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Vanier disturbances
NOT QUITE MAKIN' A RUCKUS: Construction continues at Place Vanier. Michelle furbacher photo
by Krista McFadden
Construction of a new student residence. Tec de Monterrey House,
began a week and a Half ago to shorten 2500-person housing waitlists
and promote internationalisation
at UBC.
Modelled after its completed sister building Korea-UBC House, the
residence is built on Place Vanier
grounds in partnership with the Tec
de Monterrey University in Mexico
and will house close to 200 international and domestic undergraduate
'Certainly, with the huge
demand [for] housing at UBC, another residence is good for the institution and for students," said Director
of Housing Fred Fotis.
For now, however, the current
residents of Place Vanier are hying
next to a typical construction site.
Construction is expected to last
approximately ten months, and is
being worked on from 7am to 6pm
Monday through Saturday. Many of
the 1150 Place Vanier residents,
including those in Cariboo House,
Mawdsley, Robson and Korea-UBC
House, will be subject to the dust and
noise that is characteristic of a construction site.
According to Fotis, it is unlikely
that construction will halt during
December and April exams, although
there may be some opportunities to
limit the hours of construction.
"The most important [goal]," he
said, "is to get the building [completed] in a timely fashion."
All Place Vanier residents
received a letter of notification
regarding the construction last
January. Compensation in the form
of a reduction of residence fees is
not being offered to those students
who maybe affected by the construction of the building. In the unlikely
event that rooms in other buildings
or residences become available, stu~
dents have the option of applying for
a room transfer.
But students don't appear to be
bothered by the disturbance.
According to Fotis, there have been
no complaints reaching the housing
office regarding the new construction and Dave Kiloh, Residence Life
Manager for Place Vanier, said no
Place Vanier students have come to
him with complaints.
Cariboo House resident Amy
Schactman said the construction is a
concern mostly in the morning.
"(The noise] is annoying when you
wake up," she said, "but [the construction] doesn't seem like a really
big deal yet"
Zara Rahman added, "{The construction] hasn't been too bad now,
we're getting used to it'
Other students like Cariboo
House resident Siri Linz, felt that the
noise is not am issue at all. 'I can't
really hear anything [from the construction],' she said.
For those who can hear the construction, like Schactman and
Rahman, a bigger concern is the
noise during exam periods, when
they will be spending most of their
time in. their rooms studying.
UBC Housing is looking into
other opportunities to create more
on-campus housing for students.
Fotis revealed plans are already in
the works for a new senior residence
off of SW Marine Drive, which will
provide approximately 2000 more
beds for senior and graduate
student use.
In the meantime, students who
didn't make it into res this year will
have to look for other housing
options while more student
dwellings are built on-campus. ♦
A Streetcar Named Desire at UBC's
Frederic Wood Theatre, until Oct 5.
at 7:30pm.
Theatre at UBC brings the excellent play by Tennessee Williams to
campus. Fortunes lost, love gained,
and scandal, scandal, scandal!
UBC Film Society production at
SUB Plaza South (beside the hill),
Saturday Sept. 28 at 12pm.
Filmsoc is filming a spy comedy
(Our Man McKenzie), and they need
extras! Specifically, they want a
crowd of at least 100 protestors to
simulate protests at the recent G8
Summit in Calgary. To hang out on
the set and see all the action, show
up in casual clothing (avoid brand
K-OS at UBC's PIT Pub, Saturday
Sept. 23 at 8:30pm. $12.
One of Canada's strongest hip-
hop artists performs on campus.
Young and Sexy and The Frames at
Richard's on Richards (1036
Richards St), Sunday Sept. 29. $10.
The Frames, one of Ireland's
favourite indie rock bands, rolls into
town to play a concert with local
guests Young and Sexy. The price of
admission is a bargain, and you can
expect to hear some new material. PAGE FRIDAY
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Housing construction
disrupts campus parking
by Megan Thomas
Construction in the B-lots has reduced the available space for student parking. New housing for
faculiy and staff has taken up the space.
According to Parking Access and Control
Services Manager Danny Ho, many attempts
were made to accommodate campus parking
needs during the construction period.
Traffic management in the form of RCMP
officers was utilised during the first two weeks
of the term to direct traffic, and temporary
parking was^ created along 16th Avenue and
Marine Drive for overflow.
Also, Ho said that all available spaces close
to the B-lots, Thunderbird stadium and Main
Mall were temporarily made available as park
ing spots.
Parking Access and Control also planned for
the B-lot construction disruptions by promoting
the sale of student parking permits during the
summer months. Such permits allow drivers to
park in parkades instead of in the B-lot
Ho said that over a thousand more parking
permits were sold before the start of term this
year. Ho notes that this is 1000 fewer cars than
would have been in the B-lots had they not purchased parking permits.
Ho felt the marketing strategy was very successful in reducing parking distress.
"We are going to be more aggressive [in marketing permits] in future years," Ho said.
When asked about the current parking situation on campus Ho said mat "there is just
enough [parking] space right now.'
"Our utilisation rate is quite high. We are
actually at a capacity level in some of our
parkades," he said.
Ho added that September is a peak period
for parking and that by October there will be an
ample supply of parking spots.
Parking has decreased in the area because
of UBC development of the mid-campus area.
Al Poettcker, president and CEO of UBC
Properties Trust—a subsidiary of UBC that is
developing the area—said that there will be ah
end to the disruption soon.
"In about a month's time all the construction
in that area will be finished and there probably
won't be any further work for probably about
six months," said Poettcker.
There is a proposal awaiting approval at this
time for similar housing project in the same
Poettcker also said that the last phase of the
housing was completed last week and the continuing construction in the area is residual
service work for the complex.
The new housing consists of 90 units of faculty and staff rental housing and is being built
by UBC Properties Trust The Trust also built
Hampton Place at the corner of 16th and
Poettcker said there appears to be a lot of
demand from a variety of campus users for
rental accommodation and it is the goal of the
Trust to fill that demand.
Fred Fotis,. Housing and Conference
Departrhent manager, said that the B-lot area
has been identified as an area of expansion for
faculiy and staff housing and that the plans for
student housing do not involve that site.
Students who park in the B-lots had mixed
reactions to the construction.
"If it's past twelve o'clock I have to wait for a
spot and it is always in B-7...and it's far. There
is definitely a need for more parking,' said
fourth-year music student Carla Vanelselande.
Education student Heather Cottingham
finds the construction extremely disruptive. "It
sucks! There is not enough parking on this campus to begin with and it is ridiculous,' she said.
However, Nishi Bhopal, a fifth-year unclassified student, finds the disruption minimal. "It's
not too much of a problem, it's just that it's so
full everywhere else that I have to park so far
away.' '
Ho said that if there is demand for more
parking spots surface lots could be constructed,
and that if demand beyond that exists parking
structures could be built Ho was careful to
point out that building a structure—such as a
parkade—is a serious investment and the costs
would have to borne in part by users. ♦
Protest for social housing
NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN: Protesters from all walks of life call for social housing, not a shopping mall, lisa johmson photo.
by Lisa Johnson
Protestors held their ground Tuesday on the
Abbott street sidewalk next to the Woodward's
building, after police negotiations ended a solidarity rally featuring Downtown Eastside MP
libby Davies and a peaceful march of more
than two hundred people.
Vancouver Police Officers LePard and
Dureau gave rally organiser Ivan Drury of the
Anti-Poverty Committee a verbal guarantee at
8:15pm that police would not try to remove
protestors from the sidewalk Tuesday night,
provided they leave the Abbott and Hastings
intersection they had occupied since 6pm with
music, speeches and protest chants.
"You will not be taken off this sidewalk
tonight," said officer LePard. "But we want to
let traffic through [Abbott Street].'
The officers said this statement was applicable until 'daylight hours,' but gave no guarantees about Wednesday morning.
This agreement provided the safety that
protestors were seeking as they continue to
occupy the Woodward's building area to
protest the provincial government's recent
plans to sell the building to a private owner
after promising in March 2001 to convert it
into social housing.
A squat organiser, who identified herself as
"Jane White," explained why the protestors
decided to leave the intersection.
"It's not about the street* said White. "It's
about the sidewalk, this piece of land, and holding it until we are heard.'
Though the protest is against the government's broken promises and not the Vancouver
Police Department protestor-police tensions
have risen since the police enforced a court
injunction Saturday morning. Police removed
squatters from inside Woodward's second
floor, which they had occupied for two weeks.
On Sunday morning, police informed
squatters on the Abbott sidewalk they were violating a city bylaw against obstructing sidewalk
traffic and would have to move immediately or
be arrested.
"I am handicapped,..the police dragged me
across the floor..! got twenty-two stitches in my
back,' announced Ricky Lavalie, a homeless
Aboriginal man who has been at the squat
since it started.
Others were concerned by the police tactics
Sunday morning, and felt that they had inadequate notification to collect their belongings
and leave before being arrested. Once they left
protestors said, police cleared the street with
four garbage trucks, removing food, mattresses, and personal belongings.
"What I am wearing is what I have now,"
said Kerry Pakarinen, a homeless man. "I lost
things from my children that can never be
In her speech, Davies praised tile protest as
'genuine and democratic civil disobedience."
She urged the crowd to tell the government
that they 'must sit down with the community... and make sure that this building is not lost
and social housing is made available for the
people who need it"
Standing on the Abbott sidewalk, White was
guardedly optimistic about future hope for
social housing at the Woodward's location.
"It may not be this place, it won't be this
government" she said. "We need a coalition
government and coalition support That's how
social housing will get built' ♦
Woodward's squatters stay put
by Kathleen Deering
Activists, support groups and the homeless are preparing for the long
haul, as they huddle in sleeping bags and mattresses in a tent city surrounding the Woodward's building in downtown Vancouver.
A community has formed in the last two weeks around the
Woodward's building.
"These people five here. This is our kitchen,' said NDP leadership
candidate Bev Meslo, gesturing to the plates of sandwiches and plastic
containers holding steaming soup spread out over a table on the cor^
ner of Hastings and Abbott
People carrying food, tents and other amenities arrive at the site in
a steady stream, "Most of the volunteers are actually people from the
community who come out and help us,* said Jim Leydon, one of the
organisers for the first squat two Saturdays ago.
"We have our own people who do fire and security patrols 24 horn's a
day to make sure no one's being robbed. We take turns kind of cleaning
the place up so it's not a health hazard.'
Located on the corner of Abbott and Hastings, the building has
been the site of substantial controversy over the last two weeks. On
September 14, in response to greater activity surrounding the terms
of the sale of the building to private contractors, protestors moved in
to bring awareness to the lack of social housing in Vancouver.
Leydon said rumours had been flying for a lopg/time regarding the
possible sale of the Woodward's building. As soon as he and other organisers found out it was oh the market, he said, action had to be taken.
Close to 100 homeless people are currently residing outside of the
building, after squatters inside the building were removed by police
over the weekend. 54 people were charged with contempt of court,
said lawyer John Richardson, who was called down to the site early
Saturday morning to defend people in court
Long-term solutions are being brainstormed for the homeless in
downtown Vancouver. "We're trying to meet with [BC Minister of
Community, Aboriginal and Women's Services] George Abbott and
talk about interim use of the property and to talk about final use of the
property—insisting that it be social housing,' Leydon said.
"While we're waiting for that to happen we're hoping there can be
some kind of homeless shelter actually in Woodwards.'
Minister Abbott could not be reached for comment by press time.
The organisers of the first squat now find themselves in the middle of an ethical predicament "When we started the squat, we didn't
expect as much support from the homeless community as we got,"
Leydon said. "We're stuck in a dilemma where now that we're here
we_can't just walk away from them. This is their home now."
Public support for those outside Woodward's has been phenomenal, said Leydon. He wants the provincial government to recognise the
problems Vancouver faces with the, lack of affordable social housing,
and believes the squat will get the message across.
"I think it will be effective—I think it must be effective. I don't see
them having a'great deal of choice here,' he said.
"It's getting bigger—it's not going away. We basically said to the
police when they were going to be coming in again [that] you can [get
rid of us] but we'll be coming back the next day. If they really wanted to
end this they should talk to Minister Abbott about coming to the table."
Jack Vanderhype, advocate for the Vancouver Area Network of Drug
Users, has been at the building since the first squat He would like the
provincial government to sit down with the downtown eastside community and negotiate the planning of the building.
"The people in the downtown eastside cannot afford affordable
housing,' he said.
"We want to make the building into social housing run by the community, the homeless in our community.*
The actions of Vancouver police have also been questionable,
according to Richardson, who believes they have handled the situation
poorly. Legal action is going to be taken regarding Sunday's raid and
subsequent destruction of personal property, he said.
As well, community members are going through a UN Human
Rights appeal, said Leydon, which indicates squatters have rights
according to the Code of Human Rights. "If we win this suit then ultimately the right for people to squat in unoccupied government buildings will be entrenched in the Charter of Rights of Canada.'
Phil Lo, a fourth-year political science major and member of the
Social Justice Centre at UBC, stayed over a few nights in the building.
"The atmosphere was very positive, the people were all very articulate
and know what they want," he said.
Donations of food and amenities can be brought to the Social Justice
Centre in SUB 241, and letters written in support of social housing and
the squatters can be dropped off at the site, where they will be delivered
to the minister. ♦ M
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Report downplays tuition increases
by Laurel Raine
A new report on access to post-secondaiy education and student finance
in Canada suggests that tuition
increases in the past decade have not
affected overall participation rates, a
statement that troubles student organisations across the country.
"This document is a blatant partisan effort to justify continuing government inaction on tuition fees and
students debt/ said Joel Duff,
Ontario Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students.
The report—prepared by the federal government's Canada
Millenium Scholarship Foundation
(CMSF)-also concluded that 18 to
21 year-olds from high-income
brackets are twice as likely to attend
university than youth from low-
income brackets. Because this gap
does not exist at the college level, the
report concludes, it is most likely
this inequality stems from poorer
academic preparation among students from low-income backgrounds.
The report also found the average
student debt for students who borrow money to pay for their education
for, four year programs is approximately $21,200. Of all graduating
students, 44 per cent have no debt
and 23 per cent have debt in excess
of $20,000.
But Kristen Harvey, president of
UBC's Alma Mater Society (AMS)
said post-secondary education is
becoming more and more inaccessible for those from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
"Ihe fact that 44 per cent of students graduate with no debt—that's
not a checkmark, that's not a pat on
the back, that's a bad thing," Harvey
Critics argue that the CMSF intentionally downplays and misrepresents the effects of high tuition and
student debt
"You have academically qualified
young Canadians out there who are
not choosing to go to university
because it is too expensive and the
thought of taking on a $20,000 debt
is too much," said liam Arbuckle,
the national director of the
Canadian Alliance of Students
Critics have also questioned the
relevance of the data used in the
report because many of the surveys
used were  compiled before  the
majority of tuition increase impacts
were felt in the 1990s.
A recent Georgia Straight article
cited a 1999 University of Western
Ontario study that found when medical tuition fees increased from
$4000 to over $10,000 in four years,
the number of students from low-
income households dropped by 50
per cent
The CMSF report did not include
the data from this survey, or any
other data analysing income disparities of students in professional graduate programs, which have seen the
most dramatic increases in tuition.
Alex Usher, co-author of the
CMSF report concludes that reducing deficiencies in academic preparation and targeting student financial aid may help to tackle disparities
in university access. The problem
will not be solved simply by writing
cheques, he said.
But Harvey believes more funding is needed.
"As the cost of living increases,
as tuition increases;, as computers
and other technologies become part
of education," she said, "as all these
costs increase, so does the need for
more financial assistance. They're
tied together. " ♦
Measures taken to reduce resnet traffic
by Chris Shepherd
ITServices is considering changing
the amount of access that it provides to the internet through its
resnet network.
Originally billed as being able to
provide "unlimited access to the
internet," the five-year-old service
has recently seen a huge increase in
usage—or traffic—by residences at
UBC along with Green College and
the Vancouver School of Theology,
which are also on the network.
The reason this is a problem,
explains Director of Networks at
ITServices Jim Torn, is the university has to pay for all of the traffic that
resnet generates and a small group
of users is currently generating a
large percentage of the traffic.
ITServices monitored the usage
of resnet for just over a year and
found that the single top user used
up to 88 gigabytes of traffic in one
week, which constituted 4.5 per
cent of the total use. This individual's identity is unknown.
Futher analysis showed that of
the approximately 3200 resnet
users, around  100 people down-
loaded 5 5 per cent of the information for the period monitored.
"We're not going to limit [traffic],
but we need a way to gather statistics on it so that if we need to we can.
first of all inform the person," said
Tom, "and second, we are going to
work with housing to go through a
consultative process as to how we
handle this extra-cost traffic."
ITServices intends to gather statistics by having all users register
before using the network. The deadline is September 30 and if resnet
users do not register before then,
they will have access only to ubc.ca
websites until they register.
The issue of consultation prevented ITServices from making
these changes in the middle of
"If there are changes that would
occur this year, it would only be,
probably, for the people that use
extraordinary bandwidth," said
Fred Fotis, director of housing and
Resnet is available at Place
Vanier, Totem Park, Ritsumeikan,
Thunderbird and Gage residences,
where students currently pay $20 a
month for the service. No limita-
Field Hockey
After a pair of wins and losses at
their first tournament of the season, the women's field hockey
team is still number-two in the
country. They still have to battle on
home turf with long-time rivals the
UVic Vikes, who sit atop the Canada
West Division with a shining 4-0
tions are placed on the amount of
information that can be downloaded.
Some options that are being considered by ITServices include placing a weekly quota of four gigabytes
on each user. Users would be notified if they are about to exceed that
quota and can then pay for additional traffic.
Students are mixed in their reaction to the prospect of a limit on
internet traffic. 7
"The whole registration part is
not such a big deal, but if there is a
limitation to how much you can
download, why would you want
that?" asked first-year Science student Haley Cohen, who had not yet
heard of the need to register.
"If there's no change except that
I have to spend five minutes registering, that's fine," said Mark
Bradley, a first-year Arts student
Bradley doubts he would download
very much, and was not concerned
about the possible limitation on
Housing and ITServices are both
unsure what the consultation
process will involve but are certain
that it will occur. ♦
Huskies last Friday, and joins defensive back Art Tolhurst on the fist of
UBC defensive players to be recognised by the CIS. They don't have
long to savour the limelight however, as the Thunderbirds face the rampaging Calgary Dinos this Friday. The
UBC defense will have to find a way
to shut down one of the highest scoring teams in the league—the Dinos
have notched 126 points in their last
4 games—in order to secure UBC's
first win of the season.
The women's soccer team flies
to Regina this weekend on the
strength of a 4-0-1 season record,
and a number-two ranking in the,
country. They are one win behind
the Western Ontario Mustangs.
The offense may still need work,
but the guys holding back the hordes
are being recognised for the second
week in a row, as Javier Glatt was
named the Canada West Football
Player of the week for his performance in the home-opener against
Saskatchewan.   Glatt   tackled   12
Six goals in two games means
second-year soccer striker Steve
Frazao netted the Canada West
Athlete of the Week nod this week.
Not only does he get a nod from the
CIS, but he also leads the division
with eight goals to his name. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, September 27, 2002
In the Soup
BRENT HAYDEN: UBC swimmer and Olympic hopeful, nic fensom photo
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Second-year swimmer
Brent Hayden has his
eyes on the future.
by Parminder Nizher
Brent Hayden is a name to watch out for in the
near future. The second-year UBC
Thunderbird swimmer has been making a
mark in the pool, despite the fact that, as a Md,
he wanted to quit swimming.
Hayden laughs as he explains, "When I was
little, probably between the ages of eight and
11, kids always used to pick on me for being a
swimmer. [They would say] 'Oh my God, you
wear Speedos, that's grossl"
Swimming was just another sport
Hayden's parents signed him up for, but he's
been swimming since he was five years old.
"My parents just kept on signing me up for it
[and] I started doing better. I was getting pretty good, so I decided to stay with it," he continues. "After that I started having fun, at
around the age of 14—that's when I switched
into a different league."
The Mission, BC native started swimming
seriously three years ago, and had his first
international season this year. Fresh out of his
rookie year, Hayden turned a lot of heads over
the summer, and with good reason.
Not only did the youngest member of the
UBC men's team represent Canada at the
2002 Commonwealth Games, he stood on the
podium. Hayden won a bronze in the 4x100m
freestyle relay, and the 4x100m medley relay.
This was repeated in Yokohama, Japan at the
Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.
Hayden also set the Canadian standard in the
100m freestyle four times over the summer.
The 18 year-old Arts student says he enjoys
the challenge that varsity swimming presents.
"I always want to try to do my best, [and] why
settle for anything less than that? I always try
to push myself further than what I'm at"
Hayden feels it's his love of the sport that
makes him a good swimmer, and the competition.
"[Competition] gets my blood pumping,"
he says. "I really like the nervous tingly feeling
I get before I get on the blocks."
"Brent is a great person to coach," says
assistant coach Derrick Schoof. "He's always
having fun, works hard and brings a positive
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The Ubyssey looks at the pros and cons of wild and farmed salmon.
r. earing the recent news that
British Columbia's fish farming moratorium was over
and scattered reports of disease outbreaks and escapes
on salmon farms, a friend
asked me which kind of
salmon I had last eaten. The memory was vivid:
my mouth started to water as I remembered a
tender, lightly seared fillet, with caper relish and
a dash of lemon juice. "But was it wild or
farmed?" he asked, "and which species?" Those
details escaped me—and my reaction isn't
Most people, when asked about salmon, have
a similar reply: they like to eat it, but they don't
know where their meal was raised, or how.
However, a growing number of consumers and
businesses are making the distinction between
wild and farmed sources of salmon. So what's
the difference—and how do you make a choice?
Much of the debate about salmon farming is
centred on ecological issues. Environmental
groups encourage consumers not to eat farmed
salmon, claiming that farming operations harm
our coastline habitat and that wild salmon stocks
are threatened by competition with farmed
salmon. Proponents of salmon farming, represented by the BC Salmon Farmers Association,
argue that their operations help wild stocks, by
"alleviatpng] pressure placed on them by...overfishing and non-selective fishing methods."
Alhough this environmental debate is important, it does not address the primary concern of
many consumers when choosing between food
sources: which is healthier? The David Suzuki
Foundation (DSF), an environmental awareness
group, has shifted its campaign against BC
salmon farming to a debate of health issues,
claiming that farmed salmon is less nutritious
and contains more fat and toxins than wild
salmon. Not surprisingly, the BC Salmon
Farmers Association (BCSFA) paints a different
picture for consumers.
■ Knowing who and what to believe can be difficult With this in my mind, the Ubyssey examined the environmental and health issues and
talked to local biologists and Dr John Heath, a
physician and the owner of the oldest operating
BC salmon farm, to help you decide what to have
for dinner. .
Environmental concerns *
Salmon aquaculture, or 'farming,' began on
the Pacific coast of Canada in the 19 70s, partly in
response to dwindling availability of wild salmon
for human consumption. The idea—which had
been developed earlier in Europe and Atlantic
Canada—was to grow salmon from birth in predator-free, food-enriched artificial habitats. In this
way, the fish could be efficiently and reliably harvested for sale as food. Fish farms meet these
goals, but are under attack for now they do so; the
DSF claims that salmon farming "presents serious threats to wild salmon, the wider marine
environment and human health."
Lumping all salmon farms together, however,
ignores the fact that salmon farmers do make different choices in three main areas: the type of
salmon, the stocking density of fish in net
pens, and the food these salmon eat These factors affect the environmental impact of their
farming operations and whether their product is
as healthy for humans as wild salmon.
Species invasions
Introducing large numbers of an exotic
species—in this case, the Atlantic salmon—into
the Pacific is one of the main criticisms levied at
salmon farming by biologists and environmental
groups. A few farms raise native Pacific salmon,
but; according to the BCSFA, 65 per cent of the
salmon farmed in BC have been introduced from
the Atlantic coast, compared to native species
such as chinook (33 per cent) and coho (two per
cent). The reasons for using Atlantic salmon are
three-fold: they are "more docile" and have a
strong export market in Europe and other areas.
They also survive and grow better in captivity
than do the five Pacific species.
Atlantic salmon do well on farms because
they have been bred in captivity and selected for
these qualities for at least 30 generations, says
Dr. Heath, owner of Yellow Island Aquaculture.
In comparison, the oldest native chinook salmon
bred at Yellow Island have only been cultured for
five generations.
^Ecosystems world-wide have been altered or
devastated by species introductions. One high-
profile example includes the invasion of the
Great Lakes by zebra mussels. In this case and
many others, native species that competed with
these exotics for space or food were wiped out
When farming of Atlantics began in BC in the
1980s, ecologists and environmentalists raised
these concerns. The federal government's
Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)
assured these groups that Atlantic salmon would
not escape from the net pens, and if they did,
they could not survive and breed in BC streams.
The provincial government's Salmon
Aquaculture Review continues to make these
Routine net-pen breakages and Atlantic
salmon escapes in Clayoquot sound and the
Broughton Archipelago are reminders that
farmed fish do escape—and they have for years.
Fish ecologist John Volpe and others published a
report in June 2000 of Atlantic salmon spawning
successfully under natural conditions in the BC
Tsitika River for at least two generations.
Don McPhail, a fish biologist at UBC and a
life-long fisherman, recalls that lastyear in some
rivers—such as the Zeballos and Salmon River on
Vancouver Island—anglers caught more Atlantic
salmon than native species. This anecdote suggests that a prediction of Volpe's report may be
true: resource and niche competition between
Atlantic salmon and Pacific species could "jeopardise the continued persistence of already fragile native [salmon species].'
Dense net-pens and marine pollution
For the last seven years, the provincial moratorium prohibited the establishment of new fish
aquaculture sites. Existing farms, however, have
almost tripled their production in that time,
many doing so by increasing the density of
salmon in already established net-pens. In some
salmon farms, the net-pens hold salmon at 40-
50kg per cubic meter, or ten times the density
they occur in nature, explains Dr. Heath.
One environmental problem with such high
fish densities is the organic waste produced by
these eating and defecating swarms of biomass—
in the form of uneaten food, feces and dead
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According to a Suzuki Foundation study, 15-521 -j
of waste per year can be produced per squa d
meter of seabed; the DSF argues that the decor
position of this waste makes it difficult or impc _-
sible for animals and bacteria to grow there. Tl ■
DFO is currently testing this claim.
Pesticide and antibiotic use in dense net-pens
Stocking fish at such high densities, howeve r
can have effects that reach much further than tl *
bottom-dwelling community—it often neces;-.
tates the use of pesticides and antibiotics, whi< i
some argue affects the safety of farmed salmc i
as a human food source.
The connection, explains Dr Heath, betwec t
stocking densities and these chemicals is that
diseases and parasites are more likely on fish
farms that pack fish to unnatural densities and
are located in sheltered areas. Sheltered areas
are often favoured by farmers because the low
wave action makes net-pens easier to maintain.
Instead of lowering stocking densities or relocating to areas with a strong current many fish
farms resort to the use of pesticides and antibiotics to control pests.
Sea lice are the major parasite problem for
fish farmers, notes the BCSFA, and they are commonly treated with the pesticide Ivermectin,
which is also used to treat certain worm infections in pigs and humans. The DSF claims this"
pesticide is "very toxic," but offers no further
information. :
Regarding sea lice or other parasites, Dr
Heath reports that he "has never had a problem
with [his] fish," explaining that, at Yellow Island
Aquaculture, they use stocking densities of four
to five kilograms per cubic meter, which is the
maximum natural swarm density of salmon in-
the wild as measured by sonar. As a result of this.
and other practices, such as selective breeding
for disease resistance. Yellow Island is one of the
few operations that raises fish without pesticides
or antibiotics.
However, many aquaculture companies do
use antibiotics; the most common of these is oxy-
tetracycline, which controls the population explosions of disease-causing bacteria. The administering of antibiotics is controlled by a licensed
veterinarian, says the BCSFA, and occurs only for
short periods (5-14 days) to control disease outbreaks. Nevertheless, the Suzuki Foundation
reports that antibiotics such as oxytetracycline
can "persist in the environment"
Such persistence, though it has not been
demonstrated in BC, has been shown in Hong
Kong where researchers found an increase in
antibiotic-resistant bacteria and wild organisms
near fish farms using antibiotics. Resistance
occurs because, even within a targeted type of
disease, some strains will survive drug treat--
ment and others will not, resulting in a population of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
The possibility of antibiotic resistance caused
by the treatment of farmed salmon can also pose
risks to higher levels of the food chain—be they
marine organisms preying on escapees, or,
some argue, humans eating commercially-available farmed fish "But it may be useful to point
out," counters Dr Heath, "that farmers who use
antibiotics must stop doing so 180 days before
the fish are sold to consumers."
The important question, however, is whether .
this "clearing time" is long enough to allow zero
effect on humans. As with pesticides, antibiotic
residue is monitored in farmed salmon and
other food products by the Canadian Food
Inspection Agency. If the fish still contain antibiotics, the concern is that consumers will receive
repeated low levels of the drug, which can make
the person resistant to future treatment v^th that
specific antibiotic.
Dr Heath believes that antibiotic use in
salmon is much safer than that of cattle, pigs or
poultry, which, he says, can occur up to the day
they are killed. Also, he explains, because
humans have similar body temperatures to
those warm-blooded animals, diseases affecting
them are more likely to be dangerous to humans
than ones affecting cold-blooded animals such as
But should you eat wild?
Concern about these health issues, and the
threat posed to wild stocks by exotic species and
other farming practices make some consumers
refuse to buy or eat salmon from farms. C
Restaurant, a popular local seafood eatery, partnered with the DSF last year to drop farmed fish
from their menu. Instead, C will adopt the
Sustainable Environmental Awareness (SEA)
'eco-cuisine,' which features wild salmon.
However, encouraging the consumption of
wild salmon is deemed a harmful plan by many.
"Canada's Pacific Fisheries are at a crisis point,"
declared a Royal Commission on Pacific fisheries
20 years ago. Today, researchers continue to
assert that stock abundance remains "seriously
depressed," and, under current practices,
Few would argue that wild Pacific salmon are
in trouble. For consumers of wild salmon, however, the DSF advocates realistic pricing for wild
salmon to reflect what they call the "true earth
cost"; that is, make the market bear the price of
salmon recovery, not just the price of stock
depletion through commercial fisheries.
In response to the claim by the BCSFA that
salmon farming will aid this wild stock recovery,
the Suzuki Foundation flatly declares it a "myth."
The DSF argues that for many reasons, BC's
Atlantic farms will do far more to injure wild
salmon than to help them return.
Dr Heath disagrees. "I have no doubt that
salmon farming helps reduce fishing pressure
on wild salmon," he says, "if for no other reason
than to lower the market price on salmon and
make the commercial fishery economically unviable." He envisions that this effect will force the
salmon fishery to move from previous 'seine'
fishing techniques, where one boat could use
sonar tracking to "cast a net around a school of
fish and wipe an entire run out' into a seasonal,
selectively-fished "premium product"
The fat factor
While advocates such as David Suzuki encourage us to consider the environment when we
choose the sources and types of food we eat,
many people are too busy looking for meals that
are healthy and affordable to investigate where
they come from. However, those who have
turned to salmon and other fishes as lower fat
alternatives to protein sources should watch
which type of salmon they choose.
According to the US Food and Drug
Administration, farmed Atlantic salmon have
200 per cent more fat than wild chum or pink
salmon; this data is used by the Suzuki
Foundation to deter customers from eating
farmed salmon.
"This is true, " says Dr Heath, who—like
many salmon farmers—monitors fat content on
the chinook salmon he raises. "But it is misleading. Wild chinook also has 200 per cent'more fat
than wild pink or chum. Wild coho has 235 per
cent more fat than pink or chum, and wild sock-
eye has 3 7 5 per cent more fat The fact is that for
salmon, pink and chum have very little fat'
The Suzuki Foundation also claims that the fat
in farmed fish bears a greater proportion of saturated fat—the fat that helps raise cholesterol levels and clog human arteries—than wild fish and
a smaller proportion of omega-3, an essential
fatty acid.
The food that a salmon consumes can alter its
ratip of saturated fat to omega-3 Jatty acids,
argues the Suzuki Foundation, resulting in the
difference between wild and farmed fish. From
farm to farm, however, the types and proportions of feed ingredients differ, so it is possible
that the results of the Suzuki Foundation's study
are not applicable to all farmed fish
Contaminated feed and PCBs
The importance of salmon feed choice has
been highlighted again in a study published last
spring by Michael Easton and others in the journal Chemosphere. Though based on a dubious
sample size of four wildyBsh and four farmed fish
of varying species, the study suggests that the
levels of toxic poly-chlorinateg^biphenyls (PCBs)
in farmed BC salmon are higher than those in
wild salmon. The researchers, who also measured PCB levels in wild and farmed salmon food,
believe that high PCB levels in commercial
salmon feed is to blame for the farmed salmon
How could this happen? PCBs are a type of
organic pollutant that is produced by various
industrial activities, and is highly toxic to organisms including humans, causing damage to the
brain and immune system. Once PCBs or other
persistent organic pollutants have entered the
food chain, they remain in fatty substances of
organisms; as a predator consumes its prey, the
PCBs in the prey's fat are incorporated into the
predator's own reserves and are passed up the
food chain to the top predator. Since, at every
link of the food chain, the one predator consumes thousands of prey, PCB contamination
levels generally increase along the food chain
from prey to predator, a process called bioaccu-
By this reasoning, farmed and wild salmon—
which should both be at the same level of the
food chain—should have comparable levels of
pollutants, depending on where they were
raised. However, wild salmon eat herring and
marine invertebrates from the BC coast, whereas
the commercial feeds given to farmed salmon
can be produced from fish oil obtained anywhere
in the world, including areas where PCBs are not
regulated. Furthermore, this fish oil may be
obtained from higher levels of the food chain
(such as other fish-eating fish like salmon) than
the wild prey of salmon.
Though this study is preliminary, it raises
serious health concerns about eating salmon
from farms that use contaminated feed. As with
many of the other problems with salmon farming, such as species invasions and high stocking
density, this possible PCB contamination is solvable. If Easton's inference that farmed salmon
PCB contamination is caused by their food sup-
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ply is correct farmers can demand that feed suppliers obtain food ingredients from lower levels of
the food chain, and from areas of the world with
PCB regulations. DSF representative Jim Fulton
agrees: "there may be safe ways for salmon farming to be practised here [in BC], but [only if] government and industry invest in research to
address the serious problems," he says.
A 'green* and healthy choice?
So, what does it all add up to? It seems that
although salmon species themselves vary in fat
and nutrient content, wild and farmed may not
differ consistently in these areas. Though salmon
from some farming operations may contain
higher levels of contaminants such as antibiotics
and PCBs, this varies based on the practices of
the individual farm-information which is rarely
available to consumers. There also does not
seem to be a clear choice for the ecologically-conscious consumer when it comes to environmental impact So what's a salmon lover to do?
There are some alternatives. Dana Haggarty,
a fish researcher at UBC, has a solution.
"[I] only eat sport-caught fish That way, I can
be sure that no rock cod or other species were
wasted to catch my food."
For those who don't fish there is at least one
commercially available, farmed alternative to the
aquaculture evils that Suzuki and others condemn. Yellow Island Aquaculture's chinook-
which is raised at 'natural' stocking densities
and without the use of antibiotics or pesticides-is
an exception to the standard practices of other
Identifying your dinner
Once you have decided, you can check store
signs or ask restaurant servers which type of
salmon you are buying. Wild salmon may be
marked as "wild" or, occasionally, "frozen."
Because the fishery is seasonal, much of the
catch is frozen onboard the ship to be sold out-of-
Farmed fish, as it can be harvested year-
round, is often labelled as "fresh"; in many locations, the word "farmed' does not appear.
Currently priced between $1.50 and $1.90 for
100g, farmed Atlantic salmon is often cheaper
than farmed chinook, which may be called
"spring" salmon ($2.20/lOOg), or wild sockeye
Between the conflicting stories of pollution,
fat content and labelling, making a decision on
the salmon aquaculture debate may seem to be
more trouble than a fish warrants. But, as important players in our coastal ecosystem and a delicious star of Pacific Rim cuisine, salmon may
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You'd think that having babies, getting older, etc. might take a toll on
Sleater-Kinney. But if One Beat
proves anything, it's that Sleater-
Kinney is getting feistier, more relevant and better.
The band—which plays this
Saturday and Sunday at Seattle's
Showbox Theatre—was starting to
sound a little stagnant with their last
album, 2000's All Hands on the Bad
One. While still exceptional, All
Hands didn't really take the
Portland/Olympia trio to any new
places. With One Beat, Sleater-Kinney
busts out, adding horns, strings,
theremin and—imagine—male vocals
(courtesy of Hedwig and the Angry
Inch's Stephen Trask). At first, the
album comes off as overproduced,
what with all these instrumental
flourishes, but after a few listens One'
Bear comes alive.
The album's centrepiece is "Step
Aside," which features the aforementioned horns. While more soulful than
most of Sleater-Kinney's work (a welcome addition), the song has the confidence and lyrical honesty that make
Sleater-Kinney's songs so powerful.
"This mama works till her back is
sore," sings Corin Tucker. "But the
baby's fed and the tunes are pure/So
you'd better get your feet on the
floor/Move it up one time TO THE
BEAT." Damn straight
The album's heaviest song, both
thematically and musically, is "Far
Away." While there is an undercurrent of 'September 11' that runs
throughout the album, "Far Away" is,
by far, the most explicit Under the
chorus of "Why can't I get along with
you?" guitarist Carrie Brownstein
and drummer Janet Weiss pound
away, creating a heart-wrenching
moment much more poignant and
vital than anything I've heard from
Bruce Springsteen on the matter.
The most lun on One Beat comes
with the third track. "Oh!" starts off
with droning guitars before settling
into a pretty standard verse when, all
of a sudden—45 seconds in—comes a
multicoloured pop explosion of a
chorus, complete with bizarre,
whirring keyboards provided b3'
Seattle music icon Steve Fisk.
There are plenty of other highlights
on this, Sleater-Kinney's sixth and best
album. One Beat shows just how exciting and essential Sleater-Kinney still is.
If you can, get down to Seattle this
weekend and see for yourself ♦
—Duncan M. McHugh
Chusok at the Chan
at the Chan Centre
Sept 21
by Sarah Tsang
Colourful costumes, beating drums
and twirling dancers enraptured an
audience into a sensory swirl last
Saturday at the Chan Centre. The celebration of Chusok, the Korean harvest moon festival, was a grand affair,
with 12 rhythmic dances that highlighted the diversity and beauty of
Korean culture.
Chusok is one of the biggest festivals in the Korean calendar, perhaps
second only to the Lunar New Year.
Similar to North American
Thanksgiving, Chusok is a family
event during which Koreans, young
and old, gather together to celebrate
the full moon. This fact was reflected
in the varied demographics of the
800-member audience, as well as of
the performance group itself.
Organised by the Vancouver
Korean Dance Company in coordination with Coreamedia Inc., the cultural extravaganza also included appearances by special guests from the
United States.
The evening began with "Hwa
Kwan Mu," (Flower Crown Dance) a
modern version of a folk dance that
used to be performed in the Korean
Royal Court Adorned with elaborate
head accessories and colourful costumes, the dancers spun their magic,
creating a myriad of vivid colours
through their graceful movements.
Religious influences permeated
some dances. An interesting one was
the "Buddhistic Dance," in which four
young women performed a sensual
piece, swaying their hips seductively.
Commenting on their translucent and
tight-fitting dresses, the guy behind
me said, "Hey, I haven't seen this
[dance] before. My parents wouldn't
have had me watching such scantily
clad women prancing around when I
was a kid." The Korean woman next to
me, having taken dance as part of her
high school curriculum in Korea, also
did not recognise this more modern
Two of the more traditional
dances related to shamanism. The
"Salp'uri* was performed by a lone
dancer dressed all in white and
accompanied by traditional music
that included striking sounds emanating deep from the diaphragm. The
overall effect was quite eerie as the
dancer's movements were slow and
methodical. In contrast, the "Mu
Dang Chum" seemed more light-
hearted, as it was performed by a
group of young girls, who were,
according to the program booklet
"practicing exorcises" by jumping up
and down with bells and fans in hand.
My favourite was the last dance,
the "Bu Chae Chum," (Fan Dance)
which was simply stunning. The
ensemble of little girls and young
women held beautiful fans with pink
feather ends in each hand, and
opened them in unison while rotating
and twirling together to form a fluttering flower. This lovely finale
prompted friends and family to rush
on stage to give out bouquets of real
flowers to the dancers.
Although the lady next to me
expressed some disappointment at
how basic the dances seemed, for the
untrained observer that I was, the
evening was an entertaining immersion experience into the rich sights
and sounds of Korean culture. ♦ PAGE FRIDAY
Friday, September 27, 2002
Enter the
Danko Jones weighs
in on Europe, college
radio, Canadian
content and being the
next big thing.
by Vampyra Draculea
Danko Jones is a man with a mission. That mission: save real, raw rock and roll and blast away
the rest He seems to be on the brink of achieving that goal—arid international fame—with the
release of his new album, Born A Lion.
' I talked to Danko via telephone on Friday the
13th about his experiences at home and abroad
in the music business.
VSD: How didyou manage to come into contact mih Bad Taste Records? It seems kind of
odd that a Canadian act would be on a Swedish
DJ: We got in touch with Bad Taste through
another Canadian act, Trigger Happy. [They]
gave our stuff to Bad Taste and they liked it, and
they wanted to put it out
VSD: What are some of the differences
you've found between here and Europe?
DJ: I think the people who are into music in
Europe are really into music. They've got more
of a passion for it, and they like a lot more different kinds of music. Over here, I think people
think that they should be slotted in a certain category that's supposed to define them and their
music listening. So, we got embraced a lot
quicker [in Europe] because people really know
a lot about music and they know where we're
coming from. 7
VSD: Do you think some of the differences
are just cultural or educational?
DJ: Both. I think the fact that we're so close
to America really shows when you go over to
Europe. There's Canadian versions of American
bands that are pushed onto Canadian audiences, rather than pushing bands who are
unique and unto themselves from Canada. And
there's a lot of them, so there shouldn't be any
reason why they shouldn't be pushed.
VSD: How have you been doing on college
DJ: Well, ever since this record came out we
haven't charted at all on college radio. At first
we thought it was because people from college
radio just thought we were on Universal and
they forgot about us. Then we noticed there's
bands on major labels who are getting airplay
and getting on the charts. So we went back to
our label and found out they didn't service college radio.
VSD: Well [UBC's] radio station, CiTR, only
got a copy of the new CD in early September.
DJ: Yeah, we asked Universal and at first
they said, "Oh yeah—college radio's been serviced." So we started doing interviews with them,
and we started asking them if they had a play
copy. And no one had play copies. I think that's
just fucking bullshit Our last EP, My Love Is
Bold, debuted at number one on campus racjio.
I was just like, what the fuck? People think that
we sold out 'cause we're on Universal? They
have to understand that we didn't direct-sign
with Universal—we own our masters. We own
our publishing. We have complete creative control. And we're not getting played? Well, it's only
now we're finding out that it's only because they
don't have copies to play.
VSD: Even if you were direct-signed, that
wouldn't stop college stations from playing
your CD.
DJ: We're still independent Universal is our
distributor. We didn't direct-sign. People have
to understand that [we're] on independent
labels all over the world now. We're completely
self-managed, we completely own all our publishing, all our masters. We have all control over
everything. We're our own bosses.
VSD: You've adopted the lion as your
emblem, with the new CD being called Born A
Lion. What does the lion symbolise to you?
DJ: Well, it's a line off the fourth song on the
album, and I'm a Leo. There's a theme throughout the whole record about loss, and sorrow,
and stuff like that and "born a Hon" is just a
good way to combat that It's a good line to combat those themes, a very empowering line.
VSD: This might be a bit premature, but have
you considered when you might put out a video
or DVD with music videos and live footage?
DJ: Yeah, we're talking about that right now.
We've got'a lot of footage that we've shot on our
European tours, so that might surface in the
near future, but I think we should put out a few
more videos first
VSD: MuchMusic doesn't seem to be playing
your videos very much. A lot of people have
probably only seen the video for "Bounce."
DJ: Yeah, we've just shot our fifth video a few
weeks ago, for "Lovercall," which is the second
song on the album, so that'll be hopefully getting played on MuchMusic soon. But who
knows, the new Default record might beat us
out that week.
VSD: Or Shakira might be dancing around
half-naked again.
DJ: Well, we're Cancon, so I'm sure we stand
a better chance of being played than, well, not
Shakira, but another band in our position from
VSD: I guess you feel that the CRTC regulations in that regard are a definite boost
DJ: For Canada, sure. It also has a reverse
effect, where it just helps foster shit I think the
wrong bands are being pushed, and it takes
some really good bands to start changing that
The musical climate today is really ripe for a
new Nirvana to come out and break loose. You
know, like the way Nirvana broke the glam
scene out And in the aftermath of Nirvana, and
of course Pearl Jam, you got these really lame
ninth-generation Pearl Jam bands, self-pitying
guys who look like they're really hard with all
their tattoos, but all their songs sound like adult
contemporary songs, being the poster kids for
rock and roll. I think the musical climate is per-
feet for some band to come along and just
smash all that to bits.
VSD: Some band like yours, hopefully.
DJ: Maybe.
VSD: Any last words?
DJ: Yeah, our new album's called Born A
Lion Go out and buy it or listen to it and come
down to our shows. ♦
Danko Jones will be playing the
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Biggie and Tupac (Great Britain, 107 min.)
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Keep it
Consultation and transparency. These are words
that students have heard numerous times this
year from many campus decision makers, all of
whom agree that they are important issues.
The university administration has used the
words constantly when talking about tuition
increases and the consultation process involved.
The Alma Mater Society (AMS) has consistently
called on the university to be more transparent
on issues of tuition, fees and where the added
money that the university receives goes.
The university has performed well on some of
these issues, and poorly on others. Likewise, the
AMS (both, past and present) has at times
behaved in ways that cause one to question just
how transparent the society actually is.
A perfect example was the deal signed with
Coca-Cola hi 1995. The AMS and UBC signed
an exclusivity deal with the soft drink manufacturer that was originally kept secret from
students. After the Ubyssey launched a legal
battle—one that lasted six years—the deal was
unsealed under the Freedom of Information
Act and it was revealed that UBC had to purchase 33.6 million cans or bottles of Coke products over a ten-year period.
It was also revealed that, should UBC fail to
consume its quota. Coke would remain the sole
provider of cold beverages to campus for another two years without having to pay any more
money to UBC. Currently, it does not appear that
the university will make the quota.
Clearly, this is an example of a decision that
would have benefited from student input and not
just from students who don't want to walk to the
Village to get a Pepsi. Students' spending habits
are at the heart of the Coke deal; for the AMS and
UBC to deliberately hide the details of the agreement from those it affects is irresponsible.
A more recent example of the university's
questionable approach to consultation revolves
around residences and ITServices. Early in
September, ITServices proposed to register each
user of resnet and to place a weekly maximum
amount of information that could be transferred
by an individual user.
The move was poorly advertised by
ITServices. Few students were aware of the
upcoming restrictions on resnet, a service they
had already paid for. In this instance, the AMS
spoke on behalf of students and the implementation was delayed for a couple of weeks.
ITServices has still set the registration deadline
(the consequence of not registering: being
denied access to sites outside of the ubc.ca
domain) but the network provider is promising
to consult with students. Mo proposals have been
forthcoming from either Housing and
Conferences or ITServices.
The AMS continually calls on the university to
be more accountable on various issues, from
Friday, September 27,2002
tuition consultation to the creation and modification of student fees.
As recently as the last AMS council meeting (September 25) Council heard a presentation from UBC Vice-President, Students Brian
Sullivan on the consultation process for the
proposed tuition fees for next year. Even after
Sullivan provided a timeline that detailed
numerous meetings up to the final tuition
proposal to the Board of Governors—the ultimate decision-making body for the university—Council continued to demand assurances
that the consultation process would be genuine and comprehensive.
Yet, despite these calls on the university
for openness and transparency, there are
times when council discusses matters behind
doors that are closed to all except councillers.
This Council procedure is referred to as going
'in camera.'
In camera is a protocol in which a public
meeting is made temporarily closed. Reasons
given for this generally revolve around the fact
that the Council is discussing legal matters
which should only be known by the parties
specifically involved.
After one such in camera session, AMS councillors brought up concerns about what in cam
era matters they could discuss outside of the
closed session. What they were told was to say
nothing at all, with no exceptions.
While there are legitimate concerns about
exercising discretion where legal matters are
concerned. Council's ability to go in camera is
one that should be used carefully. It is possible
that matters could be brought up in camera
only to prohibit Councillors from discussing
certain issues outside of council meetings.
While this has not appeared to happen yet, the
potential is always there and everyone on the
Council must remain vigilant that such an
abuse does not occur.
The apparent lack of consultation and transparency at the university is daunting. The university community includes many interests,
from those of administation and faculty to TAs
and, of course, students. It is vitally important
that eveiyone have a say in the changes that take
place. For that to happen, eveiyone must know
what is being considered and what the implications are for each option available. Students are
the largest of the groups that are affected by policy changes, but they are one of the least influential groups. It is because of this vulnerability that
those in power must take great care to consider
the voice of students. ♦
Stick to the crosswalk
UBC students, lend me your ear. I
had to visit the UBC hospital with
my mother today, and boy it wasn't
a happy experience. Because she'll
be under sedation for the procedure, I had to drive, and I must say,
: the students that walk through the
bus loop area are not very safety-
oriented. The problem? Students
don't really follow traffic rules. For
example, the intersection between
the parking lot. University
Boulevard and East Mall has a
bunch of crosswalks—students
should use them to cross the road.
About half of them don't use it
And then there are a bunch of people who are built to walk diagonally—they started on a crosswalk and
theii; walk diagonally out of the
.crossjyatk (or vice versa), often
interfering with traffic and frustrating drivers. And then there's
another bunch who Eire 'diagonal
walkers' and 'crosswalk-phobia' in
one—they don't walk on the cross
walk and they walk diagonally
across roadways. There are people
even worse. There was a jogger
(nice for him to exercise) that was
busy jogging his route. I was about
to park in a free slot, and I was just
switching gears, and he ran across
my car about one foot ahead of the
bumper. I swear if I didn't have
good reactions today I would have
run him over...of course I resisted
the temptation of doing so anyway
by the time I recognised that he
was in my path.
Please, as a driver and a visitor,
leave people good impressions.
Follow traffic rules. It would be
even better if some of you would
stop crossing the road to let some
drivers pass—I'm very sure they'll
appreciate it.
P.S. SFU students are definitely
more civilised and more considerate when it comes to traffic
between pedestrians and cars.
—Benton Lam
Burnaby, BC
Protest was about "rights"
In response to your detailed article
("AMS, answers in court",
September 24, 2002) about the lawsuit against the AMS filed by
Students for Life (Lifeline)—I would
like to point out some very important issues that I felt would give the
reader a more clear understanding
of what is happening here.
First of all, regarding the
destruction of the Genocide
Awareness Project anti-abortion
display in 1999, one of the
women involved in tearing up the
images of fetuses and holo-
caust/KKK lynching images was
actually a. woman who herself had
had an abortion and was—obviously—quite upset at being compared with the Nazis, KKK, and
other perpetrators of genocide—a
very clear comparison made by
the GAP display that Lifeline has
not refuted. (I seem to recall a
pamphlet titled "Why Abortion is
a   Form   of   Genocide.")   This
woman was defending her
RIGHTS and the right to her own
choices, which, whether they like
it or not. Lifeline was threatening.
Secondly, because the three individuals who destroyed the display
happened to be on an AMS
Commission does not mean that
the AMS is in any way accountable
for their actions, especially those
of a personal nature.
Furthermore, in defense of the
AMS, the AMS is here for all students and student groups, and if
students who have made the very
personal choice to have an abortion
are made to feel uncomfortable or
deeply ashamed by these very
graphic images, then the AMS has a
responsibility to protect their rights
too. Stephanie Gray's rhetoric
about the violation of her rights is
ridiculous, unjustified, self-
absorbed, and is a blatant abuse of
the freedom of speech movement
—Abram Moore
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KFury of
Rushdie fans
storm the CBC
by Heather Neale
A 'fury' of people waited in line Sunday afternoon at
CBC Radio downtown. They were the proud essay writing winners who received tickets to see author Salman
Rushdie live at CBC's first ever Book Club, and they were
elated. Some had even flown in from out of town. The
contest required a short essay on why it was of personal importance to attend Mr Rushdie's live appearance,
and sixty of the hundreds who entered were selected.
Each winner brought a guest
Now, one could begin that essay by qualifying Rushdie
as a literary leader. One could write of his significance as
member of the select club of artists who have been threatened with death for their polemical art One could mention his important contributions to post-colonial discourse, or his disgustingly vast knowledge of any number
of fields including social and political issues, mythology,
film studies, philosophy, critical theory and literature. But
mostly, one could just state very simply the desire to be in
the same room with a man who demonstrates—with
pearly strings of words on almost any topic—his brilliance. When CBC Radio personality and Book Club co-
host Sheryl MacKay asked Mr. Rushdie how he possibly
finds the time to read so much he simply dismissed the
question with, "I'm a fast readerl"
It has been years since Mr. Rushdie visited Canada.
After the 'fatwa,' (the Muslim death sentence that was
ordered on account of his controversial condemnation
of the Qu'ran in The Satanic Verses), he was banned
from India and forced to go into hiding for a decade.
Despite his great disappointment with his home
country (India), not to mention an understandable re-
analysis of what is right and wrong with the world, the
determined writer kept on writing. "When the leader of
a terrorist state has just announced his intention to
murder you in the name of God, you can either bluster
or gibber," he said. "I did not want to gibber."
His recently published books, from which he read
Sunday, include Fury, a fictional satire set in New York,
written before September 11 but with disturbing foreshadowing of events to come, and Step Across This Line
a superb collection of non-fiction essays examining
everything from exile, to fellow authors, to Dorothy in
The Wizard ofOz, to the process of writing.
"If you're not going to go to the edge and push your
creativity, you might as well go and be an accountant,"
he said of the diversify of his writing topics.
Mr. Rushdie is the author of eight fictional books,
five non-fictional books and a plethora of short stories,
essays and newspaper articles including a regular column in The New York Times. He won the Booker of
Booker award—deemed best of the Booker winners—for
his allegory Midnight's Children. ♦
Figuring it out
at the Belkin Satellite
until Sept. 29
by Erin Ishii
at the Whip Gallery and Cafe
until Oct 6
by Phoebe Wang
If there is a common thread between
artists, curators and galleries in this city, it
is the effort to provide more access points
to art for audiences. The Belkin Satellite
and Whip Gallery both participated in
SWARM, an annual gallery crawl that took
place in early September. The exhibitions
are still on the walls if you want to put
together your own tour and get a quick, free
and painless art fix.
Suggestive Line, a group exhibition comprised of eighteen artists, arose out of a talk
from curators Lee Plested and Scott Watson
about what was interesting about contemporary figure drawing. The exhibit is made
up of past works and works produced especially for the exhibit from local artists and
artists from across North America.
There is a range of mediums used, from
Humanfive's fabric figures and paper collages on wood circles to Miguel da
Conceicao's bright string "tommy tommy"
on nails. But primarily, the works are drawings on paper, some of them torn from
sketchbooks. There is an informal, spontaneous quality about the drawings, and some
might even find Asianpunkboy's little signature books and a number of the drawings
obscene. The provocative nature of several
pieces in this exhibit startle, as though daring you to take them too seriously.
This exhibit suggests that the experiences of the body are highly personal; there
seems to be a collective turning away from
the portrayal of the human figure as an
object There is no distancing from the sexual act or the violence of our physicahty. At
the same time, the pieces also refuse to permit the audience to step back and settle into
a safe place.
Among the industrial warehouses along
Main St., the Whip Gallery and Cafe is an
unexpected haven for art Cars off Kingsway
make crossing the road a perilous journey,
and the day I was there a video shoot was
taking place outside the cafe. Inside, the
warm and colourful ambiance of the Whip
complements Eri Ishii's works.
The Vancouver artist uses oils on canvas,
masonite and mylar, evoking movement
with colour. The main works of the exhibit
comprise Run, an exploration of the event of
running. Ishii's foreground figures and
backgrounds are part of the same plane, as
if the emotions of the figure are emanating
throughout the space that surrounds it
In "Falling," a female figure is set against
a sea of red, effectively showing internalised panic. Ishii's paintings are best
seen from a distance, to bestow the blurred
impression of speed. It seems that the bodies in the paintings are at the edge of your
sight and that if you don't turn your head
fast enough, you'll miss them.
Both of these exhibits explore the body
as a place where subjectivity and objectivity
are approached, and they also refigure the
way the human body has been traditionally
portrayed in art They suggest that the most
apparent kind of art is the art within ourselves and within our ways of looking. You'll
have to figure that one out for yourself. ♦
Readers and writers block the streets
at Library Square and CBC Plaza
Sept 29, llam-6pm
by John Hua
On Sunday, September 29, streets in downtown Vancouver will
once again be closed. Event coordinators of The Word on the Street
National Book and Magazine Fair have claimed a prime location
for the literary festivities.
The festival occupies two major blocks downtown, closing
down both Hamilton and Homer Street Not only will the festival
be refurbishing the area with tents, tables, banners and a
TransLink bus, but they will also dub the streets Literacy Lane and
Magazine Mew. Appropriately, these two blocks also contain the
Vancouver Public Library, as well as the CBC plaza, creating an
atmosphere promoting literacy and media awareness combined.
The producer of The Word on the Street, Bryan Pike, declares
the fair's mission as "uniting the country in a national, annual celebration of reading and writing, highlighting the importance of literacy in the lives of all Canadians." The fair does indeed unite
Canada, occurring across the country in Calgary, Halifax,
Kitchener and Toronto, as well as in Vancouver. "Writing, it's all
about writing," adds Pike when describing the underlying essence
of the fair.
Writers scheduled to attend the Vancouver fair include Cecil
Foster, Dennis E. Bolan, Sally Warren, George Bowering and Fiona
Writing is an extremely tough term to define through boundaries, but the coordinators of the fair are making every effort to
include any aspect that the term may include. The fair includes
more than 500 attractions, such as a children-only scavenger hunt,
and the highly anticipated "Poetry in Transit," a poetry reading
inside a parked TransLink bus of all the pieces that will be on display in various buses around Vancouver.
For future writers or anyone interested in the publishing industry, lhe fair creates the opportunity to ask authors and publishers
what is required to become involved. Prime examples of this opportunity are the Weyerhaeuser writing and publishing panels, as virell
as "The Word Under the Street" that includes panel discussions, as
well as question and answer periods with the speakers. The
Canadian literary market being just as competitive as any other, this
chance to get an insider's perspective is absolutely essential.
The Word on the Streetis only a one-day event but not a minute
is wasted. The event is in its eighth year running, and is expected
to have its attendance numbers near double the estimated 40,000
participants of last year. Rest assured, where The Word on the
Street is limited in quantity, it will expand in quality, introducing
new and innovative ways to bring literacy to the forefront ♦
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and Sexy stand up
for indie rock
by Michael Schwandt
On Young and Sexy's website, the
band hosts a page called "Young and
Lonely," which invites visitors to
post photos and e-mail addresses, to
"meet other young and sexy folk just
like you."
Ted Bois, the band's keyboardist,
has a profile on Young and Lonely,
although he says that it's yielded no
romantic results thus far. Even so,
Young and Sexy seems to be bringing people together. Their debut
album, Stand Up For Your Mother,
was one of the most anticipated
local releases of this year, and it
went on to gain rave critical reviews
in Canada and beyond. On Sunday,
September 29, Young and Sexy wiH
finish a mini-tour with Ireland's The
Frames playing a concert at
Richard's on Richards.
The story of how Young and Sexy
came to be is an instant classic for
retelling. Time after time, Lucy
Brain came in to the downtown
sandwich store where Paul Pittman
was employed. Eventually, Paul
decided that he simply had to talk to
his regular customer, and literally
chased her down the street The two
chatted about music (Paul's
favourite band: Pavement), soon
dated (Paul played his songs for
Lucy), and eventually broke up (Paul
began a tremendous output of songs
about the relationship).
"He wrote the best songs of his
life when they broke up," says drummer Ron Teardrop, bringing laughs
from both Lucy and Paul.
"I didn't know they were about
me," recalls Lucy, "even though I was
singing these songs. Maybe I just
didn't want to admit that they were."
Even after the breakup, Lucy and
Paul wrote and recorded songs
together, and they began an unhurried process of adding members to
the lineup that would become Young
and Sexy.
Most of the soAgs on Stand Up
For Your Mother were written after
the whole band came together,
which has spread arrangement
duties to the newer members. "I
think that the songwriting these
days is quite a bit different from
what it was when we formed," says
Ted. "We kind of arrange it as a
group—it comes together differently,
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I think." Paul is still the principal
songwriter, though, and the band
jokes that Young and Sexy could be
called "The Democracy of Paul."
Remarkably, the musician who
holds court over this rock and roll
democracy only started to play guitar at 19, after a 13-year career as a
competitive badminton player.
Before he was Paul Pittman, the
frontman of Young and Sexy, he was
Paul Pittman the number one-seeded under-16 player in Canada. Paul
feels that the time and effort spent
on the badminton court, seemingly
a pursuit far separated from music,
shaped the way he would later
approach his music career.
"It informed my work ethic," he
says. "I always sucked at badminton
until I was 11 or 12. I really had to
work hard at it, and it's the same
with music. I sucked at it until I was
24, but I kept on doing it."
For those who are asking about
the band's striking name—and there
are plenty who are asking—the
name came from earlier days, when
Lucy and Paul played as a duo. "It
was the kind of name that we sort of
said, thought 'that'll do,' and then
applied meaning to afterwards,"
says Lucy of the name. "I was young,
he was sexy."
Ted describes the moniker, perhaps an ironic take on pop music
imagery, as "totally embarrassing,"
although he isn't interested in
changing the name. "I think people
who like us don't hate the name or
anything," he says, citing the
Flaming Lips as another band
whose music speaks louder than
their unfortunate name. (Note to
readers: for Internet searches,
cross-reference the album name
with the band's name to avoid
confusing results.) ♦
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