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The Ubyssey Oct 21, 1988

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 the Ubyssey
Turner woos students at UBC
Longley at the
page 5
By Katherine Monk
Calling for Brian Mulroney to
come out of his glass bubble and
address the issues, John Turner
spoke to six-hundred students in
the SUB ballroom Wednesday.
UBC's golden boy put the
problems of the plagued Liberal
party aside and made a solid pitch
against free trade to a pumped-up
crowd of both Liberal and Conservative supporters.
"It's more than an election
issue, ifs your future," he said.
"As a Liberal, I have always
believed in free trade, and lowering the trade barriers. Since the
war, we have negotiated internationally and 80 percent now going
across the Canada-U.S border
goes across free of duty.
"For the remaining 20 percent
Mulroney sold out Canada,"
Turner said.
If a Liberal government were
in office, it would have worked
with the General Agreement on
Trades and Tariffs (GATT) in a
way that didn't sacrifice Canadian
sovereignty, Turner
The biggest problem in the agreement is
the termination of
Canada's   ability   to
screen American investment,
Turner said, adding that American companies or individuals
would be exempt from foreign
ownership regulation. "We have
lost the ability to control the future
and destiny of this country."
More specifically, he called
attention to the effect free trade
would have on Canada's capital
markets. "We have lost our control
of agriculture—there's no way a
Canadian farmer can compete,
without the support ofthe marketing boards, with a Mississippi,
.Alabama, or California farmer,"
he said.
In response to the few but loud
Conservative hecklers, Turner's
tirade against free trade culmi
nated in a challenge to the Prime
"I tell you what—I would love
to have Mr. Mulroney standing
right here next to me. I would love
to give him equal time to satisfy
everybody here, but he won't come
out ofthe glass bubble, he refuses
to meet me, he refuses to meet
If the Prime Minister wanted
Canada to be exempt from American protectionist trade laws,
Turner said, he did everything but
counteract American protectionism, because in the signed free
trade agreement, which would be
implemented if the Conservatives
were elected, offending U.S. trade
laws still apply.
"We didn't get what the Prime
Minister said we were going to get.
He said American trade laws cannot apply to Canada—I agree—
but we didn't get what we were
supposed to get," he said.
What seduces people about
free trade, Turner continued, is
that the agreement uses the vocabulary of free market forces.
"It is based on the assumption
that we are a continental resource
reservoir to the United States.
They looked to Mexico, but the
Mexicans were smarter than we
"I believe in competition and
rewarding success, but I want to
remind you that this country
never could have been built on free
market forces," he said. "Unless
we hung together, and unless we
deliberately resisted those free
market forces we would have become a part ofthe United States."
What it comes down to,
Turner said, is that Canadians are
responsible and mature enough as
a nation to make their own decisions.
In the question period following the speech, Turner was given a
chance to communicate the Liberal platform on such issues as
nuclear submarines, Katimavik,
super-boxes, and the deficit.
Turner said he would restore
the delivery of daily mail, eliminate super-boxes, start a child
care program, and re-establish
Katimavik, financing these policies with monies saved from the
nuclear sub plan he proposes to
"Who are we looking for under
twenty feet of ice, and what would
we do if we find someone under
there? We don't need nuclear
subs—if we are looking for surveillance, there are cheaper means
through robotics and other technologies," he said.
On one question concerning
Meech Lake, Turner was forced to
explain his support for the Mulroney government's accord.
"Despite the crap I've taken
on this," Turner said,"the Liberal
party wants to bring the two sides
together. The accord did not add to.
the provincial power, it merely
recognizes Quebec as a distinct
.society—and it is distinct."
Turner addressed a question
concerning AIDS, and sai d it was a
serious matter, but declined comment on the use of experimental
As Turner left the ballroom,
he responded to a question on gay
rights saying the rights of homosexuals did not need to be enshrined in the Charter of Human
Rights as they were already recognized.
Students suspect stacked question period
By Deanne Fisher
Liberal leader John Turner's
Wednesday visit to UBC has left
an aftermath of controversy.
Audience members are complaining that members of the
Young Liberals, who organized
the event, "stacked" the microphone for the question and answer
period and did not give others an
opportunity to ask questions.
"(The Young Liberals) had
about six of their people lined up at
the mike before they even opened
the doors," said Ken Armstrong, a
member of the Progressive Conservative club.
"Those questions were intended to be read to Mr. Turner,"
said Armstrong. "They were soft
questions. (The Young Liberals)
had talked about question strategy in advance."
But Dean Crawford, UBC
Young Liberal president said the
questions were not set up. "You've
got to look at the type of questions
they were getting. They were
pointed questions and they were
fair," he said.
"If our people on their own
accord want to go to the microphone and ask our leader a fair
question, thafs up to them," said
Turner's campaign manager
May Brown said she did not think
the mike was stacked. There's no
point in stacking the mike because
it is not to (Turner's) advantage to
have patsy questions," she said.
"He never backs away from questions," she added.
In response to accusations
that Young Liberals were allowed
into the SUB ballroom before the
rest of the students and were
therefore first at the microphone,
Young Liberal second vice-president Robert Morehouse said, "We
tried as diligently as we could to
make sure the room was clear at
Morehouse said that only
Turner's entourage, the media
and Young Liberals who were
helping to set up remained in the
"The people who've been complaining are the Young Tories,"
said Morehouse. "The Young Tories were 150 people back in the
line-up. My advice if they want to
crash a meeting is to get there
But Armstrong said the Tories left their office at 12:00 to get
in the line-up. "It never clued in to
me that there'd be people cheating," he said.
Armstong said he wanted to
ask a question on the ineffectiveness ofthe General Agreement on
Trade and Tariffs. "The question
was designed to make him say
'uh'," said Armstrong.
Another student who stood in
the microphone line-up but did not
get to ask his question said he was
disappointed with the event. "The
whole show was a big piece of
rhetoric," he said.
Yet another student, who
asked to remain anonymous, said
they were mistaken for a Liberal
supporter, let in early and given a
sheet of paper with a question on
Morehouse said he thinks
stacking the mike would be "abhorrent" and said that people were
quick to say the questions was
stacked "because Turner wasn't
lambasted  by  the   Tories   who
crashed the meeting."
And Morehouse added that
"there were 13 minutes there that
could have been devoted to questions had the Tories not disrupted
the meeting."
The Tories chanted "Free
Trade, Free Trade", while the
Liberals counteracted with
"(The Tories) weren't being
the most courteous spectators
there," said Morehouse.
Student questions Turner on election isssues.
VOLUME 71, Number 13
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October 21,1988 Corrigan dismantles government
By Robin Muehlebach
Overshadowed by some other
national party leader, a lesser
known PM hopeful visited UBC
Tuesday attempting to present his
party's election platform.
Dennis Corrigan is the national leader of the Libertarian
Party and his speech focussed on
the evils of the welfare state.
"What the government pro
vides for the public does not justify
the fact that 50 per cent of an
average Canadian's income has to
be paid in taxes," he said.
Corrigan said his party would
slowly phase out all social assistance programs if elected to office.
Canada's economy would be
better off if left completely to
market forces, said Corrigan. "All
these regulations with which the
government  restricts   voluntary
trade have the effect of slowing
down economic growth", he said.
Asked about the party's stand
on free trade, Corrigan said Libertarians see the free trade agreement as an important step towards unrestricted trading between nations. "It is a violation
against personal freedoms to prevent an individual to trade with
someone across the border," he
Collins refuses Reform Party
By Stephen Scrimshaw
Snubbing North Vancouver
voters, Columnist Doug Collins
said Wednesday he would not run
in the federal election for the Reform Party of Canada, nor as an
Collins, who was nominated
last Tuesday during a raucous
meeting in his Capilano-Howe
Sound riding, decided to withdraw
his nomination over differences
between himself and party president Preston Manning over party
Preston Manning, son of the
late Alberta premier Ernest Man
ning, presented Collins with a letter asking him to give written
consent to the party's policy opposing racism and extremism.
The letter also stated that if
he declined he would be denied
party endorsement.
"Such a letter would make it
impossible for me to run as a candidate," said Collins.
In defense of his position,
Collins stated he was neither a
racist or an extremist. "What is
this question of extremism or racism? Did I blow up a place? Did I
rob an old lady?"
"The majority of Canadians
simply prefer not to have the rest
ofthe world move in on them. Does
this make them racist?" he asked.
Manning, aware of Collins'
controversial reputation on the
topic of racism, said unless Collins
signs the contract, the party could
not afford the potential dissent
Collins could create.
Ironically, however, on the
day Collins was refused party
endorsement, the phones at party
headquarters were ringing incessantly with complaints against
Manning and the party—some
callers even requested refunds on
their memberships.
T-Birds lose in field hockey
By Melanie Slade and Sheena
The UBC Women's Field
Hockey team broke their winning streak last weekend but
they did emerge victorious in
three of four games at the Edmonton Canada West tournament. The T-Birds were undefeated going into the tournament and have now lost their 3-
point lead over the now leading
Victoria Vikettes.
The first game of the tournament against the University
of Calgary was interrupted after
a scoreless first half by a four
hour delay caused by a lighting
failure in the University of
Alberta's Butterdome. The T-
Birds came back and played a
strong second half, defeating U
of C 2-0 with goals by Melanie
Slade and Penny Cooper.
The Thunderbirds dominated
the second game against the University of Manitoba and team
captain Melanie Slade scored
three penalty corner goals, giving
UBC a 3-0 win.
In the third game against the
University of Alberta, the T-Birds'
strong team performance allowed
them to play most of the game in
Alberta's end and came away with
a 3-0 win, with goals by Melanie
Slade, Penny Cooper and Jennifer
The final game ofthe weekend
was against the University of Victoria. Both teams had many penalty corners and scoring opportunities but UVic came out on top
with a 1-0 victory. The goal
marked the first one scored
against the UBC defence in the
last eight CWUAA games.
The standings now in Canada
West are UVic 23, UBC 22.5, U
of C 11, U of A 5.25 and U of M
Both UBC and UVic have
the same win/loss record but
because of the escalating point
system used in Canada West,
UVic is ahead by .5 points. At
each successive Canada West
tournament, the points
awarded for a win esculate by .5
points each time. This system
gives teams that are behind, an
opportunity to catch up, but can
be hard on teams in the lead.
UBC must defeat UVic at
the third and last Canada West
tournament, to be held at UBC
on October 28 and 29, to win the
CWUAA title. But the T-Birds
are still strong contenders for a
wild card berth to Nationals in
Montreal if they finish second in
Canada West.
The latter half of his speech
dealt with civil liberties. The Libertarians push for the legalization
of hallucinatory drugs, pornography, prostitution, and gambling.
"Once you are an adult, you
should be able to choose the lifestyle you want to live," said Corrigan.
Fielding questions about the
environment, Corrigan said pollution is an act of aggression, and
companies destroying the environment should have to pay sufficient compensation directly to the
people affected.
"If such compensations prevent a company from making any
profits, neither the good produced
nor the jobs supplied are justified
due to the social cost. Also, by selling off crown land, an incentive to
preserve nature would lie with the
owners", said Corrigan.
Reading Week will
not be extended
By Sheila Hansen
The new Telereg system
has created five extra day s this
term but any hopes of a longer
reading break have been
quashed by the registrar's office.
"With the new* registration
system this year, teaching was
started a week earlier," said
associate registrar Alan
MacMillan. "The extra days
that result are scheduled
throughout first term."
To have a the February
reading break extended into a
full week, the second term
would have to be extended,
said MacMillan.
"I guess it is always possible, but in order to allow for
the break we have to consider
that each term must include 13
weeks of teaching," he said.
"A week-long break would
force us to schedule exams
into the month of May and
most students wouldn't approve  of that  because  they
usually begin jobs at that
time," he said.
This term, classes and labs
were cancelled in the afternoon September 8 for orientation, which goes towards making up the extra days. There
will also be an extra day between the last day of classes
and the start of December
"In past years, there were
usually two days in between,
but this year there are three,
giving students an extra day to
study," said MacMillan.
Another three days have
been added to the December
examination period. MacMillan said there are more half
year courses this term than
usual, resulting in more exams. The extra days will
spread out the exams and
again give more time to students.
The midterm break for the
winter session is scheduled for
the 16th and 17th of February.
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By Melissa Melnitzer
AIDS. We know about it, but
we don't use that knowledge to
protect ourselves from it.
That's the conclusion of an
experiment conducted in Totem
Park Residence last year by one of
UBC professor Rick Mathias'
Their survey of single students living in the residence
showed that both men and women
knew the risks of contracting
AIDS and the methods for preventing it.
The students were aware that
it was safe to eat and live with
AIDS carriers and did not have a
phobic attitude towards them.
They were also aware that it
was unsafe to have unprotected
sex, but few actually used condoms.
jAnd although infections such
as Gonorrhea and Herpes join
AIDS as diseases passed during
sexual activity, the study found
few people in residence cared
enough to practice safe sex.
Margaret Johnston, the outreach nurse at Student Health
Services, plans to combat the problem with an educational program
on AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases.
Information will be available
in brochures, on videos, and
through talking to people knowledgeable in the area. There will be
considerable emphasis on how to
practice safe sex by knowing one's
partner and using condoms correctly.
And on a larger scale, the
government is taking action to
promote public awareness. On
August 12th, a cheque for $35,000
was given to the AIDS Vancouver
Society on behalf of National
Health and Welfare. Another
$115,000 will be granted in support of the public awareness and
support project.
St. Paul's hospital recently
received $240,000 to support research and clinical studies of the
AIDS virus. St. Paul's cares for
AIDS victims and is the leading
hospital in Canada for the disease.
"Until a cure is found, however, people must practice prevention. No matter how much action is
taken, people cannot be forced to
have safe sex," said Johnston, who
is planning an AIDS awareness
campaign in SUB on November
8th, 9th, and 10th.
Council supports Gay Games
The Alma Mater Society officially objected Wednesday to UBC
President David Strangway's decision to deny the use of UBC facilities
to the 1990 Gay Games.
AMS president Tim Bird was directed to write a letter to Strangway, the Board of Governors, and local news media expressing the AMS'
opinion that such a decision "contravenes the principle of fair equality
of treatment for all commercial users of UBC facilities."
Only library and archival studies representative Noel McFerron
opposed the motion, which passed by four votes—11 people voted
against it.
"I support absolutely the Board of Governors' stand," said McFerron, who, when asked if he was playing devil's advocate, said "I'm a
When confusion forced a second tally, Engineering representative
Greg Smith voted against the motion after originally being in favour.
He later said, "I don't think Strangway should be discriminating
against any group. But I was against putting words in (AMS president
Tim Bird's) mouth."
Graduate student society rep Kurt Preinsperg who instigated the
motion, said the Board was "stalling" on the decision. "We should make
it clear that the AMS does not support bigotry," he said.
Disabled access addressed
Issues of disabled access at UBC will be studied by an AMS ad hoc
committee created in response to concerns presented by the Disabled
Students' Association.
DSA vice-president Lissa Temple said she would like the committee to "act as a catalyst between different facets of the university."
"I think (the committee) is one way to make (disabled access) a
priority for the AMS," said Arts president Mike Lee, adding that the
committee would not only study wheelchair accessibility but "all the
other facilities the disabled students need."
Notice to Ubyssey Reporters
New deadlines come into effect this weekend.
Deadline for news stories for Tuesday issue is now
Sunday, 10:00 pm. Deadline for Friday issue is now
Wednesday, 10:00 pm.
Slide copy under the door if no one's home.
October 21,1988 FEATURE
By Chris Wiesinger
There are no Guccis in Blair
Longley's closet. He doesn't wear
silk ties and his hair hasn't seen a
stylist in living memory.
But he has a dream. He wants
to be Prime Minister.
Longley lives on the political
fringe, out beyond the Greens, the
Communists—even the Rhino-
ceri. As national leader of the
Student Party, the man with the
flowing light-brown hair and
scraggly beard has little chance of
living at 24 Sussex Drive.
Longley's party, which was
registered by Elections Canada
the day before Prime Minister
Brian Mulroney called the federal
election, is teetering on the abyss
of failure or success. By next
Monday, 28 days before the election, the Student Party must have
candidates running in 50 ridings
across Canada. Longley's running
against Liberal leader John
Turner in Vancouver Quadra.
But he needs another 49
people to run and time is running
During a discussion in his
small, cluttered apartment, Longley sits in a chair with his back to
the window. Outside the door
stands a lone bicycle with a child-
seat. A typewriter, which has
pounded out hundreds of letters to
student societies, newspapers,
politicians and bureaucrats, rests
on a make-shift table to his right.
The table in front of him is littered
with Elections Canada papers and
toys belonging to his 3-year-old
son, Lucas, who is also the junior
officer of the party.
The Student Party's main
selling point is a tax loophole that
allows contributors to decide how
their contribution to the party will
be spent. Longley calls it the Longley Loophole.
Essentially the scheme works
like this.
If a person contributes $ 100 to
the Student Party, they would
receive from Revenue Canada a
$75 tax break. However, under the
rules governing election spending,
there is nothing to prevent the
party from giving the contribution
right back to contributor as long as
it is for legitimate political work.
The Student Party gives its
contributors $75 back from the
$100 donation—providing they
work for the party. That income is
then taxed $25 by Revenue Canada, leaving the contributor with
$50. That money, plus the original
$75 tax credit, totals $125—a $25
gain on the $100 donation.
If the contributor does not
work for the party, they still receive a $100 tax credit and they
can decide how the funds are allocated.
"There I am in court,
jumping up and
down saying I'm
marijuana, I did it, I
did it, and they're
saying no, no, we
have no evidence. We
refuse to recognize
that you've done this.
This system allows people to
direct their donation to groups
which are not registered charities.
The cash could also be used for
political activity, including the
creation of bursaries. Longley says
students could cut their tuition in
half by taking advantage of the
But Longley needs candidates
for the system to survive.
"I've had nibbles. Just people
phoning to ask what's going on.
But nobody has phoned and said—
yes, I want to do this," he says.
The timing ofthe election has
been a major obstacle to the realization of the party. Federal legislation states that once a party has
100 confirmed members, it has
until 28 days before the next federal election to come up with 50
candidates in different ridings.
Longley says to revive the
project after the election would
take a huge effort because legislation governing the creation of parties is on the verge of change.
"To apply for a federal registered parly after this election will
take ten thousand names, not 100
as it does now. Ten thousand. So it
would be literally a hundred times
harder to apply to register a
party," he says with frustration.
Finding himself up against
the wall is nothing new for Longley. He has been fighting the
system for 20 years. As his grizzled
look suggests, Longley is a leftover from the '60s. But the look can
be deceiving—there is a method to
Longley's madness.
His education has spanned
twenty years, three institutions
and several disciplines. He has a
degree in general studies from
Simon Fraser University, which
he says took 12 years to finish.
He's studied chemistry, physics,
biology, and many of the social
sciences. Today he's in political
science at the University of British
But how does one finance 20
years of education? Longley
smiles broadly, looks around at
bookshelves made of bricks and
boards, and says—"barely."
In the early '80s, Longley took
on B.C.'s welfare system in an
attempt to demonstrate that the
system had severe flaws which
remained unrecognized by the
He wrote letters to people like
then-premier Bill Bennett and
Grace McCarthy, who held the
human resources portfolio, urging
them to hire him to study the
"systemic inefficiencies ofthe system."
Needless to say, he was ignored.
What he wants to achieve,
Longley insists, is to draw attention to contradictions in the system.
"There's a regulation which
says that if I'm not looking for all
available work, then 111 be cut off
welfare. So you cut me off welfare,
and what happens is this: There's
no money to buy food, so you starve
until you're medically incapacitated and then you become a
'handicapped person' and you're
re-entitled to welfare. And you
recover your strength, and you're
supposed to look for any available
work, and you get kicked off welfare again. -No food, back to starv
ing—medically incapacitated."
He grins.
"I went through a few cyclesof
that, some longer than others. Of
course the medical bills far exceed
the welfare bills. One day in the
hospital costs about $100. One day
on welfare costs about $15. And it
all comes out of the same provincial treasury."
The welfare example is typical . Canada, he says, has a de facto
guaranteed annual income, but
the government refuses to recognize it because ofthe philosophical
problems the admission entails.
"There's no systematic accounting, and there's no consideration ofthe point that ifyou put
up the welfare rate a hundred
dollars a month, what would it do
to the rate of crime, or the rate of
illness? Those kinds of questions
are systematically ignored by governments. They don't want to be
told what they could do about
these kinds of situations because
ifs right out of their ideology."
Longley practices what he
"The last time I went in for my
welfare interview, I said: 'I'm
forming a political party and the
only job I'm willing to take is
Prime Minister. So get off my
As his grizzled look
suggests, Longley is
a left-over from the
'60s. But the look can
be deceiving—there
is a method to
Longley's madness.
He smiles. "And they said
'OK, we won't bother you.' So I
have Gold Card Welfare. They
don't bother me because ifs not
worth their trouble."
Another subject Longley has
spent a great deal of time on, and
with, is marijuana. He's collected
a lengthy file to back up his claim
that the laws against the cultivation of marijuana are based on
racial prejudice, not the
government's concern for the well -
being of its citizens.
Citing Hansard and a 1973
study produced by the LeDain
Commission—Gerald LeDain now
sits on the Federal Supreme
Court—Longley argues the reason
marijuana was criminalized in
1923 was because the Chinese
community made extensive use of
the fibrous plant for clothing and
food. Racial hatred ofthe Chinese
in the early *20s made it convenient for the government to use
possession ofthe plant as a reason
for deportation, Longley says.
At the same time, the government was paying white farmers
one-and-a-half cents to grow cannabis for binder twine and rope.
"From 1923 to 1938 the government was paying one group of
people to grow it, and criminalizing and deporting another group
of people for doing the same
thing," he says.
"You can read it in Hansard.
When they wanted to whip up
enthusiasm for making the law
more stringent, they would talk
about how young, white women
were being led to moral degradation by dirty Chinese drug peddlers. Here is this fatal narcotic,
they said, that those Chinese men
are gonna use to seduce young
white women. They also passed a
lawthatyoung, white women were
forbidden to work for Chinese
Longley agrees smoking
marijuana isn't healthy, which is
why he eats the stuff. The reason
most people smoke dope, he says,
is because ifs a cheaper way to get
high. If grass were legal, he says,
more people could afford to put it
in their salad.
Longley pulls out a copy of
LeDain's report to back up his
argument. "In spite of strong disagreement amongst extremists on
many points in the cannabis controversy, major governmental and
international reports by independent groups of various backgrounds and covering three quarters of a century have come to
surprisingly similar conclusions
regarding the use and effects of
cannabis. However, the effects of
these reports on government pol-
continued on page 6
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icy have generally been limited."
He leans back in his chair and
shrugs. "Because they would always find out after reading the
studies that it (the effects of the
plant) wasn't anything like what
had been represented to people."
Last year, fed up with the
government's refusal to recognize
scientific studies showing marijuana to be a relatively harmless
plant, Longley decided to openly
cultivate marijuana. His purpose
was to be charged under Section 6
of the Narcotics Control Act so he
could, by way of a defence, launch
a constitutional challenge to the
Finding himself up
against the wall is
nothing new for
Longley. He has been
fighting the system
for 20 years.
Things went according to plan
until he came before the B.C.
provincial court last October.
Though he stated very clearly in
his testimony that he was "self-
evidently cultivating marijuana"
in a garden plot adjacent to his
apartment building, the court dismissed the charges against himon
a technicality
"There I am in court, jumping
up and down saying Fm cultivating marijuana, I did it, I did it, and
they're saying no, no, we have no
evidence. We refuse to recognize
that you've done this. So it ended
up completely goofy."
Since then, he has maintained correspondence with federal Justice Minister Ray Hnatyshyn trying to convince the government that pot should be legalized.
"I kept writing to them. I said:
"Look, I'm still cultivating cannabis, I am cultivating cannabis
right now.' And they never answer."
It is no surprise that one ofthe
Student Party's major policies
woul d be to legali ze the cul ti vati on
of marijuana.
"Now there's talk about compensating the Chinese who were
nailed by that $500 head tax. Who
is going to recompense the 500,000
that have criminal records, or the
50,000 who have done jail terms?"
Another injustice Longley
hopes to address through the
party is ageism—discrimination
on the basis of age—in the political
arena.   Longley   says   children
should be given the vote.
"As with sexism or racism, our
ordinary approach is not to be reflective about them. You have
these knee-jerk attitudes. When
someone proposed that women
should vote, it was immediately
countered with, well women are
not rational creatures, they're not
competent to vote.
"It's the same thing with the
voting age. Some people believe
that an arbitrary external condition—the number of times that the
planet has gone around the sun—
determines whether or not a person can or cannot vote. Now if they
don't see that that's just a stereotype that has no validity, rationalizing it is futile, because the
person already knows that a
young person can't vote."
Longley's position was given
additional weight this week when
the Supreme Court ruled that the
denial of franchise to the mentally
handicapped was unconstitutional. The decision, he says, sets
an important precedent for the
elimination of ageism because it
removes mental competency from
the discussion of where the age
barrier should be.
Longley says it's important
children be brought up participating in the democratic process because decisions made today about
the economy or the environment
will have a profound effect on future generations.
"Our economy is controlled by
the age-group 45-65. They'll all
probably be dead of natural causes
before the consequences of what
they're doing are fully manifest.
The people who are 15 will be facing the full consequences of what
these people are doing, and they
have no say in regards to it."
So Longley—either a misplaced hippie or a version of Renaissance man—sits with bated
breath and hopes his political
party becomes reality on October
To be honest, he says, he
doesn't have much hope. He's offered as many incentives as he
possibly can for people to join him
in his mission of bringing some
sanity to government, and now it's
out of his hands.
What will he do if the project
He smiles and says, somewhat resignedly: Tm gonna stop
reading the newspapers and stop
listening to the news. I'm gonna do
my own back to the land reality.
That's what Jan (Longley's companion) wants to do. She doesn't
want to do this stuff anymore. She
thinks it's all bullshit."
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Club breaks all rules
"Troubles are all the same ... you want to go where
everybody knows your name. Cheers Vancouver"
by Chung Wong
The outside is easy to miss.
Once you walk in, you see
an alley between two buildings
with pipes along the walls, a ceiling, no electricity, and fire as
your only light source. The milieu is very intimate.
The Classical Joint
231 Carrall Street in Gastown
On my first visit, I witnessed a
jazz vocalist from New York City
who, to my disbelief, bebopped
twelfths with her voice—in momentum. The drummer who accompanied her had great rhythmic finesse in him. His art
embodied the intricate delicacy
of vintage Anton Webern.
Only that which is necessary
is placed on the canvas of his
music. It is much hke Oriental
art. The open space gives the
canvas a great deal of spirituality. Human character is the
pervading force.
Recently, I spoke with
Andreas Nothinger, 'Architect.'
Andreas ran the Classical Joint
for the first 15 years. He explained to me the club's genesis.
"The Vietnam War was a subversion ofthe American Dream.
It went against everything
America was built upon. People
with vision were forced to
become exiles. Vancouver was
their alternative. You had this
migration of these great minds
into deteriorated terri-
tory(Gastown) which was given
to them for very little. Gastown
was nothing when they arrived,
but you'd be surprised what
people with vision can do with
nothing. The Joint became a
neighborhood gathering place for
these writers and musicians. It
became a place for literary,
musical, and historical movement. We all had a contribution.
Musicians began to strum their
guitars to the times in the air.
That's how music got started
here. That's how it all got
After we spoke, I experienced the sound of the Kora, a
lute harp from the coast of Mali.
The player and builder of this
instrument was Michael Dunn,
the guitar maker whose sound
stopped the tracks ofthe legendary Stephan Grappelli as he
began to leave his concert auditorium. The sound ofthe Kora
reaches the ear like waves to the
cliffs of Dover. The soothing sensation is endless.
There is a certain magnetic
aura about the Classical Joint.
It's like a powerful force field.
The music draws you in with its
warm life.
When the
musicians break
loose, so do you.
"I think if
musicians could
make a living
out of this, this
is what they'd
be doing. There
is an intimacy
you can get here
that you can't
get anywhere
else. I just have
to turn my head
and there's a
person right
there. I can be
in contact with
anyone in the joint."
Michael Dunn spoke with
sweat and sincerity as we sat in
the back room of the Joint, a
room that has not changed since
the beginning of time. The chairs
have torn cushions. On the walls
are pictures and posters of Count
Basie, members of Dave
Brubeck, Louis Armstrong, and
others that have passed through
this room.
Weston blasts Turner
By Rick Hiebert
John Turner looked like a
political saviour when he
was elected Liberal party leader
in 1984. The former lawyer and
cabinet minister had dazzled Canadians with his success in
public service. The Liberal loss
in the election that year can be
attributed to Canadians desiring
a change, but why have Turner
and his party floundered since?
Reign of Error
by Greg Weston
McGraw Hill-Ryerson
Reign of Error, by Ottawa
Citizen reporter Greg Weston,
though flawed, goes a long way
towards answering that question.
Weston's portrait of the
Turners is scathing and brutal.
John Turner is portrayed as
a politician overly concerned
with public popularity, a puppet
of his leftward drifting caucus, a
man afraid to stand up for his
convictions (Turner is quoted
after a passionate Commons
speech in favour of increasing
Unemployment Insurance as
saying "Jesus Christ, I'd never
thought Td see the day when I
was calling for more unemploy
ment insurance...") who treats
underlings poorly.
Geills Turner is portrayed as
a shrewish harridan— selfish,
spoiled and having John
wrapped around her little finger.
Weston has done his homework. He uses both interviews
and internal Liberal documents
to show how the Liberal party
has been falling apart in recent
years. He sheds new light on the
disasterous 1984 campaign, the
conversion of Stornoway into a
Schloss Turner with public funds
and the 1986 leadership review
when Turner forces, "under
siege", "stacked" the convention,
according to Turner organizer
Terry Popowich. Reign of Error
exposes a lot of dirt that Turner
may prefer to keep under the
As a writer, Weston provides
a taut, eye opening read. The
book flows well and Weston has
a knack for amusingly caustic
characterizations (Newfoundland
MP Brian Tobin "can smell a
headline in his sleep") that,
though catty, add colour to his
book. Reign of Error is easy to
read, and intellectually stimulating.
However, the book has two
glaring flaws.
The first is the absence of
interviews with John and Geills
Turner. While Weston isn't at
fault for not getting the interviews, second and third hand
accounts of Turner behaviour is
not as factually dependable as
having John and Geills discussing their own foibles.
Furthermore, Weston uses
anonymous sources throughout
the book, identifying people by
their connection to Turner or the
Liberal party. One has to
question how strongly these
opinions can be held if the people
interviewed were too scared to
identify themselves. Weston's
reliance on anonymous sources
reduces the crediblity of the
These niggling problems
mar what is otherwise a lucidly
argued thesis about the collapse
ofthe Canadian Liberals.
Although this is a very good
book, the reader cannot escape
the nagging suspicion that
Weston could be doing a hatchet
job on John Turner, a suspicion
that Weston could have easily
dispelled by making a point to
include material sympathetic to
Nevertheless, Reign of Error
is a valuable look at John
Turner's often troubled leadership ofthe Liberals.
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Babette serves up hot
By Keith Damsell
When was the last time
you thought about God?
For me, it was watching The
Last Temptation Of Christ. But
Scorcese's work only added confusion to my ideas on all things
biblical. Remember that crazy
dream sequence? And Jerry
Falwell? Holy cow, what was all
the fuss about?
Babette's Feast
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Until November 11
Just when you thought religion would bring only protestors
to the theatre, along comes
Babette's Feast. Winner of the
1987 Oscar for Best Foreign
Film, this lyrical work blows
recent religous cinematic
meanderings out of the water.
Take that, Cecil B.
The film, adapted from a
story by Isaak Dineson of Out Of
Africa fame, tells the tale of two
sisters, Martina and Phillipa,
and their lives in a nineteenth
century fishing village on
Denmark's Jutland Peninsula.
The daughters are devoted to
their father, a priest, and his
Lutheran sect, teaching the
renouncement of earthly pleasures for spiritual grace.
Martina (Brigitte Feder-
spiel) and Phillipa (Bodil Kjer)
remain devoted to God after
their father's death. Dissent
grows in the parish. A miracle
arrives in the person of Babette
(Stephane Andran), a refugee
from the French Revolution.
Years pass and Babette becomes
essential to the community. She
wins 10,000 francs in the French
lottery, her only link with home,
and decides to prepare a beautiful dinner for the congregation.
Upon seeing the bizarre ingredients involved in a "real French
dinner", the sisters suspect the
devil's work. In fear, they impose
a vow of silence on the dinner
Despite the odds, Babette's
feast allows the parish to come
together and reconcile their
By being deliberately understated and allowing the story to
tell itself, Babette's Feast
becomes a wonderful meal
indeed. There are many clever
subtleties that extend the sense
of atmosphere. The grocer
changes hats to become the
postman, delivering Babette's
winning lottery ticket. The final
dinner sequence and its elegant
gestures resonate long after one
has left the theatre.
Rather than detracting from
the storyline, the subtitles
further the beauty of the narrative itself. Babette's Feast
progresses effortlessly, hke the
human spirit, creating a world
where all things are possible. It
is a cinematic gift much like the
magnificent feast Babette
prepares; full of beauty and
enriching for the body and mind.
A real French dinner.
Sewer rock dazzles
'Assholes with guitars' epitomize Shindig
By Greg Davis
Another Shindig shootout
has come to pass. The
three bands that played last
Monday night explored the
nether regions of music, the
frontiers of noise, and various
ways of expressing insanity.
The show began with six colorful looking musicians occupying the stage to spray the crowd
with their mindblasting jazz.
Shades of the Shuffle Demons - it
was Video Bar-B-Q. They fired
up some groovy dirty jazz.
The Railway Club was
packed, hot and steamy, and it
was easy to drift off into Bar-B-Q
dreamland. With wailing horns
and funky percussion they took
the audience on a extra-textured
subway ride of sound. The band,
composed of fab musicians who
played really tight, sank into
monotony on occasion, but kept
the house swinging most of the
Floundering up next was
Puke Theatre. They beamed
down from God knows where,
and billowed out noise like
vomiting up a hot dog from a 24-
hour food mart. The lead
vocalist/guitarist looked like
Hare Krishna's mutant brother
as he coughed out odes to
skinheads and "outer space
babes". The rest of the band
vented their frustrations on a
diverse array of instruments,
including a shopping cart, a
garbage pail, and a paint tray. I
dropped two Tylenol and enjoyed
the show.
As Arnold Schwarzeneggar
once said in Conan, "crush your
enemies", and that is what Evil
Al and the Soul Crushers set out
to do. They epitomized the spirit
of Shindig with their mad,
energized sewer rock, underscored by skilled musicianship.
What do you get when you
cross Richard Dreyfus, Joe Perry,
Woody Allen and a Russian
Cossack dancer? The singer for
Evil Al. His antics were the
highlight of the evening— a
totally unique front man in this
insipid world of Mike Stipe and
Bono rip-offs. All those people
who ever wondered what
happened to the Boy Wonder
now know he grew up to become
Evil Al, slagging his former
master Batman.
Yes, Robin was bobbin', the
bass was throbbin', the drums
were crashing, and the guitar
and keys wailed away like a
33rpm record played at 78rpm.
It was a pity that the vocals did
not come across clearly— the
only drawback in an otherwise
explosive performance. Though
full of soul, the band failed to
thoroughly crush the crowd.
Those gone daddies, Video
Bar-B-Q, came first in the
contest, and those assholes with
guitars, Evil Al and the Soul
Crushers, followed in second
place. Perhaps because Puke
Theatre failed to live up to their
name and bring up all over the
stage, they came in last. This
ranking suggests the judges
might be a bit too mainstream.
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Blue line pulled taut
By Lisa Doyle
Just when you thought humanity was headed for an
era of kindness, equality, and
good old love, along comes a
documentary like The Thin Blue
The Thin Blue Line
Film Festival
Errol Morris (director of the
pet cemetery hit Gates of
Heaven) came upon this story by
chance, while interviewing
prison inmates for an entirely
different film. Abandoning that
project Morris set out to investigate the possible innocence of
Randall Adams (on death row for
supposedly killing a police
officer), and the possible guilt of
David Harris, then a 16-year-old
who was with Adams on the
night ofthe murder.
Through a series of interviews with police officers,
friends, Adams and Harris, the
audience begins to realize the
discrepancies and mismanagement of the case. Harris looks
like a sweet amiable boy next
door, yet he's on Death Row for a
later killing and suffers frequent
memory lapses when questioned
about his crimes. Adams looks
like your local pharmacist, yet is
so clinical and unemotional when
discussing the case, you begin to
wonder which one is telling the
Officer Teresa Turko and her gun
truth because neither one seems
capable of committing murder.
The film suggests that
Adams, then a 28-year-old
drifter, was in the wrong place at
the wrong time and in the wrong
company. David Harris, who
appears to be the more likely
suspect, says, "[Adams was] the
proverbial scapegoat."
Harris was only 16 at the
time of the murder, and so could
not be tried in adult court. Being
a resident ofthe town in which
the crime took place, the town
rallied around him. Even the
police department was hesitant
to lay murder charges against
one of its own citizens, despite
the fact that it was know that
young Harris was a bad kid.
Cinematically the film is
very different from most documentaries. Between interviews
are re-enactments of the shooting, shot in film noir style.
Morris uses noir conventions to
move the film along: clocks
ticking, extreme close-ups of
crime reports, typewriters
clicking, and newspaper dates
and headlines. At first this
experiment is a little jarring.but
it successfully utilizes the
concept of motion inherent in
filmmaking, and it breaks the
monotony of talking heads. The
repeated re-enactments at first
seem a little too much like
Crimestoppers, but they do keep
the audience from accepting the
facts as unquestionable simply
because the story is a true one.
Director Morris does not
attempt to be objective as many
documentary filmmakers do. It is
obvious that Morris believes
Adams is innocent, and this
moral stance is what makes the
film so powerful.
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THEUBYSSEY/9 Front page shame
The student press often looks up to the
professional media as a model. Like a learning
child, we seek the years of experience a parent
may have to offer. But there comes a time when
we must see the faults of the elder and voice
The National ran a story Wednesday night
on a Liberal non-confidence movement brewing
within the party—during a campaign. The Liberals may be facing some drastic problems, but
committing political suicide in front of the national media seems unlikely.
The story was based on a nameless source,
and the supposed mutineers, such as Raymond
Garneau, denied all the media's allegations and
later felt nothing but repugnance at the actions
ofthe CBC and The Globe and Mail.
The Vancouver Sun ran an updated story,
stating the whole mutiny was unsubstantiated,
but buried the salient facts in the continuation
on the second page—at the very end ofthe piece.
It is not hard to see where the monopolized
Canadian media draws their party lines. The
backroom boys at Southam have a stake in the
results of the election, and free trade certainly
couldn't hurt the Thompson coffers.
What is surprising is the stupidity of a
Canadian public refusing to question the voice
of a' shackled press.
One need only look at yesterday's Globe and
Mail to find the stupid photos of Broadbent and
Turner in between the polished pictures of
Mulroney. Not to mention the full page ad for the
Globe itself which shows a sterling chin and
smiling Irish eyes.
The media is too powerful to be irresponsible. The damage has already been done, and
even moreso than the targets—the Liberal
party and John Turner—it is the Canadian
electorate which is losing out.
The issues are blurred by the media's selective lens and lack of depth.
Worse yet, they know what they are doing.
The eyes, ears and mouth of the population
have been blinded, deafened and gagged by the
Hogtown moguls, while those watching the
media try to figure out if the opinion polls reflect
or create reality.
the Ubyssey
October 21, 1988
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The clouds were dark, heavy, pendulous.Ted Aussem asked "What
ever happened to Fay Ray?" Katherine Monk, humping the banister,
shrieked "Look! The rag's on Alex Johnson!" "No," responded Chung
Wong, "Alex Johnson's on..." Deanne Fisher proposed a toast, and
Robert Groberman asked what was for dinner. "Where're you going?"
asked Mandel Ngan. "I'm going home," Chris Wiesinger
replied.Catherine Lu performed strange rituals with a blow drier
and made promises to Rick Heibert about what she could do to him
in just seven days. Olivia Zanger ripped bandages for the wounded
but stupid Tim McGady, and was heard rhyming thrill, chill and
fulfill. Greg Davis looked up at Keith Damsell with anticip, p, p, p,
SAY IT! p, pa tion! Barb Wilson began to tear as she stared up into the
blue sky. Dan Andrews tighteded his corset. Steve Chan's make-up
ran. Melany Slade lit a cigarette, surprised but not upset when
Stephen Scrimshaw's wig fell off. Melissa Melnitzer put her hands on
her hips. Heather Jenkins emerged from the darkroom and swore
violently, destroying the ambience of the masthead.Robin
Muehlebach, fanned away the mist from his and reclined to watch old
Lo6t in Time episodes. Sheila Hansen was seen enjoying naughties
with her brother.
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facts on
I am writing to thank
the five students whose letters regarding the Oct.-31-
to-Nov.-4 Rec Centre Referendum appeared in the October 14th Ubyssey. It is
this sort of concern and input on both sides of the issue which will lead to the
best overall decision.
Unfortunately, there
were a few mistakes in some
of these letters, and they
must be corrected if students are to be accurately
informed. So please take
One letter quoted the
increase in fees would be
$25.00, and another mentioned $20.00. In fact, the
proposed increase would be
In addition, "Recreation Facility Financial
Folly" from Steve Katz,
Grad Studies, had the following errors. Steve, the
number of students who
would pay the fee is not
33,950; it is closer to 23,000,
and you have not considered interest expenses.
I suspect you have calculated all intercession,
summer session, non-credit
and part time students into
your 33,950. This number
counts one student who is
enrolled in winter session,
intercession and summer
session as three students—
$90.00 would be collected
from this student in one
year using your approach.
In fact, the number to work
with is about 23,000 (counting each student once and
with part time students
paving a proportionate fee).
Then you must calculate the present value of
this annual amount of
(23,000 X $30 = 690,000)
over 10 years, for example,
at an interest rate of 12%
compounded annually.
These   estimates   would
The Ubyssey welcomes letters on any issue. Letters must be typed and are not to exceed 300 words in length. Content
which is judged to be libelous, homophobic, sexist, or racist will not be published. Please be concise. Letters may be
edited for brevity, but it is standard Ubyssey policy not to edit letters for spelling or grammatical mistakes. Please bring
them, with identification, to SUB 241k. Letters must include name, faculty, and signature.
amount to a student contribution of about $4,000,000 if
we were to pay our portion in
one lump sum tomorrow.
But three years from now at
12% interest, this sum
would total $5,619,712,
which would be about 20-
25% of the overall cost depending on unknowns such
as future costs of materials,
labour, interest, and on the
amount of other fund raising we can do on our own.
We would expect to pay our
share two or three years
after the construction begins.
In the letter entitled
"Enough is Enough" from
Ed Wishow of Grad Studies,
the following errors were
noted: this proposed fee is
not an athletic fee as you
have indicated; this fee will
go towards a building that
will house the overcrowded
student needs in the way of
dances, concerts, AMS club
offices, drop-in sports,
daycare, recreation, intramurals, beer gardens,
speakers and debates. UBC
Athletics will not be using
this centre. Yet in your letter you have made eight
references to athletics and
then concluded you point
with "I am surprised at how
politicians rely on the poor
memories of their constituents." Ed, I am surprised at
how you rely on the deception of our constituents just
so that you may continue
eating your lunch where the
proposed centre might go.
You have charged that
"the AMS has sprung" these
plans upon you. Ed, believe
it or not, we've been doing
everything we can to make
students aware of these
plans. In the past eight
weeks, we've made and circulated posters, flyers, banners and ads. Come into the
SUB concourse most days,
and you'll see the model, the
plans and the video we've
prepared. In the next two
weeks ifyou keep your eyes
open you'll be able to see and
read plenty on the Recreation Centre. I suggest that
you talk to the Ubyssey staff
about reporting on the Recreation Centre. They have
had access to and copies of
everything we have—but
we can't tell them what to
report and what not to do.
Finally, you have
claimed that "none of the
present AMS officers, specifically proposed building
this facility when they ran
for office." When I ran for
this office I spoke about this
recreation centre (as well as
many other issues) where
ever I went, and it appeared
on every poster I had. Many
other AMS representatives
did the same. I am surprised
at the poor memory of at
least one of our seemingly
informed constituents.
But once again, I thank
you all for writing in about
this referendum (it may be
the only way it will appear
in the Ubyssey). I encourage
all students, pro or con, to do
the same-but please do
have your facts straight.
This way every concern can
be addressed, and the students can make an accurately informed decision.
Tim Bird
AMS President
Forests and
I think that Dave
Christie's letter in the October 14th issue has some
valid points, although I can
understand how some
people would be offended by
Omar, and I am sorry that
they've been made to feel
this way. As an older forestry student, who's had the
opportunity to be in the forestry work force for several
years, I think I can say
many foresters are indeed
environmentally concerned.
Myself, I feel caught in
the middle of this environmental debate. I see no rea
son why we can't have a
certain percentage of our
land put into wilderness
reserves before they're all
gone. Wilderness adds a
certain character and pride
to B.C., offers prime recreation and wildlife benefits
and preserves whole ecosystems. Otherwise, we're
going to have to change our
motto to "Super Managed
On the other hand,
where does it end? Every
year there seems to be more
groups wishing to preserve
other wilderness areas. This
makes for a very insecure
timber supply, especially if
one or two keep being successful now and then. I
would hope that everybody
realizes the importance of
forestry in B.C.'s economy.
It makes it very difficult for
forest companies to do business if they are unsure of
their wood supply due to
wilderness issues. First,
they are in danger of reduced profits. Second, there
is a potential of lost investment in existing mills due to
possible shutdown (not to
mention loss of jobs).
Thirdly, how does a company decide to invest its
money (i.e. mill renovations) if there is a potential
for reduced production?
The net result in all this
is confrontation, and I fear
it's going to continue until
some decisions are made. I
think it would be in the best
interest of the province if
government, environmental groups and forest
companies sat down together and agreed on what
lands they could set aside.
This would eliminate the
confrontation, would ensure
preservation of some
strongly needed wilderness
areas and would allow for
better security of timber
supply in the future. Of
course, this is easier said
than done.
Howard DeLong
Forest Science 2
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The government is currently
involved in a controversy over
whether or not they should shell
out $8 billion to purchase nuclear
powered submarines. While questionably giving this purchase
more monetary importance than
other policies like combatting illiteracy or Prairie relief, the government seems undaunted by pressure from peace groups to change
its decision. The only pressure it
does feel is from the two countries
wishing to sell Canada the subs.
The subs, the government says,
will increase our defense capability and help us assert our national
sovereignty, particularly in the North.
The subs will, along
with the current
class of warship currently being built in
the Maritimes, update the navy
and make it one ofthe most powerful and technologically advanced
navies in the world (Jane's Defense Weekly).
Is it a good deal then?
For the most part, yes.
The navy has not been significantly updated (realistically)
since the Korean War. For a country with so much coastline to protect, the navy has only been capable of doing a less than adequate
job. We are unable to assert our
sovereignty in the North due to the
fact that the current navy can only
visit the North during the summer
( if the ice pack has broken up).
While the government would still
back down from any American
infringement in the North, trawlers fishing illegally in Canadian
waters wouldn't stand a chance.
This advance in naval capability
would prove to the world that
Canada is ready to play with the
big boys.
As a recruiting tool, the subs
could be the biggest Armed Forces
drawing card since the creation of
volunteer militias during the Korean War. After all, "There's no life
like it" if the ship your training on
is the same one your father (and
possibly his father) served on. The
thrill and excitement of serving on
a submarine might once again
make the Armed Forces a viable
employment alternative.
ties, but to its power core. The
engine on board the submarines
being considered is a miniature
nuclear reactor. There is no mention of allotting nuclear weapons
(missiles or otherwise) to the subs.
As Canada is a nuclear weapons
free zone, public and political pressure would prevent their use.
However, there are those who say
that capability alone should prohibit their purchase. Some who
are faint of heart believe that if an
accident took place, the environment would seriously suffer.
Yes it would; I can't and won't
deny that. Look, everyday life is
full of ifs, risks,
chances and their consequences. Every day
we are playing Russian Roulette with
Mother Nature in the
As for the dollar figures involved, in comparison to other government budget allowances, the
price is just a bit too high. Even if
the cost of the subs is to be spread
out over the long term, eight billion is still a lot of zeroes. The government should instead cut the
sum for subs from eight billion to
five or six billion, or from ten to
twelve subs down to eight. The
reduced number, combined with
the new ships mentioned earlier,
would provide both coasts with
adequate fleets and the North
greater protection. The cut funds
could then be added to other government budgets, for instance to
increase that inadequate sum set
aside for Prairie relief.
Finally, the term nuclear refers not to its weapons capabili-
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The government is putting a
good foot forward in trying to
change our global image as a
weakling, and I think that backing
down now would be both humiliating and pointless. Ifyou don't like
this policy, then register your disapproval in the upcoming election.
Until then, back off and shut up,
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you anyway.
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Woman of integrity
runs for mayor
By Tim McGrady
Mayoralty candidate Jean
Swanson is not a realtor, nor a
lawyer, nor a corporate bigwig.
She's not rich and doesn't own an
amusement park.
The tall, thin, softspoken
Swanson is a mother, a former
farmworker, and a founding
member of End Legislated Poverty. She has worked for the
Downtown Eastside Residents'
Association (DERA), Solidarity
Coalition and the Hospital Employees Union.
"All kinds of
developments are
coming on stream
and who will these
developments serve?"
Because of her tireless efforts
on behalf of citizens and her close
ties with both the NDP and the
Committee of Progressive Electors (COPE) she was asked to head
the civic NDP-COPE unity slate.
She squares off against incumbent
NPA candidate Gordon Campbell
in the November 19 civic election.
In an interview with The
Ubyssey, Swanson discussed issues for which she has been canvassing city council for the past
fourteen years. Most crucial to her
seemed to be housing and development.
"All kinds of humongous developments are coming on stream
and who will these developments
serve?" she asked.
Swanson spoke of a trend
toward a "childless, executive
city." And for an explanation, she
pointed to Concord Pacific's proposed development of the Expo
Mayor Campbell has indicated that 20 per cent ofthe land is
slated for low and modest income
family housing, she said, and the
bulk, eighty percent, reserved for
luxury condominiums - "for the
swinging singles."
She said there were "17,000
people on a waiting list for low cost
housing" in the city.
Both Concord Pacific, owned
by Hong Kong billionaire Li Hashing, and Marathon Realty, for
whom Campbell once worked,
have, she said, little or nothing in
their development plans for families.
The Fraser lands area near
60th and Main would have been
"perfect for family housing" but
was, Swanson said, recently rezoned by the city to include only 13
per cent set aside for that purpose.
She said that Campbell goes
to great lengths to "cultivate a
non-partisan image—he gives
DERA grants, supports [NDP MP]
Ian Waddell," but the purpose is
"to disguise the fact that he's
handing the city over to developers," she said.
Swanson spoke out strongly
on the illegal suite issue. She estimated that with 24,000 illegal
suites in the city, 80,000 people
could be affected if the city begins
a systematic crackdown. A plebiscite will be held on the issue on
November 19th.
She said Campbell has taken
the stand that the city "has to
protect the integrity of single
family neighborhoods." But, she
asks, "how much integrity does a
city have if its tenants are sitting
on curbs?"
"how much integrity
does a city have if its
tenants are sitting
on curbs?"
She returned frequently to
the need for a strong, independent
voice for the city. She noted that
Campbell nominated Vander
Zalm in his losing battle against
Harcourt in the mayoralty race in
1984. As a result of NPA-Socred
overlap, she said, when it comes
time for the city to lobby the province, Campbell's voice has been
One need only look at the
public transit issue to see a concrete example of this concern, she
said. Payments on the Socred initiated skytrain system, with its
yearly interest costs of $97 million, are "bankrupting the system."
"The transit system is in an
incredible mess," she said, "Service keeps decreasing and fares
keep increasing every April."
"We need a mayor and a council that will pull together all the
interests - students, environmentalists, businesses, pensioners
and low income - and put pressure
on Socreds to change the cost-
sharing formula so that we can
pay off skytrain."
"Campbell's ties to the Socreds are so tight that he won't get
out and really fight for the system," she said.
"The transit system
is in an incredible
mess," ... "Service
keeps decreasing and
fares keep increasing
every April."
Swanson has run for city
council four times and has come as
close as "eleventh or twelfth." She
also ran as a provincial NDP candidate in Vancouver-Little Mountain against Grace McCarthy. Had
it not been for 'Grade's finger' she
might have won, she muses.
Swanson lacks the gloss and
charisma of a power hungry professional politician. In these times
of image-makers, pollsters, and
twenty second TV interview spots,
that doesn't speak to her favor.
However, her voice and her actions seem to speak with quiet
integrity and dedication. A comparison with Harry Rankin, albeit
without his abrasiveness, begs to
be made.
Indeed, she said, "Rankin is
one of my heroes -I've learned a lot
from him. He always stuck up for
ordinary people and when you do
that, you do it fiercely."
She recalls a case when a skid
row hotel owner tried to sue her for
libel. She went to local papers
quoting him as saying he wouldn't
think twice about evicting tenants
who had lived in his hotel for forty
years. Rankin handled her case
for free and sent her the legal costs
that he received in the decision.
"Harry gets really mad when
he sees right wing people trouncing ordinary people—when you
see him and he's nasty that's why,"
she said.
Although her chances of unseating Campbell aren't considered to be great, Swanson continues to ask the simple questions
which somehow get lost in the
push to develop a 'world class city.'
She gives the impression that win
or lose, she won't stop asking for
Mayoralty candidate Jean Swanson works for ordinary people
Arts fee rises
By Catherine Lu
The Arts Undergraduate Society fee will jump from $1 to $7,
after an overwhelming 76 per
cent of the ballots cast favoured
the hike.
860 arts students voted,
with roughly 250 of them voting
on Wednesday, the last day of the
referendum, to meet the 10 per
cent quorum needed to make the
results effective.
"No major quorum for Arts
has been done in the past twenty
years," said an excited Andrew
Hicks, treasurer of the AUS.
The AUS fee has remained
at $1 for the past 60 years and
was the lowest on campus.
AUS president Mike Lee
said the results of the referendum show, "Arts is now strong
enough and active enough that
we feel we can increase our support for our clubs and begin to
supply more services to our students."
The additional money will
be used to satisfy the "basic
needs of arts students," said Lee.
Besides extra grants for intra
murals, new funds will also go to
increase club support, special
projects, speakerships, newsletters and literary supplements.
Another planned project is
the purchase of photocopiers for
the Buchanan Building.
Hicks said a lack of funds
prevented many eager arts students from participating in intramurals this year.
The AUS plans to take out a
loan, repayable over two years,
so that funds will be available
Having the loan will also
help the AUS make the transition from a small budget to a
much larger one, said Hicks.
Each group will be allotted a
maximum amount to ensure
that all Arts groups will get a fair
share of the funds, said Hicks.
Lee said that many students
did not just cast their ballots, but
asked questions and wanted to
participate in the AUS.
"Our slogan has been
'Help make Arts stronger"," Lee
said. "We want their input...and
encourage their support."
October 21,1988


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