Volume 93, Issue 53

Thursday, December 2, 1999


CFS joins WTO protests in Seattle

Radioactive violations close labs

Research may take London Home

McGill library forced to cut materials


Bass Ackwards


Council decides they want to be millionaires

The University Students' Council voted unanimously yesterday in favour of wanting to be millionaires, 10 times over.

Not a single nay vote was cast against the motion calling for council to back the university's request to the city for $1 million in each of the next 10 years.

The motion was raised by USC president SzeJack Tan, who said it simply makes sense, based on the need for the money to handle the double cohort in 2003-04.

Huron College councillor Chris Sinal described the motion as "seriously cool" and "wicked for the university."

Tan defined the term "support" by asking all councillors to sign a letter prepared by VP-external Ted Garrard, which will be published as an ad in the Dec. 11 issue of the London Free Press, which explains the university's reasons for the request.

As well, he asked USC councillors to write or call city councillors and express their support in the university's initiative.

Doctors heading to the country

Ten Western medical students will head to the boonies next summer and instantly transform themselves from students to teachers.

A $100,000 award from The Change Foundation, an initiative of the Ontario Hospital Association, the London Health Sciences Centre and Western's medical department, will send 10 medical students to rural areas in southwestern Ontario.

The program is an effort to educate physicians on how to utilize computer programs and the internet, said William Sibbald, the program's principal investigator.

"Many of the physicians in rural areas got their education in the '60s and '70s and have not had experience with computers and the internet," he said.

Sibbald, who is also a professor of medicine, said the project will benefit students as they will gain invaluable experience working in rural areas. Each student in the program will be set up with two or three doctors, he added.

Michael Forbes, public affairs spokesperson with the Ontario Hospital Association, said The Change Foundation is a small committee which chooses unique health care projects to fund.

"The foundation provides funding to innovative projects in health care," he said. "Last year there was some pretty cool stuff."

Sibbald added the students and rural areas will be chosen early in the new year.

–John Intini

Christmas comes early for shoppers

A gift to the shoppers of London has come in the form of 3,000 free parking spaces throughout the city in the weeks leading up to the big day.

Parking will be free on Saturday and Sunday at lots on Talbot Street and King Street, King near Clarence Street, the southwest corner of York Street and Wellington Road and the Talbot Centre Parking at Dufferin Street and Talbot Street, said Don McCallum, chair of the Main Street Working Committee.

As well, the Galleria Mall and the Covent Garden Market parking lots which offer two hours of free parking on weekends will offer this service daily all month.

Lindsey Elwood, chair of the London Downtown Business Associations, said the free parking would allow the stores a greater chance to compete.

–Adam Booth

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