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 Gov't 'gift' handicaps
B.C. Resources Co. shares
may cut assistance funds
Some of B.C.'s underprivileged citizens might lose their
welfare benefits if they accept the Social Credit government's
"gift" of five free B.C. Resources Investment Corporation
Social assistance eligibility is
determined on the basis of a
person's assets and the shares could
be considered as an asset, disqualifying some recipients, Bruce
Eriksen,    Downtown   Eastside
Residents' Association presideni,
said Wednesday.
"Under present regulations, they
would have to be," Eriksen said
Wednesday, and added that
"stocks and bonds are statistically
listed as an asset." The BCRIC free
share deal was announced last
John Noble, deputy minister of
human resources, said Wednesday Eriksen was correct but added
that "regulations currently provide
exemptions up to certain limits."
If the value of the shares pushes
welfare recipients past the asset
limit that applies to them, then they
would become ineligible for social
assistance benefits.
Eriksen suggested that a large
number of people on unemployment insurance may have to apply
for   welfare   because   of   recent
tightening   of   unemployment   insurance regulations.
It will be difficult for many of
these people to qualify for welfare,
but it is certain that the BCRIC
shares could put them over the welfare allowable assets limit.
Asset limits vary according to
age, marital status, and whether or
not the person is judged employable:
• For a single employable person, under 55 years of age, the exemption is $160;
• for a single unemployable
person under 55 years of age, the
exemption is $500;
• for  employable  people with
dependents under 55 years of age,
the limit is $1,500;
• for a single employable person between the ages of 55-59, the
limit is $1,500;
• and for handicapped people
with dependents, the limit is $5,000.
Noble saiid it is possible that the
provincial government may circumvent the effect of the shares on welfare recipients' assets levels.
Welfare is a program in which both
the provincial and federal governments share costs.
"The province may make
changes to exempt the shares
without the approval of the federal
government," he said.
See page 7: SHARE
Vol. LXI, No. 40      VANCOUVER, B.C., THURSDAY, JANUARY 18, 1979
hit arts prof
EXCEDRIN HEADACHE NUMBER NINE: dull throbbing pain starting
in face and spreading through entire head. Induced by following incorrect
political line in words and deeds. Particularly common in Chile, Uganda,
Iran and other fun spots. Actually gruesome display is merely "living"
—barrie jones photo
sculpture in Lasserre building lobby, not Amnesty International
showpiece. But "Meat Masher", by third year fine arts student Brian
Tassell, captures essence of torture and murder as practised in many
repressive states.
Irate UBC legal students snub tow
Two UBC law students will take
the university to court to challenge
current parking ticket enforcement
Darrell O'Byrne, law 3, and
Malcolm MacLean, law 1, said
Wednesday they will challenge both
the authority of the campus patrol
to issue tickets and their right to
tow away the cars of students who
have not paid their parking fines.
O'Byrne charged that every year
many students pay tickets which the
university has no right to issue, but
added that the matter has never
been taken to court.
"Most students don't have the
confidence or background to
challenge the tickets. When a
student does challenge a ticket, they
(the university) give in," O'Byrne
The result is that the university
can continue to issue tickets of
questionable validity, he said.
O'Byrne said there are several
grounds for challenging the tickets,
but added that the best way to
avoid having your car towed away
is probably to take every ticket to
the patrol soon after receiving it.
"Students should be aware that
the regulations say that cars can
only be towed when the tickets are
ignored,  so  don't ignore them."
O'Byrne also criticized the
current appeal procedures, which
consist of writing a letter to the
traffic office.
"There should be an appeal to an
independent board which has
student members," O'Byrne said.
O'Byrne began preparing the
case after MacLean's car was towed
from a meter before the time had
expired. When MacLean tried to
recover the car, he was told that he
had three unpaid parking tickets
and that he could only recover the
car by paying $15 for the tickets
and $15 for the tow.
Although the fine for the tickets
was eventually reduced, MacLean is
still angry.
"Why do they have to tow? If
they're just regulating traffic, they
can collect tickets at registration.
"By towing the car for past
parking offences, they're verging
on extorting payment of the
tickets," MacLean said.
Both O'Byrne and MacLean said
they recognized the need to regulate
traffic on campus, and also said
there may be some cases when cars
which are creating a nuisance ought
to be towed.
Campus   patrol   officials
unavailable for comment.
UBC's political science department has unanimously agreed that
one of its tenured professors is a
"crackpot," shows contempt for
students, and is "a total piece of
A highly-placed department
source said Wednesday that not one
person within the department
deems professor W.J. Stankiewicz's
behavior as unacceptable and
members are currently wondering
what course of action to take.
"We're a very collective body.
What the hell can we do?" the
source said. "He's becoming
embarrassing; the word is slowly
seeping out.
"I'm ashamed of the department
and the minimal standards of
The source gave a long list of
student complaints against Stankiewicz and the serious abuses of
power he says the professor is guilty
• habitually arriving 10 minutes
late for class;
• giving students two assignments without handing back either
before the Christmas exam and not
handing back marks;
• assigning his own texts which
deal remotely with course material
as required reading;
• cancelling classes and rescheduling a Christmas exam;
• handing out course evaluation
sheets and declaring that he didn't
care what students wrote because he
wasn't going to look at them;
• giving "ridiculously low"
• creating an "utter inability"
for students to communicate with
him; and
• promoting his own books in
class and using names of prominent
university administrators in his
book forewords to add personal
The department source said he
was markedly upset by the professor's behavior and had received
about five student complaints this
academic year.
See page 2: PROF
Phony posters mar elections
Campaign irregularities have marred UBC's
student senate and board of governors elections for
the second consecutive year.
Posters listing arts undergraduate society supported
candidates, posters opposing the proposed new Alma
down AUS posters, she added.
The official arts poster and the bogus poster are
similar in wording and style except for the candidates'
names and the AUS designation.
EUS president Brian Short said Wednesday he did
not know who was involved in posting the fake
Mater Society constitution to be discussed at today's posters, but added that he was trying to finding out
special AMS general meeting, and campaign posters who did it
for board candidate Glenn Wong were torn down in
the Buchanan building Monday evening, AUS
president VaJgeet Johl charged Wednesday.
And bogus posters which claimed that arts students
supported the engineering undergraduate society slate
^f senate candidates were put up to replace the ripped
Short, who was supported by the fake poster, said
he condemns anyone who tore down the original
posters to replace them with doctored versions.
"Having my name on it, it's obviously somebody
who supports me," he added.
See page 7: AUS . Page 2
Thursday, January 18,  1979
Prof 'shell-shocks' students
From page 1
"He (Stankiewicz) must be
getting about $40,000. With people
in a bakery, if they can't bake a loaf
of bread properly, they get fired.
Why can't we do that? It's
He said one possible solution
would be to freeze the professor's
current salary, but added that this
action would not be accepted by the
faculty association.
When questioned about the
numerous allegations directed
against him, Stankiewicz said he
considered them an internal matter
and did not wish to discuss them.
"Is this a witch hunt or
something? I've been teaching here
for 21 years and there's never been
anything of this. It's a matter of ill
will," he said Wednesday.
One   of   Stankiewicz's   current
In the Jan. 11 edition of The
Ubyssey, the spokesman for the
Association of University and
College Employees local 1, was
incorrectly quoted as saying UBC
would be faced with "work slowdowns" if the SFU local was
legislated back to work.
Michelle McCaughran was also
quoted as saying the UBC local was
prepared to "work to rule" in
support of the SFU AUCE local if
the essential services amendments
were enforced.
What McCaughran said was
there were several alternatives a
union (not the UBC local) could use
to oppose the essential services
legislation, one of which was to
work to rule.
McCaughran says the union
currently has no intended plans of
action to oppose the new
In other errors, the president of
the Association of Teaching
Assistants, Dave Fuller, was quoted
in the Jan. 11 Ubyssey as saying the
association would vote Jan. 12 on a
proposal to endorse unionization.
That vote will take place this
Friday, Jan. 19.
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students, who asked not to be
identified, said Wednesday she
never would have taken his course
if she had known anything about
"I'm very disappointed with the
mark in my course. He's very unpredictable. I talked to one guy in
the class who said he was sorry he
took the course."
The department source said that
in the past students have transferred out of Stankiewicz's classes
after only one lecture. He said one
professor was horrified by the
"shell-shocked mass" left after a
course with Stankiewicz.
"There's an utter inability in
communicating with the guy. One
See page 8: POLI
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ADMINISTRATION BUILDING - George Peirson, Manager 224-1361 Thursday, January 18, 1979
Page 3
'Canada needs 100 clean nukes'
One hundred nuclear reactors
could take care of Canada's current
energy needs according to a UBC
But ideally Canada needs cleaner
energy resources than nuclear
reactors, plasma physicist Frank
Curzon said Monday.
"My ideal society is a society run
on renewable resources without
dirty coal, or nuclear reactors,
fission or fusion," said Curzon. He
added that nuclear energy can be a
stop gap until society finds
renewable energy sources.
Curzon told 13 people at International House that nuclear
power is the cheapest energy source
because it was investigated by the
U.S. after the Second World War.
"Let's look at the situation. You
can't believe what the oil companies
say. A lot of what they say is based
on their cash flow. Look at the
Canadian companies that would
like to sell natural gas. They say it's
a surplus when just a few years ago
they said there was a shortage."
- Curzon said the energy crunch is
not a matter of replacing fossil
fuels, but of having enough time to
develop an economically viable fuel
to replace them.
We have the technology to build
nuclear plants that would operate
for a maximum of 30 years,
produce electricity at 10 cents a
kilowatt hour and cost Canadians
$1 billion for each one, he added.
"One group in the U.S., the
American Labor Party for
example, believes that if you devote
five to 10 per cent of America's
GNP to develop fusion power
there'll be enough power to light up
the whole world."
But Curzon said nuclear power
plants are as dangerous as any other
energy source.
"You try to build safely, but you
also try to build economically and
sometimes you cut corners. The big
trouble with nuclear reactors is that
you've got fuel burning there."
Curzon said nuclear accidents
were unexpected, things like the
bolted plate incident in a Detroit
nuclear plant. The plate had been
bolted down instead of welded to
the floor; it shook loose with the
vibration of the machinery and fell
into the cooling system, almost
causing a disaster, he said.
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"AH YES! WHAT A DAY of effulgent sunshine. It was on a day such as
this that the McCafferty sisters murdered their mother with an axe!" Well
not quite.  But W. C.  Fields himself would admit that Vancouver's
—patricia mok photo
January weather has Philadelphia and practically all other spots east of
Rockies beat, especially when tennis is concerned. While easterners
freeze in blizzards, westerners frolic on UBC courts.
Committee to watch student services
A new standing advisory committee on student services has been
formed which will oversee and
coordinate student services' policy
at UBC.
Student senator Arnold Hedstrom said Wednesday the new
committee will coordinate housing,
counselling and all other student
services to insure that there is no
overlap of services and the services
available more fully aid students.
Hedstrom brought up the issue of
the status of housing director Mike
Davis at the committee's first
meeting Tuesday.
The student representative assembly demanded Davis'
resignation Jan. 10 for his handling
of the Gage Towers incident in
which residents dropped water
bombs and other objects from
Davis has said residents would
have to prove their innocence or
face eviction.
Hedstrom said the temporary
chairman of the committee, faculty
and student affairs vice-president
Erich Vogt, felt the status of Davis
was a management issue, not a
policy matter, and therefore
beyond the jurisdiction of the
Although Hedstrom agreed with
Vogt, he said there had been a
complete breakdown of communications over the issue and
added that something had to be
The committee members also
accepted a proposal calling for the
creation of a new administration
post solely responsible for  coor-
Senate stalls students
Senate excaped the tedium of rubber-stamping annual curriculum changes Wednesday night by
defeating student motions to reduce discrimination.
Law senator Eric Warren and student senator Dave
Coulson sought to refer scholarships which
discriminated according to sex to a policy committee.
Two awards were ear-marked for men only and one
for women only.
"We have an obligation to remember not to
discriminate against students because they are male or
female," Coulson said.
Commerce dean Peter Lusztig spoke against the motion saying that the only alternative would be to reject
the awards, and that such action should only be taken
if proposed awards were "particularly disturbing."
Coulson disagreed that the awards would have to be
rejected outright, but the motion was defeated when
all but the student senators voted against it.
Senate later defeated an attempt by Warren to
amend a proposal to "raise the standards of admission" in the education faculty by considering "non-
academic" factors in applicants such as "maturity, experience and indications of suitability for teaching."
Warren moved to delete the consideration of such
factors as providing an opportunity to discriminate on
irrelevant factors.
"These kinds of things are impossible to judge; very
subjective considerations are going to come up," Warren said.
Senate was nearly unanimous, however, in deleting a
clause which would have given preference to Canadian
citizens or landed immigrants.
dinating all student services, Hedstrom said.
Hedstrom said the student
services coordinator would be a
senior member in the administration reporting to Vogt and
would also act as the chairman of
the new standing advisory committee.
"Although the calibre of people
on the committee is extremely high,
the crucial factor for a successful
job is whether or not the committee
can extract more money for student
services," Hedstrom said.
About three per cent of the
university budget currently goes to
student services and most of that is
used to pay salaries, he added.
Vogt said the committee on
student services has been
established according to the recommendations of the White Report, a
study completed by UBC professor
Ruth White last year.
Vogt said the report included a
complete review of all student
services on campus and added that
the implementation of its recommendations will be the objective of
the new committee.
Vogt also said that the standing
committee formalizes the
previously informal flow of information to the administration on
student services.
"Any human system can go
wrong," said Curzon. "People
haven't been deliberately
misguided. It's no different than
any   other   commercial   activity."
Curzon claimed the dangers of
radioactivity were exaggerated.
"Undoubtedly you would see
deaths. Look at Hiroshima and
Nagasaki, a slightly enhanced risk
of leukemia, not as big as people
Curzon also claimed the increase
in radioactivity due to expanded
nuclear activity has not been
harmful to people.
"One of the things you have to
look at is death rate. You have to
get a significant rate."
Curzon said the problem about
energy production is that the
world's population and energy
consumption are increasing too
rapidly. Even solar energy harnessed on a large scale could change
the ecology of an area, he added.
"I think that all these problems
would be solved by drastic cuts in
population. If you have large
numbers of people doing anything
then you change the environment.
If the population of the world is
allowed to grow to 35 billion what
can we do?"
AUCE says
picket lines
hurting SFU
Canadian University Press
Effects of the continued rotating
strike by clerical workers at Simon
Fraser University might have a
greater long-term impact on the
university than the administration
admits, according to a union
Chris Eve, vice-president of the
Association of University and
College Employees local 2, said
criticisms of the union by university
negotiator Bill Yule are understated.
Yule has said the university has
fallen slightly behind in its payment
of accounts. Eve said the bursar's
office normally has about $400,000
of bills in process.
"As of Thursday that figure was
slightly in excess of $2 million,"
Eve said.
"Normally there are six people in
that office," he said. "On Friday
there were 11 trying to catch up."
Workers in eight departments returned to work Tuesday and gymnasium employees returned
Monday. About 100 of the 650-
member union are still on strike,
including workers in the registrar's,
bursar's and cashier's offices,
computing centre, financial aid,
duplicating services, and the offices
of the deans of science, chemistry,
biology and physics.
A newsletter published by the administration says the strike effects
included delaying publication of the
calendar so that it will not be ready
by the end of term in high schools.
Eve said the delay will mean a
drop in enrolment with a subsequent drop in funding from the
provincial government.
"Some students may not want to
attend a university with such a bad
history of labor relations," he said.
A general membership meeting is
scheduled for Thursday. If a
motion calling for pickets at the
computing centre is passed, then
strike action would be escalated
considerably, Eve said.
AUCE has asked for a four per
cent increase in the first year and a
six per cent increase in the second
year. The: administration has offered two and four per cent in the
first and second year respectively. Page 4
Thursday, January 18, 1979
Dirty tricks
It seems to happen every year.
Last year it was ballot stuffing by some members of the
engineering undergraduate society. Voters' lists were passed
around a few engineering classrooms and students signed away
their votes by proxy.
As a result Basil Peters was elected to the board of governors
under questionable  circumstances.
Two years ago another board candidate, Moe Sihota, had his
campaign posters defaced, ripped down and covered over by other
candidates campaign posters. Racial prejudice was suspected at
the time as Sihota is East Indian.
This year was no different from preceding years. Posters listing
the candidates supported by the arts undergraduate society were
torn down and replaced by bogus posters endorsing candidates
supported by the EUS, but still under the guise of being supported
by arts students.
Posters opposing the proposed new Alma Mater Society constitution were also torn down. Also, campaign posters for board
candidate Glenn Wong were torn down several hours after they
were put up.
How these actions influenced the final results of the elections
will never be known, but they do cast dark clouds over the validity
of the outcome.
It would be hoped that people attending this university would
not be so fanatically devoted to influencing elections on campus
that they would stoop to such measures.
One has to wonder if the perpetrators of these dirty tricks were
fully aware of their implications.
The university is not a place for such banana republic behaviour.
Certainly these elections have their importance, but not to the extent that people would resort to Watergate tactics to sway them.
Several of the Watergate conspirators were found to have gained their first experience in dirty politics while attending university.
Obviously they learned their lessons well.
This is an important issue. The people involved in these subversive activities are flaunting the fundamental right of free speech. If
they have no respect for the democratic process now, the implications for the future are frightening.
Our fair shares
What can you say about a vote-buying scheme that goes sour?
On closer examination, more flaws are becoming obvious in the
Socred government's scheme to give away shares in the B.C.
Resources Investment Corporation.
The people that need to benefit most from our province's great
resources, the poor and elderly, are precisely the people that will
benefit the least from the free shares.
Once again, those on social assistance have been overlooked in
the government's haste to impress their voters-to-be.
Many welfare people would be unwise to apply for the shares as
they would risk losing their already meager benefits.
Those that decide to take the risk may as well keep the shares for
souvenirs. If they try to sell them and take advantage of their cash
value, they will still lose.
Unemployment insurance recipients and our old age pensioners
are in the same boat — any money gained from the sale of the
"free" shares will result in equivalent deductions from their
benefits under current regulations and they'll probably have to pay
income tax on it later.
The rest of us can't feel too smug either — we'll have to pay income tax if we sell the damn things.
And while the needy are gloating over their five-share windfall,
how are they going to get the money to pay this year's tax increases? Certainly not by selling their precious shares.
But the shares will be good for at least two things — we'll be able
to keep them as quaint souvenirs to show our children; and they'll
be something to remember the Socred government by.
The way this scheme is going, the Socreds are buying
themselves an NDP government in the next election.
JANUARY 18, 1979
Published Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the
university year by the Alma Mater Society of the University of
B.C. Editorial opinions are those of the staff and not of the
AMS or the university administration. Member, Canadian
University Press. The Ubyssey publishes Page Friday, a weekly commentary and review. The Ubyssey's editorial office is in
room 241K of the Student Union Building. Editorial departments, 228-2301; Advertising, 228-3977.
Editor: Mike Bocking
The entries were all in, the sponsors were tense and the race was on for the Ubyssey's first annual
Hermaphrodite contest. Mike Bocking in a lovely silk danskin minced in braiding his beard. Heather
Conn had donned black leather and silver chains while Tom Hawthorn hopped into a judge's lap and
belted out a medley of David Bowie's greatest hits. Bill Tieleman in a silver monokini strutted across
the stage and yelled 'Are We Not Men?.' Kevin Griffin, with sequinced eyebrows wore the latest in
Christian Dior's fur boas. Geof Wheelwright in a tight leopard skin tank top with matching trunks did
his best to upstage his stunning kid sister Julie as she did her rendition of 'Macho Man' in a feather
codpiece. Peter Menyasz and Jeff Rankin made suggestive niovements during their talent number and
bowled over judge Kevin McGee during their daring hoop demonstration. Ruth Leckie and Patricia
Mok tried to pick up a startled Dave Van Blarcom who warned the girls that his mother did not allow
-urn to talk to strange women, especially those who wore English Leather. Judges Greg Strong, Matt
King, Maureen Mcenvoy and Barrie Jones sat unmoved at the end of the talent contest. The lights
/vere dimmed, a spotlight beamed down on McGee, the envelope was ripped open and the winner
was, Verne McDonald. Verne sat in stony silence, sphinx-like, as the awed contestants, stunned by the
decision, waited for the acceptance speech with bated breath.
Liable to be sued
Bill Vander Zalm, municipal affairs minister for
B.C., has been awarded $3,500 and court costs in a
suit against the Victoria Times and its cartoonist Bob
The cartoon that caused the suit portrayed Vander
Zalm as gleefully pulling the wings off flies. The
cartoon was a comment on Vander Zalm's policies
while human resources minister and his preposterous
statements defaming the unemployed and native
populations of this province.
Vander Zalm has now been cleared of the charge
that he is cruel enough to torture pen-and-ink flies.
The doubt remaining, though, is whether he can be
cleared of the charge of torturing flesh-and-blood
human beings.
Nor are newspaper readers the only ones insulted. In
his complaint, Vander Zalm alleged that the cartoon
was among the reasons for his transfer from the
ministry of human resources to municipal affairs. Bill
Bennett should have something to say about that.
A minister of the crown has implied that the premier
of this  province  is influenced in  his selection  of
Cartoonists, at least in North America, have always
had the license to use recognizable symbols and overstatement to make satirical points. In Europe the last
prominent case of a cartoon being found illegal was a
caricature of Hitler printed in Germany in the 1930s.
Such are the roots and heritage of Vander Zalm's case
against the Victoria Times.
The very concept of suing a cartoonist is strange; it
is unusual because the plaintiff inevitably ends up
looking more ridiculous than ever, whether he loses or
Vander Zalm, as can be verified from past record,
has no hesitation about looking ridiculous and this
time he dragged the judge down with him.
By concurring that a person's career and reputation
can be ruined or altered by the appearance in print of a
cartoon, the judge has set a dangerous precedent. He
has made possible censorship of the last refuge of free
comment about society and politics: humor.
Cartoons by their very nature lay no claim to being
true to life. They are allegorical; the statements they
make are designed for interpretation rather than
edification. Because their intent is satire rather than
literal truth, cartoons have been reserved for the kind
of analysis that might be prosecuted as libelous if it
appeared in print stated as fact. The judge has, in
effect, insulted people who read newspapers as being
idiots who construe cartoons as being as factual as
news stories.
The "libelous" Bob Bierman cartoon which
appeared in the Victoria Times last June.
members for cabinet portfolios by newspaper cartoons. Surely few provincial premiers have had their
intelligence so insulted.
But who is defaming whom is not the important
question. The judge's decision in this case opens the
way for yet another form of censorship to erode the
island of civil liberties left to Canadians. If Bierman's
cartoon is libelous, then the Sun's Roy Peterson
should be in prison and the Montreal Gazette's Aislin
(Terry Mosher) must be hanged before he destroys any
more lives.
Previous cartoons satirizing Canadian politics have
portrayed Sir John A. MacDonald as a drunk who
would sell out his country for a bottle and Montreal
mayor Jean Drapeau as a homosexual with designs on
Rene Levesque. Neither, nearly 100 years apart, was
construed as conveying a literal truth. Neither of the
men insulted considered court action as a dignified or
desirable reaction to being lampooned.
In pursuing his action, Vander Zalm has shown
himself to be unique in the politics of this country. He
is the first to be so paranoid as to believe that cartoonists can affect his position as an elected official
and the first to be so foolish as to press home a court
case which can only emphasize his own lack of
Nor is his the only lack of judgment. The decision
handed down that Vander Zalm was defamed by a
cartoon is one that will make our province a laughing
stock, a fate which only Bill Vander Zalm deserves.
Verne McDonald is a Ubyssey cartoonist and
reporter. Freestyle is a column of opinion, analysis
and humor written by Ubyssey staffers. Thursday, January 18, 1979
Page 5
Exam kills dreams
I am writing to you regarding the
article The Ubyssey printed on Jan.
11, concerning the English 100
composition exam.
In my opinion Andrew Parkin is
full of it. He suggests that if one
cannot pass the composition exam
then he or she will not be able to
lead a very ordered and successful
life in and out of university. Well
Mr. Parkin, try again. Just because
in the eyes of the English department a student cannot express
himself clearly, that does not mean
that he should be discouraged from
carrying on his education. Most
people entering university are trying
to achieve a goal which requires a
university degree of some kind.
Just because the student did not
pass the course the first time he
takes it, a department representative or professor should not immediately imply that the student is
incapable of succeeding in his
Now Mr. Parkin, perhaps it is
not the students' fault for failing
English 100, but it could be those
boring English 100 classes held in
the tropical temperatures of
Perhaps the teachers should be
given training on how to become
effective instructors so that they
may express themselves clearly to
their students.
If every student took Mr.
Parkin's   comments   seriously   we
would be losing a lot of potential
leaders in society. A lot of
childhood dreams to be a successful
person will be dissolved by a single
comment made by a person who did
not think clearly before he opened
his mouth.
Michael Mong
electrical engineering 3
Lip service given
A few months ago, we turned
to The Ubyssey to help publicize
the fact that we needed more
readers to help us record books
for blind students at Crane
A few days later, a notice
appeared in your 'Hot Flashes'
section, reading in effect "Give
Lip Service to Crane Library. If
you move your lips when you're
reading why not offer your
services at Crane etc.".
As a result, we got quite a
number of readers, many of
whom passed the auditions and
training and have now joined
our reading team. And we also
got a good catch phrase which
we stole from you and had
printed up as buttons for our
volunteer readers. So for the wit
who is responsible for it, thanks
and a button reading 'I give lip
service to Crane Library —
Paul E. Thiele
librarian and head
Gears short SRA
With such little attention paid by
our illustrious campus rag to the
upcoming special general meeting
dealing with proposed amendments
to the constitution, many of you
may be wondering what the major
changes of the proposed constitution are and why they were put
forth in the first place.
The most radical change offered
by the proposed constitution is to
abandon the principle of representation by population on council
in favor of allowing only one rep
(the undergraduate society
president) from each faculty to sit
at SRA meetings.
This contravention of the
democratic process is of special
significance to students in the
faculties of arts and science, whose
5,000 and 3,400 respective numbers
would have as much representation
on council as 158 dentistry
students. Instead of giving the
majority of students the majority of
representation the proposed
constitution would centralize power
in the hands of a few.
Brian Short, engineering undergraduate society president, and
author of the proposed constitution, feels that SRA is not
functioning optimumly under the
present constitution. But is this the
fault of our constitution or are the
politicians working under the constitution more to blame?
In my three months on council I
have discovered that the "Short"
constitution amounts to little more
than a bid by the gears to control
campus politics by eliminating their
There is simply no reason to
change constitutions; the only thing
preventing student reps from doing
Vote long
Proxy voting is clearly unfair and
engineers are a sinister group out to
destroy the democratic process.
What a load of garbage!
In the real world proxies are
actively solicited by all individuals
seeking elected office. Some are
more efficient than others and as a
result increase their chances of
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their appointed duties on council is
this constant bickering over constitutions. The defeat of the new
proposal on Thursday would not
only maintain equality in UBC
student politics, but will also let us
get back to the task at hand —
running your AMS.
Roger Bhatti
SRA rep
Thursday, January 18,  1979
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Jan. 20 to 27 will be China
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Page 7
AUS posters replaced by fake list
From page 1
Short admitted that all senate
candidates listed on the replacement were sponsored by the
The original AUS poster supported senate candidates Anne
Gardner, Ron Krause, Allen Soltis
and Doug Watts, while endorsing
Wong for board.
The replacement poster lists arts
students as supporting Jeffrey
Holm, Andrew Mile, Geoff Smith
and Short for senate.
Law student Carlos Brito is listed
as the arts-supported board candidate on the phony posters. He
was not endorsed by the EUS
Last year's student senate and
board elections were marred when
some engineering students in the
civil and mechanical engineering
building signed sheets giving proxy
votes away illegally.
The stuffed ballot box at the
Ceme poll gave incumbent candidate and engineering student
Basil Peters 257 of the 274 votes
cast there. Peters and Paul Sandhu
narrowly defeated then AUS
president Fran Watters.
Johl said Wong's election
chances will be affected because all
of his Buchanan campaign posters
were removed.
"It may hurt Glenn at the
Buchanan poll because only 155
people voted there," she said.
Wong said he does not think
another candidate was involved and
refused to speculate on the matter.
"I postered Sunday night at
seven and my posters were gone by
nine Monday morning."
Johl said that several hundred
posters stating opposition to the
proposed constitution to be
discussed at today's general
meeting were torn down from classrooms and hallways in the
Buchanan building.
The constitution was co-authored
and presented to the student repre
sentative assembly by Short last
fall. Since then the constitution,
which was heavily attacked for
removing representation by
population in individual faculties,
has been revised for presentation in
a referendum vote. The general
meeting is not expected to draw the
required 2,300 students for
Halifax Herald's Harold holds letters
HALIFAX (CUP) — Because the
Saskatoon Star Phoenix was found
responsible last month for printing
a libelous letter, the Halifax
Chronicle-Herald has refused to
print letters for over a month.
According to managing editor
Harold Shea, the newspaper has
decided to resume letters columns
Jan. 13, after withholding them
because of the Supreme Court
decision in late fall.
Shea said the decision meant that
a newspaper would have to agree
with the total concept of a letter it
printed. "We asked our solicitors
to give us a ruling and they
suggested it would be wise to
refrain from running letters."
"Of course we try not to print
libelous letters anyway," he said,
"but I feel letters to the editor have
a proper place in newspapers."
"We usually get about 35 letters
each week. We've been saving them
all, so there's quite a backlog
"I   personally   feel   someone
'Share the
wealth' is
From page 1
Noble also admitted that under
the present regulations people selling their shares will have to report
the $50 as income and suffer direct
cuts to their assistance benefits.
This would apply to people collecting unemployment insurance as
well as old age pensioners and welfare recipients.
"This share ownership will bring
home to everyone, and particularly
those who have never owned shares
before, the value of ownership
which can pay rich personal
dividends," premier Bill Bennett
said last week.
Although this would seem to
favor the province's underprivileged, it is obvious that the implications for welfare recipients and old
age pensioners could be a liability,
not a dividend.
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Thursday, January 18,  1979
'Why are they mining here?'
Genelle residents fight to keep their
water clean from uranium contamination
It did not surprise Genelle resident Tom
MacKenzie to learn that exploration for
uranium had resumed in China Creek this
fall, but it was a setback he didn't need.
Genelle residents spent most of the
summer opposing uranium exploration in
China Creek because of the threatened
contamination of their drinking water.
To that end residents maintained a 24-hour
barricade across the only access road to the
site. Three men were arrested and charged
University Press
with blocking a public roadway. One woman
seated herself on top of drill core samples
and prevented a helicopter pilot, hired by the
China Creek uranium mining consortium,
from taking away the samples.
All that activity was on the south side of
the creek. In September Manny Consultants
Ltd., the company the consortium hired to
carry out exploration, came back, only this
time on the north side of the creek where
there are three access roads to the drill site.
The community did not have the resources to
staff three 24-hour barricades.
Although the residents acknowledge this
round goes to the China Creek Consortium,
a group of five small companies backed by
large multinationals; they are not beaten.
MacKenzie says that Manny Consultants
stopped exploration in late November but
Genelle residents expect them back in the
And the spring will also bring a decision on
the trial of the Genelle Three, the men
charged with blocking the public roadway to
stop the uranium hunters, he said.
MacKenzie said the community of 500 has
requested additional information from the
Atomic Energy Control Board, specifically a
review of the licenses issued to the China
Creek uranium consortium. There has been
no reply.
Genelle residents were puzzled in the
summer and remain puzzled as to why the
consortium is even bothering to explore in
their watershed because the grade of the
uranium is so low. It will take a ton of
Genelle ore to produce half a pound of
refined uranium. A pound of uranium brings
in about $50.
"Why carry out this provocative activity in
this area when there are richer deposits in
other areas," MacKenzie asked.
Indeed there are. If the fight against
uranium mining in B.C. is ever going to be
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won, it's going to be won at Beaverdell, 50
miles southeast of Kelowna, where the
deposits will yield 40 pounds of uranium per
ton of ore.
The Beaverdell deposit, indicated at 10
million pounds, is owned by a consortium of
mining interests headed by Norcen Resources
of Toronto, which along with Campbell
Chilbougamau Mines Ltd. and Sedimx Fund
(West Germany) has a 70 per cent interest.
The remaining 30 per cent interest is held by
Lacana Mining Corp., also of Toronto,
which did the initial exploration in the area,
now known as the Blizzard uranium
Beaverdell is not the only uranium hot-
spot. Tyee Lake Resources has announced
indicated deposits of 1.7 million pounds in
the Hydraulic Lake area. Other companies
involved in this area are Placer Development
Ltd., the Japanese government-owned
Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp., Union Carbide, Union Oil and
There is little prospect that opposition to
the exploration will assume proportions
anything like the Genelle or Birch Island
opposition, simply because nobody lives
there and is directly threatened. Yet, as one
geographer pointed out, the area is a prime
food producing area and the Beaverdell site
"Of court* what we're doing is xorongt but
that doesn't make it indefensible."
mining companies have not been slow to
learn from Denison's experience.
They recognize that opposition is
mounting and lined up against mining
companies are environmentalists, trade
unions, church groups, the B.C. medical
association, the registered nurses association
of B.C., the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs
and community organizations.
The B.C. medical association has
presented briefs to the pollution control
board, departments of energy and mines and
'When you say to them da yon want
uranium mining they only hear the word
mining and that means jobs. We have to
teach them what the implications
of the word uranium are.'
is right by the Kettle River which flows down
through Rock Creek Midway and Grand
Forks and eventually into the Columbia
The problem is education, according to
John Moelaert, chair of the Kelowna branch
of the Canadian Coalition for Nuclear
Responsibility. Moelaert says the public does
not have the relevant information needed to
make a decision on uranium mining.
"When you say to them do you want
uranium mining they only hear the word
mining and that means jobs," he said. "We
have to teach them what the implications of
the word uranium are."
"Once they have all the relevant information the answer is clearly no."
Moelaert sites as evidence the confrontation between the people of Clearwater,
B.C. and Denison Mines Ltd. Last December
an eight-hour meeting was staged in
Clearwater by Denison to allay public fears
about the proposed open pit uranium mine to
be operated by Rexpar Consolidated, a
Denison subsidiary.
The mine, which would have been B.C.'s
first would have been located at Birch Island
in the North Thompson River, just outside of
Clearwater and some 120 kilometres north of
Mining and government officials found
out, much to their chagrin, that even in the
backwoods of B.C. full information is
needed to answer the questions of concerned
residents. Moelaert says the federal environment minister confided to one reporter that
the company obviously had not done its
But if the anti-nuclear environmentalists
won  a  round  at  Birch  Island,  the other
appeared at the Birch Island meeting.
The association maintains that not enough
research has been done to allow mining to
proceed and challenges some of the
assumptions held by the mining companies.
"The uranium mining industry works on
the assumption that the modern mining of
uranium involves only low dose radiation
exposure," says Dr. Robert Woollard.
But low-dose radiation may be too much
according to evidence presented by Dr.
Rosalie Bertell which indicated that low-level
radiation is responsible for such debilitating
and deadly chronic diseases as leukemia,
lung cancer and silicosis. In addition
radiation alters human genes so that birth
abnormalities and genetic defects are occurring more frequently as the environment
absorbs more radiation.
Woollard also raised concern that B.C.'s
unique topography of mountains, valleys
and rivers would serve to trap and condense
the radiation. A moratorium is needed, he
Lois Boyce says the United Church first
became involved during the Amchitka
nuclear bomb testings. But now, she realizes,
the problem is much more than nuclear arms.
Her church's particular concerns are the
health and safety of the workers, radioactive
residue left at the mines and environment
"And we don't want any more physicists
answering medical questions," she said.
But it is the trade union's opposition that
is most significant — the United
Steelworkers of America and the Canadian
Association of Industrial, Mechanical and
Allied Workers — for their members work in
the mines.
Despite attempts to suppress information,
it is known that the number of uranium
miners who have died of silicosis or lung
cancer over the past years in Canada runs
into many hundreds, Moelaert says.
The Ontario Royal Commission on the
health and safety of workers issued an
alarming report in June, 1976 after two
years' investigation that showed among other
things that uranium miners risk lung cancer
at a rate five times the national average.
The commission further found at least 81
miners died of lung cancer at Elliot Lake,
Ont., another mine operated by Denison
Mines Ltd.
Union leaders told the commission: "We
have been led to believe through the years
that the working environment in these mines
was safe for us to work in. We have been
According to CCNR member Lil d'Easum
the most ridiculous aspect of the entire industry is that it is going broke.
As Moelaert says, part of the reason
behind the frantic exploration is an anticipated slump in uranium prices in the
1980s. Part of the reason that uranium
currently sells for $50 a pound is the international cartel involving Canada, South Africa,
Australia, Britain and France, which ar-
tifically boosted its price.
Purchase orders for reactors from North
American reactors are decreasing sharply
and the mainstay of the nuclear reactor
industry is the backlog of orders placed in the
early 1970s. Signs of imminent extinction are
not sufficient reason to stop protest efforts.
Moelaert says the mining companies are
aware of all the opposition and have
responded to it.
"They laugh about the meeting Denison
Mines held in Clearwater," he said. "They
are using far more refined and more
sophisticated techniques."
"These people have a full-time PR man
travelling around assuring people."
Companies are willing to spend time and
money reassuring the public because they
know that if they can overcome opposition
they have a short-term investment that will
rake in the profits. At Cluff Lake in northern
Saskatchewan, for example, the French-
owned Amok Ltd. plans to build a $150
million mine and mill that will go into
operation in 1979. The mine will be in
operation for only 12 years, yet the deposit is
worth $2 billion.
And the B.C. Social Credit government
would welcome that kind of investment.
"Let's be realistic," Moelaert says, "Bennett
(B.C. premier Bill) has already said he would
be delighted to sell B.C. uranium to
Europe. They're acting as if we've already
decided we want uranium mining in B.C."
From page 2
student told me it was like talking
to a post," the source said.
The department source said the
professor's obvious indifference
towards course evaluation sheets
was what upset him the most.
"There's no feedback and self-
correction is no good. There's
atrociously bad teaching going on
here. He's showing contempt for
students. Graduate students avoid
Poli sci prof criticized
him like the plague.
"We're not an autocratic department. Tolerating one deviant is a
small price to pay. But when
students start to suffer, that's what
upsets me the most."
Department head Alan Cairns
said Wednesday he was not aware
of any student complaints  about
Stankiewicz this academic year.
After some insistence, Stankiewicz carefully took down every
allegation word for word over the
telephone when contacted and said
he would comment on each item
after giving it some thought.  He
refused to give his first name or
spell it for The Ubyssey.
When he returned a call four
hours later, he refused to comment
on each allegation individually, but
instead had prepared a blanket
"Your  allegations  are  a  great
surprise to me. I don't see how a
'questionnaire' of this sort can be
of any benefit to my students.
Should any student from any of my
courses have any complaints he or
she should bring it in a proper
manner to myself or to the head of
the department.
"And furthermore, before you
put anything into print, you should
be convinced of the accuracy of all
your facts."


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