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 VOLUME     46     I      NUMBER     12     |     AUGUST    IO,     2000
3 Pressure point
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8 Justice judgement
B.C. Grade 12 students have
words to say on justice
ubc reports
$68 million bonanza
sets research record
Leading edge innovation the key to university's
funding success, says vice-president, Research
as the worms turn  Ondrea Rogers displays a handful of red wrigglers
during a recent worm composting workshop sponsored by UBC Waste
Management. Rogers, a student member of UBC's Natural Food Co-op,
helps to lead the popular education and awareness workshops in which
participants learn how to build and maintain a worm composting bin. About
500 worms are needed to compost food waste at home or in the office. The
next workshop will be held Aug. 17. Call Gillian Allan at (604) 822-9456 for
more information. Martin Dee photo
ubc and its affiliated teaching
hospitals have gained more than
$68 million in research infrastructure funding — the largest amount
awarded to any Canadian institution—from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (cfi) in a recent competition.
"This incredible level of investment by the federal government is
au explicit recognition that innovative and interdisciplinary research is the cornerstone of the
economic, social and cultural well-
being of all Canadians," says ubc
President Martha Piper.
ubc and its research partners
received funding for 20 projects
ranging from the restoration of
global fisheries to the working relationship between humans and
Science 101 opens doors
Students and faculty
offer university science
classes to Downtown
Eastside community
by Andy Poon staff writer
for many students and teachers, the summer months mean a
well-deserved break away from the
But 10 ubc graduate students
and more than a dozen faculty
members have chosen to remain in
the classroom as volunteer instructors in Science 101. The pilot
program teaches first-year level
Science courses to individuals
from Vancouver's Downtown East-
side community.
"The goal is to offer people who
have traditionally not had access to
post-secondary education, barrier-
free access to a university-level Science course," says recent ubc Science graduate Jesse Guscott, the
Science 101 course co-ordinator.
Modeled after the highly successful Humanities 101 initiative
started three years ago by a pair of
ubc Arts students, Science 101
provides 19 students with transportation to and from campus, a
meal before each class and instruction in disciplines such as geology,
physics and chemistry. The pro
gram, which started May 2 and
ends Aug. 13, is the brainchild of
Guscott and Science graduate student Tara Ivanochko.
See Science, page 2
Six of the projects, including a
new cancer research centre that
received $27.8 million—the largest
individual grant given in Canada-
are centred at ubc's affiliated hospitals. The facility will be part of
the Centre for Integrated Genomics, a joint project of ubc and the
b.c. Cancer Agency.
McGill University, with 22:
projects funded, was the only institution in Canada to receive a higher number of grants than ubc and
its affiliated hospitals. The University of Toronto gained funding for
11 projects.
Attracting increased funding
from all sources and enhancing research infrastructure is a key strategy in ubc's goal to be the leading
research university in Canada, as
outlined in Trek 2000, the university's vision statement.
"We worked with all our researchers to ensure that proposals
were co-ordinated and met with
cfi's top priority of supporting
leading edge innovative projects,"
says Indira Samarasekera, vice-
president, Research.
The Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems
earned $8.85 million—the largest
grant given to a project on the
Point Grey campus.
Principal investigator Rabab
Ward says the proposed institute
will expand the Centre for Integrated Computer Systems Research, which she directs, to a
more inclusive interdisciplinary
research facility.
"We want to ensure that as technology evolves, it is human-centred," says Ward. "That means we
need to better understand the human experience so that technology communicates knowledge in
the context of how we live."
A three-dimensional computer
model for speech synthesis and
therapy is an example of research
at the newly funded institute.
Researchers from areas such as
psychology, education, medicine,
pharmacology and forestry will be
part of the proposed institute.
There were 120 investigators
named as co-applicants to the cfi
The ubc Network Project which
aims to provide research networking communications across campus gained more than $3 million in
funding. Led by Ted Dodds, associate vice-president of Information
Technology, the project will also
provide high-speed links to research facilities on the hospital
Other funded ubc projects cover areas such as genetics and bioinformatics, engineering and envi-
See Bonanza, page 2
Chemist among eight new Royal fellows
UBC now home to 151 members of premier society
a chemist who aims to develop
drugs from marine organisms, an
educator who studies the educational value of computers in
schools and a philosopher who
specializes in the relationships between science and philosophical
theory are among the eight ubc
faculty members recently elected
to the Royal Society of Canada.
"We are very pleased at this recognition of ubc scholarship," says
Indira Samarasekera, vice-president, Research, and a Royal Society fellow.
"The contributions of our faculty continue to build Canada's intel
lectual strength in both the sciences and humanities."
Chemistry Prof. Raymond Andersen looks at marine and land
natural products chemistry. The
chemical extracts of marine invertebrates and bacteria are screened
for elements that may be used for
new anti-cancer drugs or as a
source of new antibiotics to combat diseases that have become resistant to existing antibiotic drugs.
John Willinsky, a professor of
Education, is interested in the so-
cio-cultural aspects of language,
literacy and literature and the use
of technology, particularly com-
Chemistry Prof. Raymond Andersen        Philosophy Prof. Catherine Wilson
puters, in teaching. The Pacific
Press Professor of Literacy and
Technology, Willinsky recently
published Technologies of Knowledge: A Proposal for the Human
The interaction between our interest in creating systems and our
knowledge of nature is the focus
for Philosophy Prof. Catherine
See Royal page 2 UBC     REPORTS
AUGUST     IO,     20OO
Continued from page 1
ronmental  sciences,  humanities
and education, nutrition, fisheries
and advanced materials.
A total of 31 b.c. research
projects at universities, hospitals,
industry and the Vancouver Aquarium received cfi funding of more
than $74 million—about 20 per
cent of the total funds distributed
across Canada.
The Technical University of b.c.
and the University of Victoria were
given funding for four projects and
Simon Fraser University earned
three grants.
The cfi support represents 40
per cent of required funding, ubc
researchers will apply to the provincial government for a matching
40 per cent. The remaining support will come from private sources and industry including the $50-
million donation designated for
ubc research in 1998 by alumnus
Stewart Blusson.
cfi, an independent corporation established by the federal government in 1997, made a total investment of $363 million to support 214 infrastructure projects in
59 Canadian universities, colleges,
hospitals and not-for-profit research institutions.
A complete listing of projects
can be found at the cfi Web site at
Continued from page 1
She has studied 17th-century
metaphysical physics and the early history ofthe microscope. She is
now interested in understanding
the implications of sociobiology, or
the biological aspects of social behaviour, and psychology for moral
New fellows also include Anthony Barrett, a professor of Classical,
Near Eastern and Religious Studies.
In addition to teaching Roman
history, Barrett supervises the excavation of a Roman fort near Coventry, England and has written bi-
Science 101
Continued from page 1
"Tara got the ball rolling in the
spring and secured the funding
while I have been mostly hands-on
this summer," says Guscott, a
former student representative on
the ubc Board of Governors.
Funding for the program came
from the Alma Mater Society's Innovative Projects Fund, the President's Office and the Society for
Canadian Women in Science and
Ivanochko started soliciting volunteer instructors for the program
in March by e-mailing professors
and graduate students in the Faculty of Science.
That's how volunteer instructor Charlie Bank became involved. Bank, a PhD candidate in
the Dept. of Earth and Ocean Sciences, was impressed by the pair's
proposed multi-disciplinary approach to teaching science to disadvantaged students. He volunteered to help by teaching two of
the 30 classes.
He has found it a rewarding and
highly interactive teaching experience.
"What you notice is that the students have more experience," he
says. "It is not a lecture so much as
a guided discussion that I give
based on the students' questions."
Fellow instructor Jaymie Matthews, an assistant professor of
Physics and Astronomy, agrees.
"For a group of students that are
basically getting their academic
sea legs back, they are the type of
students that we look for—people
who are not afraid to ask questions
and that have a real thirst for
Guscott says that the majority
of students in the current class are
in their late-30s to late-40s and
that the level of enthusiasm for the
material taught in class has been
very high.
"The topics that the students
learn in the classes are the same
topics that we covered in my first
year of university science," he says.
"The major difference is that they
don't have exams."
While Science 101 is student-administered, Guscott says they often
rely on the advice of the Humanities 101 steering committee, most
notably Clint Burnham, Humanities 101's academic co-ordinator.
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Prostate Cancer?
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prostate issues, early detection, treatment
options and the value of support groups.
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Plastic and Wax sections for the research community
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ographies of Rome's imperial families.
Health-care economist Robert
Evans is a faculty member at the
ubc Centre for Health Services
and Policy Research.
A professor of Economics, he is
widely regarded as the single most
influential academic in shaping
Canadian health-care policy.
Pharmaceutical Sciences Prof.
John McNeill studies drugs used to
treat cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
He is particularly interested
in vanadium, a metal used to
strengthen steel, which could be
useful in increasing cells' response
to insulin.
Physics and Astronomy Prof.
Gordon Semenoffs research interests include the superstring theory, quantum field theory, statistical
mechanics and elementary particle physics.
Mathematician Gordon Slade
studies probabilities which are the
theoretical basis for statistics.
Slade's research has applications
in areas such as finance, theoretical computer science and telecommunications.
A total of 60 new fellows from
across Canada were elected to the
society, an honour regarded as
the country's premier academic
ubc now has 151 Royal Society
The society, which was founded
118 years ago, promotes and develops learning and research in the
arts and sciences.
It will welcome this year's new
fellows at a ceremony to take place
in Ottawa Nov. 17.
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From herbal medicines to medications for brittle bones, pharmacists Annie
Dufour (left) and Rola Khalil-Priatel answer the public's questions about
what's in their medicine cabinet. The pair are part of a popular information
service operated from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences which fields
more than 4,000 enquiries annually. Hilary Thomson photo
Test shakes house
to its foundations
Prof. Carlos Ventura
warns most B.C. houses
are unlikely to fare well
shakin' goin' on" recently as ubc
earthquake experts subjected a
full-scale, two-storey house to a
6.7-magnitude quake.
The engineered home sustained
relatively little visible damage during the 80-second earthquake simulation, which took place on the
largest shake table in North America, located in the Civil Engineering Dept.'s Structural Engineering
The test was modeled on the
same shaking that was experienced at locations in the Los Angeles area during the 1994 North-
ridge quake. It marked the first
time that anyone has conducted
earthquake simulation studies on
a full-scale house in Canada.
"The ability to use a full-scale
house is important because it provides us with a better idea of how a
residential home will behave under
severe shaking. It takes us beyond
what we can learn through a
computer simulation," says Civil
Engineering Prof. Carlos Ventura,
principal researcher for the project.
"The results will help us improve the design of wood construction homes," he says.
Ventura, who is also director of
ubc's Earthquake Engineering Research Facility, is concerned that
current building codes in Canada
exempt small buildings from any
seismic design requirements. He
warns that a large number of
homes in the Lower Mainland and
the province would likely fare
poorly in the event of a major
Through the shake tests on full-
scale houses, Ventura hopes to
highlight how a typical b.c.-construction home would underper-
form an engineered home in an
Unlike homes typically constructed in B.C., an engineered
home is designed by a structural
engineer or architect to ensure
that all loads are properly and safely transferred to the foundation.
The test will be repeated on a
house of typical b.c. construction
later this fall. Ventura and his research team will compare the results to make recommendations to
improve earthquake safety for engineered homes in b.c.
The shake tests are part of a
larger research project involving
tbg Seismic Consultants of Victoria, b.c, and Simpson Strong-Tie of
California, as well as Forest Renewal b.c. and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research
Council of Canada.
Service dispenses drug
answers with a sm i l e
Service responds to publics need to know
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
pills, patches, capsules, sprays,
herbs, ointments, syrups and vitamins —drugstore shelves are full of
medications that promise health
improvements but how do we know
what is effective and what is not?
Rola Khalil-Priatel says the answer is often just a phone call away.
The ubc Pharmaceutical Sciences alumna co-ordinates bc
smile, the Service for Medication
Information Learning and Education in b.c It is a medication information program staffed by three
part-time and three casual licensed pharmacists and operated
from ubc's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
The service supplements consultation with community pharmacists who may not have time to
research and answer complicated
"Most of our callers are interested in getting credible unbiased information about the latest therapies
for the most common chronic illnesses," says Khalil-Priatel. "We also
get many calls about new natural
products that are either in the news
or being telemarketed right now"
Questions about herbal medicines, hormone replacement therapy and medications for osteoporosis, a bone-thinning disease,
form the majority of the approximately 4,000 enquiries received
annually. Other issues include side
effects of medications, interactions between medications and information on herbs and vitamins.
Callers range from nursing
mothers to elderly persons asking
about herbs for memory loss to
people wondering about the safety
of everything from Ritalin to aspartame.
"Our callers are very interested
in taking care of their own health,"
says Khalil-Priatel. "They are looking for best evidence data, even for
herbal treatments."
Staff keep up with the volume of
drug information by taking 20
credits of Continuing Pharmacy
education annually, maintaining
their own clinical practices and
reading weekly updates in pharmaceutical journals. All responses
and references are documented on
confidential forms.
Formerly focused on the needs
of seniors, bc smile officially
changed its mandate this spring to
better reflect the range of service
and projects within the program.
In addition to answering telephone queries from the public, disease prevention and support
groups, law enforcement officers
and the media, the service also
offers weekly presentations to the
public and to professional societies. Last year bc smile pharmacists spoke to approximately 2,000
people in the Lower Mainland and
other areas.
Community pharmacy residents
complete practicums at bc smile
and staff—all but one of whom are
ubc Pharmaceutical Sciences graduates—also supervise directed
studies students. Five ubc student
volunteers and one student employee work with the service doing
research, retrieving articles, designing Web information and promotional materials and attending
community health fairs.
The bc smile office has also developed a fourth-year Pharmaceutical Sciences elective course and
practicum to help students develop the competencies necessary to
provide comprehensive drug information to the general public and
other health professionals.
Begun in 1995, bc smile is supported by the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the B.C. College
of Pharmacists, the b.c. Ministry
of Health, pharmaceutical manufacturers and others.
Visit the Web site at www.
ubcpharmacy.org/sMiLE. Call
(604) 822-1330 or toll-free in B.C. at
1-800-668-6233 (Monday to Friday,
10 a.m to 4 p.m. or leave a voice
mail message).
"Normal" blood pressure
suspect, researcher finds
Psychology Prof Wolgang Linden warns of risk
by Bruce Mason staff writer
between one-third and one-
half of all blood pressure diagnoses
made in physicians' offices may be
incorrect, according to a study by
ubc Psychology Prof. Wolfgang
Linden and university colleagues.
It is well known that some people experience a rise in blood pressure in their doctor's office and
may be incorrectly diagnosed with
hypertension. However, the ubc
study also suggests that some patients with high blood pressure appear to have normal blood pressure at a medical office.
The phenomenon, called "white
coat normotension," or seemingly
normal blood pressure, poses a significant risk to patients, says
"Many people who think they
have normal blood pressure may actually have hypertension," he says.
Patients with false normal blood
pressure are very difficult to identify in the physician's office, he
adds. Linden and his team found
that such patients were more likely to be male, older, former smokers and consume more alcohol.
For the study, the blood pressure
of 319 apparently healthy people
was measured five times in the
office. The subjects also wore a device to measure blood pressure
every 20 minutes at home and at
work for eight to 12 hours.
For both systolic and diastolic
blood pressures—the first and
second number in a blood pressure reading—wide disparities
were often found. Based on systolic pressure, 23 per cent showed
normal pressure in the office but
high blood pressure outside the
"Diagnoses falling in the borderline range are particularly inaccurate," Linden reports.
The findings suggest that office
blood pressure readings were only
accurate at diagnosing hypertension, or its absence, if the readings
were at least 20 points above or below the recommended cut-off
Researcher Wolfgang Linden
The findings are alarming because even borderline high blood
pressure can be dangerous.
Linden suggests that patients
could arrive early for a medical appointment and be hooked up to an
automatic blood pressure-taking
device. Another approach would
have patients take their own blood
pressure at home.
"If the exclusive use of office
blood pressure measurement continues, critical diagnostic errors
will be unavoidable," he concludes. UBC     REPORTS
AUGUST     IO,     2000
Piano Recital
Libby Yu. Green College Graham
House at 8pm. Call 822-8660.
Sunday Dinner. Julie Lees. Frederic
Wood Theatre at 7pm. Continues to
Aug. 16. $8. Call 822-9099.
Grace. Michael MacLennan. Frederic
Wood Theatre at 8:30pm. Continues
to Aug. 16. $8. Call 822-9099.
On Track. Rishi Trikha. Frederic
Wood Theatre at 7pm. $8. Continues
to Aug. 19. Call 822-9099.
In Their Nightgowns Dancing.
Michael Armstrong. Frederic Wood
Theatre at 8:30pm. Continues to Aug.
19. $8. Call 822-9099.
New Faculty Orientation
Walking Tour And Reception. David
Lam basement seminar room from
n:3oam-5:3opm. To register, visit
www.cstudies.ubc.ca/facdev/. Call
Peter Wall Institute Lecture Series
Exposing The Sunda Shelf: Climatic
Consequences Of Eustatic Sea Level
Changes. Andrew Bush, Earth and
Ocean Sciences, u of Alberta. University Centre 307 at 3:30pm. Call 822-4782.
Medical Lecture
Air Pollution And Health. Dr. David
Bates, professor emeritus, Health
Care and Epidemiology. Mather 253
from 9-ioam. Call 822-2772.
Peter Wall Institute
Weekly Colloquium
The Architecture Of Reasoning About
Factual Issues In Legal Proceedings.
Peter Tillers, Yeshiva u. University
Centre 307 at i2noon. Call 822-4394.
Food Services Summer Hours
Summer hours continue to Aug. 28.
Visit www.foodserv.ubc.ca or call 822-
3663 (ubc-food).
U BC Campus Tours
Summer walking tours ofthe campus
are available Monday to Friday from
8:3oam-4:3opm. For large groups or
special request tours, you may also
book ahead by calling between
8:30am-4:30pm 822-8687 (ubc tour).
Cognition And Emotion Study
Seeking participants to explore the
cognitive effects of emotion. Earn $5
by completing a questionnaire. Some
participants will be invited to earn
$25 more in two 60-90 minute sessions. Call 822-2022.
Garden Hours Of Operation
The Nitobe Memorial Garden, ubc
Botanical Garden, and the Shop in the
Garden are open to Oct. from 10am-
6pm daily (including weekends). Inquiries for the gardens call 822-9666
and for the Shop in the Garden
Chan Centre Concert
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Chan Centre at 8pm. Tickets at Ticketmaster, www.ticketmaster.ca. Call
Alternative Bagpipe Seminar
Northumbrian Small Pipes And Scottish Lowland Pipes. Dick Hensold,
Alan Walters and Phil White. Music
Recital Hall at 9am. Continues Aug.
20. E-mail athra@interchange.ubc.ca.
Call Rob 617-9575.
Northumbrian, Scottish Lowland and
Irish Uilleann Pipes. Music Recital
Hall at 8pm. $10. E-mail athra@
interchange.ubc.ca. Call Rob 617-9575.
The Health Impact OfThe Collapse of
the Soviet Union. Dr. Martin McKee,
European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, irc 414 at 12 noon.
Call 822-4969.
New Faculty Information Exchange
David Lam basement seminar room
from nam-2:3opm. Lunch. To register,
visit www.cstudies.ubc.ca/
facdev/. Call 822-6827.
Chan Centre Concert
Gagaku Performance. Chan Centre at
8pm. Tickets at Tickmaster,
www.ticketmaster.ca. Call 280-3311.
Graduate Student Orientation
Various speakers. Graduate Student
Centre Ballroom gam-ipm. Lunch
provided. Call 822-2848.
Participants Needed
Problems with remembering or smelling? Men and women 45-plus years
old are required for a ubc study on
age-related hormone changes and
their impact on sensory and cognitive
abilities. Earn $50. Call Kevin at
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
by telephone to people suffering from
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
(ocd). ocd is a disorder involving
recurrent obsessions or compulsions
that cause the individual significant
distress. Call Angela Yeh, Traumatic
Stress Clinic, at 822-8040.
Speak Your Mind
cupe 2950 is seeking ubc employees
to participate in a two-hour focus
group in Sept./Oct. You must be willing to speak your mind openly. Confidentiality ensured. An honorarium
will be paid. If you are interested,
please call 822-1494 or fax 822-1481.
Belkin Art Gallery Exhibition
Contemporary Art Exhibition: The
Wilfred and Sheila Watson Collection;
Twenty Questions: Recent Acquisitions to the Drawing and Painting
Collections. Morris and Helen Belkin
Art Gallery from Tues.-Fri. ioam-5pm;
Sat.-Sun. i2noon-5pm. Closed Mon.
and statutory holidays. Continues to
Sept. 3. Web site: www.belkin-gallery.
ubc.ca, e-mail nsawada@
interchange.ubc.ca or call Naomi Sa-
wada, 822-2759.
UBC Birdwalks
Anyone who is interested can meet at
the flagpole on Thursdays at 12:30pm.
Bring books and binoculars if you
have them. E-mail: abbott@maiI.
cstudies.ubc.ca or call 822-9149.
Sage Bistro
To the faculty, students, administration and admirers ofthe University of
British Columbia we present Sage
Bistro at the University Centre. Truly
food for thought...Sage is open Monday through Friday from nam-2pm.
Tapas will be served on the patio to
Oct. 15 from the hours of 3:30-8pm.
Our luncheon menu changes weekly
and features a wide selection of wines
by the quarter litre and glass. For reservations please call 822-1500.
Premenstrual Asthma Study
UBc/St. Paul's Hospital researchers
are seeking females with asthma and
regular menstrual cycles for a study of
estrogen's effects on asthma symptoms and lung function. Must be 18-
50 years of age and not taking birth
control pills. Honorarium and free
peak flow meter provided. If interested, please call 875-2886.
Parkinson's Research
A research team from ubc is asking
for the assistance of people with Parkinson's to participate in research.
This research is aimed at understanding how Parkinson's may affect complex activities such as managing
multiple tasks. Participation involves
performing fairly simple tasks, some
of which involve responding verbally
to computer screen displays. The general goal of this work is to develop
effective methods of coping with Parkinson's. If you are a healthy person
50 years or older, we are also in need
of several people to participate in this
study as part of a non-Parkinson's
comparison group. If you would like
to participate or require more information, please contact Todd Woodward, Psychology 822-3227.
Sexual Assault Research
The Anxiety and Fear Laboratory in
the Dept. of Psychology requires female volunteers who have experienced unwanted sexual activity, to
participate in a research project. If
you have ever had sex with someone
when you didn't want to, because the
other person continued the event
when you said no, forced or threatened to force you, or because you
were given alcohol or drugs, and you
would be interested in helping us
with our research, please call 822-
9028. Confidentiality and privacy protected.
Museum Of
Anthropology Exhibition
The Art of Norval Morrisseau. Continues to Sept. 30. Attributed To
Edenshaw: Identifying The Hand Of
The Artist Continues to December.
Three Case Studies Northwest Coast
Art. Continues to Sept. 10. Raven's
Reprise: Contemporary Works by
First Nations Artists. Continues to
Jan. 31 2001. Conversations: The Tec-
son Philippine Collection. Continues
to Feb. 2001. Web site: www.moa.
ubc.ca or call 822-5087 or 822-5950.
Child Behaviour Research
How do parents see challenging child
behaviours? We are asking parents of
7-14 year olds to tell us by completing
an anonymous, 30-minute questionnaire. You can receive the results.
Please call Assoc. Prof. Johnston's lab,
Traumatic Stress Clinic
Psychologists conducting research at
the Traumatic Stress Clinic at ubc
Psychiatry are offering free treatment
to people suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd). ptsd is
caused by events such as physical or
sexual assault, and motor vehicle accidents. Call the Traumatic Stress
Clinic at 822-8040.
Research Study
We are seeking healthy eight- to 12-
year-olds and their mothers to take
part in a psychology study to find out
more about how children learn about
hurts and pains. For more information, call Prof. Craig's lab 822-5280.
AMS Rentsline
Helping students find housing since
1993, the ams Rentsline is ubc's off-
campus housing registry. This service
gives students access to hundreds of
rental listings, and landlords access to
thousands of students looking for
housing. You can call the Rentsline
from any touchtone phone 24 hours a
day, 365 days a year. Call 714-4848.
Faculty Women's Club
The Faculty Women's Club brings
together women connected to the
university either through their work
or that of their spouses, for social
activities and lectures. The main purpose ofthe Faculty Women's Club is
to raise funds for student scholarships. There are 19 different interest
groups within the club, ranging from
art appreciation and bridge to hiking.
Do come and join us! Call Barbara
Tait, president 224-0938; Gwyneth
Westwick, membership 263-6612.
Twin Research
Are you, or do you know a female
adult twin? We are studying the relationship types of fraternal and identical female twins. If you can help by
completing some questionnaires and
being interviewed about relationships, please e-mail: tmacbeth@
cortex.psych.ubc.ca or call Tannis
MacBeth, Psychology 822-4826.
Research Study
Hard-of-hearing university students
are invited to discuss their post-
secondary experiences for a phD
study. Involves interviews and the
option of jotting down thoughts twice
weekly over a three-week period.
Honorarium to be provided. Contact
Ruth Warick, graduate student, in the
Dept. of Educational Services, phone/
fax 224-4198 or e-mail rwarick@
UBC Utilities Advisory Notice
ubc Utilities regularly performs
maintenance work on underground
piping and electrical systems. Work
sites are always blocked off with
appropriate signs and barriers,
however sometimes unauthorized
individuals remove these signs and
barriers. Please approach work sites
cautiously and respect signs and/or
work crew instructions to avoid
potential harm. If you have any
questions concerning a ubc Utilities
work site, please call 822-9445.
Parents With Babies
Have you ever wondered how babies
learn to talk? Help us find out! We are
looking for parents with babies between four to 21 months of age, including babies raised in a bilingual
home, to participate in language development studies. If you are interested in bringing your baby for a
one-hour visit, please call Prof. Janet
Werker's Infant Studies Centre, Psychology, 822-6408 (ask for Kate).
Parents With Toddlers
Did you know your child is a word-
learning expert? Help us learn how
children come to be so skilled at
learning new words. We are looking
for children (two- to four-year-olds)
and their parent(s) to participate in
language studies. If you are interested
in bringing your child for a 45-minute
visit, please call Asst. Prof. Geoffrey
Hall's Language Development Centre,
Psychology, 822-9294 (ask for Kelley).
Statistical Consulting
And Research Lab (SCARL)
scarl offers statistical advice and
long or short-term assistance to researchers. Resources include expertise in many areas of statistical
methodology and a variety of statistical software. Web site: www.stat.
ubc.ca/scarl, e-mail: scarl@statubc.ca
or call 822-4037.
UBC Fencing Club
ubc Fencing Club meets every
Monday and Thursday from 7-gpm in
the Osborne Gym. Learn decisionmaking, poise and control.
Newcomers welcome. Drop-in fee.
Leave message at 878-7060.
Chan Centre Tours
Free tours are held every Thursday.
Participants are asked to meet in the
Chan Centre main lobby at 1pm.
Special group tours can be booked
through www.chancentre.com or at
The ubc Reports Calendar lists university-related or university-sponsored events
on campus and offcampus within the Lower Mainland. Calendar items must
be submitted on forms available from the ubc Public Affairs Office, 310 - 6251
Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver BC, v6t izi. Phone: UBC-info (822-4636).
Fax: 822-2684. An electronic form is available at www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca.
Please limit to 35 words. Submissions for the Calendar's Notices section may
be limited due to space. Deadline for the Sept. 7 issue of use Reports—which
covers the period Sept. 10 to Sept. 23—is noon, Aug. 28. UBC     REPORTS
AUGUST     10,
Public Affairs Office
Annual Communications Report 1999/2000
Highlights Summary
Over the past year, ubc's Public Affairs office has expanded and enhanced
its roster of communications initiatives aimed at specific audiences. A major emphasis has also been placed on improving the university's Web presence, which is reflected in the following communications highlights:
• Statistics show an increase in the use ofthe Public Affairs Web site,
where all communications vehicles are housed for the public. The total number of files transmitted from April 1999 to March 2000 was
857,152, an increase of 72,076 from the previous year.
• The ubc home page was redesigned and restructured last fall by Public Affairs and ITServices to make the site easier to navigate for all
users. It now profiles a photograph and key message on the home
page, and is structured into six categories: welcome to ubc, prospective students, current students, ubc alumni, faculty and staff, and
news and events.
• January 2000 marked the launch of a new redesigned version of ubc
Reports. The design ofthe publication was updated to give it a more
modern image and it is now printed on a crisp white paper stock. The
changes implemented reflected the feedback obtained from a readership survey conducted in 1999.
In February 2000, Public Affairs was awarded a bronze medal from the
Council for Advancement and Support of Education for ubc's Annual
Report 1998/99. The publication highlighted the achievements of
ubc's students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as future goals.
• In April 2000 a Web strategist was hired to manage ubc's top-level
Web presence (www.ubc.ca) and to develop a strategic plan and supporting creative direction. This important communications vehicle
will now be housed in Public Affairs, and the Web strategist will work
to create consistency and synergy throughout the ubc Web site by
developing guidelines and templates for other university departments
and faculties and providing consultation as needed.
In June 2000, ubc's Annual Report received the Prix d'Excellence Gold
Medal from the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education
for Best Institutional Annual Report, as well as an Award of Merit
from the International Association of Business Communicators bc
Chapter Blue Wave Awards.
• The Public Affairs Office provided direction and assistance in revamping the Congregation ceremonies booklet into a memento for
graduates. A graphic design firm was hired to update the publication
cover and develop a template that will be used for years to come. The
new memento booklet now includes photographs and a number of
student-oriented articles.
This annual communications report will be disseminated to the campus community for comment and feedback through publication in ubc
Reports. The third campus annual general meeting will be held later this
fall and an on-line and printed annual report will report our activities to
the wider community.
• to increase public understanding and support for ubc;
• to provide avenues for the on- and off-campus communities to communicate with the university;
to encourage public use of campus facilities and attractions; and
• to promote interaction between the university and the private and
public sectors.
The office provides the news media with accurate and timely information about research activities and other matters of public interest, placing
hundreds of stories each year, and produces a wide range of communications vehicles, including the campus newspaper UBC Reports, media releases, media monitoring service, an Annual General Meeting, Annual
Report, Report to the Community, Facts and Figures, specialized brochures,
World Wide Web materials and fund-raising communications materials.
Staff also provide public and media relations counselling and other
communications services to ubc academic and administrative units, as
well as advice and strategic direction for critical issues management.
Looking ahead to 2000/2001
ubc Public Affairs Office will continue to build on the university's relationships with the community. The following initiatives are planned for
the upcoming year:
• Complete the next phase ofthe redesign of ubc's university-wide Web
site and develop a series of templates for faculties and departments.
Hire a new Director of Public Affairs.
• Organize a series of initiatives and speaking opportunities aimed at
specific audiences in place of holding an Annual General Meeting
downtown. This will include organizing a luncheon at the Vancouver
Board of Trade.
Organize a campus Annual General Meeting that is customized and
geared for an internal audience.
Expand the distribution ofthe annual report by including it as an insertion in The Vancouver Sun, The AlumniChronicleand possibly
other community newspapers.
Develop an on-line version ofthe annual report that is designed specifically for the Internet that will serve as a companion piece to the
printed annual report.
Develop a multimedia presentation that tells the story of u bc by combining key messages, photographs, video clips, and sound.  It will be
possible to customize this Powerpoint presentation so that it can be
shown to a range of audiences, including alumni, prospective students,
donors and government representatives.
Deliver media releases by e-mail to key service subscribers. At the
same time media releases are posted on the Web, they will be e-mailed
to subscribers.
Public Affairs Office overview
ubc's Public Affairs Office, housed within the External Affairs Division, is
responsible for communicating ubc's mission, key messages, and values
to both its internal community of students, faculty, and staff, and to the
broader external community which comprises multiple and diverse audiences.
Public Affairs co-ordinates programs and messages in concert with
other units ofthe External Affairs Division, ubc administration, faculties
and departments, and service units.
Programs are built on a layer of communications policies and practices, including the Policy on Communications, approved by the Board of
Governors in May 1994, which formally acknowledges ubc's responsibility
to keep its many communities informed and ensure two-way dialogue.
Programs are also built on the ubc Communications Plan that was developed with widespread campus input and designed to respond to the
ever-changing environment in which ubc operates.
The plan's five emphases are: critical issues management, public information centre, internal communication, two-way communication and
external communication. These emphases form the basis of Public Affairs'
workplans. The communications plan will be revisited and revised in
This office provides a comprehensive communications program directed
toward the campus community, the general public, government, the business community and the media. The primary goals of the office are:
•    to keep the campus community informed about developments in university policies, its people, research, teaching, and events;
Communications services
The Public Affairs Office offers a range of communications services to
campus, including:
ubc Reports — tabloid newspaper published 20 times annually; circulation 12,000
Phone contact—1,300 calls per month to ubc-info
Placement of ubc s people and stories — hundreds annually in tv, radio
and print media, both in the Lower Mainland and across Canada
News conferences
Media monitoring service — 200 packages annually, more than 1,000
Facts and Figures university brochure
World Wide Web site
Public consultation/public process
Annual Report, Annual General Meeting, Report to the Community
President's tours
Contributions to faculty/departmental newsletters
Speakers Bureau
Alumni Chronicle contributions
Media training services and communications consultation
UBC experts contact service
Brochures and other publications
Editing services
Donor publications
Personal contact/one-on-one meetings
Video productions UBC    REPORTS     |     AUGUST    10,    2000
Future policy makers
offered opportunity
Students studying and researching
Canadian policy issues and development are encouraged to apply for
the newly created Canadian Policy
Research Awards Graduate Prizes.
Up to 10 winners will participate
in a national policy seminar in Ottawa with some of this country's
most distinguished researchers
and leading policy-makers Nov.
24-29. Prize recipients will also be
sponsored to attend the third annual National Policy Research
Conference, "Canada in a Global
Society," to be held in Ottawa Nov.
30-Dec. 1.
Prize winners will have their
travel, accommodation and living
expenses covered for the seminar
and conference.
Deadline for nominations is
Sept. 15.
For more information and to apply for the prizes, visit www.
policyresearch.gc.ca or call (613)
The prizes are sponsored by the
Government of Canada's Policy Research Secretariat, the Social Sci
ences and Humanities Research
Council, the Canadian Institute
of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering
Research Council.
Continuing Studies is
top ofthe class
ubc's Continuing Studies was
honoured with two awards at a
recent meeting of the Canadian
Association of University Continuing Education (cauce).
Marketing Services was presented with a cauce Marketing
Award of Excellence for a highly
successful calendar promoting
computer and technology programs.
The Multimedia Program for
Chilean Educators earned a
cauce Program Award of Excellence.
Taught through interpreters,
the intensive eight-week program prepares 25 non-English-
speaking educators with the
knowledge and skills to integrate
new technology.
For more information about
ubc Continuing Studies programs, call (604) 822-1444 or visit www.cstudies.ubc.ca.
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HOUSE Five suites avail, for academic visitors to ubc only. Guests
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Two blocks from restaurants, buses.
Scrumptious full breakfasts. Entertaining cats. Views. Phones in
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Walk to ubc along the ocean. Quiet
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and restaurants. Comfortable
rooms with tv and private bath. Full
breakfast. Reasonable rates. Non-
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ROOMS Private rooms, located on
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bath, double beds, telephone, tv,
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Competitive rates. Call for information and availability 822-8788.
University Centre. Residence offering
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rooms and suites. All rooms have
private bath, queen bed, voice mail,
cable tv and Internet-linked pc.
Beautiful view of sea and mountains.
For rates and reservations call
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Chan Centre and moa. 17 modestly
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avail. Daily rates starting at $36.
Meals or meal plans are avail, in the
school cafeteria. For more information call 822-9031; 822-9490.
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starting Sept. Knowledgeable in
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for pets and plants. Call Kim at
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in cash, cheque (made out to ubc Reports) or journal voucher.
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Third-year Arts student Jennifer Lau introduces prospective students and their families to the university at one of
UBC's spectacular viewpoints, the Rose Garden, as part of orientation tours offered by the Student Recruitment,
Information and Advising Office. The 90-minute tours focus on academic buildings and student residences and
facilities.The tours, which are offered every Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning year-round, proved popular with
more than 2,700 people last year. UBC will welcome more than 4,000 new first-year students in September. Tours
can be customized to fit individual or group needs. For more information call (604) 822-9836 or 1-877-272-1422.
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Student paper prompts
politicians and planners
Kamloops officials express interest in proposals
made by Arts student for Economics class paper
nomics paper on funding for a
downtown convention centre in
Kamloops has drawn the attention of that city's politicians and
Ted Noakes, a ubc Arts student,
concluded in his report that although Kamloops would greatly
benefit from a proposed 1,000-per-
son capacity convention centre,
funding for the structure would be
best collected from selected businesses and parties that would benefit most from the project.
He says that the city could coordinate the collection of the estimated $3.5 million required to
build the centre through a hotel
tax, restaurant increases, a downtown business improvement tax or
user taxes.
His ideas have Kamloops politicians and convention planners interested in reviewing his report.
Russ Cundari, chair ofthe city's
convention centre review committee, indicated that the committee
will be taking a look at Noakes'
Noakes, who will be returning to
campus this fall to complete his
studies, wrote the 35-page paper
for his Applied Economics class.
"I was initially interested in
looking at either a public transportation project or a convention centre," says the 24-year-old.
He sent inquiries to Kamloops
mayoral candidates last fall to solicit their thoughts on the key issues in the municipal election.
Then-candidate and now mayor, Mel Rothendurger, wrote back
with a number of issues including
the convention centre funding dilemma. That sealed Noakes' decision to pursue the topic.
"I knew that the Kamloops convention centre was a controversial
issue and that someone needed to
objectively look at it," says Noakes.
The Kamloops native says that
the paper has been the most challenging thing he has tackled during
his university career to date. He
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Arts student Ted Noakes
credits his Economics professor,
Ken White, with helping to guide
him through a thorough examination ofthe situation.
"Prof. White was really good at
asking questions and playing
devil's advocate to make sure
that I covered all the issues," he
Noakes, who is thinking about
either becoming a high school
teacher or working in Third
World development after he
graduates from ubc, says the six
months he spent researching,
analysing and writing the paper
will serve him well in his future
"It has really taught me how to
approach problems from an economic perspective and that can
be taken into the Third World or
commercial projects."
Honour Roll
Two School of Rehabilitation Sciences faculty members have been
honoured by the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (caot).
Virginia Fearing, a clinical professor of Occupational Therapy
was awarded the Muriel Driver
Memorial Lectureship Award.
The association's highest honour, the award is given to an individual who has made a significant
contribution to the profession
through research, education and
the practice of occupational therapy.
Sue Forwell, a senior instructor in the Division of Occupational Therapy, was awarded the Dr.
Helen P. Levesconte Award.
The award is made to an individual occupational therapist
who has made significant contributions to the profession through
the practical application of occu-
Award-winner Virginia Fearing
pational therapy and representation of the profession at any or all
local, provincial, national and international levels.
caot represents more than
8,500 practicing occupational
therapists in Canada.
Tony Bates, director of Distance
Education and Technology in
Continuing Studies, has been
awarded honorary membership
in the Canadian Association of
Distance Education (cade). The
honour recognizes his notable
contributions to the field of distance education.
An award-winning author and
expert in the field of innovative
programming using technology
delivery, Bates is recognized internationally for his work with
educational institutions in more
than 30 countries.
Catherine Vertesi, director of
Continuing Studies External Relations, has been re-elected to
nafsa: Association of International Educators.
Vertesi is co-chair of the Special Interest Group on Canada in
The association is the leading
professional organization for faculty and staff involved in international mobility in the post-secondary system with more than
8,000 institutional and private
members from 88 countries.
Award-winner Sue Forwei
Medicine Prof. Patricia Baird is
among the latest recipients of the
Order of Canada.
"One ofthe ways in which Canadians can contribute is through research which expands knowledge
and improves life," says Baird, a
University Killam Distinguished
Professor in Medical Genetics.
"I am pleased and honoured to
be included in a group of people I
admire and who have been recognized for making a difference."
Baird's internationally renowned
work has focused on the distribution of genetic disorders and birth
defects in populations and ethical
and social policy implications of
genetic knowledge.
As chair ofthe Royal Commission on New Reproductive Technologies, she provided a forum for
debate on myriad medical, scientific and legal issues.
She is vice-president of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research.
Also named to Canada's highest
honour for lifetime achievement
were former member ofthe Board
of Governors, Ken Georgetti, and
ubc alumnus Alfred Scow, the first
aboriginal person to earn a Bachelor of Laws, practice law and receive a judicial appointment in
British Columbia.
Zoology Prof. Emeritus John Phillips has been awarded the Fry
Medal by the Canadian Society of
The medal is the society's top
award. It recognizes Phillips' lifetime achievement in research and
contributions to zoology.
Phillips is a past president ofthe
society and a fellow of the Royal
Society of Canada.
He is a past recipient of a Killam
Research Prize and continues to
conduct research at ubc.
Prof. James Zidek has been awarded the Statistical Society of Canada's 2000 Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to the theory
and applications of statistics in
Zidek, who is head ofthe Statistics Dept., was honoured for his
work in the areas of estimation
theory, decision analysis and environmental health statistics.
The gold medal—the society's
most prestigious prize—also recognizes his leadership in the promotion of statistical science. 8     |     UBC    REPORTS     |     AUGUST    IO,    2000
Cross-country tag team
tackles breast cancer
Researchers hope
collaboration will help
solve complex puzzle
by Hilary Thomson staff writer
two ubc investigators have
joined a trans-Canada research relay of more than 20 researchers
which will receive $3 million over
three years to develop new knowledge to combat breast cancer.
Joanne Emerman, associate
dean, Research, in the Faculty of
Medicine and Anatomy Asst. Prof.
Calvin Roskelley are part of a team
studying a family of hormones
called insulin-like growth factors
(igfs) which have been implicated
in causing the disease.
It is one of two projects in the
new Streams of Excellence Program organized by the Canadian
Breast Cancer Research Initiative
In a structured approach similar
to a sports relay team, basic
researchers from different disciplines will collaborate on investigations and pass their findings to
translational researchers who will
develop clinical therapies for patient trials.
"It's time for researchers to increase their collaborations," says
Emerman. "We have worked so
long in isolation but now realize
we can't ignore the multitude of
determinants that factor into
breast cancer."
"Our part in the project is to isolate the different cell types in the
breast and determine which are involved in responding to or making
igfs," says Emerman.
"Once we've done that, we can
concentrate our attention on
those cells only. We suspect the
stem cells—the ones that create all
other cell types—may be the ones
responding to igfs which then influence the transformation of normal stem cells to malignant ones."
Roskelley, a cell biologist, will investigate how signals from outside
the cell get transmitted into the
nucleus to change its characteristics.
"This is a landmark multidisci-
plinary project," says Roskelley,
who has been a faculty member
since 3995. "It's an exciting opportunity for us to take basic research
findings from the lab bench to the
Emerman credits ubc professor
of Medical Genetics and leukemia
researcher Connie Eaves for providing expertise on stem cells that
helped develop the assays to study
breast stem cells.
To study the effects of igfs,
Emerman and Roskelley will look
at about 300 samples of breast tissue. That's where Emerman's primary culture system comes in.
Since 1980, Emerman has developed a culture system—now used
worldwide—for studying cells
from breast tissue obtained from
The system uses donated tissue
removed during biopsies, mastectomies and breast reduction surgeries, thanks to the co-operation
of three Vancouver hospitals: St.
Vincent's, Mount St. Josephs and
the ubc site of Vancouver Hospital
and Health Sciences Centre. Emerman will provide cells to other researchers who are part of the relay
Information from the study
could assist with early diagnosis
and prognosis and improve therapeutic methods.
The second project in the relay
aims to discover new molecular
targets for development of therapies for breast cancer.
Breast cancer is currently the
leading cause of death among women between the ages of 35 and 55.
cbcri is the primary funder of
breast cancer research in Canada.
It has granted $61.5 million to 210
breast cancer research projects.
Anatomy Prof. Joanne Emerman
Anatomy Asst. Prof. Calvin Roskelley
weighty matters  Young engineering campers watch anxiously as their
bridges of popsicle sticks and white glue are put to the test of holding six
kilograms of bricks. The exercise is just one ofthe highlights of this summer's
GEERing up! ubc Engineering for Kids program. Some 350 local youth have
enrolled in the non-profit camps which run until Aug. 25. Designed,
organized, and operated by university engineering students, the program also
includes more than 200 elementary school workshops in which 5,000
students learn hands-on about engineering and science. For more
information, visit the Web site at www.geeringup.apsc.ubc.ca/, e-mail
geeringup@apsc.ubc.ca or call (604) 822-2858. Martin Dee photo
Justice: What every man deserves
An essay competition
draws thoughtful young
writers province-wide
for grade 12 writers, the prize
with the most prestige in the province may be the $1,500 first place
award in ubc's Faculty of Arts essay contest.
This year 2,600 entries on the
subject of "Justice" were judged by
10 ubc instructors, four professors
emeritii and a final committee of
five. Prince George Secondary
School's Alayna van Leeuwen won
the top honour for her essay, which
is reprinted here.
"We want young writers in the
province to know ubc faculty are
interested in their writing," says
English Assoc. Prof. Ronald Hatch,
chair ofthe competition.
The contest also included a category for Grade 11 students and
one in French for Grade 12 native
speakers and immersion students,
adds English Prof. Margery Fee, associate dean of Arts, Students,
whose office funds the competition and handles the massive
amount of paper work.
For Grade 12 students there is a
$1,000 second prize, $500 third
prize, 25 distinguished performance certificates with a $50 ubc
Bookstore voucher and 30 honourable mentions.
More than 600 Grade 11 students competed for prizes ranging
from $750 to $250.
A list of all winners and their essays can be viewed at www.arts.
by Alayna van Leeuwen
Prince George Secondary School
"Justice consists in giving every
man what he deserves."
This simple, succinct quote reflects the essence of what most
people's sense of justice is. Ultimately, justice seeks to give each
man a fair, well-deserved reward or
punishment. This quote, however,
also contains a major problem that
seems to be inherent in the application of justice—deciding what
every man "deserves."
Justice can be such a subjective
concept that fairness can often
not be achieved to everyone's satisfaction. Dispensing justice in
Canada's legal system consists of
punishing criminal offenders,
which leads to the problem of our
corrections system.
The goal of punishment is to deter a criminal from committing
any more crimes, and judging by
the state of Canadian prisons and
the recidivity rate, our justice and
corrections systems obviously
must have some flaws.
There are some problems inherent in the way that justice, or
perhaps more accurately, punishment, works in our courts.
It is hard to determine whether
these are unavoidable flaws for
which there is no remedy, or if they
are symptoms of an overburdened
legal system.
Most likely it is a combination of
both because the courts would not
be so overburdened if justice had
no  flaws;  if the  courts  weren't
so congested, the flaws might be
less problematic. An example is
that because justice deals with
human beings, human error and
human nature can cause problems.
A young man I know was sentenced to three and a half years for
a series of thefts. Days later he read
ofthe same judge, on the same day,
immediately after his sentencing,
punishing a convicted pedophile
to less than one year for the molestation of a young girl.
Hopefully there are some valid
reasons for the judge's decision;
however, this seems fundamentally wrong, in effect, to place a higher value on property than on a
young girl's innocence.
This is likely a very extreme example, but the very fact that this
example exists is symptomatic of
the problems in serving justice
that occur in our justice system.
Our corrections system, too, is
full of problems.
In general, the climate of prisons seems to serve not to correct,
but to worsen behaviour. The same
young man mentioned above entered federal prison having no drug
problem and, three and a half years
later, left with a heroin addiction
which landed him back in prison
less than a year later.
A system designed to "correct"
behaviour in which heroin is perhaps even easier to find than on the
street is undeniably a flawed one.
Our astronomically high recidivity rate is another telling symp
tom of a poor method of dealing
with criminals.
Statistics show that most
inmates are from bad family backgrounds and are often poorly educated; combining this with a jail
term in which education and skills
training can sometimes be difficult
to access is almost an assurance
that a former inmate will recidivate.
The transition from prison to
the street can sometimes be difficult. An inmate who can live in a
halfway house may have a better
chance than one who is released
with little or no money, support, or
resources, as sometimes occurs.
Perhaps harsher punishment
would help alleviate the strain on
the justice system by being a more
serious deterrent. Perhaps more
effort should be made to rehabilitate rather than gain revenge.
Trying to implement more education programs might help. Certainly
trying to lessen the flow of drugs
into prisons would help. Alternative
sentencing that seeks to hold the
criminal accountable by ways other
than simply locking him up or to
create in the criminal sympathy for
victims may help in some cases.
Canada should choose either to
punish or rehabilitate rather than
sending mixed messages.
There is no perfect justice system, and Canada's is certainly not
the worst example, but improvement is necessary.
Bacon's ideal of justice, "giving
every man what he deserves," is a
worthy one and we should work
towards having our justice system
reflect that.


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