1st November 2011

Campus catchup


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Transit troubles

Fredericton bus system Acadian Lines could go on strike as early as Nov. 21, according to St. Thomas University newspaper the Aquinian.

A strike would limit students’ transportation options.

Acadian Lines employees have been working without a contract since Dec. 31 of last year. Last week, 98 per cent of the transit workers voted in favour of striking.

Pension benefits, seniority and wages were all issues under discussion.

Glen Carr, president of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1229, told the Aquinian that so far, negotiations are not looking good.

A similar situation occurred in 2008 and a deal was struck at the last minute.

Negotiations continue this week in Moncton, N.B.

— Savoula Stylianou


New location for Occupy London needed

Occupy protestors in London, Ont. have been asked to evacuate a local park because they’re in violation of a city bylaw.

The Western Gazette reported on Oct. 28, that Mayor Joe Fantana requested occupiers move elsewhere early last week.

According to the bylaw, it is illegal to build structures in the park, including the tents that the occupiers have been using.

If staying in the park isn’t feasible, the grounds of a St. Paul’s Cathedral have been offered to the protestors as a potential site.

London Police Services said the occupiers are being monitored closely.

The Occupy movement has spread across the province.


— Savoula Stylianou

Labeouf in B.C.

Transformers star Shia Labeouf is currently filming scenes for his new movie, The Company You Keep, at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus.

The film is directed by Robert Redford and centres on a young journalist who discovers that lawyer Jim Grant, played by Redford, is a former Weather Underground activist who has a dark past.

The film began shooting in Vancouver last week.

UBC’s campus newspaper, the Ubyssey, invited Labeouf to visit the newspaper offices to “learn what it truly means to be a young, ambitious journalist.” Labeouf declined.

— Savoula Stylianou

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