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October 7 2010

October 7 2010

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 Women take to the streets to Take Back the Night 
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hat do you think of  when you hear the word “feminism”?Do you snarl when you find outthat another self-proclaimedgroup of feminists marched thestreets in solidarity for justice andempowerment? If you generally feel uneasy about the idea of defiant women grouping together, shakingtheir fists high and shoutingloudly in opposition to patriarchaloppression, then you likely did notattend ake Back the Night – anannual event that sees dozens upondozens of women march throughthe streets of Guelph to condemnsexual violence and reclaim theirright to feel safe at night, the timeof the day that assaults against women and children most oftentake place. When I first explained theconcept to my male and femalecompanions, it appeared thatKELSEY RIDEOU
Guelphites denounce violence against womenin this year’s annual  Take Back the Night march and rally 
see “TBTN,” pagesee “ELECTION,” page 3
Voting will take some effort - and a bit of travel time too
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o you’ve been told that there’sa municipal election on Oct.25. You might have been toldto get out and vote, or maybe evento “Get Pissed Off!” from the CSA’scampaign urging students to becomeeducated about campaign issues and voting. But where is a politically active, community-minded studentto go to cast that ballot? Well, it won’t be on campus.ANDREA LAMARRE
Students will have togo off campus to cast their ballots for theupcoming municipal election
individuals from both gendersbecame awash with a similar kind of confusion. Question marks floatedaround their minds as they senseda flawed disconnect between why the women were marching and theactual conditions that characterizeour modern day society. Why should women be marching aroundand yelling about empowerment?Haven’t we more or less achievedequality? What, in this day and age,is the point of all this commotion? Teir questions seemed to be morecommon than I had anticipated, soI attended the event carrying withme a determination to offer somekind of sound response to suchinquiries upon experiencing akeBack the Night myself. o fully understand the depthto this event, it’s important tofirst of all, come to know thesignificance of Marianne’s Park – the place where both womenand men initially gather to beginthe night’s activities. Locatedalong Gordon Street just by theSpeed River, Marianne’s Park  was established for MarianneGoulden, who became the first woman, along with her children,to occupy the Guelph Women inCrisis shelter after running away from her husband in 1979. Soonafter she took residence at theshelter, she became a volunteerand then a paid staff member.“Marianne’s Place” became theinformal name of the shelter forthose women who did not wantto have to disclose to others thatthey were staying at a shelter.Sadly, after becoming a cherishedand well-known member of theshelter, Marianne was murdered in1992 at the age of 47 by a man she was dating at the time. Marianne’sPark is now a garden in memory of Goulden’s life. It is fitting then,that this event dedicated to ending violence against women, beginsby convening at the garden that
 Megan Verhey
 Tis election, you’re going to haveto make a bit of a trip to vote, toa polling station in your ward of residence. And some people are, infact, pissed off.Anastasia Zavarella, Local AffairsCommissioner for the CSA, firstfound out about the lack of pollingstations on campus this election atthe beginning of the school year.“When I called to check in, they said no. Tey said there would [only]be [a polling station] for Ward 5because they felt that would beadequate for students, and that wasreally disappointing,” said Zavarella.Despite lobbying from the CSAand the administration, the city stayed firm in its decision to refrainfrom putting a polling station oncampus. Zavarella felt frustrated by this decision.“I tried to convince the city clerk,and the administration tried as well,but they completely stonewalled us,”said Zavarella.It may come as a surprise thatstudents won’t be able to do their voting on campus, but there was atime not so long ago that students were not able to vote in both theirhometowns and university towns. When a reform to the ElectionsAct permitted students to haveboth votes count, the city placed apolling station on campus. However,according to a representative fromthe City of Guelph Clerk’s Offi ce,statistics showed that in both 2003and 2006, over 90 per cent of theon-campus students who had theirnames added to the voters list didnot vote at this poll. Te Clerk’sOffi ce cites statistics as low as sixper cent and seven per cent in 2003and 2006 respectively, compared to37 per cent and 40 per cent citywide voter turnout.As low as these stats sound,the CSA has made it known thatseven per cent of students stillequated to over 1200 students.Zavarella is worried that withouton-campus polling stations,
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 Take Back the Night is an annual event in Guelph to raise awarenessabout violence against women, children and trans people.
 
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 Anti-prostitution lawsstruck down
Key provisions of Canada’s anti-prostitution laws have beenthrown out by an Ontario court. Justice Susan Himel ruled thatthe Criminal Code provisionsrelating to prostitution negatethe health of sex-trade workersand contribute to higher levelsof danger. Te effect of thedecision could see brothels beinglegally operated in Canada, asprostitutes would be protectedindoors under the law. It’s alsopossible that sex workers couldgain other workers rights and setup associations, health standards,pay income tax and have workers’ compensation programs. Justice Himel suspended theeffect of the decision for 30days, noting that immediateconsequences of her ruling may not be in the public’s interest.CBC
Governor General Michaëlle Jeanfinishes term
Governor General Michaëlle Jean wrapped up her five years servingCanada and will now go on to work  with the United Nations. Jean, who was originally born in Haiti, worked as a journalist, filmmakerand women’s rights advocate beforeshe became Governor General. Jean will be remembered for hercompassionate nature. During hertime as Governor General, Jean visited a prison to talk with younginmates, traveled to Canada’sarctic Aboriginal communities,and went to Haiti upon theearthquake. Her legacy will alsoinclude her decision to allow Prime Minister Stephen Harperto prorogue Parliament in 2008.CBC
Hungary left to deal  with toxic spill 
Four people died, 120 were injuredand six more are missing after aspill from an alumina plant burstfrom a reservoir and has floodedat least seven villages. About600,000-700,000 cubic meters of toxic sludge was released from thetown of Ajka, where the plant islocated. Hungarian environmentminister Zoltan Illes has said thata layer of soil 2 cm deep will haveto be removed from the entireregion that has been contaminated.It is expected that the clean up willtake at least a year and will requirefinancial and technical assistancefrom the European Union.BBCCompiled by Kelsey Rideout
 What’s this bi-election really all about?
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hen you walk throughthe University Centerthis week, it may appearthat everything is as it should be. Te food court is bustling, studentclubs are advocating on behalf of their cause, and the occasional vendor appears to be selling jewelry, graduation rings, or in theanticipation of the cold weatherarriving, mitts, scarves and hats.But then you come across thebooth set up to encourage studentsto vote, this time for the CentralStudent Association (CSA) Bi-Election. You may start to feeloverburdened with election talk. Te CSA Executive electionsended just last April, and now there’s this buzz going aroundcampus to vote for the upcomingmunicipal election for the City.Never fear, Jackie Doyle, Policy and ransition Manager and Chief Electoral Officer for the CSA,coordinates the CSA Bi-Electionand explained the significance of the election and how exactly itimpacts students. Te election takes place every  year in the fall semester, in theinterim of regular elections, whichhappen every winter. Te CSABi-Election elects board membersto the CSA Board of Directors, which operates as the political body that represents all undergraduatestudents. Te successful candidates will represent their college. Every KELSEY RIDEOU
Understanding how theCSA bi-election worksand why you should vote
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student is a part of a college, whichis responsible for representingtheir needs in terms of theiracademic program and experiencein that discipline. Tere are twoseats for every college, and thereare seven colleges in total. In thiselection, only four colleges will berepresented, as some colleges didn’tsee any candidates come forwardto campaign. Te unique aspect of this election,is that not everyone will be castinga ballot. Tis isn’t to say that only some people will be chosen to vote,but rather, only undergraduates who fall under the colleges thathave candidates running will besent a ballot to their U of G e-mailaccount. Students who are a partof the College of Arts, the OntarioAgricultural College and theOntario Veterinarian College willnot find an e-mail asking them to vote because there is no one to votefor on behalf of their college.Students only vote for therepresentatives within their owncollege. Tis is to ensure thatstudents only vote for the collegethat is relevant to them. In doing so,it prevents students from voting onbehalf of a college that representsdepartments that they are notassociated with at all. It doesn’tmake sense for an arts student tohave jurisdiction over who should win in the college representingengineering and computer sciencestudents, for example.Once elected, the new CSAboard members will begin torepresent the student body by the end of October, when theirpositions are ratified and theirterms officially start.So now that you have a betteridea of what the CSA bi-election isabout, you may be wondering why isit significant for students to vote?Doyle explained why it isimportant to pay attention to thiselection.“I think the bi-election is of highsignificance...the job descriptionfor [the new board members] inthe CSA bi-law is 19 items longthat their supposed to be fulfilling,so it doesn’t just mean comingto meetings every two weeks. Te critical function of the CSAhappens at sub-committees at theboard and the board members that you vote to elect are named to siton these committee,” said Doyle.Doyle encourages all students to vote - even the ones that are lessenthused about student politics.“Personally I think that everyoneshould vote because that is their voice…choosing not vote is only furthering the problem,” saidDoyle. “I think people should votebecause voting is important at any level - CSA, student union rightthrough to federal elections, but Ithink people who complain mostor perhaps are disenfranchised by the CSA and what they’re doing,those are the people who really need to vote more, so they canget their representatives on theboard to change it in a positivedirection.”
 Megan Verhey
Voting for the CSA bi-election takes place from Monday Oct. 4 toFriday Oct. 8.
 Megan Verhey
students won’t find the time to vote in their busy schedules.“It makes things so much easierif you can just go to your classesand vote in between them– it’s aone-stop shop,” she said.Clearly, the CSA and the city aren’t seeing eye to eye over thisissue. But how are other membersof our university community feeling about the pollingcontroversy?“It’s always good to supportpeople having an opportunity to vote, so anything that makes voting easier is good,” said JanHall, host of CFRU’s Royal City Rag. “Te big dilemma is that therules always end up being the rulesand we often don’t find out untilit’s too late to make a difference.”So, should a lack of on-campuspolling stations get in the way of our right to vote? Tough it mightbe a bit trickier to navigate thecity’s polling system, Hall stressedthe continued importance of  voting, no matter where you mark that x.Additionally, according to therepresentative from the Clerk’sOffice, there will be severalelection teams at the pollingstation for Ward 5, where many university students reside, one of  which will be dedicated to addingstudents to the voters list so thatthey can vote.Despite the lack of agreementbetween the city and the university on the polling station issue,Zavarella is hopeful that the city  will reinstate on-campus pollingstations in the future.“I hope that all of the pressurefrom us and the pushback fromthe administration will help, atleast for the next election,” statedZavarella.Controversy aside, one thing isclear: it’s importantto have our voicesheard. o makesure you are on the voter’s list, you can visit guelph.ca/vote. You can get moreinformation aboutcandidates andother voting tidbitson voteguelph.caor by listening toCFRU’s MunicipalElection Radio on uesday morningsfrom 7-9am. Youhave the opportunity and the right to getengaged in thiselection. Whether there will bepolling stations on campus infuture elections remains to beseen, but for now we’ll just haveto make good use of those City of Guelph bus passes to exerciseone of our most importantdemocratic rights.
Students planning to vote on Oct. 25 for themunicipal election will have to go off campus tocast their ballots.

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