Did Doug do Decently?

How has the Premier of Ontario handled the novel Covid-19 Virus?

By: Gabriel Liendo

On January 25, 2020, one year ago yesterday, the first Covid-19 case was reported and confirmed in Ontario. Thus began what would soon become a global pandemic and one of the most difficult periods in Ontario’s history. Doug Ford, the elected Premier of Ontario, has been in office since Covid-19 first hit and will remain so until the next provincial election. There have been many debates about whether or not Ford has done an effective job at handling the pandemic in Ontario. There have been many controversial moments but, overall, Doug Ford did a satisfactory job in his methods, and his questionable actions may be chalked up to beginners' mistakes. These are unprecedented times and while Doug Ford may have been able to do more, no one is perfect and not many politicians can say they have done a better job. 

Premier Doug Ford at a recent news conference
Premier Doug Ford at a recent news conference
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Should Books Ever Be Banned?

Is there ever a valid reason to ban a book?

By: Stella Lippa

There have been many instances throughout the years, where the content of a book was deemed unfit for the public, or for children, and therefore removed from shelves. The content might be offensive or thought to influence socially unacceptable behaviour on readers. Banning books of this kind may seem like a reasonable action to some, but it has never once proven effective. 

Regardless of what messages a book may uphold, there is never a situation in which it should be banned. People are more than able to self-regulate the literature they consume, and if they do not condone the values shown, they can simply not read on. No piece of writing can change a person’s views; if a book encourages hate, those who do not uphold hateful values will not be swayed by the writing. Also, if a book does not encourage hate, then the reason for banning it is likely a matter of opinion based on what some people think is offensive, but, in that case, the positive impact of it should be considered. 

Books that were previously banned at the time of their release, such as The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Harry Potter (in some places), have now become classics and are often used in classrooms. 

The aforementioned novels have all had some sort of a positive impact on society and children, despite content that many adults deemed offensive or even blasphemous.

Many young people finally felt represented with Catcher, To Kill a Mockingbird, though it does contain racial slurs, which should never be condoned, is an effective depiction of racial tension and the corrupt justice system, and Harry Potter continues to inspire children to this day (and, surprise, surprise, it’s never influenced a child to perform witchcraft). 

At the end of the day, banning books really does nothing, as there will always be a way for someone to get their hands on the book anyway. 

A Not So Very Christmas Carol


By: Alexa Ostapenko

        A Christmas Carol (2019) produced by Tom Hardy is a three episode series set in London based on the original story by Charles Dickens. Written by Steven Knight, it is a much darker and eerie story about Ebenezer Scrooge, played by Guy Pearce, a grumpy, greedy and miserable money lender who is haunted by the spirit of his dead business partner, Jacob Marley. Marley must help Scrooge to redeem himself and show the ghost of Christmas future that Scrooge is worth something. Scrooge is then visited by the ghost of Christmas past, present and future. Not only does Scrooge begin to understand others more, we see the very sad and troubling past of Scrooge himself.

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Most Anticipated and Promising UFC Bouts of 2021

By: Danylo Z.

With the whole new year and a brand new fighting season, surely, many viewers have been waiting for the promised bouts of 2021, and here are the two most anticipated fights by far at the beginning of the 2021 season, according to public polls:

Return of the King! This January 23 is the much-awaited return of the one and only Conor “The Notorious” McGregor, who will be facing off against Dustin Poirier for the second time. The fight will take place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. 

McGregor has come back from his retirement to put up the show once again. This time, it is a re-match between him and a former Interim UFC Lightweight Champion, Dustin Poirier. 

In the hopes of getting his revenge on McGregor, the American fighter, with a score of 26-6-0,  is making a comeback to the big stage as well and hold his position as #2 Worldwide Lightweight UFC Champion. 

Another much anticipated and overshadowed bout happening on March 6th is Aleksandar Rakic vs. Thiago Santos. 

Rakic has quickly made his way up the light heavyweight division, with a striking score of 5-1 during his promotion after the fight with Anthony Smith in August. The determination in this man’s heart and the bold claim regarding the fight has quickly earned him a lot of attention for the upcoming match with the former title challenger Santos.

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The Inseparable Flock - Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

By: M.S.

Book cover of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment written by James Patterson
Book cover of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment written by James Patterson

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment, is an action-packed science fiction novel. Published by James Patterson in 2005, the remarkable novel introduces the conflict that the flock faced: the youngest child of the group, Angel, is abducted by the Erasers and is returned to the sinister laboratory. Unfortunately, only a few members of the flock attempted to save Angel from the scientist’s corrupt grasp.

The members of the flock include Max, Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel, whose ages range from six to fourteen. The flock was raised in a laboratory, referred to as “The School”. There, they were genetically altered to become part human and part bird. Fortunately, a scientist named Jeb aided the children in escaping the laboratory. Jeb took on the role of father figure and taught them how to follow the unwritten rules within society. Additionally, another group of mutants, the Erasers, were created. Part human and park wolf, they have been tasked to search for the flock. Do Max and her companions escape the clutches of the Erasers?

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How can YCDSB Promote Equality?

Can more measures be taken to ensure students are educated and secure?

By: Emily Molina

As students and teachers alike continue through a virtual school year, the York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) has found it essential to improve their learning environment. Recently with the switch to remote/online learning, the board has decided to create an online space in which students can voice their opinions on equality in our schools. 

Via surveys, students have the opportunity to share their in-class and online experiences, as well as how negative experiences can be avoided in the future, both for students and their peers. These surveys usually include the question of how the YCDSB can promote equality, for which there is no one way to answer. 

St. Joan of Arc, a part of the YCDSB, is a school that promotes acceptance for all, and provides resources for students who may be struggling. Many students at St. Joan have taken action through social media, especially during the chaos that was 2020 and is 2021. However, many also believe that the school board should do more to create a space for students and teachers where they can all feel accepted despite their differences. By thoroughly educating students on racism, sexuality, and ableism, among other matters, students and teachers may be able to learn about how to treat one another with equality and compassion, and how to avoid ignorance in day-to-day interactions. 

Students expressing racial diversity in the classroom
Students expressing racial diversity in the classroom
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Are there any Benefits to our New COVID Reality?

By: Jennifer Nguyen 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these past few months can be considered a time of misery and painful inconveniences, as many people are suffering from loneliness, bereavement, illnesses and much more. This eye-opening experience has drastically changed society’s everyday routines and presents many new opportunities, for better or worse.

With safety regulations and lockdowns being implemented, the amount of customers and sales at small businesses has dropped greatly, which is often detrimental to their livelihood. As a result, many people are dealing with financial difficulties and are unable to support themselves since they are dependent on their businesses’ success.

Students and teachers have also switched to online learning, which can be quite problematic, as adjusting to these new conditions can negatively affect the learning process. It is more difficult to understand certain concepts without face-to-face instruction and assistance, resulting in social isolation, lower academic grades and a lack of motivation. 

Also, the pandemic has resulted in over 2 million deaths worldwide. Many people are tormented by the deaths of their loved ones or are dealing with the disease themselves, causing them to feel low-spirited. They are forced to isolate themselves from society, and are unable to seek the consolation and support that they need, only deteriorating their well-being and mental health. 

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Social Media: Real or Fake News?

A Dive Into the Reliability of Information on Social Networking Apps

By: Julia Hajdas

Social media is a major part of everyone’s life and influences individuals in numerous ways. This is why questioning the validity of these apps is vital. Daily news on social media platforms bombards us and changes the way we understand and gather information. It is essential to determine if these apps are dependable when it comes to staying informed.

With advancing technology, social media appears to be growing at a fast pace. Every day countless people join networking apps and choose to share their personal opinions with the world. This may lead to biased information sources that can result in misinformation. Many individuals turn to social media as a way of staying up to date on current issues from all over the globe, and being surrounded with false reports and stories can lead to one’s confusion. According to a study done by MIT scholars, fake news stories are 70% more likely to be retweeted on Twitter than real reports (MIT News). This is an important issue because it further proves the speed at which people can become wrongly informed.

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The Inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris

President Biden is sworn in as the 46th President of the United States

By: O.E.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in on the steps of the Capitol as President and Vice President of the United States. Kamala Harris made history as the first female, first black, and first South Asian Vice President. 

The inauguration ceremony included a few well-known guests, who were properly socially distanced. Some of the guests in attendance were former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, George.W.Bush, and Bill Clinton. Donald Trump did not attend the ceremony, as he left the White House earlier that morning.

Joe Biden with his wife, Jill Biden, alongside Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff on the steps of the Capitol
Joe Biden with his wife, Jill Biden, alongside Kamala Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff on the steps of the Capitol
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Should we Expect Moral Behaviour from Celebrities?

By: Sabrina C.

Through times of worry and despair, we turn to celebrities and people in power to guide us in the right direction. We look to them for leadership and a sense of hope. Some of these celebrities set great examples for us and encourage us to persevere. However, others are horrible role models, thinking more about themselves than the people they influence. 

We must ask ourselves, are these behaviours acceptable? Should they be free to do anything they want, or should it be required for celebrities to show us what we need to be doing to stay safe? I believe that moral behaviour should be expected from celebrities and that they should use their platform to educate others. 

In late December 2020, American celebrities from the app TikTok were reported to have travelled to the Bahamas on a vacation during a global pandemic. Charli D’Amelio, Dixie D’Amelio, Noah Beck, Chase Hudson, Madi Monroe, Avani Gregg, and Bryant travelled all together, despite many of them having previously preached about how people should stay home to end the virus. 

Celebrities have received backlash on social media for not staying home
Celebrities have received backlash on social media for not staying home
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