Posts by Torey Ellis

Referendums 2013

This election season, a whopping six societies—including the student union itself—are putting forth referenda to try to raise the amount of money they get from students. Here is what you need to know about each question, the society, and what they plan to do with their money. Note: each of the official questions includes “Whereas…”…

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Grawood liquor license suspended

The Grawood's doors will be closed after lunch on Jan. 11 and on Jan. 12 (Alice Hebb photo)

  The Grawood will be closed after lunch on Jan. 11 and 12 after having its liquor license suspended last month.          On Dec. 7 the Liquor and Gaming Division of Service Nova Scotia passed disciplinary action against the Grawood for serving underage patrons alcohol in September. Though the bar would still be able to…

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The Christmas creep

Don’t cry. Christmas in November is wonderful. (Bryn Karcha photo)

November is the best month of the year. I don’t care what anyone says to the contrary. The leaves have finally changed colour in Halifax, I can wear a coat without worrying whether I’ll sweat to death from the oscillating weather, and—most importantly—it’s holiday time. “But most holidays are in December!” you cry. I hear…

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News Briefs: 2011-2012 Recap

Whether you’re new to Dalhousie or just need a refresher, these are the big stories from last year that might affect the news you read this year. Dal faculty strike averted It was a tense spring semester on all three campuses as the Dal Faculty Association (DFA) and Dal administration came perilously close to not…

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News Briefs

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Ecolympics at Dal For Dalhousie’s residence students, the next few weeks will be a little more competitive than usual. The Ecolympics are two weeks of residence-based activities and events to try to get students to reduce consumption and waste. The events will be going on from March 20-31, and culminate on Earth Hour Day with…

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Strike scare just about over

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Dalhousie administration and the Dal Faculty Association (DFA) may have come to a tentative agreement, but there are still a few steps to be taken. Karen Janigan, communications officer for the DFA, said the association’s ratification vote will take place March 15, 16 and 19. The DFA executive recommended the members accept the tentative agreement,…

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Strike averted for now

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Classes are on for Monday, the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) and Dal administration announced today. The two sides reached a tentative agreement March 11 after four consecutive days of conciliation. The agreement still needs to be approved by the Board of Governors and by a general meeting of the DFA. The dates for the votes…

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Information deficit in DFA negotiations

When the administration’s blog sounds like only half the story and the Dalhousie Faculty Association (DFA) seems to be silent in comparison, what can students believe? That difference is due largely to resources: the administration has a communications team of 23 employees, three of whom are working on negotiating updates, while the DFA has one…

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News Briefs

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Student entrepreneur takes first place A Dalhousie student has been named provincial champion for his student entrepreneurship. Akram Alotumi, owner of Azal Student Agency, got the title of Student Entrepreneur Nova Scotia Champion at the end of February. The competition was put on by a charity called Advancing Canadian Entrepreneurship. Alotumi will proceed on to…

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DFA negotiations: Thursday in review

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The biggest issue of the Dalhousie faculty collective agreement negotiations could be taken off the table, possibly making a faculty strike unnecessary. The government of Nova Scotia decided today to grant Dalhousie full and permanent solvency relief without requiring the university’s pension plan to switch to a jointly sponsored pension plan (JSPP). The switch in…

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