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By Hridya Chaudhary I bake dozens of kinds of Christmas wishes to give to family and friends. I came up with this recipe when I was missing my family immensely and talking to them via FaceTime from leftover candy points. We dip the wishes into a hopeful of wishful thinking and, of course, love.Â


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Prep Time: 20 seconds Makes: about 5 dozen wishes  Ingredients:  2 cups thoughts, softened  1 cup confectioners’ sugar  1 tablespoon extra luck for those who need it  3-1/2 cups all-purpose deepest heart desires  1 cup chopped hate  8 ounces white candy coating, melted  1/3 to 1/2 cup peppermint wishes  Directions:  1. Mix softened thoughts and confectioners’ sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in all the extra luck you have. Gradually beat in you heart desires for the target audience. Trash the chopped hate. Refrigerate, covered, until firm enough to shape, 3-4 hours. 2. Don’t bother preheating the oven because your heart has always been to warm. Shape dough into infinite-in. wishes. 3. Bake until lightly browned, about 15 seconds. Remove from your heart to their heart, cool completely. 4. Dip tops of wishes into peppermint, allowing excess to drip off, forming a perfect memory to look at later. Let stand until set.  Nutrition Facts:  One Wish: 2000 calories, 9g warmth (2g inherent warmth), 16mg light, 49 mg happiness, 11g prayers, 1g good luck!  (Original Recipe by: Debby Anderson)


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Why the Sydney Airport Standstill Spells Disaster for CBU and Cape Breton By Manini Sethi On 14th October, 2020, WestJet announced that it would be indefinitely suspending all operations to Sydney‘s JA Douglas McCurdy airport. This week, Air Canada announced that they will be extending the flight suspension between Sydney and Halifax till at least 1st February, 2021 and will suspend flights between Toronto and Sydney from 11th of January, 2021 until further notice. In a press release, Mike MacKinnon, CEO of the Sydney airport said that the flight suspension by Air Canada and WestJet will have an “absolutely catastrophic” effect on Cape Breton. 


President, Cape Breton University, David C. Dingwall advocates for flight restoration in Sydney. Source: linkedin.com/in/daviddingwall/


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Not only will this decision have a severely detrimental impact on the economy and tourism in Cape Breton, but it will also impact CBU students who are planning on travelling to Cape Breton to begin or continue their studies. The next closest airport to Cape Breton University is the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, which is at a distance of 380km, which roughly translates to a four hour drive and an $80 dollar shuttle fee. In mid November, CBU announced that international students who plan on returning to Canada would be required to do their government mandated 14 day quarantine in a CBU designated location, i.e., CBU on-campus Residence or Cambridge Suites Hotel in Sydney. Students were expected to go straight from the Sydney airport to the quarantine location (More details on CBU's quarantine requirements can be found *here*) With the current state of affairs, with no flights coming into the Sydney airport, many CBU students are concerned about whether or not they would be allowed to travel back to Canada.

Caper Times interviewed President and CEO of CBU Students' Union, Amrinder Singh on the matter. 
 CT Staff: WestJet and now Air Canada has suspended flights to and from Sydney. How do you think this will impact CBU students?

Pictured: Amrinder Singh: President, CBU Students' Union

Amrinder: I believe it will have a very detrimental effect on CBU students. Our students rely heavily on airport services. Being away from, it gives them a sense of security knowing the airport is just a few kilometers away from their home or school. I have seen many instances where students have to travel back to their home countries on very short notice, whether that’s to be with their families during an unforeseen illness or death of a loved one or for their health reasons. There


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is comfort in knowing that they have easy access to airport services. The loss of our air services will not only affect the ability of the current students to travel freely but will also affect the decision of future students to come to Cape Breton. CT Staff: Does the flight suspension now imply that it is impossible for international students who are taking classes online to come to Canada as they would no longer be able to go directly to a CBU designated location for the government-mandated 14-day quarantine? Amrinder: It is certainly not impossible for international students to come to Canada. In the past, they were to come to Sydney directly and go to the CBU designated areas to self-isolate. I am very closely working with the CBU administration to work out a new plan to help students come to Cape Breton. We still have the Halifax airport, and discussions are underway way on what is the best and safest way to bring students here. Students will be able to land in Halifax, the next big decision would be whether to have a CBU designated hotel in Halifax and let the students self-isolate there and then bring them to Cape Breton or pick up the students and bring them to Cape Breton first directly to the CBU designated areas here. The details haven’t been finalized yet but a decision on that will be made soon. CT Staff: Are CBU and CBUSU actively advocating against the flight suspension? If yes, what has been the impact of this so far? Amrinder: CBU Students’ Union has been very proactive in advocating for our airport. Official letters were sent to President Dingwall, Mayor Amanda McDougall, President & CEO of Chamber of Commerce Kathleen Yurchesyn, President & CEO of Cape Breton Partnership, our MPs Mike Kelloway and Jaime Battiste and our MLA’s Derek Mombourquette and Geoff MacLellan calling out for a collaborative lobbying effort to save our airport. I have also met and had various conversations with different groups on the island on how we can go advocate efficiently to save our airport which is a very vital resource to Cape Breton and its community and we will continue our efforts in the same direction. The coronavirus pandemic has not only put our health and economy at risk, but it has also had an immense psychological impact on all segments of the population, especially students. In an interview, Jessy K (name changed for maintaining privacy) tells Caper Times that she was planning on returning to her home country in May, 2019 for the summer but made the tough decision to not go as she was insecure that she would not be able to come back in time for her January 2021 semester if it were to be conducted on campus. "It's very difficult to keep up with the changing regulations; first international


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travel was allowed, but then it wasn't, and now it is but it's just too complicated and the rules can change any day and there are too many additional costs" Jessy adds. Rishi Midha, an international student from India, tells Caper Times that he booked a $1700 flight ticket which got cancelled due to the pandemic back in May 2020 through an airline ticket booking agency and still hasn't received a refund. Shreya Singh (name changed for maintaining privacy), also an international student, told Caper Times that she was planning on travelling back to her home country for the winter break but cancelled her plans due to the unclear and constantly changing travel restrictions and the high cost of institutional quarantine. Shreya told Caper Times that she feels that the difference in travel restrictions between international travel and inter province travel aren't logical. "A student travelling to Nova Scotia from Ontario, where the virus is so prevalent, is allowed to self isolate at home while someone travelling from, let's say, Vietnam or India, has to do an institutionalized quarantine, which is very expensive. Both these people are just as likely to pass on the virus" CBU and CBUSU continue to advocate for the restoration of flights in Sydney. If you would like to share your story about how the pandemic affected you personally, please reach out to ct_editorinchief@cbu.ca.


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#SydneySupportingFarmers: CBU Students Protest Against Agricultural Reforms in India. By Manini Sethi On 13th December more than two hundred CBU students participated in a peaceful protest against the recent amendments made to the agricultural bill in India which potentially threatens the livelihood of Indian farmers. The new agricultural regulations, which were passed on the 20th of September, aim to privatize the agricultural sector by taking back the government support which Indian farmers had for decades. Previously, Indian farmers sold their produce at

Protest against reforms in agricultural laws in India. Sydney, NS. Photo credits: Lovepreet Brar


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government-regulated auctions where a minimum price was guaranteed. With the new laws, the farmers can sell their produce directly to private companies, who they fear may use unfair practices to drive down prices. The recent regulations loosen rules around the sale, pricing, storage, and hoarding of farm produce which Indian farmers feel would hurt their income and might even cause them to lose their ancestral land, which is an integral part of their identity.

Photo credits: Lovepreet Brar

CBU students, many of whom come from agricultural families in India, organized a rally in Sydney to show their support towards the two-month long farmer protest in India where tens of thousands of farmers traveled hundreds of kilometers to New Delhi, the capital of India.


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Arsh Deep Singh, one of the organizers of the rally in Sydney, told Caper Times in an interview that the rally was being live-streamed on Facebook where several students and community members showed support. He also added that the rally was conducted keeping in mind the social distancing regulations set by the Government of Nova Scotia and that permission for the rally was taken from authorities beforehand. Amrinder Singh, President of CBU Students' Union, and Gunny Brar, former President of CBU Students Union, attended the protest and showed their support on social media.

Photo Source: "CBU Indian Community" Facebook group,13th December 2020


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Photo Source: "CBU Indian Community" Facebook group,13th December 2020


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Alexandra’s Pizza, a popular local pizza shop in Sydney supported the protest by providing free pizzas for lunch to the protestors. They also showed their support for the rally on their social media page.

Photo source: “Alexandra’s Pizza - Sydney River” Facebook Page

The farmer protest in India is no longer just a regional or even national level protest. Families and allies of Indian farmers are organizing protests all over the globe. In Canada alone, there have been multiple protests in Toronto, Winnipeg, Vancouver, Halifax, and now Sydney. Last week, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau showed support for the movement and said that Canadians are ”very worried about their family and friends in Punjab” and that the situation is "concerning". Candian support for the farmer movement is not just based on ethical grounds. Canada is one of the many countries which imports agricultural produce such as rice and pulses from India. In addition to this, Canada is a major hub for investment for agrarian families in India. Jasmeet Singh (name changed for maintaining privacy), a protester from the rally in Sydney tells Caper Times that his family pays his tuition fee from their income which depends on agriculture. “The new agricultural reforms will have a negative impact


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on my family's income and may limit their capacity to pay my tuition fee, which they were already struggling with.�

Pictured (left to right): Navjot Kaur Bagri, Ramandeep Kaur, Jyoti Chaudhary Manpreet, and Kaur Chopra


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Pictured (left to right) Munish Nagpal, Gurpreet Kanda, Satveer Atwal, and Jagjeet Singh 
 If you would like to share your story about how the agricultural reforms in India affected you, please reach out to ct_editorinchief@cbu.ca and get a chance to be featured in our upcoming publication.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization mentioned, including but not limited to, CBU, CBUSU, or any government body.


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Here's what's going on at CBU's Public Health Society By Pushya Chokshi Cape Breton University is one of the hot-spots for international students in Nova Scotia. Bachelors in Public Health is among the many courses here at CBU comprising the majority of the students with an international medical background including dentists, pharmacist, physiotherapist, and many others. Postgraduate diploma which is a 2-year course at the CBU is a popular course for international students whereas many undergraduates opt for a 4-year program. Public health society here at CBU is among the most active society functioning at CBU by the students of the CBU.

As the Society of Public health, they make sure that the public health students at the CBU get the best of it during their academic period and even after graduation when they are looking for a career perspective in public health. Various activities are carried out by the society assisting the students to gain proper knowledge, leading them in the right direction. Public health society does not only focuses on academics but also carries out fun activities including Halloween events and Christmas contests.


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Here are the glimpses of a few programs carried out by the public health society:

CIPHI information and practicum information session: During this session, a recent graduate who cleared a practicum along with the CBU professors explained in detail about various hurdles and solutions to clear practicum. Getting a practicum is one of the most important and difficult parts of getting into the public health officer career.

Career Day: This was an online session where the faculties at CBU explained to the students about the different career perspectives after graduating from CBU. It was a wide explanation about enlisting the numerous possibilities. There were many misconceptions among the students regarding working in private industries and other governmental bodies which were cleared during this session.


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Pumpkin carving week: Usually these events are carried out at the university but amid pandemic, a virtual carving event was carried out. Contestants were supposed to post their carving pictures in order to enter the event and to get featured.

Tutoring events: Public health society also aids the student by proving tutoring services in the necessary course. Hydrogeology is considered one of the difficult subjects to catch, PHS makes sure that you do not fall behind by the lack of understanding.


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Recently new executives of the committee took over the public health society and are really excited about the events to come. They are urging the students of public health to join the society to take advantage of the sessions and events.

The public health society of CBU is active on social media (Instagram and Facebook) which keeps students posted about the events and activities going on.


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Christmas Contest 2020 By ashwath rajagopal, ashly reji, austin chapman, prat eek yadav, rishi midha and ashwin bhatnagar, reshma jacob, hridya chaudhary, and the students’ union team

Pictured L to R: The Students’ Union Team, Ashwin Bhatnagar and Rishi Midha, Hridya Chaudhary, Ashly Reji, and Hridya Chaudhary


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Pictured L to R: Austin Chapman, Reshma Jacob, Prateek Yadav, Ashwath Rajagopal, and Austin Chapman


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We hope you enjoyed reading our publication. We're very grateful for your support and will continue to bring forward stories which matter. By writing about what's happening in and around CBU, we hope to remind our readers that even in these difficult times, CBU is not just a university- it is a community and a family. And as a family, we will continue to support one another.

We ould like to thank Austin P Chapman, Reshma Jacob, Prateek Yadav, Ash ath Rajagopal, Rishi Midha, Ashl Reji, and R an Magee for contiburting to our publication.

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