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Thursday, September 25, 1997

University of Waterloo -- Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
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Chrétien announces scholarship fund

Prime minister Jean Chrétien yesterday announced a "Canada Millennium Scholarship Endowment Fund" that will provide "thousands" of university and college scholarships each year, beginning in 2000. He said the program was a companion to the Canada Foundation for Innovation, a research and technology program announced last winter.

Here's some of what Chrétien said in the House of Commons:

While I do not want to scoop the fiscal update of the Minister of Finance which will be delivered in mid-October, it is no secret that because of the good work of the government and of the Minister of Finance, we are doing a great deal better in 1997-98 than had originally been projected.

I expect, therefore, that in the weeks after the Minister of Finance tables his fiscal update to be able to take advantage of another dividend from our successful fiscal management, to announce the deal of another one-time investment in learning and knowledge similar to what we did last year when we created the Canadian Foundation for Innovation but on a bigger scale.

This time the purpose of the investment in our future will be to reduce barriers to access post-secondary education. There can be no greater millennium project for Canada and no better role for government than to help young Canadians prepare for the knowledge based society of the next century.

As our most significant millennium project we will establish at arm's length from government a Canada millennium scholarship endowment fund. The income from the fund will reward academic excellence and will provide thousands of scholarships each year, beginning in the year 2000 for low and moderate income Canadians to help them attend universities and colleges.

We will be working closely with appropriate partners to help in the actual design of the fund. It will not be a monument made of bricks and mortar but when future Canadians look around, they will see its legacy everywhere.

I hope it can do in the 21st century for our economy and our country what the investment after World War II in post-secondary education did for our returning soldiers, for our economy and our country in the last half of the 20th century.

On a very personal basis I hope it will be able to do in a different area for many thousands of young Canadians what my parents were able to do for me, my brothers and my sisters.

In addition to this one-time endowment, the government will make further changes to the Canada Student Loans Programme and will increase assistance for students with dependents. With these and other measures, to be developed over the next few months in concert with the provinces, we will build on the progress made in the last budget to address the increasing cost of post-secondary education and the resulting debt burden on students.

The big money for scholarships -- one report this morning speaks of a possible $1 billion fund, generating perhaps $100 million a year -- is being cited as an example of new social spending that the federal Liberals will enjoy introducing now that the government's year-to-year deficit is under control.

Keep the blue box full

UW saved nearly four thousand trees last year by recycling paper, says Patti Cook, the university's waste management coordinator. That's based on the estimate that a ton of recycled paper equals 17 trees, not to mention 27,000 litres of water and "enough power for the average home for six months".

And the university makes money from recycled paper too, Cook says. Not everything that's recycled is a source of revenue, she points out, but computer paper, white and coloured paper, cardboard, and cans do all generate money. Some other materials, including newsprint and glass, cost the university money to recycle, "but this cost is less than the substantial cost of garbage collection," so UW is still better off for having things tossed into the appropriate white box or blue box.

Even better than recycling stuff is not using it in the first place, Cook points out in a recent memo to department recycling coordinators. "Reduction is a guaranteed savings to UW!"

Other points in her latest memo:

On this campus and others

While road repaving continues near the University Avenue entrance, other work will be happening underfoot, says Dan Parent, the university architect. "The walk in front of the Grad House and the stretch along Math and Computer up to the new walk going to the addition to Matthews Hall will be replaced with matching paving stones as part of the walkway maintenance program for this year. The work will be done over the next three weeks, weather permitting." He advises that "inconveniences will be minimized -- however, people should pay attention to signage and barriers."

There may be a little celebrating today in the arts computing office, because its manager, Vic Neglia, is -- well, let's just say that he isn't 49 any more. . . .

The Federation of Students continues to operate its Good Food Box program -- a monthly delivery of vegetables and fruits that people sometimes don't take the trouble to include in their groceries. The box comes in $10 and $15 sizes, and this month's orders are due by October 1: call Heather Calder at ext. 6331.

The University of British Columbia today installs its new president, Martha Piper, formerly vice-president (research and external affairs) at the University of British Columbia. The installation celebrations include a forum on "Thinking the Future of Learning", involving the dean and one student from each of UBC's twelve faculties. With her arrival at UBC, and the move of Lorna Marsden from Wilfrid Laurier University to York University, it's the first time (I think) that two of Canada's biggest universities have been simultaneously headed by women.

Happening today at Waterloo

The InfraNet Project brings Rick Schwartz of Hewlett-Packard Canada to campus today. He'll speak at 2:30 (Davis Centre 1302) on "Taking Human Resources to the Net". A notice of the talk says Schwartz is "a leader in the on-going development of paperless Human Resources solutions" and will talk about H-P's use of the Internet for communicating benefits information, improving managers' effectiveness, and supporting staff training. Space is limited and reservations have been being accepted.

The use of forensic accounting in the fight against white-collar crime is the topic of a talk at 4:00 today (Humanities Theatre) by a former commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who is now in private practice. Norman Inkster, president of KPMG Investigation and Security Inc., will give a talk on "Private Policing: The Role of Forensic Accountants" as part of a speaker series sponsored by the Accounting Student Education Contribution Fund. "His high-profile involvement with KPMG, Canada's largest professional services firm, is an example of the trend by the profession to merge traditional services with practical experience," says accounting Bernice Ma.

The Students Advising Co-op group holds its second meeting of the fall term tonight at 5:30 in Needles Hall room 1029 ("employers' lounge, comfy couches"). "We will be reviewing major happenings in the co-op department over the past term, the results of placement for the fall term and many other important issues," an announcement says. All co-op students are welcome.


September 25, 1969: Members of the Radical Student Movement confront interim president Howard Petch, demanding that he repudiate an Ontario working paper about "Order on the Campus".

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