Volume 94, Issue 58
Friday, January 5, 2001
Reports of a riot during New Year's Eve celebrations in the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia remain contradictory, according to local officials.
Whistler Royal Canadian Mounted Police staff sergeant, Hilton Haider, confirmed 106 individuals were taken into custody Jan. 1 but said all patrons were released the day after and only a handful of charges were laid.
"The events were nowhere near a riot. There was one window broken and one tree damaged. For eight to nine thousand people partying in a small village, that's nothing out of the ordinary," he said.
Haider said there were 114 RCMP officers on duty that night and added the Whistler village has an advertised zero tolerance policy.
Doug Nicholson, an assistant bar manager at Buffalo Bill's in the Whistler village, said he was also working that night and saw no unusual problems.
"The policing was pretty tight they fenced off the village, there were roadblocks on both sides and liquor checks for every car coming into the village."
The two-month-old strike at York University may finally be nearing an end as striking union members, including teaching assistants graduate assistants and contract faculty, vote today on whether to accept the university's latest offer.
According to announcements posted on the York Web site by university president Lorna R. Marsden, administration had requested this latest offer be taken to the full membership of the Canadian Union of Public Employees 3903 by the union executive. The union executive failed to do this, she said and therefore the university approached the Ontario Ministry of Labour to intervene.
Gerry Meadows, a senior policy advisor for the Ministry, said under section 42 of the Labour Relations Act, employers may ask the Ministry to hold a supervised vote once during each round of bargaining
The Ministry supervises the vote and will be counting the ballots as soon as voting ends at 5 p.m. today.
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