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GAP returns
by Alex Dimson
Student organisers of yesterday's
controversial anti-abortion display
are upset by a protest tactic
employed by organisers of a counter-display.
Students for Choice (SFC) protesters unfurled a series of banners
around a display of Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) images,
mounted outside of the SUB by the
campus pro-life group Lifeline.
GAP consists of a series of graphic displays comparing abortion to
acts of genocide, such as the
Holocaust and racial lynchings.
The banners display the names
of the organisations that have
endorsed Students for Choice's
protest of GAP.
"This isn't a new protest tactic,
it's an old method multiplied by 2 5.
We're trying to prevent women and
students who don't want to see the
display from having to see the display,' said SFC Co-President
Hannah Roman.
But Lifeline President Stephanie
Gray expressed concern over the
protesters' methods.
'We're monitoring this situation
very closely. They are getting longer
and wider and they seem to be
blocking the very frontal portion of
the display. We are concerned about
that, I think, more so, I am concerned about the number of signs
they have because we were limited
to 168 square feet,' Gray said
'We would like to see some
changes."
The last time Lifeline displayed
GAP images, Students for Choice
see "SAP" on page 2
LEAVING A GAP: Pro-choice protesters put up a series of banners around yesterday's Lifeline-sponsored display of Genocide Awareness Project images in front of the SUB. tara westover photo
PrOf appeals   Cokedeal outrages
North Shore students
court verdict
by Sarah Morrison
by Ail in Choo
UBC psychology professor Donald Dutton
took his appeal of a BC Human Rights
Tribunal ruling to the BC Supreme Court last
week, accusing the Tribunal of committing a
'travesty of justice." In its 1999 ruling, the
Tribunal found Dutton guilty of sexually
harassing one of his former students.
Last Monday, Dutton's lawyers asked BC
Supreme Court Justice Mary Ellen Boyd to
overturn the decision issued by the Tribunal,
which ruled that Dutton would have to pay
over $13,000 in damages to Fariba
Mahmoodi as a result of his conduct when
she was a student of his in 1994.
Dutton's lawyers contend that the
Tribunal's decision relied solely on evidence
supplied by Mahmoodi, and was therefore
DUTTON: The UBC professor is back in
COUrt. RICHARD LAM/UBYSSEY FILE PHOTO
questionable.
Dutton said that he wants to prove that the
Tribunal 'made errors in law' in its ruling. In
an interview last week, he said that he is optimistic about gaining a favourable response
from the Supreme Court
"I want to prove that they're wrong. I want
to prove that the decision-making process
was biased and that it was a really low standard of evidence,' Dutton said.
But Clea Parfitt, the lawyer who represented Mahmoodi at the Tribunal hearings, said
that she questions Dutton's reasons for
appealing the original decision.
'He's very unhappy with the decision, but
the decision was made on evidence that he
does not disagree with. He disagrees with
how she interprets what he did rather than
what he did per se."
The 1998 Tribunal hearings stemmed
from a series of events beginning in the fall of
1994, when Mahmoodi first came to UBC
after receiving an undergraduate degree in
psychology from York University.
According to Tribunal documents,
Mahmoodi, who did not have the academic
standing normally required for admission
into graduate school, met with Dutton at his
Kitsilano home in late 1994 and early 1993
in hopes that he would help her gain acceptance into UBCs graduate program in psychology.
The documents indicate that Dutton, who
had 'established a practice of meeting during
the day and evenings with students in his
home," met with Mahmoodi at his house on
two separate occasions.
Mahmoodi claimed that during the second meeting, Dutton initiated sexual contact
She said that she believed that she had a
'deal* with the professor—in exchange for
physical intimacy, he would support her
application to graduate school.
see "Dutton" on page 4
Students at CapilanO College began a boycott
of Coca-Cola products last week, to protest
the .school's confidential exclusivity deal
witiri the soft-drink manufacturer/
- ', Last Thursday, the Capilano Courier, the
North Vancouver college's student newspaper, placed a large fridge filled witih non-
Cok# products iri the centre of the student
lounge. Students'were able to take the products after placing a donation lit a box next to
the fridge,        .        ' '
'It's our way of breaking the monopoly
here on' campus/; explained Courier
Managing Editor Oarcy Stemmler. 'It's a
small thing in the,big scheme of things, but -
our administration is already extremely teed
off about it' '- , ,,
" But according ,to Capilano's Vice-
President Finance and Administration Mark-
Vernon, the college has no problem with the
newspaper's actions.,
, "The Courier is welcome to do as it pleases/ Vernon said, adding that the newspaper's actions don't violate the contract with
Coke, which contains "no specific section"
about student boycotts.
Because students'don't actually purchase
the drinks in the fridge, Vernon, explained,
the actions are not in violation of the contract, '     ''
"They're not selling, and it isn't something that the college is doing as an official
function,* said Vernon. 'Coke understands
what the students are doing and they aren't
going to pursue anything against them.'
But Stemmler hopes that the newspaper's actions will bring results nonetheless.-,
- Capilano and Coca^ola signed an exclusive, confidential, ten-year agreement in
1997,   -      '
Since 1999, the Courier, along with the
■ Ubyssey, has been involved in a Freedom of
Information (FOI) request to have the details
of the Contract released to. the public, along
with the details of the similar exclusivity
arrangement between Coca-Cola and UBC.
The Courier is still waiting for the results
of its FOI since then, but Stemmler Is optimistic that Thursday's actions will speed up
the process*.
"We - talked , to the [Freedom of
Information, and Privacy] Commissioner s
office today, and they said two weeks, we
should have a decision,* Stemmler said,
adding that the newspaper has repeatedly
been told over the last two years that the
decision would be made in a couple of
months.
'Now they're talking in increments of
weeks, so thaf s kind of helpful."
But Stemmler said that the main goal of
installing the "fridge of choice* in the Cap
College's student lounge is to draw attention
to the issue.
"It's an awareness thing at the bottom of
this. We want to let our students know
what's happening here at this school, and
what they can do about it*
; ses "Ccke" on page 4
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expressed an interest in shrouding
or obscuring the display. Lifeline's
lawyer, Craig Jones, subsequently
sent a letter to SFC, warning members that they
could face legal action if
they took such measures.
But Roman said that
the banners did not physically prevent people from
walking up to the display.
"I think it's fairly obvious that we're leaving a
wide space for people to
walk through if they want,"
she said.
"They have no legal grounds to
stand on, we haven't done anything
to their display and the fact
is anyone who claims to
free speech has to acknowledge we have a right to free
speech as well"
UBC's Vice-President,
Students Brian Sullivan
said that he was aware of
Lifeline's concerns. ^ \
"As long as they didn't L, 5^"    -
get too close and didn't
impinge on the ability of
the   other   display,   we
ROMAN
GRAY
weren't going to do anything about it    around,
at the time of the demonstration I
did indicate that it would be useful to
have a discussion with all the parties
involved," he said.
Since October 1999, Lifeline has
displayed GAP images on campus
four times. While the initial display
was torn down by pro-choice supporters, later displays went up amid
peaceful protest
Gray said that the GAP images
help promote debate on the abortion
issue.
"We're bringing the display back
again because we really want to see
the inhumanity of abortion,
what abortion does to the
unborn child,* she said.
"We're here to create a
sense of urgency on campus
about this issue. Abortion is
a very severe and horrible
thing and people need to be
aware of that"
But while the display did
prompt some students to
argue about the issues surrounding abortion, many of
the students walking past the display said they were tired of the
whole spectacle.
"I just really don't care
about it anymore. Both
sides bring their stuff but I
don't think anyone learns
anything by listening to
them" said Arthur Chang, a
third-year unclassified student
"I think if people were
upset by the display, they
were upset by it the first or
second time it came
added Jenn Shaw, a fourth-
yeax biochemistry student "Now people either stay aware or don't care."
But Brad Harrison, a second-year
Arts student who was listening to an
abortion debate, said that he thinks
the display is still thought-provoking.
'A lot of people care about the
issue and I really enjoyed hearing
from the passionate people on both
sides," he said. ♦
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Protesters see off trade mission
by Anna King
Both Paul Bovis and Sonam Bhutia know it's hard
carrying China on your back all day.
Bovis, from Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), wore
a huge effigy of China personified as the grim
reaper at a protest Friday against the Team Canada
trade mission. Bhutia, an ethnic Tibetan monk from
northern India, has felt the weight of China's
oppressive humanitarian policies firsthand.
About 100 people attended the protest at the
Vancouver International Airport while inside 300
Canadian politicians and business leaders prepared
to leave for China on the fourth Team Canada trade
mission.
The protest, organised by the Coalition for
Responsible Trade with China (CRTC), was aimed at
raising awareness about the link between trade
agreements and human rights and environmental
abuses in China. Protesters included students from
a number of UBC organisations, including SFT, the
Student Environment Centre (SEC), and the Centre
for Social Justice.
Bethanne Grabham, a member of SFT and one of
the organisers of the protest, is optimistic about the
extent to which organised protest can affect international agreements with China.
"Last year the World Bank planned to lend China
$5 billion for a relocation project that would have displaced
Tibetans," she said. "But pressure from SFT and other groups
made the World Bank cancel the agreement'
Still, Grabham is waiting to hear that Team Canada will
address human rights issues while in China.
SEC representative Abram Moore says that he thinks Team
Canada can't avoid talking about human rights and environmental issues.
"The Canadian government says we shouldn't get involved
in China's internal problems, but simply by trading with China
we are involved,' he said.
At a press conference on Thursday, a lawyer from the Sierra
Legal Defence Fund pointed to an example of Canada's current
involvement
'[General Electric] Canada is building turbines for China's
Three Gorges Dam project and the Canadian government has
pledged $153 million in aid to GE,' said Tim Howard, a staff
MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: Protesters expressed their concerns at the Vancouver International Airport, anna kinq photos
lawyer. The proposed Three Gorges Dam is highly controversial
as its construction is likely to displace millions of people.
China is Canada's fourth largest trading partner. Since
Prime Minister Jean Chretien led the first Team Canada mission to China in 1994, Canada's commercial presence in the
country has more than doubled.
But for Bhutia and other ethnic Tibetans, it is the plight of
Tibet that is the most pressing concern.
A Tibetan man, who preferred to remain anonymous, said
at Friday's protest that all but two of his friends in Tibet are in
jail or dead.
"There's no future for Tibet' he said. 'I'm quite sure we will
disappear there."
A number of expatriate Tibetans attended the protest wearing scarves over their mouths to symbolise their forced silence
in China.
'Since we can't speak out in Tibet the Canadian govern
ment needs to for us,' said one Tibetan woman.
But according to Team Canada's website, the trade mission
likely will not address such sensitive issues as Tibet
As China pursues acceptance into the WTO, human rights
groups say things are getting worse in China. Last spring, UN
High Commissioner on Human Rights Mary Robinson publicly
condemned the country's attitude toward free statement and
freedom of religion and association.
The persecution of Falun Gong practitioners has been singled out as a particularly brutal example of China's oppressive
policies. According to Falun Dafa praticioners, some 50,000
people have been sent to labour camps in the last 18 months.
Local practitioners meditated inside the airport at Friday's
protest, hoping to draw awareness to their plight in China.
Meanwhile, the Vancouver and District Labour Council,
another member of CRTC, protested sweatshop labour conditions in China. ♦
UBC delegates part    MPs call for action
Of Team Canada trip  . Want PM to address Tibet while in China
by Sarah Morrison
Four UBC delegates are hoping to strengthen
the university's international ties as part of
the 550 member Team Canada trade mission to China.
The delegation from UBC is being led by
Indira Samarasekera, vice-president,
Research, who will represent President
Martha Piper on the trade mission.
"The primary reason for going is to be
part of the Team Canada trade mission, especially to promote Canada in China/
explained Samarasekera.
• Samarasekera felt that the fact that UBC is
sending four delegates on this mission
shows the importance the university places
on establishing relationships in China, and
hopes that on the trip, the delegates can
'essentially help with building better relationships with the international community.*
Grace Wong, the assistant dean of
International Programs in the Faculty of
Commerce, is also going on the trade mission. She said that the number of UBC delegates included on the mission shows that "we
are seen as an important player in work with
China.*
Also included in the delegation to China is
Prime Minister Jean Chretien, as well as nine of
the ten provincial premiers. Samarasekera said
that as much as the university is hoping to build
international ties, they are also hoping to build
connections with the country as well.
The Canadian ambassador to China has
put together a university presidents conference, for presidents of universities from
China and Canada to meet together to talk
about academic exchange matters, and
Samarasekera plans 'to network with many
Chinese university presidents as well as busi
ness leaders.*
"That's really her primary reason for
going,* said Wong, who said that
Samarasekera would only be going to
Beijing, in order to attend this conference.
Wong and Stanley Hamilton, the senior
associate dean of the Faculty of Commerce,
have plans to establish an educational
foothold in China for the university.
UBC will be signing an agreement with
Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, to create a
program that will grant MBAs from UBC to
students studying at the Chinese university.
Wong said that having worked with
Chinese partner universities, UBC is looking
forward to expanding its relationship with
them.
The program, which Samarasekera called
a 'very unique and high-impact opportunity,"
will begin accepting 50 students as early as
this year, if UBC's Senate and Board of
Governors approve the program.
Though the Team Canada trade mission
is being criticised because of China's
humans rights record, Samarasekera says
she has not given the protests much thought
"These are not issues that are in the control of UBC," she said,
Erfan Kazemi, the Alma Mater Society
vice-president, academic and president-elect,
feels that while there are still many concerns
with China's humans right record, sending
delegates from UBC on the trade mission is
still a good idea.
'I think it's important., because we're trying to make UBC an international school/ he
said. T think a lot o£ students are concerned... but I do believe sending delegates is
important*
The UBC delegates are due to return
February 18. ♦
by Darren Stewart
Ottawa Bureau Chief
OTTAWA (CUP)-Members of Parliament
from all national parties have put pressure
on Prime Minister Jean Chretien to address
the issue of Tibet during the Canadian trade
mission to China, which left Vancouver on
Friday.
A group of 83 MPs, including all 13 NDP.
members, sent a letter to Chretien last
Tuesday saying that they are 'profoundly concerned' with the situation in Tibet
The letter said that the MPs hope that
Chretien can use the opportunity to "highlight
Canada's international reputation as a defender of human rights" during his visit to China
"This is really a modest request' said
Irwin Cotler, a Liberal MP and Montreal
human rights lawyer who signed the letter.
"This request is really consonant with both
Canadian and Chinese values. The notion of
compassion rather than contempt, inclusion
rather than exclusion, reconciliation rather
than recrimination or denunciation."
The group of MPs hope that Chretien can
encourage negotiations between Tibet and
China. Chinese involvement in Tibet has
sparked international outrage for human
rights violations, particularly in the areas of
religious freedom and political dissent
Cotler said that trade and human rights
concerns need not be mutually exclusive and
are, in fact, closely related.
Canadian Alliance MP Jason Kenney and
NDP MP Svend Robinson were also among
those who signed the letter. Both noted how
rare and significant it was for them to share
an opinion on such an important issue.
Robinson, an avid human rights activist
and NDP spokesperson on international relations, said that conditions in China are as bad
now as they were during the 1989
Tiananmen Square riots. He said that Canada
cannot in good conscience ignore the human
rights situation in China during the upcoming trade mission.
"Team Canada must not only be about trade
and corporate profit' said Robinson. "For too
long we've been silent Our government has
been silent on human rights and the situation
[in Tibet] has deteriorated significantly."
Robinson said that the dialogue between
the Tibetan and Chinese governments is long
overdue and could be facilitated by the
Canadian trade team.
"This is something that demands the
attention o.f the Prime Minister," said
Kenney. "This is a modest request to encourage peaceful negotiations between the Dalai
Lama and the government of China. It's
something 99 per cent of Canadians agree
should be done.'
Thubten Samdup, president of the Canada
Tibet Committee, said that his group has
been trying to convince the Canadian government for 20 years that it could play a unique
role in facilitating diplomatic relations
between Tibet and China.
"But the message doesn't quite get there,
even though I've met many people [in government] who are sympathetic and supportive of our cause* he said. "Unfortunately that
has not translated into concrete action.'
Samdup said that given Canada's good
relations with China and its international reputation, the country could play a decisive role
in the diplomatic process.
Tibet has been involved in a 40-year-old
non-violent struggle to regain its autonomy
from China. Formal contact between the
Dalai Lama, the political and religious leader
of Tibet, and the Chinese government, was
severed in 1993. ♦ TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2001
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"Sob" continued from page 7
The Courier has been supported
by Capilano's student union, which
allowed them to place the fridge in
the student union building.
'We supported the fridge because
we do not support corporate
encroachment on campus," said
Chairperson Alexandra Hansen, who
explained that the student union
recently rejected a request to put a
Coca-Cola vending machine in the
student union building.
"Basically, we feel that public
institutions should remain public,
and should be accessible to everybody, and we have a right to space
where we're not being pitched
some'hing."
In 1995, UBC became the first
Canadian university to sign an
exclusive deal with Coca-Cola—the
university, the Alma Mater Society
(AMS), and the soft-drink company
agreed to a ten-year confidential
contract.
A 1995 FOI request by Ubyssey
reporter Stanley Tromp to unseal
the Coke deal was rejected by then-
Commissioner David Flaherty, who
ruled that because UBC and Coke
agreed to a confidential contract, the
details of the contract could not be
made public.
The case was then taken to the
BC Supreme Court, which overturned Flaherty's decision, arguing
that the hearing was conducted
improperly.
A second request, filed in late
1999 by the Ubyssey, is presently
under review by current
Commissioner David Loukidelis.
Meanwhile, last year in Quebec,
students at the Universite du
Quebec and Universite Laval
protested against the exclusive Coke
deals at their schools, leading both
universities to cancel their respective contracts with the beverage
giant. ♦
Dutton claims ruling was unfair
"Dutton" continued from page 1
Dutton admits that he and
Mahmoodi drank wine, that he gave
her a tour of the upstairs of his
house, and that he made her a tape
of a music, that he described as
'beautiful and sad at the same
time."
The Tribunal found Dutton guilty
of sexual harassment because of his
alleged creation of a "sexualised
environment"
But Dutton maintains that no sexual harrassment took place in his
meetings with Mahmoodi. He
argues that there are no objective
standards for judging what constitutes a "sexual environment"
"Frances Gordon [the Tribunal
official who presided over the case]
herself said there was no sex, and
there was no harassment I mean I
wasn't pestering [Mahmoodi]; so no
sex and no harassment, that means
no sexual harassment* he said.
'Sexual environment, well that's
a really subjective call, is it not? Who
decides whether a piece of music is
sexualised or not?" Dutton asked.
Parfitt, however, disagreed, arguing that Dutton crossed the boundary of a teacher-student relationship
by creating a sexualised atmosphere
at what should have been a workplace.
She explained that sexual harassment can be understood as any
unwanted conduct displayed by one
person to another. She added that
even jokes or inappropriate comments could be interpreted as
harassment.
"A lot of emphasis has been
placed by Dutton on the phrase of
sexual environment. What the
Tribunal was getting at was that the
conversation had taken on a personal tone and there was implications
of intimacy that were inappropriate
in...a meeting between professor
and student," she said.
The Tribunal also found Dutton's
credibility to be questionable due to
the change in his testimony, before
and after he heard evidence of a taped
recording of fragments of conversation between himself and Mahmoodi.
In her ruling, Gordon wrote that
"Dutton provides no clear explanation for these significant changes. In
my view, they lead to the
inescapable conclusion that only
when confronted with the hard evidence on the tape was he prepared
to acknowledge his lead role and his
less than professional motives in his
dealings with Mahmoodi."
But Dutton said that he was surprised that the Tribunal accepted
evidence from Mahmoodi, after discovering that she had forged a letter
of reference to UBC and committed
welfare fraud.
'I believed that people would see
through her, and I was absolutely
astounded that they equated my
credibility with hers," he said,
adding that the disputed tape
recording shouldn't have been
accepted as corroborating evidence.
But Gordon concluded that the
evidence of the submitted tapes was
valid, after listening to testimonies
from Dutton, Mahmoodi, and three
audio experts.
Dutton is awaiting a decision by
Justice Boyd on whether she is willing
to hear the case. He is unsure about
when this ruling will be made. ♦
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2001
No tuition decision for now
by Alex Dimson
UBC's Board of Governors (BoG) will not be
asked to decide on the university's oft-delayed
controversial tuition policy revision at its
upcoming March meeting.
Policy 72 is a controversial proposal which
could see students in different faculties pay
different levels of tuition. While the principles
behind the policy have already been approved
by the BoG, the final details of the plan still
require ratification by the Board.
UBC's Vice-President, Students Brian
Sullivan, one of UBC's key administrators who
has worked on the policy, said that he doesn't
expect to present the details anytime soon.
"There may well be some information [pre
sented] about program-costing but there will
be no tabling or consideration of a revised policy/ Sullivan said.
While the proposal was first made
well over ayear ago, it has been pushed
back several times, and Sullivan said he
is not sure when the tuition policy proposal may return again.
He indicated that a lot depends
on what direction a new BC government would take on tuition policy.
The current NDP government must
call an election before July.
"[There was] some concern about
looking as though [the BoG was] trying
to anticipate some policy direction or another.
Policy is a matter for the province and we'll obvi-
SULLIVAN
ously adhere to whatever the policy is,' he said.
The BC government has indicated that any
differential tuition policy could not be
implemented until the tuition freeze—
which has locked tuition levels across
the province since 1996—is lifted.
Outgoing Alma Mater Society [AMS]
President Maryann Adamec, who will
soon become a BoG student representative, said she expects the policy to
make a return, but not for a while.
'It's such a flawed policy and it
would take a lot of work to bring it to a
satisfactory level so I'm happy that I
won't be seeing it at the next Board
meeting. But I'm crossing my fingers because
I'm sure it will be back during my time at the
Board of Governors/ she said.
Adamec said that the AMS-which passed
policy opposing the plan last year—will continue to fight the principles of Policy 72.
'What we need to continue to do is to assert
that feeling to the university and really focus
our attention now on the government and ask
them to be pro-active in coming up with a
long-term strategy for tuition," she said.
The proposed policy has drawn significant
fire from critics who fear that it would give the
university too much power over tuition levels.
But university administrators insist that
the proposal is fair to students, who currently
pay anywhere from 13 and 39 per cent of the
cost of administering their faculties' programs. ♦
Hobo Days might be here soon
BoG rep hopes carnival atmosphere will draw commuter students
 by Julia Christensen
If all goes according to plan, students may soon get a chance to try
out life as vagrants, at least temporarily, in five days of tent-living
called Hobo Days.
While still requiring approval
from UBC's administration, the
event would take place from March
11 to 16—and involve everything
from the construction of an elaborate tent village to Survivor-type
games.
According to event Organiser Tieg
Martin, who is also a student representative on UBC's Board of
Governors, Hobo Days are intended
to foster a sense of community at UBC
by developing communication
between students and organisations,
and by encouraging commuter students to spend more time on campus.
'All the clubs, residences, and
students-at-large are invited to sign
up, be assigned a tent site, and erect
a shelter where they can flaunt their
stuff," he said.
The tent village, inspired by the
Democracy village that established
itself during APEC protests in the
fall of 1997, would be located in the
green space between the SUB and
Main Library and would showcase
the "diversity and energy of the university community."
Martin said he envisions the
event having a community fair
atmosphere.
"If you are a student who's not
really involved, you're going to walk
by and see all the opportunities that
people can be a part of," he said.
"You actually have a chance to chill
and hang out and...you can also
bring a sleeping bag, join in the fun,
and stay a night!' he said.
While Beth James, Special Projects
Manager with UBC Land and Building
Services, said she likes the Hobo Days
idea, she adds there have been some
concerns raised about the plan.
'Issues surrounding alcohol and
security will definitely have to be
addressed," she said.
Jennifer Black, supervisor for
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AMS Security, agreed, citing location
as another potential problem.
"There are obvious concerns
about the personal safety of participants when they will be camping
right outside the Pit door. People
can get carried away sometimes and
I'm concerned about Hobo Days participants being terrorised," she said.
"The concept is great...I'm just not
crazy about the location."
Black also added that students
participating in the event may not
all have the same ideas in, mind
concerning alcohol.
"I'm worried about a couple people wrecking it for others with alcohol and also disturbances," she said.
Martin, however, is confident that
any security concerns can be reasonably addressed.
"I want Campus Security to participate in the sense that they are not
intrusive but that their presence is
there so people know they're
around," he said.
Black and James both agree that
an arrangement can be reached that
TENTLESS FOR NOW: ButTieg Martin (above) hopes that Hobo
Days will solve that problem, julia christensen photo
ensures the event is secure.
"I just want them to have a good
time and not become victims of
crime," Black stressed.
Martin said the event could only
benefit the university community,
helping to connect different groups
on campus.
"You have all these venues for
active, interested, energetic students
to be involved but the problem is
each venue seems to be isolated from
the others and people don't fall into
the orbit of those activities. Like commuter students, they just don't feel a
part of this whole thing,' he said. ♦
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NEWS
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Ads target US missile program
 by Ailin Choo
A national billboard campaign aimed at raising youth awareness about the proposed US
national missile defense (NMD) program was
unveiled in Vancouver last week.
Students and campaigners from the
International Physicians for the Prevention of
Nuclear War (IPPNW) launched their 'bombs
away" campaign last Tuesday, speaking
under the first of their billboards at Broadway
and Commercial Drive.
The billboard advertisement features the
IPPNW website along with the phrase "bombs
away" and images of a boy skateboarding. It
calls on Canadian youth and government officials to oppose the proposed NMD, which
would see the construction of a series of anti-
nuclear missile defences around the US.
Paris-Anne Gfeller, a third-year UBC medical student and one of the event organisers,
said the goal of the campaign is to show public opposition to the NMD and influence the
Canadian government to oppose the plan.
"I think that Jean Chretien has to take a
strong political stance and advocate that
things should be solved by peaceful means,
instead of engaging in an arms race," she
said.
But Michael Shaughnessy, a spokesperson
for the Department of Foreign Affairs and
International Trade, said that while he shared
protesters' concerns about the NMD's effect
on arms stability, more information is
required before the Canadian government
can take a stance.
"We need to know more about the
approach that the US will take before we can
take a firm position on this issue. I think
what's key here is that Canada has not been
asked to participate in the National Missile
Defense system," he said.
The US militaiy insists the program is
necessary to defend the US against so-called
'rogue' staes, like Iraq and North Korea,
which are suspected of possessing nuclear
weapons.
US President George W. Bush has
expressed interest in developing the NMD,
though the program is still in a preliminary
testing phase and full-construction would
have to approved by the US Congress.
Sarah Kelly, a fourth-year UBC medical
student and one of the campaign organisers, said that the campaign also aims to
raise awareness about the threat of nuclear
warfare.
"The myth that nuclear war is no longer a
threat to humanity has been propagated, but
just the fact that more than 35,000 nuclear
weapons remain in the world with more than
5000 of those on high alert is evident that
humanity still is in danger," she said.
But while campaign organisers fear the
BOMBS AWAY: Students and campaigners hope their billboards will draw attention to
the proposed US national missile defense program, aiuin choo photo
NMD could increase the likelihood of nuclear
warfare, the US militaiy and some politicial
theorists believe that the NMD could actually
deter nuclear build-up. They believe that by
safeguarding the US from nuclear missiles,
countries may be discouraged from developing nuclear arms in the first place.
Health plan voting
procedure debated
Televoting being considered for referendum
by Alex Dimson
Just over a year after its implementation, the
future of UBC's student health plan is uncertain,
as UBC students are asked to go to the
polls again next month.
But while the Alma Mater Society
(AMS) has ratified the referendum
question and has determined when voting on the question will occur—the
Week of March 5—confusion surrounds
exactly how students will be voting.
AMS Elections Administrator Jo
McFetridge, who is in charge of running the referendum, said she would
like to see the voting done on UBC's
Televote system, which would allow
students to cast their ballots over the phone.
The referendum will ask students, 'Should
the AMS withdraw from the AMS/GSS Health
and Dental Plan at the end of the current contract (August 31st, 2001)?."
"The most important thing is that it
saves so much for UBC students. We
spend $1700 in ballots, $14,000 in
poll clerks and ballot counters...there's
tonnes of paper being wasted,"
McFetridge said.
"The [Televote] system...can eliminate all these problems, save money
and we can divert the extra funds into
an advertising campaign."
McFetridge added that the additional funds could be used to promote the
referendum, as well as to organise a few traditional voting booths.
Matthew Laird, one of the organisers of the
referendum's 'yes* campaign, said that he likes
the Televote system. Last term Laird, along with
fellow computer science student Kathy Lo, collected the 1000 student signatures, required to
force the health plan referendum.
"We think it's a great idea. At first we had
some doubts but I really like Jo's plans. I think it
could help us reach quorum. That is our biggest
fear-more than losing the vote-is will it
achieve quorum/ Laird said.
ADAMEC
Past AMS referendums have struggled to
reach quorum, which requires ten per cent of
students—roughly 3300—to cast ballots. Since
1990, 22 of the 31 referenda held on campus
have failed due to lack of quorum.
However, outgoing AMS President
Maryann Adamec said that implementing the Televote system for this
referendum would be impossible.
"It won't be able to happen for this
referendum. It takes too much
reworking of our code and it's a huge
technological feat to get it all going
and to get it all organised because
things are very procedural around
here," Adamec said.
But Eric Smith, coordinator of cur-
briefs
New AMS executives
starting jobs soon
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riculum and elections in the UBC's Registrar's
Office, said that the AMS would be able to use
UBC's Televote system.
"They're welcome to do it if they want,"
Smith said. "As far as the technology
goes you have to make sure you have
everyone in place...but it can be
done."
Chris Eaton, head of the AMS
Code and Policies Committee, said
that it would be possible to revise the
AMS election code to allow the AMS
to use Televote.
He added, however, that after discussions with the Registrar's Office,
he doesn't think using Televote is a
viable option in this referendum.
Students overwhelmingly approved the original Health and Dental Plan in a referendum
held in September 1999.
The AMS is presently negotiating with health
care provider Studentcare Networks to renew
the health plan contract
"[The referendum] hasn't had a si«ifigant
impact on the negotiations. It does, in some
aspects, decrease our bargaining power,'
Adamec said. 'Regardless we're going to keep
working at it so that if we do get a mandate that
is for the continuation of the health plan, we can
actually continue the health plan." ♦
Expect to hear partying from the offices
. of the outgoing Alma Mater Society (AMS)
executives when they are replaced at the
AMS's Annual General Meeting on
Monday, February 26.
AMS President Maryann Adamec,
Vice-President External Graham Senft,
and Vice-President Finance Mike Warner
will be ending their terms as executives
after the meeting.
Current Vice-President, Academic
Erfan Kazemi will take over as President,
and Mark Fraser will retain his position
as Vice-President Administration,
Incoming executives at the next AMS
Council meeting on February 28 will
include Vice-President, External Kristen
Harvey, Vice-President, Academic Evan
Horie, and Vice-President Finance Yvette
Lu.
Buzziackin'bzzr'
A proposed revision to UBCs liquor policy lhat would have forced students lo
stop using the term T)zzr' when advertising their beer garden events has been
rejected.
A revised version of the special occasion organizer's checklist—which outlines regulations for holding beer gardens and other special events-that
banned the use of the term Ijzzr' has
been thrown out
Since, provincial law states that references suggesting the availability of liquor
at special occasions are not permitted,
UBC initially waited to prohibit its use on
campus to absolve itself from liability, and
to infonxt students, of the law.
The. proposal on special occasions
The "bombs away" campaign will see a
series of posters and billboards put up in
buses and at bus stops in Toronto and
Vancouver, directing youth to a website
where activities such as faxing the Canadian
and American governments can be performed. ♦
- procedures and the organiser's checklist
was tabled at Board of Governors (BoG)
meeting last month.
Tieg Martin, a student representative
on the BoG, stated that after consulting
with representatives from the university
administration, UBC decided that by prohibiting'the use of 'bzzr,' it was interpreting the law rather than enforcing it.
"The university is going to update the
checklist so that the checklist will refer to
the provincial regulation and it'll be up lo
tlie organisers of beer gardens to decide
whether they still want to use the T^zzr"
he said.
Martin added that he is certain the
amended revision, which also tightens
up the language and regulations of the
university's liquor policy, will be passed
at the next BoG meeting.
Vandals start flood
in Wesbrook
The University RCMP are still looking for
vandals who broke into the Wesbrook
building on January 27 and started a
flood that caused roughly $140,000 in
damage.
"The [Wesbrook] building was broken
into sometime between midnight and
5am," said Constable Danielle Efford.
"There's a fire hose on the second floor,
and somebody had turned that on and it
flooded the second floor and the first
floor.'
'The first floor is where the labs and
computers are, so there was a lot of damage,' she added.
Plant Operations Director David
Barnes said that the majority of the damage was done when water from the fire
hose scoured the paint off of walls.
He added that Plant Ops is looking at
ways to prevent such incidents from
occurring again.
"The building's sprinklered already,
so we're questioning as to whether we
need fire hoses in the building at all,*
said Barnes. 'You don't need double protection, but we're checking that out with
the fire chief.'-
, 'It was a mess, it was a real mess,*
said Gerald Weeks, head of the microbiology department who described the
event as 'the great flood of 2001.' ♦ THE UBYSSEY
NEWS
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2001
'Cybersquatter' invades UBC's turf
 by Hywel Tuscano
A 'cybersquatter' who registers then tries to
sell domain names related to companies or
institutions will soon face UBC lawyers in
court over his rights to an Internet domain
with the university's name in it
Stephen Noton, owner of the company
Foresightful.com—and the domain name
www.universityofbritishcolumbia.corn—regis-
ters domain names that are variations or misspellings of actual websites, or even the exact
names of companies lacking an Internet presence.
He then tries to sell the domain names to
the companies or institutions involved.
Noton says that there is nothing wrong
with his actions.
'UBC has been around longer than I have
been alive,' he said. "They had ample opportunity to buy the domain name, if they had
interest they would have bought it originally.
They could have paid us $750 US by now and
gotten the site back in 30 days.'
But Hubert Lai, UBC's senior legal counsel,
said that the university's name is a registered
trademark.
"You can't just use a trademarked name's
popularity to market or advertise when you
are in no way affiliated with it/ he said. "The
trademark laws are on our side in this case."
While UBC has legal precedence over its
trademarked name, Noton suggested that a
federal court ruling in Canada would not have
jurisdiction over the international Internet,
meaning that the parties may have to face
each other in online courts.
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But Lai says that the federal courts
have jurisdiction over the main issue
that UBC is concerned with—copyrights.
"The federal court does have
power over copyright and trademark
infringement, even though it may not
have the power to have the domain
name ordered to UBC," he said.
Recently, Future Shop paid Noton
$ 1049 US for the site future shop, ac, a
misspelling of their official site name,
instead of attempting legal action. To
encourage Future Shop to buy the
domain name, Noton had linked the
site to a competitor of the electronics
company.
The domain names that Noton
owns act as a gateway to Foresight-
fiil.corn's company website. Noton
used to create copycat sites of the
companies' websites and would sell
ads on the site, but stopped after
receiving complaints from the companies.
Foresightful.com currently receives
around 50 hits a day through the
www.universityofbritishcolumbia.com
site.
Noton also owns variations of the
University of Saskatchewan and the
Saskatchewan provincial government domain
names.
In addition, he owns three misspellings for
Ingram Micro, a wholesale provider of technology products and services, and he said that
he receives over 200 e-mail messages a day
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with requests to order products.
'Even large companies with great presence
on the Internet are vulnerable and fail to consider stuff like this/ Noton said.
Canadian '.ca' websites do not suffer from
the same problems as '.com' websites.
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Authority requires documented affiliation,
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Canada, where a lot of manual background
checking is done.
On the other hand, no affiliations are needed for '.com' domain names, which can be registered and reserved for between $ 10-$ 50. ♦
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SPORTS
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Birds sweep 'Horns in War
Men's B-ball team surprises even itself in two key wins against Lethbridge, and earns spot in playoffs
 by Dustin Cook and Tom Peacock
Locked in a foux-way tie for the final two playoff spots in the Canada West, the UBC men's
basketball team faced a difficult situation this
weekend. The Birds could have either snuck
into the postseason by winning their last two
home games against the Lethbridge
Pronghorns or they could have cleaned out
their lockers and been the first Birds basketball team to miss the playoffs since the 1992-
93 season.
Clearly deciding to put off their cleaning
until the spring, the Birds showed up for both
matches determined to win. The 10-10
Pronghorns could do nothing to stop them.
Friday, after just six minutes, UBC's
Courtney Kolla sank his third consecutive
three-pointer. With the Birds already leading
20-9, the game was over before the
Pronghorns even knew what happened.
"It was the fastest-tempo game that I'd seen
this year/ said coach Hanson. "The bench played
more than I at first [had] anticipated but it certainly was nice giving our starters a chance to
rest"
It didn't really matter who Hanson put on
the court, because the stunned Pronghorns
were no match for the Birds' high-flying
offence. UBC soared into the half with a 47-34
point lead.
When the teams returned for the second
half, the game quickly turned into a rout as the
Birds continued their dominance. Time and
time again they knocked down shots and their
lead grew to a game-high 2 7 points just over
seven minutes into the second half. When the
Pronghorns' finally stopped bleeding, the final
tally was 9S-64, the Birds' largest win margin
so far this seasoa
"We felt we could score against them but I
didn't think we'd score that well. It's been a
long time," concluded a somewhat surprised
coach Hanson. "We've had problems scoring
all year and this was the first time that we had
the entire team on the score page."
To put things into perspective, the Birds shot
a stellar 68 per cent from the
field in the second half while
the Pronghorns could only
manage a dreary 33 per cent
Still, the Birds' impressive
offence was just one half of the
story; the Birds also completely shut down the Pronghorns
by playing an excellent defensive game. They also owned
the boards, out-rebounding the
visitors 45-28.
"This was it They knew
their backs were against the
wall and we just challenged
them as athletes and people
to go out there and compete.
We challenged them and they
just rose to the occasion as
true competitors would," said
Hanson.
It was apparent that every
UBC player elevated his play—
the team was not making the
same costly mental errors
they had the weekend before
at SFU. Still, the key to the
Birds victory was the solid
play by the team's leaders.
Guards Pat McKay and Ben Sansburn had
14 and 12 points, respectively, while for the
third straight game Brian Host showed an
improved scoring touch with 14 points.
However the best news of all for the Birds was
that their leading scorer—Kolla, broke out of
his offensive slump by hitting 7 of 9 shots
from the field for a team-best 21 points.
last weekend, not playing so hot at SFU kind
of motivated me to play a little bit harder tonight
and obviously the importance of the games,"
said Kolla. "All week we practised with a sense of
urgency which at times we may not have done
throughout the season and I think that's ultimately what made us play so well tonight'
Still a modest Kolla acknowledged that
although the victoiy was impressive, the team
could not afford to get too confident going into
LISTEN UP! Pronghorns' Coach Hanson talks to the team Friday.
NIC FENSOM PHOTO
Saturday's game because the Pronghorns really did not play to their ability Friday night
However a split was not in the cards for
Lethbridge as they again succumbed to the
Birds, 91-77. The final score was a little closer,
but the Birds, who took to the court with the
same intensity they showed the previous
night, were in control of the scoreboard
throughout the game.
Ben Sansburn earned the player-of-the-
game title after posting 16 points and eight
rebounds for the Birds. But even though his
numbers didn't really show it the story of the
night was Sherlan John.
After a brief pre-game presentation in his
honour, John literally burst onto the court for
his last home game as a Bird. Unfortunately,
the burly, energetic starter had to warm the
bench for a while after lodging three personal fouls in
less than five minutes. Once
back on the floor, the aggressive post managed seven
points and four rebounds
before fouling out with five
minutes still to play.
'Not the way I wanted to
go out," John said afterwards. 'Quick fouls. The refs
weren't too kind to me. But
that's okay. I played through
it, we got a win. I did some
good things for the team."
John has one year left at
UBC to complete his sociology degree, and said he's
philosophical about the
coming end to his basketball
career.
'I'm really ready to get
on with the second half of
my life...I want to finish my
school, and I want to spend
some time with my family,"
said the  Campbell River
native who has a three-year
old son.
"Eight nine months of the year I'm playing basketball and there's not too much time
for my family."
John, who works at Vancouver Detox counselling troubled teens, might have big plans
for the future, but for the next week at least it's
nothing but basketball for him and his teammates. The team will travel to Lethbridge next
weekend for the Canada West quarterfinals
against the Pronghorns, the first step towards
a CIAU championship.
"Team cohesion is number one/John said.
'We now need it more than ever... Some guys
are a little hurt after this weekend. Once we
get it all flowing again, [Lethbridge] is going to
be in trouble. Once we finish that then it's
onto the next business at hand. So yeah, it's
going to be a rough couple of weeks. •>
Women gain home-court advantage for West quarter-finals NS7*^JF3£^
 by Tom Peacock
The question wasn't whether the UBC women's basketball
team would beat the 0-22 Lethbridge Pronghorns this past
weekend, it was by how much.
The Birds showed their worth and a little bit of what's kept
them in the running so far this season when they trampled the
hapless 'Horns 95-68 Friday night -But on Saturday, the
fatigued Birds only managed a nine-point victory.
"I think, physically, today we were hurting a bit," UBC post
Jennifer Washburn said after Saturday's game. "A lot of us
mentioned that there was no spring in our legs, and we had a
rough week. We're just trying to gather our thoughts and get
our brains into next weekend where it counts. Because now it's
do or die."
With the two wins, the Birds clinched fourth place in the
Canada West and the home-court advantage for the Canada
West quarter-finals next weekend against the University of
Alberta Pandas.
The Birds beat the Pandas twice earlier this season in
Edmonton, but things have changed since thea For one thing,
point guard Charmene Adams sprained her ankle a few weeks
ago in a game against Trinity Western. Last week at SFU the
ankle was stiff, and hindered Adam's effectiveness. This past
weekend, she opted to sit out the two games against
Lethbridge. And next weekend, if she can't perform at 100 per
cent then the Birds will be hard-pressed to squeeze two wins
out of the 10-12 Pandas, their closest rivals in the Canada West
"Its going to be tough," head coach Deb Huband said. "We
swept them at their place... They were tough games, close
game3. Both games could have gone either way. They are a
tough team, they match up well against us."
One key factor in the Birds' favour, is that they won't have
to travel. After spending most of the second half of the season
on the road, the chance to host the first post-season series is a
welcome reprieve for the team.
"We've had three away weekends in a row before this one,
so there is a lot of fatigue... For us to be able to stay at home,
sleep in our own beds, not have to get on a plane Thursday is a
good thing," Huband said.
For three of the Birds, last weekend marked the end of their
last regular season as UBC Thunderbirds. Washburn, Lisa
Nevoral, and Stacy Reykdal are all in their fifth and
final year of eligibility. Reykdal, a third-year transfer
from Douglas College, was the team's leading scorer
and rebounder this season. She will play a key role in
the Birds' post-season drive.
Washburn, the most senior member of the team,
also figured big for the Birds this year, averaging
seven points per game. In the last game against
Lethbridge, Saturday, she scored 14 points and was
named Player of the Game.
Washburn played three years at Lethbridge, before
taking six years off from school and basketball. The
Vancouver native returned to UBC last year to play out
her last two years of eligibility as a Thunderbird.
"I was out for six years and didn't play basketball at
all. It was very rough [coming back]. Deb had to basically teach me from scratch, and she shaped me into
the player I am today."
Washburn said she loves playing for the
Thunderbirds, but she admitted it's been a rough season for the women's team. She said they have often
had trouble staying focused as players left the team, injured
themselves or fell ill. In spite of all their setbacks, however, the
nine-member team managed to finish with a respectable 11-11 record
and a fighting chance in the Canada
West
Alberta will likely present a challenge next weekend, but almost certainly the Birds are focusing even further into the future—on games
against their closer, stronger rivals,
SFU and UVic. The Vikes have repeatedly struck the final chord in the
Bird' post-season. The two teams
have met five times in as many years,
and Victoria has squashed the Birds'
championship hopes every single
time.
Tip-off times for the best-of-three
quarter-final games against the
Pandas   next   weekend   in   War
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TOO EASY: Carlee St.
NIC FENSOM PHOTO
Denis and Carrie Watson head downcourt.
Men's Hockey
After losing two games to the University of
Manitoba Bisons, this past weekend, the
Birds are 5-18-3 heading into their final
two games of the season next weekend
against Regina in the Thunderbird Winter
Sports Centre,
Memorial Gym are 5:45pm Friday, 5:45pm Saturday, and
1:30pm Sunday (if necessary). ♦
Women's Hockey
The Birds lost 60 to the University of
Alberta Pandas Friday, and their season
ended with a 3-1 loss to Lethbridge
Saturday in the Canada West semi-final
tournament
Women's Volleyball
The UBC women's volleyball team is set to
host the University of Saskatchewan
Huskies in the first round of the Canada
West playoffs next weekend in War
Memorial Gym. Games are scheduled for
8pm Friday and Saturday and 3:30pm
Sunday. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
NATIONAL
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13,< 2001
11
Deported Laval student faces 12 years in prison
by Isabelle Porter
Impact Campus
QUEBEC CITY (PUIfJCUPJ-A Laval
University student deported from
Canada has been sentenced to 12
years in prison in Tunisia for his
involvement in unauthorised organisations.
Since coming to Canada in 1994,
Haroun M'Barek had been seeking
refugee status and trying to convince Immigration Canada of the
dangers awaiting him were he to be
sent back to Tunisia.
However, the Laval Law student
was deported to Tunisia on Jan. 6.
Two weeks later, M'Barek was sentenced to prison.
Michel Frenette, director of
Amnesty International in Montreal,
said that he is astounded.
"The people at Immigration Canada
didn't have to look very far to see the
real dangers awaiting [M'Barek] back in
Tunisia," Frenette said.
In Tunisia, M'Barek was a member
of a 'non-recognised' Islamic organisation called Nhadha. He was also
involved in the General Student Union
at the beginning of the 1990s. Neither
organisation is popular with the country's government said Frenette.
On Dec. 22, 2000, during his last
appeal for refugee status with
Immigration Canada, M'Barek reiterated several times his fear of
returning to Tunisia.
Laval communications professor
Lise Garon said that M'Barek had
visited her a few days before being
arrested and deported.
"He had lost so much weight that
it took me some time to recognise
him," said Garon, who has since
started a support group at Laval for
M'Barek.
Although he wouldn't comment
on M'Barek's case, Robert Gervais, a
spokesperson for Immigration
Canada, said that people seeking
refugee status can make two claims:
threats against one's security and
humanitarian reasons. M'Barek
invoked both.
The Maghreb Human Rights
Association plans to file a complaint
with the International Observatory of
Human Rights against the Canadian
government Such a move may well
be too late for M'Barek, however—
Tunisia's state sovereignty prevents
another country from intervening.
But Frenette hopes that this incident will provoke changes to
Canada's refugee policy.
"This story gives more weight to
the argument that Canada sends
back people to their countries without seriously evaluating risks. Maybe
Haroun M'Barek's case will help
these changes to occur," he said. ♦
-Translated by Pierre-Olivier
Savoie
Union bid stalled at McDonald's
Quebec Labour Tribunal decision will decide fate of union at Montreal resataurant
by Matthew Levine
The McGill Daily
MONTREAL (CUP)-More than 40 workers at a
McDonald's restaurant in Montreal are waiting for a ruling from the Quebec Labour
Tribunal after a legally-approved vote to
unionise last November.
The franchise, however, has appealed the
legality of the vote. In the meantime, executive
members from the Peel Street McDonald's
have been working with their parent union,
the Confederation des Syndicates Nationaux
(CSN), on fundraising and training projects.
Both union leaders and union organisers
admit that the high employee turnover rates
in fast food restaurants mean that unionisation could lose support while the process is
still before the Tribunal.
Seventeen-year-old Pascal McDuff, an
organiser of the unionisation drive, said that
he won't abandon the union he fought to create even if that means staying on at
McDonald's longer than he intended.
"Working at McDonald's is boring and tiresome. Nobody wants to stay here forever," he
said. "But, of course I want to stay and protect
the union."
McDuff says that the McDonald's management must come to the bargaining table in
good faith.
"We are a union now, but we still aren't getting our respect We won't have the respect we
need until we negotiate a collective agreement the sort of agreement all of our members want," said McDuff.
Both McDonald's Canada and Michel
Marchand, the owner of the Peel Street franchise, refused to comment on the union drive.
The workers are expected to issue several
demands, focusing on improved salaries, safer
working conditions, more say in setting working hours and a clearer policy on promotions.
Under the stewardship of the CSN, Quebec's
largest umbrella organisation for labour
groups, McDuff and others organised a union
vote last summer before filing for certification
on Aug. 2. Of the store's 44 workers, 75 per cent
voted for unionisation.
The same day,
Marchand brought in 24
new employees and
forced a new vote.
CSN President Marc
Laviolette says that
recent court manoeuvres
represent a further
attempt to thwart the
process of unionisation.
"McDonald's is stalling WAmNG: Workers
for time m the courts. They Trjbuna| nj|.      CE)J
are hoping that by pushing
back the date [at which] they have to negotiate
with the union the large turnover will allow
them to decertify the union," said Laviolette.
But Laviolette says that the CSN is determined to fight for its workers' rights at the
Peel Street franchise.
"The union is secure," he said, adding that
he is not afraid that McDonald's will simply
close down the Peel Street franchise the way
the St Hubert franchise was closed after a suc-
at the Peel Street McDonald's await a
NE HEINBECKER/MCGILL DAILY PHOTO
cessful union drive in 1998.
"The McDonald's on Peel and St Catherine
is the second largest in Quebec. They make
money from it, they won't shut it down."
He hopes that success at the Peel Street
location will encourage young people at other
locations to instigate a union drive.
CSN has a unionisation vote pending at
another McDonald's franchise in the Montreal
area. ♦ 1 2 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2001
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Rob McDonagh hopes that Hotel
will be his big break...
BY RON NURWISAH
It's a statistic that's kept quiet. For every
Scorsese, Tarantino, or Coppola there are hundreds, if not thousands of other directors that
might have made it, or should have made it but,
through some brutal twist of fate, fell short Some
people have dreams of going behind the camera,
creating worlds, and putting them onto film—in
short, being the closest thing there is to a god on
the set But how many actually make it? How
many people are willing to live with the years of
living on nothing but bad take out and Kraft
Dinner? The rejection letters, financial uncertainty, prospering friends with their stable jobs-
just who would be mad enough to suffer through
all that?
Meet Rob McDonagh, an independent film
director. You probably don't recognise his name
and you probably haven't seen any of his films—
unless you happen to religiously watch short
films that air on Canadian television, or you
stumble onto his work on the Web.
Sure, it's a tough life, but it's one that
McDonagh seems willing to suffer through. In
fact, he has an incredibly philosophical view on
filmmaking.
"It's a puzzle in a box with no picture on it and
it's a bottomless box with endless pieces and
there's no edges. So you start pulling together
and putting it together and you never finish it
There's no end but eventually you go 'Okay. I'm
done with the puzzle."
In a way, this metaphor also reflects
McDonagh's life. He left UBC's film program in
1993 only to realise that he was missing a single
course and hadn't actually graduated with his
degree, finally completing it in 1998.
In the intervening years, McDonagh attended five different post-secondary institutions and studied close to
half a dozen disciplines. He toiled around, directing
short films, working on other productions as a crew
member, and at one point, even starting a film company, Fortress Films, to sell his work to the CBC. In short
over the last couple of years, McDonagh has been slowly
putting together a giant amorphous puzzle of his own.
For McDonagh, this is all part of being an undiscovered, struggling director, taking any odd job thrown at
you. Spending years languishing as an unknown,
McDonagh wondered how many people were actually
seeing his films.
'Short films traditionally don't make their money
back because there's no format for them; not only in this
countiy, but in most other countries,* he said. "However
they're what you have to make in order to prove yourself
to be capable to make longer films as a director."
It's a cruel paradox of the film world—you can't earn
a living as a director until you're established, but you
can't become established because you can't earn a living
making short films.
"To want to be a director you have to build up a
resume and your resume takes five to ten years, and literally hundreds of thousands of dollars in different film
projects. So whereas my friends all have condos and
homes right now, I have 11 VHS cassettes on my shelf,"
McDonagh explained.
But it seems that McDonagh's puzzle might be beginning to take shape. McDonagh, along with dozens of
actors and other artists, has just finished his biggest project to date—a project that just might see him get some of
the attention he deserves.
Ifs called Hotel and at its most basic level, it's a collection of six shorts all set in a hotel in Vancouver during a particularly hot summer day. The films explore
themes of displacement transience, loneliness, and half
a dozen emotions that a stay at a hotel might conjure up.
The film had its origins in the mind of local theatre
personality Chris Gerrard-Pinker as an art installation.
The concept had it that viewers would watch 12 different
hotel rooms through television sets for a day—in
essence, a Voyeuristic look at the comings and goings of
a hotel. But the concept was eventually pitched to the
cable channel Bravo as six short films—now, instead of a
museum piece, Hotel is a film.
Hotel would later include the work of people as varied as singer/songwriter Veda Hille and the Electric
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL: The future career
of director Rob McDonagh looks bright.
RON NURWISAH PHOTO
Company—a local avant-garde theatre troupe. As a
result, the shorts each have a distinct feel. The Electric
Company's short is a tongue-in-cheek tale of four clones
waiting for their 'clone father' in a hotel room. Another
short tells the story of a priest who finds himself in a crisis of faith.
"It's harder to do a very good three or five minute
film then it is to do a half-hour film. It's harder because
you have this condensed story arc, and you have to create an emotional bond between the audience and the
characters in such a short period of time," McDonagh
explained.
Nonetheless, McDonagh is very happy with the end
result "It's the first film I've ever made that I actually
still liked when I finished it," he explained.
But the production didn't go smoothly. One particular mistake almost destroyed one of the shorts. "It [the
print] went through the wrong chemical bath in the lab,
and so what happened is it got covered in green slime,
flecks and spots as well as horizontal blue light leaks,"
McDonagh explained.
The crew tried to salvage the film, cleaning off the
green slime, and then realised that it was still worth
using. McDonagh particularly liked the 'mistakes' in the
film stock and decided to heighten the effect by digitally
adding more. "We went ahead and cut the film and
added digital effects that made it look intentional," he
said.
"So it was taking a very horrible mistake, and using
instinct we came out with a better film," he added.
Problems aside, McDonagh is happy with Hotel and
sees it as a big stepping stone.
"I've been a part-time indie director and now I want
to make the change to full-time director, and now I'm in
the process of trying to make that happen," McDonagh
commented.
Although Hollywood contracts and giant budgets
probably won't be landing at his feet anytime soon,
McDonagh's future prospects definitely look bright
Hotel is set to tour the festival circuit and will be shown
on Bravo later this year. With any luck, this exposure will
help McDonagh land funding for his next project, a documentary on Veda Hille and her tour with the
Rheostatics.
Until the big break comes along, McDonagh will
probably just keep pulling pieces out of the bottomless
box of pieces. He's already gotten this far and he's starting to make out the image—it's of a man sitting in a
director's chair. ♦ THE UBYSSEY
CULTURE
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2001
13
I'm in the mood for love
by Cassidy Oliver
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE
now playing
It is rare to see a movie that is thoroughly good. Even the greats
have flaws—a slow scene, one weak line, or a lack of continuity
that will shatter the story and leave it decent as opposed to brilliant. Wong Kar-Wai's newest film. In the Mood for Love, belongs
in the latter category. Set in Hong Kong in 1962, the film follows
two new neighbours, Su Li Zen ( Maggie Cheung) and Chow
Mo-Wan (Tony Leung), who begin their relationship as
acquaintances.
Lonely because of the constant absence of their spouses, they
begin to spend more time together, promptly moving away from
bashful and polite conversation. Soon the hidden pain they both
carry surfaces and the two are forced to face the reality that their
spouses are having an affair. The conclusion is tragic, yet the solution is even more so. The two must decide how to stop the pain while
promising "not to be like them." The story is simple, yet it is told with
such elegance and beauty that it is impossible not to be moved. The
acting is superb, with both Cheung and Leung delivering sensation-    your eyes out for him. ♦
al performances. The chemistry they share illuminates the screea
Kar-Wai's technique is fresh and stylish. Each scene is masterfully composed and has a look that is achievable only by an
expert. The camera flows and the film has impeccable timing.
Each scene is as long as needed and says so much. The soundtrack is brilliant, and Kar-Wai's montage sequences demonstrate his unique ability to tell a love story through subtle
glances and light touching.
Absolutely everything in this movie works. I recommend it
to anyone who is tired of seeing Hollywood's formulaic love stories and is looking for something more.
In the Mood for Love is sharp and deep. It says a lot with a
style that is both satisfying to the eye, as well as to the mind. In
the Mood for Love is Wong Kar-Wai's sixth feature film. Already
he has gained the reputation as one of the most exciting Asian
"auteurs" of his day and one of the most influential directors in
contemporary cinema. Having gained notable respect and credit for his previous achievements, it is evident that Kar-Wai's
unique style will bring him more success in the future. Keep
Love conquers oil, even racial boundaries
by Parm Johal
LOVE, CULTURE, AND THE KITCHEN SINK
at the Vancouver Public Library
Feb. 6
Twenty years ago, the reaction to interracial
relationships might have been "Oh my gosh,
cover your eyes, this isn't happening!" But
now eveiyone sees that interracial relationships are a reality, even if not eveiyone
accepts them.
Love, Culture, and the Kitchen Sink, a new
documentary film produced by Force Four
Entertainment, was screened as part of the
Vancouver Public Library's five-part series to
increase cross-cultural understanding and
acceptance. Presented by Vancouver's
Multicultural Society, the film is about four
intercultural couples from Vancouver who try
to tackle the question of whether love really
does conquer all.
The film focusses on these couples, their families, their struggles, and how they try to overcome cultural biases. Some of the couples are of
mixed-race ethnicity and others aren't but all face
the same challenge of raising multiracial children. The film has the couples discuss the issues
that frustrate them, and how they have come to
understand and respect their partners' heritage.
After the screening of the film, a panel discussion took place, moderated by Global TV
broadcaster Simi Sara. The panel consisted of
Jason Foster and Mariko Kage (who both
appear in the documentary), Rajpal Hundal,
and Debra Sparrow; the members answered
questions from Sara and the audience about
interracial relationships.
When asked whether it is naive to think that
love conquers all, Jason Foster said no, because
although there may be many cultural objectives
to overcome, in the end you're "choosing partners because of who they are and not steering
away from them because of their race."
But what do you do when faced with parents opposed to the idea of interracial dating?
"From my experience.you should just tackle it
head-on, without hiding anything from your
parents' said Sara. Hundal addressed the
question from the standpoint of Indo-
Canadians saying that 'the parents are usually
in a cocoon and are afraid of having their children lose their culture."
The fear is what leads to cultural misrepresentations. Sparrow, who is half Norwegian
and half Musqueam, said that she sees parents who might not agree with the idea, but
will respect their children's decisions—which
is the key to deconstructing stereotypes.
One of the main issues discussed at this
forum was the idea of discrimination within
your own race, for example, an Irish
Protestant dating an Irish Catholic, a South
Asian in a farmer class dating a South Asian in
a tailor class.
This informative session was definetely
worthwhile. The world will always be full of
cultural stereotype. But in the end, if you want
love to conquer all then you just have to suck
it up and ignore the narrow-minded. ♦
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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2001
VOLUME 82 ISSUE 35
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Farm JohaTs eyes stung from the acrid smoke coming from one of
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Things that go bump in the tent
If Tieg Martin, your recently re-elected student
representative to the UBC Board of Governors,
has his way, we'll all be spending a week in tents
in an attempt to help foster a sense of community here at UBC. Now camping is fun, and trying
to bolster school spirit is a good idea, but the so-
called Hobo Days is a decidedly bad idea, and we
bet it won't be much fun either. Here's why.
First of all, the whole premise is rather sickening. Martin says that the inspiration for Hobo
Days came from Democracy Village, the tent city
that sprung up in 1997 prior to the APEC conference that visited UBC for a day. In case there was
any doubt, the villagers were not having any fun—
the police helicopters flying overhead meant that
no one got any sleep, as did the floodlights and the
sound of cops walking by every ten minutes. So
now Martin wants to recreate the experience, but
entirely out of context If 11 be just like protesting,
only without those troublesome socio-political
issues to think about The APEC protests were not
really much fun—getting arrested and pepper-
. sprayed never is, but they were a proud moment
in UBC's not very proud history of activism. That
Martin has the gall to associate Hobo Days with
that moment is disturbing, to say the least
On a less idealistic, more practical level, does
anyone think that Martin's proposal is anything
more than a half-baked scheme to get laid? Martin
explains the project's appeal by saying "You actually have a chance to chill and hang out and...you
can also bring a sleeping bag, join in the fun..'
Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what's
going on here. Now, we're all for crazy sex on
campus, but hell, isn't that what residence is for?
But Martin, who is always one step ahead of
us, is hoping that commuter students will take
advantage of this unique opportunity to experience campus life. There's an idea that makes no
sense. Students live off campus for a reason,
because living on campus is bad for your mental
health, even in a tent
But don't get us wrong. Camping is fun. So if
you're planning on camping out for Hobo Days,
heed our warning: the coyotes, the cougars, the
owls, the AMS execs, and the drunken Pit
patrons might find the whole idea of Hobo Days
quite appealing. Talk about a captive audience...
So when you step out for a piss, be careful.
We're here late twice a week, we know how
scary it can get ♦
Time for the university to fill in the info GAP
Most students have probably already seen the
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP) anti-abortion
display on campus. It's hard to miss—it features
graphic close-ups of 'suctioned* aborted fetuses,
Holocaust mass graves, and racial lynchings.
Most students have probably already absorbed
whatever they want from the display, and now
simply prefer to ignore it
Nevertheless, GAP's presence still has the
potential to inflame and upset a great many people on campus, and for this reason it is essential
that the campus community is given fair warning
whenever ifs coming. And this isn't happening.
The images have obviously affected students
in the past After GAP's three previous visits, on-
campus student support networks, such as
Speakeasy, received more use immediately
afterward. Since GAP has already been here
three times, one would assume that the university would have set up an efficient system to
inform the campus community when it allows
the Lifeline club (which brings GAP to UBC) to
use the university's space.
But then again, we just used the words 'efficient' and 'university' in the same sentence.
For the latest GAP display, the university initially relied upon Lifeline to inform students as to
what was coming. And guess what? They didn't
While Brian Sullivan, UBC's vice-president.
Students, said that the Lifeline club had booked
the university's space over a week and a half
before the display happened, the club never
informed student groups about the decision.
As a result, as Sullivan admits, when the university followed-up on the booking, they found
that student groups such as Students for Choice
didn't know about it leaving Sullivan's office to
send a hasty e-mail to concerned groups on
Wednesday afternoon. That left just over two
school days for clubs other than Lifeline to prepare for GAP's arrival. As a result, many students and groups were confused and angered.
Ifs only fair that if the university is going to
allow the display onto campus under the premise of freedom of speech, organisers of any
counter-display are given ample time to prepare
their demonstration By failing to give students
fair warning, UBC did all of its students a disservice.
Leaving the responsibility of informing students in the hands of such a controversial student organisation, which is blatantly intent on
making sure that as many people as possible see
the display, is quite obviously not a good idea.
No matter how badly Lifeline might want to
impose their display on students on their way to
class, students have a right to know what to
expect as they round the corner of the SUB—they
have a right to ignore the display, a right to
choose an alternate route, a route to not be
exposed to the grotesque imagery and the anti-
abortion propaganda of the GAP display. Free
speech, yes, but free space as well ♦
LETTERS
Science is the
highest form of art
A few weeks ago in the Ubyssey
there were a series of letters praising the virtues of a Fine Arts education. Frankly, I did not find the letters all that convincing.
If you look at the profile of typical undergraduate Science student
at UBC you will see that they are cultured individuals. They come from
a rich and diverse ethnic background. They speak more than one
language, most play a musical
instrument, many do volunteer
work in the community and. most
have hobbies that include something artistic such as painting,
sketching, photography or literature.
These students come to university to build upon this rock solid
cultural character. The university is
the only venue that can provide
these gifted individuals with the
intellectual and cultural stimulus to
stand out in their areas of interest
Along the way most of these stu
dents take upwards of nine credits
in the Arts. Sadly, the argument
doesn't go the other way around.
Your typical art student does not
take nine to 12 credits of Science
courses.
We live in a remarkable age and
there is reflected in the ethics of the
age the artistry of the scientist The
interesting thing is this artistry is at
the heart of being a good scientist,
technologist or doctor. It is part and
parcel of the creative and ingenious
work that basic and applied scientists do for personal and professional achievement.
In fact science is the most artistic thing we humans do. Once you
have achieved the ability to understand both the physics and philosophy of someone like Albert Einstein
you can appreciate this statement
You can also appreciate the wonderment of things and the joy of
being able to better understand the
beauty of the universe.
Recently the National Post ran
an article that stated that 25 per
cent of our present economy is
based on technology derived from
quantum mechanics. Of the students leaving this university with
degrees, only the Science or
Applied Science students will know
quantum mechanics well enough to
be full participants in this incredible economic revolution
The last 300 years of the scientific revolution has ushered in an
age where we are, in the words of
Albert Einstein, 'One World.* We
have an ability to lift ourselves
above poverty, war, disease, mediocrity and prejudice.
To be full participants in this
remarkable age, I would argue
means that art students should take
nine to 12 credits of science courses. It would be nice to know they
can tell me about Kepler's Laws,
what the Pauli Exclusion Principle
is all about or what the Second Law
of Thermodynamics is. Then I
would be assured they can better
function in an age as remarkable as
-Patrick Bruskiewich
Graduate Student-Physics
Everyone deserves
to be respected
It took me a while to actually sit
down and write this letter. Writing
this letter has always been on my
mind, because this issue is important to me.
Where do I start?
A while back in the first term, I
had a situation.
I almost always arrive early at
the classroom where my class will
begin There is a class before mine.
When that class finishes, I go in to
take a seat at the front I try to sit in
the front so I can see better because
my eyesight is not so great Getting
new glasses has been tough for me.
Anyways, on this particular day, I
walked into the classroom. I witnessed the professor of the class
that just finished (let's call this person L) putting away the overhead
projector. L asked someone to
stand back so that it was aligned
with the rest of the tables in the
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front I had my hands on the table, and I clearly indicated to L that I was going to push it
towards the front He then proceeded to tell
me that it would be so much easier if I were
out of the way. I told him that I was OK and
that I could pull the table to the front Then he
grabbed me by my arms and pushed me aside
and attempted to pull the table to the front
The whole time I kept repeating, "I could have
done that' I was shocked at what had happened. I felt disrespected and I felt that I was
treated like a helpless little child.
I thought about the situation and I made
the decision to talk with him next time after
his class.
After his class, I approached him and asked
if we could talk. We went outside the classroom. I started by saying, "I don't know if you
remember me...'
Then, he cut me off, saying that yeah, he
did, and that I was always in the way when he
was tiying to put the overhead projector away.
(If you read what I wrote above, I was not in
his way that day.) If I did constantly stand in
his way, I wanted to tell him that I will consciously try not to do so in the future. I wanted
for us to work towards an understanding or
agreement I also wanted for us to talk about
what had happened previously. However, he
did not allow me to speak thoroughly. What he
said was that if I was not in pis w,ay, all the
time, he would not say anything to me. I wanted to continue our conversation because I felt
that we weren't discussing the real issue of
what had happened. Instead he turned around
and walked away saying that he did not have
time for this. I followed him saying we needed
to talk until we got to the stairs. He then proceeded to go down the stairs. I just stood there.
L did not allow me to speak. L did not
respect me as a person.
During my years here at thi3 university I
have had wonderful profs who not only had
tremendous enthusiasm in teaching but also
were respectful of students. However, I would
say that though I^BC has. some of the finest
professors, UBC also has* its share of not so
fine professors.
My point is that whether or not someone is
in the position of professor, teacher, or TA,
everyone should learn that students are people too. We are not meant to be looked down
on or thought of as incompetent, stupid, or
unworthy of speaking. Everyone is entitled to
respect Everyone is entitled to be treated fairly. Everyone.
Thank you for listening. I hope you print
this letter.
-Concerned student
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