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Youth homelessness in the GVRD (5)
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Copperfieldstuns Vancouver audience (2)
Friday, 26 January, 2007
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Friday, 26 January, 2007   THE UBYSSEY
More than tricks up his sleeve
at the Centre for the Performing Arts
January 20
by Lucas Johnson
Summoning cars. Teleporting
ducks. Making audience members
disappear. Bad jokes. What can't
this man do?
David Copperfield, the most celebrated magician of our time and
likely the most famous since
Houdini, astounded audiences
once more at The Centre For the
Performing Arts last Saturday
evening, with such acts as getting a
scorpion to pick a random card
from a deck and supposedly tele-
porting to Hawaii and back.
Leaving the magic aside for a
moment, Copperfield always manages to make his shows entertaining. Even if you ignore the spectacular feats he accomplishes (hard as
that is) you have to admire his
showmanship. He jokes around
(often badly, but sometimes that's
the best way), keeps the audience
engaged, makes his magic fun and
at times is deeply touching with his
stories. Even if the sudden disappearances of audience members
aren't enough to entertain you,
Copperfield himself makes the
show interesting.
That being said, it's impossible
to ignore his feats.
When asked for comment,
Robert Teszka, 4th year UBC student and amateur magician, said it
couldn't be put into words.
"He's the best," he said.
He had no idea about how any
of it was done more than I did.
When you watch an amateur
magician, even if you can't figure
out how they did a trick, you can
imagine what sleight of hand
might have been used to trick you.
When you watch David
Copperfield, however, he leaves no
room for such thoughts.
He makes sure that you know
every trick is "for real." His selection of audience members is completely random (he throws balls
and Frisbees out into the audience,
and sometimes has them passed
around multiple times) and has
several random people choose
numbers that appear later in the
big acts, which could not have been
planned for.
A case in point he and a young
woman teleport themselves to
Hawaii. He has a live, continuous
feed to a man in Hawaii, which he
proves is authentic by getting an
audience member to pick a number, then getting the man to say it.
He gets two different audience
members to write words on an oversized postcard, then takes a picture
of several audience members with
the postcard. He gets another audience member to pick two letters
and write them on his arm.
When he subsequently disappears and then appears shortly
afterward on the live feed, he is
sure to show both pictures and letters, exactly as they were onstage.
When he returns, he brings back a
handful of sand.
As if that wasn't enough, when
he and the woman disappeared
from the stage (and, to be fair, the
woman was not a random audience member) they reappeared in
a cage over the heads of the audience with people on all sides.
Copperfield has been doing
many of the same acts for several
years and while little of his material is new, it hardly needs to be.
I'd seen many of the tricks before
on TV, but I was no better at figuring them out on the night of
his performance—nor was I any
less amazed.
The most amazing stunt of the
night was when he placed audi
ence members around two pillars
upon which he made a car appear.
Or perhaps when numbers were
picked randomly by the audience
appeared not only written on
paper and recorded on tape, but
engraved in license plates, all of
which had been locked in a box
and in sight of the audience since
the start of the show.
There is a definite magic to stage
performance—and Copperfield is
still its master. @
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Feb. 3, 7:00-10:00pm,
Jan. 26, 7:00pm
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Singapore Raffles Club at UBC!
Listen to music by DJ Fisha,
Includes a traditional dinner,
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fashion show,a live band,and
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Hage details a dangerous Game
by Rawi Hage
House ofAnansi Press
by Jesse Ferreras
Media coverage in the Middle East may communicate to us that there's a conflict taking
place, but it hardly captures the sounds, the
smells or the struggle to survive that is faced
by those caught in the middle. That seems to
be precisely what Montreal author Rawi Hage
tries to convey about his native Lebanon in De
Niro's Game, a harrowing account of two
young men who eke out an existence amid
bombs and gunfire in the streets of Beirut.
Hage's first full-length novel is a visceral
wonder. Though the narrative is fragmented
and takes some adjustment, it is more than
deserving of its Governor General's Award
nomination. The Western perspective of the
Middle East tends to focus too much on the
politicians and leaders at the expense of the
people caught within them. Hage's novel does
not allow you to dismiss the victims of civil
war and subliminally ingrains images of their
suffering that are simply unforgettable.
Bassam and George are two teenagers who
have become desensitised to the violence of
the Lebanese Civil War, caught between
Christian and Muslim militias after invasion
by the Israeli Defence Forces. Fighting among
various factions is constant, but the two boys
accept it as part of their daily life just as they
do the melancholic voice of Fairuz over the
radio. Though Bassam and George are best
friends, they share different ambitions:
Bassam dreams of leaving Beirut, holding up
Rome as his idyllic sanctuary from the "ten
thousand bombs." In a slovenly and sometimes vicious manner, he attempts to raise the
funds to get there. He wants George to come
with him, but his friend has made a respected
name for himself in Beirut. He works in a casino and assists Bassam in scamming money
for his escape, but his cunning and willingness to kill catch the eye of the domineering
Christian militia leader Abou-Nahra, whose
morality is so thin that he has no reservations
about killing neighborhood dogs when rabies
becomes a problem.
Though both young men have direction,
neither pursues it very effectively. Bassam
drifts through the city without purpose, abusing his girlfriend and making passes at other
women. George, meanwhile, becomes a drug
runner for a French couple before joining the
militia and is driven insane by participating in
it. Though they follow different paths, both of
them drift similarly into a downward spiral
along with their society as it becomes vulnerable to more bombings, killings and increased
security measures by the military factions.
Innocence seems an early casualty of the war,
but moral and human decency are not far
behind for Bassam and George.
Hage was nine years old when the civil war
began, but aging does not seem to have distorted his memories. Hage realises this era
through a writing style that alternates between
short, blunt phrases that illustrate the characters' gradual jading to the events around
them, and flowing, poetic passages that
lament the loss of an ancient civilisation that
stretches back into ancient history: "Beirut is
an ancient Roman city, I thought. There is a
city buried under our feet. The Romans also
turned to dust. ...I slept above ancient Rome,
dreaming, while the city still breathed dust."
Also effective, but not particularly absorbing, are passages that detail people who were
wounded by stray gunfire in the city's
streets. In one particular passage, Hage
describes Bassam's hand turning purple as
he attempts to stop a young girl from bleeding to death. One might expect such an
episode to cause some emotional and psychological damage to an individual, but it
seems to have little effect on Bassam. I found
the passage brief and unabsorbing initially,
since it is given no attention by the novel's
characters once it is passed. But it functions
effectively if it was Hage's intention to incorporate irony, a perfectly appropriate device
for the subject of war.
Most memorable in the novel, however, is
George relating to Bassam the actions he is
forced to carry out on the inhabitants of the
Sabra and Chatila refugee camps, a massacre
now largely buried in public memory. In 1982,
Lebanese Christian forces entered the camps
and, according to reports, killed anywhere
between 700 and 1,000 Palestinians while
Israeli forces surrounded the camps. George
literally loses his mind as he relates his experience, laughing and swigging alcohol as he tells
of killing women and children: "Kamil had
cocaine. We sniffed, and we shouted, For Al-
Rayess! We rounded up more men against a
wall, women and children against another
wall. We shot all the men first. The women and
children wailed, and we changed magazines
and shot them as well. It was their cries that
made me shoot them. I hate kids' cries."
De Niro's Game is a powerful account of
a war-torn city whose horrors come not
from battle scenes, but the descent into
depravity by those indirectly affected by it.
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and his style takes some time to get used to.
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Africa Awareness Week 2007
Jean Pierre Makosso (foreground) is from the Congo and Constantine Ngara
(behind) is from the Faculty of Education. Both engaged audiences with African
folklore, combining improvised dance and music as part of the annual week-
long initiative to promote the inclusivity of African studies at UBC.
Historical lean leads GoodShepherd astray
now playing
by Katie Fitzpatrick
When I decided to go see The Good
Shepherd, I convinced a less than
interested friend to come with me.
Before I left, I decided to do some
research, and perused the results of
a Google search for a few minutes. I
quickly began to realize that this
film was perhaps not the best
choice. Critic after critic had called
it boring and drawn-out. One critic
in particular suggested that it would
be better to fall asleep in the theatre
than to sit through the film. By the
time I finally left my place, I had
decided it would probably be best to
pay for my friend's ticket with one
of the movie gift certificates I got in
my stocking for Christmas. When I
looked up at the show-times at the
theatre and noticed that the movie
was J 68 minutes long, I offered my
friend some popcorn as well. To be
extra generous I made it a combo.
The feature presentation began
with an emotionless Edward Wilson
(Matt Damon) slowly and carefully
building a ship in a bottle. Certainly
not a promising start, but a surprisingly indicative one — the whole film
seemed to be director Robert de
Niro's personal ship in a bottle.
Attempting to document the history
of the CIA from before WWII to the
Bay of Pigs Invasion seems as equally impossible as the famed magic
trick and de Niro's approach seemed
just as slow and careful as Wilson's.
The film was incredibly well
researched, with Damon's Edward
Wilson reflecting real CIA cofounder
James Angleton all the way down to
his taste in poetry. In this way, The
Good Shepherd is an excellent history lesson. Unfortunately for moviegoers, this relentless pursuit of accuracy often seems to be at the expense
of character development. The sheer
number of characters means that
most go unnoticed and unexplored.
At times it becomes difficult to keep
track of them all. When the sus-
penseful moments finally do arrive,
it is tough to muster up any anticipation, simply because one is unsure of
exactly what's going on.
If the surplus of characters surrounding Edward Wilson is the film's
biggest weakness, then the character
development of Wilson himself is certainly its greatest strength. The reticent exterior created by Matt Damon
makes moments of insight all the
more poignant. As Wilson's moral
fiber slowly begins to wither his wife
Clover (Angelina Jolie) and son
Edward Jr. (Eddie Redmayne) are
dragged down with him. This takes
place in a series of depressing but
powerful scenes, all performed masterfully by Damon and Jolie.
As the film progresses, a man is
revealed who is willing to sacrifice
everything for his country, but we are
never shown just why he loves his
country so much. Perhaps it is screenwriter Eric Roth's intention to criticise
patriotism, much as he did in Steven
Spielberg's Munich.
As we filed out of the theatre,
my friend and I shared our initial
reactions. I was still a little shaken
up by what I had seen happen
to Edward Wilson. My friend
simply felt frustrated that it was
now J:30am (the movie started at
10:30) and he had work at 5.
Perhaps De Niro should have
attempted to tell the story of one man
in the context of the CIA, not the story
of the CIA in the context of one man.
Then he could have focused on the
beautiful and relevant aspects of
Roth's script rather than letting it be
cluttered up by the surplus of characters and events required to cover an
almost thirty-year history. At least
then we could have filed out sooner.
And I would still be up a movie pass,
a popcorn combo and a not-so disinterested friend. @
Leaving our children behind?
text by Amanda Stutt
graphic by Michael Bround
The unrecognised plight of the GVRD's street youth
It's ironic that the issue of youth
homelessness hits extremely
close to home for UBC alumnus
Jennifer Mervyn. When she crossed
the stage at graduation to accept her
PhD, she knew most people in the
audience would never guess that she
once lived on the street herself. Her
story is one of persistence and triumph: after spending part of her
teens living on the streets of downtown Vancouver, she transitioned off
the street, completed Bachelor's and
Master's degrees, married her husband (who she met while on the
street) and has since found meaning
and purpose in her work researching
and advocating for street youth. Her
recently released documentary,
"Metamorphosis," has been internationally recognised and showcased at
numerous conferences on homelessness. The film recognises systemic
obstacles youth face in getting off the
street and intertwines the voices of
youth, police, outreach workers and
social services on the issue.
Connecting the dots
Mervyn is currently working as a
crisis worker at Surrey Memorial
Hospital, which services the entire
South Fraser Health Region, including Langley and Delta.
She does mental health assessments and crisis counselling for
children and youth, many of whom
live on the street. The correlation
between homelessness and mental
health is striking.
"Between 30 to 60 per cent of
homeless street youth have mental
health issues," she says.
Every story is different, she says.
Many of the street youth talk about
family conflicts, parents' substance
abuse, dysfunctional family patterns
and a lack of structure.
Mervyn says that even when
there is a family home to go to, a lot
of times there is conflict, and much
of street youth drug abuse originates
from home.
Mervyn's average day includes
counselling youth who have attempted suicide, are experiencing psychosis, or have severe anxiety disorders and depression. "It connects in
so many ways with what I did with
my research," she says.
"One of my biggest restrictions
here is when a youth comes in and
they are depressed and they need a
psychiatric evaluation or medication, but they are homeless, and they
have no place to sleep that night,"
she said. "There will be kids that
come in and they have significant
mental health issues and there is
nowhere for me to refer them, there
is no safe place."
"We see 800 kids a year here...a
portion of those kids need homes, not
having any place to go. There are
nights when we literally have to turn
kids back out into the cold, and it's
really difficult to provide mental
health services when there is no stable
living environment," she explained.
"It's really frustrating."
No place to go
Mervyn explained that there is
desperate need for more resources
and funding from all levels of government. She recounts a story that
remains one of her most heartrending memories. "I've got a 13 year-
old crystal meth addict who walks
in here and is 80 pounds and says
'I'm ready to get off crystal meth
and I need a safe place to go
tonight,' and there's no safe place to
send her because all of the detox
beds are full," Mervyn mourns. "We
are in a really big crisis here."
One of the biggest obstacles hindering the rehabilitation of street
youth, she said, is a lack of any kind
of drop-in center they can go to for
immediate help.
"There's...a ban on opening any
other storefronts or centers for
social services because [of the belief
that] it's going to bring a negative
image on our city," she says. So
youth, especially ones that come
from Surrey, "hop on the Skytrain
and go into Vancouver because
that's where the drop-in centers
are." She believes this is detrimental
because "they shouldn't be removed
from their communities.
"They need a detox facility that
they can go to to get clean and get
help and there's no place for me to
send them."
Waiting for a detox bed can take
weeks and "a lot can happen in a few
weeks," she says, recalling when a
Surrey youth came in to the crisis
centre and they tried to find a safe
place to send her, but nothing was
"She was murdered the week she
came for help."
The outsiders
UBC Professor Rod McCormick in
the Department of Counseling
Psychology supervised Mervyn's doctoral dissertation on youth homelessness. His research focuses on
Aboriginal suicide rates, which connects to general youth homelessness
because there is a very high rate of
suicide among Aboriginal people. "It
is three to five times higher than in
most youth," he says, explaining further that "there are problems, social,
emotional, psychological, political..[greater] than in the general population...in particular amongst homeless Aboriginal youth."
He believes one of the reasons for
this is that Aboriginal youth feel disconnected from society.
"They're caught in between," he
says. "Many of them aren't connected to their communities or their traditional cultural ways and they don't
feel accepted or connected to mainstream culture where people have
nice cars and jobs and so on."
"Adolescence is a particularly
tough time," McCormick continues.
"If you think in terms of where people get meaning in their life...from
spirituality, through relationships
with other people, through feeling
they're contributing to society in
some way...a lot of youth are at the
point in their lives where they don't
feel connected to any of those
things other than [through] their
peer group."
McCormick agrees there is an
urgent need for treatment and
recovery programs, especially for
Aboriginal youth.
Under the Liberal government
there were some programs put in
place like the 'Urban Aboriginal
Strategy,' but under the current government a lot of those services have
been cut. Harper did cut a number of
Aboriginal programs, he says.
Joelynne Kane, coordinator of
the All Nations Safe House in
Surrey, re-emphasises McCormick's
point about the amplified marginal-
isation of aboriginal youth, stressing that about 55 per cent of clients
that come through the safe house
are of Aboriginal heritage.
"A lot of [the youth] come in with
feelings of shame around who they
are and where they come from,
whether they are First Nations or
Metis people."
She emphasises the importance
of having positive Aboriginal role
models that can help them with
"reconnecting to their roots..A lot [of
them] have been removed from their
homes and placed in foster care,
totally detached from
their cultural roots anc
biological families."
The   Aboriginal
youth at the  shelter
engage   in   activities
that aid healing in that
it connects them to a
culture and
identity that
they feel
from, sucL
as   drum-
than the All Nations Safe House,"
she says. "There's no shelter for
youth. It's very distressing."
The invisible
The All Nations Safe House is the
only emergency shelter for homeless
youth in crisis in the greater Surrey
area, an area in great need of shelter
for street youth. It is filled to capacity, and according to Mervyn, "it is the
only resource I have right now."
Since the house opened last
February, it has provided emergency
shelter for about 45 youth, and has
been operating at full capacity since
Dpening its doo  :. The location is
with traditional herbs and healing
What's the plan?
In McCormick's opinion, there is
no real socially supported mandate
to provide psychological treatment
to homeless youth and that discrimination is rampant against most
street youth.
One dismaying reality is the
standard protocol issued in hospitals for youth believed to be under
the influence of drugs. In cases of
psychosis, for example, if it's suspected that it's drug-related, the
mandate of the hospitals "is not to
treat them...they just get released.
There are very few beds available."
In the past, if a street youth was
found under the influence of drugs,
there was the option for police
to arrest them to get them off
the street. But under the current
Child Health Act, according to
McCormick, "it is not possible to
arrest a youth for vagrancy or being
found under the influence to get
them into treatment."
As the 2010 Olympics draw near,
there will be attempts to 'clean up'
Vancouver's streets, but McCormick
doesn't believe the government will
provide alternate housing and may
resort to "strong-arm tactics or the
Mental Health Act to get youth off
the streets temporarily."
McCormick cites Australia as an
example where media attention
increased awareness about homelessness and mental health issues
to generate enough public fear that
the government was forced into acting. A few billion dollars was eventually funnelled into mental health
services, he says.
For greater Vancouver, the pressing issue is that there simply aren't
enough facilities or resources available for homeless youth. "All the
shelters are  full right now,  other
secret and
the street
it's situated
on     looks
like     any
other mid-
There's a
noop in
the driveway and a Christmas tree in
the window.
Kane is kind and receptive. She
talks about the youth that pass
through with pride. "The focus is
getting them stable, trying to break
the cycle of surfing from safe house
to safe house, trying to break the
cycle of poverty," she says.
She pours coffee in the kitchen,
and there's a weekly meal plan
taped to the front of the fridge,
which lets the kids know what food
will be served and when. "It's
important to get them on a schedule and to let them know that
there's food here for them."
However, the safe house is not
drop-in based. In order to be admitted to the safe house, street youth
have to be referred, since that's
part of the mandate of its funding
source, the Ministry of Children
and Families.
"In order to be licensed, there are
very strict standards, and it doesn't
often meet the needs of the youth.
There is definitely a need for a drop-in
center for young people so they can be
assessed." In order to gain admittance, the youth have to be clean for
seventy-two hours, she explains. "We
don't detox youth, but if they're coming from detox, we'll take them."
Again, the housing problem means
that they turn away an average of 30
youth a monthbecause of lack of beds.
The safe house also takes in
youth that have drug debts with
gangs and are in hiding as well as
young women who have been sexually exploited. Kane discussed the
danger youth face at the at Skytrain
stations in the area. "It's unsafe.
They can't even go there without
getting beat-up—we've had youth
coming back here that have been
beat-up and we have to take them to
the hospital."
The issues that contribute to youth
living on the streets are multi-layered
and can't be reduced simply to issues
like drugs, which should be seen as a
symptom of a greater problem. Kane,
for example, has seen youth from
affluent families kicked out of their
homes because of their sexuality.
Once a youth has left the family
home for whatever reason, they
immediately face a number of huge
barriers which again revolve around
housing. "There's a lack of housing
and a discrimination against young
people to get [it]. Landlords often discriminate against young people
because of their age, associating
them with not being responsible,"
she says. "Finding housing is a tough
thing. We help them do that as well.
The youth population is one of the
most disempowered."
Kane says everyone knows the
problem of youth living on the
streets is out there, but believes
there's a double standard. "We can
not open up centers to deal with the
problem and pretend it doesn't exist
even though we know it exists and
crime goes up, theft..and health
costs go up...or we can open a center
and say yes, we do acknowledge
there's a problem and we're going to
do everything to reduce the risk and
it's good for everybody."
She discusses the controversy
of 'secure custody' in Alberta, where
police are empowered to take youth
right off the streets if they are found
under the influence of drugs and are
taken into custody and placed in a
'secure care home,' where they are
literally locked up until they
are clean and only then are eligible
to live in shelters. Kane said that
forcing youth into treatment is a
controversial issue and has seen
instances where it has worked, and
where it hasn't worked at all. "There
is talk of introducing that into BC."
she says.
Shifting the blame
Kane believes street youth get a
bad label. "They get blamed, there's
a lot of negative media attention on
them. Usually if you see anything
about [street youth] in the media
it's associated with violence."
"I think the responsibility lies
with everybody. It lies with the parents, it lies with the schools," she
says. "What are we teaching our
young people? Are we giving them
a sense of belonging?"
She continues: "I think we need
to look at our values as a society as
a whole. No young person expects
to wind up like that.
Faced with these grim realities,
it's hard to imagine that there are
success stories or that homeless
youth can get off the streets for
good. But Mervyn asserts that there
are "absolutely" success stories.
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The Ubyssey's annual slanderous AMS endorsements
Board of Governors (BoG): Darren
Peets/Jeff Friedrich
We are beginning with the Board of
Governors position because this was the
position we contested the most as a group.
We unanimously voted that Darren Peets,
formerly 'Fire Hydrant,' should get a spot on
BoG. He is informed about development
issues and knows the ins-and-outs of most
construction on campus. We feel that Darren
has the capabilities and the knowledge to
effectively push through intelligent proposals that could get considered by the other
BoG members. Even as a fire hydrant, he was
able to come within six votes of winning a
seat two years ago.
We also would like to see Jeff Friedrich
elected to the BoG. There are some issues
about the lack of diverse student voices this
may cause because he is also running for
Alma Mater Society (AMS) President, but
Friedrich argues that the chief representative
for students at UBC should have a place on
the University's Board.
We tend to agree with Friedrich; it
might be a good idea to create a permanent place for the President on the Board
of Governors. But we also wonder whether
Friedrich will have time to work on both
the Board and as President, but only time
can tell whether this will be a problem.
AMS President: Jeff Friedrich
While the obvious choice didn't seem so obvious at times, in the end Jeff Friedrich was
really the only option for this position.
Friedrich occasionally seemed a little too
supportive of the current AMS council but he
has a wealth of experience.
Friedrich's plans for presidency
include zoning certain areas of the campus for private, low cost student housing;
increasing traditional student housing;
extending the U-Pass program to Lower
Mainland colleges and creating a space
for the UBC Farm as the campus expands.
Friedrich has already made strides to
involve UBC students in campus development planning and he promises to keep
students involved in campus governance
Maxwell's calls for change in the procedu-
raly overcomplicated AMS definitely have
merit, but his lack of knowledge, experience
and realism when it comes to student politics make him a poor candidate for leadership of UBC's largest student body. If
Friedrich gets the job, however, he should
find a place for Maxwell in parties and promotions in the AMS.
VP Academic: Bruce
Krayenhoff/Brendon Goodmurphy
This was a hard one. We were impressed
with Bruce Krayenhoff's first priority:
student housing. However, Brendon
Goodmurphy's experience and previous
ties to the AMS may help make him more
effective as a council executive.
And we have Fan Fan. It is commendable
that repeat candidate Fan Fan has tried once
again to run for the AMS exec position with
the most responsibility. But as with year it's
the same old story; his platform was unimpressive and out of touch. Sorry Fan Fan. You
might not be AMS council material, but you
definitely should find your way onto an AMS
VP Administration: We don't care
Honestly, most of us were in favour of Liz
Ferris, but she unfortunately dropped out
of the race. We were then left with the
choice of either Sarah Naiman or Suvina
To. Both were unimpressive but they get
the job done. If we were to judge them on
one criterion, To had the shortest
Ubyssey supplement write up, so we give
it to her for brevity.
VP External: Joel Kozwarski
Joel Kozwarski is the best pick for a couple of reasons. Although he does not have
the same AMS experience as the next candidate on our list, Matthew Naylor, he has
educated himself on the position of VP
External as current VP External Ian
Patillo's protege.
Naylor was also considered but there
were concerns about his apparent political
allegiances and how it would affect his judgment. Secondly, Kozwarski's ideas are slightly more interesting than Naylor's. This ultimately led to our decision to choose him.
VP Finance: Brittany Tyson
On one hand, Brittany obviously has the
background and technical knowledge to
perform effectively in this capacity. On
the other hand, Peter Rizov has fresh
ideas and enthusiasm for the job. But the
platform of something new against something old is getting a little, well, old. We
can't count how many people over the
past few years have ran on that platform.
Maybe that stems from a lack of clear
ideas, but whatever the case, this is the
one position that should require previous
knowledge of the position before anyone
considers running.
Senate:Tariq Ahmed and Jaspreet
This was a hard choice to make for the
Ubyssey. There are five elected members on
Senate but we could really only make a
choice on two of the candidates.
We've also decided to endorse Daniel Lin,
Alfie Lee and Lawrence Song as the remaining three.
[Editors' note: The last three candidates
were randomly picked out of a hat] @
Is there any AMS candidate you feel passionate about voting for? Why?
—Andela Sterritt
Political Science, 4
"I don't vote. I
partipated in the
AMS two years ago,
trying to get an
indigenous seat—
but there was so
m uch racism, it
was such a slap in
the face."
—Dale Fan
DAP grad
"I have no idea
who's running."
—Darren Watts
English, 4
"No, I have no clue
about the AMS."
—Kristen Radatzke
Forestry, 2
"I don't know who
any of the
candidates are."
—Ley la Law
Science, 2
"The one I think is
interesting is the
20 year-old just
because it's
—Coordinated by Sarah Nelle Jackson and Kellan Higgins
Ubyssey still biased... again
by James Boucher
As Jimmy Carter has discovered, people who
speak out against Israel's repression of the
Palestinians run the risk of being called anti-
Semites. That smear has been a handy tool for
pro-Israel hardliners when they want to silence
one of Israel's critics and show others what will
happen if they speak up. And it must be effective, because relatively few in the West criticise
Israeli policies, policies which include land
expropriation, extra-judicial killings, state-sanctioned torture, shelling of civilian areas, and the
creation of a situation in Gaza in which over a
million people are going hungry. And last
month UBC's student newspaper used the "anti-
Semite" smear against our group, the campus
branch of Solidarity for Palestinian Human
Rights (SPHR).
One year ago the Ubyssey newspaper
printed an article we submitted in which we
pointed out that whenever they had touched
on the Israel-Palestine conflict during the previous two years, they had shown a pro-Israel
bias ("Ubyssey Presents Unequal Coverage on
Israel and Palestine" [Jan. 10, 2006]). We
acknowledged that every newspaper article
has some kind of bias, but taking a pro-Israel
stance ten times out of ten indicated a clear
bias, and that was unacceptable in a newspaper funded by every UBC student.
You might think that a serious allegation,
supported with numerous examples from the
Ubyssey would be something to which the
paper would want to respond. Apparently not,
though, because the Ubyssey's editorial that
day had nothing to say about our article.
Rather, it concerned a subject which was in
no way so time sensitive that it couldn't have
been run in the subsequent issue a few days
later. No comment about our article appeared
in later issues either, which was too bad,
because our group would have welcomed the
start of a dialogue on these issues.
We submitted a second article later in the
year (" Ubyssey Continues To Be Biased" [Sep.
29, 2006]). This examined the paper's coverage
of the Israel-Lebanon war, and as with the first
article, we supported our allegation of bias with
numerous examples from the paper itself.
Again, the paper ignored our allegation, despite
the fact that its editorial that day was once more
about a topic which could have appeared in the
next issue.
[Editor's note: the issue discussed in that
editorial was the RCMP apologising to Maher
Arar the previous day]
One member of our group speculated that
the paper's silence indicated recalcitrance on
the part of staffers, but she changed her mind
pretty quickly when the Ubyssey's end-of-term
satire issue appeared [Dec. 1, 2006. Can be
viewed in the UBC Library's Special Collections
room]. Here in the lead article was a response
for us, but we were disappointed to find that it
consisted of only scorn and ridicule for the
notion of bias at the paper. We had made a
serious argument and supported it with
numerous examples. We had kept the tone of
our articles polite and professional. Yet 11
months after our first article appeared and
three months after the second, the Ubyssey's
only response was simple derision.
Worse was to come inside the issue, where,
among a slew of embarrassingly unfunny and
mean-spirited satirical articles, is a letter-to-the-
editor. It contains several ugly statements (eg.
"every year, millions of babies are turned into
kosher dog food by the Jewish cabal", etc.), and
its author is given exactly the same name as one
of two contact persons we gave the paper, with
the exception of one changed letter in the name.
Nice smear, Ubyssey staffers. A proud
moment in the paper's 88 year history. In
response to a serious allegation which had been
backed up with a lot of evidence, you pour scorn
on the allegation, ignore the evidence, and
throw slime at one of the persons making the
allegation. That's pretty dismal, especially at a
university. It also has an air of desperation
about it—the same desperation seen among pro-
Israel hardliners these days as they face growing
international support for the Palestinian cause.
—James Boucher is a member of the
Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights THE UBYSSEY   Friday, 26 January, 2007
T-Birds trump Trinity
Basketball Final
TWU Spartans at UBC Thunderbirds
January 25,2007 — War Memorial Gym, Vancouver, BC
by Boris Korby
He might not be Lebron James or
Sidney Crosby, but with the looming departure of star guard Casey
Archibald next season, Chris Dyck
is certainly the 'next one' as far as
the UBC men's basketball team is
The third-year guard netted a
UBC season high 34 points—27 in
the first half alone—as the T-Birds
run and gunned their way to a
101-79 win over the Trinity
Western Spartans Thursday night
at War Memorial Gym.
On the shoulders of Dyck, it
took the Thunderbirds all of three
minutes to secure their 16th victory of the season in front of one of
the noisiest crowds of the season.
UBC opened the game on a
12-0 run and never looked back,
building up a 20 point lead before
the game was even ten minutes old.
The T-Birds lead never dropped
below 10 the rest of the way in the
fast paced contest that saw UBC hit
the century mark for just the fourth
time this season.
"We've got some pretty good
perimeter players and this
transition game is always a style
we've wanted to play," said
Thunderbirds head coach Kevin
The T-Birds showed league
scoring leaders Trinity Western
they could run and gun with the
best of them in the rare weekday
game, netting a season high 59
points in the first half.
"Once Chris [Dyck] got it going
in the first half, it didn't matter
what they were doing defensively,"
said Hanson. "He got the open
looks and he was able to knock
them down."
Dyck, a third-year transfer from
the University of Manitoba, said
Thursday's game was special.
"I was open a lot and it was just
one of those nights where you feel
like when you shoot it everything
is going to go in," said Dyck. "It
was just a fun game to play in."
"[The coaches] have just been
telling me to be aggressive and
shoot the ball when I'm open...and
tonight was one of those nights
where it just sunk."
The only downside to Thursday
night's game was a first half injury
to Archibald, who UBC will obviously be precautious with as the
post-season approaches, and may
miss up to two weeks. @
UBC dropped to make way for all traffic format
by Boris Korby
UBC, SFU, Trinity Western and the
University College of the Fraser
Valley (UCFV) are being forced to
look elsewhere in their continuing
quest to promote university athletics to the city's mainstream sports
AM730 radio—broadcast partner of the four Vancouver area
universities over the past two and
a half years—announced last
month that it was parting ways
with the schools, leaving them
scrambling for coverage of the
approximately 8-12 basketball
games (depending on playoffs) left
on the schedule.
The announcement was prompted by the decision to change the
station's format to 24-hour traffic
coverage, according to Jim Mullin,
play-by-play voice for Vancouver's
local universities and the man
responsible for putting the original
deal together between Corus (parent company of AM730) and the
group of universities.
Scott Kobus, business development and promotions officer for
UBC Athletics, said the University
was a bit blindsided by the
"We had a contract with them
for this year. Was there legal
action that we possibly could have
taken? Most likely, but at the end
of the day it's just not worth pursuing," said Kobus, adding that UBC
Athletics "doesn't want to work
with a partner that doesn't want to
work with us."
UBC Athletics, which has had a
mainstream radio carrier for football and basketball games for the
last five years on AM730 and the
TEAM 1040, will be re-examining
its coverage status in the new year
and will be exploring every option
available, including television,
continued Kobus.
For now, UBC Athletics has
been webcasting regular-season
men's basketball games that have
been dropped from the AM730
schedule—including last night's
contest against Trinity Western—
and plans to continue webcasts
into the playoffs with Mullin at the
"I'm glad UBC has been supportive after this whole thing
broke up," said Mullin. "It seems
like the other schools are running
to the hills right now."
Mullin said that local universities
need to put their differences aside if
they hope to receive more than minimal coverage by Vancouver's mainstream media.
"University and high school
sports just do not get covered in
the mainstream media the way it
should in this market," said
"You need marketing in place
to [receive coverage], you need to
be able to sell ads to pay for it, and
the most important thing is the
individual schools have to put
their rivalries aside and start
learning how to work together,
because this radio thing was the
only thing that these schools actually worked together on." @
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Complaceny frustrates HIV/AIDS advocates
by Amanda Truscott
Former mayor of Vancouver Philip
Owen critiqued the current situation
of HIV/AIDS at a community forum,
"The Face of AIDS in Vancouver," on
January 15 and stressed the importance of initiatives like safe injection
sites (SIS) in preventing the spread
of the disease.
"There are 100 of them in the
world, but you can't get the local
press to say 'this is nothing
unique.'" he said of the media's
refusal to accept the fact that these
sites are not an aberration.
The fact that HIV/AIDS organisations still face continual frustrations
due to a lack of funding and political
support was made clear at the recent
event presented by the International
Peer Connection and the Vancouver
Area Network of Drug Users.
Speakers at the forum emphasised
the need to remove the stigma
attached to people with HIV/AIDS,
the need to increase the political will
for change and the need for the vari
ous groups concerned with HIV/AIDS
to work together.
"Over 12,000 British Columbians
have become positive since 1985,"
said Will Small, the forum's moderator and a representative of the BC
Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.
"Is the issue funding? I don't
think it's funding. I think it's complacency," said Michael Rekart,
director of STD/AIDS Control at the
BC Center for Disease Control.
"There are 400 to 500 new infections in British Columbia every year,"
he added, "and the Olympics are an
opportunity to get HIV/AIDS back on
the agenda."
Speakers pinpointed homelessness as a big part of the problem.
"When you close all the facilities
like Riverview...you've just moved
people with mental illnesses from
the health environment and out
onto the street and into the prisons," said Owen.
Street drugs then often take the
place of prescribed medication,
increasing the likelihood of transmitting the disease through intra-
PANEL: Numerous experts spoke on the HIV/AIDS issue Janurary 15. kellan higgins photo
venous drug use, he continued.
Owen criticised the city's current
treatment of the HIV/AIDS problem: "It's not working, it's not effective, and it doesn't make any
sense," he said.
"I've lost well over 200 people
close to me," said Glynt Townson,
vice-chair of the Board of Directors
for British Columbia Persons with
AIDS. His partner and family members were the most difficult, he
added, stating the importance of
including people who have been
infected with HIV/AIDS in efforts to
prevent transmission of the disease.
"Our definition of positive prevention means that people living with
HIV and AIDS need to be at the center
of this discussion," he said.
"We are not dead." @
Provincial government looks to end education scams
by Eric Szeto
VANCOUVER (CUP)-The provincial
government has begun looking into
patching up loopholes that allow for
abuse of BC's private post-secondary
sector, a review critics have been
demanding for years.
Over the next two weeks recommendations by Advanced Education
Minister Murray Coell's staff will be
presented to protect international
students who are defrauded by illegal
education operations.
"I intend to make some changes
to regulations and policy to governing the private institutions and also
ESL institutions as well," he said.
"There will be some changes coming
early this spring and some later."
While many are lauding the government's efforts, critics feel that this
change in attitude was only a reaction
to the warnings issued by the Chinese
government urging its students to
avoid BC's private post-secondary
institutions, and appeals by the
Indian Consulate General in October
to help its Indian students affected by
the shutdown of Kingston College.
"The Chinese Consulate General
and the Indian Consulate General,
they have definitely speeded up the
process on which the changes will be
made," Coell said.
Most of the attention over the
past few months has been directed
at Kingston College, the shut down
in October when 25 Indian students
claimed that their school had been
denying them their deserved
degrees. Kingston was also caught
offering degrees from unaccredited
out-of-province universities in
London and California for the past
six years.
Lansbridge University, under the
same group as Kingston College and
owned by Michael Lo of the Kingston
Education group, was inspected by
the province in November when
those same students claimed that
they were being offered Lansbridge
degrees as compensation.
The inspection report was submitted to the minister on December
31 and is currently being reviewed
by his staff. A report will be released
this spring.
Many feel that the deregulation
of the sector in 2002, which coincided with the legislation of the Degree
Authorisation Act, is largely to
blame for the proliferation of these
rogue institutions.
NDP education critic Rob Fleming
said the act—the province's way of
properly accrediting private post-secondary institutions—has lacked the
teeth necessary to enforce these
"Even if you offer a poor education product or even deliberately
defraud and mislead students there
are no penalties here," said Fleming.
"We've left students high and dry
with tens of thousands of dollars," he
said, referring to the Indian students
who were denied their degrees from
Kingston College. "And it's directly
related to consumer related protection that was stripped in 2003."
Cindy Oliver, president of
the Federation of Post-Secondary
Educators, said that BC's private
post-secondary sector is a "buyer
beware" situation.
"It devalues the credentials that
come out of the public system," she
said. "It taints the legitimate public
post-secondary system which is
extremely accountable and transparent and it paints us with that
same brush."
She said that as the system stands,
it is not accountable to anyone. The
Private Career Training Institute
Agency (PCTIA), she said, created as a
watchdog for the private post-secondary sector in BC, is riddled with conflicts of interest.
Michael Lo, owner of the Kingston
Education Group, was appointed to
the PCTIA quality assurance committee by the government.
Oliver equated this to "the elephant looking after the room where
the peanuts are held."
It is mandatory for all private
institutions offering career programs
equal to or above $1,000 in tuition
and equal to or above 40 hours in
duration to be registered with the
PCTIA. However, accreditation,
which examines the quality of private
institutions and their programs, is
Coell said that the ministry performs regular audits of private post-
secondary institutions and ESL
schools to deter illegal operations.
"What I'm hoping to do is create a
regime that gives some confidence
back to students, foreign students
especially because we have such a
large number of them coming to
British Columbia," he said.
According to the 2005 BC
Progress Board report, the
province's public and private education secotr annually hosts about
150,000 international students,
adding nearly $2 billion to the
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Advanced Placement into Financial Management
If you want a career in Accounting, Finance or Financial Planning, BCIT can help you get there
quickly by building on your university degree. With your university degree in any field, you may
be eligible to earn a diploma in Financial Management in Accounting or Finance in just one
year. Then, prepare for entry into the CA, CMA, CGA, CFP or CFA programs and earn your
professional designation. Put your degree to work and accelerate your path to a rewarding
career in Financial Management.
Begin prerequisite classes now for September 2007 entry.
For more information:
Tim Edwards, Associate Dean
We have four tickets to Saturday's "Heat" concert by the
Vancouver Lesbian and Gay Choir. The concert will be held at
7:30 pm at the St Paul Anglican Church, 1130 Jervis Street.
Come to the Ubyssey office, SUB Room 23 today for the tickets.
On January 23 issue in the AMS supplement Alfie Lee's photo was
incorrectly put in Lawrence Song's section. Below are the correct
photos. The Ubyssey regrets the error.


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