CHALKBOARD: Brock to get major antique maps donation
Archive photo of Brock University’s Special Collections and Archives department. Photo Special to The Standard
Brock University’s map collection is to get a major infusion of historic pieces.
On Friday, university alumnus and former Canadian ambassador Dan Livermore will donate 25 antique maps to Brock’s special collections and archives department.
The maps range in size and age, with some dating to the 17th century and all featuring Canada in some way.
Some also depict Niagara at various points in the region’s history.
According to Brock, 16 of the maps pre-date anything in its collection. The oldest in the university dates from 1766, and shows the French islands of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, off Newfoundland.
Brock’s staff will digitize the pieces and post them online.
A release sent by the university said Livermore graduated from Brock in 1969 with a bachelor of arts in history and politics.
He served three decades as a Canadian diplomat, and as a specialist in international affairs.
From 2002 to until his retirement in 2007, Livermore was Canada’s director general of security and intelligence. He is a longtime donor and supporter of Brock University.
Niagara College officials were at the Royal Ontario Museum Monday as part of the unveiling of Great Canadian Masters, a cookbook by Museum Canada in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial celebration next year.
Joining in the Toronto unveiling was college president Dan Patterson and Craig Youdale, dean of the college’s Canadian food and wine institute and manager of Junior Culinary Team Canada.
The cookbook pairs up great Canadian works of art with recipes by Canadian chefs.
In one chapter featuring Culinary Team Canada, each team member has a biography, recipe, photo and art selection.
The books are $30 and are available at the college’s winery at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus and at various Canadian museums.
The culinary team represents Canada at the international culinary Olympics in Germany, Oct. 21.
Accommodation committee review meetings are set for a District School Board of Niagara high school review in west Niagara.
A first ARC meeting takes place Nov. 3, with details to come.
There will be three meetings to receive public input, on Nov. 10, Dec. 15 and Jan. 26.
Senior staff are recommending the board build a new high school for students in the west Niagara area to replace Beamsville District, Grimsby Secondary and South Lincoln High School.
Senior staff have proposed South Lincoln High School close June 30, 2017. The board would begin locating a property and building a new high school for students in the area. Beamsville District and Grimsby Secondary would close June 30, 2020, with the new school opening September 2020.
A final decision on the matter is expected at the March 28, 2017, DSBN board meeting. All reports, minutes, agendas and meeting dates will be posted to DSBN.org/arc.
— Don Fraser’s Niagara Chalkboard education column runs regularly. For tips and releases e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.