|Today is St. George's Day|
Friday's Bulletin |
Search past Bulletins
UWinfo | Text
About the Bulletin
Mail to the editor
Monday, April 23, 2001
Trees are getting a new leaf on life: What appears to be an arboreal assault is actually a transplant job, as this tree is relocated to make way for the construction of the Centre for Environmental and Information Technologies. A handful of trees on the site around parking lot B1 are slated for new trunk routes.
Provost Alan George is still calling for a temporary "clawback" from this year's operating budget, to deal with a deficit of more than $5 million that would otherwise unbalance the $219 million budget. After earlier speaking of a 3 per cent cut, he said last week that he's now asking administrators to make it 3.5 per cent of most budgets, for total savings of $5,360,000.
And George said on Friday that he has told them "they should also be at least thinking about what they might do if the number turned out later to be 4 or 4.5 per cent."
That's because there are big uncertainties on the income side of the budget. The Ontario government, which provides about half the total income through its operating grants to universities, has not yet said how much the grants will be for 2001-02.
That news is expected to come in the provincial budget May 9 -- although the government did note in last Thursday's throne speech that "Details of the government's commitment to children, education and training will be announced April 26."
Also from the throne speech"Proposed amendments to the Audit Act would empower the Provincial Auditor to ensure that institutions funded by Ontario taxpayers use that money prudently, effectively and as intended. . . .
"Running deficits is not sustainable and not acceptable. Your government, municipalities and school boards are now prohibited from running deficits. The budget will introduce measures that would require the entire public sector, including hospitals, to act in a fiscally responsible manner. . . .
"While economies of scale and common accountability standards promote excellence and efficiency, so do innovation, competition, flexibility and choice. All must coexist. Provincial standards should not eliminate local responsibility. Queen's Park can lead without centralized micromanagement and control. . . .
"To address skills shortages -- including among the trades -- and ensure that Ontario boasts the skilled workforce necessary to attract investment and jobs . . . the government intends to establish an innovative new post-secondary institution that would link education and skills training with the needs of the marketplace. Details will be announced in the budget."
George has said that he's calling for a one-time "clawback", rather than permanent budget cuts, because of the expectation that the government will soon make a funding commitment to help institutions cope with the enrolment growth that the double cohort will bring them in 2003 and 2004.
On the expense side, major factors include $6.3 million in May 1 salary increases; $1.6 million in higher spending for benefits; a boost of $1.7 million in utility bills, mostly for natural gas; and $1.1 million more in pension fund contributions.
Organizations targeted by the RCMP, the Record says, included the Waterloo Public Interest Research Group, Project Ploughshares, the forerunner of Gays and Lesbians of Waterloo, the student newspaper The Chevron, and the Radical Student Movement, which agitated the campus in the late 1960s. Interestingly, there's no mention of the Anti-Imperialist Alliance, the Marxist-Leninist faction that gave UW some of its liveliest moments in the mid-1970s.
"When students opposed the demolition of the old Kitchener city hall," Terry Pender of the Record writes, "supported striking workers or worked at a co-operative printing shop, RCMP snoops kept tabs on them. They watched students hold sit-ins, help draft dodgers flee the Vietnam War and produce a community newspaper called On the Line. And they watched the collective organize unions and a conference on Marxism. By the early 1970s, the RCMP was tracking members of the Radical Student movement as they moved off campus and into the community."
The article includes comments from several of the students who were under surveillance a generation ago -- people who now work as professors, librarians and lawyers. One of them is Brian Iler, president of the Federation of Students in 1968, who says he has trouble taking the Mounties' concerns of those days -- such as a possible "violent attempt to physically take over the university" -- seriously. "It's such garbage," he told the Record. "It's taking their fantasies and stating them as fact."
|CAUT's latest concern about the RCMP|
"The drills are scheduled for one day rather than last year's two days," he said. "Various groups assisting with the fire alarm drills include Plant Operations, UW Police, Safety Office, Waterloo Fire Department, Faculty/Building Evacuation Co-ordinators, Fire Wardens and each building's faculty, staff and students."
Buildings with fire drills tomorrow morning (between 8:30 and noon) will be Health Services, Physical Activities Complex, Student Life Centre, Humanities, Modern Languages, PAS, Dana Porter Library, Needles Hall, both Environmental Studies buildings, General Services Complex, Commissary, and the Village I central complex.
In the afternoon (1 to 4 p.m.): Matthews Hall, Engineering II and III, Carl Pollock Hall, Doug Wright Engineering, South Campus Hall, Physics, ESC, Biology I and II, Chemistry II, Math and Computer, East Campus Hall, B. F. Goodrich, and the Davis Centre.
Any alarms that are postponed from tomorrow "due to weather or other alarm delays" will be held at the same scheduled time of the day on Wednesday.
On the program: a labour leader, a musician, a painter, a university president, a knitwear designer, the artistic director of a theatre company, and a sports editor. All are readers, and they'll each talk about a book they've loved and about the important role reading has played in their lives.
The event, co-sponsored by the Waterloo Regional Arts Council, will be held at the Registry Theatre, Kitchener's newest venue for the performing arts. The evening will showcase literary reflections from a diverse and dynamic group of readers along with the music of local singer-songwriter Matt Osborne, including a song commissioned for the occasion. It starts at 7 p.m. and concludes with a reception at 10:00. Tickets are $10 and include a chance to win inscribed copies of some of the books discussed. Proceeds will go towards The Literacy Group's efforts to bring the joy of reading to adult learners.
The one participant from UW is Michael Higgins, president of St. Jerome's University. Others taking part are Karlo Berkovich, sports editor of the Record; Peter Cook, president of the Labour Council and of local 80 of the United Steelworkers of America; Sally Melville, founder of the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters Guild; Deborah Rothwell, a painter and founder and executive director of KOR Gallery and Studios, an artists' cooperative; Stuart Scadron-Wattles, founder and producing artistic director of Theatre & Company; and Glenn Soulis of the Beirdo Brothers and the K-W Symphony Orchestra.
More information and tickets are available from the New Quarterly office, phone ext. 5090.
Editor of the Daily Bulletin: Chris Redmond
Information and Public Affairs, University of Waterloo
email@example.com | (519) 888-4567 ext. 3004
http://www.bulletin.uwaterloo.ca | Friday's Bulletin
Copyright © 2001 University of Waterloo