TTC You said it campaign parody

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Ashton writes: So if you have been on the TTC recently you have probably seen their ad campaign “You said it.” The ad campaign designed to shame riders with bad behaviors with sourced tweets. 

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Well, I decided I will parody that campaign with some tweets you probably won’t see on the TTC subway anytime soon! Yeah I plan to make this a regular thing, so please feel free to tweet me at Ashton4321 on or Instagram me something about TTC at AshtonQBE. 

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That actually happened to me commuting to Eglington West. It was actually scary how wrong the driver was in this situation because he was rushing an elderly man. Is Toronto supposed to be accessible? I think we are missing the mark! 

TTC you are talking and I am listening and replying. Bring it on!

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Perceptual map of the cosmetics industry.

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Written by Diana Skye

This is a perceptual map of popular beauty brands. The further to the right a brand is, the higher the quality of their products. The higher up a brand is, the more expensive they are.

Bottom Left: Wallet-friendly brands with low-quality products

Elf: One of the least expensive makeup brands. While they have some good products, the quality is very hit and miss. I have bad experiences with their eye shadow and brushes. However, I did like the brow kit.

Colourpop: An online-only brand made popular by social media. I have not tried them but seen many reviews on their products. Their first launch of matte liquid lipsticks got very negative reviews, being compared to nail polish on your lips. On the other hand, the satin liquid lipsticks were well received.

Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VCF40kxhJo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrhcu6sVAGQ

Coastal Scents: They started out making large eye shadow palettes, but have since branched out into other products. I used the shimmer palette several years ago. While I liked the variety of shades, some colors worked better than others. Also, there was a lot of glitter fallout.

Bottom Right: Wallet-friendly brands with high-quality products

Wet N Wild: Not only is Wet N Wild very affordable, the quality is comparable to high-end brands. I always say that if you need an inexpensive neutral palette, get Comfort Zone. It has eight high-quality shadows for less than $5. Their lip and cheek products are also very good.

Nyx: Nyx has one of the best color selections I have seen for eye and lip products. I am seldom disappointed by what I try from them. They have expanded quite a bit as there are now Nyx stores in Canada.

Top Left: High-end brands with low-quality products

Kylie Cosmetics: I refuse to buy from Kylie Cosmetics and not just because I dislike the Kardashians. They are owned by the same brand as Colourpop. The lip kits are very similar, but more than double the price. Also, they have had issues with quality control, such as nearly empty liquid lipsticks.

Reviews: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfJS4AeesAU https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxZGf4WoZew

Too Faced: While Too Faced used to be one of my favorite brands, the quality has gone downhill in the past year and a half. The peach line is very inconsistent and a brow product was released in only two shades. The last new release I enjoyed was the Bon Bon’s palette.

Top right: High-end brands with high-quality products

Pixi: Pixi specializes in high-quality natural products. In addition to makeup, there are a lot of skin care products. While it’s available at Target or Shoppers Drug Mart, the prices are higher than drugstore brands. However, I would recommend their skin care to anyone who does not want to splurge on brands at Sephora.

Urban Decay: My first high-end purchase was from Urban Decay and I have loved them every since. Their palettes are well loved for a good reason since they have one of the best eyeshadow formulas. They also make my favorite face highlighter and have over a hundred shades of lipstick.

Kat Von D beauty: This brand was started by the artist of the same name. I have yet to buy a product I dislike from Kat Von D beauty. While the products are expensive, I feel they are worth the money. The liquid lipsticks are my favorite formula.


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Should Toronto Pride 2017 lose their grant over police scandal?

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This is a reply to CP24

Fox, Chrs. “LGBTQ officers call on city to cut annual grant given to Pride.” CP 24. N.p., 19 Apr. 2017. Web. 30 Apr. 2017. <Should Pride lose their grant? CP24 Article >. This article is a reply to the CP24 article on LGBTQ officers coming out to saying the city should cut funding to Toronto Pride over discontinuing the OPP float. The article goes on to mention that the organization is given a $260,000 grant for Pride. The article states that the police feel it is unacceptable the stance the Toronto Pride has taken with the police force & the article discusses the details of the organization giving in to a radical organization.

Ashton Deroy writes: Something needs to happen about the wrong moves being made with Toronto Pride in 2016/2017. Weather it is removing the board, getting better members or someone from the city leveraging power, saying give the police a float or lose this power. Yes something should happen! 

Should they lose a $260,000 grant though? That is tough to say. What is the grant for? If the grant is for funding a massive tourism attraction. No Toronto Pride should not lose this grant. However if the grant is to allow for involvement from the province, city & etc at all capacities in the parade. Yes the grant should be revoked from Toronto Pride. 

Grant purpose– The grant is setup as a cultural attractions grant for tourism. So no the grant should not be pulled from Toronto Pride. It is unfortunate that this will not be what the police force is able to leverage but I do encourage them to continue to speak up about their disliking for Pride’s treatment towards them in 2016-2017. 

As far as the grant goes, I doubt Toronto is going to axe this grant as there are massive cultural benefits to the city from being able to have this event every year. 

So are you unhappy about the lack of solidarity between Pride & the Police force? I demand passionate readers contact Toronto Pride & speak up about this issue.

Pride Toronto Save The Date Festival Weekend June 23rd-25th

Phone  416-927-7433
Email  office@pridetoronto.com

Church Street, Point of Pride? Or Drug addicts & bathhouses?

Ashton Deroy

About this Writer: Ashton Deroy  is 23, Gay, male, living in Toronto and going to School for Business & Marketing at Seneca College.


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Thursday June 1st 2017 will start Pride week in Toronto, this will be the only time of the year I can possibly get Diana Skye to Church street in Toronto. Why won’t she go otherwise to the gay culture hub of Toronto?

For me my worst experience in Church Street begins with a little app the gays call GrindR.

I went there hoping to meet a guy who I met on the app for a booty call. Cause to be honest that is the nature of all meetings from that app. 

As I got to know him and what he was like I learned he was a bit of a sex addict quite obviously and he was inhaling something called poppers.

He offered me some then I declined. After he offered me a hookup, but to be honest I just wasn’t feeling it after I saw the drugs come out and I just went home. This was my personal fright with Church Street. Here are some more notable happenings:

 

Hudes, Sammy. “Toronto police raid 4 marijuana dispensaries.” Toronto Star. N.p., 29 Mar. 2017. Web. 18 Apr. 2017. <The Star Article >. Sam Hudes wrote this article for the Toronto Sun, This article contains the information about a raid on 4 Marijuana dispensaries in Toronto Ontario. This relates to this article because one of the locations busted was on 461 Church Street, Toronto Ontario. This article proves that on Church Street the LGBT community is experiencing issues with drugs, illegal drug distribution and other crimes that domino from that. This also proves there needs to be police on Church Street, for more than just an occasional raid!

Mann, Arshy. “Toronto councillor wants to enforce bylaw that could shut down almost every LGBT club.” Daily Xtra. N.p., 30 Mar. 2017. Web. 18 Apr. 2017. <Daily Xtra article>. Arshy Mann speculates on weather all of the establishments in Church Street Toronto are properly licensed and a pending law that could shut them down. While saying these bylaws are almost impossible to follow, it is clear from a reader perspective that this is just one of many examples that show regulations on Church Street are not quite as moral as they should be. The article goes on to mention that at this time there are only 40 licensed clubs in Toronto and none of them are on Church & Wellesley.

To conclude, Church street could be a hub for LGBT+ culture in Toronto, but I am begging Toronto OPP to continue to clean this mess up! Read this related article: OPP denied a float at Toronto Pride 2017.

 

3 effective, low cost business softwares

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Written by Ashton Deroy

If you are in sales, event management or marketing in general. You need to be utilizing all of your software resources to the best of their abilities. 


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To do this, start coming up with problems and looking for software solutions. 

  1. Collaboration software – Don’t use an email back and for system. It is archaic and annoying and no one is on the same page. You need to use Google Drive to Synchronize your teams on important projects. 
  2. Meetings and voice messaging – For really important conversations I am starting to record video messages on SnapChat. 
  3. Customer acquisition and events promotion – Facebook & Instagram are still the standard to handle this.