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The Summer Ubyssey Aug 13, 1992

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Rally commemorates Prison Justice Day
by Lucho van Isschot
Canada's prisons are dangerous, violent and overcrowded
Last Sunday, a small handful
of people gathered on the steps of
the Vancouver Art Gallery to commemorate National Prison Justice
The event was organized by
Claire Culhane, a life-long political activist and president of the
Vancouver-based Prison Justice
Culhane has been organizing
vigils and demonstrations since
1976 to remember those prisoners
who have died "unnatural" deaths
in Canadian prisons.
On August 10,1976, inmates
of the Millhaven federal penitentiary in Bath, Ontario organized
the first National Prison Justice
Day to commemorate the death of
Eddie Nallen.
Nallen was being held in solitary confinement at Millhaven
when, in a moment of desperation,
he slashed his wrists.
After slashing his wrists,
Nallen attempted to cry for help.
Nallen pushed the emergency
"panic" button—which was supposed to signal the guards—but no
one responded.
The "panic" button didn't
work. Millhaven prison guards had
snipped the wires.
Eddie Nallen died on August
An inquestintoNallen's death
was conducted soon thereafter, and
Millhaven officials were ordered
to repair the "panic" button.
Ten months later, another inmate, Bobby Landers, died in solitary confinement at Millhaven.
Like Nallen, Landers had called
for the guards' help after slashing
his wrists. The "panic" button had
not been repaired.
According to former Millhaven
prisoner Brent Taylor, National
Prison Justice Day is an important
political event for prisoners
throughout Canada.
Taylor was arrested in 1983
for so-called "terrorist" acts he carried out in association with the
radical political group known as
the Squamish Five. Taylor has
spent most ofthe last nine years of
his life inside Millhaven.
"All across the country prisoners will be fasting and doing work
stoppages to remember their
brothers and sisters who have died
unnatural deaths in prison," Taylor said.
"I saw a lot of deaths in
Millhaven, including people being
shot by high powered rifles from
the guard towers. But most ofthe
deaths I saw were suicides—and
these were, perhaps, the most disturbing," Taylor said.
According to federal statistics,
some 324 people (318 men and six
women) have died "unnatural"
deaths inside prisons in the past
ten years. Suicide, murder and fatal accidents are all defined as "unnatural" causes of death.
However, Culhane is skeptical about the federal statistics on
unnatural deaths in prisons.
"I don't believe anything they
say. I don't know if I believe anybody," Culhane said.
For instance, Culhane points
out that more than six women
prisoners have died unnatural
deaths in Canadian prisons over
the past ten years.
"In one women's prison alone
there were three deaths in a single
month," Culhane said.
While the statistics on unnatural deaths in prisons are
shocking, the general statistics on
Canada's prison system are even
more shocking, Culhane said.
There are some 29,555 people
serving time in some 255 correctional facilities across Canada,
Culhane said. And as 112.7 out of
every 100,000 Canadians are currently in prison, Canada has the
second highest rate of incarceration in the world after the United
Some $40 million has just been
spenton a new prison in Muskoka,
Ontario, to cope with the problem
of overcrowding in prisons,
Culhane said.
And in addition to constructing new prisons, the federal government is making additions to
existing prisons, Culhane said.
"Very quietly, all prisons are
being expanded across the country," she said.
According to Culhane, the rate
at which the prison system is expanding corresponds to the growing rate of incarceration right
across the country.
Bad economic times, high
unemployment, and an increasing
sense of desperation are forcing
some Canadians to turn to alternative means of survival—including crime.
"I think [the government] is
preparing. It is inevitable when
things are going so bad," Culhane
"They have enough money to
build a prison in Prince George for
young people, but they don't have
$10,000 to get a crisis line for street
kids in Vancouver. I mean, who do
they think they are kidding?"
Culhane said.
Canada also has one of the
highest rates of recidivism (rate of
former prisoners who eventually
return to prison) in the world,
Culhane said.
"The reason for the rate of recidivism, which is estmated at 60
to 80 per cent, is so self-evident. I
mean, even bank managers can't
find jobs," she said.
Culhane considers herself to
be a prison abolitionist. But, she
says, we cannot conceive of abolishing prisons before we solve the
social, political and economic problems which have made prisons
"Prisons are an integral part
of society, so we can't talk about
abolishing prisons until we change
society. We can't argue about these
things in a vacuum," Culhane said.
Eventually, Culhane would
like to see 95 per cent of Canada's
current prison population released
into the general community. If the
prison system were reduced, there
would only have to be one prison
for all of Canada, Culhane said.
Even conservative estimates suggest fewer than 15 per cent of prisoners are either violent or dangerous, she said.
"It would be better to release
them into the community, to be
able to rehabilitate them, and so
they can make restitution.
"There are answers. All we
need is a little sanity and a lot of
power," Culhane said.
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Claire Cuchane of the Prisoners' Rights Group speaks about injustices in the prison system at a
demonstration to commemorate National Prison Justice Day, Sunday, August 9 on the steps of the
Vancouver Art Gallery. siobhan roantree photo
UBC intervenes in student society fees suit
by Frances Foran
The UBC Alma Mater Society
has been granted intervenor status in the court case that could
sentence BC student unions to
The AMS show of support for
the Simon Fraser Student Society's
decision to fight the March 6 ruling that mandatory student union
dues are unconstitutional is joined
by the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS). The CFS has
granted $7,500 to defray the legal
costs and "to help the student
movement some way," said CFS
national treasurer Sandra Rein.
The pending appeal will decide whether to uphold the decision of the Commercial Appeals
Commission (CAC) which ruled in
favour of anti-student union lobbyists that mandatory student society  fees violate the Charter of
Rights and Freedoms.
The commision found that
freedom of association implies
freedom from association, a point
which has been rejected by the
Supreme Court in other union fees
The commission's ruling relied solely on the testimony ofthe
claimant, ignoring a request by
David Morris ofthe BC Registrar
of Companies that BC student societies be given an opportunity to
make submissions on the Charter
The case was originally
launched by Simon Fraser alumnus and student-union foe Phil
Eidsvik, who co-founded Students
for Freedom of Association, a group
he said stands for "students'
Eidsvik, who claimed to dislike the "intensely political" Simon
Fraser Student Society, has been
campaigning to de-unionize it for
three years. He contends that the
society's finances have been mismanaged by overpaid unionized
staff, some of whom are ex-officers
of the society.
The CAC ruling was in appeal
of Morris' decision that it was beyond his authority to intervene in
the society's mandatory membership by-laws.
AMS president Martin Ertl
said the case is of direct interest to
UBC and student societies everywhere, because the CAC ruling
states that "non-essential" student
services, such as a theatre and a
bookstore that lose money, are
"aggregate conduct contrary to the
public interest."
Ertl said self-interest also
played a role in the AMS decision
to intervene which was granted in
June. "We don't want to be accused
of financial improprieties."
According to the AMS* lawyers, constitutional autonomy from
the university puts them in a better legal position than the their
SFU counterparts, and may provide immunity if the Charter is
found to apply to universities.
Kyong-ae Kim, counsel for the
SFSS, said even if the Charter applies to universities, there are important legal precedents which
have found manadatory employees' union dues constitutionally
permissible and may overturn the
CAC's ruling.
However, two years ago when
UBC had its mandatory retirement
clause upheld it was decided the
Charter's anti-age discrimination
provision did not apply touniversi-
ties. Kim said this could bear on
the SFSS case when it resumes in
early spring.
"I don't see how the court could
uphold the CAC ruling. I am fairly
confident it will be overturned,"
she said.
Eidsvik himself does not think
the show of force from the CFS and
the AMS will affect his case.
"Student societies are always
looking after their own bureaucracies and not students' interests,"
he said.
"The CFS legal fund was established to protect students'
rights and now they are arguing
that the Charter has no application to universities—that means
no freedom of speech, no freedom
of association," he said.
"If student societies were so
great, why would they be afraid of
voluntary membership? That
would force them to give students
better services."
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UBC to get Light Rapid Transit?
by Rick Hiebert
XTBC and Simon Fraser
University might be linked to a
lightrapidtransitCLRT) system
planned to run from Vancouver
to Coquitlam by 1996.
The Vancouver Sun reported last week that, according to anonymous sources in
the provincial government, a
commuter train system will be
set up to run from UBC through
Kitsilano down Broadway and
into North Burnaby along
Lougheed Highway. The route
would then go north and stop in
downtown Coquitlam.
The trains would be street
level, running on tracks laid
down the middle of roads, and
run by a conductor, who would
drive the trains and stop for
traffic lights.
Yet, according to Len
Traboulay, chair of the Greater
which oversees municipal
public transit, the route "was
foing to start, to the best of my
nowledge around Broadway
and 12th or Broadway and
"It may well be that the
New Democrats in Victoria
have decided to expand the
route very recently, which
would make a great deal of
sense. I'm not opposed at all to
the route going out to UBC. It
makes excellent sense, given
how many people commute onto
campus, Traboulay said.
Students will have to lobby
hard to get the route, said
Traboulay who is also mayor of
Port Coquitlam (which would
be one ofthe main beneficiaries
ofthe route).
The proposed transit system would cost $500 million
less' to build than a Skytrain
type elevated rail system. Also,
the technology for surface rail
is quieter and less obtrusive
than Skytrain and easier to fix
and replace.
The system would be modeled on systems in Calgary and
Portland, Oregon.
The proposed route has,
however, caused a few political
waves. The route would go
through the constituencies of
four NDPcabinetministers and
three NDP backbenchers on its
way from UBC to Coquitlam.
Richmond, which has three
Liberal MLAs, had also been
lobbying heavily for a LRT
system and plans to build a
major bridge to deal with commuter traffic to Vancouver,
missed out. Richmond mayor,
Greg Halsey-Brandt, said last
week, "Sometimes I feel if there
were a couple of NDP MLA's it
might be helpful."
Politics aside, most agree
that as a route to North
Burnaby and Coquitlam would
serve 250,000 potential riders
as compared to around 160.000,
riders using a system from
Delta and Richmond into
Vancouver, the right route was
The NDP promised a transit link to North Burnaby and
Coquitlam in last year's election. If the government started
now on getting the system ready
by planning routes and laying
track in the next year, it could
be ready by 1995 or 1996.
Art Cowie, Liberal MLAfor
the riding of Vancouver-
Quilchena (which would benefit from a LRT system going to
Richmond) and Opposition
critic for BC Transit, agrees
the right choice was made.
"There's nothingnew about
the idea for rapid transit along
the Broadway route through
Burnaby. When I was in a community planning class at UBC
in 1966, we talked about the
value oflight rapid transit along
this route, so Tm not surprised,
Cowie said.
"Unless wehave some kind
of transit system going to UBC
wis will be faced with a real
disaster," he said. "We have
around 50 to 60 thousand
people funnelling through
Kitsilano and Kerrisdale each
day, jockeying for position in
cars and trying to cram onto
buses, so we really need something to alleviate this pressure.
"Now that we might recognize that Point Grey may not
have been the best place to put
a university, we really have to
make it as accessible as possible
by transit."
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Students like proposed ALRT
by Rick Hiebert
Student politicians like the
idea of the proposed light rapid
transit from UBC to SFU and
Coquitlam. But they differ, apparently, on how important it is
to lobby for.
The route (as reported in The
Vancouver Sun courtesy of
anonymous government sources)
is still uncertain, but Jacquie
Best, BC chair ofthe Canadian
Federation of Students, is excited
about the idea.
"It would be absolutely ideal
as far as students are concerned,"
Best said. "When we have 40 per
cent of students living on scholarships or loans, any way we can
help students use rapid transit
would help students in the long
-• run. Instead of spending money
on a car, they could spend it on
food or books."
Best said lobbying BC Transit was a priority for the CFS-
BC. The CFS makes submissions
to all BC Transit commission
meetings talking about fares and
transit routes, and its lobbying
efforts persuaded the transit authority three years ago to give
students one single fare rate to
travel though all transit zones
during rush hours. Best hopes
the proposed system will be
linked up to the BC Transit system, and readily affordable and
She said the CFS would
make it a priority to ensure the
proposed route comes about in
the next year.
"We don't know how definite
the plans for the route are, so it
will be especially important for
students to voice their concerns.
The more support that a UBC-
SFU-Coquitlam line gets, the
more likely that it will be that it
takes place. We have to let the
. NDP know that we want it and
that it is important to us."
Marya McVicar, Alma Mater Society external affairs coordinator, also likes the idea of
rapid transit to UBC.
"I think it would be great,"
McVicar said. "I don't think that
a lot of students like driving an
hour or more to school and its
obviously more environmentally
"Every year, we seem to lose
more and more parking to buildings, so UBC students will have
to come up with some kind of
alternative soon. Ultimately
there's probably going to be fewer
and fewer drivers on campus."
However, she does not plan
to lobby BC Transit for the route
"There are other issues that
are more important than transit
in the summer," she said. 6Maybe
in the fall."
However, she said, the AMS
is not blind to student transit
needs. Director of Administration Caireen Hanert is setting up
a carpooling program for UBC
students to be launched this fall.
"We really do care about students getting to school and this
is something viable we can do,"
McVicar said.
MacBlo official reads court order and Norleen Lllllco recites the UN
Biodiversity resolution of which Canada Is a signatory as protestors
march In front of the logging trucks.
Activists stall logging in Clayoquot Sound
by Ela3ine Griffith
Friends of Clayoquot
Sound, Ta community-based
environmental group, is
fighting the NDFs "talk and
log" process whereby 90 per
cent of the world's second
largest remaining area of
temperate ancient forest is
slated to be clear-cut, while
government steering committee talks go on without environmental representatives.
The group, active on forestry and herbicide issues for
almost 14 years, is recognized
as the first group to set up
blockades inBC. Blockading,
a practical application of civil
disobedience, has been the
group'smethod of action since
1984 when after two years of
work, the Meares Island
Planning Committee, which
represented forestry giant
Macmillan Bloedel and the
community, arrived at a plan
for logging on Meares Island
(neaT Tofino on the west coast
of Vancouver Island). MacBlo
withdrew from the process,
opted back into the Tree Fram-
ingLicence provisions and went
on logging.
The frustration after years
of wasted volunteer effort made
Friends of
Clayoquot Sound
and Native
ment Steering Committee, also
known as the "Task Farce,"
which still has not decided
which areas of ancient forest, if
any, should be protected. Nor
has the committee discussed
the possibility of value-added
peoples feel the only option was
to blockade logging activities
and, if necessary, get arrested.
Mass arrests raise public
awareness and let the government know that many people
refuse to be intimidated, said
FOCS member Morleen Lillico.
"Now the government can't
ignore us. They must acknowledge the need for a change in
forest policy now," Lillico said.
For the last three and a
halfyearsthe Socreds, followed
by toe New Democrats, have
run the Sustainable Develop-
industry in BC. Environmental reps walked away from the
table so as not to endorse a
process Lillico calls "ridiculous—they have us sitting at
the table while they log.".
Inadequate government
policy, with even existing regulations not being enforced, lets
forestry companies take advantage of the lack of government intervention. Protesters
feel they are doing the impotent government's work for it.
FOCS is asking for a moratorium. Then, Lillico says, "we're
willing to sit down an<J talk."
The latest series of blockades led to the arrests of over
50 people for violating a court
order not to obstruct MacBlo's
logging activities in the southern half of Clayoquot Sound.
Standing at the barricades, sitting with
linked arms, or lying
in front ofthe logging
trucks, protectors
peacefully allowed Ucluelet
police to escort or carry them to
the waiting vans.
"We are helping the government and they are prosecuting us," Lillico, who was
arrested August 4, said. "Public money is payingfor the public to be arrested on public land
while we are trying to protect
our valuable wilderness heritage."
Lillico was part of FOCS'
community pancakebreakfast,
held on a logging road July 31
to bring more people from the
community in to see what
went on at the demonstrations. The demos .are generally preceded by a one-hour
session of non-violence
Originally three people
were planning to be arrested
but the people present, so
inspired by the actions of
their friends and shocked by
the violence ofthe Courtenay
RCMP, decided on the spot to
block the road as well.
Twenty-five people were arrested that day, and since
then five more actions have
resulted in further arrests.
Friends of Clayoquot
Sound is planning another
action and mass arrest for
Monday, August 17. And
anyone interested is encouraged to take part. Food and
support for those arrested is
always welcome. For more
info call 725-4218.
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by Frances Foran
AT Under the Volcano, touted
as the local Lollapallooza,
social consciousness wasn't only
expressed with nifly t-shirts like
at other recent festivals. It was
in the air, palpable, and the all-
ages crowd caught whiff of it
Under the Volcano
Cates Park
August 10,1992
In a month jammed full of
music festivals this was something truly different: sponsored
by the youth-oriented magazine
Artest, this anti-corporate-Tock
celebration was entrance-fee-free
and security-pig-free. And the
absence of things like earthbucks
and sponsors' billboards in your
face made one festival goer say
he preferred the few hours of
Under the Volcano to another
better-known worthy-cause
festival, which is becoming
dangerously commercial.
If Under the Volcano had
one identifiable agenda, it was:
this world's gotta change now,
dammit. Irwin Oostindie of
Artest said the organization
stands for a D-I-Y revolution
through "ignoring corporate
rock" and its monopoly on the
minds and pockets of young
"There's all these festivals in
the summer in the city that
pressure young people to pay a
lot of money and we forget that
we can do it ourselves," he said.
For its third annual Under
the Volcano Festival in Cates
Park, Artest brought together
guest speakers from the Filipina
Women's Association, Roots of
Resistance, environmentalists
The Bicycle People and Friends
of Clayoquot Sound, and other
political info booths to the side of
the stage offered a variety goods
from literature to latex.
In memoriam ofthe genesis
of American colonization, a
member of Roots of Resistance
read part of a letter Columbus
wrote to the queen of england
describing a hardy and pacifist
people who might be easily
converted, killed or enslaved.
Cecilia Deocson ofthe Filipina
Women's Association spoke of
how global free trade is crushing
"third world" economies, and how
the Philipines' debts to the World
bank and IMF is forcing women
to sell their labour abroad.
The politics is what distinguished Under the Volcano from
other recent happenings and
festivals, Oostendie said. "Other
festivals are not talking about
revolution. We want to help
young activists identify with a
culture of resistance."
They appear to be identifying with something. This year's
event, supported entirely by
volunteers all under 25 years old,
drew the largest crowd ever with
2200 people. Oostendie said that
a survey taken the day ofthe
festival found that all the
respondents said they would be
willing to pay a nominal fee—
$3—to have a two day event next
The music was also activist-
oriented: local folksinger
Vanessa Lebroudais sang a
requiem for Clayoquot Sound;
Ngoma had everyone dancing to
African-inspired anti-war tunes.
San Diego anarcho-punks,
Struggle, who brought with them
cool "Fuck traditional American
values" t-shirts, sang a number
of head-banging songs, including
"fuck this culture of rape" which
sounded remarkably like their
others, "fuck vivisection," "fuck
homophobia," Tuck racism" and
"pigs, on fire* (fuck tha' police is
The only musical performers
to get a standing ovation,
though, were local Japanese
drum players Uzume Taiko
(taiko=big drum). Maybe that is
because they were the only
performers to compel people to
sit down and pay attention. Part
dance, part drumming, and all
beautifully ritualistic, Uzume
Taiko captivated all with
drumming like the soundtrack to
the end ofthe world: horses,
thunder, then soft reverberations
into silence...
Thanks to the success of
Under the Volcano, Artest
managed to break even this year
and will be able to put out
another edition soon. Artest's
Take Back the Night Womyn's
issue, should be out at the end of
the month. Look for it.
Immortality okay for an hour
by Angelique Augereau
THE secret to eternal life
comes in a bottle in Death
Becomes Her, starring Bruce
Willis, Meryl Streep and Goldie
Hawn. But how much life does
. the movie really have?
Death Becomes Her
Death Becomes Her is a
comic farce about the search for
eternal youth and beauty that
gets the laughs and some eye
popping special effects but could
have used a better script.
Isabella Rossellini is the
scientific sorceress with a magic
potion that goes beyond plastic
surgery in offering rich Beverly
Hills clients eternal youthfulness
but at a certain price—they'll
look great, but they'll be dead.
It's a bargain that a fading movie
queen played by Merly Streep is
only too willing to make but
before long she realizes what a
terrible price she has to pay. She
doesn't die no matter what
happens to her, not even when
her alcoholic husband—played
by Bruce Willis—pushes her
down the stairs. The movie co-
stars Goldie Hawn as Streep's
lifelong arch-rival who has also
taken the potion and has the
embarrassing problem of not
being able to die.
One thing about Death
Becomes Her, it goes for the big
guns. Director Bob Zemeckis
shows off a warehouse of stunning special effects.
But maybe these special
effects upstaged the characters.
An example of this is at the end
ofthe picture when you see a
large hole in one ofthe characters' bodies and that is all you're
looking at because you dont care
what is surrounding the hole.
Yet since I didn't really feel
like I knew or cared about any of
these people, I didn't react
strongly to the horrible things
that were happening to them.
Basically I sat through the movie
waiting to see the special effects,
not caring much for the story
itself. This made the beginning
ofthe movie very tedious since it
took a while to get into the
The stars do.a pretty good
job of holding the movie together,
although Goldie looks slightly
dazed. But Streep and Willis
have some great moments and
there are effects you can see but
still not quite believe.
The movie is just a whole
bunch of special effects in which
the characters are never alive
even before they take the magic
potion. At best it is inspired, at
worst it is overdone. Eternal life
turns out to be funny for about
an hour.
<*y "' * ,
s     C
6y Frances Foran
AST out any fears that today's youth are
'apathetic and politically comatose, you
cynical adults.
Last weekend's musical happenings suggest
these kids—spawned in an era of gross
overconsumption and infotainment, and following the
snooze of generation X—are angiy, out, and totally into any
social or political cause that makes a nifty slogan on a t-shirt.
Bundhu Boys are beautiful
by Martin Chester
SOMETIMES you get out of
touch with what you really
like, and why you really like it.
Years ago I used to listen to
the African music shows on both
CiTR and Co-op and I loved the
music. I could sit for hours
reading in complete bliss
listening to music I had no
experience of, and could not
understand in many cases.
The Bundhu Boys
August 8
The Town Pump
But I slowly drifted away
from listening to this music and
got into hard-core and garage
trash, and so on. I had completely forgotten what it was I
loved so much.
When I saw a poster for the
Bundhu Boys I thought to
myself, "Hey, I should go see
them." I couldn't remember what
they sounded like or much about
them; I just remembered I
enjoyed their sound. Last
Saturday, it took just moments
for the Bundhu Boys to remind
me why.
The Bundhu Boys are a
Zimbabweian quartet who play
Jits, a dance music ofthe Shona
people. They sing in the Shona
language, which I really wish I
understood—I expect their lyrics
are probably as compelling as
their music. Obviously when Fm
listening I am missing a big part
of what is going on, but when the
performers are ofthe calibre of
the Bundhu Boys, even that is
not an obstacle to enjoying the
music, albeit incompletely.
The Bundhu Boys' music is
simply beautiful. There is no
other way of putting it. It
appeals to the "world beat"
crowd, but in no way is it a sellout to North American or
European taste. The Bundhu
Boys layer quite distinct sounds
and rhythms, not to create some
sort of interwoven sound, but a
collection of individual sounds
which then blend to create a
highly infectious music. Okay, so
that doesn't make any sense, but
ifs hard to explain. Just go see
them next time they're in town.
You'll see what I mean. Or not.
And the predominantly
white, middle class (like myself)
audience danced, or bobbed, or
tapped their feet through the
whole performance. Everybody
within eye-shot was moving,
except the fellow beside me who
fell asleep. But that too I could
understand because the music is
so relaxing and soothing—it kind
of makes your troubles go away.
Needless to say, I enjoyed
the show. Even the back-up
band, local reggae, group Small
Axe, was okay.
Perhaps the most joyful
element ofthe night was the lack
of pretension shown by the
Bundhu Boys. These are honest,
talented musicians, who obviously love to play their music.
There is no need for glitz when
you are this good, this clean.
The show was promoted by
Melo Productions, a single-
handed effort which is bringing
many non-American-mainstream
Black artists to town. An
upcoming Melo show, for
example, is Joan Armatrading—
a wonderful British performer
who seems to have taken a back
seat to Tracy Chapman in recent
years. I guess one Black woman
singer-songwriter is all the
North American mainstream
music scene can handle at a
Unfortunate. So, watch out .
for more from Melo—and Til see
you there, probably.
The Beastie Boys
Pacific National Exhibition
August 8,1992
The four band gig (L7, House of Pain, Sonic Youth and The Beastie
Boys) at the PNE last Friday drew a mostly under 20 crowd who wore
their politics on their chests. Against Animal Testing. Against Daryl
Gates. Against Homophobia. Against Guns. Against Environmental
Exploitation. Against Racism. Maybe this blending of music and politics
shouldn't be surprising—the all-women rock group L7 is part of a initiative called Rock for Choice, a collection of rock groups which raises funds
to support abortion rights. Of course, L7 would have been slated to play at
5:30, when yours truly and her companion were discovering the myriad
prizes at the bottom of a bottle of good gin.
By the time we entered this pen of well-clad kids with expensive hairdo's, Sonic Youth were demonstrating "The Sound" that is becoming
synonymous with Seattle: conceived and born in a garage, it's grungy,
coarse guitar music. At times they sounded like Concrete Blonde; other
songs with heavy feedback and lyrics about sweet somatic secretions were
reminiscent of The Jesus and Mary Chain. It was loud and slightly
desperate music that requires a certain mood to appreciate. Perfect
inspirational music for skeet-shooting.
The Beasties were louder and even angrier. I hadn't seen this sort
of energy or heard this kind of language since Ice-T at Lollapallooza
"91. But these guys must have a really special bond among them;
they literally hopped onto the stage in unison and started non-stop
shouting with remarkable synchronicity. Apparently, their last
tour disappointed fans because The Boys shouted to taped music.
Whether it was to avoid disappointing fans or not, once the
Boys picked up their guitars on this tour a different sound
emerged—not entirely attributable to their difficulty in
shouting and playing at the same time. Their punk roots
showed like neon with thrashing guitars, and it was like
1977 again. I half-expected Malcolm McLaren to step out
from behind a curtain.
They didn't play hits Fight for Your Right or She'i
On It, or if they did, I couldn't hear because I was
visiting the petting zoo.
Under the Volcano      ♦
hts. 3 vortex
by Yukie Kurahashi
Jesus is here!
...Well, almost.
According to a fun, Robson-
Street-pamphleteering pseudo-
millenarian crowd which has
recently surfaced in Vancouver, the
current prophet (who just happens to
be a fourteen-year-old boy) has announced jesus is coining soon to an earth
near you this very October.
Uh huh.
And this boy is being trucked around
the world by these zealots on a north
ameriean tour late this summer. There's even
a 1-800 number to call for more information.
(What's wrong with human nature?)
That jesus is coming at this particular time is
especially significant and even deliciously relevant because October is the month of Libra—ofthe
scales of justice (zibanitu)—associated with the
judgment ofthe living and dead in Babylonian
religions. In Egypt, the harvest was weighed when the
moon was full in Libra.
This very same group affirms the existence of a
trans-national organization of satan worshippers who,
with the aid of bar codes and a supercomputer called The
Beast, is taking inventory ofthe world.
Good, huh.
Bar codes are set up in three units of sixes, says this group
(the zealots, not the ostensible satanites), and all anti-messiahs
are marked at birth with this sign of the devil. Apparently,
Saddam Hussein uses Max Factor pan-stick to cover up the UPC
birthmark on his forehead. (Sound like Alien3 to you? And you know
how the bar-coding project is well under way at UBC libraries?)
It gets better.
These folks also assert that the twelve nations ofthe EEC are
representative ofthe twelve tribes of Jerusalem as outlined in the book
of revelation, or the twelve disciples, or cookies in a dozen, or... '
Also, they believe an evil man will seize power somewhere around
there and cause armageddon—
1 / wanted to ask these people about the aliens in the book of genesis.
' You know, the giants. (Try looking this up in your King James sometime
it's really quite trippy.) The sons of god who mate with the daughters of men.
They've. GOT to have been extraterrestrial.
I wonder what would happen if the lion really does end up lying down with
the lamb. How satisfying is inter-special sex? Speaking of sex, what ofthe seraphic embraces extolled by Milton in book six of Paradise Lost?
(No sex before marriage!)
And would every animal suddenly become vegetarian in order to avoid eating its
friends? Or, are vegetables friends, too, so everything would consume artificial foods
like Cheez-Whiz and UBC-residence-cafeteria-quality meatloaf?
Don't let the
bed bugs bite!
by Ferula Wellings
SLIMY pizza churns in my stomach as
I retrace an eccentric voyage through
gastrointestinal visions ofthe night.
Filled with old magic tricks, Kafkaesque
insect life, a ritual bird rising, exploding
bunnies and a mobile TV unit, Bliss Kolb
and Bob Venezia's, Sleep Tight: The Dreaming Man Watches What He Eats, is a strobe-
light night of musings into the origins of
reality. Or maybe it's just an evening of self-
indulgent giggling.
Sleep Tight: The Dreaming Man
Watches What He Eats
The Vancouver East Cultural Centre
August 11-22
Meditate, if you will', on the nature of
Is magic a full-course meal from a top
hat, fire from a shoe, red ball after red ball
after red ball after red ball from a man's
mouth, or a dove from a frying pan?
Or is magic when you calmly watch a
thespian converse with a pre-taped video?
When a video image of a shopping cart
is physically rolled across the stage and you
envision shopping?
When you watch a tv screen full offish
and see an aquarium?
Tumbled together in a washing-
machine-type dream bubbles a strange stew
of technotricks, slapsticks, and vaudeville-
inspired street theatre.
The dreams appear fragmented,
momentary, or absolutely comprehensive
from middle to middle, beginning to end,
end to beginning. You may choose. But as
Sleep Tight gently whispers, your choices
| are limited, snake or dog, #3 or #3 or #3.
Wandering from scene to scene, from
scene to screen, Sleep Tight lightly subverts
a tv-focused society by drawing us back into
live theatre through the videotaped dreams
of a man who has eaten pizza.
Sounds a tad unusual, but the surreal
moon is full, the eve is filled with humour,
and even the most analytical mind cannot
resist a magician with a saw.
Go see Sleep Tight.
Satan may offer to buy your soul, a
middle class intellectual might tell you
erotic stories, and El Profundo will likely
blow up his assistant.
All in a night's sleep you might say.
This is one slumber you won't want to
Sleep Tight.
August 13,1992
August 13,1992
THEUBYSSEY/5 Who really knows what happened that night in the
Watergate Hotel? Last Tuesday night that is, when
Canada, the US and Mexico signed the mysterious
North America Free Trade Agreement, creating the
largest free trade zone in the world.
When the Canada-US free trade deal was in
negotiation, the issues and their implications were
well-publicized, and while the majority of Canadians
didn't support it, at least we knew about it and could
say, "We knew it!" when the inevitable happened:
thousands of jobs lost in the manufacturing and auto
industries, outrageous tariffs on softwood lumber that
actually contravene the deal with Uncle Sam, threats
to expropriate Canadian water to get the US through
a drought, depletion of Canadian fish stocks, and the
latest blow, tariffs on our beer that protect the cheap
American brew.
The US-Canada deal ultimately reserved the right
of the States to call any government intervention in
the economy—yes, that includes agricultural boards
and social services like medicare—"unfair trade
practices" when the US doesn't share those practices.
There is no reason to believe the dynamics of
NAFTA are different. The objectives in the US-Canada
deal, as with NAFTA, is to eliminate these "unfair"
trade barriers and create a "level playing field."
(American economists always use baseball analogies;
"playing hardball with the big boys" sounds :o much
more fun than losing your job). The question is obviously, to whom were these practices unfair and whom
will their elimination profit? Most likely the same
player who profited from the Canada-US deal.
Except that NAFTA will allow Mexico to be exploited by not one, but two countries.
Some predictions. American and Canadian branch
plants will relocate in Mexico where workers are paid
a third of what Canadian workers earn, inflictingmore
job loss in this country. Those pesky environmental
standards which Canada has partly enforced on industry can be ignored in Mexico, where there are no
pollution regulations, as 25 million in Mexico City
know every day they are advised to remain indoors. No
pesky workers' health standards to bother with either,
which Mexican workers have known«for years, and
which the world only recently discovered after the ill-
effects of American industries were felt in Texas and
encephalitic babies were being born at an alarming
rate—a phenomenon that has become a regular occurrence in Mexicans' lives.*
This is the globalization of capital, folks. What we
are witnessing is the destruction of tariff walls and
interventions that are the hills and valleys to the
movement of capital. The world is being parcelled out
into larger and larger zones and one supposes that the
process will only conclude when the whole world is one
single "level playing field" monopolized by the strongest economy.
Welcome to the flat earth.
reprinted from The Peak
August 13,1992
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This is the starship Ubyssey. To boldly go where no staff has gone before...or at least to attempt it. Captain Sammy Green engages
the crew into warp speed 9, but Q fumbles the positron power bypass, causing a momentary short circuit in all systems. The voyages
ofthe Ubyssey starship are temporarily halted as members scramble to rewire circuits. First Officers Hao Li and Lucho van Isschot
disappear into eternal space as the power failure interupts transport to planet Z. Counsellor Paula Wellings feels the tensions rise
throughout the ship as Commander Frances Foran reports missing pathways from computer systems. The shortage has apparently
caused a meltdown of internal circuitry. Dr. Yukie Kurahashi prescribes holodeck therapy to all bridge crew, as fierce insubordination
emerges against the bewildered Security Officer Martin Chester. Ensigns Helen Willow-Bee Price, Angelique Augereau, and Elaine
Griffith manage to escape certain doom and land on planet X, where they find fame, fortune, and no gimpy uniforms. Back in
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Write now, ask
questions later
It is my great pleasure
to write to you. I expect you
will be pleased to accept my
appeal regarding International Pen Pals for our school
students and club members.
Today it is possible to
reach into the hearts and
homes of people in almost
every country in the world.
It is a unique and wonderful
achievement to be able to
learn how others live, to
participate in their hobbies
and interests and perhaps
at a later date to exchange
visits with them and to share
the joy of real friendship.
Ihe aim of "Seoul International Pen Pal Club" is
to provide a channel of
communication for all
peoples, so that they can
learn to understand, respect
and live in harmony with
each other. We have many
students and club members
who wanttoexchange letters
and friendship with foreign
peoples and they frequently
request me to let them have
foreign penfriends. I am sure
this would help not only their
English and emotional life,
but  also  expand  their
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will not be published. Please be concise. Letters may be edited for brevity, but It Is standard Ubyssey policy net to edit letters for spelling or grammatical mistakes. Please bring them, with Identification,
toSUB241K. Letters must Include name, faculty, and signature.
knowledge of foreign lands.
Furthermore, I surely believe that this will stimulate
and promote world-wide
friendship as well as serving
as a true foundation of world
I feel it is necessary to
publish this simple wish
among yours. The only information I need of a person
is his or her name, address,
sex, age, hobbies and picture
ifpos sible. I expect to receive
many letters from your
readers. Every applicant
shall hear from a new Korean
Pen Pal within 20 days and
this service is absolutely
Looking forward to
hearing beautiful news.
Mrs. Joo In Ja
Seoul International
Pen Pal Club
C.P.O. Box 941
Seoul 100 KOREA
All work and
still no pay
I read with interest the
recent article "UBC payroll
system wreaks havoc." I
have also encountered problems obtaining my cheque.
However, this letter is in
defence of those who work in
Yes, problems do happen and will continue to
happen. There are approximately 12,000 people on the
payroll at UBC whom on
average get paid twice a
month. In the last six
months a number of situations have arisen. The strike
was one situation as well as
the implementation of a new
payroll system. Moreover,
retroactive pay originating
from the new contract had to
be processed on the old system. And within that time
frame the regular payroll
had to be processed.
Then comes April 30th
when a number of September to April appointments
end. Records of employment
have to be issued. Then in
July, the payroll department
must contend with processing the faculty retroactive
pay. Shortly after that comes
September with all the new
student appointments.
Consider also that many
payrolled people have more
than one appointment. That
means more than one
cheque. And if an appointment is terminated, there is
a time lag before payroll receives any information for a
new appointment.
What about those individuals who submit the time
sheets? It is up to the supervisors to fill out the sheets
properly and on time. And
this includes job and account
codes. What about those
departments that send their
payroll sheets in a the last
minute? Payroll can only do
so much.
Yes, as Kurt Karila
points out "that the staff
have a right to be paid on
time." However, if the department doesn't sendin the
appointment notices in an
orderly manner or the payroll sheets are filled out incorrectly then the problem
originates with the depart-.
ment. Not with payroll.
Lastly, I agree with
Karila, in part, when he says
"that payroll will not deal
with you in person." Maybe
this is because a few rude
and ignorant individuals
abuse the payroll people
verbally andmakeit difficult
for all of us. And after putting up with that I dont
blame payroll for not wanting to talk to anyone.
Whether your complaint is
by letter, phone, or in person,
attitude is everything.
Yes, there will be prob
lems in the future and screw-
ups and what have you. But,
if supervisors fill out their
sheets in full and send them
in on time, not at the last
minute and a few people had
a better attitude, then payroll might work a little better.
The alternative is to
farm out the payroll for supervisors to do. From processing the time sheets to
creating the paycheques.
Then the departments would
have to take the heat.
Allan G. Matthews.
Anxious yuppie
speaks out
Re: the "Local Anxiety"
review of Aug 7.
Since I didnt attend I
was looking forward to the
review, onlytofindthatlam
one of society's undesirables.
Your reviewer spent almost a third of her space
making slighting remarks
about the audience and the
venue. If it is desirable to
stamp out anything with any
tinge of yuppiness then her
comments were appropriate
but otherwise they were extraneous to her review.
I had to read the review
portions carefully to even
find out what she thought of
the performance. How did
she manage to have such a
good time among so many
"white middle-aged semi-
politically aware CBC radio
listening folk"?
As a CBC listener I at
least know that Local Anxiety is not Double Exposure.
Helen Martin
The Ubyssey is not
■publishing an issue on August
20th, but we'd be
bacfahe iveekjaf-
ter, business as
usual. 'Take, the
e%tra zveefi to
unite some great
storks, and come
by to see us!!!
August 13,1992 ^''-Rr'E'^&;:",S * T 5/^/^iiiB?
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T/iese articles appear courtesy ofthe students at UBC's English Language Institute
My poor English
by Eri Katsube
Although I have lived in
Canada since 1990, I still have
some mistakes when I am writing,
speaking and listening English.
My ultimate mistake was in
the summer of 1990, my friends
and I visited my uncle who is living
in Chicago. My air ticket was via
Seattle and Minneapolis. At first,
of course, we had to check in our
luggage. We left our luggage and
got on a plane.
During the flight, one of my
friends asked me, "Should we go to
pick up our luggages at Minneapolis, because I think the luggage tag
said only Minneapolis, not Chicago." I worried about my bags but
1 was sure our luggage would go to
the plane which goes to Chicago
automatically. However, we decided
to ask someone about it.
At Minneapolis, we asked the
hostess, "We gonna go to Chicago
via Minneapolis. Do we have to
pick up our luggage to transfer?"
She answered, "You must go
to customs to check immunity."
??? What? What's that??? She
instead of I AM GOING TO MINNEAPOLIS. Don't you think the
pronunciation is very similar between MINNEAPOLIS and
This is the story of my poor
It goes without saying I practiced to pronounce Minneapolis.
Coming to Canada
by Satoru Nakagawa
Coming to Canada was the
best experience in my life, because
for most of my life I did not have a
big dream.
Because of Canada and Canadians for the first time I realized
exactly what I wanted to do. Coming to Canada was only one ofthe
steps to the dream.
For as long as I can remember
I didn't have a goal, but there was
only one thing I really liked—
sports. Until Junior High School, I
did what my parents and teachers
said, but after that I think I lost
myself. I always felt, "why am I
learning this now? I will never use
it in my life again."
When I went to Kyoritu University it was the same. I chose
chemistry because, except for
physical education, that was my
best subject. Therefore all through
these times I always had the same
question for myself, "do I fit into
this education system?"
While I was in university, I
met my wife. She was from
Vancouver, and we didn't speak
each other's languages at all. At
that point I had been studying English more than ten years but I
couldn't talk to her, moreover my
friends couldn't speak to her either.
From this time, I started to learn
English through listening, and I
realised I could do it if I really
At this point I really started
to feel that the Japanese education
system didn't fit me because it didn't
prepare me for what I wanted.
After my graduation I started
to work as a blue collar worker, so I
could earn some more to go to
Canada. For the first half year I
worked in boiler maintenance. I
spent almost all my day in a boiler
cleaning out charcoal. Half a year
was more than I could take at that
time, because it was a nightmare
for a university graduate.
Then I worked as a construction worker, welder, and translator.
Why translator? Because we used
to build oil jackets for the other
countries. I enjoyed most of my time
in this company. But unfortunately,
I had to risk my life for money. In
order to do the construction I had to
walk around 150-160 foot high
Furthermore, I perceived that
not only is Japanese education a
problem, but also how Japanese
society works is a problem.
After all the preparation,
there was only one thing left, that
is, physically coming to Canada.
At Fukuoka Airport, a Japanese local airport, my parents
came to say good-bye. My father
looked quite old, and my mother
was crying, but I did not feel any
sadness or loneliness at all. I was
very happy to get out of Japan.
Probably this is the reason I could
sleep so well in the small seat.
Finally, getting off the plane
was a real step to my dream, and
at the same time I coul d really feel
this is my kind of country.
After learning English, I will
not have any problem fitting into
Canadian culture. Because of
these things I just love Canada,
and I will never forget that moment.
It was the best experience in
my life so far.
Jimmy Sidler at the demonstration for National Prison Justice Day, Sunday August 9th on tho stops of tha
Vancouver Art Gallery.
IfffTwo student-at-large positions are available on the
Advisory Board to The Ubyssey.
IJhe purpose of the Advisory Board to The Ubyssey Is to
i3*llmlne and to make specific recommendations on The
Ubyssey with regard to the following:
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D- v the refet-fonshlp between The Ubyssey and the Alma
Mater Society;
$? Jkjncreasfos tha readership of The Ubyssey;
.Increasing the participation of individuals and groups
■*~"    ""-ron-i all political, social, and cultural segments of the
active recruitment, training and support for members
Of the staff of The Ubyssey;
;V>J11blealln,fl with' grievances with The Ubyssey and
between members of Its staff;
?VD    the relationship between The Ubyssey and the
Canadian University Press;
vID   competition between The Ubyssey and other AMS
publications, both current and future; and
vIID other related matters.
The Advisory Board to The Ubyssey will meet at least twice
a month beginning in August 1992 and ending in March 1993.
Resumes will be accepted until Friday, August 14th at 4:30
pjn. by Terri Folsom, Administrative Assistant. In SUB 238.
The AMS is to make a nomination for a
student representative to the B.C.
Student Assistance Program Appeals
Committee for the 1992/93 loan year.
The requirements for nomination are:
• to be available to travel to Victoria
normally once per month during the
loan year for an all day meeting;
• to be a full time student during the
1992/93 educational period;
• a resume of your background and
experience; and
• analytical ability, good judgement and
Further information can be obtained from
Carole Forsythe, Vice President, in SUB
248 at 822-3092.
Resumes will be accepted until
Wednesday, 12 August at 430 p.m.
by Terri Folsom, Administrative
Assistant, in SUB 238.
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Two women's projects work out
of new AIDS Resource Center
by Paula Wellings
The new Pacific AIDS Resource Centre is the home of two
groups working to facilitate
women's understanding, prevention, treatment of and survival
with HIV and AIDS.
The Positive Women's Network and the Women and AIDS
Project—run out of the educational department of AIDS
Vancouver—together form a
education-service team that intends to improve women's health
care in Vancouver.
In March of 1989, a group of
women began to meet to discuss
the issue of women and HIV/AIDS.
From this original group came the
Positive Women's Network,
granted society status in 1991.
The Positive Women's Network moved into the new AIDS
Resource Center along with AIDS
Vancouver and the Persons With
AIDS Society, at the beginning of
Karen Gallager of the Positive
Women's Network believes the
move will help women gain access
to the services they need.
"A lot of what we do is guide
women through the process that
they might have to be involved in
with AIDS Vancouver or PWA so
that they're able to get those services. If women don't feel comfortable going into AV or PWA we will
work with them on their own. So
we try to make it as user-friendly
as possible," she said.
Beth Easton of the Women
and Aids Project also believes the
move will improve services.
"This is the first time that the
two, a prevention-mandated
project and a support service
project, have existed simultaneously [for women]. So we're really looking forward to integrating
and melding those two issues. Because we know that one is integrally connected to the other, and
they both reinforce one another,"
Easton said.
The Women and AIDS Project
is an education-oriented project
which focuses primarily on workshops and publications as a
method of teaching prevention,
and AIDS/HIV issues.
The project runs on the belief
that women should have access to
information, and be free to make
their own choices on the basis of
that information.
"We know that the most effective is the work where we can sit
down and provide a place for
women to talk and to hear themselves and to share experiences
and to receive information. A key
to the work we do is that it's not
about judging, ifs all about 'this
is the information.' We try to provide a space where women can get
that information and find their
own solutions: solutions that they
can live with, that they're comfortable with, that they can find
pleasure with.
"All of this talk about safer
sex kind of loses it. Focusing on
that and the necessity of focusing
on that has often lead to the neglect of women's sexuality and
sexual pleasure and desire. We
really try to continue to have the
dialogue, talk about both of those
things at the same time. Ifs imperative," Easton said.
The Positive Women's Network works from the belief that
women must determine their own
needs, and the network will work
to fulfill them.
"A lot of women are very isolated and very afraid to come out,
to come into a building, or they
just need more information initially before they make a decision
if they want to come into counselling or a group. But women don't
have to come into this building to
get services," Gallager said.
Gallager said the network
also runs support groups in
Vancouver, in the Fraser Valley,
and in Vancouver's Latina community.
Both organizations are specifically concerned with women's
access to information, diagnosis
and treatment.
While the mainstream belief
is that HIV infection is new to
women as a group, Easton disagrees.
"Globally you look at this issue ever since HIV has been an
issue, ifs always been women, its
always been a heterosexual illness,  it's  always been hetero-
Pornography appears
on UBC computers
by Iris Michael
Students have, until recently,
been able to access pornography
through UBCNet, the UBC computer network.
UBCNet is, however, just a
leaf on a tree in relation to the
widespread growth of Internet (the
international computer network).
It should be no surprise then,
that on a system of this incredible
magnitude, the world of education
and science would sit next to the
degrading and dehumanizing
world of pornography.
In her book (Pornography and
the Sex Crisis), Susan G. Cole
writes, "Set up a system of communication and the nomographers
soon show up."
This is exactly what has happened to the Internet computer
At UBC, the problem is only
an offshoot of what is most definitely a social issue.
Nonetheless, several people
have been disturbed, myself included, by the pornographic material that has appeared on
Apparently through UBCNet,
one male UBC student gained access to a 22 page file named
'Jessica.txt.' The document had
travelled an extensive path on the
network and originated at a university in Pennsylvania.
The file was about a woman
being kidnapped by three men.
They bound and gagged her and
repeatedly gang-raped her. They
brought her to a -luxurious' mansion in order to teach' her to be a
sex slave. She was drugged, urinated and ejaculated upon, and
was forced to witness the beating,
rape and degradation of other
This description ofthe article
sounds tame in comparison to its
actual content. This was the most
hateful and cruel piece of'writing'
I had ever read. Women were depicted as non-humans whose only
feelings were either fear or unlikely
excitement, while being treated as
receptacles for the sadistic pleasure
of their captors.
Meanwhile, themen were also
portrayed as non-humans whose
only feelings were enjoyment of
sadism. Men became creatures who
had nothing better to do than spend
their days raping, beating and
continuously ejaculating on captive women. The descriptions of
both sexes are stereotypes to the
extreme: men as ultimately dominant and cruel, and women as
completely helpless subordinates.
Recently, AMS president
Martin Ertl expressed his concerns
about pornography on UBCNet in
a letter to UBC president David
Strangway. In Ertl's letter to
Strangway, he asks the university
to "strictly control the distribution
of, and access to, material of this
nature on UBC's computer systems."
In his reply to Ertl and subsequent letters to all departments
on campus, Strangway states, "I
nor the University condone such
vulgar and reprehensible 'news'
items on computer network bulletin boards," and he calls the prob
lem a "poisonous invasion of our
institutions". In addition,
Strangway states, "My office has
instructed the University Computing Services (UCS) to delete
such material from the UCS computer files."
He also requested that "all
UBC units be very vigilant that
university property is not being
used to access, create or store such
pornographic material on university computing equipment."
In addition, Strangway writes
the "appropriate uses of information technology at UBC" will also
be reviewed in the near future by
a task force headed by Bernard
Sheehan, associate vice-president
of Information & Computing Systems.
As a result of Strangway's
instructions, UCS has removed
access to some ofthe offensive news
groups. Carol Bird, associate director of Academic Services, UCS,
confirmed that ALT.SEX and
REC.ART.EROTICA—two of the
alternative news directories—can
no longer be accessed through
Director ofthe Women's Students Office, Marsha Trew said, "I
think the University administration should be commended for what
they have done" in response to the
problem, when "other institutions
have taken no action."
UBC has shut down access to
the offensive news groups on the
network, which is a positive step.
It would be great if it were that
simple for the rest of society to just
turn pornography off.
sexual transmission and ifs always affected women. Ifs always
been women and its only now that
the numbers have steadily increased, and the rate of transmission of HIV in women has increased, that people's consciousness has begun to shift. People are
no longer allowed to deny that
HIV and AIDS are just a human
issue," Easton said.
According to Gallager,
"Women's place in society certainly
impacts our access to health care
and how we are able to be out in
the world. As women generally,
our health care needs are looked
after last if we are responsible as
caregivers for partners or children.
A lot of women are marginalized
and so their access to the health
care system or social services system or, indeed, just the community at large is really limited,
through poverty, through language barriers, through any
number of social conditions that
affect us as a gender.
"There's certainly a very
real recognition about the
disempowerment of women in
general and how that impacts us
specifically in relation to this disease."
According to Easton, "Obviously the power dynamic that exists in relationships, if we're having relationships with men, how
we're empowered differently when
you're talking about safer sex, ifs
a really important thing. Let alone,
the medical model that AIDS
treatment and the definition of
AIDS is based on. Ifs male-based
because [AIDS] largely manifested
itself in that population [in north
arnerica] first and so represents
that influence."
Easton and Gallager both believe safety is an important issue
for women when they talk about
"Women need a safe space.
Women with common experiences,
whatever they are, however they
identify, whether their cultural,
social, or class, or race or sexual
identity. They also need their own
special places within a women's
space. We really need to recognize
that," Easton said.
Gallager said the network was
formed in partial response because
some women found PWA and AV
"The two organizations are
seen as primarily male-serving
organizations and some women
didn't feel that their needs were
being met or would be met and
that certainly was recognized in
the formation of the women's
network. There's a real commitment on behalf of AIDS Vancouver
and PWA to be very supportive of
the Positive Women's Network;
otherwise we wouldn't be in the
building," said Gallager.
The Positive Women's Network
and the Women and AIDS Project
are both looking for volunteers.
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