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Thursday, March 3, 2011

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Plants andAnimals
This quirky Montrealindie rock band is touringinto London this Friday.Drummer MatthewWoodley talks aboutfinding inner joy intoday’s Arts & Life section
>> pg.5
The Great Fluoride Debate
While London continues fluoridating itsdrinking water, critics argue citizens are at risk 
Gloria Dickie
Anti-fluoride activists took the stageat London’s Wolf Performance Halllast night to talk to citizens about thehealth issues behind fluoridatinglocal water  a practice done to pre-vent tooth decay.The event comes in the wake of the Middlesex-London Health Unitvoting in favour of continuing its flu-oridation practices with Londonwater earlier this month. The city’swater has been fluoridated since1967.Paul Connett, a Dartmouth-edu-cated chemist from England, hasbeen involved with the issue of waterfluoridation for the past 15 years, co-authoring the book
The Case Against Fluoride.
Connett has travelled theworld, stressing the importance of banning the chemical, with Londonas his most recent stop.“I’m hoping this will encourageLondon to stop fluoridating itswater,” Connett said, adding citiessuch as Waterloo, Calgary and Que-bec City have recently made such achange. “The facade of fluoridationis crumbling very, very fast.”Critics against water fluoridationargue the health risks include dentalfluorosis, the mottling and dis-colouration of tooth enamel, as wellas bone and brain damage. Connettexplained studies have also shownfluoride can lower brain IQ in chil-dren.“What parent would put theirchildren’s teeth above their brain?”Connett criticized.Currently, fluoride is added toLondon water at a level of 0.7 partsper million, or 0.7 miligrams per litre.“This is within the levels we knowwill prevent tooth decay, but mini-mize the level of fluorosis,” saidBryna Warshawsky, associate med-ical officer of health for the Middle-sex-London Health Unit.Warshawskyexplained the deci-sion to continue with the fluorida-tion of London water was based on anumber of large reports, whichnoted besides mild fluorosis, thereare no other safety concerns withthe fluoridation of our water.When asked about the decisionsmade by other municipalities to haltadding the chemical to their water,Warshawskysaid MLHU was disap-pointed, but fluoridation was theright approach for London.But Pam Killeen, a local activist,argued the problem with fluoridat-ing water is that the dosage isuncontrolled and people can’tdecide whether or not they want toingest the chemical.“Less than two per cent of fluo-ride in water is actually ingested.Ninety-eight per cent of the waterthat has fluoride in it is used to washyour clothes, wash your dishes andwash your car,” she said. “If peoplewant fluoride that badly, they cantake a pill. And then they can moni-tor the dose.”Fluoride is also present on fruitsand vegetables, as well as in a lot of packaged food, Killeen explained.This makes it impossible to deter-mine how much you’re taking in, shesaid.Connett, however, recommendedfluoridated toothpaste as a substi-tute. Before 1999, it was thoughtchildren had to ingest fluoride inorder for it to build up in toothenamel. It was later discovered fluo-ride works topically, on the surfaceof the tooth.“The moment they admitted this,that should been the end of it,” Con-nett said. “By brushing your teethand spitting it out, you avoid expos-ing every tissue of the body to aknown toxic substance and expos-ing people who don’t want it.”Connett admitted at one time hehad gone along with the pro-fluo-ride arguments, convinced anti-flu-oride activists were wrong. But withencouragement from his wife, heread up on the subject and wasshocked.“I’m here to educate and putpressure on politicians. This issomething we are doing to ourselvesand it’s as easy to end as turning off a tap. I don’t know of any other envi-ronmental health issues which is soeasy to stop once you have the polit-ical will.”
Nyssa Kuwahara
Water fluoridationis a contentious issue in Canada as some cities have started banning the chemi-cal, which proponents say helps prevent tooth decay. Critics argue fluoridationcauses tooth and brain damage, among other risks.
Monica Blaylock 
When the keenest of the keen tookto the polls in February’s UniversityStudents’ Council elections, theynoticed something wasn’t quiteright.  While students can usuallyvote for up to seven candidates forsenator positions, this year theycould only vote for one.Irene Birrell, university secretaryand chief returning officer for sen-ate elections, said the differencestemmed from a misunderstandingby a member of secretariat staff, whoreviewed a draft version of the bal-lots and assumed voting for multi-ple candidates was an error. The staff member asked the ballots bechanged to limit voters to one voteinstead of seven.“The staff member was not awarethat, although the election proce-dures are silent, past practice hasbeen to allow students to vote for ‘upto’ the number of seats available.This misunderstanding was not dis-covered until after voting hadbegun,” Birrell said.After reviewing the error, theelections committee decided to nothold a re-vote for two major rea-sons. She said the instructions werestill clear and voters were still treat-ed equally on the ballot. Birrell alsosaid holding another vote wouldintroduce a host of new complica-tions since there’s no guaranteethose who voted in the first electionwould vote again.In a statement sent to all formersenator candidates, the committeesaid the decision was made becausea new election would require votersto become reacquainted with thecandidates, forcing students to votewith less information.The decision was made with theinput from the senatorial candidates,according to Adam Fearnall, the cur-rent president of the Huron Univer-sity College Students’ Council and asuccessful candidate in the election.He noted six of the candidates whoran submitted their opinions to thesenate elections committee forreview.All of the candidates argued thatno re-vote should be held. Notably,all of the six candidates whoexpressed their opinions had won aspot as senator in the elections.Birrell expressed her regret to allcandidates that had been anticipat-ing a different electoral process andnoted that the senate elections com-mittee will consider amending theSenate election procedures to“ensure there is no ambiguity infuture elections regarding the num-ber of votes permitted when multi-ple seats are being filled.”On Monday, the names of 10 sen-ators elected during voting wereannounced publicly by the senateelections committee and includedsenators for affiliate colleges, healthscience, medicine and dentistry aswell as those elected for senator-at-large positions.
Senate results will beupheld despite error
> Elections
Affiliate Constituency 
585 Jeremy Santucci334 Vivek Prabhu
Health Sciences andMedicine & Dentistry Constituency 
480 Sonam Cheema
At-Large Constituency 
1,163 Stephanie Connor1,053 Emily Ng895 Vivian Leung811 Adam Fearnall663 Rahim Jaffer607 Alysha Li542 Michael Ciniello
>> By the numbers
> Results
Metro mosiesinto London
While London still doesn’t have ametro, it will at least have
Metro News
.The free tabloid newspaper willlaunch in London on April 4, 2011.
has become popular withtransit commuters in the Torontoarea and other large metropolitancities with short stories and proxim-ity to transit systems. Now
isexpanding its reach to include dis-tribution in London and Winnipeg.With 500 boxes and 20 handing-out staff ready to hit the streets inApril, Irene Patterson, publisher of the new
London Metro
, said the news-paper would publish “local news,local entertainment, local sports,[and] a very good lifestyle section.”
may also be headed tocampus.“I’ve already spoken to KevinGoldthorpe, vice-president external.I spoke to him a while back and senthim the press release so we can startthe serious negotiations about beingon campus,” Patterson said, addingshe is in similar talks with FanshaweCollege.Keith Marnoch, director of mediarelations for Western, noted whileWestern might consider distributing
on campus, there hasn’t beena request for distribution yet.“At the moment, we haven’t seen[a request], so if something camethrough we would consider it. Butcertainly we would consider it with-in the bounds of what we normallyhave on campus.”He noted newspapers from out-side Western aren’t given distribu-tion boxes on campus.
 Monica Blaylock 
All-girl’s college seessignificant growth
Brescia University College is expect-ing more new faces than usual nextyear.As of the university applicationdeadline in January, the number of applicants to Brescia has increased4.8 per cent compared to last year,according to Marianne Simm, theregistrar.Brescia, one of Western’s threeaffiliate colleges, is Canada’s only all-women university.When asked about the cause of therecent increase, Sheila Blagrave, direc-tor of marketing and external relations,pointed to several factors, includingBrescia’s recent rebranding campaign.“There have been a number of things, but the strong brand certain-ly helped,” Blagrave explained. “Buta number of other things con-tributed, including a brand new web-site, a new mobile website for smart-phones, and many events that takeon a leadership context.”Some of this year’s initiativesincluded Brescia’s annual Take theLead public speaking competitionand a Facebook essay competition.The growth was expected, Bla-grave said, and is projected to con-tinue for another three years.
 Julian Uzielli
The Challengecontinues
For students still deciding what theywould want to do with $175,000, thedeadline for the University Students’Council Student Legacy Challengehas been extended.The Challenge asks studentswhat should be done with themoney left over from bus refundcheques last spring.While more applications havebeen received in the past few weeks,Meaghan Coker, vice-president uni-versity affairs for the USC, noted theprevious deadline of Feb. 28 wasextended because it was the dayright after Reading Week.“When you give people a monthor more, you would think that wouldbe fine  but hey, we’re students. Wework to the deadline,” she said.Coker explained they were hopingthe last week to be a big push forfinal applications.“TedX has made one, the board islooking to make several and I’ll bemaking one myself,” Coker said. Thedeadline to apply is March 7.
Applications can be submitted at studentlegacychallenge.ca
 Gloria Dickie
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Promotions for the South Asian Alliance Cultural Show took place in the Uni-versity Community Centre atrium yesterday. University students from all over the province are invited to the event to show-case their talents and help raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
News Briefs
Jason Sinukoff
If you ever wondered what’s in yourfood, Health Canada wants to makesure you know. The government isreinforcing stricter and more in-depth food labelling laws to ensuresafer purchasing for Canadians suf-fering from food allergies.According to Health Canada’swebsite, the new food label law hasbeen implemented to help individualswith food allergies and sensitivities.“For those with food allergies,avoiding specific foods and ingredi-ents is a challenge,” the websiteexplained.“An allergic individual cominginto contact with an undeclaredallergen may have symptoms thatrapidly progress from mild to severe,which could result in death.”The food industry will have untilAugust 4, 2012 to adhere to the newregulations  around 18 months.The law will require the foodindustry to clearly outline the ingre-dients in their products.“The revised regulations willrequire that manufacturers clearlyidentify food allergens, glutensources, and sulphites, whether inthe list of ingredients, or at the end of the list of ingredients,” Anne Zok,nutrition manager for Western, said.“In addition, an allergen or a glutensource must be written in commonlyused words such as ‘milk’ or ‘wheat.’ ”It’s possible to hide some aller-gens in the label, making plain lan-guage necessary, Zok explained.“Margarine may contain milkthat is not shown on the labels. Eggscan be listed as ‘albumin’ and ‘sea-sonings’ may mean sesame seeds.”Beer, however, is exempt fromthe new label law.“We are exempt because wemade our concerns known withregard to the regulation being putforward,” said Andre Fortin, directorof public affairs for the BrewersAssociation of Canada.“Our concerns were with thesmaller breweries. They have paint-ed bottles that they are invested inand it would cost too much moneyto change their labels.”The Brewers Association alsodidn’t think this law was the mosteffective way of addressing peoplewith celiac disease.Celiac disease causes damage tothe intestines when gluten is con-sumed. The small intestine can beginto bleed, and this can lead to irondeficiency, according to Fortin.“[Celiac sufferers] are very edu-cated and they know what can andcan’t be put in their bodies,” Fortinexplained.“When you are diagnosed withceliac disease, the doctor tells youwhat you can and can’t eat, and whatthe foods you can’t eat would do toyour body.”
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LTC to install security cameras on buses
Aaron Zaltzman
Thinking of picking your nose on thebus? Better think again. Last week,the London Transit Commissionapproved a plan to introduce securi-ty cameras to their buses.The plan will spend an estimated$730,000 to install security camerason all LTC vehicles in an effort todeter and solve crimes occurring onbuses.The cameras will record bothaudio and video and, according tothe LTC, will assist in the investiga-tion of any incidents on the busessuch as alarms or assaults. This, theLTC hopes, will ease security con-cerns on buses.One concern the LTC is hoping toaddress is violence against opera-tors. According to an LTC staff report, there were 234 reported vio-lent incidents on their busesbetween 2007 and 2009. While thisis lower than other parts of Canada,it’s still a cause for concern, accord-ing to John Ford, director of trans-portation and planning for the LTC.“Operator assaults do occur,” hesaid. “We don’t have a lot of seriousassaults, but [we have] assaultsnonetheless and we’re hoping thatthe presence of the security willassist in deterring that behaviour.”However, there is some opposi-tion to the surveillance cameras.John Reed, a lecturer in the faculty of information and media studies, con-tended both money and trust havebeen misplaced in this initiative.Reed argued the LTC’s programfollows the Toronto Transit Com-mission’s surveillance initiative,which he said has been useful foridentifying offenders, but overallineffective at preventing crime.Reed asserted there are betterways to spend the money.“From an economic standpoint,it is interesting to ask how muchmoney they are throwing at a niftyand expensive piece of technology,when LTC employees have struggledand gone on strike out of real des-peration, ” Reed said.He suggested some of the moneyshould go to supporting workersinjured on the job.Ford, however, said the cameraallows for greater ease in identifyingand convicting offenders, whichcould be a deterrent.The LTC also gave the go-aheadfor an extension of the Bike and Rideprogram, an experimental initiativeintroduced last year that saw 40 bikeracks installed on LTC buses. Theprogram was intended to gauge howmuch usage the London populationwould get out of bike racks.The program found an average of 90 people per week were using theracks, which led the LTC to approvethe installation of bike racks on theremaining 158 LTC buses over thenext three years.
Nyssa Kuwahara
The London Transit Commission is spending $730,000to install security cameras on its buses in an effort to deter and solve crimes. Thecameras will record video and audio.
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