Children getting raw deal
A recent study carried out by Western researchers attempts to explain the dramatic
increase in the number of children under the care of the Children's Aid Society
in recent years.
The survey, by Alan Leschied, Paul Whitehead, Debbie Chiodo and Dermot Hurley,
indicated there was a 70 per cent increase in the number of children in CAS
care between 1995 and 2001. According to the report, there are 850 children
under the care of CAS. Furthermore there is a trend indicating the number of
children being placed under the care of the CAS is only going to increase with
"We do not know the exact cause of the increase [in cases reported to CAS].
There are definitely more referrals to CAS which doesn't necessarily indicate
that more children are being abused," Whitehead, a Western sociology professor,
Although the exact reason for the increase is not known, some of the more
common causes for children being placed under CAS's care are bad mental health
among the children or depression among parents, Whitehead explained.
Parking blows? Tell the USC about it
Parking at Western: some love it, others loath and despise it, but now people
can talk about how they really feel about it.
On Tue., Oct. 28, a parking discussion forum will be held in the University
Community Centre atrium at 11:30 a.m., said University Students' Council President
"People can come and discuss their concerns about the parking," Yeoman said,
adding thoughts, complaints, recommendations and even compliments are welcome.
Yeoman will be present along with several student representatives who sit
on the UWO committee on parking and traffic - the representatives will bring
the concerns and considerations from the open forum to the committee's budget
meeting on Oct. 30 in order to take the issue into consideration before the
budget is submitted.
"I just want opinions," Yeoman asserted.
Did somebody say pumpkin?
The United Way's campaign will be heading to your residences, climbing stairs
and stuffing faces with pumpkin this year.
During the month of October and early November, the United Way will continue
to host an array of fundraising events. "The student goal this year is $8,000,
but I think we can raise more than that," said Matt Huether, USC's VP Student
Affairs at Western.
The United Way will be going to individual residences conducting fun challenges
during the next week. Also, the United Way stair climb to the top of London
Place will be held on Nov. 6, when teams of four will collect pledges, climb
London Place, then go to a celebratory party, Huether said.
The campaign's highlight event will be Pumpkin Fest, Huether said, adding, "it
should involve pumpkin eating and pumpkin tossing!" The fest will be on Thu.,
Nov. 30 at the University Community Centre, he explained, adding any questions
or concerns can be e-mailed to the United Way Commissioner Melissa Wall at
- Roa Abdel-Gawad
Wanna strut your stuff?
Are you pretty? Are you good at making up pretty dances? Then go to the pretty
third floor of the University Community Centre and audition for the Canadian
Asian International Students' Association annual fashion show.
"We are holding tryouts for models and choreographers for the annual fashion
show that will be held in March," said Isaac Ling, media and promotions manager
for the fashion show. "Anybody and everybody that wants to model or be a choreographer
The try-outs will take place in council chambers, Rm. 315 of the UCC on Monday
from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m.,
The show itself will benefit the London Children's Hospital of Western Ontario,
he said, adding CAISA has supported the charity for the past three years.
Last year the fashion show, which was held in Centennial Hall, drew an audience
of about 1,000 people, Ling said. This year, the Indian Students' Association
may be involved , he added.