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Argosy November 5, 2009

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November 5, 2009 Getting our collective freak on since 1875 Vol. 139 Iss. 8
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Independent Student Journal of Mount Allison University 
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NB Power purchased by Hydro Québec
Consumers and environmentalists pleased but Newfoundland protests
All of New Brunswick’s power stations will be run by Hydro Quebec but the name NB Power will remain.
Chrissy Leblanc 
Rebecca Anne Dixon
 Argosy Staff 
New Brunswick residents will now be-ing paying their power bills to Hydro-Québec, as Premiers from both prov-inces announced the takeover of NBPower late last week. Tey will also,however, face Québec’s lower rates andpossible efficiency gains. For this rea-son, most consumers can be pleased.“Hydro-Québec produces powermore cheaply than we do,” explainedDr. Craig Brett of the Economics De-partment and Canada Research Chairin Canadian Public Policy. “So it justmakes sense.”Hydro-Québec will spend $4.7 bil-lion to buy most of NB Power’s assets,including one nuclear station and sev-en hydroelectric dams. It will also takeon NB Power’s duties to provide to theeastern United States and Nova Scotiaand $5 billion of the old corporation’sdebt, the latter a central impetus be-hind the agreement.“Te elimination of NB Power’smassive debt will help us attain self-sufficiency and relieve our childrenand grandchildren of this burden,”said New Brunswick Premier ShawnGraham.Prices for New Brunswick’s residen-tial areas will be frozen for the nextfive years and afterwards indexed tothe cost of living. However, industrialrates will be reduced by up to thirty per cent to match those in Québec, with special provisions to preventQuébec industries from relocating.New Brunswick’s largest employershad previously complained that highpower rates were forcing them to lay off workers.An additional benefit seen by someis the potential for advances in en- vironmental issues. Te only assetsHydro-Québec showed no interestin were New Brunswick’s three coalgenerating plants in Dalhousie, Belle-dune, and Coleson Cove. Te New Brunswick government will continueto operate them and sell the powerto Hydro-Québec. Meanwhile, witha year’s notice Québec will be able tochoose not to buy power from theseplants, and plans are already in placefor the phasing them out within thenext five years.“Hydro-Québec is willing to takeon the debt incurred to build the [coalstations], but doesn’t even want thephysical assets,” explained Dr. Frank Strain of Mount Allison’s EconomicsDepartment. “Tat’s a big statement.”He says that it was “politically im-possible” for the Graham and theprovince’s government have to shutdown the fossil-fuel burning plantsbefore this, especially after ColesonCove went through a $747 millionrefurbishment. Now that internalcross-subsidization is impossible, thegovernment may be able to escape themajority of public wrath at the clo-sures.Despite these positives, there arethose who are unpleased with the deal.Newfoundland’s Premier, Danny Wil-liams has voiced his displeasure widely through a public letter and other me-dia.“Tey’ve agreed to sell away theirfuture,” he argued. He claimed thatNew Brunswick is giving up its energy sovereignty and allowing Hydro-Qué-bec to grow into a monopoly in theAtlantic Region.His concerns of monopoly are sharedby others. Hydro-Québec is in similardiscussions with Prince Edward Islandand is pushing Nova Scotia to also be-gin negotiations, which would give itan immense amount of power over theAtlantic region. Williams believes that Québec is wrongly perceived as a “have-not”province while spending billions on itsown monopolization agenda. He hasthreatened to take the recent deal tothe federal Competition Bureau.Strain pointed out that there wasalready a monopoly, and that New-foundland should simply accept it.Hydro-Québec is already the most im-portant source of energy to the UnitedStates, who has been pressuring it formore coordination and consolidation.Newfoundland’s protests similarly are linked the American energy mar-ket. Williams’ province has come intodifficulties with Hydro-Québec in itsefforts to establish a massive hydro-electric project in Churchill, Labrador.Evidently passing through Québec would be the simplest alternative, how-ever, Newfoundland Hydro is lookingat options to bypass the province, in-cluding an inordinately expensive un-derwater pipeline. It sees the loss of New Brunswick as the elimination of a corridor into the United States.Graham has defended the deal,saying that New Brunswick will con-tinue to set its own energy policy. In-deed, the Public Utilities Board “hasa degree of independence”, accordingto Brett, and it may be beneficial forthem not to have to argue against itsown provincial government.So far only a memorandum of un-derstanding has been signed. Grahamhopes to have the turnover formalizedand completed by March 2010.
Students may have to treat themselves on their own at home.
Susan Rogers
 Argosy Staff 
New Brunswick faces doctor shortages
Canadians visit hospital emergency rooms instead
As Mount Allison students and new residents of Sackville will have no-ticed, the chances of finding a doctorin town are few. Unfortunately, that iscase across the province - and most of the country as well.Medical schools all over Canada aretraining fewer doctors than are neededfor the population, due to admissionscuts made in the early 1990s. Tesecuts were based on a now evidently false forecast that Canada would besoon facing a surplus of doctors.In the face of the actual shortage,almost all of the provinces in Canadahave required their medical schools tomake at least 90 per cent of each classstudents from within the province, inhopes that they will stay when they graduate. Te two Atlantic medicalschools are no different; both Dal-housie and Memorial split their classprimarily between the three maritimeprovinces. As the schools have dis-covered, however, this is no guaranteethat the doctors will stick around, only exacerbating the already large prob-lem. Dalhousie finds that about onethird of graduates have moved out of the region where they did their resi-dency within two years. Memorial hasa slightly higher number of graduatesleaving Newfoundland.New Brunswick itself doesn’t look too bad on paper. According to theCanadian Institute of Health Infor-mation, there were 185 physicians per100,000 people in New Brunswick in 2007. Tis is less than the 206 inNewfoundland and Labrador, and the228 in Nova Scotia, but slightly higherthan the 176 in Ontario.And New Brunswick is lucky tohave as many nurses as it does, com-pared to other provinces. 1,028 nursesper 100,000 people is slightly less thanNewfoundland and Labrador, butmany more than in Ontario, Québec,and British Columbia.One of the main issues, however,is the distribution of the populationin NB, where large urban centers like oronto and Montreal are simply notfound. Tis spread of people, and evenmore so, doctors, presents a problem.On October 13 of this year, theemergency room at CumberlandMemorial Hospital in CumberlandCounty was closed for twelve hoursbecause no doctors were available. Ear-lier this year, the Sussex Health Centre was also forced to close its emergency room, because its staff were needed atthe larger Saint John Regional Hospi-tal, where they could not find doctorsto cover the weekend evening shifts.Another study in 2006 showed thatnine per cent of Canadian doctors arefound in rural areas and small towns, where 21 per cent of the populationresides. For students and new staff at
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Mt. A, who are away from their family doctors, this often means a visit to theemergency room instead.
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SACtinating discussion on October 28
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Doctors tend to move from the area they were trained in
 Te recent SAC meeting began with the Mat-ters Arising; a continuance of a discussion fromlast week’s meeting about the ad-hoc committeebeing formed to evaluate and change the currentSAC Elections Act. While the aim of the discus-sion was to set out the format and mandate of thecommittee, council was repeatedly sidetracked by confusion over motions and differing opinions.Satellite Residence Councillor Stephen Spenceattempted to described the process by saying,“…by-laws are pieces of crap and will screw usall over equally…” Te final decision of council left the commit-tee to be chaired by VP Finance and Operations,Ryan Sargent, and filled by two council members,and two students at large. Te committee will re-turn to council two weeks after appointment tosubmit project deadline for council’s approval.A long winded discussion on council’s choice of name for the committee ensued. Science Sena-tor, Duncan Bowes suggested “Justice League”,but it was eventually ruled that the committee benamed Elections Policy, Procedures and By-lawsAd-hoc Committee. Te Chair, Stephen Middleton, took a quick break in the proceedings to educate the councilon the different points or questions they couldask during meetings. Tomas Woodbury, Ap-pointment and Recruitment Chair, gave a list-ing of the committees and task forces councilmembers will sit on during the year. Followingthat, the council went in camera to discuss andapprove committees and the positions of Chief Returning Officer and Judicial Ombudsperson.Sue Humphrey, Social Science Senator, begana discussion of the elected members of the Coun-cil campaigning for candidates during by-elec-tions. Humphrey explained that she saw a needfor maturity during the by-elections. Te councilheld a lengthy discussion over the subject withthe opinion divided on how to proceed. Te dis-cussion was finally terminated by a motion fromcouncil without any conclusive statement.VP Campus Life Patrick Forestell’s report tocouncil included an update on changes to themeal plans, based on the satellite residence’s de-sire for a smaller meal plan. He explained theplan was already in motion, but no changes willbe seen until next year. Forestell also includedEntertainment Director Aly Kelly’s report tocouncil, which detailed communication issuesfrom the beginning of the year and the introduc-tion of a local opening act to Pub shows.VP Academic Sarah Carrigan-Kent’s report tocouncil highlighted her transitional work as In-terim President Currie stepped down. Extensionof library hours, student evaluations of teaching,Senate committees, and work on the exam da-tabase were all mentioned in Carrigan-Kent’sreport. It was decided that an allowance of $125 would be used to buy a prize for the Exam Bo-nanza contest. Carrigan-Kent made sure her useof “senataurs” was noted properly in council min-utes before finishing her report.Following an earlier suggestion made by theChair, council conducted “Councillor Concerns”and “Question Period” together. Several council-lors brought up concerns of repairs needed inBarclay, including a leaking ceiling, a puddle in alight fixture, broken tiles, and disturbances duringpeak class hours from construction. It was alsobrought up that there were several outstanding work orders for residences. Several members of council echoed the statement that it was hard totrust that anything was going to happen. Some-body brought up the concern that the ResidenceAssistants hadn’t received proper fire trainingand are now uncomfortable with fire regulationsin the buildings; they had been told not to use theextinguishers but just to call 911. Te weekly SAC meetings take place on Wednes-days room 111 of Avard Dixon at 7 pm. All are welcome.
Community takes time to remember 
Remembrance day commemorated by university, town and legion
Julie Stephenson
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Each year, the Mount Allison and Sackville com-munities gather to recognize Veterans’ Week, which runs November 5 to 11. While Novem-ber 11 is the traditionally acknowledged date, the week as a whole marks a greater recognition of  veterans’ service and sacrifice.“Tere are many different things underway inan effort to raise awareness, remembrance andsupport,” explains Poppy Campaign ChairmanBruce Montrose. Te Sackville chapter of theRoyal Canadian Legion has spread the Poppy Campaign throughout the town and community for several years. Montrose says there are dona-tion boxes at various locations including BridgeStreet Café and the Irving station. Tere are alsoa few locations on campus, like the library, wherestudents can give a small donation and get a pop-py in return.“[You can] display your remembrance as yougo on about your daily life and take a few mo-ments to reflect on the incredible sacrifice madeby veterans,” says Montrose. Te poppy was offi-cially recognized in 1921 as a symbol of remem-brance and as “our visual pledge to never forgetall those Canadians who have fallen in war andmilitary operations.”In addition to the Poppy Campaign, the Le-gion has also re-launched their poster competi-tion that they hope will “raise awareness amongthe younger generation in town.” Te competi-tion is run nationally and open to all Canadianschool children. “Te youths that participate inthe contest assist the Legion in one of our pri-mary goals,” explains Montrose, “fostering thetradition of remembrance amongst Canadians.”On November 11 there will a parade from theSackville Legion at 9:30 am to Convocation Hall where a Remembrance Day service will be held. Te service will be presided over several clergy from Sackville and Mayor Estabrooks. After theservice has concluded, participants will walk tothe Cenotaph in town for laying of wreaths. Vet-erans and Legion members will then return tothe Legion for a stand to while Mount Allisonofficials and community members will return tothe Wallace McCain Student Centre for a uni- versity commemoration at the Memorial Wall inthe ruman Atrium.“Te university is represented at [the] Legionservice by the President, who has no role but is aguest,” explains Rev. John Perkin, who will offerthe Invocation at the Remembrance Day service,“[Te service in the atrium] is an annual obser- vance and gives the university opportunity toremember its own war dead, and the significantimpact of the wars on the university.” Te Legion will also observe on November8 with Veterans and Legion members attend-ing services at Main St. Baptist Church and onNovember 7 during special services hosted atthe Sackville Hospital and the Drew NursingHome.“Te Poppy Campaign is a very worthwhileendeavour which was created to raise money andsupport veterans,” explains Montrose, “Te do-nations which are graciously donated each yeargo toward supporting veterans from all wars andtheir families who are greatly in need of sup-port.” Te Mount Allison community has been askedby Montrose to participate in several small waysincluding buying and wearing a poppy in remem-brance, observing two minutes of silence at 11 amon November 11 to pay respect and to attend thememorial services organized for the day.Sackville is not exceptional in this sense. In2004, 18 per cent of Canadians said that theirmost recent emergency room visit was for a prob-lem that could have been addressed by a family physician.A study a year prior also showed that the samepercentage of people in New Brunswick had hadtheir last contact with a doctor in the emergency department. Tis number was the second highestin Canada, surpassed only by the Yukon.“I think it’s a general problem, I guess that’s why  we have the emergency,” said Gayle Churchill,Manager of Student Life. “[It] is unfortunate ona whole lot of things, but it’s a reality here. Andits not just here, I mean all of New Brunswick. When I worked in Fredericton I remember go-ing to the emergency with a student, and it was asix hour wait. And, yeah, that person got in to see
Signs of remembrance are all over town.
 Jessica Emin
the doctor, only to be released again, and I don’tthink I was back to my office before that person was released.”For the foreseeable future, Mt. A students, par-ticularly those from out-of-province, will have tocontinue to be thankful for the time that Sack- ville’s doctors do give, to both the health clinic oncampus and the emergency room.
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 Julie Cruikshank
 Afghan run-off election scrapped
President Hamid Karzai has beendeclared the elected President of Af-ghanistan after officials decided tocancel the run-off vote for the posi-tion. Karzai’s only political opponent,Abdullah Abdullah, recently pulledout of the race, stating that the sec-ond round of voting would be no lesscorrupt than the first had been. TeObama administration has declaredits support for Karzai, althoughmany senior American officials con-sider him corrupt and ineffective infighting the aliban insurgency.
US-N. Korea negotiations tense
North Korean authorities continue topressure the United States to engagein bilateral negotiations regarding itsnuclear weapons program in orderto end their “hostile relationship”. Te United States (US), however,states that North Korea must firstinclude South Korea, China, Japan,and Russia at the negotiation table. Te US has also vowed to continueto enforce the sanctions imposed onNorth Korea by the United Nations.A North Korean diplomat warnedthat if the US did not agree to its de-mands, North Koreans were “ready to go our own way” and presumably continue nuclear tests.
Kosovo unveils Clinton statue
A three-metre statue of former USPresident Bill Clinton was unveiledin the Kosovar city of Pristina lastSunday. Kosovo’s Albanian major-ity largely credits US intervention forsaving them from ethnic cleansing by Serbian forces in 1999, when Clintonlaunched NAO air strikes. Kosovarshave dedicated a street to Clinton andanother to George W. Bush. Many have also named their children afterthe American leaders. As the statue was unveiled, Clinton urged Kosovarsto, “build a multi-ethnic country withthe minority Serbs” who still live in thecontested region after the conflict.
Nomads suffer from climate change
Persistent droughts in Kenya are ruin-ing a way of life for the country’s threemillion nomads. Residents of Dela innorthern Kenya say that the dry spellsare becoming more frequent and moresevere. As a result, they cannot findsuitable land for their cows to graze. Te nomads have been referred to as‘climate change canaries’ due to theextreme vulnerability of their lifestyleto minute climate fluctuations. Somehave already been forced to sell theirherds and move into settlements, whilethe vast majority increasingly rely oninternational food aid for survival.
Guantanamo detainees sent to Palau
 Te US Justice Department revealedSaturday that it had sent six ethnicUighur Chinese formerly detained inGuantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the Pacificisland nation of Palau. Te country isone of only twenty-three countriesthat recognize aiwan over Bejing asChina’s capital, thus the decision tosend former inmates there is likely toinfuriate the Chinese. Te US Govern-ment denied China’s demands that theUighur men be sent to Beijing, statingthat they were likely to face persecu-tion. Te Obama administration mustnow ensure resettlement for the 215detainees left at Guantanamo, as the January 22 deadline to close the facil-ity approaches.
 Violence continues in Chechnya
Four separate incidents have left elev-en suspected militants and one policeofficer dead in the volatile southernRussian provinces of Chechnya andDagestan, said officials on Saturday. Te deaths occurred after a make-shift bomb exploded in a car, and ashootout occurred between policeand militants in Mozdok borderdistrict of Chechnya. Te unstableRussian region has been plagued by two separatist wars in the last fifteen years. Both Chechnya and Dagestanhave experienced an increase in sui-cide bombings and clashes betweenpolice, militants, and criminal gangsover previous months.
H1N1 officially on campus
Students told to stay away from class when sick and communicate with professors by email
 Tere are now three confirmed cases of the H1N1 flu at Mount Allison Uni- versity. However, now that less strin-gent means of identifying cases arebeing used, the numbers are expectedto increase.Students must still inform their pro-fessors if they are going to miss classbecause of being ill. While advised notto go and make arrangements in per-son, communication by email is essen-tial. Te university administration hasinformed all departments that they areto be more lenient with students whoare absent because they are unwell.Currently, students are unable to getthe H1N1 vaccine in Sackville. Clinicsare being held daily in Moncton, butonly for priority groups. General clin-ics are planned for Sackville, but thereare no confirmed dates as of yet. Inresidence, the Dons and staff are care-fully monitoring on-campus studentsfor illness, and can assist with havingmeals provided for those who are sick.Off-campus students can self-identify and fill out a form on the health ser- vices website. o obtain a doctor’s diagnosis, stu-dents can visit the health centre oncampus or the Sackville MemorialHospital, but may face long waits.Fourth year English major AlixRobinson is concerned about this sys-tem.“If you’re not feeling well and youknow it’s the flu, you’re not goingto want to wait at the hospital forten hours,” she said. However, she isconcerned about losing participationmarks in some of her classes when theprofessors require a note for illness-re-lated absences.“I understand why people would want documentation for us not beingthere, and I understand always thatthere are going to be people who abusethe system,” she acknowledged. Mean- while, she stayed away from class asinstructed by the university, and visitedthe hospital when she was ill, but wasunable to get a note from the doctor, who was apparently concerned thatothers would be requesting them too.“Tere needs to be some leeway for
Rebecca Anne Dixon
 Argosy Staff 
Students should not attend classes if experiencing flu symptoms.
Chrissy Leblanc 
those classes [that require written con-firmation] because we’re not gettingnotes anymore.”It is against university policy forprofessors to require a note for ill-ness-related absences. Students whoare faced with this requirement shouldcontact the SAC to report this.One of the Mt. A students who wenthome because of H1N1 has not hadthe opportunity to be in touch withprofessors about assignments, havingmissed several. Te student also feelsunprepared for midterms happeningshortly after returning to class andhopes that adjustments will be made.Other students are not concernedabout the virus.“It was inevitable,” said Emily  Tomas about the outbreak.“If I get sick I get sick. If I don’t, Idon’t.”Others remain concerned, travel-ing home to get the vaccine if neces-sary. Tis is possible for students fromthe Maritimes, but more difficult forthose from other parts of Canada andabroad. At the same time, they wouldalso face greater challenges if they came down with H1N1.“If put into quarantine [...] people who live in Moncton can go home, butpeople who live in Ontario can’t,” saidRobinson. Te university continues to encour-age students to observe the recom-mended health practices including
 It is against university policy for professors torequire a note for illness-related absences. Stu-dents who are faced withthis requirement should contact the SAC to report this.
hand washing, using hand sanitizerand coughing into a kleenex or sleeveto avoid spreading germs. Regular up-dates will be sent out over the email toinform students of the progress of theH1N1 flu on campus and of the avail-
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