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By JESSICA HENDRIKS
National Family Caregiver Week at the start of November recognizes and thanks those who have provided care to their loved ones.
“We know that over 2.6 million Ontarians are caregivers to a family member, a friend, or a loved one. These caregivers work hard to provide care to those in need but are often overlooked,” says France Gelinas, Ontario New Democratic Party (NDP) Health critic.
Gelinas introduced a bill, with the help of the Ontario Caregiver Coalition, to make the first Tuesday of every April, Family Caregiver Day.
Lisa Levin, chair of Ontario Caregiver association, says, “We want family caregivers to recognize the important role they play and feel comfortable to reach out and ask for assistance when needed. The Ontario Caregiver Coalition is very grateful to the NDP and France Gelinas for introducing the Family Caregiver Day Act.”
A caregiver is a paid or unpaid position that provides...
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By LAURA BARTON
Despite a “unanimously supported” call to action for Lyme disease recognition and better treatment in 2014, Ontarians are still left waiting to see anything happen.
In November of 2014, Michael Mantha, New Democratic Party member of provincial parliament of Algoma-Manitoulin, went to Queen’s Park to fight against Lyme disease, asking the government to do something more to help patients.
Regardless of what he and other sources cite as unanimous support, the provincial government has yet to act.
“A year has passed, and many of those same concerned people [Lyme patients and their loved ones] are left wondering what the government has done to date. I, too, echo those concerns,” Mantha writes in a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Over the phone, Mantha says he is “calling on the Premier to go into action, to push her minister” to do something for patients across Ontario who are forced to go elsewhere...
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By KEIOSHA SPARKS
Welcome to our house!
Despite cold, drizzly Saturday weather, students interested in coming to the college to get a first-hand look at what their post-secondary education would be like, and their parents, filled training facilities at both campuses.
All 120 programs, at the Welland campus, set up booths throughout the Learning Commons for the annual four-hour event.
“Today is a chance for people to see what Niagara College offers,” said Dorita Pentesco, the director of marketing and recruitment.
All labs and classrooms were open for people to tour as faculty and staff manned information tables and their program specialty areas. Pentesco said that about 2,000 to 4,000 visitors had attended the open house in the past “so the number for this year should be about the same.”
Across the Welland campus, student volunteers were stationed to assist people needing information on college programs and services areas such as finance, registration,...
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By CONNOR MARTEN
Rudolph’s nose was more than necessary Saturday evening, as the sun set on Welland’s annual Christmas parade.
Hundreds of spectators lined both sides of East Main Street hoping to catch a glimpse of floats, friends, and festive faces during the two-hour display. Local politicians Mayor Frank Campion, and MP Vance Badawey helped lead-off the celebration, offering handshakes and smiles to many along the way.
The holiday auto-cade did not go without its speed bumps however, some complications with Santa’s little helpers led to a slight delay between floats. This ‘dramatic pause’ only added to the anticipation and, once it resumed, members of the parade were met with cheers.
Local businesses and organizations were all involved, with the displays from the Lions Club, Quad Niagara, Niagara College, Welland Shriners, and many more.
With the parade coming to a close, not even darkness could put a stop to the...
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By CHRIS GERICS
It was a lesson in winning awards as the Niagara College Teaching Winery won four medals at the 2015 InterVin International Wine Awards, a worldwide competition pitting the best wines from across the globe in a battle for supremacy.
Judged by a group of esteemed Canadian sommeliers, winemakers and educators, the award-winning wines were the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc for silver, and 2014 College Rose, 2012 Dean’s List Merlot and 2013 Balance Pinot Noir, all bronze.
These were prior winners with the Dean’s List winning Best in Show at the Royal Wine Fair in September, the 2013 Balance Pinot Noir collected a gold medal at the National Wine Awards of Canada in August, the 2014 College Rose won a silver medal and a bronze medal at the Royal Wine Fair and the National Wine Awards of Canada respectively, and the 2013 Sauvignon Blanc earned a silver medal at the...
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By CERENA GATILA
It’s flipflops, floral print shirts, lei necklaces and greeting “Aloha” to one another at the Seaway Mall.
For the first time, Women’s Place of South Niagara held Join the WAVE, an acronym for Walk Against Violence Everyone, in which participants dressed up in beach-like apparel and did a five-kilometre walk around the mall and raised approximately $13,165.
“We created this event because we do have a shelter in Welland and Niagara Falls, but most of our events are generally held in Niagara Falls. We do serve all of South Niagara, so we wanted to spread out our presence and host an event here in Welland,” Development Director Amanda Braet explains.
“We thought it was also important to include men, women, children of all ages and abilities because we truly believe it’s going to take the community’s effort and everyone, hence the name of the event, to wipe out domestic...
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By UTSAV GUPTA
It’s not just our Irish Bitter they love, they also love our teaching.
That brought a delegation from Ireland to Niagara College to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recently.
Thomas Stone, president of Institute of Technology Tallaght (ITT), and Dan Patterson, Niagara College president, signed the MOU to establish a co-operative relationship between the two institutions.
“One of the things that we’re kind of interested in is Ontario Grant,” says Stone.
“What we do as an institute besides our area of work is develop partnerships and relationships with other colleges. We like to come and look up opportunities to do other things than just student transfers.
“We look for research opportunities and then build up from there.”
“We’re somewhat similar to Niagara College in our approach towards applied research. It’s always easier to work with when we find institutions like yours.”
The MOU is a standard agreement to facilitate academic relations, which...