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Ryerson radio off the air
Community radio station CKLN 88.1 FM, based at Ryerson University in Toronto vacated their campus office on Aug. 27 after nearly 30 years on the air. According to the Eyeopener, CKLN lost its broadcasting license last January due to breaches of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications standards, at which point the Ryerson Students’ Union and the Palin Foundation (which manages the student space which housed the station) asked the station to vacate their office. While the CRTC has yet to begin the application process for the  now unused  88.1 FM frequency, three broadcasters have already signalled their interest, including two broadcasters on the AM dial as well as Evanov Communications inc., the owners of LGBT station 103.9 Proud FM.

Toronto, boring? Tell that to the topless women
Bare-breasted women and men in bras marched along Queen Street E. in Toronto on Sunday afternoon as part of an event aiming to promote the right of women to go topless in public, the Toronto Star reported. The group’s slogan, ”Equal Topless Rights for All or None,” pointed to a double standard in the Toronto Municipal Code whereby a woman can be ticketed and fined for setting foot in a public park while topless. The event was organized by the Canadian chapter of U.S.-based organization The chapter has started a petition asking the city to recognize a 1996 Ontario Court of Appeal verdict which saw the exoneration of an Ontario woman who was arrested in 1991 for taking her shirt off in public on a hot day. That verdict made it legal to go bare-breasted in Ontario.

Moshing your way to academic success
University of Alberta graduate Gabby Riches is making a study of moshing, according to the Edmonton Sun. The 5’4” student graduate student first combined her love for heavy metal with her academic career during her undergraduate degree. She’s now writing a thesis on mosh pits for a degree in recreation and leisure studies. Riches adds her favourite mosh pit was at a Slayer concert in Edmonton.

Canadians overconfident about ridding themselves of debt
A new survey has revealed that Canadians are overconfident about the age when they will be debt-free. The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce surveyed 2,008 people over the phone about their expectations relative to their financial situation, according to the Financial Post. They found the average age by which people expected to be without debt was 55. However, only 35 per cent of Canadians aged 55 reported being without debt. The survey also showed that Canadians tend to assume they will be debt free within ten to fifteen years. A CIBC spokesperson commented that the survey goes to show that time is not the only thing that can secure a debt-free life. The spokesperson suggested making additional payments as well as having a strategic plan to pay down debt.


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