A food bank or a community lunch program may not be typical training grounds for aspiring paramedics, but Niagara College has launched a new initiative to do just that for its Paramedic students in an effort to add empathy and other ‘soft’ skills to their tool kits.

Welland City Council has reaffirmed its support for the financial incentive programs that have helped to attract almost 1 million sq. ft. of new industrial development to the City since 2015 with an estimated 250,000 sq. ft. of new industrial development projects planned for 2020. These programs have created 440 jobs, retained 159 jobs, and generated $143 million in construction value and an estimated $141 million in new MPAC assessment.

GUEST POST by Terry Hughes (via Joe Barkovich)

A century ago people communicated using post cards, even during the Christmas season. Some of these cards from over the years contained the following messages:

Dear Chris,
Just received your card. Hope to see you soon.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us. Come up and see us sometime.

Since 2020 marks our 100thAnniversary, we thought it would be interesting to look back over our Club’s activities and accomplishments, starting with the Rotary Club of Welland’s first fifty years. The Club’s inception was on April 1, 1920, when our charter was issued by what was then known as the International Association of Rotary Clubs.

They’ve each built successful careers in their own respective fields – a corporate chef, a filmmaker, a professor, a CEO, an athletic trainer, an entrepreneur, and a hotelier. Together, they are now among a select group of Niagara College alumni to enter the provincial spotlight as prestigious award nominees.

Don’t know what to get someone for Christmas? Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore has the answer! Throughout December buy a $40 ReStore gift certificate and get a $50 ReStore gift certificate or pay $80 and get a $100 ReStore gift certificate! 

Niagara Health honoured healthcare professionals who embody the spirit of collaboration at the 13th annual Interprofessional Practice Awards on Thursday. This year’s award recipients were chosen for consistently demonstrating excellence in caring, teamwork, forward thinking and innovation. 

Last year, PenFi partnered with Sam Baio of Socks For Change to help end poverty feet first, and we donated over 22,000 pairs of warm wool socks to children, women and men across Niagara.

This year, the need is even greater so our goal is to donate 35,000 pairs of wool socks and other warm winter gear to people in Niagara.

This Holiday season, please consider donating to this truly local cause. You can donate your change at any PenFi branch, or visit the website to donate online. 100% of the proceeds support the cause and tax receipts are available.


Come enjoy an old fashioned evening stroll in Downtown Fonthill Friday December 6th 6-9pm as our unique array of local merchants OPEN LATE to kick off the Holiday Season.

Experience a night of festive good cheer and truly original gift ideas.

Follow  to find out about all the special offers and exciting happenings that our local businesses have planned for #Stroll2019

They will be adorned with outfits, hair and even accessories, but there will be something missing from the dolls to be crafted at Niagara College on November 27 – not one will have a face. The reason behind the intentional omission is the goal of the College’s upcoming Faceless Dolls Workshop: to visually represent and honour the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.


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