Tuesday, October 28, 2003
UW to get two Fulbright visitors each yearThe Record reports this morning that the Centre for International Governance Innovation, which is based in Waterloo, "announced yesterday that the Fulbright Foundation will support two senior Fulbright scholars -- prominent American academics -- to come to Waterloo yearly for the next five years to teach at the University of Waterloo and be involved in CIGI projects". The announcement was made as VIPs, including prime-minister-in-waiting Paul Martin, converged on Waterloo's former Seagram Museum, now home of CIGI, for the first meeting of the centre's international board of directors. Its director is UW history professor John English. Details of the Fulbright plan? None that I've seen so far, but stay tuned.
Columbia Lake seen from the north -- that's Columbia Street running across the top, with Ron Eydt Village in the upper left corner
Making the lake a bit smaller is among the recommendations for moving ahead on the "environmental reserve" that's to occupy the middle section of the north campus, from Columbia Street north along Laurel Creek. An environmental assessment has been under way, and word came this summer that the consulting firm doing the study thought the lake should be made deeper but smaller, to cool it off for the sake of fish and plants trying to survive in the water.
The change is on the agenda for approval by the board of governors today -- including "dredging and reconfiguring the lake to approximately 75% of its existing size and constructing a westerly bypass channel to divert a portion of the upstream creek flow around the lake. Further, that Board approve the creation of a wetland complex at the lake's northerly inlet, removal of invasive species in the woodlots, and reconfiguration and expansion of the recreational trail system."
The board agenda gives a little background: "The rehabilitation of the Environmental Reserve on the University's North Campus is one of seven projects funded under the Research & Technology Park SuperBuild program. Over the past year, an Environmental Assessment, led by the City of Waterloo and the Grand River Conservation Authority, was undertaken which resulted the recommendation of a number of concepts as described in the above motion.
"The EA process requires approval from the City of Waterloo Council before it can be forwarded to the Minister of the Environment for consent. The UW Board of Governors' support is desirable prior to the City Council's deliberations.
"The estimated cost of implementation is $2.437 million in three phases. The SuperBuild budget provides $1.5 million toward the project with approximately $1.2 million available after funding the Environmental Assessment. Other sources of funding will be pursued; the complete implementation of the concept will occur over a period of time as budget and R&T Park land lease revenues become available. UW's approval of this motion does not necessitate the completion of work beyond the funding available under SuperBuild."
Among other items on the agenda for the board to approve at its quarterly meeting today:
Since he took office last spring, Edey has been listing municipal involvement as his number one priority, and now's the time for students to back him up, as voters in Kitchener-Waterloo will be choosing members of city councils, school boards, and Waterloo Region council.
A forum tonight -- starting at 7 p.m. in the great hall of the Student Life Centre -- will give students a first-hand look at many of the candidates for mayor of Waterloo and for seats on city council. "Aside from the structured forum," says Edey, "students will have the opportunity to informally meet and ask questions of the candidates."
The Federation released a 24 page Candidate Information Booklet last week, with information on all the candidates, a synopsis of what Fed leaders think are the major issues facing students in the upcoming election, and a list of the polling locations in Waterloo. The booklet is available in the Feds office and has also been distributed to residence dons, the affiliated colleges, Feds services, student councillors, student societies and the Clubs Director, Edey said.
Politicians hold board seatsThe voters of Kitchener-Waterloo will be -- probably without knowing it -- choosing three members of UW's 36-member board of governors when they go to the polls November 10.
Under the UW Act, three public officials have seats on the board, UW's highest governing body. They are the mayor of Waterloo, the mayor of Kitchener, and "the Warden of Waterloo County". Waterloo County turned into Waterloo Region in 1973, and the Warden was replaced by the Regional Chair.
Complete information on where, how and why to vote is available on the Feds web site . One of the features offered is that any user can type in their address and be told exactly where to may vote on election day. Or, on November 10 any student may come to the SLC to find out where they can vote, Edey said. "The Federation of Students will be providing rides to any student who wishes to be transported to their polling location."
To be eligible to vote a person must be 18 years of age (or older) as of November 10, a Canadian citizen, and a current resident of the City of Waterloo. To vote, a person needs valid government issued ID and proof of current residency (such as a lease, a bill, mail from a level of government or a Quest printout).
Edey said he'd like to hear from students interested in helping to plan and carry out promotion of the election through the Feds Voters Support Committee.
Donald DeMarco, retired faculty member in philosophy at St. Jerome's University, is seeking election as a Waterloo trustee on the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.
Nicholas Ermeta, a first-year environmental studies student, is trying for a seat on Waterloo Regional Council as a representative from Cambridge.
Tom Galloway, UW's director of custodial and grounds services, is seeking re-election as a Kitchener representative on Waterloo Regional Council.
Mike Kerrigan, psychology student and former vice-president (student issues) of the Federation of Students, is running for election to Waterloo city council in Ward 2 ("northwest").
Stephen Markan, of the information systems and technology department, is trying for a seat on Waterloo Regional Council representing Waterloo.
Stephen Skrzydlo, a recent BMath graduate and UW student senator, is trying for Waterloo city council in Ward 4 ("central").
David Wellhauser, who just finished a master's degree in political science, is a candidate for Waterloo city council in Ward 5 ("uptown").
The Germanic and Slavic studies department holds an information session about the Waterloo-Germany exchange program from 11:30 to 12:30 today in Modern Languages room 245. . . . A blood donor clinic continues today, tomorrow and Thursday in the Student Life Centre, and I understand that there's a competition between math and engineering students about which group can bring in more donors. . . . UW Graphics holds a noontime session today on "What's New in the World of Design" (last-minute information, ext. 2210). . . .
The UW Mood Disorders Support Group (something I haven't previously heard of) sponsors an event tonight: Karen Liberman, director of the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario, will speak at 7 p.m. in Math and Computer room 4020.
Tomorrow at 12:30, classical chamber music will waft from the chapel at Conrad Grebel University College (Nancy Dahn on violin and Timothy Steeves on piano). . . . Also tomorrow, an information session about the post-degree Bachelor of Social Work program will start at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel lounge at Renison College. . . . And at 4 p.m., novelist and poet Joan Crate will read from her work at St. Jerome's University (Sweeney Hall cafeteria). . . .
The United Way campaign is continuing, and retail services is seriously into promoting it, with Mascarathon and Beard-Buster Week now under way. "Buy a mascara or men's shaving cream or men's cleansing bar and 35% of sales will go to the United Way," the pitch goes, and that's just the beginning. There's also an offer on Mary Kay cosmetics in general through Luba Werchola, who doubles as an independent beauty consultant and a member of retail services staff.
Finally, a couple of follow-ups from what I wrote yesterday. I now have the score of Sunday's field hockey game: the Warriors defeated Western 2-0, taking the Ontario championship (and they're already getting psyched for the national tournament this weekend). And "Matthews Hall", that building at the north end of campus, does not have a middle initial: somehow I managed to type "Matthews S. Hall".