Saint Joan of Arc CHS Hosts the First Ever Winter Carnival!

Michael Dolmaya, Student Writer

       Saint Joan of Arc’s Recreational and Healthy Active Living Leadership class and the Moderns Department put on quite the filled day on March 5th, 2019 to celebrate Joan’s inaugural Winter Carnival. 

     The day started off with the leadership class handing out free barbecued hot dogs in the gymnasium for the entire school, cooked by Saint Joan of Arc staff. It was a great effort to get students to go to the carnival after their free lunch. The line was out the door and trays of hot dogs were emptied in minutes. 

Leadership class distributing hotdogs for the Winter Carnival.
Leadership class distributing hotdogs for the Winter Carnival.
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New Zealand's Steps Towards Gun Control

New Zealand’s Steps Towards Gun Control 

By: Daniel O’Grady

April 17 2019

New Zealand witnessed it’s deadliest mass shooting in recent history with the Christchurch mosque attacks on March 15 2019. The attacks began at the Al Noor Mosque and continued to the Linwood Islamic Centre, killing 50 people and injuring 50 others.The terrorist responsible is a  28-year-old Australian man, described in many media reports as a white supremacist and self-described as both an eco-fascist and an ethnonationalist.

In the wake of the shootings, the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern stated, "While work is being done as to the chain of events that lead to both the holding of this gun license and the possession of these weapons, I can tell you one thing right now. Our gun laws will change." She stuck to her word because within days of this event, change is already being seen. 

Less than a week after the horrific shooting on March 15, 2019, New Zealand’s government has banned the sale of all military-style semi-automatic rifles, assault rifles, and high capacity magazines. When questioned on the topic, Ardern said, “I strongly believe that the vast majority of legitimate gun owners in New Zealand will understand that these moves are in the national interest, and will take these changes in their stride… What we’re banning today are the things that were used in last Friday’s attack.”

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To Speak Out For Those Who Spoke Out For Us.

To Speak Out For Those Who Spoke Out For Us.

By: Daniel O’Grady

April 17 2019

Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez, Daphne Caruana Galizia, and Jamal Khashoggi. What do these names mean to you? Do you recognize them? All of these people were journalists who were killed for reporting the truth and like many others before them; they too will be forgotten if we don't continue to spread word of what they have done.

In the years leading up to this murder Carlos Domínguez Rodríguez had been very critical of former Nuevo Laredo mayor, Carlos Cantú Rosas as well as the current mayor of the nearby city of San Nicolás, Verónica Castellanos. He accused the mayor of San Nicolás of “turning on journalists who criticize her enormous shortcomings.” He was stabbed to death in broad daylight, in front of relatives on January 13, 2018 in Nuevo Laredo, a town in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Daphne Caruana Galizia's reputation was built on her reporting of misconduct by Maltese politicians. She would write most of her investigations on her blog “Running Commentary” and when faced with threats and attempts at intimidation, she still refused to give up on her reporting. In 2016 and 2017, she revealed government corruption and information relating to a number of Maltese politicians involved with the Panama Papers scandal. The last words she wrote on her blog before being killed by a car bomb on October 16, 2017 were, "There are crooks everywhere you look now. The situation is desperate."

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Meet the Writer

Daniel O’Grady is a grade 12 student at Saint Joan of Arc CHS. He has always loved writing

and jumped at the opportunity to hone his skill by enrolling in writer’s craft. He is very thankful for this opportunity because through this class he has gained skills that he will use for the rest of his life.  

Fords Government Amends Autism Funding

By: Katarina Linhares

               According to our charter of rights and freedoms we are all equals under the law (constantly addressing each individual as we are made to believe that each individual is important to the government, but a top priority of society.) But is this really the case? The Ford government has cast those with autism out of the “equal” society that we all coexist in, by taking away some of their finding to “save” money in the government. Ford has restricted these families of the rights they are entitled to and will cut funding, which can lead to a stunt in their child's development as well as financial issues. 

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Is Wonderland Worth it?

By: Katarina Linhares 

              Often people find themselves bored in the summer, with nothing to do, when suddenly it hits them...Canada’s Wonderland! Wonderland is known as one of the many tourist attractions in Canada. It has been open since May 23 of 1981 and the park has hosted many guests. Over the past 38 years, many rides have been constructed, new shops have been incorporated, and many adrenaline junkies have been welcomed. However, the park might not be as welcoming as we think; with the outrageous prices, it stops many families from enjoying the rides and wondrous park. 

               As people know, Wonderland pricing might be a bit more costly than regular fun activities; “Ranging from $39.99 to $92.99” (Canada’s Premier amusement park 2019) these prices can leave a dent in your wallet. Whether families are supporting the park by purchasing a day pass, summer pass, or the bundle package, they are getting ripped off. 

               Families think that buying the seasons pass is worth it; however, in many ways it isn’t. The only thing that’s included with the season's pass would be having access to the park all year round. Once the family attends the park they still have to pay for food and drinks which is extremely costly, once you buy lunch and dinner for an average of 3 people per family. 

               With plenty of places to eat from, each averaging at different prices, most families with little kids find themselves purchasing meals. Yet when you have little kids they don’t always eat everything and the parents have to throw out whatever is not consumed. Wonderland obviously can’t control the restaurant prices, but if they were to lower the prices of the season passes it would be more effective for families. 

                 During the long tedious hours at the park, there are many lines in which visitors wait. It usually takes about 30 minutes in a line just for one ride. This can ruin the whole experience if a person has purchased the day pass because it ruins your chances of riding any future rides due to the lines taking up the person’s day. The only way one can get the full experience of Wonderland  is if they purchase a fast pass, and to get the fast pass costs more money. “Totaling $55 per person,” (Tripadvisor 2019); this adds to the cost to the day pass, and food costs as well. 

                  With everything in the park the prices constantly add up; people may say that there is value in season's pass but there isn’t. “Most families on average go once a week with the use of the season pass”(Canada’s Premier amusement park 2019). It shows that parents aren’t getting their money’s worth, whether they are constantly at work or can’t make it to the park, they lose out on their money. Yet if you pay for a day pass there would still be the chance of a family wanting to go again so you would have to pay extra for another day pass, making it highly ineffective with the amount of money being spent. 

                  Having a total of 28 rides, Wonderland is a very populated amusement park and quite popular. It’s no surprise why Wonderland isn’t a fun adventurous place, with a friendly environment, and a fun-filled park with many thrilling rides. The park really is an exciting place and it should be receiving all the attention, but if they want to receive more attention, then reducing in pass prices or fast pass prices would definitely be something that would catch people’s eyes. 


                                                              Works Cited

“Canada's Premier Amusement Park.” Canada's Wonderland

TripAdvisor. “Don't Buy Fast Track Wristbands - Canada's Wonderland, Vaughan Traveller 

Reviews.” TripAdvisor,….

NFL Draft


By: Corey DeSpirt

Date: March 30, 2019

This April 27, the NFL will be heading to Nashville for the yearly anticipated NFL draft. This is one of the most anticipated classes in recent memory and has the potential of future all-pros. This year’s NFL draft is a very deep class and is full of great potential and full of future pro bowlers. This year's first pick is held by the oldest franchise in the NFL The Arizona Cardinals. 

The Cardinals season did not end as expected with first round quarterback Josh Rosen not playing as expected and he could be dealt elsewhere before the draft. It is my opinion that the Cardinals should trade down and stay true to their quarterback and gain picks for the future of their rebuilding franchise. 

With the second pick in this years draft, the 49ers look to secure the best player in the draft and be a playoff hopeful. I see the 49ers taking Nick Bosa from Ohio State. Nick Bosa is by far the best player in this upcoming draft. With the 49ers needing edge help after only securing interior lineman in the past John Lynch will see that this is a must sign. Even he will not pass up this opportunity to take the best player and securing edge help. 

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