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BUGS BUNNY entertains
kids waiting for santa
looms Talks between
24 colleges broke down Nov. 12 By CHRIS BAIT
9,000 Ontario college instructors says it could go on strike in the new year if the colleges do not meet their conditions. Talks between the council that represents Ontario’s 24 colleges and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) broke down on Nov. 12. Shortly thereafter, the council chose to draft a new employment contract for teachers that went
on Nov. 18. The new contract calls for a 7.5 per cent wage increase over four years, and changes to workload terms and condi-
In a Nov. 12 press release,
Thomas blasted the
actions of the council, calling it “unionbusting at its worst.” “In light of the colleges refusal to bargain in good faith the union will have no alternative but to go to our membership and seek a strike mandate,” said
Grad makes By MICHELLE
Thomas. “If this
so-called contract is
rammed through council says five
the will be, one in like
Ontario will experience an unprecedented increase in workload.” In an email to faculty, Ontario college presidents stated that the new contract will increase the level of input for
faculty, but will not increase the workload that will be assigned. Faculty, counsellors and
went on a
three-week strike in
2006, which affected 150,000 students across Ontario.
This competition can literalbe defined as cutting edge. Gillette’s Drafted contest has hauled in eager, wannabe-sportscasters from all over the country, but only the ones ly
with energy and an often peculiar sense of creativity wall make the cut.
Sean Menard is one of them. from 25-year-old The Hamilton is now one of the top five finalists competing for the esteemed position of sports broadcaster on The Score. Menard studied radio and television at Conestoga from
2004 to 2006 before attending
contest’s final five
Sheridan College for a
best marks, but I liked to think I was pushing the enve-
program. at time Conestoga he good made use of the
that programs, such as the one he attended at Conestoga, would allow for students to show off their originality a bit more, as opposed to always following
film and gaining as experience as he could. Menard realized he had a
making himstand out by producing
better chance of self
unusual and attention-grabbing material. “I,
for sure, didn’t get the
said programs try and simulate the workplace instead of also rewarding innovation. “I would like to see schools encourage and promote that kind of thinking a little bit more,” he said. In the past weeks of the
competition, during trivia contests and other tapings,
Menard has been tagged
but he says he isn’t intentionally trying to appear that way. He is confident in his abilities and is trying to bring that on to the screen. “It’s not like I’m acting, they promote you to be yourself,”
don’t get to edit
one thing out.
the rest of the country see it for the first time too; I don’t have control over it.” But so far so good, and Menard is hoping for the best on the live show on Dec. 8 sees
. . .
Part-timers play the waiting game
Now deep thoughts ...
with Conestoga College
questions answered by
Monday, November 23, 2009
Both sides are now waiting
By CHRIS BATT
law and security
Part-time staff at Ontario’s 24 community colleges will have to wait several months to find out whether or not they will join the Ontario Public Service Employees
Union (OPSEU). The College Compensation and Appointments Council is contesting whether OPSEU had the 35 per cent support
“The process could take well into the new year,” said Debra Marshall, director of at resources human
nervous about our job security” Despite the news, officials at Conestoga insist that no changes will be made to employment conditions or student services.
Conestoga College. “The ballots are sealed, but the labour board can still order a count.”
Under Ontario law, unions must obtain signed membership cards
support staff at Ontario colleges participated in the
“Star Wars. like the action it’s a good (series).”
“This is not good news for Shelly said part-timers,” Brown, a part-time admissions clerk at Conestoga College. “It makes me very
from 35 per cent of eligible workers before a vote can
required to hold a vote in the first
hearing with the Ontario Labour Relations Board, where they will present argu-
cannot colleges “The change any employment terms before the hearing,”
said Marshall. “It will be business as usual for the
largest union certification vote in the province’s history, with up to 10,000 part-time
(Counselling services presents the
Peter Lawryniuk, second-year early childhood
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Monty Python and The Holy Grail because it’s amazing and hilarious!” “Totally
the Generation N event campus. the at held Generation N was created by Mario Anglin, director of social
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Conestoga Students Inc., and not by the new club Kailey Parkin, second-year general business
as stated. for the
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the last Bruce Willis (Live Free or Die Hard) because don’t “I
watch movies for realism, watch movies to escape.”
Laura DeKnibber, first-year
go with The Lion loved it as a kid, all the music and songs. have the soundtrack and “Let’s
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Second Career program getting back on track By ALEX COOKE
An update and some to Conestoga’s
were discussed in by college council members on Nov. 16. When the Ministry of issues detail
Training, Colleges and Universities first proposed the Second Career program in 2008, Conestoga College was more than willing to implement new programs, to help retrain people who had been laid off. This was done to compete with private post-secondary institutions such as
TriOS, Everest and Medix colleges.
Sandra Schelling, chair of engineering and information technical training, has been
communicating with She alerted
the the Ministry in May of the high number of students looking to take the government up on its
offer of training for a career.
In September, the Ministry &ot the hint.. They contacted Conestoga College and asked if students would be allowed to attend school without the
required MTCU approval, since they were backlogged with applicants. Just a couple of weeks later, applicants were notified that the initial $355 million in funding had been used up, and that the was declaring a “pause” in funding, because they had underestimated how popular the
Second Career would be.
ed out. “The Ministry could have been more sophisticated with their winding down of the program,” said Tibbits. An additional $78 milli on was committed to continue the Second Career program Oct. 13, but at college council it was suggested it was used to process the backlog of
ing with the backlog of applicants approved in the summer.
Conestoga College applicants
dent of student affairs, pointed out that the Second Career students only account for 40 per cent of the college’s
growth this year. “I’m encouraged by the strength of programs outside of Second Career,” Dinning said.
Of the 1,150 new students this year, 700 of those have enrolled in “traditional” pro-
By NICOLE HANNUSCH
is in demand in their community which requires a credential or licence.
approved by MTCU, but their numbers are low, since the MTCU seems to still be deal-
cants hoping futures on the government’s
surpassed The 2009 United Way Be Change, Make Change, See Change campaign is drawing to a close at Conestoga
between September and December this year, as college president John Tibbits point-
applito brighten their
funding will be for a training program, not an income support program, and applicants must plan to train for a job that
goa 0f $50,000
“That money ($78 million) hasn’t affected admissions so far,” Tibbits said. The pause will be in effect until Nov. 20, when new guidelines for Second Career funding will be implemented. Included in the guidelines are that the
Students weren’t the only ones left holding the bag. Conestoga College created 27 new programs, set to start
applicants, not for
not all of the fundraising activities have
already passed its fundraising goal of $50,000, with a total of $51,914 raised so far.
Last year, Conestoga managed to raise $55,834. Events will be continuing at the colof end until the lege
November, so the school
which raised $1,258. Student Life events, run by student life programmer
Ryan Connell, raised $3,323. The goal for the Student Life initiatives was $2,500. The business foundation students raised a record amount of $757 between their three noon-hour events, the largest amount ever brought in by a class on campus for the
United Way drive. Paula Sears, HRIS co-ordinator, expressed her appreciation for those
like to express
employee the During pledge/donation drive, fewer
to last year’s aver-
age of $156. The lasagna luncheon was not held in favour of an employee bingo,
our thanks to employees and students
has a chance to break last
employees donated toward the event, but donated a high-
“On behalf of the United Way, the committee would
participated in events,
provided prizes for events, or made pledges or donations. We couldn’t do it without them.” A grand total for the entire Conestoga College United Way campaign will be available in early December.
EVERYONE BENEFITS FROM random acts of kindness
PHOTO BY CHRIS BATT
Act of Kindness Day
13 on campus,
with everyone being encouraged to
toward one another. Above, Joni Blueman,
moted the Respect Campaign during the
and Brenda Laugalys
PHOTO BY MICHELLE SOMMER Act of Kindness Day had students making their way to the CSI offices, where they received free popcorn, cotton candy and, for those interested, even free mugs.
Monday, November 23, 2009
alarming GREG COWAN
quick, the new cliche the college doesn’t do something like steahng trucks “It’s describing easy pickings will be lot.” parking College from the Conestoga college properAt least two trucks were stolen from the staff, faculty students, for Unfortunately ty last month. campus and security, acts of vehicular thievery around If
aren’t rare occurrences. oliices Before the masses start parading to the security
worth noting what a
jackpot the Conestoga campus is to carjackers. the Think about it, the campus is seconds away from is home to garand getaway, the as known highway, also countless gantuan and numerous parking lots, housing baby. a from candy cars. It’s like taking superThere is no conceivable way the security staff can could they if Even lots. the vise ah the vehicles exiting the how would they be able to pick out the students from of night hard a after An early morning class,
Conestoga Colleges parking
background Car alarms have become nothing more than blaring Everyone has been guilty of hearing the concerned. than annoyed horns and becoming more better And store-bought theft deterrents seem to do a the than cars their starting job of keeping drivers from don t have you besides, And them. steahng thieves from YouTube video to be a professional to watch a two-minute describing how to get around those roadblocks. Other college and university campuses have sensor conleave trolled parking arms that only allow a vehicle to
As soon as the
The H1N1 virus has caused a huge panic all over North America, which, in turn, caused frustration with
concerns about rationing preferential treatment
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a shocker; celebrities got preferential treatment. I don’t understand what all the fuss is about. That is the perk that comes with being a celebrity or professional athlete; you become top priority because you make rich people even richer. And we, the normal folk who are complaining, are the ones to blame for them getting this special treatment. We all treat celebrities as if they were special human beings and we place them on a pedestal. Think of it this way: Let’s pretend you’re an art collector and happen to own a vase
Now I know most people would disagree and say who cares about making money, this is just totally unethical,
there are children and elderly who need this shot more than sports celebrities do. To these people I ask just one question: If you were in the player’s situation,
would you say no
told to get the shot?
If you said yes, then I guess you are the moral compass of humankind. As for the rest of us, we will be looking for any
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Flu clinics had only been open a week when concerns about rationing and preferential treatment started to arise. Clinics in Alberta were suspended due to the number of doses available and the small supply they expected to
the administering of the
while hardly foolproof, would make the work of the thieves a bit harder. The arms would also free up college security from ticketing illegally parked cars, because if drivers didn’t have a pass they wouldn’t be able to get into the lot. This is one suggestion. There are others, and there may even be better ones. However, one thing is for certain, the current level of vehicle security at the college isn’t
going to hit your city sometime today and it’s going to be a big one. The first thing you are going to do is find that vase and lock it up somewhere
the proper verification, usually a
no big deal
opened, the controversy start-
The arms provide a
are a iinie ioo
thieves? with his “studying,” could make any student fumbling keys look like a shady character.
when presented with
to get ourselves to the
front of those lines.
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Monday, November 23, 2009
Sparse crowd at Royal Winter Fair has me worried In Toronto there are 10 days each year when country
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Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, held Nov. 6 to 15 this year, featured a
horse show, trade fair, the entertaining President’s
SuperDogs agility show and judged classes for cows, sheep, goats, poultry and produce. I have been attending the Royal for years, mostly to watch the horse show and shop, but something seemed to be missing this year - people. The booths and exhibits were the same as ever -
horse supplies, booths showcasing the country’s geographical regions and the always interesting display of the largest vegetables. The area for livestock was full and horse show entries were the same number they have always been, including many international riders. The difference was the crowd, or lack thereof. Granted, I did go to the show on a weekday, but I was there from about noon until midnight. The biggest absence was school trips. Elementary students usually bustle around with bags of purchases, yelling to one another and always blocking your view of the ring when they all file out together. I followed the equestrian message boards for discussions about the Royal and some brought up concerns about H1N1. There were a few people who planned not to attend for fear of germs, but the majority said they were going to use hand sanitizer and not lick any door handles. However, these sites are for horse people, who probably would rather risk being sick for a couple of weeks than miss the pinnacle event of the horse show season. These flu concerns are a very likely explanation for the lack of school trips. Germ contact is inevitable whenever a crowd of people are gathered and many parents (and schools) probably didn’t want to put their children at risk. A second explanation for the sparse crowd is the poor
economy. My ticket cost almost $50 and included both my admission and entry to the evening horse show. My costs would have been less if I
had only attended
the afternoon, but the best
you add in Starbucks (have to stop there), gas, parking,
food and shopping (there are
always good deals), it can be quite an expensive day out. In a time when people are worried about their jobs and money, admission alone is pretty pricey and many families probably won’t make this a day trip. Even if you just paid admission and nothing else, mom and dad probably don’t want to lug around a cooler all day filled with enough food for a fami-
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did fairly well
and kept under control in the shopping area. But including my ticket, souvenirs and food I probably spent just over $200. However, one benefit of the lower turnout was shorter Usually lines. at
Greenhawk, an equestrian supply store that is a major sponsor of the show, I have to wait behind at least 10 people before making my purchases. But this year the cashier was waiting for me! The low attendance numbers have
a bit worried.
the Syracuse Invitational Sport Horse Show in Syracuse, N.Y., in October and found out that this show, which has been going on for over 100 years, ended up in the red. It is get-
ting more and more difficult to find sponsors and the future of this historical show that used to be held at
Madison Square Gardens
I worry that the fate of the Royal will become similarly uncertain. CN was a major sponsor this year, but if they aren’t compensated for their contributions they may be unwilling to offer such sup-
port in the future. And truthfully, riders won’t come if the prize money is poor and the show won’t be as competitive without the top-quality riders it is
We all have our stories that brought us here. We support one another through whatever we face and take the time to learn from each other.
be interesting to find out official attendance and It will
everything is tallied. But I think we need to really make an effort to preserve events such as the Royal, that showcase our history and are steeped in tradition.
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Christmas not in the It’s mid-November and I’m already dreading the music that will be joyously playing over stores’ crappy PA systems. It’s mid-November people, not December. It’s not
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even close to Christmas and already I am sick of hearing
have a month left until need to start getting
ready for the biggest holiday of the year. There is no need to be putting up your trees, hanging the lights or putting that annoying waving Santa on your front lawn. Some of us are still in that “Did summer really happen?” phase and would not like to be plagued with the thoughts of snow coming our way. I was outside just a few days ago where the weather was so nice I felt as though spring had come early. I walked my dog around the block, enjoying the rays of sunshine; I was lost in a feeling of full content until I
rounded that last corner. On one of my holiday-loving neighbour’s lawn sat a big grinning snowman mocking me as it swayed in the sunlight. The first snowfall hasn’t even hit us and already we’re putting out inflatable snowmen. I wanted to run over there and pop it, possibly let-
an evil cackle as it slowly melted toward the ground. Some neighbours still have pumpkins rotting on their front porch from Halloween which are accompanied by bright, flashing ting out
Christmas lights. I tend to be a bit of a peeping tom when it comes to these houses covered in lights and decorations. I’m always intrigued to see if they already have their trees up as well. More often than not, there in the living room stands a great big Christmas tree,
with presents already beneath it. I have a hard enough time keeping my cat from making the tree into a fort for herself a few days before Christmas, I would not want to be doing that for
more than a month. Nov. 1 and I saw numerous
Facebook statuses of friends
who were “Soooo
put up the tree today, Christmas is in the air!” Christmas is not in the air! Fall is, let me enjoy fall before we skip into that dreadful season we know as winter.
Santa Claus parades are already underway as well. I attend them, for the candy, but I still resent it every minute. We all stand on the street in the middle of November with nothing but a light sweater on to keep us warm and wait for that jolly old Saint Nick to come down the street on a float or fire truck. It’s almost a ploy to get kids hopes up, reminding them that Santa comes soon so they better be good, even though they have over a month before Santa falls down their chimney. Stores are the worst at this time of year. Even before Halloween makes its appearance stores are stocking up on wrapping paper, bows, silly cards and that oh so dreadful music. If I have to hear that chipmunk song one more time I am going to lose it. The song horrible on a normal stereo system or on TV, but it’s ear
PHOTOS BY LISA BUCHER Thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse of St. Nick and other colourful characters at Guelph’s Santa Claus Parade Nov. 15. Above, a Toronto marching band entertains the crowd with their toy soldier costumes and lively music.
bleeding material when played on a crappy PA system. The worst thing about it is Christmas music seems to
were on hand, as was the Guelph Humane Society, which encouraged everyone to come out and adopt a pet. Everybody
there should be a ban on it being played before Dec. 10 after Dec. 25.
should also save their Christmas cheer for December. People
downtown Guelph The Quebec Street oast
Radio station personalities
linger around until the first week of January. I think
way from London and Woolwich streets, along Norfolk George’s Square and ended up by police headquarters.
participated walked a two kilometres.
and Norfolk streets parade organizers.
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WHEN DATING TURNS DANGEROUS The
to get carried
early signs of
with the excitement of
Often, this exhilaration prevents us from detecting
Here are some warning signals I
to look for.
know where you are and who you are very angry about
of the early signs of
may be abusive
ensures we’ll never forget
he or she:
things, like not being ready
on time or wearing the
obey or decide
about hurting you, hurting your friends or committing suicide
you, no matter
Counsellors are available ext 3360,
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your partner, you
the Counselling Office,
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you recognize these behaviours
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your friends and asks you to stop seeing them
Doon Campus, Room 1A101, 748-
ext. 148 or
(Doon campus Room 2B10
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on community support
through your Counselling Office.
Both services are confidential.
“Do I really want to be here?” Many students, exhausted by workload, discouraged by borderline marks or unsure of program choice consider leaving college. Counsellors see many students who want out and hope to return later. But is “out there” any better? Leaving may cause other problems. A sudden void is created in the student’s life. Jobs are elusive. Contact is lost with school friends who form a natural community of support. Returning to school seems a monumental task.
the costs and consider
Sonser’s somber reflection was honest and realistic, with
By ALEX COOKE
Consider options other
than withdrawal from a program:
a hint of hope for a future
without war. Elissa Cressman, a student
shared programmer, heartwarming stories of her Major W.G. grandfather,
coats continuously, and end up littering sidewalks for weeks. Everyone has their
secret to keeping the trademark secured over their hearts, and proudly display-
ing their respect for our fallen and fighting soldiers. The bright red symbol was on full display on Nov. 11. the a.m., 10:35 By Conestoga at Sanctuary College had filled to capacity with students, faculty and staff who came to pause for a
moment in their busy college lives and remember. First-year business management student, Frazer Stalkie, was one of the first to grab a seat in the Sanctuary to pay his respects to his who grandfathers, both served in the Second World War.
halls of Conestoga
The congregation stood for the recordings, followed by a moment of silence and respect. A few of the mourners welled up with teai-s and
“It’s comforting to come (to the ceremony),” said Stalkie. “It’s been a tradition since
wiped them away discretely. The college’s ceremony was attended by Lt.-Col. Gordon
Second World War. “It
fantastic to see so
take a few minutes and remember,” Cressman said after the ceremony. Ferguson’s favourite story to tell his
an Ireland, visiting untouched oasis in war-torn
As 11 a.m. drew
grew eerily quiet, especially during a recording of Taps and the Last Post, performed on the bugle.
Greavette (retired). Greavette now the chair of liberal
Students Inc. president Sheena Sonser opened the second annual Remembrance Day ceremony. She gave a stirring speech as images of Canadian soldiers fighting in wars, old and new, were projected on a screen
the college,” Greavette said.
communications and studies at Conestoga. Decked out in uniform, the retired officer was happy to see so many in attendance. “It was great to see recognifull
Find out more about your program and the variety of possible jobs you can seek through resources such as faculty and Career Services.
Drop a course which is salvageable and pick before conceding defeat.
Consult your instructor
Pick up a failed course through Continuing Education evening or
Discuss partial load with your co-ordinator or the program chair. Better to save a few than lose all. for Peer Tutoring. The cost to the student is minimal and it works. Considering transferring to another program within your school. Communicate with a peer or faculty with whom you are having difficulty. Ask for help from faculty or classmates.
Seek temporary shelter
home has become untenable. Community resources
listed in Counselling Services.
See your doctor. A sudden decline in energy may indicate a treatable Take off a day or two to deal with personal issues if necessary. Take advantage of any or all service areas to assist you.
These and many other solutions have been explored by students with a counselWe are here to listen and help when you have run out of ideas. Most find they can get through with some support or leave if necessary with a plan for completing
PHOTO BY ALEX COOKE Jaqui Reid, from
A Message from
Counselling Services, 1A101.
and studies tive,
a security representative at Conestoga,
Gordon Greavette, chair of liberal communications and Rod McNeil, a security represent a-
stand for a
of silence at
11 a.m. on
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spend the week awesome Steve McQueen movies. You will
find out that died in 1980.
Someone will put bouillon cubes in your showerhead this week. Prepare to take a shower
Taurus April 20
While going out the door week you will get cov-
bird will fly into your at some point this week. You will be surprised at how quickly everything
You should wear a poncho
in its feces.
ered in a bucket of oatmeal.
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be stunned at how people go see the latest Twilight movie. It is a shame that they won’t get their wasted time back.
You will get cayenne pepper in your eyes this Thursday. This is quite painful. Get some eyewash or milk to stop the pain.
Tomasz Rozdeba and Matt Burkhart, two second-year from
their studies to play basketball at the rec centre.
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get shot in the
forehead by a rubber band. If this is an accident you should forgive whoever shot you. If it was on purpose, you should get vengeance.
a Monday, you will be arrested, on a Tuesday you will be put in jail. Ideally you look good in stripes, because they will be around your shoulders.
January 20 February 18
Beware of a purple poodle, as someone who has no common sense at all owns it. They also don’t bother picking up its droppings.
This week you will learn trucks should not have drum brakes when you see an accident. Everyone will be fine but the cars won’t be.
why SUVs and
This week you will see an elderly woman walking in a
Hopefully you do not
to sing again
By FREEMAN CARTER
comes to singing. CSI Idol is back for another year, and this Thursday the top six finalists will perform it
for the coveted title. After a
gruelling audition round, the best six scorers have been asked to come out one more
time to perform in front of both a live audience and special guest judges.
In no particular order, the top six are: Paul Tremblay, Erin Farrar, Katherine
Thomas Clarke and
Pilgrim. Each of these participants scored more than 20 points out of a possible 25.
Contestants were judged on four different criteria: vocal skill, worth up to 10 points, as well as stage presence, originality of presentation and personality, each worth up to
The three special guest judges this year include radio personalities Angie Hill from KOOL FM and Mark Paine from KFun 99.5, as well as Conestoga’s own audio-visual technologist Bert Last. The final six will be scored using the same criteria from the audition rounds. While there won’t be any William Hung-style performances, students are urged to come out to cheer on their fellow classmates and friends as Conestoga looks for its next CSI
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in front of special guest judges
international business students, take a break
excellent period film called
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Conestoga College offers reincarnation course By LISA BUCHER
the day discussing the theories
Do you have
a fear with no logical present life explanation?
Or maybe you wonder things happen to
good people? Perhaps your present life struggles can be explained by exploring your past lives in Reincarnation - Who Where You?, a one-day course offered College’s
continuing education on Nov. 28 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. The course is taught by
s top radio psychic Valkos, who has been teaching at the college for around 19 years. Valkos said he went
through PHOTO BY SARAH MACINTOSH c Peter Findlay, a world-class woodcarver, was a guest speaker at Conestoga on Nov. 9. He was given a gift from the woodworking S club, The Three Legged Stool. a
process when he got involved with the field of paranormal in 1969 as a skeptic. He is now a firm believer that
everyone has unlimited psy-
Carving a path for Conootoga'0
chic potential, it’s just a matter of tapping into those abilities.
The workshop spends half
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Peter Findlay has made countless pieces that you would have a hard time believing were actually made out of wood. “I
was born with sawdust
blood,” said Findlay, the guest speaker at a Nov. 9
seminar and demonstration hosted by the Conestoga
woodworking club, The Three Legged Stool. The club brings in guest College
speakers to provide knowledge to the members on how to create a variety of different
things and teach them new ideas. Findlay, a world-class woodcarver, did just that. Many students gathered to
hsten to Findlay and ask him about his knowledge, experience and inspirations. He began woodworking at age 10. Over the years he’s taught workshops for children, night courses and woodworking classes at Conestoga College. From chip carving, relief carving and wood turning to
and reconstruction, Findlay knows his woodwork-
“We must risk going too how far we can
goes for a type of response
where he has people wondering how he did it. He believes the most important skill is the ability to be able to visualize where you are going.
However, he also said problem solving and experience are important as well. Findlay’s hero is Leonardo da Vinci. He said you won’t get wealthy by doing something everyone else does; you have to do something original. You have to use your time wisely and be creative. ‘You make mistakes to see how far you can go and then you don’t make the same mistakes,” said Findlay.
students admired his
Findlay said. He told students how he always takes a risk. If something seems impossible
work and Findlay’s words will help inspire them to take that
just to see
he finds a way to get around it and make it work. He’s made projects such as curved candlesticks, a dancing doll, miniature woodpicture animals, carved frames and a 1931 Chrysler Imperial that’s 52 inches long. As you can imagine, he needs a lot of tools to create an unbelievthese pieces able 1,025 tools to be exact. When creating things he
“Findlay’s a god to us,” said Hall, a second-year woodworking student.
carnation and the other half
burnt at the stake.
‘You are now the sum total you have seen, felt and experienced in all of your prior lifetimes,” said of everything
said Valkos, “I was a in the British Army. I was on an island in the South Pacific and I was life,
For more information on the which costs $80, call the Conestoga College continuing education general interest and leisure department at
gunned by the Japanese. I was (also) a black the pre-U.S.
War. I died in the swamps by snake bite and I was (also) a
519-748-5220, ext. 2200. You
prairie farmer’s wife, like in Little House on the Prairie, although I didn’t have a hus-
can register through continuing education online through the student portal, in person at the Doon campus’s Registrar’s Office during regular business hours, by mail or by fax 519-895-1085. Registration forms can also be put in drop boxes located at the Waterloo campus, 108
band as good looking as Michael Landon.” So why do bad things happen to good people? Valkos says sometimes it’s because you’re paying off a karmatic debt from another lifetime, a topic he will discuss in his
there is no logical present life explanation the fear could be
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drowned or if you are terrified you may have been
a sort of meditation, to have the students remember three of their past lives. In my most recent past sis,
in a past life. If you have a fear of water perhaps you
Valkos uses regressive hypno-
traced back to
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