Features

On the world stage

The Strand sits down with Professor Joseph Wong to discuss his appointment as Vice Provost, International Experience, and the expanding interest in UofT among American students The University of Toronto is a massive institution. This was clear to me from the moment I...
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The Strand reviews TCDS presents Polaroid Stories

TCDS’ Polaroid Stories showed from November 23rd to November 26th at the George Ignatieff Theatre. It was written by Naomi Iizuka and directed by Melissa Anne Fearon. Promoted as an adaptation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses, Polaroid Stories replaces Ovid’s mythological...
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VUSAC Finance Chair resigns

On December 2nd, VUSAC Finance Chair Nicole* resigned from their position. Co-Presidents Rahul Christofferson and Stuart Norton considered the termination of Nicole due to the neglect of fiduciary responsibilities.  Nicole posted a Facebook status catalyzing the...
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A crash course in financial acronyms

Our photo editor (and part-time banker) Rosa Kumar offers a short lesson in financial terminology, and the function of various financial products and programs.

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News

UofT welcomes the new year

A recap of events in 2016 and initiatives moving forward into 2017 As 2016 comes to a much-anticipated conclusion, the University of Toronto and its students have begun to deliberate the advent of , 2017. There is a consistent emphasis placed on the political and...

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UofT welcomes the new year

A recap of events in 2016 and initiatives moving forward into 2017 As 2016 comes to a much-anticipated conclusion, the University of Toronto and its students have begun to deliberate the advent of , 2017. There is a consistent emphasis placed on the political and...
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Beating the Winter Blues: VUSAC Organizes Winterfest at Vic

The U of T winter tradition takes place at Vic in different locations all over campus Beating the post-break lull can often be a difficult feat. The week-long Winterfest celebrations held by VUSAC and the contemporaneous UofT Winterfest, however, offered the perfect...
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University of Toronto Implements New Sexual Violence Policy

Administration finally settles on an approved, updated policy for sexual violence and assault on campus This month, the University of Toronto implemented a new sexual violence policy. The policy comes as a result of a broader attempt to improve support for victims...
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VUSAC Finance Chair resigns

On December 2nd, VUSAC Finance Chair Nicole* resigned from their position. Co-Presidents Rahul Christofferson and Stuart Norton considered the termination of Nicole due to the neglect of fiduciary responsibilities.  Nicole posted a Facebook status catalyzing the...
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ROMSpeaks presents “Going Dark”, featuring Jameel Jaffer

Has the shift towards government secrecy altered our society in irrevocable ways? On November 15th, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) held their eleventh annual Eva Holtby Lecture on Contemporary Culture. Every year, this event brings powerful voices to the ROM to...
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First UofT Pow Wow in the works: Students and staff work together to bring a new cultural event to campus

The Indigenous Studies Student Union is in the process of planning for the first official Pow Wow to be held at UofT. The event is being planned for March 11th. Chairperson for the Pow Wow committee, Jennifer Sylvester is acquiring help from past chairman of the...
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“CLIMATE LEADERS DON’T BUILD PIPELINES”: The cry of 200 young environmental activists heard throughout the nation

Amanda Harvey-Sanchez, an Environmental Studies, Social-Cultural Anthropology, and Equity Studies student at the University of Toronto, was arrested for civil disobedience on October 24th, along with 98 other young environmental activists. They were protesting the...
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Vic’s fall caucus meeting

On November 15th, Victoria College’s first caucus meeting of the year took place in Northrop Frye Hall. All matters on the agenda were quickly and efficiently covered with the meeting lasting less than two hours. To start the meeting off, Ryan Gomes, Vice-President...
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Donald Trump and the Canadian student response

Since Donald Trump’s election as president of the United States on November 8th, the public response has been astounding. Inside and out of the United States, the overwhelming majority of student activism has been in opposition of Trump’s election and proposed changes...
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VUSAC by-election Town Hall 2016: What you missed

This past Friday, October 28th, the VUSAC by-election Town Hall was held at the Wymilwood Lounge in the Goldring Student Centre. Of the candidates present at the Town Hall, were Jade Jones, Hamboluhle Moyo, Tania Kengatharan, and Thomas Lynch—with Sharon Tan absent....
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Opinions

What you should know before you hop on the Trudeau bandwagon

I am a fan of Justin Trudeau. Compared to the option of another four years of now-retired “Supreme Leader” Harper, Trudeau is heaven-sent. Since his monumental victory in October of last year, he has implemented numerous policies that have improved the country...

Editorial

Kicking 2016 out the door

Ugh, worst year ever…Now what? So, you feel like you have had the worst year on record. Many iconic artists and actors were lost, and the year was highlighted by politically charged events both shocking and disappointing for many,...

Responsibility to inform

On November 8th, Americans decided to elect an individual whose campaign centred entirely on intolerance, racism, misogyny, and bigotry. Above all, white Americans decided that they were willing to ignore or embrace the intolerance that Donald Trump presented day after day. Many decided that their “economic” interests outweighed those of their fellow citizens, and that they were willing to let a man with total disregard for minorities, women, and LGBTQ+ populations hold the country’s highest office. If there was any doubt that racism was alive and well in America before this election, that doubt has since been put to rest.

Arts & Culture

The Strand reviews VCDS presents The Last Five Years

The Strand reviews VCDS presents The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years is a two-person musical written by Jason Robert Brown that tells the story of the five-year relationship between Cathy, played by Nicole Dionne, and Jamie, played by James O’Connor. The musical opens with Cathy’s side of the story being told in...

Film & Music

Review: Rogue One

Before you watch this movie, watch Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, or at least fill yourself in on the events from that movie. If you don’t, you won’t enjoy Rogue One nearly as much as you should, and then you’d be paying money and spending two hours on an...

La La Land Review: The best and the worst of your first love

One of the final movies of 2016 comes as a push against everything that happened before its release. Damien Chazelle’s La La Land believes in dreamers, in romanticism, and love. It’s a reaction against the cynicism of contemporary blockbusters; a callback to a bygone...

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Science

Revolutionary Gene-editing Technique Has Its First Clinical Anti-Cancer Tests in Humans

As the world grows more complex, we see hopeful signs of progress in the field of gene-based medicinal therapy. In particular, the famous CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technique has been gaining significant traction due to its simplicity and versatility. On October 28th, Dr. Lu You’s team at Sichuan University in Chengdu successfully implanted cells containing CRISPR-edited genes into a patient with lung cancer. While this may seem like a small step, it is a result with heavy implications for the future of biomedical research. Carl June, an immunotherapy specialist at the University of Pennsylvania, described the implications of this progress best, calling the possibility for an ensuing international duel in biomedical research “Sputnik 2.0.”