As you walk through the gallery, you’ll notice a stark contrast between the works — a unique variety that blends together thematically, yet each piece also acts as an intriguing artwork on its own. Some pieces are very neat in their use of geometric shapes and minimalist design, while others are more complicated and busy. In addition to having curated the exhibit, Vaughn showcases his own talents as an artist — a visual artist, graphic designer and printer, musician and DJ. The visual flow makes sense, as the execution and organization of the exhibit were clearly crafted by someone well versed, engaged and experienced in the visual and performing arts. On Jan. 12 at 7 p.m., the Gordon Snelgrove Gallery will host a free reception for Realms II for the public, which will feature a performance by local musician respectfulchild. To keep up with Vaughn and his work, visit his web page on under the user jonvaughn2.

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Capricorn: You like to be organized. This month, try doing things more impulsively. You’ll be surprised by how humbling it is to be constantly unprepared.

Aquarius: Cleanse your crystals before Jan. 20 to ensure you enter your season with clarity. Not into that? Cleanse your negative fucking outlook, then. David Lionel Rideshare companies could fill gaps in transportation services for Saskatonians.

It’s a bumpy road for ridesharing companies in Saskatoon Introducing commercial ridesharing companies in Saskatoon could threaten the existing transportation industry. JORDAN STOVRA

Expanding the ridesharing programs in Saskatoon beyond the existing non-commercial community groups to include companies like Uber and Lyft has been a contentious issue between the city and the local taxi industry. Commercializing ridesharing in Saskatoon may cause problems without the proper legislation. The primary benefit of these app-based ridesharing services is their ability to provide more transportation options that are safe and accessible in our growing city. They also offer fairly priced transportation for people who are under the influence, which can deter people from driving impaired. The introduction of services like this into Saskatoon could also force the stagnant taxi businesses to grow and better their own services. More options for safe transportation are needed here in Saskatoon. Everyone knows that it’s not easy to catch a cab after a late night at any of the local watering holes, and thus, many patrons seek out other, sometimes unsafe, options. Services like Lyft and Uber would offer more convenient transportation to this demographic. The addition of these ride-

sharing services would place Saskatoon among only a handful of Canadian cities that have them. Uber operates in Edmonton, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Halifax. Previously, Uber also had a presence in Vancouver and Calgary, but the company has since shut down its service in those cities due to pressure from community groups and workers in the taxi industry. Because our transit infrastructure is lacking, Saskatoon is uniquely positioned for the opportunity to modernize transit by incorporating ridesharing services into the current transportation framework. However, despite all of this talk, we still have to think about how these ventures will affect the people who currently work in Saskatoon as cab drivers. The taxi industry in Saskatoon is heavily regulated by the city, and cab drivers have stringent rules to follow. As we have seen in other Canadian cities, these rules tend to cause friction between ridesharing services and cab companies. It is widely argued that the same operating rules should apply to both taxi companies and commercial ridesharing companies since they provide very similar services. However, in cities where Uber and Lyft already exist, operators of these ridesharing

services are not required to follow the same guidelines that cab drivers have to fulfill. For example, cab drivers in Saskatoon are required to get regular automobile inspections and keep those documents. They are also required to install security cameras and obtain a Class 4 driver’s licence and Class PT vehicle registration in order to work, among numerous other rules. The guidelines for commercial ridesharing services in other cities tend to be different and more flexible. Lyft and Uber regulations are decided by these respective companies, and the rules vary from city to city. Uber does require drivers to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License — which is equivalent to a Class 4 driver’s licence and Class PT registration in Saskatchewan, following government legislation passed on Nov. 30 — and the automobile insurance of the driver’s vehicle has to match that of other commercial drivers in the area. It’s an ongoing conversation, and it is important to understand what we’re getting into before we work to make room for these companies in our city. Ridesharing services like Lyft and Uber would expand Saskatoon’s transportation network, which would be valuable to residents, but they could also halt or cause issues for existing transportation services.

Pisces: The stars say you’re feeling lucky this

month, so go ahead and like, share and retweet every damn social media contest that you scroll past. You’re bound to win something, even if you risk losing your online cool factor.

Aries: The new calendar year may have left you

feeling unsatisfied and stuck. Don’t worry — it’s just the abysmal global political climate and everincreasing apathy towards social development in our society that’s got you down.

Taurus: You’d really benefit from a new pair of

shoes and stepping on down from your high horse this month.

Gemini: No man is an island, ya dig? Cancer: You’ve been feeling pressure to perform, but don’t let the influence of others cloud your creativity. It’s okay to take time to focus on what you really care about, like your 11th unsuccessful SoundCloud mixtape.

Leo: I hope you brought an extra pair of pants today. Virgo: To heat things up in the bedroom, it’s a good

time to build up your emotional connection with your partner. Single? See what you can do to really get to know your vibrator.

Libra: You’re suited for success in your endeavours this month, so talk to your local Member of the Legislative Assembly about the impending cuts to university funding.

Scorpio: There is no such thing as true altruism. Sagittarius: Best not commit yourself to

anything too serious, at least for a while. The stars aren’t sure what’s to come for you. There’s nothing wrong with being a third-year undeclared arts and science student, after all.



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Tree planting is helping to redefine women’s work More reforestation companies are making efforts to support women in tree planting, and it’s paying off. JADEN PIERCE

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In the male-dominated field of physical labour, treeplanting companies in Canada are beginning to offer greater gender parity. Some treeplanting camps will hire women for up to half of their workforce, and Silviculture Canada estimates that 30 per cent of tree planters in Canada are female. Tree planting is a response to public concerns regarding the environmentally devastating number of trees being clearcut all over Canada by logging companies. Reforestation companies hire individual tree planters as independent contractors. Tree planters are paid by the amount of trees planted — last year, I earned between $0.11 to $0.17 per tree. There are many companies throughout Canada specializing in different types of planting, mostly concentrated in British Columbia. In my first season as a plant-

er, knowing that there was room for women in this industry gave me some hope. I began in May, 2017, while struggling with mental illness — which had put me in a very dark place. In the weeks leading up to my departure from civilization, countless strangers, acquaintances, family and friends — all people who had never planted themselves — would say to me, “You know that’s really hard, right?” Though they didn’t call me weak outright, I took the hint. I’m small. I was one of the shortest people in our camp at 5-4. I’m athletic, but at the time, I was a bit out of shape. I had never done physical labour, and I doubted myself more than anyone else. I wasn’t sure I could do it, but in the end, I killed it. Knowing that so many people had doubted my ability made it feel so much more rewarding to finish the twoand-a-half-month season with flying colours. Days where I made $300 by planting over 3,000 trees were a nice big “fuck you and respect me” to all of them. I left my first season as


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a tree planter feeling stronger, healthier and more confident. One of the things that got me through the season was being surrounded by many badass women. Some were students, working to finance their studies, and some were full-time planters. Often, women actually rival men in tree-planting skill. My size and strength weren’t as relevant to the work as I’d expected. There is no ideal body type for a planter, because there are many different styles of planting. It’s an individualized skill, and each planter has their own technique. Endurance is more important than strength in tree planting, as you are doing a repetitive activity non-stop. According to John Betts, the executive director of the Western Silvicultural Contractors’ Association, this is why women can be so successful — they are more likely to have high endurance. Alani Caruso, about to begin her ninth season this March, plants for six months of the year. Caruso has experienced first-hand the nuances that come with existing as a woman in a male-dominated space like tree-planting camps. One specific nuance is the gender-based prejudice held by some of her foremen and co-workers. “I have experienced certain attitudes or reactions, because I haven’t always been considered, perhaps, worthy or skilled or ‘tough’ enough for this job based on assumptions of my person as a woman. I don’t want to be treated differently based on false gender constructs,” Caruso said. Women can also face sexual harassment from other planters living in the same camp. However, gender-based inequity and violence are not prevalent in all tree-planting companies. At Northern Reforestation, four of the five foremen I worked under were women. There is also an anti-harassment committee with elected women whom we could talk to about concerns. Additionally, in one of our camp meetings, consent was discussed and explained — especially in relation to alcohol. There are huge strides being made in the industry, and hopefully, we will begin to see more of this gender parity in other companies and throughout the field of physical labour as a whole.

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STUDY SHOWS BASEMENT SUITES ATTRACT MOST SAD-BOY RENTERS ARTS BUILDING — A group of students enrolled in regional and urban planning at the University of Saskatchewan are preparing to present a comprehensive study of renters’ demographics and practices in the City of Saskatoon as part of their research for the upcoming Undergraduate Project Symposium on Feb. 5. This pivotal study, conducted in 2017 over a period of six months, includes interviews with landlords and tenants in select Saskatoon neighbourhoods, as well as field research, surveys and photo and video submissions from subjects. Collected data shows that more than 90 per cent of

the sad-boy population attending the U of S is choosing to rent subterranean spaces. Jill Bahker, a professor in the department of psychology, posits that the sad-boy demographic is of particular interest to her field of research, and she offers some insight. “Sad boys are generally male individuals aged 2025 seeking to claim ways in which the world has wronged them,” Bahker said. Sad boys are known to exhibit behaviours such as moral vigilantism and generally have trouble separating themselves from the contexts of social issues. Bahker says that


You might not have heard of this one. In the past month, the ever enigmatic Daniel Romano released not one but two full-length LPs. Nerveless is the same catchy, twangy folk-rock that we’ve grown accustomed to from the Welland, Ont., artist — but with a little less pageantry and polish. It plays like an intimate hangout on a lazy afternoon. Listen to “Digital Tears” when you’re feeling alone, but keep in mind that Nerveless, and its sibling Human Touch, are only available through Bandcamp — and only until the end of his current Canadian tour.



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they typically have not maintained a romantic relationship for longer than four months and are prone to blacklisting and slandering their exes. Bahker says that the living conditions chosen by sad-boy renters might have something to do with their existential dread and hidden desires for protection. “They often feel lost and confused by the world and do not possess what would be considered ‘homemaking’ skills. This might make basement suites seem more enticing to them, as they lack the better judgement to seek more comfortable living spaces,” Bahker said.


Hello, my fellow chunky friends. Happy New Year! May 2018 lead you to new levels of self-deprecation. This week, we will cover the “Yeah, sex is cool…” meme. Gaining popularity over Twitter, this meme is generally text based or a screen capture of text. But, really, have you ever tried garlic bread? When my partner and I are in bed, we don’t have sex — we just eat garlic bread, ignoring the fact that I can’t eat gluten or garlic. What better way to spice things up in the bedroom then some tasty appeteasers? This meme could be remixed as “Yeah, sex is cool, but have you ever tried putting a fork in an electrical socket?” This is a stale or dying meme that should be used for croutons in a salad. I give this meme a lukewarm tea between a cold tea and hot tea.



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