Our team building outing at Bark Lake

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On November 2nd, The Bark Lake Programs Team created a full day schedule suited to our objective and the group size of the operations team at CIC . The team was encouraged to work outside of our comfort zone when collaborating in smaller groups. We had the opportunity to have some friendly competition when we took part in the Bark Lake Scavenger Hunt. Teams needed to strategize in order to earn the most points before time was up.

It was a great way to use each other’s strengths and reconnect with colleagues whom we don’t normally have the chance to work so closely with. As a Manager, it was an eye opening experience to see so many paths we can take, which all bring us to reach the common target. The team building event helped to create an awareness that all members in all roles are important and required to accomplish our goals. Having visited Bark Lake numerous times in the past, this was a great way to come together and see Bark Lake’s site in a different light.

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Mount Allison University Visits CIC

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Special Welcome to Mount Allison University!

CIC would like to share a warm welcome to Mount Allison University, who visited our campus this afternoon (November 10).  The visit was a great opportunity for students to ask the University about their programs, classrooms experience, student life, etc.

Mount Allison has been ranked #1 in the primarily undergraduate category in the 2018 Maclean’s magazine University Rankings.  This is the 19th time they have earned such recognition since the rankings were established in 1991.  The University is known for its personalized small classes, a student faculty ratio of 17:1, student engagement, flexible degree programs, and interdisciplinary education.

Kim Meade, Vice-President of International and Student Affairs represented Mount Allison University, expressed her opinions of CIC by complimenting the top-notch facilities, the staff providing total care to all students, and the diverse and engaged students who always share a kind smile.

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Halloween Dance Photos!

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Halloween Dance: October 27

The annual CIC Halloween Dance hosted by Student Development, took place on Friday October 27th in the Ainsliewood Gym.  Students showed up in full costume to dance the night away!  This was a great opportunity for students to get in the Halloween spirit and make new friends in a fun environment.

Halloween Pictures from the Photo Booth are now Available!

CIC students proved to be extremely photogenic, taking full advantage of the free pictures and props provided by Mardi Gras Photo Booth.  Students are encouraged to find themselves in the pictures below!

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University Tours for Students!

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University tours in October provided by Columbia!

The University Placement Office (UPO), will be offering University Tours to their students for the month of October.  The tours will be taking place at different University campuses every week.

Students will have the great opportunity to tour the following Universities this month:
  • University of Toronto (U of T) St. George Campus on Saturday October 21st (Deadline: October 13)
  • U of T Mississauga Campus on Sunday October 22nd (Deadline: October 13)
  • McMaster University on Saturday October 28th (Deadline: October 20)
What Programs do each University offer?
  • U of T St. George Campus: Faculty of Arts and Science
  • U of T Mississauga Campus: Faculty of Health Sciences
  • McMaster University: DeGroote School of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts and Science, and the school of Graduate Studies.
Benefits of receiving a tour:

University tours are beneficial for all students because it is a great way to see what programs the students are interested in.  With these tours, students also envision their future as a post-secondary student in their preferred University.  While on tour. students are always encouraged to ask questions regarding any specific programs or curriculum requirements.

How to sign up for a tour:

All University Tours requires a 10 dollar fee to be paid to the UPO.  Students must also sign up for these tours before the appropriate deadline.  All tours are a first come first serve basis, so it is encouraged to sign up for tours as early as possible.

All students who find themselves to be interested in the above Universities and faculties are encouraged to attend the tours to seek more information.  Students are always welcome to visit the UPO for additional information or questions regarding future University placement.

JMS Students at Bark Lake

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JMS Students experience Bark Lake October 14 – 18

15 Junior Middle School (JMS) students had the opportunity to stay at Bark Lake. a 700 acre leadership and conference center located in Irondale, Ontario.

The purpose of their 5 day, 4 night stay at Bark Lake, was to take their existing curriculum and transform it into an unforgettable outdoor learning experience.  JMS students took full advantage of this opportunity by participating in activities led by Bark Lake staff such as:  low ropes, archery, voyager canoeing, survival games, fur traders, photo orienteering, arts and crafts, night hikes, wolf howl, project wild, and campfire activities.

The students also had specific classroom learning taught by CIC staff, Mr. Varela, where they learned about the Canadian voyagers and how they traded goods such as furs.  JMS students also learned how to be good environmental stewards, and the responsibilities of taking care of their natural surroundings.

A foggy morning at canoe beach. Photo taken by Jennifer Kerr

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Live video – Celebrating the graduates of December 2016

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Welcome parents, teachers, friends, and families.

Our warmest congratulations to the class of December 2016!

Join us at 11:00am EDT through a live stream of the event.

The video will be available a few minutes prior to the start of the ceremony at the following link:

See you soon!

CIC advances to CBC Music’s shortlist

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Columbia International College has advanced to a shortlist of finalists in the CBC’s Canadian Music Class Challenge. The Challenge, hosted by CBC Music and in association with MusiCounts, is “looking for Canada’s best music program.” Schools from across Canada were invited to submit a rendition of an iconic Canadian song selected from a list provided by CBC. Encouraging musical diversity, the CBC is eager “to hear everything from jazz bands, kazoo classes and guitar clubs, to hip-hop programs, symphonies and choirs.”

Led by music teacher Jim Lawlis, students in CIC’s “Rockestra” performed a powerful, full-band rendition of “Bobcaygeon” by The Tragically Hip.

This year’s panel of judges includes musicians Marie-Josée Lord, Zach Sutton, Scott Helman, and CBC Tempo host Julie Nesrallah.

Out of hundreds of submissions, the judges selected the top ten performances across six categories of different ages and arrangements. CIC’s Rockestra was placed in the “High School Vocal/Choral (a cappella or with band)” category.

CBC Music will announce the winners on December 16th. CIC would like to wish all participants good luck!

Watch CIC’s performance here:

See all the High School Vocal/Choral shortlist performances:

All of the shortlist performances and other videos are available on CBC Music’s YouTube channel

More information on the CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge can be found here and here.

CBC Canadian Music Class Challenge

UPO hosts exciting tours of top universities

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The University Placement Office (UPO) has been running a number of trips to take students to visit the University of Toronto (Mississauga), University of Waterloo, York University, Brock University, Western University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and Ryerson University. These trips are run on Saturday or Sunday, and run annually October through the end of November.

The trips offer our students opportunities to learn about university programs, admission processes, and study life. They also create time to talk to current students, professors, and admission staff about their interests and concerns, and allow the students to explore whether these are universities they like to attend in the future. 

CIC is the best pathway to top universities. These trips offer valuable experiences to the students, and remain a vital component of the Total Care Education System.


The OSSLT goes online on October 20th

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On October 20th, students at Columbia International College will write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test.

“The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) measures whether or not students are meeting the minimum standard for literacy across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9. Successful completion of the literacy test is one of the requirements to earn an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.”

As part of the EQAO Online project, October 20th marks the first time the OSSLT will be conducted online.

Lots of useful information is available via the EQAO website. We encourage students and parents to learn about the new format, and contact the CIC Academic Office with any questions they may have.

EQAO have also published a Student Handout, which outlines three advantages to taking this year’s test online.


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Statement regarding police investigation

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Posted September 22nd, 2016

Last updated on October 2nd, 2016 @10:17am

Mr. Geoffrey Burnet commenced contract employment at Columbia International College in November 2014 following completion of a clean police and vulnerable sector screening report.  Columbia International College has terminated the employment of Mr. Geoffrey Burnet as of September 20, 2016, and Columbia International College is cooperating with local police forces in their investigation of Mr. Burnet. 

Columbia International College has been advised by police that the charges against Mr. Burnet relate to sexual misconduct in Hamilton in 2007/8. All of the misconducts are not related to any Columbia International College students, or the College itself.

CIC Statement Page

Press Release – Hamilton Police

Steve Saunders
Columbia International College
905-572-7883 x2909