by Sonja Szlovicsak (Editor-in-Chief)
Well, it’s that time of the year: summer break, at least for the Cascade.
Classes are still in session, but we’re going on holidays. It’s good timing too, since the weather has finally warmed up.
And it’s about time. It’s been a busy summer. Two of the Cascade’s staff members have said their nuptials and are now officially hitched; we’ve been working hard on getting our website up and running; and we’ve taking care of pesky things like computer maintenance and organizing old issues of the paper for archives.
I’ve decided to compile a list of things that might be different in the world outside the Cascade come September. Two months is a long time without a new issue of everyone’s favourite student newspaper, so I might as well give readers something to keep an eye out for, since we won’t be telling you about it.
The Gulf of Mexico versus BP and oil.
Will that hole be plugged by September? It’s tempting to create an “Oil Spill Pool” and place bets on the date that geyser will be plugged. The only problem is, the longer it keeps gushing oil, the more we all lose. The sad thing is if the hole isn’t plugged by September, the nuclear option is going to look a lot better. Hey, it worked for the Russians, so I’m sure the Americans can make it work better!
G-8/G-20 security forces something something.
Is this story going to go anywhere?
There probably won’t be an inquiry into the violence used during the G-8/G-20 protests. There were over 1,000 arrests, but in all likely hood most of these people aren’t going to end up with any charges that stick. Windows were smashed, cars were lit on fire, and peaceful protesters were on the receiving end of police batons. It’s much easier to forget this all happened, rather than worry about someone else’s black eye.
Bill Vander Zalm declares himself King of British Columbia
We all hate the HST – and Vander Zalm is going to save us from tax hell! Right. Remember how mad everyone was about the Carbon Tax (which went up last week, by the way)? We all forgot about it pretty quickly. Unless the HST petition received enough signatures to stop the tax and the BC government ignores it (as they’ve been threatening to do), this story will probably fade into the background to be replaced by some other “big deal” story.
CIVL Radio FINALLY broadcasts at 101.7FM
September is CIVL’s deadline to get on-air. If our campus radio station is not broadcasting by then, they risk losing their call letters. In short, it will be the end of CIVL Radio. Currently, CIVL is working on getting a tower that will broadcast a short distance until they can get hooked up to their large tower off Mt. Lehman. Make sure you tune into 101.7FM when you’re heading into your first class in September to see if we still have a radio station.