An Inside Look at the Life of a CTV Reporter: Dana Levenson

By Matthew Lindzon and Esther Eisen

Since 2000, Dana Levenson has been a member of the CTV Toronto News Team. Dana graduated from Western University in addition to Ryerson’s Radio and Television Arts program. The Golden Falcon Newspaper reached out to Levenson for an interview about her career as a reporter.

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How did you become a news anchor? 

“Well, I’ve been at CTV for 18 and a half years and so I started a long time ago. I started as a general news assignment reporter, which I still am half of the time and just working through the newsroom and various positions. I’ve worn pretty much every hat in the newsroom and that’s pretty much how, in terms of my journey, it happened. But in regards to before CTV, I went to school first at the University of Western and got a degree in Film Theory and Criticism and then I went to Ryerson, where I received a Broadcasting and Journalism degree in RTA.” 

What do you find are some of your challenges as a news anchor, specifically at CTV or in your career?

“I feel like the days are jam-packed. There’s so much to cover [with] being a local news reporter. We have so much to cover every day because we have to get that information out there. Now what I’m finding, I guess you could call it a challenge, is that media is multi-layered, so it’s not just the traditional newscast as we’ve known [where] you tune in at noon, 6:00, and 11:30, which we still have our faithful viewers, that still watch religiously during those times every single day and on the weekend, but people do expect to have news streaming 24 hours a day and where they turn to. That, of course, is social media. It’s not, you know how news morphed into cable news networks where we had 24-hour news cycle going on, television and radio, and now we have social media. So, the challenge for myself is to constantly be in the know, be aware of what’s happening all the time and be able to get that information out there and be able to take it in 24 hours a day, except for when I’m sleeping! Haha! I do sleep a little bit, not that much, but a little! 


What would you say are your favourite parts of your job?

“Number one favourite part of my job is meeting new people every day. Often, given any week, I’m meeting 3 to 5, sometimes even 10 new faces every week, telling different stories, which is the best part of my job. Every day is a new day, so I wake up with the idea that I could be doing a political story, I could be doing a crime story, or a special feature story and that, to me, has kept the excitement of news alive for me because every day is a different day. Now on the weekends, I also anchor the weather. So that’s exciting too because the weather changes every minute! Haha! So often, while I’m live on television, the weather is changing, so I have to keep up with that too, so I find that very exciting. But I would say that the very best part of my job is meeting people and telling stories that I would say not necessarily anybody would ever know about.” 

How do you determine which stories will be broadcast?

“So we have an assignment team and several assignment producers that start every day bright and early and go to all the news cycles from the evening, overnight, what’s happening in the morning, breaking news, ‘news you can use’, weather news, anything you can think of and they determine what has to be covered immediately. So that team, who I would say is probably the highest regarded team in our newsroom (it’s sort of the great minds come together; our news director, our producers, our assignment team), come together very early in the morning and they go through the day. That’s always changing too because of news breaks. That changes the whole line of the day; it changes where the reporters are going to be sent, where the camera people are going to be sent and what is covered. But generally, it starts with the assignment team and they decide where everybody goes and how they start their day and then that changes. So yesterday, for example, I started my day covering a story of the Yonge and Finch van attack and then I received a phone call on my way to that story saying ‘when you’re done that story, can you please head over to this story?’. So I had to do two stories yesterday and both were actually human interest stories. So often you go about your day doing one thing and then it changes or often you do many stories.” 

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We took a look at your biography and something that we found really interesting was that you broke a story about unsterilized medical equipment at the Lakeridge Health Centre. Can you please tell us a bit more about that? 

“We received a phone call in the newsroom. I had just come off the air. These were the early days of my career so we didn’t have Twitter back then or social media. The phone call that I received was from a viewer who spoke to one of our producers but had asked to speak to me. The producer, of course, took the call and she told the producer this story, which was that she was breastfeeding her 5-month old baby and she had received a phone call from the clinic where she had just had a medical test – a colonoscopy – and they said to her ‘There may have been a problem with sterilization and you have to stop breastfeeding[…] So she gets this phone call and they said ‘We don’t think this equipment was sterilized properly and we’re not sure, so you need to stop breastfeeding your child because you could be at risk of all these various diseases but one of them [was] HIV’. She also had two young children and was freaked out so she called the newsroom. Now why this story meant so much to me at the time was it really was good old-fashioned hit-the-pavement journalism. It was a news tip that came in and it was hit-the-ground-running. We flew out the door to this woman’s home (myself and a camera person) to go talk to her and find out if there was any truth to this and then start that good old fashioned knock on doors, try to get into the hospital, try to get into this medical clinic that was associated with the hospital, which at the time was Lakeridge Health. It became a huge national story. So I went to speak with this woman, she told me her story, and in fact, it was true and there were hundreds of people that were called in various parts of the Durham region being told that they were at risk of HIV because of unsterilized equipment. From there, this sparked a provincial reaction, so the province had a news conference a couple of days later saying that they were investigating certain hospitals. From there, it went federally, so there was a national response to this story. It became a massive story. It became completely bigger than me. We followed through and there were hundreds and hundreds of people that were affected by just that one news tip.”

Do you have any advice for young journalists in terms of how to get those amazing opportunities? 

“Well, I think for sure it starts with yourself and having a very positive attitude about where you are at that point in your career is very important so I really believe that you need to have that attitude. As an example, I interned for years and didn’t make a penny and it was years before I landed a job. I just kept slugging it out, living at my parent’s house, trying to get a job. So I think it starts with that positive attitude and of course education is incredibly important, whatever that may be. You need to be educated. You can’t just go into journalism and say ‘I just want to tell stories’ or ‘I just want to write because I’m a good writer or a good storyteller’. I think education is very important and should be highly regarded. I also think that once you do get the job or whether you’re an intern or it’s an entry-level position or you’re a high-level executive in a newsroom or wherever you may be, you need to be a team player. Nothing about my job, I feel, is just about me. It has to be about the people you work with and surround yourself with. I surround myself with the most intelligent, highly-capable humans every day and I am very grateful for that. I have always said I work with the best team in the business, but I really do work with the best team, CTV. […] I think if you look for that and then you act in that way, you’ll have a successful career, for sure.”

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Can you walk us through a day in your life of a general news reporter? 

“If it was a typical day or a day shift as I call it, I wake up at 7:00 AM, I get my kids up, and as I’m making breakfast everything is up and running. Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are all on. I get my kids to school by 8:30 and then if I haven’t heard from one of our assignment producers by 8:30, I check in. So as soon as my youngest one is in his school, that’s my first email. I don’t usually email anybody before the kids are at school. That’s my personal thing unless I’m needed. Sometimes I’m called early in the morning for a story or I’m emailed about something and of course, I respond. But typically, it’s not before 8:30 until the kids are tucked away safely at school. Then at 8:30 I’ll find out what I’m doing for the day and I exercise. [I exercise] almost every day to also help with that positive outlook and that’s my zen. I try to take care of myself that way. Then I quickly jump in the shower and get ready, get bedazzled and bejewelled for work and go to the location and then we start our day. We start our stories, [we start] interviewing, sometimes we’re live at noon, often not, come back to the station, write the story, edit the story and then the story will be on at 6:00. We’re live at 6:00. Then my day shift is done at around 6:30-ish and then I go home and resume ‘Mommy’.” 

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Imposter Syndrome

By Tatiana Bogdanov

There’s something strangely dehumanizing about staring at a beige locker, ass aching as you sit on a cold, waxed tile floor.

Your bag sits beside you, dirty from all the bus floors and classroom floors, heavy from the textbooks.

All you can do is sit and stare.

What’s the point of it all?

At the same time, it’s like you’re all too cold and all too hot, the sleeves of your sweater don’t reach far enough to cover your hands.

A science textbook lays strewn on the floor, a clutter of information that’ll make its way to your brain only for you to forget, and relearn it all when you need it the second time.

People mill around.

People talk, they laugh, they work and work all around you and seem to be unbothered by thoughts and feelings.

Other people sit on the floor beside you, and they’re intensely focused on their phones. They’re alone, but they’re not alone.

Mouth agape, you don’t notice;

you don’t feel exactly free, you’re bound by deadlines and friends and perhaps boyfriends or girlfriends;

obligations to talk and fill up empty space, and feel the anxiety bubble up when they don’t do the same.

Are you too taxing on other people?

Underneath your feet, the ground is ungrounding.

You wear fashionable shoes, yet they feel unnatural.

Something plays over the announcements,

but the din of the crowd lulls you into a sense of somewhat security, so you ignore it.

There’s at least one notification on your phone where somebody left you on read.

You yourself have left at least five notifications on read.

The anxiety still stirs somewhere within you, “what did I do wrong? Do you not want this relationship anymore? Is this it?”

Thoughts play on a film reel in your brain, the same pictures you’ve seen thousands of times in a variety of different places.

Nerves feel quite frayed, to be quite honest.

Who has time for all of these feelings? All these emotions that make life just that much more complicated; what if you could just detach?

Without anything to distract you, without anything to numb the pain of apprehension, it’s all maybe a little too much.

Never enough to tell a person, to seek out a helping hand, a friendly face, a hug. Oh no, that would never happen.

But it’s always just a little too much too handle.

Perhaps it’s the dissociation from what’s a paranoid idea, a good thought, and a nightmare-fueled jolt in bed.

Maybe it’s the way you forget the meetings, the events, the things you have to do, in favour of not having to think about them right then.  

Possibly, it’s the way you can sleep for twelve hours and wake up exhausted;

or maybe it’s the countless nights you can barely sleep at all.

And if you’re being really honest, you’ve stopped caring about taking care of yourself. You load your backpack with the world,

and carry it on your shoulders even though that’s a one-way ticket to back problems.

You have chips and ice cream for dinner,

not particularly caring about the calorie count or the sodium or the sugar.

You stray away from food for days,

stomach too full with something indescribable.

You were once good.

You were once a force.

The golden kid, with the bright future, the passionate voice, the eyes full of hope and dreams.

You were someone.

You loved the little things.

The excited tingle in your fingertips when you saw your ferns on your desk.

The smile of someone that wasn’t too bad themselves.

The deep seated satisfaction of doing well on that really hard project.

The shiver when that good chord hits.

Now you’re a shell.

Now you’re unrecognizable to yourself.

The drive has driven away.

What is this?

Who are you?

Who are you really?

A fraud?

An imposter?

You say you’re good at things, but are you?

Oh, you’ve lost your touch.

Where is the golden kid hiding?

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Logan Paul is Making Some Noise

By Nat Jenkins

On December 31st, YouTube “star” Logan Paul uploaded a video to his channel featuring a suicide victim in Aokigahara, commonly known as the “suicide forest” because of the large number of people that take their own lives (estimates claim that over 100 suicides take place each year, although Japan no longer releases its death counts.)

Forbes Magazine ranked Logan Paul as one of the top entertainment influencers in the world; major companies pay him considerable amounts of money to post sponsored videos. With 15 million subscribers, it is no doubt that his videos have an impressionable effect on his audience, targeting mostly teenagers and children.

The extremely problematic video consisted of Paul and a small group of his friends planning to stay overnight in the woods where he hoped to “focus on the haunted aspect of the forest” and potentially film supernatural events. Paul’s attitude throughout the entirety of the video is disgusting, it is hard to tell whether or not he is being serious. In fact, upon discovering the body of a man who recently had commit suicide, his reaction was not of respect, but rather excitement:

“This is the most real vlog I’ve ever posted to this channel,”

and continued to say that “this is YouTube history because it never been done before.” While this in itself is repulsive, Paul continued to film the body of the victim and failed to hold back a laugh. “This was all going to be a joke; why did it become so real?” Aokigahara was and never will be a joke, Aokigahara is not a tourist attraction; it is a mass grave. In fact, Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world, and at Aokigahara, Japanese officials have signs displayed around the forest asking victims who may be suffering from mental illness to seek help.

The following day Paul had received overwhelming backlash, as he should. Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner, and American Actor Dylan O’Brien are some of many who had criticized him for his actions.

In an attempt at good faith, Paul uploaded a one-minute-long “apology video” to his channel (notably, which did not contain any resources for anybody suffering from mental illness, which he claims to support.)

He also uploaded an apology to Twitter:

“This is a first for me. I’ve never faced criticism like this before, because I’ve never made a mistake like this before. I’m surrounded by good people and believe I make good decisions, but I’m still a human being. I can be wrong. I didn’t do it for views. I get views. I did it because I thought I could make a positive ripple on the internet, not cause a monsoon of negativity. That’s never the intention. I intended to raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention and while I thought ‘if this video saves just ONE life, it’ll be worth it,’ I was misguided by shock and awe, as portrayed in the video. I still am.”

Paul’s apology is not sincere. He is only defending his actions. If he truly wanted to “raise awareness for suicide and suicide prevention,” then he should have included resources and tools that can help people who are suffering from mental illness. Not only that, but the video is monetized, meaning that if you allow the presence of advertisements before your videos, YouTube will charge advertisers for these and share the fees with you, allowing you to make some money from people viewing your videos.

After it was revealed that the video was monetized, Twitter went on to boycott Paul’s YouTube video to ensure that the vlogger would make no further profit. The fact that Paul’s video is monetized clearly raises the questions as to whether or not he is truly sorry for his actions, and if his initial intent was to raise suicide awareness and prevention.

Some people are frustrated with YouTube’s lack of intervention since Paul himself removed the video. Recently, however, YouTube has finally decided to reprimand Paul for his actions.

YouTube posted a statement on their Twitter account apologizing to its users and promised that “changes are on the way,” implying that “further consequences” would be at hand for Paul.

In addition to this statement, a YouTube spokesperson stated in a press release that the company had removed Paul from its Google Preferred advertising tier, cancelled the upcoming fourth season of the YouTube Red series Foursome, and temporarily stopped the production of Paul’s films in its “Originals” category, including the upcoming sequel to YouTube Red’s first feature-length thriller, a dystopian sci-fi called The Thinning.

Despite this, his self-created business empire still exists. He will continue to make an estimated eight-figure profit each year – according to a Forbes estimate – since he earns the remainder of his income without YouTube involvement, mostly through brand deals and his popular merchandise.

That means that Paul’s financial success is not entirely up to YouTube, but mostly to his fans and sponsors. If his fans stopped going to his meet and greet and buying his merchandise entirely, his earnings could drop 50% at least. This is unlikely, however, as PewDiePie (another YouTuber who had a recent controversy) managed to earn $12 million last year.

It is sickening that Logan Paul will virtually face no significant consequences for his actions. Suicide is not – and never will be –  a joke.


Editors Note: Contributing article by Natalie Jenkins. Natalie’s conclusions expressed in this editorial do not represent the predilections’ of our writers, contributors and editors. If you would like to comment on our articles or columns, refer to our contact section above.


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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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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Winter Break: 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:


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Scandal is a show a show about ‘lawyer’ gladiator, who goes around and fixes problems for people while deciding whether to pursue a relationship with the president or a secret agent.

-Grey’s Anatomy


A medical show that follows a group of doctors transition from interns to physicians.

-How To Get Away With Murder

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A professor of law covers for her law student’s murders. The question is will they get away with their many many murders.

-Gilmore Girls

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A mother and a daughter with the same name drink a lot of coffee.

-The Mindy Project

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A gynaecologist fails to balance her personal and professional life.

-Prison Break

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One man breaks his brother and a group of other inmates out of prison. This follows his journey in prison and after their escape. Proceed with caution because everything you learn in this series will be wrong in the new series.


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Follows FBI recruit Alex Parrish who is blamed for a terrorist attack watch her prove her innocence in this exciting show.

-Black Mirror

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A Sci-Fi show that is creepy and thought-provoking.


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A wanted man with connections to basically all other criminals turns himself in if he gets to work with one specific agent only. This crime-fighting show follows their interesting relationship.


-Downton Abbey

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Follows royals and their transition through the war. The family is made up of a hilarious grandma (seen in the gif), 3 daughters, an American Lady, a British Lord and other surprise add-ons.

-How I Met Your Mother

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An AMAZING SHOW that follows a gang of friends:

TED: the annoying main character.

ROBIN: the Canadian, enough said

LILY: married to Marshal and a great side-kick to Robin

MARSHALL: married to Lily and a great side-kick to Ted

BARNEY: the reason to watch this show (he is the best)

-Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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The 99th Precinct is where we get to see the hilarious Andy Samberg and his funny friends.


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A crazy show about terrorists, spies and love.

-Shark Tank

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A show to brush up on your math skills while watching new products pitches and laughing hysterically at the Sharks’ comments.

-Ru Paul’s Drag Race

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“Chante you Stay” Ru Paul. Enough said.


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A funny show about women who wrestle for TV.

-Full House (the original)

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This is a cute show that follows a rambunctious family, with three daughters, 1 dad, and 2 father figures.


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A group of kids, who have an alcoholic dad need to raise themselves and stay out of trouble.

-Mr D.

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A show that shows us how teachers really think.


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A lawfirm hires a fake lawyer, who is smarter than all of the other lawyers. Well he has a photographic memory but he also just bends the law a bit.

-Jane the Virgin

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A writer gets accidentally inseminated with her bosses baby…GASP

-Friends from College

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The name says it all, the show is about friends from college who are reunited.


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An endearing show about a family with a son with autism.

-Drop Dead Diva

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A supermodel is killed by a truck of cantaloupes and is reincarnated in the body of a lawyer. That should be enough to get you hooked.

-The Fosters

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It’s about a diverse family that has 2 fostered kids, 2 adopted twins, 1 biological kid and two lesbian moms.

-The Good Wife

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A show about lawyers, who fight for their clients. It’s dramatic and addicting, at least for the first few seasons.


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Takes place in Nashville and it follows a bunch of country singers and their families.

-That 70s Show

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A comedy about a group of friends in the 70s.

-Lie to Me

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A show about a man who can basically tell someone’s thoughts based on the movement of their eyebrows and lips.

-Switched at Birth

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Two girls are born on the same day and then accidentally given to the wrong families. They grow up and then realized they were switched…du du duuu.

-The Fresh Prince of Bel Air

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Now this is the story all about how
My life got flipped, turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel-air

In west Philadelphia born and raised
On the playground where I spent most of my days
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool
And all shooting some b-ball outside of the school
When a couple of guys, they were up to no good
Started making trouble in my neighbourhood
I got in one little fight and my mom got scared
And said “You’re moving with your auntie and uncle in Bel-air”

-One Day at a Time

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A sitcom about a modern family that deals with immigration and LGBTQ issues.

-American Vandal

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A mockumentary about whether a high school student committed an act of vandalism at his school.

-Life in Pieces

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A story following an extended family with different sections of the show following different parts of the family.

-This is Us

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-Me Selfridge

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A true-ish story about a man who opens a department store.

-Angry Bird

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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?
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”

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.”