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Tuesday, November 6, 2012


Accolades pour in for Niagara College Teaching Winery
Bullet News Niagara
The Niagara College Teaching Winery is in the spotlight this month after receiving an international wine award and recognition as one of the country’s leading wineries. The winery stood out as a winner at the 2012 InterVin International Wine Awards. Its 2010 Dean’s List Chardonnay was selected as the best white and among the highest scorers of the competition. It was among 52 wines that won gold medals, selected from a lineup of more than 1,200 wines by a panel of distinguished sommeliers, wine writers and winemakers. The event was held at White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Thompson puts wolves to work
Winnipeg Free Press
The region has trappers, outfitters and aboriginal elders with traditional knowledge about wolves. “Thompson could link itself as the wolf capital to the polar bear capital in Churchill for ecotourism efforts,” said Beckmann. He emphasized that the new University College of the North campus can become a wolf research and tourism centre. Beckmann believes these factors “uniquely position Thompson to be the wolf capital of Canada,” and Manitoba could set an example to the conservation world.

Project Gateway put on hold indefinitely
The Free Press
“I saw some economic benefits, both for the capital project and ongoing full time jobs for working at the centre,” commented Labine. “We were going to work with College of the Rockies to have skilled trades people learning on the job, plus contractors would have been needed to modify the building.” The facility was meant to serve as a destination, with the goal of having tourists come for the science centre, and spend a day or more seeing everything else Fernie has to offer. “It would be more than just a science centre,” remarked Labine. “It’s educational and would have had a school program for students to understand coal mining and grizzly bear habitats. It was very much an interactive component with the community.”

Edmonton post-secondary groups agree to U-Pass transit rate hikes
Edmonton Journal
The city and student leaders at Edmonton’s major post-secondary institutions have agreed on $7.50 annual hikes to U-Pass transit rates for the next four years. Students from the University of Alberta, MacEwan University and NAIT told councillors about two weeks ago that a proposed $30 increase next year, possibly followed by more raises in the future, might not be approved in referendums. They disputed survey results showing the average student rides Edmonton Transit 47 times a month, and asked for a deal that would see the U-Pass cost reach $155 a term after four years.

Corner Brook student to represent Canada in Brazil
Western Star
Bennett competed in Edmonton and Quebec. He came away with a silver medal in Quebec. Now he works full-time with Jasper Kitchen and Bath in Corner Brook. “I enjoy it,” said Bennett. “It’s mostly installation and doing a bit of custom work.” Luckily he works four 10-hour shifts a week, Monday to Thursday. That frees up his Fridays for practice. He has been travelling to Port aux Basques to spend Fridays and Saturdays at the College of the North Atlantic woodworking shop so he can hone his skills with his teacher, Kelly Tompkins. “He’s like a sponge,” said Tompkins. “He wants everything you can give him.”

Grant MacEwan University class fundraising competition spurs massive perishable food donation
MetroNews Canada
Granny Smith would be proud of Grant MacEwan University students as they put their apple picking powers to good use. Their mammoth donation – all 629 lbs worth – was gathered by 32 students from trees across the city, as part of an ongoing fundraising competition for the student food bank. A dozen introductory business classes were tasked with raising awareness and donations for the Students’ Association Food Bank, while competing against each other. Team leader Jacquie Lycka’s class choose to partner with Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton, a non-for-profit that picks fruit from Edmonton backyards. “Everybody should know that you are totally able to donate fresh fruit and vegetables to the food bank,” Lycka said.

Vaudevillians bring a little Broadway to Surrey
Surrey Leader
Music from 1930s New York stages will be brought to life next week as the Surrey-based Vaudevillians present their annual show benefiting budding performing artists. The seniors entertainment troupe brings The Vaudevillians Hit Broadway to the Surrey Arts Centre stage for two performances on Nov. 10. The ninth-annual event will once again support the Bursary for Performing Arts Students at Douglas College.

Health care aide program coming to Strathmore
Strathmore Standard
Bow Valley College is bringing their Health Care Aide Certificate program to Strathmore and will be offered at AgeCare – Sagewood. “This program was driven from our very first community consultation when we asked what the community thought the priority of training was for Strathmore as a whole,” said Teri McKinnon when asked the reasons for the new program. “I really hope the success and interest demonstrated in the program brings a lot more programming to Strathmore area, especially in health care (medical office assistant, health unit clerk, etc.)” The program itself is a four month full time program and the classes are relatively small with the minimum number of students being nine and the maximum is 12. The program has already had interest since being confirmed on Oct. 18, 2012 and it will begin in Jan. 2013.

Rick Mercer goes on wild ride with Canadian Coast Guard
Cape Breton Post
The Canadian Coast Guard College will take a turn in the spotlight on tonight’s episode of “The Rick Mercer Report.”  The show airs at 8 p.m. on CBC Television and will include segments on Mercer’s recent visit to the Canadian Coast Guard College in Westmount, and to the Women’s Intercollegiate Fast Pitch Championship in London, Ont. We caught up with Mercer by phone to ask him about his recent trip to Cape Breton.