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On May 21, 2022, Algonquin College found itself in one of the worst hit areas of the historic storm described by weather analysts as a “derecho.” Power lines were struck down, and trees were partially wrecked or pulled out of the ground, even if they were rooted under concrete and brick. Homes were ruined after being hit by debris or falling trees, and thousands were left without power for several days. The power outage had a major impact on students living in residence and in the neighbourhoods surrounding the Ottawa campus.

“Our classes were pushed back by a whole week due to the storm,” said Sadia Ahmed, a residence advisor studying Interactive Media Design. “So, we did not have that added stress of dealing with assignments alongside having no power. However, those assignments were due the same week as other work that was assigned, so the academic stress doubled the next week.”


by: Wawina Nzibu

At Algonquin College, students are back on campus, mask mandates have been lifted and new and old programs are coming back to the school. Those looking for a way to relieve stress might consider joining in a Mood Walk. Every Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. John Muldoon, a counsellor at Algonquin College, hosts walks around the school grounds and beyond, for students who would like to experience nature, explore the campus with a guide, and take time to reflect and reset for the rest of the week.

Mood Walk is a province-wide initiative, led by the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario. Algonquin College adapted the program to the school to help students get more in touch with nature. The benefits of these kinds of experiences are well known. Walking in nature, nature therapy, or Shinrin-Yoku in Japanese (“forest bathing”), is the art of reconnecting with nature and stepping away from technology.


Tanya Skeates, a chef instructor at Algonquin College, will be the featured chef for the National Arts Centre's Chef’s Table series from Sept. 1 to 4. The event is part of the Ontario Festival of Small Halls which will run the entirety of the Chef’s Table series between Aug. 18 and Sept. 11.

Skeates was offered this position at the festival because the event organizers were looking for a chef to represent Algonquin College, and her prestigious background made her an obvious choice. Skeates has an extensive background as a chef working in popular local restaurants such as The Manx on Elgin St. and her own Soupçon in Wakefield, Que. Her experience also includes working for a club that catered to the British Royal Family in London, England. and cooking for members of Parliament at Rideau Hall, before joining Algonquin College as an instructor in 2018.

Jim Watson presents Key to the City to the Ottawa Citizen in one of his last events as mayor
by: Madi Ivan-Feldcamp

After 177 years of delivering the daily news, the Ottawa Citizen was presented with the Key to the City by outgoing mayor Jim Watson, in a ceremony at City Hall on Thursday, June 16.

Editor-in-chief Nicole MacAdam received the key on behalf of the paper. Many Citizen staff members were at the event, celebrating the award they should have received two years ago for their 175th anniversary, which fell during the pandemic.

“This is a such a wonderful honour, and so well deserved,” said Algonquin College President Claude Brulé, who attended the ceremony on behalf of the college. “I’m delighted that the Ottawa Citizen was awarded this for their ongoing integrity in journalism.”


Students living in residence at the Ottawa campus gathered together in the back lobby of the building on June 10 to show off their musical talents. Twenty-two people showed up and joined in the singing, playing instruments and dancing. The event was organized by the residence life team and promoted on billboards throughout the building. Sadia Ahmed and Danilo Furlani Audi Calobrizi ran the event together and provided the snacks and drinks for the night, which included chips, popcorn, tea, hot chocolate, Gatorade and water.

Elizaveta Sidorovich, a student in the music industry arts program, got the evening started by singing "Control" by Halsey and playing her ukulele. Sidorovich told the audience she had purchased the ukulele four days before the event, but learned to play a few years ago.

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