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Representatives from left- and right-wing think :
tanks squared off in a debate on "Poverty
Origins and Solutions" last Wednesday.
Fred McMahon, director of the Social
Affairs Centre at the Fraser Institute, and Steve .
Kerstetter from the Canadian Centre for Policy
Alternatives, met at UBC's Humanities
Storefront, a street-level education centre in
the Downtown Eastside, to discuss poverty
The debate centered around the fundamental role of government
'The most important job of government,
after you do all the administrative jobs that
have to be done, is to solve problems on behalf
of people that they might have trouble solving
on their own," said Kerstetter.
McMahon disagreed, stating that governments can only reduce poverty by improving
the economy,
"The key role of government is creating economic growth. Economic growth, economic
opportunity is the most successful, the only
successful, program we've had for reducing
poverty," he said.
But Kerstetter said that government programs have proven successful in die' fight
against poverty. Since the 1980s, he said,
poverty among Canadian seniors has dropped
from 35 per cent to about 17 per cent, due
largely to government programs like the
Canada Pension Plan, guaranteed income supplements for seniors, public housing and tax
breaks on RRSPs.
This example, he said, proved that "when
governments get together and do things intelligently they can really make a difference."
Kerstetter called for application of this kind of
energy to Canada's child poverty problem.
But McMahon repeatedly cited reform in
Ireland as an example of how to reduce
poverty and unemployment by bolstering the
According to McMahon, in the late 1980s
unemployment in Ireland was at 20 per cent,
growth was low, and Canada's per capita economic activity was two and a half times that of
Ireland. But since the country made reforms
such as relaxing union regulations and lowering taxes per capita production is now 20 per
cent higher than Canada's and unemployment
is now virtually non-existent he said.
Several members of the audience debated
the Fraser Institute representative's argument,
questioning the quality of employment offered
to Irish workers, saying that the country only
became so productive because it undercut the
rest of Europe in terms of corporate taxes and
labour standards.
About 40 people attended the debate, many
of whom identified themselves as low-income
earners and anti-poverty activists. The crowd
often booed and shouted comments of outrage
and incredulity.
"There has never been more opportunity in
our society than there is right now," McMahon
said. "Anyone who tells you to be defeatist to
give up, that society has failed you, is doing you
the worst disservice in the world." This comment received several rowdy responses. Many
present also expressed frustration with the limits of the debate.
The Humanities Storefront was opened by a
group of former students from UBC's
Humanities 101 program. Humanities 101
offers non-credit, barrier-free academic courses, similar to first-year liberal arts and social
sciences classes, to low-income people who
would not otherwise have access to post-secondary education. The Humanities Storefront
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YAY BUSES! Translink board members voted to increase fares and taxes to maintain service, sarah macneill morrison photo
Bus fares on the rise again
Hopes for a student bus pass revive as Translink votes to increase fares, taxes
 by Sarah MacNeill Morrison
Hoping to preserve the Lower Mainland's
public transit system, Translink's Board of
Directors voted Friday to increase fares,
increase Lower Mainland property taxes,
and ask the provincial government to raise
the fuel tax. The decision renews hopes that
UBC students may get a mandatory universal bus pass in the next year.
After several public consulation sessions,
Translink staff recommended that the board
increase revenue rather than cut service by
15 to 20 per cent Translink—the Lower
Mainland's regional transit authority—is cur-
rentiy facing an annual deficit of $40-$ 50
milling and is required by law to balance its
In April 2002, one-zone fares will
increase by 2 5 cents to $2, while two- and
three-zone fares will increase by 50 cents to
$3 and $4, respectively. The cost of monthly bus passes will not increase until a full
review on fares is completed next fall.
The increase in transit fares and an
increase in property tax will generate an
extimated $20 million, and the provincial
government has agreed to collect a two
cents per litre fuel tax for the transit authority if Translink can match the funds through
regional sources.
All Translink board members who spoke
in favour of raising fares said they did so
reluctantly. While some councillors saw
freezing the price of monthly bus passes as
a   consolation   to   transit   users   facing
increased fares, others criticised the program for targeting those who can least
afford to pay.
"What I'm having difficulty with here is
what I think is too great a burden on transit
users," said Vancouver Councillor Gordon
Price, noting the 33 per cent hike in transit
fares in the last two years. "For the person
who's the most vulnerable, we're putting a
tremendous burden on them."
The niost controversial topic at the meeting, however, was the increase in property
West Vancouver Mayor Ron Wood, representing the communities of the North
Shore, said his constituents were worried
about the impact the tax would have oh
business and were concerned about further
tax increases.
"There's no control over the escalation
of the tax," he said.
But while the Translink Board of
Directors voted to maintain transit service,
the decision rests on the Greater Vancouver
Regional District board, which will vote on
the issue Friday.
The board's decision to increase revenue makes a universal bus pass for UBC
students more feasible. Such a pass is
favoured by Translink Chief Executive
Officer (CEO) Pat Jacobsen.
"We need to get a UBC student pass.
There's no doubt about it,' said Jacobsen at
a consultation meeting at UBC several
weeks ago.
For several years, UBC has negotiated with
Translink oyer a mandatory bus pass for all
UBC students, but the transit authority and
UBC have never been able to agree on a price.
In past negotiations, Translink proposed a
pass that would cost students $2 5 to $30 per
month, while the university—which plans to
subsidise part of the student pass—argued for
a monthly pass costing under $20.
"I think there's a higher than 50 per
cent probability we'll have it for 2002, but
having been disappointed for the past
three years, I will not hold my breath,"
Gord Lovegrove, UBC's director of transportation planning, said on Friday. "It now
depends entirely on Translink."
While UBC works for a student pass. Post
Secondary ACCESS—a group of staff, faculty,
and students at Lower Mainland colleges
and universities which meets to discuss
transit issues—is considering lobbying for a
regional bus pass for all Lower Mainland
post-secondaiy students
"Working together gives us the best
price," said Jim Bailey, program coordinator at Better Environmentally Sound
Transportation, the group which facilitates
But while a joint effort from several
schools could reduce the overall cost of a
bus pass, Lovegrove is worried that talks
could stall because of Translink's need for
additional buses. With a mandatory bus
pass, ridership is expected to increase, and
with more riders comes a need for more
buses, something Translink cannot supply
without additional funds. *•*
UBC to open new campus Friday
     by Stephanie-Nicole Wang
Eighty-six years after opening its doors to
students, UBC will be opening a new campus
in the heart of downtown Vancouver.
Located in Robson Square, the new campus will provide over 70,000 square feet of
usable space for learning. The Robson campus is supposed to provide a "vibrant new
lifelong learning community" with a focus
on continuing studies and information
The two-story complex will include classrooms and seminar rooms, as well as a student service centre, satellites of the UBC
Bookstore and Library, and a women's
resource centre.    :.. "'      .,„.
Stanley Hamilton, .chairman--.ofYthe-
Robson Square Transition Team, said that
while many students may still be unaware
that UBC has a downtown campus, the project has been discussed for many years.
"This is not a new initiative. Talks have
been going on for many years' to Create an
additional campus," he said.
Hamilton said that after UBC decided to
locate the campus in the downtown core.
over ten different sites were considered.
When Robson Square became available for
lease, UBC began negotiations with the landlord, BC Building Corporation, and was successful in obtaining a long-term leasing contract in spring 2001. Currently, details of the
ten-year contract are still unavailable for
release to the public.
This project is supported by funding
from UBC's President Fund, which has provided $4 million for the renovations, $2 million more than estimated. However,
Hamilton is confident that "the new campus
will be self-supporting in the future.
"We will collaborate and form partnerships with businesses and the community,"
he said.
*,„, And- Hamiltonis confidents"that staff and
students will not have difficulty adjusting to
the change of environment,.^^
"It takes people time to adjust—maybe a
year or two—but we organised a 'Robson
Square Transition Team' to help see things
run smoothly," said Hamilton.
Members of the team include Hamilton;
Jane Hutton, the associate vice-president of
continuing studies; Al Poettcker of UBC
Properties Trust; Dana Merritt the director
of finances; and Derek Atkins the associate
vice-president of planning.
Students polled had few concerns about a
new UBC campus downtown.
"As long as this has a positive impact to
the role UBC plays in the community...I have
no problem with the university allocating
money towards it," said Hayden Metcalfe
Welling, a second-year Arts student
Kristen Harvey, Alma Mater Society vice-
president of external affairs, also acknowledged the benefits of an increased UBC presence in the downtown area.
"SFU and BCIT have long had campuses
located in the downtown core, so it is great
that UBC is establishing a presence there,"
she said.
UBC will be hosting a 12 kilometre walk
from UBC to the new downtown campus on
Friday morning. Organised by the UBC
Alumni Association, the walk stems from the
tradition of the Great Trek in 1922, when
UBC students, without a permanent campus,
marched to UBC's current Point Grey location to demand that the government build a
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T-Birds sweep lacklustre Winnipeg
by Trevor Kew
The University of Winnipeg women's volleyball team found itself
in a hopeless situation twice this weekend, and, like the notori-
READY, SET, KILL! Left side Kirby Dow and middle Julie Schiller
stand at the ready, nic fensom photo
ous Casey, fell far short of a comeback The Wesmen's loss was
UBC's gain, and the Thunderbirds came up with two solid 3-0
sweep victories against the mediocre Winnipeg squad.
On Friday night, the stage was set for a mid-table struggle
between these two Canada West rivals. The teams boasted similar records coming into the contest The T-Birds
stood at 44, while the Wesmen were close behind at 3-5.
The first set was relatively close, but UBC maintained its early lead en route to a 25-19 decision. Leah
Allinger and menacing 6'3" newcomer Emily
Cordonier provided considerable
firepower, while Kathryn Peck Izzy
Czerveniak and Sara Cummings
were a blocking force to be reckoned
with at the net With the score at 24-
19, Cordonier reacted quickly to a
perfect set by third-year setter Amy
Schroeder, and smashed the ball out
off the block to seal the first game.
In the second set, UBC jumped out to a quick 15-7
lead after a string of impressive kills by veterans Peck
and Czerveniak. Midway through Jaclyn Cross subbed
in and added to the assault while coach Doug Reimer
kept looking to his bench to provide options. Kirby Dow,
Alicia Allinger, Cordonier and Julia Schiler all saw substantial action in the last two games.
The second set ended at 2 5-12 for the hosts, and was
rapidly followed by a 2 5-13 drubbing of Winnipeg in the
third. Cordonier again sealed the deal with an emphatic spike set up by backup setter Alicia Allinger.
Reimer emphasised cautious confidence in his bench.
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"We've got three pretty talented first-year players and one transfer,
but they still need time to develop into our line-up," he said.
Fourth-year veteran Czerveniak echoed Reimer's sentiments,
'The younger players are really strong this year. They're tall,
they're confident, they bring a lot to the team. I think we're really deep this year." Due to the absence of stars Kaley Boyd,
Christine Bonish and Michelle Collins, the T-Birds relied, on this
abundance of talented young players.
Saturday offered no redemption for the struggling Wesmen,
as they were swept again in three straight games. Schroeder was
awarded player-of-the-match honours, and Jasmin Yip
had a strong performance in the libero position.
• Apart from the team's victories this weekend,
17 fourth-year middle blocker Sara Cummings had addi-
ii     •     tional cause for celebration. She was awarded the BC
"SaP „•        Volleyball Ray Lepp Scholarship, an extremely prestigious honour in volleyball circles.
"I'm very honoured to be one of the four people in
BC to ever receive this award," Cummings said. She
said that a tryout with the national team may be a possibility: "If
something comes up, and I get an invitation to the national team,
that would be great"
Despite his team's changing dynamics, Reimer's objective is
the same as it was last year, "There is no reason for us not to be
aiming to make the National Championships and win," he said.
"No team, so far, has played with great consistency, so to limit
our goals would be wrong."
With the completion of these two matches, UBC's fall schedule has finished. The Thunderbirds' season resumes on
January 4 and 5, when the Birds host the division-leading
Calgary Dinos. ♦
V-ball men fall to Wesmen twice, drop to 1-9
    by Mary Ann Rozance
Things are looking pretty bad for
the UBC men's volleyball team.
The team lost both of its match
es last weekend against the
University of Winnipeg Wesmen,
the top-ranked team in Canada. The
Birds are now a pitiful 1-9 and have
little chance of making the playoffs.
It's not that the Birds are bad
players—they've shown flashes of
great play on the court, but their
confidence always falters and they
lose any ground they've made in a
match. And with a five-match losing streak, their confidence probably isn't going improve any
time soon.
The weekend
started badly for
the Birds and only
got worse. Playing
without Mike
Tuekwood, who
was out with a broken arm, UBC was
missing a reliable source of kills
and conceded the first match 2 5-
19. The T-Birds won the next
match 25-22, but that was the
only set they won all weekend.
Then the Birds were slapped
down 25-14 and 2 5-2 3,, and
Winnipeg walked away with the
two points. Libero Mark Yuen
had ten digs and captain Chad
Grimm made the night with 19
kills. Grimm's consistently good
performance was just about the
only highlight for the Birds.
Following UBC's poor showing Friday,  on  Saturday UBC
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coach Dale Ohman started some
players he normally doesn't, but it
didn't help. The team really didn't
perform well, missing many
serves and being aced by the other
team. Winnipeg was comfortable
on the court and ready to play.
UBC was very quiet and timid.
Midway through,
Grimm had an awesome block and it
looked like the Birds
just might turn the
game around, but
then they missed a
serve and handed
the win back over to
the Wesmen. '
In the second game the usual
starters all went back in and| played
well. The Birds kept game very
close for the whole match, with
David Winsor making an amazing
solo block to take UBC ahead 17-16.
Everything was going smoothly for*
the Birds.
The set might have been UBC's,
were it not for a controversial call
later on. With the score tied at 2 5-
25, the referee called in a UBC
serve, but the head official overruled the call and gave the point,
and serve, to Winnipeg. UBC just
HARDCORE: Fourth-year middle Ryan Cawsey spent his summer in
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gave up and a service ace won the
game for the Wesmen.
The demoralised Birds shuffled out for one more set and it
wasn't pretty. UBC was aced twice
in the third game and played
poorly all around. The team was
visibly unenthusiastic about being
on the court and lost tiie last game
19-25 and the match with it.
"In set two it was pretty obvious that we should have won the
set, but the guys got real nervous.
They worried about winning
instead of just worrying about
winning the next point and the
next side-out," Ohman said. "You
could tell their heart wasn't there
in that third set."
Grimm, who led the Birds with
ten kifls, was disappointed. "Seeins
like the same story keeps happening: we know we can compete with
teams but I don't know if everyone
knows we can beat teams. We have
guys on this team that have won at
every level. There's no reason we
can't win at this level, but everyone's got to believe that," he said.
The T-Birds have the Christmas
break to regain their confidence
before their next match against
Calgary on January 4. ♦
Birds' 5-3 record leaves them second in their division, stuck behind
a seemingly invincible SFU, which
has a perfect 8-0 record.
Ice Hockey
On the other end of the spectrum, neither the men's or
women's hockey teams could pull
off a win on the road this weekend.
The men fell 3-1 to Regina on
Friday. On Saturday the men once
again fell behind 3-2, only to tie the
game with 18 seconds left in the
third period. Neither team could
get the advantage in overtime and
the Birds left town with tie.
The women's team travelled to
Saskatoon where it was trounced
5-1 on Friday. Saturday was no
better as the Birds had a barely
mentionable 8-0 loss. They now
stand at 0-6- The record speaks for
itself ♦ TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2001
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Did you go out to see any of the Fourth Annual
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So obviously some of it sucked. It's a given, right?
So let's skip the yin altogether, and I'll tell you
about some of the tastier morsels.   7
Finding the Truth in Difficult Time?, a video
put together by Winnipeg's Erjka Lincoln, was
agpnisingly touching. As the Uncouth Girls' Choir
chimed ethereally in the background about the
anguish of being a rape victim, a man and a
woman, shrouded in indifference, have mechanical sex in front of a blaring television.
Occasionally, the woman turns her head to apathetically watch the scene in Boys Don't Cry
where Brandon Teena is brutally beaten and
raped by a bunch pf small-town hicks after they
discover her true sexual identity. This sadly twisted piece left me feeling like a piece of used chewing gum, mercilessly kicked into a crusty street
. Because I'm Fascinating brought the audience
into the private lives of Vancouver's Kim Dawn
and Scott Russell, a couple who decided to hash
out the petty details of their relationship in front
of a video camera! The pair veiled all but their
mouths with black toques, and gave us the upside-
down animated chin version of an argument
based on Kim's jealousy. Unabashed and effortless, this piece proved that sometimes honesty is
the most direct way to an audience's heart
Picture a velvety green moss-carpeted rock
bathed in butterscotch sunlight and cradled in the
loving arms of a forest A naked man and woman,
white as talc, slither silently toward the top of the
rock. When they meet, they intuitively turn together to descend into the depths of the forest only to
emerge onto the dark sands of a misty beach.
Their icey bodies look starkly beautiful against
the backdrop of rich, chocolatey sands as they
glide out toward the water's edge ia perfect unison. Performed by Vancouver's Kokoro Dance,
this piece tided Path paid silent homage to the
simultaneous contrasts and harmonies of nature.
Next year, if Hollywood's atrocities are just
making you want to vomit all over your popcorn,
get out and see some of the Underground Film
Festival. You'll feel surprisingly refreshed. It's
pretty entertaining stuff, and it deserves
Vancouver's wholehearted support ♦
—Nara Mehlenbacher
at the Vancouver Underground Film
Nov. 22
The Vancouver Underground Film Festival
opened to an abnormally large crowd at
the Blinding Light!! Cinema. Some even
sat on the floor to watch the ecletic collections of documentaries.
The first piece of the evening was
Beaters, a short documentary which investigates what drives (pardon the pun)
Galiano Island beater-lovers.
According to one middle-aged subject,
cruising in a run-down rusted vehicle is
becoming the cool thing to do. Another
beater owner raves about the spectacular
occasion on which his engine exploded
while he was driving. The tone of Beaters
is one of genuine sentimentality and, in
the end, it's hard not to share in the nostalgia while watching a well-aged sports
car fade into the landscape of a field of
The next film, Greta Snider's The Magic
of Radio, explored the world of personal
radio. The documentary features basement radio-show hosts in Austin, a devot
ed ham-radio operator, and a former
National Public Radio intern who now
broadcasts while on her bicycle.
Unfortunately, San Francisco filmmaker
Greta Snider often loses the audience. One
particularly slow segment about bouncing
radio signals of the moon had most members of Thursday night's crowd shifting in
their seats.
The next film, Richart about the work
of Oregon artist Dale "Richart* Tracy,
woke the crowd up again. Over the course
of nearly two decades, Tracy has been
making sculptures from garbage. His yard
in a satellite town of Portland is covered
with them and, for this reason, Richart's
neighbours shun him. That does not prevent him from offering public workshops,
however. The class starts as he helps his
proteges pick the materials for their work
from whatever's lying around. Then, forbidding them to talk, Richart lets the aspiring artists create in silence.
Although this piece, by Oregonians
Dawn Smallman and Vanessa Renwick, is
a mostly a jocular take on Richart's life as
a misunderstood artist a poignant passage comes when Richart describes briefly
his previous insututionalisation and how
art helped him express himself.
The flagship film of the night was the
world-premiering documentary Useless,
BC filmmaker Glen Sanford's film about
musician and activist Gerry Hannah.
Hannah, the blazing-fast bassist in
punk band ihe Subhumans from 1979 to
1981, was involved in the bombing of a
BC Hydro substation and a Toronto power
plant in; 1982 with the 'Squamish 5.'
Hannah was eventually arrested and
spent ten years in prison.
Sanford combined news clips, interviews and concert footage to document
Hannah's life before and after the
'Squamish 5.' The resulting interviews
with family, close friends and Hannah
himself bring us closer to this story than
the mainstream media ever have.
In the film, Hannah encourages people
to be politically aware and active however
they can, whether through their public
actions as artists or through their personal
lives. "Great sex can be revolutionary,"
Hannah asserts near the end of the film.
"Great supper can be revolutionary." It's a
statement that summarises the theme of
Thursday evening's screening: political art
and the maintenance of sanity. ♦
-Mike Schwandt
at the Vancouver Underground Film
Nov. 25
The Vancouver Underground Film
Festiyal is probably the best place to go
see quality experimental film and Sunday
afternoon's offerings were just that—two.
innovative films showing different
lifestyles. Mule Bridget Farr's Nobody's
Nothing examines the difficulties of urban
life, Jbsh koury's Standing by Yourself
looks at the problems of a rural setting.
Nobody's Nothing is the perfect film to
see after an exasperating two-hour bus
trip. Using fast-forwarded, gritty, black
and white footage of movement in an
unknown city, Farr creates a real sense of
the stress and anonymity of urban life.
Images of people are scratched out their
faces unimportant in the jumble of traffic.
Movement is dense and choppy and difficult to follow; there are too many people
moving too quickly. Farr's images are
intense and construct a short sequence of
the realities of the urban scene that anyone who has experienced it (especially
through commuting) can relate to.
In great contrast. Standing by Yourself
is a searing view of what life is like when
you are 16, male and bored in a small
town. A mix of the TV show American
High and movies like Kids and Mallrats,
Standing by Yourself shows the lives of
three high school boys in Clinton, New
York, a town, where—as the boys repeatedly lament—"there is nothing to do."
They spend most of their, time driving
around, standing around and getting high
off cough syrup and Ritalin. Josh is a kid
with a pink mohawk who has just finished
35 days spent in jaiL Adam can't stop
drinking cough syrup and Brandon carries around the biggest bottle of vodka I've
ever seen. Their sole communication with
their parents is asking for money. What
sets Koury's film apart is his delving into
the deepest part of the small town problem—those teens whose, boredom leads to
crime and drug abuse.
The essence of the small-town life is
the prevalent theme in Koury's home-
video-style film. In between the jerky
footage of the boys talking, he shows us
intense black and "white portraits of his
characters staring straight at the camera
and looking very unhappy and very
empty. These disturbing shots offer more
insight into the heart of the film than any
of Koury's action scenes. As we look into
the characters' eyes, we are given a
glimpse of the overwhelming bareness of
their life. Contrast this with Farr's work
and it's clear that alienation and despair
are common experiences in modern society, no matter where you live. ♦
-Marta Bashovski
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When pathetic loser Brendan meets
Trudy, the girl of his dreams, does
any good actually come out of it? No,
not a chance. This romantic comedy, •
with a screenplay by Roddy Doyle,
just isn't funny and isn't very
Doyle wanted to distinguish this
film from his previous screenplays
(The Commitments, The Van). What
we get instead is a mess of a film
with a weak, almost non-existent plot
and bad acting.
Flora Montgomery who played
Trudy has expressions that are so
focused, they don't look natural. Her
eyes seem to stare right through her
boyfriend Brendan. I can't imagine
anyone feeling comfortable having
someone look at them like that
Montgomery's expression just shows
how uncomfortable she was in front
of the camera.
There was some good acting in
the film. Peter McDonald made a
convincing and realistic Brendan.
With the exception of his annoying
singing, McDonald is not a bad actor
at all, but his performance was wasted on this film.
Director Kieron J.  Walsh and
Roddy Doyle try to throw in a bunch
of little surprises, but none that are
really thrilling. An example of this is ?
how Brendan's mother (Marie
Mullen) looks like a nice and conservative woman, but liberally sprinkles
in 'motherfucker' when she speaks.
It's not funny, just desperate.
The ending also doesn't redeem
the film, not even when veteran
actor Gabriel Byrne makes a cameo.
With a plot that doesn't seem to
develop logically, jokes that aren't
very funny and sub-par acting When
Brendan Met Trudy is a pointless
film. At the end you might wish they
never met at all. ♦
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Who's up next?
It seems the 'war on terrorism' will not be contained within Afghan borders. And did any of us
suspect any differently? Apparently, President
George W. Bush now has his sights set on Iraq.
With an American victoiy in Afghanistan seemingly a sure thing, the US is already asking,
"Alright boys, where to next?"
In a recent interview with Newsweek magazine. President Bush said: "I think [Saddam
Hussein] has weapons of mass destruction, and
I think he needs to open up his countiy to let us
inspect." The president thinks Hussein has
weapons of mass destruction? Would it be too
much to ask that there be actual evidence laid
out before the US and its allies start firebombing
Iraqi civilians? Again.
Iraq is being accused of developing weapons-
grade anthrax and sponsoring terrorist activity.
But there is no evidence linking Iraq to the
anthrax attacks in the US, and Washington has
only been able to name a single, uncertain sliver
of evidence tying Iraq to the terrorist attacks of
September 11.
President Bush told the UN that "for every
regime that sponsors terror, there is a price to be
paid, and it will be paid." Maybe the president
should take a long hard look at US foreign policy.
Perhaps he will be reminded that the US itself has
repeatedly engaged in terrorist activity throughout the world to secure its own interests. Perhaps
he could be reminded that many social justice
groups worldwide classify the US as the leading
terrorist nation. Apparently, he doesn't care.
The rhetoric being used to justify the 'war on
terrorism' has always been suspect—and a little
frightening. Veiling itself with jingoism and a
flawed notion of morality, the United States—
and its allies—is really just getting back at governments which will not bend to its will.
Another attack against Iraq would be just as
bloody and lead to as many deaths as the recent
war in Afghanistan. It would also cause more of
a backlash from Islamic nations, who are
already outraged by the US decision to bomb
through Ramadan and the increasing number of
civilian casualties.
More disturbing is how the list of American
targets in this war seems to get longer. Sudan,
Yemen, Libya, Syria and others may soon be targets for US militaiy action. The question is,
'Where does it stop?'
The United States is a nation borne out of terrorist actions; the revolution that gave the US its
independence was itself a 'terrorist' act against
the British hegemony. The US has created a
myth of this fight against an opressive empire.
The. current war is revealing itself to be little
more than a US attempt to protect its global
hegemony, with self-inflicted ignorance pf why
anyone would want to resist it
Perhaps Iraq and other countries are planning attacks on the US, in which case perhaps
the US would be justified in using military force.
However, this seems unlikely and President
Bush's wishy-washy language reinforces doubts
about the motivation for an expanded war. ♦>
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The provincial Liberal government
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an hour training wage, just as the
minimum wage increased to $8 an
hour. We have been told that the
lower training wage will encourage
employers to hire additional staff
thereby providing more employment opportunities for young workers. These young workers would
achieve that very important first
job, gain experience and, after 500
hours, move to $8 an hour. This
change to the application of the
minimum wage was promoted as a
positive step for young workers that
brings hope to their future.
The reality is employers are not
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free enterprise and a market economy, so this should be no surprise
to anyone. The $6 an hour training
wage represents a 25 per cent
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employers will utilise without hiring additional staff or employees.
Minimum wage jobs have historically been characterised as
entry level jobs where workers
without experience or specific
employment skills are hired—the
fast food and retail industry are two
common examples. Employees are
expected to learn what they need to
be productive within a couple of
weeks. That is reality and to suggest
500 hours of training is required is
ridiculous. The fact is, regular and
routine turnover in these industries
will ensure all future jobs are at $6
an hour and with the employers setting work schedules, the lower
wage staff will simply be scheduled
more hours. How long can an
employee making $8 an hour
scheduled four hours a week afford
to remain employed?
The slashing of the minimum
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caused by job losses in wood industry, airlines industiy and tourism,
the forcing of tens of thousands of
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see our auto insurance rates
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an increase in public transit, tuition
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I believe the introduction of the
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at minimum wage, but instead is a
cruel hoax designed so that the rich
get richer and the poor get poorer.
—Dan Goy
Canadian Union of Skilled
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