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This photo is strong in its simplicity and impactful use of available light. The juxtaposition of spearing fish in a river in the middle of an urban area speaks volumes to the status of First Nations people and the erosion of their lands and traditions from native grounds as urban sprawl takes over.

Photo by Raven McCoy

Brendan Maracle of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory wades upstream through the Moira River near downtown Belleville. Maracle is one of the many people who come from reserves around Ontario to the river every spring in the dead of night to spear pickerel. (28/03/16)

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Good framing captured all of the action within the shot. Composition is strong. The shaving and cleaning of the men conveys the message of them getting a fresh start in the camp.

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(Above) Don McCrory, a Belleville resident for 25 years, was on his first ice-fishing outing of the season. After an hour, the only bite he had was from the cold. (31/01/16)


Photo by H.T. Morgan


(Right) Russ Krachun from the Loyalist Fencing Club competes in a sabre bout with a new member at their weekly, Thursday evening event at Sir John A. MacDonald public school. (18/02/16


NIAGARA NEWS Photo by Raven McCoy

As soon as the men are admitted to the camp in Abul, Afghanistan,, they are shaved and cleaned. Most of them had been living under a bridge among garbage and polluted water for weeks or even months. (5/1/16)

JAN. 22, 2016 • VOL. 47 ISSUE 7



Twelve-year-old Khan Mohammed’s father was shot in the head and killed during fighting between Taliban and government forces in Sangin, Helmand Province, in early January 2016. His uncle says he cries at night because he’s afraid the Taliban are coming. He’s shown not long after arriving at an Internally Displaced Persons camp just outside of Kabul. (09/01/16)

Joshua Lasher, a new hunter, practises his bow skills and techniques on a crisp Sunday morning. Lasher says he enjoys using a shotgun but wants to be able to master both techniques. He may be an inexperienced hunter now, but he is gradually bettering his skills with each shot made. (25/10/15)


You can’t help but notice the lack of joy on some of the faces in the audience. This is an impactful photo that clearly portrays the message. Lighting in an arena can be difficult, but here the photo is well balanced.

Photo by Taylor Bertelink

Photos by Zachary Prong

Overjoyed players of Team U.S.A. are shown celebrating their fifth gold medal in nine WW18 events after Natalie Snodgrass backhanded the puck in the net at 1:47 of overtime to beat Canada and win the 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) U18 Women’s World Hockey Championship at the Meridian Centre in St. Catharines on Jan.15. Full coverage, both on-ice and off-ice, from the week-long international event on pages 7-11. PHOTO BY UTSAV GUPTA

Keeping up with winter weather on campus By LAURA BARTON Staff Writer

Winter has finally hit and dumped several loads of snow on the region, but Niagara College campuses are prepared. The college contracts out its winter maintenance jobs to a company called Griffin according to Ralph Scholz, director of Facilities Management Services on campus. “It ensures that our parking lots are clear, the pedestrian sidewalks, pathways, entrances are clear and efforts are made to prevent

slippery conditions,” he explains. One question is how the warmer temperatures in November and December affected the college’s snow removal budget. The answer is it hasn’t. The college is on a three-year contract and a one-year option with Griffin, which, Scholz says, is “effectively a four-year contract” and with that contract comes a fixed price. Roughly $300,000 is spent making sure students are able to park and get to their classes safely. “Unfortunately it is a lot of

money, but to maintain access and to have safe egress in and out of the college, it’s worth it,” he says. The monetary risk doesn’t lie with the college then, according to Scholz, but with the contracted company. He also says the company is accredited in winter maintenance and that it has Smart About Salt certification. According to its website, Smart About Salt is a “not-for-profit organization which offers training to improve winter salting practices on facilities and recognizes industry leaders


through certification.” In an online document, the executive director of the organization, Bob Hodgins, explains salt is used too liberally without consideration of the impact it has on the roadways, infrastructure and environment. “Because salt is so inexpensive, private contractors have no incentive to use the product judiciously,” Hodgins says in the Smart About Salt document. This accreditation and the flexibility of the staff at Griffin is why the college chose to go with it, Scholz says. Continued on page 3


Benchmarket’s collaboration between School of Environmental and Horticultural Studies and the Canadian Food and Wine Institute provides fresh, local produce.

The quality of all entries in the Student Photography category was good, which made it difficult to select among those that weren’t clearly ahead in the judging. Those that were ahead had almost ideal circumstances for lighting, cropping, use of the rule of thirds and clear conveyance of a message. Where a few of the entries lost points was in the cropping. Mostly photos were cropped too tightly and lost some of their overall impact. Editorial treatment for each of the entries was well done. Clearly the strong photographs were easy to recognize and given their just layout space and placement. If there were separate categories within this for feature, news and sports, it would have been much easier. Good work by all entrants. SEE PAGE 16

Fatima, far right, sits with her four young children and her mother-in-law Seddiqa in the living room of their home. Several days earlier, Fatima’s husband, Baseer Ahmad, a security guard, was killed when a Taliban suicide bomber struck a popular French restaurant in Kabul. Baseer was the family’s sole breadwinner. “I hope no mother ever sees this,” said Seddiqa. (09/01/16)

Judge Jennifer Vandermeer

Editor, Ingersoll Times & Norwich Gazette, Woodstock, ON Jennifer is currently the editor of two community weeklies and very involved in the operation of a community daily. She’s been working in editorial for more than 25 years, covering all aspects of her communities from news to sports. Jennifer has always had appreciation for a good, strong photo that is not only pleasing to the eye, but also meets technical requirements. 64 2016 BNC Awards Results

*2016 BNC Awards Results booklet  

Results of the 2016 Better Newspaper Competition for the community newspapers of Ontario.

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