Project L.E.A.R.N. is in full swing as classes have now begun at Fanshawe College and Western University. L.E.A.R.N stands for Liquor Enforcement and Reduction of Noise, and is an initiative to keep student neighbourhoods responsible and out of risk during a busy orientation month.
September is a busy month, and often means it’s back to partying, and back to the bars for many. Orientation week is known for excessive drinking and anxiously awaited celebrations, which often leads to legal trouble or complaints from the neighbours. Project L.E.A.R.N, formerly known as Speak Easy, is trying to avoid trouble with the law, like in years past at Western’s infamous homecoming celebrations.
Police say they are looking for any infractions on bylaws, inluding: parties, noise complaints, parking, open fires, noise, litter, and public urination. London Police say although they’re trying their best to keep students out of legal trouble, their goal is certainly not to eliminate the fun.
“We want people to enjoy themselves, they’re coming back from being out of town, they’re meeting new people,” says Sandasha Bough of the London Police. “However we want them to do it in a responsible way and to just be considerate of others.”