95, Issue 1
Thursday, May 24, 2001
The recent Ontario budget:
The Good: Harris' Tories are planning to invest $1.8 billion -- the largest investment in 30 years Ñ to meet the demands placed on post-secondary instutions by the looming double cohort.
The Bad: The money is not targeted at any specific area. The province has the cash, but is not making any promises on where it will be spent.
The Ugly: The province has thrown out so many numbers as to how the
investment will be divided up that it takes a PhD in accounting just to
figure out what they're talking about.
The meningitis vaccination clinics:
The Good: The London Middlesex Health unit has so far met 3/4 of its target goal for number of vaccinations given to the general public.
The Bad: The most recent case of meningococcal disease has struck a ten-year-old boy. While vaccinations are well underway, this is clearly a sign the disease remains a threat to the community at large.
The Ugly: The disease itself can be potentially fatal.
The Student Code of Conduct:
The Good: Before the guidelines concerning behaviour were shady -- now, they are codified and can be consulted by any member of the Western community. Students can now hang their hats on a solid set of rules.
The Bad: Western students can now be punished for their incorrigible
behaviour off-campus. Remember to wear a Fanshawe sweater when engaging
The Medical Education Task Force on Tuition and Accessibility:
The Good: Medical tuition in 1997 was roughly $4,800.
The Bad: In 2002, tuition will skyrocket to a painful $14,000.
The Ugly: Competition has become heated between Ivey and the Medical
school on campus to see which school can gouge more money out of students'
The Free Trade Agreement of the Americas:
The Good: There has been increased activism and awareness about the negative externalities of globilization and free trade.
The Bad: Small-scale violence rocked parts of Quebec City as radical protesters and police clashed in the streets.
The Ugly: Our reporters forgot to pack gas masks.
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