- Created on Thursday, 12 December 2013 15:19
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By NICK FEARNS
Mark your calendars for the last Friday of January. Soup’sOn! will have its 12th annual fundraiser for the St. Kevin Food Bank Social Justice Scholarship.
A $10 ticket will allow you to sample as many different soups as you wish or socialize for the one-hour block.
“I wanted to do something for kids who were concerned about improving the lives of others through various projects in school – those who work in the community in their spare time above and beyond what they are expected to do,” says Joe Barkovich, event co-ordinator.
The event was started in 2002 “at the time I was the co-ordinator for the food bank at St. Kevins.”
“I had the idea one day that we could be doing things to help deserving students. After some discussion we came up with the idea of having a soup event.”
Since then, Soup’sOn! has raised $28,000 in scholarships for...
- Created on Monday, 09 December 2013 20:20
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By MICHELLE ALLENBERG
Sawubona Madiba. O baba siyabonga nangentliziyo yami. (Translation from Zulu: Hello Madiba. Oh, father, I thank you with all my heart.)
Madiba, my hero, the man who changed a nation, my nation.
On Dec. 5 I found out Nelson Rolihlahla Dalibhunga Mandela had died. I was saddened by the passing of this great man. About an hour later the news had sunk in and I was brought to tears. An era has ended and a country will never be the same again.
The term Madiba is used by South Africans to speak of Mandela and it is a title of respect. It is from the Xhosa tribe in South Africa and is the clan which Mandela came from.
I have not lived in South Africa since November 2000, but, although I am Canadian, my soul will always be South African. The loss of Madiba brought back many memories about the...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 19:38
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By NICK FEARNS
Beer prevailed over wine for just the second time in Caps, Corks and Forks’ history, thanks in part to a Bolshevik Bastard. It wasn’t a Russian communist who helped the beer team, but instead a Russian Imperial Stout by Oakville’s Nickel Brook Brewery.
Caps, Corks and Forks is an event that brings together students from culinary, brewmaster and viticulture.
Culinary students in teams of two each create one of six courses that are then paired with an Ontario wine or beer.
“It’s a great example of the power of applied learning,” says College President Dan Patterson. “Students from the Culinary, Brewmaster and Viticulture programs are coming together to create a great event and showcase their skills.”
The sold-out event took place in Benchmark Restaurant at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
Craig Youdale, acting dean of the Canadian Food and Wine Institute, kicked the event off by explain a little bit of...
- Created on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 19:56
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By COLLIN STACHURA
On Saturday, the annual Santa Claus Parade in Niagara Falls was the unofficial start to the holiday season.
Victoria Avenue was lined with spectators from the old armory all the way through downtown Queen Street. The temperature being 14°C, it didn’t feel much like the holiday season, but that didn’t stop the more than 10,000 people in attendance or damper the holiday spirit.
There were in excess of 90 parade entries, more than five marching bands and some very unique, oversized characters like Kermit the Frog and Cookie Monster.
The parade lasted just a little over two hours, starting at the old armory on Victoria Avenue and ending near Niagara Falls City Hall on Queen Street.
It was filled with local companies, high schools and the sound of marching bands filling the air. From highflying cheerleader acts to Christmas characters on stilts, the Santa Claus Parade was no letdown. And...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:25
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By KRYSTA PUTMAN
Terell Safadi quickly gained fame within the Canadian hip-hop scene.
A hometown supporter and lover of all things Vancouver, Safadi was waking over the local scene as well. He wrote about everything, from issues that come with being a minority, to being a Vancouver Canucks fan or even the sneakers on his feet.
In the summer of 2010 Safadi released his first video single Tonight, receiving national exposure on television and the web.
In early 2011 Safadi released his remix Black Red Yellow, a song supporting the Vancouver Canucks and their retro jerseys. The video was released on the Canucks’ official website and quickly garnered attention.
The remix has had a hugely popular and positive response with 552,334 views on YouTube to date.
That song threw him into the spotlight and gave him an unexpected level of fame.
“I’m glad to be the underdog,” said Safadi in a freestyle rap session...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 19:50
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By MEAGHAN MITCHELL
Niagara’s green businesses and organizations got together this year to share projects and products that will make this a greener place to live.
Greening Niagara, formerly known as Climate Action Niagara, held its fifth annual Eco Fest Niagara at the Welland Community Wellness Complex on Saturday.
In the morning, Jane Hanlon, executive director of Greening Niagara and Welland Member of Parliament Malcolm Allen addressed 20 or more visitors already enjoying the exhibits.
The festival’s purpose is to bring the community together and provide it with a source for green products, education and a connection to organizations with green initiatives.
“This is pretty amazing. What we try to do is bring together some of the greenest businesses in Niagara and get excited about it,” said Hanlon.
The crowd applauded and cheered when Allen said, “Organics is the fastest growing sector in agriculture across this country,” information he received from Matthew Holmes,...
- Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 20:28
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By CATHY McCABE
As fans eagerly await the Canadian release of Downton Abbey Season 4, they can ease their anxiety by visiting a little piece of Downton in Niagara.
The Crown and Crumpet tearoom in Jordan, Ont., offers visitors afternoon tea as well as Downton-themed events.
Downton Abbey is a British period drama airing Sunday nights on PBS in North America. Created by Julian Fellowes, the series follows the Crawley family and their servants as they manoeuvre through their fast changing world, which includes the sinking of the Titanic, World War One and the Spanish Flu epidemic.
Lorraine Simpson, the tearoom’s owner, says they have special upstairs evening suppers and downstairs evening suppers for Downton fans.
She says the upstairs suppers are “terribly posh” adding the meal is served white glove by waiters. The food is traditional including smoked salmon and beef wellington.
At the downstairs suppers the guests are treated as if they are...