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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019! to all PhotoJs! Welcome back!

Posted below are the PDF links for Winter Semester 2019 timetables. Classes begin Tuesday January 8. Get ready to jump back in! Let’s have a great semester!

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December 6th Photojournalism Pioneer

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The Friday noon prayer — Jummah, is very important in the Muslim faith. Comparable to the Christian Sabbath, it is a time for worship and the celebration of togetherness. Photo by Frank Moses

Church transforms to mosque

Story and Photos by Frank Moses

The House of Commandments-Masjid UL Islam, in Trenton, Ont., invites people of all faiths and backgrounds to a welcoming environment. For Abdullah, born Jordan Seifert, his conversion to Islam has been a rewarding journey to discover his own spirituality and sense of community.

In 2016, Imam Abu Talib and his wife were perusing internet real estate ads for a building to house a mosque for the growing Muslim population in Quinte West. By chance, their search led them to 100 King St. W., site of the former King Street United Church, which was established in 1876.

The church closed due to the 2015 amalgamation of three United Churches into one –- at 85 Dundas St. E. in Trenton.

For many reasons, church attendance is on the decline in Canada, and changing demographics mean an increase in the number of Muslims, both born and converted to the faith, looking for places to worship.

Twenty-eight-year-old Abdullah, born Jordan Seifert, is a recent convert to Islam. He was drawn to the faith because of his interaction with the Muslim community. He lived in Toronto for several years and worked in a funeral home. A mosque across the street frequently used the funeral home for burial services –- called Janazah in Arabic. 

“I was encouraged to ingratiate myself with the community. I was at the mosque a lot. I started to learn more, to read more, and at the same time, I am actively engaged with academic Christian scholarship.”

Abdullah has a very self-aware view of his association with Islam. Intelligent and well-read, he understands his conversion could be seen by many to be inexplicable. But over many years, his careful study of Islam and other Abrahamic faiths led him to conversion.

His secular reading, treating the Bible as a book like any other, had him comparing the Koran to Christian texts.

“I don’t want to say anything insensitive. My mother is a Christian and my best friend is a Jew, but I felt like true academic research on the scriptures – their meanings or characteristics – aligned more with the practice of Islam.”

While understanding the contentiousness of the issue, Abdullah doesn’t believe Jesus proclaimed himself to be the son of God. He wrestles with this because his mother is a devout Christian and she was, at first, upset with his conversion. But now he says “She loves the mosque. She talks about the mosque all the time and she talks about the people from here.” 

Abdullah lives in nearby Bayside with his mother and works online from home doing transcription work for law offices. A room in their home is set aside for prayer, when he can’t attend one of the five daily prayers that are the foundation of Muslim worship.

Muslim prayer is based on geography and the solar cycle.  Fajr – the dawn prayer, Dhuhr – the noon prayer, Asr – the afternoon prayer, Maghrib – the sunset prayer and Isha’a – the night prayer.

The Friday prayer, performed at midday, replaces the Dhuhr prayer practised on the other six days of the week. Friday is comparable to the Christian Sabbath and is the day when congregants pray and then enjoy a meal and socialize.

For prayer, women and men at the Trenton mosque are separated by a four-foot wall that runs behind the men. Children stay with the women, and boys join the men only when they have reached an age when they understand the seriousness of prayer and can take part without distraction.

Living without a father – having lost his in early childhood – Abdullah acknowledges the importance of his mother in his spiritual growth. He grew up in an environment of contrast.

“Going to a church that was highly conservative – Pentecostal – espousing views that my mother herself did not espouse, was confusing for me,”  he recounts. “My mother has always been a rock of faith… there is no escaping it. When she is mad at god, she turns to god. That carried on to me.”

Islam was a huge decision for Abdullah. He states that it is not just something he is doing… It is something he is compelled to do.  He was both intellectually and spiritually drawn to Islam.

“To engage with Islamic spirituality is to practise Islam. To read a text that says wash your hands this way is not particularly inspiring. But when you start to do it, you become god-focused: god-centred.”

Through rituals, Abdullah says god is constantly on his mind. The community has obligations as well. He paraphrases Dawud Wharnsby, a Canadian Universalist Muslim singer-songwriter who spoke of community obligation. Many parents believe that it is their child and it is their business what to do with their child. Wharnsby asks, “Who gave you the right to do that?”

Abdullah believes in this sense of community. “In Islam, people have rights over one another. Your neighbour has to do certain things for you and you have to do certain things in return.” He believes this sense of community is intensely spiritual. It is not something easily expressed through text. “Even though I was intellectually drawn to the concept in Islam… to practise it …that was where the change occurred.”

Asked about intolerance, with Islamophobia reportedly on the rise in Canada, Abdullah has a universal view on the causes of such sentiments.

The terror attacks of 9/11 and the radicalization that led some Canadians to join ISIS/IS in Syria are a magnet for naysayers and the impetus for much anti-Muslim sentiment. 

There appears to be no easy end to grievances displayed through violent actions. In Canada, recent mass killings have in fact been the work of non-Muslims.

Alexandre Bissonnette, who pleaded guilty to six counts of first-degree in March after opening fire in a Quebec City mosque in January 2017, was targeting Muslims.  Some social media posts immediately after the attack called it a false flag operation and blamed a conspiracy, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, to enforce Sharia Law in Canada.

“The Incel Rebellion has already begun! We will overthrow all the Chads and Stacys!” posted Alek Minassian to Facebook minutes before mowing down dozens and killing 10 pedestrians in a rented van in Toronto on April 23 of this year. His motivation appeared to be a sense of misogynistic grievance. He had difficulty in finding willing female sexual partners.

“Radicalization doesn’t tend to be something that happens within a community environment. Over here, when people are radicalized, it tends to be online.” Abdullah believes loners are attracted to extremist ideologies. “Oftentimes they are not particularly religious persons. We see examples wherein terrorists are leaving the country with copies of Islam for Dummies.” He believes some live within the textual world of Islam as well. “They find motivation for violence through jihad, which means struggle.

“The more we understand about terrorist ideology and motivations, the more we find out is… well, people like me, that sit alone at home all day and then get involved with bad stuff. But instead of getting involved with bad stuff, I came to a mosque.”

Mental illness, along with a sense of alienation or disaffection, are root causes for many acts of extreme violence. Abdullah believes radicals are drawn to Islam because of its reputation – as an outlet for their violent leanings, not because they are devout.

He believes his community keeps itself in check. “We don’t find a lot of examples of Muslims who are radicalized within mosques. We find people actually de-radicalized when they enter mosques and learn traditional forms of Islamic knowledge.”

Muslims and all faiths are welcome at House of the Commandments-Masjid UL Islam. It is open from sunrise until after dark – seven days a week. There is no special dress code.

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Imam Abu Talib closes his eyes in contemplation during a Friday noon prayer. Photo by Frank Moses

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Tenants of Islam and a list of prophets shared among the Abrahamic faiths adorn the wall in the basement of the House of the Commandments-Masjid UL Islam mosque in Trenton. Photo by Frank Moses

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King Street United Church has been converted to a mosque , The House of Commandments-Masjid UL Islam, in Trenton. Photo by Frank Moses

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The sights and sounds of Christmas

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Santa Claus greets children during the Santa Claus Parade in Belleville. The parade of lights travelled all the way up Front Street in the revitalizing Belleville downtown core. Photo by Andrej Ivanov

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Members of Tawny’s School of Dance participate in the annual Santa Claus parade that marched its way along Belleville’s downtown. Photo by Matthew Botha

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Spectators enjoy the Christmas lighting display at Jane Forrester Park. Each Friday until Dec. 21, horse-drawn carriage rides and a meet and greet with Santa and Mrs. Claus happens at the display from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. All activities and snacks are free. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

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Peter McCabe leads the Acapella Quinte men’s chorus group as they sing carols while the growing audience awaits the lighting of a large Christmas tree in front of Century Place in downtown Belleville. Photo by Shelby Lisk

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Lisa Terpstra stands with her horses Holly and Molly await passengers to board the horse-drawn carriage.The County Carriage Company offered free rides through downtown Belleville as a part of the Christmas tree lighting festivities. Photo by Shelby Lisk

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Lights shine brightly as floats delight spectators at the Belleville Santa Claus parade. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

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Members of Happy Harmony Choir sing Christmas music at Jane Forrester Park in Belleville. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

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A young town crier marches at the head of the procession calling out for the children in the crowd to “have their letters ready for Santa” during the opening of the Santa Claus Parade in Belleville. Photo by Sasha Sefter

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November 22nd Photojournalism Pioneer

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Rawan Youssef, a third-year Film and TV Production student and a casting director and with a leading role, gets makeup applied before filming. Photo by Jessie Munro

Calls go out for actors

By Jessie Munro

Loyalist College’s film and TV production’s third-year students recently held casting calls for their fall productions.

Approximately 30 people came to the auditions in late September and early October. The auditions were held in the production studios.  The casting calls were not just open the school, but were also open to the community.

The students sent out notices to social media, radio stations and hung posters around Loyalist to let as many people as possible know about the casting calls.

Each audition per person lasted about 10 minutes but depending whether a person was auditioning for multiple roles, they can choose up to five roles to audition with.

Before auditions happened, the actors would sign up and familiarize themselves with the script. When ready they were escorted to the audition room, where a panel of third-year students sat and asked the actors questions about their experience, and how they heard about the casting sessions.

The auditions were filmed so third-year students could look back at everyone’s audition.

“We didn’t get as many good auditions as we thought. By Friday, we were nervous but funnily enough, on Friday all our lead roles came and it was just perfect, so it went really well,’’ said Rawan Youssef, a third-year student and casting director.

Youssef was only going to help with script writing but she knew the characters so well, her professor said she should direct casting.

Students were required to choose a single camera major which is the movie, a studio series major production or a specialization production, which could be a web series, a music video and or eight– to 10-minute documentary.  

A total of 28 students pitched ideas in front of their professors, which were then narrowed down to five to seven projects that will move forward. Some productions need talent, so the film and TV production students hold the casting sessions. The casting sessions are for all the productions that need actors.

“First year is foundation, the basics,’’ Paul Papadopoulos a Loyalist College Film and TV Production professor said.

“First year you learn camera work, you learn how to edit, you learn how to, you learn the basics of everything. And then in second year, you put it into process. You’re in crew. You’re doing documentaries. You’re doing lifestyle series like reality shows like what they’re doing with the culinary program,” Papadopoulos said.

“But it’s more important about learning the process. You took the basics, now you put them into practice. Third year is about the product.”

After the students review the footage from the casting sessions, they will decide who gets which role. After the decision and call backs, they will begin filming in a couple of weeks.

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November 15th Photojournalism Pioneer

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Photo by Frank Moses Two RCAF members place a wreath in honour of Corporal Marie-France Comeau, who was raped and murdered in her home by Col. Russell Williams, former Commander of 8 Wing CFB Trenton. Comeau has been honoured in Brighton every Remembrance Day since her death in November 2009.

Remembering Marie-France Comeau

By Frank Moses

On Sunday, Nov. 11, townspeople in Brighton, Ont. and military personnel from CFB Trenton gathered to remember those lost in service of their country.

In a poignant reminder of another loss, two members of 437 Sqn. placed a wreath at the cenotaph in memory of Marie-France Comeau, a servicewoman who died in Brighton at the hands of Russell Williams, former Base Commander at CFB Trenton. 

Williams pleaded guilty in 2010 to the murders of Marie-France Comeau and his second victim, Jessica Lloyd of Tweed. He was also found guilty of two sexual assaults and 82 counts of breaking and entering.

Ms. Comeau was 38 years old when she died on Nov. 25, 2009. From a military family, she served as a flight attendant with 437 Sqn. Her father was a career soldier and her grandfather had flown Spitfires in the Second World War.

Friends and colleagues remembered her as a fun-loving and outgoing person who had a great zest for life – she had a boyfriend, a cat – and many close friends. 

“She was an absolutely beautiful person and friend. She was always so happy and positive and I am truly saddened by this horrible tragedy,” Kim Hill Chornaby said in a Facebook memorial in 2009. “Her smile will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew her and were lucky enough to call her a friend.”

Military members and veterans were shocked by the crimes committed by the most senior officer at CFB Trenton. For the close-knit military community, the realization that their commander was a rapist and killer caused many to question their core beliefs.

Within the military, the highest duty of service is the protection of one’s fellow women and men. Williams’ ultimate betrayal of his obligations as a leader – and a human being, shook not just the military, but the country, to the core.

Comeau’s death did serve to bring about some change within the military. Servicemen in particular, were forced to re-examine the way in which women were regarded and treated in the forces.

In 2014, General Jon Vance, the Chief of Defence Staff, made it his signature mission, with Operation Honour, to bring about the end of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment in the Forces.

In 2015, former Supreme Court Justice Marie Deschamps authored a report on sexual misconduct within the Forces which indicated, “…the existence of an underlying sexualized culture in the CAF, which if not addressed, is conducive to more serious incidents of sexual harassment and sexual assault.”

Since the launch of Operation Honour, service women have been coming forward in large numbers to tell their stories of rape, harassment and ill treatment at the hands of colleagues and supervisors.

A memory of Marie-France Comeau is kept alive because the members of 437 Squadron honour her each year at the cenotaph in Brighton. 

If not for the actions of a twisted soul, Comeau would still have attended Remembrance Day ceremonies, standing proudly with her colleagues in the name of freedom.

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Retired OPP Inspector Pat Finnegan is the architect of the course on mental health response at Loyalist College. Photo by Sam Brown

Course re-evaluates police methods

By Sam Brown

There have been numerous incidents around the world and closer to home when victims of mental illness have either died or were roughly handled by police officers.

“There’s no shortage of examples on the internet, where you can watch people being tasered, people being shot, people suffering from mental health episodes, who die at the hands of police,” retired OPP Inspector Pat Finnegan explained.

Even though the violence in these incidents was not necessarily malicious, and investigations have absolved the officers involved, Finnegan acknowledged that there is still something wrong in the fundamentals of policing when it confronts mental health.

“You still can’t help but step back and say to yourself: ‘OK, but could we have done something differently,’ ” Finnegan said.

In moving forward and addressing police encounters with victims of mental illness, there is a recurring question: ‘Could something have been done differently?’ This question seems to drive the re-evaluation of policing methodology when it comes to mental health, and underlies new programs in police education like the mental health and police response course Finnegan has designed and teaches at Loyalist College.

In the fall semester last year, Finnegan introduced the course in the police foundations program at Loyalist.

The key purposes of the course are to overcome the powerful stigma surrounding mental health, and to foster empathy, compassion and understanding to establish real human connections between the responding officers and those suffering from mental illness.

Recognizing the stigma around mental illness and combatting it is essential to the course. “We never stop focussing on stigma,” Finnegan said.

In a new exercise Finnegan added to the course this year, students are required to research individual cases of victims and delve into the personal struggles with mental illness to build the sense that such disorders are pervasive throughout society.

Finnegan explained that because the individual subjects researched were successful, functioning members of society, the exercise helps get rid of the idea that people living with mental illness are non-contributing burdensome members “outside” of society.

Feedback on the exercise was hugely positive.

“It helped us realize that mental illness impacts everybody,” Finnegan said. “It really helps get rid of the stigma.”

Students are also trained to recognize signs of mental illness and identify different kinds of disorders.

“We aren’t going to try to make them experts,” Finnegan explained, but even a modest knowledge of mental illness goes a long way to help a police officer resolve a mental health situation without relying on forceful tactics.

Police need to be concierges of their municipalities, said Finnegan, adding that this is how he likes to think of the role of police today.

“It’s not enough to just say, ‘You know what? I’ve got a gun, I’ve got handcuffs, I’ve got a pepper spray, I’ve got a baton, I’ve got a taser,’ ” Finnegan said.

Police officers cannot merely be symbols of enforcement, he said, and at Loyalist, students are learning to consider de-escalation strategies.

They are learning to take the time and make the extra effort to show empathy, compassion and attempt to connect with people suffering mental illness and work alongside other services in the community (such as psychologists and addiction centers) to find the best solution to these kinds of situations, Finnegan said.

“Never has this emphasis on the shared responsibility been stronger than it is in Ontario right now.”

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Community members fill the Empire Theatre in Belleville to the brim as they await the announcement of the winner of the Kraft Heinz Project Play prize. The announcement was made live during the halftime show of a TSN broadcast CFL game. Photo by Sasha Sefter

By Sasha Sefter

Local organization Field of Ability is sprinting towards home in its efforts to bring a fully accessibly baseball field to Belleville.

On Saturday Oct. 28, the Empire Theatre in Belleville was packed to capacity with excited residents eager to learn the outcome of the Kraft-Heinz Project Play contest. The Project Play contest called for cities across the nation to nominate and vote for their favourite local organizations with projects creating a positive change within their community.

A local organization, Field of Ability, has become a finalist out of thousands of entrants across Canada to win a $250,000 prize to go towards completing their project. The project would see a complete revitalization of an existing baseball field in Parkdale Veterans Park in Belleville.

Modifications will be made to create a fully accessible playing field for individuals who would otherwise not be able to access and play the game. Modifications to the current field would include accessible dugouts and bleachers, a completely rubberized playing surface and a fully fenced in field to increase safety.

This would be the only fully accessible baseball diamond of its kind between Toronto and Ottawa.

The winner of the $250,000 prize was announced via live stream during halftime of a CFL game between the Toronto Argonauts and the Montreal Alouettes, the emotions of the crowd were evident as cheers and tears were being shed ahead of the big moment. As the announcement was made and Belleville was declared the winner, the roof blew off the Empire theatre and an ocean of happiness and relief seemed to crash over the crowd.

Field of Ability Co-ordinator Lisa Newman Chesher was cheering louder than anyone in the crowd as she is one step closer to bringing her vision of fully accessible baseball to her community.

“Now we can get going,” she said when asked what winning this prize means to the project. “We had already raised $150,000 and now with this $250,000 we can finally break ground in the spring.”

The organization plans on bringing fully accessible and barrier-free baseball with a completed field to Belleville by the end of 2019.

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In a then and now comparison, Photo Editing student Mari Hiramoto takes viewers back in time to 1930 on Front St. in Belleville. The “now” version shows the recently completed final phase of the “Build Belleville” initiative to rebuild infrastructure downtown in the Friendly City. While Century Place stands where the iconic Tip Top Tailors building once stood on the corner of Front and Bridge Streets, Belleville’s city hall remains a constant on the streetscape. The 1930 photo takes viewers back to a time when every one travelling from Montreal to Toronto had to drive through downtown Belleville along Highway 2.

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Loyalist College organized a cultural event to show its diversity and to reconnect international students with their culture. Shown at the recent event are Priya Sharma, Navjot Kaur, Amarinder Singh, Prince Garg and Atul Jindal. Photo by Deepak Sharma

Loyalist’s diversity celebrated

Culture represents the characteristics and knowledge of a group of people, language, religion, music and different types of food.

Loyalist College in Belleville organized a cultural event at the Shark Tank Pub on Oct. 2 to bring awareness to campus about Loyalist’s diversity.

It was the first time this event was held for international students to reconnect them with their own culture and learn something about some other cultures. It was started at 12 p.m. and finished at 3 p.m.

The whole event was a joint initiative of the International Centre and Student Government of Loyalist with the help of 14 student volunteers. Madhulika Potukuchi, an international settlement officer, was the main organizer of the event.

“It’s a break from hectic school and work schedules, and reconnecting to their own culture, and learning something new about a new culture makes students more crazy about the event,” Potukuchi said.

About 100 students from 20 countries took part in the cultural event. Free food from different countries was also prepared for students by organizers.

“The integration of student body and celebration of muticulturalism on campus was the well-liked part of this event,” Potukochi said.

Students from India were decked out in their tradition dress which is salwar kameez for women and kurta pajama for men. There was also an area for students to dance and DJ was playing songs of their choices.

“We are very happy to get different cultures on our campus from 20 other countries,” she said.

There were girls from India who were putting mehndi on the hands of other students. Mehndi is a kind of art in India and a kind of celebration feeling in which girls apply mehndi on their hands. Students of Canada were very excited for that thing and they were also taking part in it.

“We had not organized any dress or dance competition because this event was totally focused on cultural learning and student engagement,” Potukochi said.

With the end of last song played by DJ, students thanks organizers and gave their review about the event that how much they enjoyed the event. Some of the students request international centre and student government of Loyalist College to organize a similar kind of event every semester so that they can reconnect with their culture and gather some memories from Loyalist.

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A crowd member hops on stage with Moon Sugar to do some lip syncing with the microphone stand. Photo by Damon MacLean

Signal Brewing Company celebrates Halloween

By Damon MacLean

Signal Brewing Company hosted All Hallows’ Eve Oct. 29 at the brewery plus the newly acquired property next door, Henry’s.

Admission included access to both buildings and a complimentary drink for one of the in-house brews on tap. The venue also rented out a shuttle bus that made two pickup rounds throughout Belleville to bring people to and from the venue.

The event required those attending to dress up in costumes, which added to the fun. In the main building, the creation section was open where patrons could see the technology used for brewing. There were also ping-pong tables set up next to the machinery.

In the main venue, Moon Sugar, a pop rock/party band from the Quinte area, consisting of Jordan Thomas (guitar), Logan Dillion (bass) and Sean Doyle (drums), played multiple sets of covers. These were well-received by the audience who sang along and danced the night away with the band. One audience member hopped on stage dressed up as an elderly woman and rocked out, pretending be the vocalist of the act.

In Henry’s, people gathered in the more intimate venue with a fireplace, smaller stage and bar. Bands that performed on the stage included Bad Tractor, Hayley and the Pirate Queens, and The Grievous Angels. These acts were catered more to a more mature audience and the genres of the acts were very folk-esque. In the backyard of Henry’s, in front of the river, there was a fireplace that burned away all night, even in the small bit of the damp snow.

After the bands finished, owner Richard Courneyea invited everyone to the back patio for a fireworks show. After the fireworks, a DJ played classic Halloween tracks and the crowd danced on.

The event was attended by over 200 people, with a large age range. The atmosphere of the event was very open and safe.

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Remembering

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The sombre silence of the Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa is broken by the sounds of five CF-18 Hornet aircraft as they fly over the National War Memorial in a “missing man” formation. Photo by Sasha Sefter

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A women pauses briefly after laying her poppy on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier following a Remembrance Day ceremony commemorating the 100th anniversary of WW1 at the National War Memorial in Ottawa. Photo by Matthew Botha

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Sgt. Wade, a Royal Air Force Cadet, exhales as she stands guard at the cenotaph in Trenton, Ont. on the night of Nov. 10, 2018. She and her peers took shifts leading up to the morning of Remembrance Day on Nov. 11, 2018. Photo by Andrej Ivanov

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Guy Mandeville, C.D., awaits his turn to speak during the Remembrance Day ceremonies at the Aboriginal Veterans Memorial in Confederation Park in Ottawa. Mandeville served in the military for 42 years. Photo by Shelby Lisk

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Korean War veterans Jack Shirley (right) smiles brightly at Korean War veterans appreciation day, held in Kingston on Nov. 10. Eleven Korean War veterans participated in this annual event. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

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November 8th Photojournalism Pioneer

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Over the next few weeks, we will be profiling some of the work of  first-year photojournalism students.

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Pamela Kaltenrieder, a local artist who originally hails from Malta, stands beside one of her two works on display titled “Confusion” at the Belleville Art Association’s annual juried show “Perspectives”. Kaltenrieder is a member of the BAA. Photo by Matthew Syriac Elias

Juried show features work of artists

By Matthew Syriac Elias

The Belleville Art Association inaugurated its annual juried show Perspectives in early October.
The opening reception was attended by various honorary guests, Parrot Gallery officials and the members of the BAA itself. The event took place at The Parrott Gallery in downtown Belleville, situated right above the Belleville Public Library on Pinnacle Street.

Ron Sayeau is the current chairperson of the association. He said that the community is celebrating its 60th year. The annual juried show is conducted, hosted and curated by the gallery every October.

The community sponsors the prizes for the winners. Besides the award for best works and pieces from the exhibition, some of the awards are also given out for special recognition. Every year during the summer, a call goes out throughout the Quinte region for artists to submit their works.

Works are accepted until the first week of September. Out of all the submitted pieces, the jury members handpick the shortlisted 65 paintings, which are then kept for display at the two galleries, until the first week of November.

The Juror’s Choice Award was won by Sharon Bower for her work Mystical Meandering. “Technically interesting and unique, esthetically beautiful, this work evoked a dream-like landscape that I thought reflected the liminal place between imagination and the physical world,” said Bower.

Pamela Kaltenrieder is a local artist, hailing from the tiny island of Malta. She had two works on display, titled Confusion and Heart on Fire. She loves to include multiple elements and ideologies in her paintings, with a philosophical angle to it.

Kaltenrieder takes pictures of things she finds interesting in her surroundings, and of the places she visits, be it trivial things such as a scarf, a carpet, or something magnificent, like a large tree or a sunset.

Though in recent works, Kaltenrieder has attempted to express her standpoints and feelings towards what’s going on in today’s world. “Where do I stand? Where do I place my elements?” were the questions that revolved in her mind while working on Heart on Fire.

Susan Holland, curator of the John M. Parrott Art Gallery, believes that the BAA strong organization, with a tightly held community of artists, keeps boosting its membership.

“Every time, there’s new names, which means there are new members. Maybe not new members every time, but members who were not confident enough to show their work earlier. So now they are. I think it’s a very supporting and uplifting group, always upping people to get to the next level.”

Holland said the competition is open to anyone who is a member of the BAA, and most of the members are from in and around the Quinte region.

“My job is to curate the paintings after jurying and decide where and how the paintings hang inside the gallery. It’s as important as to arrange these beautiful works as the works themselves.“

Holland said it’s a fun process, and that she enjoys the different events that come to the gallery every month. “There’s always something new to see,” she said with a smile.

Admission to the gallery events is always free or nominal, as the gallery is part of the library and funded through the municipality.

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Oct. 18th Photojournalism Pioneer

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Volunteers of Gleaners Food Bank’s annual food drive sort the food that was donated by the community at the food bank warehouse in Belleville on Oct. 14. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

Food drive helps fight hunger

By TaeHyeong Kim

A large group of volunteers surround a wide table. Soon after, many kinds of foods are poured on the table from carts. Cereals, pastas, apple juices, tomato sauces, cup noodles, crackers. The hands of volunteers get busy.

They pick up the food by type and put it in a box that is also labelled by type. The boxes are soon filled and packed and moved to the warehouse.

Outside the building, cars with food arrive and make a line. As soon as a car door opens, volunteers move the food to the cart and carry it in the building. This work continues over and over for five hours straight.

The annual City-Wide Food Drive was held at Gleaners Food Bank warehouse in Belleville on Sunday afternoon. Volunteers carried and sorted the foods for the community. Gleaners Food Bank Quinte hosted this event to help people who might have trouble getting food themselves.

Debbie Hyland is the finance and fundraising assistant for Gleaners.

“The importance of today’s event is to continue to help our neighbours. We might all have neighbours beside us who need a hand,” she said. She added that the role and vision of Gleaners is to help anyone who needs it.

“This is to make sure that everybody is fed in the community. That is kind of basic. There is no question; no judgement here. If someone needs something to eat, our goal is to make sure that no child, no parent, no person goes hungry.”

In 2017, Gleaners Food Bank helped 3,002 families, 9,588 adults and 5,500 children, 904 seniors and 799 students.

About 75 volunteers participated in Sunday’s event. Some people came in a group and some participated individually. The spectrum of participants was diverse, from young secondary students to seniors. All of them had a willingness to help the community.

Barbara Lea has participated as a volunteer in the food drive for six years.

“This is my community, I live here. I just believe I have to give it back to the community. Unfortunately, there are so many people today who need financial support and food. This is the way the community comes together. It is good to help out those who are less fortunate.”

Food drives and fighting poverty are critical and local politicians lend their support. Gleaners Food Bank hosted `the Third Annual Great MPP & City of Belleville Mayor & Council Food Sort’ on Sept. 21. MPP Todd Smith and Mayor Taso Christopher participated to sort food as volunteers.

Stanley Jones, a candidate for the current city council election, participated as a volunteer for the food drive last Sunday.

“We need the food bank in the city,” he said. “There are many people having trouble putting food on the table. The food bank helps people get through this. Everyone needs to put food on the table. That is the key thing Gleaners does.”

It’s around 3 p.m. – the middle of the long food drive day. While the volunteers keep sorting the donated foods in the warehouse, other volunteers still wait for the five buses that have not yet arrived. Those volunteers are still out collecting food all over the city, trying to make sure that no one goes hungry.

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A large group of volunteers surround a wide table filled with boxes. Soon after, a variety of foods are poured on the table from carts. By TaeHyeong Kim

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Teresa Flegg makes an impressive hit against a Humber Hawks player. The Lancers took a tough loss, with a final score of 43-0. Photo by Matthew Botha

Loyalist women’s rugby a force to be reckoned with

By Matthew Botha

From a shaky start to a force that is not to be messed with, the Loyalist women’s rugby team has come a long way.

In 2016, after unexpected injuries combined with the lack of numbers needed to field a strong team, the Lancers women’s 15’s team folded. Although this was a big setback for the progression of the sport, in 2017, the OCAA announced it would add four additional women 7’s rugby teams.

The league expanded to nine colleges, with all women’s varsity teams now adopting the seven-a-side game. This change was a new-found hope for the Lancers, seven a side meant that they could once again start fielding a full team. With coaches working to recruit new athletes over the past two seasons, they’ve built up a team that has far passed any expectations for a small college.

“We’ve come so far since the tryouts and everyone is one big family,” says Hanna Fitzgerald, a player for the team.

“Everyone’s starting to get it now and it really showed in our last tournament. The best part of the team is the depth – every girl on the team is worthy of starting, so when we make our subs, we know were still putting out our strongest players.”

Over the weekend, the Lancers competed in the first OCAA women’s 7’s crossover event at Fleming College in Peterborough. Teams from the east division crossed over to battle against the teams from the west. The Lancers fought a tough game against the Humber Hawks to start off the day, coming short with a 43-0 loss. They regrouped and hit the pitch hard to dominate their second game of the day with a 30-14 win over the Sheridan Bruins. With the first try of the game being scored by third-year athlete Cortney Wright, they used that momentum to keep up a strong offensive line with Rachel Streekstra and Bailey Meraw both putting points on the board. The second day saw nothing but success as the Lancers’ hard work and determination brought in wins against both 2017 League champions, the Seneca Sting as well as finishing strong with a win against the Conestoga Condors.

The Lancers will be competing next on their home turf, hosting the next league tournament on Saturday, Oct. 20.

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The Loyalist Lancers 7’s team rallies together after a 30-14 victory against the Sheridan Bruins. Photo by Matthew Botha

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Hanna Fitzgerald kicks off during their first game of the tournament against the Humber Hawks. Photo by Matthew Botha

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Lola Akindolire takes off for a strong run against the Humber Hawks. Photo by Matthew Botha

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Teresa Flegg makes an impressive hit against a Humber Hawks player. The Lancers took a tough loss, with a final score of 43-0. Photo by Matthew Botha

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Cortney Wright makes an impressive tackle against the Sheridan Bruins during the first-ever OCAA crossover between the teams from the east and west. Photo by Matthew Botha

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Coach Ken Fitzgerald makes a last-minute sub during the second game of the day against the Sheridan Bruins. The lancers managed to come through with an impressive 30-14 victory. Photo by Matthew Botha

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Weather around the province

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Both fans and players alike seek shelter from the rainy fall conditions during the women’s rugby 7’s tournament held at Fleming College in Peterborough. Photo by Matthew Botha 

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A flock of Canada geese takes flight over a storm-battered home in Dunrobin, Ont. On Sept. 21, the tight-knit rural town was hit by a high-end EF3 tornado, with winds reaching up to 265km/h. This neighbourhood was right next to the epicentre of the storm’s devastation. Photo by Cassie Gibbons

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Visitors walk through a field, back to their tractor carriage, during the Willowtree Farm’s Pumpkin Palooza in Port Perry, Ont., on Oct. 13. People were invited to fire a pumpkin out of a cannon, take a ride on a tractor carriage, and, of course, buy pumpkins. Photo by Andrej Ivanov

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Hartleigh Schoneveld hurls herself upside down, enjoying the warm fall weather with their family in East Hill park, in Belleville during a recent evening. Photo by Shelby Lisk

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Students pass by the leaves fallen on Devonian Pond at Ryerson University in Toronto earlier in the month. Photo by TaeHyeong Kim

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