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Citizen Journalist, Sylvia Collins has a diverse background in both advocating for the needs of individuals AND celebrating the growth of a neighbourhood. She is one of the organizers in the Holmedale Neighbourhood Association in Brantford. Her essay is gratefully received by 4BRANT and shared with you, our readers. Making – ABCD (Assets Based Community
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Funding Campaign begins! Publisher’s Note: New information added to report The Brantford Community Hospital system (BCHS) announces it’s plans to move forward on it’s two highest priority projects: renovation and expansion of the BGH site Emergency Department; and renovations and new service delivery at the Willett site in Paris. Senior staff under Supervisor Bonnie Adams
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It’s the tenth year for Brantford’s Downtown Jazz Festival (September 14 – 16) and Frank and Nancy DeFelice show no signs of slowing down any time soon.  What began as the couple’s dream quickly turned into an annual fixture that attracts crowds from all over and bands from around America and around the globe and
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There is so much hope for our future generations when a bunch of local kids decide a summer project would show commitment to others in desperate need. For the past three years, these dedicated kids have had the plan to donate their time in order to help people in Brant. Nova Vita was a previous
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Vera Armstrong now lives in Bobcaygeon but her eldest daughter, Janet Bradford  (from Brantford) and her family, are rooting for another year of Vera’s advocacy on behalf of the Terry Fox  campaign. Vera is 102.   She personally raised $1200 last year and did it, trundling along with her walker, down the street like everyone
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It’s not often a delightful young lady becomes a super fan of the Canadian holder of a Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Belt, Cody Deaner. At eight years of age, Reagan, a.k.a. more affectionately known as Rags, says, “He is my friend and he is very, very, very fun!” Rags catches the Renegade off guard…oh, that was
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Is standardized testing effective in Ontario? Let’s examine this. The entire process for requiring testing in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10, in the areas of math and literacy, was legislated in Ontario in 1995.  The premise was valid insofar as there were so many differing outcomes in schools across the province, in these areas
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Gardens like these are not from some magical seeds dropped from the heavens of grateful families: After the exemplary design and planning of the Horticulture Therapist Lynn Leach and the entire Horticultural Therapy Program as funded by St. Joseph’s Lifecare Foundation,  they are ably assisted by volunteers. And the volunteers, 190 strong, along with staff
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  It was only earlier this summer that the Paris Port Dover Pipe band was the opening act for Sir Rod Stewart in Toronto and London. Now they have traveled to Scotland for the Edinburgh Tattoo. Unquestionably, this is the most prestigious Military Tattoo in the world and performed at the base of Edinburgh Castle.
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Rose Press and Erik Hager, don’t want to be accidental tourists anymore. They are searching for a purposeful metaphysical journey more than a destination and decided to commit to a journey outside their normal risk bubble. Like most couples in Brant, Rose and Erik, wondered how they were going to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary.
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