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Wednesday, March 6, 1996

It's federal budget day

No stunners are expected in the budget that federal finance minister Paul Martin will reveal at 4:30 this afternoon, although "a few surprises" are possible, according to prime minister Jean Chretien. Martin did promise yesterday that there would be something in the budget to help young people find jobs.

The Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada says it's not expecting any changes to funding for academic research, but there should be some information about the proposed National Technology Innovation Program -- and, just maybe, something new about the Canada Health and Social Transfer, the current name for the cash payments from Ottawa to the provinces, which include funding for higher education.

The government will have the budget documents available on-line at http://www.fin.gc.ca as soon as Martin's speech in the House of Commons begins.

Along with the budget, Martin is expected to release a discussion paper on the future of the Canada Pension Plan, which has been under review by governments and the subject of much speculation by future pensioners who wonder whether there will be any money left for them. Look for Rob Brown of UW's statistics and actuarial science department to be much quoted in the news over the next couple of days. He's already regularly in the newspapers from coast to coast with expert comments on what it will take to keep the CPP solvent.

What's happening today

And what's not happening

The finance committee of UW's senate, which had been scheduled to meet today, won't. The meeting has been rescheduled to March 27, by which time the president and provost ought to have more detailed material about the 1996-97 operating budget to present.

Nominations are requested . . .

From the university secretariat:
Nominations are requested for the following seat on the University Senate, to be filled by by-election. At least five (5) nominators are required in each case.

One (1) full-time Faculty of Engineering undergraduate student representative to Senate (term to April 30, 1997).

Nominations should be sent to the Chief Returning Officer, Secretariat, Needles Hall, Room 3060, no later than 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 1996. An election will follow if necessary. Nomination forms are available from the Secretariat, extension 6125.

About those volunteers

Yesterday's Bulletin faithfully quoted a memo from the Volunteer Action Centre, looking for people to help at a telephone distress centre: "expected to commit three hours a day for a year". Doesn't sound right, said Jean Herzog of Renison College, who's been involved with such work. Quick check with the VAC: why, yes, that was a mistake. Volunteers are wanted who can work three hours a week. Call 742-8610 for more information.

Also needed, according to the Volunteer Action Centre: a French-English translator to work on documents for "a locally-based national organization that builds homes for the working poor", and a collection technician to help look after artifacts for Doon Heritage Crossroads. Again: 742-8610 for information.

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

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