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Trent Announces Inaugural Fulbright Research Chair and Hosts Public Lecture by Fulbright Canada CEO
Dr. Elizabeth Elliot-Meisel will take up the first Fulbright Chair at Trent University and the School for the Study of Canada. In recognition of the launch of the Fulbright Chair at Trent, and as part of the 50th anniversary of Canadian Studies at Trent, Fulbright Canada's Dr. Michael Hawes delivered a public lecture on US-Canada Relations at Traill College.
Review of Cliff Cardinal’s "As You Like It"
Aimee Anctil reviews Cliff Cardinal's radical retelling of As You Like It recently performed at the Showplace Performance Art Centre.
The Internationalization Industry at Trent University
Nick Taylor investigates the circumstances of how the role of AVP International came to be filled by Glennice Burns and how the ramping up of internationalization efforts at Trent University have left the needs of students behind.
A Conversation with Dene Artist Antoine Mountain: Art, Resilience and Healing
Irene Suvillaga interviews Dene artist and author Antoine Mountain about his life, art, and book "From Bear Rock Mountain". He speaks about his artistic process and how it stemmed from his time in a residential school.
TCSA Fall By-Elections and the Fight Against Apathy
The TCSA Fall Elections are upon us. Let's talk about student politics, voting apathy, and how to get involved.
Leo Goes a Groarking: A Review of an Open Meeting with Trent's President
Sebastian attended an open meeting with the President and got Groarked so you didn't have to. What followed was a sad performance made up of bloated oratory, large glass objects, and recycled material.
Introducing Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC)
The Kawartha World Issues Centre introduce themselves and let you know how you can get involved!
How To (Actually) Be Sustainable On A(n Actual) Budget, Actually
Bethan attempts to provide sustainability information on a budget, a task oft undertaken before her. Also know as: an Ode to the Seasoned Spoon
TCSA Meeting Deals with Upcoming By-Elections and Transit Issues
Arthur is back covering the TCSA Board meetings. September 18th saw the first meeting of the 2022/23 academic year. By-Elections and issues related to transit services in Peterborough were main topics.
We Should Not Mourn The Queen
This opinion piece sees Bethan Bates channel generations worth of anti-royal rage in this piece on the recent passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Trent English Dictionary; or, TED by Arthur
Volume 57 Editors Sebastian and Bethan have worked (with some help) to bring about a new living document to our dear readers. Introducing TED by Arthur!
Editorial: Poilievre's Win Is Canada's Loss
With Poilievre's win in the CPC leadership race, Canadian Conservatives have confirmed their faith in a leader who purports easy answers to complex situations and possesses an uneasy relationship with reality. The similarities between Poilievre and Trudeau, however, are the real issue at hand.
Canadian Studies Honours Retiring Professor and Undergraduates
Trent's School for the Study of Canada honoured the retirement of Professor Michele Lacombe and recognized the achievements of undergraduate students at Traill College.
An International Student’s Guide To Travelling Canada
Bethan explores the best ways to travel Canada as an international student, including top tips for saving money and making the most of a long weekend, even including a ranking of some of her favourite locations.
The Return to Windy Pine
Co-Editor Sebastian Johnston-Lindsay tagged along on a day-trip to Windy Pine Conference Centre in Haliburton County to see what awaits a new crop of graduate students in the Frost Centre for Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies.
Brain Hacking Assholes: A Review of Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe by Roger McNamee
Roger McNamee’s Zucked is the story of an early mentor of Mark Zuckerberg turned critic of the social media giant. In this review, James Forrester reflects upon what went wrong with the internet and how our trust in the “assholes” heading up major social media enterprises have hacked our brains and now pose a threat to democratic order.
OPIRG Peterborough to Host DisOrientation Week 2022
Peterborough OPIRG's annual DisOrientation week is back and is happening from September 12th to 17th, 2022. Read the press release here.
OneCity Slams Pappas, City’s Shelter Decision Amid Ongoing Housing Crisis
OneCity Peterborough calls out Councillor Dean Pappas for his involvement in the further criminalisation of homelessness in Peterborough.
Reminiscing on The Planet Bakery and What Its Closure Signifies For Students
Journalist Emi Habel looks at the legacy that The Planet Bakery has left upon students and locals alike and the significance of its recent closure in part due to the pandemic. She also looks into the future to see what Trent has in store.
Bury Your Gays! Pride Month at Trent Winds to a Close
A satirical analysis of Pride Month at Trent University by the intrepid Evan Robins.
Ontario Provincial Election and Regional Transit
The Peterborough Regional Transit Coalition analyses the policies of the candidates for Peterborough-Kawartha concerning local and regional transit in the upcoming Ontario provincial election.
Western Responds to Campus Rape Culture Crisis: Individualized Responses to a Structural Problem
In this third and final article in the Western sexual assault series, Arthur will delve into the policy changes that Western University has implemented since the alleged O-week incidents, get an expert’s opinion on whether these changes are enough to protect Western’s students, and contextualize this issue as a phenomenon not solely unique to Western, but as an issue that is reflective of Ontario’s campus-wide rape culture crisis.
What We Do In The Shadowban
Joyless communist columnist Evan Robins explores the modern internet phenomenon of Shadowbanning and considers the implications of platform censorship for independent journalism. Along the way she talks to some fellow journalists, reads a book by Noam Chomsky, and runs into a familiar face from @Autogyniphiles_Anonymous…
Decolonizing Veganism With The Seasoned Spoon
In what ways can we de-centre whiteness in meat-free living? Emi Habel explores this question in her visit to the Seasoned Spoon’s ‘Decolonizing Veganism’ event. Learn about the movement and the BIPOC chefs bringing authentic culture and technique back to veganism and vegan dishes.
The Right Words: How We Talk About Sexual Violence
In this article, Elizabeth Mitton discusses the Western incident on an incident-specific level, considering student and administrative perspectives, including contention surrounding the language being used and students responses on social media, followed by contextualizing this incident on a societal level, discussing the prevalence of sexual violence across the campuses of various Canadian universities.
Heritage Planning with Erik Hanson
In this article, Lauryn Sloos speaks with Erik Hanson, the Heritage Resources Coordinator of the City if Peterborough and head of the Heritage Preservation Office about how he got into the role and what heritage planning is all about in Peterborough.
Trans Day of Not Having a Place to Piss
Just in time for Trans Day of Visibility (TDOV), Evan Robins explores the issue of (formerly) gender-neutral Champlain College bathrooms which have caused some contention with admin, and considers its broader implications for Trans inclusivity at Trent
The Anti-Racism Task Force: Performing or Performative?
Varun Biddanda takes a deep dive into the task force, and asks: is it performing, or is it performative? Biddanda interviews Moriah Hillyer, who represented the Trent University Native Association (TUNA) on the Anti-Racism Task Force.
Ice Cream, You Scream, We All Scream for a Better Student Union
In this editorial Nick Taylor throughly delineates structural issues that have long-plagued the TCSA, and created conditions wherein the union struggles to meet quorum in its own elections, attracts self-interested-careerist-candidates, and operates in the service of capital -- rather than in the service of the students it claims to represent.
Trent Institutional Investment: How it Works, and How it Affects the Planet
In this investigative piece, Irene Suvillaga dives into the daunting question of how institutional investment works and where Trent's money goes. In this institutional investment 101 article, Irene provides an easy-to-follow explanation on understanding funds, investment strategies and future plans in Trent’s financial workings. Through a series of interviews and external reports, this piece also touches on the question of divestment, questioning Trent’s position as an environmental leader.
Binary Sea - Elden Ring Review: First Impressions
Cameron Noble reviews 'Elden Ring' declaring the game a 'triumphant moment' for video games, unpacking how it subverts trope and cliche and immerses the player in an entirely new world.
Searching for Mental Health Resources as a Trent Student
Searching for mental healthcare as a Trent student can feel like you’ve been blindfolded, spun around, shoved into the Wildlife Sanctuary and told to find your way out. While the university advertises their services on their website, navigating them without prior experience can feel confusing and overwhelming. In this guide, Emi explores resources and healthcare benefits offered to students within and outside of Trent including resources serving BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ folks specifically.
Arthur Editorship Platforms 2022-23
Every year a team of editors is elected to steer Arthur Newspaper into the next volume. These are the platforms for this year's Arthur Elections. Members of the Staff Collective will vote on the incoming membership on April 9th at 11am via Zoom.
Be A Goldfish: How Ted Lasso is Changing the Game for Male Mental Health in Television
Bethan Bates reviews ‘Ted Lasso,’ a TV series starring Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, and Juno Temple about an American football coach who moves to London to coach a Premier League (British) football team.
Fallout New Vegas: An Introduction to Politics
Can a video game about a post-nuclear fallout future set in Las Vegas change your understanding of the present political moment? Cheyenne Wood reviews Fallout New Vegas and dives into the twisted future and the political realities it reflects.
Western University: How a Campus Community Responds to Sexual Assault
Elizabeth Mitton deconstructs the ongoing investigations into sexual violence on Western University’s campus. What happened at Western in the fall of 2021? How have police and the university administration responded? And what does this mean for campuses cross Ontario as they continue work to combat rape culture and prevent sexual violence on campus?
Think Twice About the Housing Services Referendum
Trent Students! Trent University wants you to foot the bill for a new position in the Trent Housing department, one that will help students find housing amidst PTBO’s housing crisis – a crisis they helped create. We encourage students to vote NO to Trent’s off-campus housing referendum. 
Exploring Historic Peterborough
Lauryn Sloos dives into the illuminating past of key buildings in downtown Peterborough. Drawing from 'Historical Sketches of Peterborough' by Martha Ann Kidd with sketches by Louis Taylor, Lauryn examines the storied past of these buildings, and what has become of them.
Council Should Have Funded a Legal Challenge to Bill 21
Under the guise of supporting local initiatives, Peterborough Council failed to financially endorse a lawsuit challenging the discriminatory measures present in Quebec’s Bill 21. Instead of contributing to the lawsuit, council sidelined Councillor Stephen Wright’s motion through the use of amendments which altered the original intent. Robert Gibson highlights changes to the notice of motion and the issues surrounding this modification.
The Seasoned Spoon: A Food Haven On Campus
In this op-ed, Stephanie Spencer argues that there should be more dining options like the Seasoned Spoon on Trent's campus. From students living in residence to those who come to school for classes daily, food options are limited to the often-unhealthy offerings at the school's cafeterias.
TCSA Elections: Meet the Candidates
Read the platforms of the candidates running in the 2022 TCSA Spring Elections.
Letter to the Editor: Emergencies Act prompted by threats - death and government takeover
Trent alum, Fred Rapson, pens letter-to-the-editor. As the so-called 'freedom convoy' and ensuing Ottawa protests come to a close, Canadians are left to dissect what happened in Ottawa, and find a way forward in a polarized, post-lockdown world.
Students Need to Support Faculty
In this op-ed, Kayla Weiler of the Canadian Federation of Students argues that students must support faculty in their fight for just working conditions. Given the rise in faculty labour actions across Canada over the past year, now is the time for students to step up and fight for the rights of their teachers.
A Review of Encanto: The Magic of Healing Intergenerational Trauma
Cheyenne Wood reviews Disney's latest animated film, Encanto! Wood writes about what the film means for representation, and how it takes up intergenerational trauma, and puts a new spin on the idea of a Disney villain.
How History Rhymes
Karol Orzechowski weaves Canada's present state of calamity into a similar, and equally as absurd time about twenty years ago when 9/11 became the impetus for many shades of political maneuvering, state sanctioned evil, and ideological mayhem.
Canada, The Land of Equality, Diversity, and Racism
Sutton Hanna examines the myths about Canada that newcomers are told. As an international student himself, Sutton thought Canada was free of racism and discrimination - throughout his time in Peterborough/Nogojiwanong he has grown to understand this country has its own historical and present vein of anti-Black racism.
The Erasure of Canada's Racism in Public School Curricula
In this essay, Alicia McLeod argues that Canada's racist past is underreported or left out entirely of grade-school curriculum, leaving Black youth underprepared for the reality of racism in Canada.
ReFrame: An Antidote to Nihilism
In this essay, Nick Taylor reviews four films from this year's ReFrame line-up: Kímmapiiyipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy, Writing With Fire, The Cost of Freedom, and The Viewing Booth. Weaving these disparate narratives together, Taylor meditates on the art of story-telling, ultimately identifying it as an antidote to nihilism.
ReFrame Review: North by Current
Katy Catchpole reviews 'North by Current', a film by Angelo 'Madsen' Minax about "the understated relationships between mothers and children, truths and myths, losses and gains."
TLNAP Update: No plans to build over TVG, says Julie Davis
Varun Biddanda highlights what's next for the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan. Though there has been a years-long plan to bulldoze the Trent Vegetable Gardens in favour of a road to the new Cleantech Commons development, Varun reports that there are apparently "no plans" to build that road.
Perspectives on the Y-Lofts
Lauryn Sloos unpacks the arguments that have been made for and against the Y-Lofts apartment development in Peterborough’s downtown.
No Black Educators
In this article, Shaela McLeod explores how the diversity gap amongst post-secondary educators does damage to Black students, recounting her own experience at Trent being taught by predominantly white faculty.
The Curious Case of Dr. Dummitt
Cameron Noble breaks down arguments made by Trent Canadian Studies professor, Dr. Christopher Dummitt, who argues that Canadian colonialism was not a genocide of Indigenous peoples.
Post-Secondary Labour Tensions in the COVID Era
As COVID-19 has exposed and exacerbated the cracks and injustices within post-secondary labour, scholars, students and general staff have taken the streets and pushed back against the conditions within their profession. Irene Suvillaga examines the rising labour tensions across Canada analyzing recent actions in Ontario in effort to reveal the causes behind it and assess Trent's position amongst its peers.
ReFrame Review: Bangla Surf Girls
This documentary follows three Bangladeshi teenage girls who are determined to surf despite the challenges posed by poverty, misogyny, and complex family dynamics. Bangla Surf Girls beautifully captures the extreme social conditions these young women face, like wading through rubble just to catch the perfect wave.
ReFrame Review: Daughter of a Lost Bird
This film follows Kendra, a Lummi woman who grew up separated from her culture. Read Cheyenne Wood’s review of this 2020 documentary about Indigenous identity, family and intergenerational healing.
Back to Normal? Trent says “Yes,” Whether You Like it or Not
On January 24th Trent announced that they would go ahead with the return to in-person classes. Following the reaction to that announcement, Evan Robins summarizes the blowback and the ongoing effects of the pandemic in Ptbo/Nogo, painting a picture of student frustration and the difficulties of going back to whatever “normal” is.
ReFrame Review: Threshold
In time for the 2022 ReFrame Film Festival, Evan Robins covers the Brazilian documentary 'Threshold (Limiar)', an intimate exploration of transness, feminism, and parenthood.
ReFrame Review: Fanny: The Right to Rock
'Fanny: The Right to Rock!' is a documentary is more than a typical rock biopic. It showcases the rise of Fanny, an all women rock band, who came up against misogyny, racism, homophobia and ageism while vehemently pursuing their right to rock. Decades after disbanding, Fanny has reunited to produce another album. The inspiring come up story brings together the edge of rock and roll and the wholesome bond of lifelong friendships.
ReFrame Review: Follow The Drinking Gourd
In a family-friendly documentary about the Black food justice movement, “Follow the Drinking Gourd” discusses the racism and trauma faced by African-American farmers as a result of slavery and features what they are doing to overcome it as a community in Oakland, California.
ReFrame Review: Mary Two-Axe Earley + Without a Whisper
These two films serve as poignant reminders that Indigenous women have long been excluded from the feminist movement, and emancipatory victories enjoyed by white women. From gender-discrimination in the Indian Act to the white-washed story of feminism in the U.S., these films place Indigenous women in the lineage of struggle for gender justice.
Icy Wheelchair Ramps and the Ableist Culture at Trent
In this article, Emi Habel addresses the lack of disability awareness and accessibility in post-secondary institutions. While Trent promises each and every student the same educational experience, many students feel their accessibility needs have not been met.
The Case for Divestment
As the ramifications of climate change become ever more present, and the direct link between fossil fuels industries and global warming become ever more clear, Trent continues to finance the very same industry that in the 1980s privately predicted the apocalyptic consequences of oil and its emissions. Irene Suvillaga dives into the principles of divestment and its impact, fossil fuel companies’ influence on academia and Trent's reluctance to implement this action.
The Trent Film Society Presents: Circus Boy, with director Q&A
After a pandemic-induced hiatus, the Trent Film Society is back! Their first screening of the year is Circus Boy, a short documentary film by director and documentarian Lester Alfonso. This film will be screened at Bangnani Hall, on Traill Campus, December 11 at 4pm.
Ninety Seven Percent
In this article, Abbigail Hollett unpacks some harrowing statistics around sexual and gender-based violence, before including some commentary from the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre about how we can support survivors and work towards ending sexual violence.
Bubbe's Tapes at Precarious Festival
Katie Pedlar reports on this year’s Precarious Festival at The Theatre on King, a performing arts festival that fosters a space where art is safe from corporate models. Among the exciting new performances is Jon Hedderwick’s one-man show, Bubbe’s Tapes.
Student Guide to Thrift Shopping in Nogojiwanong
: Emi Habel takes you through the thrift shops of town. The good, the medium, and the not so good. Read on to learn the ins and outs of affordable garments, housewares, odds and ends including information on pricing, inventory, and accessibility.
Cyber Security and COVID: What It Means For You
As part of Arthur's ongoing coveraged of Trent's Covid-19 response, Evan Robins interrogates the implementation of mandatory self-assessments for Covid symptoms, raising questions of their effectiveness, and the possible privacy implications for students.
Arthur Photo Contest: Home Away From Home
Bethan Bates announces Arthur's winter photo contest. Submit photos that you feel encapsulate what makes Nogojiwanong so very special. Three winning photos will be selected at the end of January and published in Arthur's print issue. Winning photographers will receive cash prizes and screen-printed maps.
Confronting and Discussing Racism in Healthcare
In times of truth and reconciliation, institutional racism in healthcare is the focus of a Zoom panel hosted by Lady Eaton College, featuring speakers Ethel Nalule and Mackenzie Taylor.
Meet Peterborough’s Inaugural Poet Laureate, Sarah Lewis
Spoken word artist Sarah Lewis is an Anishnaabe Kwe (Ojibwe/Cree) artist from Curve Lake who was selected as Peterborough's first ever Poet Laureate this September. In this piece, Irene dives into who Sarah Lewis is, what her writing is all about and what inspires her as a writer, mother and activist.
What's The Deal With Truth, Justice, and The American Way?
While comic book culture may be more popular than ever, this popularity stems from TV and movies, not comic books. So what's the big thing that got everyone talking about Superman comic books last month? And why are nerds so darn mad about it?
Home, Through an Artist's Eyes: The Climenhage Project
Irene Suvillaga explores local artist John Climenhage's newest installation 'The Climenhage Project' which is now being exhibited at Sadleir House. Through a personal lens, Irene navigates the artist's work and style, expressing the exhibit's uniqueness and captivating idiosyncrasy. Climenhage's philosophical approach provides an immersive component that invites the viewer to ruminate on, appreciate and experience beauty in every day life Peterborough.
The Silver Spoon
Read Katie Pedlar’s satirical story about a new elite dining experience at Trent University, the Silver Spoon. Say goodbye to the classless cafeterias of your past and get ready for champagne and tiramisu on a patio with yacht access. Finally, a safe space for Trent’s gentry!
Editorial: Time Moves in Maybe More Than Two Directions
In this editorial, Nick Taylor weaves together the rich history of student activism at Trent with reflections on time, organizing, and intergenerational struggle. Ultimately, they remind us that students are capable of much when they work collectively.
No Way In For International Students
Canadian universities and the government are both pushing for international students to complete their education in Canada, but are failing to sufficiently help them navigate the many barriers necessary to re-enter the country. Is Trent part of the problem?
Peterborough's Official Plan: Shaping Your Home for Decades to Come
In this article, Rob Gibson covers the final Open House in the consultation process for Peterborough's Official Plan. He delves into what community members are saying about the environmental implications of the plan: wetland buffers, urban density, green buildings, affordable housing -- find out where the City stands, and where we're headed.
Trent Bleeds Oil, Not 'Green'
Alyssa Scanga makes a case for Trent to divest from fossil fuels. Alyssa came to Trent thinking it was a school that shared her green ideals, but upon learning about the Board of Governors decision to forgo divestment in 2015, she realised this was not so. Now more than ever, she says, Trent has a duty to affect this huge change.
What We Know About Vaccine Exemptions At Trent
October 23rd, the last day for students to submit their proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Trent in order to be eligible to attend classes, has now come and gone. While the vast majority of Trent students, staff, and faculty are fully vaccinated, there are many who have requested exemptions from the vaccine policy. Katie Pedlar explores Trent’s vaccine exemption criteria to outline how staff and students have secured exemptions from this public health measure.
Building a Community That Feeds Itself: PTBO's 1st Community Fridge
Meet the collective who built a community fridge to help relieve food insecurity in Nogojiwanong-Peterborough earlier this September and find out how you can get involved! Broke and hungry students, this one’s for you.
War of the Apes
During her studies in Tanzania, world-renowned ethologist Dr. Jane Goodall made a chilling discovery - War is so deeply ingrained in us, that it evolved even before we were human. Chimpanzee factions in the jungles of Gombe engage in a form of conflict strikingly similar to what we define as war. What does this say about humanity's future?
More Students, Less Housing
With the pandemic being a catalyst for disaster, community members, international and domestic students all scramble to find affordable housing in the battleground that the real estate market has become. In this article, Irene dives into the journey of incoming international and domestic students through the rental market, providing both first hand experiences and thoughts on the issue.
Memory, Decay and Nostalgia in Home Movies: A Screening by Canadian Images in Conversation
In this article ReFrame intern Katy Catchpole reviews their screening 'Mining (And Manipulating) The Home Movie,' curated by Trent alum, Madison More. The screening examines how home movies and their nostalgia distort memory and shape family narratives.
What’s the Deal With Trent’s Party Life?
Following (another) Trent student party making local headlines Evan Robins wonders whether they might be gaining a reputation as a party school. In this Op-Ed she examines the history of parties during the last two years of the pandemic and explores how this will affect the student body and Trent as an institution.
Levy Groups Face Cuts to Funding for Student Jobs
In this article, Nick Taylor investigates changes made to the Trent Work Study Program (TWSP) that resulted in many levy groups receiving far less funding than usual. Jill Staveley from Trent Radio, and Matt Jarvis from Sadleir House explain why this funding matters, and how it affects the levy community and the culture at Trent.
Anti-Homeless Rhetoric at City Hall and the Wolfe Street Shelter
Robert Gibson unpacks the recent proposal at City Council to reduce Wolfe Street Emergency Shelter's hours from 24 hours 7 days a week to 12 hours. The shelter, which has only been in operation since late last year, provides essential services to many unhoused community members. Housing advocates, researchers and Peterborough residents alike have pushed back against the proposal. This discussion will continue at October 18’s General Committee meeting and October 25, where citizens can have their say.
Why aren’t we talking about China?
In this op-ed, Connor Belbin explains why he thinks Canadians ought to be more concerned over China's human rights abuses, as Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig re-adjust to normal life after three years in a Chinese prison..
TCSA Fall Elections 2021: Candidate Platforms
It is that time of year again! Campaigning for the TCSA Fall Elections is underway -- read on to get acquainted with your candidates for Mature & Transfer Student Commissioner, Off-Campus Commissioner, Racialized Students Commissioner, and Vice-President University and College Affairs. Voting will be held in your inbox from Monday, October 11 to Friday October 15.
Justin Trudeau is Executing an Ideological Purge in the Federal Bureaucracy
Re-elected Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced last week that his Liberal government will require COVID-19 vaccinations throughout the federal service and this anonymous contributor to Arthur is on-board. Read more to find out why L.A. Seneca thinks this public health measure is coming at the right time.
Meet the Queens Carving Out Queer Space in Peterborough
In this Pride feature, Nick Taylor interviews three of Peterborough's most beloved drag queens: Betty Baker, Just Janis, and Sahira Q. We take you to the front row of one of their shows, discuss what it means to be part of a drag family, and ask what it's like to be a drag queen in Peterborough.
Where to Vote if You Live on Campus
Are you a residence student wondering how to vote? Look no further! We have laid out some of the details of your journey to the polls on Monday, September 20th, 2021.
Recap: End-times environmental debate
As the election inches ever-nearer, residents of the Peterborough-Kawartha riding are increasingly bombarded with debates, canvases, political ads on the interweb, radio and TV. Read on for coverage of last week’s all candidates environmental debate.
With Your Heart and Your Head: A More Strategic Vote
In this op-ed, Danny Taro breaks down his strategy of voting for the NDP and encourages those aligned with the party to stay true to their political identity.
Top Five Internet and/or Operating System Simulation Videogames
Taking a break from literary criticism, Dante Pettapiece decides to sit behind a gamer's keyboard instead. While reviewing five recent videogames, Pettapiece charts out how each one replicates and comments on the past of technology and internet culture, occasionally pointing out where reality and technology might be better off separate than together.
Everything You Need To Know About the Return to Campus
In this article, Nick Taylor attempts to answer all of your COVID campus questions! Get the latest info on the vaccine mandate, mask requirements, where to get COVID tests, changes to ventilation, and cases on campus!
DisOrientation Week 2021
OPIRG Peterborough's Special Events Coordinator, Simone Zhu outlines their annual DisOrientation Week! Learn more about the exciting roster of events they have planned for Trent, Nogo, + beyond!
A Climate Emergency with a Side of Medium Transit
Robert Gibson unpacks the decision making process at Peterborough’s city council surrounding transit. Tensions have been running high as city councilors work towards an agreement on how to move forward with a decision on the future of transit in this city.
I Don't Give A Damn About Our Reputation
Evan Robins directs her attention to the upcoming school year and the reputation Trent tends to garner amongst incoming students, compiling a counter-narrative to the university’s polished façade. You came to Trent for a reason, you ought to know the truth behind it.
Respectability, Harassment, and the Fight to be Trans Online with Autogyniphiles_Anonymous
Following a trying targeted harassment campaign and a number of changes to algorithms used by Instagram and Facebook causing accounts run by trans creators to suddenly face deletion, Evan Robins sits down with Autogyniphiles_Anonymous' Arendt Admin to talk content moderation, respectability, and how to stop queer spaces online from becoming the targets of hate groups and corporate policing.
A Case For Louis Riel College
In this article, Cheyenne Wood revisits the conversation around the renaming of Champlain College, and for the first time, offers an alternative: Louis Riel. Wood details the contradictions involved in Champlain's name remaining on campus, and builds an argument for replacing it with that of the Métis revolutionary, Louis Riel.
Love and Chainsaws: Why you should read the Chainsaw Man manga (if you haven’t already)
Arthur’s resident enthusiast for all things horrifying, dark, and gory is back, with her sights set on the final frontier: manga & anime. This time she’s jumping into Tatsuki Fujimoto’s critically acclaimed Chainsaw Man, an over-the-top thrill ride filled with demons, public servants, and – of course – chainsaws.
How chess taught me to blunder, beautifully
In this article Lucas shares his recent fixation on chess, and how it’s changed the way he thinks of failure. Read to enjoy how he’s learned to blunder beautifully!
It’s My World of Warcraft, and I Get to Pick the Soundtrack
In this article, Cameron Noble writes about how he rediscovered his long lost middle school love during the pandemic: World of Warcraft. He reflects on his quest for nostalgia and recounts the many podcasts he listened to in his quest from the first level to the sixtieth.
A Love Letter to Red Dead Redemption 2
In this review of Red Dead Redemption 2, Cheyenne Wood explains why this game became a source of solace for her during the pandemic. They explain everything they love about it: well-developed characters, good story-telling, and all the historical accuracies that help to get people thinking about colonization.
The Last of Us Part II was my Favourite Worst Game of 2020
Out of all the games she played during the pandemic, The Last of Us Part II continues to stick with Evan Robins. In this review she examines the expectations this sequel had to live up to, what it actually delivered on, and the difficulty of appreciating the art and craft of games, while resenting the industry behind them.
The Results Are In: City Council Ignored Us
Robert Gibson explores Council’s decision to ignore looking at survey results prior to making a decision and city hall practices that may silence and further oppress individuals and groups who are most impacted by council’s decisions.
A Half Empty Residence, a Tuition Hike, and a Message from Curve Lake: June's Board of Governors Meeting
Brazil Gaffney-Knox outlines the events of the Board of Governors meeting on June 25th, the final meeting of the academic year. Motions were passed, speeches made, (some) discussions ensued. TL;DR Curve Lake First Nation Chief, Emily Whetung commended Trent for its commitment to Indigenous peoples and positive relationship with Curve Lake, applications to Durham’s new residence are sparse and Leo’s “realistic hope” is that they’ll have half the promised capacity when school starts, BoG makes the “political” decision to increase to out-of-province tuition by 3%.
Pride Month and Prejudice: The Dark Side of Pride
As pride month draws to a close, Evan Robins reappraises the discourses that were, from the presence at cops and kink at pride parades, to the annual pride month marketing campaigns. Despite pride's reputation as a family friendly event, she wonders whether this might distract from the plight of queer people still actively targeted by corporations and legislators that claim to support them.
Seven Things Settlers Can Do Instead of Celebrating C*nada Day
This year, as we grapple with the discoveries of what is now over 1 300 children found in mass graves at residential schools, many are left wondering what there is to celebrate on July 1st. So while you trade your red and white for an orange shirt, Arthur has put together a non-exhaustive list of steps you can take towards decolonization on C*nada Day this year.
Sports Are Cancelled, We're Gamers Now
Lucas Schaefer details what you can expect from the “gamer takeover” happening to Arthur’s sports section this summer. Check out what’s in store, and what we’re game for!
Member of Trent Board of Governors Charged with Impaired Driving
In this article, Nick Taylor details how a member of Trent's Board of Governors, John Desbiens, was charged with impaired driving in early 2021 and swiftly resigned from Trent's BoG, and several other local institutions and not-for-profits.
Blood Quantum is the Indigenous-led Horror Movie You Have Never Seen
In this article, Evan Robins reviews Jeff Barnaby's 2019 horror film, Blood Quantum, about a zombie plague that Indigenous people are immune to. Robins takes stock of every component of this film -- its plot, its cinematography, its gore, and ultimately, she recommends it!
Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival Premiers Covid-Style
The world’s first Indigenous fringe festival is happening right here in Nogojiwanong this week. Nogojiwanong Indigenous Fringe Festival (NIFF) will host a week-long lineup of performances from a variety of Indigenous artists from June 23 to 27. Performances will be accessible by vehicle on Trent's Symons Campus.
Catholic Church Calls Accountability 'Unfair'
In this article, Cheyenne Wood unpacks the troubling deflections of blame made by members of the Catholic Church and the Canadian government in the weeks since the discovery of a mass grave of Indigenous children at the Kamloops Residential School. While neither institution has fully taken on accountability for the atrocities committed, they both have blood on their hands.
Trying To Get Inside Bo’s Head After Watching Bo Burnham’s Inside
Lucas Schaefer reviews Bo Burnham's new comedy special, 'Inside' -- a self-reflexive and self-deprecating take on one comedian's journey to create a comedy special entirely alone and in one single room.
Editorial: Reclusive Editor Pipes Up
In this editorial, Brazil Gaffney-Knox reflects on her first year as Arthur editor. While the year has been painful and chaotic writ large, Arthur has brought her hope and joy.
Editorial: How It All Hangs Together
In this editorial, Nick Taylor reminisces on the year that has been and all that it requires of journalism. They also attempt to weave a few seemingly-unrelated stories together: CAUT's censure on UofT, the bombing of Al Jazeera and Associated Press offices in Gaza, and the felling and beheading of a statue of Egerton Ryerson.
Open Letter to Trent Security re: Racism on Campus
Domenica Othwolo, the VP of The Association of Black Students (TABS) writes an open letter to Trent Security, detailing the anti-Black racism that she and others have experienced in their engagements with campus security.
How Does Peterborough Police Service Investigate Sexual Assault: Part 2
In this follow-up, Elizabeth Mitton dives deeper into the changes that resulted from the findings of Robyn Doolittle’s 2017 “Unfounded” investigation for about how Canadian Police services handle sexual assault investigations. Specifically, Elizabeth details the local effects: the changes made in the Peterborough Police Services policy around sexual assault investigations. This piece outlines these changes in great detail.
The Arthur Literary Review: Roger Boylan's Timeless Novel
In his latest edition of the Arthur Literary Review, Dante Pettapiece reviews Roger Boylan's newest novel, The Adorations, which has been described as this Nabokovian author's magnum opus.
How Does Peterborough Police Service Investigate Sexual Assault: Part 1
In this article, Elizabeth Mitton dives into Robyn Doolittle’s groundbreaking 2017 Globe and Mail article, “Unfounded” and the impact it had in police precincts across Canada. At the time, Peterborough stood out in this investigation with rates of sexual assault allegations classified as ‘unfounded’ exceeding both the provincial and national rates. Mitton examines the realities behind these numbers and the commitments made by the Peterborough Police Service in response to this investigation..
The Grift that Keeps on Giving
In this op-ed, Cameron Noble explores how the anti-lockdown, anti-vaccine movements overlap with far right movements in Peterborough. He provides a glimpse at the backdrop of anti-vaccine sentiments in Canada, and some updates about the anti-lockdown movement locally. Ultimately, Noble argues that while these movements seem fringe, they have perhaps shifted the overton window both in how mainstream media frames the pandemic response, and in how state actors have repeatedly put self-interest and profit above the safety of citizens.
'For All That I Learned From You' : Trent's Broken Promise to its Students
In 2019, the TCSA approached Daniel Crawford and Hannah Spinney to paint a mural outside their office in the Student Centre. Mid-way through the project, the TCSA learned that the mural was in violation of their lease agreement with the University, and was destroyed.
Little Barbershop of Horrors: The Bosses Revolt
In this op-ed, Cameron Noble tracks the rise of anti-mask, anti-vax, anti-lockdown mobilization in our city -- including how local business owners are working together to 'end the lockdowns.'
On Trent Land: An Alternative Plan
Connor McCaskill and Carolina Engering are senior undergrad students in Michael Classens’ ERST 4810- Ecological Design course. As their final project, they have chosen to undertake the task of bettering the Trent Lands Plan, specifically proposing an alternative to Cleantech’s ‘Street B’ that will bisect the Trent Vegetable Garden.
Community-Based Research: A Year in Review
Alexia Kambanis finishes off her Community Based Research project with Arthur by reflecting on the year she has had. While this project is one of the most challenging things she did in her undergrad, she also says it was one of the most rewarding. Read the final results of her survey and learn more about the endless possibilities offered when doing research through your local student press.
Private Server, Lonely World
In his most recent non-fiction story, Dante Pettapiece recounts an online encounter with a Penguin, the avatar of a self-proclaimed shut-in from Hong Kong. Pettapiece weaves web worlds, long nights, and the elusive question of democracy into this story about confronting someone for whom the new norm of “quarantine” is typical.
Slander in Cinema
In this article, Aimee Anctil explores the oft-overlooked racist and homophobic tropes in 'Mean Girls' (2004) and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010). Anctil reminds us that "we can appreciate art, we must also criticize it for what it is. No art is without flaw, and no film is without its biases."
Virtual Sleep Out Raises $5000 For Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Trent student, Simal Iftikhar helped host a “Virtual Sleep Out” in collaboration with Peterborough Cares umbrella network in effort to raise money for youth and families experiencing homelessness. On March 26, several participants slept outside in their backyards or garages and were successful in raising $5000 for the YES Shelter for Youth and Families. The event was live streamed, during the event’s livestream, Iftikhar and her friend Jocelyn Enright were joined by Brooke Erickson, the Community Engagement Manager at Youth Emergency Shelter (YES) Shelter.
Interviewing the Trent Vegan Society
The Trent Vegan Society (TVS) is a registered group with the Trent Central StudentAssociation (TCSA) that has been active since September 2018. The founders Shira Rubinoff and Eliaz Tavares have promoted the importance of veganism through pay what you can bake sales, a kombucha brewing workshop, Annual General Meeting (AGM), and communal potlucks. In this interview with TVS, we learn about how this group has been engaging students during COVID-19 and how you can get more involved.
The 140 Billion Dollar Personality Cult
Katie Pedlar critiques the ethics and efficiency of high budget environmentalism. How does our fascination with technology convolute the priorities of environmentalism? And how are we to resist the charms of a handsome billionaire genius who claims to know what’s best?
News Goes Down Under!
In this article, Rob Gibson explains why Facebook's choice to remove news content from its site in Australia. This controversial decision by the multi-billion dollar tech company was made amidst ongoing conversations about how to regulate social media, news media, and the internet more broadly. Find out how greed is driving the conversations, and policy development around regulating the internet.
Has City Hall Failed the Transgender Community?
In this article, Robert Gibson explores the debate about change rooms at the Peterborough Wellness Centre--diving into whether or not transgender and non-binary folks are being heard by the City of Peterborough. In addition to pointing out some of the transphobic rhetoric being espoused by community members, Gibson interviews a transgender man to provide insight on the developing situation.
CFS Ontario's Sébastien Lalonde on the Student Choice Initiative Appeal Hearings
Robert Gibson and Spencer Wells interview Canadian Federation of Students' (CFS Ontario) chairperson, Sébastien Lalonde, about the ongoing fight against the Ontario government's Student Choice Initiative (SCI). The CFS organized an online gathering March 23rd to view the Province's appeal hearing. Student leaders from various Ontario post secondary institutions as well as CFS members voiced concerns about the ongoing legal battle, and what the SCI could mean for levy groups like student unions, students services, student spaces and more.
Enriched Secrecy: BWXT’s Radioactive Plans
Zach Ruiter provides an update on the legal dispute over the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission's recent decision to renew BWXT Nuclear Energy Canada's licence for their site on Monaghan Road, allowing them to pellet uranium across from Price of Wales Elementary School. A local grassroots organization called Citizens Against Radioactive Neighbourhoods (CARN) is working with lawyers from the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) to put forward a legal challenge against the licence renewal.
Why Now is the Time to Talk About Tuition
In this op-ed, Maggie Piper explains how COVID-19 has exacerbated the unaffordability crisis in post-secondary education in the province of Ontario, and how legislators and administrators alike have failed to respond to students needs. Piper asks, "Is our educational funding model prepared for the next crisis?"
OPIRG's New Research on Student Experiences During the Pandemic
Madelin Gennaro examines Diya Shah’s research on students’ experiences with online learning during the pandemic. Shah’s research shows that the year has been challenging for students, and that online learning has taken a toll. Students have especially struggled financially, socially and with mental health broadly. While it is unclear whether shutdowns will continue in the Fall 2021 semester, Shah’s research suggests that a hybrid model of in-person and online classes would be the best option for improving student experiences across the board.
Black History Month Blowout Goes Online
Irene Suvillaga highlights Black History Blowout’s success in transforming Zoom events now and for all by providing an “exquisite banquet of cultural pride and unapologetic innate talent” through a series of Black and Indigenous performances by both domestic and international artists. The event also announced the new recipient for the second annual Charlie Earle’s Micro Grant for Black Women and Non-binary artists.
Year One of Black Student Support
The Black Student Support (BSS) program has been operating at Trent University since the Summer of 2020. In this in-depth interview with the Student Facilitators Ethel Nalule and Ropa Mungwari, we find out how Black students and community members can better access mental health resources and more positive space. With partnership with Student Affairs and the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility (CHREA) Special Projects Coordinator, Faith Mwesigye, joins us for a discussion on how Black students can be better supported at Trent.
Municipal Parks and COVID-19
In his second article on the importance of city parks and COVID-19, Robert Gibson dives into the stats that relate COVID-19 incidence to availability of city parks. While there isn’t a direct link between these two factors, Gibson argues that biodiversity is linked to the incidence of pandemic and that parks have many health benefits for urban populations.
The Next Best Option; the Musicfest Livestream
Musicfest's free admission concerts in Del Crary Park have been a staple summer activity in the Peterborough-Nogojiwanong area for decades. However, in the age of COVID-19 and concerts being cancelled for the foreseeable future, Musicfest opted to host their first-ever livestreamed performance while aiming to maintain audience engagement. How did they do it? Elizabeth Mitton sat down with Musicfest's Marketing and Communications Specialist Justin Sutton to find out.
Arthur Editorship Platforms 2021-2022
Nick Taylor and Brazil Gaffney-Knox are running for Arthur's editorship for Vol. 56. If you are part of Arthur's Staff Collective, you are eligible to vote for the incoming editors on April 10th, 2021 over zoom.
2017 Campus Sexual Assault Case Continues
In this article, Elizabeth Mitton provides an update on the ongoing legal battle surrounding an alleged sexual assault that took place on Trent University's Symons Campus in September 2017. After the criminal charges against Adam Bullock were dropped, his legal team filed a civil suit that has since been responded to with a countersuit.
The Environment is Under Attack
Robert Gibson outlines the challenges faced by the public in recognizing issues of environmental concern in Ontario. Minister’s Zoning Orders (MZOs) in particular, he says, threaten the public’s ability to challenge new developments put forward by the province and municipalities. Additionally, Bill 245, he calls “a clear bombardment of environmental rights” as it weakens citizens’ right to appeal environmental decisions.
Femmephobia: Q&A with Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin
In this article, Aras Mommertz interviews Dr. Rhea Ashley Hoskin about her research on gender roles, hegemonic femininity, and how society values feminine-presenting people. They discuss how everyone is affected by femmephobia and how it is engrained into the dominant culture to devalue and police those who are femme.
Femmephobia: What’s the Impact?
Through this article, we discuss how everyone is affected by femmephobia and how it is engrained into the dominant culture to devalue and police those who are femme. With a specific focus on the 2SLGBTQ++ community, this article hopes to inform the general public on how to be more intersectional, understand micro-aggressions and create a discussion on how we conduct ourselves in society.
TCSA Elections Part 2: The Executive Candidates
In her second article covering the TCSA Spring Elections, Irene Suvillaga focuses on the candidates running for executive positions. Suvillaga documents the second half of the ‘Candidate Meet and Greet’ where the candidates for VP Health and Wellness, and VP Campaigns and Equity shared their platforms and answered questions from viewers and previous TCSA board members.
Transit Town
Radiyah Kareem details the changes that have been made in the past year since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of Peterborough. She investigates how the changes affect various groups in the community; those who rely on transit for access work and necessities including Peterborough locals, students who live downtown and on campus.
TCSA Elections Part 1: The Equity Commissioner Candidates
Irene Suvillaga covers last week’s “TCSA Candidates Meet and Greet.” In this article she focuses on the only contested Equity Commissioner position: Women's Student Commissioner, detailing the two candidates' answers during the Q & A period. Suvillaga also covers the platforms presented by the candidates for Part-Time Student Commissioner, Environment and Sustainability Commissioner, and Students with Disabilities Commissioner.
A Naturalist's Beef with the Trent Lands Plan
Francene Francis interviews local biologist and naturalist, Basil Conlin. Basil has spent countless hours on Trent land researching plants, mammals and bugs (moths especially). His discovery that there are about 800 moth species just on Trent lands, led him to wonder, if the Trent environment can provide for 800 species of moths, imagine what else it can provide for! After all, a moth isn’t just a bug, an Aspen isn’t just a tree, and a Bobolink isn’t just a bird. They’re stories. They’re life histories of different ecosystems and environments that had to come together just right for life to thrive. But with the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan unfolding, will this thriving be able to continue?
The Arthur Literary Review: Tim Hwang and Why You're a Commodity
In his latest edition of the Arthur Literary Review, Dante Pettapiece reflects on Tim Hwang's new book, 'Subprime Attention Crisis,' which explores how big tech financializes attention. In this review, Pettapiece reimagines the internet and explains why Hwang believes there is a ticking time bomb at the heart of the internet.
Laurentian's Tensions
Katie Pedlar dives into the dire financial situation at Laurentian University and questions if these circumstances could arise at Trent University. This article touches on administrative redundancies, international tuition and post secondary funding.
A Better Way to Talk About Crime
In her second article of this series, Alexia Kambanis introduces a counter-example to her initial criticisms of local crime reporting: Arthur Newspaper! She explores how crime has been covered in Arthur's pages, and argues for crime reporting that accounts for context and empathy.
RPM Challenge: the 2021 Listening Listicle
To highlight the ever-expanding catalogue of music in the city of Peterborough and the Kawartha Lakes region, Spencer Wells provides a detailed list of artist submissions for the 2021 Record Production Month Challenge. This is the final article based on the Revvin Up radio miniseries on Trent Radio.
How Trent University Responds to an Outbreak on Campus
A recent spike in COVID-19 case numbers has caused the Region of Peterborough to escalate their control measures into the red zone. Spencer Wells reached out to Trent University on what new measures are going into effect to protect the students and faculty, as well as the surrounding community.
Trent Approves Lands Plan That "Makes Sense For The World"
The Trent Board of Governors approved the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan at their February meeting. Three community members spoke to challenge the approval, grad student Matt Dutry, the TCSA’s Jocelyn Whalen, and Elder Dorothy Taylor. The speakers argued that the Plan should not be approved, citing issues during the consultation process, and students feeling confused and uninformed. Elder Taylor, a member of Curve Lake First Nation explicitly asked the Board not to approve, “The land has said “do not allow anymore, do not allow this project to go forward.” Because this land is sacred.”
Racist Landlords Pose Challenges for International Students
Irene Suvillaga displays the harrowing reality that racialized international students face in finding housing in Peterborough.
How did TACSU celebrate Black History Month?
Irene Suvillaga follows the Trent African Caribbean Student Union (TACSU) in this year’s endeavour to celebrate Black History Month through several small events that were sought to create a long lasting impact in the hearts and minds of the Trent community. In this short piece, we explore what is Black History Month, its purpose and its significance.
On Trent Land: An ED-ucation
Francene Francis interviews Edward (Ed) Smith, of the Society for Ecological Restoration, a student group at Trent. They discuss his views on the recently approved Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan, its environmental implications and what is says about Trent's future. Ed shares some of his environmental passions and the great work SER-TU has been up to in the past few years.
Spring Elections at the TCSA
The Trent Central Student Association launches their Spring elections for the 2021-2022 academic year. Arthur published this compilation of the students running for various positions at the TCSA to help students get informed, and feel empowered to vote. Stay tuned for our podcast interviewing the candidates running for executive positions.
No More Opioid Deaths in Our Backyard
In this Editorial, Nick Taylor unpacks commentary from local developers and business-owners on the proposed Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS) site at 220 Simcoe Street. Taylor explains how the CTS site -- a long overdue, lifesaving service -- has become a topic of criticism in local headlines and amongst some downtown property owners, despite having widespread support from the community and various levels of government.
Interview with BIPOC Liason: Rhea Shahe
Aras Mommertz interviews the Trent Centre for Women and Trans People’s BIPOC Liaison, Rhea Shahe. Rhea explains the importance of her work providing an explicitly BIPOC-focused space in an organization that must contend with issues of representation. She shares the results of her research at the Centre and the projects she is currently focused on: BIPOC Archives Nogo and the BIPOC self-care zine in collaboration with the Trent Queer Collective.
RPM Challenge: Mixing Tricks
As the Record Production Month challenge draws closer to the submission date, Spencer Wells and Connor Stinson discuss the basics of mixing and mastering recorded audio – including equalizers, compression, and reverb effects. The article touches upon Spencer and Connor’s experiences as co-hosts and musicians, with tips based on the Audacity recording and editing platform. Part of a month-long series documenting the 2021 RPM Challenge.
‘Video Killed the Radio Star?’ More like ‘The Network Killed the Lesbian Co-Star’
Aimee Anctil argues for the importance of high quality, complex, and realistic queer BIPOC representation in media. Pulling from shows like 'The Legend of Korra' and 'She-Ra and the Princesses of Power' Anctil underscores the impact queer BIPOC representation has had in her life. On the other hand, shows like 'The 100' and 'Riverdale' and basically everything produced by Netflix fail to give queer characters the story arcs they deserve. Tropes like bury your queers and queer-coding evil characters are harmful; “Children internalize it all, regardless of if they are aware of it or not.” Stay critical, Anctil implores, and demand better from the networks.
On Trent Land: 'Sus'tainable
With the recent approval of the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan, including all the sustainability promises it promises, Francene Francis reflects on the current sustainability of the Symons campus. The Lands Plan is meant for holistic, ecological development that will improve life, work, and play on the Trent campus. Using the three pillars of sustainability as a guideline, she examines Trent’s sustainability framework and the plans folded into the new guiding document.
RPM Challenge: On the Record
Spencer Wells and Skye Vasey discuss some fundamental techniques to capturing audio, including microphone placement, natural acoustics, sound isolation and much more. The article reflects both Spencer and Skye's individual experiences in DIY recording, referring to many easy-to-learn tricks that anyone can use to record high-quality audio. Part of a month-long series documenting the 2021 RPM Challenge.
Faculty Focused On Student Success Despite Pandemic's Challenges
The Trent University Faculty Association (TUFA) find that online learning during the pandemic has brought about feelings of isolation for students and professors alike. Using data gathered by the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations, TUFA discusses the immense challenges and successes of online learning as well as areas for improvement within the university and across the province broadly.
The Arthur Literary Review: Mark Leyner is the Right Kind of Sleazy
Resident literary critic, Dante Pettapiece, dives into Mark Leyner's recent book The Last Orgy of the Divine Hermit.
A Case for Parks in a Pandemic
Robert Gibson explores the role of biodiversity loss on the instance of zoonotic pandemics, as well as the role that Peterborough can play in preventing this. Between the proposed developments around town to park spaces already lost to new builds, Peterborough has a way to go to imporving the park space available to the public, especially in a time like this.
Confessions of Trent Teacher Candidates
Elizabeth Mitton sits down (virtually) with four of Trent’s teacher candidates to discuss their unique perspectives and experiences as both teacher and student during the COVID-19 pandemic. The teaching candidates talk about the successes and challenges that come with learning to become a teacher during one of the most difficult times to be a teacher.
Defending Moose on Unceded Lands
In this Arthur exclusive, Cheyenne Wood interviews an Indigenous Trent Student who was involved in organizing a moratorium on unceded Algonquin lands near La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve in Northern Quebec. Local Anishinaabeg community members have been calling for a five year moratorium on non-Indigenous moose hunting to to allow for repopulation. Recent years have seen a steep decline in moose, and a lack of response from the Quebec government. Cheyenne Wood uses this example to explore other examples of contemporary colonial violence in Canada, and the difficulties involved in defending unceded territory.
A Review of a Service Canada phone call
Robert Gibson reviews a Service Canada phone call in this timely piece of comedy as more people are using Service Canada over the phone. While his experience was a hellscape, he hopes you have a better time.
Proximity Holding Peterborough Back
Devin Henderson writes about the difficulties involved in supporting local businesses during the pandemic. With the end of the State of Emergency quickly approaching, Devin is looking forward to the opportunity to shop local, rather than putting money into big box-stores.
Kawartha Nishnawbe Demand Consultation for Parks Canada Development
Irene Suvillaga follows the Kawartha Nishnawbe barricade of a dam reconstruction project by Parks Canada on January 13, 2021. The project has been deemed illegal, moving forwards without consultation to the Nishnawbe Community prior to the construction process and has resulted in the erection of barricades that block the entry to the construction site. This article follows both the Nishnawbe and Parks Canada , featuring statements by David Britton, Director of the Ontario Waterways; Christopher Reid, appointed lawyer for Kawartha Nishnawbe; and Nodin Webb leader and spokesperson of the Kawartha Nishnawbe Community.
New Year New Queer: Review of the Trent Queer Collective’s Annual General Meeting
Aras Mommertz reviews the Trent Queer Collective (TQC)'s Annual General Meeting, where the organization re-caps what they have been up to over the past year. Learn more about how the TQC are bringing the Queer community together and uplifting Queer voices, through their radio show 'Queer Talks', their QTBIPOC fund, their rebrand, and their upcoming plans for a Queer Skateboarding group come Spring!
RPM Challenge: A Songwriter’s Primer
With the RPM Challenge officially underway, Spencer Wells offers insightful tips and techniques on how to get started on the songwriting process. The challenge is seeking musical submissions from anyone and everyone interested, regardless of prior musical experience. This article is part of a month-long document highlighting the event, with each article reflecting Spencer's progress as he participates in the challenge himself.
On Trent Land: Wildin'
Habitat destruction and fragmentation is often a common side effect of human habilitation and expansion projects. How will the Trent Lands and Nature Areas Plan (TLNAP) affect the feeding relationships on the Trent campus and its surroundings? Let’s examine the situation through the lens of two top predators in the Trent natural community.
Catching up on the Subway Chicken Court Catastrophe
For over three years, Trent University and the CBC have been locked in a legal battle against Subway for a Marketplace episode involving a lab test done on campus, confirming the quality of the chicken products being served by a multitude of fast-food chains. Spencer Wells follows up on the extensive history and media developments of this series of cases, of which set historic precedents for all of the parties involved.
The Showstopper: How COVID-19 has Affected Local Performing Arts Organizations
One of the first to close, and presumably one of the last to reopen due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Peterborough-Nogojiwanong’s arts and culture scene has remained out of the spotlight for almost a year. In this article, Elizabeth Mitton goes behind the scenes of the Peterborough Arts Recovery Alliance, an ad-hoc group which represents 13 local performing arts organizations, to discuss the impacts the pandemic has had on the arts, and how they’re aiming to come back even stronger.
On Trent Land: Ashes to Ashes
Trent is planning for many changes in their Lands Plan. Utilizing more of their property, they want to expand the built campus and its periphery for future economic, social, and environmental gain. Much of the property is occupied by ash trees that will be negatively affected by construction. As much of the Ontario ash populations are already at risk, are we willing to unnecessarily endanger more?
4chan With a Bloomberg Terminal
In a much needed act of public service, Alex Purdye takes readers through the events unfolding in the international casino that many call the stock market. Have you been confused about recent news citing a “reddit-fuelled take-over” of the market? Don’t have any idea what a “short” is, not to mention a “short squeeze”? Want to know more about GME, ‘hedgies’, and all the wall street bad boys out there losing money? Though the story isn’t as hopeful, nor as simple as he’d like, Purdye can be your guide.
Gearing Up for the 2021 RPM Challenge
Spencer Wells highlights the upcoming Record Production Month Challenge - an internationally-recognized event that promotes anyone and everyone to produce music for the entire month of February. He is also working with Trent Radio to produce a series of shows that covers his progress in the challenge, as well as offering tips and advice on how to get started with the production process. Features an interview with Peterborough artist Victoria Stoddart.
Resisting Food Injustice With Food Not Bombs
Demand for the free weekly provided by Food Not Bombs has increased throughout the past year’s lockdowns, reaching an all-time high in August and September. Elizabeth Mitton dives into the local chapter of this international movement that has provided a free meal in Nogo-Ptbo every week since 2005. In the face of a global health crisis, which has exacerbated an already tenuous and unjust food system, community members come together every week at Food Not Bombs to share in resistance. As member Myles Connor articulates this organization “is an opportunity for praxis...not an opportunity to give back, but to take action.”
Examining the Examiner: Covering Crime in Peterborough
In the first article for her Community Based Research project with Arthur, Alexia Kambanis examines the trappings of crime coverage in Peterborough. Does the Examiner’s heavy handed and often classist reporting lead readers to feel more unsafe? Is the upswell in the true crime genre--of podcasts, books, reporting--affecting the way crime is reported? Alexia is Arthur’s researcher in residence this Spring and she will be working on answering big questions about crime reporting through the lens of our very own, homegrown, Peterborough publications.
ReFrame Review: The Garden Collective
Aras Mommertz reviews Sara Wylie's short documentary 'The Garden Collective.' This film documents the Prison for Women (P4W) Memorial Collective, telling tragic stories of injustice in the Kingston women's prison which closed in 2000, particularly histories of violence inflicted upon Indigenous women. 'The Garden Collective' is also a story of colonial brutality, the violence that the Canadian justice system continues to inflict, and the immense project for justice and healing that this collective has undertaken.
Seen Reading: Hell Light Flesh by Klara du Plessis
Local poet Angela Hibbs reviews Hell Light Flesh by Klara du Plessis, a recent publication from Palimpsest Press. Hell Light Flesh is du Plessis' second collection of poetry, and details family, punishment, and the ferocity and brilliance of creation. Hibbs reviews the collection and poses some questions to the author.
ReFrame Review: Call Me Human
Katie Pedlar discusses Kim O'Bomsawin's impactful new documentary, Call Me Human. This film follows Innu poet Joséphine Bacon, though she rejects the title as "poet" does not exist in Innu-aimun. As part of a generation grappling with the effects of centuries of violent oppression, Bacon's work serves to nourish Innu language, resisting colonial suffocation of Innu language and culture.
ReFrame Review: The Reason I Jump
Robert Gibson reviews Jerry Rothwell's The Reason I Jump. This film is adapted from Naoki Higashida's 2007 memoir on growing up as a non-verbal autistic person. The Reason I Jump explores these themes, weaving together individual stories and challenging ableist myths and stigma around autistic people who require a high degree of support. Gibson writes that this film accomplishes the difficult task of bringing the audience into the minds of neurodiverse people with respect and care.
ReFrame Review: Dope is Death
Spencer Wells reviews Mia Donovan's 2020 film, 'Dope is Death' - a documentary film that details the community response to the 1970s heroin epidemic in the South Bronx. In response to government inaction, the Black Panthers led an occuption of Lincoln Memorial Hospital and under the leadership of Dr. Shakur, the Lincoln Detox clinic became the first government-funded clinic of its kind. This article is part of the a series of a series of reviews for the 2021 ReFrame Film Festival.
On Trent Land: The Costs of Expansion
Francene Francis kicks off her series of articles on ecological diversity on campus with a profile of three beautiful and enchanting bird species: the bald eagle, the barn swallow, and the wood thrush. Read more about these species and what they bring to the ever-evolving biological diversity at Trent.
Charlie Earle Micro-Grant Returns for a Second Year
Irene Suvillaga dives into the legacy of Charlie Earle, a beloved Peterborough musician who passed away in 2019. The Charlie Earle Micro-Grant, created by family, friends, and the Trent Centre for Women and Trans People helps to support up and coming Black woman or non-binary artists with a one-time bursary. The grant's second year will close on Friday, January 22 and the 2021 winner will be announced later this spring.
ReFrame Review: There's No Place Like This, Anyplace
Janine Joseph reviews canadian director Lulu Wei's 'There's No Place Like This, Anyplace' a documentary about the famous and grand Honest Ed's--a landmark in Toronto's downtown. The fall of Honest Ed's is the story of gentrification and this documentary is a clear snapshot of the ever looming force of condo development and rent hikes in Canada's largest city.
ReFrame Review: Wintopia
Liam Parker reviews Canadian director Mira Burt-Wintonick's Wintopia. This documentary is a post humous collaboration with her late father, famous Canadian director, Peter Wintonick. "A brilliant blend of tradgedy, insight, wit, and philosophy," Wintopia is showing at ReFrame's COVID-ready online film festival from January 22-29.