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Carbonated since 1918
Coke deal
by Matt Thompson
Despite vocal protest from
some councillors and students, AMS council defeated
a motion Wednesday to rescind approval of an exclusive
beverage contract with Coca-
The deal would give Coke exclusive control over UBC's beverage market in exchange for a cash rebate paid to the AMS
and university. The AMS would receive an
estimated $ 100,000 a year for ten years.
Debate on the motion got off to a volatile
start when Student Environment Centre
(SEC) member Jaggi Singh refused to leave
council chambers after council moved to go
in camera. AMS Security was called, and
after a twenty-minute delay, the in camera
motion was withdrawn and debate continued in open session.
AMS Presidentjanice Boyle and General
Manager Bernie Peets defended the contract,
arguing the Coke deal was essentially no different from similar exclusivity arrangements
the AMS has for copy paper, dairy products and glassware and cudery.
"[The beverage contract] is not a case of
big business taking advantage of students,"
Peets said. "It is a case of students taking advantage of big business."
He also said the reputation and credibility of the AMS would be damaged in the
eyes ofthe university administration should
the AMS decide to pull out of negotiations.
Boyle maintained the revenue generated
by the deal was the only readily available
means for the society to maintain and ex
pand student services without raising fees.
She also suggested the Coke contract was
not as big a deal as some Councillois were
"It's pop," Boyle said. "It's not a 25% increase in tuition."
But Student Environemtn Centre President Mark Brooks warned Council not to
take the decision lighdy.
"Yes, it is 'just pop,' but it sets a pretty
ugly precedent, doesn't it?" Brooks said.
The SEC distributed a hand-out outlining areas of concern such as Coca-Cola Ltd's
labour relations and environmental record.
"I think there are serious ethical considerations here," Brooks said. "As the president of the Student Environment Centre, I
personally wouldn't want my group funded
by Coke dollars."
Board of Governors (BoG) representative
Heather Hermant argued the Coke deal was
a threat to the university's integrity.
"I think it is an utterly enormous contradiction for a university to support a corporate exclusivity deal," Hermant said.
"When you compromise the first time, it
is that much easier to compromise the next
time," she added, expressing concern the
deal would set a precedent for other multinationals like IBM to seek similar arrangements.
She also worried that Coke would use the
deal with UBC to persuade other Canadian
campuses to agree to similar Coke monopolies.
AMS Coordinator of External Affairs
David Borins said he'd received numerous
student complaints about the proposed deal,
and argued that Council should worry more
about protecting its credibility with students
than with the university.
"The university doesn't give a damn about
us," Borins said, "and it's about time this
council learned to stand up to the university
and do what a student union is supposed to
do, and that's challenge the university when
we think they're wrong. And in this case, I
think they're wrong."
Endorsing the deal would compromise
the society's ability to take a principled stand
on external issues in the future, Borins continued, by sending the message that students
could be "bought"
Coke facts
• women constitute only 11% of
Coke's staff and 7% of management
(with no women in senior management)
* Coke has no format employment
Coke has been charged on several occasions for failing to meet
Ontario's 30% quota for sales in
refillable bottles
• the company acquired dozens of
Independent bottlers across Canada
between 1987-1992
Source: The Ethiad Shoppers Guide (1992),
as quoted by the Student Environment
Centre in then* submission to Council
"It's going to send the message that the
students of this generation are for sale."
Senate Rep Lica Chui supported the deal,
arguing that the fiscal reality facing students
outweighs other concerns. "Yes, our generation iyfor sale," Chui said unapologetically.
After approximately two and a half hours
of debate, the motion to rescind was defeated
by a vote of 25 to 6.
Council will still have to ratify the completed
contract before the deal goes into effect A final draft is expected by December 1.
COKE SWALLOWS the competition at UBC
Student protest keeps council doors open
Debate over the controversial Coke deal heated considerably last Wednesday when
one student blocked AMS council's attempt to go behind closed doors.
Student Environment Centre member Jaggi Singh refused to leave the room after
council resolved to go in camera, which would have closed the meeting to the public.
AMS security was called, and shouting matches broke out as councillors and security tried to persuade Singh to leave chambers.
"I feel that the AMS has to be responsive to students," Singh told The Ubyssey when
asked why he refused to go. "When council goes in camera it's a big deal- you're
saying that council is discussing something students don't have a right to hear."
As a result of Singh's stance, council eventually withdrew the in camera motion
and the rest of the meeting took place in open session.
Singh said he hoped his actions would give council reason to pause before moving to go behind closed doors in the future.
"I think [council's] principle of taking going in camera so lightly, so easily, has to
be re-examined. There are legitimate reasons to go in camera, but if you're discussing a business deal, some of those details have to be made public in order for people
to make a fair decision."
"I think it's pathetic that they had to call security," he added. "A student was just
trying to make a point, to take a principled stand, and for them to respond that way
was ridiculous."
AMS. Vice President Namiko Kunimoto agreed. "I think it's ridiculous security
was called," she said. "There was no reason for that at all."
AMS General Manager Bernie Peets, who made the decision to call security, said
he felt the step was justified. "The fellow refused to remove himself from the room
and showed disrespect for council," Peets said.
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Creative Writing and
Film Studies merge
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by Carol Farrell
Students who can't decide
whether to major in creative
writing or theatre & film will
soon no longer have to make
the choice. Once the Senate
gives its approval, the two departments will become one.
The new Department of
Theatre, Film and Creative
Writing, will start with 24 faculty members. Currently the
Department of Creative Writing has seven instructors,
while Theatre and Film Studies has seventeen.
The merger has been in the
works since the Senate passed
a resolution last year that all
departments with fifteen
members or less should
merge, but most students in
film, theatre and creative
writing had no idea there
were going to be any
When asked by The Ubyssey,
many responded it was the
first they had heard of the
merger. Others said they
didn't care.
Second year film student
Carol Bell had mixed feelings
about the merger. "I think it's
a pretty good idea, because to
make films you need
screenwriting and if you
know how to write the script
then it's good for films.
"If they combine [the two
programs] and just make it a
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bigger thing then I don't
mind," said Bell, "but if they
merge and then just accept
thirty people altogether, then
it would be bad."
Michael V. Smith, a graduate student currently enrolled
in creative writing courses said
he hoped the merger would be
beneficial to the department. "I
would imagine it would eliminate a certain amount of bureaucracy and a little less bureaucracy in the world never
hurt anybody."
Smith also thought an
interdisciplinary department
would be beneficial to the
students involved. "It's nice
to have film people associating more with creative writers because practically, that's
what the real world is all
Instructors in both departments seemed content with
the merger. Professor Bryan
Wade, acting head of the
Creative Writing Department
said, "there's a lot more positives than negatives in the
"For students taking radio
drama, screenplay and
playwriting, there is already
an obvious connection...with
film students and our
screenwriting students. We
have a joint MFA programme
in both. I think this will only
strengthen those kind of ties."
Professor John Wright, department head of Theatre and
Film Studies, said he does not
see any real disadvantages
from the merger "provided
we preserve the programs."
"We have taken steps to ensure that that program is not
compromised," said Wright.
"The creative writing students will receive the same
treatment and benefits they
did when the departments
were separate."
The Ubyssey
Friday, October 6,1995 news
Students dropped from poli sci consultation
by Sarah O'Donnell
Graduate students have been
dropped from the working
groups established to make recommendations to the political
science department in wake of
the McEwen report.
A September 28 memo issued
by Acting Political Science Department Head David Elkins
stated that the three working
groups will "proceed without
student membership."
"Faculty ofthe Department of
Political Science regret that we
have been unable to achieve
agreement with a sufficient
number of graduate students on
a joint student-faculty process to
reform the department's graduate program," Elkins wrote.
"As a result, faculty have decided to move ahead with their
own committee structure."
The three working groups will
now be comprised entirely of
three political science faculty.
The decision comes despite
the Political Science Department's September 15 decision to
"encourage student working
group members to represent the
full range of views among students and assume that any students has the right to present his
or her ideas to any working
"No students...are to be excluded from the 'focus group' of
their choice," the September 15
statement also read.
In his statement to Senate on
September 20, Elkins reported
that "students and faculty are
now in the process of selecting
members to serve on each working group."
Elkins' latest memo does not
say which group of graduate students did not support the working groups or why they would
not participate.
Graduate Student Society
(GSS) President Heidi Peterson
was not surprised some students
were relunctant to participate in
the process.
"It's never been a smooth
process from day one," Peterson
said. "There are some students
who want to leave the GSS,
there are some who want to be
loyal and there are some who'
want to ignore the process
The new working groups will
be modelled along "royal commission" lines and will deal with
three separate areas: "Graduate
Program," "Intellectual Content
and Community" and "Fostering
a Supportive Environment."
Prof. Elkins could not be
reached for comment before
press time.
CAS hopes to fight fag
fobia with facts
by J. Clark
"AIDS is everyone's issue."
That is the message Man to Man
Outreach Educator Henry Koo
hopes people, gay and straight, will
take away from this year's National
AIDS Awareness Week campaign
from October 2-8.
The theme this year is
homophobia and AIDS. It
comes at a time when equal
rights for homosexuals, in the
form of same-sex benefits and
hate crimes legislation, have
been at the forefront of the national political agenda. Brent
Allan, director of education services at AIDS Vancouver, says this
had nothing to do with the Canadian AIDS Society's (CAS)
decision to address homophobia.
"The decision reflects the facts.
80 to 85 percent of AIDS cases
in Canada are men who have had
sex with men. It is also to say to
gay communities 'we have not
forgotten you.'"
The Man to Man program has
used this week to kick off its print
campaign entitled "fight fag fobia
with facts." Koo says the cam
paign, aimed at both the gay and
straight communities, is about
debunking the myths surrounding HIV, AIDS and homosexuality.
The title, which has created
some controversy, deals with reclaiming the word 'fag.' "It makes
a positive sentence with a negative word...The gay community
has been very receptive. Fag has
become a term of power."
Some of the attitudes focused
on in the campaign have recendy
been expressed by such politicians as Liberal MPs Roseanne
Skoke and Tom Wappel. Skoke
has said, "There are innocent victims that are dying from AIDS,
and then there are those
homosexualists that are promoting and advancing the homosexual movement and that are
spreading AIDS. AIDS is a
scourge to mankind and there
will be no cure for AIDS. And
so this love, this compassion [between homosexuals],based on an
inhuman act, defiles humanity,
destroys family... and is annihilating mankind."
AMANDA KOBLER AND SUL NANJl hope to help keep the campus healthy
Allan says that in his experience
these comments can be very damaging. "From my perspective,
when people in profile positions,
like Skoke and Wappel, make
comments like these what happens
is, as a closeted individual or a
young person questioning their
sexual orientation I maintain my
closet... I say, 'Oh God I'm not
School board says no to protest
by Scott Hayward
High school students may have
the most to lose with proposed cutbacks to post-secondary education,
but tl le Vancouver Schml Board will
not give them the day off lo protest
AMS Coordinator of External
Affairs David Borins and Director
(>f Administration Am Johal attended
the Vancouver School Board mem
ing Monday, (kloher'i and asked
that students be excused from classes
on Fridav. October 13 lo march in
the "'lrek for Fducation.'"
Borins emphasized the importance of high school student partici
pation. "They are not yet in university or college and they are going to
be hit widi outrageous tuition foes
that a lot of them won't be able to
afford.'" he said.
Borins said trustees Yvonne Bn iwn
and Anne Roberts voted hi favour of
their idea, but a majority ofthe board
Trekkers get set to march
by Chris Maraun
Eight hundred twenty-four million is a huge number-especially
when it represents money. It's even
larger when it represents federal
spending cuts to health, soiial services and education.
On ()clober Vi, a student "Trek
for Education" is scheduled to protest the proposed budget cuts.
"If die federal government sees
enough people come out, and if
enough prople are disappointed in
what [the federal government | is
doing, living in a democracy, hopefully they'll respond and hopefully
there will be more protests," said
David Borins, a Trek organizer and
AMS coordinator of external af
fairs. "People will show their discon
lent for the ways in which die fed
eral government is carrying out its
responsibilities in budgeting."
The Trek is the collaborative el-
fort of several groups including the
AMS. SFU's student union,
Lungara's snidenl union and the
Canadian Federation of Students.
Several other Treks in the past
have sought to raise public awareness and gain the attention of the
provincial government.
Students first appealed to the
provincial government in 1922 to
continue construction of the new
Point (Jiev campus which had been
interrupted by World War I.
In 1956, a Trek was organized
to raise1 funds lo improve rundown housing facilities and construct new ones. It succeeded in
generating a pledge from government to match donations up to
The third Trek in 19(i:. had tremendous popular support, with
■4.500 students marching from
(icorgiu ;uid Burrard lo die courthouse. Negotiations to secure government funding for post-sccond-
arv education were already
underway at the lime, and Ihe Trek
ensured its success.
Borins said the 1995 "Trek for
I'xlucalion'' will set out for the SUB
"rain or shine" from ConnaughtPark
at 10:30 am. on Friday, October 13.
coming out now!'or in the worst
case scenario, 'I'm never gonna
make it'... suicide.
"[These statements] border on
hate mongering," said Allan. "People need to be held responsible for
their remarks."
Here on campus the newly
formed Health Outreach Peer Education (HOPE) has started small
voted against the motion. School
board chair Carol McRae explained
"the general response from the trus-
tees was that it wasn't a possibility
given the concerns that would come
from parents, teachers and administrators, so tmstees were not in sup
port ofthe closing," she said.
Trustee William Brown voted
against the motion. "That's not their
[the schools'] purpose, to be closed.
The school year's short enough without closing them down for the day,"
he said.
"Obviously the presentation was
trying to emphasize Uie importance
of education and 1 don't think we
support that by shutting down
schools and denying access for a day
to students."
Borins was disappointed with the
school board's response. "The more
conservative, older men in suits were
a bit more worried about their political future and how they would
look than about the students who
they represent, and they decided that
this wasn't the best thing to do," he
The Board did decide to support
the idea ofthe Trek in principle, but
high school students will still be expected to attend classes.
Mr. Brown said the Board is "most
with AIDS Awareness Week. While
the group, which is part of the
Health Outreach Program, does not
focus specifically on AIDS, it deals
with campus health issues such as
drug and alcohol misuse and all
sexually transmitted diseases.
HOPE has a display in the SUB
concourse and distributed condoms
in the Pit Pub on Thursday.
sympathetic with the costs students
face," but disagreed with the approach to fighting aits. "A number
of months ago we [the School Board]
wrote a letter in this regard, and I
think we passed a motion Monday
night that we supported what the
concerns were."
Borins was not impressed. "I have
a lot of disdain for people who are
willing to make statements such as
that but not willing to back them up
with any action," he said.
Borins is still hoping to talk to high
school students to get his message
across. "I don't propose to go inside
the schools myself. I don't think that
would be appropriate, but at the
same time I will give out handbills
to students off grounds," he said.
McRae believes that it is up to
teachers and administrators in the
individual high schools, not the
Board, "to tell students that theral-
Ws going on and perhaps to encourage students to use blocks in their
lunch hour to come and participate
in some way."
While the school board has not
issued any written correspondence
to adminLstrators, "I believe that it is
being communicated verbally from
our superintendent to his administrators," she said.
Friday, October 6,1995
The Ubyssey by M-J Milloy
MONTREAL (CUP) - From the bed of the pick-up truck, David
Beauvais could easily see the reminders ofthe last time his nation had
to defend their land.
"See where the road has been patched up, there and there?" he
asked, pointing to two large patches of asphalt, one on each side ofthe
"That's where we dug holes with the back-hoe to slow down the
tanKs from reaching the Darricades at Kahnawake," he said.
Flying over Beauvais' head was the red flag ofthe Mohawk Nation,
and the blue flag of the Haudenosaunee, the traditional longhouse
society. Those two symbols of Mohawk sovereignty led a long procession of cars and marchers from the Mohawk Nation.
They were marching in a peaceful demonstration to support the
Native peoples at Ipperwash, Ontario, and Gustafsen Lake, British
Columbia, who, like the Mohawks in 1990, have had to take decisive
action to protect their land from the encroachment of Canadian authorities.
On Thursday Sept. 14 at Ipperwash, three unarmed Native people,
including a 15 year-old boy, were shot dead by the Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) while defending their territory. Meanwhile, in BC, a group
of lighdy armed Native people have been besieged for the last three
weeks by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) at the sacred
site of their Sundance Ceremonies.
The marchers represented a diverse cross-section of the Mohawk
community. Grandmothers rode in cars with children, whole families
came out to march and to drive. At the head of the column, just be-
Cross-Canada protests over unkept promises
hind the two lead trucks carrying the flags, there were always approximately 30 women, with strollers, and children, carrying placards, marching in peace.
Although there were many different faces from Kahnawake, they
spoke with one voice about the recent actions of Canadian police forces
against Native people in both BC and Ontario. All condemned the
police actions, and all demanded that continued aggression against
Native people on native land cease immediately.
Chateauguay residents, annoyed by the inconvenience to their Saturday drive, responded with obscenities and threats. Many drove past,
glaring at the proud display of Mohawk independence and Native solidarity, and some gave the finger to Mohawk children carrying signs
demanding justice and peace.
Stand-off In Ontario
The march came only two days after the Ontario Provincial Police
raided the Native camp at Ipperwash Provincial Park, killing three
native people.
The encampment at Ipperwash — over 300 Native men, women
and children, as well as some non-native supporters — had recendy reestablished control over land that was taken over 50 years ago.
In 1942 the Canadian government, under the War Measures Act,
took 2,000 acres of Kettle and
Stoney Point First Nation land to
build an army barracks. At the
time, the government promised to
eventually return the land.
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For 54 years the land remained in military hands, while the local
Native community grew more overcrowded. The 22 families moved
'temporarily' from their land were forced to find permanent homes in
the remaining territory.
Two years ago, members of the Kettle and Stoney Point Band re-
occupied a portion of the land. Since the area had been expropriated
under the War Measures Act, they had no legal avenue to pursue to
regain their stolen land.
Even worse, the ground - a traditional burial site - had been desecrated by the army cadets, who used the area as a target range.
In August, the situation escalated when another group of Stoney
Pointers occupied all ofthe land, as well as part of an adjoining Provincial Park. The army withdrew.
That temporary peace was shattered one evening when new Ontario Premier Mike Harris sent in the OPP to clear out the unarmed
Native people.
When the provincial police had finished shooting, three people were
dead or dying, including Nicholas Cottrell, a 15 year-old boy. The
police moved into the provincial park just after 11 o'clock atnight.
"There were lots of cops in riot gear, black uniforms and plastic
shields, lined up from side to side in two rows," said Bernard George,
an eyewitness to the shootings.
"We waited for them to ask us to leave, but nothing was said. They
did not even try and serve any kind of papers on us. We told them to
get the fuck off our land," he said.
At this, the OPP retreated to about 50 feet away from the park entrance.
" We will not stand idly by
while you continue to
brutalise our people,"
- Haudenosaunee
Native rights and Gustafsen Lake, the bigger picture
by Bill Gaspard, 3rd year law student and member of the
Shuswap Canoe Creek Band
The Gustafsen Lake dispute posed even more complex issues than jurisdiction, sundancing, or territory ownership. The
media and others failed to grasp the bigger picture of Native
inherent rights. It is easy to class these Natives and Bruce Clark
as rebels. These Natives were willing to die for their belief that
aboriginal title goes deeper than a deed or Crown claim of
The International community is increasingly perceiving the
Canadian Government as a nation that oppresses smaller Aboriginal nations, a rebel nation with no honour on a power trip.
In early pre-contact, the aboriginal territory consisted of a
complete life-supporting unit Indian tribes were de facto, self-
governing and had exclusive control over their population,
land and finances.
Most Natives readily accepted the economic trade which
escalated as European settlement increased. Natives traded their
fish, furs, lumber and
game for pots, knives,
axes, guns and ornaments. There was an
equal relationship between the two parties.
With the successful
new economy came the
first hints of ill omen,
the specter of imperialism. The missionaries
came with an order from the Pope and the King: convert, civilize and assimilate the Native people. Hie introduction of an
influx of settlers and missionaries coincided with the beginning of a series of virulent epidemics which reduced the Native population in BC to about a third of their original population in the 50 year span from 1835 to 1885. The disease came at
an opportune time, and helped BC accomplish many things,
especially hi the way of controlling the Natives.
Wilson Duff writes in The Impact of the White Man ofthe affect
of contact between whites and natives. In 1836, a small pox
epidemic spread down the Northern Coast as far as Port
Simpson. The mortality rate was about one third ofthe whole
population. The worst small pox epidemic on record started in
Victoria in 1862 when a white man with small pox arrived
from San Franscico. There had been some 70,000 Natives in
British Columbia and two to three years later, only about 40,000
were left
Indian Nations fought in several wars both against and for
the French and British. It may be argued that the Americans
would have over-run Canada after the Civil War if they hadn't
feared the ferocity of the Indian allies.
Small pox was used as a biological weapon against the Natives in the seven-year war, signifying their importance to both
the French and the British. Duff writes that British Commander
General Jeffery Amhurst urged that blankets taken from a hospital for smallpox patients be distributed among the Natives.
The concern is not whether there is such a
thing as Aboriginal self-government, but
how this right will be worked out in the current Canadian political and legal landscape.
After the War of 1812, Natives were viewed as more of a
liability than a valued ally. Settlers arrived and required Indian land for settlements.
From nations under protection of the King (the Royal Proclamation, 1763) Native peoples were transformed into wards of
the State by the terms of section 91(24) of the British North
America Act (1867) at the time of Confederation. In BC, with
subsequent Indian Acts, the Natives were arbitrarily forced to
settle on reserves which were usually small tracks of unproductive land. They were forced into a life of poverty and imprisoned in residential schools. Natives never ceded their land or
their rights to govern themselves as nations.
Native institutions have been ignored or legally suppressed
while the federal government has attempted to impose a uniform set of Euro-Canadian political ideals on vastly differing
Native peoples across Canada. The resultant destruction ofthe
traditional economic base of the Aboriginal communities, the
imposition of social control and political administration by non-
Native justice and political systems has left
the people lost, angry
and confused.
The Natives neither
respect nor understand
the non-Native system
of social control as exemplified by the justice
system, yet they are
bound by law to adhere to it They are angry at real and perceived injustices and
distrustful of all authority figures. The resultant alcoholism, suicides, family destruction, self-abasement and incarceration are
the effects of a history of cultural, economic, and political genocide. Preposterous?
While the fat cat politicians exist in a state of denial, the
situation escalates into powder-keg proportions such as
Gustafsen Lake.
On the view taken by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal
Peoples, Aboriginal rights would be justifiable immediately.
The concern is not whether there is such a thing as Aboriginal
self-government, but how this right will be worked out in the
current Canadian political and legal landscape.
In the British Columbia Court of Appeal both Mr. Justice
Lambert and Mr. Justice Hutcheon held that Aboriginal rights
of self-regulation have not been extinguished. Despite limitation placed on inherent rights of self-regulation by the majority, they said that matters involving questions of whether a
developed body of Aboriginal laws can be placed alongside
provincial laws, as well as others are ripe for negotiation.
The province and the Federal government will have to negotiate with the Aboriginal Nations or be left out ofthe whole
process. Aboriginal Rights are in the little black box, section 35
of the Constitution Act, recognized and affirmed, yet to be defined. In any case I dont believe the aboriginal people need
violence or Bruce Clarke to accomplish this.
"The cops started hitting their shields with metal riot sticks. We heard
'attack'. They attacked us," George said. The police then grabbed some
people and started kicking and bearing them.
It was then that George heard someone suggest that they should run
the police over with a school bus. The bus had just started up when the
police opened fire.
"I looked back and saw the flash from the guns pointed at us. Holy
fuck, they were shooting at us.
Next thing I heard, Dudley
George, my brother had been
hit We carried him back to the
At first the police refused to
allow Dudley George to be taken
to the hospital in an ambulance,
according to Claude Douglas,
another witness to the shooting.
When Dudley George was finally allowed medical treatment,
he was taken to the local hospital and dumped onto an operating room floor. As he bled to death
from an OPP bullet-wound, his sister was not allowed to see him, and
was handcuffed in a waiting room.
Pragmatic brutality by the premiers
"Dudley George was unarmed, shot in the back," said Douglas. The
shootings of the three Ipperwash
Native people, as well as the siege
at Gustafsen Lake in British Columbia, have been denounced by
Native groups across the country.
Five years after Oka, Native
people are again being harassed,
beaten, and killed as they attempt
to protect their lands.
For the Mohawks who
marched on Saturday, the time to
remain silent has passed.
"We will not stand idly by while
you continue to brutalise our people," said the Haudenosaunee, in
a letter to Prime Minister Jean
Chretien released before the
Previous silence, the society reminded Chretien, has only resulted in "more guns, more bullets, more violence [towards Native people] all at the expense of
justice for our people."
The letter demands that the
murderers of Dudley George and
Nicholas Cottrell "be identified
and held accountable." It warns
that further violence "will be answered in kind."
But violence was certainly not
the intent of the marchers in
Native Affairs
Kahnawake. They gathered together in a spirit of resistance and solidarity.
Most importandy, they demanded a political solution to the problems, and an end to further violence from Canadian police forces.
"This is a matter that the politicians of this country must deal with,
not the police," said Kahn-Tineta Horn, a Mohawk leader.
"They would not have sent the police against any other protesting
group in this country. It is obvious the police throughout this
country are racist. The politicians must deal with our demands."
It is questionable, though,
whether provincial and federal
leaders have the political will, or
even desire, to come to a peaceful and just solution.
B.C. Premier Mike Harcourt
has won political points in his
province for his 'tough handling'
ofthe Gustafsen Lake crisis.
After a summer of Native blockades and fishing disputes, he has
unscrupulously capitalised on public discontent. In a telling statement,
Harcourt praised Ontario Premier Harris for his handling of Ipperwash,
calling it a "good example" for Gustafsen Lake.
Like Harcourt, Harris has shown a pragmatic brutality in Native
In doing so, they have outlined how the growing neo-conservative
climate in Canada might affect Canada's relations with native nations.
Gone is any sense of justice, or historic obligation.
All that remains in this new environment are politicians who see
'Native problems' as a convenient way to convince the non-native electorate that they are pragmatic and quick-acting leaders, committed to
'common sense' against the excesses of the past.
Leading the pack ideologically in this race is the federal Reform
Reform leader Preston Manning is on record as saying he opposes
any form of Native self-government, while his caucus MPs have made
a habit of racist and derogatory statements about native people.
Myron Thompson, a Reform MP from Alberta, recently compared
Native people to spoiled children, "who have to learn to live in the real
Native people at Kahnawake, and across the country, see the 'real
world' in a fundamentally different way, one deeply influenced by the
actions of the Canadian state.
"We are supporting our allies against the terrorism ofthe Canadian
state in Ontario and B.C.," said one marcher, who refused to be identified.
"We oppose their illegal acts against our land and people, which
they call enforcing the law. They are breaking the law by not honouring and respecting our treaties. We will not forget."
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The Ubyssey opinion
Council meeting an embarassment to AMS
Last Wednesday's Council meeting was a joke, even
by AMS standards. The Alma Mater Society seemed on
the verge of respectability with its organization of a major student protest like the Trek for Education, but last
Wednesday's meeting should reaffirm students' belief that
their student union is dominated by clueless resume
The suggestion was made that Council begin an orientation process for new councillors; The Ubyssey suggests
a few things that ought to be kept in mind.
Going in camera is a big deal. Conducting meetings in private may be a regular part of how corporations like Coke do business, but it has little place at a
student union.
The reason generally given is that contracts still under negotiation cannot be discussed in public for legal reasons. But the end result is still the same: the
public is effectively excluded from the decision-making process. Students cannot protest a deal they know
nothing about. One student attempted to make this
point at last Wednesday's meeting. The AMS's response? Call security.
Respect and pay attention to your constituents.
Council has long argued that students should take a
greater interest in their student union. Last Wednesday
a group of students did just that, and were rewarded for
their efforts by being largely ignored and in some cases
ridiculed. Council didn't have to agree with what Mark
Brooks and others from the Student Environment Centre had to say, but they didn't have to subject a group of
concerned students to the smirking cross-examinations
of councillors, either.
Big change is often incremental (i.e. it doesn't always happen all at once). As some councillors so perceptively pointed out, the exclusive beverage contract
does not "sell Coke a seat on Council" or give them de
facto university control. But profound changes are often
the result of a gradual process, and selling one of the
world's largest multinationals a university monopoly is
indeed part of a larger process and most definitely sets a
precedent. Councillors are right to point out that the AMS
already has exclusivity arrangement with other suppliers, but to say that an agreement with a moderately-sized
regional supplier is the same as giving monopolistic control to one of the world's largest multinationals defies
common sense and is dangerously short-sighted.
Your constituents are not "for sale." Students
should not be treated as a commodity to be bought
and sold. Yes, the AMS could use the money-who
couldn't? Despite some councillors eagerness to prove
their grown-upness by dismissing any argument based
on purely ethical or principled grounds as "flakey,"
we cannot adopt a sliding-scale of values dependent
on fiscal circumstance.
And finally...
If you're going to show up drunk, don't bother to
come. At least one councillor arrived at last Wednesday's
meeting visibly intoxicated. We don't ask that councillors take student politics too seriously, but their constituents deserve better.
October 6,1995
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Freedom of
Those who defend the faculty
of the Poli Sci Department in
the name of freedom of speech,
I think, make several mistakes.
Let's recall what "freedom of
speech" they are defending
here: the "freedom" to refer to
a female student of colour as
"black bitch." Such an action
should not be defended under
that name at all, for that defense
attributes a certain nobility to
The Freespeechers also say
that it is unfair to take action
for the wrongdoings of a select
few. In my view, they are wrong
again for does the faculty of a
department not collectively
determine the atmosphere of
that department? The McEwen
Report comes to a similar
conclusion and confirms the
allegations of systemic sexism/
racism in the Poli Sci
Department. Surely there is a
principle of collective
responsibility according to
which a department as a whole
should respond in an adequate
way to graduate students
voicing concerns about the way
they are treated. The Dean of
Graduate Studies' decision to
suspend Graduate Student
Admissions can be seen in that
light, namely to ensure that the
department as a whole
responds in a constructive way.
As such, it should be
applauded, especially by those
who defend freedom of speech.
After all, the Dean had cause
for concern that the Poli Sci
Dept had limted some graduate
students' freedom of speech.
In light of these thoughts, the
argument of "freedom of
speech" smacks of a distasteful
closing of ranks to ward off a
long overdue attack on some
equally distasteful privileges.
Instead of claiming that the
faculty of the Poli Sci
Department was hard done by,
these "freedom fighters" should
think about such issues as
collective responsibility in a
university department and
what could be done to help the
Poli Sci Department improve
its record.
Stefan Haag
Sessional Instructor
It figures that a Leftist like
Jean Duffy would misunderstand my comments
about unions, minimum wage,
Mr. Tube Steak, and the free
market The last time I checked
the Reform Party's "Blue
Sheet", being paid nothing for
squatting down to have one's
baby in a restaurant didn't seem
to be a part of our agenda.
At no time do free market
advocates demand that
workers work in slavery
conditions. That's called
COMMUNISM! We believe
that workers should be paid their
worth —and it is worth a great
deal, make no mistake about it
But we think that a worker should
not be paid artificially inflated
wages created by unions'
monopolistic control over access
to work-sites. Such control allow
unions to push the price of their
labour above normal market
levels. Please note, Ms. Duffy.
Unions are NOT evil; their
monopolistic control is,
however, tyrannical.
Secondly, we do NOT
begrudge you your maternity
leave. We believe, however,
that the government has no
place forcing such programs on
employers. Such programs
should be a part of a volrjntarily
arranged contract between
worker and employer.
Thirdly, Ms. Duffy, you seem
awfully exercised about that
tiny hot-dog cart. Do you
seriously believe that you
would be laid off from your job,
and we will see 30,000 people
crowding around the Mr. Tube
Steak cart? Get real!
We do say that in a free
market, competition brings out
excellence in all competitors.
Moreover, consumers benefit
because they have the one
thing Leftism would deny
them: CHOICE!
Ms. Duffy, your job is not
threatened by Mr. Tube Steak But
the freedom of choice of all UBC
denizens is threatened when you
write the sort of hyper-paranoid
misrepresentative drivel you
ground out when put pen to
John Weintraub
Young Reformers of UBC
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Friday, October 6,1995 sports
Golfer Taylor ponders future
by Wolf Depner
To tee, or not to tee? That is
the question facing UBC golfer
Brett Taylor as he decides
whether or not to turn pro.
Now in his and fourth and final year of eligibility under
NCAA rules, the 22 year old
Hunter River, P.E.I, native is one
of Canada's finest young amateurs. His most recent success
came in July when he won the
Vancouver City Amateur Golf
Championship. He also competed in the 1992 World University Championships in Spain, and
according to UBC golf coach
Fraser Mulholland, he is getting
to the point of turning pro.
However, Taylor has still not
made up his mind about his future. "I'm going to finish up this
BRETT TAYLOR hitting an iron at the University Golf Club
year. In the spring, I'm deciding
whether or not I'm going to turn
pro," he said. "I'm thinking about
trying the Canadian Tour, but I
don't know if my game is quite
ready for it yet."
To improve his game, Taylor
sees a sport psychologist. Golf is
very much a mental sport— what
goes on between the ears has a
direct impact on what is happening out on the course. "It seems
to make a difference in scores,"
he said.
The hardest part about turning
pro is finding a sponsor. Unlike
other pro sports, most sponsors
in golf are wealthy individuals
rather than faceless corporations.
"It's not like you're asking
Gatorade for money," said Taylor. The other big hurdle is to actually qualify for the tour. Even
after securing sponsorship and
having qualified for the tour, it
is difficult to make a living on
the very competitive yet low-
paying Canadian tour. "It's really a stepping-stone to the
PGA," he said.
Taylor's ultimate dream is to
make it down south in the PGA
within the next five years. He is
also considering playing abroad,
either in Australia or Asia. "To be
successful, you have to play all
year around, and Australia and
Asia are the places to be for winter golfing."
The Ubyssey October SportsCal
Field Hockey (ail day)
at Livingston Park
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Bball (W) 4 pm vs
Douglas College
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Swimming @ Simon
Fraser University
Swimming @ Simon
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Bball (M) 12 pmvs TWU
Bball (W) 6 pm
(@ Douglas College)
Hockey vs Regina
Bball (W) 8 pm
(@Capillano College)
Fball vs Cal State 2 pm
Hockey vs Regina
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Bball (M) 7:30 pm vs
Seattle Christian Athl.
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Fball vs Calgary 2 pm
Rugby vs Brits 2:30 pm
Swimming @ Vancouver
Aquatic Centre
Swimming @ Vancouver
Aquatic Centre
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Hockey vs Lethbridge
SFU/UVic Cross
Country @ Stanley Park
Hockey vs Lethbridge
Soccer vs Calgary
Soccer vs Lethbridge
(W) 12 pm, (M) 2 pm
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Bball (M) 8 pm @ SFU
(Buchanan Cup)
Bball: all home basketball games at WMG
FbaU: all football games at T-Bird Stadium
Hockey: all games at T-Bird Winter Sports Ctr.
Rugby games at Wolfson East Field
Soccer games at Wolfson II Field. Women play
at 12 pm and men at 2 pm
AMS Tutoring Services invites applications from undergrad. &
grad. students for p/t positions as Netinfo Assistants.  You
will orient students and staff to UBC's Netinfo system on a
drop-in basis. The project is sponsored by the AMS and UBC
Libraries and is partially funded by the Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund of UBC.
•Good user knowledge of UBC's Netinfo System
•Good communication and interpersonal skills
•Ability to convey subject knowledge effectively
•Ability to work under minimal direction
• Previous experience helpful, but not essential
•Registered as a UBC student for the 1995/96 year.
Hours of work vary, including evenings & weekends. The
wage is $10/hour to a max. of 8 hours/week. The successful
applicants will agree to work the entire term, including exam
Pise, submit a resume, a copy of your most recent transcript
and your class schedule to the Director, Tutoring Services,
SUB Rm. 249D. raTTIS
Deadline is Thurs
Oct. 12, 1995.
AMS Tutoring Services invites applications from qualified
undergrad. & grad. students for this p/t position. Duties
include: interviewing & training of Netinfo Assistants, scheduling and advertising Netinfo sessions, supervising staff and
sessions, maintaining payroll and related records, & preparing
program evaluation reports. The project is sponsored by the
AMS and UBC Libraries and is partially funded by the Teaching
and Learning Enhancement Fund of UBC.
•Ability to perform adminstrative and supervisory functions
• Excellent user knowledge of UBC's Netinfo system.
•Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
•Ability to work under minimal direction
•Registered as a UBC student for the 1995/96 year
Hours of work vary, including evenings & weekends. The
wage is $12/hour to a max. of 10 hours/week. The successful applicant will work the entire term, including exam periods.
Pise, submit a resume, a copy of your transcript and your
class schedule to the Director, Tutoring Services, SUB Rm.
Deadline is Thurs.,     F^ ALMA MATER SOCIETY
Oct. 12, 1995. I\!\ii/I STUDENT SOCIETY OF UBC
AMS Tutoring Services invites applications from undergrad. &
grad. students for p/t positions as AMS tutors.  AMS Tutoring
is an education project sponsored by the AMS and UBC
Libaries and is partially funded by the Teaching and Learning
Enhancement Fund of UBC.
•Excellent knowledge of one or more first year subjects such
as Math, Physics,Economics, Chemistry, Biology, English and
•Good communication and interpersonal skills.
•Ability to convey subject knowledge effectively
•Previous experience helpful but not essential
•Registered as a UBC student for the 1995/96 year.
Hours of work vary, including evenings & weekends.  The
wage is $10/hour to a max. of 8 hours/week. The successful
applicants will agree to work the entire term, including exam
Please submit a resume, a copy of your most recent transcript and your class schedule to the Director, Tutoring
Services, SUB Rm.       „_..._». .
Deadline is Thurs.,
0ct.l2th, 1995.
Friday, October 6,1995
The Ubyssey Stop kvetching already!
The Sisters Rosensweig
at the Arts Club Theatre
until October 28
by Noelle Gallagher
"Just as long as I don't end up like my
mother" seems to be the motto of sisters Sara, Pfeni, and Gorgeous
Rosensweig as they gather in Sara's
London home to celebrate her 51st
birthday. Wendy Wasserstein says The
Sisters Rosensweig is about "rebirth
even after forty," but the Arts Club's production doesn't fully capture the play's
bittersweet potential.
Sara (Beth Kaplan) is a fastidious, ambitious banker intent on denying her
Jewish ancestry by living in London,
adopting her ex-husband's last name,
and putting on a fake British accent.
Pfeni (Gabrielle Rose), equally interested
in escaping the Jewish princess phenomenon, is a travel writer kept from
her continent-hopping only by her devotion to Geoffrey, a flamboyant bisexual
director who lives in Sara's basement.
Gorgeous (Babz Chula) is a suburban
housewife enthralled by her recent
success as a radio talk show hostess.
The cast gets off to an unfortunately rocky start. There is some
stumbling over lines, as well as some
bad acting from Jane Spence, who
makes her debut as Sara's daughter
Tess. Once things do get rolling, the
actors don't quite catch on to the
comic timing the play requires; some
punchlines are not delivered as effectively as they could be, and some
lines are lost when the actors keep
speaking without waiting for the
audience's laughter to die down. In
the play's dramatic moments, some
of the characters lose their believabil-
ity, steering dangerously close to melodrama.
Chula's outrageous body language
and manic perkiness are fun to watch,
but the true scene stealer is Richard
Newman as Mervyn Kant, a furrier who
provides "synthetic animal covering" for
Geoffrey's plays and becomes Sara's
Gabrielle Rose, Beth Kaplan, and Babz Chula star in The Sisters Rosensweig.
love interest. Newman's comic delivery
and subtle body language are so interesting he is enjoyable to watch in any
Although this production is insightful
and often very funny, the good moments
are not quite enough to redeem the
rough spots. The costumes, sets, and
characters are all likeable and interesting in their own right, they but don't
really provoke any afterthought about
the play's themes.
In short, while the Arts Club's performance of 77te Sisters Rosensweig. is
humourous and touching, it could have
been much more.
Dead Presidents go to Yellowstone Park
Dead Presidents
opens today at the Capitol 6
by Jeremy Valeriote
I admit, with the Film Festival in town this week, getting
a free pass to a Hollywood production about black America in
the '60s wasn't quite equal to
finding the pot of gold at the
end of the rainbow, but I desperately needed entertainment.
Dead Presidents didn't let me
down. Although you won't walk
out of this movie feeling good,
you will feel educated. The
story is an honest look at the
life of a black youth named Anthony (played adeptly by Larenz
Tate) growing up in the East
Bronx and, at eighteen, going
off to fight a "white man's war"
in Vietnam. The same tale
could be told a hundred times
(and it has), and it wouldn't get
any happier or easier to accept.
This movie is a depressing
account of how American society, through the ghetto and the
military, ruined the life of an
honest and upstanding young
man. Completing a highly decorated tour of duty, Anthony returns to the Bronx to find his
prospects dim, and his younger,
happier days behind him. He is
saddled with the burdens of
adulthood and lacks the resources to carry them. Like so
many others in his position, the
path leads inevitably to a loss
of hope, desperation, and eventually to crime.
The film tries hard, but lacks
something fundamental. Even
for a Tarantino-desensitized
viewer, the amount of gore and
violence was excessive, and
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could have been replaced with
more impressive dialogue. The
film makes its point because of
its shock value rather than its
merit. The numerous visual images devoted to guns and blood
are not for those with weak
stomachs, and they definitely
made the movie less enjoyable.
All in all, however, it takes
courage to make a movie like
this, and you have to admire the
Hughes Brothers [Menace II Society) for directing it, even if the
execution leaves something to
be desired. The soundtrack
rules, too.
opens today at the CN IMAX
by Peter T. Chattaway
There's something inherently
hypocritical — no, make that
paradoxical — about IMAX movies.
On the one hand, they use
their heightened sense of 'realism' to celebrate the forces of
nature like few other movies
But this realism is brought to
the screen by a highly sophisticated technology that is, in all
its finely calibrated nuts and
bolts, about as far removed from
nature's sweeping, indiscriminate gales as one can get.
Some even commit the sin of
making nature look cute, or
tame. Yellowstone is a case in
Yellowstone National Park
rests in a caldera, or collapsed
crater, left behind when the
volcano on that site exploded
over 600,000 years ago. The
blast, we are told ever so briefly,
produced 1,000 times the debris of the Mt. St. Helen's explosion in 1980, but nothing in
the film suggests what such a
catastrophe might actually be
like. The dizzying, if bare-
boned, computer graphics that
whiz us through the subterranean magma fields are more
like an acid trip through a bargain-basement cyberspace
than anything else.
Student Representatives
Faculty of Arts
The following constituencies
have been filled by acclamation:
Asian Studies:
Leah Mintha
Craig Murray
Family and
Nutritional Sciences:
Zahur Karim
Library, Archival and
Information Studies:
Rian Misfeldt
Political Science:
Craig Bavis
Natasha Ghosh
First Year:
Wah-Kee Ting
Second Year:
Shirin Foroutan
Graeme Wynn
Associate dean
Faculty of Arts
The live-action shots are a
cinematographic marvel, of
course, but the action within
them oscillates between musty
Historical Postcard shots and
silly, pointless stabs at humour.
Giggle when the baby bear slips
off a wet log! Roar with laughter when the giant grizzly terrorizes a picnic table!
Nowhere do we get a sense
of the terror of nature. When the
camera probe slides down Old
Faithful's vent (the first time
such footage has been taken),
the boiling water that assaults
the lens seems more ticklish
than scalding.
Thank God, then, for Ring of
Fixe, the volcano classic that
shares the bill on Yellowstone's
nighttime screenings.
Yellowstone ends with a shot
of harmless snowy peaks, a
heart-wringing score (so
smarmy it was written by Academy Awards conductor Bill
Conti) stirring our souls and a
narrator telling us that "some
things are forever wild."
But if you didn't stay to watch
the burning villages and shattered ecosystems in fling of Fire,
you wouldn't have the foggiest
notion what the ol' windbag
was talking about.
The Ubyssey
Friday, October 6,1995


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