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Centennial College Future – Downsview Campus
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By Geoffrey Mosher

The city of Toronto has radically changed in the last 20 years. It has witnessed the development and growth of entire neighbourhoods that never existed before from old and underused industrial lands. Centennial College has seen similar growth with the development of campuses to beautiful, functional and futuristic spaces. 

Centennial is now playing a major role in forging Toronto’s future with the redevelopment and reinvention of another area in the city, Downsview Park. Centennial’s new aerospace campus is well underway in Downsview Park and is helping to build an entirely new neighbourhood while preserving one of the most important industrial sites in Canadian aerospace history.

The Courier spoke to Shannon Brooks, Associate VP Corporate Services (SB), and Mark Simpson, Manager Renovations and Special Projects (MS) about the Downsview Campus project.

What does this mean for Centennial and the aerospace programs?

SB: To me it goes beyond Centennial. This vision is something that Canada can hang its hat on, and the growth of the aerospace industry. We understand from Bombardier that they have an aging workforce that they need new trained people to be able to come in and take over these jobs as their workforce retires in the next 15 to 20 years. So there’s a huge opportunity for career paths and employment in the aerospace industry in Canada. 

Canada has a position with the current government that they want to put their money behind the aerospace industry and help it to grow and stay as strong as it has been over the years. It means Centennial will be well positioned for bringing the next generation of workforce into the aerospace industry. Having a purpose-built facility that is going to take us that far is just incredible. I think it’s all very positive.

MS: Having (Centennial College) positioned in Downsview Park with Bombardier really enhances the student experience, not only for the learning environment but having the students see what their future could look like being so close to an active aerospace industry. It really puts the school on the map. Right now they are sort of mixed in with Ashtonbee with other really great programs, but this is really going to set them apart and allow them to grow. 

I’ve heard estimates of growth up to 900 students and you said it is phase 1 what are the other phases?

SB: There is a group called Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research (DAIR). Another division of Centennial is leading that group and it’s comprised of members from U of T, Ryerson, York University and some industry areas like Flight Canada. There are a number of different institutions that are involved. It’s very visionary at this point but these groups are coming together and showing a lot of interest. The potential is huge. 

To have the brightest and best from across Ontario be co-located and have purpose-built research labs that they can utilize towards aerospace and have common spaces where all of these students and faculty can mingle and discuss their common interests. I think it could really be a space where ideas are generated, where the future of aerospace can be, through this brainstorming process of just being able to talk to one another, can really just take off. What that means for Canada is potentially quite significant. So I’m hopeful to see phase 2 come to life, it’s still very much a vision, but that’s how all of these things get started.

It’s only going to be more beneficial for Centennial and Centennial students if all of these institutions start to co-locate and have similar aerospace programming in the same area. We do a lot of cross-pollination of our students with their students and faculty and be part of something much bigger. 

How are the elements of the de Havilland factory being maintained?

SB: Just the fact that we are re-purposing the de Havilland factory as an aerospace campus is in and of itself a fantastic solution because the building itself was not going to be maintained very well going forward if somebody didn’t come in to provide a solution. Luckily Centennial had this vision and working with the City of Toronto and their heritage department we managed to maintain a significant amount of the original features and functions of the building.

We had to replicate certain things like we’re replicating the windows in a similar style because they were not up to code anymore. But even the original hanger door is being re-purposed in the building 

MS: You’ll see the original interior big sliding hangar doors that separated some of the larger spaces. A lot of the original brick facade is being maintained and it’s done under a heritage aspect to keep that original masonry in original condition or bring it back to original condition. So a lot of the elevation of the building will be as it was 50 plus years ago. You can even see that now when you drive around the site. You’ll see portions of the building that are still standing that are being maintained.

SB: What I really like about the design is a couple of the interior walls of our building that are exterior walls of the original building and they’re being maintained inside the building in their original form. So you’re going to be able to be able to walk through the hallways and actually see the exposed brick of the original exterior wall of the facility. I think it’s a fantastic design feature.

MS: A lot of the original steel structure is also being brought up to code and will be part of that structure. It makes for a much trickier project because anytime you’re trying to do a new-build and also maintain an existing building it adds complexities, but definitely will be worth it.

SB: Another feature that I particularly like are (the) light boxes.

MS: It’s an historic version of a skylight, the way they used to do it 50-100 years ago. It’s a much nicer detail, it’s a really expensive detail to do when you’re building a new building, but we’re preserving that feature because it was such a big part of the building in its time.

With Centennial College’s emphasis on sustainability, what elements are being included in the building?

MS: There are a number of sustainable features of the building; green roof, low VOC materials in construction, sourcing local and recycled materials, top priorities in terms of being green and environmentally friendly have been factored into this facility wherever feasible. This facility is leading edge in terms of restoring a heritage building. There are a number of green features that will be used.

Also with the mechanical and electrical systems… the building will be on a fully automated system, as are other campuses, so it’s all controlled through one central brain. It can be programmed any number of ways to have set-backs and optimum operating conditions through the year, depending on the time of year, how the building is used, when the peak loads are, when the downtime is so that we are efficiently operating the building throughout those cycles. We have that to a degree in our main campuses as well, but it definitely allows the building operators to have full control of the facility and really see where the building needs to operate and improve, where the issues may be and how to address them quickly.

Is there anything else you would like to add about the Downsview Campus?

SB: The neighbouring facilities that are there. I don’t know if you know this, but there is a four-pad hockey arena, Scotiabank Pond. There are potentially some opportunities for students that are there also to participate in recreational activities nearby.

At 75 Carl Hall Rd., which is right behind our facility, there is a huge amount of recreational faculties there. They’ve got indoor soccer fields, ball hockey areas; there’s quite a lot of facilities in there. There’s potential for students that are attending to also look at what activities and opportunities there are for recreation right next door. I’m an avid athlete so I always look at those things as a big plus.

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There’s always an answer to why you’re doing it
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By Sherika Harris

A glimpse into how a Centennial student/single parent juggles home and school while staying motivated.

Two bodies to bathe, two outfits to take out, two servings of breakfast to prepare and the list goes on. 

Despite the additional responsibilities, many single parents choose to go back to school to further their education. Although many start, the real challenge is to finish. Second-year Community Justice and Services student, Shameika Ferryman, has found many reasons to stay focused and motivated but she still remembers the anxiety she felt when she started at Centennial College.

“I was stressing about it,” Ferryman said. “You don’t know anything, so it’s like you sit down and fret about everything.” 

It wasn’t easy, however, Ferryman eventually found a routine that worked for her and her now 3-year-old son, Yannick.

 “I have to get up two hours ahead of time; get myself ready, get my son ready and then drop him to daycare; and I’m off to school.”

Homework is another area Ferryman has managed to figure out. 

“I wait until Yannick goes to bed at night. I stay up late but, I don’t do all-nighters; I can’t,” she said. “(Also), I start (assignments) two weeks ahead of time.”

Prior to Ferryman having her son she had no desire or drive to go to college. 

“I wasn’t serious,” she said. “I would skip classes and I ended up failing a couple classes.”

Ferryman has since graduated from the General Arts and Science program at Centennial College. She is now in her last year of the Community Justice and Services program and she did it all while raising her son. 

Yannick not only became the motivation she needed to stay in school but Ferryman doubts she would even be in school if it wasn’t for Yannick. 

“My son saved my life in many ways,” Ferryman said.  “He motivates me, he pushes me. He makes me want to become something in life. He makes me want to better myself. I can’t just think about myself anymore. This is for him. This is to give him a good life, a good education.”

And although Yannick keeps Ferryman focused, there are still hard times; days when she needs extra support. 

“If it wasn’t for my aunt, I don’t even think I’d finish school,” Ferryman said. “She gives me a lot of advice. ‘Why did I start this? Why am I doing this?’” She is so positive. She never speaks down to me or speaks anything negative.”

And when Ferryman’s aunt isn’t enough, she focuses on something that gives her so much joy; her grades!

“Looking at my GPA and seeing a three point something,” Ferryman said.  “And I’m like, even though I’m not an A+ student, I can still go to university with this. I worked my butt off!”

And when her GPA isn’t enough she remembers her ultimate goal, to be able to sponsor her mother and siblings from Jamaica by next year.

“I would so love for them to come here and get a good education,” Ferryman said. “Even though my mom is older I still want to send (her) to school, so she can at least have a little bit of education.”

Ferryman’s advice to all the single parents trying to stay motivated while in school is to do what she does.

“Don’t give up, push yourself! Keep reminding yourself why you started and why you’re doing it.” Ferryman said. “There’s always an answer to why you’re doing it and by the time you look you’re ready to graduate.”

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Night Light Ting
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Laser Tag at Progress
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Would You Take It?
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By Tiara Jade

One of the top movies at the box office right now is “It.” The new movie is an adaptation of Stephen King’s 1984 novel featuring Pennywise, the murderous dancing clown. 

Now, if you’re a fan of killer clown horror, or just looking for a good thrill, this movie is for you. Within the first few minutes, you’re acquainted with Pennywise and his antics. His voice and smile are enough to give you chills. If you’ve seen the 1990 version, this is much more intense. The look of Pennywise is much more exaggerated and he has more teeth than ever. Once your attention is grabbed, the plot switches and continues with the storyline allowing us to meet the characters, a group of young teens.

Growing in the small fictional town of Derry, Maine, six boys and one girl make up the group of heroes. The group of young teens gives a good performance as you can see there is chemistry between them all. There are plenty of funny moments between the friends. The hilarious back and forth banter is used at just the right times to slightly distract you from the chilling scenes in between. 

The movie isn’t particularly gory, although there are definitely blood scenes. Pennywise has a tendency to lunge out at you which usually leads to a ‘jump out of your seat’ moment. The trailer really only shows a couple teaser moments, but the movie is much more frightening than what you see there. 

The abandoned house at 29 Neibolt Street is iconic to the movie. Even better, the shots of the house were filmed right here in Ontario. The exterior of the house was shot in Oshawa where a broken-down old house was built on a vacant lot. 

The interior shots were done at the Cranfield Mansion, a historic site not too far from Centennial’s Story Arts campus. According to Heritage Toronto, the house was built in 1902 for William Harris, a butcher, and his wife Caroline. The family transferred the house to the Salvation Army in 1930 where it was used as a social aid centre for 75 years.

After hearing the house was so close by, a photographer and I went to check it out. A few other people were there as the site has now turned into a bit of an attraction.

The home is beautiful. If you’re into architecture, the tall chimneys and columned porches truly represent a different time. Looking through the windows, you can see some of the empty rooms that are filled with cobwebs and dingy furniture in the movie. We also noticed a piano that was likely a prop in the movie. If you take a walk around the property, it’s huge. A fire escape around the back is covered in plants and vines; really looking like a scene out of a movie.

The original movie follows the life of the children into adulthood as well, as Pennywise returns every 27 years. The ending has a few holes and questions, but the movie ends with a subtitle that says ‘chapter 1’ hinting that the second part will carry on where they left off and of course fill in what the audience is wondering.

With the Halloween season approaching, “It” is certainly a must-see. If you’re a fan of Stephen King or the original film, it’ll be worth comparing and contrasting. If you’re looking for an ‘out of your seat’ thriller, this new adaptation will definitely get you. With the film’s success, the studios have announced that Pennywise will be returning to theatres in 2019, in the second chapter. 

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No Laughing Matter
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By Alice Chen

For Celine Bart, being a clown is no laughing matter. As a professional clown, children’s entertainer and solo entrepreneur, Bart spends her weekends face painting, performing magic and creating balloon animals at birthdays, community events and corporate parties.

“I have to say it is like the funnest [sic] business you could ever have,” she says. “I love meeting the kids, doing silly stuff and making them laugh.”

With the runaway success of Stephen King novel-based horror movie “It,” clowns have once again been thrust into the media spotlight. Echoing 2016’s “killer clown” craze, the film has re-ignited the public’s fear of clowns, with The World Clown Association decrying this trend for taking jobs away from industry professionals.

Bart, who goes by Twinkles the Clown while performing, admits that these negative perceptions have had an impact on her.

“These kinds of things make it difficult for us professional clowns. We’re trying to make a living,” Bart says. “I’ve even had little kids, five-year-old kids, asking ‘Are you a killer clown?’”

Bart doesn’t match the movie image of a clown. In fact, she regularly volunteers in long-term care facilities, chatting and clowning for elderly patients. 

But she’s learned to take things in stride.

“I’ve just started saying ‘No, I’m not a killer clown and I don’t really believe in killer clowns and killer clowns are fake clowns anyways,’ so that’s my rebuttal to the whole thing.” 

Companies like Clowns at Party California also want to stress that they just want to bring joy to the kids.

Bart first got into the field after seeing a story in the Toronto Star about clowns at the Sick Kids Hospital. It inspired her enough to leave her job in social work and learn how to be a clown at a local clown alley – essentially a place that provides resources to those in the industry. She’s stayed in the field over the 20 years that have passed since then.

And for some entertainers like Cory Clarke/The Magical Duda, who brands himself as more of a magician, the turn away from clowns has been beneficial.

“If anything, I get more bookings as clients choose magicians over clowns,” he writes in an email.

Still, despite some disadvantageous public sentiments, Bart remains confident that the average person doesn’t have a problem with clowns. 

“Phone’s still ringing! In some ways, it’s hard to know but I don’t feel like there’s been a drop in people hiring me…I think [perceptions are] pretty good because otherwise we wouldn’t be in business,” she says. “There are lots of entertainers who are making a good living at it.”

And ultimately, for many in the field like Bart, the job is a dream come true.

“I have this little saying in my bedroom, it says ‘do what you love, love what you do’ and I do feel like I’m very lucky to be doing this because I really do love it.”

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October 2017 at a Glance
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Meet Your Trainer
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Kanako holds a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Durham College. 

She has worked with a variety of people (youth athletes to older adults with medical conditions) as a personal trainer. 

She is passionate about helping clients of all ages and abilities reach their fitness potential. Her philosophy is providing an individualized approach to each client and maintaining activities as enjoyable as possible. 

Another passion of hers is teaching (Shotokan) karate and self-defence. She is a 3rd degree black belt and an assistant instructor at a local Karate studio. Kanako started training in Karate at the age of 6 and has been competing at a national level since she was 8 years old. She is an Ontario gold medalist in pattern performance (Kata) and sparring (Kumite), and on the Canadian national team for the world championships in 2020. 

She is certified through the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP-CPT). She also specialized in TRX training, rehabilitation conditioning, and Karate (and martial arts). 

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It’s All About Helping People
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By Michael Linennen

Taking initiative and getting involved with the school is very important to enhance the college experience. While it can build your confidence, it can also make a positive impact to the community. 

Enactus Centennial is a non-profit organization run by Centennial College students. It is an organization that pushes for change and positive impact to the community. Through entrepreneurship actions, students can lead a project to create solutions for communities. 

Shaquaile Jordan, 21, a marketing student working towards his fourth semester in Centennial College, said that being the marketing director of Enactus Centennial has equipped him with better presentation skills and public speaking skills, and also learning the chain of command.

“For me personally it works out perfect, because as a marketing student, the only thing we can ask for is the general knowledge of what is in the industry. How to utilize what we have already learned.” Jordan said. “My major is in marketing but it’s a fundraising group. Maybe I can sometimes be able to try out my professional selling skills. There are very different various things you can do within the organization.”

Enactus Canada also offers competition for organizations like Enactus Centennial to join as a team to pitch their ideas to impact people, where teams compete with other teams on a regional level and a national level.

But for Jordan, it’s not about the awards. It’s about helping people.

“The awards are just acknowledgment, so many teams also got awards…it is a competition that the best team goes and represents Canada, on that scale, why not?” Jordan said. “People want to know why did that team win that is representing Canada. Because they have helped so many people, the past team raised four million dollars within the year to help. You’re just getting an achievement to help.” 

In 2016, 12 students from Enactus Centennial went to Chinandega, Nicaragua to help the locals to open up a marketplace. The students also taught the locals some selling techniques. 

“They allow the locals to pick their prices, to see what the fluctuation would be. Some label the prices too high and some labeled the prices too low, there’s always in between and they were successful. Till this day, some of the market places are still running,” Jordan said. 

Nadia Jones, the faculty advisor of Enactus Centennial said Enactus give students the opportunity to practice the skills they are learning in their program. 

“For our business students, for example, it gives them a way to execute whatever still it is that they are trying to learn, whether it’ll be marketing, entrepreneurship, operation, accounting, all of those functional areas of business that you need to run. It’s an opportunity for students to be able to get the hands-on experience to compliment with their learning in the classroom by working on an actual project,” Jones said.

There are often misconceptions that Enactus is only for business students. It is not.

“It’s all about helping people. Are you willing to put in the time and help? Do you want to get involved and do something like that? You can join Enactus,” Jordan said. “Anyone can get involved.”

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Top Five Halloween Movies
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By Tiara Jade

As we approach Halloween, the best thing about the season (aside from pumpkin spice) is the movies. Every year there are a number of specials I’m sure most of us look forward to watching. Some being classic scary movies and others good old favourites we grew up watching as kids. There are five classics you’ve got to watch this Halloween; hopefully a couple are on your favourites list.

1) Halloweentown
No Halloween since most of us were kids has been complete without the Halloweentown series. How cool would it have been to find out our favourite spooky species were living in a world just like we do. Or find you were a witch with magical powers. There are four movies in the series, so grab a couple lattes and snacks for a chilly day movie marathon.

2) The Nightmare Before Christmas
This Disney classic stars Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town. Although the movie also has a mix of Christmas in it, the scary additions throughout the movie make it perfectly suitable for any spooky movie night. After all, you can never go wrong with Disney.

3) Friday the 13th
A classic scary movie, this series has been around for decades and chances are your parents loved it too. If you’re looking to have a little more gore and good old horror, there are a number of movies in the series following the main character Jason.

4) The Orphan
If you’re looking to truly give yourself a scare, the Orphan will do it. The plot build up is great for anyone who likes that “anxiously waiting for something to happen” feeling. Once the movie hits its peak, you’ll definitely be on the edge of your seat.

5) Twitches
Another classic that we grew up watching, the Twitches series is always a Halloween favourite. Two girls who find out they’re long lost twins- and witches! Nothing beats a few magic spells and spooky villains, especially at Halloween. So grab your best friend and some candy and relive your childhood for the evening. 

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