October 2, 2003  
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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 Democratic Party.

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.

-Andrew George

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 visitors.

"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.

-Eric Johanssen

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 election.

"We want to make sure students know that when they're voting, they're voting for the future of their education," Spence said.

-Catherine Cullen

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 and Arthritis]."

"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 therapy.

"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."

-Chris Heffernan



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