Volume 96, Issue 79
Wednesday February 19, 2003
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LAST UPDATED: Wednesday February 19, 2003 - 12:00 p.m.

SmartVote sends message to politicians

As part of the SmartVote campaign, 4,928 letters from Western students were sent to Queen's Park yesterday, to highlight the importance of post-secondary education as an issue in the upcoming provincial election.

"[The letters are meant] to send a message to the government saying that we're watching and we want to see education as a priority," said Dave Ford, governmental affairs commissioner for the University Students' Council. The letter-writing campaign began last October, he added.



Smoking finally banned

Smoking will soon be illegal in London's bars, according to London's City Council, who voted Monday night 12-7 in favour of enacting the new bylaw.



Budget features educational goodies

For the sixth year in a row, Canada's federal government has produced a balanced budget, which features a $14 billion increase in spending on a wide-variety of public services, including a large increase towards post-secondary education.


TAs talkin' tough at UBC

The teaching assistants at the University of British Columbia are ready to rumble.

The picket signs came out last Thursday at UBC, as approximately 200 to 300 members of the teaching assistant union – Canadian Union of Public Employees local 2278 – came out in organized strike action.



Funding to aid abuse victims

A London cultural centre is seeing green, after receiving provincial funding to assist the victims of domestic abuse.

On Monday, the London Across Languages Centre received $209,891 from the Ministry of Citizenship, in a presentation made by Dianne Cunningham, the London North-Centre member of provincial parliament.

 


Local activist to run for NDP

Fuelled by a desire to increase democratic participation, a London social activist has her sights set on the provincial New Democratic Party candidate nomination for the riding of London North Centre.

Julie Glaser, founder and co-ordinator of Western's Youth Anti-Violence Education Project and spokesperson for the London Homeless Coalition, said her campaign platform is geared towards "Revolutionizing democracy," stressing democracy must be revolutionized as much as it should evolve.




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