April 6, 2004  
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Social issues come to Western
The Canadian Unity Council’s Centre for Research and Information on Canada has organized a speaker series at Western, which begins today at 2 p.m. in the McKellar Room in the University Community Centre.

The first dialogue series is aimed at helping Canadians share their feelings about the country and the issues that affect them, and will be followed by John Tory, CEO of Rogers Cable and former Toronto mayoral candidate. Tory will talk about politics and public service, and why it is important for youth to get involved.

“This series is [designed] to provide young people some information about Canadian issues. Youngsters are encouraged to learn from Mr. Tory. He will tell people how to get involved in order to become a better person,” said Michelle Kiddie, a special assistant for CUC.

“CRIC deals with research and polling, and works on issues such as multiculturalism and a variety of [other] things. If CUC is the umbrella, then CRIC is the stem of the umbrella,” she said.

“This is the first event that we held at Western,” Kiddie added. “You can learn more about us by visiting our website, www.ccu-cuc.ca.”

Guy who builds toasters to talk
T.E. Gillespie, the CEO of General Electric Canada, will be coming to Western this week to speak to faculty and students about the ground-breaking new technologies his company is developing, such as a new and improved egg-beater.

“This is the chance to listen to and interact with someone who is directing the development of technologies that will affect our lives and that of our children well into the 21st century,” said Cedric Briens, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Western, and the co-ordinator of the speakers series.

According to Briens, the three main themes of Gillespie’s lecture will include how GE is making its products stronger, lighter and more energy-efficient by using nanotechnology research, describing GE’s major new energy products, and finally, looking at the company’s research programs for hydrogen, photovoltaic and fuel cell research.

As part of the distinguished lecturer series set up by the engineering faculty, Gillespie will give his speech tomorrow in the Structural Engineering Building, Rm. 1059.

—Salina Kam

York clubs un-suspended, crying of sore wrists
Like a parent exacting discipline on two rowdy children, York University administration’s suspension of Hillel and Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights was lifted after two weeks.

“We made our point,” said Nancy White, director of media relations at York, when asked why the suspension was lifted.

The two groups were suspended on Mar. 24 after they clashed during a protest/counter-protest inside Veri Hall. Demonstrations are not allowed inside the hall, and when SPHR began to set up an event inside, Hillel moved from their outdoor protest and formed an indoor counter-protest against them.

White had no comment about the investigation that administration launched on the clubs, but added “we are continuing the investigation.

“We sent warning letters to both clubs to remind them of their responsibilities,” she explained.

—Laura Katsirdakis

 

 

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