A rally that brings Ukrainian food and politics together like never before
U o G community steps up with eforts orearthquake victims
by many victims following thedisaster.Me to We, the otherorganization being supported by the University of Guelph, is areputable humanitarian enterprisefounded by the generousOnly a couple of weeks havepassed since the Jan. 12 earthquaketook its devastating toll on thecitizens of Haiti.But a number of initiatives,both internationally and locally,have begun to surface in theaftermath. All projects appear tohave one uniﬁed aim: to extendurgent, immediate help to those who need it the most.In his most recent update onthe University’s response to thedisaster in Haiti (posted on theonline Campus Bulletin on Jan.20), President Alastair Summerleecommended university studentsfor their impressive ideas forpossible charity fundraisers forrelief eﬀorts in Haiti. Summerleesaid that the University hasdecided to ﬁnancially lend supportto two diﬀerent, reputable charity groups helping in Haiti: Doctors Without Borders and Me to We.Doctors Without Borders,an organization that has madeimmediate medical care possiblefor many victims of the earthquake,successfully provides lifesavinginterventions and emergency surgeries to many injured Haitians.
Lorenz then further emphasizedthe Prime Minister’s hypocrisy with some words of her own.“What I ﬁnd even moreshameful,” Lorenz said, “is in how many times governments do nothesitate, when workers are on alegal strike, to legislate them back to work.” Te outrage with thePrime Minister’s actions wasnot limited to labour boardadvocates. Representatives fromthe Liberal, NDP and evenGreen Party representatives took turns condemning the federalgovernment’s actions. Although
and the surrounding areas, andsupplying local schools withmaterials, school kits and trainedteachers. Te University of Guelphhas also begun several more localevents to mourn those who passedin the earthquake, and to inspireothers to oﬀer their compassionand help.On Jan. 22, a vigil was held atthe University of Guelph’s BranionPlaza to mourn the thousands of lives claimed by the earthquake.Readings took place, as well asgroup and individual reﬂectivediscussions.Furthermore, the University of Guelph Central StudentAssociation (CSA) is planning abeneﬁt concert planned for Feb.7 at the River Run Center, andfunds raised from a pub night on Jan. 27 will go to the CanadianRed Cross, an organization thatcontinues to show impressiveinvolvement in Haiti followingthe disaster.Gavin Armstrong, thecommunications commissionerfor the CSA, expressed deepsympathy on behalf of our school’s
Cable TV channel shutdown in Venezuela
Radio Caracas elevision, aVenezuelan television stationcritical of president Hugo Chavez,has been taken oﬀ the air as of Sunday. Te shutdown comesa day after the station did notbroadcast a speech by Mr. Chavez at a rally of political supporters.New government regulationsrequire channels to broadcastsome of Chavez’s speeches, butRCV feels they should not be“inappropriately” pressured by thegovernment to follow the new regulations. Te new regulationscame into eﬀect at a time whenMr. Chavez is facing signiﬁcantproblems throughout the country,including a recession, soaringinﬂation, shortages of electricity and decreasing popularity.Neighbourhoods in Caracas voicedtheir concern over the shutdownby honking horns and bangingpots and pans outside apartment windows.
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U o G and Guelph-Humber ApplicantsIncrease
Te Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC)released information last week showing that applications to theUniversity of Guelph were up by 6.2 per cent – almost three timesthe average – while applicants tothe University of Guelph-Humber were up four per cent. Te numberof students who chose Guelphand Guelph-Humber as their“ﬁrst choice” increased by 8.6 and9.9 per cent, respectively, muchhigher than the 2.7 per centsystem average increase. A total of 23,369 were made to Guelph and4,196 to Guelph-Humber. Provostand vice-president (academic)Maureen Mancuso said that U of G is on target to meet its enrolmenttargets. Hello, ﬁrst years.
Haitian OrphansArrive to AdoptiveCanadian Parents
wenty-four Haitian orphansarrived in Ottawa on Saturday,following the massive 7.0magnitude earthquake thatshocked the Caribbean nation. AnAir Canada humanitarian ﬂightthat brought supplies down toPort-Au-Prince was organized tobring children to their new homesin Canada, moat of them orphanedby the earthquake. Of the entiregroup, 15 children were headedfor families in Quebec while therest went to British Columbia,New Brunswick and Alberta. Intotal, 154 Haitian children havebeen cleared for adoption by theHaitian government and theCanadian government is tryingto evacuate adoptees as quickly aspossible, ﬁnding available ﬂightsso that children can be transportedsafely from orphanage to plane indaylight.
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student government.“Te Central Student Associate joins others in the world inmourning the tremendous loss of human life and the valiant eﬀortsto locate those still missing,”said Armstrong. “We will bepromoting the fundraising eﬀortsof the university community and encourage everyone to stay engaged on this issue.”Armstrong was impressedby the enthusiasm amongstUniversity of Guelph students tolend a hand with this issue.“I greatly appreciate all theemails I’ve been getting fromstudents asking how they canhelp, and my recommendation forthem is to continue monitoringthe CSA website for postings of daily events and ways to help,”said Armstrong.Summerlee concluded hisstatement to the University with words of encouragement, urgingstudents to become actively involved in helping out with therelief eﬀorts in Haiti, and to show compassion to those who haveexperienced loss and pain fromthis horriﬁc disaster.
Green Party representative BobBell acknowledged the similaritiesbetween his party’s platform andthe Conservatives’, he remainedstaunchly opposed to what he saw as the abuse of democracy.“Te Prime Minister hasfound this little loophole through which he continues to jump outof democracy and into his ownrealm,” said Bell. “It’s imperativethat the loophole close.”Bell wasn’t the only oppositionmember to take exception to thePrime Minister’s prorogation of parliament. Liberal MP Frank Valeriote was especially active inthe rally, both addressing the crowd
A man exits a restaurant after he looked for his belongings two days after an earthquake rocked Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Jan. 12
at St. George’s Square and servingas a panelists at Knox Church.Valeriote made it clear that while he was a Liberal, he did notendorse previous abuses of powerby liberal governments in the past.“I am not an apologist forformer Liberal governments,” saidValeriote. “I want reform as muchas anyone.”He also responded to chargesmade by Campus ConservativePresident, Michael Sona, that alldropped bills could be resumedafter the prorogation.“Harper’s going to bringa motion to reinstitute all of the pieces of legislation thatdied,” Valeriote explained, “butconveniently he will leave oﬀ thatlist [a number of controversialbills] and claim the opposition isholding them back.”He further responded toSona’s charge that the opposition’searly return to work would costtaxpayers more, by pointing outthat despite some additional cost,much of the staﬀ would already be in parliament, being paid andsimply unused.“Canadians would rather us beat work and doing the work thatCanada needs done to addressthe issues, than not be there,” saidValeriote.
Campus bands togetherto send aid to Haiti
Many of the medical teams arenow focusing on patients whorequire healthcare for preexistingconditions, infections and woundsthat had not yet received completeattention. Additionally, medicalteams from the organization havehelped with obstetric emergenciesand provided valuable treatmentfor machete and gunshot wounds.Doctors Without Borders hasalso supported local hospitals, andhas provided experienced mentalhealth specialists to help with thepsychological trauma experiencedhumanitarian brothers Craig andMarc Kielburger. Te Kielburgersalso began the group Free theChildren, which coordinateshundreds of youth volunteer tripsto developing countries such asKenya, China, Ecuador, Mexico,Bogani and India, in orderprovide opportunities for youth tolearn from hands-on experiencein communities abroad. Temission of Me to We in Haitiincludes: providing healthcarefor the injured, shipping medicalsupplies to Port-au-Prince
My recommendation for [students] is to continuemonitoring the CSA website for postings of daily eventsand ways to help
CSA communications commissioner