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Fact: Starting October 2012, Sheridan college is starting to charge 3 dollars to park after 3:00 pm for those part-time students who do not have permits (Parking Policies). It has been free for all this while… so why change it now?

Well, to answer that question, let me ask you this one: Are higher education establishments becoming money-grabbing institutions? I mean, you have to admit that the cost of pursuing higher education (either via College or University) is ridiculously expensive, like for instance investing in textbooks that will become obsolete in under a year.

Now what does this have to do with “ripples” you ask? Well remember that it only takes a drop of water to cause ripples in a vast body of water… so maybe it will only take a cumulation of small changes like this to start off the vehicle of change. What do you think? Have we, the masses, become mindless drones so overwhelmed with the regular bustle of life that we fail to think critically? Critically enough to push for changes?

You tell me.


Suits, Ties, and Higher Education

I’ve been watching Suits after some extreme nudging from those around me and I’m not going to lie, it’s an amazing show. I mean, what’s not to love! The music is great, the characters are believable, and the fashion is incredible… but it’s the premise of the show that really got to me. Mike Ross, one of the main characters, never went to Harvard and yet he landed an associate position with an extremely popular corporate lawyer Harvey Specter all because of his wit and his gift of memorizing and understanding everything he reads. Aka, he gets a chance to make a lot of money without the education to back him up. But, of course, this is illegal. VERY illegal.


This got me thinking about real life. There are brilliant people like Mike Ross out there and yet, they don’t reach their full potential because they lack the higher education. It’s a bold statement to say, but unfortunately it is true. They say that this is the era for opportunities which are readily available to all those who seek it… but is it really? Higher education is expensive and with the economy in such bad shape, why should people spend so much money on degree after degree when the promise of a lucrative job available upon graduation is non-existent? Furthermore, for some families, scrounging up the money for higher education seems like a burden, so some people are deprived of the vital support and funds.

Granted that there are some fields where higher education is needed like, for instance, the medical field. Personally, I would feel a whole lot better being treated by someone who has their credentials. But in that being said, getting the essential education shouldn’t be so hard. Solution? What if obtaining higher education wasn’t so expensive? What if it were, dare I say, free? I’m sure you’d agree with me when I say that that would tap into a wealth of brilliant, disadvantaged people. Then, this would truly be the era of opportunities.


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Right now, I’m listening to the rain. As each rain drop falls from the sky and splashes on the ground, a melodic sound echos through the air. That, and coupled with the sound of gentle wind chimes and waves just enrich the audio experience.


I’m listening to ambient music courtesy of an app on my iPhone because I miss the rain. The weather has been teasing us Canadians with the promise of rain to cool us off from the intense heat and humidity we’ve been condemned to this summer. Unfortunately, it hasn’t properly rained in what feels like ages and this, my friends, is highly problematic. Why? We risk a severe drought. Already the grass is shrivelled and burnt. And let’s not forget the flowers that can’t stand the direct rays of the afternoon sun, as they have been roasted alive.

It gets worse.

On the news, the anchors and specialists were talking about the drought affecting food prices and ultimately the economy (unfortunately, I can’t remember the direct source). How? The crops aren’t surviving, which means that food prices are going to increase because the supply is dwindling. Now, the economy is already taking a nose dive so people are already pinching their pockets. But with the expected increase in grocery bills, people will think twice about breaking the bank over gourmet foods. Less spending = bad for the economy. Now this is based on the drought in the US, but it will take a toll on those countries which US exports to. Clearly I’m just grazing the surface on this impending crisis, so by all means, research into this problem further.

Talk about consequences.