- Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 01:23
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By Juliet Kadzviti
North America has been hit with a taste of winter in November and Niagara College students felt the chill along with millions of people across the continent.
Locally, temperatures have dipped to as low as -10 C degrees in Welland.
Steven Palfrey, taking Construction Engineering Technology here, described the cold as “bone-chilling.”
Across the border in Buffalo, which has been particularly hard-hit, 167 centimetres of snow had fallen by this evening according to Global News. The weather is also being blamed for at least seven deaths in the U.S. All 50 of the states in the U.S. registered below freezing temperatures on Tuesday making it the coldest November day since 1976 according to Weather Bell.
While in Hamilton Ont., a 55 year-old weather record has been broken. “On Tuesday, a low of -10 C degrees was recorded in the city, replacing the previous record of -9.4 C degrees Celsius...
- Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:32
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By STACEY BULMER
It was unanimous. There is no better investment of tax dollars than in assisting young people who care for family members challenged by physical and mental illnesses.
Last Friday, the Young Carers Initiative held a full-day conference to boost awareness of the Powerhouse Project. It ran from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Club Roma, 125 Vansickle Rd., St. Catharines.
Besides raising awareness, the event also thanked St. Catharines MPP Jim Bradley for the Ontario Trillium Benefit grant of $136,100.
“Powerhouse Project is an excellent organization,” Bradley said. “It’s sad that this kind of project doesn’t exist all over Ontario.”
Young Carers are young adults, children and youth under the age of 25 who help provide care for family members affected by chronic illness, physical or intellectual disabilities, mental health issues or addiction, Michelle Lewis said.
Lewis, the acting program manager, said the carers aren’t necessarily related to the people...
- Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 22:41
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By KEVAN DOWD
Less than two days after crossing the Atlantic Ocean, Junior Culinary Team Canada was already in the kitchen cooking up a very tasty storm. In preparation for the World Culinary Championships beginning on Nov. 22 in Luxembourg, the team did a practice run of one of two meals it will be making.
The meal is for the competition’s “hot program”, which means it is freshly cooked and served in a restaurant style for judges to taste. To simulate the experience, the Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) teamed up with the restaurant Marburger Esszimmer in Marburg, Germany, and it’s Küchendirektor (kitchen director) Bernd Siener. For one special evening, Team Canada took over Siener’s kitchen to make its hot program meal and serve it to customers in the exact manner as it would in the competition.
“The menu itself is exactly the same [as what will be made in Luxembourg],”...
- Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:23
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By KEVAN DOWD
Vikram Vij, a member of culinary royalty, assisted in the grand-opening ribbon cutting for the new, state-of-the-art labs at Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute (CFWI) Innovation Centre last week.
The celebrity chef was joined by college faculty, President Dan Patterson, and industry partners of the CFWI.
Vij, a celebrity chef, judge for the television show Chopped, and new Dragon on the CBC show Dragon’s Den, is a partner of the CFWI.
“I think it’s a great location, it’s a great institute. I love the feel of it and the fact it’s not just a winery, it is an education centre; it produces, it delivers, it develops. So, it’s a combination of everything that works extremely well in this area.”
“I’m like a little sponge that’s always trying to take things in. I love that aspect of it so I love the idea of being a student....
- Created on Monday, 17 November 2014 18:34
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By THAKURJIT SAGGU
Who says chivalry is dead?
The Niagara Knights have launched a community chivalry program, led by the student athletes. The program is put together by the student athlete leadership team. The basketball, soccer and volleyball teams will all be helping out the local community in different ways to gear up for the winter season for their first major course of action.
Steve Stone, captain of the men's volleyball team, felt that with the community doing so much for him, it would be good to give back to the community and help out local residents.
“I've grown up (in the area), so for me helping the community that has helped us is huge,” said Stone. “So for us we are wanting to get people on board with the idea of 'we've been blessed so let's go bless other people.'”Not only will the program benefit the community, but Niagara College as...
- Created on Thursday, 20 November 2014 03:16
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The symbol of a true, die-hard sports fan is his or her willingness to go down with the ship. Win or lose, a true fanatic will defend their team and its players to no avail. In some cases, the infatuation with a team stems from family tradition. For others, it’s a product of their environment; like the city they were born in, or the friends that they’ve kept. It becomes a part of everyday life. The logo is the symbol of a family, the players – like brothers. The games matter to these fans, the team’s performance is reflective of their self-image.
What is it that makes fans so passionate about these franchises? When a team loses, what has the fan really lost? When the team wins, what do fans really gain?
Pride is what drives fans mad after a loss, and excites them after a win. Pride is...
- Created on Thursday, 13 November 2014 23:29
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By JOEL OPHARDT
The provincial government is committing $4.2 million for the construction of the Niagara College Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.
The new facility will come as an addition to the current Rankin Technology Centre, and will give the college more space to partner with local manufacturing facilities on industrial research projects.
“The announcement today speaks to providing more value added opportunities for our students to experience research projects and to reach out to our local small- and medium-sized enterprises,” said Niagara College President Dan Patterson in an interview after the announcement. “The industry supported us. The government supported us. Now Niagara College is going to step forward and develop this very exciting innovation centre, that will help grow the Niagara economy.”
The money provided by the government is enough for a 15,000-square-foot wing that will be attached to the Rankin Technology Centre. The lab will be used as a centre for small-and...