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UTSC-Centennial College Online Stories


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Online Stories - Seventh Three - January 25, 2010

Sarah DeMille
Online Story
01/19/10

In the past seven days, Toronto has been witness to the deaths of eight pedestrians due to traffic-related accidents. The cause of four of these accidents was determined to be vehicles making careless turns. Another accident was caused by a driver running a red light, and yet another was the result of a supposedly confusing intersection. Continue reading

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Date Night Movie Review


Sarina Adamo Does a Review of Date Night – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - April 30, 2010

Sarina Adamo
Online Piece 9

There was a Clash of the Titans and Date Night. The two films were vying for the top spot at this weekend’s box office. In the end, the Titans ruled by just under two million dollars.

Despite the poor reviews of Date Night found anywhere I beg to differ. I don’t watch shows like “Saturday Night Live” or “The Office” for a sudden twist in the story or dramatic plot lines – I just want to laugh. Did the movie do that? Yes.

The chemistry between Steve Caroll and Tina Fey was effortlessly funny. It’s unfortunate they weren’t cast together before. They feed off each other, making jokes within the dialogue that is undetectable. So why all the slack?

I get it, the plot was unrealistic and perhaps the script may be forgettable. But was that really the actors’ faults? No. It was the writing. The blooper reel at the end, as well as the comedic style of both actors, proves that most lines were improvised (like when they imitate interesting couples sitting around them during their dinner dates). I believe they breathed life into the script. Throw in cameos from Kristen Wiig, James Franco, Mila Kunis and Ray Liotta and you’ve got yourself a good time and an excellent date night.

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Be Wary of Charity Scams


Sarina Adamo Writes about Charity Scams – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - April 21, 2010

SCAMMING CHARITIES
Online Piece #10
Sarina Adamo

The RCMP are warning all Canadians to be wary when donating to charities – they could be swindling you.

As those are feeling the urge to donate to Haiti relief efforts, many fraud artists have emerged to take advantage of these generous few.

Before contributing to a cause consider the following:
– Ask for written information about the organization like its name, address and telephone number
– Find out how your donation will be used
– Ask for proof of your donation to use for tax deduction purposes
– Ask for the registered charitable tax number of the charity
– Confirm the charity is registered by calling Canada Revenue Agency at 1-800-267-2384
– Ask the solicitor for identification, if he or she cannot provide one do not continue talking with them. Immediately report the incident to law enforcement officials
– Double check the name of the charity as some fraudulent charities use names very similar to reputable organizations
– Be suspicious of those who thank you for a pledge you do not recall making

To report any incidences contact your local police force. You may also file a complaint by calling the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501.

Source:

Email Press Release
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT CHARITY SCAMS AND WHERE TO LODGE A COMPLAINT‏
From: 43division@www.torontopolice.on.ca

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The Weaker Sex


Sarina Adamo Writes about the Bones – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - April 8, 2010

The Weaker Sex
Sarina Adamo

I live with two older brothers and my father, their testosterone overpowers the household. When they get sick, I go running not because I don’t want to catch their germs but because the men in my house are, for lack of a better word, babies.

Thankfully, scientists at Cambridge University proved my pain by finding that females have stronger immune systems than men. It’s not a wonder since women can endure pregnancies, periods, menopause and many times, osteoporosis.

Historically, men have been hunters and gatherers by nature, whereas women have been the nurturers. Men have been more susceptible to infections and diseases while women took care of them. That’s fine, but we’re no longer in the cavemen times. Women have fought for equality while men have teased women for being the weaker sex. We’ve conquered!

I personally believe that men aren’t really as sick as they feel. It is simply a way out of doing household chores and an excuse to be cared for, fed and babied until they get their own way.
So food for thought for you men: we don’t mind you being sick, we’ll take care of you as long as you admit defeat and proclaim we’re stronger.

Sources:

Metro Newspaper
Also, online at thestar.com

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Turn Off the Lights


Sarina Adamo Writes about Earth Hour – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - March 25, 2010

Sarina Adamo
ONLINE PIECE #6

I turn off my lights when I leave the room, I shut down my computer when I’m finished with it, I take faster than normal showers and do my laundry during off hours. It’s the little steps I do to make a difference for the environment. I am even an environmental science major but I don’t wear potato sack or preach a vegan lifestyle.

The upcoming Earth Hour I think is a fantastic idea, but how hard would it be for the world to do this once a month rather than once a year? It’s not impossible. It’s an hour of our lives we can spend in a relaxed atmosphere, catching up with friends or family or star-gazing like 70 per cent of Canadians plan on doing. Even if that means to take part at a later time of night, perhaps not a prime time hour but rather 9:30 p.m. it would make a great difference.

The government should put a little more emphasis on other ways to cut our electric usage. People feel that the annual hour is enough to make a difference, it is, but it’s simply a start. With a constant effort, we could all put a little Earth into an hour.

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Tim Hortons Roll-Up the Rim


Sarina Adamo Writes about Roll-Up-the-Rim – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - March 10, 2010

ONLINE PIECE #5
Sarina Adamo
1-1-1

I don’t gamble. I don’t believe in it. I work at an establishment which has both OLG machines and off-track horse betting. Never touched the stuff. Yet over these next few weeks, I will become an addictive gambler.

The Roll-Up-the-Rim event is back on at Tim Horton’s and I find myself amongst the millions of Canadians who warm up their thumbs in preparation.

I rely on the caffeine for my early morning boost. I only buy the small size cup, it provides just the right amount of kick to my mornings. But, during the event, I splurge on the extra ten cents for a medium in the slim hope that I will win something, anything!

But the odds to win larger prizes; a Toyota RAV4, Toshiba laptop or $10,000 cash prize, are usually found on larger sized beverages. So I ask shouldn’t the less caffeine addicted folks be rewarded for their efforts? For those like me who do not have the bladder or the nerves to handle that much caffeine should be rewarded on a bi-weekly basis with a small prize. I don’t ask for much, a muffin would suffice.

In the meantime, my medium sized caffeine rushed gamble will do as my shaking thumbs roll up the rim to reveal those three demeaning words: Please Play Again.

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FAME: TOO MUCH TOO SOON?


Sarina Adamo Writes about Stars in Hollywood – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - March 5, 2010

By Sarina Adamo

He whips, kicks, strips and reads scripts, and he just became legal on February 11th. Taylor Lautner has now been named Hollywood’s new ‘It Guy’ at the tender age of 18.

Like his predecessors, Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Johnny Depp, Taylor Lautner share the same appeal. He has attracted directors to their roles of many new action movies, where he can appear topless thus attracting the eyes of many young women (myself included).

However, has the overwhelming fame come too soon? His smaller roles in Cheaper by the Dozen 2 and The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl have been overshadowed by Twilight. He appeared shirtless in New Moon, Twilight’s second installment, after gaining 30 pounds of muscle. Girls swooned, teen magazine journalists scooped the fresh meat, paparazzi flash his every move, and directors rejoice for their new box office success story.

With six movies currently in production, Taylor is on the rise to the top. But it could be a matter of time before all comes crashing down. Like young stars before him who couldn’t handle the temptations of fame, River Phoenix or Bridgette Anderson. And many battled drug addictions in their rise to the top, like Britney Spears, Kate Moss, and Nicole Richie.

I don’t want to stall his fame train; Hollywood’s lures just may do that for him. He’s a talented young star with boyish charm within a muscle-man body. He’s whipped his way into the hearts of many and kicked ass in Hollywood in the process.

Sources:

http://www.celebritydrugdeaths.com/hollywood-drug-overdose-deaths.php

http://www.celebguru.org/entry/top-20-celebrity-drug-confessions/

http://www.jsyk.com/2010/02/22/okay-thats-it-taylor-lautner-is-officially-the-new-hollywood/

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Paralympics


Sarina Adamo Writes about the Paralympics – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - Februrary 24, 2010

OLYMPICS VS. PARALYMPICS
Sarina Adamo

En retard. French. Adj. To be late or behind schedule.

Canada est en retard.

It is safe to say that North America is also en retard.

Technologically speaking we are fairly quick with posting news online. However, we are not the greatest at keeping up with the Paralympics despite them being posted and streamed live online.

NBC’s Olympics website registered 4.8 million viewers for the Vancouver Winter Games opening ceremonies. Historically, their ratings have been well into the millions. This is simply online statistics.

The Paralympics ratings in the past have only been counted for certain countries, with numbers in the thousands. Other countries don’t receive the television feed and the numbers aren’t making up for the loss online.

Is it just my opinion or are we behind schedule in equal rights for the Paralympic athletes?

The Paralympics aren’t as well advertised, well organized, or as well respected as the Olympics.

Should we not be honoring the athletes that, despite their physical imperfections, still participate in athletics with ease? Basketball is quite difficult without being in a wheelchair. Skiing and biathlons are just as physically grueling with sight, never mind without it.

I’m awaiting the viewer results for the Paralympics 2010 but feeling tells me we’ll be en retard with releasing those too.

Sources:

http://yourentertainmentnow.com/2010/02/13/vancouver-2010-opening-ceremonies-average-34-5-million-viewers/

http://en.beijing2008.cn/paralympic/paralympichistory/pastgames/n214071239.shtml

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Adam Giambrone, TTC Sex Scandal, Soduku


Sarah Demille Writes about the challenges of Adam Giambrone in the TTC – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Demille - February 19, 2010

By Sarah Demille

Adam Giambrone received yet another blow to his chance at securing a position as the next Toronto mayor. On the heels of the heat he has been receiving for TTC shortfalls experienced within the city, the mayoral candidate admitted on Monday to an “inappropriate relationship with a young woman.”

This information was divulged following his questioning by the Toronto Star on the subject of his relationship with university student Kristen Lucas.

Lucas, now 20, claimed to have begun seeing Giambrone when she was 19 and said the relationship continued for over a year.

Lucas alleges that she has been involved with the Ward 18 councillour since late 2008, and has, on several occasions, had sexual relations with him during late night hours on a couch in his City Hall office.

The Toronto Star reported that Giambrone apologized to his family, friends, and his live-in partner Sarah McQuarrie, calling the situation “a serious lapse in judgment.”

In a statement he made to the Toronto Star on Monday, Giambrone said that his relationship with the young woman was never continued behind closed doors and consisted only of text messages and meetings in public places.

The mayoral contender further stated that his relationship with Lucas was on the outs for several months and said “realizing the mistake this relationship was I tried to end it some months ago and finally broke off all contact.”

Sarah Moore Writes about the TTC Sex Scandal – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarah Moore - February 19, 2010


By Sarah Moore

Online Story Two:

Revenge is a dish best served hot off the presses

They say revenge is sweet. If that is true, then revenge in the form of publicly smearing the political campaign of the man who wronged you is even sweeter.

When it hits the papers that a politician has had a sordid, sexual affair with a younger woman, a scandal is born, and usually, a political career is ruined.

This may now be the case for Adam Giambrone, chair of the Toronto Transit Commission and Toronto mayoral hopeful, as the juicy details of a behind the scenes romance with university student Kristen Lucas graced the front page of the Toronto Star this morning.

The paper divulged all the gory details of the affair, including text messages and emails that Lucas says were sent to her from the councillor.

Giambrone left Lucas for someone “political”, and Lucas decided not to take the rejection sitting down. She opted instead to tell her tale to the most intentionally loose-lipped source she could think of, the newspaper.

Giambrone, despite questioning some of Lucas’s allegations, publicly apologized to anyone that may have been hurt by the affair, which he says was “inappropriate”.

Apparently, politicians with “dirty little secrets” hiding in their closet have yet to heed Shakespeare’s warning, for this scandal proves once more that Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

Sarina Adamo Writes about the Numbers Game Soduku – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Sarina Adamo - February 19, 2010

Sarina Adamo
Playing the Numbers Game

`You are either completely addicted or flip right by it in a newspaper. Sudoku is the puzzle craze that has recently swept the globe yet there is more to the numbers game than meets the eye.

Created in 1979 by 74-year-old American architect Howard Garns and originally titled “Number Place” the puzzle first appeared in Dell Magazine. The game proceeded to Japan in 1984 where the title of it was altered to Sudoku; “Su” meaning number and “Doku” meaning single; since each grid contains one of every single digit (1 to 9).

Wayne Gould, a retired judge that lived in Japan created computer software to generate Sudoku puzzles. He then proposed publishing them in the London Times at the end of 2004. By 2005 the puzzles appeared in many more newspapers. Now, there are thousands of books, calendars, and websites dedicated to the game.

A genuine Sudoku puzzle must have 17 starting numbers to work with. Any less and it would be impossible to solve. The amount of possible starting grids is impossible to determine but some mathematicians have reasoned there are approximately over five billion.

A common misconception is that Sudoku involves math but it is simply based on logic. The frequent use of logic helps to prevent Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as it keeps the brain alert and open to new challenges.

So until the world conquers all five billion possibilities, Sudoku will be here to stay.

Sources:

http://www.cs.virginia.edu/~robins/The_Science_Behind_SudoKu.pdf
http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/06/12/20/the-sudoku-craze-the-origins-interesting-facts-rules-for-play–amp-a-few-sudoku-games.htm

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UTSC-Centennial College Online Stories


Danger to Pedestrians in Toronto – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Online Stories - Seventh Three - January 25, 2010

Sarah DeMille
Online Story
01/19/10

In the past seven days, Toronto has been witness to the deaths of eight pedestrians due to traffic-related accidents. The cause of four of these accidents was determined to be vehicles making careless turns. Another accident was caused by a driver running a red light, and yet another was the result of a supposedly confusing intersection. Continue reading

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UTSC-Centennial College Online Stories


Danger to Pedestrians in Toronto – Photo Courtesy of Dreamstime.com

Online Stories - Seventh Three - January 25, 2010

Sarah DeMille
Online Story
01/19/10

In the past seven days, Toronto has been witness to the deaths of eight pedestrians due to traffic-related accidents. The cause of four of these accidents was determined to be vehicles making careless turns. Another accident was caused by a driver running a red light, and yet another was the result of a supposedly confusing intersection. Continue reading

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