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By AUSTIN GOODER
College and university students will have to be more mindful of their hydro bills if the privatization of Hydro One goes ahead, according to the Ontario NDP leader.
Andrea Horwath, while hosting a Hydro One town hall meeting in Niagara-on-the-Lake this week, said rates will go up and students will have to pay.
“With the increase of hydro rates, colleges and universities will absolutely go to the pockets of students to make up the difference,” Horwath said at the Tuesday meeting.
It is yet to be seen just how much the move to privatize Hydro One will cost students, but they should prepare for the worst, says one student leader.
Antonio Sergi, vice-president external affairs at the Brock University Students’ Union, says that the privatization will hurt the budget of many students across Niagara.
“Many students are expected to pay their hydro bills and they simply cannot afford this,” Sergi...
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By JESSICA HENDRIKS
The Niagara Catholic District School Board is cutting dozens of support staff positions starting June 26, the Niagara News has learned.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), as well as a number of staff at the Niagara Catholic District School Board, have confirmed the following cuts: 26 educational assistant positions, eight credit recovery assistants, one-and-a-half literacy and basic skills instructor positions and one childcare provider.
Eight school secretaries and 18 library technicians are having their hours reduced.
“I think it is very sad and unfortunate for students, particularly those who need extra support, guidance and help,” says Tanya Peters, a child and youth worker at St. Francis Catholic Secondary School in St. Catharines. “These students are not going to be given the support they require and their academic success is in jeopardy.”
One former student who relied on support services is upset about the cuts.
James Kilby, 19, is a...
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By TANDI CHABWA
“It started as an idea on the back of a napkin over lunch,” said Stephen Dominick, on Niagara College’s fifth annual SickPix competition. “It’s become a blockbuster event.”
SickPix, run for and by Digital Photography students, took place March 27 in the Applied Health Auditorium. The event has become an increasingly exciting part of the Digital Photography program, and encourages students to get into the studio and shoot, says Dominick, program co-ordinator. He continued, “We take it very seriously. The prizes are quite spectacular. This year, I think we gave away close to $6,000 worth of prizes.”
Those prizes didn’t appear overnight. In addition to generous donations from Henry’s camera store, majority of the prize money came from the student committee, which took graduate portraits as a fundraiser. The student SickPix committee put a significant amount of work throughout the year to make the event possible. The...
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By JEREMIAH LINK
Niagara College has unofficially broken the Guinness world record for the largest dessert party. Between the gags and jokes on April 1, Niagara College’s Event Management Graduate Certificate program was not playing a prank when it chose to host the world’s largest dessert party at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
The management team’s initial goal was to get 1,000 people to simultaneously eat a dessert. The event managed to unofficially break the record with a total of 910 people. The previous record was set by Friendly’s Ice Cream in Wilbraham, Mass., on July 18, 2013 involving 794 people, who ate a variety of sundaes.
After Welland’s Mayor Frank Campion announced that the record was unofficially broken, guests of the dessert party hollered in sweet satisfaction.
Niagara College President Dan Patterson said, “We are on top. This is amazing and it is all about applied learning and how the college...
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By CHRISTOPHER GERICS
Niagara College received its largest ever corporate donation in the sum of $1.2 million from the Walker family, and its corporation Walker Industries Holding Limited.
The donation will help fund the construction, at the Welland campus, of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre. Due to the generosity of the Walker family, it will be formally named the Walker Advanced Manufacturing Innovation Centre.
It is a crucial element toward Niagara College’s $55-million Capital Vision 2016 expansion project. The announcement was made in front of over 600 business, education and community leaders as well as college staff, at the 26th annual Seafood Gala on April 11.
Niagara College President Dan Patterson expressed immense gratitude to the Walker family.
“All of us at Niagara College are extremely grateful to the Walker family and Walker Industries for their generosity,” Patterson said. “While their gift supports Niagara College, it’s also an important investment in innovation...
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By JOSH THOMAS
The Niagara Knights athletes celebrated their best season this past weekend.
Coming off a year in which an unprecedented eight of nine varsity programs competed in the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) playoffs, it was only fitting to have an awards banquet that saw over 100 individual awards given out.
The night began with inductions into the Niagara College Hall of Fame. The 1969-70 women’s basketball team, who also doubled as the 1970 women’s volleyball team, led a class of inductees that included: women’s volleyball player Diane Vanden Hoven-King, Golfer Maxime Barre, women’s basketball player,
Kaitlyn McKenna and Welland restauranteur John Clark in the builders category.
From there it was all about the current athletes. Men’s basketball’s Delroy Grandison and women’s basketball’s Courtney McPherson took home male and female rookie of the year honours.
Grandison put up 15.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per...
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By KEVIN FARRELL
The U.S. parent company of the Future Shop chain pulled the plug on its Canadian operations suddenly Saturday morning, putting 500 full-time employees and 1,000 part-time employees out of work.
The giant electronics and appliance retailer owned by Best Buy announced that 66 Canadian stores have been closed and that it will reopen the remaining 65 under its Best Buy banner.
Locally, Future Shop stores in Niagara Falls, St. Catharines and Stoney Creek are now shuttered for good.
Employees came into work Saturday morning only to find out they wouldn’t be opening their doors, and that they had lost their jobs.
“We had a morning meeting and then all of the sudden we were told everyone that was supposed to work today is out of a job, no notice at all,” said Tori Mitchell, who worked at the Niagara Falls store.
The story was the same across Ontario. “No warning...