Volume 97, Issue 2
Thursday, May 29, 2003

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News Briefs

One big happy family

Western has been playing host to The Festival of Korean Arts since Fri., May 23, one of a number of public events intended to celebrate the University's 125th anniversary.

The Festival, organized by Western English professor Archie Young, is an exhibition of traditional Korean dance, world-renowned Korean art and award-winning Korean films.

"Recently, the University has announced a strategy for nationalization and the festival fits well with that," Young said, adding through this festival he hopes to "enrich the lives of Canadians and Canadian-Koreans" by bringing them art that is not common in Canada.

Although most of the festival's key events have already taken place, there is still an ongoing exhibit of paintings by celebrated Korean artist Hang-Ryul Park open from noon to 6 p.m. in UC room 224A. There will also be a screening of Seopyunje, a Korean film by Kwon Taek Lim, in UC room 84 at 7:30 p.m. on May 31. Kwon Taek Lim was named Best Director at the Cannes Film festival in 2002.

All of the events at The Festival of Korean Arts are free. For more information visit http://koreanartfestival.wo.to or contact professor Young at (519) 694-6329 or ayoung2@uwo.ca.

–Adam Figurski

Bill introduced, test tubes no longer needed

The hotly debated issue of stem cell research was discussed during a lecture this week.

Fran¨oise Baylis, a professor of bioethics and philosophy at Dalhousie University in Halifax, was on campus Tuesday to discuss the ethics of stem cell research in Canada.

"Canada does not have a whole series of laws... [that govern] what we do," Baylis said.

As a result, the federal government has introduced Bill C-13, the Assisted Human Reproduction Bill, she said. "[It is] a piece of legislation that is about infertility treatment. It's not about stem cell research."

However, the bill, if passed into law, would capture stem cell research as a part of it. It would apply to all research done with stem cells, both public and private, she explained. Non-compliance with the legislation would result in a fine or even prison, Baylis said.

"The bill [would also] prohibit purposely creating human embryos for research," she said. Currently in Canada, there is funding to derive and study embryos, so long as the researchers are using "spare" embryos remaining after infertility treatments.

Baylis is a co-chair of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research's Standing Committee on Ethics and has done extensive work in the policy-making area of stem cell research.

–Paolo Zinatelli


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