06:39 AM

In the news: Where no pews is good news

The Hamilton Spectator has this front page story about the conversion of an Anglican church into a community centre in the city's North End. More than 90 Mohawk students and apprentices are putting their skills to work in renovating the former church. Brad MacDonald, coordinator of Mohawk's Building Renovation program, told the Spectator the experience is good for students, both in terms of education and citizenship. “It fits with the curriculum and it gives us a chance to give back to the community,” he says. “We can come in and make a huge difference in a week.” Students are laying tile and wood flooring, repairing water-damaged ceilings, reinforcing old oak pews and rewiring the kiln.