Volume 96, Issue 10
Friday September 13, 2002

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News Briefs

Walking for a good cause

The Parkinson Society of Canada is holding their International Superwalk for Parkinson's in Springbank Park on Sunday, Sept. 29.

"The walk is getting bigger and better every year," said Andres Motuzas, coordinator of special events for the Parkinson Society of Canada in southwestern Ontario.

Motuzas said there will be several local singers and bands playing before and after the walk. Star 102.3FM will also be present to provide music throughout the event, he added.

Motuzas said there will be a free picnic and plenty of fun for children, adding families are encouraged to come out to the walk.

For every $50 of pledges raised, participants will be entered in a draw for a chance to win a Fiesta Dynasty outdoor barbecue, Motuzas said.

Registration for the walk begins at 12 p.m. on Sept. 29 and all proceeds from the pledges will help support research and services for people affected by Parkinson's.

–Marshall Bellamy

Encino Man comin to Western

Although winter is two months away, you can get your fill of ice this October right here on campus.

On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the geography department will be presenting Graeme Magor, a veteran in Arctic expeditions, to speak about the year he spent locked in ice in the Canadian High Arctic.

"It's a public interest lecture series," said Judy Congdon, the administrative officer in the geography department.

"[It will be] an interesting rendition of his trip," she said.

The trip is Magor's way of honouring an important explorer, Otto Sverdrup, of Norway.

According to Congdon, Sverdrup was the first European to explore the Arctic west of Ellesmere Island. Magor will be describing his experience sailing from Oslo to Ellesmere Island, followed by a year locked in ice with six other people.

Magor will be appearing Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m. in Rm. SBA IR40 the Richard Ivey School of Business. Admission is free for all those wishing to attend.

–Deven Persaud

Free money! From the government?

Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has expanded its Free Tuition Program for medical students, residents and new physicians.

The Free Tuition Program allows applicants up to $40,000 ($10,000 per year) to pay for tuition and other costs, in exchange for a three or four year return-of-service term in under-serviced or under-supplied communities, said program coordinator Sue Mills.

"Final-year medical students can apply for the program," Mills said, adding students must be willing to go to under-serviced or under-supplied communities for a work period.

According to Mills, students previously had to apply before they completed residency, but the new program allows students to wait six months after graduation before deciding where they would like to work.

"With new expansions in the program, candidates are able to transfer communities, and are eligible to have maternity leave," she said.

The definition of under-serviced or under-supplied communities has also changed, according to Mills. Northern communities were only permitted previously, but with new expansions, southern locations can now also be considered by candidates for work terms.

–Derek Rhodenizer


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