Volume 96, Issue 69
Friday, January 31, 2003

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Privatization, schmivatization

In preparation for an upcoming provincial election, Londoners got a taste of what the left has to offer yesterday.

Howard Hampton, provincial leader of the New Democratic Party, attended a media forum at Argyle Arena.

"My bet is that [the Liberals] will probably call an election in early April," Hampton said, adding an election should be called now to allow the people of Ontario to make decisions on important issues, such as the privatization of government industry and services.

"Environmentally, [economically] – just in terms of people's pocketbooks – we should not be privatizing," Hampton said.

Hampton said the NDP want to create a debate in which the citizens of Ontario get involved and closely examine what their electoral choices are.

"We feel good because we have taken positions and we have been consistent and clear in positions that we know the public supports," Hampton said. "The Liberals flip and flop on just about every issue."

"I look forward to this election. I think we're going to do well,"

–Jillian Van Acker



Liver toxins from the '60s

The Canadian Liver Foundation is bringing back the '60s with a night of folk music mixed with information about Hepatitis C.

Director of the Canadian Liver Foundation, Heather Moller, said the event is targeted at men and women aged 40 to 60, who experimented with intravenous drugs in their youth.

The evening will include performances by The Balladeers and Bob Cunningham of the Fernwood Trio.

The event will be hosted at the Ramada Inn on Wellington Street on Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m., she said. Tickets are free, but a $15 donation to the Canadian Liver Foundation is requested, Moller noted. Tickets are available at The Madrigal, Hysen Music and the London Branch of the Canadian Liver Foundation.

"[It will be a] fun evening to brighten your February, and a way to learn about Hep C, while eating some good food and listening to great music," Moller said.

–Dorian Mills

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