September 25, 2003  
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Viva la revolucion!

Ontario education has been accused of lagging behind that of other provinces could a recently formed student coalition help bridge the gap?

In the past week, the College Students' Alliance and its long time partner, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance have teamed up with the Ontario Student Trustee Association to form an education coalition to put pressure on the provincial government.

President of the CSA, Valerie Rothlin, said student loans in Ontario are one of the coalition's primary concerns. She stated the Ontario Student Assistance Program and its eligibility requirements are outdated. "[OSAP is] light years behind that of other Canadian provinces."

Although the coalition is non-partisan, Rothlin encouraged students to investigate which party best addresses their needs, especially concerning education. She also stressed the importance of voting in the upcoming provincial election.

Alex McMurray

Dirty water at Fanshawe Golf Course

Chloroform bacteria found in water has forced officials to reconsider the possibility of allowing people to drink it.

"Yesterday we [issued] a boil water advisory because of high levels of chloroform," said George Blair, manager of environmental health at the Middlesex-London Health Unit, adding the alert is isolated at the Fanshawe Golf Course. According to Blair, two tests of well water from Fanshawe revealed chloroform bacteria was present in the water supply, but there was no evidence of its becoming E. coli.

"When you have E. coli you have a problem; [with] chloroform bacteria, you could have a problem," he added.

Blair pointed out the water in the well was not contaminated, but rather the water coming out of the taps was contaminated, meaning the distribution system at the course is the source of the contamination.

"This has nothing to do with city water," Blair stated, adding the well exclusively serves the golf course and is not connected with the city system.

Marshall Bellamy

More bling, same low ranking

Actuarial science and business students will be able to indefinitely postpone treasure hunts designed to help fund their education following a recent donation by Manulife Financial.

Last week, the Canadian international financial services provider announced it was making a donation of $200,000 to Western students.

Half of the donation is earmarked for actuarial science students and will be endowed, meaning two scholarships will be established for students in that department and offered in perpetuity. The other $100,000 is an expendable gift to fund new scholarships for international master of business administration students at the Richard Ivey School of Business and executive MBA students at Ivey's Hong Kong campus, according to an Ivey press release.

Kevin Goldthorp, Western's associate VP-development, said Manulife Financial has a long history of philanthropy at Western. "[The selected students] match two areas of very important recruiting for international business talent sought by Manulife," he said.

"The donation recognizes Western's actuarial science program as one of the best in the country," Goldthorp noted.

Jonathan Yazer

The issues, the leaders, the spin

Do you have any idea who to vote for next week? Are you curious about the issues surrounding the provincial election?

The King's University College political science club will be hosting a panel to discuss election issues on Mon., Sep. 29, said Ramiz Shlah, president of the club.

"The panel will feature some very distinguished speakers," Shlah said. Speakers will include Sid Noel, former chair of Western's political science department and Graham Murray, chief founder of the G. P. Murray Research Institute and driving force behind the Inside Queen's Park newsletter, Shlah explained.

"It will be an open forum," Shlah said, adding each speaker will address a specific aspect of the election. Portions of this past Tuesday's televised leader's debate will be analyzed and questions will be answered from the audience.

"Everyone is welcome to come," Shlah said. The panel will take place in Labatt Hall Rm. LH105C at 7 p.m. and admission is free.

Laura Katsirdakis



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