Calling all Alumni…

Brendan Pilgrim, third-year Spanish student, is one of many Annual Fund student callersBailey Berlett (BKin ‘09) knows first-hand the importance of the Annual Fund at Brock University.The recent graduate and former Annual Fund caller has personally used the facilities and services on campus that are made possible through contributions by alumni, parents and staff.As a student Annual Fund caller, Bailey said she had “the opportunity to speak to countless alumni with amazing life experiences, update them on campus life and let them know how much students appreciate the contributions they make towards Brock.”Last year, the Annual Fund raised $1.3 million towards the $75-million Campaign for a Bold New Brock. Of that, $115,000 was raised through gifts of $100 or less. The campaign is raising funds to increase endowments for student financial assistance, invest in teaching and research facilities, expand knowledge, and empower faculty as educator-researchers and innovators.Student callers are often intimidated and uncomfortable when they first start asking alumni to donate to Brock.“But after a few calls they realize that Brock’s alumni enjoyed their time here and are more than willing to support the university,” said Shannon Gill (BBA ’95, BA ’00), manager of the Annual Fund. “The students get a great deal of satisfaction from reconnecting alumni to Brock, hearing about their memories, and updating them about changes to the campus.”As one graduate put it: “The caller had me all jazzed up about Brock University all over again with her descriptions of all the changes (and how Brock once was). I love Brock University and I have benefited from the university with both my education and my own experience with student clubs, groups and organizations.”In recognition of National Philanthropy Day on Nov. 15, Annual Fund student callers phoned Brock University donors to thank them for their continued support. “The calls were well received,” said Gill. “Donors were appreciative of the gesture and enjoyed speaking with the students. Some were surprised we were calling to simply thank them.”If you’re a Brock grad, you’ll be receiving a call about the Annual Fund soon, if you haven’t already. To find out more about the Annual Fund, visit us at brocku.ca/annual-fund To make your annual gift securely online, please visit brocku.ca/donate read more

Thesis defences — March 8

Master of Arts — Jarold ChinnickJarold Chinnick (MA Leisure Studies) will defend his thesis on Wednesday, March 9 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in WH147. Title: A Case Study of the Implementation of Experiential Education in Yukon Schools. Supervisor: Mary Breunig; committee members: Erin Sharpe and Bob Jickling; external examiner: Bob Henderson, McMaster University; chair: Tim O’Connell.Master of Education — Paul WhitePaul White will present his thesis defence on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Introduction to Engineering: A Case Study of an Interdisciplinary Course in Mathematics, Science, and Technology.” External examiner: Ronald Hansen, University of Western Ontario; supervisor: Xavier Fazio; committee members: Joe Engemann and Louis Volante; chair of the examining committee: Tiffany Gallagher. All are welcome to attend.Master of Education — Jennifer BrantJennifer Brant will present her thesis defence on Wednesday, April 20 at 10 a.m. in WH 147 (Welch Hall). The title of the thesis is “Aboriginal Women in Education: Honouring Our Experiences – A Vision of Access and Success to and within the University.” External examiner: Carmen Robertson, University of Regina; supervisor: Michael Manley-Casimir; committee members: Michelle McGinn, Mary-Louise Vanderlee, and John Hodson; chair of the examining committee: Jonathan Neufeld. All are welcome to attend. read more

OPP reminds public of grisly unsolved murder

It has been seven years since a Bolton father-of-four went missing and the Ontario Provincial Police believe someone knows something but has yet to come forward.Morris Conte was 45 years old when he was last seen in Caledon on May 21, 2010. Roughly twelve hours after Conte’s disappearance, police began to find his dismembered body parts scattered in several locations throughout Central Ontario.The OPP have offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for his murder. Anyone who may have information related to this unsolved homicide is asked to contact Detective Constable Shawna Ovenden at (705) 726-6484. read more

Industrial fire on Henry Street in Brantford

GALLERY: Fire at North West Rubber in Brantford A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Email A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Share Fire at North West Rubber in Brantford Pinterest A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Reddit Tumblr A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Stacks of rubber mats on skids burn in the yard at North West Rubber, located at 321 Henry Street… LinkedIn A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… A smoke plume rises from North West Rubber at 321 Henry Street on Sunday June 9, 2019 in… Fire crews responded to a fire at North West Rubber on Henry Street in Brantford on June 8, 2019. The fire was contained to outside the building where several rubber mats were stored. Stacks of rubber mats on skids burn in the yard at North West Rubber, located at 321 Henry Street… 1/6 Google Plus A stubborn pall of black smoke hovered over Brantford Sunday after a compound filled with recycled rubber matting caught fire at an industrial site off Wayne Gretzky Parkway.The fire occurred early Sunday morning in an outdoor storage area at North West Rubber located at 321 Henry Street between Middleton Street and Adams Boulevard.Brantford and Brant County firefighters responded with aerial trucks and took advantage of the numerous hydrants in the industrial area.Despite pouring enormous amounts of water on the fire, thick black smoke emanated from the property throughout the day. The plume was reminiscent of the Hagersville Tire Fire of 1990 and was visible as far south as the Waterford area in Norfolk County.Mid-afternoon Sunday – with black smoke continuing to pour from the site — firefighters brought in an excavator to separate the piles and expose the hot-spots each in their turn.“What’s burning are pallets and rubber,” Brantford deputy fire chief Todd Binkley said in a phone interview. “We’re having trouble extinguishing it because of how everything is stacked.“We’re going to have to get some product separation so we can get at it with our foam, yes.”Chemicals are mixed with tanker water to produce the foam. Foam is used when firefighters are confronted with a blaze that needs to be smothered.There was no immediate word of cause or the extent of the damage. Binkley said no firefighters were injured or suffered ill effects from the battle. Henry Street was closed in the area of the fire for the duration of the response.The fire occurred in the ward of Brantford City Coun. Richard Carpenter. Around noon Sunday, Carpenter said firefighters had the situation under control despite black smoke billowing from the property.“North West Rubber has never had a problem before in the city,” Carpenter said.“Our fire department is at the scene and they are very diligent at what they do. They are very well prepared for this.”People were told to stay away from the area.“Residents and businesses in the area are advised to close windows and avoid smoke as a precaution. MOE (Ministry of the Environment) has been notified for air-quality monitoring. Avoid the area,” Brantford fire officials said in a social media post.The city also advised residents in the area to not use their HVAC systems.Later on Sunday, the city said businesses in the area were “encouraged to evacuate.”Contaminants found in the plume were “well below the Ministry’s emergency screening values for public exposure,” said a media release.“Therefore, at the levels currently measured the MOE does not anticipate health impacts to the public from short-term exposure to the plume from the fire.”The MOE will continue to monitor air quality on Monday.As for the properties downwind, homes and businesses catching the fumes had the misfortune of having the fire occur on a day when the breeze was blowing from east to west.Instead of the smoke heading in the direction of Hamilton like it would on a normal day in June, it headed instead in the direction of Paris and Burford.An environmental worker at the scene said the fire was confined to an outdoor storage area. The witness said firefighters were working hard to prevent the flames from infiltrating adjacent buildings.Brantford Mayor Kevin Davis received periodic updates on the situation throughout the day. He was non-committal when asked if it was a good idea to let industries store large amounts of flammable, toxic materials within city limits when they are extremely difficult to extinguish.“I don’t intend to speculate until I know all the facts,” Davis said Sunday afternoon. “If there is an issue, I intend to pursue it further with provincial authorities.”North West Rubber’s website says the company was established in 1968.The company “owns and operates manufacturing facilities in British Columbia, Ontario, China and Texas,” the website says. “The markets that NWR serves today include agriculture, recreational flooring, commercial flooring, playground, pet, construction, industrial, traffic safety, marine, solar, manufacturing and landscaping.”North West Rubber derives its raw materials from discarded old tires among other sources.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com @BrantfordFire are battling a #fire at Northwest Rubber #Brantford. The company manufactures rubber mats. Henry St. closed east of Gretzky Parkway. @TheExpositor pic.twitter.com/gChGRP5G2k— Brian Thompson (@EXPbthompson) June 9, 2019 read more