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Tuesday, September 24, 2002
Volume 84 Issue 7
Baffled by Tta Peak since 1918
BC gets
by Anna King
Presidents of BC's universities
threw the switches to turn on a new
high-speed educational and
research network last Friday. The
new network will vastly increase the
speed and capacity for data transfer
between research hubs around the
The network, called the BC
ORAN (Optical Regional Advanced
Network) project, links the
province's four universities and
BCIT to the rest of Canada and the
world at speeds of up to 2.5 gigabits
per second. Resnet, the campus eth-
ernet network, operates at between
10-100 megabits per second.
ORAN connects Vancouver,
Victoria and Prince George to
CANARIE's (Canada's Advanced
Internet Organisation) national network, which in turn enables
researchers to access other networks world-wide.
"We can claim with some justification   that   ORAN   is   the   best
See "Internet"page 2.
AMS answers in court
AMS defends itself against
allegations of censorship and
supression of freedom of expression
NEWS: In court
More cover and background
information for the trial. Page 3.
CULTURE: The Tragically
Hip still rocks the henhouse
Concert reviewed. Page 8.
EDITORIAL: Displacing
poverty in Vancouver
Abandoned Woodwards cleared
of squatters. Page 10.
FEATURE: What's on your
The Ubyssey looks at what fish
farms are doing to your dinner.
by Chris Shepherd
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) was
in BC Supreme Court last week
defending itself against a lawsuit
filed by representatives of Students
for Life (SFL) and Lifeline.
The lawsuit is based on allegations that the AMS violated the
rights of the Lifeline club, as
described in the academic freedoms
outlined in the UBC Calendar and
the Canadian Charter of Rights and
The AMS denies that such violations have occured.
Stephanie Gray, Athena
Macapagal and Michelle Laroya
filed the suit on behalf of Lifeline
and SFL because the groups are not
legal entities and cannot file lawsuits.
In his opening statement for the
plaintiffs, Craig Jones—who has
been heavily involved with the BC
Civil Liberties Association since
1996 and who represents the plaintiffs—told the judge he would be
asked to define the relationship
between students and student government when considering the case
before him. Also before the judge
was the issue of freedom of speech
and expression, said Jones.
He suggested the AMS discriminated against the Lifeline club,
because the student council banned
any material related to the Genocide
Awareness Project (GAP) from
UBC's SUB—including photographs
of the display—while other groups.
(right) and intern Firestone (left).
such as the Ubyssey, have had no
such restrictions placed on them.
The plaintiffs are also seeking
relief for damages done during an
attack on the first GAP display on
campus. The plaintiffs contend the
AMS is vicariously liable for the
attack, because Jon Chandler, Erin
See "Trial"page 3.
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by John McCrank
Oxfam UBC kicked off the new
school year Thursday with a talk by
Blanca Rosa Molina—a Nicaraguan
coffee farmer who is on a speaking
tour in support of Oxfam
International's newly launched
'What's That in Your Cup?' "campaign.
Blanca Rosa Molina is a diminutive, soft-spoken woman, as well as
being a member of the National
Federation of Cooperatives board,
the president of the Northern
Nicaragua Coffee Association,
which markets coffee, and a single
The effort she is involved in is
part of a larger campaign looking at
who benefits from global trade and
is focused on trying to make big corporations give coffee farmers in
Central America, Asia and Africa,
adequate compensation for the coffee they produce.
The 'Big Four' companies (Kraft,
Procter and Gamble, Nestle, and
Sara Lee) buy nearly half of the
world's coffee crop, which comprises one per cent of the entire world's
Oxfam is targeting the 'Big Four,'
as well as governments, asking
them to aid the poor by destroying
surplus coffee stocks, trading in
only quality coffee, and to fairly
compensate farmers.
Speaking through a translator,
Molina outlined the crisis in her
90 per cent of the economy in
Molina's region is created through
coffee production—but the price of
coffee has fallen by 70 per cent in
the past four years because of overproduction by large-scale growers
and stockpiling of the commodity.
This has left about 70,000 people out of work, and has meant dire
consequences    for    more    than
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ORAN speeds up UBC
, "Internet" from page 1.
network in the world/ said
President and CEO of CANARIE,
Andrew Bjerring, at a press conference at the New Media Innovation
Centre downtown.
UBC Vice President, Research
Indira Samarasekera said ORAN will
mean big changes for UBC.
"What it does is allow us to unite
research collaborators with the best
institutions in the world instantly,
and have a dialogue."
Samarasekera cited UBC projects in astrophysics, climate change
and genomics (the study of large
numbers of genes) will benefit especially, as research in those areas
requires massive transmissions
of data.
Ted Dodds, associate vice-president of IT Services at UBC, said the
university played a major role in the
development of ORAN. "UBC provided all the technical work, from
the design of the network to the
architecture of the system," he said.
Dodds said ORAN will enable
researchers at UBC to have virtually
unlimited bandwidth.
He cited as an example UBC
" astronomy labs, which will be able
to transmit data from telescopes-
like a digital model of a galaxy—to
labs ih Europe within a few hours.
"Before they would have to create
tapes and ship them," he said.
Not every UBC student will have
access to ORAN's lightening-speed
power, however. Students must be
associated with a research lab or
project that is connected to ORAN.
But while only science labs are currently connected, Dodds says he
envisions  social  science  depart
ments linking up soon as well.
And there's no reason to stop
there. ORAN's capabilities will likely
be used by a wide range of departments, as well as health and research
institutions around the province.
The province's plan to double the
number of students in the UBC
Medical School program, for example, largely hinges on ORAN's power.
Lectures by UBC Medical faculty and
3-D body imaging will be webcast to
UNBC and UVic for the universities'
first intake classes in January 2005.
Although attending university in
Prince George or Victoria, these students will officially get degrees from
ORAN was developed by
BCNET, a non-profit sdciety supported by the province's universities and the provincial and federal
governments. ♦
Nicaraguan coffee farmer talks free trade
"Coffee" from page 1.
400,000 people, including the families of coffee farmers.
Studies conducted by Oxfam International reveal 47
per cent of children of coffee producers are undernourished. During July and August of 2002, 120 children
died because of this debilitating condition.
"In this campaign, what we are saying to people like
you is that we need to be paid a fair price for our coffee—it is a good quality coffee," Molina said to the
"We are not asking for more money because we are
poor, but just to pay us what it is worth", she said, adding
that while producers are being paid less, customers
around the world are paying the same price for their coffee, with all of the profits going to big corporations.
Molina said she survived by helping found a coffee
co-operative, comprised of 1200 small producers like
herself. They pool their resources, enabling them to
make enough coffee for export.
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sold as 'fair trade' coffee.
This revenue allows farmers' children to go to
school and puts food on their tables. It also allows the
local government to build roads and provide clean
drinking water, since coffee revenue makes up 90 per
cent of the tax base for municipal governments.
Fair Trade began in 1988 and is regulated by a
group called TransFair. TransFair guarantees customers that their producers have been adequately compensated for their goods and that those producing the
coffee are democratically organised groups of small
farmers. As another condition to joining, Transfair
requires that the groups use a certain percentage of
their profits to send their children to school and must
include women in the decision-making process.
Fair Trade coffee is available in the SUB at
Bernoulli's Bagels, Blue Chip Cookies and the
Pendulum, and more information about Oxfam's initiatives can be found at www.oxfam.org. ♦
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by Chris Shepherd
The complex series of events relating to the trial of
last week started in the summer of 1999, and continues today, lhe following is a timeline of events
that came out of questioning during the trial.
Aug. 1999
Lifeline members met to discuss inviting CBR to
U BC to show the GAP display.
University officials, RCMP and representatives
from the AMS met with Greg Cunningham, head of
the CBR, about the possibility of GAP coming to UBC.
From this meeting, UBC detailed certain requirements to allow GAP on campus, including an agreement over the location and provisions to pay for
additional security costs.
Sept 13, 1999
The AMS External Commission passed a motion
to allow SFC to use the External Commission photocopying code and to provide SFC with funds to make
a banner.
Wednesday Sept 15,1999
AMS council passed a resolution to not endorse
the GAP display coming to campus.
Wednesday Sept 22, 1999
AMS council passed a resolution to allow the
executive to use every legal means to keep GAP out
Friday Sept 24, 1999
AMS sent a letter to Lifeline cancelling room
bookings that the club had made for Sept 2 7 and
later dates. The AMS cited concerns about the safety
of the SUB, though GAP was not specifically mentioned. . .      -.
Monday Sept 27, 1999
GAP was expected to arrive on campus on this day
but did not due to a lack of agreement between the
CBR arid the university. The CBR threatened UBC
with a lawsuit over the issue.
Oct 1999
Members of Lifeline and other anti-abortion
activists met to decide what could be done to bring
GAP to campus. SFL is formed around this time to
provide a group for the university to deal with. An
agreement is met between SFL and UBC to allow the
display of a smaller GAP display on university land.
Nov. 23,1999
SFL set up the GAP display in front of the Goddess
of Democracy near the SUB. Three hours after the
display was erected Jon Chandler, Erin Kaiser and
Lesley Washington destroyed the display.
Nov. 24,1999
At an AMS council meeting Gray and other members of SFL made a presentation to the AMS, calling
for council to repudiate the actions of Chandler,
Kaiser and Washington, to remove Chandler and
Kaiser from their positions and make them ineligible
to hold an AMS office. Although Chandler, Kaiser and
Washington were suspended by the university for a
summer and fall term, council took no action.
Nov. 25,1999
SAC passed a resolutipn to ban GAP material or
written mention of GAP from the SUB.
] Feb. 14,2000
A lawsuit is filed against the AMS by Stephanie
Gray (president of Lifeline at the tiine of the attacks)
and other students.
Mar. 27,2000,
The Nov 25, 1999 SAC resolution was stricken
and replaced by a modified version of the previous
resolution, with the addition that Lifeline still has
booking rights, but that GAP-related material could
not be brought into the SUB.
Nov. 1,2000
Lifeline is asked to remove memory albums from
a booth in the SUB because they contain photographs
of a GAP display.
Aug 29, 2002
Lifeline asked the SAC in a letter whether it is possible for them to show^ a video about GAP at the
Lifeline Clubs Days booth, or if another Christian
group could show the video. The request was denied,
citing the March 27, 2000 SAC resolution and the
September 22, 1999 AMS resolution to keep GAP
outside of the AMS. ,
Sept 26, 2002
• The trial between the AMS and Lifeline and SFL
representatives began. ♦
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Key terms in the Gray
et al vs.AMS trial
by Chris Shepherd
There are numerous terms associated with the trial, and understanding what they describe will be useful in reading the related
stories. The following are brief descriptions of some of the terms
that appear frequently:
Alma Mater Society (AMS)—created in 1915, the AMS is the student government at UBC. The AMS leases the SUB from UBC but
has jurisdiction of the entire building (with the exception of a few
areas controlled by UBC) and an area 7.5m around the building.
The AMS is governed by five executives and a council of student
representatives from the various faculties.
Centre for Bio-ethical Reform (CBR)—a controversial anti-abortion organisation from California.
External Commission—This AMS commission is headed by the
vice-president external affairs and deals with other student groups
and national organisations.
Genocide Awareness Project (GAP)—a display created by the
CBR. The display traditionally consists of 2x4m posters with graphic images making comparisons between abortion and events such
as the holocaust and lynchings of African Americans by the KKK
The GAP display that eventually came to UBC was a much smaller
version of the original, using posters 1x2.5m in size.
Lifeline—aji AMS club. Lifeline was created in 1996 and is a
anti-abortion group that operates on campus.
Student Administrative Commission (SAC)—a commission that
is responsible for the bookings and functions inside the SUB. The
SAC also deals with the over 200 clubs within the AMS and oversees the creation and elimination of clubs. The SAC can pass resolutions that deal with the SUB and those resolutions have to be
accepted by the AMS council to be made official.
Students for Choice (SFC)—a group of pro-choice students and
non-students. The SFC was created to oppose the coming of GAP to
Students for Life (SFL)—a group of anti-abortion students and
non-students formed in Oct. 1999. SFL includes members and non-
members of Lifeline and was created to deal with UBC in negotiations to bring a smaller version of GAP to campus. ♦
Student union
faces allegations
of rights
"Trial" from page 1.
Kaiser and Lesley Washington were all associated with the AMS.
Chandler and Kaiser were members of
the AMS External Commission and
Washington was a member of the AMS
Jones summarised his position by stating
there are contracts between students and
the university and students and the AMS
which guarantee freedom of assembly and
expression and that both those contracts
have been violated by the actions of the
Malcolm MacLean represented the AMS.
In his opening statements, MacLean asserted that the AMS is not liable for the attack
on the GAP display because Chandler,
Kaiser and Washington were not employees
of the AMS. MacLean also stated that the
AMS had no knowledge of any contract that
could be breached by the AMS.
Jones argued that the contract between
students and UBC arises from the academic
regulation on academic freedom as
described in the UBC Calendar.
The regulation describes the primary
functions of the university as instruction
and the pursuit of knowledge, and that
"behaviour which obstructs free and full
discussion, not only of ideas which are safe
and accepted but those which may be
unpopular or even abhorrent, vitally threatens the integrity of the university's forum.*
Jones said this contract was violated
DISCUSSING OR DISGUSTING? Students interact in front of one of many GAP
displays that came to campus, tara westover/ubyssey file photo
when the AMS cancelled room bookings in
the SUB because they thought the rooms
would house GAP material. Any AMS resolutions banning GAP-related material from the
SUB also violate that contract, Jones asserted.
The AMS said GAP material is banned
from the SUB for the safety of both the people bringing the GAP display and for the
security of the building.
MacLean pointed out that free speech is
limited in that it does not include inciting
hate against a group of people.
MacLean went on to state that the
Lifeline club was only restricted regarding
GAP, pointing out that the club can show
large pictures of aborted fetuses in the SUB,
just as long as no comparisons are made
with abortion.
The restrictions placed on Lifeline come.
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in part, from a SAC resolution stating that
no GAP-related material could be brought
into the SUB. This resolution was passed at
a March 27 SAC meeting that did not have
quorum, casting doubt on the legality of that
Quorum is a set number of members of
a group that must be present for any decisions that are made to be legal.
But the AMS said those SAC decisions
were legal because they were accepted both
at later SAC meetings and AMS council
Just before the trial Gray discussed
what she hoped would come from the
She would like the AMS and SAC resolutions limiting what Lifeline could bring into
the SUB removed, and compensation for
the damages incurred in the attack.
"We want the AMS to not do this again,"
Gray said. \
"We also want this to be a precedent setting case, so that other student societies and
even universities across Canada realise that
they have to protect their own students'
rights to free speech," she added.
AMS General Manager Bernie Peets felt
nptiTnistic about the trial.
"We feel that the AMS acted properly and
within the law," said Peets.
Since the initial display on November
23, 1999, GAP has been on-campus about
12 times and Lifeline says that there are
plans for two events sometime this year.
The GAP display has not been shown in the
Final arguments will be heard from the
lawyers near the end of October and a final
decision could take as long as five months
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MONTREAL (CUP)-Concordia University took a *
step toward open communication last week in a ~
forum meant to address free speech on campus *
after a divisive protest that halted a speech by
former   Israeli   Prime   Minister   Benjamin
Netanyahu on September 9.
To bring students together, the university
administration temporarily broke its moratbri-"
um on the use of university space for events
related to. the Middle East. Rector Frederick
Lowy called the gathering a hopeful attempt at
reconciliation for a campus rife with political
Students, however, were more intent on'
pointing fingers.
"You are personally to blame, Rector Lowy,
you and nobody else," yelled one student into the -
The student union echoed this thought at a
press conference when they called on Lowy,   '
Dean of Students Donald Boisvert and Head of
Security Jean Brisebois to resign.
"They are responsible for students and they
failed them," said Yves Engler, a student union
executive member. "If security calls in cops that "
subsequently gas students they should take
responsibility for it" "
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Fishy business
by Lisa Johnson
On September 12, the BC government lifted a seven-year-old moratorium on the
expansion of the fish farming industry in
the province. The announcement raised
concerns from conservationists across the
The government also intends to stop the
Salmon Aquaculture Review (SAR).
According to a recent report by the
British Columbia Salmon Farming
Association, salmon production rose
from 22,259 to 62,000 during the
The ban forbade the establishment of
new sites for salmon aquaculture and said
requests for increases to production or
size of an existing site would be considered "under exceptional circumstances
Failure by salmon farm operators to
comply with these regulations and their
own management plans is one explana-
tifin for the near-tripling of BC-farmed
salmon production during the last seven
years. In 2001, for instance, over half of
BC's salmon farms were cultivating more
than their allowable biomass of fish,
either by expanding the area of their operations 6r by packing fish more tightly into
existing pens.
Dr John Volpe, a leading researcher on
salmon aquaculture in BC, was unsatisfied
with the state of salmon aquaculture
when the government removed the
"Even if you accept the SAR's findings, it
only gave a cautious nod to salmon farming
expansion if [its] 49 recommendations
were implemented," explains Volpe. "So
far, only six of them have been."
According to the provincial government's 2001 Finfish Aquaculture
.Compliance Report, 60 per cent of BC's
fish farms are operating in violation of
their management plans and government
"If we can't even clean up the mess
from existing fish farms, how can we
expect to control new farms?" said Clement
Lam of the Forest Action Network (FAN).
The moratorium was imposed in 1995
as a temporary prohibition to minimise the
expansion and impact of the industry while
the government and scientists analysed the
industry and developed new regulations.
The last regulation, which increased the
amount of waste a farm could dump without
obtaining a permit, fell into place
September 12, along with the lifting of the
Some fish farms grow salmon at 40 to
50kg per cubic meter, or ten times the density that they occur in nature, explains Dr
John Heath, owner of Yellow Island
Overstocked fish farms produce adverse
environmental arid health effects, such as
large amounts of organic waste which builds
up on the ocean floor in the form of uneaten
food, feces, and dead salmon and can
smother animals and plants.
High stocking densities also results
in more frequent and intense disease outbreaks that require treatment with pesticides and antibiotics, explains Heath,
who is also a physician. Prolonged
exposure to these chemicals can select
for resistant viruses, diseases and
parasites, which may affect wild salmon
The BC Ministry of Agriculture, Fish and
Food (MAFF) is aware that violations are
occurring. Its 2001 Compliance Report
identified "the inconsistency between
approved site-specific management plans
and actual on-site operations" as their primary concern.
Laurie MacBride, who served on the
provincial Salmon Aquaculture
Implementation Advisory Committee
before the moratorium ended, blames poor
monitoring and enforcement for this lack
of compliance.
"There are only six inspectors for the
entire coast," explains McBride, who now
works for a coalition of conservation
groups. "Enforcement is almost nil."
Except for one annual inspection by the
MAFF, fish farm operators monitor their
own facility and report their findings to
their region's aquaculture manager, a practice some groups feel don't hold farms
Unfazed by protests from conservation
groups as it lifted the moratorium, the government asserted that the MAFF "will
ensure that finfish farming is managed in
an environmentally sustainable manner
while enabling the growth of this important
"But how can the public be guaranteed
that this is being carried out in an adequate manner?" asked Genovali. With government reports of industry self-monitoring and low compliance with regulations,
environmental stakeholders remain
unconvinced. ♦
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an eclectic collection of ground-breaking cine-,
ma from around the world. The selection
includes an extended series of Special
Presentations, a Bow to Bollywood, a powerful Nonfiction Features program of 60 films
including a "Holding History Accountable"
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In Ori Kowarsky's engaging first feature, young
love collides with old-world values. A law student (Tygh Runyan) must decide between the
girl of his dreams (Carly Pope) and the life envisioned by his orthodox Jewish family. With:
Anne-fimanuelle Romanelli's effervescent Fork
Keeps (Quebec, 8 min.). <vario>
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about atrocious, confrontational parenting and the ability of kidsto survive the worst of times. <KENPA>
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Paradox Lake (USA/Poland/Germany, 85 min.)
Polish-born Przemyslaw .Rent's innovative look at
autism unfolds in a New York summer camp, as a sensitive counsellor's personal journey takes unexpected
turns after encountering an imaginative 12-year-old
camper trapped in her playful universe. Intentionally
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Martina Kudlacek's ambitious and remarkable
documentary on the life, work and thought of
America's foremost female experimental filmmaker of the 40s and 50s. Featuring interviews with avant-gardists Jonas Mekas, Stan
Brakhage and Amos Vogel, among others, and
a soundtrack by John Zorn. <INMIR>
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Gaza Strip (USA/Palestine, 74 min.)
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Football Birds plummet
UBC now a
the bottom
By David Brindle
In sports, there is no worse place than
the bottom. That is where the
Thunderbird football team finds itself
after a frustrating 22-17 home-opening loss to the University of
Saskatchewan Huskies on Friday
night UBC is now alone at the bottom
of the Canada West standings with a 0-
3 record.
Facing each other at the opening
kickoff, it was as if UBC and
Saskatchewan were looking into a
mirror, both with 0-2 records. Despite
a UBC home field advantage before
3000 boisterous fans, including the
requisite two inadequate streakers,
the Huskies prevailed, and the loss
gives the Thunderbirds the distinction
of being the only team ill the league
. that hasn't won a game this season.
Not to take anything away from the
Huskies, who played solidly, keeping
their composure in the first half when
the Thunderbirds had momentum
and the lead, up 14-3 with two and a-
half minutes left, but Saskatchewan
didn't win. UBC lost.
When the game swung in
Saskatchewan's favor with 1:06 left in
the first half, the Birds began losing.
UBC's Sandy Beveridge fumbled the
ball on his own seven-yard line on a
missed field goal return. One play
later, the Huskies' fallback, Graeme
Bell, scored the first of his two touchdowns, and the visitors had momentum at the half,, trailing the
Thunderbirds 14-12.
In the second half, the
Thunderbirds tightened up, but tried
too hard, which resulted in UBC penalties. Big penalties. Not the nickel and
dime stuff, but the ones caused by
mental lapses that players pay for at
practice by running the stairs at
Thunderbird Stadium. And although
the Huskies racked up more yards in
flag infractions, 16 for 156yards, UBC
couldn't turn them into points.
"We struggled with not being able
to sustain drives," says UBC head
coach Lou DesLauriers, "and too
many mistakes. [There were] late hits
and unnecessary roughness calls."
On the positive side, Rob Kenney,
back in the pocket at starting quarterback after missing the first two games
with a back injury, gave the
Thunderbird offense a new dimension: a passing game.
"Robert Kenney did a good job of
throwing      the      football,"      said
17  11
DesLauriers. "He spread the ball
around, and gave better coverage."
Kenney's favorite target of the
night was his back-up, his way-back
back-up: the T-birds' number four
pivot, Troy Therrien.
"Yeah, four minutes into the game,
Coach said, 'Troy, you're on,"
Thierrien said of his early start on
the field.
He went at wide receiver—the first
time he'd played the position since he
was eight years old—and proceeded to
catch UBC's second and last touchdown at 5:18 of the second quarter
when he took a seven-yard strike in
the end zone. Listed as one of the
Thunderbirds' promising players,
Therrien finished the game with six
catches for a team-high 88 yards and
even got a chance to throw the ball on
a desperate reverse late in the game.
"I get one play to be quarterback,"
Therrien said, "and I end up at the bottom of a sack. It's the first time I've
been hit out there in a while."
It's   also   the   first   time   the
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Thunderbirds have gone to air in a
while. The running game bottomed
out early on with Kenney at the helm.
After Julian Radlein s 113 yard game
against Manitoba in week two, UBC's
running game managed only 34 yards
on 17 carries compared with 211
yards against the Bisons.
On defense, multi-tasker Javier Glatt
shone as usual. UBC's two-time all-
Canadian led all players with 12 tackles, broke two passes, and added a
forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
He also lined up at fullback and
returned kickoffs—one wonders if
there is anything Glatt can't do.
What now for the Thunderbirds? Dei
Nothing   changes,   and   that  likely Saskat
includes the downward spiralling team early
record, at least for a week The team upcon
doesn't have the option of moving play- ranket
ers around—the fact that a back-up that tl
quarterback stepped in at wide receiv- ahead,
er and was the offensive star of the this se
game attests to a lack of depth top te
Although the Birds may be able to lookin
excuse their two season opening loss- now, v
es-twb tough road game losses against The p
nationally ranked Manitoba (#2) and reman
Regina (#4), Friday's loss to a beatable motivt
Saskatchewan squad was not so easy 3." Soi
to explain away. on the
The Canadian Men's Eight boat was
golden at the World Championships
in Seville, Spain this Sunday. Beating
the Germans and the Americans as
they sliced up the Gualdaquivir River
for first place/ UBC grads Kyle
Hamilton, {3 seat) and Ben Rutlege (4
seat) shared in the national victoiy,
winning Canada's first rowing gold
in three years.
Field Hockey
Yes, there's championship fever
sneaking through the lawns once
again, as the Women's Field Hockey
team held on to their number-one
spot in the nation this weekend. The
first tournament of the season saw
the Birds hammer Manitoba 7-0 in
Edmonton and down the hosting
Alberta Pandas 1-0. There were a
few missed notes in the winning
anthem however, as the Vikes shut
out the Birds 1-0; and UBC couldn't
exact a win over Calgary, ending in a
1-1 tie.
Ice Hockey
It's still the pre-season, so the
Birds didn't take their twin losses to
Calgary over the weekend too badly.
UBC is now off to Alberta for the
Brick Invitational on Saturday and
Sunday. ♦
by Jesse Marchand
The Calgary Dinos women's soccer
team will now have to share the podium in the Canada West Conference as
the Thunderbirds have leapt into first
place after winning two shut-outs this
past weekend.
Saturday's game was a nail-biter
against Calgary, whose standings are
currently 4-2-1 while UBC hasn't yet
lost a game this season. After 50
scoreless minutes of play, a penalty
kick by team captain and midfielder
Kristine Jack put in the only goal pf the
game, making it a 1-0 win for
the Birds.
Coach Dick Mosher was quite
happy with the way things went on
Saturday.   "It  was   pretty   well   a
fifty/fifty game," he said of both
teams' intensity. He also pointed out
that the penalty kick gave UBC something to "capitalise" on. "I thought it
was one of our better games," he
added, "maybe not our best, but certainly one of the better games we have
had so far."
The game on Sunday against the
Lethbridge Pronghorns, however, was
different in terms of the intensity the
Birds put out onto the field. A far inferior team, the Pronghorns let five
goals in, without scoring a goal of
their own.
"It's definitely always a different
game when you're playing Calgary
than when you're playing Lethbridge,"
said striker Rosalyn Hicks when comparing the two games. She concluded
that the difference was in technical
skill, and although they won by a landslide on Sunday, she felt that technically the Birds played a better game
the day before.
UBC's performance on Sunday
was not completely devoid of technical prowess, though The game started
out quite aggressive, with the teams
looking matched in skill and intensity.
The weather was sunny and hot, and
play seemed intense. But the
Pronghorns cooled off just oyer 13
minutes in when Lethbridge goalie
Stacey Gammon went out to trap the
ball and missed, giving centre midfielder Iianne McHardy a chance to
sink UBC's first goal into a wide open
net The Birds turned up the heat two
minutes later when a pass from Anja.
Sigloch enabled Kristine Jack to chip it
in the top left hand corner of the net,
leaving Gammon with no possibility
to stop it.
While Hicks thought Lethbridge's
goalkeeper was nothing to write home
uriers asserted that
iwan was better than their
ord suggested. As for the
g battle against Calgary,
h in the nation, he conceded
Birds have a rough road
lalgary will be tough. So far
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srs and the coaching staff
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Is like the Birds expect to be
ttom for a while. ♦
Women's, soccer team
PASSING GAME: Sarah Regan dribbles past Dinos in Saturday's win. She went on to score the Birds' fifth and final goal, nic fensom photo
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about, it was shots like that one that
made her confident in the ability of
her team. "I didn't think she was a factor," said Hicks of the opposing keeper. "Anytime you're playing against a
team, a good shot's gonna go in
regardless of the keeper." And the
shots kept going in. Five minutes after
goal two, midfielder Heather Smith,
kicked it in with an assist from striker
Sarah Regan. The rest of the first half
showed the Birds to be the obvious
aggressor and the Pronghorns as
a technically inferior team.
Lethbridge's goalie continually fumbled balls, and with less than two minutes left in the first half a kick from
Lianne McHardy sent Gammon fumbling on a trap again, leaving an easy
shot for Rosalyn Hicks.
The second half was lacklustre for
the Birds who, according to Hicks, had
already achieved their goal in the first
half. Not that Lethbridge had stopped
trying, as Hicks had mentioned it was
"a physical game" and the second half
saw many penalties, including two
missed penalty kicks on the part of
UBC. The Birds, however, were not to
be undersold. Just to add more to the
bird feeder, Sarah Regan kicked the
fifth goal in with an assist from midfielder Keiko Read.
Overall, UBC coach Dick Mosher
thought it was a good weekend for the
Birds but indicated that the team still
has areas to work on after the close
game against Calgary. "We have to
show a little more imagination going
into the attacking third," said coach
Mosher. "We are giving up a number
of opportunities which are resulting in
a number of corner kicks against us,"
he added, "but the girls know, and we
are working on improving those
aspects of the game."
Next weekend the women will be
on the road facing a triple-threat: the
teams of Regina, Saskatchewan
and Alberta. ♦
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jVagkdly, still
pretty good
with Sam Roberts
at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
Sept. 19
by Aman Sharma
It's become very fashionable to dislike the Tragically Hip these
days. Some might say the old men just aren't cool any more,
and their music stopped being interesting a few albums ago, if
it ever was. Luckily for their fans, the Tragically Hip have never
given a shit about fashion.
Their latest visit to Vancouver was in support of their
newest (and in my mind, most thoughtful) album, In Violet
Light The Hip sauntered in and took over the Queen Elizabeth
Theatre for a soiree last Thursday night, riding under the tour
banner of "The Tragically Hip—in the flesh.*
The opening act was MuchMusic's current CanCon horse,
Sam Roberts. The group sounded good, and judging by the head
bobs in the crowd, many people enjoyed them. For me, Sam
Roberts was similar to a piece of Double Bubble gum. After about
five minutes, the flavour was gone and it was too tough to chew.
There was a lot of 'rah rah Canada' in his set, and for the most
part it seemed that the band was trying too hard. From the drummer's Team Canada T-shirt to the band's failed attempts to get
people dancing, the whole thing reeked of misplaced priorities.
It seems this cult of Canadiana overshadows the fact that
the evening is about a musically tight, lyrically outstanding
rock'n'roll band, which deserves to be evaluated outside of the
worship of nationalism. In my mind, the art of the Tragically
Hip lies in a shared experience they've created, not in an accident of geography.
Johnny, Paul, Gord, Gord and Bobby (collectively known as
The Tragically Hip) were tight from the very start. They were
untouchable, giving the crowd a top notch set Johnny Fay was
engrossed in his work, hammering out the beats while Downie
and the Gordanaires ran the gauntlet.
On this night, the entire band seemed thoroughly motivated
for the entire two-hour set. Paul Langois, in particular, didn't
take a moment's rest, ripping out great rhythm guitar sounds
the entire night. In support of his teammate, Gord Downie delivered an outstanding performance. I didn't notice one instance
of the frontman giving up on a note; instead he gave the proletariat verse the breath and fervor it deserves. The band ran
through songs like 'My Music @ Work," "It's A Good Life If You
Don't Weaken" and "Ahead By A Century." The understated,
hardworking passions and poetic viscosity of songs like these
are what made this performance one to remember. ♦
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trumpeter blows
them away
at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre
Sept. 18
by Vampyra Oraculea
Last Wednesday, critically acclaimed local
jazz trumpeter Vince Mai brought his unique
blend of jazz traditions to the Vancouver
East Cultural Centre for two hour-long sets of
wonderful musicianship. The ads promised
that Mai would be playing smooth Latin jazz,
and he definitely delivered. The band played
seamlessly, sliding from solo ;to solo fluidly,
letting the audience soak up the terrific
music from their new CD Subte.
Every member of the band performed
several solos, each of them displaying just
how talented and skillful these musicians
are. Mai, of course, probably had the greatest number, but it is his band, after all, and .
his music. Locally prolific keyboardist Brad
Turner also had some great toccata-like
solos, as did percussionist Jepe Danza', who
threw' his whole body into his solos and
even seemed to be chanting during one particularly intense passage. Bassist Marc
Rogers, who flew out from Toronto to play
the gig, did an amazing solo which dempn-
strated just what sort of range, flexibility,
agiliiy and speed the bass is capable of. For
the most part everyone always seemed
eager to hear more solos from all of the
band, and the applause was thunderous
after just about every solo.
As the bandleader, Mai simply waited for
each solo to flow naturally and find its own
conclusion before bringing the rest "of the
band back in to return to the full swing of
the music. He did seem a bit shy about talking to the audience, but maybe he just felt
the music spoke for itself.
The show was not without a few snags,
however. Mai, who alternated playing trumpet with flugelhorn knd additional percussion, seemed to be having some issues with
his flugelhorn, frequently shaking it as
though trying_to dislodge some sort of
obstruction. Vocalist Rebecca Shoichet was
often nearly inaudible, but I sugpect this
was a problem with the PA mixing levels.
(When I could Hear her, she had a delightfully sweet soprano voice that blended well
with the whole ensemble.) On the last number, guest percussionist Raphael Geronimo
temporarily disappeared, and then joined
ihe piece in progress. He went on to do an
incredible percussion solo towards the end
of the piece, titled 'Nova Bossa".
Perhaps the most annoying snag, though,
was the member of the audience who got
bored during Rogers's stunning bass solo, prematurely and rather sarcastically yelling 'yeah
baby" after only a few minutes of the intricate
solo. Rogers seemed uncertain of what to do,
and ended the solo a few beats later.
Overall, however, the concert was a striking display of just how great our often
under-appreciated local jazz is. I'd recommend Mai's Subte to anyone who loves
good music. ♦
at Sonar
Sept. 15
by Erin Hope-Goldsmith
I had just gotten back into town after a weekend of camping in the forest and was feeling a
bit too grubby for a concert, but the Icelandic
band Gus Gus put me right at ease. Not that
they're grubby; they aren't, but they do have a
great don't-care-ishness about their image, and
their music has a spacious and open feeling.
The female singer danced wearing 80s
crimped hair, cargo pants, sneakers, and a
frilly prom dress; the male singer wore a tan
outfit which resembled a ranger's uniform.
The other members of the band hung out in the
background and worked with video and mixing
with electronic equipment. Gus Gus's upbeat
music is a mixture of electronic sounds, DJ
spinning, live vocals and keyboards,. The tran-
cy beat keeps your feet, hips and shoulders
moving (or, if you're a stiff person, at least it
keeps your head bobbing).
The singing seemed to be partly in Icelandic
and partly in English, and the female singer's
mysterious vocals were enhanced by her cat
eyes and gypsy-like dancing.
The show included random digital videos
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projected on the backdrop— white cars disappearing into red circles and reappearing as
black cars, Icelandic mountain scenery, a girl
squatting in front of said scenery—the imagery
was entertaining and tastefully used. Perhaps
if I understood the lyrics they would have had
some connection with the videos, but I suspect
not. They were fun to watch for their own
The show that Gus Gus put on at Sonar was
lively, humorous, and full of beautiful sounds.
The perfect thing to welcome a tired camper
back to the electronic age. ♦
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TiVe are YRJ!' shouted Michael Schwandt "Our goal is to save
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to housing
must be kept
Considering it's been empty for more than ten
years, the Woodward's building downtown has
certainly been garnering plenty of attention.
Mind you, this is not just any building.
Formerly the flagship store for Woodward's, the
now-defunct department store chain, the
656,000 sq.ft. structure at the corner of
Hastings and Abbott is—for better or worse—a
Vancouver landmark.
The building, built in 1903, was Vancouver's
first department store and—for many—symbolised the young city's growing wealth and sophistication. Most people who lived in Vancouver
prior to 1992 (when the store was vacated) will
remember the elaborate Christmas window displays. Or accompanying grandma to $1.49 Day.
Or a time when Hastings Street wasn't synonymous with drug use and poverty.
The past decade has been tough on the
Woodward's building, though. While its giant
'W' still towers above Gastown, the building
itself has lost any trace of its former
grandeur. As the building suffered, so too has
its neighbourhood, as more and more buildings become vacant and show more and
more signs of neglect.
In March 2001, it looked as though
Woodward's luck may have turned around. The
building was sold for $21.9 million to the
provincial government, that unveiled an ambitious $90 million plan to turn the buildmg into
300 co-op housing units.
It was a moment of almost unbelievable generosity for Downtown Eastside lobbyists who
had been begging for more affordable housing.
However, with the landslide victory of Gordon
Campbell's Liberals that fall, the plan was
quickly quashed. George Abbott, Minister for
Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services,
dismissed the plan, saying that renovating the
building would be a waste of money.
v For the residents of the Downtown Eastside,
this was a tremendous blow. The hope that had
been invested in the plan evaporated and—combined with the realties of BC's current political
climate—desperation set in.
Not surprisingly then, a week ago Friday, a
tent city sprung up around the boarded up walls
of the building. A ladder led to the second floor,
which had become a haven for over 50 squatters. Any hopes of continuing to protest from the
upper floors of the decrepit building were soon
crushed, however, as Vancouver police moved
in this past Saturday, following an enforcement
order handed down by the BC Supreme Court
the previous Monday. The cops proceeded to
clear the area with a battering ram, riot gear and
pepper spray, arresting 54 people.
It's a far cry from the promise of peaceful
eviction that floated through the news last week.
After telling the SFU Peak that the Vancouver
City Police "were fully understanding of the
bousing issue" in the Downtown Eastside,
Vancouver Police Inspector Ken Frail was
among those who evicted squatters from the
property Saturday.
But, of course, expecting the pobce to do as
they say is foolish. One could argue that they
were merely acting on the orders of a government who has broken much bigger promises
with much less sensitivity.
It is also a government that has a highly
developed sense of irony. The week before
Affordable Housing Week, Abbott announced
that 37 social housing projects were under
review, and in March 2002, he announced
that of those 1,700 units, only 700 were
approved for construction. The rest, including
the Woodward's redevelopment plan, were
axed. Instead, the government put the building
on the selling block, looking to recoup its $22
milllion. Abbott's reasoning: that the project
was in danger of becoming the "fast-ferries of
affordable housing."
While most don't feel the loss of the three
catamarans that are now rusting away unused,
the housing issue hits much closer to home.
The squeezing has begun, and instead of providing a way out for most of those who now find
shelter in Woodwards' doorways and on park
benches, the government is simply herding
them elsewhere to make room for the 'clean-up'
of the Hastings Corridor.
This is not a solution. Gentrifying the area
around Hastings and Abbott isn't going to
address the issue of poverty and homelessness
on the Downtown Eastside, which should be of
the utmost priority for any plan that looks to
renovate the Woodward's building. The situation downtown is far more critical than Premier
Campbell can fathom, certainly more important
than Vancouver's bid to host the Olympics.
Campbell told reporters on Friday that he
will not "meet with people that are breaking the
law." This is absurd, considering that by killing
the Woodward's housing project, he is effectively forcing Vancouver's estimated 1000 homeless people to break the law every night, as they
loiter' in public spaces in an effort to find a
place to sleep. Campbell was also concerned that
the building was not a "safe place to be" for the
protesters. How much safer are the streets? ♦
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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2002   11
UBC grad art
t for the
UBC MFA Graduate Exhibition
at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery
Sept 13-22
by John McCrank
This year's Master's of Fine Arts graduate exhi- -
bition, Dogwood, featuring the works of Gavin
Hipkins, Ann Shelton, Tim Lee, Natasha
McHardy and Sean Alward, wrapped up on
Sunday at the Morris and Helen Belkin Art
Gallery. Much of the show consisted of photo- I
based work, following in the footsteps of the
Vancouver photo-conceptuaHst tradition made
famous worldwide by artists such as Jeff Wall,
lan Wallace and Ken Lum.
Gavin Hipkins showed photos from the serii s
The Next Cabin. These works explore the le---*
savory sides of 'Supernatural British Columbia'
and the North American west coast.
In her photos from the series
Erewhon (Nowhere), Ann Shelton juxtaposes images side by side, each image
informing the other, to form an overall
narrative. In one coupling of photos,
"Woodlands/Riverview, Vancouver,
Canada" and "Pink booth. Madonna Inn,
San Lois Obispo, USA" we are shown a
cell inside Riverside psychiatric institution with whitewashed walls and bars on
the doors and windows, next to a close-up
photo of pink padded upholstery in a
diner booth. Put together, these images
conform to our concept of a mental institution, with soft colours and padded walls, while simultaneously showing us
the bleak reality. As a whole, the photos tell a disturbing story of mental illness, crime and incarceration.
Tim Lee (with Stephan Udell) contributed a two-channel video installation called "Funny Face, George and Ira Gershwin, 1927" to the show, that
"humorously examines aspects of fame and identity through optical illusion.
Providing one of the most creative uses of a medium at the show,
Natasha McHardy displayed a series of portraits in photographic style that
were entirely composed of discarded chewing gum. The images, collectively
entitled Bubble Gum Portraits, with the various shades of gum making up the tone of the
pictures, all show romantic scenes of couples
passionately embracing and kissing. The use
of bubble gum was interesting, in that while
we see strangers' saliva coming together, both on the image and in it, to create
scenes of beauty and romance, we cannot separate the fact that there is something inherently dirty about it.
Sean Alward was the lone painter in
the show, with several oil
paintings on wood panel,
many depicting faceless
business people engaged
in dialogue. One painting, a diptych entitled
Head, shows a man sitting on a couch with his
relaxed, arm stretching
out onto one panel, while
on the other panel we are
shown his head and
torso. The man's head is
almost surreal, merging
into itself in a style reminiscent of Francis Bacon,
relaxed posture of the
man, painted in thick loose
strokes, offsets the disturbingly distorted face, leaving the
viewer uneasy and unsure of
the psychological intent.
Overall, T enjoyed the show
and look forward to seeing the
work of these artists as they
attempt to follow the paths of
those that came before them
from the local art scene and
onto the world stage. ♦
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A lesson in direct
>   '   I
at the Vogue
•Sept. 19
by Lisa Johnson
The Coalition of Progressive
Electors (COPE) executed a skillful
branding exercise Thursday night
at the Vogue, using anti-corporate
author and journalist Naomi
Klein as a spokesperson for their
"pi-o-democracy" platform.
And I'm okay with that.
Some activists complain that,
Klein has branded herself. (In her
second book, Fences and
Windows, she has delivered her
latest offering on the "globalisation debate" with  a visual  and
The author of
No Logo talks
about how to
COPE with
today's politics.
organisational format that will
strike No Logo readers as comfortingly familiar, with crafted
synergy between the books and
their associated web-sites,
www.nologo.org and www.fences-
Yet, I think they're paying her a
What is so refreshing about
Klein and, to some extent, the
COPE civic platform, is that their
critique of the mainstream has a
vision for the future, and they
aren't afraid to use strategy—even
branding strategy—to pull it off.
No Logo and Fences analyse
the recent past of the anti-corporate, pro-democracy movement
(which everyone else shorthands
as "anti-globalisation"), but her
sold-out talk on Thursday focused
on what she sees as the movement's hopeful future: direct local
In countries like South Africa
and Argentina, with struggling or
THOSE AREN'T NIKES ARE THEY? Naomi Klein signs her book.
collapsed economic and social
systems, she explained, people
are already moving towards direct
action and local democracy to win
hack services and jobs lost during
government privatisation and
"Forty tLousand people a week
lose access to electricity in South
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their jobs," she said. "So there is a
direct action group there, the
Soweto Electricity Crisis
Committee, that figured 'we have
a lot of out-of-work electricians
and a lot of people without electricity,' and began reconnecting
In Argentina, where Klein and
her husband, Avi Lewis, are making a documentary, similar direct
action movements are happening.
During that country's economic
collapse last December, foreign
investors rapidly pulled out from
their Argentinean holdings, leaving factories that had produced
food and clothes empty. Since
then, she reported, Argentinean
people have gained the means to
re-enter the factories and start
producing goods, with some operations officially turned into workers' co-operatives. "They didn't
quite 'seize the means of production," she explained, chuckling.
"They just went there and picked
up the keys."
Filled with pithy phrases like
this, Klein's glib delivery came off
strangely at times. She did manage to make her serious topics
surprisingly entertaining by peppering them with very real, cut-to-
the-chase observations. This tac-
tic's downside, as in the
Argentina case above, was its
making hard-fought victories
sound like easy and obvious solutions. Easy or not, Klein stressed
that Canada should take lessons
in local democracy from countries
like Argentina and South Africa.
"We are told that the problems in
these countries are the result of
their corrupt leaders and there is
nothing generalisahle about them,
but that's not true," said Klein, citing parallel problems with deregulation and privatisation in
Klein's concerns echoed those
of COPE mayoral candidate Larry
Campbell, who spoke before her
about the government's handling
of BC Hydro privatisation and
drug abuse prevention for
Downtown Eastside residents.
"These are issues that the public
is clear about what they want and
are being ignored by their provincial and municipal governments,"
he said.
Klein encouraged people to use
topis like money, politics and
'surround sound activism" to get
the public back into the decisionmaking processes of government
and industry, beginning at the
local level.
With this focus on strategy, the
star author gave her fans a direct
democracy mission statement:
"We need to change the mechanisms of government/ she said,
"to make ourselves less easy to
control." ♦


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