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Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Volume 86 Issue 14
Richler is NOT "Riche-lay" since 1918
UBC dives head-first into new Empire Pool project
World-class facility will enable UBC
to host international swim meets
by Dan McRoberts
A new, state-of-the-art swimming
pool will be built to replace the
aging Empire Pool and proponents of the project say that the
new facility will offer increased
access to the university community as well as the opportunity to
host prestigious international
swimming meets in the summer
Construction on the new pool
will start in December or January,
said Dan Bock, project manager
for UBC Properties Trust.
"The plan is to finish the new
pool in late summer of 2005/ he
said. "The plan would also be to
open the existing pool in the
spring of 2005 so there will be an
outdoor pool available over the
. The pool will be located on the
land currently occupied by the
parking lot north of War Memorial
"The pool goes on to the parking lot...It does erode a little bit on
to the south end of Mclnnes Field/
said Bock. "That part of the field
will be replaced when the new
Gage student residences are developed."
After the new pool is completed, the old Empire Pool will be
demolished and a new building
will be constructed on the land,
said Bock.
"That will be a new building...The
final use, the tenants in that building, whether or not it will be residential or institutional...that hasn't
been determined yet/ he said.
The new pool will be built to
Federation    Internationale     de
Natation (FINA) requirements,
allowing the university to host
international swimming competitions. UBC will host the Pan Pacific
Championships in August 2006
and is likely to be the site of the
aquatic events taking place during
the 2009 World Police and Fire
Games. These events could not be
held at the existing Empire Pool.
"It meets no standards whatever/ said Chris Neale, manager of
the UBC Aquatic Centre. "She's too
shallow, she's basically at the end
of her life, she leaks and the
return inlets from the pool push
you into the second and third lane
so it's quite disruptive when
you're swimming lengths in the
outside lanes.
"We had engineers analyse it
and they felt that it would be $1.2
million to renovate it and bring it
up to code and we thought that
was a waste/
Built in 1954 for the British
Empire Games, the current pool is
55 yards long and only six lanes
wide. The new pool will have ten
fifty-metre lanes and that means
more access for student and community groups, said Neale.
"What we've done, and I think
students will be really excited
about this, is that we've basically
taken the old pool and blown out
the side so that we have ten fifty
metre lanes. The magical thing
about ten lanes is that it gives us
sixteen 2 5-metre lanes, so that we
really have a brand new 2 5-metre
pool. We can cater to UBC groups
better than we ever have in the
past/ he said.
"The pool will be a state-of-the
See "Pool" page 2.
Spirited speaker
World renowned naturalist Jane Goodall spoke to high
school students at UBC's Norm Theatre on Friday in an
event organised by the Spirit BearYouth Coalition. Goodall
stressed the importance of protecting the rare and vulnerable BC bears, yinan max wawg photo
ON HIS GUARD: The Empire Pool will soon be replaced by a new, larger facility, mc fensom photo
I Barber donates millions more to UBC
Money wiii help to establish new Okanagan school
by Sarah Bourdon
UBC announced on Friday the
establishment of a new school of
Arts and Sciences at UBC
Okanagan (UBC-O) after philanthropist and Slocan Forest
Products chairman Irving (Ike) K.
Barber donated $12.25 million to
the university.
The donation will be matched
by an additional $5 million from
UBC to start the Irving K. Barber
School of Arts and Sciences at
UBC-0 in 2005, which will offer
"an unprecedented learning environment unlike anything you will
find at any public university in
Canada/ according to Martha
Piper, president of UBC.
Making the announcement in
Kelowna, Piper cited the best
undergraduate teaching institutions in the world, which she said
were mostly relatively small, private institutions such as the ones
at the University of Chicago and
Princeton University.
"That's our vision for UBC
Okanagan and Ike Barber has
made that vision a reality,"
she said.
In addition, some of the
money will be used to establish
the Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre Interface Program,
designed to enable practices and
activities from the new school at
UBC-0 to be used by students and
educators around the world. The
program will increase communication between both UBC campuses and other institutions.
The new addition to UBC-0 will
have a profound impact on the
quality of education in BC,
explained Piper.
"Smaller classes and tutorials,
outstanding faculty, innovative
curriculae, experiential learning,
guest speakers, distinguished visitors from all around the world,
seminar sessions, community
involvement, and more and more
and more, all focused on producing exceptional global citizens/
said Piper.
BC Premier Gordon Campbell
also spoke in Kelowna, commending the Barber family's contributions to UBC. Irving Barber donated $20 million to UBC in 2002 to
help rebuild parts of Main
Library, which upon completion
will be called the Irving K. Barber
Learning Centre.
"Just think of what they've
done in just the last couple of
years. An enormous contribution
to other people. To people that
they have never met/ said
Campbell. "There is no greater
gift you can give than to invest in
the well-being, the health and the
learning of others."
To recognise the generosity of
Irving Barber's contributions,
Campbell announced that the BC
government would be establishing a $ 15 million scholarship program in  Barber's  name,  which
will provide funding for students
transferring from a community
college to a BC university to complete their degrees.
The scholarships will provide
funding of up to $5,000 per year
to approximately 150 BC undergraduates and will likely be available starting in fall 2005.
Barber graduated from UBC in
1950    with    a    Bachelors    in
See "Donation"page 2.
FEATURE: Wrapped up
in books
The Vancouver International
Writers Festival brings news of
the value of words. Pages 6-7.
CULTURE: Some sexy fun
A couple in search of a little
frisky fun...read more! Page 9.
EDITORIAL: Popularity bites
Canadians looking for greatness
in all the wrong places. Page 10.
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New pool scheduled to open in summer 2005
SHOWCASE VENUE: The new facility's improved standards will allow UBC to host the Pan Pacific
Swimming Championships in 2006. graphic provided by ubc aquatic centre
"Pool" from page 1.
art facility that will last another fifty
years—so that's future generations of
kids that will be served well at this
campus,* Neale continued.
The pool will feature a ten metre
diving tower with boards at one,
three, five and ten metres. The tower
may eventually be home to a water-
slide as well, provided that the
Aquatic Centre can raise the estimated $250,000 required to build it
Neale is confident that the slide will
go ahead.
"One way or the other we're going
to try and go to a full service facility
for the kids/ he said. "The slide helps
pay the bills—we're designing the
facility to meet the needs of a full
service facility.
"We're building the facility for the
whole community."
The proposed waterslide does not
fit in well with the varsity swim
team's planned use of the facility,
UBC coach Derrick Schoof said.
"Generally speaking swim teams
and water slides don't mix because
we're trying to get kids to swim really
fast and the waterslide can be a distraction, especially if it's being used
at the same time," he said.
"However the way that the facility
has been designed right now is that
the waterslide will have a separate
landing tank and I think that's a good
thing. It will draw kids from the surrounding area and hopefully expose
them to what we're doing inside the
actual training pool."
At the outset, the swim team
won't enjoy much extra time in the
water, said Schoof.
"Unfortunately the pool itself will
start as an outdoor facility and the
existing pool will close down so to
begin with it doesn't really open up
that much extra pool space per se.
The climate here only allows us to
train outside certain months of the
year so when it gets cold we're back
in the old facility."
A second phase of development
calls for a roof to be added, essentially turning the facility into a second indoor pool. This second phase
depends on funding from the
provincial and federal governments, and Schoof hopes that the
roof goes ahead.
"An ideal situation for the swim
team would be for this new facility
to have a roof over it and ideally
we'd have the first crack at any of
the pool times we felt we needed
for training purposes. That would
be ideal. That would put us on par
with what NCAA Div 1 schools have
at the moment, which is really what
we'd like to do."
Schoof is ultimately very positive
about the planned pool, whether it
has a roof or not
"It's great for UBC, it's great for
swimming in the province and it's
great for swimming in Canada," he
said. "Because really there is a shortage of Olympic or world-class facilities in this country and for us to get
one of them is great.
Forestry magnate gives generously to UBC
"Donation" from page 7.
Forestry. He started working in the
BC forestry industry, eventually
founding Slocan Forest Products,
which became one of the leading
lumber producers in North America.
After Friday's announcement,
Barber explained his reasons for
donating to BC institutions.
"That brings us to the question
*'what brings you here or why are you
doing this?' The answer is because I
want to," said Barber. "But perhaps
the most sophisicated answer as to
what drives me to contribute to these
very valuable, socially-focused programs, is that yes, as you've been
told, after a lifetime of work in the
forest resource business of our
province, I have accumulated some
disposable income.
"I want to direct this disposible
income back into the sources which
helped me generate it and that is
almost all the corners of this
province." ♦
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Every night until Oct 31, 2004
6-1 lpm
$20, or $ 15 for groups of 5 or more
Ghost Train at Stanley Park
Every night until Oct 31, 2004
Featuring UBC actors
For tickets call: 604-2804444
Cinemuerte Film Festival
Oct 27-31, 2004
Pacific Cinematheque 1131 Howe Street
View scary movies and horror films!
Ag Sci/Forestry Halloween Beer Garden
Oct. 29, 2004
In Agora (McMillen Building)
Stop by for cheap beer!
Human Rights Film Night
Oct 28, 2004, 7-10pm
Buchanan A205
Presented by Amnesty UBC
Admission is by donation and it benefits
street children in Tanzania
Ali and Ali and the Axes of Evil
Oct 29-30, 2004
Presented at Frederick Wood Theatre
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Choose your own pumpkin from the UBC Farm's
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Time for pressure on missile defense
Upcoming Canadian government BMD decision discussed at UBC forum
by Yumimi Pang
The resounding message from a
missile defense awareness forum
on Wednesday at the Liu Centre is
that now is the time for students to
pressure the Canadian government
regarding its role in the controversial US Ballistic Missile Defense
(BMD) system.
Canada is expected to announce
its decision on whether to participate in the system before the
American election on November 2.
A non-binding vote in Parliament
on this issue is expected soon.
"We're in a situation now where
we're struggling to educate the public about what missile defense
means," said speaker Jillian Skeet, a
UBC alumnus, renowned peace
activist writer, researcher, and
director of the web-based Ceasefire
The BMD system will rely on
ground, air, and sea-based interceptors that will protect the US and its
allies against offending missiles. By
the end of 2004, ten land-based
interceptors will be in place in
the US.
The system has been the subject
of much logistical, ethical and financial controversy. BMD is especially
questionable in relation to deterrence, said Skeet.
"Many people credit [nuclear
deterrence] for keeping the peace
since 1945," she explained. "But if
the United States feels confident
that it has adequate defense against
a nuclear attack, then deterrence
will in fact disappear."
After BMD is in place, there will
be no incentive to pursue disarmament and countries may acquire
nuclear weapons as a type of insurance against aggressive action like
bombing and invasion by the US.
Skeet also questioned the motivation of the US for implementing a
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A CANDY FOR YOUR THOUGHTS: A forum last week addressed the topic of Ballistic Missile Defense
and Canada's role in the US plans to build an ambitious and controversial new system. The majority
of students at the forum, when asked for their opinions on the plan, voted against the Canadian government's involvement, pauline nagra photo
BMD system.
"The United States is not pursuing missile defense because nuclear
disarmament is not possible," she
said. "They have been able to
achieve every nuclear disarmament
agreement that they have ever
Skeet referred to the Nuclear
Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1968
and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty
of 1972. The US withdrew from the
latter treaty in 2002 to pursue the
BMD system.
Another concern is the cost of
such an ambitious program, which
has been estimated to be hundreds
of billions of dollars.
"Right now in the world, there
are 11 million children that die
each and every year unnecessarily
because of lack of food, lack of medicine, lack of water," said Skeet.
"Approximately ten per cent of current global military expenditures is
all that is necessary to provide all of
those children with their basic
needs. So we're looking at a situa
tion where we have extremely distorted priorities."
However, BMD has many supporters, whose views were represented at the forum by Dr Michael
Byers, the current academic director at UBC's Liu Institute for Global
Issues. Byers played devil's advocate and assumed the guise of a
Deputy Minister of National
"This is in no way threatening to
the disarmament regime," argued
Byers. "It has nothing to do with
nuclear weapons in that these interceptors are not tipped with nuclear
"Their principal purpose in reality may be to stop an accidental
launch, thus preventing rather than
encouraging a nuclear war. They
are there to guard against the single
missile that a terrorist group or
rogue nation acquires. They are not
there to undermine deterrence."
One argument used by BMD supporters, especially pertinent post-
9/1 1, is the responsibility that the
US President has to his people,
added UBC student Fernando de la
Mora, one of the event's organisers.
"If you were the President of the
United'States and you have these
millions of people under your
responsibility, will you take that
gamble [of not pursuing BMD]?
[Gamble] that rogue states won't
develop a delivery system? Is it your
responsibility?" asked de la Mora.
The discussion focused on the
fact that the US will likely pursue
BMD regardless of Canada's stance
and whether it would be prudent for
Canada to participate in order to at
least have influence from within
rather than being altogether
To gauge the forum audience's
sentiments on the issue, a non-scientific gumball vote asked whether
Canada should participate in North
American Missile Defense. Only
four students said yes, while 53 said
Though there are miany sides to
the issue, it is important to act now
in order influence the Canadian
government's decision, said Skeet.
"We can make a difference here
in Canada," she said. "I hope that all
of you will take a few moments to
write a letter, make a phone call to
your Member of Parliament, to do
something to demonstrate the concern that you may have about missile defense." ♦
Competition for
University Boulevard
UBC has announced the launch of an
international architectural competition for University Boulevard. The
competition will design part of what
is going to make up University Town,
a series of new developments
looking to change the face of campus
over the next several years.
The University Boulevard
developments in particular are
aimed at building a new social centre
at UBC. A jury comprised of architects, university representatives
and one student will decide the
final design.
The design site, approximately
7.2 hectares in size, includes five
building sites including a new
University Square, a greenway, shops
and services, and housing. The project's estimated budget is $100 million.
In the first stage of the competition, participants will be shortlisted
down to three finalists. Those finalists will prepare design submissions
and the winner will be announced in
2005. UBC students, faculty and staff
will be able to submit feedback on the
designs, which will be submitted to
the jury.
The University Boulevard competition will be the first architectural
design contest in BC since 1991.
AGM fun
UBC will be holding its Annual
General Meeting on Friday, October
29. Though students cannot attend,
the meeting can be viewed by webcast at noon at www.ubc.ca.
The meeting will feature guest
speaker Jeffrey Simpson, a national
affairs columnist from The Globe
and Mail.
Students are encouraged to submit questions to the UBC adminstra-
tion and speakers through the
webcast ♦
Gandhi the "most interesting person of
his time" says visiting professor at talk
Lecture by author highlights how the "leader of his people"
generated important arguments and teachings for today
by Liz Kreutziger
Indian author and academic Dr
Ramachandra Guha wowed the
crowd with his invigorating
account of Mahatma Gandhi
Saturday night at UBC. Delivering
the last in a series of lectures on
campus, Guha stated his belief that
Gandhi was "if not the greatest,
[the] most interesting" person of
his time and continues to have similar importance now.
Guha has held academic jobs in
India, Europe and North America.
He has taught at University of
California Berkeley campus and at
Yale and Stanford universities.
Since 1995, the Bangalore-
based Guha has been a full-time
writer, and was recently described
in The New York Times as "perhaps the best of India's non-fiction
writers." Currently, he is working
on a major history of independent
Guha pointed out that while
Albert Einstein was accurately
referred to as "man of the century,"
the renowned scientist himself
acknowledged that Gandhi should
have the title. Guha quoted
Einstein, who said in 1939 that not
only is Gandhi "a leader of his people... [but] a victorious fighter
as well."
Due to Gandhi's persistence in
promoting ideas such as peace and
prosperity to all castes, his opponents varied greatly, Guha said,
focusing much of his lecture on
Gandhi's detractors.
Some upper class Brahmins did
not appreciate Gandhi's'enthusiasm
in advancing the cause of equality
for the Untouchables, while some of
the Untouchables were opposed to
his desire to reform an ideology that
has been part of the Hindu tradition
for centuries.
Many Indians had even more
reason to disagree with Gandhi
because he defied every religion by
reading scriptures and praying
from multiple prayer books from
religions such as Hinduism,
Christianity and Islam. This act
was not accepted graciously by
some of the more pious congregations, despite Gandhi's good intentions.
Vitriolic opposition to Gandhi
and his teachings continues today,
Guha said. He cited a recent story
about an escaped convict who had
been jailed for leading a violent
The first place the man went
after breaking free from prison
was Gandhi's house [now a museum], to spit on the floor. It was
more important for him to show
his disgust and hatred for Gandhi
than to flee to a haven, said Guha.
Gandhi has been so important
in the last century that he surfaces
wherever Guha goes, the speaker
said. Guha concluded by saying
that whether discussed in a negative or positive light, Mahatma
Gandhi's impact has been profound and he is omnipresent
worldwide. ♦ TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2004
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Featuring guest speaker Jeffrey Simpson, National Affairs Columnist for The Globe and Mail.
The entire proceedings will be Webcast - all students, faculty and staff are invited to
view and participate in the event. There will be an opportunity to submit questions to the
speakers and university administration via the Webcast.
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than mushroom clouds
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ATOMIC PHOTOS: O'Brian hopes his research will effect how we
view the nuclear world, pauline nagra photo
UBC Art Historian
receives funding to
study the art of
atomic warfare
by Colleen Tang
Thoughts of nuclear war seem to
summon a single image—a mushroom cloud—but UBC Art History
Professor John O'Brian wants to
show the diverse ways in which
artists around the world have perceived the atomic bomb.
O'Brian has recently received a
$75,000 grant from UBC which will
be spent on searching for archives
of images in different countries
around the world as well as in
"It seems to be a very interesting
project to look back at photographic
representations of nuclear blasts of
the mushroom cloud," said O'Brian.
The scope of the project goes
well beyond photography, according
to O'Brian's research assistant.
"This is a project that engages
with photography, black and white
photography as well as colour...but
it also engages other—and this is the
important aspect of it—representational media. For example, prints,
paintings, drawings, sculptures and
so on," said UBC graduate student
Kate Steinmann.
The results of the research will
be compiled into two books. The
first book, tentatively entitled The
Bomb and the Garden, is slated for
completion in summer 2006.
The Bomb and the Garden will
cover various topics such as
abstract expressionistic images of
atomic weapons, artists' concerns
towards atomic welfare, public anxiety on atomic proliferation, independent artists in Britain, the way
atomic welfare was presented in
countries such as the Soviet Union
and China as well as images from
postcards -and magazines like
National Geographic.
"[O'Brian's] aim in this project is
to focus on self-reflexive works by
artists more than by other imagery.
It's more of an art historical project
than a visual arts project,
"It's not just about all the visual
response to the Cold War or the
bomb, it's more about the artist's
self-reflection. [O'Brian] doesn't
mean to ignore popular imagery, it
just won't be his primary focus."
The second book will cover mostly North American images and
other colour photography. These
historical images are an important
way to consider the current nuclear
situation in context, according to
"I'm examining imagery and
particularly colour imagery
of nuclear blasts from the period
1945-1972, in part as a way in
thinking about the present
moment...[the project] has great relevance to the present moment and
Tm examining
imagery... of
nuclear blasts
from the period
1945-1972, in
part as a way in
thinking about
the present
—John O'Brian
Art History-
Professor, UBC
helping to think how we think about
the nuclear world."
In addition to researching for the
two books, O'Brian and Steinmann
will also be collecting images for a
UBC archive that will chronicle
atomic photos and artists dealing
with nuclear issues from 1945 until
the early 1970s, said Steinmann.
"It's something that hasn't been
done in detail...There hasn't been a
critical historical review of
how artists responded during this
period," said Steinmann.
"It's a gap of historical knowledge that has to be filled." ♦
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The case of a Toronto man
accused of knowingly spreading
HIV to a young woman calls
for greater HIV awareness
by Erika Richmond
It is a case that has become tragically
common in Canada. Vincent Walkem,
an HIV-positive man, has been charged
with aggravated assault and accused of
engaging, or attempting to engage, in
unprotected sexual intercourse with at least
three women without revealing his HIV-positive status.
Police arrested the 28-year-old Walkem
at his workplace, a downtown Toronto
clothing store, on August 30. According to
health records released to police, Walkem
had known he was HIV positive for almost
three years. His name and photograph were
released to the media in the hopes that
women who had sexual contact with him
would come forward. So far police have
received several such reports.
oiice were tipped off by a young woman
who tested HIV positive during her relationship with Walkem—that young woman
is also my best friend.
There is a widespread misconception
among university students that the risk of
HIV pertains to other, disenfranchised
demographics. Not so. A 2001 study done
by Health Canada shows that 44.5 per cent
of new HIV cases in Canada involve young
women aged 15-29. The stories of those
who had alleged relationships with
Walkem are exclusively from that demographic—my friend's story is not as rare as
it may seem.
A year and a half after her diagnosis, I
felt, along with a need to understand how
the law views cases like this, that it was
time to share my friend's story with other
people our age, as a warning and perhaps
an inspiration.
A Typical Story?
My friend, who asked not to be named, says
she began a relationship with Walkem in
the summer of 2002. Both fresh out of high
school, in September I went off to UBC
while my friend stayed in Toronto to try her
luck in the acting, dancing and waitressing
worlds. We were both on our own for the
first time, but while I enjoyed the comfort
of residence, she was learning to get by on
her own. Happily, she was also falling in
love for the first time. In those first months
we spent apart my friend seemed more content than she had ever been; the thrill of the
city without parents and school was enough
to make her walk on air and me more than
a little jealous.
So it was a painful awakening when she
called me to say that Walkem's co-worker
had told her to get tested for HIV. Neither of
us wanted to believe he could be at risk but
to be safe she went to get tested. Our family
friend, who is very active in the HIV nonprofit community, went with her to get the
devastating results. At 19 she was HIV-positive.
The news confounded everyone who
knew her. The alleged relationship between
my friend and Walken ended with the news
that they were both HIV-positive. This past
summer, a chance encounter between my
friend and Walkem's new girlfriend led
them to contact the police.
When police gained access to his public
health records they determined that
Walkem had tested HIV-positive and been
informed of his status a year before he met
my friend. Police immediately charged
Walkem with aggravated assault.
In the name of the law
In order to understand what kind of protection the law offers people like my friend, I
spoke with UBC's Dean of Law, Mary Anne
Bobinski told me that in Crown vs.
Cuerrier, "a precedent setting case," the
Supreme Court of Canada ruled that people
with HIV who fail to disclose their status
before engaging in unprotected intercourse
can be convicted of aggravated assault.
"The central question in the Cuerrier case
was: is it better to place the responsibility on
individuals to protect themselves, or should
criminal law be used?" said Bobinski. The
judges in that case decided that there was a
"significant risk of serious harm" and therefore the law should intervene.
The failure to disclose was characterised
as fraud, and therefore consent for intercourse was deemed legally invalid.
Furthermore, because the HIV virus causes
bodily harm, the act was determined to be
aggravated assault.
The criminalisation
At the time of the Supreme Court's ruling,
there arose considerable controversy over
the criminalisation of HIV.
"There has been debate about whether
or not criminalisation makes sense; some
groups thought that it may discourage people from getting tested," Bobinski said. At
the time, AIDS activists argued that criminalising HIV infection would undermine
HIV prevention and make people reluctant
to get tested. Many feared high profile cases
would also reinforce strong stigmas against
people living with HIV by portraying them
as criminals.
A 2002 paper from the Joint United
Nations Programme in HIV/AIDS questioned the utility and sagacity of criminalisation. "In [using criminal law for] deterring a person who knows he or she is HIV-
THE LAW ONE: UBC Dean of Law Mary Anne Bobinski explains the legal precedent
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positive from engaging in risky behaviours
without disclosure, policy-makers must
consider the impact that such prosecutions
may have on people's willingness to get
tested in the first place...a key element of
effective HIV prevention strategies," the
paper states.
The UN report suggests that public
health laws, including those compelling
people with HIV to disclose their status to
partners, ordering them not to have sex or
forcing medical treatment, are strong
enough measures to combat acts like those
alleged in Walkem's case. Such legislation
could be backed up with fines, but the
report maintains that HIV transmission
should not be criminalised.
After Crown v. Cuerrier, public health
offices all over Canada began to warn their
patients of the potential criminal charges for
non-disclosure. Public health counsels all
patients living with HIV on their "responsibilities" to stop the spread of the disease.
Public health also engages in "contact tracing" or partner notification. The public
health official will ask the patient to contact
people with whom they have had sex or
shared intravenous drugs. If the patient is
reluctant, the official is obliged to do so.
In a September 1 interview with Tie
Toronto Star, the Director of Public Health
for the city of Toronto, Dr Rita Shahin, stated that "most people who are infected
behave responsibly." However, there are at
least ten previous cases in Canada of people
with HIV knowingly withholding information or misinforming their partners in
order to have unprotected sex. The
Supreme Court of Canada chose criminal
prosecution as a means to deter possible
public health offenders, punish those who
knowingly spread HIV, and protect innocents from infection. Because of my firsthand experience I have been convinced that
public health counselling alone does not
always effectively encourage disclosure.
Another former - girlfriend of Walkem's
was recently interviewed by The Toronto
Star. Jessica Whitbread told them that she
had just parted ways with Walkem in
December 2001, when he told her that he
was positive. She too went through the
ordeal of testing positive for HIV.
Seven months later, Walkem met my
friend for the first time.
The new face of HIV
Today, my friend attends university and
gives AIDS awareness talks and workshops
to youth. She wants to get the message out
to young women that they are at risk of HIV
infection. Contrary to popular belief, my
friend, and Whitbread as well, are emblematic of the new face of HIV/AIDS. Young
women are the fastest growing HIV risk
group, but perceptions are slow to change.
"Forget stereotypes," my friend said. "I
was in a trusting, monogamous relationship. HIV can happen to anyone."
Even with AIDS in the news almost daily,
recent studies have shown that people
under 24 are the most ignorant of the risks
of HIV. "People talk about condom fatigue
and people are tired of those messages,"
said Shahin. The perception that "miracle"
drugs have turned HIV into a chronic disease also may reinforce the misnomer that
HIV is not as dangerous as it once was.
Walkem now awaits trial for his alleged
crime in the strict custody of his family.
Whitbread recently participated in the
Toronto AIDS walk, with 87 of her closest
supporters and friends. For my friend, the
news helped her decide to get her studies
started; she is now a full-time modern
dance student. Touched by a horrendous
betrayal, living through the fear of illness,
her courage, drive and passion are an inspiration to all those who know her. "It really
put life into perspective for me. While at
first I felt sorry for myself, it has actually
made me incredibly motivated," she told
"I want to do something great in the face
of adversity." ♦ r
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In order to become a reader, you must at the age of
six discover a tattered copy of Charlie and the
Chocolate Factory in your older sister's backpack,
and steal it. For months afterwards you open chocolate bars slowly, checking for the shimmer of a
Golden Ticket. Your condition only worsens as time
goes on. At nine, you must he your way out of
Carolyn Wang's birthday party in order to finish
reading Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.
Goodie bag be damned.
Seventh grade. You pick up a copy of To Kill A
Mockingbird in your local library. From that day
onward, you must judge those who like Harper
Lee's masterpiece as kind and wise and those who
do not as uniquely rotten souls of faulty personal
principles. Certain things (open-inindedness,
objectivity, non-violent defensiveness) do not apply
where one's favourite book is concerned, you
Three years later. A wintry Vancouver day. You
are standing beside the tennis courts behind your
high school with two friends, cutting gym class
("There's no I in team!" be damned). The school
building's brick edifice looms in a pale sky — "like
a lung full of dark clouds," you say suddenly and
your friends give you strange looks. This is during
your Michael Ondaatje phase. A year later (a different school now, different friends, different books
weighing down your backpack) your English
teacher, a plump woman with sculpted hair like
gray wax, must mention the name Alice Munro.
That afternoon, you buy Munro's Friend of my
Youth. You must re-read it until the spine splits and
the best pages fall out. The old man at the bookshop
near your house gives you another copy for free.
This continual need for books must not be articulated for you until the age of seventeen when you
read an old interview with Nadine Gordimer, the
South African Nobel laureate, in an archived volume of The Paris Review. "At different times in my
life I've—liked is not the word— I've been psychologically dependent on different writers," reflected
Gordimer, years before you were born. This is the
first year that you attend the Vancouver
International Writers Festival.
Three years later, now a student at university
(postmodernism be damned) you must attend the
festival as a reporter for your campus paper and sit
down next to a woman named Barbara in a dim
theatre on Granville Island.
"I like to read
while I make
Barbara looks like she's in her mid-forties and
has clean chestnut-brown hair. She asks you why
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Vancouver International Writers Festiva
realise where you are: in a theatre full of Barbaras.
Yoi| are amidst the city's population of readers, those
peciple who wear high-quaHty sweaters and read on
busses. "I like to read while I make muffins, I keep
the book propped up on a metal stand on the counter," Barbara tells you. You consider this confession
solemnly uiitil the lights are dimmed and the commencement of the event is announced.
The event is a live taping of the CBC Radio 2 show
The Roundup—the first of tiiree events you'll attend
at the Festival. The Roundup's host runs onto the
stage and tells the crowd: "We're here for 90 minutes...it's going to make a scintillating 90 seconds."
Throughout the show, he will re-start several catastrophic sentences and ask an author to read a
swear-word-free CBC-edited passage from his novel,
for the benefit of the radio audience. This adds a
strange, theatrical feel to the affair.
Writers take turns on the stage, answer the host's
questions and read from their work. All three currently hve in Canada, though two of the three immigrated here from elsewhere. Their comments on
their childhoods and homelands are the beginning
of a theme that echoes throughout the events you
attend at the Festival, of literature as a way of going
home again, split and re-focused by the lens of literature. The first writer to take the stage is Anosh Irani.
"People are
bastards and
people are good"
Irani was born and raised in Bombay, India. When
asked what made him leave Bombay he replies simply, "Bombay made me leave." Although he moved to
Canada six years ago, India remains the subject of
his work, his memory the feeding-ground of his fiction: "when you were born and raised in Bombay
and lived there for 25 years, there is no research."
Storytelling was a part of his upbringing. "Whenever
my family got together, they'd start drinking,'' he
tells the audience; "and whenever they started drinking they'd start telling vicious lies about each other."
(Later, he reads from his most recent novel, The
Cripple and his Talisman, "it is a dreadful thing,
work...the only thing that sounds more depressing is
Irani can now look back on Bombay from a distance, both in time and space. The holes in his recollections allow him to invent, he says, and to create
India as he remembers it, but imbued with the personal meaning that fiction allows. Hearing this, the
many Barbaras around you sigh meaningfully and
there is a flutter of notepads opening. Easy crowd,
you think, taking careful notes. Irani's voice is low
and greased with a dark Indian accent, a magician's
Two more writers, Greg Kramer and Natalee
Caple, speak. As if driven by an unconscious, innate
force, the conversation drifts into a discussion of the
authors themselves and how their fiction is a transmutation of their own fives. Caple, well-styled in
you're at the Festival—the second you admit that    jeans and a white sweater, speaks first The topic of
you're writing about it for your campus paper,
you realize your mistake. Barbara begins to interrogate you about your degree, your life aspirations
and your favourite authors ("English...I don't
know... Chaucer?").
This imposition on your personal space—not to
mention blatant disregard for your oh-so-obviously
open notebook—initially surprise you, until you
choice: the sex scenes in her novels and the lack
thereof in Canadian literature as a whole. "I want a
very credible, very powerful, very sexy older woman
who is in command of her world," she tells the male
host, who can't help looking intimidated. What Caple
wants most of all, she says, is an honest depiction of
the female self.
Kramer, who grew up partly on the streets of
London ("I don't want to get into it...there was some-
thing-to runt away from"), is experienced in the fiction of self. He credits his first act of fictional invention to his creation of false back-stories for himself as
a street kid. What did he learn from his up-ended
childhood? "People are bastards, and people are
good, people will believe anything you tell them, and
nothing...survival is a continuum."
The three writers, though wildly different in their
origins, lend you the powerful impression that they
write to gain a crystallisation of self. Irani writes of
Baghdad; Caple of the powerful woman; Kramer of
the frustrated child. Is this a reason behind all writing? Perhaps—but before the Festival ends, you will
hear of other selves, larger selves that writers take as
their subjects, often at great cost to themselves.
At the end of his interview, the host asks Irani
what painting, of all the paintings in the world, he
would like to hve inside. The portrait of his great-
grandmother that hangs in his parents' house in
Baghdad, he replies, smiling.
s write the
i story
You have been asked throughout your life why you
read so much—this is a question you find only slightly less irritating than why you don't go on more diets,
or attend more Avril Lavigne concerts—but the
author EL Doctorow managed to answer that question delivering a commencement address at Hostra
University on May 23, 2004. Doctorow almost didn't
get to finish his speech; there was such outrage from
the crowd that the university president had to interrupt and restore order.
"I write stories. That is my profession," Doctorow
began, simply. "From the earliest days of my life I
have considered stories very important. When they
are told well we can believe them and hve by them
and hold to the truths they embody." And then,
things became too close for comfort "Because I've
been telling stories all my life, I've become a good
judge of the stories other people tell. I've been listening for almost four years now to the stories the
President of the United States tells. And, sadly, they
are not good stories." He ended, idealistically but bitterly. "Your generation is as of this day entrusted
with writing the American story. And do not delude
yourselves, if you don't write it, someone else will
write it for you."
Jilhan Slovo knows a lot about true, dangerous
stories. Her mother, a South African journalist who
revealed the horrendous truths of the black population under apartheid, died for the things she wrote—
one day she opened a package mailed to her house
and was immediately killed by the bomb inside. (The
next time someone tells you writing isn't important,
remind them of Solzhenitzyn who suffered in the
gulag, Ken Saro-Wiwa of Nigeria, and the many writers blacklisted under McCarthy.)
Slovo is speaking at the Waterfront Theatre on
Granville Island. On stage with her is Justin
Cartwright Both are South African writers who
moved to England as children due to their families'
involvement in the anti-apartheid movement Slovo
wrote about her mother's assassination in her memoir, Every Secret Thing.
Slovo could not write about South Africa at the
beginning of her writing career, taking refuge in
English detective novels. "It was my parents' country
and they could have it," she says. It was not until several years later that she realised that she needed to
"write into" the country to discover it and come to
terms with her past, which culminated in her
mother's death. Her first novel set in South Africa
was published in '90 and promptly banned. It
was "unbanned" when Nelson Mandela and his
fellow insurgents were released—the freeing of
language followed the removal of South African's
political prison.
Cartwright, good-humoured and serious, similarly took some time before adopting South Africa
as a topic. Like Irani, both Slovo and Cartwright
needed time away from their countries in order
to see them honestly and write to their strengths
and their crimes. (TS Eliot: "We shall not cease
from our exploration/And the end of all our
exploring/Will be to arrive where we started/And
know the place for the first time.*) In apartheid-
era South Africa, this honesty was not welcome
and national self-knowledge, such that great writing brings, was strongly discouraged. "A lot of the
pain of what people had gone through was not
only in what they had gone through, but what
they couldn't say," Slovo tells the audience. The
names Nadine Gordimer and JM Coetzee, liberating heroes of South African literature, circle overhead like attendant birds.
You recall the first book you read by a South
African, back in high school: Gordimer's July's
People (also banned in South Africa upon
release). The book introduced you to a different
kind of fiction—a fiction about political realities
not imagined, but real and, more than that, ongoing. Onstage, Cartwright recalls interviewing
Desmond Tutu while reporting on the victims tri
als, the most painful chapter of the toppling of
apartheid. Tutu told him: "how can we fight what
they did if we don't know what they did?" This is
what July's People did for you, and what countless books have done since, and have done
throughout history: the unbearable voicing of the
nameless thing.
Near the conclusion of the event, Slovo, who
has applied her experience of apartheid to works
about Stalin and Guantanamo, answers a question from the audience for nearly ten minutes,
ending with, "the people who killed my mother
applied for amnesty...and were given amnesty,"
she says. Cartwright watches her silently as she
speaks; from afar, Doctrow is watching also.
Losing the power of words is the death of the
preservation of a truthful history, she says.
"One of the things that happens is that the victors write the history."
"To the
bathroom of
Tim Hortons"
The final event you attend is a reading by seventeen young poets, whose work is collected in the
new anthology Breathing Fire 2. One by one they
take the stage and read briefly from their poetry.
There is occasionally laughter at witty lines but
mostly silence from the audience. Looking
around the room you see that many audience
members are sitting with their eyes closed.
The poems are about a great variety of topics:
winter, Houdini, music, gutting fish, order and
taxonomy, one-way conversations with John
Newlove, First Nations land rights, the fear of
being asked to dance, the fear of dying to the
wrong song, Orpheus' severed head floating
down a river, environmental apocalypse (ducks
being bagged as if at a crime scene), coming
home, leaving home, one-night stands. One of the
final poets to read leans in over the geared metal
spine of the microphone and reads a poem about
Tim Hortons. What reading by a collection of
young Canadian poets would be complete without
a mention of Tim Hortons? You laugh at this
But, later at home upon closer reading, the
Tim Hortons poem disturbs you with its near-perfect description of certain elements of your own
adolescence: "Let us return then, to the bathroom/Of Tim Hortons, the first equation/of inebriation—one two-sixer, three/girls, straight
down." The poem is by Laisha Rosnau who, you
learn from the anthology's brief bio, just pub-
fished her first novel, The Sudden Weight of
Snow, and lives in Vancouver.
Earlier that day, Justin Cartwright told the
audience at the Waterfront Theatre: "we're all the
same in trying to find our place in the universe,
which may not be a friendly universe." Without
literature to go along with it, this place would not
have a name, or not one that can survive time,
forgetting, or apartheid; and when the place vanishes and the words remains, the literature has
become the place itself. Not only each place, but
each person, has his own literature, whether it
happens to be the impoverished chaos of Bombay
or the politically-charged fields of South Africa, or
the bathroom of a Tim Hortons, half-drunk with
your friends on a Friday night. ♦ 8
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Rokia Traore breezes onto the stage in
an elegant purple dress and an
acoustic guitar that would dwarf her
small frame if it wasn't for her enormous presence of soul, body and mind
on the stage. She and another female
vocalist sing the first song in perfect
harmony as I and the woman next to
me are moved to tears. The crowd's
diversity represented the international
and universal appeal of Traore's music
and her message of wisdom and hope.
Now based in Paris and touring
extensively, Rokia Traore brings from
Mali the spirit of West Africa's poetry
in every song, motion and gesture. She
is a talented vocalist, musician and
dancer, drawing together traditional
and modern musical styles. Her voice
is at once smooth and raw, and her
band backs her up perfectly using
djembes, gourds, balafons, small
stringed instruments, a bass, and back
up vocals. Our souls touched, our bodies enlivened, Traore led each heart in
the audience back to potent innocence
as we were encouraged to join her caravan of peace, plenty and abundance
as it roams the Earth on a year-long
tour, enriching all that it touches.
One of the many highlights of the
concert was the tumbling blur of
colour in African costume as one of the
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centre stage, was rewarded when
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though they had been friends for
years. After several minutes of an
unrelenting standing ovation, the audience indulged in an African symphony
of soul music once again.
From the dreadlocked hippies to
the well-to-do Chan Centre patrons,
everyone was dancing in the rows and
in the aisles any way that space would
permit for the finale. We all walked
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know that the Earth has souls such as
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the world is becoming a better place
and that each of us as individuals can
make a difference through our hope's
desire made manifest.
Should you ever get the opportunity to listen to her music, or experience
her live in concert, as we experienced,
it will leave you with a lasting impression of the Mother spirit of Africa
incarnate vibrating in your soul's
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again soon by musical messenger
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Fatboy Slim
[Astralwerks Records]
by Jesse Ferreras
Most of us remember Fatboy Slim the
last time we saw Christopher Walken
dancing across a ceiling and through
the air in their video for "Weapon of
Choice/ from their last release.
Halfway Between the Gutter and the
Stars. After a 4-year hiatus, Fatboy Slim
has returned, this time taking a break
from dance music with their latest
release, Palookaville. The album features Norman Cook (a.k.a Fatboy Slim)
exploring the realms of hip-hop and
sampling on a work that, for the most
part, moves along briskly with a hip
swagger and great mixing, combined
with seamlessly rhythmic break beats
For the most part a mellow album,
Palookaville kicks off with "Don't Let
the Man Get You Down," which begins
sounding like something Moby would
have mixed. It actually turns out to be a
funky hip-hop tune employing a sample from "Signs" by Robert Les
Emmerson. The listener realises right
off the bat that this is not the Fatboy
Slim they might be accustomed to. This
mostly low-key album does have a couple potential dance hits in the single
"Slash Dot Dash" and the decidedly ethnic "Jin Go Lo Ba."
Fatboy Slim makes excellent use of
samples and guests vocals, most
notably in Track 6, "Mi Bebe
Masoquista." This is an interesting mix
combining a quote from children's poet
Shel Silverstein and a great guitar hook,
which are then punctuated by a hip-hop
track that jumps in approximately 30
seconds into the song. I hadn't heard a
Shel Silverstein poem since it was recited to me by my parents when I was five.
It was refreshing to hear that this
poet's work still lives on and that Fatboy
Slim gave it a new voice with break
beats. Track 12, a hip-hop remix of the
Steve Miller Band's classic "The Joker,"
is certain to become recognisable and
widely-heard, but not necessarily as
popular as some other tracks may be.
"The Joker" is not the biggest standout
track of the album, and may earn the ire
of classic-rock fans, but it is not terrible
One's opinion of Palookaville has
much to do with what one expects from
the album. For listeners expecting
much of the same music as heard in
songs like "The Rockafeller Skank" and
"Praise You," as I did, you may find
yourselves able to recognise that this is
a Fatboy Slim work, but a creative venture that does what it can to move farther from dance music than it does
from hip-hop.
Some fantastic standout tracks are
definitely the ethnically-driven, fast
"Jin Go Lo Ba" and the mellow, but
swaggering "Mi Bebe Masoquista," but
the latter has more personal appeal for
me than it may have for other listeners.
Nonetheless, it is a fun album, great for
driving music and would have done
just fine without its final track.
Mid-life laundry and laughs
Cynicism, IKEA furniture
and butt massages at
play in couple's search
for spice in their sex life
Sexy Laundry
presented by Arts Club Theatre Company
at the Granville Island Stage
until Nov. 13
by Jenn Cameron
"There's umm...a lot of old people here," my friend mentions
as we are bustled into the theatre to see "Sexy Laundry,"
directed by Andrew Mcllroy. I look around. Crap. She's right.
Oh, never mind, there's a ten-year-old over there. Wait, a ten-
year-old? I thought this play was about sex. I frantically look
for a clue in my program, only to realise that it is the most
useless, yet most dense program I have ever seen. I finally
find something: "Henry and Alice are a middle-aged couple
coming to grips with their lacklustre sex life." The show
begins, and I have low expectations.
As the lights slowly turn up, a middle aged woman is
lying face down on a bed looking bored, with somebody
behind her under the covers. What's he doing back there?
Disappointingly, it turns out he's giving her a butt massage.
Meet Henry and Alice, played by Allan Morgan and Susinn
McFarlen. The two sit in an expensive hotel trying to rekindle their sex life with butt massages, fantasy telling, and
blindfolds—all helpful advice from their newest library
rental, Sex For Dummies.
Both of the characters are hysterical. McFarlen plays the
slightly neurotic, whimsical and manipulative wife admirably.
Her naivety and innocence combined with her desire for
excitement create a very animated, bubbly character. But I
especially enjoy Henry's character—his cynicism and wry
humour is very familiar. Morgan became a character that
seems like someone I could know.
The script is fairly amusing as well, playing a lot with the
ridiculousness of the situation, while poking fun at stereotypes.
There are certainly some stale parts, for example at one point
the two actors yell at each other for so long that I want to cover
my ears and run out of the theatre. The serious parts of the play
are probably the weakest, as they sometimes drag on and
although I can see their necessity, it gets boring.
Straight out of an IKEA catalogue, the set itself plays to the
very hip young world that Henry and Alice are.having difficulty fitting into. As loud as the set design is, it is the music
that gets my attention. Timed to certain monologues and
dance routines—yes, you too can watch a middle aged man
dance around in his underwear—it is perfectly set to the
mood, and makes the whole thing funnier.
"Sexy Laundry" is overall enjoyable, although the heavy
reliance on stereotypes is annoying, and it gets boring listening to middle-aged problems. It's a bit difficult for a university student to relate to characters who are going through a
stage of life that their parents are probably going
through...and really, I don't want to think about my parents
trying to rekindle their romance in a room lit with disco
lights and filled with IKEA furniture. ♦
Cliched songs sink this Stone
Joss Stone
Mind Body & Soul
[S-Curve Records]
by Megan Turnbull
The first note on Joss Stone's new album,
Mind Body & Soul, convinced me of one
thing: this girl can sing! Overall however, I was disappointed in an album that
failed to measure up to the strength of
her voice.
Stone has been heralded as a contemporary soul singing sensation, so I put her
album to a little test and listened to it after
listening to Aretha Franklin to see how it
held up. I was floored by the opening
track, "Right to be Wrong," which has all
the makings of a classic R&B song. Stone's
vocals are rich and passionate as they converse with the subtle guitar riffs, invoking
a sense of genuine yearning, the backbone
emotion of all soul music. The lilting
drum beat draws you in, making it next to
impossible to resist closing your eyes and
getting totally lost in the music.
Unfortunately this tune is a bit of an
anomaly as the following 13 songs are
overproduced and generic, picking up
right where Destiny's Child left off. This
doesn't discredit the validity of the album
(well maybe just a bit), it just makes it
slightly more forgettable than I thought it
might have been. However, I have to commend Stone on the fact that she co-wrote
almost all the songs, an especially impressive accomplishment considering she is
only 19.
If you like new R&B, you'll enjoy this
album, but if you tend towards the classics this probably isn't the album for you.
Joss Stone has a solid musical foundation
and many years ahead of her to hone her
craft. I just hope she follows in the footsteps of R&B legends instead of falling
into the mould of her mass-marketed
contemporaries. ♦
if. 10
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Dan McRoberts
Ania Mafi
Eric Szeto
Alex Leslie
Nic Fensom
Paul Carr
Michelle Mayne
Carrie Robinson
Paul Evans
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Once upon a time there was a police officer named Constable
Jesse Marchand. When she was at work, she was never seperat-
ed from her partner Michelle Mayne and their drug-sniffing
German Shepard Paul Carr. When she was off-duty she was
never seperated from her lesbian life-partner Alex Leslie and
Dan McRoberts, her pet Terrier. One day, she was off to bust up
Eric Szeto's notorious counterfeit-shoe ring and came across his
henchmen Ania Mafi and Nic Fensom. She look them both out
but then was gunned down by Paul Evans, her wife's jealous
lover. At her funeral. Carrie Robinson gave the eulogy. Matt
Hayles was the priest, and Adrianne Davidson, Megan Smyth
and Claudia Li were the paulbearers. But since there was only
three of them, they dropped the casket and her body flew out
and landed on Trevor Gilks' lap while he was trpng to seduce
Liz Green, who was relieved and used il as an excuse to escape
his advances. Morticians Joel Libin and Hywel Tuscano cleaned
up the mess pronto while the horrified guests paid their tributes.
Joel Libin
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What makes a great Canadian?
According to 140,000 voters, ugly suits and
compilation videos of hard bodychecks could be
the answer. Don Cherry was named among the
top ten in the CBC's Greatest Canadian competition, joining the august company of Pierre Elliot
Trudeau, David Suzuki and Tommy Douglas, to
name a few.
The CBC network invited Canadians to send in
their nominations for the competition and then
announced the top 100 voted last week. Needless
to say, our collective eyebrows were raised by
some of the choices.
Perhaps the most noticeable and widely
bemoaned omission is the lack of a single female
Canadian in the top ten. In fact, this list doesn't
showcase the talents of great females until number 18 on the list—Shania Twain. The next female
mentioned in this list does not come along until
the 25th position, which is given to Nellie
McClung, who worked for years to have women
recognised as persons. Perhaps if McClung had
bared her midriff a little more during the suffrage
movement, she could have competed with the
noble Shania.
Avril Lavigne ended up in 40th spot, two
ahead of Sir Sandford Fleming. One invented
time zones, the other sang a song called
"Complicated.* At least this ridiculous fact can
assure us that youth are finally watching the CBC.
We think you should stop. You know who you are.
General Romeo Dallaire, the UN
Commander who tried to raise awareness of
the desperate situation in Rwanda in 1994,
Stephen Lewis, the UN special envoy for
HIV/AIDS, and the Unknown Soldier, a symbol
for many deceased Canadian soldiers, all
placed behind Cherry, who placed 7th. If only
the Unknown Soldier had donned a matching
velvet suit and hat once in a while.
In terms of overall contributions to the world
and to Canada, this placement seems absurd.
There are numerous others who deserve a better ranking, William Shatner for one, whose
recent CD Has Been is unintentional comedy at its
most pure.
Renowned author Margaret Atwood has won
the Booker Prize and has escalated here at home
to the position of national icon, yet she is only
ranked 71st overall.
And Pierre Berton, who placed 31st, used to
work at the Ubysseyl Hello?
Every living Prime Minister since Pierre
Trudeau is on die list Except for Joe Clark, Kim
Campbell and John Turner, who also worked at
the Ubyssey. C'mon!
And at 51 there is Pamela Anderson, who may
or may not be the crypt keeper. However, in the
case of a flood, Ms. Anderson always serves as a
reliable flotation device.
Perhaps we're being too picky. After all, "Great
South Africans/ a similar show, was cancelled
after Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, "the
architect of apartheid," who helped deny basic
rights to South African blacks placed 19th. The list
also  featured neo-Nazi leader Eugene Terr-
Blanche as number 25. Both were placed above
black liberation figures Oliver Tambo and Albert
Luthuli. Perhaps we got off easy with the most
daring of our national figures, the infamous Louis
Riel, at number 11.
We suggest that Canadians think more seriously not only about who best represents their
country, but who has best contributed to Canada
and to the world.
As a final note, we'd like to mention number
100 on this list of great Canadians. Does this
person really even want to be mentioned? Here
you go James Shaver Woodsworth (who, by the
way, is considered the Ghandi of Canada by
poet George Woodcock), 99 people later we consider you great! ♦
Spencer's keys to student politics
Finally, the AMS president has clearly said what she and her executive
have been doing for six months. The
trouble is that spelling out vague
goals doesn't give the student government clearer direction—and writing letters about something doesn't
make it so.
Leadership has two main elements: making a plan and achieving
results. Most of the "successes"—hiring staff, examining hiring practices
and systemic racism, campaigning
in a federal election, comparing
Martha Piper to Marie Antoinette,
and planning a graffiti mural—lack
one or more of these elements. This
is a failure of leadership.
The excellent editorial (the
Ubyssey, Oct 19 2004) outlined just
how ludicrous it is to point to these
as successes of government, but the
problem goes beyond their practical
inadequacies. The actions of the
AMS this year show no consistent
vision of what the AMS is or what it
should be doing. I ask this question
of the Executive, and by extension,
the quiet AMS Council: what are
your priorities? As an example, the
last council meeting had a motion to
ask the university to remove obstacles that impede on-campus skateboarding but you were surprised
when Brian Sullivan said there
would be a tuition increase.
Executives usually meet with the
university on these matters (it's sort
of fundamental to the job) so if you
were surprised I have to ask this
question: what do you do all day?
Student politicians get all weak-
kneed when somebody suggests the
dirty word "impeachment," so I'll
put my hope in the future. The elections this January will be the first in
years to be without a slate candidate
and interest in running is already
substantial. I know of many campaigns that have begun planning,
are drawing together volunteers and
are trying to figure out how to tackle
the monstrous task of making the
AMS function. I suggest the following:
1. Establish goals and don't deviate from them: you only have 12
months in office so pick four or five
defined goals specific to your position. Tell the electorate what these
goals are and take your election as a
mandate to complete them.. When
you're in office, only allow yourself
to be distracted by tasks that have
more importance to the student
body than your goals.
2. Only schedule and attend
meetings that will result in action:
There are significant demands on
your time as an Executive. It is not
enough to put in long hours but you
have to make those hours count If
somebody has not been assigned a
task by the time the meeting is over,
it could have been better spent
doing something else.
3. Research, research, research:
if you're the President, Vice-
President Academic, or Vice-
President External, you are a lobbyist and it is your responsibility to
have iron-clad and compelling arguments that you take to the government and the University administration. Further to that, don't just complain about the problems but have
concrete solutions that realistically
account for the pressures facing the
person you're talking to.
4. Don't marginalise yourself:
low voter turnout means elections
are not good enough to make you
the voice of the students. What is the
university to think if you are placing
more importance on skateboarding
than you do on tuition policy? Being
the voice of students means that
your priorities are truly representative of student priorities. If it isn't,
students see you as irrelevant and
the administration does as well.
5. Provide incentives to continue
with the AMS: every year, students
leave AMS positions, cynical and
frustrated. Figure out a way to retain
their experience instead of reinventing the wheel every year. The status
quo is not good for the structural
health of the organisation and will
continue unless people feel that the
organisation, as a whole, is doing
6. And be professional: If you
schedule meetings with AMS staff,
councillors and university administrators, go. On time. Show up punctually when you're interviewing for
positions. Come into the office on
normal business-like hours. Make a
schedule and stick to it Schedule
meetings more then two days in
advance. Be a leader by example.
There are 129 days until this
AMS Executive leaves office. Let
their dearth of leadership be an
example to the executives of next
year. Let these solutions remind us
that real change is possible.
To the current executive, it isn't
too late. The plane is going down
but all you have to do is stop screaming and pull up on the stick.
—Spencer Keys
4th year Arts and
former AMS councillor
UBC women's field hockey concluded
a perfect regular season by winning
their three remaining games on the
weekend. The Birds defeated Calgary 6-
2, shutout Alberta 4-0 and beat UVic 2-1
on Sunday. They placed first in Canada
West—which is no suprise—and clinch a
berth to nationals in Edmonton.
Stephanie Jameson was awarded player
of the year.
Oh So Close
Women's rugby came within inches to
winning Canada West on Sunday. The
Birds played five-time champ Alberta in
the Canada West finals but lost 22-12.
The win would have given the women's
team a berth to nationals.
Killer Opening
The women's volleyball team opened
the season with a straight set victory
against Manitoba on Friday night.
Middle Shelley Chambers had 13 kills
and three blocks.
On Saturday, UBC defeated Manitoba
Mangled by Bears
again, this time in four sets. Some exceptional play by hitter Emily Cordonier
was the difference, as she collected a
match high 23 kills and 13 digs.
The UBC women's soccer team is now
unbeaten in eight games. On Saturday,
the T-Birds defeated Saskatoon 4-1. On
Sunday, UBC tied Alberta 2-2. Heather
Smith had an outstanding weekend,
scoring five goals in the two games.
Men's soccer beat the Alberta Bears convincingly on Saturday 6-1. The win
moves UBC back into third place in
Canada West, but more importantly
they take back the final playoff spot
going into the last weekend of regular
season play. Strikers Luke Sandilands
and Steve DeBlasio are first and second
in scoring in Canada West
Swimming sixth
The women's swim team placed sixth at
the Southern Methodist University
Swimming & Diving Classic in Texas
over the weekend. UBC will host the
College Cup on Friday November 5.
Fun times
The UBC women's basketball team
played a pair of exhibition games on the
weekend. On Friday, UBC defeated
Lethbridge 66-57. Kelsey Blair collected
19 points and 12 rebounds.
UBC inched out a win against the
Seattle Express the next night settling
on a final score of 70-68. Jane Medwell
was clutch, hitting a pair of free throws
in the dying seconds for the win. ♦
by Carrie Robinson
The UBC men's hockey team will have to wait until
next year yet again. The Thunderbirds lost both weekend matches against the University of Alberta Golden
Bears, running their home losing streak against the
defending Canada West champs to a remarkable 37
On Friday night the first ten minutes of the game
were crucial in title T-Birds 5-1 loss as the Bears took
advantage of every early turnover. UBC goalie Chris
Levesque let in three goals that put UBC at an early
deficit Alberta's forward Ben Thompson knocked in the
first goal right before left wing Joff Kehler scored again
seconds later. Alberta's center Brad Tutscheck scored
Alberta's third goal seven minutes into the first period.
"We set some goals tonight, and we didn't accomplish them," said coach Milan Dragicevic.
"We wanted to score first which we didn't We
wanted to prevent odd-man rushes, which we did a
pretty good job of. We wanted to have absolutely no
turnovers," said Dragicevic, adding that two of the
first four goals were a direct result of turnovers.
"We coughed the puck up, we didn't get the saves
when we needed them, and we left [the Bears] standing right in front of the net," said Dragicevic.
Rookie goaltender Peter Mandoli replaced
Levesque in net and was quickly victimised by Alberta
defenseman Harlan Anderson. This gave the Bears a
comfortable 4-0 lead at the end of the first
Momentum swung in the direction of the Birds in
the second period. UBC forward Eric Clark scored the
lone goal for the Birds as he popped in a rebound after
the initial shot by Brad Zanon.
The strongest period for the Birds was the third.
They allowed no goals and continued to work hard,
something Dragicevic was pleased with.
"[UBC] obviously made a commitment that they
wantecl to stick together and work hard regardless of
the score, which they did, and I'm proud of the fact
that we  stuck together and battled hard,"  said
If there was a bright spot on Friday it was UBC's
efficiency on the penalty kill. The Birds managed to
kill off ten power plays, going a perfect ten for ten on
the night
"Penalty killing is something that we take a lot of
pride in and we showed a lot of resilience in our
penalty kills to get the job done and to get the opportunity to come back," said Dragicevic.
On Saturday night special teams played a key role
once again, as the Thunderbirds failed to take advantage of two late power plays and fell to the Golden
Bears 5-3.
The Birds had started the game with a frenetic flurry of activity in the Alberta end and John Kress scored
the opening goal at the 42-second mark. The lead
would not last long however, as the visitors tied the
affair on a two-man advantage.
Peter Mandoli made his first start of the season in
goal and withstood a barrage from the opposition,
stopping 32 of 37 shots. He was at least partially at
fault on Alberta's third goal, however, allowing a
rebound to sit tantalisingly in the goalmouth that the
opposition took full advantage of.
That goal tied the game at three and marked the
beginning of the end for the Thunderbirds, who conceded another with just 22 seconds to go in the period. After an early insurance marker from Alberta put
the home team even further behind, the T-Birds at last
began to apply some pressure, working the puck effectively in the Alberta end of the rink.
Possession led to power plays for the Birds and
despite putting several shots on goal in the final minutes, UBC could not come from behind, meaning that
their legendary home losing streak against the Golden
Bears will last at least one more year.
Next up for the Birds will be two non-conference
games against Fairbanks in Alaska, on October 29
and 30. ♦
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GsnRes series
Conflict Resolution Series
Presented by AMS Minischool
Nov. 2,9,16,23
6 pm - 8 pm in SUB Rm. 214/216
ConRes is an eight-hour series of conflict
resolution workshops for UBC students
interested in developing and enhancing
their conflict resolution skills. The
workshops were developed by Bijan
Ahmadian, former AMS Ombudsperson.
Through role-playing exercises,
participants will learn how to apply
communication skills to different conflict
situations. The scenarios are chosen from
a variety of situations including disputes
with supervisors, as well as from conflict
situations among peers.
Registration is $30 and open to graduate
and undergraduate students.
Deadline for registrations is Friday, Oct. 30.
To register, visit the AMS Administration
Office. Cash payments only.
For inquiries, contact Bijan Ahmadian at
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October food drive *
AMS Annual Hallowe'en Food Drive
Sunday, October 31
4 pm to 7 pm
SUB 200 (Party Room)
Help the AMS canvas the Point Grey area in your
favorite costume for non-perishable food items to be
donated to the local food bank.
Join us in the SUB Party Room at 4 pm for a info session
and assigning of geographical areas. Free pizza and
pop provided to participants.
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Pumpkin Carving Contest
Friday, Oct. 29 @ the UBC Bookstore
11 am to 2 pm
$5 registration fee
Come carve a pumpkin and be entered to win a $50 gift
card at the UBC Bookstore.
The three categories to be judged are: 1. Most School-
spirited; 2. Scariest; and 3. Most Original.
Judging will occur from 2 to 2:30 pm,with winners
announced at 2:30 pm. Bring your own carving tools,
patters, and other decorations. Limited number of
pumpkins available - first come, first serve! All proceeds
benefit the United Way.
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Young Alumni Career Seminar
Wednesday, Oct. 27 @ UBC Robson Square
6:30 pm to 8 pm, $15
The UBC Young Alumni Network is bringing in the
Canadian Youth Business Foundation for a workshop
for all budding entrepreneurs. The workshop includes
eligibility criteria for financing credit reports, an
overview of how to set up your own business, and a
case study with UBC alumni Adam Wood,
owner/operator of Create. For more details, visit
Friday, Oct. 29
GSS Ballroom
9 pm to 1 am
$3 admission - includes a free drink
It's the Hallowe'en Party where the past comes back
to haunt you! DJ Dancin' Dave will be spinning your
favorite retro tunes from the 70s, 80s and 90s.
Dress up and you can win cash prizes in the
following categories: Best Scary ($25), Best Retro
($25), Most Clever ($25) and Best Overall ($200).
Tickets available at the GSS Office at 6371 Crescent
Road. Visit http://www.gss.ubc.ca for more details.
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by Eric Szeto
Somebpdy should have told the
Waterloo Warriors to stay home
Saturday night.
In an exhibition match against
Waterloo, the Birds defeated their
Ontario rivals 101-68.
The big difference on Saturday
was overall team shooting, as the
Birds had four shooters with double figures in points. UBC shot an
outstanding 62 per cent from the
field and went 70 per cent (12 for
X 7) from beyond the arc.
Defensively the Birds buckled
down when they had to, challenging shots, blocking and pressuring
the Warrior's shooters. Waterloo
was obviously affected by this and
as a result their shooting was
UBC controlled the game from
the opening tip-off, leading by as
much as 16 at one point. A late first
half surge by Waterloo put UBC on
its heels, something that did not
bode well with Coach Kevin
"I thought we lacked intensity
after we got up big in the first ten
minutes. We got a tittle bit complacent," said Hanson. "The guys got
more worried about scoring than
stopping them."
UBC exploded in the second half
by scoring 68 points. This defused
any attempt at a Waterloo comeback.
"They went into  a  [defensive]
zone and we were very complacent
against it. Once we got aggressive
we scored some.easy hoops," said
Hanson, who was pleased with his
team's second half performance.
UBC was once again playing
without injured starting point
guard Karlo Villanueva. His
replacement, Jordan Yu, filled in
and played an outstanding game
against Waterloo, collecting 13
points and eight assists.
"I'm extremely happy with him.
It's been vital for us obviously and
sometimes injuries to one player
can be a saving grace for a team in
the long run," said Hanson." I think
Jordan certainly stepped up this
weekend and played his two best
games as a Thunderbird."
The Birds also dominated down
low Saturday, outscoring their
opponents 42-19 in the paint.
Power forward Marc Tasic was a
spark off the bench for the
Thunderbirds finishing with 19
points and six rebounds in 17 minutes of play.
"Offensively I think Marc is
dynamite. He can score on anybody
in the league and can score a lot in
a short period of time," said
Hanson. "He's going get a lot of
opportunities for us offensively,
he's a great spark plug for us," said
Rookie guard Matt Rachar had a
game high 20 points and guard
Casey Archibald went three for five
from the three-point tine, collecting
11 points.
NO MERCY: Men's basketball embarrassed Waterloo in an exhibition match Saturday. The team faces
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On Friday night, it was more of
the same as the T-Birds defeated
University College of the Caribou
(UCC) 98-80.
UBC controlled the tempo of the
game mounting a lead of 28 at one
point in the lopsided affair.
"These wins have been positive,
but there  are  still  things  we're
working   on   before   the   season
starts, said Hanson.
"We're getting geared up for the
regular season right now and were
working on our defensive intensity," said Hanson. "We're trying to
avoid injuries and trying to stay
healthy right now, anil we're trying
to stay on a positive note.
The win capped perfect weekend for the men's basketball team
as they improved their pre-season
record to 6-3.
The Birds play one more
exhibition game against Georgia
this week before their season
opener on November 5 against
Calgary. ♦
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