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The Ubyssey Jan 25, 1991

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Vancouver, B.C., Friday, January 25, 1991
Vol 73, No 31
Misogynist letters draw suspensions
by Michael Booth
UBC president David
Strangway handed out disciplinary measures earlier this week
against the 18 Place Vanier residents responsible for distributing
300 letters threatening violence
against women.
Fifteen students have been
suspended for four months begin-
ningonMay 1, two for eight months
andonefor 16 months. Three other
students will receive letters of
reprimand. The names of the students were not released and all the
suspensions can be appealed.
These measures come as a
result of an incident on the morning of October 11, 1990, when female residents of Place Vanier
discovered handwritten letters had
been slipped under their doors
during the night. The letters,
signed "Cariboo House," were
sexually explicit in nature and
contained detailed threats of vio
lence against women.
"The suspensions will be recorded on their transcripts but will
not impede their progress to complete their degrees," Strangway
said. He added that the men will
be eligible to re-apply to UBC at
the end of the suspensions and
that "they will not be excluded
because of this, only for poor academic performance."
In addition to the suspensions,
the men will be responsible for
performing an unspecified amount
of community service work with
agencies working with women.
"They must come up with a
proposal for the community work
they intend to do," Strangway sai d.
"The proposal must be reviewed
and approved by the student disciplinary committee. We all have to
assume community responsibility
and they are being asked to focus
on a specific element of the community."
Linda Shout of the AMS
Women's Centre, however, greeted
the community service requirement with skepticism.
"I think Strangway's idea is
that all these 'y°ung men' need is
enlightenment and they won't be
violent anymore," Shout said. "I
think this is a completely unrealistic assumption because men are
privileged by their parti cipation in
a patriarchal society that violently
oppresses anyone who isn't white
male, heterosexual, middle class
Nancy Horsman, assistant to
the director ofthe Office of Women
Students, agreed with Shout and
suggested that the men research
violence against women in Canada.
"I don't think there are many
women's agencies that would want
them around battered women,"
Horsman sai d. "They may be made
to do research about violence
against women in a country where
two women a day die due to violence
from men.
"A good research project may
help them to understand the pain,
the grief, and the terror that women
feel when they are beaten."
Director of UBC Student
Housing, Mary Risebrough said
the housing department had already taken some action against
the men and that she thought
Strangway's measures were appropriate.
"I feel the actions ofthe president following the advice of the
student disciplinary Committee
were well considered and I'm
pleased to see the matter is closed,"
Risebrough said.
She added that in the future,
Student Housing "will highlight
our standards of behaviour... so
incoming students are more aware
ofthe standards expected."
Carl Chaplin's Art Nuko
travels to the Middle East
by Kerry Sloan
A prominent Vancouver artist
is on a peace tour to Amman, Jordan and hopes to meet with King
Hussein's chief scientific advisor,
Abdullah Toukan.
Carl Chaplin, painter of both
Art Eco(logical) and the controversial Art Nuko series, hopes to
participate in the meeting to discuss the environmental impact of
the Persian Gulf War.
Chaplin's original mission was
to try to take his Art Nuko show to
Baghdad. The exhibition was almost refused passage by heavily
armed security at the Amsterdam
airport who feared that the presence of these "provocative" images
of nuclear detonation over world
capitols—including Baghdad—
could "endanger the safety ofthe
The Jordan-Iraq border is
closed, but Chaplin still hopes to
reach Baghdad through the international media.
"I freely admit that I hope this
tour gets media attention. I want
to warn people and leaders of all
nations of the madness of using
nuclear weapons," said Chaplin in
an interview last week.
Chaplin is in contact with
CNN, which is monitoredby world
leaders—including George Bush,
Yitzhak Shamir and Saddam
Thus far, Chaplin has been
interviewed by BCTV, CBC Radio
and spoke live by phone from
Amman to CBC-TV.
The Jordanian press is also
covering Chaplin's visit.
Chaplin has long been a peace
and an ecological activist and
warns, "we can predict without
doubt that any nuclear explosion
would be an environmental disaster of incredible magnitude.
"Even without nuclear weapons, chemical and biological weapons could create unimaginable
devastation of animals and ecosystems, as well as thousands of
civilian casualties," said Chaplin.
"This could also result from the
bombi ng of weapons in stallations."
According to Chaplin, the official Canadian war artist has already been sent to Saudi Arabia,
"so why not send an artist for
Former Pakistani prime minister and first woman to lead a Muslim
nation, Benazir Bhutto visited Vancouver Tuesday to speak about
the injustices that are taking place in Pakistan and Kashmir.
Though her Pakistan Peoples' Party has had many accusations of
theft and corruption brought against them, she ultimately hopes
that the presidential seat can some day be hers again. Don Man photo
Jury still out on Fraser Valley University
by Rick Hiebert
VANCOUVER (CUP) — A mystery writer might call it "The Case
of the Disappearing Fact-finding
A provincial government
committee looking into how to
make higher education more accessible in the growing Fraser
Valley region of B.C. has been "just
about" to release its final report for
nearly two months.
The Fraser Valley Access
Committee, chaired by former Social Credit legislator Harvey
Schroeder, recommended in a
preliminary report last summer
that the provincial government
build a university in the region by
1995. It also recommended boosting funding to Lower Mainland
colleges and universities to help
meet the educational needs ofthe
region, whichisrapidlygrowingin
Last spring, the commission
said that it would hold public
hearings in the summer and release its final report sometime "in
the fall." In November, Harvey
Schroeder said the report would
be ready "in a few weeks."
"We've come up with our recommendations, which well forward to the minister (of advanced
education) very soon. The report is
just about ready," Schroeder said.
But the report still hasn't been
released. The public
relations department of the advanced education ministry hasn't
seen the final report as of yet—
they would prepare the report for
public release—and Schroeder
hasn't explained why the report is
so late. He hasn't been returning
phone calls.
Ministry officials aren't commenting on why the final report of
the committee isn't out yet.
Valley politicians are concerned.
"I'd just like to see something
happen (with the issue)," said
Abbotsford mayor George
Ferguson, "but I'm not sure that
we're going to see it happen with
this government, the way this
commission is being handled. We
may have to look to an NDP government.
"I think that Schroeder's
committee found out that we in the
valley wouldn't take what they
wanted to offer. I think they found
that they couldn't get away with
just an expansion of Fraser Valley
College—we need at the least a
degree offering college or a university." he said.
The advanced education min
istry announced an expansion to
the Fraser Valley College's
Chilliwack and Abbotsford campuses last October. As of yet, it has
not been grven degree granting
"Auniversity wouldbe the best
alternative of all," Ferguson said.
Yet, he added, there woul d be likely
be "quite a bit of lobbying and
arguing" about where a degree
granting school would be based in
the valley.
"There seemed to be such an
urgency attached to the work of
the commission and the public was
certainly impassioned about the
issue," said Chilli wack mayor John
Lees. "Inerti a seems to have set in
"This end ofthe valley has had
quite a problem with accessible
education. People are very much
in favor of a new university affili
ated college and I would assume
that granting the Fraser Valley
College degree granting status
woul d not be a terribly hard concept
to implement," he said.
NDP provincial education
critic Barry Jones said the late
release of the report may have a
political cause.
"My guess is that the report
may have gotten to the minister
and he's just sitting on it," he said.
"There may be two reasons for
this—if the report advocates positive things, they may be holding it
for release until just before the
next election. If they feel it will be
unpopular, they may as well shelve
the report.
"They may not want to do
things that will please some and
alienate others with an election
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January 25,1991 NEWS
Doctor urges AIDS awareness
by Rebecca Bishop
Governments must put a
great deal more effort into public
education on AIDS according to
Dr. Peter, a Vancouver doctor who
has both dealt with AIDS patients
and been diagnosed HIV positive
Dr. Peter, who will be speaking to students this Monday at a
Student Health sponsored infor
mation outreach in SUB, has recently lost his vision because his
immune system could not fight off
a relatively common virus,
cytomegalo virus or CMV
retinitus. He is not presently a
practicing physician.
He currently is using his personal and professional experience
to give educational talks with
various  groups  and increase
awareness and knowledge about
"What has become evident is
that for the most part, university
students have some basic information about AIDS but they don't
seem to realize, or feel that it is
applicable to themselves, that it
is not a threat, therefore it is not
necessary for them to be practicing safe sex. I think this has been
Safety sucks but saves lives
If you're going to do it do
it right!
That is the slogan for a
week of safer sex education
brought to SUB January 28-
30 courtesy of the Student
Health Outreach program.
"Agreatdeal of students
think they know a great
deal," said GeraldWilliams,
one ofthe organizers ofthe
program. "But if they rely
on friends and the media,
they are very
The program's purpose
is to provide information
about relationships, methods
of birth control and sexually
transmitted disease, and to
encourage students to use this
knowledge of make healthy and
informed choices, said Outreach nurse Margaret
The program will include
information tablespresentedby
many on and off-campus organizations, as well as video displays, a "creative condom contest' and complimentary
Well known Vancouver
spokesperson  Dr. Peter will
present a personal perspective on AIDS as a physician
and patient, Monday at 12:30
in the SUB Auditorium.
Tuesday will feature
"Sexploration" an educational game, which Johnston
hopes will promote
"thoughtful discussion, factual learningand responsible
decision making."
The game will feature
representatives from many
areas of student life, including clubs, fraternities, the
AMS council and other UBC
Student court reprimands AMS
by Mark Nielsen
Labelling the procedures used
as "generally pathetic," Student
Court has seriously reprimanded
the AMS over its handling of the
Special General Meeting held in
The condemnation came out
in a "reasons for judgement" released Monday, two weeks after
Student Court ruled that the
meeting, held during the AMS
"welcome back barbecue,' was invalid.
In li sting the reasons, the court
also recommended that such
meetings should not be held in
conjunction with social functions
unless AMS members can be
properly identified. During the
trial, the court was told that mem
bership in the AMS, by presentation of a valid and current UBC
AMS student card, was not required to get in.
The court also recommended
that those who cast votes are entitled to do so. At the meeting,
motions were voted on with oral
shouts of "yes" or "no" and at no
time was a precise count made of
people voting for or against any
As well, problems with the
sound system and a group of people
congregated in front of the stage
where they opposed the meeting
because of the way it was being
held, made it difficult to hear the
motions put forward.
Three special resolutions
presented at the meeting, all of
which were regarding the defini
tion of quorum, passed while the
remaining resolutions failed.
The court further recommended that minutes be recorded
at such meetings.
"By making these specific recommendations we do not suggest
that this is all that is required to
hold a successful meeting and thus
comprises an exhaustive list of
requirements," the court stated.
"Rather, we comment on these
specifically because they are errors
at the meeting in question."
Neither AMS president Kurt
Preinsperg nor external affairs
coordinator Jason Brett could be
reached for comment. However,
when the initial ruling was made,
Preinsperg said SGMs had effectively come to an end.
seen in trends with other STD's,"
he said.
"I guess it's not a matter of
giving people an AIDS 101 course,
as much as to stress the reality of
the situation and get across to
students that this is a threat to
anyone who is sexually active regardless of their sexuality," he
A recent Canada Youth &
AIDS Study done at Queens University supports what Dr. Peter
said. Young people are fairly
knowledgeable about how the disease is transmitted, but the study
said, "Very few males reported
using condoms to prevent AIDS
and other STDs, and few women
reported condom use by their male
The study also found that
television is the greatest source of
information about AIDS for young
people. Dr. Peter criticized the BC
government for its slowness in
acting. Along with its refusal to
pay for drugs for AIDS patients,
the BC government shelved an
harms Indonesian
rural culture
AIDS video costing more than
$100,000 that was intended for
educational use. Premier Bill
Vander Zalm called the video a
condom ad.
"Well, so what? If it prevented
four kids from getting AIDS, then
from a healthcare perspective, it
would have paid for the video,"
Dr. Peter said.
Along with educating people
about AIDS, Dr. Peter uses his
personal experiences with AIDS
to humanize it and dispel the taboos. "The more frank the questions, the more frank the answer
I can give," he said.
He emphasized that AIDS is
not a gay disease, even though
that is central to his personal experience.
Dr. Peter will be speaking at
UBC in SUB auditorium at 12:30
on Monday, January 28 in conjunction with UBC Safer Sex
Week—a student health outreach
program organizedby UBC health
outreach nurse Margaret John-
by Kathryn Weiler
During this period of cultural
and environmental annihilation
at home and abroad coupled with
the gulf war which hovers like a
black cloud, it is difficult to muster sympathy for other issues.
The presentation given by
Thorn Henley from the Western
Canada Wilderness Committee
about his world tour with three
Penan natives from Sarawak's
Borneo rainforest, however, succeeded in evoking more than sympathy, but rather an emotional
charge. The strength ofthe show
lay in Henley's ability to expose
the human cost ofthe destruction
ofthe rainforest environment and
the crime of the loss of this truly
holistic culture.
The event kicked off on alight
note with a presentation of the
various instruments unique to the
Borneo jungle which, according to
Randy Raine-Reusch, are rapidly
"Modern culture is arriving
and that is dangerous," Reusch
Three students from the Environmental Youth Alliance gave
an account of their meeting with
one ofthe Penan and led us in a
rainforest song where we simulated a believable rainstorm, a
tribute to the power of a room full
of stamping feet—the effect was
Wade Davis, a prominent environmentalist, arrived armed
with startling statistics. According to Davis, the rate of deforestation is twice that of the Amazon—three acres every minute and
720 acres would disappear in the
time we spent at the show.
Despite the strong introduction, it was Henley who captured
the show. His presentation was
simple; he showed slides while
recounting his experiences during
his 45 day world tour with three
Penan natives.
According to Henley, the
tropical hardwood (which is
cheaper than traditional steel
forms) is being used in Japan for
building forms in their concrete
buildings and will "be used 1.4
times before being burnt or discarded."
Henley's commentary proved
eloquent, flavoured with
humourous anecdotes—the result
was surprisingly powerful. Henley
was able to give the audience a
clear picture of the Penan and
their way of life.
Regardless ofthe depressing
statistics, Henley was able to
reach the crux of the matter; the
humanistic element. The presentation was made particularly
unique by the compelling portrayal of the three Penan which
moved the audience.
This was evident in Henley's
description of the three natives'
impression of our world. According to Henley, their language
contains no word for greed or
welfare, therefore their reaction
to the homeless people in New
York was not surprising.
"We were standing at the bottom of the World Trade Centre,
two ofthe most dramatic buildings
on earth," Henley said. "Ironically
there were three homeless people
on the stairs. The Penan's response was "many people here eat
not full.'"
The most interesting anecdote
told by Henley was when he was
in the jungle with the Penan on
the night of a full moon and they
asked him if it was true that people
had been on the moon. After he
said "Yes" instead of being duly
impressed their response was,
"Why bother?"
Henley said he hopes this issue will be solved diplomatically
and that the Japanese government will not respond to bully
He stressed the importance
of pressuring the Canadian government to ban tropi cal hardwood
imports and that letters to the
Japanese government would also
be effective.
He does, however, fear that
this issue will slip unnoticed behind the shadow of the gulf crisis.
His final remark seems rather
fitting: "The Penan are a beacon
of light in this dark era."
January 25 1991
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Country's Good fails to justify
by Graham Cameron
THAT a play is humorous,
brilliantly acted, and
entertaining is sometimes not
enough. Sometimes we have to
ask for something more from our
In order to liberate us,
progressive art must first
liberate itself from the traditional sexist and racist flaws of
our society. Our Country's Good
does not.
Our Country's Good
Frederic Wood Theatre
January 16-26
Set in colonial Australia of
the late 1780s, Our Country's
Good attempts to depict the
inherent inhumanity of Britain's
penal system.
At the play's heart lies a
philosophical and moral conflict.
One faction is composed of naval
officers who hold a Hobbesian
view of society: the nature of
humankind in general, and the
convict in particular, is evil, base
and vile. In the view of these
men, the rule of law must be
maintained with an iron fist.
Opposed to the dehumanizing effects of this classist system
are a group of "enlightened"
naval officers who advocate the
alternative, Rousseauian
perspective. They hold that the
"baseness" ofthe convicts can be
lessened simply by treating them
as human beings—this is the
new social contract that they
want to create.
For instance, acting superbly
in a difficult double role as the
governor ofthe penal colony and
as one ofthe convicts, actor Guy
Pauchon subtly shows the
humanizing effects that kindness
and learning can produce.
Michelle Michals, in a fiery
performance as the emotionally
troubled Liz Morden, demonstrates similar power of character. Under the positive influence
ofthe first humane treatment of
her life, Liz is able to overcome
her social debasement and her
psychological self-loathing.
Adding to the impact of
strong performances by the
entire company were: a powerful
set. striking costumes, and
subtle but effective lighting. As
is usual with Freddy Wood
productions, these elements
contributed immensely to the
strength ofthe play.
Unfortunately, while
impressive acting and strong
technical support are necessary,
they alone are not sufficient. In
attempting to show that art can
have a humanizing effect on our
society, playwright Timberlake
Wertenbaker perpetuates many
ofthe social failings that she is
trying to criticize. It diminishes
what would otherwise have been
a brilliant production.
For example, while it is true
the play is very critical of
Britain's cruel colonial tradition,
Our Country's Good also comes
across as incredibly Eurocentric.
All of the ideas that it presents
as being positive, such as its
Rousseauian ideals, are of
Western origin.
In addition, the only non-
white roles in the performance
(played by Ernest Dei), come
across as somewhat degrading.
For example, the Aboriginal
character is presented in such a
way as to make his culture
appear childlike and humorous.
Similarly, Caesar the black
Madagascan is depicted as
servile and religiously undeveloped. Clearly we were supposed
to laugh at the "coloured" people.
We were also supposed to
laugh at the women. In fact,
running throughout much of the
humour was an often blatant
sexism. It was apparent that the
language was not sexist to show
that sexism has and still does
exist—it was sexist to get a
Had this play been written
in the 1920s or even the 1950s, it
would have been seen as progressive. Without a doubt it does
effectively show how   dehumanizing both the class system and
British colonialism clearly were.
It was written, however, in 1988.
As a result we cannot overlook
its degrading portrayal of women
and its blatant Eurocentrism.
We should be able to expect
more from our current playwrights.
a powerful and sensual study of
or "improvised thoughts are
always intriguing.
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SUn Many other performances of
XlSd. Programmes and
Smation can be obtained
through the Firehall Arts
mass-produced Hohywood flicks
on the big screen. The V
amission is a small price to
^for shows guaranteed to
»ive with passion and
Thirty-two and oh,
by Ha
play based on five 32-year-olds meeting in a bar to
work out their lives sounds
dubious. In these days of
thirtysomething overkill, such a
play is likely to end up as yet
another excuse for the yuppie
generation to flaunt its narcissism.
Thankfully, John Patrick
Shanely's Savage In Limbo
avoids the tired theme of
bourgeois baby-boomer angst. It
gives us both a rousing entertainment and a sensitive portrait
of the fragile hold we have on our
Savage In Limbo
Station Street Arts Centre
until February 2
Why 32? It's two years past
the age that a person can be
trusted, according to the youthful wisdom ofthe 1960's. More to
the point, it's past the age that
you can shrug off social expectations with complete impunity.
What do you see for yourself
at age 32? Marriage, kids, a
mortgage, several rungs behind
you on the career ladder? In
some form or another, at 32 the
world expects you to show
tangible signs that you have your
act together. Beyond this point,
there are no second chances.
You're the problem and the reject
from now on, not the lousy world
that you l'ejected from the luxury
of your teens and twenties.
The characters in Savage In
Limbo haven't made it. No one is
married, no one has a mortgage,
and the only child mentioned has
been given up for adoption by a
single mother. These people
aren't craving for professional
status, material affluence and a
place in the sun. They are
desperate for love. They ache
beneath the crushing weight of
loneliness and the loss of self-
respect. They are washed up and
wasting away at the age when
others have hit their stride and
rushed on by.
Shanley gives us ample
opportunity to laugh along with
and at his characters. Two of
Vancouver fastest rising acting
talents are ranged against each
other in the roles of Linda (UBC
BFA Tamsin Kelsey) and Denise
(Studio 58 grad Suzanne Ristic.)
One struggles with disrepute,
the other with the millstone of
total inexperience and fear of
sex. Snared between the high
tension wires slung by this pair
is the hapless, chauvinistic,
unfaithful ex-boyfriend Tony
(Jason Scott.) The characters of
Murk the bartender (Paul
Crepeau) and tipsy patron April
(Jennifer Griffen) provide ironic
counterpoints and dramatic
countertemps throughout the
seventy-five minute production
directed by Duncan Fraser.
Shanely's dialogue is hardhitting at many points. It
manages to draw itself back from
some awfully close scrapes with
vocabulary that is derogatory to
by Fiona Buss
so blue
gender. Perhaps I am willing to
forgive Tony's boorishness
because the women dish it back
at him better than he spews it
More than this, however, is
the underlying warmth that
comes through in the play.
Shanley wants us to care about
his characters, rather than to
morbidly dissect them and their
interactions. While he is willing
to draw blood, Shanely, unlike
playwrights such as Harold
Pinter, doesn't go for the kill.
Ristic's Denise is a very touching
and memorable character whom
we end up caring about very
much in spite of all the self-
defeating bravado she deploys to
hide from herself and from
others. It is a role Kelsey hopes
to play one day, perhaps following a European tour of The
Occupation of Heather Rose.
Opening night brought a full
house to the Station Street
Theatre. With selections of this
kind and calibre, their future
success is well deserved.
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MAGINE sitting in a room
full of serious, intent
listeners while five well-dressed
adults line up across the stage in
robot-like fashion, music stands
m front of them and black
construction-paper contraptions
strapped around their heads
creating human blinders.
They begin to make vocal
noises—mmm mmm mmm - eek!,
eek! - tick-tock, tick-tack, tick!,
tick!—all in strange harmony
with the others. In the audience,
people grapple for comparisons: a
human frog chorus, primitive life
forms discovering sound, a baby   . £y
exploring its own voice.
Vancouver New Music Society
Vancouver East Cultural
January 18
This composition was
entitled Fonergon 85-1 and was
composed by Greta Monach, part
of last Friday's Vancouver New
Music Society presentation of
"Music and Text—Sound Poetry,
Theatre, Song" at the Vancouver
East Cultural Center.
If you have a taste for the
odd or offbeat, this show was for
you. Even if you don't, you might
have been drawn in, and even
pleasantly surprised.
The program consisted of
four compositions, two of which
used sound poetry, with no
meaningful language, set to
music. The other two compositions were made up of comprehensible text set to music.
Things That Gained by
Being Painted by Gerald Barry
was staged in a woman's dressing room. Here an apparently
mad woman had her face washed
and made-up, and her hair
brushed and styled. All the
while, she read from the Pillow
Book of Sei Shonagon, a lady-in-
waiting to Empress Sadako in
the 10th century, Japan. She
threw discarded sheets of paper
on the floor, and interrupted her
bitter, petty opinions with
bursts of operatic inner magnitude.
This is the beautiful madness of emotion. The insanity
was accompanied by a cellist and
pianist who hung on the actor/
singer's words and nuances. The
star of this performance was
Catherine Lewis, teacher of voice
at the University of Victoria.
The other two compositions
were equally compelling. In Alice
and Friends by Jose Evangelista,
Catherine Lewis narrated pieces
from Lewis Carroll's work. This
piece captured the freshness of
the ridiculous in a professional
and searingly harmonic interpretation, true to the wondrous
nonsense of Carroll's world. It
was story-telling for adults.
The show finished with
Jappements a la Lune (Yelping
at the Moon), by Christopher
Butterfield. Here a nonsensical
opera, sung by Fides Krucker,
mezzo-soprano, was accompanied
by an oddly harmonious orchestration. The words sounded
French but apparently had no
identifiable word structures. The
composition ended with some
musicians abandoning their
instruments for tin cans which
they beat while the xylophonistf
percussionist 'played' a power-
For all you drawn to the
deconstructionist, the discordant,
the discriminating, or for the just
curious, Music & Text was
recorded for future broadcast on
CBC FM on Two New Hours,
January 25,1991
January 25,1991
THE UBYSSEY/5 Remember these names:
Here is how Members of Parliament representing
constituencies in British Columbia voted Tuesday on the
federal government's resolution reaffirming support ofthe
United Nations stand on the Gulf Crisis. The vote effectively
means that Parliament has chosen to disregard all other
options aimed at solving the present crisis in favour of a
measure that will not only lead to a loss a lives, but could
very well result in a hopeless fragmentation of what few
ties hold the Middle East together. The chances are that
the Allies will defeat Iraq's military, but the task they will
face afterwards—in terms of ensuring stability in the
region—is projected to be larger than if they chose less
decisive means'to resolve the conflict.
Progressive Conservatives
-Belsher, Ross (Fraser Valley East)
-Campbell, Kim (Vancouver Centre)
-Collins, Mary (Capilano-Howe Sound)
-Cook, Chuck (North Vancouver)
-Friesen, Benno (Surrey-White Rock-South Langley)
-Horning, Al (Okanagan Centre)
-Oberle, Frank (Prince George-Peace River)
-Siddon, Tom (Richmond)
-Worthy, Dave (Cariboo-Chilcotin)
New Democrat
-Barrett, Dave (Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca)
-Black, Dawn (New Westminster-Burnaby)
-Brewin, John (Victoria)
-Fulton, Jim (Skeena)
-Gardiner, Brian (Prince George-Bulkley Valley)
-Hunter, Lynn (Saanich-Gulf Islands)
-Karpoff, Jim (Surrey North)
-Langan, Joy (Mission-Coquitlam)
■Parker, Sid (Kootenay East)
-Riis, Nelson (Kamioops)
-Robinson, Svend (Burnaby-Kingsway)
-Skelly, Raymond (North Island-Powell River)
-Skelly, Robert (Comox-Alberni)
-Stupich, David (Nanaimo-Cowichan)
-Waddell, Ian (Port Moody-Coquitlam)
-Whittaker, Jack (Okanagan-Similkameen-Merritt)
Progressive Conservatives
-Wenman, Robert (Fraser Valley West)
New Democrats
-Kristiansen, Lyle (Kootenay West-Revelstoke)
Progressive Conservatives
-Wilbee, Stan (Delta)
-Turner, John (Vancouver Quadra) — where are you John?
New Democrats
-MacWilliam, Lyle Dean (Okanagan-Shuswap)
-Mitchell, Margaret (Vancouver East)
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A cry for justice
in the Gulf
In times of war, propaganda is a powerful tool to
sway the masses.
Disinformation is used to
paint pictures of horror and
injustice in the eyes of the
uninformedand the ignorant
of which 99% of us are comprised of. I walk around our
so-called enlightened campus and suddenly everyone
isanexpertonthewar. Only
those who are familiar with
Islam and the Arab cause,
as well as the Western position can make a qualified
comment. Yet Westerners
have evaluated all motives
and actions according to
Western values and principles. This is blatant eth-
nocentrism. Arabs are very
different people. They
should be evaluated on their
own terms.
Saddam Hussein has
been portrayed as a madman
for his massacre of Kurds
and treatment of Kuwaitis.
I do not condone his actions.
But how is that different
than the Israeli treatment
of Palestinians? Every time
a stone is thrown at an Israeli
soldier, reprisals have been
far more severe. Has anyone
counted the death toll ratio
between Israelis and Palestinians lately?
I do not profess to be an
expert on war and international aggression. However,
I do have but one point. The
Soviets have brutally suppressed the Baltic States and
their quest for independence.
How many Lithuanians and
Latvians have been killed?
Nothing is done. Where is
The Israelis have ab-
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sorbed the Occupied Lands.
This was originally for defensive purposes in the Six
Day War of 1967. Now they
are settling the lands while
moving out the Palestinian
inhabitants to provide living space. Shades of
"lebensraum" anyone?
Nothing is done. Where is
Now Saddam Hussein
has occupied Kuwait. This
prompts the largest full scale
military operationinhistory
to stop this most despised
and wicked violator of basic
human rights. Where is
Saddam is absolutely
wrong in his forceful invasion of Kuwait, but perhaps
that was the only way to
bring attention to the Palestinian issue. Arab concerns have long been ignored
by the United Nations. We
are told that the reason was
economic, but that is according to the ethnocentric
Western propaganda. Will
we ever know the truth? Regardless, does thatlessen the
importance of the Palestinian issue?
We could discuss this
for hours. As stated before,
I do not profess to be an
expert on war, but I do have
but one and only one point.
The Soviets, Israelis, and
Iraqis must ALL withdraw
from their occupied territories. The actions of these
countries have all been the
same and they are all guilty
ofthe same violations. Policy
must be uniform of there will
be hypocrisy.
Somehow we will find
that will not be the case;
Western propaganda has
already justified its position.
In our world of Western im
perialist aggression and
domination, might makes
right. Uncle George will get
a chance to enact his new
World Order in the name of
peace. But as a wise philosopher named David
Mustaine once said,
Terry Chan
Arts 4
War is nasty and
I look on Canada's history during the 1960's with
pride. I'm even gleeful that
no Canadian soldier fought
in Vietnam, "...[the United
States], Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Kingdom,
the Canadians, the French,
and the Italians have all
participated in the air campaign [in the Gulf] to date."
(General H. Normal
Schwarzkopf, January 18,
1990). This cannot be undone; people in the future
will know that Canadians
fought in the Persian Gulf
for US interests.
There are now Canadian soldiers stationedin the
Gulf; it is at least possible
that some of them will die on
foreign soil. No true individual has ever wanted to
kill or to die, for any cause.
No true individual has ever
sent others to kill and to die.
No true individual has ever
supported war and no true
individual has ever believed
in it. Human beings will
only kill in a pack. Frightened of public opinion towards war, leaders hide behind coalitions, alliances,
and the United Nations; the
United Nations i s not al ways
right, only united.
Eventually, the euphoria which has gripped the
nation will erode and all that
will remain is the blatant
barbarism of war; death,
refugees, and atrocities will
be the results of this war,
like any other.
Michael Hamilton
The war is what it
First of all, let me tell
you what thisletterisnot. It
is not an attempt to justify
the actions of the USA in
Kuwait, or Canada's support
ofthe USA or an attempt to
glorify Saddam Hussein. I
would like to point out that
the actions ofthe USA are in
concert with a number of
other nations, and that all of
these nations' actions
against Iraq are with the
full and absolute support of
the United Nations, but that
is irrelevant to the point that
I hope to make.
The point is that the
general feeling around here
seems to be "Hey guys, let's
go raise some hell, kick the
shit out of a few war-
mongerers, and have a
blast!" Well, excuse me
people, but I got something
that I wanna tell ya. The
fact is, that there is a war in
the Persian Gulf, that
Canada and the USA are
involved, and that people are
going to die. "Great," you
say. "So, why shouldn't we
head out and bash a few
skulls to show that war isn't
the answer?" Because the
bulk of the people that are
going to die in the Gulf are
troops, the people about your
age. And when people start
big dramatic protests to try
January 25,1991 LETTERS
to force the government to back off
from war, the support to these
young troops will be compromised,
just when they need it the most,
and many more of them will die
than wouldotherwise. John Turner
recognises this fact; why do you
think he went against the will of
his party and expressed support
for the Canadian government's
decision to back the use of force in
The use of force in Iraq may be
wrong. It may be right. Whichever
it may be, the fact is that there is
now war in the Persian Gulf, and
Canadians are involved. All debate
about whether that is right or
wrong is academic at this point.
All we should do now is give our
full support to these soldiers in the
Gulf so that as many of them as
possible will come home as soon as
possible. After they are all home,
we can start arguingaboutrightor
wrong. Right now though, death
knows no rights or wrongs. It just
Jason Swan
Engineering 1
The Ubyssey prints
Israeli propaganda
I am writing in response to
Mr. Chivo's news article, "Israeli
Ambassador Encourages Peace",
(Nov.23rd 1990) in order to put
forth a perspective different from
that espoused by Israeli Consul
General Abileah, in so far as the
role of the Palestinians and the
PLO in the current Persian Gulf
crisis. Mr. Chivo, I believe, has
failed in his duty as a journalist to
provide the reader with the facts
and background behind the events
that Consul General Abileah referred to in the article. As such, the
news article is one-sided and hence,
it qualifies as a mouthpiece of
Consul General Abileah, who is an
agent of the Israeli government
responsible for prolonging an appalling circumstance of injustice,
misery and suffering ofthe Palestinians in the occupied West Bank
and Gaza Strip. The editors too
have failed the public trust, by
allowing such naked propaganda
to pass on as news reporting. Be
aware that the Israeli government
is in the fact-inventing business
and the euphemism game. The
Western media has all too often
played well into their hands, and
The Ubyssey is no exception, as
demonstrated by this article.
In euphemistic language,
Consul General refers to the
Temple Mount incident as the
violence in Jerusalem created by
the PLO. If such is the case, why
then does the Israeli government
refuse to allow a UN fact-finding
commission to investigate the incident? Nowhere in the article can
one find the plain facts of the
Temple Mount incident which
testify to the deaths of 19 Palestinian stone throwers by Isreali
Security Forces. The one-si dedness
ofthe carnage on the Temple Mount
bespeaks a hidden Isreali policy :
to quell Palestinian dissent with
arbitrary force. A case in point is
the use of so called plastic bullets
in the occupied territories, which
are practically 80% metal, and are
as lethal as the 100% metal bullets.
While the Israeli government
does not consider the PLO to be a
credible representative of the
Palestinian people, as Consul
General Abileah points out, it
seems to spend an undue amount
of effort discrediting the PLO. The
invasion of Kuwait provides the
Israeli government an irresistable
opportunity. The notion that the
PLO was a part of President
Hussein's conspiracy to invade
Kuwait is the latest concoction by
the Israeli government in its tireless efforts to discredit the PLO.
Such conspiracy is groundless and
can only be concocted by the Israeli
government. The PLO has said at
the begining ofthe invasion that it
does not and could not support any
occupation of one country by another country because the Palestinians are an occupied people.
What would the PLO hope to gain
from any hostility in the region
when the Israeli government sees
the occupied West Bank and Gaza
Strip as buffer zones against Arab
Contrary to what Consul
General Abileh would have us believe, the Palestinians stand to
loose the most in this crisis as they
see any hope for a peaceful, negotiated settlement for the restoration of Palestine being postponed
indefinitely. The rising tide of violence in Israel, whether by Palestinians or Israelis, is not related to
the current Gulf crisis but to the
escalation of Palestinian despair
in the wake of a massive influx of
Jewish Russians. This great influx
may confirm their greatest fear
that the Israeli government never
really intends to address their
rights but wishes that they disappeared.
II. Julian Tran
Science 4
No unwanted
babies here
We agree with Gordon Chan's
conclusion that Bill C-43 means
violations of human rights (re:
"Abort Bill C-43" The Ubyssey,
Nov. 30, 1990, p. 27); but we can-
notaccepthis premise. Mr. Chan's
assessment is "to help the already
living rather than the unwanted
fetus." If a woman's freedom of
"choice" is not limited with respect
to abortion, Mr. Chan suggests this
would be a good representation of
human rights and democratic
principles in society. We think
In Mr. Chan's premise the
fetus's crime is that of being unwanted. Mother Teresa's words to
Canadians several years ago seem
strangely appropriate: "I want
every one of your unwanted babies." Mother Teresa Homes,
among many other organizations,
have been set up across our country to assist pregnant mother in
their financial and emotional
needs, and to care for the baby
after birth. Obviously then there
are no unwanted babies in Canada.
If human rights apply anywhere,
they must apply to groups who are
threatened because they are unwanted.
Human rights seem to take on
their fullest description not for the
comfortable status quo, but rather
for the unfortunates and minorities
often prone to discrimination and
abuse. Surely anyone concerned
with the rights and dignity of other
humans in society should show
concern for those who are discarded
for being unwanted or too young.
Abortion-on-demand, we feel,
represents wide-scale human
rights violations in Canada.
Harbingers of peace recently
have voiced their concerns over
Canada's role in the Persian Gulf
crisis. "Please don'tlead our young
people into death!" they cry. "We
must exhaust all other means of
negotiation first!" The UBC
Campus Pro-Life Club is very
concerned with human rights. We
implore Canadians to exhaust all
other avenues and options first
before leading the youngest and
weakest of our society into death.
Jodi Rapaich
Campus Pro-Life Club
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January 25,1991
Protesters rally to save public broadcasting
by Jeff Zuk
WINNIPEG (CUP) — Students
will be affected by government
cutbacks to the CBC, speakers and
notables said at a January 4 rally
organized to protest 40 layoffs in
"There's a lot of implications
for students," said CBC
regional director Marv Terhoch.
"It's going to"be very hard for those
graduating this year and in the
next years for them to get jobs in
our industry."
A    former    producer    of
Breakaway, Kim Alexander, echoed those sentiments: ''You're going to fi nd you have a lot less places
to go. For a lot of the kids in journalism school, at Tec Voc, at Red
River, it's going to be a tough time
looking for a place (to start)."
Almost all regional television
broadcasting (including
Breakaway) has been cancelled by
the CBC, reflecting a $110 million
budget cut by the federal government. This sparked both protest
across the country and this rally
organized by the Save Our Station
Alexander, who heads SOS
and who received her pink slip
that day, gathered opinions before
arranging a demonstration.
"We received so many phone
calls about it that we thought there
seems to be an awful lot of people
who don't want their regional
programming off the air," she
said. "We've asked all the speakers
that you see here today and
everyone was ready and willing to
Highlight speakers included
Sharon Carstairs, leader of the
provincial Liberals, Prairie The-
CBC cuts affect students
by Sharon Lindores
Despite current competition
for attention on the Vancouver
protest scene, an estimated 160
people attended a rally to reverse
the cuts to the CBC last Monday at
the Robson Square Conference
A Martin Luther King demonstration was taking place outside
of Robson Square at the same time
and, in light of the frequent ongoing peace rallies, organizers were
pleased with the turnout for the
CBCrally. Organizers believed the
issue was made visible and that
public interest is high.
The protest, was sponsored by
the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting—a group that began in
1985 when prime minister Brian
Mulroney cut $85 million from
public broadcasting.
Restructuring will have a large
impact on regional television,
closing three regional stations and
downsizing eight others. Parliamentary channels and the Radio
Canada International will also
undergo service changes. It is expected that 1,100 positions will be
lost in this round of cuts.
A march down Robson Street
to the CBC building on the corner
of Hamilton and Georgia was followed by more speeches.
Peter Newman, founder of the
Friends of Public Broadcasting,
said the government is attempting
to privatize the CBC. He pointed
out that the cuts of $108 million
will cost $75million in termination
"The image of CBC enduring
cuts is akin to an amputation; like
watching an animal dying slowly
caught in a magnificent trap,"
Newman said.
Judy Darcey was a spokesperson for 100 Days of Action—a
group which organized itself before Christmas, 100 days "before
the ax will fall." They are working
closely with a Quebec counterpart.
"This symbolic hand holding
exercise voices a common theme—
for the Canadian government to
give emergency funding to reverse
the cuts, forestall future cuts and
to defend public broadcasting in
Canada," Darcey said.
Carole Taylor, a public
broadcaster and former politician,
said "public broadcasting must do
atre Exchange director Colin
Jackson, and Phil Fontaine, Grand
Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba
Chiefs, who labelled the cutbacks
"a crazy decision."
Gene Waltz, representing the
UniversityofManitobaFilm Studies department, emphasized "the
importance of the CBC and the
local programming."
"The CBC is truly the life-line
of our country and it is crucial to us
as a democracy. It's a two-way
network; the regions don't just
broadcast, they produce, they create stories, and opinions. And now
the federal Tories have decided to
disrupt this exchange," he said.
Waltz said another major cut
of $50 million is expected in 1992,
and according to John Harvard,
Liberal MP for Winnipeg South,
that could mean another 500 to
600 jobs will be cut.
Harvard, a former CBC
Winnipeg broadcaster, explained,
"Local Programming is where
young people get their start and
that is where young people leam to
develop their talent and go on to
bigger and better things."
what no one else will do. The CBC
is the heart, blood, guts and soul of
public broadcasting. If we lose the
regional voice what is the point of
fighting national cuts in five
Taylor urged the public to
write to their Conservative MPs.
She pointed out how ironic it is
that the government "is spending
millions on the Spicer Commission
for Canadians to talk to each other,
when in fact they have just cut the
very vehicle that had us talking to
one another."
Anne Ironside said, "It costs
the average Canadian 11 cents a
day to fund the CBC and that an
additional one cent per day would
turn the cuts around."
The cuts follow on the heels of
last year's CBC budget reduction
of $35 million and will be continued
for two more years. Next year's
governmental reduction is expected to be $32 million.
The CBC cites four other reasons for the cuts: lack of funding to
offset inflation; declining television
advertisingrevenues; costs of CBC
Pension Fund; and new operational
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