Author: Matt Owczarz

Matthew Owczarz is a second year journalism student at Humber college. He is currently a general news reporter, photographer and videographer for the Et Cetera and a copy editor and writer for SayWord Toronto. He currently resides in Toronto, Ont.

Concert Review: Foo Fighters, Rogers Centre, Toronto

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Matt Owczarz

With The Struts and The Beaches.

The last time the Foo Fighters performed in Toronto was in 2015 at the Molson Amphitheatre (now the Budweiser Stage).  Dave Grohl was bound to a rock ‘n’ roll throne after breaking his leg from a stage fall, but that didn’t stop the rock group from going hard and delivering a crazy, energetic live show.

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THE NRA PROFITS BY SHOOTING DOWN U.S. GUN CONTROL DEBATES AND WE NEED TO IGNORE THEM

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Students with signs advocating against guns and gun violence. (Tomwsulcer)

Matt Owczarz

Originally published in the Et Cetera.

The latest call for action against gun violence in the U.S. is still making headlines and causing a stir without losing momentum thanks to Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students. After their school fell victim to a mass shooter — armed with an AR-15 rifle — who killed 17 classmates and staff members the students took action, organizing protests, starting marches and demanding change.

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Book Review: 11/22/63

Matt Owczarz

The master of horror and acclaimed author Stephen King delivers another massive tome with the genre-bending, 11/22/63. Jake Epping, a recently divorced high school English teacher, travels back in time to try and prevent the event that changed a nation: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The sci-fi, romance and thriller genres are entwined in this story that explores the impact a single person can have on the course of history. King’s 11/22/63 is an intoxicating novel, accurately exploring history as it happened — while probing into the conspiracy of what could have happened, and readers won’t be able to put it down.

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London police say The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan death not suspicious

FILE PHOTO - Irish band 'The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan performs live at Dublin's Castle

FILE PHOTO – Irish band ‘The Cranberries’ lead singer Dolores O’Riordan performs live at Dublin’s Castle on April 29, 2000. REUTERS/Ferran Paredes/File Photo

Matt Owczarz

Originally published on Humber News

The death of The Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan is not being treated as suspicious by London Metropolitan Police, but the cause has yet to be determined.

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FCC investigation underway in Hawaiian ballistic missile alert blunder

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Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai, during the Inaugural Agriculture and Rural Prosperity Task Force Meeting to determine what must be done to promote agriculture and economic development, and quality of life in rural America, in Washington, D.C., on June 15, 2017. USDA photo by Lance Cheung.

Matt Owczarz

Originally posted on Humber News

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said Hawaii didn’t have “reasonable safeguards or process controls in place” to prevent a false emergency alert like the one transmitted on Saturday in the island state, and that an investigation into the incident is underway.

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High time for another apology, Mr. Trudeau

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 Matt Owczarz

Originally published in the Et Cetera

The new year is just around the corner and the times certainly are a-changin’. Recreational marijuana use will become legal in Canada and regulated like alcohol and tobacco as early as July 2018.

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Post-secondary schools should be leaders in harm reduction

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Matt Owczarz

Originally published in Et Cetera

Canada has been swept up in an opioid crisis that has been killing both hardened addicts and first-time users by the thousands. The main culprit? Fentanyl, a painkiller that is more potent than heroin and morphine.

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College faculty and supporters rally at Queen’s Park

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Matt Owczarz

Originally published in the Et Cetera

Thousands of college faculty members and supporters got together at Queen’s Park yesterday to rally as the OPSEU strike continues into its third week.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), which represents over 12,000 college professors, instructors, counselors and librarians, sat down at the bargaining table with the College Employer Council (CEC) the same day.

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Kevin Spacey responds to allegations of unwelcome sexual advances

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 Matt Owczarz

Originally published on Humber News

Actor Kevin Spacey said he is “beyond horrified” about allegations of sexual advances he made towards then 14-year-old actor Anthony Rapp in an incident  almost 30 years ago.

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Fall in number of asylum seekers illegally crossing into Canada

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Matt Owczarz

Originally published on Humber News

The amount of asylum seekers illegally walking into Canada from the U.S. border has fallen dramatically in September from August.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) intercepted 1,881 asylum seekers in September, compared to 5,712 from the month before. This leaves the total number of border-crossers to 15,102 so far, according to data from the Government of Canada.

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