Monday, 02 March 2015, 9:28 pm

Ontarians debating boundaries in teen strip search

By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Staff Writer
Where do the boundaries lay?
A decision by Neufchatel High School officials in Quebec City last week to strip search a 15-year-old female student is the topic of controversial debate. The strip search was the result of suspicions the girl was selling drugs at school.
A statement released on Tuesday by the De La Capitale School Board attempted to clarify things.
“In accordance with the policy of police presence in schools, which governs all provincial schools, the school administration, with parental authority, must ensure students attending our schools can do so in a safe and healthy environment.”
Yves Bolduc, Quebec’s education minister, defended the actions of the principal and teacher.
“There are reasons why staff may have to search students,” Buldoc said at the National Assembly. “What is important is that they respect the law and the framework and that it’s done in a respectful fashion.”
The student told The Journal she had...

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The story behind Black History Month

By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Staff Writer
Black History Month marks a reflection on the rich history and culture of the African-American people.
It began in 1926 as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson. It was the second week of February because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln (Feb. 12) and Frederick Douglas (Feb. 14).
“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated,” Woodson said. “The Hebrew keenly appreciated the value of tradition, as is attested by the Bible itself. In spite of worldwide persecution, therefore, he is a great factor in our civilization.”President Lincoln was famous for the Emancipation Proclamation and Douglas was quoted as saying, “There is no negro problem. The problem is whether the American people have loyalty enough, honor enough, patriotism enough, to live up to...

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The origins of Aboriginals

By CHRISTOPHER BREEN
Staff Writer
Submitted PhotoMost non-Aboriginal people know little about their Aboriginal brothers and sisters.
If you googled the word Aboriginal looking for a definition you would find two. As an adjective, (of human races, animals, and plants) inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest of times or from before the arrival of colonists; indigenous, and as a noun, an aboriginal inhabitant of a place. If you asked Canadians, most would say “an Indian” or “Native.”
A Wikipedia article, however, says Aboriginal people in Canada are the Indigenous peoples of the Americas within the boundaries of present-day Canada. The Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development definition refers to peoples who first lived in an area before European explorers first arrived at that place.
In Canada there are three identified groups of Aboriginal people: First Nations, Métis, and Inuit.
A National Household Survey in 2011 was completed to see exactly what portion of...

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Don’t be shellfish, go to the 26th Seafood Gala

By ALEX HENDRY
Staff Writer
A beautiful hydrangea arrangment from last year’s Seafood Gala at the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls. PHOTO BY OZKUR PHOTOGRAPHYDinner, a show and a welcome return for many.
Distinguished alumni and guests are invited to attend the 26th Annual Niagara College Seafood Gala on April 11 at the Grand Hall of Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls.
A marquee event for the winter term’s social calendar, the event is organized by the Niagara College Foundation in association with the Alumni Council.
The Alumni Council works in part with the Niagara College Foundation to raise money for school resources. Proceeds from the gala are distributed into bursaries and scholarships to benefit future Niagara students.
Last year’s event raised $130,000 in donations and over $2 million in total donations according to a 2013 statement by the Alumni Relations Department.
The evening is attended by commercial sponsors and private donors, with last year’s sell-out attended by over 700 guests.
By raising funds to benefit Niagara’s students, the formal attire event allows alumni, current staff, students and...

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Indoor fun for children

By JEN HARDY
Staff Writer
Children slide into the ball pit at Zippy Zoom Indoor Playground on Feb. 7. PHOTO BY JEN HARDYChildren running and climbing on new equipment, parents sitting on comfortable couches amidst the high pitched screams of excitement and laughter can only mean one thing: Zippy Zoom Indoor Playground at 200 Fitch St., Welland, opened its doors.
Brent and Raluca Jessop are fulfilling their dreams of opening their own business and raising their children, combining both to make Zippy Zoom happen.
The Playground, geared toward children up to 12 years, held its grand opening Saturday, inviting Wellanders to come and spend a few hours, to have some fun and some cake.
The cake, provided by Above and Beyond Cupcake, was a huge hit with the  excited crowd.
Not everything went smoothly though. The little kiosk at the entrance has too many things plugged into the same circuit. Raluca said they noticed that mistake one day before grand opening and will have an electrician come in this week.
“It’s all fixable,” she...

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BLX sketches out in Welland

By JAKE CAMUS
Staff Writer
The artists of Black Light Experience introduce their pencil-drawn mural at Project 43 in downtown Welland. They welcome everyone to come and contribute to the exhibit. PHOTOS BY JAKE CAMUSWelland’s artistic community is growing every day. Black Lantern Experience (BLX) has teamed up with Project 43 to bring Welland’s art scene to the public eye.
On Feb. 8, BLX brought its exhibition to Project 43. The small downtown storefront at 43 Hellems Ave. has been home to art exhibits since its start in the fall.
For this event, Project 43 set up white walls for BLX and the public to create their own pencil-drawn mural. Anyone was welcome to come in and contribute drawings.
What started as a small group of friends making art in the summer of 2013 quickly took off in Welland. Their first art show took place on July 13, 2013. Soon, BLX moved on past the studio on West Main Street to come up with more art shows and bigger venues, such as the Seaway Mall.
“We’re independent artists depending on each other,” says BLX member...

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More than 220 show up to Binbrook ‘crappie derby’, fish stay home

By JOEL OPHARDT
Staff Writer
Len Hopf, Andrew Bimoski, and Matt Mcilvaney fishing inside their tent after spending most of the day fishing outside. PHOTO BY JOEL OPHARDTHigh winds, freezing temperatures and a snowstorm made for an abominable day of ice fishing in the Niagara Region this Sunday.
Exactly the way ice fishing is meant to be.
More than 220 anglers fought off the bad weather to show up to the 2015 Binbrook Hard Water Fishing Derby, hoping to catch the largest crappie of the day.
“It’s something everyone should try once,” said Derek Hadziewicz, a Toronto man and member of the Polish-Canadian Anglers Association. “It’s about being patient, doing lots of drilling, and trying to find the best spot to stay on the ice.”
The “crappie derby” takes place every year on Lake Niapenco, a manmade reservoir that serves as the headwaters of the Welland River.
Crappies, part of the sunfish family, are typically between one-quarter to three-quarter pounds at Binbrook, but the winning fish, caught by Trevor Christianson, weighed in at 0.810 pounds.
“The best thing about...

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