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Cars + Mary Jane = NDP
What do clean cars and green grass have in common? The New Democratic Party loves them both, right along with utopia.

The UWO NDP has organized a public forum on environmental politics entitled “Cleaner Cars and Cannabis” today in the University Community Centre.

“It is a political awareness event focusing on environmental politics,” said Mike Mlynarczyk, policy chairman of UWO NDP.

“There are two themes, both dealing with progressive environmental public policy,” he explained. “One calls for the implementation of an alternative fuel car plan for Canada — the other calls for a legalization of adult marijuana use.”

Marc Emery, the president of the Marijuana Party, will speak on a rule-based approach to adult marijuana use, and Irene Mathyssen, a former NDP member of provincial parliament, will speak about the reasons for cleaner cars, Mlynarczyk noted.

“The Green Car Strategy is a new NDP policy that calls on Canada to invest in the production of alternative fuel vehicles, much like California and many other jurisdictions [that] are already doing [it],” he said, adding the strategy relates to everyone because if implemented it will cut greenhouse gas emissions by one third.

—Salina Kam

New Western-born nursing journal
The International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship was launched yesterday as the first electronic, Canadian-based international nursing journal focused on nursing education.

Co-founded by Western nursing professors Mary-Anne Andrusyszyn, Carroll Iwasiw and Dolly Goldenberg, and developed through Berkeley Electronic Press, the site contains peer-reviewed articles on topics and issues related to nursing education.

“[The launching of the journal] profiles the university and showcases the calibre of the faculty at Western,” Andrusyszyn said.

“[The new journal will be a] huge contribution to nursing knowledge development,” she said, adding that in terms of nursing students, “articles will meet learning needs and help to inspire.”

While educators, nurses in clinical areas and students in nursing programs will be the main visitors to the site, many of the topics covered can be applied to other fields.

Andrusyszyn confirmed that one of the goals of the journal will be to decrease publishing time and guarantee quick review of submitted articles.

“We’re looking for international readership and international authorship,” Iwasiw said.

The journal will include expository and research articles, as well as everything from administration to graduation, she noted.

The journal can be found online at

—Samantha Robinson



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