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By LAURA BARTON
A bright yellow bench encourages students to speak openly about mental health and seek help at Niagara College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campus.
It was unveiled Monday to students and a crowd of supporters of The Friendship Bench. Niagara is the first Ontario college campus to install a Friendship Bench.
The organization, founded earlier this year, installs yellow benches at secondary and post-secondary campuses with the hope of encouraging conversation about mental health struggles.
“The Friendship Bench is really about connecting students who might be suffering to available campus and local support centres,” says Sam Fiorella of Oakville, one of the three founders.
It is as a tribute to his son, Lucas, who died last year by suicide that Fiorella is part of the organization. The two other founders, Danny Brown and Rob Clarke, approached him after learning of Lucas’ story.
The Friendship Bench works towards reducing the number of suicides in secondary...
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By EUN JO
Tune in to Niagara TV if you want to know what students are doing at Niagara College and what opportunities are being offered.
The Student Administrative Council [SAC] chose broadcasting as a visual way to reach out to the student body, finding it to be more effective and an easier way to connect than sending out information individually.
Niagara TV is composed of volunteer news reporters who broadcast various SAC events for students’ viewing.
“A lot of students just see the academic side of college but they really need to know what college offers to them,” says Robert Curwain, from Niagara TV. “It’s actually a lot of fun at college.”
How do they make Niagara TV at the college and who is in the team?
This year, Niagara TV had a first presentation with new members on Sept. 25 at 4 p.m.
Executive Producer Stephen Orlowski and crew member Robert Curwain explained...
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By AUSTIN GOODER
Students at Niagara College are feeling helpless about the lack of government support they receive while studying here.
Many students across the campus expressed displeasure with how little help they’ve received from the government.
Heather Beattie, a broadcasting student, takes issue with just how few breaks senior students receive.
“As an older student, I’m not even applicable [eligible] for the 30 per cent off tuition,” Beattie says.
A fellow student who studies in the Dental Hygiene program echoed the remark.
“They [the provincial ministry] do have the 30 per cent discount on OSAP [Ontario Student Assistance Program] but it’s only applicable to certain age groups. I’m 26 now and don’t qualify,” says Jessica Odendahl.
Odendahl was recently married and also purchased a home. She spoke at length about her problems with schooling and student loan debt.
“Most people are going to school for a second or third time because there was lots of...
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By CONNOR MARTEN
A welcoming hand from Canada is being offered to thousands of people displaced from their homes by war and civil unrest hoping to obtain refugee status.
The Refugee Support Program is a collaboration of law professionals, students of law, community organizations and experts in the refugee sponsorship field. Initiated by the University of Ottawa and its Refugee Hub, the intent is to provide sponsors with the means and knowledge to best support refugees, which in turn, will provide funds to ease obtaining refugee status in Canada. This will give Canadians an opportunity to lend real-world support to some of the 19.5 million refugees displaced worldwide.
The program website states, “In the context of this major global refugee crisis, individuals, groups and lawyers across Canada are mobilizing to help. There is an amazing amount of energy, and people are reaching out in a way that has not been...
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By UTSAV GUPTA
“It is fabulous work done at Niagara and we want to learn from the best.”
That reputation brought delegates from TAFE Directors and LH Martin Institute, from Australia and United Kingdom (UK), to Niagara College to study and examine its applied research model last Tuesday.
The crew consisted of 15 delegates from Sydney, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and United Kingdom.
“We wanted to research Canada’s applied research model because Canada is really leading the world in this model. We believe applied research is the real driver of innovation in small and medium enterprises so we want to learn as much as we can about it,” says Ruth Schubert, associate director of LH Martin Institute.
“I’ve been keen to find out how you run your programs over here. There are a lot of similarities in what we both do in our respective countries,” says Greg Barclay, vice-president of the Australian...
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By JESSICA HENDRIKS
According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20 per cent of Canadians live with a mental health disorder; nearly half haven’t seen a professional about it, likely because of the stigma and shame attached to it.
Oct. 4-10 is Mental Illness Awareness Week. It is an attempt to raise awareness for those who struggle and to reduce the stigma attached to many common, and uncommon, mental health disorders.
“Stigma surrounding mental health has been there for a long, long time,” says Ellis Katsoff, chief executive officer of Pathstone Mental Health.
Katsoff explains one finds recorded cases of mental illness back to the 1850s when the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto was originally named the Provincial Lunatic Asylum. He notes that historically movies, books, newspapers and politicians portrayed mental health in a negative way.
“We have hundreds of years to undo,” he says. “[Those with mental illnesses] feel...
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By UTSAV GUPTA
Two Chartwells staff members were transported to hospital from Niagara College’s Welland campus after an exhaust in the server/grill area of the cafeteria emitted heavy smoke around noon today.
Welland Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services responders determined there was no fire.
Chartwells is the college’s food services provider. The server area was closed as a precaution, a college spokesperson said.
Shortly after the incident, fire team Captain Dan Marr said, “Some of the employees were cooking there and the overhead ventilation system malfunctioned momentarily. It seems to be working fine now. The fire prevention team is in there now and they will shut if off until the investigation finishes.”
“Two employees inhaled the smoke and were sent to the hospital.”
Anis Ahmed, a student in the Mechanical Engineering Technology program at the campus, said, “I was going for some work and suddenly I saw fire marshals and paramedics rushing.”