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Businesses get provincial boost to innovate, produce, compete
Znanja Inc. of New Glasgow and Enviro-Moly Pro of Pictou are among dozens of Nova Scotia businesses that will have help to partner with universities and colleges to develop, design and test new and innovative products. The province awarded vouchers to 46 businesses from across Nova Scotia to help them become more innovative and productive…. Participating universities and colleges are Dalhousie, including the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Acadia, Cape Breton, Mount Saint Vincent, Saint Mary’s and St. Francis Xavier universities, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Nova Scotia Community College and Université Sainte-Anne.
La relève agricole se donne rendez-vous au CRIFA
Progrès de Coaticook
Lors du rendez-vous, les étudiants de la Commission scolaire des Hauts-Cantons, du Cégep de Victoriaville et de l’Institut de technologie agroalimentaire de Saint-Hyacinthe échangeront avec des intervenants du milieu et des producteurs sur le démarrage ou la reprise d’une entreprise agricole et sur les carrières possibles dans ce domaine. Des visites sont ainsi prévues dans différents établissements, comme aux fermes Couture-Vaillancourt, Pierre Bolduc et Beaudoin et fils, de même qu’aux serres Lamarche. «Elles ont été choisies parce qu’elles représentent des modèles de transfert différents, note la coordonnatrice de l’événement, Martine Tremblay. Certaines sont des entreprises familiales, d’autres non. Il y a des achats progressifs (achats de parts par année) ou immédiats. C’est assez représentatif du milieu.»
Students to serve up a dose of social justice
Understanding hunger and desperation is an essential part of helping people get back on their feet. That’s why Erica Kleer and a group of classmates in Niagara College’s community and justice services program decided to throw a fundraiser for Harvest Kitchen. The first-year students will host an all-you-can-eat pasta dinner at Casa Dante in Welland on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 6 p.m. until the hungriest person finishes eating.
Des agriculteurs bio en quête de savoir
Le Club agroenvironnemental du CDA (Club CDA) a signé une entente avec le Centre d’expertise et de transfert en agriculture biologique et de proximité (CETAB+), du Cégep de Victoriaville, afin d’obtenir des services-conseils. Le Club CDA regroupe 45 entreprises d’agriculture biologique de la région en majorité de la région du Centre-du-Québec et de Chaudière-Appalaches. Le président du Club CDA, Daniel Lampron, a indiqué que leurs membres ont besoin de nombreux services …
Tonight, students from the College of the North Atlantic (C.N.A.) and local high schools will be knocking on your doors, seeking non-perishable food items and monetary donations (instead of candy), which will aid the region’s Salvation Army Food Bank. Two groups will go door-to-door; one in Clarenville and the other in Trinity. Donations can also be dropped off at the Clarenville campus. The student group, “Enactus” (formally called S.I.F.E., Students in Free Enterprise) is heading up the cause.
SIAST instructors get new union
Academic staff at Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology have switched unions. The SIAST Faculty Association has been certified as the employees’ official bargaining agent, following a decision by the province’s labour relations board, the union says. SIAST instructors had previously been represented by the Saskatchewan Government and General Employees’ Union, one of the biggest unions in the province.
Trent Gervais returns to Peterborough
As he hits the ground in December, construction for another $16 million expansion for the Seneca College’s flight training program will be top priority, Gervais said. “That is just another positive to the airport. Construction will start early on when I get there,” he said. “There will be a lot of work to do in a short time.” The college wants to move into the building at the airport by October next year and begin operating its flight training program at the Peterborough Airport, which is at the southwest corner of the city in Cavan Monaghan Township, by the start of 2014.
Tolko mill becomes training centre
Alberta Daily Herald Tribune
A struggling mill in the Peace Country has recently transformed itself into a training centre for high school students, an innovative solution to the lack of demand for its product. The Tolko Industries oriented strand board (OSB) mill in High Prairie has found a new life, and reopened as the High Prairie Regional Training and Development Centre last month. The $5.3 million makeover has created a new practical training program for Career and Technology Studies students in Grades 10 to 12, who are enrolled in dual-credit high school/college streams for welder, millwright, power engineering, or electrician. Program partner Northern Lakes College sets the curriculum and provides instruction.
UNICEF club launches at Georgian
The Barrie Advance
Paula Meng, a second year advertising and marketing communications student, has recently launched a UNICEF club at the Barrie campus. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Meng was an active member of a UNICEF chapter there and wanted to join a similar organization after registering at Georgian. “I discovered there wasn’t one,” she says. “We have a lot of international students here and the college has a new tagline – ‘A Powerful Place’. It is time for Georgian to become one. This club will provide students the opportunity to become more globally minded and ethically conscious. Georgian College is our academic hub and we want to be in the forefront of progressive thought.” Successful student-driven UNICEF chapters exist at Humber College and Sheridan College and Meng is working hard to raise the profile of the Georgian chapter.
College forges new relationship with Grant MacEwan University
Students starting their academic career at Grande Prairie Regional College now have a guarantee that their hard work will help them earn a university degree. At the Board of Governors meeting Oct. 25 in Grande Prairie, GPRC president and CEO Don Gnatiuk told the board the college now has an agreement with Grant MacEwan University for a block transfer of 60 credits. This means that GPRC students in Arts or Sciences can transfer 60 credits of studies at GPRC towards a degree at Grant MacEwan – the equivalent of half a degree. “The agreement with MacEwan is a statement of trust between institutions,” said Gnatiuk.
Souper Bowl Wednesday supports United Way
Staff at Fleming College will host the eighth annual Souper Bowl lunch and bake sale in support of the Northumberland United Way on Nov. 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Fleming Building campus in Cobourg. The campus is partnering with both the Help Centre and Community Living – West Northumberland to raise a goal of $1,750. This event is also supported by donations from both the Dutch Oven in Cobourg and Aramark food services of Fleming College.
Regional businesses shine at 2012 KAST Sprit of Innovation Awards
The Boundary Sentinel
Held every four years by KAST, (Kootenay Association for Science and Technology) the awards honour local businesses, organizations and individuals in four categories: Most Promising Start-up, Most Innovative Company, Most Innovative Entrepreneur, and Most Innovative Organization. Nominees are adjudicated by a panel of experts on innovation, community impact, leadership and sound business practices…. Most Innovative Organization: Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre – Castlegar The Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre (SGRC) (http://selkirk.ca/research/sgrc/) at Selkirk College is a centre of excellence in computer mapping. Founded in 2004 on a Canadian Centre for Innovation grant, with matching funds from the BC government and significant contributions from local companies and organizations, the SGRC has grown over the last decade from a grass roots concept to a leading edge R&D facility for the Kootenay-Boundary area.
Mobile Labs Approved For RRC In Portage la Prairie
Portage la Prairie is clearing the way for two mobile training labs at Red River College. City Council has given 2nd and 3rd reading to a bylaw allowing a pair of 53 foot trailers on campus. It will allow the mobile training labs be in place for up to 4 months at a time. Red River Community College Manager Lori Grenkow says the labs will create new classroom space for skilled trades training. She says previously some skilled trades, such as carpentry had to be taught in the evenings off campus at Portage Collegiate. The labs will now allow for training during the day.
Distracted driving on B.C. roads a huge issue
The Record (New Westminster)
The New Westminster-based Justice Institute of B.C. recently hired Allan Lamb as associate director of its traffic education centre. Lamb brings 36 years of experience in road safety to his new role. Previously, he managed ICBC’s road safety programs and worked as a police officer. “I’ve been asked to come and manage the Justice Institute’s road safety programs,” Lamb told The Record. The Justice Institute trains law-enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics on how to drive safely. The institute also offers motorcycle-driving instruction for the general public.
Algonquin students boost flu shots
Pembroke Daily Observer
Nursing students from Algonquin College are hoping some added incentive will help increase the number of staff at Marianhill getting their flu shots. Four fourth-year students in the college’s Bachelor of Science Nursing Program are completing their long-term care placement at Marianhill. One of the requirements of the program is doing a project and with the help of unit manager Jennifer White, the students are conducting a campaign to increase the vaccination rate among staff, explained Marianhill CEO Linda Tracey. Last year 83 per cent of staff got their flu shot and this year the goal is to have 90 per cent of staff vaccinated against the flu. As part of the students’ project, they approached one of the long-term care facility’s suppliers which agreed to fund a voucher from a local eatery which is presented to each staff member that gets a flu shot.
Gateway and Georgian College sign memorandum
Seaforth Huron Expositor
A memorandum of understanding signed last Friday between Georgian College and Gateway Rural Health Research Institute will open the door for more locally-offered healthcare training. “As we move forward, it’s all about attracting and retaining the brightest young minds,” said Gateway president Gwen Devereaux, as she celebrated the signing. “Each academic centre we sign allows us to expand the healthcare campus for Gateway, allowing us to utilize their resources so our people can be trained right here.”…. Georgian College began offering a part-time four-year registered practical nursing course in Seaforth shortly after the formation of Healthkick in 2005. Since then, 20 RPNs graduated in 2009 and 17 more are expected to graduate in 2013. As well, Georgian College has offered courses training personal support workers and food service workers in Seaforth along with post-graduate courses for registered nurses and registered practical nurses.
Cowichan VIU’s support workers vote an 86% strike mandate Tuesday
Cowichan News Leader Pictorial
Unionized support workers at (Vancouver Island University) VIU’s Cowichan campus would rather not strike and close the facility. But CUPE’s 30-some members here, and their peers at VIU’s up-island campuses, voted an 86% strike mandate Monday and Tuesday after about two years of what they call frustrating talks with the province using VIU’s brass as middlemen. Local 1858 members include food services workers, clerical staff, facilities workers, and library staff. The problem, explained 1858 president Deborah Hopper, isn’t with VIU leaders, but ultimately with Victoria.
Georgian butter carvers off to Royal
The Barrie Advance
Georgian College is sending a team of butter carvers to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto. Fine arts students Libby Mourant, Karen Dobbs and Aylan Couchie will compete in the butter sculpting competition Friday and Saturday. The students will have a 25-kilogram block of butter and only one day to complete their sculptures.
$16.6M for transitway tunnel at Algonquin College
There might have been no light at the end of the tunnel if the province didn’t show up to Algonquin College with $16.6 million Thursday. The city has dug out the north end of a transit tunnel just south of Baseline Rd. The provincial investment, announced by Transportation Minister Bob Chiarelli, will let the city dig out the other end just past Tallwood Dr. The original plan was to extend a grade-separated Transitway south to Norice St., but it appears that won’t happen unless the feds offer the money.
Bricklayer shortage hits Windsor
The going rate for a unionized bricklayer at Local 6 is $49.41/hr. That includes wages and benefits. The local also has a partnership with St. Clair College which offers apprenticeship, upgrade, and safety training programs. Gagliano said bricklaying is a viable career right now. He said the average age of a bricklayer in Windsor is 47. “So if they retire when they’re 60, in another 12 years we’ll be needing bricklayers. In another five years we’ll be needing bricklayers,” he said. “There will be work for them. There is always a need for new blood.”
University students face much tougher restrictions on smoking
Vancouver Island University students are lighting up in new smoke pits this fall, as officials roll out tighter anti-smoking rules. The university has restricted staff and students to 11 designated smoking areas across campus in a bid to reduce second-hand smoke. The last big policy change came from university officials in 2000, when smokers were told they had to light up five metres away from buildings. According to Erin Bascom, VIU’s health and safety coordinator, not enough people were following the rules, leading to “constant complaints” of smoke wafting into classrooms and air vents.
Algonquin College students like what they see
Pembroke Daily Observer
Students at Algonquin College got their first look at the new Renaissance Square waterfront campus on Monday as the school officially moved its classes and operations to the already famous new building, and early reviews are sounding quite positive. “The classrooms are way bigger,” says nursing student Sarah Hart Moore. “There’s room for everyone! Everything was so crowded at the old campus. This is just free; you can actually walk around.” “It feels like a college now,” adds Jillian Tunn, “not like a public school. Everything looks really good so far.” According to community and student affairs manager Jamie Bramburger, “it feels like a college” is a common sentiment.
Scary start for campaign
There was a spooktacular launch on Halloween to a fundraising campaign in support of Timmins’ mobile soup kitchen. Ten Northern College students, who are in their second year of the social services program at Porcupine Campus, organized the first in a series of events aimed to keep the Yo! Mobile on the road. Decked in Halloween costumes, the students were selling baked goods in the main foyer of the Porcupine Campus Wednesday with all proceeds going in support of the Yo! Mobile. “Mario (Dussault) started the Yo! Mobile over a year ago and he’s been doing this out of his own pocket,” said Suzan Green, one of the 10 students involved in this fundraising effort. “So, with our school group we decided to combine our efforts with his in order to help him raise funds to continue doing what he’s doing because he’s doing something absolutely amazing for the community.
Degree nursing program available in Swift Current by Sept. 2013
SIAST and the University of Regina signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Cypress Health Region and Great Plains College Nov. 1 to deliver the Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (SCBScN) to Great Plains College students in Swift Current beginning Sept. 2013. At the launch event held at the College, the partners announced that eight seats per year will be offered in Swift Current as an expansion of the program created jointly by SIAST and the University of Regina in 2011, which currently offers 195 seats in Regina and 150 seats in Saskatoon.
Power to the Kwantlen people
BC Hydro has recognized Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) with a 2012 BC Hydro Power Smart Excellence Award for the fifth time. Committed to energy conservation, KPU maintains a distinguished history of accomplishment with BC Hydro and continues to lead the way for other local and BC businesses alike. “Kwantlen’s significant leadership in energy conservation is achieved through our great partnerships with BC Hydro, the province of British Columbia, many service providers, and our campus community,” said Karen Hearn, executive director, facilities services, KPU. “We are privileged that our leaders have invested in projects that create energy efficiency, and in result, allow Kwantlen to use approximately 50 per cent less energy than other universities across North America.”