Christmas, a commercial holiday encouraging you to spend money on useless junk whilst at the same time showcasing how Christian and European our country is. (It is also a time for helping and spending time with people, but let’s forget that.) So how can you not feel like a Scrooge (apart from the actually good things about Christmas)? Let out your inner Grinch and avoid Christmas with these helpful hints.
By Olek P.
On the evening of April 16th, an event was held in the Drama room at Westmount Charter School’s mid-high campus, titled the “Evening for Applause”. A showcase of the incredible talent the students at our school possess, each performance was “dedicated to someone who has changed, inspired, or moved the performers”, according to the official program for the event. The majority of performances showcased musical talent, either vocally or instrumentally, though there were a number of videos as well, along with some poetry. The event was organized and hosted by Avalon S., Carolyn W., Mauro G., and Ellerie B, with assistance from, Zoe L., Sahill G, Natalie C., Elliot H., Katie C., Hyacinth W., Namrata S., Selena K, Richad L., along with the technical team, consisting of Reuben K., Peter H., and Chris V. The event started at seven PM, and ended at roughly ten PM.
Who needs to go see fireworks and fancy light shows when you have one right next door? On the Robert-Pilon Street in the Gatineau neighborhood of Aylmer, residents only need to glance over at Gilles Bernier and Mindy Do’s house to remind them that it’s that time on the year to spread Christmas cheer again. Continue reading
By: Krishna K.
On November 3rd 2014, I had the privilege to attend We Day. We Day is an educational program, this year’s was specifically on empowerment. The motivational speakers, poets, Olympians, bands and artists provided insight to the different kinds of empowerment. The four kinds of empowerment covered at We Day are economic empowerment, technological empowerment, social empowerment and educational empowerment. To go to We Day, you have to earn a ticket through service, one local action and one global action. My local action was a book drive hosted by the Interact club at Westmount and my global action was raising money for the school’s Plan Canada children.
A teenager fast food worker was forced to wear a nametag with gaytard written on it, as he was gay. Tyler Brazndt, a 16-year-old working at taco bell filed a complaint because of discrimination. Apparently, his boss would verbally abuse him and call him names. One day, he invited Tyler into his office, and told him that if he wanted to keep the job he had to wear the nametag. Tyler agreed, as he didn’t want to lose his job, however he felt humiliated in front of his coworkers and customers. “I would always stay behind the till so they couldn’t see the name tag, I didn’t want them to see it, but even though they couldn’t see it, he (my boss) would still come around and call me by the name across the store and customers would notice.”
Tyler expressed. After he had enough, Tyler quit the job, and went to authorities to file a complaint.
Tyler holding the nametag with the word “gaytard” on it.
This incident is one of many that have shown the discrimination against gay people in society. Today in schools the word gaytard, and similar slurs are being common jokes, but young people don’t realize the implications of how what they say could ruin possibly their future and entire life. Many teens seem to find this as a joke, however it’s serious, and this incident shows just how serious it can be.