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The Ubyssey Jan 20, 1989

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Array the Ubyssey
pg. 6-7
Students say, "no way, Strangway!"
Catwoman joins fight against tuition hike.
Students urge AMS to
reconsider referendum
By Laura J. May
Students would not have
voted for the Recreation Facility if
they had known tuition fees might
rise 10 percent next year, according to two students challenging
the November referendum.
"When people made their decision for the recreation facility,
most people were unaware of the
10 percent tuition fee increase. So,
essentially, I'm urging the (Alma
Mater Society) to have a referendum to guage student acceptance
of the facility in light of new circumstances," said Bruce Charlish,
a fourth-year student in Commerce.
"(It's) very, very bad policy to
have a referendum and then a
couple of months later to propose a
10 percent increase in tuition
fees," Charlish said.
In November, UBC students
voted in favour of a $30 fee increase per student in order to build
a recreation facility.
Charlish and Robin Piercey,
Arts 2, are circulating a petition
calling for another referendum on
RecFac. They must collect 1000
signatures for another referendum to be called. It is unclear
whether there can be two referenda on the same issue in one year,
according to Alma Mater Society
President Tim Bird.
Charlish and Piercey want
the matching funds the government will spend on RecFac to be
used to keep tuition fees down
instead: "If the government is willing to contribute money to RecFac,
they should be willing to spend the
same money—in the absence of
RecFac—to keep our tuition fees
down," Charlish said.
But Bird said the government
will not give UBC the $5 million
unless it's spent on RecFac: "It's
far easier to get money for capital
projects (like RecFac) from the
government than for increasing
operating expenses because the
government can dictate the specifics (for capital projects). I think it's
kind of chintzy (of the government) but if UBC didn't get that
capital money, it would have gone
It is not inconsistent to support RecFac and oppose tuition fee
increases, according to Bird. Tm
fundamentally opposed to increasing educational expenses of any
kind, including these incidental
fees (for RecFac)," Bird said.
But the only way students can
determine how they want their
money spent—instead ofthe government or the administration
deciding how to spend students'
money—is by a referendum, according to Bird. The administration may have chosen to build a
bio-sciences research centre
rather than a recreation facility if
the students hadn't supported
RecFac, according to Bird.
Charlish and Piercey don't
want RecFac to be built unless
tuition fees are under control. "No
one's denying that the Recreation
Facility would improve conditions, but at what cost? It's too
large a sacrifice. If tuition fees are
going up, I can't afford that $30,"
Charlish said.
Piercey was distressed that
the University would spend $3
million in matching funds on
RecFac when the libraries are
underfunded and classes are over
crowded: "If there were upgrades
in the University, you'd think
they'd be of an academic nature."
Bob Seeman, Student Representative to the Board of Governors, said the $30 RecFac fee is
part of the University's overall
capital campaign which includes a
new library, scholarships and professorships. (The capital campaign officially begins in March;
UBC will be seeking $132 million
from corporations and the government for these projects.)
"All thismoney(includingRec
Fac fees) is going into this same
campaign. It doesn't matter really
what it was for when you look at
the big picture," Seeman said.
The capital campaign will not
lower UBC's tuition since none of
the money goes towards operating
expenses. But "well be getting a
better university for our tuitions,"
Seeman said.
The .Alma Mater Society held
the RecFac referendum before the
proposed 10 percent increase in
tuition fees was announced because the capital campaign organizers needed the referendum results before November 30, according to Seeman. "(The Alma Mater
Society) didn't set these dates. If
we did not pass that referendum
before November 30, we would not
have had a recreation facility on
the (capital campaign) list," he
Capital campaign organizers
wanted student support for the
referendum before they launched
the campaign in March because
corporations would be more likely
to give money if the students had
already committed money, according to Seeman.
By Greg Davis
"Ten percent?" was the question.
"Bullshit!" was the answer
according to Scott Kent, Engineering second vice-president, one of
several speakers to arouse a mass
of about 1,000 fed-up UBC students Wednesday.
The students were protesting
the proposed 10 percent tuition fee
hike and the rally marked "the
largest, strongest, most spontaneous demonstration" the campus
has seen since 1983, Graduate
Student Society president Robert
Beynon told the crowd.
The throng of concerned students chanted "Hell no - we won't
pay!" as Arts president and rally
co-organizer Mike Lee said everyone must help send a strong message to UBC president Strangway
and Victoria.
When the number of signatures on the petition opposing the
10 percent was announced to be
5,000, the crowd cheered.
AMS president Tim Bird told
the mob and the media that the
responsibility for the hikes lies
"between the province and the
university. The cost of tuition is
not as strong a priority as it should
Bird said there is a large misconception in government and the
province about the student standard of living, saying that while
student expenses have risen considerably in the last ten years,
student wages have not kept pace.
Vanessa Geary, co-organizer
of Students Opposed to Tuition
Fee Hikes, said students need to
take action.
"We don't need barriers, we
need an open and successful education system. We should send a
clear message to B.C. that we want
accessible education," shouted
Science president Todd Ablett
told  students  they  were  being
"sold short"."We can't be a Third
World province," he said.
To the tune of "Revolution" the
students then marched off to the
Old Administration building,
while some cried out "Burn it!
Burn it!" in good humored spirit.
They brandished signs with slogans such as "Education for all",
"BoG Take a hike", and "Stop tuition robbery".
"I think it's a struggle for
those who care to show that we're
not all apathetic," said rallier
Gustavo Escobedo, Arts 2.
"I'm pleased with the turnout.
It's much higher than I expected.
It shows students are concerned,"
said Paul Rimsted, secretary of
the T.A. Union.
The procession marched up
and banged on the doors ofthe old
Administration building, and
eventually made its way in to confront president Strangway, but he
was not there.
"Strangway's not here. He's
out to lunch," someone shouted
amidst cheers and laughter from
the crowd. After a short period of
time, the gathering dispersed and
the rally was over in time for 1:30
The idea for the rally was
conceived by third year engineers
Craig Louie and Allen Dong.
"We decided to have a rally to
show our indignation and protest
the tuition fee hike. We got the ball
rolling and hooked up with
SOTFH and it just took off from
there," said Dong.
SOTFH already had planned
the January 26 protest but held a
prelude to the main event, enabling students to get some more co
verage from the media and spread
awareness on campus.
"I'm really happy," said
Geary, referring to the enthusiastic turnout. "I was involved in a
petition campaign a couple of
years ago and it was like pulling
teeth. This (event) was really
VOLUME 71, Number 30
Steamed students storm SUB seeking sordid speakers' spiels
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Looking for treeplanters. Experience an
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Start now! Call 874-1754.
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LOST - Gold rimmed glasses at the SUB
Ballroom Sat. Jan. 14 Law Dance. Call
Thomas 263-7636 or 266-2671.
Love Johnny Depp
MESSAGE OF ISLAM 13: Muslims Believe
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BE HAPPY and help someone else not worry
by volunteering anywhere in the Lower
Mainland or right here on campus. Check it
out at Volunteer Connections, Brock Hall
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location - Bonded and Insur.
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weeks). $210 will be paid for the complete
study. For detailed info, call Grace UBC 228-
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drug followed by blood collections. A $75
gratitude will be paid at completion of study.
Details phone DAVID 228-5838 UBC Pharmacy.
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and Chinese-Canadians. This will give you
a better understanding of yourself as a person and as a member of your community.
Project supervised by Dept. of Counselling
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at 430-3657.
If so... and if you're 16-26 years of age, your
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that will improve the assessment of asthma.
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I pi A QU       While most Canadians think South Moresby is
*^^*^ safe and sound, our government is spending
millions of $ assessing the hydrocarbon potential ofthe proposed
marine park area on South Moresby. The Charlottes are threatened
by two very active fault routes and surrounded by extremely rough
- Underwater video narrated by Dr. D. Suzuki
- Up to date info, by native Haida ???
- Brief Siideshow by M. Roland
Feb. 6, 8 pm, Robson Square Media Centre
Admission:  $4, $3 (Student, low income)
Kin ya spel? Kin ya tipe? Duz ya no how to take a pichure? Kin ya
draw? Wanna lirn layout? Wanna be like us?
241 K , The Ubyssey, Come up and see us
Note: "Noon" =12:30 p.m.
Amnesty International
Urgent  Action   Letter   Writing,
12:30 -1:30, SUB Concourse.
UBC Personal Computer Club
IBM Meeting, Noon, SUB 125.
International Development Club
Bake Sale, 12:30 - 2:30, SUB Con-
Gays and Lesbians of UBC
Beer Garden, 3:30-7:00, SUB 205.
UBC New Democrats
4 party Bzzr Garden held by the
UBC NDP, Liberals, Tories and
Socreds. Sverid Robinson will be
by. 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm, SUB 2115.
UBC New Democrats
"All-party,   post^Mbdel   Parliament, Beer Garden", 3:30 pm-8
pm, SUB 215.
International House
Dance/Beer Garden. Free Admission/Meet International Students!
4:30   pm,   International   House
(upper lounge).
Graduate Student Society
G.S.S. Bzzr Garden, 4:30 - 7:30,
Fireside Lounge, Graduate Student Centre.
Graduate Student Society
Darts Tournament: Prizes for 1st,
2nd   and   3rd.   7:30,   Fireside
Lounge,    Graduate    Student
Lutheran Student Movement
Retreat, 7:30 pm, Lutheran Campus Centre.
Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity
Party. Alpha Delta Phi presents
the Something Wild! bash with the
Dayglo Abortions. Tix at door or
phone 224-9866. 8:00 pm onward,
Alpha Delta Phi House, 2270
Wesbrook Mall.
Students Concerned About Tuition Fee Hikes
Strategy Meeting for tuition fee
protest, all welcome!!
4:30  TA Union's  office  (second
floor of the Armories
Lutheran Student Movement
Retreat. 7:30 pm, Lutheran Campus Centre.
Institute of Asian Research
Jan. 21 - 31, 1989, Exhibition of
paintings by SHAG Fei. Ms. Shao
(b. 1954, Beijing), is one of many
artists from China whose work
and artistic concerns are creating
new directions in modern Chinese
painting. Monday to Friday 10 am
- 4:30 pm, Saturday and Sunday
12-5 pm, Asian Centre Auditorium.
Orthodox Christian Mission
Vespers, 6 pm, St. Peter's Church,
4580 Waldon (Main & 30th) 275-
International Development Club
Free Film Night: Three Films on
"Third World Urbanization".   7
pm, International House.
International Development Club
Film Night,  7:00 pm,  International House.
UBC Film Society/SUB Films
Film:  Who Framed Roger Rabbit", 7:00 and 9:30 pm, SUB Theatre.
Orthodox Christian Mission
Divine Liturgy, 9:00 am, St. Peter's Church, 4580 Waldon (Main
& 30th), 275-2985.
Lutheran Student Movement
Communion Service,  10:00 am,
Lutheran Campus Centre.
UBC Sailing Club
Frostbite Regatta. Two classes of
boats to be raced, Lasers and Laser lis. 11:00 am Skipper's Meeting;, Race 1 at 12:00 pm. Jericho
Sailing Centre.
UBC Film Society/SUB Films
Film:   "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", 7:00 and 9:30 pm, SUB Theatre.
AMS Concerts
General Meeting, Noon, Rm. 224,
UBC Sailing Club
Club sweatshirt for sale. $40
members, $45 non-members. Design - includes club crest, race
flags/signal flags, white heavy
cotton sweatshirt. 12:30 -1:30 pm,
UBC Sailing Club Rm. 58, SUB.
UBC Astronomy and Aerospace
Club Penticton field-trip planning; bring $5 deposit if interested. 5:30 pm, Geophysics and
Astronomy 142.
UBC Personal Computer Club
IBM Meeting, Noon, SUB 213.
Graduate Student Society
Ballroom Dance Lessons. Beginners & Intermediate. 7:30 Beg. &
8:30 Inter., Ballroom, Graduate
Student Centre.
UBC Film Society
Film Showing - Alfred Hitchcock's
"Frenzy", 7:00 and 9:30 pm, SUB
Aud., SUB.
UBC Law Union
Lecture   by   Barbara   Jackman,
Immigration Lawyer, "C 55: Canada's Way of dealing with Refugees" Noon - 12:30pm
Faculty of Law, Rm 169
Election executive organization,
usual   time,  Clocktower,   usual
International Development Club
General Mtng. Noon, Angus 413.
UBC Pre-Medical Society
Lecture: General Surgery by Dr.
Erik Skarsgard. Noon, IRC #1.
Jewish   Students   Association/
Famous Hot Lunch - Celebration
of Trees, 12:30, Hillel House.
Students for Forestry Awareness
Clay Perry, IWA, speaking on
"Forestry from a Labour Perspective", 12:30 - 1:30 pm, MacMillan
UBC Sailing Club
Club sweatshirt for sale. $40
members, $45 non-members. Design - includes club crest, race and
signal flags, white heavy cotton
sweatshirt. 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm.
For more detail and preview of
design, come to office, Rm. 58,
Law Students Legal Advice Program
Clinic, every Tuesday, 12:30 to
2:00 pm, SUB Rm. 213 to 215.
Lutheran Student Movement
Co-op Supper, 6:00 pm, Lutheran
Campus Centre.
UBC Personal Computer Club
AMIGA Meeting,   11:30   -   1:30,
SUB 111, APPLE Meeting, Noon,
SUB 125.
The anarchists have risen
from the dead. The UBC Social
Anarchists Club is attempting to
reform after its inexplicable demise last year.
Paul Dayson, one of the self-
appointed but non-hierarchical
organizers, says the club will be
both self-educational as well as
educate the public about anarchist
What exactly is anarchy? "It's
a belief in ability of people to run
their own lives in a non-hierarchical structure on the basis of consensus or some kind of mutual
aid," says Dayson.
Though Dayson says it is
impossible for him to predict the
mandate ofthe club as that will be
determined by the club members
themselves, he does expect it will
provide a forum for discussion and
debate. "Anarchists don't believe
that we're all the same—people
are less sure ofthe fact that everyone should think the same way as
they do."
Dayson can be.reached
through the Ubyssey office as the
club is in fact not a club yet and
does not have a room.
The AMS art gallery is featuring works from the UBC School of
Architecture next week.
The school, one of UBC's
smallest, faced the cutback's axe
last year but is now back on its feet
and producing remarkable student projects.
Sail Awav
The UBC sailing club will be
having the Frostbite Regatta on
Jan. 22 at Jericho Sailing Centre.
The classes to be raced will be
Lasers and Laser IFs. No spinnakers will be allowed.
This is a good opportunity for
those who are interested in the
Bronze IV lessons to race against
some of the better sailors in the
club. Registration is at 11 a.m. and
the skippers' meeting at noon. For
more information contact Fleet
Captain Alison Urqkhart or Ken
Ou at 228-4231 or Rm. 58 SUB,
CiTR's Sparky Magneto and
his Ionic Alternatives bring you
the totally legal home-taping project, Thursday, Feb. 15.
Listeners can tape a local
band off the airwaves and won't
infringe on anyone's copyright
laws. And it's an easy way for the
bands to distribute their music.
The live recording taped off
CiTR together with the cassette
cover available in vaious magazines and newspapers including
the February 1989 issue of Discor-
der Magazine, combine to make
Tape-A-Mania the complete do-it-
yourself album project.
Future Tape-A-Mania projects are already in the planning for
the rest of 1989, the year in which
CiTR 101.9 fm goes High Power.
Friday is the last day to
vote in Student Board
of Governors and (Senate Elections.
January 20 ,1989 NEWS
Breathe easy - fee date extended
By Stephen Lazenby
Students will not have to loot
their bank accounts quite as early
this year, thanks to a UBC Senate
decision on Wednesday night to
move the tuition fee due date from
August 31 to the day after Labour
But even though students
won't be asked to pay before
classes start, they will have to pay
one hundred dollars more, making
the deposit $200 next year.
The student senators conceded to the $100 increase in the
face of opposition on behalf of the
Registrar's Office, which did not
want to move the date back for fear
of unconfirmed telereg usage, and
people backing out after using the
system, taking away registration
time and space.
The proposal was a result of
student Senators' concerns that
some students might not have
adequate time to collect money
from employers in time to meet the
early date.
The Senate caucus first voiced
its concern over the issue last year
but they were unprepared to make
an effective stand against the issue when it was voted on. This
year they were determined to do
This year, 840 students were
de-registered by Telereg for nonpayment of fees, half of whom had
to re-register during the first week
of classes.
In an effort to be prepared to
offer constructive suggestions on
the improvement of Telereg, the
student Senators set up a table in
SUB at the beginning ofthe year to
get feedback on the system from
The early date for fee payment was one of the major complaints, especially from tree-
planters who often do not receive
their wages until the end of the
The Senators reported these
complaints to the Senate last
semester, but had to wait until the
issue came up on the agenda before they could attempt to rectify
the problem.
The issue finally came up last
month and Al^ex Speers, Senator-
at-Large, proposed an amendment to change the date tuition
fees are due in the first semester.
But a vote on the issue was postponed this month to allow both
sides in the issue to gather their
A representative of the project advisory committee said earlier payment would give the Regis
trar's Office time to de-register
unpaid students before late Telereg opens the day after Labour
Day, making the un-paid students' seats available to other
students. Adding the early installment date would allow the Registrar's Office to give professors an
accurate enrolment figure on the
first day of classes.
Bob Seeman, student Board of
Governors representative told
AMS student council Wednesday
night "(The Registrar's Office is)
screwing students because the
office is too busy. They want to get
it all out of the way over the long
Computers open
library access
Next Monday UBC undergraduate students with home
computers will be able to access
university library files.
Although files have been
available to graduate and disabled
undergraduate students since
November 1987, concern over
tying up computer lines has
caused the library to delay access
to other students.
"We didn't want so many
(users) as to make the response
time bad," said assistant university librarian Bill Watson.
Files available for access include journals, periodicals, newspapers, in-process files—everything that is currently catalogued
on micrc-fiche files. The computer
also lists the latest books and journal issues.
Watson emphasized that the
system would be "user-friendly".
"As soon as (a student) has a
library card with a number on it he
can access the system," said Watson.
Funding for the new computer system came from part of a
weekend, and that's the only reason."
Student Senators pointed out
that if the Registrar's Office priority was to de-register unpaid students, then perhaps it should reevaluate its priority. As for the
issue of accurate class lists, the
fact that Telereg is open during
the first two weeks of school guarantees they will be inaccurate after the first day, according to student Senators.
When a representative of the
Awards Office claimed students
could always apply for a deferral of
fee payment if they could not meet
the August deadline, a student
Senator correctly pointed out that
deferrals are only available to
students receiving funds from
student loans, scholarships, or a
recognized third party.
The student Senators received valuable support from several deans, particularly the Dean
of Arts, Robert Will, who had previously opposed a later date for fee
One student senator said he
hopedfuture Senators would work
to have the tuition fee due date
moved back to the middle of September.
$250,000 grant from the Ministry
of Advanced Education in December of 1987 which was distributed
between the three universities.
"There are similar systems
scattered throughout Canada and
the U.S.," said Watson. Simon
Fraser has a system and UVic is
currently in the process of developing one.
But while technological leaps
are being made in access to computers, other areas ofthe system,
including circulation, are badly
out of date, according to Watson.
"Our computer circulation
system was put into play in 1965,"
he said. "(We) need money to develop a new system."
Watson said improvements in
the system would come from more
grants from the province and the
university's new fundraising campaign.
"The university will be in a
position to make definite allocations by 1990," said Watson.
Students who don't have
home computers can access the
files from other library terminals
on campus.
Oil spill clean-up crews
still need volunteer aid
Students holler to save a dollar.
By Katherine Monk
and Roberta Cenedese
Though Vancouver beaches
are safe, the oil spill saga is far
from over—despite recent reports
indicatingthe spill was ebbing and
volunteers were no longer needed,
according to Tofino clamdigger
Janet Bate.
"The oil keeps washing up,
and we still need at least fifty
poeple a day to help in the cleanup—this week and the week after," said Bate, an active member
of Friends of Clayoquot Sound, a
volunteer organization which has
taken on the task of feeding and
billeting volunteers.
The federal and provincial
governments stepped in to help
with the clean-up, and contracted
Spray Away, a private company.
But as far as any visible results, the contractors' contribution has been minimal, according
to Friends of Clayoquat Sound.
And some people have charged the
contractors with stalling on the
clean-up to keep the job going a
little longer, said Peter Leuthard
But Janet Bate just wants the
job done. "We're doing as much as
we can, but the definite feeling
here is that it's the volunteers and
the residents doing the work,
while the officials are in meetings."
"Our newspaper ran a story
about how inaproppriate it was for
volunteers to come up here, saying
there was no place for them to
stay—but we've been working like
crazy to get billets, and we've just
set up a soup kitchen," said Bate.
"We're having to combat the misinformation about volunteering."
Dean Monterey, ofthe Provincial Emergency Program said he
could not make a formal request
for volunteers, but if people are
self-contained, and can find their
own accommodation, the Coast
Guard could keep them busy.
"We've had people come up
and there's no oil—they expect to
see a line of oil on the beach, but
the beaches re-oil themselves, and
it's scattered everywhere," said
Monterey, adding he had heard a
lot of complaints about the contractors, butnobodyspoke to them.
When the contractors were
contacted yesterday a spokesperson was unavailable.
For now,' the backbreaking
work is being handled by about
twenty people a day, said Fiona
McCallum, of FOCS. "Cleaning
the beach isa daily mission, but as
long we're getting it off he beaches,
it won't go back into the ocean."
And according to Silvaine
Zimmerman, a North Pacific
Campaigner for Greenpeace, their
efforts have paid off—Vancouver
is no longer at risk of being polluted, unless the currents change.
But even though we are not
directly threatened, we may face
problems further down the line.
She quoted the latest number of
dead sea birds at 7,000, but that
doesn't include the many birds
that sink and open ocean birds
which are too far out to float onto
shore. These birds, she says, will
settle onto the ocean floor and be
eaten by fish, which will affect our
food chain.
When asked how long we
would be feeling the affects of the
oil spill, Zimmerman said it depended on whether the oil was
pure or contained impurities. She
stressed that all oil is different and
"the government shouldn't wait
and see the effects but should act
right away".
January 20,1989
featuring Tu B-Shevat
Celebration of Trees!
Tuesday, Jan. 24. 12:30 pm
Jewish Studies Discussion Group
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 12:30 pm
Israeli Dancing
Thursday, Jan. 26. 7pm SUB Rm 207/209
Watch the Ubyssey for more details for a
Saturday, Jan. 28. 8pm
For more info: 224-4748
Hillel is located behind brock Hall
William G. Black Memorial Prize - a prize in the amount of approximately
$1,600 has been made available by the late Dr. William G. Black. The topic
for the essay will be designed to attract students from all disciplines. The
competition is open to students who are enrolled in undergraduate
programs and who do not already possess a graduate degree. A single
topic of general nature related to Canadian citizenship will be presented
to students at the time of the competition. Duration of the competition will
be two hours. Candidates should bring their student card for
Time and Place:
Saturday, February 4, 1989
10:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
Awards & Financial Aid • Room 50, General Services Admin. Bldg. • Phone: 228-5111
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Joe Average (a.k.a. Ken MacDonald) finally gets off his butt.
You too, can start
a revolution
By Katherine Monk
Ken MacDonald was just eating his lunch when he found himself at the front of a protest march,
speaking to a horde of television
cameras and pen-toting reporters.
"I was quite surprised to be at
the front of the march, and then
BCTV came at me with a camera,"
a breathless MacDonald said after
the noon hour protest on Wednesday. "I started gibbering like an
MacDonald happened to be
one of the first students to enter
the administration building
where the mob finished its cross
campus march to call on UBC
president David Strangway and
deliver its message "no way we
won't pay!"
Because he was first one in
the building, MacDonald said he
spoke to president Strangway's
secretary, and she told him the
president was not in.
But in spite ofthe fact he did
notget to speak with the president
first-hand, MacDonald was not
disillusioned by the march.
"This was my first demonstration," the fourth year music student said, and he would also likely
be at the next protest scheduled
for Jan. 26, in front of the faculty
club, when the Board of Governors
will decide on the fate of tuition
Like most of the students
present at the demonstration,
MacDonald said he was encouraged by the hundreds of people
who found the proposed ten percent tuition increase outrageous
enough to protest against it.
"I've had to pay for everything
myself, and I owe $4500. It's hard
enough to get into university as it
is—besides, I don't think the
measure of how good a university
is should depend on how many
people it has to turn away."
Candidates for
AMS executive
elections: Please
come by the
Ubyssey office
today (Friday) for
an interview. We
know you don't
want to but you
have to.
January 20 ,1989 NEWS
Poor lose out at Expo site
By Joe Altwasser
Housing, not racism, is the
major concern of most citizens'
action groups about the Expo land
deal, according to alderman Libby
"Sure there is racism in Vancouver, however the issue is of
speculative investment—not a
question of race," said Davies.
Originally, the Expo site was
to be developed with one-third of
the houses labelled as low-income,
one-third moderate, and one-third
would be offered at whatever the
market can pay, according to
Also, fifty percent ofthe housing was to be left for families—a
move which Davies says is "crucial" to a livable environment.
The densities for families is
much lower than single dwellings
because there is a need for more
ground floor suites and green
The entire proposal was
shelved when city council defeated
the motion in favour of a formula
which allowed for twenty percent
social housing and twenty-five
percent for families.
Concord Pacific, the developer ofthe site, was firmly against
the proposal allocating fifty percent family and one-third low income housing, said Davies.
Jim Green of the Downtown
East-side Resident's Association
says the mayor and city council are
oversupportive of Concord, paying
little attention to social housing.
Green complains that DERA
has not even had an opportunity to
express its concerns on the development of the site. And when a
public hearing was held, "DERA
was given only five minutes to
speak, five minutes to cram eight
years of planning and expertise,"
Green said.
But Green's concerns stretch
beyond the Expo site—many existing lots near the site will be affected by what he calls "domino
development," where the building
up ofthe Expo site will have ripple
effects throughout the Downtown
East-side, spurning new development that could threaten existing
social housing.
The face of downtown will
change immeasurably in the next
ten years, according to Green.
"Remember in addition to the
Concord development, silently,
Marathon Realty is also developing a huge tract of downtown
And added the accusations of
racism labelled towards the developer is clouding the real issue of
housing and what is being done
about it by the developers and the
city, Green said.
David Laing of the Tenants'
Rights Coalition agrees with
Green, and said the handling of
the Expo deal was unprecedented.
"Never has city-hall given
free-reign to a developer," said
Laing. "Usually the city tells a
developer what to do, but here it is
being done backwards where the
developer gave city-hall a proposal, Campbell looks it over and
approves it."
Laing said Concord is getting
paid to build the low-cost housing
with funds from both the provincial and federal government.
The only gain would be by the
developer who would receive
money from the government to
Amnesty International
lobbies to free student
By Cathy Lu
A young man in Czechoslovakia spends four years in prison for
circulating a petition. "He was
simply asking for better conditions in his country," says Keir
Simons, the chair of Amnesty
International on campus.
Most people probably know of
the international human rights
organization by the recent benefit
rock concerts featuring well-
known musicians such as Sting,
Tracy Chapman and Peter Gabriel.
"A couple of years ago, everybody thought we were a communist organization. Now they know
who we are, and that's something
positive that's come from the rock
concerts," says Simons in a recent
"We are simply an organization of individuals, almost a million, working on behalf of other
individuals in the world who are
being persecuted for their beliefs,
their ethnic origin, their race,
their religion—things that we in
Canada take largely for granted,"
Simons says of Amnesty International.
The organization works to
free prisoners of conscience and
raise awareness of the state of
human rightsin the world. Prisoners of conscience are persons who
are imprisoned for expressing
their beliefs without advocating
violence. Once they espouse violence, they become political prisoners.
"Our mandate is three-fold:
we work for the immediate unconditional release of all prisoners of
conscience, for the abolition ofthe
death penalty and use of torture,
on the grounds that it's cruel and
inhuman  punishment and  pro
tected by Article 5 by the United
Nations Declaration of Human
Rights, and for the fair trial of all
political prisoners," says Simons.
He stresses that abuse of one's
rights does not only happen to
"radicals, or dangerous people."
Basile Legba, a medical student in the western African country, Benin, disappeared last February. "He was made to disappear
simply because he was a member
of the student union," says Simons. The UBC Amnesty group is
solely responsible for working for
Legba's release, through letter-
writing campaigns.
Simons dismisses criticisms
that letter-writing is ineffective.
"The fact is five prisoners of conscience are freed everyday from
letter-writing," he says. "A government tries to silence somebody, to
create a conspiracy of silence, and
we create the conspiracy of hope to
break it down."
Letter-writing occurs on two
levels: one group writes to the
government while another writes
to the prisoner. "One is to tell the
prisoners, 'Keep heart. We know
the government has wrongfully
imprisoned or tortured you. We
are thinking about you, we have
people workingfor you—don't give
up,'" says Simons. "The other aspect is to lobby the government in
question and say, We know about
this person and we want him out.'"
Amnesty International's actions are protected by the Universal Declaration pf Human Rights,
adopted by almost all countries of
the world in December 1948. "We
are in fact a non-violent army,
enforcing the UN Declaration," he
says. "The governments are all
bound by this Declaration, so we
are simply saying, 'you promised.'"
build the social housing, according
to Laing.
"Concord itself, should be
under a legal obligation to build
and fund social housing as it will
be the only way Vancouver will
gain," said Laing.
And Jim Green adds that this
should be  done without taking
money from existing programs.
With eighty per cent of the
site housing going to the higher
income market and the city apparently doing nothing, Laing is very
concerned that the public's needs
will not be served.
"Market housing will not give
housing to the low income and
working  people   of Vancouver,"
said Laing.
As for racism, Laing thinks it
may be a motivation of some but
the issue only fogs more important
issues. "Tenants Rights would be
equally outraged if it was an
American or local Pattison or
Toigo if they are just after a buck."
Atrocities targeted
By Cathy Lu
People must promote human
rights in more than an abstract
way, urged student human rights
activist Horacio de la Cueva, after
citing various human rights violations in Central Latin America.
"Amnesty International is
necessary but not sufficient.... It's
fairly simple to come here to UBC
or go home to write a letter—it
takes twenty minutes—and it's
good, but it's different to know the
people," said de la Cueva in a discussion Wednesday noon sponsored by Amnesty International.
De la Cueva recounted his
experience at an Amnesty International conference in the United
States, where American psychologists had the chance to interview
and apply a stress test to newly-
arrived Central American refugees.
Anyone scoring close to 500
points on the stress test is considered to be "in really bad shape," he
"The prisoners of conscience
that had been released and were at
that point in the U.S. scored no
less than 2000. That's what the
psychologists were afraid of—that
they were talking to the survivors,
those people so strong who could
resist being persecuted, imprisoned, tortured, and last long
enough to make it out of prison,"
said de la Cueva.
The essential facts are often
hidden behind euphemisms, a
game of words that all govern
ments play, he said.
Disappearances are "systematic politically-motivated kidnappings" and extra-judicial killings
"is a nice way of saying systematic
politically-motivated assassinations," de la Cueva said.
He cited the distinction the
U.S. State Department has made
in the past between "authoritarian" governments—Panama,
Nicaragua, Chile and Guata-
mala—and "totalitarian" governments, which now include those
same countries.
"The U.S. was playing games
with words to harass politically
some country...that was not
aligned with them, and, by changing the word to 'authoritarian', to
provide money to those countries
that supported their policies," he
De la Cueva said Amnesty
International's goal is not to
topple governments, "but to firmly
persuade them to change their
ways." But he expressed fears that
governments would just think of
different ways of repressing the
Peter Kerr, who has worked
with the Christian Task Force on
Central America, and the Trade
Union Group, criticized the Canadian government for resuming
bilateral, or government-to-government, aid to Guatemala and El
Salvador as those countries still
frequently violate human rights.
Kerr said by doing this, Canada is
sending out the message that
human rights violations are okay.
He quoted a Salvadoran peasant speaking in a film by Dr. Charles Clements called, "Witness to
War: An American Doctor in El
"I worked on the hacienda
over there, and I would have to
feed the dogs bowls of meat or
bowls of milk every morning, and I
could never put those on the table
for my own children. When my
children were ill, they died with a
nod of sympathy from the landlord. But when those dogs were ill,
I took them to the veterinarian in
"You will never understand
violence or non-violence until you
understand the violence to the
spirit that happens from watching
your children die of malnutrition."
"This is what is happening in
El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and other places in Central
America," Kerr said, citing that 72
percent of the land in Guatemala
is controlled by 2 percent of the
"A lot of people just do not
have the land to work," he said.
However, anyone openly dissenting with the government faces
bleak prospects for a long life.
Kerr noted a non-partisan Canadian organization called Peace
Brigades International has its
members assigned to which-pro-
file labour leaders, church leaders
or human rights activists "to be in
the area as a witness in case anything happens—actually, to try to
prevent anything from happening."
UBC Amnesty Chair Kier Simons
January 20,1989
THE UBYSSEY/5 illlliiliiilill
Dead up = big laughs
by Rick Hiebert
Usually the life of a press secretary to
the U.S. Vice President is about as exciting
as watching molasses flow downhill, or so
would argue Frank Lee, the hero of The
Body Politic.
The Body Politic
By Victor Gold and Lynne Cheney
St. Martin's Press
It is Lee's job to ensure good press for
Vice-President Stewart "Bully" Vander-
cleve, an over bearing, loud and florid
political hack, who spends his time in
crucial activities like officiating at the East
Passaic Young Republican Pasta Festival.
The Vice-President is doing such a good job
that the President, embroiled in a bitter
fight for his party's nomination, drops him
from the ticket.
If that isn't enough, Lee gets a call late
one night to go to Vandercleve's townhouse,
where he finds his boss dead. Lee is about
to announce the Vice-President's demise
when the President's chief-of-staff asks
him for a small favour: keep the VP "alive"
for a few days, so the President can strategically offer the Vice Presidential nomination to someone else. Surely Lee, as a good
PR man can manage that...and it's only for
a few days...
This is the essential plot of a wild new
satire of political life south of the border,
The Body Politic, by Washington journalist
Victor Gold and the director of the American National Endowment for the Humanities, Lynne Cheney.
The Body Politic takes a cockeyed look
at life in the media crazy Washington D.C.
of today. Gold and Cheney concoct transcripts, TV interviews and letters to add to
the reminisces of the ingratiatingly sneaky
and cold blooded protagonist Frank Lee.
This gives a wacky account ofthe rapidly
snowballing and farcical conspiracy to keep
a dead Vice-President alive in the public
The authors, who both live and work in
Washington, do a magnificent job in satirizing Washington personalities and
politics, and life in the American capital.
An added level of humour is there for those
who are familiar with today's American
politics and media as the authors have obviously modelled many of the satire's
characters on nationally prominent figures
(the character ofthe Vice-President brings
to mind former New York Governor and
Vice President Nelson Rockefeller).
Even ifyou aren't a political animal,
the hilariously offbeat characters in The
Body Politic, and Lee's rapidly worsening
plight make this wonderfully amusing
reading for everyone. Gold and Cheney
have created a satirical novel that is funny
from any perspective.
The Vice President's adventures and
exploits after death are almost as funny as
American politics are in real life.
Big comedy lacks big comedy
by Jonathan Treichel
The January Man, starring Kevin
Kline, Susan Sarandon, and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio is simple fare at best.
It is mildly entertaining as a tongue-in-
cheek cop thriller, but any real substance
is lost in a maze of sub-plots which fail to
be resolved into any really profound
The January Man
Now playing at the Capitol 6
The movie is set up as a story of corruption. What type of corruption, however,
is obscure. There are references to a mysterious "cheque", but any real significance
about pay-offs and high level corruption in
the New York city mayor's office is
downplayed and the "corruption" plot is
lost. The main problem is that the movie
charges along at a frenetic pace and the
sub-plots pile up on each other so quickly
that the viewer is left breathless, and a
little lost.
The story twists around the main
group of characters. Nick Starkey (Kline),
is a good guy in a bad world. Corruption,
crime, even fires which threaten the lives
of little girls, all seem to be the main
realities of his life. He is brilliant but
unorthodox, which puts him in conflict
with such "establishment" figures as his
brother Frank the police commissioner
(Harvey Keitel), the mayor (Rod Steiger),
and his police captain (Danny Aiello). The
"beatnik vs. establishment" joke, however,
is tired and cliched. With all of the film's
jokes it seems as if they are begun, but
never finished. The audience spends a lot
of time waiting for "the big laugh". It never
The film is further hindered by several
tense scenes which seem out of place in a
movie which claims to be a comedy, even
black comedy. At an early point in the
movie the audience is shocked into silence
by a brutal and coarse tirade delivered by
Rod Steiger—one even a marine drill
sergeant might be jealous of.
Ultimately the film does not satisfactorily resolve itself into either comedy or
drama. It is a film which sits squarely on
the fence, and for all of its promise there is
very little pay-off. Watching the film is an
exercise in futility, as the viewer is treated
to a stimulating array of camera work; the
music by Marvin Hamlisch is fantastic; and
the actors are all very competent. Unfortunately, all these positives add up to a
negative...but the music really is great.
Kevin Kline ponders the meaning of the January Man... unsuccessfully
by Keith Damsell
Something's wrong here: a man is
reviewing a play written by another
man about a woman's barren womb.
Talk about phallocentricity!
During his lifetime, playwrights
poet Federico Garcia Lorca was not
afraid to explore other points of view.
His play Yerma gives us a male perspective on the definitive woman's issue: birthright. Catherine Caines'
production at the Freddy Wood Theatre is equally daring; under her deft
direction, the play becomes a dark,
ritualistic poem.
Frederic Wood Theatre
Until January 21
Underneath a golden sun, the
play unfolds. Yerma is the young wife
of Juan, a peasant farmer. All is not
happy in their Spanish household.
The couple has been married for
several months but remains childless.
In their simple village, having
children comprises the purpose of a
woman's life. Years pass and Yerma
is still without a child. She flirts with
the idea of an affair and seeks several
mothers' advice, all to no avail. In the
final act, she slips over the edge of
sanity and comes to a tragic decision.
The weighted language and prose
of Lorca get mixed results from the
large cast. Juan could easily be interpreted as the villain ofthe play, but
thanks to Jason Smith's patient read-
Nutty, crazy, goony, rhythmic.
Those nu
Those crazy kids are at it again. It
seems that John and Sara were sitting
around one Sunday afternoon, and Sara
said "Let's put on a show." John responded, "Yea, my dad has a barn and
your Mom can make costumes and..."
Actually there are more than two
crazy kids. There's a whole organization of
them called the UBC Musical Theatre
Society. As you will recall from previous
Ubyssey articles, MUSSOC had to be
jumpstarted in the fall after it had gone
into cardiac arrest.
As seen above, these hardworking
guys and gals are getting ready to do
another show. This year it's called "The
Best of MUSSOC: A Celebration!" Tickets
have been on sale all this week in SUB
January 20 ,1989 ENTERTAINMENT
Page Friday ate a lot of cookies this week - about 20 each
day, and has now discovered the truth about cookies:
ing, he becomes a sympathetic character. Similarly, Susan C. Bertoia
sparkles in the role of Miranda, an
old woman. Her maternal pride
shines as she relaxes near a stream,
contentedly stroking her belly.
Barbara Cormack is able to bring an
intensity to Lorca's overwrought lead.
But Cormack, so memorable earlier
this season in Ayckbourn's Just
Between Ourselves, becomes trapped
in Yerma's initial despair. As a result, there is nowhere for her to go
dramatically in Act Two.
The creative ensemble work in
this production provides the real
-pleasure. There is a simple, honesty
in th6 laundresses' song at the close
of Act One that is very stirring.
Later, Yerma gives Victor, her prospective lover, a tense goodbye beneath the watchful eyes of her
sisters-in-law. These two women,
dressed in black and projecting huge
shadows against the stark white set,
move like silent chess pieces. Their
constant presence provides a needed
foreboding atmosphere. Finally, the
fertility ritual that closes the play,
complete with masks and fire, is a bizarre piece of theatre that you're not
likely to see very often.
This is what makes Caines'
Yerma worth seeing. This is the kind
of demanding drama that seldom
apasses through Vancouver's con-
csumerized market. It makes for a
disturbing evening.
>      Remember, this is just a man's
Close, Malkovich and Pfeiffer take
love, war & revolution in stride
Lurid liaisons lovely
by Thomas Long
Dangerous Liaisons takes the battle of
the sexes back into the bedroom and those
who enter do so at their own risk.
Dangerous Liaisons
Now playing at Oakridge
Christopher Hampton's screen adaptation of his hit play Les Liaisons
Dangereuses, based on the classic French
novel, takes aim at the French aristocracy
just before the revolution. This period,
renowned for its decadence, is personified
by the Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close)
and the Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich). These former lovers delight not only in
witnessing, but by causing the downfall of
anyone they feel has it coming to them.
One such unfortunate soul is the most
recent lover ofthe Marquise, who has
abandoned her to marry a young virgin.
Merteuil enlists the aid of Valmont to see
that the girl does not meet all the requirements. Valmont however, has other plans.
He wants to seduce the very beautiful and
very married Madame de Tourvel (Michelle
Pfeiffer), who is conveniently residing at
this aunt's country estate.
Valmont's plans so move Merteuil that
she decides to offer herself for an evening of
entertainment should he succeed in his
conquest. As to her own plans, Merteuil
quickly arranges for the girl to be sent to
the very same estate on the pretext that it
is for her "protection". Of course she knows
full well Valmont could never resist a
temptation even when his hands are full.
The clever twists which ensue, leading
up to the shocking final scene, make for
great cinema. Director Stephen Frears,
whose previous work includes My Beautiful
Laundrette and Prick Up Your Ears, is
certainly capable of dealing with the
subject matter.
And as for the costumes, designer
James Acheson deserves a medal at the
very least for his brilliant contribution. The
opening sequence provides just a hint of
what he must have been up against as we
see the lead characters each being assisted
into their elaborate costumes. It seems
ironic that most if not all the time on the
screen is spent trying desperately to coax
one another out of them.
While all the major players give fine
performances, the film truly belongs to
John Malkovich. He gives Valmont an
arrogant swagger that would have done the
author proud.
For Glenn Close, Dangerous Liaisons
puts to rest any doubts as to whether she
can handle the bitch roles. However, it
would be a mistake to consider this film as
a time-warped re-hash of her character
from Fatal Attraction. The demands upon
Close are far greater here, and she holds
her own.
With such a fine script and powerful
performances, Dangerous Liaisons succeeds
in showing us a world where men were
men, women were women, and all was fair
in love, war, and revolutions.
Fresh fellows fairly fab
tty kids!
and will continue to be sold at the SUB
ticket centre and from club members.
The show opens February 1st and
runs to the 4th in the Old Auditorium.
Never heard ofthe place? Neither has
Page Friday. Apparently its located very
close to the President's office in the Old
Administration Building. Never been
there? Okay. First you go to the Math
Building. Remember from Math 100? Now
face west and turn left. Don't go to Yum
Yums, that's downstairs and they don't
serve Chinese food after two o'clock. Stay
r on the main floor. There it is. Go on
February 1st and about 8 p.m. Watch the
show. Oh, and say "hi" to John and Sara.
There the ones singing "There's no
business like show business."
Svetozar Kontic
Anyone looking for a real live definition ofthe term avant-garde might have
been lucky enough to witness the Young
Fresh Fellows act at the Town Pump
Sunday night.
One of the funniest, craziest and
quirkiest bands around crossed the border
from Seattle to entertain a full house with
a blend of music that can best be described
as indescribable. Perhaps the greatest
compliment one can pay the band is to fail
to categorize their music into any ofthe
usual genres.
YFF draws from just about every possible musical genre, mixing together with a
fast punk beat what might be considered
totally incompatible music. The great attraction of the band lies in it's very ability
to do the musically unthinkable and create
a symphony out of discordant notes. It's
reminiscent ofthe genius in some of Tom
Waits' recent work.
And trying to pick out the different
types of music involved in every song is no
easy chore either. Somewhere in the
background you swear that you're listening
to a bizarre takeoff from the Beach Boys
and then maybe a little Chuck Berry or the
haunting psychedelic throb of a Jimi
Hendrix guitar. It's all wonderfully meshed
with a fast modern punk beat, weird, lyrics
and the strange voice of Chuck Carroll.
After opening the show with a standard set of songs including Big House and
My Friend Ringo, the band shifted into
overdrive in the second set with some of
their favourite loud tunes.
Rock and Roll Pest Control, a loud,
raunchy hard rock thriller set off the usual
slam dancing spree as did Good Times Bad
Times. One ofthe funniest songs ofthe
evening was an ode to Christian gospel
singer Amy Grant, a mind warping psychedelic tune which sounded like Jimi Hendrix
had arisen from his grave and gone punk.
Much to the delight of the crowd the
inevitable kazoo ballad was played,
especially for that virtuous young woman of
every boy's dreams.
The night could not be lost without at
least one rendition ofthe Young Fresh Fellows Theme song which in its peaceful, melodic quirkiness is closest to Jonathan Rich-
One specific influence which can be at
tributed to the band is the Beatles and a
stirring rendition of Hey Jude was played
in their honor. The Bee Gees' I Started a
Joke brought more than a few howls from
the crowd.
The band members themselves make
generous contributions to the aura as
Carroll showed up wearing a purple jacket
ofthe type similarly seen on circus clowns.
Drummer Tad Hutchison looked like a true
Beatle, sporting a suit, tie, white shirt, mop
top haircut and of course—the shades man.
Carroll informed the crowd before the
show began that Hutchison was an artist of
great integrity and would stop playing his
drums if a song was deemed unworthy. The
pauses were few.
Perhaps uncanilly, the joke served as a
statement of principles for an ingenious,
lively, intelligent and above all fun band
which never gives itself much opportunity
to forsake the I word.
Bereft from the hackneyed political innuendos which bog down so many bands
YFF strikes a chord for good old fashioned
rock and roll with its far fetched style.
After all, the music was designed so that
people could have fun.
January 20,1989
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Sundays and Holidays
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AMS Executive Elections
SUB Conversation Pit
Monday, January 23rd, 1989
The Graduate Student
Centre presents:
Bring your lotion, man. Your beach towel. Your shades.
And man, Bask to the rhythm.
Tickets on sale at
AMS Box Office
& Grad Centre
Fryday January 27th
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Council Briefs
Cookie caper rages on
Students are "confused" as to
the future availablity of gourmet
cookies in the student union building according to student council
and the AMS now intends to educate the masses on AMS plans.
"I think we all are sitting here
knowing the facts and what the
AMS is doing is best for students,"
said Bob Seeman, student Board
of Governors representative and
seconder of the Wednesday night
motion. "We are doing it in their
best interest."
The motion included suggestions of a detailed press release
and a display case in SUB to be
drawn up by AMS general manager Charles Redden and president Tim Bird.
Although he supported the
motion, Bird warned against a
full-scale campaign: "I don't want
students to get the impression
that the AMS is spending a lot of
money with a flashy campaign
because we've been accused of that
once already."
Only one council member
spoke against the motion. Jay
Carroll from Architecture said she
thought students were not that
uninformed. "I think that if you
think Duke's is a pure image question than I think you're missing
the point," said Carroll.
The AMS is still questioning
the legitimacy ofthe petition supporting Duke's with over 2,000
The AMS wants to operate
their own cookie store to bring the
profits back into the AMS. Bursaries have been suggested as a pos
sible target of those profits.
But Library and Archival
Studies representative Noel
McFerron said he did not like the
AMS talking about bursaries because "We are really awful at giving out bursaries. We have all
kinds...but they're not being distributed right now."
A campaign to advertise the
current AMS bursaries available
is now underway.
Fence-sitting motion aborted
They didn't take a stand—but
they did decide against not taking
a stand.
The issue was a possible UBC
abortion clinic and student council
voted heavily against a motion
that would see them sit on the
fence on the issue.
Library and Archival studies
representative Noel McFerron
moved that "Student council take
no stand on the issue of access to
abortion on this campus" with
further recommendations that the
AMS's service organizations serve
as a forum for debate on the issue.
"This motion is not about
whether or not the AMS supports
or opposes [an abortion clinic on
campus]," said McFerron, adding
that he would like to see more
debate and did not feel any decision made by student council could
be reflective of the "diverse" student population at this time.
Opposition came from External Affairs Co-ordinator Lisa Eckman who said, "as an AMS council,
we can take a stand."
However, Eckman said she
felt it was an issue the incoming
student council should make.
AMS Executive Elections
Poll Clerks
Needed ($4.00/hour)
January 25th, 26th and 27th
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French practice safe art
by Kathy Chung
The exhibit currently at the
JL Fine Arts Gallery contains
the works of nineteen students
from L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts de
Paris, one of the most famous art
schools ofthe world.
L'Ecole des Beaux-Arts
de Paris
UBC Fine Arts Gallery
Until February 4
Francois Wehrlin, the director ofthe school, writes that the
collection is "proof of the variety
of tendencies among the school's
teachers and of the complete
freedom of expression accorded
to the young artists." Certainly,
this fact is substantiated. These
student artists are aware of and
seem to be working from established traditions.
... no one is taking
risks ...
On one wall of the Fine Arts
Gallery are four delicate pencil
studies entitled, "Le Grand-
pere", by Nathalie Gautier. In
each, the grandfather is reclining
and the artist has concentrated
on his upper body, especially the
face and hands, leaving the rest
of his figure to fade into the
surroundings. The pencil lines
are beautiful and carefully
expressive. The drawings convey
a depth of feeling which Gautier
seems to hold for her model.
What is unusual is that while all
four pieces have the same
atmosphere and appear to have
been made at the same time,
their dates span three years. I
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Gautier's work.
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"L'Animal" clearly show a more
expressionistic approach. Distorted figures and objects drawn
in charcol are animated with
rough lines and dashes of bright
colour. Elsewhere, there are soft-
focused, impressionistic pencil
drawings of a garden by Damien
Cabanes and figures by Francois
These are recent drawings
from students, many of whom
are in their late 20's. Because of
this, I had expected the show to
be exciting and provocative. I
was sadly disappointed.
... there is little
intensity of experience
or emotion ...	
In general, what I see is
safe, polite art. There is little
intensity of experience or
emotion in the pieces. No one is
taking risks, nor does anyone
seem to be saying anything with
conviction. They are working
with knowledge of a certain
tradition but fail to explore and
test its limits.
Wehrlin writes that "for the
time being, the most important
thing is to see what there is to be
seen. .. .As for criticism, that
will be the task of historians,
when enough time has passed to
enable an objective view." The
first part of his statement is
valid. One ofthe values of this
show is that it allows us to see
what students are producing in
other schools, in other countries.
However, it is a cop-out to
say that criticism should be left
to historians. Perhaps the two
hundred year tradition of the
Beaux-Arts and its academic tradition is stronger than Wehrlin
knows. The students in this show
are skillful and competent
artists, and what they need to do
is use their skill to explore
beneath surface appearances, to
enquire and to express with
energy and intensity the results
of their inquiry.
Gautier: safe, polite art.
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January 20,1989
THE UBYSSEY/9 Going out with a bang:
A less than flattering
tribute to an outgoing
student council.
We wish we could be kinder—it started
off so well.
Wednesday's demonstration against tuition
fee hikes did not have
official AMS support or
endorsement. The next
one does. That change of
heart came Wednesday
night—after the first
demonstration was an
overwhelming success.
Next week we elect
new AMS executives and
shortly afterwards, constituency reps who will
sit on student council.
This time let's not make
the mistake of electing a
group of people who are
so out of touch with the
student population that
they didn't realize that
what the students obviously wanted in response
to proposed tuition fee
hikes was action.
It took a groundswell
of discontented students
to organize the rally on
Wednesday—a rally that
got the issue of university
funding into the mainstream media and into
the public. Students
wanted to yell and a
group of dedicated people
made that possible. The
The AMS consists of
people elected by you and
for you. They are supposed to be in touch with
students and have a feel
for what kind of action
they should take on behalf of students.
The AMS's low key
efforts thus far are admirable and appreciated.
But they were obviously
not enough. Students
wanted more but the
AMS did not take the risk
that a rally was too sixty -
ish for this previously
apathetic campus. And
now that the AMS has
seen what the students
want, they jumped on the
bandwagon and are providing support.
The hesitation ofthe
AMS to demonstrate is
only one visible symptom
of a larger affliction.
Wednesday night
also saw student council
basically pass a motion
that said students didn't
know what they were
doing when they signed
AMS feels compelled to
educate the students to
convince them that the
AMS is doing what's best
for them.
For some students
the decision to sign the
Duke's petition was an
emotional one based on
gut (literally) reaction to
the thought of another
AMS-run food outlet. But
to assume that all or most
students didn't know the
issues when they signed
is patronizing.
So far the AMS is ignoring those 2,600 signatures, dismissing them
as ill-informed and "confused."
Rec Fac
Students voted in favour of a recreation facility. But not without a
massive pro-RecFac,
AMS backed and run
campaign. The current
AMS wanted to leave
behind a monument of
their time here, and they
did just about everything
possible to get it passed,
including bus ads.
If the AMS were acting on students' behalves, reflecting what
they felt students
wanted, they wouldn't
have had to put on the big
push. Instead, the jAMS
got what THEY wanted
by spending big bucks to
get it.
The AMS had a mandate to hold a referendum
on RecFac. They did not
have a mandate to go all
out and spend, spend,
spend to convince students that this was a good
tion without bias. They
chose not to.
The Ubyssey
And last, but not
least, there is our outgoing council's consistently
paternalistic and unthinking attitude towards The Ubyssey—a
publication that some
council members seem to
think exists solely as an
organ of their propaganda.
They didn't like our
stand against RecFac. It
wasn't a nice thing to do
to your publisher. Some
of them don't want us to
publish the annual
"queer" issue this year
because they say it's not
relevant. They have frequently shown distrust of
us, once demanding us to
print a retraction for a
story that had already
been checked by two lawyers. But the AMS knows
best. (The next day saw
the AMS lawyer dispel
their fears of a libel suit
and the retraction never
The quick and easy
solution to communication problems between
the AMS and the student
population is to publish it
in The Ubyssey. The
Ubyssey is a service organization. We provide
you with information.
But our biggest service is
to train journalists—
critical journalists who
do not merely reprint the
ramblings of politicians
but who question and
criticize them.
Student   journalists
the AMS becomes more
active and interesting,
most of The Ubyssey's
volunteers will continue
to find more interesting
topics elsewhere. We feel
a responsibility to cover
campus issues. We only
wish the AMS would
make the issue, not us.
"This must have been
a really bad council. Everybody wants to get in
and change it, "Engineering rep on AMS council,
Wednesday, Jan. 18, in
reference to the large
number of people running
in next week's election.
the Ubyssey
January 20, 1989
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The war drums were sounding at at the offices of the Ubyssey.
Robert Groberman gnashed his teeth and screamed for blood. Katherine Monk and Deanne Fisher, dressed only in combat fatigues
fingered the triggers of their automatic weapons and joked about
"Blowing away Pigs." Michael Vaney produced a bomb from the
inside pocket of his Cuban Combat Coat (CCC)... he had kept it as
a souvenir after his year of fighting in Angola. Olivia Zanger cried
out for everyone to stop and consider their actions. Laura J. May
and Stephen Laazenby grabbed her and slapped her until she
regained her senses. Jon Treichel, Robin Meulebach, Joe Altwasser, and Ernest Stelzer claimed they were superior because they
were "Aryans". They hung up a picture of Arnold Swarzeneggerand
goosestepped around the room singing "Danke schon, darling,
danke schbn..." Greg Davis plotted the downfall ofthe western capitalist nations with Svetozar Kontic (who was drunk and didn't
follow anything he said). "At any rate," said Ted Aussem, "we can't
cause the total downfall of the imperialist, capi talis t-scumpigs until
my IBM stock goes a little higher." Barb Wilson and Keith Damsell
painted Maoist slogans on the windows using the blood of an
unfortunate janitor who had pointed out that it was no longer fashionable to be either socially conscious or radically left-wing. He had
been bludgeoned to death with a rolled-up copy of the UBC Informant by Catherine Lu and Roberta Cenedese. Meanwhile, Thomas
Long and Cathy Chung sipped tea and discussed things of no
importance, such as Fantasy Gardens ("Wouldn't that be a nice
place to blow-up some day?"). Harvey Cheung and Hai Le made
jewlery from the dismembered body parts of AMS staffers. Julie
Boulter, Mandel Ngan photographed the whole event for posterity
andtomakepropogandaleaflets. Rick Hiebert got carried away and
said "Gee, this is sure neat!" Corinne Bjorge and Stacy Newcombe
simply sighed and said softly... "We're not in Kansas anymore
Toto..." Little did they know that George Bush had already sent in
the Marines to prevent communist expansion in North America.(In
just seven days, he can make you a man!)
news: Deanne Fisher
entertainment: Robert Groberman
city desk: Katherine Monk
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January 20 ,1989 JJTTEBS
AMS tactics
What a perverse juxtaposition of values! Entering into the
SUB concourse Monday, one was
presented with a contrast which is
symptomatic of our times and of
our society. The week of January
16th to 20th is Amnesty International week at UBC. With large
sign board displays, a symbolic
prisoner of conscience in a cage
and a video presentation of the
Human Rights Now! concert series, the members of Amnesty are
trying to make students aware of
the deplorable situation of human
rights globally.
Yet, abutting this display,
which visually dominates the concourse, is a booth offering a complimentary taste of a new cookie recipe. The AMS, in a desperate bid to
legitimize its corporate cannibalism, has taken steps to win student approval and give credibility
to its desire for a monopoly on all
revenue-raising outlets in SUB.
Amnesty, which had booked
the entirety of the concourse in
conformance with all AMS guidelines and procedures, was never
informed about the "cookie-caper"
and was surprized and irate at this
move; for not only had the AMS not
informed Amnesty but it has also
breached the very guidelines and
procedures it had instituted to
govern such bookings. To be plain,
the AMS contravened its own policies for its benefit and political
Thisisthecentralissue. Ifthe
student government cannot abide
by its own rules, can it expect
anyone else to? Does the AMS
seriously expect to merit respect or
credibility from students, the university or the community, if it
appears to be so wantonly corrupt?
This conflict of interest is so blatant as to appear laughable.
The reputation of the AMS
was already tarnished over the
controversy before the silly display on Monday. However, there
is something further to the spectacle. The line-ups for free cookies
far-exceeded the number of people
genuinely concerned with learning more about how human beings
are being tortured, arbitrarily
arrested, "disappeared" and extrajudicially executed. Are students
so blase or apathetic as to not be
concerned? Or, do they know
about the abuses and are not willing to do something constructive,
such as signing a petition, writing
a letter, making a small donation?
Either way, Monday's lunch hour
starkly made evident the fundamental values of our society: greed
and the desire for something for
nothing over the willingness to
assist "the Conspiracy of Hope"
overcome "the Conspiracy of Silence."
Tom Andrews
Unclassified 5
Aggie drool
shames UBC
Hats off to the organizers ofthe
Wednesday rally. The students of
UBC finally stirred themselves to
life. Did it make a difference?
Damn' rights. It would have been
a perfect success had it not been
for one detracting factor: just afew
yards away, the aggies were holding a boat race. It's hard not to
point fingers here, but someone
screwed things.
The fact that the Aggies held
the boat race the same day as the
rally at the same time showed
simple one-upmanship. They
were trying to steal some of the
spotlight from the rally by acting
like the ignorant blowhards that
would do such a mindless thing.
Holding a boat race during the
rally was not only irresponsible, it
detracted from the seriousness of
the protest. There was no reason
why the boat race couldn't wait
until after the rally. Picture this:
the news hour. Hundreds of thousands are watching the report on
the tuition protest. They see concerned students voicing their
opihions. They realize how important this issue is to us. Now the
camera pans and focuses. The
viewers see a group of students
having beer drinking races. Poof!
There goes our image. Now we're
just a bunch of loud obnoxious
kids. In one fell swoop you kicked
a hole in the purpose of the rally.
Hey, Aggies. Tuition is going
up 10%. Hadn't you heard? Maybe
an explanation could be found
from one Aggy who said, "Fm
graduating this year. Why should
I care?" Then he wiped drool off his
Here's to the aggies, acting like
spoiled children who want attention. Your actions were ignorant,
immature and inexcusable. What
do you have planned for the Jan.
26 rally at the Faculty Club? A
cowflop throwing contest?
Aaron Drake
Physics 4
Cultures provide
valuable resource
Towards the end of last November, a frightening thing occurred in the Ubyssey...
The Doll brothers began voicing their beliefs of the "truths"
behind Native Indian cultures in
Despite the fact that both
Michael and Alex Doll's opinions
were entirely ignorant, ethnocentric and absurd, they did serve us
some purpose: we now know that a
fine learning establishment such
as UBC does accept students that
are entirely ignorant, ethnocentric and absurd—and proud of it.
From the Dolls we have
learned some interesting facts (all
verified by personal experience of
course) about Native Indians in
- they have too many languages
- their languages are inferior
- they are still in the "culture
shock" from the rapid transition
from the "hunter/gatherer age" to
the "atomic age" when Europeans
arrived on our shores with nuclear
technology over 400 years ago
- most Native Indians don't
care about their culture
Did anyone know UBC was
accepting transcripts from Planet
As the Doll brothers have
pointed out, they believe Native
Indian culture should be either
abolished or assimilated. It
doesn't serve us any good, after all,
and we're much better off with our
own "superior" culture.
Give us a break, boys, and
think for once. Just because your
childhood experiences with a few
individuals were ungratifying, is
that a basis to judge all Canadian
Native Indians with everywhere?
Thank God some Arts students
don't judge all Engineers on your
shining examples of intelligence.
Because history is static here
on Planet Earth, we should be able
to look back and learn something
from it. In the 1830's, Michael and
Alex weren't around, neither was
anyone else from the Planet Doll.
But the Hudson Bay Company's
Fort Simpson was, and so were the
Gitskan Indians. The two accepted the other's presence, and
actually benefitted from it. The
Gitskan provided Fort Simpson
with furs, the fort offered goods in
return. It was a system of exchange.
The answer now isn't to forget
Native Indian culture in favour of
something more "technological" or
popular, but to engage in a little
"cultural exchange". Who knows,
we might learn something from it.
Mark Alexander, James
Hutchinson, Michael Hanslip,
Lora-Lynn Oxenbury, Miles
Lavkulich, Chriss Spinder,
Arts 3
Native cultures
In response to D. Nyce's
charges that I am mining on lands
"borrowed" from the Indians, I
would like to mention something
about the Gitksan system of establishing land rights. If one came
across a piece of land that was
unoccupied, the man (not woman)
erected a crest pole proclaiming a
territory of undetermined size
belonging to the discoverer and his
heirs. The land then belonged to
the man until he was removed
from the land by force by someone
else. This is similar to feudal Europe where land (and women)
were prizes of battle. I cite the
Birds of K'san series on these
points. As such, my mining company can legally (by the Gitksan
system) acquire land by going to
war with the present owner.
With respect to your charge of
living off the Indians in my area, I
wish to inform you that 70% ofthe
Indian population in my high
school does not mean that the total
population is 70% Indian. If somebody were to read you the 1981
census, you will see that the Kiti-
mat-Stikine Regional District
(KSRD) is only 16.2% Indian. Also,
the average Indian wage is 44%
less than non-Indians. So, the
reverse of your charge is true
(CND81B41 G2, SDN81B31112).
It appears that the unnamed
Indian reserve to which you referred is in the Vancouver area. As
such, I can assume that it has been
in full contact with the White Man
for about 100 years. The Kitwan-
cool (or Gitanyow) reserve near my
hometown has had total contact
(ie. cars, TV) for less than 15 years.
The culture shock is severe, and
unlike anything that has happened down here for over 50 years.
These people do need help adjusting to the twentieth century, but
giving them a vast empire to rule
(ie. land claims) is not the answer.
The Kitwancool reserve is
trying to get a small logging firm
operating, and it is costing the
taxpayers plenty. However, industry on the reserve is more valuable
than additional reserve land since
Indians hunt and trap about as
much as non-Indians.
Private industry normally
avoids reserves because of the
jurisdictional disputes that tend
to arise, so it will have to be either
governments or the reserves
themselves that create employment for Indians. The most preferable combination would see the
former aiding the latter in some
endeavour (like the Kitwancool
logging outfit) while the Indians
gain experience and confidence.
Before this can happen, more Indians are going to need a university
education. Now, even with massive monetary subsidies, only
0.37% of Indians in the KSRD
have a university degree
(SDN81B31 B13).
Alex Doll
Mining Engineering 2
Racist scrawlings
As in most of the washrooms
on this campus, the Women's in
Sedgewick Library has masses of
graffiti scrawled all over the walls.
In the stall furthest from the door,
someone has drawn a sizeable
portrait of an Oriental woman.
Beside this drawing are scratched
racist comments too offensive to
quote here.
I wish to address the authors
of these comments:
My dear friends,
Racism and bigotry are not
only out of vogue, but they are dangerous to the health of both you
and society as a whole. How do you
suppose we got ourselves into violent and oppressive situations
such as those in South Africa,
Northern Ireland and various locations in Native Canada? Lack of
understanding, lack of compassion, ignorance, selfishness, fear.
I suggest that you try to relieve yourselves (and us) of your
intolerant arrogance. Perhaps you
should get to know some Oriental
people; maybe nose through the
library at the Asian Centre; goto a
Koto recital; hang out in Chinatown; read Joy Kogawa'a Obas-
People are people - we simply
have different ways of seeing the
same things. So get off you supremacist asses and educate yourselves! Isn't that why you're here?
Peace on Earth; good will
toward ALL!
Paula Pryce
Arts 3
AMS escapade
What is the AMS doing now?
This week the AMS has staged a
cookie tasting contest, but for
whatpurpose ....toliberate Duke's
employees who are content to
work for that capitalist "swine"
Mr. Markus? No. The AMS says it
will end the cookie issue, but do
they mean for this week only?
Nothing has been said that Duke's
lease will be renewed if the student body chooses Duke's cookies
over the AMS cookies. Is the AMS
assuming that it will win the contest?
The AMS tactics are not justified because they are giving away
the same product that Duke's
sells, right outside his storefront,
and the cost of this bakeoff is being
brought to you by the students
while the dispute is actually between Duke's and the AMS board.
Is it not short of illegal for a landlord to charge for shopspace and
then to steal the tenants business
by giving his product, or a substitute product, away in front of his
store? The AMS could have introduced their "gourmet" cookie in
either the Subway or Snack Attack outlets. Furthermore, the
Amnesty International display
that had been booked in the SUB
foyer for weeks has been forced to
share its audience with the AMS.
The AMS is using the student's
money to finance this little escapade. They bought cookies from
George's, Patti's, and Duke's, as
well as coming up with their own
cookie recipe at the expense of a
chef consultant. It should also be
noted that the AMS is paying staff
wages of at least $7/hour to man
this cookie booth. In order to poll
100 students, 100 cookies have to
be purchased, and if a 10%
quarum were to be established,
the cost would exceed the average
Meanwhile, across the foyer, a
small table has been set up to
gather signatures to petition the
10% increase in tuition fees. I
think the AMS should get its priorities straight and funnel money
into issues that are of more concern to the majority of students,
For example, the expenditure of
the cookie question could be used
to make a genuine campaign for
halting the increase in tuition.
The time and money that has
been wasted on this issue so far is
getting to the point of rediculous.
Do you not think that the AMS has
better things to do than railroad
legitimate bussinesses off campus? I certainly do!
Owen C. Davies
Arts 4
Cookies 'n
There seems to be some confusion regarding Duke's Cookies and
the future availability of cookies
and cappuccinos in SUB. I can
assure you that gourmet cookies
and specialty coffees are here to
stay. The only thing that is expiring is the lease agreement between Duke's Cookies and the
Over two years ago, the AMS
decided to replace this operation
with a similar one where all the
revenue would remain in the society and be used to enhance and
expand the AMS services provided
to the undergraduate societies,
constituted clubs, service organizations, and student population as
a whole. The UBC students employed by the AMS in the new
cookie establishment will also receive a starting wage of $7.40 per
hour as opposed to the $5.00 starting hourly wage offered by Duke's
But can the AMS make a great
cookie? That is for you to decide at
the Great AMS Cookie Caper (the
conclusion to the cookie confusion)
to be held in SUB on January 16th
to 20th. Choose your favorite
cookie and find out who made it.
Will it be from Duke's, Patti's,
George's, or the AMS?
Leanne Jacobs
Director of Administration
Cappucinos 'n
One of the first articles
printed in the Ubyssey on the
Duke's issue, indicated AMS intentions to close Duke's and open
their own effort in the "Travel
Cuts' location. Why not leave
Duke's be, open an AMS cookie
shop as well, and provide good
competition as well as a choice for
Other printed remarks concern
Mr. Markus' annual earnings,
which are after all, the result of a
legitimate business enterprise -
shouldn't students take a long
hard look at the AMS Business
Manager's Salary which appears
to equal that of Mr. Markus and is
the result of student fees?
Ted Barker
Duke's employee.
Intelligent letter
of the week
By the way Micheal Anthony
is the greatest bass player in the
P.S. Don't let 'Zalm 'n the
Strangeone finance me out of a
vehicle. It's uncomfortable boink-
ing on the back seat of a bus. ETC.
Douglas Bodrug
Psycho 3
The Ubyssey welcomes letters on any issue. Letters
must be typed and are not to
exceed 300 words in length.
Content which is judged to be
libelous, homophobic, sexist,
racist or factually incorrect
will not be published. Please
be concise. Letters may be
edited for brevity, but it is
standard Ubyssey policy not
to edit letters for spelling or
grammatical mistakes.
Please bring them, witri identification, to SUB 241k. Letters must include name, faculty, and signature.
January 20,1989
The city's shame
Vancouver's Homeless: the problem that won't go away
For all the hue and cry
about people sleeping on the
street, Stephen Leary of
Downtown Eastside Resident Association has one
thing to say: "It's an American image. You don't see too
many people living on the
streets of Vancouver."
The image that people sleep under the
bridge orinthe parkisamisperception that
will not serve the plight ofthe people living
in Vancouver Downtown Eastside, he says.
We risk missing the real, but invisible,
homeless people— those who live on the
fringe of our society—who inhabit any of
the 370 rundown hotels and rooming
houses in the area if we do not change our
ideas of what a homeless person is like.
Leary cites the United Nations definition of the homeless person as someone
with no secure tenancy and says it applies
to most of the people living on the Downtown Eastside.
"(The tenancy) is between you and your
landlord. Your landlord has all the rights
and can kick you out at any moment. So
that's homelessness," he says. "There are
15,000 people living down here in any of 370
Serg-Maj. Allan Johnston ofthe Salvation Army agrees, but he believes there are
people equipped with tents, tarpaulins, and
blankets sleeping under the Georgia Viaduct and at Stanley Park. Johnston believes that since Canada is a more caring
society than the U.S.—Canada's universal
medicare system, generous unemployment
insurance and other government services
prevent many poor Canadians from becoming homeless—far fewer Canadians than
Americans slip through the social safety
For instance, anyone who suddenly
finds him or herself without a roof overhead
can obtain emergency relief from the provincial government: they have the option of
spending the night at the government-run
shelter on Cambie Street or at any ofthe hotels in Downtown Eastside with the rent
paid for by Social Services.
The hotels in the area are symbols of
the onslaught of exploding urban poverty, a
cheap source of accommodation—-and
crime, says Staff-Sergeant Terry Roberts.
Under the Hotel-Innkeeper Act, there
is no agreement between the tenant and the
landlord. Residents are usually charged on
a monthly basis. On the 31st day, the tenant
either moves out or the hotel manager will
charge him for that day, says Hairy Harry,
a street veteran, who lives in a hotel when
the weather turns cold, but spends most of
the year outside.
Decay lurks beneath the veneer at most
hotels. The typical room there is dimly lit. It
is about 2 metres wide and 3 metres long. It
has a bed, sink and some nails protruding
from the wall.
"The place is filthy and a firetrap.
Sometimes there is no electricity. Plumbing
doesn't always work," says Harry.
The hallway of most hotels is strewn
with lysol spray cans, rubbing alcohol
bottles, shaving bottles and other wastes,
says Booby Bob Booze, another street person.
The baths are so dirty no one feels safe
using them, says BBB. "Nobody ever cleans
in them. You never know with all these
diseases going around, you don't want to
take a chance on anything."
The elevator in some hotels does not
always work and that poses an serious
problem for the infirm and the aged living
there. Climbing up and down the stairs to
their place of exile or to visit their friends,
they are physically spent, says one senior
living in one of the hotels on Columbia
The 15 000 people living down here
comprise a tiny fraction of an estimated half
a million Canadians who live in sub-standard accommodation, according to the
Canadian Council on Social Development.
Because the Residential Tenancy Act
does not cover the hotels and the rooming
houses that dot the Downtown Eastside, the
hotel manager can throw the tenant out at
the slightest infraction or for no reason at
Some of the popular methods of evictions, according to Booby Bob Booze, a former street veteran of 10 years, include
putting a new lock on the tenant's door, removing the door's room so that the tenant
has no choice but to move out, or simply, by
word of mouth. Sometimes the eviction is
justified, he says, but he wishes that they
could have been more "tolerant."
Astonishingly, the majority of the
evicted will move out with little more than
a murmur of complaint. In 99 percent of all
the cases, says Stephen Leary of DERA, the
tenants do not get a refund.
He calls the practice a "rip-off of the
welfare system because the government
will have to dole out more money to put the
evicted in a hostel for the rest of the month.
"Everyday people are being thrown out of
the street," he says. "(The landlords) can do
that once a day for 30 days so they can make
thousands of dollars off the system."
Just over two years ago, at the height of
the exposition, a rash of evictions hit the
Downtown Eastside. Over 750 people lost
rooms which they called home for many
years. At least two suicides had been attributed to the stress caused by the eviction.
For years, DERA, an organization that
also tries to cut through the bureaucratic
sludge to help people get welfare or open a
bank account, has been lobbying the provincial government to amend the Residential
Tenancy Act to protect the people living in
the hotels or rooming houses down there,
but has been making little headway. For
now, DERA sees no changes on the horizon.
Who lives on the Downtown Eastside?
People of all ages and backgrounds, people
with some form of disability, people who
have lost a job and whose unemployment
insurance has run out, and people with low
incomes, says Leary.
Most people living down there are on
welfare because most of them are disabled
to some degree, says Mr. Leary, adding that
people, including lawyers and teachers, are
not immune to welfare, and that the reason
one does not see many people sleeping on
the street in any Canadian city is because
"anyone who needs help can get welfare and
there are shelters."
"The image that they are lazy, strong,
able people and that they can work is not the
case," he says. "The average employer will
not hire an epileptic who has a paralyzed
arm, paralyzed legs or is in a wheelchair."
The average single person on welfare
gets $250 a month for shelter. That's the
maximum the Social Ministry will give him,
says a social worker who prefers to remain
Stephen Leary agrees and says that if
these people find a place that charges less
than $250, for example $230, the Social
Ministry will deduct $20 from their pay-
cheque. "You don't gain anything by finding
a cheaper place to live," he says. "If he rents
a place that costs him more than $250, he
takes money out of his food money (about
$180 a month or $6 a day) to pay for the
Those who have been on welfare face
numerous obstacles of extricating themselves from the dependency cycle, says
Stephen. For one thing, they need a haircut,
shaving materials, clean clothes—these
things cost money—and these people barely
have enough money to last them through
the month. In addition, a round-trip on the
bus costs them $2.50. $2.50 could be the
difference between the interview or the
"Tough decisions to make," says Hairy
Harry, referring to the dilemma he once
faced when deciding to look for a job. Hairy
Harry is currently on welfare and is not
actively looking for a job. Armed with the
knowledge that his prospective employers
would likely reject him because he had no
phone and was on welfare, he nevertheless
plunged ahead and went to many interviews before finally giving up.
"Maybe people don't like my beard," he
says, shaking his head lightly to one side
and then the other.
It is difficult to break out of welfare for
many reasons, only one of which is alcohol.
Serg-Major Allan Johnston supervises the
detox center on East Cordova: "Many are
unemployable because they can't hold out a
job. A lot of alcoholics...get their first
paycheck...five days later they are back to
square one."
The way Staff-Sergeant Terry Roberts
sees it, Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
has approximately 60 percent of all the licenced premises in the city. Leary thinks
the percentage is higher: 80 percent.
Such a large concentration of bars in
such a small neighborhood affects the residents and according to Staff-Sergeant
Terry Roberts the bars and other factors
such as high unemployment, lack of recreation centers for the people living there, and
the availability of street drugs may have
spurred a dramatic jump in crimes in the
Downtown Eastside.
For example, robbery cases in the area
totaled 545—up 24 percent from 1987—
compared to 181 for his section which is
north of Broadway and runs from Cambell
avenue to Commercial. Other statistics
point to the same conclusion.
"Drinking is a major factor in many of
the crimes committed down here," he says,
adding that the violent drunkards often
end up in jail, while the non-violent ones in
the detox centre.
Admits Stephen Leary of DERA, "Any
neighborhood like ours (Downtown
Eastside) is going to have problems associated with bars," but he adds that "...a lot of
people living down here don't go to bars."
According to Booby Bob Booze, bars are
an ideal place where drugs change hand
because "there are always people walking
around and say 'hi,' Iii,' 'hi,' and slip up
It is also a close-knit community. "In
the bar everybody knows everybody and
(when) a stranger comes in, they (drugs
traffickers) know right away."
That means an undercover police officer trying to stanch the flow of drugs would
pretend to be a tramp, an alcoholic, or
whatever one calls him, says BBB and
hangs around bars for weeks just to be recognized. He then makes a small buy, then a
larger buy, before blowing his cover for a
large drug bust.
For many people living on Downtown
Eastside, skid-row life, whether intended
to be temporary or permanent, seems designed to thwart their attempt at extricating themselves physically and financially
from it.
Says BBB who spent 10 years living in
one of the hotels, "On the street out there,
there's nothing to do. There's one or two
recreation centers...all sides you are bombarded by drugs, druggies, alcoholics - no
matter what, you are not going to stay
straight for too long."
Hidden inside all these complex issues
of crimes, of drunkennes, of poverty, ofthe
lack of affordable housing, is the issue of
solving the causes of homelessness, of getting people living down there out ofthe rut
they are in. Says Sergeant-Major
Johnston, "If I knew the answer to the problem, I would be the Prime Minister of Canada."
By Hai V. Le
January 20 ,1989


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