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Connie Smith named to Order of Ontario
January 29, 2012 – 9:31 am | No Comment
Connie Smith named to Order of Ontario

Mohawk College graduate and teacher Connie Smith was awarded to the Order of Ontario for her achievements in journalism.
“It’s shocking, it’s wonderful, it’s surprising, and it’s an honour that’s very humbling,” she said.
Smith has been a fixture on local television for over thirty years, beginning as CHCH-TV’s first female weather personality following her graduation from Mohawk’s Broadcast Journalism program in 1976 and its first female anchor in 1988. Though she currently hosts a program on CTS-TV, Smith has remained a part of Hamilton’s journalistic establishment, returning to her alma mater to teach in…

Tim Horton’s upgrades it’s cup sizes
January 20, 2012 – 8:35 am | No Comment
Tim Horton’s upgrades it’s cup sizes

One of Canada’s hottest coffee spots will be throwing its customers for a loop. Tim Horton’s will be changing the names of its sizes on Monday to introduce its new extra large, a 24 oz. cup.  The original small will now be Tim Horton’s extra small size, a downsize that all cups will undergo.
“We tested the names of the new hot cup sizes with our guests and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Our guests also told us that they love our small eight-ounce cup, so we will continue to offer that size,” said…

Internet pipes up against PIPA, SOPA
January 18, 2012 – 3:30 pm | No Comment
Internet pipes up against PIPA, SOPA

In an act of defiance, major websites across the Internet have drawn a line in digital dirt to give the world a taste of what it would be like if the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) were passed by congress. Wikipedia, Firefox, WordPress and even Google are among those that have blacked out their websites in protest or have changed their homepage to display their stance on the issue.
Despite all the negative publicity the bills have received since coming into being late last year, not everyone believes the bills…

Has model railroading punched its last ticket?
January 17, 2012 – 8:02 am | No Comment
Has model railroading punched its last ticket?

Out of all the hobbies a kid could have one in particular took the world by steam. Boys, and perhaps a few girls, across America have been fascinated by model trains and their life-sized counterparts for over 90 years. With a new train engine the size of your finger commanding, on average, a $200 price tag, this past time has burned more holes in a hobbyists pocket than coal in a furnace. Unfortunately, as time moves on, so do tastes in entertainment. Video games and the Internet have become major players in competing for a…

Astronomers set their telescopes to the recently discovered Super-Earth
December 12, 2011 – 3:12 pm | No Comment
Astronomers set their telescopes to the recently discovered Super-Earth

If there is life out in our universe, NASA is sure to find it. A recent planet discovery conducted by NASA shows that earth may indeed have a “twin” planet. This planet, or Kepler-22b was found in the centre of the “Goldilocks” zone. Kepbler-22b is a planet that may hold the essentials to life, such as water.
“The answer to whether it would be fit for Earth-type life of any kind would need knowing what its surface composition is,” said Bill Harris, a Physics and Astronomy professor at McMaster University. “We don’t know anything about…

Hamilton youth group has a lot to lose
December 12, 2011 – 8:00 am | No Comment

Club Gain isn’t your typical social group.  Ran out of the Delta United Church in downtown Hamilton, Club Gain is a social group for young adults with disabilities.  The club started eight years ago after founders Shonna Sager and her mother discovered there were no social groups for young people between the ages of 14 and 26.
The club is entirely parent and worker free; volunteers are what keep the club running.  Currently, with only five or six consistent volunteers, Club Gain is running the risk of being shut down.
“We have advertised at colleges,…

‘Occupy’ difficult but important movement
December 9, 2011 – 10:05 am | No Comment
‘Occupy’ difficult but important movement

Every movement has its detractors, and the Occupy movement is no different. It may, in fact, be worse. There’s a tendency among many, from casual observers to the main target of ire (the “1%”), to dismiss the protestors as a group of shiftless hippies; drum circle riff-raff who need to suck it up and get a job.
And if one picks out certain protestors, it’s an easy assumption to back up. Walk up to x number of protestors at any event and you’re bound to find one who can’t verbalize why s/he’s protesting before succinctly…

In memory of Jack
December 6, 2011 – 8:13 am | No Comment
In memory of Jack

On Friday Dec. 2 the public relations program at Mohawk College is putting on a charity entertainment night for The Jack Project. The charity raises mental health awareness for suicide prevention.
“It helps youth who are transitioning from high school to post secondary education,” said Kait Hunt, who is planning the charity night. “They also provide information for parents and teachers. They partnered up with the Kids Help Line.”
Hunt said she heard about the charity from her mother. The planning began with a class project where she was to pick a charity to raise…

Holiday drinking and driving lands you on the naughty list
December 6, 2011 – 8:08 am | No Comment
Holiday drinking and driving lands you on the naughty list

People drinking one too many candy cane martinis this holiday season can get home safely on the cheap.
Operation Red Nose is a volunteer service in Burlington that picks up people and their cars, and drives them home for free in an effort to thwart impaired driving.
2011 marks the third year that Operation Red Nose has been in Burlington. The service started in Quebec in 1984 as a fundraiser for Laval University’s swim team.
Chairman of the Burlington branch, Jim Francis, says it’s about giving people more choices.
“I think people appreciate that we’re…

Occupy McMaster: A different kind of protest
December 6, 2011 – 8:04 am | No Comment
Occupy McMaster: A different kind of protest

Nestled in the corner of the university’s Student Centre, Occupy McMaster is no longer simply another collection of protestors against economic injustice. To the students who make up the protest, their sit-in has taken on a quality different from other occupations.
“It’s a student version of it, so it addresses university issues in particular, but we also address issues on a broader scale,” said one student, who did not want to be named.  “For me personally, so far I see nothing but positive things coming from it. It’s a good place to share art, to…