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The bus stop at University
Boulevard and Allison Road
(near the Village) is closed until
March 1, according to TransLink
Wednesday evening.
The TransLink website said
that this is due to "passenger volumes and public safety
concerns."
19 INJURIES AT LIVECITY SHOW
Nineteen people were injured
and nine were sent to hospital Tuesday night during a free
Alexisonfire concert.
The Vancouver Sun reported
that the rock band was only on
stage for about 20 seconds before the crowd surged forward
at LiveCity Yaletown. Barricades
broke, resulting in injuries to
spectators.
Vancouver City manager
Penny Ballem told the Sun that
the incident was "unprecedented," as LiveNation, the concert
promoters, have been using the
same style of barricade for 20
years.
T-BIRD CONCESSION SELLS
RECORD AMOUNTS
In the first few days of the
Olympics, the Doug Mitchell
Winter Sports Centre has sold a
unprecedented amount of food.
According to the UBC 2010
website, after only five hockey
games at the arena, 11,087 hot
dogs, 8122 Coca-Cola beverages, 7634 pints of beer and 2493
soft pretzels have been sold.
Staff also served US VP Joe
Biden and his entourage during
the China vs USA game.
CRIME WATCH
FEBRUARY 11 At approximately
3pm a student reported leaving her computer unattended in
Regent College. Upon returning,
she found that her laptop was
stolen.
FEBRUARY 11 At approximately
3:30pm the complainant
witnessed a man attempting to
steal the licence plates off a vehicle parked at Logan Lane and
East Mall.
The man was described as
Caucasian, in his 20s, wearing a black jacket and pants, a
red toque and carrying a green
shopping bag full of tools. The
suspect ran off without the licence plates when the complainant approached him.
FEBRUARY 11 Police responded
to two thefts from the Student Recreation Centre that
occurred sometime in the
afternoon. 2/UBYSSEY.CA/EVENTS/2010.02.18
FEBRUARY IS, 2010
VOLUME XCI,   N°XLII
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CONTRIBUTORS
Things at the Obyssey are running as usual. Olympics?
What Olympics? Gerald Deo and Paul Bucci would rather
go beer bottle bowling nearthe clocktower. Samantha
Jung, Kate Barbaria and Jonny Wakefield are currently
tanning on a beach while crabs pinch their toes. Virginie
Menard, Anthony Goertz and Michael Thibault are
sipping ice wine in a cafe in Europe because they're
classy people. Somewhere in a cave, Tara Martellaro,
Nick Knoop and May Zou are learning to survive off
of twigs and unopened sardine cans. Andrew Bates
and Geoff Lister are backpacking through Transylvania
while being chased by Trevor Becord and Dorian Geiger
Brendan Albano, Krittana Khurana and Chibwe Mweene
have joined the llluminati and are now sworn to secret
handshakes involving pie. Cynthia Khoo is walking
down a runway in Prague, running from Tagh Sira who
had to wear spotlights as suspenders. Katarina Grgic,
Austin Holm and Kasha Chang have decided to live in
the Paris catacombs and teach the skeletons to dance
Meanwhile, Am Johal is swinging from a tree and Laura
Robinson is stealing scones from the Queen. So pish on
your Olympics.
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THURSDAY, FEB. 18
FILM      SCREENING      • UBC
Okanagan's Spanish Film Series
continues ^with a screening of
the film Atame. Sponsored by
the Spanish Program in the
Faculty of Creative and Critical
Studies, the Latin American
Studies Program and the
Spanish Embassy, the Spanish
Film Series will screen Spanish
films once a month throughout 2010. • Show at 7pm, UBC
Okanagan, all films are free and
open to the public.
MONDAY, FEB. 22
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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24
FAUST* The UBC Players Club
presents Faust, directed by
Andrew Isaac. • Playing at
Dorothy Sommerset Studio,
runs until Feb. 27. Tickets are
$10 for students, $15 for everyone else. For more info, visit
ubcplayersclub.com.
FRIDAY, MAR. 12
A CONCERT FOR HAITI • Come enjoy an evening of live music
performed by unique local artists. Proceeds will go towards
supporting the ongoing medical relief efforts by in Haiti. •
6pm reception, 7:30pm concert, Graham House, Green
College, tickets at $20.
CORRECTION
In the February 15 issue, in the
news brief titled "UBC raises
$3700 for Haiti," it should have
read "AMS raises $3700 for
Haiti" and "AMS Food Services."
The Ubyssey regrets this error.
T-BIRD CENTRE
GETS BUSY
It's like this, but with people. KELLAN HIGGINS FILE PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
NICK KNOOP
Contributor
Thousands of fans are flooding to UBC to cheer on their
respective national hockey
teams at the Doug Mitchell
Thunderbird Sports Centre
this month.
The Centre is capable of
seating up to 7500 spectators,
according to vancouver2010.
com, and is hosting 17 men's
and women's hockey games
during the Olympics, and 20
ice sledge hockey games during the Paralympic Games.
VANOC estimates that over
250,000 visitors are expected
to come to these events over
the span ofthe games, keeping
campus alive even during the
Reading Break.
The stadium is currendy surrounded by fence and 24-hour
security patrol. All public transit has been rerouted away
from the venue, and all roads
two blocks from the venue are
completely closed.
The construction project was
funded by UBC Properties Trust
and built by Bird Construction.
UBC was $ 10 million short to meet
its venue agreement with VANOC,
but a donation by UBC alumni
Doug and Lois JVIitchell rounded off the total. VANOC reported
that the Thunderbird Centre was
completed four months ahead
of schedule and on budget in the
summer of 2008. tJ
I would prefer a few bigger-name
free acts that got sponsored by
VANOC or something. Aside from
Deadmau5, most ofthe concerts
seem to be crappy indie music.
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STUCK AT HOME
"Things will always go wrong. However, its how they are dealt with
that is the true test. VANOC failed this test, in my opinion."
—Chris Montgomery, second-year Political Science student from
Trinity Western University
VANOC cancels tickets without warning
If you bought a scalped ticket, VANOC wont give you your money back
ANDREW BATES
western.bureau@cup.ca
"Congrats, Mael[le] Ricker!"
wrote Karen Gurney known as
©winebard, on Twitter. "Wish
my tickets weren't canceled so
I could have witnessed it!!!"
Fans were unhappy to wake
up Tuesday morning to find
that VANOC had canceled
20,000 general admission tickets to events such as women's
snowcross on weather-troubled
Cypress Mountain. They had
even more reason to be in the
afternoon, when Maelle Ricker
won Canada's second gold medal of the 2010 Winter Games.
"It's even more frustrating knowing that we would
have been there enjoying the
real gold medal spirit," said
Andree-Anne Vaillancourt, a
convenience store manager
from Banff, Alberta who drove
to Vancouver, and had tickets
only for snowboard cross. "We
are now trying to get tickets for
other events, but this was not
planned in our budget and we
do not want to spend $1000 to
see something," she said.
"It has really angered me considering how far in advance we've
planned our 2010 experience,"
said Mark Singh, an IT analyst
from Vancouver. Singh purchased
his tickets one and a half years
ago, through a ticket process he described as frustrating. "Of course,
the people who spend 250 per cent
more on their tickets don't have
to worry," he told The Ubyssey.
"Shame about the rain and warm
weather—it's really turned into a
springtime Olympics."
ANTHONY GOERTZ GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
According to the VANOC press
release, heavy rains made the
standing room areas unsafe. "The
rains washed away almost a foot of
snow in the area where the standing room area was to be located,"
the release read. "There is insufficient snow to move and build the
standing room area back up at the
Cypress snowboard stadium."
There were no options left,
according to Caley Denton,
VANOC's VP of ticketing and consumer marketing. "We've exhausted all avenues but it just
wasn't possible to make the area
safe for spectators," he said.
Chris Montgomery, a second-
year Political Science student at
Trinity Western University, had a
different idea to build up the standing area. "How come they couldn't
have trucked in some gravel or
something to deal with the standing room area?" he told The
Ubyssey in an e-mail interview.
"To me the lack of preparation... shows a lot of ignorance
on the part of VANOC and will
unfortunately be a black mark
on the legacy of the Games."
Montgomery was also unhappy that VANOC did not contact
ticket holders, relying only on
the release. "I found [out] indi-
recdy less than 12 hours before
I was going to leave," he said.
"Had my dad not happened to
see something online, I would
have shown up at the bus at
5:30 in the morning like hundreds of other people did."
Other criticisms of the
VANOC ticket distribution have
been in regards to its ticket resale process. "I couldn't get
reasonably priced tickets online," said Justin Hughes, who
works for a Vancouver-area
furniture wholesaler. "I refused to pay $300 per ticket...
so I purchased them through
one of my wife's friends."
When the tickets were canceled, VANOC refused to refund the face value of the tickets because they weren't purchased from them. "VANOC
is really double-dipping here,
saying that it doesn't support
scalping or even the resale of
tickets," he said, "but they'll
allow people to do it on their
website, for a fee."
The cancelation inconvenienced people from around
the world. Ben Foster, a political organizer for the Republican
Party in Alabama, remarked on
the irony of how his weather
troubles here compare to the
ones at home. "We've never had
snow in Alabama," he said, "but
we had snow this week...[delaying] our plane."
Foster's family had been
planning to go to the Games
since they had been announced
seven years ago. "I remember,
when they made the announcement, [my father] came to me
and my litde brother and said,
'we gotta go.'"
Jeff Stafford, a second-year
Science student at UBC who
got tickets from his family,
wonders if the cancelation
didn't just save him from
hassle. "When I heard about
how bad the spectating conditions were I didn't feel too
bad about missing it either,"
he told The Ubyssey. "I was so
tired anyways that when we
heard that our tickets were
canceled I just went back
home and took a... nap." He
noted that he was most excited about the bars and clubs
being packed, as well as the
free concerts.
Stafford hasn't given up
his Olympic dream of attending an event, although that
journey might take him further than you'd expect. "I
took Russian this year to fulfill my required Arts credits," he said. "In 2014, I plan
on flying to Sochi and having a...great time. Until then
though, I will be practicing
my Russian." tl
Maelle ecstatic after gold medal win
DORIAN GEIGER
sports@thesheaf.com
A day after running away
with first place in downhill snowboard cross to win
Canada's second gold medal of the Vancouver Olympics,
Whistler's Maelle Ricker was
relaxed, but unable to contain
her excitement.
"Walking down Robson
Street and seeing everybody in
the red and white was absolutely amazing," gushed Ricker in a
Wednesday press conference.
"Everyone's out there cheering
on Canadians, cheering on the
athletes and really coming together as a nation."
Ricker won Canada's second
gold medal on Canadian soil
following Alexandre Bilodeau's
history-making moguls win,
and is the first Canadian woman to take home a gold medal
in her hometown. She blew by
the competition in the final run,
staying dozens of metres and
seconds ahead of French silver
medalist Deborah Anthonioz.
Prior to Ricker's gold medal run, her main competition
was speculated to be American
Ricker was all smiles after her win. GEOFF LISTER PH0T0/THE UBYSSEY
Lindsey Jacobellis. Only seconds into the medal run-
neck and neck with Ricker—
two jumps saw Jacobellis fumble and exit the box of the track,
leaving Ricker to sail to the bottom for a decisive victory.
"I actually had no idea I had
that much of a lead," said Ricker.
"I was so focused on moving
forward and just giving 110 per
cent," the snowboarding champion told the crowd. "When you
let off the gas pedal a bit, things
really go wrong. So it's just
pushing, pushing, pushing the
whole way down the course."
The snowcross competition has been contending with
poor conditions at the Cypress
Mountain Resort, with 20,000
general admission tickets canceled for that and other events
at the venue. After continuous
focus on the weather, some international media, chiefly UK
newspaper The Guardian, have
wondered if these Games could
be the worst in history.
Ricker, however was nonchalant about the batde to overcome the adverse condtions
of snow, rain and the slipper ly  slopes.   "Every run  the
conditions changed. You had to
be ready for it," she said. "We
woke up to fog and rain which
is actually something I love,
I'm a BC girl—I'm not afraid
of that," she said. "[However,]
the course got better and better as the day went on."
We woke up to fog
and rain which is
actually something
I love, I'm a BC
girl—I'm not afraid
ofthat.
MAELLE RICKER
The course had a high difficulty level, Ricker told the
crowd. "The course was really tough and you had to be
precise," she said. "Any little boggle, any falter can cost
you. Especially in the women's [snowboard cross], your
speed and timing had to be
bang on." tl
STUDENT ARRESTED
AT TORCH RELAY
SAMANTHAJUNG
news@ubyssey.ca
A student was arrested during
the UBC leg of the torch relay
last Thursday.
Staff Sergeant Kevin Kenna
of the university RCMP detachment said the arrest was
due to possession of stolen
property.
"We had a report of a number of fire extinguishers stolen
from the Thunderbird [Winter
Sports Centre] parkade," Kenna
told The Ubyssey. "He was
found with a fire extinguisher
at the torch run."
The student, whom The
Ubyssey has learned is Science
student James Zhou, was released that evening. Kenna said
that 31 fire extinguishers were
stolen.
When asked if the theft and
the torch relay were connected,
Kenna responded, "it was certainly a factor. We got the information the same day."
"The individual was at the
torch relay...[an] odd place to
have a fire extinguisher."
Kenna said that an investigation is still underway. Zhou could
not be reached for comment, va 4/UBYSSEY.CA/OLYMPICS/2010.02.18
PhD student fired from Olympic job
Darryl Bannon deemed 'security threat' for connections to anti-Olympic activist
CYNTHIA KH00
ckhoo@ubyssey.ca
Eleven days into his new job
at the Richmond Olympic
Oval, UBC PhD student Darryl
Bannon was fired due to his
affiliations with Dr Chris
Shaw, an opthamologist at the
Vancouver General Hospital
and well-known anti-Olympics
activist.
Based on the fact that Shaw,
who is a UBC professor, was his
supervisor at his other job at
VGH, Bannon was labeled a security risk, questioned by members of the RCMP and subse-
quendy fired.
"Last week the RCMP began calling me repeatedly—
both on my cell and at my
hospital job," wrote Bannon
on Examiner.com, where he
maintains a blog about health
science in Vancouver.
"They wanted to arrange an
'interview' and refused to give
me details over the phone,
but threatened to revoke my
Olympic accreditation if I didn't
attend," he wrote. Accreditation
is needed to work at Olympic
venues. When he accepted, he
claimed that he was asked a
'slew' of questions about his
opinions about the Olympics
and also how Shaw felt about
them.
Because I'm
an Olympics
opponent...anyone
associated with me
is a suspect, even
though they may
not share my views.
CHRIS SHAW
ANTI-OLYMPICS ACTIVIST
According to Bannon, the
RCMP said that they were concerned because statements
made by Shaw to the media
could imply 'violent intent.' He
claims he was told that his suitability as an employee would
be reviewed, and the next time
he came into work, a manager revoked his accreditation,
identity card, security tags and
Olympic toque and scarf.
"It is all part and parcel of a
larger problem that Darryl is
now being viewed by these different entities as being guilty
by association," Shaw told
The Ubyssey. "Because I'm an
Olympics opponent and ISU
has been monitoring me...anyone associated with me is a suspect, even though they may not
share my views."
He claimed that he does not
even discuss politics in the lab
as a general rule. "He lost accreditation, simply because he
does experiments in my lab."
Shaw deems the case yet one
more example of an unfortunate
legacy the Games have brought
to Vancouver: "the punishment
of those who are perceived to
have the wrong political views."
"I'm sure they've done tons of
things...and they won't be held
accountable," he said. "If this
were a human rights tribunal
case, they would be found guilty."
He compared the case to a recent one in which two Muslim
men trained in security work
underwent background checks
and were rejected as applicants
to work for the Vancouver 2010
Integrated Security Unit (ISU),
leading to accusations of racial
profiling.
"The ISU is mandated to
complete background checks
on individuals to enhance
the security of the Vancouver
2010 Olympic Games," said
ISU Corporal Joe Taplin in
a statement released to The
Ubyssey. "The ISU makes individual assessments about
whether an individual could
pose a risk to the Games and
may update those assessments at any time."
Taplin implied the ISU
had no direct responsibility in this case. "Only VANOC
or the International Olympic
Committee has the authority
to revoke accreditation, and
can do so at any time," he said.
According to Shaw, people who feel their rights have
been violated for the sake of
the Olympic Games have litde recourse when it comes to
appeals or recompensation.
"[Bannon] can go to the Human
Rights Tribunal after the fact,"
said Shaw, "but keep in mind
that the company will say they
were following the mandate of
ISU."
He also noted that the entities that administrate the
Olympics will disappear before long. "ISU will be disbanded, and VANOC will
be disbanded, so who is he
going to take to trial?" he
asked. "They are temporary
entities."
As for Bannon, he will continue with his day job at
Vancouver General Hospital
while experiencing the Games
from afar.
"While I had mixed feelings about the Olympics coming to Vancouver, I was largely supportive of the security
apparatus," he wrote. "I just
hope that my Olympic experience is not reflective of what
the majority end up experiencing." tu
Coke awards UBC with
sustainability award
SAMANTHAJUNG
news@ubyssey.ca
UBC received a sustainability award from Olympic sponsor Coca-Cola, who is attempting to be carbon neutral during the Games.
This is the company's third
annual "Live Positively" awards
series. "We want to recognize
leaders who are making the difference to create a more positive reality for us all," said
Bobby Brittain, VP of Coca-
Cola's Sparkling Business Unit.
Other winners this year include
BC Premier Gordon Campbell
and VANOC's Chief Executive
Officer John Furlong.
UBC was noted for its
Sustainability Office, which
opened in 1998, and the 237
million sheets of paper, 230
million kilowatt hours of electricity and 93,000 tons of
greenhouse gas emissions that
they have saved since 1999.
These savings have been valued
at $40 million.
We're not doing
this because ofthe
money.
BOBBY BRITTAIN
VP OF COCA-COLA'S SPARKLING
BEVERAGES UNIT
UBC President Stephen
Toope accepted the award on
behalf of the university. "UBC
recognizes that to meet society's sustainability needs, without compromising those of future generations, requires best
efforts of the brightest minds in
every field," Toope explained.
The university recendy entered a partnership with GE
Water & Power and Vancouver-
based Nexterra Systems
Corporation. The agreement
is "the first North American
demonstration of biomass-fu-
eled heat-and-power generation
system," according to a press
release.
Despite its achievements,
UBC still has work to do. Not all
ofthe buildings at its Vancouver
and Okanagan campuses are
retrofitted for sustainability.
However, Toope said that all
of the older buildings at UBC-0
are to be modified by 2012.
Coca-Cola is pushing to be
carbon neutral during this
year's Olympic Games.
You can't put an
environmental tag
on water in any
type of bottle—full
stop.
JOE CRESSY
SPOKESPERSON FOR POLARIS
"We will be 99 per cent carbon neutral," Brittain explained. "Our ambition is to ensure that we have as much sustainability as possible."
The Vancouver Sun reported last month that the company is selling its products
in their new PlantBottle for
the Games—a bottle that contains 30 per cent plant materials. It is designed to cut down
on the use of petroleum-based
plastic.
However, some are skeptical
of the company's sustainability push. Joe Cressy, a spokesman for Polaris, told the Sun
that Coca-Cola is engaging in
"greenwashing."
"It is outrageous that instead
of promoting and providing
visitors with clean accessible
Canadian water we are selling
them botdes of water made by
Coca-Cola," he said.
"You can't put an environmental tag on water in any type
of bottle—full stop."
Brittain emphasized that the
company's motivation to go
green isn't economics.
"We're making a statement,"
Brittain told The Ubyssey.
"We're not doing this because of the money. It's about
the contribution we make to society as a whole." tl
Colbert Nation invades
Creekside Park
ABOVE: Colbert is flanked by media as he arrives Wednesday morning.
BELOW: Adoring fans turn out to get a glimpse of the celebrity.
GERALD DEO PH0T0S/THE UBYSSEY
Thousands of fans greeted Stephen Colbert
as he filmed an episode of his popular
news satire program The Colbert Report at
Creekside Park on Wednesday morning.
Exiting a nondescript minivan and immediately swarmed by press, fans and a lone
Vancouver Park Ranger, Colbert safely escaped the scrum to arrive on a stage decorated with old skis, multiple flags and a
stuffed moose. Creekside Park is located
next to Sochi House (usually known as the
Telus World of Science) and offers views
of the Athletes' Village and Downtown
Vancouver, but Colbert himself was the
main attraction on that clear but chilly
February morning.
The second taping takes place Thursday
February 18, and the episodes are expected to air next week.
—Gerald Deo 20 10.02.18/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/5
YOU SAID IT
IN RESPONSE TO "OVER 5000 PROTEST OLYMPIC GAMES [FEB. 12, 2010]'
Nice to see the AMS
Olympics Commissioner in
the 4th photo, protesting the
games.
—Ha [Feb. 15}
That is, of course, his democratic right. Support of the
Games is not an apolitical,
neutral stance.
—Blake Frederick [Feb. 15]
I don't believe actively campaigning against the games
is neutral either. I believe the neutral action would be
to just remain quiet on your personal opinion, which
would include not showing up to anti-Games protests.
—Ashley [Feb. 16}
VIRGINIE MENARD GRAPHIC/THE UBYSSEY
EDITORIAL
OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE LEGAL OBSERVER PROGRAM
We were a bit skeptical when the Student Legal Fund Society (SLFS)
announced last November that they would be shelling out $18,500
in student money for a partnership in the BC Civil Liberties
Association's Legal Observers program.
Since each student pays $ 1 a year into the SLFS, spending our
money on a series of programs that might only benefit a small number of student protesters was questionable from the start. But educating students about their rights was a wise choice for the SLFS.
After all, those rights apply to all of us, regardless of how we feel
about multi-national, debt-inducing winter sports festivals. And if
a few well-trained student observers could prevent another debacle
like APEC, so be it.
But after spending a few days in close contact with these orange-
clad crusaders, it's clear that they won't be able to prevent much.
The majority of Legal Observers manage to be simultaneously self-
righteous and clueless. More often than not, you see them indiscriminately taking down badge numbers instead of, you know, observing altercations between police and protesters. At the UBC torch
protest Thursday night, one of us saw an RCMP officer manhandle a
student, throwing her into the crowd and causing her to trip. When
she turned to a Legal Observer standing just metres from the scene,
camera rolling, he admitted sheepishly that he had not caught the
abuse.
The Ubyssey has spent a significant amount of time covering protests, and incidents such of these have not been isolated. We recognize that these folks are volunteers, and we commend them for their
efforts. But our money was spent on their training, and it's apparent
that this training wasn't terribly effective.
We're invested in all of you, in more ways than one. You've let us
down, vl
UBC ACCEPTS A SUSTAINABILITY AWARD FROM...COCA-COLA?
For those of you who don't know, UBC has pioneered university
sustainability initiatives. For this, the Coca-Cola Company honoured UBC with an award for "living positively."
Yes, the same Coca-Cola Company that had an exclusive contract
with the AMS for 12 years. Yes, the same Coca-Cola Company that
claims that their products are consumed about 1.6 billion times a
day. Yes, the same Coca Cola Company that states in their sustainability goals that they plan to "source 25 per cent of our PET plastic" and
"recover 50 per cent ofthe equivalent botdes and cans used" by 2015.
Let's do a litde math here. Let's take a wild guess and say that only
half of the consumed beverages are in botdes or cans. That's about
800 million. Hell, let's get even more wild. Let's say that only 5 per
cent are in cans or botdes and are not recycled. That's still about 80
million cans or botdes that are discarded. Multiply that by 17 7 7 (the
number of days until 2015) and that's 1.4 trillion botdes or cans filling up dumps. This number is incredibly generous and you can bet
it will be many magnitudes higher in reality.
So, Coke, do you really think that you are worthy of giving out a
sustainability award?
Stephen Toope, shame on you for accepting an award that is
meaningless and enforces a false perception of sustainability from
a company that is horrifically unsustainable. While we applaud the
university's modest commitments to move towards a more sustainable campus, we have a long way to go. This award cheapens your
own efforts and makes the university seem like it is more interested
in getting a PR boost through greenwashing than putting forward an
earnest sustainability initiative, tl
TOO SEXY
KASHA CHANG
& AUSTIN HOLM
toosexy@ubyssey.ca
DEAR TOO SEXY,
I recendy read your column
on how to score with tourists
and although it helped a bit, I'm
just wondering if there's a fool
proof way of scoring sexy non-
English speaking booty. I've
tried going to clubs, walking up
to hot foreign women, pointing
to them, then to me, and humping the air, but I've gotten more
face slaps than ass smacks and
I'm confused. What can I do?
Sincerely,
—Desperately Seeking Tourists
HEYDST,
There are many reasonable
excuses for conversational and
social inappropriateness, DST.
Disorders causing sudden and
unvoluntary obscene outbursts,
reduced sensitivity to social
cues, or existential terror are all
reasonable candidates providing a respectable explanation
for a potentially embarrassing
situation. The understanding
stranger will be glad to excuse
many social gaffes upon finding
out that the would-be offending
party has coprolalic Tourette's,
Prosopagnosia, a number of
Autism spectrum disorders,
various and sundry forms of
brain damage or Imminent
Death Syndrome.
Quick pop quiz, DST. Please
select all that apply. You have:
(a) Coprolalic Tourette's
(b) Prosopagnosia
(c) Moderate to severe
Autism affecting detection of and response to social cues
(d) Moderate to severe
brain damage affecting
same
(e) Imminent Death
Syndrome
(f) None of the above
If you selected a through e,
Congratulations! If your disorder is responsible for your unacceptable behaviour towards
women of the foreign persuasion, you may not be a
douchewad.
If you selected f, we regret to
inform you that you're a dick.
The range which human languages are capable of is a beautiful and varied thing, DTS, and
can lead to many misunderstandings. In any tongue, however, the point-and-air-hump
translates loudly and clearly
into "classless asshole."
If you are going to resort to
mime, for god's sake, don't
lead with sex. Erotic mime is
not a well-respected art here or
abroad. Loath as we are to give
you any helpful tips, for the
sake of those you approach and
society at large, we recommend
that next time you smile at your
intended target, touch your fingers lighdy to your chest, and
introduce yourself. And please
remember that "foreign and
non-English speaking" isn't
code for "socially obtuse with a
fetish for crude and conversationally-void jerks." If you can
find a way to mime out an icebreaker, more power to you.
HEYTHERE!
You call yourselves "Too
Sexy," and as a reader, I agree!
Are you guys dating each other?
What are my chances of getting
into a threesome slash dating
one or both of you?
Luv!!!
—Watermelon Ants Nice Tree
Star, Table Open, Friend
Unicorn Cat Kangaroo
HI WANTS TO FUCK (OF THE 0H-S0
NONSENSICAL ACRONYM),
We never thought we'd end up
like Meg and Jack White (and
their Tesla coil), subject to
savage moods or rumour and
gossip. That being said, being
mysterious is kind of cool. It
makes us feel like Prince.
What we can tell you is that
the writers of Too Sexy are not
now and have never been dating or sleeping together, and
never intend to do so in the future. Whether this is for fear of
opening a rift in the space-time
continuum and bringing about
the apocalypse via a local over-
saturation of sexy, or simply because they are close platonic
friends, we leave to you, oh amorous reader, to decide.
Unless your missive
reaches us from an
alternate universe,
WTR... you're likely
out of luck on the
threesome.
So where does this leave your
chances? Well, unless your missive reaches us from an alternate universe, WTF (we've decided to abbreviate your lengthy
nom de plume), we've got to
say you're likely out of luck on
the threesome. There is a rumour circulating that both Too
Sexy writers are currendy contentedly involved in relationships of the monogamous persuasion (is that even printable?
The shock, the horror!) [Editor's
note: I'll print it, but I fear the effects will be similar to when the
text "sorry girls, he's married"
appeared below fohn Lennon's
name during The Beatles's appearance on The Ed Sullivan
Show. Legions of distraught fans
will lock themselves in their boudoirs and fling themselves upon
their divans, millions of tears
staining our nation's finest pillows.] But don't tell anyone; it's
just a rumour.
But don't give up hope completely, the scurrilous scallywags who pen this column are
well-known miscreants who've
shown themselves susceptible
to temptation, flattery and every sort of vice under the sun.
So feel free to continue to send
us your dirty pictures, love poems and inebriants. We love
presents and questions alike
and can be faithfully reached at
toosexy@ubyssey.ca or online
at ubyssey.ca/ideas. tl
COLUMN
THE FUTURE OF
THE WINTER GAMES
TAGH SIRA
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Seven days into the Vancouver
Winter Olympics, planning
is already underway for the
Games that will follow.
The Sochi Organizing
Committee is out in strength,
having taken over Science
World to promote the 2014
Games in Russia. They're been
giving coundess press conferences  about what they have
learned from Vancouver 2010
and how they are altering their
plans to make sure mistakes
are avoided.
The 2018 Olympics have
been much-discussed as well.
Three cities are in the running to host them: Munich
(Germany), Annecy (France)
and Fyeongchang (Korea) held
press conferences this week
displaying their bids.
Pyeongchang lost the 2010
bid to Vancouver and the 2014
bid to Sochi. They are taking
a new approach to promoting
themselves this time around.
Instead of focusing on unifying a broken nation and bringing peace to the region, they are
talking about how they would
make 2018 the greenest Games
ever.
Munich and Annecy may
find it hard to win the bid since
London  is  hosting  the   2012
Summer Games and the IOC
likes to spread the Olympics
around to different continents
as much as possible, but their
proposals are very strong.
Annecy would be the fourth
French city to host the Olympics
if chosen, but it would be reminiscent of the small-town-type
Games that made Lillehammer
very popular in 1994. Paris
is also in the process of creating a bid for the 2024 Summer
Olympics.
Munich would be the first
time the Games are held in
Germany since the reunification
of the country. The city hosted
the 1972 Games during which
the "Munich Massacre" occurred— 11 Israeli athletes were
killed after being taken hostage
by Palestinian terrorists.
The winning bid for the
2018 Winter Games will be announced on July 6, 2011. tl 6/UBYSSEY.CA/IDEAS/2 0 10.02.18
PERSPECTIVES
RED TENTS IN VANCOUVER
AM JOHAL
mpact on Communities Coalition
Homelessness is a national tragedy in this country. There are
between 200,000 to 300,000
homeless people in Canada—
somewhere between 10,500 and
15,000 of these are in BC. There
are approximately 1.7 million
Canadian households in core
housing need. Behind these
numbers are real human beings
with a personal story of how the
system has failed them.
The federal government cancelled the national housing program in 1993. Between the early 70s and the early 90s, it was
considered one of the best social housing programs in the
world. In 1996, the UN Centre for
Housing and Human Settlements
recognized Canada's co-op housing program as a "global best
practice." By May of 2006, the
UN Committee on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights called
Canada's homelessness situation
and affordable housing crisis a
"national disaster."
Without a national vision for
non-market housing interventions, in partnership with provinces and municipalities, we will
not be able to stabilize this crisis. This crisis was created by government policy choices, and it can
be solved by innovative government policy choices. We need the
political will to solve this crisis.
This week, red tents are being
distributed to homeless people by
a coalition of organizations led by
the Pivot Legal Society. Not only
will these tents provide shelter,
it will also begin a national campaign to end homelessness. The
2010 Homelessness Hunger
Strike, a rolling hunger strike that
has new participants each week,
is also now in its 60th week. It
will be one more act of resistance
amongst many to put this issue
on to the national agenda.
The objective of the red tent
campaign is not that we all grow
accustomed to people sleeping in
red tents, or that tents are a good
alternative to real homes. The
aim is to offer minimal protection
from the elements for those who
can't or won't access shelters, and
to make the homelessness situation across the country visible.
Red tents on our streets and in
our parks makes public what political leaders would rather hide
from view, namely the deep flaws
in our social structures and the
profound inequalities woven into
the fabric of our political and economic system. It stirs people to
ask questions that challenge the
status quo and demand meaningful change.
The market housing system,
left to its own devices, cannot
create affordable housing. There
needs to be government investment and leadership if we are to
make measurable gains on the social side ofthe equation.
Between the end of World War
II and 1993, the national housing program built 650,000 units
of affordable housing which still
house 2 million Canadians.
Canadian housing policy is a
health and human rights disaster. A homeless person dies every
11.4 days in BC, according to the
BC Coroner's office.
Students at UBC should come
and join the movement. The very
academic institution that many of
you attend was founded after an
act of civil disobedience known as
the Great Trek. In that same spirit,
housing activists from Vancouver
will be heading On-To-Ottawa
in June 2010 to end our hunger
strike on the steps of Parliament
Hill with red tents in hand.
Let's work together to ensure
that housing as a human right is
not just an idea, but a policy that is
actualized in this country. That is
what we are fighting for—and we
intend to win. \|
Amfohal is the Chair ofthe Impact
on Communities Coalition and initiator of the 2010 Homelessness
Hunger Strike Relay. For more
info, go to 2010homelessness.ca.
YOU'RE PAYING SO FEMALE
ATHLETES CAN BE OBJECTIFIED
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LAURA ROBINSON
Contributor
Twenty years ago, myself and
four other women represented Canada at the International
Olympic Academy, an institution run by the IOC in Olympia,
Greece. For the first time, the
IOA session addressed women
in sport. Afterwards, I wrote
an op-ed for The Globe and Mail
called "Beating the Pink Ribbon
Syndrome," which argued that
no matter how fast and strong
women athletes are, what really ends up mattering is whether or not men find us attractive.
We heard papers from "experts" arguing female athletes
need to "please" the coach and
others, often through their
physical appearance. I already
knew this because I was a competitive cyclist. When I was
out training, men felt obligated to roll down their window
and make a comment about my
body, as if they thought I had
ridden 70 or 60 kilometres just
so they could make pronouncements about how I looked. Why
they felt obliged to do this I never knew, but I didn't like it and
it didn't make me feel safe.
I have to remind the girls I
coach today that their body is not
for anyone else but them. Sport
should be one of the ways in
which girls learn that their bodies are autonomous and powerful. There is extraordinary pressure on girls and young women, more than ever, to look like
sluts. Women athletes have not
been spared. All girls and women should be able to be in public spaces without being sexually harassed, and that is one of
many reasons why the governments of Canada and BC and the
municipality of Whisder should
not have orchestrated and
funded the bid to have Sports
Illustrated shoot their swim-
suit issue with members of the
American snowboarding and ski
teams at Whisder.
If these young skiers feel the
best way to express the strength
of women athletes is to bounce
up and down on a bed while nearly naked and Sports Illustrated
couldn't find any place except
Whisder to do this—well fine, let
them pay for a trip to the Coast
Mountains to shoot soft porn. But
Canadian, BC and Whistler tax-payers funded this project.
Tourism BC spokesperson
Mika Ryan says the provincially funded organization "had a
chance to bid on being a destination for Si's swimsuit issue" and were delighted when
they were chosen. "People all
over the world bid on this. It's
seen by sixty-seven million people." But does Tourism BC have
a policy on how women are depicted? Didn't they facilitate the
sexual objectification of women? Suddenly Ryan has to go,
she hangs up without answering
those questions.
Breton Murphy from Tourism
Whisder thinks the deal is great
too. "The reality is one of the
most creditable, widely-read, legitimate publications on the
planet came here as their destination. They get 7.8 million
viewers to their website—that
speaks to our mandate. The positive impact is immense."
What is the positive impact of
sexual objectification? Does the
municipality have a policy on
gender equity and the depiction
of women? There is silence. "You
need to talk to human resources." He too must run.
The Canadian Tourism
Commission (CTC), a federally funded agency under the
Ministry of Industry, went after
the SI swimsuit contract through
their "media relations team in
the US," according to president
and CEO Michele McKenzie.
They also contacted BC Tourism
and Tourism Whisder. The three
worked together, successfully beating out some of the top
travel destination locations on
earth. Rena Kendall-Craden,
Communications Director for
the   BC  Ministry  of Tourism,
Culture and the Arts sent an e-
mail quoting Tourism BC "the
CTC invested in bringing the
crew and models to BC. Whisder
had huge support from their industry partners. Our contribution was in offering logistical
support." Within one day of appearing on the SI website, the
best skiers and snowboarders
the world has produced are now
"models" in the eyes of Tourism
BC. But then, there is absolutely no athletic ability necessary to
stand in the snow in a bikini bottom and litde else.
Susan Iris, CTC's VP responsible for strategic initiatives for
the 2010 Olympics, says the
swimsuit issue shows "cutting
edge, really exotic destinations.
We're very pleased to support
them; we're very delighted." She
too hangs up when asked why
the CTC would pour resources
into objectifying women.
It would all be laughable if it
didn't hurt girls and women.
I coach First Nations girls in a
program that is part of the Team
Spirit project. They learn from
the mainstream media by the
time they are ten that their hair
and skin are the wrong colour.
They think they are fat and ugly
and tell me so at an alarming
rate. There is a six times greater chance that they will be victims of sexual violence than non-
aboriginal women. I told them
to watch the Olympics, because
they will see the strongest women in the world. Hopefully this
would help them commit to being the strong young women
they are capable of becoming.
The federal government puts
zero funding into programs such
the one I work in. I interviewed
Gary Lunn, JVIinister of Sport at
the Olympic Aboriginal pavilion
this week. He kept mentioning
"programs for Aboriginal youth in
sport." I have been a coach in First
Nations communities for over ten
years and the children there have
yet to see one sustained federally
funded sport program. Too bad
it will be next to impossible for
them not to see the government-
funded swimsuit issue, tl
Laura Robinson is a former
journalist in residence at UBC.
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Vancouver Special is the latest book from local comedian and activist
Charles Demers. Named after the ubiquitous piece of East Van architecture in which Demers was raised, Vancouver Special is a history
of Vancouver, as told through the eyes of a life-long resident. Demers
tells his story of Vancouver in a series of essays, examining the city,
neighbourhoods, people and institutions with special care. His take
on the city is at times scathing, at times loving, and always told with
a comedic wit. The book is illustrated in stark black and white with
the photography of Emmanuel Buenviaje.
Vancouver: the little city that (maybe) could
Author examines city's insecurities and contradictions
JONNY WAKEFIELD
jwakefield@ubyssey.ca
"Vancouver is kind of like the
Ben Affleck of cities," explains
Charlie Demers. "You come to
the table with some actual talents, but all anyone is interested in is plugging you into stupid shit so people can look at
your face."
Coming from anyone else,
such a comparison would come
across as groan-worthy schtick,
but when Charlie Demers
cracks wise about his native
city, it feels genuine. Vancouver
has been home to Demers, an
author, activist and comedian,
since birth; something he notes
is rare for a city of immigrants
and nouveau riche. His latest
book, Vancouver Special, is a
look at the city he calls home,
a city on the verge of some major changes.
Vancouver Special is an
in-depth examination of the
Terminal City's neighbourhoods, food, pot, cops, boosters and activists. These make
up some of the myriad contradictions that, according to
Demers, make the city tick. It is
a history bookended by "stupid
shit." On the one end, Expo '86,
and on the other, of course, the
Olympics.
It is within this time frame
that Demers deconstructs
Vancouver. Vancouver Special
reads a litde like a time capsule that Demers needed to get
in the ground quickly. Expo '86,
Vancouver's transportation-
themed World's Fair, opened
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the gate for development, gen-
trification and immigration, all
of which shaped the Vancouver
which Demers has spent all his
life. Demers sees the Olympics
as the next big change in the life
of the city.
"[Expo '86] was a process very
similar to the Olympics," says
Demers, noting that he was six
years old remembers Expo for its
roller coasters and McDonald's
barge. "A very right-wing provincial and federal government
were   really   cheerleading   this
major international thing which
was supposed to put Vancouver
on the map."
Before each musing he
makes, Demers is sure to clarify the problems with creating such sweeping narratives
for an entire city. He carefully feels out an acceptable
explanation of what makes
Vancouver. And while he
tries to avoid generalizations,
Demers still makes a few conclusions. He spends much
of the book picking apart the
neuroses that have shaped the
city.
"There is an almost adolescent insecurity to Vancouver.
It's a relatively young city.
People here are made to feel
fairly insecure about not being
at the centre of things."
And like any insecure adolescent trying to get some,
Vancouver parties.
"The way these huge parties
are justified is by saying, "We'll
show the world! We'll make
sure the world knows us!'"
If anything, Demers says, the
Olympics bring out Vancouver's
contradictory nature.
"The Olympics are one of
these defining points that if
you identify with it you'll feel
like you're part of a certain
Vancouver, and if you identify
against it, you'll feel like you're
part of another team."
Although he is highly critical
of the Games, Demers does not
think they will leave Vancouver
unrecognizable. He is much
more pragmatic in his analysis
of their impact.
"Any time someone loses money gambling, they're
affected. We will have just
lost a shit ton of money." He
pauses. "We have this image
of Vancouver history—that
Vancouver is this fragile, infant thing in an incubator,
and the smallest amount of
pressure is going to deform
it completely. The fact is that
Vancouver history is sturdier
stuff than that. There are certain elements that have been
here from the start and are
never going away."
Shifting out of historian
mode, Demers finishes his Ben
Affleck dig.
"Sometimes we do readily sign onto that stupid shit.
But sometimes we'll sign onto
some cool litde project that remind people that we actually
have some chops."
Like Good Will Hunting, he
offers.
"And the Olympics are our
Daredevil."
Finally someone puts it in
terms I can understand, tl
Drinking outside the box, Olympic style
Vancouver microbrews gear up for Olympic drinking
NICKKN00P
Contributor
Fresh, unique taste and the familiarity of local beer. These
are qualities that micro-breweries and brew pubs pride
themselves on.
Microbrew sales have steadily increased over the past
years, and in Vancouver this
month local breweries such
as R&B Brewing Company and
Steamworks' Brewpub have the
Olympics to contend with.
Not only do they have to deal
with the massive influx of visitors into the area, but smaller breweries must find innovative ways to get their product to
consumers, as one of Canada's
largest beer companies, Molson
Coors, has a monopoly on the
Olympic venues as an official
sponsor. It will be tough for
all microbreweries to compete
with Molson expected sales and
output. The Vancouver brewery alone is expected to put out
over 1.4 million cans, 900,000
botdes and 2000 50-litre kegs
daily during the Olympics.
Breweries across the Lower
Mainland have had to find different approaches to counter
Molson's attempts to monopolize the beer market. For example, R&B, located on 54 East
4th Avenue, has released an
Icehole Celebration Lager for
the Olympics, in response to
Stephen Colbert's recent "Dear
Canada, Don't be An Icehole"
campaign.
Barry Benson, co-owner of
R&B Brewing Co. encourages
locals to "wreak their revenge
against Stephen Colbert in a
truly Canadian way and have
a beer." Sure to please to both
the R&B and Colbert following,
this lager will also put pressure
on Molson, as they failed to release any special Olympic beer,
other than the new 67-calorie
"beer"—catered towards drinkers who prefer their brews watered down and tasteless.
Local brewers can also look
forward to the close proximity
of international houses to their
beer taps. One ofthe two German
houses, the German Fan Fest at
555 West Cordova, is situated
direcdy in front of Steamworks
Brewing Company in Gastown.
Steamworks is a brewpub.
Unlike microbreweries, which
sell their beer to the public
through retail stores, brewpub
beer can only be purchased out
of the tap.
The Steamworks name
comes from the famous steam
lines that run direcdy through
the brewery, heats the ketdes
used for their delicate brewing process and produces a
distinct taste in all of their
beers. Steamworks' Lions Gate
Lager and Signature Pale Ale
should impress even the most
seasoned international beer
drinker.
Granville Island is expecting upwards of 35,000 visitors
a day, which means phenomenal business for microbreweries Granville Island Brewery
(GIB)   and   Dockside   Brewing
Company. The French Quarter,
their international house, and
the Swiss International House
have set up shop on the island, and the new Olympic Line
streetcar transports visitors
from the Canada Line direcdy
onto Granville Island.
Granville Island Brewery's
status as a microbrew is currendy disputed due to Molson's
recent purchase of the company. GIB has extended its retail
store hours and the accessibility of its Taproom, open during the Olympics from 12pm to
11pm.
With the Olympic bender
fully underway, many tourists may leave Vancouver
with Molson as their only
Canadian beer experience.
Visitors to Vancouver willing to drink outside of the
box will be rewarded with
the distinct tastes of locally brewed, masterfully crafted beer—an opportunity to
taste what Vancouver has to
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Place de la Francophonie est tres magnifique!
Pricey crepes aside, Granville Island Francophone Village is a great place to practice French
MAYZOU
Contributor
I haven't been on Granville
Island for five years, but with
the Olympics in town, I decided that my desire to see Place
de la Francophonie was too
great to be dismissed by my
qualms about it.
Located at the heart of
Granville Island, Place de la
Francophonie features free
shows with Canadian and international performers, a sports
pub, an agritourism pavilion,
exhibition venues and many
other activities. The performances are part of the 2010
Cultural Olympiad, and the
house is open from February
II to the 28.
Place de la Francophonie is
truly a haven for anyone fascinated with the Francophone culture. It is a place of immersion.
A place of speaking, listening to,
GEOFF LISTER PHOTO/THE UBYSSEY
and singing in French. English
takes a backseat.
Upon entering the Agrotourism
Pavilion, I discovered a multitude of kiosks with banners and
brochures about attractions in
different provinces,  written in
French with English translations below. In the centre was a
display of artwork by Jean-Guy
Dallaire. One of the more enigmatic pieces displayed five different photos of clouds in the sky.
"Ooh la la, les nuages!" commented a francophone spectator.
Following a parade of aliens
marching and dancing to the
beat of drums, I came to the
Air Canada stage, where a slew
of food kiosks were operating
at the periphery. I paid $6 for
a relatively small "half-pipe"
nutella and banana crepe,
which I felt was well-worth it
at the time. When in Rome,
right? The chef even re-enacted
a line you'd expect if you'd seen
enough movies; "Bon appetit,
Mademoiselle!" Some notable
items from other stands were
the Beaver Tail and the Donair
D'Agneau.
The main attraction of the
evening   did   not   disappoint.
It is a place of
immersion—
of speaking,
listening to, and
singing in French
while English
takes a backseat.
The band of the night, Grand
Derangement, had grandmas
grooving to the music with
more zest than the teenagers. A fusion of country, rock
and Acadian folk music, Grand
Derangement even threw in
a playful tap-dancing performance. The band engaged the
crowd with ease—even for those
who shy away from anything
remotely influenced by country music. The upbeat tempo
created by the electric guitars,
the drum set, and the violin was
coupled with powerful charismatic voices belting out French
lyrics. The MC spoke in French,
with the occasional English
translation for important
points. The audience did not
mind but instead clapped, sang
and danced for an hour, absorbed in the French language.
While Place de la
Francophonie is a must-see
for the interested Anglophone,
an open attitude and an earnest curiosity is required.
Food money, friends and a
warm coat are recommended. I
did come home with a considerably lighter wallet, but I willingly devoted a large portion
of my day to Granville Island
and even learned a few important life lessons—like the fact
that the French do say "ooh la
la" regularly and wear black
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