Natalie Dixon

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“Likes” determining popularity on Instagram

This Facebook “like” icon is used in a similar way to an Instagram “like”. (Flickr/Thomas Angermann)

Social media is everywhere, making the 21st century phenomenon virtually impossible to avoid.

According to a new 2016 survey from InsightsWest, Facebook, YouTube and Instagram are growing quickly. In fact, the usage is growing more so in women than men. Twenty per cent of those surveyed checked Instagram at least twice a week. Continue reading ““Likes” determining popularity on Instagram”


Sexualization of women in media goes too far

Actress Portia De Rossi smiles on the red carpet for the 2007 Oscar Awards.(Flickr/Pulicciano)

Sadly, in 2016, the scenarios of how women are sexualized still exist. However, sexualisation equates to more than being verbally accosted on the street by a random person.

Media pressure on women has become an astoundingly prominent issue in today’s world. In fact, according to the Canadian Women website, 90 per cent of girls said so. Whether they are striving to be thin or attempting to fit into the unrealistic proportions of a magazine cover model, young Canadian girls are feeling the pressure to be perfect more than ever. Continue reading “Sexualization of women in media goes too far”

Canadians disapprove of Trump policies

President elect Donald Trump is expected to take office as of Jan. 20. (Flickr/Gage Skidmore)

By: Natalie Dixon & Lia Richardson

Many Canadians say they are dissatisfied with Trump’s proposed policies. Some respondents expressed their concerns on what Trump’s victory would mean for Canadians. The Forum surveyed 1, 474 Canadian voters. Students at Humber College also express their worries about new president Trump. Some of those included stock market, trade and race issues. Continue reading “Canadians disapprove of Trump policies”

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.

Continue reading “United Way BBQ fuels awareness”

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.

Sexual assault causing concern

“Consent is sexy” posters are found all over Humber College’s North campus.

Tanya Jusau says women might be afraid to tell people they’ve been sexually assaulted or raped.
“I think they’re mostly afraid of what will happen if they come out. You don’t know if you’re protected by the police,” the first-year Humber College student says.
Although she says getting lost and strangers talking to her are her biggest fears, she can understand the fear some women may have in Toronto. Continue reading “Sexual assault causing concern”

Canadians accept reality of climate change but unsure human activity responsible: study

A significant number of Canadians do not believe human activity is the cause of climate change.

Sheyne Blandford, 19, a first year fitness and health promotion student at Humber College said climate change is entirely due to human activity, contrary to a recent recent survey which asserts Canadians overwhelmingly accept climate change but many doubt the role humans play in it.

The University of Montreal study shows that while 79 per cent of Canadians believe in the impact of climate change, 39 per cent do not believe climate change is due to human activity.“The science is pretty clear,” Blandford said. Continue reading “Canadians accept reality of climate change but unsure human activity responsible: study”

Cycling promotes health but can be hazardous

Bikes are frequently used at Humber College.

30-year-old Hardeep Singh Pahra, a husband and father of two, was hit and killed by a vehicle on Oct. 29 as he was riding his bike.


57 cyclists were killed in Canada in 2011, 62 in 2013, which is 2 per cent of traffic fatalities, according to Transport Canada. Of that percentage, 94 per cent of them were older than 16 and 34 per cent were in the dark hours of the day. Continue reading “Cycling promotes health but can be hazardous”

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