Oct. 7 - 13, 2010
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?
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
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.”
Voting for the CSA bi-election takes place from Monday Oct. 4 toFriday Oct. 8.
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.