Volume 95, Issue 50

Thursday, November 29, 2001
 
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NEWS

Study targets AIDS infection

Geeks get organized

Afghan refugee horror

Less housing available in London

Profs: complication clouds cloning

Study: 7.3 per cent drink and drive

New hate crime office to open in London

News Briefs

News Briefs

Smoking bylaw put on hold

London's city council is demanding a review of the city's hazy smoking bylaws.

In 1995, the city council introduced a smoking bylaw that was to ban smoking in all restaurants, though bars were exempt from the law.

Effective Jan.1, 2002, the bylaw allows for conflicting interpretations and is difficult to apply to restaurants and bars coexisting under one establishment said Sandy Levin, a Ward 1 city councillor.

"The bylaw doesn't do a good job of [defining] where smoking would be allowed and where it would not be allowed," he said.

The bylaw will now be reviewed after six months.

"The mediator will sit down and define what is a bar and what is a restaurant," he added.

Levin said he hopes the decision of the mediators will clear up confusion in the bylaw. The clarification will ideally allow people a smoke free environment in restaurants, forcing those who do smoke, or prefer to tolerate smoke, to go to bars, he said.

–Uroos Rizvi



Toys for kids in need

The second annual UWO Red Cross Society Toy Drive is underway in the University Community Centre atrium this week.

Money raised by this year's drive will be used to buy toys for underprivileged kids in the London community, said Clela King, UWO Red Cross Society president. The toys will be distributed at local community centres.

Last year, the society was able to raise $1,700 thanks to many student and community donations and, this year they hope to meet, if not exceed that goal, King said.

The Toy Drive, which started Monday, will continue until the end of the week and next week the society will be offering a bake sale on Monday and Tuesday.

"The society is always looking for more 'committed' students to join and help out," King added.

Anyone interested in donating or helping out should stop by the atrium or contact Clela King at uwo_red_cross_society@hotmail.com.

–Chris Webden



A beary good cause

If you've ever wanted to own a pet bear that won't bite you, this is your chance.

A Western club is selling panda bears and polar bears for adoption this week in the University Community Centre atrium. The money will go towards conserving the habitat of endangered species through the World Wildlife Fund, said Anne Swift, co-president of the Green Team.

It costs $25 to adopt a single bear, $50 to adopt a mother and cub and $100 for a family, she said. The price includes a certificate, photo and fact sheet.

"The benefit and uniqueness is that you can give this for a holiday gift – for the animal lover on your list," she said.

The Green Team will be in the atrium until Friday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Interested students can visit www.wwf.org or e-mail uwogreenteam@hotmail.com for more information.



BOG gets strategicWestern's new Strategic Plan is now in place and aims to ensure the success of the university in future years.

The plan, which was passed at a Board of Governors meeting on Nov. 22, focuses on the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff and students, said Western president Paul Davenport.

Increased alumni interaction is also a key goal the plan will address, he said. "It is those four groups of people that will determine the success of Western within the coming decade," he said.

Four strategic issues to be addressed in coming years through the plan are Western's size, information technology, institutional advancement and collaborative activities, including interdisciplinary collaboration with other universities and the private sector, Davenport said.

Proper direction and management in these four areas is essential to the ultimate goal of retaining and recruiting, he said.

"Effective collaboration is essential for realizing the plan's goals," he said.

–Erin Conway-Smith



Corrections

Big Sugar will be playing Monopoly this Friday evening.

Incorrect information appeared in the Tuesday, Nov. 27 issue of The Gazette.



CHRW 94.7 FM has a collection of 30,000 records, not 3,000 as specified in the story "CHRW forgoes hygiene for cash" in the Nov. 27 issue of The Gazette.

Ooooh... we're sooo impressed.




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