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Canada’s Youth Are Hardly Making Gains in Employment

It’s May, which means thousands of young Canadians are now ready to flaunt their newly-minted degrees on the job market. Like cohorts before them, they’re entering a market that’s defined by its sluggish recovery and weak prospects. However, the most recent labour force survey from Statistics Canada showed signs of hope: youth unemployment was 13.9%

Mother Calls For Change After 15-year-old Son’s Suicide

ST. CATHARINES - David McIntyre’s mind was bent upon his own death. Thoughts of suicide were a constant companion. But he wanted to be rid of them. Desperately. The teenager’s mother lived in a perpetual fear those thoughts would become reality. Each new day brought with it a renewed risk. “I could not help but

Government of Canada Creating Jobs and Growth in Southern Ontario

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2012) - Rick Dykstra, Member of Parliament for St. Catharines, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), today announced innovative partnerships between Brock University and 13 local small- and medium-sized businesses. Thanks to these partnerships,

Proposed Plan Will Keep Slots Jobs at Fort Erie Race Track

FORT ERIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2012) - The Service Employees International Union Local 2 is fully behind a business plan proposed by the Fort Erie Live Racing Consortium (FELRC) that would keep good jobs in Fort Erie. Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin was amongst the hundreds who gathered at the track last night for

Niagara’s First Solar Plant Creating Local Jobs

Niagara region's first solar manufacturing plant has created 60 local jobs and is helping the area become a leader in Ontario's clean energy economy. Ontario Solar Manufacturing Corp. (OSM Solar) in Welland has produced 60 megawatts (MW) of solar modules since opening one year ago. That is enough clean electricity each year to power more

Improving Mental Health Supports for Ontario Kids and Families

Over 50,000 Ontario kids and their families will now have quicker and easier access to the right mental health supports, when and where they need them. Today, Ontario released a Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy, which focuses on children and youth in the first three years. Supports for kids target three key areas: fast

Unity Key Theme at South Niagara Mayors’ Luncheon

Mayors from the six south Niagara municipalities spoke to a packed crowd at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre in Port Colborne last week, providing an update about the state of the southern tier. In the photo, from left: Pelham mayor Dave Augustyn, Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati, Welland mayor Barry Sharpe, Wainfleet mayor April

Canadians ‘Empathetic’ To Those With Mental Illness

Most Canadians have a friend or family member with a mental illness or addiction and believe the government should do more for people struggling with such problems, a new survey has found. The Salvation Army report says most Canadians also believe there is a link between mental illness and poverty. "In previous reports that we

JHS Niagara’s Project REWIND

St. Catharines - A local program that repairs relationships and keeps kids out of court received a $139,200 cash injection from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Tuesday. Last year, Project REWIND (Restoring Events With Integrity Negotiation and Dignity) helped resolve disputes at local elementary and high schools 140 times, said Caroline Graham, youth services supervisor with

Hundreds Flock to Job Fair

Employed and unemployed alike flocked to the St. Catharines Job Gym on Tuesday in the hopes of landing one of roughly 35 positions at Lakeside Steel. As more than 500 applied a line stretched down the street for most of the day. A few possible factory jobs drew in hundreds. Upwards of 500 individuals flocked