Greenpeace to the USC: don’t spray-paint snow
By Marshall Bellamy
GENUINE CAMPAIGNING, OR POLLUTION? Fears of pollution abound
as prospective student politicos dirty the environment
in their unquenchable thirst for political power.
Some University Students’ Council candidates have been
spray-painting the snow with their names, something that does
not sit well in the stomachs of people who hate burning holes
in the ozone layer, like saving whales and are against clubbing
The USC chief returning officer, James Guttman, said the issue
of candidates spray painting snow on campus would be a concern
for Western’s physical plant department.
“We have not been approached by people that I am aware
of,” said Dave Riddell, associate VP-physical plant and
capital services, adding the candidates should be using non-toxic
paints to advertise.
“We’re not big on allowing any external advertising
here; we have a beautiful campus,” Riddell noted, indicating
a need to find a balance between supporting student activities,
such as USC elections, and maintaining a reasonable level of
advertising on campus.
He also stated he would be bringing his concerns with the
snow painting on campus to the CRO.
Presidential hopeful Patrick Harris admitted he does not know
if his campaign team was using toxic spray paints, but would
be looking into the matter. “If our campaign is using
it, then we’ll get rid of it.”
“We’ve got a beautiful campus here at Western.
I’m not going to deface it, even temporarily, as the
snow will melt,” explained presidential candidate Steve
Learmonth. “I hope they’re being responsible about
it both environmentally and the look of the campus.”
“What I’m trying to do is run an environmentally
friendly campaign,” said USC presidential candidate Dave
Molenhuis, noting he was not using any spray-paints to put
his name on snow banks or littering the campus by excessively
distributing flyers .
“I, like the other candidates, did partake in spray-painting
activities,” said Kathy Robineau, one of the presidential
contenders. “I’m pretty sure it’s non-toxic.
I’m a pretty environmental person.”
“I have spray-painted on the snow, but it was non-toxic — but
I’ll be removing it at the end of the campaign,” noted
presidential candidate Nick Staubitz, citing the need for candidates
to be careful with toxic paints. “It’s one of my
“If you want to run for student president, you want
to show you’re concerned with broader issues,” said
Andrew Male, communications co-ordinator for Greenpeace, adding
the issue also demonstrate society’s understanding of
environmental issues. “Why would you need to spray-paint