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The Vanier Collective Gardens Campus 

The Vanier Collective Gardens

It is sometimes astonishing how many things we walk past without noticing. I find that this often happens with the Vanier Collective Gardens and the various planters around campus; we are so used to walking past them, and so focused on the class we are walking to, or from, that we don’t even see the wonders that are growing there. Have you ever stopped to look at the peppers, cucumbers, cabbages, tomatoes or zucchinis (those are often gigantic) that are growing in front of the Sports Complex? Or the beans,…

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2nd Annual Sustainability Conference Features 

2nd Annual Sustainability Conference

Sustainability is a field of study that involves looking into how natural systems function, and finding a balance between societal, environmental and economic factors in order to preserve the environment for future generations.   On November 11th, students from Cegeps in the Montreal area came together to talk about sustainability, its importance, and the challenges involved in achieving and maintaining it. Held in Concordia University’s John Molson building, attendees took part in a full day of activities, guest speakers, and conversations with peers. The day started at 10:00 am, when…

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Herbal Tea Workshop at Vanier Campus 

Herbal Tea Workshop at Vanier

On October 10th, the Vanier Collective Gardens held an Herbal Tea Workshop hosted by Naughty Nettle Medicinals. Naughty Nettles Medicinals is an organic grocery store that holds herbal workshops in and around the Montreal area. For more information about the company feel free to visit their Facebook page. The workshop held at Vanier focused on Herbal Tea and its benefits, but also the benefits of many local plants to our health. It was very hands-on and interactive, and everyone who attended certainly learned something new about the medicinal properties of…

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The Vanier Collective Gardens Campus 

The Vanier Collective Gardens

What a season at the Vanier Collective Gardens this year! A detailed update is available on the website below. In sum, we can easily state that this project is thriving with success following improved infrastructures and increased visibility within the Vanier community. Our goal to make it a tool accessible to all teachers, staff, programs and sectors of the college is being achieved at an unprecedented rate. A Guide for Teachers and Staff is now available on the website. As usual, I invite you to contact me to discuss how…

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First Day of School Designated International Doom’s Day News 

First Day of School Designated International Doom’s Day

In a landmark decision in The Hague last week, the oldest tribunal on the planet, The Thing of Gröenland, was forced to acknowledge the peoples’ will and designate the first day of the academic year as DOOM’s DAY! When pressed for details, President-Elect Ferris Bueller said, “Við erum að alast upp togetehr, the human race og við höfum uppgötvað mikið af því sem við vissum ekki. Við erum að finna leið okkar. Í stað þess að hugsa um Doom’s Day allan tímann, hugsa um hversu fallegt heimurinn er. Við erum…

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Get Up, Get Involved! Campus 

Get Up, Get Involved!

Whether out of good-heartedness, pure boredom, or a need to complete S.T.A.R. Hours, volunteering can be a rewarding experience – and a good way to keep busy. Plus, it looks great on university applications and on your C.V. There are so many places to go, and things to do, that it can be difficult to choose where to share your energy. Vanier College’s Volunteer Fair, held on September 7th during Universal Break, was there to help guide students into community involvement. In case you missed it, the Insider visited the…

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The Squirrel Struggle is Real Campus 

The Squirrel Struggle is Real

Vanier College is growing itself a green thumb. Actually, make that plural – more than one hand is responsible for the success of the Vanier Collective Gardens. The gardens really began to sprout around campus two years ago, and have since flourished to the point of being considered “a part of Vanier’s educational landscape and educational worth” and of gaining recognition from the city of Montreal, says Myriam Mansour, Sustainability Major Coordinater and leader of the garden project. Mansour’s enthusiasm about the future of this endeavor is contagious, especially when…

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Veganism is Spreading into Vanier Campus 

Veganism is Spreading into Vanier

There is a new vegan breeze spreading into Vanier as the second week of March is rich in vegan-related activity. Co-occuring with the women’s week, Richard Dugas, Vanier College sustainability officer; Yulia Yugay, main organizer; and Serena Ghougassian, sustainability coordinator for the VCSA, along with other volunteers, worked hard to offer students a Vegan Challenge and speakers, with the hope of spreading awareness on animal rights. The Vegan Challenge consisted to abstain from animal produce from approximately the 6th march, till the 12th. The goals of the event were to…

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Vanier Walks for Water Campus 

Vanier Walks for Water

Running water is a privilege that most people have a tendency to take for granted… in North America, that is. Canada has such a large supply of fresh water that Canadians don’t really need to think about water on a daily basis. In other countries, however, having access to a glass of water is not as simple. More than twenty students volunteered during this month’s first Universal Break, to raise awareness about the daily water crises that occur in a majority of underdeveloped countries (most notably Sudan and South Africa)….

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The Tropics: Opportunities and Challenges Campus 

The Tropics: Opportunities and Challenges

Vanier College is known for its amazing programs and courses. The college is continuously updating the courses offered on campus, and one of the newest ones is the universal complimentary course titled “The Tropics: Opportunities and Challenges – An Exploration of Human-Environment Relationships in Belize”. The teachers of the class for the Winter 2016 semester, the first semester that it is being given, are Myriam Mansour (Geography, Coordinator of the Sustainability Major) and Quentin Van Ginhoven (Coordinator of the Environmental and Wildlife Management program, and chaperone for the trip to…

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