Canadian Forces members reporting for duty at MUN program

Daniel MacEachern
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Memorial University’s business boot camp kicks off Monday for 19 Canadian Forces members who are preparing for a career beyond their military service.

Based in Business, founded by Enactus Memorial and presented in partnership with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, is bringing in the Canadian Forces members for an intensive, weeklong, all-expenses-paid business training program.

The goal of the program is to provide education, financing and mentorship to men and women transitioning from the military to entrepreneurial careers.

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The home-based barber shop at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Sudbury Street, where Gus Galgay cut the hair of St. John’s residents for more than four decades, will be repurposed by his son. Jonathan Galgay, a Ward 2 candidate for this year’s municipal election, announced this week he would use the barber shop as his campaign headquarters.

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When I interviewed Labatt spokesman Wade Keller on Thursday in regards to negotiations with striking brewery workers, he told me the company’s beer sales were up in June, despite the strike and a call for a boycott by the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees. I left it out of the story mainly because my deadline didn’t allow me time to find out if it’s more than just the usual gamesmanship that happens during labour actions, but I figured it was worth at least getting on the record somewhere.

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Newfoundlander Mark O’Dea — founder of a Vancouver-based gold exploration company, Fronteer Gold, that he sold for $2.3 billion in 2011 — is still hunting gold. He’s now chairman of two companies: True Gold and Pilot Gold. True Gold has raised $38 million in capital for its Karma Project in Burkina Faso, currently undergoing a feasibility study due to be completed in this year’s fourth quarter. I interviewed O’Dea for a story that will be in The Telegram’s business section early next week.

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Don Smith, co-founder of employee-owned construction company EllisDon, died earlier this month.

Smith was born in Alberta and was based in Ontario — he was behind the construction of Toronto’s SkyDome and its retractable roof — but the Newfoundland and Labrador branch of the company he started has worked on and is currently working on several signficant projects here in just the two years since it opened shop, including Memorial University’s new residences, Carbonear’s new long-term care facility, and Paradise Arena.

Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Organizations: Canadian Forces, Canadian Youth Business Foundation, Ward 2 Labatt Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees EllisDon

Geographic location: Hamilton Avenue, Sudbury Street, Burkina Faso Alberta Ontario Toronto Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Beer Goof
    July 24, 2013 - 08:33

    The Labatt spokesperson was disingenuous. Year after year it is a fact that June sells more beer than May, July sells more than June, and August sells more than July. His words are true, but with context applied they mean nothing.