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Pres. Kenny addresses national unity issue
UBC's president. Dr. Douglas
Kenny, has called on British Columbians to realize that "we are truly
involved" in the issue of national unity
and urged that we formulate "our own
positive idea of the Canadian future."
Speaking at a meeting of the Vancouver Rotary Club on Tuesday (Oct.
11), President Kenny said it concerned
him greatly that "Western Canada's
viewpoint on our country's future is
not being expressed as loudly and as
clearly as I would like."
Canada, the president said, must
not delude itself that the issue is one
of economics. "Canada is about the
cultural issue."
Quebec, he continued, "could survive as a separate state. Nobody is
going to frighten the separatists with
the spectre of economic disaster. The
economic issues may be a snare and a
delusion. Accommodation is attainable
much more easily economically in
Canada than culturally."
Posing the question, "What are the
common cultural matters that hold
Canada together?". President Kenny
said he believed that the federal presence in cultural affairs has helped to
hold the country together.
He advocated more federal presence
on cultural fronts because "there is
more   than   a   subtle   benefit   to   be
Vol. 23, No. 12, Oct. 12, 1977. Published by Information Services, University of B.C., 2075
Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. ISSN 0497-2929. J. A. Banham and Judith
Walker, editors.
This odd-looking apparatus is no Rube Goldberg device; it's a model of a totally
biological method of processing raw sewage which is undergoing tests in UBC's
Department of Civil Engineering under the watchful eye of graduate student
Harvey Dew, above, and Prof. William Oldham. The process, known as the
Bardenpho method, eliminates nitrogen and phosphorus, which encourage the
growth of algae, by controlling bacteria that are naturally present in raw waste
water. The method is now in use in South Africa and is being tested here to
determine whether it will function efficiently at low temperatures. Prof. Oldham
thinks the method might be effective in controlling algae growth in the Okanagan
lakes in B.C.'s interior. Picture by Jim Banham.
gained from cultural activities that by
their very nature force people in different areas to be interested in the
same thing. That's what national
identity is, in part."
President Kenny said Canada's recent dramatic advance in cultural activity — plays, concerts, the ballet,
music, literature — was attributable
largely to the federal presence.
"I'm fearful," he continued, "that
Ottawa will capitulate on cultural
issues. If this happens, then it may
well be the biggest single blow to
President Kenny said he remained
optimistic about Canadian unity, because "we seem to be able to face our
problems with more discontent than
despondency, more concern than
anger, more apprehension than panic."
He said that Canadians have placed
a premium on the bargaining skills of
their political leaders. "One of Mackenzie King's firm beliefs was that the
leaders of Canada had to be conciliators. Hopefully, our citizens, as well as
our political leaders, will be conciliators on this issue."
Finally, the president said,  "I  believe that Canadians have faith in the
tomorrow of their nation."
Continued on p. 2
UBC number one
again and again
For the fifth year in a row UBC has
emerged number one in a national
survey of the percentage allocation of
funds for academic purposes in 23
Canadian universities with enrolments
of 6,000 or more.
The survey, conducted annually by
the Canadian Association of University
Business Officers, shows that in the
fiscal year ending in 1976, UBC
allocated 85.2 per cent of its budget
for academic and associated academic
Associated academic purposes
includes the UBC library system,
computing services and student
The same survey shows that UBC
ranked lowest of the 23 universities in
the percentage of funds allocated for
administration, plant maintenance ar.d
general expenditures.
UBC allocated 14.8 per cent of its
budget in these areas, made up of 4
per cent for administration and general
expenditures and 10.8 per cent for
physical plant maintenance. Cultural differences important
The United Way
Continued from p. 1
Earlier in his speech, the president
said that what is good about Canada
does not lie in its standard of living, its
geographical vastness or its material
wealth. "The cause or greatness of our
nation is not to be found in its real
Canadians, he said, "shall be remembered by the ideas and values we
hold, for ideas and values are the
important determiners of all societies.
They lie at the root of what any
nation decides to do at a given moment in time, and they are the measures
of what is good about a society. The
greatness of Canada lies in its ability to
live by the standards, ideas and values
on which the nation was founded."
In part, he continued, Canada's
birth was based on the rejection of the
American Revolution and of America's
manifest destiny, whereas "Canadians
wished to remember their past and
preserve it."
This is why, he said, "Quebec has
such a strong determination to retain
its French culture.
"It was an article of faith to our
founding fathers that the francophone
Quebecois would have a secure community, with their own language, religion, culture and history. Similarly,
English-Canadians were determined to
remember their past and to preserve it.
How else can one account for the
strong  emotions  shown  over the re
moval of the Union Jack from our
national flag?"
Illogical as it may seem to us or to
outsiders, the president said, "Canadian unity is predicated on the maintenance of the cultural differences
within the two solitudes."
On many points. President Kenny
said, Canadians can feel that their
country has obtained greatness.
The record shows, he said, that
Canadians are benevolent to others,
especially to the less fortunate regions
of the country.
"Citizens in richer regions are prepared to be taxed because of the
humanitarian conviction that all Canadians are entitled to decent standards
of education, health and welfare. Provincial disparities in educational attainment, health care and social welfare
are rapidly narrowing."
Canadians can also feel they have
obtained greatness, the president said,
because we have an independent judiciary and strong beliefs in freedom of
ideas, which has led to a free press,
and freedom of choice, with open-
ended opportunities for upward social
Finally, he said, Canadians can feel
they have achieved greatness because
"Canadians are trusted and respected
by other countries because of our
dedication to peace and our willingness to share our bounty with others."
Senate and Board of Governors
make plans for new faces
UBC's Senate will set dates when it
meets tonight for elections that will
result in a reconstituted Board of
Governors and Senate in 1978.
The terms of office of 14 of the 15
members of the Board of Governors
expire at the end of January. Campus
constituencies will go to the polls to
elect two members of the faculty, two
students and one member of the
employed staff to the Board.
The term of office of UBC's
chancellor, Donovan Miller, who sits
on both the Board and the Senate, also
expires at the end of January. The
chancellor is elected by Convocation,
made up of the graduates of the
The terms of office of eight Board
members appointed by the
Lieutenant-Governor in Council (the
provincial cabinet) also expire at the
end of January.
President Douglas Kenny will
continue as an ex officio member of
2/UBC Reports/Oct. 12, 1977
the new Board when it holds its first
meeting in February.
A total of 70 positions on the
84-member Senate, UBC's academic
parliament chaired by President
Kenny, will be filled through elections
by faculty members, students and
Convocation. The terms of office of
four senators appointed by the
Lieutenant-Governor in Council also
expire at the end of March.
The reconstituted Senate will hold
its first meeting in April.
Meanwhile, UBC faculty members
have elected Prof. Charles McDowell,
head of the Department of Chemistry,
to serve on the Board for the balance
of the term of Prof. William Webber,
who resigned following his
appointment as dean of the Faculty of
Medicine on July 1.
The other faculty member
currently serving on the Board is Prof.
Gideon Rosenbluth of the Department
of Economics.
more than money
Last year, UBC people gave
$65,000 to the United Way campaign,
about 1.3 per cent of the total
campaign contributions. About 10 per
cent of all UBC faculty and staff
pledged money to the United Way
through the UBC campaign.
Those are pretty cold figures
though, and don't reflect all that UBC
really contributed to the campaign to
raise money for helping agencies in the
Lower Mainland.
Endless hours of typing, printing
labels, stuffing, labelling and mailing
pledge cards to all faculty and staff on
campus, sorting the return cards,
sending pledges through the campus
mail, payroll alterations.
This is a yearly thing at UBC.
Norman Housden, the man from
Finance who has co-ordinated the
UBC United Way drive for the last
four years, must have it down to a
science by now. "We got the last of
the pledge cards out in campus mail
this morning," he told UBC Reports
last week, "and we'll be seeing the first
of the returns soon." By the end of
the second day of last year's campaign,
$28,000 had been pledged.
The finance department absorbs the
cost of the envelopes and paper spent
trying to encourage UBC people to
help the United Way. Also the cost, in
terms of time, of assigning five people
to the task of getting the pledge cards
out to 5,200 faculty and staff. UBC is
probably the largest single donor to
the Lower Mainland United Way
The deadline date for payroll
deduction pledges is Nov. 1.
UBC people make
UBC is not only involved in the
United Way at money-raising time.
UBC people are scattered
throughout the various advisory
committees which are associated
with the United Way. This year's
president of the United Way of
Greater Vancouver is UBC law
professor Dr. D. J. MacDougall. Dr.
Bryan Clarke, a professor in Special
Education, is a member of the
Board of Directors. Prof. William
Nicholls in Social Work is an ex
officio  member of the Board of Research funding—more bad news than good
First, the good news.
UBC got more money for research
last year. Awards were up 6.4 per cent
over the previous year for a record
total of $17,074,743.
And now for the bad news.
Inflation continued to take a
serious toll on the available money.
Merely to bring UBC's 1976-77
research funds up to the level of grants
made in 1970-71 would have required
an additional $3,022,966.
These were the major points
contained in a report on 1976-77
research funding made to UBC's Board
of Governors last week by research
administrator Dr. Richard Spratley.
As part of his report. Dr. Spratley
included a table that showed how
research dollars have been eroded over
the seven years from 1970-71 to
The table showed that the
$17,074,743   research-grant   total   in
Three members of UBC's Faculty of Agricultural Sciences honored recently by
professional groups are, left to right: Prof. L. M. Staley, first winner of the Maple
Leaf Award of the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineers "in recognition of
outstanding personal qualities, professional abilities and achievements in advancing the goals of the society and the profession of agricultural engineering"; Prof.
Beryl March, who was named a fellow of the international Poultry Science
Association; and Dr. J. F. Richards, winner of the Institute Award of the
Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology, for an outstanding
contribution to that organization.
the United Way a year-round thing
Directors and has served on many
of the United Way committees.
Several UBC people are members
of the Social Planning and Review
Committee which has made major
recommendations to Human
Resources Minister Bill
Vander Zalm. Among the members
are Dr. Richard Splane. Social
Work; Dr. Chris McNiven, Social
Work; Dr. Henry Hightower,
Community and Regional Planning;
and Dr. MacDougall.
A former member of SPARC is
Mary Hill of UBC's School of Social
Work, who is now working with the
Pre-Retirement Planning
Committee along with Dr. Vance
Mitchell of Commerce and Business
Drs. McNiven and Hightower are
also part of the task force on family
violence. Dr. Larry Shulman, Social
Work, works with Groups for
Batterers, a sub-committee of that
task force, and UBC pediatrics
professor Dr. Syd Segal is involved
with the Child Abuse Working
1976-77 was worth only $10,163,537
in terms of 1970-71 dollars.
Calculations were made using the
implicit price index for gross national
Dr. Spratley also reported that
changes in federal-government funding
policies has resulted in the emergence
of a new pattern of support for
"While grants from the granting
councils are up slightly," he said,
"those from other federal departments
and agencies are down, apparently
reflecting a conviction that university
research support should be centralized
in the councils.
"This has had the effect of
gradually decreasing funding of
a p p I i e d - r e s e a re h by the
mission-oriented   (federal)   agencies."
Despite this, Dr. Spratley said,
there appears to be an overall trend
toward applied research at the expense
of basic research. "This trend will be
accelerated by a recent National
Research Council decision to reserve a
significant part of its- budget increase
for the support of projects in areas of
defined national priority."
Support of UBC by provincial
government ministries continues at
very low levels. Dr. Spratley said.
"However, the creation of a research
secretariat within the provincial
government at least opens the way to a
more rational approach to the
provincial responsibility for research."
The report also notes that support
from Canadian foundations increased
in 1976-77 "and has alleviated at least
part of the serious problem in the
funding of medical research."
He described increased support by
Canadian and U.S. companies as
"gratifying" and adds: "Hopefully this
trend will continue as UBC researchers
continue to increase their interaction
with industry."
The federal government continues
to be the largest contributor to UBC
research. Funds received from this
source totalled $11,637,589 in
1976-77, making up 68.1 per cent of
total research funds.
Canadian companies and
foundations were the next largest
contributors, contributing 17.7 per
cent of the total.
UBC faculties that spent more than
$1 million on research in 1976-77
were Science - $5,208,523; Medicine -
$4,785,932; Applied Science -
$2,064,919; Arts - $1,214,674;
Graduate Studies - $1,204,253; and
Agricultural Sciences - $1,034,944.
UBC Reports/Oct. 12, 1977/3 NEXT WEEK AT UBC
Notices must reach Information Services, Main Mall North Admin. Bldg., by mail, by 5 p.m. Thursday of week preceding publication of notice
vANc6uve!r IklsTltuf e
Saturday, Oct. 15
Norman Hacking, author and journalist, speaks on The Romance of
Vancouver Harbor.
Saturday, Oct. 22
Leslie Bewley, senior trial judge, County of Vancouver, speaks on
Parole, Public Safety and the Administration of Justice.
Lectures are at 8:15 p.m. in Lecture Hall 2, Woodward Instructional
Resources Centre.
3:00 p.m. MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY. Judith  Gould
presents An Introduction to Cloissone. 6393 N.W.
Marine Dr.
12:30 p.m. CANCER   RESEARCH   SEMINAR.   Don   McRae,
Cancer Research Centre, UBC, on The Induction of
Sister Chromatid Exchanges by Mutagenic Agents.
Library, Medical Sciences Building Block B.
3:30 p.m. MANAGEMENT   SCIENCE  SEMINAR.   Prof.   C.
Clark, Mathematics, UBC, on The International
Whaling Industry in the 20th Century. Room 312,
Angus Building.
Marriner, Mechanical Engineering graduate student,
on Acoustic Radiation from Struts in Flows. Room
1215,  Civil and Mechanical  Engineering Building.
4:00 p.m. BIOCHEMICAL    DISCUSSION    GROUP.    David
Cribbs, Biochemistry, UBC, on Viroids. Lecture
Hall 3, Woodward Instructional Resources Centre.
4:30 p.m. ZOOLOGY    SEMINAR.    Dr.    Karl    M.    Wilbur,
Zoology, Duke University, North Carolina, on
Cells, Crystals and Skeletons. Room 2000,
Biological Sciences Building.
12:30 p.m. BOTANY SEMINAR. Emanual Epstein, Land, Air
and Water Resources, University of California at
Davis, on Toward Seawater-Based Crop
Production. Room 3219, Biological Sciences.
W. Clark, Mathematics, UBC, on Some
Mathematical Models in Renewable Resource
Management. Room 402, MacLeod Building.
3:30 p.m. OCEANOGRAPHY SEMINAR. Bill Cave, Institute
of Oceanography, UBC, on Biological Availability
of Metals in the Juan de Fuca Strait. Room 1465,
Biological Sciences Building.
English, UBC, on Brother-Sister Incest: Sexuality
in Byron, Emily Bronte and Ibsen. Penthouse,
Buchanan Building.
4:30 p.m. CHEMISTRY     SEMINAR.     Prof.     J.     Halpern,
Chemistry, University of Chicago, on Free Radical
Mechanisms in Organometallic Chemistry. Room
250,  Chemistry  Building.
7:30 p.m. MUSEUM     OF     ANTHROPOLOGY.     Elisabeth
Kardos presents a slide/lecture on Chinese Snuff
Bottles in conjunction with an exhibit at the
museum. 6393 N.W. Marine Dr.
9:00 p.m. UBC   PUBLIC   AFFAIRS.   Host   Gerald   Savory,
UBC Centre for Continuing Education, discusses
The Canadian Unity Question: The Ontario
Perspective with Dr. Charles Humphries, History,
UBC. Channel 10, Vancouver Cablevision.
12 noon PHARMACOLOGY SEMINAR. Dr. Rudolf Vrba,
Medicine, UBC, on Glucose, Plasma Proteins and
Cancer. Room 114, Block C, Medical Sciences.
12:30 p.m. NOON-HOUR  CONCERT.   Dale   Reubart,  piano;
John Loban, violin; and Jack Mendelsohn, cello,
play Music of Beethoven and Schumann. Recital
Hall, Music Building.
12:35 p.m. FREESEE  FILM SERIES presents America - A
Personal History of the United States with Alistair
Cooke. Third in this series is Making a Revolution.
Auditorium, Student Union Building. Free.
1:30 p.m. COMPUTING     CENTRE     SEMINAR.     John
Coulthard, Computing Centre, UBC, discusses the
Use of Magnetic Tape. Room 107, Computer
Sciences Building.
3:30 p.m. STATISTICS WORKSHOP. Dr. V. Farewell, Fred
Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle,
Wash., on The Estimation of Breast Cancer Risk:
An Exercise in Applied Statistics. Room 412,
Angus Building.
Christopher Turner, Slavonic Studies, UBC, on
Tolstoy's The Cossacks: The Question of Genre.
Penthouse, Buchanan Building.
Julius Kane, Animal Resource Ecology, UBC, on
The Psycho-Dynamics of Ecology. Room 2449,
Biological Sciences Building.
R.M.R. Branion, Chemical Engineering, UBC, on
Filtration as Applied to Paper Machines. Room
206, Chemical Engineering Building.
9:00 a.m. MEDICAL    GRAND    ROUNDS.    Dr.   Martin   M.
Hoffman,  Medicine,  McGill   University, Montreal,
on    Hypothyroidism,   Special    Clinical    Aspects.
Lecture Hall B, Vancouver General Hospital.
12:30 p.m. GREEN    VISITING    PROFESSOR.    Sir    Derek
Barton, Chemistry, University of London, on
Creative Thought in Chemistry. Hebb Theatre.
Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC, on Activation of
Acetyl-CoA Carboxylase. Room 365, Cunningham.
G. Gilmore, Dean of Women's Office, will be
available for counselling until 2:15 p.m. in the
Penthouse, Buchanan Building.
3:30 p.m. APPLIED SCIENCE SEMINAR. Dr.  Mabo R. Ito
and Dr. Peter Lawrence, Electrical Engineering,
UBC, on Introduction to Microcomputers. Room
1202,  Civil and Mechanical  Engineering Building.
3:45p.m. APPLIED      MATH      AND     STATISTICS
COLLOQUIUM. Prof. L. A. Mysak, Mathematics
and Oceanography, UBC, on The Variability of
Eastern Boundary Currents: Baroclinic Instability
or Resonant Interactions? Room 2449, Biological
Sciences Building.
4:00 p.m. PHYSICS COLLOQUIUM. J.  G.  Daunt,  Physics,
Queens University, Kingston, on Absorbed Films
of 3He and 4He at Low Temperatures. Room 201,
Hennings Building.
7:30 p.m. BIOMEMBRANES     GROUP     WORKSHOP     on
Techniques of Membrane Study. Main Floor
Reading Room, Pharmaceutical Sciences Building.
8:00 p.m. UBC    CHAMBER    PLAYERS   present    Chamber
Music of the Bach Family. Recital Hall, Music
9:00 a.m. PEDIATRICS GRAND ROUNDS. Dr. Gene Perrin,
Children's   Hospital,   Michigan,   and  Wayne State
University,    Detroit,    on    Current    Concepts   in
Perinatal Pathology. Lecture Hall B, VGH.
W. Lacey, King's Lynn General Hospital, Norfolk,
England, on the Significance of Penicillinase
Production on Antistaphylococcal Chemotherapy.
Lecture Hall 1, Woodward Instructional Resources
3:30 p.m. CHEMISTRY    SEMINAR.     Prof.     D.     Seebach,
Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule, Zurich,
Switzerland, on Synthesis of Optically Active
Compounds. Room 124, Chemistry Building.
Barrodale, Mathematics, University of Victoria, on
Best Approximation of Complex-Valued Data.
Room 301, Computer Sciences Building.
2:00 p.m.
FOOTBALL.   UBC Thunderbirds vs University of
Saskatchewan. Thunderbird Stadium.
4/UBC Reports/ Oct. 12, 1977


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