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
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
“This is the first event that we held at Western,” Kiddie
added. “You can learn more about us by visiting our website,
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
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.
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
“We made our point,” said Nancy White, director
of media relations at York, when asked why the suspension was
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
“We sent warning letters to both clubs to remind them
of their responsibilities,” she explained.