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Today's top news stories for March 18, 2008.

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Come on baby, who lit that fire?
St. Patrick’s Day partygoers weren’t the only ones smokin’ this weekend.

As students were waking up with headaches across campus last Sunday, Western’s Talbot College was on fire.

Around 5:30 p.m., a cooler in the Encore Café malfunctioned and overheated, causing a fire. Elgin Austen, director of Campus Community Police Service, said the fire was accidental and there were no injuries.

“[There was] quite a lot of damage,” Austen said. The repairs could cost up to $100,000.

Officials said the cafeteria will be closed while repairs are being made, but no damage to any classrooms was reported.
"Jaela Bernstien

Being tax-savvy is not just for nerdlingers
Are you a student who thinks taxes is a state on the Mexican border?

According to Cleo Hamel, a senior tax analyst with H&R Block, many students feel doing their taxes is not necessary and do not understand the advantages. She explained there are benefits for students with a very low income or even no income at all.

“The most important thing is to be informed today, so you can use the information to plan your future,” Hamel said.

Students are entitled to an education amount, which includes credits for tuition and textbooks. Textbook credits are not based on what you actually spend on textbooks, so receipts are not necessary.

Hamel suggested carrying credits forward and using them after graduation, which helps students adjust to the culture shock of being out of school and having a full-time job.

To prepare for tax season, she reminded students to hold on to tuition receipts, T4 slips and other documentation in order to register with the Canada Revenue Agency by April 30, 2008.

H&R Block has also launched the Calculatron Facebook application. Users can enter basic personal information about income and current schooling costs, then use it to make an estimation of the refund or balance owing.

Hamel explained The Calculatron is intended to both raise awareness about tax refund eligibility and also remove the negative stigma associated with taxes.
"Hannah Faye Rosen

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