Nunatsiavut president to speak
The Nunatsiavut Government marks the one-year anniversary of its first elections this month. William Andersen III (left), president of Nunatsiavut, will share insights about the challenges and opportunities of establishing a new government for Labrador Inuit when he delivers this year’s Eve and Edward Roberts Aboriginal Speaker’s Series address on Monday, Oct. 15.
The talk begins at 8 p.m. in the Engineering Building, room EN-2006, on the St. John’s campus, and will include a question period at the end. A reception will follow.
Garden fall hours
Effective Oct. 1, 2007, Memorial’s Botanical Garden will begin fall operating hours. The flower gardens and trails will be open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission rates for the Garden will be reduced to the low season rates.
For more information, please visit the Garden’s website at www.mun.ca/botgarden or telephone 737-8590.
Board ratifies MUNFA agreement
Memorial University’s Board of Regents has ratified the new collective agreement with the faculty union (MUNFA).
MUNFA members had voted earlier this week to ratify the tentative agreement it reached with the university in September.
The new collective agreement calls for across the board salary increases that are consistent with those accepted by other university employees, the public sector and other professional groups such as physicians, teachers and nurses (i.e. zero per cent, zero per cent, three per cent, three per cent).
There are also some adjustments made to step increases and salary scales to competitively position Memorial’s faculty salaries with those offered at other comprehensive universities in Canada.
CEP responds to sexual assault
Campus Enforcement and Patrol (CEP) and the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) were quick to respond to a recent sexual assault that took place on the St. John’s campus.
On Sept. 26, a 19-year-old female Memorial student reported being assaulted while on an elevator in the Smallwood Student Centre by an unknown male. She did not sustain any injuries in the assault.
She immediately contacted the CEP who then contacted the RNC. Extra CEP officers were called in to do patrols and maintain a high visibility presence in the area of the assault.
The next day, the RNC arrested a 27-year-old Memorial student and he was charged in provincial court. The student has been banned from campus for 10 days, with a review upcoming that may extend that ban. His next court date is set for later this fall.
Prior to that, there were several other high-profile sexual assaults in the capital city, including one that took place near the St. John’s campus.
The RNC is investigating an incident that occurred Sept. 19 on a footbridge connecting Baird Place and the Prince Philip Parkway, just west of the campus.
Tories capture majority
The Progressive Conservative Party won a substantial majority in the Oct. 9 provincial election. The party captured 43 of 47 contested seats with the Liberals taking three and the NDP winning a single seat.
The PC Party has called for an extended tuition freeze for Memorial students, up-front needs-based grants to students and lower interest on student loans.
The party platform also states that the government will ask Grenfell to prepare a five-year strategic plan to outline its goals and objectives under the proposed governance structure.