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T H E S E C R E T A R IA T
The idea of CCIMUN was sparked by three prominent students of Canadian College Italy: Aram Barra, Savannah Macintosh, and Kyla Zanardi. A vision that was born in early November, 2003, of creating a Model United Nations at CCI, was followed through by these three individuals with relentless pride, joy, and enthusiasm. These three members of the Secretariat have each spent literally hundreds of hours preparing for this conference, whether it was assembling handbooks, making phone calls to other schools, preparing the Rules of Procedure, or to meet three young teenagers such as these three who are so passionate about what they do and about making a difference, and it is sincerely a pleasure to watch. They should be praised beyond belief for the work that they have done, for they have proven it to be true that when there is a will there is a way.

simply making delegate badges to be worn at the conference. Every day after school, without fail, the three of them would sit down in the computer lab, pull out their lab tops, and just start working, and frankly, the working never really stopped. It is quite rare

During the course of this Model United Nations, feel free to approach Aram, Kyla, and Savannah at any time. They would love to speak with all of the delegates, both about the conference and just for the purpose of getting to know each other.

THE OPENING CEREMONY
The opening ceremony is essential to any successful Model United Nations. CCIMUN’s opening ceremony will be headed by Kyla Zanardi, the President of the General Assembly, will be taking place in the atrium of CCI. On Friday afternoon, members of the chair and Secretariat helped to set up the atrium for this exciting event, hanging up countries’ flags and properly setting up the stage with the necessary materials. During the opening ceremonies, several faculty members of CCI will give speeches, and members of the secretariat will be addressing the delegates as well. In addition, one delegate from each country’s delegation will be responsible for delivering a forty-five second speech during this inaugurating event. The speech can take any variety of forms, but should stay in tact with the country’s views and characteristics.

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ISRAEL-PALESTINE
One of the issues to be discussed in the Security Council involves the Israel-Palestine dilemma. An issue that has been prevalent for over fifty years has yet to be solved with an effective resolution. Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians are continually growing and the situation does not seem to be getting any better. How will the delegates fair in the Security Council? Will they be able to pass an effective resolution that helps to solve this world conflict? Will the delegates move one step closer to achieving peace in the Middle East.

MEET THE DELEGATES
Eric from Toronto: When Eric Rumi decided to spend the year in Italy, little did he know that he would eventually have the opportunity of formally bashing the United States of America in an organized Model United Nations Conference. ¨Ït´s received here better than anywhere¨, Eric exclaimed. When asked why he chose to serve as the delegation of China, he responded without hesitation that he wanted ¨to be the official opposition of the delegate of America.¨ In his spare time, Eric likes participating in Anti-Bush protests, getting people more angry with the Bush administration, eating ¨BLT¨s, and spending ¨quality time¨ with his girlfriend, Lauren. Eric´s favourite time of the day is Undoubtedly his customary shower, a time when he can get clean and reflect upon his day.

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INTERVIEW WITH THE SECRETARY GENERAL
What inspired you to become interested in the Model United Nations? Aram: A desire of changing the world that we inhabit. I believe that the ideal world that we desire must be built day by day and it is youth’s task to do so. Through a Model United Nations, teenagers are able to learn basic skills such as communication and how to deal with other people, something that is helpful in all branches of life. What are you most excited for in being the Secretary General during the conference? I’m looking forward for delegates having a great time and engaging in fruitful discussions. I’m looking forward to achieving effective resolutions and for the partying at night. Aram, how many hours of sleep do you estimate that you will get during this conference? A few. Actually….nah, still definitely just a few! How did you first get involved with MUNs? I built myself up from being an usher when I was fourteen years old, and I kept on debating in MUNs until this project was born, and the executive team decided to create the first MUN ever to be enacted in Italy. Any words of advice for the delegates? Skills you’re born with, but tactics you can develop. Enjoy the conference.

MOJITOS
Do you like getting down to some nice Latin beats while sipping a cocktail in a luxurious bar? Well, the Secretary General sure does, and along with the Secretariat invites all delegates and chairs

to come to Mojitos bar after a nice, long day of debate. Have a beer, meet other delegates, and if you´re lucky, treat yourself to a dance with Aram Barra himself.

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BIOGRAPHY OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE G.A. Kyla Zanardi, a woman with a dream, was born on July 20, 1987, in Caledon, Ontario. The day she was born, her father exclaimed that there was something very special about her, a certain twinkle in her eye, not something that many parents would admit about their own children! As she grew older, it BIOGRAPHY OF THE EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT Savannah Macintosh, who also goes by the name Indiana Jones, is an undercover spy (oops!), a computer gaming master, and is often sent on space missions along with other astronauts. Savannah thrives on adventure and mystery and dreams of heading her own spy cruise one day in the Caribbean Islands. Despite Macintosh’s extremely optimistic outlook on life, it seems as if the Executive Assistant’s main problem is that she never laughs and always carries around with her a very serious and somber look on her face. Jokes, riddles, funny faces, NOTHING can make this girl laugh. The delegates are hereby challenged to make Savannah Macintosh giggle by the end of the conference. It will be hard, but perhaps this goal will be achieved by the end of the conference. Watch out though, because Savannah is also the Sergeant-at-

was clear that Mr. Zanardi was right. Kyla truly was a miraculous child, drinking out of a straw by age 2, winning the Canadian Baby International Crawlers´ Tournament (CBICT), and saying her first word ¨dada¨ at the ripe age of one; truly God´s gift from heaven. As the President of the General Assembly and Executive Secretary, Kyla will put these high-quality skills to work and deliver the goods. She is extremely excited for the weekend conference, and should be after the tremendous amount of work that she has put into its success. To find out more about Kyla Zanardi, you can check her out at www.canadapagaents.com. Go Orangeville!

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Arms. This means that she can and will chastise delegates for improper conduct or improper dress code during the conference, and will act as the CCIMUN police force. Don’t mess with Savvy! As the Executive Assistant, Savannah is also forced into hours of work that the Secretary General could not tend to himself. It is a job of constant work and movement, and Savannah should be praised for her steady work.

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"There's no reason to say the virus will not continue to evolve so that it can transmit directly from one person to another. There's a realistic chance that could happen“.

DAMN THOSE BIRDS!
Bird flu could develop into a threat big enough to overturn world order if it evolves to transfer directly from person to person, a UK scientist says.

Dr Sarah Elliott, of the Institute for Animal Health, said the virus could be 20 times worse than the 1918 pandemic. That is estimated to have killed 40 million people, with later influenza outbreaks also killing millions more. Dr Elliott said there was a realistic chance of the current avian flu virus evolving to threaten people directly. Dr Elliott, whose research into avian influenza is being funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), was speaking to CCIMUN Daily. Practical possibility She said: "At the moment the virus affects humans only after transferring to them from poultry. In 1997, six people died in Hong Kong after 18 became infected. This year, 23 patients have died from a total of about 34 people infected in south-east Asia”.

"If it does - if the virus becomes adapted to man and can transmit efficiently - there'll be no point in selling a vaccine. You might as well give it away at that stage, because money would be meaningless. The world order would change." Dr Elliott said: "Any complacency could lead to devastation for the UK poultry industry. I think the avian form of the disease has not been cleared up in any of the affected countries."

USHER BOOT CAMP
When members of CCI signed up for Usher Boot Camp, they had absolutely no clue what they were getting themselves into. Their sound visions of simply pouring water and peacefully passing notes to and from the chair were smashed by Sarah Elliott, leader of Usher Boot Camp, an intense program that trained these brave individuals for their debuts in CCIMUN. Through a variety of water carrying challenges and message passing activities, it was clear that delegates Tonya and Cynthia were dominating the match. It was a day of fear, character-building, and water delivery. Today, the ushers will bravely take their stances in the four different committees and hopefully prove Sarah Elliott´s tough program to be a success.

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