December 2 , 2003  
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Please sir, can I have some more?
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 prosperity.”

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 said.

Liquor servers will also see their wages rise from the current minimum of $5.95 to $6.20, he said.

—Anton Vidgen

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, Mustang style.

“There will be no charge [for the pictures],” Young said.

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.

—Laura Katsirdakis

Sing in the Christmas season
Music Western is in the Christmas spirit and wants you to be too.

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.

—Maureen Finn



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