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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Hearing amplification heading to Nunavut schools
    5 classes and maybe the entire school Teachers will wear a microphone connected to amplification speakers in the classroom so students can easily hear the lesson The team will also set up the infrastructure to train teachers and maintain the technology Some of the communications between them it s so remote that this would be a project that would allow us to provide sustainable support McCurdy said So train the teachers work with them set up community networks so parents know how to help the kids it s not just throwing these amplification devices into a classroom it s all the supports around it to make it sustainable The teachers will be connected to the Virtual Resource Centre through York University she explained It will allow all the teachers using sound amplification technology to communicate and continuously receive training A key factor in making it possible to quickly implement the sound field systems was the Arctic Inspiration Prize BHENY submitted an application that was more than 80 pages long detailing the program and its infrastructure plans and on Jan 27 the team received a 300 000 Arctic Inspiration Prize The project was going to proceed anyway but it sure would have taken a lot longer and maybe not looked quite as comprehensive But in having had the Arctic Inspiration Prize and having their financial support like this means that we can kind of jump start McCurdy said We were all very excited The prize website states the funds are dedicated to teams in the gathering of Arctic knowledge and their plans to implement this knowledge to real world applications for the benefit of the Canadian Arctic Arctic peoples and therefore Canada as a whole The Quikiqtani population speaks both English and Inuktitut so in helping students hear better in school the sound field systems are also helping preserve and build Inuit culture and language The team has already implemented a few systems in Pond Inlet schools but this spring they will likely implement the program in schools in Pond Inlet and in Pangnirtung At that time team members will also evaluate how well the amplification system works For example they may have children point to pictures that match what the teacher is saying with the sound field system on and again with it off and measure the difference in success rates In Nunavut it is acknowledged that hearing loss is an issue Infants are not tested at birth for hearing abilities and with the cold dry temperatures ear infections are prevalent With repeat ear infections the eardrum can burst and not heal resulting in higher incidents of hearing loss which is what BHENY is addressing McCurdy explained It s just a known issue that s not talked about because no one knows what to do but hearing loss is huge and now we can address this and hopefully see improvements in academic performance and graduation rates even McCurdy said It s not hard to draw that line between poor hearing

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Wellington North approves loan for refugee support
    cent of the total 28 000 to support a refugee family Sullivan explained they are 5 000 short in their fundraising activities so far Our intent is only to provide us that injection of funds to get us started so that we deal with the Mennonite Central Committee that we ve met our 75 per cent and start the process going he said Temporary support Our responsibility is to bring this family into town and we need to support them in conjunction with the federal government for a year And the intent is within that year we will see them become full and substantive citizens of our community Council agreed granting the 5 000 loan February 12 2016 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Wellington North Health Care 66 000 surplus Council to consider firm for reviews Council disbands fundraising committee Wellington North switches insurers Council moves towards regular performance appraisals Arthur residents express concerns about development of former school Dickson Lessons learned from Sandy Lake evacuation Wellington North council forced to withdraw development charges bylaw Resident challenges new development cost Proposed accessible transit system is sidelined in Wellington North Wellington North councillors want answers from engineering firm Township faces tough financial decisions Wellington North community improvement plan moves forward Fire services amalgamation underway Township donates to Goderich relief fund Wellington North delays transit decision due to financial concerns The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Official opening March 11 for Palmerston library
    the people of Palmerston are really looking forward to that said Bridge Circulation on the rise McCabe also reported the number of physical items borrowed from libraries across the county over the course of 2015 increased by three per cent over 2014 The number of e books borrowed by patrons was up by over 13 000 items from the previous year for a total surpassing 66 000 electronic books Chromebooks popular The library s partnership with the Upper Grand District School Board to lend out Chromebook computers to students started in May of 2015 with four of the 14 county libraries taking part in a successful pilot program By the end of June library staff worked with the school board to deploy five Chromebooks from each of the county s 14 libraries The libraries experiencing the most use were Drayton Mount Forest Palmerston and Clifford February 12 2016 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Rainbow Chorus brings Broadway to Guelph stage Arts council welcomes new executive director Police see high costs from pocket 9 1 1 calls Farm and Food Care opens for business Military history lectures at citys Civic Museum Animal tracking workshop to be held at Guelph Arboretum OFA President speaks to stand for green energy Auditions for Youth choir Concert band hosts celebration Living with Less free workshops start Jan 16 Paper Hammers helps Habitat for Humanity Grain Farmers of Ontario

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Erin denied funding for two wells
    Marshall done a bit of research Minto s just been accepted for the second time in a row so it looks like we just have to keep trying said Wheeler Councillor John Brennan serving as acting mayor due to Allan Alls absence said It s the usual letter back telling us were too wealthy we don t charge enough taxes we don t borrow enough money and therefore we don t qualify for any grant Councillor Matt Sammut said there s a distortion of the numbers in the town We know there s farm credits out there there s conservation credits there s a lot of credits in our community which distorts the real value of what the average person s paying he said Sammut added he would like to see the town challenge the province on these numbers Marshall said the town has sent a letter to the province regarding the municipality s numbers and the assessment used in awarding grants The province chooses their own mechanism for deciding on the grants and how they calculate the numbers and yes we ve challenged them and we will continue she said February 12 2016 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Rosalinde Baumgartner Unique art Council accepts recommendation of 2 1 million county debenture for Fire Hall Town grants not for profit radio group another loan deadline extension Councillors agree to consider pay equity report

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Town appoints new water quality official
    and water foreman Wayne Metzger explained that Darrell Buehler who previously held the positions will retire on Feb 26 after 18 years with the town The report pointed out the town is required to maintain a compliance coordinator and DWQMS representative for the water systems Last September when council approved hiring an operator to maintain the level of service needed 24 7 including the on call system it was on the understanding Rogers would assume many of Buehler s responsibilities The Safe Drinking Water Act also requires municipalities maintain an ORO with at least a Class 2 water licence for municipal water systems Metzger is the ORO for the municipality February 12 2016 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Town unveils long term water sewer plans Year One Mayor George Bridges goal is to streamline towns procedures Committee structure gets second look CAO Building activity remains strong Minto signs on to Road Watch program Minto to join Road Watch Canada in attempt to combat dangerous driving Womens Institute celebrates milestone Christmas house tour this weekend Minto Farmers markets prove popular Town revises policy for bad weather building permit values up 26 Hansen hired as new public works director Minto council hears two objections to expanded pit Heels for Hospital will run Saturday Town frustrated homeowners working on drainage New pharmacy coming to Palmerston Mintos Norm Fisk set to retire The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=29760 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Many new blood donors needed in 2016
    O negative Canadian Blood Services is striving to increase the existing pool of O negative donors to 50 000 CBS is encouraging everyone who knows their blood type is O negative book an appointment to donate as soon as possible at blood ca Chances are someone in your family also has O negative blood Encourage them to book with you Those who are unsure what their blood type is and want to help can book an appointment to donate blood and receive a donor card confirming your blood type in the mail after the donation Alternatively they can attend a What s Your Type event hosted by Canadian Blood Services You can find an event by visiting blood ca Also stay tuned for a fun new peer to peer initiative rolling out in February that Canadian Blood Services hopes will inspire and challenge more Canadians to donate blood and give life To be eligible to donate you must be at least 17 years of age in general good health and feeling well on the day of your donation Individuals are encouraged to bring a friend or family member to donate with them and to please remember to make another appointment to donate To discover all the ways to help save a life and to book an appointment download the GiveBlood app or visit blood ca February 12 2016 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Local cadets
    activities the army cadet program is promoting For those experienced in or interested in learning how to cross country ski cross country run map and compass GPS shooting mountain biking hiking or canoeing contact Dobson at 519 572 2718 The army cadet program including all of the adventure training is free LEFT Cadets Cyrus Dobson and Alex Halley both from Palmerston RIGHT Sergeant Emily Dunford of Alma is shown on the podium after coming in third for senior females Absent Dunford s teammate Sergeant Kerri Bennalick also from Alma submitted photos Local cadets February 12 2016 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories There are no keyword or place terms to match other articles The Wellington Advertiser News Opinion Community Deaths Digital Publications Classifieds Centre Wellington Wellington North Mapleton Minto Guelph Eramosa Erin Puslinch Police

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=29782 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Staff report: Consultant study shows Mapleton on the right budget track
    highest average household income at 144 691 Minto and Wellington North have the lowest income levels 76 178 and 76 787 respectively Minto s 2015 population was pegged at 8 423 compared to 12 018 for Wellington North The study puts Erin s population at 12 220 and average household income at 132 924 and Guelph Eramosa s numbers at 12 952 and 127 048 Across the county average household income was estimated at 107 817 Mapleton was also fifth in terms of population increase between 2011 and 2015 with a 3 7 growth rate Erin was the fastest growing municipality in the county with a 13 5 rise in population during the same period followed by Puslinch at 6 5 Wellington North at 4 7 Centre Wellington at 4 5 Mapleton at 3 7 and Minto at 1 1 Guelph Eramosa experienced a drop in population of 3 8 during the period County wide the growth rate was 5 7 Weighted assessment The review shows Mapleton has a large proportion of farmland and the township s percentage change from unweighted to weighted assessment is highest It indicates that the tax burden shifts from farm class to residential class the staff report states BMA figures show Mapleton is in good financial position on a cash basis but at a deficit of 21 4 when comparing operational revenues to operating expenses Mapleton also has the highest asset consumption ratio accumulated amortization compared to gross cost of capital assets in the county at 65 2 Guelph Eramosa is lowest at 35 5 Du says Mapleton s high ratio indicates significant capital asset replacement needs Mapleton s reserves are below average compared to other Wellington municipalities and the provincial average for municipalities with a population under 15 000 We have a higher risk in the face of variable and uncontrollable factors such as interest rate change or reduced provincial and federal government funding Du states in her report However she notes at the beginning of 2015 Mapleton s debt service ratio is less than average indicating the municipality has more room to borrow The provincial government limits the level of debt that may be incurred by municipalities to no more than 25 of the total own source revenue that can be used to service debt However the study also shows Mapleton has the lowest ranking for own source revenue in the county limiting the municipality s flexibility in terms of the ability to issue debt responsibly without impacting its credit rating Overall Du states The report findings support the township s multi year budget asset management plan and the financial strategies discussed during the budget process It indicates that Mapleton has a large infrastructure deficit and significant long term financial infrastructure challenges Council accepted the staff report as information I found the study interesting for sure commented councillor Michael Martin February 12 2016 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=29784 (2016-02-16)
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