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Well the year is near its end and what a year it’s been for the world of entertainment.  Although it has been full of ups and downs, I’m sure when people remember 2009, the unfortunate headlines will take the spotlight.

From petty squabbles that evolve into extreme cases of domestic violence concerning Chris Brown and Rihanna, to negative press because of inexcusable rude displays of arrogance from Kanye West.  And the deaths. Farah Fawcett, RIP, who died at the age of 62 to anal cancer.  Patrick Swayze, 57, the most recent celebrity victim died of pancreatic cancer.  Years from now, when everybody looks back, I am sure the main thing people will remember is the unfortunate death of the greatest entertainer of all time, Michael Jackson.  While that may be the case, I will choose to remember all of their legacies with equal importance, despite one having more impact on the world than others.

What amazes me though is the type of messages I see on forums, blogs, or just general discussions. Maybe it’s just because I have a certain respect for the dead, but I feel there should be a certain amount of respect even though you can only regard them as celebrities and nothing more. These people had loved ones and hearing/reading comments like “good riddance” or stating one person’s death is meaningless to another, is demoralizing to them.

I don’t know how else to pay respects to these people other than saying what I have been saying and that is how sorry I am for the losses of these people.  People that we grew up with in our household watching on T.V. or mimicking whenever we could.  Maybe a good way to pay respects is to educate and help make the information about the symptoms and treatments about the diseases that caused some of these deaths taking more accessible. – Pancreatic Cancer is devastating to say the least and the mortality rate is extremely high.  This should be something people should read up on to help prepare themselves as much as they can.  Yes there are little ways known to prevent or halt this disease, but proactive methods such as clean living are sure to help the cause. – Again doing whatever you can to keep a healthy living is vital in this day and age.

Again, all the losses we have experienced this year are equally impact-full in their own ways.  I choose to pay homage to their legacies and the positive influences these individuals had on our lives.


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  • Students protest across Ontario demanding a modern sex ed curriculum and more Indigenous education September 20, 2018
    Rayne Fisher-Quann’s activism used to amount mostly to tweeting from the comfort of her couch. Now, the 17-year-old is a driving force behind the provincewide high school walkouts scheduled for Friday to protest the repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum and demand better Indigenous education. She’s also joined forces with another student activist, Indygo Arsc […]
    Isabel Teotonio - Education Reporter,Kristin Rushowy - Queen's Park Bureau
  • Ticketmaster responds to Star/CBC investigation, vows to root out mass scalpers September 20, 2018
    Ticketmaster has launched an internal review of its ticket reseller accounts and employee practices to ensure that scalpers who use bots to circumvent purchase limits aren’t using Ticketmaster’s resale software.The announcement came the day after the Star and CBC published an undercover investigation in which Ticketmaster employees told journalists posing as […]
    Marco Chown Oved - Investigative Reporter
  • Details on Danforth gunman revealed in documents police filed to obtain search warrant September 21, 2018
    In the moments after Danforth Ave. shooter Faisal Hussain put a bullet in his head, the word “Home” flashed on the screen of his ringing cellphone.Toronto police officers answered it and spoke to his parents, who were unaware their son had just opened fire on a busy stretch of Danforth Ave., killing 18-year-old Reese Fallon and 10-year-old Julianna Kozis and […]
    Betsy Powell - Court Reporter,Wendy Gillis - Crime Reporter
  • Coming to a screen near you, Toronto election attack ads September 20, 2018
    Toronto voters, already hit by a storm of change, are starting to be pelted by messages about “villain” councillors and mayoral candidate statements deemed “silly,” “fringe” and even “separatist.”With Toronto’s election map and date finally clear, messages from the “third-party advertisers,” boosting some politicans and attacking others, are set to become a […]
    David Rider - City Hall Bureau Chief
  • Ontario finance minister expected to embrace accounting change that almost doubles the deficit September 20, 2018
    Finance Minister Vic Fedeli is promising to serve “a dose of reality” about red ink on Ontario’s books in a breakfast speech Friday, warning “some of it may not make you feel well.”His remarks to the Economic Club of Canada come almost three months after Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives took power following nearly 15 years of Liberal government. […]
    Rob Ferguson - Queen's Park Bureau,Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief