After a month on the campaign trail, the big day for Ontario's politicos has
arrived. While the outcome is still up in the air, a great many predictions
have been made.
"If the polls hold up, this should be a clear victory for
the Liberal [Party]," said Paul Barker, professor of political
science at Brescia University College. He added there has been
some speculation by his colleagues the legislature will be
divided with the Liberals at 70 seats and the Progressive Conservatives
at 25, with the handful of remaining seats going to the New
Also, Barker is optimistic about voter turnout, adding however,
dissatisfaction with the Tories and dislike of the Liberals
may lead many voters to choose "none of the above" when it
comes time to make their choice.
In terms of the province's outlook, Barker said he believes
it is always good to have a majority government.
Cultural free-for all
If you like Joan Lunden's "Behind Closed Doors," then be sure to check out
the City of London's very own version this weekend.
This Saturday and Sunday, Londoners can explore 67 historic
sites around the city - many of which are not normally open
to the public - all free of charge.
The people of London can visit cultural and historic sites
and businesses ranging from all museums, to London Life and
of course, the Labatt Brewery, said Joni Baechler, ward 2 councillor
and committee co-chair. This year's event is expected to be
even bigger than last year's, which had 37 sites and 35,000
"It's important for us to understand and know our heritage
and [be aware] of what inspired generations past, so we can
use this information to shape a better future," Baechler said.
Most sites will be open between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on both
days. For more information on the sites visit www.london.ca
or pick up a program at any of the listed locations.
Not another student lobby group...
There's a new education acronym on the block and they're hoping to get the
government to invest in your future.
The Post-Secondary Education Election Coalition is composed
of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the College
Student Alliance and the Ontario Student Trustee Association.
"The coalition's goal is to improve accessibility and the
quality of post-secondary education in Ontario," said OUSA
executive director Adam Spence.
PSEEC has sent out pledge forms to provincial political leaders,
asking them to confirm their commitment to increasing per-student
operating grants and investing in student aid, Spence added.
The coalition also encourages students to do their part by
voting for education-friendly candidates in today's provincial
"We want to make sure students know that when they're voting,
they're voting for the future of their education," Spence said.
It's a bony meeting, but it's not oatmeal!
The Canadian Institute of Health Research is holding a forum on musculoskeletal
research today in Rm. 3320 of Somerville House.
Musculoskeletal research focuses on studying and possibly
curing skeletal and muscle related diseases, ranging from arthritis
to skin conditions.
"We hope the meeting will improve communication with scientists
and the public," said Jeff Dixon, local director of the CIHR. "Interested
members of the university community can attend to obtain information
and give feedback to the [Institute of Musculoskeletal Health
"The IMHA is holding their board meetings at institutes across
the country," Dixon said. "Lots of the research which falls
under the mandate of the IMHA is carried out at Western," he
said, adding London is a major centre for joint replacement
"I think [the meeting] will help raise the profile of work
that is being done at Western," he said. "The IMHA is holding
these meetings to get feedback, from researchers and scientists,
on the best way to invest money and how to best serve the health
needs of Canadians."