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Sports have gone to the dogs their pets

compete

Spice up your life The Spice Girls are back on

for international

awards.

Monday, February

11,

tasty Valentine’s treat

also has health benefits.

Trainers

and

more chocolate

Eat

A

A

learning

newsroom

for

journalism students

tour

fans.

— No. 6

40th Year

www.conestogac.on.ca/spoke

Conestoga College, Kitchener, Ont.

2008

and delighting

Student heads to Brazil By LEANNE

MOUNTFORD

While

the

Brazil,

in

Cinthya Ayala

who

son

lenge that

A

indigenous

the kind of per-

is

comes her way. foundations

police

full-time

(Photo by Jennifer Marko) living in

residence, swipes her card to get into a hallway.

she always

is,

others

Ayala will graduate from the foundations program in April, but unfortunately she cannot

police

the

start

Conestoga’s residence

process

application

for

MARKO

By JENNIFER

through

They have now installed a cardswipe reader for that elevator so guests can't sneak in. Guests will need the resident they’re visiting to swipe their card in order to gain

There’s lots of things that parents worry about when they send their child off to college, but one thing

them more than any-

scares

that

thing else

possibility

the

is

tect

ty students to volunteer

However, guests should

themselves.

not be

“There is a sign-in procedure where students have to sign in their guests and we require a piece of says identification," photo Kobylnik. "We also have staff

“We have 24-hour service at the front desk and cameras in the building," she says. "There’s never care of.”

figured

building

She says she thinks residence is doing a good job with security. “There is swipe admission into the hallways and elevators and no

Mexico have too many

He

said residence staff

Kobylnik says one big issue is residents are propping their

role

that

ty

doors open.

by being mindful of the securiof themselves and other resi-

nizes

dents.

students

says

who

He

that

compromises

essentially

in the

year,

better

we

know

and

issue." he

this

the

less

"But

is

says.

challenge that

we

it

of an still

a

face.

Kobylnik says there were some concerns addressed earlier in the year that one of the elevators was accessible without having to swipe to get into

the

in

as

it

building to

evening,

in

it.

"While the elevator is normally always monitored by front desk staff, we recognized a potential problem that could happen when a staff member has to momentarily

addition to rounds

other residence

a

"It's

are living in

says.

"They're

is

provided to students

in

regards to rules, safety and security

and information on the staff and what they provide to them.

"Our resident advisers also receive training on what constitutes sexual assault and what they can do to help a student

it

this situation

was

to occur,"

to

Guatemala and Salvador and

in

El

since

similarities,

they wouldn't be very challenging.

Ayala had her heart set on Morocco. Unfortunately, she was told group

dynamics would clash so she wasn t able to go. Ayala has strong leaderskills and the leaders were younger than her so the organizers thought this w'ould pose a problem.

ship

.

here, but

friendly.

They

it's

who

also the others

the building," she all

awesome and

create

a

super

atmosphere that you can definitely get comfortable in." Kobylnik says it an assault occurs, the. resident is to immediately notify a staff member. There 24 is someone at the front desk hours a day.

have any questions or concerns about this or any other issue, please come to the front desk "If residents

and speak to a staff member." says Kobylnik. "Residence is continuously working in partnership with

Conestoga College’s security services to revise and edit our procedures for sexual assault so that we are doing everything in our power to protect

our students."

help her as a police officer. "I

believe

life is

a continuous cycle little

life is vital.”

thing you

she said.

Ayala thinks this will be a good experience for her two children as well. She wants them to understand that it's part of life to learning

contribute to society.

"Sometimes people take things for granted. Whatever 1 learn. I can transfer to different things in life. she said.

Each team member going needs

to Brazil

to raise

However. Ayala

ways

is

to raise

working hard

to

money through

She has sent out letters and teachers so far hoping to set up a table in the

the college.

to family, friends

Laurier forwarded her application to the University of Waterloo where they were planning a trip through the

not just the great people

who

Kobylnik. "During this time, guest could get into the building

desk unattended

says she doesn't have to worry about her safety in residence and it has never been an issue for Paris

room, there is a $2 charge to get back in. Also, if a card is lost there is a $20 charge for a new' one. Kobylnik says there is a mandatory building-wide meeting at the beginning of the year where information

I’m taken

get to the doors

to

work

and alcohol awareness, how combat homesickness, etc.

front

way

that

to

university

one to India. Ayala was born

without going past the front desk, says Paris. "It’s very reassuring and

put in place is the lock-out charge. If students lock themselves out of

while attending to a situation elsewhere in the building," says

the

my mind

her.

staff.

he says. “As well, the residence provides ongoing programming that deals with this subject as well as things like drug

leave

possible

The

a great place to live."

their

the students

becomes

risk

safety

Another procedure residence has

gel later into the school

get to

says staff recog-

says that resident advisers are

made by

building's security.

"As we

a

required to do two rounds every hour

encour-

have been age residents to not sneak their guests into the building because

battles

He

as

access their suite.

in

trying to

this

allots others

residence shouldn’t be able to gain access to the building, but having said that, their hardest

don't live

the

throughout the evening."

card access system." he says. Residents must also play a strong

Kobylnik

of

rounds

doing

a doubt in

communities and make

her see things differently, which will

find

safe there.

does their best to maintain the safety and security of the building. •’All of the access points from the lobby into the various hallways and elevators are controlled by a swipe

cultures and

the university.

dent, anyway.

residence.

experience will

was planning four different trips, one to Morocco, one to El Salvador, one to Mexico and

manager of Conestoga College’s

feels

this

an information session.

trying to get in without the resi-

and says she

Ayala believes

Wilfrid Laurier University to attend

son or daughter could be assaulted. John Kobylnik is the general

lives in residence

ing in the

$3,500 for the trip. The rest of the team members are University of Waterloo students who will be doing fundraising through

away from home, Ayala went

First-year health office administration student Stephanie Paris

access.

their

ix

Anaconda, making her nervous

take from

through the Global Youth Network. After reading the flyer a few times and getting chided by a friend that she wouldn't be able to survive in another country, eating different foods and being

says the Kitchener- Waterloo Sexual Assault Support Centre was invited into residence in September to host a booth to advocate safe approaches for all students to pro-

He

this elevator."

1

her of the movie

gery to correct her vision.

meantime, Ayala is headdo some humanitarian work. Ayala found a flyer posted on the wall of Conestoga's Doon campus. It was an advertisement for universi-

students

Amazon reminds

of learning and every

In the

its

Ayala thinks about going

policing until she has laser eye sur-

ing to Brazil to

protects

Sao Gabriel da Cachoeria.

give her a better outlook of different

need.

in

a in

about big snakes and piranhas.

roles that keep Ayala busy.

As busy as she makes time to help Stephanie Paris, a first-year student

a

mother of two children are

single all

community and

Rio

Christian educational institution

to Brazil, she said that

port worker, a volunteer at the col-

will

in

When

student, a part-time personal sup-

lege and in the

along the

tribes

Negro and teaching English

on any chal-

likes to take

team

learning from

also be living and

same organization

to Brazil.

Although Ayala was disappointed about not being able to go to Morocco, she was very excited when the opportunity to go to

came up. The team, consisting

and is hallway and sell something, possible 1 candy grams for Valentine s Day. in

an attempt to raise the funds. If you would like to support

Ayala on her

trip,

you can donate

by visiting www.canadahelps.org/DonationDetails.aspx. type in her name. Cinthya Ayala, and the destination which is.

online

Brazil.

Amazon

University

ot

message box. If you would like more information visit program. the about or www.globalyouthnetwork.ca

Waterloo team

call 5

in the

19-742-9383.

Brazil

ers

who have been

of

in the

two leadprogram

before and eight participants, will leave

for

on

Brazil

May

and

2

return June 3.

Once

they arrive, they "ill get

three or four days of training.

They

be staying in schools and churches and sleeping on hammocks. The team "ill work in an orphanage and with street kid'' in a will

Ullage named Manaus. Ayala doesn't know what

from the

trip

believes they

" ill

at

this

time,

but

be teaching school

subjects to the children along

summer camp-type

(Photo by Leanne Mountford)

to expect

activities.

w

ith

Cinthya Ayala, a second-year police foundations student, is

heading itarian

to Brazil to

work.

do human-


Page 2

— SPOKE, February

Now ...with Random

1 1

,

News

2008

Kick

deep thoughts

Conestoga College

questions answered by

random

students

By MARCIA LOVE You may your shoe

Valentine

,

and why?

know

not

it,

ladies, but

satin

fetish for stylish

pumps may

Who is your dream

those heels

off

more than

hurt

just

your wallet. There are the obvious problems women can encounter while wearing high heels, such as poor stability and the risk of stumbling or tripping.

However, those favourite shoes also strain lower leg muscles, cause curved toes and bunions and

may

“Eminem, because he melts in

my

in

my

mouth, not

cause damage

to the back, legs, feet

and spine.

hands.”

Dr.

Katie Chalmers,

second-year early childhood education

of

Winchester,

Jeff

Bridgeport Family Chiropractic, said high heels put too much weight on one spot on the foot and stress the spine.

He

many women may

said

not

even realize their shoes have so much to do with back pain. "(Women) might continue to

“Meg Griffin, ’cause no one else likes her.”

wear high heels

for five to 10 years

before they realize what

is

causing

back pain." Brooke Bilitz, a third-year financial planning student, said she only wears high heels because she finds them comfortable and attractheir

Will

Pham,

second-year

management studies

tive.

won't even wear

"I

ning shoes at ing

out,'’

arch on

all

flats

or run-

unless I’m

work-

she said. “I have a high

my feet,

so

I

find high heels

“Dustin Thalheimer.

work

The answer

Bilitz said her high heels don't bother her feet at all, and she even wears seven-inch stilettos. However, she said she has had some mishaps while wearing high

pretty

is

obvious.” Tina Matejin, third-year

management studies

better for me."

heels.

"A few weeks ago I was standing on my porch and I jumped off to go and talk to my neighbour," Bilitz said. “I didn’t realize the' grass

wet, and

I

was

slipped and snapped the

(Photo by Marcia Love)

Could your high heeled shoes be the reason Third-year financial planning student Brooke

heels right off."

day could be in charge of Badder Bus

women not wear high heels at all. “How much poison is too much?”

feet all day.

he said. “Poison is poison. There is no acceptable amount." Beth Awrey, a first-year accounting student, said she only wears

hurt

make her

feet sore if she

on her

is

I

Lines.”

Dan

Gazctrek,

second-year broadcast-tele vision

your back pain?

Bilitz

said she wears

high heels every day.

“Kathy Badder, so one

Winchester said he recommends

for

On one

occasion,

ankle

her

Awrey

dancing

said she in

high

heels. “It

was

twisted

at a

it,"

wedding and

I

kind of

she said. “I had to

sit

for

is worse. Continual wearing of high heels

on a daily basis increases the risk arthritis of the knee and may cause nerve damage to the feet. “By the time I see patients experiencing pain, there may be many of

in a puzzle of pain," Winchester said. "It becomes difficult to completely undo the damage.”

factors

high heels on special occasions, such as birthday parties, dances

the rest of the time."

and class presentation days. She said the shoes sometimes

no acceptable length of time to wear high heels, a longer period of

Winchester said although there

time

is

“Wilma Flintstone, because she was if

real

...”

Chad Leitch. second-year broadcast-television

“50 Cent, because

I

can't afford a dollar.”

Michelle Haack, first-year

marketing (Photo by Hotty Featherstone)

Winterfest Alumni family and friends enjoyed a free public skate and games held by the Alumni Association at 3. President Susan Milton said she was pleased with the 50-person turnout as

the rec centre Feb.

Smile Conestoga, you could be our next respondent!

well

as CSI’s involvement.


News

five

or six times

in

the past

20

years.

1 1

,

2008

— Page 3

Hands-on healing

Conestoga enjoys two snow days Conestoga College shut its doors on Feb. 1 and 6 due to the weather. Barry Milner, from physical resources, said the school has only been closed

SPOKE, February

By VANESSA BUTLER you are looking for something if you believe thoughts and touch can positively impact the lives of others, if you are ready to explore your beliefs about health and healing, if you are open to the idea we exist beyond the borders of our skin and if you are interested in If

different,

learning how to practise sense perception with energetic touch, then

you

will

love

healing

the

touch

program. Healing touch is a complementary energy therapy that can be used with traditional in conjunction therapies or as a stand-alone treat-

Healing

ment.

include pain

touch

benefits

(Photo by Vanessa Butter)

acceleration of

relief,

Students in the healing touch program refer to the items pictured above as a focal point. The students try to focus all their energy toward the centre of the room.

symptom

post-operative recovery,

development or deepening

relief,

of spiritual connection, decreased

decreased

depression,

improved quality of

and practice sessions. There

anxiety,

improved

life,

mood, immune system strengthening and support and improved

Andrew Shishkov, a first-year woodworking technician student, showed up in time for class on Feb. 1, only to find out classes had been cancelled.

“I

feel

O'Brien,

said

fantastic,”

who

graduated

Cathy

last

year

has the

treatment

even speak. “I am am still aware of everything that’s going on around me." Healing touch practitioners use their hands with light or near-body touch to help clear, balance and the human energy system, thus promoting healing tor the mind, body and/or spirit. The healing touch program is a nursing continuing education multi-level program in energy-based therapy that moves from beginning to advanced so relaxed, but

practitioner and

I

spiritual well-being.

“When

I

am

treating

someone,

I

focus on something peaceful, like nature or the beach,” said part-time a Leovina Canete, teacher at the Waterloo campus. Healing touch skills are becomin validated increasingly ing health-care systems around the country!

Hospitals that support the pracof healing touch as part of their

tice

integrative health-care system have found that it facilitates the return of

the

forefront

of

Level six addition

is

the instructor level. In

practitioner

developing

the

skills

and

to

throughout the world, are

sions

program encourages

the

increasingly embracing

to

medicine

knowledge

as

integrative

consumer demand

increases and as research supports

recommended readings

sign

will

cepts.

Healing touch has had an active research program for over

0 years and more than 50 healing touch studies have been completed at universities, medical centres and in 1

other settings.

The program has been taught since 1989 to more than 86,000 participants worldwide. Over the last 17 years healing touch has

been effective in demonstrating a positive impact in the health-care community. “It is definitely something that all skeptics should experience at least

once,” said O'Brien. "People need to experience how at peace healing

ALLWOOD

sign

at the top of everyat the

college coun-

meeting on Feb. 4. Topics covered included program expansion and the recent $2. 27-million funding from the government, but it was another

most attention. Tibbits John President announced a new sign at the Doon campus will soon be installed that will be visible from the 401. Tibbits said roughly two years ago there was a sign on the side of

topic that got the

important to the college. feel like we are losing

is

something by not having a

sign.

Installation of the base is curunderway outside the rently

woodworking building. The installation was expected

to

be started sooner, but frost as well as the construction of the pedestrian bridge delayed it.

losing

feel like

we

are

something by not John

Tibbits.

president

thinking about removing the old

was but there was a huge windstorm about a day or two after we developed the new logo and the (old) sign blew off, said Tibbits. Thoughts of replacing the sign have been on their minds ever since but the college wanted to "I

don't

know

if

it

fortune,

wait until they had the funds to net a good one. Tibbits said the

research,

www.heal-

research studies

at

or

see

www.healing-

touchintemational.com.

visibility

-j f im " the other side of the 401 the developbusiness, In other ment of the Respect campaign b\

and

Students Inc. Student Life was discussed.

Conestoga

CS1 and college staff hope the campaign w ill become a big part of students' everyday lives

at the

college and in the community. Another item covered was donation being made b\

a

BLM

Group.

Kitchener trucking company, to

and coach program at Guelph campus that w ill take place on Feb. 13. Tibbits hopes the Guelph cam-

the truck the

having a sign.”

was redesigned so they were

feel.

ingtouchintemational.org.

Transportation

“We

the building but the college crest

sign.

make them

international

increase ..

cil

activity

work using energy-based con-

For more information on healing touch research go to healing touch

one's agenda

popular

under-

in-depth

standing and practice of healing

touch will

Growth was

snowmen was a

an

als

which students use a variety of hands-on techniques that facilitate energy balance for wholein

"We

Building

desiring

a series of energy-based therapy

Hospitals, nursing and medical schools, and allied health profes-

By JACKIE

off.

other

patient care.

New

on the days

psychotherapists,

health professionals and individu-

compassion

through

(Photo by Charlotte Prong Parkh

registered nurses,

a vari-

enhance

smattering of ice pellets.

all

ety of energy-based modalities that are sequenced in levels one to five.

The program incorporates

closed on Tim Hortons, located at the Doon campus, was across southswept Feb. 1 because of the winter storm which and a snow of centimetres ern Ontario dumping 15 to 25

offers

try to

to health care.

(Photo by Wei-Lon Lee)

sellors,

and

complementary

is

The healing touch courses

physicians, body therapists, coun-

ness within the individual, supporting physical, emotional, mental

she can't

use.

its

health principles.

classes

from Conestoga and is now working as a nurse. O'Brien said when she

also

are open to

The healing touch program

mobility after surgery. (Photo by Wei-Lon Lee)

is

commitment to personal growth and knowledge of holistic a strong

pus will be the centre for transportation trades in the province in the near future.

expected the sign will be up and running in roughly three weeks. It

is

Tibbits said it will display the time, temperature and the college logo.

“That will become a landmark, the Schneider's sign." said Tibbits. adding. “Hopefully in the near future we will have one on like

Also discussed was Stratford General Hospital's construction on the emergency w ard and how it may impact the Stratford campus. Council members were told trailers from the construction teams around the campus may block some of the doors. The next council meeting wall be held on Monday, April 7


Page 4

— SPOKE, February

1 1

,

Commentary

2008

Ontario strikes out

again for students One of It

is working to deadline. work underpressure and how organBut guess what? The Ontario government is doing

the oldest practices in life

tests people's ability to

ized they are.

away with

it.

1999. the Ministry of Education decided to overhaul the curriculum. One of the new policies was to eliminate deductions In

for late assignments. that the policy

This policy

However,

wasn't

it

until

September 2007

became mandatory. going

is

to potentially

ation of students. Being tardy

is

undermine an

entire gener-

unacceptable, and this action

only puts a smokescreen up for misguided students. Sabrina Shaheen, a senior at Nelson High School in Halton, a recent student is

column

unfair to conscientious students like her

lines assigned

in

for the Burlington Post, says the policy

who meet

the dead-

by teachers.

"Students will suffer when they graduate." she said of those not meet deadlines established by teachers. "... Education is essential in our competitive society. An education

who do

.^Wk(C/p~f

system should teach teenagers how to live in the real world. Instead of being aware, students in the Halton District School Board are living in a bubble and are becoming unaccountable to the subjects

"Who

and

Canada

is

50 years

Whether it is teachers, parents or society, it will be everybody's problem once these students graduate." added Shaheen. Besides the obvious problem of creating a bubble for students, this also puts undue stress on teachers, who may get students handing in numerous assignments and projects months after the original due date.

and the culture of other races.

Casey Kalvaitis. president of the Halton chapter of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, said in a Jan. 25 article for the Milton Canadian Champion, he recently received a copy of a memorandum from the Ontario Ministry of Education, under the title Growing Success, which directly addresses the issue of marking late and missed assignments. "Teachers must use assessment and evaluation strategies that are fair to all students,” states part of the ministry document. It later lists nine methods for dealing with late and missed assignments. The

"used as a

last entry, related to

reducing marks, says

it is

Donna

E.C. Drury high school principal interview with the

Champion on

Taylor, also

in

an

Jan. 25, said she sees merit in

"It's

we took

Despite our youth, tory that

this

designed

When

to separate a student’s ability

came

from

their

behav-

would be a teacher revolt, but I'm not sure it's much different than what some teachers were doing before in terms of having some flexibility for students who feel overwhelmed and can't get some work in on time,” said Taylor. this first

On

in there

was

tear there

community

Saskatchewan felt the tragic consequences of that cultural deficit as it buried two of its youngest citizens. in

Two young

girls

of the Yellow

Quill reserve, east of Saskatoon,

from

their

drunken

their T-shirts

father,

their

former high school

bubble has suddenly burst.

in

like

many

Spoke welcomes

mSMS

letters to the

should be signed and include the name and telephone number of the writer. Writers will be

editor. Letters

contacted

No unsigned

for verification.

be published. no longer than 500 words. Spoke reserves the right to edit any letter

there

unem-

Maybe

father

was

a

good idea

into the

him

to

snow with

to think

it

n’t

little girls

have spent their

last

would-

moments

and alone on a cold January

lost

abuse and a lack of housing and

night.

One

our

is

ability to care

our fellow citizens.

been a

girls

died tragically,

A

large

we

group of our citizens ignored for too long. Our

created by a cultural identity cri-

try

help for those with drug and alco-

sis.

heal as a group.

The

about

have never

survival-of-the-fittest, eat-

wants more counsellors and more

but what

to live

We

or-get-eaten country, instead

aren’t working.

for the strug-

make

of the greatest things about

Canada

traditional

more help

to an indi-

restitution.

future filled with the obstacles

called for

up

it

vidual to be punished or

look out for each other.

These two

grandmother has

is

They ask

each other as a group

gling reservation. Specifically she

girls'

what

wrongs. They come together

right

would they have faced if they had grown up? An uncertain

The

in

for forgiveness and opportunity to

instead of leaving

rampant alcoholism

maybe, two

concerns

air

the girls.

and drug addiction. And maybe, just

calmly

to heal

community could

to

is

They medi-

they pray and they each

tate,

stumble out

with better medical servic-

the

course

first

called a healing circle.

girls’

would not have been drunk

that night, causing

facing a problem in their

get together and talk.

with higher morale and

substance abuse the

less

When

community, often the

of action for native leaders

a sense of

would have been high-

the morale er.

ployment, high alcohol and drug

facilities.

was

pride and culture on the reserve

combat

hol problems. She and other native

welcome

if

es available the

Canadians are calling for a return

Letters are

Maybe

only

other

and a

re-introduction of native teachings.

Maybe

First Nations' reserves in this

country, suffers from high

from the native people. to traditional native culture

who

and diapers.

Yellow Quill,

And

wonder why

morning

of Jan. 29, after being separated

medical

left to

money will make things better. It may be all we know how to do. In this way we could learn something

his-

Feb. 2, a small First Nation

This policy is going to put high school students in a comfort zone that just isn't realistic in the real world. They could get used to being able to complete a work assignment two months after it’s supposed to be finished. But they won't get rewarded in the real world, they’ll get fired. then they'll be

bloody

may have left us with a debt we can never hope to repay.

the past,

to the First

always been taught that more

Opinion

the land, the lives

money

Nations' community. We’ve

Bate

of minorities. To build a strong nation

wrongs of

right the

doles out

Elizabeth

ago our white. British ancestors founded this nation on the backs

had taken them outside

the policy.

iour.

1

froze to death in the early

last resort.”

make

young country by

a

any standard. Less than

to be'

to natives

their teachers.

responsible for creating the unaccountable child?

is

Canada owes a debt

c..

federal government, trying

up

to

its

obligations to

have

felt

methods of healing

Maybe

time to

it’s

something new and begin It’s

the native culture in

to

time to bring

from

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SPOKE, February

Foundations

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER: When we

expand

are going through

may seem

end. Suicide suicide

may

feel helpless,

thinking that

opportunities

are

College hopes to double

some warning Talk of

life is

times,

difficult

the only

like

it

answer

may seem to

desperate, or that there

hard

to believe the

no hope

is

if

2008

,

— Page 5

Suicide

in their lives.

a friend

pain

ever

will

who have considered

problems. People

unbearable, or you are wondering

1

may be

If

you are

suicidal, here

signs to consider:

- escape, having no

being alone, feeling hopeless or helpless,

future,

suicide, death, or plans for suicide;

number of programs by next year

Feelings of

-

Situation

- desperation, hopelessness, disconnection from

family

and

friends;

relationship problems, work problems, school/failing grades, trouble with

the law, family breakdown, sexual/physical abuse;

By MARCIA LOVE Conestoga is looking to diversify ils market and allow people a greater opportunity

lor

post-sec-

ondary education with its foundation programs. Conestoga president John Tihbits discussed improving access to foundation programs at the board of governors' meeting on Jan. 28.

Changes -

lack of interest/pleasure

in all

things, lack of physical energy,

disturbed sleep, loss of sexual interest, loss of appetite;

Behaviours - alcohol/drug abuse,

fighting, lawbreaking,

post-secondary education," Dinning said. "They allow for a

dropping out

higher level of program comple-

prized possessions to friends and family, telling

tion."

Thfe college currently has seven

foundation programs, but hopes to increase the number of foundation and technique programs to

the

shop

at

Physical

emotional outbursts,

nity at

ed

students would

have no opportunity

students would have no opportu-

approximately 20 by 2009. Other business discussed includ-

“Without foundations,

many

to the college for a year and decide what they want to get into. “Without foundations, many

at

opening of the masonry the Waterloo campus in

If

final

wishes

sudden and unexpected change

to a cheerful attitude,

character

who suddenly becomes

(i.e.

a cautious person

may be

you suspect that a person

share what

is

away

of school, prior suicidal behaviour, putting affairs in order, giving

suicidal,

to

someone

behaviour that

is

close, a

out of

reckless)

ask them about

it,

encourage them

to

happening with them. Talking about suicide with someone does not

support suicide;

it

only

shows

that

someone cares about what

they are going through.

January.

A partnership between Conestoga and the Ontario Masonry Contractors Association

post-secondary.”

Mike Dinning, vice-president, student affairs

Suicide If

you

feel that

any

speak

resulted in the construction of the

to

is

a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

of this information applies to

a counsellor

in

you or someone you know, ask

Counselling Services,

to

Room 1A103.

new 10,000-square-foot centre devoted to masonry training. “(Foundation

programs)

give

people more opportunities to participate," Tibbits said.

"We have

number of students coming

a

into

masonry

Tibbits said the

room is not workshop is training

class-

finished yet, but the

functional for

the

of

of

the first-cohort apprentices.

foundations who may have been unable to get into a degree or diploma program.” Mike Dinning, vice-president of

masonry The project is expected to be completed by June. Also discussed was a prospec-

foundation

tive roofing centre for roofing stu-

student

said

affairs,

programs are important because they give people a chance to come

dents

at the

Waterloo campus.

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High school students trying to get into college and university will find

it

tougher

this year.

According to a recent press from the Council of

release

Dr. Paul C. Genest, president

of the Council of Ontario Universities, said they had expect-

According

to

the

number of

rising for the last

60,164,

in

2001.

At Conestoga College, there has been a similar trend. Mike Dinning, vice-president of student affairs, said enrolment at the college has in the last

He

two

said

gone up 33 per cent years.

part of the

reason

is

Conestoga has begun to offer different programs in the last two years, one of them including business foundations, which started last

Dinning said there has also been an increase

in the

number

of appli-

Canada

in

for

decade and the

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accessible,

the reasons there has

increase in applicants.

Genest said the number only includes high school applications

and they will not know the number until September.

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some

pro-

said

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Rez gets new residence

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life

at

who

be

will

Living

responsible

at

time

Woodruff

will

Woodruff life to

co-

continue

resi-

dence's strong relationships with college staff and will generate

for

new opportunities

student

for

engagement, leadership and edu-

including the resident adviser team.

keeping everything together, but vows she couldn't do it without

Campus

at

Inc..

ordinate activities at the residence.

residence,

the

her

Centres

department of residence

Conestoga College's Residence Life program and overseeing leadership opportunities

By VANESSA BUTLER

worked closely with Conestoga’s

since April 2007.

Mother a student again

co-ordinator.

During

Woodruff has been with Campus Living Centres Inc., which manages the Conestoga residence, as a customer service representative She

Ryan

from

has taken a position

Conestoga College as a student

life

co-ordinator.

over

takes

Connell,

Conestoga College's Residence and Conference Centre is welcoming Nicole Woodruff as the new

co-ordinator

life

She

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with children;

wasn't given any sort of penalty." She regularly attends classes

Monday and Wednesday evenings

with post-secondary education, but to begin a family. "I got pregnant really young," she said. “It was a matter of being a mom

Heidi Le w is,

Lewis

flexibility is great

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the time.”

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to

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all

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understands.

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had

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She said her children find it funny that mommy’s back in school. “They joke about it all the

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a busy mother of three energetic boys. By late afternoon, she is a patient chauffeur running day, Heidi

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Feature

SPOKE, February

1 1

20Q8

,

— Page 7

CAacaiate goodness What are

the health benefits to eating the popular treat? By HIEN DINH

Michael

Fisher,

nutritionist

Day

Valentine's

quickly

is

means

approaching and

that

time

chocolate

to

indulge

in

the

it’s

which is not the “Chocolate is

health benefits are to eating

only type of chocolate that

good It's

is

chocolate found

truly

best to eat chocolate with a

for

cocoa

butter, sugar, vanil-

make chocolate a Brenda Kemp, Reid Candy &

on Jan. 29.

abundance of magnesium.

general cardiovascular health, he

an excess of

said.

place where

made from only ground cocoa

chocolate

contains

sium

of red wine, have been

es

is

the

it

regular in our diets exce'ss

calcium

it

push-

"If people don’t regularly con-

ter (the fat that

cocoa bean).

respon-

is

responsible for mus-

chocolates without any preserva-

heart healthy and healing.

“In

my

of inexpensive chocolate bars are full of wax and preservalot

that also contain bioflavonoid

and

good."

general, the shelf • Canadians consumed an average of 5.410 grams of chocolate each in 1996. That’s about the equivalent of

Chocolate

everybody eating a chocolate bar every three days.

16 degrees C.

Chocolate

women,

is

the food most

but can

commonly craved by

contribute significantly to bulimia,

Several medical studies

in

show

that eating chocolate

moderation can actually prolong your

ing risk of blood clots

it

and

fighting

bad

life

by reduc-

cholesterol.

Chocolate

is

not physically addictive

cause acne, proven

in

Chocolate

is

not high

in caffeine.

nificantly less

than

in

mg

A

1

for

chocolate

may

is

a year

not melt as readily

in

cool dry areas 12-

Canada imported an average of 81,300 metric tonnes of cocoa annually between the 1993/94 and fiscal years.

The largest chocolate bar ever made weighed over 2268 kilograms and was made in Italy in 2000. The largest slab of fudge was over 907 kilograms and was •

in

Canada.

and does not •

several medical studies.

chocolate contains only 5-6

life

refrigerated

best to store chocolate

oz bar

of milk

more

Children are

they reach •

is

made •

is

1997/98

obesity and binge eating.

Thus,

that

still

to

money. Everyone can afford a dolbar. lar or two for a candy Chocolate makes people feel

antioxidants, basically in fruits and

tives.”

believes people will

snack on chocolates, whether it’s milk or dark, because it's one of life's simple pleasures. “Chocolate doesn't cost a lot of

dark

eating

opinion,

Kemp continue

chocolate can be therapeutic and healing but (people should remember) there are many others foods

thing better for yourself.” she said.

“A

may want to restrict consumption of chocolate to about 20 grams per day." sugar. People

their

status of their nerves

"That way you're doing some-

typical chocolate formulation

It’s important people remember chocolate contains a lot of calories from fat and sugar, he said. "Even dark chocolate has a lot of

"Most chocoholics have poor magnesium diets so they crave chocolate To improve the calcium

tives or additives.

the

50 per cent sugar." he "Milk chocolate has milk fats and solids and may only contain about 10 per cent cocoa (content), which is very little chocolate."

Fisher said other foods containing high levels of magnesium include dried seaweed, beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds and dark green vegetables.

going to enjoy

you're

if

comes from

said.

treat yourself then it’s best to

problems, asthma and Alzheimer's.

it

rarely

at least

is

cle relaxation.”

and bones. "Flavonoids can also be found in the cocoa bean," he said. "They are used to repairs tissues and are very

cholesterol

"A

muscle contractions and

to

are

ground cocoa

of sugar is generally along with cocoa but-

our soft tissues. Calcium sible for

arthritis,

lot

can’t enter our bones and remain in

magnesium

ease, cancer, high blood pressure,

A

bean.

treats

just

added

of free radicals, little molecules that cause our bodies to age and disease. Antioxidants bond to free radicals and dispose of them

said

“Chocolate

sume magnesium then calcium is

is

bean.

our

into

said pure chocolate

made from

dants. Antioxidants help to get rid

Kemp

Marangoni

belongs. If.magne-

bones.

dis-

says that antioxidant-rich diets have been linked to a lowered risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular dis-

treats

Fisher said chocolate's best qual-

dants."

though digestion. The website also

make

.that

much calcium? Calcium sits on our soft tissues and that is not the

According to the Facts About Chocolate website, chocolate is one of the best sources of antioxi-

Doug

Recent research has shown

too

in

ease,” she said.

Cambridge, unmoulds bunny-shaped chocolates in preparation for the early Easter this year, which is on March 23. Bottom: The milk chocolate in this gigantic mixer was used to

have any of the health benefits

n’t

associated with dark chocolate.

definitely has a belter reputation

Shop

Nut

proven to guard against heart

Top:

fruit."

Cambridge, said dark chocolate

a chocolatier at

flavonoids and antioxidants which,

in

some

eat

"People have similarly been promoting the health benefits of red wine which also contains antioxi-

like a glass

(Photos by Hien Dinh)

go

calcium and magnesium balances out their calcium levels, he said. "What's the problem if you have

“Dark

Candy & Nut Shop

candies, cakes

Some people have

candy.

it

dark chocolate contains, a lot of antioxidants that are good for

ity is its

than milk chocolate.

Couch, a chocolatier at Reid’s

"The

said.

a

is

Alejandro Marangoni, a food science professor at the University of Guelph, said milk chocolate does-

and other treats are generally mixed with refined sugars, hydrogenated fats and other non-foods."

for you.

milk and other additives that

la,

he

chocolate

for being your cure for heart disease. Just

rarely available in

in

dark

healthy treat but don't count on

point.

forms,”

helpful

the

high cocoa content to allow less

room

"Eating

people will often read that chocolate is good for them and then eat large quantities of it.

treats.

is

vegetables.

said

Have you ever wondered what chocolate? Dark chocolate

registered

a

Waterloo Region,

in

10-11

likely to

prefer chocolate

years old than

when

when

they are

younger.

of caffeine. This is sig-

coffee, tea

and

soft drinks.

Chocolate

is

America’s favourite flavour, according to

recent surveys with a

and scents,

Chocolates can absorb other flavours and should be kept away from other household chem-

tittle

over 50 per cent of adults

preferring chocolate to other flavors.

als.

locolate

is

http:

wwwjnybabyshowertavors, co rwart tcleschocstats.htm

a Ziploc bag before freezing.

http-

Vwwcbc.cahewsfoackgroundvalentlneslacts ht

can be frozen

seal chocolate

in

for

up

to six

months.

It


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February

1 1

,

Feature

2008

Top dogs gun for international U

of

G

ahead

student

Other exciting sports

pack

of the

Rally-0

Stories by Kayla Grant

obedience combines obedience and freestyle.

Rally

T

own

wenty-year-old Jessica Martin, is one of the

only send three teams of their

of Maryhill, Ont.,

to

youngest competitors in the is considered

competitions." big love "I laughed Martin. "But after competing in the Worlds the Nationals feel

sport of agility and

one of the foremost trainers in Canada. When she's not training Mikki. a 7‘/2-year-old her dogs

Shetland sheepdog, Kash, a five-

Nova

year-old

Scotia duck tolling

and Dice, a two-year-old sheepdog, Martin is attending school full time and prac-

like a

normal

trial

and normal

why

sync with the handler. just isn’t competitive

also

trail in

Canada numerous times on

Dog

Agility Association)."

"Training wise

I

cram

the

all

little

Kash don’t need

said.

Mik and

stuff.

to see

in a

it

few minutes each day," she "It's

USDAA

why

equipment

Dogs

team could achieve

title

AAC

in

Award of Excellence.

Lifetime

equipment.

games qualifying rounds. Martin's sheltie,

title

of

the fastest time are based out of

Ontario with a time of 15.887

Lifetime

Martin said she had always wanted a dog of her own and then she saw agility for the first time on tel-

before the award was created.

evision.

Martin said her parents wanted her to take a dog to obedience lessons

if

"So

she was getting a dog. I

went

to a

club and signed

seconds. Talk about

got an envelope in the mail congratulating me," said Martin with a laugh. “I didn’t even know what it was."

it

Schutzhund (Photo by Kayla Grant)

Jessica Martin and Nova Scotia duck brate receiving their Agility Trial

Since then her and her doggy partners have travelled across, the

country to compete

in

National

Championships. Last year the trio head off to

Norway

to represent Canada in the World Agility series for the third time. Mikki so far has seven out of

eight clean runs at the International level.

"Mikki made one mistake

at the

past three worlds," said Martin.

Martin and Kash where also one

"You have

I

A

I

When

ing.”

as an off-course,

Lisa Metz,

who

runs a four-and-

I

half-year-old soft coated wheaten

The literal translation of the word means “protection dog.” Schutzhund is a dog sport that was developed in Germany which tests dogs, primarily

German

named Zephyr,

said

knocked bar from a jump standard results in a five-point fault. the dog deviates from the designated course, otherwise know

the

it

shepherds

although

the necessary traits for police-

type work.

results in a.20-point fault.

A fly off (the dog crash

I In

lands off the teeter) results in a

mastersJf a dog gets an off-course he

I Refusal: equals a five-point fault.

communication between handler and dog is a euphoric feeling. “When you and your dog are

is

1

0-point fault.

immediately eliminated.

This fault

given

is

when

a

dog

refuses to take an object, has any backward motion within a specified

distance before an obstacle or runs by an obstacle.

in sync,” said Metz, “it’s high-speed chess with another

totally like

you have

to think

and react

at

us

Agility for the rest of

high

speed."

Metz

credits

dog

sports

Zephyr’s health and physical

he team walks into the ring.

to

fitness.

"He’s a better thinker."

T

One

partner waits patiently at

the start line, the other walks

confidently out to the third obstacle.

After

and

all

all

the hours of training

the challenges they’ve

and conquered,

all

it

met

comes down

to this.

Dimly, the handler hears the electronic

“Go"

notifying the team that

and judge are ready. The packed crowd teems with excitement and the tension plays havoc with the team’s nerves. the

timer,

scribe

The handler meets

the eyes of his

and softly says “OK." They have 40 seconds to run

partner,

a

dog,

dogs

largest contingency of agility

comCanada with over 450 handlers and their dogs competing at the 2007 Ontario Regional Championship. British Columbia and Quebec tie for second largest.

compete.

petitors in

Height class is determined by measuring the dog two times after they are over 18 months of age. There are four jump heights in the

Every year different regions of the

inches and

country arrange a regional event that

open

is

Association

2007

vital,

and

National

Championship, money

and jumpers 75 points. Each fault the dog gets takes points off the

on the

final

is

at the

dog were to get 20 points apiece, they would leave the jumpers run score.

If

a

one of the

was

fastest first

grow-

created

1978 as a half-time show for

horse events. Fast forward to 2008,

with fierce,

15

points.

especially

division where

Competition in

the

some of

is

22-inch

the fastest

in the sport, primarily

and

collies

Australian

border

kelpies,

The lowest is 10 followed by the 16-

regular division. is

inch,

22-inch and

sions.

Dogs run

same

height.

26-inch divi-

against dogs of the

There are two other

divisions in agility

-

veterans for

dogs over seven years of age and

The

specials.

veteran

division

drops a bar height and have a longer course time because the dogs generally slow down with age.

Standard runs have 100 points

three off-courses,

ing sports today, in

(AAC)

Agility

line.

Agility,

Canada

Agility

number with the excepgamblers where points must

be earned.

steeplechase, where speed

of

all

with a set

mistake will cost them time. The is

to

members. Handlers and their dogs compete in six events, trying to reach a qualifying score of 400 points. Each team starts an event tion of

and accuracy are

(Photo by Kayla Grant) a miniature poodle, holds her contact on the A-frame at a held by the Middlesex Agility Club in the London Agriplex.

and dog agility and dog sports are everywhere. Ontario alone has the

a course with 23 obstacles and any

game

trial

celeat a

other breeds can participate, for

“The communication between you and your dog is amaz-

being. In order to direct the dog

Zip,

title

RUNDOWN OF FAULTS

said Martin.

compete in an invitational held by the American Kennel Club (AKC). The invitational asks the top dogs from all the states to participate. Other countries can to

Kash

Canada

to react to everything,”

of three pairs invited to Longbeach, Calif,

of

trial.

she has with her dogs.

terrier

tolling retriever

Champion

doesn’t compare to the

personal and working relationship

up."

fast!

I

Martin said that while family pets have a good relationship with their

owners

The wins the round. 2001 World Record Holders for

fastest

ACC

said Martin.

"One day

pletes their rotation of dogs the

Excellence

Mikki, achieved his

Award

loaded to release a

spring

The dogs must catch the ball in their mouth and turn to run back. The team that com-

a

dog must have 100 master standard qualifying rounds and 125 master

learning the basics,"

is

ball.

In

Her up and comer Dice, however, requires a little more time on the still

are trained to hit the box,

order to achieve the highest

and a box. The dogs which

feet apart

Bronze, Silver titles and Gold Awards of Merit and the four more,

four.

of four hurdles spaced 10

sists

was

called an Agility Trial Champion of Canada (ATChC). The AAC added

assembled into The course- con-

are

teams of

a

every day."

"She’s

Flyball

I

(United Stated

Until recently, the highest

just

moves like the moving sidestep which requires the dog to move to the side in

organization.

enough, "she said." That’s

training isn't hard said Martin.

handler and dog. The course

partly

It’s

tising kick boxing. The of Guelph student regularly places first in trials and has represented

Maintaining Mikki and Kash’s

a

features freestyle

she went looking for another

AAC

is

course with signs to direct the

sport competitive.

"The

of a judge

Instead

calling out direction there

Martin said she likes to place bets with her training friends to keep the

international stage.

compete.

trials

feel like fun matches."

Shetland

the

Rally-0 is less strict then formal obedience and allows for disabled handlers or dogs to

compete.

retriever,

University

agility,

The

special

division

is

for

dogs that require a lower jump height due to injury, imprecise measuring or handler choice. In the veterans there

is

and special divisions, no 26-inch jump height.

highest jump is 22, down to 16, 10 and finally six. Dogs that jumped 26 would be dropped down to 22 and so on. Instead,

then goes

the


Feature

SPOKE, February

1

,

2008

— Page 9

awards in the sport of agility dvance judge Nancy Jones said one of her favourite things in agility is the teamwork that happens between her and her dog

Jones said one of the biggest challenges in disc dog is the weath-

and as long as you aren't making them

alter

Dexter, a border collie.

er.

jump

ming out

A

“Everybody says I

it

that

Dexter and

have figured each other out took over 400 runs in agility

but to

do

it!"

Jones also competes lively in

ground

to

your

said.

f

disc dog, a rel

in.

heavier set dogs have a

the

"They

"Believe

into a

soybean

big challenge

is

consis-

it

or not

it

is

extremely

e

to

leaping forward, not up, to catch x

c

n

m

s

four dif-

events

ferent

H involving Frisbee.

The

I I

events

are

m retrieval

profi-

ciency,

single

:fe\disc.

far-

I

thest catch and dis

event

most is

but after injuring her knee,

prevented' her from

physical

where

she

catch which simply

is

are

farthest

the

dog who

catches the Frisbee thrown the farthest wins. Handlers have three

which they attempt to hope their dogs catch them before they hit the ground. Another event is disc freestyle, which has the hanFrisbees.

throw

great distances and

at

as

they create

with

fancy

and

tricks.

their

own

catch a Frisbee,” she said. “I highly recommend taking a les-

throw

it

wouldn't hurt

take a lesson for throwing

to

a'

And

because in

the

you have the best world but you can't

if

..."

Any breed of dog can compete disc

in

dog although Jones does cau-

lly by.

Pointers, spaniels and vi/I-

where These dogs work the handler performing

birds are hidden. front ol

in

something called quartering. Tracking falls easily into field as both sports ask for similar behaviours.

Leahey ing

is

said the

myth

an old dog sport

is

that track-

untrue.

very physical sport,” she said. “The handler must remain in "It’s a

routine

contact with her dog. You’re really

baggage on the end of a line. It's amazing to watch a dog. They know exactly where they're going. It’s a thrill to have a dog take you from article to article.”

Retrieval

proficiency

handler’s choice. The RPT becomes very useful in tracking and field two other dog sports.

“There are several good techniques for teaching your young dog

a blind quietly

high-jumping catches

a

an easy sport to train forsaid Jones, although finding practice space in the winter ca be difficult.

son or two.

Catches are from the start they are and bonus points for far

running,

It's

catches as

possible.

The other events

tion.

dog

how

which

in

sas flush birds out or point to

test (RPT) is a simple test of the dog’s ability to retrieve an object of

team is given one Frisbee and two" one-minute rounds to get as many scored by

problems."

wanted to keep her dogs active. Disc dog offered the perfect solu-

popular

single disc

in agility

into a lake. This usually

involves silting

dlers exercising their imagination

Jones originally started

to

freestyle.

The

it."

o in p e t e

to retrieve a dead bird been shot, sometimes trekking through mud or swim-

its

waiting for an unsuspecting fowl to

field"

throw consistently straight and low Trisbees," said Jones. "Ideally you want the dog to be chasing down the Frisbee and difficult

it

into the air then they should-

did see Dexter retrieve a

"I

throwing.

tent

enjoy playing

still

have any

n't

retrievers the competition involves

going out

risbee while in flight." she

The other

new sport Canada

and han-

line

tion

harder time.

“The wind can do wicked things

and went deep

full

where dogi I

the

Frisbee that got caught by the wind

lime

d

lour feet coming off when making a catch. till

Like Metz, Leahey credits dog for her animals’ overall

(Photo by Kayla Grant)

sports

German shep-

while having

healthy lifestyle, both mentally and

Jingles, a white

two very different sports. Tracking puts a dog on a scent much like in search and rescue.

physically. “1 think dogs that don't

herd, races through a set of

do any of

weave

Tracking and

field,

close similarities, are

"It's a

the

very natural behaviour for

dog," said Bev Leahey,

competes

poles.

ASSOCIATIONS

who

both tracking and field with her labrador retriever Chance

this lead a very dull life."

in

and golden retriever Jake. Field can be many things said Leahey. Different breeds have been developed for hunting. With

Canada, www.aac.ca United States Dog Agility Association, www.usdaa.com I Canadian Disc Dog Association, www.canadiandiscdogs.ca I Canadian Association of Rally Obedience, www.canadianrallyo.ca I North American Flyball Association, www.flyball.org I Agility Association of I


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February

1 1

Feature

2008

,

A gem from the Caribbean fP| Experienced chef adds personal and unique touch

to restaurant

and

the city of Kitchener

By JOSHUA KHAN that

With a unique

and flavour,

style

Ellison’s Bistro

is

popular by the day

14 Charles

try

area.

W„

St. is

in

conve-

if you suddenly something new for

lunch or dinner

On

in

the

downtown

the outside, the restaurant

Chefs with a

pare food, especially rant gets busy.

the door,

chandeliers

you will hanging

from the ceiling, the neatly set tables and the relaxed atmosphere as reggae music plays in the back-

to

pas-

of experience

lot

usually hire staff to help

the case

the

my

is

sion.”

be too quick to judge.

Once you open

we want

I’m doing ip because be different and food

doesn't look like much, but don’t

notice

said.

food and culture into the area. “There’s nobody really doing the Caribbean food on the level that

located

niently

he

the first to introduce that type of

Kitchener, the restaurant

decide to

food,’’

thought the bistro would be

I

a city full of

in

ing. at

made Caribbean

becoming more

international cuisine and fine din-

Located

“So

However,

when

it

them pre-

the restau-

if

comes

that’s not to Ellison

and his restaurant. With one assishe prepares each dish himself, whether it's an appe-

tant helping him,

tizer,

main

c.purse or dessert.

"Its not that

I

don't want to have

“Sometimes you

ground. You will also notice a chef and talking to visiting' tables

a staff,” he said.

guests.

the

do things the way you want. “A lot of my dishes are self-creat-

isn’t in the kitchen, but that’s

ed. For instance, there are a lot of

Some would wonder why chef

how

just

to the

dedicated Elvis Ellison

community and

is

his restau-

rant.

Bom

in

Jamaica, Ellison’s days home coun-

as a chef started in his try

when he

first

began training to

and

cook

traditional prepare French-style cuisine. Since then, he has taken his skills and passion for

him on his numerous hotels

the culinary arts with

working at in Ontario and even England. However, when he came to Kitchener, he thought it was time to use his 30 years of experience and different. In something do December 2004, he opened the restaurant, Ellison’s Bistro, and switched his cooking style to one which was native to his roots and

travels,

culture.

He

felt

rather than a

a Caribbean

menu

European one would

have staff and they

may

sauces out there, but

own

I

not really

make my

Each dish is also made from scratch, whether it’s

variation of them.

an order of bread or a fancy

That way it’s totally differfrom anywhere else.” That level of dedication has helped Ellison over the years.

dessert.

(Photo by Joshua Khan)

ent

When

the restaurant

first

of the chef.

But as the years went by and more people moved into the community, it was time tor a change. the years the

menu was

extended because there were a few dishes you couldn't find anywhere in

pot

chef, Elivs Ellison

Kitchener,” he said. "So by

mak-

“One of the hardest things is when a large group of people come into the restaurant at the same time and everyone orders something different," he said. "For instance, some will order appetizers, some will want a main course while others will want desserts and they all want it at the same time. From there, you just have to hope for the best."

people would catch on

rant, Ellison

I

to.”

be something new in the city. “There weren' t a lot of Caribbean

Ellison

restaurants around or any places

touch to each dish can be stressful.

In

regards to preparing meals, said adding his personal

In addition to

running the restau-

holds cooking lessons

and offers a catering service. In

regards

to

the

lessons,

he

teaches a basic course to groups of

(Photos by Joshua Khan)

Right: Ellison’s also provides

and dinner party servyou want the same type of service and Caribbean flavor, all you have to do is call catering ices.

(Photo by Joshua Khan) at

14 Charles

Bistro offers patrons a just

Jamaican beef

St.

W.

more

patties.

in

downtown

traditional

Kitchener, Ellison’s

Caribbean cuisine than

So

if

the chef himself.

who want to learn some of cooking techniques. “It's not Caribbean food alone either, because I also know how to do a variety of European dishes," he said. "But if you want me to people his

show you how

to

cook

strictly

Caribbean or European food,

do

I

can

pepper

If you’re not a good cook, Ellison can cater your next event.

“Most of my menus made, meaning

menu according

I

will

to

custom

your budget and

dietary need,” he said.

Whether

catering

serving

or

patrons of his restaurant, Ellison

mainly a learning experience because there are some people out there who don’t even know

favourite in Kitchener.

how

of

to

are

make every

hopes Caribbean food becomes a

that.

“It’s just

cook. So the experience

not only great for them, but

Above: Appetizers range from $4.50 to $10.95, while main dishes start at $12.50.

Located

jerk chicken,

it’s

soup or curried goat.

new dishes. was able to try to make the restaurant something that ing

prepares each dish from scratch, whether

opened,

customers came swarming in because they either knew or heard

"Over

An experienced

great for

pleasure

in

me

is

“One of to

its

feeling

I

take

thing’ and that."

it

is

“1

may soon become

also

too because

why

future,” he said.

it's

helping people.”

the reasons

do Caribbean cuisine

I

want

I

chose

because

have a the 'in-

to be a pail of


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SPOKE, February

1

— Page

2008

,

1

Gradvisor program connects students with alumni By HOLLY FEATHERSTONE

efforts

by providing insight regard-

ing career evolution and entry-level

unaware of Alumni Association of Conestoga can serve them will

job expectations.

soon be able to utilize a new resource more tailored to their field

and

Students currently

how

the

of study than a typical

view or resume

mock

inter-

critique.

The alumni’s gradvisor program, an

initiative

being revisited by the

hopes

to

services, said career-related inspi-

It’s

Walksafe to the rescue!

Second-year police foundations student Dave Teper, left, and second-year woodworking student Richard Freeman make their rounds during their Walksafe shift. Teper said the experience has

been

interesting as well as rewarding.

my

many

shoes once

where

they

are a lot of factors to consider (in the job market).”

Zimmerman

are

interested in facilitating

Gradvisors will be recruited based on inclination to volunteer, with -a subsequent registration

his

like to assist with,

including

“It

that

works

may

ideally

not have time to

call if a

field

years.

would consider (guest speak-

“I

ing)

if

come

like to

to

be on

student needs a resource,”

said Wright.

rated by the est,

with a grad, whether

for career

search support, resume writing and

ni)

get a

job interview services in conjunction with grads of any era.

coming

direction persists as well.

it's

leads or a job shadow,

sense of what (their

chosen)

it’s

field

to

really

like

in

of work," she

said.

The program would allow

stu-

dents to either personally or elec-

network program-specific graduates eager to extend their volunteer tronically interact with a

of

with

ices department,

which offers job

Dave Zimmerman,

semester

“My hope would

Wright.

and the demand for experiential

fall

at the lat-

having adequate student interest and ample graduates readily available within each program.

sors)

students

can contribute,” he

1

faces the possible challenge of

cally with the college's career serv-

sought by

feel

I

said.

“There seems to always be interest from students to try and connect

is

how

advanced over the

has

Gradvisor, which will be inaugu-

(alumni)

for

would be open dia-

logue with students regarding

The program, being reinstated a more technological conscience, will also work symbioti-

ration

he

said

today,'” said Wright.

monthly meetings but

Mary Wright, manager»of alumni by Marcia Love)

look

in

leads for specific skill sets.

resource toward career advising, mentorship and job

(Photo

were

guest speaking and providing job

current students for use as an aca-

search support.

now

would

connect graduates with

demic

offers (students) the incentive

process identifying key areas they

association after years of dormancy,

“It

to say ‘they

such a wide (career) Held.”

“It’s

he said. “Times keep changing and technology keeps changing. There

find a

in

every

we can

be that

way of having

a few (gradvi-

program,”

said

is a way that (alumcan give back from a career perspective and help mentor up-and-

“(Gradvisor)

a 1992 gradu-

grads."

Currently,

Alumni

the

ate of the electrician construction

Association

and maintenance program, said the prospect of being a gradvisor would benefit students by helping them navigate the extent of their

mer Tim Hortons

career options.

or

is

relocating torthe forsite

to

better

serve students and faculty.

For more information, contact Mary Wright at 748-5220, ext. 2356

m wright @conestogac. on. ca.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS for the

AUBREY HAGAR DISTINGUISHED TEACHER AWARD

nominate a distinguished teacher?

Would you

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who demonstrate exceptional those are teachers commitment to students and to their programs and whose teaching skills are above average. They also demonstrate leadership in their schools and/or the college and in related work with their professions or in the Distinguished

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Protect yourself while and meat

Health insurance, extra cash By KERRY REED Imagine yourself lying on a beach with a cool drink in your hand and no troubles. But, after you get home you discover you have contracted hepatitis from the contaminated ice cubes which melted in the drink you had on the

ruption and trip cancellation.

you should consider bringing with you

handy

the

swimming

in the

Telehealth

because there are some

for

nurse

istered

Ontario. “This

way

they can get the

“Make

sure you have

all

your

"One common people have

years.” travelling

south

to

Republic or Cuba, hepatitis A and B shots are required. If going to the Caribbean then a typhoid shot is

from four

“Ways

to six to

weeks

in

ice

dirty

fingernails

cubes or that

most

local

grocery stores

away

in

the

the pain

said there are

many

other ways,

protect

your head while getting your hair done or by having any open wounds. The biggest one is

yourself while on vaca-

at the hotel

.

fly

in

home

or resort take

places like

Cuba

there

is

a

departure tax of 25 pesos and without that you cannot leave the country.”

When

out of the country, conduct

if you where in Canada and obey the same laws. Be aware of any laws which could be different from Canadian laws and particularly know the alcohol and drug restrictions for each individual

yourself as

country.

“Students travelling alone without chaperons especially need to

remember

tion.

scratch

comes

(Internet photo)

other than health precautions, to

may

LAST

A

Silvija Smith, manager and coowner of Beechwood Travel and Cruise, 450 Erb St. W., Waterloo,

advance.

water, salon tools not being sterilized,

will

if

fast.”

contract hepatitis are

from contaminated

sting.

it

spice aisle, will take

highly recommended. Make sure shots are received anywhere all

it

you can reach the meat tenderizer, found in

only help

some

misconception

peeing on a jellyfish

sting will cure the pain but,

such

Dominican

places as Mexico, the

is

to

and passports in there. Also, with your passport make multiple photocopies of it and keep them in a separate location from the original and leave a spare copy of it at home in case of emergency. “Take a Visa card which has not been maxed out and some spare emergency money in cash. Also, in

registered nurse

childhood routine shots up-todate and that your tetanus has been updated within the last five

When

make sure you

Susanna Clarke,

they need.

interruption

you have

if

advantage of the in-room safes, if available. Put any valuables, cash

really nasty viruses.”

appropriate shots and precautions

Trip

"When

drink from bottled water

You

gets cancelled.

travelling

“Always

globetrotting

unexpectedly in case of an emergency and trip cancellation so you do not lose any of your money if it

ocean.

on their reading week need to be aware of the health risks before they go anywhere,” said Susanna Clarke, a reg“Students

ling.

shots

required

when

have to have health insurance in case you hurt yourself while travel-

any regular medication, Advil or Tylenol, disinfection medicine and a meat tenderizer if planning on

beach.

tenderizer are just a few helpful tips

contaminated water. Always make sure you drink from bottled water because there are some really nasty viruses,” said Clarke. “Apart from getting

on vacation

“Everyone should travel ample health insurance, trip

with inter-

there

is

safety in

num-

bers and never travel alone, especially at night,” said Smith.

Taking extra precautions

when

vacationing

in

places

like

the

Dominican Republic are a must. Never drink water unless tled, and be very cautious of where you get any cosmetic makeovers.

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ity

a basic human

is

and diversity awareness

to the

college, said he doesn't like to use

Life Centre staff are for the Respect up Campaign and they need your help

Student

gearing

to create a cross-college culture

of

the

word “campaign"

to describe

on campus, simply because it gives people the impression that awareness to the

of respect

issue

seems

respect and tolerance.

respect

Although the campaign is slated to launch this fall, staff have already arranged a series of respect campaign committee meetings for members to propose ideas about how the Respect Campaign should look and feel. ‘‘What we want to accomplish with the Respect Campaign is to

beginning and an end. "But just because the

more

help foster a

pus for everyone

and a

lives here," said

student

who

effort to bring

learns,

camworks

spearheads

Campaign

hasn't

to

started,

have

a

Respect or has

ended, doesn't mean that we should stop respecting one another." he said. “The process is ongoing."

Anil disrespect

is

an

issue that

Vanessa Strickland knows about

all

loo well.

As

Ryan Connell,

co-ordinator

life

Conestoga. Connell,

inclusive

who

others

pride

at

the

about more inclusiv-

president of the Conestoga

club,

the

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second-year

Hua

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As Strickland explained, vandalism has always been a problem for the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transsexual and Questioning community. but on one Monday morn-

October 2006, she found that display had been torn down and taken away. “That was the last straw for us, and we took our case to the diversity committee, which was chaired by Deb Marshall from Human Resources at the lime, and that's how the campaign started." Besides property vandalism, ing

the

in

entire

last

Strickland

year

"Just

little

would

like

to

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about

said Strickland.

it,

Wei Hua, founder of the Falung

Gong

club

at

Conestoga, said she

laces similar discrimination

at

the

college.

Like the pride club, the Falung

Gong

also has problems with van-

dalism of

its

properties.

“People were taking the transparencies that put on the projecI

tor,” said the first-year

professional

accounting practice student. “Even after I wrote ‘please respect others,

do not remove,’ they

still

took

the basic human rights of freedom of expression. “I think having a respect campaign is really great, because having respect for others is what Falung Gong leaches,” she said. However, the challenge will be to overcome the misconceptions that Chinese people have toward the Falung Gong. “People might not think this is wrong, because most Chinese view

us as an evil cult, so in that respect,

these

Though she could

not be certain.

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Conestoga indoor soccer kicks Stories by

AARON O’CONNELL

There were eight teams battling

soccer tournament on Feb. 3. The Condors played against the

could not capitalize.

Fanshawe Falcons

first

game of

was

a hard-fought

for their

the tournament and

match

all

it

around.

was a game of chances for both but in the end it was Fanshawe capitalizing on more, edging the Condors by a score of 3-1

game was Niagara College who was The

goalkeeper makes a save to against the Condors. Alumni 1 went on to win 2-0. 1

member

With momentum, Conestoga had

It

The Alumni

soccer.

several chances to take the lead, but

the

at

teams,

keep a 1-0 lead

the net to seal the deal.

14th

prize

top

the

feisty

O Connell)

crease for something you don't see every day, a goalie scoring a goal in

Conestoga Invitational women’s

for

(Photos by Aaron

against

next

losing to the

Alumni

1

0-1 after

team,

made

up of ex-Conestoga players. Niagara got off to a hot start when they scored on a corner kick

After their goalie kept them in the with numerous big saves,

game

Niagara made some pretty passes to move up the court and place a chip shot neatly in the corner of the

Condor’s net just out of the reach of the goalkeeper. With only minutes

Conestoga's goalkeeper. After plenty of missed chances and a number of key saves by the

Knights netntinder, the Condors scored a strange one themselves to even the score at one. With coach Aldo Krajkar screaming “at the

on Feb.

3.

Condors Despite a storm

that

It

was another low scoring

affair

day to take part in the 10th men’s Invitational Conestoga

second game of the round robin against the Niagara Knights. The Knights had a great chance early on to grab the lead, but were denied by the Condors goalkeeper

indoor soccer tournament.

with a great finger-tip save.

The Condors men's team faced off against the Fanshawe Falcons

Conestoga came right back with a chance of their own but the strike just missed the Knights’ net. After ringing one off the post a Niagara player took the ball in a scramble in front of the Condors’ net and placed it in the corner. Conestoga looked like they had it tied at the end of the game when a

1,

soccer

players from various colleges

way

their

to

made

Conestoga the next

in an intense game of five-on-five soccer with both teams questioning

calls

from

the referee.

Fanshawe opened the scoring when a player blasted one off the crossbar before a teammate neatly

up the garbage for a rebound goal to make it 1-0. The Condors battled back with several chances to tie it up, but the picked

Falcons goalkeeper

steady

made

in their

the Niagara goalkeeper for the

biggest save of the game, securing a 1-0 victory for the Knights.

when

finished off an incredible play and

has been tight like this all day and the goaltending, both ours and

great saves to keep his team

ahead.

Conestoga’s effort did pay off they were given a free kick. A picture perfect cross and header

game at one. The two teams each had

It

“It

theirs,

tied the

several

chances to pull ahead, but with solid goaltending from each side the game ended in a 1-1 draw.

has been excellent

the

net,”

all

day.”

viewed most of the game from the stands because he said it gives him a chance to see what they need to improve on and Johnstone

This year’s Super Bowl was a

early '90s.

because

it gives the players and coaches a look at the different With a short break the Condors -teams they'll be facing later in the season as well as the coaches get a were set to play their third and final chance to see where they need to ‘game of the round robin, a game of improve the most and which playCondors from the past and present.

out of time.

Even though

the tournament

is

an

exhibition, the atmosphere at the rec centre

made

it

feel like the final

tournament of the year. The final game was no different. Both teams battled competitively, but it was the Condors of the past who came out on top with a 2-0 victory and a place in the semifinals. Already leading 1-0, the Alumni team added insurance with a great strike to the bottom corner of 1

ers play well together. In the finals the Niagara Knights edged out the Alumni 2 team 1-0. Ford said the tournament ran smoothly and the turnout was great. “It was a great tournament again.

This tournament raises

soccer scholarships so again we’ll be

this

year on

Ford.

Johnstone.

“We

have a really tough game

coming up because a lot of the members of the team have played for me,” said Johnstone. With a laugh he added, "They also like to stick it to the old man so it’s a good

The Fanshawe Falcon’s goalkeeper watches the the net. The Condors’ and Falcons’ game ended

Opinion

ties

who were

As

strange as a red carpet in the

attending the game.

parking

stadium amidst the

other shows than the actual game.

lot

make

it

to the semifinals.

Johnstone

said.

"It’s

an exhibi-

tournament and I wanted everyone to get a chance to play. Sure we want to win, but the main thing is that everyone has fun.” In the finals it was the George Brown Huskies defeating the Alumni 2 team -0. tion

1

A Conestoga defender heads the ball to a teamrriate in a game against the Alumni 1 team. The Condors knocked off Alumni 1, 1 -

0

.

personal

their

Seacrest

may

of a football

what

her

new

favourite

single.

performance,

actor

Instead of a live

we were

treated to a

city

myself

if

was

better.

they

I

started

promised dancing I

would stop watching. After they it like men” and began circling a football while snapping their fingers like they were in West Side Story, I had seen enough of the pre-game celebration.

decided to “settle

Now,

I

may

be asking too

of the media machine that

Super Bowl. After

game

all,

much is

the

they do have

tons of

was even stranger is that it led nowhere; it was located a half-mile from the stadium. Seacrest’s appearance was perhaps an attempt to bring in more viewers,

attempt

views and winner predictions in the week leading up to the big game. I just think the majority of the actual

For the majority of the show. Fox had American Idol host Ryan Seacrest hosting a red carpet event

because Idol

rivalry

of a singing competition should be

Boston for sporting supremacy. Two groups of fans met on the street and

where he interviewed the

heavily featured in one of the biggest

began

seemed

like

it

was geared more

towards attracting

new

viewers,

rather than keeping the football fans

who have

already been watching.

celebri-

is

tailgaters,

Fox’s highest rated

show. But that doesn’t

mean

of

1-1 draw.

Hard work seemed to finally pay Condors stuck it to the Alumni team and handed them their first round robin loss with a 10 victory, but it wasn't enough to

taped performance of Abdul’s poor

It

a

off as the

My

seem

wide

ball roll in

challenge for these guys.”

John Krasinski which team he would be cheering for. Krasinski was wearing a Patriots hat. Another Fox celebrity who made an appearance was Idol judge Paula Abdul, who was on hand to debut

be more about

some scholarships money we made,” said

able to give out

get no easCondors as they were team which is playing the Alumni made up of past Conestoga player who have been coached by

Linley

to

for

indoor

The next game would

The New York Giants were able to overcome all odds and defeat the

seemed

money

indoor soccer and varsity

,

ier for the

moment was when he asked

it

an invitational tour-

It is

nament that’s competitive and that’s what you want to see,” she added. Ford said the tournament is great

together,” he said.

John

long,

team,

what players have good chemistry. “I was mixing up the lines a little bit to see which players fit well

sporting events of the year.

cross-promoting the Fox network’s

1

tie

competition pitting the underdog against the undefeated.

classic

England Patriots 17-14 in the most watched football game ever. While the game was a success, the pre-game show left a lot to be desired. Clocking in at four hours

Alumni

Marlene Ford, said the tournament has always been competitive. “When you get athletes together they are going to compete from start to finish,” Ford said. “We have firstand second-year players as well as players who had played back in the

Super Bowl pre-game should be more about New

and

co-ordinator

of the

1

was very tight in the first two games and Condors’ coach Geoff Johnstone said good goaltending was the key.

some

the

Conestoga

Tournament

1

player hit a strike that was stopped

by

at

a win, loss and

finish with

walloped

southern Ontario on Feb.

net,

Condor’s goalkeeper did just that and snuck one between the Knights goalkeeper’s legs from her own

left

pressured for the tying goal, but ran

with a shot that seemed to fool

The Condor’s goalkeeper kicks the ball away from trouble at the 14th Conestoga invitational women’s indoor soccer tournament

into action

the host

at

lip-syncing

the

song,

something you wouldn’t expect to see from a critic of singing voices.

The

final

straw

came

for

me

dur-

ing a segment about the ongoing

between

New

York

stating historical reasons

and

why

analysis, player inter-

football talk should be

on the day

of the game.

Only hardcore

football fans will

football

Idol or the sports rivalry dancers.

Perhaps next year the network could shorten the pre-game, which would mean less filler so they could concentrate on the the teams involved.

Or

game and

they could

switch up the order and have the celebrity

filler

during the

leading up to the game.

Then

week their

interviews and segments could per-

haps have more players from the and present offering their

past

upcoming game. The Super Bowl is already one of

analysis of the

draws of the pre-game should concentrate more on entertaining the biggest television year.

those

Maybe

who

the

are

already watching,

reaching out to

new

The game of football should be the main draw.

itself

be watching a four-hour pre-game

rather

show, and most of them want to see football, not the cast of American

viewers.

than


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Feature

SPOKE, February

C'CsCfo By SARAH JAYNES

The

tour.-

singers have also used

showcase their individby each performing a their individual solo song from

this tour to

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Spice Girls, Spice Girls," has been chanted all over North

ual

America since Dec. 2 when

careers.

the

group kicked off its reunion tour in Vancouver. Old or young, male or female, lifelong fans of the singers have been awaiting a reunion concert since 1998 when Geri Halliwell,

known as Ginger, left the group. The remaining foursome otherwise

talent

Melanie

who

Brown,

appeared on the

TV

recently

show, Dancing

with the Stars, showcased her danc-

member from

ing ability with a

audience while

the

her solo.

singing

Melanie C. belted out a song from her new CD during a laser show.

titled Forever.

Geri Halliwell and Emma Brown performed impressive choreographed dances while they sang older songs from their solo CDs. Beckham Victoria Although

The British phenomenon was labelled the biggest group since the Beatles when they released their

enjoys performing in the group, she has committed a lot of her time to her clothing line. She did a little spin

tried to maintain their girl

power,

good in 2001 after album on their own

but broke up for

releasing one

making ly

1995,

around the catwalk

most widegroup in history.

ative designs at the

Wannabe

single

hit

first

in

Spice Girls the

recognized

girl

in one of her creshow, leaving the

audience impressed.

The

glitz

and glamour

is still

there

1996 they released their first by followed Spice album. Spiceworld which was released in

with various costumes, flashy light shows and crazy backup dancers

1998.

who

In

Spice

the

2007,

In

announced

that

Girls

would be

they

reuniting for one last reunion tour for their fans.

The reunion

was a

tour

tribute to

get the

crowd and the

girls

excited and engaged in the dancing. Not only is it exciting to sing

along to your favourite Spice Girls songs, but the concert is extremely visual

with lights, lasers screens

from the 1990s; giving fans the chance to hear them perform their hit songs

and colourful props. The crowds have gone wild

one

Toronto and Montreal

incredible success

their

last

So

time.

the group has received

far,

rave reviews.

The shows have been

extremely entertaining and exciting for fans who have been following their music for years. They cover

Wannabe. Say You'll Be There, Mama, and their new song Headlines, that was released in all

the big songs, such as

Spice

2007

Up

Your

Life,

right before they started the ly.

Clockwise from bottom Spice Girls perform

left:

Wannabe

in

their signature outfits; Geri Halliwell

(Ginger) sings her solo

hit, It's

Raining Men; Melanie Brown (Scary) dances

in

piece jumpsuit, an

wore

in

her leopard oneoutfit

she often

the 1990s: Melanie

Chisholm (Sporty) flexes her famous biceps; the group struts their stuff: Victoria

Beckham

(Posh)

sings Holler, a song released Geri

left

Emma

the group

in

when

1998 and

Bunton (Baby) sings a track

from her solo album.

Vancouver,

New

Jersey,

in

New York, and

will

continue to show their appreciation for the Spice Girls as they continue

through the U.S. later this month. Although they planned to continue their tour in Australia and Asia, they announced that they will end their tour in Toronto

on Feb. 26. cancel-

ing their last dates so that they can

concentrate on their families and their solo careers.

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