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February 14th 2013

February 14th 2013

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Published by The Ontarion
The Ontarion February 14th 2013, issue 107.6
The Ontarion February 14th 2013, issue 107.6

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,  , 
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A new vision for Canada?
Justin Trudeau metwith students and staffduring his visit
 
“is is a generation more empow-
ered to change the world than ever
before.” It was this idea that ulti-
mately brought MP Justin Trudeau
to the University of Guelph on Feb .
Trudeau, often referred to as
the rock-star of Canadian politics,
was ushered into the Brass Taps on
Feb.  where he was greeted by over
 eagerly waiting students. He is
currently a candidate for the lead-
ership of the Federal Liberal Party of 
Canada, and took this opportunity
to reach out to a group of youngvoters who wish to see a change
in the political sphere.
Trudeau spent the majority of hisvisit reminding students that while
it is more important than ever for
their voices to be heard, they are
the segment of the population least
likely to vote in political elections.
“Young people are disengaging
from politics because it doesn’t look
like a compelling way to change
the world anymore,” said Trudeau.
Trudeau also mentioned that,“if, as a generation, you are lessinvolved with politics than ever
before, the responsibility at fault
for that rests squarely on the shoul-ders of politicians and not on young
people.” is is what he hopes to
change in upcoming years.Trudeau also discussed that stu-
dents are continually an untapped
resource in Canadian politics,
which is why it is important for thisgeneration of young people to vote.
“We need to make politics once
again about being open, about lis-
tening, about engaging, and about
empowering others,” remarked
Trudeau. “If all you focus on is what
is urgent, you never get around to
what is important, and that’s what
we need this generation to speak
up for.”
Speaking with the charm and
charisma he has come to be known
for, students and staff listened in-
tently to Trudeau’s speaking points.
After a brief appearance at theuniversity, the politician headed
over to the Delta hotel where he ad-
dressed  community members
in a similar fashion. While somelooked at it as an opportunity to
mingle with a political icon, others
wished to share their gratitude bybringing along pictures and mem-orabilia of the late Prime MinisterPierre Trudeau, Justin’s father.
Community members and stu-
dents of all ages gathered to catch
a glimpse of Trudeau. Among them
was University of Guelph student
Mary Walton. Walton was lucky
enough to greet the Federal hopeful.
“It was surreal to meet some-
one I know is going to have such a
tremendous impact on me in the
future, not just as a student, butultimately as a Canadian,” said
Walton.Support from students like Wal-
ton is what all politicians strive for.
Justin pointed out several times
that if this generation realizes how
Trudeau visited the Brass Taps to address students, staff, and faculty about his hopes for the future.
Plastic water bottle controversy
CSA continues fight forwater bottle ban
 
e Central Student Association(CSA) Aqua Campaign took over
the University Centre courtyard onFeb.  for the campaign’s Day of Ac-
tion. Students passing through the
building saw displays with water
statistics and a banner proclaiming
water as a human right. Hundreds
of students wrote campaign cards to
express their support for a bottled-
water-free campus. Even Liberal
MP Justin Trudeau, campaigning for
the Liberal leadership, stopped by
to sign a card and take part in a tapwater taste test.
One of the highlights was a wave
sculpture made of hundreds of 
empty plastic water bottles, which
volunteers had collected over a two-
hour period on campus.
Another station featured cam-paign members selling air. iswas meant to raise an important
question, CSA External Affairs Com-missioner Dominica McPherson said.
“Would you buy air? Why wouldyou buy water?” McPherson asked.
e day was part of the Aqua
Campaign’s ongoing efforts to raise
 , 
Global to Local:
U of G students andfaculty on internationaland national news
Yet another cruise ship adventurehas gone wrong, and once again,Carnival Cruise Lines is at the cen-
tre of the commotion.
e National 
reported that an engine fire on a
Carnival cruise ship caused the mal-
functioning of its propulsion system,
and the ship has drifted  milesnorth of its original position since
Feb. . A tugboat is now towing the
ship to Alabama from its location in
the Gulf of Mexico. e statements of passengers aboard the ship are creat-
ing a media frenzy for the company,
as people are reporting that waterand feces “are all over” the ship’s
hallways and deck. Alongside these
negative claims, many bathrooms
are reportedly not working, and thepassengers have little access to food.
e situation is reminiscent of a similar experience in November, when a Carnival cruise shipwas stranded for three days with
, people onboard, according to
e National Post 
. Once the passen-
gers eventually got off the ship inSan Diego, their testimonies fromthe trip described a “nightmarish
three days in the Pacific with limited
food, power and bathroom access.”
With the ship planning to arrive inthe United States on Feb. , pas-
sengers have plenty of time to stock
up on video and photo footage of the ship in its current state, which
may be slightly worrying for Carni-val Cruise Lines.
e Ontarion:
Have you heard about
this news topic, and is it something
that would normally be on your
Erika Lindgren, student:
I haven’t
heard about it, but I’ve kind of been
engulfed in midterms lately so that’s
probably why. Usually, I would
probably hear about it, and that kind
of stuff. I like to stay up to date.
e Ontarion:
Do you care about
news stories like this? Why or whynot?
Yeah, I think so. I find that
they’re pretty interesting…and I’m
fascinated by, not [necessarily] trau-
matic events, but interesting news
stories like that.
e Ontarion:
Is this story more like-ly to inspire the making of humorous
memes, or serious news headlines?
I guess a little bit of both. It’spretty funny to think about, but itprobably wouldn’t be funny if you
were there.
anks to the participant for this
week’s interview. If you have some-
thing to say about international or 
national news, and would like to
be contacted for future issues, or if you want to see a particular news
story covered here, contact News
Editor Alicja Grzadkowska at on-
Taking pride in diversity
Guelph Pride eventssurge on through theonslaught of snow
 
e extreme winter weather that
Guelphites experienced on Feb. may have resulted in the uni-versity’s closure, but it did notcompletely halt Winter Guelph
Pride events, held from Feb.  toFeb. . While Pride Rock and the
social justice workshops werecancelled, the main event held
in downtown Guelph was still on.
Families, students, and commu-
nity members were encouraged tovisit Market Square and  Carden
St. and learn more about the LG-BTQIA community in Guelph.
e Guelph Pride committee,which has significant connec-
tions to Out on the Shelf, is usedto planning for warmer weather,
since their events are typically
held in March and May, but thisyear marked a new set of events
scheduled specifically for the
“It’s actually the first time we’ve
done Winter Pride,” said Anna
Middleton, Guelph Pride commit-
tee member and main organizer
for the Feb.  event.“We wanted to have something
part way through the year because
by the time May comes around,most of the students are gone,
and they don’t get to participate,”
added Middleton.e weekend event was aimed
at students, but also at families.
e committee set up an area for
games, puzzles, and crafts at 
Carden St., making the environ-
ment family-friendly. Findingways for families to be involved
was particularly important for the
“It’s important […] to bringfamilies together, to inter-act with other families in thecommunity. I think it’s really
important for everyone to real-
ize that [a family] doesn’t have to[have a] typical family structure,
like mother/father/children,to be a happy one,” explained
Kelsey Atkinson, another
committee member who is vol-
unteering with Guelph Pride forthe first time this year, says that
having younger children attend
the events will help the commit-
tee’s cause.
“It’s great to promote diversityand [if] people [come] at a young
age, then all the better,” saidAtkinson. “It’s so much easier
to reach kids at a young age be-
cause they don’t [know about]
stereotypes, and they don’t havea set mindset yet […] it’ll leave a
lasting impression.”The established spring events
are scheduled to take place inMay, but the winter festivi-ties hoped to remind people of Guelph Pride’s presence. Mid-
dleton said that the committee’s
goal was to “keep people think-
ing about [Guelph Pride by]having events throughout theyear,” and not just the period
in spring.
Both Atkinson and Middleton
agree that Guelph’s reception to
Guelph Pride has been positive,
and that the Guelph communityis a good place for holding Pride
“Guelph is very inclusive andvery warm,” said Atkinson,
speaking on her own experiences
in the city. Many groups in the
community have also reached out
to the Guelph Pride committee.
“We’ve had a number of groups
and saying that
they wanted to be a part of this,
and it’s really fantastic,” saidMiddleton. “Just in general, Ifind Guelph is very welcoming
and very friendly, very accepting
of different people and differ-ent lifestyles. It’s a great place
for this.”
Two volunteers for Winter Guelph Pride manned an informationdesk for curious visitors in downtown Guelph.
“…Guelph isvery welcomingand veryfriendly, veryaccepting ofdifferent peopleand differentlifestyles. It’s agreat place forthis.”
– AnnaMiddleton

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