May 23rd, 2013 | Comments (0)
The ground has officially been broken on the site of the future Clara Hughes Public School in Oshawa. A ceremony yesterday marked the start of construction on the school that 500 students will call home. Superintendant of Oshawa Education with the Durham District School Board Jeannine Joubert says the school is all part of a long-term plan. The school’s future students will spend one more year in the old Donovan Collegiate building before the school opens next September.
May 13th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The Canadian Hearing Society presented Durham College/UOIT with the Canadian Hearing Society Accessibility Award on Monday. The Accessibility Award recognizes individuals, businesses or organizations that have made or are making a significant or ongoing contribution that promotes the well-being and advancement of people who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing. The Canadian Hearing Society has been recognizing individuals, agencies and businesses since 1996. Some efforts made by Durham College/UOIT to promote accessibility, include the needs of deaf, deafened and hard of hearing students while creating “universal design” curriculum, and partnership with CHS to deliver a variety of unique educational and support training for faculty and front line support staff. Some inititives include Deaf culture, working with interpreters, technical communication devices, understanding hearing loss, communication strategies and ensuring an accessible classroom.
May 7th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The Ontario Lung Association and Ophea are joining together on May 7 for World Asthma Day to help ensure that all schools have the resources to help children with asthma. More than 1.8 million people, including one in five children under the age of 15 in Ontario live with asthma, a chronic, inflammatory lung disease. The OLA and Ophea have developed a guide to help teachers and principal recognize and help children with asthma, called “7 Simple Steps to Make Schools Asthma –Friendly”. The guide recommends that all schools should have a process that identifies students with asthma and have easy access to the student’s inhaler. They also recommend that staff know how to recognize and manage asthma attacks and or worsening symptoms.
May 5th, 2013 | Comments (0)
You can make your home safer while doing your spring landscaping. The City of Oshawa is holding a free forum about crime prevention through exterior renovation. Councilor Bob Chapman there are some simple things people tend to overlook, like lighting and shrubbery. The forum is happening Tuesday at 7 p.m.at the Northview Community Centre at 150 Beatrice Street East. Attendees are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for the event. Click here for more details.
May 4th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Staff and students at Durham College were recognized for their efforts in applied research. The college hosted its annual Research Day recently, which shed some light on projects underway on campus. Director of the College’s Office of Research Services and Innovation, Debbie McKee Demczyk, says the work being done is very meaningful for all involved. She says the college is always looking for input from other businesses and hopes the ongoing research encourages more partnerships in the future.
April 26th, 2013 | Comments (0)
A Whitby elementary school yearbook is causing a bit of controversy. The Toronto Star reported that school administrators at Meadowcrest didn’t want to make mention of Kate Middleton’s pregnancy or the Liberal Leadership win of Kathleen Wynne, Canada’s first openly gay premier, among other news events from the past year. Principal Michelle Macdonald says they’re holding a meeting Friday to give students, staff and parents the opportunity voice their opinions on what should be included. Macdonald says no decisions have been made yet on what will or will not be printed in the yearbook.
April 23rd, 2013 | Comments (0)
Ajax is home to the Durham District School Board’s newest public school. An official opening ceremony was held recently at Da Vinci public school on Williamson Drive. Vice-Principal John Mcleod says the school puts a unique emphasis on the use of technology. The 60,000 square foot facility is currently home to 600 students, a number that Mcleod believes will grow considerably as construction wraps-up.
Public high school teachers and support staff vote 84 per cent in favour of new deal with the province
April 19th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Public high school teachers and support staff have overwhelming voted in support with a newly negotiated deal with the provincial government. According to the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, members voted 84 per cent in favour of the agreement which will give teachers improved maternity leave and sick day benefits, as well as fewer unpaid days off. Premier Kathleen Wynne has said no additional money will be spent to improve the contract, but Tory education critic Lisa MacLeod estimates the deal will cost $114 million.
April 19th, 2013 | Comments (0)
UOIT is celebrating its 10th anniversary. To mark the occasion, they introduced a new addition to their north Oshawa campus. President and Vice chancellor Tim McTiernan still remembers the day the university first opened its doors. As a part of the anniversary celebration, “gate to the future,” a new sculpture designed by renowned Quebec artist Andre Fournelle was unveiled. McTiernan says it is symbolic reminder of the university’s achievements and of all the faces that have passed through its hallways. The overjoyed president says the future is a bright one.
April 16th, 2013 | Comments (0)
A 50 year-old male student at the U.O.I.T./Durham College campus in north Oshawa has been arrested after a four week investigation for making death threats to a teacher. Investigators say the man got into a verbal altercation with the educator over his grades and threatened to kill the teacher and the teachers family if he didn’t pass. He is facing four counts of threatening death. His identity is not being disclosed to protect the identity of others involved.
April 14th, 2013 | Comments (0)
The Business Advisory Centre of Durham has begun accepting applications for their Entrepreneurial Summer Program. The eight to 12 week program is open to all Ontario students aged 15-to-29. It provides hands on training, mentoring, and essential skills. Executive Director Teresa Shaver says all types of businesses have come through the program. The application deadline is May 17th. Click here for more information.
April 12th, 2013 | Comments (0)
Students at Durham College are a part of an innovative learning environment, designed to provide training in the greener energy sector. Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli stopped by the college Thursday to meet with students and tour the Renewable Energy Program, which encompasses everything from solar, wind and geothermal technologies. Chiarelli says these programs are generating thousands of jobs. He says the students at Durham College are the next generation of workers, and training Ontarians for the high-skilled jobs in clean energy is an important part of modernizing the province’s energy system.