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Inside FEBRUARY 2012 WILFRID LAURIER UNIVERSITY Waterloo | Brantford | Kitchener | Toronto CAMPUS | COMMUNITY | CONNECTIONS Laurier’s varsity men’s basketball team and women’s hockey team are both having stellar seasons. Laurier’s Kale Harrison, right, evades an opposing Lakehead player. To read more, see page 4. Photo: Adam Gagnon Laurier conducts emergency exercise University, emergency personnel rehearse lockdown procedures and updated emergency plan Laurier staged a critical-incident simulation on Jan. 18 so police and university personnel could test Laurier’s emergency procedures. The exercise involved a police officer playing the role of an armed intruder in the administration building at 202 Regina St. on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. The exercise was a collaborative effort involving the university, Laurier’s Special Constable Service and the Waterloo Regional Police. “This kind of collaborative exercise is an effective way for university and police officials to test their emergency response plans and find ways to improve their systems and procedures,” said Laurier President Max Blouw. “Today’s activities will help us provide a safer environment for our students, staff, faculty and visitors.” The exercise was confined to the administration building at 202 Regina St. and did not affect other buildings or areas of campus. There was a visible and well-marked police presence involving teams of tactical officers in full gear. The exercise required the university’s Special Constable Service and the Waterloo Regional Police to respond. Meanwhile, the unviersity’s Emergency Operations Group (EOG) convened as they would in a real emergency. As the exercise progressed, the EOG was provided with updates about the scenario that required them to make decisions based on the evolving events. The university last staged a critical-incident exercise in November 2008. Conducted in the middle of the Waterloo campus, that scenerio involved a student being held hostage in Willison Hall. At that time, Laurier was only the second university in Ontario to carry out a lockdown exercise and the event attracted observers from several collages and police services. Laurier recently updated its emergency response plans. Staff and faculty at the Waterloo campus and Kitchener location can find details at Laurier Brantford staff and faculty can review the emergency plan for that campus at Laurier is also in the process of implementing an Emergency Notification System (ENS) that will send text messages to computer screens and cellphones that are registered with the university. More information about the ENS and how to register your cellphone number will be forthcoming in the months ahead. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty visits Laurier The Ontario government ushered in the New Year by making clear the details of a new annual tuition grant rebate program, with Premier Dalton McGuinty choosing Wilfrid Laurier University as the official launching ground. McGuinty discussed the details of the 30-per-cent tuition reduction program — which officially came into effect Jan. 5 — during a visit to a first-year business class at Laurier’s School of Business & Economics. “This is the single most expensive commitment we’ve made as a government and it’s 5 6 The Inside-Out Prison Exchange program brings inmates and students together to learn. Meet Ross Fraser, student affairs coordinator at Laurier Brantford, skiier and avid cottager. for you,” McGuinty told the packed classroom. “The bottom line is if you do well, we do well. The equation is as simple as that.” Over 300,000 university and college students will benefit from the program, which provides tuition rebates to post-secondary students who are residents of Ontario, and whose parents have a combined income of less than $160,000 a year. Students must be enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program and within four years of graduating high school. McGuinty see page 3 7 Sean Doherty’s research links location and blood glucose.

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