Volume 93, Issue x

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


Toronto university TA strike continues

Western receives $10 M gift from city

Holiday crash claims life of student

Millennium scholarships awarded provincewide

Y2K goes off without a hitch

Western researchers prove what Bond knew all along

BAss Ackwards

Western receives $10 M gift from city

By Paul-Mark Rendon
Gazette Staff

Western's bid for a $10 million grant from the City of London succeeded over the holidays as city council overwhelmingly passed a motion to go ahead with the contribution.

The road towards the $10 million decision began last March when Western first presented its proposal to the City, according to Ted Garrard, Western's VP-external. The money will be transferred from the City's coffers in $1 million installments each year beginning in 2001, he explained.

"It took us a good eight months before this solid vote came through, so this was not a slam dunk from the beginning by any means," he said, adding the 16-1 vote in favour of the grant was made during a city council meeting last month.

Garrard explained the $10 million will be put towards new classroom facilities, an advanced technological centre and upgrades to the Medical Sciences building.

City controller Russ Monteith said in the final analysis, the council viewed giving Western the grant as strengthening London as a whole and not just the school. "For us to give a donation of money to the university is positive for keeping them as a leading university. It's positive for economic growth in this city," he explained.

Garrard said a vote to deny the grant would have left Western desperate for increased funding, especially with the looming double cohort in 2003.

Monteith said although there was some initial opposition, the council saw the grant as a mutually beneficial decision. "Certainly there were [councillors] who, for a variety of reasons, were reluctant to support giving the university money, but at the end of the day, the majority of them were won over to supporting that amount of money being given to the university."

Ward 2 councillor Joe Swan said his "no" turned into a "yes" when it became clear the money given would be highly targeted.

University Students' Council president SzeJack Tan said the decision bodes well for upcoming Western student bodies. "Basically, it shows that there's still a really good relationship between the City and the university.

"The money that they're going to contribute to us will definitely pay off for students in the long run," he said.

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