Extra, Extra: York Students to Return to Class, Toronto Fire Department Lacks Diversity, and OVO Fest Headliners
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Extra, Extra: York Students to Return to Class, Toronto Fire Department Lacks Diversity, and OVO Fest Headliners

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  • Classes are set to resume next Monday at York University, regardless of whether CUPE 3903 members are still striking, out of concern for the academic outcomes of graduating students in particular. The university’s vice-president academic and provost, Rhonda Lenton, told the Globe and Mail: “When you move from short-term to medium- and long-term disruption, the consequences for students are severe.” The members of CUPE 3903, including TAs who teach much of the coursework at Ontario’s second largest university, have been on strike since March 3.

  • Last week the Toronto fire department proudly graduated its most diverse class of recruits since amalgamation. Unfortunately, that diversity increase is looking rather grim: of 39 new firefighters, only eight were women and six were members of visible minority groups. Councillor Michael Thompson (Ward 37, Scarborough Centre) photographed a January 2013 council meeting where a number of firefighters had showed up, and recounted today to Global News: “There was nobody there that reflected the Toronto that has the 50 per cent that is racially diverse.”
  • Headliners for for OVO Fest, rapper-cum-Toronto ambassador’s late-summer music festival, were released today, and even Rolling Stone magazine paid attention to the list, which features Big Sean, J. Cole, and, of course, Drake himself. Tickets for the two-day event, which hits the Molson Amphitheatre on August 2 and 3, go on sale on Friday—the day after the release of the decidedly not-Drake-approved documentary, Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage, about the artist’s 2009 Sound Academy concert.

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