TAV is proud to present its top ranked students in the science competitions in Fall 2018/Winter 2019 semesters. Science competitions are yearly contests at TAV College on the subjects of Math, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

Math (Guinzbourg award):

1. Jaewon Moon

2. Zibo Zhou

3. Olha Linievych

3. Rafael Kalmanson

 

Physics:

1. Rafael Kalmanson

2. Eden Autmezerie

2. Adam Moyal

3. Li Tengjingyuam

Chemistry:

1. Yisca Perez

2. Shirel Benisty

3. Giwon Lee

3. Leying Yan

 

Biology:

1. Noam Coriatt

2. Mahida Adityasinh

3. Jaewon Moon

True North Strong… and Free?

Author: Julianne Cairns

With over a month since the CAQ was elected into majority government, Quebecers have come together to express their concerns over the party’s plans to ban religious symbols for public servants.

The idea of banning religious symbols in Quebec is not a new one. In 2013, the Parti Quebecois introduced Bill 60, otherwise known as the Charter of Quebec Values. Had the bill been passed, public employees would be prohibited from wearing “conspicuous” religious symbols on the job. On the Charter of Quebec Values website, which is no longer available, the party classed turbans, hijabs, burkas, kippahs and certain crosses as conspicuous religious symbols to be included in the ban. Adding insult to injury, the website also presented less obvious alternatives to these religious symbols, including a Star of David ring, a pair of star and crescent moon earrings, and a small cross necklace. The ban eventually died on paper in 2014, but has reemerged in 2018 under the Francois Legault’s administration.

Similar to Bill 60, the CAQ’s proposed law would target public employees holding a position of authority in Quebec. Legault has expressed his confidence in the law by communicating his willingness to use the notwithstanding clause if necessary, against the advice of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “Notwithstanding” is a clause clearly laid out in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, section 33, available to all on the Government of Canada’s website. Section 33 states,

“Parliament or the legislature of a province may expressly declare in an Act of Parliament or of the legislature, as the case may be, that the Act or a provision thereof shall operate notwithstanding a provision included in section 2 or sections 7 to 15 of this Charter.”

This essentially gives provincial legislature the power to ignore the section of the Charter aimed at protecting Canadians’ fundamental freedoms, such as section 2. This would allow the Quebec government to enforce the law, regardless if it respects the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or not.

The ban of religious symbols could directly threaten the fundamental freedoms of Canadians, namely the freedom of religion and expression. In an interesting turn last month, premier Legault explained to reporters at the Francophonie summit, held in Armenia, why the crucifix in the legislature would not be included in the ban. A quote from the CBC regarding his reasoning on this issue included, “In our past we had Protestants and Catholics. They built the values we have in Quebec. We have to recognize that and not mix that with religious signs.” The premier made no mention and gave no credit to non-Christian groups for the building of Quebec values, completely ignoring the contribution of indigenous peoples, and countless other cohorts of immigrants of various ethnic backgrounds who have contributed greatly to Quebecois culture over the course of the province’s history. We mustn’t forget that it was a large majority of immigrant workers who were responsible for building our first transcontinental railway in 1881, among many other things in this province. However, this blatant disregard for the contributions of minority groups is certainly nothing new to Quebecers with the proposition made by Pauline Marois just a few years ago, yet it is no less disheartening.

Should this ban proceed, teachers, nurses, doctors, police officers, firefighters and many other public servants may have to choose between their careers and aspects of their faith – a tough choice for Canadians accustomed to having their freedoms and rights respected and protected.

Protecting the fundamental freedom of expression and religion is in itself preserving Canadian values. To limit Canadians’ abilities to express themselves and exercise their rights to freedom of religion is to throw away a part of what makes us Canadians – tolerance.

It has been announced by the administration of TAV College that the institution will be having a new structure built at 5995 Decarie Boulevard to expand the college’s campus. “With a consistently growing number of annual student enrolment, the board of directors of TAV College has decided to purchase land nearby and build more space for the college to grow for years to come.” said Eli Meroz, Director of Studies. The new building will finally have some very exciting features that students have been demanding for years.

TAV College building plans

Director of Studies, Eli Meroz, discusses design plans with the architect in charge of the plans.
Photo: Justin Hand-Gregory

The fifth floor will be entirely devoted to a gymnasium! The space will be perfect for many different sports, including: Basketball, floor hockey, badminton, soccer, volleyball, etc. The college will also eventually be looking in to forming college level sports teams that would compete with other Montreal colleges. The street level floor will be a state-of-the-art library and study hall with brand new computers and lavish interior design, according to Meroz. The library will not necessarily be devoted to traditional stock, i.e. books and literature. Instead, it will take on a more contemporary style and depend on technology as the main highlight for the information space. The other floors will be devoted to brand new classrooms with the newest technologies and teaching equipment, as well as office space to accommodate more and more teaching and administrative staff.

“Although the building is planned to be completed and ready to use by the Fall of twenty-twenty, you never know which types of problems you will run into along the way,” said Meroz during an interview. TAV is now in the process of designing the new building, as well as negotiating the designs with city officials. Meroz states that the design for the building has already undergone four redesigns due to city regulations and engineering suggestions. Also, the current building sitting at 5995 Decarie had to undergo a “heritage site” investigation to determine if the structure was of any significance to Quebec/Canadian history. Luckily for the college, the site was not deemed a heritage site and could be therefore demolished, however, the city is insisting that the new building pay homage to the old and retain some of its features. The building currently at 5995 Decarie was, at once, a bank and eventually a police station, finally it will now be the new home of TAV College. Despite all the complications with the project, the director is confident that the new building will be ready to use by the expected completion date.

TAV currently has over nine hundred and fifty enrolled students and according to Meroz is expected to have well over one thousand two hundred by the time the new campus is ready. With that being said, the college is looking into expanding it’s programs to attract larger numbers of enrolment. “We currently have two new and very exciting.

programs at TAV: A social sciences program, as well as a coding program in which students are guaranteed employment upon graduation,” states Meroz. The social sciences option is a two year DEC program geared towards students who are searching for a program that touches on many different fields of study, which prepares the students for many possible university paths. The coding program is a six month training intensive that has a partnership with a company entitled Shorify, which guarantees students (who have achieved a seventy five percent or more average) a job upon completion of the course. According to the director, the college will be eagerly looking into more partnerships with corporations for it’s students such as this program has done.

The future of TAV College is definitely an exciting one, however; it is full of unpredictability. The institution is in a constant state of change and innovation. The new building will not only create job opportunities for some twenty plus teachers and instructors, but will allow hundreds of new students to achieve their academic goals. It is inevitable that one day TAV will be competing against larger, reputable institutions such as Dawson College, or Vanier.

This article features TAV College digital media instructor Jonathan Wilansky. Jonathan’s interests extend far beyond the classroom. When he is not teaching at TAV, he can be found in other classrooms, learning! As well as adventuring outdoors, on the musical stage, working on something creative, or behind a computer attempting to help save the world.

Jonathan Wilansky Tav College Teacher

Jonathan Wilansky – Photo: Guillermo Castellanos

​Before working at TAV, Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Computer Science at Concordia, and a Master of Arts in Music Technology at McGill. His thesis combined elements of music, electronics, data visualization and software development.

​Music was Jonathan’s first truly artistic passion. He’s been active musically since high school and continues playing in a band today! He first started as the band’s drummer, but after injuring his wrist in 2016, he stopped playing and established a new role as the band manager. He has since returned to playing as a rhythm guitarist.

However, art wasn’t always a part of his life. His childhood and teenage years were saturated with sports, and it was only until his interests in graphic design and animated movies that led him to the Computation Arts program at Concordia University. The program was a double major through Fine Arts and Computer Science, and that’s where he discovered a whole new dimension to art that he was never even aware of. Now, he enjoys using his spare time to be creative; however that may be. He’s always working on a creative project, from handmade to computer art, and even 3D printing! He considers it a hobby, for fun; mental stimulation and as a creative outlet. His favourite (and most random) is a functional, giant Nintendo controller that requires two people to operate

Currently he is working on a recycled art project he calls “CDnimals”, where he takes unwanted CDs, breaks them to pieces, and crafts them into miniature animal-like figures. “I was never a natural at creating things from scratch, like drawing or painting, but I was very good at breaking things” he jokes. He believes this CD project hits on something relevant to society today, commenting on the “endless amount of outdated technology that have no means to be recycled”. This project shows people that ‘trash’ can be reused and made into something beautiful, but more importantly, helps to spread the message of responsibility to protect our environment.

“I was never a natural at creating things from scratch, like drawing or painting, but I was very good at breaking things”

If you’ve ever had a class with Jonathan, then you know he cares about the environment! It’s been an important subject to him ever since his days studying Natural Science in Cegep. What could make this teacher particularly unique at TAV College is that he is also a student! On top of teaching at TAV, Jonathan recently started pursuing another Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science at Concordia University. He stressed that he, and other people he knows, from Canada’s west coast, all the way to Africa, have begun to experience the negative impacts of climate change. These are first hand–things he learned about theoretically many years back. This has motivated him to return to school in an effort to incite change.

In an effort to inspire people, he claims that our love and admiration for the natural world is inherently human, but our lifestyles have been constructed to alienate ourselves from it. Jonathan put it well in that when you see a beautiful sunset, or when you reach the peak of the mountain, anyone will naturally look at the view and feel a sense of euphoria; No matter who you are. It is moments like these that are important to have as human beings, yet increasingly difficult to fit into our modern lives.

People such as Jonathan have decided to spread awareness about the reality of climate change. When discussing environmental issues, Jonathan stated that it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, but not to be discouraged because more and more people care about the state of the planet, and more and more people want to live sustainably–not only to avoid problems, but because they see the deeper value and benefit it adds to our lives. He believes awareness is key, and it’s only a matter of time before people are ready to embrace sustainability and that technology permits it.

This teacher is an outstanding role model who is not only showing people that it is never too late to return to school, but also he is taking action on issues that he covers and discusses in his own classroom. It is easy to talk the talk, but it is not so easy to walk the walk, however, Mr. W is certainly doing just that. Jonathan welcomes any students or faculty members who wish to collaborate with him on creative projects, or even just to say hi and share your thoughts.

CDnimal

Photo: Jonathan Wilansky

CDnimal

Photo: Jonathan Wilansky

Special Education AEC Now Offered in English

TAV College is now accepting applications to the AEC in special education for the fall 2018 term. A special focus of this program will be implementing language intervention in children. It is thought that approximately 5% to 8% of children may have difficulties with speech and/or language (Boyle 1996; Tomblin 1997). Because children with communication disorders are vulnerable to school and life failures there is a vital need for trained educators to help these children progress and achieve their full potential.
Additionally, graduates will be qualified to intervene with individuals of all ages presenting difficulties of adaptation or social insertion, physical and psychological impairments, mental health problems and substance abuse.

To Learn More Visit https://www.tav.ca/special-education/