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Friday, June 16, 1995

His locale was Celtic and his season Spring

Just thought I'd quote a Supreme Court judgement there, in honour of Bloomsday, the annual day when James Joyce is honoured. We may not be altogether Celtic here at Waterloo, but it's spring all right, edging into summer, and the Midnight Sun III solar race car is off to a qualifying round of Sunrayce '95.

Outdoor activity for this weekend: open house Sunday, from 10:30 to 3, at the University of Guelph's Arboretum, in honour of its 25th birthday. (Information: 824-4120 ext. 4110.)

Indoor activity for this weekend: second annual Canadian Optometric History Day, running from 9:15 to 4:30 on Saturday in Optometry room 347. (Information: ext. 3178.)

$1 million reward in bombings

"Beginning in May, 1978, a series of bombing incidents have occurred across the United States for which there is no apparent explanation or motive," says a bulletin from the Federal Bureau of Invstigation. " No person or group has been identified as the perpetrator(s) of these incidents. The explosions have taken place in eight states from Connecticut to California. As a result of these bombings, three individuals have been killed and 23 others injured, some grievously."

The attacker has come to be called the "Unabomber" because many of the bombs have come addressed to university researchers in technical fields. Says the FBI: "You are not being asked to place yourself in harm's way. You are encouraged to come forward if you have information that might help identify, arrest, and convict the person(s) responsible for these bombings. Contact the UNABOM Task Force at 1-800-701-2662 or send email to"

The FBI has set up World Wide Web pages to provide more information about the case and to announce a $1 million reward. There's also a Web page from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with some advice on how to identify and deal with suspicious packages. Among the possible characteristics of a mail bomb: "protruding wires, screws, or tinfoil".

Training in workplace safety

The safety office notes that by Ontario law, everyone who works for the university must "be made aware of current Health & Safety legislation and the WHMIS Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System program. To facilitate this, the Safety Office has prepared a video decribing the WHMIS program and requirements of the Occupational Health & Safety Act."

Two sessions have been announced when faculty, staff and graduate students can see the video. "The presentation, including a brief quiz, runs for approximately 1 hour." Showings will be Friday, June 23, at 9:30 a.m., and Tuesday, July 4, at 2 p.m., both in Davis Centre room 1304. Information: ext. 6359.

Also happening this weekend

A few more things:

Water, water, hardly anywhere

Water supplies will be shut off in parts of Village 2 several times in the next few days to allow tank maintenance, the installation of new valves, and other chores. The central complex will be without hot water starting Sunday at 6 p.m. and without cold water starting Monday at 7:30 a.m.; water in that area will be back Tuesday at 4 p.m. The north and west quads will be without hot water from Monday at 7:30 a.m. to Tuesday at 4 p.m., and without any water at all on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The south and east quads will be without hot water from Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. to Thursday at 4 p.m., and without any water at all both Monday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (cold water returning about 1 p.m.). Got all that?

Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4567 ext. 3004

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