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Vol: LXXXIXNo. 11 I www.ubyssey.bc.ca I October 11th, 2007
Campus cops caught in playful' photos
Two UBC RCMP officers pose for pictures near the University village bus stop while using their handcuffs and squad car as props in photos dated July 1st, 2007. See page 3 for more photos.
by Jesse Ferreras
News Staff
Two RCMP officers are seen
handcuffing young women and
playfully posing with them for
photos taken in July that surfaced in the past week.
Pictures   obtained   by   the
Ubyssey  show two  uniformed
officers cavorting with a group
of women who are said to be
between the ages of 19 and 20,
according to a witness.
Two pictures show an
officer's nametag that identifies
him as "S. Grabarczyk," while
the other officer was identified
as Constable Ben Savard by
Staff Sgt. Kevin Kenna, a spokes
man for the RCMP's University
The officers are standing
around a squad car as they
jokingly pose with the young
In one photo, Constable
Savard dangles one cuff off his
middle finger while a young
woman holds the other end. He
is seen in another photo flanked
by five women, with his left arm
around a female's back as she
cuddles up to him.
The officer identified as "S.
Grabarczyk," meanwhile, is
seen cuffing a young woman
in one photo, while in another
he holds her cuffed wrist up to
the camera while she and two
friends smile.
Another image shows women sitting coyly in the back of
their squad car.
The officers and the women
appear to be in good humour in
every picture, with no sign of
force by the RCMP.
see "police" I page 03
Bomb threat at L.S. Klinck Building prompts evacuation
Caller claims multiple explosive devices hidden
throughout building
by Sabrina Marchand
News Staff
Last Friday morning the Leonard
S. Klinck building was evacuated
and surrounding streets were
cordoned off after the RCMP received an anonymous call about a
possible bomb threat.
"Shortly after 9am a call was
received by a person within the
Klinck building. The caller informed the person that there had
been a number of bombs planted
in the Klinck building," said UBC
Campus Security Associate Director Doug Singleton.
"Subsequently a decision was
taken by the personnel in the
Klinck building to activate the
fire alarm which caused the occupants of the building to leave."
West Mall remained clogged
as RCMP officers tried to keep
passers-by out of the area while
police dogs and bomb squad
officers routinely checked the
Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre, responding to the Friday morning bomb
threat, said "it is more than likely
a hoax but we are treating this as
if it was the real thing by evacuating the building, getting the properly trained people in there."
With   midterms   looming,
the possibility of students using
bomb threats to postpone tests
can become an issue. Randy
Schmidt, UBC public affairs officer, commented "it's that time
"I know there was an exam
going on at that time," said Singleton. "Fortunately spots were
found where they were able to
write their exams."
It is more than likely
a hoax but we are
treating this as if it
was the real thing.
Sgt. Pierre Lemaitre,
Not only is this method for
postponing an exam wasteful of
the University's security resources, but it is an ineffective way to
get out of writing your exam, he
"Quite often when an exam is
being written and a bomb scare
comes in it's a rare occurrence for
the institution to—during exam
time—empty out the facility."
"Normally more often than
not a search is conducted that minimises any intrusiveness on the
part of the students or faculty. Its
not a way that you're going to get
out of an exam." \i
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The Ubyssey | October 11th, 2007
Acting Sub-LieutenantWright Eruebi takes questions and gives advice to potential Canadian Forces recruits in the Student Union Building.
Military recruiters feel welcome on campus
by Stephanie Taylor
News Staff
The presence of military recruiters at last week's Career
Days did not attract the level of
debate plaguing other Canadian
campuses. In stark contrast to
the mixed reaction at the University of Victoria, the Canadian
Forces Recruiting Centre representatives felt welcomed by
"We haven't had any incidents...We feel very welcome.
The students are well behaved,
everybody's curious," said
Acting Sub-Lieutenant Wright
Eruebi, public affairs officer
for the Vancouver division of
the Canadian Forces Recruiting
The controversy unfolding
at UVic began when its student
society decided to ban military
recruitment on campus, which
ignited a firestorm among students who disagreed with the
student society's right to make a
moral decision without student
According to AMS President
Jeff Friedrich, the decision to
extend an invitation to the Canadian Forces at UBC was made
without significant debate or
disagreement. He said that
any conversation concerning
military recruitment on campus would be made if students
expressed   concern   over   the
We really see a connection between these
rising tuition fees and
also the military budget
Nita Palmer,
Student Justice Centre and CAWOPI
"[The AMS] did actually at
one point talk about...banning
military recruitment. The debate didn't go very far," Friedrich explained.
However, he said the AMS
did evaluate the ethics of military recruiters on campus after
an isolated confrontation between a student and recruiters
took place during last year's Career Days. "We did note the incident and the student's concern,
and if there was a pattern of
that type of concern, then we'd
have to have the conversation
that the University of Victoria is
Allen Sens, a UBC political
science professor, believes that
the relative lack of debate surrounding military recruitment
on campus shows a greater acceptance of the Canadian Forces
as a legitimate choice among the
wider range of career options.
"I think the notion that the
student has a right to view the
option [of joining the Canadian Forces]...and choose or not
choose as they see fit...is a little
more powerful than the notion
of being critical of the Canadian
Forces," said Sens.
Nonetheless, the quiet reception of military recruiters at
UBC does not mean all students
view the practice as ethical.
Nita Palmer, the communications coordinator for the
Student Justice Centre and pres
ident of the Coalition Against
War on the People of Iraq and
Internationally (CAWOPI), expressed strong opposition to on-
campus military recruitment on
the grounds that rising tuition
fees are driving students to join
the military as a last resort to
escape debt.
"We really see a connection
between these rising tuition
fees and also the military budget, which was just recently doubled," Palmer said, "We really
oppose that the military is being
given as an option for students
who can't pay their debts to go
and join the military and fight
and kill people in Afghanistan."
Palmer claimed that support
among students to prevent military recruitment on campus is
high, citing the popularity of a
petition organized by CAWOPI.
Despite this claimed unpopularity, the Canadian Forces
will continue to be a fixture at
Career Days until the AMS is
confronted with strong student
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News     3
'This is the most unprofessional thing Vve ever seen!
from "police" | page oi
The pictures were taken the
evening of July 1 at the transit
stop at University Boulevard
and Allison Road, close to the
Unviersity Village McDonald's,
said UBC student Davor Kovac,
who was present at the scene.
He said a group of approximately 20 people were waiting
for the bus, 15 of whom were
women. He said the group was
on its way to Kits Beach when a
squad car approached them.
"We were just waiting for the
bus at the University Boulevard
stop, right beside McDonald's,
and the cops pulled up," he
said, adding that some in the
group had open liquor and that
the officers asked them to pour
out their drinks. "Then all of the
girls just started flirting with the
cops, really badly."
Kovac said that some in the
group continued to drink for approximately ten minutes before
he exclaimed, "This is the most
unprofessional thing I've ever
One of the officers then
approached Kovac and some
friends and asked what they
were drinking before asking
them to pour out their liquor.
"Then he just kept posing for
the pictures with the girls," Kovac said.
UBC student Robin Race was
also at the scene. He said the officers let the females play with
a nightstick and sit in the backseat of their car while others in
their group continued to drink
at the stop.
"Guys were drinking in the
background...the [cops] weren't
doing [anything]," he said.
"They were just too preoccupied by the girls... it was really
Kovac specified that the
young women asked the officers
to handcuff them and that they
did so "playfully."
Staff Sergeant Kenna would
not offer comment without
speaking to the officers in question, who were not on duty by
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handcuffs and around their squad car on July 1st.
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AMS seeks
student voice on
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by Samantha Jung
News Staff
A proposed restructuring of
TransLink's governance structure has prompted the Alma
Mater Society (AMS) to look into
gaining more representation for
students on the organization's
Bill 36, or the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Amendment Act, will introduce a number of changes to
the TransLink board, including
eliminating its current regional
representation structure. The
bill will be brought before the
provincial government in the
next few weeks, says Ken Hardie
from TransLink, and if passed,
will be implemented starting
Jan. 1.
According to the TransLink
website, the current 15-member
board's duties are "to review the
existing mandate, funding and
governance structure of TransLink." The board is comprised
of 12 GVRD appointed members
who represent Vancouver and
its surrounding municipalities,
and three non-appointed members of the provincial Legislative
Assembly. All members serve a
one-year term, with one member
acting as chair. The chair is currently the mayor of Richmond,
Malcolm Brodie.
The new board will be "a
multi-tiered governance structure" that will be made up of a
nine member board of directors,
a Mayor's Council on Regional
Transportation, and an independent commissioner.
Hardie says a special screening panel, chaired by former
premier Mike Harcourt, will
pick 15 qualified candidates,
and the board will be chosen
from those members by the
Mayor's Council. It will be more
"TransLink needs to and will
continue to work with municipalities," said Hardie, "because...the
municipalities certainly have lots
to say about transit planning."
Essentially, any qualified
person is eligible to sit on the
board. Hardie said that eligible
members would be in charge of
"the core things thatTransLink is
in the business of doing," which
means the panel will be looking for people who are skilled
in finance, administration, and
transportation planning. Anyone who feels they are qualified
can apply for a position on the
Matthew Naylor, AMS VP
External, thinks UBC should
gain representation on the new
board. "I think it's important
that students and the interests of
the UBC community, given that
our importance to TransLink
can't really be underestimated
or understated, should be represented on that board."
Naylor feels it is crucial
that UBC gains representation.
"The reason that I think we're
justified...[is that] we have no
representation on the board; all
the other post-secondary institutions within the Lower Mainland
are represented by a mayor or a
The UBC bus loop is the second busiest bus terminal in Metro Vancouver, with the Broadway
and Commercial Drive SkyTrain
station being number one. UBC
is also the second most popular
transit destination in the Lower
Mainland, after the downtown
region. Forty per cent of people
coming to UBC commute by
"The capacity that exists to
be able to come onto campus is
inadequate," said Naylor, "...we
need better service out to UBC."
Although Naylor would appreciate any type of representation,
he would prefer a member of
the student society to sit on the
Suzanne Anton, Vancouver
city councilor and a member of
the current board, says that if
someone from UBC does gain
a seat on the board, they would
not be there just to represent the
university, but the surrounding
"I think the AMS should
put somebody forward [to the
screening panel]."  \a October 11th, 2007 | ThjIJjbyssey
Culture     5
The Painted Birds experience synchronicity
by Robert Boerse
Culture Writer
How exactly do we explain meaningful coincidences?
In a later work, the psychologist C.G. Jung suggested that the
synchronicity principle is a connection between "simultaneity
and meaning." To put it simply,
things happening harmoniously
when we are in accord with the
world around us.
Joseph Campbell probably
put it better: "Followyour bliss."
For local band The Painted
Birds, synchronicity might best
explain their bliss. The four
musicians—Dom Fricot, guitar
and vocals; Josh McNorton, lead
guitar; Shawn Berke, bass; and
Shane Lynch, drums—will be performing this upcoming Friday,
Oct. 12th at the Anza Club at the
corner of 8th Ave. and Ontario St.
The show will help kick off their
second tour, on which the band
will push into the Okanagan and
They hope to "recreate" the
same buzz they ignited during
the summer.
"They loved us in Salmon
Arm," says Fricot, who played
six shows in three days in August
and two in Salmon Arm for the
Roots & Blues Festival. "When we
came back for the second show it
was like they rolled out the red
carpet for us."
The upcoming tour will help
promote their debut album, So
Much for the Rain.
It took quite a while to get
things together; the synchronicity came with time and determination. To begin with, Fricot and
McNorton met here at UBC at
an open mic night at the Gallery
From the left: Josh McNorton, Dom Fricote,and Shawn Berke would like to rem
Lounge in 2002. The duo clicked
perhaps because they shared the
same professional interests, enjoyed the same music, and performed with another band they
put together at the time.
But it wasn't "serious," Fricot
admits. In 2004, with a bit of a
wanderlust and a need to get
some perspective and direction,
he took the year off to do some
soul searching in Germany. Half
way through the trip the longing
to play music professionally earnestly overtook him. He began
to write again and compose new
songs on the piano in his German dorm.
When he returned to the
Lower Mainland in 2005, the
timing was right. Shawn Berke, a
high school friend from Salmon
Arm Senior Secondary, needed
something in which to put his
passions.   Teaching   music   in
Ontario, Berke simply wasn't
satisfied with occasionally playing with local bands, but knew
he was "more than just a hired
Being a musician is
like a being a painted
bird in a sense.
Dom Fricot,
Guitar and Vocals
"We, that is Josh and me, convinced Shawn to pick up his life
and come back to Vancouver. He
made the decision without even
thinking. That's it, I'm getting on
a flight, he said one night and I'll
be there."
Next came the drummer.
"Drummers are like goalies,"
Fricot jokes, "We've had a high
turnover of drummers. Like with
ind us that real musicians have beards,
hockey teams, you go through
them. I can't explain but you get
some interesting people. But like
goalies, they're mostly in their
head, they sit in one place, they
don't get to move around like
the guitar player or the bassist.
They're rhythm makers and
it's hard to relate [to them] as a
Luckily Shane Lynch was
more than just a drummer.
"He's a musician like us
with ideas and he does all the
film work for our website," says
Fricot, "We met him through a
friend of a friend. We were putting out there what we wanted
to do. Someone came along and
said you should meet so and so.
And it was just right. He had the
same commitment as us."
And then came the album, recorded in April of 2007. I asked
Fricot about the process in the
studio. Moreover, what did "Feeling over precision" mean? If you
go to their myspace site and
watch their promotional video,
those very words appear, written
in black marker on white paper
taped to the ceiling of the studio
recording booth.
"It's a key point I needed to
keep in my head. All of us needed
to keep it. But there's more to it.
I don't know."
Just like the name of your
"[It's] the idea that others can
taint you and dismember you.
Being a musician is like a being
a painted bird in a sense."
The idea of the painted bird,
a bird tainted and sent back
into the flock, where it faces the
prospect of being torn apart is a
reoccurring theme.
And their fan base?
"Growing everyday it seems.
When we played the Fringe Festival we were surprised how many
people showed up," says Friscot.
"We were playing in a warehouse and had to use a power
generator. Just as we were about
to play the chorus to one song
("Clouds"), the power died. The
lights went out, the music died.
But the drums kept going and
our fans sang the chorus for us.
Just them. We didn't know what
to do. We stood there, heads
down playing along on our now-
muted electronic instruments,
praying everything would be
alright. As soon as the chorus
ended, the power came back
on. It was so cool. We went back
right into the song as if nothing
happened. People thought we
staged the whole thing."
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perhaps? \a
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Sports     J
University Ultimate championship comes to Vancouver
by Leslie Day
sports writer
You may be surprised to find
out which group occupies more
space and time on Vancouver
sports fields than any other.
It isn't youth soccer or
little league, but rather Ultimate
And for a sport associated
with bare feet, no rules, and a casual, party-hard atmosphere, the
players tend to take it seriously
and for good reason. While Ultimate may have started as a pickup game in a high school soccer
field, it has become a competitive
sport in every sense of the term,
with organized leagues, sponsored teams, and highly coveted
— not to mention hotly contested
This weekend, UBC will be
hosting the Canadian University
Ultimate Championship.
Last year, with a small roster
of just 8 A team and 3 B team
players, UBC narrowly lost in
the semi-finals. Traditionally,
the team has had a leg up on the
competition by playing in a competitive spring league, but Russell
Street, one of several co-captains
and a third-year human kinetics
student said that "other teams
are beginning to catch up by playing in the spring season, like UBC
has been doing for years."
Athletes coming to Ultimate
from more traditional sports are
often surprised by the absence of
a zebra-striped shirt patrolling
the sidelines. Ultimate games are
self-refereed, and only in the top
tiers are there so-called "observ
ers" on the sidelines, who may
only make calls if requested by
one team. This lack of formal
officiating has carried forward
from the game's origins as a pickup game between friends, but it
also tends to make people think
of Ultimate as less of a sport than
something like soccer, with its officials stalking the field and controlling every aspect of the game.
Those people would be wrong,
though, as Ultimate is a fast, enthralling game rife with athleticism at the higher levels of play.
The players might be blowing the
whistle on themselves and each
other, but they are taking it seriously. The UBC men's Ultimate
team practices between 7 and
9 hours each week and players
are expected to work out on their
own time to stay in peak physical
Weather isn't a factor either
as practices are held outdoors in
all conditions. On rainy Sunday
afternoons you can often spot
the bedraggled teams huddled
together on the fields, listening
to their coaches. "I wish we could
practice more," said Ryan Grant,
who has played on the team for
several years. "But lots of guys
don't have the time."
At some point between its
inception in 1996 and its current incarnation today, the UBC
team was a varsity team under
the UBC Athletics banner. These
days, the A, B, and C teams (together totaling nearly 60 players)
practice and play wearing the
Thunderbird logo, but they are
otherwise independent. Players
pay their own way, from gear and
Russel Street dives to make the grab at the Stanford Invitational against the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs. Street
and the UBC team will be in action this weekend against university teams from across the country.
tournament fees to traveling expenses for themselves and their
volunteer coaches. The players
organize and run fundraisers to
pay out-of-pocket expenses, but
it is still a substantial financial
commitment, especially for the
A team, which may travel extensively depending on the year.
Their only outside support comes
from Gaia Ultimate Sports, which
gives them a 50% discount on
The sport and team have become so popular that the team
now holds try-outs, but no one
gets cut. Instead they place everyone who wants to play on one of
their squads.
Last year, when 45 men
showed up to play, they were
divided into A and B teams. This
year, with a 33% increase in turnout, the 60 players are relatively
evenly divided into three groups,
all of whom play in tournaments.
The goal, said Street, is to "allow
[all] players to experience competitive Ultimate." All Ultimate
games are played as part of weekend tournaments—they are very
rarely run as single games, as
teams often have to travel to find
others competing at their level.
The spring season is the
American university season,
which is organized and overseen
by the Ultimate Players Association. The crowning glory in this
league is the UPA College Championships, which takes place over
the last weekend in May. In order
to qualify for a coveted berth at
the championship, teams must
first compete in both sectional
and regional tournaments.
To prepare for UPA play,
the Thunderbirds typically go to
three pre-season tournaments,
a large one in Las Vegas, Nev.;
the ultra-competitive Stanford
Invitational, with its field of 16
elite teams; and a tournament
in Washington closer to the April
start of the UPA series.
The Vancouver Ultimate
League is the third largest in the
world. The men's and women's
teams have both met with tremendous success nationally, as
well as internationally.
Street attributes the growth
of the UBC team to the rising
profile of the sport. He hopes the
continued growth and success of
the program will get the attention of UBC Athletics, perhaps
allowing Ultimate to return to its
former status as a varsity sport.
In the mean time, the team will
continue to play.
Overall Street said that "UBC
Ultimate is the most successful
[university] program in Canada." u
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The SFU faithful gave the game
an electric atmosphere at the
start, but Clan fans had little else
to cheer about as UBC dominated
both sides of the ball, winning 31-
2 on Saturday.
UBC 31 - SFU 2
The Thunderbirds had to win
in order to keep their playoff hopes
alive and take the overall lead in
the total Shrum Bowl series. With
the win, the Thunderbirds take a
15-14-1 lead over the cross-town
UBC running back Chris Ciezki
led the offense, totaling 146 rushing yards on the day. The UBC defense, which controlled the Clan
offense atwill was led by linebacker Shea Emry and defensive backs
Tyler Codron and CJ Stephenson.
The Thunderbirds' defense held
SFU to a mere 134 yards and
snagged 2 interceptions.
During the cold and rainy first
quarter neither team could get
into a solid passing rhythm resulting in no majors being scored.
The Thunderbird offense started
to keep the ball on the ground
and put it in the hands of Ciezki
and out of the hands of starting quarterback Marc McVeigh,
who inherited the job after Doug
Goldsby went out with a separated
shoulder two weeks prior.
"We   wanted   to   take   some
pressure off the quarterback and
establish the run," said UBC head
coach Ted Goveia. "It was really important that we got 12 guys
The Thunderbird defense set
up the first points of the game
when linebacker Tyler Codron
forced a fumble deep in SFU territory and that led to a 23-yard field
goal by kicker Shawn Mclsaac.
In the concluding moments of
the first quarter SFU quarterback
Jason Marshall marched the Clan
deep into UBC territory. While
SFU missed a 28-yard field goal
We wanted to take
some pressure off
the quarterback and
establish the run.
Ted Goveia,
UBC Head coach
attempt, a fumble the very next
play cost UBC 25 yards and the
Thunderbirds were forced to concede the safety with no time left in
the first quarter.
"It was a little rough start,
kind of shocking," said UBC running back Derek Townsend about
the outcome of the first quarter.
"I thought we would come in
here and get some points on the
Starting the second quarter
with a lead of only a single point,
the  UBC offense went to work
and showed a blend of dominant
blocking and excellent running.
When discussing the effectiveness
of both the passing and running
game in the second quarter, Marc
McVeigh applauded the running
back tandem of Ciezki and Dave
Boyd for their effectiveness and
"They're phenomenal, it was
the best thing for the passing
game," said McVeigh. "They [SFU]
are more focused on [defending]
the run and this opens up the
passing game, all the reads start
performing and you can make
easy passes."
Although McVeigh shook off
his slow start and got into rhythm
in the second quarter, it was a
fortunate bounce which led to his
first touchdown pass of the day. A
ball tipped by UBC receiver Nate
D'Arcy was caught by Townsend
for a 27-yard score.
UBC struck again five minutes later as a scoring drive was
highlighted by a 30-yard bomb to
receiver Alan Pepper and a powerful 23-yard run by Ciezki into the
SFU end zone.
The defense continued its
dominant form as Shea Emry and
Scott McCuaig led a Thunderbird
defense that frustrated SFU and
were only able to gain 2 5 yards in
the quarter.
"The defense has played great
all year and I couldn't be more
proud of how they have pulled
together," said Goveia. "They've
been playing great."
Both teams were kept off the
scoreboard in the third quarter.
The UBC defense was able to
consistently force SFU into third-
down punting situations and held
them to only 62 total yards in the
The highlight of the second
half went to CJ Stephenson, who
picked off an errant SFU pass for
a 42-yard touchdown run that
brought the lead to 29 points.
While the Thunderbird's defense kept the SFU offense in neutral the entire game, Townsend
was busy returning 9 SFU punts
amassing 70 yards. Townsend
was able to pass Mike Plante
(Manitoba, 1997-2000) for second
place in career punt return yardage racking up 1781 yards in his
collegiate career.
UBC keeps their playoff hopes
alive as Manitoba (5-0) beat Alberta (2-4) 29-16. UBC now has a
two point lead for the final spot in
the Canada West playoffs and are
only two points behind Regina
and Saskatchewan, who are tied
for 2nd place.
SFU has now lost 23 straight
games and is once again not in
playoff contention. The Thunderbirds continue their season
Saturday when they will face the
University of Manitoba Bisons
in Winnipeg. The Bisons will go
into the game undefeated, but the
Thunderbirds put up some good
competition losing 12-21 when
the two teams played last month
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Above: Defensive lineman Scott McCuig
and linbacker Nathan Kanya of UBC lift the
Shrum Bowl to celebrate their victory immediately following the game on Saturday.
Left: Running backDerekTownsend tries
to avoid the arm tackle from a Clan defender.
Townsend ran for 70 yards on nine punt
returns during the game.
Above: The winning
thunderbirds pose
for a team photo following their crushing
31-2 victory over the
SFU Clan.
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The Vancouver International Film Festival
is finally coming to an end, leaving thousands of film buffs deflated and anxious
for the next run to start. But they shouldn't
worry too much. Vancouver has a film festival
every ten minutes, and luckily the Pacific Cinematheque and the Vancouver International
Film Centre are always playing strange films
across the board. We've had some gems, some
stinkers, and some that are completely on another plane. But that's not the point. The point
is showcasing international talent in Vancouver
and building on our film tradition. And we saw
that achieved.
Three quickies
Edge of Heaven
Finished run
Edge of Heaven shares more
than a few similarities with Babel. Both films have as a central
theme how death unites diverse
characters. Both films have episodic and simultaneous structured stories. However, Edge of
Heaven rejects trivialization of
international relationships. In
place of the American-centric
conceptualizations and reactionary foreign characterizations
of Babel, Edge of Heaven revels
in the difficulties of diaspora
and the relevant epistemic
In other words, it's good.
The story builds momentum
slowly, but captures the viewer
before they realize it. As well,
there are some beautiful shots
of Turkey, and some superbly
written dialogue (this won Best
Screenplay at Cannes). A brief
conversation with an insolent
German official is one of the funniest things I've seen in recent
memory. The comparisons with
Babel are unavoidable, but this
movie surpasses Babel in its
—Kian Mintz-Woo
The War on Democracy
Finished run
The War on Democracy is a gripping exploration of American
imperialism and human rights
violations in Latin America. Journalist John Pilger introduces his
audience to citizens who have
been ignored by Western media.
Their stories, ranging from censorship to concentration camps,
are shocking. Exploitative actions of the United States, supposed champion of liberal democracy, are contrasted against
the achievements of Venezuelan
president Hugo Chavez, whom
Pilger interviews at length. The
power of the people is the seed
of hope for Latin America, enduring the smoke-and-mirrors
of the economic imperialists
to the north. Deeply evocative,
The War on Democracy paints a
democratic socialist tableau for
the 21st century.
-Kyla Bourne
She's a Boy I Knew
Finished run
During the question and answer
period following the screening
of She s a Boy I Knew, the film's
director, narrator, writer, and
subject, UBC alumnus Gwen
Haworth, admitted that making the film was a "cathartic
The film looks at Gwen's
journey to express her gender
identity as a male-to-female
transsexual, and documents
the reactions and feelings of
her family, friends, and ex-wife
as she undergoes gender reassignment surgery. Although the
actual therapies and surgeries
are discussed, the film's primary
focus is on her relationships,
concluding with her post-op life.
Gwen's narration of the film
reveals her own internal struggle to accept herself as a transsexual, as well as insight into her
relationships with those around
her. This narration is nicely
complemented by honest and
emotional interviews. Throughout the documentary, short animated pieces provide welcome
comic relief to some of the more
emotional scenes, including an
animated segment entitled "How
To Be A Girl. By Mom."
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UBC grad calls for end to police tactic
by Jesse Ferreras
Culture Staff
Imagine you've been accused of
The police bring you in for
questioning, and when you leave
the station your face is all over
the papers. Your friends aren't
calling you anymore and people
on the street look at you with
suspicion. Then one day you're
driving through the city and you
see someone has a flat tire. You
stop to help, and they take you
out for a beer. Itis the first time
someone has looked at you without fear for days.
Soon he introduces you to his
friends, and one of them turns
out to be a crime boss who's willing to help you make a few bucks
by moving a package from one
place to the next.
All you have to do in return
is confess to a murder, whether
you've committed it or not. The
boss threatens to hurt you or
your loved ones if you refuse.
You oblige, and the next morning you find an RCMP officer
waiting at your door with a warrant for your arrest. You're taken
into custody and trapped byyour
The police bring you in for
questioning, and when
you leave the station your
face is all over the papers. Your friends aren't
calling you anymore and
people on the street look
at you with suspicion.
confession, which was recorded
by a hidden camera.
Chances are you've been hit
by a "Mr. Big" operation, a controversial tactic that the RCMP
uses to coax confessions out of
murder suspects. It has led to the
convictions of many individuals,
some of whom later had their
convictions overturned.
It's a story that hits close to
home for Tiffany Burns, a UBC
English literature graduate and
now a filmmaker whose documentary Mr. Big is nominated
for an NFB Best Canadian Documentary at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Burns, who has worked as
a journalist with outlets such
as 19 Action News, CityTV and
Vancouver Magazine, is connected to the "Mr. Big" operation
through the story of her brother
Sebastian, who with friend Atif
Rafay was convicted in 2004 for
the murders of Rafay's mother,
father, and sister in Bellevue,
Burns admits that the personal connection to the scenario
has attracted much criticism to
her film, including statements
that she shouldn't have been the
one to tell the story. But she persisted nonetheless.
"This is about more than just
Sebastian and Atif, because this
could really happen to anyone,"
she said. "I don't think many
people in Canada are aware of
the lengths that Mounties go to
to get confessions from their
suspects using cash and physical
threats and intimidation."
The operation follows a similar narrative wherever it's em
ployed, according to Burns.
"First they secretly survey
their target by using wiretaps
and they find what their target's
potential weakness is," she said.
"Everything's very friendly at
first. Then it slowly becomes
known that the target could make
some easy money with these
people. The subject kind of gets
the impression that something's
shady, but the subject's not going
to question it, he's making easy
The "Mr. Big" method hasn't
extended its tentacles to Burns
Clayton George Mentuck,
another subject of the documentary, was accused of the 1996
second-degree murder of 14-
year-old Amanda Cook at a fair
in Rossburn, Manitoba. He, too,
was caught in a confession by
a Mr. Big sting after an under-
Myass is on the fuckin'
line here. You were
lying to me yesterday weren't you?
Undercover Officer,
Character in Mr. Big
cover RCMP officer approached
him with the prospect of making
some money. The officer claimed
to be a member of a criminal
organization that was "smarter
than and with more resources
than the police."
Mentuck wouldn't admit to
the murder at first, but this conversation followed, according to
records from the Manitoba Court
of Queen's Bench:
Undercover RCMP: My ass is on
the fuckin' line here. You were
lying to me yesterday, weren't
you? George, don't bullshit,
okay? I told you they have contacts. Now my fuckin' ass is on
the line here too. I was vouching
for you. I could lose my fuckin'
job. I don't want to lose my job.
Because it's too nice of a life. I
don't want to fuckin' give it up.
The officer later urges Mentuck to
confess and says that they could
then go have a beer. Then comes
the "confession":
Mentuck: Let's go have that beer.
Undercover RCMP: What are you
tellin' me? What are you tellin?
Tell me, George. Huh?
Mentuck: I guess I did then.
Undercover RCMP: You killed
Mentuck: [His response was
unintelligible but he appears on
the videotape to have nodded his
head affirmatively.]
Undercover RCMP: Now, does
that feel better, George? Mmm?
Do you feel better?
Though caught in a confession that provided grounds for
his arrest, Mentuck was acquitted because the judge said there
was not enough evidence to convict him.
During the interview, Burns
is at first hesitant about saying
she wants the tactic outlawed
and recognizes that police are
under intense pressure to convict a suspect.
But she later retracts her res-
/'// say loud and clear
that my brother's innocent, he's been
wrongfully convicted.
Tiffany Burns,
ervations and argues that the tactic should be banned in Canada.
"I'm sure they get plenty of
guilty people doing that, but the
fact of the matter is, for someone who's feeling like he has no
choice, it looks like it's a natural,
easy thing to tell a criminal you
did a criminal act, they're not going to go to the police," she said.
Despite her personal connection to the story, Burns stresses
adamantly that the film is focused on generating discussion
rather than proving her brother's
"I'll say loud and clear that
my brother's innocent, he's
been wrongfully convicted, but
the movie is about the issue because that's affecting a lot more
people," she said. "I'm probably
one of the few people who's passionate enough about this issue
to put the effort in to make a film
about it."
Mr. Big had its last screening
at the Vancouver International
Film Festival on Wednesday.
Results of the NFB Best Canadian Documentary competition
will be announced at Friday's
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regarding preconceived perceptions of Asian Canadians. Students surveyed UBC, SFU, and
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Nixey devotes entire life to VIFF film
by Greg Ursic
Culture Writer
"It became almost an obsession"
he admits with a gleam in his
eye. "[But] as the process went
along I knew that 'This is what I
have to do."
Vancouverite Troy Nixey had
a comic book career spanning
more than a decade, during
which he inked such high profile
series as The Matrix, Batman and
the X-Men. His own well received
dark series, Trout, though, was at
an impasse.
"I knew my career in comics
was done, as I'd been unhappy
for maybe five years," he explained, "I never felt completely
creatively satisfied drawing comics, and the stuff I really wanted
to do you can't make money at."
While he had always loved movies and was attracted by the idea
of filmmaking, Nixey wasn't sure
how to make the leap. Serendipity would provide the impetus
for what would become an
"I visited the old Industrial
Artifax building on 1st or 2nd
Ave one day [and realized] it was
a million dollars of production
value for nothing...I had this idea
for a mechanical man who was
a sympathetic character [but]
was having a hard time pinning
down what I wanted."
Nixey struggled with the
idea for months but wasn't sure
how to move forward when he
hit upon the idea of making the
character a "bad guy".
The result was Latchkey's
Lament, a story of love, loss and
valor in which the protagonists
must confront the nefarious
Keyfiend. The Keyfiend was a
straightforward creation, but the
rest of the cast proved to more
challenging, all the other characters are keys.
"I have no idea where the
key idea came from. I just
knew I didn't want to have any
That's where his background
in comic books came in handy.
"Doing your own production
design and concepts is fantastic
as you don't have to rely on anyone. I storyboarded the whole
thing and once I had it locked
down it was pretty much set."
Translating paper to screen
would prove far more difficult,
as Nixey realized he would have
to rely heavily on CGI, a time
intensive and expensive process.
Stumbling block number two.
"We tried getting a Canada
Council grant but we didn't get
anything," Nixey says with a hint
of bitterness.
He continued to work in comics while working on Latchkey
as much as possible. Eventually
he sold his condo in Gastown to
provide him the time and funds
to work on the project.
After several years, with his
personal finances dwindling,
it looked like he would have to
shelve Latchkey once again when
he received welcome news: Phoenix Pictures wanted to purchase
the development rights to one of
his comics. In addition, they offered him some direct funding
for Latchkey and provided access
to their team of creative talent.
He then set about shooting the
live action sequences, spending
five days in the warehouse and
an afternoon shooting the scene
used in the opening sequence.
Then the real work began.
The CGI took nine artists
working remotely over a year to
complete. Even with the infusion
of cash from Phoenix, the CGI
quickly ate through the budget.
"It should have cost way
more money than it did. Nobody
worked for what they're normally
He was especially impressed
by the pool of "insanely talented
local people." Jeff Timischuk,
who created Latchkey's wonderfully emotive score, is one of
those individuals.
Nixey submitted the final cut
to the Toronto International Film
Festival where it debuted with a
collection of alternative shorts,
selling out the first screening
and came just shy of selling out
the second screening.
The festival experience had
a profound effect on Nixey, "It's
fantastic that you create something that people will be able to
see and enjoy."
And what does he think of the
product of his five year labour of
love? "I couldn't be happier with
how the short turned out," he
states unabashedly, "As the process went along I knew that this
was the medium I was supposed
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Stephen Harper: my anti-drug
On October 4th, Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Minister
of Health Tony Clement, and
Minister of Public Safety Stockwell
Day jointly announced the new National Anti-Drug Strategy. Billed as
a two-pronged effort to crack down
on drug offences while being compassionate to victims, the "new"
anti-drug strategy is similar to past
political jargon.
The strategy will spend a combined $63.8 million over two years,
focusing on three initiatives: law
enforcement, a national prevention
campaign, and treatment services
for substance abuse.
Balancing enforcement and
recovery, the policy seems to be an
attempt at electioneering—an easy
grab at the votes of those who want
a tougher stance on crime, though
mild enough not to offend the more
libertarian among us. As a minority government trying to make it
through October without the call for
an election, the Harper government
has taken a balanced approach to
combating drugs in Canada.
With $32.2 million reserved for
treatment, $21.6 million for law
enforcement, and $10 million for
a preventative campaign, this drug
strategy is not what many on the
left expected from the Conservative
government. However, its approach
does fall into the problematic practice of treating users and punishing
traffickers without acknowledging
that many traffickers are users who,
left without help, turn to selling.
The policy reserves $32.2
million over two years to "support
treatment services that will address
substance abuse," as the 2007
budget's website reports. Despite
this emphasis on "treatment services," it is frustrating to find innovative projects such as Vancouver's
Insite to be in a constant state of
The safe injection site is currently running on a six-month
extension of its legality. Harper
has stated that he is "skeptical" of
programs like Insite, despite the
facility's support and backing by
many in the scientific community.
Meanwhile, the Conservatives' new
strategy has devoted a third of their
budget to law enforcement, which
can't be expected to improve the
wellness of people caught in the
cycle of drug addiction.
With a backlog of scientific
evidence that testifies to its ben
efits, Insite should be embraced
and expanded, not ignored and
Also included in the new
anti-drug strategy are mandatory
minimum sentencing rules, which
Harper says will be used for "serious drug offences." This approach
can be jarring when applied to
users as well as traffickers. The
truth of the drug world is that many
times drug users are forced into
drug trafficking as a means of feeding their habit. If mandatory mini-
mums are extended to users, the
Conservative "treatment services"
may be nothing more than a three
month jail sentence.
The federal government has repeatedly shown an unwillingness to
take serious steps to reduce harm
to existing users of hard drugs.
Therein lies the problem with this
new policy: what it omits.
Intravenous drug users in
Vancouver and across Canada are
overdosing and contracting HIV for
lack of facilities that accept their
condition. A realistic new strategy
must acknowledge the needs of
existing drug addicts. They're not
going away. To think otherwise
would be a grave mistake.
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