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Thieves take $70,000 in merchandise Chris Mallioux Entertainment Editor A robbery has left a local video game owner store to pick up the pieces after a significant amount of merchandise was stolen from the shop. The Game MD at 5452 Tecumseh Rd. E. was broken into Nov. 3. The thieves made off with an estimated total of more than $70,000 worth of merchandise. Some of the merchandise included 80 copies of Call of Duty: Ghosts for Xbox 360 and 60 for the PlayStation 3. Store owner Francis Roy McLean said it’s disappointing that someone would break in and steal their merchandise. “When I came in there was no beep at the door and the power to the alarm keypad was SEE THIEVES TAKE PAGE 3

Sean Previl Associate Managing Editor

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Francis Roy McLean talks to customers in his store The Game MD after the break in, Nov.

Mold industry experts predict growth Richard Riosa Citizen Staff Reporter Local tool and mold industry experts are predicting a bright future for Windsor’s manufacturing economy. The Canadian Association of Mold Makers held its annual general meeting at the Giovanni Caboto Club Nov. 6. The event was a chance for industry leaders and local companies to come together and look toward the future of the industry. WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation CEO Sandra Pupatello gave the keynote speech on the role manufacturing has to play in stabilizing the local economy. Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara said Windsor and Essex County is the mold making

Local thoracic surgery support

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Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation CEO Sandra Pupatello speaks at the Canadian Association of Mold Makers annual general meeting at the Giovanni Caboto Club Nov. 6. capital of Canada and there are more than 260 shops in the Oldcastle and Tecumseh area. McNamara said the mold industry

is critically important to the overall economy of the region. “They (mold shops) play a major factor not only in paying their

share of taxes, but it’s the thousands of people who work there that live in our communities who benefit from it (the mold industry),” said McNamara. According to McNamara 20 per cent of Tecumseh’s taxes come from the industrial sector and a large portion of the other 80 per cent comes from citizens who work in the industrial sector. McNamara said the mold industry’s dependence on the automotive industry made 2008 and 2009 tough years for the region economically. Tim Galbraith, sales manager at Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing Ltd., said he saw many shops around Windsor close during the recession. Galbraith said wages decreased, benefits decreased and there were many layoffs. SEE MOLD PAGE 2

Hundreds of people are showing their support of Windsor Regional Hospital’s decision to continue thoracic surgery in the city. Residents of Windsor and Essex County gathered at the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle Nov. 12 to voice their concerns after Cancer Care Ontario asked WRH to stop performing thoracic surgeries by the end of March 2014 or risk losing $800,000 in funding. Thoracic surgery is a procedure performed to help people with issues relating to organs in the chest such as their heart, lungs and esophagus. Recent statistics by CCO showed the number of esophageal surgeries performed in Ontario by designated centres rose from 79 per cent in 2006-07 to 82 per cent in 2007-08, while lung surgeries increased from 76 to 81 per cent in the same time frame. Brian Masse, NDP-MP for Windsor West, said losing cancer treatments would have a serious impact on everyone due to the environmental concerns in the region. “This community has paid a significant price for cancer because of the environmental conditions,” said Masse. “Sometimes we’re working in factories, sometimes we’re working in farms and we have been affected by cancer signifSEE THORACIC PAGE 7


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Filmmakers receive recognition at short-film screening

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Event director Eric Boucher stands on stage during the opening ceremonies for the 48-Hour FlickFest Screening and Awards night Nov. 3. Each of the 16 films in the FlickFest were shot Oct. 18-20 and premiered as part of the Windsor International Film Festival. Justin Prince Citizen Staff Reporter The Windsor International Film Festival kicked off its event schedule Nov. 3 with their short-film competition screening and awards night as 16 films made their premieres in front of the near-capacity crowd. The Capitol Theatre hosted the 48-Hour FlickFest’s premiere night in the Kelly Theatre room, which has a

capacity of 230 seats. The original competition was held Oct. 18-20 with a total of 16 teams having to write, shoot and edit a short film within 48 hours. None of the teams missed the deadline and all of their films premiered during the night. “There weren’t many empty seats, which was awesome to see in terms of people coming out and supporting those teams,” said event director

Eric Boucher. “Maybe 80 of them there were the actual filmmakers and the rest were family and friends.” Boucher, 27, said a couple of the films submitted had technical issues, but were corrected before the screening started. Boucher also said he was impressed with the quality of the films in this year’s FlickFest. “I really thought all of them were really good. There were

no bad films in terms of production quality and stories,” said Boucher. “I think everyone did a good job, especially with the 48 hour limit.” The 48-Hour FlickFest handed out its awards immediately after screening all 16 of the entries. Lionel’s Got Some Trouble Coming His Way won the top awards of the night, including the Mark Boscariol Best of FlickFest award, and Alex Forman, an actor in the film, won Best Actor. The best film award was named after Boscariol because of his contributions to the 48-Hour FlickFest. “I was just really surprised. We weren’t planning on using me for the role,” said Forman. “I was just trying to do my best to live up to (the original actor’s) standards. I’m just so surprised I won best actor.” According to Forman the original actor, who was in the team’s film for the 2012 FlickFest, couldn’t make it. Forman said he was placed into the role at the last minute. He also said the original film length was six and a half minutes long, which was two and a half minutes over the limit. “We’re planning to re-edit

Shane Koyczan comes to Windsor Taylor Desjardins Citizen Staff Reporter A spoken word artist who has been featured on TEDTalks and the Vancouver Olympics was brought to the Chrysler Theatre on Oct. 28 by the St. Clair College Student Representative Council. Shane Koyczan was introduced by vice president of student life, Mark Merkestyn, to kick off Mental Health Awareness Week at the college. Merkestyn said Erica Kitchen, the manager of student life, showed him a YouTube video of Shane Koyzcan because she was impressed with his abilities. After viewing the video, the SRC along with the board of directors voted to bring him to the college for mental health week. “He spoke with great passion about such things as anti-bullying, among other topics as well, and we felt as though he would be a great person to speak to our students,” said Merkestyn. “It helped show many students they’re not alone in the struggles they

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Canadian spoken word artist, Shane Koyczan, performed at the Chrysler Theater at St. Clair College Center of the Arts. face, and it helped show them different ways they can deal with stress, or other things related to mental health.” Merkestyn said it was a oneof-a-kind event to bring to downtown Windsor and the SRC thought it would put a new light on St. Clair. “We felt it was a great benefit to our community due to it being the first time anyone has brought someone who has been featured on TEDTalks to

the Windsor area,” said Merkestyn. Koyczan said being a spoken word artist is not what he expected to have as a job but it was something he was always interested in and he wanted to do something with his talent. “The practice for me has just been stretching the art form as many different ways as I can and do with it as much I can,” said Koyczan. He also said he had never

been to Windsor before and was excited to go somewhere new and see more of Canada. “I’m always keen to go to places that I’ve never gone to before, whether they are large communities or small communities,” said Koyczan. Koyczan said he liked being a spoken word artist because it is always different and fresh. “I just didn’t want to be stuck. I look around and I saw all my friends go into these jobs and they all fit into their own various boxes,” said Koyczan. “I started to see what life is like in that. Maybe the first couple years are exciting but then it becomes a chore.” Koyczan said he would come back to Windsor if he is invited. SRC is working to see what attendees thought of the event to see what possibilities there are for the future. “If the opportunity arises again, yes, we would be open to bringing him back due to the positive feedback we received from the event. But we like variety, and we are open to looking at other speakers if we do such an event again,” said Merkestyn.

the film how we want to with better music. Like really tighten it up,” said Forman. “We’re going to make it how we wanted it to be seen.” The director of the film Jakob Skrzypa said he was in shock over seeing his film win the 48-Hour FlickFest. Skrzypa said he didn’t expect his film to win an award. “It’s a really cool feeling (to win). I really didn’t expect that to happen,” said Skrzypa. “So much went wrong when we were filming … Everyone just came together and we had a great crew.” J.D. Oppen, who also produced a film for the 48-Hour FlickFest, said his team didn’t want to win anything in the FlickFest because he asked Boucher to not give his film an award. Oppen, 49, said it was neat to see his film up on the screen and wouldn’t change anything in it. “We just wanted to have fun,” said Oppen. “We weren’t really in the competition … It was just great to be a part of it all.” Drew Hewitt, who had trouSEE FLICK FEST PAGE 7 FROM MOLD PAGE 1

However, since 2010, according to McNamara, the mold industry has become more diverse and is experiencing a renaissance. CAMM chairman David Palmer said the local mold industry is growing and must learn from the recession when planning for the future. “We’ve had a lot of great competitiveness when there was a good exchange rate (before the recession),” said Palmer. “We certainly were the region of choice, now we have to be more cognizant of our costs, our efficiency and our technology so we can stay competitive and maintain that market share that we’ve earned over the years.” Palmer said he’s confident the industry will learn from past mistakes and Windsor will remain Canada’s mold-making hotbed. Pupatello said logistics and infrastructure have improved in the local mold industry since the recession. She said the industry will have to look to new markets for future growth. “Especially when things are going well, let’s not do what we’ve done historically,” said Pupatello. “Take at least 10 or 15 per cent of your time and dedicate it to new customers, new markets. We really have to get smart and not make the same mistakes over again.”


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Second Windsor-Essex Tech Show connects students with companies

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Vice president of WEtech Alliance Yvonne Pillon greets visitors to her booth at the Windsor-Essex Tech Show held at the Giovanni Caboto Club Oct. 29.

strong and growing tech sector,” said Marchand. Carlo Ciaramitaro, tax partner for the show’s presenting sponsor KPMG Enterprise, said he has seen a large number of small information technology firms open in the area and said he hopes the show will help to build on that and continue to diversify Windsor’s economy. Ciaramitaro also said the show is a great opportunity for students to meet entrepreneurs, learn from industry experts and showcase themselves to local tech businesses. Vice president of WEtech Alliance Yvonne Pillon, who helped organize the show, said connecting tech companies with students is also one of their goals. “It’s a great opportunity to get the students to connect with tech companies,” said Pillon. “A lot of these large technology companies are having trouble finding talent, so here’s an opportunity to connect students with employers.” Nico Verrelli, vice president of the St. Clair College Information Technology Club, which was one of the show’s vendors, said he was able to make valuable networking connections at the show. “If I didn’t attend this conference, I wouldn’t have made

the same connections on my own,” said Verrelli. Verrelli said his new connections will keep him from exclusively looking outside of Windsor for employment after graduating from college. He said Windsor must continue to expand its information technology community in order to keep local talent from leaving the area. Director of Enterprise & Government Sales of RIM Nick Dawson was the final speaker at the show. Dawson said it is important for students to attend events like this so they are able to keep up to date on current trends in the tech industry and help it to grow moving forward. “Hopefully events like this foster some innovation, some discussion between people and spurs them to go on to do bigger and better things,” said Dawson. Dawson said he thinks information technology will play an important role in logistics management in the local automotive industry. Marchand also said tech companies will have a role to play in every local industry. “What we’re doing here today is showcasing WindsorEssex technology companies,” said Marchand. “We have an outstanding entrepreneur and technology sector.”

Richard Riosa Citizen Staff Reporter Technology industry executives say they are hoping to change Windsor’s manufacturing reputation and diversify its economy. The second annual WindsorEssex Tech Show, hosted by the Windsor-Essex Chamber of Commerce, was held Oct. 29 at the Giovanni Caboto

Club. More than 20 tech industry vendors packed the hall and there were speeches given by executives from Polycom, Constant Contact, Mitel and Research In Motion. Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Matt Marchand said he estimates the event was attended by almost 400 people. He said he is excited about the increase

from the 250 people who attended the show the previous year. Marchand said technology has become an important part of all industries and the goal of the show was to showcase Windsor’s tech industry. “Often times when people hear Windsor-Essex, they think of cars and things of that nature, but we also have a very

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empty shelves and that it’s all gone.” Matte said seeing the shelves so bare made him a little sick to his stomach since he’s so used to seeing the shelves filled with games. Sgt. Matthew D’Asti of the Windsor Police Service said that officers arrived at the store Monday, responding to a call from McLean. “Suspects took some steps to enter the building by removing a section of cinder block. They actually chiseled through the brick wall and cut through some drywall to get inside,” said D’Asti. “Once inside we know that they were able to disable any alarm systems that were in the building.” D’Asti said if people come across any games at a suspiciously discounted price they should contact the police. If you have any information on the break-in you can contact Windsor & Essex County Crime Stoppers at 519-258-8477.

Food banks help those in need

down,” said McLean. “That’s when I noticed the store had been broken in to.” The robbery happened just two days before the midnight launch of Call of Duty: Ghosts, which McLean had to cancel because of the situation. With 60 copies of the PlayStation 3 and 80 of the Xbox 360 stolen, that alone amounts to over $9,000 worth of merchandise. According to McLean the robbers focused on new games and systems while avoiding the older games. McLean also said the robbers knew exactly where to break in, where the alarms and motion sensors were not in the store and even stole a laptop containing all security camera footage. Dan Matte, a regular customer of the store, decided to visit after hearing about the break in. “Roy is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and this is my favourite place to go in Windsor,” said Matte. “It’s devastating to see all these

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Major Karen Feltham inspects the non-perishable food shelf at the Salvation Army food bank at 355 Church St., Windsor Friday, November 1. Andrew Bradley Citizen Staff Reporter Windsor food banks are busy in the lead-up to the holiday season. Last year, city food banks logged 235,000 visits, a 10 per cent increase from 2011, reports CBC Windsor. In the most recent household survey in 2011, Windsor had the lowest employment rate at 53.3 per cent according to Statistics Canada.

The St. Clair College Student Representative Council runs its downtown food bank Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the TD Student Success Centre at University and Victoria Avenues. After completing an application form and an intake interview, registered students are entitled to one free food box per month. “We’re pretty busy,” said SRC employee Kori Burleigh, 24. “At the beginning of the year it wasn’t so much. It seems like every day we have at least three or four students that come in and pick some stuff up.” Burleigh, a graphic design student, said international students and those with children are the biggest users of the SRC food bank. The SRC service is one among about 20 food banks operating in the Windsor area. The Windsor Essex County Food Bank Association represents 18 local food banks. The Salvation

Army, located at 355 Church St., is a few blocks from the TD Centre. Instead of handing out food boxes they allow clients to choose their own food. Tables are lined with fresh vegetables and shelves are stocked full of non-perishable items like soup and pasta. “Of the 18 food banks in the association, we were doing 15 per cent of the intake,” said Major Karen Feltham, director of Community and Family Services. “When we changed our model in June we jumped from 15 per cent to 25 per cent of the intake for the food bank association.” Feltham has been with the food bank three years and said 60 to 70 people are served each day, which translates to about 25,000 people per year. Both the Salvation Army and SRC food bank are seeking perishable items for the holiday season. To make a donation, or for more information please contact The Salvation Army at 519-253-7473, facebook.com/TSAWindsor and SRC Food Bank at 519-972-2716, stclair-src.org.


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Special donation helps youth centre stay on budget Jolene Perron Associated Managing Editor A donation of 12 computers is helping an Amherstburg youth centre maintain its yearly budget. When government funding is out of the picture and only half of the budget is guaranteed, The House of Shalom Youth Centre’s executive program director Holly Kirk-McLean is always left wondering how long they’ll be able to keep the doors open. The youth centre relies on community support to make nearly half of the budget, not to mention to help supply additional equipment. Computers for Kids operations manager, Seamus Callaghan helped assist the youth centre by supplying 12 computers for students to work on their school work. “We here at Computers for Kids are dedicated to transforming unwanted computers into educational tools for children in need,” said Callaghan. “One of the greatest ways to help kids in the community is by assisting an organization like House of Shalom with their after school computer lab. This allows us to help multiple children at once and build a great partnership with one of the oldest after school programs in the community.” The House of Shalom has been

an operating youth centre in Amherstburg for over 40 years. Without assistance from Callaghan, the youth centre would have continued operating with sixyear-old computers that rarely operated properly due to budget cuts. The House of Shalom would not be able to afford the purchase of technology from their operating budget. “The expensive computers, upkeep, maintenance, etc. would really take away from the main program so the bottom line is without that type of community support, that’s just one service that we couldn’t offer on our own,” said John Sutton, executive director of the House of Shalom and The Big Brothers Big Sisters Foundation. “So we always look for those types of partnerships and ways to provide more and better services without increasing our overall budget expenses and Computers for Kids helped us do that.” The United Way has funded the youth centre $91,100 for the 20132014 year. The entire operating budget for the youth centre is $185,520, and they began their year with a $94,400 deficit. This is the yearly story for the youth centre and is the reason why they rely on community assistance and donations to keep their doors open. With donations such as the com-

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Holly Kirk-McLean, executive program coordinator for the House of Shalom sets up the new computers donated to the youth center by Computers for Kids. puters from Computers for Kids, Sutton. “Sooner or later there’s with Big Brothers Big Sisters. their budget will be significantly nothing left to cut and so they were Sutton is a part time executive impacted. in danger of actually having to director for the House of Shalom. “There has been quite the econom- close their doors so therefore took He works alongside Kirkic downturn in this area and so the a unique look at things.” McLean. Sutton is always “just a House was faced with the difficult Things started to turn around when choice as funding was cut,” said the House of Shalom teamed up SEE DONATION PAGE 5

Breaking Bad co-star RJ Mitte says ‘stand up to bullying’

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Breaking Bad co-star RJ Mitte speaks during an event at the Giovanni Caboto Club Nov. 13 to kick off Windsor’s bullying awareness week. Richard Riosa Citizen Staff Reporter Breaking Bad co-star RJ Mitte wants to raise awareness about the effects of bullying and brought his message to Windsor Nov. 13. Mitte, 21, was the keynote speaker at an event held at the Giovanni Caboto Club to kick

off Windsor’s second-annual bullying awareness week. The event was organized by the University of Windsor Student Alliance and Windsor Pride and attracted about 2,000 people. UWSA director of student life Josh Paglione said many different forms of bullying exist and the goal of this event

is to spread awareness about the effects they can have on the victims. “I think the popularity of the show (Breaking Bad) will be a draw and we’ll probably get some people here who were bullies and who’ve been bullied and they can share their stories,” said Paglione. Paglione said he hopes

Mitte’s message will bring awareness to a larger audience than they normally would have been able to reach without his celebrity status. Mitte, who has cerebral palsy, spoke about overcoming his disability and the effects bullying can have on people. “People need to understand that what you say and what you do in your actions affect everyone,” said Mitte. According to Mitte, everyone should have the opportunity to make a difference and fight for what they believe is right. He said it only takes one person to start a revolution against bullying. “You’re not going to make a difference sitting on your couch. You’re not going to make a difference by not getting involved,” said Mitte. “By making a small outlet, by making a small gesture of kindness, people will return it to someone else.” MPP Teresa Piruzza (LWindsor West), who also spoke at the event, said she

doesn’t know if it’s possible for bullying to ever completely end, but she does want more people to take a stand against bullying. “Stand up to bullying. That’s the theme of anti-bullying week,” said Piruzza. “If you see it, don’t be that bystander that doesn’t help someone. Do something about it. Be helpful. Don’t be the bully. Stand up to bullying because there is absolutely no place in our community, frankly our province or our society, for bullying to take place.” Piruzza said everyone is responsible for helping others who are being bullied and to ensure all Canadians share the same opportunities and equality outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Educational Support student at St. Clair College, Adrian Deschamps, attended the event. Deschamps, 19, works with a girl who also suffers from cerebral palsy. Deschamps said he believes SEE BULLYING PAGE 5


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Windsor’s newest bike shop is open for business Y. Murad Erzinclioglu Citizen Staff Reporter Bike enthusiasts are flocking to a popular bike shop’s new location that is creating a buzz in Walkerville. The City Cyclery opened its new location at the beginning of November and has already drawn more than 1000 people through the door. Ron Drouillard is coowner and manager of the shop. He began restoring bikes with friend and now co-owner Chris Holt at home in his garage. The popularity of the duo’s work created the demand for more, which led to the opening of the first City Cyclery, originally located in a smaller space on Wyandotte Street. As demand grew so did the ambition of the business owners. “We just saw the need and the opportunity in the core of the city, because there

Photo By Y. Murad Erzinclioglu Ron Drouillard, owner and manager of the City Cyclery, reviews the shop’s inventory of rare and vintage bikes. The shop’s new location, at 553 Lincoln Rd. opened at the beginning of November. was no bike shop in the middle of the city,” said Drouillard. You’ll see a range of bike lines in the shop you won’t find many other places including State Bicycle Company, known for their hip fixed-gear bikes, as

well as Detroit Bike Company, a new line of bikes built in Detroit by a Windsor native. The shop also debuted a new line of Canadian built bikes called Simcoe at their grand opening. “There was no one selling

PlayStation 4 launch

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Gamers have been lining up for Sony’s latest console. Several stores in Windsor opened their doors at midnight Nov. 14 to give gamers a chance to buy the PlayStation 4. Fans showed up as early as 5 p.m. to wait in line, braving the cold and wind for a chance to get the next generation system. Ronnie Campbell was the first person in line at Future Shop, arriving at 5:30 p.m. and staying until midnight to

pick up the game. “I pre-order it, so I don’t even need to be here right now. I could just pick it up tomorrow,” said Campbell. “I love the excitement of midnight launches, but I could have waited two to three hours. No one’s even here yet.” The console was released in bundles featuring different games, headsets and controllers. However, none of these bundles were available in Canada. Campbell said he would have to wait until they opened to find out if Future Shop had any and that he would wait

before buying games to see if they were cheaper with the bundle. Corporate Communication Manager of Future Shop Canada Eliot Chun said the PlayStation 4 has been successful so far. “We sold out of pre-orders for the system,” Eliot said. “We shipped 25 extra units to most stores for the launch and 100 extra to larger cities like Toronto.” Future Shop will be opening its doors at 8 a.m., two hours earlier than normal for the launch. The PlayStation 4 was released Nov. 15 for $399.99.

the kind of bikes that we sell. We sell comfort bikes and vintage. Our niche is that we’re selling bikes that are comfortable, made for riding in the city and I’ll say it, cool, they are pretty cool,” Drouillard said. “Some of the brands we carry FROM DONATION PAGE 4

phone call away” even if he isn’t always physically there. “When the economy goes south, one of the nice things is seeing how people can get creative and reach out and support each other,” said Kirk-McLean. “When you look at Computers for Kids, what they did for us here is huge because all our computers were dying, they all needed to be upgraded, we had kids coming in using our own personal computers because they couldn't do anything on the ones we had.” The youth centre’s budget is broken up into municipal funding, in house fundraisers and reserve funds. Sutton said it’s mainly United Way, community support and their own fundraising efforts that allow them to keep their doors FROM BULLYING PAGE 4

people who suffer with disabilities are equally capable of being functioning members of society. He said it was important for Mitte to come share his message with Windsorites and said he hopes it will help change people’s attitude toward bullying. Mitte said it’s important for people to always remain true to themselves and never give in to bullying. “If someone is being bullied

you can’t find anywhere else, some of them you can’t find in Canada.” City Cyclery co-owner Stephen Hargreaves came into the company later after creating some branding and logos for the business. He said the shop will soon offer more than just your standard sales and service. “By spring we’ll have a café, espressos and lattes, Walkerville beer on tap and locally roasted coffee,” said Hargreaves. “We’ll have a culture hotspot, like a hub, whether you go on a bike ride or you’re just walking by, even if you don’t ride a bike.” Walkerville resident Nathen Gelinas said the shop is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. He described the space as “beautiful” and said the prices were affordable. “It just enforces the fact that Walkerville is an area that is really helping out the city,” Gelinas said. To see the new shop for yourself, visit the City Cyclery’s new location at 553 Lincoln Rd. open. “Sometimes people get it in their head that charities are doing better than they are or that they're ok where they're at,” said KirkMcLean. “It's not until you kind of get in to this business that you kind of see what can happen.” Kirk-McLean and Sutton said it is critical to keep their doors open in a community that needs it. KirkMcLean said studies have been done in support and recognition of youth centres which find they impact youth and a community in a way that is “unexplainable.” “At this point we are able to keep the doors open and that's the bottom line,” said Kirk-McLean. “Making sure that they are open for the kids and are open at a time that makes sense for them to be here.”

and someone is having that happen, get a teacher involved, get a friend involved or get your family involved,” said Mitte. “Don’t let someone try to back you into a corner and belittle you for something you have no control over. Don’t let someone belittle you for your belief system. Don’t let someone belittle you for who you are and what you stand up for because at the end of the day they want what you have.”


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Marine shipping on the rebound following 2009 recession

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Students from St. Clair Centre of the Arts culinary program prepare food to accompany the wines at the Wines of the World event Nov. 1.

Rotary raises money with wine and food Jolene Perron Associated Managing Editor Photo By: Richard Riosa

President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation Terrence Bowles speaks during a conference held at the office of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, Oct. 11. Richard Riosa company which owns and taxes each year. Citizen Staff Reporter Great Lakes Between 2008 and 2009 the operates freighters. Barker said the Businesses folded, purchas- region saw a sharp, 25 per cent ing power decreased and decrease in total cargo tonnage Detroit – Windsor area’s manmany families were left home- coming in and out of the vari- ufacturing industry is imporless. The global recession of ous ports along the Great tant for the survival of the 2009 has had a lasting impact Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway. region’s shipping industry. “2009 was a tough time for on the economy worldwide. According to president and Canada’s recession CEO of the Windsor Port all, with the U.S. and the econlasted roughly nine months, Authority David Cree, the omy,” said Barker. “We starting in late 2008 and end- shipping industry responds to (Interlake Steamship) were no ing in 2009. The recession’s the demands of the economy different.” The recession also caused a impact on Canada was not as and the demands of producdecrease in cargo shipping at tion in the region. When the large as in the neighbouring Windsor’s local ports. economy suffers, so does the U.S.. Although many strugAccording to statistics on the gling businesses did fail dur- shipping industry. “We had some fairly signif- port authority’s website, 2009 ing this time, there were no massive government bailouts icant declines during that peri- saw a six per cent decrease in or bank closures on this side of od,” said Cree. “We were a lit- total yearly cargo tonnage tle under five million tons from the previous year and a the border. But Canada’s recession still coming out of the recession in 15 per cent decrease from their 10-year high which disrupted the economy, low- ’08.” occurred just three years prior Terrence Bowles, president ered profits and hurt employment rates. According to and CEO of the St. Lawrence in 2006. Cree said the Port Authority’s Management Statistics Canada, the national Seaway income-based GDP decreased Corporation, said the region’s 12 terminals throughout by almost five per cent reliance on manufacturing Windsor handle between five between 2008 and 2009. This tends to drive the local econo- and six million tons of cargo each year. In 2009, according decrease in national GDP is my. “This whole area’s very to their website, the port only reflected heavily in most heavily manufacturing inten- handled 4.9 million tons of industries. sive, which was a negative for cargo. The marine shipping indusAlthough the recession has try is crucial to the economy a while there, but today people of both the U.S. and Canada. understand that manufacturing negatively affected marine According to Marine Delivers, has a very important role to shipping in the region, as well a bi-national marketing entity, play with jobs and everything as locally, Cree said the industry is rebounding nicely in the Great Lakes – St. else,” said Bowles. President and CEO of The recent years. Lawrence Seaway produces a By 2012 the total amount of combined $33.5 billion in eco- Interlake Steamship Company cargo tonnage coming in and Mark Barker said his company nomic impact annually for out of the Great Lakes region was also negatively affected Canada and the U.S. and conhas increased more than 27 per tributes $4.6 in federal, by the recession. Interlake state/provincial and local Steamship is a U.S.-based SEE MARINE PAGE 7

A group in Windsor is showing how a simple glass of wine, fine dining and good company can impact the city. Wines of the World took place Nov. 1 at the St. Clair Centre for the Arts with an overwhelming response from the public. Ann Hetherington, chair of the Wines of the World committee, said 13 wineries, 16 restaurants and 360 guests attended the 18th annual event. “This is the best value for an evening out,” said Hetherington. “At $75 a ticket you can eat and sample wines the entire evening. Folks start at six o'clock in the evening and they go right through until 10 o'clock at night sampling the food that our restaurants have brought and sampling the wine as well, so it's a full four hours of dining, culinary experiences that you just can't beat.” The money brought in from the event will go to Roseland Rotary in Windsor. From there the organization distributes the money throughout their many subsidiary affiliates. Rotary is a worldwide organization that “provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards and helps build a goodwill and peace in the world,” according to their website. There are more than 32,000 clubs around the world in 200 countries. These organizations all work together supporting one

another as well as additional organizations throughout the community. “The proceeds come to us but we end up, we support local charities, local initiatives,” said Pat Soulliere, president of the Windsor Roseland Rotary Club. “Some of the money will go to six initiatives that we support internationally that we support through the rotary international.” All of the organizations were at the event as volunteers. Those who ran the event were also volunteers through the Rotary Club. Sherri Dulcamaro volunteers through the Rotary Club each year and says it is a “really important event for our community.” “Just some amazing work done by Roseland Rotary and I'm proud to be involved in it and contribute in any way that I can,” said Dulcamaro. “This is one of our signature events.” Since the event has been in the community for so many years, some attendees have been going to the event annually. Pam and Bill Seney have been attending Wines of the World for five years and have “enjoyed it all the time.” “We love to support the Rotary club of Windsor,” said Seney. “It's a great organization giving to a lot of great things and it's a great way to sample our local restaurants and wineries.” Hetherington said guests typically purchase a table of 10 and attend the event with friends and family.


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Safety week raises awareness about prescriptions

Photo By: Y. Murad Erzinclioglu

Catherine Bonnette, pharmacist at Royal Windsor Pharmacy in downtown Windsor, explains importance of prescription drug awareness on November 6, 2013 Y. Murad Erzinclioglu Citizen Staff Reproter

Senior citizens are being encouraged to re-check their medications. The Canadian Safety Council’s Senior Safety Awareness week runs Nov. 6 to 12. The time is used to raise awareness about life-saving prescription drugs that are potentially dangerous if used FROM MARINE PAGE 6

cent in the three years since the recession’s lowest point. Barker said although the industry has improved, it has not yet returned to the prosperity it had before the recession. “We are not back to our prerecession levels, but autos are doing well, that means steel does well. That means cargo is moving, so all and all I think Great Lakes shipping is doing well,” said Barker. Windsor’s port also saw an increase of 11 per cent in total tonnage from the end of the recession until 2012. Cree said the port has rebounded tremendously and 2013 is likely to be the best year in the port authority’s history. “This year we’ll do a little over six million (tons),” said Cree. “We’re having a very good year this year because of what’s happening with the parkway and the huge amount of stone and construction aggregate.” Cree said he expects 2014’s numbers to be similar to this year’s as the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway wraps up construction. He said he expects marine shipping to remain a stable and important industry for the region for the foreseeable future. “We see ourselves leveling off now. We’ve hit a pretty good peak last year, this year and 2014, but we hope it’ll level off in that 5.5 million ton range and that’ll be a good bounce back from the recession.”

incorrectly. The council reports that nearly two thirds of citizens aged 65 and over are taking five or more medications, one in five are taking 10 or more and one in 20 are taking 15 or more. The more medications a patient uses increases the risk of an undesired reaction. Catherine Bonnette is a pharmacist at the Royal

Windsor Pharmacy downtown. Bonnette said using a combination of drugs can cause adverse effects and it’s wise to take precautions. “The first thing I recommend is sticking to one doctor and sticking to one pharmacy,” Bonnette said. “By going to one pharmacy all of the medications are always being dispensed together so the pharmacist can always run interaction checks.” Timothy Gregorian has been a pharmacist for more than 20 years. He manages the University of Windsor pharmacy as well as serving as continuing education co-ordinator for the Ontario College of Pharmacists Windsor Region. He said it’s important for seniors to take advantage of government services that inform them about their prescriptions. The Meds Check program sends pharmacists into patients’ homes for a con-

sultation about the drugs they are taking. “It creates a complete picture of all medications,” said Gregorian. “The government pays pharmacies to do that. It’s an invaluable service for the patients and anybody who has three or more chronic medications can have that service done for free.” Community Care Access Centre Nurse, Natalie Westfall, has been a nurse for nine years. She said throughout her career she has seen many adverse drug interactions, but it’s not just seniors who should be informing themselves about prescription drugs. “When I worked at the Teen Health Centre we’d often see interactions, not necessarily adverse effects, but a weakening of drug effect,” Westfall said. “Some girls will get a prescription for strep throat and their pharmacist may not

be aware they are on birth control. Certain drugs can lower the effects of birth control and result in a higher risk of unplanned pregnancy.” The safety council encourages seniors to get more information by visiting www.knowledgeisthebestmedicine.org and www.safemedicationuse.ca. SCRIP TIPS Using a combination of drugs can cause adverse effects and it’s wise to take precautions. Here are some quick tips on prescription drug use. 1.Always keep an updated list of all your medications, their dosages and why they are being used. 2.The pharmacist is your friend. Always using the same pharmacist ensures they can serve you better. 3.Don’t get into bad habits and routines. They could be deadly. Always be sure to check labels every time a medicine is used.

Windsor hospitals refuse to lose thoracic surgeries

and her family. “The day of (his) surgery, there was 12 of us,” said Boynton. “Could you imagine all of us traveling down the highway in three cars; gas, food, the stress? Unbelievable. I can’t even imagine to do all this the day of.” Windsor Regional has requested to be designated as a level two surgical centre. According to the CCO website, this would require the hospital to have a minimum of one thoracic surgeon and per-

form at least 50 lung and seven esophageal surgeries. According to Windsor Regional’s Vice President of Public Affairs Ron Foster, Windsor meets the standard, doing 50 lung and nine esophageal surgeries a year. Dr. Michael Coughlin, a general thoracic surgeon in Windsor, said the potential cut of thoracic surgery is not the first type of treatment that’s been removed from Windsor hospitals. “This is a second cut. We’ve lost hepatobiliary (and) pancreatic surgery, and that is a direct loss because of CCO,” said Coughlin. Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital lost funding for their hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery program earlier this year. The hepatobiliary system refers to the liver, gall bladder and bile ducts area of the body. NDP-MPP for Essex, Taras Natyshak, who was running the town hall meeting with Masse and MPP for WindsorTecumseh, Percy Hatfield, said the decision handed down by CCO has brought the community together.

“Cancer has touched everyone’s lives in one way or another and when a threat comes down to say that we’re not going to have access to cancer treatment any longer in our community, that threat has to be matched with an equal level of frustration and resistance and that’s what happened tonight,” said Natyshak. “Our community has come together like no other. We have thousands of people who have signed the petition and the decision is unacceptable. This is only the beginning of a really strong community-based campaign.” Masse asked residents at the meeting to work together to change the government’s mind. “We need to be unified, Windsor and Essex County together, our friends, our family. Make sure you spread the word. We can do this, we have to do this and we have to be more unified as a region than ever before. Let’s use that as a core strength to make sure we actually get this stopped.”

film the way he wanted it to be heard. “I saw everything that was wrong with it, but other than that it was pretty nice seeing myself up (on the screen),” said Hewitt. “I think everything stems from where the

audio was bad. That was the main problem.” Other winners at the 48Hour FlickFest included: Best Use of Prop – Knut Hanson’s Throwaway Gesture; Best Sound Design – Static Wreck; Best Score – Pending; Best

Editing – Artificial Serenity; Best Cinematography – Artificial Serenity; Best Writing – Lack of Attractiveness; and Best Directing – Knut Hanson’s Throwaway Gesture.

Photo by Sean Previl

MPP Percy Hatfield (NDP – Windsor-Tecumseh), speaks at the town hall meeting on thoracic surgery at the Vollmer Complex in LaSalle, Nov. 12. FROM THORACIC PAGE 1

icantly and we will not go away silently.” Many of the attendees were concerned that if WRH were to cut the thoracic surgery program, it would result in cancer patients and their families having to travel to London or Toronto to receive treatment. Carol Boynton, whose husband Jack was operated on for esophageal cancer in May, said moving treatment centres out of Windsor would cause more stress for her FROM FLICK FEST PAGE 2

bles with his film during the production weekend, said his audio quality could have been better in the film. Hewitt said because of his audio people in the theatre couldn’t hear the


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Lest we forget Dan Gray Citizen Staff Reporter More than 1,000 people gathered Nov. 11 at the Cenotaph in Windsor to pay respect to those who have served for Canada. Veterans from World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, peacekeepers and the War in Afghanistan gathered with children and adults of all ages at 11 a.m. for two minutes of silence. The Royal Canadian Legion provided a colour gard and the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association held a fly over during the gathering. Patrick Roberts has been coming for many years and took his eight-year-old daughter Morgan out of school to attend today’s ceremony. “I had three uncles in the war, that’s why I came,” said Roberts. “She has been coming for the last five years.” According to the Canadian National War Museum, Remembrance Day has been celebrated in Canada since

1 1921. Originally called Armistice Day, the federal government changed the name to Remembrance Day in 1931 and gave it a set date of Nov. 11. Even though 95 years have passed since the end of World War One, thousands still gather each year across the country. Windsor-Tecumseh MP Joe Comartin spoke on behalf of the Government of

Canada at the Nov. 11 event. He reminded everyone of the times Canada has gone to battle and the message carried by our soldiers every time. “Each one of those occasions, what they said to the world, on our behalf, on behalf of all of us, is that Canada stands for a set of val-

ues and we are prepared to fight to protect those values. It’s democracy, it’s freedom, it’s equality for all…,” said Comartin. “On behalf of Brian Masse and myself and all our constituents, we say thank you and we will remember you.” The ceremony continued with addresses to the crowd from MPPs Percy Hatfield and Teresa Piruzza as well as Mayor Eddie Francis.

The final address of the day was made by Theresa Charbonneau, the mother of Cpl. Andrew Grenon who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. Holding back tears, she deflected the comments that she was the guest of honor and spoke about who she believed deserved that title. “The guests of honour are seated in front of you, they are the men and women in uniforms…” said Charbonneau. “Thank you to them, the guests of honour, the guests of honour here, everybody look beside you, look around you, these are the guests of honour.” The lesson of the day was shared with the crowd by Vietnam War veteran Mike Hillman. When he spoke about the men and women who sacrificed their lives for freedom in the United States and Canada. “Let us never forget, freedom was not free,”said Hillman.

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1 - Members of 364 Lancaster Squadron stand at parade rest during the Remembrance Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 2 - Peter Mullen, World War Two veteran arrives early for the Remembrance Day proceedings 3 - Mayor Eddie Francis shares a message of remembrance with those gathered on. 4 - Morgan Roberts,8, stands with her father Patrick before the ceremony begins. 5 - Planes fly overhead as part of the Remembrance Day ceremony


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Saints dominate over Royals

Photo by Justin Prince

St. Clair College’s Kelly Rizea (left) runs by Redeemer University-College’s Arica Price during a regular season game at St. Clair College Nov. 2. Justin Prince Citizen Staff Reporter The St. Clair College Saints women’s basketball team won their third game of the season 71-59 over the Redeemer University-College Royals Nov. 2. The Royals started off the game at the St. Clair College gym with an 11-3 run in the first six minutes of the game. The Saints offense couldn’t make any shots for much of the quarter, missing 17 of their first 25 shots. Royals starter Aycha Hamaoui led the Royals offensively in the first quarter with seven points along with two rebounds. The Royals shot 46 per cent in the quarter compared to just 23 per cent by the Saints. The Saints offence came alive in the second quarter after going on an 8-2 run with

two three-pointers. Kendyl Rizea scored eight points in the quarter to help give the Saints their first lead of the game with two minutes remaining in the half. Saints head coach Andy Kiss said he wasn’t happy with his team’s defence in the first half. “I thought defensively we were not containing the ball well,” said Kiss. “We talked about it at halftime.” Both the Saints and Royals offences went back and forth in the third quarter thanks to each team’s stars. Hamaoui scored 13 of the Royals’ 17 points in the quarter while the Saints were led by Kendyl and her sister Kelly Rizea, who combined for 11 points. The Saints also made three, threepointers while adding another three points from the freethrow line. As the fourth quarter started, both Kelly and Kendyl cooled

off for the Saints. Jessica Gordon and Shannon Kennedy took control of their offence, scoring eight and seven points respectively in the fourth. Gordon would finish with a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds while Kennedy had 10 points and seven rebounds. “I don’t know what came upon me. It just kind of happened,” said Kennedy. “I like helping my team out and working through things like that, especially after only having two points (in the first three quarters.)” Kennedy said her team hopes to work through its issues as the season progresses. “As we’re looking at it, there are two halves to the season. We’re trying to get through this first half with only the one loss,” said Kennedy. “Our goal is two losses and maybe we’ll be in the nationals in the end.” The Royals shot nine of 18 from the free-throw line in the second half and also had some struggles getting rebounds. The Saints had a 24 shot advantage and a plus 13 rebound advantage to win the game by 12. Kiss said the third quarter for the Saints was similar to the first half, but was happy with his team’s fourth quarter performance. “It really was a gut-check game, a test of their character and they shined with flying colours in the fourth quarter,” said Kiss. “We found some energy within. We were getting stops and offensively we were finding the right shot for our offense, whether it was inside or a perimeter look.”

Herman Griffins vs. Holy Names knights in Playoff Finals Chelsea Lefler Citizen Staff Reporter Two high school rival senior football teams have squared off this year in the Windsor Essex County Secondary School Athletic Association playoff finals. The Herman Green Griffins and the Holy Names Knights have been rivals for years and have met each other in the finals three straight years. Even the fans were competitive at the game, yelling across the bleachers at each other.

The Holy Names Knights scored their first touchdown in the first quarter from Carson Ouellette and extra point from Jeff Wielczopolski. The Herman Griffins struck right back with a touchdown from Curtis Holmes on a five yard run and extra point from Marquise Thompson, tying up the game. This happened again when the Knights scored another touchdown from Anthony Bontorin and an extra point from Wielczopolski. The Herman Griffins scored another touchdown from Josh Klinck on a

48 yard pass and extra point from Thompson to tie up the game once again. Herman pulled through in the end winning the game 4014 with touchdowns from Devon Woods on a 100 yard interception return and Marcus Centner with two touchdowns on a 55-yard and a 70-yard run. The Green Griffins have now won six straight WECSSAA titles and will compete for the South Western Ontario Secondary Schools Athletic Association title later this month.

WEEKLY RUNDOWN Evan Mathias Senior Sports Editor

St Clair cross country The St. Clair College cross country team left for the New Balance Toronto Canadian Collegiate Athletic Assoctiation Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships Nov. 7. The Saints Women’s team is coming off their first OCAA Provincial Championship since 1998 and is going to be led by Donia Oumesrour and Kodi Morgan. Oumesrour was named Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association All-Canadian for her season which included a fourth place finish at the Fanshawe Invitational and a fifth place finish at the Humber Invitational. The men’s team was led this season by John Trojansek who helped St. Clair claim a bronze with a seventh place finish. The bronze medal was the first time the St. Clair men’s team has medaled since 2005.

LaSalle Vipers The LaSalle Vipers were unable to recover from a five-goal second period from the Sarnia Legionnaires, falling 5-4 Nov. 7 at Sarnia Arena. The Vipers offence stormed out of the gate to build a 3-0 lead after one period. Dan Beaudoin opened the scoring for the Vipers and Aaron Luchuk added a pair of goals just over five minutes apart. The Legionnaires battled back to erase the Vipers’ three goal lead early in the second period with Ryan Vendramin’s first of two goals in the frame. Josh Kestner also beat Cameron Zanussi twice in the period and Riley Babkirk added a goal to give the Legionnaires a lead they would not relinquish. “Maybe we got a little complacent, but give them credit. That’s a crazy building every time we play there,” said Vipers head coach Bill Bowler. “Hopefully our guys learn something from that.” Brendan McCann added a goal in the third period but it wasn’t enough for the Vipers’ to complete the comeback.

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Saints defeat Lions in last second thriller Justin Prince Citizen Staff Reporter The St. Clair College Saints beat the Lambton College Lions 64-60 in a game that came down to the wire Nov. 8. The game started back and forth after the Saints and Lions made back-toback threes within the first two minutes. The Lions attempted to pull away with a 10-2 run to take a six point lead at the end of the first quarter. In the second quarter, both teams struggled on offense. The Lions and the Saints made four shots respectively in the quarter. The Saints got their first lead of the game after Lions head coach James Grant distracted his point guard while calling a play, which led to a Lions turnover. The Saints held a 26-24 lead at halftime. The Lions got a spark in the third quarter from leading scorers Shawn Hill and Jon Ravenhorst, who had seven and five points respectively after having weak first halves. The Saints were up by three at the end of the quarter.

Photo By Justin Prince St. Clair College Saints forward David Youman (centre) attempts to make a shot while being triple-teamed by Lambton College’s Andy Timmermans (left), Shawn Hill and Alex Garvey during a regular season game Nov. 8 at St. Clair College. Neither team could pull away in the fourth quarter as both made shots down the stretch. Stephan Gray started the scoring for the Saints in the quarter with his only three-pointer of the night. The Lions answered back to take their first lead of the half with 5:50 remaining in the game after making a layup. The Saints got a momentum swing on offense from

a Jamaal Thompson dunk in the final minute of the game. He went to the bench as Gray finished the three-point play to make it a two point game. Saints head coach Matt Devin said Thompson hurt his eye on the play and was fine in the locker room. Devin also said he was impressed by the play. “It was an incredible play,” said Devin. “It gave

our guys a big boost and it was one of the best plays since he’s been here. It was great to see.” The Saints added another free throw to make it a three point game with 8.2 seconds remaining. The Lions inbounded the ball to starter Jason Marshell for the last shot of the game, but he turned the ball over on a last-second shot. The Saints added another free

throw to win the game by four. Matei Nuna, who finished the game with 10 points for the Saints, said he was looking to find his teammates instead of scoring because he had a fever the morning of the game. He said his fever caused him to miss more shots than usual. “It was a close game. None of their shots fell and none of our shots fell,” said Nuna. “It came down to defence and I guess the team who made the most shots in the end took the victory.” Grant said it was a defensive game as whole for both teams and was surprised Ravenhorst and starter Mike Lucier struggled in the game on offense. “I thought the shooting was a little lower than we expected,” said Grant. “(The Saints) played hard defence and just sometimes you can’t shoot it I guess.” Devin said he was happy his team won the game despite it going back and forth. “We’re starting to build a reputation that we’re a tough team in the fourth quarter,” said Devin. “We’re never really out of any game. We battled back and forth. But down the stretch both teams executed and we just got one extra stop.”

Saints force 31 turnovers, win fourth straight Justin Prince Citizen Staff Reproter

The St. Clair College Saints women’s basketball team forced 31 turnovers which resulted in 33 points to win 90-55 over the Lambton College Lions Nov. 8 to move to 4-1 on the season. In the first quarter the Saints played well defensively, blocking three shots. Saints starter Shannon Kennedy woke up the crowd after she blocked a shot down the baseline and saved the ball from going out of bounds. The ball landed in the hands of a Lions player before Kennedy and a few of her teammates stripped the ball from the Lions player’s hands to force a Saints jump ball. The Saints also forced 10 turnovers and had 15 more shots than the Lions in the first quarter, but both teams combined to shoot 17 per cent to keep the Lions within six.

Photo By Justin Prince St. Clair College Saints starter Shannon Kennedy (front-middle) attempts a spin move on Lambton College Lions guard Brittany Lewis (front-right) during a regular season game Nov. 8 at St. Clair College. In the second quarter the Saints began to pull away as their shooting improved as a team. Kennedy scored five points in the quarter while

Jaide Lyons scored six. Throughout the first half both teams were playing physical, combining for 21 personal fouls.

Saints head coach Andy Kiss said there’s always a physical element when playing basketball. Kiss said he knew Lambton was a physi-

cal team coming into the game. “I know their coach. He’s a very good coach and they play that type of a style,” said Kiss. “But once we got running and playing ball like we can, I thought we were the superior team.” Riley Williams, who came into the game fourth in the OCAA in scoring for the Lions with 19.2 points per game, had 13 points and four rebounds, but the rest of her team made four shots in the first half. The Saints held a 38-25 lead at halftime. In the second half, the Lions continued to struggle. The Saints recorded seven steals and forced 11 turnovers for the Lions in the half. Williams was the Lions’ main source of offense for the rest of the game scoring 11 points in the second half. Jamie Kolkman was the next closest scorer SEE SAINTS PAGE 11


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Ho-Sang coming of age

Photo By Taylor Desjardins St. Clair College’s women’s volleyball team practice at the south campus gymnasium.

Athletic scholarship for St. Clair College students Taylor Desjardins Photo Editor Photo By Evan Mathias Windsor Spitfires forward Josh Ho-Sang, (left) takes a slap shot during second period action against the Mississauga Steelheads at the WFCU Centre. Evan Mathias Sports Editor

It seems the transition period into the Ontario Hockey League is over for Josh Ho-Sang. Drafted fifth overall by the Windsor Spitfires in the 2012 OHL Priority Selection, Ho-Sang had a rough start to his OHL career, something that he is quick to admit. “At the start of last year I was very hard headed and I’ll be the first to admit that but this year I’m really buying in to what (head coach Bob FROM SAINTS PAGE 10

with 11 points for the entire game. The Saints had four players with double-digit points and two players close to having doubledoubles. The Saints went on a 15-0 run at the end of the game to win by 35. Kiss said his team played better near the end of the game because his players were in better physical shape. “They were able to finish the game strong and were able to just keep running up and down strong,” said Kiss. “Lambton didn’t really use their bench that much. They came here

Boughner) is saying and I really believe in our coaches and our team and I know we can go far,” said Ho-Sang. A number of occurrences last season Ho-Sang made numerous ill timed, single handed efforts with the puck, followed by a pass that led to turnovers. He said that making the right play is something he has been working on this season. “I’m kind of a pass first guy but im trying to change my mentality to just making the right play at the right time,” said Ho-Sang. The change in his play is obvious. In 63 games last season Ho-Sang had 14 goals and

a total of 44 points. This season through 19 games he has 23 points and is just four goals behind last season’s goal total. The Spitfires coaching staff are impressed with everything Ho-Sang can bring to the table. Assistant coach Jerrod Smith said his improvements are easily noticeable. “He’s learned a lot in his year-and-a-half here so far and we progress everyday with him both on and off the ice,” said Smith. Ho-Sang will need to continue playing well as the Spitfires aim for a playoff berth after missing the post-season last year.

with nine players and we used our bench very liberally … It was a good win for us.” Kiss said he wanted his team to remain positive no matter what for the rest of the season. “We’re going to emphasize the positive and a lot of good things are happening with this team,” said Kiss. “Our goal is to be 81 by the Christmas break so we’re halfway there.” Jessica Gordon, a usual starter for the Saints, missed the first quarter to attend the Windsor Lancers’ CIS ring ceremony before arriving to the game. Gordon started for the Lancers for four sea-

sons before playing for the Saints this year. Gordon finished the game with 11 points, five rebounds, two blocks and one steal. She said she felt her team played well in her absence in the first quarter. “I felt with my absence they took care of busin e ss, ” sa id Go rd o n . “ I couldn’t ask for anyth in g b e tte r th a n th a t. ”

St. Clair College has introduced a new scholarship available to full-time student athletes. The St. Clair Athletic Association brought in a new scholarship with the potential for students to earn up to approximately $2,500 per semester. Jay Shewfelt, the athletic coordinator of SAA, said students can earn more money if they play a two-semester sport such as basketball, volleyball or soccer. Students would receive $2,500 compared to one-semester sports such as golf and curling which are worth $1,500. “That dollar amount is the most we are allowed to give out for athletic scholarships which is allowed by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association,” said Shewfelt. “No other college can give out more than what we are giving out for athletic scholarships.” Shewfelt said one thing students should keep in mind is when they make the varsity team, according to OCAA, they have to maintain a 2.0 GPA throughout the semester

and pass all their classes in order to receive the scholarship. The numbers for athletic tryouts this year are the highest they have ever been according to Shewfelt. He also noticed there were many more quality athletes trying out. “We’ve noticed the number of students trying out from outside of Windsor-Essex has grown significantly as well,” said Shewfelt. Desiree Redding, Saints volleyball player, said she is happy her coaches told her about the scholarship. “It made me feel good because there are a lot of things that I have to pay for and not being able to work because of sports so it help out a lot,” said Redding. Redding said sports have not conflicted with her schooling and that school would come first. Shewfelt said he encourages people to try out and get involved because they learn many different skills by joining a sports team such as leadership, team work and time management. For more information, visit www.saintsathletics.ca or call Jay Shewfelt at 519-972-2727 Ext. 4217.

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