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Canada Looks for Davis Cup Revenge on France | Game, Set, Match

Canada Looks for Davis Cup Revenge on France | Game, Set, Match | The Ryerson #GoldStandard | Scoop.it

By: Shannon Cuciz

 

For the first time in eight years, Canada has advanced to the World Group of the Davis Cup. This year’s tennis team consists of No. 28 ranked Milos Raonic, the third best doubles player in the world, Daniel Nestor, along with No.120 Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver and No.159 Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont. The 5,000-seat Thunderbird Sports Centre in Vancouver is sold out for all three days of the Feb.10-12 tie as Canada takes on France, one of the world’s leading tennis powers.  

 

Canadian tennis legend Nester, 39, and Thornhill sensation Raonic, 21, are Canada’s biggest hopes for an upset. Former world No. 1 Nestor reached the semifinals of the Australian Open doubles tournament this year. Milos, one of the fastest servers in the game, recently won the Chennai Open in India. This was his second career ATP tour title.

 

Canada recorded 3-2 wins against both Ecuador and Israel last year. Pospisil was the team’s hero as his final singles win against Isreal helped Canada move on to play in their first Davis Cup tie in Vancouver since 1992. The last time Canada and France met in the Davis Cup was 1966 in France on clay courts. The nine-time Davis Cup winners easily swept Canada with a 5-0 victory. This year, France has six players ranked inside the top 50 in the world, while Canada only has two.

 

Davis Cup Canadian captain Martin Laurendeau is confident that his team is fit and ready to compete on the hard courts, ”For the first time in quite a while, we’ve got everybody healthy and wanting to play. We’re going to savour that,” he said.

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Scotland Yard accidentally shares victims’ email addresses ‎ | A Dutchman in Toronto

Scotland Yard accidentally shares victims’ email addresses ‎ | A Dutchman in Toronto | The Ryerson #GoldStandard | Scoop.it

By: Roald Regtien

 

London’s Metropolitan Police Scotland Yard blundered by accidentally sharing the email addresses of more than 1,000 victims of crime with other victims. A total of 1,136 emails were sent on Monday due to “human error,” the police admitted in a statement released on Thursday. The addresses were put in the wrong inbox so that they were visible to the other recipients in the batch. The email was meant to inform the victims of a new crime helpline. A total of 958 people affected were victims of theft, while 100 people were victims of criminal damage. No personal details were revealed in the wrongfully sent emails, the statement added.

 

  “This leak appears to have been caused by human mistake. There is no system which can entirely prevent this from happening,” Victim Support’s London spokesman Jeff Gardner said to the BBC. But Nick Pickle, director of a privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch, disagreed. “The fact that technology makes it easier to make mistakes does not excuse them.” The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which upholds information rights including data privacy, had been informed of the error. “We cannot say at this stage whether a breach has occurred,” said an ICO spokesperson to the British public broadcaster. It added that a maximum penalty of 500,000 pounds (around $800,000) for a breach is for “the most serious cases.”

     
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Jpazzano's Twitter Hunt

I took to Ryerson University campus to look for students and professors alike last Thursday. I scavenged for their opinions on campus hot spots, student life and arts stories. My report is for the #rygoldstandard, my online class' collective blog.
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Ryerson in Tweets

On Jan. 19, the #JRN112 class at Ryerson University hit the streets - okay, mostly Gould Street - to gather and tweet people's take on news, social media, and various Ryerson topics.
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My #jrn112 scavenger hunt experience

So in order to get us used to social media, such as Twitter, our brilliant instructors sent us out in the cold, harsh Toronto weather. Kidding. We had ten streeter tasks to complete and tweet, and the weekend to do it.
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Iain Marlow tweets from the Shanghai subway crash

More than 200 people were injured in China's financial capital of Shanghai on Tuesday afternoon when one subway car rear-ended another.
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Canadian government takes a legal stand against same-sex marriage

By: Alexa Huffman

 

Same-sex couples who traveled to Canada to get married since
2004 are not legally wed if their home country does not recognize same-sex
marriage (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/despite-legal-about-face-harper-has-no-intention-of-reopening-same-sex-marriage/article2299574/).
The Conservative government said on Thursday. The Globe and Mail reports the
notice came after a lesbian couple wed in Toronto in 2005 were told by their
Department of Justice lawyer they could not divorce because they could not have
lawfully wed in England or Florida, where the two reside.

 

The announcement on this Toronto test case has created a national outcry. Interim Liberal Leader Bob Rae calls the Justice Department’s decision “illogical” and “ludicrous,” stating he doesn’t understand the legal argument or what Stephen Harper is up to. Seattle-based gay rights activist, Dan Savage, who married his boyfriend in Vancouver in 2005, was also shocked by the news. In an interview, Savage said he had found out through his Twitter feed he had been “divorced overnight.”(http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/dan-savage-i-had-been-divorced-overnight/article2300428/).

 

In a response to backlash, Prime Minister Stephen Harper
said the government had no intention of re-opening the debate over the
definition of marriage. Harper also said he is not aware of the specifics of
the story and was waiting to get more details. Later on Thursday, Justice
Minister Rob Nicholson said the Conservatives will consider changing the law to
make sure non-residents can get divorced if they tied the knot in Canada (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/justice-minister-vows-to-clarify-laws-on-same-sex-marriages/article2300179/page2/). Same sex marriage was legalized by Canadian courts in 2004 and a year later, the then-Liberal government made it into a law. Since then, more than 5,000 of approximately 15,000 marriages have involved couples from the United States and other countries.

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Gould Street closure pending

By Astoria Luzzi

 

The future of Gould Street as a pedestrian-only zone was
approved by the Toronto and East York Community Council on Tuesday. The final decision will be made by city council on February 6. Julia Hanigsberg, Ryerson’s vice president of Administration and Finance, believes that Gould Street was primarily pedestrian even before the closure (http://www.ryersonian.ca/article/18476/).

 

Gould Street became pedestrian-only as part of a City of Toronto’s Transportation Services 12-month pilot project. It was decided that even after the project’s
end in September, the street will remain closed until a final decision is
reached. If Gould and Victoria Streets are deemed pedestrian-only, it will be
for a period of five years with annual reviews on its success. Since its closure, the street has been host to many campus events, has proved to cut-down travel time between classes and has made the street student-friendly. Students continue to fight to maintain the closure, stating they don’t have time to wait for street lights to change and would rather not stress over simply crossing the street. The Ryerson Student
Union has claimed that in the possible event of the street’s re-opening,
student safety will become their primary concern (http://theeyeopener.com/2012/01/community-council-approves-gould-street-closure/).

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Man Shot Dead by Police, Oakville

By: Erynn Sally

 

A man was shot dead by police in the parking lot of the Halton Regional Police
Station Thursday at around noon. Police say they found the man damaging the
property, and an altercation arose. Sergeant Dave Cross told The Globe (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/toronto/siu-investigating-after-man-shot-dead-by-police-in-oakville/article2300333/) that he was not sure why the man was in the station parking lot.

 

Fifteen minutes after the shooting, SIU was called by police to investigate. Monica Hudon, a spokeswoman from the Special Investigations Unit, told the Globe she couldn’t recall, in her three years with the SIU, another case where an individual was
shot in a police station parking lot. The unidentified man was later covered by a tarp on the parking lot pavement. There were three police cruisers surrounding them. The
Halton police stated no officers were harmed in the incident, and the police
will not be releasing any more statements due to the involvement of the SIU. The
SIU has not released how many shots were fired or confirmed the number of
uniformed officers involved (http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1114554--violence-in-oakville-man-shot-killed-by-police-woman-found-dead-in-home).

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K’naan May Sue Mitt Romney for Playing Song | Jasmine Pazzano's Arts Coverage

Canadian musician K’naan confirmed he may take legal action against Mitt Romney’s camp for playing his song Wavin’ Flag at the U.S. Republican Florida primary.  

 

“I might even go further, because I don’t like what that does to me as an artist,” he told XXLMag.com. “I don’t really like the association of a song that I created, and such a personal song, being used in that context; [it] changes the way people feel about the song. It’s damaging to me.”

 

Somalian-born K’naan said the song’s message couldn’t be further from what Romney stands for. “The dude is against immigration. . . It’s a bit hypocritical.”

 

After the primary on Tuesday, the rapper announced on Twitter: “Yo @mittromney I am K’naan Warsame and I do not endorse this message.”

 

He said he had not been asked for permission by Romney’s campaign to play the global hit. He’s also asking the campaign not to use his song again.

 

The musician said he would use the money to contribute to Obama’s campaign if he won the suit.

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Pub night at Ram and the Rye ends in brawl | Campus Coverage

By: Astoria Luzzi

 

A pub night hosted by a Ryerson student group on Friday ended in a brawl on Church Street and three arrests. The Ryerson Tamil Student’s Association (TSA) held their Winter Orientation Pub Night at the Ram in the Rye starting at 10 p.m. Soon after midnight, a fight was reported and Ryerson security was called, according to The Eyeopener. Tanya Fermin-Poppleton, the manager of security and emergency services says she thinks this is one of the biggest pub fights they have encountered.

 

Upon arriving at the pub, security assisted staff in breaking up the fights and trying to get people to leave. They were unsuccessful as the groups dispersed out onto the pub patio and Church Street to continue to fight. The police were then called because the number of individuals fighting had escalated. A security report stated that one of the groups that were fighting on Church Street was made up of an estimated twenty individuals. Toronto police arrested three people, including a non-student who was injured during the fight. Police also issued a number of tickets to those involved.

 

According to Caitlin Smith, the president of Ryerson’s Student Union, it is hard to tell if the altercation was related to the student group because the Ram is open to the public and not just students. The investigation is still underway and it is unknown when it will be done. After repeated attempts, The Eyeopener could not reach the TSA for comment.

 

       
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Alexa Huffman's #JRN112 Twitter Scavenger Hunt

Luc Rinaldi and I, two journalism students from Ryerson University. explored the campus to ask students a variety of questions about campus life and national news.
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Elisheva Baer, Entertainment, #RyGoldStandard | Celebrity gossip at the click of a mouse.

Elisheva Baer, Entertainment, #RyGoldStandard | Celebrity gossip at the click of a mouse. | The Ryerson #GoldStandard | Scoop.it
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#JRN112 Twitter Scavenger Hunt

On January 19th I did my 3rd Scavenger Hunt of the year. This time it was for school and I had to use Twitter. From 4.30 pm until 6.30 pm the Ryerson campus was crowded by journalism students asking everyone these given questions.
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Leafs Dynamic Duo Added to All-Star Game Roster

By Harlan Nemers

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs dynamic duo was finally added to the NHL All-Star Game roster Thursday night. Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul will join teammate Dion Phaneuf as one of three Leafs in Ottawa on Jan. 29 as non-starters.

 

Phaneuf was voted in as a starter last week by fan balloting while Kessel and Lupul, two of the league’s top five scorers, were among 36 players added by the league’s hockey operations department. Kessel was picked last in Raleigh, NC. at last year’s All-Star Game but won’t be ridiculed this time. The 23-year-old, who was shamelessly photographed by Alex Ovechkin last year, is tied second in total points with 48, only behind Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin with 50. Lupul, a first-time all-star, isn’t far behind with 45 points, fifth best overall.

 

The league’s top nine scorers, including Tampa’s Steven Stamkos, Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin and Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, were added. The host Senators lead the way with five players in the All-Star game while the Leafs, Rangers, Canucks, Bruins and Blackhawks have three. The starters will be Ottawa’s Daniel Alfredsson, Milan Michalek, Jason Spezza and Erik Karlsson, Toronto’s Dion Phaneuf and Boston’s Tim Thomas in net. The all-star game will once again feature a fantasy player draft, to be held on Jan. 26. Captains will choose the players for their respective teams. The captains and assistant captains will be announced next week. In addition to 36 roster players, 12 rookies have been asked to participate in the weekend preceding’s skills competition including Edmonton’s Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who is recovering from a separated left shoulder. The nationally-televised draft will take place on Jan.26.

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Plans for a live-action Star Wars television series in the works

By: Jason St. Jacques


“The Empire Strikes Back on Steroids,” is what Rick McCallum, the producer of the three Star Wars prequels, calls the potential Star Wars television series. Collider.com had an interview with McCallum about the logistics of the much needed special effects, fitting a television budget, and the show’s tone.

 

Both George Lucas and McCallum are eager to peruse the live-action television series. However, the complexity of visual effects, and money are standing in the way. Episode III, a two hour film, was made for $100 million, and took three years to make. For a television show to work, the creators would need to cut that figure down to $5 million every week for an hour show. Lucas plans for more digital characters in the television series, however, creating these types of characters will cost more money to make, than paying the lead actors of the show.

 

These are issues that still need to be worked out before production starts, however, over 50 scripts have been written for the show, despite there being no air date in sight. The show is going to be aimed more towards an adult audience, being much darker than the films.

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Ford’s Safety Threatened by Former In-law

By: Kayla Walden

 

Scott MacIntyre, former in-law to Rob Ford was charged after allegedly breaking into
Ford’s Etobicoke home around 8 a.m. Wednesday morning and threatening his
safety http://www.thestar.com/news/cityhallpolitics/article/1113981--rob-ford-s-sister-s-ex-boyfriend-charged-with-threatening-death.
MacIntyre, who is already known to Toronto Police, has been charged with
two counts of threatening death, forcible entry and possession of heroin and
cocaine. Despite MacIntyre’s threats and concerns from other family members,
Ford insists that no extra security is needed.

 

MacIntyre has a harsh past with the law. In 1992, he pleaded guilty in the United Kingdom to trafficking cocaine. He served two years in an English jail, before being
transferred back to Canada as part of a prisoner exchange program. It wasn’t
long before he was back in front of a judge again. In 1999 he pleaded guilty
after a police sting uncovered his role in a plot to traffic more than 50
pounds of hashish.

 

In 2005, MacIntyre was also charged with gun and other drug related offences following an incident in which Ford’s sister Kathy was shot in the face. The mayor’s
brother, councilor Doug Ford seems to be more concerned about his safety than
Ford himself. The councilor suggested permanent security for his brother, but
the mayor is dead set against the idea.

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