Congrats to bottom-feeders
The verdict is in: Western law is producing some of the best
lawyers in the country.
Western law was well-represented at the recent Sopinka Cup
criminal trial competition in Ottawa. The team placed third
overall and was the top Ontario team in the competition. Team
members included Shawn MacDonald, Kevin O’Brien and Rochard
MacDonald also won national honours as top overall advocate.
His prize was awarded by Justice Morris Fish of the Supreme
Court of Canada and consisted of a biography on the late Justice
Dickson and an invitation to speak to the American College
of Trial Lawyers in St. Louis, Missouri.
According to Doug Ferguson, the team’s coach and director
of community legal services, the Sopinka Cup began seven years
ago, but this is the first time in four or five years Western
has competed. Western competed against seven other teams from
across the country after gaining entry as a wildcard.
“It’s a real feather in our hat,” Ferguson
said. “It shows that we have a good practical program
in litigation. It helps students who are interested in litigation
as a career path, and prepares them for the real world.”
Drop out and go to school
The University of Guelph’s Central Student Association
executive is offering free courses for all.
The CSA Free School opened last week and offers a unique opportunity
for workers, students and members of the community to attend
or even teach a course free of charge, said CSA external affairs
commissioner Luke Weiler. “It was a project that last
year’s executive wanted to go through with, and is modelled
loosely on the Anarchist Free School in Toronto,” Weiler
The school offers an interesting array of courses, including
web design, media literacy and birdwatching, he confirmed. “Anyone
can submit a course proposal form, and it is looked over by
the collective to ensure that it meets the CSA’s anti-oppression
mandate,” he added.
“The budget is low-scale since all the work is volunteer-based,
and teachers are encouraged to teach out of public spaces.
Money for posters and equipment is put up by the CSA executive,” Weiler
Visit www.csa.uoguelph.ca/freeschool for more information.
Liberals pat each other on the back
Surprise, surprise — Joe Fontana, Liberal member of Parliament
for London North Centre, is pleased with the federal budget
“He’s happy with the budget,” said Fontana’s
executive assistant Chantal Gobeil. “He’s really,
really happy with the science and technology part,” she
added, referring to the $50 million earmarked for the commercialization
of research. “It’s a little bit of a vision thing.”
According to Gobeil, the funds will allow small businesses
to find better ways to commercialize their research into viable
products for the market.
She also noted that Fontana was pleased with the funding promised
to post-secondary education, such as the Canadian Learning
Bond, and funding to allow disabled students to attend post-secondary
schools. “It’s building foundations,” she
“Hi everybody!” Doctors
At Western’s Convocation this June, eight people will
be receiving honorary degrees.
On Tuesday, June 8, at 10 a.m., distinguished actor Christopher
Plummer will be receiving a doctor of laws, and at 3:30 p.m.,
Canadian entrepreneur Allen Zeman will receive a doctor of
Western grad and expert on semiconductors and superconductors
Robert Dynes will receive a doctor of laws at 10 a.m. on Wednesday,
June 9. Margaret Visser, a best-selling author, will receive
a doctor of letters at 3:30 p.m..
Hayden White, a presidential professor emeritus of history
of consciousness and professor of comparative literature, will
receive a doctor of letters at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 10,
and at 3:30 p.m., the president and CEO of the Canada Foundation
for Innovation, David Strangeway, will receive a doctor of
Friday’s ceremony at 10 a.m. will give a doctor of laws
to William Peel, former chair of Western’s Board of Governors.
Richard Pound, the president of the World Anti-Doping Agency
will — yup, you guessed it — receive a doctor of
laws at 3”30 p.m..