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CULTURE: Amnesty film fest!
Movie and theatre reviews, too! Page 4.
HEWS: Ujjal Dosanjh at UBC
Former BC premier talks of past present
and future in politics. Pages 3.
SPORTS: Ready to soar
The Birds his the basketball courts
tonight Pages 8.
EDITORIAL: Time to worry
Why Tuesday's US midterm elections
have us scared. Pages 6.
Che- i!t>yyfeAr
/       Volume 84 Issue 19 /
PWRCUP incoming since 1913
civic election
November 8,
Where the parties are
Coalition of Progressive
Electors (COPE)
The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE)
made its first appearance as a party in Vancouver
civic politics in 1968, in an effort to oppose the
dominant party of the day, the Non-Partisan
Association (NPA).
COPE's campaign materials state that the
party represents economic groups "at the opposite end of the spectrum from the NPA." Labour
and small business groups have been particularly supportive of COPE in terms of membership
and financial backing. The Vancouver and
District Labour Council was one of the groups
that helped to found COPE, and has been a major
supporter of the party during each civic election
since the parry's inception.
The party promises to be transparent to the
public when making decisions about Vancouver,
and believes the city needs a competitive business edge—but it has to be more than just tax cuts.
Dance Party Party
Created in April 2002 by Sarah Albertson, the
Dance Party Party (DPP) is one of Vancouver's
newest civic parties. The DPP seeks to make
civic politics appealing and interesting for the
average Vancouverite. Running for city council
positions are Sarah Albertson and Ryan Miller,
who both admit politics can be quite lame.
"Vote Dance Party Party," Miller said in an
interview. "But most importantly, vote!"
The DPP says they are dedicated to social justice, the environment, supporting youth initiatives
and celebration. Both candidates are former UBC
students, and say they are in touch with what it's
like to be students. "We're more in touch with students than politicians,"^ said Miller. _
The DPP is mostly about including all
Vancouverites in civic decisions, and making
sure that Vancouver's government is run fairly by
council members that the public wants to be
"We're fun, but we both have a good handle on
the issues that are in this election," said Miller.
Association (NPA)
Established in 1938, the NPA has been in
power on and off for the last 64 years. Most
recently, they were elected three years ago, with
Mayor Phillip Owen holding the reins. The party
is currently dealing with internal problems such
as allegations that they forced Owen's departure
from the NPA, as well as his own refusal to
endorse his former party.
The NPA relies on the idea of non-partisanship, which has tenets including supporting the
election of the most suitable candidates for civic
office, and opposing the introduction of parry politics into the elected boards.
The NPA feels that healthy economies create
strong communities, and a large part of the
parry's focus is on how Vancouver can compete
for businesses and investment
On their website they detail an action plan to
continue building Vancouver as the number one
place in the world to locate a business, making
it—they say—the sort of liveable city that attracts
and holds the people and talent that creates jobs
and inspires investment
Vancouver Civic Action
This party's presence in the 2002 election represents the return of a party that dissolved two
decades ago. The Electors Action Movement
(TEAM) was originally formed in 1967, in opposition to a proposed freeway in Gastown. The
party was consistently represented on city council
in the early 1970s, but dissolved in the early
Since that time, said vcaTEAM candidate for
council Nancy Chiavario, the political gap between
the traditionally left-leaning COPE and the increasingly right-wing (NPA) has widened. The vcaTEAM
hopes to gain support by filling -that gap.
The three founders of vcaTEAM—Art Cowie,
Alan Herbert and Chiavario—are all former NPA
councilors who feel that that parry's control of
civic politics has become too great
Vancouver Green Party
The Vancouver Green Parry's platform focuses
on environmental and social sustainability. In
1984, one year after the BC Green Party was
founded, the Vancouver Green Party ran in a
Vancouver civic election for the first time.
In civic elections up to and including the one
held in 1999, the Green Party ran candidates as a
joint slate with COPE, with the intent of mounting
a more effective challenge to the NPA.
The Vancouver Green Party does not accept
financial support from large corporations nor
unions, relying instead on its membership and
other private donors. Described in its campaign
literature as a "grassroots parry," the Vancouver
Green Party seeks to increase community participation in civic decisions.
Vancouver Marijuana
The BC Marijuana Party was established in
March 2001 and the Vancouver Marijuana Party
(VMP) was established in April 2002. Marc
Emery, who is running for Mayor, is the parry's
only candidate this year.
One idea that is central to the VMP's platform
is legalising hardcore drugs- for addicts, providing treatment for addicts.
Students should vote for the VMP, says Emery,
because the party supports the legalisation of
marijuana. The party advocates licenses for coffee shops to sell marijuana, he said, and this will
be implemented if he is elected to city council.
The party feels it's important that young people
who are exposed to illegal substances be able to
buy them in a shop where people aren't selling
harder drugs, and where alcohol isn't being
served as well.
Vancouver's first election took place
onMay3, 1886, when voters elected
the city's first mayor, Malcolm
Alexander MacLean, a Scottish realtor. Since then, the city has had 3 5
mayors, all of them straight, white
and male (as far as we can tell).
This year's election is notable for
two reasons, 1) the city has a pretty
good chance of electing its first
female mayor (Non-Partisan
Association [NPA] mayoral candidate Jennifer Clarke or vcaTEAM
candidate Valerie MacLean) and, 2)
for the first time since 1986, the city
has a good chance of electing a non-
NPA mayor (Coalition of Progressive
Electors [COPE] candidate Larry
Campbell). Either way, this year's
civic showdown is proving to be the
most excitiiig election in ye,cif s<       !
A benefit to the closeness of this
year's race is that voter turnout may
break past the apathetic levels that
they've been at through the 1990s.
In 1999, only 3 7 per cent of eligible
voters cast ballots. The most telling
number of this statistic though is
that only 94,2 71 votes were cast, the
fewest number since 1976.
Hopefully, given that both the right-
wing NPA and the left-wing COPE
have a legitimate shot at winning, a
majority of Vancouverites will feel
an impetus to vote.
One conspicuous absence from
this year's ballot will be the lack of
joke candidates. While some might
argue that any one of the 13 candidates after the three frontrunners
are jokes, none of them are on par
with Dr Evil, who came in fourth in
the 1999 elections, securing a
respectable (and evil) 1434 votes.
The most famous, and successful, joke candidate ran in 1974. The
brainchild of Vincent Trasov and
John Mitchell, Mr Peanut ran
against incumbent Art Phillips on a
platform that consisted of P for performance, E for elegance, A for art,
N for nonsense, U for uniqueness
and T for talent Mr Peanut, who
received a candidacy endorsement
from William S. Burroughs, went on
to receive 3.4 per cent ofthe vote. / o
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Public Information Meeting
Institute for Computer Information and
Cognitive Systems (ICICS) and
Computer Science Buildings
Tuesday, November 12th, 2002,12:00to 1:30p.m.
Auditorium, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall
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To present and review the schematic
design for the Institute for Computer
information and Cognitive Systems
(ICiCS) and Computer Science
Buildings proposed to be constructed
on the site of Hie existing Vivarium
Building at 2372 Agronomy Road,
east of the existing CiCSR/CS
Building and on the east side of
Engineering Road. The proposed •
buildings are, approximately 11,600 square-metres in area and
include dry research labs, offices, and teaching facilities.
Subject to Board of Governors approval, construction is anticipated
to begin in Spring 2003 with occupancy in October 2004.
This event is wheelchair accessible. Please contact
Deborah Mac Donald at 822-0463 for information on the
location of the meeting or if you need assistive listening
devices, captioning, or information on alternate media.
FREE PARKING will be available in the Fraser Parkade. Please
pick up a parking pass after the meeting in order to exit the
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minds and souls through a film medium. Get bizzy in
the hizzy for your local filmakersl Shiz2y nizzyl
Hot Hot Heat and the Dismemberment Plan at the
Commodore Ballroom, Nov. 9 at 9pm
Indie rockin' darlins from Victoria (Hot Hot Heat) and
Washington, DC (the Dismemberment Plan) bring
their keyboard-infused-punk-with-a-twist to
Vancouver. $12.50.
Bleach Bypass at The Purple Onion, Nov. 12
Fundraiser show to raise money for the UBC Film
Festival. Contribute by coming to see local bands and
DJs playing a variety of music from rock to punk to
A Knight Out With lan McKellen at the Vancouver
Playhouse Theatre (Hamilton at Dunsmuir), Nov.
Thespian, knight and Vancouver's biggest fan. Sir Ian
McKellen takes his one-man show on stage for your
viewing pleasure. Despite the pricey $40 ticket, the
night promises to be candid as McKellen discusses
his career, and gay lifestyle. AU proceeds go to the
Playhouse itself. What a guy! ♦
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A recruitment team from the New York City Department
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Information on housing will also be available at the
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Monday, December 2 at 6:00 p.m.
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THE UBYSSEY's civic election supplement 4- Friday, November 8, 2002
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On Saturday, November 16, from 8am to 8pm,
Vancouver is holding its civic elections.
Participating is easy as pie and you, too, can be a
part of our glorious (cough) democracy by showing
up with some ID and an opinion. Here are the nuts
'n bolts of voting.
The first step towards voting bliss is a self-examination, facilitated by three easy questions.
1) Are you 18 or older on November 16th 2002?
Yes? Please continue.
■ 2) Are you a Canadian citizen? Unfortunately,
landed immigrants and international students are
unable to vote. If you are a Canadian citizen, please
go to the next question
3) Have you lived in Vancouver for longer than
30 days on November 16? This is the trick question
of this exam because if you live on campus, you are
technically not considered a resident of the City of
Vancouver. This is because UBC is located on crown
land and is considered part of British Columbia but
not Vancouver. So, even though you have been going
to school at UBC and living in Gage, you will not be
considered a registered voter.
However, the electoral office does recognise that
UBC residents have a voice and will allow students
to place votes for school trustees. There will be
polling stations in the SUB, University Hill Public
Sclioql (5395 Chancellor Blvd) and University Hill
Secondary School (2896 Acadia Crescent). If you
have lived off campus but within the city limits, you
will be considered a full voter and can then proceed
on to the second step of voting bliss.
7 Thi»p second step is registration. Since it is past
the deadline for early registration, you need to register at the place where you'll be voting. Being a serious process, you will need not one but TWO pieces
of identification. Within the long fist of identification
that will be accepted, most common to a student's
wallet are: a credit or debit card, BC driver's license,
BC Ckre Card, BC ID card, social insurance card,
and/or a utility bill for electricity, telephone or cable
service. If you do not have a document that has your
Vancouver address on it, not to worry; you will have
to sign a "Declaration of Residency* form when you
are registering.
Now for step three, locating a place to vote, or in
electoral lingo, a polling station. If you are not a pre-
registered voter, you can vote at any of the polling
stations around Vancouver. There are nearly 100. In
order to narrow down the search, the election web
site has a handy-dandy search feature that will find
a polling station with just the right fit. At
ectindex_htm, you can just enter your address to
find the polling station nearest you. You can also
give the election office a call at 604-873-7681. Aside
from the three polling stations within UBC grounds
mentioned before (that are only for Endowment-
Land residents), the polling station nearest to campus is at St Helen s Anglican Church (4405 W. 8th
Ave at Sasamat).
While voting is not a hugely complicated process,
it will still take some time out of your Saturday. So,
why should you bother? Here are a few reasons for
you to ponder. Firstly, the electoral office has put a
significant amount of effort into urging people to
vote, and you wouldn't want all that work to go to
waste. Secondly, your grandfather complains that
"Your generation is good for nothing and self-centred." Thirdly, the municipal elections are where
your vote can make the most difference. Chances
are that city hall—more than Victoria or Ottawa—is
most likely to make the decisions that will affect
your daily life, whether through transit, education,
environmental issues or even the problems on the
Downtown Eastside. It is important to exercise your'
right to vote. Lastly, don't you give up your com-
plaming rights when you don't vote in the first
place? /
No fun
Magazine articles, travel guides and word of mouth
assure us, as residents of Vancouver, that our city is
one ofthe best places on earth to live. So why doesn't
it always seem that way? Certainly, our ocean city is
home to a tremendous amount of artistic talent and
cultural diversity. Compared to many other urban
centers, however, the rules surrounding entertainment in Vancouver can be very restrictive.
^ Bars and clubs just close too early, too often, and
liquor licensing procedures are painfully frustrating
for those who would promote arts and entertainment events in this city. Many assert that municipal
rules and regulations are keeping Vancouver from
becoming the arts and entertainment mecca that it
could be.
Groups like Funcouver suggest that institutionalised attitudes in city hall are turning Vancouver
into a "No Fun City." The group is actively pushing
for civic leaders who will work to solve this problem,
to transform Vancouver into a truly world-class city.
The Funcouver campaign has endorsed the can
didacy of Valerie MacLean, who is running for mayor
with the Vancouver Civic Action Team (vcaTEAM)
party. The group has also selected ten city council
candidates to support during the election, and will be
handing out cards with their names to patrons in various entertainment venues. Interestingly, not one
incumbent candidate received the Funcouver
The vcaTEAM has several plans to address the
"no fun" stigma associated with Vancouver.
Statements from the party emphasise the need to
promote not only large events (such as the
Celebration of Light fireworks competition, a.k.a. the
Symphony of Fire), but also ongoing community
projects. The vcaTeam has proposed holding more
parades in Vancouver, and restoring cultural events
such as Greek Days and Chinese New Year street parties. The party would also increase funding to local
arts bodies, as well as the PNE. Candidates for
vcaTEAM envision a revitalised downtown entertainment district with Granville Street as a hub.
Increasing and improving pedestrian traffic with car-
free zones and open-air cafes are vcaTEAM's suggested ideas.
While Funcouver's organisers—Vancouver bar
and restaurant owners—clearly stand to make financial gains through the election of their entertainment-friendly candidates, they feel that the election
of a pro-entertainment city council will benefit anyone who values a thriving cultural scene in this city
The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE),
despite having controversially received no support
from Funcouver, made many commitments to
increasing fun levels in Vancouver. According to a
recent press release, "COPE candidates and supporters will party on through to election day and
Jim Green, a COPE candidate for city council, has
stated that COPE supports longer bar hours, open-air
concerts in parks, and plans to launch a "love
parade" modeled after the famous annual street festivals in Berlin and Amsterdam. The party also gives
tentative support to the Indy in Vancouver, with the
qualification that neighbourhoods adjacent to the
race should be consulted. COPE feels that 24-hour
bus and Skytrain service, which the party promises
to push for, would encourage Vancouver residents to
enjoy more of what the city has to offer.
The Dance Party Party (DPP), obviously a group
focused on celebration, is committed to enhancing
opportunities for artists and audiences to come
together. Quoting the Beastie Boys in their campaign
materials—"You gotta fight for your right to party"—
the party promises to support street performers,
nightclubs, live theatre, art galleries and festivals in
The DPP would extend hours of transit to promote safe and fun night life. "I personally would like
to see the hours of the bars extended," said party
council candidate Ryan Miller, acknowledging this
would need to be regulated in terms of noise and
general disruption to the community. /
Drug addiction, drug dealing, HIV infection, prostitution,
crime, high unemployment, lack of housing, and the loss of
many legitimate business are some ofthe major issues that
plague Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES), Canada's
poorest neighborhood. More than ever, these issues are
front and centre in this year's civic election
About two years ago, three-term mayor Philip Owen
began to speak out on the drug epidemic that has paralysed
the Downtown Eastside, unveiling a plan called the Four
Pillar Approach to drug addiction (emphasising education,
enforcement, treatment, and harm reduction) that would
treat addicts as victims, rather than as criminals. Some say
Owen's stance—that included possible safe injection sites
for users—was partially responsible for the loss of support
from his party, which in turn resulted in Owen being ousted by the NPA.
Larry Campbell, mayoral candidate for COPE, says if
elected he would begin implementing safe injection sites
by January 1, 2003. "People are dying and we need to be
doing something, we've talked long enough," he says.
Jennifer Clarke, NPA candidate, accompanied Mayor
Owen to harm reduction programs in Europe says that she
THE UBYSSEY's civic election supplement 4- Friday, November 8, 2002
supports the Four Pillar approach, including safe injection
sites, as long as supplementary law enforcement and
improved addiction rehabilitation service were also included. The vcaTEAM, along with mayoraj candidate Valerie
MacLean, says it also recognises the virtues of the Four
Pillars approach, but is more focused on enforcement to
control dealers.
The DTES continues to be a battleground for political
rivalries. In her acceptance speech as mayoral candidate,
Clarke told onlookers that she "will not be mayor of a city
with a ghetto," triggering a rise from Campbell.
"The people of the Downtown Eastside are members
of our community, not occupants of a ghetto," said
Campbell, the candidate who has been the area's most
vocal advocate. Campbell is pushing for stronger penalties for slum-lords, and for incentives to small businesses
that set up in the neighborhood .and hire locals. Clarke
says she endorses a "block-by-block" revitalisation of tlie
neighbourhood, with a focus on economic revitalisation
and gentrification.
The issue of Vancouver's homeless has also been under
scrutiny lately, with attention generated by the occupation
of the old Woodward's building, located on Hastings and
Abbott, which has stood vacant since 1993. There are
between 300 and 600 homeless people in Vancouver, a
large percentage of whom suffer from mental disorders.
The COPE website says it would call on the federal and
provincial governments to partner with the city in creating
more social housing.
Clarke points to the 2000 units of social housing she
says have opened up in Vancouver in the last two years.
"Many of the [homeless people] are coining in to the city
from other provinces, or municipalities. Vancouver has
done a tremendous job of carrying its share of social
responsibility for social housing and shelters, but frankly,
other municipalities and provinces have to do their part,"
. she said in a recent interview. /
There are over 200 parks in Vancouver covering almost 1300 hectares ofthe ciiy. Parks
include everything from Stanely Park, beaches, indoor and outdoor pools, and the classic
grassy field wdth swings and slides.
A budget of around $75 million a year is
allocated for the management upkeep and
supervision of Vancouver's parks, which are
managed by the Parks Board—a governing
body of seven elected commissioners.
The Parks Board makes decisions regarding community and recreation centres and
sports fields. Members of the "board also
determine when parks are open and allocates
money for activities such as park festivals.
The Coalition of Progressive Electors
(COPE), the Vancouver Civic Action Team
(vcaTEAM),      and     the      Non-Partisan
Association (NPA) all state that they support
ensuring that parks remain places where
Vancouverites can relax and enjoy themselves.
One issue the parties do show a difference on is the issue of accessibility of the
Parks Board and its meetings.
COPE Parks Board candidate Heather'
Deal claims that the current process sur-
rounding the Parks Board meetings does not
allow for it to be very open to the public. The
public is currently not allowed to ask the
Parks Board questions, said Deal, instead
they can only make statements about issues
on the agenda.
If elected, COPE would change the policy
regarding questions and also give people
more time to study the agenda before board
meetings. Deal said.
Clarence Hansen, a candidate with the
NPA and the current chair of the Parks
Board, is running for re-election.
Hansen said that when people go to
Parks Board meetings they are there to pro
vide information to help the board make
"They're not there to question [the board]
and staff. They can ask all the questions they
want prior to the met ting, though," he said,
referring to the fact that people can contact
the Parks Board and ask staff and board
members questions before a board meeting
is held.
Dave Pasin, vcaTEAM Parks Board, candidate, was unclear about the issue of members of the public being allowed to speak at
Parks Board meetings
"I don't know whether its a rule or not,"
Pasin said. "It's something we would look at
Certainly the people in the gallery...unless
you were a listed delegation, [the Parks
Board] wouldn't entertain questions from
people present"
Pasin added that if people had an important question that was relevant then the
Parks Board would entertain it
"What we want is people's involvement in
the Parks Board," Pasin concluded. /
Vancouver is one of three competitors that remain on the shortlist
to host the 2010 Winter Olympics. The Vancouver-Whistler Olympic
bid—which has been in development since 1999—is competing with
bids from Pyeongchang, South Korea and Salzburg, Austria.
The bid must take into account the needs of tourists, athletes and
city residents, including the need for accommodation, transportation and venues for all events. It is estimated that the operating
budget of the Games would exceed $2 billion The cost of the bid
alone is around $34 million
Most events and venues are planned for Vancouver and would
involve upgrades to four of Vancouver's stadiums: BC Place, GM
Place, Pacific Coliseum and the Agrodome. There are also plans for
the construction of sporting venues or the Upgrading of current facilities at UBC, SFU and Hillcrest Park.
Recently, university and community groups expressed concerns
over the planned Olympic rinks at UBC, which would replace the
four current rinks with two and reduce ice time.
Upgrades for easy transportation between venues is also in consideration The construction of additional lanes on the Sea-to-Sky
highway connecting Vancouver and Whistler would cost around an
additional $600 million. A Vancouver-Richmond Skytrain connection has also been proposed to connect the airport and downtown
Vancouver, costing approximately $1.8 billion. Spectators will be
encouraged to use public transit for the duration ofthe Games.
While an athletes village planned on False Creek across from the
Cambie St bridge takes care of athlete accommodations, the large
influx of tourists and organisations must also be planned for.
Concerns have risen over the Olympics' possible effect on
Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, where possible evictions may
occur to accommodate tourists and increase profits during the
games. During Expo 86 the community lost more than 1000 housing units and eviction-related deaths occurred in the impoverished
Public consultation thus far has consisted of public opinion
polling which has shown 65 per cent of Vancouverites in favour of
the Games. Most civic parties are happy with these numbers and
promote enthusiastic platforms for responsible planning for the
Games; however, Larry Campbell and Jim Green, Coalition of
Progressive Electors (COPE) candidates for mayor and city council
respectively, have supported a call for a referendum on the issue.
They believe that a referendum will open financial and business
plans to the public. They also believe a successful referendum
would strengthen the bid as a firm demonstration
of support /
Forget King Kong. Although there are a
few dubious names on the school trustees
candidacy list like Brian 'Godzilla' Salmi,
the School board elections are not to be
taken lightly. -
Nine school trustees are elected to the
Vancouver School Board in every municipal election and this year the issues surrounding Vancouver's 109 schools loom
large for the 23 candidates.
Although the public school system falls
under the legislation ofthe provincial government the new provincial School Act
returned more discretionary powers over
policy issues to the Vancouver School
Board. Funding and allocation of
resources are now under municipal
domain, and school structures, daily operations and methods of learning are vetted
and voted upon by the board. With 13,000
teachers set to retire in the next five years,
the school board will be involved in the
hiring of new teachers, including many
UBC graduates. The provincial government provides the money, but the school
board decides where it will ultimately end
up, meaning that who you elect will have
bearing on your children, your community education, and perhaps even your
The Non-Partisan Association (NPA)
has had six members on the board for the
past three years, four of whom are seeking re-election The NPA has ties to the
Liberal government, and have voted
down every major motion that opposes
provincial education cuts.
Some ofthe current trustees have been
on the board for decades. Bill Brown, an
NPA candidate running for re-election,
has been a trustee for the past 25 years.
Others, like first-timer Angele Desrochers,
are running on the platform of being experienced parents who have been involved
in the school system on all levels.
The Coalition of Progressive Electors
(COPE) has several returning candidates
as well. Allen Blakey and Allan Wong are
both former teachers who brought several
motions concerning provincial funding
cuts to the table in the last term, and
alongside trustee Adrienne Montano,
voted as a block on every major issue
brought to the board.
The Vancouver Civic Action TEAM
(vcaTEAM) is notably absent from the list /
Wards vs.
at large
In the upcoming civic elections, people will cast
votes and decide who will be on the Vancouver City
Council, which is made up of a mayor and ten city
councillors (formerly called aldermen). The current
electoral system by which we elect these council
members is a frequently questioned and hotly
debated topic.
City councils in North America are elected
according to one of three main systems, which
include at-large systems, ward systems, and a mix
between the two. Mayors are almost always voted in
using an at-large system, whereas for. councillors
the voting system varies.
Vancouver's city council is currently voted in
using an at-large system, and is one of the last
municipalities in Canada to still use this system. An
at-large system is one where all eligible voters within the city boundaries vote on the same list of can-
didates. A ward system is one where a city is broken
down into smaller areas (wards), and voters living
in each ward vote on their own list of candidates,
who represent their ward on council There may be
more than one member in a ward.
An argument for at-large systems "is that voters
should choose a candidate based on the issues the
candidates feel strongly about and that the neighbourhood they come from shouldn't affect a voter's
Jennifer Clarke, the mayoral candidate for the
Vancouver Civic NOn-Partisan Association (NPA)
feels that the at-large system is working. Clarke said
she doesn't feel changing Vancouver's current at-
large system to a ward system would have an
impact on the NPA.
But some people feel that the current system
needs to change, and that the NPA has remained in
power because the at-large system works well for
them. Vancouver is a diverse city with diverse people and problems. Ten councillors who live in Point
Grey, for example, may not be able to adequately
address the issues affecting those in the Downtown
Eastside as well as someone from that neighbour
hood could.
Often, candidates will end up being elected by
voters who choose based on which party a candidate
is running with. Marc Emery, who is running for
mayor with the Vancouver Marijuana Party (VMP),
said none of his fellow VMP members ran for council this year because they didn't think they would be
elected witli an at-large system. People are going to
vote for council members without scrutiny, he said,
because rarely do voters spend the time getting to
know each candidate well, and rarely do the candidates make themselves well-known. "Running for
council in a city with an at-large system is futile,"
Emery said. "It's a waste of time and effort"
Emery supports a ward system of ten wards in
Vancouver, with two people elected from each ward.
The Vancouver Civic Action Team (vcaTEAM)
supports a combination of ward and at-large system. They propose that five people should be elected in using each system.
The Coalition of Progressive Electors (COPE) support wards because they believe it's the most democratic way the city can be run "We believe it just represents the city far better to have neighbourhoods
voting for neighbourhood representatives," said a
media rep from COPE.
COPE plans on implementing an extensive consultation process if elected to council, because
deciding how to divide Vancouver into wards is still
the subject of contention /
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The other day, while heading to UBC on the number 25 bus, the bus driver asked if there was a lot
of talk going on at the university about the upcoming elections. No one answered—at first Getting a
response took some prodding from the bus driver. In fact, she had to jokingly criticise university
students for not caring about civic politics before
someone asked her, "If you had $2 million to put
into public transit where would it go?"
When looking at where to place your vote on
November 16, consider transit funding. Each
party wants to make transit better in Vancouver,
but each party has a different take on how to
improve our transit system. Take a look at some
ofthe political platforms...
If re-elected, the Non-Partisan Association
(NPA) is not going to focus on the old bus system,
but would look into a $65 million investment to
build a traditional trolley system, much like in
San Francisco. This trolley system would connect
Granville Island, Science World, Chinatown,
Gastown and Waterfront Station with the downtown core. The NPA foresees that this trolley line
would stimulate business growth in these regions
and make Vancouver more accessible to tourists
and downtown commuters. NPA Mayoral candidate Jennifer Clarke is also the city's chair for its
transportation committee, so she knows the existing transit system inside and out
The Vancouver Civic Action TEAM (vcaTEAM)
would look into building a trolley line as well.
This line would work along with light rail transit,
streetcars and ferries in order to support the
existing bus routes. The vcaTEAM promises to
consider increasing public transportation from
downtown to the Vancouver International
Airport, as well as to the areas surrounding
Vancouver, like the Fraser Valley Regional
District and regions towards Whistler. The philosophy of vcaTEAM is that a good transit system
will help the growth of a community.
While both the vcaTEAM and the NPA are
focusing on new forms of transit, the Coalition of
Progressive Electors (COPE) has looked at expanding the existing bus system. COPE's mayoral candidate, Larry Campbell, says that he is primarily
concerned with the immediate needs of bus riders. He has promised to restore and expand late
night bus service. Another major change planned
is to focus more transit attention on UBC since it
is the second most popular destination in the city,
next to the downtown core. COPE claims that they
will increase service to the #49, #41, #25, #4 and
Broadway lines in order to help out UBC commuters. COPE is also looking into a fare freeze
and possibly a fare reduction over time.
Tlie stance taken by the Vancouver Green Party
is to emphasise more cost-effective and sustainable methods of transportation: walking, cycling
and public transit One ofthe Green Party's nominees for city council, Richard Campbell, is a long
time transit and cycling activist who promises to
increase safe cycling in Vancouver.
Keep in mind that Vancouver's public transit
system affects when, how and where you move
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around the city. While Translink is directly
responsible for buses, the civic government oversees Translink and also provides them with funding. When voting on November 16, keep bus
schedules and your transit ideals in mind and
reflect that with your pen. / J^IJIR^ "MM*^
Ex-premier comes to UBC
Dosanjh speaks about his life
UJAL DOSANJH Telling it like it is.
by Megan Thomas
Former BC Premier Ujjal Dosanjh spoke
Tuesday night in Main Library's Dodson Room
and clearly enjoyed the opportunity to come
and talk about his life and career with students.
"It's flattering to an old defeated political
ego for someone to ask you to come and talk
about your career," said Dosanjh.
Dosanjh was brought to UBC as part of the
Centennial Speaker and Debate Series, created
by the UBC Debate Society to commemorate its
100th anniversary.
The talk began with Dosanjh speaking
about his past and his eventual move to
Canada. He spoke of a middle-class upbringing
in a small village in India. At the age of 17, with
very limited English skills, Dosanjh left for
England to pursue a higher education.
As a visible minority, Dosanjh found educational opportunities were difficult to come
by in England. A coincidental visit to the
Canadian High Commission in London eventually led Dosanjh to Vancouver in 1968.
"It has been a sheer delight and a wonderful personal journey for me, and I have been
able to live my life to the fullest possible," said
Dosanjh of his immigration to Canada.
Dosanjh took questions from students, discussing issues relating both to his life and politics in BC.
When asked what drew him to politics
Dosanjh spoke of how his family was involved
politically, especially in the struggle for the liberation of India. His grandfather was jailed
for eight years in England for attempting to
further the cause of Indian independence.
"I grew up in an environment where politics was the thing," said Dosanjh of his childhood.
Dosanjh also felt that his status as a visible
minority was valuable politically because it
put him in a position to understand minority
issues and bring them to the forefront of BC
A student also questioned Dosanjh about
the proudest moments of his political career.
Dosanjh spoke of becoming the premier
of BC because this moment symbolised for
him how far Canadian society had progressed. He felt it was a huge step for a visible minority immigrant, with English as a
second language, to be elected as the premier
"What moved me to tears was that it was a
tribute to the society in which we live. We have
come such a long distance," explained
He also related what he considered to be the
most stressful moment of his career. When he
was serving as the Attorney General for BC,
Dosanjh found it difficult to make public the
criminal investigation into the activities of
then-Premier Glen Clark.
"It was very difficult because you know that
it has a devastating impact on the life of another human being," said Dosanjh.
Are there politics in Dosanjh's future? He
says that up until six months ago he would
have said absolutely not, but right now he cannot say for sure. What he does know is that he
wants to put his skills to use, in whatever way
he can.
Spencer Keys of the UBC Debate Society,
who organised the talk, was pleased with the
interest in Dosanjh as a speaker.
"I think that on this campus there isn't quite
so much of an establishment of speakers and
coming to see speakers...but really this encourages me quite a bit," said Keys.
Students who attended were also enthusiastic about Dosanjh's talk.
Dave Sidhu, a first-year Law student, was
glad he took the time to attend the talk.
"I like the man himself. I'm not NDP but it
was worth seeing him. I was just curious about
what he was going to do next," explained
Similarly Michael Kotrly, a fourth-year economics student, liked the fresh perspective on
BC politics.
"I was just really glad to see something
about BC politics that didn't have to do with
Gordon Campbell," Kortly explained. "[It was
nice to look] instead at his life, how he got here,
and not some bitter, petty political thing
that seems to be the sort of [trend] of the
Panel resists war on Iraq
Svend Robinson and
others discuss the
possible war on Iraq
by Chris Shepherd
Around 150 students surrendered their
lunch hour yesterday to attend a panel discussion about the possible war on Iraq.
Thursday's event was hosted by the campus
group Coalition Against War on the People of
Svend Robinson, NDP member of
Parliament for Burnaby-Douglas and a UBC
alumnus, started the panel by discussing
issues of peace, justice and environmental
sustainability facing Canadians today.
"Certainly, many of the issues that we
were dealing with when I was [at UBC]
are issues that unfortunately are still
Robinson spoke very strongly against
possible war in Iraq.
"We know the consequences, in human
terms, of a war would be absolutely catastrophic to the people of Iraq," said
Robinson, who has visited.the country three
times since the Gulf War.
Robinson also asserted that the US has
been applying double standards to the
Middle East region,
"Bush is talking about the importance Of
respect of resolutions of the UN Security
Council. One could only hope that he'd show
SVEND ROBINSON takes the mic and
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the same kind of respect for resolution after
resolution after resolution directed at
At times the US and Israel alone have
shown contempt for the UN resolutions,
Robinson said.
Robinson finished his talk by addressing
what he thought of the United States's rea-
. sons for a war on Iraq.
"This is not about human rights. It's not
about weapons of mass destruction. What it
is about is oil, the second largest oil reserves
in the world in Iraq, and getting control of
that," Robinson claimed.
Robinson also said that the US was concerned with regime change and removing
Saddam Hussein from power.
"I believe if we need regime change anywhere we need regime change south of the
border in the United States of America."
Robinson would like to see the US immediately lifting tie economic sanctions
against Iraq, giving totally independent
inspection teams full access to Iraq, addressing the regional injustices in the area in
terms of human rights and finally ensuring
that there are no weapons of mass destruction in the region.
After Robinson spoke, David Morgan,
president of Veterans against Nuclear War,
detailed the history of nuclear war.
The final speaker to address the crowd
was Gail Davidson from Lawyers against the
War, an international organisation of
lawyers opposed to the U.S. Intervention in
Afganistan and which advocates the use of
international law to settle disputes.
"I'm not actually going to talk a lot about
the law because it's pretty self-evident and
even if [the war] were legal, it still would be
wrong, wouldn't it?" Davidson asked the
Davidson encouraged people to buy a
copy ofthe UN Charter and to become familiar with it because she believes thajt the US
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"Article two of the Charter contains an
absolute prohibition against inter state use
of force and the threat of force, so you can
see that [President] Bush and [British Prime
Minister] Blair have been making illegal
threats since a year ago September."
Davidson suggested that individu,|_ls writer3"
to their member "of Parliament "andito'Y
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Minister of Foreign Affairs Bill Graham and
let them know how people feel and what*
direction they would like the government to
Robinson recommended people participate in a march for peace that is scheduled
to take place in Vancouver and cities across
the country.
The march starts at 12pm, both at the
Peace Flame Park (at the south end of the
Burrard Street Bridge), and at the Sea Bus
Terminal at Richards and Cordova. ♦
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A ceremony held at War Memorial
Gym (WMG) on November 11 will
commemorate the thousands of
Canadians who sacrificed their lives
or participated in wars during the
last century.
The service for this event begins
at 10:45am in the foyer of WMG,
which is a campus landmark built
as a memorial for British
Columbians who have died in wars.
All UBC faculty, staff, and students
as well as members of the off-campus community Eire invited to
attend the event, which is expected
to draw around 350 people.
With the possible impending war
on Iraq by the United States, the
subject of war is of much interest to
many university students these
days. To bring it home-697 UBC
students participated in the First
World War, and 78 of them lost
their fives. During the Second World
War, 1680 students enlisted and
169 were killed.
Power CUP
Over 100 student journalists from
BC to Manitoba will invade the
SUB this weekend, when the
Ubyssey student newspaper hosts
the Prairie and Western Regional
Canadian University Press (PWRCUP) conference.
A number of speakers have been
lined up to give a series of skill-
building seminars and talks.
Speakers include David Beers, a
UBC school of journalism professor
and former editor of The Vancouver
Sun, Rob Mickleburgjh, BC bureau
chief for The Globe and Mail and
Bill Tielman, who currently writes a
weekly column for The Georgia
Straight       ■ called "Political
Connections," and who appears regularly on CBC TV's Canada Now
show in BC.
Many UBC student media alumni will also be present to give talks
at the conference. Former Ubyssey
staff include Katherine Monk, enter-
tainment reporter and movie critic
for the Sun, Chris Nuttall-Smith,
freelance magazine writer and former Sun staff Richard Lam, professional photographer, and Sarah
Galashan, who worked at the
National Post and the Sun before
moving on to her current gig at CTV
Cultural icon and long-time CiTR
DJ Nardwuar the Human Serviette
will also be speaking.
All UBC students are invited to
attend the conference as day delegates for a fee of $14 a day on
Saturday and Sunday in SUB
"It should be good times," said
Conference Co-ordinator Laura
"We're already placing bets on
how much alcohol is going to be
consumed," agreed Duncan M.
McHugh, features editor for the
Ubyssey, who will also be speaking
at the conference.
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closed, a move employees said was
never explained.
Opening a store will benefit the
entire university community, said
Cathy Rutherford, a BCLDB employee. She said a liquor store located
close to campus would prevent students from drinking and driving to
get alcohol.
The BCLDB is also gathering support to prevent the BC government
from privatising liquor stores,
a move they say would lead to less
selection and higher prices for
Yesterday was the first day the
petition was available, and it had
over 100 signatures in its first hour
at the SUB. Rutherford said there
has been much support for opening
the liquor store from the university,
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Cinema with a conscience
Amnesty Film Festival mixes
pleasure with the business of
human rights
Amnesty International Film Festival
at Pacific Cinematheque
Nov. 8-10
by Michael Schwandt
Amnesty International, a worldwide organisation that works to promote
human rights, is holding its seventh annual film festival this weekend.
Organised by local staff and volunteers, the festival will run from Friday
November 8 to Sunday November 10 at Pacific Cinematheque (1131 Howe
A total of 20 films will be presented at the festival, exploring a wide variety
of issues both in Canada and abroad. Don Wright, festival director, says that
despite the diversity of the subject matter in the films, the works are very
much linked together.
'What ties them together is that they're all exainining some aspect of the
state of human rights around the world/ he says, adding that although most
ofthe works presented are documentaries, fictional works also have a place in
the festival. "If it's an appropriate dramatic work, it can certainly carry a message, and maybe in a more subversive way,* he explains. "You're going to
enjoy the movie, but there's also a message that will stick with you at the end
Don Wright cites Academy Award-winning film No Man's Land as such a
film, saying that the stoiy is a dark comedy that also brings attention to the
absurdity of war.
In addition to bringing many films to Vancouver for the first time, this
year's Amnesty International Film Festival will feature the world premiere of
a National Film Board documentary entitled Kosovo: Fragile Peace.
"I'd had a lot of curiosity, for a long time, about what happens to these war-
ravaged lands after camera crews leave," says Vancouver's Moira Simpson,
the director of the film.
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Fragile Peace, filmed in the months leading up to Kosovo's first democratic election, follows the work of a Canadian lawyer, Carolyn McCool, with the
Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). McCool, Director
of DemocratisatiOn for OSCE, is faced with the difficult task of ensuring the
participation of both Serbs and Albanians in the vote.
"She's so passionate about Kosovo, and the possibility that Albanians and
Serbs can live together in the future," says Simpson of McCool. "She was a constant inspiration for me. I would get up every morning and film all day, as the
story revealed itself."
However, the atmosphere in Kosovo during the making of the film presented challenges as she documented events, Simpson says. "There was military everywhere, and that whole element was sometimes difficult," she
describes. "I'd get tapes confiscated, and couldn't film everything I wanted.
There's always a presence, to me, of danger and of what happened during the
Kosovo: Fragile Peace features camera work by UBC Arts student Kate Oja,
McCool's daughter, who participated in and documented efforts to raise support for the election among young adults in Kosovo.
The director of the film was pleased to work with the younger filmmaker.
"She was fabulous. It was a great pleasure to get to know her in Kosovo," says
Simpson, a veteran cinematographer. "Kate has a wonderful eye."
Simpson and McCool will be in attendance at the screening of the film,
Friday November 8 at 7pm, and will be answering questions from the audience afterwards. For more information on the Amnesty International Film
Festival, see www.amnesty.bc.ca or www.cinematheque.bc.ca. ♦
Boy behaving
at The Vogue
by Anthony Woo
Badly Drawn Boy may not yet be as
well known on this side ofthe ocean as
he is in his native UK. Perhaps his
biggest claim to fame in North
America comes from a Gap commercial in which his wonderfully ethereal
tune "The Shining" plays over images
flogging jeans or some other crap.
Badly Drawn Boy, born Damon
Gough, is instantly recognisable for his
unkempt facial hair and his trademark
wool toque. In spite of this lazy slacker
look, Gough has recently been anything but In the past two years alone,
he has released two albums, scored
Hugh Grant's About A Boy, and won
the prestigious Mercury Prize for his
2000 " effort. The Hour of
Bewilderbeast Not bad.
Despite his many accolades, Gough
gave little evidence for them when he
played The Vogue on November 1 in
support of his latest album, Have You
Fed the Fish? Then again, "support"
may be the wrong word to use.
Instead, Gough migjht as well have
been touring against his album with
the lacklustre performance that he put
Badly Drawn Boy is well known for
speaking at length between songs.
That is part of what makes his shows
fun. However, as well as lengthy diatribes between songs, I expected actual songs. Instead I was sorely disappointed to discover the music concert
that I paid for had more or less
become a spoken-word event The little music he did play was very good-
taking the best from his previous two
works and the new songs from his latest album were welcome selections.
Add to that a very long two-hour set
and you have the makings of a great
show. Sadly, far too much of those two
hours consisted of Gough's complaining, and consequently any momentum he had built up would quickly
come tumbling down.
The majority of his complaints
were technical in nature. There were
obvious equipment problems, but
instead of taking them in. stride like a
professional, Gough dissolved into a
whiny child, repeatedly interrupting
songs to stalk off to the corner to
swear, only to return to the mic to
curse even more.
It is very difficult to review this concert because it is so hard to remember
anything but Gough's prima-donna
behavior. I suppose I could summarise-
the show into this simple dichotomy:
at best, Gough demonstrated his musical prowess in an amazing display; at
worst, Gough showed that he would
have been better off at home, spending
time with his infant children, since he
was about as mature as them.
To provide readers with a short
summary, Gough's stage antics included (but were not limited to) kicking the
piano, flicking a fit cigarette into the
audience, biting his microphone to
cause an unbearable screeching noise,
stopping the show to gripe about how
much his fingers hurt, and—finally, my
personal favorite—replacing every
lyric to one of his songs with the catchy
(and oh, so very original) phrase "fuck-
off." Fuck off—indeed. ♦
Tegan and Sara
at Richard's on Richards
Nov. 2
by Jennifer Wong
Looking at Tegan and Sara it's hard to imagine that they were ever raging Backstreet Boys fans. With multiple tattoos, piercings and the
mouths of sailors, both musicians have a rugged punk appeal that
would make most other acoustic performers run for cover.
The Calgary-born twins started off the first leg of their "Born in the
Eighties" tour strongly on Saturday night, playing a charismatic show to
a sold-out house. Tegan and Sara have definitely gone back to their punk
roots witKtheir latest material. The two tag-teamed an acoustic and electric guitar, switching up eveiy couple of songs. Richard's on Richards
was an odd venue for the event The crowd, mainly university-aged
women, with their casual sweaters, dreads and baggy toques, seemed
strangely out of place in the nightclub.
The band played a range of harsh power-chord punk and mellow
acoustic guitar songs. Their lyrics varied according to the song; some
were poetic and introspective, while others were three or four words
yelled over and over again to a frenzied, distorted electric guitar.
Playing electric and acoustic together is a challenge. It's like shooting tequila and drinking wine at the same time—a very delicate balance
and difficult to pull off. Few musicians are able to exploit the thrill ofthe
electric without overpowering the acoustic. Tegan and Sara haven't
quite gotten the hang of it yet On a number of songs, the sister on the
, electric would end up standing around looking awkward or would latch
onto a face-saving tambourine, while the acoustic soloed the song, and
at other times, the sister playing the acoustic would pick unenthusiastically at her instrument, while a howling electric carried the song
through. On a few occasions, they achieved a decent balance, with a confident simple solo or cool, layered rhythm from the electric.
The sisters' eclectic stage presence, however, made up for any lack
of coordination between guitars. With their quirky taboo stories and
often comic sibling rivalries, they captured the crowd, making the night
a worthwhile event ♦
Strictly twiste
Animation festival appeals
to the worst in us
at The Ridge Theatre
until Dec.10
by Greg Ursic
Animated cartoons have entertained children ever since everyone's
favourite rodent whistled across the screen in Steamboat Willie in 1928. It
wasn't until 1972 that animators turned their attention to the adult market
with Fritz the Cat In the decades since, animated features have run the
gamut from The Care Bear Adventures to the dark world of Japanese anime.
The duo of Spike Decker and Mike Gribble realised, however, that one
demographic wasn't being served. They quickly filled this niche, and now
the pathologically degenerate have a film festival they can call their own.
The content for this year's Spike and Mike's—the 12th festival of
debauchery for Spike (Mike recently passed away)—is all-new and varied.
For those with a penchant for South Park "Oh my God they killed Kenny!" •
stylings, there are eight episodes of The Happy Tree Friends. These cartoons
feature cute and cuddly woodland creatures being horribly—and humorously—eviscerated. Each segment ends with a catchy motto such as "Don't forget to floss" or "Read a book." Very warped and giggle-worthy.
In a totally different vein is Roof Sex which features two randy armchairs
caught in flagrante delicto as they run through the Kama Sutra on a rooftop,
in broad daylight. The clever scoring and sound effects add to the atmos
phere. Stick figures play a role in two features: Refrigerator Art, where a
child illustrates his dysfunctional home life with drawings, and Don
Hertzfeldt's hilarious L 'amour, a young man's confusing search for love and
For those with a darker side, there is the demented and disquietingly
funny The Inbreds (the longest short of the presentation), which celebrates
the misadventures of a .DeiVerance-style genetic throwback family You'll
cringe even more next time you hear a banjo.
Unfortunately, as with any compilation, there are going to be those segments that don't make the cut Five Fucking Fables is a strangely surreal
piece that evokes virtually no emotional response, except maybe confusion.
Teach Me is a decidedly bizarre and unsettling look into amphibian sex and
dismemberment The most notable weak entry, however, is A Father and Son
Chat, with, its decidedly creepy, unfunny and nasty version of the birds and
the bees, Ewww.   . •
If you take a date and you both enjoy it, you're definitely soul mates. Or
possibly future cell mates. Remember to leave your good taste at home, and
you'll likely have a good time. ♦
Seinfeld's movie
about everything
COMEDIAN"       ~"    -"' ■     -   ■ ~»!
in theatres now
by John Hua
What's better than a sitcom about
nothing? Well, how about a film
about something, from those who
brought you the sitcom about, nothing? No, the film about something
isn't about the sitcom about nothing;
because that would make the film
ultimately about nothing. Unless it
was about what happens after one
makes a sitcom about nothing—then
you would get a film about something. Add Jerry Seinfeld to the confusion, and your answer is a wonderfully funny and well-crafted film
titled Comedian.
Stand-up comic Jerry Seinfeld,
after finding success with his hit sitcom Seinfeld, retired his entire
stand-up routine on the HBO special
I'm Telling You for the Last Time.
The film Comedian reveals the
painstaking process the comedian
goes through in order to reconstruct
a one-hour stand-up act of brand-
new material. This task, one that
takes many their entire careers to
create, polish and perform, Jerry
Seinfeld attempts to do twice.
Seinfeld literally starts from square
one, touring comedy clubs all over
the United States in order to nurture
his fledgling 20-minute routine.
The film also documents the
career of Orny Adams, a confident
rookie comedian whose stand-up
routine catches the eye of renowned
manager George Shapiro, who also
represents Seinfeld. The contrast
between Seinfeld and Adams is like
night and day. Seinfeld, who has
already reached the top, finds himself back at the beginning, but now
possessing the experience and
humility of a veteran. Adams uses
his passion and intensity to drive
himself into the industry in hopes of
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finding fame and fortune. Although
both men are polar opposites, they
are driven by the love/hate relationship with their common livelihood,
the gift of making people laugh.
The documentary style ofthe film
presents a candid and raw look at
the trials and tribulations of Jerry
Seinfeld's journey. The film brings
nothing less than total immersion of
emotion, perfectly portraying the
frustration of fumbles and failures,
as well as the joy of laughter, comedy
and achievement. The film also
includes several celebrity cameo's,
including Chris Rock, Ray Romano,
Colin Quinn and Bill Cosby. The simplicity of the film is supported and
strengthened by its content, which
offers the true story of a comedian
and actor who has the ability to mesmerise his audiences again and
Comedian is simply an enjoyable
movie, being both extremely hilarious and heart-warming. Stripped
away from the glam, fighting and
make-up of a TV Star, Jerry Seinfeld
is still able to capture the hearts of
his viewers with his humanity, personality and famous sense of
humour. The film is about something, something great, and is by no
means brought to you by those who
. have been doing nothing. ♦..
in theatres now
by Greg Ursic
It's that time of year again, when the
leaves are turning kaleidoscopic
colours, the air is tinged with the
crisp scent of winter and brain-busting midterms are almost a distant
painful memory. It also means that
we will be bombarded with ads for
half-baked horror flicks that have
been gathering dust on studio
shelves, in the vain hope of scaring
up some cheap thrills. Worse yet, the
gullible masses will inevitably take
the bait
In The Ring everyone is shocked
when Rachel Keller's teenaged niece
literally drops dead for no apparent
reason. An investigative reporter,
Rachel's curiosity is piqued when
she is hears that Katie and three of
her friends died after watching a
cursed videotape. Determined to
debunk an urban legend and make
great copy in the process, Rachel
inadvertently stumbles upon a sinister secret If she doesn't solve the
ensuing mystery in seven days, not
only will she blow her deadline, she
dies. Nothing like a little incentive.
Based on the 1998 Japanese film
of the same name. The Ring rises
above its contemporaries: it doesn't
rely on elaborate eviscerations,
naked nubile teenagers or multimil-
lion dollar CGI effects. The first hour
of the film is a pure Hitchcockian-
sfyle thriller with a supernatural
bent, mixing disturbing surreal
imagery with quick cut-away shots
and an eerie score to devastating
effect (there were moments where
the hairs on the back of my neck literally stood on end). It's too bad that
the remaining 50 minutes are a different movie.
The second half of the film serves
as a caveat for film-makers on what
not to do: introduce irrelevant characters, lose sight of your plot and
allow it to ramble aimlessly, have a
fake climax (that's never a good
thing), and wrap up with a predictable ending. The biggest glitch,
however, is the 'villain' ofthe piece.
Whether demon, psycho, monster or serial killer, there needs to be
some underlying motivation that
drives the antagonist to seek
vengeance. While the killer in The
Ring was indeed wronged, it is
never fully explained why this happened, and the victims are in no way
associated with these events.
Consequently, the antagonist's
actions make no sense within the
context of the film, especially when
efforts to ameliorate these injustices
only serve to magnify her rampage.
Regardless of whether you prefer
the thmking person's subtle horror
stylings of The Sixth Sense or the
pea-soup expectorant head-spinning
of The Exorcist The Ring will leave
you unfulfilled and annoyed for having let you down ♦ ELECTION boocialoo!
THE UBYSSEY's civic election supplement + Friday, November 8, 2002
Larry Campbell     ! \ 3
Who is Larry Campbell? In former incarnations he's been a member of the RCMP,
chief coroner for BC, scriptwriter, consultant and now...mayor?
Larry Campbell is the mayoral candidate
for the Coalition of Progressive Electors
(COPE). Campbell has lived in Vancouver
since 1969 when the RCMP first stationed
him here.
He was awed by the city when he first
saw it.
"I'll always remember driving over the
Port Maim Bridge when they had the lights
on the rail and looking to my left and as far
as I could see were fights and I thought I've
made it; this is so beautiful.'"
Campbell's love for the city continues.
Along with the citizens, and the view of the
mountains, Campbell enjoys the wide variety of cultures found in Vancouver.
"I love the idea that we have so many
diverse cultures here that I can eat a different national dish every single night for a
month and never run out of it,' he laughed.
Campbell served for the RCMP for 12
years. In 1981 he became a coroner in
Vancouver. He worked as a coroner for 20
years, the last four as chief coroner for BC.
He retired in 2000 and until the civic election, worked as a consultant and
scriptwriter for Da Vinci's Inquest, a television show about a coroner in Vancouver.
"It's so different than anything I've ever
done," Campbell says of working with the
show. 'It's like running off and joining the
Campbell believes that these past experiences wall Jielp him in the mayor's office,
should n2$> Be elected. Campb'ell also says
that being a coroner in Vancouver gave him
insight into the city that most people don't
get In the course of his work he dealt with
the police, the fire department engineering, planning (because of building design)
and—most importantly he said—the people
of Vancouver.
"When you're investigating the deaths of
the people of this city, you meet families,
friends, co-workers," he says. "There's probably 2000 deaths a year; add that up and figure it over 20years...I've met a lot of people
in this city."
One criticism of COPE has been that they
are not fiscally responsible, but Campbell
says this is not true.
Campbell has a Masters of Business
Administration, and in conjunction with
running the coroner's office, he says his
background makes him a good candidate
for mayor.
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"I- understand fiscal responsibility. I'm
very much a fiscal conservative,"
Campbell says. "None of us can spend
more than we get, or you go bankrupt, it's
as simple as that and that's how we have
to think."
Campbell became involved in civic politics after he ran for Police Chief of
Vancouver. After coming third in that electoral race, Campbell started receiving calls
from various people saying that he should
get into politics. He was unconvinced at the
time, but after meeting people from COPE,
Campbell began to change his mind.
"I was just very impressed with the number of people with diverse ideas," he said.
Campbell said students should vote for
him and COPE because, two of the main
issues his party is addressing—tiansit and
education—are some of the biggest concerns facing students today.
Campbell would like to see more B-line
. bus routes in the city and a general
improvement in planning for the transit
Campbell acknowledged that civic government does not play a large role in post-
secondary education but added that he feels
a responsibility because students are members ofthe city.
"If the issues affect your citizens, then
you have a civic responsibility to step forward and act on behalf of those citizens," he
When asked with "he most closely identified from the Sesame Street duo of Bert and
Ernie, Campbell chose Bert
"I always liked Bert I think he has a
deeper intellect of the two. I think he was
kinder too." /
Jennifer Clarke
Optimism and the ability to broker effective
solutions are what make Jennifer Clarke
stand out, according to the journalist-turned-
politician and mother of three.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Clarke
talks with great enthusiasm about the opportunities she sees for her hometown. She
would like to see Vancouver as the number
one business destination in Western
Canada, and says UBC students should consider themselves part of that plan, as
employed workers in the burgeoning local
economy she hopes to create.
Clarke became interested in municipal
politics while a reporter and producer for
CBC television. She then had children and
became a small business owner, running
audio tours at Expo '86 and working on land
development projects. Always interested in
community issues, Clarke was a trustee at
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the Vancouver Art Gallery, worked on a transit steering group and became involved in
mediating a controversial rezoning plan in
her Shaughnessey neighbourhood.
"I got involved in brokering a compromise with some other people who were on
the opposing side of what was being proposed/ she says. She found she had a knack
for working out solutions with people and
after being told she probably wouldn't get
elected on her first attempt Clarke found
herself being sworn in as a city councillor. "I
was suddenly a councillor with a two, four
and eight year old!" she laughs.
Nine years later, Clarke has gotten to
know city hall well, and feels that her experience as a councillor has laid a solid base
for a term as mayor.
"I think I have proved that I can listen to
people, implement things, do my homework. No one has ever accused me of not
being prepared, knowing what the facts are
and being able to do the kind of difficult
trade-offs, but also being able to do it in a
way that was respectful, often of very differing points of view," she says.
It's this ability to work closely with wide
varieties of people that Clarke says makes
her effective. "1 think most people who have
worked with me would say I'm able to diffuse volatile situations, and I'm able to take
tough stands when I have to. I think you -
have to be a person of principle. Principle,
integrity, passion, and hard work—you have
to be able to work very hard."
Clarke highlights her work on opposing
the province's attempt to expand gambling
casinos as an issue she's taken a leadership
role on. "I became the city's chief witness at
the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal
and won. And I got the rest of the municipalities of the province together...to campaign that this is a local community decision...and that policy has finally been adopted throughout the province."
Developing an Official Community Plan
that expanded housing options in the UBC
area is something else she's proud of.
"Planning affordable housing, that's something I've been involved with for a long
time," she says. Tecause students, when
they're starting out, need affordable housing."
She also says overcoming transportation
problems, particularly those UBC students
face, is a key part of her platform. She is currently chair of the city's Transportation and
Traffic Committee.
Although she says she doesn't know
whether she identifies more with Bert or
Ernie from Sesame Street as she doesn't
know their characteristics well enough,
Clarke has lots to say about why she loves
Vancouver and why she would make a good
"It sounds like an obvious thing to say,
but I love people," she says. "You wouldn't
be seeking this kind of office if you didn't
love people, if you weren't an optimist [in}
believing that by working with people in
communities you could get things done."
She says beyond the natural beauty, cultural diversity and growth potential of
Vancouver, what draws her to the city is the
commitment and optimism of its inhabitants. "People of this city and government
really get involved together to build better
communities for everyone, whether that's
improving a community centre, having a
neighbourhood festival or developing a plan
for more housing choices," she says. /
Valerie MacLean laughs heartily as I
ask her what prompted her to run
for mayor. "I keep asking
myself that I didn't approach
the party—it's a new, independent party. They came to me."
The vcaTEAM asked
MacLean to consider running
as their banner candidate in
what some have called the first
competitive municipal election in years, and although she
agreed with the party's independent stance, MacLean wasn't quite convinced.
The clincher was one of
those off the cuff comments
that MacLean says have made
the difference in her life
"You know what did it? The
one thing that got me—because
I kept demurring, saying I'm
not a political animal, I speak
my mind, I'm not into attack
ing people...someone said, 'WellVal,
there'9 been no female mayor ever,
so even if you don't win, you'll be a
part of political history."
She may not describe herself as a
political animal, but Maclean has
had plenty of experience in dealing
with governments.
Currently on leave from the
Better Business Bureau (BBB),
MacLean serves as the vice-president for Consumer Affairs, bringing
her into contact with several levels
of government. Before that, she
served with the Ministry of Health,
targeting pharmacare and welfare
fraud. She is also a laymember of
the BC Law Society, having been
appointed this July.
Getting into local politics seemed
a natural thing for. MacLean, who
has been living in Vancouver since
1977. She spent her university days
at McGill University in Montreal,
and then joined the RCMP at the age
of 23, serving in Maple Ridge from
"I felt very strongly about law and
order, and I &ink my father instilled
that in me. Someone said to me
once—'Well, if you feel that strongly,
why don't you get off your duff and
do something about it?" MacLean
says. "It was another one of those off
the cuff comments. I've got to stay
away from those!"
When it comes to Vancouver, and
UBC students in particular, MacLean
immediately brings up the issue of
transit A bus rider herself—who sold
her car two years ago—MacLean is in
favour of a 24 hour bus system.
Tuition also made it onto her fist,
and she points to her lack of provincial party affiliation as an asset in
dealing with provincial government
"Provincial cutbacks have affected
students, and I would not cowtow to
the provincial government..my com
mitment and I only have one, other
than to my son, is to Vancouverites,
not to the Liberal government not to
the NDP government*
MacLean thinks she would also fit,
into the mayor's chair because of her
experience in mediation.
Tm not confrontational or combative, and you cannot negotiate
with a government body by fighting.
You cannot come to a consensus
through confrontation. It's only
through conciliation and listening to
both sides that you can resolve
On lesser matters—such as
whether she is more similar to Bert
or Ernie from Sesame Street—
MacLean is equally emphatic. "Bert's
the perfectionist? I'd have to say
Bert, then," concludes MacLean.
"You said Bert likes pigeons? I love
all animals, so why not pigeons, too?
I think I like everything in it's place—
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This was not a very pleasant week for those of us
concerned about the direction that US President
George W. Bush is taking his countiy. In a stunning victoiy. Bush led his Republican party
through a midterm election that saw him maintain control ofthe House of Representatives and
gain control of the Senate. This was not supposed to happen.
Traditionally, midterm elections—when all of
the House of Representatives seats and one third
of the Senate's come up for re-election—are
when the president's party takes a hit as backlash for the previous two years in office. Bush
managed to gain two seats in the Senate (enough
to give Republicans a slim lead) and padded his
lead in the House of Representatives with three
extra seats.
This was quite the accomplishment for Bush.
Not since 1934 has a first-term president made
midterm gains in both Houses of Congress.
Further, he's the first Republican president in
SO years to have control of both the House of
Representatives and Senate. Of course Bush
worked hard for these results, raising $ ISO million for his candidates.
So what happened? Where did all that dissent
go? So much for the American public's resistance to a war on Iraq. With these results. Bush
has been given the go-ahead for his planned
takeover of Iraq. But that's only where the ramifications of Tuesday's results begin. With Bush's
new found power we can look forward to a very
different—and much more conservative—second
half to Bush's term.
' When 'the Democrats had control of the
Senate, they had been able to oppose Bush's
more conservative nominees for federal judge
positions. Senior administration officials told
The New York Times last week that
Republicans would renominate all of the nominees that the Democrats had rejected in the
past year and a half. This includes Justice
Priscilla R. Owen of Texas, whose original nomination was dismissed by the Judiciary
Committee because it felt that her anti-abortion
views had influenced her rulings. And be sure
that Bush, who opposes abortion, will be making several of these kinds of appointments.
Hell, his attorney general, John Ashcroft, is
anti-contraception (that's right anti-contracep-
tion). Of the 849 federal judgeships, there are
currently 79 vacancies.
What compounds the issue of judicial nominees is the fact that two of the US's federal
Supreme Court's nine judges are looking to
retire. This is bad news. While Chief Justice
William Rehnquist and Justice Sandra Day
O'Connor are both Republican appointments
(meaning that new appointments would not
affect the balance of power). Supreme Court
appointments are for life. This paeans the
Democrats are going to need a bunch of dead or
near dead Republican Supreme Court justices
before they can undo what Bush will may do in
the next two years.
While the judicial situation is dire, so too is
that ofthe environment Bush, as well as US Vicje
President Dick Cheney, are former oil tycoons
and have—since the 2000 election campaign-
been salivating over the possibility of tapping
Alaskan oil deposits. The deposits would provide
roughly six months of oil supplies and would
take ten years to harvest The hitch is that these
oil deposits are located in the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge, a 19.5 million acre park—the
size of South Carolina.
Should we really trust a man like Cheney
who, as CEO of Halliburton, controlled the
largest oil services company in the world—a
company in which he still own a sizeable
amount of stocks? Is Cheney really going to do
what's best for one the largest remaining tracts
of land on the continent? Of course, these questions don't matter much after Tuesday's election. The Republicans will do what they want to
and the destiny of the Arctic National Wildlife
Refuge does not look promising.
Then, of course, there is the issue of a war on
Iraq. In many ways, this election was a litmus
test for Bush's approach to Iraq. The war
became the central issue of the election and,
with such a hearty endorsement from his constituents, you had better believe that the US will
not waste any time making the most of their new
mandate; Bombs over Baghdad indeed. ♦
Save the squirrels
My name is Dustm Ballard and I '
am president ofthe Albino Squirrel
Preservation Society at the
University of Texas (UT). Our goal is
to promote squirrel equality worldwide, and we currently have three
chapters: UT Austin, North Texas
and the University of Pennsylvania.
The reason I'm writing is because
our club would like very much to
start a chapter at the University of
British Columbia and farther
strengthen our fight to protect
these rare and beautiful creatures. I
would ,like to- encourage any students interested in registering such
a club to visit our website at
http://www.geocities.com/albino 12345 or contact me directly at
dustball@mail.utexas.edu. Thank
you so much!
—Dustin Ballard
Austin, Texas
Bad driving at UBG—an
accident waiting to happen
An article in the latest Ubyssey
('Bicycling accidents on campus/
News Briefs [Nov. 8]) reported on
an accident in which a cyclist was
injured. The article pointed out that
cyclists and pedestrians are often
putting themselves at risk by either
failing to wear helmets arid obey
traffic signs (in the case of cyclists)
or failing to cross safely in the case
of pedestrians.
It should also be pointed out
that poor operation of vehicles on
campus is a major contributor to
accident risk here at UBC;
Speeding, failing to stop at inter- <
sections and failing to use indicators are all widespread driving
vices, but seem even more prevalent on campus. The situation is
not improved by some of the
strange intersection designs such,
as that at University Blvd and East
Mall (the bookstore corner) that
are confusing to navigate, nor the;
large amount of vehicle traffic that'
drives on pedestrian walkways.
This latter issue is especially a
problem around Biochemistry/
IRC/Dentistry where Plant Ops,
couriers, delivery and private vehicles routinely drive and park, creating a dangerous mix of vehicles
and pedestrians that will surely
lead to a serious accident sooner
rather than later.
UBC administration should be
called upon to improve traffic safety all over campus and remove all
vehicles from pedestrian right-of-
■—Hugh W. Davies,
Graduate student-
interdisciplinary studies
You got it wrong, Preston!
I would like to clarify some of the
points made in Graham Preston's
Perspective piece ('A take on Paul
Martin's 'democratic deficit") in
the November 5. publication of the
Ubyssey. t question which of Mr
Preston's points are relevant and
which of his statements are true.
Firstly, I fail to see the relevance
of Mr Prestpp's hearsay regarding
membership forms.,. Form limitations are applicable to all njembers
and any discrimination may be
appealed. In addition, any citizen
of Pritisb Columbia may^ call
provincial party headquarters and
request to bqcome a party member. I fail to understand Jiosv this
" process "seals the party within its
current boundaries." '"'
Misguidedly, Mr Preston'?.
.warfiing Jo the student body about
selective recruitment is based" also
:on hearsay. His statement, "stu-
* dents have been known to ask other
students if they support Martin," is .
irrelevant I would suspect that students in political" science classes
talk about their political opinions
quite frequently. Leadership is a
highly debated topic at present
A club formed solely by
Martinites would indeed be in
'democratic deficit* However, the
UBC Federal Young Liberals (FYL)
fostered a policy written by an Allan
Rock supporter all the way to
Ottawa last year. Where would we
get the opinion of this individual
when, according to Mr Preston, he
would not have been allowed membership or input?
The last UBC-FYL annual general meeting was attended by the general membership and scrutinised
by the UBC Student Administrative
Commission. The UBC-FYL executive was chosen according to the
rules of democracy. Furthermore,
he presents no evidence ofthe executive acting "without transparency
and without regard to the club."
Again, it is hearsay.
Although there have been several e-mails debating leadership within the club (I would be happy to provide examples), Mr Preston claims
suppression. To address his claim,
that members have been denied
access to volunteer activities based
on anti-Martinism, I encourage his
continued volunteering.
Mr Preston's attendance at the
last UBC-FYL policy meeting,
despite repeated false statements
against the executive, was not questioned. Any UBC student is welcome regardless ofthe opinions of
the executive. '
Lastly, if Mr Preston had looked
behind him at the convention in
October during voting, he would
have seen a number of UBC young
Liberals voting against some ofthe
proposed constitutional amendments. These members are still
welcome and active within the club.
I will not deny that there is a
place for corruption in any political organisation. However, I fail to
see any clear evidence presented
by Mr Preston of "democratic
deficit" at UBC caused by Paul
Martin's ambition.
—Kristen Read
VP Membership,
UBC Federal Young Liberals PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, November 3,2002
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How to survive a long distance relationship
The unabridged and almost
complete guide
by John Currie
A long distance relationship (LDR)
is like:
-'a VCR without a TV."
- "firewood without a fire."
- "walking on a tightrope with a
bungee cord around your waist."
- "watching someone eat your
favourite flavour of ice cream and
not being able to taste it*
Yep, my friends who have had or
are having LDRs gave me few good
thoughts about them. Jenny from
Australia says an LDR is "a never-
ending plane ride to a destination...I
don't know, but hopefully somewhere good. The takeoff is always
great, the ride can hit turbulence
here and there, but there's always
good bar service to help ease the
Poor Jenny doesn't know the double meaning I take from this. From
talking to her ex-roommate I hear
that between flights to see him, she
missed her guy so much she sometimes got pissed and brought other
boys home. But that's okay, some
would say. Jenny got her man in the
end and they've set a wedding date.
But why the hell would anyone
' choose an LDR? Usually they happen because pf school, younger people tell me.. One person lives in this
cify, the other in that city. One
Japanese woman I spoke with lives
in Vancouver and sees her husband
in Victoria every weekend. They've
been doing this for two years after a
2 5-year marriage, The kids stay with
him. "On Fridays, everyone is really
happy to see each other," she says.
After the weekend, they've all had
enough of each other. "You really
enjoy the time because you never
She says she appreciates her husband more than ever, that in
Victoria they walk together and that
they talk much more than, when they
lived together. An LDR is like chocolate, she says, because you enjoy it
more when you don't have it that
Micheline, 32, says an LDR is 'a
long boat ride away from shore
alone, but it's kinda sunny because
you're paddling it by yourself."
Indeed you are. As Cynthia put it
"John, are you seeing anyone LD
right now? Hey, if I could do it you
can do it too." lhe 'it' in this case is
phone sex.
Which brings us to our Necessary
Equipment List of things you'll need
no matter what size or flavour your
LDR comes in.
Necessary LDR equipment:
- a phone
- phone cards and/or long distance plans (shop locally for the best
- pen, paper, envelopes, stamps
and a card once in a while.
In my survey, communication
kept coming up as the number one
thing to surviving an LDR. Phone
reigned as people's preferred medium. Most people spoke once a day.
Many say they liked the odd handwritten letter or postcard to show up
too. A letter every two weeks should
do it, combined with e-mail and
phoning. Don't stick with just one
What you'll need most in an
LDR is communication money.
Computers can save you some. Get
with it Start downloading Microsoft,
AOL or Yahoo's free Messenger.
With it you can chat by typing in a
window, talk on Internet phone or
send naughty pictures in an instant
Tech stuff youli need:
- a computer with an Internet
connection (if you have a dial-up
service you will have to endure time
lags for all but chatting and e-mail)
- an e-mail account (there are lots
of free and fairly reliable e-mail services, such as Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail
if you don't mind ads and junk mail)
- a headset with a mic for Internet
- a web cam
Messenger allows you to have
'video conversations' with your web
cams. Apparently, these are private.
Internet phoning with Messenger
PC to PC is free. Also, at phone-
free.com you can talk PC to PC for
free after downloading their software. With your web cam, you can
engage in their 'video calling' for
free too. Long distancing never had
" so many pixels.
Sex, dating and relationships
diva Josey Vogels, of mymessybed-
room.com, says good phone sex
means "lots of sweet talk and a soft
low voice." One of my friends, after
spending all of her 20s in LDRs, says
she couldn't be with someone who
isn't good on the phone, even in a
regular relationship. "You really
learn to adapt to having someone's
voice console you,' she says. And
let's face it some people just aren't
good on the phone. Poor listeners
and impatient people need not consider LDRs.
Bedtime LDR equipment:
- an extra pillow to hug or better
yet a body pillow
- a vibrator (plus a second, different type of vibrator according to one
horny respondent)
The vibrator made the list
because so many of my female
friends suggested it. Wrote one:
"Please don't think I'm some kind of
pervert I'm really not'
So what do you really need in an
LDR? Let my people speak.
The top ten not-so-tangib!e important LDR ingredients (in no real
order) are:
- establishing some regularity,
scheduling your significant other in '
- not harping on every little thing,
as it will do your head in
- not forgetting to have fiin where
you're al/having a life of your own
... - trust
- establishing who is going to
move where       ,
■> being really lip front about what
each other is about and what you
each need from a relationship
- letting go and not trying to control someone from a distance
- not doing an LDR unless you're
absolutely sure you want to be with
- what you say and how you say it
Of course, there are the risk factors with LDRs. For Janet a 24 year-
old, her worst LDR moment was
'getting dumped and having to sit
on the train for five hours without
screaming with a train-full of
My 43-year-old friend Bernice,
still hurting from the sting of an LDR
gone bad when she was 21, says
she'd never have an LDR again. Her
guy wrote a letter every day, then
every second day, then once a week,
then once a month. He'd even asked
her her ring size. In her thick
Jamaican accent Bernice now says,
"Better deh devil beside me dan deh
angel far away."
But outnumbering sad stories
are the happy ones.
People's best LDR moments:
- "His cheesy 'I love you and can't
live without you' postcards. All the
roommates looked forward to his
- "Kurt surprising me with roses.
He came to my house and hid in the
- "Racking up VIA rail points.' That
was Janet
The contenders for the best unexpected benefit of having an LDR are
Janet and Jenny. Janet says that she
learned there's a whole contingent of
people doiBgLDRs; "We woald sit on j
the train in a little four-seater every
weekend and chat When someone
disappeared you knew they'd broken
up." I certainly had no trouble finding people to survey. We're everywhere. We're a trend that's not going
away. We're pathetic.
Jenny, who can say so since she
made it and has set a wedding date,
says her unexpected benefit was discovering that 'when you get through
it, it's a pretty good sign you're
meant to be together." I think the key
word here is unexpected.
LDR resources:
- longdistancecouples.com: lots of
advice and some as a weekly e-mail
- cyber-loying.com: good for the
cybergeek in both of you
offers a survey for you both to participate in
Good luck to you in your LDR
experiments. I'm officially into the
third month of my second LDR, without the vibrator. Don't forget..
What else my friends say a LDRs is:
- "torture, for people who are really in love'
- "a really good way to end a
relationship that shouldn't be
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Open season for
by Rob Nagai
The men's basketball team is hungry
for wins this year. Heading into this
weekend's home opener with a preseason 5-1 record, UBC has added a
lot of new talent to the roster. But the
biggest thing about the Birds this sea-.
son is their size.
Coach Kevin Hansen is very optimistic about the team's future.
Several pre-season injuries, however,
could plague the team. "My expectations are very high, and once we get
healthy I will be ecstatic," stated
Hansen. "Right now we can't have a
true measure of how good we're
going to be because of all the injuries
we've had."
But so far injured Birds have been
gritting their teeth and playing
through. Corey Ogilvie still posted 20
points in the last pre-season game
against McMaster University despite
a broken rib.
Perhaps the most burning injury
question lies with whether or not
Kyle Russell—UBC's top player and in
his final year of eligibility—will be fit
enough to play.
Russell is recovering from knee
surgery, and is still only at 70 per
cent Incidentally, Russell was a dominant presence on the court lastyear
after the same assessment Although
UBC's leading scorer last season
describes his injury as "day to day,"
Russell has high hopes for this season.
Scott Locke, the team's general
manager, thinks that nationals are
closer than ever for the Birds. Locke
describes the goals of the team over
the last two years as merely making
the playoffs. "It's about winning now.
[To] go out every night and win, not
hope to win," says Locke. "We've
changed the mentality from a country club, to win now." He emphasises
the "win now."
Last year the Thunderbirds
ended the season tied with SFU for
first place in the Pacific division of
the Canada West conference, but
they ended up second due to the
point spread, falling 25 short of
SFU's 1575 team points.
While there were great
moments and flashes of brilliance,
the team didn't hit their stride
until mid-season.
They staggered at the free throw
line—becoming one ofthe worst free
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UNITED FRONT: Veteran Pat Mckay and newcomer Bryan Banks are ready to soar for the Birds.
throw teams in the conference.
Many of their losses came from
splitting weekend games—they
would play strong on Friday nights,
only to struggle on Saturday.
This year, the team has more leadership from its veterans, complimented by some very promising
rookies. 5'2* guard Karlo Villanueva
adds speed and is expected to start
this Friday. Casey Archibald—an all-
star rookie from Salmon Arm—has
stepped into Kyle Russell's shoes,
leading the team in scoring while
Russell recovers. In their last pre-season victory over McMaster, Archibald
put 18 points on the board.
No matter who starts and who
sits, UBC has the attitude to make
this a wmning season. Look for the
Birds to shake the War Memorial
Gym and the University of Alberta
Golden Bears this Friday. Tip-off is
at 8pm. ♦
Glatt glory
The titles just keep pouring in for UBC's third-
year midfielder Stephanie Jameson. After being
named the CIS Women's Field Hockey
Championship MVP for her three goal performance; and selected for the All-Canadian team,
Jameson recieved' a nod as the Canada West
Player of the Week.
Jameson is also a member ofthe national field
hockey team, and will play at the Commonwealth
Games in Manchester, England this summer.
That grin must keep getting bigger as genial
UBC linebacker Javier Glatt was named a Canada
West All-Star in Regina But although the season is
over, Glatt still has plenty of photo-ops left. He
was the Canada West's unanimous nominee for
the President's Trophy, which will be awarded at
the Vanier Cup in Toronto. In his four-year career
willi the Birds Glatt took down 226 opponents
and this year led the CIS with 54 tackles.
Spiking the charts
The women's volleyball team is still the number-one team in Canada after going 4-0 this
The men's team squeaked into tenth place,
after being trounced by Manitoba.
Both teams will play in Alberta over the
Remembrance Day weekend, where tlie women
venture into Calgary Dino country and the men
take on the top-seated Golden Bears in
Edmonton. ♦
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