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Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Fleming College holds open house
Peterborough Examiner
The construction skills program held an open house Saturday at Fleming College’s McRae Campus on Bonaccord St. The McRae Campus hosts most of Fleming’s skilled trades and apprenticeship programs. Visitors were invited to take a tour and talk to staff and students about the various programs including carpentry apprenticeship, construction skills, heating, refrigeration and air conditioning, plumbing and welding techniques and participate in information displays and demonstrations.

En mission au Mexique
Première Édition
Du 24 janvier au 8 février, trois étudiantes en soins dentaires du Collège John-Abbott ont pris part à une mission humanitaire à Espita, au Mexique. Rachel Kunst-Zasada, Gursandeep Somal et Gabrielle Laramée-Ovando, ainsi qu’un groupe du programme dentaire de l’Université McGill, le Kindness in Action Team, ont prodigué des soins dentaires gratuits aux enfants et aux adultes de cette région. Les voyageuses ne devaient qu’assister les futurs dentistes de McGill, mais ce plan fut révisé lorsque le groupe a pris conscience du travail qui l’attendait dans cette communauté maya. Grâce à leur expertise clinique acquise au cours de leurs études en hygiène dentaire, les étudiantes furent fort utiles, prodiguant des soins de prévention (nettoyage) et de restauration (obturations) à la population.

Hundreds of students take part in huge job fair at VIU
Nanaimo Daily News
After spending much of the last two years studying in the MBA program at Vancouver Island University, Elema Dugarova is exploring her options in the local workforce in preparation for her graduation later this year. Dugarova, who is from Russia, was one of hundreds of VIU students who attended the university’s business student association’s first-annual career fair on Thursday in which more than 40 potential employers, ranging from financial institutions to the Canadian Armed Forces, set up displays, took resumes and answered questions about employment opportunities. John Hirst, one of the event’s organizers, said he had hoped to see more representation from employers looking for students graduating from skilled trades programs at VIU at the fair, but he believes the event will attract more diversified offerings as it becomes more established in future years. It’s estimated that about three-quarters of the jobs in B.C. that will arise between now and 2020 will require some sort of post-secondary education, and about 43 per cent of those jobs will be in the skilled trades.

Environnement : un 2e prix pour la Frip-mobile du cégep de Drummondville
Nouvelle Union
Le projet étudiant de la Frip-mobile du cégep de Drummondville a soutiré la deuxième place du concours Pédagogie-Environnement 2013, présenté à nouveau cette année au collège de Rosemont, dans la catégorie «Engagement communautaire et entreprenariat». Trois étudiants représentaient alors le collège, soit Princesse Wanni, responsable de la friperie, Stella Juneau et Hugo Bourgon, responsable du comité environnemental étudiant Les Verts de terre. Au dire de l’animatrice de vie spirituelle et d’engagement communautaire du collège, Cathia Leduc, qui accompagnait les étudiants, l’aventure fut mémorable.

Volunteer record gives Algonquin students new tool in job search
Ottawa Citizen
Algonquin College is teaching that giving back matters. A new program announced Monday means deserving volunteers will get some recognition for the hours they devote to causes both within and outside the school. “The learning that goes on outside of the classroom can be as effective in preparing students for the workforce,” said Kent MacDonald, president of Algonquin College. “Employers are looking for people with real experience, not just the academic side.” Philanthropic-minded students will now have proof of their generosity through the co-curricular record program. The CCR is an official record of volunteer hours that students can show a prospective employer along with their academic transcripts and resumes. Examples of activities a CCR could reflect include varsity sports, fundraising campaigns such as the Spread the Net student challenge and volunteering time to help causes in developing countries.

Formation universitaire obligatoire pour les infirmières: le Cégep craint une pénurie de main-d’œuvre
98,5 FM
Le Cégep de Sherbrooke s’inquiète de la sortie publique de la Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec concernant la formation universitaire obligatoire des infirmières. L’établissement craint que si le Baccalauréat devient obligatoire, la pénurie de main-d’oeuvre s’accentue dans ce domaine et que des années d’efforts pour répondre aux besoins de relève en Estrie tombent à l’eau. Le directeur des études au Cégep de Sherbrooke, Réjean Bergeron croit que d’autres solutions existent, comme d’attribuer un permis différent aux infirmières provenant du Cégep de celles provenant de l’Université.

Portage College releases details of service reductions
Bonnyville Nouvelle
More details were released last week regarding the impending reduction in services offered by Portage College at the Centennial Centre, as media representatives from the institution confirmed that there had been a ten per cent cut from its 2013-2014 budget. The cut equates to just over $4 million, resulting in a number of jobs lost, one campus closed, a campus reduced and a shift in the delivery of academic upgrading. As the Nouvelle reported last week, Portage College has handed its six month notice to the C2 board of directors, signaling their intent to vacate the upper floor classrooms and ground floor computer lab. The pullout will see four full-time members of staff lose their jobs, and two others transferred to the college’s Cold Lake campus. As well as the cuts to the Bonnyville campus, the college officially announced they would be withdrawing all services from its Vegreville campus, putting an end to a partnership that began in 1997.

La rotation terrestre expérimentée à l’aide d’un pendule de Foucault dans l’atrium du Cégep
Nouvelle Union
Une équipe du Département des sciences de la nature a démontré concrètement et visuellement la rotation terrestre en aménageant dans l’atrium du collège un pendule de Foucault qui en a intrigué plus d’un. C’est l’enseignant de physique Jean-Marie Desroches qui a initié l’expérience, soutenu par le technicien du Département, Bobby Rivard, Alain Vincent, du Service des ressources matérielles, ses collègues enseignants et des étudiants, particulièrement Charles Authier, Benjamin Belval, Carl Lemaire et Jean-Daniel Noiseux. Durant une semaine, un pendule géant était accroché dans les hauteurs de l’entrée principale et a permis de confirmer les lois du mouvement de Newton et l’hypothèse héliocentriste de Galilée en montrant que notre environnement n’est pas fixe, mais plutôt que nous sommes sur la surface d’un gigantesque manège qui tourne autour de son axe nord-sud à raison d’un tour par jour. (Cégep de Drummondville)

UNBOUND Fashion Show by Fanshawe College’s third-year fashion design students
London Free Press
London’s upscale fashionistas looking to get a peek at the future need look no further than home. They’ll find the haute couture fashions for spring and summer 2014 at the annual UNBOUND Fashion show celebrating the 40th anniversary of Fanshawe College’s fashion design program Friday at Museum London. The afternoon show is already sold out and the evening tickets are selling fast, said professor Loren Carriere. “The general public is always wowed by this show,” Carriere said. “They come thinking it’s just a college program showing what they’ve learned and leave feeling they’ve been at a high-end fashion industry event. Each of the 28 students will deliver a collection with five different looks and their designs will be worn by trained models on the runway.

Holmes uses star power to encourage students
Timmins Press
Sporting his trademark overalls and his steel-toe boots, Holmes said the workforce does have at least one important thing going for it. “Last year alone, we saw a 6% increase in Canada in women in trades, and I think that’s awesome,” said Holmes. “The reason I say that is because this is not a man’s world. “To see the women get in the trades is huge opportunity. First, for the shortage of workers that we have, and that’s coming and will make things even worse. “And secondly, women have a tendency to keep men honest. I think it’s about time all those macho bull-heads out there move aside. Maybe they should retire, and bring in the young, bring in the women. I want to see it.” Holmes’ plea to young people seemed to have struck a chord with the students at Northern College. In fact, so many students lined up to ask questions that they ran out of time halfway through the question period. “I don’t care what you do, whatever you want to do, you better like what you do,” said Holmes, offering up some final advice. “Because if you don’t like it, get the hell out. Find out what you like. Get into the colleges.”

Niagara College teams gird for citrus showdown
St. Catharines Standard
Twenty-four student chefs from the Canadian Food and Wine Institute at Niagara College are competing for cash prizes in the Florida Department of Citrus’ Snacking on Sunshine: A Florida Citrus Showdown. In the competition, a dozen teams of two prepare and plate dishes for a panel of judges, including celebrity chef, Ted Reader, with more than 100 guests in attendance. Competitors create one sweet or savoury dish that features fresh Florida grapefruit, grapefruit juice or orange juice.

CNA cuts concern former administrator, NAPE
CBC News Newfoundland & Labrador
College of the North Atlantic’s president says the institution sees recent budget cuts as an opportunity to refocus its programs. Critics, however, fear they could mean the end of Newfoundland and Labrador’s public college system. CNA sustained a $15-million cut in last month’s budget. The college will realize $6.6 million of that by ending its adult basic education program. Another $4 million will be saved by eliminating low-enrolment programs at 16 of its 17 campuses — from visual arts at the Bay St. George campus to brick-laying at its Carbonear campus. In total, 27 courses will be axed.

Scoring one for the team
Peterborough Examiner
Jordan LeBlond was a player last year and this year worked behind the scenes as a volunteer organizing committee member. Brandon Grosset was just happy to be taking part as a part of the committee. They were there in full force, among a host of others, as The Huntington Society presented the fifth annual Score One for the Team 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for Huntington Disease, sponsored by Nortrax and ServiceMaster, at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre on Saturday. Since its inception, the tournament has been organized with the support of Fleming College police foundations students. Huntington disease is a genetic brain disorder. “There was a little more work involved as a volunteer (laughs) but it was a great experience,” said the 19-year-old LeBlond, in his second year. “It was just great to be part of it and to help a great cause. I have learned a lot about the disease. Of all the diseases, it is not as well-known as others. It is a great event to be involved with.”

Booster Juice founder awarded
Sherwood Park News
Booster Juice founder and Sherwood Park resident Dale Wishewan was recognized last month by the MacEwan University School of Business for his smoothie company’s success around the world. Wishewan received the Dr. Charles Allard Chair in business honourary teaching position at the university, where he will work with and mentor current students. “It’s a real opportunity to connect with the students and provide business experience. It ends up being an opportunity for them to be exposed to an Edmonton-based company, which has done very well,” Wishewan said.

Algonquin College extends overseas mission to Kuwait
Ottawa Citizen
First it was India. Then Montenegro, China and Saudi Arabia. And now Algonquin College is adding Kuwait to its growing list of countries where it has established a partnership designed to export its applied training expertise while generating revenue for its campuses here at home. “The shovel is in the ground now, so it’s beyond a hypothesis,” Algonquin president Kent MacDonald said of the new, 140,000-square-foot campus in Kuwait City, which is being built by a private company with which the college has signed a five-year memorandum of understanding. The collection of three-storey buildings will include classrooms, offices and an auditorium, cafeteria and mosque. Starting in September 2014, the Algonquin Canadian College of Kuwait will offer students a 48-week foundation program designed to prepare them for two-year college programs that will launch the following year.

Student village in the works for Thunder Bay college
CBC News
The president of Confederation College says a lack of affordable accommodation in Thunder Bay is keeping potential students away. That’s one reason why the college is looking to build a student village that would include more on-campus housing, according to Jim Madder. “We have a residence. It is absolutely completely filled,” he said. “I have many parents who call me and say, ‘I’d send you my son or daughter, but there’s no safe place for them to stay.'” The new village would include space for recreation and more services for people who are new to the city and college life — people like Trisha Mambalum Mahendra who, when she came to Thunder Bay eight months ago, said finding a place was a “Herculean task.”

Lambton College Spring Open House draws hundreds
Sarnia Observer
Ryan McLeod hasn’t quite made up his mind yet. “I know I’m interested in math, and computers,” said the 22-year-old Sarnia resident, who spent Saturday morning at Lambton College’s Spring Open House, touring the facility, and checking out the various programs. “I figured it’s a good chance to get some questions in before I decided, and just browse around,” he said. McLeod was one of hundreds of visitors, prospective students and their families attending the event, running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “This is our big event of the year,” said the college’s Cindy Buchanan, noting that hundreds of people were in the doors by 10:30 a.m. “Everything is wide open — our labs, classrooms and facilities — and our staff, faculty, deans and student ambassadors are all here to help out.”

Nice $40,0000 Scholarship
Local2 Sault Ste. Marie
Samantha Luke, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) student at Sault College, has received a scholarship worth $40,000 from Esri Canada, which distributes the world’s leading GIS platform from Esri. Esri Canada provides GIS solutions that empower organizations to make timely, informed and mission-critical decisions by leveraging the power of geography. Through its GIS Scholarships program, the company awards more than $2 million in scholarships every year to help outstanding GIS students in Canadian colleges and universities advance their studies and create workable solutions to real-world problems. The scholarship consists of a one-time payment to the student, a comprehensive package of the latest Esri software, GIS textbooks, training, access to Esri’s Virtual Campus, and registration to an Esri Canada User Conference.

Student bid competition provides real life experience
Daily Commercial News
Organizers of this year’s TCIC Simulated Student Bid Competition hope to raise its profile so construction industry leaders have a greater appreciation for the experience the competition provides. “What a company will go through in maybe a span of two or three weeks…that’s what these students are going through. They’re using the same type of plans room that would be used in the industry, we’re using our RFI (Request For Information) forms that would be used in the industry,” said Sarah Butler, communications committee team leader for the competition and student at George Brown College. The annual competition engages third and fourth years students from across the country to understand the real life challenges presented in the construction bidding and estimating process. The bids must contain quantity take offs for own forces work, a sub-trade analysis and selection, as well as an overhead and pricing summary.–student-bid-competition-provides-real-life-experience

EDUCATION: Niagara College students helping elderly patients realize their dreams
Bullet News Niagara
A group of Extended Care patients at the Niagara Health System’s (NHS) Welland Site have had their dreams come true, thanks to a project between the hospital and Niagara College. The project is part of an international, non-profit organization called Second Wind Dreams, which aims to grant dreams to those living in eldercare communities or in hospice care. Four students from Niagara College’s Recreation Therapy program worked with four patients from the Welland Hospital’s Extended Care Unit to help them achieve long-held dreams and goals. For the students, it was an opportunity to take the lessons they learned in the classroom and put them to use in a real-world setting. For the patients, it was much more. The students used skill and creativity in helping the patients overcome physical and logistical hurdles.

Training sessions change dialogue between B.C. police and mentally ill individuals
The Globe and Mail
Out on patrol, encounters between the police and the mentally ill likely will rarely be as calm and serene as on this recent sunny afternoon. In a classroom of the Justice Institute, a provincial training centre for public security officials, a dozen rookie police officers from departments across the Lower Mainland are being trained to help them deal with calls involving mentally ill individuals. After hearing lectures and engaging in role-playing, the officers focused on dialogue. Four people at a table at the front of the classroom are taking questions from the officers – both sides encouraged by instructor Linda Stewart, a retired Vancouver police officer with 34 years service. Two of the four are mothers of mentally ill sons.

Powwow wows spectators
The Daily Press
The gymnasium at Northern College Porcupine Campus shook to the pounding beats of drumming circles and jingle dancers that gathered from across the North to take part in the 12th-annual traditional powwow. This showcase of Aboriginal culture was complete with traditional dancing, drumming, throat singing, and crafts providing a unique perspective into a people whose roots run as deep as the Canadian Shield. “Today we acknowledge our mothers and fathers, our roots and our Creator,” said Elder and powwow Grandmother Roberta Oshkawbewisens. “We are here again today, gracing our Mother Earth, asking visions of her and reminding ourselves of who we are, what we do and that we do it in constant grace and gentleness.” Those in the crowded gymnasium stood in respect, taking in Oshkawbewisens’ words, holding hats in hand.

Jonathan Clarke first recipient of Rod Jerred Memorial Scholarship
Inside Halton
Sheridan College print journalism student Jonathan Clarke is the first recipient of the Rod Jerred Memorial Scholarship award. Jerred, a Sheridan alumnus and the former managing editor of the Oakville Beaver, recently passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer. The scholarship is awarded to a deserving Sheridan print journalism student — this year’s $1,450 award was donated by college alumni and through a honourarium donation from Jill Davis, Halton Division editor in chief. Clarke, who is from London, Ont., began his post-secondary career studying psychology, but had a change of heart and decided he wanted to be a journalist.–jonathan-clarke-first-recipient-of-rod-jerred-memorial-scholarship

Habitat for Humanity breaks ground on their 13th and 14th mid-Island homes
Nanaimo Daily News
Habitat MVI has set a goal to build two high-quality homes per year until 2020. In keeping with that goal, the non-profit has employed the use of Vancouver Island University students from the heavy equipment and carpentry trades apprenticeship programs. Students from the VIU baking department provided cake for the ceremony. “It provides a classroom for the students, a living classroom rather than textbooks,” said Pring.

Lambton College Partnership
Students who have completed their certificate in Management and Administration and have 2 years experience can now obtain further credentials for their resume. Lambton College has partnered with the Canadian Institute of Management to grant those eligible with a “Certified in Management Designation”. President of the College Judy Morris says this will provide an added advantage when looking for employment. Students who have graduated from an Accredited Program can also apply for the designation. Lambton College officials held an agreement presentation with the Canadian Institute of Management this morning.

Paramedics put to the test at Durham College
Thirty-two teams from across Ontario, plus four crews from the Netherlands, put their skills to the test on April 6 at the competition. There, each team completed five rescue scenarios, ranging from routine every day calls to extreme cases, plus an academic exercise in their bid for top spot in the competition. “I’d rather be doing this here at the competition where you can learn from your mistakes and learn to handle the situation better,” said Mr. Bodashefsky, a six-year Durham paramedic, of the shooting scenario. EMS teams from London to Renfrew to Ottawa, and everywhere else in between, fanned out across the Durham College campus in Whitby to show off their skills at the 11th annual competition. Three Durham EMS teams participated. In others scenarios, the teams help a man whose stomach is cut open in a bar fight, tend to a student who has an accident in an industrial shop class and come to the aid of someone with chest pains.–paramedics-put-to-the-test-at-durham-college

Vernon English professor wins print award
Vernon Morning Star
A new printing of a classic essay on typography has resulted in a prestigious book design award for Okanagan College English professor Jason Dewinetz. The Vernon native, who specializes in typography and teaches letterpress printing in The Bunker at the Vernon campus, received second place in the limited edition category in this year’s Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada. Dewinetz’s book was among 41 titles that were acknowledged in this year’s awards, selected from 236 entries submitted by 112 publishers – all Canadian.

How to make a shake and get what you want at school Video
In the eyes of Sault College President Dr. Ron Common, Saturday’s open house was the most significant event for the recruitment of potential students. For the approximately 500 participants in attendance, members of the Sault College staff provided a glimpse of what the student life would look like. However, the president was worried the weather would be a deterring factor for the event, and would prevent students from making the trip. “The open house is our single biggest event to recruit students to come to Sault College,” Common said. “I’ve been talking to students that have been coming from Southern Ontario and outside of the province. So it’s an extremely important day for us.”

King’s, NSCC students up for national award
Chronicle Herald
Student journalists from the University of King’s College in Halifax and the Nova Scotia Community College are up for a national award. The group earned a Canadian Association of Journalists nomination in the CAJ/CNW group student award of excellence category for a joint project called More than 100 students from King’s school of journalism and more than 50 from the community college’s radio and television arts program created a comprehensive online guide to candidates and districts in the Halifax Regional Municipality leading up to the October 2012 election. … The other nominees, all announced in an association news release Friday, include: Amir Shah and Derrick DeBolster (Rogers TV London, Ont., and Fanshawe College), Carly Wignes (The and Langara College) and Marc Ellison (Toronto Star and Carleton University).

A career in cartooning
The Telegram
He enrolled in the animation program at Ottawa’s Algonquin College, with the goal of going on to study at Sheridan College near Toronto and, once again, his plans were derailed. A year into the two-year course, he got a job at an local animation studio. “It was the early ’90s, and animation was starting to make a comeback, with studios kicking out new projects,” Stamp said. “I thought, if I’m making coffee or sweeping the floor there, I’m still around, but I ended up getting a job as an animator.” Stamp never went back to his studies: he continued to work on a number of well-known TV series and projects, including “The Busy World of Richard Scarry,” animated specials of Lynn Johnston’s “For Better or for Worse” comic, “My Little Pony” and “Gargoyles,” a dark urban fantasy cartoon which resulted in a video game adaptation and a spinoff comic series.—Life/2013-04-06/article-3215053/A-career-in-cartooning/1

Kelowna: Smudging away the stress of college exams
Kelowna Capital News
It all started with Dale Shackelly, a woman from the Nooaitch Band in Merritt, part of the Nlaka’pamux territory, who had a young friend stressed out by an exam. Many of the 1,495 aboriginal students attending Okanagan College come from areas where traditional cultural and spiritual practices are intrinsic solutions to everyday life problems and she wanted to know if anyone in the Aboriginal Centre could do a smudging ceremony. “If you do a comparison to the Bible, it’s like if you do a prayer. It’s the same thing when you’re smudging,” said Shackelly. “It sweeps off all the negative energy when your mind gets all blocked up, sweeps out the webs.” Shackelly learned to perform a smudging ceremony as an adult. Her family kept spiritual practices and traditions to themselves while she was in the public school system for fear she might face reprisal or ridicule. Late in her teens, she started to learn, eventually compiling enough knowledge to serve in a leadership role on the chief’s health committee. She was given a crystal for that endeavour and donated it to the college to help others cleanse their spirit easily.

Red River College Offers Unique Course
Red River College will start offering educational programming for funeral directors and embalmers, starting  next week. With baby boomers reaching  the ages of high mortality,   demand for funeral services will increase. College president Stephanie Forsyth says  The Funeral Director and Embalmer program  shows the College’s commitment to partner with industry to ensure an adequate supply of trained professionals in high-demand areas. Funeral Board of Manitoba chair Susan Boulter says  an  advisory board of funeral directors and embalmers will ensure the program meets the needs of the profession and the Manitoba public.

Over 650 delegates attend CNA-Q forum
The Peninsula
College of the North Atlantic — Qatar (CNA-Q), in partnership with Qatar Petroleum and Unesco-UNEVOC, launched the Global Innovators Conference 2013 on Thursday at the Qatar National Convention Centre. Over 650 delegates from 42 countries converged on Doha for the three day conference, which is dedicated to the topic of technical and vocational education and training (TVET). This is the first international TVET gathering in Qatar and in the region… “Global Innovators 2013: Leading and Learning in Technical and Vocational Education” is calling attention to Qatar’s progress in TVET, and how this focus is helping the country to realise its National Vision 2030 and along with it, the goals of the National Development Strategy. Key organisers include CNA-Q co-chairs Jason Rolls, Dean, Language Studies and Academics, and Dr. Michael Long, Chair, Office of Applied Research and Innovation. An introductory panel discussion with invited experts yesterday featured Dr Anna Paolini, OIC, Unesco Doha, James Knight, President, World Federation Colleges and Polytechnics, and Bill Lucas, a renowned TVET expert who is also a keynote speaker at the event. The introductory panel was moderated by Ian Brockie.

Clark Announces Training Investment in Terrace
Premier Christy Clark says investing in training opportunities in the northwest is a way to keep people in our region. Clark announced a 465-thousand dollar investment for training through Northwest Community College, during a tour of the Terrace campus yesterday. Later in Kitimat, she said the key to keeping people in our region is to train them here. “When people go and get their training somewhere else, a lot of them never come back, so part of the key in this is to train people locally for  jobs that we know will exist locally — that’s really important because I don’t think people want to leave Kitimat, they don’t wanna leave Terrace, but once they leave, they often go find another place to raise their kids, I wanna help break that cycle and that’s part of the announcement we made at Northwest Community College is an investment in local training for people here,” said Clark. She also said the college tour brought her face-to-face with students who actually are impacted by such programs.

New facility bridges cultural gap
The Daily Press (Timmins)
Northern College is reaching out to the Aboriginal community. On Friday, the Northern College Tipi was unveiled at the Porcupine Campus. A ribbon-cutting marked the formal opening of a new permanent 700-square-foot tipi which will play host to community, cultural and educational activities while providing a welcoming and warm spiritual environment of continuing First Nations tradition. “Northern College knew that this tipi would become a realization of some of our long-term strategic goals,” said college president Fred Gibbons. “Judging be the turnout here this morning, it is evident that the large cross section of the community sees this an important chapter in the long life of Northern College.” The new tipi is an effort to embrace of Aboriginal culture at Northern College. “This tipi symbolizes many things, but amongst them is our commitment to Aboriginal learners and creating a familiar and welcoming environment for them throughout their studies here,” said Gibbons.

Watson analytically humbles humans
The Chronicle Herald
SO MUCH for my aspirations of beating IBM’s supercomputer at its own game. It becomes clear after a few Jeopardy! questions that Watson is going to clean up during a match Friday in Dartmouth. The speedy machine ends up with a single-round score that’s tens of thousands of dollars higher than mine. But IBM’s Mathew McLarnon, who’s minding the touch-screen kiosk, still offers encouraging words about the outcome. “That’s way better than most,” he says of my measly score. The supercomputer that became famous for beating two of the TV quiz show’s top champions was making an appearance during a career showcase at the Nova Scotia Community College’s Waterfront campus. Besides being a digital poster boy for the rapidly expanding field of business analytics, the travelling version of the Watson program was on hand to promote career opportunities in the information-technology sector.

Province gives College of New Caledonia new equipment
HQ Prince George
$1.1 million dollars in mechanical upgrades are coming to the College of New Caledonia in Prince George.  MLA’s Pat Bell and Shirley Bond made the announcement today, and Bond says the funding comes in light of a high demand for trades workers. “So we need to make sure that our students have all the best equipment possible,” says Bond, “the addition here of $1.1 million dollars means that this lab is one of the best in British Columbia. CNC Electrician Instructor Alain Lavoie says the funding will allow them to have more students take CNC’s trades programs.

ENTREVESTOR: Pub waste may help biotech brew fungus-based industrial compound
The Chronicle Herald – Business
The brewing of beer produces great amounts of waste. For each litre of beer produced, there are about six litres of wastewater, and there are yeast and barley that have to go to the landfill. Brown discussed the problem with Picaroons owner Sean Dunbar and they decided to try growing fungus from the residue of the brewing process. Brown said he has successfully finished laboratory-scale tests, and will soon work with New Brunswick Community College with industrial-scale vats to produce the fungus. The site is near the brewery, so they can pipe the wastewater into the vat. “It’s free to us, which is great, and it helps the brewery,” said Brown. “They’re trying to be as green as possible.”


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