By Olivia Wright
Last Thursday, North Toronto Collegiate Institute participated in the #StudentsSayNo walkout in a peaceful protest against Doug Fords cuts and changes to the Ontario education system. Our school rallied alongside thousands of students, teachers, parents, and politicians throughout Ontario to advocate our disapproval of the Ford governments plans regarding programs and funding necessary for students succession in school and continuing studies. Some of the changes include larger classrooms, mandatory e-learning courses, cuts to OSAP funding, cuts to special-ed programs and many more cuts and changes to fundamental learning programs.
By Daphne Oriotis, Olivia Gottschalk
Cleaning out your closet and need inspiration for your spring wardrobe? Here is a lot our springtime essentials.
2. Pull out that jean jacket because they are a classic and never go out of style. You can even find the best ones at your local thrift store for cheap.
3. Add some colour to your look with some fun multiple coloured nails!
By Abby Waldman
So as you are probably aware of (unless you live under a rock or were studying like me), the Oscars just happened. And a lot of stuff went down. So here’s a quick play by play of who won, what happened, and how they survived being hostless.
Best Original Song: Shallow -- A Star is Born
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek -- Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Olivia Coleman -- The Favourite
Best Picture: Green Book (this shocked everyone, since Bohemian Rhapsody won most of the awards throughout the night, including Best Actor in a Leading Role)
And now, the biggest news of the night. Yes, the Oscars were host-less. However, people really enjoyed it. The show started off with an amazing performance by Queen featuring Adam Lambert as lead singer. Then we got a few funny monologues and pre-award presentation speeches from the presenters. People actually enjoyed watching the show without any random interruptions or a long monologue to start off the show and interrupt multiple times throughout the show. Overall, this year’s hostess Oscars were shocking, record-breaking, and overall, pretty interesting to watch. Now that only leaves us with one question: who’s hosting next year?
By Abby Waldman
On Tuesday, February 5th, North Toronto Students attended our annual assembly to honor those whose lives were affected by the Holocaust, as well as share survivors’ stories to educate our students on the devastating effects of segregation.
With deep sadness, our school gathered to honor the passing of William Glied, a holocaust survivor who shared his personal stories of distraught, recovery and hope with our school for years. His courage, kindness and wisdom will be remembered by all NT students and staff who had the opportunity to hear about his journey.
This year, our school was fortunate enough to hear from Elly Gotz, a 91 year-old holocaust survivor who’s journey of anguish and revival certainly touched the hearts of all who attended. Gotz was born in Lithuania, a small country bordered by Poland and Belarus. At only sixteen, his family (moved to an isolated Jewish Ghetto) had locked themselves in a bunker, forsaking death due to the tortuous conditions of war. After surrendering, he and his father were transported to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany as laborers, being sparingly fed a meal of one bowl of soup and a slice of bread. Throughout the several months in the camp, Gotz and the other prisoners were not able to bathe and treated terribly, causing many of his friends to fall ill. By the end of the war, Gotz and his father were liberated by Russia and reunited with their family members. They endured months in the hospital to recover.
Gotz had left the hospital with hate, but taught himself to forgive and channel the energy into his education, passions and profession. Gaining an electrical engineering degree, creating several enterprises and even becoming a pilot, he now shares his inspiring story of retrieval. Gotz has donated a copy of his novel, ‘Flights of Spirit’ to our library and we encourage NT students to learn more about his experiences
This year's holocaust assembly was wonderfully organized and certainly gave our students and staff a transformative insight on the dangers of hatred, and the importance of hope and kindness in dreadful times.