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By CARLY MCHUGH
In the mid-morning hours Wednesday, buses loaded with eager high school students lined the drop-off area at Niagara College’s Welland campus for the annual Info Fair.
The previously empty hallways were filled with potential college alumni, visiting the various classrooms and exhibits that piqued their interest.
Dakotah Emmanuel, a student at Stamford Collegiate, of Niagara Falls, said, “It felt like coming home. I love the environment. I love the atmosphere here; it sets a really great tone for anybody who’s interested in a career. So, I love this place so far.”
Emmanuel came to the Info Fair with an open mind and no clear choice of which program she wanted to apply for.
“I kind of just came to see what it’s like here, because I’m still figuring out where I want to go and what I want to do with my life.”
Jessica Garrett, a first-year Niagara College student,...
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The municipal election is Oct. 27. Here are some of the issues being discussed.
By REBECCA AHEARN
Jobs: Lincoln and Port Colborne
Eric Gilbert, running for mayor of Lincoln, has made it part of his platform to stand for increasing jobs in his town.
He wants to promote Lincoln as an excellent town in which to do business and to attract a diverse range of new businesses and quality jobs that complement and support the existing enterprises.
Gilbert also has his eyes set on attracting larger companies and setting up offices while hiring the local population to work in the stores, factories and offices.
Fred Davies, running for mayor of Port Colborne, has a 10-year plan to get the lakeside city back up and running to where it should and needs to be.
“We're at a crossroads. If we focus on things we can control, we can grow our local economy and new investment will...
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By LUCA GUARDARI
Get Fully and Completely ready, The Hip will bring its tour close to home.The Tragically Hip announced a 2015 North American tour. Naming the tour after The Hip’s 1992 Diamond certified album Fully and Completely, it will commemorate the re-issue of the Canadian rockers’ third full album.
Remastered by Bob Ludwig, the re-issue will be available on Nov. 17. Formats include vinyl, a two-CD Deluxe set and a Super Deluxe edition.
The tour begins Jan. 13 with two nights in Chicago.
The band will play several closer to home shows in Canada: Windsor, Burlington, London, hometown Kingston and a special show at St. Catharines Meridian Centre.
The Hip’s first ever appearance in St. Catharines will be on Feb. 17, 2015.
Ken Noakes, general manager of the Meridian Centre, is thrilled to have The Hip play.
“We couldn’t be more excited. I mean, really, is it even a Canadian venue until...
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By TORI RUTHERFORD and JEN HARDY
Niagara College’s first annual Get Involved Week has come to an end. The Centre for Student Engagement and Leadership (CSEL) made a week-long push to increase awareness of the Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and how Niagara College can help students to find volunteer opportunities in the community.
The Welland campus hosted the first three days of the event from Wednesday, Oct. 1 to Friday, Oct. 3 and offered CCR portal tutorials, an on-campus and off-campus opportunities fair, a guest speaker from United Way and a presentation by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.
The Niagara-on-the-Lake campus hosted the latter three days from Monday, Oct. 6 to Wednesday, Oct. 8 and offered CCR portal tutorials, an on-campus and off-campus opportunities fair, a guest speaker from United Way, a presentation by the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network and a guest speaker from Me to We celebrating the positive effects of community...
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By KEVIN FARRELL
The week before Parliament resumed, Thomas Mulcair, federal Leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) and the Official Opposition, proposed an increase of the minimum wage to $15 an hour for federal employees.
As the current minimum wage is $11, the headlines drew attention to the “for federal employees” aspect as one million workers fall under this category.
“Strong empirical evidence shows that increasing the minimum wage significantly decreases income inequality. The government’s own Federal Labour Standards Review recommended in 2006 that the federal government reinstate the federal minimum wage and benchmark it to Statistics Canada’s low-income cutoffs,” said Malcolm Allen, Welland
The NDP say the wage increase would start at $12 an hour gradually pushing to $15 by 2019.
“If the minimum wage rises, wouldn’t companies then cut jobs so they don’t, in the long run, lose out? Carry the wage up and squeeze people out...
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By MAZIE BISHOP
Excitement and anticipation rang through the air outside the Hamilton Convention Centre as everyone lined up to meet some of their favourite celebrity legends at Hamilton Comic Con.
The costumes freshly made the night before smelled of spray foam, paint, nylon and passion. Convention staff awaited the opening of the doors, freeing the stampede.
On Oct. 4 Comic Con brought some comic culture stars like Lou Ferrigno, the original Incredible Hulk, Garrett Wang from Star Trek Voyager, and the original Cat Woman, Julia Newmar.
Convention officials announced they had more than 7,000 attending, which is more than they expected for a newer convention like Comic Con.
Just as fans buzzed with excitement waiting in lines to meet their heroes, the celebrities were thrilled to meet their biggest fans.
Garrett Wang, the actor who played Ensign Harry Kim in Star Trek Voyage, was especially excited to spend the day getting to know...
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By Chris Perrelli
Hockey Canada announced Tuesday that the 2016 IIHF Women’s Under 18 Ice Hockey Championship will be held in St. Catharines, marking the first time the event will be held in Ontario and the second time the event has been hosted in Canada.
“The IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship is quickly becoming one of the must-see events on the women’s hockey calendar, and we’re thrilled to take the world championship to St. Catharines in 2016,” said president and CEO of Hockey Canada Tom Renney.
“With a first-rate new facility, an eager host committee and passionate hockey fans, it’s going to be a tournament to remember for anyone lucky enough to be a part of it.”
The U-18 women’s world championship is one of many events that the new Meridian Centre will allow St. Catharines to host; sparking an enormous impact on the local community.
“With an estimated local economic...