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The Ubyssey Mar 24, 1998

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by Sarah Galashan
Students campaigning last week for a $ 1 legal
aid fee referendum won't have much trouble
living up to their key promise—the $36 they
said students would get with a 'yes' result was
already refunded. Last month.
UBC credited almost $ 1 million to students
in February after the BC Supreme court ruled
that increases to two ancillary fees collected
last September were illegal. For a student in
30 credits the refund was some $36.
But campaigners for the fund said during
the referendum a yes vote would allow them
to pay legal fees to negotiate an order for UBC
to return the money.
Amir Attaran, one of the referendum
organisers, said the mistake was an honest
one. Attaran was one of four UBC students
who took the university to court last year to
overturn the Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund and the Student Aid Fund
increase that came after the provincial tuition
Attaran said he's surprised the university
refunded the money without telling students
about it
'[If s) bullshit How many students know
that the money's sitting there,' said Attaran,
who added that bis lawyer has yet to be told
about the refunds. "You'd think they'd let us
The fund, should it pass, will also be put
towards future legal action taken in the interest of students and will be administered by a
group of students and UBC Law professors.
After a judgement k made an order is usually negotiated between both sides and then
approved by the court to determine how the
judgement will be carried out But the university jumped the cue and refunded the fees
without negotiating or advertising to students.
'I think we did it more quickly than we
needed to. I'm realty not sure why,* said
Richard Spencer, UBC registrar. 'In some
quarters I think there was a feeling that we
acted a little faster than we needed to.'
Should an order be negotiated that specifies other arrangements for the refunds, like
me repayment of interest on funds returned
to students, the university will be obliged to
make any necessary corrections.
'I'm quite pleased we have done it [made
the refunds]. Assuming mat the [judgement]
does not change then I mink we will have
done the right thing," said Spencer.
He added that international students are
also-receiving the refunds and that any graduating students will be raaifed a cheque.
The referendum results will be unaffected
by toeaitect m^matioa ^stributed during,
file-- campaign. Results will be available
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Sessional Instructors seek their voice
Confronted by low pay
and an uncertain future,
UBC's sessional instructors
are wondering how to get
the university's attention.
by Jamie Woods
For some poets, $23,000 might be an
acceptable wage, but Clint Burnham is more
than a poet. He has done more than pen
books like Be Labour Reading. He holds a
PhD in English, and is one of the most
sought after authorities in Vancouver on
post-modernism. He also teaches a full time
course load in the English department.
Burnham would like to be called a professor, and his credentials are as long as
many who are given the title. For now, however, he's stuck being a sessional instructor;
a title that translates to minimal job security, little chance of a tenured appointment,
and a wage well below that of an entry level
highschool teacher.
Burnham is one of about thirty "session-
als" in the English department. Despite
often impeccable credentials in their subject
areas, the sessionals are hired primarily to
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Strike looms at University of Winnipeg
by Nicole C. Rosevere
The Uniter
WINNIPEG (CUP)-Faculty at the University of Winnipeg have voted in
favour of a strike if a contract settlement is not reached by March 31.
The faculty's last contract expired
March 31, 1997. The faculty association and the administration have spent
the last year negotiating a new deal.
During this time, the terms of the old
contract have still been in effect
But come March 31, the old terms
are no longer valid and U of W faculty
will effectively be without any sort of
agreement with the administration.
Just over 87 per cent of those participating in the vote cast ballots in favour
of the strike mandate. According to Allen Mills, president of the faculty association, one of the main
issues at stake is pay parity with professors at the
University of Manitoba.
"Our salaries are significantly lower than faculty
and instructors at the U of M and our typical course
load is higher," he said. He adds the situation is exacerbated by the fact that many U of W faculty and
instructors teach in programs offered jointly by the
two universities.
Other concerns of the faculty, Mills says, include
losing salary through the administration pressing
them to take days off without pay, and plans by the
university to shorten the process through which it
can declare programs redundant and lay off faculty
and instructors.
While the administration is taking the strike vote
seriously, it says the move is not an unusual one.
"Our salaries
are significantly
lower than faculty
and instructors
at the University
of Manitoba and
our typical
course load
is higher."
-Allen Mills
president of the faculty association
"[A strike vote] is not an uncommon occurrence
during negotiations," said Joan Anderson, a
spokesperson for the university. "There are a number of things that might happen but we hope to
have a contract in place before the end of the
The two sides will be in conciliation talks March
18 and 19. Elizabeth Carlyle, president of the U of W
student union, says they should have students on
their minds as they negotiate.
"We haven't taken a stand on issues, but we support the faculty's right to take job action. We hope
both parties will negotiate in good faith and keep students' interests in mind."<»
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Tech BC boycott lifted with academic freedom deal
 by Chris Nuttall-Smith
Canada's faculty associations have
ended their boycott of the planned
Technical University of BC after
reaching a deal that should ensure
some academic freedom at the
The Tech BC compromise will
give power to an academic planning board made up of faculty, students, staff and industry representatives.
The school's Board of
Governors will be required to consult that board before making
decisions on academic programs.
Also announced last week,
Tech BC has adopted a policy on
academic freedom and will establish "continuing appointments,"—
in effect the same thing as tenure.
Robert Gift, the executive
director of the Confederation of
University Faculty Associations
(CUFA) of BC, said the compro
mise gives some protection to faculty. He added that although the
changes aren't enshrined in the
Act that established Tech BC, they
will be taken seriously.
"It's still theoretically possible
for the Board of Governors to overrule what this academic planning
board will decide, but if they were
to do so they would be in a heap of
shit with us," said Gift.
Gift and other faculty representatives say the changes should
be put into the Technical
University of British Columbia Act
to ensure that they are followed.
But a spokesperson for the
Advanced Education ministry said
yesterday the province doesn't see
any reason to enshrine the
changes, and won't likely do so
during this legislative session.
Last summer several faculty
groups, including CUFA BC and
the Canadian Association of
University Teachers launched an
international boycott of Tech BC.
Several other academic organisations like the American
Association of University
Professors and UBC's academic
Senate called on the provincial
government to ensure academic
freedom at the school.
Tech BC, planned for Surrey or
the Fraser Valley, is billed as a
"non traditional university" with a
focus on applied technology training. ♦
Protester arrested seven weeks later
byAlexBustos ,
A UBC student and activist is claiming police intimidation after he was arrested last weekend for his
actions at the CFS Day of Action seven weeks ago.
Jesse Scott, a 19-year-old philosophy student was
arrested last Sunday at the Canadian Military Drill
Hall downtown just before an anti-war rally for
allegedly scrawling on a Royal Bank window with
glass chalk during the January protest
According to Scott who spent seven hours in jail,
"My arrest was an act of intimidation. It's scary
when [the police] have information on you and
can use it when they wantl.lt seems like a war
on activists'' +jesse Scott
the real reason for the arrest was to scare off future
"My arrest was an act of mtimidation," he said.
"It's scary when [the police] have information on you
and can use it when they want.it seems like a war
on activists."
But according to Anne Drennan, spokesperson
for the Vancouver Police Department Scott's arrest
was not an orchestrated police campaign.
On January 28, at the National Day of Action
against student debt organised by the Canadian
Federation of Students (CFS), Scott joined 1,500 protesters in downtown Vancouver.
"We had an officer videotaping the [January]
demo," said Drennan, "which is standard with these
Constable Fredericks, the officer filming the Day
of Action, captured several protesters writing on windows at the Royal Bank.
Seven weeks later Fredericks spotted Scott at the
Military Hall, after recognising him as one of the protesters on the videotape Fredericks arrested him.
When asked why Scott hadn't been taken into
custody earlier, Drennan replied: "There was no opportunity.
There was over 1,000 people there. The officer couldn't get a
chance to arrest him."
But Aiyanas Qrmond, another UBC student was arrested
that day. Drennan's explanation doesn't satisfy Milton Smith,
IFREEZE, YOU'RE under ARREST! UBC student Jesse Scott daims his arrestlast Saturday over graffiti was simply police intimidation
the lawyer representing Scott
"It's incredible that our tax dollars are being used to survey
groups engaged in perfect legal activities," he said.
The police, said Smith, know the mischief charge will be
thrown out of court He argued their real reason for arresting
activists like Scott is not to win in court but rather to scare off
future protestors.
"It's a way of subverting the justice system," said Smith.
"[The police] use their powers to punish someone without going
to trial for exercising their right to freedom of speech."
Drennan said Vancouver Police will likely arrest more Day
of Action protesters for mischief. ♦
Failing drain threatens UBC buildings
 by Sarah Galashan
A storm drain designed to keep the cliffe
around UBC's Museum of Anthropology
.from becoming beach front property isn't
doing a good enough job.
According to David Grigg, associate director of UBC Plant Operations' department of
facilities and infrastructure renewal, parts of
the clMis around the museum, Cecil Green
Coach House and Green College are eroding.
This, he says, could threaten some of the
Grigg says the Coach House is of greatest
concern and the house, home to UBC
Ceremonies and Events, will have to be evacuated as soon as possible.
The first tiling on some of our minds is
the safety of the occupants in the Coach
House, so they will be moving out probably
on a short term basis,* he said. "We may not
move them out until after convocation. We.
don't believe they are in any immediate danger-" .   ,
The risk of erosion would be heightened
by heavy ioocang from a major rain storm,
something that happens here only once
.every50to lOOyears.-
While wave action and water seepage
along the cliff face are partly responsible for
the current erosion, drainage is the major
problem. The spiral drain, initially designed
to iissist major water flow from the cliff to its
basse, is not able to move water at a fast
Grigg says in the rase of a major storm the
rain is too heavy and fast tor the drain. It puddles up on top of the cliff and acts as an
unwanted weight eventually seeping through
the cliff and adding to the erosion.
Since the drain is owned by the Greater
Vancouver Regional District UBC will get
help solving the problem. They own the
drain and they have what we cafl....a right of
way and access to it" said Grigg.
A theoretical analysis, at an estimated cost
of $2000, will study toe drain's capacity. Its
our intent to work with any expertise, with the
professors here on campus and well be working also with an independent consultant"
Grigg said depending on the study's
results the dram might have to be repkced at i
a cost of $2 or $3 million.
The last time UBC sought outside advice ■
about fee diffs, it was to detannine the safety •
of fiQing toe MOA pond during the Asia ,
Pacific Emnomic&)operatic^ conference.     ,
The opinion at the time was that filling the
pond tor the 24 hour period would not pose
a threat to toe cliffe and the consultant Allen *
Dakin, senior hydro geologist for Pikeau .
Associates Engineering lid, stands by that
Dakin said there was only a tiny amount
of seepage after the pond was filled during a
September trial run. In my opinion there is
no way mat would have any affect on the spiral drain."^
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teach first year composition courses like English
112. Only one in ten has the privilege of a vote in
department decision making, and almost all can
expect to be laid off after three years.
These are the sorts of conditions that have led
Burnham and others in the department to stage
Sessionalpalooza 98 in the
Buchanan Penthouse this
Thursday. While some will
present papers on themes
such as Canadian Literature, Bill Gates, and grrrl
rock, others will present a
video on migrant workers.
Modelled after an early sixties production on farm
workers in Southern California, it instead turns the
spotlight onto non-tenured
instructors. Like those
farm workers, one thing
the sessionals will talk
about is the possibility of
forming a union.
'This is one of the
options we're looking at,'
says   Burnham.   'Merely
"[Unionising] is one of
the options we're looking at. Merefy telling
fne ai immisiiafion mat
they should be [paying
us more] for moral reasons tfoesnt seem to
be working. Perhaps
unionisation or even
the threat of it would."
It contributes to another problem, says
Burnham, in that getting a job in academe becomes
tougher with every year of teaching put in as a sessional. "The more teaching you do, the less desirable you are. It's like you're a roast beef or something.'
Sessionals teaching nine or more credits a year
are currently represented in salary negotiations
and grievances by the Faculty
Association. Norma Weiland,
Faculty Association salaries
and economic benefits committee chair, says sessionals
aren't getting what they
. deserve from the university.
'At UBC they don't have a
voice in academic governments, they're not really integrated into faculty, they're not
appropriately paid. They're
highly trained people and
they're highly dedicated people but they aren't treated fairly by the UBC administration.'
Weiland says it's too early
to tell how much of a priority
the treatment of sessionals
will be under the Martha Piper
administration. Her frustration stems from the last bargaining round with the university in 1995, when the Faculty
Association put forth demands
for a salary increase. After the
administration refused, the
case was taken, to arbitration,
and the arbitration panel sided
with the university. The decision left all faculty, sessionals
included, with a zero per cent
pay increase.
Burnham says while he
wouldn't want the issue to pit
sessionals against the Faculty
Association, he wonders if the
sessionals would be better off
going it alone. "What you don't
want to get into is a union versus
union thing. We're just trying to
figure out what's in our best
At fourteen other campuses
across Canada, mostly in
Ontario, sessionals have opted
to sign union cards and join
the Canadian Union of Public
Employees (CUPE). Having
unionised at Guelph, the ses-
  sionals   got   a   4-5%   wage
increase in their first agreement. The difference there, however, says
McMaster  and  Guelph  CUPE  President
Mike Skinner, is that not even the faculty
CLINT BURNHAM says full-time instructors deserve more than     associations wanted to represent the ses-
$23,00 a year, richard lam/ubyssey file photo
telling the administration that they should be [paying us more] for moral reasons doesn't seem to be
working. Perhaps unionisation or even the threat of
it would.'
On campuses across North America, sessionals
now comprise an enormous but under-acknowledged sector of the academic labour force. By 1996,
there were at least 50,000 part-time and sessional
teachers in Canadian universities, according to
David Bercuson, Robert Bothwell, and J.L.
Granatstein—authors of Petrified Campus. The
instructors are hired by administrations that face
unprecedented funding cutbacks and who are looking to salaries as a place to trim budgets. Sessionals
earn anywhere from half to one fifth what a tenured
faculty member would earn doing the same job.
Making matters worse for sessionals at UBC is
that most tenured appointments have been frozen
until spring. Burnham and another English department sessional, Kegan Doyle, had been shortlisted
for a posting within the department until UBC
announced a $16 million operating shortfall in
February and froze the position, along with 80% of
all appointments resulting from resignation, retirement, or death.
sionals. 'Most of the faculty associations
either didn't have an interest in representing them, or the university wouldn't let them."
Michael Hughes, president of the CUPE local that
represents UBC Teaching Assistants, says that while
people phone his office all the time to ask about
forming a union, there's a danger in having a temporary labour pool entrench themselves by unionising. The act in itself, he says, could legitimise a more
widespread use of part-time labour by the university. 'I'm sure that's something [the sessionals] are
struggling with. They're sessionals now, and they're
not about to get paid well for being sessionals. But in
a lot of ways, I'm sure they don't want to do it for the
rest of their lives. They all want to get faculty positions, and they don't want to protect their jobs to the
extent that they start cutting into faculty positions."
Kegan Doyle, who is also helping to organise this
Thursday's Sessionalpalooza, says that while frustration stems from both poor wages and a highly
uncertain future, the big issue is that the administration doesn't seem to be Ustening. "There's so
much anger and doubt. If you start talking to people
in other departments every sessional I've ever
talked to is pissed off. There's a feeling that something big has to change in the university's attitude
to sessionals."♦ THE Uft*SSE*lWE:
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, practice, we have been trying to
get the rookies more involved
and it has really been paying off,"
he added
After finishing pool play with
a 3-1 record, UBC went on to
crush its local rival, UVic, 13-4 in
the quarterfinals before beating
Washington 13-5 in the semis.
The UBC women ranked sec
; ond last season, failfid to reach to
the final, SphVinto two squads,
: UBC21ostto(kegoal3-10inthp
l quarterfmals while UBC 1 bowed
out in the semis, losing 14-5 to
powerhouse     University    of
California Santa-Barbara. Both
teams are back in action this
weekend when they travel to
Victoria to compete in-the UVic
.. College Western tournament
The women will go back to a single squad. ,
Sn^ sriiodwins b%^ma Tiny :
Bishop rallied past the McMaster
Marauders 74-71 to win their
first national men's basketball
title ever. Bishop, which is the.
smallest school in me OAU*s
Atlantic Athletic Union with afiiB-
time enrollment of 1,700 students, got 16 points .and 10
rebounds from. Matt Clark, the
tournament's   most  valuable
6,300 fens attended toe final j
played at Halifax's Metro Centre.
Sunday's game may also represent the end of an era as
Hamilton is bidding to host the
Final Bght toaraanent for the
next eightyears. Hamilton's only
competition is Halifax and an "
announcexnent is expected tins
Signed, Sealed, and Defiwared:
The ftmtbaU team <innounced fee
signing of'five high
recruits: wide n^ceiver
Tupper {l&imonii Cote^ 6'6",
200 pound linebacker Mike
Huffman (South Delta Senior
Secondary), 6'5", 265 pound
defensive lineman Jamie
Miskovv (Kamloops High), 6'1",
195 pounds insida receiver Jeff
Schseman (West Side High in
Kamloops), and tailback Soroush
Amsri (CmlBtada] High School
North Vancouver).>
 by Wolf Depner
Centre Jim Cooper and defensive
back/special teamer Curtis Galick, two
key members of the 1997 Vanier Cup-
winning UBC Thunderbirds, had strong
showings at the 1998 CFL Canadian
College draft combines held in Winnipeg
this past weekend.
Cooper reaffirmed his status as one of
the best offensive-line man available in
this year's draft, to be held April 7 via
conference  call,  while  Galick's
strong performance  created  a
serious buzz. What else do you
expect   from   somebody   nicknamed 'Superfly' for his gung-ho
style of play?
Galick, who picked off four
passes during the regular season,
impressed CFL brass by covering
the 40 yard dash in an official
time of 4.45 seconds. He also did
well in several other tests.
"I think I opened up their eyes
a bit more," says Galick, a physical specimen at 6'2" and 212
pounds. "He had a really good day
and his grade went up even further," says Brandon Taman,
Director of Player Personnel for
the BC Lions.
"I project Curtis has a chance
of being drafted in the first
round," adds UBC head coach
Casey Smith who expects Galick to
play safety once turned pro.
As for Cooper, Taman says his
technique and" speed were
impressive, but adds Cooper's
size—6'4", 246 pounds—may be
a knock against him. "If he can put some pounds on, it
will raise his stock as well," Taman said of the native of
Markham, Ontario and All-Canadian this past season.
Taman says the Lions, who have the 3rd pick overall, are interested in drafting
either player if available and if
seen fit.
As of this weekend, Cooper,
says he has talked to seven of
the eight teams, but added
'personally I don't have any
preference as to where I want
to go. I just want to go."
Like Cooper, Galick says it
doesn't  matter  which  team
"I project Curtis
has a chance of
being drafted in
the first round"
-ubc head coach,
Casey Smith
CURTIS GALICK UBC star defensive back deemed CFL draft material.
ends up drafting him. But the Burnaby native adds he
wouldn't mind playing for the Lions. "That would be
pretty fun."»>
Grad Ciass Council
The following are the ideas
which will be voted on by the
grad class at the AGM Wed,
March 25th
1) Walkway between Gage and Bookstore
2) General Book Fund
3) General Periodical Fund
4) Astronomy Heliostat
5) Cell Biology Clean Lab Microscope
6) Block sculpture reading "UBC" at
7) Coffeetable book of UBC Engineering
8) Van for UBC Vanpool
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When 350 varsity athletes and cheerleaders got together for a post-season
bonding party, the result was a
raunchy cabaret of strip dancing, male
frontal nudity, a humiliated football
star, and a bizarre theft involving
empty beer kegs.
All this debauchery occurred Friday
night as UBC varsity athletes put on the
second annual Varsity Athlete Skit
Night, one of several events sponsored
by the Thunderbird Athletic Council
each year to raise funds for athletic
scholarships, which the Council
awards to deserving peers.
The men's basketball team, led
Beau Mitchell, Dominic Zimmerman,
Jeff Sharma, and Joe Nickel won first
place for their striptease.
Wearing wacky hats with blue and
gold varsity warm-up suits over their
basketball uniforms, the boisterous
each others butts and slithering
around on the ground, the players
ripped off their snap-button track
pants to display teeny-weeny basketball shorts. But they weren't finished.
Their strategic spots shielded
behind hats, Mitchell, Zimmermann,
Nickel and Sharma shimmied out of
their shorts, then turned around to
moon the delighted audience.
Tied for second prize was the
women's volleyball team's 'Spike
Girls' number, spoofing you-know-
who, and the men's hockey team.
As the rest of the hockey team
played yell kings and lead the
crowds through a cheer, Loui
Mellios, Jamie Burt, goaltender Jon
Sikkema, and former player Tim
Davis burst out from behind without wearing a stitch and sprinted
up each side of the auditorium.
The peekaboo show also turned
GETTING CHEEKY: players show ail.
The bare facts of it all
After dancing about, slapping at each others
butts and slithering around on the ground,
the players ripped off their snap-button
track pants to display teeny-weeny
basketball shorts. But they weren't finished.
TEASE ME, COWBOY some of the men's basketball
team bare their buff bodies, jo-ann chiu photo
crowd cheered when the players wiggled out of the jackets, and then then-
tops, as they grooved to the Jackson
Five's funky Motown hit, 'ABC
After dancing about, slapping at
into a battle of male versus
female athletic prowess,
when Brad Coutts, star
receiver for the UBC football team, was challenged
to a contest on rowing
machines against a member of the women's rowing
One week ago, Coutts
made derogatory remarks
to a rowing team friend,
reportedly saying rowing
was a wimpy sport and that
'anybody can row.'
Competing against
Coutts was Alyson Leith.
The pigskin player
heartily obliged. Easing his
6'2\ 205-lb frame into the
rowing machine, Coutts
shouted obscure incantations of football machismo
into the live video camera
before he heaved one ferocious stroke backward and
fell off the machine.
Regaining his composure, Coutts
began rowing with strong, swift strokes.
But as fatigue exposed the true limitations of his endurance level, the power
of his strokes began to falter and he
struggled to maintain a dignified form.
Leith, meanwhile, rowed on with
unflinching ease and her resistance
wheel whirled away while the metres
logged on. Leith would have continued,
but teammate Kathy Eggenburger wanted to see how many metres she, too,
could knock off faster than Coutts.
So Leith stopped in the middle of rowing to get off, and let Eggenburger hop on
for a try.
The contest finally ended when Coutts
blasted himself off the rowing machine a
second time and couldn't get back up.
His teammates had to peel his
remains off the floor and help him drag
back to their seats.
Despite the giant pink Energizer
Bunny on the front of his T-shirt, Coutts
was clearly not able to 'keep rowing and
rowing' when it came to the sport
'In my last five years, that was probably the most school spirit I've ever seen,'
says Alain Suurkask, Athletic Council
Vice President and Skit Night organiser,
of the evening.
But not eveiything went off without a
Two empty beer kegs were stolen
from the premises during the events.
Athletic Council reps were not as upset as
they were bewildered, wondering why
anyone would want them-^
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Ritalin is a drug
But many s
are now IfSII
"People are
that they
don't know
,  now to
deal with/
-Pierre Paul Telliei
director of health
Services at McGill
MONTREAL (CUP)-It used to be caffeine
and caffeine pills. Then it was amphetamines like speed. Now, it seems that Ritalin
is fast becoming the stimulant of choice for
stressed-out university students.
Attracted by its concentration-enhancing effects, many students across North
America have turned to methylphenidate,
manufactured under the brand name
Ritalin^ as a boost for late-night study sessions. The drug is normally prescribed to
treat Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), but
has surfaced on the underground market
on campuses as a study aid.
Ritalin prescriptions have more than
quadrupled in Canada in the past five
years. According to IMS Canada, a
Montreal-based company which supplies
information and analysis to Canada's
health and pharmaceutical industry, prescriptions went up from 181,000 in 1992
to 652,000 last year. Ritalin has only been
on the scene since the early 1990s, and its
sudden increase in use has caused some health workers to
stop and take notice.
And for the past few years, newspaper reports across the
U.S. have pointed to Ritalin abuse by students at New
England universities and prep schools, and last March, the
American Drug Enforcement Ad^ministration warned that
teenagers were misusing the drug. Now similar reports of
abuse have surfaced in Canada
In a January 22 Montreal Gazette article, it was claimed
that thousands of students at McGill and Concordia universities are taking Ritalin to help them study. And while that number certainly seems on the high end, there is evidence that students in Montreal are abusing the drug.
While officials at Concordia University say they have not seen
any evidence of Ritalin abuse among students at their school,
representatives of McGill's health services concede that, while
the numbers are hard to quantify, some students are probably
using Ritalin illicitly.
"We can't [quantify] it but our impression is that it is being
abused just like anywhere else. We're no different,' said Pierre
Paul Tellier, director of health services at McGill.
Several McGill students surveyed for this article said that
they had heard of Ritalin being used as a study aid on the campus.
'I've heard it makes you study and it doesn't put you to
as. astudy a
about us side
sleep," said "Mike," a first year McGill student who asked that
his real name not be used. While he says he hasn't tried
Ritalin himself, "Mike" says he has several friends who have.
"You get it through a friend," he adds. "People say it's not
hard to get"
Norman Hoffman, director of McGiU's mental health service, says several students have told him that Ritalin is readily available and inexpensive on campus. But like Tellier,
Hoffman admits that it is difficult to estimate exactly just how
many McGill students are abusing Ritalin,
"Someone will come in and say they know 10 to 20 students who use it..[while] others don't know anyone using it,"
he says of his patients.
Based on anecdotal evidence, Hoffman guesses that about
five per cent, or 125 of McGill's 25,000 students, are casually experimenting with Ritalin. He says he has seen only a few
cases of extreme addiction, and estimates that about 50 McGill students
may be abusing Ritalin regularly.
Still, McGill officials are quick to
point out that Ritalin abuse is not
endemic. "A lot more students are
using alcohol than Ritalin," Tellier
points out, adding that McGill's
health centre has not had students
come in high on Ritalin.
According   to   Hoffman   and
Tellier, students are abusing Ritalin
for much the same reason students
have always relied on stimulants:
stress. The difference now, however, is that students' stress levels are
increasing, and they seem to be
seeking more potent study aids.
The number of students we've
seen in the past five years has doubled in general," Hoffman explains.
"There's a high level of stress out
there. There's a pressure to do well. The job market is really
scary," he says, adding that many students fear that if they don't
get straight A's, Ihov won't succeed.
Tollier agrees lhal Ritalin abuse among students can largely
he attributed lo a general feeling of pressure to excel academically in order to stake out
a claim in the highly
competitive job market
"People are facing
pressures that they don't
know how to deal with,"
he says, adding that
Ritalin abuse is "a function of what's happening
in our society...and the
fact that a university education may not guarantee a job."
Hoffman and Tellier
also   point   out   that
many students come to
them seeking a prescription for Ritalin to help them perform better. They say an
increased awareness about the drug and ADD lead some students to come looking for a diagnosis and quick-fix to their
But concentration and organisational difficulties, associated with ADD and detrimental to a university career, can
also be caused by other factors such as depression and anxiety.
And Ritalin may in fact have the opposite of the desired
effect While students take the drug because they've heard that
it's a wonder drug which will kick-in instantly and improve
their ability to focus on their studies, for some people, taking
Ritalin without a prescription can lead to agitation, depression,
or psychotic episodes.
"This is a potentially dangerous drug," Hoffman says.
In the end, experts agree that for most people, the best way
to lower anxiety, boost energy, improve concentration and do
well at school is through exercise, a balanced diet, adequate
sleep and relaxation.**
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This is Locus 20
at Studio 58
March 21- April 5
by Nyranne Martin
"The line between psychotic and
neurotic is not a thin line." This
is a recurring phrase in Pulitzer
Prize winner David Mamet's
This Is Locus 20, a play that
examines schizophrenia and the
difficulty of assessing what is
Is there no line between psychosis and neurosis—are they
one and the same? These are the
questions that the audience are
left with after seeing the show,
presented by Studio 58 at
Langara College, in association
with DanStaBat.
This Is Locus 20 is an exercise in the unexpected. As the
directors, David Bloom and
Chick Snipper said, 'Because
our work is an integration of
spoken language and dance
vocabulary, we feel we have
found a kindred spirit in the
writing of David Mamet."
Indeed, this show is an interesting combination of monologue, dialogue,
singing and dance.
When you enter the theatre, you are instantly struck by the set. David Roberts' innovative
designs are eerie. 3-D molded bodies in various positions emerge from the walls—you
almost expect them to take on a life of their
own. As the show progresses, the set plays an
integral part in echoing the feelings of enclosure and suffocation that the character feel.
Portions of the show appear to be set in a hospital environment, where these white corpses
on the grey walls are offset by green
ing costumes, evoking images of
The 'plot' consists mostly of Utile
the day-to-day lives of unnamed char tcters. These*1
vignettes each take a sudden turn.  ror insUuice,
one of the first scenes is of a man cal ing a firm to
get information on how to market
The product he is pitching will bring
the past back to life, and move us
Somehow, the humour in the dialogue
things light and
reveals that the
enclosed by a coffin. As he begins
his Utopia is an impossibility, his lac p shows that
at Place Vanier Resilience
March 19-21
TH!S IS LOCUS, directed by Chick Snipper and David Bloom,
plays until next month at Langara College's Studio 58.
funny. However,
man seeking information
he is in a state of panic. Rapidly,
solves into fear. After this
ground of chilling music, the didrus
'He's organised, meticulous, rehab e.
That thin line between 'normal" and
ly evaporates.
Each scene seems to have dns
humour that eventually twists itself into sicJsness.
Another scene shows a couple, discussing their ,
lovely trip to Vermont. This seemingly normal sit-i
uation quickly changes when the woman begins
to speak of brutal killings that destroy their perfect trip. Schizophrenia is a sickness that creates ,
a different reality in the mind of the individual!
who suffers from it. As is said in the show, they i
are "living in their own dream." But, people m[
this show, who appear completely 'normal,' suddenly reveal that they are ill.
The production of Mamet's play by Studio 58"
was remarkable. The quality of the acting was
impressive. The choregraphy of the dance sections really stood out. The dance mirrored the dialogue perfectly. Portions with people squirming
on the ground like insects echoed themes
explored in the text to a T. While the characters
attempt to find connection with one another
through movement, the feeling of illness and disconnection with reality is ever-present. As one of
the characters said, 'I love the way the sun goes
down. One moment it's dark, the next, light."
This is Locus 20 is an intense and thought-provoking production. It is well worth going to see.*>
There is nothing nore appealing
about a musical than a cast who obviously enjoys themse [ves. And that's
exactly what Place ■> 'anier's production of Bye Bye Bin ie displayed on
Friday night The nig i energy, spirits
and enthusiasm of ti e actors quickly
rubbed off on an apprt ciative audience
who laughed, cheerei and clapped
along with the songs e t every opportjP
The musical, set in the 1960s^ ii
love story about middle-aged Albert Peterson and his assistant Rose Grant, wl o work together,
at a New York based music company promoting their rock star Conrad Birdii i. Since Birdie is
leaving his singing career to join the army, Grant persuades Peterson to qui the music business and return to school to become an English teacher so they can get manic d. But they need
money to pay for his schooling, so they plan a publicity stunt in which Birdie wi 1 bid his teenagt
fan club farewell by kissing the lucky Kim MacAfee from Sweet Apple, Ohio.
The musical numbers, performed by a small student orchestra, were plaiued with wrb]
notes and out-of-tune brass and woodwinds, although the drums and saxoph me were consl
tently first-rate. But the finale "On a Rock," in upbeat ska style, was catchy as < videnced by
number of heads bobbing in the audience in time with the music.
The acting and dance choreography were in ipressive;
Chan transformed Rose from a conservative offi x assistant to a
sexy lady in red through her seductive Spanish d ince. Grease-like
scenes with exchanges between the boys in fh ar black-leather
ackets and slick hair-dos and the girls in their I rightly coloured
poodle skirts and pony-tails were entertaining. Dave Wilsun was
by Janet ip
perfectly cast as the flashy Birdie, curling his lips and swiveling his
hips in Elvis fashion. Pavan Kumar in the role of Kim's jealous
steady Hugo Peabody generated laughs as a cross between Saved
By the Bells Screech and Family Matters' Steve Urkel. Eran Norton, dressed in an extravagant fur coat and cap, embodied the stereotypical overbearing mother of Peterson with her
exaggerated facial expressions, hand gestures and enunciation.
But the acting didn't quite make up for the deficiency in singing. Angie Chan and Dave
Wilson were droned out by the orchestra during their solo parts, while Paul Henning as
Albert slurred his speech. However, Holly Grinvald as Kim carried her voice through the
ruckus. Norton pleasantly surprised me when, after an entire act of shrill whining, she
showed off a singing voice that was clear, powerful, welkxmtrolled and manipulated.
Bye Bye Birdie is an ideal student production in that its cast members all contribute their
talent in at least one aspect of acting, singing or dancing, and look as though they are having
the time of their lives on stage. Although a professional show would never stick their orchestra in a corner of a basement room amidst bubbling lava lamps, nor have an orchestra member blow soap bubbles into the air during a song for special effect student amateurs are
allowed to do so. And what's more, they should be commended for their effort creativity and
door set of the Cafe Momus surroundings. From the
intricacies of the richly presented costumes of the children's chorus to the realistic-looking outdoor snow
imagery, the figures on stage were compelling to watch.
The fourth and final act really draws the audience into
the emotion ofMimi and Rddolfo. A certain lack of buildup to this point is quickly forgotten. With Mimi on her
deathbed, the two spend their last moments together
reminiscing about their short but meaningful love. The
scene is a lengthy and drawn out process and was milked
for all the sentiment that could be wrung out of it
The audience left the theatre recalling Mimi's last
words to Rudolf, "You are my love, my whole life," and
remembering a poignant and truly enthralling perfor-
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
until April 4
by Alison Cole
Two strangers meet by chance one cold and dark Christmas Eve and, in less
than 12 minutes, they have introduced themselves and have declared their
undying love for one another. Only in an opera could this happen, and it did
last Saturday night, in the debut of the Vancouver Opera's (VO) fourth production of the season.
Supported by a strong Canadian cast of both VO regulars and newcomers,
Puccini's La Boheme was interpreted with the fervor and puissance that one
could expect no less of in this classic drama of love,
passion and tragedy.
Puccini worked hard to write this opera, spending over eight months to complete the score.
Nevertheless, after its debut in 1896, he received
harsh criticism for its flaws—the unorthodox orchestration, the controversial harmonies, and the frivolous subject matter. Fortunately for Puccini, by its
third stop on tour the grand opera began to garner
the respect and appreciation it deserved.
The story of La Boheme is simple. Puccini himself lived the experiences depicted by the opera's
characters: the struggling painters, poets and musicians all living and hanging by a thread, trying to survive in their
poverty. His familiarity with this way of
life is a feasible explanation for the "real-  PARISIAN BOHEMIANS (I to r) Sally Dibblee, John Relyea, Michael Donovan, &
ism" with which he portrays Parisian  Boyan Knezevic sing it up at the Cafe Momus. photo tim matheson
Bohemians in the Quarter Latin of the
early nineteenth century.
Soprano Lyne Fortin plays Mimi, the
poor consumptive whose tragic demise at|
the end could draw tears to your eyes.
American tenor Carl Tanner is the lead
male, and lover ofMimi, Rodolfo. Soprano
Sally Dibblee, who made her VO debut in last year's
production of Susannah, plays the vibrant role o;
Musetta and gave a radiant performance of the
famed "Musetta's Waltz."
The orchestra, conducted by Leslie Uyeda, an
instructor of music at UBC, gave an excellent perfor
mance, as usual. Though the orchestral score is quite
simple, the orchestra's vibrant interpretation of the
music projected life and energy.
The stage sets were impressively constructed and!
designed—ranging from the detailed garret room,
where the two lovers first unite, to the bustling out-
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Los Umbrellos
Flamenco Funk
What's the natural reaction to have
singers chiming in every once in a
while. For example, one of the lines in
a song is "Wiggle de bottom to attract
de next man," with the women going
"la la la" in the background.
But don't forget the essential sexy
Spanish dimension. In a song that's
one of my personal favourites, "Drive,"
To pull it all together nicely, take a
look at the jacket cover and the pictures
in the liner notes. One of the best pictures has to be of the scantily clad
women singers, Mai-Britt and Grith,
hanging off the man in the group, Al
Agami, looking like he's ready to spank
them on the leopard skin couch they're
eat it up
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Flamenco Funk flunks
Los Umbrehs
combine the
. worst
of rap
gruff voice of a
soft voices  of
Flamenco Funkby Los
Umbrellos? To burst
out laughing.
Well, this group
appears to be trying to
combine rap and
Spanish music.
Emphasis on the
word "trying." The
problem might be that
they took the most
stereotypical and
cheesy parts of these
styles to make a horrible combination Of
course, there's the
man rapping, with the
the  back-up  female
nothings' in Spanish and breathing
heavily. Pretty original stuff eh? But
wait, it gets better. Some of the most
memorable lines have to be: "Hola flamenco funk, pop it in your trunk," and
"Gigolo, no need to say hasta luego."
The basic idea seems to be to throw the
words "tequila," "loco" and "senorita"
in with some Spanish guitar every once
in a while and call it flamenco!
Then, almost every song has the
tune borrowed from a popular and recognizable song. This effort usually has
the effect of making the new song
catchy. Well, not in this case. Maybe it's
because in one song they use a bad
early 80s tune and in another they used
the theme from Rawhide.
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The AMS has allocated $10,000 toward the legal costs of the 27 plaintiffs who recently filed a law suit against the RCMP and the
Prime Minister, among others. The suit arises from the treatment of protesters during the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting on
campus last November. The plaintiffs' claims include the following:
• assault and battery: for the use of pepper spray and direct physical battery
• sexual harassment: strip searches were used against only the female detainees
•false and wrongful arrest and detention:     arrests were made to detain people for the purpose
of stopping criminal behaviour. Those detained were not subsequently charged with a criminal offence
•Charter of Rights & Freedoms: conditions of release, prohibiting signatories from engaging in
protest against APEC or any of the APEC member economies, violated their constitutional right to
freedom of expression.
Of the $10,000, $5,000 was donated to the AMS by the University. This money was intended to support the investigation of the
events of November 25. The total allocated funds will cover only a small portion of the anticipated expenses of the suit over the
next three to five years, and the plaintiffs continue to solicit donations from other parties to cover court costs which may reach
$100,000. Legal counsel is being retained on a probono basis. culture
At Orpheum
March 21
Celtic Heartbeat
by Dino Heenatigala
A riot at the opulent Orpheum—now that's something
I'd pay to see! Looting and pillaging amongst the
suits. Stiff upper lips meeting stiffer fists. It was
almost the case at the Alabina concert on
Saturday March 21.
Last minute contract conflicts between the
organisers and the performers pissed off
the audience. After a few wasted hours, the
organisers appeased the angry mob by
paying off the two bands.
Premiering on stage, the Persian pop
duo from LA, 'The Boys', or whatever
played some lively songs. While the
audience had a good laugh at their costumes—there was  extensive use  of
white handkerchiefs—we marveled at
the dance choreography. But really,
the first four songs or so they played
were really good.
After that I contemplated jumping off the balcony in frustration.
More wasted time. But we got better seats in the confusion which
served me well because the head-
liner was finally convinced to play.
Whistles and catcalls welcomed
Alabina to the stage. This collaboration between Los Ninos de Sora
and Ishtar combines Spanish and
Egyptian musical styles to produce a unique and exotic blend of
music. Los Ninos' Latin percussion and guitar is mixed harmoniously with the caramel-silk voice
of Ishtar, and the sultry belly dancing Egyptian vocalist. The popularity of the band is evident by the fact
that their first album has been on
the Virgin Top 20 List for the past
20 weeks.
Some of the songs performed
were melodic masterpieces, yet others allowed my focus to wander to
deeper issues—like where on earth
did that guy get a fluorescent lime
green suit from.
Some bands are better live, others
sound more captivating on a recording,
Alabina is best described by the later.
Their debut is worth playing over and
over, yet in concert they lack a little edge. A
wee little edge. Maybe it was the disgruntled
state the audience was in. May be you can get
into the music a bit more if you understand
Spanish and/or Arabic.  It is unfortunate  that
Alabina was overshadowed by a poorly planned
venue. Yet despite the setbacks, the group pulled off a
pretty decent performance.♦
Orpheum was
the scene of a
near riot when a
conflict emerged
and the
The audience was
forced to sit and
wait for hours while
some heated
negotiations took
place. Finally,
things were settled and the
show went
Celtic Heartbeat
Thanks to Sean O'Riada, traditional
Irish music is alive and thriving.
Although Sean was a bit conservative—he sought to revive traditional Celtic culture as it once
was, and bring it to the modern
world preserved intact—those
who followed have managed
to work with tradition and
modernise. Celtic Heartbeat
is both a label and the name
of a collection of CDs highlighting new Celtic music-
traditional and otherwise.
Let's face it Sean, in an
ever changing world, ya
gotta go forward, or ya go
music   and   culture   is
screaming    ahead    full
steam into an embrace
with a world whose own
transformation is accelerating at an exponential rate—
and it's maintaining its pace.
Modern practitioners of the
genre have been infusing a
motley collection of styles into
the haunting music of Eirann, giving us such diverse sounds as U2,
Enya, the Cranberries and many others whose music, though modern,
retains its traditional roots.
Celtic Heartbeat opens with a loud Celtic
roar from Bill Whelan whose symphonic
"Riverdance," is a Celtic classical fusion that
would have done Phil Spectre proud.
Although some of the songs fuse Celtic
music with related forms, like American
Country, most of the others have infused
musical idioms which have nothing whatsoever to do with traditional music.
One cautionary note: not every tune on
this set would inspire a Cu Cullaign. The
sometimes excessive sentimentality of the
Irishman in his cups is highlighted by a Kate
Bush inclusion 'Mna Nah Eireann". Bush is
a singersongwriter who has never feared to
cross the thin line separating deep melancholy from schmaltz.
The occasional sentimental ballad a la
"Danny Boy" is more than offset however,
by some truly lovely pieces. "Legend of
Cuan" by The Spirit of Eden is a drifting, at
air that
puts one
in mind of
floating serenely down some lazy
summer river after
ingesting a bag of magic mushrooms. It's a
song that could have been ghostwritten by
Suzanne Vega or Laurie Anderson, had
either of the women been steeped in the
green and fertile lore of the land that time
somehow damnwell forgot
The CD closes with a perfect rendition by
Sinead O'Connor of the haunting traditional
"He Moved Through the Fair." A more beautiful song has never been written, and
O'Connor's version may perhaps be the
sweetest I've heard yet There is no other
piece of music anywhere which so poignant
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Students misled by calls of impending doom
If you voted last week for a student legal aid fund
you might have done so on the basis of a key
component in that campaign: approve a dollar
now, get $36 later.
Great deal. At least one UBC administrator
bought it many students did, we almost did.
Campaigners told people that if students
hoped to see a refund for two fee increases a BC
Supreme Court Judge found illegal last January—
about $36 for a full-time student—they'd better
support the legal fund. That support would let
fund supporters negotiate a repayment order
with UBC.
The rhetoric was superb. Amir Attaran, a
UBC law student and one of the campaign
organisers, told students and the press that the
university could not be trusted to return the $ 1
million to students. International students?
Kiss the refund goodbye, unless students have
lawyers on their side, backed by the new legal
At one point when it looked Eke the campaign
wouldn't get quorum, Attaran told a reporter: "If
this referendum doesn't go through I'm not even
going to negotiate the refund."
Who wouldn't vote yes? Who wouldn't give
someone a dollar in exchange for $36?
If you check your account with UBC's registrar though, you'll most likely find a bit of a balance. About $36 if you're a full time student It's
been there since long before the campaign started.
UBC returned the money in early February to
students; even international students (who
aren't covered by the tuition freeze the judge
said UBC violated) were credited. If you take
courses next term the balance will go towards
your tuition; if you graduate this term UBC will
send you a cheque.
So all this begs the question: were students
misled? Would they have voted for a legal fund if
there wasn't the expectation of financial reward?
To answer the first question, yes, students
were misled. No need to say more.
As for the second question the truth is we'll
never know. What we do know is that referenda
at UBC very rarely reach quorum. Just ask the
folks at the Thunderbird Shop, who got over
3000 yes votes, but needed 72 more to reach
In a referendum at UBC, a $36 bait could go
a long way in pushing the vote tally beyond the
required minimum
You may or may not think the proposed
legal aid fund is a good idea, but if you're like
us you probably would have preferred to cast
your vote on the basis of the real facts.♦
The garbage-
picking truth
I am writing in response to an
article in the Ubyssey ("Grad student finds condoms, bras, truth
in your trash'-March 13 th,
1998). I am that unfortunate
grad student, and would like to
reply to quotes stated in the article, which have seemed to cause
some concern in the ranks of
Totem Park residents.
First issue:"as they tore open
bags with smiles of guilty pleasures", this refers to the actions
taken by myself. The mistaken
"guilty pleasure" expression can
be attributed to the following
1. The smell wafting up from
the bag caused facial features to
contort in agony, giving the
appearance of a smile
2. Feeling slimy garbage juice
slipping through fingers caused
facial features to contort in
agony, giving the appearance of
a smile
3. The photographer's camera
clicking away caused facial features to contort in a miserable
attempt at "smile for the camera,
ignore your surroundings" ie.
Furthermore, as to the "condoms, bras and intriguing love
letters" I would like to offer a
sincere apology to the residents
of Totem Park and Thunderbird
Residence that may have been
offended by this seeming invasion of their own, personal
garbage. This study is intended
to be a profesional examination
of the UBC waste stream for evaluating the success of the recycling program and the potential
for alternative reduction strategies. It is NOT a sneaky underhanded inquiry into the social
habits of the rock stars inhabiting these residences. One has to
keep in mind that, yes, we are
creatures of curiosity, and one is
generally more interested in
reading an article about sex than
about garbage-hence the bait
offered in the headline.
Seriously, though, general categories exist for each item found,
and items were dealt with an efficient and professional manner.
These results are intended to
give an overall picture of UBC's
waste generation, and in no way
are to investigate cultural habits
of the resident's garbage that
was collected. I'll leave that to
future anthropologists. Thanks
for your attention.
Melissa Felder
Masters student
Bio-resource engineering
Graffiti artists
I was ashamed to see that graffiti
artists decided to hit the Henry
Angus building where the
Commerce Undergrads and MBA's
hold lectures.
First of all, I sincerely hope that
those responsible were not students here at UBC. My understanding was that a university is a place
where we explore ideas, regardless
of whether or not we agree with
them. It seems clear that someone
out there doesn't believe that business concepts fall into the category
of things that should be examined
and studied.
As I said before, the B. Comm
program teaches us how the world
works. It does not usually say that
this is the best way, only that this is
the way that markets work, that
books are kept and that businesses
operate. If we did not study these
concepts we would not be able to
improve on them.
Maybe some commerce students think that tax cuts may be better for society than free post secondary education. Perhaps we are
not all adamantly against the APEC
concept and free trade. Perhaps we
know something that you do not
Perhaps you know something that
we do not This is why we study
business. This is the purpose of a
university. UBC is a place where we
can study the reasoning behind
ideas and then form our own opinions; however, some obviously
think that accurate opinions of the
business world can be formed without any study of how that world
I often have conversations with
friends from other faculties where
we debate topics such as free trade,
monopolies, and other ideas. Many
of my friends take a very anti-business stance but we discuss and we
learn from each other. I gain
insights from them and hopefully
they gain insights from my point of
view. I find that this is where I do>
my real learning and I should hope
that no one honestly believes that I
am a bad person simply because I
choose to study business.
I believe that universities are
here so that we can explore and
evaluate the ideas of the world. I
argue to anyone who believes in
what was written around the Henry
Angus building that it is not students of business who we should be
worried about but people like graffiti artists who form opinions based
on little more than raw emotion
and then preach those opinions to
Ryan Liu
Commerce 4
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by Jezrah Hearne
In the spirit of democratic discourse
which is a cornerstone of any healthy
democracy, I would like to rebut
Federal International Trade Minister
Sergio Marchi's defense of the
Multilateral Agreement on Investment
(MAI) which he has printed in newspapers across the land.
Mr. Marchi declares that Canada
will be protected by "ironclad reservar
tions' which will "preserve our freedom to act in key areas." Several filings
must be considered here... First so
much power is ceded to investors by
"private legal
standing,"   so
that they can
sue governments, that a determined and aggressive push by investors would likely
result in the "rollback" clause being activated against the objectionable reservation. Something like this is already happening with ETHYL CORFs lawsuit
against the federal government for its
attempt to ban the importation of
ETHYL's neurotoxin MMT on public
safety grounds. Evidently the protection
of Canada's public health isn't a legal
obstacle to American investors invoking NAFTA for such attacks. We must
remember that the MAI is just NAFTA
writ large.
Secondly, the text on Canada's reservations to the MAI, Canada: Revised
Draft Reservations (confidential), does
not declare that the odious "standstill"
and "rollback" clauses will be deemed
unacceptable in face of a challenge.
This suggests that the reservations
being sought won't be worth the paper
they are printed on—as is the case with
reservations in the NAFTA (as proven
when the NAFTA cultural reservation
was overturned in the WTO decision on
Canada's split-run magazine regimen).
To prove its commitment and to generate power on this point the federal government would have to pass a law into
the constitution that domestic concerns
override international economic
accords. But is this happening? Is it
even being discussed? No, it is not
indeed it would be vigourousJy resisted
by the Liberals (and the PCs and the
Thirdly, it is important to consider
that the U.S. government is threatening
to walk out of the MAI negotiations
unless it has its way in there being no
reservations in the MAI at all. Is the
Canadian government likely to stand
firm in lace of this coercion? Why
should it start now? What we can ask of
the Liberals here is if the Canadian
reservations would constitute a "deal
breaker". In other words, would their
impingement be cause for Canada to
walk away from the deal.
Fourth, Mr. Marchi implies that as
investors can already sue Canadian
courts therefore they should be allowed
to so continue under the MAI. What this
claim conveniently overlooks is that at
present lawsuits go before Canadian
courts where the Canadian public can
scrutinise the case and also act to intervene—thus allowing for some accountability of investors to the citizenry.
However, under the MAI, investors
would go before a private tribunal
where proceedings would be kept
secret and where the citizenry could not
intervene. Besides, even if investors
already can sue this does not make of
the precedent a good thing. To so suggest is tantamount to saying that
because a crime hits already occurred
therefore such crimes can continue in
the future.
Fifth, concerning the legal rights of
investors under the; MAI, it should be
noted that the accord does not grant a
compensatory power to citizens to
defend themselves against the
investors for negative impacts from
their developments;. The ETHYL case
mentioned earlier proves this to be so.
More ominous, in tliis regard, ETHYL is
also suing for the besmirching of its
good name as it was discussed in the
House of Commons;. This indicates that
freedom of speech has been contravened at a high level. This amounts to a
violation of Canada's Charter of Rights
and Freedoms. Should we then go forward and with this deal?
Then, one must realise
that the (MI is also ultimately intended for developing
nations! Abuse of human
rights is rampant in these countries.
The MAI claims to protect a nation's
labour rights and environmental protection rules. But what do these protections matter when the standards are at
the bottom of the heap? In all likelihood investors using the MAI in developing countries would not have to
worry about restrictions. Is Canada,
which purports to be civilised, going to
engage in a double-standard and
uphold a MAI which is not intended to
level-up criteria for public safety here?
An organisation no less luminary
than Harvard University has had its
Human Rights Clinical Project Program
examine the MAI. Findings are that the
MAI stands to violate several United
Nations international conventions
aimed at protecting human rights. This
includes the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights and the Convention on
the Rights of the Child. Canada is a signatory to these conventions. Is it now
going to turn its back? Neither would
developing nations be enjoined to protect their citizens under the MAI, nor
would firms from Developed Nations
be enjoined to observe such protections
in these regions. Moreover, foreign
firms could come into Canada, and
despite their deplorable records, be
allowed to set up shop, because the
"most favoured nation" clause of the
MAI would make it so.
On a last note here we should know
that Harvard University has concluded
that the MAI would seriously compromise the ability of democratic, govern
ments to govern As a result democracy
would suffer. The fact that Mr Marchi
speaks of freedom to act in the first
place reveals that stuch freedom is at
risk from the MAI.
If Peter C. Newman, a conservative
writer writing for a conservative magazine Macleans indicates we should be
worried about the MAI, shouldn't we be
worried? If a tree falls in the forest and
no one is there to hear it doesn't the
tree fall, nonetheless? If we close our
ears to the dangers in the MAI, does
this make the problem go away?
All we can do, as citizens, is to write
to our MP's and MILA's to express our
concern and displeasure. We might
insist that the ability of investors to sue
all levels of government and to take
these lawsuits to secret tribunals which
are unaccountable to the public are
simply unacceptable. They countermand democracy and have no place in
the life of our nation. We might indicate
that we will not vote for these politicians in the future. The important thing
is toad
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