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RIM WOOS Conestoga graduates By Reni Nicholson Representatives from Research

Motion

In

Though the company is growing with enormous speed, he said, “But

move from

proposed future. There weren’t

we’re competing with a 50th of the

system to help open up their mar-

enough

even

Feb. 19

chairs to seat the eager students

an attempt to lure graduating

during a PowerPoint presentation

College’s in

Conestoga

visited

Doon campus, on

informed the crowd of their products and the company’s history and

made by

students to join their technology

peopld,” in comparison to

com-

in

we can

and

an

area in north Waterloo. This area,

with future technology.

director of manufacturing

story of three university graduates

David Perston said the company has hired Conestoga graduates in the past, pointing to two graduates in attendance who are working with

who, in 1984, had been looking for a work term. These students couldn’t find a place to work so they ventured out on their own and started up the internationally recog-

sometimes referred to as “RIM village,’’ takes up the area including the block of Columbia Avenue and

with the

RIM’s

RIM,

recommend an

but he does

a production line during the

RIM. In 1 8 years, RIM has grown from three employees to more than 1,600 in North America and

on

applicant gain experience working

nized

summer

before applying.

RIM

had the attention of about

company known

as

RIM

had

60 electronics engineering technol-

Europe. Six years ago,

ogist/technology students as they

only 60 employees, said Perston.

“As people get more comfortable

RIM

Philip Street.

“We want

By

Laurie Vandenhoff

grow the company and keep it very much in a campus environment.”

sell

commodities

are hot

technology and trade industries, not because they bring some extra flare to the job. but also because

Polymer And sector. ed Technologies Inc. in Cambridge is this.

the

women

entice

to join

Polmyer

has

family-friendly

implemented a atmosphere, working

Bishop

down and

it

from

different

is

Rhonda

said

Street plant. “It

the top

join us.”

After the presentation and infor-

headed,

lets

mation'

“lightweight technology.”

invited to eat pizza brought in by

Perston

RIM

said

RIM

decided to

are not a lot of that

do

at the

and ask questions.

women

“I

ly not

feel

male or

confident to stay it's

real-

lot

“You

have to go

be one of the guys,” she

women

at

Polymer see a

needs to

about start

put in a lot of overtime, she assures

too

in there

values.

said.

lot

However, some of the

and it

of room

that educating

potential

careers

younger, even before

when

can already be

it

could

kids what they can do,”

them

the knowl-

start at

women

felt

Gwen neer,

a program engi-

not to believe in gender stereotypes, but realized somewhere along the

can remember the days work-

when her

ing with her dad

business.

a

starting

became

family

Despite

being the oldest of three Finhert eventually

girls,

the hon-

ourary son.

power

how

to

work every

sin-

tool there is.” she said.

sisters didn’t have that back-

“My

ground and yeah

I

had

to

do

it but

I

her male counterparts that she’ll be

said Grodzki. “Give

there if she’s needed.

edge for their future.” She thinks that a lot of the time students don't have enough information when they are choosing their

learned a

careers.

her

“They choose programs and they really can’t go back," she said. Grade 8 was the age that most felt would be the right time to educate potential the about students

program management at the plant, grew up on a farm and learned how to do everything from fixing machines to making lunch.

“I feel so thankful that these

have no problem with

And

while the

that,”

guys

she said.

women working

at

Polymer are happy with their jobs, it hasn’t always been easy getting there. “I think' a lot

of the time you have

prove you are as good as they (men) are.” said Anna Grodzki, part,

to

of

the

quality

department

at

Polymer. Barb Duffy, a mold designer. was the first female mold-maker to graduate

from

St.

Clair College in

careers.

“Hit them before they

make

decision,” said Dupuis. “Let

see

women who

the

them

are actually in the

she feels she has the confidence it takes to compete with

men

other

in

Melinda Gurica. part of

“My mom

always raised us thinking you don't ha\’e to have a man,

Even with find

their it's

own

children, these

hard to

install certain

ha\'e that

still

like

mind

set” she said.

When her son came

to visit her at

three years ago. he

was

sur-

prised to see the degree of hard

work his mother could complete. “He got a lot more respect for me by just coming in and seeing what I

Camp

said.

That's the trend these noticing. Once society to

women

women is

are

exposed

in the industry, they will

be more comfortable having them around.

“Our daughters

are seeing

some-

thing different.” said Tarv'n Findlay,

an engineering and design employee at Polymer. “The problem is

women

being

relativel>’

she said.

women

that, but they

did.”

lot.”

Now

field.

way, they were exposed to it. “They have not been raised

work

“I learned

in

they're

home when

Finhert,

Camp, who works

Christina

shipping, has tried to teach her sons

younger.

gle

late.

“Show

(Photo by Laurie Vanderhoff)

Cambridge,

was

The consensus was females

Rhonda Dupuis, Anna Grodzki and Christine Camp are proud to be employed with Polymer Technologies Inc. in Daffy,

different trades.”

of men.

really

high school

going to affect our job.”

While Dupuis admits she doesn’t

win job race PAGE 4

with a

for improvement.

why,

with our children and

home

taken

know our

companies out there

that’s

we

female,

Conestoga grads

she said. “The

“I just fell into,”

entering the technology and trade industries is growing slightly, the

that.

think

students

session,

posting was actually supposed to be

While the number of women

us

were

Perston went on to explain RIM’s

gave

comes from

families are important to us. There

COMMENTARY

still

she says she doesn’t mind working

first.

else,”

try-

come and

a shot.

the shop floor because of her gender,

where

Dupuis, a tool and die maker

PAGE?

it

families

Polymer

We’re

while

because they sometimes put their “I think

and honour.

full-time

down three weeks before.” And while Dupuis is a minority on

are not looked

to you.

attending full-time classes. Dupuis had similar experiences.

down on

women

everywhere

reflects

own and working

what a machinist was, she

the automotive parts

workforce,

company

.come

testosterone-filled industry.

To help

War

to

She was also raising her children alone, but saw some hope in a posting for a machinist. Not knowing

their

Hart’s justice

we have

manufacturer employs a number of females, in what can be considered a

why

is

for

average on the president’s list.” As if that wasn’t hard enough, Duffy was raising two kids on her

they are rare in this male-dominat-

That

said.

room

of

lot

out with top marks,” she said. “I came out with a 4.0 grade point

in

just

well aware of

a

ing to convince you to

After giving students an idea of is

has

growth, he said. “We’re trying to

to secure our ability to

where the company

they will continue to

Windsor.

“Being female

Women

name

buy the product,” Perston

Polymer’s friendly aura appeals to

PAGES

increase this three-fold

Perston spoke about the inspiring

firm.

Marbles Bistro has unique story.

new 2.5-gigabyte

“We have grown outside of North America with the new technology

Perston went on to discuss the

owned by RIM

its

kets.

petitors.

nine buildings

Perston.

its

a 2-gigabyte handheld

Blackberry to

in

technology

new.”

Please see Page 2 for additional stories

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— SPOKE, March

11,

2002

Not being one of the boys of the building, whether

By Laurie Vandenhoff

or masonry,

For most people, choosing a

means many es, but what about become a minority.

career

When

on

College, chose her career she prob-

would make

it

her one.

But

if

you asked her her job

at

if

at

she ever

treats

me

ing,”

Voss

I’m

like

but

like

at the

when

I

it’s

Waterloo

do go out

And

“If

I

go

give

is

the full

contracting firm

service

general

her job to determine

much

how

a building will cost to con-

calculate

how much

thing will cost, from

at first, but

Michelle Voss, an estimator for Melloul Blarney Construction,

She

her

field.

I’m

was

neering, the intention

her

stepfather,

who

She also didn’t expect

to

a

steered

end up

originally

When

she

applied for civil engi-

was that she would take the environmental postgraduate program. However, she took some time off to work after

completing the civil program Conestoga and never went back.

as I am getting ready to second year of post-secondary education. I’m beginning to doubt the track I started down

But now

my

would

I

be

in the

same place

I

am

today.

reminded me of the day my was building a deck for my grandmother. While he was busy It

But then

my

He

I

said

cessful in their fields.

of nails

makes me wonder if I had been pushed in that direction

and

intent of building

piece.

I

I

my own

master-

had a hammer, a handful and a pile of scrap wood,

started to carefully

pound

the blocks together.

Exams

Final

for other females hoping to

out in the engineering

field,

there’s

no reason why a female

Since we can’t start telling kids about careers too early because they won’t understand, maybe it

dad stopped me.

how

remembered I

that incistarted hearing about

aren’t

girls

enough

in

start at home. Even subtle remarks and a little encouragement might remind young girls that they don’t have to be nurses, teachers and care-

can

encouraged

school to go into gen-

givers.

Now that I do have the knowledge and the idea in my head that

der-biased careers.

And

while

I

was only 10

at the

that

other careers exist, the thought of

have on my future? I never took any woodworking classes in high school because I probably would have been the only girl in the class and that scared me. In fact, nobody had even tried to

looking for a career in trades or

time,

steer

what kind of impact did

me

in that direction.

Would

have been in the same place today if they had?

I

technology

is

becoming

a chilling

reminder that something better might be waiting for me. And while some think high school girls

is

too late to be informing

of what exists for them

terms of careers,

I

am

I

am

old college student hoping still

change

my

I

can

mind.

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common

made

at

more because people might see I was going to hurt

hammering together two-by-fours I was close by watching with the

It

with Melloul

to look at tech careers

see a lot of non-traditional careers in trades and technology, and they are becoming quite sucentering

to stay

wouldn’t be just as good as a male.”

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hasn’t changed. Voss

that

had more females than any

other class before which

and think

COUNSELLOR’S CORNER:

more focused on

to do.”

Michelle’s graduating class actu-

father

women

bit

Voss says try it. “It’s been a positive experience for me,” she said. “I think we’re just

ally

Young females need encouragement always thought I had figured at a young age what I wanted to do. I think I was 12 and I had my mind set on becoming a newspaper reporter. I was pretty lucky that at such a young age I had found something I really wanted to do. I mean, I know 20-year-olds who don’t know, so I was considered ahead of the crowd.

do with

she said.

(Photo by Laruie Vandenhoff) in the construction field.

the structure

I

an

is

start

her in the right direction.

out

is

a graduate from Conestoga College’s exception civil engineering program and a minority in a male-dominated field. in

Voss didn’t always know she wanted to become an engineer. It

finish

to

Voss really likes the company and the amount of young people working there. “The owners put a lot of faith into you and they believe in the young,”

it.”

every-

By Laurie Vandenhoff

had

knows what she wants

She hopes

room of 10 people

mechanical engineer,

struct.

“We

getting used to

actually

if it

Blarney and work her wqy up to becoming a project manager.

in a

she wouldn’t

field,

me

that bothered at

And still

the difficul-

woman

only woman there, have to speak up to be heard because I don’t get asked my opinion,” she said. “It’s something tjie

and

it’s

some of

“If we’re in a

I

I’m

was a little what I wanted

“I

up.

generally

to site visits, usually

an estimator

it

and I’m

the only fehaale there.”

Voss

despite

know

being a mature student,” she said.

firms,

doing in the future.

she faces being a

“But

a different story.

“I don't

compete

it.”

workforce,

office.

in the

I

ties

equal,” she said in a recent inter-

view

Voss actually graduated with the

said. “It’s a lot pressure,

male-dominated

probably say she doesn’t.

will

other construction

at all

highest marks in her third year.

and usually it’s the lowest price that wins the job. “It’s pretty hectic the day of clos-

Melloul

she would

Blarney Construction,

“Everybody

company

Her

any different

students,” she said.

want

that job,” she explained.

against

it

as far as keeping up with the male

paper

toilet

the decision to

civil engi-

“I didn’t find

is steel

holders, whatever the owners

neering graduate from Conestoga

notices

and

toilets

it

to the smallest

difficult choic-

Michelle Voss, a

ably didn’t realize

details,

down

fine

is

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Feature

Gay couple By

Julie

faces an

Graham

we

novelty,

a

don't really exist,

TV

and people think we’re big sex fanatics and all we do all day is go around and find the next boy to sleep with,” said Dave. “But it’s not like that at

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all.

homophobic world.

other, getting

down

my two friends

with

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between. This

is

Ont., Matt, 20, and Dave,

want

not

did

used,

their

19,

who

names

last

dated in 1999.

first

However, the relationship soon came to an end. “Dave was my first

boyfriend. Right after

came

I

out one of our friends hooked us

up together, originally just to talk and it progressed from there. But vv?/irw.

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my

friends and be in a serious relationship. So it kind of broke off,” recalled Matt.

to be

open with

According to Dave, they did not talk to each other for a year and a half after the breakup. Then, in 2001

they started talk-

at a party,

ing again. Before they

knew

it,

they were spending a lot of time together and things once again serious. They have now been together for 10 months and live in Woodstock, Ont.

became

— Uphill

Battle

amount of

out exaggeration, the

times his mother has actually said anything to me. No, I can count

words she has said to me on one hand,” Matt said. Dave added he feels stuck between Matt and his family. “It’s also hard for me because I’m in the middle of it,” said Dave. “You can’t just completely turn your back on your family so what do y\ju uu f III my v^piiiluii I UilnK my parents are being completely irrational and wrong. But I also have to be really careful not to sound like I’m defending my family to Matt when I’m not.” If that was not enough to deal with, Dave has even had to face physical hatred. “I’ve been called names. I’ve been beat up twice. I’ve been shot in the shoulder and the

who is now when he was

ass” said Dave, to

laugh about

able trau-

matized but fine after being shot

by a neighbour with a

BB

In

addition to having to deal

came

daughter, the result of a past rela-

his 18th birthday.

more than anything else, I was more paranoid about what the media made coming out “I

think

tionship.

Dave

“I think she sees

figure.

him now

as an

She knows we’re

together because

when she

sees

to con-

Matt she’s like, ‘Matt. Dad.’ And when I’m out with her she’ll bring up Matt,” said Dave.

tinually face an uphill battle with

“She’s not a stupid kid. She’s

look

like.

But

I

didn’t have a hard

time coming out

at all,” said

However, Dave has had his family,

who

Matt.

have a hard time

dealing with his lifestyle. “fve been out a lot longer than

have to say the hardest thing I’ve faced has been my don’t they Because family. acknowledge it at all, they won’t talk about it at all,” said Dave. “I’ll try to talk to my mom about

Matt and

it

and

tend

I’d

she’ll just it

completely pre-

doesn’t exist,

like

I’m

going to grow up and know daddy has a boyfriend or fiance,” Matt said.

keep his Dave homosexuality a secret from her. He said since she has always been around people with piercings and said he will never

tattoos, she tends to stare

people

who

more

at

don’t have any pierc-

ings.

“So,

going

to ask,

I

think

don’t

‘Why

is

she’s

daddy gay?’

‘Why

don't

and through. going I’m extremely Christian so her point of view is that I’m going to go to hell for it. She’s literally put up a

She’ll probably ask,

wall.”

September 2001, after asking Matt’s mother for her blessing.

straight

that this is a

phase She’s

Matt said the situation with

marry him

off

basis to

it.

Not in Ontario

...

other daddys have boyfriends?”’

— The next

step

super soakers.”

said

— Woodstock

this

promise

us

on display!”

said. “It’s not helping us

fit

and be normal. They see us as

and we wear short shorts and run around topless and bump and grind with everyone!” “For 364 days a year we’re normal. But the one day it matters the most and the whole world is going to take a look at us we go out there and we’re a bunch of exhibitionists and now, I totally disagree with the whole idea of Pride,” said Matt. “People won’t take us seriously because we don’t present

each other

is

— Breaking the stereotypes — Matt and Dave also said they have a problem with how gay males are portrayed on television.

good

They

maintain a positive

be

to

living

the

the

movement

you want

to

see

Dave

get

him gay-rights movement.

“When you live in Toronto, you down the street holding

can walk

hands and

“I think there are

huge flaws

the gay-rights system. ic!

And

I

It’s

in

pathet-

think one of the biggest

problems is that our country is based so much on Christianity,” said Dave, who had to stop talking because became too flustered After taking a deep breath, Dave continued. “It’s almost like we’re

it’s

just another couple,

not

out

in

sissies.

we

flaunted our homosexual-

be like Marilyn Manson

Tillsonburg!

the

street

in

just wouldn't

It

go

over well and people would stop

and

But

stare;

if

we were

in

Toronto, no one would stop to

They

said living in

I

“My

can play any

“People see

biggest pet peeve

don’t all talk the

is

that

same,” said

Matt.

(NBC’s

all

think we’re Jack from

TV

show)

Will

and

Grace,” said Dave. Matt also has his thoughts on nature versus nurture. “Everyone has their own theory on it. The

whole idea of being an ex-gay or ex-ex-gay,” said Matt. “Once you’re gay, you’re gay!”

added Dave.

“You

as being

it

their faces while

we

rubbed

see

it

can’t have nature without

nurture and vice versa.

I

in

as a

normal life. “You’re constantly walking on eggshells. You don’t want to offend. And you don’t want to provoke. It’s not so much that you live in fear, you just don’t want to

bring anything on yourself that

you don’t have

to. It’s

much

little

world with the people

accept us.

It’s

wants

easi-

own who

a small sacrifice.

to see

anyone make

out at the bar anyway! That’s offensive gay or straight,” said Matt.

— The

future

Matt and Dave both feel the acceptance of homosexuality is increasing and the perception is

understanding between us,” said

Dave. “People get married to show that they'll promise each other be together for the rest of and whether you have a slip of paper or a symbolic ceremony, who cares if the province of Ontario or the country of Canada recognizes you as a cou-

they’ll

their life

everyone thinks ‘You’re gay, well where’s your lisp? Where’s your credit card only for Le Chateau?'” said Dave. “We don’t all dress the same.

“They

Woodstock

has not been too bad. “Like at the bars we used to go to, everyone knew, but heaven forbid we got out on the dance floor together and slow danced!” said Matt.

married within the next 10 years. “Even if we don’t have that piece of paper there will be an

sport that boys can play.”

'

down

walking

That

the

play volleyball,

We

they are

it’d

“If ity,

when

public in Woodstock.

growing positive. They said they do not care if they are “officially”

same room as queers ... well. I’m sorry you have! It’s so dumb! I can play basketball, I can sit in

upset about something, ask

about the

queers are

“All

city,

men

bugs me the most,” said Matt. “Everyone’s different. You hear people say that they don’t want to

If

about gay

stereotypes

that are out there.

Matt

— Changing

tele-

vision’s portrayal they said, are

Although they have ideas about what they would like the ceremony to be like, they have not set a date and said the only plan they are sure of is that they want to be surrounded by friends. “That we even have this promise with each other is good enough for us. There’s no reason to rush into it,” said Matt. “We’re 19 and 20 and we have a lot of time.”

larger

a

in

preferably Toronto.

who cannot monogamous

gay relationship. However, even worse than

We’re 19 and 20 and we have a lot of time.” it.

be able to live a norMatt and Dave both want

life.

said they’re tired of seeing

gay males as men

us.

for

Toronto

er for us to be happier in our

ourselves seriously.”

with

vs.

In order to

mal

No one

we even have

some

look,” said Dave.

putting

these guys with big fairy wings

yet,” said Matt.

to carry on.

In

in

not

“That

think

their relationship

is

at

Dave

promise because the whole thing is only ceremonial and symbolic for us because there’s no legal

be homo-

to I

Look

“It’s

great night.” The two said they are in no rush to be married. “There’s no reason to rush into it because I think the idea of marriage is more of a

you

in

it

that there’s

movement

Matt.

answered yes right away. “He gave me a ring he’s had for years and we had people coming up to us left, right and centre congratulating us,” said Matt. “Big huge guys that I would have thought would’ve flipped out or been paranoid, were coming up and congratulating me. It was a

have

two guys, a couple,” said Matt, adding they do not display

other with

said he has spent a

of time thinking about how Matt fits into his daughter’s life.

lot

uncle

to

while they were out at a local bar. Matt said he was surprised but

rush into

friends

and family when they Dave knew around the age of 14 he was bisexual and Matt said he easily came out on

AIDS and dying

no action behind it. (Gay) Pride (Day). Pride is supposed to be one of the biggest events within the gayrights movement with the parade and such every year. But look what happens! You have a whole bunch of people walking around topless, bottomless, soaking each

There’s no reason to

with pressure from family, Dave is also raising his two-year-old

out.

Dave asked Matt

enough

gun.

— My two dads —

Long before Dave and Matt began dating, the two individually faced the initial reaction from

go out and get

with the gay-rights

Dave’s family has been really hard. “I can literally count, with-

to

homosexuals can repress it or hide it if their environment is

is

Malt also sees flaws within the movement. “I think the problem

sexuals in more of a positive light

Woodstock

of the negativity

years?”’

in 10

their story.

in

lot

married when they are probably going to end up cheating on each

Media coverage over the past 20 years has been portraying homo-

Living together

think a

for the,se queers to

a

and stereotypes about gay men and women have been getting betHowever, according to two ter. gay men, in spite of the positive changes, being homosexual in a small town remains difficult.

have

sexual from birth but

coming from people who ask, ‘Why are we going to pass a law

couple of weeks ago to ask them about becoming engaged, breaking the stereotypes and everything in

but it’s also environmental,” said Matt. “1 think you biological

harsh.”

yon have ever known. Did I mention gorgeous? Trouble is. yon cannot go out with them or even ask them out since they are dating each other. In fact, they are engaged and fighting their way through this tough and often sat

— Page 3

uphill battle we’re only seen on

/

2002

11,

think

it’s

ple?

“Are relationships for the country?” asked Matt.

The two want others, who maybe homophobic or believe the stereotypes, not to be too quick to judge. AUo, they said straight people should think about what they do together out in public.

“Remember

that

when

you

sneak a little kiss here or a hug there with your partner, your boyfriend or girlfriend, there's people that can’t do that and you’re actually pretty lucky,” said Matt.


Conestoga grads win race for employment As graduation looms can

rest a little easier

the top institution

employer

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knowing

that

to

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when it comes

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satisfaction.

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a statistic that means something to students. as the Key Performance Indicators are important because they speak to student satisfaction with the college, we are here for one main reason, to find a job when is

While surveys such

we

leave.

The prospect of finding a job ful for students,

who

after graduation

are beginning a

new

can be

stress-

chapter in then-

lives.

But we can all feel a little more confident knowing that a provincial survey found 90.7 per cent of graduates in 199899 were employed six months after graduation and 90.4 per cent of employers were satisfied with these graduates. The Ontario government awards funding to colleges based on the results of this survey, which means the college will have more resources to continue to improve. The survey also offered hope to those students beginning to succumb to anxiety attacks about the reafity of having to pay back those student loans that made their education possible. After graduation, the six-month interest free period starts to down and the figure at the bank is no longer a fictitious

tick

number we joke about with friends. Getting a job means students will have a steady income with which to repay their debt. Conestoga had the lowest student loan default rate of any Ontario conununity college in 2001, so there is fight at the end of the tunnel. As students begin to venture out into the community, some in less than two months, they should feel confident that the

Conestoga College emblem on

their

diploma will speak

loudly to employers.

New

regulations needed

by 84-year-old

The case has

Pilar Hicks.

the casino. It is actually an easy

raised concerns about the driving skills of the

elderly.

tle bit

its

just

trip to

into

ing you

all

way

to

it

is

your money and lead tempting to go to a

casino and try to repeat the suc-

repay that money, borrowed from friends

Many

elderly people rely

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on

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to maintain

licence for

an independent

lifestyle.

how

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this

on a case-by-case

can be done effectively

is

basis,

unclear.

doctors must legally report health concerns

probably

make

than you

working hard

However,

about elderly drivers to the ministry, but Hicks’s doctor said she was in wonderful shape and never considered recommending she stop driving. Doctors and the ministry need more effective ways of determining a person’s ability to drive that won’t unfairly penalize people for merely being old. Though age can be a factor in poor driving skills it should not automatically mean the loss of a licence.

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went.

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that feel-

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Olympics see more complaints than medals shows like Entertai nment Tonight dug around for the dish on Sale and

After the 2002 Winter Olympics

sion

Canadians were proud of the 7 medals our athletes brought home. However, it was the figure-skating fiasco and many other complaints from athletes and in Salt

Lake

City,

1

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if

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me

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the evil eye.

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Whatever the case. Cam Cole, a reporter from the National Post, summed up his thoughts about the Olympics perfectly. “The XIX Winter Olympics may forever be remembered as The Crying Games. The Whimper Olympics. If you didn’t get a medal in Salt Lake City, chances are you at least left with an

ahead of them actually

fell

ment of

my

parable

to

wheels.

My

a

bicycle’s

new

penalties should

game. But when Canada’s Jarome

have been called for the men’s team

Iginla and Joe Sakic both scored in

system.

he announced, “The whole world

the third period to give

were also put

to the test as

regular

a

one. If

was

to

know

hit

I

a

to

in the tire

was

business

in

kind enough to

my

fix

tire

for free.

Gleeful I drove out of the mechanic’s garage, and the sun only shone for me. However, I should have been paying closer

because

to

weather

my good

reports

fortune

was

about to take a turn for the worse. The next night I was driving home from school in rainbow-

remember that You know the one that was fixed new? It exploded. CAA, which by this time was on speed dial, was called once again and

kissed skies and tire?

training

was avoidance, driving around all the cracks and manholes in K-W. You can’t drive faster than 80 km/h on a donut tire because of its size. The spare makes two

that

miniature

tire

again

tor-

mented me. Now $70 and a new tire later, I hope I’m never a terror on the roads again. At least not because of a

tire.

to lose.

Nobody wants

win but our players and our

close score throughout rnucl) of the

insurance

loyal

hard not to share

week

n’t

been just over a year since my cigarette. How do I feel? Better.

had

this

intense satisfaction at kicking life

that took a lot

my

bitter frustration that

There

couldn’t have a were times when it was awful, and I wanted to curl up in a nicotinestarved ball and howl and sob until cigarette.

I

It may sound twisted and bizarre, but it’s true. Quitting smoking can make even the sanest person go tem-

mad. You feel lousy and you really want to blame someone. I suddenly found myself alternating between cursing the day I started smoking, and cursing the day I quit. porarily

then the rationalizing started.

favourites has to be the bestlive once.”

it is true you might indeed get by a bus tomorrow, that's probably not the best reason to pay out lots

While hit

'

activity

'

of cash to slowly kill yourself. I

think

it

smoking

an addiction. Quitting will actually

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¥

the only

weigh to

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easy.

So you've made

go!

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to

you?

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was It

prett\' typical.

starts

w ith mood swings - like w ill be emotional for

or not, vou

it

and angry, but

it

a

when I’m ready.” I wasn’t Who’s really ever ready to

quit

ready.

give up a chemical addiction?

you have it.

to just pick a date

want

know has had a that.

resolutions

more work than

actu-

to,

lot

but nobody I of success with

much hype around — they’re almost begging

There’s so

will pass. I

to be broken. But pick a day that’s reasonable for you. I suggest making away that you can it far enough

come

and it’s a good substitute for smoking. Develop an intense love for water and you’ll be OK. When you quit smoking, it is incredibly important to surround

you’ll never follow through.

yourself with supportive people.

boost.

who smoke - you won^t get it. It isn’t that they’re mean and nasty and hope you fail - it’s more likely they don’t go to people

for support

can’t support

them

feel

you because

badly about

still

it

makes

smoking.

myself

You

months.

six

will feel better

accomplishment

a successful quitter.

The

I

was

first is that

I’m a rather lazy person. Trust me,

makes

sense.

Quitting

doesn’t

really

Instead,

quitting

it

smoking

require

means

folks)

tem.

is I

My

Try

to exercise

smokes), and allowed

me

-

attainable

will

a pretty good

site to

help you

take w'alks or ride

how much you

like

yourself as a non-smoker, health

the

you and your family, and example you set for others

around you. A piositive attitude will help you through the tough times. \^en you feel tense, tr>' to keep problem,

won’t make

something

ways

sohe

to

the

yourself that smoking

tell

it

any

better,

and go do

else.

Eat regular meals. Feeling hungry is

sometimes mistaken

to

smoke. Start a

money

for the desire

jar with the

money

you save by not bujing cigarettes. Let others know that you ha\ e quit most people will support of your smoking friends may want to know how you quit. It's good to talk to others about your

smoking

-

Many

you.

quitting. If

you

slip

and smoke, don't be

discouraged. Nlan>- former smokers tried to stop sexeral times before they finally succeeded. Quit again.

Remem^r

goals.

and you

Consider the positive things about

busy, think about

which certainly helps) pretty much bribed me. I had been slow ly collecting books by my favourite writer for a few' years. My husband decided to buy me a new' book for major

gave

a bike.

giving

had a great support syshusband (a non-smoker,

I

worked.

stay smoke-free:

action.

something up. It doesn't take much energy to stop doing something. The other reason (and this is the real one

it

offers the follow-

Web

its

benefits for

think

is

CancerNet News ing tips on

someone

I

And

save money. Best of all, that sense of

quitting, such as

quits.

with the decision

grips

to

you’re making - but no so far off that

And many smokers feel like they’re losing a member of their club when There are two reasons

think

I

and then

Make it New Year’s Eve if

really

Did

the decision to

it's

“I’ll

you

worked. His reward SN’stem ga\e me something to focus on (other than

-

sider the frequently uttered phrase,

stick to

bit-

isn't

not just a bad habit

change your body

apology.”

You might be

accomplishments in my battle against smoking - like the one-week mark, the first day back at work surrounded by smokers, and so on. It

should be mentioned that

is

some who

smoking. Celery will be your best friend - it’s really low in

And

somebody would give me permission to smoke. That’s what it came down to in moments of desperation - this feeling of being ripped off. It was as if someone - everyone - was keeping me from what I wanted.

loved mantra “You only

themselves

calories

sweet. Euphoria slipped swiftly into

agony and then

normal con-

ally quitting

bitter-

is

who would-

gain weight? Unfortunately, I did. Quite a lot of it in fact. I’ve since lost it, but

euphoric feeling of

nasty habit. Ah, but

as soon as the skating

only watched for the men’s hockey.

emotional people. ter

Julianna Kerr

It wasn’t as hard to quit as I thought it would be. That isn’t to say was easy — just easier than I it expected. I was lucky. During the first few smoke-free

And

includes

sider

But occasional cravings still wallop me from out of nowhere.

I

or two.

those

It’s

days,

the

was

it

emotional

in the

so much.

last

Canada

to win.

that

my

regular physical

it

Games

controversy started, and

smoking an attainable goal

Smokers can come up with an impressive number of reasons why smoking really isn’t so bad. One of

eating...

needed

us to

It’s expensive and it’s smelly. Oh, and by the way, it can kill you. It’s smoking - and sometimes I miss it

And

Healthy

more

felt

wants us

After the

Quitting

tire’s

happened

Toms

style of driving

after another with a

Gretzky

Janine

was com-

pounding play

examine and hopefully change the

my

my car

game

with the Czech Republic where

A gentleman I

cue and the saga began. I could not stand the embarrasssize

tie

The outcry over the poor Judging has prompted officials to

pothole the tire surly would

A considCAA came to res-

tire. Its

the perceptions

Team Canada.

of

to

be awfully one-sided.

erable time later

became fed up with

the

during their performances.

complete turns

went

game

championship

The U.S. had its dominant moments and it was one heart-

attention

and mild spare tire. I was working late when to the parking lot and found

ences

played.

fans of our national sport, hockey.

meek

a

his Olympic experiand has become one of Canada’s most decorated athletes. There are some who had enough

medals from

that

needed

it

Canadian men’s hockey team, also

We

depend-

was

was Gretzky’s declaration

it

holds three gold and two bronze

Gretzky, executive director of the

ples

could

all I

But

gave hockey the attention

closing

now

two cou-

fifth-place finish after the

them “sorry”

home

officiat-

Gagnon

ceremonies.

the

Lithuanian skaters protested their

the ice

the while giving

all

Games.

a gold and a bron/.e medal with-

a 90-minute span the night before

dance competition when the

and more outrage few days later in

a

to

around and

signaling

front of

such one-sided

after

including

threatening to boycott future

to feel

for the

sorry

bit

least

was hard

in

its

to

who

of the

become. car,

the

It

won

Russian

the

this,

of complaining,

share

period of time for the

full

States to score!

of

all

Olympic Committee was doing

Thirteen penalties! That’s more

ice.

homage

should also pay

The great and exciting final saw Canada defeat the U.S. 5-2 in one of the most-watched games ever

worry, enough people were on the road to take in the spectacle I’d

Drivers bee-lined around

During

against the United States.

We

approached.

mOT-r>ir*£r

Sr*hr>oI

speed skater Marc Gagnon,

women’s hockwhere Canada won 3-2

as

you

you weren’t driving

crowd and

pride so evident in the

and after hearing about our whether stepped on or not, on the floor of the American’s locker room. It was around this time that Wayne

were out driving last week. I gave the word slow a new meaning, trucking along the highway at 70 km/h.

with that, a shocked but

hits.

team

Drivers beware of the donut You may have cursed me

And

fans.”

ing

was expressed

on The Tonight Show and Larry King Live. Newspapers and even tabloid televi-

13

which were con-

flag,

their judged sport

instant celebrities, appearing

through

ey finals

found fame.

But the skaters

In the days leading up to their medal celebration the two became

sit

secutive, during the

than a

brought attention and skepticism to

Russians.

to

displayed by the players on the

seemed to remain grounded considering their new-

Graham

painful

proud Canada discovered its often tame Great One could throw his own

who

Pelletier,

committees that overshadowed most of the events. The event was only in its third day when the first scandal arose. Canadian figure skaters Jamie Sale and David Pelletier, who skated a fiawless routine, ended up with a silver medal after the first place Russians stumbled during their skate. It wasn’t until a few days later, in an unprecedented move, that Olympic officials awarded the Canadians a shared gold with the

was

It

penalties, eight of

your doctor can help

goes on. I could, of course, still cave in and have a cigarette. But I'm not

you if you aren't having much luck w ith quitting. If you're really serious about giving up smoking, you'll be a

going

success.

It

I

absolutely gets easier as time

to.

think

it's

really important to con-

If

I

can do

it.

vou can do

it.


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— SPOKE, March

11,

2002

Unique restaurant a Waterloo

gem

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large strips of

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The concept behind the name of Marbles came about before the restaurant opened.

A

moist.

The mayonnaise came on

mosaics created from

glass adorn the walls and the bar

top in the restaurant

is

also covered

with the multi-coloured balls. It

is

unique story behind a

a

entering the small restau-

rant you Tugged.

help

can't

but

the

plemented the potatoes, a refreshing change to ketchup.

unique eatery.

Upon

to

It also came with a side of fries. They were freshly prepared wedges of potatoes cooked to perfection. A wine and mushroom sauce was ordered to go along with the fries and was an added bonus. The flavour was subtle and com-

glass marbles.

Several

the side

mustards so you could control the amount on the sandwich. similar

was held in celebration <md the guest had to bring marbles with them to the party. The name stayed and so did the party

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feel

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The warm salmon and dark green

of flavour and had a rich texture. It came with the usual toppings

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fries.

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The

and providing

lettuce

was

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and the

on William Street

Bistro,

and reasonable

in

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chicken well prepared.

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The flavour was unique, with

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A

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The Marbles chicken club

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was dessert the smothering unsweetened and complemented the cake perfectly. It was surprisingly light, and not

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War

Hart’s War examines

Hart’s

raeism, sac-

Lines

honour.

and

access

arc

same

those on the

with

claiming there

isn’t

The

acknowledge

film, Lieut.

refuse

rank

the

of

officer

stuck

an

miles

from home in hostile territory. He captured the frustration and helplessness anyone would firmly

have

men

enlisted

of

portrayal

solid

American

room.

side strike out at

one another. At the onset of the

bunks,

officers’

to

McNamara

borders arc blurred, and

cros.scd,

and

This is where the racism becomes painfully obvious. The two black officers are denied

By Julianna Kerr

rifice

not typical wartime story felt in his

Hart’s

to

position.

War reminds

us that hon-

our means different things to

the

and

dif-

pilots.

ferenl people,

marily from Hart’s point of view.

Every opportunity is taken to insult and torment the two men. Hart suddenly finds himself caught in the middle of a tragic game. Lives are lost, suspicion aroused, and threats fly fast and

We

furious around the pilots.

must be made in order to stand up for what we believe in. It also offers us a glimpse into the racist ways of the army in the Second World War. We can only hope we’ve eome a

Tommy

Hart (Colin Farrell)

cap-

is

tured by the Get^mans and sent to a

PoW

(prisoner of war)

camp during

Second World War. The courtroom drama

the

him

see

arrive after a terrifying

journey by train

the

camp

in

there.

Hart

is

at

Once

Belgium.

told pri-

is

A

court martial gets underway

as

The senior

among

officer

the

Col. William

is

McNamara (Bruce McNamara soon

puts

Willis).

two black

Air Corps pilots in Hart’s care, adding the men to the already

crowded bunks of the enlisted

the

warned, however, that the film might leave you with questions, Viewers seem to be a little out of the loop by the finale, and the ending itself could have been

slow moving, but it certainly showcases the talent of rising star Colin Farrell. He is believable and passionate as a young officer who expected never This film

cers.

to

is

a

little

anything other than

see

much

the

It is,

War

hero appearance to deliver a stern

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11,

2002

League West set

National This article series

of

is

third

the

Yankees 2001

is

the

the

Arizona Diamondbacks, have virtually the same team as last year but with a little better pitching and little

flag,,

D-Backs

that the

however,

is

consist mostly of

aging veterans nearing the end of their careers, with little help in the

form of prospects. The Colorado Rockies completely remade their bullpen and will likely have only one holdover from last year - closer Jose

down

hit-

top-five payroll.

ters

from the

left

Kevin Brown should be recovered from elbow problems that saw him make only 19 starts in 2001. Despite the setback he did win 10 games and have a solid

relievers.

With the loss of Sanders in right and his 33 homeruns, field Arizona is lacking in power. Only Luis Gonzalez, 57 homeruns in 2001 can hit the ball out on a reg-

2.65

numbers

will

fit

nicely

two and three spots in the rotation. Daal went 13-7 in 2001, after he lost 19 games in 2000.

a collection of over-aged or underachieving veterans is

and should nor in too much.

,

factor

strong for the playoffs.

Jimenez.

likes

of Greg Colbrunn, David Dellucci and Erubiel Durazo

Nomo, taking his second tour of duty with the Dodgers, was 13-10 for the Red Sox and has the abili-

available for pinch-hitting duties.

ty to get

ed.

Sean Burroughs, infielder Xavier Dennis and pitcher Nady

The Rockies’ pitchers will always struggle as long as they pitch in the thin air of Colorado. pitchers veteran Expensive Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle are solid pitchers but of little help to the Rockies. Hampton went 224 with a 2.90 ERA in 1999 but struggled in Colorado, going 1413 with a 5.41 ERA. Neagle, another former 20-game winner, won only nine games and

Tankersley.

struggled with a 5.38

The

Dodgers

Angeles

Los

acquired reliever Paul

Quantrill

and shortstop Cesar Izturis from the Blue Jays, successfully filling two glaring weaknesses from last year.

They

also added veteran starters

Omar Daal and Hideo Nomo

to

solidify their injury-depleted rotation.

The San Diego Padres have a number of outstanding rookies poised to make an impact this year, including third baseman

Their bench

strong with the

is

ERA.

Don’t expect better numbers from those two - or any other Colorado pitchers. Third starter Scott Elarton, once

Bell.

struggled

Giants,

The D-Backs have

the best 1-2

pitching punch in the majors with

20-game winners Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling. Schilling is a workhorse who won 22 games and posted a 2.98 ERA in 35 starts last season. He should continue to excel in Arizona as long as the number of innings he’s pitched in the past five years doesn't catch

up with

Johnson

is

one of the most dom-

inant pitchers in the history of the

game

but sooner or later (and probably sooner) his age, 38, will catch up with him. Until then he will continue to

mow down

even the best

hitters in

the league.

added

to bolster the third spot in

the rotation.

a

questionable

move, the Rangers

pitching-strapped Texas

him walk away despite winning 20 games in 1998 and averaging 217 innings pitched for the past let

three seasons.

Veterans

Brian

Anderson,

Miguel Batista, Todd Stottlemyre and Armando Reynoso will battle for the final two spots. The pen is headed by closer Byung-Hyun Kim, who saved 19

games

last

and

Houston

season but self-destruc-

to

shop for one.

If they fail to acquire a closer,

expect a less-than-successful comMike of Quantrill, bination Trombley and Matt Merges. Odalis Perez, acquired from the Braves in the Gary Sheffield deal,

could

fit

into the rotation or as a

lefty long-reliever.

Having traded disgruntled out-

and

finally

last

and doomed

to

fail

homer-friendly confines

On

LoDuca

homeruns and 97 RBIs

better,

surprised a lot of people

25 homeruns playing regularly for the first time in the majors. Don’t

won’t fare being that they are

relievers

the

flip

hitters

Colorado see an increase numbers.

injuries.

only 80 1/3 innings.

Nevin and

his 41

RBIs

shift

third base to first base to

from

make room

but lacks traditional third baseman

Ryan Klesko, who moves from first

base to the outfield, hit 30

homeruns and had 113 RBIs 2001

9-1 record with a 1.68

half that of Nen’s 3.01

The Giants have

for Burroughs.

Burroughs has hit over .300 in the minors despite being only 21

in

.

Livan Hernandez, Jason Schmidt and Kirk Rueter all possess the ability to win 15 games. Ortiz went 17-9 last season but must have better control - he walked an average of 109 batters

up - his numbers in the minors were good. The Dodgers bench is a collecif

he keeps

in

in their

Kent and Rich Aurilia. Bonds hit 73 homeruns and drove in 137 homeruns in his 2001 dream season. The Giants were able to resign Bonds only because no other team was willing to give him a long-term deal for the amount of money he wanted at age 37. The Giants may benefit from the fiveyear deal for the next couple of sea-

sons but will probably begin to regret

it

about the time Bonds turns

Ortiz,

40.

in the past three seasons.

Sanders power will help give, Bonds protection in the lineup. Kent’is homerun total dipped to 22 this past season but he managed to drive in 106 RBIs. Those numbers are more than enough from the

2001

second base position. Aurilia has become one of the

and Rueter are above

best hitting shortstops in the past

average three and four starters and either of them could move up to

three seasons. Last season he hit 37

Hernandez went 13-15

in

but provides lots of innings.

the

number 2

spot

if

injuries

homeruns and recorded 206 Unfortunately,

much. San Diego

in too

beginning

is

improves his defence seems

Rookie Ryan Jensen or Kurt Ainsworth will fill the fifth spot.

decrease, but not enough to offset

Robb Nen

his value. It will be a tight race in the West Division this season but whoever

three seasons and will continue to

ting

blow away

thick of the playoff race.

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long as he

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find

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last season.

a fly-ball pitch-

Tom

is

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in

newcomers Jose Paniagua, Todd Jones, Rick White and Dennis is

and doesn’t pitch too

innings.

Dodgers have

themselves relying on Shawn Green, Brian Jordan, also acquired

left

playing in his hometown. Jordan

.

Free agent Rick Helling was

and they continue

a true closer

many

Davey, Kevin Walker and Robert Ramsay will all likely lose time to

Schrriidt

The Dodgers lack

Colorado in 2001 with a 7.06 ERA in 24 starts. The Rockies bullpen consists of

average pitchers

him.

In

considered Houston’s future ace, in

key strikeouts when need-

fielder Sheffield, the

having fe-signed Barry Bonds, also improved their with former D-Back outfield Reggie Sanders and third base with defensive-specialist David

The

Jeremy Fikac,

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Felix Rodriguez

pen

Bubba Trammell also possesses power and he surprised the Padres by driving in 92 runs last season. The Giants, led by Bonds, also feature a solid rotation. Russ

The Dodgers bench

decline

because of old age. Arizona would be smart to rest them regularly during the season to keep them

Nomo

into the

Without support he will be walked anytime he comes up with runners on base. Veterans Mark Grace, Matt Williams and Steve Finley are all

the rest of the

power.

ERA.

Daal and

,

make

uncertain.

Phil

shut

one of

is

game and saved 43

for the Padres last season.

games

Injuries

1

holes in the off-season but still lack a dominant team despite their

side but the DBacks lack quality right-handed

their

who

showed good power with

and eight homeruns. The Dodgers filled a number of

Greg and Mike Myers will

seeing

a defensive whiz

is

Closer Trevor Hoffman the best in the

triples

ular basis.

worst offence.

One warning

.

Swindell

most

make for an interesting year. World Series champions,

also

ers

season begins on March 31.

The West Division

Uribe

in

Veteran reliev-

catchers reported to spring training mid-February and the regular

Jeff

Kent-like numbers.

against the

offs

League Baseball’s six divisions and how each team looks heading into the 2002 season. Pitchers and

even division in the National League. All five teams have a legitimate shot at winning the division title in 2002, which could

Oakland and should put up

ted in the play-

a

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six,

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