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Smokers in London are one stepcloser to being told to butt out ontheir nights out.Last week the Board o Health, which oversees the Middlesex-London Health Unit, approved aproposal or the MLHU to begin working with the city to put a banon smoking in many public places.The ban keeps smokers romlighting up on bar and restaurantpatios, parks and playgrounds, as well as smoking within nine metreso entrances to public buildings.Linda Stobo, program managero chronic disease prevention andtobacco control, explained theMLHU wanted to see the ban putin place to protect patrons o thesespaces, the people who worked inthem and children who may alsobe exposed.“It’s also about protecting ev-eryone rom the eects o second-hand smoke,” Stobo explained.Stephen Orser, councillor or Ward 4, said he elt there wereelements o the ban that werecounterintuitive.“I we ban smoking on these pa-tios, people will be lawully allowedto go stand on the street, by the busstop, in droves, where a dozen kidsare sitting,” he explained. “We asa city cannot regulate smoking onsidewalks or roads, so currently we’ve got a process in place wherethere’s bars and patios where peo-ple can chose to go to and not to goto.”Orser also explained employ-ees could choose to work in thesespaces as well.Quincy Roberts, manager o Up on Carling, explained he wasconcerned about the ban. “It’s justmore o an inconvenience,” he ex-plained. He expressed his concernsabout how his customers wouldreact to having to leave the bar viaa ight o stairs.“I eel that people are going to go on the patio anyway,” heexplained.Stobo explained previous stud-ies had shown local businesses were not impacted by municipalsmoking bylaws.“I think we need to remind our-selves that currently we have an un-level playing feld,” she explained,noting the Smoke-Free Ontario Act prohibited smoking on patios which were covered partially, whilesmokers could use completely un-covered patios.“We have emerging evidence[including public opinion polls]that has demonstrated the currentlevel o protection provided underthe Smoke-Free Ontario Act is nothigh enough or Middlesex-Lon-don residents,” she explained.Orser said, even as a casualsmoker, he would rather see acomplete ban on tobacco handeddown rom the province than whatthe city was doing.“It’s a personal reedom issue,”he explained. According to Stobo, the healthunit now needs to take a report tocouncil about the potential ban.She hoped to see this presentationin the new year.
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pant in the event, said the USC hada problem with their critical analy-sis o the code o conduct.“We had concerns brought to usby the student lie department andby reservations because our pam-phlet ino had been orwarded tothe university administration andthey were upset that we had dis-cussed the code o conduct in ourinormation pamphlet,” she said.“I think there was a breakdownin communication [between Oc-cupy and the USC] because when you say you’re going to do an ed-ucational event on the Occupy movement, I don’t think it auto-matically clicks with everyone thatin order to educate on the Occupy movement you have to educate onthe types o complaints or typeso concerns that are raised withinthat movement,” she said. Wellington, speaking on behal o the USC, countered that theissue arose or a completely dier-ent reason.“The issue here is that we hadnot seen any o the literature untiltoday. So it’s not about the con-tent—we don’t get into being thearbiters o truth,” he said.Berchtold’s assessment o thesituation did not match up to Wellington’s.“No one asked to see the litera-ture we were going to hand out,even though it was made clear [tothe USC] that we were going tobe handing literature out,” she ar-gued. “Also, when we sent our ma-terials into InPrint we orwarded itto the USC. At that point their con-cerns could have been respondedto, but it wasn’t [brought up] untilfve minutes beore we were sup-posed to set up today.” Another violation brought tothe attention o the USC by theuniversity administration was themovement’s ailure to obtain ap-proval or their posters.No action was taken by theUSC or the university against theteach-in.“At this point we’re just going to let things go, debrie aterwardand fgure how we can better han-dle this sort o thing in the uture,” Wellington said.
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Student representatives on the uni-versity senate are eeling neglectedby the election process. At Friday’s meeting, Adam Fear-nall, a senator-at-large, raised theissue o reimbursement or sena-torial candidates. As it stands now,candidates who run or senate donot get reimbursed or their cam-paign expenses—something thatis the case or students who runor positions on the University Stu-dents’ Council.“Candidates [or senate] have atendency to run campaigns that donot have many expenses becauseo the lack o fnancial support,”Fearnall said. “The fnancial con-straints prevent candidates romdoing things that acilitate voterawareness.”Fearnall added the current sen-ators want to see the inequality rectifed.“While it is possible to arguethat the lack o budget encouragescreativity, it oten merely results inapathy,” Fearnall continued. “A bal-ance needs to be struck betweenproviding candidates enoughmoney to run a reasonable cam-paign and the necessity o control-ling budgets or the interest o pro-moting creativity and outreach.”“I do hope we can [change it].Ideally it will come rom the uni-versity. They should step up to en-able students to become engaged,regardless o their economic back-ground,” Brent Duncan, senatoror social science and the aculty o inormation and media studies,said. “I suppose this would be adiscussion we have to have withincommittees and in senate closer tobudget time.”Irene Birrell, secretary o thesenate, said the issue could beraised at senate.“I think one o the things that would have to be considered is whether or not this would be ex-clusive to student candidates.There are 102 members o senate,”Birrell explained. “So would thisbe something that would be lim-ited to students? I don’t know. I wepaid or students to run would wealso have to pay or other constitu-encies to run? So the cost o suchreimbursements would vary basedon that decision.”However, Fearnall said he waseager to see a change.“The lack o a budget has theability to prevent a student romrunning or senate. We don’t hearabout the candidates who decidenot to run because fnancial acces-sibility is not something that peo-ple are very willing to talk about,”Fearnall said. “We should level theplaying feld to prevent this rombeing an issue.”