The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on January 15, 1980 · Page 5
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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Tuesday, January 15, 1980
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OTTAWA JOURNAL PAGE 3. Weather aids ragiqn from trans TUESDAY. JANUARY 15. 1980 to slash SS7S,000 H I 1 t r""""'""'i"n"iimSL jx""""" J Hull teachers heed risk lockout By Shirley Won and Jim Withers JOURNAL REPORTERS Teachers face the possibility of a iui.nuui ii-uicjr uuiiiiiiue iu ie;(;i picket lines set up by striking maintenance workers, Outaouais Regional School Board spokesman Gilbert Lacasse warned yesterday. Some 3,600 students at three Hull high schools had an unexpected holiday yesterday as teachers refused to cross the picket lines. Outaouais school board secretary-general Andre Coulombe said teachers will be docked a day's pay every day they refuse to cross the lines. Aylmer, workers talking Negotiators for the town of Aylmer and its 49 municipal blue-collar workers are talking to each other once again. The two negotiating teams met for three-and-a-half hours yesterday afternoon to discuss the town's most recent offer, which was made last Thursday, the last time the two sides got together. "There were no new offers, it was just a question-and-answer session," said Roger Houle, president of the union local. Following the meeting, Houle said he doesn't expect the seven-day lockout of municipal workers to end until Friday, when provincially-ap-pointed negotiator Denis Tremblay is to meet town and union officials. Yesterday's session was set up after union officials contacted mayor Patrick Asselin earlier in the day. Following the get-together with union negotiators, municipal officials met in a closed-door session late into the night. Rape acquital appealed Crown's office here will appeal the rape acquittal of Ottawa's civic Santa Claus, a verdict that took a jury only 17 minutes to reach. In what is believed to be the fastest Ontario Supreme Court jury deliberation on record here, a 37-year-old Ottawa man was found not guilty Oct. 30 of violently raping his 40-year-old ex-fiance Dec. 9, 1978. The man admitted performing bizarre sex acts with the woman but denied raping her. He said she was willing and added the marathon sex acts Dec. 9 were not unusual for the pair. Ruled inadmissable Assistant Crown attorney Ted Gulliver said yesterday the jury's acquital will be appealed on two grounds. First, Gulliver said, certain evidence ruled inadmissable by ' trial Judge Mr. Justice Edward Saunders should have been put before the jury. Secondly the prosecutor believes that a reference by the judge to the fact that the woman's evidence could not appear In the press because of a court order may have affected her credibility before the Jury. The woman's name and evidence were banned from publlca- pickets But teacher union spokesman Serge Bail said yesterday the teachers will continue to respect the lines. Maintenance workers will picket D'Arcy McGee High School beginning 7:30 .a.m. today, Yves Roy, of the Confederation of National Trade Unions said last night. The CNTU represents the 70 workers who have been on strike since Dec. 9. Contracts ended The school board has temporarily hired replacements to do the maintenance work, Coulombe said, adding that the board yesterday terminated contracts worth $600,000 with its two maintenance firms -Netco and MfiD - after issuing an ultimatum to the companies last week to get the employees back to work. Coulombe said the fact that employees are unhappy with their salaries is a matter between them and the companies. The Outaouais Regional School Board, he. said, is . not prepared to meet an employees' demand that they be paid directly by the board. "Where are we going to get the money for that?" he asked. Coulombe confirmed that the new employees are receiving more than $6 an hour, which is at least $2 more an hour than the striking maintenance workers made. No injunction "We won't tolerate the situation for very long because the schools are being closed down when the workers don't even work for us," said Lacasse, who is chairman of the board's executive committee. Lacasse explained the board would be unable to get a court injunction against the striking workers if they continue to set up their picket lines on the public road instead of on school property. Gamelin, Mont-Bleu, and I'Erab-liere high schools which closed yesterday are among the seven schools in the board that have been left dusty- and dirty because of the strike. By Ed Owen "JOURNAL REPORTER - The region's executive committee hacked $678,000 from the transportation department's budget yesterday, but $400,000 of it was really done by the weather. The $400,000 is bow much transportation officials estimate the region will save this year because so little snow has fallen. To cut into that saving, there would have to be more snow the rest of this winter than the average for , the last five years of 270 centimetres per year, Transportation Commissioner Mike Sheflin said. , Of the $678,000, property taxes would have accounted for about $370,000 and the remainder would have come from provincial subsidies. - .Long way to go The committee has a long way to go to meet Mayor Dewar's goal of keeping regional spending increases to 10 per cent. Finance department officials estimated that $5.4 million to be raised by the region from taxes would have to be cut to get spending down to 10 per cent. A report from Finance Commissioner Jim Perkins shows that regional spending estimates have increased by 14.4 per cent in 1980, to $153 million from $134 million in ' 1979. The report showed transportation-department's budget rising'to $16.9 million from $15.8 million, a $1.1-million increase. Cuts will hurt Sheflin said the $278,000 In cuts will hurt his department, although the damage won't be seen immediately by the public. Cutbacks In . traffic management and maintenance Jtems will increase costs later, he said. . But Sheflin, who said his budget provides minimum services for the lowest costs, said the cuts do not mean the "absolute ruin of the system." There was little pattern to the executive committee's cuts: It largely picked its way through the department's budget, af-Umes cutting services, but sometimes cutting an arbitrary amount and telling Sheflin to figure out some way to do without the money. Traffic safety cut A $40,000 traffic safety program was cut because local police forces conduct programs of their own. Dewar said it's about time the provincial ministry of health stopped putting all its money into health treatment and used some for prevention. . Another casualty was new road maps, which would have cost the region $20,000. Nepean Mayor Ben Franklin said the updated maps would be nice to have, but in "tough times" they're not absolutely necessary. The committee also lopped $50,000 from a street-sweeping program on regional hardtop and surface-treated roads and $30,000 in part-time and full-time personnel costs in the department's operational studies branch. Hare-raising winter . . i " , f S I , v , , University of Ottawa's Gary Boyd and Michael McCulloch take University of Ottawa wins debating championship By Ghulam A. Nanji JOURNAL REPORTER The University of Ottawa debating team won the Canadian University Debating Championship at the University of Alberta over the weekend. The team consisted of Michael McCulloch, 23, a doctoral candidate in the department of history, and Gary Boyd, 24, a Bar admissions course student. McCulloch comes from Toronto while Boyd is originally from the Maritimes. The theme of the tournament, which took place from Thursday to Saturday, was: "Only a strong central government can save Canadian Confederation." The topic in the final round, at which the Ottawa U of O senate studies hefty increase in 1980 tuitions A By Glen Kuly SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL Under the imposing shadow of student protest signs, University of Ottawa senate met yesterday to discuss possible tuition increases. Ontario Minister of Universities and Colleges, Dr. Bette Stephenson, recently announced that starting next fall post secondary students will face basic 7.5 per cent increase in tuition. As well, an additional increase of 10 per cent may be This snowshoe hare in the Baxter Conservation area must feel much like local ski-hill operators threatened by the lack of snow. Its clearly visible white coat and snowshoe feet offer little protection against enemies.' '., team won against the University of British Clumbia, was: "East is East and West "is West, and never the twain shall meet" a quotation from Rudyard Kipling. The voting score was 88 to 8. The U of O team was on the affirmative side of the proposition. Thirty-six teams from every province except Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland participated in the championship. McCulloch and Boyd are members of the U of O's English Debating Society, which organizes the annual Ottawa JournalUniversity of Ottawa Debate, which this year takes place Jan. 26 at the university. The guest speaker at the debate this year the 23rd annual contest will be former Liberal senator levied at the discretion of individual universities. Ira Gesser, a student representative on the senate, explained that "the univeristties will raise tuition the basic 7.5 per cent to entitle themselves to a proportional increase in provincial grants. "Normally, if universities raise tuition beyond the province's proposed figure they would be penalized through a reduction of provincial grants." This 10 per cent additional margin is a bonus allowed by the province. A secondary Increase is intended to relieve the serious underfunding of Ontario universities. Dr. Michael MacConaill, U of O medical professor, said that his faculty ."is operating on a shoestring budget; the students are suffering as a result of this." MacConaill feels that all faculties on campus face this situation. U of O rector Rev. Roger Guindon Inmate's quick parole probed by ministry A ministerial Investigation into Ottawa police objections to the release of Kenneth Glover, 24, from the Regional Detention Centre after serving 20 days of a year's sentence for wounding, has so far only uncovered a "difference of opinion" on the force. Police Chief Tom Welsh said last Friday he was "appalled" that Glover had recieved a temporary absence pass that extends for the remainder of his sentence. . Provincial Corrections Minister Gordon Walker, who was to look into the objection, said last night his initial inquiry has discovered only that the police department's "first ' answer was to go ahead." He said he doesn't know yet who tm the force was approached by the temporary absence pass committee prior to the decision to release Glover to a halfway bouse operated by the ministry. , -- "I was of the opinion the police national debating trophy. Eugene Forsey. The 75-year-old Forsey, who retired from the senate last year, will speak on this year's topic of Quebec's right to separate, from Canada. McCulloch and Boyd will--;be "speakers" of the individual rounds in the debate, which means they will regulate the debates but will-, not actually participate. Their role', said a university spokesman, will be similar to that of the Speaker of the House of Commons. Twenty-five teams from -high schools in Ottawa, the Valley and Eastern Ontario are expected to participate in the debate. The two top debators will receive a one-year scholarship to the University of Ottawa while the winning school will be awarded the Journal Trophy. also feels that universities are, underfunded; "if we have more motley to work with the quality of education will increase." However, he expressed concern that the additional 10 per cent might limit accessibility to Ontario universities. President of the student federation of the University of Ottawa, Anne McGrath sees an entirely different purpose in the secondary hike. "It Is a tactic employed by the provincial government to defer pressure from themselves to the local institutions. Stfldents will ignore Stephenson's 7.5 per cent increase while protesting the secondary fee hike. It will mean students ! versus the administration." The final decision about the tuition hike will be made by the U of O board of directors sometime in February. supported the application. I don't have the benefit of all the facts yet," Walker said last night. He will continue the investigation today. ' ' Walker pointed out last night that while Glover is no longer at .-the detention centre he is still in the custody of the ministry. Glover was one of two men convicted on charges of wounding after ; three men were shot and beaten ; with a baseball bat In February, 1979 at Pestalozzl College. He was : convicted and began his one year ; sentence at the detention centre : Dec. 11 but was released 20 days ; later to House of Hope after the committee approved his pass appli-! cation. While Welsh does not oppose the ; pass system be said it was "Incredl- ble" that Glover had been released ' so soon. Glover would have been eligible ; for parole on April 10.

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