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October 31, 2012

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Citizens rally against pipelines, tankers MLA Terry Lake’s office sees large gathering as people extend the Oct. 22 protest at the legislature in Victoria to smaller communities

Mason Buettner Ω Contributor

Approximately 150 people rallied outside the office of Terry Lake, Kamloops-North Thompson MLA, to oppose the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and tanker project on Oct. 24. The rally was a part of Defend Our Coast’s day of action, where 75 communities and over 7,000 people rallied at MLA offices across the province, according to Calvin deGroot, Defend Our Coast outreach coordinator and Capilano University student. Defend Our Coast is a coalition of different environmental and social justice groups from across British Columbia. “The purpose of the decentralized actions all over B.C. was to harness the momentum from the rally in Victoria,” deGroot said. “We kept Defend Our Coast in the media for four days. We wanted to prolong the movement.” Oct. 22 saw 4,000 people gathered on the lawn of the B.C. Legislature for the Defend Our Coast day of action that led to Wednesday’s province-wide rallies. In total approximately 11,000 people attended the two separate days of action against the pipeline project according to deGroot. Maude Barlow, author, activist and chairperson of the Council of Canadians, made a special appearance and spoke to the crowd at the Kamloops rally. Now 65 years old, Barlow was still able to ignite the crowd. “The answer for all of us is to stay strong, to defend our coasts, say no to the pipelines, no to

Devan C. Tasa Ω News Editor

Approximately 150 people gather outside Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake’s office in protest of the proposed Northern Gateway Pipeline project Oct. 24.

—PHOTO BY MASON BUETTNER

Anne Grubbe, Kamloops rally organizer, discussed the next step for those in opposition to the pipelines and tankers. “The government is thinking that these people will just give up after a while, but I don’t think they will,” she said. “There will be more opposition.” “It’s definitely not over yet, it’s really just the beginning,” deGroot said. “We are getting louder and the more our politicians refuse to listen to us, the louder Defend Our Coast will get.”

tankers and to say to these energy companies when they come to our territories: you will not pass,” she said. A number of TRU students attended the rally. Drew Dochstader, an adventure guide diploma student, took the microphone and shared his support of Defend Our Coast with the crowd. According to Dochstader, the adventure tourism students are very knowledgeable on the subject and concerned for the future. “We have an extremely strong

tourism industry and for that to be destroyed would be a huge blow to the British Columbia economy,” Dochstader said. “It would even jeopardize the program at our school. Our future is at stake.” Dochstader would like to see a greater response from TRU students. “If we put our numbers together it could really be a deciding outcome for us to really make a difference,” Dochstader said. “People underestimate the power of the human voice.”

ers in order to break down barriers between students and professionals. “This workshop has success stories,” said Susan Forseille, Student Employment Coordinator at TRU. “There was a student a couple of years ago who is now in the process of applying for a job with one of the mentors she met at this event.” Alexander Osipov, a second-year bachelor of business administration student, was invited to Networking 411 by friends and decided to check it out. “The event was helpful, but next time there needs to be more food,” he said. Michelle Butterfield used networking to land a position as an editor at the Calgary Herald and is now associate news editor for The Huffington Post. “Networking is the future,” she said in early October. “To be able to network effectively, you have to take risks.” Butterfield said she is an avid social media user and makes effort to call contacts and arrange meetings. Program-specific networking workshops will be the next event hosted by Career Mentoring and the TRU Alumni Association. Students can expect those in the spring. For more information visit tru.ca/ alumni/mentoring.html.

Students gain networking skills at the fourth annual Networking 411 event put on by TRU Career Mentoring and the TRU Alumni Association Oct 28.

Aspiring professionals take advantage of networking opportunity Courtney Dickson

Ω Incoming Roving Editor Career Mentoring and the TRU Alumni Association held their fourth annual speed-dating style networking event, Tuesday, Oct. 28, that gave students first-hand insight and advice from industry professionals. “Every person who has made something of themselves owes it to his or her interactions,” said Michael Cohen, one of the professional representatives at the event and past TRU graduate. Cohen opened Networking 411 with a speech that encouraged students to value networking and take advantage of the opportunity. There were 150 students who attended and had access to 46 professionals from various disciplines including business, arts, science, tourism, information technology, journalism, architecture and engineering. Throughout the 90-minute event, students were given 10-minute sessions to speak with industry professionals about how to find a job, the transition from school to the workforce and labour market changes. Organizers at the event gave direction about which professionals to speak to as well as conversation start-

Vote final step for deal with union, university

—PHOTO BY HUGO YUEN

The university and the suppor t workers represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4879 are close to signing a new contract. The four-year contract is backdated to 2010 and will last until April 1, 2014, but it has to be approved by a vote of the union’s membership before it becomes off icial. “We’re extremely glad to come to a fair and sustainable agreement,” said Christopher Seguin, TRU’s VP advancement. No representative from CUPE 4879 was available for comment before press deadline. In the f irst two years, union members won’t get any increases in wages. This follows the provincial gover nment’s net zero mandate in those years, in which no gover nment workers were supposed to get wage increases. For the f inal two years there will be a two per cent increase each year. The union hasn’t given any concessions to the university. According to a press release from the provincial gover nment, it has given no extra money to fund increases in wages. “It’s a mixture of cost-savings and revenue generation,” Seguin said, when asked where the extra money would come from. A press release from CUPE 4879 said a contract wasn’t signed until now because of the provincial gover nment’s inference. The last contract ended in 2010. “The smallest items that included any monetar y element had to be sent to the gover nment for approval,” said Lois Rugg, CUPE 4879’s president, in the release, “and then we would have to sit and wait and wait and wait for a reply from them.” “I wouldn’t identify it as inference,” Seguin said. “We’re a public institution with a provincial mandate that we have to work within.” The tentative contract is similar to ones proposed at other universities. CUPE Local 116 at the University of B.C. and CUPE Local 3799 at the University of Nor ther n B.C. are both seeing no increases to their wages in the f irst two years followed by a increase of two per cent each year in the last two years. CUPE 4879 said in its release it would be preparing to negotiate the next contract. “We will be back in bargaining as early as next year for the next contract and we will be looking for whoever is in power to respect our collective bargaining process,” Rugg said. The contract ends after the May 2013 provincial election.

October 31, 2012  

The October 31, 2012 edition of The Omega

October 31, 2012  

The October 31, 2012 edition of The Omega

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