February 14th Photojournalism Pioneer

BELLEVILLE Ont. (12/02/19) — Salute to flag day
YongIl Kim from CFB Trenton wears his beret at his home in Belleville on Tuesday. He came to Canada to study in Montreal first in 2007. After getting his PhD and citizenship to Canada in 2013, he worked as a researcher in environmental field in the U.S. He came back to Canada in 2016 and now serves in the military. Friday is Flag Day in Canada. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

Teachers rally against education cuts

By Matthew Botha

Proposed cuts to the province’s public education system by the Doug Ford government continue to leave a bitter taste in the mouths of teachers across Ontario.

With Ontario currently sitting at a $15-billion deficit, the Conservative government is slashing funding to a number of services. In an effort to keep taxes lower, this will include a four per cent cut to public education.

The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, the OSSTF, has made it clear that they won’t let this cut go unnoticed. Both teachers and supporters rallied outside of Hastings-Prince Edward MPP Todd Smith’s office in Belleville Friday afternoon.

Armed with signs and a loudspeaker, they yelled “Shame!” as several guest speakers slammed the Ford Government.

“We are here to say that the education system can’t offered any cuts,” argued OSSTF District 29 President Scott Marshall.

Teachers said the cuts will mean increased class sizes, and less one-on-one attention for students with special needs.

“We need to protect and enhance our public education system… It builds very strong communities. It’s a great equalizer. Anytime there’s talks about cuts, we are going to be here to defend the system…right across the board we would see an impact.”

The federation wanted to make it abundantly clear that they are not picketing because of any worries about reductions in pay.

They said they were there for the children, and their right to having access to all resources needed to make sure they are receiving the best education possible.

“Survey results from our collective bargaining survey show that our members are not interested in salary increases or other personal benefits. They’re more interested in investments,” stated Elementary Teachers Federation Hastings-Prince Edward President Dave Henderson in a speech he gave to the crowd.

“Twenty first century learning is not all about smart boards and non-permanent vertical learning systems. The reality is, it’s about high needs students. It’s about integration with support.” 

The teachers acknowledged the fact that the Ontario government is in debt, but that education is not the place to make cuts. Henderson touched on the fact that the government spends millions on a standardized EQAO test that they would be more than willing to part with. 

Marshell left the crowd with a simple plea, “If you cut the education system of today, you will end up paying for it in the future.”

Winter tires worth the cost

By Kyle Visser

It’s that time of year again. When the weather separates the believers from the non-believers of winter tires.

In 2008, the province of Quebec mandated by law that winter tires had to be on all vehicles from Dec. 15 until March 15 of each year. A $60 fine and two demerit points are given if you are caught without them.

But is the hype all true? Or is it an exaggerated difference that snow tires make?

“Get winter tires,” said tire expert Jim Wannamaker of Belleville in a video interview.

Wannamaker has worked at Action Towing and Automotive, Bob Clute AutoMart and Taylor AutoMall, spending most of his career in the auto industry.

“At 7°C, your tires start to shrink,” Wannamaker says. This means the rubber on your all-season tires harden, making them less likely to grip the road, according to the website for the Tire and Rubber Association of Canada, or TRAC.

“All tire rubber will begin to stiffen as the weather gets colder, but the latest generations of winter tires maintain their elasticity, even at extremely low temperatures approaching -30°C and below, thus providing superior traction and grip. Instead of thinking of winter tires only as ‘snow tires’ you may want to start thinking of them as ‘cold-weather tires’.”

In a 2018 survey by TRAC, 76 per cent of Canadian drivers owned winter tires. However, this is heavily influenced by the Quebec and Atlantic regions, where winter tires are mandatory. An estimated 97 per cent of residents in those provinces own winter tires, while in the rest of the provinces, the percentage is only 67 per cent.

Among those who own winter tires, 80 per cent say they feel that winter tires have saved them from “being involved in a potentially hazardous driving situation.”

In Ontario, 54 per cent of owners say that “All season tires are good enough”, and 21 per cent say that winter tires are “too expensive.”

“It costs around $20 to put on a tire. How much do you spend partying on the weekend? Is it worth it to spend $100 to put on four winter tires?” Wannamaker says.

Many automotive storefronts will store your winter tires as well as put them on for you.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (08/02/2019) – The city of Belleville purchased the former Cabaret building last month. Having a strip club right in front of the City Hall has become a huge concern for the council members as well as among the general public. Photo by Mari Hiramoto

Downtown strip club to be torn down

By Mari Hiramoto

The City of Belleville announced last month that it had purchased the site of the former Cabaret strip club downtown.

City council also passed a bylaw to authorize the purchase of the building and property on Front Street for $675,000 from a private owner.

The city changed its bylaws a few years ago to limit the areas where new adult entertainment facilities could open. Any new business owner would need to require city council to re-zone the land or make an exceptional approval.

As of 2019, there is only one property, the Go Go Club on North Front Street, that is designated under the new bylaw.

“From my perspective, there is a desire just not to have it along the riverfront, one of the gateways to the downtown core. Front street and Highway 2-Dundas Street are one of the redeveloped gateways to the town. Council has spent around $30 million rejuvenating the street gate,” said Matt MacDonald, the city’s director of corporate services.

The Cabaret club, located right across from City Hall, had always been a controversial business among many local residents. There was even a petition that requested the site be shut down and relocated.   

“Those of us that jog, walk, bike or try to take advantage of the waterfront trail certainly encounter employees and patrons smoking and loitering in the back of this establishment,” Mihai Petroianu, the organizer of the petition, stated on the petition web page. “One simply cannot walk by this landmark without noticing the cigarette butts and discarded beer cans around the property and the adjacent parking lot.”

The city of Belleville has been focusing on revitalization projects in the downtown core and the waterfront trails. Many people argued that having a strip club right beside historic sites would impact the image of the city.

“Council members may have got [negative] comments from the general public about how they feel about that kind of establishment being there, in such a visible location. Certainly, when we have dignitaries, whether they be provincial or federal, or from sister cities like Gunpo or Lahr, [the club] is right there in front of the City Hall. I think there is some sensitivity to that,” said MacDonald.

The former strip club is currently surrounded by the two city-owned parking lots, the Moira River, and the waterfront trails. Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk stated last month that council is planning to demolish the building and use the land as a parking lot until they decide on a suitable usage.

“We are still doing due diligence on the property prior to taking the ownership. Once the ownership is transferred to us and if all things go right with the environmental investigations, Council will then have to decide what direction they wish to go,” said MacDonald.

Batawa, ON (02-09-2019) —Photo by Desirée Decoste Tiger McDonald from the Trenton Golden Hawks skates with some kids at this year’s FrostFest in Batawa. “My favourite part was playing hockey on the outdoor rinks with the kids. It’s awesome to play with future hockey players and try to get them a little more intrigued with the game. It also kind of takes you back a bit to where you were when you started playing and how far you’ve come.” The whole team was out to show their support for the event. Photo by Desirée Decoste

By Desirée Decoste

Saturday was this year’s 13th annual FrostFest in Batawa. It was a perfect day with the weather, chilly but it was sunny and enjoyable for all the families who showed up. There was a great turnout of approximately 750 people who attended this year’s event.

“The event is a great event to embrace the Canadian winter. It allows for families to come together and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities,” said Karen Parker, special events coordinator for the City of Quinte West.

“My favourite part of the event was seeing families enjoying their time together and familiar faces who attend each year and look forward to the event.”

The Trenton Golden Hawks hockey team was out to skate with the community and show their support for the event.

“The event was incredible, very well run and organized, as expected. It’s fantastic to see so many people in the community come out to the event,” said Tiger McDonald, a right and left wing on the Trenton Golden Hawks hockey team. “It shows how strong and tight knit the community really is and how friendly everyone is here. I attended the event last year as well and it was just as great!”

There was also free all-day entertainment from marshmallow roasting, balloon twisting, face painting, horse carriage rides, a petting zoo and lots of dance routines from Astounding Heights Dance Academy.

The dance academy is a place where all dancers can learn, practise and express themselves in different kinds of dance in a safe, judgement-free environment, according to the Astounding Heights website.

The petting zoo was Kristie’s Little Portable Petting Zoo, which has been serving the Quinte West area going on 11 years now. They travel all over, visiting schools, nursing homes, day cares and many more places. The petting zoo started with rescues that people had left on their door step or donated to them. It is a non-profit and all expenses come out of pocket, according to their Facebook page.

“This year, we added new enhancements such as Crafts with Brittany, Olaf from Frozen and Mirror me Quinte, to name a few,” said Parker.

Mirror me Quinte is a fun photo booth that engages the guests though a touch screen of colourful animations, entertaining voice guidance and a cool user-friendly interface that everyone will surely enjoy. It includes a special feature that allows you to sign a message or your name using the touch screen and will print out your memorable photo instantly, according to the Mirror me Quinte website.

There are also five outdoor skating rinks to choose from that the Batawa Community runs and maintains. The rinks are free for anyone to use, whenever they feel like skating.

“My favourite part is skating on the outdoor rinks. It’s so amazing that we have such a great outdoor skating facility that’s free and open to the public,” said Hannah Brown, community engagement officer for the City of Quinte West “I always love this event. This time of year, people are really starting to feel cooped up at home all the time and it’s great to get out to Batawa to enjoy some fun winter activities.”

Seniors Unlimited was at the event serving low cost food and beverages to the families and individuals who wanted to buy them. Batawa Ski Hill staff was also onsite handing out $5 coupons towards lift tickets for Saturday night.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. – Two teams from the All-Star high school women’s volleyball team receive a pep talk from one of the referees after the game. The teams consisted of girls from high schools around the Quinte area. Photo by Kyle Visser

High school all-stars play volleyball

By Kyle Visser

The All-Star high school women’s volleyball tournament took place last Friday night at Loyalist College. Starring the best of the best from all secondary schools in the Quinte area, the Pink and Purple teams ended the sport season with a bang.

Team captains Hope Brinkman (Purple team) and Karolyn Yee (Pink team) shook hands and the game began. 

The set started with a solid lead from the Purple team, taking it 25-19. In the second game, Pink struck back hard with a defining final score of 25-16.

Despite this, the Purple team was merely down, not out. Purple took it back once more in a close third set, with a score of 25-22.

Not to be taken back so easily, Pink struck back yet again with another blow of 25-19 to take the fourth set.

A 2-2 set tie was in place with both teams having very strong moments and players. They don’t call this the all-star game for nothing. 

Throughout the entire game, both teams were looking very strong at all points of the match with many bouts lasting for multiple minutes at a time.

A final set to 15 was next. Purple took a mild lead of 8-6 before switching sides and striking hard and fast to an ace finish of 15-6, winning the tournament.

After shaking hands with their opponents, the two teams gathered together for a team photo and speeches by their coaches. 

The coaches also presented awards to the two MVPs of the year on their respective teams to Karolyn Yee and A. Davidson. They received official Loyalist Lancers backpacks as a reward for their efforts.

Happy Flag Day!

Trenton, ON (02-05-2019) — Hannah Mora has lived in Canada for about 10 years after moving from Texas with her parents and her brother. “All of my grandparents were first generation North Americans. My mom moved to Texas during a free trade agreement which allowed her to exchange her Ontario nursing license for a Texas one. While there, she met my dad. They ended up getting married and she stayed in Texas for 20 years, during which time my brother and I were born. My mom and dad decided collectively to move back to Canada, mostly to be near my grandfather again.” Mora’s father and brother are back in the states and she plans on moving back at the end of February. Photo by Desirée Decoste

Anastassiya Khrokova immigrated to Canada nine years ago from Kazakhstan. She lives in Belleville with her three kids and her husband from Africa. She loves her life in Canada because Canada is open to different cultures and people from outside of the country. She also thinks Canada offers better opportunities and education for her children. Photo by Mari Hiramoto

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (14/02/2019) — Thi My Nguyen poses for a portrait with her wallet with a Canadian flag on it in Belleville, Ont. on Feb. 14, 2019. Nguyen became a Canadian citizen in 2013, but moved from Vietnam in 2003. Photo by Andrej Ivanov

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (05/02/19) — Eloise Rolland-Carmichael poses for a photo with the Canadian flag in celebration of flag day. She moved to Canada from Saint Etienne, France nine years ago and just started her new position as international admissions officer at Loyalist College two days ago. Photo by Shelby Lisk.

Belleville,On (2019/02/12) – Carlos Bauer, 18, is a newcomer who came from Bolivia when he was seven years old. He got his citizenship to Canada nine years ago. Bauer is a student of Loyalist College and he is majoring in business administration. Photo by Brian Choi

Winter racing on the ice

By Matthew Botha and Frank Moses

Ontario Snowmobile Oval Racers competed for the Gates Canada Golden Cup on a windy and frigid Rice Lake in Roseneath over the weekend.

The dead of winter doesn’t stop the women and men of the OSOR from having fun.

“It’s a rush… the fastest two minutes of your life,” exclaimed OSOR Vice President Mark Reoch, when interviewed before racing started at the Golden Beach Resort, which hosted the event.

Reoch notes the club has been active for three years and keeps gaining an active membership. “This is our biggest season yet. We have seven races… this year is working out really well. We were on another circuit before that for about ten years.”

Reoch, Keith Smith, Carl Blight and Richard Greenfield founded the club when another they belonged to folded – and they haven’t looked back.

It’s not an expensive sport. Most start in this sport with one-lungers, venerable single cylinder sleds like John Deere and Yamaha models from the ’70s. One can get into it for a couple thousand dollars and have lots of fun. Some racers have modified sleds, which cost five or six thousand, which is still well under what some motorsports, such as motorcycle and car racing, cost.

The young and old – boys and girls, women and men – help each other between races and then get their game faces on at the start line.

The next race is the biggest of the season. The Feb. 15-16 weekend will see racers from the United States and Canada vie for The 45 year-old Bonnechere Cup in Eganville, north of Ottawa.

Carbide runners and studded tracks make for good grip on ice, but riders have to use body language to negotiate high speed turns in the thrilling sport of oval ice racing. Photo by Matthew Botha

ROSENEATH, Ont (09/02/2019) The Ontario Snowmobile Oval Racers took to Rice Lake to battle it out against each other in what they said, is “the fastest two minutes of their lives.” Photo by Matthew Botha

Racers line up in the staging area before setting off for a heat on Rice Lake. Winds helped drop the temperature to a chilly -22 during Saturday’s heats. Photo by Matthew Botha

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (03/02/19) – Loyalist Lancers Rachel Cole blasts one of her two kills on the night past Canadore Panthers defender Kristine Ledger during a home game at Loyalist College. The Lancers would go on to lose the game 3-1. Photo by Sasha Sefter

Weather Woes

By Andrej Ivanov

Loyalist College closed its doors due to the weather at noon on Wednesday. The closure led to the cancellation of the Career Fair, which was to be held during the universal break.

“A number of colleges have closed today, so it’s in line with that,” explained Kerry Lorimer, the college’s director of marketing and communications.

The safety of the students is paramount in this situation and this is what led to the unusual decision, explained Lorimer.

This was echoed in an email sent out by Lyndsay Kerik, the senior alumni and career services officer at the college.

“We apologize for the inconvenience. Your safety, as well as the safety of our students, faculty, staff and college community is top priority,” read the email addressed to the students.

Peter Kimbell, a meteorologist from Environment Canada, explained that although this week’s storm is a significant weather event, it does not rank in the categories of the 2013 and 1998 winter storms.

Wednesday’s storm saw frozen precipitation of  between five and 10 millimetres. Kimbell explained that the 2013 storm saw between 30 and 50 millimetres of frozen precipitation, and the 1998 one saw between 50 and 75 millimetres.

“This will be significant for roads and pedestrians, but it certainly does not rank in those categories,” said Kimbell.

The weather was expected to taper off into Wednesday evening, and Environment Canada expected that the weather would warm up on Thursday, but dip back down below zero on Friday.

Kimbell explained that, historically, warmer temperatures and above zero temperatures are not uncommon in late January and February.

The Career Fair is an event that would have seen potential employers come to the college to meet students and prospective new employees. Lorimer said that there was no planned re-schedule date for the fair at this time.

“There is another event that is scheduled for early April. We may look to expand the extent of that event,” said Lorimer.

The college may look at combining the two events and making it a larger scale Career Fair-type gathering.

An e-mail statement sent out by the college Wednesday morning stated that residences remained open and that the college would re-open with normal business hours Thursday.

“The college is expected to be open for regular hours and operations on Thursday, February 7, however, please check loyalistcollege.com, Loyalist email, call 613-969-1913, or check Loyalist social media channels for confirmation and updates,” read an email sent to all students.

In another email, the college added further details:

“Loyalist College remains open throughout the year, five days a week, with the exception of the winter break and statutory holidays. In the event of adverse weather conditions or a community emergency, the college can be a place of refuge for students, staff and the community at large. As such, every reasonable effort will be made to keep the college open.

“On occasion, extreme weather conditions or an emergency situation (e.g. power outage, flooding, major equipment failure) may require the college or a satellite campus to cancel classes or to close. When this happens, the college will provide as much notice as possible to students, staff and the public, to minimize the inconvenience.”

Students from all across Ontario, including Loyalist College, came together to protest against recent changes to OSAP funding. Various union leaders gave speeches and vowed to fight against Doug Ford’s plans. Photo by Matthew Syriac Elias

Students head to Toronto to protest OSAP changes

By Alex Filipe

The upcoming OSAP changes from the Ontario government are poised to affect 73 per cent of Loyalist College’s student population.

A group of 12 Loyalist students travelled to Toronto on Monday to protest Doug Ford’s proposed cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, or OSAP.

Loyalist Student Government President Scott Rook attended the rally with the students and spoke about the small turnout.

“I’m glad that we could get a group of Loyalist students down to Toronto for this demonstration. It was a small group, however, we were at the front of the pack and we were loud and I am proud of the group that went.”

Asked about his reaction to the 73 per cent of students at Loyalist receiving grants to pay for their tuition, Rook said, “I’m not surprised at the high number, considering the number of first generation and mature students attending the college.”

OSAP is a program run by the Ontario government, providing grants and loans for students in financial need.

“I wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend Loyalist if it wasn’t for OSAP,” said Alexis Calhoun, a Loyalist nursing student who attended the march.

Calhoun said that she is first person in the past three generations of her family to go to school for post-secondary education. She said she is worried about the debt she will have to take on now, with the lack of OSAP funding.

“Coming out of school with more debt than I originally would have is definitely adding to my anxiety,” she said.

Students said the march was a way for students to show the government that “education is a right, and [they] will not give up the fight. “

As the protestors marched up University Avenue towards Queen’s Park, they chanted, “Free education!” and “Cut Ford, not OSAP!”

The protest was organized by March for Our Education, which is a union representing the students of Ontario. 

About 300 students attended the march. 

Loyalist College Student Government president Scott Rook and Media, Arts and Design Leader Matthew Morgan take part in the protest against OSAP changes at Queen’s Park, Toronto. Loyalist College would be affected the most, topping the list with 73 per cent of students receiving free tuition this year. Photo by Matthew Syriac Elias

A protester yells during a rally to fight the changes being made to OSAP by the Ford government. Hundreds of students marched to Queens Park in Toronto to have their voices heard. Photo by Alex Filipe

Protesters march on Queen’s Park to fight the Ford government’s changes to student funding in Ontario. Photo by Alex Filipe

Belleville, Ont. (31/01/19) – Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk poses for a photo. Prior to his election in 2018 Panciuk was president of the Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Quine Economic Development Board. Photo by Brian Choi

Mayor talks about plans for Loyalist

By Brian Choi

Mitch Panciuk was elected as the new mayor of Belleville in the last municipal election in November 2018.

The mayor was interviewed at Belleville City Hall last week about several issues, including the city’s relationship with Loyalist College and plans around transportation and bike lanes.

Q. You are the new mayor now in place. My first question is what kind of reliable relationship can we expect as Loyalist students?

A. Well, Loyalist College has been a very important part of our community since the 1970s when it was first established and that’s not going to change going forward. And we hope to enhance our relationship. One of the first meetings I had after becoming mayor was with Dr.Vaughan, who is the president of Loyalist College. We talked a little bit about the situation that students find themselves in Belleville. We talked about transportation. We spoke about housing and we spoke about ways to help them feel more welcome in our community.

But then we also talked about that fact there are so many more international students this year attending Loyalist from different parts of the world and how we can work with that. So yesterday, I was at the international students celebration at Loyalist College and had a wonderful time.

Mayor Jim Harrison from Quinte West and myself were able to participate in the turban-tying demonstration. They used us as models, so that was something that was very nice. But we are very proud to have so many students from all over the world come to Belleville as their study place.

We think that Belleville and Loyalist College with its population of approximately 3,000 students, is small enough that we can provide people with personal education that meets their needs. But yet it’s big enough that to gives them all the services they need as they go to school. The next stage for us is we want to have these students that come here to Belleville to learn, to stay here and to join our workforce. Because we have thousands of jobs today that are unfilled in our community and Loyalist College can go a long way to help that.

Q. So, you were talking about transportation. One of the questions that came up within our meeting was that there was talk about a bike path and a bridge that would facilitate access to Loyalist.

A. Well, there is a pond in the back part the east-facing portion of Loyalist College that any type of bike path would have to get around it. So we were in discussions about that.

We have a cycling network that we are trying to expand to west toward Loyalist. Some of them are dependent upon provincial funding, so we are waiting to find out what’s going to happen. Another, they have eliminated the cap and trade funding model where they, the provincial government, receive funding and they can pass it on to us for improvements, like transit, bike lanes, active transportation methods.

Now that the funding is questionable, we are not sure how we can go ahead with our bike path system. But if we do, we expect to connect ourselves to Loyalist. Lots students would use that as their primary form of transportation and it’s lot safer than bike riding along Moira Street or Wallbridge-Loyalist. So that’s part of it.

But I also think that we have to have a better transit system that serves Loyalist students. We have parts of the city where people are living, but they don’t have access to transit. Because, for example, the only time our buses in Belleville are full is when they are going to Loyalist College. So we want to make sure that we are providing enough services and better services. Fred Pollock, who was dean at Loyalist College, is now on the Belleville transit advisory community and we think that’s a really important step to show our partnership.

Last year we co-operated. We funded the new transit shelter at Loyalist and there’s room for more. The next stage is going to talk about regional transit. So not just Belleville, but also Quinte West and The County.

Q. What kind of changes could we expect within the busing system potentially? What would we be looking at?

A. Well, you know I think we are looking at our routes mostly. We have tried to take small steps when it comes to technology, so I think students are finding that we have different way to buy bus passes, to use the bus passes. We have evening service that’s now on demand, so people can use it.

So we are continuing with those technology increases but the big issue is going to be about service and how we can expand service to include more parts of the city. That’s a very expensive issue and that’s why it’s not something that anyone can make a decision on overnight. It’s based on ridership, it’s based on these new routes or these extra routes, and making sure that people are using them.

But I hope that you know we have had a number of referendums at Loyalist College, including transit as part of student fees, so students will get a transit pass. Last time, we came very close to having the student body accept it.

I think that hopefully with the enhancements that we are making to the service, it makes it more worthwhile for students to consider it. And I think that the decision is made when we have more resources that we can put in to expand the service, both in terms of area but also hours.

Q. Is there any chance that we would see a GO Transit come to town?

A. That’s a provincial government issue and we would have to talk to them. I have not heard lots of discussion about having the GO Transit expanded this far to the east. I believe right now it goes as far as Bowmanville and they use transit buses to hook up to the Oshawa GO Train station and head into Toronto that way. So there was some talk in western Ontario of expanding GO service, which is government Ontario, that’s what GO stands for. But I have not heard anything about it coming this far to the east.

Q. Is there anything you would like to say to the students of Loyalist College?

A. Well, welcome to Belleville, first of all.  You know, we are very happy to have so many people choose Belleville as the place they want to go to school. We are very proud of Loyalist College for the number of years they have been here. But also how they help our community by training people by providing a closer place for our residents to go to school. We are committed to working together and to make Loyalist better. We have a great relationship and all we want is for it to get better. 

To hear what the mayor has to say, check the video below:

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (02/02/19) – Christopher Bennett is a local artist and breakdancing teacher who recently opened his new Art Works studio on Pinnacle street. Bennett gives the crowd of his grand opening a taste of some of his B-boy dance moves. Photo by Natasha MacDonald

By Natasha MacDonald

A snowy Saturday was lit up with colour and character at Christopher Bennett’s grand opening of his new Art Works studio.

The new studio is full from wall to wall with art, photos and even a TV that shows some of Bennett’s first steps. With teal undertones taking place on what were once white walls, “Art Works” spans the main wall in graffiti writing, giving the studio its unique vibe, making anyone believe they could start breaking down with some dance moves. A massive mirror accentuates the colour-filled space like a ballet studio meeting its match for a dance-off.    

People of all ages came to see the new space, do some breakdancing and grab a baked good as well. Friends and community members came to show support for Belleville’s new space for expression, on Pinnacle Street.

“It came from a desire to have a way to reach the community, through art work,” says Bennett. “So, the way to reach that was though a facility, a space where people can come to that isn’t my home studio. I’m still kind of in awe at all of the support and some of the kind words that’ve been said in regards to the dream coming true, something that finally came about.

“I have two phases. The first is to start it and get the community involved, and then phase two would be more of a future growth,” adds Bennett.

Members of the community say they couldn’t be more pleased with the opening of this new studio.

“I think it’s a great evolution of the arts in downtown,” says Dwayne Barratt, owner of Barratt’s Office Pro, on Front Street, and a board member for Belleville Downtown Improvement Area (BDIA).

“We did have Chris do some art work on some buildings down here and it’s great that now he’s going to be running some classes and some dance classes out of his new studio here.

“It should be great. It brings people down and hopefully we’ll see him on front street at some point, maybe at one of our events demonstrating as well,” says Barratt.

The benefits of art and self-expression through dance, from a young age, have shown to improve motor skills, language development, awareness and improved academic performance, according to a study from PBS.

The opening of Art Works was Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m.to 6 p.m., which included an official ribbon cutting at 11:15 a.m.

To learn more about the studio, check out this video:

BELLEVILLE, ONT. (08/01/19) – Jeff Broekema poses for a photo in front of an airplane departures inspired menu board in his newly opened Live For Today (Lft) Travel CafeŽ on North Front street in Belleville. Coffee, hammocks and vacations are all on the menu at this unique travel agency. Photo by Natasha MacDonald

Travel cafe encourages living for today

By Natasha MacDonald

Jeff Broekema is a Quinte resident who is bringing people warmth through his business.

Broekema, 30, opened Belleville’s first travel agency with a cafe included. The LFT Travel Cafe is located at 16 North Front St. The idea behind this unique space is to let people enjoy a coffee and consider places they want to travel to. There is no pressure to sit down quickly and buy a travel package. The cafe is meant to be a relaxed environment to think about options to escape the cold, for now at least.

“I’ve always loved to travel, ever since I was a kid, going away on vacation with family. In 2010, I went away on my own, for the first time. I went to Thailand for a few weeks and then, I’ve just done so much travelling since.

“I wanted to get into a different business, but I wanted to do it myself. I knew a lot about the travel industry but there’s always more to learn and to do courses and things like that,” says Broekema.
Broekema’s shop takes a whole new approach to the travel industry. The name became Live for Today Travel Cafe.

“I came up with that name because everybody knows somebody who’s sick, there’s always car accidents… things like that. Things are always happening, tomorrows not promised. Our slogan is Live for Today, live while you can and experience things. That’s our biggest thing, enjoy life. For me, I travel all the time, so live for today is the biggest take away,” says Broekema.

Being an entrepreneur was something Broekema always worked towards. Perks of being your own boss, the power to make decisions for your own company and having the ability to seed the growth in a dream.

But being an entrepreneur isn’t new to his family. It’s been a generational tradition. Broekema’s dad owned a body shop from the age of 18 years old. In addition to that, he also owned a sign company, which is where Broekema started learning about business. Broekema also runs an asphalt company during the warmer months.

“My dad owned his own body shop at the age of 18 or 19, and his dad had a body shop, and my dad bought a sign shop maybe 10 or 15 years back. So, owning your own business was always in our family. I like that aspect of work, since I was a kid. I was always into doing my own thing, instead of working for somebody. I worked for my dad for a bit. I learned and ran one of his sign businesses for a couple years.”

“I started off maybe 13 years ago, basically just cutting grass and we just expanded. Then I’d just work for a company, learn all the traits and then put them into my business. My landscape and asphalt business just expanded from that. But I have a bad back and wanted to get out of that. So now I’m halfway out and doing something I enjoy a little bit more. One thing leads to the other, and I think that the whole business owner and family thing ties in as well,” says Broekema.

Travelling in the cold and snowy winter months is a common way to cope with Canadian winters. This travel agency helps people get where they need to go, with a cup of coffee to take away with them afterwards.

Belleville, Ont. (05/02/19) – Loyalist College student Sarah Harren writes down her story ideas during a weekly meet-up with the Novel Writers Club in the college. The club meets once a week and encourages members to exercise their creative writing skills while providing guidance in story arc creation and character development. Photo by Debbie MacNevin

Wannabe writers come together to share their passion

By Debbie MacNevin

With a pen in your hand and a thought in your head, your fingertips rest on the curve of the navy-blue pen.

Finally, you are doing the one thing you swore to yourself you would do. Pages of an unfinished novel sit out of sight. The time has never seemed right to pick it back up. You never have enough time in your day to continue with it. So, you hold off for another day, and another… until it becomes obsolete.

You want to pick it back up again, but what time do you have? Life unfolds so fast. Then, you come across a club that calls to you, The Novel Writers Club at Loyalist College. Suddenly, you feel hope for your novel.

The Novel Writers Club at Loyalist Isn’t just for people who have an unfinished novel, but any student who wants to start a novel is welcome as well.

The club allows students to have a chance to either finally finish or start the novel they have been dreaming about. The ideas that have been stuck in your head are finally able to be free and written down on paper.

The club allows you to experience the adventure that is novel writing.  Although the group is small, they are mighty. When they gather, they talk about character development and many other aspects that help create a story.  

 Lesley Hayman created the club in 2018.  She is a romance writer and a member of the Romance Writers of America. Through this organization, she was able to create a tool belt of things writers need.  

Because Hayman has been going to conferences over the years, her belt of writers’ tools got large enough that she wanted to share what she knew with people who may or may not have access to this knowledge.

At club meetings, the group talks about creating a world. What does the world of your characters look like? Where is it located? What do your characters sound like? What do they look like?  All of these questions will help you create a better story. 

One technique used in the club is watching movies as examples to help create a story.  Hayman explains that movies are more universal than books are.  The group also discusses the different genres of stories such as thriller, romance, science-fiction, etc.  Group members also learn how to sell and publish work, if that’s a route you want to take.

“Writers can be anybody. The wonderful thing about it is that it’s for anybody and you can write for yourself or you can write for an audience.”

The group goes through little “snapshots,” meaning little bits of information so that everything gets a bit of coverage.

This club offers people who have never even thought of the possibility of being able to write a novel, the chance to do so. It offers those who want to be able to pick up that novel they failed to finish and continue on with it. It allows anyone to become a writer and finish the story they have always wanted to finish. 

Meetings for the Novel Writing Club are on Mondays 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. in Room 2L11.

BELLEVILLE, ON. (29/01/19)– Musician James Reid shows off a few of the instruments available in the new Musical Instrument Lending Library (MILL) he has opened in Stirling. The MILL runs out of the Stirling Public Library and is open to all, whether they are picking up an instrument for the first time or are seasoned professionals interested in trying something new.

Musical instruments ready to rent

By Damon MacLean

A musical revolution is slowly but loudly building in the Quinte area, even though it is slightly hidden behind some traditional walls of knowledge and literature.

Located on the second floor of the Stirling Public Library, you will find a child’s drum kit set placed on the top of a shelf of the teen readers section, next to an opening. Step inside and you will find approximately 60 musical instruments of all different kinds.

Welcome to The Mill.

To most, musical instruments inside a library seems like an obscene juxtaposition, unless they are in the children’s wing. This library, known as The Mill, is a musical instrument lending library.

The inspiration for The Mill comes from The Joe Chithalen memorial musical instrument lending library in Kingston, Ont., which has been running for 18 years.

“The Joe Chithalen memorial musical instrument lending library is a very big mouthful, so most people just call it Joe’s Mill,” laughs James Reid. With the help of numerous members of the surrounding community of Quinte, a lending library inspired by Joe’s Mill is now officially open to the public.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen another project that has had so much community support,”  Reid states as he describes how The Mill came to be. There was a chain of events that helped shape this musical entity. To start, about three years ago, a friend of Reid’s who volunteered at Joe’s Mill suggested the idea that there should be a musical instrument lending library started in the Quinte area.

Next, fast forward a year, and Reid was having a conversation with current Stirling-Rawdon Mayor Bob Mullen, who suggested that the Stirling Public Library would be a great location for this creation.

Reid brought a proposal to the Stirling-Rawdon Public Library board. It was well received and plans were made. Reid reflects on the years of work that have been put into creating The Mill.

“This is not a one-person operation. It’s not a one-person project. There are a lot of people that contributed over time. What we did was we incorporated a not-for-profit provincially registered as the Stirling Musical Lending Library. We have a board of directors, five excellent volunteers from the community. We have directors from Belleville, Stirling and Quinte West. We got a little help from here and a little help from there. All throughout the community people have been really kind and helpful.”

On top of building the shelves and organizing the space, the instruments had to be gathered through donations, barcoded and labelled. The amount of energy required for a project of this size is immense, but organizers say it is well worth it. Currently, the library has only 10 per cent of the required number of instruments for the area.

Organizers and volunteers are still seeking more instruments. Instruments for lending are available for people of all musical levels, from people wanting to pick up an instrument for the first time, to musicians who would like to branch out and try something new.

A major challenge of starting an instrument library is committing the time for it.

The instruments are lent out for a period of 28 days. This allows people to try an instrument without having to purchase one they are not sure about. The collection consists of different types of instruments, so if you are unsatisfied with the one you have borrowed, you can take out a different one.

What if you fall in love with a certain instrument? No problem. Renewals are available for 12 weeks consecutively, unless there is a hold on that specific instrument.

Reid believes that music is very important. He says it is important for people to have the access to musical instruments for many reasons.

“Music and the opportunities to play music are one of the things that keep me happy.”

Reid started off in music very young with piano lessons, which he was not overly fond of. He was then lent a baritone ukulele for a month. “I really liked that.

“After the ukulele, they lent me a guitar and I played that all summer until I bought my first guitar.”

With roots in classical music, and heavy influences from the likes of Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan, Reid understands that all types of music are important and having access to instruments makes the music even more important. 

There are a couple of rare instruments people would be unfamiliar with unless they are musical nerds or geniuses. The library has: accordions, tubleh, a rare clarinet and a Framus ‘Hootenanny’ guitar, which is the same model John Lennon of The Beatles played.

Some of the rarer instruments will only be lent out to professionals who know how to take care of them. 

The Mill is looking to be a success with its already exponential growth in memberships since its opening in January.

“Our job is to put instruments in people’s hands and smiles on their faces and that is exactly what we do.”

KINGSTON, Ont. (03/02/18) – Jessica Lui, 13, is a local figure skater from Kingston who competed at the 2018 Skate Canada Challenge and 2018 Ontario Winter Games. Here she performs at the annual FebFest celebration in Kingston.

Kingston festival embraces winter fun

By Amy Walton

The annual FebFest is still underway in downtown Kingston once again for its 15th year.

For the entire month of February, you can enjoy ice skating, beavertails, ice sculptures, ice slides and special performances on weekends including figure skaters, hockey pros, and the annual Polar Plunge.

FebFest is produced by the Downtown Kingston! BIA, an association funded by over 700 downtown businesses.  The festival helps generate business and a buzz in the downtown area, bringing residents, and those from out of town to see the beautiful city of Kingston and experience the snowy weather by the downtown waterfront.

The first week of FebFest had crowds from all over gathering on the weekend to watch famous figure skater Kurt Browning, alongside local figure skating talent, to perform in Market Square. Afterwards the rink is open to all for a free skate.

Browning, from Alberta, is a four-time World Champion figure skater and four-time Canadian national champion. He started skating at the age of 10 and now, at 52, he is still spinning, flipping and doing amazing ice dances. On Saturday, he performed to the song Singing in The Rain while big flakes of snow fell over the ice, giving the perfect setting for the song.

He also did an invigorating performance to the song Brick House, which had the crowds dancing along.

In an interview, Browning talked about working alongside the local talented figure skaters. “I had spent the last couple of days in town working with young skaters in a two-day seminar.  We had fun and I was thrilled when I found out a few of the kids would be in the show with me.

We felt like a team and supported each other.  The audience was cheering us along. knowing that an outdoor skate is tricky.  It was a great afternoon.”

Another addition besides the figure skating, on the first weekend of FebFest, was Peter Vogelaar finishing up his incredibly detailed ice sculptures in Market Square. Vogelaar started sculpting a whole week before FebFest began, so that he could have his sculpted figures and ice slides ready for the beginning of the event.  He even carved a sculpture of Gord Downie, the recently deceased Tragically Hip member, who is a Kingston icon.

Saturday night ended with free skate at Market Square with a live DJ. Sunday morning was Learn to Skate, which was a training session for those wanting to learn how to glide on the ice without constantly falling on their bums.

The main attraction was the annual Polar Plunge in support of the Special Olympics. Many groups of police officers fire fighters, and different work groups jumped in for the cause, to help raise money, on a chilly morning. Lots of young adults and even children raised money and jumped too. The youngest was a few eight-year old’s who were brave enough to take the plunge.

FebFest continues during the whole month of February in downtown Kingston. More unique events are going on each weekend, with activities like skating, food and ice sculptures available to enjoy every day this month. To see the lineup of future activities and performances go to www.downtownkingston.ca/events2019/feb-fest.

To view the festival, go to:

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (03/02/19) – Loyalist Lancer Caleb Seguin spikes a ball through Canadore Panthers players Sheldon Flannigan (10) and Ryan Carnevale (13) for one of his 12 kills on the night. Loyalist would go on to lose the game 3-1. Photo by Sasha Sefter

Volleyball teams face defeat

The Loyalist Lancers women’s and men’s volleyball teams put up a valiant effort but came up short Sunday afternoon, losing to their counterparts of the Canadore Panthers at Loyalist College.

The Lancers women looked to upset the OCAA East Division’s second-ranked Canadore Panthers. After losing a tough first set, the Lancers bounced back, stealing the second set away from the Panthers 25-19. But the Panthers offence would prove to be too much for the Lancers, as they would take the third and fourth set easily, 25-13 and 25-16.

The Panthers offence was led by Tianna Head, Kristine Ledger and Jess Venhuizen, all of whom recorded 10 kills in the match. The Lancers were led by team captain Jillian Hoftyzer who recorded eight kills in the match, as well as nine digs.

With the loss, the Lancers record falls to 4-12 on the season, leaving them in ninth place in the east division of the OCAA. They will look boost their record with what should be an easy win over the 0-16 Fleming Knights in Peterborough later this week.

The Lancers men looked to improve their record and jump ahead in the OCAA standings. A win over the Panthers would have bumped them into seventh in the East Division.

The Panthers came on strong, winning the first set easily 25-15. The Lancers pushed hard in the second set, finally winning 29-27 after end-to-end extra point action had the crowd energized and cheering. The energy in the building wouldn’t be enough to push the Lancers past the Panthers as the would lose the third and fourth sets 25-18 and 25-10.

Standout players for the Panthers were Jackson Brear who recorded seven kills and four digs, and Sheldon Flannigan, who recorded seven kills in the match as well.

The Lancers were led by first- year player Caleb Seguin who racked up a monster 12 kills and three digs, while Alex Cox picked up nine kills and two digs. The Lancers now sit in eighth place in the OCAA East Division and will look to improve their record when they visit Peterborough to take on the seventh-ranked Fleming Knights.

Belleville, Ont. (01/02/19) – Loyalist Lancer Ashley Gillis is chased by George Brown Huskies defender Tianna Sullivan as she races out of her defensive end. The Lancers would go on to lose the game 75-53.

Lancers basketball teams lose to Huskies

By Debbie MacNevin

You can feel the tension as both men and women’s basketball games took place on  Friday night. On February first both teams went head to head with the George Brown Huskies. 

The games started with the women’s team kicking the night off at 6 p.m. The women demonstrated good team work.  Using speed, and good hand-eye co-ordination to help them achieve the goals they had set out in the start of the game.

Although the Huskies were hard to out beat, the women pushed themselves hard and stayed focused on the goal in front of them. The goal was to win, and each member of the team showed how determined they were to come out on top.

The women’s team did well. The leading player was Brittany Mason. She scored 19 points for the team Friday night. Mason’s focus and aiming skills brought the teams points up higher. As hard as they women’s team pushed to win this game.

They were not successful. The final score was Huskies 75- Lancers 53. 

   The men’s basketball team started at 7 p.m. Friday. Like every game, the men’s team brought the heat. They showed a large amount of strength and power while playing the game. Much like the women’s team they showed good team skills and sportsmanship. The real star of this game was Angelo Sarsonas. Number 9 was like a fire ball as he zoomed down the court.

Sarasonas scored 13 points for his team overall. The men’s team fought hard against the huskies men’s team. They showed great amounts of speed, racing from one end of the court to the other and display a great show of workmanship. They truly demonstrated great power and focus but in the end George Brown over threw them as well. Huskies 92- Lancers 45.

Overall, the Lancer’s teams gave it all they got. They took all the skills they have learned and adapted and used them at full force.   

The men and women’s George Brown teams may have left Loyalist in victory but for the men and women’s basketball teams they give us something greater. The ability to make us feel proud to be a Loyalist Lancer.  Both teams head off to the nation’s capital of Ottawa to compete against Algonquin Thunder on Feb. 9.

BATAWA, Ont. (02/02/19) — Players from the Brighton Fire & Rescue and Wounded Warriors Canada hockey teams face off in a friendly game of shinny during the eighth annual CFB Trenton Pond Hockey Classic tournament in Batawa. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

Hockey tournament raises money

for two deserving charities

By TaeHyeong Kim

The CFB Trenton Pond Hockey Classic is like getting two birds with one stone. It is a good opportunity for people to donate to charity and to enjoy their favourite pastime of hockey.

“We host here for one reason – raising money for Wounded Warriors of Canada and Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation. Secondly, it’s a great chance for giving it back to our community, and have a fun Canadian weekend,” said Jeffery Moorhouse, chairman of the CFB Trenton Pond Hockey Classic.

The Pond Hockey Classic was held in an area around the Batawa Community Centre over two days, Feb. 2 and 3. This is the eighth annual competition, and 26 teams joined this year.
In the tournament format, the teams played throughout the day on six rinks named after sponsoring company.

Feb.1 was the first game day. The sky was gloomy and the wind was chilly, but it could not spoil the passion for hockey and the goodwill from the participants’ donations.

Some teams were wearing their own team jerseys. Brighton Fire and Rescue team were dressed in the design of a fire suit with a luminous strip. The BCR Rangers wore an authentic red Canadian plaid.

Sometimes, it was not necessary to win a game. In particular, the match between the Brighton Fire Rescue Team and the Wounded Warriors of Canada were even more harmonious. The young juniors and seniors formed a team to promote the unity of the event, working through hockey. Cheers and laughter burst out when their teams scored a goal, but also when there were mistakes or tough moments in the game.

After the heat of the game, players rested in a tent, set up as a temporary locker room. The inside of the tent was warmed by the sweat from the players and some portable heaters. Hot steam rose from the knees of players after shin guards were removed. There was an analysis of the game after they finished, players encouraging each other and joking about the play of the game.

The game was great. It was great weather outdoors. It was pretty tight at the end of the game, but it was a fun day,” said Mark MacAulay, the captain of the BCR Rangers.

On the first day of the pond hockey event, a Winter Jubilee for military families and friends was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. beside the rinks. The Trenton Military Family Resource Centre and PSP CFB Trenton hosted the event with the Pond Hockey Classic. Participants could enjoy wagon rides, snowshoeing, free hot chocolate, and lunch. One rink was opened for ice skating.

On the second day, Diamond Electric defeated the BCR Rangers 23-17 and won the final in the competition. Scotiabank defeated the Cherry Pickers 10-9 and won the non-competitive division. Diamond Electric also won last year.

“To date, we have raised $272,000, over seven years. This year’s goal is $70,000,” said Moorhouse.

To see the hockey teams in action, click on this link:

MADOC, Ont. (02/02/2019) — Racers participate in the Madoc Snowmobile Drags on Moira Lake in Madoc, Ont. on Feb. 2, 2019. Racers sped down lanes made in the snow as participants and attendees watched.

A day at the snowmobile races

By Andrej Ivanov

The high-pitched whirring of motors and the strong smell of gasoline filled the brisk winter air Saturday afternoon at the Madoc Snowmobile Drags races.

Hundreds of cars parked on the frozen-solid Moira Lake. People had set up makeshift pits to tune up their snowmobiles. And as the green light went off on the various lanes, five to six racers would fly down the long man-made stretches of ice at breakneck speeds, heat after heat, class after class.

The cloudy winter day made for a perfect backdrop for the snowmobile drag races. A gathering of hundreds of local residents and out-of-towners (even from as far away as Gatineau, Que.), young and old, came to see the ice-top spectacle. The whirring sounds of engines, like enormous mosquitoes or electric lawnmowers on steroids, could be heard everywhere.

From the drag lanes to the pits, people revved the snowmobiles engines, either racing, testing out their handiwork, or just plain showing off. And everyone ate it up, shamelessly.

Some brave souls, either to kill time or for the fun of it, jumped on their snowmobiles and ventured further onto the lake. In the distance, away from the crowd, they rode around and did their own races. It might have been a riskier move, as the warm weather may have lead to thinner ice, but it seemed like a quieter choice and allowed for more freedom to play.

Around the drag strips, crowds gathered.

“Daddy got second place,” a young girl shouted, dressed in a pink snowsuit and pink ear protectors. A proud moment for the family.

Around the trucks, behind the racing lanes, people pulled out lawn chairs and beers. Sitting around in circles, smoking cigarettes and relaxing on the snow, it became quite clear that the drag races were a social gathering. A space for people to hang out, to make friends, and do some winter sports.

The event was also extremely family friendly. Kids were welcome, and a few youngsters even had their own miniature snowmobiles. However, the highlight was seeing a man driving a 4×4 and dragging two kids on a sled.

Although the weather was pretty chilly, everyone came well equipped and dressed warmly. Surprisingly, not many people came to sell things. Suzuki seemed to be the only booth at the event, selling a variety of snowmobiling equipment. However, Ace Pizzeria, a local Madoc restaurant, brought their repurposed truck trailer. The pizzeria has converted the truck into a mobile pizzeria and it was a smash hit with hungry snowmobilers.

It is worth noting that it was not all fun and games. According to Quinte News, a head-on collision between two snowmobilers put a damper on the afternoon’s activities. According to the news outlet, “a man suffered a broken leg and other injuries while another suffered less serious injuries.” Paramedics arrived on the scene earlier in the afternoon and were able to respond quickly.

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (30/01/19) – Loyalist College photojournalism student Shelby Lisk received a Governor General’s Award this week in Ottawa.

Photojournalism student

receives Governor General award

By Sasha Sefter

Belleville woman and Loyalist College Photojournalism student wins Governor General’s Award.

Shelby Lisk was born and raised in Belleville, Ont. but she has always known that she is a Mohawk of Tyendinaga. Growing up, Lisk had many questions about her heritage and indigenous culture but didn’t always feel as though she was able to ascertain the answers she sought.

“I spent a lot of time trying to learn more about my culture and being angry at my family for not teaching me anything about it. All I knew was that I was Mohawk. As I got older and took more courses on indigenous culture and spoke to other indigenous people I found out that this was a common issue. When my grandmother and even my mother were growing up it wasn’t a good thing to be native, they knew they were but they didn’t talk about it. If you looked white and could pass as it you didn’t tell people you were native, you didn’t want to be stereotyped in a negative way or possibly take away opportunities from your children. This shame and prejudice was passed down from generation to generation.”

Lisk harnessed the emotions she was feeling while trying to discover more about her culture, and navigating complicated social stereotypes into poetry. Poetry that was eventually recognized and celebrated, winning a Governor Generals History Award in 2018.

When asked how she reacted to the news of being awarded one of Canada’s most prestigious awards Lisk said,

“I was so surprised. I had entered on a whim. The most amazing part was seeing how happy and proud my mom was, mostly because I had pursued a life of art instead of getting a “real job” it was cool to see my mom be so proud of me. She got to see me and my art be recognized by people outside of the family and community and I’ll never forget what she said: ‘I know sometimes it’s going to be hard, but this is what you need to be doing’, she was ok with me taking this path.”

Lisk’s award winning poem “Invisible Indian” highlights her own experience with, as she calls them, “double edged stereotypes.” Being an indigenous person who looks Caucasian, feeling as though she should act native but not “too native” in order to be accepted. As well as the shame and frustration some indigenous people feel for losing their culture but realizing that it is not their fault, that this was something that was done to them.

Lisk may have initially written the poem as a personal piece to help her better understand her own feelings surrounding the struggle to learn and embrace her culture but she soon realized she soon realized she was not alone.

“The poem was the first writing that I had ever had published, I couldn’t believe how many responses I got from other indigenous people going through the same thing. To me that is what makes art so important and why I want to continue to make it. Sharing your experiences so other people know they aren’t alone in their own experience”.

In a serendipitous moment Lisk’s former Indigenous Feminism Professor at University of Ottawa, Claudette Commanda, was on hand at the post Governor General Awards gala to give to opening remarks and a land acknowledgment. Lisk credits Commanda with being the first person to make her feel comfortable with her Indigenous identity.

“Claudette pushed me to let go of the insecurities I had about what others may be thinking about me whenever I felt like I might not look native enough. I never forgot that. I was so happy to share the day with her, it made me feel like things had come full circle”

Lisk has a BFA with a minor in gender studies from the University of Ottawa and is currently completing a diploma in photojournalism at Loyalist College as well as a diploma in Mohawk language and culture through Tsi Tyónnheht Onkwawén:na and Queen’s University. She would like to use the culmination of her education and skills to continue to tell Indigenous stories and be a voice for the often under represented community in journalism.


 Belleville Mayor Mitch Panciuk and Sikh students chatted after the students helped Panciuk experience turban wrapping. Photo by Mari Hiramoto

Mayors and college welcome

international students to Loyalist

By Mari Hiramoto

Loyalist College held an international welcome event Wednesday hosted by President Ann Marie Vaughan. The guests were Mitch Panciuk, the mayor of the city of Belleville, and Jim Harrison, the mayor of the city of Quinte West.

International students performed dancing and singing from their own culture. They also did a Sikh turban wrapping experience with the mayors. Panciuk got an orange turban, and Harrison got blue. According to the student on the stage, both the colours have an important meaning in their religion.

Panciuk had never worn a turban before, and he found it an interesting experience. He said it was tight and warm underneath the turban, and it was almost like wearing a toque.

“It’s symbolic of their religion and their faith… who they are as people,” said Panciuk. “I feel honoured…that it was put on me today. It let me have a little bit of understanding of their faith and culture.”

After the turban wrapping, the Punjabi students and Panciuk exchanged thoughts and ideas regarding building an inclusive society for the citizens of the city of Belleville.

Loyalist has approximately 3,000 students enrolled in more than 70 programs. “With these numbers,” said Panciuk, “Loyalist is small enough to provide personal friendly and caring attentions to all students. And it’s also big enough to give you all the education that you will need. Loyalist faculty and volunteers will go above and beyond making you feel right at home here in Belleville.”

International students enrolled in Loyalist College can take advantage of the international centre which provides a variety of assistance for adapting to college life socially, academically, and culturally. The college also provides information regarding immigration and settlement issues, in addition to supports for  students whose first language is not English.

“We are a very inclusive country. We welcome you here, welcome your family and your relatives. We all have very similar objectives in life and that’s to be a good citizen and when you are in Canada, and you are a good citizen, that’s just exactly what we ask,” said Harrison.

Looking back at his own success as a student, Harrison  encouraged the students to achieve academically. He also emphasized the importance of functioning fully in society.

“My door as the mayor of the city of Belleville is always open to you. If you have any questions about the city, I welcome you to contact me any time,” said Panciuk.

Photo by Mari Hiramoto Supt. Peter Lambertucci and Michael LeSage answer questions from the media about last Thursday night’s arrests. A man and a youth were arrested thursday night after police raided two homes in the Kingston area.

Youth charged in terrorist activity

By Kyle Visser

The RCMP and Kingston Police made two arrests at two homes on Thursday, Jan. 24 after an investigation of a “substantial, credible attack plot.”

A Kingston man and a youth were arrested on terrorism charges that night.

The youth has been charged with “knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity,” and “counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive or other lethal device” in a public place.

The youth cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

A second man, 20-year-old Hussam Alzahabi, was released late Friday night and was not charged.

The RCMP and Kingston Police held a press conference Friday afternoon about the terrorism charges.

“I want to ensure you that there is no threat to public safety at this time, and we took every possible measure to mitigate any potential threat at the time of arrest,” said RCMP Chief Superintendent Michael LeSage at the press conference.

The arrest of the two men came after a month-long investigation that began with a tip from the FBI. A release from the RCMP reads:

“In particular, the RCMP would like to thank the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Kingston Police, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) and Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) for their co-operation and collaboration.”

Police say the pair had an informal relationship with one another. The investigation is still ongoing for further background on the youth’s actions.

Earlier this month, a plane was seen multiple times flying at low altitude over parts of Kingston late in the evening. Kingston residents complained of the noises it made so late at night.

At the press conference, RCMP officials confirmed the plane in question was used to aid in these arrests.

“We can confirm that RCMP air assets were involved in this investigation. Investigations of this nature are extremely complex and resource intensive, as the RCMP must balance the collection of evidence with maintaining public safety.”

Police were seen taking items out of the Kingston houses and stated at the press conference that trace elements of an explosive substance were found. The RCMP officials said the material was removed and they destroyed by detonating it. 

The charged youth will be held until next week, after his lawyer has more time to study the case. The case will come before a judge in February.

A severe weather front continues to plow its way through Belleville. The region has seen Arctic–like temperatures, along with significant snow fall over the past couple days. Photo by Matt Botha

Cobourg, Ont. (24/01/2019) — Natasha Annett-Lawrence is a PC party member, volunteer and the wife of one of five candidates vying for the PC nomination in Northumberland-Peterborough South. Annett-Lawrence believes more people should get involved in politics – to have a say in their own futures. Screenshot from Get Involved, by Frank Moses

Encouraging youth to get involved politically

By Frank Moses

People in their post-secondary years, generally between 18 and 24, get involved in progressive causes that make life, as they would like to see it, better.

A variety of issues, including Indigenous rights, changes to OSAP, free speech and LBGTQ2S acceptance, are well supported.

So why can’t we seem to get involved, or even vote in large enough numbers, to make effective change in the sphere that most affects our lives?


Don’t stop reading — Snapchat can wait.

In 2015, Canadians of voting age turned out at 68.5 per cent — in an election that would see Liberal Justin Trudeau take the helm. It was a fairly good turnout.

The overall voter turnout rate for the 18–24 age group was 57.1 per cent, over 10 per cent less than the eligible voting public.

Natasha Annett-Lawrence is the wife of PC hopeful Phil Lawrence. She ran a PC party membership phone drive on Saturday, Jan. 24 in Cobourg.

Speaking on political volunteering in general, she said, “It’s a good way for your voice to be heard. It’s a good way to see how the political process works first hand, and it’s incredibly enriching… you form friendships.”

She would like to see more people involved, and become party members.

“You have say in selecting the leadership in your party. You have say in policy and platforms made on behalf of the party. Without membership you can’t be as involved.”

Party membership is not necessarily the core issue. In 2014, only 34 per cent of eligible voters 18-24 cast a ballot in the provincial election.

In the 2018 Ontario election, one that would see Doug Ford’s PC party easily win a majority, 58 per cent of registered voters went to the polls — and for the first time, millennials represented the largest group eligible to vote.

Did you?

Protests on tuition cuts, sex-ed reform and minimum wage stagnation fill the streets. We even turn out in large numbers to protest the policies of Donald Trump. That seems mildly ironic — given the state of affairs in Canada.

Had more young adults voted, the political landscape would be different. It is doubtful the second-place NDP, under Andrea Horvath, would be cutting OSAP or rolling back sex education policies.

The future is yours – just vote for the one you want. 

Here’s a video look at getting involved:



Photo by Desirée Decoste Isaac Hollinger was at Batawa Ski hill this past weekend. Hollinger fell at the bottom of the hill resulting in his friends deciding he need a snow bath.

Military families enjoy day skiing

The day started off as a terrible looking one. The snow squalls were so bad you couldn’t see 50-100 feet in front of you. Then the weather turned for the better, and the day was a nice, semi-sunny and cloudy day, other than it being freezing cold.

Batawa Ski Hill has been a place for people to go and ski since 1959. There are nine runs and a terrain park that everyone can enjoy when they come to the slopes. 

The Trenton MFRC held its annual ski day for military families on Sunday. People spent the day on the slopes and enjoyed a hot lunch for a discounted price. Families were able to purchase tickets at the MFRC office for the annual day. The prices were $45 if you had no equipment and $35 if you had your own. If you were five years old or younger, it was $20. The ticket purchase included a lift ticket, equipment rental and group lessons with a barbecue lunch.

Isaac Hollinger was one of many participants out on the slopes that day. He was there with some of his friends, and when he fell, they decided to give him a snow shower. What are friends for, right?

The snow was fluffy and great for skiing. The powder from the snow fell earlier in the day, was perfect for the skiers and created a fantastic day of skiing. The moguls had nice pillows of fresh powder on them, so when someone fell, it was like puff of smoke around them and you couldn’t see the skiers until it settled.

There were people of all ages, young and old, people who were experienced and those who were not. They had about 100 people participate in this year’s MFRC Day event. Many people were catching an edge (when the edge of a ski or snowboard accidentally digs into the snow, usually resulting in a fall or near fall) and the powdery snow was flying through the air.

“We love hosting the military families here at the hill each year. It’s exciting to see families have a special day at the hill together, whether they are experienced skiers or snowboarders or learning how to do both as a family,” said Dan Schell, communications co-ordinator at Batawa Ski Hill.

“We are all about families coming together and having a great time outside over the winter months out on the slopes. To be able to offer a fun day for our military families to get together is always something we look forward to doing each year.”

You could say there were a few gapers, which are skiers who don’t understand proper on-slope etiquette, ski wear or ski technique, but all that doesn’t matter when you’re there to have fun.

The weather held out and it was a great day for everyone who came out to enjoy the hill.

This is the fourth year that Batawa Ski Hill has been working with the MFRC to host this special day.

“We are so grateful for the work and sacrifice of our military families, and to be able to help give them a special day with their families and loved ones,” said Schell. “Making memories together is something we always enjoy each season.”

The MFRC holds many different kinds of events. They held a “snow fort fun” event on Jan. 30 and come February, there are all kinds of events people can participate in.

On Feb. 4, there will be a knitting and crocheting event and on Feb. 7, a paint night and a Pinterest DIY event. If you are interested in more information about the events, go to the MFRC website.

BELLEVILLE, On (25/01/2019) Earl Streetcorner Coleman, a participant of the Loyal Blues Fellowship performs at the monthly jam. Coleman is also a member of the local band Kingstown New Mississippi, along with fellow Loyal Blues participants Roger Dorey, Mike Acerra and Gerry Ratz. Photo by Matthew Syriac Elias


Belleville, ON (26-01-2019) — Trish Dubyk and her three daughters Jorja, Ember and Lucy are enjoying their rewarding hot chocolate after finishing the scavenger hunt. “We had a lot of fun” said Dubyk” we had to lap twice to get them (snowflakes) all but it was fun.” Photo by Desirée Decoste

Scavenger hunt helps beat the winter blues

By Desirée Decoste

It was bitterly cold and the wind made it feel worse, but thankfully at the Quinte Mall, you could come in and enjoy a winter scavenger hunt with hot chocolate at the end.

This past Sunday was the Escape Winter Scavenger Hunt at the mall.

“In total, there were 173 completed ‘ballots’ or hunt forms and 224 hot chocolate coupons were redeemed,” said Erin Graham, marketing manager at the Quinte Mall. “Laura Secord had prepared for 125 coupons, so they were delighted with the final total.”

It was busier then it usually is at 10 a.m. on a Sunday morning. You would almost have thought it was Christmas again with the hustle and bustle, but everyone wanted to finish the scavenger hunt to get put in the draw and get their free hot chocolate.

To start off the scavenger hunt, you had to stop by guest services for your escape winter scavenger hunt form so you could write down the 10 different retailers that had a picture of a snowflake in the store. You then had to walk around and look for the 10 retailers that had the picture of the snowflake.

“The idea for the hunt was not only to drive traffic to the retailers, but also to offer the community a fun event out of the winter weather for the day.” said Graham.

“I participated with two of my children, so that I could reflect on the event from a customer’s prospective. It took us about an hour and my kids had a blast.”

Once you found all 10, you brought your form back to guest services with your name and phone number on it. Your form was entered into a draw for a prize pack, which includes: $100 Quinte Mall gift card, $100 Sam’s gift certificate, $50 Kernels gift card and $50 Laura Secord gift card. Every participant received a coupon for a free hot chocolate from Laura Secord, redeemable only on the day of the scavenger hunt.

“We had a lot of fun,” said Trish Dubyk. “We had to lap twice to get all the snowflakes, but it was fun.” Dubyk and her three kids, Jorja, Ember and Lucy, participated in the scavenger hunt.

“Being a business in the Quinte region takes more than just sales and promotions. Our customers enjoy connecting at/with the shopping centre,” said Graham. “We love being a part of the local community and will always strive for a balance of sales and traffic driven events combined with community events.”

Graham plans on doing this event again, in some form annually, and possibly tying it to another time and holiday.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (25/01/19) — Jaden White poses for a photo in his Treaty #3 jersey from Kenora, Ont., following winning the Scott Reid Memorial award the following day. The award is given to a men’s basketball player who demonstrates a positive attitude, leadership, and eagerness to learn. Treaty 3 is the team that White played for near his home community of Naotkamegwanning First Nation, formerly known as Whitefish Bay Reserve. White is proud to be Objibwe from Whitefish Bay but says that “playing basketball, where I come from it’s not very big so you have to go away from home just to chase what you want and for opportunities in basketball.” Photo by Shelby Lisk

Loyalist Lancer makes his mark

By Shelby Lisk

Loyalist student Jaden White has been chosen as this year’s recipient of the Scott Reid Memorial Award.

The award is given to a men’s basketball player who demonstrates a positive attitude, leadership, and eagerness to learn. Reid played on the Lancers’ basketball team from 1991 to 1994. He passed away in 2001 of brain cancer.

“I never knew that coming in as a first-year student athlete, I would make such an impact on the team like that,” says White, a first-year general arts and science student.

White made the move from Naotkamegwanning First Nation, formerly known as Whitefish Bay Reserve, to attend Loyalist in the fall. The on-reserve population of his community is less than 1,000 people and is an exhausting 22-hour drive from Belleville.

“My family always messages me and tells me how proud they are. ‘Keep working hard’, they always tell me and just stay focused. They are really proud of what I’m doing,” says White.

White isn’t a stranger to commuting for school, as he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Kenora, Ont., an hour away from his community. White would board with a family in Kenora and go home on weekends. To pursue his basketball dreams, he also had to move to Toronto for years during high school.

“Playing basketball where I come from, it’s not very big, so you have to go away from home just to chase what you want and for opportunities in basketball. In high school, I was away from home a lot. I think it was half of Grade 9 and all of Grade 10 I was in Toronto playing for a prep school.

“That really helped me grow up more. I learned how to do my own laundry, how to cook, how to budget my own money, just time managing. It really taught me a lot about life and how to be mature,” says White.

He admits that this helped with his adjustment to being even further away from home now and this big transition certainly hasn’t stopped White from making a positive impact on those around him.

“I selected Jaden because he was a great fit for this award. He has a passion for the game and is always looking for ways to get better. He never complains and is always a positive member of the team,” says Athletic Director Jim Buck.

“He has come to Loyalist all the way from a small reserve in Northern Ontario. Scott was the type of guy that would have befriended Jaden immediately and would have made sure he was looked after. I have no doubt they would have become good friends.”

Although the award is based on exemplifying the attitudes of Reid as a basketball player, the players also need to maintain a 60 per cent average, says Patrick Kabeya, Loyalist men’s basketball coach.

White was scouted by Kabeya while he was playing for Team Ontario in the North America Indigenous Games, or NAIG, as White calls it.

NAIG brings together Indigenous athletes from across Canada. White tried out and earned himself a spot on the Ontario men’s basketball team the summer before his Grade 12 year. 

“For the Team Ontario basketball team, we had a training camp here at Loyalist so we worked out and had a few practices and scrimmaged against the varsity team and that’s how my coach saw me,” says White.

Kabeya admits that he was drawn to White when he saw his towering 6’6 stature.

“Jaden is a very positive, very nice guy. We actually say he’s like Mikey from Recess. He’s the gentle giant. He came in here pretty shy. He was very quiet and with time, he got more confident. He’s one of the guys that everyone kind of accepted for who he is and he’s very much a part of the family,” said Kabeya.

Following his years at Loyalist, White would like to go to university to further his education and hopefully play basketball. He has ambitions to study criminology and police foundations so that he can become a police officer.

White’s ambition has proven to be an inspiration for other youth in his community.

“Because there’s not a lot of basketball opportunity in Whitefish, a lot of people look up to me because I’m playing at the college level now. I get kids telling me ‘I want to be just like you’. I always like to tell the little kids that ‘I want you to be better’. That’s what I would say to them, ‘I want you to be better,’” says White.

A student holds a sign while chanting ‘Doug Ford has got to go!’ during rally to protest the new cuts to both OSAP, and tuition across Ontario.

Students upset over funding cuts

Story and Photos by Matthew Botha

Elected on the notion that Ontario Premier Doug Ford was “for the students”, his recent slashes to both OSAP and tuition have many thinking otherwise.

The Ford government announced last week that it would be making what some say are “consequential changes” to the way it will be handling OSAP. The current system offers students significant grants, rather than hefty loans. This alleviates some financial pressure for students struggling to come up with the high tuition costs of post-secondary education.

The system also allows students who come from low income families the chance to apply for free tuition, fully subsidized by the government. The proposed changes include $600 million in cuts to student grants. This drastic change in the system has current students, and those looking to apply for college and university, worrying about their future.

The anger and outrage of students was made clear when thousands showed up last Saturday to protest the changes at Yonge-Dundas Square in downtown Toronto. The mass of people took to the streets, signs in hand, chanting, “Doug Ford has to go!” as they made their way to Queen’s Park.

Anger aside, many said they simply want an explanation. They said nobody understands how these cuts will be beneficial. Students interviewed at the protest provided only their first names.

“If Ford continues with this policy, he’s going to burn his electors in a way where I don’t think they’ll want to vote for him again. The changes that he’s making have real consequences on people that I think he needs to take to heart,” stated Steven, during the protest.

“This directly affects me,” said Sarah, who is currently enrolled at McMaster University. “I come from a low-income family and OSAP is my only way to pay for my schooling. Without it, I’m kind of in shit. We are the feature and you’re affecting us in ways you don’t realize. By cutting this system, you’re refusing a lot of kids from pursuing their dreams.”

Other students, although disagreeing with the cuts to funding, said they understand that Canada’s debt is at an all-time high. Some say that cuts do need to be made, but nobody seems to be able to justify the decision to remove the six-month grace period on paying back OSAP loans.

Currently, after a student graduates, they are given six months to find a job and start making an income. Once those six months expire, the interest rates kicks in on their loans. The Ford government has changed that. Once the student graduates, the interest starts building immediately. This makes what is already a heavy sum to pay back, only get bigger.
“When you have a degree, you need time to find your career,” argued Damian, who was at Saturday’s protest. “You need time to settle down and get your income together. Once you take away the six-month grace period, you’re forced to take whatever job you can get, whether it’s in your field or not.”

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Thousands of students braved the winter conditions as they packed Yonge-Dundas Square. The students then took to the streets as they marched their way to Queen’s Park.

The passion of the students was evident in the signs they held.

Loyalist student president Scott Rook made his voice known at the rally, representing the students of the College.

Jaideep Singh, first year fitness and health promotion student and Jacinta Obasohan, 2nd year customs and border student, take a photo with Jamie then collie wearing a Bell Let’s Talk toque. Photo by Shelby Lisk

Mental health on campus

By Shelby Lisk

Yesterday marked the eighth Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual initiative which sees Bell donate five cents to mental health programs for each text sent or voice call made. The 2019 campaign was anticipated to exceed one billon text and voice interactions.

Last year, Bell Let’s Talk reached a record number of 131,705,010 total messages of support and $6,585,250 more funding for Canadian mental health. Beyond text messages and calls, Bell Let’s Talk Day video views on social media, tweets using #BellLetsTalk, use of the Bell Let’s Talk Facebook frame or Snapchat filter, Bell will also donate five cents to Canadian mental health initiatives.

Bell Let’s Talk has created a venue for people to start a discussion about mental health, with many celebrities and people in the spotlight talking about their personal struggles in a public venue.

In recent years, there has also been more attention paid to how students are coping with mental health on campuses.

In the spring of 2016, the National College Health Assessment, or NCHA, a national online survey that collects information on students’ health behaviours, attitudes, and perceptions, indicated that depression, anxiety and suicide attempts are increasing among Ontario’s post-secondary students.

An estimated 46 per cent of students reported feeling so depressed in the previous year that it was difficult to function (increasing from 40 per cent in 2013) and 65 per cent of students reported experiencing overwhelming anxiety in the previous year.

The report from NCHA brings attention to the fact that this change in attitude is especially important at Ontario’s colleges and universities, as 75 per cent of mental health disorders first appear before the age of 25, according to American sociologist Ronald Kessler.

“Mental health is always a huge concern for students attending post-secondary education and providing mental health services and activities is a top priority for the Loyalist Student Government. We offer several activities through the year, however, for this week, we are hosting a thrive week with many activities, including yoga, a spa day at residence, therapy dogs, Friday Night Frost and colouring,” said Scott Rook, Loyalist College student government president.

The NCHA also created a list of recommendations for post-secondary institutions to implement, including providing wellness supports for students and triaging students to mental health providers and providing free mental health care to students through services that exceed those funded by OHIP. There was also a recommendation for the government to provide dedicated funding for culturally relevant and diverse counselling on campuses.

About a year and a half ago, the college recognized this need for student wellness initiatives and mental health initiatives. In response, they created the co-ordinator of wellness programming position which is held by Ryan Stoness.

“In the last five or six years, we’ve really opened the door to having conversations about mental health and various awareness campaigns. Bell Let’s Talk is a great example. It has really opened the door for people feeling like it’s okay to talk about it, it’s comfortable to talk about it and we should be talking about it,” said Stoness.

Although mental health is a big part of wellness, it also encompasses helping students be their best in all physical, mental and emotional aspects. Great resources exist to help students who are struggling or in crisis including counselling services and student success mentors for each department but Stoness’s job is to engage students before they need that kind of mental health support.

A wellness ambassador team of students has been created to promote wellness on campus. They do this through on campus activities such as bringing in therapy dogs, opening the student food cupboard in the residence commons and through sharing wellness tips on their website and social media (wellnessloyalist.com).

The wellness loft also opened last week and is a quiet place for students to relax but will also be offering weekly activities during universal break as well as yoga and meditation weekly. Watch the newsletter for the schedule of times for these free classes.

Another recommendation of the NCHA report is to provide culturally relevant and diverse mental health supports to students on campus. Loyalist does this through spaces such as the Indigenous Resource Centre and the International Student Centre.

The Indigenous Recourse Centre was created to act as a liaison between College administration, Indigenous communities, and government agencies. The centre supports students through offering free healthy meals, tutoring, someone to talk to, as well as Lunch and Learns for applying to scholarships and budgeting.

“People want to make sure they fit in. In the centre, you’re equal, valued and respected as soon as you walk in that door,” said Paul Latchford, manager of the Indigenous Resource Centre.

Latchford also noted that centre staff members are actively working towards making the Indigenous population more visible on campus through artwork and creating a more “inspirational-looking vibe” around the college, instead of institutional.

“Students need to know that we can fit in here, are accepted and that we have the ability to do this. Many of us can’t turn to our siblings or family and extended family and say ‘Hey, how did you do in college?’ or ‘What did you do in university?’ or ‘What did you do in skills and trading?’ because it didn’t happen. We have the dreaded residential school experience and the effects of that so there’s very much a stigma and again it’s about fitting in and being accepted and recognized, equal and valued,” said Latchford. 

We also have a large international student population to support as they transition to moving across the world to Belleville.

“My position starts as soon as they put in an application for their visa,” said Madhulika Potukuchi, international student officer at Loyalist.

“I am in touch with students whether they need help with airport pickups or once they’re here on- or off-campus housing. I give them those options. In terms of getting them settled, we do offer them separate orientations.”

The centre also send out a weekly newsletter to remind students of what they’ve been told in orientation as well as extending invitations to activities. Another important note is reminding students how to dress and be prepared for weather, as many of them are coming from countries that don’t experience cold and snowy winters like we do in Canada.

Potukuchi emphasized enriching students’ wellness by working to get them involved so that they make friends. The international centre gives each new student a peer to peer mentor who has been here for a year and is used to living in Belleville. They are there to hang out with new international students, help them do groceries or understand the bus schedule, for example.

“I feel that the more we talk about it, the more we give that exposure to students. Whether it’s through newsletters or in our orientations, and not just from the international centre. but from other departments as well. I think that will create that awareness that these resources are there for you to use and they are included in your tuition fees,” says Potukuchi.

All students have access to counselling services and student success mentors. Visit the student success hub above the SAL to book an appointment with these resources or find the correct resource to help you.

If you need to seek access to resources outside of school hours, there is a confidential helpline that is active 24/7 and is aimed at post-secondary students in Ontario. The phone number to dial is 1-866-925-5454.

Brandon Landis hangs his sign in the wellness loft. The question posed is “what does wellness mean to you?” Landis wrote “Believe in everyone, including yourself!” Photo by Shelby Lisk

Andrea Forrester, project management student, poses with Jamie the Collie for a photo at the Bell Let’s Talk booth at Loyalist.

Derek Kring reflected in the motivation wall of the wellness loft at Loyalist. Photo by Matt Botha

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TORONTO, Ont. (18/01/18) Ð Students of the University of Toronto marched together from their universities campus to Queens Park in Toronto to protest changes made to student fees and OSAP. The protest drew hundreds of students, eager to voice their dissent over the changes. Photo by Sasha Sefter

Student organizations furious
over education funding changes

By Shelby Lisk

The Ford government has unveiled their

plan to reduce tuition for Ontario postsecondary

students by 10 per cent.

“For the first time in Ontario, students

at every publicly assisted college and university

will see their tuition rates go down

by 10 per cent thanks to a province-wide

tuition rate reduction introduced by Ontario’s

Government for the People. The

tuition rate reduction is the latest step in

the Ford Government’s plan to keep more

money in the pockets of Ontario students

and families,” stated the Ontario government’s

official news release posted Jan. 17.

The release stated that, for example, an

arts and science undergrad at the University

of Guelph would see a reduction

in their tuition of $700 and a Conestoga

College student enrolled in practical

nursing would see a decrease of $300 in

their 2019-2020 tuition.

While a decrease in tuition sounds like

happy news for students, the announcement

came at the same time as proposed

cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance

Program, or OSAP, and the introduction

of a new program, “the student choice

initiative,” which will allow students to

opt out of paying ancillary fees, which

are non-academic fees that pay for student

services. The Ontario chapter of the

Canadian Federation of Students took to

their social media with this statement:

“Today’s announcement is a devastating

one for students and workers in the

post-secondary sector in the province of


“The announced ‘Student Choice Initiative’

is a transparent attempt to bankrupt

students’ unions in the province who

are the most critical of sector underfunding

and cuts to needs-based grants.

“The 10 per cent tuition fee reduction

is nothing more than a red herring. The

proposed cuts to OSAP will harm those

students most in need. Moreover, without

an increase to operating funds for institutions,

this tuition fee reduction will most

likely come at the hands of cuts to campus

workers and services.

“Students and workers in the province

of Ontario will fight this announcement.

This government does not represent students.”

The main concerns that emerged following

the official announcement are

what the funding cut will mean for services

provided by college and universities

across Ontario and what changes are

being made to OSAP that will affect students.

Specifically, those changes include

no longer offering free tuition to lowincome

students, replacing grants with

loans and getting rid of the six-month interest-

free grace period to pay back loans.

Meanwhile, the PC government stated

that it worries about the overspending of

the previous provincial leaders, stating

that a report released by the Office of the

Auditor General for Ontario in December

2018 highlighted concerns that OSAP

was causing major overspending while

not resulting in proportionately higher

enrolment. The summary reported that

“OSAP could cost $2 billion annually by

the 2020-2021 fiscal year, a net increase of

50 percent from the 2016/17 fiscal year.”

Nour Alideeb, chairperson for the Canadian

Federation of Students – Ontario,

says that the changes to OSAP will most

greatly affect low-income students and

those individuals who are most at risk

of becoming trapped in cycles of debt

for years after they graduate. “It impacts

being able to buy a home, finding really

good long-term sustainable jobs, being

able to start a family, going on to higher

post-secondary education,” says Alideeb.

The Canadian Federation of Students –

Ontario is the oldest and largest student

organization in Ontario representing

more than 350,000 college and university

students in all regions of the province.

They have been instrumental in advocating

for converting OSAP loans into nonrepayable

grants, for changing the rules

about which spousal and parental income

needs to be declared, all of which is being

erased in the new OSAP model.

While the tuition fee cut will save students

money, they won’t be able to access

grants from OSAP and will be taking out

higher loans.

“This 10 per cent tuition fee cut is really

only helping the people who could

already afford it, which are rich people,”

says Alideeb.

As the third part of the Ontario government’s

plan, students will now be able to

decide which student services they would

like to opt in to pay for. Services provided

and fought for by student unions which

are paid from the student dues, includes

health and dental insurance plans, transit

passes, support services such as equity

centres, sexual violence support centres,

food banks, academic support, creating

volunteer and job opportunities for students

and operating non-profit services

like bookstores and cafes.

“This is a cynical move by the provincial

government to undermine the very

organizations that will fight Doug Ford’s

cuts to public post-secondary education,”

said Sami Pritchard, National Executive

Representative for the Canadian Federation

of Students – Ontario, in a press release

Jan 17.

The CFS also released documents explaining

their concern that the tuition

slash means universities will be facing a

$360 million cut to revenues while colleges

will face an $80 million cut which will

lead to larger class sizes and unfair wages

and benefits for workers.

Students rallied with the Canadian

Federation of Students at Queen’s Park in

Toronto on Friday afternoon.

Joining to show their support was the

Ontario Public Service Employees Union


“They have just blasted a hole in the

operating budgets of the colleges and

universities. That means more precarious

work, less services, and a further assault

on the quality of education offered to our

students,” said RM Kennedy, OPSEU college

faculty executive chair in a statement

release by OPSEU on Thursday.

NDP MPP Chris Glover, Toronto’s Spadina

– Fort York riding, has also been vocal

about his opposition to the decision.

“This is just another way to undermine

student organizations that have often mobilized

against the government to call for

more funding, free tuition etc. and again,

it will disproportionately impact historically

marginalized groups who need

funding to support their members,” he

wrote on his Twitter account.

These sentiments were echoed by

NDP MPP Joel Harden for the Ottawa

Centretown region: “The Ford government

announced that they will bring

in American-style ‘right to work’ rules

for student unions, making payment

of dues optional. This is an attack on

services students rely on, an attack on

democracy, and an attempt to muzzle

Ford’s critics,” says Harden on his Twitter

account Jan. 17 following the announcement.

The PC government is proposing limiting

the funding for the groups and services

that are put in place to lobby for the

interests of students and keep the government

accountable for actions that affect


“Our campuses are going to have to

make tough decisions,” says Alideeb. “Can

we continue to provide this service to students?

Can we continue to hire more staff

so our classrooms have a better studentto-

faculty ratio? Who can we make up

this money from? International students

and students in deregulated programs. So

at the end of the day, it’s sort of pitting students

against each other while some students

get the benefits and other students

have to carry the weight of that.”

TORONTO, Ont. (18/01/18) )– Nour Alideeb Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario pauses before addressing a group of students, faculty members, and staff of Ontario colleges and universities gathered in Queens Park to protest changes made to OSAP and student fees. “This is a direct attack on the students and we will not stand for it,” said Alideeb. Photo by Sasha Sefter

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (21/01/19) — Mary Robinson (right), Donor Recruitment Director of the Canadian Animal Blood Bank, draws blood from Jordan at the Foster Park Pet Hospital in Belleville. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

Pets can also give at
blood donor clinics for animals

By TaeHyeong Kim

Your lovely dog can help other dogs that

might be sick. For dogs that are sick or

injured and need blood, there are animal

blood donor clinics to help those pets in


“(We do it) to help some other dogs.

It’s a good idea. Somebody would donate

their dog’s blood for my dog. Why not

donate blood for somebody else?” says Jill

Baker, the owner of a three-year-old golden

retriever named Jordan who donated

his blood for a second time on Monday.

Like a person, blood is needed when

a dog or cat is sick or in the surgery because

of some injury or health problem.

The necessary blood is covered by blood

donations. There are dogs that donate

blood regularly for other pets that need

help across Canada.

A local animal blood bank drive event

was held at Foster Park Pet Animal Hospital

in Belleville on the afternoon of Jan.

21. The clinic was scheduled from 12 p.m.

to 3 p.m. with appointments. This event

was held in co-operation with the Canadian

Animal Blood Bank, a non-profit organization

dedicated to supplying blood

products to Canadian veterinarians.

The first dog to donate blood on Monday

was Silas, whose owner is Demera

Hunter. She is a staff member of the hospital

that provided the venue for the animal

blood bank drive event.

“I think it’s really important especially

working in this industry, knowing if a

dog needs it, then it’s available for them.

Because, a lot of times go through fast in

emergency. So, there is not a lot of time to

find a donor. So, a blood bank does really

good work,” said Hunter.

Mary Robinson, who arrived in the

hospital in advance, did not take long to

get the tools ready for blood collection.

She is a donor recruitment director of

CABB, and collected blood directly at the

local animal hospital.

A big table was set for a dog to lie down

on it, and a red pillow was put down for a

dog. Beside the table, there was a medical

plastic collection bag to put the blood in.

Documents checking for blood type and

protein content, and treats for the dogs

were set on the other small table.

Silas donated his blood twice on Monday.

Robinson took a picture of Silas, then

uploaded the photo on Instagram to show

what dogs have donated, and to recruit

more blood donors.

Prior to the actual blood donation,

blood samples were collected to confirm

health status like protein concentration

and blood type. Robinson checked the

name of dog, how old he was, how much

he weighed, what vaccine he has had,

what time he ate breakfast in the morning,

and got a signature from the owners

consenting to the blood donation.

Not all dogs can donate blood. A dog

must meet several requirements.

There’s a bit of a minimum weight requirement.

So, the dogs must be a minimum

of 25 kilograms, and up to date on

vaccinations. They have to be healthy

because certain diseases and medications

can be derived from donating temporarily

or permanently. They may have to be one

year to eight years to start donating. And

they have to have a really good temperament,”

said Robinson.

The procedure for drawing blood is the

same as human blood collection. After putting

the end of the hose connected to the

bag, the sterilized needle is inserted into the

neck vein of the dog. The red blood slowly

flows into the bag along the hose.

While collecting blood, the dog’s owner,

Demera Hunter, kept petting Silas, and

Robinson continued to compliment him

saying “Good boy” to prevent Silas from

more stressed. In less than 10 minutes,

the bag of 450 millilitres was filled with

red blood.

Robinson pulled the needle out of Silas’s

neck and applied pressure to stop the


Then she fed Silas a treat. Soon after

wrapping some medical tape on his neck

and taking a commemorative photo, Silas

was able to complete blood donation


Donated blood is separated with the red

blood cells and plasma, and sent to the satellite

office of the CABB, where distribute the

products to veterinaries across the nation.

“It makes sure that we have enough

blood products to support the veterinary

community nationally. We currently ship

anywhere from 60 to 80 units of blood

product a week. So that shows how much

what we do need every week,” Robinson


After donating the blood, it takes three

months to return to their original state,

including red blood cells. So a dog can

donate again after three months.

The demand for dog blood continues

to increase, so the CABB needs a lot of

dogs to donate their blood. The organization

continues to promote blood donation

from dogs to their owners.

Ten per cent off:
What you need to know about education cuts

By Andrej Ivanov

A 10 per cent tuition cut means approximately

$300 in savings a year for college

students and about $700 annually for

university students.

However, these cuts come with several

cuts to the Ontario Student Assistance

Program, or OSAP, and some major

changes to ancillary fees.

According to the media release outlining

the tuition cuts, the change in ancillary

fees would allow students to choose

“which student fees they want to pay and

how that money will be allocated. Fees

for essential campus health and safety

initiatives will continue to be mandatory.”

These fees pay for many resources that

the college provides, including clubs and

hosting social events, the campus radio

station, athletics and campus recreation.

Furthermore, ancillary fees fund many

other student services, such as computer

labs or the Shark Tank. This would also

cause some problems in that the amount

allotted to different groups will likely

change from semester to semester. The

funding would be inconsistent and the

various groups at colleges and universities

would have no way of planning projects

and budgets.

The biggest changes, however, will be

coming to OSAP. The change causing

the most heated debate surrounds the

removal of the six-month grace period

to start repaying student loans.

This means that, although students

don’t have to pay back their debt immediately,

the interest rate will start

growing from the moment the student

graduates. Roughly calculated, this

would add, on a debt of around $40,000,

an additional $1,200 to pay back. This

would later accrue and increase with interest


Another change would be to the

grant-to-loan ratio to a “minimum of

50 per cent loan for students in secondentry


This would mean that low-income

students would not be able to receive free

tuition covered by the OSAP program. It

would mean that low-income students

would receive loans that they would have

to repay. However, the Ford government

will “ensure that 82 per cent of grants”

will be allotted to students whose family

income is under $50,000, according to

their press release.

The Ford government also lowered

the threshold for the total amount of income

a family has to make to qualify for

OSAP. With the previous government,

the total income was at $175,000 and

that has now been lowered to $140,000.

This means that students who are not

supported by their families with incomes

above $140,000 may not be able to access


Overall, the program offers a 10 per

cent tuition cut, but it accrues student

debt and makes postsecondary education

harder to access for low-income applicants.

TORONTO, Ont. (19/01/18) Ð Adelaida Ortega stands at the front of a crowd holding a sign which reads “I march for you” during the third annual Women March On opening ceremonies in Toronto. Hundreds gathered in Nathan Phillips Square before marching together to Queens Park. Photo by Sasha Sefter

Women March On

By Natasha MacDonald

From pink pussy hats and colourful signs to

rainbow pride flags, colour filled the grey,

snowy sky at a Women’s March Saturday in

downtown Toronto.

The charged atmosphere came from the

strength in numbers and support for the

cause. Marchers said there was a feeling of

empowerment and community that was

evident during the event, and they said they

believe change was in the air.

Hundreds attended and trekked through

the freezing temperatures and snow for

Saturday’s Women’s March in Toronto at

Nathan Phillips Square. This was the third

year for the Women’s

March, which began in

2017 after the Trump inauguration.

The focus of the protest

is for equal rights,

equal pay, health care,

education, consent, safety

for diversity of race,

class, and sexual orientation,

resisting the new

provincial government’s continuous cuts,

and ending gender-based violence.

Some of the many speaker’s included

Toronto Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam,

Sandy Hudson, a Black Lives Matter activist,

sex-ed activist Rayne Fisher-Quann,

Dawn Maracle, a professional speaker and

organizer in a variety of groups that focus

on the Indigenous community, she is also

from Tyendinaga, as well as equity and

gender-based violence expert Farrah Khan.

The RAW (Raging Asian Women)

drumming group gave a banging performance

in the blistering cold, invoking urgency

for the importance of equal rights,

policy changes and the protesters chanted

back, with a boisterous chant of agreement.

Once it was time for the march, the

drumming and chanting of, ‘Women

united will never be defeated!’ began. With

thousands of all ages flooding the streets,

the marchers followed a route that ended at

Queen’s Park.

“We’ve been feminists all our lives and it’s

important to get out there,” said Paula Bowley,

63. “Things are changing, especially

with the intersectional approach, which is

making a difference.”

“I’m happy to see this kind of activism,”

said Daphne Ballon, 60.

Despite the positives that many saw from

the March in Toronto, there has been some

controversy on what was alleged to be the

original Women’s March leadership’s connection

to anti-semitism. It has been reported

that the co-president of the national

Women’s March, Inc., Tamika Mallory, has

an association with the leader of the Nation

of Islam, Louis Farrakhan.

March on Canada released a statement

to address the concern:

“We, as members of March On Canada,

strongly denounce any individual or

organization who supports the increasingly

hateful rhetoric regarding the Jewish

people. In today’s world, we must celebrate

the diversity of our communities. We must

be firm that our steadfast and unwavering

commitment to inclusion must include our

Jewish sisters, brothers and neighbours.

“It is unacceptable that the leaders of

Women’s March

Incorporated are

normalizing antisemitism


the guise of the

progressive movement.


from fellow activists


Women’s March

Incorporated to

denounce anti-semitism have been met

with silence. In our view, that silence equals


“We feel it’s of the utmost importance to

speak out to show our solidarity with Jewish

communities around the world in their

fight against this discrimination.

“March On Canada will not support

women’s movement that allows anti-semitism

to take place at the leadership level

— or any level whatsoever. We welcome all

those who wish to continue the good work

of grassroots feminist organizing in a space

of inclusion and acceptance.”

Despite the alleged negative affiliation,

groups all over the world formed their own

marches, like the one that took place in Toronto.

After the end of the march, people left

their signs on the Queen’s Park statues and

in the bushes of a nearby subway station,

boldly stating that the march may be over,

but the fight for equality didn’t end then

and that there is power in number and purpose.

The Women’s March in Toronto was just

one of the few marches that occurred all

over Canada and in many other countries

where people walked in solidarity with the

Women’s March on Washington.

For a video look on the march, click on

this link:

TORONTO, Ont. (19/01/18) Ð Sandy Hudson founder of the Black Lives Matter presence in Canada rallies a crowd of hundreds gathered in Nathan Phillips Square for the Women March On event in Toronto. The crowd marched in solidarity to Queens Park to bring awareness to the changes needed to build a safer, more inclusive Toronto. Photo by Sasha Sefter

TORONTO, Ont. (19/01/18) – Sandy Hudson founder of the Black Lives Matter presence in Canada rallies a crowd of hundreds gathered in Nathan Phillips Square for the Women March On event in Toronto. The crowd marched in solidarity to Queens Park to bring awareness to the changes needed to build a safer, more inclusive Toronto. Photo by Sasha Sefter

KITCHENER, Ont. – 19/01/2019 – Dr. Umut Barish came to protest the treatment of women in Turkey during the Women’s March on Waterloo Region in Kitchener, Ont. on Jan. 19, 2019. The rally started at Waterloo Square and ended in Kitchener City Hall. The march started in protest of the Donald Trump’s election in 2016, and is now in its third year. Photo by Andrej Ivanov

TORONTO, Ont. (19/01/18) – Dawn Maracle (left) Kristyn Wong-Tam (right) and event organizers lead the Women March On crowd of hundreds from Nathan Phillips Square in to Queens Park in Toronto. Photo by Sasha Sefter

Mohawk speaker opens march with

Land Acknowledgement ceremony

By Sasha Sefter

Local woman Dawn Maracle, of Tyendinaga

Mohawk Territory gave a Land

Acknowledgement statement before the

third annual Women’s March in Toronto


Maracle is Mohawk from Tyendinaga

Mohawk Territory in southern Ontario.

She has worked with Indigenous and

non-non-Indigenous communities for

over 25 years in Canada and overseas on

issues such as women’s rights, Indigenous

education, activism and health and governance.

She has a masters of education

from the Ontario Institute for Studies in

Education at the University of Toronto, a

bachelor of education from Queen’s University,

and bachelor of arts from Trent


Currently, Maracle works as a communication

co-ordinator for Kairos, a group

of 10 churches and religious organizations

working together for ecological justice

and human rights.

Territorial or land acknowledgement

ceremonies are an act of reconciliation

which involve recognizing the traditional

territory of the Indigenous people who

called the land upon which the ceremony

is taking place home. This is a tradition

which dates back centuries for Indigenous

people, however, for many non-

Indigenous Canadians, it may be a fairly

new concept.

Maracle opened her speech by recognizing

the original peoples of the territory,

the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee,

the Métis, the Wendat, the Chippewa and

the Mississaugas of the Credit.

She then called for a peaceful rally,

stating that residents of Toronto live in

“the dish with one spoon territory.” This

was a treaty signed by the Haudenosaunee

and Anishinaabeg people. The

“dish” represents what is now southern

Ontario, the sentiment of the treaty being

that all people in the territory eat

out of the same “dish” and therefore,

must ensure the health of the land and

the creatures within it, so the “dish” will

never be empty.

Maracle then led the crowd in a thanksgiving

address, which is a tradition of the

Haudenosaunee people in which one sets

the tone of their day, grounding themselves

by giving thanks to the creator and


The crowd was then asked to take a

moment to think on what it is they are

thankful for, before moving on.

Maracle then brought attention to

Canada falling short on its duties to its Indigenous

people. She specifically cited recent

events in British Columbia in which

Unist’ot’en peoples were forcibly removed

from their homes by the government to

ensure the Coastal Gasoline pipeline project.

Maracle stated that these actions are

directly in opposition to The United Nations

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous

Peoples of which Canada has signed

on to, with no caveats. Article 10 of this

declaration states the no Indigeneous person

shall be removed from their lands and

territories for any purposes.

Maracle closed her speech by reminding

the crowd and all Canadians that even

though the government’s report on missing

and murdered Indigenous women

and children comes out this year, it is

not enough. Maracle urged the crowd to

pressure the government to do more and

make Canada a safe and prosperous place

for all people.

Local musicians jam at Night Kitchen Too

BELLEVILLE Ont. (19/01/2019)– Deb Chatreau plays a song at soundcheck before the show “Night Kitchen Too” starts at the Pinnacle Playhouse in Belleville. The show lets seasoned professionals and upcoming artists of all ages showcase their talents in front of a paying audience. Photo by Amy Walton

Photo by Amy Walton

Belleville’s very own Theatre Guild is in its

sixth consecutive year presenting Night

Kitchen Too, an event that showcases local

musicians and poets of all ages in the Quinte

and surrounding area, giving them a chance

to perform and share their talents in front of

an audience of people.

Joe Callahan, along with Gary Magwood,

and Marvin Tucker, produce the show to develop

a community of musicians who may

not have the opportunity to perform as often

as they may hope.

Callahan, Magwood and Tucker are all

musicians themselves and have been performing

in the shows each year. Callahan also

attributes the show’s continuing success to

hosts/performers, Alexandra Bell and Nathan

Mahaffy, who are also associate producers.

Night Kitchen Too was adapted from a

show presented in Wolfville, Nova Scotia by

Andy Flynn and Ariana Nasr who had a collection

of musical friends that they brought

together to create the first ever Night Kitchen

over 12 years ago.

Coincidentally, a couple who performed

together back at the original Night Kitchen in

Nova Scotia, have recently moved to Belleville

and were pleasantly surprised when they saw

a flyer in a grocery store for the Night Kitchen

Too on Jan. 19. David Marine and Amelia Keating

were eager to be a part the oh-so-familiar


“We’ve only been in the area since the summer,

but we’ve seen a real dedication to community

both in Belleville and in PEC, not just

in music and creative arts but in agriculture,

commerce, tourism, the whole shebang. It’s

how a community is supposed to be.

“So, it’s a huge support for local musicians,

to know that your community supports you

and will even brave a bitter winter night to be

there. And let’s be honest, these are not easy

times for musicians to try to make a living. So,

it’s vital for musicians to have a venue so welcoming

and supportive,” said David Morine

while discussing how he felt about Belleville

adapting the same event and continuing the


“I think it’s wonderful to see a second Night

Kitchen starting up. I wish every town in Canada

was fortunate enough to have one!”

On Saturday, 12 performers graced the

stage at the Pinnacle Playhouse, three Centennial

Secondary School students were a part of

that 12, and the youngest was Ridley Pierce,

who was only 10 years old. Night Kitchen Too

has been known to showcase a variety of talented

musicians of all ages and musical styles.

“We’ve now had 60 different feature acts

spanning the six seasons and have never repeated

a feature act ever,” Callahan said. “That

speaks largely to the depth of talent around


Saturday’s feature act was a pair named

David and Taryn, and the way they came to

be the feature also contributes to the notion

that talented artists can be found everywhere.

Originally the feature performers for the night

were Peter Boag and Christine Atrill. but they

had to cancel last minute due to the unfortunately

bad weather.

Callahan had seen David and Taryn preform

recently at Signal, a bar in Belleville.

After their performance at Signal, Callahan

invited them to come watch Night Kitchen

Too, only because they had filled their lineup

of performers already. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Cahallan

called them up to see if they would fill

in as the feature act only seven hours later in

the day and they graciously accepted.

Night Kitchen Too not only gives up-andcoming

artists a chance to showcase their

talent in front of others. The seasoned professionals

who perform offer mentoring and

advice to any performer who may want it.

Like the original, Night Kitchen Too is a

non-for-profit project, where all proceeds

from the concerts’ admissions are distributed

among the performers. Tickets to the show are

sold for $10 each.

The show is in the heart of Downtown Belleville,

at the Pinnacle Playhouse located at 256

Pinnacle St. This sixth season of performances

still has five upcoming shows if you’re interested

in seeing local talent thrive on stage. At the

end of the show you may dance, sing along, or

simply sit back, close your eyes, and connect

with the music.

If you’re interested in performing at an upcoming

show, Joe Callahan is the talent scout

you should contact. He can be reached at joecallahan48@

gmail.com. For more information

on the event, visit the Night Kitchen Too

Facebook page.

To see more about Night Kitchen Too,

click on this link:



Belleville,On (2019/01/19) – The Belleville Curling Club was founded in 1958 and about 300 members are active today. Terry Lynch was the organizer of the recent bonspiel at the club. Photo by Brian Choi

Curling fun for young and old

By Brian Choi

Curling may seem to some people to be

the slowest of all Olympic winter sports.

However, even though it is a game

that seems slow, it is a delicate and

sometimes even tense sport. Curling is

fun for younger and older people, and it

helps everyone to slow down and focus.

Curling originated from a game

played during the Middle Ages on frozen

lakes and rivers in Scotland where

players slid heavy stones onto the ice.

Then, in the 17th and 18th centuries, it

developed into a winter sport centred in

Canada. Since then, it has been selected

as an official event at the 1998 Nagano

Winter Olympics.

There are about 120 curling clubs in

Ontario alone. The season starts around

October and ends in April. A bonspiel

is a tournament or competition between

curling clubs.

Usually, four players in a group throw

two curling rocks each during the

game. The game is played in the form

of a tournament. During the break, they

spray the ice with small drops of water

so it’s ready for the next play.

The Belleville Curling Club was

founded in 1958. There are about 300

members active members and a committee

of 12 members manage the


Bob McPhersonis a curling centre

employee and has been a member of

the committee in the past. McPherson

checks the facilities for defects and repairs

if something goes wrong during

the season.

In fact, the club does much of the

work in the summer off-season, when

they did maintenance such as painting,

installing new floors, and replenishing

new supplies because they ran

out of compressed air. McPherson has

worked at the curling centre for about

20 years.

Membership fees usually depend on

how many games you play, and are usually

between $300 and $500 in total. The

season starts at Thanksgiving or in early

October, and runs until early April.

It usually takes two hours per game,

which means it takes about 15 minutes

per person.

Some bonspiel games are for beginners,

games that take place every Friday

morning, and usually run for one day,

but sometimes for two days. The cost

of entry to the bonspiel game is usually

$25 per member, and the winner of the

game is given a pizza or free meal ticket.

The bonspiel is held in the form of a

tournament,and some of the best winners

have their names inscribed on the

bonspiel trophy.

Terry Lynch was the host of Friday’s

bonspiel game. He works as a volunteer

and said he is very happy to serve

the community. Besides Lynch, seven

to eight people came out to voluntarily

prepare items for the event and serve

food. Lynch has been a member of the

club for about 10 years.

For him, curling is more than just a

sport – it’s a social relationship itself.

He says that through curling, he has

a chance to socialize with neighbours

with the same hobby and to take care

of his health through exercise. Many

companies, organizations, and stores in

Belleville also sponsor the curling club.

Through curling, the club’s members

are creating healthy and social relationships.

Janet Quinn is vice president of the

curling club. She played in Friday’s bonspiel

and attended the event with her

family. She has enjoyed curling for 12


She says the Belleville curling club

brings a sense of community, friendship

and harmony rather than competition.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (19/01/19) — Rickie Smith (left) and Peyton fish at the `Cops and Kids Ice fishing Derby’ last Saturday. It was held near the Herchimer boat launch in Belleville. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

Cops and kids come out for frosty fun

at weekend ice fishing derby in Belleville

By TaeHyeong Kim

The Cops and Kids Ice Fishing Derby

event was held Saturday on the

shores of Lake Ontario on one of

the coldest days so far this year.

The event, now in its third year,

went from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Herchimer

Boat Launch in Belleville.

“We do it because we want a partnership

with kids in the community.

So we do this as a way to make

a friendship through fishing,” said

Const. Patrick Comeau of the Belleville

Police Service.

For this event, members of the

police service provided and prepared

fishing gear and bait and

made holes in the ice for fishing.

On the shores of the lake there was

a tent to get out of the cold. Chili,

donuts, hot chocolate, coffee and

Timbits were also available to help

keep everyone warm. A free toque

was given to the first 100 children

at the ice fishing derby. The ambulance

service also attended in case

of any emergency.

Snow was piled up on the surface

of the Bay of Quinte, which was

frozen near the Herchimer pier.

Some nearby clear ice was over 30

centimetres thick, so there was no

need for any concerns about ice


“The hardest thing for today was

weather and making sure that everyone

was safe,” Comeau said.

In the southern Ontario region,

there were extreme cold warnings.

Even close to noon, the cold still

exceeded minus 18 degrees C. Ice

holes drilled for ice fishing were

frozen over again; the bait was frozen,

and the fishing lines were frozen.

However, the cold was not a big

problem for the children who were

catching fish.

“It’s so cold, but it’s good,”

young participant Avery Kelleher

said, while laughing brightly as he

showed off the fish he caught in the


We had over 130 kids, probably

got 200 people all together,” Comeau


Many participants pledged to attend

next year’s derby already.

Today’s event was short and sweet

and it was very, very cold, but I

continue and do it every year,” said

Gordon Mclean who participated

with his son, Kieren.

Belleville, Ont – 22/01/19 – ephen Zammitti is a Loyalist staff member who is also part of the Magic Wheelchair club. The Magic Wheelchair is a club at loyalist that creates costumes for children in wheelchairs. Photo by Debbie MacNevin

Magic of making costumes

for children in wheelchairs

By Debbie MacNevin

Halloween is one of the biggest nights of

the year for most young children. They

rush home from school full of excitement

and get into their costumes.

Soon they go from a regular kid to whatever

they want to be. That could be anything

from a powerful super-hero to pretty

princess. Companies all over the world are

making it easier and easier for children to

became anything they want when it comes

to costumes. However, for some children,

it isn’t as easy as slipping on a cool costume

to go out. For those children, it takes a

little more effort.

The non-profit organization, Magic

Wheelchair, began in 2015 in Oregon in

the United States. A father whose children

were in wheelchairs talked with one

of his children about what they wanted to

be for Halloween. When one of them, who

is in a wheelchair, said he wanted to be a

pirate, it gave the father the idea to create

a costume. He made a pirate ship for his

child’s costume. That’s how it began. From

that moment on, the organization has gone

nationwide in the United States, creating

everything from Halloween costumes to

comic convention costumes.

Loyalist College is the first college and

the first in Canada to be inspired to create

a club with this project. The Magic Wheelchair

Club here at a Loyalist creates costumes

for local children in wheelchairs using

the skills and knowledge they have here

at the college. Last year the club created a

costume for a boy named Brady Wilson.

Wilson, an 11-year-old boy who is nonverbal

and colour-blind. One colour that

really stands out to Brady is the colour red.

After awhile, his family noticed that one

thing that Brady really seems to enjoy most

was The Wiggles and he loved the big red

car. So, it was the perfect idea his costume.

“When we took Brady out in this, it was awesome

to see the response from people that

didn’t realize that this child was disabled,

let alone in a wheelchair,” said Stephen

Zammitti, who is a Loyalist staff member.

“They just thought it was an awesome costume.

That he’s rolling around in this car.”

The big red car was constructed out of

foam. The outer shell is hard and resembles

much of an actual car. The Loyalist

club is interested in taking this farther than

they have. Instead of simply creating costumes

for children to wear on Halloween,

they want to allow the children to be able

to use their costumes for things such as going

to a comic convention.

The idea to bring this to Loyalist came

from the founder of the club, Cameron

McLean. McLean is a Loyalist alumni.

While reading an article about the original

organization, McLean had the idea to

bring this idea to Loyalist.

McLean, along with Zammitti, thought

that Loyalist could really be the cornerstone

to making this more of a reality. After

the costume was created, Zammitti and

McLean joined Wilson and his family on

Halloween. Both walked with Wilson, side

by side and were dressed as Sharkie and

Lanny, Loyalist’s mascots.

BELLEVILLE, On. (15/01/19) Richard Hughes, President of the Hastings County Historical Society talks at the “History Of Tombstones” event conducted at Maranatha Church, Belleville. Since Hughes’s post in the council, the HCHS has won awards from The Archive Association of Ontario, and installation of historical plaques throughout downtown Belleville. Photo by Matthew Syriac Elias

Fascinating history of tombstones in Belleville

By Matthew Syriac Elias

The dead and buried of Belleville didn’t go

down without stories to tell through their

graveyards and headstones.

The Hastings County Historical

Society, or HCHS, kicked off the new

year with a public presentation called

“The History of Tombstones” on Jan.

15. The event was held at the Maranatha

Christian Reformed Church on

College Street in Belleville.

Richard Hughes, president of the

historical society co-ordinated and

kickstarted the event for the night.

Less than a year ago, the Archives

Association of Ontario awarded the

HCHS for its prominent role in the

creation of new community archives

in Belleville, under the leadership of


Downtown Belleville’s first of four

historical plaques were also unveiled

last year, which were inaugurated by

then Mayor Taso Christopher.

Minus One Hundred, a talk by historical

society board member Trevor

Parsons, gave an insight into what was

going on in the Belleville area exactly

100 years ago. Parsons cited letters,

flyers, and even news headlines from

1919 issues of the Belleville Intelligencer.

They included military recruiting

ads, a letter between a mother

and her son in the military, weekly

shopping deals and upcoming movie


“A speech in Belleville by Robert

Borden, former Prime Minister at the

time, and now the leader of the opposition,

met with a bunch of Liberals

and did something that our prime

ministers tend to do now. He issued a

great apology,” said Parsons, referring

to an article in the Intelligencer.

The main presentation was given

by Gary Foster. Foster is an expert

on cemeteries and is a Belleville resident

well-known for his expertise in

the field, knowledge on the history

of tombstones, and the Belleville area

itself. He frequently conducts presentations

and history classes for the historical

society, and the public.

A graduate of the archaeology program

from Trent University, Foster

worked as an archaeologist in Parks

Canada in Cornwall until 1986, when

he moved to Belleville. He currently

serves as the president of Campbell

Monument, a cemetery headstone and

monument company. Campbell Monument

has a history of over a century,

being locally owned since 1909, and

has been an employee-owned company

since 1984.

Foster’s talk and presentation covered

a wide variety of information

about the history, trends and evolution

of the tomb, and tombstone designs.

He emphasised on how the history

of Ontario, and the 20th century

overall in North America and Europe

inspired the designs and trends of

monument building throughout.

“Factors of this evolution included

economic state, social cultural values,

transportation system and migration

patterns,” said Foster. “The

cemeteries of the past teach us of the

times they were built in, providing

more information than just names

and dates.”

Foster mentioned a few historical

cemetery monuments found in Belleville

too, mentioning lesser known

facts about their design.

Foster also touched on how many

tombstones from the past have humorous

lines engraved on them sometimes.

He mentioned a headstone

from 1900 that he had seen, which


“Here lays Doctor Bill, He took one

of his own pills, He swore it wouldn’t

kill, But he’s lying awful still.”

OTTAWA, Ont. (28/09/18) — A night to remember at the Glue Pot Pub when it’s first drag king, Karter Banger, stepped on stage. It was an evening full of fun from comedy by the host and burlesque by the Capital Tease Burlesque group. Banger, the Ottawa-based drag king, poses after a positively received first appearance at the pub. Photo by Natasha MacDonald

Karter Banger brings it to the main stage

By Natasha MacDonald

Karter Banger has been performing as a

drag king for just shy of a decade. Banger

grew up in the small town of Osgoode,

eventually making it to Ottawa, which is

where it all started.

After making the move, the experiment

with performing and impersonating a

male persona began. There was a comfort

and confidence that grew within all those

years of being a drag king performer.

The world has become familiar with drag

queens, who are mostly (but not limited to)

gay men performing as women. The drag

king scene is less well-known and is women,

trans or non-binary people of various sexual

orientations performing as men.

Banger started off solo and then shortly

after, moved to be a part of Canada’s Capital

Kings Troupe. One of five members, he

was also named Mr. Capital Pride 2016.

Being one of the five kings of Canada’s

Capital King’s troupe, Banger is known for

being that charming “bro” that exudes a

confident character. And that was just the


Karter Banger is the confident, comedic,

curator of character, while Kim Stewart,

the actual person behind the drag king, is

one that is not seen right off the bat. Although

physically embodied in the same

human, this is what drag is about. Drag

does exactly that. It drags out a part of

someone and further acts as an outlet.

Now, specifically with the smaller or

lesser known scene of the Kings, they’re

still a mighty force in the queer community

when it comes to identity. Of course,

gender-bending is not only visible in that

community, but it’s where it often makes

its first appearance.

A drag king is a gender-inclusive performance

take of the male/masculine embodiment.

It means a person who identifies

as female, genderqueer, non-binary,

or trans, outside of drag, and identifies

as male, using he/him pronouns while in

drag, or “in face.” It’s playing off stereotypes

of masculine or male-associated characteristics

to create an enticing, provocative and

entertaining performance.

Most of the drag king scene is centred

on gay or alternative clubs, as entertainment.

Performance is a big part of drag,

where there can be lipsyncing, dancing

and comedic scenarios played out.

The lines between performer Karter

Banger and real-life Kim Stewart slowly

seeped and mended closer together. The

confident and cool, smooth and slick

Banger on stage, made for a massive

change in the everyday life of Kim Stewart.

At the beginning, Banger was introduced

by Stewart and today, you’ll likely be meeting

Karter first, and maybe get a chance to

meet Stewart.

“When I started doing drag, that’s why I

feel like there was such a line at the beginning

because I was actually me. And then

I could be that boy, you know? Whereas

now… I mean, that was almost 10 years ago.

So now, you can call people whatever you

want. You don’t need to be labelled and I feel

like that’s why it meshes so well. There’s no

line anymore. They just overlap each other.

“So, I feel like, since then, I was really

trying to find myself. In my regular life, I

identify as a female, I go by ‘her’ and ‘she’

but I also get that other aspect when I’m in

drag and I’m ‘he’ and I use the male pronouns.

And I’m glad that I have both, you


Keeping it cool and collected, Banger

exudes a compelling, confident persona.

My stage persona is very confident.

Karter is this super confident and charming

is what I say. Where my real-life person

is that I’m not as outgoing, I’m more of a

dork, and if I were to be at a club, I’d be

like ‘Yeah, I’m going to snap my fingers,’

and Karter would definitely never do that.

That’s not cool.”

Having recently married burlesque

dancer, Koston Kreme, the two started

off performing together in shows here

and there, before discovering a liking for

one another. A drag king and a burlesque

dancer. Sounds like there is a new fairytale

for some to look up to growing up.

Burlesque performer Vixen Vega’s most

significant memory of Banger was the

wedding day.

Standing in, watching him marry

the love of his life. That one pretty much

makes up for all greaseball pick-up lines

I’ve had to endure!”

Both being supportive of one another

only adds to the exuding and endearing

persona of the Karter Banger band wagon.

From upbeat dance moves and much

of the boy-band inspired tunes, Banger is

bringing it to the stage with a witty comeback

or a stand-up specialty.

Vega sums up the high-top sneaker

wearing Karter Banger this way:

Karter is the charming bad boy your

mom always warned you about. He has a

way of wrapping his own brand of charisma

around all the dirtiest, greaseball qualities of

a man. It’s like being served Cheez Whiz at

a fancy dinner party, but then offered a vintage

bottle of merlot. It only takes one glass

to overlook the horrid snack.”

It can be far from easy talking in front

of people, but not for Banger. The thrill of

performing on stage is embedded in the

ability to appeal to everyone in the audience.

“Much like the wine, after witnessing

one Karter Banger performance, the audience

is truly captivated,” Vega says. “In the

blink of an eye, you realize this wily dirtbag

has hypnotized you into becoming the

guiltiest of your guilty pleasures and the

Cheez was the perfect appetizer.”

One of Banger’s most memorable moments

performing was during a troupe

show, and the tear away pants the members

of the drag king group were wearing

to perform in.

“The Toronto Burlesque Festival, we got

in…and we were the only drag kings in

that show.

“So, when we were backstage, I told the

guys, ‘So, if your pants start ripping, literally

just rip them off and throw them and

keep going.’

“So, we started doing the dance and David’s

pants start going. So, he takes them,

rips them. We’re still dancing and then

Jack’s pants start ripping, so, he pulls them

off, and then we are doing the chorus and

the second chorus.”

Wait for it…

“And I’m in the front row, right in the

middle, and we’re going and I could feel

my pants start ripping. And right after the

chorus, after we were supposed to just rip

them off the pants, I was like, ‘I just have

to keep going.’ And threw it and was like,

‘Whatever,’ and then when it came to the

point to rip our pants, only three of us had

them. They did it and we did the motion,

and afterwards we were like, ‘Dammit,

these pants.’”

But the audience was far from complaining

and were gushing over it the

whole time.

From growing up in the small farm

town to becoming Mr. Capital Pride,

there’s never a way to know what direction

life can take you. For Karter Banger, the

simmering stud muffin, this was exactly

what happened.

Although drag is a performance, that

doesn’t mean it doesn’t find its way into

everyday life.

Although the song favourite Filthy by

Justin Timberlake may be a fitting flirtation

of his bad behaviour, Banger enjoys a

day off, just like the rest.

“So, a perfect day off would be my mom,

would have my dog, so I wouldn’t have to

wake up early, sleeping in and doing nothing.

Relaxing, watching some mindless

TV, ordering in, have a bag of chips (Plain

Ruffles), sweatpants all day. Regular me.”

Today, the lines have blurred for Karter

Banger and have allowed for the confident,

charming and charismatic undertones to

amalgamate with Kim Stewart.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (18/01/19) – The Doodle Group hosted by Marita Langlois held a monthly event at the Parrot Gallery in the Belleville Public Library Jan. 18. This month, they were working on greeting cards with red hearts that pop up when they open.. Photo by Mari Hiramoto

Doodlers meet up monthly for some fun

By Mari Hiramoto

Doodle Group held a monthly meet

up on Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon

at the Parrott Gallery in the Belleville

Public Library. Diana Bingham demonstrated

how to make a pop-up card

to the other eight members.

“This is a great little addition to

the doodling because we do a lot of

greeting cards,” said Marita Langlois,

the organizer of the Doodle Group.

They usually have eight to 14

people that show up to the meet up.

Bingham and Langlois brought most

of the supplies for the Friday’s session.

Langlois said she has too many

supplies at home so she decided to

share it with the group members.

There is no membership fees, as

the library provides them a room for

free. Most of the members are female

in their 30’s to 60’s.

“Every once in a while we get a

male member that comes in but I

haven’t seen one yet that lasted more

than one session,” Langlois chuckled.

This group was started a few years

ago by Laurie Sinclair and Racheal

Como. They were going to cancel

the group because there was nobody

leading it after both of them had to


Langlois volunteered to become

a new organizer and they have been

trying different types of artwork every


“Usually we are doodling but we’d

like to change it up every once in a

while,” Langlois said.

Last month, they created Christmas

cards with “negative space letters”

where you leave the space for the letters

as blank and doodle all around it.

The greeting cards they were creating

this time have a couple of red hearts

that pop up when it’s opened.

They also have a Facebook group

where members can share their artwork

to each other. Langlois usually

takes pictures at the end of session

posts them to the page. For more information

about the Doodle Group,

visit their Facebook page (www.facebook.


or call Belleville Public Library (613-

968-6731 ext. 2040). Their next meet

up is on Feb. 21 from 10 a.m.

BELLEVILLE, ONT (13/01/19) Two people skate over the frozen Bay of Quinte at Meyers Pier while the sun sets in Belleville, Ont. on Jan. 13, 2019. Photo by Alex Filipe

Belleville,On (2019/01/22) – A car was left in an accident on the side of the road of Moira street in Belleville, Ont. on Jan. 22, 2019. Police said that the car was simply abandoned in the ditch. Photo by Brian Choi

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (23/01/19) – Coordinator of Wellness Programming for Loyalist College Ryan Stoness lounges on a beanbag chair with his team of Wellness Ambassadors in the newly created “Wellness Loft” inside Loyalist College. Photo by Sasha Sefter

College launches Wellness Loft

By Sasha Sefter

Loyalist College has opened a new space

for students and staff to unwind and

destress from the demands of postsecondary


A recent National Health Assessment

completed in 2016 found that 44 per

cent of the 43,780 Canadian students

surveyed felt so depressed over the previous

year that it was difficult to function.

Colleges and universities across the

nation have heard the call to action, with

many creating safe spaces for students to

destress and creating programs designed

to improve the mental health of their


Loyalist is working hard to understand

the needs of its students and staff

with to foster effective mental health services

and provide appropriate wellness

programming. Two years ago, the college

identified the need create programs and

solutions to positively affect waning student

mental health with a focus on longterm

student wellness.

Ryan Stoness was hired as the coordinator

of wellness programming at

Loyalist and is responsible for increasing

a culture of health and wellness at the


“Wellness is for everybody, all of the

time. We want to eliminate as many barriers

as possible and make our programming

accessible, valuable and fun,” said

Stoness of his team’s mission.

Stoness said he feels this is best accomplished

by focusing on two major

areas, developing programs for proactive

wellness and putting an emphasis on student

engagement and leadership. Stoness

is not only involved in creating programs

and positions for students but also developing

policy and strategy that ensure the

college has the wellness of its students in

mind at all times.

Asked who may benefit from the services

offered by the college Stoness siad,

“Everybody needs to work on their

wellness. We can all benefit from getting

a little more exercise, a little more sleep,

a little more time to relax. Those are all

things that benefit us when we’re at our

best or when we’re at our worst.”

On Jan. 23, Loyalist launched its latest

student wellness effort, a barrier-free

safe space called the Wellness Loft. The

concept of the loft is that it will be a student-

led space where the colleges wellness

ambassador leadership team will

design and put into place programming

aimed at improving students’ mental


The loft itself is furnished with comfortable

couches, bean bag chairs, and

yoga mats. It is also stocked with healthy

snacks and tea should a student need

to replenish some energy in-between


The space is open to students weekdays

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will run a variety

of programs including mental health

seminars, relaxation nights, yoga and

guided meditation classes.

Belleville,On (2019/01/22) – Lolly Carr came with her mother, Ellen Carr, to the Knitterati knitting club at the Belleville Public Library. Ellen taught her daughter how to knit when Lolly was
young. A knitting club is held every two weeks on the second floor of the Belleville Library.

Knit One, Purl Two

Photos and Story by Brian Choi

In historic times, before the clothing industry was developed,

winter clothes were mostly made from the hands of mothers.

Times may have changed, but some things, like making

clothes by hand, have still survived.

Knitterati is a small knitting club held at the Belleville public

library. The group meets at 5:30 p.m every second Tuesday

on the second floor of the library. Although there are about

10 members, they usually get about seven to eight members


Annette Buckley is one of the members of Knitterati. She

was an immigrant from England to Canada 40 years ago. She

is 66 years old. When she was young, she learned to knit from

her grandmother and this small knitting helps her keeping

her life well. She believes that knitting helped her raise two

children well. Her husband died at a young age and she has

been with her hard-hearted people.

During the Christmas season, she knits and donates children’s

clothes for those in need. She knits with yarn provided

from Belleville Fire Department and gives it back to fire hall

for them to donate during the holiday season.

A small baby sweater takes Buckley about two days to

make, and a large sweater takes about two weeks to make.

Susan Mcdonald started to knit when she was eight years

old. After more than 50 years of knitting, she has improved

enough to make socks without using a pattern.

The charm of knitting is that it is a peaceful and meditative

pastime. The members of the local knitting club all agreed

that they experienced the peace and relaxation that comes

from knitting.

The members said they each donate products they make

knitting to their own churches, local fire stations, and donations

to their neighbors.

Lolly Carr comes to the knitting group with her mother

Ellen Carr. Lolly Carr has been knitting for 25 years. She still

does knitting for one to two hours every day.

For her, knitting is relaxation itself. She learned from her

mother when she was young, but now she teaches her mother

some knitting techniques. It all comes from continuous practice.

With her long experience knitting, she now has an easy

grasp of difficult patterns. She is donating her knitted products

to the fire department at the end of the year, with Buckley.

This knitting club hasn’t membership fee so if you want to

be together with them, Just bring your own knitting materials

with you.

The group gathers together freely to share information on

knitting and share life stories. The members told that once

someone get involved in this club, it would become more and

more attractive. Laughter and laughter flowed throughout

the knitting circle.

Belleville,On (2019/01/22) – The Knitterati knitting circle gather this week at the Belleville Public Library. The knitting club meets every other week to talk knitting and enjoy each other’s company.

Belleville,On (2019/01/22) – Lolly Carr shows her mother Ellen, how to grip double-pointed knitting needles at the library.

Belleville,On (2019/01/22) – Accuracy is critical in knitting. One participant measures to make sure the size works.


Campus Creativity

Photos and Story by Amy Walton

Everyone has a pasttime, whether it be watching television, reading a book or going for a walk. But you’d be surprised how many people have unique or extensive hobbies right here at Loyalist College residence.

Sonora Plumb

The Acorn Painter

One creative hobby that many have is painting. There are all sorts of types of painting, realistic painting, abstract painting, watercolour, the list goes on.

However, one resident at Loyalist has a unique aspect to her painting. The way she paints is sustainable and eco-friendly.

Sonora Plumb, who is in a manufacturing program at the college, has an interesting passion of painting acorns. She paints tiny, very detailed designs on the inside of the acorn hat. She also paints full acorns and the little nubs that don’t quite grow. She paints tiny eyes on them, making them come to life.

Plumb got inspired to paint acorns after seeing people painting a certain mushroom that grows on trees back when she was living in Moose Factory, Ont. She loved the idea of painting something natural, but she wanted a slightly smaller canvas. She even asked her mom for acorns for Christmas, so her mom collected over a 100 for her to start creating her tiny acorn art.

Back in high school, Plumb would ask the woodshop teachers if she could use the scrap wood to do paintings on too. Anything she can get her hands on that is natural, or otherwise would be thrown out, she will use. She likes to repurpose things and bring them to life with her art.

“I do paint on canvases too, but I don’t like using them and buying them new because I feel conscious about the environmental impact of it. That’s why it’s really comforting to me to be able to get stuff that was going to be thrown out anyways, or natural stuff found in nature,” Plumb says. She is also a part of the Sustainable Loyalist club so she is passionate about the environment.

“I set out an hour or two to paint a couple so I’m not rushed. It’s not like I’m making money off these. it’s more like a calming down or getting in touch with myself sort of thing. It’s like my personal alone time.”

Plumb says her goal is to carve out a specific time each week to something creative.

“I’ve always said to myself that this skill is not important, but it can actually be useful in your life. It’s very calming to just do something that your good at and enjoy.”

Rachel Frederick

The Chef

Most people probably wouldn’t consider cooking to be an outlandish hobby, seeing as we all must do it at some point. It’s quite easy to pop something in the microwave or in the oven, but considerably more difficult to make food by scratch.

Rachel Frederick is a culinary student at Loyalist and lives on the Loyalist residence, where she cooks all homemade food for herself and her roommates. She recently made a spaghetti dinner, completely from scratch.

She has lots of complex gadgets for making her food, one of them being a pasta-rolling machine. Frederick made the dough by scratch, rolled it over and over, stretching it so that she could put it through the machine, making strings of homemade pasta.

Although this method takes much more time than simply cooking already-made pasta, Frederick likes to go the extra mile and prepare all her food herself.

“There is just something about the way I can take a few simple small ingredients and make something that I can be proud of. However, the thing I love most would have to be the smiles on people’s faces when you take the time and effort to make something homemade for them.”

It’s the little things about cooking that bring her great pleasure. We all know home-cooked meals are always the best meals, and her roommates definitely agree.

Seth Lightfoot

The Model Painter

“The skies the limit with this game. Creativity is the main goal,” Seth Lightfoot says while describing his passion towards the board game Warhammer 40,000. Models is what he calls the war men figurines that he hand paints with teeny tiny brushes, giving them immense detail in every crevice. He has a collection hundreds of these models and his collection will only keep growing.

“I really wanted to have an impressive army of something I made myself. When I sit here and look at my models, I get happy because they interest me so much. I really enjoy them.” Warhammer 40,000 is an interactive board game with army men that you must put together and build yourself. They are very small in size and take a speciality paint and brushes to be able to get the fine detail on them.

Lightfoot enjoys zoning into his own little world while painting his models so that he can one day soon play the action game with his friends who are collectors as well. Lightfoot was introduced to the game in high school when he found a book in the library that was all about the game. He has since became very inspired by it, and two years ago he began his collection.

“It can be tedious sometimes, especially when you mess up. But it feels good when you get it done and you look at the final model and think, ‘Wow, I did that. I personally made it look that cool.’ It’s a good feeling.”

Within his hobby, there are many components. There’s the game itself, plus painting the models, plus alternative ways of playing the game, which are taught in a book he owns. It’s been a motivation for Lightfoot since high school to start his journey playing this game, and he was able to earn the money to start collecting.

“It’s an expensive hobby, but to me, it’s very worth it in the end game.”

Rami Masri

The Digital Cartoonist

Rami Masri moved from Lebanon to Canada so that he could take the animation program here at Loyalist College. He always had a passion for drawing and is very well versed in realistic drawings and has a love of cartoons as well.

Masri has recently begun doing virtual drawings on a program called Procreate. He can create a drawing in only an hour, although he likes to take his time, especially when it comes to the fine details and colouring. In his program, he must make a short video using animations for his final project, and Masri’s idea for his video has lots of meaning to him.

He believes that every show, or video of sorts, should have a powerful message to it, and without a message, things can be tedious.

For his final video, he describes a character he has drawn on Procreate named Tim. Tim is being bullied at school, and bad names are flying at him, hitting him until he can’t take it anymore. Right when you think Tim has given up, nice words start flowing at him, and he gets the will to live again.

It’s a very powerful message with an important real-life lesson that words can really affect people and hurt them, but words can also bring people up and make their day. Masri is compiling a collection of cartoons that he’s drawing virtually, so that he may eventually make an art-related Instagram account to showcase his work.

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BELLEVILLE, Ont. (15/01/2019) — End of an era. Loyalist maintenance personnel haul away the last smoking shelter on the Loyalist College campus on Tuesday, Jan 15. Ontario colleges and universities enacted a sweeping ban on all smoking and vaping on Jan 1, 2019. Health Canada claims that each day, 100 Canadians die of a smoking-related illness. Photo by Frank Moses, Loyalist College

Cannabis in the County

By Matthew Botha

The municipality of Prince Edward County is leaning towards opting in to allow a retail cannabis storefront in the community.

A meeting with the committee of the whole of county council was held at the Prince Edward Community Centre on Jan. 9. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the committee’s stance on how they will deal with the upcoming vote on Jan. 22, to decide whether or not they want to opt in to have cannabis stores within their jurisdiction. There were a range of opinions and views expressed about the issue at the meeting.

The stores will be regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario and will have strict guidelines about their proximity to school buildings, times of operation and products sold. Some people say they believe the government is moving too fast and forcing municipalities to make decisions without enough information. With cannabis just recently becoming legalized, there are no examples of successful and safe storefronts for municipalities to look at before making their decision.

“Nobody in Canada has had any experience at all with legal, on-street retail of cannabis,” said Richard Jones, a professional engineer and lawyer, during a presentation to the members of council committee.

“There is some daydream of pools of money that are going to flow. The issue that is before you as a council is whether or not you wish to be a willing host and make that election permanently before Jan. 22, before you have any knowledge of how on-street retailing of cannabis will work in Ontario.”

Jones also pointed out that, in his view, once the decision to opt in is made, the provincial government will take over, leaving the municipality with little say as to how it will be regulated.

For others, the idea of having a storefront so members of the community can safely purchase marijuana without worrying about where it comes from just makes sense.

Harley Branscome, a retired Toronto stock trader, said it’s a way to cut down the black-market trade.

“I’ve been smoking cannabis since I was 16,” said Branscome. “Kids can, and always have been able to purchase cannabis anywhere. I’d rather we have a storefront where we know where it’s coming from. Take the power away from the bad guys.”

Branscome isn’t alone in his stance. According to polls done by the county, 63 per cent of its residents support tightly regulated storefronts.

The Canadian government has also set aside $30 million to assist municipalities with the transition to legal cannabis. Once the decision to opt in is made, the County would receive an initial payment of $34,750, with secondary payments being made of a minimum of $5,000. Some entrepreneurs say this influx of cash is a way the community can capitalize on the legalization, offering new opportunities to bring in people to the county.

“I come from a background in marketing and I think this is an incredible business opportunity,” says Lindsey Cepek, a promoter of Cannabis LP. “I think it’s an awesome chance for the County to get involved in something that is so timely and is going to impact the community regardless.”

With the general decision already having been made to opt in, the vote on Jan. 22 will seal the County’s stance on how they will proceed with this new endeavour.

KINGSTON, Ont. (12/01/19) — Shappire Nightwind stands with demonstrators at the defend Unist’ot’en gathering in Confederation basin in Kingston on Saturday afternoon. The Wet’suwet’en First Nation in B.C. have been blocking their land from the construction of the TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline. Photo by Shelby Lisk.

Kingston rally supports pipeline protest

By Shelby Lisk

Over 100 individuals gathered at the Confederation Basin Marina in Kingston Saturday to show their solidarity with the Unist’ot’en camp and the Wet’suwet’en First Nation in British Columbia.

A remote road in northern B.C. is the site of the Unist’ot’en resistance camp at Talbits Kwah (Gosnell Creek) and Wedzin Kwah (Morice River) to block employees of the Coastal GasLink, a subsidiary of TransCanada Corp., from accessing the worksites to start construction on the TransCanada Coastal GasLink pipeline.

The Wet’suwet’en were given 72 hours to remove physical barriers to allow contractors and employees access. A second blockade, called Gidimt’en access point, was set up further along the road.

Tensions mounted on Jan. 8 when the RCMP entered the Gidimt’en camp and arrested 14 people for allegedly failing to follow the court injunction to remove the blockade.

TransCanada Corp. says it has signed agreements with the elected councils of all 20 First Nations along the pipeline route, however, hereditary chiefs have not given permission for the pipeline construction to begin.

Following the heat of the conflict, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the Assembly of First Nations on Jan. 14 to speak about his commitment to reconciliation in Canada.

“Canada cannot move forward if Indigenous peoples continue to be held back. Together with Indigenous partners, the government of Canada is working hard to move the dial on reconciliation, and today’s meeting with the AFN was an important step. By having open conversations and taking concrete action, we can make real and lasting change for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians,” said Trudeau in a statement.

Protests in solidarity with Unist’ot’en have erupted across the country including two rolling blockades on Ontario’s Hwy. 401 and Hwy. 402 on Friday.

“We have to become and stay strong in support of the front line at Unist’ot’en,” said Robert Lovelace as he opened the demonstration in Kingston. “Unist’ot’en is the front line. Not just of jurisdictional questions, which are really important in terms of justice in this country, but also because Unist’ot’en represents a place where people have come together and said ‘We don’t need another pipeline. We don’t need another pipeline because we already have what we need. In fact, we probably have a lot more than what we need.’ ”

Following his words, the group of supporters marched the streets of downtown Kingston, shutting down intersections to hear from passionate speakers about the situation. Pamphlets were circulated to pedestrians as the organizers stopped to chat and inform people about the conflict in BC.

The pamphlet holds a message from the Unist’ot’en camp: “There can be no question now that this is an issue of Wet’suwet’en rights and title. We have demonstrated that this fight is about more than a pipeline: it is about the right of Indigenous peoples around the world to exercise free, prior and informed consent”.

Krista Flute, one of the organizers, stood in the intersections of Princess and King streets to deliver her message.

“This is about consent. Consent of our nations, people and traditional governments, consent of our land, consent of our bodies. Canada does not have our consent. Legally and morally we must stop Canada. We do not need Canada’s consent to stop and get rid of their invasions,” said Flute as the traffic backed up along the busy road.

The group returned to Confederation Basin to end the demonstration with a travelling song.

Trenton ONT, (01-12-2019) — There will always be the kids who love skating and the ones who don’t. This participant wanted nothing to do with the event. He sat in the middle of the ice and didn’t budge. Photo by Desirée Decoste

Learning to skate at pre-CanSkate

By Desirée Decoste

An influential learn-to-skate program that centres on fun, support and basic skill development was hosted by the Trenton Figure Skating Club last Saturday.

The event, at the Duncan Memorial Community Gardens Arena, was one of the pre-CanSkate that the figure skating club hosts.

Based on Sport Canada’s long-term athlete development principles, CanSkate focuses on physical literacy and the necessary skills needed to take part in any ice sport or to skate as a recreational activity. It is a program that is for beginner skaters from children to adults. There are also options if you wish to just improve your basic skills, whether that be for figure skating, hockey or just skating for fun.

Trenton Figure Skating Club has been around since 1957, 62 years, and has been a member of Skate Canada Eastern Ontario just as long. This is the first year that they have had a synchro team. The Bay of Quinte synchro team hold their practices before the CanSkate event and when they are done practising, some of the members stay and assist with the CanSkate.

There are 90 participants in CanSkate and they have a star program which has 34. It’s run by National Coaching Certification Program, with trained professional coaches and assisted by trained program assistants.

Some of the things you learn in the program are a complete series of balance, control and agility skills taught in six stages of learning that pertain to hockey, ringette, speed skating and figure skating as well as general recreational skating. CanSkate uses nationally-tested and proven curriculum and delivery methods that guarantee skater success in developing stronger basic skills and developing them faster, according to the Trenton Figure Skating Club website.

If you’re interested in joining the program, some of the things you can expect are action, movement and fun. Lessons are given in a group format with a coach-to-student ratio of a maximum 1:10.

Skaters progress at their own rate and coaches make sessions active using teaching aids, upbeat music and a wide variety of activities that create a motivational environment and promote learning. Badges, ribbons and other incentives are used to benchmark skaters’ progress and reward effort and participation, according to the figure skating club’s website.

Participants need to have skates, a CSA approved hockey helmet, warm clothes and be ready to learn and have fun.

Trenton, ONT (01-12-2019) — Juliette Dorland is one of the participants in the pre-CanSkate event. Learning to move while skating is one of many things you learn when you join the pre-CanSkate. Photo by Desirée Decoste

Trenton, ONT (01-12-2019) — Lindsay Newbery is a coach for both the Bay of Quinte Synchro team and the pre-CanSkate and CanSkate events. CanSkate is for anyone and everyone who wants to learn or upgrade their skating.  Photo Desirée Decoste

BELLEVILLE, Ont.(13/11/2018). Hunter Yarrow is the assistant and helper to Rob Kirk, owner of Tyrranosaurus Pets and manager of the Belleville store. Yarrow is a student and works part-time at the store. Here, he fills a female rat’s water bowl. Photo by Matthew Syriac Elias

Pet stores become a family affair

By Matthew Syriac Elias

Tyrannosaurus Pets is a home first, then a pet store.

Rob Kirk owns the Tyrannosaurus Pets name and he runs the Belleville branch of the store on his own. His wife, Crystal Kirk, runs the slightly bigger Trenton store which also offers grooming services. With an ardent passion for animals and properly taking care of them, the Kirks have been running the stores for over two years.

Kirk insists the store is more than an ordinary pet store, and offers exotic pet food, products and various awareness programs. Along with the sales part of the store, he also shows a humane side to his beloved animals. One of those animals is Slimer, a black and white Tegu lizard.

“Slimer was dropped off at the store. He was seriously malnourished; you can see ribs and bones protruding. Nobody wanted to go anywhere near him. “We worked with him for around seven months to get him into a healthy state, and probably three more months to make him friendly. He tried to bite everyone, and escape from every enclosure, all the time,” says Kirk.

Thanks to Kirk’s attention and care, Slimer is now healthy, friendly and has found a home at Tyrannosaurus Pets. Slimer is not for sale and is a special attraction of the “Wild Zoo” party events the Kirks organize for kids, and elderly care homes.

Almost all of the pets in the store are captive bred in Canada, with very few exceptions. Kirk tries to make sure that his exotic pets are non-venomous and could never pose even the smallest of dangers to people. He tries to impart knowledge about animals and proper care of them that he has gained throughout the years, so that people can get better understanding of the creatures, and how to keep them as pets and treat them with respect.

“I source them from a couple of distributors that I have, as well as small breeders that I have made contacts with over the years. As much as I can, they are all captive bred.

“Some animals that we sell here in the country must be captive bred. Turtles, and tortoises are some examples. There is no more legal importation allowed of those animals. All of those turtles and tortoises have to be Canadian bred.”

Kirk employs one assistant, Hunter Yarrow, who is a student who works part time at the store and has the responsibility of feeding most of the pets.

For the Trenton store, Jennifer Neil assists Crystal Kirk with most of the activities in the store. Neil has been an employee for eight months and is a former employee of Petcetera with over 10 years of experience in the trade. Neil says her favourite pet is Harvey, a 10-year-old ferret, making it the oldest animal in the store. Ferrets generally have an average lifespan of just seven years.

We asked about free speech

By Frank Moses

In recent years, protests on Ontario university and college campuses have raised questions on what constitutes free speech and hate speech.

“Colleges and universities should be places where students engage in open and respectful debate.” said Premier Doug Ford on August 30, 2018 before enacting legislation that demanded Ontario colleges and universities adopt free speech policies in 2019 – or face funding cuts.

On January 9, 2019, Loyalist College students and staff were asked one question: “What is the difference between free speech and hate speech?” Their answers were wide-ranging, and proved the question is one that requires deep consideration.

To hear these varied opinions on the topic, go to: https://vimeo.com/loyalistphotoj/freespeech

19 01 12 — Downtown Belleville. Paul Svoboda stands in front of the old Memorial Arena building. The arena has been closed up since 2010 after failures with the ice equipment inside. The city has been criticized for not doing anything with the historic site since it was closed.

Memorial arena in limbo

By Kyle Visser

In downtown Belleville, there sits an old building close to the hearts of many in the community. That building is the Memorial Arena ice hockey rink. Built in 1929, the downtown arena was home to the 1959 World Champions, The Belleville McFarlands.

The Memorial Arena was designated a historical site under the Ontario Heritage Act back in 2003. But after an equipment failure in 2010, the rink shut its old doors for good. Many people around the city have been asking since then “What’s going to happen with it?”

“Till the day it closed, the Memorial had the best ice in town,” said Paul Svoboda, former sports journalist for the Belleville Intelligencer.

Svoboda, like many others in this community, grew up playing on that ice. The Memorial was a heavily utilized spot for junior, minor, senior and church hockey groups throughout its long history.

Many have criticized the city for not doing something with the building as part of the Downtown Revitalization program in the last number of years. The City of Belleville spent around $30 million on the downtown renovations, and some think some of that money should have gone towards the Memorial Arena.

In the spring of 2018, the building was listed with Ekort Realty for $499,900. According to realtor Joe Shunock, there was plenty of interest in the building.

Proposals were made to turn the arena into an outdoor ice rink, a part of the farmers market or an open park area. Shunock warns, however, that despite the price of 500-grand, there may also be high costs in refurbishing the inner workings of the 1920s era building.

The proposals and other offers were being discussed by last year’s city council, but with the timing of the 2018 Belleville municipal election, those discussions had to be suspended.

Now it’s 2019, and a fresh set of councillors and politicians is in power. Officially, the building is off the market, and the new councillors will look at the Memorial Arena, over 10 years after its doors were closed for the last time.

Back in 1920, the city of Belleville purchased the property for the Memorial Arena. Originally, the arena was named the Hume Arena until 1946 where it was renamed in recognition of the local men killed in the First and Second World Wars. The arena seems to have a history of being rejected. According to the Belleville Intelligencer, a 1958 plan of $215,000 to replace the seating, heating system and renovating the entrance was turned down by city council. Years later in 1971, the city also turned down a plan to turn the Memorial Arena into a “community centre” for an estimate $890,000.

The only renovations that took place before the 21st century were in 1977, when a $26,000 renovation was made to ensure safety standards were met, and in 1986, $37,000 was spent on the ice making equipment at the facility.

In 2005, Barry Bryan Associates completed a feasibility study of the arena and suggested it would cost around $5.7 million to renovate the facility and maintain it as an arena.

Five years later in 2010, the arena shut its doors due to equipment failure.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (13/01/19) — A group of friends pass the puck around the ice on Victoria Harbour in Belleville. The cold temperatures have allowed the ice to freeze to safe conditions for skating. City officials say the ice is between 7.5 and 9.5 inches thick and officially took down the warning signs on Friday. The city will continue regular inspections. Photo by Shelby Lisk.

Paul Whiteman loads Christmas trees from the downtown region into his truck to be taken to Sandy Pines Wildlife. Photo by Kyle Visser

Trees part of recycling program

The new year is upon us and the Christmas season is behind us, including the ever-festive trees. Once again this year, after the holidays, Belleville provided a free Christmas tree pickup as part of its recycling program.

According to the City of Belleville website, trees could be picked up on designated date for each street in the city, depending on their geographic area. Starting from Jan. 2, residents east of the Moira River and north of Victoria Avenue had to have their trees placed on the roadside, free of ornaments and tinsel by 8 a.m.

After that, trees were picked up east of the river and south of Victoria Street on Jan. 4, then west of Moira River and then north, then south of the CNR tracks on Jan. 7, then Jan. 9, respectively.

But what happens to the trees after they are picked up?

Taylor Dall, green co-ordinator for City of Belleville, says after the trees are picked up, depending on when and where, the trailer-mounted wood chipper will come by and grind them up into mulch.

Dall says the city has a large pile of mulch that is used for everything from parks to walking trails and flowerbeds to garden fixtures and roadside plant fixtures. This pile is added to with felled trees and shrubbery during other seasons throughout the year.

However, there is another lesser known use for Christmas trees. Retired school teacher Eveline Kerr said that she saw a Facebook post from the Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre asking for Christmas trees for their porcupines. “I was just browsing on Facebook and saw this post about porcupines nesting in Christmas trees and I thought ‘What a great idea!’ I should see if the city will give any trees to the wildlife centre, ’ ” Kerr contacted the city of Belleville and they agreed to donate 50 trees to the wildlife centre.

Last Saturday, Kerr and her assistant Paul Wiseman loaded the trees into a trailer and took them to the wildlife centre for the porcupines.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (16/01/2018) — Belleville police Staff Sergeant Ray Aubertin, flanked by Military Police Sergeant Matthew Tremblay and OPP Constable Derrick Osmond, displays Mr. Moosie. The mascot has journeyed across the United States and Canada from department to department after a Pennsylvania police officer was given the mascot over two years ago by a five-year-old girl, who wanted to help keep police officers safe. Loyalist Police Foundations student were present to hear Mr. Moosie’s story, who visits a week with each department. The Belleville Police Service will hand him off to the OPP after the Cops and Kids Ice Fishing Derby this weekend. Photo by Frank Moses

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (13/01/19) Ð Quinte West Fire Department hosted Cold Water Rescue training on the Bay of Quinte Jan. 13. Photo by Mari Hiramoto

Winter safety on the ice

By Mari Hiramoto

Quinte West Fire Department hosted Ice Water Rescue Training on Jan. 13, starting at 8:45 am. Twelve people participated in the two-hour training session under the direction of two instructors, Perry Holland and Ron Switzer.

At least two people are needed to save a person who fallen into icy water. First, one rescuer throws a life ring to the drowning person in the water and after he catches it, they pull the person up onto the surface. After successfully saving the person from the water, they hop on an inflatable rescue boat which is connected by two ropes to the shore.

“The purpose of the training, as we do every year, is to train in ice water emergencies in the event one does occur.

“We go over different techniques and situations. Everyone at the hall does six hours of training in ice water — two hours in class and four hours on the ice,” said Ryan Genereaux, who has been working as a captain at Station 3 for the fire department for 12 years.

All of the trainees were wearing protective suits to keep their body temperature up. Deidre Brock, one of the students who participated in the training, said they were all sweating in the suits, even after spending two hours in the ice water. In a real situation, a person who needs to be rescued wouldn’t be wearing one of the suits, and might not even be conscious to catch a life ring or to respond to the rescuers. The students were learning different skills through this training to save local people in various emergency situations.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (13/01/19) Ð Josh Sawyer in a fire truck after the training session. Photograph by Mari Hiramoto

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (13/01/2018) — Belleville volunteer firefighters Josh Sawyer (in water) and Ron Switzer assist trainee Diedra Brock in an open water rescue exercise on the Bay of Quinte Sunday morning. Members of the Belleville Fire Department practice a host of such life saving measures as part of their weekly training. Photo by Frank Moses, Loyalist College

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (13/01/19) Ð From left to right, Josh Sawyer, Deidre Brock, and Kyle Lysk, during the training. Photograph by Mari Hiramoto

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (11/01/18) – Loyalist Lancers Josh Roberts blasts a kill shot passed two Durham Lords blockers. The Lancers would go on to win the game in five sets. Photo by Sasha Sefter

Volleyball teams see weekend action

By Matthew Botha

The Loyalist Lancers saw an epic weekend of action as both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams battled it out against the Durham Lords on Friday.

The women’s team started off the night with a tough 3-0 loss to the Lords. Although they didn’t take the win, they dominated their defensive line with a 3.0 block average, causing the Lords to make live changes to their playbook. Fourth-year player Jilian Hoftyzer showed her defensive strength with an impressive seven kills and three blocks.

Raven Maracle also stepped up by racking up 15 points for the Lancers, placing her as the top scoring player for the match. The team has lost several key players since the season started, but they aren’t about to let that stop them.

“Currently, we are in a playoff position, and our goal is to stay there and work our way up in the standings,” says Hoftyzer, a driving force on the team.

“Unfortunately, we’ve ran into some bumps in the road with injuries and had to move people into new positions, but everyone is working really hard to help each other and to better the team.”

The men’s team saw another intense rally winning a five set match over the Lords 15-12. The game was a battle from start to finish, with a score difference of only a couple points throughout each set. The Lancers lost their first set 25-23, but did not let that get them down they came back to dominate, winning both the second and third set.

The Lords, not a team to quit, pushed back and won the fourth set, forcing the Lancers into a fifth round. With Josh Roberts serving, the team was able to secure the victory and take their second win of the year.

Both the men’s and women’s teams will be looking to take home a win next weekend as they travel to Ottawa to take on the Algonquin Thunder, as well as the La Cité Coyotes.

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (12/01/18) – Loyalist Lancers Brittany Mason drives the lane, blowing past Georgian Grizzlies defenders to score two of her game high 22 points. The lancers would go on to win the game 68-47. Photo by Sasha Sefter

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (12/01/18) – Loyalist Lancers Raymond Yeung fights off Georgian Grizzlies defender to score two of his 13 points during the 4th quarter quarter of a game at Loyalist College. The Lancers would go on to win the game 85-64. Photo by Sasha Sefter

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