What Our Year Will Look Like: A Chat With Richview’s Grade 10 Representative

By Eden Nath

Hello Richview! The student council is looking great this year and with Covid restrictions lifting bit by bit, we might be able to have some great in-person events! I got a chance to speak with this year’s grade 10 representative, Samantha Chin, who gave us some intel on how the student council is looking and what some of their great plans are.

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Television and The Pandemic

By Katherine Hunt

Television has changed a lot since its invention in the 1950s. It’s transitioned through technological changes of the times; going from black and white to colour, and from a big box that sat on the floor to a flat-screen that we hang on our walls. The technology is not the only thing that’s evolved, however, with the invention of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon the way we watch television has been fundamentally changed. 

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The Problem With Pandemic Films

By Natasha Kangrga

No doubt, you’ve heard of the pandemic film, also known as the genre of films about widespread viruses, plagues, and diseases. Today, we associate the pandemic film with COVID-19, and from March 16th to March 20th, several pandemic films have found their way into the South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival. We don’t need them.

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58 Things to Appreciate Now and Look Forward to Later

By Ana Downes

It is undeniable that this year has been difficult. Throughout the course of the pandemic, we have been tested on our resilience and our ability to stay optimistic despite bleak circumstances. According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, over 50% of Canadian residents reported worsening mental health since the beginning of the pandemic.

For over a year, we have been constantly bombarded with negative headlines surrounding COVID-19. We have watched as the numbers of people falling ill have skyrocketed, our economy has taken a devastating hit, and virtually every aspect of our lives has been altered significantly. 

It is important to remember, however, that this is temporary. As much as it may feel as though we are stuck in this situation forever, this pandemic will eventually become but a milestone of history and our lives will return to some degree of ‘normalcy’. Until then, we must continue to do our part to prevent transmission, stay safe and very importantly, stay positive and optimistic. Even in the darkest of circumstances, there is always hope. You know what they say – the rainbow always appears after the storm. To veer away from all of the negativity we have been experiencing, I have compiled a list of 58 (seemingly small but significant) things to appreciate now and look forward to when normal life returns – one reason for every week we have spent in quarantine.

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Tell Us What You Are Most Excited To Do When The Pandemic Ends

We asked some of our readers to tell us what they are most excited to do once the pandemic ends. Here is what they said:

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YIC Kahoot Night

By Mona Urata

On Friday, March 15th, Youth in Control hosted a Kahoot game night after school via Zoom. 

Youth in Control is the host of the annual M.A.D.D. assembly, as well as a yearly attendee of the Sunnybrook party program. In past years, Youth in Control has held impaired goggle workshops that mimic the eyesight of someone who is under the influence, as well as fundraisers such as bake sales. 

This year in place of the usual events, a Kahoot was held. Contestants were required to answer questions about mental health, substance abuse, and Covid-19. After each question, a member of Youth in Control explained the correct response, educating contestants.

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Expand Your Vocabulary: Words and Expressions of 2020

By Natasha Kangrga

“What day is it? Is my mask giving me acne? Why do I keep scrolling through these awful events even though it makes me feel bad?” may be questions you’ve asked yourself over the wonderful year of 2020. At the time, they were just questions, but are you aware that these experiences are now actual definitions for words?

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