October 24 , 2003  
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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 time.

"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, said.

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.

-Taha Suria

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 Paul Yeoman.

"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.

-Marshall Bellamy

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 usc.united.way@uwo.ca.

- 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 is welcome."

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., Ling explained.

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.

-Laura Katsirdakis




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