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Cornwall Innovation Centre founds and funds the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute

If the Cornwall Innovation Centre (CIC) gets its way, the city and SDG will become the epicentre of training for jobs in the agriculture technology — or agritech — industry in Ontario.

The centre has decided to open a new institute at the Nav Centre to provide people with the knowledge required to land cutting-edge agritech jobs with salaries that can run up to $80,000 or $90,000.

Oh, and by the way, the training is free.

On Friday morning the CIC held a press conference to announce it had received $477,000 from the province’s Skills Catalyst Fund to establish the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute in Cornwall

Read Cornwall Innovation Centre founds and funds the Ontario Emerging Jobs Institute by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard Freeholder.


April 16, 2018 at 11:08 am Leave a comment

4 Resilience-Minded Reasons to Add an Organic Food Garden to Your School

Guest post by Hazel Nicholls, Project Coordinator in SD&G for Growing Up Organic

You may already know that school gardens are wonderful teaching tools, providing an ideal space for teachers to engage students in hands-on learning across disciplines. Gardens are known to increase physical activity, healthy eating habits, and positively impact student achievement and behaviour.

Impressive benefits to be sure! But, did you know that a school gardens can also serve as a tool for building resilient communities? Consider these four resilience-minded reasons to add an organic food garden to your local school grounds:

1.    To build community gardening knowledge & skills: students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to grow at least a portion of their own food, protecting food security in the face of future economic, transportation, and climate changes.
2.    To create food system awareness: students learn and interact with an ecosystem that is directly impacted by their actions. By learning about how choices in food production impact the planet, students are better equipped to advocate for sustainable and equitable food systems.
3.    To promote community networks and broaden civic engagement: school gardens are created by the whole school community, which provides opportunities for students to engage with community agencies and volunteers.
4.    To provide a space to experience nature: in addition to the health benefits associated with consumption of healthy produce from the gardens, students, teachers and volunteers also experience the relaxation and satisfaction that comes with completing garden tasks, improving mental health and ensuring community members can better cope with change.

Convinced? Ready to help build resilience? Growing Up Organic (GUO), a project of Canadian Organic Growers Ottawa–St. Lawrence–Outaouais Chapter,  can help! In the fall of 2013, École élémentaire catholique Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire built the first school garden in partnership with GUO in SD&G and we continue to seek additional school partners in the region.

To get started, you can visit the Growing Up Organic website to learn more, or contact me directly at guo-sdg(at) It’s the perfect time to start planning for a garden at your school this spring!

February 3, 2014 at 11:17 am Leave a comment

Raising Kids for a Resilient Future

A worthwhile read for parents, relatives, friends, neighbors, or educators and mentors of young people.

by Amanda Witman,

familyresilienceHow do we prepare our children for a future that is unlike any we ourselves have ever known? How do we create a world worth inheriting when we are so acutely aware that the abundance our generation has taken for granted will no longer be a given in our children’s future? These questions can frustrate and even paralyze us as parents, grandparents, teachers, and mentors. Where do we start?

Some homes are resilience-minded; some are not. What does this mean, for those families and the community as a whole? We cannot presume to change the choices other families make, but we can take charge of what our own families do.

Above all, we need to remember that today’s young people are tomorrow’s adults. We must do our best to offer our own healthy example, foster a supportive, connected relationship with them, encourage them to develop useful skills, and help to ensure that they reach adulthood with a rock-solid sense of confidence and trust in themselves. Sound like a tall order? It is. We can only do our best. But it is imperative that we do our best, because their future – and ours – depends on our collective resilience. We can do this.

Part I is HERE>> Part II is HERE>>Part III is HERE>>

December 30, 2013 at 10:31 am Leave a comment

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