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🔋Empower, Educate, Electrify: Durham’s Big Moves in EV Training, Green Achievements & Language Learning

Issue #076

Issue #076 - February 14, 2024

❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day!!! ❤️ ❤️ ❤️

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Durham College Unveils Vanhaverbeke Family EV Training Centre

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Durham College inaugurates the Vanhaverbeke Family EV Training Centre, named in honor of philanthropists Edmond and Sylvia Vanhaverbeke's substantial donations, totaling $1 million. This state-of-the-art facility, located at DC's Whitby campus, underscores the institution's dedication to innovative and sustainable automotive technology education. Read more.

Ontario Tech Shines with Gold in Sustainability Achievements

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Ontario Tech University's ongoing commitment to sustainability has been recognized with a Gold rating by AASHE's STARS for 2023, marking continued excellence in green campus practices. Managed by the OCIS, the university's sustainability efforts span multiple areas, from energy efficiency to academic integration. Upcoming Sustainability Month events aim to further promote environmental responsibility among the university community. Read more.

Empowering Young Minds: Ontario's New Language Curriculum Unveiled

A collection of books. A little time. A lot of learning.

The Ontario Language Curriculum for Grades 1-8, updated in June 2023, integrates recommendations from the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Right to Read report, aiming to enhance students' language and literacy skills. Organized into four key areas—Literacy Connections and Applications, Foundations of Language, Comprehension, and Composition—the curriculum emphasizes the joy and importance of literacy. It advocates for active parental involvement in children's literacy development, offering practical tips for families to engage with their children in meaningful literacy activities. This initiative underscores the collaborative role of educators and families in fostering a conducive learning environment that prepares students for academic success and lifelong learning. Read more.

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DRPS RIDE Operation Nets Two for Impaired Driving, Including One at Triple the Legal Limit

In a overnight operation on Super Bowl Sunday, the DRPS RIDE team conducted a significant traffic initiative, stopping a total of 313 vehicles as part of their efforts to combat impaired driving. The operation led to the arrest of two drivers on charges of impaired driving. Alarmingly, one of these individuals was found to have a blood alcohol content (BAC) of 230mg, which is triple the legal limit. Authorities continue to urge the public to play a vital role in ensuring road safety by reporting suspected impaired drivers to 911. The campaign is part of the broader #durhamvisionzero initiative, aiming to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries on the road. Read more.

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Green Your Space: Subsidized Tree Planting Program Launches for Homeowners

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In an exciting initiative aimed at greening our communities, homeowners are now offered a chance to participate in the subsidized Backyard Tree Planting Program this spring. This program, supported by various regional municipalities and organizations, encourages residents to enhance their outdoor spaces by planting trees at a reduced cost. Participants will benefit from expert guidance provided by certified arborists, including a personalized consultation, to-your-door delivery of the tree, mulch, and comprehensive planting and care guides. The program offers flexibility with both Full Service and Do-It-Yourself planting options to cater to different preferences.

This initiative is part of a collaborative effort to promote urban forestry and contribute to a healthier environment. It is supported by The Regional Municipality of Durham, the City of Toronto (Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation), York Region (The Regional Municipality of York), and several other local governments and organizations, including Ontario Power Generation. Homeowners interested in making their contribution to a greener future are encouraged to learn more and apply for the program to book their consultation. Read more.

Free Family Day Skating Event Sponsored by Hinchey Homes at Delpark Homes Centre

Celebrate Family Day with a free public skate sponsored by Hinchey Homes Real Estate Company - Re/Max 

  • Location: Delpark Homes Centre, Pads 1 and 3

  • Date: February 19th, 2024

  • Time: 12:00PM to 2:00PM

For more details, visit Oshawa.ca/Skate

Ridgebacks Gear Up for Queen's Cup Playoff Showdown Against Ottawa Gee-Gees

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The 112th Queen's Cup playoffs are set to ignite with the Ridgebacks facing the Ottawa Gee-Gees in a thrilling three-game series. The Ridgebacks aim to build on their regular-season comeback, led by top scorers James White and Cullen McLean, against the defensively strong Gee-Gees, led by Luka Verreault and goaltender Franky Lapenna. The series begins at the Campus Ice Centre, moving to Ottawa for the concluding games, promising high-stakes collegiate hockey action. Read more.

Ontario Tech Celebrates Barnet and Baker as Student-Athletes of the Week

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Adra Barnet and Keon Baker have been named Ontario Tech's student-athletes of the week, showcasing standout performances in basketball against Lakehead. Barnet's all-around excellence and Baker's crucial role in a comeback victory highlight their contributions. Upcoming games against Carleton and Ottawa also promise exciting matchups and a chance to celebrate the graduating seniors. Read more.

Durham College Honours Oke and Hamlet as Student-Athletes of the Week

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Chelsea Oke and Kevin Hamlet have been named Durham College's student-athletes of the week, thanks to their significant contributions in volleyball and basketball, respectively. Oke excelled in the Lords' qualifying volleyball game, while Hamlet led his basketball team to end the season on a high note. The women's volleyball team is eyeing success in the upcoming OCAA championship quarter-finals, and the men's basketball team is preparing to host a crucial qualifying match. Read more.

Which country is believed to have originated the tradition of exchanging love notes and gifts on ❤️ Valentine's Day ❤️, a practice that has become popular worldwide?

  • A) France

  • B) Italy

  • C) England

  • D) United States

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Correct Answer: C) England

England is often credited with originating the modern tradition of exchanging love notes and gifts on Valentine's Day. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in England and France that February 14th was the beginning of birds’ mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of February should be a day for romance. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London. This tradition of expressing love and affection has since spread globally, making Valentine's Day a significant cultural celebration of love.