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Oakville open house sign by-laws
OMDREB May/June 2016 newsletter

Because the Board office has been receiving an increasing number of complaints regarding open house signs that are not in compliance with the Town of Oakville sign by-law, we are taking a look at the issue and how we might help improve the situation.

In the meantime, the following is a refresher of the rules provided to us at a recent Managing Brokers Council meeting by Oakville By-Law Enforcement Officer Raj Vemuapalli.

Here are a few items to note when considering your Open House signs:

  • Signs may be no larger than 0.6 m by 0.6 m (2 ft. by 2 ft.)
  • Maximum three signs per property and cannot be displayed before 9 a.m. or after 9 p.m.
  • Permitted only on town property or private property in residential zones.
  • Please abstain from putting up or displaying signs that obstructs the view of pedestrians and/or car drivers, or obstructs the visibility of traffic signage or devices.

Members who are found to be displaying Open House signs outside the by-law rules may have their signs confiscated by the Town, which can be retrieved upon paying a $53 fine.

REALTORS® can call the regular line during the regular business hours to report infractions.

There is another direct number they may be able to call and leave a message with full details of sign location, numbers/address on it etc. at 905-815-2010.

For non-emergency situations they may also call HRPS general line 905-825-4747.

REALTORS® can take a few photos of infractions and direct them to townclerk@oakville.ca, or serviceoakville@oakville.ca.

For illegal signs erected (more than three open house signs) on town properties you may also call Bob DeHoog at 905-845-6601 ext. 3337, and his Sign Jail Crew would pick them up.

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CMHC releases 2015 third quarter results
November 27, 2015

The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) released its third quarter financial report as well as complementary Mortgage Loan Insurance, Securitization and Covered Bonds Supplements.

In the release, CMHC reports it provided mortgage loan insurance for more than 80,000 units across Canada; that the average credit score for transactional homeowner loans was 747 and that the average gross debt service (GDS) was 25.7 per cent. It also reported an overall arrears rate of 0.35 per cent as of September 30 and Claims Paid at $76 million, which is a decrease from the year before.

In the release, CMHC reports its legislated limit of $600 billion-in-force and that during the third quarter, the insurance-in-force decreased to $525 billion, when compared to this time last year. CMHC says it expects a gradual decline as mortgage repayments offset new insurance written.

For more information, read the full release.

Deaf students’ concerns made clear

June 9, 2014

Stephanie Lai & Dan Todd

Several deaf students met with Fanshawe College senior staff on June 8 in a long-awaited meeting to discuss their concerns and frustrations of not having college support during their studies.

The meeting comes after two open letters were sent to College President Peter Devlin earlier this year.

Devlin was not present at the meeting.

“Our president is concerned about meeting the needs of our students and that’s why we had the meeting yesterday, to learn about the concerns of our students,” said Cathie Auger, vice president of Student Services.

Auger says Devlin asked the Senior Vice President of Academic, senior staff and herself who are responsible for academic delivery and accommodations and services to meet with the students.

The students, however, were disappointed at the absence of the college president.

“[We are] very disappointed because he is the president of this school,” they said through an interpreter. “He speaks for these students … Him not showing up is like snubbing them as [he] previously did.”

Jason Rose, a Fanshawe alumnus and the person spearheading the cause, says Devlin should have attended the meeting.

“We believe that he should be there to hear our concerns and he’s on the top who can change for better too.”

The meeting was set out of necessity nonetheless.

“We were aware that students had some concerns and we were not aware of what those concerns were,” Auger said. “We needed to meet with our students to understand what their concerns were/are so we can identify how we can improve our services for those students.”

Auger says issues and recommendations were made in the meeting, which the college will now look into.

  • Orientation meeting for deaf students
  • Awareness and training for faculty who teach deaf students
  • New model for assigning sign language interpreters
  • Higher levels of qualifications of sign language interpreters

In the meeting, the students were adamant of having some changes in place for September.

“We are going to assess the recommendations they made and come up with a plan to move forward on those recommendations that we can move forward with,” Auger said. “We’re certainly going to be trying to put into place some of their suggestions by September.”

There were plans for a second meeting made at the conclusion.

“I’m hoping that we will be on the path to better consultation and better communication,” Auger said. “We learned a lot. It was a good exchange of information and views.”

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Coaches’ corner: A sneak peek into varsity sports this year

August 25, 2014

With the academic year coming to a fast start, the athletics department at Fanshawe is also gearing up for another exciting year. With Humber College being a strong competitor all across the board, head coaches, Athletic Officer, Ernie Durocher and Manager of Athletics, Nathan McFadden helped to shed some light on what to expect for each sport’s upcoming season.

BADMINTON

For the first time in several years, the Falcons not only represented the College at OCAA championships, but also came home with a medal.

“The previous year we did not [go to championships], so last year not only did we have two different teams get there … we had one of those people on the men’s single side medal,” said McFadden. “That was extremely positive for our program to be back on the medal podium and we look forward to building on that going into this year.”

While the team is losing some players, Durocher said new recruits will add to the already-steady group.

“We’ve got a nucleus of players coming back that will make us strong,” he said.

MEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Tony Marcotullio was out of town during the interview process so Durocher covered.

A large bout of turnover will leave the Falcons looking for new recruits for the coming season. Marcotullio will be looking for tall players, said Durocher.

“We need some big guys,” he said. “Getting some tall fellows to fit the roles of forwards and centres would be appropriate. You can’t ever have enough shooting guards.”

While the team does well with defensive play, Durocher said the offense could brush up a little.

“They were sporadic when it came to scoring and grinding out wins,” he said. “I think Tony [Marcotullio] has always been on that premise that he starts from defense and works his way from there.”

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Head coach Bill Carrier will be working with the same group of girls from last year, hoping to continue building up the young team.

“Our goal [last year] was to make it to the provincial championships and we made it there,” he said. “Last year we were very young … We would like to win a couple games at the provincial championships.”

Carrier doesn’t foresee many challenges, thanks to a large group of returnees. He credits the team’s success to self-motivation.

Carrier only hopes that a few superstars will come out for tryouts. “I’m looking forward to the season and let’s get it on.”

CROSS COUNTRY

Coming off a hot streak, John Loney and his third-time national champs are hoping to bet at it again. The team also won provincial championships for the fifth year in a row.

“I did lose the top three guys, but have some really nice new prospects coming in,” said Loney. “We’ll be right back in the midst.”

Loney will be relying on his more experienced runners to set a good example to incoming rooks.

“We get a lot of turnover in college sports. We can’t necessarily afford to have a two- or three-year plan … I always look forward to that first practice to see where everybody’s at.”

CURLING

With the women being provincial champs and the men winning bronze at provincials, head coach Barry Westman hopes to continue the momentum, despite losing a couple of long-term curlers.

“We do have a really good solid returning team on both the men’s and women’s side,” said Westman. “We’ve got a couple new recruits coming in with good curling pedigrees and we’re really hoping to regain our national championship title.”

Westman said the biggest challenge for the curlers is balancing schoolwork with athletics and other responsibilities.

“A lot of our players play on other teams as well,” he said. “There’s quitea huge commitment from our players each week and weekends away.”

Westman enjoys the passion each athlete has and said it keeps him excited about the sport.

BASEBALL

As one of the two new varsity sports introduced this year, head coach Brian Harvey has big dreams for the (currently) barely-formed team, which is his first priority.

“The difficulty is trying to narrow down to get that 20 [guys] because there’s a lot of good talent out there,” said Harvey.

From there, he hopes to bring the team to the top of the OCAA league – consisting of only six teams.

“That’s our first goal – to be in the top four for sure,” he said. “My expectation would be to end up in the top two in that tournament because the top two would then go and play the top OUA teams.”

Harvey would like to see his team supported.

“We’d like to get a lot of fans out to our games at Labatt Park.”

FASTBALL

Londoner Catherine Arthur will be taking the helm of Fanshawe’s new fastball team. Her lengthy career playing in the London area helped her succeed a coaching position.

“I coach an 18-and-under level in London and wanted to have the opportunity to take the next step,” Arthur said. “We’re looking for [people] who really want to represent the falcons well and be dedicated, be hardworking.”

She said adding baseball and fastball to the Falcons’ lineup has been greatly supported and that she has big hopes for this inaugural season.

“There’s a huge softball/baseball community in London,” she said. “We want to compete and we want to make it to provincials. There’s seven teams in the league but only four will make it to provincials, so our goal is to get to provincials and have a good showing.”

GOLF

Head coach, Andy Shaw, is looking forward to working with sports psychologists to mentally prepare this year’s golf team for three- and four-day tournaments, something the team has struggled with in the past.

“Most of the players that we recruit – they’re not used to playing highly-competitive golf, where it takes three to four days of preparation and tournament stress,” he said. “That’s what we work on every year. Mentally and physically being able to play four days in a row.”

Shaw encourages female golfers of all levels to come out to tryouts.

“People always think they’re not good enough, but we encourage all females to come out.”

MEN’S SOCCER

Finishing fourth at provincial championships, Paul D’Hollander is looking forward to working with a new group of guys. D’Hollander is losing 50 per cent of his team and is in the process of looking for a new goalie.

“Finding a very capable goalie will be critical and at the same time maintaining our philosophy and finding the players to defend well,” he said. “We were challenged in offensive output … we need players who can finish resulting in goals.”

D’Hollander added that he is always looking for new players.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

After the heartbreak of getting knocked out at playoffs, James Welsh is looking to rebuild his team. Ten girls will be returning this season, and Welsh is turning his focus to scoring goals.

“We played really well as a team,” he said. “We need to improve our scoring. Although we had all the possession and controlled the play, we struggled to score goals when it mattered. We definitely need to improve on that.”

Welsh is expecting 10 new recruits to join the remaining members, and he said getting everyone to gel as a collective whole is going to be a challenge.

“It’s a such a short season that it’s always a challenge to get everybody playing together and on the same page in terms o tactics and style of play.”

MEN’S VOLLEYBALL

Losing star player Mathieu Poulin doesn’t discourage coach, Patrick Johnston. In fact, he’s optimistic the nine returnees will become even stronger in the coming season.

“I’m most looking forward to being able to build on what we started last year,” he said in an email. “My goal from day one was to create a sustainable program … We fell short of our goal of winning OCAA’s and finished with a bronze medal, but we are back and more motivated than ever.”

Johnston is looking to build the team offensively.

“We were a very stingy defensive team and frustrated our opponents,” said Johnston. “This coming season we are going to take a bit more risk offensively.”

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL

New head coach, Shawn Pellow, is excited to continue fostering this team’s success.

Finishing second in the province, Pellow knows the team did something right. His goal is to rebuild the already-successful program.

“The first thing to do is establish new roles, establish exactly what we want to do and accomplish down the road,” he said. “It’s always been successful. Its reputation will sell itself; leaving the level of play where it is.”

Pellow’s experience as former coach for Mohawk should give him a leg up on competition.

“I understand how to set up the program to peak when we need to peak,” he said. “I understand the regulars of the day-in and day-out of a student athlete and how difficult it can be to balance an academic life with academics.”

“I think I have a better understanding than a coach who hasn’t had collegiate experience … I’m just excited to be involved.”

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Fanshawe digs plans for Canadian Centre for Product Validation

May 29, 2015

Fanshawe College broke ground at the home of the future Canadian Centre for Product Validation (CCPV) on May 29.

The event took place on the corner of Bradley Avenue and Bonder Road, near Western University’s WindEEE testing facility.

The ground breaking event hosted staff from Fanshawe, members of local government including Mayor Matt Brown, as well as MPs and MPPs.

Associate Vice President, Academic Ben Cecil opened the ceremony and was pleased to share the news with the partners Fanshawe worked with to make this happen.

“As you can see around you, the crew is on-site and has begun,” he said. “We will put the shovels in the ground as we build this new centre that will change the way the college is engaged in research, innovation and discovery.”

Cecil says the CCPV will not only benefit Fanshawe students, but businesses and industry as well.

“It’s an opportunity for Fanshawe to create a culture of excellence and house leading-edge equipment, build on promising technologies, support business innovation by helping small- and medium-sized enterprises bring new technologies, products and processes to the marketplace, and more importantly to provide training needed to connect students to available jobs in a range of skill professions.”

College President Peter Devlin thanked and celebrated the partnerships that formed to make CCPV happen.

“We celebrate partnerships with government, with industry, with businesses, and this state-of-the-art facility will allow us to reinforce the vital role that research has in educating our students,” he said. “I’d like to thank the CCPV teammates – both the federal and municipal governments – for supporting the CCPV as well as creating this research park.”

“Fanshawe College is committed to moving this successful project forward; raising the profile of research and innovation in the region and delivering services that will strengthen, drive and support business and industry.”

Devlin also acknowledged the support from the City of London, which donated the 10-acre plot of land WindEEE and the future CCPV sit on.

The college plans to open the doors of CCPV in 2016.

Mayor Matt Brown congratulated Fanshawe on its ambitious timeline but is confident that it will be met.

“The Canadian Centre for Product Validation is going to add to London,” he said. “It’s going to strengthen us. It’s going to make us more of a leader in research development. It’s going to make London even more attractive for future investments and ultimately strengthen our economy

“It’s going to be the first of its kind in Canada. It’s a proud moment for our city.”

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Kingsmill deal closed: Devlin almost has keys in his hands

November 10, 2014

On a crisp fall afternoon, Fanshawe College President Peter Devlin and Kingsmill owner Tim Kingsmill revealed the college’s newest real estate acquisition.

Devlin told media that the purchase of London’s historic Kingsmill building is almost official, and he is “ very pleased and excited.”

“Fanshawe College has waived the conditions on the offer to purchase Kingsmill,” Devlin said. “We’re tremendously excited about that and it’s great to share that with London.”

The purchase of Kingsmill will bring 2,000 students from the schools of Information Technology and Tourism & Hospitality to the downtown core.

Devlin thanked Kingsmill.

“I’m grateful to Mr. Kingsmill for all that he’s done and to be so supportive of Fanshawe College coming soon in greater numbers in downtown London.”

Kingsmill confessed that he’d been in a state of uncertainty in the past year and a half but he is excited for this major development.

“It’s a very exciting day for me, and it’s an exciting day for downtown London,” he said. “It’s going to move us forward quickly.”

Devlin explained what having the Centre for Digital and Performing Arts and Kingsmill buildings so close to each other could mean to the existing downtown.

“We’re right across the street,” he said. “Imagine the energy – the synergy of 2,000 students in two buildings across the street from each other.”

“Two schools – cutting edge schools, cutting edge programs and the effect that we will have on southwestern Ontario and the industries here.”

The deal is “near darn closed.”

“We’ve waived our conditions,” Devlin said. “Lawyers now need to do a little bit of stuff as would be expected in a real estate transaction. In that intervening period of time, we aim to finalize the request or proposal for the design of this great building.”

Naturally, the question of preserving Kingsmill’s original structure came up.

“We have great respect for the building as we go through design,” Devlin said. “The build phase will determine what we can keep of this wonderful building.”

The saga between college and the city began at the end of June when Fanshawe initially presented its proposal to buy the building.

Devlin says construction will start in the spring.

“We are on time, we are on target,” he said. “We want Londoners to be confident in the relationship and the movement of Fanshawe College in the future delivering the programs that students need to be successful within the industry.”

The plan is to open up shop in 2017 with the School of Information Technology and Tourism & Hospitality opening in the following year.

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Ward 3 candidate Mohamed Salih faces racism

September 29, 2014

He’s the youngest candidate in the running for Ward 3. He’s also been getting the most press lately, though not for the best reasons.

Mohamed Salih, 28, says he’s been the target of racist remarks since he began his candidacy – remarks that flooded when it appeared he would win a seat at the end of this election.

“I knew this stuff was going on for a while, and I didn’t want to make a big issue out of it, because I didn’t want it to overshadow my campaign,” he said. “The line was crossed when they went above and beyond and started harassing and bullying my supporters.”

Salih told Metro London pieces of fried chicken and watermelon were placed in front of his campaign signs and that there were rumours challenging his citizenship.

Aside from this, Salih hadn’t come across any difficulties.

“It’s mainly with the race, the religion, having a name like Mohamed – those challenges really,” he said. “It was mainly the fact that it was being perpetuated by other candidates, which made it more of a challenge to overcome.”

He’s managed to stay positive.

“I knew this was going to happen,” Salih said. “The fact that there’s so many young people who are really following and [are] interested in my campaign … I know there’s a lot of little kids out there … they’re inspired and that keeps me going.”

The response to the racism was of resounding support for the young politician.

“Londoners really rallied behind me and have shown a lot of support,” he said. “All that support from all those corners really helps.”

“I’m not upset about anything to be honest. I’m disappointed, but it’s not the end of the world for me.”

However, the fact that racism still persists today shocked Cheriss Marson, Fanshawe Student Union VP Internal.

“I don’t think it’s necessary, and it’s frustrating,” she said. “It’s just something else someone has to deal with on top of all the pressures of running for the position that he is.”

VP Anthony Sawyers was saddened by the remarks Salih faced.

“That shouldn’t happen,” he said. “These are grown men that are running for city positions. There are black people in London, so how are you going to represent these people if you’re prejudice [against] them?”

Both Cheriss and Sawyers are visible minorities, but they never encountered obstacles like this while they ran for their respective positions in the FSU.

Sawyers says he would keep his chin up, if he were in Salih’s shoes.

“You can really let it get under your skin – if you let it,” he said. “I would just keep on going [and] remind myself that it’s not a negative thing that I’m black.”

Salih only has words of encouragement for young people of colour who may one day run for municipal elections.

“It’s very, very important that we do get involved,” he said. “We need different perspectives.”

“It’s important to bring all kind of different flavours together because it speaks to what Canada looks like. Almost 20 per cent are a visible minority and [political] representation is nowhere near that.”

On September 23 a crowd of 25 – many of them candidates in other wards – rallied behind Salih and headed into the neighbourhood to canvass for him.

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‘I was forced into saying yes’

October 20, 2014

This was the night Jane was sexually assaulted.

She had just broken up with her boyfriend of 2.5 years and found herself at a party, drunk for the first time and looking for some fun.

“I grabbed this guy and was like, ‘Let’s go make out,’” she said.

“And so we did.”

Jane, a student at Fanshawe (whose name has been changed to protect her privacy), spoke about her experience with sexual assault in light of this year’s Silence Isn’t Consent campaign, which started October 20.

Jane’s male stranger suggested that they move to a quieter place.

“I was naïve,” she said. “I didn’t really think people had sex at parties.”

He started to take her clothes off

“I kept saying, ‘No, I don’t want to do this, I’m not that kind of girl.’”

He kept pushing and insisting despite her efforts.

“He wouldn’t let me leave the room and so finally I said yes, and I was drunk,” she said. “I was forced into saying yes.”

Prior to the assault, Jane admitted that she didn’t know much about the matter.

“I thought it was something that happened when you walk down the street alone at night and some stranger [would] grab you and rape you down an alley,” she said. “I didn’t know that when you’re drunk you can’t give consent.”

Const. Ken Steeves from the London Police Service says that each incident is investigated independently and that there is no law that indicates that it is illegal to have sex with someone who’s consumed alcohol.

However, he said it becomes an issue when someone is too intoxicated or passed out he/she cannot give consent.

When engaged in intercourse and someone verbalizes that he/she no longer wants to continue – it has to stop.

“Once they verbalize that they no longer want to engage in the act and it continues, it is then termed sexual assault,” he said.

Jane blamed herself for the assault.

“I felt like it was my fault for the longest time,” she said. “Looking back on it now, I didn’t consent to that. You can’t consent when you’re drunk. You can’t consent when someone’s forcing you to do something you don’t want to do.”

After the assault, she dealt in a way she could.

“When some people get assaulted, they’ll be scared of physical contact and they’ll withdraw … I went the exact opposite way.”

It wasn’t until she was in university volunteering in the school’s sexual violence prevention committee that she became an advocate for educating males and females about consensual relationships.

“I didn’t understand why I was acting that way until a couple of years ago when I got involved with sexual assault awareness I realized what he had done to me was not okay and that’s why I was acting the way I did,” she said.

Today, Jane is passionate about educating people about consent.

“It’s really drove me to this path to educate people,” she said. “I believe that people should be educated and then we could lower those numbers of people getting sexually assaulted.”

If she had the chance, Jane said she would even try to educate her attacker.

“I’d want to tell him when I’m intoxicated I cannot give consent,” she said. “When I say no, it doesn’t mean try harder.”

“This sounds ridiculous and I should hate him – and I do, he makes me feel uncomfortable – but at the same time maybe he didn’t know what he was doing was wrong in this situation. Maybe he [didn’t] know better.”

Healing was gradual for Jane, but she hopes that victims start the process by not blaming themselves.

“Know that it’s not your fault,” she said. “If you did not want to do something – even if you didn’t say no and you didn’t say yes – it’s not okay.”

She hopes that her story will help in more than one way.

“I think [my story] could help people realize that you cannot consent when you’ve been drinking and that no means no,” she said. “[I hope] by talking about this and understanding my actions [it] might help someone who’s going through the same thing understand why they’re acting that way.”

“I accept myself, and I didn’t before.”

Students can seek counselling at Fanshawe’s Counselling and Accessibility Services in F2010 or by booking an appointment by phone at 519-452-4282.

Silence Isn’t Consent is a campaign put on by Campus Security that aims to educate students more about sexual assault and raise awareness about the matter. Table displays will be in the R1 lobby on October 20, F Hallway on October 22 and the Student Centre on October 24.

Call Campus Security Services at 519-452-4242 for on-campus emergencies.

 

 

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Worldwide drinking problem

NekNominations took the world by storm in January 2014, but it was a wave of good deed videos that made it all newsworthy to me.

 

#Neknominations challenge extended

Stephanie Lai

Charlie Bit My Finger… Harlem Shake… David After Dentist.

These are all prime examples of YouTube video sensations that have gone viral in the last few years. With the entertainment factor in tow, that’s just about what all viral videos have to offer.

But on the tail of the Internet’s newest craze of NekNomination videos, changing the rules may just take over the world – for the better.

Well, first you need to understand what a NekNomination is.

While the origins of the online drinking game are still up for debate, in Australia, the fad began in bars and rugby clubs, where patrons would chug a drink (necking) and then nominate someone else to do the same.

These ended up being captured on video, and netizens caught wind, reaching North America shortly thereafter.

Twenty-nine-year-old business owner Brent Lindeque from Johannesburg, South Africa heard about NekNominations two weeks ago, and his first reaction was simply, “Why?”

“Why would someone post something like that online?” he said. “People need to be a little more responsible about what they’re putting out there.”

Lindeque didn’t know he would be NekNominated, but he knew that if he did, he would do something different.

“I got nominated the morning of [January 31] … and I made my way to my regular place to get lunch,” he said. “On the street corners in South Africa, you will find people begging … My idea behind it was, I knew that guy must have been standing there the whole day and he hadn’t left his post for lunch, he was standing there begging. I thought I’d buy someone lunch … and then nominate two people to do the same or better.”

He reiterated the importance of being responsible for whatever is posted online.

“In a couple years’ time, if someone’s ever researching me, whether it be an employer or kids, I’d want them to see stuff online that I could be proud of,” he said.

And most important of all: “If I could create some sort of chain of good deeds, even in my own circle of friends, 10 people get fed, then I’ve done something amazing.”

Now with over 400,000 views on YouTube, Lindeque’s selfless act has been inspiring others to do the same, sparking a particular interest in second-year University of Ottawa med school student, Josh Stern.

“I saw it coming to Canada and start to invade my friend circle,” said Stern. “These things weren’t doing any good, and the worst part about it is that it was spreading like wildfire.”

“With the deaths in Ireland from the game, that just took it to a whole new level. I knew that it was not beneficial, and people making their videos public … you can’t get jobs if someone sees you doing that,” he explained.

Stern cited Lindeque’s video as inspiration to start carving his own path.

“I didn’t know he was going to go farther with it and come up with his own campaign [Change One Thing], so I was putting it on myself to come up with Feed the Deed … and just wanted it to take off,” he said.

The Western alumnus hadn’t been NekNominated, but said the night before a med school exam, he wasn’t sleeping – he was thinking about what he would do if he were to get nominated.

“I just thought to myself, ‘I’m just going to do it,’” he said. “After my exam on my way home, I just picked up some sandwiches and gave them to some homeless people … I didn’t need to get NekNominated, I just needed to get this thing going as soon as possible – making a change straight away.”

“The thing with [the campaign] Feed the Deed, it’s also peer pressure. You’re calling out your friends, but in a positive light,” he said. “If they don’t have the motivation to get up and help someone on their own, calling them out on Facebook or social media gives them that extra push to go out and do something. The best part is it’s exponential.”

Since posting his video, Stern partnered up with a friend who already had a non-profit foundation called Kindness Counts. The two are now seeing videos posted on Kindness Counts’ page with the hashtag #FeedtheDeed. “It is a combined effort,” said Stern.

This isn’t a challenge; this is a chance to make a choice.

“The whole negativity around NekNominations, it’s important to stop and see that [it’s] really getting you nowhere,” said Stern. “Turning it around a complete 180 to bring some positivity to the world, especially with social media, and seeing how the NekNominations blew up – I just figured it was important to take my message and blow [it] up in the exact same way.”

To learn more about Lindeque’s Change One Thing campaign, like the Facebook page at facebook.com/changeonethingsa, and to learn more about Kindness Counts, visit facebook.com/kindnesscountsfoundation.

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Keep calm, charge on

My first feature article, co-written by Alyssa Dalton, assistant editor at Annex Business Media. Published in EV Crossroad in September 2013.

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