Thursday, 27 November 2014, 7:20 pm

Powerhouse support

By STACEY BULMER
Staff Writer
Cortney Mossman and Ann Godfrey represented the Family and Children’s Services Niagara. PHOTO BY STACEY BULMERIt 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...

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Carbon monoxide: A silent killer

By BECKI CREWE
Staff Writer
From left, Fire Prevention Officers of the City of Welland, Charles Turpin, Cheri Busch and Ron Vanhell, launch their carbon monoxide awareness campaign at the Welland campus on Nov. 14 to stress the importance of having alarms installed in residential areas. Carbon monoxide poisoning is life threatening and can only be detected with an alarm. PHOTO BY BECKI CREWEThe silent killer: It’s colourless, tasteless and odourless.
Welland’s fire prevention officers, Cheri Busch, Ron Vanhell and Charles Turpin, came to the college’s Welland campus last Friday to talk to students about the importance of having carbon monoxide alarms installed in residential areas.
“Carbon monoxide alarms, by law, are required outside all sleeping areas,” said Busch. “It’s a law in the province of Ontario, through the Ontario Fire program.”
Busch said if there is a bedroom on any level of your home, there must be an alarm installed outside the bedroom area on the ceiling.
The property owner is required and responsible to properly install and maintain carbon monoxide alarms. Busch said it’s important for students to know that.
The only way other way to suspect there may be a carbon monoxide leak in your home is if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, without a fever. This means you have...

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The hunger games aren’t fun

By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Staff Writer
Nick Appelman, director of campaigns with the Student Administrative Council, is in charge of the food bank, which helps hundreds of Niagara College students. PHOTO BY CHRIS BREENMany Ontarians have been forced to trade grocery stores for food banks, and dollars for points.
In 2008 approximately 314,258 Ontarians accessed food banks monthly. This year more than 374,000 accessed food banks, an increase of over 60,000 per month.
“It is entirely unacceptable that hundreds of thousands of Ontarians continue to live in hunger because too many families can’t make ends meet,” Cindy Forster, New Democratic Party MPP Welland, said in a statement. “Nothing could be more important than putting food on the table.”
Niagara College, which has a food bank available to students, helped over 500 students with their emergency food bank during the 2013-2014 year.
When Director of Campaigns Nicholas Appelman was asked in an email about this year’s statistics he said, “From my personal projection, I would say that we are always continuously helping more and more student due to economic inflammation.”
Resources for the food...

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Turning the tables on job searching

By JACK FORD
Staff Writer
Mark Patterson explains the process of building a Magnet profile in front of an infographic. Submitted PHOTOLet the jobs chase you.
Those are the words that best describe Magnet, a revolutionary new job search and communication network launched in September by Ryerson University students as an answer to the struggle post-secondary students face finding work post-graduation and otherwise.
Mark Patterson is the director of Research Partnership Development at Ryerson and was instrumental in the creation of Magnet.
“I used to be responsible at Ryerson for over 10,000 students, trying to help them find jobs, and it used to frustrate me because I’d have employers looking for a certain type of skill set,” said Patterson.
“I didn’t have that information about the student population I was responsible for, so it was really hard to help create effective connections between people.”
Magnet is the solution to his problem, and it’s already expanding with a $1.2-million investment from the Ontario government across 18 colleges and universities.
“We’ve had over 1,200...

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Monoxide monitoring now mandatory in bedrooms

By BECKI CREWE 
Staff Writer 
Carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory in Canadian households near all sleeping areas in a residential homes. These detectors range in price from $30 + $65.Time is up. Effective Oct. 15, carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory in Ontario sleeping quarters. For Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week, Nov. 1 to 8, local fire prevention officers are educating the public on the potentially deadly gas and about the new provincial law. 
Cheri Busch, fire prevention officer from Welland Fire Services, is holding an information session at Niagara College’s Welland campus on Friday, Nov. 14 for the recent launch of the awareness campaign.
The campaign will take place between 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The new regulation updates the Ontario Fire Code, which makes the use of carbon monoxide warning devices mandatory in condominiums, apartments, houses, hotels and colleges/universities that have fuel-burning devices. This also includes residences attached to a garage. 
These alarms are now required near all sleeping areas in residential homes, service rooms and sleeping areas in multi-residential units. 
Carbon monoxide comes from carbon-based fuels that...

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Problems for Quebec ‘only’ party

By KEVIN FARRELL
Staff Writer
Jordan Watt understands a plethora of choices awaits the average voter in Canada, especially in Quebec.  PHOTO BY KEVIN FARRELLAt the end of October, two former Members of Parliament, Jean-Francois Fortin and Jean-Francois Larose, announced they aimed to start a new ‘Quebec only’ political party called Forces et Democratie.
Fortin has been an independent in parliament in recent months and was a member of the Bloc Quebecois before that, while Larose recently defected from the New Democratic Party (NDP).
In a statement, Fortin and Larose announced their intentions, saying, “All regions of Quebec, including Greater Montreal, feel ‘forgotten, overlooked, or even clearly despised’ by the federal government.”
“There shouldn’t be any federal parties that are just for Quebec, that defeats the purpose of a ‘federal’ party,” said Matt Hennick, an entrepreneur from Montreal, Que.
“Also include the fact that not even six months ago most of the political parties in Quebec wanted to separate from Canada. Why would the federal government cater to an entire province that doesn’t...

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Forster: Eliminating hospital beds death by a thousand cuts

By LAITH KADHIM
Staff Writer
Cindy Forster, MPP (Welland), has written an open letter to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Hon Eric Hoskins, hoping to keep 75 long-term care hospital beds for non-profit at the Welland County General Hospital.
Constituents of the Welland riding are troubled by the prospect that this bed licence could be sold to a for-profit operator.
Forster says, "The goal of the for-profit operator is to make money, provide service and make money for their shareholders."
Previous bids for the beds from local non-profit operators, such as Foyer Richelieu, have been rejected over the past four years by the provincial government.
Forster is seeking confirmation from Hoskins that the Welland non-profit long-term care beds licence has not been sold or transferred to a for-profit company and that it never will be.
"I wrote three weeks ago and asked that these beds not be sold off, and I've heard nothing.”
Foyer Richelieu has...

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