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thursday, september 13th, 2012
www.theontarion.com
T Uv f G’ I S N
 
FEATURES
3
NIGHT
LIFE
8
 
CRAIG
CARDIFF
14 
MEN’S
SOCCER
CONTENTS
A & CS & HLfOECCfiC Lg
614182021232323
U of G staff and students break own world record
World Hunger eventconsidered a success
emma wilson
O S. 8, v  Uv f 
Guelph students, staff, and mem-
bers of the Guelph community came
g   F H  -
bat world hunger, and surpassedlast year’s world record of 159,840emergency relief meals packed in
 .
Tis year, over 300,000 emergency
relief meals were prepared in just 60
minutes to be sent to the drought-ridden country of Mauritania. Teevent, organized by University of Guelph graduate Gavin Armstrong,
increased awareness of the extreme
v  g   -   g v .Ag   W F P-
gramme, Mauritania is seriouslyaffected by food insecurity due to
 fi f    .
About 25 per cent of householdsare currently experiencing foodinsecurity, and the situation con-
  .
Mauritania is also one of the world’sleast developed food-deficit countries,
and imports 70 per cent of its totalfood consumption needs. A recentdecrease in the country’s purchas-
ing power has weakened its ability to
    .
Armstrong witnessed extremehunger while working in refugeecamps in East Africa several years
g. U  ,  g Uv f G    fiC Uv  j Uv-
sities Fighting World Hunger, andorganized Guelph’s record-break-
g v.
Armstrong addressed some of the impediments to solving world
g.
“People think the problem is toobig,” said Armstrong. “Tere are
two billion people starving, and 2500
    f g.”
As the event demonstrated, small
actions can make a big difference.Donating just an hour of time can
make a positive difference in the lives
f  f .Uv f G  C-
rie Baldwin noted, “oday’s eventshows us what we need to solve
world hunger. We need people com-
ing out and working together. I thinkthe nature of this event being a worldrecord is sort of the icing on the cake.”
Community member Sue Broder-
k   .
“Wouldn’t this be something if we
did it every month! Half the world
  f,” Bk .
Another difficulty in fightingworld hunger noted by Armstrongis donor fatigue. Donors may have just supported one major drought
   .I     g -
lief initiatives as a band-aid solution
to structural inequalities, politi-cal instability, and other systemic
.
However, hunger is in itself a fun-
damental barrier to solutions that
   g-  
the self-sufficiency of countrieslike Mauritania. Hunger debilitates
   . F x,
according to Canadian charity ON-
EXONE, g gv  v  gv v-
opment of children, and leads to
g  f z.G   g  -
volved in finding solutions to hunger
through initiatives such as the Bet-ter Planet Project, Meal Exchange,and the Guelph Food Bank. TisHallowe’en, Meal Exchange is or-ganizing “rick or Eat,” in whichstudents go door-to-door collect-
g  f   f k.
“Tere are twobillion peoplestarving, and2500 peopledie a dayof hunger.”
–GavinArmstrong 
A team of Peer Helpers works together at the World HungerEvent on Sept. 8 to pack meals for the poverty-stricken region ofMauritania.
DENISE GANDHI
 
Global to Local:
U of G studentsand staff oninternational news
alicja grzadkowska
T  
Te Ontarion 
,   u  ff f u u f      u      . Bu f  f  f   ,    f   u   uv-,    ffi u   f  x  “uv u,”   fi    -  u. T , , “Hv u  f-  v uu A ? D u ,    ?”
Anonymous Student:
I ’ ,   . I ,’   u,  v   f …T’ f v ’ . I  uC;  v .
Saman Asif:
I  u I’v  C,  A, . I u u u I  ’   uu I   uC.
Te Ontarion:
S, f u u A   v   u   ,  u u   -  u  ff?
SA:
N, u I’  ,’   I’ u  ff uI ’ . I’  , Iu u   u. I ’  ,    f-  fi u  f [ v], u I   .
Student:
S   .If ’  [ ], ’   ’    uu u u U.S.  v   C,  I’   , u I’ .
Tanks to the students who participated in this week’sinterview. If you have an inter-national news story that you want to see here, or if you want to be interviewed for the next issue, contact the News Editor at onnews@uoguelph.ca.
Guelph’s Task Force starts in full force
Initiative aims toprotect students whilethey enjoy Guelph’s barscene
michael long
Students who ventured downtown
Tursday, Friday or Saturday night
during the first week of class en-countered several new initiatives
   f  u-
rity for pedestrians and businesses
u  u u.Gu’ D L N
ask Force, an organization chaired
by the Downtown Guelph Busi-
ness Association and responsible for
the implementation of these initia-tives, began a new “Safe Semester”
    fi 
of September. Te initiative is ex-
   u S. 30. Af
this time, the throngs of people will
presumably become smaller and
 .
Te most obvious initiative oc-
u   u f 11 ..
and 4 a.m. when a greater partof the Macdonell and Wyndham
S    ff v,     -
ricades responsible for cordoning
ff  .
Additionally, a taxi stand ap-
pears on the corner of Wyndham
Street and Cork Street with another
   f W S
and Fountain Street. Also, porta-
ble washrooms are placed near theVIA Rail station and the Macdonell
S  .
Given that the entire intersec-tion was blocked off to vehicles
during these hours last weekend,
cars that had parked prior to these
hours without noticing the new
  v  “u ”
to a nearby parking lot. No parking
  u   .
However, the sight of a fleet of tow
trucks transporting these unsus-
pecting cars was indeed an unusual
.
“I was really worried about my
 ,”   fu  u-
dent who had her vehicle towed
 v   f. S
wishes to remain anonymous butadded that the process of retriev-
    v .
Notwithstanding the rela-
v  f   
some diffi culties removing parked
cars, the municipality is call-ing the program a success. And,
given the large number of inter-
ests involved in the ask Force,
including the Guelph Police Ser-
vice, the university, the city’s
by-law compliance and enforce-ment, the Downtown Residents’Neighbourhood Association, sev-
eral downtown businesses, public
works, downtown renewal, andtransit departments, the project
has more than enough weight and
resources behind it to be called
 .
“We’re hoping the changes in
ffi  fl  v 
and increase safety for people walk-
  v ,” A MIv, Gu’ ffi
and parking manager. “We want
v    qu 
safely at the end of the night.”
S u, v, f    .
“We can manage that on our own,”
  Su  v.
Ontario farmers refuse to repay
Drought-hit farmersare hit once again bydebt from nine yearsago
dean way
In April 2012, farmers across Ontar-
      
was given to them almost nine years
ago during the mad cow disease cri-ses. Agriculture insurance companyAgricrop is demanding that farmers
repay as much as $100,000. Farmers
are saying that this is the first notice
 v v u 
the money since they were given
the money between 2003 and 2005.
Jack MacLaren, an MPP for Ontar-
io’s Progressive Conservative party,
and a farmer who also received a
letter from Agricrop, has decided
to rally Ontario farmers affected by
 u,  f A  O v  ’   .“N    ’ - f   ,  
that the government’s broke and is
looking for a way to get some moneyback,” said a member of MacLaren’s
offi ce. “We’re making a list of the
f   u u , 
we’re all just saying, ‘We’re not
 .’”
For many of them, refusing to
      f -
ple, but is also a necessity. Tis yearhas been one of the worst droughtsin recorded history for Ontario and
paying back all of the money now
 ’  .T       ’
legal for Agricrop to ask for these
farmers to repay debt that has been
v f  .
In an interview on CKNX radio,
Jack MacLaren was asked wheth-
  u v   f’
responsibility to know when and
if they would be asked to give the
 .
“Tere is a statute of limitations
in Ontario that only gives business-
      ,”
said MacLaren. Beyond that time-
frame, debtor’s are restricted from
 .
For many farmers, it has not been
     u - f  . I u 
that they may not be legally required
   .F   u f  fML   f  f-
ers is refusing to pay, and petitioning
 v   ff  .
Agricrop has stated that if monies
aren’t repaid by Jan. 2013, inter-
    uu  u .
Te Nightlife ask Force closed down streets, organizing taxi stands, and provided portable washroomsfor club-goers this weekend.
VANESSA IGNANELLI
Te worst droughts in Ontario since the Depression have madethe work of farmers more diffi cult, without the added stress of thegovernment demanding the repayment of debts.
BER KAUFMANN
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