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Did Anyone Really Expect This from FHCI?

By Ethan Blummberg

  The pep rally curated by Forest Hill students this past week was the most triumphant spectacle I have witnessed during my tenure at the school. The event was willingly enjoyed by hundreds of students, discrediting the notion that Forest Hill has no spirit. The event that unfolded in the gymnasium was unlike anything I had ever seen at Forest Hill. The disparity between this rally and previous attempts at school-wide events may be in large part to why it was such a success. As a student of three years, the change was refreshing.

The event was willingly enjoyed by hundreds of students, discrediting the notion that Forest Hill has no spirit.

                A highlight for my self-was the unorthodox methods such as the relay races, the hockey video and Kahoot game that was all used to appeal to the audience of nearly 1000 people. The well-executed video, made by grade 12 student Cole Chypyha, was a captivating insight into this year’s boys varsity hockey team. The visual component was a nice touch to the already stellar line up put together by the powers at be.  The commotion in the middle of the gym caused by the relay races was an outstanding example of the creativity we have in our school. Students from around the school participated in these clever races as their peers enthusiastically watched on. This element of the school-wide event brought a lot of comedic value out of the mishaps classmates endured attempting the relay challenges. All of the different parts of the rally, from the beginning to the end were integral to its success and I wouldn’t have changed a single thing.

                It is nice to finally have someone at Forest Hill who is able to entertain the entire school body, while still clearly articulating the points he must make. This can be found in current school president, James Michael Kabitsis. This captivating speaker led off the fourth period with a great speech that was a catalyst for the rest of the day’s success.  I don’t think it would be too far off for me to say that many of the staff in the school could benefit from listening to one of his speeches; so when the time comes that they must speak in front of the whole school they can properly engage the audience and convey their message. Rather than deliver a boring talk to hundreds of students that have endured many speeches alike.

After seeing Friday’s events unfold it is really hard to determine whether the lack of spirit in the school should be blamed on the students or the staff members of Forest Hill Collegiate Institute.

                I believe the recent rally was a huge success amongst the students, largely in part to how different the event was to what we have been accustomed to at FHCI.  Credit must go to the people who took part in planning the whole ordeal for hosting an event many, including myself, wouldn’t see possible coming from Forest Hill. Nevertheless, I think that this remarkable feat for the students of the school sadly will not occur again in my lifetime at Forest Hill. After seeing Friday’s events unfold it is really hard to determine whether the lack of spirit in the school should be blamed on the students or the staff members of Forest Hill Collegiate Institute.


This story was written by Ethan Blummberg, a Social Issues Editor for The Golden Falcon. The opinions expressed in this article reflect the opinions of the author.

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Non-Academic Choices are Fine!

By Abi Parameswaran

As technology develops rapidly, people are overwhelmed and have the fear of robots taking over jobs. Similarly, many high school students also like to think about their future careers and can feel the pressure of wanting to study in a field where they can get a relevant job in society. Going to a heavily academic oriented school like Forest Hill Collegiate Institute (FHCI), there is the constant social pressure all around to take courses similar to your classmates to conform to the academic culture at this school. People are always thinking about the future which can be a positive aspect, it can also lead to rejection when others take a different path, especially in a school that heavily prioritizes the math and science courses.

It is a commonality to see many kids take a variation of the science and math courses offered at this school. The concept of keeping options open for post-secondary seems so important to the point where people forget to take courses of interest. If someone knows they dislike a subject strongly the option is already closed since they know they will not go into something related to that field. Therefore, it is illogical to ask of someone who is not interested in the sciences or the mathematics to take these subjects. Naturally, some people drop courses in the maths and science area that do not interest them. When they talk to friends or other peers, the idea of dropping courses like maths and science is sometimes frowned upon as people think these courses are vital to an education. Part of the reason students think like this is because of how heavily academic this school is, and it is with good intentions that they discourage their friends to drop these courses. However, the notion of doubting someone’s choices can be demotivating to individuals who have their interests aligned with different courses. It is time to move out of the idea that students may be closing options when they do not take academic courses and time to be open to the idea that people take courses with different interests, and those that do will also be fine.

All in all, everyone in the school is trying to manoeuvre through high school while having a great experience. Although Forest Hill is a very academic school, there are many people who do not have the same interests. Despite the fact that planning out the future may seem important, taking things one step at a time is even more important as these futuristic ideologies that are self-created often change. People should be more open-minded towards different educational paths and should always encourage their friends to do what they feel is right!


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This Was Going To Be A Movie Review

By Sophie Gold

My brother is a movie nut. On his recent birthday, we went to see the newest adaptation of Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. I enjoyed it very much and recommend it to you.  It has a great twist of an ending on par with The Usual Suspects which I won’t spoil for you.  In prep for writing this review, I had a look at what other critics thought of the film. I was surprised that many panned the movie because I liked it.  However, there emerged a theme among the most critical critics:  the remake (as they called it) was unnecessary and didn’t measure up to previous films based on the same book.  It is true that there have been other film adaptations of the book as is the case with lots of movies being made these days.  There seem to be lots of redo’s and their near cousin the franchise extension these days.  So why does Hollywood tend toward redos and franchise extensions?  Is there a lack of creativity among today’s movie makers and story-tellers or is there something else at play?  Are today’s film studios so risk averse that they are too afraid to step out of their comfort zones?  Or are we as movie-goers the ones who are risk averse and crave the comfort of nostalgia and happy (or at least known) endings?  

Save for low budget indies, it has become prohibitively expensive to make and market new movies; it’s risky business indeed.  Remaking old movies provides film studios with a critical success factor or crutch depending on your perspective: bankability.  If you think of a movie on a theatre screen like a consumer product on the shelf at Shoppers or Loblaws, there’s lots of competition.  And there are too many movies for the available prime “shelf space” or movie screens. The independent and newbie studios and movies just don’t have a level playing field because the resources required to get on screen are huge and getting huger by the day.  So only tried and proven movies made by tried and true makers get made again and again.  If that is the case, going to the movies may soon become similar to tuning into another episode of that TV show you watch every week or binge watch on Netflix over the holidays. Film studios remake old movies and extend franchises because they are less risky to make and market. Remakes and extensions practically market and sell themselves, whereas upstarts have to fight for the scarce real estate that is the theatre screen.  Remakes and extensions are also more readily translated and sold globally and often spin off a heap of merchandising opportunities to boot.   But it’s not just the movie makers who are responsible for this trend.  

 

We the viewers to like our comfort food.  We like what we know and like knowing how we will feel at the end and that we got what we paid for.  There’s a reason why McDonald’s keeps cranking out Big Macs:  people love the special sauce that they are familiar with (truth be told, I’ve never eaten at a McDonald’s but have heard stories about McFood).

Then again, there’s a case to be made for remakes. First off, they’ve been made for generations.  Romeo and Juliet became West Side Story and has been retold to new generations for decades. New technology and well-known actors introduce old stories to new audiences who might never otherwise see them. My brother never would have taken us to see Murder on the Orient Express but for the modern cast including some of his favourite actors. I would never have been introduced to the great story and awesome plot twist and not have written this article.  We like our comfort foods and film studios will continue to oblige us for good reason: we call it comfort food for a reason and there’s no place like home and a bowl of mac and cheese on a cold night.  

Then again, there’s a case to be made for remakes. They appeal to and involve an entirely new generation. If it weren’t for the recent remake of Murder on the Orient Express, I would have never been inclined to see this movie and would not have experienced the joy of watching the movie. My dislike of murder mysteries and all things gory would have gotten the better of me, and I would have been open to watching a movie like this. But I did watch this movie and am happy about it, and will hopefully see more similar to it in the future.    

At a much lower cost, because they have no need to hire additional writers or come up with an original story.  Remakes and extensions have a much better chance for publicity, and essentially advertise themselves because they have already been advertised in the past and may have large fan bases by now. In any case, the originals were not screened globally, so remakes bank in most of their money through foreign sales. That is not to say that the populations of people who have already seen the originals don’t contribute to the success of remakes. More often that not, people that have already seen the original will see the remake later on. Film studios understand that even if potential viewers don’t agree with the remaking of a move, they will probably go see it anyways to prove this to themselves or for the nostalgia. Remakes and extensions of franchises satisfy our cravings for nostalgia and benefit from personal significances and connections we may have to a movie or series. It is our human nature to like familiarity. We like our comfort food, which is why we are more than willing to go see remakes and extensions of franchises time and time again.

Today, new movies are like (insert). In other words, they are very rare. So many of the movies being made today, particularly blockbusters and those produced by big Hollywood studios, are remakes of movies made years ago.

Why is this the case you might be asking yourself, just as I did. Can we place the blame on film studios? For lacking creativity? For being averse to taking creative risks? Because it is so expensive to make and market movies, it is risky to try something new. Remaking old movies provides film studios with security and bankability, two factors that are critical to success. Remakes have a Movies that have been economic goldmines in the past are likely to bring in large amounts of money the second or third time around.

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Farewell 2017

By Linda Cako

2017 was supposed to be the year we were going to see change. And change we saw. Not all was good, like President Trump’s Muslim Ban, North Korea starting to flex its emerging nuclear prowess, and the UN warning us that we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since WWII with up to 20 million people being at risk of starvation in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan, and Nigeria. There were three powerful hurricanes to hit consecutively, and France ended its State of Emergency after two years of attacks and will start having a more intense police presence throughout the country instead.

Clearly, it was not the best year for global issues.

Some changes and events, however, were good and celebrated throughout the world, such as Australia passing it’s Same-Sex Marriage Bill. The first gene therapy treatment for cancer, Kymriah, was FDA approved in August and has already begun to be used on patients with leukaemia and is being considered a miracle cure, and Google’s DeepMind AI taught itself to walk.

It was a time of great change in Forest Hill as well. We changed school principles, had our very first dance, and said goodbye to great teachers and hello to new and old faces.

While it seems that every year we want to label as The Worst Year Ever, 2017 was hardly the worst year. Scientific discoveries gave us hope for the future and made us realize how far we have come as a species, and emerging politics made us understand how far we have yet to go to achieve our goals of becoming a more fair and just society.

Going into 2018, it’s time to reflect how we want to proceed. What pressing issues must we address? What issues have inspired us to make a change? What do we have left to work on? Even as a high schooler, we can all make an impact. All it takes is to find your passion and advocate for change. It does not have to be enormous. Small steps eventually lead to great distances being crossed so it’s never too late to start.

Ms. Fuentes’ said in her first speech when she came to Forest Hill that she wants us all to take advantage of our unique positions to make a difference in the school. How do we want to leave Forest Hill? Better than when we entered it, for sure. Whatever the definition of better is to you, take 2017’s lessons and make something good come out of change.


Linda is a grade 12 student at FHCI and is a Social Issues Editor for The Golden Falcon newspaper.

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President Trump’s Transgender Military Ban doesn’t stop the Pentagon for paying for a Transgender Soldier’s Surgery

By Linda Cako

On December 11, 2017, the Pentagon ruled that it will be accepting transgender recruits against President Trump’s ban to exclude them from joining the military. The ruling came as a decision from the Pentagon to pay for a transgender surgery after two of them were already performed by former U.S Navy Flight Surgeon, Dr. Christine McGinn for free.
President Trump explained in a tweet, stating that  “Our military must be focused on decisiveness and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,”to justify his ban. However, other sources have shown that incorporating transgender healthcare into the military will only add an additional $2.4 – $8.4 million annually (RAND Corporation, 2016). For the U.S military budget, this is only a fraction of a percent increase.
“Our military must be focused on decisiveness and overwhelming … victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,”
The Pentagon issued a statement saying that they felt it was important to pay for the surgery as it was medically necessary for the solider to receive it. While some went to argue their opinion about the necessity of this surgery, Dr. Christine McGinn argued that these types of procedures should be looked at as a necessity because they are not cosmetic procedures. They assist in the overall well-being of the solider. Trans soldiers should be given this right since like all soldiers, they are fighting to protect their county and should be given the right to health care.
Good mental health and wellbeing are important objectives for the military towards its soldiers, as it makes for a more efficient and effective army. The military provides a plethora of support for its soldiers so it should make sense that it would also help them through their decisions to transition and receive the procedure. The American Medical Association and American Psychiatric Association both agree that transitioning is beneficial for trans individuals as it helps to greatly reduce their gender dysphoria. Gender dysphoria is “a conflict between a person’s physical or assigned gender and the gender with which he/she/they identify,” (American Psychiatric Association, 2016). It is important for the military to address this as untreated gender dysphoria can lead to depression, anxiety, and sometimes, suicide.
This is all coming around the same time when Bill C-16 is stirring great debate throughout Canada. Whatever the stance is, the importance of these events is that they are helping to push the boundaries on gender norms and to be more open as a society to accept the overall LGBTQ community.
LGBTQ community members face discrimination on a daily basis and are used to living with targets on their backs. In the 21st century, this behaviour is beyond embarrassing and shows how far society has yet to progress to become more accepting of others. Hopefully, through these events, people will be more open-minded and accommodating for a more diverse group of individuals within communities. As this year has proven to everyone, homophobia is still a very real issue and is one that is not always condemned by leaders of countries. Often it is the leaders who keep their backs towards the LGBTQ community in the first place. Therefore it is essential that change happens through the population first and seeps its way into politics after.

Linda is a grade 12 student at FHCI and is a Social Issues Editor for The Golden Falcon newspaper.
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‘Tis the Season to Reflect

By Linda Cako

“I can’t believe I was so stupid, my phone is gonna die any second now and I left my charger at home!”

“I’m sorry sir, but do you have any spare change for the payphone?”

“What hotel should we stay in this year? Or should we just go back to last year’s?”

“You should have come earlier, I’m afraid we don’t have any space left in the shelter tonight.”

“Ugh! My mom and dad want to have a Christmas dinner with the entire family so I can’t go to the party. Can you believe them? I’m trying to get out early though, so we’ll see…”

“When will Daddy come visit us, Mommy?”

-“In 2 years, when he’s done his tour, love.”

“My family is coming over for dinner this year. It’s gonna be so embarrassing.”

“Do you think the hospital’s cafeteria will have turkey?”

-“As long as they have coffee I think we’ll be fine.”

“I thought I told Santa I wanted a RED toy truck!”

“I’m afraid Santa missed us again this year…maybe he’ll come in April?”

“I haven’t eaten since this morning, I’m starving!”

“I’m so sorry honey, but rent cost went up so we’ll have to go back to the food bank tonight.”

While we spend our holidays this year, it’s important that we count what we are thankful for and appreciate all that we have been given. Someone out there will not be so lucky, so make the most of it.


Linda is a grade 12 student at FHCI and is a Social Issues Editor for The Golden Falcon newspaper. 

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Save the Little Blue Planet

By Linda Cako

Climate Change has never been good news. Science has always provided the evidence for the global impact and consequences stating that we would experience more extreme weather, see an unprecedented rate of extinction, and have more toxic levels of smog. Within the past few months alone we had seen some of the damaging cases of forest fires in Canada, we had three destructive hurricanes hit consecutively, and smog levels have reached their highest levels yet in some parts of the world. Not to mention that land ice has decreased by 286 gigatonnes just this year alone (Climate NASA, 2017).

While we live comfortable lives in Toronto, even here we can see the dangerous effects of climate change in subtle ways. For example, up until a few weeks ago, we were still hitting temperature in the double digits. Even now in December we still haven’t experienced any proper flurries or frost.

While most of this is not new, and these facts are depressing to hear, they are important to acknowledge. This year we have had a very frightening experience with politicians and their beliefs but it is important to see the signs and not simply dismiss them. In times of ignorance, facts are the only foundation on which we must base our actions upon. Otherwise, forget about saving the planet and adopt the realization that this will be our reality from now.

Governor Jerry Brown stated that these forest fires would become “the new normal” due to increasing heat and dryness in California.

It is important to always remember that little steps count. Small actions such as recycling, using renewable sources of energy when possible, using more energy efficient appliances, and reducing car emissions by keeping cars in good condition can all help. Making dietary changes can help too, such as cutting back on meat and dairy products. All are good ways to doing our part. The only thing missing is awareness.

While it’s so easy to read these articles and forget about climate change right after, it’s important that we do not do this. Climate change is very scary and is threatening millions of lives right now. Not to mention all our lives are being threatened in the long term.

So don’t just read passively and forget. At times like these, the action is essential to pull ourselves up and make the necessary amends to slow down climate change like our lives depend on it because they do.

As Margaret Mead said, “We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.”


Linda is a grade 12 student at FHCI and is a Social Issues Editor for The Golden Falcon newspaper.

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The Mystery In Space Programs

By Ethan Blumberg

I have always asked myself why the Canadian and American governments annually spend enormous amounts of money on their respective space programs and different international space initiatives. The scale of the spending has led to a constant debate in both Canada and the United States for many years. While I do understand the global importance of space exploration, I believe that the two nations that are at the forefront of the field are allocating funds at a senseless rate. It seems to me that the negligent spending of both Canada and the United States is taking away funds from serious issues the two Countries face back on earth.

Growing up in Canada I have gained a good grasp of the adversity our continent faces and at the same time, I realize the magnitude of resources needed to combat issues such as unemployment, education and poverty. The transparency of how much is being spent by Both NASA and the Canadian Space Agency allows for me as an average citizen to see the immense capital needed to fuel the two organizations that are so synonymous with space exploration. The financial numbers that are constantly being exhibited by the two groups are extremely large, but rarely indicate or just what exactly will come out of the funding.  An example of this neglectful spending is that the Canadian government set aside $379 million in the 2016 federal budget just to preserve our countries partnership with the International Space Station.  Canada went ahead with the investment knowing there may not be a great return on the massive deal that was reached. Professionals, alongside elected officials, decided that this was the best use of all that money, while around 4 million Canadians still live with food insecurity. This statistic includes the over 1 million children in Canada who live in a household that struggles to put food on the table. Knowing this how am I supposed to be able to come to terms with the fact that Canada is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to enhance space exploration, at the same time that many of my fellow Canadians are facing detrimental obstacles in their day to day life.

There are similar issues with the much larger scale and more dynamic National Aeronautics and Space Administration South of the border. NASA is a storied part of the American government, with a long history of success. However, that is not so much the case anymore. Not being able to achieve the same level of technological breakthroughs has led me to believe that the inefficiency of the United States space exploration program should result in even more cuts than have previously occurred to this date. NASA’s yearly budget is still close to 20 billion dollars. The portion of the federal budget that NASA receives is about an astonishing 40% of what the U.S. federal government spends on education each year.  The public education system is often criticized for reasons such as overcrowding within American public schools. These numbers are just another illustration of the unconscionable mismanagement of federal funds that are going towards the countries space program rather than to assisting those in need.

Finally, I think it is important to state that I don’t want to discredit any of the programs I spoke upon, because I am well aware of the importance of NASA, the Canadian Space Agency and space exploration as a whole. I just believe that both Canada and the United States should take a step back and re-evaluate how they are funding their own space programs. In order to ensure the government doesn’t make negligent spending decisions that could instead be going towards more egalitarian causes.


Ethan is a grade 11 student at FHCI and is a Social Issues Editor for The Golden Falcon newspaper.

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Women Can Be Abusers Too

By Vanessa Ifepe

A pop star by the name of Melanie Martinez was accused of rape by her former friend Timothy Heller, a former member of the band Dresses. This accusation was said against her on Monday and quickly after, she sent a tweet out to her followers stating the accusations were a lie and Heller agreed to what had taken place. The next day, Heller told Newsweek that she thinks Melanie became aware of the pending accusation a month before which when Timothy sent out a tweet saying she was debating telling her story.Melanie tried to contact her numerous times probably for the purposes of keeping her quiet. Although a truly horrendous story, it brings up a conversation that isn’t had enough. It speaks the hidden truth, women can be abusers too.

With all the recent sexual assault allegations in Hollywood, we only see men being accused for this horrible crime but the reality is, an abuser has no gender. Anyone is able to be a perpetrator just like anyone can be a victim. Heller even explains in the Newsweek article that she didn’t come forward because the fact that Melanie wasn’t a man made her feel like her experience was invalidated. When reading all the abuse stories under the tag #metoo, she couldn’t determine whether her story was classified as abuse. This is the problem with our society. We assign gender to everything and when something does not go the way society views it, we see it as impossible. This should not be the case. Just like many other sexual assault victims, Heller loved Melanie even after it happened and felt that it was her duty to protect her by keeping the incident a secret.

“Girls can rape girls,” Heller wrote in her testimony on twitter, “best friends can rape best friends.” Melanie took advantage of her during her weakest point and tried to make up for it by helping further her career in little ways. She let Melanie abuse her because she loved her, because she felt she owed her and mainly, because she just wanted it to stop. This is the underlying tone of so many other victims stories and it’s sad to admit that, the people who you love can hurt you the most. It doesn’t matter who they are or what gender they identify as, they can hurt you.  In the words of Heller, friendship does not equal consent. Family members do not obtain automatic consent either.  It’s important to understand that anything that violates you or makes you feel uncomfortable in ANY way, is NOT okay.

Melanie had the audacity to contact Heller shortly after saying that she should go meet a healer. If the allegations are true, that’s such q cruel thing to say to someone whose pain you caused! How convenient to be concerned about the friend you cut off ties with after they accuse you of rape.

I am so happy that Timothy was inspired by the recent sexual assault accusations and came out with her own story. It angers me that people would abuse someone’s trust is such a way and then pretend as if the emotional toil that comes after is not their fault. It saddens me that this story may get neglected and skipped over just because the accused is a women. The world shouldn’t be like this. This shouldn’t be assigned to a gender, it just doesn’t make any sense to me why the world operates this way.  I encourage everyone who reads this to follow up on this story, read Timothy’s testimony on twitter and remember that, women can be abusers too.

I know fans of hers may be reluctant to believe these allegations and I get it. Nobody wants to believe someone they look up to would do something so horrible but I encourage you to set aside your bias and focus on the important message behind this allegation.


Image citation:

Nabaum, Alex. “Abuse.” theispot Stock, https://www.theispot.com/stock/search?search_stock=Abuse&search_stock_match=all&stock_subject=&stock_type=. Accessed 19 Dec. 2017.

The Mandela Effect Will Make You Question Everything


By Amanda Restano

Do you remember the iconic line in Star Wars “Luke, I am your father”? What if someone told you that Darth Vader never says this in the movie? Many people recall that famous quote from “The Empire Strikes Back”. The phrase can be found on t-shirts, phone cases, and anything in between. Except that is not what Darth Vader says. The actual quote is “No, I am your father.” So how come so many people remember it the other way? This can be explained by the theory of false memories, recently dubbed “The Mandela Effect”.

The name “Mandela Effect” comes from paranormal consultant Fiona Broome, who discovered she and many others claim to remember Nelson Mandela dying in prison in the 1980s when he actually died in 2013.

Some believers of the Mandela Effect claim it to be evidence that we are living in an alternate universe. According to them these memories can be a result of someone time travelling and changing history. But these theories lack proof, it is more probable that the “glitches” happening are in your brain, not in the universe.

No example of the Mandela Effect has created more talk than that of the children’s book and TV series The Berenstain Bears. Many claim to remember it being called The Berenstein Bears and were shocked when they found out the actual spelling.

Here’s a list of some other Mandela Effects that have taken over the internet:

Screen Shot 2017-12-19 at 8.32.25 AMSome people insist that Target has more rings on their logo. The first logo is the correct one.

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-19 at 8.32.59 AM.pngSome claim they remember The Laughing Cow having a nose ring but she never had one.

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-19 at 8.33.55 AM.pngMany remember Pikachu’s tail having a black mark in the end but if you go back and look at him, you’ll see nothing there.

 

Screen Shot 2017-12-19 at 8.40.53 AMSurprisingly, Curious George never had a tail.

Whether this means that we are living an alternate reality or that our brains are simply confusing facts after seeing these things so often misrepresented, it is amazing how many of us share the same false memories.


Amanda is a grade 11 student at FHCI and is a Technology Editor for The Golden Falcon newspaper.

 

Image Citations:

Hudspeth, Christopher. https://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhudspeth/crazy-examples-of-the-mandela-effect-that-will-make-you-ques?utm_term=.igDqQQjN1#.sm3DWW3ZJ

Hudspeth, Christopher. https://www.buzzfeed.com/christopherhudspeth/15-new-mandela-effect-examples-that-are-going-to-turn-your?utm_term=.annQbbj94#.lrRNppq8V

Winter Break, Binge Session: Top Places to Go in Toronto

By Jessica Huong

Can you believe that the winter break will start in less than two days? How exciting! But, do you have anywhere to go? The two weeks might feel a bit stale if you have nothing to do. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Here are some ideas for some fun and interesting destinations, all within our city!

1. Escape Rooms

It’s cold outside, so why not have some fun inside? A fun activity doesn’t have to be outdoors! With a group of close friends, you could spend your time doing an intense escape room! There are several types ranging from simple rooms to scary ones, so choose one that matches you best. There are several locations in Toronto that you can go to for this!

2. The Distillery District

This pedestrian-only, 19th century inspired area in Toronto can be a very interesting place to visit, especially with its beautiful architecture, shopping locations, and the popular heart-shaped statue. This district is a great tourist attraction and a very interesting place to visit, whether it’s with family or a significant other. This must be a place that everyone must see at least once in their lives… so why not during the winter break?

3. Yorkdale Shopping Mall

You’re probably thinking that this is an obvious option, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be an interesting place to go! Yorkdale mall is one of our city’s most popular malls at the moment, especially after its recent renovations. There are a large variety of shopping options, like affordable clothes from Forever 21 or Chinese meals from the food court’s Manchu Wok. Not to mention, Christmas and holiday sales will be everywhere! You can pick up presents at a good price for your family while doing some browsing with your friends. Doesn’t that sound appealing?

4. The Royal Ontario Museum

Are you interested in art or history? What about both? If you answered yes to either of these questions, we have a suggestion for you – the Royal Ontario Museum! This oddly shaped museum can be a very interesting place to go when it’s freezing outside. Actually, this winter the ROM will be transformed into a lovely winter wonderland and will host special exhibitions. Check it out with friends or family and it’ll be a wintry scene to remember!

5. Home

Most of the first school semester has finished, and you must be exhausted. If you really aren’t in the mood to head out, that’s alright. You can enjoy your time simply cozying up next to the fireplace or binge-watching TV shows late at night. In fact, check out our article on Netflix shows to binge watch. Home, sweet home!

There you have it – the top places to go during the winter break in Toronto! We hope this gave you some ideas of what you want to do for the next two weeks before school returns. Have fun and don’t forget to dress warmly – it’s cold out there!


Jessica is a grade 12 student at FHCI and is a Technology Editor for The Golden Falcon newspaper.

 

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Winter Break, Binge Session: Top Netflix Shows to Watch

Bored During the Winter Break? Here are some suggestions for entertaining TV shows to fill your time:

-Scandal

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-Grey’s Anatomy

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-How To Get Away With Murder

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-Gilmore Girls

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-The Mindy Project

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-Prison Break

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-Quantico

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-Black Mirror

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-Blacklist

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-Stranger Things

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-Downton Abbey

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-How I Met Your Mother

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-Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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-Homeland

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-The Office

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-Shark Tank

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-Ru Paul’s Drag Race

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-Glow

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-Freaks and Geeks

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-Full House (the original)

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-Shameless

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-Mr D.

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-Breaking Bad

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-Better call Saul

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-Suits

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-Jane the Virgin

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-Friends from College

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-Atypical

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-Drop Dead Diva

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-The Fosters

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-The Good Wife

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-Nashville

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-That 70s Show

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-Lie to Me

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-Switched at Birth

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-The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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-One Day at a Time

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-American Vandal

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-Chewing Gum

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-Big Mouth

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-Life in Pieces

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-This is Us

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-Me Selfridge

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-Angry Bird

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Semi-Formal Tickets Go On Sale This Week

By Matt Lindzon

Forest Hill’s Student Council has been working for months in preparation for FHCI’s first ever Semi-Formal. The event, taking place at the beautiful 2nd Floor Events, is $35 and will be sold in the cafeteria every day this week at lunch. There are only a limited number of tickets, so don’t miss out!

If you are interested in going, make sure you bring your signed safety agreement that was emailed to your parents.

The 10 Types of Students in Every Class

By Esther Eisen and Danielle Westreich

Every class has its own vibe and feels different. But for the most part, there are always these 10 types of students in each one.

1.     The Sassy One. There’s always that one student who isn’t afraid to speak their mind. They will go to an all-out war to ensure that their opinion is heard. Sometimes they are tolerated, even funny, but the teacher doesn’t always appreciate their style.

2.     The Funny One. There’s always that one student who can echo SNL. They always help lift the mood even in a stressful moment.

3.     The Nosy One. There’s always that one student who runs faster than Usian Bolt to compare marks on any and all assessments.

4.    The Absent One. There’s always that one student who you swore could’ve dropped the class the first day but then you walk into the exam and you’re flabbergasted by their presence.

5.    The Familiar One. The one who you’ve had classes with before and know them well enough to occasionally have a conversation with but not well enough to consider them your friend.

6.    The Top Student. The one who is upset with their 95% and is majorly stressing while you’re thankful that you passed.

7.    The One Who Doesn’t Try. This student can go one of two ways. Option A: They put in the bare minimum amount of effort, insist that they failed, but somehow get perfect on everything. Option B: They put in the same amount of effort as Option A but have hit rock bottom as far as grades go.

8.    The Overly Stressed One. The one that breaks down just about every class and is always stressed about something. This is a side of all of us that seems to flare up during exams.

9.    The One Who Doesn’t Understand Personal Space. Their hair is always draped over your desk, they lean in so close that you can see their pores and they need to be introduced to the magical idea of a personal space bubble.

10. The Flawless One. There’s always one student who puts in a lot of effort in their appearance. Their makeup is perfect. Their hair is perfect. Their outfit is perfect. They pretty much never wear sweatpants. They provide a nice juxtaposition to those of us who just roll out of bed.


Esther and Danielle are grade 12 students at FHCI and are both part of the editorial team of The Golden Falcon newspaper.

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The Beginning​ of Real-Life Cyborgs

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RFID stands for radio frequency identification. Many of us have never heard of RFID though most people this technology daily. It can be found inside library books, keys of vehicles, passports and, even in credit cards. RFID chips can store and relay information, enabling it to identify commercial products. Recently, due to interest from the masses, this technology was adapted into distinct areas of the market. Several individuals, for example, see the benefits of tagging their household pets so they can be tracked.

In 2004, the Food and Drug Administration approved human “tagging” to help retrieve medical records, but not many people signed up. The line between technology and reality blurred a little more when companies like Three Square Market allowed their employees to choose if they want a chip injected between their index finger and thumb. The chip, using RFID technology, enables the employees to enter the office building, use copy machines, share business cards and pay for food all with the swipe of a hand. Fifty employees in River Falls, Wisconsin have already agreed to have the chip implanted.

“We see this as another payment and identification option that not only can be used in our markets but our other self-checkout/self-service applications,” said Three Square Market COO Patrick McMullan.

It is clear that the RFID chips do not keep data regarding where you are or were, but the employee’s smartphone can – any iPhone could quickly provide data to nosey supervisors. Right now, this program is only voluntary though there is nothing stopping companies like Three Square Market from urging employees into getting these chips.

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Some people take this technology a step forward. Artist Neil Harbisson was born with achromatopsia, which means he can only see black and white. Harbisson has implemented a specialized electronic eye which executes colours as sounds on a musical scale. Essentially, he is able to “hear” colour through his device. “When I started to dream in colour, I felt [that] the software and my brain had united,” said Harbisson. He was excited about the technology and so, decided to establish the Cyborg Foundation, an organization whose aim is to assist humans in becoming cyborgs.

The most important thing to do is to set standards on the RFID chips. These should outline specific ownership and control over all implants, including educating the public with widespread literacy on how the chips work and what they are programmed to do.


To read more stories on technology, innovation and science, check out the science and technology section.

How to Eat Healthier at School

By Sydney Shapiro

     Eating healthy at school seems to be a problem with teenagers. There are so many fast food places that are just steps away from the school. Lets not forget the cookies and cinnamon buns in the cafeteria. But, there is a way to eat healthier even with all these unhealthy temptations!

Try planning out your week’s lunches on your phone or calendar:

For example,

Monday – Sandwich, fruit, and a juice box

Tuesday – Pasta, cucumbers, and water

Wednesday – Hamburger, carrots, and a juice box

Thursday – Hummus and veggies, water, and turkey sandwich

Friday – Greek salad, fruit, and water

Some steps to follow while enjoying your lunch at Forest Hill:

  1. Dont be tempted by the smell of the cafeteria cookies.
  2. Try the fruit bowls and salads in the cafeteria fridge (yes, they do sell fruit!).
  3. Stay at school with your home-packed lunch instead of eating out on Eglinton.

Eating healthy at school can be very simple and easy!


 

Humans of FHCI – Ethan Shama

By Georgia Blatt and Jaimie Kerzner

What is your favourite TV show?
“How I Met Your Mother.”
Are you planning on going to the Halloween dance? 
“No, because not many people are going in my circle.”
Favourite teacher and why?
“Naylor, because his classes are fun.”
Favourite food?
“Sushi.”
Secret talent or something people don’t know about you?
“I’m part Egyptian.”

Humans of FHCI – Laureta Mrizi and Maya Saltzman 

By Georgia Blatt and Jaimie Kerzner

If you could change one thing about forest hill what would it be?
M: “Heating at this time”
L: “heating”
What’s the biggest change from middle school to high school
M: “Semesters”
L: “Moving classes between each period”
Is high school like you thought it would be and why?
M: “Yes I knew it would be hard to keep track of all my work”
L: “No I thought there would be a lot more work”
Who’s our favourite teacher so far and why?
M: “Ms. Carniol because she’s really funny and is always making us less stressed”
L: “Ms Campbell because she explains clearly what I have to do and keeps me on track”
Are you involved in any clubs this year?
M: “Cookies 4 a cure”
L: “Cookies 4 a cure and I am a dancer for DFS”

Humans of FHCI – Tanique Hall

By Khadija Yassin

Why’d you choose Forest Hill?

“I chose Forest Hill because my brother went here at the time and told me it was a good school.”

What’s the one thing you’ll miss about Forest Hill?

“I’m going to miss my friends! Oh and Mr. Basheer.”

What’s been your favourite year in high school and why?

“Either grade 10 or 11 because I made the friends I have now during those years.”

Who’s your favourite teacher?

“Mr. Basheer because he’s funny, really smart, and always comes through with advice and quotes.”

What’s some advice you’d give to a grade 9 student at Forest Hill?

“Make friends and join clubs, it makes the transition easier and universities love it.”

What’re you planning to do after high?

“I have no idea.”

 

Ms Burnip – Teachers of FHCI: Before We Knew Them

By Kana Ogawa and Sapna Humar

When we look at teachers of FHCI, it is hard to picture them doing anything other than being in the classroom, and teaching us school related things.  However, as surprising as it may sound, some teachers have had previous occupations, before they became what we know them as today. Here are some of our great teachers, and their jobs before FHCI.

Did you have any occupations before you became a teacher?

“Yes! I always wanted to go into teaching… actually that’s not true. I wanted to be a doctor for a while. And then in Grade 10 I thought, I’m going to teach, because I definitely love school. But before that, I had to do a lot of different jobs. I didn’t have a wealthy family or a wealthy background so I had to earn money for university and/or do well in school to get a scholarship. What I did do, as my first job was working at a gas station, where I pumped gas and cleaned windshields. And after that, I worked for a funeral home, where I was a receptionist. It was a pretty interesting job. I also worked at a golf club! I was a course marshal, and ticket taker. I worked at Taco Bell, my worst job ever … I couldn’t stand it! I was placed on the drive through, and it was actually the hardest job I ever did.  I also was a teacher’s assistant for Costume Design and Shop at the University of Guelf when I was in my undergrad.

After these jobs, what motivated you to become a teacher?

“I did a stint called Second Job Employment. Youth who were not doing well in school would come to this workshop. That was in my fourth year university before I went to teacher’s college. I learned how to work with people, as well as kids who don’t like school and aren’t doing as well in school, so that was a great transition job. Taco Bell didn’t teach me anything, other than that you have to work hard, and that some people are unthankful. And lots of times when you’re teaching, it’s a thankful task, but it can be a thankless task too. Doing things, you won’t normally do and putting yourself out there are all the reasons why I do all these jobs. I need make money, I want to experience stuff, and I like to live life in the moment, so I said OK, why not?

Do you like teaching?

I love it, especially working here at this school. Before I came to FHCI, I’ve spent 19 years at another school, and before that I was even more bored. Being in someplace for 19 years, it is very difficult to say, I’m going to switch schools! But I am happy I was able to, and I was so lucky to have landed at FHCI. It really rejuvenated my energy and made me so happy, to just have a whole new change in scenery and a new student body to work with. It’s been so amazing, and so, of course I love being a teacher.”

Mr Oosterhoff – Teachers of FHCI: Before We Knew Them

By Kana Ogawa and Sapna Humar

When we look at teachers of FHCI, it is hard to picture them doing anything other than being in the classroom, and teaching us school related things.  However, as surprising as it may sound, some teachers have had previous occupations, before they became what we know them as today. Here are some of our great teachers, and their jobs before FHCI.

Did you do any work before becoming a teacher?

“I worked in Japan for a little. I also had a lot of part time jobs. I worked at a convenience store, where I sold everything from candy to magazines to cigarettes… it was terrible. Before that, I worked at a library.”

In Toronto?

“No, in London Ontario, where I grew up. I liked it there when I was young, but not once I became old enough to realize that it had a very small-town super white mentality for a city that really shouldn’t have had.”

Did you work at any other schools before FHCI?

“No.  I got hired here 13 years ago… a long time. I taught ESL, I taught English, I taught S.A.P, a little bit of History, and Civics and Careers. It’s my first year as a guidance counsellor, hopefully not the last. I definitely love it. It’s a very different set of challenges.”

Mr Moore – Teachers of FHCI: Before We Knew Them

By Kana Ogawa and Sapna Humar

When we look at teachers of FHCI, it is hard to picture them doing anything other than being in the classroom, and teaching us school related things.  However, as surprising as it may sound, some teachers have had previous occupations, before they became what we know them as today. Here are some of our great teachers, and their jobs before FHCI.

Did you have a different job before becoming a teacher?

“Yes, I didn’t actually become a teacher until I was in my thirties. Before that, I worked as a news photographer. I also worked as a public relations consultant.”

Did you work for any particular newspaper?

“No, I was mostly freelance, but there’s a photo agency that I worked for called “Getty Images”. Once a while, someone buys but very rarely.”

Did you enjoy any of these particular jobs?

“I did, I enjoyed both of them. I didn’t work on a regular enough basis for me to afford to have a family in Toronto, so once I had a son, I started paying attention to education because he was going to be involved in it as he grew older. So, I started looking for a new career. I thought teaching might work out, and it has.”

Ms​ Matte – Teachers of FHCI: Before We Knew Them

By Kana Ogawa and Sapna Humar

When we look at teachers of FHCI, it is hard to picture them doing anything other than being in the classroom, and teaching us school related things.  However, as surprising as it may sound, some teachers have had previous occupations, before they became what we know them as today. Here are some of our great teachers, and their jobs before FHCI.

What did you do before you came to Forest Hill?

“I worked at York Mills Collegiate before, where I did Math and English. I had part-time jobs, but it was just working at retail, at Fairweather.”

What has your experience with FHCI been like?

“I’ve been here since 2005. My first year here, I did Careers, English, and Math. I’ve always enjoyed teaching math in particular.”

Do you enjoy working here?

“Love it. We have a very good department.”

Ms​ Haines – Teachers of FHCI: Before We Knew Them

By Kana Ogawa and Sapna Humar

When we look at teachers of FHCI, it is hard to picture them doing anything other than being in the classroom, and teaching us school related things.  However, as surprising as it may sound, some teachers have had previous occupations, before they became what we know them as today. Here are some of our great teachers, and their jobs before FHCI.

Were you anything before you were a teacher?

 “I taught English in Korea for a year… it was really cool. I also worked as an educational assistant, with students with autism. And I was a waitress in a bar… that’s where I got my education. Before I taught here, I taught at Downsview, Birchmount Park, and Woburn.”

Do you like working here?

“Yeah I do, I really like this school. I think the kids are great, it’s a beautiful building, and there’s a lot going on at this school that gets me excited, like a lot of clubs. I love the staff and I love the students, so I am very happy here.”

What Was Wrong With the TDSBs Attempt to Close Specialized Programs

By Josh Blatt

The TDSB previously announced in their Equity Task Force’s report that they would be planning for “optional attendance and specialized schools [to] be phased out.” This would mean the closing of programs such as advanced placement, gifted, cyberarts, MaCS, TOPS as well as many others. For obvious reasons, there was a large community uproar, as the school board threatened to close many of the programs that people are currently enrolled in or are passionate about. As a result, the taskforce amended their report and removed this clause. However, to many including myself, it is not clear what would have led them to believe that this would be beneficial. Are there reasons that specialized programs should be closed despite the Equity Task Force’s decision discard this idea? Or, was this an example of equity being stretched too far?

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Toronto District School Board (TDSB)

 

Equity can be defined as the equality of outcome, rather than the equality of opportunity. For instance, giving every student the same amount of time to complete a test is an example of equality. In contrast, giving specific students who have been professionally determined to require extra time on tests is an example of equity. The objective of both equality and equity is to create fairness, but they evidently each do so in a slightly different manner.

Nevertheless, it seems as though the taskforce felt they could achieve equity by closing many of the specialized programs and redistributing the funds that were previously allocated for them amongst many of the less fortunate schools to improve them. Given that the objectives of extra time on tests and closing specialized programs are the same, why is the latter so much more controversial?

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TDSB Education Office – Toronto, ON

 

The main distinction that must be made is that equity (generally speaking) is fairer than equality if it does not negatively affect the general population. For example, giving students who require it extra time on tests does not negatively impact the rest of the class. However, the situation becomes far more complex as soon as you take resources away from one group to give it another. In the case of the Equity Task Force’s initial recommendation of closing specialized programs, the students aspiring to attend and attending these programs would undoubtedly be negatively impacted. The question that should be asked to determine if this should be done is: would the benefits of the additional funding at worse off schools outweigh the benefits these specialized programs offer to the students? If this were to be the case, then the equity task force should have explained these to the public. But since this was not done and a blanket statement saying that specialized programs would be phased out, it is no surprise that the community responded as they did.


Josh Blatt is the Head Social Issues Editor for The Golden Falcon newspaper. Write a letter to the editor via email at FHCIGoldenFalcon@gmail.com.

Follow The Fall Line or Be the Orange

By Sophie Gold

The shortest distance between two points according to the geometry we experience is a straight line.  Galileo made a career proving this.  That statement is not always true, but I am taking poetic license and we will assume it is.  If you drop a ball from the top of an incline, aka a slope, it will naturally roll straight down assuming no obstacles or hazards along the way.  I call the ball’s path its fall line.  I like skiing and have come to appreciate the fall line concept through skiing.  But the fall line idea is something that I believe applies off mountain as well.

My first introduction to the fall line arose when I was 5 years old.  I was a Powder Panda in my ski first lessons.  My instructor rolled an orange downhill and told us to follow it to the bottom of the hill.  That orange always somehow found its way to the bottom safely. “Be the orange”, my instructor told us and I aspire to be that orange. Years of “following the orange” have taught me how to find and follow the natural fall line of the mountain without thinking about it.  And that has made all the difference to my skiing.

The orange always takes the most natural and easiest path down the hill, and by following and trusting it, rather than fighting it, we can too. The central idea is that skiing into and with the fall line, instead of against it, makes for an easier, more controlled and more enjoyable ride.  You cannot change the fall line, any more than you can change the wind, but you can change how you react to it. When the inevitable trees, moguls or other hazards arise, they are manageable and simply things to avoid rather than calamities.  A mogul is not a problem, it just is.  How I react to the mogul is an evolving story as some of them still trip me up and scare me.  From my perch on the chairlift, I have watched the most graceful skiers dance their way down difficult runs.  They don’t fight against the fall line; they make turns to control their speed and for safety but they are not fighting anything or trying to avoid the moguls.  On the easiest groomers and the steepest bump runs, the simple truth is that it is easier to ski with rather than against the fall line.  If you are a skier, think about that particular run your family does to get off the mountain.  Some of you ace it, while the others struggle and dread it.

I’d like to suggest that the fall line concept is also true in most things, particularly those that seem to matter most to us.  Going with the flow – i.e. accepting – the moguls and obstacles that inevitably arise and that you cannot change makes all the difference.  If you accept the mogul as a mogul, not a good or bad mogul but just a mogul, you will have a more enjoyable run.  Your reaction to the mogul is what matters because you can change your reaction to it but cannot change or wish away the mogul.  So, be the ball and embrace the mogul; don’t wish the mogul be otherwise or that you are on a different trail or at the bottom of the hill already.

When I struggle or am out of sorts, often it is because I am fighting the fall line and not being the orange.  I watch this play out all the time, and truth be told I can see it in others better than I can see it in myself.

A lot of people go through life wanting to change things beyond their control and wishing that circumstances were different. My dad wants to have big hair (he is bald) and dunk on LeBron (he can’t).  Problems and obstacles will arise, but they are only problems and obstacles if you label them so and give them that power.  Moguls are part of skiing.  Skiing would be boring without them.  But moguls don’t change the fall line and I can’t either.

So, when you find yourself staring down a steep and bumpy trail, breathe and look for the fall line.  As often as not, the fall line is not obvious until you make those first few turns.  But it is there and will reveal itself if you let it.  For sure, those first few turns can be scary.  You may be a yard-sale about to happen, but we’ve all had them, will have them again and survived to tell the story.  But following the path of the orange is the way.  When scared, say go and have faith that the fall line is always right and frankly doesn’t care that you are scared.  Enjoy where it takes you because it’s likely taking you there whether you like it or not.  You may, probably will, find yourself on some hills and trails that you think you cannot handle or just don’t want to be on.  But if you treat life’s minor annoyances and challenges as nothing more than moguls you too can be the orange and make it safely down the slope.


 

Let’s Talk About Those Sexual Harassment Allegations

The Golden Falcon responds to the Sexual Harassment Allegations in Hollywood


By Sapna Humar and Abi Parameswaran

 

So many allegations, such little time—how can this be justified? It’s been less than two months since the Harvey Weinstein scandal began to unfold, and yet, there have been numerous accusations toward other men in power positions since then. It seems that this case was the catalyst for many victims to come forward and bring these people to justice. It seems incomprehensible and malicious, to see men, and even women, in power abuse their authority in such a way to harm those who are simply trying to make a living in this complicated society.

It all started on October 5, when the New York Times published an article where decades of allegations against Harvey Weinstein were brought forth by well-known actresses such as Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd. Later on, after the news blew up, Weinstein was fired by the board of his company. Numerous celebrities, such as Brie Larson and George Clooney, openly responded to the Weinstein allegations, which spurred the Twitter hashtag “#MeToo,” which flooded social media with stories of harassment and assault all across the world. This hashtag brought to life the story of many other women and men who continuously struggle to face their sexual harassment issues within their own lives

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Over the next two months, it seemed like every news story was about men or women who used to be respected, but now had been accused of sexual assault or harassment. The next big-time actor to be accused was Kevin Spacey, just over a month ago. Even more recently, on November 29th, American television journalist Matt Lauer was accused of “inappropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace” and his employment was promptly terminated by NBC News. Another case, brought forward on December 4th,  had Melanie Martinez, famous singer-songwriter, accused of rape by her former friend. This proves how it is not only men who commit these disgusting acts, but women as well, and both should be given equal punishment for their crimes. For these allegations to come out so recently shows that this issue is far from over and there are, without doubt, many more men and women out there who have so far gotten away with it. Hopefully, they will receive retribution as more and more victims stand up for themselves and others like them.

Of course, it is impossible to discuss sexual harassment without mentioning Donald Trump, President of the United States, and a very controversial figure in the media. He has over twenty different allegations against him from a variety of women, including his ex-wife, yet was still elected into office, giving us a hint as to where American priorities truly lie.

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Donald Trump, President of the United States

These atrocities can never truly be justified. Simple apologies and ignorance should not be the approach of the abuser—there must be real change seen in society. The fact that people are able to come forward and talk about these serious events already show the progression that is being made on the issue of sexual abuse and assault. However, it should not end there. People should continue to speak up about the injustices they face, and steps should be taken to ensure that this ruthless behaviour is halted. The countless allegations within the past weeks are unjustifiable, and the fact that so many stories have been brought to light in such little time shows the seriosity and longevity of this issue. It is time for this to stop. It is time to take a stand, one story at a time.

Perhaps it was Weinstein’s case that gave victims the courage to come forward, or maybe it was our changing society, that is slowly moving towards the de-stigmatization of sexual assault. Whatever it was, whether they be famous celebrities or middle-class workers, victims of sexual harassment and assault are no longer afraid to openly accuse the wrongdoer. They are no longer afraid to bring the perpetrators to justice, even though they may be men or women in powerful positions. The benefits of social media can clearly be seen with these cases as the bandwidth of victims from all across the world are coming together to voice their hidden stories. The past two months have been revolutionary for this topic and for these people, and if we continue on our current path as a society, if we continue to support and accept victims of sexual assault, our future will better and brighter than ever. Change is happening and these two months are proof of it. The difference that can be seen through word of mouth and awareness is truly profound, and will only lead to good things ahead.

 


Abi and Sapna are grade 11 students at FHCI and are both part of the editorial team of The Golden Falcon newspaper.

Wouldn’t it be great to be an asparagus fern?

By Tatiana Bogdanov

Wouldn’t it be great to be an asparagus fern?

To sit on someone’s windowsill and grow and taste the sun and be watered as soon as your soil is dry?

You don’t have to think, you just do.

You won’t spend time with writer’s block, sitting at a computer

Mashing meaningless words into a google doc to find the order you like them in

Flipping through songs so fast you barely hear the melody, looking for the one that’ll inspire you

You won’t spin around in a chair, fiddling with a pen and then folding up a star shaped sticky note

Looking at the random shopping bag on your bed, or the unflipped calendar on your door

You won’t fiddle around with the wire of your headphones and wonder why you’re not outside

You won’t have ten tabs open on your laptop, one for each different thought you had

You won’t spend time reading the poem so far that you have out loud, hoping that you get to read it to people, in an awkward turn of events

You won’t restart ten times because you want to write a different thing, each one more and more cliche

Making you question why anyone tells you, “you write good”

You won’t run your hands through your greasy hair, mostly because you don’t have hair or hands,

Because you’re getting a headache from the staleish air inside

You won’t bounce, or try to bounce, the hockey ball that you have,

The one that you didn’t shoot up the garage roof

You won’t have to have writer’s block, causing all of this

Writer’s block when you’re feeling happy no less, which makes writing hard

Cause you can’t do teen angst

But then again, you’d be called an asparagus fern, though you don’t grow asparagus,

Which is lame,

And your most prized possession would be “pot”

And not the kind that makes you high

And all you’d do is sit, and watch the time go by,

As your owner gets their thoughts out,

No matter how much they wish they were more impactful and meaningful and deep and world-changing,

Maybe about crime? Or sex? Or love?

Or bringing light to an issue that they take close to heart?

But, nah.

They have to go with the thoughts that are positive,

That feel as positive as they do right now,

That feel like sun warming skin.

Because the assignment is due Monday, and they have diddly-squat

Maybe it’d be nice to be an asparagus fern.

With it’s feathery leaves.

Calm.

You’d get to be a graceful, delicate little plant.

Poised.

It’s a good deal.

But then again, you wouldn’t get to cry or laugh or shout or scream or tear your hair out or sing your heart out

You wouldn’t get to be so frustrated you have tears in your eyes and so anxious they spill over, you wouldn’t get to be so loved, no matter how wacko your owner is with you, the asparagus fern

You wouldn’t get to travel the world, or stay right at home, or kiss anyone, or touch anyone (even though they might touch you, which will give them dermatitis), or feel the burn of a good run

You wouldn’t get to do anything really, but taste the sun, and take in water.

So maybe we should just aspire to be like the asparagus fern, for now.

The New Age of Slacktivism

By Linda Cako

As our generation moves deeper into globalization, it has had its benefits and drawbacks. Besides the obvious benefits, the most notable drawback to come to light is Slacktivism. We’ve all seen it, heard of it, or been a part of it ourselves. Popular examples include the Ice Bucket Challenge, the #BringBackOurGirls campaign, and something more in season, Remembrance Day. Slacktivism is defined as “actions performed via the internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement”.

While the idea looks good in the beginning with millions of people helping to raise awareness for a cause, it, unfortunately, doesn’t do anything for charities or organizations who actually need time or resources donated to solve these issues. The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS was great for raising awareness for the disease, but few people actually donated to the cause even though they participated in the challenge. This month’s Movember takes laziness even further by giving men an excuse not to wake up earlier to shave, but at least everyone will know what they are supporting.

When the #BringBackOurGirls campaign was going on, many people responded on social media to raise awareness for the 276 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped. The support on social media was so ineffective, six months later 30 more girls were kidnapped and the initial 276 girls were never found.

Slacktivism has nothing to do with people having big hearts and supporting charities. It’s meant to give people an ego boost about themselves. They think they’ve done their part by showing that they care about the cause. They will wear pink one day in the year, or like that post online, but in reality, all they’ve done is make themselves look like they’ve put in some effort. If someone really supported a charity or cause, they would not need an incentive to help. They don’t need to demonstrate it to others through a gimmick, they would simply give their time or donate to the charity to help with the cause.

In conclusion, Slacktivism is not the most productive way we could be supporting these charities. It’s not the end of the world if we do help to spread awareness because as is often said, the best way to start solving a problem is to acknowledge there is one in the first place. We just need to take it further now and actually take some action to these causes. You are not expected to solve each problem overnight, but little steps count. Instead of wearing a pink shirt one day and going back to making insensitive jokes the next day, start by watching what you say, and what others say too. Maybe donate whatever change you have on you to whatever cause the person in the mall is representing. There are many little ways anyone can get involved. Don’t just limit your actions to online support. It’s time to move beyond that and to make a change. Think about this as we start heading into the Christmas season.


Linda is a grade 12 student at FHCI and is a Social Issues Editor for The Golden Falcon newspaper.

Humberside vs Forest Hill: Game Analysis

By Jake Greenberg

On Tuesday, November 29th, the Forest Hill Falcons Varsity Hockey Team kicked off their season against Humberside Colligate. After 13 years of coaching the hockey team, Head Coach Mr Ketchum had never beaten this school in a game. When the game was all said and done, this streak was finally put to rest. The boys came through for their coach and took home a 2-1 win to start their season with a bang.

The Falcons started off slowly, losing the opening faceoff and playing in their own end for the majority of the first five minutes. Some may think that this would tire out the team — physically and mentally — but the Falcons kept pushing. Once the puck was finally being consistently controlled in Humberside’s defensive end of the ice, chances upon chances were being continuously generated for the Falcons. With 3 minutes left, the puck landed on the stick of the Falcon’s older Mierczuk brother, Axel, who wound up and fired a shot to the top left corner of the net. Opening the season’s scoring, and showing Humberside that no matter how hard the Falcons get down, they will always fight back and end up on top.

Once the second period began, the game only got more aggressive. Big hits coming from both sides seemed to be the theme of the game. With the Falcons falling victim to some bad penalty calls, Humber Side had Many opportunities to come back and tie the game. With power play after power play, Humberside could not turn chances into goals, mostly due to the outstanding play of Elliot Zolf in net. During a small window on five on five hockey, the determined Falcons scored again, with Dylan Katz tipping another strong outside shot from Axel Mierczuk.

In the third period, the Falcons were determined to keep Zolf’s shutout alive, but Humberside had other plans. They won the period’s opening faceoff and just like the start of the game, dominated the Falcons in their defensive end; only this time, finding the back of the net of a big Wrist shot from the hash marks, cutting the lead in half. Throughout the period Forest Hill and Humberside were battling back and forth, but the goaltending on both ends of the ice was too good for both opposing offensive units, Humberside’s goalie controlling all rebound and Zolf coming in clutch stopping both a breakaway and a penalty shot.

The final buzzer went off and the Falcons went home feeling accomplished. This game was a very good example of how hard work will bring people to victory and allow them to come out on top. The Falcons season is just the beginning and anything can happen in any given game, but hopefully winning can be a common factor for each of the rest of their games.

Humans of FHCI – Braden B.

By Georgia Blatt and Jaimie Kerzner

If you could change one thing about the school system what would you change?

“ If you come in, the school and the bell goes and you have to wait in the hall then you’re just more late. You shouldn’t have to stand there for 10 minutes.”
If you could’ve known one thing about high school before you went, what would it be?
“Change your study habits immediately or else you’ll be too stressed. You’ll just procrastinate. But now I’m all good. Grade 10 is the same as grade 9 just different curriculum”
How do you want to get involved in the school?
“I mean a lot to this school, I’m going to be the next president”
What’s your motto/what do you live by?
“My motto is ‘be the best person you can, be your best self.’ I think I got that from trumps inauguration…”