Halloween and Cultural Appropriation

Now that October 3lst has arrived, many of us are rushing to get our costumes ready.  Halloween is definitely one of my favourite times of the year. After all, who doesn’t like dressing up and free candy? Although it is finally spooky season, it is important to stay safe and also respectful with the costumes…

An Interview With Our New Principal

On October 18th, Eye On The Storm interviewed J. Clarke Richardson’s new principal, Mr. Maharaj.  Mr. Maharaj, our school’s fourth principal since opening in 2001, gave us a more in-depth look at his life and his new job. How long have you been working for the Durham District School Board? I think I started in…

BOOK REVIEW: “Starfish” by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Starfish is the unique story-telling of Kiko Himura, a seventeen-year-old girl with social anxiety disorder. Ridden with memories of sexual abuse, low self-esteem and guilt, she confides in art as a way to escape and portray the emotions she has trouble articulating verbally. Kiko believes she will be able to get away from her problems through…

Tornadoes hit Ottawa–Gatineau area; thousands affected

On Friday, September 21, two tornadoes ripped through Ottawa leaving heaps of damage. The first one is said to be a category EF-3, with winds topping more than 200 km/h in some areas. This EF-3 tornado primarily went through Dunrobin, Ont. and Gatineau, Que. The second twister, an EF-2, ripped through neighbourhoods in Nepean. Currently, there are 30 known injuries with five…

One Small Step For Man or One Big Lie?

    “One small step for man” (First Moon Landing 1969): those five words made Americans so proud in July 1969, as they watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon.  They had finally beaten the Soviets at something in the space race and the moon was the biggest prize of all! But for those who have…

Our New-Look Cafeteria

The school year of 2017-18 has brought a few drastic changes to J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate, but none are as dramatic as the fully transformed cafeteria that greeted students in September. The familiar kiosks were all closed while a side room was under construction. However, this side room was soon revealed to be the new…

What To Get Your Loved Ones For The Holidays

With the Holidays just around the corner, you might be a little stressed preparing presents for your friends and family. Not only is it difficult to decide what to get others, but it can also be quite expensive.  Allow me to lighten the load with a few gift ideas and possibly some inspiration.  What To…

Creativity = Insanity?

Creativity is a sacrifice many choose. Many great artists have either died very young or simply went crazy. Why? Speaking from a creative mind and some research, I may know one of the answers. As an artist, no matter how good you may be, you are still trying to improve. Trying to push a creative…

Shallow Thoughts on Aboriginal Culture

So yeah, maybe my thoughts were shallow. But at that time, it’s simply the first thing that I thought at that time.   When our school first broadcasted the land acknowledgement, my reaction was: Yay. Now I’ve got a few extra seconds to get to class! Shallow. I know. After reflecting for a while,  I began…

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