Natalie Dixon

Always looking for the story behind the story


October 2016

Natural remedies helping relieve stress

By: Natalie Dixon

Coping with stress can be challenging for students, but some say it can be remedied in homeopathic ways.

Whether it’s taking a bath or indulging in a chocolate bar, Maria Severino, a first-year student at George Brown College, said that natural remedies work.

She said that de-stressing is critical for her because she knows how stress can be hard on the body. When Severino does not take the time to relax she has heart palpitations.

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Bowmanville Zoo closed after 97 years

By: Kylie Vaillancourt & Natalie Dixon

The Bowmanville Zoo closed for good on Monday after 97 years.

Zoo officials say that the cause of closure was bad publicity. Within the last year, videos have been released by PETA showing abuse towards the animals at the zoo. One video appears to show the zoo owner Michael Hackenberger whipping a tiger as he explains his method for training animals. Continue reading “Bowmanville Zoo closed after 97 years”

Climate change may be irreversible

By: Natalie Dixon and Allyyssa Sousa-Kirpaul

Reports have surfaced that say climate change may have passed the tipping point. According to an article in the Guardian, we are now living in a world with more carbon in the atmosphere than ever before in recorded history. They reported that the levels are unlikely to drop below the symbolic milestone of 400 parts per million of Carbon in our lifetimes, experts say.

On Monday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced a carbon dioxide tax to all the provinces and territories.

Read more about how carbon dioxide affects people in the infographic.

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United Way BBQ fuels awareness

The aroma of cooked meat filled the air. Music filled students’ ears. As they lined up to grab their pop, students say the United Way BBQ today was a great way to raise awareness of all the various projects they do for the vulnerable. It happened at Humber College’s Lakeshore campus. Humber’s North campus will be hosting their United Way BBQ next Tuesday, Oct. 11.

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Humber prepares for first Take Back the Night event

By: Lia Richardson and Natalie Dixon

The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Diversity is hosting a Take Back the Night March in Humber College North Campus.

The march’s goal is to spread awareness about sex violence and victim blaming.

Jade Mclean is in her school placement at Take Back the Night Toronto. She said the event brings people together for a common goal. Continue reading “Humber prepares for first Take Back the Night event”

800-year-old squash harvested at Humber

Nothing says fall like an 800-year-old squash

Humber College’s North campus hosted a ceremony on Tuesday to honour the harvest of an ancient squash.

The event at the Medicine Garden began with a traditional Native smudging ceremony and the laying of tobacco on the earth. The squash was then cut up by two senior Humber staff members, vice president Jason Hunter and Media Studies Dean Guillermo Acosta.

This sacred gourd was surrounded by two layers of fencing in the Arboretum. The inner fencing hosted signs that said, “Please Do Not Harvest Squash.”

Now, there are no squash to be found.

Some of the three squash were made into squash soup which was shared with everyone at the ceremony, while some of the seeds are being preserved to be planted in the future.

It’s like a historic land figure… You want to cherish it. – Humber student Ali Ibrahim

Humber’s Elder Advisor on Aboriginal Relations, Shelley Charles, said these seeds are from our ancestors.

“Back there, in our ancestor’s time, they thought about the future of the people, so they put these away for safe keeping and they buried them.”

Charles said this is the original source where all the squash came from. This specific plant species is almost extinct, she said.

Thes squash were cultivated by the Narragansett people which makes the ceremony very significant for the Aboriginal Resource Centre. Having an event like this brings people at Humber together and also acknowledges our indigenous plants, Charles said.

The ceremony highlights all the work that has been done over the year.

“It’s like a historic land figure … You want to cherish it,” said Humber student Ali Ibrahim said.

Ibrahim said he agrees with Charles that events like this bring people together.

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