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Abe Hefter photo
Baker Tom Zorbak puts the finishing touches on some of the 1,500
gingerbread cookies on sale at UBC's Christmas bakeshop at the
Pacific Spirit deli counter in the Student Union Building. This year
Zorbak will supervise the production of 35,000 sweet treats, including
5,000 mincemeat tarts and 6,000 shortbread cookies.
Rick Hansen and UBC
to establish new centre
by Connie Filletti
Staff writer
A unique initiative between Rick
Hansen and UBC will establish a new
centre at the university emphasizing personal motivation, wellness and development of life skills.
The Life Skills Motivation Centre will
be an integral part of UBC's Institute of
Health Promotion Research (IHPR) which
provides an innovative focus for interdisciplinary research, education, collaboration and service in the field of health
promotion. Hansen will serve as director
of the centre.
The University of British Columbia is
extremely pleased and excited to have
agreed on a long-term association with
such an outstanding individual as Rick
Hansen," said UBC President David
Strangway. "His hard work and dedication have made this important project a
reality and will help enhance UBC's leadership role in the area of health promotion."
The centre's programs will include
workshops, seminars, a public school
program, speaking tours and the use of
other motivational tools designed to help
people in the community take control of
and improve the quality of their lives.
'The establishment of the centre represents the culmination of all my activities since the Man in Motion tour, but it
is only the beginning of an important
program that will help people of all ages,
backgrounds and abilities," said Hansen.
"I am currently in the process of finalizing negotiations with corporate sponsors on implementation of the B.C. Life
Skills program which will be offered next
fall to B.C. schools from kindergarten to
Grade 12."
This is one of the centre's key initial
programs being developed in partnership
with the Ministry of Education, Hansen
The Man in Motion Foundation, formed
following Hansen's world tour, will create
an endowment that will provide $300,000
a year to help establish the centre and
cover operating expenses.
Planning for a new complex to house
the centre and the IHPR will be initiated
early in the new year. The capital requirements will be incorporated into UBC's
fund-raising plans.
The centre is expected to begin its
activities by the spring of 1995.
'The work of the Life Skills Motivation
Centre, with Rick Hansen's leadership.
See HANSEN Page 10
Prizes recognize
research efforts
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
A leading expert on Canadian literature and a computer scientist renowned
in the field of artificial intelligence are the
winners of UBC's top research prizes for
English Prof. William New is the recipient of the Jacob Biely Research Prize and
Computer Science Assoc. Prof. David Poole
has won the Charles A. McDowell Award
for Research Excellence.
New is one ofthe
most eminent
Canadianists at
UBC, the editor of
Canadian Literature, the premier
journal of its field,
and the next holder
of the David and
Brenda McLean
Chair in Canadian
Considered by many to be the leading
scholar in the field of Canadian literature
and a founder of Commonwealth Studies, New has written or edited 35 books
and more than 200 articles and reviews.
The $1,500 Biely prize is awarded annually for outstanding research in any
field of study.
William New
Poole has won wide respect among
computer scientists, mathematicians and
philosophers for his research into artificial intelligence, which would give computers a human-like ability to reason.
His research combines formal methods, including both logical and
probabilistic reasoning, with common
sense or non-monotonic reasoning, an
important long-term goal of artificial intelligence.
The   McDowell
award is given each
year  to  a  faculty
member who  has
demonstrated   excellence in the pure
or applied sciences.
The   university
has also announced
the names of 10 recipients ofthe UBC
Killam   Research
Prizes and another
13 faculty members who have won Killam
The $10,000 UBC Killam Research
Prizes are awarded annually to top researchers on campus. Established by
UBC President David Strangway in 1986.
the prizes are equally divided between the
arts and sciences. Faculty members can
win the prize only once.
See KILLAM Page 10
David Poole
UBC, GVRD agree
on planning process
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC and the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) have signed a landmark agreement on a process for planning and development at UBC.
Under the agreement, reached after
extensive discussion with regional district staff, the GVRD will develop an Official Community Plan for the campus that
paints in broad strokes a conceptual
overview of future development.
The plan will not be approved until the
GVRD conducts a full public consultation process.
'This is a major step in the public
process," said UBC President David
Strangway. "We have successfully negotiated an agreement that creates for UBC
a process that allows for the unique circumstances ofthe university's mandate."
Shirley Chan, chair ofthe UBC Board
of Governors' property committee, said:
"After all the issues on campus we've had
in recent years, I am very pleased that an
agreement has been reached with the
GVRD. The agreement sets out the respective areas of responsibility for both
the GVRD and UBC and will shape the
future of planning at the university."
The agreement is part of a public process that was put in motion with a UBC-
commissioned report prepared by private
consultant Ray Spaxman. The final draft
of Spaxman's report was submitted to the
university last month.
One of Spaxman's key recommendations was that the university adopt a set
See GVRD Page 9
Fighting Cancer
Women at high risk for breast cancer may benefit from ultrasound exams
Bacterial Booster 3
Drenching seedlings In soil bacteria may boost their chances of survival
Body Czech 11
The T-bird hockey team will take on a top Czech team after Christmas
Parting Jots 12
Profile: Reviewing the political philosophy of W. J. Stanklewicz 2 UBC Reports ■ December 15, 1994
Letter smacks
of elitism
I was absolutely appalled by
the short letter to the editor by
James O. Caswell, Professor
and Head of the Department of
Fine Arts in the Nov. 17 issue
of UBC Reports.   I hope that
the sentiments conveyed in Mr.
Caswell's letter do not reflect
his attitude in the classroom,
or the university world is in
bigger trouble than I thought.
What an elitist proposition he
raises, in response to the
earlier headline "Researcher
named to new physics chair,"
by asking "Are we to assume
that a ditch digger might
have been appointed or.
Policy threatens
campus climate
UBC's patient attempts at
consensus-building around a
new policy on discrimination
and harassment is an inspiring
example of university democracy.
The policy has the potential to
root out acknowledged evils,
but some less widely acknowledged good as well.
The current draft policy
allows opprobrium-filled labels
like "harassment" and "sexual
harassment" to cover very
diverse actions, ranging from
the seriously wrong and
objectively verifiable to the
relatively trivial and highly
subjective.  For example, it
allows a complaint of harassment to be brought forward as
the result of someone's perception of condescension that
undermines self-respect, or
someone's taking offense at
other people's "inappropriate"
love relationship, or someone's
tendency to regard the academic world as hostile and
Such well-intentioned
promotion of a non-offensive
learning environment could
promote a hostile teaching
climate.  If it becomes taboo for
professors to give offense,
some students may be quick to
take offense.  Our most
provocative professors could
get caught in a reputation-
endangering bureaucratic
process whose confidentiality
is hard to enforce. This risk
could place a cloud of uncertainty over class discussions of
controversial issues. It could
cast a chill over pedagogic
relations between professors
and students rather than
bringing them closer together
in an adventure of the mind
and spirit. In the long term, it
could bring the notion of
harassment into contempt by
trivializing it.
The "reasonable person"
standard for assessing someone's complaint is too vague to
be reassuring. Reasonable
people are known to disagree
about the interpretation of
situations in which harassment is alleged. Offense-giving
comments should be judged by
whether they reflect values
which can legitimately be held
in good faith. Reprisals for a
professor's comments should
be contemplated only if they
are unanimously judged, by a
jury broadly representative of
our society's ideological
diversity, to reflect values which
no informed person of goodwill
can reasonably endorse.
Only this way are we likely
to deal with some serious evils
while at the same time giving
UBC faculty pedagogic space
in which to breathe and move
with enthusiasm and creativity.
Kurt Preinsperg
B.Sc. '83, M.A. '86, Ph.D '92
Student Representative to
the UBC Board of Governors
All kinds of
are equal. . .
Regarding the latest UBC
Draft Policy on Discrimination
and Harassment (UBC Reports,
Dec. 1, 1994):
First, discrimination and
harassment are not parallel or
equivalent terms, and the
administration's policy researchers should either
distinguish them clearly or else
admit that they are using them
in a very peculiar way; maybe
they could call their document a
"policy on discriminationand-
harassment." The (con)fusion
is evident right from paragraph
(1) of the introduction:  "The
University . . . does not
condone discrimination and
harassment." Anyone with
distinct conceptions of the
terms would have written,
"does not condone discrimination or harassment."
1 do not believe there is ever
justification for harassment, so
on this topic I have nothing
further to say.
Discrimination, however, is
sometimes acceptable, sometimes unacceptable. In fact,
some kinds of discrimination—
of merit, effort, productivity,
quality, value—are absolutely
essential in a university, and
without them many things
from our grading system to our
slogan ("Second to None")
would be meaningless.
True, paragraph (4) gives a
specific definition of "discrimination." But if that definition
applies to the entire document,
why does it not appear in
paragraph (1), which currently
states that the university does
not condone "discrimination
... of any kind"? This is
simply inconsistent with
paragraph (4), which suggests
that the document is referring
to discrimination only of a
certain kind—that for which
there is "no bona fide and
reasonable justification."
Yet even this narrower
definition is unacceptable
given its context, which
indicates that "such discrimination" is unacceptable
because it "imposes burdens,
obligations, or disadvantages
on specific individuals or
groups." This is not a sufficient reason.  I have had
students who thought that I
was disadvantaging them by
requiring that they learn
things which some other
students in the class already
knew. The draft policy would
legitimize such complaints, for
it is true that students' ignorance or knowledge of a
particular body of information
in history, politics, language,
or literature is sometimes
genuinely attributable to their
specific cultural or ethnic
background.  For example,
requiring that all students in a
class be able to write idiomatic
English "differentially impact[s]
on a specific group"—namely,
non-native speakers (see
"Examples of Discrimination"
in the draft's appendix).
As a teacher, however, I shall
continue imposing "burdens
and obligations" on my students; and the good students
(whom responsible teachers
discriminate from the weak
ones on the basis of achievement and demonstrated
"mental ability") will know that I
do so because I want to help
educate them.  I can only hope,
contrary to Dr. Strangway's
prefatory letter of Oct. 6, that
"the motivation of the alleged
perpetrator" will indeed be
treated as of the essence when
in future I am charged as a discriminator under the administration's brave new policy.
Or is there anyone else who
still believes with me that we
should forbid certain kinds of
discrimination simply because
they are wrong? Or that some
kinds of burdens, obligations,
and disadvantages ought not
to be imposed because they
are unfair?
Of course wrong and unfair
are moral terms. And it is the
absence of any recognition of
the need for moral terms that
is most objectionable about the
draft policy—an absence which
underlies its circularity and
apparent hypocrisy.
My challenge to the administration is this:  If you in fact
believe that discrimination
based on age or sex or race is
morally wrong, then oppose it
on principle and across the
board.  Remove from your
policy—if you need one at all—
excuses for inconsistency
based on Supreme Court
rulings. And please cut out
the undignified back-peddling
and unctuous language
exempting discriminatory
policies which have as their
object "the amelioration of
conditions of disadvantage."
Here, too, commit this university to pursuing a policy that is
principled and consistent.
Or if you do not hold that
these are moral issues or
matters of principle, then say
so openly.  Be honestly cynical
and admit that you intend to
impose a discrimination policy
merely out of political or
administrative expediency.
Dennis Danielson, Professor
Dept. of English
perhaps, that holders of
unendowed chairs are not
After listening to Crosscountry Check-up on CBC
Radio recently, it was very
enlightening to hear the
moderator and listeners
discuss the elitism and hierarchy found in so many universities across Canada and, I am
sure, in other "developed"
countries. The condescending
attitude displayed in Mr.
Caswell's letter smacks of the
elitism discussed on the CBC
radio show.  I am sure that Mr.
Caswell and many other
professors like him have
studied long and hard to
become tenured professors on
one of the most beautiful
campuses in Canada.  But
please spare us the "holier
than thou" attitude - and
display some of the compassion and humanism about
which I am sure he is familiar.
There might even be a more
compelling reason to write a
letter than to take the editor to
task for such a small and
unimportant reason.
Judy McCallum, UBC '85
Victoria, BC
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December, June, July and August) for the entire
university community by the UBC Community
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Managing Editor: Steve Crombie
Editor: Paula Martin
Production: Stephen Forgacs
Contributors: Connie Filletti, Abe Hefter, Charles Ker,
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appropriate credit to UBC Reports. UBC Reports ■ December 15, 1994 3
Montreal Remembered
Abe Hefter photo
Students share a flame to begin a candlelight vigil in memory of 14 women
killed on Dec. 6, 1989 at Montreal's L'Ecole Polytechnique. About 150
people gathered in front of the Ladner Clock Tower for a minute of silence
on the fifth anniversary of the murders before proceeding to the Student
Union Building to hear speakers talk about violence in society.
UBC looks for new use
for Faculty Club building
by Gavin Wilson
Staff writer
UBC is looking for new uses for the
former Faculty Club facility which went
into receivership earlier this year.
A call for proposals will be made
early in the new year and a President's
Advisory Committee will be struck to
review the submissions, which will be
due April 30. Mark Betteridge. president of the UBC Real Estate Corporation, will receive and analyse proposals
for consideration by the advisory committee.
The university's role, once a proposal
is accepted, will be limited to that of a
landlord. It will not have a role in the
administration or staffing ofthe building
and any plant costs incurred by the proposed use must be on a full cost-recovery
basis to UBC.
As well, the proposed use should be in
line with the building's prestige location
at the north end of Main Mall and should
respect its architectural integrity, which
includes an addition designed by Arthur
Future uses should also be in the
original spirit of Leon Koerner's gift, which
made the building possible. Koerner envisioned the site as a "professional home"
for the university community "where they
may mingle, exchange ideas and increase
the sense of teamwork so essential a part
of university life."
The building is centrally located in a
part of campus that is gaining prominence as a public place, with the addition
of the Chan Centre for the Performing
Arts and the Belkin Art Gallery to the
existing Frederic Wood Theatre, Museum
of Anthropology, Cecil Green Park and
other attractions.
Veteran coach turns
T-bird reins over to son
Frank Smith, a fixture on the UBC
coaching scene for 21 years, has
stepped down as head coach of the
Thunderbird football team and will be
replaced by his son and assistant
coach Casey Smith.
The announcement
was made Dec. 9 by
Athletic Director Bob
Smith, 63, posted an
overall record of 126-94-4
during his tenure as head
coach.  During that time
his teams won two Vanier
Cup Championships, in
1982 and 1986, and
appeared in five Canada
West University Athletic
Association (CWUAA)
Casey Smith, 35, becomes the
13th head football coach in UBC
history.  Casey played for the
Thunderbirds from 1983 to 1985 and
served as an assistant coach from
1987 to 1989.   He became a full-time
Casey Smith
assistant coach in 1990, serving
primarily as offensive co-ordinator.
This is his first head coaching
"I am very proud of my father and
feel honoured to follow in his footsteps," said Casey.  "I feel
very fortunate to have
worked with and learned
from him for the past eight
years.  I will never replace
him.  My goal is to continue the tradition that he
built at UBC."
Philip said he believes
Casey will make a fine
head coach and has every
confidence in his ability to
provide UBC with an
excellent football program,
just as his father did.
"Frank has done a tremendous job
over the years at UBC," said Philip.
"He taught his teams how to win and
he established a winning tradition
that today's teams are measured
Ultrasound proves
worth in detecting
breast cancers
Women at high risk for breast cancer
may benefit from regular ultrasound examinations which can detect cancers
missed by mammography, says a UBC
"Mammography remains the gold
standard for breast cancer screening and
for the majority of women, no further
exam is recommended if it is negative,"
said Dr. Paula Gordon, a clinical assistant professor of Radiology.
"However, for a small group of women
at high risk for breast cancer, adding
ultrasound to mammography as a screen
may improve diagnosis and greatly increase their peace of mind."
Women with a significant family history of breast cancer, or who have survived a prior personal experience with the
disease, are considered at high risk.
"Ultrasound may be particularly helpful for these women, especially if they
also have dense breast tissue," Gordon
said, explaining that dense breast tissue
sometimes weakens the accuracy of
The National Cancer Institute of
Canada estimates 17,000 Canadian
women will be diagnosed with breast
cancer this year and 32 per cent of them
will die from the disease.
Gordon performed breast ultrasound
examinations on more than 10,000
women to evaluate lumps that were felt in
the breast or which were seen on
She identified 3,533 solid masses by
ultrasound of which 1,302 — or 37 per
cent—were not visible on mammography
or obvious during physical examination.
A total of 328 cancers were diagnosed.
"Typically, when ultrasound is prescribed as a follow-up for a suspicious
lump or finding on mammography, only
the lump and surrounding tissue are
scanned," Gordon said.
"With the number of unsuspected cancers we found, ultrasound exams performed to evaluate a specific area of the
breast should include a scan ofthe entire
In addition to taking little time and not
adding significantly to the cost of the
exam, scanning the entire breast may be
useful in examining women who have a
positive diagnosis of breast cancer, she
"Ultrasound may detect other areas of
undiagnosed cancer in the breast, thereby
helping to determine how extensive surgical removal should be."
Gordon emphasized that ultrasound
should not be used as a screen and will
not replace mammography.
"Ultrasound does not show
macrocalcifications, for example, which
are early signs of cancer that show up
very well on mammography." she said.
Gordon presented her study at the
80th scientific assembly and annual
meeting of the Radiological Society of
North America in Chicago last month.
Bacteria baths hoped to
boost seedling survival
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Forestry Assoc. Prof. Chris
Chanway is giving conifer seedlings a
shot in the arm by giving them a good
soaking first.
Chanway is drenching spruce.
Douglas fir and lodgepole pine seedlings with naturally occurring soil
bacteria in an effort to enhance seedling growth. Although initial tests
have been confined to greenhouse
and laboratory settings, the results
are encouraging, and occasionally,
Long-term results have yet to be
evaluated, but in the short term,
treatment with a bacterial solution
can result in a 20 per cent increase in
seedling mass, which may include
an accompanying increase in the
number of seedling branches.
"Conifer seedlings have a difficult
time establishing themselves in the
first few months after planting in
reforestation sites," Chanway said.
"Some inoculated seedlings have
shown close to a 50 per cent increase
in mass within a period of three to
four months, which is very encouraging."
Although this procedure had been virtually untested in trees, scientists, since
the turn ofthe century, have been stimulating crop and plant growth by treating
seeds with bacteria before planting. The
bacteria, which are naturally occurring
and completely benign, work in one of two
ways: either directly, by stimulating root
growth or nutrient uptake, or by neutralizing other microorganisms which may
inhibit seedling growth.
Why this happens is not completely
Abe Hefter photo
Forestry Assoc. Prof. Chris Chanway is
treating conifer seedlings with a bacterial
solution in a laboratory setting to
enhance seedling growth.
"It doesn't always work and we don't
always understand why we see what we
see," said Chanway. "As a result, a common commercial application has yet to be
fully developed. However, when the procedure does work, results are evident
rather quickly."
Chanway plans to move out of the
greenhouse and into field trials this summer. UBC researchers will plant bacteria-soaked conifer seedlings in areas
throughout the province in an effort to
observe long-term effects in natural conditions. 4 UBC Reports • December 15, 1994
December 18 through January 14
Monday, Dec. 19
Biochemistry /Molecular
Biology Seminar
Molecular Cloning Of A Novel
Kinase Associated With Integrins.
Dr. S. Dedhar, Reichman Research Inst., Sunnybrook Hosp.
IRC #4at3:45pm. Refreshments.
Call 822-9871.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
Animal Science Seminar
Transmission Of Pathogens And
Immunity Via The Eggs In Fish.
Laura Brown, PhD student. Animal Science. MacMillan 260 at
12:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Thursday, Dec. 22
Continuing Education in
In Cantonese — Business And
Job Opportunities In Hong Kong
And China. An overview of the
topic. Joseph Chan. Civil/Mechanical Engineering 1202 from
9am-4pm.  Call 822-3347.
Friday, Dec. 23
Continuing Education in
In English — Business And Job
Opportunities In Hong Kong And
China. An overview of the topic.
Joseph Chan. Civil/Mechanical
Engineering 1202 from 9am-4pm.
Call 822-3347.
Tuesday, Jan. 3
Lectures in Modern
Random Walks In Chemistry: Applications To Electron Transport.
Prof. Bernie Shizgal, Chemistry.
Chemistry 250 south wing at
2pm. Refreshments at 12:40pm.
Call 822-3266.
Thursday, Jan. 5
Physics Colloquium
Hennings 201 at 4pm. Call 822-
Friday, Jan. 6
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Hormone Receptor Abnormalities
Associated With Novel
Endocrinopathies. Dr. Daniel L.
Metzger, Metabolic Investigation
Unit, B.C. Children's Hosp. GF
Strong auditorium at 9am. Call
Law Seminar Series
Rhetoric And Rage: Third World
Perspectives On International
Law. Prof. Karin Mickelson, Law;
Doris Buss, Graduate Program
in Law. Curtis 149 from 12:30-
1:30pm.  Call 822-3151.
Fisheries Centre Seminar
Growth And Reproduction Of
Small Cetaceans: Results Of Life
History Investigations On Dolphins Taken In High Seas
Driftnets. Dr. Richard Ferrero,
National Marine Mammal Lab.,
Seattle. Ralf Yorque Room, Fisheries Centre, Hut B-8 from 1:30-
2:30pm.  Call 822-2731.
Green College Colloquium
The Political Philosophy Of W.J.
Stankiewicz. Sponsored by the
Dept. of Political Science and the
Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences. Speakers: Bogdan
Czaykowski, History; Edwin Black,
Political Science, Queen's and
UNBC; Henry Habib, Political Science, Concordia. Green College
Coach House at 7:45pm. Call 822-
Saturday, Jan. 7
Green College Colloquium
The Political Philosophy Of W.J.
Stankiewicz (cont.). Speakers: Alan
Cairns, Political Science; Bogdan
Czaykowski, History; Ronald B.
Hatch, English; Robert H. Jackson,
Political Science; Arpad Kadarkay,
Political Science, U. of Puget
Sound; Samuel V. Laselva, Political Science; Anthony Parel, Political Science, U. of Calgary and Cambridge; Christian Soe, Political
Science, Cal. State. Green College
Coach House at 9:30 am and
2:00pm. Call 822-8660.
Continuing Education/
Applied Science Course
Continues to May 16/95. An alternate program for fast tracking
the processing of building permit
applications, providing a thorough
presentation of the B.C. Building
Code (Part 3) along with special
requirements for the participating
municipalities. Point Grey Golf
And Country Club, 3350 SW Marine Dr. from l-8pm. Registration/
info: 822- 3347/fax 822-3449.
Sunday, Jan. 8
Green College Cultural
Theory Group Seminar
Barbie Meets Rambo: Sex And Violence In The Popular Curriculum.
Shari Graydon, president, Media
Watch. Green College Coach
House at 7:30pm. Call 822-8660.
Monday, Jan. 9
Mathematics/Institute of
Applied Mathematics
Solidification Interface Instabilities: Asymptotic Methods In Free-
Boundary Problems. John
Chadam, director, The Fields Institute; Prof, McMaster U. Math
100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments at
3:15pminMathAnnexlll5. Call
Green College Seminar
City Of God Or Island Of Devils?
The Book Of Travels Of John Healey
(fl.1610). Dr. Mark Vessy, English. Green College Coach House
at 5:30pm.  Call 822-8660.
Japanese New Year
OSHOGATSU. Featuring cultural
presentations, live entertainment,
games, music, door prizes, souvenirs, Asian food stalls, arts and
crafts. Asian Centre auditorium
at 4pm.   Call 822-2629.
Tuesday, Jan. 10
Computer Science Lecture
UBC Roadmap To Computing: An
Introduction To The Networked
Computing Facilities At UBC.
CICSR208 from 12-1:30pm. Continues through Jan. 26. Call 822-
Graduate Student Centre
Professional Development
Graduate Studies, Your Supervisor And You. Dean John Grace
and panel of experienced grad students. Graduate Student Centre
at 12:30pm. Refreshments. Call
Wednesday, Jan. 11
Centre for Southwest Asian
Research Seminar
Asian Growth Triangles: Squaring
The Vicious Circle Of Centre-Periphery Relations In Third World
Development. Dr. Prod Laquian,
director, Centre for Human Settlements. Asian Centre 604 from
3:30-5pm.   Call 822-2629.
Theatre Performance
Continues to Jan. 21. Les Belles
Soeurs by Michel Tremblay, translated by John Van Burek/Bill
Glassco. Frederic Wood Theatre
at 8pm. Adult weekday, $ 12; week-
end$14. Student/Sr. weekday$8;
weekend $10. Two for one adult
Jan 11. Call 822-2678.
Orthopedics Grand Rounds
Death And Complications - Case
Presentations.       Dr.       H.M.
Broekhuyse. Eye Care Centre Auditorium, Vancouver Hosp. at 7am.
Call 875-4272.
Palo Alto, Ca. CICSR/CS Bldg.
Rm. 208 at 4 pm. Call 822-6894.
Thursday, Jan. 12 Friday, Jan. 13
Physics Colloquium
Atom: Laser Spectroscopy Of
Antiprotonic Helium Atoms. Ryugo
S. Hayano, U. of Tokyo. Hennings
201 at 4pm.   Call 822-3853.
Asian Centre Film
Sounds And Images Of The Past
100 Years (Korea). Organized by
the Institute of Asian Research.
Asian Centre 604, 12:30-l:30pm.
Call 822-2629.
Green College/Law and
Society Seminar
Can Judges Be Legal Pluralists?
Rod MacDonald, F.R. Scott Professor of Public/Constitutional
Law; Seana McGuire, Law, McGill
U. Green College Coach House at
8pm.   Call 822-8660.
CICSR Distinguished Lecture
Continual Improvement Software:
A Case For Progressive Problem
Solving. Dr. Marlene Scardamalia,
American Institutes for Research,
Pediatrics Grand Rounds
Childhood Vaccines: Progress Report, 1995. Dr. David W.
Scheifele, Pediatrics professor,
Dir., Vaccine Evaluation Centre.
GF Strong auditorium at 9am.
Call 875- 2307.
Law Seminar Series
A New Theory Of Legal Pluralism.
Rod MacDonald, F.R. Scott Professor of Public and Constitutional Law., McGill U.; Seana
McGuire, Law, McGill U. Curtis
149 from 12:30- 1:30pm. Call
Mathematics/Institute of
Applied Mathematics
Send And Follow The Energy: A
New Dynamic Approach To Spectral Computations For The
Navier-Stokes Equations. Dr.
John Heywood, Mathematics.
Math 100 at 3:30pm. Refreshments at 3:15pm in Math Annex
1115. Call 822-2666.
Student Housing
A service offered by the AMS has
been established to provide a housing listing service for both students and landlords. This service
utilizes a computer voice
messaging system. Students call
822-9844, landlords call 1-900-
451-5585 (touch-tone calling) or
822-0888, info only.
Campus Tours
Continue in January. School and
College Liaison tours provide prospective UBC students with an
overview of campus activities/faculties/services. Fridays at 9:30am.
Reservations required one week in
advance.  Call 822-4319.
UBC Libraries
Library branches and divisions will
offer more than 100 training/tutorial sessions next fall. Learn
how to use the online catalogue/
information system, or one of more
than 75 electronic databases in
the library. Check branches/divisions for times and dates. Call
Disability Resource Centre
The centre provides consultation
and information for faculty members with students with disabilities. Guidebooks/services for students and faculty available. Call
822- 5844.
Sexual Harassment Office
Advisors are available to discuss
questions or concerns and are prepared to help any member of the
UBC community who is being sexually harassed find a satisfactory
resolution.  Call 822-6353.
Research Study Volunteers
Role Stress In Dual-earner Parents Of Pre-school Children.
Wendy Hall, UBC School of Nursing. Participants will complete
two short questionnaires only. Honorarium offered.  Call 686-0877.
Study on Hearing and Age
Senior (65 yrs. or older) and junior
(20-25 yrs.) volunteers are need.
Expected to attend three one-hour
appointments at UBC. Experiments will examine how hearing
and communication abilities differ with age. Honorarium. Call
Dermatology Studies
Volunteers Required
Genital Herpes 16 yrs and older.
Approx. 8 visits over one-yr. period. All patients will be treated
with medication. No control group.
Call 875-5296.
Skin Infection Looking for participants with infections such as infected wounds, burns, boils, sebaceous cysts or impetigo. 18 yrs and
older, four visits over maximum
26 days. Honorarium. Call 875-
Statistical Consulting/
Research Laboratory
SCARL is operated by the Dept. of
Statistics to provide statistical
advice to faculty/staff/students.
During Term 2, 94/95, up to 3
hours of free advice is available for
selected clients.   Call 822-4037.
Surplus Equipment
Recycling Faculty (SERF)
Disposal of all surplus items. Every
Wednesday, 12-5pm. Task Force
Bldg.. 2352 Health Sciences Mall.
Call Vince at 822-2582/Rich at
Badminton Club
Faculty/ staff/ grad students welcome. Osborne Gym A, Fridays
from 6:30-9:30pm. $15 yr; $2
drop in. John Amor, Geophysics/Astronomy.  Call 822-6933.
Botanical Garden
Annual Shop-In-The-Garden
Christmas Sale. All proceeds
support the garden. Fresh
green Christmas wreaths, dried
arrangements; seeds from the
garden; gardening books; fine
tools and garden accessories.
Open daily from llam-5pm.
Shop In The Garden, call 822-
4529; garden information, 822-
Faculty and Staff Volleyball
Mondays/Wednesdays Gym B,
Osborne Centre at 12:30pm.
Drop-in or attend regularly for
recreation.  Call 822-4479.
Speakers Wanted
Eastern Europe & Russia: A Perspective. Third annual symposium, focusing on these areas.
Any faculty, staff or student who
has travelled, worked or studied
in these areas in 1994 is welcome
as aspeaker. Call 222-9225 (ans.)
or fax 224-4492.
The UBC Reports Calendar lists university-related or
liversity-sponsored events on campus and off cam-
is within the Lower Mainland.
Calendar items must be submitted on forms avati-
>le from the UBC Community Relations Office, 207-
J28 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C. V6T1Z2. Phone:
J2-3131. Fax: 822-2684. Please limit to 35 words.
ibmissions for the Calendar's Notices section may be
nited due to space.
Deadline for the January 12 issue of UBC Reports —
tiich covers the period January 15 to January 28 — is
>on, January 3. UBC Reports • December 15, 1994 5
Memorandum Of Understanding Between The GVRD And UBC
Concerning Planning And Development Of A Part Of Electoral Area A
The GVRD and UBC recognize that it is
desirable for all lands within a major
urban region to be the subject of community plans ratified by a civic planning
authority. The purpose of such plans is to
ensure that the use of the lands they
encompass gives due consideration to
the environmental, physical, transportation, social and economic impacts upon
the local and regional communities.
The UBC campus and two adjacent foreshore lots are the only parts of Electoral
Area A that are not now the subject of a
community plan. While the university is
the owner and administrative authority
for the UBC campus under the Universities Act, provisions of the Municipal Act
and the present governmental arrangements for Electoral Area A allow for the
GVRD to act as the civic planning authority for these lands.
In this Memorandum of Understanding,
UBC and the GVRD agree to work cooperatively on future planning for the
UBC Campus.
The development and redevelopment of
lands on the UBC Campus for a variety of
institutional and non-institutional uses
is essential to the continued progress of
UBC as one of the pre-eminent institutions of higher learning in Canada and a
centre of teaching and research that is
critical to the social, economic and cultural life of British Columbia and Canada.
These are consistent with the regional
goals ofthe GVRD as reflected in Creating
Our Future, the Livable Region Strategy
and the Transport 2021 regional transportation plan.
The Minister of Municipal Affairs, the
GVRD and UBC wish to establish a community planning context for the UBC
campus and the adjacent lots that is as
similar as possible to a conventional
municipal planning context, having regard for the unique circumstances created by the location ofthe lands within an
Electoral Area, the authority of the Endowment Lands Administration for civic
planning in the remainder of Electoral
Area A and the authority of UBC as a
public institution with a mandate and a
set of operational responsibilities that go
far beyond those of a conventional private
land owner or developer.
Tbe GVRD will:
1. Prepare an Official Community
Plan under the terms ofthe Municipal Act
(excerpt attached as Appendix A) for the
UBC campus and the adjacent foreshore
2. Appoint, in consultation with UBC
and after consultation with adjacent planning jurisdictions, a planning consultant
to draft the Official Community Plan.
3. Appoint, in consultation with UBC
and after consultation with adjacent planning jurisdictions and public interest
groups, a Planning Advisory Committee
of citizens to advise the GVRD on the
preparation ofthe Official Community Plan.
4. Appoint, in consultation with UBC
and after consultation with adjacent plan-
ningjurisdictions and provincial authorities, a Technical Committee of civic, provincial and university staff to assist the
GVRD in the preparation of the Official
Community Plan.
5. Conduct a public involvement program as an integral part of the preparation of a draft Official Community Plan,
including the publication of a draft plan
for public review and comment prior to
the preparation of the final version of the
plan for a public hearing as required
under the Municipal Act.
6. Endeavour to achieve substantial
completion of the Official Community
Plan by December 31, 1995.
UBC will:
1. Support, without prejudice to any
rights it has or may have under law to be
exempt from civic planning and zoning,
the GVRD's efforts to prepare an Official
Community Plan for the UBC campus
and adjacent lots by December 31, 1995.
2. Prepare the UBC Land Use and
Development Objectives, based on the
Principles for Physical Planning (Appendix B), and make them available to the
GVRD in a timely manner to permit the
GVRD to identify such elements as should
be reflected in the Official Community
3. Refine and illustrate the UBC Land
Use and Development Objectives in the
form of a Campus Development Plan to be
prepared concurrently with the GVRD's
Official Community Plan.
4. Inform the GVRD whether it wishes
to utilize the Planning Advisory Committee and/or the Technical Committee to
assist it in the preparation of a Campus
Development Plan.
5. Continue to develop its systems
for providing internal land use and building regulations in a manner that substantially replicates the processes in place
in municipalities in British Columbia.
6. Confirm its commitment to a market regime for lessees of its lands that
substantially relates to the rents, charges,
taxes, user fees and off-site services that
prevail in municipalities in the GVRD.
7. Refrain from making further irrevocable commitments to non-institutional development on the campus
lands from the date of signature of this
memorandum to the date of completion
of the Official Community Plan or December 31, 1995, whichever comes first
(See Appendix C for existing commitments).
The GVRD and UBC will confer during
the preparation of the Official Community Plan and the Official Campus Plan to
encourage unity of objectives.
The intention of the GVRD is that UBC
will continue to administer its own land
use and building processes, providing
that UBC will do so within the framework
provided by the Official Community Plan
and other legislation applicable to its
lands. It is, therefore, not the intention of
the GVRD to proceed with adoption of a
zoning bylaw and building regulations for
the lands, as would be called for in a
traditional approach to implementing an
Official Community Plan.
Part 29
Management of Development
943.  (1) In this Part
"adopt", with respect to an official plan
or bylaw, includes an amendment or
"board" means the governing and
executive body of a regional district;
"density" where used in relation to
land, a parcel of land or an area,
means the density of use of the land,
parcel or area, or the density of use of
any buildings and structures located
on the land or parcel, or in the area;
"greater board" means the corporate
body, incorporated by an Act, with
responsibility for the provision of water
or sewage and drainage services;
"local government" means
(a) in the case of a municipality, the
council, or
(b) in the case of a regional district, the
"official community plan" means a
community plan that
(a) a council has adopted under section
947, or
(b) the minister has approved and a
board has adopted under section 948;
"rural land use bylaw" means a bylaw
adopted under Division (2);
"subdivision" means
(a) a subdivision as defined in the Land
Title Act, and
(b) a subdivision under the Condominium Act.
(2) A local government shall not
(a) adopt a community plan, a bylaw or
a rural land use bylaw, or
(b) issue a permit under this Part or
Part 21 that would have the effect of
restricting any forestry management
activity relating to the production
and harvesting of timber on any land
that is
(c) classified as managed forest land
under the Assessment Act, or
(d) located within a licence area under
the Forest Act,
so long as the land continues only to be
used for that purpose.
1985-79-8: 1987-14-9: 1989-33-11
Single bylaw
943.1 (1) A local government may
exercise its powers under Divisions (3)
to (7) by the adoption of a single bylaw.
(2) Where a single bylaw is adopted
under subsection (1), amendments to
that bylaw that are made under powers
in this Part, that are not amendments
authorized under section 963, may be
made without complying with the
public hearing and notice provisions of
Division (3).
Division (1) - Official Community Plans
Application of community plans
944. (1) A local government may adopt
one or more community plans for one
or more areas.
(2) An official community plan of a
municipality applies to land in the
municipality that is designated in the
plan as being covered by that plan.
(3) An official community plan of a
regional district applies to an area
outside of a municipality that is
designated by the minister as a community plan area.
Content of community plans
945. (1) A community plan is a general
statement of the broad objectives and
policies of the local government respecting the form and character of
existing and proposed land use and
servicing requirements in the area
covered by the plan.
(2)A community plan shall be in writing
and may include plans, maps, tables or
other graphic material and shall
include statements and map designations for the area covered by the plan
(a) the approximate location, amount,
type and density of residential development required to meet anticipated
housing needs over a period of at least
5 years,
(b) the approximate location, amount
and type of present and proposed
commercial, industrial, institutional,
agricultural, recreational and public
utility land uses,
(c) the approximate location and area of
sand and gravel deposits that are
suitable for future sand and gravel
(d) restrictions on the use of land that
is subject to hazardous conditions or
that is environmentally sensitive to
(e) the approximate location and
phasing of any major road, sewer and
water systems,
(f) the approximate location and type of
present and proposed public facilities,
including schools, parks and waste
treatment and disposal sites, and
(g) other matters that may, in respect of
any plan, be required or authorized by
the minister.
(3) A community plan may, for the
purposes of section 975, designate
areas where temporary commercial and
industrial uses may be allowed and
may specify general conditions regarding the issue of temporary commercial
and industrial use permits in those
(4) A community plan may, for the
purposes of section 976, designate
areas for the
(a) protection of the natural environment,
(b) protection of development from
hazardous conditions,
(c) protection of Provincial or municipal
heritage sites, under the Heritage
Conservation Act,
(d) revitalization of an area in which a
commercial use is permitted, if the area
has been designated for that purpose
by the minister, or
(e) establishment of objectives and the
provision of guidelines for the form and
character of commercial, industrial or
multi-family residential development,
and the plan shall, with respect to
those areas,
(f) describe the special conditions or
objectives that justify the designation,
(g) specify guidelines respecting the
manner by which the
(i) conditions will be alleviated,
(ii) revitalization will occur, and
(iii) objectives of the guidelines referred
to in paragraph (e) will be achieved.
(4.1) Where a community plan designates areas under subsection (4), the
plan, may, with respect to those areas,
specify conditions under which a
development permit under
section 976 (1) would not be required.
(5) Where a local government proposes
to include a matter in a community 6 UBC Reports • December 15, 1994
Memorandum Of Understanding Between The GVRD And UBC
plan, the regulation of which is not
within the jurisdiction of the local
government, the plan shall only state
the broad objective of the local government with respect to that matter unless
the minister has, under subsection (2)
(g), required or authorized the local
government to state a policy with
respect to that matter.
1985-79-8: 1987-14-11.
Minister may require a referendum
in a regional district
946. (1) Before the minister designates
a community plan area under section
944 (3), or gives approval under section
948 (c), he may require the board to
provide him with information respecting the degree of public support for the
plan in that area.
(2) After the minister has reviewed the
information provided under subsection
(1), he may require the board to hold a
referendum on the proposed community plan area or community plan to
determine the degree of public support.
(3) Where a referendum is held, the
board shall inform the minister of the
results of it.
Adoption procedures (municipalities)
947. (1) A council may adopt a community plan by bylaw, and each reading of
the bylaw must receive an affirmative
vote of a majority of all members of the
(2) After first reading of the bylaw, the
council shall, in sequence,
(a) examine the plan in conjunction
(i) its most recent capital expenditure
program under section 266, and
(ii) any waste management plan or
economic strategy plan that is applicable in the
municipality to ensure consistency
between them,
(b) where the plan affects an area of an
adjoining municipality, refer the plan to
the council of that municipality for
comment, and
(c) where the plan affects
(i) an area of a regional district, outside
of a municipality, of which it is a
member, or
(ii) a service of that regional district,
refer the plan to the board of that
regional district for comment.
(3) Before the council gives third reading
to the bylaw and not less than 20 days
after it has referred the plan under
subsection (2) (b) or (c), the council
shall hold a public hearing on the
proposed community plan.
(4) Sections 956 to 959 apply to the
holding of a public hearing under
subsection (3).
(5) After the bylaw adopting the plan
has received final reading, the plan is
an official community plan of that
1985 79-8: 1987 14 12: 1984 59-14.
Adoption procedures (regional
948. Section 947 applies to the adoption of a community plan in a regional
district but
(a) the board shall, where the plan
affects an area of an adjoining municipality or regional district, refer the plan
to the council or board of that municipality or regional district for comment,
(b) the board shall, after third reading,
submit to the minister
(i) the results of its examination under
section 947 (2) (a), and
(ii) any comments received after it
referred the plan under paragraph (a),
(c) the board shall not give final reading
to the bylaw adopting the plan and the
plan has no effect until the minister
has approved it, and
(d) section 781 applies respecting the
entitlement of members of the board who
may vote on all readings of the bylaw.
1985-79-8:  1987-14-13: 1989-59-15.
Effect of official community plans
949.  (1) An official community plan
does not commit or authorize a municipality, regional district or improvement
district to proceed with any project that
is specified in the plan.
(2) All bylaws enacted or works undertaken by a council, board or greater
board, or by the trustees of an improvement district, after the adoption of
(a) an official community plan, or
(b) an official community plan under
section 711 or an official settlement
plan under section 809 before the
repeal of these sections became effective shall be consistent with the
relevant plan.
1985-79-8: 1987-14-14.
i. Institutional Stewardship - Planning
will promote the use ofthe University's land resource so as to optimize
academic, social, and financial opportunities for the institution.
ii. Integrated Community - Planning will
promote a university community composed of a balance of activities designed to support the needs of the
mind, spirit, and body.
iii. Sustainable Development - Planning
will promote the development of university land in a way which will balance the needs of the present with
those ofthe future within a total framework of environmental sensitivity.
i. The Integrity of the University - Planning wall respect and enhance the
physical assets of the campus which
will be unified by a distinct landscape.
ii. A Holistic Community - Planning will
promote the development of a liveable, convenient, connected, and
healthy community.
iii. An Appropriate Use and Density of
Development - Planning will promote
land issues and density of development which meets institutional objectives in conjunction with regional
planning goals.
iv. The Distribution of Activities - Planning will promote a pattern of mixed
use characterized by a balance of institutional and non-institutional needs
and development, including market
v. Provision of Adequate Services - Planning will promote the provision of
public services and infrastructure
which respond to the needs of institutional and non- institutional development on the University lands.
vi. The Quality of Social Interaction -
Planning will ensure the development
of a social fabric characterized by a
blend of public and private places,
institutional and community focal
points, and a variety of inter-connecting movement systems.
viii. Financial Support- Planning will
enhance the ability of the University
to develop its lands to marketable
uses in order to generate income to
assist in the fulfilment of the academic mission and the financial stability of the University.
i. The University will adopt an open
planning process accountable to the
public of British Columbia, and which
considers and respects the concerns
ofthe faculty, students, staff, and the
larger community.
Current lease agreements with major
organizations on the UBC Campus:
Bank of Montreal
• Commercial bank
• 35-year lease expiring 2004
• 7652 square feet
• 19 employees
B.C. Research Inc.
• The purpose of B.C. Research Inc. is to
further applied research and development in B.C.
• 10-year lease plus 10-year option initially expiring in 2003
• 4.133 hectares
• 70 employees
Biomedical Research Centre
• Biomedical research centre
• lease to be surrendered to UBC Foundation approximately April 1995
• 0.13 hectares
• 80 employees
Discovery Parks
South Campus Facility
• The obj ectives of Discovery Parks is to
promote co-operation between industry, government and higher education
to expand the advanced technology
industries in B.C.
• 75-year lease expiring 2056
• 22.7 hectares
Multi-Tenant Facility
• 63-year lease expiring 2056
• approximately 1 acre
Forest Engineering Research Institute
of Canada (FERIC)
• Specializes in wood harvesting and
silviculture research
97-year lease expiring 2088
0.32 hectares
40 employees
Forintek Canada Corp.
Specializes in wood products research
99-year lease expiring 2088
3.04 hectares
80 employees
Hampton Place
Condominium development
99-year leases expiring 2090 to 2092
St. James House Strata 142
Thames Court Strata    86 units
West Hampstead Strata 73
Sandringham 32 units
Future  developments  planned and
under construction
International North Pacific Fisheries
• Non-profit organization established by
convention between Canada, Japan,
and the United States for the conservation ofthe fisheries resources in the
North Pacific Ocean.
• 10-year lease expiring 1998
• approximately 1900 square feet
• 4 employees
Nordion International
• Produces and markets radio-isotopes
• 30-year lease expiring 2020
• 42 employees
Pulp and Paper Research Institute of
Canada (Paprican)
• Pulp and paper research
• 73-year lease expiring 2057
• 2.32 Hectares
• 25 employees
• A joint venture initiated to promote
research in intermediate energy science. Members are UBC, Simon Fraser
University, University of Victoria,
University of Alberta and several nonvoting members.
• 400 employees
Vancouver Hospital - UBC Site
Teaching and research hospital
approximately 530 beds
25-year lease expiring 2007
Agriculture Canada
Federal Government offices and labs
99-year lease expiring 2055
6.1 acres
B.C. Buildings Corp.
Public safety building and ambulance
2 hectares
duration of lease 99 years expiring 2079
B.C. Transit
Transit bus loop
10-year lease expiring 2000
Environment Canada
Meteorological station
10-year lease expiring 1998
0.33 acres
National Research Council
Federal Government offices and labs
61-year lease expiring 2055
approximately 2 acres
Carey Hall
Baptist residential theological college
999-year lease, expiring in 2958
2.5 acre lease
St. Andrew's Hall
Presbyterian residential  theological
999-year lease expiring 2955
approximately 3 acres
St. Mark's College
Catholic theological college
999-year lease expiring 2956
approximately 0.8 hectares
Vancouver School of Theology
Anglican,  United,  Presbyterian and
United Methodist theological college
999-year lease expiring 2926
approximately 3 acres
Alma Mater Society of UBC
Student Society
significant portion ofthe Student Union Building (217,053 square feet)
45-year lease expiring 2013
Other Student Societies and Associations
Graduate Student Society
Alumni Association of UBC
Pan Hellenic House (student sorority
Other leases on the UBC Campus:
Public Works Canada
National Defense - air raid sirens
The Beanery (Gordon Schmidt & Robert
Preston, partners)-Cafe
Marlin/Thomas Cook Travel-Travel Agent
Royal Bank - Bank Machine
Silviculture Institute of B.C.
Toronto Dominion Bank - Bank Machine
Vancouver City Savings and Credit
Union - Bank Machine
Faculty Women's Club
Koerner Foundation
Various AMS sub-tenants UBC Reports ■ December 15, 1994 7
Health Safety and Environment
December, 1994
"UBC will act responsibly and demonstrate stewardship in protecting the environment. All individuals in the University
community share the responsibility for
protecting the environment...Procedures
and reporting structures for matters of
compliance with environmental legislation
are necessary to demonstrate due diligence of UBC, its Board of Governors,
senior officers, students, and members of
faculty and staff, by addressing responsibly, activities which have potential for
exposure to lawsuits and prosecution."
(from UBC Policy on Environmental
Protection Compliance)
Environmental management is an integral part of The University of British
Columbia's overall management responsibility. This document provides a summary of the environmental management
program under development at the University of British Columbia, and the current status of the components of the
program. This Conformance Plan includes:
• an explanation of UBC's environmental policy, objectives and targets;
• a description of the means to achieve
environmental objectives and targets;
• an explanation of the key roles and
At UBC, Environmental Management is
an interactive planning process that consists of defining, documenting, and continuously improving our environmental
performance. Moving from a reactive to a
proactive environmental management
program provides significant advantages
to the University and to individual faculty
and staff. A well functioning environmental management system provides the
framework to balance and integrate the
economic and research interests of UBC
with environmental interests, and will
increase confidence that UBC:
• achieves policies, objectives,
stakeholder expectations, and maintains good public/community relations;
• demonstrates environmental leadership, providing further evidence of
reasonable care and regulatory compliance;
• focuses on environmental impact prevention rather than detection after
occurrence. This approach will reduce costs and legal liabilities, improve the University's image, and minimize environmental impact;
An Environmental Management System
includes all the resources, information
and reporting structures, and operational
processes and procedures required to
meet our environmental objectives. The
format of this plan follows that under
development by the Canadian Standards
Association (CSA Z. 750) and the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO 14000). This format is widely expected to become the standard for organizations internationally. The elements
of UBC's Environmental Conformance
Plan can be summarized under 3 broad
1. Define Purpose, Establish Plans and
2. Ensure Capability;
3. Evaluate, Learn and Improve.
A brief summary of the components of
these three elements follows:
1. Define Purpose and establish Plans
and Commitment.
The first step is to focus our activities
on what needs to be done by defining
where we are now, where we want to
go, and how we will get there. People
at all levels in the organization should
have the commitment to take the appropriate action in support of the en
vironmental management plans. Specific components which must be addressed by UBC include:
• Environmental Policy: defining our
commitment and environmental objectives,
• Needs Identification: environmental
issues, concerns and needs of the
UBC Community, including regulatory requirements,
• Environmental Risk Evaluation: evaluate and prioritize the risks associated
with UBC's activities.
• Environmental Objectives and Targets:
Objectives identify overall aims such
as regulatory compliance, pollution
prevention, and community expectations, while targets are the measurable performance requirements.
• Accountability and Responsibility: Responsibility and authority for the implementation and maintenance ofthe
Conformance Plan is clearly identified.
Individual members of the University
community understand and accept
their environmental responsibilities.
• Strategic Plan: Establish both long
term (3 to 5 year goals and objectives)
and short term (focus on achievable
steps and targets) strategic plans.
2. Ensure Capability
Individuals should have the tools required to achieve our environmental
objectives. Specific tools include:
• Resources: Appropriate human, physical and financial resources must be
made available to successfully implement environmental objectives.
• Training: All personnel must receive
appropriate training to carry out their
functions in an environmentally sound
manner. Areas of training would include health and safety, handling and
disposal of hazardous materials, and
regulatory requirements.
• Information Systems: Effective information management is a fundamental component of an Environmental
Management Program. An effective
means to collect, maintain and communicate pertinent information is
3. Continuously Evaluate, Learn and
Environmental management is an ongoing process of evaluating UBC's
impact on the environment and how it
is changing, and identifying what future needs must be satisfied. Specific
components include:
• Regulatory Review: An ongoing process of monitoring existing regulations,
and potential changes to regulations,
which may affect UBC's operations.
• SystemAssessments: Ongoing assessments are required to monitor conformance, identify potential problems,
and assess the effectiveness of the
program. Assessments should include
environmental audits of University activities, as well as audits of the effectiveness of the conformance plan so
that it can be updated as needs change.
• Continuous Improvement: A system is
required to monitor environmental
progress against targets and objectives.
• Reporting: Three levels of reporting
need to be considered. Internal reporting structures should provide effective communication between staff,
management and the Board ofGovernors. External reporting provides community stakeholders with clear information about UBC's environmental
policy, objectives and performance.
Regulatory reporting ensures compliance with permits and other legislated reporting requirements.
1. Board ofGovernors (Health, Safety
and Environment Committee)
The Health, Safety and Environment
Committee ofthe Board ofGovernors
monitors the environmental management activities to ensure the objectives set out in the Environmental
Protection Compliance Policy and
Environmental Conformance Plan are
met. The Committee meets bi-monthly
and reviews detailed progress reports.
2. Advisory Committee on the Environment
This committee reports to the Vice
President, Research, and is comprised
of representatives of Faculties and
Operating Departments. The committee reviews the progress of UBC's
Environmental Management Program,
and makes recommendations on UBC
activities and issues related to environmental compliance.
3. Environmental Programs Group of
the Department of Health, Safety
and     Environment
The objective of UBC's Environmental
Programs is to ensure protection of
our environment in compliance with
government regulations and UBC
policy, and to encourage environmental stewardship among all members of
the University community. The mandate of the program, as specified in
the UBC Policy on Environmental Protection Compliance is to develop and
implement "procedures, guidelines and
programs addressing specific environmental issues...to accomplish the objective of compliance with environmental legislation, with the full participation ofthe University community." The
Department of Health, Safety and Environment, through the Manager of
Environmental Programs is responsible for "environmental audits, central
monitoring, recording and reporting
progress (and instances of non compliance) on environmental protection issues, providing training to the campus
community, and serving as the central
information source about current and anticipated legislation applicable to UBC."
4. Individual Departments and Employees
All individuals share the responsibility for ensuring protection ofthe environment. It is the responsibility of
UBC to ensure that all employees
have the tools necessary to meet our
environmental objectives. Administrative heads of units are responsible for
ensuring communication about the
goal of compliance with environmental legislation and appropriate training of individuals.
The following summary of key responsibilities and procedures is taken directly
from the UBC Environmental Compliance Policy approved by the Board of
Governors in January 1994.
• "Environmental Audits will be performed on all areas and activities under the control ofthe University.. .Such
audits will measure the extent of compliance with Federal and Provincial
legislation and identify potential environmental risks."
• "A plan will be developed by the administrative head of unit for bringing all
identified deficiencies into compliance
with legislation, in consultation with
the Manager, Environmental Programs,
and will be forwarded to the vice president responsible for the unit for approval of actions, timing and funding."
• "Monitoring systems and procedures
for handling and reporting accidents/
incidents will be established for all
activities and areas of concern. Ad
ministrative heads of units are responsible for ensuring that the monitoring is carried out in accordance
with established systems, and for reporting on the monitoring..."
• "When the impact or experimental
design of activities to be conducted at
off campus locations has unknown or
potentially harmful environmental
consequences, the member of faculty
or staff responsible will apply in advance for a certificate of environmental protection from a University screening committee..."
• "Administrative heads of unit are responsible for ensuring communication about the goal of compliance with
environmental legislation and appropriate training of all persons working
or studying within their units in relevant environmental issues and procedures for recognizing, dealing with,
and reporting accidents that affect
the environment."
• "Reports of all audits, plans for correcting deficiencies, reports on satisfying monitoring requirements, accident handling procedures and any
minor accidents/incidents will be
brought, through the senior officers of
the university, to the Board of Governors at its regular meetings. Any accidents/incidents of significant environmental impact will be brought to
the attention to the chair ofthe Board
ofGovernors by the President or his/
her designate immediately."
• "When potentially harmful conditions
arise or are discovered, the administrative head of unit is responsible for
notifying individuals who might be
affected, and keeping them aware of
efforts to correct the situation."
• 'The Manager, Environmental Programs ensures that consultations with
the campus and surrounding communities about the state of compliance
and progress toward it take place."
• 'The Manager, Environmental Programs will publish annually a report
which includes information on the
audits conducted, the compliance issues dealt with and outstanding, training and communication activities, and
responses to accidents affecting the
The following information summarizes
the current objectives and targets set for
UBC Environmental Programs.
1. Environmental Audits
"Environmental audit means a systematic, objective method of identifying and verifying that laws, regulations, procedures and University guidelines for environmental, health, occupational hygiene, safety and emergency preparedness standards are
being followed. The examination involves analysis, testing and confirmation of procedures and practices. In
addition, the process evaluates the
adequacy of the environmental management system — communications,
clear delineation of employee responsibilities, training and quality control."
(UBCEnvironmentalProtection Compliance Policy)
A comprehensive environmental audit
will allow UBC to assess the degree of
compliance of facilities with current environmental regulations. It will also provide an opportunity to assess the legal
liability of the Board of Governors, and
senior management. The audit will provide a baseline review of legislation and 8 UBC Reports ■ December 15, 1994
policy, an analysis of UBC's environmental systems and performance, standardized record keeping and documentation,
and a standardized protocol for regular
follow-up audits and reviews of legislation. The audit will consist of three components:
1. Identify internal control systems employed to ensure environmental regulations are satisfied.
2. Evaluate control systems for adequacy
and completeness.
3. Carry out tests and inspections to
verify consistent and adequate application of controls.
Assessments will include the following:
• Solid, liquid and air waste management, and special waste management,
including PCB's and asbestos.
• Pesticide management, Transportation of Dangerous Goods, management of ozone depleting substances.
• Bulk fuel, oil, and chemical storage
(including underground tanks).
• Chemical and biohazard management
within labs and stores.
• Assessment of environmental impact
of operations, and administrative procedures for the environmental program.
Reviews and evaluations would include
topics such as:
• Written policies and procedures, and
their availability.
• Training of operational personnel,
qualifications of personnel responsible for environmental tasks, and
knowledge of legal responsibilities and
• Records and record systems, compliance with permit conditions, environmental legislation and regulations.
• Maintenance of pollution control
• Assessment of current capabilities and
• Hazards associated with current operations and an estimate of the significance of each risk.
Priority areas will be audited first through
development of in-house audit teams,
which will be directed by an independent
audit coordinator. This coordinator will
be the Environmental and Emergency
Planning Officer of the Department of
Health Safety and Environment. Audit
Steps will include:
A. Pre Audit Activities:
1. Regulation and Policy Review (include review of programs at other
2. Develop scope and procedures (recruit steering committee with wide
3. Identify audit areas and set priorities (stakeholder input)
4. Contact facility, select audit team
members and plan audit
B. Activities at Audit Site:
5. Identify and assess management
control systems
6. Gather audit data (in-house audit
teams coordinated by objective outsider)
7. Evaluate audit findings
8. Report findings to facility
C. Post Audit Activities:
9. Issue audit site draft report for
10. Issue final report
11. Prepare and implement action plan
12. Follow-up on action plan
2. Reporting Structures
Reporting structures and systems are
being developed to ensure up to date
information on environmental compliance issues is communicated effectively
to the Board of Governors, University
Administration, and the UBC community. An Environmental Issues status
report has been implemented, and an
Annual Environment Report will be pub
lished. Protocols for communication of
progress on environmental audits are
being developed.
3. Training and Awareness Programs
These programs will develop information
materials and training packages to assist
individuals in achieving environmental compliance goals, and increasing environmental
awareness. Programs will focus on:
• Environmental audits and responsibilities of individuals.
• Risk and hazard management
• Training and resources for proper
hazardous materials practices.
• Encouraging the use of recycling, recovery and exchange of materials.
• Encouraging participation in UBC
environmental programs and the development of new programs.
• Promoting the exchange of information and interaction across campus
on environmental compliance issues.
Towards this end an Environmental Programs Course has been developed to
provide information to supervisors and
administrative heads on their environmental roles and responsibilities. Environmental and Emergency Planning Seminar series are planned for 1994 and
1995. A multi-stakeholder committee is
currently active in developing awareness
packages, and updating hazardous materials procedures manuals.
4. Hazardous Materials Management
The purpose of the Hazardous Materials
Management team is to increase awareness on campus of the appropriate handling, storage and disposal practices for
hazardous materials, with an emphasis
on minimization. The team consists of
representatives of several departments
and faculties on campus. The team will
focus on providing the necessary information and resources to safely and responsibly handle hazardous materials,
and provide a forum for exchange of information and ideas. Hazardous materials
inventories and minimization audits will
be developed as part of the team's mandate. The objectives of this program are:
1. To ensure researchers have the necessary training and resources to safely
and responsibly handle hazardous
materials and wastes.
2. To increase awareness of the human
and environmental risks of hazardous materials used in research and
3. To encourage individuals to reduce
the use of hazardous materials by
promoting a shift to a minimization
ethic, and providing the tools necessary to reduce waste.
4. To provide a forum for transfer of
information on waste management and
environmental issues across campus.
5. Solvent Recovery Program
The long term objective of the solvent
recovery program is to implement procedures for the daily segregation, collection
and recovery of laboratory solvents for
reuse on campus. Common solvents targeted would include methanol, ethanol,
acetone, xylene and methylene chloride.
The aim of the program is to recover
15,000 litres annually after 3 years from
departments across campus. This would
produce a corresponding decrease in the
volume of solvent requiring disposal on
campus. After 3 years it is anticipated that
the program would be running as a cost
recovery operation. The project is currently recovering ethanol and xylene from
histology labs, and methanol from Botany.
6. Stiver Recovery Program
Currently, over 5000 litres per year of
waste photo developer and fixer solutions
are being generated on campus. These
streams contain recoverable concentra
tions of silver, and are banned from GVRD
sewers. This project was initiated to collect and recover silver from these waste
streams and reduce the silver content
below that required by regulations for
sewer disposal. Revenues from recovered
silver will cover program costs.
7. Chemical Exchange Program
UBC is undertaking a pilot study to evaluate the potential and effectiveness of a
chemical exchange program, where surplus chemicals can be exchanged rather
than disposed of. The program holds
promise to significantly reduce chemical
costs to individuals who participate.
8. Cost Recovery System for Hazardous Waste Disposal
Hazardous waste disposal at UBC is currently funded through the central operating budget. Alternatives are currently
being evaluated for implementing a cost
recovery system for hazardous waste disposal which will more fairly distribute
disposal costs, and provide incentives to
producers to reduce the use of hazardous
materials. A detailed discussion paper has
been developed and will be reviewed by the
Advisory Committee on the Environment.
9. Hazardous Materials Tracking and
Inventory System
Implementation of this program will
assist the University in regulatory compliance with regard to handling, storage, use and disposal of hazardous
materials. The inventory will also assist in identifying potential areas for
further environmental initiatives (i.e.
waste reduction). The program is also a
key component in monitoring and reviewing compliance with regulations.
The first stage ofthe tracking system is
currently being developed with a computerized hazardous waste tracking
system for inventory control and disposal cost recovery.
10. Hazardous Waste Facility Upgrade
A program to bring UBC's Hazardous
Waste Facility into compliance with
new emissions regulations has been
underway since 1988. The Manager,
Environmental Programs is currently
working with regulatory to address outstanding issues.
Where is UBC in the process?
The following Tables summarize the current status of UBC's Environmental Management Program, relative to the components identified in the previous section.
Percentage completion reported is an estimate only.
Define Purpose, Establish Plan and Commitment
A one year multi-stakeholder consultation
identified environmental objectives, and led to
implementation of an Environmental Compliance
Policy, and formation of the Environmental
Programs Department charged with implementing
environmental compliance programs.
The Environmental Compliance Policy is in place.
Strategic Plan
A strategic plan has been developed and reviewed
by the Board of Governors. The plan forms the
basis of the UBC Conformance Plan.
The Environmental Compliance Policy clearly
identifies responsibilities for environmental
compliance. Ongoing communication is required so
that individuals understand and accept those
Objectives and Targets
Objectives need to be clarified and communicated
to the UBC community through distribution of a
Conformance Plan. Performance measurement tools
for targets are being finalized.
Needs Identification
Underway as part of the development of priorities
forthe Environmental Auditing Program.
Risk Evaluation
Underway as part of the development of priorities
for the Environmental Auditing Program.
2. Ensure Capability
With formation of the Environmental Programs
Group the University has committed the human
resources necessary to develop and implement the
program. Human resources will be required from
departments to assist in auditing, and allow for
appropriate training. Resource allocations will be
reviewed as programs develop.
UBC staff are currently well trained in health,
safety, and hazardous materials management.
Significant effort is required in the area of
individual environmental responsibility and
regulatory requirements. Relevant training courses
are under development and will be implemented as
part ofthe strategic plan.
Information Systems
Requirements for information systems are well
defined, and alternatives have been identified.
Formalizing of information systems is underway.
3.        Evaluate, Learn, and Improve
Regulatory Review
Regulatory review has been an early focus of the
Environmental Programs Group. Existing
regulatory components need to be summarized.
Significant work is required to determine impact of
proposed legislation on UBC.
System Assessments
System assessments, including environmental
audits will require the largest single allocation of
resources for the environmental programs. Draft
procedures have been developed, and will be
finalized along with auditing priorities by the end
of 1994.
Requirements for reporting systems are well
defined. Formalizing of structures for internal,
external and regulatory reporting is expected to be
completed in 1994.
Continuous Improvement
Monitoring systems will be developed as an
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$825,000 thanks to the combined phone
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Faculty volunteers will continue calling
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faculty news and to ask for their support.
The Annual Fund faculty and staff appeal
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Funds and Awards.
"We'd like to thank everyone who has
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the faculty and staff appeal."
The Class Act appeal for graduating students kicked off recently with varsity and
intramural athletes participating as a group.
Students choose their own projects and give
through three-year pledges to the university.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held last
month for the expansion of the
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St. Andrew's Hall, located at 6040 Iona Dr.,
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The $7.6-million project will enable St. Andrew's
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The St. Andrew's child-care facility will serve
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The Report on Philanthropy is UBC's first
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foundations and individuals to the university
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The report also earned a bronze award from
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and the planning process.
At its Dec. 1 meeting, UBC's
Board of Governors adopted the
GVRD agreement and also
adopted, in principle, some steps
to guide physical planning. (Full
details ofthe agreement and the
planning principles can be found
in a supplement to this issue of
UBC Reports.)
These steps, or planning principles, are based on several sources
including the Spaxman report, and
reflect the university's priorities.
UBC will draw up a set of land
use and development objectives
that are consistent with these
principles. The objectives will
form the basis on which the
GVRD will development the Official Community Plan.
A draft of these objectives will
be published for review in the
Jan. 12 issue of UBC Reports.
Recognizing that UBC is not
like a private land owner or developer, the GVRD will not adopt
zoning bylaws and building regulations for the campus. Instead,
UBC will continue to administer
its own land use and building
processes, but within the framework ofthe GVRD plan.
Until now, the campus and
adjacent areas were the only parts
ofthe GVRD's electoral area A not
covered by a community plan.
Public participation will be "an
integral part of the preparation"
ofthe GVRD plan, according to the
agreement. A planning advisory
committee of citizens, appointed
after consultation with public interest groups, adjacent planning
authorities and UBC, will advise
the regional district on the plan.
A technical committee of civic,
provincial and university staff
will also offer advice to a GVRD-
appointed consultant preparing
the plan.
A draft plan will be published for
public review before a final version
is submitted to a public hearing.
The GVRD's plan is expected
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The recipients for 1994 are:
William Cullen. Chemistry.
an inorganic chemist best known
for his work  on  the
biogeochemistry of arsenic;
James Enns, Psychology, who studies
visual attention as a
developmental process
that is essential for language acquisition and
Donald Fleming,
Chemistry, a pioneer
of studies using
muonium atoms to probe chemical effects in molecular reactions;
Lawrence Green, director of
the Institute of Health Promotion Research, a leader in the
study of modifying human behaviour to
health and
who combines social
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1 o s o p h y
and cultural studies to reshape the theoretical structure
of human geography;
John McNeil, dean ofthe Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,
who conducts research on the
effects of diabetes and is exploring the potential of vanadium as
a substitute for insulin;
Robert Molday. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who
is at the forefront of techniques
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rod cells;
Pitman Potter, Law, who examines questions about the role
of law in modern China, arguing
that it remains largely a tool for
state action;
Veronica Strong-Boag, director ofthe Centre for Research in
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will contribute enormously to the
effectiveness of this university
in bridging the gap between
health research and practice,"
said Larry Green, director ofthe
"This bridging between university research and community
programs, the private sector and
the public is an important part
of the institute's mission. We
also see the potential in this
merger to forge new
understandings of the wellness
end ofthe health continuum."
Hansen, a paraplegic since
the age of 15, raised $26 million
during his Man in Motion World
Tour, wheeling 40,000 kilometres across 34 countries on four
continents between 1985 and
In 1989, Hansen was appointed as a special consultant
on disabilities to UBC President
David Strangway and helped
establish the Disability Resource
Centre on campus which promotes the full participation of
people with disabilities in post-
secondary education.
With his support, the Rick
Hansen National Fellow Program
was created at UBC in 1990 to
foster international awareness
of the potential of people with
Women's Studies and Gender
Relations, who is helping to rewrite Canadian and women's
history: and
Woodside. History,
a major figure in the
interpretation of
Southeast Asian
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Also recently announced are the
winners ofthe Izaak
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The fellowships top up fac
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sabbatical leave by up to $ 15.000
and also allow a $3,000 grant for
research and travel expenses.
The fellowship winners are:
Taki Mathopoulos. Electrical
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Tel. 285-2477. UBC Reports ■ December 15, 1994 11
T-bird keen to meet
fellow Czechs on ice
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
As a young hockey fan growing up in
the former Czechoslovakia, Pavel
Suchanek used to marvel at the way the H.K.
Litvinov team dominated the Czech First
However, there will
be no stars in
Suchanek's eyes when
H.K. Litvinov takes to
the ice at the
Thunderbird Winter
Sports Stadium Dec.
28-30 for the 1994 Father Bauer Classic.
Suchanek, a second-year Agricultural
Economics student, is
into his second season
as a member of the
Thunderbird hockey
team and is looking
forward to giving the
Czech players a run for
their money.
"It will be a great challenge playing a
team from the Czech republic again,"
said the 21-year-old defenceman.
'They're very skilled players, but we
might be a little bigger and stronger."
Suchanek himself has had to play a
little bigger, stronger style of hockey, first
as a member of the Junior A Kelowna
Spartans, since arriving in Canada four
years ago from his hometown of Opava.
"Hockey in Canada is a much more
physical game. That's the biggest adjustment I've had to make since arriving in
Suchanek spent two years with the
Kelowna Spartans before passing over a
Pavel Suchanek
scholarship from the University of Alaska
at Fairbanks to come to UBC in 1993. He
wasn't eligible to join the T-Birds until
January, and he did so somewhat out of
shape and a step behind his teammates
as a result of his mid-
season arrival.
"I was relieved
when my first season
was finally behind
me. I could concentrate on improving my
play this year. The
team is doing better
and I believe I am, as
Suchanek's contribution to UBC's 7-6-
1 record so far this
year  includes  two
goals and seven assists.    He feels he's
adjusted well to the
physical   brand   of
Canadian   hockey,
but he'd like to improve   his  offensive
"Coach Mike Coflin has given me the
opportunity to rush the puck and take a
turn on the power play.  I'd like to score
more goals for the team," he said.
Suchanek's next opportunity to score
more goals will come against H.K. Litvinov.
The Czech team will be joined in the
Father Bauer Classic by the University of
Alberta and York University, making this
the strongest group of teams to compete
in this tournament, said T-Bird coach
Mike Coflin.
'The presence of Alberta and York, two
teams with strong Canadian
Interuniversity Athletic Union traditions,
and a world class European club, will
make the tournament very competitive."
Women's volleyball team
enjoys strong season start
by Abe Hefter
Staff writer
Six league games into the 1994-95
Canada West season, the UBC women's
volleyball team has already shown a 400
per cent improvement over last year's
total number of victories.
However, first-year coach Doug Reimer
isn't ready to pop any
champagne corks just
"With a record of 4-
and-2, this team has
shown a dramatic
turnaround from last
year's season, which
saw the club win only
one of 16 league
games," said Reimer,
who joined the T-Birds
this year after five years
as head coach at the
University ofWinnipeg.
"Although a playoff
spot is very much attainable as we approach the mid-way
point of the campaign,
we are in an extremely
tight race."
Reimer isn't used to losing, and so far
his players are enjoying the same kind of
success he experienced in Winnipeg,
where he came away with a national
championship in 1993.
He credits the team's turnaround to
the play of two veteran performers who
joined the T-Birds this season.
Team captain Leanne Sander is as
skilled a power hitter as you'll find in the
Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union.
She has emerged as a team leader after
starring with the University of Saskatchewan.
"National team member Joanne Ross,
a 6-foot-4 middle blocker from Montreal,
is another player who has had a real
Reimer knew he had a contending
team on his hands
even before the start
ofthe regular season
in November. After
finishing seventh in
an exhibition tournament in Winnipeg in
October, the T-Birds
bounced back two
weeks later to finish
third in aToronto preseason tourney.
"I was confident I
was looking at the
development of a contending team. But it
takes time for players to gel as a group,
and it was important
for them to see that
result against the
best in the country," said Reimer.
The Thunderbirds, currently in second place in Canada West and ranked
sixth nationally, return to action Jan.
5-6 on the road against the University of Saskatchewan. The team returns home Jan. 12 for a game against
the University of Victoria, before playing host to the University of Alberta,
currently ranked number two in the
Doug Reimer
by staff writers
David Nelson, an MSc student in the Faculty of Medicine's Dept. of
Medical Genetics, is the recipient ofthe 1994 Graduate Research Prize.
Nelson received a cash prize and plaque for his poster which explores
the behaviour and control of the repetitive DNA element HERV-H, a
retrovirus embedded in the DNA of all human cells.
Some retroviruses are cancerous and have induced sarcomas, leukemias,
lymphomas and mammary carcinomas in rats.  Sponsored by the Kinetek
Biotechnology Corporation, the award recognizes excellence among the
faculty's graduate student poster and oral presentations submitted to the
Health Sciences Student Research Forum held annually during Health
Sciences Week.
The forum is designed to give students the opportunity to present their
research work in a formal setting.
Nelson, whose work was selected from 21 graduate student and presentations, was honoured at a luncheon on Oct. 25.
• • • •
Assoc. Prof. Rosemary Knight has been named the Canadian Geophysical Union's Distinguished Lecturer for 1995.
Knight is the fourth lecturer and the first from UBC to be selected for
the nationwide series, which was established to communicate research
results to the university community and the public.
She will begin a nationwide lecture tour of Canadian
universities, including UBC, early next year.
Knight joined UBC in 1987 and currently holds a
joint position in the departments of Geophysics and
Astronomy and Geological Sciences.
Her area of research is rock physics, which provides
a link between geophysics and geology. Her approach
is to conduct controlled geophysical measurements in
the laboratory on characterized geological samples and
then develop the theories that link the geophysical
measurements to the geological materials.
A recent area of research is the use of ground-
penetrating radar for ground water applications.
Knight and her students collect radar data at the earth's surface, then use
their laboratory and theoretical results to locate and estimate the properties
of ground water aquifers.
Economics Prof. John Helliwell has received an honorary degree from
the University of Guelph in Ontario. He received a Doctor of Letters for
his work as one of Canada's outstanding economists.
University of Guelph officials cited Helliwell for his 28 years of outstanding
scholarly work since receiving his doctorate from Oxford University in 1966.
He has published more than 130 significant, innovative books and papers,
as well as numerous book reviews and conference presentations.
Helliwell has also spent considerable time in policy-making circles.  While
still a graduate student, he served as a member of the research staff of two
Royal Commissions and has since been an adviser to the Bank of Canada,
the Department of Finance, and numerous other policy-making bodies and
He has been named a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, officer of the
Order of Canada and president of the Canadian Economics Association.
• • • •
Prof. Craig Riddell, head ofthe Economics Dept., is the co-winner ofthe
Doug Purvis Memorial Prize for a work of excellence on Canadian
economic policy.
Riddell and David Card of Princeton University were awarded the prize for
their 1993 paper, A Comparative Analysis on Unemployment in Canada and
the United States, at the annual meeting of the Canadian Economics Association.
The Doug Purvis Foundation is a non-profit, registered charitable foundation dedicated to the support of excellence in the study and critical analysis
of issues related to Canadian economic policy.  Doug Purvis was a Queen's
University educator and one of Canada's leading policy economists.
Axel Meisen, dean of the Faculty of Applied Science, has been awarded the Merit Order for
Distinguished Service by the Government of Peru's
Ministry of External Relations.
The award is in recognition of Meisen's contributions
to engineering education in that country.
Meisen has also become Chair of the National
Council of Deans of Engineering and Applied Science
(NCDEAS), an organization that has 33 members and
represents all engineering faculties and schools in Canada.
The deans are responsible for engineering education,
research and, increasingly, continuing education of
practising engineers. NCDEAS has a strong commitment to education and to the creation and application
of commercially important research and development.
Debora Sweeney, manager of Donor Relations and Communications for
the Development Office, has been seconded for 11 months to organize
and manage the 1995 UBC Open House, to be held Oct. 13-15.
Sweeney will work with Chuck Slonecker, director of University Relations,
who is chair of Open House '95. Her secondment took effect Dec. 1.
During this period, Ron Burke is acting manager of Donor Relations and
Communicatons. Sweeney will retain responsibility for development of the
university's Corporate Sponsorhip Program.
The last Open House was held in March, 1990 to celebrate UBC's 75th
anniversary and attracted an estimated 200,000 visitors over three days.
Sweeney, who has an extensive background in media and public relations
and events organizing, previously worked as associate director of public
affairs at the University of Toronto, in UBC's Community Relations Office
and as a television and radio reporter for the CBC. 12 UBC Reports • December 15, 1994
A Parting Jot
The work of WJ. Stankiewicz in review
Charles Ker photo
by Charles Ker
Staff writer
Leafing through a draft of the soon-
to-be released book, Jottings, W.
J. Stankiewicz's guest stops and
reads aloud: "Relativism brands any
real conviction as 'biased' and places
uninformed opinion on a par with
expert knowledge."
Bingo. This topic has obviously
struck a chord with the author who,
gesturing excitedly towards the manuscript, begins to affirm his own conviction that relativism is at the root of
what ails modern life.
In its refusal to recognize a hierarchy of values, Stankiewicz says that
relativism promotes chaos by clouding
the distinction between right and
Advancing this notion further, the
veteran UBC political philosopher
alludes to TV news panels in which
views are routinely presented and
discussed, but no conclusion reached
or direction given. Says Stankiewicz:
"In university life, seminars give
students a forum to present opinions
for academic exercise, but when this is
done through media to educate society
it becomes a kind of non-education."
Stankiewicz's thoughts on relativism are just one aspect of his
political philosophy under scrutiny
during a special two-day colloquium to
be held in January. Since the writing of
his 1952 PhD thesis. Politics and
Religion in 17th Century France,
through to Jottings (his 20-year
collection of aphorisms), Stankiewicz
has challenged readers to think about
the political issues of the day in
philosophical terms. From the start, he
has set out to remind political and
social scientists that life's great questions revolve around values: they, more
than anything, determine our
motivations and actions.
Born in Warsaw in 1922,
Stankiewicz registered at the University
of Warsaw shortly before the German
invasion of Poland. At the age of 17, he
joined the Polish Army-in-Exile in
relativism/'rebti,viz(a )m/ n.
the doctrine that knowledge
is relative,  not absolute.
relativist n.
- The Concise Oxford Dictionary
France and escaped to Britain following
the French collapse. "Watching Hitler
grab one part of Poland and Stalin
another brought me in quick contact
with two totally different totalitarian
regimes," said Stankiewicz, who later
saw a year of active service as an
artillery officer during Europe's liberation. "I don't think a political philosopher can be
life in all its
including its
When the
war ended,
returned to
England to
complete his
doctorate in
philosophy at
the London
School of
Economics. A
teaching career at UBC ensued in 1957
and was punctuated with lecture tours
throughout continental Europe,
Scandinavia, Southern Africa, Australia, India and Taiwan. Along the way
he witnessed a lingering revolution in
Ethiopia after the dethronement of
Emperor Haile Selassie (1974), civil war
in Rhodesia (1976) and guerilla warfare
during Namibian elections in 1978
where he acted as an international
observer. Stankiewicz drew on these
experiences to write 15 books analysing
and assessing the validity of basic
concepts in political philosophy.
Unlike many political scientists of
his generation - who turned to
polling, statistics and 'behavioural' methodologies to understand
society's political and social fibre -
Stankiewicz chose to pin his understanding on "the huge literature and
accumulated wisdom" developed by
classical political philosophers since
Plato and Aristotle. By constantly
weaving together philosophical assumptions with concepts such as
sovereignty, social contract, natural
and positive law, he conducts a dialogue with readers, forcing them to
think in philosophical terms about
interconnected ideas. Meshed with
these is relativism, which Stankiewicz
sees as the dominant mood of our time.
To illustrate how his
encircle a
topic and
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ attack it from
many sides,
draws a
pattern in the
air. He says
who are more
inclined, or
tend to
linear prose.
prose goes
like this," says Stankiewicz, dragging
his finger in a straight line from left to
right. "It is what it says and nothing
else. There is no reading between the
lines. It doesn't make you think about
what the various implications might
tankiewicz has encircled a diversity of topics, issues and ideas in
a trilogy called Relativism in
Politics. The project covers three areas
of political theory: classical concepts
(Aspects of Political Theory, 1976);
theories of democracy (Approaches to
Democracy, 1980), and political
ideologies (In Search of a Political
Philosophy, 1993). The last volume
consists of four treatises which
Stankiewicz refers to as "a disquisition
on conservatism, a dissection of
liberalism, an indictment of socialism
and an obituary of Communism."
Apart from political theory, his
works delve into economics (Institu
tional Changes in the Post-War
Economy of Poland, 1955), international relations (Canada-U.S. Relations
& Canadian Foreign Policy, 1973),
cultural history (The Tradition of Polish
Ideals, 1981) as well as two anthologies
on British government.
Leading up to the trilogy project
was a critical anthology on
sovereignty, another central
concept which Stankiewicz considers
fundamental to modern-day political
thought. Far from being an outdated
notion of the past (as some contemporary thinkers claim), he views sovereignty as an antidote for the "disease"
called relativism. By introducing an
ultimate decision-maker into the
political process, sovereignty recognizes
the importance of authority in replacing society's lack of direction with a
sense of purpose.
An emeritus professor since 1987,
Stankiewicz says some critics have
found his scholarly treatises hard to
read because the prose is tight, but for
that he makes no apology. Of course,
the thoughts and aphorisms expressed
in Jottings (to be published in a dual
Czech/English edition) are tight by
nature. Says Stankiewicz: "With
aphorisms, to explain too much loses
the punch so you must be as precise as
in poetry."
As 10 peers from Canada and the
United States prepare to assess his
lifetime achievement at the Green
College colloquium, Stankiewicz leaves
them to contemplate a parting jot:
"With the advent of political correctness, the Age of Imbecility has reached
a new high. Suddenly we all find
ourselves making what is perceived as
'errors' and are assailed by a host of
hidden inhibitions. Beware of the
coming of the new age of intolerance."
(Sponsored by the Dept. of Political
Science and the Polish Institute of Arts
and Sciences, the colloquium "The
Political Philosophy of W.J. Stankiewicz"
will be held at Green College on Jan. 6
and 7. For more information call 822-


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