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Tuesday, May 4, 2004

  • Student helps change Ottawa's face
  • Benefit costs stable for new year
  • Athletics lists summer sports camps
Editor:
Chris Redmond
credmond@uwaterloo.ca

Kent State University, May 4, 1970


Macdonald's funeral set for today

The funeral service for Rob Macdonald, the mechanical engineering professor who died last week, will be held at 2 p.m. today at First United Church, King and William Streets.

The mech eng department offices will be closed this afternoon because of the funeral.

Student helps change Ottawa's face -- by Nancy Collins, from the Inside sCo-op newsletter for co-op students

The beauty of Ottawa's Parliament Hill and federal buildings can leave you feeling inspired even on the gloomiest of days. And besides their beauty, the strong history and present-day role that these buildings have makes them centrally important to Canada. So it's not surprising that Sarah Kilpatrick, a 4B psychology student, jumped at the opportunity to work at Public Works and Government Services Canada as an Assistant Project Leader on an initiative to build a new federal judicial building on Parliament Hill.

[Holding model, in front of picturesque window]

Sarah Kilpatrick with a model of the planned building

The proposed federal judicial building, now named the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Judicial Building, is a $151 million project with a projected completion date of fall 2007. It will be located beside the Supreme Court of Canada and designed in a Gothic Revival style to match the other buildings on Parliament Hill.

Kilpatrick worked with Don Bell, a senior project leader who has been making buildings "look better and work better" for nearly 13 years. In this position, she helped plan and co-ordinate every stage of project development. "I was trusted with important responsibilities and continually challenged to perform and achieve," she said.

Early in her work term, she and the PETJB team were faced with two pressing challenges they needed to overcome to ensure the project's future. The first was to convince a newly arrived deputy minister that this project deserved his support. The second was to obtain approval from the minister of PWGSC and from Treasury Board to proceed with the final stages of design. To prepare for these challenges Kilpatrick had to overcome a huge learning curve, which demanded long days and intense determination, things she gladly committed to the project. "I was excited to be at work," she says. "I didn't want to go home. I had to be devoted to the position to actually accomplish the work, but I didn't begrudge it for a second."

The hard work paid off. With her help in preparing critical documents, the PETJB team secured the approval to finish the detailed drawings and tender documents. Additionally, she got to attend the building's official public unveiling, which took place at the Supreme Court of Canada in early December. At this event, prime minister Jean Chrétien, formally announced the building in a speech that Kilpatrick herself had helped to write. Working with the PM's communications team was something she found thrilling. "The PM's people work on such high profile projects and they are on the ball. Just to see them work was a great learning experience." And as if hearing Chrétien speak words that she helped mould wasn't exciting enough, Sarah also had the opportunity to meet Justin Trudeau, who was another key speaker at the unveiling.

While hobnobbing with Canada's elite was a bonus, the greatest reward, she says, was getting to contribute to the creation of something tangible that's of lasting importance to Canada. In the future, when she walks past this new judicial building, she won't only be awed by its beauty. She'll know that she played a vital role in its creation.

[Yellow stone tower rising]

The walls of Warwick Castle rise behind a group of UW planning students who are spending six weeks on the annual Planning 480 field trip to Britain. Leading the group is planning prof Robert Shipley. "It's a great opportunity," a memo explains, "for students to learn about planning in the context of another country and to see how planning in the UK has contributed to planning in Canada." The tour group will be back at the end of May.

Benefit costs stable for new year

There is "good news" about the employee benefit plans as a new fiscal year begins on May 1, says David Dietrich, director of pension and benefits in human resources. Here's his summary of changes that will go into effect:

Extended health plan: "The University pays the health plan premium for full time employees. No premium change is required in 2004-2005, due mainly to an expected lower trend rate than that expected in the carrier's overall book of business and also due to the generic and trial prescription strategies recently implemented by the Committee. Single and family monthly premiums remain at $45.04 and $143.30 respectively. Annual premium is about $6.1 million."

Dental plan: "The University pays the dental plan premium for full time employees. A 4% increase is required in 2004-2005, due primarily to the expected extra costs in our plan caused by reimbursing eligible dental costs based on the 2002 Ontario Dental Association fee schedule. Each year, we automatically move to a fee schedule that is two years behind the current schedule. Single and family premium rates are moving to $27.88 and $83.92 respectively. Annual premium is about $2.6 million."

Life insurance: "The University pays 100% of the group premium on 1 x salary in life insurance plus 66.7% of the group premium on 2 x and 3 x salary in life insurance. A 5.5% decrease in the group premium in 2004-2005 is due to good experience as well as our participation in the risk sharing cooperative arrangement with eleven other Ontario universities. The optional premium rates on 4 x to 6 x salary in life insurance, which are paid entirely by employees, remain unchanged. The group premium moves to $0.23 per month per thousand of insurance. Annual premium is about $1.6 million."

Long-term disability: "Employees pay the entire premium for this benefit. You will recall that the actual paid LTD premium rate by employees is less than the contract rate because of the surplus accumulated in the plan. In 2003, the pension and benefits committee decided to deplete the surplus over a 10-year period by using it to reduce the premiums paid by employees but to gradually bring the paid rate equal to the contract rate over a period of ten years. Given the current size of the surplus, the paid rate has to be increased by 5.9% effective May 1, 2004, in order to meet this goal. The current contract rate is 0.80% of base pay and the paid rate is moving to 0.58% of base pay. Premiums are payable on a maximum of $10,000 of base monthly pay. Annual premium is about $1.4 million."

WHEN AND WHERE
Sun Microsystems "what's new" hardware presentation, 10 a.m. to noon, Davis Centre room 1302.

Presentation on Austria by Paul Ortner, UW history graduate who spent two years there, 7 p.m., St. Jerome's University, admission free.

'Waterloo on the World Stage' fund-raising concert, reception and silent auction, 7 p.m., Centre for International Governance Innovation, information 885-2444 ext. 227.

Richard Gwyn gives the annual Friends of the Library lecture, Wednesday 12 noon, Theatre of the Arts. Title: "Running After History". Admission free. Event includes display of work by UW authors and other creators in the Modern Languages gallery.

North campus environmental reserve information open house, Wednesday 2 to 4 p.m., Environmental Studies I courtyard.

Perimeter Institute panel discussion: "Are You Ready to Live in the Quantum World?" All welcome. 7 p.m., Waterloo Collegiate Institute, Hazel Street.

K-W Symphony pops concert: "Maria Theresa -- Impressive Empress", including Haydn, Symphony No. 48. 8 p.m., Theatre of the Arts.

Team Crazy fund-raising dance in advance of the End to Breast Cancer Walk -- sponsors for a team from UW continuing education office. "Strap on your blue suede shoes, bring your loonies," Saturday 8 p.m., 141 King Street East. Information and advance tickets, ext. 3967.

Athletics lists summer sports camps -- from Chris Gilbert, athletics and recreational services

From hockey to volleyball and basketball, UW athletics camps will offer youngsters an opportunity to hone their skills under the tutelage of UW Warriors coaching staff and varsity athletes this summer. Here's what's on tap, with information on eligibility, dates and fees:

  • Extreme Hockey Development Camp for girls Bantam level and up; July 5 to 9 at Columbia Icefield Arena, $594. The Extreme Hockey Development Camp aims to develop each player physically and mentally with over 18.5 hours on ice, 7.5 hours off-ice and five hours of guest speakers. This high-level hockey school will accept 50 players only (not all who apply will be accepted). For more information, call Bill Antler at ext. 5526.

  • Warrior Women's Volleyball Camp, for girls born 1987-90; July 19 to 22 at Columbia Icefield Arena, $150. Participants will receive instruction from the UW Warriors coaching staff and varsity athletes. Advanced technical skills, position specific skills and alternative team systems will be the focus throughout the camp. For more information, call Jason Grieve at ext. 5692.

  • Shoot To Score Individual Hockey Skills Development Camp for boys and girls ages 6 to 14; August 23 to 28, Columbia Icefield Arena, $175. This camp will provide each participant with the opportunity to develop individual hockey skills in a challenging, fun environment. Each participant will receive more than 14 hours of on-ice instruction during 11 sessions. For more information, call Karl Taylor at ext. 2365.

  • Ultimate Warriors Basketball Camp, for high school boys, Grades 9 to 12; September 2004 (dates to be confirmed), PAC gym, $80. The Ultimate Warriors Camp is an opportunity to develop skills through expert coaching, drills, evaluation and feedback. Individual and team concepts will also be covered. For more information, call Tom Kieswetter at ext. 3021.

    CAR


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