Tuesday, 03 March 2015, 1:30 am

Niagara College's sustainability co-ordinator elected co-chair of provincial group

By BECKI CREWE
Staff Writer
Wilkinson, recently elected co-chair. Photo by Becki Crewe.Niagara College is emerging as an environmental leader with its sustainability co-ordinator Taryn Wilkinson taking a large step up the professional ladder.
Wilkinson was recently elected co-chair of the Ontario College and University Sustainability Professionals (OCUSP). This non-profit organization supports post-secondary sustainability professionals throughout Ontario.
“This is a great opportunity, not only for myself, but for the college as well,” said Wilkinson.
“For me, it’s a great opportunity for professional development and to get involved in sustainability and higher educational institutions, not just in Niagara, but across the province.”
Wilkinson believes her new position will allow the college to raise its profile about its accomplishments and work with other institutions to gain insights on things it hasn’t been able to tackle yet. She said this is an opportunity to work with higher educational institutions to push sustainability forward.
Wilkinson, a graduate of the Environmental Management and Assessment (EMA) Post-graduate Certificate program in...

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21 Niagara College students to volunteer in Ecuador

By ALEX HENDRY
Staff Writer

Jigar Desai, Protection, Security and Investigation student, Melanie Bajic, Advanced Law and Criminal Investigation student and Steven Overholt, Protection, Security and Investigation student, attend a meeting finalizing travel plans for student volunteers. PHOTO BY ALEX HENDRYWhat will you be doing on your time away from classes?
For 21 students in the Police Foundations and Justice Studies program, reading week will be spent in Ecuador. Departing on Feb. 28, the excursion is focused on international volunteer work with the Canadian-based organization Me to We.
In preparation for the trip to Ecuador, students and faculty gathered on Feb. 23 at the Welland campus to finalize travel plans.
The volunteer excursion provides students the opportunity for international travel experience while adding others with the volunteer effort of Free the Children and Me to We.
“It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and it’s a life-changing and life altering (event),” said Jim Norgate, Police Foundations program co-ordinator, and organizer of the trip. “They may never realize it immediately, but there will be a time when they realize the affect its had on them.”
The students will spend nine days in Ecuador spending...

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OSAP increases loan money

By KEVAN DOWD
Staff Writer
The Ontario government is hoping modifications to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will help post-secondary students with their academic finances both before and after graduation.
“We wanted accessibility to post-secondary education to be important and not simply based on a student’s ability to pay but rather on the performance of the student,” said Jim Bradley, Liberal MPP of St. Catharines. “Our plan economically is to ensure we have a well-educated, well-trained workforce and if students don’t have the opportunity to gain those qualifications and to get that training then they’re not going to be in the position to play a significant role in the Ontario economy.”
Starting in the 2015-16 academic year, the government plans to adjust the maximum amount of financial aid students may receive annually to reflect the current economic climate. It will also be launching the Ontario Student Loan Rehabilitation Program to help students with...

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Nursing students hope strike won’t affect their placements

By KENDRA FERGUSON
Staff Writer
The Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) and Community Care Access Centres nurses went out on strike on Jan. 30 for a wage increase. They have since gone to arbitration seeking an agreement.
The ONA is a union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in hospitals, long-term care, the community, public health, clinics and industry. 
Niagara College Practical Nursing student Rutendo Nyambiya said that she wasn’t aware of the strike and she doesn’t think it will affect their placement.
“I went last week, and they were all there. They usually talk among themselves, but I didn’t hear anything about a strike.”
According to Nyambiya when finding placement, the college has places set up for them. When placement time arises, Nursing students can just go to NICOLE and pick their placements.
“Right now I’m at the hospital in Niagara Falls for placement,...

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Get ready to smile

By KAITLYN ANDREWS
Staff Writer
If you’re interested in having a professional graduate photo taken, schedule a sitting with Groff Photography.
The sittings are from now until Feb. 27 in room SA208 (Student Administrative Centre) at the Welland campus and March 9 to 31 in the SAC office at Niagara-on-the-Lake campus.
There are three options for your sitting: The Basic Sitting, three images taken in the traditional gown and hood with one background is $5, The Supreme Sitting, six images taken in different poses in the traditional gown and hood with two background selections for $10 and The Ultra Sitting, with special effect poses such as cap and gown, classic, casual or a group photo of you and one or two friends.
All fees are paid to the photographer at the time of your sitting.A few tips for the ladies, wear a white or off-white blouse. V-neck or turtleneck is not suitable and keep...

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$295 million for youth job program

By KEVAN DOWD
Staff Writer
Eric and Braden represented Silversmith Brewery, located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. The beer is distributed and available in a variety of bars and restaurants. PHOTO BY JEN HARDYThe Ontario Youth Jobs Strategy has helped more than 25,000 Ontario youths find employment or start a business. The strategy is investing $295 million over two years to help youths gain “the tools, experiences and entrepreneurial support they need to find employment or start their own businesses.”
The strategy is part of the government’s four-part economic plan for Ontario that includes investing in people’s talents and skills, building modern infrastructure and transportation networks, creating a dynamic and supportive business climate and strengthening retirement income security for all Ontarians.
“I think the province has turned to the college system because of our real-world link, wanting to create employability and job-ready students,” said Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College. “The Youth Employment Strategy of the government is to deal with some of the youth unemployment. We need to get more opportunities, more jobs for our students and part of that is...

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Student demand grants extended bus hours

By LUCA GUARDARI
Staff writer
Students’ voices were heard, and the bus schedule was extended an extra hour every night.  Photo by Luca GuardariStudents are gaining an extended ticket to ride with a lengthier bus schedule.
Niagara College students are getting what they want as demand for a longer bus schedule proved effective.
After 6:30 p.m., in the past, only two buses would be available for students trying to get a ride home; after students raised their voices and made their demands clear, buses now run until 10:30 p.m.
Ashlyn Berkhout said, “I think the schedule could have been changed sooner. It’s a great resource for students not just for school, but also as having a safe transportation if they have been drinking. The later the buses run, the less drinking and driving we would be seeing.”
The 19-year-old Marketing student at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus often has late nights at school due to projects, program responsiblities and other group work.
Berkhout said she is grateful nonetheless for the new schedule, even if she believes it...

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