By Dani Miller
What is Rustic Roots Productions?
Rustic Roots Productions is a new company emerging from the vast music industry and out onto the public stage. The agency is dealing with music artist management and booking.
Owner, Dani Miller, began working on this project during her time at the Art Institute of Vancouver, where she studied Independent Recording Arts. While learning the skills needed in audio engineering, Dani found herself leaning more towards the business side of the music industry.
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By Sophia Yamauchi, Grade 10
In programs like Leadership, students get a chance to learn about the importance of fitness and put their learning into practice. Sadly, such programs only exist in small numbers, and many children and adolescents are not meeting the recommended levels of physical activity.
In 2009, one-quarter of Canadian children were considered either overweight or obese. That is not bad compared to American statistics. Children in Canada were healthier and had a lower average BMI. Does it mean everything is okay? Indeed, an average Canadian is “healthier” than an average American, but this is no excuse to say that we do not have a problem—we do.
Career Centre News for Grads
- Apply to the post-secondary institution(s) of your choice if you have not done so already.
- Application deadline for UBC is January 31st. Please note that UBC only has one deadline.
- Ensure you have a backup plan in the event that you don’t get into your anticipated institution or program.
- Fill out your PSI Choices Form online at https://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams, so that the ministry can send your interim marks to post-secondary institutions of your choice.
- Mail your transcripts to post-secondary institutions if they require your first-term marks, which are to be obtained at the office. This is required for most Eastern Universities, such as the University of Toronto.
- Self-report marks to University of Victoria in phase 2 (Jan 4 to March 31) to be considered for entrance scholarships.
- Find out how you may obtain grades or transcripts for courses that you are taking outside of school (e.g. online via VLN).
- Grad Transitions Interviews will be scheduled between January 30 and February 16 by Mr Wiebe.
- Be aware of scholarships that are available in January and read the student bulletin.
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By Sophia Yamauchi, Grade 10
Coltan, or columbite-tantalite, is a “vital” mineral used in electronic devices. Sadly, the way this mineral is extracted is not always legal, and workers are hardly ever treated fairly.
Coltan is mined in many parts of the world, including Canada, but the majority of the coltan mines are found in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is from coltan that the elements niobium and tantalum are extracted, and the latter is used in electronic devices such as mobile phones, computers, and video game systems.
Over the past decade, the contentious issue of conflict minerals (minerals extracted from a region entangled in armed conflict) has been growing. The documentary Blood in the Mobile has brought it to many people’s attention. This documentary talks about the use of conflict coltan in Nokia’s mobile phones. Viewers follow a man in search for an answer to a simple question: “Do you know where the source of your coltan comes from?” When it seems that no answer can be found, he sets out to the Republic of Congo to get a first-hand look at what is really happening. The truth is awful: (more…)
By Zhong Zhong, Grade 11
When you walk down the street during the winter, do you notice that some people have created some extremely simple places to sleep somewhere on the street corners? Only a few pieces of thin paper may form their bedding; this is an example of homelessness. What are your thoughts when you see something like that happening in the lovely city of Vancouver? Do you just walk past them? Or do you go up and chat with them instead?
A month ago, something changed my mind about homelessness. (more…)
By Jacqueline Ding, Grade 10
Impact investing takes into account “the social and environmental impacts of the investment that happen in the course of the operations of the business and the consumption of the product or service which the business creates.”
Investors are able to access and review the track records of companies that walk hand–in-hand with Mother Nature and ethicality, and those who disregard them. The financial benefits of a capital asset (investment or real estate) are important–they are, after all, the reason to invest in the first place—and therefore greatly influence an investor’s decisions. However, they should not overshadow the other consequences brought forth by the “business activities”. (more…)
By Dickson Liong, Grade 10
Concussion has officially become the new “biggest problem” for athletes. Professionals who play high-contact sports are risking not only their careers but also their own lives.
Let’s use the National Hockey League as an example.
People are now debating over whether the National Hockey League should ban fighting, because people are finally paying attention to the fact that repeated shots to the head can cause concussion or, worse, severe brain damage.
Aries – Make sure to watch your step this January! Cold winters = icy sidewalks! Taking a fall might not help the dreary winter days.
Taurus – After a couple of nice holiday meals, you might feel a bit…stuffed. It’s alright! You can work it off in a gym class! But otherwise…
Gemini – Are midterms coming or not? Nobody seems to know. However, you are one of the odd ones who think it is a good idea to study just in case.
By Andrea Novakovic, Grade 11
It is no secret that the corporate world has been receiving giant tax breaks from the government, even though they make billions of dollars in profits annually. Whether we know it or not, a global recession is taking place, yet Stephen Harper’s Conservative government remains committed to reducing the general corporate income tax rate. This has—of course—been strongly supported by corporations, and it is now being put into action by the federal government.
By Darius Davison, Grade 12
Hi Warriors! It’s Darius Davidson back to report on the most stylish teachers to step foot in the halls of Windermere Secondary. This month we have an interview with Mr Ferguson, who has since moved to Killarney Secondary; Windermere has lost a great principal and an even better dresser, and everyone at the Word will miss him very much.
A: “[I am] a lazy guy, who doesn’t like shopping all that much. I bought some suits, ties, etc. some time ago, always meaning to refresh it, but as stated: I don’t like shopping all that much.”
Q: What do you think of the fashion of the students of Windermere?
By Brendan Chan, Alumnus
An article about a couple from East Vancouver and their garden was published in Georgia Straight. According to the couple, Jodi Peters and Jeffery Radke, the reason why they decided to rent was because they were allowed to grow their own food. However, this statement was not formalized as part of the contract. The couple has been renting since November 2009, and their garden has been running since then. Their extensive knowledge on food has transformed a normal green lawn into a flourishing Gaia’s Garden that consists of a vegetable garden, a greenhouse, rain barrels, and an aquaponics system. Through gardening, the couple has been able to not only sustain themselves, but also grow food for their neighbors and others in the community. However, on August 5, 2011, they were given instructions by their renter to remove the garden. (more…)
By Anchita Kaushik, Grade 10
Former President Harry S. Truman once reported that “the experiment has been an overwhelming success” upon learning of the atomic bomb which had been dropped on Hiroshima by the U.S. military. Nowadays, and back then for those who knew about the truth behind these bombings, images of crazy scientists standing over distorted human bodies come to mind. (more…)