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I don't see being a woman in this field to be<br />

a barrier...I actually see it as an asset.<br />

Volume XLVI, <strong>Issue</strong> 4 chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March <strong>19</strong> – April 15, 20<strong>19</strong><br />

– See page 3<br />

Mock<br />

disaster<br />

hits DC,<br />

UOIT<br />

pages <strong>19</strong>-20<br />

Photograph by Morgan Kelly<br />

Bowmanville artist<br />

paints more than<br />

dresses page 23<br />

DC, UOIT<br />

alum lands<br />

Olympic<br />

dream job<br />

page 26<br />

Photograph by Janis Williams<br />

Photograph provided by Shannon Galea<br />

The historical stories of interesting land in <strong>Durham</strong>. Pages 7-11

2 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> - April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus<br />

BACK<br />

of the<br />

FRONT<br />

DC journalism students look at <strong>Durham</strong> College and UOIT,<br />

and beyond, by the numbers and with their cameras<br />

Farewell from<br />

<strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

journalism,<br />

advertising<br />

students<br />

This is the final <strong>Chronicle</strong> issue produced by second<br />

year <strong>Durham</strong> College journalism (left) and advertising<br />

(below) students. Thanks to the DC and UOIT campus<br />

community for your ongoing support of our work.<br />

Photographs by Jim Ferr

Campus The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> - April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca 3<br />

Meagan Secord<br />

Jackie Graves<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />


From a curious, athletic girl to a<br />

university grad working for children's<br />

advocacy, Angela Werner<br />

has been helping things run<br />

smoothly for a long time.<br />

"Many on campus are not aware<br />

of Angela's role in convocation because<br />

she does it so quietly and diligently,"<br />

says Allison Hector-Alexander,<br />

director of the Office of<br />

Diversity, Inclusions and Transitions<br />

at <strong>Durham</strong> College.<br />

Werner oversees all aspects of<br />

convocation, one of the biggest<br />

events on campus. In 20<strong>18</strong>, there<br />

were five ceremonies in spring and<br />

one in the fall. According to Werner,<br />

approximately 5,000 students<br />

graduate, with about 500 students<br />

crossing the stage at each ceremony.<br />

Werner is <strong>Durham</strong> College's<br />

Executive Assistant to the Executive<br />

Director/Registrar, Strategic<br />

Enrolment Services at <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College - a title she herself acknowledges<br />

as very long.<br />

She studied psychology at Brock<br />

University where she earned an<br />

honours degree before getting her<br />

masters at the University of Toronto.<br />

She did multiple placements<br />

through school, including the Canadian<br />

Mental Health Association<br />

drop-in clinic in St. Catharines, as<br />

well as a placement with the City of<br />

Toronto helping community organizations<br />

help write grant proposals.<br />

“It was a very eye-opening experience,”<br />

she says. “It was a very<br />

interesting part of my education.”<br />

Werner says she moved away<br />

from a clinical focus as she found<br />

the work too emotionally overwhelming.<br />

“I didn’t feel I was as helpful in<br />

that area because I took a lot of<br />

stuff home with me," she says. "I<br />

feel like being able to help in a little<br />

bit of a different way was just better<br />

for me personally.”<br />

She found her way to <strong>Durham</strong> by<br />

looking for a local job. She says it<br />

made sense to stop “fighting traffic<br />

every day.”<br />

Every year, Werner says she likes<br />

to "do something different" and<br />

takes on new projects.<br />

Recently, she worked on a project<br />

to track and review what communications<br />

students were receiving in<br />

various Student Affairs departments<br />

with the goal of streamlining<br />

content, preventing information<br />

overload.<br />

Angie Paisley, Executive Assistant<br />

to the vice-president of Student<br />

Affairs, and Melissa Bosomworth,<br />

Wellness Coach, were the two other<br />

staff members involved in the project.<br />

“It was a sort of different project<br />

to keep it interesting and moving<br />

forward,” Werner says with a<br />

chuckle.<br />

“There’s always another project<br />

that comes up, and that’s what I<br />

really like about this role.”<br />

Werner loves her job because of<br />

DC's students.<br />

“The most wonderful thing<br />

about being at the college is the students,"<br />

she says. "Every time there’s<br />

a new group of students starting,<br />

you can feel their excitement and<br />

their hope. It’s the best thing about<br />

working at the college.”<br />


As a first generation Canadian<br />

from a Jamaican family, education<br />

was not only highly important to<br />

Ashley Marshall, it became a lifelong<br />

pursuit.<br />

"I’m a thinker, I’m an academic,”<br />

Marshall says. “My version of<br />

education is get this degree, then<br />

the next highest degree, then the<br />

next highest degree.”<br />

Marshall's grandmother came<br />

to Canada with her five children<br />

from Jamaica to provide them with<br />

a better life. Marshall says she grew<br />

up with a sense of responsibility to<br />

be successful.<br />

“Education and the pursuit of<br />

knowledge was always an expectation,<br />

it wasn’t a choice,” she says. “I<br />

have to be exceptional and I have<br />

to work twice as hard.”<br />

However, Marshall says her<br />

mother assured her she was smart.<br />

“I always knew I wanted to be<br />

smart. I wanted to be recognized<br />

for my ability to think," she says.<br />

“That’s all I knew.”<br />

She pursued an English degree<br />

in the hopes of becoming a lawyer.<br />

During her degree, she fell in love<br />

with English and writing then pursued<br />

a degree with McMaster for<br />

sociology but later changed course,<br />

switching to English and Cultural<br />

Studies.<br />

“It just lit my world on fire,”<br />

she says. “I’m a black person, I’m<br />

a woman, I’m also working class,<br />

I’m also able-bodied, I’m also<br />

heterosexual, I’m also in my 20s.<br />

All those different things you can<br />

look at from multiple intersections.”<br />

Marshall eventually found a<br />

place at <strong>Durham</strong> College shortly<br />

after a political campaign job came<br />

to an end. She teaches communications,<br />

a job she loves because there<br />

is a "finesse to communicating."<br />

In 20<strong>18</strong>, Marshall presented at<br />

the Black Portraitures colloquium<br />

on African American culture hosted<br />

by Harvard University’s Hutchins<br />

Center for African and African<br />

American Research.<br />

This experience inspired her and<br />

her mentor, Allison Hector-Alexander,<br />

to create the Black Student<br />

Success Network at DC.<br />

"Blackness comes with unique<br />

challenges," Marshall says. "We<br />

started a network where people<br />

understand your identity."<br />


“Life can be fair or unfair but<br />

you just do the best you can and<br />

you don’t allow roadblocks.”<br />

Moreen Fearon-Tapper, Dean of<br />

Teaching, Learning and Program<br />

Quality at <strong>Durham</strong> College, says<br />

she was taught by her parents when<br />

she was young to not give up and<br />

always do her best: a lesson she still<br />

follows to this day.<br />

Her mom, Inez Fearon, is one of<br />

her biggest inspirations.<br />

“She inspired all of us as children<br />

to be our best self,” she says. “My<br />

mother was the type that when<br />

we were all going through school,<br />

she would sit up with us while we<br />

stayed up till 2 a.m. working on an<br />

assignment.”<br />

The lessons her mom taught<br />

her are similar to the advice<br />

Fearon-Tapper has for her two<br />

children.<br />

Along with being the best version<br />

of themselves, she says girls should<br />

be fearless, take time to learn<br />

things, take a leap of faith, have<br />

confidence and be open to where<br />

things will take them.<br />

“There are very few jobs per se<br />

that I intentionally set out from the<br />

start of my career that ‘this is what<br />

I want to be’,” says Fearon-Tapper.<br />

“What I did was I did the best<br />

possible job, even when I worked at<br />

McDonald’s I was the best cashier.<br />

You can transfer that anywhere.”<br />

Born in England, Fearon-Tapper<br />

moved to Canada when she was an<br />

infant. She grew up in downtown<br />

Toronto and Scarborough.<br />

It was here where she went from<br />

Photograph by Meagan Secord<br />

Ashley Marshall (top left), Moreen Fearon-Tapper (top right), Linda Flynn (bottom left), Ana<br />

Jimenez (bottom middle) and Angela Werner (bottom right) are DC's Leading Women.<br />

Meet the leading women at DC nominated<br />

by their peers for International Women's Day<br />

Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute<br />

to The University of Toronto<br />

to study political science and sociology.<br />

She worked at the Michener<br />

Institute, an academic institution<br />

devoted to applied health sciences<br />

education, for four years, and then<br />

Centennial College for 12. This<br />

year marks 13 years at DC .<br />

“I don’t see being a woman in<br />

this field to be a barrier…I actually<br />

see it as an asset,” she says. “Not<br />

to generalize or stereotype but ...<br />

inherent in us as women is that nurturer,<br />

that caring.”<br />

Fearon-Tapper has dedicated her<br />

career to teaching, supporting and<br />

helping others. She says her position<br />

in the Centre for Academic<br />

and Faculty Enrichment (C.A.F.E.)<br />

makes it possible to support staff<br />

and through that, she supports<br />

students.<br />

“The people and the impact ... is<br />

why I love my job,” she says. “We’re<br />

really lucky and I work with absolutely<br />

fabulous people, they’re so<br />

talented and dedicated.”<br />


“I grew up in Oshawa actually.<br />

I went to elementary school, high<br />

school and college. I went to <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College.”<br />

Linda Flynn, associate vice-president<br />

for the Office of Development<br />

and Alumni Affairs at DC, is not<br />

only proud to be an alumni of the<br />

public relations (PR) program here,<br />

but to be an employee as well.<br />

After working in PR for non-profit<br />

organizations, such as United<br />

Way and the Children’s Wish<br />

Foundation for 30 years, Flynn<br />

came back to where it all began.<br />

Her DC diploma hangs proudly in<br />

her office at Campus Corners.<br />

“This job came up and it really<br />

married all of the skills and experience<br />

that I’ve gained over the 30<br />

years and so I applied for the job<br />

and got it,” she says, adding if she<br />

had to pick a legacy to leave here<br />

at DC, it would be that she “provided<br />

the support to move projects<br />

along, projects that help students.<br />

So whether it's capital projects like<br />

the new (CFCE) building or engaging<br />

our alumni as mentors for<br />

students.”<br />

Flynn hasn’t stopped her learning<br />

just because she’s a graduate<br />

though. She is currently working<br />

on her Masters of Arts in leadership<br />

through Royal Roads University.<br />

She decided to start the program<br />

when her five children were done<br />

university and says, “it’s a subject<br />

matter that I am very interested in<br />

and it’s just the right time in my<br />

life.”<br />

Flynn has many inspirations in<br />

her job but the people she works<br />

with are what makes the job enjoyable.<br />

“I am inspired by the team I<br />

work with,” she says. “I work with<br />

some very hard-working, dedicated<br />

women.”<br />


“There has been a lot of moving<br />

and changes and adapting to different<br />

cultures growing up but my<br />

parents have done an excellent job<br />

at maintaining Chilean culture in<br />

my family.”<br />

Ana Belen Jimenez, international<br />

project support officer for the International<br />

Office, is in a fitting position<br />

considering her background.<br />

Originally from Chile, her family<br />

moved to Sweden when she was<br />

two. Three years later, they found<br />

themselves in Canada, where she<br />

has grown up.<br />

“My parents, they are the cornerstone,<br />

they are the foundation. My<br />

family is like a little tribe and I<br />

think being immigrants and feeling<br />

isolated has kind of made us quite<br />

a solid unit,” Belen Jimenez says.<br />

She says her parents upheld<br />

Chilean traditions, such as speaking<br />

Spanish and certain cultural<br />

values, in their household when she<br />

was growing up which made her<br />

and her family very close.<br />

“Their lifelong mission is to enable<br />

us, their children, to be successful<br />

and to shine,” she says. “I<br />

hope I can do that for my kids as<br />

they get older, to give even a sliver<br />

of that support that my parents<br />

gave to me."<br />

Her parents always encouraged<br />

her and her siblings, which ultimately<br />

led to her taking marketing<br />

and advertisement program at Centennial<br />

College.<br />

Afterwards, she worked for the<br />

City of Toronto’s Tourism Board<br />

for seven years, where her natural<br />

talent for mediating shone.<br />

She says when she was in school<br />

growing up she always took to the<br />

liaison role in groups instead of being<br />

the leader.<br />

Now, Belen Jimenez coordinates<br />

international projects at DC.<br />

“I see myself as a facilitator in<br />

encouraging staff to engage these<br />

projects,” she says.<br />

Belen Jimenez recently coordinated<br />

the partnership between DC<br />

and Kenya for the Kenya Education<br />

for Employment Plan. The<br />

project connects colleges in Kenya<br />

with institutes in Canada to help<br />

revise the curriculum to a more<br />

hands-on approach.<br />

“<strong>Durham</strong> has an incredible<br />

amount of skilled, inter-culturally<br />

savvy and driven faculty and<br />

staff that really want to make a<br />

difference not just at <strong>Durham</strong> but<br />

abroad,” she says.

4 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> – April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca<br />

PUBLISHER: Greg Murphy<br />

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Brian Legree<br />

AD MANAGER: Dawn Salter<br />

Editorial<br />


NEWSROOM: brian.legree@durhamcollege.ca<br />

ADVERTISING: dawn.salter@durhamcollege.ca<br />

Cartoon by Cecelia Feor<br />

Know the Indigenous land where you stand<br />

The Truth and Reconciliation<br />

Commission of Canada was completed<br />

at the end of 2015, and 94<br />

Calls to Action were published but<br />

there is a long way to go in efforts<br />

of reconciliation with Indigenous<br />

peoples.<br />

It is up to Canadians to understand<br />

the land where they stand.<br />

A good starting point is land acknowledgement,<br />

which is the act of<br />

acknowledging the First Nations,<br />

Métis, and/or Inuit territories of a<br />

place.<br />

For example, the <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College (DC) and University of<br />

Ontario Institute of Technology<br />

(UOIT) campus sits on the traditional<br />

territory of the Mississaugas<br />

of Scugog Island First Nations.<br />

Land acknowledgements often<br />

happen at the beginning of a public<br />

meeting or ceremony.<br />

Elder Carolyn King visited<br />

UOIT in early February to share<br />

her insight.<br />

“It [land acknowledgment] is a<br />

first, good step, that they are starting<br />

to acknowledge,” King says,<br />

“but they may not know what it is<br />

– there could be more background<br />

material on it, like what does that<br />

treaty even mean?”<br />

The more Canadians understand<br />

the past, the closer we as a nation<br />

will get to true Reconciliation.<br />

King shared a story about three<br />

ten-year-old girls, she met at an<br />

Indigenous event at Fort York. She<br />

asked what they knew about First<br />

Nations and they proudly recited<br />

the land acknowledgement. King<br />

told them everyone at the gathering<br />

that day were Mississauga Indians.<br />

She says the girls couldn’t believe<br />

they were actually real.<br />

King is the founder of the Moccasin<br />

Identifier Project, an education<br />

and awareness initiative she<br />

hopes to introduce to elementary<br />

schools within the province and<br />

eventually across the country.<br />

Similar to the meaning behind<br />

the Moccasin Identifier Project,<br />

second-year journalism students are<br />

required to write an article for The<br />

<strong>Chronicle</strong> about the "Land Where<br />

We Stand" (LWWS).<br />

Each article takes an in-depth<br />

look at a historical building or area<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong> Region, which holds<br />

either economic, social or environmental<br />

importance.<br />

While many people might think<br />

of the history of a building being<br />

held within its aging walls, the story<br />

goes back even further – to the land<br />

where the dwelling resides.<br />

The Oshawa Museum is already<br />

taking the next step. In preparation<br />

for the LWWS project, archivist<br />

Jennifer Weymark spoke about<br />

going beyond colonial history and<br />

honing in on the Indigenous past,<br />

a shift for the museum.<br />

Jill Thompson is an Indigenous<br />

Cultural Advisor at UOIT’s Indigenous<br />

Education and Cultural<br />

Services Centre located in downtown<br />

Oshawa. She says learning<br />

about the Indigenous past is crucial.<br />

“There are many non-Indigenous<br />

people who were not taught<br />

proper Canadian history. This is<br />

not just Indigenous history, this is<br />

Canadian history,” says Thompson.<br />

There are 634 First Nations in<br />

Canada. They speak more than<br />

50 unique languages, according to<br />

The Canadian Encyclopedia.<br />

It is important for Canadian citizens,<br />

many of whom are non-Indigenous,<br />

to acknowledge and take<br />

the time to learn about the land<br />

where we stand.<br />

Indigenous history and culture<br />

deserves respect. It must be preserved<br />

and understood. This is<br />

what the 94 calls to action attempt<br />

to address and achieve.<br />

In 20<strong>18</strong>, the social studies and<br />

history curriculums for elementary<br />

and high school students changed<br />

to include lessons about Indigenous<br />

peoples, cultures and histories.<br />

Between <strong>19</strong>99 and 2001, a Native<br />

Languages program was<br />

introduced to elementary and high<br />

school curriculums in Ontario.<br />

Recently, members of the Montreal<br />

Urban Aboriginal Community<br />

Strategy Network, a non-profit<br />

which works to improve the lives of<br />

Aboriginal people in the Montreal<br />

area, created an Indigenous Ally<br />

Toolkit.<br />

The toolkit emphasizes critical<br />

thinking, correct terminology and<br />

how to act accordingly, once armed<br />

with knowledge.<br />

All you need is five minutes to<br />

get started.<br />

“The more people educate themselves<br />

on the history and current<br />

Indigenous issues, the more they<br />

will understand the need for reconciliation<br />

and how this country<br />

can be so much better if we all accept<br />

each other’s differences,” says<br />

Thompson.<br />

Canadians need to take action.<br />

Cecelia Feor,<br />

Janis Williams,<br />

Jasper Myers<br />

EDITORS: Cameron Andrews, Rachelle Baird,<br />

John Elambo, Dakota Evans, Cecelia Feor, Peter<br />

Fitzpatrick, Nicholas Franco, Kathryn Fraser,<br />

Jackie Graves, Madison Gulenchyn, Leslie<br />

Ishimwe, Morgan Kelly, Victoria Marcelle, Jasper<br />

Myers, Meagan Secord, Keisha Slemensky, Janis<br />

Williams.<br />

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chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March <strong>19</strong> – April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 5<br />

Opinion<br />

Educational institutions aren't up to par<br />

Jackie<br />

Graves<br />

Students aren’t learning the necessary<br />

skills they need to be employable<br />

and it’s time to hold institutions<br />

accountable. Plain and<br />

simple.<br />

Post-secondary students in Ontario<br />

aren’t up to par when it comes<br />

to numeracy and literacy skills -<br />

which is a big problem, and you<br />

can count on that.<br />

Two studies conducted by the<br />

Higher Education Quality Council<br />

of Ontario (HEQCO) surveyed<br />

over 7,500 students across 20 Ontario<br />

post-secondary institutions,<br />

and what they found is both sad<br />

and highly concerning.<br />

The studies showed a large number<br />

of students scored below what<br />

is “adequate” in order to succeed<br />

in the current job market. Those<br />

who scored at a “superior” level<br />

only made up a third of the students<br />

surveyed.<br />

How is this possible when one of<br />

the primary reasons students pursue<br />

higher education is to get a job?<br />

The president and chief executive<br />

of HEQCO, Harvey Weingarten,<br />

says while universities and<br />

colleges insist they prepare students<br />

for the workplace, employers are<br />

“frustrated” as students lack critical-thinking,<br />

problem-solving, and<br />

communication-based skills.<br />

It’s important to note this study<br />

was measuring whether or not<br />

students can process written and<br />

numerical information to solve<br />

problems -- it wasn’t testing if they<br />

could read or perform arithmetic.<br />

This speaks volumes as to how<br />

the education system is handling<br />

their students’ education.<br />

Students aren’t learning the<br />

necessary skills they need to be<br />

employable and it’s time to hold<br />

institutions accountable. Plain and<br />

simple.<br />

However, it’s fair to say students<br />

have to ensure they make the most<br />

of their education. All college programs<br />

in Ontario have employability<br />

outcomes in their courses.<br />

These Essential Employability<br />

Skills (EES) are critical for student<br />

success in the workplace regardless<br />

of their program. According to<br />

the <strong>Durham</strong> College website, these<br />

skills focus on three fundamental<br />

assumptions.<br />

They are important for every<br />

adult to function successfully in society;<br />

colleges are well equipped to<br />

prepare graduates with these skills;<br />

and these skills are equally valuable<br />

for all graduates regardless of their<br />

level of credentials or their choice<br />

in a career path or further education.<br />

Yet, it isn’t just students in college<br />

and university who are struggling,<br />

it’s a large number of Ontarians.<br />

According to the Community<br />

Literacy of Ontario, a provincial<br />

literacy network,15 per cent of<br />

people in Ontario ages 16 to 65<br />

scored at and below level 1 of literacy.<br />

People at this level will struggle<br />

seriously with reading even the<br />

most basic texts.<br />

It doesn’t stop there, however.<br />

The Community Literacy of<br />

Ontario also reports 32 per cent<br />

of Ontarians scored at a literacy<br />

level 2.<br />

This means they can read with<br />

difficulty and likely will have issues<br />

navigating basic forms and directions<br />

encountered in daily life, such<br />

as rental agreements and even<br />

medical instructions.<br />

On the numeracy side of things,<br />

the outcomes are even grimmer;<br />

22 per cent of people scored at or<br />

below numeracy level 1, meaning<br />

they have very limited math skills.<br />

Thirty-one per cent scored at a<br />

numeracy level 2, which means<br />

they’ll struggle with completing<br />

common and necessary numeracy-related<br />

tasks.<br />

This means more than half of the<br />

people in Ontario have less than a<br />

numeracy level 3.<br />

According to the Employment<br />

and Social Development Canada<br />

and the Conference Board of Canada,<br />

you need to at least score this<br />

level to function well in modern<br />

Canadian society.<br />

Clearly, this is not an isolated<br />

issue, and arguably the current<br />

education system is at the heart.<br />

Institutions have teaching outcomes<br />

in place to ensure their pupils<br />

are employable.<br />

Under no circumstance should<br />

an educated person struggle with<br />

everyday challenges.<br />

So, either someone isn’t doing<br />

their job, or it’s time to reform the<br />

current system to make post-secondary<br />

students employable.<br />

Critical thinking, problem-solving<br />

and communication skills need<br />

to be taught and reinforced before<br />

students begin post-secondary.<br />

The secondary school curriculum<br />

should focus less on literacy<br />

curriculum what is this? from<br />

2003 and “theory and abstract<br />

problems” when it comes to mathematics.<br />

Instead, high-school students<br />

need up-to-date, practical literacy<br />

and numeracy curriculum to make<br />

sure they’re prepared for not only<br />

for future education but for life.<br />

As for post-secondary, they need<br />

to ensure students are meeting the<br />

employability outcomes for all<br />

programs by injecting them in the<br />

classroom.<br />

Whether it’s through problem-solving<br />

activities, group work,<br />

critical thinking through real-world<br />

situations, or replacing algebra<br />

with “what a mortgage is and what<br />

taxes mean” course.<br />

Suffice to say, something needs<br />

to change.<br />

The job market is forever adapting<br />

and students are expected to<br />

as well.<br />

It’s time that their institutions did<br />

the same. Student employability is<br />

counting on it.<br />

How does climate 'change' the weather?<br />

The ice caps are melting, the sea<br />

levels are rising, and the temperatures<br />

are climbing. These are all<br />

well-known side effects of global<br />

warming but as recent weather<br />

indicates, storms are also intensifying.<br />

Storms in Oshawa, and all over<br />

the province, have been stronger<br />

than usual, especially in the last few<br />

months.<br />

Heavy snowfall, raging winds<br />

and slick freezing rain have hammered<br />

local businesses, affected<br />

travel conditions and even closed<br />

post-secondary campuses. Changes<br />

in climate have been altering our<br />

weather and increasing the severity<br />

of storms.<br />

These stronger systems are created<br />

as a result of human activity and<br />

polluting the environment and this<br />

is a serious problem, a 2017 extreme<br />

weather studysays.<br />

Climate change strengthens<br />

storms no matter the season. To<br />

understand howclimate change<br />

strengthens storms, one must<br />

understand the greenhouse effect.<br />

The greenhouse effect, a natural<br />

occurrence, contributes greatly to<br />

climate change.<br />

The solar energy we receive from<br />

the sun heats our planet - NASA<br />

says some heat from the sun is reflected<br />

but most of it is absorbed<br />

through our land and oceans.<br />

As the earth warms, the planet<br />

radiates heat known as thermal<br />

infrared radiation. This energy<br />

travels up into the atmosphere and<br />

the radiation is absorbed by greenhouse<br />

gases such as carbon dioxide,<br />

nitrous oxide, methane and water<br />

vapour.<br />

Kathryn<br />

Fraser<br />

Greenhouse gases trap and send<br />

heat all over but most of the heat<br />

penetrates the earth’s surface - thus<br />

producing warmer temperatures.<br />

Humans are changing the course<br />

of nature by sending more chemicals<br />

into the atmosphere, creating<br />

an ‘enhanced’ greenhouse effect.<br />

This means stronger, potentially<br />

destructive and even deadly weather<br />

conditions worldwide.<br />

According to the 2014 Fifth Assessment<br />

Report from the Intergovernmental<br />

Panel on Climate<br />

Change,<br />

“since the industrial revolution<br />

began in 1750, carbon dioxide levels<br />

have increased nearly 38 percent<br />

as of 2009 and methane levels have<br />

increased 148 percent.”<br />

Carbon dioxide and methane<br />

are released through a variety of<br />

methods such as burning fossil<br />

fuels, farming and deforestation.<br />

The more greenhouse gases in the<br />

atmosphere, the more heat is absorbed<br />

and trapped in the atmosphere.<br />

The Fifth Assessment Report<br />

also identified industrial activities<br />

have propelled global warming forward.<br />

Carbon dioxide levels have<br />

raised from “280 parts per million<br />

(ppm) to 400 parts per million in<br />

the last 150 years.” This means a<br />

120 ppm increase in atmospheric<br />

greenhouse gas concentration. The<br />

panel concluded “there’s a more<br />

than 95 percent probability that<br />

human activities over the past 50<br />

years have warmed our planet.”<br />

Warmer temperatures will also<br />

lead to more water vapour concentration<br />

in our atmosphere, creating<br />

hotter and moister average temperatures.<br />

This means heavier rainfall, intense<br />

flooding and more frequent<br />

lower pressure systems. Through<br />

forecasting models and remote sensing,<br />

precipitation data can be interpreted,<br />

processed and broadcasted<br />

to the public.<br />

However, some storms are more<br />

difficult to read. The link between<br />

tornadoes and global warming<br />

is still unclear with little to no<br />

research concluding additional<br />

strength or damage associated with<br />

the disaster.<br />

The Centre for Climate and<br />

Energy Solutions says climate<br />

change could eventually shift the<br />

timing of tornadoes and their locations,<br />

which is bad news for us.<br />

Tornadoes are sporadic, shortterm<br />

and need the right balance of<br />

conditions to form.<br />

Hurricanes are more predictable,<br />

last for a few days and easily require<br />

warmer oceans.<br />

Warmer oceans encourage<br />

stronger and more damaging hurricanes.<br />

Hurricane seasons have been<br />

extending and the storms have been<br />

more frequent due to atmospheric<br />

instability. Climate change contributes<br />

to the speed and power of these<br />

cyclones. It is still possible to slow<br />

down the process of climate change<br />

and avoid wilder weather.<br />

Small changes in support of the<br />

Simple ways that you can reduce carbon emissions.<br />

environment can make a large impact<br />

on the earth’s carbon footprint.<br />

The sustainability and future of our<br />

planet relies on reducing greenhouse<br />

gas emissions.<br />

Infographic by Kathryn Fraser<br />

In order to ensure a safer tomorrow<br />

for the next generation,<br />

we must realize climate change is<br />

real and is escalating the weather<br />

around us.

6 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> – April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus<br />

Our stories from Kenya<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> Journalism - Mass Media students tell the stories of how<br />

Colleges and Institutes Canada - including <strong>Durham</strong> - are assisting<br />

the Kenya Education for Employment Program (KEFEP).<br />

The stories, told through multimedia Esri story maps,<br />

can be found at chronicle.durhamcollege.ca<br />

Screenshot from <strong>Chronicle</strong> website<br />

A screenshot of one of the KEFEP Overview story maps, created by students in the Journalism - Mass Media program.<br />

Sharon Eshuchi, a program<br />

officer with KEFEP, is<br />

surrounded by the <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College team in Nairobi,<br />

Kenya, (from left) Shanelle<br />

Somers, Danielle Harder, Jeff<br />

Burbidge, Jennifer Bedford,<br />

Ana Belen Jimenez, Joanne<br />

Spicer and Janis Williams.<br />

Photograph by Amunga Eshuchi

Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March <strong>19</strong> - April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 7<br />

Welcome<br />

to the<br />

Land Where<br />

We Stand<br />

The land where we stand at <strong>Durham</strong> College and the<br />

University of Ontario Institute of Technology sits on<br />

traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog<br />

Island First Nations, within the territory covered by the<br />

Williams Treaties.<br />

Uncovering the hidden stories about the land our<br />

community is built on is what the The <strong>Chronicle</strong>'s<br />

feature series, the Land Where We Stand, is about. The<br />

series is an ongoing collaboration with the Oshawa<br />

Museum.<br />

Pages 8 - 11 are some of the stories students have<br />

created to represent the changing socioeconomic,<br />

political, environmental and cultural areas of <strong>Durham</strong><br />

Region.<br />

Read more at chronicle.durhamcollege.ca.<br />

Follow us @DCUOIT<strong>Chronicle</strong> and use<br />

#landwherewestand to join the conversation, ask<br />

questions or send us more information.<br />

Photograph by Jasper Myers<br />

Photograph courtesy of the Oshawa Centre<br />

The Camp X monument at Intrepid Park in Whitby.<br />

The Oshawa Centre in the <strong>19</strong>60s, when it was an open air mall.<br />

Photograph courtesy of Whitby Archives<br />

Cullen Gardens & Miniature Village was a popular tourist attraction in Whitby. It opened in <strong>19</strong>80 and was active for 25 years.

8 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> – April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Community<br />

History parked at Canadian Automotive Museum<br />

Cecelia Feor<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

The Canadian Automotive Museum<br />

(CAM) has been driving<br />

its automotive collection forward<br />

since opening day on September<br />

23, <strong>19</strong>63.<br />

Each car has a story, and its history<br />

remains parked in the museum.<br />

While many people’s favourite<br />

memories about CAM may be the<br />

cars on display, Ted Rundle, 68,<br />

can’t say the same.<br />

In <strong>19</strong>62, his father, Dr. Ed Rundle,<br />

bought the building the museum<br />

now occupies, which, from<br />

<strong>19</strong>35-<strong>19</strong>60, was the Anglo-Canadian<br />

Drug Company.<br />

“It smelled like pharmaceuticals,<br />

it was unbelievable,” Rundle says,<br />

noting the building was completely<br />

empty upon his first visit.<br />

Something else caught young<br />

Rundle’s attention: the freight elevator.<br />

The elevator has been a part of<br />

the building since the first known<br />

tenant, The Jackson Motor Company,<br />

in <strong>19</strong>21. It was also useful<br />

for Ontario Motor Sales, who<br />

later occupied the building from<br />

<strong>19</strong>24-<strong>19</strong>31. The upper level was the<br />

showroom, ground level the service<br />

centre and the basement was storage<br />

for parts.<br />

“We used to go into that, slide<br />

the gate shut, and we’d go up and<br />

down in the elevator as little kids,”<br />

Rundle says with a grin, noting it’s<br />

his favourite memory of the museum.<br />

The elevator is still in use today,<br />

and helps to move vehicles on the<br />

second floor.<br />

Dr. Rundle bought the building<br />

as an investment, and rented it to<br />

CAM until <strong>19</strong>68, when the museum<br />

was able to buy it from him<br />

for $125,000.<br />

The then-town, now city, of Oshawa<br />

was able to raise $105,000 for<br />

the purchase of the building, and<br />

R.S. McLaughlin donated the remaining<br />

$20,000 needed.<br />

The current parking lot of CAM<br />

was, at one point, Dr. Rundle’s<br />

practice and home. It was also the<br />

building Rundle was born in.<br />

The museum was a project of the<br />

Oshawa Chamber of Commerce,<br />

which it shared the building with<br />

until the Chamber relocated in<br />

<strong>19</strong>73.<br />

While Rundle did not attend<br />

opening day at CAM, Bob<br />

Schmidt, 71, did.<br />

“I don’t remember how many<br />

cars were in here, but I remember<br />

being impressed,” Schmidt says.<br />

He attended opening day with<br />

his father, who worked at a car<br />

dealership.<br />

Over the years, he would make<br />

the trip from Orillia to visit the museum<br />

while his wife shopped in the<br />

Oshawa Centre.<br />

Schmidt has been a tour guide at<br />

CAM since 2013, after he retired as<br />

a teacher and moved from Orillia<br />

to Oshawa.<br />

As for Schmidt’s favourite memory,<br />

it involves family too.<br />

“Bringing my sons here. They’re<br />

both gear-heads like me, they both<br />

love cars,” he says with a smile.<br />

Schmidt’s sons are both engineers,<br />

and he thinks coming to<br />

CAM had an impact.<br />

“I think they got their love of<br />

that partly from coming to The<br />

Canadian Automotive Museum,”<br />

he says.<br />

While Schmidt seems to know<br />

almost every car inside and out,<br />

he does have a favourite: The De-<br />

Lorean.<br />

“Sadly, John DeLorean was a<br />

very tall man, and so am I, so I<br />

can’t fit in the car,” Schmidt says<br />

with a laugh.<br />

Like Schmidt, Rundle first visited<br />

the museum with his father,<br />

but in <strong>19</strong>64.<br />

“It was really cool going through<br />

it, some of the cars were just awesome,”<br />

Rundle says.<br />

Not only did Rundle play in the<br />

building as a child, he has also donated<br />

some items to the CAM.<br />

Recently, he donated lantern<br />

slides of Chevrolet cars. Despite the<br />

slides being black and white, Rundle<br />

says some of the cars were hand<br />

painted different colours, such as<br />

red, blue and yellow.<br />

Rundle’s grandfather, Colonel<br />

Frank Chappell, was the first<br />

engineer in Oshawa and helped<br />

convert and set up the Chevrolet<br />

division at General Motors (GM).<br />

Rundle also donated a film<br />

clip of his grandfather with the<br />

1,000,000th car coming off the<br />

GM line.<br />

CAM has seen an engine upgrade<br />

in recent years, in part because<br />

of curator Alex Gates, who<br />

started in 2014.<br />

“I’ve certainly learned a lot,<br />

we’ve been working to connect the<br />

museum side with the functional<br />

side of caring, operating and maintaining<br />

historical motor vehicles,”<br />

says Gates.<br />

While many museums have<br />

smaller pieces that are easier to<br />

display, CAM faces a unique challenge<br />

of having a larger and heavier<br />

items.<br />

“We have fewer objects, but they<br />

tell bigger stories,” Gates says.<br />

Although Canadian is in the museum’s<br />

name, there are a variety of<br />

cars on display.<br />

“That was a decision they made<br />

back in the 60s, to not just be the<br />

Oshawa or the GM, to not just have<br />

a local scope but to tell more of a<br />

national scope in terms of the stories,”<br />

Gates says.<br />

However the history of Mc-<br />

Laughlin Buicks and GM is an<br />

integral part of Oshawa’s history.<br />

The archivist at the Oshawa<br />

Museum, Jennifer Weymark, says<br />

CAM has played an impactful role<br />

in the development of the City of<br />

Oshawa.<br />

“Oshawa has a long history of<br />

manufacturing and the automobile<br />

industry was arguably the most important<br />

industry in Oshawa for a<br />

very long time,” she says.<br />

In recognition of that, efforts<br />

were made to expand and improve<br />

the museum in the <strong>19</strong>70s.<br />

A relocation was also pushed, to<br />

be closer to Highway 401. The site<br />

was meant to be the current GO<br />

Train parking lot. The efforts were<br />

in hopes of increasing attendance.<br />

CAM hoped to adopt the name<br />

AutoCanada, and with its hopes<br />

came a $3-million price tag and as<br />

a result, support diminished.<br />

By <strong>19</strong>82, the plans were cancelled.<br />

The museum renovated the front<br />

lobby and the entire building was<br />

used for the museum.<br />

But the brakes weren’t put on<br />

after that.<br />

In <strong>19</strong>86, the museum received<br />

cars from the Craven Foundation,<br />

whose parent company manufactured<br />

tobacco products.<br />

In <strong>19</strong>95, the museum acquired<br />

another 20 cars from the collection<br />

of John McDougald, a Canadian<br />

business tycoon.<br />

The newest car CAM has on display<br />

has three movies under its belt.<br />

Photograph by Cecelia Feor and The Oshawa Museum Archives<br />

The Canadian Automotive Museum as it looked in <strong>19</strong>63 (right side of image) and as it looks now (left side of image).<br />

We have fewer<br />

objects, but<br />

they tell bigger<br />

stories.<br />

Lightning McQueen from the<br />

Pixar animated movie Cars is on<br />

lease and displayed at the museum,<br />

among the older models.<br />

Gates says the collection at the<br />

museum is unique since it didn’t<br />

come from one collection, and as a<br />

result can tell multiple stories about<br />

the cars.<br />

“To show these cars off as not<br />

being factory examples that were<br />

put in a box for 100 years and then<br />

unveiled here, but having had lives<br />

and being driven places, and stored<br />

in garages and washed, adding that<br />

human element,” Gates says, adding<br />

that information is a lot more<br />

interesting to people, a sentiment<br />

echoed by Schmidt.<br />

“You like to see that spark when<br />

people get something, you know?<br />

So doing the tours is really great<br />

because you get to tell the stories of<br />

people who owned the cars, and the<br />

cars themselves,” he says.<br />

Even though it’s been a bumpy<br />

road, CAM continues to drive forward.<br />

In 2017, it received a Canada 150<br />

Community Infrastructure grant<br />

for various upgrades and maintenance<br />

on the building itself.<br />

Special guided tours are held<br />

during specific holidays, such as<br />

Valentine’s Day and Halloween,<br />

to emphasize the human story the<br />

collection tells.<br />

From selling and repairing the<br />

newest models, to housing a collection<br />

which brings a city together,<br />

The Canadian Automotive<br />

Museum has definitely made a<br />


Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March <strong>19</strong> - April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 9<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> Region home for spies<br />

Jasper Myers<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Photo provided by Lynn Philip Hodgson<br />

Camp X telecommunications<br />

tool, Hydra.<br />

Growing up, Nancy Davidson, 61,<br />

never knew much about her father’s<br />

involvement in World War Two<br />

(WWII).<br />

Much like the history of Camp<br />

X, the spy training camp once located<br />

on the shores of Whitby and<br />

Oshawa, Davidson’s father Harvey<br />

Chambers kept the stories of what<br />

he truly did during WWII a secret.<br />

“My dad never talked about the<br />

war,” Davidson says. “It was not a<br />

conversation that we ever had ...<br />

we always watched Remembrance<br />

Day but there was not a lot of talk<br />

about it.”<br />

Chambers is one of over 500<br />

agents who trained at the camp.<br />

Camp X was created by the Government<br />

of Canada and the British<br />

Security Co-Ordination (BSC) on<br />

Dec. 6, <strong>19</strong>41, one day before the<br />

attack on Pearl Harbour.<br />

British Prime Minister Sir Winston<br />

Churchill instructed BSC chief<br />

Sir William Stephenson, who was<br />

from Winnipeg, to create “ ‘the<br />

clenched fist that would provide<br />

the knockout blow’ to the Axis<br />

powers,” according to Lynn Phillip<br />

Hodgson, historian and author<br />

of Inside Camp X, as well as the<br />

website, camp-x.com.<br />

Hodgson has done an extensive<br />

amount of research on Camp X,<br />

but Oshawa Museum archivist,<br />

Jennifer Weymark, says not everyone<br />

believes Hodgson’s research is<br />

accurate.<br />

Camp X was known officially<br />

by many names: S25-1-1 by the<br />

RCMP, Project-J by the Canadian<br />

military, and STS-103 (Special<br />

Training School 103) by the Special<br />

Operations Executive (SOE), a<br />

branch of the British secret intelligence<br />

service.<br />

Hodgson, who has been studying<br />

Camp X for more than four decades,<br />

says the camp was important<br />

to the war.<br />

“All of what is now <strong>Durham</strong> Region<br />

played a very important role<br />

in the second world war, extremely<br />

important,” says Hodgson. “So<br />

much so that, if it [Camp X] didn’t<br />

exist, it could’ve made a difference<br />

in the war, in the outcome of the<br />

war.”<br />

The camp trained secret agents,<br />

like Chambers, to cross enemy lines<br />

in WWII on specialized missions.<br />

Agents were trained in silent killing<br />

and unarmed combat. Spies were<br />

also psychologically trained to always<br />

be aware of, and respond to,<br />

their surroundings.<br />

One notable agent who trained<br />

at the camp was Ian Fleming, creator<br />

of James Bond.<br />

While some people dispute this<br />

claim, Hodgson and a current<br />

member of the international special<br />

operations community who<br />

has worked with Hodgson, say they<br />

have proof Fleming was there.<br />

“[I] sent them the documents<br />

that proves that Ian Fleming was<br />

at Camp X in <strong>19</strong>43, in the summer<br />

of <strong>19</strong>43,” says Hodgson. He adds<br />

although Fleming made up the<br />

Bond stories, the things he did in<br />

the books were based on what was<br />

actually done at the camp.<br />

“We have in multiple cases,<br />

interviews with Ian Fleming himself,”<br />

says the special operations<br />

agent, whose name is being withheld<br />

for security reasons. “So, we<br />

have literally BBC and even CBC<br />

interviews, that go back, they’re<br />

open source.”<br />

In a phone call interview, the<br />

special operations agent says the<br />

interviews with Fleming talking<br />

about his time in Canada go back<br />

to the ‘70s.<br />

The agent, who works as an instructor<br />

in the special operations<br />

community, also says Camp X and<br />

its training has had a great influence<br />

on the Canadian military<br />

today.<br />

“It was the founding birthplace<br />

of many of our unconventional<br />

warfare types of capabilities,” he<br />

says. “Camp X essentially was<br />

the most highly classified training<br />

facility for spies, secret agents,<br />

saboteurs, in some cases assassins,<br />

basically in the world in the early<br />

<strong>19</strong>40s.”<br />

Davidson, whose father died 16<br />

years ago, believes the people who<br />

trained at Camp X were a special<br />

group of people, and is impressed<br />

her dad was part of it.<br />

“It was such a specialized skill set<br />

to have and that my dad was part<br />

of that specialized skillset, that was<br />

sort of a cool thing,” she says.<br />

Some of the specialized skills<br />

agents were taught at Camp X include<br />

a form of martial arts called<br />

Defendu.<br />

Davidson’s father, Harvey<br />

Chambers, taught this skill to her<br />

The Camp X monument at Intrepid Park on Boundary Road in Whitby.<br />

husband, who has studied marital<br />

arts.<br />

“My dad said to him ... do you<br />

know ... how to walk if somebody<br />

has a gun in your back so you know<br />

where the rifle is?” explains Davidson.<br />

“And my husband would look<br />

at him and say, why would you<br />

want to know that, and my dad<br />

said, well it’s a useful skill.”<br />

It wasn’t until Chambers passed<br />

that Davidson and her husband<br />

learned it had been taught at Camp<br />

X.<br />

Agents training at Camp X also<br />

learned how to use traditional<br />

weapons like guns. Davidson remembers<br />

her dad using a gun as a<br />

kid, and how skilled he was.<br />

“It was pretty spectacular as a<br />

kid growing up to see my dad use<br />

a gun, because you’ve never seen<br />

anybody use a gun like my dad,”<br />

says Davidson, adding she wouldn’t<br />

even play video games with him.<br />

“My husband just said yeah you<br />

should try playing Duck Hunt with<br />

him [Chambers] on Nintendo,” she<br />

laughs. “I was like, forget it. You<br />

know, he would just look at you like<br />

‘why are you even trying?’”<br />

The international special operations<br />

agent says he uses the skills<br />

taught at Camp X in his own instruction.<br />

“I resurrected a lot of the original<br />

training and trade craft that was<br />

taught at Camp X by individuals<br />

like Bill Underwood, William Fairburn<br />

and different folks like that,”<br />

says the operations agent who had<br />

just returned from an overseas trip.<br />

“I modified many of these, these<br />

skillsets considerably for a modern<br />

application.”<br />

One of the camp’s notable features<br />

was Hydra, a telecommunications<br />

tool built by Pat Bayley and<br />

Photograph by Jasper Myers<br />

used at Camp X. Hydra was the<br />

most powerful communications<br />

tool of its type at the time.<br />

“It was the communication, soul<br />

communications base between<br />

North America and Great Britain<br />

during the war,” says Hodgson. Hydra<br />

was created to link the North<br />

and South America SOE and the<br />

European operations of SOE.<br />

The communications aspect<br />

was one reason Camp X was built<br />

where it was on the shores of Lake<br />

Ontario. The spot was ideal for<br />

bouncing radio signals.<br />

The lakeshore site was also<br />

chosen for its proximity to Defense<br />

Industries Ltd.(now Ajax), Camp<br />

30 in Bowmanville, the Oshawa<br />

Airport, and General Motors<br />

(GM). At that time, the Oshawa<br />

Airport was a Royal Canadian<br />

Airforce and Royal Airforce Air<br />

Training School and GM was producing<br />

tanks, machine guns and<br />

military equipment.<br />

Most of these places still exist,<br />

unlike Camp X.<br />

The monument stands as a reminder<br />

of what once was. Hodgson<br />

gives tours of the land, now Intrepid<br />

Park, for Doors Open Oshawa<br />

every year.<br />

Davidson visited Intrepid Park<br />

after her father died.<br />

“It’s sort of hard to believe that it<br />

was so close,” she says. “That it was<br />

just so close, and yet so far away.<br />

Nobody knew about it. It was just<br />

sort of a neat feeling, that he was<br />

part of there, that he was there.”<br />

After WWII, the camp operated<br />

until <strong>19</strong>69. But it went by a different<br />

name.<br />

Camp X was called the Oshawa<br />

wireless station. “And what they did<br />

was, because the radio technology<br />

was so state of the art, they continued<br />

to operate from Camp X, in<br />

the Cold War, with the Russians,”<br />

says Hodgson, who has travelled to<br />

Britain to do research for Camp X<br />

and WWII.<br />

“Camp X was absolutely active<br />

in some very, very Cold War<br />

spyesque, you know, types of activities<br />

during the Cold War,” says<br />

the special operations agent, who<br />

has known Hodgson for 20 years,<br />

adding a lot of the information<br />

pertaining to the Cold War is still<br />

classified.<br />

In <strong>19</strong>69, the Camp X buildings<br />

were bulldozed into Lake Ontario,<br />

but one building was restored for<br />

the Ontario Regiment Museum<br />

by <strong>Durham</strong> College’s heritage program<br />

a few years ago.<br />

As for Davidson, her father never<br />

told her about training at Camp X.<br />

He did tell her husband indirectly,<br />

but since his death Davidson has<br />

spent time restoring the parts of<br />

her father’s story she could through<br />

her own research. Parts of the research<br />

were filled in by a neighbour<br />

Chambers also told.<br />

This year for the 75th anniversary<br />

of D-Day, Davidson is going<br />

to Juno Beach.<br />

“I’m conducting a choir, we’re<br />

representing Canada on Juno<br />

Beach this year,” says Davidson,<br />

whose father landed on Juno Beach<br />

on D-Day during the war.<br />

She says Chambers never returned<br />

to Juno Beach for any of<br />

the anniversary celebrations, but he<br />

did pay for two students from Port<br />

Perry High School to go because<br />

he felt it was important for them to<br />

learn that history.<br />

“It’s going to be wonderful,”<br />

she says, choking up. “It’s pretty<br />

amazing that they did that. I’m<br />

very proud of him."

10 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> - April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Community<br />

Geothermal: A hidden energy<br />

Dakota Evans<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

“When I was ten-years-old, I took<br />

a trip with my family to Germany<br />

and I saw a wind turbine for the<br />

first time, in person. Germany was<br />

very advanced when it came to<br />

that,” said Hamstra, who has since<br />

found herself drawn to solutions for<br />

climate change.<br />

Geothermal has been identified<br />

as an important technology to help<br />

reduce greenhouse gas emissions by<br />

80 per cent by 2050.<br />

Recent reports from the Canadian<br />

Greenbuilding Council have<br />

identified geothermal as one of the<br />

key technologies to be implemented<br />

for heating and cooling built environments.<br />

“A very small amount of electricity<br />

is required to do the heat transfer,”<br />

said Sarah Dehler, communications<br />

and sustainability specialist<br />

for Siemens, the largest industrial<br />

manufacturing company in Europe<br />

with a branch office in Ottawa. “It<br />

is a very efficient technology.”<br />

Many students from Oshawa’s<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College (DC) and the<br />

University of Ontario Institute of<br />

Technology (UOIT) have walked<br />

to the library, attended frosh week<br />

events or sat and enjoyed time with<br />

friends at The Polonsky Commons.<br />

However, right under the feet of<br />

those students is something special.<br />

UOIT is using renewable energy<br />

known as geothermal to conserve<br />

and reuse heat which comes from<br />

the earth.<br />

UOIT has been using a 2,000-<br />

ton geothermal energy system,<br />

which has been operating since<br />

20<strong>04</strong>, to heat their buildings during<br />

the cold weather and provide<br />

cooling during the warmer months.<br />

“I had no idea, that’s actually<br />

really cool,” says Crystal Slappendel,<br />

a third-year accounting major<br />

at UOIT.<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College’s north Oshawa<br />

campus will join UOIT and DC’s<br />

Whitby campus by using geothermal<br />

this spring.<br />

Doug Crossman, who has been<br />

director of facilities management<br />

at DC and UOIT since 2005, is<br />

at the forefront of the geothermal<br />

renovations at DC Oshawa.<br />

“<strong>Durham</strong> College’s Whitby<br />

Campus has also been using the<br />

geothermal method on their buildings<br />

for around eight to nine years,”<br />

said Crossman.<br />

The Simcoe Geothermal Field,<br />

which will sit where the old Simcoe<br />

Building once sat on the north<br />

campus, will look and work similar<br />

to UOIT’s but on a smaller scale.<br />

“We [DC] have gone after significant<br />

funding which would allow<br />

us [DC] to install geothermal.<br />

The capital upfront and cost of the<br />

system at the start is higher but the<br />

payback and the operating costs are<br />

lower,” said Crossman.<br />

Laura Hamstra, sustainability coordinator for <strong>Durham</strong> College.<br />

On March 12, 20<strong>18</strong>, DC announced<br />

$14.7 million for funding<br />

by the province’s Greenhouse Gas<br />

Campus Retrofits Program. DC’s<br />

geothermal field will use $9.1 million<br />

while another $1.45 million<br />

will go into completing upgrades<br />

on existing facilities.<br />

The announcement was part<br />

of Ontario’s five-year Climate<br />

Change Action Plan from 2016 to<br />

2020.<br />

We [DC] have<br />

gone after<br />

significant<br />

funding.<br />

In the long run, DC will pay less<br />

for the energy needed, said Crossman.<br />

DC’s north campus will be using<br />

one of three types of Underground<br />

Thermal Energy Storage (UTES)<br />

known as the Borehole Thermal<br />

Energy Storage (BTES) consisting<br />

of a series of six-inch drilled holes<br />

600 feet down.<br />

“These boreholes are filled with<br />

piping inserted, known as U-tubing,<br />

which goes all the way each<br />

way to discharge heat into the<br />

ground and pull heat from the<br />

ground,” said Crossman.<br />

According to DC’s Green<br />

Team newsletter, the BTES systems<br />

work by having energy stored<br />

underneath the ground to be used<br />

when needed.<br />

Thermal energy will be deposited<br />

into the ground during the summer<br />

months to cool the buildings<br />

and during the winter months, it<br />

will be taken from the ground to<br />

provide warmth.<br />

The north Oshawa campus<br />

BTES system will be large-scale<br />

and at the beginning, will only provide<br />

energy to the Gordon Willey<br />

Building.<br />

The Simcoe Geothermal Field<br />

will be the foundation for DC’s<br />

brand new Innovation Centre, a<br />

new home for experiential learning<br />

on campus.<br />

Both the Simcoe Geothermal<br />

Field and the Innovation Centre<br />

share the primary contractor Siemens,<br />

said Crossman.<br />

“The Innovation Centre will<br />

provide a first-hand look at the<br />

equipment supporting borehole<br />

field and the transfer of thermal<br />

energy from the ground to the<br />

building,” said Dehler.<br />

“It’s important that students who<br />

will be working in these energy-related<br />

fields are educated.”<br />

Currently, there are two groups<br />

meeting to decide how to implement<br />

the Innovation Centre space<br />

into classrooms.<br />

“Energy Innovation Centre connecting<br />

Teaching and Learning<br />

(EICTL) is a group of academic<br />

leaders from across the academic<br />

institution who are steering how the<br />

space will be used by academics,”<br />

said Dehler, who has worked in the<br />

sustainability field for 12 years.<br />

Working alongside EICTL is a<br />

subcommittee comprised of about<br />

five faculty members,<br />

with individuals from the School<br />

of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship &<br />

Renewable Technology (START),<br />

Science & Engineering Technology<br />

(SET) and Business, IT & Management<br />

(BTM).<br />

Geothermal is<br />

an underutilized<br />

resource.<br />

“At this moment it’s way too early<br />

to say - we (faculty) have only just<br />

started to see what it has to offer -<br />

it may affect some course material<br />

next semester,” says Philip Jarvis, a<br />

member on the subcommittee, and<br />

a professor in the school of Science<br />

& Engineering Technology.<br />

As a college, with an outcomes-based<br />

curriculum, DC focusses<br />

on hands-on learning and<br />

the Innovation Centre is yet another<br />

example.<br />

“At DC, we live by the words ‘the<br />

student experience comes first’,”<br />

Photograph by Dakota Evans<br />

said Hamstra.<br />

“Any opportunity to provide<br />

students with experiential learning<br />

and first-hand exposure to emerging<br />

technologies is a benefit to<br />

the students and the quality of DC<br />

graduates entering the workforce.”<br />

The Innovation Centre will allow<br />

students to observe how the<br />

equipment takes energy from the<br />

ground using TV screens.<br />

The students will also be able to<br />

watch informative videos on how<br />

the process of heat transfer works<br />

and how the geothermal renovation<br />

is contributing to campus sustainability.<br />

“The percentage of our greenhouse<br />

gas emissions that come from<br />

the built environment is significant<br />

and we as a society need to figure<br />

out how to decarbonize the heating<br />

and cooling of our buildings,” said<br />

Dehler.<br />

“Geothermal is an underutilized<br />

resource.”<br />

Like The Polonksy Commons,<br />

DC’s geothermal field will offer<br />

a new green space on campus for<br />

anyone on the campus.<br />

“The most immediate benefit<br />

of using geothermal energy at DC<br />

will be a reduction in our [DC’s]<br />

carbon footprint.<br />

I’m also excited to see the curriculum<br />

that will be developed to<br />

take full advantage of the Innovation<br />

Centre.<br />

Plus, a new green space is being<br />

designed on the field itself, which<br />

will be a great place to spend time<br />

during warmer weather,” said<br />


Community chronicle.durhamcollege.ca March <strong>19</strong> - April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> The <strong>Chronicle</strong> 11<br />

Mini village, big nostalgia<br />

Janis Williams<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

For many Whitby residents, the<br />

mere mention of Cullen Gardens<br />

and Miniature Village, brings back<br />

a deep sense of nostalgia.<br />

But Wayne White says he viewed<br />

the show garden through a less rosy<br />

lens.<br />

He visited Cullen Gardens a<br />

handful of times with his children<br />

but his memory of the property<br />

goes back to his childhood.<br />

In <strong>19</strong>48, a then two-year-old<br />

White, his parents, brother and two<br />

sisters moved in to what would later<br />

become Cullen Gardens’ gift shop.<br />

The home, which would later<br />

become known as the Jones-Puckrin<br />

House, was owned by farmer<br />

Frank Puckrin, who allowed farmhands,<br />

like White’s father, to live in<br />

the house.<br />

“It was kind of sad to go back<br />

there because I remember it growing<br />

up as a kid. I remember climbing<br />

a fence and there was always<br />

cows, chickens, pigs and goats<br />

around the house,” White says.<br />

“Then all of a sudden, it’s commercialized,<br />

an attraction – it wasn’t<br />

like home anymore.”<br />

The 87 acres of land where Cullen<br />

Gardens stood, located north<br />

of Taunton Road and Cochrane<br />

Street, has transformed over the<br />

years. From Indigenous land, to a<br />

farm, to the Miniature Village and<br />

garden attraction affectionately remembered<br />

by visitors.<br />

Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell says<br />

it’s fair to say Cullen Gardens put<br />

the town of Whitby on the map. It<br />

was an integral part of the community<br />

for a quarter of a century.<br />

Founder Leonard (Len) Cullen<br />

created aesthetically pleasing<br />

colourful gardens housing a miniature<br />

village based on an imaginary<br />

Ontario town; the structures<br />

of the life-like village were made<br />

to scale, with close attention to intricate<br />

details. Cullen Gardens and<br />

Miniature Village opened in May<br />

of <strong>19</strong>80.<br />

The fictional town was surrounded<br />

by the natural beauty of<br />

the trees, hills, ponds and land,<br />

located at 300 Taunton Rd. W. in<br />

Whitby. Operational miniature<br />

boats floated on water while mechanical<br />

trains chugged by the town,<br />

which brought imagination to life.<br />

Whitby’s current mayor, Don<br />

Mitchell, remembers delivering<br />

lumber to the Miniature Village<br />

as part of his first job. He says Cullen<br />

was a great supporter of local<br />

business. Mitchell later visited the<br />

attraction as a father with his kids.<br />

He fondly remembers Halloween<br />

as his favourite occasion at Cullen<br />

Gardens.<br />

Christmas was particularly<br />

magical at the Miniature Village.<br />

The imaginary town became a<br />

winter wonderland, all decked out<br />

Cullen Gardens and Miniature Village was open to the public for 26 years.<br />

for the holiday season. Lights were<br />

carefully strung from the scaleddown<br />

homes and Santa came to visit,<br />

while Christmas music filled the<br />

air. Visitors also enjoyed carolling,<br />

skating and the infamous Festival<br />

of Lights, proving even while the<br />

garden hibernated, the village was<br />

in full bloom.<br />

“It was certainly a source of local<br />

pride, it was a beautiful place to<br />

visit because Len was such a genius<br />

with flowers and horticulture,” says<br />

Mitchell.<br />

Cullen’s influence went beyond<br />

the trails of gardens in Whitby, he<br />

was known as a visionary and pioneer<br />

in the horticulture industry. His<br />

passion began when he worked as<br />

a teenager for a landscape business<br />

owned by John Weall. At 22-yearsold,<br />

Cullen would purchase the<br />

business. By <strong>19</strong>55, he evolved the<br />

business to become a thriving nursery,<br />

at a time when garden centres<br />

were uncommon.<br />

Ferencz says Cullen was dedicated<br />

to making his dream of a landscaped,<br />

show garden come true.<br />

The landmark allowed Cullen to<br />

share his passion of horticulture<br />

with the public.<br />

Connecting with guests was a<br />

priority for Cullen. He personally<br />

responded to each compliment<br />

and complaint about visitors’ experiences.<br />

Cullen enjoyed the written<br />

word and human interaction.<br />

He wrote his own speech for the<br />

opening day of Cullen Gardens<br />

and Miniature Village, including<br />

a poem inspired by Whitby.<br />

Cullen Gardens and Miniature<br />

Village permanently closed its<br />

doors on Jan. 1, 2006.<br />

Eight days later, the Town of<br />

Whitby purchased the land from<br />

the Cullen family.<br />

The property was designated a<br />

municipal park. After the town held<br />

a public naming competition, Cullen<br />

Central Park was announced,<br />

with a plan of open space and parkland.<br />

Later that year, in August,<br />

81-year-old Cullen died of pancreatic<br />

cancer.<br />

His children say he had dreamed<br />

of opening up another attraction<br />

for residents to enjoy, even purchasing<br />

a Whitby property on a<br />

whim. Cullen’s dream died with<br />

him because he didn’t want to burden<br />

his children to make his vision<br />

a reality.<br />

Cullen’s family donated the<br />

money from all property sales<br />

to charities of his choice – his<br />

final thank you to <strong>Durham</strong> Region<br />

residents for supporting him<br />

through the years.<br />

As for the actual miniature<br />

pieces from the fictional town, the<br />

collection was sold to the City of<br />

Oshawa. After collecting dust in a<br />

warehouse for years, the Niagara<br />

Parks Commission (NPC) bought<br />

the buildings in 2011. They are now<br />

on display at NPC’s Botanical Gardens.<br />

Years passed after the Town of<br />

Whitby took over the space and the<br />

historical buildings on the lot were<br />

left untouched.<br />

White says the buildings, including<br />

the Jones-Puckrin House,<br />

seemed forgotten.<br />

“The longer it went, the more<br />

dishevelled it was, as the buildings<br />

started deteriorating, it got even<br />

harder to go there to see how things<br />

have changed,” recalls White.<br />

A couple in search of a historic<br />

home came across White’s childhood<br />

house at the former Cullen<br />

Gardens site. They saw the potential<br />

behind the homes’ fragile and<br />

weathered state. The residence<br />

inherited new residents and a new<br />

land to stand, on Coronation Road<br />

in Whitby.<br />

White says he is at peace with<br />

his old home’s new location and<br />

owners, looking as picturesque as<br />

a piece belonging in the former<br />

miniature village itself.<br />

“I was really pleased with the<br />

way it looks now, it fits well with the<br />

surrounding area and with everything<br />

looking new,” he says, “I am<br />

really happy for the new owners.”<br />

For now, the land where Cullen<br />

Gardens and Miniature Village’s<br />

legacy lives is just property, with<br />

some ruins from the buildings left<br />

behind.<br />

Part of the terrain is about to<br />

undergo a major overhaul. It is<br />

slated to become a modern-day<br />

tourist destination - Nordik<br />

Spa-Nature Whitby.<br />

“I think it’s the most eagerly anticipated<br />

thing in Whitby, period,”<br />

says Mitchell.<br />

Recently, a poll was conducted<br />

on Facebook group Vintage Whitby,<br />

asking all 8,390 members if<br />

they were looking forward to the<br />

spa coming to Whitby. Out of the<br />

157 people who replied, 61 per cent<br />

were excited, 24 per cent were indifferent<br />

and 15 per cent were dissatisfied<br />

about the spa.<br />

Public and press director for the<br />

spa, Marianne Trotier says they<br />

chose Whitby for the scenery.<br />

“Cullen Central Park offers a<br />

beautiful landscape to build such<br />

Photograph courtesy of Whitby Archives<br />

facilities,” she says, “we look for locations<br />

close to an important community,<br />

as we wish to greet not only<br />

tourists, but locals as well.”<br />

Nordik Spa-Nature Whitby projects<br />

135,000 visitors a year, which<br />

would significantly impact tourism<br />

in <strong>Durham</strong> Region.<br />

The initial plan for the spa was<br />

approved by council in 2011. The<br />

original project did not include a<br />

hotel, which has slowed down production.<br />

Trotier says the spa is in the process<br />

of receiving quotes and scheduling<br />

construction. The target to<br />

open in the summer of 20<strong>19</strong> has<br />

shifted, with no tentative timeline<br />

set.<br />

Through all of the changes on<br />

the surface of these grounds, one<br />

thing has remained the same. This<br />

piece of property has stunning<br />

views and the attractions housed<br />

on the land, have focused on the<br />

ever-present nature which encapsulates<br />

the space.<br />

Cullen penned a book in <strong>19</strong>83<br />

called Dig About It ... And Dung<br />

It: Tales of a Gardener.<br />

“I like to walk in the woods in<br />

the fall, see the wildflowers in the<br />

spring, I love to create something<br />

and see others enjoy it,” he wrote. “I<br />

like the challenge of winning a contract<br />

and finishing the job on time,<br />

at a profit. I like building buildings,<br />

old architecture and Canadian antiques.<br />

These are some of the things<br />

that give me pleasure and fill me<br />

with satisfaction.”<br />

Cullen Gardens and Miniature<br />

Village and Nordik Spa-Nature<br />

Whitby share a field of dreams,<br />

united by two key pillars – nature<br />

and community.

12 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> - April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Campus<br />

DC students develop strategies for seniors<br />

Victoria Marcelle<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Students at <strong>Durham</strong> College (DC)<br />

are brainstorming to make lives<br />

better for seniors in Oshawa.<br />

The students, in a program<br />

called Gerontology - Activation<br />

Co-ordination, are developing<br />

initiatives in three areas to assist<br />

seniors.<br />

The plans include offering<br />

guidance regarding roommates,<br />

creating care boxes and building<br />

a connection to the services DC<br />

students offer on campus.<br />

“There’s always great things<br />

we want to advocate for [in our<br />

field] on behalf of older adults.<br />

So I thought we do a lot of talking<br />

about it, we learn about all the<br />

policies and we talk about all this<br />

change that should happen, but we<br />

don’t ever put it into action,” says<br />

Kimberlee Neault, the program’s<br />

coordinator.<br />

Two years ago, Neault rewrote<br />

the curriculum to include a social<br />

action plan project in the final semester<br />

of the graduate certificate<br />

program.<br />

Neault says the brainstorming<br />

process starts at the beginning<br />

of the course, which started<br />

in January. In Week 2, the<br />

class discusses ideas of what<br />

they would like to improve for<br />

older adults in the community.<br />

This year, the theme is age-friendly<br />

communities because Oshawa<br />

is trying to achieve that type of<br />

designation for the municipality,<br />

says Neault.<br />

“With that, I thought this was<br />

the perfect theme, that our students<br />

would work on something that<br />

would make the community more<br />

age friendly for the older adults,”<br />

says Neault.<br />

The first social action plan is<br />

called Aging in Place Facilitation<br />

and Housing plan, which assists<br />

seniors with the co-housing process.<br />

“[Older adults] might sell their<br />

own home and then come together<br />

with several other older adults into<br />

one home. They share the rent and<br />

the facility,” says Neault.<br />

Photograph by Victoria Marcelle<br />

Kimberlee Neault, gerontology program coordinator, tells how her students are getting involved.<br />

The program has a connection<br />

to four ladies in Port Perry<br />

called the Golden Girls, aged 65<br />

to 71, who have been featured on<br />

television and Zoomer magazine<br />

after moving in together to share<br />

housing expenses and companionship.<br />

The concept is catching on with<br />

other communities as a feasible<br />

way to age in place, says Neault.<br />

Age in place refers to the conscious<br />

decision to stay in the home<br />

of choice for as long as possible.<br />

“Because it’s hard to have your<br />

own individual home. A lot of<br />

expenses and that sort of thing.<br />

This way, you’re sharing the costs<br />

in one, big open-concept house,”<br />

says Neault.<br />

Another group of students is<br />

working on providing Community<br />

Care Boxes to people who are<br />

newly-admitted to long-term care<br />

or those in the community who<br />

have been isolated socially, which<br />

is a big problem for older adults,<br />

says Neault.<br />

The boxes are created with<br />

each individual in mind and may<br />

include a community resource information,<br />

a blanket, a game or a<br />

sensory item to ease anxiety, such<br />

as a stress ball or snow globe.<br />

The final project is the Senior<br />

Solace Centre.<br />

The plan involves having a hub<br />

on the DC campus where seniors<br />

can come to access many program<br />

resources and services provided by<br />

students, such as dental cleanings,<br />

yoga classes or massages.<br />

“We would also have activities<br />

for them, just as the Solace Centre<br />

has for students, we would<br />

have all those things for seniors.<br />

That’s what we do as activationists.<br />

We create environments and<br />

engaging activities for them, very<br />

person-centred,” says Neault.<br />

Uplifting boxes of<br />

love for sick kids<br />

Janis Williams<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Nicolle Georgiev faced a truth no<br />

parent wants to encounter.<br />

About six years ago the Pickering<br />

mom learned her daughter, Sophia<br />

Megan, was diagnosed with<br />

leukemia. Megan was still a month<br />

away from turning two.<br />

Now, age 8, she is a happy and<br />

healthy child. She recently celebrated<br />

five years of being a cancer<br />

survivor.<br />

After multiple hours in hospital,<br />

Georgiev took her experience<br />

and wanted to help others<br />

in a similar place. She started the<br />

Super Sophia Project, featuring<br />

love boxes – filled with items such<br />

as toys, books, activities, crafts,<br />

stuffed animals and clothing for<br />

infants and toddlers to school-age<br />

children and teenagers. The love<br />

boxes are given to children <strong>18</strong> and<br />

under in hospitals.<br />

“Sophia’s cancer-free and<br />

everything else is honestly a<br />

bonus,” Georgiev says, “she’s<br />

healthy and she’s inspiring other<br />

people to be kind, spread love and<br />

encouraging them to never to give<br />

up – it really is the best thing.”<br />

So far in three years, more<br />

than 3,000 loves boxes have been<br />

gifted to nine hospitals across the<br />

GTA, including Lakeridge Health<br />

Oshawa and locations as far away<br />

as Sudbury, Orillia and Barrie.<br />

Georgiev’s goal this year is to reach<br />

5,000 boxes, share with more hospitals<br />

and reach more children.<br />

“People are so good. I’ve encountered<br />

so many wonderful<br />

people, they want to help,” says<br />

Georgiev.<br />

Megan, who considers herself<br />

president of the project, is<br />

very hands-on. Georgiev says her<br />

daughter often handpicks items<br />

from her home and packs love<br />

boxes for other kids experiencing<br />

medical treatments, like she did.<br />

The project survives, Georgiev<br />

says, because of community-based<br />

volunteers and donations. The<br />

purpose is to bring kids some comfort<br />

and occupy their time, while<br />

they are away from home, she<br />

adds.<br />

Georgiev says if people aren’t<br />

able to create their own love boxes,<br />

individual donations are greatly<br />

appreciated, including monetary<br />

contributions and any handmade<br />

items, which will then be assembled<br />

into a package.<br />

Georgiev hopes people keep<br />

parents of sick children in mind<br />

when donating items, suggesting<br />

gift cards for coffee or toiletries<br />

for unexpected hospital stays as<br />

thoughtful gestures for families.<br />

“It’s [the project] like my little<br />

baby, it’s in my heart, I can’t stop,"<br />

Georgiev says.

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Photograph by Kathryn Fraser<br />

Forensic Science students from UOIT process the scene<br />

following the explosion at Founders Mall (UB Building).<br />

Photograph by Morgan Kelly<br />

Mock<br />

Participants after the initial explosion at Founders Mall (UB Building).<br />

disaster<br />

Some numbers from the<br />

weekend-long event which<br />

saw the UB Building renamed<br />

Founders Mall and the CFCE<br />

renamed Founders Hospital.<br />

Infographic by Meagan Secord<br />

at DC,<br />

UOIT<br />

Photograph by Jasper Myers<br />

A hostage situation takes place at Founders Hospital (CFCE).<br />

Photograph by Morgan Kelly<br />

Firefighting students respond to victims outside Founders Mall (UB Building).<br />

Continued on next page

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Victims escape the Founders Mall (UB Building) explosion.<br />

Photograph by Morgan Kelly<br />

Photograph by Morgan Kelly<br />

Paramedic students load a patient into an ambulance to take them to<br />

Founders Hospital (CFCE).<br />

On Feb. 23-24, DC and<br />

UOIT staged its<br />

first mock disaster<br />

titled 'Project Lord<br />

Ridgeback'. Students<br />

from 21 programs got<br />

hands-on experience<br />

in their respective<br />

fields by responding/<br />

participating in the event.<br />

Photograph by Kathryn Fraser<br />

The scene following a wall collapse at Founders Mall (UB Building).<br />

Photograph by Morgan Kelly<br />

Victims outside Founders Mall (UB Building) following an<br />

explosion.<br />

Photograph by Meagan Secord<br />

Firefighting students respond to the explosion at Founders Mall (UB Building).

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Entertainment<br />

Photograph by Jasper Myers<br />

Brothers Bill (left) and Dave (right) Wilson own and operate Wilson and Lee, which their grandfather started.<br />

Wilson and Lee approaches its centenary<br />

Music<br />

store sells<br />

records,<br />

sheet music,<br />

instruments<br />

Jasper Myers<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

Wilson and Lee has been instrumental<br />

to music lovers in Oshawa<br />

for nearing a century.<br />

The independent, family-run<br />

music store, has survived the<br />

switch from vinyl records to digital<br />

downloads for 96 years. Ironically,<br />

they’re back to selling vinyl again.<br />

Ken Perrier – a customer at the<br />

store since <strong>19</strong>80 – thinks he knows<br />

why the company is successful.<br />

“They should be charging admission,<br />

because it’s just such an<br />

enjoyable visit,” says Perrier.<br />

He says the service is great, explaining<br />

that they will get whatever<br />

he’s looking for, in store or not, no<br />

matter how hard it is to find.<br />

Located at 87 Simcoe St. N. in<br />

downtown Oshawa, Wilson and<br />

Lee is owned and operated by<br />

brothers Bill, 79, and Dave, 65,<br />

Wilson, and sells musical instruments,<br />

records, sheet music, CDs<br />

and memorabilia.<br />

The store’s president, Bill Wilson,<br />

began working in the shop at<br />

age 13 and still puts in 55 hours a<br />

week. He says his grandfather, William<br />

Wilson, started the business<br />

in <strong>19</strong>22 after working at Williams<br />

Piano Factory in Oshawa.<br />

William quit the piano factory<br />

and started tuning pianos at<br />

people’s houses. Because he was<br />

blind his wife, Mary Lee (the ‘Lee’<br />

in Wilson and Lee), drove him<br />

around. When he tuned pianos,<br />

sometimes he’d find people didn’t<br />

want them anymore.<br />

“So he would buy them [pianos],<br />

take them back to the house, recondition<br />

them, and sell them,” says<br />

Wilson, adding his grandfather<br />

added radios, records, and sheet<br />

music a little later on.<br />

When the store originally<br />

Wilson and Lee as it looked in <strong>19</strong>26.<br />

opened, it was located at the corner<br />

of Wilkinson Avenue and Albert<br />

Street. Then around <strong>19</strong>25-<strong>19</strong>26,<br />

the store moved to downtown Oshawa<br />

at a different Simcoe Street location<br />

from where it stands today,<br />

Wilson says.<br />

The store moved to its current<br />

location when his father and uncles<br />

came back from the war.<br />

“They came back into the business<br />

in the ’50s, there was prosperity,”<br />

says Wilson. “Because after the<br />

war, people needed everything.”<br />

Business did so well Wilson’s<br />

father and uncles borrowed money<br />

from a few people willing to lend<br />

it to them and in <strong>19</strong>53 built the<br />

store that stands today, according<br />

to Wilson.<br />

He says business was so good at<br />

that time, he believes the building<br />

was paid off a few years later.<br />

In the years Wilson and Lee has<br />

been running, there’s been a lot of<br />

change in music. For a while, records<br />

went out of style but the store<br />

continued to prosper.<br />

“We certainly weren’t generated<br />

by records,” says Wilson.<br />

“We’re a music store. We’re also<br />

a record store, but primarily a<br />

Photograph provided by Bill Wilson<br />

music store.”<br />

The store always sold instruments<br />

and even sold stereos for a<br />

while. Wilson says they also sold<br />

accordions in the ’50s, because of<br />

all the people moving from Europe.<br />

Right now the biggest seller<br />

is ukuleles.<br />

However, Wilson says they<br />

stopped selling records for a while<br />

in the ’90s as their popularity decreased.<br />

“At that point in time I had a<br />

store full of records I had to get<br />

rid of, and then, what, 20 years<br />

later I’ve got a store full of records<br />

again,” says Wilson.<br />

When General Motors had a<br />

plant and its headquarters in north<br />

Oshawa, Wilson says GM employees<br />

were good for downtown business.<br />

“People would come in at lunchtime<br />

and buy records, buy music,<br />

sometimes they’d buy guitars,” says<br />

Wilson.<br />

With the recent announcement<br />

of the 20<strong>19</strong> closing of GM’s south<br />

plant, Wilson says there will be an<br />

impact, but with the college, universities<br />

and hospital he believes<br />

the store will be OK.<br />

The store has been his life and<br />

he’s seen the store continue to succeed.<br />

“It’s an integral part of my life,<br />

it’s what I do, it’s what I know how<br />

to do,” says Wilson, adding it never<br />

feels like work to him.<br />

As for competition, Wilson says<br />

they aren’t afraid of it.<br />

“I have no problem with competition,”<br />

Wilson says. “[Competition]<br />

is what makes the world go<br />

round. It would be awful if there<br />

was no competition.”

22 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> – April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Entertainment<br />

Photograph by Janis Williams<br />

Tim Packer at his art gallery in downtown Oshawa.<br />

From police badge to paint brush<br />

Janis Williams<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

As a Toronto cop for almost 20<br />

years, Tim Packer came across<br />

many people who had brushes with<br />

the law.<br />

However, in 2000, Packer traded<br />

his gun for a paint brush and replaced<br />

his badge for an easel. The<br />

decision has led to a prolific career<br />

as an artist, selling some pieces for<br />

as much as $15,000.<br />

The Whitby resident of 29 years<br />

initially chose policing because he<br />

craved a steady paycheque. Packer<br />

climbed the figurative career<br />

ladder. He started as a uniformed<br />

cop, moved to the crime unit, and<br />

finished his career on the fraud<br />

squad, where he says he reviewed<br />

cases involving millions of dollars.<br />

He spent <strong>19</strong>96 to <strong>19</strong>98, as a Toronto<br />

police sergeant at 31 Division,<br />

covering the Jane and Finch<br />

area in Toronto.<br />

“I had my gun out more in those<br />

two years than I did in my whole<br />

career,” says the 57-year-old.<br />

He wasn’t always a man in uniform.<br />

Packer started off as a graphic<br />

design graduate from Toronto’s<br />

George Brown College in <strong>19</strong>80.<br />

After being laid off from three consecutive<br />

jobs, he turned to policing<br />

to ensure a secure future.<br />

He found his career path after<br />

a conversation with his uncle,<br />

a member of the police service.<br />

According to Packer, he was told<br />

within three years, he would earn<br />

an annual salary of $40,000. So<br />

he trimmed his hair, shaved his<br />

beard and abandoned his childhood<br />

dream of becoming an artist.<br />

“I just really kind of turned my<br />

back on art for a while and just<br />

threw myself in my career as a police<br />

officer,” Packer says.<br />

Along the way, art slowly began<br />

creeping back into his life.<br />

He made caricature cards for<br />

fellow employees, to celebrate promotions<br />

or retirements.<br />

Packer says in <strong>19</strong>93, he created<br />

a large water colour caricature<br />

for a Toronto Police Service and<br />

Toronto Maple Leafs charity golf<br />

tournament which benefited Sick<br />

Kids Hospital. It sold for $500.<br />

The next year, Packer says he<br />

made a print of four Toronto Maple<br />

Leafs’ hockey players, the last time<br />

the team came close to the Stanley<br />

Cup. The piece sold for $2,700.<br />

After a painting of Wendel Clark<br />

sold for $4,000, his friends on the<br />

service questioned why he didn’t<br />

pursue art on a full-time basis.<br />

His wife Diane Packer, supported<br />

his passion. Years earlier, he says,<br />

she had asked him not to give up his<br />

secure career – they had two young<br />

sons with looming post-secondary<br />

education fees. In time, it became<br />

obvious to Diane, her husband’s<br />

artistic abilities were more than a<br />

hobby - they could also be channeled<br />

into a successful business.<br />

At the turn of the millennium,<br />

Packer threw himself into the art<br />

scene like paint on a canvas.<br />

“I went from doing this job I<br />

really, really liked to being with this<br />

group of people who were doing<br />

what I wanted to do and pursuing<br />

what I loved,” he says.<br />

He served on the board of the<br />

Canadian Society of Painters in<br />

Water Colour (CSPWC), a huge<br />

coup in the art world. He subsequently<br />

led the CSPWC as president<br />

for two years.<br />

He went from idolizing the work<br />

of the Group of Seven, to having<br />

a beer with Doris McCarthy, who<br />

painted with the Group of Seven.<br />

She was considered by many in the<br />

art community as the most famous<br />

living Canadian artist, before her<br />

death in 2010.<br />

“I got to meet so many other successful<br />

artists and I looked at that<br />

as my master’s degree on how to<br />

become a professional artist,” Packer<br />

says. “I picked their brains and I<br />

was a sponge.”<br />

He was focused on portraits during<br />

this part of his art career but his<br />

true passion is painting landscapes.<br />

“I guess I’ll paint portraits to<br />

make a living and I’ll paint landscapes<br />

for fun,” is how he reflects<br />

on his artistic mindset at the time.<br />

The transition to landscapes<br />

proved to be personally and professionally<br />

fulfilling.<br />

Packer says he experimented<br />

with everything, from throwing<br />

paint to working with acrylics, oils<br />

and watercolours.<br />

“Eventually, my current style just<br />

started sort of coming out and then<br />

when it did, I just knew it was it,”<br />

he says.<br />

How does Packer describe his<br />

landscapes?<br />

Bright. Colourful. Composed.<br />

Mosaic. Intense.<br />

The true-to-life suns in each of<br />

I got here through a series of<br />

things I did, that any other artist<br />

can do to live their dream.<br />

his paintings are his signature.<br />

“I really believed in the new<br />

work but I also knew this was kind<br />

of make it or break it time,” says<br />

Packer, “if something didn’t happen<br />

in the next six months, I was<br />

going to be putting on a suit and<br />

looking for a job in corporate security.”<br />

After he spent $3,000 on his<br />

credit card for a booth at the weekend-long<br />

Toronto Art Expo, Packer’s<br />

risk turned into a reward.<br />

His van-full of paintings sold<br />

out and by Sunday he says, he<br />

was searching his basement for<br />

“B pieces” to bring for the last day<br />

of the expo. The weekend earned<br />

him $28,000 in sales.<br />

Packer now has a studio in his<br />

Whitby home and opened an art<br />

gallery on William Street West in<br />

downtown Oshawa in 20<strong>18</strong>. It is<br />

a family affair with Diane at the<br />

helm of finance and administration<br />

and his son Cameron Packer, helping<br />

with photography, videos and<br />

social media. Cameron also sells<br />

giclees (pronounced jhee-clays, a<br />

french word meaning “to squirt”)<br />

which are reproductions of original<br />

paintings, made from digital images<br />

and inkjet printers.<br />

Since the business aspect is<br />

a family affair, Packer’s time is<br />

freed up to paint. He often listens<br />

to music, groups like matchbox 20,<br />

while he spends his time his favourite<br />

way, in front of the easel.<br />

Packer says he enjoys sharing<br />

what’s he’s learned with other artists.<br />

He posts how-to-paint tutorials<br />

on his YouTube channel and hosts<br />

high-end paint along events at the<br />

gallery.<br />

A wave of a magic wand didn’t<br />

bring him his talent, Packer says.<br />

“I got here through a series of<br />

things that I did, that any other<br />

artist can do to live their dream.”<br />

Packer’s artwork hangs on walls<br />

around the world, including Australia,<br />

New Zealand and Germany.<br />

Much like picking a favourite<br />

child, Packer says he can’t choose<br />

just one painting he likes best but<br />

can narrow it down “to about 50.<br />

“My favourite is always the one<br />

I’m working on now,” Packer says<br />

with a coy smile.

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Jane Eccles<br />

threads stories<br />

through her<br />

paintings<br />

Janis Williams<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

When local artist Jane Eccles<br />

left teaching behind, she says she<br />

never looked back. Now retired,<br />

69-year-old Eccles devotes her time<br />

to painting.<br />

Until that is, someone she<br />

worked with at Bowmanville High<br />

School (BHS) came to see her new<br />

art exhibit, In These Threads, at<br />

the Visual Arts Centre of Clarington<br />

(VAC).<br />

As Eccles strolled through her<br />

display at the VAC, at the end of<br />

last month, her former colleague,<br />

Thomas Brasch, happened to stop<br />

in to sneak a peek, not thinking<br />

he was actually walking into a reunion.<br />

The two had not seen each other<br />

for almost twenty years. Like Eccles,<br />

Brasch also gave up his life as<br />

a teacher to pursue art, in his case<br />

photography. He creates commemorative<br />

circular pieces by digitally<br />

manipulating photography.<br />

Brasch takes photos at places of<br />

tragedy, such as the Pulse night<br />

club in Orlando. He says his work<br />

remembers those who have perished<br />

and gives peace to those who<br />

were touched by the event and are<br />

still living.<br />

He credits his artistic success to<br />

people who supported him along<br />

his journey.<br />

“It’s those key people along the<br />

way that give you the extra nudge,”<br />

Brasch says, “Jane is one of those<br />

key people.”<br />

Brasch says art tells a story for<br />

those who will listen. "Jane tells a<br />

good story."<br />

Now retired, 69-year-old Eccles<br />

devotes her time to painting.<br />

She paints dresses but for the artist<br />

because, she says, a dress has<br />

more meaning than its material.<br />

There isn’t a dress in here that<br />

didn’t start with word,” Eccles says.<br />

Eccles, who has called Bowmanville<br />

home since <strong>19</strong>74, paints portraits<br />

of dresses, intended to share<br />

women’s stories through her paintbrush.<br />

She says she is capturing the<br />

essence of a woman, their lives captured<br />

through the garments they<br />

wore.<br />

The artist carefully picks her<br />

projects which she calls a “portal<br />

into the woman’s life.”<br />

“That’s the key, it has to be<br />

beautiful for me to paint it,” she<br />

says, “I’ve turned down as many<br />

dresses as I’ve painted.”<br />

The dresses featured in her firstever<br />

solo show, which just concluded<br />

at VAC included a mixture of<br />

well-known and everyday women.<br />

The common thread is the power<br />

of their stories.<br />

The show also featured k.d. lang<br />

Costume, a wedding dress the<br />

singer wore with cowboy boots at<br />

a <strong>19</strong>85 Juno Awards performance.<br />

Ruth’s Dress belonged to Ruth<br />

Watson Henderson, a Canadian<br />

composer. She wore the striking<br />

red ensemble while performing at<br />

the Eaton Auditorium in <strong>19</strong>53.<br />

Eccles heard back from Canadian<br />

great Margaret Atwood<br />

one year after she initially reached<br />

out. Atwood wears many figurative<br />

dresses: poet, novelist, literary critic,<br />

essayist, inventor, teacher and<br />

activist.<br />

Atwood sent Eccles the colourful<br />

dress she purchased in Australia<br />

while writing Cat-Eye. The novel,<br />

as it turns out, feels like a biography<br />

to Eccles who says, “I am<br />

Elaine Risely,” the main character<br />

of the story.<br />

Margaret’s Dress, along with<br />

a mask Atwood sent along, is the<br />

“pièce de résistance” of the exhibit.<br />

Wind Chill is a powerful painting,<br />

which almost didn’t make the<br />

show. After careful consideration,<br />

Photograph by Janis Williams<br />

Jane Eccles reflects on her life while viewing her exhibit at the Visual Arts Centre (VAC) in<br />

Bowmanville.<br />

Eccles and Sandy Saad, curator<br />

at VAC, knew it was needed to cement<br />

the entire exhibit.<br />

“[It] symbolized not only that<br />

women are measured but women<br />

have these unrealistic expectations<br />

that society holds them to,” Saad<br />

says.<br />

The sculptural piece and the<br />

painting it inspired, sit side by<br />

side at the exhibit. The object was<br />

Eccles' 65th birthday gift from her<br />

husband, artist Ron Eccles. She describes<br />

it as a “measuring cage”<br />

and says even though it is decaying,<br />

it serves its purpose.<br />

“Women are always judged,<br />

they’re always measured,” says<br />

Eccles.<br />

Women’s stories are impactful to<br />

Eccles. Thus far, she has focused<br />

on Canadian women but has<br />

reached out to Michelle Obama<br />

and Hilary Clinton.<br />

“I’m a feminist, not in the bra<br />

burning sense, but I believe in<br />

young women and I believe in<br />

women achieving what they’re set<br />

out to do – whatever that might<br />

be,” Eccles says. “I had the good<br />

luck of having a series of teachers<br />

that didn’t see my sex, they saw<br />

something in what I was doing.”<br />

Eccles started as a one woman<br />

show at BHS and grew her art department<br />

to a staff of five.<br />

In the beginning, she didn’t<br />

think she would be at BHS for<br />

long but her students pleasantly<br />

surprised her.<br />

“They were raw pretty much<br />

and I found I could work with<br />

them, I found they were phenomenal,”<br />

Eccles says.<br />

She was still an artist on her own<br />

time but says she was distinctly a<br />

teacher at school.<br />

“The artist and the teacher are<br />

compatible but I don’t like a conflict<br />

of interest. I didn’t like the idea<br />

I was the artist and they weren’t,”<br />

she says.<br />

Brasch remembers Eccles' passion<br />

to reach her students and push<br />

them to find their artistic edge. He<br />

says she was a strong teacher who<br />

wasn't afraid to challenge the traditional<br />

education system.<br />

In <strong>19</strong>90, Eccles was one of ten<br />

recipients of the Marshall Mc-<br />

Luhan Distinguished Teachers<br />

Award. She was the sole woman<br />

with the honour that year.<br />

Eccles says McLuhan’s wife<br />

whispered to her “he [my husband]<br />

always thought that the artist<br />

knew it [understood life].” She<br />

then pinned a corsage on Eccles<br />

and said the men could do their<br />

own boutonnieres.<br />

Jane’s Dress, is a self-portrait<br />

amongst 15 other paintings is on<br />

display at the VAC.<br />

A then 40-year-old Eccles went<br />

to a store in historic Bowmanville<br />

and said to the lady at the shop, “I<br />

want a dress you wouldn’t expect<br />

me to buy.”<br />

She says she wanted to be transformed<br />

from teacher to woman, for<br />

a colleague’s retirement party – she<br />

calls it her Cinderella moment.<br />

Outfitted with the flowy purple<br />

frock, she was the only one dressed<br />

to the nines at the event, and that<br />

was okay with her.<br />

“I’ve grown into my own rags,<br />

I’ve grown into my own being.<br />

You’re different at 70 than at 40,”<br />

says Eccles.<br />

“Women are always waiting for<br />

‘the event’, buying clothes for the<br />

event and then the event doesn’t<br />

come,” says Eccles.<br />

Your life, reflects Eccles, is the<br />

event.<br />

Jane Eccles paints dresses<br />

with strong stories behind the<br />

fabric. Margaret's Dress (left<br />

photo) belongs to Margaret<br />

Atwood and Jane's Dress<br />

(right photo) is a self-portrait.<br />

on display at the VAC.<br />

Photographs by Janis Williams

24 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> – April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca<br />

Sports<br />

Photograph by Cecelia Feor<br />

Daniel Cooper is one of six recruited rugby players for the inaugural 20<strong>18</strong>-20<strong>19</strong> season.<br />

DC, UOIT recruiting the best<br />

Cecelia Feor<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

The Campus Recreation and<br />

Wellness Centre (CRWC) bustles<br />

with both <strong>Durham</strong> College<br />

(DC) and University of Ontario<br />

Institute of Technology (UOIT)<br />

student athletes.<br />

Sydney Green may be one of<br />

them next year.<br />

Green has been playing soccer<br />

since she was seven, and is a fullback<br />

for the Nepean Hotspurs,<br />

a competitive soccer club in Ottawa.<br />

She admits she’s new to the<br />

“recruiting game.”<br />

She clutches her winter coat<br />

and stands next to her parents,<br />

who have driven more than three<br />

hours from Kemptville to Oshawa.<br />

The family are waiting for<br />

the DC women’s soccer coach to<br />

give them a tour of the facilities<br />

and the school.<br />

Each year during their sport’s<br />

season, coaches at both DC and<br />

UOIT work hard to lead practices,<br />

play games, and maybe get<br />

to the playoffs.<br />

But they are always looking at<br />

the next season. Coaches double<br />

as recruiters for their respective<br />

teams, searching for more than<br />

the best athletes.<br />

When they find the right fit,<br />

they send program books and athletic<br />

information. Coaches also<br />

try to get students on campus, so<br />

they can see where they will study<br />

and where they will play.<br />

“All the support they give their<br />

athletes helps with the nerves,”<br />

Green says of the tour she went<br />

on at DC. These supports come<br />

in many forms, such as study halls<br />

and athletic therapists.<br />

Alex Bianchi, DC women’s<br />

head soccer coach, guided the<br />

tour.<br />

“I want players to come to <strong>Durham</strong><br />

because they want to come<br />

to <strong>Durham</strong>,” Bianchi says.<br />

As he walks Green through the<br />

CRWC building, he mentions the<br />

perks of being a student athlete,<br />

such as sports therapy services. As<br />

the tour continues in the Gordon<br />

Willey Building, he changes his<br />

focus to academics.<br />

Bianchi says he needs to “sell<br />

parents on the academics” at DC,<br />

and why it is a good choice for<br />

both soccer and schooling.<br />

He says although he is concerned<br />

with grades, he never<br />

wants to discuss them with athletes.<br />

He believes they have<br />

enough resources.<br />

“There’s no excuse to fail,” says<br />

Bianchi, who has spent two seasons<br />

with the team.<br />

This is a sentiment echoed by<br />

many coaches at DC and UOIT.<br />

Dave Ashfield, Lords men’s<br />

I care about them as a person,<br />

as a student, and last of all as an<br />

athlete.<br />

soccer coach, says players are<br />

students first and need to succeed.<br />

“I care about them as a person,<br />

as a student and last of all as an<br />

athlete,” he says.<br />

Justin Caruana, Ridgebacks<br />

women’s hockey coach, says he<br />

won’t shy away from players just<br />

because their grades aren’t as<br />

high as someone else’s.<br />

“We try to tell them that it’s<br />

not a right, it’s a privilege that you<br />

get to play hockey while you’re<br />

going to school,” Caruana says.<br />

He says he believes people develop<br />

differently, sometimes later<br />

in life.<br />

Curtis Hodgins, Ridgeback<br />

men’s hockey coach, has the<br />

benefit of getting players later in<br />

life. Since players can play for the<br />

OJHL until they are 20 years old,<br />

many players come to university<br />

hockey at 21.<br />

“When I first came in, I was<br />

solely looking for good hockey<br />

players,” Hodgins says. Now he<br />

also looks for good students, adding<br />

the dynamic of the team has<br />

changed.<br />

Two coaches have wrapped up<br />

their first seasons this year, at DC<br />

in men’s and women’s rugby.<br />

Coach Christopher McKee had<br />

a tough first season with Lords<br />

women’s rugby,winning one of<br />

their 12 games.<br />

He says he is looking for leaders,<br />

players who are willing to<br />

work hard and learn. He’s not<br />

focused on grades. Yet.<br />

“(My) approach has changed,<br />

to be a little bit more open-minded<br />

to not just good (rugby) programs<br />

but looking for good players<br />

in general,” McKee says.<br />

John Watkins, Lords men’s<br />

rugby coach, wants to see his<br />

players be good people outside of<br />

the game.<br />

“That’s what we look for… not<br />

only willing to work really hard<br />

but also to get involved with initiatives<br />

outside of practices and<br />

games,” he says.<br />

While coaches see academics<br />

on different levels, they all know<br />

one thing is the most important:<br />

the team.<br />

Caruana, who has been with<br />

the women’s varsity hockey team<br />

at UOIT for five seasons, says he<br />

will target girls for positions he<br />

knows other girls play who are<br />

close to graduating. But he also<br />

wants players who want to be at<br />

UOIT, who will take pride in the<br />

university.<br />

Caruana says he wants the<br />

“best product on the ice” but<br />

isn’t always watching what they<br />

do with the puck.<br />

“Sometimes I’ll watch (player’s)<br />

body language, I’ll watch<br />

how they are when they come off<br />

on the bench,” he says, adding he<br />

will look at how supportive they<br />

are of their teammates.<br />

Similarly, Hodgins says he<br />

looks for players who aren’t selfish.<br />

“In some cases, I’ll know right<br />

away it’s not a fit,” he says, either<br />

for the player or for him and his<br />

team. Hodgins, who has been<br />

with the men’s varsity hockey<br />

team at UOIT for three seasons,<br />

adds the team has a family feel.<br />

Story continued<br />

on next page.

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'We take our program seriously'<br />

While hockey has been at UOIT<br />

since the school opened, rugby at<br />

DC faced different challenges<br />

thanks to its inaugural season in<br />

20<strong>18</strong>.<br />

McKee says coming into the<br />

season, which was his first, he only<br />

looked at high-end programs, but<br />

for next year’s team he’s looking<br />

more at local high school players.<br />

He isn’t ignoring the team’s need<br />

for elite players, though.<br />

“In sevens rugby, two or three<br />

elite players can change you from<br />

being a second last place team,”<br />

McKee says, adding those players<br />

could bring a team to the top three<br />

in the league.<br />

Watkins had more luck with his<br />

rugby team in the 20<strong>18</strong> season, despite<br />

recruiting six players before<br />

the season officially started.<br />

The rest of the team was comprised<br />

from open tryouts.<br />

The men’s rugby team is a team<br />

players want to be a part of, he says.<br />

“Players know, coming to our<br />

school, we take our program seriously,”<br />

Watkins says, acknowledging<br />

the successful season the team<br />

had.<br />

Another successful team is DC<br />

women’s soccer, who won bronze<br />

last year in the playoffs. Bianchi,<br />

who has spent two seasons with the<br />

Lords women’s soccer team, wants<br />

to identify “what (prospective recruits)<br />

are capable of doing, and<br />

what they’re not capable of doing.”<br />

The success of the team helps<br />

bring in players, Bianchi says.<br />

They won bronze last year during<br />

the championships.<br />

He scouts players from clubs, like<br />

FC <strong>Durham</strong> Academy, and says a<br />

club says a lot about a player: if they<br />

are a player who cares.<br />

The motto for the DC women’s<br />

soccer team? “Soccer comes first,<br />

school comes second, and nothing<br />

else matters,” says Bianchi.<br />

It could be said the same motto<br />

applies to the men’s soccer team.<br />

Ashfield, who has been with the<br />

Lords men’s soccer team for five<br />

seasons, says he had to cut his star<br />

player a few years ago.<br />

He says the player was disrespectful<br />

to the staff and his teammates.<br />

“The first year of schooling he<br />

got nothing, like not a mark, never<br />

went to class, expected other people<br />

to do his schoolwork,” Ashfield<br />

says.<br />

He says he had to evolve the<br />

player and explain that is not acceptable.<br />

Ashfield says as a coach his recruiting<br />

style has developed over<br />

time.<br />

“(I can) see a vision where an<br />

athlete fits into the team,” he says.<br />

Ashfield is also concerned with a<br />

student as a person more than an<br />

athlete.<br />

“Really the goals and dreams of<br />

the athlete, I think, is the biggest<br />

thing,” he says.<br />

In his most recent season, Ashfield<br />

says 75 per cent this season<br />

recruited and 25 per cent were<br />

“gifts.”<br />

As for DC women’s soccer, Bianchi<br />

says his recruiting style has not<br />

changed. He says he is looking for<br />

the right players to make the team<br />

better than it was yesterday.<br />

Within one year of coaching,<br />

Bianchi had the team on-track,<br />

doing well on the field and in<br />

academics. He adds it could have<br />

taken three years to get there with<br />

the team.<br />

Also trying to get there is the<br />

men’s hockey coach, Hodgins,who<br />

says he “wears many hats” in addition<br />

to head coach, such as general<br />

manager and head scout.<br />

Hodgins wants to put his stamp<br />

on the program, something he says<br />

will be a seven-year process.<br />

Caruana has had more time to<br />

shape the women’s hockey team.<br />

In his office, he has a colour-coded<br />

binder full of all possible recruits.<br />

He has notes on each of those players<br />

and whether they have committed<br />

to other schools.<br />

He says he already has his team<br />

set for 20<strong>19</strong> and is almost done recruiting<br />

for 2020 as well.<br />

“We’re new, we’re young,”<br />

Caruana says of the team, “We’re<br />

creating our history now.”<br />

Speaking of creating a history,<br />

both McKee and Watkins have<br />

begun to start a new chapter in<br />

DC rugby.<br />

In their favour, they both participate<br />

in rugby outside the college.<br />

Watkins is the president of the<br />

Oshawa Vikings rugby club and<br />

has coached with them since 2007.<br />

McKee is a high school teacher<br />

at Uxbridge Secondary School<br />

and coaches the girls' rugby teams<br />

and with the Oshawa Vikings as<br />

well.<br />

Building a winning team isn’t<br />

easy, but coaches at DC and UOIT<br />

know that. Their experience helps<br />

with their unrelenting search for<br />

the right players.<br />

But they are keen to remember<br />

a student athlete is a student first.<br />

As for prospective student and<br />

sports recruit Sydney Green, she<br />

hasn’t decided on a college just yet.<br />

However, current student and<br />

rugby recruit, Daniel Cooper, was<br />

one of the six players recruited for<br />

the inaugural rugby season.<br />

Cooper is no stranger to Coach<br />

Watkins, he has known him for<br />

more than five years through the<br />

Oshawa Vikings rugby club.<br />

“He sees everybody for who they<br />

are, not just a team,” Cooper says,<br />

adding he thinks Watkins is a great<br />

coach.<br />

Chris McKee, DC women's rugby coach.<br />

John Watkins, DC men's rugby coach.<br />

Photograph by <strong>Durham</strong> College Athletics<br />

Photograph by <strong>Durham</strong> College Athletics<br />

Photograph by <strong>Durham</strong> College Athletics<br />

Alex Bianchi, DC women's soccer coach.<br />

Photographs by UOIT Athletics<br />

and <strong>Durham</strong> College Athletics<br />

TOP: Curtis Hodgins (left),<br />

UOIT men's hockey coach.<br />

BOTTOM: Dave Ashfield (left),<br />

DC men's soccer coach.<br />

Photograph by UOIT Athletics<br />

Justin Caruana (right), UOIT women's hockey coach.

26 The <strong>Chronicle</strong> March <strong>19</strong> - April 15, 20<strong>19</strong> chronicle.durhamcollege.ca Sports<br />

DC, UOIT grad gets dream Olympic job<br />

Kathryn Fraser<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

After spending years as an elite<br />

softball player and coach, a <strong>Durham</strong><br />

College and UOIT grad is<br />

now using her knowledge to support<br />

other athletes.<br />

Oshawa native Shannon Galea,<br />

30, joined the Canadian Olympic<br />

Committee (COC) as a Game Plan<br />

specialist last September.<br />

“It’s a dream come true, it really<br />

is,” Galea said.<br />

Game Plan is a program created<br />

in collaboration with the COC, the<br />

Canadian Paralympic Committee<br />

(CPC) and the Sport Canada and<br />

Canadian Olympic and Paralympic<br />

Sport Institute Network (COP-<br />

SIN).<br />

Game Plan helps both current<br />

and retired athletes find other<br />

passions and transform them into<br />

well-rounded individuals.<br />

“It’s a very interesting program,<br />

it’s one of the only programs in<br />

Canada and it really aligns our<br />

sport system,” she said.<br />

Game Plan offers support<br />

through five areas: medical resources,<br />

skill development, education,<br />

networking possibilities and career<br />

opportunities.<br />

Game Plan advisors are at the<br />

forefront, working with athletes<br />

and supporting players through<br />

the five areas. The advisors are<br />

psychologists, life coaches, career<br />

counsellors, mental performance<br />

coaches and other wellness leaders.<br />

Galea’s role, as a specialist, is<br />

to oversee the work of the advisors,<br />

provide resources and develop programs.<br />

Galea earned her degree in G<br />

eography and Earth Sciences<br />

at McMaster University before<br />

graduating from UOIT in 2011<br />

with a Bachelor of Education. Following<br />

that, Galea taught health<br />

and physical education with the<br />

<strong>Durham</strong> District School Board<br />

(DDSB) before continuing to teach<br />

internationally.<br />

“Teaching is the foundation for<br />

everything that I do, it’s full circle,”<br />

she said. “It’s been the foundation<br />

for what I create and what<br />

I change.”<br />

During her tenure at UOIT,<br />

she participated heavily in campus<br />

athletics. Galea was a member<br />

of the Ridgebacks’ rowing and<br />

squash teams and helped create the<br />

women’s flag football extramural<br />

league, a joint league between<br />

UOIT and DC.<br />

Galea also graduated from DC’s<br />

Sport Business Management Program<br />

in 2012, then completed her<br />

master’s degree in Olympic Studies<br />

and Policy at the German Sport<br />

University Cologne.<br />

Photo supplied<br />

Shannon Galea says she tries to implement Canadian ideals and values into her international<br />

work.<br />

As a result of her connections,<br />

passion and education, Galea<br />

travelled to more than 40 countries.<br />

She lived in Holland, Italy,<br />

Belgium, Malta, New Zealand<br />

and Australia and played in their<br />

respective International Softball<br />

Federations.<br />

“With the coaching opportunities,<br />

I’ve been able to develop<br />

softball in my second nation -- I’m<br />

actually a dual citizen in Malta,”<br />

Galea said. “I was able to develop<br />

softball in my country which allowed<br />

for NCAA coaches to come<br />

over and create better opportunities<br />

for sport for young women.”<br />

Galea said her international<br />

travels have made her think more<br />

critically about Canada and her<br />

involvement at the COC.<br />

“I think about the bigger picture<br />

in a different way,” she said. “It’s<br />

really helped me grow into, ‘How<br />

can I bring this back to Canada?<br />

What can I do to bring my Canadian<br />

idealism and values [to other<br />

countries?] How can we unite Canada?<br />

What can we do to make a<br />

more active Canada?’ That’s where<br />

my motivations come from.”<br />

Initiatives, programs and projects<br />

are always being developed<br />

and created to help athletes across<br />

Canada, Galea said.<br />

“Right now, we are working on a<br />

mental health strategy for our athletes,”<br />

she said. “We have a partnership<br />

with Morneau Sheppell (a<br />

human resources company) and it’s<br />

a transition program for athletes<br />

who are looking to understand<br />

themselves outside of sport. [It<br />

will help athletes] re-identify and<br />

understand the changes they’re going<br />

to go through after competing<br />

at a high level for many years.”<br />

When she reflects on her own<br />

athletic success, Galea misses the<br />

“physical tenacity and challenge”<br />

of softball. But she also misses<br />

coaching and teaching.<br />

“The impact you can have on a<br />

child and a young elite athlete, you<br />

can’t describe it,” she said. “I spent<br />

seven years travelling internationally,<br />

working with children in every<br />

international federation I’ve played<br />

in. I wanted to be a role model for<br />

the young athletes that I coached<br />

and for the people that I love.”<br />

Former CFL player inspires <strong>Durham</strong> College students<br />

Jackie Graves<br />

The <strong>Chronicle</strong><br />

<strong>Durham</strong> College (DC) students<br />

were tossing hacky sacks and talking<br />

education with a sporting backdrop<br />

recently.<br />

Former CFL player turned university<br />

graduate, Ryan Hinds, was<br />

invited to DC speak to students<br />

about the lessons he learned in<br />

sports and how he applied them to<br />

his subsequent education.<br />

Hinds was drafted by the Hamilton<br />

Tiger Cats in 2009 and played<br />

there until 2013 before signing with<br />

the Edmonton Eskimos. He played<br />

in Edmonton from 2013-2015.<br />

He was a free agent in 2016 and<br />

then agreed to a contract with the<br />

Ottawa Redblacks, before abruptly<br />

retiring to pursue health-related<br />

studies.<br />

The theme of his talk was to<br />

“bridge the gap between sports and<br />

academia,” according to Fitness<br />

and Health Promotion professor<br />

Lorne Opler.<br />

Born in Guyana, South America,<br />

Hinds, 32, is the youngest of four<br />

children. While he says his family<br />

“didn’t have much,” he loved his<br />

country and moving to Canada in<br />

the mid-<strong>19</strong>90s when he was “eight<br />

or nine” was challenging.<br />

“When I look back on my transition,<br />

some had it better, some had<br />

it worse,” says Hinds.<br />

He says in grade school, he spoke<br />

perfect English - but his accent<br />

made it difficult for other students<br />

to understand him.<br />

“The struggles of people not<br />

knowing what you’re saying, oh my<br />

gosh, it’s so frustrating,” he says.<br />

It wasn’t until high school when<br />

Hinds realized he wanted to work<br />

in health care in order to help<br />

people.<br />

“I always wanted to be involved<br />

in health care, so, I always knew<br />

that was going to happen at some<br />

point,” he says. “I just didn’t necessarily<br />

know when that was going<br />

to be.”<br />

Hinds says it’s important students<br />

have access to knowledge, as<br />

a lack of it can become a barrier<br />

for those who aren’t aware of their<br />

options.<br />

“The frustrating thing is you<br />

don’t know what you don’t know,”<br />

says Hinds. “You could be missing<br />

opportunities others aren’t.”<br />

After his retirement from the<br />

CFL, Hinds decided to continue<br />

his education. He earned a master’s<br />

degree in Health Administration<br />

from the University of Toronto.<br />

“(Football) camp really makes<br />

you realize or think about whether<br />

you really love it enough to do it<br />

or not. And I was at a point where<br />

I had decided against it,” he says.<br />

“It was time to do something different.”<br />

Hinds engaged students by asking<br />

questions, such as where they<br />

Photograph by Jasper Myers<br />

Former CFL player, Ryan Hinds, speaks to DC students about<br />

how sports and education contain valuable life skills.<br />

were from, what it was like to transition<br />

from another country and<br />

their personal struggles.<br />

As part of his presentation, Ryan<br />

took four volunteers to the front<br />

of the classroom. He made them<br />

stand in front of a garbage bin and<br />

throw hacky sacks into it.<br />

Hinds increased the difficulty in<br />

various ways. He put a chair over<br />

the bin; told students to choose a<br />

“challenging but successful” place<br />

to shoot from; and also asked a<br />

friend of theirs to choose where<br />

they should shoot from.<br />

“Failure can be a deterrent to<br />

trying again,” says Hinds. “What<br />

sports teaches you is to get up and<br />

try again.”<br />

The purpose of the exercise was<br />

to emphasize how team sports can<br />

teach valuable skills such as empathy,<br />

humility, teamwork, and<br />

discipline.<br />

Today, Hinds leads the development<br />

of a bridging program in<br />

partnership with the University<br />

of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of<br />

Public Health (DLSPH).<br />

The program aims to provide<br />

educational opportunities for marginalized<br />

groups, including foreign<br />

or financially-challenged students.<br />

He says he hopes student can<br />

take away a sense of their “best<br />

selves” from his presentation.<br />

“Understand who you are over<br />

what you do,” he says. “Students<br />

should really think about what they<br />

want to accomplish in life and the<br />

impact (they) want to make before<br />

they land on what kind of job they<br />

want to have.”

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