Day: October 7, 2019

It is that time of year again… traffic on campusIt is that time of year again… traffic on campus

With another academic year upon us and in full swing, traffic congestion into and out of the University is also at its peak. Especially during the early-morning and late-afternoon rushes.Brock is experiencing record enrolments this year. And, as such, it will take time for everyone at the University to adjust their schedules to avoid delays.Campus Security will be on hand and visible during these peak congestion times to help keep traffic flowing on campus.They also have the following tips for the Brock community:* think about taking public transit* give yourself plenty of time to get to and from campus* consider an alternate entrance to campus if it is convenient* be patient and observant of pedestrians crossing at intersections

BUFA celebrating its members during Homecoming Sept 19BUFA celebrating its members during Homecoming Sept 19

The Brock University Faculty Association is celebrating the contributions of its members on Friday, Sept. 19 at Alphie’s Trough.View videos of BUFA members whose work has advanced four core principles: academic freedom, educational quality, shared decision-making and strengthening community.Join in the discussion on the importance of these principles and ways to work together to strengthen Brock.The celebration is part of Brock’s 50th anniversary Homecoming festivities slated throughout campus from Sept. 18-21.*****What: Celebrating faculty and librarians in Brock’s 50th yearWhere: Alphie’s TroughWhen: Friday, Sept. 19Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.Who: All members of the Brock community, alumni and any interested local community membersRSVP: Before Monday, Sept. 15 at or x3268. read more

Mistrial declared in Hamilton barber shop murderMistrial declared in Hamilton barber shop murder

A judge has declared a mistrial in the murder of Neil Harris at his Hamilton barbershop in 2016.The 40-year-old husband and father was shot and killed outside the Influence Barbershop on Upper Wellington St. on Feb. 18. Odain Gardner and Erick Reid are both charged with first-degree murder.Superior Court Justice Toni Skarica dismissed the jury on Wednesday, just before the trial was set to begin.Skarica said he was declaring the mistrial because information leaked that a member of the jury may have known the victim.Selection of a new jury will begin Monday with the new trial expected to begin sometime next week.

Tentative deal reached with education support workersTentative deal reached with education support workers

Ontario has reached a tentative contract agreement with the union representing school support staff, ending a work-to-rule campaign.Education Minister Liz Sandals says in a statement that the deal is net-zero, meaning any salary increases are offset through savings elsewhere. The Liberal government had threatened to dock the pay of support staff represented by CUPE and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation, as well as the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario, if they didn’t end their work-to-rule campaigns. Premier Kathleen Wynne had said that if the unions didn’t end their administrative strikes by November 1st, she would give permission to school boards to trigger five days’ notice to dock their pay. Public elementary teachers are the only teachers in the province that haven’t reached an agreement. read more

German unemployment rate edges up to 5 in JulyGerman unemployment rate edges up to 5 in July

BERLIN — Germany’s unemployment rate edged up to 5% in July as the summer holidays weighed on hiring and worries increase about the strength of Europe’s biggest economy.The Federal Employment Agency said Wednesday that 2.275 million people were registered as jobless in July, 59,000 more than in June, but 49,000 fewer than July 2018. The unadjusted unemployment rate ticked up to 5% from 4.9% in June.In seasonally adjusted terms, unemployment stayed at 5% for the third consecutive month.Senior agency official Daniel Terzenbach said “companies’ demand for new employees is declining slightly” and employment is “still increasing but less dynamically.”ING economist Carsten Brzeski said “the industrial slowdown of the last 12 months is finally leaving its mark on the domestic economy and more particularly on the labour market.”The Associated Press read more

Library patrons hurt by funding cuts say CEOsLibrary patrons hurt by funding cuts say CEOs

The heads of local library systems say patrons are going to suffer from funding cuts to an organization that helps share books across the province.Funding for Ontario’s two public library services, the Southern Ontario Library Service and Ontario Library Service North, has been cut in half, a decision the provincial government said it made to help address the province’s $11.7-billion deficit.The library services serves almost 200 municipalities in southern and eastern Ontario. They provide librarian training and inter-library loans so that libraries can lend and borrow books and other materials among branches.Southern Ontario Library Service (SOLS) CEO Barbara Franchetto said the service needs to cut $1.5 million from its annual budget of about $3 million. Last week, Franchetto announced “with great sadness” that SOLS would permanent ending its inter-library loan delivery service as of Friday.Rae-Lynne Aramburo, CEO of Brantford Public Library, said the city library brought in about 2,000 items for its members last year through the inter-library system and lent about the same number.“The inter-library loan system is a cost-effective way to extend our collection,” said Aramburo. “Now, patrons who are looking for a specific item to support their research, or family records only available on historic periodicals on microfilm, or even a book in a series from their favourite author when we no longer have a complete set, are all out of luck if we don’t have the item.”Aramburo said SOLS also provides training to library staff and arranges bulk, reduced-pricing with vendors for databases, making electronic resources more affordable.“Inter-library loans are the immediate concern, but a weakened Southern Ontario Library Service means weakened libraries overall,” she said.Kelly Bernstein, CEO of County of Brant Public Library, said 2,800 books requested by patrons were shipped to Brant from other libraries last year, and more than 3,000 books from Brant collections were sent to libraries across the province.“We have an annual book budget,” said Bernstein. “We buy as many books as we can to meet the needs of our patrons but their interests and needs are so diverse, it’s not possible to buy everything.”Bernstein said the cost to purchase the 2,800 books requested by Brant library users last year would amount to more than $70,000.“That would be a huge hit to the budget,” she said. “And a lot of those materials are out of print or unavailable.”Heather King, CEO of Norfolk County Public Library, said her system had almost 2,200 requests for their materials last year from other libraries and shipped out almost 1,700 items from its collection.“We cannot afford to pay for the courier system for delivering materials or the postage to mail books to other libraries,” said King.Richard Anderson, who is responsible for the inter-library loan program in Norfolk, said they bring in a significant number of large print materials and books on CD for their visually-impaired patrons. He said DVDs are also frequently requested through the inter-library loan system.“This is most likely the only source of movies or TV series that many of our patrons have access to due to the costs of cable and satellite services,” said Anderson.Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma said he “feels for everyone” who uses the inter-library system and will be impacted by its sudden cancellation. But he said the government made “absolutely no cuts to base funding services” for libraries.He said cancelling the inter-library loan service was a decision SOLS “made on its own.” He noted a posting on the organization’s website saying that “even under our previous budget allocation, it was becoming difficult to sustain the service because of ever increasing operating costs.”Bouma said eliminating the provincial deficit requires some “difficult decisions to get things back on track.”Aramburo said the Brantford library is working on reciprocal borrowing arrangements with neighbouring library systems so patrons have access to more materials locally. The Brantford library already has an agreement in place with the Six Nations Public Library, so that its members can get a Six Nations Public Library membership at no cost, and vice-versa.King said Norfolk also will look into the development of a local delivery system.Bouma said he is willing to help local libraries set up material sharing systems. read more