Here’s Your Chance to Get Your Pet Interviewed for The Golden Falcon

Do you have a pet you want interviewed for the school newspaper? Well, now you can! Just like the Humans of FHCI section, we are now looking for a variety of students’ pets who are ready for their chance at 15 seconds of fame.

Humans of FHCI – Ben N.

By Brian Saballa

“What are you listening to?”

“The new Gambino album and Hamilton mixtape.”

“It looks like a handful of artists are dropping albums this month. What album are you most hyped about?”

J. Cole definitely. I want to see if he can pull off the ‘no singles, no promo’ twice and hopefully he drops something with Kendrick. We’ve been waiting for it for so long.”

“Would you consider yourself a hip hop head?”

“Definitely, I’m always trying to listen to something or someone I’ve missed. It’s great because hip hop is such a new genre and it’s still evolving.”

“What would you say were the golden years of hip hop?”

“Golden Years would definitely be Pac, Biggie and Wu, then you had the New Era with Early 2000’s Lil Wayne, Jay Z and Ye. Now we’re in this resurgence of soul and funk music.”

“In your opinion what Rap controversy do you think shifted the whole culture?”

Nas Vs. Jay Z, Biggie Vs. Pac, NWA Vs. Ice Cube

“On a scale from 1-10 how would you rate your rapping skills?”

“Terrible.”

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Humans of FHCI – Muhammed I.

By Brian Saballa

“You up for a game?”

“What game? Yeah, whatever. Up for it.”

“OK, this is how it works: I say something and you tell me the first thing that pops into your head. Either a word or a statement. OK, you ready?”

“Ready as always.”

“School.”

“Work.”

“Trump.”

“Hillary.”

“Game of Thrones.”

“Ygritte.”

“Friends.”

“Family.”

“Want to continue?”

“Ha, no thanks. I said too much.”

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Humans of FHCI – Shawn V.

By Brian Saballa

My name is Shawn Jewels Vieron. I’m from the North York area, part time student, and a shoe plug at footlocker.

“What is on your current playlist at the moment”

“Playboi Cardi – Geek on a _____, 21 Savage – No heart, Kodak Black – Honey Bun”

“What was the most recent concert you attended?”

“Lil Yachty – Little Boat Tour, Toronto.”

“What is your go to meal when you have the munchies?”

“My absolute go to meal is a Chipotle chicken bowl. Extra rice, extra lettuce, a little bit of sour cream, a little bit of cheese with extra hot sauce.”

“I see that you have a interest in fashion. How would you describe your style on a regular basis?”

“A combination of high fashion and streetwear.”

“Do you have any favourite designers that have influenced your style?”

“Raf Simmons, Alexander Wang, Paul Smith, Nigo, Mason Margiela.”

“If you could style someone male or female what would the fit consist of?”

Head: Durag With a ski mask

Jewellery: 18k bottom grills white gold

Top: Vintage raf T-shirt 

Mason margiela hoodie

Bottom: Saint laurent denim

Footwear: Gucci Ace Embriodered Low- top Sneaker

“If you had the opportunity to design/create some type of piece for a brand which brand would it be?” 

“Vieron 2017.”

“Before you go, could you spit a freestyle bar real quick?”

“Spend a check on my waist, goyard is all that she tastes YAAAS.”

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An Interview with Ms. Roca

By: Rachel Nirenberg

Q: What do you want people to take away from the Storm 3?

A: After experiencing Storm 3, I trust the audience will leave the theatre armed with a bounty of questions.  The objective of theatre is to address questions, not to answer them.  I should hope that students will stir up a vortex of discussion.

Q: How does this year’s play compare to previous years’? What makes it unique?

A: 2016 has been a most difficult year globally.  Citizens of the world have been assaulted by a cacophony of insults, horrific slurs, personal and public attacks, a dangerous rise in nationalistic posturing against the backdrop of an election for the most powerful public office on the planet.  We grieve.  The headless leader has returned.  The past is present.

Q: What are you most excited for the school to see?

A: I am always excited to share in a suspension of disbelief. It is magic.

Q: Can you talk about the process? How do you go from absolutely nothing to a completed product?

A: Hard, hard work.

Q: If you could describe the Storm 3: Cacophony in only three words, which words would you use?

A: 1984 BIG BROTHER

Humans of FHCI – Hazel A.

By Brian Saballa

“So, how’s the weather?”

“According to my sources, there’s a A STORM happening on Friday 3rd and 4th period.”

“Clever. Are you a part of the play of some sort?”

“Yes. I am announcer. I basically repeat all the actions the leader/fascist dictator says because we are just so in love with him, AKA Trump.”

“Will the storm blow me away?”

“It’s going to be the best storm FHCI has ever seen.”

“Before I let you go, could you spit a freestyle?”

“You don’t want to miss it. Come and see the play; the past is present it will blow you away.”

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Aboriginal Minority Rights

By: Sabrina Negeri

In collaboration with Editors

The best predictor of future behavior is often past behavior. In the past, not only has the Canadian Government idly sat by as horrendous crimes were committed against Aboriginals, many attempts of reconciliation have failed. Aboriginals had been in North America for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived and slowly started taking away their rights through oppressive methods like the Indian Act. Taking land and autonomy away, ceasing of treaties and cultural genocide are all examples of this treatment. Commissions and inquiries into Aboriginal peoples have been done throughout the past but with limited success. Therefore, the promised enforcement of the Canadian Truth and Reconciliation Commission will not succeed due to the 1996 Royal Commission, non-legal binding of Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and the Federal governments inability to uphold Aboriginal minority rights.

In 1996, the federal government concluded their Royal Commission on Aboriginal peoples. The Royal Commission proposed solutions for a new and better relationship between Aboriginal peoples and the Canadian government, including recognition of the right of self-government, settlement of land claims, measures to eliminate inequities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples in Canada, and the creation of Aboriginal justice systems. About 20 years later, not much of that change has been seen. In 2006, a report card was given to the Ottawa government in respect to their proposed changes, which received a failing grade. The report card said despite the commission, First Nations communities continue to face ongoing poverty and an increasing gap in living conditions with other Canadians. Even though recommendations were put forth, the government failed to act upon them. When nothing was done for 20 years following the Royal Commission, it is hard to believe there will be a difference with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

As well as Canada’s failure to act on the recommendations of the Royal Commission, Truth and Reconciliation commissions have been unsuccessful in the past as well. South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission admitted it failed to give a full and balanced account of abuses under apartheid. The TRC had produced “a few moving examples” of reconciliation between human rights abusers and their victims, such reconciliation had not found resonance across the country. The summary of the final report, released after years of hearings and testimony from thousands of residential school survivors and many others, made many bold and potentially costly recommendations. The fact of the matter is, Truth and Reconciliation Commissions are not bound by law, the government is under no legal obligation to follow through on recommendations. Until this is changed, the government can choose to ignore or stall on recommendations.

The promise of reconciliation, which seemed so imminent back in 2008 when the Prime Minister Harper, on behalf of all Canadians, apologized to survivors of residential schools has long faded. Canada’s past has been filled with the cultural genocide of aboriginals and denial of their rights.  In the case of R v Sparrow, the “Sparrow Test” has been used by many experts as a way of measuring how much Canadian legislation can limit Aboriginal rights. Aboriginals rights to fishing and land have been greatly restricted since the BNA Act by unapologetic governments. As well, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples argued that while section 25 of the charter guarantees the existence of self-government itself, the powers of such Aboriginal governments will be limited to respect the Charter rights of individual Aboriginals. A culture in Canada has formed where Canada can win only if indigenous people lose. This mentality desperately needs to change if Canada is to change its treatment of Aboriginals.

In conclusion, Truth and Reconciliation have two key parts, and though the truth is often expressed and shared, reconciliation is harder to come by. The mere promise of the federal government to enforce the recommendation of the Canadian government means nothing unless action is taken. For Reconciliation to thrive in the coming years, Canada must move from apology to action.

Humans of FHCI – Jacob M. R.

By Brian Saballa

“Hey, aren’t you starring in Storm 3?” 

“Yup. Come see us 3rd and 4th period. We have been working on it for a while now. It’s an original piece of art. It’s gonna be fire. It’s gonna be lit. You don’t wanna miss it.”

“Should I bring anything to prepare me for this fire drama production?”

“Bring a friend, family, fire extinguishers, fire truck, and some water because this play will leave y’all thirsty for more.”

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Humans of FHCI – Amir S.

“Life’s too short to worry about insignificant events. Just enjoy it as much as possible before it’s over. Make friends not enemies, try new things, and never be afraid to do what you want.”

“What would you say to the people coming to Forest Hill next year for the first time?”

“Don’t worry too much about marks. Just try to adjust to high school and have as much fun as possible before you get into grade 11.”

“If you could have any career possible, what would it be?”

Surgeon.”

“Can you recall the happiest moment in your life?”

“I guess I would say I don’t really have a happiest moment in my life yet. I’ve had many memorable experiences but honestly, I feel like I’m still too young to say what the happiest moment of my life has been. I still haven’t reached that point in my life yet.”

“Largest struggle?”

“My greatest struggle right now would be balancing out my school schedule so that I can maintain a certain grade and still do the things I love to do outside of school.”

“How would you describe yourself in one word?” 

“Outgoing.”

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Humans of FHCI – Matt F.

By Brian Saballa

What’s Gucci Hommes?

“How do you feel about the tiny snowfall Toronto has been hit by?”

“As someone who skateboards it sucks, the cold weather and wet roads makes it terrible for some of us to skate on the street and there isn’t much daylight to have fun at skateparks.”

“As a skater how many pairs of shoes do you personally go through in year”

“I go through one pair of shoes roughly every 3 weeks to a month, so in a year about 12-15 I guess.”

“How would you describe your style of skating? Do you prefer street skating or in a enclosed park?”

“I try to juggle a bit of all styles, whether it’s terrain, street, park, anything really. But mainly it’s been about chucking myself down a set of stairs and gaps.”

“Before I go, any advice to new skaters?”

“Well, for anyone’s first time stepping on a board, having protection like a helmet and knee pads to begin with could help. But just like any other activity out there, feeling passionate towards it will take you a long way.”

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