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Attention citizens of McWorld: your McJob will soon make you
30 cents richer for every hour you slave away in the recesses
of the Golden Arches.
Ontario Labour Minister Chris Bentley announced yesterday
that the province’s minimum wage will be raised on Feb.
1, 2004 to $7.15 from $6.85, with annual increments that will
see the lowest-income workers earning $8 by 2007.
“It is time for Ontario’s lowest-paid and most
vulnerable workers to receive a fair increase in their earnings,” Bentley
said. “By delivering this positive change, we are providing
an opportunity for all to benefit from Ontario’s economic
The wage will be raised in increments to allow Ontario’s
businesses to adjust to the increase in order to compete with
their Canadian and American counterparts. “By phasing
in the Ontario’s minimum wage over four years, we can
help these workers benefit from Ontario’s economic growth
while keeping Ontario businesses competitive,” Bentley
Liquor servers will also see their wages rise from the current
minimum of $5.95 to $6.20, he said.
Deans sticking around
Who doesn’t love their friendly neighbourhood dean? If
you love deans and long terms of service for deans, this news
will make you very happy.
Carol Herbert, dean of the faculty of medicine and dentistry
since 1999, has recently been re-appointed for another six
year term from July 2004 through June 2010.
“Carol Herbert is recognized as a leader among her colleague
deans across Canada and holds a key place in the health care
and professional education complex for which London is so well-known.
Her success is conspicuous in building partnerships with other
institutions in London and throughout southwest Ontario,” said
Paul Davenport, Western’s president.
Kathleen Okruhlik was also been re-appointed to her position
as dean of the faculty of arts. Her’s will be a four
year term from July 2004 to June 2008.
“I am very pleased Kathleen Okruhlik has agreed to continue
in the critical role as dean. Her vision and dedication has
led to innovative programs and teaching and research in the
faculty of arts, which has a long tradition of leadership,
both nationally and internationally,” said Greg Moran,
VP-academic at Western.
It’s not Santa, but...
The Book Store wants to be your friend and hook you up with
a large horse-shaped animal named J.W.
“We’ve arranged for J.W., the mascot, to be in The
Book Store from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 2 and
from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3,” said
Carolyn Young, marketing co-ordinator at The Book Store.
“We are inviting students to come get their picture
taken by the tree with J.W.,” Young explained, adding
students may take pictures in singles or in groups such as
residence floors or sports teams. “This is holiday spirit,
“There will be no charge [for the pictures],” Young
The Book Store wants to be more to students than a place to
buy textbooks, she said.
Anyone who wants more information about this event can contact
Young at 661-3520 ex. 88251.
Sing in the Christmas season
Music Western is in the Christmas spirit and wants you to be
Music Western, the Early Music Studio and Thames Scholars
will perform Christmas at St. Peter’s, which consists
of music from the Baroque era, on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8 p.m.
at St. Peter’s Seminary.
“[The concerts] are a nice way to start the Christmas
holidays,” said Nikki Attwell, public affairs co-ordinator
for the Don Wright faculty of music, adding everyone is welcome
to attend Music Western’s upcoming musicals.
“The acoustics in St. Peter’s are incredibly beautiful
and it is a lovely setting for a concert,” Attwell said.
The UWO Singers and Les Choristes of Music Western will present
Carols of Our Time, a Christmas music concert, on Wednesday
Dec. 3 at noon in von Kuster Hall.
Attwell said Carols of Our Time is free to attend, however,
Christmas at St. Peter’s is charging admission — $10
for adults and $5 for students and seniors — for the
first time this year to help cover costs, adding both concerts
are very popular and usually attract a full house.