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By RAZA MALIK
An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but for a private school an apple fest is key to its survival.
Bacon Christian School in St. Catharines drew in enthusiastic, hungry crowds on Saturday to the 300 Scott St. location as its annual Apple Fest offered bake sales, raffles and paintball fun for students, parents and faculty. It also includes lunch inspired by Middle Eastern dishes and dinner taken from Indonesia and Italy. The annual event has run since 2007.
“First it was called the bazaar but we changed to Apple Fest because it reflected what the event was about a celebration of the harvest,” said Teresa Hoogendam, advancement director. “We started the fundraiser in 2007 because of the school being a private school, we needed to figure out ways to get more funding and to keep the lights on.”
Apple Fest expands every year with the growing turnout...
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By ALEX YORKE
Special to the Niagara News
September 28th marked the appearance of the fourth and final “Blood Moon” of a lunar eclipse cycle that has spanned the past two years. This event has captivated social media, bringing many star gazers out of the woodwork to capture a moment that will not be seen again until the early 2030’s. Many locals were met with cloudy weather while attempting to view the lunar event but the lucky few that were able to catch a break in the clouds witnessed a truly beautiful sight to behold.
A “Blood Moon” occurs in the rare event that the sun is positioned behind the moon mid rotation occurring in cycles called “tetrads” in which the alignment occurs four times over the course of two years. This final cycle in the tetrad is particularly spectacular as it takes place during a “Supermoon” another unique lunar event...
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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 SAM JANJAC
Some spend their time and money helping those across the globe to find refuge but in Welland on Oct. 3, community members participated in the Ride for Refuge supporting the Open Arms Mission.
The non-profit volunteer driven ministry in the heart of the city supports the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those who are struggling. The annual Ride for Refuge will be a huge benefit for the organization.
Jeff Aitken, pastor and mission manager for Open Arms Mission, is the push behind Open Arm’s involvement in the ride this year. Aitken doesn’t mind that the ride may not be as much of a “money helper” for the mission, as it is a good “relational connection” event.
“Ride for Refuge: it’s everyone, basically everyone, from Niagara coming together for one event,” says Aitken. “So we get to rub shoulders, elbows and bicycles for sure, but just to be able...
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By JESSICA HENDRIKS
The Ontario government raised the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective Oct. 1. The increase is a result of recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000.
Liquor servers, homeworkers, and students will also be seeing a 25-cent increase in their pay cheque.
“It’s a start but it’s still not good enough,” says Leanne Harrison, who makes more than minimum wage working at National Credit Recovery, but says she sees a lot of people struggling who would benefit from a higher wage.
According to a government press release, raising the minimum wage in a fair manner is part of the economic plan for Ontario.
“We have taken the politics out of increases to the minimum wage by tying raises to inflation. This helps some of the province’s most vulnerable workers cope with increases to their cost of living while providing predictability for businesses to plan for payroll...
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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 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...