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Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Tous les espoirs sont permis : Ouverture officielle du campus torontois du Collège Boréal
En 2002, le Collège Boréal se voyait confier, par le ministère de la Formation et des Collèges et Universités (MFCU), le mandat d’offrir des services et des programmes postsecondaires en français dans la région du Centre-Sud-Ouest (CSO). En 2012, l’institution se voit dotée d’un nouveau campus central à Toronto grâce à l’appui du MFCU. «L’inauguration du campus torontois témoigne de la confiance renouvelée du ministère à l’égard du Collège Boréal», a souligné le président Denis Hubert-Dutrisac, à l’occasion de l’ouverture officielle du campus, au 1, rue Yonge, jeudi 27 septembre.

Go bigger, Northwest Community College
Terrace Standard
Northwest Community College president Denise Henning would put it more eloquently but her pitch for $45 million at the college’s Terrace campus for a new trades and technical training facility comes down to five words – go big or go home. So go bigger. Way bigger and call for a brand new college campus in Terrace. The current location on the bench, while a nice setting, is too far out of town making it a classic example of out of sight, out of mind.

New garden at university will provide more access for disabled
Nanaimo Daily News
It’s been in the planning stages for nearly four years and now the new garden space at Vancouver Island University’s G.R. Paine Training Centre is now ready to be planted. Once complete, the new garden bordering the area’s backyard forest will be the facility’s first wheelchair-accessible garden on its 32-acre property. Community resident and VIU horticultural technician and instructor Anne Kivari says the goal is to have everything, including trees, shrubs, vines, and perennials, planted by the end of the fall season. As a part of their curriculum, 21 students receiving a broad base of horticultural training at the diverse training centre will be working on the garden this year.

St. Clair College moves quickly to add parking
Windsor Star
Parking during the first few weeks of classes has become a “free-for-all” at St. Clair College, with students leaving their cars on grass lots and even on property of nearby neighbours. Faced with growing enrolment and staff numbers, the college is moving to solve the parking crunch by completing construction of a new 454-space parking lot at its main campus in South Windsor, before the end of this year. “Parking has caused some issues in the first couple weeks,” said spokesman John Fairley. “We have had cars parking on the lawn and grassy areas.

Chef Jamie Kennedy cooks up some inspiration
Oshawa Express
Durham College students were ready to impress celebrity chef Jamie Kennedy with their culinary skills during the launch of the $5 million Growing for Our Future fundraising campaign, which will support the new Centre for Food. Titled “Get involved”, the event saw close to 150 community leaders, business partners, faculty, staff, students, alumni, board members, and donors join Durham College President Don Lovisa and Kennedy as they watched the college’s Culinary Skills and Hospitality Management – Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism students showcase their talents.

Cowichan students learning while taking double the credit
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
What education in the 21st century should look like is a topic of debate across the province, but for School District 79’s acting director of middle/secondary education, an obvious answer is found in a Duncan hair salon. This particular hair salon is situated in a portable classroom at Vancouver Island University. Local high school students are studying to be hairdressers, simultaneously obtaining their high school diploma and a hair dressing certificate that’ll allow them to start their careers as soon as they’ve finished the K-12 system. It’s tuition-free, too.

Barenaked Ladies’ Steven Page shares mental health struggles with Algonquin students
MetroNews Canada
Steven Page, former frontman of The Barenaked Ladies, shared his struggles with bi-polar disorder and depression to launch two new mental health tools at Algonquin College Tuesday. “In 2007 when I was arrested for drug possession, it was a scandal,” Page said. “It was painful to pick up a national newspaper and see my mug shot. I hadn’t taken care of my inner struggles.” Page spoke at the launch of Starting the Conversation and iCopeU, two tools the college has created to help students and staff cope with mental health issues.

Technology brings GPRC board of governors together
Fairview Post
Grande Prairie Regional College Fairview hosted the public Board of Governors meeting Sept. 27, although only Anita Luck and Drew Lamont were there in person. Thanks to new technology installed during the renovation of the boardroom, other board members including chairman Vince Vavrek were able to attend from Grande Prairie. Rooms at both college campuses have video cameras, microphones and huge flat-screen television screens installed so people in one room can see and hear those in the other room.

Testing the waves
Southern Gazette
For years, a solid employment provider for many residents in the community, the property changed hands when FPI was sold to Ocean Choice International in 2007. Fish are about to return to the building once more but not for processing. The old plant is now in the midst of a transformation. College of the North Atlantic’s (CNA) Burin Campus researchers, led by Dr. Michael Graham, hope will have a major impact on shore-based aquaculture. And, if all goes to plan, could also result in a marine research and test station at the end of five years.

University granted permit for commercial use of parks
The B.C. Government is granting a commercial use permit to Vancouver Island University to conduct guided group field classes in five provincial parks on the Island. They include hiking trips within Strathcona Provincial Park and both caving and hiking at Horne Lakes Provincial Park. A B.C. Parks spokesperson said the intention to issue a permit had been advertised as required by the B.C. Park Act because a commercial activity was being proposed.