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Vol. LXXXIXNo. 30 I www.ubyssey.ca I January 15th, 2008 I since 1918
Party hardy at the Work Less Party party
The Work Less Party'is dedicated to the goal of "Workers of the world, relax." The party's slogan goes, "Alarm clocks kill dreams'; Their parties serve
as the congregating place forthe elite of the Vancouver underground, if it's possible to name such beings. Saturday's party in East Vancouver was
an excellent place to chill out, watch amazing performances,and let loose with a greater political purpose.
Premier announces funding for UBC Line1
by Brandon Adams
News Editor
A newly announced transit plan
by the BC government has earmarked $2.8 billion for a rapid
transit line to the UBC campus,
among other transit improvements throughout the province
which are aimed to reduce greenhouse gases and are slated to cost
approximately $ 14 billion.
"Our new plan will double
transit ridership by increasing
choice for people around the
province," said Premier Gordon
Campbell in a press release
Thursday. "The plan focuses on
safe, comfortable, reliable services that will highlight green
technologies and will reshape
our communities...It provides
people with the choices they
need to make a difference."
Though the provincial government  has   only  committed
$4.75 billion to the plan, they
are calling for an additional
$11.1 billion in new funding
from the federal government,
TransLink, and local municipal
governments. TransLink spokesperson Ken Hardie said that $3.1
billion is slated to come from the
federal government, $2.7 billion
is expected from TransLink, and
around $500 million from local governments outside of the
Metro Vancouver area.
The improvements, which
are set to be included in 2020,
will include:
—$10.3 billion for rapid transit
lines throughout the Metro Vancouver region. This money will
be used not only for the UBC Line,
but also for the Evergreen Line,
which will run to Coquitlam and
is slated for completion by 2014;
upgrades to the Expo Line, which
see "SkyTrain" | page 03
UBC loses
$18 million
Joe Rayment
News Staff
UBC's working capital fund, containing $525 million in market
investments, suffered an $ 18 million loss recently due to a crunch
in the US subprime loan market.
The loss will result in decreased
returns, and the University may
have cut back on discretionary
spending as a result.
The capital fund, which is built
mainly from research grants, has
invested $122 million in "asset-backed commercial paper"
(ABCP) over the last five years.
ABCP is a type of fund that
makes money by collecting interest on various types of debt, usually corporate, combined into one
entity. It's usually considered a
safe investment, and when UBC
invested in this particular fund it
had the highest credit rating possible—the same as Alberta's.
see "Subprime" | page 02
Joke nicknames abound in student government elections
by Matthew Hayles
News Staff
Despite initial resistance from
AMS Elections Administrator
Brendan Piovesan, six student
candidates will be appearing on
this year's student elections ballot under nicknames. However
the candidates, whose aliases
include references to liquor,
plumbing, and a famous revolutionary, are being forced to
include some portion of their
legal names by this year's Elections Committee.
Under Article IX of the AMS
Code of Procedures, which
regulates elections, candidates
may cnoose to nave a reason- levi barnett file photo/the ubyssey
Martin Sing and Darren Peets, 2006 candidates for office in student government and the UBC Board of Gover-
see  Nicknames  | PAGE 02     nors, sat with their respective street utilities during a 2006 debate at the Totem Park cafeteria.
UBC's 16th
dies at 81
by Brandon Adams
News Editor
Allan McEachern died at the age
of 81 last Thursday evening after
a distinguished career. McEachern served as UBC's Chancellor
in 2002 after a respected legal
career which ultimately saw
McEachern become BC's Chief
McEachern was elected to the
role of UBC Chancellor in 2002
after a long and storied career in
the Canadian legal community.
"During his 21 years as a judge,
he earned a reputation as one of
Canada's greatest jurists," said
see "McEachern" | page 03
Thunderbirds Play Mortal
Enemies SFU in B-ball
Time: 7pm
Where: Memorial Gym
Cost: $2
Time: 7pm; The Darjeeling
Limited; 9:30pm 3:10 to Yuma
Where: Norm Theater
Cost $2 mem., $4 non-mem.
Rec Resolution Run
Time: 12:30 pm
Where: SUB South Plaza/
What: 3k/5k noon run/walk.
Register by 12:30 pm Tuesday
Where: SUB Ballroom
Time: 7-11 pm
Cost: $5 advance, $6 at the door
What: Get some beadfj
Hydrant making victory lap I page 03
Sprouts springs anew I page 05
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Subprime loan failure takes a big bite out of University pocketbook
from "Subprime" | page oi
When the University bought
in they didn't know the paper
was connected to high-risk
subprime loans. Subprime
loans, usually used to finance
mortgages, are sold to high-risk
customers who would not usually qualify for standard rates.
The high rates on these loans
caused high default rates this
summer, precipitating losses of
billions. The crises is threaten
ing to drag economies across
the world into recession.
"We don't have a large group
of people here that do [investment] research," said University Treasurer Peter Smailes.
Instead, the University hired
Dominion Bond Rating Services
to asses the make-up ofthe fund
and determine its risk. "In those
ratings there was no indication
of any subprime investments."
The exact make-up of the
fund   hasn't  yet   been   deter
mined, but Smailes thinks about
8 per cent of it is connected to
subprime loans.
"What happened in August
was when people came to redeem their stake the market
just totally collapsed—it was all
frozen," said Bruce Ralston, the
NDP's finance critic.
The losses came to light
Friday when The Vancouver Sun
obtained a letter to Ralston from
provincial Finance Minister
Carole Taylor detailing the situa
tion. In it Taylor notes that while
the BC Investment Management
Corporation considered investing in similar funds, it decided
it wasn't suitable for the public
institutions it directs.
The University and other
investors in the fund are working to negotiate a deal to restructure it into a longer-term
The Canadian market currently has $ 3 3 billions tied up in
similar investments. \a
Malt Likkah, Fiddler Crab and Irish Courage making election interesting
from "Nicknames" | page oi
able nickname appear on the
ballot in place of or in addition
to their given names..." However, such decisions are at the
discretion of the elections administrator, and this year, as
in other years, candidates are
required to include a portion
of their legal name. Darren
Peets, a perennial figure on
the campaign trail who runs
on behalf of the Fire Hydrant,
was one candidate to have his
submitted name rejected.
Peets, who currently sits on
the University's Board of Governors (BoG) and is running
for vice-president academic,
submitted 'Hydrant, Fire' as
his candidate name. But after
discussions with Elections
Administrator Piovesan following the all candidates meeting Friday night, he will now
appear on the ballot as "Fire
Hydrant Peets". Peets, who
ran for BoG in three previous
years as a fire hydrant, is not
new to compromising on his
candidate name. "In all three
years the compromise was
'Hydrant comma Fire brackets
D. Peets'", he said.
Unlike BoG nominations,
which are handled by the University, AMS Executive nomi
nations are managed by the
elections administrator, so the
compromise name this year is
Tyler Allison, currently the
vice-president external of the
Arts Undergraduate Society,
is running for AMS president
under the name "Che Allison".
Like Peets, Allison recognizes
that even a campaign with a
gimmick can bring up legitimate issues on campus.
"I want people to pay more
attention to the election," All-
sison said. He will be running
what he calls an "Arts Socialism" campaign. "I decided
to take the name of a major
socialist figure," he said. "We
need to inject a little fun into
Two other candidates running for AMS Executive positions will have nicknames on
the ballot this year. Stash Irish
Courage' Bylicki and 'Scary'
Mike 'The Rabbi' Kushnir will
be running for VP finance and
VP administration respectively.
For the BoG, Glenn Frederick
'Fiddler Crab' Finlay and Genevieve 'Malt Likkah' Sweigard
are hoping their gimmicks will
appeal to your lighter side. No
candidates with nicknames
will be running for the UBC
Senate. "21
AMS elections candidates
It's that time of year again.
Friday, January 11 was the
final day for students to announce their candidacy for the
positions of AMS President,
VP Academic, VP Administration, VP External and VP Finance, as well as for five seats
on the UBC Vancouver Senate
and two on the Board of Governors. In total, 32 students have
announced their candidacies.
They are:
"Che" Allison
Michael Duncan
Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes
Matthew Naylor
Erin Rennie
VP Academic:
Nathan Crompton
Alex Lougheed
Rob McLean
Fire Hydrant Peets
VP External:
Freeman Poritz
Stefanie Ratjen
VP Finance:
Stash "Irish Courage" Bylicki
Chris Diplock
Andrew Forshner
Tim Monachello
VP Administration:
"Scary" Mike "The Rabbi" Kushnir
Yian Messoloras
Sarah Naiman
Philip Edgcumbe
Blake Frederick
Eileen Harder
Alfie Lee
Alex Lougheed
Rob McLean
Aidha Shaikh
Colin Simkus
Azim Wazeer
Board of Governors:
Bijan Ahmadian
Timothy Blair
Andrew Carne
Rodrigo Ferrari-Nunes
Glenn Frederick "Fiddler Crab"
Cris Marincat
Genevieve      "Malt     Likkah"
NCAA gives Canadian universities go-ahead.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association voted Monday
at its annual convention in
Nashville Tennessee to allow
Canadian universities to apply
for membership as early as
June 1st.
UBC Athletic Director Bob
Philip said any decision to
switch to the NCAA however,
would have to be the result of
a serious campus discussion
Philip has said in the past
that if UBC applied to Division
II, it would likely seek to join
the United States' largest universities in Division I after a
few years.
NCAA bylaws, however,
would allow Division II universities to have one sport
compete at the Divison I level,
which for UBC would almost
certainly be hockey.
It is unclear if UBC would
be allowed to have some sports
continue to compete against
Canadian competition in the
CIS, or if Athletics would even
want to.
The vote was 97 per cent
in favour of allowing Canadian schools to begin the application process (258 for, 9
against, 2 abstentions).
Simon Fraser, the University of Alberta and St. Claire's
College in Ontario have also
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'Legacy will be one of justice, compassion and commitment'
Irom "McEachern" | page oi
Premier Gordon Campbell in a
statement, continuing, "Allan's
legacy will be one of justice,
compassion and commitment to
the Canadian legal system."
The renowned jurist graduated from UBC's Faculty of Arts
in 1949 and the next year he
graduated with a degree from
UBC's Faculty of Law.
Soon after graduating,
McEachern both articled and later practiced with the Vancouver
law firm Russell & DuMoulin,
where he practised until he was
appointed as a justice of the BC
Supreme Court in 1979.
Despite McEachern's reputation in the legal community, his
decisions were not without controversy. Not long after becoming BC's chief justice in 1988,
McEachern ruled on an important First Nations land claims
case, the Delgamukkw case.
In his ruling, McEachern
rejected the use of the oral traditions upon which the First
Nations communities had based
their case, ultimately sinking
their case and leaving McEach
ern with a damaged reputation
in many Canadians' minds.
The decision was opposed by
many within First Nations communities and was ultimately
overturned in a 1997 Supreme
Court of Canada decision. Despite this McEachern stood behind his decision, saying, "I don't
think the people who criticize it
have a close understanding of
what the narrow legal issue was
and view it far differently than
I did."
"I did the best I could,"
McEachern told the Ubyssey
soon after he took on the role as
chancellor. "I gave it four years
of my life, heard all this evidence, read all this stuff, wrote
adjudgement and I can't do any
better than that."
Others pointed to less controversial moves by McEachern
when looking back at his accomplishments. In a 2002 interview,
UBC's then VP External Affairs
Dennis Pavlich looked at the
role McEachern played in creating equality in the judiciary.
"[McEachernj's really
opened up the court to women,"
said Pavlich. "The Chief Justice
has an enormous amount of say
behind-the-scenes and he moved
the court of appeal from, I think
it was all male—there might
have been one judge who was
woman—to a situation where
today there are more women on
the court of appeal than men."
After retiring from bench in
2001, McEachern took a role as
a visiting professor with UBC's
Faculty of Law. Soon afterward
McEachern was elected to the
University's chancellorship, a
position which he held from
2002 to his death last Thursday.
A statement from Brad Bennett, chair of UBC Board of Governors and University President
Stephen Toope notes the important role McEachern played at
the University.
"UBC's Board of Governors
has been fortunate beyond measure to have as Chancellor one
of Canada's finest legal minds
to help in our deliberations,"
noted the statement. "Allan's
experience, wisdom, integrity,
and wonderful sense of humour
have substantially contributed
to the success of the university
he loved so deeply." \a
This painting of Allan McEachern can be found in the Riddington room of
the Irivine K. Barber Library. He had been the Chancellor at UBC for 6 years.
'This investment helps us continue our shift from being a car-oriented campus to a transit-centred one'
from "SkyTrain" | page oi
connects Surrey and downtown
Vancouver; and for the completion of the Canada Line which
runs between Richmond and
—$1.6 billion for approximately
1500 clean energy buses and
maintainance infrastructure.
—$1.2 billion for "RapidBus
BC"—a service which is slated to
run nine major routes in 'high-
growth urban centres' in Metro
Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna. These lines are intended to
provide "reliable service that
looks and feels like rapid transit
and operates on dedicated lane-
ways in some cases."
—A claimed 4.7 million tonne
reduction in greenhouse gas by
While Hardie could not be
specific regarding the plans for
rapid transit to UBC, he did say
that it would probably be based
on above-grade SkyTrain technology. Hardie also said that
TransLink is still deciding what
corridor will be used to run the
train from the current Millennium line terminus to the University campus.
In a separate release, UBC
President Stephen Toope congratulated the Premier and
noted the central role the UBC
campus plays in Vancouver's
transit system.
"With UBC's Vancouver campus the second largest transit
destination in the region, this investment helps us continue our
shift from being a car-oriented
campus to a transit-centred one,"
said Toope, also noting the role
that future RapidBus service
will play at the UBC Okanagan
The University stated in its
press release, "The below-grade
new bus terminal that UBC and
TransLink are building is sized
to fit with the development ofthe
new rapid transit service."
Darren Peets, UBC Board of
Governors student representative and critic of the University-Boulevard        underground
bus loop, was generally positive
about the transit plan, though
he was critical about the government's time frame and previous
lack of investment.
"It's good for UBC because,
especially for the 99 route, we're
going to get to a point when we
just can't add any more buses to
Broadway," said Peets, continuing, "They've already had to go
to all-door boarding because the
time between buses was about
the time it took to load a bus.
This has bought them a bit more
Peets was dismissive of the
University's claim that the rapid
transit service would fit with the
University   Boulevard's   under
ground bus loop. He noted that
the underground loop is only
slated to meet the University's
needs for ten years.
"The bus terminal design
that we're looking at is designed
to last approximately ten years
after it's opened—assuming that
the trolleys stay at grade and using other assumptions such as
pre-UPass ridership numbers
and the presumption that the bus
service at present, or three years
ago, is adequate," said Peets.
"So yes, absolutely, the new bus
terminal will be sized to work
with the rapid transit line. It's
whether it will be sized to work
untilthat thingis finished [that's
in question]." \i
Hydrant makes triumphant return to campus politics
After year-long hiatus, campus
celebrity running for VP Academic
By Jesse Ferreras
News Staff
The most seasoned candidate
in this year's student elections
isn't a former councillor, varsity
athlete, or student society president. Hell, it's not even an animated object, let alone someone
with political experience.
It's a fire hydrant—and after
a one-year hiatus from campus
politics, it's making a victory lap
in the contest for VP Academic
in what is likely to be the most
hotly contested position in this
This time out, the hydrant
and his keeper, current Board
of Governors (BoG) member
Darren Peets, find themselves
taking on a high-profile field of
candidates for VP Academic, a
busy executive position responsible for lobbying the University
on behalf of students, as well as
hiring within the AMS and writing its annual budget.
Also gunning for the job is
Alex Lougheed, a well-known
contributor at AMS Council
meetings and Nate Crompton, a
campus activist and one of the
brain-children behind the Trek
 Park  protest   against   campus
Peets, a physics doctoral candidate who is graduating this
year, is unable to run himself
but said there's been a demand
to see the hydrant—who in previous years poked fun at a lack of
campaigning effort on the part
of fellow BoG candidates—fight
another day.
"It decided to roll for election again because there were a
lot of people that were asking it
to do so," he said. "I suspect for
academic we can come up with
a fairly solid campaign platform
for it."
The hydrant's platform
promises to care about the VP
Academic's porfolio so that
other students don't have to and
extols its "five-bolt" connection
to UBC.
It has been a challenge to
find any candidate's platform,
however, because until Monday
afternoon the AMS elections
website has yet to update itself
from its 2007 incarnation.
Fellow candidate Lougheed,
who last year took a run for
VP Administration under the
"Lougheed the Barbarian" moniker, does not seem phased by
his competition.
"I've heard that the fire
hydrant is very good under
pressure," he said. "There are
many candidates running in the
election to promote democratic
ideals [and] give the voters a
This year marks the fourth
time the fire hydrant has sought
public office after three consecutive attempts to run for BoG, the
university's highest governing
He first ran in 2004 on the
Radical Beer Faction (RBF) slate,
garnering 840 votes. He placed
fifth on the ballot that year, coming within 782 votes of winner
Brian Duong.
Hydrant gave it another shot
in 2005, this time with more
success. He mustered 900 votes
and came fourth on the ballot,
only seven votes shy of actually
winning a seat. He gained 43%
support from voters that year in
a tight contest that saw Quinn
Omori and Tim Louman-Gardiner elected to the BoG.
His last attempt in 2006,
however, made him a real
force in UBC politics. Though
he didn't come much closer to
actually winning a seat (he lost
by 48 votes this time out) he
came third in the race for one
of two student seats and came
over 100 votes above the fourth-
place candidate, incumbent Tim
Louman-Gardiner. vl
Fire Hydrant spokesperson Darren Peets poses with nextyear's potential
AMS Vice President Academic and University Affairs. 4  i Culture
The Ubyssey i January 15th,2008
1 Year of celebration
JAN 18-26
Honore de Balzac's OLD GORIOT
The premiere of award-winning director James
Fagan Tait's theatrical staging of Balzac's utterly
gripping, witty and profound treatment of two
consuming obsessions — money and love.
A co-production between Theatre at UBC and
Western Gold Theatre in the PuSh International
Performing Arts Festival.
TELUS Studio Theatre
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
7:30pm | Tickets: $25/$20/$15
at UBC Theatre Box Office 604.822.2678
JAN 30
An evening of inspiration, ideas, and connections
to give Arts undergraduate students of all levels
and majors the opportunity to learn about the
diverse career options available to BAs.
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Attendees must pre-register online.
career-planning/arts-ca reer-expo.html
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No such thing as
a free naked lunch
Waits and Burroughs make strange work
by Jesse Ferreras
Culture Staff
We know William S. Burroughs
for giant space insects, talking
assholes, and botched William
Tell routines. We know Tom
Waits for his uber-raspy vocals,
seedy lyrics, and his distinctive
sad-sack persona.
Imagine putting their talents
together into a single work of
art—the fragmented, confusing
surreality of "Naked Lunch"
mixed with the down-in-the-
dumps darkness of songs like
"The Piano Has Been Drinking"
and "November." Not exactly a
recipe for a happy tale.
Helped along by the vision
of avant-garde stage director
Robert Wilson, the result looks
something like "The Black Rider:
The Casting of the Magic Bullets," a self-styled "musical fable"
now being staged as part of
Vancouver's PuSh International
Performing Arts Festival.
The play, written by Burroughs and scored by Waits, has
its basis in the 1821 German
opera "Der Freischutz" by Carl
Maria von Weber and Friedrich
Kind, which tells of Max, a young
ranger in love with a woman
named Agatha who must take
part in a test of marksmanship if
he wishes to succeed her father,
Kuno, as head ranger.
The story gets a substantial
upgrade in "The Black Rider."
Max becomes Wilhelm, a file
clerk, who is madly in love with
the royal huntsman's daughter,
Kathchen. Wilhelm must prove
himself a worthy hunter if he
wishes to marry her. Unfortunately, he's a lousy hunter.
One day while attempting to
hunt he stumbles upon a devil-
Imagine putting their
talents together into a
single work of art—the
fragmented, confusing surreality of "Naked
Lunch" mixed with the
down-in-the-dumps darkness of songs like "The
Piano Has Been Drinking" and "November."
like Peg Leg man who offers him
seven magic bullets that he says
are guaranteed to hit their mark.
With the help of the bullets, Wilhelm brings home enough kill to
satisfy Katchen's father and he is
allowed to marry his beloved.
But his trials have not yet
abetted. He must still prove his
hunting mettle on his wedding
day by shooting a wooden bird
out of a tree. Six of the bullets,
all of which hit their mark, were
guaranteed to go where Wilhelm
aimed them, but the last one belongs to Peg Leg and goes where
he chooses to send it. This twist
of fate leads to an intense, unpredictable conclusion as Wilhelm
hopes against hope he can still
hit his target.
Within that palette we
use clown, we vaudeville,
there's characters that
just come off the page...
That's the way we tell
the story, deconstructed
and expressionistic.
Ron Jenkins,
The PuShproduction of "Black
Rider" is, in fact, the second
production to which Vancouver
has borne witness. The first was
staged in 2005 at the Waterfront
Theatre and drew rave reviews
from some of Vancouver's toughest critics.
Now being directed by
Edmonton's Ron Jenkins, and
starring Life After God's Michael
Scholar, Jr., as the black-and-
white clad Peg Leg, the play is
being promoted as PuSh's opening show for the two week-long
Its promotion images reveal
a dystopian landscape draped in
vivid reds, blues and blacks, populated by characters that could
have been lifted from the darkest
nightmares of Julie Taymor.
"There's a key line in the
play, 'that's the way the painting
comes to life,'" Jenkins said in
an interview. "The thing that we
wanted to do was a chamber version of the musical and just try
to make it as expressionistic as
"Within that palette we use
clown, we vaudeville, there's
characters that just come off
the page...That's the way we tell
the story, deconstructed and
With the minds that have
gone into its making, "Black Rider" is clearly not for the faint at
heart. But for fans of any of these
artists it's perfectly likely to be a
hit, and surely appealing to those
willing to take a long walk on the
dark side. \j January 15th,2008 i ThSJubyssey
Culture i  5
Sprouts has sprung again from its organic ashes
Sprouts organizers gave visitors succulent treats during the opening reception ofthe organic food store and cafe on Friday, January 11th. The shop now provides a space for casual conversation.
Grocery store metamorphoses into cafe, complete with soup and seating
Culture Writer
Grocery store and cafe Sprouts reopened its doors last Friday after
remaining closed for most of first
term due to administrative and
financial difficulties. Now, with
the help of enthusiasts, Sprouts
is back with its 75 cent coffee,
local organic produce, and some
new items on the menu: soups,
pastries, and stews.
The philosophy behind the
change is simple: create a space
in which positive discussion
about food systems (or anything
else) can happen.
"Food is a really natural
avenue to get people to look at
their world in a new way," says
Sprouts board member, Caroline
Walker. "It's holistic thinking
that can expand beyond food
In 1987 the Sprouts organization started out as UBC Food
Co-op, and in 2003 the club
grew and received space in the
basement of the SUB. Inspired
by an eco-friendly store Le Frigo
Vert ("The Green Fridge") run
Food is a really natural avenue to get
people to look at their
world in a new way.
Caroline Walker,
Sprouts Board member
by Concordia students, Food Coop members decided to use the
space for a non-profit grocery
store that would sell organic fair
trade foods. "Sprouts" opened in
2004 and was quite successful
until most of its management
graduated in 2005 and 2006,
leaving the remaining club
members without instruction as
to the way the store should be
run. Financial problems ensued,
and the store had to close in September 2007.
Prior to its recent reopening,
Sprouts' present administration
got some advice from former
management in the form of a
rewritten constitution, agreed
on responsibilities for each
club member, and other operational changes. One of the
organization's most important
innovations is the introduction
of the transparent company
approach: "everyone can understand [Sprouts'] inner workings"
says Walker. This tactic encourages all ofthe club's members to
solve problems through coopera
tion, as opposed to having each
individual deal with his or her
particular area without engaging
Another big change is that the
store will now rely completely on
volunteers. Previously, Sprouts
had to pay cafeteria personnel to
prepare certain foods, but this is
no longer necessary as the AMS
has allotted kitchen space for
the store, allowing volunteers to
cook snacks and meals that will
be served at Sprouts.
Since management has un-
[Sprouts] helps us connect back to our food.
Heather Russell,
Sprouts volunteer
dergone changes, the organization's goals and aspirations have
transformed as well. "[The group
is committed to] engaging people in the process of food," says
Walker. Sprouts volunteers know
exactly where their food comes
from: they are in touch with the
farmers and distributors whose
produce appears on the store's
The environment remains
the store's top priority, and the
group is always looking for new
ways to promote the cause.
"[Sprouts] helps us connect back
to our food," says Heather Russell, who is a prominent club
member. Students working for
Sprouts reduce food packaging and transportation costs by
transporting some products in
person whenever possible. One
coffee they sell is Cafe ijusticia!,
which is produced by Guatemalan farmers and transported
purely by volunteers.
Walker illustrates this point
in simple terms: "Ijustpicked up
a bag of coffee from [the] porch
[of our distributor].
"It's the 'grassroots just make
it happen' attitude—which is
what Sprouts is all about." vl
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Sex,drugs and,well,
actually mostly just
sex at the annual
Taboo sex show
held at in Vancouver this year.
Taboo Sex Show pleasures patrons
By Christine McLaren
Culture Staff
"Oh yeah...oh baby...ohhh, ohh
yes, oh, I'm gonna cum...ohhhh-
A mixture of pleasure, surprise, and -pain echoed through
the PA system as I pigeon-toed
my way through security to
be greeted by a nude, painted
woman carrying a handful of
condoms. To my left, a man was
giving a detailed demonstration
of the latest and greatest technology in bondage beds with
the help of a volunteer from the
A smorgasbord of every eroti-
cally associated product, service,
or demonstration imaginable
was sprawled spread eagle
across the entirety ofthe Vancouver Convention and Exhibition
Centre in front of me. Air Canada
advertised package deals to honeymoon hotspots, while across
the walkway Miss Kitty's Erotic
Boutique proposed rack upon
rack of items to dominate all of
your tapping, tickling, stroking,
and flogging desires. High above
the crowd, projected on the wall,
a naked police constable's silhouette spanked an ill-disciplined
prisoner with what looked like
the recreation room's misplaced
ping pong paddle.
On the far side of the hall,
five contestants stood on a large
stage. I realised that what I had
mistaken upon my entrance for
various barnyard animals suffering from agonizing forms of
torture was actually the peak of
an orgasm faking competition.
This was my introduction to
Taboo—the Naughty but Nice Sex
Show, a weekend chock full of
fun for the whole of-age family.
It was like being dropped into
an X-rated version of Oz, but the
wicked witch is on stilts twirling her ruby red nipple pasties,
and Glinda is being spanked by
a vinyl clad munchkin for being
a naughty, naughty witch. This
year Vancouver hosted its 7th
annual sex exhibition fromjanu-
ary 10-13, and the show was, as
always, a smashing success.
"The word 'sex' in general
creates a sort of buzz and hype.
It creates curiosity," explains
Tara Connor, general manager
of Canwest Shows.
Taboo made its mark in
Vancouver for the first time in
2001, when Canwest decided to
expand a convention that was
already very popular in Toronto
and bring it out west. Connor
describes the wide range of
atmosphere at the conventions
across the country and how
Vancouver's open minded and
accepting community helps the
exhibition really blossom.
It was like being dropped
into an X-rated version of
Oz, but the wicked witch
is on stilts twirling her
ruby red nipple pasties.
"The city is so easygoing. It
also has a much larger gay and
lesbian population than other
cities in Canada, which creates a
lot more acceptance."
And it's true. The place was
packed with everyone from the
fishnet-clad gothic dominatrix,
to your average soccer mom having a gander at the goofy-looking
Like any convention, Taboo's
goal is simple: "to bring the
industry together with prospective buyers in a comfortable,
sophisticated and non-threatening environment," as stated on
the exhibition's website. And between sex toys, massage therapy,
nice and naughty lingerie, hand
crafted glass dildos, romantic
getaways, strippers, pole dancers, vinyl clothing, dating agencies and much, much more, there
truly is something for everyone.
"The show appeals to a large
demographic,"   says   Norm  El
more of the Screaming Chicken
Theatrical Society, a burlesque
troupe invited to attend the conference as performers. "One in
70 people in this city come here,
so I think there's quite a mix.
You get young kids coming out
and giggling, you see the curious
people as well as the ones walking out with loaded shopping
bags. And then you see a couple
weirdo pervs."
The Screaming Chicken girls
advertised classes, workshops,
and seminars with names such
as "Becoming Burlesque," "Burlesque Aerobics," and "Strip, Rip,
and Twirl."
For those who prefer chains
and leather to glitter and feathers, a walk through the Dungeon,
proudly supported by Sin City
and Metro Vancouver Kink, had
enough heavy bondage racks,
paddles, and whipping demonstrations—as well as men in
leather tutus—to satisfy any kinky
craving that might creep up on
you from behind the enormous
inflatable gargoyle.
Aside from that, the show
featured workshops hosted by
sexologists and experts with
titles such as, "The Ins and Outs
of Anal Sex," "Cock Sucking: The
Hand Job, Blow Job Class," and
"Twosomes..Threesomes..Foursomes..Moresomes—A Couples
Guide to Multi-Partner Play,"
as well as some tamer options
such as "How to Have Better
Intercourse—Making it Feel
And though it may all sound
a little intimidating at first, the
accepting, laid back, non-threatening, respectful atmosphere of
the show was definitely its most
spectacular feature, and left the
patron with one clear message:
Sex is meant to be enjoyed. And
however you choose to do it, Taboo has something for you.
And if you missed out this
year, don't despair. The Taboo
Sex Show is bringing sex back
next year too. \j January 15th,2008 i ThSJubyssey
National Feature .  7
Retribution or: Rehabilitation?
Restorative a
atives to the slammer
By Kelly Ebbels
The McGill Daily (McGill University)
MONTREAL (CUP)-In Manitoba's vast interior lies a small
Ojibwa reservation called Hollow
Water. An isolated community of
about 1000, Hollow Water has
struggled with alcohol and drug
abuse, as well as an unsettlingly
high rate of sexual abuse—which
has landed countless offenders
in jail, over and over again.
"Those places are not conducive to healing," says Marcel
Hardisty, a community worker in
Hollow Water. He speaks slowly,
articulating each syllable. "It's
not designed to rehabilitate anybody; it's designed to toughen
them up."
Twenty years ago, elders and
community leaders at Hollow
Water teamed up with social services counsellors and launched
what Hardisty describes as a
comprehensive networking and
healing system, called Community Holistic Circle Healing
If a community member
is accused of a crime, another
community member or an officer refers the offender to CHCH.
Hollow Water has confronted
sexual abuse, incest, and alcoholism not through retributive,
punitive measures, but through
these restorative justice healing
The essential premise of
the restorative approach is that
crime is not committed against
a law that is then enforced by
the state, but against another
individual. As such, to deal with
crime is not the job of the state,
but of the community—and the
goal is not to inflict equal punishment but to repair harm.
"CHCH evolved under a
whole understanding of cycles,"
explains Hardisty, also the president of CHCH. "Abuse itself is a
cycle. There's a victimizer and a
victim is created, and the victim
becomes another victimizer. In
order to break that, people have
to recognize this."
The first step facilitators
take with amenable offenders
is to work to help them to take
responsibility for the crime committed. As well, CHCH pays close
attention to the victim's needs,
to determine the depth of harm
inflicted. Over a period of weeks
or even years, CHCH brings together the victim, offender, family, counsellors and community
groups for counselling sessions
and a sentencing circle.
Hardisty says the program
is still struggling, but that it
has lowered re-offending rates,
decreased drug use in the area,
and kept many more people out
of jail.
"It gives power back to the
community, the victims. It lets
people have a say in what treatment ought to be, and how they
want to be involved in addressing
the harm done," said Hardisty.
Hollow Water represents one
of the more impressive success
stories   for  restorative justice,
but its
are by no means
isolated. Over the past
30 years, indigenous self-determination movements have
emerged in countries like Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Simultaneously, First Nations
people have begun recovering or
reinventing traditional practices
and healing rites, including restorative justice.
This has coincided with a
growing dissatisfaction with
traditional justice systemst. In
the last few years, these intellectual and cultural currents
have converged—and this cross-
pollination was epitomized by
the National Restorative Justice
Symposium, which took place in
Montreal as part of Canada's National Restorative Justice Week.
It was a meeting ground where
indigenous peoples, government
agents, lawyers, academics, and
others gathered to discuss the
state of restorative justice across
The conference proved that
there is a strong will among
members of smaller communities, as well as qualified support
among courts and governments,
to move ahead with restorative
justice. Overall, there is an
emerging theoretical consensus
that, if we want to fix a justice
system mired with repeat offenders, prison overcrowding,
and racial and sexual discrimination, restorative justice is a
vital tool.
A history of justice
The first formal restorative
justice program in Canada got
its start in 1974 in Kitchener,
Ontario; other restorative justice
programs grew over the course
of the decade. Federal and provincial governments first began
to take notice in the mid-1980s,
and have been flirting with restorative justice ever since.
Some believe that restorative
justice should only play limited
role in society as a secondary
method that can usually be
used effectively for non-serious
crimes. Others believe that restorative justice should be used
as a foundation for an entirely
different structure for the criminal system.
Canada's federal government first took an interest in
restorative justice in 1987,
when   Parliament was   in  the
midst of reviewing its ban on
capital punishment. The Standing Committee on Justice heard
from a number of practitioners
of restorative justice, and in a
report the following year, it recommended implementing various pilot projects. While government-sponsored projects began
getting off the ground, projects
rooted in rural and indigenous
communities were also able to
pick up steam.
Derek Lyons is the restorative justice coordinator of
Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services,
an organization that provides restorative justice services for 21
of 49 First Nations communities
in Treaty Nine territory in northern Ontario. Lyons is a native of
the region and a graduate of the
law school at Queen's University.
Lyons is convinced that judges,
crown attorneys, and other justice stakeholders who tend to
be skittish about the restorative
justice process., need training in
it's theory and techniques.
He acknowledged a need for
both restorative justice and the
traditional court system, pointing out that many remote fly-in
communities don't have the
capacity to start dealing with
people committing crimes.
Other First Nations in Quebec
and New Brunswick, including
Kahnawake and a few Mikmac
communities, have established
their own restorative justice
healing circles and support
groups, but with very little or no
support from the courts or the
Ministry of Justice.
"I see it going into non-Aboriginal communities," Lyons
Despite his enthusiasm,
concrete support for restorative
justice is still weak. At the federal level, restorative justice is
a politically risky cause, despite
heightened lobbying efforts. At
the provincial level, the success
of institutionalizing restorative
justice into mainstream justice
programs varies widely. While
British Columbia, Saskatchewan,
and Nova Scotia have made
progress in institutionalizing
the practice, Quebec has been
slower to find a place for it.
At a conference of the Superior Court of Quebec, Maurice
Galarneau, a Crown prosecutor,
much   of   the
aversion   to    rapid
"We're not going to change
the system overnight. Very
frankly, I think this is the best legal system we have in the world.
We must be the guardians of a
huge democracy here," he says.
Protection or punishment?
Galarneau's testament stands in
stark contrast to the will of others
in Quebec working for a transformation of the justice system.
Mylene Jaccoud, a professor
of criminology at the Universite
de Montreal and one of the foremost experts on restorative justice in Quebec, gained her first
insights about restorative justice
in Inuit communities. She speculates that, ironically, Quebecois
are suspicious of the modern
restorative justice movement because they perceive it as rooted
in Anglo-Saxon tradition.
Jaccoud believes that restorative justice has the potential to
radically alter our current justice
system. She envisions a new role
for police, attorneys, and courts,
and she argues that prisons
should be abolished.
"It's demagogic to look at serial killers," Jaccoud says, anticipating my question about what
society can do with very dangerous criminals.
"I don't understand why we
focus on these very few people in
our society. I'm not stupid; I'm
not against protection. If someone is truly dangerous, we have
to exclude this person from society. But we must be clear about
the difference between protection and punishment."
For Jaccoud, society's most
dangerous criminals should be
treated in hospitals, not packed
away in prisons. "It's paradoxical that we use restorative justice
for minor cases, ones that need
less healing. For more serious
cases, where the most healing
is needed, we punish," Jaccoud
tells me.
The Collaborative Justice
Project (CJP), based in Ottawa,
demonstrates that it is possible
to deal effectively with violent
offences within a restorative justice framework. Jamie Scott, the
former coordinator of the CJP,
spoke at the Symposium about
the process of implementing a
restorative justice framework in
a court—a process remarkably
similar to the restorative justice
system used by Hollow Water.
The pilot project, Scott told
the audience, dealt only with
serious crimes, after someone
has been charged but notyet sentenced. After an offender admits
guilt, the court postpones sentencing and the case is moved
to a restorative justice framework. Then, the CJP prepares
with the accused to explore an
understanding of accountability;
a similar preparation is done
with the victim, to explore their
needs. Secondary victims, or
witnesses, are brought in, after
which CJP facilitates direct or indirect contact between the victim
and offender. Finally, the group
submits a resolution agreement
to the court, which informs the
judge's sentencing.
Scott went on to pose some
of the most important questions
at the conference. "Why does the
success of restorative justice pilot
projects not translate into funding, political will, and changes to
social policy? Why do politicians
still believe they can get mileage
from a 'law and order' agenda?"
Overcoming colonialism
For Hollow Water, the challenges
are obvious and overwhelming.
But Hardisty is convinced that
the community has started on
a path away from their colonial
"[The Indian Act] was deliberately designed to ensure that
[indigenous peoples] would become so dependent on handouts.
You have a people who are prone
to dysfunctional behaviour, who
are broken. We've been fighting
hard to undo the process of colonization," he said.
Social problems like drug
abuse, unemploymentand sexual
violence are creeping up again,
and Hardisty thinks that CHCH's
success in resolving these issues
largely depends on the community regaining economic self-sufficiency and more control over
their political institutions.
"We need to have access to
resources around us," Hardisty
says. "We're forcing the government to look again at our treaty
agreements. You can't talk about
healing and not talk about economic development."
For Hollow Water, CHCH remains the key towards recovery.
It is heartening to Hardisty
that many others are trying to
emulate the example of restorative justice in Hollow Water.
"There are more non-Aboriginal
people interested [in restorative
justice] than our own. Our own
people are afraid of it. The kids
that come from the university-
they're so excited to come and
learn about our ceremonies."
There is more interest from
other Canadians than there is
among First Nations people.
"I love that," he chuckles.
"That's the only way of creating
understanding."\i 8  I Sports
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Injuries, foul trouble lead
to poor play from men
by Paul Albi
Sports Writer
While the women returned from
their trip to the US sharp as a
tack for the game against the
Brandon Bobcats, the men's
team was not as successful losing 92-78 Friday to the visiting
Brandon, who still only have one
loss on the season.
It was an intense back and
forth battle until midway through
the fourth quarter when injuries
and foul trouble caught up to the
T-Birds. That is when the Manitoba-based Bobcats began to take
control of the game. The team's
top scorer Chris Dyck saw little
action in the game due to injury,
and four UBC players fouled out
ofthe game in their efforts to cut
the Bobcat lead. It was a fierce
war in the paint as bodies were
banging and crashing to the floor
all game.
Being in foul trouble late in
the game caused UBC players
to tone down their defensive
intensity so as to not foul out.
Brandon took advantage of this
crashing the boards and slashing to the rim at every possible
opportunity. While at one point
in the second quarter UBC built
a 12 point lead, a late first half
surge by the visitors cut the lead
to four by half-time.
The Bobcats continued with
the momentum in the early
part of the second half scoring
four quick points and tying up
the game. Brandon carried the
lead into the start of the fourth
by a score of 69-66 and never
looked back. UBC had several
cold streaks shooting the ball
throughout the contest while
Brandon was consistently knocking down mid-range jump shots
and three pointers.
Brandon shot 60 per cent
from beyond the arc while UBC
shot only 3 5 per cent from three-
point land. Other than three-
point shooting, the only other
uneven statistic was turnover
numbers. UBC had 23 turnovers
while Brandon only let the ball
go 13 times.
78       65
Throughout most ofthe game
UBC simply could not find an
answer for Bobcat player Dany
Charlery as he led scorers with
27 points while adding a game-
high six steals.
"I think it really hurt us having only ten healthy bodies and
55 fouls," said UBC coach Kevin
Hanson. "We got into foul trouble, with four guys fouling out,
and we just didn't have enough
guys to play the second half.
The whole second half we were
compensating for guys in foul
trouble, and when you put those
guys in they play tentatively, and
I think that played a big factor in
it tonight."
The men came back to War
Memorial Saturday evening
looking to redeem their loss and
succeeded with a 78-65 win over
the Regina Cougars. The Thunderbirds came out looking for a
win right off the bat, keeping the
Cougars off the board for over six
minutes while scoring 16 points
in the process. Regina began to
close the gap in the third, but
it wasn't enough to defeat the
With Dyck sidelined due to an
injury, season newcomer Blain
LaBlanche led the team with 17
Despite the win Saturday,
Hanson isn't happy with how
the team is playing after returning from Hawaii. "We weren't
pleased with the way we played
this weekend overall," said Hanson. "We have to get better. We
have a couple of guys who are in
a bit of a funk right now."
Hanson will definitely be
looking for better play out of his
team tonight when they tip off
against the Simon Fraser Clan
at War Memorial Gym at 7pm.
Meanwhile, they will face some
of their toughest competition Friday when they head to Victoria to
take on the Vikes at 8pm. The T-
Birds and Vikes split the last two-
game series at War Memorial a
month and a half ago and both
teams sit high atop everyone else
in the pacific division of Canada
West, tl
Canadian university sports fans can
feel at home in Northern Ireland
And the jerseys just keep
coming. Last month, a former
University of New Brunswick
student on the alumni board
visited and asked about the lack
of representation for UNB. "Two
days later, she was back at UNB
and emailed me saying a jersey
was on the way," recalls Graves,
who has also recently added a
Royal Military College jersey to
his collection.
Though few records exist,
Graves' research suggests that
no one has put together a tribute
to Canadian university sports of
this magnitude.
"The important part is [students] are aware of [the project]...and realize the potential,"
says Graves. "Hopefully I can
greet them here at Rockies." vl
from "Irish Bar" | page i 2
guests as the squad wrapped up
their Irish tour.
The Thunderbirds' contribution comes in the form of a No.
19 baseball jersey, sent by Doug
Williscroft, a former UBC Baseball clubhouse manager.
"He was extremely proactive, and sent me [the shirt] in
record time," says an appreciative Graves, who prominently
displays the T-Birds garment in
the centre of the wall. Rockies
has received the majority of the
items in its vast collection by donation from schools and teams
that Graves has made contact
with via their athletic director or
head coach. January 15th,2008 i ThSJubyssey
Sports I  9
Big post-trip wins for Women's B-ball
Returning from California,
Thunderbirds score season high,
almost reach century mark
by Paul Albi
Sports Writer
It would appear that the recent
trip to California was a success as
the women's basketball team returned looking sharp and ready
to play Friday night against the
Brandon Bobcats (0-13) at War
Memorial Gym.
The 'Birds got off to a slow
start, keeping the score tied 13-
13 at the end of the first quarter. But that was the closest to
a victory the Bobcats would see
as UBC picked up the pace and
scored a big win, 99-46. Despite
being just one point short of the
century mark, that was the most
points the T-Birds have scored in
a game all season.
"I thought in the second half
we executed and competed the
way we wanted to," said head
coach Deb Huband. "We had
lots of great contributions from
lots of people. We were able to
get some defensive stops and
some rebounds that fueled our
running game, which was lots of
The T-Birds came out strong
with a 6-0 run before going cold
and letting the Bobcats come
back to take a 13-10 lead. A
buzzer-beating three-pointer by
UBC's Alex Vieweg tied the game
at 13-13 to end the first quarter
and it appeared to be the point
of no return as the T-Birds never
looked back in the contest. After
being tied at the end of the first,
the T-Birds never surrendered
the lead again and it was not
long before they pulled away and
dominated the visitors in all aspects ofthe game. After the game
was once 21-21, the T-Birds went
on a 35-4 run.
Relentless swarming defence
by the Thunderbirds led to 27
Bobcatturnovers, ten UBC blocks,
and 20 UBC steals. The half-court
trap by the T-Birds was so effective that the Bobcats couldn't
even get the ball across centre
court for most ofthe game.
The Thunderbirds were then
able to capitalize on this success
into easy transition baskets. The
swarming defence forced the
Bobcats to settle for tough shots.
That lead to four consecutive air-
balls. The much taller and seemingly stronger UBC team dominated the glass on both ends of
the floor as they out-rebounded
the Bobcats 61-37.
The T-Birds gave themselves
lots of second chance opportunities, grabbing 25 offensive
rebounds. At the same time, they
and did an outstanding job of
limiting the Bobcats to minimal
second chance points only giving
up 13 offensive rebounds.
UBC was unselfish and effective in its ball distribution as 32
Thunderbird forward Leanne Evans dribbles around Bobcat player MelanieThompson during the big win Friday
evening atWar Memorial Gym. Evans had six points helping theT-Birds score 99 total,a season best.
of the 45 UBC field goals were
assisted. Erica McGuiness led
the way on offence by scoring 23
points while Cait Haggarty led
the way on defence with seven
The women came back to War
Memorial the following night to
host the Cougars from Regina
and the result was the same, another win for the T-Birds. While
the team put far fewer points on
the board, they still pulled off a
sizable 66-43 win.
The Thunderbirds jumped
out to an early lead with a 9-2
opening run and took a 22-9
lead going into the first break.
Most of those points came
solely from top scorer Erica McGuinness who had 13 of her 18
points in the first quarter. While
the pace slowed down considerably in the second quarter with
neither team managing to score
in double digits, the Cougars
pressed at the beginning of the
fourth cutting the T-Bird lead
to a few points. However, three
straight three pointers by Cait
Haggarty, who had 17 points on
the night, restored the T-Bird
"I'm pretty happy so far in
2008," said Huband. "We are
making progress and getting better, and that is where our focus
has been."
The women will take their
two conference losses to Victoria
Friday where they will face the
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Great plan, but who will pay?
Yay! Yesterday, Premier
Gordon Campbell and transportation minister Kevin
Falcon announced a $14 billion
transit plan that aims to increase
ridership and reduce greenhouse
gases across BC. Of the money allocated, $ 10.3 billion will go to new
SkyTrain lines throughout Metro
Vancouver—the most important to
UBC students being a line to the
University up Broadway.
That's right, in approximately
12 years UBC will finally have a
rapid transit line to campus! Gone
will be the days of hellish B-line
waits—finally students will no
longer have to line-up at Broadway
and Commercial for a seven bus
wait. And all only 12+ years too
However untimely this may be,
the UBC line will bring an ease of
travel not present today. And, in
conjuction with making the lives of
future university students easier,
the government plans to increase
ridership by 400 million trips
per year, cutting greenhouse gas
emissions by 4.7 million tonnes by
But despite this eco- and student-friendly future of transport,
we must also look at the downsides
that come with an otherwise positive addition to our city:
As Falcon stated yesterday, the
province is earmarking $4.75 bil
lion to the project while calling for
$11.1 billion in funding from the
federal government, Translink and
municipal governments. By asking
for money from these groups, the
Campbell government has shifted
financial responsibility to the residents of BC.
Provincially, Finance Minister
Carole Taylor has hinted at the
possibility of introducing a carbon
tax in the provincial budget this
February. Though a positive for the
environment, opponents criticize
the carbon tax for being a flat tax
regressive in its effects, charging
all people the same amount if they
can afford it or not. Heavy industry
and transportation companies will
wriggle out, to an extent, when the
inevitable tax incentives come.
Meanwhile, working class commuters will pay the same amount into
the program as the commuting
rich (assuming the rich don't buy
Federally, the BC government
is banking on the assumption that
Parliament will front $3.1 billion
dollars for the plan. In reference
to this, Falcon simply noted "the
federal government has stepped
up to the plate every time we asked
them on major projects." This
unassured sum may fall back on
the provincial government, which
would be felt in higher property,
sales or carbon taxes.
As for the $2.75 billion that
Translink will be responsible for,
the same people who will benefit
from Translink's services will
also be taking on the burden of
the new, costly transit system. As
NDP transportation critic Maurine
Karagianis warns, that the money
will have to "come from bus riders
or from property taxes."
And finally, the big negative
for us here at UBC: UBC has been
planning an underground bus loop
since several years. In that time,
there has been much debate on its
need, the transit information used
for its construction, and the nature
of its longevity. What planning has
failed to incorporate is the revising
of construction plans to include an
expansion for the newly introduced
UBC SkyTrain line, despite the fact
that it's been anticipated for quite
As Board of Governors representative Darren Peets has noted,
the planned bus loop will only have
a sufficient rider capacity for ten
years. This means that ten years
after its completion, in conjunction
to the unveiling of a UBC line, we'll
once again have to dig up our campus to facilitate both a larger bus
loop and SkyTrain station, something, as we are just beginning to
witness now, that is an atrocious
eyesore—something that we'll be
living with well into 2020. vl
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Laibar Singh Should Remain in Canada
I am writing to express my support for allowing
Mr Laibar Singh to remain in Canada. As news
writers, I'm sure you at the Ubyssey are aware
ofthe facts of his case and ofthe factual errors
and biased judgements of your previous editorial, "Legitimate refugees deserve our protection" (Fri, Jan 11,2008).
As I'm sure you are aware, Mr Singh did
arrive in Canada with false documents, but
did not attempt to deceive Canadian immigration. As a refugee, he needed these documents
only in order to reach Canada; he was not trying gain unlawful entry and declared his false
documents when he got here several years ago.
He has followed the proper channels set up for
a refugee in Canadian law, which is different
from other immigration channels, and has
never been illegally in Canada.
I believe Mr Singh should not be deported
for a number of reasons. He poses no security
risk or threat to our country. He has built significant ties to various communities in Vancouver. He is paralyzed and requires our medical
attention. He lives in sanctuary in the Guru
Nanak Sikh Temple in Surrey. He has filled out
the necessary forms and applications for an
individual in his position and has followed all
It is a disgrace that Canadian officials attempted to violate the noble and honourable
tradition of sanctuary by issuing a deportation notice for 4:30am and giving only several
hours warning before showing up at the temple
to remove Mr Singh. If this is a legitimate case
for deportation, why should it be done in the
dead of night when we are all sleeping?
As a compassionate human being, and as a
Canadian, I am glad to welcome Mr Singh into
our country. I am glad to spend my taxes on
his medical condition because I believe that everyone—regardless of race, religion, ability, or
citizenship—deserves a healthy life. I am glad
to welcome him with his medical condition
because disabled people have as much right to
live here as anyone else.
—A. Margaret Orlowski
BSc Biology
-Coordinated by Matt Hayles & Jordan Chittley, with photos by Goh Iromoto
Ubyssey was wrong about Singh
by Tristan Markle
The Ubyssey editorial "Legitimate refugees
deserve our protection" at best recapitulates
deliberate misinformation and Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) talking points about
the case of Laibar Singh, and at worst whips up
First, the Ubyssey repeatedly uses language
that makes Laibar Singh out to be an "illegal"
person in Canada. It is recognized by the Canadian refugee act and the United Nation Convention on the Status of Refugees (to which Canada
is a participant) that refugees are expected to
often travel with "false" documents. How else
are serious refugees supposed to get out of the
country that is persecuting them? This is well
understood. Talking about Laibar Singh as "illegal" represents a change in CBSA attitude (not
law) that is no doubt connected to Stockwell
Day's personal feelings, and certainly does not
constitute "legal" discourse.
By law, Laibar Singh can only be said to have
become "illegal" in Canada once his legitimate
refugee claim was denied by a single politically
appointed member of the refugee board. However, a day before losing his legal status, the
Guru Nanak Temple took him into sanctuary
because thousands of people were shocked by
the government's mean-spirited treatment of
such a vulnerable man. It is tradition in Canada
(and many other countries) that under extreme
situations, houses of worship are expected to
offer sanctuary to those in jeopardy of persecution. The CBSA has respected the responsibility
of churches to offer sanctuary in the approximately 50 similar cases that have transpired
over the last two decades. So the question of
whether Mr Singh has ever been "illegal" is not
clear at all, and it is certainly irrelevant for a
person of compassion.
It is noteworthy that this is the first time
see "Letters" I page i i 121 Sports
The Ubyssey i January 15th,2008
Thunderbirds migrate to bar in Belfast
by Leslie Day
Sports Writer
Rockies could be any sports
bar—a great selection on tap,
televisions showing every conceivable game played in the last
48 hours, a BC Lions game-worn
helmet and other local memorabilia proudly displayed.
Rockies could be any sports
bar in North America—except
that it's in Belfast, Northern
And it boasts the largest
known grouping of Canadian
university and college athletics
jerseys — including Thunderbirds' apparel.
The Rockies Sports Bar collection represents some 29 Canadian post-secondary institutions,
including UBC, the University of
Alberta, St. Francis Xavier, and
Universite du Quebec a Trois-
Rivieres, among others.
"I looked for a common
sports denominator that would
interest and tie most Canadians
together upon entering," says
Jim Graves, managing director
of Rockies. "It is without a doubt
the most talked-about display."
That is high praise for a
feature competing with jerseys
from NHL teams, including the
Vancouver Canucks, larger-than-
life images of Wayne Gretzky
and Bobby Orr, as well as vari
ous items from professional and
amateur teams and leagues hailing from both Europe and North
"You either lived near [one
of the schools], attended the
school, knew someone who did,
or competed against it," says
Graves. "[We] even have Canadian students [attending school]
in England or Scotland coming
across...because they have heard
of the wall."
Canadian university teams
are also making the trip to Rockies. Recently, the bar welcomed
the University of Concordia Stingers hockey team as their special
see "Irish Bar" | page 08
This may look like a sports
draping the walls, but they
Ireland. Owner Jim Graves
students to know they will
bar somewhere in Canada with CIS jerseys
are hanging at a bar in Belfast, Northern
wants Canadian sports fans and university
be welcomed at Rockies.
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When it comes to men's basketball, the Thunderbirds are atop their division with only three
losses this season and are one ofthe top teams in the country. Pick up the Ubyssey Friday to see
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from "Letters" | page io
that a non-Christian religious
space has exercised the responsibility of sanctuary, and that
this is also the first time that a
government minister (Mr Day)
has publicly repudiated the tradition of sanctuary.
Laibar Singh worked in
Canada for several years, and
became paralyzed here. The
CBSA spin team has tried to put
doubt into people's minds as to
whether Mr Singh's paralysis
was caused by an aneurysm,
and not some other mysterious
thing. I honestly would have
expected the Ubyssey editors to
realize that the CBSA's deliberate misinformation causing
confusion about the medical
cause of Mr Singh's paralysis
is completely irrelevant to his
case. But alas, the Ubyssey
editors quibbled with pathetic
pointlessness: "Singh become
[sic] a quadriplegic, allegedly
due to an aneurysm." Riveting
It should be very clear that
this case is not about Laibar
Singh alone, for in law, single
cases are important, and act
as precedents. The Ubyssey
bemoans that fact when they
should be celebrating it, since
the government's failure in this
case shows that straightforward
reform is needed immediately.
First, Refugee Board members are political appointees
who are not required to have
any experience in law; that
has to change. Instead of the
Refugee Board making decisions as a transparent body, its
individual members accept or
reject claims at their personal
whim; that has to change. The
Immigration and Refugee Protection Act of 2002 requires the
creation of a Refugee Appeal
Division, but it has not been
created yet! And as a result,
Laibar Singh and thousands of
others fall through the cracks.
And the Ubyssey editors have
the nerve to insinuate this is a
case of "an abuse of the Canadian legal system and the rule
of law." It is clear that this is a
case of abuse by the Canadian
legal system and a failure ofthe
rule of law.
The Ubyssey editors conclude with a lie and a pitiless
judgment: "Singh...has tried to
play the system and does not
deserve to be here." Mr Singh
did everything that a refugee
is supposed to do according to
law, following the process to a
And once the immigration
system failed him and he was
sitting alone in a hospital awaiting deportation, the family
of the man next to him in the
hospital found out about what
an outrageous fate he had been
dealt, and they told their friends,
who in turn told their friends,
and soon the whole Vancouver
community, of all backgrounds,
became aware of this sick case.
And then the CBSA launched its
spin campaign, which the Ubyssey editors swallowed hook,
line, and sinker.
To conclude, the Ubyssey
editors ask, Is Mr. Singh "deserving [of] our protection?"
Well, I ask, are these Ubyssey
editors deserving of our $5.50
per year?
—Tristan Markle
Biology 4
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Marijuana activist is worthy
of commendation
by Levi Barnett
In light of the recent plea
deal between lawyers for Marc
Emery, Canada's preeminent
marijuana activist, and the US
government that wants him
in prison for selling pot seeds
over the Internet to the United
States, it's worth asking—has
anyone been harmed by Mr
Emery's actions?
The answer is no. While
his tireless self-promotion can
be annoying and smacks of
excessive egotism, in the end
Emery's actions have been
right. Marijuana may cause
some people to eat junk food,
laugh at bad jokes, and take
and inexplicable interest in
their shoe laces, but it is also a
drug that has legitimate medicinal purposes, on both sides of
the border. Canada's government and medical authorities
have acknowledged this; the
American federal government
has not.
The drug is beneficial for
many afflictions, so for Mr
Emery to try to spread the benefits of a recognized medicine
to American patients was a
noble cause.
Medical marijuana is illegal under federal law in
the United States. While it
has gained the support of voters in a number of American
states and municipalities, the
fact remains that the valuable
treatment it provides is being
denied to Americans by their
leaders at the national level.
In the truest spirit of North
American friendship, Emery's
actions as a seed supplier, for
which he is currently wanted
by the US government, were a
way to help out strangers in a
neighboring country.
In selling seeds over the
Internet, Emery did violate
US law, but he didn't do anything Canada was willing to
prosecute him for. He was last
convicted of a marijuana crime
in Canada in 1998 (and got
away with a $2000 fine), and
has since been a scrupulous
taxpayer, all with Parliament,
Canada Post, and Revenue
Canada's full knowledge—and
therefore our elected leaders should have thrown their
support behind denying Mr
Emery's extradition. They
knew what Emery was doing;
he mailed his catalogue to every single MP for eight years
in a row. Government coffers
benefited from the taxes seed-
selling business.
While this doesn't mean
Emery had state approval, the
feds in Ottawa should do more
to resist the American extradition request. It's high time that
Canada acknowledge the societal benefits that Mr Emery
has provided to both sides of
the border.
—Levi Barnett is the
Ubyssey's Copy, Letters, and
Research editor
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The AMS is seeking an Executive Coordinator of Student Services for a one-year
appointment from March 1,2008 to
February 28,2009.
The Executive Coordinator of Student
Services is responsible for providing
general supervision and guidance for the
AMS Service Coordinators and their
Assistant Coordinators in the effective
operation ofthe AMS Services. The ECSS
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the AMS Executives and AMS Services
and participates as a non-voting
member at the Council and Executive
meetings. Deadline for applications will
be Friday February 1,2008.
Please visit www.ams.ubc.ca/jobs
for more information, including
how to apply.
The 2008 Alma Mater Society (AMS) Executive
Elections are coming up, and the candidates are
campaigning hard, looking for your vote!
To find out about the positions, candidates and their
platforms, come to the candidate's forums and hear
from the candidates directly. The forums are being
held on the following dates and locations:
Tuesday, January 15th, from noon to 1 P.M. in the SUB
Conversation Pit-
Wednesday, January 16th, from 6 to 7 P.M. in Place
Vanier Residence;
Thursday, January 17th, from noon to 1 P.M. in the SUB
Conversation Pit;
Thursday, January 17th, from 6 to 7P.M. in the Gallery
Lounge in the SUB;
Monday, January 21st, from noon to 1 P.M. in the SUB
Conversation Pit;
Tuesday, January 22nd, from 71:30 to 1:30 P.M. in the
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posters and publications around campus, check
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Committee at Elections@ams.ubc.ca.
Online Voting takes place from the 18th to the 22nd
of January through the Student Services Center
Website, and paper balloting occurs Thursday,
January 24th at various locations around campus.
The Elections Committee encourages all students to
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to make their voice be heard. Good luck to the
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