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The Constantines ace up their spades with a tournament of hearts
New record, new tour, same awesome
Friday, 21 October, 2005   THEUBYSSEY
Tournament of Hearts
Sub Pop
by Chris Little
Witnessing a band on the cusp of a
breakthrough is an all-too-rare
experience. Most of the time, an
integral part of the equation is
missing: if it can't be found in the
group's stage presence (or lack
thereof), uninspired songwriting
or the much-maligned apathy of
Vancouver concertgoers are just
some of the usual suspects.
On Friday night at Richard's on
Richards, the Constantines skillfully put the numbers together to
impress a diverse crowd with
their angular take on brooding
anthemic rock. Arriving just days
after the release of their third
album, Tournament of Hearts, it
was obvious that many in attendance were not yet familiar with
the new material. That did httie to
dampen the enthusiasm at the
club: the new album is the band's
strongest to date.
Following up 2003's celebrated
Shine A Light, Tournament of
Hearts combines the greatest
attributes of rough-hewn indie,
punk urgency and classic rock to
produce a record that is as focused
as it is intricate. When I spoke with
guitarist (and occasional singer)
Steve Lambke prior to the show, he
was eager to discuss the new
album, and particularly the perception that the band's trademark
tenacity was curbed by concerns
about mainstream accessibility.
"I think it sounds like us; it
sounds good and I like the songs,
and it's not a real conscious
attempt to appeal to any more people or any different people, but if it
does then that's great," said
Lambke. *When you've been in a
band for a while, you just start trying to write different kinds of
songs and I'm glad that people
think it's different.*
Formed six years ago in the
small university town of Guelph,
Ontario, the Constantines' roots he
in the punk scene, but Lambke is
quick to dispel the myth that the
group wears its influences on its
sleeve. "Hopefully by this point we
sound like ourselves, and not like
we're consciously putting pieces of
other things together.* While
names like Springsteen and Fugazi
are often mentioned in the same
breath when discussing their
music, perhaps the biggest influence on the quintet has been
recent touring partners Oneida.
'They're a really inspiring group of
musical people to be around, so
I'm sure we've taken things from
them but I don't know if it's conscious or not"
Fresh off a short stint opening
for Sloan and the Foo Fighters
this summer, the Constantines'
last appearance in town was at
the Pacific Coliseum, a decidedly
different venue from those they
are accustomed to playing.
Regardless, the band is grateful
for having had the chance to participate in such a large tour.
'That show in Vancouver was the
first time we'd ever played a
hockey arena. It was fun, and I'm
really glad we got the opportunity
to do it. It's just fun to sort of
challenge yourself, like 'Wow,
can we pull this off?' in this
gigantic room with people that
don't know anything about us or
even necessarily want to watch
us play. I felt like we got positive
responses on tour though, so it
was good.*
Another benefit of the experience was that it allowed the group to
road-test many of the songs which
appear on Tournament of Hearts.
While the record's release has
Lambke understandably excited
about finally being able to play all
the material hve, the bittersweet
reality is that the album is scheduled to be the final project for their
Canadian label, Three Gut Records,
home to Cuff the Duke and Royal
City, among others. *I feel mixed
about it I can respect the decision
to move on, and it was always sort
of a small, hard-to-explain thing to
other people, and it still kind of is
that way. It's obviously been very
important to us and a great thing to
be a part of.* For now, the
Constantines have no plans to find
a new domestic label, and their
deal with Sub Pop in the U.S.A.
appears to be working out well for
all involved.
If all goes well, the release of
Tournament of Hearts this month
will continue to build momentum
for the band, as the visceral intensity of the band's live shows
demand a level of audience
engagement that only a healthy
mix of both diehard fans and new
converts can truly provide. As
long as this five-piece maintains
its dedication to crafting sharp,
dramatic songs while incorporating the odd moment of levity,
such as a flawless cover of
AC/DC's 'Ride On" at their recent
concert, they should have no problem filling larger venues and satisfying an increasing number of
adventurous music lovers. II
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national security issues.
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October 22,8pm
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October 23,2pm
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Once upon a time, Simon Underwood travelled through the forest
to bake a cake for his grandmother, Claudia Li. He was attacked by
Kim Mulder who informed him that Sarah Collins and Chris Little
were waiting in the bushes further along to pelt him with sprinkles, but at the last second Megan Smyth showed up, sprayed the
attacker with icing sugar and ran offhand in hand with Simon.
Justin McElroy didn't like cake and he wanted to make a Psn
Morris shaped meringue. But Yinan Max Wang preferred icecream
and sculpted a life size model of Boris Korby out of strawberry ice
cream. Caroline Chuang took a scoop out of his ear to top her pie.
Eric Szeto grooved away to his Sound of Music soundtrack eating
his favourite after-school snack of brownies and koolaid and didn't hear the commotion caused by Basil Evans when he and
Carolynne Burkholder told Jesse Marchand and Colleen Tang that
they could bake a better baked Alaska and that obviously
Champagne Choquer would be the judge. Marko Pajalic outshone
them all "by creating ice sculptures decorated with shrimp that
Andrew McRae ate and Amy Lee stayed away because Michelle
Mayne told her that they were still alive. Liz Green drank a cup of
tea, arguing about different types of coffee with Bryan Zandberg
until Laura Tabert told them to be quiet she liked milk better
anyway. Milk was better with Simon's cake, which was shaped
like Margaret Atwood.That part isn't a joke. We ate the cake. It
was good. I liked her hair. I wonder what Margaret Atwood!: hair
tastes like in real life? Only Kellan Higgins knows.
cover design Michelle Mayne
cover photos Laura Tabert and
Bryan Zandberg
Yinan Max Wang
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Culture 3
from someone
by Kim Mulder
Here   we   have
her—a    pepper-
haired lady looking tiny from the
last   row   in   the
Chan Centre. But if
you've     ever     heard
Margaret Atwood speak,
you'd know to expect an evening of
surprisingly sharp humour, wise words on the ins and outs
of the writer's life, as well as astute, refreshing commentary that refuses to align itself with any particular ideology.
Atwood really is all she's cracked up to be; as the audience
at the  Bill Duthie  Memorial Lecture  witnessed last
Thursday, she's the sort of maverick who makes you wish
she was still teaching survey English courses at UBC just
so her skill set could be at your undergraduate disposal.
"Hey Peggy,* you'd say. "How l)out I bounce this little fiction piece I wrote up on summer holidays off ya? It's
about my family. Will you circle my comma overuse in red
ink for me?" Better than a John Hancock from an electronic signing machine, I tell ya.
Judging by the enthusiastic response to her lecture,
the kick-off for the 18th Vancouver International
Writers and Readers Festival entitled Five Visits to the
Word Hoard, a glimpse into the habits and experiences
of the most established hving Canadian writer is a real
treat, especially when witnessed in the lux surroundings
of the Chan Centre. It felt downright genteel! And as
Atwood touched on the five telling stages in her career when
the nature of her writing life was revealed, it also became
clear that through the publishing of her 11 novels, 15 books
of poetry, and dozens of forays into non-fiction, magazine,
children's and short story writing, her career also reflects
the development of the Canadian publishing industry itself.
Throughout her talk, Atwood made reference to a time when
no literary agents stood between an author and a publisher,
and when book tours involved trying to sell copies of The
Edible Woman in the women's lingerie section of the Bay
store. (She sold two copies.)
For many, Atwood is the very face of CanLit. But many
Canadians might be surprised at the reach of her reputation,
the volume of her work and the variety of her subjects. The
Handmaid's Tale, perhaps her best-known novel, has been
published in 27 countries and is still discussed as a relevant
feminist response to George Orwell's 1984. Her most recent
entry, The Penelopeiad, is a take on Homer's Odyssey from
the perspective of a chorus of dead virgins, giving them a
fairer kick at the can than that wily Odysseus ever did. And
if you've ever read The Edible Woman, Atwood's 1969 novel
about a woman who fears her diminishing appetite may
mean she is slowly being consumed herself, you know that
a frosted cake is one part confection, one part munition.
But Atwood has done much more than simply rest on her
laurels. Five Visits to the Word Hoard became a series of stories in which Atwood advised writers on what she herself
had learned at certain moments of clarity in her writing
experience. She began with a tale about magicians, which
allowed Atwood to begin building toward her main point:
Still tasty after all these years:
Atwood's canon as edible as ever
that like a good magician, a writer never explains to her
audience how she suspends their disbelief and makes them
believe her prepared reality. She just convinces them that
it's true instead. And with writing, just as with magic, if you
don't have the hands, "you'll never rise above the level of the
incompetent." Writing, like magic, becomes a craft that
demands the addition of hard work and practice to whatever talents the writer has already. And this, she said, is what
separates the "sprinters from the marathoners* by the fifth
and sixth and seventh novel; good writing is the successful
combination of the "hands", hard work, and luck.
Atwood also hinted at how her own life experience had
been affected by her profession. As is the case with many
young artists, the author found herself in living and working
situations that were anything but glamourous in order to
keep her writing career afloat. Her first "visit to the word
hoard" was a novice attempt at age 23 to publish a novel-
one which never saw the hght of day. When a publisher told
her to change the ending, she refused. And that was that. As
a market research call centre employee and a professor of
survey English courses
at various universities,
Atwood    pursued    the
writer's   life   at  night,
handwriting   novels   in
•leftover   exam  booklets
and experiencing humiliating and exhausting book
tours    cobbled    together    by
cheapskate publishers.
The description of all this discomfort brings
to mind Atwood's admonition that, "if you keep waiting
for the  perfect circumstances to begin, you'll probably
never begin." While you're trying to write, however, keep in
mind that if it's giving you a headache, go to bed—"you'll
find the answer in the morning." If you're blocked, change
th*1 t*»n«*p or the person of the narrative; like Goldilocks, you
have to keep trying for the one that fits. In order for a plot to
come alive, the characters must also be aHve, and for this to
be achieved, "there must be some blood in the mix," she
said—the blood of the author. The sacrifice of lifestyle for
art, the challenge of hving the double life as a nighttime
writer and daytime working stooge, and the persistent
effort necessary to massage the real work out of the early
drafts: all of this is part of the hard work you do alone to
practice at the craft of writing.
The evening was kept short and sweet by the lecture
format, which introduced its keynote with an effective
but not overpowering introduction, and the intelligent
decision to collect audience questions beforehand in a
cardboard box. This allowed Atwood to prepare her
answers to the expectant audience ahead of time, and
also spared everyone seated from the painful and self-
conscious moments that can arise when we're all supposed to think up clever, engaging questions (and can't)
even after an esteemed and relevant author has presented
herself before us. (Oh gawd, what's she going to think of our
city if we don't come up with anything! Maybe the star power
of Vancouver gives its citizens enough confidence never to
dwell on whether or not their city has been well-received by
visiting dignitaries, but my mid-sized Alberta town makes
me blush sometimes.)
But again, Atwood's striking humour put us all at ease,
and helped the aspiring writers in the crowd to understand
the benefits of not taking oneself too seriously—especially
when broaching the mammoth challenge of writing well.
This topic was itself brought up by one of the anonymous
cardboard box questions, which asked Ms Atwood to comment on what a first-time writer should do if their first
novel was not well received by newspaper critics.
"Newspaper critics," Ms Atwood sneered—to much audience delight—reiterating that good writing demands incredible amount of work and practice: "write a lot, read a
lot...[and] watch and listen and wait."
Atwood began her lecture with a retort to the oft and over-
asked question of "why do you write?" by noting that dentists are
rarely quizzed as to their intentions with the mouths gaping
open before them. But it is precisely this kind of answer that
explains why people do ask writers why they write: it's hoping
they'll open up a can of worms as rich in detail and as valuable
in its experience as an evening with this former call centre
employee and itinerant English professor turned out to be. II 4. Culture
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Now playing
by Sarah Collins
Eschewing the pretentious gravitas
of a paint-by-numbers tearjerker, but
without resorting to the pat fluff that
mires most romantic comedies,
Elizabethtown combines elements
from several genres to explore the
themes of love, life and death, success and failure. Written, directed
and co-produced by Cameron Crowe,
the movie is a tribute to his own
father. Crowe wanted to make the
type of film that his father liked best:
a movie full of laughter and tears,
and one that "achieve[s] genuine
emotion but always with humour
close at hand." Elizabethtown is
exactly that type of movie.
The movie follows Drew Baylor
(Orlando Bloom), an Oregonian
shoe designer journeying to
Elizabethtown to learn more about
his recently deceased father. On his
flight to Kentucky, Drew meets
Claire (Kirsten Dunst), an optimistic flight attendant who teaches
him how to take a new perspective
on life and love.
Quirky yet realistic characters
abound once Drew loses his job and
is sent by his mother Hollie (Susan
Sarandon) and sister Heather (Judy
Greer) to bring his father's body
back home to Oregon for burial.
Here Drew meets his father's side
of the family: cousin Jessie (Paul
Schneider), a single father and
wannabe rock and roll musician;
Aunt Dora (the Food Network's
Paula Deen), the food-loving family
ringleader; and Bill Banyon (Bruce
McGill), family friend to some,
swindler to others. These people
help Drew to see that Mitch was
more than just his father.
In the meantime, the star-
crossed Drew and Claire also strike
up a long-distance relationship.
Claire helps Drew come to terms
with his father's death and it is she
who convinces him to drive home
to Oregon. With only his father's
ashes and a map, scrapbook, and
soundtrack provided by Claire,
Drew begins an emotional learning
experience on his way home. But
his journey is only complete when
he realises the kind of person he
wants to be.
The actors fit into their roles
seamlessly, although the accents
demand some tolerance on the part
of the audience. Dunst's Kentucky
accent falls in and out and never
seems to flow properly. Although
Orlando Bloom's American
cadence seems odd at first (mostly
because he hasn't been heard
before without his British accent) it
shortly starts to become a part of
his character. The actors are able to
authentically portray the average
people you would meet in smalltown USA, helping to make this
movie realistic.
A Cameron Crowe signature evident in this film as with Almost
Famous, is the director's extensive
knowledge and amazingly accurate
choice of music. Paula Wagner,
Crowe's co-producer on
Elizabethtown, describes Crowe as
a "filmmaker with an encyclopedic
knowledge of the music of his
times." In a recent conference call
interview, Crowe answered some
questions about Elizabethtown and
the oeuvre it joins. "When you can
match the right piece of music with
the right piece of film, both [the
film and the music) get stronger,"
the director said. "It is not
easy...because a lot of the great
pieces of music don't need film."
Crowe added that "every once in a
while the right piece of music can
really match something you filmed
and scratch at your soul in a way
that as a music fan and a film fan
you feel like both are enhanced." In
Elizabethtown, music acts as
"another character* and "sort of
serves as the voice of the deceased
father," he said.
Crowe was asked how he feels
when his movies are compared to
those of his peers: Elizabethtown
has been widely compared with
Zach Braffs Garden State. His
reply: "the world is big enough for
two movies about loss and a journey back home for a funeral.
Especially two movies as different
as [these]."
One thing that was slightly off
about Elizabethtown was that certain relationships and events were
not explained. The viewer is introduced to Bill Banyon but is never
exactiy sure why Hollie Baylor doesn't like him. Claire's boyfriend Ben
is mentioned but never really discussed. Drew's shoe fiasco is frequently alluded to but the viewer is
never sure what exactly went
wrong. When asked why these
things were not fully explained,
Cameron said that "those...things
were sort of up to the viewer" and
that "some relationships you are
meant to wonder" about. Indeed,
the viewer may leave the theatre
wondering about unexplained circumstances, but also their own life
journey. IB
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THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 21 October, 2005
Sports 5
Hockey's back at UBC: a prelude
OBC T-Birds play their
first home game of
the season tonight
by Dan Morris
A bit of history
Coming into the 2005-2006 season,
the UBC Thunderbirds have not won
a playoff series since 1971.
UBC has usually finished near
the bottom of the standings. During
this 34-year span of general inconsistency, it is difficult to pinpoint
and specific problems in the team's
overall poor performance, but
based on my three years of covering the men's hockey team, a couple of points stand out.
First, UBC has been plagued with
Second, the T-Birds have generally been void of major scoring
threats, or at least of having any
consistent top line.
Finally, and perhaps most worrisome, is the team having no solid
puckstopper. Since Robert Filch's
departure after the 2003-2004 season, the likes of Chris Levesque, Doug
Groenstege and Pete Mandoli have
all vied for top spot
However, from what we can see
this year, with new recruits hoping
to give an offensive spark, the T-
Birds' ineptitude may finally come
to an end.
UBC Coach Milan Dragicevic, is in
his fourth year, and would finally like
to see his team's fortunes change.
New Recruitment
UBC lost three key players for this
season. Doug Groenstege, who
played only a half-season as goal-
tender, left the team somewhat
prematurely. Casey Bartzen, the
speedy forward who usually led
the team in scoring, will be sorely
missed. Finally, the loss of
defensemen   Ryan   Thrussell,   a
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power-play quarterback, robs the
defensive core of some depth.
There are however, a number of
key recruits, specifically new
goalie, Gerry Festa, WHL defense-
men Scott Lynch, former Everett
Silvertips forward Tyler Dietrich
and Giants forward Darrell May,
who give the team special depth.
The T-Birds are led by Jarrett Win, the
talented offensive blueliner who
scored 24 points in 38 games last
year. In general, with other steady
players like Kevin Siebel and Chad
Grisdale, UBC will need to get more
scoring from its back end, specifically from Winn and Lynch.
The new recruits, May and
Dietrich, "bring hockey sense and
puck control to our team, which has
been lacking," says Dragicevic.
Peter Hay, another addition, "is an
offensive catalyst that can play the
point on the power play," said
Dragicevic. Hay and Dietrich particularly should add a scoring
touch, but with players like the
extremely talented Kyle Bruce,
Dustin Paul and Jon Kress, the
departure of Bartzen may not be
felt quite as much. Overall,
though, these six players should
give UBC at least two solid scoring
lines, something sorely missing in
past seasons. Add in the toughness
of veteran Nick Marach, and the
awareness of Lance Morrison, the
T-Birds should have a gritty
yet fast skating forward group
capable of augmenting the total
goal output.
Gerry Festa, a recent addition, is
going to be handed top spot, at least
in the early going. Festa has a
record of consistency and experience, which, for the most part, UBC
has lacked. Peter Mandoli, though
inconsistent last year, will be backing him up.
Power Play/PK
UBC had the second-best power
play last year in Canada West,
something that they can maintain
or surpass given the recent offensive additions. Their penalty-kill, by
contrast, was average, and they've
had a penchant for taking numerous penalties in the pre-season.
What is likely is that the strength of
their special teams will be key in
deciding victories.
"Given last year, injuries don't
faze us, we have a number of players out right now, hut we are a
more mature hockey team, as
we don't get to high or too low
concerning such instances,"
Dragicevic maintains. That being
said, UBC will be without its top
player, Bruce for a few weeks, as
well as newcomers Dietrich and
Key Players to watch
Gerry Festa, goaltender: Dragicevic
commented that, "Gerry Festa has
really stepped it up, and taken over
the spot as number one goalie, he's a
guy expected to take the show." If he
can give the team a consistent presence, it could mean a huge difference
in the win total.
Kyle Bruce, right-wing: Arguably the team's top player, Bruce
made an amazing debut with the
team last year, halfway through
the season. Named Player of the
Week a number of times, his pure
touch will be exciting to watch,
though he may miss some of the
first few games.
Jarrett Winn, defense: Winn
was the top power-play quarterback and will be key to anchoring
a defensive core that has suffered
from the departure of their previous defensive leader, Ryan
Thrussell. If he can assert leadership and continue on from last
year, this could be a special year
for the blueliner.
The balance may have shifted from
a solid defensive core to a more talented forward lineup, and that can
hopefully bring an offensive flair to
this team that has been virtually
non-existent in recent years. "It
seems like the old attitude is gone,
as we've brought in a lot of fresh
faces. There's a new culture in the
locker-room, one that's conducive
to winning, and that can make a big
difference on the ice. We're on
older team this year, and our leaders need to take charge," said
Dragicevic. According to Dragicevic, if "UBC can get points every
single weekend,' it is likely that
ihey will move up in the standings.
UBC opens at home this Friday
against Lethbridge for a back-to-
back meeting, 7:30pm at the
Thunderbird Sports Centre, a
After the Shrum: UBC T-Birds capture playoff spot
by Justin McElroy
"Playoffs? Who said anything
about playoffs? Playoffs? We're
just trying to win a game."
Those words, screamed by former NFL coach Jim Mora during an
infamous press conference five
years ago, and immortalised in
sports shows on television, could
have easily been running through
the head of UBC's football coach Lou
DesLaurier three weeks ago.
Ranked No. 9 in the country in
the CIS pre-season poll, the
Thunderbirds did not play up to
expectations in September. Wracked
by injuries to the receiving corps,
and unable to execute on offense,
UBC lost three successive games to
start the season, putting them
behind the eight-ball early in their
quest to return to the playoffs. At 0-3
in an eight game schedule, playoffs
were secondary to the goal of ending
a losing streak that was threatening
to derail their entire season.
But a blowout, 44-3 win against
Calgary three weeks ago has been
the catalyst for a run of victories
that has turned the T-Birds' season
around, and with a 31-21 victory
against the winless SFU Clan
Tuesday night, the Thunderbirds
clinched  a playoff birth in the
Canada West Conference.
"We've made a huge turnaround, and it's a big credit to the
kids and the coaches," said a glowing DesLauriers after the game.
"In the first few weeks, we'd make
a mistake here, a mistake there,
and pretty soon, it would cost us
the game. The difference now is
that we're making plays, and not
making mistakes."
One of the T-Birds who was making plays on Tuesday in front of 500
spectators at Thunderbird Stadium
was receiver Mike Lindstrom.
Lindstrom was projected to be a
major part of the Thunderbirds'
plans this year, but injuries disrupted those plans early on. His return
to the lineup, perhaps not coinci-
dentally, was against Calgary three
weeks ago when the T-Birds started
their streak.
"The return of Lindstrom has
been huge," said Offensive
Coordinator Ted Goveia after the
game. "He's a big part of our
offense," he added, and it showed
against SFU. Lindstrom had eight
receptions for 151 yards, and was
the go-to guy for quarterback Blake
Smelser, who completed 20 of 31
passes for 305 yards.
Smelser also threw two touchdown passes, both of which were
caught by fifth-year veteran Joey
Cruickshank, his first two touchdowns of his UBC career. Due to
injuries, Cruickshank had been
unable to play this season up until
Tuesday night, and the game was
also significant for him in that it was
the final home game in his UBC
career. And in his final home game,
he torched the SFU secondary for
eight catches and 101 yards.
Also in fine form on Tuesday
was fullback Chris Ciezki, who was
thrilled about the advancing to the
playoffs: "It's what you work so
hard for. You train so hard during
the off-season to help the team out,
and the ultimate goal as a team is
to win, and when you win, and
make the playoffs, it makes everything worthwhile."
The turning point in the game
came on a Ciezki run midway
through the third quarter: UBC
had just given up a touchdown to
SFU, and was losing 21-17. The
momentum, which had been with
the Thunderbirds most of the
game, was starting to slip out their
grasp. Then Ciezki took a handoff,
broke two tackles, got outside, and
scampered to the end zone for a
25 yard TD ran that put the T-
Birds up for good.
"It was an inside run play, and I
saw a httie bit of a cutback lane, and
I just took it to the end zone," said
Ciezki, who also had a nine-yard TD
run in the first quarter. He also gave
credit to the entire offense, saying,
"every time you score a touchdown
it feels great. It's a reflection of the
whole team. I know I get the credit
for it, but it should go to everyone
else as well."
The Thunderbirds now have a
well-deserved break before finishing off the regular season against
the Alberta Golden Bears, a game
that T-Bird fans can watch on
Rogers Sportsnet Pacific on
October 29 at 1 pm. The game will
help determine the seeding in the
Canada West playoffs this year, so
UBC can't afford to slack off. But
for now, the team will savour a
well-earned victory that has guaranteed them a place in the Canada
West playoffs, something which
appeared to be a remote possibility just a few short weeks ago. H
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BIG SPLASH! Project plans for UBC's new outdoor pool include a waterslide, whirlpool and several
diving platforms, graphic courtesy of chris neale
UBC dives into construction
Foundation for larger Empire Pool to be laid in the next two months
by Megan Smyth
Another construction site will
soon be appearing on campus.
This time it won't be more luxury
condos or research laboratories,
but a recreational facility for the
entire UBC community.
As Vancouver's rainy season is
officially upon us, the UBC Empire
Pool will soon be closed for the
season, just as construction on the
new outdoor pool facilities begin.
According to Linda Moore,
associate director External Affairs
of University Town, construction
for the pool should commence in
the next two months. The project
was originally scheduled to begin
last fall, but was delayed, she said.
"The project took longer than
anticipated to design and the
budget was also under review,*
explained Moore.
Chris Neale, manager of the
UBC Aquatic Centre, suggests that
there are several reasons behind
the development of the facility. He
believes that given the expanding
population of UBC, facilities
encouraging healthy and active living on campus are a must.
Additionally, a new facility built to
international standards will offer
a great forum to display the world-
class talent of the UBC swim team,
currently holding eight CIS
National Championship titles.
The new outdoor pool will be
located oil the east side of the
Aquatic Centre, between War
Memorial Gym and Maclnnes
Field. The current athletics parking lot and part of Maclnnes Field
will be eliminated. Ultimately, the
field will not be losing any square
footage as future plans include
extending the field back towards
the current bus loop.
Neale emphasised the importance of the project.
*UBC is building a multipurpose facility that will meet the
needs of any aquatic sport, including synchro, water polo,  diving
and competitive swimming,* he
This means additional lane
space, as well as other features not
currently included at either of
UBC's existing pools.
When Empire Pool was built in
1954, it was a top-of-the-line facility. Of course, time rolls on and
standards change and improve.
The new pool will be 50 metres
-Chris Neale
UBC Aquatic Centre
long, by 25 metres wide, allowing
for both long and short course
*We can either have ten lanes'
lengthwise or 16 lanes across,*
says Neale. "That means that we
can accommodate more people.*
Hopes for a waterslide and
whirlpool have been fulfilled after
some initial monetary disputes
between the University and the
Aquatic Centre.
"The original budget for the
pool did not include these components, so the Aquatic Centre
agreed to pay for them as an addition to the original budget,* stated
Moore. The inclusion of these elements will encourage enjoyment
of the facility by all age groups.
The diving platform will also
attract more patrons with the addition of a three-metre board.
Currently, Empire Pool only has
diving platforms at five and ten
As well as being larger, the
swimming tank will also be deeper.
'The pool depth starts at two
metres, no shallow end, and goes
right to 5.3 metres," says Neale.
All this water should sparkle a
little bit more than the water in
the current outdoor pool.
'We've gone with the same type
of filtration system as the indoor
pool,* said Neale. 'The diatoma-
ceous earth filtration system, the
best filtration you can get.* He
says the filtration 'will be better
than the current outdoor pool by
far, and as good as the indoor
With construction beginning
approximately a year later than
originally planned, it is still the
goal of the University to have the
facility up and running for the Pan
Pacific Championships in August
'We'll be able to host those if
nothing goes wrong,* Neal said. 'If
all the suppliers are able to deliver
materials for the job, then everything can be done in that period of
That means all construction
must be completed in less than ten
Moore confirmed the budget
for this project to be 8.5 million
dollars, not including the additional expenses of the slide and
Neale is excited about the project: 'We did compromise a little
bit, but I think we ended up with
the best of both worlds. There is
commitment from UBC to build it,
we kept it out of the shadow to.the
best of our ability and we are ending up with a new facility which is
better than the old one.*
Not willing to forget all about
the old facility, Neale explained
what the new pool's name should
be: 'We've had 52 years of swimming at UBC, and in commemoration of that event I suggested we
call it 'Empire Pool Two' because
that's where it all started.* II
:"( THE UBYSSEY  Friday, 21 October, 2005
National 9
Flooding closes Bishop's University
by Jenn Poole
banks of the Massawippi and St
Francis rivers overflowed on
Sunday, causing major flooding and
leading to the evacuation of 125
Lennoxville residents.
The waters rose to over 19 feet
above their normal levels in some
areas, causing Sherbrooke's
Emergency Response Team (ERT) to
declare the bridge closed and effectively isolate Bishop's University
from the rest of the town. As a result,
Bishop's administration declared
the school closed- and cancelled all
Monday classes.
According to Bishop's Development and PubHc Relations representative Dave McBride, the administration chose to cancel classes at
6:30am Monday morning for two
main reasons.
"First, [a large percentage] of
Bishop's students Hve off-campus...
and don't have cars. There would
have been no way for many of them
to get here.*
McBride went on to say that had
one other bridge closed, emergency
vehicles would not have had access
to campus if they had been needed.
Dan Major, Bishop's director of
Security, Haised with Sherbrooke's
ERT throughout the ordeal. He
added that the water was still rising
at 6:00am on Monday morning.
"The safest thing to do was close
the school," he explained.
Although no one was evacuated
from campus, security did enter the
Hbrary on Sunday afternoon to
encourage students who lived off-
campus to leave before the bridge
was closed at 5:00pm.
Most students took the situation
in stride, swimming in the waters
covering the rugby field and racing
on bicycles down embankments
into the water covering the streets.
Some students evidently saw a
Hghter side to the situation, placing
a sign advertising "lakeside property" on their lawn.
All of the evacuated buildings
were declared safe by Tuesday afternoon, and the residents were permitted to move back in.
Although flooding is common
throughout the eastern townships,
this was the first major flood to
occur during the month of October
in over 100 years. Most flooding
occurs in the spring, such as in the
April 1994 flood, which resulted in
the evacuation of 600 Bishop's students. By far the most damaging
flood occurred in April of 1982,
when many rivers in the area overflowed, causing $ 15 million in damages and forced the evacuation of
many Lennoxville residents both on-
and off-campus.
It was also the first flood in the
region since the 2002 amalgamation of Lennoxville into the city of
Sherbrooke. It was therefore the first
time that Sherbrooke authorities
have been responsible for evacuating residences in the area and measuring the effects of heavy rainfall on
the parts of the rivers surrounding
"Now they know how the rivers
react to this much rain," said Dan
Major, "and they're able to record
what areas of the town are affected
depending on the height of the
Bruce Stevenson, dean of Student
Affairs, said that it was a learning
experience for everyone involved
and that some things could have
been handled better.
"Perhaps we could have communicated better with the students, for example, by informing
the bus company of the class cancellations...These are things that
we wiU try to improve for next
time." II
—with files from Lindsay
Hatton and Dr Norman Jones
'Big brother' has a
distant second cousin?
New surveillance capabilities far-reaching,
says Federal Privacy Commissioner
by Eric Szeto
Civil Hberties experts are censuring
a federal proposal that would see
increased surveiHance capabiHties
for Canadian law enforcement officials, citing concerns that the privacy rights of ordinary citizens' wiU
be curbed.
The Lawful Access Bill, which is to
be tabled sometime next month in
Ottawa, will among many other provisions, grant authorities the.abiHty
to keep surveillance on a citizen's cell
phone, email, and internet activities,
without warrant
Critics are rebuking the bill, stating
that it will provide law enforcement
disproportionate overseeing powers.
"We remain skeptical about the
need for these potentially intrusive
and far-reaching measures," said
Federal Privacy Commissioner
Jennifer Stoddart in a written
response to the Minister of Justice.
She furthered, "They go beyond
simply ensuring that law enforcement agencies will be able to maintain existing monitoring and interception capabiHties."
One of the main provisions of the
bill would allow law enforcement
agencies to ascertain an internet subscriber's data without prior authorisation from telecommunications
service providers.
Stoddart maintained that law
enforcement currently possesses the
means of obtaining personal information without these measures. Keystroke logging, which can be used to
gain access to passwords, and packet
sniffers, which can scan the content
of emails are already being utiHsed
by the authorities, the letter said.
Alex Swann communications
director for the Deputy Prime
Minister and Minister of PubHc
Safety and Emergency Preparedness
reassured Canadians that the primary focus of the bill is to update an
antiquated surveillance system that
allows criminals and potential terror
ists to hide from existing laws.
"Interception of communication
without a warrant that's not the focus,"
said Swann. "That's not the thrust"
"The concern now is that [criminals and terrorists] can use technology that poHce can't intercept,"
he said.
Swann also noted that officials
have been receptive to concerns
from the pubHc throughout the
entire process.
"[Civil Hbertarians] should be
reassured that they will have opportunity to comment on the bill before
the bill is adopted. They should be
reassured that civil Hbertarians have
been proactively approached in the
development of this. And they should
also be reassured that we wiU maintain the principle of authorisation
before interception of communication,* he said.
President of the Freedom of
Information and Privacy Association
(FIPA) Darryl Evans said that if a balance was struck between judicial
safeguards and overseeing powers it
would limit any wrongdoings.
"We need more transparency
from what's going on, we need to
increase the judicial safeguards,"
he said.
Evans said Canadians feel that
internet communications are just
like any private letter or personal
message, and this something that
should be honoured.
"[The Canadian government] say
that internet communications are not
private like a personal letter," he said.
"We say that Canadians don't agree
with you on that."
He suggested that the government
be more pro-active rather than reactionary when deaung with contentious privacy issues in the future.
"I don't object to having more
poHce around. Crime is a constant
concern and threatens our security...but as soon as they get these powers the criminals are going to find a
way around them. There will be a
new type of technology," he said. II
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Friday, 21 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY-'
Intercepting freedom
A fine balance must be struck
whenever a government decides to
provide its law enforcement with
additional powers, especially when
the cost is our personal freedom.
While we aren't about to deny
that national security is of vital
importance, the value of privacy is
also a fundamental right and as
such cannot be overlooked.
The federal government recently announced that it is planning to
pass the Lawful Access Bill. The
bill, described by the Federal
Privacy Commissioner Jennifer
Stoddart as "far-reaching," allows
law enforcement agencies to monitor the e-mails and telephone calls
of ordinary citizens and requires
telecommunications companies to
install "intercept-capable* equipment for all new telecommunications providers.
The government claims that the
purpose of this bill is to help law
enforcement agents keep up with
organised criminals and other various deviants. They claim that criminals are utilising high-tech devices
to get around wiretaps and that this
bill only extends to the police powers that they've traditionally had
with past communications devices.
This new technology would
drastically transform the pace at
which police and the Canadian
Securities and Intelligence Services
(CSIS) gather information.
Canadian judges issue about
2,000 wiretaps annually. The proposed bill would give law enforcement agents the capacity to conduct approximately 8,000 interceptions a day.
This goes beyond simple
keeping up, and the newfound
powers of law enforcement
teeters much too close to violating civil rights and privacy-
something we have struggled for
too long to lose so easily.
This bill is only one in a string
of other incidents over the past few
years that have caused civil libertarians to wake up in a cold sweat in
the middle of the night
When the BC government transferred over our medical service
plans (MSP) to a private American
company last year, similar red flags
were raised. By handing over this
highly sensitive personal information, the government was essentially allowing the private information
of Canadians to possibly be subject
to the US Patriot Act, a more far-
reaching bill than the one being
tabled in Ottawa next month.
It was only after receiving hundreds of submissions expressing
concern that the BC government
tightened its privacy regulations
and assured citizens that this information would not be abused in any
way by a foreign entity. But even
now, the regulations are still being
called into question.
The problem is that allowing
everyone from a CSIS higher-up to
a small-town police officer to have
access to private phone conversations or household comings and
goings can too easily be abused.
The more people that have access
to secret information, the more
likely it is that the security of that
information will be breached. The
discovery of the 700 plus government laptops that went missing
and provided $6 million of technol
ogy and secret information to
thieves is a recent example.
Even security breaches of students' information have been
known to happen at UBC. After
many students complained about
receiving a letter from an organisation called the Golden Key
Society—a group that solicits upper
echelon students for networking
and scholarship purposes— the
Ubyssey found that the University
was in fact gladly handing over students personal information in a
clandestine fashion. When officials
were questioned about the legalities of the hand-over, it was discovered that this was in contempt of
the University's privacy policy. The
university said later that this would
not happen again.
Our personal privacy can't be
tossed around in the name of the
latest terrorist crises. This quid pro
quo arrangement must pay dividends for the public. Unless the
appropriate judicial safeguards are
put in place, the likelihood of
abuse, intentional or unintentional,
is incredibly high. And even if stringent measures are put in place, the
public can never be sure that privacy will be properly protected.
Ultimately, we must put our faith in
the fact that the people who possess
these powers will not deviate from
its original intent of increasing
security for all Canadians.
Canadians must realise that
once the government has expanded
their access to personal information, the chances of citizens
reclaiming these lost liberties will
be close to impossible. 81
Recruiters exploit Afghani
and Canadians
dents are under and looking to add
8,000 troops to its ranks, targets
In response to recent letters to the        our campuses. The presence of
editor which question the "Canada
Out of Afghanistan!" "Recruiters Off
Our Campus!" call of students at
Onjuly 14, 2005, Canadian
Chief of Defense General Rick
Hillier announced that 2,000 more
troops would be on the ground in
Afghanistan by February 2006. At
the same press conference, he
announced that the Canadian
Forces, "...are not the public service
of Canada...our job is to be able to
kill people." Earlier in the year, the
Canadian government announced
that the Canadian miHtary budget
would be doubled, to $26.8 billion,
and 8,000 more troops would be
added to the Canadian Forces.
Since the occupation began in
2001, conditions in Afghanistan
have become deplorable. One in
five Afghan children will not hve to
see the age of five. The average
lifespan in Afghanistan has
dropped by 4.5 years to 42 years of
age. 80 per cent of the country hves
below the poverty line.
As Canada's presence in
Afghanistan has increased, particularly in the Kandahar region, we
see increasing oppression of
Afghans. In reaction to this, attacks
on Canadians in Afghanistan have
increased. Within the last two
weeks, three Canadian soldiers
have been wounded, and the
Canadian ambassador's residence
in Kabul was attacked.
Simultaneously, Canadians at
home are increasingly under
attack. The average post-secondary
student graduates with $25,000
debt. The Canadian military, recognising the financial pressure stu-
recruiters on campus does not represent a free and fair choice of
employment, but rather a capitalisation on the fact that we as students are under increasing financial pressure due to lack of funding
for our education. Canadian military presence in Afghanistan does
not benefit us as youth in Canada,
and it certainly does not benefit the
people of Afghanistan. Demanding
"Canada out of Afghanistan" and
"recruiters off our campus" is a
demand for an end to the oppression of the people of Afghanistan
and the exploitation of students in
— The AMS Coalition Against War
on ihe People of Iraq and
Documentary does have the
power to move
I read the review of The Devil's
Miner ("VIFF: Your unsatisfying
empathy has been documented",
[Oct 12]) with some interest, particularly because we're screening it
during the upcoming Amnesty
International Film Festival here in
Vancouver. The reviewer faults the
director for not providing the audience with a solution to the issues
raised in the film. However, while
it is perhaps easy to dismiss a film
that doesn't provide easy answers,
effective global justice work is
rarely about easy answers. The real
value of a documentary like this is
not that it makes everything okay
and leaves us feeling good in some
smug way, but that it raises important and sometimes unsettling
questions about who we are and
how we individually and collective
ly benefit from injustice perpetrated half-a-world away. Certainly we
may read about economic, social,
and cultural injustice and, in some
abstract way, know that something
should be done about it But when
we meet 14-year old Basilio Vargos
and his 12-year old brother,
Bernadino, when we see their faces
and witness their daily struggle to
survive, we begin to understand—
we are deeply implicated. It is then
up to us to investigate the situation
further and determine how we can
and should respond. While a
Michael Moore film, which the
reviewer proposes as a model documentary, may be entertaining and
attract much attention as a result,
in the end I doubt that it actually
moved anyone to take progressive
social justice action. I believe The
Miners Devil has that power, but I
encourage Ubyssey readers to
come and judge for themselves.
—Don Wright, director
Amnesty International Film
Travesty to call strike illegal
According to the International
Labour Organisation (ILO), the
definition of "essential service"
is as follows:
"National legislation frequently
places some form of limitation on
the right to strike in certain activities, usually defined as essential
services. In this respect, the ILO's
supervisory bodies have taken the
position that it is admissible to
limit or prohibit the right to strike
in essential services, defined as
those the interruption of which
would endanger the life, personal
safety or health of the whole or
part of the population (General
Survey, para. 159).
The BC Liberal government's
stance that this strike is "illegal* is
based on their decision to "opt out*
of the regulatory body that oversees
worker's rights in democratic countries. Canada, however is the signatory to this body, not individual
provinces. The protection of democratic rights through the ILO for the
people of this province is not at the
prerogative of the provincial poHtical party currently in power.
The BC government has nine
rulings and directives against it
from the United Nations (ILO) for
the violation of worker's democratic rights, one of which states that
teachers are not essential service,
and a directive to the BC government to restore teacher's rights to
bargain and to strike. The BC government ignored these rulings
and directives. Any government
that abuses legislative power to
violate workers' democratic rights,
to make laws, in order to meet
their poHtical agendas, is in the
company of countries like
Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, and
Guatemala. Mass, non-violent, civil
disobedience has been recognised
throughout history, and in all
countries, as a morally appropriate way to change unjust laws and
practices. This "strike" is not just
about teachers, it's about the need
for our provincial government to
abide by the democratic principles
that we as Canadians define ourselves by. It is a travesty for the BC
government to call this "strike*
"illegal* and to call on teachers to
"abide by the rule of law* when it
is the government that has broken
International Law to bring about
this situation.
—Donna Rivet
Terrace, BC
I think privacy is a fundamental
right. If someone infringes on my
privacy I feel violated, I think people in democracies often take this
for granted.
— Thano Souchlas
UBC Staff, Brock Hall
I am absolutely against [government surveillance], I am really
concerned about their methods of
—Hailey Graham
Political Science 4
They are very important. It's a
moral and ethical issue to me.
—JBIanka Sawicz
Global Resoure Systems 4
I don't mind the government's
involvement if it's justifiable.
—Dillon Takata
Biology 2
I wouldn't want anyone finding out
my information...but I wouldn't
mind so much if it was for a
greater good.
— Wendy Broadwood
Staff Worker, Campus Crusade for
Steeters coordinated by
Carolynne Burkholder
& %
THEUBYSSEY   Friday, 21 October, 2005
News 11
Omar the forestry van under lire from environmentalists
'It's just tasteless/7 says UBC
Green Party co-chair
by Paul Evans
A Forestry Undergraduate Society (FUS) van
with the slogans "Log it to the shore to see
the whales* and "Think fast, hippie [sic]*
spray-painted on its side is being condemned by students who say it portrays
UBC in a negative Hght.
Referred to as Omar, the FUS has a long
tradition of buying a vehicle, decorating it,
and driving it around campus to generate
faculty spirit during Forestry Week. This
year, however, the writing on Omar has
been drawing intense criticism.
"I was actually just appaUed," said Sean
Lymworth, co-chair of the Green Party Club
at UBC. "For me it just presents a reaUy negative image of UBC that definitely displays a
lack of integrity in terms of both social and
ecological commitments."
"It's obviously meant to be humorous,
but unfortunately it's just tasteless," he continued. _
Lymworth, who described the writing as
"a black eye for UBC's purported commitment to sustainabihty* said that this reflects
poorly on aU UBC students.
"I'm shocked and dismayed that I'm
unwittingly affifiated with these statements
because I'm a UBC student,* he said.
But that was not the intention according
to FUS Co-President Samantha Berdej.
"Omar itself is actually a farce on traditional forestry stereotypes and so it's not
meant to be taken seriously in any shape or
form whatsoever," she explained. "It's sort
of foresters poking fun at themselves."
FUS FUSS: The slogans on this forestry undergrad van have upset some students, photo courtesy of the davod suzuki foundation
Berdej said that Omar is designed to rally
forestry students with faculty spirit.
"It's just meant to be a reflection of our
sense of humour," she said. "Unfortunately
some people do take things too seriously."
Candace Parsons, director of Student
Services for the Forestry Faculty, is concerned that the van adds to the problem of
negative stereotyping of forestry students.
"Some of the slogans on the van perpetuate those stereotypes," she said.
Parsons explained that a large number of
forestry students take courses in sustainable management, in programs like the
Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources
"[Omar's] message is not consistent with
the majority of students,* she said.
But Lymworth wants to make sure messages in future years are considered more
"The messages that are going to be out
there on this van every year are not just
representing forestry, they're representing
Forestry UBC, and so I think it's important
that there be some degree of quaHty of
control. II
Get Informed and Vote! Civic Elections 2005
The Alma Mater Society of UBC wants to provide you with information about the 2005
Civic Elections. Check out some of our events to help you learn more about civic issues,
and to get information about how to vote!
Who Can You Vote For?
• If you live and vote in Vancouver: 1 Mayor, 10 Councillors, 7 Park Commissioners,
9 School Trustees
• If you live at UBC and vote in Electoral District A: 1 Electoral Area A Director (GVRD
Representative), 9 Vancouver School Board Trustees
Municipal Elections Week: Vancouver, Oct 24th - 28th, SUB Concourse
Do you live in Vancouver and want to find out who is looking to represent you?
Come and meet candidates in the SUB to find out how they feel about the issues
that are important to you!
To Vote in Electoral District A:
Advance Voting (8am-8pm) at the following dates and places:
• November 9th: West Vancouver Municipal Hall or Dunbar Community Centre
• November 12th: University Hill Secondary School or the Greater Vancouver
Regional District office
To Vote in the City of Vancouver:
Advance Voting (8am~8pm) at the following dates and places:
• November 5,9,15 and 16 from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. at City Hail and Dunbar, Trout
Lake and West End Community Centres.
Election Day: November 19th,from 8am-8pm:
• See http://www.municipalelections.com/ to find out where to vote.
Voting Outside of Vancouver and Electoral Area A?
Check out: http://www.municipalelections.com/ for more information about the
candidates in your area, as well as where and when to vote*
f.'.rsr.   %V-    '?>*,
Tuition $101 Contest Winner!
The AMS would like to thank all of those
who participated in the Tuition $101
Contest! Congratulations to the contest
winner: Ivy Mui! Ivy said she needed a
haircut very badly so we bought her one!
The rest of her winnings are being
donated to B.C. Children's Hospital.
Thanks again for your support of the new
AMS initiative: www.studentsfbrbc.ca
Trick or Eat
Monday, October 31.5-7pm.
Promote awareness of student hunger by "trick or treating" for non-perishable
food items in the Point Grey Area. Food/beverage and prizes for best costume, will
be provided. We will meet at the Food Bank (SUB 58) at 5 p.m., leave for Trick or
treating at 5:30, and return around 6:30 p.m.
In 1968, students held a Tub-In'in the newly opened SUB.
Then-Professor David Suzuki writing in UBC Reports, favoured
a campus watering hole and suggested calling it The Pit'.To
meet the demand, the AMS, worked with the university to
obtain a liquor license and for five years The Pit operated out
of various rooms on the top floor of the SUB until November
19,1973, when The Pit Pub opened its doors.
y<r^.*t. 12 News
Friday, 21 October, 2005   THE UBYSSEY
STANDING IN SOLIDARITY: CUPE workers and concerned citizens demonstrate their support for BC teachers outside the Scarfe Education Building. YINAN MAX WANG PHOTOS
CUPE set to stage Vancouver protest today
by Paul Evans
Candian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
workers from all across the Lower Mainland
are preparing to rally today at the PNE site in
support of BC teachers in their labour dispute
with the provincial government. Services at
UBC will likely be affected and UBC is estimating that approximately 3,300 UBC employees
will take part in the job action.
CUPE Local 116, 2278, and 2950, representing Plant Operations, Teaching Assistants,
Chan Centre, Library Clerical workers, and
other UBC employees, have all asked their
members not to perform their usual duties
and instead attend the rally and distribute
information to the public.
"It's basically CUPE members across the
lower mainland getting together in one arena to
show all of our dissatisfaction with the
Campbell government,* said Elissa Strome,
president of CUPE Local 2278.
She confirmed there will be a "poHtical
protest" for the one day but said that teaching
assistants will not be setting up picket lines.
"We're not planning on putting any picket
lines up on campus but there will be information lines on campus," she said.
Strome explained that union members will
be leafleting at some entrance gates to the
University this morning.
Scott Macrae, director of UBC Public
Affairs, said that the University is aware of
the job action and affirmed that UBC will
remain open.
"What we do know, and what we are
expecting, is that there will be a withdrawal
In support of teachers
"Pull the bill and get back to the table/'said UBC Professor
to Gordon Campbell at a "teach-in" rally on campus
by Carolynne Burkholder
The driving rain didn't stop over 200 concerned people from showing their support for
BC teachers at the 'teach-in' held at UBC on
Wednesday. This was one of many rallies held
throughout BC this week.
During the UBC teach-in, members of the
British Columbia Teachers' Federation
(BCTF), other union members, student teachers, professors, and students vocalised their
concern for the future of education in BC and
what this stand-off means for other unions in
the province.
Anne Guthrie Warman, who spoke on behalf
of the Vancouver Secondary Teachers'
Association, said the unjust ruling by the
provincial government has turned law abiding
human beings into law breakers.
"We need to fight for our rights as educators," Warman said.
Irene Lanzinger, the first VP of the BCTF,
agreed. "Stand up for what you believe in...the
kids of British Columbia are worth it," she
urged supporters. Lanzinger commended other
unions for supporting the teachers.
Unions are not the only ones in support of
the teachers; an Ipsos Reid poll, released on
Tuesday said that 57 per cent of British
Columbians back the teachers in this dispute.
The BC teachers' strike, which began on
October 7, has left 600,000 students without school. The primary issues in the dispute are the three-year wage freeze imposed
by the provincial government and increasing class sizes.
Despite the provincial government ruling
the strike illegal—education being an essential service—and teachers being found in contempt of court, the teachers have yet to
return to work. The government has refused
to negotiate until the illegal strike ends and
this has resulted in a stalemate.
But the teachers are only one of many
unions in British Columbia. Over one third of
all workers in the province are union members.
Many people at the rally expressed their concerns about how this labour dispute and the
reaction of the provincial government will
affect other unions.
"An attack on the teachers is an attack on all
of us," said CUPE Local 116 President Colleen
Garbe. She said that her union is in full support
of the teachers and fears it may be the next to be
negotiating a collective bargaining agreement
with the provincial government.
Garbe's opinion was echoed by UBC anthropology professor, Charles Menzies, who attended the teach-in as both a member of the faculty
association and as a parent
"This isn't just a struggle the teachers are
facing," he said. "This is about all of us—staff,
faculty, and workers."
Menzies delivered his message to
Gordon Campbell: "Pull the bill and get back
to the table."
Campbell has yet to heed Menzies'
advice—the government has declared it will
not enter negotiations until the teachers end
their illegal strike.
Representatives from the provincial government and the ministry of education did not
return calls by press time. II
of service," he said. "We expect that students
will come to classes and we will try and cany
on as normal as possible."
Macrae said that the University is taking the
position that the job action is illegal. He added
that University employees who choose not to
come to work will not be paid. He couldn't say
if there would be any other consequences as a
result of the job action.
Earlier this week, it was rumoured that the
Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) union—representing bus drivers in Vancouver—was planning to take job action in support of the teachers as well.
But according to Ken Hardie of
TransLink Communications, TransLink
has received assurances from all the
major unions—including Canadian Office
Professional Employees Union, CUPE, the
CAW and the Telecommunications Workers'
Union (TWU)—that transit-services will not
be targeted. p
Hardie said, however, the possibility of an
unauthouiised picket line being set up outside
of bus depots or Sky Train stations may affect
service. He pointed out that TWU members
staged a picket of bus stations on T^prsday in
Kamloops, shutting down transit service for
most of the day.
"[The unions] cannot guarantee that there
won't be some unauthouiised picket lines going
up," said Hardie.
If a picket were to occur that TransLink
employees respected, the only option left for
TransLink would be to seek an injunction-
something that may take some time.
"Probably there wouldn't be transit service
for the morning rush," explained Hardie. II


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