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The recent death of former Prime Minister Pierre
Trudeau has shifted the attention away from his
politics and onto his persona. But even as the
country mourns, this week marks the 30-year
anniversary of the October Crisis, one of Trudeau's
defining moments as a politician. And for those
who were there, remembering what happened is
vitally important.
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by Pascal Faucher
Montreal Campus
MONTREAL (PUIQ)-At the time of
the events of October, 1970, the
University du Quebec a Montreal
(UQAM), Quebec's people's university, was so close to the people and the
people's movement, that the authorities thought it was best to muzzle it
Those at UQAM who witnessed the
October Crisis now look back at it,
30 years later.
Some people remember this
time because of the terrorist acts
committed by the Front de
Liberation du Quebec (FLQ), the radical workers' party that planted over
80 bombs in the province and
claimed six lives. Others remember
it simply because they could not celebrate Hallowe'en that year.
UQAM was founded in April,
1969, and offered its first courses
that fall So for their part the architects of the new university remember
that the October Crisis led to the closure of their year old campus. This
was an event that deeply affected the
very heart of the new institution.
A cradle for all sorts of revolutionary movements, UQAM, which
had barely celebrated its first birthday, found itself at the heart of the
Crisis. A couple of UQAM students,
Jacques and Louise Cossette-Trudel,
were part of the Liberation group
that kidnapped the British diplomat
James Richard Cross on October 5,
1970 from his Westmount home.
The next day, it was at UQAM's
Lafontaine Pavillion where the first
FLQ communique was delivered.
The FLQ specifically demanded
the liberation of FLQ members
imprisoned for their militant activities, the rehiring of 450 truck drivers laid off by Canada Post, and the
equivalent of $500,000 in gold bullion. More generally, the FLQ called
for the emancipation of all the
Quebecois people whom, the FLQ
claimed, were oppressed by the
social and economic conditions in
Quebec. In a particularly Canadian
twist, the communique" also
demanded that the FLQ manifesto
be read on Radio-Canada, the
Quebec equivalent of CBC-TV.
Heavily influenced by left-wing
ideas, UQAM tended to sympathise
with tha FLQ's demands right from
the beginning. On October 16, an
assembly of professors offically supported the FLQ manifesto, while students voted to go on strike. Of
course, a strike was completely
unnecessary—in light of Prime
Minister Pierre Trudeau's invocation of the War Measures Act the
night before, the RCMP ordered the
university closed. Its doors
remained shut for five days.
"The first thing the authorities
hit was UQAM. They said it was 'full
of terrorists," remembers Jean-Paul
Lafrance, a professor of communications, who was hired in 1969.
"They claimed to have found two
students with knives. Knives! We
were very insulted."
Louis Gill, a professor of economics and the first vice-president
of the UQAM faculty association,
recalls being thrown out of his office
by plainclothes police officers who
had come to lock the university
gates. For his part, political science
professor Jean-Marc Piotte, a former
militant Marxist, witnessed police
interrupt his lecture to arrest his
teaching assistant
After the War Measures Act was
invoked, 6000 soldiers soon
descended upon the city to lend
strength to the police. Until April 30,
1971, civil liberties were suppressed, public meetings were prohibited, and police were authorised
to detain anyone for 21 days without
a warrant
"During the occupation, professors panicked," remembers Piotte.
"Some of them left for the country to
hide. The government believed that
there were thousands of FLQ members in the province. In reality, there
were never more than 251"
The War Measures Act meant that
the usual Canadian civil liberties
were suspended. Anyone believed to
be linked to the FLQ could be rounded up without a search warrant and
incarcerated without the right of
habeas corpus—465 people were
rounded up in this way.
"The army had to keep people
calm," says Piotte. "Prime Minister
Trudeau wanted to break the sovereigntist movement and all those
who were involved in it*
The FLQ manifesto was read on
television, and on October 10, the
Quebec Minister of Justice guaranteed the kidnappers safe passage to
anywhere in the world in return for
Cross' release. But, incensed by the
government's apparent lack of
action over the FLQ's first set of
demands, a second FLQ group kidnapped Pierre Laporte, Quebec's
deputy premier and minister of
Labour and Immigration, from his
suburban home. This time around,
the FLQ demands were similar to
the first set but Premier Robert
Bourassa stalled, trying to buy time
to convince the terrorists to release
his colleague.
This tactic proved to be a mistake—Laporte was found strangled
seven days later in the trunk of a
green Chevrolet near the St-Hubert
military base. After the death of the
minister, Quebecois public sympathy for the FLQ diminished considerably. The UQAM professors were
no exception.
"The FLQ was a mistake.
Terrorism isn't justified where
democracy exists. The violence only
helped feed the conservative atmosphere," said Jacques Jourdain of the
political science department, who is
one of the organisers of an October
Crisis colloquium taking place at
UQAM today.
Robert Comeau, a former FLQ
member and now a history professor, is also critical of the movement
to which he once belonged.
'In hindsight, I would say that
the FLQ was a dead end," said
Comeau, who once helped draft the
FLQ communiques. "After the death
of Pierre Laporte, I quit Terrorism
can never be effective because those
in power always have more means."
Comeau cites police surveillance
as an example of these means, "The
police had UQAM under surveillance. I thought that a car was always
following me. In fact, there were 141
I discovered in 1980 that I had been
under electronic surveillance for ten
years, in my office, my house, and
my car." Comeau was also spied on
October Crisis Timeline
October $, 1070: British trade commissioner James Cross Is kidnapped
from his home by FLQ members. An FLQ communique gives authorities
until noon on October 7 to meet its demands,
October 7: Police make early-morning raids on areas known and suspected to be frequented by the FLQ. Thirty suspects are arrested, but
released later the same day. The FLQ extends its deadline for another
24 hours,
October 8: The FLQ manifesto is read in its entirety on the RadfoOanada
TV station,
October 0: Police reveal the identity of a suspect in the kidnapping. The
FLQ gives a final deadline of &00pm the following day? warning'that.
Cross will never be found again if the demands were not met
October 10: Quebec Justice Minister Jerome Choquette announces (hat
the government will not meet the FLQ demands. However, the federal
government guarantees the FLQ kidnappers safe passage to a foreign
country in return for the safe release of Cross. The same day, Quebec
cabinet member Pierre Laporte is kidnapped from his home by the
FLQ, The FLQ warns that it plans to kidnap Premier Robert Bourassa as
October 12: Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau summons armed troops to
Ottawa and Montreal to guard potential targets of the FLQ. A letter from
Cross is found along with another FLQ communique, saying that he is
confident that he wul be released if the FLQ's demands are met
October 13: Trudeau's infamous "Just watch mei* quip, offered in
response to a journalist's question about whether he will invoke ihe War
Measures Act According to Trudeau, only 'weak-kneed bleeding hearts*
would be reluctant to take these steps. Potential political targets are
accompanied into the House of Commons by armed troops.
October 14: A group of prominent Quebec figures, including Parti
Quebecois leader Rene Levesque,, support an exchange of FLQ prisoners
for the hostages.
October 1$: The Quebec government calls in the Canadian army.
Bourassa rejects the FLQ demands, but offers safe passage out of
Canada for the kidnappers in exchange for Cross and Laporte, The
Quebec government also recommends parole-fcr fittr prisoners the FLQ
wants released,
October 16: At 5; 15am, it is announced that Trudeau has invoked the
War Measures Act, the first time that Ottawa has done so during peacetime. In pre-dawn raids, 242 people are arrested.
October 17: Laporte's body is.found. An autopsy later reveals that he
was choked to death with a religious chani he wore around his neck.
In early December, 1970, Cross' captors are found. They are given safe
passage to Cuba, and Cross is released. Laporte's kidnappers are found
four weeks later, and are tried for kidnapping and murder. ♦
for two years by Carole de Vault who
lectured at UQAM, and for eight
more years by one of his friends.
Today, the events of 1970 are
hardly taught, Comeau laments.
'Even after 30 years, the October
Crisis is a taboo subject Historians
avoid delicate subjects, those that
are too political."
In an effort to revive the memory
of this important chapter in
Quebec's political history, this
month he is re-editing a book about
the Crisis by Francis Simard, one of
Laporte's kidnappers.
Because behind the violence,
there were ideals. "We wanted to
form a true workers' party, separate
from the Parti Quebecois, to raise
people's awareness of exploitation
of domination by big business. Not
to turn over the government nor to
take power, but to stir things up." On
this count at least the FLQ can claim
that it accomplished its mission. ♦
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Print calendar to go?
UBC might choose Web-only edition
by Cynthia Lee
A university proposal to phase out
the printed version of the UBC calendar to have primarily online
access for the publication is receiving mixed reviews from students.
"We're considering not distributing the print calendar to students
provided that we can provide them
with the information they need in a
timely and effective format," said
Angela Runnals, assistant registrar
of Secretariat and Publication
Runnals said
that the online
version of the
UBC calendar is
easier for "people to End what
they're looking
for because of
the nature of
the Web."
RUNNALS But first year
Arts student Anna Morelos said she
prefers the printed version of the
calendar because she finds it easier
organising her classes with it
Other students, like Chandan
Khaira, are concerned that not all
students have online access.
The first-year Human Kinetics
student said she personally has
access to the Web, but "for people
who don't, it might be a problem."
Runnals, however, said that, in
the past, she has received many
comments that the calendar in its
print form is difficult to read.
"We've always received comments and feedback on the size and
complexity of the print calendar,"
said Runnals, who explained that
this is because the calendar serves
not only UBC students but also
prospective students and faculty.
"All of these people have slightly
different needs. Essentially, the
print calendar just gives everybody
everything," she said.
And second-year Nutritional
Science student Edmund Lai, said
he would not mind if UBC took the
calendar out of print
He said he finds the online version of the calendar "much easier to
access' and said that students without Web access at home could use
the Internet on campus.
Runnals said that students'
online accessibility will be
addressed over the next two months
during consulation with students
and other calendar users such as
faculty, high school students, colleges and career centres.
If the plan goes ahead, Runnals
said the university will save the cost
of printing and distributing the print
calenders. UBC spends $ 120,000 on
the 60,000 calendars published
"That money would go into
direct services for students," she
While the calendar in its current
form will likely be phased out,
Runnals said that UBC may still publish smaller, customised calendars,
which could include separate versions for undergraduate and graduate students. ♦
Nuclear arms still a threat
US anti-ICBM system may re-ignite arms race
by Jason Steele
Even though it's been over ten
years since the end of the Cold War,
the threat of nuclear conflict persists, international relations lawyer
Penelope Simons argued at a lecture held at UBC thi3 week.
"We still live under the threat of
intentional or accidental use of
nuclear weapons," said Simons,
who specialises in issues related to
nuclear disarmament, international human rights and human intervention.
Simons and Alyn Ware, a well-
known peace activist, lectured
Tuesday about the need to abolish
nuclear weapons—a lecture which
comes at a time when the issue of
nuclear arms is resurfacing at the
forefront of political discussion.
In 1996, the International Court
of Justice all but ruled the use of
nuclear weapons illegal.
"The court found that the threat
of using nuclear weapons is generally contrary to the rules of international law...and in particular to the
principles of humanitarian law,"
said Simons.
The court, however, could not
decide whether the use of nuclear
weapons would be illegal in an
extreme case of self-defense.
Eight states in the world currently possess nuclear weapons,
including the United States, Russia,
Israel, Pakistan, and India. Over
40,000 nuclear weapons exist in
the world, of which over 21,000 are
believed to be operational.
"Probably the worst thing that
the nuclear weapon states are
doing is that they continue to rely
on nuclear weapons as a fundamental part of their national security policy," she said.
As an example of this, Simons
cited the US proposal to develop a
National Missile Defence (NMD)
system to prevent what the US
refers to as rogue states—such as
Iraq and North Korea-from developing and using nuclear force
against most of North America.
If constructed, the NMD system
would function to intercept any
Inter-Continental Ballistic Missiles
before they reach any North
American target
Both Simon and Ware said they
believe that an operational NMD
system would lead to a new arms
race, and point out that the system
has failed in numerous test runs.
In fact, the NMD has come
under heavy criticism from not
only Russia, but many US' allies in
the North Atlantic Treaty
Organisation (NATO).
Simons asserted that the system
contravenes treaties between the
US and the former Soviet Union
established during the Cold War
and jeopardises future strategic
arms reduction treaties.
A spokesperson at the Bureau of
Arms Control, a branch of the US
State Department, has refused to
comment on the US policy on NMD
until after the US presidential election in November.
According to the spokesperson,
US President Bill Clinton has
reserved any decisions about NMD
for the incoming president
US State Department publications, however, have outlined support for NMD.
In early September, Avis T.
Bohlen, the assistant secretary of
state for arms control, said before
a government subcommittee on
National Security, Veterans Affairs,
and International Relations, that
he continues 'to believe that an
effective NMD system can be developed and deployed within the context of resolving the concerns of
our allies and the objections of
Russia." ♦
AUS space programme
prepares for phase two
by Afex Pimson
While Arte students voted to build
a new Arts Student Centre in last
week's Arts Undergraduate
Society {AUS) referendum,
several issues still remain before
construction can begin,
Students voted la favour of
increasing their student fees hy
$6, almost all of which will go
towards ti* Centre. The
referendum results
remain unofficial until
ratified by the AUS,
But the AUS has yet
to negotiate with, the
university for the use of
the Buchanan building
location proposed for
l&e centre,
Project     organiser
Jonathan Fast said that
the   AUS- would   like
assurances from the university
for space to call their own.
"The  fact fs  students are
putting in a significant amount of
money and we want our interests
Byron Header, executive
coordinator in UBCs VP Students
office, said that he understands
the students' demands, but the
university will not give the space
to tha students unconditionally^
"We would obviously give
them dedicated use of that space.
I don't know what the
terms would be," he
said, adding that part of
UBC's mandate is to
improve social space.
The Centre, which is
estimated to cost
between $600,000 and
$700,000, will be
a 5,300 square-foot
complex on the main
floor of Buchanan
building's D-Block, A
lounge, a bar and bookable space
are among the planned
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UBC's Nobel laureate passes away at 68
 by Alex Dimson
Throughout his life, Michael Smith
was praised for his work in cancer
research. The Nobel laureate and
UBC professor—who himself suffered from a form of the disease-
passed away Wednesday night
Smith, who was the director of
the Genome Sequence Centre
(GSC)—a research facility jointly
managed by UBC and the BC Cancer
Agency—died of leukemia at
Vancouver General Hopsital. He was
68 years old.
Steven Jones, the head of bioin-
formatics at the GSC, said that
Smith's death came as a surprise.
'Everyone is just shocked. No one
was expecting this,' he said.
Jones said that Smith was working at the facility until the second
half of last week, when he was admitted into the hospital. Smith had
known for the past two years that he
was suffering from cancer.
Barry McBride, UBC's vice-president, academic and provost, said
that Smith had been seriously ill for
the last month and a half.   <
"We've lost a wonderful colleague,
a man of great wisdom and energy
who is dedicated to seeing science
develop to the very highest level on
this campus,' said McEride. 'UBCs
lost an incredible friend and a wonderful scientist He had a lot more to
contribute, so it's a great loss.'
Smith, who was born in
Blackpool, England, joined UBC in
1966 after receiving his PhD from
the University of Manchester.
As a UBC professor of biochem-
since 1918
istiy, Smith won the Nobel Prize for
Chemistry in 1993 for developing a
method to reprogram the genetic
cells found in genes.
Indira Samarasekera, UBCs vice-
president research, says that Smith's
death is a big loss to the field of
"His passage at this point is a
huge loss, we have been deprived of
his ongoing leadership in a field that
he helped shape and further over his
life's career, so [the death]'s very,
very untimely,' she said.
"His work really launched a new
era in genetics research, which will
be his legacy and it'3 leading the way
to new treatments for life-threatening illnesses.'
Samarasekera says that Smith's
winning of the Nobel Prize was
instrumental in the creation of
Genome Canada, a $160-million
research fund shared by five
research centres around the country,
including one in Vancouver.
But Barbara Kiminsky, chief executive officer of the BC/Yukon division of the Canadian Cancer Society,
said that Smith's death will not necessarily reduce the quality of cancer
research being done in BC.
"Michael built around him a wonderful team in the [GSC)...He has
other researchers who will do very
excellent work. They have enough
internal capability to not be dependant on one single individual. I don't
trunk that any one need worry that
the excellence of cancer research will
not be there.'
Kiminsky, who knew Smith personally, said that despite his pres
tige, he frequently volunteered to
attend events held by the Cancer
Society and was always 'very
"People know him for his Nobel
Prize...but any one of us who knew
him found him to be a wonderful
The GSC is a part of the Centre for
Integrated Genomics, which has
received substantial government
funding since its formation—including a recent $28-million grant from
the Canadian Foundation for
Innovation. The GSC studies the use
of genomics in identifying and preventing cancerous cells.
Smith's work—which focused on
attempting to identify specific genes
associated with cancer—is occasionally associated with the Human
Genome Project, a comprehensive
project which aims at explaining the
information contained in every one
of the approximately three billion
genes in humans.
Simon Sutcliffe, president of the
BC Cancer Agency, who considered
Smith a close working partner, says
that Smith was driven by the belief
that genomics could be a key tool in
the fight against cancer.
"I think Michael had a crusade to
see genomics answer some really
crucial questions in health care,' he
said. 'And I think he had a really genuine wish to see that take place in
cancer medicine in part because of
the enormity of the problem and in
part because of his own personal
Sutcliffe said he would miss
Smith, who he described as "enor-
DECEASED: Michael Smith won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in
1993 after having developed a method for reprogramming genes.
mously friendly and, in the truest
sense of the word, an ordinary person' in spite of his intellectual
"However, being an oncologist
and being on a background of a lifetime with cancer, I've come strongly
to the viewpoint that you enjoy peo
ple while you have them and it has
been a tremendous reward to know
Michael, to be able to share thoughts,
activities and creative directions
with him/ he said.
"I mourn not so much the loss as
the loss of opportunity to keep dojing
that" ♦ !
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UBC quarterback Shawn Olson's teammates call him pretty hoy.
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_|_f you were going to write The
Quarterback Stoiy—you know, the story
about the square-jawed, good-looking,
tough-guy-with-a-heart-of-gold quarterback,
the golden boy who single-handedly wills
his underdog team to win the championship—then Shawn Olson would be a
pretty good guy to start with.
But give us a break. And besides, the
Birds' season has been less than a fairy
tale so far.
^\lmost everyone who meets  Shawn
Olson likes him. It's understandable-
he's good-looking, charismatic, and honest He's got a ready smile, an infectious
laugh, and a wicked sense of humour. He's
The Quarterback. He's a star.
Or at least he's supposed to be. Since he
came to UBC in 1996, he's been overshadowed by star running backs: first Mark
Nohra (the 1997 Hec Creighton winner as
the best football player in the CIAU) and
then Akbal Singh (a Hec Creighton nominee in 1998 and '99).
This was fine with Olson, but nobody
seemed to notice that during UBC's run to
the Vanier Cup in 1997, he was arguably
UBC's best player in the postseason. With
Nohra sidelined with a knee injury in the
Canada West final, Olson threw for a
career-high five touchdowns, one fewer
than his regular season total. Over three
playoff games, he amassed 836 passing
yards and threw for eight TDs. But Nohra,
who came back from his injury to dominate the title game, was the story. No problem.
But this year was supposed to be different It was supposed to be Olson's year. He
was ready for the pressure, loves it actually, and his stats were supposed to go
through the roof. He was supposed to earn
an invitation to a CFL training camp. Well,
it hasn't exactly gone that way so far.
'We're basically a skeleton of the '97-
'98 teams, and it's tough," Olson says.
But he won't point fingers. He won't
make excuses.
But he easily could. He's seen his
favourite and best receiver, Brad Courts, go
down with a knee injury. His offensive line
lost two starters and is now both young
and on the small side. He's had passes
dropped and he's been hit harder then
he's ever been hit in his life. But hey, he
says, that's football.
"I mean, sometimes it feels like everything's falling apart around you, but in that
game, that's when you have to rise up and
have other people step up,' he says. But he
acknowledges that this hasn't been the
year he'd envisioned.
'I would love to put up all kinds of
gaudy stats and go 8-0 and 3-0 in the playoffs and win the Vanier Cup—but that's storybook, and life's not that easy."
It would be easy to blame his team's
inexperience or injuries for his lack of
those flashy numbers. He's 74-for-144 for
1006 yards, with eight touchdowns and
two interceptions in five games. Good
stats, but not great, and certainly not eye-
But Olson points to St Louis Rams quarterback Kurt Warner, who went from bagging groceries to being the best QB in the
world in just a few years. 'You can always
take something from every experience and
put a positive spin on it," says Olson.
So instead of laying blame, he's just
gone back to work. He's seventh in the conference in rushing yards, and first among
quarterbacks, with 39 carries for 219
yards and two touchdowns. And since
throwing those two interceptions in the
rain-drenched season-opening loss to the
University of Manitoba, he hasn't had a
pass picked off. So far, in his fourth year as
a team captain, he's succeeded in keeping
things in perspective, and keeping things
on track. But it hasn't been easy.
_£"our years ago, Shawn Olson thought
that his job as UBC's starting quarterback might already be over. He was the boy
wonder, the hotshot QB who'd come to
UBC after four years and three BC junior
championships with the Surrey Rams.
Halfway through his rookie season at
UBC he was tapped to replace the struggling Jason Day at the pivot But midway
through his second year, halfway through a
miserable game game against Manitoba,
Olson was yanked for the first and only
time in his career. The Thunderbirds led
only 1-0, and after backup QB Dan Delong
car e into the game and led UBC to a 32-0
win, the quarterback controversy was officially on.
'It was almost like role reversal from
the year before where I stepped in for
Jason Day," he says, seriously. "I did feel
like Jason Day.'
Olson sat and watched, feeling useless,
until the last drive of the next week's
Shrum Bowl against Simon Fraser
University. Delong struggled in that game,'
however, and the next week, Olson was
once again the starting quarterback. Since
then Delong, with his superb athletic ability, has become a slotback. And since then,
it's pretty much taken a stretcher to take
Olson out of the game.
"I have a tendency to not report
injuries," he laughs. 'My girlfriend's been
telling me I'm going to be a decrepit old
man, and I tell her I already am." He's the
oldest player on the team at 26, something
his teammates razz him about
"In a [team game show] take-off, the
answer to the question 'What was significant about 1952?' was that that was the
date that Olson was born," deadpans
defensive back Simon Quinto, a colt at 24.
Behind the razzing is real respect He's
the unquestioned leader of this team. And
it's not like he hasn't earned a stretcher or
two this year. September, 8, against* the
University of Regina, Olson got hit by a helmet under the chin just minutes into the
game, so hard that he lost a molar and
received what was later diagnosed as a
slight concussion
"I didn't know where I was, what was
going on, all I knew was I liad a chunk of
tooth in my mouth,* he laughs.
Later in the same game, he took off on
a spectacular scramble that ended in his
attempt to hurdle an unfortunate defensive back, who was flattened by Olson's
knee to his helmet During the collision
Olson pulled both his groin muscles, but
he gained an extra five yards. He played
the whole game.
He's also sprained his throwing shoulder and nearly broken his left wrist—the
cast got exploded in a puff of white smoke
by a practice pass. Plus there's the usual
football bumps and bruises that everyone
plays with.
'He is very, veiy tough," says head
coach Jay Prepchuk.
His fearlessness doesn't always help,
though—in last year's season-ending loss
to the University of Saskatchewan in the
Canada West final, he took off on a scramble with 13 minutes left and took a Huskie
helmet to the sternum that finished his
season .        \
'It felt like my whole chest was collapsing," he says. 'I couldn't hold my shoulders
up, and I was caving in." He watched his
backup, Phil Deeks, move the Birds within
striking distance before throwing an interception in the endzone.
Not that Olson is bitter about not playing the rest of the game. 'I think maybe it
would be an arrogant comment if I said
yeah, we would have won that game.' I
mean who knows—it could have ended up
differently, but I thought the guy, Phil
Deeks, came in there and he was basically
one pass from winning that game."
You'd think that the 3-2 season's been a
. nightmare for Olson, especially after three
seasons on heavyweight teams. And he
admits that two weeks ago he experienced
"probably the worst football game that I've
been involved with as a player," a 23-12
loss to Alberta.
But then last weekend, the team
dragged itself to Saskatoon where Olson
had never won, and thumped
Saskatchewan 44-21. Olson threw for 261
yards and three touchdowns. The
Comeback Story
And despite all the injuries, he hasn't
missed a down all season. In fact, he's
been playing with a broken bone in his
right wrist for the last 15 years—a Tough
Guy Quarterback Story if there ever was
(J f course, hand-in-hand with The Tough-
Guy Quarterback Story is the Heart-of-
Gold Story. Shawn Olson is resolutely in
love with his girlfriend, he's generous to a
fault with his time, he loves his mother, his
father; and all five of his older sisters. And
his job the past two years? Straight out of
central casting. He works as a relief worker at a group home for mentally handicapped people. He got bought out of his
soul-sucking job at Save-On-Foods for
$12,000, after seven years of gritting his
teeth ("I would have left for a bag of
donut3," he laughs), and fell into a job helping people that happens to pay pretty well.
And of course, he loves it
- 'It's a lot of fun, actually, if you take
these guys, a lot of them are like 60 years
old or 25 years old, and they have a wide
variety of disabilities, but they just get such
enjoyment out of life—[I love that] we just
experience little things in life that maybe
everyone takes for granted, and are pretty
special to them. And it definitely gives you
a different perspective on things. I'm pretty lucky to have the job."
It goes on and on. He's a solid B student
majoring in History and minoring in
English. His girlfriend, Julie, tells him he
understands women ('It's a side effect," he
laughs hard. 'How can you not understand
women when you [grow up living] with six
women?*)C IfeTKumble* but confident 'If
you're good at anything, people are going
to know you're good, and you don't need to
be telling them that you're good," he says.
He calls Julie the coolest girlfriend he
can imagine having. He's got more friends
than last week's lottery winner, and for
God's sake, when you ask him what his
worst attribute is, he gives what from most
people would be a job-interview answer—"I
think the worst thing about me is I try to do
too much."
This guy's story suits the Heart-of-Gold
Quarterback Story to a tee. Maybe too well,
you think to yourself.
'But he doesh 'tcheat on his girlfriend.
He does work with handicapped people.
He's like a model person or something,"
says wide receiver Bill Chamberlain,
Olson's best friend on the team.
'I can't think of a bad thing to say about
the guy," says wide receiver Scott Rintoul
'Yeah, he's too good to be true. An apple-
pie kid."
'I have nothing bad to say about him
other than the fact that he's old," Quinto
Hold on Someone has to have something bad to say about this guy.
'I don't want to be all platitudes," starts
soft-spoken quarterbacks coach Peter
Ohler, who has a reputation as a straight
shooter. Really? Tell us something other
than all the platitudes we've already heard,
'But really, I tell all my friends, and my
family, that in all the years I've coached
that I would put Shawn right at the top of
the list [as a player].'
Are you kidding?
'If I can sum it all up, in 37 years of
coaching, I seriously have never worked
with someone who I've enjoyed spending
the time with more, and that's the truth."
Forget it
Qince that benching three years ago,
Olson's barely seen Shrum Bowl
action—he sat to rest injuries both times.
So with the Shrum Bowl coming up this
Friday, Olson wants to play.
"I hope I get to play long enough to win,
because in four years here I've played
maybe three and a half quarters in the
Shrum Bowl."
As for the pros, Olson doesn't think that
this season's going to scare them off. He's
been blitzed like absolute crazy, but he'3
hung in, even thrived.
Ohler played in the CFL and thinks
Olson's got what it takes.
'I think if a team will give him a serious
look, rather than a quote-unquote
Canadian quarterback look, then he can
play," he says.
'Out of what I've seen in the CIAU, he is
the best quarterback in Canada," say3
'I know I can play in the CFL. I know
it" Olson declares. "All I need is someone to give me a chance." He's the
hardest-working man in football,
some people say. He could do it
Worst case? He plans to give pro
football a good honest effort for two
or three years before moving on
He's lucky, he says—Julie is as supportive of him as anyone could be. But
if he doesn't get that chance, then he
wants to get into coaching, and he
knows the game well enough to da it g
If not university, then high school, f
So in short, the worst-case scenario „
is high-school teaching and coaching football. And as Olson points *
out, smiling that easy smile,
"That's not a bad scenario."
At best?  'Best case  is,. ;
exactly,  Kurt Warner and
lighting the world on fire."
So after all this Golden
Boy stuff, this could
turn, just like that
into The
Underdog Story.'
Wouldn't you just
know it?
± he future looks good,
but uncertain, for Shawn
Olson, but you knew that already. .
He's a guy blessed with all kinds ol
good things, sure, but most of all
he's one of those few people you
meet who are making the most of
their talents, and of their lives.
And once your cynicism wear
off, it's a truly refreshing thing
He's not perfect and he'd be the
first to admit it, but when you meet
an apple-pie sort of guy in a woild
full of sarcasm and irony
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The defending CIAU champions will be spending their
Thanksgiving long weekend in Edmonton, where they will
face all the Canada West Conference teams in the second
round-robin tournament of the season The Birds tied two
games and won two games at the first tournament in
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The Middle Ages in Ireland gave rise
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After hundreds of years of
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conflict continues to hold its people
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country, as well as one family's tragic end.
Upon entering the theatre, the
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gateway between the mythical and
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collaborates with set designer Yvan
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The calibre of their performances
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At the Black Pig's Dyke is not only
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A mountain by any other name...
We will remember Trudeau, no matter what
But does anyone remember Sir William Logan?
Significant people in Canadian history, such
as Logan, might not have had a direct bearing
on our lives, or the lives of our parents, and we
might only have a general understanding of the
part they played in building our country. Still,
they are important
Mount Logan might not be across the Ottawa
River from Parliament, and it might not have
played as significant a role in the history of this
country as, say, the Fraser River, but it is important
On Wednesday, Prime Minister Jean
Chretien decided, in a fit of posthumous
Trudeaumania, to rename Canada's highest
peak after deceased former Prime Minister
Pierre Elliott Trudeau.
Never mind that the mountain already had a
name, one with historical significance—an election's coming.
But Mount Logan is no molehill, or a secondary street running through downtown
Montreal Mount Logan is the highest mountain
in Canada. Nevertheless, the country's political
leader renames it without so much as a second
Trudeau's highest political priority was
maintaining a unified Canada. "My father's fundamental belief never came from a textbook. It
stemmed from his deep love and respect for
and faith in all Canadians,' Trudeau's son
Justin said at his father's funeral.
Such love, respect, and faith in country could
only come from someone well-schooled in the
history of what makes Canada so unique, the
fact that it was first a nation of discovery—a
nation literally carved out of an unforgiving
wilderness by explorers like Logan. Making
Canada took all types—not just charismatic
politicians. Trudeau knew this. Chretien, it
seems, does not
With this latest political stunt, Chretien has
displayed an unconscious contempt for the history of Canada, and the importance history
plays in unifying our sparsely populated stretch
of the continent.
In essence, the renaming of Mount Logan
alienates the outlying regions of Canada, a cultural decision made arbitrarily from Ottawa.
One wonders how long before the Fraser River
becomes the Allan Rock River.
The media frenzy that has surrounded
Trudeau's death, and the paparazzi portraits of
famous mourners, clearly show the celebrity
status the charismatic Trudeau enjoyed.
Above all, Trudeau had idealistic visions for
Canada as a nation. As one biographer put it, he
ruled from the realm of ideas—something current politicians rarely had the gumption to try.
Trudeau's legacy: repatriating the constitution, reforming divorce laws, liberalising the
laws on abortion and homosexuality, guaranteeing bilingualism in the civil service. For these he
has received extraordinary recognition.
Trudeau's eminence in Canadian politics
isn't arguable. Something should be named
after him, no doubt But the highest peak in
Canada already had a name, and a fitting name
at that
In the eulogy written for Logan in 1875, it said
that 'no man has done as much to bring Canada
before the notice of the outside world and no man
is more deserving of being held in remembrance
by the people.'
For all of his contributions to Canadian geology,
and the history of Canada, naming, ^mpunlair}.
peak—even the highest peak—after Logan seems fitting and appropriate. -,r.;-y.-
Yes, Trudeau was easily the most charismatic
and one of the most respected prime ministers in
Canadian history, but renaming one of the most
significant and recognised geological monuments
12 S years after it was originally named seems to
show a Canada wrestling with its past
Place names are things with which all
Canadians can identify. The names evoke our cultural heritage; no matter which cultural group we
belong to, they unify us through our shared history.
But the PM, without a backwards glance, has cast
off the recognised name of our tallest mountain.
BC had plans to name a less significant as yet
unnamed mountain in the Kootenay region in honour of Trudeau and his son Michel, who died
almost two years ago in an avalanche near the
Kootenay Glacier, This modest proposal would
have made much more sense.
Trudeau had a lot of flair, and he wasn't a fake.
He shared Chretien's inclination of saying exactly
what was on his mind The difference was that
Trudeau never tripped over his feet in an effort to
commemorate anyone. •>
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Rename the
Rose Garden
after Pierre!
I have just read the letter of tribute
to Pierre Elliott Trudeau by Patrick
Bruskiewich ('Heavy PETting'
[Oct 3,2000]). In the letter he suggests we rename the Rose Garden
in honour of Pierre Elliott
Trudeau. It is a wonderful and very
appropriate idea.
Dr. Piper, what do you think
about (itj this idea?
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played at the Vancouver
International Film Festival
It's a novel idea—a horror movie
about the making of a horror
movie. Well, almost a horror
movie. Director E. Elias Merhige
creates an interesting mix of comedy and terror in his respectful parody of vintage horror, Shadow of
the Vampire.
John Malkovich plays FW
Murnau—the eccentric,, gay, self-
acclaimed genius film director of
the 1921 classic, Nosfera hi. His art,
Murnau believes, - justifies
Machiavellian ethics—he enters'
into a Faustian pact with the vampire Count Orlock (Willem Dafoe),
promising the film's lead heroine
in exchange for his "acting" services.
Murnau presents the count to
his cast and crew under the guise of
Max Schreck—an ultra-committed
method actor completely
immersed in his role. Murnau
explains to his colleagues that Max
will live the part of the count, residing on set in the castle and staying
in make-up for the entire shoot
People become suspicious, however, when the count's eccentricities
begin to surface and crew members
A bad' German accent notwithstanding, Malkovich is outstanding.
He brings to the role the obsessive-
ness and subtle dementia that it
demands:'- Eddie Izzard, playing the
lead actor opposite Count Orlock, is
a good bad actor. He skillfully over
acts a convincing silent film performance.
Dafoe is easily the most prominent star. He plays a Count Orlock
that is simultaneously creepy and
comic, even cute. In one scene, for
example, Orlock joins the producer
and writer as they enjoy a stiff
drink after a day of filming. He
immediately snatches a liquor bot-
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in tlie foce ofUuv.it and refuses to fitfht? The Fez'Jieis of
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tie and starts pounding back copious amounts of the devil's brew. He
begins a chilling monologue, and in
mid-sentence, grabs an unfortunate
bat, bites its head off, enjoys a
meal, and then continues on. When
he leaves, the two men marvel at
Schreck's acting ability. It's funny,
yet kind of freaky.
If you're a true horror fan, you'll
probably be disappointed. The
Shadow of the Vampire offers little
in the way of blood and guts. It
does, however, offer a well executed rendering of an original and,difficult concept ♦
-Rob Peters
arioos a previously unknown chain of"
elands tiOOkrn north of New Zeahrni. '
During'he it<:iv's ini.i-il ciu'mmler with the '
inlubilanls -the Moriori-one oft.hu trilie* •
u;en was jc< ideulally killed, i Iwriun^jr of"
things to come.
A   pbeudo-documentary-&Ii   of   the
,ictors' dialogue i^ taken dirocUy from the ,
oral  histories  of lhoae  involved—Tha'
FeHlJier$ of Pcice dironicles Use conse- ■
quences of U:e Morion's decision to adhere ■
to "Nunuku"—a zero tolerance, non-viu-i
lcnce philosophy adopted alter years of
internal slrifp. Over the span of a decade,
they would be overrun by Irodeis, who brought disease.
Tlie Moriori were then nearly obliterated by the warlike
Maori who embaiked on a campaign of genocide and
Although the film suffers from trying to be too artistic, and attempts to make the film look old are laughable,
the message tomes Utrough dearly, might is right
Indeed, Uiis concept is later used in court to deny the
Moriori legal redress in land chims negotiations-iince
(hey allowed Utemselves lo be conquered, they gave up
all rights. The matter-of-fact accounts of Uie Maori at
lri.il, casually discussing ma^ murder and absolving
their actions by quoting their warrior code, is truly
unnerving Even more disturbing is the realisation Uiat;
someone, somewhere, is making a real time donimen- ,
tary of this \ my subject as I write Uiuse words. ♦ i
-Greg Ursic ■
.GOYA IN BORDEAUX    , .        , ,
* played at the Vancouver jnlernatfofcal Rim Festival
The lives of painters have long been an irresistible lure
for the movies. Goya in Bordeaux, may be the finest
and most satisfying portrayal of a painter's life ever
The film begins and ends with a hypnotic guitar
tune, and the image of a slaughtered bull on a chain.
The bull eventually morphs into the face of Francisco
Jose de Goya y Lucientes who is lying in his death
chamber at his home in Bordeaux, France.
As Goya recounts the story of his life to his young
daughter Rosario, the story shifts backwards in a series
of flashbacks, blending the historical events of Goya's
turbulent life with stunning full-scale recreations of his
The film moves from Goya's early days in Charles
IV's corrupt court to Napoleon's brother Joseph
Bonaparte's bloody rule over Spain, which inspired
Goya's series The Disasters of War. As he drifts
between consciousness, memory and dream, Goya is
haunted by the image of his former lover, Cayetana,
the Duchess of Alba, who was poisoned in a court
The famous cinematographer Vittorio Storaro captures the style of Goya's paintings, creating fabulous
light and colour contrasts, bold and subtle designs, and
textures you could almost touch.
The acting fully sustains the illusion of a past epoch.
In the hokey Hollywood biopics of Michaelangelo,
Toulouse-Lautrec and Van Gogh, you're always aware
that an American actor is impersonating a European
artist But Francisco Rabal is Goya.
After making films for 40 years, director Carlos
Saura takes a pile of risks—staging the paintings using
the Catalan-based "action theatre" group La Fura dels
Baus against a studio backdrop. The purity, simplicity
and grandeur of his style] carries the viewer forward
on waves of emotion. -
Goya in Bordeaux is the best film I've seen at the
Vancouver International Film Festival. I have no complaints, except I wish it were longer. At one hundred
minutes, the film feels too short to chronicle such a
heroic life. ♦
-Stanley Tromp
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