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Connection – November 2015

Volume 3  |  Issue 2

November 10, 2015


Top Stories

UCC varsity soccer team claims national title

Upper Canada College’s varsity and U13A soccer teams both reached the finals of their respective Canadian Accredited Independent Schools national championships last week, with the older boys claiming the title.

The varsity team got rolling early on Oct. 15 by defeating Montreal-based host Lower Canada College 5-0 and Country Day School 4-0. That momentum continued the next day when UCC posted a 8-0 win over West Island College and a 2-0 victory over Hillfield Strathallan College.

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Hamr, Hoel and the great crayfish search

Upper School teachers Premek Hamr and Mark Hoel spent an intensive but ultimately successful day in August in search of Canada’s rarest crayfish.

The quest for the white form of the Northern Clearwater Crayfish (Orconectes propinquus) in Lake Simcoe, about an hour north of Toronto, wasn’t easy even for Hamr — a senior member of the International Crayfish Society who has researched the crustaceans for 30 years.

“It can be tricky for non-experts, but the white morph is quite distinct,” Hamr says of the crayfish first described in 1978.

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Enduring Gifts: The Lorne M. McKenzie and Jeffrey Filder Smith Scholarships

In honour of Remembrance Day we look back at a legacy of generosity, including an Old Boy who benefitted from a boarding scholarship named after Jeffrey Filder Smith, a lieutenant killed in the First World War at age 33.

James Perham Stanley ’42 was a precocious and talented student. Owing to his academic talents, he was only 15 years old when he graduated from UCC. After being made to wait a year to attend the University of Toronto because of age restrictions, Stanley continued to succeed at lightning speeds, gaining his PhD before he was 25 and playing a key role at the United Automobile Workers of Detroit at 26.


Prep at the Polls

The boys in Forms 5, 6 and 7 made a hands-on connection with the democratic process on Monday, Nov. 19 as they cast their ballots in a mock-election.

The “vote” capped off a special assembly at the Prep on Friday, Nov. 16 where three of the candidates for Toronto—St. Paul’s took time from their incredibly busy schedules to speak about their parties’ respective platforms and field some tough and thoughtful questions from the boys 



“Peak Performance”: Health tips from JP Cavalluzzo and Joannah Lawson

This month’s “Peak Performance” tip is all about sugar. Did you know a 16 oz bottle of Powerade Cool Blue contains more sugar than three Krispy Kreme original glazed donuts. In fact, it contains 10 teaspoons of sugar, more than the maximum recommended sugar intake for a whole day.


Did You Know?

UCC is launching a brand new athletics portal: GoBlues.ca

Click here for early access to this brand new website.

Student collage beautifies construction zone

You can find art in the most unlikely places. Just call it UCC’s very own version of “graffiti alley,” informally commissioned by none other than Principal Jim Power. He approached art teacher David Holt with a request for a student volunteer to beautify the provisional back wall of the Bernick Family Foyer while its new atrium is under construction.

“I love photography; I’m less so a painter,” says IB2 student Austen McMurchy. His wonderful creation taps into UCC Archives’ digital collection of College Times images, dating back to 1894. (McMurchy is also this year’s co-head of College Times, Canada’s oldest student publication, started in 1857.)

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UCC wins first “Battle of the Blues” over St. Mike’s



If blue is your colour and football is your game, the University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium should have been your destination on Oct. 23.

The Upper Canada College Blues squared off against the St. Michael’s College School Kerry Blues at the home of U of T’s Varsity Blues in the inaugural “Battle of the Blues” varsity football showdown, and UCC emerged with a 35-17 victory.

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More Headlines from UCC

Quantity and quality for UCC at McGill debating tournament

UCC student Reid Humphrey is Leaside’s athlete of the year

We Scare Hunger drive aids Daily Bread Food Bank

Form 3 boys embark on “water walk”