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@l ©[|«S<2 Mmm ®f$M THE UBYSSEY
October 17,2008 \ www.ubyssey.ca
89 years, 364 days old since 1918 \ volume xc, number 14
UBC's official student newspaper is published Tuesdays and Fridays
by Rebecca TeBrake
News Writer
Students who live on campus
may actually have a local race
that matters this election. UBC
student Matthew Naylor will
run for director of Electoral Area A
in the municipal elections set for November 15.
"I am running because I love UBC
and I love the community that we have
the potential to create," said Naylor. "I
am experienced and capable enough
to make a real difference."
UBC and the University Endowment Lands (UEL) are unincorporated
land not part of the municipality of
Vancouver. The director of Electoral
District A is the only elected representative of students living on campus in
the federation of Metro Vancouver.
The director is one ofthe only checks
on UBC's power over the UEL.
The fourth-year political science
student kicked off his campaign at
the Meekison Arts Student Space last
Thursday. Naylor has been involved
with student politics and advocacy at
UBC since 2005, notably in the role of
VP External in 2007-08.
Naylor's platform focuses on governance. Naylor says the current system of governance is not working for
UBC or the assorted Islands that make
up Electoral Area A. As director, he
would undertake a consultative gov-
ernance review, an initiative he was
involved with as Alma Mater Society
VP External in 2007-08.
Governance is the foundation
for Naylor's short-term goals. Naylor wants to see UBC represented
at the Translink Council of Mayors,
the UBC Farm protected in perpetuity, a vibrant community, and more
student housing.
"South campus is governed by
restrictive zoning by-laws that stop
the development of student housing
and prevent building community,"
said Naylor.
Naylor will push for a one-to-one
policy to ensure that every unit of market housing is matched by a unit of affordable housing. In all development,
Naylor wants to see consultation.
"Under Stephen Toope, the UBC
leadership is more willing to come to
the table. We need someone to bring
together the different viewpoints,"
said Naylor. "We need to compromise
on campus and develop a way to govern so that we are not constantly at
each other's throats, which is how it
seems now."
One of Naylor's four competitors
is Ben West, a long-time Vancouver
resident and BC Green Party organizer.
In addition to running for Vancouver-
Quadra in 2006, West is a Healthy Communities Campaigner for the Western
Canada Wilderness Committee, where
he works on issues like air quality, land
use and the protection of farm land.
He says it makes sense for a Green to
represent Electoral District A because
of the environmentally focused issues
at the local and regional levels.
Vision Vancouver and COPE will
not run candidates in the district as
part of an electoral accommodation
deal with the BC Green Party.
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OCTOBER 17, 2Q08
If you have an event, e-mail us at events@ubyssey.ca
Taste of Yaletown • Choose your
favourite three-course menu at set
prices at select Yale town restaurants, partial proceeds go to the
Greater Vancouver Food Bank.*
Tix $25/35/45, Oct 14-26 *
Sins of the City Tour • Take a two
hour tour through the oldest parts
of Vancouver, discovering the city's
history of crime. • Tix $15, Tours
leave Wed. 2pm, Fri. and Sat.
4pm. www. vancouverpolicemu-
seum. ca *
Potters House of Horrors • Come
and be terrified in a haunted
house featuring five themed
rooms and more. • Tix $12/10,
Oct 15-31 6-10 pm. www.potters-
houseofhorrors.com *
Green Drinks • Interested in environmental and sustainability issues?
Come to Steamworks Pub this
Wed. • Third Wed. of each month,
5:45 pm, Steamworks Pub (375
Water), www.greendrinks.org*
Fall Book Sale • Thousands of
books on sale to the public rang-
ng from 25 cents to $2.25. Oct.
16-19 at the Vancouver Public
Library. Cash only. • More information at www.vpl.ca/*
Fright Nights At The PNE • Featur
ng five new haunted houses, the
Nightmare Maze, four shows, and
access to Playland rides. Warning
definitely not for ages 12 and under, seniors 65+, people with sensitivity to strobe lighting, people
with high blood pressure, heart
conditions, pregnant women, or
scaredy cats. No guest costumes
allowed. • Playland, Oct. 16 to
Nov. 1, 6pm * More information at
www.pne.ca/ •
The Bible for Beginners • The
Bible for Beginners is an informal,
no pressure examination of one
of the most famous books in the
world. Meet over lunch (Mondays
12-1 pm in SUB @ tables near
Starbucks) or coffee (Wednesdays
2-3pm @ Ike's Cafe in the Irving K.
Barber Center) to learn about this
strange book. • revnathanwright@
mac.com *
Stanley Park Halloween Ghost
Train • Mortal Coil Performance
Society presents a pirate-themed
adventure featuring actors, dancers, performers, puppeteers,
swordfighters, hat-making, paint-
ng, storytelling, and the Haunted
Children's Farmyard. • Oct. 10-
Nov. 21, Stanley Park Miniature
Railway (Stanley Park). Tix $9/5.50
(plus service charges and fees) at
www.ticketmaster.com More info
at www.vancouverparks.ca/*
CiTR SHiNDiG • UBC's own CiTR
Radio's battle of the bands. Hosted
every Tuesday at the Railway Club
• Ongoing every Tuesday until
December 9, Railway Club (579
Dunsmuir) More info at 604-681-
Haunted Vancouver Trolley Tours
• Two-hour trolley tour visits
locations like the Mountain View
Cemetery and the Vancouver
Police Museum's autopsy room. •
Oct. 17 to Nov. 1, 6-9:40pm. More
information at www.vanmuseum.
UBC Apple Festival • A family
event for all, UBC Apple Fest celebrates one of BC's favorite fruits.
One of the most popular events
would be the apple tasting, with
over 60 different varieties to try
from for just $3. Buskers provide
musical entertainment throughout
the day • Oct 18-19, 11am-4pm.
UBC Botanical Garden. $2 entry
fee. Free for under 18 *
October 1,
The Black Hole Of Empire •
Professor Chatterjee speaks
about British India and modern
empires. This talk is a part of
the UBC Political Science Distinguished Speaker Series, and
is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science; the
Workshop to commemorate the
50th anniversary of Isaiah Berlin's
"Two Concepts of Liberty"; the
Department of Asian Studies;
the Centre for India and South
Asia Research (CISAR); and the
Department of Anthropology
• Friday October 17, Irving K.
Barber Learning Center, Lillooet
301, 12-1:30*
BZZR GARDEN • The Sociology
Student Association and UBC
Golden Key are pleased to present
our FIRST bzzr garden of the year.
Please join us for a wonderful
night of mixing and mingling
Take this opportunity to meet
fellow majors and have a good
time while you're at it. Location
• Abdul Ladha Centre @ 6pm,
October 17 *
Citizen Kane *"\ always gagged
on the silver spoon." • Wed Oct.
15 - Sun Oct 19 @ 7:00pm.  Norm
Theater in the SUB, $4 general
admission, $2 for members * More
nformation at www.ams.ubc
ca/clubs/filmsoc •
Wanted • "So, bending bullets.
Can you do that?" • Wed Oct. 15
- Sun Oct. 19. Norm Theater in
the SUB, $4 general admission, $2
for members. More information at
www. ams. ubc. ca/clubs/filmsoc *
Women's Volleyball • After losing
to Trinity Western last week, the
squad hopes to bounce back to its
original form. • Oct. 17 7pm, War
Memorial Gym. *
Men's Hockey • The hockey team
will host its season opener, but
unfortunately they will have to
play in the Bauer Arena due to
circumstances. • Oct. 17 7:30pm,
Father Bauer Arena. *
October 18
Men's Soccer • The team has not
lost a single conference game
this year and hopes to extend its
lead by beating Victoria. • Oct. 18
12pm, Thunderbird Park *
Women's Field Hockey • After
qualifying for the nationals, the
team will finish up their season
against Alberta and head to postseason. • Oct. 18 2pm, Wright
Field *
Women's Soccer • The squad
clinched their playoff spot, but
hopes to beat the Victoria Vikes
this weekend as UBC trails three
points behind the Vikes in Canada
West. • Oct. 18 12pm, Thunderbird Park. *
Explore Your Planet • The
Pacific Museum of the Earth at
UBC hosts a Department of Earth
and Ocean Sciences open house
featuring museum tours, short
talks by departmental scientists,
and demonstrations of earth and
ocean sciences concepts. • Oct.
18, 10am-5pm. More information
at www.eos.ubc.ca/resources/mu-
seum/ *
Pop Culture Collectibles Fair •
Featuring comic books, DVDs,
books, records, toys, and magazines. • Oct. 18, 10am to 4pm.
More information at www.geoci-
ties. com/turnbuckle99/ *
Explore Your Planet Open House
• The UBC Department of Earth
and Ocean Sciences and the
Pacific Museum of the Earth invite
you to celebrate National Earth
Science Week with us. In addition
to guided tours of the Museum's
permanent exhibits, you will also
be able to participate in specia
hands-on activities and demonstrations.Why not combine Explore
Your Planet with a visit to the
Botanical Gardens famous Apple
Festival! • Everything is free and
gets started on Saturday, October
18 at 10:00am in the Earth and
Ocean Sciences Main building on
the UBC. *
October 20
'Get in on the Plan!' Vancouver
Campus Plan Workshop * Looking
ahead to the next 20 years, how
do we create a UBC Vancouver
campus that supports a world
class community of scholars? Attend one of the open houses or
workshops hosted by Campus and
Community Planning to get an
update on the Campus Plan review
process and review three options
for how the campus can grow
and change. • Oct. 20, 23. More
information at www.campusplan.
ubc. ca.
October 21
Vancouver International Writers
& Readers Festival • The Vancouver International Writers Festival is
one of North America's premiere
iterary events, held annually over
6 days in late October, and attracts
the world's best writers to Vancouver. Internationally renowned
and undiscovered authors mingle
with 12,000 readers of all ages in
ntimate, interactive and informa
settings on Granville Island. •  Oct.
21-26. More information at www.
writersfest.bc.ca. *
October 23
Pit Night with CiTR 101.9 • CiTR
DJs Spinning Electro, House &
ndie Rawk • Thursday, Oct. 23. $3
cover, members free *
"Afghanistan After the Federal
Election: Prospects & Challenges"
• Public forum • Thursday October
23, 7:00pm at the Mount Pleasant
Community Center (3161 Ontario
Street- near 16th ave.) Org'by
Mobilization Against War & Occupation. More info@mawovan-
couver.org *
UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble
• Avi Jacobus, Tuba solist: Strauss
Horn Concerto for Tuba • October
23, 12-lpm, Chan Centre. More
information at www.music.ubc.
ca. *
Rave on UBC - DJ Arias at the
Pit • International DJ sensation
Arias will be coming all the way
from France to perform at the
Pit! • Thursday, October30, 2008
at 8:00pm, tickets will be $20 *
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October 17", 2008
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impact ofthe ad.
Jorge Amigo and Keegan Bursaw faced tough questions,
posed by Justin McElroy, in yesterday's debate. Rebuking
Drew Thompson and Michelle Si longan's plan to excommunicate Maayan Kreitzman, long entangled in the Vivian Luk
affair. TonyTsang scoffed at Kenneth Dodge's new "Choose
Joe Rayment" platform, and added that Kerry Blackadar,
Rufus Endo and Claudia Richard were against it. Meanwhile back east, Hereward Longley and Stephanie Findlay
bemoaned the loss of popular Henry Lebard, who had
joined Kathy Yin Li inopposing Reeccatebrake's decision to
cutfunding for Alia Dharssi's new initiatives. Pundits Trevor
Melanson and Ricardo Bortolon agreed it was a dark day for
Goh Iromoto's regime,which included Shun Endo, Paul Bucci
and Tara Martellaro. Dan Haves refused to comment on Esther Demonteflores-Werner's insensitive remarks about
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Dual-degree program starts up next spring
Shortage of math and science teachers springs UBC's newest initiative
by Kerry Blackadar
News Writer
Do you have dreams of teaching
trigonometry to teenagers? Starting next spring, physical sciences
and math students hoping to pursue teaching can apply for UBC's
brand new combined bachelor of
science and bachelor of education degree.
The idea for the latest dual
degree program developed out
of conversation between faculty
members in the physics and math
departments. Currently "there is
a dearth of qualified science and
math teachers in high schools,"
said Associate Dean of Science
Paul Harrison. "We want to encourage more science and math
students to consider teaching as
a good career option."
This year, 316 (of 645) applicants were accepted into UBC's
secondary teaching program. Of
these, only 32 were from math
and physics. "If there had been
more qualified [science and
math] applicants, we would have
taken them," said Gary Rupert,
program coordinator with UBC's
Faculty of Education.
Many math and science students currently complete their
undergrad before ever being exposed to any form of teaching. As
a result, some "don't have a very
realistic view of teaching," said
Rupert, who hopes that under
the new program students will
consider how they could one day
teach the mathematical and scientific concepts they learn to high
school students.
The program will require students to explore teaching opportunities at an early stage. In their
second year, physical sciences
and math students will attend
a teaching seminar and have a
brief experience at a school. During the third and fourth years,
students will enroll in education
courses and gain more extensive
experience in classroom settings.
McGill University and the University of Calgary offer similar degree programs, but, on the whole,
few Canadian institutions offer
such an opportunity.
UBC's program is shorter, requires fewer credits, and is less ex
pensive than obtaining undergrad
and teaching degrees separately.
Amelia Landon, a science and
math student who plans to go into
education next year, was enthusiastic about the chance and mentioned that if it was around when
she started her degree, she would
have enrolled.
"I am already in my fifth year
and now I have to tack on an extra year and a lot more money,"
Landon said. She remembers
choosing a career teaching over a
career in dentistry in her second
year of studies. Over the past
year, Landon has been helping
with a math program at Churchill
Secondary in Vancouver in order
to complete volunteer hours that
are   a prerequisite   for  getting
into UBC's 12-month teaching
"I want to teach kids that math
is not something that is scary,"
Landon said.
Official applications for the
BSc and BEd dual degree are not
being accepted yet, but based on
conversations Rupert has had
with students, he expects around
three to six individuals to apply
this spring.
In the future, the pattern of
dual degree programs will likely
be expanded to other faculties.
"We are making every effort
to say we don't want people to
stick to their traditional boxes
of learning," instead, "we want
them to think across academic
backgrounds," said Rupert. \a
UBC talks and walks towards increased sustainability
More communication and collaboration vital messages at UBC Climate Action Symposium
by Stephanie Fung
News Writer
UBC planted a major seed by
updating the public on sustainability and igniting interest and
enthusiasm. The Climate Action
Symposium emphasized how vital itwas for communication and
collaboration to exist between
people and the university. The
conference, held at the Graduate
Student Society, drew over 200
In his opening remarks, UBC
President Stephen Toope said
the symposium was "almost" a
dream come true. Although he
praised the university's progress
in sustainability, he challenged
the campus to do better and to
"try collectively to move in the
right direction."
The audience questioned
connections between UBC's
sustainability development and
the public. Naoko Ellis, assistant
professor in chemical and biological engineering, was unsatisfied, wanting to see showcases of
certain researches.
Organizer Jeca Glor-Bell said
it demonstrated real energy and
enthusiasm around climate action and was "exactly what UBC
needs." There was also strong
interest from students, who were
the highest registered group, including a 50-person waitlist.
However, she was disappointed with the "no-shows"
from expected participants, and
it seemed students were part of
Students and teachers alike joined the Climate Action Symposium at the GSS lounge, kellan higgins photo/the ubyssey
that category.
The plenary session featured
a diverse group of speakers with
different climate agendas at
Warren Bell, executive director ofthe Climate Change Policy,
described economic opportunities that climate change actions
would bring. Bell stated the "benefits [outweighed] the cost of not
Both Charlene Easton, direc
tor of the UBC Sustainability
Office, and Jack Saddler, dean
and a professor of Forestry,
stressed that UBC should act as a
community through the value of
sustainability. Spencer Rasmussen from the Go Beyond Project
encouraged people to make collective solutions.
Next were four concurrent
panel discussions profiling UBC
climate change research: building    knowledge;     accelerating
solutions; using the campus as a
"living laboratory"; and moving
from science to policy.
In the third panel, Dave
Woodson, director of utilities
for Land and Building Services,
envisioned UBC as the world's
first net positive energy and
water campus. Tristan Markle,
VP Administration of the Alma
Mater Society, saw the new ecologically designed SUB as a living building.
The seminar ended with presentations from keynote speakers Jaymie Matthews, mission
scientist of Microvariability &
Oscillations of Stars Project and
UBC astrophysics professor, and
Dr. John Robinson, professor in
the Institute for Resources, Environment, and Sustainability.
Lectures from the symposium will be available online
next week at www.sustain.ubc.
ca/climate.html. \a 4 | NEWS
OCTOBER 17, 2008
You pay $207
in athletics fees each year.
You pay $248
for an 8 month gym membership.
You pay $85   $175
for intramural teams.
Where is UBC spending your money?
If you compare these figures nationally, UBC students
pay substantially more than any other students in Canada.
It is time to tell the Dept. of Athletics that we are fed up.
We don't want to pay so much and get so little.
Help this campaign by joining the facebook group
"UBC Athletic Student Fees ... where's your money going?",
filling out the feedback form on www.amsubc.ca, writing
a letter to Bob Philip or Brian Sullivan, or handing out pamphlets
and promoting the campaign.
Help us tell UBC how to improve
recreation on campus.
*     • •      •
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ams   athletics@ams.ubc.ca
West has not announced his
platform, but it will be something
people can get excited about.
"You hear a lot that young
people are apathetic and don't
vote, but the reality is they are not
necessarily apathetic, but they realize the choices they have are not
very meaningful," said West.
He plans to focus on issues
including the Metro Vancouver
zero-waste strategy, land use,
transportation planning, smart
growth, saving the UBC farm
and taxation without adequate
Both candidates face a real
campaign challenge. Only 434
people out of a population of over
10,000 showed up to the polls in
2005, according to the official results issued by Metro Vancouver.
320 of those votes were cast on the
Darren Peets, a former BoG
representative, ran for director
of Electoral Area A in 2005. Peets
received 18 per cent of the vote
(78 votes.) Peets said Naylor's
biggest task will be informing
people of the election and why it
is important.
"You can't get elected if nobody
knows they can vote, knows what
you're running for, or realizes it's
important," said Peets.
Rebecca  Coad,   a  UBC  phi
losophy student, faced the same
problem as the federal candidate
for the New Democratic Party in
Vancouver—Quadra in the 2008
"I found the big challenge is
motivating people to participate,"
said Coad. "If every student that
could vote did, we could have
thrown the election."
With 8000 of the 11,050 residents in Electoral District A living
on the UEL, the potential impact
of the student vote on November
15 is substantial.
"My campaign strategy is
about profile. That means getting
my name out there, but also getting this election on the agenda
and letting people know why it
matters." said Naylor. "Even if I
lose to another candidate, I will
count it as a win if I can raise the
levels of engagement."
The race looks to be wide open,
as Gary Gibson, who has served as
director for six years, has decided
not be seek re-election. In addition
to Naylor and West, three other
candidates are running to succeed
Gibson: Charles Menzies, a UBC
Professor and member ofthe University Neighborhoods Association; Maria Harris, a member of
the UEL Ratepayers Association;
and Fred Pritchard, former Associate Vice-President of Campus and
Community Planning at UBC. \a
Even if I lose to another candidate, I
will count it as a win if I can raise the
levels of engagement
—Matthew Naylor, Candidate
What am I voting for on
November 15, 2008?
Residents of UBC and the University Endowment Lands (UEL)
have the opportunity to elect the
Director of Electoral Area A on
Saturday November 15, 2008.
The director is a representative
of Metro Vancouver.
The director is the only representation residents of UBC
and the UEL have at the local
level. UBC is not part of the City
of Vancouver and its residents
cannot vote in the City of Vancouver municipal election.
Electoral Area A is the unincorporated lands of UBC that includes the UEL, the west side of
Pitt Lake, the northern portion
of Indian Arm, a portion of land
between the District of West Vancouver and Squamish, Lillooet
Regional District, and Bowyer,
Passage and Barnston Islands.
There are 11,050 residents in
the district. More than 8000 of
those are UBC residents.
Metro Vancouver is an inter-
municipal body responsible for
regional governance and coordination on regional resources
and services including land
use, water, sewage, transportation, drainage and housing. It
is made up of 22 different areas
from Bowen Island to Langley
Township, including Electoral
Area A.
The   director   represents   the
interests of his/her constituents
to Metro Vancouver on issues
• general government
• labour relations
• regional parks
• strategic planning
• building permits and
• local planning
• responding to needs that arise
in all communities and assisting them by conducting studies,
facilitating aid agreements, and
working with the residents to
address their concerns
You! If you:
• are a Canadian citizen
• are 18 years of age or older on
November 15
• have lived in BC for at least six
months on the day of voting
• have lived in Electoral Area A
for at least 30 days on the day
of voting
You must bring two pieces of ID
containing your name and address to the polling station.
You can vote on Saturday, November 15 from 8am to 8pm at
the following locations:
• University Hill Secondary
2896 Acadia Road, Vancouver
•SUB Room 212
There are advanced polls on
November 5 and 8. For information on locations, visit www.
Election/VotersGuide.pdf. OCTOBER 17, 2008
After election, housing issues still persist
All-candidates meeting brings out stark differences in approaches
by Alia Dharssi
News Writer
On Saturday, October 4, about
200 Vancouverites and activists
gathered with local politicians at
the mostly vacant Little Mountain
Social Housing Complex for an
all-candidates meeting on housing issues to demand that federal,
provincial and municipal candidates make housing an important
element of their political agenda.
"Only by putting this issue
in the public face and putting
attention on it, are we going to
get action. It's one of the reasons
why when Elizabeth May, my
party leader, came to Vancouver
recently, I took her into the Downtown Eastside," Adriane Carr of
the Green Party said to a cheering
crowd that had gathered on the
lawn amidst the homes of Little
Mountain. "It's gotten worse because the governments that have
been in place, both federally over
the last couple of governments
and, even provincially, under the
NDP and the current government
have made the wrong choices and
have not made housing a priority
...The crisis that exists now is not
an easy one to solve. And I think
everyone across party lines has to
recognize this."
Despite the rain, the crowd
was enthusiastic as they cheered
on candidates that made promises to deal with housing issues.
Activists and politicians alike
sported turquoise scarves. Banners rippled against a grey sky
to represent the ongoing silent
stand for housing.
The event, which was organized by various organizations,
including the Citywide Housing
Coalition and Community Advocates for Little Mountain (CALM)
Housing, was the most recent in
a series of weekly silent province-
wide stands for housing. The
stands have been inspired by an
association of Argentine mothers
who used silent stands to protest
the disappearance of their children under the military dictatorship of Argentina between 1976
and 1983. "They stood in a city
square every week for years and
their white scarves became an
international brand for peaceful
protests," CALM Housing explains
on their website.
"What we're trying to do is to
say that homelessness is something that we can't tolerate in a
civilized society. There's no need
for it. It's the simplest problem
in the world to solve. You simply
build more housing," said Mel Le-
han, the Kitsilano Organizer for
the Citywide Housing Coalition,
in an interview.
Advocates also expressed
frustration with a variety of
housing problems not limited to
homelessness. "I think there's
a whole range of needs from
homelessness to children who
can't afford to live in Vancouver,"
said JoAnn Sheps, a 62-year-old
Vancouverite who began participating in stands about a year
ago. Penny Perry, a 69-year-old
who has lived in Vancouver all
of her life, said that she was concerned that the lack of affordable
housing in Vancouver might be
problematic in a major disaster,
because it has pushed many of
the city" s emergency workers to
live outside of the city.
"Basically our hope is to reinstate the national social housing
program that was pulled out in
Karl, who is homelesss, at a Tent City protest for the increase of low-income housing, goh iromoto photo/the ubyssey
1993 that has had negative impacts, especially in Vancouver,
where homelessness is increasing," said Tanisha Salomons, a
second-year UBC student in the
First Nations studies program
and a member of CALM Housing.
"It's unacceptable that in a world
class city like ours, there are
people sleeping on the streets."
CALM was formed in response
to the provincial government's
plan to redevelop Little Mountain, Vancouver's oldest social
housing complex. The provincial
government is selling the land to
the highest bidder, who, CALM
argues, will want to build expensive market housing. Residents
were forced to vacate earlier this
year, but 20—25 families have
remained behind in protest. The
families who vacated from Little
Mountain were placed at the top
of the waiting list for housing,
pushing approximately 200 families farther behind on that list.
"This is BC's oldest public
housing project," explained
Tommy Thompson, a graduate
student at UBC who is writing his
thesis on Little Mountain. "It was
an army base and veterans broke
in and squatted and occupied the
empty huts because they were
dealing with a housing crisis
then. That was in 1946. People
think that housing is a new issue,
but housing has been a political
issue in Vancouver ever since
at least the '40s when that happened. So, this is the heart of
housing activism."
Thompson also indicated
some deception on the part ofthe
government with regards to Little
Mountain. "What BC housing has
done is that they've put sheets in
the windows to make it look like
people are still living here, so
that if you walk by and you don't
know anything about what's going on here, you think people are
still living here. That's because
they don't want regular everyday
people to know that there are all
these empty homes here because
that would be embarrassing for
the government."
The organizers requested that
all federal candidates present
sign a pledge committing them
to propose and support a "permanent national housing program
that annually allots an additional
one per cent of the federal budget to the construction of new
non-marker housing, affordable
to people with low and modest
incomes." NDP MP Don Davies
signed the pledge. He, along with
other members of the NDP and
Green Party, criticized Conservatives and Liberals for their cuts to
federal housing programs.
Although Hedy Fry, a Liberal
MP who has been re-elected to
represent Vancouver—Centre
and who grew up in social housing, told the crowd that housing
"is still very much an important
core of the Liberal platform."
She and Ujjal Dosanjh, who has
been re-elected to represent Vancouver—South, failed to sign the
Conservative candidates did
not even bother to show up. "[The
Conservative] candidates have
been absent from many of all-candidates meetings," said Kia Salo
mons of CALM Housing. "I think
it means that they don't want to
be confronted by the public." If
this is the case, the prospects for
a national social housing program
under the newly-elected Conservative government seem dim.
"[The politicians] have no
clue how desperate the situation
is and how hard it is for somebody to sleep on the streets at
night. You know, I come here as
a voice speaking from the people
and speaking from someone who
has lived and the streets before
and has been beaten up by cops
at night and been beaten up by
other homeless people and been
kicked out of safehouses and, you
know, who has not had a place to
live and tried to find places to live
when there is nothing out there,"
said Lauren Emily Gill, a 19-year-
old student at Douglas College
who spent a significant part of
her childhood on the streets.
Gill, like many other activists
present, expressed frustration
about the policy of provincial and
municipal governments toward
the Olympics. The Citywide Housing Coalition, a key organizer of
the event, was formed in response
to the failure of all three levels of
government and the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Committee to
keep the promised commitments
on social housing when bidding
for the Games.
Gill expressed a sense of frustration that her hard-earned tax
money was going toward building housing for Olympic athletes
instead of people suffering on the
streets. "The gentrification and
displacement of people in our
community is tearing apart any
hope for social housing."
She also said the situation
might worsen in the time leading
up to the Olympics because of certain by-laws created by a Vancouver City Council initiative called
Project Civil City. "Basically what
they're doing is making it illegal
to be homeless. So, you can't sit
down, you can't lie down and this
is all in preparation for the 2010
A simple walk through downtown Vancouver makes it clear
that housing issues, especially
those directly linked to homelessness, are something that our
municipal, provincial and federal
governments need to deal with
more effectively, regardless of
their political inclinations.
There are very few youths
"that stand strong in this movement that I've seen so far and it's
really disappointing," Gill said.
"I think we need to have more
youth out there because it's our
future, right?"Xi
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OCTOBER 17, 2008
Are female faculty
By Vivian Luk
On October 6, at 12:40pm, time stood still in the SUB,
as approximately 100 students froze as a part of a campaign to raise awareness towards global hunger. The
event, organized bythe Commerce Community Program of the Sauder School of Business, was inspired by
New York-based Improv Everywhere's "Frozen Grand
Central." Students froze for three minutes, at which
point, they held up signs that read: "In the past three
minutes, 50 people have died from hunger-related
causes. Don't just stand there. You can do something
to help. Make a donation to 'Freedom from Hunger."
News writer
Mira Sundara Rajan of the UBC
Faculty Association suggests that
the university administration has
not done enough to ameliorate
the disadvantaged position of the
female faculty on campus, evidenced by gender pay inequity.
"Not much publicity has been
given to the issue before," said
Rajan, the committee chair of the
Status of Women Committee. Rajan holds a Canada research chair
in intellectual properly law in the
Faculty of Law, and was elected in
2007 to lead the committee for a
two-year term.
"Many female faculty members do not feel quite welcomed,"
according to Rajan, describing the
reception of new female faculty
members under the partner/spousal hire condition.
Other issues such as lack of
daycare facilities and maternity
leaves preventing difficult promotion-to-tenure track positions are
pinpointed for placing female
faculty in a disadvantageous
Tom Patch from the Equity Office proposed that Rajan is painting a skewed picture, arguing that
faculty statistics don't necessarily
speak to a larger trend of gender
discrimination. Such an example
would   be   engineering,   which
according to Patch simply "attracts
small numbers of female graduate
He said he has not observed
"any complaints from the female
faculty about gender-related pay
AMS VP External Stefanie
Ratjen does not share the same
view. She brought up a harassment case in 1995, when then-
UBC President Strangway closed
down UBC's political science
department's graduate program
after a report claimed to have
found systemic racism and sexism within it. Ratjen attests that
unfairness of this kind has been
a part of ongoing history in some
departments at UBC.
"The lack of adequate childcare
on campus for both students and
faculty demonstrates a systemic
bias against the inclusion of women and families into the education
system," Ratjen said.
Rajan expressed concerns regarding the bureaucratic system
of the administration that she
reproves for impeding progress
with regards to the issue.
Nevertheless, she holds a positive outlook in terms of solving the
issue of gender-based discrimination between the faculty. She says
that the administration should be
more "pro-equity," given President
Toope's experience with human
rights issues.Xi
An analysis of the current financial crisis
On October 21, experts from the Departments of Economics and Political Science will form a
panel to discuss factors leading up to the current global financial crisis. What went wrong?
What went right? What do we need to fix?
Tuesday, October 21
12-1 p.m.
Victoria Learning Theatre at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Panelists are:
■ Dr. Paul Beaudry, Department of Economics Professor, Canada Research Chair in
Macroeconomics and Bank of Canada Research Fellow
■ Dr. Mick Devereux, Department of Economics Professor and Bank of
Canada Research Fellow
■ Dr. Angela Redish, Department of Economics Professor, former Special Advisor
to the Bank of Canada and Canada's leading monetary historian
■ Dr. Yves Tiberghien, Department of Political Science Professor and a
leading comparative political economist
This free event is hosted by the UBC Faculty of Arts.
World financial crisis:
UBC experts weigh in
by Vivian Luk
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the lastest UBC news. Plus everything
else we print. Visit www.ubyssey.ca.
News Writer
The financial crisis has shaken
the foundation of the economic
world. Corporate giants like
Lehman Brothers are bankrupt,
Merrill Lynch was bought out
by Bank of America, and the US
Congress has approved a bail
out package worth $700 billion. It's all very depressing and
frightening, considering the US is
Canada's biggest trading partner
and consumes 30 per cent of its
So the question for us students
is should we be worried?
Kim Pavao, a sociology major,
isn't. "I don'tthink it's as serious as
they make it out to be. My parents
are conservative investors, their
mortgage hasn't been affected,
and I have their financial support
for tuition. So far, I haven't had
to apply for a loan." Still, Pavao,
who is graduating in May, thinks
we need to be conscious of what's
happening. "It's scary when they
say this crisis parallels the Great
Depression. I think there's probably going to be a huge downslide
in employment."
Robert Farkasch, professor of
international political economy,
agrees. "I wouldn't be too worried
right now. Economic crises happen all the time and it could be a
positive thing for graduates. With
the housing bubble deflated a bit,
young people can actually afford
to live in Vancouver, and buy a
house like the one their parents
did 20 years ago."
Fred Cutler, another political
science professor, thinks there is
reason to be cautious. "Canada was
going into a recession anyways,
which is natural, but combined
with an American banking crisis, it would make our recession
Economics professor Henry
Siu, who specializes in international monetarypolicies, observes
that Canada is "in better shape
than the US." Nonetheless, he
adds, "We're certainly not in good
shape. Our lending practices are
strictly regulated, so subprime
mortgage lending wouldn't occur
However, there is cause for
concern, especially for students
graduating soon. Sui said, "If you
look at the typical recessions of
the last 50 years, empirical evidence would show that people in
their twenties are hit the hardest.
The unemployment rate for those
in their forties usually increases
half to one per cent. For people in
their twenties, it's three or four
per cent."
When employers have to tighten their belts, they'd rather axe
those with less work experience—
which is why Mik Yung Lim, an
economics major, is worried. "I'm
graduating in two years. If things
don't improve by then, I think I'll
have a really hard time finding a
job, especially in finance."
Similarly, Siu says graduates
would have a tougher time applying for credit. "Banks will tighten
lending requirements. Young
people have less credibility than
their parents and most have no
credit history to go on."
The economic turmoil will set
new patterns for creditor-debtor
relationships. Students must,
and will, adapt to a financial
system where creditors are more
accountable to their debtors. \a Culture
Editor: Trevor Melanson | E-mail: culture@ubyssey.ca
October 17,2008 | Page 7
Atwood speaks on student debt
and the world's economic future
Stephen Harper given no grace at CBC Massey Lecture
by Stephanie Findlay
Culture Staff
There was Margaret Atwood
backstage at the Chan Centre
half an hour before her second
Massey Series lecture, singing
"You Are My Sunshine" in harmony with her assistant. There
was Margaret Atwood, the 69-
year-old literary giant who, with
her white afro, luminescent
red glasses and colourful pink
shawl, looked like a q-tip on fire
as she excitedly continued singing before being ushered to her
dressing room.
Last evening was Atwood's
second stop of five cross-country
destinations for the 2008 CBC
Massey Lectures, a prestigious
annual Canadian speaker series
that has featured the likes of
Doris Lessing, Noam Chomsky
and Martin Luther King Jr. In
her opening words, Atwood said
she missed UBC. She recalled an
early-career experience teaching grammar to engineering
students at 8:30 in the morning—using Franz Kafka.
Atwood, titled the Queen
of CanLit, has won the Booker
Prize, the Giller Prize and the
Governor General's Literary
Award, among many other
honours. As well as releasing
her eerily timely book, Payback
(Debt and the Shallow Side of
Wealth), Atwood has recently
attracted attention for her vocal
opposition of the Conservative
With the election fresh on the
minds of audience members,
in a packed Chan Centre, UBC
President Stephen Toope took a
jab at Harper in his opening remarks. "Even so-called ordinary
Canadians seem to like ideas,"
he said. The audience erupted
in applause.
CBC Ideas host Paul Kennedy
introduced the series as a "great
Canadian treasure." Kennedy
said that Atwood, an obvious
choice for the Massey Lectures,
had been on the shortlist for
many years, and that there was
a "brilliance in that you would
have never guessed about her
talking on economics." But "lo
and behold: boom, down comes
the world economic crisis and it
is intensely relevant."
UBC journalism student
Tracy Fuller spoke for many students who have currently found
themselves in debt. "Personally, debt dictates how I live my
life—what I can and cannot do....
The people I know are chained
to their debt."
In her book, Atwood says
credit card companies that
target college students are committing a crime that ought to be
considered child exploitation.
"It's very hard to resist that
[money], especially when you
are under 25, you have not developed that part of the brain
that calculates long term processes—it just looks like a lot
of fun and people therefore get
into that because they can.
"However, as a species we
argaret sat down for a book signing before her presentation on Wednesday night, jorge amigo photo/the ubyssey
are very much programmed to
take the low-hanging fruit, and
if it's there 90 per cent of people
will take it—it's very hard to resist the temptation."
Concerning student debts,
which may be considered
"positive" debts because they
ultimately contribute to society,
Atwood remained skeptical.
"Sometimes it contributes to society and sometimes it doesn't.
"Currency is currency because it has to keep flowing,"
she continued. "The flow is
stopped because we don't trust
the system." Just like the fairies
in Peter Pan, if people stop believing the banks will die.
In    her    typical    macabre
fashion she clarified that she
was optimistic about the future.
"If there is a car on fire coming
towards you, usually you will
jump out ofthe way....We're very
adaptable, we're very creative.
That's our big plus. We're very
good at thinking stuff up. So we
hit a crisis and it brings out the
best in us, we get very nimble, we
stop being lazy, we think of a way
around it, we think of something
new—we are very quick to realize
dangers and to react to them....
I'm not pessimistic. I think we
have what it takes to do it; what
we need is the political will."
As for Harper, Atwood said
that he has a "bit of a tin ear."
She laughed at his recently un
veiled six-point plan, which includes a first ministers' meeting
—the very thing he made fun of
Dion for. "We are in a situation
where none of these people actually know what to do," Atwood
said. She remained confident
that, eventually, the situation
will sort itself out because our
impetus for survival will take
"There's no obligation on
their part to listen to me whatsoever," she said in respect to her
recent economic and political
comments. "But I've been right
before," she continued with a
"If only they understood that
I'm never wrong." \a
with eyes
wide open
by Michelle Silongan
Culture Writer
Ifyou're a fan of American public television or travel shows,
chances are you recognize Rick
Steves. Most known for his PBS
show Rick Steves' Europe and his
guide books to Italy and other
European destinations, he visited Vancouver last Sunday as
the part of the "open house" for
KCTS-9, the Seattle public television station. Speaking at the Vancouver Convention Center, he
discussed the intrinsic value of
travel and experiencing diverse
cultures abroad.
Though globalization and
interdependence are the new
realities of the modern world,
Steves sees a danger in devaluing the unfamiliar and believing
in the innate supremacy of our
own values. Thus, a common
theme of the afternoon was how
we do ourselves and the world a
disservice by holding reductive
world views.
"The world is a complex
state," said Steves. "Recognize
the valiant struggles going on,
poignant and difficult, and find
the truth in honest travel....Every country has its own dream,
its own Nathan Hayes, its own
Fourth of July." He challenges
travellers to "go out there in the
world and embrace things that
are unfamiliar...and find different truths that seem just as self-
evident and God given."
Smart travelling is more
than air-conditioned tour buses
on a day trip through famous
landmarks and tourist traps.
Creating and sustaining dialogue
is crucial, especially in the current global climate, and travel
takes on a whole new definition
when you learn about how other
people live and their values behind it. For instance, he explains
that a recent trip to Iran allowed
him to look beyond the harsh
political rhetoric of both sides,
and by meeting ordinary people,
sense a common humanity while
recognizing the trust they place
in their own national destiny.
Steves has been a familiar
face to both travellers and armchair travellers alike for decades, and he's grateful for "the
platform to amplify" the things
that he's learned. He's especially
proud of working in public television's non-commercial arena,
where he doesn't feel pressure
from advertisers for a specific
type of content. "I don't want to
stay away from important issues,
even on a travelogue. I want to
grapple with it. I don't want to be
At the end of the presentation, he also gave some advice
for those of us preparing to study
abroad: "The value you're going
to get outside the classroom is
going to be at least as good as the
value you get inside the classroom, so enjoy it from the teaching in the classroom point of
view, but take the time to really
get the local people and have that
kind of broadening experience."
Wherever you plan on going in
life, he wishes happy travels. \a 8 I CULTURE
OCTOBER 17, 2Q08
Join Hands for Justice Rally
Rock out with
your cock out
Out of your kilt, that is
The gay community and its allies marched down Davie Street on Sunday afternoon, kathy yan li photo/the ubyssey
by Kathy Yan Li
Culture Writer
The Join Hands for Justice Rally
was held on Sunday in response to
the attack on Jordan Smith, a 2 7-
year-old man who was assaulted
while walking hand in hand with
another man. Hundreds of people
from the gay community along
with allies showed up at English
Bay, where they marched down
to the very site that Jordan was
Throughout Davie Street,
people held hands with rainbows
flying high above their heads.
People joined the march from the
sidewalk as the parade of colours
moved down the street.
The decision to hold the rally
was an organic one: the members
of the community came together
informally. The rally brought atten
tion to the many untold homophobic hate crimes committed against
the community. The assault on
Smith was not an isolated case,
and far too often, these crimes go
Jim Chu, the chief of Vancouver Police, was at the rally with a
team of officers to show support.
"We are happy to join you
because we are also your friends
and neighbours as well," Chu said
in his speech, which elicited applause. Many police are also now
actively advocating for stricter
anti-hate legislation.
Displays of encouragement
from the community leaders encouraged the audience. Jim Deva
from bookstore Little Sisters gave
a roaring speech, talking about the
right not to be afraid of expressing oneself and the strength and
courage of the community. His
proclamation, "Stop the violence!"
brought about heartfelt chants.
Smith was unable to join the
rally, but he wrote a letter that was
read aloud.
"Vancouver is one of the most
tolerant cities in the gay world for
lesbians and gay people," the letter stated. "My response was why
do we have to be tolerant?"
What we need to be is accepting. If we just continue to be tolerant, the minority we're tolerating
will never be part of our community—they'll dwell on its edge.
Jordan's courage to report
his attack has brought more
awareness to the untold stories of
violence that the gay community
faces. Yet despite the grave situation, hopeful chants of "Stop the
violence" and rainbow flags still
bring hope and show that people
still do care. \a
by Kenneth John Dodge
Culture Writer
Songs about liquor and lassies
pulsed through the thin walls of
Vancouver's Anza Club when local
Celtic legends The Real McKenzies
landed in Vancouver at the weary
end of their tour on October 2. I
approached this little venue with
caution, this being a school night
and me still bruised and stiff from
a couple of punk shows the week
before. But as soon as I passed by
the clutches of punks dressed in
kilts and entered the cavernous
Anza Club, the smell of scotch let
me know that this would indeed be
a memorable and savage night.
Opening acts Jones Bones
and Wednesday Night Heroes
were noteworthy. About halfway
I through the first band's set, several punksters could be seen swimming across the floor on their bellies, plastic beer cups suctioned
onto their faces like the beaks of
crippled penguins.
Although the sound was poor
for the openers, the crowd got
right into it. One female friend
of the band ("Tara") pulled her
shirt inside out and pounced on
stage to share vocals with the lead
singer of Jones Bones. The venue
was perfect for these acts. It felt as
if I was witnessing these bands'
practice sessions in an intimate
Surrey garage.
When The Real McKenzies
I took to the stage they looked like
weary Scottish warriors of yore.
Lead singer Paul McKenzie led the
most violent and brutal Irish-jig
contest that South Vancouver has
probably ever seen, kicking off
the evening with the war anthem
"Scots Wae Hae," pouring whiskey down the throats of the filthy
masses lined up at the stage front.
The McKenzies dedicated two
songs to Robbie Burns and flashed
their bare Scottish arses and balls
to the crowd, eliciting many a
cheerful response. During "Dropping Like Flies," bagpipes blazed
into the night like sonic banshees
howling through this humble
wooden club, as many a wasted
fan dropped like the mighty West
Coast rain that fell torrentially outside. In the midst of "Thistle Boy,"
the crowd linked arms and jigged
around in drunken circles as two
beautiful women, annoyingly,
tried to stage dive so many times
that McKenzie had to kick them off
the stage twice.
The night's music echoed
with a barbaric air of immortality, foreign to all other genres of
rock but Celtic punk—an attitude
that harkens back to the marshes
and meadows of the Old World.
The sound of bagpipes colliding with electric guitars haunts
the mind like the brazen Gaelic
chants of warriors marching to
their death, thinking only of dear
old Saint Andrew. For they can
take our lives, they'll never take
our freedom! \a orts
Editor: Shun Endo | E-mail: sports@ubyssey.ca
October 17,2008 | Page 9
Men's basketball overpowers opponent
Team sends Wilfrid Laurier reeling after 29- and 58-point victories
by Henry Lebard
Sports Staff
After their victory in the first leg
of a doubleheader on Thursday
by a score of 96-67, the Thunderbirds kept Laurier at bay
in the second game, winning
95-37. UBC committed only 11
turnovers on Saturday, compared to 22 by Laurier—16 of
those coming off steals by the
Birds. Thirty-three UBC points
were scored off of Laurier
"We want to score off of our
defense," said UBC Coach Kevin
Hanson. "We did a good job on
defense, pushing the ball up every time we got a turnover."
Laurier was never able to get
to the rim—they seemed to be
putting up poor quality outside
shots over and over again.
"Something we really stress
is more ball pressure, which
gives less time to make decisions and doesn't allow them to
run their offense," commented
To say that UBC dominated the
boards would be an understatement—they out-rebounded their
opponents 63-30 (22-7 in the offensive end). Along with rebounding domination, UBC took 38 free
throws, making 24 compared to
just ten attempts by Laurier, who
made seven of those.
Throughout the game, coach
Hanson ordered his players to
"Execute! Execute! Execute!" It
would be simplistic to say they
were executing well.
"We try to emphasize execution in the front court," said the
coach. "There comes a time when
you are trying to win a championship when you are going to have
to score in the front court."
Josh Whyte led the way with
17 points in just 19 minutes (on
six for nine shooting) for UBC.
Every player was given at least
11 minutes of playing time and
contributed to the offense either
with points or assists.
The Thunderbirds shot 44
per cent from the field, doubling the 22 per cent shot by
the Golden Hawks. Conference
play for the Men's Basketball
team starts at Saskatchewan
October 24, five days after they
play Lakehead at War Memorial
Josh Whyte led the Birds in the domination against the Golden Hawks, shun endo photo/the ubyssey
Athletes of the Week
by Claudia Richard
Thunderbird Athletic Council
Candace wins the Athlete of the Week title for her performance over
the weekend at the annual pre-season Helen Campbell tournament
in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She had a buzzer beater to win
against the tournament hosts, the University of New Brunswick, and
averaged 13 points and four assists per game. She was named to the
tournament all-star team and played with leadership and consistency
over the tournament.
Men's Golf captain Cory Renfrew had an impressive showing this weekend at the UVic Turkey Shootout in Sequim, Washington, shooting three
sub-par rounds of 71, 66, and 70 to win the tournament by two over
teammate Andrew Robb. The Men's Golf team is lookingstrong again
this year, coming off last year's NAIA Championship win. Xj
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October 17,2008 | Page 10
Our view
At 90, hanging with 20-year-olds
Itwas 90years ago tomorrow...
Okay, so it doesn't have quite the same ring as "20 years ago today" from Sgt Pepper's. All the same, tomorrow's a big day for us
at The Ubyssey. As you probably guessed, on Saturday we turn 90
years old. While we may be old enough to be John McCain's dad,
that won't stop us from having a wicked party in celebration.
In the past two decades we've marked our important birthdays
(75th, 80th, 85th) by devoting the majority of an issue to our accomplishments—a history of our early years here and a nostalgic letter
from an old editor there. We decided against that route this year.
Let's face it, as gratifying as it is to publish a giant love letter to
ourselves, we're betting most of you would prefer to know what's
happening on campus, rather than what is the rough equivalent of
a great uncle's slideshow of his road trip across Canada.
Instead, we're putting out a retrospective magazine in limited
print, focusing on the 13 years since we were reborn independent
from the AMS (and publishing a less-giant love letter to ourselves,
here). Ifyou're interested in how the scurrilous souls of your student government nearly destroyed us, what's been driving this
campus since then and a few fun stories from our past, feel free
to pick up a copy. And ifyou're not, we understand: odds are we
couldn't care less about the history of your club either.
But while we read through back issue after back issue of "The
vilest rag west of Blanca," as a church minister dubbed us in the
1950s, we realized a few things. Namely, once upon a time, we
actually had an office on the top floor of the SUB—with windows
and everything. But beyond that, there have always been problems
with AMS elections, students have always complained about the
rate of construction, and every year we get letters that claim the
paper sucks compared to the year before.
So as we enter our ninth decade, two thoughts come to mind.
One, we think of those who put this paper together for the 89
years before us, and the tradition we uphold. More importantly
though, we think of the responsibility that you give us year after
year. We're grateful that you continue to read, continue to fund
us, and occasionally send us a letter. It makes the days where we
spend 14 straight stress-filled hours putting together something
approaching a quality newspaper worth it.
The Ubyssey: published since 1918, independent since 1995,
and shut off from natural light since 2001. \a
Don't blame apathy for low turnout
Well, we did it again. We elected a minority government for the
third time in a little over four years and we once again chose Stephen Harper to be the person to lead this country. The word "we"
must be used cautiously since "we" didn't exactly run to this polls
this year. Or even walk. Canada saw the lowest voter turnout— 59.1
per cent—in recorded history. Failing to hit the 60 per cent mark
for the first time ever inches us closer to territory usually owned
by our southern neighbours; the US repeatedly struggles to get
even half of its population to get out and vote.
Why aren't we voting? We're the first western nation to face
an election after the start of the global financial crisis. The Conservatives and the Liberals had two distinct plans to deal with the
economic issue, so why didn't we stand up and say how we want
our country to spend the little money that we have left?
The earth is falling apart at the seams and each party had their
own ideas for meeting—or not—Kyoto protocols. Why didn't we get
out to the polls and decide how we want to treat our planet?
There were issues, but they weren't enough to galvanize us as
participants ofthe democratic process.
Voter apathy is a complicated issue. Is it the system or the
people we have to choose from?
The electoral system is definitely broken and needs to be fixed.
Canadians feel their votes are weak—they can't influence change.
If a staunch left-wing Canadian lives in an historically Conservative riding, his or her Liberal/NDP/Green/Leninist-Marxist vote
means nothing. Not only will that vote not put any of those parties in power in the particular riding, it won't doing anything to
change the national political scene.
But what about the people? Stephen Harper is doing his best to
make Richard Nixon look like a fuzzy teddy bear, Stephane Dion
doesn't appear to be able to even pack his own lunch let alone lead
a country, and Jack Layton is increasingly coming off as a used
car salesman who doesn't quite know what he's selling. Oh, and
Elizabeth May.
There's simply not a lot of positive choices out there for the
Canadian would-be voters.
There's no easy answer to the problem of low voter turnout. Electoral reform is becoming a hot topic and, who knows,
maybe it will bring about change. Unlikely. Dion looks like's he
done whether he wants to sneak out the back door quietly or get
dragged out through the front, kicking and screaming. Maybe the
new Liberal leader can offer up an attractive alternative to the
status quo. Hopefully.
The only guarantee is that until Canadians feel confident that
their votes matter, and until we're given a wealth of options, we're
going to see turnout that reflects our apathy. And that's going to
lead to, well, more ofthe same. \a
by Trevor Wolf
Internet Comments
This is a timely and effective account of some of
the problems that lie at the base of development
on campus. That is, development is being guided
and propelled by a development company. Even
though this company is owned by UBC, the fact that
it is a limited company means that it is outside the
gaze of public inquiry. Try getting an [Freedom of
Information] request processed—unlikely.
There needs to be some sort of effective, local
control over what UBC does as a development business. One hopes that Properties Trust is not too
far extended in terms of credit or otherwise UBC
students, staff, faculty and community residents
will end up paying for it as markets and real estate
values fall.
—Charles Menzies
It's the Liberals who need to decide at the end of
the day whether there's any use for their federal
party anymore. If everyone who voted liberal voted
NDP or Green, we'd be looking at a left-of-centre
gov't right now.
Anyone notice how stupid Dosanjh and Fry's
logic is now? That's why I can't stand the Liberals.
Either win on your own merits or lose with dignity,
don't blame the NDPs and Greens for your loss.
Whatever you do though, please don't advocate
for a two party system, because we all see how well
that works in the US, where people get to choose
between right-wing or slightly more right-wing.
As an NDP supporter, I'm glad we took seats
from the Liberals, but I'm also glad the Conservatives did as well after hearing comments like
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The Education Insider
After the election: Any hope for post-secondary education funding?
by Maayan Kreitzman
Before I snap the gloves on for
the education-focused post mortem on this election, I need to
unload some serious bile. Apparently, Canadians are dumbasses.
We were presented with an intelligent, passionate, and upstanding leader with an integrated and
bold (though deeply un-radical)
plan for the environment and
the economy. It was the most
substantial and well thought out
platform from a mainstream
party in years.
Instead of learning it, we
Canadians bitched about how
"complicated" it was. Instead
of explaining it, the media
howled about how it hard it was
to explain. Instead of steering
forward, we bailed. We bought
into substance-free stereotypes
of father figure "leadership" on
the one side and hoaxy populism
on the other side. This election
was supposed to be fought over
Canadians' supposed number
one issue: the environment.
In rejecting Stephane Dion,
whose plan has been lauded by
economists and environmentalists across the board, we instead
chose...nothing. A resounding
silence was in fact the conscious
strategy from Stephen Harper's
Conservatives, who only released
a cobbled-together platform a
week before voting. Why were
Canadians so lulled into complacency by reassuring sweet
nothings about the economy,
and the floaty feeling of safety in
the familiar? The strong silent
types always turn out to be jerks.
It's a burning shame that a bit
of tough-on-crime pandering,
misinformation about the green
shift, and personal targeting of
Stephan Dion's character could
actually constitute a successful
The fact that Stephen Harper
is still confined to a minority is
of little comfort when we were
within reach of a real leader, a
real vision. Now we're left with
a prime minister whose idea of
progress is taking half a point off
sales tax every couple years, and
his cabinet of dunces (though
who knows, they're never allowed to speak). Yes, we're a centrist country but why do we have
to be a mediocre one? Is taking a
bold stance on the environment
actually a terrifying "shift to the
left" as The Globe and Mail so
backwardly analyzed it? Add our
flawed voting system, and this is
just how the cookie crumbles.
Whew. A post-mortem on
education issues, shall we? What
does this election result mean
for students? Most funding for
post-secondary education comes
from the provincial government
but much financial aid and all
public research funding is supplied federally.
This election the Tories
didn't release a post-secondary
education platform. Education is
not listed as a Conservative "key
issue" (though crime is. Bah.).
And searches on their website
come up blank. Their record
from the last couple years is
all we really have to go on: the
Conservative government has
renewed the funding levels from
the Millennium Scholarship
Foundation, though eligibility for
these awards has been expanded
to be more need based than before. They've created the Vanier
Graduate Scholarships, a new
funding award for PhD students
worth 50 grand a year. That's a
lot of money for not very many
students. They've also instituted
a repayment assistance plan
(RAP) to ease the burden of debt
repayment after graduation. In
addition, the Conservatives have
instituted some tax credits for
text books that most students
don't make enough money to
actually benefit from.
Both the Liberals and NDP
have more lavish post-secondary education plans. Last year,
the NDP put forward a bill in
the House of Commons, which
mandates a dedicated transfer to
the provinces for post-secondary
education. This means that the
federal government gives the
provinces money specifically for
education, making the money
supposedly more transparent.
They also want a $1000 grant
to go to anyone who qualifies
for Canada Student Loans, and
an overhaul of the loan system.
The Liberals also have fairly
universal financial aid offerings,
with a guaranteed $5000 loan to
anyone who goes to college or
university, and an increase to
two years no-interest grace period for paying back loans after
graduation. They also promised
to increase funding to the three
research granting agencies
(NSERC, CIHR and SSHRC) by 34
per cent to $3 billion a year, and
increase funding for the indirect
costs of research, as well as establish a fund for sustainability-
related research.
With a minority government,
it's possible that movement is
possible on some ofthe pressing
post-secondary education issues.
The Liberals' focus on research
funding is important. Compared
to the Chretien era, the Harper
Conservatives have come across
as anti-science, and that needs to
change if Canada wants to produce world class research. The
NDP's commitment to a dedi
cated transfer and reform to the
piecemeal Canada Student Loan
system is great. The Conservatives have been willing to move
toward need-based financial
aid. All this could produce good
results if a functional minority
government accepts input from
the other parties. Some policies
are less of a great idea. Both the
NDP and Liberals seem to be
advocating untargeted grants (to
all students with a student loan,
and to all students, respectively).
This strategy is a waste of money.
Funding should go to those that
need it.
This election was so short that
many important issues including education and healthcare
barely got discussed. Luckily for
us, with a minority government,
advocacy can take place with the
different parties and actually
make a difference. Harper can
no longer get away with making
every bill in parliament a confidence motion, as threatening the
other parties with an election is
now out of the question. Hopefully that means we'll see some
progress of some of these important post-secondary education
issues. Bits of the three parties'
education plans together would
make a great improvement for
students. \a
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down her lawn sign with a sigh of
regret and blogging at ubcinsid-
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