Vol. 7, No. 3
Top 5 events of 2010
1. The 2010 Vancouver Olympics- The Olympics bring the world together every time they come around, but this year they brought together Canada in a way no one has seen in a long time. Patriotism was shown here in Canada and everyone watched every single event. For those who couldn’t watch the daytime events, teachers in classrooms sometimes put on the big ones like hockey. One of our own here at Dunbarton, Shelly Ann Brown won a bronze medal in bobsledding and Alexandre Bilodeau was the first Canadian to win gold on Canadian soil. It was our time to shine, and with the third most medals in Vancouver, we did so with pride.
2. FIFA World Cup- It didn’t matter if you had never watched a game of soccer in your life, the FIFA World Cup is always a big hit when it comes around every four years. From those injury faking Italians to those overpaid British, there were lovers and haters of each team. Everywhere you went from June 11th to July 11th, there were flags, posters, commercials, and even restaurants promoting their favourite team. In the end, the Spanish took the win over the Netherlands (wait, Nether who?), but there’s always 2014 in Brazil.
3. Haiti Earthquake- On January 12th 2010, Haiti suffered a massive earthquake which was a catastrophic 7.0 on the rector scale. An estimated 230,000 died, 300,000 injured, and over 1,000,000 were left homeless by this tragic event. United Nations went in for a major relief operation, and countries all over the world were raising money to support people there. Haiti is nowhere near its original state; however they have begun to make progress towards it. Many charities are still donating.
4. The Chilean Miners- On August 5th 2010, 33 miners in San Jose, Chile became trapped in a mine when it caved in, 700 meters under the ground. Think about it this way, the CN tower is 550 meters high. No one thought they were ever going to make it, but turns out the men down there were 33 of the most strong and determined men in the world, because they somehow managed to stay alive for a record 69 days. On October 13th, all 33 miners were safely rescued and taken home to their loved ones after receiving medical care.
5. G20 Summit- Toronto hosted the 4th meeting of the G-20 heads of government during June 26th and 27th. This event was one of the most expensive and largest security operations in Canadian history, and cost over 850 million dollars, including security, infrastructure and hospitality. There was also a temporary jail for those arrested during the summit for violent protests and other crimes, and boy did they ever use it. The summit is still being reported about in today’s papers questioning police authority. Clearly, it was an event that effected everyone if it’s still being talked about after six months.
YMCA Peace Medallion awarded to Educational Assistant at DHS
Volunteering has its reward!
While Dunbarton is getting excited about what they’re receiving for the upcoming holidays, there is one lady who’s taking actions to give. Maureen Johnston, an educational assistant here at Dunbarton, received the YMCA Peace medallion Award.
Students, staff and family members of Mrs. Johnston all gathered to celebrate her award. There were also representatives from the Salvation Army, YMCA and the DDSB to congratulate Mrs. Johnston.
On November 20th to 27th, YMCA Peace Week took place, and officials awarded Peace Medallions to peacemakers in local communities. The YMCA of the Greater Toronto Area recognized fantastic leaders, including Ms. Johnston.
There were many great things said about Mrs. Johnston at the ceremony. “Everyone who knows Ms. Johnston understands how loving, caring and encouraging she is. She’s known throughout the school for her positive attitude and kind heart.” said Jenna Horlock, a student who has worked with Ms. Johnston for 4 years.
“I'm just overwhelmed really,” Ms. Johnston said after receiving the award.
“Ms. Johnston has definitely made a difference in our lives here at Dunbarton. She will be in our hearts forever.” said Breanne Wylie, another student that worked with Ms. Johnston.
Mrs. Johnston has been an integral part of IMPACT (the Christian council) for 10 years at Dunbarton. She leads Santa Cause, one of the biggest events every year, with passion and a smile always on her face. This event bridges the gap between all races and cultural backgrounds.
Not only does Ms. Johnston play a key role in putting smiles on students’ faces every day, but she also helps out with Sunday school programs at her church, and a Rainbow program for students who have lost a parent or are dealing with divorce.
The voice of Citytv dies
Citytv mourns the loss of Mark Dailey
After 30 years of being the voice of Toronto and a Citytv reporter, beloved Mark Dailey passed away on December 6th, 2010. He was born in Youngstown, Ohio, studied law, and then moved to Canada. His deep voice and charisma was inspiring to the crew and to those who watch the show.
“He had such an extraordinary presence, and of course that remarkable voice,” one of his former Citytv colleagues, Anne Mroczkowski remembered.
“That’s what viewers saw in him, that amazing voice and his gutsy ability to gather detail together, telling us exactly what happened, “stated Peter Mansbridge of CBC National News.
He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2004, and received many treatments. In September, it returned and he took a leave from work. Mark Dailey was battling prostate cancer for years, and it spread to his kidney, and eventually to his lungs, which determined his fate.
He was very popular in the newsroom as he was outside of his work. Torontonians welcomed him wherever he went and he loved his work.
“The guy was hilarious. He had a very dark sense of humor. We leaned on him a lot for comic relief,” said Gord Martineau, who worked with him since he joined the news team back in 1979.
”He had a great perspective on things.”
Ford says Transit City is over
Mayor Rob Ford decides to scrap plan to build a system of light-rail transit lines and instead, focus on extending subway lines
Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, says that he is canceling the Transit City plan.
Transit City was a $8.15 billion plan which called for constructing new light-rail lines.
Ford, who made transportation a major part of his election platform, decided that instead, he and the city’s new council would focus on subways.
He would like to build a subway line from Downsview station to Scarborough Town Centre and extend the Bloor-Danforth subway line to replace the current Scarborough light-rail line.
“For too long, the city has focused on transit only. We will expand out focus to include people who use transit but also motorists, commercial vehicle operators, cyclists and pedestrians,” he said.
Kathleen Wynee, Ontario Transportation Minister, said that $137 million has already been spent on the project, plus an additional amount of $1.3 billion committed to contracts relating to the project. If the contracts were broken because the Transit City plan was canceled, the province would have to pay the penalties.
In order for Ford to legitimately abandon the Transit City project, he needs the support of the province, which has already given billions to the plan, along with the town’s council.
"For the first time [we're] expanding transit across the city that we waited generations for — the mayor can't walk in on Day 1 and say, 'it's gone.' It doesn't work like that," said Coun. Janet Davis, who says she will fight for Transit City.
Ford is expected to speak to Premier Dalton McGuinty about this topic soon.
Santa Claus comes to town!
Toronto welcomes a special visitor
Stephanie Gertsakis and Brianna Bader
There was non-stop commotion at the 106th Santa Claus Parade in downtown Toronto.
Early on Sunday November 21, there were many families and children flooding the streets until four o’clock that afternoon.
The parade this year was a loud and colourful event with many volunteers. Children were jumping around waiting as float after float came by, keeping their eye out for the big red guy.
Floats involved were well put together ranging from a Lego float from Disney’s’ movie, Tangled float. The parade also featured Barbie, Sobeys and Mother Goose. The very last float and of course, the most anticipated was Santa Claus.
Not only could kids get to see Santa on this day, but many children brought their letters to Santa and gave them to his elves as the parade went on. That’s right, Santa’s elves were collecting all of the little ones cards, throughout the parade.
The parade was also more enjoyable with the candy and peppermints that were given out by clowns.
The company, Rogers, also gave out reusable bags with other sponsor’s goodies inside, such as YTV’s Christmas television schedule.
The parade started at about 12:45 pm and began just north of Bathurst Street and completed its route at Front Street. The crowds were huge. Thousands upon thousands of people waited on the curb and side streets as each float passed by.
For Sunday’s high of 9°C, all of Santa’s fans were wrapped in blankets and coats.
The floats were all flashy. Bright colours, creative characters and music was played as each sponsor featured their float.
Toronto’s new mayor, Rob Ford, was also seen walking through the parade, in his football jacket.
Vendors also made it a pleasant afternoon as they sold cotton candy, popcorn and silly bands.
In total there were twenty-four marching bands, thirty floats and uncountable clowns.
Overall there were more than two thousand participants and volunteers.
The parade was a great way to make the holiday season, start with a bang!
Toys 4 Tickets
Donate toys instead paying for parking tickets
Another way to give back to the community will be the city of Pickering programs for charity, their way of sending out holiday cheer; giving back to the less fortunate…and getting rid of those pesky parking tickets.
Most of the City of Pickering parking tickets issued December 7th to the 15th may be paid via a donation of food or toys. The toys (unwrapped, of course) and the food (non-perishable) must have equal or more value. Most of the City of Pickering tickets are eligible for this program except for the tickets issued for ineligible parking.
“The Toys 4 Tickets and Food 4 Fines is a unique and wonderful program that helps turn something negative into a positive,” said Kim Thompson, Manager, By-law Enforcement Services. “2009 was the first time that we held this initiative and it was an overwhelming success. 71 tickets were paid with food and toy donations valued at $2200. This year, we want to help make the holiday season a little brighter for even more people in the community.”
Get in your tickets on December 16th or December 17th between the times of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. on the second floor of the Pickering Civic Complex, located at One The Esplanade. For more program information, please contact Municipal Law Enforcement Services at (905) 420.4611.
World AIDS Day: a Big Success!
DHS puts on a fantastic assembly
On December 1st, Dunbarton as well as the Pickering Community recognized World AIDS Day. With every seat filled in the east gym, Dunbarton students were educated about HIV/AIDS, and the prejudices that come along with it. The World AIDS organization raises awareness to the fact that HIV/AIDS is a virus; It does not discriminate over colour, gender, religion, or sexual orientation. The disease is not prejudicial, because it can affect anyone.
Congratulations go out to the Mr. Hopkins and Gay Straight Alliance council for “MCing” a fantastic assembly. It consisted of speakers, musical and dance performances. The assembly made a great impact on the student body of Dunbarton High School. GSA was not alone, as every other Dunbarton High School council was there to show their support.
The two guest speakers that spoke at the assembly shared their stories about how HIV/AIDS has affected their everyday lives. As both of the speakers were HIV positive, they shared their experiences with their fight against HIV. The first speaker, Brittney had been positive for 5 years. She shared her emotional story about the birth of her first and second child as well as her struggles with the disease.
The second speaker, Don shared how he had also been living with HIV for five years. As a father, he shared how he was forever grateful towards his children who supported him one hundred percent of the way. He also felt very strongly about safe sex, to avoid becoming infected.
Accompanying the speakers, there were musical performances and a well put together dance routine. Kira Guthrie sang a solo, singing “True Colours.” As well, she sang a duet with Roman Slifkas singing “Imagine.” The two performances were a great addition to the assembly.
Wrapping up the assembly was Mrs. Hadaways dance team. The team compiled a routine that was breathtaking as the dancers displayed great emotion and skills up on the stage.
Timmies now accepting debit cards
Tim Hortons paying attention to customer’s needs
Tim Hortons, Canada’s biggest fast food chain is now accepting payments in debit cards as a way of payment.
The fast food chain has been resisting debit card payments for 3 years. Finally, they are giving into their customers.
Though cash is still a preferred payment of choice, non-cash payments are becoming more popular among consumers. Tim Hortons is confident that technology will not slow them down.
“Debit is a very popular form of payment in Canada,” said chief of operations officer Roland
Walton. “We see it as a great opportunity to give the guest what they are looking for.”
"Canadians enjoy the convenience and simplicity of making everyday payments using funds directly from their bank account with Interac debit, and now they have more opportunity to do so at one of Canada's favourite restaurants, Tim Hortons," said Interac president and chief executive Mark O'Connell.
Over 90% of Tim Hortons restaurants accept debit cards. Before, only western Canada had the privilege of using their debit cards at Tim Hortons as a form of payment. Alberta was the first province to introduce the alternative payment option in 2003.
In 2007, Tim Hortons introduced Mastercard payments and prepaid Tim cards across Canada.
People are dying to go home and “tumble”
Be careful when you go online, you may come across this surprisingly addicting site that will leave you wanting more
The free, user friendly website called Tumblr has become an on going success. More and more people are signing up and creating their “Tumblelog” worldwide.
Tumblr is a blogging site where you can post text, photos, links, quotes, audio, and videos.
Created in 2007, Tumblr allows it’s users to create their own blogs where they can post pretty much whatever they wish. Users find ways of expressing themselves, as well as finding people who have many of the same interests.
People wonder what the major differences are between Tumblr and Facebook, and the answer is that Facebook was created for talking to friends, where as Tumblr is for blogging.
You are supposed to use Facebook for the purpose of keeping in touch with friends and friends, whereas on Tumblr, you can chat with people if you’d like, but it’s more for your opinions and thoughts. Anyone can follow you and you can end up “meeting” people that live on the other side of the world, who are some of the best people you have ever talked to.
One user who goes by "Puckerman", was asked what her favourite thing about Tumblr was,
“Being able to connect with people from all over the world.” she said.
When asked what makes Tumblr unique compared to websites like Facebook,
She answered, “You can post as often as you like without being judged by the people you have added, you can post as many silly pictures and videos as you want, and there's just this whole culture and language to Tumblr that you won't find anywhere else.”
Since safety is a huge issue with the internet nowadays we asked her if she thought Tumblr to be less safe than other social networks,
“No, not at all. It's probably one of the safer ones out there since no one can see your follower list or who you follow, unless, you decide to have a layout that shows that,” she said.
When it comes to safety, no matter what website you’re on, you always have to be careful with the information you post.
There are even some users that go to our school! We asked Michelle Scofield what major differences she sees between Facebook and Tumblr,
“Some people will have over 600 friends. Out of the 600 how many does that person actually talk to? Facebook is more of a popularity contest than anything. You can't look at your news feed and not judge the people that show up. Tumblr is so different, there is no judging. You can follow whoever you want, and because you decided to follow them you won't negatively judge what they post.”
Many users even find that you have a lot more freedom on Tumblr than you do on many other sites.
“Definitely, you can do whatever you want on here,” says Scofield.
Tumblr is a great way for you to just get away from reality and escape to a place of comfort. Of course, it not being so well known is a good thing, this secret society is more preserved and special.
National Film Board of Canada
Free Canadian films online or at the Mediatheque!
I recently took a trip with my film studies class to the Nation Film Board of Canada where I discovered all it had to offer.
The closest Film Board location is on John St. and Richmond downtown Toronto. They are open everyday, except Monday. You can go in and use their viewing stations. You view alone, or with a friend and watch as many films as you want for free!
They have a variety of films ranging from funny animations shorts, to stunning documentaries, to some very serious multicultural topics, that are guaranteed to please everyone.
The Film Board has also made the leap to becoming internet-user friendly. Over five thousand of their films are now available on their website and you can now create a NFB profile! Once you become a member, you can discuss the films you watch with other people who have watched it. Or even make playlists of your favourite films.
If you haven’t heard of the NFB before, hopefully you will look it up and learn more about our rapidly growing Canadian film industry. I think this one of the most under-rated organizations we have access to, and I hope you will all be watching someday soon!
Phantom of the Opera leaves audience in awe
Music theatre production a hit at DHS
Shannon Rogers Spartan staff
The music theatre class of 2010 had been working hard since September to stage their production of the classic musical, The Phantom of the Opera.
Dunbarton is the first high school in North America to stage Phantom, creating a lot of tough work for Ms. Joyce and Mr. McCallum, the chorus directors who worked with the actors and singers everyday. They also put in a lot of behind-the-scenes work, supervising all aspects of the production.
All of the work on the production was done by students, including the props, costumes, stage scenery, music, and singing.
The pit band played all of the music live in the small music room next to the theatre, and were connected to a sound system allowing the audience to hear the live music.
“This is the hardest music you can give to high school students,” said Ms. Galberg, the pit band conductor.
Rehearsals leading up to the opening performances were stressful and nerve-wracking for all involved, with students
often staying at the school until 11 p.m.
All of the hard work paid off when it came to the first performance; a matineé for grade eights from schools of the surrounding area. Everything went smoothly, setting a great mood for opening night the following day.
The class performed eight shows in total, two matineés and six evening performances.
All shows went extremely well, and the class became very close throughout the course of the semester.
“Everyone grew really close, almost like a giant family,” said Olivia Gunn and Jamie Foster, members of the pit band.
The show was complete with the special effects and scenery necessary for Phantom, including falling pillars, fog, a moving boat, a paper maché elephant, and a crashing chandelier.
The Phantom, played by Brandon McMackin, had an authentic look, complete with gelled back hair and a white mask covering the right half of his face.
“Playing the Phantom was such an honour,” said Brandon. “I really enjoyed it!”
Raoul was played by Will Coghlan, and the role of Christine was split between Ashana Sivalingam and Gabbie Desvignes.
Audiences at all of the shows were amazed by the amount of work and attention to detail that had been put into the production.
“I can’t believe that it was high school students doing all of that!” said Lyvia McKeegan, who attended the show on opening night.
Closing night was an emotional one for all involved. Now that the play is over, cast members can return to the lives they led before the whirlwind of Phantom.
“We’ll always remember Phantom,” said Brandon, “I’m really sad it’s over though.”
After four months of careful planning and hard work, there’s only one thing left to say: it’s over now, the music of the night.
Record-setting leaf isn’t the only one of its kind
Boy’s world-record challenged by others across Canada
A nine-year-old boy from Pickering, Ontario claims to have found the world’s largest maple leaf.
“I drove over this leaf on my bike,” said Joseph Donato, “I think it might be the biggest one ever.” Donato holds up the leaf, which is bigger than his head.
“It’s the biggest leaf ever. I’ve got to get it in the record books,” said Donato, who found the unusual leaf while riding his bike in the East Woodlands Park, near his home.
Angie Donato, Joseph’s mother, planned to help her son submit the leaf to the Guinness Book of World Records, however, that may not be necessary.
Just days after the story appeared in the local newspaper, other national papers began covering Donato’s discovery. This caught the attention of the officials at Guinness.
“They asked me to send a picture with the measuring tape” to prove the size of the leaf, says Joseph. “They contacted us and said they wanted to open a new record for me.”
Previously, there had been no records for leaves in the Guinness Book of World Records. Joseph’s maple leaf, measuring 38 cm wide and 38 cm long, is the first to be submitted.
News of Joseph’s discovery swept across Canada, revealing other leaf owners claiming that their maple leaves are the largest in the world.
Another nine-year-old boy, Nolan Toner, claims he found a larger specimen in Toronto’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery. His leaf measures 43 cm wide and 38.7 cm long.
This leaf was allegedly found between the graves of Alexander Muir, composer of The Maple Leaf Forever, and former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King.
Meanwhile, ten-year-old Eve Steel has reported finding a monster leaf in Vancouver, B.C., measuring 44 cm wide and 34 cm long.
Dozens of wannabe record-breakers have popped up all over the country. Unfortunately, all have spoken up too late, losing the advantage of timing, following Joseph’s discovery.
Spokespeople for Guinness World Records say that they’re not in a rush to verify any new claims, because it is up to the claimant to prove that their leaf is superior to Donato’s. However, the adjudicators at Guinness welcome all claims.
“Records are made to be broken after all, and we want to make sure we are chronicling them,” Jamie Pans, of Guinness World Records, stated in an e-mail.
Santa Cause Hits Dunbarton!
We all know our school is best for donating to the Salvation Army at Christmas time. One of our educational assistants, Maureen Johnston, made the donations possible these past years due to her outstanding efforts in organizing the event, Santa Cause.
This year our school has started again with the donations. After the hilariously funny Santa Cause assembly, many teachers and classes started to bring in their money, food and books. So far our school has donated just over seven thousand dollars with more to come!
This is less than past years but that won’t dampen DHS’ school spirit. The clubs around the school are doing their best to raise more money and gifts for the cause. Many clubs have yet to do their events, and there is still the student/teacher hockey game to attend.
The school is hoping to see a big turnout for all the events that have yet to run.
The gifts this year for the less fortunate are coming in fewer amounts than they were last year. Dunbarton is having difficulty persuading the students to bring in contributions. Perhaps it is because of the global recession items.
However, students should not let this discourage them. People are in more need than ever this time of year. If you can think of just one item to bring in that is no longer needed, it would be greatly accepted. Remember that non-perishable food items are also appreciated
Dunbarton students can’t get enough of animation
Animated films viewed by lucky students from Dunbarton’s film classes
On Friday, November 30th, Mr. Purcell’s communication technology class, Mrs. Brown’s media studies class and even a few of her English students took a trip downtown to visit the National Film Board of Canada (NFB).
Canada’s film board specializes in animated films and documentaries. These students had the pleasure of viewing some of the board’s own top animated films in a mini-theatre upstairs from the lobby. Many different styles of animation were viewed, as many different films were shown.
Before the films, a guide provided by the National Film Board introduced and explained many of the programs offered at the film board. He went on to say that “many of the animators here are provided the resources to make their films. So if any of you are interested in getting into animation, the National Film Board is a great place to start”.
After the tour and viewings of the films the students were given free time to go have lunch and a chance to stretch their legs after a long time sitting.
After lunch there was still time before the bus arrived to take everyone back to school. Some chose to look around and shop in the stores on and around Queen Street, but many went back to the National Film Board of Canada to watch the documentary and animated films provided for free in the lobby. These films were not only free to the students but to many other visitors in the building.
At the end of the day everyone boarded the bus, content with the success of the trip and the information they learned.
“Not only did I get to spend the day downtown but I was introduced to NFB and the awesome short films that they make,” said Cassie Gibson, a student on the trip.
Three killed in north Pickering plane crash
Students remember the lives of Seneca College instructor and students killed
A Seneca College flight instructor and two of his students were killed while on a training flight when their single engine plane crashed in northern Pickering.
Pearson Airport called around 7 pm on Thursday November 18th, to notify Durham police that it lost the plane on radar.
Students Cynthia Hoi-Mei Tsang and Lloyd Myles Cripps both 20, and flight instructor Azizullah Yoosufani, died on board of Impact, police said.
Both students were in their third year at Seneca’s flight school. They had passed their commercial pilot written exams and flight
Cripps was working towards his instructors rating.
A police helicopter found the wreckage in a farmer’s field near Whitevale Road, south of Highway 407 in northern Pickering .
About 10 flight school students from Seneca College showed up at the scene
late Thursday night. Students said the instructor was one the
kindest, most generous and down to earth person. He was just a great guy.
The cause of the crash is yet unknown. Yoosufani, 26, was supposed to get married December 26th,said his brother Farman.
His mother Parveen was visiting Canada to help prepare for the wedding
and is still in shock “he was everything to me, I never had any complaints”, said Parveen.
It’s sad to know that three young people lost their lives in this tragic accident. Seneca College president, David Agnew, said the school will be flying their flags at half-mast.
“Our hearts are with the families and we are coming together to support the students, faculty, and staff who
have lost friends and colleagues” he said.
A private memorial was held last week for the flight school community.
Law & Disorder for DHS students
Field trip to courthouse filled with thrills
“I wanted to look into the eyes of a killer,” said DHS student Ryan Hickey.
It’s not a typical response to the question, “Why did you go on this field trip?” but Hickey may have gotten his wish.
On Nov. 23, the Grade 11 Canadian Law class observed real, on-going criminal trials at the Ontario Court of Justice.
The day’s most high-profile case concerned the first-degree murder charges against two Toronto gang members. The men allegedly killed a young boy in the crossfire of their bullet war.
The calm manner of the trail was shattered as paramedics rushed into the courtroom with a stretcher, bringing out a man with an oxygen mask.
Onlookers assumed the worst considering the case’s sensitive nature, but attending student Josh Grant was not concerned.
“I think it was a jury member on the stretcher,” he assured. “No one else was in the courtroom yet.”
The other big case of the day concerned Selvanayagam Selladurai. The Scarborough man was sentenced for the attempted murder of his daughter and her boyfriend. Selladurai’s weapon of choice had been his car.
Students had previously only read about offenders in textbooks and newspapers. They watched with interest as the judge sentenced the Selladurai to 4 years and a month in prison.
However, not every hearing was as intense. For many trials, students just watched as papers and evidence bags made their way around lawyers.
Most could not bear to sit through a Crown Attorney’s half an hour long speech to a jury.
By now, the class knows that the courts in T.V. shows such as Law & Order or The Good Wife are much too fast-paced to be real.
However, that hasn’t deterred any students away from careers in law.
“I think it’s better than on TV,” said student Alan Boraks. “On TV it’s so fake. [On this trip], you felt the intensity of a courtroom.”
School in lockdown
House invasion causes lockdown
Durham police arrested 2 people linked to a house invasion on Sheppard Avenue near Whites Road. Dunbarton High school went into lockdown around 1 pm on November 29th.
At approx. 12:30 pm Durham police were called to a house on Rossland Road West and Valley Farm Road for the home invasion. Seven unknown males broke into a basement apartment in a home and threatened two people before leaving with stolen electronics.
Dunbarton High school went into a lockdown around 1pm. Police were set up at a command post and the tactical unit was called. One person had a handgun, but no one was hurt said police.
Students were in lockdown for over an hour, but then released after police searched the house at 2:30 pm.
Students were inside classrooms keeping quiet. Some class were allowed to use their cell phones to text message parents to let them know everything was okay.
“I was not scared at all,” said Atifa Sayed, a grade 11 student, “I was not scared because my teacher was calm. I felt like I was in good hands.”
Nicole Vandenheuvel explained that “it was a little intense being really close to something that could have gone totally wrong, but I still felt protected that I was inside.”
Dunbarton High school on Lockdown
November 29th students were asked to go in lockdown
On Monday November 29th students were attending classes as usual when an announcement interrupted the days proceeding. During third period, the school was asked to go into lockdown.
A tip led police to a residence on Sheppard Avenue near Whites Road, where some of the suspects of an earlier crime were believed to be located.
Since the house was across the road of Dunbarton High School on Sheppard Avenue, the school was locked down at approximately 1 pm as a safety precaution.
(The student’s at first were in disbelief.) After being alerted that the lockdown was real, students went into lockdown procedure closing the doors and turning off the lights.
Officers were called to a residence in the Rossland Road West/Valley Farm Road area of Pickering regarding a violent home invasion.
Several unknown men broke into an apartment basement in a residence, two people were threatened before the men fled to another home on Sheppard Avenue, (after stealing electronics) One of the suspects had a handgun, but fortunately no one was hurt.
A command post was set up at Dunbarton.
The Tactical Support Unit (TSU) was called to assist. A male and female were arrested at the residence at approximately 2pm. The house was searched and the incident was over by 2:30pm.
The incident did not involve the school, but was a precaution to facilitate an investigation in the area. Students and staff were safe at all times, and we were in constant contact with the Durham Regional Police.
Online Drug Danger
Ajax teens hospitalized after taking drugs bought online
Durham police say, three teens were rushed to hospital after buying drugs online.
One of the teens began to vomit and started to have seizures, and the other two teens also experienced reactions to the substance.
Emergency officials rushed to a house in the area of Kingston Road West and Church St on Saturday, November 28th.
One of the teens was rushed to Rouge Valley Hospital intensive care until. The other two teens had not as severe symptoms, and were later released from hospital.
The boys took the drugs, which one of them had bought online.
When things began to go wrong, one of the boys told a parent, to called 911.
Police are not revealing the name of the drug, because to prevent any copycat incidents.
Police are saying that it was a very close call. The names of the teens will not be released because the drugs that were purchased were not illegal.
Buying drugs on the internet can have a deadly outcome. It is believed that the teens researched the drug online and then purchased it.
Police are urging people to buy drugs online with caution because you never really know what you’re going to get.
Health Canada is urging people to not buy drugs online if there is no phone number or street address available on the website. You will not be able to know where the drug is from, what it is made of, or who you can talk to if something goes wrong.
Thankfully, this story has a happy ending, and the teens will have a full recovery. This should be a warning to everyone to be cautious.
Daily bread food bank and christmas support
Upcoming fundraising events for the holidays
The Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities.
With Christmas around the corner, you can imagine that the volunteers and executive members are extremely busy trying to organize events and raise money.
Gail Nyberg, Executive Director, is spending her December heading down to the holiday drive campaign to raise one million dollars and pounds of food. “I love the drives. I love knowing that we’re bringing money in and educating people on what poverty is and who's facing it and how we might fix it," she says.
There are many food drives that the Daily Bread Food Bank is hosting this year. The first holiday drive started on November 26th and will end on January 3rd. This drive aims to collect food and money for families in need during this festive time of year. You can donate online, or drop off any non-perishable food items to Loblaw’s, Valu-Mart, No Frills or your local fire hall.
The second is the Law Firm Challenge which is happening during November 21st until December 13th. Each year, the students at the firms organize a competitive holiday food drive. Last year over 35 law firms participated and raised a total of more than $250,000 in cash and food donations.
Lastly, volunteers from the Daily Bread Food Bank will be out collecting cash donations at various TTC subway stations throughout Toronto on December 9th and 10th between 6:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Spare change, including pennies, is always welcome.
The Daily Bread Food Bank doesn’t stop there with its fundraising. They have many upcoming events such as the Lowes Toronto Christmas Market which is happening December 3rd to December 12th. Your family can head down to the Distillery District along with a donation, and explore a traditional Christmas market.
Another interesting event that is taking place during the holidays is on December 6th, Cover Fx, a makeup brand, will be giving out a free Mint Glaze Fx lip balm with any donation.
On December 10th, at 6 a.m, Breakfast Television is hosting a tree sale at Yonge and Dundas Square. A minimum of $10 for a tree is necessary and all proceeds go to supporting the food bank.
On December 17, City TV’s “Spirit of the Season” takes place, where you bring a donation or non perishable food item and meet the City TV personalities.
“Light to Unite” at the St. Andrews’ church takes place on December 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th. Donations of food or funds in front of St. Andrew’s United Church at 117 Bloor Street East are welcomed. Enjoy seasonal songs performed by a choir and receive hot chocolate.
There are many ways to help people in need during this holiday season. Please donate generously.
Raptors feel the Heat
Raptors struggle to thrive without Bosh
Toronto Raptors have suffered with the loss of their power forward Chris Bosh, who left to pursue a chance at the championship.
The Raptors made a lot of trades that proved to be unfortunate because their record has decreased compared to last year.
Chris Bosh is well rounded player and proved to be another blessing for the Raptors.
Chris Bosh, nicknamed CB4, because his jersey number was 4, currently plays for Miami Heat, along with Dwayne Wade and Lebron James, making Miami Heat voted the most likely to win the Championships.
The Toronto Raptors started their season off in last place for the first few games, and have worked their way up to a tie for 8th
place as of December 8, 2010.
The Raptors were founded in 1995 and are currently the only Canadian Team in the National Basketball Association.
Head coach Jay Triano discusses the team’s performance in the Indiana Pacers game on December 6th, 2010 as “Part of the development of this team is we have to adapt to different styles of play,”
"I don't know what it was, we were taking good shots but we just couldn't knock them down,” said Amir Johnson who played at his career best.
“When you talk about Chris being the leader in the locker room, I think it’s the one thing that he wasn’t for us, He did a great job of getting 24 points and 10, 11 rebounds on a regular basis, but
Chris did not really take the leadership role into the locker room,” Coach Jay Triano said. This states that he is an excellent basketball player but is unable to be a leader like other champions like Michael Jordan or Kobe Bryant.
All Eyes on Toronto for MLS Cup
The annual Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup took place at BMO field in Toronto, Ontario this year.
The MLS Cup is the final match of the season where the two top teams play each other to see who will be crowned the champions!
This year’s final was between the Colorado Rapids and FC Dallas. It was an ugly game. Everything from bad refereeing, spectators leaving the game early, to the league commissioner making some halftime announcements that did not please MLS fans to say the least. Overall it was just an ugly game.
Two of the three goals scored were poor quality, and even the play of the game was not up to par. It was slowly paced, not a lot of action and on top of it all; the match was played in horrible weather conditions.
On the bright side, however, the game did produce a champion, and in the end, that’s all that mattered.
The Colorado Rapids defeated FC Dallas with a 2-1 victory, and crowned the Rapids as the number one club team in North American soccer. This marks the best season and the best finish the Colorado Rapids have ever experienced in their 15 year’s of the club’s history.
Now, the game itself may have been a disaster, but the event itself still had its positives.
The 16, 675 fans that bought tickets to go see the match was the league’s third highest ticket sales in MLS history, and all these fans that bought tickets from Colorado and Dallas, travelled to Toronto just to watch it.
I think it’s fair to say that Toronto received its fair share of publicity during it all, no matter how bad the actual game was.
Leafs fight hard for two Points
Jason Blake helps new Leafs find two points
Jason Blake leaves a positive legacy with the new Toronto Maple Leafs. Mikhail Grabovski used a unique but successful trick to score the winning shootout goal against the Washington Capitals. He described it as “The Jason Blake move”.
This shot by Grabovski could not have been made without the spectacular comeback by the second line of Clark Macarthur, Nikolai Kulemin, and Mikhail Grabovski. They came together in the third period after trailing 4-1 to tie the game and win in a shootout for the 5-4 win.
The Leafs had no business winning the game after they were outshot 36-28 and again with no help from Kessel, Kadri, and Bozak.
Also the Leafs got extra help from Tim Brent, the line that is suppose to prevent scoring, but he helped get the Leafs going with a deflection from Kaberle’s point shot. Tim Brent was pleased to score after going 24 games without a goal.
The most satisfying part of the game was the play made by Gustavvson; he came back after playing poorly in the first two periods to stop a 2-on-1 in the third to keep the tie. Later with an amazing stick save against Caps forward Perrault in the shootout.
“Washington got a little sloppy towards the end,” said Leafs’ coach Ron Wilson. “I think they thought the game was over. We took advantage of their miscues.” The leafs current record is 10-13-4.
Nothing but net for Dunbarton’s senior boys basketball team
Teammates are enjoying the early success of this year’s team
The senior boys’ basketball team is showing a lot of promise early in the season.
They are currently ranked 15th in Ontario, and are undefeated in the regular season so far. With a majority of last year’s starting line-up remaining, Mr. Heyes and the Spartans look ready to conquer.
Their first tournament of the year was the Pinky Lewis tournament in Hamilton. There they failed to make it past group stages and got knocked out.
The team bounced back from the tournament in Hamilton and found their
chemistry at the Big Cat Classic tournament in
Brampton. Grade 11 player, Daniel Connolly says, “It went great. We picked ourselves up after a disappointing loss to Aurora and won the whole thing.” They went on to defeat G.L Roberts in the finals, and Tyrone Dickson and Shaq Shaw were named the tournament MVP’s.
Just recently they played in a tournament at St.Augustine High School in Brampton. The team showed, “A lot of heart and hustle,” according to Daniel.
They went to the finals, but unfortunately fell short to St.Augustine 44 – 74, in the finals. “We played well as a unit, but we played very flat in the finals.”
“They are going to do very well, they have lots of talented players and a lot of depth on their bench,” says Jeannie Connolly, a team volunteer.
Daniel is looking forward to, “growing as a team, and bringing home a LOSSA championship.”
You can check out the team’s schedule on the Dunbarton website if you’re interested in supporting the Spartans at one of their upcoming games.
Chicks with sticks win all
Pickering ringette team wins gold in tournament
Sunday December 5th, 5pm, was the date and time of the Pickering ringette tournament under 16 junior final.
Pickering and Sunderland went into a head to head battle at the Don Beer arena. Both teams were hungry for the gold but Pickering emerged victorious.
For those who don’t know, ringette is a sport similar to hockey that is dominated by females.
The ringette team’s journey began Thursday December 2nd, at the Don Beer arena where, they played Markham.
The game was an easy victory for Pickering, with the final score being 10-1.
The second game was on Friday December 3rd, and was more difficult than the first. They played Burlington which resulted in a 3-3 tie.
With the second game behind them, the team was determined to win their third game the next day.
Saturday they played Gloucester (GCRA). Hungry for a win, Pickering came out on top, winning 7-0, giving their goalie, Dunbarton student, Taylor Hiebert, a shut-out.
Since the team won two of their games and tied one, they advanced to the semi-finals.
The semi-finals weren’t until the next day, so they had a lot of time to rest up for a re-match against GCRA.
However, when Pickering showed up at the O’Brien arena they showed no mercy.
Pickering ended up beating them again 7-0 giving Hiebert another shut-out.
“The girls were passing great, shooting well, and had good chemistry. Of course, their goal tending was amazing too,” said Schelley Hiebert, a mother of one of the players.
The finals were the same day and the girls hoped that their good game would reflect how they played in the finals against Sunderland.
The final game was hard and tough. This was
demonstrated in the nine penalties Pickering received and the five penalties Sunderland received.
By the end of the game both teams were tied 4-4. This meant they had to go into overtime.
The girls were determined to win and started to focus on the task of scoring one more goal.
Within two minutes, teammate, Jessica Brown, scored the game winning goal.
The team received gold medals for their achievement. Taylor Hiebert also received the most valuable player (MVP) award for her outstanding goaltending, getting two shut outs, and keeping them in all the games.
Hopefully the success of the tournament reflects the rest of their season.
Five OFF THE LIST Christmas Gifts
1. A one year supply of Jenny Craig – This particular gift shouts, “You’re Fat!” something no one wants to hear, ever.
2. Proactive solution – Acne is something everyone is embarrassed about, no one wants it to be pointed out on Christmas of all days.
3. Facial hair lightening crème – No woman ever wants to have to use it. Giving it as a present definitely implies that you’re special someone could use a razor, and not on her legs.
4. Wrong sized clothing – Getting someone a large when they’re actually a small is something you really want to avoid. It more than hints at the fact that you think they really need to lose some weight.
5. A bar of soap – Unfortunately not everyone is concerned with their hygiene, but getting someone a gift to help them with this, is not something a friend would do.
Top 10 Worst Christmas Gifts
If you really want to give someone a great gift, here are some gifts not to buy them:
1. A blackhead remover
2. Musical boxer shorts
3. A stuffed rattlesnake
4. Meat cook book for a vegetarian
5. A farting gnome
6. A bag of grapes, just the one, with a Buy-One-Get-One-Free sticker on it!
7. Scented toilet paper
8. A portable female toilet called the "Whizz Off".
9. Some diet pills.
10. Sausage making machine.
Classic Film Failures
Spread the holiday jeers with these crummy, old movies
Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964)
Much like catching a shopping mall Santa without his beard, this family film leaves you traumatized and lied to.
The truth is that Santa doesn’t conquer anything. In fact, he’s the one being conquered; Martian parents kidnap Old St. Nick from Earth because there is no one to distribute presents to children on Mars.
Leaps in logic aside, the family film leaves you almost physically ill with its wall-to-wall Christmas colour palate.
The horrible jokes and random bouts of children’s laughter will pierce both your ears and your soul.
Best Worst Quote: “Oh me, oh my, oh me!”-Santa, using his 2nd most legendary catchphrase
Fun Fact: In the opening credits, Costume Designer is spelled “Custume Designer”. Somewhere out there, an English teacher weeps.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1958)
When a film is internationally considered the worst movie of all time, one assumes it’s unpleasant to say the least.
In fact, the opposite is true for this sci-fi film directed by Ed Wood. Not a single thing is written, shot, acted or edited correctly. The movie is so inept it’s charming.
The bizarre plot involving aliens resurrecting dead humans as vampires is irrelevant. Viewers should really stay to watch actors topple over gravestones.
One can also make a game out of counting the how many times the background changes from night to day on a whim.
Best Worst Quote: “Remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.” – The Narrator. Contrary to popular belief, the line was written by a literate adult.
Fun Fact: The great actor Béla Lugosi died after completing just one scene of the film. His role was completed by the much younger and taller chiropractor of Wood’s girlfriend.
Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997)
The kung-fu heroes from 1995’s Mortal Kombat have six days to save Earth from some sort of inter-dimensional invasion.
Experiencing this kung-fu flop is a lot better if you’ve seen the mediocre first film; one can better “appreciate” how almost every character has been recast.
Also, fans of the original video game have probably made better costumes for Halloween. Some of the monster effects look made out of clay dough.
However, the main problem with the movie is that it has only two levels: pointless fighting and pointless speech making. The film can execute neither very well.
Best Worst Quote:
“Mother? I though you were dead!”
“Too bad YOU…will DIE!” –Kitana, and her mother, in an exchange that has received almost 3 million YouTube views.
Fun Fact: Due to budget cuts, the actors also had to fill in as each other’s stunt doubles.
Top 5 Classic Christmas Songs
1. “Jingle Bell Rock” – Bobby Helms (1957)
This is naturally the first carol that comes to mind the minute we think of Christmas carols. Jingle Bell Rock puts everyone in a feel good and festive mood. You’ve got to be the Grinch if you’re not smiling when this song comes on.
2. “Rudolph the Red- Nosed Reindeer”- Gene Autry (1949)
Reindeer Rudolph and his shiny nose have always excited children. Somehow the peppy tune and the lyrics are made for lifting spirits and enhancing the spirit of Christmas. The symbols add belief to Santa Claus and reinsures children and adults that Christmas does exist.
3. “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree”- Brenda Lee (1958)
This song shows everyone just how Christmas should be with dancing, high spirits and pumpkin pie. The beat is fast paced and will make people want to get up and dance. Everyone will feel extra festive and in the mood to party.
4. “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow” - Dean Martin (1966)
This song is a very simple carol to sing. It brings energy and joy to all for a white Christmas. Something about keeping your loved ones’ loved up while the storm passes’ is romantic and delightful.
5. “Little Drummer Boy”- Harry Someone Chorale (1941)
This song is easy to sing along to with its repetitive lyrics. This maintains the Christmas cheer and keeps people feeling sentimental.
Top 5 Christmas Travel Destinations
If you ask me, a white Christmas is always the best Christmas, and if you want to make sure that you’ll get your fair share of fluffy snow, there’s no better place to celebrate than somewhere up in the north (especially with all this global warming and all). I suggest a nice getaway to Stockholm, Sweden, where the holiday atmosphere starts well before Christmas. I like my holidays lively and vibrant, and you can get all of that in Stockholm, where people from all around the world come together to celebrate Christmas, but any nice Scandinavian city would work just as well.
Not a traditional Christmas destination, but if you ask me, any excuse to visit Morocco is a great in my book. A Christmas without many Christmas trees and colourful lights, but full of the aroma of spices, the warmth of the sun and friendly people, amidst a fascinating culture.
Want a traditional English Christmas, with yummy Christmas pudding (so much better than the stuff you get at the supermarket), mulled wine, a Christmas log, and jolly carols? London is a fine choice, although if you are on a budget you should look at a smaller city or town (how about Brighton, for example?). Look for a traditional inn; it will be a lot cozier than a large hotel.
If you want a sunny Christmas, then you can take your pick of a wide range of lovely tropical islands, where you will be able to drink your piña colada while lounging on the beach. Christmas is about the atmosphere, after all, and you can create that for yourself wherever you are. Therefore how about spending the last days of December in the tropical tranquility of Bali?
With all the running about after presents and worrying about decorations, it can be difficult to remember the spiritual meaning of Christmas. If that is what you would like to focus on this year, rather on the material side of the holiday, how about a pilgrimage to the birthplace of Jesus? Besides the sightseeing, you can also replenish your spiritual energies for the year to come.
Top 5 Christmas Movies According to IMDb
A Christmas Story (1983)
A classic Christmas movie, that’s very familiar to most people’s childhood. Taking place in the 1940’s when Ralphie insists the Red Ryder BB gun is the best present of all, And will stop at nothing to get it.
Who doesn’t love a Will Farrel movie? A Christmas movie where Will Farrel thinks he’s one of Santa’s elves? Even Better!
National Lampoons Christmas Vacation (1989)
Also known as Chevy Chase’s Christmas vacation is considered to be the best Christmas comedy out there. It displays how every now and then, people can get a little crazy during the holidays.
White Christmas (1954)
As much as snow can be a pain, who really enjoys a green one? Although it’s old, this movie captures the true essence of a “White Christmas.”
Home Alone (1990)
Although the plot is a bit farfetched, the first of a series of “Home Alone” happened to be one of the greatest.
People have been complaining that it is too difficult to tweet and text with gloves on when they are outside during the winter. What better way to solve the problem then to invent the “Twittens”. Twitttens are gloves made especially for tweeting and texting in the cold.
Lincoln McCardle, inventor of Twittens, never planned on becoming an inventor. It wasn’t until last winter that McCardle was getting tired of struggling to use his iPod. Fingerless gloves were not an option for McCardle. He knew he needed a glove with a removable flap on the index finger, and his friend insisted one on the thumb too.
McCardle sent his idea to Canadian glove manufacturers, hoping that they might send him a free pair of gloves. He trademarked the invention’s name “Twittens”, just in case, and eventually McCardle became an inventor.
McCardle partnered up with Belleville manufacturer Impacto Protective Products Inc.
The gloves are made of fleece and come in extra-small, medium, and extra-large sizes. They’re available in black for $19.99.
If all goes well and there is enough interest, Impacto plans to make more sizes and colours for next season.
McCardle also came up with the idea of adding grip pads on the palm and fingers so that users don’t drop their phones in the snow.
“Obviously I thought they were an awesome idea,” McCardle says, “I honestly assumed it was a lot more difficult than this to convince other people they were awesome.”
Now that the product is done all that’s needed is to get the word out and start selling those Twittens.
Lincoln McCardle wearing the Twittens
“I’m wearing them all the time.” McCardle says.
Everyone in McCardle’s family is receiving a pair of Twittens for Christmas. He ordered about 60 or 70 pairs, mostly for friends and family, but McCardle isn’t getting any special treatment. He has to wait for them to come from Impacto, just like anyone else.
Fall in love with new movie, Tangled!
Latest Disney movie a success, but what about what’s coming out for the holidays?
As most of you readers may know from experience, around this time of year we students become very busy with school, family plans and social lives. Trust me when I say making time for the latest Disney movie will be well worth your while.
Disney’s Tangled is a fun family movie based on the old tale of Rapunzel, but modernized to a certain extent. Of course, you don’t have to watch it with your family. Why not have a few friends over to watch a movie that is sure to make you smile at least once.
Tangled is filled with humor, drama, and action. Though the movie is busy with constant movement, the storyline stays strong and fun to watch.
Unlike many of your typical Disney movies, with either the man saving the woman or the woman saving the man, this story has both the leading man and woman taking control, showing the equality in each other. Like many Disney movies you can count on some fun and catchy songs throughout the movie! With voice talents from Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Donna Murphy you may find yourself asking Old Saint Nick for the Tangled soundtrack this holiday season.
I grant this movie 4½ out of 5 stars for it’s fantastically original take on the story of Rapunzel, and for never having a dull moment. Tangled is well worth the box office price!
As for a movie that is coming out this December? The new Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is finally here!
This exciting new edition to the world of Narnia welcomes the return of Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, where they return to team up with King Caspian.
They are on a mission to once again save Narnia. On their adventure they come across many islands and different temptations. The fate of Narnia rests in the hands of Lucy and Edmund and all that help them in their journey.
Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader was released on Friday December 10th; everyone buy your tickets and go see the next chapter from the world of Narnia.
6 Winter Activities for the Christmas Break
Ice Skating at Nathan Phillip Square: Grab your skates and spend the day on the rink downtown, afterwards grab a hot chocolate and enjoy the city. The rink is beautiful at night and is a great family outing.
Skiing / boarding at any of our local hills: Whether you’re a beginner or an old pro, a day on the slopes is fun for everyone. Not only does it get you in great shape, but it hardly feels like a work out.
Tobogganing: Even though you’ll be surrounded by ten year olds, dig out the toboggan and hit your local hill, an afternoon of sliding down snow covered hills is ridiculously fun regardless of how silly you feel participating.
Post-Boxing Day Shopping: If you like huge lines and complete chaos when trying to find the perfect outfit than by all means head out on the 26th, however, if you still want the great prices, do your shopping after the boxing day rush to find great deals without the crowds.
Downtown Window Shopping: This time of year the city is beautiful. Many of the shops downtown Toronto set up special holiday displays and there’s nothing better on a cool winter’s evening than to walk around and look at the Christmas decorations.
Cookies and Hot Coco: On those frigid nights when its way to cold to even venture outside, try making cookies and hot chocolate and have a fun night in watching movies or decorating your house!
Have Fun This Holiday Season!
I know everyone is excited for the 2 week break for the holidays. This is a period in which we can spend time with our families and friends and not have to worry about the stresses of work and school. Now there are many things you should try and do this break and make the most of your time off!
Public Skating is a great way to spend time together. You can do it either indoors (Pickering Rec Centre) or you can do it outside (Toronto City Hall.) You can have a lot of fun with friends and family and enjoy the winter season.
Skiing/Snowboarding, now I know not everyone can do this but go out and try it. It is a great way to spend time outdoors and get some good exercise. If you have your own equipment this more cost effective. Although if you don’t, have no worries you can always rent your equipment. The two main places to go ski or snowboard for people in the Pickering area are Dagmar and Lake Ridge. Go out and have some fun on the hills!
Another thing you can do is go Christmas shopping together. Its time that you don’t just rely on your parents to do it anymore. It’s amazing the things you can find out about people you thought you knew everything about. This time spent will always be fun and you should cherish it because sooner or later you move out and things are never quite the same. You will have to be the adult, so for now be the kid and have fun shopping and not having to worry about prices (yet)!
This Holiday season have a good time and Happy New Year.
Taking a trip around Canada, you will see that at this time of year there are many holidays, celebrations and traditions going on.
- On December 25th, Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus. If you haven’t seen all the bright Christmas ights on a lot of the houses and stores, then you must be blind or walking in your own world. People even decorate the trees outside of their house, as well as the one they place in their house, where they keep the presents that are opened on Christmas day pr Christmas eve.
- An eight say holiday celebrated on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev is called Hanukkah. During these eight days, they light eight candles, one for every day, and a traditional game is spinning the dreidal, which is a four-sided top with Hebrew letters written on each side.
- Another holiday is the celebration of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa is a seven day holiday celebrated mostly in Africa. A candle is lit on each day of this holiday, three red, one black and one green. There are seven basic symbols in this holiday (Mazao, Mkeka, Kinara, Muhindi, Mishuma Saba, Kikombe cha Umoja, Zawadi) and two supplementary ones (Bendara and Nguzo Saba Poster).
- Eid Al-Fitr is the feast after Ramadan, an Islamic holiday. This three day holiday is celebrated by parties, feasts, brand new clothes worn by Mislims. Eid Al-Fitr is one of the two main Eids. Ramadan is the month that Muslims fast from sun up to sun down.
- A bunch of lights, music, lights and this celebration lasts for five days. Yes, it’s Diwali, a celebration in Hinduism, Jainism and Sikhism.
Enjoy your holiday break, your hot chocolate and your time of happiness. Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Eid Mubarak and Happy Diwali. Of course, Happy News Years to all.
Music legend of the month, Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison was a singer, lyricist and poet, known for his role in the band, The Doors, as lead singer. He is widely known as one of the most iconic frontmen in rock music history, and in celebration of his talent; not to mention his birthday on December eighth, Jim Morrison is the music legend of the month.
The Doors started in 1965 after Morrison graduated from UCLA studying theatre, film, and cinematography. They became popular in 1967 after signing with label Elektra Records. Soon enough, their single "Light My Fire" became number one on the Billboard Pop Singles chart, and they also appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, which had previously featured The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Their music was seen as a mixture of psychedelic rock and blues.
Because of his good looks, mesmerizing stage presence, and signature skin-tight leather pants, Morrison quickly became a major sex symbol. Like most great musicians, though, the fame began to get to his head.
After getting in trouble with the law, getting into hard drugs and alcohol, and allegedly “exposing” himself during one of his performances in Miami, Morrison began to rebel. “I had a very unrealistic schoolboy attitude. My eyes have been opened up a bit,” he said, after asked about his infamous performance in Miami.
Though Morrison did have some run-ins with the law, he wrote legendary songs and lyrics that will surely be remembered, along with his unforgettable voice.
This young and exciting metal band can’t stop pleasing crowds and critics around the Durham region and GTA.
Aradd is a five man deep metalcore band from Pickering, Ontario. Their explosive set has made them a favourite around the Toronto metal scene. They have shared the stages with acts such as Farewell to Freeway and Before There Was Rosalyn.
Critics say Aradd is full of potential and have garnered the attention of many local recording companies.
They are heavily influenced by hardcore and metal music, so they’ve combined the two genres to create metalcore. Metalcore combines the raw energy of hardcore and the tenacity of metal. You can hear this combination on their crowd pleasing and highly acclaimed debut single, “Plymouth,” which you can listen to on their Myspace page.
It’s been a long year for Aradd; they released their first single, and recorded an album. However, not all is well for Aradd, they have recently parted ways with their vocalist after recording their debut album.
Dylan, the former vocalist, quit to pursue other interests, so this left Aradd in desperate need for a vocalist to help them with upcoming shows and their CD release party in February.
“When Dylan left, we messaged our friend Johnny Gionette from Crowded Sky, and he said he’d be thrilled to do vocals for us while we search for replacement,” says Mike Pupunkovski, (one of the bands guitarists).
The album is looking at a February release, but that is subject to change on whether the February release show goes as planned. However, they plan on re-vamping their Myspace page and releasing their new song, “Unbreakable,” as the first single off the new album.
Mike says being in Aradd is amazing, “It’s everything I could ever dream of. I love playing shows and joking around with my best friends and couldn’t ask for anything better.”
Their next show is coming up on January 15th at The Garage in Downsview Park. They are playing with My Texas Funeral and a bunch of other local metal acts. There, you can purchase a copy of their new CD and sing-a-long at the February show.
I have family problems that are getting really hard to deal with. I am also loaded with tons of homework not to mention the hours I have to work. With the holidays around the corner, how do I manage my time between my siblings coming home from school, friends, my job, ISUs and distractions from my parents?
First thing you have to do is stay calm and take a breather. Look at your life and decide what can be easily changed or avoided.
Your siblings will be going through the same situation with your parents so don’t totally rule them out. Remember that they have been in your position before. They have also been through high school so ask them for help with your holiday homework. Being with your family can either go two ways; stressful or joyful. You have to choose the way it goes to have a good and relaxing holiday.
Keep in mind that your friends are always supposed to be there for you. That is why you have them in your life. Lean on them for help; they can be a therapist for you at times. Talk to them about your family problems as well as help for school.
As for your job, if it is creating stress for you, ask your boss for fewer hours. You have to prioritize; school comes first. Try writing down a list of all of the work you need to complete by the time school comes around. ISUs need to be done; do a little bit each day and try not to leave it to the last minute. That way you can enjoy the whole holiday rather than just the start of it.
It is your break from school, so make it your own.
Top 3 places to go Christmas Shopping
Christmas shopping can be a tricky business you never know what people really want what is going to make them truly happy without breaking your budget. Now some stores are expensive but they are what people want. Now I’m not saying go crazy but one or 2 articles from that store will mean a lot!
The first store I would suggest going to is Winners. Now I know you’re going what so good about Winners? Well they sell everything from cheap to Calvin Klein. This store has absolutely everything to offer clothes wise. They get new deliveries everyday so if one day you don’t find something you like try, try again! Winners is not expensive and you can get many pieces of nice clothing and sometimes shoes for a good price and will definitely impress you!
The next store is West 49, now I know that it can be a little more expensive then other stores but it will be worth it. This store is
more for guys but it has many nice things to choose from such as winter jackets, pants, boots, hats and snowboards for the winter season. Also another plus side is that the store sells very popular named brands which always looks good and everyone will appreciate!
Okay this next store is Boathouse. Now this store is expensive so I don’t suggest going there for ALL your needs; however it can still be a good thing to get one or two things. For example there is a new kind of shoe called Osiris this is really popular and you can go to get them there. The shoes are very colourful and vibrant. Also there are many popular brands names; Boathouse is also known for their accessories. They sell a variety of belts, hats, watches, laces, etc.
If your going for low cost and some nice clothes Winners is your best bet; West 49 and Boathouse can be the main things to get hopefully this Christmas all will be well,
By Cooper Gibbins-
Quotes of the Month!
“It overwhelms me every year when I leave that school for the Christmas holidays. We all have a warm heart.”
-Ms. Johnston, YMCA winner, Dunbarton’s own
“Let's be naughty and save Santa the trip.”
“A Merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the world!”
“Shut up and get me Timmies! ... Really!?!?”
-Mr. Hopkins, Coffee Addict, Dunbarton’s own
Top 5 Christmas gifts
Keys to a car!
Imagine waking up Christmas morning, opening presents with your family, as you open your presents you come across a small box. You open it and find a new set of car keys! That would be the ultimate Christmas gift.
The iPad is one of the hottest gifts of 2010, and it is a must have this Christmas. The Ipad is a tablet computer designed and developed by Apple. With the Ipad you can do things like read books, watch movies, search the web, listen to music and much more!
Mini Donut Maker-$30.00-Urban Outfitters
The Melodica -$58.00-Urban Outfitters
This is a great gift for someone who is on the go and may need a quick snack to make. The mini donut maker makes 6 fresh, mini donuts in less than 4 minutes! No deep frying means you avoid those extra calories and burns, and the non-stick baking tray makes cleanup simple. Just make your favorite donut recipe and in 4 minutes it will be ready!
This is the perfect gift for the artistic type. The Melodica is an easy-to-play instrument that it is great for beginners and experienced musicians. With a full 3-octave range (37 piano keys) and a comfortable mouthpiece for blowing air into. Play it just like you would a piano, and the air you push through the mouthpiece will form a rich, deep sound.
Marshmallow Stryker-Urban Outfitters- $20.00
After a cold day enjoying the winter weather, it’s always nice to have a nice hot cup of coco to warm you up. No cup of hot coco is truly complete without marshmallows! The marshmallow Stryker lets you blast mini-marshmallows into your hot coco. It comes in blue and red and it includes a rapid fire pump that sends marshmallows up to 20 feet!
Did You Know?
During the Christmas season, more than 1.76 billion candy canes are made.
Visa cards are used an average of 5,340 times every minute in the United States, during the Christmas buying season.
Electric lights for trees were first used in 1895.
In 1843, A Christmas Carol was written by Charles Dickens in just six weeks.
Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was born on December 16, 1770.
Novelist Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775.
The world’s largest snowflake was 38 cm wide and 20 cm thick and was found at Fort Keogh, Montana on January 28, 1887.
Hanukkah celebrates the victory of the Israelites over the Greek-Syrian ruler, Antiochus, about 2200 years ago.
Top 5 New Year’s Resolutions
Ringing in the New Year is a time to celebrate and have a fresh start.
Many people choose to make resolutions to be completed in the New Year, to better their lives and make a positive change.
These are the top five resolutions:
2) Try something new
3) Get a job
4) Cut down on the junk food
When setting your own resolutions remember to set SMART goals. Make sure the goal is Specific, Measureable, Achievable, Realistic, and has a set Time to be completed.
The New Year is a perfect time for a fresh start to help improve your life. Goal setting can help you succeed.
Stupidest things said on the Internet
“Has anyone really been far even as decided to use even go want to do look more like?”
“Why do people hate America? Without us you guys would be lost. I mean we invented TV, cars, the internet, we even went to the planet moon! We won all the wars and we always help the little countries who can’t fight and we give food to poor people.”
“Imagine punching somebody so hard that they turned into a door. Then you found out that's where ALL doors come from, and you got initiated into a murder club that makes doors. The stronger you punch, the better the door. So there are like super strong murderers who punch people into Venetian doors. You should see the doors in Mike Tyson’s house. Venetians everywhere.”
“I have all the books but I don't haven't read all of them, because I'm too busy to read all of them. But on the read book, I think it's worth reading and I will continue read them.”
“people that don’t like pop aren’t happy people, very miserable.
people that dont like dance dont know how to dance, no one will ever even dance with them unless its ur grandma.
people that dont like r&b have never been in love, they dont understand love.”
“I wish everyone carried a gun.
that way nobody would shoot at anyone because if they did they would get shot up and die right away.”
“Dominoes pizza ain’t Italian food, only Italians make Italian food”
“Did chairs evolutionize from trees?”
Top 5 Desserts
1. Gingerbread Cookies
2. Shortbread Cookies
3. Sugar Cookies
4. Chocolate Log Cake
5. Peppermint Ice Cream
Top 5 odd stories
Suspect spotted in police station using telephone
Police didn't have to go far to find a bank robbery suspect in Oregon. 23-year-old Nathan Alan Bramlage was spotted after walking into a police station Wednesday to use a public phone in the lobby. A officer recognized the man from surveillance video of the bank robbery the day before. Detectives followed and arrested him about two blocks away. Detective Ralph Burks says Nathan Apparently assumed police wouldn't recognize him.Bramlage was booked into Lane County Jail on a robbery charge and told police he had used the phone to call his parents.
US woman puts gun on grave to clear spirit
Some people lay flowers or notes at gravesites, a woman in South Carolina left a handgun. Police in the county of Spartanburg told newspapers that a 28-year-old woman who hadn't been feeling well consulted a spiritual adviser, who told her she needed to return something that was given to her to cleanse her soul. The woman left a .45-calibre handgun in a box at a man's grave at Good Shepherd Memorial Gardens. She told police the man had given her the weapon about 12 years ago and she hoped by returning it that she would feel better. After police discovered the gun, the woman told them she wanted it destroyed. Police are storing the gun at the sheriff's office.
Fake cop pulls man over,woman charged
A 48-year-old Oakville woman was charged impersonating a police officer, arising from a phoney speeding stop last month.A 59-year-old Oakville man complained to police that he'd been ordered to pull over because he had been speeding.The woman who pulled him over was not dressed in an officer's uniform, but her demeanour and questions led him to believe she was a police officer.The fake officer demanded that the man pay the speeding fine on the spot, but he didn't have enough money with him.
Police say the woman accompanied him to an ATM machine where he paid her a undisclosed amount of money.Pamela Donovan is charged with impersonating a police officer and extortion and is to appear in Milton for her court appearance.
To improve learning, German school allows chewing gum?
A primary school in southern Germany is now encouraging children to chew gum in order to improve their grades. Chewing gum is good for the children's health and improves their cognitive performance," said the education ministry in Bavaria, home to where the new pilot project is being run. School headmaster Siegfried Lehr agrees:” “The prerequisite for learning with fun is that kids come to school without fear and that they feel happy... Therefore we are encouraging them to chew gum in break and in lessons”.
German man arrested for mailing tarantulas
A German man who allegedly shipped hundreds of live tarantulas into the United States through the mail was charged on Friday.Steven Koppler, a 37-year-old German national, was arrested by federal agents late on Thursday, shortly after arriving in Los Angeles to meet an associate. The Fish and Wildlife agents said Koppler sent a total of five packages containing dozens of live and dead tarantulas. According to the criminal complaint, agents believe Koppler has received about $300,000 for selling tarantulas to individuals in dozens of countries throughout the world. If convicted he could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Volunteers in high demand over the holiday season
Change a life by lending your time
It’s that time of year again, the time of snow and presents, busy malls and maxed out credit cards.
In our society, Christmas is all about presents. This year, make it about those less fortunate.
Instead of worrying about what to buy your BFF, change someone’s life; someone who probably won’t get a single present this year.
At this time of year, volunteers are needed all over the province! Whether you wrap presents at the mall or help feed the hungry at a soup kitchen, there’s always something to be done.
Volunteering is a great way to bring families together. The Salvation Army is always in need of volunteers to do a variety of tasks, including sorting toys and clothing, packing food hampers and stocking warehouse shelves.
The Daily Bread Food Bank is also in great need of volunteers to sort and organize food donations, re-pack bulk food items and fundraise.
Many soup kitchens across the city are also in need of people to help serve meals around Christmas.
A shocking number of people are impoverished and deserve the help you can provide by lending your time.
If you are unable to volunteer this year, please consider scheduling it into the holiday season next year. For this year, donations of both non-perishable food items and canned goods are welcome and in high demand.
Addicted to Facebook?
Could you even live in a world without Facebook?!
Before February 2004, Facebook did not exist. Only since a couple years ago, the trendy site has caught on, and won’t let go of some of it’s members.
You log onto your Facebook account and you see that one of your friends from school has broken up with their boyfriend. This is shown by a newsfeed that everyone can see and comment on.
Instead of waiting to hear the gossip at school that a young couple is no more, you get it directly to your computer. Which simply just produces arguments on who’s fault it was or people asking why they broke up.
Just a lot of unnecessary talk on a subject that should really be personal, but now with Facebook, everything is out in the open for everyone to see. Facebook is a new way to communicate, but a lot of things can happen on Facebook that are unbelievable. Fights arise through Facebook and everyone thinks that they can say anything that they want to, due to the fact that they are hiding behind a computer screen. This gives kids the sudden courage to do or say anything that they want, things that they would never say or do in person.
Overall Facebook is just the begin of the “social network” problem. Now a days, if you go to high school, you probably have a Facebook, It’s gone from a trend to a necessity, and really it completely changes the concept of “friends”.
Although Facebook is a reliable network to interact with people, it can be miss used, from cyber-bulling to stalking, it is scary what people are able to do.
If you have Facebook and you want to assure you safety, only accept friend request from people you know, keep your profile on private and watch what you say. If you follow these rules, Facebook can be a great way to interact!
Aquarius: You will be very busy with social commitments this month, and you will take part in a group activity before the 22nd. You may be unsure of yourself and confused in some relationships. You will be creative and your ideas will be appreciated.
Pisces: You may be over-confident this month, taking on too many commitments. You will be compassionate and have a great concern for others. Be open to new options, but try to focus as well.
Aries: You’ll be eager to be on the move this month, but double check your plans. You may get the sense of being tied down, and you may feel like you’re losing some freedom if you’re in a relationship.
Taurus: You will stay organized this month, and you will have much sense when it comes to time management. Check details carefully before going further with any plans. Your passion and affection will increase, and you will deal with public matters well.
Gemini: You will desire freedom this month, asserting your independence. Try to include your loved ones as much as possible. Pay attention to detail. You will see many possibilities for the future, but don’t decide your direction just yet.
Cancer: You will feel optimistic and motivated this month when dealing with different tasks. You will take your commitments seriously, and you will keep your promises. You will work out any arguments calmly and practically.
Leo: You will be adventurous this month, as there are plenty of opportunities to meet new people. You will have a lot of work to complete, and you will need to stay organized in order to succeed.
Virgo: You will have to pace yourself in order to complete all the tasks you have to do this month. You will see friends or family members that you don’t normally, which will calm you down and focus you more.
Libra: You will be busy and on the move this month with all of your commitments. Life will be interesting and will keep you on your toes. There could be the possibility of miscommunication, lost information, or delays this month.
Scorpio: You will have the ability to attract what you want to this month, but you will be more sensitive and emotional than usual. You will spend a lot of time helping people, but keep track of your commitments. Love life will be exciting, but highly unpredictable.
Sagittarius: You will feel confident and independent this month. You will feel energetic, creative, and motivated. You will feel like you are making a new start. There may be some change within family life.
Capricorn: You will become a natural leader this month, and others will turn to you for advice. You may feel the urge to revisit the past, but the planets in your sign this month tell you to move forward. You have a positive attitude towards issues that have not been dealt with yet.
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