Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

After 26 years in 10 temporary locations, staff and students at the John Di Poce South Georgian Bay Campus are finally settled into their permanent new home. Monday, Oct. 17 marked the official grand opening of the 20,000-square-foot campus located at the corner of Poplar Sideroad and Raglan Street in Collingwood.

The new building will accommodate 250 full-time students and more than 3,000 part-time students annually. It will also expand opportunities for corporate training, skills simulation and small business services.

Program offerings include Pre-Health Sciences, Bookkeeping, Personal Support Worker, Level 1 and Level 2 Early Childhood Education Apprenticeship, Office Administration, Gas Technician and a new Business Fundamentals program, which will start in January 2012. Students have access to a strong Academic Upgrading/College and Career Preparation program.  There is also an e-learning lab where they can work toward a university degree.

“We are thrilled about the opportunities Georgian’s permanent new campus will offer to the future of the South Georgian Bay region and to our students,” said Brian Tamblyn, President and CEO of Georgian College. “We’re perfectly positioned to contribute significantly to economic growth in the area – offering programs that address labour market gaps, developing and strengthening key business partnerships and equipping students with marketable skills that will enable them to pursue their career goals and dreams.”

For those looking to upgrade their skills or study simply for the love of learning, there are Continuing Education courses to match every interest and taste. Budding entrepreneurs can learn how to start up a small business, professionals in the field of health and wellness can pursue specialty courses on topics such as diabetes management, travel enthusiasts can learn a new language, and for the creative types there are courses covering everything from decorating to photography.

Lynn Hynd, Campus Services and Community Relations Manager, says students are excited about the new space and what it means for both them and the community. “Without a local campus, many students would not be able to pursue post-secondary studies,” she said. “Georgian’s newest campus will allow them to live and study close to home.”

It was the convenience and flexibility of being able to pursue his goal of becoming a practical nurse without leaving his community that attracted Blair Fleming, a husband and father of two, to the new campus.

Blair, the first in his family to pursue post-secondary studies, is currently enjoying his first semester in the Pre-Health Sciences program.

“Georgian has succeeded in bringing this post-secondary experience right to my doorstep and to the doorsteps of many other students from the region,” he noted. “The faculty members here are like no other, the new campus has something for everyone, and the South Georgian Bay region and what it has to offer is amazing. My decision to attend school here was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”

It has been clear for many years that Georgian needed a permanent home for a campus serving the South Georgian Bay region. The catalyst for the creation of the Poplar Road campus was the donation of 10 acres of land by developer John Di Poce, through Di Poce Management Limited. The generosity of his donation is recognized in the campus name.

The project was also made possible thanks to a $4-million contribution from the Community Adjustment Fund of the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario.

A total of $450,000 for the campus has been raised by Georgian’s Power of Education campaign. This includes donations from businesses and individuals in the region, along with a gift of $106,750 from the Students’ Administrative Council. The college has set a $750,000 community fundraising goal.

Courtesy Georgian College

The scores of people descending each day on Georgian’s Barrie Campus will be constantly reminded of the work and sacrifices of Canada’s armed forces, thanks to the dedication of a new $235,000 cenotaph.

Soldiers and officers from CFB Borden, along with dignitaries from the college and community, joined a strong contingent of veterans, staff, students and guests on Oct. 6, 2011, for the official commemoration.  The centrepiece of the cenotaph is a stone first donated by college staff and students in the 1990s.  The expanded memorial takes the form of a sweeping concrete wall sheltering four black markers. They are graced with 44 individual maple leaves cast in bronze, representing fallen soldiers.

“Today, Georgian commemorates the heroism, dedication and sacrifices of those who served in the Canadian military and merchant marine,” said Brian Tamblyn, Georgian President and CEO.

“This is our way of ensuring that Canada’s new generation remembers.  The cenotaph would not have been possible without the generosity of all those who donated money, materials, labour or time.”

“We are very proud to support the new cenotaph at Georgian College,” said Jim Strang, President, Royal Canadian Legion, Barrie Branch 147. “Georgian is to be commended for establishing such a fine tribute to our veterans, and I am particularly delighted that this memorial will stand as a constant reminder of their service and sacrifice for our country that will be seen by young and old alike.”

The project received $25,000 in funding from Veterans Affairs Canada through its Cenotaph/Monument Restoration Program, the maximum grant allowed. Additionally, Georgian staff members have donated $21,920 to date, Georgian alumni members have given $10,000 and the Barrie Students’ Administrative Council has contributed $15,000. Many other community partners, including the Royal Canadian Legion, businesses and members of the public, have stepped up to provide funding and materials. The cenotaph will be inaugurated at this year’s Remembrance Day service on a very symbolical date — 11/11/11.

The cenotaph was designed by John D. Bell and Associates and was built by Outdoor Living Landscapes, a division of Gregor Homes.

Wolf Steel Ltd. is expanding its Barrie production facility — the manufacturing home of the complete range of Napoleon products — to accommodate growth and demand in home heating and cooling and backyard grilling.

The facility, located on Napoleon Road, will grow by 300,000 square feet and is projected to create 200 direct and indirect new jobs over the next five years.

The announcement of the expansion coincides with the launch of Napoleon’s new Heating & Cooling Division and their ultra high efficient furnace line-up — the only gas furnaces designed and manufactured in Canada — and the donation of $100,000 worth of furnace products to Habitat for Humanity.

“Napoleon truly is a Canadian success story,” says Dave Coulson, marketing manager. “With this expansion, we are not only expanding our Canadian presence, but we are also firmly establishing our brand as a strong corporate community partner and economic engine.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 11, there will be an official ribbon-cutting ceremony and announcement of the expansion. In addition, the new 9600 Series furnace.

On Sunday October 16, 2011, Team Ontario Nature will be taking part in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

The team is training hard and will be representing everyone who loves nature in Ontario by running and walking in one of Toronto’s largest charity marathons.

Team Ontario Nature says: "Together, we will raise awareness and money to protect Ontario’s wild species and wild spaces.

To support Team Ontario Nature, please go to their sponsorship page by clicking on this link.

Eighty of Canada's best chefs are planning to cook up a storm to help Stop The Mega Quarry.

On Sunday, Oct. 16, 80 chefs from Nunavut to Saskatchewan to Nova Scotia will descend on a small Ontario farming community south of Collingwood to help put a stop to a proposed mega quarry project that would obliterate thousands of acres of high yield, Class 1 farmland.

The prospect of turning so much prime cropland close to the GTA into stone has got food safety, sustainability and sovereignty advocates on the rocks.

The event, known as FOODSTOCK, promises to live up to its '60s era

inspiration, with an anticipated crowd of 20,000 people in attendance.

Celebrated chef Michael Stadtländer — whose nearby Eigensinn Farm and

Haisai Restaurant have become internationally celebrated gourmet

destinations — is heading up the event together with the Canadian Chef's


FOODSTOCK is a pay-what-you-can event featuring gourmet dished

prepared by 80 of Canada's top chefs, including Jamie Kennedy and

Canoe Restaurant's Andrew Walsh. There will also be music by the likes of

Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy, Sarah Harmer and a host of others, as well as

scientist headliners speaking in opposition to the proposed mega quarry.

The mega quarry proposal in question was put forward this spring by the

Highland Companies, a Canadian corporation created by Boston-based

hedge fund the Baupost Group. The proposed quarry would:

• be Canada's largest open pit quarry at 2,316 acres

• require extraction of 600 million litres of water per day,

affecting the watersheds of southern Ontario rivers

• obliterate thousands of acres of high yield, Class 1 farmland made

up of Honeywood Silt Loam, a specialty soil now producing many kinds of

vegetables in addition to approximately 50% of the GTA market for


FOODSTOCK will take place on on Sunday, Oct. 16, from 11:00 to

5:00 at the Frenchs' farm just west of Highway 124 at Conover, Ontario,

north of the 20th Sideroad.

For complete details, visit

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