News Briefs

By Natalie Sit

Stockwell’s signed suit supplies sustenance
Last Friday’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers football game drew record food bank donations from fans who wanted a chance to win Stockwell Day’s famous wetsuit. The contest, conducted by Manitoba produce supplier Peak of the Market, resulted in food donations totalling 86,650 lbs, up from 56,980 lbs last year. Half the amount came from fans while the other half was a matching donation by the supplier.

"I bought this very famous wetsuit because the proceeds went to breast cancer research," said President and CEO of Peak of the Market. "We knew we could use it for one of our charity events."

Winnipegers Harty and Joanne Friesens won the wetsuit.

"We’re thinking of giving it to a local charity," said the Friesens.

I remember
Annual Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held in the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium on Sat., Nov. 11. The ceremonies to honour Canadian service personnel are to start at 10:30 a.m. and will feature former Director of Peacekeeping Operations in Ottawa Colonel Don Ethell. Ceremonies will move to Memorial Park and will recommence just after noon, following the arrival of key personnel from the Jubilee Auditorium.

I can hear clearly now
A new program being developed by University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine audiology researchers David Brown and Dr. Joseph Dort hopes to screen newborns for hearing impairments. The current phase of the project involves determining what effect, if any, noise has on the hearing of pre-term infants. Hearing impairments can be caused by the death of outer hair cells in the inner ear and affects one per cent of newborns and 15 per cent of school age children.

"So many more things we’re involved in are noisy," said Brown. "We do all kinds of things that are [noisy]."

Brown cites stereos, bands, movies and household appliances as possibly dangerous sources of noise. He and others try to raise awareness about hearing loss through the annual Noisy Toy Fair in Calgary.
For more information, please call 220-4347.

Pannu remains leader of the provincial NDPs
Alberta New Democrats confirmed Raj Pannu as their leader at their convention this weekend. Edmonton Member of the Legislative Assembly Brian Manson was subsequently chosen by Pannu to be the party’s deputy leader.

"It was clear how well we worked as a team [on the tour]," said Pannu. "By working together, we’ll be able to accomplish much, much more."

The convention, which was attended by 400 delegates, marked the end of the New Democrats’ "On The Move" listening tour of Alberta and served to prepare the party for the fourth Session of the 24th Legislature which will resume on Nov. 14, and for the possible election in January.

Art for archaeology’s sake
Art for Archaeology’s Sake will be the theme of the Chacmool Conference which runs Nov. 9-11. The conference, co-sponsored by the U of C’s Department of Archaeology and SAIT, will take place on both campuses and is expected to attract more than just scholars.

"Archaeology appeals to lots of different kinds of people," said archaeology professor Geoffrey McAfferty. "We’ll have over 100 presenters speaking on topics ranging from rock art to modern art."

Discussions will include lost treasures and Mayan archaeology, topics reflective of the multifaceted nature of archaeological discoveries.

A free public reception will be held in the Nickle Arts Museum on Nov. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Registration for the three-day event costs $45 at the door or register by phone at 220-7120.

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